Tuesday, January 31, 2006

State of the Union Analysis

In between domestic duties and keeping tabs on the Cindy Sheehan/Lynn Woolsey attempt to disrupt the State of the Union address, I was watching it on TV. In the meantime, I've watched clips and also read the transcript of the speech.

I thought the President did a great job of outlining the ongoing fight against Islamofacism. In particular, I note the reference to "the false comfort of Isolationism" and how retreat would signal "we no longer believe in our own ideals, or even in our own courage." However, I wish he would have been stronger in confronting the twin demons of Hamas and the government of Iran in the address. Our world got more dangerous last week with the election of a Hamas majority for the Palestinians. The Naziesque rhetoric of the President of Iran, as well as that nation's nuclear ambitions are a real threat to our closest ally in the region, Israel, and our nation.

Another criticism I have is with border security and it has been one area where President Bush has disappointed me. He is right that we need to secure our borders, but a "humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty" is an oxymoron. A guest worker program is a form of amnesty. We need to secure our borders and make sure we know who is coming into the United States, then we can figure out how best to help people who want to come here legally. It is not fair to people who follow the rules for immigrating here to have people who have broken our immigration laws put in front of them.

For all the talk about alternative sources of energy, the President did not confront two sources of the problem, no new refineries built in the last 30 years and the need for more domestic drilling.

Like many conservatives, I am beyond tired of the pandering of the Bush family to the Clintons and that happened again tonight.

We saw the partisanship of the Democratic party in applauding the torpedoing of Social Security reform last year. For so-called "progressives" who claim to be "for the little guy," there is nothing progressive in keeping the status quo on Social Security. Even FDR said that one day the system would have to have some sort of privatization. Then again, that's the modern Democratic party, postpone dealing with big problems for another day. That was their strategy with terrorism during the Clinton years and that's their strategy for our future generation's retirement.

New Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito got more than one handclap, which I'm sure irritated Upchuck Schumer, Sour Grapes Kerry and Chappaquiddick Kennedy.

For all the criticism I have, there were the good points. The President did point out the need for renewing the Patriot Act, surveillance of terrorists and the economic growth in America. These are area which are the continuing source of pessimism, distortions and half truths by Democrats and their PR firm, the mainstream media.

IJ Watch -- Pre SOTU Pessimism

The IJ's Richard Halstead wrote that President Bush would be "hardpressed to put a positive spin" on his State of the Union Address tonight.

Halstead cited in his story the same old talking points of Democrats and their PR people in the mainstream media, the so-called "wiretapping authorized by Bush" and "lobbying scandals involving Republicans in Congress."

Instead of giving IJ readers a balanced perspective on the SOTU address, we were only given a one sided view, displayed in the pessimistic tone of Alison Howard of Dominican University in San Rafael and Hank Fearnely of College of Marin in Larkspur.

The editorial cartoon by Horsey of the Seattle Post Lack-of-Intelligencer displayed the same DNC talking points as repeated by the MSM. "Ownership Society (If you're poor, you're on your own), Permanent Tax Cuts (Permanent Deficits for America), Plan for Victory (We're Gonna Be in Iraq for a Long, Long Time), Spending Restraints (Billions for Iraq, Cuts for Food Stamps) Terrorist Surveillance (Spy on Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime) Visionary Agenda (Beat the Democrats in November)."

On a similar note, in the Ask Marin section of Monday's IJ, the subject of so-called "Bush Administration Wiretapping Situation" came up. Out of six respondents, only one agreed with the President. Why doesn't that surprise me? Could it be the way they phrased the question or they got the result they wanted?

As usual, the IJ, like most of the MSM, continue the propaganda for the Democratic party. When it comes to lobbying scandals, no mention is made of Dirty Harry Reid's $60,000 donations received from Abrhamoff linked associates. Neither is the "domestic wiretapping" put into perspective, that it is only calls made from known or suspected terrorists to people inside this country.

Maybe the IJ editors should read Debra Burlingame's WSJ op-ed, featured here yesterday.

WoolseyWatch -- Guest for State of Union Address Arrested by Capitol Police

Cindy Sheehan, whose grief at losing her son in Iraq has been manipulated by the Enemy Within, was arrested by Capitol Police prior to tonight's State of the Union Address.

She was the guest of "Red" Lynn Woolsey, the treasonous Congresswoman representing Marin & Sonoma Counties.

According to news reports, Sheehan was trying to unfurl a banner in the balcony of the House of Representatives.

Woolsey is one of a handful of Democrats in the House who co-signed an impeachment bill. As mentioned here on January 14, she is one of 200 signatures for an "Urgent Peace Plan" by the group Code Pinko, who gave $600,000 in cash and mediacal aid to terrorists in Fallujah.

Sheehan, formerly of Vacaville, now lives in Berkeley CA, also known as "Commietown." She gained national attention after her demonstration outside the President's Texas ranch was given glowing attention by the mainstream media. She has called the Iraqi terrorists "freedom fighters" and was recently the guest of another enemy of America, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Perhaps Woolsey's behavior at aiding an attempt to disrupt the President's speech should be reason for an ethics investigation by the House.

For those who wish to contact Woolsey's office and express your displeasure:
Washington: Phone: 202-225-5161, Fax: 202-225-5163
San Rafael: Phone: 415-507-9554, Fax: 415-507-9601

UPDATE: Photos of Sheehan escorted out:

For those who forgot how Lynn wrote a letter of reference for a rapist of a 17 year-old girl.

Monday, January 30, 2006

WSJ Op Ed: Al Qaeda, Not The FBI, Is The Greater Threat to America

There was a superb editorial by Debra Burlingame in today's Wall Street Journal opinion page. Her brother was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon by terrorists on September 11, 2001.

I'd like to point out these two paragraphs in particular.

Meanwhile, the media, mouthing phrases like "Article II authority," "separation of powers" and "right to privacy," are presenting the issues as if politics have nothing to do with what is driving the subject matter and its coverage. They want us to forget four years of relentless "connect-the-dots" reporting about the missed chances that "could have prevented 9/11." They have discounted the relevance of references to the two 9/11 hijackers who lived in San Diego. But not too long ago, the media itself reported that phone records revealed that five or six of the hijackers made extensive calls overseas.

NBC News aired an "exclusive" story in 2004 that dramatically recounted how al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar, the San Diego terrorists who would later hijack American Airlines flight 77 and fly it into the Pentagon, received more than a dozen calls from an al Qaeda "switchboard" inside Yemen where al-Mihdhar's brother-in-law lived. The house received calls from Osama Bin Laden and relayed them to operatives around the world. Senior correspondent Lisa Myers told the shocking story of how, "The NSA had the actual phone number in the United States that the switchboard was calling, but didn't deploy that equipment, fearing it would be accused of domestic spying." Back then, the NBC script didn't describe it as "spying on Americans." Instead, it was called one of the "missed opportunities that could have saved 3,000 lives."

Tell that to our mainstream media, like the Treason Times, as well as the Marin Independent Journal, who keep using the misleading term "domestic spying." I resent they way they, as well as most Democratic politicians in Congress, are playing petty political games with the security of my family and all Americans.

Flight 93 Movie on A&E Tonight

Cable channel A&E is showing a two-hour movie tonight on the heroes of Flight 93.

Here on the West Coast, the movie is on at 9 p.m. Check your listings where you are at. According to their website, it will be repeated on Tuesday & Wednesday.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Rolling Stone & Kanye West Mock Jesus

To those who deny that there is a Culture War, here is proof that you're wrong.

Just how much lower can this untalented crapper Kanye West go? This is the same guy said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" on a telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims.

Then again, that is the cesspool called "modern culture" as glorified by Rolling Stone. I haven't read that rag in over five years. I'd read it from time to time during the 80's and early 90s. They turned me off when one of their editors said he'd make sure Rush (the Canadian rock band) would never be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This takes the cake though.

Sen. Frist, Squash The Filibuster

The 2004 election loser John Kerry is turning his sour grapes into whine by threatening a Democrat filibuster of the vote to confirm Samuel Alito to the Supereme Court.

The hero of Chappaquiddick, Ted Kennedy is also joining Kerry. Now Dirty Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein have reneged on their pledge not to filibuster.

At this moment, a filibuster looks like it would fall short of votes to be sustained. That is why Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist should not hesitate to stop the filibuster if it is attempted by the Democrats.

There is no reason Judge Alito should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court. He is well qualified, was overwhelmingly confirmed to a lower court and has enough votes for confirmation to our Highest Court.

That's what threatens the minority in the Senate.

For all their comments about President Bush's nominees being "out of the mainstream," it is the Democratic Senators who are out of the mainstream and out of touch with America. They are only puppets whose strings are being pulled by the editorial board of The Treason Times, the alQueda Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), People for the unAmerican Way and other extreme far-left groups. The judiciary is the Left's last line of defense to ensure that criminals and detained terrorists have more rights than citizens, that private property can be seized for more tax revenue and that al-Queda can plan deadlier attacks against America without fear of detection by the government.

If a filibuster is attempted, it is up to you Sen. Frist, to put a stop to this unconstitutional abuse of power once and for all by the Democrat minority in the Senate.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Iraqi General -- WMDs Removed Prior to Iraq War

Here's a story from the New York Sun which you won't see in the Treason Times (formerly known as The New York Times) or the Marin Independent Journal. They're too busy repeating in their papers their untrue mantras: "Bush's Domestic Spying program" or "Bush Lied about WMDs".

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Who's Behind Impeachment? What the Mercury News Didn't Tell You

Democrat Website Mentioned in Story Mocked 9/11 Casualty

I was alerted to this article in The San Jose Mercury News by an e-mail from the Howard Koologian campaign. The Mercury News’ Washington Bureau writer Jim Puzzanghera wrote an article in Saturday’s paper entitled “Fueled By Warrantless Wiretapping (sic), Impeachment Talk is Getting Louder.

Puzzanghera’s story was basically a list of all the extreme left-wing Democrats who’ve been trying to impeach Bush for years. Though he said mentioned some “moderate Democrats” have suggested the “I” word, I did not recognize any so-called “moderate Democrats” in the story.

The Mercury News story also mentioned a website called Democrats.com. This website is run by a group of Clintonoids and Gorebots such as Bob Fertik, who ran the White House website. Stan Greenberg, chief pollster for Al Gore and Greg Simon, former Gore domestic policy adviser, are on the advisory board for the website. Fertik has also formed ImpeachPac to fund candidates who support impeachment.

What Puzzanghera didn’t tell readers about Democrats.com is how it is basically the septic tank of the extreme left-wing of the Democratic party. They were working as far back as July 2002 to elect a Democrat majority to Congress, with the sole purpose of impeaching “the President, Vice President, and Supreme Court Justices.” A month earlier, they claimed Flight 93 was shot down on orders of President Bush.

The website also throws the “Nazi” accusation at Bush and his supporters as routinely as a dealer throws cards Vegas. They claim links to Preston Bush (W’s grandfather) and the Nazi party, as well as something called Bush’s Nazi Inheritance. An August 2001 Newsmax story detailed the website and how they attacked members of FreeRepublic.com. Democrats.com called FReepers “one step on the food chain above Neo-Nazis” and asked “So when can we expect the formation of the ‘Bush Youth’ movement?”

But Democrats.com lowest and most inhuman moment came in the wake of September 11, 2001. While the website promoted rallies against a war with the terrorist enemy, it made fun of one of the 3,000 killed on 9/11.

Barbara Olson was a conservative author and wife of then Solicitor General Ted Olson. She was on American Airlines Flight 77 and spent the last few minutes of her life on the phone with her husband, giving him information of what was happening on the plane.

She died as the plane crashed into the Pentagon, one of that day’s heroes. Yet Democrats.com mocked her death, using a picture of Ann Coulter “reminiscing" about Olson. Underneath was the caption “Virulent Right Wing PRO-American Crazies Call for Holy War.” (see archived page)

Karl Rove said a few days ago that “Republicans have a post-9/11 worldview - and many Democrats have a pre-9/11 worldview. That doesn't make them unpatriotic, not at all. But it does make them wrong - deeply and profoundly and consistently wrong.”

If you look at Fertik & Co’s website (which Jim Puzzanghera and The Mercury News didn‘t allow), it is a look into the pre-9/11 worldview of the Democratic party. Yet I do disagree with Rove on one point. When I look at the hatred, conspiracy theories and lies spun by Democrats.com and recycled by elected Democrats, I do question their patriotism, as well as their loyalty to this nation.

Hypocrite Hillary Strikes Again

Hillary Evita Perron Clinton became the next Democrat today to come forward and undermine President Bush and the War on Terror by criticizing the NSA eavesdropping program.

"Their argument that it's rooted in the authority to go after al-Qaida is far-fetched," she said. "Their argument that it's rooted in the Constitution inherently is kind of strange because we have FISA and FISA operated very effectively and it wasn't that hard to get their permission,"

Ms. Clinton, read Article 2, Section 2 of the US Constitution and you'll see where the President has the authority.

"Obviously, I support tracking down terrorists. I think that's our obligation. But I think it can be done in a lawful way," (Wasn’t it Bill’s obligation also to chase terrorists instead of interns?)

And this is coming from a woman who sat by while the Clinton regime:

Ran the Echelon Program, (a REAL case of spying, terrorists weren't targeted).
Had about 900 FBI files of political opponents.
Used the IRS as a political tool against political opponents.
Used private detectives to gather dirt about women accusing Bill of sexual harassment.

Leave it to us in the new media to show how much of a hypocrite you are, Hillary. No wonder 51% of the country won’t vote for you, because you’re just a demagogue masquerading as a senator.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Zombie's Photos from Walk for Life West Coast

For those interested in a photo essay of last Saturday's Walk for Life West Coast, check out this link from Bay Area photo essayist extraordinaire, Zombie. If you get a chance also, check out his site for a glimpse of signs you won't see from the so-called "anti-war" protests.

Monday, January 23, 2006

IJ Watch -- Liberatore Misleads & Reader Responds to Fairfax Vice Mayor

Paul Liberatore wrote of two comedians who were appearing at a Saturday appearance in San Rafael by Independent (Socialist) Congressman Bernie Sanders, who is running for U.S. Senate for Vermont.

That was one little tidbit that Liberatore didn't point out, that Sanders is the only openly admitted Socialist in Congress. He only referred to Sanders as "an independent candidate from a little state 3,000 miles away."

Libertore's next sentence in his Republican bashing article includes his second whopper.

"But, with Republicans in control of everything, including our phone conversations, these are not usual times."

Once again, Liberatore is repeating the liberal lie that the U.S. Government is tapping the phones of every American.

Funny that Paul didn't utter a peep when his President, Bill Clinton, ran the Echelon Program.

Letters to the Editor -- Response to Fairfax vice mayor by IJ Reader

Robert A. Casper Sr. of San Rafael wrote an excellent Letter to the Editor in Monday's IJ in response to Larry Bragman, vice mayor of Fairfax and Roni Krouzman of some group called Next Generation. Bragman & Krouzman wrote a letter which appeared in the January 6th IJ calling for Assemblyman Joe Nation to support a bill calling for the California National Guard to be recalled from Iraq.

Here's an except of Casper's letter:

"Somehow, they feel less safe because our National Guard is protecting the people of Iraq. How selfish. But then that's the motto of the "Next Generation" - me first.

...But Marin, and especially Fairfax, is out of touch with reality and America.

I grew up with the "Greatest Generation" and America was, in fact, great because of our sacrifices. The "Next Generation" just wants to smoke its pot, drink its Merlot and let the suffering people of the world fend for themselves.

If they have their way today, we'll all be speaking Arabic and women will have to turn in their drivers licenses, quit school and be fitted for a berqa."

Amen sir! Of course, if the city council of Fairfax would start "acting locally instead of globally," maybe they could do something to better prepare the town for the next time there's another flood like the one on New Year's Eve.

MSM Lies: Limbaugh, Conservatives Too Scared To Help USO

Rush Limbaugh talked about this story today from Newsbusters. Apparently, the anti-war lib entertainers are blaming him for a lack of entertainers signing up for USO shows in Iraq.

ABC's Nightline interviewed Stewart Smalley and (some comedienne I've never heard of) Kathy Griffin.

“I think Rush Limbaugh should, you know, pop a few of those Oxycontin that he probably still has laying around and go over. I mean, I'm not saying go straight, he's got to take the edge off, but, you know, put your money where your mouth is, (Bill) O'Reilly, go do a book tour or something over there." Griffin told Nightline.

But Rush did go to Afghanistan in 2005 and has the content from the trip on his website. Apparently, MSM reporters haven't learned how to do a Google search. Also, Rush is not a stage star.

Yet I'll bet when Rush is given the opportunity to go to Iraq, these same critics will accuse him of going on a "propaganda mission." I remember this happening last summer when Righttalk.com and Move America Forward put together a "Truth Tour" of radio talk show hosts to Iraq. Media liberals accused them of going on a "propaganda mission" and had the audacity to claim conservative hosts are not journalists. Ellis Hennican, in particular, made a horse's ass of himself on the O'Reilly Factor when this subject came up.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

IJ Watch -- Sympathy for a Homegrown Traitor

Frank Lindh is on a campaign to gain clemency for his son, John Walker Lindh, a.k.a Johnny Jihad or (my favorite nickname, courtesy of Michael Savage) Ratboy.

And he has the Marin Independent Journal giving him a helping hand.

It all started in November, when the IJ ran a front page feature on the traitor by Beth Ashley, the Lifestyles writer. Her article told how Ratboy was bound by duct tape to a stretcher, with a bullet wound which remained untreated for a couple of days. Her story also contained discussions with his lawyers, who are trying to get the 20 year sentence from his 2002 plea deal commuted.

Ashley's sympathetic story on Ratboy is not surprising to those familiar with her writing. She has used her Sunday Lifestyles column to attack the Bush Administration, the War on Terrorism and Republicans in general. She has also written about her attendance at so-called "anti-war protests." That bias should have disqualified her from writing the story.

This past Thursday, Frank Lindh took his case to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and the IJ was there. In his speech, he attacked government officials (including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld & former Attorney General John Ashcroft) for the treatment of his traitor son while he continued his plea for clemency.

"I call this 'the case of the crimeless crime'....This is the story of a decent and honorable young man who embarked on a spiritual quest who became the focus of the grief and anger of the entire nation for an event in which he had not part." Lindh said, from the IJ article written by Mark Prado.

Prado's story continues the sympathetic whitewash of Ratboy that began in Ashley's feature, with no effort to challenge the inconsistencies or outright lies Mr. Lindh spewed forth in his speech. Lindh wanted to portray his son as a religious scholar who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, becoming the focus of national anger after 9/11. What he didn't point out was the anti-American sentiment Ratboy showed in conversations & correspondence.

A Oct, 7, 2002 article in Time (hardly a right-wing publication) quotes 1998 letter where Ratboy said the two embassy bombings by al-Queda "seem far more likely to have been carried out by the American government than by any Muslims." He also wrote an e-mail to his mother after the 2000 election about George W. Bush being "your new President....I'm glad he's not mine."

In the July 16,2002 IJ, Ebrahim Nana, who is affiliated with the Islamic Center of Mill Valley (where Ratboy converted to Islam) was quoted as saying, "Maybe he, being idealistic didn't realize some of the problems with the Taliban, but it is every Muslim's goal is to help establish a Muslim state, (emphasis mine) morally, physically or financially." This begs the question, what exactly is being taught in the Mill Valley mosque and others like it?

Lindh tries to portray the U.S. relationship with the Taliban as one that changed after 9/11, saying the U.S. had aided the Taliban against the Soviet Union and Colin Powell had announced a $43 million grant to the Taliban in 2001. If Prado had checked his facts, he'd have found out the Taliban came into power in 1996, years after the Soviet Union was run out of Afghanistan by the mujahadeen. According to Wikipedia, the $43 million was for humanitarian aid, mostly wheat, to be given to the Afghan people. This aid has been characterized by extreme left-wing writers like Robert Scheer as a reward for reducing poppy production. Lindh's reasoning is based on left-wing lies.

Finally, there's the biggest piece of the puzzle missing from Lindh's speech, Prado's IJ article and given only brief mention in Ashley's feature: a CIA officer in Afghanistan named Johnny "Mike" Spann.

Spann was the first U.S. casualty in the War on Terror, killed in a prison uprising moments after he interrogated Ratboy in Afghanistan.

"Do you know the people you're here working with are terrorists?" Spann asked Ratboy, according to the Time article. "There were several hundred Muslims killed in the bombing in New York City. Is that what the Koran teaches? I don't think so. Are you going to talk to us?"

Ratboy didn't say a word. He didn't lift a finger to defend Spann. Instead, he ran off like the coward and traitor he is, while one of his countrymen was killed. John Walker Lindh is an accomplice in the first casualty in Afghanistan, he took up arms against his country, making him guilty of treason, despite what Frank Lindh says. No, John Walker Lindh doesn’t deserve a commutation. If anything, he should have his plea deal revoked due to the actions of his father and be tried for treason.

Today, Shannon Spann is without a husband, her young son will never know his father, nor will his two daughters ever see their father again. Frank Lindh still has a son, who he puts far ahead of the son, the husband and father forever absent from the Spann family.

Lindh displays the typical selfishness one would expect from a child of the '60s. You can hear in his voice the typical 1960's hippie attitude. If it feels good son, do it. It's part of how Frank Lindh also lived his life, leaving his wife and children because his needs and desires were more important.

Frank Lindh is a partially to blame for Ratboy becoming the traitor he is. But also to blame is the same, narcissistic 1960's blame-America-first mentality of Marin County, which is celebrated in the Marin Independent Journal. A man stands along Highway 101 holding a sign with the number of U.S. casualties in Iraq, he's front page news. The local "Peace & Justice" apologists for terrorists and brutal dictators rally on a street corner or in front of an Armed Forces Recruiting Station, it's front page news. High School offspring of spoiled 60's flower children in the socialist hamlet of Mill Valley resist military recruiters, they're front page news. Former President Bush calls Ratboy "some misguided Marin County hot-tubber" and the IJ sends his office letters of protest from readers.

To the IJ and Marin County hot-tub liberals, it's more embarrassing to be called "hot-tubbers" than it is to be the home of an al-Queda soldier. For the patriotic here ignored by the IJ, the treason of John Walker Lindh and his enabling, permissive parents who consider him a hero make us ashamed to call Marin County home.

Lindh and the IJ must think we're fools to be put to sleep like sheeple. Unlike them, there’s many of us in Marin County and America who will never forget September 11, 2001.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

"Plantation" Comment Not Hillary's First Racist Moment

"I have in the past certainly, you know maybe, called somebody a name. But I have never used an ethnic, racial, anti-Semitic, bigoted, discriminatory, prejudiced, accusation against anybody. I've never done it. I've never thought it."

That is what Hillary Clinton said in July 2000, after the release of the book "State of a Union: Inside the Complex Marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton" Among the details it contained was Hillary calling the campaign manager of Bill's 1974 Congressional Race a "f--king Jew Bastard."

Hillary, who was running for the Senate at the time, also said about the book, "I just find it really pathetic and very sad that this is the way that people are attempting to influence politics, and I don't think we should stand for it."

Hillary obviously can't take her own advice, as she used Martin Luther King Jr. day to play racial politics. She told a black audience that the Republican party ran the House of Representatives "like a plantation."

What is worse than Ms. Clinton being a world-class hypocrite is the fact she is also a liar about never having used a racial slur.

Pollster Dick Morris once said when he asked for a pay raise, Hillary screamed at him, "That's all you people care about is money!" (Morris is Jewish.)

At a 1999 speech, Hillary stood up and gave the wife of terrorist Yasser Arafat a hug and kiss, after Mrs. Arafat claimed Israel was using poison gas against Palestinians.

Two years ago, Ms. Clinton had to apologize for these remarks she made at a St. Louis fundraiser:

"I love this quote from Mahatma Gandhi - who ran a gas station down in St. Louis for a couple of years. Mr. Gandhi - do you still go down to the gas station? A lot of wisdom comes out of that gas station."

In August 2003, she stated she was "very grateful" to have grown up in the "1950s white suburbs for family life."

Hillary has not apologized for her "plantation" comment. She was also defended by Senators John "Sour Grapes" Kerry and Barak Obama, as well as liberal commentators like Alan Colmes.

Of course, if a Republican had made similar comments on Martin Luther King Day, he'd have been forced into early retirement by Ms. Clinton, Kerry, Obama, et al.

IJ Watch -- Anti-Death Penalty Bias in Allen Execution Coverage

Tuesday's Marin Independent Journal covered the execution of Clarance Ray Allen with an obvious anti-death penalty bias.

A large photo of a man (from Berkeley, of all places) holding a sign which read "Premeditated Murder By the State Promotes A Violent Society" accompanied the IJ's "coverage" of the execution.

On the jump page, A7, a photo of another anti-death penalty demonstrator was shown, participating in an Indian prayer circle. The story continued with anti-death penalty quotes from M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell, and two Novato women who cofounded the group Peace Novato. Farrell is a big anti-war activist, as well as advocate for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal.

Barbara Becnel, who co-authored a book with Stanley "Tookie" Williams (co-founder of the Crips gang) was also at San Quentin prison to protest and was quoted in the IJ story.

Williams was executed last month at San Quentin. Here (courtesy of Zombie) is a look at the characters who showed up to protest his execution.

The IJ did mention that one man did show up from Sacramento to support Allen's execution. He had his free speech limited by the anti-death penalty crowd who formed a circle around him and crowd him out.

Maybe, to balance the story, the IJ should have shown that photo. It would show how the Lefties love to scream "free speech" but squelch it when someone disagrees with them.

At the same time, why doesn't a reporter ask Mr. Farrell and the Peace Novato group how they can habitually support cold-blooded murderers and ruthless, despotic dictators?

Monday, January 16, 2006

Somebody Get Al Gore a Doctor!

Somebody needs to call a doctor for former Vice President Al Gore.

Here is someone whose ambition was to be President of the United States. Losing the razor thin 2000 Presidential election must have psychologically damaged him, because he's never accepted it. In several of his speeches, he has become crazed, given to worse temper tantrums than a spoiled two year old. Most of the time, he acts like Chicken Little, continuously crying out that the sky is falling. Usually, the subject is "global warming." In a speech today, Gore accused President Bush of breaking the law in ordering eavesdropping of communications between foreign al-Queda members with people in America. As a result, Gore claims our constitution and civil rights are at risk.

In any other time, Gore's public rantings would be good comedy. However, almost five years after 9/11, the stakes are way to high to be remotely funny. In fact it is dangerous, as America faces the continuing threat of even worse terror attacks at home and the threat of a nuclear Iran. Gore has no hard evidence of any lawbreaking on the part of the Bush Administration. He is simply crying "Wolf!" in a crowded theatre. Potentially, it could threaten our ability to defend against the threat of Islamofacism by stirring fear in the hearts of citizens against the President of the United States.

But, I don't think Gore believes al-Queda is a threat to America. The Conemaugh Valley Times pointed part of his speech which is a frightening look into the mind of Al Gore.

"Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when our fathers fought and won two World Wars simultaneously?

It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same."

(Note to Al: In case you missed it, here's what happened on 9/11/01.)

This explains why, for the eight years of the Clinton-Clinton/Gore administration, Islamic terrorism was a low priority. They didn't see it as a threat. Just ignore it and it will go away. Today, Gore and most elected Democrats still have their heads buried in the sand. In their rhetoric regarding the NSA eavesdropping leak, the Patriot Act and the War, they come down more on the side of the terrorists instead of the American people, the one's they are sworn to protect. And it's all out war on President Bush, the Republicans and Conservatives in general.

If Al Gore and his fellow Democrats engaged the Islamofacist enemy with even a tenth of the zeal as they attack Republicans, maybe the War on Terror would be closer to being over.

Then again, if the Clinton-Clinton/Gore Administration taken the terrorist threat seriously, the World Trade Center and almost 3,000 Americans might still be with us today

Saturday, January 14, 2006

WoolseyWatch -- Aid & Comfort to the Enemy

Code Pink Women For Peace (hereafter to be nicknamed "Code Pinko" in this blog, more on that later) has Lynn Woolsey as one of 200 signatures of prominent women for the group's "Urgent Peace Plan" to end the War in Iraq. Other signers include Berzerekeley CA's own Barbara Lee (the lone dissenter against the resolution for military action after 9/11) and Cynthia McKinney (D-GA).

So who exactly is Code Pinko and what have they done?

Code Pinko counts as one of it's co-founders Medea Benjamin, who also runs the San Francisco based Global Exchange. Benjamin lived in Communist Cuba during the 1980s, even telling the San Francisco Chronicle, "It seemed like I died and went to heaven." She also wrote a book glorifying the Communist island prison. She has also expressed support for other dictatorial regimes, including the Communist Vietnamese and former Sandinista government.

At the end of 2004, the group made a visit to Jordan where Benjamin announced they were making a donation of $600,000 in cash and medical aid to the town of Fallujah in Iraq. This was at a time when terrorists holed up in the town were fighting U.S. forces for control of the city. Four American contractors were killed there earlier that year, their charred bodies hung from a bridge by the residents. This act of aid and comfort to the enemy was ignored by American media, with the exception of Agence France Press. They also signed a document last June stating that the terrorist insurgents in Iraq, "deserved the support of people everywhere who care for justice and freedom."

During 2005, Code Pinko and other so-called "peace groups" led protests outside Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C., where wounded soldiers were recovering from their wounds. Protestors held signs reading "Maimed for a Lie" and "Enlist Here to Die for Halliburton." Mock caskets were also lined up on the sidewalk of the hospital.

Other Democrats have cozied up to this extremist, anti-American group. DNC Chair Howard "the Scream" Dean (pictured below) met with the group last month. Earlier this month, Rep. John "Benedict Arnold" Murtha met with co-founder Gael Murphy and Allison Yorra, Code Pinko's DC Coordinator (pictured below). The $600,000 contribution to the terrorists in Fallujah was aided through Customs to Jordan via a letter by Southern California Congressman Henry Waxman.

This begs the question; does Woolsey know she is giving support to an anti-American, anti-military group that has given aid and comfort to our enemies?

We're waiting for your answer, Congresswoman Woolsey.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Zawahiri May Be Dead -- Waiting for Confirmation

Like others in the blogosphere, MIM will be keeping tabs on this story and how it develops.

UPDATE: Jan. 14,2005 -- Looks now as if this did not happen.

IJ Watch -- Editorial Cartoons Promote Two Big Media Lies

Like most daily newspapers, the Marin Independent Journal is solidly left-wing, including their editorial page.

Take, for example, the cartoons which ran yesterday & today.

Yesterday's (Thursday the 12th) cartoon by Doug Marlette of the Tallahassee Democrat (big surprise there) was a caricature of President Bush with two large ears. A man to his right is screaming, "I said, people are worried about domestic eavesdropping!" The sentence is arranged to make the words go through one of Bush's ears and out the other.

But, in reality, the sentence "Most Americans support the NSA program of eavesdropping program" seems to be going through one ear and out the other ear of Doug Marlette and the Marin IJ editorial board. Polls show most Americans agree that there should be eavesdropping on calls between terrorists and possible cells in this country. Even the most liberal leaning polls show the same result. On the same topic, it appears that the New York Treason Times reporter who broke the story, James Risen, only sold 8,000 copies of his book in the first week on the market.

Today's cartoon showed an elephant dumping bags of trash, with a staffer in the back naming off items given by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. This cartoon by Horsey of the Seattle Press (Lack of) Intelligencer implies that the only politicians who received gifts from Abramoff were Republicans.

This is another big media lie.

What the Marin IJ and most other media outlets won't tell their readers is that members of both parties were given money by the crooked lobbyist. For starters, Democrat Senators "Dirty" Harry Reid, Blanche Lincoln, Patty "Osama Mama" Murray and Ron Wyden received Abramoff-linked money and have refused to return it.

There's no wonder newspaper circulations are falling.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Alito (or is it Alioto?) Hearings: Bullying Blowhards on Parade

Being one (like most of us) who has to work for a living, I haven't had the chance to watch the confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito (Alioto if you're Ted Kennedy) to the Supreme Court. Listening to talk radio and scanning the internet has been my only source. Frankly, even if I had to, I'm not sure if I could have watched this version of a Star Chamber. I don't know how long I could take listening to Chuckie Schumer from New York repeat the phrases "extreme right-wing" and "out of the mainstream."

Clearly, public hearings like this prove that the best Democrats have to offer is their worst. It reduced Alito's wife to tears tonight, after constantly hearing her husband accused of racism and all sorts of slander by the Democrats. They've shown they're basically a bunch of bullying blowhards out to show off for the cameras to their left-wing sugar daddies and puppet masters. Whereas most Republicans approach hearings like a gentlemanly game of golf, the Democrats act as vicious and cutthroat as the worst villain on WWE Monday Night Raw wrestling.

Who'd want to go though the nomination and confirmation process? These guys would probably go back to a nominee's elementary school days to see if they broke wind in class and use that against them.

I don't know if it's a psychological thing with these senators, but appears to me the biggest blowhards on the Senate Judiciary Committee are also the biggest hypocrites.

These people want to accuse Judge Alito of racism because of a group he belonged to? How many of these same Democrats voted without reservation to elect Robert "Sheets" Byrd (D-KKK) as their Senate Majority Leader in the late 1970's and 1980's? Almost five years ago, after Sen. Byrd used the term "white niggers" not once but TWICE on national TV, I asked both my senators (Boxer & Feinstein) how they felt about Byrd's use of that word. Boxer, I never heard from (she later called Byrd "the love of my life" at a rally held last year against ending judicial filibusters ). I did hear back from Feinstein, also one of Alito's inquisitors. All she did was rattle off in her letter how Byrd had a distinguished career in the Senate, had apologized for his comments and she was glad he did.

Then there's Joe Biden, who was guilty of plagiarism not only in college, but as recently as 1998. He's also the one who is most in love with hearing his voice. I heard he bloviated for about twenty minutes without letting Alito speak. That's called asking a question?

Patrick Leahy from Vermont, was kicked off the Senate Intelligence Committee after leaking information to a reporter. The first question he asked the judge was concerning rights for al-Qaeda terrorists. Yet what's new in Vermont, where a judge sentenced a man sixty days for raping a young girl over a period of four years.

Chuck Schumer, who acts so concerned about the infringement of civil liberties. However, it was aides in his office who were found to have obtained a copy of Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele's credit report.

Then, there's Ted Kennedy. Where should we start with him? How he left Mary Jo to drown at Chappaquiddick and got away with vehicular manslaughter? His father Joe's anti-Semitism and sympathies to Nazi Germany? How Teddy was kicked out of Harvard for cheating? How about the waitress sandwich he and Sen. Chris Dodd made at a Washington restaurant?

What right have you, Sen. Kennedy, Feinstein, Schumer, Leahy and Biden, to sit on that committee and act as a judge of a person's moral character? You're the last ones who should lecture the rest of us about morals.

Past the Halfway Point.....

...with another three-day weekend in sight!

Monday, January 09, 2006

WoolseyWatch - Co-sponsoring Impeachment Bill

Newsmax.com reported today that Marin's Congressperson Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) is one of seven co-sponsors of HR-635. In a sign of what is Democrat's agenda for America, the bill is "an impeachment inquiry into whether President Bush committed high crimes and misdemeanors against the U.S. in connection with the Iraq war."

The bill was sponsored by Woolsey's fellow Treason Lobby member, Rep. John Conyers. Other co-sponsors (all Democrats) include Lois Capps, Zoe Lofgren and Maxine Waters of California; plus Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, Donald Payne of New Jersey and Charles Rangel of New York.

Woolsey has been a constant opponent of the Iraq war. She was a featured speaker at a rally in San Francisco in January 2003. That rally was organized by International ANSWER, a front group for the Stalinist inspired Workers World Party led by former US Attorney General (and current Saddam Hussein defense attorney) Ramsey Clark.

Yet, in a different time, Woolsey supported action in Iraq.

``I'd always prefer diplomacy over bombing, But even before the briefing tonight, I'd been on record all day long saying Saddam Hussein has proven time and again that his word is meaningless. He's a bully and he's threatening world peace.'' Those were Lynn Woolsey's words in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat on December 17, 1998. She was issuing her support for then-President Bill Clinton's bombing campaign against Iraq on the eve of his impeachment in the House of Representatives.

``If he (Clinton) did nothing he would be accused of letting his personal problems affect his judgment,'' Woolsey also told the paper. ``Those who are cynical, they'll find a way to criticize him one way or the other.''

Well look who's calling the kettle black? Just like you and the rest of your party will find any way to criticize President Bush, "one way or the other."

New Children's Book Author - Teddy & Splash Kennedy

Word hit the street today about a new children's book written by Ted Kennedy (D-Chappaquiddick) & his dog, Splash.

The book "My Senator and Me: A Dogs-Eye View of Washington, D.C." will be released in May. I did see a link to Amazon showing advance orders are being taken for the book, but I don't want to give Kennedy any business.

Has anyone suggested to him that the name of his dog might be taken the wrong way? Especially after what happened to Mary Jo Kopechne.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

DeLay Surrenders Leadership Post (or What the Dems Couldn't Accomplish at the Ballot Box)

This morning, Texas Congressman Tom DeLay made it official; he is giving up his chances of regaining the post he held as House Majority Leader. Originally, he was forced by caucus rules to step down last fall after being indicted on charges of corruption brought about by a proven partisan district attorney in Texas.

DeLay's move comes after mounting pressure over the past few days to give up regaining his post. Among those picking up the chorus was the editorial board of National Review, as well as former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Additionally, news circulated yesterday about a petition drive among House Republicans calling for leadership elections.

It is important to remember Tom DeLay is no longer Majority Leader simply because he was indicted, or because the conservative ideals he championed lost favor with voters. It was because of his effectiveness as a Republican leader and the vigor with which he promoted the conservative agenda that made him a target for Democrats.

In the end, liberal Democrats could not defeat Tom DeLay at the ballot box with their own ideas. Instead, they used the politics of personal destruction to bring him down, because they lack ideas that resonate with the electorate.

This has been the modus opperendi of the Democratic party since losing power in 1994. Attack your opponents by any means necessary, win at all costs. We saw it when the Republicans regained control of the Senate in 2002. We saw it in the election and re-election of President Bush. We've seen it in the politicization of our national security, as well as the War on Terror and Iraq. The constant use of hatred, smear and innuendo against conservatives and Republicans in an effort to regain political power. It's not just limited to politicians either. Rush Limbaugh has been (and continues to be) an effective promoter of conservative ideas via his influential radio show. When his addiction to painkillers was made known, he was man enough to admit it and seek help. Yet, like DeLay, he has become the target of partisan prosecutors in a desperate fishing expedition to find a crime to charge him with. Why? Because his opponents cannot defeat him intellectually.

Our judicial system is based on the concept that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Despite the indictment against him, Tom DeLay has yet to be proven guilty of any crime. The eagerness by many on our side to throw him overboard, though, is unfortunate and wrong. However, it has become too common among Republicans to dispatch one of their own in order to quell their shrill partisan opponents. Just ask Trent Lott (though I'm not a big fan of his).

Tom DeLay says he is innocent. It is my hope that he is vindicated in a court of law. If he is proven guilty, then he should be punished and expelled from his role as public servant. That goes for any elected official, regardless of party. Until then, Republicans should resist being too quick to surrender their own to Democrats who self-righteously accuse corruption, yet vehemently defend those among them who’ve been proven corrupt.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Listen to the Voices of Gold Star Families that the MSM Ignore

All last summer and fall, the MSM (Mainstream Media) acted as a soapbox for Cindy Sheehan, the mother who exploited the death of her son, Casey, as propaganda against the War in Iraq. Yet the voices of those who lost family members yet disagreed with Sheehan were all but ignored by the same MSM (except for talk radio & the Internet).

From Melanie Morgan of the KSFO Morning Show and Move America Forward comes this message about a program honoring military families tomorrow (Saturday, January 7) from 4 to 6 p.m. on KRLA 870 AM in Southern California.

There is online webstreaming available for those who aren't in the Southern California area.

Poll: Democrats Favored to Control Congress (More AP/Ipsos Hogwash)

As I said below, if the AP was our only source for news, I'd believe there was a soup line on every corner and the sky was about to fall. Now comes the results of an AP/Ipsos poll showing that respondents favor Democrats to gain control of Congress in this year's midterm elections. The poll also shows a majority of respondents feel the nation is headed in the wrong direction and also disapprove of President Bush's handling of domestic issues and the War on Terrorism.

But before you Hot Tub liberals in Mill Valley and Fairfax, California start to prematurely celebrate and plan for impeachment, maybe a closer look is needed at the demography of the poll respondents.

Here is an analysis of the poll demographics by Ankle Biting Pundits. As usual, with most mainstream media polls, the party affiliation was skewed 52% to 40% in favor of (surprise!) Democrats. It's funny but I seem to remember, about this time four years ago, how polls also showed Democrats were favored to retake control of Congress. Remember too, similar polls were projecting Hanoi John Kerry winning the Presidency on Election Day 2004.

AP: What Great Economy?

Leave it to AP and the MSM (mainstream media) for playing the role of Doubting Thomas as it relates to the U.S. economy

AP: Consumer Confidence Takes Drop in January
AP: Unemployment falls to 4.9 (Yet only modest job growth in December)

Remember the late 1990's? If a Clinton (or any other Democrat) was President right now, AP and the rest of the media would be screaming breathlessly how this is the greatest economy ever and the streets are paved with gold. Yet, if it's a Bush presidency, they have to do their best to create some doubts in people's minds. Yeah, if I only got my news from AP, I'd think the sky was falling too!

Thursday, January 05, 2006


Let this inaugural post be a warm welcome to you, the reader, to Marooned in Marin. We are here to provide a REAL alternative to news and opinion-both local, national and world-that is missing in other media outlets in Marin County, California. What do we mean by "alternative?" For starters, we DO have a bias that we (unlike the daily Marin Independent Journal or the so-called "alternative" weekly The Pacific Sun) will admit to you, the reader. We are unashamedly conservative and will offer a conservative perspective to local, national & world news. However, unlike the kool-aid drinking lefties, we will provide intellectually honest disagreement when it is warranted to those we may otherwise agree with.

Besides commentary, we plan several features on this blog. One will be IJ Watch, a commentary/critique on the far-left slant of the Marin Independent Journal. In addition, the actions of our extremist Congressperson, Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma), will be chronicled in WoolseyWatch. On the lighter side, a yet unnamed award will be given weekly to a person in the news (local, national or international) or pop-culture for some act of stupidity, absurdity or outrageousness they are responsible for. As time goes by, other features will be added. Reader input and suggestions are welcome. Nominees for recipients of above mentioned weekly award are welcome or (if none are received) will be chosen by our (one-person) editorial staff.

So, sit back, have a drink--tea, soda, beer, wine, coffee (latte if you live in Mill Valley) and join us.