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Attempted Bombings in UK designed to test new PM Gordon Brown?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:35 pm - June 30, 2007.
Filed under: Friendship,Politics abroad,War On Terror

Not only am I upset by the attempted car bombings in recent days in London and Glasgow, but am incredibly anxious as one of my best friends is currently in Edinburgh, slated to fly back home tomorrow.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these bombings took place this week, coming as they do, only days offer a new British Prime Minister, a Scot born in Glasgow, site of the attempted airport bombing, assumed office. It seems the terrorists are trying to test him. Or perhaps, acting at a time when, because of the transition, they assume the Brits would be least on their guard.

Well, given the example shown by that brave cop in London (do we call him a “bobby“?) who defused one car bomb as well as the police in Glasgow who wrestled the drivers of the burning SUV “to the ground,” it seems the terrorists underestimated our friends across the pond.

And let us hope that the new British Prime Minister show the same resolve as his immediate predecessor when dealing with terrorism. The same resolve his most distinguished predecessor of the last century showed when confronting evil.

And praying for my friend’s safe return.

UPDATE: Just noticed that over at Hugh Hewitt’s blog, Patrick Rufini yesterday offered a similar thought to that expressed in this post:

there’s an eerie parallel between today and the 7/7 attacks. Today was the first week of Gordon Brown’s premiership. 7/7 was the first day of the Gleneagles G8 summit. They seem to have a habit of planning to strike when Britain is in the headlines around the world.

UP-UPDATE (07/01/07 11:30 PM PST): He’s back safe and very jet-lagged. :-)

Look, Ma! I’ve Been Annexed!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:15 am - June 30, 2007.
Filed under: Carolina News,Post 9-11 America,We The People

Last night when I went to bed, I was a resident of Mecklenberg County, North Carolina.

This morning I wake up as a newly absorbed citizen of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

I’ve been annexed!

By the way, I never had a say in the matter.  No vote.  Just absorption.

And what do I get as a new resident of Charlotte?   As far as I can tell the only thing new is an increase of $30 per month of taxes.

Isn’t this Annexation Without Representation?

Government, 1
We, The People, 0

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

We, The People Striking Back Again

I love this!!  This guy in Philly who told off John Street deserves a Liberty Medal.

Mayor John F. Street abruptly ended his wait in line for an iPhone Friday after a passer-by asked him about the city’s murder rate.

Street, who showed up outside an AT&T store at 3:30 a.m., left shortly after a 22-year-old sporting a mohawk asked him, “How can you sit here with 200 murders in the city already?” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on its Web site.

Street told the man: “I’m doing my job,” the newspaper said.

Street had planned to stay in line for most of the day, waiting for Apple Inc.’s iPhone to go on sale at 6 p.m. When he left at 11:30 a.m., Street said he planned to return to his spot.

The mayor said he wants the new device because he loves trying out the latest technology. Apple’s new handheld would allow him to work some of the day outside the office, he said.

“We don’t have to be sitting in City Hall to be conducting city business,” he said.

Philadelphia recently had its 200th slaying of the year. Its murder rate is up from last year, the deadliest in nearly a decade.

We, The People…. hear us roar.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Dan Rather Wins 1st James Earl Carter Bitter Old Man Award

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:34 am - June 29, 2007.
Filed under: Annoying Celebrities,Liberals,Media Bias

**Welcome to the readers from The Corner at NRO!!**

After much deliberation, we at GayPatriot are pleased to announce that Dan Rather has been selected to be the first recipient of the prestigious James Earl Carter Bitter Old Man Award (JEC BOMA). Named in honor of the nation’s thirty-ninth president, the JEC BOMA honors those men over 70 who, in their dotage, by the very bitterness of their manner, follow in the footsteps of the nation’s worst president.

We have selected Mr. Carter’s name to go on the (yet to be designed trophy) for his nearly twenty-seven years of sour grapes. Having not gotten over his 1980 landslide loss to Ronald Reagan, Carter has become a perpetual critic of his successors and shown such little grace in his retirement that the only times he appears in the media, he seems to be criticizing his own nation (and its leaders) while praising its adversaries (particularly the most vicious). Ostensibly committed to human rights, Mr. Carter seems to find that only the United States and its allies violate them, while blaming other nations’ violations on the policies of the United States (and its allies).

Through the better part of his public actions since voters in 44 states rejected him, this sourpuss has helped redefine the term Bitter Old Man. In order to honor that achievement, we have named this prestigious award in his honor.

We have considered several candidates for the award. While Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has shown many of the qualities of his party’s one-time standard bearer, we realized that he was not qualified for the award, having not yet reached the age of 70. One blog reader nominated his Arizona colleague John McCain who did meet the age requirement, but we had to exclude him because he was still pursuing Mr. Carter’s old job. (Unfortunately, we could not factor in his chances of winning into the equation for the rules only refer to “announced” candidates for the White House and don’t make exceptions for “doomed” ones.)

Despite what would otherwise have been stiff competition from these worthy adversaries, Dan Rather was a near-unanimous choice for the first ever James Earl Carter Bitter Old Man Award. He seems to delight in grousing against nearly the exact same people whose very success (and just plain presence on the national stage) makes Mr. Carter so unhappy. But, what really sealed the deal for the Awards Committee was Mr. Rather’s recent lambasting of Katie Couric, his successor at CBS News. The committee found this particular attack showed Mr. Rather to be a bitter old man in the same spirit as Mr. Carter, attacking his successor(s) in order to deflect attention from his own failings.

“This is not just the pot calling the kettle black,” said one of the judges, “This is the old pot, long since unusable, calling the new kettle black because of its first burn mark.” Another remarked, “Like Carter, Rather just doesn’t want to recognize his own failings and seems to think that by attacking his successor, he’ll make people forget his own dismal record.”

Congratulations, Mr. Rather, for leaving CBS and continuing to grouse about your successors, you are truly living up to the man whose bitterness defines this award.

Democratic Leadership Favors Netroots over Military Leadership

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:33 pm - June 28, 2007.
Filed under: 110th Congress,Bush-hatred,Liberals,War On Terror

With approval of the Democratic Congress falling below that of President Bush, Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to think the solution is to appeal to her party’s base, “working hard to make sure that the fiery liberal wing of the Democratic Party remembers that she is one of them. She is also going out of her way to reassure opponents of the war that she is on their side.

Despite increasing signs of initial success of the surge, the Speaker has joined her party’s leader in the Senate, Nevada’s Harry Reid in reaching the conclusion that the president’s new policy has failed.” (Via Instapundit.) It seems they have based this conclusion not on reports from Iraq — or the opinions of military experts, but on the anger of their party’s base.

Democrats have decided not to wait” for General Petraeus’s September report on the state of the surge and instead intend to press ahead with votes to end the war. They’re not even giving the surge a chance to succeed. And they accuse conservatives of being narrow-minded. They’re the ones who’ve determined the outcome of an operation which has only just begun.

And anyway, didn’t we just go through this a few weeks ago?

This is amazing. Instead of doing their job and working on legislation which can actually win approval by both Houses — and be signed into law by the president, they are working to embarrass the president and please their increasingly angry base. I doubt that’ll improve their sagging ratings.

With the immigration bill defeated, let us hope that my party can return to its principles, promote reasonable conservative policies and so rally the base because the first six months of a Democratic majority have shown a party more eager to posture, pontificate and investigate than legislate. And I don’t think the American people want a government which kowtows to the extreme elements which have come to dominate the Democratic Party of Pelosi and Reid.

Amnesty Is Dead… Our Work To Restore Our Government Has Just Begun

A very hearty and sincere thank you to Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) for being clear that she opposed the Kennedy-McCain-Bush-Graham Amnesty legislation from the start and consistently.    A less than hearty but still sincere thank you to Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) one of the “NO Amnesty Eight” who rose to the occasion this morning to help drive a stake in the heart of this monstrous legislative attempt to undermine America’s border security and put citizenship up for sale.

If you are a fellow North Carolinian, give a call to Sens. Dole and Burr to thank them for standing up for you today.

**Afternoon Update** — It is great to have a Congresswoman like Sue Myrick!  I used to live in Jim Moran (D-VA) who was completely useless.  Myrick is great, especially on immigration!  Here is her statement on the Amnesty Crash-N-Burn.

Today, the US Senate voted down the immigration/amnesty bill 53-46.  Prior to the vote, Rep. Myrick signed onto Secure Borders FIRST (For Integrity, Reform, Safety and anti-Terrorism) Act of 2007, which was introduced in the House today by Reps. King (R-NY) and Smith (R-TX).  This legislation would take real concrete steps to secure our borders and put an end to illegal immigration. 

“The Secure Borders FIRST Act is what Congress should pass before we consider anything else.  I have said it before, and I will say it again…if we don’t secure the borders and enforce our laws, nothing else we enact will work,” said Rep. Myrick.  “The common sense policy of ‘enforcement first’ is what the American people want, and that’s why I support this bill”.

The Secure Borders FIRST Act mandates that DHS gain operational control of all our borders within the next six years, authorizes additional border-security personnel, requires expedited removal for any illegal aliens apprehended within 100 miles of the border within two weeks of entry, and makes alien street gang members deportable and inadmissible. The bill also includes strong worksite-enforcement provisions and requires tamper-resistant biometric social security cards to minimize fraud.   

Regarding the defeat of the Senate amnesty bill, Rep. Myrick stated: “The American people killed this bill.  They want secure borders and they want our laws enforced.  It is that simple; until we know these things are done, amnesty bills will continue to fail.”

FINAL ROLL CALL ON CLOTURE

The one sane Senator left from the state of South Carolina sums up my feelings after this political disaster given to us by President Bush, John McCain, Harry Reid and Lucy Lindsey Graham.

“When the U.S. Senate brought the Amnesty bill back up this week, they declared war on the American people. This act created a crisis of confidence in their government. Thankfully, the American people won today,” said Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC).

This is remarkable because it shows that Americans are engaged and they care deeply about their country. They care enough for their country to get mad and to fight for it, and that’s the most important thing of all. Americans made phone calls and sent letters, and convinced the Senate to stop this bill.”

“The Senate rejected this bill and the heavy-handed tactics used to ram it through.   Americans do not want more of the same – amnesty and broken promises on the border.   Americans want legislation to be written in public – not in secret – and they want Congress to engage in an open and fair debate.”

“There is a better way forward without this bill. The President has said that the border security measures can be implemented over the next 18 months, and they can be done under current law.  Now the Administration needs to prove it and stop holding border security hostage for amnesty.”

“Once we have secured the border and restored trust with the American people, we can begin to take additional steps.”

For today, at least… We, The People have reclaimed our role.  There is much more work to do in order to fully restore our place in this Republic.

In closing…. I hereby nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for Senate Minority Leader!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Sensible Immigration Control:The Alternative To Amnesty

Why is it that the most common sense approach to grappling with the immigration problem that I’ve seen comes from a RedState blogger… and not a Senator or the teeming Senate staff that buzz around writing “clay pigeons” in the dark of night?  Maybe it is because sometimes (if not all the time) We, The People “get it”.

We Want Latinos In The GOP – St. Louis Conservative at RedState.com

While I agree that this bill is not a good one and shouldn’t become law, we need to tone down the rhetoric and instead propose our own, principled bill that will work. I propose:

1. Secure the border and institute tamper proof employer emforcement provisions with REAL ID.

2. Offer a period for illegals to come forward and declare that they are here. Those with no criminal background and solid work history can apply for a probationary visa. If they elect to pursue citizenship, they can reapply for their visa when it expires without going home. There would then be a significant time period and several hurdles to pass through to eventually become citizens. Those who don’t elect to pursue citizenship can receive a probationary visa (if they are law-abiding and are gainfully employed), but it is temporary and they must “touch back” every few years or so. Further, make English the national language and make learning it a requirement for a green card or citizenship.

3. Introduce a merit system that encourages high-skilled and highly-educated immigration and puts those immigrants on a fast track.

4. Institute a guest worker program for low-skilled labor needs such as agriculture.

It’s funny to me that the same people who say that people who are against this bill are “anti-Hispanic” also say that these Hispanics are here doing jobs “Americans won’t do”. That, to me, is the height of racism, for by that statement, they basically say that these are crappy jobs and we need second-class citizens (the Hispanics) to do them. I LIKE Hispanic people, and I want them to come here and be upwardly mobile, not relegated to cleaning bathrooms all their life. Yet that is what this bill encourages. It’s not right, and it doesn’t benefit Hispanics in the long term.

Well, this can’t possibly work — it is common sense and simple.  No wonder no one in Washington, DC came up with it!

St. Louis Conservative argues his approach is good policy because it is good politics — bringing Hispanics into the GOP.  Frankly, I could care less about the political argument.  I think St. Louis Con’s approach is good — because it is the right thing to do!

**Amnesty Watch GP programming note**  I’ll be waiting stranded punished on a US Airways flight back to Charlotte this morning.  So I won’t be able to catch up on the cloture vote until it is probably over.   Please use this space to keep each other up-to-date on the vote.   And someone please tell me how Sen. Richard John Kerry Burr votes!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

The Immigration Bill–too Big a Topic for Too Hurried a Process

If I were not working on two short papers and revising my dissertation concept paper for school, I might have more to say on the Immigration Debate in the Senate–and other matters. But, before I go to bed, I do want to offer a few thoughts on the process of trying to pass this ball and explain (a bit) my opposition.

As I said earlier (in an update to one of Bruce’s posts), I don’t oppose the bill with his vehemence. But, while I think it offers a few good reforms, I oppose the bill in its present form, primary for the reason I articulated in my post on its apparent defeat earlier this month. The bill is a mess and should be divided up into his component parts, with the first component being a bill to close and secure the border. Until that happens, se shouldn’t even consider “amnesty” or its equivalent.

The latest debate confirms what a mess this proposal is. Captain Ed noted that members only got the bill at about 2PM on Wednesday and now “have to decide whether they want to close off debate on a 400-page bill that they’ve had for less than 24 hours to review.” And it appears that there are errors in the actual bill, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seemed determined to have his massive “Clay Pigeon” Amendment debated “without the Republicans seeing the language.” When Senate “Republicans objected to waiving the reading of the bill. . . [,] the Senate Clerk had nothing to read.” (H/t: Captain Ed.)

Simply put, on a subject of this magnitude, backers of the legislation should have made available a reliable version of the legislation, long before the debate even began, allowing Senators time to return to their respective states to discuss its provisions with their constituents.

I’m not as irate as some are at those who voted Tuesday to bring the bill back to the floor. Maybe some of the Senators who voted in favor of debating this controversial bill thought its flaws could be mitigated by amendment. Because there are some good aspects to this bill.

But, to end debate with some good amendments defeated and others not to be considered on their own merits, means considering too complicated a bill in too compressed a time frame.

The bill’s good components notwithstanding, I hope Senators will have the sense to vote against cloture on this bill. It’s too important an issue for such a hurried piece of legislation.

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest): GayPatriotWest@aol.com

***AMNESTY ALERT***“Senate Bill Is In Peril”; Sen. Burr STILL Pulling a “John Kerry”

**UPDATED AT 6:45PM**

Item #1 – At the top of the six o’clock hour, FOX News’ Major Garrett just reported that three Senators that voted “YES” on cloture yesterday will vote “NO” on cloture tomorrow. He further said the White House and Senate leaders say the Kennedy-Reid-McCain-Graham-Bush Amnesty is in “serious peril tonight”.

Item #2 – PatriotPartner John has debunked an earlier report today from Michelle Malkin that Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) has definitely committed to vote “NO” on cloture tomorrow.

Just got off the phone with a Burr DC staffer. He says Burr will vote”No” on cloture IF there are no significant changes to the bill through amendment this evening. Keep calling!!!!! I urged a statement issued by Burr saying he is voting “No” on cloture tonight if he wants this believed.

Call Senator Richard Burr (he’s one of the “Amnesty 8″) to urge a “NO” vote on cloture and not to pull a John Kerry on Amnesty.

Burr’s DC number – (202) 224-3154
Burr’s NC number – (800) 685-8916

Here’s the text of the email I just sent to Senator Burr on his Senate website.

Senator Burr -

I have called your office several times to express my wish that the Kennedy-Graham-McCain-Bush Amnesty Legislation be killed for good.

I just noticed this statement on your campaign website:

“My work in the Senate is focused on building a stronger economy for everyone, addressing the health care needs of Americans, making our country safer from the threat of terrorists….”

You must know that as a native-born, legal resident of the United States that I believe the Amnesty legislation is designed to build the economic security of illegals on the backs of the middle class, address the healthcare needs of illegals on the backs of the middle class, and makes our country less safe from the threat of terrorists.

Based on your own principles of why you say you are representing me in Washington, DC…. you must vote “NO” on cloture tomorrow.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from GPW): Just learned via Drudge that Burr now opposes “permitting a vote on final passage.” And he’s not the only one. Others who had previously voted for cloture intend to oppose the motion or are “leaning that way.” While I don’t oppose the bill with the vehemence that Bruce does, I see this as good news.

Looks increasingly likely that they won’t get the 60 votes needed.

UP-UPDATE (from GPW); Michelle Malkin, who has been liveblogging the Senate debate has a good post today on the bill, notes that the debate this evening is “good news for our side, bad news for the open-borders brigade.” Now read the whole thing, including her link to the Politico on why the bill is struggling.

Refunds Being Issued By Republican Party — CALL NOW!

PatriotPartner (John) wanted me to pass along some news to all of you who used to support the Republican Party before the Party left us and sold out America’s national security and citizenship to illegal invaders.

He called the Republican National Committee today and they are, in fact, giving him a refund of the entire amount of his donations to the party in the past twelve months.   He also tells me that the RNC staffer is getting a lot of refund calls this week.

So now it is your turn to join in the cash-out of the Republican Party.   CALL NOW!

Republican National Committee – 202-863-8500
National Republican Senatorial Committee – 202-675-6000
National Republican Congressional Committee – 202-479-7000

CALL FOR YOUR REFUND NOW!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Iran Loves Jimmy!

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:58 pm - June 27, 2007.
Filed under: Annoying Celebrities,Liberals,War On Terror

According to Michael Rubin at National Review’s the Corner, the “official Iranian press loves Jimmy Carter.” But, of course. This old man is the “Father of the Iranian Revolution.”

Senate’s Drive To Amnesty Creates Wedge With America

Nothing has troubled me more since the Illegal Amnesty debate (or lack thereof) began in the Senate, than the “we know best” attitude taken by Sens. Reid, Lott, Graham, McCain, et. al. 

Why for example, Senator Reid, do you claim the high ground on Iraq because public opinion polls show frustration with the war…. yet you tell us meaningless peons outside the Empire walls to hush-up when public opinion is dramatically opposed to the Senate Amnesty bill?  Are public opinion polls only useful when they are on your side of an issue?

Stanley Kurtz at The Corner expresses my disgust with the Elitist Disconnect Syndrome more eloquently than I can.

For all the bitterness of our political battles, there’s at least the sense that the government responds to the drift of public opinion. The Republicans in Congress turned into big spenders and the war in Iraq went poorly. As a result the Democrats prospered in 2006, if narrowly. That’s how democracy works. Our politics are often angry and ugly (and that’s a problem), but this is because the public is deeply divided on issues of great importance. Deep down, we understand that our political problems reflect our own divisions.

Somehow this immigration battle feels different. The bill is wildly unpopular, yet it’s close to passing. The contrast with the high-school textbook version of democracy is not only glaring and maddening, it’s downright embarrassing. Usually, even when we’re at each others’ throats, there’s still an underlying pride in the democratic process. This immigration battle strips us of even that pride.

Supporters of this bill sell it as a compromise that will heal America’s divisions. I fear it’s quite the reverse. This bill is infuriating the public and undermining faith in government itself.  You can see it in the polling on confidence in Congress and the President. If this bill passes, it’s going to aggravate and embitter politics for years to come.  Passing a measure over such overwhelming opposition is like slapping the public in the face.

Precisely.  I’d recommend we all take a moment and reflect on the wise of our Founding Fathers as they stared down an oppressive Empire in our now distant past.  It is almost eerie how these words from our own Declaration of Independence seem to have a renewed meaning in today’s fractured American Republic.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

<…..>

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

<…..>

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

In this case, the political bonds have been broken by our very own elected representatives in Washington, DC.  From campaign finance reform infringing on our First Amendment rights…. to out-of-control and unaccountable earmark spending…. to undermining our troops during wartime…. to rewarding illegal immigrants by selling American citizenship… and by threatening our national security through misguided policies, neglect and incompetence.  They have broken the bonds with us through their arrogance and disrespect of us.

We, The People need to take our Government back.  It is that serious.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from GPW): I may have more to say on this later as I have scribbled a number of thoughts on the issue. Before bed last, I read a post on Powerline, reproducing the justification Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) offered for his vote for cloture. Commenting on that statement, John Hinderaker wrote, “This bill should be broken up into its component parts, there should be hearings on each, and there should be an open amendment process as to every individual bill.” Which pretty much sums up my view — as I expressed in a post after it seemed the bill was defeated.

Agreeing with the Stanley Kurtz (whom Bruce quote above), Mark Steyn (via Instapundit) writes:

There’s something creepy about a political class so determined to impose a vast transformative bill cooked up backstage in metaphorically smoke-filled rooms on a nation that doesn’t want it. It’s an affront to republican government and quasi-European in its disdain for the citizenry.

Michael Moore — A Liar Succeeds

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:34 pm - June 26, 2007.
Filed under: Annoying Celebrities,Liberals,Media Bias

For someone who wants to speak out on the issues of the day, there is something profoundly depressing (not to mention disturbing) about all the publicity Michael Moore is getting. This dishonest filmmaker has recently been featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America while some CNN reporter or movie critic seemed absolutely giddy that the propagandist had agreed to an on-camera interview with him. Meanwhile, my state senator (the woman formerly known as Zelda Gilroy), chair of the California Senate’s Health Committee, invited the rotund radical as the featured guest at a special legislative briefing.

Amazing that a man who twists the truth so often is accorded so much respect.

But, then again, the various media outlets can’t seem to find enough reporters to cover Paris Hilton.

The very premise of the film which catapulted this mean-spirited publicity hound to fame was premised on a lie. You see, that film documents his failed attempts to “secure an interview” with then-General Motors’ (GM) CEO Roger Smith to discuss the closure of a GM plant in Flint, Michigan. But, actually, that executive sit down and take questions from the obese propagandist.

And that wasn’t the only lie in Mr. Moore’s films. Kyle Smith (to whose New York Post column Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff alerted me) notes that the “central idea” of Moore’s Bowling for Columbine was “not only conceptually insane but literally untrue.” The deceptions in his movie on President Bush and 9/11 have been well documented.

For those of who want to speak out on politics, movies and whatever, it’s sad to see the success of someone who has based his entire career on distorting the facts, pulling quotes out of context and otherwise misrepresenting his adversaries. But, then again, what he does is little different from what many left-wing bloggers (and even some on the right) do every day. Indeed, we see it frequently in the comments section of this blog, coming from both sides, but more often from our critics than our supporters.

If the MSM were truly devoted to portraying things as they are, instead of heralding Michael Moore, they would treat him as they do right-wing propagandists. They would note his many deceptions and wonder at his success.

It’s a sad sign for our country that such a hateful and dishonest man has achieved such prominence. But, then again, his success gives his critics the opportunity to take issue with his lies and address the real issues at hand.

UPDATE: In a piece noting how the media are gushing over Mr. Moore’s new film, Amy Menefee of the Business & Media Institute writes:

Michael Moore is a documented liar who uses “omission, exaggeration and cinematic sleight of hand” to make his political points. But that doesn’t seem to matter to the media who cover his movies.

That pretty much sums it up.

Let the GOP split begin…

24 Republican Senators, urged on by President Bush, have joined 39 Democrats to move forward the despicable immigration bill. Democrats everywhere should celebrate because now is the time for Republicans to metaphorically slit their own throats and walk away from the GOP at the polls next year. Whomever gets the presidential nomination may be able to save their hides by coming out against the bill, but these Senators who have turned their backs on the security of this nation and the NRSC which prostitutes itself for money can forget any support from a large number of their conservative base. GOP Congressmen had best take all this anger under advisement before they cast their votes, because this isn’t a joke, will not be forgiven by election time and will put their seats into serious jeopardy. As of this moment, my own Senator, John Warner, is as dead to me as Hillary Clinton and I will vote Democrat or third-party before I ever vote for that man again. I contacted both Senator Warner’s office and that of my Congresswoman to let them know exactly what I think of all this. Congrats Majority Leader Reid & Speaker Pelosi, odds are that you both will retain your positions next year which I truly hate saying.

Letter to Senator John Warner (R-VA):

Dear Senator:

Your vote today to move forward the immigration bill is beyond contempt. You have turned your back on the security of this nation by doing this. Amnesty I can live with once the border is secured FIRST yet this bill is nothing more than another sham that will do nothing. I have had it with the Republican Party, their lies and betrayal of principles it supposedly espouses. Please remove my name and address from any mailings immediately as all correspondence will be tossed unopened into the trash. As of this moment, consider my vote lost to you for re-election and I will vote for anyone else other than you in 2008.

Letter to my Congresswoman (R-VA):

Madam Congresswoman:

I am beyond outraged by today’s vote in the Senate on the immgration bill. This is a betrayal of Republican principles and ignores the security of this nation. Amnesty I can live with once the border is secured FIRST yet this bill is nothing more than another sham that will do nothing. I have had it with the lies from elected Republican officials who say one thing and vote a different way once in office. If you vote for this bill when it comes to the House, than I promise you I will vote for anyone else regardless of the issues that come up in 2008. Please do what is right for this country and vote to reject this bill. Thank you.

– John (Average Gay Joe)

Iran Moves To Provoke War With Allies

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:35 am - June 26, 2007.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America,War On Terror,World War III

Keep your eye on this development out of Southern Iraq….

Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces have been spotted by British troops crossing the border into southern Iraq, The Sun tabloid reported on Tuesday. Britain’s defence ministry would not confirm or deny the report, with a spokesman declining to comment on “intelligence matters”.An unidentified intelligence source told the tabloid: “It is an extremely alarming development and raises the stakes considerably. In effect, it means we are in a full on war with Iran — but nobody has officially declared it.”

“We have hard proof that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps have crossed the border to attack us. It is very hard for us to strike back. All we can do is try to defend ourselves. e are badly on the back foot.”

The Iranians are clearly playing with fire. I just hope the West has the cojones to step up to this growing menace. I had a feeling 2007 was going to be a very bad year…

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from GPW): Fellow Pajamas Media blogger Confederate Yankee raises some doubts about this story, noting “that this story was linked to anonymous sources within the British government” and finds, “this story does not have any credible supporting evidence to date.

Carter Silent on Schalit Kidnapping

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:52 pm - June 25, 2007.
Filed under: Annoying Celebrities,Liberals,War On Terror

After reading the Jerusalem Post article on the recorded message from the kidnapped IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldier Gilad Schalit, I wondered what former President Jimmy Carter had to say about this violation of international law. Given Mr. Carter’s professed interest in human rights and his book on the Middle East, he must have said something. Mr. Carter recently chastised the Bush Administration for failing to recognize the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas whose military wing al-Kassam crossed into sovereign Israeli territory to abduct the young man.

Not only did this terrorist group cross an internationally recognized boundary, but they have also held this man in an undisclosed location without allowing any international humanitarian groups (i.e., the Red Cross) to visit him as mandated by international law. And there’s more:

International humanitarian law absolutely prohibits taking and holding a person by force in order to compel the enemy to meet certain demands, while threatening to harm or kill the person if the demands are not met. . . . Furthermore, hostage-taking is considered a war crime.

Just look at the stink raised about Guantanamo where the Red Cross has “unfettered access to any detainee they want to see, whenever they want to see them.” Despite this access, Mr. Carter recently “told reporters that U.S-run detention camps, such as Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and U.S. anti-terrorism laws, were unacceptable even in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.” Emphasis added.

Surely a man who criticized the way his own government ran a camp for terrorists captured on the field of battle, a man who has written a book on the Mideast conflict, would take an interest in this prisoner, held incommunicaco and in violation of international law.

So, I did a google news search, several actually with alternative spellings of Schalit’s name, each came up with the same response: “Your search – Jimmy Carter Gilad Schalit – did not match any documents.” So, I decided to check the web-site of the Carter Center which, at least according to its web-page, “is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering.” The same result: “ Your search – Schalit – did not match any documents./No pages were found containing ‘Schalit” Nor did I find anything on the web-site of the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, but there was a nice picture of Carter shaking hands with the late Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli President Menachem Begin.

Perhaps I missed something.

But, given Mr. Carter’s zeal to speak out on human rights, his silence on this Schalit’s kidnapping is striking. This bitter old man is ever eager to criticize his own nation — and its allies — for their human rights’ record, remains silent when other nations or entities commit worse violations. Another sign that his comments on human rights have more to do with his political grudges than a real concern for human suffering.

UPDATE: Perhaps Jimmy Carter has been silent on the kidnapping of Schalit because he has become “the roving ambassador for the terrorist group Hamas.”

Will Richard Burr Go All “John Kerry” on Amnesty?

Looks like all eyes are on my Senator from North Carolina, Richard Burr.  I have always liked him from his days in the US House.  He is smart, informed and always seemed to do the right thing.

But he is teetering into John Kerry territory with his position on the Senate Amnesty legislation:  “Voting for it before voting against it.”

Interestingly, The Corner earlier reported that Burr seemed to be committed to a “YES” vote on cloture tomorrow (which would keep the demon alive).

A North Carolina NRO reader reports:

WBT-AM in Charlotte (our eeeeevil talk radio station) is reporting that Burr will vote YES on cloture tomorrow.   I just called his Winston-Salem office and expressed my outrage in the strongest (non-foul languaged) terms.  The staff person at the W-S office claims he hasn’t decided.

I called up WBT and they confirmed that host Jeff Katz did report that at the top of the hour.

Hmmmm.   Now just who in Charlotte could have possibly emailed The Corner that piece of information? 

*thinking*  *thinking*

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Muchos Gracias, Senatress Graham!

(h/t – Michelle Malkin

Want to guess which state I’m two miles away from… that I’ll be spending a lot of time in… during the GOP Senate Primary next year?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

SCOTUS Gives A Victory To Free Speech!

Finally, some chipping away of the madness of McCain-Feingold.  Hooray to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court loosened restrictions Monday on corporate- and union-funded television ads that air close to elections, weakening a key provision of a landmark campaign finance law.  The court, split 5-4, upheld an appeals court ruling that an anti-abortion group should have been allowed to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections. 

While it is very discouraging that this was only a 5-4 decision…. I’ll take it!

But SCOTUS Chief John Roberts is THE MAN!

“Discussion of issues cannot be suppressed simply because the issues may also be pertinent in an election,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. “Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor.”

Mitt Romney agrees:

Score one for free speech.  The law [McCain-Feingold] trampled the basic right of the American people to participate in their democracy. It also purported to reduce the influence of money in politics, but we now know that influence is greater than ever.   McCain-Feingold was a poorly-crafted bill. Today’s decision restores, in part, to the American people a right critical to their freedom of political participation and expression.

Now, is it any wonder why Senator McCain’s 2008 Presidential Election prospects are looking increasingly dim?  He wants to restrict political free speech (incumbent protection!) and degrade our national security at the borders (amnesty!).  What on earth kind of conservative does he think he is?

[RELATED STORYA SCOTUS “mixed message” on Free Speech?]

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW!STOP AMNESTY TODAY!

The more we learn about the Kennedy-McCain-Bush Amnesty legislation, the less we like about it.  Support for the legislation has hit an all-time low.

Among the public, there is a bi-partisan lack of enthusiasm for the Senate bill. It is supported by 22% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats, and 22% of those not affiliated with either major party. It is opposed by 52% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats, and 48% of unaffiliateds.

Call your United States Senator NOW.  

The “swing Senators” appear to be Burr (R-NC), Bond (R-MO), Ensign (R-NV), Cochran (R-MS), Hatch (R-UT) and Coleman (R-MN).  If you live in any of those states, you have a duty as an American citizen to stop this sell-out of legal Americans in favor of amnesty for law-breakers.  I can personally vouch that the phone line is continuously busy this morning in the office of US Senator Richard Burr of NC!

Call your Senator NOW.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)