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  • Fourth of July Tribute to WWII Vets

    07/03/2006 3:09:11 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    ysoitanly to HoosierHawk

    I treasure the picture of my Dad in Berlin next to a cannon and have had it enlarged - he reacts with bemusement/humility over my obvious love of this photo. What a skinny young kid, who (could be just a war story, but we enjoyed it) - had to eat a pound of bananas an hour before being recruited to make the weight requirement. Makes you feel proud to this day!

  • Fourth of July Tribute to WWII Vets

    07/03/2006 2:27:42 PM PDT · 1 of 9
    Happy Independence Day, USA!
  • Europeans Like Bush Even Less Than Before

    05/08/2004 8:00:32 PM PDT · 57 of 103
    ysoitanly to LoudRepublicangirl
    I hope so. Any more emasculation of our country, undermining our basics values, and continued apologies and capitulation cannot be tolerated. It is SO important to get out the vote.
  • Europeans Like Bush Even Less Than Before

    05/08/2004 7:41:28 PM PDT · 40 of 103
    ysoitanly to Tailgunner Joe
    I hope I am doing this right. I know I'll hear about if not. But this is a from a great blogger that I think puts it all in perspective. I have never posted an article before, just comments to others.

    From The Braden Files Blog..
    The clash of civilizations and the Great Caliphate

    (Larry Abraham is editor of a monthly newsletter entitled "Insider Report."
    It tracks global trends, with emphasis on information for investors.)

    President Bush and his administration spokesmen are not telling the American
    people what they really need to know about this "war." If they don't do that
    between now and November it may cost them the election.

    The war against terror did not begin on September 11, 2001, nor will it end
    with the peaceful transition to civilian authority in Iraq, whenever that
    may be. In fact, Iraq is but a footnote in the bigger context of this
    encounter, but an important one none the less.

    This war is what the Jihadists themselves are calling the "Third Great
    Jihad." They are operating within the framework of a time line which reaches
    back to the very creation of Islam in the seventh century and are presently
    attempting to recreate the dynamics which gave rise to the religion in the
    first two hundred years of its existence.

    No religion in history grew as fast, in its infancy, and the reasons for the
    initial growth of Islam are not hard to explain when you understand what the
    world was like at the time of Muhammad's death in 632 AD. Remember that the
    Western Roman Empire was in ruins and the Eastern Empire, based in
    Constantinople, was trying desperately to keep the power of its early
    grandeur while transitioning to Christianity as a de facto state religion.
    The costs to the average person were large as he was being required to meet
    the constantly rising taxes levied by the state along with the tithes
    coerced by the Church.

    What Islam offered was the "carrot or the sword". If you became a convert,
    your taxes were immediately eliminated, as was your tithe. If you didn't,
    you faced death. The choice was not hard for most to make, unless you were a
    very devoted martyr in the making. At the beginning, even the theology was
    not too hard for most to swallow, considering that both Jewry and
    Christianity were given their due by the Prophet. There is but one
    God-Allah, and Muhammad is His Prophet, as was Jesus, and the pre-Christian
    Jewish prophets of the Torah (Old Testament). Both were called "children of
    the book"--the book being the Koran, which replaced both the Old and New
    Testaments for former Christians and Jews.

    With this practical approach to spreading the "word" Islam grew like
    wild-fire, reaching out from the Saudi Arabian Peninsula in all directions.
    This early growth is what the Muslims call the "First" great Jihad and it
    met with little resistance until Charles Martel of France, the father of
    Charlemagne, stopped them in the battle of Tours in France, after they had
    firmly established Islam on the Iberian Peninsula. This first onslaught
    against the West continued in various forms and at various times until Islam
    was finally driven out of Spain in 1492 at the battle of Granada.

    The "Second Great Jihad" came with the Ottoman Turks. This empire succeeded
    in bringing about the downfall of Constantinople as a Christian stronghold
    and an end to Roman hegemony in all of its forms. The Ottoman Empire was
    Islam's most successful expansion of territory even though the religion
    itself had fractured into warring sects and bitter rivalries with each
    claiming the ultimate truths in "the ways of the Prophet". By 1683 the
    Ottomans had suffered a series of defeats on both land and sea and the
    final, unsuccessful attempt to capture Vienna set the stage for the collapse
    of any further territorial ambitions and Islam shrunk into various
    sheikhdoms, emir dominated principalities, and roving tribes of nomads.
    However, by this time a growing anti-western sentiment, blaming its internal
    failures on anyone but themselves, was taking hold and setting the stage for
    a new revival known as Wahhabism, a sect which came into full bloom under
    the House of Saud on the Arabian Peninsula shortly before the onset of WWI.
    It is this Wahhabi version of Islam which has infected the religion itself,
    now finding adherents in almost all branches and sects, especially the

    Wahhabiism calls for the complete and total rejection or destruction of
    anything and everything which is not based in the original teachings of The
    Prophet and finds its most glaring practice in the policies of the Afghani
    Taliban or the Shiite practices of the late Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran. Its
    Ali Pasha (Field Marshall) is now known as Osama bin Laden, the leader of
    the "Third Jihad", who is Wahhabi as were his 9/11 attack teams, 18 of which
    were also Saudi.

    The strategy for this "holy war" did not begin with the planning of the
    destruction of the World Trade Center. It began with the toppling of the
    Shah of Iran back in the late 1970's. With his plans and programs to
    "westernize" his country, along with his close ties to the U.S. and subdued
    acceptance of the State of Israel, the Shah was the soft target. Remember
    "America Held Hostage"?

    Thanks, in large part to the hypocritical and disastrous policies of the
    Jimmy Carter State Department, the revolution was set into motion, the Shah
    was deposed, his armed forces scattered or murdered and stage one was
    complete. The Third Jihad now had a base of operations and the oil wealth to
    support its grand design or what they call the "Great Caliphate".

    What this design calls for is the replacement of all secular leadership in
    any country with Muslim majorities. This would include, Egypt, Turkey,
    Pakistan, Indonesia, all the Emirates, Sudan, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria,
    Morocco, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia and finally what
    they call the "occupied territory" Israel.

    As a part of this strategy, forces of the jihad will infiltrate governments
    and the military as a prelude to taking control, once the secular leadership
    is ousted or assassinated. Such was the case in Lebanon leading to the
    Syrian occupation and in Egypt with the murder of Anwar Sadat, along with
    the multiple attempts on the lives of Hussein in Jordan, Mubarak of Egypt
    and Musharraf in Pakistan. Pakistan is a particular prize because of its
    nuclear weapons. (Please note al Qaeda call for the Islamic-militant
    overthrow of Musharraf in Pakistan on March 25, just yesterday.)

    The long-range strategy of the Third Jihad counts on three strategic goals.
    First, the U.S. withdrawing from the region just as it did in Southeast
    Asia, following Vietnam. Second, taking control of the oil wealth in the
    Muslim countries, which would be upwards to 75% of known reserves; third,
    using nuclear weapons or other WMDs to annihilate Israel. A further outcome
    of successfully achieving these objectives would be to place the United
    Nations as the sole arbiter in East/West negotiations and paralyze western
    resistance, leading to total withdrawal from all Islamic dominated countries
    Evidence of the Bush Administration awareness of this plan is found in the
    events immediately following the 9/11 attack. The administration's first
    move was to shore up Pakistan and Egypt, believing that these two would be
    the next targets for al Qaeda, while Americans focused on the disaster in
    New York. The administration also knew that the most important objective was
    to send a loud and clear message that the U.S. was in the region to stay,
    not only to shore up our allies but to send a message to the Jihadists.

    The attack on Afghanistan was necessary to break-up a secure al Qaeda base
    of operations and put their leadership on the run or in prison.
    The war in Iraq also met a very strategic necessity in that no one knew how
    much collaboration existed between Saddam Hussein and the master planners of
    the Third Jihad or Hussein's willingness to hand off WMDs to terrorist
    groups including the PLO in Israel. What was known were serious indications
    of on-going collaboration as Saddam funneled money to families of suicide
    bombers attacking the Israelis and others in Kuwait.
    What the U.S. needed to establish was a significant base of operations smack
    dab in the middle of the Islamic world, in a location which effectively cut
    it in half. Iraq was the ideal target for this and a host of other strategic

    Leadership of various anti-American groups both here and abroad understood
    the vital nature of the Bush initiative and thus launched their
    demonstrations, world-wide, to "Stop The War". Failing this, they also laid
    plans to build a political campaign inside the country, with the War in Iraq
    as a plebiscite, using a little known politician as the thrust point--Howard
    Dean. This helps to explain how quickly the Radical Left moved into the Dean
    campaign with both people and money, creating what the clueless media called
    the "Dean Phenomenon".

    By building on the left-wing base in the Democrat party and the "Hate Bush"
    crowd, the campaign has already resulted in a consensus among the aspirants,
    minus Joe Lieberman, to withdraw the U.S. from Iraq and turn the operation
    over to the U.N. And, if past is prologue, i.e., Vietnam, once the U.S.
    leaves it will not go back under any circumstances, possibly even the
    destruction of Israel.

    Should George W. Bush be defeated in November we could expect to see the
    dominoes start to fall in the secular Islamic countries and The Clash of
    Civilizations, predicted several years ago by Samuel Huntington, would then
    become a life changing event in all of our lives.

    What surprised the Jihadists following the 9/11 attack was how American
    sentiment mobilized around the president and a profound sense of patriotism
    spread across the country. They were not expecting this reaction, based on
    what had happened in the past, nor were they expecting the determined
    resolve of the President himself. I also believe this is one of the reasons
    we have not had any further attacks within our borders. They are content to
    wait, just as one of their tactical mentors; V.I. Lenin admonished... "two
    steps forward, one step back".

    A couple additional events serve as valuable footnotes to the current
    circumstances we face: the destruction of the human assets factor of the CIA
    during the Carter presidency, presided over by the late Senator Frank
    Church. This fact has plagued our intelligence agencies right up to this
    very day with consequences which are now obvious. And, Jimmy Carter himself,
    the one man who must bear the bulk of the responsibility for setting the
    stage of the Third Jihad. Americans should find little comfort in how the
    Democrat contenders constantly seek the "advice and counsel" of this
    despicable little hypocrite.

    Lastly, we should not expect to see any meaningful cooperation from Western
    Europe, especially the French. Since failing to protect their own interests
    in Algeria (by turning the country over to the first of the Arab terrorists,
    Ammad Ben Bella), the country itself is now occupied by Islamic immigrants
    totaling twenty percent of the population.

    We are in the battle of our lives, a battle which will go on for many years
    possibly even generations. If we fail to understand what we are facing or
    falter in the challenge of "knowing our enemy" the results will be
    catastrophic. Imagine a world where al Qaeda regimes control 75% of the
    world's oil, have at their disposal nuclear weapons, legions of willing
    suicide soldiers, and our national survival is dependent on the good graces
    of Kofi Annan and the United Nations.

    There is one final footnote which may be the scariest of all. Either none of
    the Democrats currently leading the drive to their party's nomination are
    aware of the facts of the Great Caliphate and Third Jihad or they do know
    and they don't care so long as their power lust is satisfied. But, I can
    guarantee you one thing for sure: some of their most ardent supporters are
    aware of this and will do anything they can to bring it about.

    Larry Abraham
    January 29, 2004

    Jerry Trent comments: Note....this was written before John Kerry had the
    nomination sewed up...but recent events clearly demonstrate that Kerry is
    going to fulfill Abraham's prediction of the Democrats calling for the UN
    and the French/Germans/Spain coalition to force the US out of Iraq. Also
    understand that the current 9/11 hearings are a political show, and Clarke's
    book were timed for these hearings and the campaign. And this is why
    Condoleezza Rice is seeking a private meeting with this commission to tell
    it like it is. The national security issues involved around 9/11 cannot be
    an open book to the public, and I believe we have to understand that.

    This is scary stuff. President Bush and the Republicans are obviously
    extremely cautious in bringing this issue to the campaign because the
    left-leaning media and the Kerry Democratic left would call this racist
    against Islam and a distraction for the alleged lies of WMD and our reasons
    for going into Iraq. Bush correctly referred to the axis of evil (Iran,
    Libya, Iraq and North Korea) as a pointed strategy to blunt the
    WMD-terrorist movement and he has been very successful in thwarting al
    Qaeda, despite what everyone on the left says. We are far better off without
    the threat from Iraq and Libya -- all within the last 12 months. We are
    threatened in Pakistan and if Musharraf is assassinated (it's been tried
    several times in the past year), we can see how the militants will gain
    control of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, which have already spread to Iran (by
    a militant Islamic scientist) and if Musharraf is taken out we have both
    Iran and Pakistan as militant Islamic power bases armed with nuclear
    weapons. And let's not overlook Abraham's issue about the potential for
    militant Islamic states who would control 75% of the world's oil.

    This probably why Dick Cheney, Rice, Powell, and Wolfowitz are so committed
    to the belief that we are in this struggle for the free world as we have
    known it and focused on defeating the militant Islamic al Qaeda's global
    strategy. They skirt the core issues raised by Abraham in this article
    because of the political-correctness implications, but after reading this,
    you understand what is at stake here.

    Kerry and the liberal Democrats want control of Washington at any price.
    Abraham clearly spells out what price that is: Victory for al Qaeda and the
    Islamic militancy.

    Abraham's article brought all of these issues together and why it is
    important for us to gain this perspective and educate our friends and

  • Kerry: Peace Corps Can Help Heal Iraqi Abuse Damage

    05/08/2004 7:32:34 PM PDT · 21 of 46
    ysoitanly to NormsRevenge
    I hope (and know they're not) the Kerry campaign is as embarrassed as the rest of us when we hear his 'solutions' or 'suggestions'. This is a joke. I wonder how much gold a 'peace corps' volunteer will be worth for his/her death. And if that's not enough, there will be more pictures of the 'atrocities' in the prisons released next week. Panties on the head vs. incinerated and hanged bodies just don't equal out, folks. The left doesn't know how to put things in context or reach the REAL American people. The ABB crowd is failing, and more pictures will add to the failure.
  • Rita Cosby's Nose Job

    05/01/2004 10:05:45 PM PDT · 23 of 32
    ysoitanly to WorkingClassFilth
    One of my favorite sites. Bruce Jenner - OMG...we all need to look at the horror..
  • Rita Cosby's Nose Job

    05/01/2004 10:04:04 PM PDT · 22 of 32
    ysoitanly to martin_fierro
    Oh you must love tigresses like TEREEEEEEEEEZA and CRUSSSSSSSTY - anyway, I would love if you would posT our favorite HILLARY!!!!! bumper sticker jpeg. Because we ALL love country music......
  • Rita Cosby's Nose Job

    05/01/2004 9:54:27 PM PDT · 17 of 32
    ysoitanly to cricket
    Less nose, less allergies. Check it out closely next time you see her. Lotsa work done there, mainly nose and eyes.
  • Rita Cosby's Nose Job

    05/01/2004 9:52:35 PM PDT · 16 of 32
    ysoitanly to cyborg
    You kill me, cyborg. We'd be buds if I lived near you! :)
  • Rita Cosby's Nose Job

    05/01/2004 9:51:31 PM PDT · 15 of 32
    ysoitanly to WorkingClassFilth
    LOL. Let's have a mint julip and figure out why 'Wimbleton' (my pick) got 'injured' before the race.
  • Rita Cosby's Nose Job

    05/01/2004 9:45:16 PM PDT · 12 of 32
    ysoitanly to WorkingClassFilth
    Yikes! I thought I was doing a 'funny' on Saturday, and the thread got pulled. At least it's in 'chat'. I'm a good guy, folks. I just thought Rita joined 'Extreme Makeover' and wanted to post on Saturday night - usually a pretty dead zone.
  • Rita Cosby's Nose Job

    05/01/2004 9:31:53 PM PDT · 1 of 32
  • Rangel calls Iraq war a ``death tax'' on poor and minorities

    04/15/2004 3:07:34 PM PDT · 6 of 30
    ysoitanly to goldstategop
    Charles Rangel is terrified of facts. His MO is scream louder as they are being recited, and play the race card. I'm so SICK of Fox and other networks giving him any credibility by granting airtime to his racist rantings. He has a lifetime 'appointment' in his district because of the way it's divvied up, so we're stuck hearing his bull$hit.
  • Kerry Cuts Loose (dancing involved) All-star barf!

    04/15/2004 2:57:12 PM PDT · 2 of 39
    ysoitanly to Libloather
    I already knew he was a chick magnet on the slopes and that he was into hip hop. Now this clinches his cred with me. I want a president with rhythm and who raises taxes. My man!
  • Democrats say Bush must admit Iraq blunders

    04/15/2004 2:54:47 PM PDT · 9 of 119
    ysoitanly to My2Cents
    I love that site. It's so good, sometimes it's hard to mistake for sarcasm, but it's what we all know. Thanks for the post.
  • Democrats say Bush must admit Iraq blunders

    04/15/2004 2:51:43 PM PDT · 6 of 119
    ysoitanly to kattracks
    I still can't get over the questioning of the current administration by this commission over the Cole, Khobar, and the first World Trade Center bombings. WHOSE WATCH WAS THAT? And once more, and only once more, I promise, I will say - who was supposedly in possession of the magic ouiji board/crystal ball who could predict when these murderers would slam passenger jets in to a building (of course, after we appeased and enboldened them for years after prior attacks). I just love spending taxpayer money and airtime on Clinton historical revisionists. /sarcasm

    04/15/2004 2:46:51 PM PDT · 14 of 69
    ysoitanly to awakened
    The ratings will surpass even the blockbuster liberal radio talk show, I suspect. BWAHAHAA!

    04/15/2004 2:41:00 PM PDT · 6 of 69
    ysoitanly to Brian Mosely
    Well, I'm sure it will be an accurate and unbiased portrayal of the young man and his invaluable contributions. /barf My Vietnam vet brother in law would LOVE to get his hands on Kerry, but that's another story.
  • Mullah Omar denies presence of Osama in Pak

    04/14/2004 1:18:15 PM PDT · 4 of 17
    ysoitanly to AdmSmith
    Baghdad Bob is Editor in Chief, but other than that, I buy it...
  • Poll Says New York Wants Governor Giuliani

    04/14/2004 1:15:38 PM PDT · 9 of 14
    ysoitanly to weegee
    Would be my guess. Or an offer of a free ticket on 'Hillary Air' to the first convention.