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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Ok Just One more Pic GEAUX LSU Posted by Hello


In response to a request and in honor of the LSU/ole miss game one more pic of the Golden Girls Posted by Hello

Where Iraq is on November 20 2004

Here we go again. This my second attempt at this post Blogger last night ate half my post. I think we need to take a step back and see where we stand in Iraq. Despite what was a very successful and hard fought campaign this week, the media still portrays a scene of doom and gloom and defeat. Of course that is a personal opinion based on my observations, but I think a valid one. Often I notice the media gets hung up on one story and it sets the whole tenor of their outlook the whole week. The story of the week was very badly handled "Marine shooting story". So lets look where we stand.
One my favorite bloggers as of late, a military blogger that served in Iraq now in Kuwait I believe by the the blog name of 2Slick's forum. He is quite familar with the area thats been in the news especially Mosul where in the he was stationed. Lets look at what he has to say. On his Nov 20 th post it appears that 2Slick's is quite frustrated with the media outlook too. In his post "Whats next for Fallujh?" he writes:
This simple answer to this question can be found by looking at the current state of affairs in Samarra, Najaf, and Sadr City. Oh, I'm sorry- the press isn't telling you anything about that. Well, the short story is that our forces are steadily working on financing and supervising reconstruction projects- employing a substantial Iraqi work force and getting the towns back on their feet. Newly trained Iraqi cops provide security and protection, and US forces just sort of monitor the situation and help where they're needed. This is what we in the business call an "exit strategy."
It appears 2slick's is a little frustrated at the media also. Often the media coverage is driven around the topic of Individuals whether they are good guys or bad guys. For instance you often hear the phrase or something like it that "we're not winning the war on terror because we haven't got Bin laden" This week the media seem to follow the same theme by portraying the the battle for Fallujah as partly a failure because "we didn't get al Zawari". Please! What was the media expecting, that Al Zawari would make his last stand in Fallujah similar to scenes from The Alamo. Another great blogger to which I quote today by the the name of The Adventures of Chester Blog has a link to very important article about what was really going on in Fallujah. This article states:


Insurgents captured in Fallujah have told Iraqi military
interrogators that most of those fighting in Fallujah were former security
officers for the regime of Saddam Hussein. The insurgents said Saddam
organized special operations units, starting in 2001, to counter any foreign
invasion in Iraq. Most of those units, the insurgents said, are still active in
the Sunni Triangle. Officials said the Sunni insurgency was being directed
from Syria. They said Saddam loyalists were receiving funding and orders from
senior aides of the former Saddam regime based in Damascus, including ex-Vice
President Izzet Ibrahim Al Douri.
Iraqi Interior Minister Faleh Hassan Al Naqib said his government and the U.S.-led coalition faced a revolt throughout the Sunni Triangle, Middle East Newsline reported. Al Naqib said the revolt was being directed by a unified command and control network led by Saddam loyalists. He said the insurgents sought to prevent or disrupt national elections scheduled for Jan. 27.
"The battle for Fallujah has become the test for Saddam loyalists," an Iraqi official said. "Fallujah was the center of the terrorism and the symbol of the terrorists."
The uprising in the Sunni Triangle has included insurgents who had been based in Fallujah. Officials said Sunni insurgents, including Abu Mussib Al Zarqawi, and up to 2,000 fighters left Fallujah over the last two months to launch a revolt in other cities.


That article tells us alot. The most important being that the the Iraq viewed Fallujah as a very crucial test for the Saddam Loyalist. In that test the Saddamittes failed. Also The other aspects of this story must be followed up on. Saddam way back in 2001 must have realized that an invasion was likely. If this insurgency is being directed from former Saddam officials in Syria, then Syria must be brought into line either by the carrot or sitck approach. The former regime elements also seem to have the same thinking that is echoed by Al Zawari's letter that was found earlier this year, that being when the Iraq citizens feel they have power and start thinking they the people run things then the jig is up.
So whats up in Fallujah? Its amazing that so many press accounts have conflicting pictures. For instance what do the people in Fallujah feel about whats happening. The blogger
Last Nights BBC News has great illustration of how we must be careful of what the msm is saying. The venerable Bebe reports fom a supposed independent journalist in Fallujah. He "reports" in this article the following



US forces control most of the city now, except for some areas in the south.
We keep hearing that aid has arrived at the hospital on the outskirts of the
city, which is now in the hands of the Americans. But most people in this area
are too weak or too scared to make the journey, or even to leave their homes.
For now, the best option is to stay put. I would like to escape Falluja, but
I fear I will end up getting killed if I try. A group of journalist friends
left the city by car last week as the assault was starting. I have no idea what
happened to them. Not one of their mobile phones works and I fear the worst.
Food and water are all but finished. I have enough dried dates and water to
last me another few days. If, in five days' time, it is still impossible to
leave the city or get any supplies, I might have to raid my neighbour's vacant
house for food and water. I can enter their place by jumping from our roof
onto theirs. I am completely out of touch with the situation in the rest of
Iraq. Looking at Falluja now, the only comparisons I can think of are cities
like Beirut and Sarajevo

Elsewhere the BBC provides more breathless quotes from this eyewitness/journalist the above link will take you to those interview too here is a sample:

Different clans in the city have their own militias but they all seem
to be working together to fend off US forces. The people of Falluja are very
clannish - but they have also always been very religious and right now faith is
a stronger bond than family.
relations between local fighters and police have always been good - a deal struck some months ago means the police are welcome in the city provided they do not take orders from the Americans. There are more police on the streets than usual - possibly to protect the property of residents who are leaving the city. But the risk of looting is small - the local militias have a reputation for being very tough with the criminalsI am not aware of any foreign fighters in Falluja. If there are any foreigners here, they have blended in very well with the locals. Foreigners used to frequent the city in the past, but many of them were forced to leave under a deal the city's leaders struck with the government.
Ninety-nine percent of the fighters here are Fallujans.

I could go on and on from quotes from this "Journalist" but lets see what the London times reported in this article shall we.



Mutilated bodies dumped on Fallujah's bombed out streets today painted
a harrowing picture of eight months of rebel rule.As US and Iraqi troops
mopped up the last vestiges of resistance in the city after a week of
bombardment and fighting, residents who stayed on through last week's offensive
were emerging and telling harrowing tales of the brutality they endured.
Flyposters still litter the walls bearing all manner of decrees from insurgent commanders, to be heeded on pain of death. Amid the rubble of the main
shopping street, one decree bearing the insurgents' insignia - two Kalashnikovs
propped together - and dated November 1 gives vendors three days to remove nine market stalls from outside the city's library or face execution. The pretext
given is that the rebels wanted to convert the building into a headquarters for
the "Mujahidin Advisory Council" through which they ran the city.Another
poster in the ruins of the souk bears testament to the strict brand of Sunni
Islam imposed by the council, fronted by hardline cleric Abdullah Junabi. The
decree warns all women that they must cover up from head to toe outdoors, or
face execution by the armed militants who controlled the streets.

"They would wear black masks, carry rocket-propelled grenades and
Kalashnikovs, and search streets and alleys," said Iyad Assam, 24. "I would hear
stories, about how they executed five men one day and seven another for
collaborating with the Americans. They made checkpoints on the roads. They put
announcements on walls banning music and telling women to wear the veil from
head to toe." It was not just pedlars of alcohol or Western videos and women
deemed improperly dressed who faced the militants' wrath. Even residents who
regard themselves as observant Muslims lived in fear because they did not share
the puritan brand of Sunni Islam that the insurgents enforced.One devotee of
a Sufi sect, followers of a mystical form of worship deemed herectical by the
hardliners, told how he and other members of his order had lived in terror
inside their homes for fear of retribution."It was a very hard life. We
couldn't move. We could not work," said the man sporting the white robe and
skullcap prescribed by his faith. "If they had any issue with a person, they
would kill him or throw him in jail."

I agree with the beforementioned blogger that perhaps someone should question the BBC's "journalist:"in Fallujah as to his bias. One good question Last Nights BBCs News said should be asked of him was how was he so freely able to report in this "religious"controlled town. I will let you decide whom to trust but I am putting my money on the London Times reporters.
Lets move on to other areas of Iraq right now particually Mosul that was so breathless reported on this week. Remeber I said 2slick was stationed in mosul he coomments on sections of this a ap article excerpts below:
At least 13 other insurgents were captured in Mosul, authorities said.



In western Mosul, Iraqi National Guard and a special police force
raided several areas Thursday night, killing 15 insurgents and capturing 10
others, Deputy Gov. Khasro Gouran said.The raid on the al-Zaharawi hospital in
Mosul - Iraq's third-largest city - was conducted by Iraqi commandos with the
Ministry of the Interior's Special Police Force, backed by U.S. troops.Forces
cordoned it off after getting information that insurgents were treating their
wounded there, said Lt. Col. Paul Hastings with Task Force Olympia.


2Slick's observations on this are
Well, that didn't take very long. It also looks like I was right about the rapid mobilization of LTG Petraeus' Iraqi Sooper Troopers. These guys are looking more compitent and confident every day. That's a very good sign.
The ap article goes on to say:

U.S. and Iraqi forces began a major military operation Tuesday to wrest
control of Mosul after gunmen last week attacked police stations, bridges
and political offices in apparent support of Fallujah guerrillas. On Friday,
three of the city's five bridges were reopened to traffic and most of the
city remained calm, though U.S. forces came under some "indirect fire" that
caused no injuries, Hastings said.

2slick response is Yep- this sounds like the Mosul I remember
The Adventures of Chester Blog, again a soilder that was there I think sums it up nicely here in his November 17th posting:
So coalition forces strike the city of Fallujah, and Iraqi insurgents respond by attacking in Mosul, Baquba, Kirkuk and Suweira. This, we now hear, proves that the more insurgents the U.S. kills, the stronger the insurgency grows. Call it the Obi-Wan Kenobi school of international relations: Strike him down, and he'll only become more powerful.In real warfare, of course, killing the enemy means there are fewer enemies to kill. And in one week in Fallujah, and at the cost of some 40 American soldiers' lives and several Iraqi ones, about 1,200 insurgents were killed and another 1,000 taken prisoner. The insurgents have been denied their principal sanctuary. Their torture chambers--a stark indication of what they intend for all of Iraq if they're allowed to prevail--lie exposed.More important is the demonstration effect: Ordinary Iraqis can take heart that the Allawi government and the U.S. mean business, something that had been put into doubt by the failure to take Fallujah back in April. The sooner and more aggressively the fight is taken to other insurgent strongholds, the better the chances that January's scheduled elections can be held on time, in conditions of relative security, and with Iraq's Sunni minority committed (or resigned) to pursuing their options at the ballot box. Assessing the ultimate impact of any battle takes time: It is true that of the 5,000 insurgents estimated to have been in Fallujah, the majority, including terrorist ringleader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, appear to have gotten away in the exodus of civilians that preceded the battle. These insurgents will no doubt continue to mount gruesome attacks throughout the country, with the aim of cowing the silent majority of Iraqis who'd like to be on the side of freedom if given the chance.Still, it is instructive to note the view the insurgents themselves took of the battle. In an audio recording transmitted on the Internet, a voice said to be Zarqawi's warns, "Once they have finished in Fallujah, they will head toward you. You must not let them succeed in their plan." That sounds more like the voice of desperation than it does the voice of confidence. Another point in the Zarqawi recording bears attention: "This war is very long, and always think of this as the beginning, and always make the enemy think that yesterday was better than today." In Israel, this is known as the question of the barrel: Is there a bottom to it or not? Beyond whatever tactics the Iraqi insurgents may employ, their strategy is to convince Americans that there is no bottom; that their cause enjoys huge popular support; that it feeds off the resentments that "occupation" inevitably engenders; and that it can go on undeterred by whatever damage U.S. forces inflict.Sadly, there are plenty of Westerners willing to buy into this hypothesis, since it sits so well with those who think the war was a mistake and thus can't imagine that we can still win. Yet apart from the military success, the big news of the Fallujah campaign is that most Iraqis quietly supported it. The protests from nationalist politicians was far more muted than in April, perhaps because they have seen from the car bombings and beheadings what the Zarqawis also intend for them.
Their principal santuary is gone. I do expect viloence to continue because of the elections but its appears to me that significant tactical, political, and psychological milepost has been reached. By the way not much to report from the Kurd area up north pretty calm. Also what about Southern Iraq. Remember how the Media was repeating Basra every five minutes and predicting the whole country was going to rise up against us. Well its been pretty quiet. There of course there are problems in area of Bagdad but I expect with their sanctuary where they were free to build car bombs to their hearts content that the situation should improve there. Especially in light of the Iraqi governments campaign to crack down on "hardline Clerics" such as they did yesterday. Lets not get weak in the knees people. Lets examine the info we get carefully and lets finish the job there.

UPDATE I
Fadhil Badrani is the the indepenent journalis/eyewitness that i referenced above as working for the BBC over at Biased BBC in the comments section several observant bloggers made the following comments you can see all comments at this link
If you put the name al-Badrani into media databases you will find that the very first reference to Fadil al-Badrani - with the first name spelt Fadel - is from 25 September 2004. It was carried by the Reuters news agency. It's a story about a US airstrike in Falluja. So he's been a journalist - or, at least, a journalist working for a western news organisation - for all of two months.However, on 2 January 2004 US forces detained, and then held for three days, three Reuters employees and one NBC one near Falluja. They had attended the scene of a downed US helicopter. They were allegedly abused by US troops during their captivity. Reuters protested about the alleged abuse subsequently. The names of the four detainees? Salem Ureibi, Ahmad Mohammad Hussein al-Badrani, Sattar Jabar al-Badrani and Ali Mohammed Hussein al-Badrani.Henry 11.18.04 - 1:45 pm #

and
Maybe. But if you put the name al Badrani into the media database I used you get only 400-odd articles mentioning that name. These refer to about ten different people, mostly Iraqis. That doesn't make it 'pretty common'.And I think it's at least possible that the thee journalists called al-Badrani detained and allegedly beaten up by US forces near Falluja in January, and the man called al-Badrani in Falluja criticising the US occupation in 2003 (and Dr al Hakim al Badrani of Falluja hospital, who also features in media reports) are related to the fadil al-Badrani now reporting for Reuters from Falluja. Which, I think, suggests that Fadil may not be quite the impartial and objective observer he is represented as being by the BBC and others.Henry 11.18.04 - 3:48 pm #

also
Oh, and in July 2003 Reuters carried a story from Falluja quoting 'real estate agent [!] Mohammad al-Badrani' as saying "Saddam is an Iraqi, he's of our flesh and blood, but these foreigners are intolerable. We are suffering."I wonder whether any of these al-Badranis are by any chance related?



Friday, November 19, 2004


Jindal, as I said before is going to be a rising star in the party. He has already been elected head of the incoming Freshman class of Represenatives. Being the is, Jindalhe go getter that he had a letter delivered fed ex to each incoming Representative on Nov 3rd 2004. Expect the Republicans to make great gains in the Indian community because of his win. For an article on Jindal go here. Posted by Hello

Notice Something About This Picture


I have to admit I love events such as the opening of Clinton's library yesterday because they bring all the former Presidents together. I always think its a great symbol of the peaceful transfer of power. Of interest is the absence of two figures in the above photo. President Ford and his wife Betty. I have scoured the news links and it appears he was scheduled to come to the event but all of a sudden couldn't attend. I was not able to watch the Media love fest coverage yesterday so I am not sure if the media noted the reasons for his absense. I hope its not because of Health reasons. Ford was truly a great President for very difficult times Posted by Hello

House of Commons Tell Aristocratic House of Lords and Barbaric Country Folk to Bug Off--700 Year of Fox Hunting Comes To a End


Dawgs out of a Job? Posted by Hello
I had a little bit of the toss and turnings in bed so I decided to get up and surf the web a little while listening to the morning shows in the UK. The morning news is all about fox hunting and boy are some people to put it mildly are quite irate. It appears that the 700 year tradition of fox hunting(600 according to the times) has come to a end. Now I do't know alot about fox hunting, my knowledge comes mainly from two movies those being Mame and the Omen III. However as being a little bit of a traditionalist( I still support the right of our Louisiana people to go gamble a few bucks on cock fighting) I tend to support the fox hunters. It appears that this isn't over yet. An organization called The Country Alliance appears ready to go to court over this and say that the whole bloody thing was illegally done. This appears to involve something called the Parliment Act which basically allows the House of Commons to tell the House of Lords to go jump in the lake. Also it appears Mr Blair concerned about his own election tried to reach a compromise which only resulted in alot of members of his party getting really mad. The country folks are promising civil disobedence. The papers seem pretty devided on the issue too. The Guardian has one overall piece on yesterday events here. For alook at the political chaos that happened in the Commons go here to the article A great bally ho at the death of tally ho. It appears that the country folks as well as all the people who depend on fox hunting aren't going to take this lying down and and are going to opening rebel against the Nanny state. In this article ,again in The Guardian one very peod guy said "It's all this nanny state crap, and people won't stand for it. People are actually joining hunts because they can't stand being told what they can and can't do. Hunting's the new cool; rebel and come out hunting. " . Well this makes the Gay marriage debate look tame. Well thats it for me happy blogging out there see you in the morning.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

U.S. and German Military Honor German Pows Who Died In The US And A Part Of US History That Might Be Near You And You Did't Know It

I ran across a fascinating story at work today and I have been researching it in my spare time at work. Did you know at American military cemetaries across the U.S. and across the world that Americans and Germans have been honoring the German Pow's fromWWII that died here in their captivity. Prison camps were located all over the country, with a 2/3 majority in the southern states. When the war ended there were 511 branch camps and 155 base camps in the United States. Most of the camp locations was in the South and the Southwest because of the weather and the need for farm workers. However, camps were located all over the Country from Maine to California. In fact there two near where I live ,Camp Ruston and Camp Claiborne. It is is not unusal for an ex German pow family members in hand to show up at the local museum and ask for assistance to find where he spent a great part of his life. Unfortnately, its becoming more unusual I guess since so many are dying off. Its a shame that more of these camps were not saved for historical reason. By the end of the war over 500,000 German POWs were here. Anyway November the 15 was "Volkstrauertag" -- Germany's day of mourning. Go here for a wonderful recount of one ceremony as well as a general overview of the story of WWII German pows. The German POWS stories are fascinating to read. This story is pretty neat, a former pow now an American citizen recounts his time at Fort Knox. Whats really ironic is that both his sons completed their basic training there. This link goes to tell the stories of the German Pows that were in Mississipi. One entertaining story thats recounted there was that one farmer's wife fell in love with an German pow pilot. She helped him escape. They were later arrested trying to locate a plane to take them to Greenland. Escapes were quite rare and hardly ever successful because it was like where were you going to go if you did escape. This link retells an pow's experiences working in a camp in Maine. Two great sites to go to if you have more interest in this topic. Both have a great collection of links and stories as well as photos. This site list the camps and the states they were located in as well as links to some of the places that have web sites. This site has some great interviews with former german pows. One must wonder what the average civilians were thinking who were near these camps. I do remember seeing a picture in a local museum of local women making a German flag for a coffin for one guy that died. Thats pretty astonishing ,being that their sons, and husbands were likely fighting the Germans. What did local African Americans think seeing prisioners being treated better than they were probally being treated? It seems the only negative that some pows felt were being turned over to the French or worse yet the Russians after the war. Some felt a will sense of betrayal. Anyway hope you enjoyed.

Reasons Why LSU Will Beat OLE MISS -Our Secret Weapon- THe GOLDEN GIRLS


Hold my Tiger, Hold My Tiger, uhm I mean hold that tiger Goldengirls from LSU. If you wish to hear "hold That Tiger" the best college football band pregame and touchdown song ever go and click here and then clip on Touchdown(Hold that Tiger)

Why LSU Will Slaughter OLE Miss this WEEKEND-- Golden Girls II


Golden Girls halftime show during Lsu/Bama football game. Secret plan is that Ole Miss football players instead of going in during halftime and having their coach explain what is a x and what is a o on the chalkboard will stay on the field and see what real southern women look likePosted by Hello



I am sure these Golden girls are LSU fans too.Wow, that Bea Arthur is freakin Hot. Posted by Hello

PoliPundit.com � Vunerable Dems in the 2006 Senate Races as Welll as Potential Challengers

PoliPundit.com � Breaking Filibusters
PoliPundit has comprised a list of some of the Dem Senators up for reelection in 2006 that might be vunerable. Check it out as well as the comment section where he invites bloggers to speculate what challengers might come up against them. Last check he had 152 comments.

MaxedOutMama: European Reflections

MaxedOutMama: European Reflections
Maxedoutmama has an excellent post on some current issues as to the EU. She has some great thoughts as to the distinct cultural issues and conflicts that there are between the US and Europe by comparing our elections and theirs. Oh and for all those who think that Europe is so tolerant of opinions be sure to go down her post and see what happen to one Swedish pastor when he voiced his.

Boston.com / News / Politics / Presidential candidates / john kerry / Party questions Kerry's war chest

Boston.com / News / Politics / Presidential candidates / john kerry / Party questions Kerry's war chest
This a cardinal "no no" in campaign politics. The rule is spend ever dollar in a tight race. Expect this to get a little more heated behind the scenes because the campaign managers and consultants who have professional lives after the camapaign don't wont to tied with up with this mistake.
- Democratic Party leaders said yesterday they want to know why Senator John F. Kerry ended his presidential campaign with more than $15 million in the bank, money that could have helped Democratic candidates across the country.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Diplomad(Republican Foreign Service officers take on the Depart of State, Colin Powell and Whats NExt

The Diplomad
I just saw a blog that www.rantburg.com led me to. Its a great blogs that its bloggers describe themselves as"A Blog by career foreign service officers. They are are Republican(most of the time) in an institution (State Department) in which being a Republican can be bad for your career -- even with a Republican President!"
Looks like a good one to have on your blog list. Go take a look. In this addition they give an assessment of Powell as well as what needs to be done to reform foggy bottom.

JustOneMinute: Turmoil At The CIA(Whats really Happening)

JustOneMinute: Turmoil At The CIA
Have you got the news the last few days? The leader of a very powerful country after consolidating his powers is purging the Government. All those whose loyalty and political allegiance is suspect are being eliminated. The purge is going to all levels of governent to eliminate all dissent and to make sure there is blind obedience to the leader. Even some of the leaders closet friends in government that were established by formal family ties have been exiled. Now the all powerfull intelligence chiefs are being liquidated. Wow, this sounds like the news media is covering the Stalinst purges of the Soviet Union after WWII. Are they stuck in some time warp? No its just the media's coverage of the Bush administration minus the guns and gulags. Its has been a pretty hysterical week for the media and this shows one aspect of the journalism they have given us for the last year. Basically, the conclusion of the media is that Bush is trying to eliminate all disloyalty to Bush by putting in souless yes men(Or woman as to Rice) that will offer no opinion to the master they serve. Pleaseeee! The CIA case is a eye opening example as to this viewpoint of the media. Wasn't the media a few months back castrating Tenet and was saying how the CIA did't work , and lets not forget how the media made so much of the 911 commision's statements on the CIA. Well that was then and this now I suppose. It appears though that Bush is trying to do something about a spy system that doesn't work very well. The above blogger has given a excellent post as well as references to what really is going on as to the CIA situation

Update- Anger and Opposition over Proposed German Muslim Public Holiday Continues

Expatica � Living in, moving to, or working in Germany, plus German news in English
A followup to yesterdays post on the proposed action of the the governing Green party in Germany to make a public Muslim Holiday. Hint its not going well. Click above for full article Excerpts below.

German opposition and government members reacted with anger Wednesday to calls by the Greens party - which serve in Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's coalition - for establishing a Muslim holiday in the country.
Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) are markedly cool to the proposal following a failed bid earlier this month to abolish the German Unity Day holiday in a bid to boost the economy.

SPD Interior Minister Otto Schily slammed the proposed Muslim holiday as "absurd."

Nobody would dream of proposing to Saudi Arabia that they should celebrate Pentecost," noted Greens parliamentary leader Katrin Goering-Eckardt.

Haaretz - Israel News - NATO invites Israel to joint exercises

Haaretz - Israel News - NATO invites Israel to joint exercises
Big news here. Just when you think you got Europe figured out they do something like this. I am curious how the NATO's members parliments are going to feel about this. Tip to rantburg.com

Davids Medienkritik Blog Looks at the Silence of the German Media Lambs on Oil For Food Scandal

Davids Medienkritik
Before we leave the topic of Germany, this blogger, who observes German Media has a nice post on how the German media has almost completely ignored the UN's Oil for Food Scandal. he writes in part:

Not that the German media give or gave a damn. And consequently the German public doesn't know much about the UN oil for food scam in Iraq. Throw "oil" and "Iraq" at an average German, and he'll respond "George W. Bush", "Dick Cheney" and "Haliburton".
Not unless George W. Bush, Dick Cheney or Haliburton are indicted in the oil-for-food scam will the German media (and the German public) get excited about the topic...


Click above for more interesting observations.

Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Blair has stolen our clothes, says Howard

Guardian Unlimited Politics Special Reports Blair has stolen our clothes, says Howard
Continuing our UK focus in this morming of birthday blogging, The Guardian has a great interview with Michael Howard the leader of the Conservatives in the United Kingdom. What is so fascinating about this article is if you change date of the article to 1996 ,and every time the name Tony Blair is mentioned replace with the name Bill Clinton and every time Labor is mention replace with Democractic its sounds as if this was the same situation Republicans felt they were facing. Excerpts below full article link above.

Michael Howard today admits that his efforts to win the next election are being frustrated by Tony Blair's ability to capture Conservative territory as his own.

Mr Howard also admits to being frustrated by the task he faces because the prime minister - whose winning talent is to "look and sound like a Tory" he says - succeeded in persuading voters in 1997 "that he was a politician like there has never been. People feel completely taken in and deceived."

"The government stole our language. Their policies are very different from ours, much less effective than ours

"I probably shouldn't have said it at the time, but I did. My reasoning was that the Labour party was never going to win an election until they had a leader who looked and sounded like a Tory. So I am not surprised that he became prime minister, to be absolutely honest in answer to your question.


BBC NEWS | Politics | Meet The Tories "Karl Rove"

BBC NEWS | Politics | Howard's wizard of Oz
Well the Conservatives in the UK have hired their own "Karl Rove" in an attempt to wrestle power from Blair and the Labor party. He is an Australian , by the name of Lynton Crosby that masterminded the victory of Liberal Party and Prime Minister John Howard in the land down under. --NOTE to American Readers This is where its gets confusing for us isolated Americans. In Australia its just not the timing of the seasons that are reversed but the political names. The Liberal Party in Australia is actually the party that is the cloest in philosophy to the Republicans here and the Tories in the UK. Also John Howard is the Prime Minister of Australia while Michael Howard is the leader of the Conservatives(Tories) in Britian. Expect British Bloggers to have great fun at your expense trying to trip you up on that when there in a testy mood. Anywho here is quick excerp.t The whole article is a pretty good read how both parties are bringing in "American style campaign tactics" CLick above for the full read. Here is the excerpt-
What Mr Crosby does best, according to one journalist who has watched him at close quarters, is "below the radar" campaigning.
That is, the ruthless targeting of marginal constituencies with highly localised campaigning, latching on to local issues and personalities.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

Wow, well has the time flown, Well, alot of it this week has "flown" while I was on blogexplosion trying to get you people to visit my blog. So instead of taking a great deep look at myself or where I am going lets do what 34 year old men do, that is avoid the hard questions and go to something trivial.

PEOPLE WHO SHARE MY BIRTHDAY
To my great surprise Jesus shares my birthday. No, I not talking about a man of spanish or hispanic descent. I mean Jesus of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity fame. At least that is the viewpoint of ancient Church father and Theologian St. Clement of Alexandria. Don't believe me go here. For a bio of St Clement who has quickly in the last ten minutes or so gone to number one on my list of church fathers go here. Well Jesus is tough to beat but lets look at other noteables who were born today.
1887 - Field Marshal Bernard (Law) ‘Monty’ MontgomeryBritish Army commander of ground forces at Normandy landing [1944]; British Eighth Army; died Mar 24, 1976
-Since I share B-days with Monty I now believe he really got the shaft in Patton
1916 - Shelby Footehistorian, writer: The Civil War
- Wow he looks good for his age
1925 - Rock Hudson (Roy Harold Scherer Jr.)actor: McMillan and Wife, Giant, A Gathering of Eagles, Ice Station Zebra, Magnificent Obsession, Pillow Talk, Written on the Wind; died Oct 2, 1985
1942 - Martin Scorsesedirector: Mean Streets, The Color of Money, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, New York, New York, The Last Temptation of Christ, Cape Fear, Michael Jackson’s Bad video
1944 - Danny DeVitoEmmy Award-winning actor: Taxi [1980-81]; Twins, Batman Returns, Hoffa, The Jewel of the Nile, Romancing the Stone, Terms of Endearment, director: Throw Mama from the Train, The War of the Roses, Jack the Bear; married to actress Rhea Perlman
1948 - Howard Dean Governor and Democractic Presidential candidate wack job and loon
-Howard you must be smart if we share B-days pleaseeee run again or beetter yet get the head DNC job

FAMOUS EVENTS THAT OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 17 1970
1970 - Elton John recorded an album live, on what was WABC-FM in New York City. It marked the first time that a concert was aired live and recorded for release as aired. The LP was titled, 11/17/70. (Wow thats sort of not that impressive, was everyone asleep at the wheel that day jeezzz)

FAMOUS EVENTS THAT OCCURED ON NOV 17 (ANY YEAR) THIS IS MORE IMPRESSIVE
1558 - Elizabeth I became Queen of England upon the death of Queen Mary this day. ‘Good Queen Bess’ ruled Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1558 to 1603 and during her reign, England became a world power
-YEAH AFTER SHE ROYALLY SCREWED THE CATHOLICS, OH WELL
1877 - The first production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera, The Sorcerer, was presented -- in London.
1954 - Golfer Arnold Palmer signed a contract with Wilson Sporting Goods and became a pro
1993 - The U.S. House of Representatives approved the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), by a vote of 234 to 200. The Senate voted 60 to 38 for approval of the legislation on November 20. The bill was signed into law by President Clinton on December 8, 1993. It took effect on January 1, 1994. Under NAFTA, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico become a single, integrated market with $6.5 trillion worth of goods and services
annually.
???- Also i read some place this is the day that William Tell shot the apple off his son's head.

WHAT OTHER DAYS HAVE THE AUDACITY TO SHARE MY BIRTHDAY
Well for starters it Suez Canal Day. To learn more about thee Suez canal go here
Its also World Peace Day. Wow, maybe I can go to a World Peace day event dressed in a Kerry shirt ,and find some hot progressive chick to feel sorry for me and then later that night oh well lets not go there. To learn more about World Peace Day go here.
Finally I share my B-day with National Bladder Health Week. To learn more about continence go here

WHAT SHOULD I DO DURING THE DAY FOR MY BIRTHDAY
I will probally take most of my birthday off tomorrow(Criminal defendants are slow this year, well let me rephrase that there alot of people becoming criminal defendants since christmas is upon us. Lots of "shopping/shoplifting" at Dillards Target etc to help get christmas gifts but very few defendants hiring lawyers). So i will either (1)surf the web endlessly with blogexplosion in a seperate window so I can look every minute or so see if I am interested in the blog and then click and repeat the process 400 times. (2) read one of my favorite four books. Either The Prayer for Owen Meany(has an anti war undercurrent but its so funny and greatly written, The Lords of Discipline, great writing very vivid and sensual for a male writer, The Stand, The best Stephen King Novel ever, or The Witching Hour, Ann Rice's greatest book- and how her latest ones have sucked so badly, (3)Contemplate where I am going in Life --nope thats off, (4 )veg out and watch all my favorite shows on tv Comments suggestions

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Omaha Marine dies in Iraq same day his son is born

Lincoln Journal Star Online
I was so infuriated yesterday watching the evening news shows. The Marines conducted a very brilliant operation The sad by product being at this point 38 deaths and many wounded. But what was the lead story and not only the lead but the story in the middle and last part of these broadcasts. The story of an Marine killing a wounded man(perhaps the news should have thought about not showing such sensational video untill the whole thing could have been sorted out). Oh well, there is a hundred great stories to tell out of the last 7 days in Fallujah but that doesn't matter because we have "sensational video". This is what passes for balanced and informed journalism. The story above is also tragic and shows the cost of freedom. I hope some bloggers(in the spirit of article I posted below about blogger giving) in Nebraska might set up a fund for donations or at least a give a forum where to send letters of support can be sent to give this newborn a chance one day to know how Americans felt about his dad's sacrifice. Perhaps a blog where people can write , or where soilders who served with him can post comments. Just a thought.

UPDATE This link is more detailed about the life of the Marine

Syria Struggles to Stay Afloat

Syria Struggles to Stay Afloat
Another reason how democracy in Iraq will create a wave of freedom in the region. Syria seems to be barely holding on. The Syrians have no interest in having citzens next door taking the affairs in life in their own hands. They might ask the good Dr. Dictator why not here. Good read on the conditions of the military and the economy. Click above

Lets see what the German'Government's response to the situation in the Netherlands- Why have a German Muslim Holiday

Expatica � Living in, moving to, or working in Germany, plus German news in English
Got to love that goofy but loveable Green Party in Germany. They run the Government, which is first sign somethings amiss in Germany. Click above for the whole read excerpts below tip of the hat to rantburg.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Greens coalition partner called on Tuesday for establishing a Muslim public holiday in Germany as a reaction to violence in the Netherlands following the killing of Islam-critical film director Theo van Gogh.
Both Germany's Greens Environment Minister, Juergen Trittin, and the deputy chairman of the Greens in parliament, Hans-Christian Stroebele were quoted in the newspaper Die Welt as backing the move.
"Exactly such a sign is needed given the attacks in Holland," said Stroebele, who like Trittin hails from the party's "fundi" left-wing.
But Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD) were cool to the idea following a row earlier this month over a proposal to abolish the German Unity Day holiday in a bid to boost the economy. SPD government officials swiftly dropped the idea.

In a related development, a Muslim preacher in Berlin issued a public apology for making strongly anti-German comments in a mosque which were secretly filmed by Germany's ZDF public TV.
"These remarks were offensive and wrong," said a letter by the preacher who has not been named by media.
The ZDF film shows the preacher at the Mevlana Mosque in Berlin's heavily Turkish Kreuzberg district saying: "These Germans, these atheists, these Europeans don't shave under their arms and their sweat collects under their hair with a revolting smell and they stink ... Hell lives for the infidels! Down with all democracies and all democrats!"

List of Iraqi parties approved to run in the upcoming election

Live From Dallas: November 2004
Well despite the calls from msn that Rome is burning, it appears the process toward democracy keeps rolling on in Iraq. Live from Dallas blog has a list of the 24 parties so far that are running.

The Volokh Conspiracy -Garrison Keillor r or Prairie Home Companion audio clip of bashing born again Christians

The Volokh Conspiracy -
This is a must here .Volokh blog has an audio clip of this weeks Prairie Home Companion. Hear delightful Keillor in his down home style bashes born again chrisitans much to the delight of his audience. Whats amazing is the list of positions he says born again Christians believe. Such as unemployment is by God so you can be more dependent on him. What? I was raised a Southern Baptist till I was 18 I never heard that before or any other of his perceived "born again" ideals. Its amazing that a man of such intelligence can so easily believe sterotypes Well click on the link above to hear "the news from Lake Wobegon". As the blogger points out once the show starts fast forward to about 3min and 30 seconds into the show to hear the bile.

The New York Times > Giving > Blogs Tackle Big Topics, Small Causes

The New York Times > Giving > Blogs Tackle Big Topics, Small Causes
Nice article int he NYT that talks about how blogs are helping small charities and the success they are having. Often a blogger will adopt a small charity and ask for donation There has been a suprising amount of success. Might require registration but free.

For years, bloggers have been building bonds with their readers by
sharing everything from their opinions on Iraq to pictures of their cats. Mr. Nelson is part of a diffuse effort to turn that trust toward a higher purpose. He has put together a new blog coalition, Strengthen the Good, to focus attention on microcharities, like that California mother. Other bloggers have adopted their own causes, from breast cancer research to ambulances in Israel to television stations in Iraq


Tom Carter's Notes A bloggers Personal Recollections of Colin Powell

Tom Carter's Notes
A blogger recouts the days where he worked very intimately with Colin Powell while he was stationed in Germany. Great account that shows the kind of man this country has been lucky to have serve it. Good read

Hostettler mounting campaign to change the name of Interstate 69(The Most Ridiculous Piece of Legislation)

Hostettler mounting campaign to change the name of Interstate 69
You know some politicians just leave themselves open to abuse and ridicule. Shall we vote to take it out of the number system next. Also I am little suspect of what' Religious conservative groups" are wasting their time on this proposal. I suspect none we have heard of.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Saddam's Illegal Take Much Larger Than Believed

KBCI 2 Boise, Idaho
Congressional investigators believe that Saddam illegaly profited from the UN's Oil for Fodd Program to the the tune of 21.3 BILLION DOLLARS. Thats alot of zero's folks. I have never been one of these "get us out of the UN' folks but reports like this, coupled with the UN's reaction to Sudan and Arafat is quickly making me a fast believer. The question I have to the Liberal/progressive folks who might pop by this blog is ,"where is your outrage". Why doesn't Michael Moore do a movie on the UN? I am not saying that many progressives would not be appalled by this level of corruption. However, if your point is that Bush is wrong because he is going it alone and alienating the UN then we have a problem. How can we trust an organization that is at the very least is so badly run that corruption at this level goes on. I hope "progressives" ,if they wish us to listen to their arguments about the importance of UN approval, would quit spinning conspiracy theories about the carylie and haliburton corporations and join us in demanding accountabilty. Well sorry for that "rant" the number quoted above just took my breath away. Off to court, see yall tonight.

The Quiet Americans in the Uk

The Quiet Americans - November 15, 2004 - The New York Sun
Nice article here about Bush supporters in the UK. The moral seems to be if you don't want to be subject of a 30 minute tirade on the streer by one of our English cousins then its best to stay quiet.

Nanny Knows Best: Nanny's Traffic Lights System to ban Foods

Nanny Knows Best: Nanny's Traffic Lights
Again this blogger shows whats wrong with over intruding Government with a bit of humor. In this post, we look at the UK"S silly proposal to wrap foods in different colors so as to signify if they are bad for you. By the way I will try to update this page today with a similar silly policy regarding banning certain kinds of food that is being proposed in Canada.

Big Dick Cheney, Oh, Yes, Very Big

Big Dick Cheney, Oh, Yes, Very Big
Hey thats WONKETTE'S headline not mine. Well the mysterious picture that was the object of a previous post down the page has been found. Conservatives from the free Republic as well as Liberals have been scouring all over Wisconsin to try to find it. The thread was pulled on Free republic but I expect another one will be up today. To recap quite a stir was created when a photo appeared in a Milwaukee newspaper showing Cheney's showing a little bit more than he probally wanted too. One radio talk show host in Milwaukee was heard on the air to utter "Its like a Scud Missile". The whole funny story can be found at www.milwaukeemagazine.com (I had trouble direct linking the article). It was quite the talk of the town. Anyway the photo which by mistake got in the paper without being "cropped" was suddenly not available for sale by the paper. Well the search is over click above. I report You decide. All in all a pretty funny and harmless story that relieved some of the tension after the election.

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOILDERS


I know this picture is mighty controversal to some Catholics and other Christians . But for me it fills me with pride that Catholic soldiers are going into battle with an symbol of their faith before them. I mean if you don't think the Blessed Mother and her Son is opposed to this war and for liberating the oppressed why not go into battle with the Rosary. Lets get some input from everyone? Is it inspiring to some? Do others think it portrays images of the crusades? Just curious. Comments welcome. By the way here is a link about volunteers making special war time rosary's for our troopsPosted by Hello

NOTE TO NEW READERS

If your new here and from blogexplosion welcome. You will notice that I am experimenting with different fonts and formats for quotes from articles I like to post. Please forgive me, we shall have a more uniform standard in a couple of days. I just was getting tired of Blocking the quotes because one post looked like it went on forever and probally was not very alluring to read at first glance because of perceived length. I def want you to read them and comment on them because I have most of you for only 30 seconds to make the sell. Thanks again

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Well Lets See What Our Friends In Europe Have Been Saying While You Were Sleeping

Well lets start off with a major foreign policy speech that Prime Minister Blair will be giving today. For those in the Labor Party that think Blair will step away from Bush, the war on terror, or the anglo alliance might be disappointed. The Financial Times reports in a preview:
The prime minister will defy leftwing critics of the war in Iraq to mount an impassioned defence of Britain's “special relationship” with the US.
The prime minister returns to the offensive over the Anglo-American relationship despite deepening unease among Labour backbenchers about the aftermath of the war in Iraq and Mr Blair's dealings with the US president.
A Downing Street insider said on Sunday night: “What you need is democratic world opinion to be united in the pursuit of democracy. In various parts of the world, and the Middle East is one of them, while America has the power Europe has immense amounts of areas of influence.”

However the war is the main focus in many of the papers .TheTimes has a great compelling piece on the action a must read. However since they require a paid subscription a nice poster at the Free Republic utilized this thread where he posted the whole story. The Times reports:
The last hours of the mujahidin are terrifying. With the city they once ruled with the absolute authority of medieval caliphs now overrun by American and Iraqi troops, they have to keep moving. To pause even for a few minutes can mean instant death from an unseen enemy.
From a house across the road, the explosion flushed out another group of guerrillas. Deafened by the blast, they stumbled out into the street, formed a ragged line and started off on the marathon to postpone their deaths, the drone dogging their every step.
Any guerrilla who could make his way back up from the last pockets of resistance in the south would see the mujahidin graffiti — “Jihad, jihad, jihad, God is Greatest and Islam will win” — replaced by slogans daubed by the US-backed Iraqi Army, posted the length of the route. Standing on a street reeking of decomposed bodies, the ruins of a five-floor building silhouetted behind him, Lieutenant Fares Ahmed Hassan said that the destroyed city would send a strong message to a nation where force has long been the lingua franca of government. “When the people of Fallujah come back and see their houses, they will kick out any terrorists. This will be an example to all Iraqi cities,” the Kurdish officer said.
Pretty compelling stuff. The Times also has a statement from the commander that planned the attack that shows the key to its success. Again go to this thread at the Free Republic to see the whole article The Times Article states:
US Marine Major-General Richard Natonski, who devised the ground attack, yesterday revealed one of the key ingredients of Operation Phantom Fury: several days before the start of the real attack, a large “invasion” force, with up to 200 armoured vehicles, carried out several “feint” attacks to the south of Fallujah, charging right up to the edge of the city in what is known as dynamic manoeuvres.
General Natonski said that these feint invasions confused the insurgents, who assumed that the attack was going to come initially from the south and built up their forces in that part of the city.
In fact, the main thrust of the invading force was made up of six battalions of US Army and Marine troops, punching through defensive lines across six points in the north of Fallujah. The feints to the south also forced insurgents to open fire from their secret bunkers, which immediately exposed them to bombing from the air and artillery fire.

The Guardian had a story on the fight too.(actually ran in the Sunday edition) However being The Guardian they make the Americans look like a bunch of uneducated "rednecks" From The Commander on down. Click here for full story with all their emphasis on funny "backwood" pronunciation. Heres a few quotes:
In the huge, muddy field which serves as a forward base, Major-General Richard Natonski prepared his troops for the battle ahead. 'We're goin' in to raise the Eye-raqi flag above Falluja - to give it back to the Fallujans,' he shouted, the eyes of the entire 1st Marine Division on him.
Only two songs send a shiver up my spine,' said one marine, his face scored with the pockmarks and confidence of youth. 'The marine hymn, and that song by Toby Keith after 9/11 which says "we're gonna kick you up the ass - that's the American way".'
Oh well theres more but I will let you read their "world class reporting". Continuing the war coverage, The Telegraph has an inspiring story of an British soldier who became a amputee and went to great lengths to rejoin his unit. Quite an inspiring story, Click last link to read it. Also in The Telegraph is an interesting article on how the "conservative" members of the Tories might be pushed out of power and influence by the "Bush Loving-Sarcarism here" Torie leader Michael Howard. Guess the Tories didn't learn much from the US elections as they move more and more toward the mushy middle. Good article though click here for the link

NOTE- The two articles I cite from the London Times are actually in their Sunday editions but I thought the reporting was so good I wanted to include them.

LifeSite Special Report - U.N. Demands Poland Overturn Laws Against Abortion

LifeSite Special Report - U.N. Demands Poland Overturn Laws Against Abortion
This article is pretty amazing. It is beyond my comprehension while genocide is allowed to take place in Sudan and anti human right regimes are coddled the UN goes to Catholic countries like Poland and uses it influence to try to overturn anti abortion laws or weakened them. I wonder what the Polish reaction is to this intrusion in their soverignity, I agree with the another blogger that their reaction is probally "UN Picks Up Where Hitler Left Off". Hope that doesn't offend you but perhaps countries that had to endure so much genocide might should be listened too. Lets say that in the next 4 years Roe vRade is overturned. Contrary to popular thought that would not make abortion illegal. If Roe was overturned completely(doubtful IMHO) then the decision to restrict expand or eliminate abortion would be left up to the states. I can't imagine a UN commision coming to Louisiana and trying to influence legislation. Of special note is that there is an american on this commision by the name of Ruth Wedgwood. How did she vote or what were her feelings on this issue? I don't know but I hope to find out. Mrs. Wedgworth has a pretty impressive bio. To look at it go here. Also I find an impressive interview she did discussing the Patriot Act and the status of terrorist in our custody that can be found here. Well worth the read and not the usual nonsense that passes for discussion on the patriot act. Hattip to cybercatholics blog

Telegraph | News | Kerry's ex-girlfriend relives their affair in graphic novel

Telegraph News Kerry's ex-girlfriend relives their affair in graphic novel
Another gem from The Telegraph it appears that Kerry's ex girlfriend is writing one of those "its fiction because I don't want to get sued but based on fact"novels. Pretty heated stuff it appears in some sections. Gosh, Kerry might have wished this came out before the election. The Telegraph quotes one of the most heated moments:

In another part of Hedge Fund Mistress, Nikki tells a friend about a particularly wild encounter over dinner with her political paramour, Sen Jim
Hoyt. "We were sitting at one end of the long dining room table and suddenly we were feeding each other and kissing, and all over each other, and undressing
each other and plates were falling on the floor, food was everywhere, you know, our usual combustible frenzy, and then he carried me to the bedroom," she
writes. Asked by her friend what happened next,Nikki says: "We made mad, passionate love and he immediately fell asleep." The unfortunate Nikki, however, almost dies as the senator lies snoring while she goes into anaphylactic shock from eating
shellfish.

For the full article click above. Wow I starting to feel like wonkette

Telegraph | News | Bush will visit as Britain gears up for election

Telegraph News Bush will visit as Britain gears up for election
Wow, this trip a going to make a lot of bloggers happy. Imagine the backdrop when Bush arrives in the Mother Country. First, we will have all that great background noise from the UK anti war crowd and all their demonstrations. Then we have the usual suspects , BBC, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and other tabloids with full frontpage pictures of an angry English mothers who lost sons and 15 point headlines proclaiming such calm things as "I want To Strangle Bush's Neck". You know responsible and balanced jouralism. Then we have the saga of Blairs election with the upside down world of an Republican supporting an Labor Minister and The Tories still mad at Republicans and vice versa. Wow and that only the first stop in Europe. No telling what the media and other loons of the European Left have in store for our President. I know we had bloggers at the both conventions. Heck I want to live blog this trip.--Note to Karl Rove If you happened to come to my site via Blog Explosion can you please put in the comment section where I may send my resume ,also I would prefer not to be seated by that obnoxious report from msnbc but prefer sitting next to one of the cute Fox reporters . Thanks. Getting back to business the following is a outake from The Telegraph.(Full article link above)

For Mr Blair, the presence of the President carries the risk of
costing him support among Labour voters implacably opposed to Britain's involvement in the American-led campaign in Iraq.The visit will also put Michael Howard, the Conservative leader, on the spot because it will
reopen the row between the Tory high command and the White House over Mr Howard's
attacks on Mr Blair over his decision to go to war in Iraq.
Karl Rove, Mr Bush's closest adviser, is reported to have told Mr Howard's aides two months ago: "You can forget about him meeting the President." Last week, in an interview with The
Telegraph, Mr Howard refused to express pleasure on Mr Bush's re-election and added: "I am not going to be told by the White House how to do my job."
With an election looming, protocol dictates that Mr Bush would have to meet the Tory leader as well as the Prime Minister, even though he last week declared himself a firm political supporter of Mr Blair, calling him a "big thinker" and a "rock-solid leader".Mr Blair, meanwhile, was careful to
remain strictly neutral in the run-up to this month's US presidential election between Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry.




Southern Appeal Another Jewel In My Blog Links

Southern Appeal
This the second in a series of post that I am doing on the links in my bloglist and why you might wish to wander over there. A few days ago I talked about maxedoutmama. Today I wish to direct you to Southern Appeal. Southern Appeal is one of those blogs I read daily. It also a team blog with alot of good minds contributing their wisdom. You have to love a blog thats descripition is "The random musings of a Southern Catholic Federalist and his Co-Conspirators". Southern Appeal has a daily dose of poilitics, news and musings on the law all with a good dose of wit. I very much like their postings on the law and current legal issues. It appears that they have a couple of Law students doing that over there. Law students are great because there in the thick of it and more current than practicing lawyers like myself that are specialized in one area. Ah, to talk about the commerce clause over beers well I digress. The head of this blog himself is a pretty impressive lawyer looking at his bio. Anywho, take a look it also has a pretty impressive group of links to other political sites as well a a nice set of links to conservative(I prefer the non-political term orthodox) Catholic links. Enjoy

How to Support the Troops during the holidays

The Art of the Blog: Support the Troops
The holidays are upon us ,and in that spirit please vist the link above. This blogger has collected numerous links of how you can support our forces during the holidays. From gifts,books, to letters of support. Its amazing how with a little effort we can show how much we care.

MIKE V - "The Most Intimidating Mascot In The Country" CBS sportline.com


Well we won, now on to the other matters of the world. Congrats are in order to a heck of of an Alabama team that has gone through some rough years and has improved greatly. The game to watch next week , besides LSU/OleMiss(Geaux To Hell Ole Miss), will be the Auburn/Bama game. One not to miss. Anyway LSU home football games are an experience that can't be described. If you don't trust my biased opinion go here and turn yp the volume on your speakers. Posted by Hello

LSU 26 Alabama 10


"Baton Rouge happens to be the worst place to a be a visiting team. Its like being inside a drum." Coach "Bear" Bryant of Alabama Posted by Hello

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