Room at the Raging RINO Inn?

I have been proud to be associated (however slightly) with the Raging RINOs blog collective. It’s a group of thoughtful and intelligent people who are generally far more articulate than I.

But I find myself agreeing with the others less and less these days. The general mood seems to be one of punishing the Republicans in the November election for corruption and mismanagement.

However, the Democrats in 2006 are not Bill Clinton’s party. While vexing, the Clinton presidency charted calmer, pre-911 waters. I also believe that had Clinton truly understood the threat of Islamic terror, he would have acted.

I voted for Al Gore in 2000. While Bush was more likeable, I figured Gore would continue the economic good times. I was wrong. While everyone slept at the “End of History”, our enemies continued their 21-year-old war against us.

Because terrorists and their masters in Damascus and Tehran are at war with the United States, Democratic control of Congress would be an unmitigated disaster.

The right strategy, poorly implemented, is still light-years ahead of an inapt strategy perfectly executed. John Murtha’s proposal for fighting the war on terror from Okinawa is a perfect example of this.

In 2006, Democrats do not believe the nation is under threat. They’ve expelled Sen. Joe Lieberman from the party. Lieberman, a far-left liberal, understands that Western liberal values are threatened by Islamofascism.

It’s not that the Republicans have much going for them. The party is apalling. The proven corruption, while bi-partisan, indicts the ruling party far more heavily than the opposition. Congressional Republicans by-and-large do not deserve re-election.

But what have Democrats done to earn power? All they do is bash Republicans. If the war on terror, controlling illegal immigration, and continued economic expansion through sound tax policy are less important than tossing out one batch of corrupt bumblers and replacing them with another equally inept and corrupt group, then by all means, let’s turn the electoral map blue on election day.

But the act will have massive consequences. Premature withdrawal from Iraq and repudiation of the Bush doctrine could lead to a world war scale confrontation.

So the question is, in a nation divided, is there room for a Raging RINO that strongly prefers the Republican Party Kool-Aid to Democratic nihilism?

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    Most Believe 9/11 Truther Stories

    Who you gonna believe, Charlie Sheen or your lyin’ eyes?

    Many adults in the United States believe the current federal government has not been completely forthcoming on the issue of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a poll by the New York Times and CBS News. 53 per cent of respondents think the Bush administration is hiding something, and 28 per cent believe it is lying.

    So despite the heavy scorn heaped on 9/11 government conspiracy theories by this week’s South Park, we are still to believe most people think the government was behind 9/11?

    Um, no. The context explains everything.

    Here’s the polling question:

    When it comes to what they knew prior to September 11th, 2001, about possible terrorist attacks against the United States, do you think members of the Bush Administration are telling the truth, are mostly telling the truth but hiding something, or are they mostly lying?

    “Hiding something” scored 65% in March, 2002. But the lesson here is that no matter what the reports say the poll says, if you can’t see the underlying data, disbelieve it. Especially NY Times and CBS polls.

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    If Ol’ Scratch is Really Dead

    Just like Zarqawi, Osama’s gotta meet his maker sometime. AJStrata says:

    I hope the news is correct. The lack of ‘chatter’ would lead one to assume it is not correct. But Bin Laden has been well hidden for five years now, so it is not unreasonable to assume the same control on his whereabouts could be exercised on his demise.

    Supposedly the Saudis are trying to locate OBL’s final resting place for DNA confirmation.

    Absent that confirmation, I think everyone is getting ahead of themselves.

    But whenever Osama’s grave is dug and he laid within, I can think of no finer tribute than a MOAB, made with WTC steel, delivered with care from the USAF.

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    Insecure Religion

    Protests in Egypt

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    The Pope’s comments were poorly-chosen, not because they were untrue, but because they show a lack of understanding of the immaturity of many of the world’s Muslims:

    Across the Islamic world Friday, Benedict’s remarks on Islam and jihad in a speech in Germany unleashed a torrent of rage that many fear could burst into violent protests like those that followed publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

    By citing an obscure Medieval text that characterizes some of the teachings of Islam’s founder as “evil and inhuman,” Benedict inflamed Muslim passions and aggravated fears of a new outbreak of anti-Western protests.

    The last outpouring of Islamic anger at the West came in February over the prophet cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper. The drawings sparked protests - some of them deadly - in almost every Muslim nation in the world.

    This post is not about Islam, which truly is one of the world’s great religions. The problem is in the insecurity and immaturity of some of its adherents. How could hissy fits, burning effigies, and death threats possibly entice non-believers into Dar al-Islam? The explosions of anger and violence are not exactly learned and thoughtful entreaties to accept Koranic doctrine. Most people who are not already Muslim will head the other way when subjected to these outbursts.

    So, then, for Islam to spread peacefully, this uproar and protest is actually counter-productive. Muslim clerics say inflammatory things about Judaism and Christianity all the time. While these statements cause a lot of angst on Little Green Footballs and similar communities, most of the time, regular people’s reaction is a shrug. Does it diminish one’s religion to let such comments go? Hardly.

    If I were a physicist, I would not riot when Larry the Cable guy makes ignorant remarks. Sure, it’s annoying, but instead of burning things because my religion was accused of being violent, the physicist in me would be educating people with the truth.

    The Pope’s statement about Islam could be easily discredited as he is not Muslim. However, by some of the ummah responding to the Pope’s allegations about violence in Islam with riots only proves the point. It would be far better for Islam if some Muslims would grow a thicker skin.

    After all, since when does the Pope speak for Islam?

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    Hekmatyar Captured?


    Hekmatyar fought against the Soviets, was prime minister of Afghanistan in the mid 1990s, and became an anti-Taliban fighter until the collapse of Afghanistan’s Taliban government in December of 2001. After the U.S. operation, Hekmatyar threw in his lot with the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and brought Hezb-i-Islami into battle against the government of Hamid Karzai. Hezb-i-Islami split in two, with a section loyal to Hekmatyar (know as Hezb-i-Islami Gulbuddin or HIG). HIG has influence particularly with Afghan refugees in western Pakistan.

    The capture of Hekmatyar is a major blow to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, as it provides an opportu nity to split his organization. HIG is considered one of the major Anti-Government Elements (or AGEs) in Afghanistan. And Hekmatyar may be privy to valuable information about the location of high level al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders.

    Hekmatyar is closely tied to Iran, and had his base of support in Herat before the 2001 invasion. Captured in Eastern Afghanistan, the former prime minister gave up without a fight.

    He’s also the only Prime Minister to ever shell his own capital, Kabul in a post-Soviet spat between himself and Burhanuddin Rabbani’s and Ahmed Shah Massoud’s forces. Later, after the rise of the Taliban, Hekmatyar joined the efforts against the Taliban led by Rabbani and Massoud (killed September 9, 2001 in a suicide bombing).

    Hekmatyar’s capture in a joint American/Afghan operation will help stabilize Afghanistan. Along with the continuing success of Operation Medusa, Afghanistan is improving significantly.

    Update: Shucks. Wasn’t him, it was his stunt double.

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    5,000 Dead Terrorists

    CIA Chief Says 5,000 dead terrorists in 5 years of the War on Terror.

    More than 5,000 terrorists have been captured or killed in the five years since the 9/ll attacks, CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden said today.

    Hayden’s remarks were made in a videotape statement distributed to CIA employees around the world.

    Hayden called the 9/ll attacks “an unforgettable blow” from a “plot we had not been able to prevent.”

    Since then, he said, “Al-Qa’ida’s core operational leadership has been decimated, and their
    successors are in hiding or on the run.”

    Hopefully this is untrue. If Hayden is right, the US is way behind in the body count. 2,996 Americans killed in 9/11. Approximately 3,000 military dead in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Strategypage has a different reckoning.

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    Hit and Run in San Francisco

    No, no, it’s not some new naughty term…

    A San Francisco driver, a male (that’s all the description we’re getting so far), has been taken into custody after injuring 13 people, three critically in what appear to be deliberate incidents.

    More here.

    A reader emails to say there’s no way this suspect is a non-Muslim. Based on the coverage noted above, it’s hard to argue. Thoughts?

    Update 3:

    The Mercury News is not helping matters, suggesting Popal was suffering “wedding jitters.” As Bookworm Room says, “Some of us deal with our jitters with ice cream, some with therapy, some with alcohol, and some with attempted mass murder. It’s all clear to me now.”

    More links from Bookworm: Witnesses say Popal claimed he was a terrorist, though police deny it.

    Update 2: MEC at The Art of Politics has more on the suspect Omeed Aziz Popal, and notes a chilling possibility.

    Update: AJ at the Strata-Sphere has this story and notes an article claiming:

    The driver was in police custody. His name was not immediately released, but Department of Motor Vehicles records show the license plate on the SUV is registered to Omeed A. Popal of Fremont.

    AJ leaps to compare this “attack” (as described in AJ’s linked article) to the Muslim running over people in Chapel Hill, NC this spring.

    I condemn this stereotyping in the strongest possible… oh, who am I kidding? Did anyone really think this was not going to link back to irrational hatred?

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    The Coolest Thing of All Time

    Via Ace, comes word that Saddam Hussein has been forced to watch South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut!

    For the uninitiated, the plot line revolves around the Iraqi dictator, who was ‘killed by a pack of wild boars’ and arrives in Hell to become Satan’s bitch. Only Saddam gets the upper, uh, hand in the relationship and spurs Satan to try to take over Earth.

    Point: Lots and lots of gay sex references between Saddam and Satan, many of which (despite the film’s title) were cut to keep South Park: BLU at an R rating. Highly offensive (and funny) material, and if it’s true that Saddam has been subjected to this, it’s truly a great day for the United States of America, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and karma in general.

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    Nagin the Nitwit

    Nagin Compares Katrina to 9/11:

    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin criticized efforts to redevelop the World Trade Center site when confronted in a television interview about delays in rebuilding his city after Hurricane Katrina.

    During the “60 minutes” interview, a correspondent pointed out flood-damaged cars still on the streets of New Orleans’ devastated Ninth Ward. Nagin replied, “You guys in New York can’t get a hole in the ground fixed, and it’s five years later. So let’s be fair,” according to CBS.

    Actually, Ray-Ray, NYC is doing a lot. WTC 7 is rebuilt and opened a couple months back.

    You’ve still got cars in the 9th Ward, and $110 billion later, you haven’t hooked ‘em up to your standard type tow truck.

    I’d even guess that your school busses are still in that flooded lot, given your sorry performance.

    Of course it’s all still the federal government’s fault… Pathetic.

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    Irrationality Could Decide War on Terror

    Prophecy, Belief, Prejudice, and Fear

    Allah delivers a beat-down to all the August 22nd prophecy-mongers. In case you missed it, supposedly Ahmedinejad had made repeated reference to this year’s anniversary of the night in Islam where Mohammad travels by flight to the ‘farthest mosque’, a reference to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

    Even noted Middle East historian Bernard Lewis was taken in, but as Allah @ Hot Air notes, such Western credulity undercuts the real menace Ahmedinejad and Iran can be- by “crying wolf”.

    Also from HotAir is a report on the recent expelling of two Muslim men from a UK-bound Spanish flight.

    The men were forced to leave the flight after fellow passengers wrongly suspected them of being terrorists. Several people on board flight ZB 613 from Malaga to Manchester demanded their removal.

    Cabin crew informed Spanish authorities and the men were ordered off the Monarch Airlines flight and questioned by police for several hours. They were eventually cleared and put on an alternative flight.

    Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the incident demonstrated the “the high level of suspicion that ordinary Muslims are often being unfairly subjected to” and said that many Muslims were being treated as if they were “guilty unless proven innocent”.

    As unfortunate as this incident is, (and patently discriminatory to the men ordered off the plane), this is a real sign of progress in the war on terror.

    We appear to be getting beyond the mythological and delusional mantras that all Muslims are practitioners of the Religion Of Peace, and while the Spanish airline incident indicates a vast overreaction, at least the herd are waking up to the threat.

    Collective non-violent punishment of all Muslims- imposed not by government, but by society as a whole, could be an important tool in moving “moderate Muslims” to rein in the more virulent death merchants in their midst.

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