Archive for October 7th, 2007

Warfront with Jihadistan: Green Berets

October 7, 2007

In last week’s witch hunt, “unbiased journalism” attempted to convict two from among America’s most elite fighting force, despite conclusive evidence that both were blameless. In Afghanistan last October, under the direction of Army Special Forces Capt. Dave Staffel, Master Sgt. Troy Anderson killed insurgent leader Nawab Buntangyar with a single, 100-yard sniper shot, thus “rehabilitating” the architect of countless suicide and roadside bombings. Incredibly, rather than being awarded medals for ridding planet Earth of this vermin, these two Green Berets were charged with premeditated murder, on the basis that Buntangyar was unarmed when he was shot. Apparently, SOCOM must now deploy lawyers when it sends out its finest, along with primers on Miranda warnings.

Two official Army investigations each concluded that Staffel’s seven-man team had fully complied with U.S. rules of engagement. Further, the reports noted that having been classified as an enemy combatant, Buntangyar was “fair game” as a target, armed or not. Finally, of considerable weight was the nontrivial issue that Buntangyar happened to showcase on the Special Forces’ “Top Ten” list of individuals to be killed or captured.

Evidently more convinced by media trials than he was by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, however, the recently-pinned-on Army three-star charged with Special Forces oversight in Afghanistan, Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney, convened yet another hearing to weigh evidence against the two soldiers. As the attorney for Capt. Staffel noted, Kearney’s charges carried an air of “military politics” about them. Fortunately, the American justice system trumped media jurists in this case, but only barely. Although the two soldiers were exonerated earlier this week, neither Lt. Gen. Kearney nor any within media circles offered so much as an oops-we-goofed comment to clear the soldiers’ good names.  {snip}

source: Patriot Post

‘Phony Soldiers’

October 7, 2007

schumer-weasel.jpg “There is no vice… so contemptible; he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual…” —Thomas Jefferson

Anatomy of a BIG Lie: ‘Phony Soldiers’

Regular readers are aware that, since The Patriot’s founding a decade ago, we’ve included a short section within Friday’s Digest called, “The BIG Lie.” It’s a section we’ve reserved for egregious examples of Leftist disinformation.

There is an old maxim that if one repeats a lie often and loud enough, it will eventually be perceived as the truth.

Adolf Hitler defined that dictum in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf, writing that a big lie must be so “colossal” that the public would be confident that no national leaders “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

After Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, his chief propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, used the Third Reich’s big-lie apparatus to fortify the Nazi campaign against Jews. Goebbels blamed the Jews for Germany’s inability to recover from World War I, and this big lie led to the Holocaust—the wholesale murder of some six million men, women and children.

After Germany’s WWII defeat, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and subsequent Communist leaders perfected the big-lie propaganda machine with media “dezinformatsia” campaigns. The primary organ for disseminating this disinformation was the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, Pravda, which in English means “the truth.” Even the name is a big lie.

Here in the U.S. , the organs of Leftist disinformation have assumed equally impressive identities: The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and NPR, and the list goes on. (For a weekly recounting of the MSM’s biggest whoppers, please see the “Dezinformatsia” section of our Wednesday Chronicle.)

Most recently, the Democrats’ dezinformatsia machines were running overtime to discredit Gen. David Petraeus, commander of our Armed Forces in Iraq. In advance of his congressional testimony about the progress of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Leftmedia gave endless play to those Demo-gogues who have bet their 2008 electoral prospects on failure in and retreat from Iraq.

On the morning of Gen. Petraeus’s testimony, the Democrats’ most effective web-based organ of disinformation, MoveOn.org, was given a deep discount by the Democrats’ most effective print-based organ of disinformation, The New York Times, to run an appalling full-page lie under the heading, “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?”

Democrats and the George Soros-funded MoveOn thought they could, with impunity, brand one of our nation’s most distinguished warriors a traitor. By extension, they branded as traitors all American forces fighting jihadi terrorists in Iraq and around the world. However, Leftist politicos and MoveOn grossly underestimated the new media’s ability to expose such a colossal lie and grossly overestimated the public’s tolerance for such accusations once brought to their attention.

In short, the Left got caught in a big lie and was severely rebuked.

In an effort to offset that rebuke, Democrats and their radical cadre have fabricated another big lie—this one targeting Rush Limbaugh.

Rush, of course, is the arch-nemesis of the Left. He broke ground for conservative perspective on the radio, much as Fox News did for television and The Patriot did for the Web.

To recap: Rush had been responding to an on-air caller who noted that the MSM has continually dredged up a handful of troops—some real, some fake—to provide antiwar statements to support the Demos’ desire for defeat and retreat. Rush agreed, noting that some of these anti-warriors, in particular Jesse MacBeth, have flat-out lied about their military service. He rightly dubbed them “phony soldiers.”

For the record, Jesse MacBeth, the prototypical anti-OIF poster boy, was in fact born Jesse Al-Zaid. Al-Zaid claimed to have served in Iraq, even receiving a Purple Heart after being shot. He claimed to have witnessed atrocities committed by “fellow soldiers.” But it turns out that Al-Zaid never completed boot camp, being discharged after 44 days because of his “entry level performance and conduct.” He was not a Green Beret, never in Special Ops, never in Iraq—though he even attempted to defraud the VA of more than $10,000 for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Al-Zaid, whose protest diatribes have been circulating for several years, is indeed a phony soldier.

But the truth never deters the Left’s big lies.

Their so-called “watchdog group,” Media Matters for America, removed from context the two words “phony soldiers” and blast-broadcasted the big lie that Rush had branded that label on the handful of anti-OIF protestors who actually served in Iraq. In lock step, that smear was dutifully regurgitated by the MSM and then picked up by opportunistic Demo-gogues in Congress, desperately seeking a reversal of charges after their disastrous attempt to question the patriotism of Gen. Petraeus.

Chief among the most despicable of those propagating this dezinformatsia campaign from their Senate soapboxes are John Kerry and Tom Harkin.

Kerry, like Jesse Al-Zaid, embellished his military record and then used his “hero status” as a platform to falsely accuse ground troops in Vietnam of all manner of atrocities. (He is the target of a national petition to indict him for acts of treason, which now has more than 200,000 signers.)

Kerry’s most notable commentary on Iraq in the past year was his assertion that American service personnel are “stuck in Iraq” because they are too stupid to get a better job.

This week he led the charge against Rush, saying, “In a single moment on his show, Limbaugh managed to question the patriotism of men and women in uniform who have put their lives on the line and many who died for his right to sit safely in his air conditioned studio peddling hate.”

This is the same Jean-Francois Kerry who, back in 2005, accused U.S. forces in Iraq of “going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, uh, uh, uh, you know, women…”

Iowa Demo Sen. Tom Harkin, who also falsified his military record by claiming to have been a Vietnam combat pilot when he actually flew repaired aircraft from Japan to U.S. bases in Vietnam, perpetuated the lie, saying, “I must say that as a veteran, I find it offensive that Rush Limbaugh would attack the patriotism and the dedication of any soldier fighting in Iraq… I also find it disturbing that his offensive comments have not been condemned by our Republican colleagues or by the Commander in Chief, all of whom are so quick to condemn a similar personal attack on General Petraeus several weeks ago.”

Of course, as Limbaugh said in response, “Why should they condemn something that wasn’t said? You know what ought to be condemned here is [the Left’s] wanton inability to find the truth.”

Further perpetuating the big lie—and further wasting the taxpayers’ hard-earned money—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his cadre of MoveOn Demos sent a letter to Mark Mays, CEO of Clear Channel Communications, which broadcasts Rush’s program via more than 1,200 stations. The letter demanded that Mays condemn “Limbaugh’s hateful and unpatriotic” remarks.

Further, former Democrat presidential wannabe, General Wesley Clark, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, is demanding that Rush be removed from the Armed Forces Radio network.

In the House, Lefty Mark Udall introduced a big-lie resolution condemning Limbaugh, and 26 Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors.

And what of Media Matters, the propaganda organ that launched the lie?

My colleague, National Review essayist Byron York, offered this analysis: “Media Matters is much more than a traditional media-watchdog group. Indeed, it is probably more accurate to view Media Matters as part of the constellation of groups that have come together on the left in the last year or so, all aimed at electing a Democratic President. Their [donors list] reads like a Who’s Who of those who have financed the new activist Left.”

“Constellation of groups”? In other words, a Socialist propaganda network that would make even Goebbels blush with pride!

source: The Patriot Post

Song written in Iraq

October 7, 2007

Song written in Iraq
This is awesome…a must hear and see!!!

This soldier video is new and different. It is moving and heartwarming.
Enjoy and pass it on!

The singer needs a recording contract when he comes home! American Idol
should contact him and he shouldn’t have to wait in line.
http://www.flashdemo.net/gallery/wake/index.htm

courtesy of Doctor Dan

The NRA in bed with leftest liberals… Yet again!

October 7, 2007

schumer-weasel.jpg

An Open Letter To The Pro-gun Community 

Gun Owners of America 
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 
http://www.gunowners.org 

Thursday, October 4, 2007 

It may be a cliche, but it is true: This letter is written not in 
anger, but in sorrow and concern. It is written to our friends about 
NRA staff who, tragically, have taken a course which, we believe, 
would be disastrous for the Second Amendment and the pro-gun 
movement. 

Two of us are Life Members of the NRA -- one of whom was an NRA board 
member for over ten years. And our legislative counsel was a paid 
consultant for the NRA. 

So we certainly have no animus against the NRA staff, much less our 
wonderful friends who are NRA members. 

In fact, over the last thirty years, GOA and its staff have worked 
with NRA to facilitate most of our pro-gun victories -- from 
McClure-Volkmer to the death of post-Columbine gun control to a gun 
liability bill free of anti-gun "killer amendments." 

But those who staff the NRA, without consulting the membership, have 
now made a series of strange and dangerous alliances with the likes 
of Chuck Schumer, Carolyn McCarthy, and Pat Leahy. And we believe 
that, if allowed to continue, this will produce anti-gun policies 
which the NRA staff will bitterly regret. 

Christ said, in the Sermon on the Mount, that "by their fruits, ye 
shall know them." And, frankly, these fruits are not likely to 
produce much pro-gun legislation. 

Substantively, the Leahy/McCarthy/Schumer bill, which NRA's staff has 
vigorously supported without consulting with its membership, would 
rubber-stamp the illegal and non-statutory BATFE regulations which 
have already been used to strip gun rights from 110,000 veterans. It 
would also allow an anti-gun administration to turn over Americans' 
most private medical records to the federal instant check system 
without a court order. 

But perhaps even worse, the bill was hatched in secret, without 
hearings or testimony, and passed out of the House without even a 
roll call. And now, the sponsors are trying to do the same thing in 
the Senate -- in an effort to ram the bill through without votes or 
floor debate, led by anti-gun Senator Chuck Schumer. If it is good 
legislation, as its proponents claim, why such fears of a roll call 
vote or debate in committee? 

Indeed, in the face of horrific dissent from the NRA's own 
membership, its staff has tragically ignored arguments and dug in its 
heels -- in an almost "because-we-say-so" attitude. 

Understand this: 

* Passage of McCarthy/Leahy/Schumer will not quell the calls for gun 
control. To the contrary, it will embolden our enemies to push for 
the abolition of even more of our Second Amendment rights. Already, 
the Brady Campaign has indicated its intent to follow up this 
"victory" with a push for an effective ban on gun shows. 

* Passage of McCarthy/Leahy/Schumer will not be viewed as an "NRA 
victory." To the contrary, once the liberal media has used the NRA 
staff for its purposes, it will throw them away like a used Kleenex. 
Already, an over-confident press is crowing that this is the "first 
major gun control measure in over a decade." 

* Taking the BATFE's horrifically expansive unlawful regulations 
dealing with veterans' loss of gun rights and making them 
unchangeable congressionally-endorsed statutory law is NOT 
"maintaining the status quo." 

* We are told that the McCarthy/Leahy/Schumer bill should be passed 
because it contains special provisions to allow persons prohibited 
from owning guns to get their rights restored. But there is already 
such a provision in the law; it is 18 U.S.C. 925(c). And the reason 
why no one has been able to get their rights restored under CURRENT 
LAW is that funds for the system have been blocked by Chuck Schumer. 
It is no favor to gun owners for Chuck Schumer -- the man who has 
blocked funding for McClure-Volkmer's "relief from disability" 
provisions for 15 years -- to now offer to give us back a tepid 
version of the provisions of current law which he has tried so hard 
to destroy. 

Finally, there is the cost, which ranges from $1 billion in the 
cheapest draft to $5 billion -- to one bill which places no limits 
whatsoever on spending. Thus, we would be drastically increasing 
funding for gun control -- at a time when BATFE, which has done so 
much damage to the Second Amendment, should be punished, rather than 
rewarded. 

We would now respectfully ask the NRA staff to step back from a 
battle with its membership -- and to join with us in opposing 
McCarthy/Leahy/Schumer gun control, rather than supporting it. 

And, to our friends and NRA members, we would ask that you take this 
letter and pass it on to your friends and colleagues. 

Sincerely, 

Senator H.L. "Bill" Richardson (ret.) 
Founder and Chairman 

Larry Pratt 
Executive Director 

Michael E. Hammond 
Legislative Counsel

CITGO

October 7, 2007

I recieved this in an email from AFA, I think it needs some checking but am very busy all this week. 

Don’t know if this is true, but it sounds scary!

IN ORLANDO LAST WEEK, AT A CITGO STATION REGULAR WAS PRICED AT $2.82 PER GALLON, NO CUSTOMERS, HOWEVER
ACROSS THE STREET FUEL WAS SELLING FOR $2.85 PER GALLON AND ALL PUMPS THERE HAD CARS WAITING TO FUEL.

Have you noticed how the CITGO signs have disappeared in the past 7-8 months? Very clever move by Chavez.
But guess what CITGO IS CHANGING ITS NAME…this is serious Americans…make sure you read.

NEWS FLASH:

Chavez is NOW getting a Russian Weapons Factory built by Putin. The RUSSIANS are building an AK-47
Kalashnikov Assault Rifle factory in Venezuela, to give armament support to Communist Rebel groups throughout the
Americas.

Chavez NOW has IRANIANS operating his oil refineries in Venezuela for him. It is likely only a matter of
time, if not already, before Chavez has Iranian built LONG RANGE missiles, with a variety of warhead types aimed
at: Guess Who?

CITGO is NOW in the process of Changing Its Name to PETRO EXPRESS due to the loss of gasoline sales in the
USA due to the recent publicity of ownership by Chavez of Venezuela.

Every dollar you spend with CITGO or PETRO EXPRESS gasoline will be used against you, your basic human
rights, and your freedoms.

THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT because Chavez is starting to feel the loss of revenue from his holdings. HE OWNS
CITGO. This is a very important move that everyone should be aware of.

ANNOUNCED JUST RECENTLY, CITGO, BEING AWARE THAT SALES ARE DOWN DUE TO U.S. CUSTOMERS NOT WANTING TO BUY
FROM “CITGO-CHAVEZ”, HAVE STARTED TO CHANGE THE NAME OF SOME OF THEIR STORES TO: “PETRO EXPRESS” DO NOT BUY
FROM “PETRO EXPRESS” EITHER!!! “PETRO EXPRESS” IS ALSO 100% OWNED BY “CHAVEZ.” KEEP THIS MEMO GOING S  THAT
EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT IS HAPPENING.

BOYCOTT

“CITGO” AND “PETRO EXPRESS” 
 

Senator Coburn Successfully Blocks The McCarthy Bill

October 7, 2007

While Senator Coburn Successfully Blocks The McCarthy Bill…
Your activism has strengthened his hand!!!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

“The American Legion, the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service
organization, strongly opposes specific provisions of H.R. 2640… that
would unilaterally abrogate the rights of certain service-connected
disabled veterans to own firearms, a right guaranteed by the Second
Amendment.” — Statement by the American Legion, Sep. 27, 2007

First, there was Gun Owners of America and a myriad of state gun
rights organizations.

Then, the Military Order of the Purple Heart weighed in.

Now, we’ve heard from the American Legion.

The list of groups in opposition to HR 2640 — the Veterans
Disarmament Act — continues growing, even while Senators in our
nation’s capital are continuously being BOMBARDED by thousands
upon thousands of phone calls and e-mails from grassroots gun
owners like yourself.

In fact, your efforts have IMMENSELY STRENGTHENED the hand
of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). In an article entitled, “Coburn’s
block may change strategy for gun bill,” a Capitol Hill-based
newspaper reported this morning that frustration is building over
Coburn’s “hold” on the legislation.

“We’ve tried to negotiate,” Schumer said, adding that talks with
Coburn are “‘not getting that far. We might have to bring it to a
vote.”

But the newspaper article in The Hill stated that taking a recorded vote
on the Veterans Disarmament Act could “complicate its initially strong
prospects” of passage. As reported in The Hill:

“The National Rifle Association (NRA) supports the bill, which its
board member and House Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) helped to craft, but the Gun Owners
of America (GOA) has backed Coburn and mobilized its grassroots
against the measure….

“Coburn also has objected to what he and the GOA — which dubbed
the bill the ‘Veterans Disarmament Act’ — believe is the risk of
inadvertently placing veterans treated for mental illness into the
background-check system, thus endangering their ability to buy a gun.

“The Military Order of the Purple Heart and the American Legion both
have backed Coburn’s effort.

“But GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt said his group remains
opposed to the background-check system in general, viewing it as an
infringement on the civil liberties and privacy of gun owners. ‘This
would be an objection we’d have even after all these [concerns of
Coburn’s] are taken care of,’ Pratt said.”

On a side note: The Hill mentioned that, “Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
said he has received a high volume of contacts from constituents
alarmed about the bill’s effect on gun buyers’ rights.”

Other sources have told GOA that Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) has also
gotten hit with a tremendous outpouring of opposition against the bill.

You will remember that both Senators Crapo and Bunning were two
of the senators specifically listed in our most recent alert. GOA would
like to THANK ALL OF YOU for your activism and support. You
guys are doing a great job… keep up the good work!

[Oh, by the way, here’s a special note for you folks in Idaho. The
remainder of the Crapo quote in The Hill newspaper goes like this: “At
this point, I’m not holding the bill,” Crapo said. “But that
doesn’t mean I
won’t.”‘ Well, that’s a great first step, but Crapo needs to join
up with
Coburn in putting a “hold” on the Veterans Disarmament Act. Keep up
the pressure, guys.]

ACTION:

1. The American Legion is already taking heat for its opposition to this
bill, as the Veterans Administration is blasting them behind the scenes.
We know that a large percentage of you are members of the American
Legion. So PLEASE GO TO YOUR LOCAL LEGION HALLS and
encourage your fellow legionnaires to get involved (and perhaps even
start receiving GOA alerts). The national office needs to see that
grassroots legionnaires are behind them so that they will continue to
stand firm in the face of the heat they’re taking. If you need talking
points, see http://www.gunowners.org/netb.htm — which is the GOA
special section on the Veterans Disarmament Act (HR 2640).

2. Continue to keep contacting your senators via the Legislative Action
Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm on the GOA site.
The Hill newspaper says the Veterans Disarmament Act may come up
as early as next week. Coburn is pushing a package of
GOA-supported amendments that, taken together, will improve federal
law — making things better than they are now. Senators need to hear
that this bill is an abomination, and that it is IMPERATIVE that they
support ALL OF THE COBURN AMENDMENTS.

———- Pre-written letter ———-

Dear Senator:

Did you know that the American Legion and the Military Order of the
Purple Heart both oppose the Veterans Disarmament Act, sponsored
by Carolyn McCarthy in the House (HR 2640) and shepherded by
Chuck Schumer in the Senate?

Last week, the American Legion stated that it “strongly opposes
specific provisions of H.R. 2640… that would unilaterally abrogate the
rights of certain service-connected disabled veterans to own firearms,
a right guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”

Senator Tom Coburn wants to offer a series of amendments to this
obnoxious bill. I hope that you will stand with Senator Coburn and
defend the constitutionally protected rights of all Americans. And by
“stand with,” I mean supporting ALL of Coburn’s amendments — not
just one or two.

Sincerely,


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