title>Lady Liberty Defended: October 2006
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Thursday, October 26, 2006
 
Poster Girl

I guess there is some controversy in Australia as well. However, as a nation they've gotten "it" more often than not...

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Monday, October 23, 2006
  If not a Traitor, then What?
KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says By Kevin Mooney CNSNews.com Staff Writer October 20, 2006

The antipathy that congressional Democrats have today toward President George W. Bush is reminiscent of their distrust of President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War, a political science professor says.

"We see some of the same sentiments today, in that some Democrats see the Republican president as being a threat and the true obstacle to peace, instead of seeing our enemies as the true danger," said Paul Kengor, a political science professor at Grove City College and the author of new book, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism.

In his book, which came out this week, Kengor focuses on a KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan's foreign policy and to complicate his re-election efforts.

The letter, dated May 14, 1983, was sent from the head of the KGB to Yuri Andropov, who was then General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party.

In his letter, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov offered Andropov his interpretation of Kennedy's offer. Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) had traveled to Moscow on behalf of Kennedy to seek out a partnership with Andropov and other Soviet officials, Kengor claims in his book.

At one point after President Reagan left office, Tunney acknowledged that he had played the role of intermediary, not only for Kennedy but for other U.S. senators, Kengor said. Moreover, Tunney told the London Times that he had made 15 separate trips to Moscow.

"There's a lot more to be found here," Kengor told Cybercast News Service. "This was a shocking revelation."

It is not evident with whom Tunney actually met in Moscow. But the letter does say that Sen. Kennedy directed Tunney to reach out to "confidential contacts" so Andropov could be alerted to the senator's proposals.

Specifically, Kennedy proposed that Andropov make a direct appeal to the American people in a series of television interviews that would be organized in August and September of 1983, according to the letter.

"Tunney told his contacts that Kennedy was very troubled about the decline in U.S -Soviet relations under Reagan," Kengor said. "But Kennedy attributed this decline to Reagan, not to the Soviets. In one of the most striking parts of this letter, Kennedy is said to be very impressed with Andropov and other Soviet leaders."

In Kennedy's view, the main reason for the antagonism between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1980s was Reagan's unwillingness to yield on plans to deploy middle-range nuclear missiles in Western Europe, the KGB chief wrote in his letter.

"Kennedy was afraid that Reagan was leading the world into a nuclear war," Kengor said. "He hoped to counter Reagan's polices, and by extension hurt his re-election prospects."

As a prelude to the public relations strategy Kennedy hoped to facilitate on behalf of the Soviets, Kengor said, the Massachusetts senator had also proposed meeting with Andropov in Moscow -- to discuss the challenges associated with disarmament.

In his appeal, Kennedy indicated he would like to have Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.) accompany him on such a trip. The two senators had worked together on nuclear freeze proposals.

But Kennedy's attempt to partner with high-level Soviet officials never materialized. Andropov died after a brief time in office and was succeeded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In his attempt to reach out the Soviets, Kennedy settled on a flawed receptacle for peace, Kengor said. Andropov was a much more belligerent and confrontational leader than the man who followed him, in Kengor's estimation.

"If Andropov had lived and Gorbachev never came to power, I can't imagine the Cold War ending peacefully like it did," Kengor told Cybercast News Service. "Things could have gotten ugly."

In the long run of history, Kengor believes it is evident that Reagan's policies were vindicated while Kennedy was proven wrong. In fact, as he points out in his book, Kennedy himself made a "gracious concession" after Reagan died, crediting the 40th president with winning the Cold War.
 
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
  Traitor?
trai-tor
n. One who betrays one's country, a cause, or a trust, especially one who commits treason.

Here's a couple of traitors. The one on the left is Benedict Arnold, on the right is Lynne Stewart.



You probably know Benedict Arnold. After fighting for the US against the Brits he switched sides for money and prestige in the form of military rank. He is reviled to this day.

You might not know Lynne Stewart. A judge said Monday he would sentence civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart to 28 months in prison on a terrorism charge for helping an Egyptian sheik communicate with his followers on the outside.

The New York City Civil Right lawyer who faced 30 years to life in prison, smiled as the judge read her sentence. In court papers, prosecutors told that Stewart's "egregious, flagrant abuse of her profession, abuse that amounted to material support to a terrorist group, deserves to be severely punished."

Ms. Stewart knowingly passed messages from a known, self-admitted terrorist to his terrorist organization. We can only wonder for how many deaths of Americans she might bear responsibility.
 
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
  Now the Truth is Out - Dems Knew about Foley
but they said nothing until ABC "broke" the story. The intent was to release this 10 days prior to the election but apparently the Dems looked so bad they felt they had to go with this when they did. It isn't working. Good people know that the Dems don't give a hoot about "kids" OR pages. They only care about the election.

I submit that they don't care about the country as a whole either. Again, they only care about themselves. They are not deserving of your vote.
 
Monday, October 09, 2006
  Frank Sinatra Sings a Song for Our Times
You can click on the pic of Old Blue Eyes to hear him sing a song for our times...
 
Friday, October 06, 2006
  Reading E-mail
The Democrats are now asking why the Speaker of the House was NOT reading the e-mail of a member of the House but they don't want the US military to read the e-mails of or listen to the phone calls of TERRORISTS. What is wrong with this picture. The Democrats are NOT pro-American but they are pro-DEMOCRAT.
 
  Just How DOES one Save Instant Messages?
I certainly don't know. I use Windows Messenger and I don't see any way to save the messages EXCEPT by deliberately cutting and pasting the entire conversation to, say, a Word document and saving that. In other words, somebody in the conversation must WANT to save the conversation and deliberately do so.

Of course this is in reference to the Foley case. Foley is the gay, Republican, former Representative who had salacious instant message conversations with congressional pages. What we know, apparently, I'm not on the "inside", is that Foley never had sex with a minor, never solicited sex, and may not have actually been alone with the page(s). We know that Foley DID indeed make those inappropriate comments and was absolutely disgusting in interacting with a former page and that he knew it and resigned.

We are told, variously, that this started 3 years ago, that the page was 16 (above age of consent?), that the page is now a Republican campaign manager (!), that the page's parents and the page didn't want to pursue an inquiry as recently as one year ago, that the e-mails are not dirty even if they are inappropriate, that many folks (parents, House leadership) didn't know the IMs existed/had taken place.

It may be that the IMs were deliberately saved (by whom and how?) to embarrass Foley and the Republicans now/for this election. It may be that the DEMOCRAT leadership knew about the IMs BEFORE the Speaker of the House and did nothing to protect "the children". It may be that "the children" i.e. some of the pages were punking Representative Foley and that they saved the communications for yucks back at the dormitory.

Now, we are going to be subjected to news of a Congressional investigation, and FBI investigation, and more. There will be leaks, there will be accusations and there will be lots and lots of lying. It will really be about politics NOT about protecting pages or interns.

I'm pretty POed about the whole thing which is why I haven't written about it earlier. Just another politician who wasn't what he said he was doing what he shouldn't because he thinks he's above the rest of us and doing it with somebody who thinks that going along will get him ahead. Although I used the male pronoun you can substitute any combination of gender specific references, that's how sick this country has become. Good riddance to Foley, let's try again, but, please, not with a Democrat. Those folks would have done NOTHING to one of their own who did this. They've proven that with Studs, Frank and Kennedy. Let's vote ISSUES like national security (close the borders to illegals and defeat terrorists), the economy (make the tax cuts permanent, end the death tax), energy (allow drilling in US oil fields and allow building of more refineries, encourage alternative fuels that WORK), and justice (tort reform, national concealed handgun reciprocity). Vote Republican.



and related to this latest are these top ten Democrat "sex" scandals...

10. Sen. Daniel Inouye. The 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment. Democrats cast doubt on the allegations and the Senate Ethics Committee dropped its investigation.

9. Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa. The House Ethics Committee decided against disciplinary action in 1990.

8. Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.

7. Former Sen. Brock Adams. The late Washington Democrat was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assault and rape, the first surfacing in 1988.

6. Former Rep. Fred Richmond. This New York Democrat was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

5. Former Rep. John Young. The late Texas Democrat increased the salary of a staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances. The congressman won re-election in 1976 but lost two years later.

4. Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress, the Democratic House leadership stalled in removing him from the Administration Committee in 1976.

3. Former Rep. Gerry Studds. He was censured for sexual relationship with underage male page in 1983. Massachusetts voters returned him to office for six more terms.

2. Former Rep. Mel Reynolds. The Illinois Democrat was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault with a 16-year-old. President Bill Clinton pardoned him before leaving office.

1. Sen. Teddy Kennedy. The liberal Massachusetts senator testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991. Not to mention a certain incident at Chappaquiddick in 1969 which wasn’t so much about sex as it was about swimming (or lack thereof).
 
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
  The Koran
Several months ago I was told my somebody, somewhere that I could get a free copy of the Koran from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). For certain I was going to ask for a copy as it is in English. I never really expected it to be shipped. That is an EXPENSIVE undertaking to be sure, but then again they are funded by the Saudis, right? Anyway I received the Koran today complete with instructions as to how to handle it. It was neatly packed and shrinkwrapped. CAIR can be proud of the job the publisher/printer did with this project.
 
For us, the American ideal is personified in the concept of self-reliance, work ethic, honesty/forthrightness, decency, personal property rights, family, religion, an ability to defend oneself from criminals and crooked politicians, and personal responsibility.





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