I was in the mood and CAIR makes me sick. Insane that Karen Hughes takes meetings with them. Neocon Express wants to know why a top administration official is hanging out with CAIR, an organization which has been linked to terror, instead of hanging out with real Muslim moderates who do need to be legitimized with White House attention. Earth to White House, come in White House.
The Caged Virgin : An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Smells like Jenin: Profoundly disgusting piece on Haditha in the LA Times. This could have been written by al qaeda. (hat tip Steverino)
More thoughts on Haditha, VIEW VIDEO HERE - hat tip Stew
I don't know if the American Heroes were killed or not. The Sunni Triangle is a horrible place. al-Qaeda are Sunni Muslims. Saddam Hussein is Sunni Muslim. Saddam Hussein's hometown, Tikrit, is Sunni Muslim. Haditha Iraq is Sunni Muslim.
Regardless of where the truth ultimately is, at this point the major media’s treatment of Haditha is little more than a literate lynch mob in a rush to judgment.
This isn’t an attempt to wiggle out of responsibility for anything that happened at Haditha by bashing the media. But, to be shocked there's gambling at Rick's, or that some innocents die in any war, especially when harboring and abetting the enemy, is ignorant and purposeful hypocrisy.
Among the only hard facts known is that the military took this incident seriously from the start by launching an investigation so thorough that even the hostile Iraqis in that village have given it respect. That’s more than media commentators give to our nation, its military, or the handful of Marines actually involved by trotting out inapplicable and inappropriate comparisons to My Lai, an exception itself, in order to bemoan and undermine our entire mission in Iraq. They can say all they want that they are trying to uncover facts, and they are, but the prominence and surrounding fluff is simply irresponsible.
Bill Kristol in the Weekly Standard "Haditha Handwringing" here, "the last thing we need in response to Haditha is handwringing liberalism." (hat ip Bruce H.)
On the Homeland Security Cuts to New York. From The New York Times (hat tip John L)
NYC: From Riches to Rags in Just One Day
Yesterday's early news would have caused one to believe that New York City was rolling in dough---or, more accurately, dinero.
Alan D. Aviles, the president of New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation, went out of his way to let illegal aliens know that local hospitals would be there to serve them, with no questions asked.
Aviles even issued a letter to city residents in which he advised immigrants that local hospitals would keep all information, including immigration status, confidential.
However, New York's open wallet policy for criminals there illegally does not quite square with the city's reaction to the new Homeland Security budget.
More here in the NY Daily News
'The city was stunned yesterday to find that its share of federal anti-terror funds was slashed nearly in half by bureaucrats who said it has no national icons to protect and lousy defense plans.
The city will get $125 million from the feds' high-threat bank account, a 40% cut from the $207 million it received last year. The Homeland money pot was smaller overall this year, but the rest of the country is being trimmed just 14%.'
New York's Local, State Tax Burden Tops the Nation
By MARK JOHNSON
ALBANY - New York State tops the country in taxes collected by the state and local governments, siphoning off $5,260 per person a year, a business group said yesterday. New York's combined local and state tax burden was 53% above the national...
Washington Times columnist Diana West says the Senate immigration bill could be the end of America. She tells us why on Lou Dobbs here