Misc. notes for Sunday

Posted by: ST on January 7, 2007 at 11:24 am

First, apologies for the light posting over the last few days. I’ve had a lot going on and my access to a computer has been limited.

Here are some news and notes from around the blogosphere:

—- It turns out the post I wrote about that Kerry photo from a recent visit he made to Iraq contained an assumption that turned out to be an error. It was assumed by me (and a whole bunch of other conservative bloggers) that the troops were avoiding Kerry at the time that photo was taken. Come to find out, two NYT reporters were doing an interview with Kerry, and they deliberately sought out a less crowded area of the mess hall in which to talk. I regret and apologize for the error. I don’t apologize, however, for believing that the troops don’t like Senator Kerry. Considering how he’s badmouthed our military before on numerous occasions, it wasn’t a stretch to come up with the assumption about the picture. Not only that, Michelle Malkin rec’d letters from troops who told her that Kerry was avoided “like the plague” by troops while he was there. So while that particular instance wasn’t one where they were ‘avoiding’ Kerry, there were other instances where they were. While I applaud TPM Cafe for their tireless quests for the truth about that picture, I know that the driving force behind the attempt to disprove the right’s assumptions about it were to somehow try to prove that the troops don’t hate Kerry as much as the right asserts that they do. Well, TPM and other lefties who cling to the hope that Kerry is well-liked, if you’re so interested in facts, you should get used to this one: Senator John Kerry is not well-liked by US servicemen and women in general. That is a fact. I know it’s tough to accept the truth about the guy you voted for to be the Commander in Chief, but facts are what they are. Deal with ’em.

—- The Times of London is reporting that Israel has plans for a nuclear strike against Iran. First things first, thumbs down to the Times of London for publishng this sensitive info in the first place, which will only increase tensions between Israel, the US, and Iran and the rest of the “Arab street.” Blogosphere reaction can be found here. My reaction is this: bravo to Israel for having plans to defend their turf. Iran has made it clear that it does not respect Israel’s right to exist, with Ahminijihad stating not so long ago that Israel should be “wiped off the face of the map” and doubts the Holocaust even happened. Israel’s made it clear before that it was leaving all options – including military ones – on the table, if Iran doesn’t clean up its act. I’m sure the usual perpetually outraged suspects will react in horror at the news of Israel’s nuclear plans against Iran, should they have to go the nuclear route, but hopefully their outrage will be ignored. Israel has the right to defend herself against countries who are hostile to her and her interests, especially those who want to deny her right to exist. Of course, these same people would say that Iran has the right to arm itself with nukes in ‘response’ to this news, but I digress …

—- Speaking of Iran, Jason at Texas Rainmaker has a post up at his site in which he reminds people not to trust the tough talk from Democrats on Iran, considering how tough their talk was on Iraq before they flip flopped on their positions later.

—- The Colts made easy work of the KC Chiefs yesterday in a 23-8 AFC wildcard playoff game victory. Mwalimu’s Cowboys lost yesterday to the Eagles in their NFC wildcard playoff game, thanks in large part to (overrated, IMO) Cowboys QB Tony Romo’s fumbling of the ball during an 3 point field goal attempt by Dallas kicker Martin Gramatica with just over a minute left. The two New York teams play today, with ST reader Leslie’s Jets at New England in a 1 pm ET game on CBS, and ST reader NCCops Giants at Philadelphia at 4:30 pm ET on FOX. Here’s the rest of the playoff schedule.

—- Read about another brave hero from the US military. RIP, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham.

—- The drama over Saddam’s execution continues. His lawyers are now claiming that Saddam’s body was “abused” before and after he was executed. I can’t really get myself worked up in outrage over this, but “human rights activists” are probably beside themselves with rage this morning over the possibility that it happened. Anyway …

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    1. Severian says:

      The Kerry incident shows the night and day difference between liberal and conservative bloggers and the liberal news media. The conservative blogs make corrections and admit when they are wrong.

      Now, that being said, the Kerry pic is a red herring, yes, that pic is a meeting with reporters, but, if he was soooo popular, where are all the pictures of him being surrounded by his adoring constituents and fans in the military? Hmmmm…seems to me I haven’t seen any, despite the desperate desire of the liberals to prove that he wasn’t shunned. Also seems to me that whenever Rumsfeld or Bush went to Iraq, there were no shortage of pics of them with lots of troops. Hmmm…double hmmm…:-? Heck, even Hillary managed to get pictures of her with more than a few troops, although in many of the pictures some of the troops didn’t seem all that happy to be there (in one photo a GI was using the hand signal that is used to indicate they are there under duress).

      As for Israel, this is more just planning than actual fact, we even have plans to fight Canada for cripe’s sake, the military plans for everything, and you’d better bet that the Israeli military takes such planning seriously, considering they are surrounded by enemies who have shown that they will attack them. I seriously doubt Olmert has the stones to do this, unless he is desperate to look tough after screwing up the recent Lebanon hostilities and his mismanagement of the Palestinian problem (i.e. tying the military’s hands). He just doesn’t have the chops, but on the other hand, this should be a wake up call to the Iranians and the world, don’t underestimate just how much effect the Holocaust had on the Jewish/Israeli collective psyche. After that little experiment in genocide (and compared to it, every other whining cry of “genocide” from various human rights organizations and countries are like comparing a firecracker to nukes) I really believe that if push comes to shove, the Israeli’s would definitely drop the big one rather than risk a nuclear armed country just over the hill that has repeatedly said their goal is to erase all Jews from the planet.

      So, not likely to happen soon, but don’t underestimate the Israeli’s.

    2. Leslie says:


      Thanks for mentioning me. The Jets hung tough, but Brady was tougher. And Belichek showed good sportsmanship for a change by hugging Mangini at the end of the game. Go Brady! I’ll root for the Pats now.

      Now as for the business with Israel and Iran. Here’s the skinny from Howie Kurtz in the Washington Post.
      London’s Sunday Times has a piece headlined “Revealed: Israel Plans Nuclear Strike on Iran.” But Israeli blogger Allison Kaplan Sommer, writing for Pajamas Media, does some debunking:

      “Anyone reading the Sunday Times story and is waiting for the nukes to start dropping any moment can take a deep breath and relax. There are several reasons to doubt that such an attack is truly imminent or even imaginable.

      First and foremost – one must consider the source of this story. The Sunday Times journalist in question Uzi Mahnaimi, is a controversial figure, who co-authored a book with Bassam Abu Sharif, former senior adviser to Yasser Arafat and PLO press officer.

      “While some may believe he has actual military sources in Israel who use him to leak stories that won’t make it past censors, others think he is used by foreign agents to push stories that embarrass Israel…

      “One thing is clear: Mahnaimi makes a regular habit of reporting that Israel is about to attack Iran. If his reporting was accurate, Iranian nuclear facilities would already be a smoking ruin — not once, but multiple times.”

      In other words, move along, move along, nothing to see here.


    3. Baklava says:

      Light posting? Shoot you are forgiven. I haven’t touched a blog in I think a month. Been pretty busy. But you know who’s blog I go back to first? The greatest woman blogger ever. No not Michelle Malkin’s. YOURS!