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Are We On the Verge of a Rightroots Movement?

by Aaron Marks on NextGenGOP

It’s been a while since I’ve heard chatter on the blogosphere about building a Rightroots movement (I last commented on it at the end of October). However, over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a number of major developments that suggest we might be on the verge of establishing a true and effective Rightroots movement.

When John Hawkins wrote about this topic, he noted that (emphasis added):

One of the biggest problems online — and this extends outside of the blogosphere — is that there are far more liberals online than conservatives and they’re much more enthusiastic.

Because of that, huge websites that can drive a lot of traffic like Digg, Fark, and YouTube have come to be dominated by liberals, even though they aren’t liberal per se.

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December 29, 2008 Posted by | GOP | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Republicans want say in economic stimulus plan

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans on Monday said they would work with Democrats to craft a plan to stimulate the economy, but only if GOP ideas are considered for a bill that could cost as much as $1 trillion.

“We need the right mix of tax relief and other measures to grow the economy,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a statement.

The Democrats’ plan to pass a yet-unwritten stimulus bill before President-elect Barack Obama‘s inauguration next month gives Congress too little time to consider what’s in it, he said.

“Taxpayers are in no mood to have a single dollar wasted, but it’s not yet been explained how their tax dollars will be protected…in a rush to spend their money,” McConnell added.

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December 29, 2008 Posted by | Economy | , , , | Leave a comment

Sarah Palin’s daughter gives birth to a son: report

from Reuters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s teenage daughter Bristol has given birth to a son, People magazine reported on Monday.

The 7 lb 4 oz (3.3 kilogram) baby was born on Sunday in Palmer, Alaska, and is named Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, reported People, who spoke to Sarah Palin’s aunt Colleen Jones.

“The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited,” Jones told the magazine. The couple have said they plan to marry.

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Israel knows how to win a war


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Israel continues to pound away at Hamas targets in Gaza while it amasses troops on the border in preparation for a possible ground attack.

The typical response from the international community is coming in as well.  Iran is calling for volunteer Muslims around the world to fight in Palestine.  French President Sarkozy has condemned the Israeli attacks as disproportionate to the Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli civilian targets.  The Egyptian foreign minister referred to Israel’s military response as “blind military action” in the same breath in which he extended his condolences to the Palestinian “victims.”   Protests throughout the Arab world are calling for more agressive action against Israel and America.

Such hypocrisy has come to be expected anytime Israel responds to Palestinian or Arab aggression.  But, Israel knows how to take care of itself.  Since the United Nations created the State of Israel in 1948, the geographically tiny and isolated country has fought and won several wars with its surrounding Arab neighbors.

War of Independence 1947-1949

1947 Boundaries

1947 Boundaries

During the War of Independence from 1947-49, the tiny state fought and defeated an Arab coalition consisting of Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt.  Troops of these nations were supplemented by Palestinian and Sudanese contingents as well.  Over 6,000 Israeli troops lost their lives to defeat the Arab aggressors who greatly outnumbered the fledgling nation’s armed forces.

This was not to be the war to end all wars however, as Israel’s neighbors retreated to lick their wounds and develop new strategies.  During this time, Palestinian terrorism was born as Egypt funded suicide troops who operated from bases in Jordan.  The U.N. Security Council condemned every Israeli response to this terror, but condemnation of the Arab’s who sponsored violence against Israel was blocked by the Soviet Union’s veto.

Sinai Campaign of 1956

In 1956, Israel launched an offensive against Egyptian forces in the Sinai Desert in response to the Arab nation’s stockpiling of Soviet arms in preparation for war against the tiny Jewish state.  When Egytptian President Nasser blockaded the Suez Canal, Britain and France backed the Israeli action.  Israel launched the campaign with paratroops who quickly conquered the Egyptian airfields in the Sinai and cleared the path for Israeli ground forces to march to the Suez Canal.

The United States sponsored a Security Council resolution demanding an immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from the Sinai that was subsequently vetoed by Britain and France.  The next day, these two countries launched air attacks against Egyptian airfields along the canal allowing Israeli ground troops to pummel their opponents.  These operations resulted in the capture of the Gaza Strip, along with virtually the entire Sinai Desert.  It had taken this tiny, isolated Jewish nation only 8 days to relieve Egypt of the heavily fortified Sinai.

Both the United States and the Soviet Union condemned the Israeli assault and demanded it remove its troops to pre-war borders.  Israel complied after 6 months of negotiations produced a U.N. agreement to take control of the Gaza Strip and station a U.N. Emergency Force in the Sinai to protect Israeli shipping in the Gulf of Aquaba and Suez Canal.

The Arab states were surprised by Israel’s quick victory, but not ready to accept its right to exist.  This war was not yet over.

The Six Day War–1967

Over the course of several weeks in 1967, anti-Israeli rhetoric comprised of threats of annihilation of the small Jewish state was spewed by Arab leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Algeria, and Syria, as well as Palestinian leaders.  This rhetoric was followed by the massing of Arab troops on Israeli borders in the Sinai, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights.  Egypt sent 100,000 troops into the Sinai, blockaded Israel’s southern port, and demanded the withdrawal of the U.N. Emergency Force, while Syria staged its forces in the Golan Heights, and Jordan in the West Bank.

Israel launched a preemptive attack on and quickly crushed Egyptian forces in the Sinai and Gaza.  A Syrian air attack was quashed by the Israelis on the first day of the war.  Jordanian troops then launched an offensive from the West Bank.  After six days of fierce fighting, Israel had routed the Arab forces and expelled them from their staging areas (now known as the Occupied Territories.)

War of Attrition 1968-1970

Egypt, seeking to recapture the Sinai, launched artillery attacks against Israeli Defense Forces on the east bank of the Suez.  Israel responded with a cross border commando attack that knocked out the main source of electricity for Egypt.  President Nasser spent the next few months fortifying strategic targets in Egypt before again escalating the conflict.  In the interim, Israel had refortified its positions along the Suez which came to be known as the Bar Lev Line.

In February 1969, Nasser ordered a massive artillery and air attack against the Bar Lev Line, resulting in heavy Israeli casualties.  Israel again responded with cross border attacks deep into Egyptian territory.  In July, Israel launched a massive air assault that continued into December and destroyed Egyptian anti-aircraft defenses.

With nothing standing between Egypt and the Israeli Air Force, Nasser appealed to the Soviet Union for assistance in the form of arms and troops.  The United States, fearing superpower involvement could lead to a nuclear confrontation, then became involved in cease-fire negotiations and Israel accepted the U.S. brokered cease-fire agreement in July of 1970.

Yom Kippur War 1973

On the holiest day of the Jewish calender, The Day of Atonement–October 6, 1973, this attack caught the Israeli Defense Forces totally off guard and the initial action went heavily for the attacking Syrian and Egyptian forces.  Egypt launched an all out attack on the Sinai coordinated with a similar attack by the Syrians in the Golan Heights.  Israel’s 500 troops in the Suez Canal zone faced an 80,000 strong Egyptian force while 150 Israeli tanks battled 1,400 Syrian tanks in the North.

Though Egypt and Syria bore the brunt of the campaign, they had help from many of Israel’s Arab enemies.  Iraq supplied the Syrian force with 18,000 troops, which were further bolstered by two Jordanian armored brigades.  Libya and Iraq had previously supplied Egypt with Russian-built MIG and French-built Mirage fighter jets which were employed in the campaign.  Saudi Arabia and Kuwait financed much of the operation.  In a sense, Israel was once again fighting the entire Arab world.

Caught totally unaware of the impending attack, the first two days of the war were disastrous for Israel.  Egypt had marched 15 miles into the Sinai and Syria had taken the Golan Heights by the 7th of October.  However, Israel’s geographic disadvantage of being surrounded by its enemies and the numerous wars fought before had left it in a heightened alert status, always ready to respond quickly to enemy activity.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were quickly mobilized and reserves called up.  On October 8, this small, isolated Jewish nation lauched a counterrattack that rapidly forced the Egyptian forces back across the Suez and expelled the Syrian forces from the Golan Heights.  The IDF marched to within 65 miles of Cairo and 35 miles of Damascus before a U.N. brokered cease-fire interrupted the Israeli rout of its enemies on October 24.  A peacekeeping force of 1,200 U.N. troops was sent to the Golan Heights and Israel maintained control of the Sinai.

Once again, the outnumbered Israeli forces had defeated a numerically superior force of allied Arab enemies in a few short days.

Operation Peace for Galilee–1982

Palestinian terror groups, most notably the Palestinian Liberation Organization, had sprung up since before the Six Day War and had expanded their base of operations to include southern Lebanon.  Israel had launched smaller scale attacks against these bases prior to 1982, like Operation Litani in 1978 in response to a terror attack on civilian buses that killed 37 and wounded another 76.

In response to an assassination attempt on the Israeli ambassador to Britain in 1982, the IDF once again attacked the terror bases in southern Lebanon.  This time, the mission was expanded an Israel captured the capital city of Beirut.  The Syrians interceded in June.  Though Israel’s success against Syrian ground forces came with a high price, this small Jewish state dominated in the skies.  Syrian anti-aircraft batteries were quickly destroyed which allowed the superior Israeli Air Force to down 29 Syrian aircraft in one day without a single loss of its own.

The Gulf War–1991

During the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq, Israel obliged American requests to not become actively engaged.  However, Saddam Hussein, facing an international coalition devoted to wresting recently conquered Kuwait from Iraqi hands, ordered Scud missile attacks against Israel in an effort to garner support of Arab members of the coalition.  More than 80 Scud missiles resulted in 31 Israeli fatalities.  These Israeli citizens died at the hand of the Arab state of Iraq even though Israel was not in any way involved in the war.

Lebanon/Hezbollah War–2006

By July 2006, the Palestinian terror organization Hezbollah had established bases in Lebanon once again.  An IDF patrol was attacked, inside Israeli territory, by Hezbollah terrorists who killed three and captured two Israeli troops.  This attack coincided with coordinated rocket and  mortar bombardments of Israeli settlements and military installations in the north.

Israel then launched a counterattack against Hezbollah positions throughout Lebanon.  Once again, the international community revealed its hypocrisy in criticism of Israel’s disproportionate use of force.  The war concluded on August 14 with a U.N. brokered cease-fire.

Once again, Israel is forced to respond to unprovoked attacks by terrorist organizations funded and supported by its Arab enemies.  And, once again the world is condemning Israel for responding too harshly.

If the United States and the rest of the international community will stand aside and let the Israelis finish this, the Palestinian problem will be resolved.  Either there will be no terrorists left, or they will come to realize that failure to recognize Israel’s right to exist can only lead to their annihilation.

The Israelis knows how to deal with this.  We need to let them finish it.


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December 29, 2008 Posted by | Middle East | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

There’s No Pain-Free Cure for Recession

As recession fears cause the nation to embrace greater state control of the economy and unimaginable federal deficits, one searches in vain for debate worthy of the moment. Where there should be an historic clash of ideas, there is only blind resignation and an amorphous queasiness that we are simply sweeping the slouching beast under the rug.

With faith in the free markets now taking a back seat to fear and expediency, nearly the entire political spectrum agrees that the federal government must spend whatever amount is necessary to stabilize the housing market, bail out financial firms, liquefy the credit markets, create jobs and make the recession as shallow and brief as possible. The few who maintain free-market views have been largely marginalized.

Taking the theories of economist John Maynard Keynes as gospel, our most highly respected contemporary economists imagine a complex world in which economics at the personal, corporate and municipal levels are governed by laws far different from those in effect at the national level.

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December 28, 2008 Posted by | Economy | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What the left and the MSM won’t report…


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I received an email containing these photos that we’d never see on the MSM.  We hear all of the tragic stories on the nightly news.  Any misstep by our soldiers and Marines is splashed in every newspaper and on every news show, but the story told in these photos is never told by the supposedly objective press in our country.

Take a look!

So just remember, the MSM isn’t giving you the whole story.

While they want you to believe that our soldiers and Marines are committing every sort of atrocity known to man, and then some, these pictures show the real story of what’s happening in Iraq every day. 


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December 28, 2008 Posted by | Liberal Media, War on Terror | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hypocrisy in the Obamedia

Obamedia*–the highly liberally biased Mainstream Media (MSM) whose fascination with (adoration of?) President-elect Barack Hussein Obama suffocates all traces of objectivity in reporting the accomplishments, struggles, whereabouts, activities, vices, etc. of the President-elect. This group of supposedly detached professionals is also easily identified by its hatred and vitriolic rhetoric regarding any conservative person or ideal, especially President Bush.

*I first saw this term in Michelle Malkin’s column discussing/disclosing the obvious bias in the reporting of the workout habits of President Bush vs. President-elect Barack Hussein Obama.  The above definition is my own and Ms. Malkin may define it differently.

Here are a couple of teaser excerpts for her exceptional column:

And when Obama feels better, the skies will part, the sun will shine (in moderate, environmentally-correct, non-global warming-inducing amounts, of course) and peace will reign worldwide!

and

Fit Republican president = Selfish, indulgent, creepy fascist.

Fit Democratic president = Disciplined, health-conscious Adonis role model.

Now, you might be wondering about my obvious bias in the other direction.

Please note the subtitle of this site. My intention is to mislead no one while serving as a counterbalance to the constant barrage of left-wing propaganda disbursed by the MSM on a daily basis.

In that spirit, I can’t help but notice how left-wing reporters enamored with Obama can write starry-eyed essays describing his workout habits and the benefits Americans will receive from their in-tip-top-shape new President, but evidently forget the nasty little unhealthy habit that receives virtually no attention from the MSM–smoking.

You remember smoking. The killer of men, women, children, dogs, cats, hamsters, flowers, bees, trees, pigs, goats, chickens, and any other harmless, innocent creature that engenders sympathy in a majority of voters in America.

Didn’t President Clinton attack and encourage attacks by others on the evil tobacco companies in an effort to rid the world of all evil? Didn’t our government increase taxes that more than doubled the price of cigarettes because they caused all the problems in America? Hasn’t smoking been banned in public buildings, many public places, even U.S. Navy ships because it’s so detrimental to the health of the American people?

For all the evils credited to smoking by the Democrats, our President-elect’s habit of lighting up doesn’t even deserve a mention in an article describing his healthy lifestyle.

If you ever had any doubt about the objectivity of the MSM, or if you ever thought it leaned conservative, this should definitely convince you otherwise.

December 28, 2008 Posted by | Liberal Media, Obama | , , , | 2 Comments

Israel responds to Hamas rockets

Israel was once again forced to lauch attacks against Hamas targets in Gaza yesterday, and the international reaction is predictable.  Calls from around the globe for Israel to stop its “aggression” are the typical response of the international anti-Semitic coalition.

The same people, nations, and groups who so loudly decry Israel’s military response are those who sat idly by as Hamas militants fired rocket after rocket, mortar after mortar into Israel.  These one-way pacifists see nothing wrong with Palestinian (or other Arabs) killing Israeli civilians, but consider every Palestinian death an outrage.

President Bush has rightly stated that Israel has the right to defend itself against attacks by the terrorist organization that runs the Gaza Strip.  Unfortunately, among world leaders only Britain and Germany have joined Bush in recognizing Hamas’ role in initiating military action.  President-elect Barack Hussein Obama has yet to comment on the current conflict, and that leaves many wondering how he will address the issue once he occupies the White House later this month.

Israel has doubts about soon-to-be President Obama’s administration, even though he emphatically stated he’ll continue to support Israel’s right to defend itself.  With former President Carter consistently spewing anti-Israeli rhetoric and former President Clinton’s willingness to trade Israeli security for “peace”, it’s no wonder.

The fact is, until militant Palestinian factions and other Arab nations accept Israel’s existence as a reality, there will be no peace.  Nor should there be.

December 28, 2008 Posted by | Middle East | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Obama uncomfortable with all the attention

by Carol E. Lee at Politico

HONOLULU – The media glare, the constant security appendage and the sheer production that has become a morning jog or a hankering for an ice cream cone – it’s been closing in on Barack Obama for some time.Now the president-elect appears increasingly conscious of the confines of his new position, bristling at the routine demands of press coverage and beginning to chafe at boundaries that are only going to get smaller.Obama even took the unusual step Friday morning of leaving behind the pool of reporters assigned to follow him, taking his daughters to a nearby water park without them. It was a breach of longstanding protocol between presidents (or presidents-elect) and the media, that a gaggle of reporters representing television, print and wire services is with his motorcade at all times.

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December 28, 2008 Posted by | Obama | , | 2 Comments

Two Nuclear Powers Square Off

By ZAHID HUSSAIN IN ISLAMABAD and MATTHEW ROSENBERG IN NEW DELHI from WSJ

Tensions between India and Pakistan rose again Friday as Pakistan said it was redeploying an unspecified number of troops from the fight against Islamic militants in the northwest.

Pakistani officials wouldn’t say where the troops were headed nor provide estimates of how many soldiers were on the move. The officials also said Pakistan had sharply curtailed leave for all troops amid the heightened tensions with India.

A Pakistani military spokesman suggested they will be redeployed to face Indian forces on the country’s eastern border, calling the troop movements and the restriction of leave “defensive and precautionary steps” prompted by souring relations with India after last month’s Mumbai terrorist attacks that left 171 people dead.

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December 27, 2008 Posted by | War on Terror | , , , , , , | Leave a comment