Saturday, June 17, 2006

Iraq debacle continues...

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops on Saturday searched for two soldiers missing after an attack that killed one of their comrades at a checkpoint in the so-called "Triangle of Death" south of Baghdad.

U.S. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said four raids had been carried out since Friday's attack and that ground forces, helicopters and airplanes were taking part in the search.

He said a dive team also was going to search for the men, whose checkpoint was located by a Euphrates River canal near Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad.

The New York Times reported that Iraqi residents in the area said they saw two soldiers taken prisoner by a group of masked guerrillas. It said the two surviving soldiers were led to two cars and driven away.

Fellow soldiers at a nearby checkpoint heard small-arms fire and explosions, and a quick-reaction force reached the scene in 15 minutes, the military said. The force found one soldier dead but no sign of the two others.

"We are currently using every means at our disposal on the ground, in the air and in the water to find them," said Caldwell, the spokesman for U.S. forces in Baghdad.

The area is known as the Triangle of Death because of the frequent ambushes and attacks against U.S. soldiers and Iraqi troops.

The spokesman noted the military was still searching for Sgt. Keith Matthew Maupin, who went missing on April 9, 2004.

"We continue to search using every means available and will not stop looking until we find the missing soldiers," he said.

Maupin was captured when insurgents ambushed his fuel convoy with the 724th Transportation Co. west of Baghdad. A week later, Arab television network Al-Jazeera aired a videotape showing Maupin sitting on the floor surrounded by five masked men holding automatic rifles.

That June, Al-Jazeera aired another tape purporting to show a U.S. soldier being shot. But the dark, grainy tape showed only the back of the victim's head and did not show the actual shooting. The Army ruled it was inconclusive whether the soldier was Maupin.

A 20-year-old private first class at the time of his capture, Maupin has been promoted twice since then. (Associated Press)



When can we pull out of this Civil War and focus on Osama bin Laden, the Mexican border, Iran, Bird Flu, Global Warming, and the defecit? A timetable must be set and people need to start listening to Senator Kerry. Many on the Left can consider me a huge Republican (though Conservatives do not think I am one of them), but I am a Liberal when it comes to this war. We need to get out before more lives are lost.

This administration prided itself on moral values in the 2004 campaign.


What is more Christian than forgiveness and the protection of innocent life?

Friday, June 16, 2006

The Minutemen Project

The controversial, private group of vigilantes consisting primarily of volunteers has taken on a new mission to protect those on the border who would like a wall built on their property. The idea is to accept funds from generous donors and spend time building walls to protect the property of American citizens living along the border. In all honesty, I am entirely for it. My take on the "build a wall" issue is that it isn't necessary. Beefing up the Border Patrol and/or adding the National Guard sounds dandy to me. However, the wall is more than likely a waste of money. But this is a case where Patriotic, law-abiding citizens want to help out those who need the assistance. Too long has this country sat on its hands when it comes to dealing with the Mexican border. I am quite glad that these men and women are speaking out against the complete incompetence of every president starting with Reagan. I will never forgive Reagan for granting amnesty to all of the illegal immigrants we held in our country and then not giving a damn when they streamed across the border and took our jobs (because it benefitted the CEO's and District Managers to pay minimum wage or worse, under the table).
My gut feeling tells me that legislation will be passed that moderately satisfies the hungry appetite of these radically-upset Minutemen. However, I am sure they will be able to accept the McCain/Kennedy bill:
  1. $2000 fine
  2. Pay back taxes
  3. Learn English
  4. Get a Social Security Number
  5. Work for 6 years
  6. Then get in line behind everybody else for citizen ship

It should do well. Sign the petition>>>>


"I want a kinder and gentler nation."
- George H W Bush

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Ann Coulter: The Witch of the Hard-Right

I had been peacefully moving along with my summer free from politics for a short while when something happened so intolerable that it pulled me right back into that evil, dark, world of sin. Ann Coulter made statements that contained very volatile remarks toward widows of 9/11 victims. She made claim that these widows enjoyed their husbands' deaths. I have no doubt that the story has hit your ears as well. Her comments have drawn fire from Liberals, Conservatives, and those in the middle. Senator Clinton called her "heartless," and Bill O'Reilly had this to say in this week's column:

"Ann Coulter should listen to me. But she doesn't listen to anyone, so that's not going to happen. In the past, I've told Ms. Coulter that using personal attacks to make ideological points is short-term gain but not long-term pain. You can make money doing that, but respect in the mass market will elude you." (billoreilly.com)

There's even a boycott out right now:

"Assemblywomen Joan M. Quigley, D-Hudson, and Linda Stender, D-Union, called on New Jerseyans last week to stop buying the book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, and for retailers in the state to stop selling it." -(Associated Press 6.15.06)


It's clear to everyone now that the hard-right is motivated by pure anger at this point.


I cannot say that I am surprised.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

2008 Party Contenders

Every pundit craves this kind of subject: the next election. Information that I have secured and my own knowledge of past elections involving affairs similar to those current has led me to make my own assumptions as to the top players in each party. Let's start Republican.
GOP- (in order of strongest support and electability)
1. Arizona Senator John McCain
2. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
3. Tennessee Senator Bill Frist
4. Secretary of State Condi (Condosleazy) Rice

DNC- (in order of strongest support and electability)
1. New York Senator Hillary (Hillamonster) Clinton
2. Former Senator of North Carolina John Edwards
3. Massachusetts Senator and former Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry
4. Illinois Senator Barack Obama


My conclusions should the top spots remain consistent throughout the primaries, and assuming that the GOP nominates Senator McCain to take on the Dems' Hillary Clinton:
It would probably be a McCain/Giuliani ticket versus a Hillary/Edwards ticket and the result would be McCain in a landslide. Though the public outcry at Republican leadership this day in age is deafening, my voice being amongst it, McCain has fervent supporters inside even the Liberal half of the Democratic Party. His appeal for nuclear energy, support of tidier EPA standards, state's rights, and fiscal responsibility rallies Indepedents, Greens, and Libertarians to his campaign like moths to a flame. The McCain camp could prove to be the toughest obstacle for the Democratic Party. I cannot name a single Democratic candidate that could truly put up a decent fight against McCain. The only candidate worth mentioning of the above four is Senator Kerry and that is because he has similar political and war-time experience.

The Democrats must understand that though Hillary is leading in the polls amongst Liberals and Democrats, she is at the tail end amongst Indepedents and Republicans. If the Democrats understand what will serve them best, they will not nominate her. However, every poll shows her towards the very top in appealing to the Liberal base.

The Republicans need to understand that their base cannot do the talking for them. McCain's nomination will be a much tougher obstacle than his election. The Conservative base, as many pundits argue, is McCain's biggest enemy, and the Social Conservatives are chanting for Frist. I predict it will be a classic battle of Bush-41 versus Ronald Reagan. Frist will rally evangelicals whilst McCain will gather the more mainstream Republicans and thinking Conservatives.



We shall see how the cards are played.