Archive for December, 2008

“Gaza: secondary war being fought on the internet” By David Byers

December 31, 2008


The Israeli Army’s YouTube channel


Palestinian radicals have used the ‘net to spread an anti-Israeli message


As fighting rages in the Gaza Strip an unprecedented ‘virtual war’ is being joined in cyberspace.

A furious public information battle is taking place on sites ranging from YouTube to Facebook between the Israeli state and Hamas.

It is part of an attempt by Israel’s political leaders to use the internet to spread their message and has seen the country’s Army, the IDF, becoming the first ever national force to set up their own YouTube channel.

More than 4,000 people have already subscribed to the IDF channel,

launched on December 29, which shows constantly updated video footage of bombing raids from drones targeting Hamas infrastructure.

The Israeli consulate in New York has also hosted what is likely to be the world’s first ever press conference on Twitter.

The Hamas web operation has also sprung into action online. The group has relied on shocking images of civilian casualties taken by local media workers to rally people to its cause. The images have also been placed on Islamist websites, along with messages calling for Israel’s destruction.

Hamas-supporting hackers have launched their own guerrilla conflict, targeting Israeli-run websites of all descriptions with around 300 reportedly defaced or taken offline in the first weekend of the conflict alone.

Nevertheless Hamas has produced nothing to rival the organisation and sophistication of Israel’s PR war. Explaining the focus on information, Israeli military spokeswoman Major Avital Leibovich said: “The blogosphere and new media are another war zone and we have to be relevant there.”

From AssociatedPress

Israeli Prime Minister Olmert assures President Bush that Israel is focusing its attack on Hamas and trying to limit civilian casualties. Israel began launching air strikes into Gaza last Saturday in response to rocket strikes by Hamas. (Dec. 31)

Found at Twitter link above:

From IsIs8787

We’re living in a reality which none of you could have stand.
Try to be in our shoes for just a second.

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you took my joy i want it back

December 30, 2008


“Dance of Joy” Art Print by Monica Stewart

I don’t want you anymore
cause you took my joy
i don’t want you anymore
you took my joy

you took my joy
i want it back
you took my joy
i want it back

i’m gonna go to west memphis and look for my joy
go to west memphis and look for my joy
maybe in west memphis I’ll find my joy
maybe in west memphis i’ll find my joy

i’m gonna go to slidell and look for my joy
go to slidell and look for my joy
maybe in slidell I’ll find my joy
maybe in slidell I’ll find my joy

(first long instrumental break)

you got no right to take my joy
i want it back
you got no right to take my joy
i want it back

you took my joy
i want it back
you took my joy
i want it back

i’m gonna go to west memphis and look for my joy
go to west memphis and look for my joy
maybe in west memphis i’ll find my joy
maybe in west memphis i’ll find my joy

i’m gonna go to slidell and look for my joy
go to slidell and look for my joy
maybe in slidell i’ll find my joy
maybe in slidell i’ll find my joy

(second instrumental break)

i don’t want you anymore
cause you took my joy
i don’t want you anymore
you took my joy

you took my joy
i want it back
you took my joy
i want it back

you took my joy
i want it back
you took my
i want it back

(third & last instrumental break — slows down)

i’m gonna go to west memphis
i’m gonna go to slidell

From mamaweerallcrazeenow

Arabs Throw Obamessiah Under The Bus?

December 30, 2008


“You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking. Brothers and sisters, Barack Obama to me, is a herald of the Messiah. Barack Obama is like the trumpet that alerts you something new, something better is on the way. A black man with a white mother became a savior to us. A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall.” – Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan

“If Obama was going to take a stand he would have said something. When he wants to say something, he can.” Walid Kazziha, a professor at the American University in Cairo

“ANALYSIS – Obama silence on Gaza confirms low Arab expectations”


CAIRO, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Arab expectations that foreign policy changes will come small and slow when Barack Obama moves into the White House next month have been confirmed by his silence over Israel’s attacks in Gaza.


(Obama’s) choice of a foreign policy team, especially Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff, have raised doubts that much will change.

Mustapha el-Sayed of Cairo University said: “I am really pessimistic … because when I see the kind of people who surround President-elect Obama I find they are the best friends of Israel who do not dare to distance themselves from the positions of the Israeli government.”


The main Arab expectation from Obama is that he will at least take more interest in Middle East peace than his predecessor, who began to give it priority only in the latter stages of his presidency .

“Certainly having an Obama who will urge the players to talk, as opposed to a Bush who did not, makes a difference,” said Paul Salem, director of the Carnegie Institute’s Middle East Centre in Beirut.

“But Obama will not force Israel (into concessions). Politically he will not put large amounts of pressure on the Israelis,” Salem added.

Walid Kazziha, a professor at the American University in Cairo, said Obama would have to take bold steps if he wants to restore U.S. influence in the Middle East, widely seen as having greatly declined during eight years of Bush.

But the first signs do not suggest Obama will do that, he added. “If he was going to take a stand he would have said something. When he wants to say something, he can,” he said.

Sayed said he expected a tug of war between Obama advisers in favour of the status quo, closely allied with Israel, and between those who think differently.

“My impression is that the good friends of Israel will prevail at the end and this will contribute to a further erosion of U.S. influence in the area,” he added.

From PatriotMcCain

“Iran issues religious decree for Muslims to defend Hamas terrorists”

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The great danger — the warrior’s garb sits uneasily on Barack Obama’s shoulders

December 29, 2008


Super Obama?

September 10, 2008

By Fouad Ajami


The warrior’s garb sits uneasily on Barack Obama’s shoulders: Mr. Obama seeks to reassure Americans that he and his supporters are heirs of Roosevelt and Kennedy; that he, too, could order soldiers to war, stand up to autocracies and rogue regimes. But the widespread skepticism about his ability to do so is warranted.

The crowds in Berlin and Paris that took to him knew their man. He had once presented his willingness to negotiate with Iran as the mark of his diplomacy, the break with the Bush years and the Bush style. But he stepped back from that pledge, and in a blatant echo of President Bush’s mantra on Iran, he was to say that “no options would be off the table” when dealing with Iran. The change came on a visit to Israel, the conversion transparent and not particularly convincing.

Mr. Obama truly believes that he can offer the world beyond America’s shores his biography, his sympathies with strangers. In the great debate over anti-Americanism and its sources, the two candidates couldn’t be more different. Mr. Obama proceeds from the notion of American guilt: We called up the furies, he believes. Our war on terror and our war in Iraq triggered more animus. He proposes to repair for that, and offers himself (again, the biography) as a bridge to the world.

For Mr. Obama, the race is about the claims of modernism. There is “cool,” and the confidence of the meritocracy in him. The Obama way is glib: It glides over the world without really taking it in. It has to it that fluency with political and economic matters that can be acquired in a hurry, an impatience with great moral and political complications. The lightning overseas trip, the quick briefing, and above all a breezy knowingness. Mr. Obama’s way is the way of his peers among the liberal, professional elite.

Mr. Ajami is professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University. He is also an adjunct research fellow of the Hoover Institution.

From HughHewitt:

The great danger is that the new Adminstration will see some upside in talking with Hamas and Hezbollah or their sponsor Iran. There is no possibility of a “grand bargain” with these forces because they are not driven by any objective that can be met short of the destruction of Israel.  If the president-elect conveyed his understanding of this central fact, he’d go a long way towards reassuring the world and the region that we were not in for a Carter-like epic naivete about our enemies.

“President-elect Obama is closely monitoring global events, including the situation in Gaza, but there is one president at a time,” said Brooke Anderson, Obama’s chief national security spokeswoman, in a statement.

We’re told that the president-elect is watching developments closely, and receives daily intelligence briefings on the Mideast (and other regions) from an intelligence staffer who has accompanied him to Hawaii.

in July, while in Israel

OBAMA: “I don’t think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens. The first job of any nation state is to protect its citizens. And so I can assure you that if — I don’t even care if I was a politician — if somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.

“FACTBOX — Developments in Israel — Gaza fighting”

From AssociatedPress

The Bush administration has called again for a “sustainable cease-fire” in the Mideast and demands that Hamas stop its attacks on Israel. (Dec. 29)

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Hugh Hewitt asks a good question – Was the dog that didn’t bark (Barack Obama) under oath?

December 28, 2008


The Dog That Didn’t Bark!

Thoughts On Blagobamarama


I got many e-mails after yesterday’s show pointing out how extraordinary it is for the president-elect and two key staffers to be interviewed in a massive criminal investigation into corrutpiton and not to have had the interviews announced for many days or basic follow-up questions asked and answered. This attempt to massage the story might work in illinois or during a presidential campaign when the MSM is blocking for you, but it won’t work over a four year term when careers have to made and remade by media climbers.  There’s always a young Woodward who will go where there’s a story.

Hugh talks about the news in the release of the Obama team’s report on the Rahm Emanuel – Blago scandal with National Review Campaign Spot blogger Jim Geraghty.

Listen here: (Jim Geraghty doesn’t come in until after halfway point, but interview is well-worth the listen.)

EXCERPTS (This is a partial transcript which I transcribed myself. It is incomplete and inexact, but I believe I’ve included all the pertinent details.)

HH: The PE was himself interviewed by the office of the US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald on December the 18th. Valerie Jarrett, one of his most trusted advisers, on the 19th. And Rahm Emanuel on the 20th.

HH: Jim Geraghty, it’s astonishing that this is being reported the way that it is. This is a BO staff document saying nothing was done wrong here. I would be stunned if anything else came out, because no one’s been fired obviously. But do you think the media is just gonna swallow this and say, “Okay, that’s over.”

JG: I fear they may. They really shouldn’t. Our friends on the left would never have accepted a Bush administration investigation that clears itself of wrongdoing.

HH: The obvious question that was not asked of Joe Biden that indicts the media around him. It’s the most obvious question of all. I don’t know if it’s occurred to you yet.

Was the PE under oath?

This is the most important question because if he’s under oath it is a significant issue every single thing he said. Ditto Valerie Jarrett. Ditto Rahm Emanuel.

But it’s the first question a serious reporter asks. Was the PE under oath? It just raises the stakes dramatically. Have you seen that asked?

JG: I have not. The Biden quote you played earlier. “The PE had no contact with Blago and no contacts with his staff.” Well then, why did the US Attorney’s Office want to talk to him?

Something is really not adding up in that equation. Unless the US Attorney’s Office just wanted to say “hi” to the PE. Clearly there had to be some reason for them to call that meeting. If he was under oath, that completely changes the story.

Maybe they felt an informal discussion was sufficient. There’s a lot more information, I think, we’re going to hear from Fitzgerald.

HH: BTW, even if it’s informal, it doesn’t take you away from 18 USC 1001, the False Statements Act.

Hugh talks about Fitzmas and other news of the week with Columnist To the World, Mark Steyn.

Listen here:


‘Twas The Steyn Before Fitzmas…


HH: Let’s begin with the issue of the report. I hate to bring politics into a holiday, but it seems to me that the Obama camp’s release of the report yesterday was designed to assure that no one talked about it, so we’re going to. What do you make about its timing and what it says?

MS: Well basically, this is an attempt at self-exoneration. I mean, this is slightly absurd. I mean, no one would take this seriously if George W. Bush was issuing reports on what he knew about Iraqi WMD. People would be mocking it and hooting it with derision. I think clearly, releasing it on the 23rd of December is a way to ensure that it stays buried all the way until Hogmanay at least. And they will probably be successful at that. People are not yet ready to hear bad things about the President-elect. That’s both not just a partisan thing. I think that is the natural optimism of the American people in some way.

HH: Now Mark, I got an e-mail, actually a number of e-mails from assistant United States attorneys around the United States, and I posted one at, where he kind of walks us through what the U.S. attorney’s office is doing in Chicago. And it’s not good for Rahm Emanuel. It’s not particularly bad for the President-elect, but it’s the sort of thing, he describes in detail, that Fitzgerald has done in the past to get Scooter Libby tied up in a web of misstatements, any one of which to a federal person is a violation of 18 USC 1001, the False Statements Act.

MS: Yeah.

HH: Do you think Fitzgerald’s playing for keeps here?

MS: Well, my respect for Patrick Fitzgerald has gone up, having seen him put away my friend, Conrad Black, who is spending the first of what could be six Christmases in jail in Florida on a very thin chain of circumstantial evidence that was nevertheless piled up relentlessly and very effectively by Patrick Fitzgerald and his assistant U.S. attorneys in the northern district of Illinois. I regarded him with contempt over the Scooter Libby thing, but one can regard people with contempt and still nevertheless be impressed by their effectiveness. And I think the difficulty for Rahm Emanuel is that it’s really in the interest of every party here to, if you like, set him up as the fall guy. And there will be…he risks approaching a tipping point whereby Obama decides it’s actually better to toss Rahm Emanuel to the wolves, and leap to the clear himself. That’s the difficulty.

HH: Now do you see us getting clear of this? This is a very complicated scandal with Blagojevich about to be indicted and impeached, and he’s not going to go gently into the night. We’ve got a Rahm Emanuel on tape, we’ve got other people on tape. We’ve got Chicago. This makes, actually, Whitewater look tame in comparison when Bill Clinton entered office, and I’m not sure that the President-elect is dealing with it very effectively by not telling us, for example, that he was interviewed by the U.S. attorney’s office for five days. I’m surprised that Mr. Transparency didn’t come clean with that.

MS: Well no, and I think it was clear that this was going on from the moment he gave his first press conference, where there was no outrage. The normal person, if you’ve been the Senator representing the people of Illinois for the last 20 minutes, or however long he was a Senator before he became president, and it emerged that your seat was effectively being auctioned to the guy who could do Governor and Mrs. Blagojevich most good, you would be outraged. And the lack of outrage is what Sherlock Holmes would call the dog that didn’t bark. And the minute he did that, he set himself up for all this, you know, what did Obama know, has he been interviewed. And it’s more dangerous than Whitewater, because it’s understandable. It’s vivid. There are these transcripts of the Governor using the F word every 1.8 nanoseconds. That’s vivid in a way that some obscure, rinky-dink, nickel and dime land scandal in Arkansas isn’t.

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“Challenging Obama’s eligibility – What now?” By Linda Bentley

December 27, 2008



in historic Cave Creek, Arizona

December 24, 2008


What all these lawsuits have raised so far is the question as to exactly who is responsible for ensuring candidates are eligible to appear on the ballot.

And, so far, no one will own up to that responsibility.

The Democratic National Committee claimed, in one of its reply briefs, as a private organization, it has no authority to dictate to the states, which would appear to mean no secretary of state may legally rely on the DNC to properly vet presidential candidates before certifying them for the ballot or before certifying the electors to vote for a “qualified” candidate.

In fact, the DNC admits it has no authority to assume any type of “state action.”

Every single secretary of state that has been challenged so far has declined to take responsibility for candidates they have “certified” as eligible, admitting they have done nothing themselves to determine eligibility.

Rep. John Linder, R-GA

On Dec. 17, “Phil” posted a comment on saying he had sent an e-mail to Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., through an online submission form, asking Linder for his views on President-elect Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility for the presidency.

From Linder’s response:

“On January 8, 2009, both the U.S. Senate and House shall meet for the purpose of counting and certifying the electoral votes. After the vote has been counted, the President of the Senate shall call for objections. It is at this time that federal officials in both the House and Senate may object to the certification of President-elect Obama by alleging that he fails to meet the constitutional requirements to serve as President of the United States. Please be assured that I will continue to monitor this issue very carefully, and I will act when appropriate and necessary.”

After reading Linder’s response, some interpreted that to mean Linder plans to object.
Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, a KFYI radio talk show host contacted Linder, a friend of his, who denied that he plans to object.

Phil responded to Linder’s reply asking if he could further elaborate on what his threshold would be to make a move to object. However, he has yet to receive a response.

Philip Berg’s Case

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Attorney Philip Berg’s case is next to come out of the hopper for conference of the U.S. Supreme Court justices on Jan. 9, the day after Congress counts the electoral votes.

Berg previously told World Net Daily ( he wants Obama to quickly prove him wrong or the court to quickly prove him right and stated, “We’re dealing with the U.S. Constitution and it must be followed.”

When Sonoran News spoke to Berg, a Democrat, he said the main reason he filed his complaint was because the Constitution is the most important document we have and it must be enforced.

The issue will now be in the hands of Congress on Jan. 8. If no objections are raised, it will be in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9.


Photo: Rep. John Linder, R-Ga. Responding to an e-mail about President-elect Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility, Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., explained, on Jan. 8, 2009, after Congress counts the electoral votes, the president of the Senate calls for objections, which is when officials may object to the certification by alleging Obama fails to meet the constitutional requirements.

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“Meeting Tibor Rubin” By Hugh Hewitt

December 26, 2008


H1: Calls With Hugh Hewitt

12220801 Hewitt: Hour 1 – Hugh catches up on the news of the day and talks with callers about every from Blago to menorahs.

Listen here:


Last night at the invitation of my friend Lt. Col. Marc Breslow I was honored to say a few words at the Holiday Dining Out of the California State Military Reserve.  At my table was Brigadier General Jack Hagan who early on mentioned to me that the older gentleman across the way was very special indeed, and as soon as I saw the Medal of Honor ribbon around Tibor Rubin’s neck I knew why, but I didn’t know the story behind Mr. Rubin’s honor.

As much as the music and the festivities allowed, I got a few details out of Mr. Rubin.  He had survived 14 months as a teenager in the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria,

and as soon as he got to America, tried and eventually succeeded in enlisting in the Army as a way of saying thank you to the country that had liberated him.  He was captured in North Korea and made a POW for 30 months, during which time he repeatedly broke out of and returned back into the camp with food for his fellow POWs.  His Medal of Honor citation tells the rest of the story.

General Hagan summarized it for the crowd of military professionals and their spouses and dates who volunteer hundreds of hours every year to support the California National Guard, and when the general concluded with a simple statement that he wasn’t conveying niceties, just the truth about Mr. Rubin, a prolonged standing ovation ensured: Selfless public servants honoring a courageous, selfless soldier.

I have heard of many astonishing and inspiring stories of how heroes survived various hells.  I have never heard of someone surviving both a Nazi concentration camp and a North Korean prisoner of war camp, and not merely surviving, but demonstrating courage of the highest order in so doing.

From soldiersmediacenter

A profile of Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient, Corporal Tibor Rubin.

(How shall I put this? Mr. Rubin is a bit more “animated” in following video; and perhaps a bit more “human” too.)

From Florentinii

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Thomas Nast “The Union Christmas” December 31, 1864

December 24, 2008

From Tarjoxxx


Thomas Nast’s Original “The Union Christmas” Civil War Print

This is probably the most touching and moving Abraham Lincoln print to come out of the Civil War era. The leaf was printed on December 31, 1864, and Thomas Nast was the artist. The print shows Mr. Lincoln standing at the door, inviting the Southern Rebels to come in from the cold and snow, and rejoin the union.


Thomas Nast “The Union Christmas”

Director Frank Capra’s 1938 Oscar-Winning Film — You Can’t Take It With You

December 22, 2008


From chuy93a

New stenographer Alice Sycamore (Jean Arthur) and the boss’ son Tony Kirby (James Stewart) are in love to the dismay of his snobby parents. Director Frank Capra’s 1938 wonderful adaptation of Kaufman and Hart play won Oscars for best picture and best director and nominations for five more. Jean Arthur is joy to watch, one of Hollywood’s greatest actresses and comediennes.

You Can’t Take It With You – “In Love”

You Can’t Take It With You – “The In-Laws”


Cast members (left to right): Halliwell Hobbs, Donald Meek, Mary Forbes, Edward Arnold, James Stewart, Jean Arthur, director Frank Capra, Lionel Barrymore, Ann Miller, Mischa Auer, Spring Byington, Sam Hinds, Dub Taylor, Lillian Yarbo and Eddie Anderson.

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Winter Solstice 2008

December 21, 2008


The candles of Hanukkah and Christmas are kin to the fiery rites of old, which celebrated the miracle of the earth’s renewal.

From PaulWinterConsort

Gospel singer Theresa Thomason performs “Sounds Over All Waters” at Paul Winter’s 2004 annual Winter Solstice Celebration at the world’s largest cathedral, New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Just a few of performers at Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebrations.

Six-time Grammy-winning saxophonist Paul Winter of the Paul Winter Consort opens the 25th annual Winter Solstice Celebration in 2004 at the world’s largest cathedral, New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

From muisephoto

An incredible concert in the truly awesome Cathedral of St John The Divine in New York City. This is the Paul Winter classic Wolf Eyes performed at the 29th annual Winter Solstice Concert 2008.

Wolf Eyes


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