Hoyer gives Israel the green light

Saying that Iran with nuclear weapons is “unacceptable”, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told the Jerusalem Post that this position was shared by the majority of his Party, and rejected the notion that Democrats would be weak on National Defense, a key Republican strength.

Hoyer said the Democrats’ position, like that of the Bush administration, was that preventing a nuclear-armed Iran had to be done through “discussions, negotiations, sanctions.” Hoyer added that the US needed to work with the international community to block Teheran’s nuclear ambitions.

At the same time, Hoyer said the use of force hadn’t been taken off the table.

“I’ve not ruled that out,” he said, but added, “It’s not an option we want to consider until we know there is no other option.”

“As Soon As The Green Light Is Given”

ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.

Two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters”, according to several Israeli military sources.

The attack would be the first with nuclear weapons since 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Israeli weapons would each have a force equivalent to one-fifteenth of the Hiroshima bomb.

Under the plans, conventional laser-guided bombs would open “tunnels” into the targets. “Mini-nukes” would then immediately be fired into a plant at Natanz, exploding deep underground to reduce the risk of radioactive fallout.

“As soon as the green light is given, it will be one mission, one strike and the Iranian nuclear project will be demolished,” said one of the sources.


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No one should be surprised that Israel has plans in place to take
out Iranian nuclear facilities. I’m certain that the US does as well.
The existence of contingency plans against an enemy that has promised
anihilation to the Jewish state, The US, and UK are no great secret.

The release of this information, however, is one more piece of the
“surge” and re-thinking of the overall posture in the War on islamic
fascism. Recognizing Israel as an official ally and participant in the
struggle carries certain risks with so-called moderate Arabs. Not
recognizing the allied participation of Israel, howver, risks further
alienation and marginalization by those who would be happy to see
Israel driven into the sea. Hizballah’s actions in Lebanon, their
direct support by Iran, and recent intelligence “smoking guns”
revealing Iran’s complicity in Iraq come at a price. A terrible price.

If not now, when?  Better Iran than us.

See also:  Israel Matzav: Think Tank Urges…

Fowl odors emanating from the Conyers swamp

Just last week, I speculated that incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi could not politically afford to abandon yet another Black democrat after deciding to throw Alcee Hastings and Bill Jefferson under the bus.

With the quiet admission of ethics violations, and in the spirit of Bi-partisanship, the House Ethics Committee decided to give incoming Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) a pass, much to the relief of Speaker Pelosi.

And now, a new problem arises from the Conyers Swamp to test the draining abilities of Speaker Pelosi. Doug Ross@Journal has the details:

[Conyers’] staff members picked up 60 turkeys from a local food bank, ostensibly to deliver to those in need. However, the Director of the charity became suspicious when word reached him that a federal court worker was offered a turkey by a member of Conyers’ staff. Conyers has also failed to meet a December 27 deadline to provide an accounting of where the birds were delivered… [an] aide also expressed concerns in a memo to the FBI…

...Conyers, of course, is no stranger to scandal. The Democrat was investigated last year by the Ethics Committee for improperly using staff members during office hours for political campaigning. DeWayne Boyd, a former aide fired in 2002, was convicted just last month on fraud charges resulting from a scam he ran out of the Representative’s office… the turkeys (meant to feed hungry poor people), were picked up from the food bank by current Deputy Thief of Staff Marion Brown, and former Aide turned felon, DeWayne Boyd. The very same Boyd fired in 2002 and convicted in December.

Now my question is this, what in the world is the Deputy Thief of Staff of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives doing running around on official business with a former staff member who was fired and convicted of fraud?


Open Memo to Speaker Pelosi:

We call on you to fulfill your Solemn Campaign Pledge to end the Culture of Corruption in DC. John Conyers has demonstrated a Pattern of Corruption, and a Refusal to Abide by ethical Rules Of Conduct. It is imperative that this man not be entrusted with the awesome responsibility of Chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee.

The whole world is watching, Ms. Pelosi.

Secular fundamentalists are the new totalitarians

An interesting piece in the UK Guardian, is sure to rile the feathers of the most enlightened and tolerant among us. Of course they are, if you doubt it, just ask them.


There’s an aspiring totalitarianism in Britain which is brilliantly disguised. It’s disguised because the would-be dictators – and there are many of them – all pretend to be more tolerant than thou. They hide alongside the anti-racists, the anti-homophobes and anti-sexists. But what they are really against is something very different. They – call them secular fundamentalists – are anti-God, and what they really want is the eradication of religion, and all believers, from the face of the earth.

In recent years these unpleasant people have had a strategy of exploiting Britain’s innate politeness. They realised that for a decade overly sensitive souls (normally called the PC brigade) had bent over backwards to avoid giving offence. Trying not to give offence was, despite the excesses, a noble courtesy.

But the fundamentalists saw an opening. Because we live in a multiconfessional society, they fostered the falsehood that wearing a crucifix or a veil or a turban was deeply offensive to other faiths. They pretended to be protecting religious sensibilities as a pretext to strip us of all religious expressions. In 2006 Jack Straw and BA fell into the fundamentalists’ trap.

But Britons are actually laissez-faire about such things. And so the fundamentalists deployed an opposite tactic. Instead of pretending to protect religious sensibilities, they went on the offensive and sought to give offence. The subsequent reactions to the play Behzti in Birmingham, to Jerry Springer the Opera and to the Danish cartoons were wheeled out as examples of why religious groups are unable to live with our cherished freedom and tolerance.

In recent years the nastier side of this totalitarianism has become blatantly apparent. It emerged with the hijab issue in France. With the hijab ban in French schools, a state was banishing religion not only from its corridors, but also from its citizens.

It was an assertion that after centuries of the naked public square (denuded of religion referents) the public now too had to go naked. The former had been true tolerance, something exceptional and laudable. It allowed everyone to bring their own cosmic testimony to the square. But this new form of “tolerance” changed things. From everyone being welcome, it had become everyone but.


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Catch of the Day

Kudos to Freeper Jack1 for bringing to view this obviously haram act by Keith Ellison’s unclean hand on the koran.


Somalia: Mogadishu Protests at Ethiopian Troops and Interim Government.


Somalis protested in Mogadishu on Saturday against Ethiopian troops backing the interim government, hurling stones, burning tyres and reviving memories of the chaos that largely stopped during six months of strict sharia rule by Islamists.

In the latest show of discontent with the forces that drove the Islamists out, some protesters brandished sticks and set fires that wreathedthe streets in smoke, witnesses said.
One resident said the protesters were also angry about a disarmament drive by the interim government, which wants to install itself in one of the world’s most dangerous cities.

I’ve looked at many reports of this and IMHO (surprisingly) this Reuters account seems to be the most informative and balanced. The Islamists when pressed by the Ethiopian army fled Mogadishu with their tails between their legs. They will not want that to be the last word. Nor will the warlords hesitiate to try to regain power. All in all a very dangerous situation in which one can only pray that good Samali’s and oppressed minorities (including Christians) can get through these days in safety.

Muslims Curse Judge as Guilty Verdict is Delivered.

Extremists screamed insults at an Old Bailey judge yesterday as a British Muslim was convicted of inciting murder during protests against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.Umran Javed, 27, had shouted “Bomb, bomb USA” and “Jihad is the path to Allah” as he led a 300-strong crowd in chants during a demonstration in London last year.The unemployed web designer was a prominent figure in the rally outside the Danish embassy at the height of worldwide Muslim anger at the appearance of the cartoons in a Danish newspaper.

Javed was remanded in custody to be sentenced in April after an Old Bailey jury found him guilty by a majority verdict of soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred.

The offences are the same as those for which Abu Hamza al-Masri, the former imam of Finsbury Park mosque, was jailed for seven years. The maximum sentence for soliciting murder is life imprisonment.

There was uproar in court as the verdict was delivered and the Common Serjeant of London, Judge Brian Barker, QC, remanded Javed, a married father of one child, in custody.

One man was led from the public gallery by security guards after shouting: “Allahu Akbar [God is greatest], I curse the judge, the court, the jury, all of you.”

Well there we have it. This seems fair enough and it puts the proverbial marker down. British justice slow but sure.

One last thought – ought not those who hurled abuse at the Judge be charged with contempt of court? If I shouted such abuse I’m sure I would have been in the police cells untill I apologised.   


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