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Rooting Out al-Qaeda, Iraqi Politics, and Socialists

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

As al Qaeda in Iraq is targeted in the northern city of Mosul, pressure continues to be applied to the terror network nationwide. US and Iraqi security forces have killed or captured 26 senior leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq’s terror network over the past several weeks, Major General Kevin Bergner, the spokesman for Multinational Forces Iraq said in a briefing in Baghdad on March 5. Many of those killed or captured have come from the northern regions, where al Qaeda is struggling to reestablish its network during a joint US and Iraqi military onslaught.

Eight of those killed were emirs, or leaders responsible for “a geographic or functional area,” five were cell leaders, and 13 were facilitators “involved in supporting the network of foreign terrorists, organizing the movement and security of senior leaders of the terrorist cells, or the making and use of improvised explosives and suicide vests,” Bergner said.

Bergner identified 11 of those killed or captured by name. The list highlights how al Qaeda’s operations have shifted from Anbar and Baghdad provinces to the northern provinces of Diyala, Salahadin and Ninewa. Of those al Qaeda leaders identified, five operated in Mosul, two in Tikrit, one in Sharqat, and one in Baqubah, all in the north. Only two of those identified as killed or captured came from Baghdad.

Source: The Long War Journal

And, on a related note, since the surge has proven to be so successful, the Democrats have moved the goal post once again…claiming that political benchmarks haven’t been met. Well, just take a read at the 5-part series Inside Iraqi Politics for ammunition to fire back at your lefty friends.

A portion of the fifth installment is below:

Unified Retirement Law, Accountability and Justice Law,
and General Amnesty Law

These three laws specifically have the potential to advance stability and reconciliation. They are designed to clarify pension rules for Iraqis in need of economic support, reintegrate some former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party into government employment, and release primarily Sunni Arab detainees accused of insurgency but held without trial or conviction.

The Coalition Provisional Authority’s 2003 decision to purge more than 1 million former Baathists from government and deny them retirement benefits created strong political and economic incentives for rebellion among those disenfranchised. What followed was the rise of a predominantly Sunni nationalist insurgency that presaged al Qaeda infiltration of Iraq and the resulting sectarian conflict. Taken together, the Unified Retirement Law and the Accountability and Justice Law remove some of the negative incentives by expanding the number of former Baathists who can re-enter public service or receive retirement pay from the government, though concerns remain about certain aspects of the latter law and its eventual implementation.

The 275-member Council of Representatives, Iraq’s parliament, passed the Unified Retirement Law by a 106-39 vote on Oct. 4, 2007, barely exceeding the minimum attendance of 138 required for quorum. The law grants retired civil servants pensions equal to 80 percent of their salaries and, significant for reconciliation, also provides pensions to members of the former Iraqi Army, many of whom had been involved in the insurgency. The law removes eligibility distinctions between those who retired before or after the fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein.

“It’s removing discrimination based on social status or political affiliation,” said Phil Reeker, Counselor for Public Affairs at the American Embassy in Baghdad.

The Unified Retirement Law paved the way for parliament’s Jan. 12 passage of the Accountability and Justice Law, also known as “de-Baathification reform.” This law reforms the previously sweeping terms of removal of former Baathists from government service, and was passed unanimously by the 143 members of parliament who were present, though several major voting blocs rejected it via abstention. The law features some terms favorable to Sunni reconciliation, including reinstatement of the jobs or pensions of those who were in the bottom six levels of the Baath Party’s 10 ranks, a clarification of pension rules, and a new appeals mechanism. But other facets of the law are considered potentially unfavorable to reconciliation and are strongly opposed by Sunni representatives. Those controversial aspects include the law’s maintenance of a committee that scrutinizes the rehiring of former Baathists and the extension of de-Baathification purges to new areas of government, including Iraq’s judiciary.

So, the anti-American war protester I discussed in a previous post is just part of the 5th and 6th columns in America fighting against our victory in Iraq. The real agenda with these protesters is Revolutionary Defeatism [1] [2], where there goal is the destruction of America, and western civilization, in order to pave the way for a Socialist Civilization.

We conservatives should be about studying the enemy, both foreign and, in this case, domestic…they are every bit as dangerous (if not more):

The Chinese have a saying; when you hunt tigers, learn about tigers, learn about their habitat, their diet, their habits and their tactics. If you do not fully know about the tiger, you are not hunting tigers, you are just walking in the woods. A Western equivalent phrase is “Know your enemy”. I know mine, how they think, how they operate and what their end goal is, and the tactics they will use to try and silence and stop me. Do you? In order to defeat the far left, we need to know him, and without a grasp of the concept of revolutionary defeatism, we do not truly know our enemy; we are just walking in the woods….

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Local Anti-American War Protestor Arrested in Alabama

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

Local IVAW president, Jason Hurd, was arrested during a Mock Raid at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa last week. Jason said that they were detained and questioned by campus police for over five hours followed by an evening in the county jail. They were eventually released on a $2500 bond. The ACLU, the NAACP and the National Lawyers Guild are all interested in this free speech case. Jason and hundreds of thousands of IVAW members and supporters will descend on DC next week for Winter Soldier, where many men and women will testify about their experiences during their tour(s) in Iraq.

Source: Gaia’s Tears



And conservatives, this is your chance to call and thank the university for arresting Jason ‘The Turd’ Hurd:

To show for the actions of the University Police, you can call the University President, Dr. Robert Witt, at (205) 348-5320 and commend him on a job well done. You can also contact Tim Hebson, Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs thebson@sa.ua.edu or Todd Borst, Assistant Director of Judicial Affairs tborst@sa.ua.edu.

You know the nutroots and the anti-Americans will be calling for The Turd to be lionized in bronze.

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2008 International Conference on Climate Change

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

Earlier this week,hundreds attended a Conference on Climate Change in New York. [Opening Statement] What was unusual about this event is the participants do not subscribe to the lefty view that the earth is warming, and humans have caused it, and it will lead to disaster for humanity if we can’t stop emitting Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere.


Snow in Los Angeles
Here are a few accounts of the event:

For the last two days, March 2-4, I and about five hundred other people attended the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, including some of the world’s leading authorities on climatology, meteorology, economics, energy, and other fields of knowledge.

It was an extraordinary event, held in New York and sponsored by the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank that has been among those leading the effort to educate and inform the public about the mountain of lies that have led them to believe that the Earth is experiencing a huge increase in heat, a “global warming”, that is allegedly the direct result of human activities, primarily from the use of energy that includes coal, natural gas, and oil.

The conference message is simplicity itself: There is no “consensus” on global warming. The science is not “settled.” Indeed, this conference marks a highpoint in the effort to rescue the planet from people who regard their fellow human beings as a cancer afflicting the Earth.

This hoax, generated out of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, actually included some IPCC members who have labored long and hard to dispute the IPCC reports on the basis of real science, not the spurious claims based largely on flawed and even deliberately false computer models.

Source: Alan Caruba, via Longstreet.

Unanswered Questions

Advocacy groups and most environment reporters claim “the scientific debate is over” and only a “fringe” of scientists or policy experts do not believe global warming is a crisis. But framing the debate in terms of “believing” in global warming is incorrect. Claims that global warming is man-made and will be a crisis are complex arguments that depend on how many other questions are answered. For example:

* What does the Earth’s climate history tell us about the possible causes of the Modern Warming?

* How reliable are data showing the size and distribution of the Modern Warming?

* How much of the Modern Warming is natural and how much is man-made?

Until the debate over global warming was politicized in the 1990s, the scientific “consensus” was that the Modern Warming is moderate and natural. Books and recent literature reviews suggest this is still the consensus, even though it contradicts the alarmists’ views.

Other questions concern the reliability of predictions of future warming:

* How reliable are computer models that attempt to replicate the complex processes of the Earth’s climate?

* How reliable are forecasts of climate 10 years or 100 years in the future?

* How accurate are forecasts of human emissions 10 years or 100 years from now?

If most scientists don’t believe forecasts of future climate are reliable, the entire case for immediate action to “stop global warming” collapses like a house of cards. Yet survey data clearly show most scientists do not believe computer models are able to accurately predict future climate conditions.

Still more unanswered questions concern the consequences of moderate warming, whether adaptation rather than emissions mitigation is the best response to climate change, and whether it is even possible to reduce human emissions enough to affect the climate.

Obviously these are not small or trivial questions. Depending on the answers to even a few of these questions, the entire scientific or economic case for taking action to “stop global warming” collapses.

Source: Heartland Institute [Download Program PDF]

This video is from a member of Americans for Prosperity, and provides a good over view of the conference.

And, the sun is eerily quiet…perhaps foreboding cooler times ahead?

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Earth and Moon As Seen From Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

Photo Courtesy Universe Today

I found this photo at Universe Today, and couldn’t help swiping it. The photo was taken from a hundred million miles away. [Windows to the Universe]

Everyone you know, and everyone who has ever lived, has trod on the blue marble, and a dozen have earned the opportunity to trod on the silver marble a quarter of a million miles away. The view, as the title suggests, is from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars. The instrument used to take the photo is the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)and it managed to capture photos of an avalanche in progress on Mars. The current thinking is that the springtime warm up sublimated a layer of frost/ice (carbon dioxide) into vapor, and the material above slid down the 60 degree slope.

On a related note, those in the USA might be able to see the occultation of Venus by the Moon later this afternoon if they have the right equipment and a clear sky.

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Hillary Stretches Her Legs

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

Clinton ……831,527… 50%
Obama ……814,779… 49%

I am going to bed now, or not at all. Texas Numbers are best found here for the night owls.

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Hillary Builds Lead in Texas

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

CLINTON….796,423….50%
OBAMA…….777,364….49%

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!! IT’S STILL ALIVE!!!

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Hillary Pulls Ahead in Texas!

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. The. Beast. Just. Won’t. Die.

Clinton …………772,543…. 50%
Obama …………753,832…. 49%

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Hillary Pulls Even in Texas!

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

Holy Freaking Cow!!! The Hilda Beast just won’t stay down.

Current numbers:

Obama 699,326 49% 0
Clinton 694,281 49%

This is worse than a paint-trading NASCAR Race in the good old days when they really raced…I guess I won’t be drinking any of the bubbly tonight.

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Ohio Goes to Hillary, Texas Not So Much

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

It looks like Hillary takes Ohio by 18 points, and trails in Texas by a mere 3 points (34,000 votes). And that doesn’t even count the Texas Caucus, where people get to vote again!

From Race 4 2008:

9:55 – 8% in, a three-point lead. Amazingly, we’re still in the preliminaries here, as Tarrant, Harris, Dallas, and Travis county haven’t really started county. The early voting in Webb, Bexar, El Paso, and Cameron is in for Clinton, so Obama basically starts with a 3-point lead. The one bad point for Hillary is that a lot of the small rural counties are in, so it will be her border counties against some really big city counties. This is going to be close, but I’m starting to think Obama could pull this out.

This one won’t be decided for a while yet…but the Ohio win means Hillary will withdraw to Pennsylvania for Another Last Stand.


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McCain Clinches GOP Nomination

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 5, 2008

John McCain clinches the nomination he won a few Tuesdays ago.

The Delegate Count:

  1. 1,435 John McCain
  2. 583 Mike Huckabee
  3. 271 Mitt Romney
  4. 72 Ron Paul

I can almost guarantee you that the Ron Paul Forums will be blind to the facts, some still insisting they can steal the nomination at the state and national conventions. Well, they might have been able to if they hadn’t tried their little r3VOLution on Social Networking Sites, and announcing their intentions on local radio. The alarm was sounded, and the GOP responded to block the infantile effort.

I hate John McCain. I will support his candidacy, and work to get him nominated because he is better than what is running on the other side of the aisle. Thank God the Democrats didn’t nominate John Edwards. I was really worried about him. /s

**update** 10.13pm

Texas is Ron Paul’s home state. He got only 5% of the vote in a three man race.

And in TX-14, he has won against Chris Peden with something like 70% of the vote. It appears that many people in his own district are voting for him to be their Congressman, and not their President.

At least Huckabee conceded, although it was four weeks too late.

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