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"Hamas gunmen killed five of their own combatants in an ambush on a Fatah vehicle that had been carrying Hamas detainees, Fatah officials said Wednesday," reports Khaled Abu Toameh of the Jerusalem Post.
"Also killed were two members of the Fatah-affiliated Preventive Security force that had been guarding the detained Hamas members, the officials said."
Amid all the usual stories of innocent Arabs and Jews getting killed, it's nice to hear some good news for a change.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
From this morning's Washington Post:
The Gonzales Coverup
Why is it only now that the disturbing story of the Bush administration's willingness to override the legal advice of its own Justice Department is emerging? The chief reason is that the administration, in the person of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, stonewalled congressional inquiries and did its best to ensure that the shameful episode never came to light.
Mr. Gonzales's lack of candor is no longer surprising. What's critical here is that lawmakers get a full picture of what happened, obtaining whatever documents -- Office of Legal Counsel opinions -- and testimony are necessary, behind closed doors if need be. "[former deputy attorney general James B. Comey] gave his side of what transpired that day," White House press secretary Tony Snow said yesterday. If there's another side to the story, we'd like to hear it. (link) [my emphasis]
The other side of the story from this morning's Wall Street Journal:
Wiretap TalesIt's almost as if the Journal anticipated the Post's attempt at subterfuge and wrote a rebuttal in advance. In the process, they gave the Post editorialists a good spanking. Again.
What you didn't read about Jim Comey's Senate testimony.
Review & Outlook
Democrats and former Deputy Attorney General James Comey put on quite a Senate show Tuesday over the National Security Agency's wiretapping program. With New York's Chuck Schumer directing, the players staged a full length docudrama to create the impression that the Bush Administration broke the law in reauthorizing the program to eavesdrop on al Qaeda.
Senate hearings can be boring, so we'll assume the press corps dozed through select parts. That would explain why no one reported on the discussion as Senator Arlen Specter questioned Mr. Comey on how the great covert operation actually went down. News stories have suggested a pattern of White House misdeeds to accomplish an ultimately illegal end. The transcript tells a different story. (link) [my emphasis]
As if we weren't given reason enough, this is another to never trust these characters.
Just ask Bill Frist. (because ... because)
Americans (2) love their Big Cars (2). It's the fault of Big Oil and Big Energy (5).
So says Big Tommy Denton:
Let's see a show of hands. How many of you think Tommy Denton pedaled a bicycle to his vacation spot in Southeast Asia last year?
Our enemies' friend is ... us
By Tommy Denton, The Roanoke Times
For years, especially since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans have been told that remaining dependent upon foreign oil perpetuates dependence primarily on oil-rich but questionably reliable Middle East nations that continue to finance the seed beds that breed radicalized Islamists.
Yet significant numbers of Americans, like so many clammy-skinned, trembling-fingered junkies, roar to the mall in air-conditioned, four-wheel-drive behemoths that suck down petrol like a dehydrated camel at an Arabian oasis.
For nearly two decades, Congress has heeded the overtures -- and campaign contributions -- of the auto and energy industries and failed to reduce environmentally damaging carbon emissions and further strengthen national security through more rigorous energy efficiency.
Concern for bringing reasonable fuel-economy standards into play has aroused several states to compel the federal government to strengthen gas mileage mandates. Earlier this month ... (link)
Tommy: "Americans ... roar to the mall in air-conditioned, four-wheel-drive behemoths," and probably enjoy doing it and intend to continue doing it. For that the auto and energy industries failed? Could it be they've actually succeeded?
Is it possible that the auto and energy industries are simply supplying the goods necessary to meet an unquenchable demand? That capitalism thingy?
No, too simple. They're evil and must die.
Obviously the fellas over at the Roanoke Times don't have a clue. After having gotten a story completely wrong yesterday, and after having gone out of their way to trash the reputation of our attorney general using that false information as the basis for their harangue, they follow up with this today:
CorrectionsThis cried out for more than a simple error correction. It was a major - malevolent - blunder that called for an apology. One I expect Bob McDonnell need not hold his breath in anticipation of receiving anytime soon.
An editorial Tuesday ("Lay off MySpace") misidentified the signatories to a letter to MySpace.com regarding registered sex offenders. Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell did not sign the letter.
Another editorial on Tuesday ... (link)
Gun 'giveaway' thrown open to allI'll bet the VCDL raffle organizers wear that "The mayor of the most lawless city in America thinks I am a sick person" appellation on their shooting vest lapels with pride. Coming from the worst anti-2nd Amendment Stalinist in America, that is a badge of honor.
By Matthew Barakat, Associated Press
A gun-rights group planning a "Bloomberg Gun Giveaway" in response to lawsuits against two Virginia gun shops by the New York City mayor must modify the contest to comply with state law, Fairfax County officials said yesterday.
In response, the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) is now doubling the number of guns it plans to give away and opening its contest to anybody who shows up at tonight's meeting.
The VCDL organized the gun raffle to raise money for the gun shops being sued as well as to poke a thumb in the eye of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who the league thinks has unfairly targeted legitimate gun dealers. Mr. Bloomberg has called the giveaway's organizers "sick people." (link)
You go, fellas. Where do I get a raffle ticket?
Let's stop there.
Ready, Aim, Raffle
A tasteless drawing to assist gun scofflaws in Fairfax
The Virginia Citizens Defense League, a trigger-happy group that regards the National Rifle Association as slightly spineless on gun rights, will hold a raffle tonight in ...
Noun: scofflaw 'skóf lo
1. One who habitually ignores the law and does not answer court summonses
Those gun stores here in Virginia that are being harassed by New York Mayor Bloomberg are not evading the law. They certainly can't afford to ignore the law. And they aren't in violation of - nor are they failing to answer - court summonses. That's why Bloomberg is suing them in civil court and not demanding that they be hauled before criminal court.
They are breaking no laws. They are not scofflaws.
The Washington Post editorialists, rabid anti-gun fanatics all, just wish they were. So they lazily - and fraudulently - throw out the word scofflaw.
And then they attempt to assign guilt by association - and do a miserable job of it - to make the point that a simple gun raffle is the worst act to be committed by a group since the Khmer Rouge slaughtered 3 million innocent Cambodians:
The gun-loving Defense League decided that the gun stores were victims -- not the New Yorkers shot, pistol-whipped or mugged in New York [sic] --"New Yorkers shot, pistol-whipped or mugged "
The drawing was originally scheduled for April 19, three days after the Virginia Tech killings ...
The drawing is to be held in the Mason District Government Center in Annandale, which includes a county police station -- the same sort of station as the one at which two county officers were shot by a gunman a year ago.
"... three days after ..."
"The same sort of station ..."
This is the best you could do? The same sort of station?! I could dream up better scurrilous accusations in my sleep.
You guys are pathetic.
Clinton aide forfeits law license in Justice probeHe's volunteering. Sounds to me like he's calling the shots.
By Jerry Seper, The Washington Times
Samuel R. Berger, the Clinton White House national security adviser who was caught taking highly classified documents from the National Archives, has agreed to forfeit his license to practice law.
In a written statement issued by Larry Breuer, Mr. Berger's attorney, the former national security adviser said he pleaded guilty in the Justice Department investigation, accepted the penalties sought by the department and recognized that his law license would be affected.
"I have decided to voluntarily ..." (link)
Once, long ago, we had a judicial system to handle this kind of corruption. And Sandy Berger would have been someone's girlfriend in Leavenworth.
Instead, he's "pressured" to relinquish his law license. O, hurt me.
He and the Clintons must be laughing uproariously about now.
Edwards' message against war fizzlingBlah. Blah. Blah.
By Christina Bellantoni, The Washington Times
John Edwards, using a citizen-driven Internet movement and loads of cash to slam his Democratic rivals for the presidential nomination, has positioned himself as the most antiwar top-tier candidate in the 2008 race, but his efforts have not yielded any bump in national polls.
Mr. Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, was sharply criticized at that time because he had voted for the Iraq war authorization as a senator. Now that he has the luxury of being a Washington outsider, the former senator from North Carolina is saying Democrats in Congress should have the guts to stand up to President Bush and pass legislation to withdraw troops from Iraq.
"As patriots, we must use our power and the responsibility ..." (link)
He voted for the war but opposes it. He's fabulously wealthy but demands that the rest of us do something for the poor. He rails against the "fat cats" but goes to work for a hedge-fund to the super-rich.
Under that pretty $400 haircut? Nothing.
Gay NYers' Nups Stand
May 17, 2007 -- Boston - The marriages of more than 170 gay couples from New York who wed in Massachusetts between May 2004 and July 2006 are valid because New York did not explicitly ban same-sex marriages during that time, a Massachusetts judge has ruled.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly ruled last week that the New York couples' marriages are valid after the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders asked him to clarify their status. (link)
The people of New York, inexplicably, accept the common practice there of rule by judicial fiat. This too will be taken with a shrug of idle sufferance.
Here in Virginia, though, we prefer to keep the liberal hounds at bay. We vote. We decide.
If we graded them on the basis of the number of threats, demands, and subpoenas they idly fling in all directions, this Congress would rank at the very top.
Another day, another empty, partisan, dead-end call for an administration official's head:
Senators Renew Call for Gonzales' OusterChuck Hagel. Poster boy for this feckless, detached Congress.
By Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer
Washington - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is under new political heat after two more Republicans came out against him and Democrats broadened their probe of prosecutor firings to questions of whether he politicized the Justice Department at the White House's behest.
Gonzales, who some believed had survived the furor over the firings, came under new pressure Wednesday when Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., became the fourth Republican senator to urge him to resign. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., also said the attorney general should consider stepping down. (link)