-I don't think this is the end of the insurgancy. But I hope this is the begining of the end. A great step towards success. Let's hope we can capitolize on this, and bring this war to an end, bring our boys home.
PARIS -- The killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi deprives Islamic terrorism of one of its most high-profile and violent poster boys. But it leaves largely intact the threat of attacks from small, independent cells - the "100 bin Ladens" that Egypt's president once said could be spawned by the U.S.-led war on terrorism.
Once they absorb the psychological blow of his death, al-Zarqawi's followers and other militants outside of Iraq not directly associated with him could regroup and continue with their bomb plots and killings.
Al-Qaida has shown great resilience, and its network of networks and followers has continued even as top leaders have been killed or captured. Even with Osama bin Laden in hiding, other militants have stepped forward to make good on his calls for terror attacks. Hundreds of arrests in France, Britain, and elsewhere in Europe have thwarted plots but did not stop the attacks on transport systems in Madrid, Spain, and London.
Reader contributions put us closer to the total of identifying 50 left-wing Country songs.
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo writes in with his sugesstions:
11."goodbye earl" by the [
12."independence day" by martina mcbride
13."he thinks he'll keep her" by mary chapin carpenter,
“all hotbeds of feminism that would put nora of the doll's house to shame…”
Jen of Donkey OD:
14. Todd Snider, "Conservative Christian Right Wing Republican Straight White American Male". 15. and 16. John Prine: "Some Humans Ain't Human", "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven"
17. Loretta Lynn 'The Pill'. (oooh, I like this one)
All these years I've stayed at home While you had all your fun And every year thats gone by Another babys come There's a gonna be some changes made Right here on nursery hill You've set this chicken your last time 'Cause now I've got the pill
18. Willie Nelson - What happened to peace on earth
19. James McMurtry, We can't make it here anymore. (must listen to this one if you have the chance)
For the purposes of this list, I’ve viewed a rock song as a tune that’s already played on a “classic rock” radio station or one that might conceivably be played there. This eliminates a lot of “pop songs” that might be called conservative, such as “Love Child” by The Supremes or “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna . It also excludes country music, where it is of course much easier to find lyrics that express a conservative sentiment. For what it’s worth, I’d love to see someone assemble of list of the 50 best left-wing country songs.Well here you are, The first batch of ten. I’ll just write ‘em down in no particular order as they come to me:
"I, Herman F Bieling III, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
Thank you for hosting the trial Jesse. Even though we may disagree from time to time, let us do so in a civil manner. There is more that unites us as Countrymen than divides us. May there come a day, and soon, that a Leader who is capable of finding that common ground steps forth.
Here is to all Patriots, of all stripes...
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” - Mark Twain
CREW’s complaint alleged -- and the FEC agreed -- that Frist 2000, Inc. failed to disclose a $1.44 million loan taken out jointly by Frist 2000, Inc. and by Frist’s 1994 campaign committee, Bill Frist for Senate, Inc.The result of the discrepancy was to make it appear that Frist 2000, Inc. had significantly more money that it actually had.
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission has determined that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's 2000 Senate campaign violated federal campaign finance laws.
The federal agency fined Frist 2000, Inc., $11,000, according to a lawyer representing Frist's campaign and a watchdog group. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had filed a complaint last year against Frist's 2000 campaign committee and received the FEC's findings Thursday.
The FEC found that Frist 2000, Inc., failed to disclose a $1.44 million loan taken out jointly by the campaign and Frist's 1994 campaign committee.
|THE VISION OF CHRIST that thou dost see|
|Is my vision’s greatest enemy.|
|Thine has a great hook nose like thine;|
|Mine has a snub nose like to mine.|
|Thine is the Friend of all Mankind;||5|
|Mine speaks in parables to the blind.|
|Thine loves the same world that mine hates;|
|Thy heaven doors are my hell gates.|
|Socrates taught what Meletus|
|Loath’d as a nation’s bitterest curse,||10|
|And Caiaphas was in his own mind|
|A benefactor to mankind.|
|Both read the Bible day and night,|
|But thou read’st black where I read white.|
"Sunnis, wake up, pay attention and prepare to confront the poisons of the Shiite snakes," al-Zarqawi said. "Forget about those advocating the end of sectariansim and calling for national unity."‘Tens of Thousands’ of Somalians Demonstrate Against U.S. Support for Militias:
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Mogadishu on Friday angrily condemning the United States for supporting warlords involved in clashes with Islamic militias that claimed 16 more lives overnight.The War Tapes:
No one else can comprehend what they've been through, certainly not the audience members, who will at least try. Specialist Moriarty complains that nobody really wants to hear his stories, even though someone will occasionally express some polite curiosity. And Sergeant Pink, drinking beer with his girlfriend, muses that people don't really know what to say to him, and that there's nothing they can say that he really wants to hear. But then on second thought, and with some prompting, he admits that there is one sentence he doesn't mind hearing: "I'm glad you're home."(H/T) Donkey OD
"I'm not confident that the election in Ohio was fairly decided."U.S. Congressman from Ohio, Rep. Dennis Kucinich:
"The secretary of state is supposed to administer elections – not throw them."Pollster Lou Harris of the Harris Poll -- described in the piece as "the father of modern day political polling" -- says:
"Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen."John Kerry:
"Can I draw a conclusion that they played tough games and clearly had intent to reduce the level of our vote? Yes, absolutely. Can I tell you to a certainty that it made the difference in the election? I can't. There's no way for me to do that. If I could have done that, then obviously I would have found some legal recourse."Robert F. Kennedy Jr, writing for the Rolling Stone, telling us Ohio Sec. of State J. Kenneth Blackwell (isn't he running for governor of Ohio?) was in cahoots with the White House! Who going to believe that, LOL, I mean, he couldn't have...LOL, I mean that's sour grapes right? Just another bunch a whiny Liberals conspiracy theorizing, right? Noe pleads guilty to illegally funneling donations to Bush
Former GOP fund-raiser Tom Noe admitted today that he used politicians, former aides to Gov. Bob Taft, coworkers, and friends to illegally pour thousands of dollars into the effort to reelect President Bush. Noe entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge David Katz in Toledo to all three felony charges he faced for violating federal campaign finance law. Appearing with his sister and brother-in-law and three attorneys, Noe was calm and responsive to Judge Katz' questions during the 47-minute hearing. Then, in a brief, 10-second statement, Noe said he voluntarily agreed to change his plea "to accept responsibility to spare my family and friends the further embarassment of any additional court proceeding. Therefore, I plead guilty."
No date was set for sentencing pending a pre-sentencing report to the judge. Noe, who lives in Florida, remains free on $350,000 bond. With the admission, Noe faces a maximum of five years in prison on each count, but likely faces 24-30 months in prison. He also faces a potential fine of nearly $1 million, and possibly probation. John Pearson, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the public integrity section of the Justice Department, said he would seek an even harsher penalty for Noe because of the "potential loss of public faith in the presidential race."