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Friday, September 28, 2012

Obama Supporter Says Murdered US Ambassador Christopher Stevens "probably had it coming."

In this issue of Today's Democrat a well-informed Obama supporter explains why Mitt Romney is no good and justified the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens:


You're welcome.

POP QUIZ! Which Presidential Scandal Is Easiest to Ignore?

It's been a busy week. We've been studying hard, and now it's time to see if we learned anything.  Today's POP QUIZ should be easy if you've been paying attention.

Question 1: Match the President with the Presidential Scandal.

A. Richard Nixon
B. Barack Obama
C. Teddy Kennedy
D. Bill Clinton
E. None of the Above

  1. Had sex (by any normal definition) with a 21 year-old White House intern, in the Oval Office, during working hours, while his wife and daughter were upstairs. This President later lied about it but was defended by his party and is now America's Best President. Your Choice:                    
  2. After a night of drinking in July, 1969, this presumptive candidate for president in the 1972 race, drove off a bridge, killing 28 year-old teacher Mary Jo Kopechne. He left the scene of the accident in spite of the fact Ms. Kopechne's life would likely have been saved had this man called police immediately. After pleading guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and losing his driver's license for one year, thus ending his presidential aspirations, this man became the father figure to all liberals in America. Your Choice:                    
  3. After involving the US military in a civil war that ended the 40 year reign of Moammar Gaddafi, this President covered up the murder of his Ambassador to Libya and three others by insisting that an unknown anti-Islam movie by an unknown filmmaker that had only received 300 YouTube views prior to the attack was responsible for the murders. This further inflamed tensions in the region, which the President, his Secretary of State, his Press Secretary and his Ambassador to the UN all apologized for. It was later found that Al-Qa'ida was responsible for the pre-planned attacks and that the White House received information to that effect before the murders took place. This President covered up the murders in an attempt to protect his campaign assertion that the war on terror was over because he had personally ordered the killing of figurehead leader Osama bin Laden. Your Choice:                    
  4. This President was involved in covering up a break-in at Democrat Party campaign headquarters in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 1972. The crime was inconsequential and carried out by low-level political operatives, but the cover-up brought about the end of this man's presidency. Your Choice:                    

Question 2: Based on the following criteria, in order of: lives lost; reputations destroyed; depth of deceit to the American people; place the above Presidential Scandals in order, worst to least.

Worst. Your Choice:                    
Pretty Bad. Your Choice:                    
A Little Less Bad, Your Choice:                    
Regular Bad. Your Choice:                    

Question 3: Each man involved in these questions was from one political party. Can you name it? Warning: This is a trick question. Your Choice: Republican   Democrat


Answer sheet. Don't Cheat! You might think you deserve a hand-out, or a helping hand, or a level playing field, but you don't -- you're as undeserving of help as the rest of us.

Question 1: 1-D; 2-C; 3-B; 4-A
Question 2: 3,2,1,4
Question 3: Democrat. Yes, Richard Nixon called himself a Republican, but he started the EPA and instituted wage and price controls. At best he was a RINO, but RINO's are really just Democrats, aren't they?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

All Is Not Lost, In Spite of What Obama's Pets In the Media Want You To Think

The state-sponsored media is working overtime this week to to tell you that the race is over, the election is won, and Obama is a shoe-in.

CBS News published a poll Tuesday (Sept. 25) that pretty much sums up everything:
Mr. Obama holds a 10-point lead in Ohio among those who say they will definitely vote, a lead propelled by a 25-point advantage among women. Romney holds an 8-point lead among men. The president holds a 35-point edge among voters under 35 years old, and a 5-point lead among those ages 35-64; the two candidates are effectively tied among Ohio seniors. Sixty-two percent of Ohio likely voters say the auto bailout, which had a significant impact on the state's economy, was a success, while just 30 percent say it was a failure. 

Let's look at the numbers:
  • Obama has a 10-point lead among likely voters propelled a 25 point advantage among women. There goes those women voting on abortion again even though nothing is going to change with a Romney Administration except possible cutbacks in certain Federal funding.
  • Obama is leading by 35 points among people under 35 years old. There goes those bright, downwardly mobile, young people again voting on their complete lack of a future and enormous student debts they won't earn enough money at their crappy Starbucks jobs to pay back.
If you're not laughing at these numbers there's nothing I can do for you. Ohio is an important state to Republicans, so if the spin is that the race is ten points out of reach six weeks out from the election that can only be good for Democrats, right? 

Wrong. The sampling data is based on an increase in Democrat voter turnout and a decrease in Republican  voter turnout as compared to 2008 (hence the oversampling you're hearing so much about). Democrats turned out huge numbers in '08 and Republicans did not. Republicans are charged up, independents are heavily leaning toward Mitt Romney and Democrats (except for the rabid base) are having a hard time defending Barack Obama.

I actually think these skewed polls are a good thing: People who are scared of what America will look like after another four years of Barack Obama getting everything he wants with help from his pets in the media should take the numbers to heart and work even harder to bring out the vote for Mitt Romney. 

Do any of you people remember what happened at Chik-fil-A over the summer? 'Nuff said.

Not feeling completely better? Read this Human Events Article - 5 Things To Know About The Race For President In Ohio.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How To Argue With A Liberal: An Appeal to the Satisfied

In spite of the fact that we live in the same country at the same time, I am struck by the fact that half of the people in this country actually think Barack Obama deserves a second term. Either I'm nuts or half the country is delusional.

I'm not nuts, so the problem is obviously you. We'll discuss why you're delusional after I hit you over the head with a few bricks with facts tied around them.

Let's look at the numbers from Obama's inauguration through the beginning of September:

$4.79/gallon - 9-24-12 in New Jersey
  • Household incomes are down 8.2% ($54,962 then, $51,002 now)
  • Unemployment is up 4% (12.05 million then, 12.54 million now)
  • 495,000 net jobs lost
  • The annual rate of inflation is +7.4% (if you bought an item for $20 in 2009 the same item would cost you $21.48 today - that's why the stock market is up, not because the market is doing well)
  • Gas prices are up 52% but this number doesn't even come close to reflecting reality
  • Home values are down 11% ($169,700 then, $151,600 now)
  • The cost of health insurance is up 23% ($3354 then, $4129 now)
  • College tuition is up 25% ($6591 then, $8244 now)
  • The number of Americans in poverty is up 14% (39.8 million then, 46.2 million now) 
  • The number of Americans on food stamps is up 47% (32 million then, 46 million now)
  • The Consumer Price Index is up 9.1% (211.1 then, 230.4 now)
  • The national debt is up 51% (10.6 trillion then, 16 trillion now)
  • The amount of Federal debt per person is up 32% ($34,731 then, $51,037 now --this includes all of those cute little kids looking forward to a bright future you saw at the bus stop this morning, the owe the Feds that much money too)
  • Global Competitiveness down 6 places (#1 then, #7 now)
Figures courtesy of Senator John Thune (R-SD)

The Misery Index was 21% in June 1980 and 16.9% in May 2012.

So you're going to tell me is that none of this is Obama's fault. You want me to believe that for the first time in history the president isn't going to be held accountable for the economy under his watch.

 And then you're going to try to convince I'm the delusional one?

Economies don't run from the government down, they grow from the private individual up. You people who are trying to destroy the economy by forcing it to trickle down from the government are really starting to piss me off.

Let's look at foreign policy:
2011 Carnival float, Dusseldorf Germany
  • Our young men and women are still getting maimed and killed in Afghanistan, yet the threats to our country have migrated elsewhere
  • The first US Ambassador to be killed in the line of duty since 1979 was Libyan Amb. Christopher Stevens
  • The Obama Administration has been lying to us about the circumstances of the murder of our Ambassador to Libya while completely ignoring the facts of the story as we have come to learn them
  • Obama has made his intentions known to Vladimir Putin that he will be able to be more flexible with nuclear arms discussions after the election (when he doesn't have to answer to us pesky bastards who obstruct him)
  • Egypt, according to the President himself, is no longer an ally
  • The Germans are making fun of us, and we all know Germans have no sense of humor
  • Gitmo is still open
  • Obama's bragging about killing Osama bin Laden has further engulfed the Middle East in rage. "Obama! We're all Osama Now!" is the common chant
  • Israel, the United States' only true friend in the region, has been snubbed by the Obama Administration.

Let's look at why you're still insisting on voting for Obama

I can't think of one legitimate reason a grown person with a functioning brain would re-elect Barack Obama, but I can think of 10 of Illegitimate Reasons to Re-Elect Barack Obama:
  1. Your mom and dad were Democrats and you still think it's 1963
  2. You think Toure and Chuck Todd are agenda-free journalists with you best interests at heart
  3. Mitt Romney reminds you of your dad, and we all know how you feel about your dad
  4. You're a woman and you define yourself by the amount of abortions you will elect to have prior to menopause
  5. You actually believe morons like Nancy Pelosi, Bill Maher, Sandra Fluke, Al Sharpton and all of the other Democrat Party spokespeople
  6. Freedom isn't important to you, but having a bureaucrat guide you through your life is because personal responsibility is anathema to you
  7. You think Barack Obama is a cool guy, and well, he's half black, and you think he would be fun to hang out with
  8. You're a Socialist and you're proud that the American Communist Party has endorsed Obama
  9. You agree with Mahmoud Ahmadenijad's endorsement of Obama
  10. You whine when your 6 year old's soccer team doesn't get a participation trophy and you agree America is not fair 
You are supporting the re-election of Barack Obama for one of the above ten reasons. If you still insist otherwise, then you are either kind of dumb or a person who should not be taken seriously.

I think about the delusional state of the country for a few moments and I get really aggravated, not at Barack Obama--he's just a hack politician with a narrow-minded view of the world based on his own life. No, I get aggravated at my fellow citizens who have suddenly become satisfied with mediocrity. Just good enough to get by seems to be good enough for all of you.

Is Mitt Romney perfect? Hell no. There is no perfect candidate, and it's about time you slobbering Obama sycophants understood that. I had major disagreements with Ronald Reagan and I still think he's the best president I will ever see in my lifetime. Romney is an adult with business and life experience, and a track record of success. Get over your issues and do what's right for your future and the future of the people around you.

Monday, September 24, 2012

2 + 2 = 5. A Profound Video From Iran About Revolution and the Control of Truth

Please take some time and watch this video from Iran about the future of the revolution there and the influence of governments everywhere. I could spend years and years studying and writing about freedom, but this simple video from a country that rules its citizens with the iron fist of despotism and the singular thought of a closed government and media, says everything that needs to be said--in 6 minutes and 52 seconds.

Is it possible that the child who stood up to authority when he knew he was being lied to is just a simple "bump in the road" to the truth as the headmaster would have him see it?

Friday, September 21, 2012

It's Foodstamp Friday!

In today's episode I will offer some facts about food stamps (you Statists use the euphemism SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). I will only offer facts, I won't make any statements about how shameful it is that food stamps are available to young, able-bodied people making their own life decisions, or facing a temporary tough time. I won't share my belief that the Federal government is attempting to entrap people in a cycle of dependency like the Great Society did to the black community in the 1960's and 70's. I won't lament the fact that the trade-off for government assistance is a necessary loss of pride and dignity, as well as a loss of reliance on the the basic human ability to find a way to survive. Nope, none of that, today is just a celebration of Foodstamp Friday!



Oh SNAP, an awful lot of people are on food stamps in America. Some of us are very unhappy about that fact, unfortunately, most of us think it's just peachy, like these two, evidently able-bodied, healthy, affluent looking young adults:

They seem awfully happy about having the rest of the nation support them don't they? Neither one of them looks like they're starving or particularly poor either.


Then there are the people who had the time to attend this Food stamp Party at a nightclub in Montgomery, Alabama last spring:

Five bucks and a food stamp eligibility card get you a free shot at the door. And here I am working my ass off.


Maybe if there are too many self-sufficient people in your neighborhood working their butts off in this sour economy, you could throw a food stamp party of your own:
Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle.Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a “true/false” quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way. 
The above suggestion comes directly from the USDA.


Or, if you actually care about the destruction of the Middle Class disguised as help for able-bodied Americans, you could read this report from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research about the frightening, "unprecedented increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, 2008-2012."

Too lazy to read all of those little tiny words about boring things like numbers? You're in luck! Here are some bullet-points for you:
  • Twenty percent of the populations of Washington, D.C., Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon and Tennessee are on food stamps
  • A single person who takes home $908 a month is eligible for food stamps
  • If you gross $3136 a month, you and your family of eight are eligible
  • During the 16 month recession in 1981/82 (considered by most to be the worst recession in the past 60 years) the number of people on food stamps decreased 0.9%
  • During the 18 month recession from 2007 to 2009 food stamp dependency increased 3.5%

Here are some pull quotes from the MIPR report:
  • "...the program originally had a purchase requirement meaning that recipients were required to purchase food stamps, "paying an amount commensurate with their normal expenditures for food and receiving an amount of food stamps representing an opportunity more nearly to obtain a low-cost nutritionally adequate diet."[3] This requirement was later eliminated."
  • "Once the purchase requirement was eliminated in January 1979, there was a 1.5 million increase in food stamp program participants."
  • "The increase in participation in 2008 was caused by a combination of widened benefit eligibility, the recession, and a concerted effort to expand access to benefits. The 2008 Farm Bill changed the name of the program from the Food Stamp Program to SNAP, in an effort to reduce the social stigma associated with receiving benefits. As of October 1, 2008, the minimum benefit and standard deduction for households were increased. The cap for child care expenses was also eliminated."
  • ...households in which all members receive public assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, formerly Aid to Families with Dependent Children, and Supplemental Security Income) are automatically eligible."
  • ...households are permitted to have $2,000 ($3,250 for households with a senior or disabled person) in "countable resources," which include banks accounts, vehicles, and some other household assets.
  • Recipients are allowed to make deductions which determine the difference between the household's gross and net incomes. Households may deduct some expenses, including child care (when necessary for work, training, or education), child support, medical bills, and in some cases shelters and utilities costs.
At the very least you should read the report's conclusion:
The increase in food stamp usage following the most recent 2007–09 recession vis-à-vis the smaller increases in other recessions is troubling. Designing and administering a social safety net is a balancing act. While assisting and empowering those who are truly in need, we must guard against creating perverse incentives to depend on public assistance for long term sustenance.
It is important to acknowledge that unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent for 43 months, since February 2009, which is longer than in any other recession since 1980. However, Americans experienced unemployment over 8 percent for 27 months from November 1981 to January 1984, but ultimately saw a decrease in food stamp usage during the 36 months following that recession. The prolonged unemployment effects of the 2007–09 recession are partly responsible for the growth in current food stamp usage, but cannot fully explain it. More likely, increased eligibility, income deductions, and benefit levels have precipitated unprecedented growth in the program.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is to be applauded for making strides in combating fraud, allowing state flexibility in administration, and providing the neediest citizens with choices in how to best fulfill their dietary needs. But the data beg the question: Does 15 percent of our population truly qualify as the neediest among us?
Here are some charts for those of you who like charts when you're learning about the destruction of the Middle Class by an over-reaching Federal government:

Since it's your money, I just thought you might like to know.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Where Have All The Hippies Gone?

People say I'm no good and crazy as a loon
Cause I get stoned in the mornin, get drunk in the afternoon
Kinda like my ole blue tick hound I like to lay around in the shade
And I ain't got no money but I've damn sure got it made
Preacher man talkin' on the radio, puttin' down the rock and roll
He wants me to send a donation cause he's worried about my soul
He said Jesus walked on the water and I know that it's true
But sometimes I think that preacher man might do a little walkin', too

Poor girl wants to marry and the rich girl wants to flirt

Rich man goes to college and the poor man goes to work
A drunkard wants another drink of wine and the politician wants a vote
I don't want much of nothing at all but I will take another toke

And I ain't askin' nobody for nothing
If I can't get it on my own
If you don't like the way I'm livin'
You just leave this long haired country boy alone 

(Lyrics Reprinted without permission but I make absolutely nothing from this blog, so sue me


How Did I Get Here?

I was born in the last month of the 1950s, so I grew up as a very impressionable little kid in the 1960s. I had two older brothers who were both born in the early part of the 1950s and were in their teens in the height of the "Sixties." Between television, and my parents wondering what the hell was wrong with my brothers, I had influences.

I grew up knowing that hippies liked free love, communal living, pushing societal boundaries, peace and marijuana. But I didn't know they were friggin' Socialists! They were anti-war, anti-The Man, anti-government and antidisestablishmentarianist, or something (which actually is about the Anglican Church, but I was nine in 1969, give me a break).

In any event, by the time I reached my teens I pretty much thought hippies were kind of silly and pretty much irrelevant. But there was still the influence of rejecting the "system" in favor of something closer to what we were intended for. Once you got past the naive beliefs that even I could see at my tender age, the fact was, the Civil Rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement had substance and meaning. They also had a profound affect on my not-as-yet-formed view of thew world. I admired people who were not afraid to stand up for what they stood for.

The song above set a 14 year-old's mind a-thinking about just what kind of life I'd rather live:
  • one where I did what I wanted and owed nobody anything
  • one where I did what I was told and owed everybody everything

The choice was clear to me. Still is.

So Hippies Taught You To Stick It To The Man, Big Friggin' Deal

You may think John Lennon was a Socialist, but you're wrong. John Lennon, the embodiment of the Peace and Love 1960s, was a libertarian--he was just so far ahead of his time politically no one knew what the hell to do with him. A lot of Lennon's post-Beatles music was, well, not to my taste, but the life he lived, especially in New York, was. For all of his bluster, the first bullet-proof vests NYPD officers had were paid for by Lennon. There had to be more to his politics than smoking pot and dreaming of a world with no religion and nothing to fight for.

Another musician who had a profound affect on me was Joe Strummer of the Clash. I came of age during the infancy of the punk movement, and even at my creaky advanced age, I still identify with those dirty people more than any other. Strummer wasn't a very nice person, and he tended toward socialism in his world-view, but he was saying something that needed to be heard. Joe was a hippie too, he was just angry about it.

What I took away from my youth can be easily demonstrated with a few of my beloved bullet-points:
  • The people who founded this country were geniuses and they started something unknown before and unrivaled since. Did they make mistakes? Yeah, so have you, and this nation has spent the last 200 years trying to fix them. So far, you've just been complaining about yours
  • John Lennon, Richard Nixon and my alcoholic 9th grade World History teacher taught me to question authority and trust what I heard and saw rather than what I was told
  • The Sex Pistols taught me the world was full of crap (including them) and the Clash taught me to think about what the hell I was thinking about
Add to that Ronald Reagan's emergence in 1976, and voila, you've got me!

The problem is, I didn't know I was in the minority. Until a few days ago, I actually thought most people thought about things the way I do. Thanks to social media I'm now realizing most people are just sheep. Sheep get turned into sweaters if they're lucky. They get slaughtered if they're not.

So When Did All Of These People Roll Over and Die (Ideologically Speaking)? 

Kent State, May, 1970
In this modern age of distractions and things we rely on that we don't really need, we get to see people's political persuasions by the witty rejoinders they post and the pictures they find on the web they incessantly share with us on the various annoying social media outlets we have become addicted to. This has taught me that there are people who used to live their lives in an anti-establishment manner who have now become the biggest bleaters in Barack Obama's sheep pen. Are they tired, burned out from too much pot, or confused? I can't take their politics seriously because they're so misguided, so if you have the answer, hit me up.

People who used to be anti-war are now pro-drone strike.

People who used to be anti-government interference are now foisting socialized medicine on the rest of us.

People who used to complain about working for a living are now...never mind. They're still complaining.

Obama flag, September, 2012
People who used to burn the flag are now paying $35 to buy this new Obama flag from Obama's campaign website.

People who used to champion civil rights now use it as a crutch to demean and undermine people they disagree with.

People who used to eschew "the Man" because he interfered with their pursuit of happiness are now actively rooting for a guy who uses his government authority to keep his enemies in check.

People who pray at the alter of rock stars and rap moguls hate people who've earned their money providing goods and services to the rest of us.

I'm Disillusioned Because People I Thought Stood For Something Were Really Just Sheeple With Daddy-Issues

What's up is down, what's down is up. What used to be a shameful thing (receiving government assistance) has now become a birthright. Government has become the ends and the means and the people who used to fear and loathe it are now it's biggest champions.

And the only thing I can figure is that Mitt Romney is white and kind of dad-like, while Obama presents the aura of being hip and cool. Has my whole life been influenced by stunted children with daddy-issues? Is my future going to be determined by these same people who should be in therapy instead of making my choices for me?

Seriously, it's time to stick it to the Man, and all of the little kids who are following him.


Better get into what you gotta get into
Better get into it now, no slacking please
United Nations ain't really united
And the organisations ain't really organised

Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Won't be coming around for to kill your snakes no more my love
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

(Every)body who read the Jungle Book knows that Riki tiki tavi's a
mongoose who kills snakes
(Well) when I was a young man I was led to believe there were organisations
to kill my snakes for me
(ie the) church ie the government ie the school
(but when I got a little older) I learned I had to kill them myself

(I said) Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone
Won't be coming around for to kill your snakes no more my love
Riki tiki tavi mongoose is gone

(16 bars instrumental)

People walk around they don't know what they're doing
They bin lost so long they don't know what they've been looking for
Well, I know what I'm a looking for but I just can't find it
I guess I gotta look inside of myself some more

oh oh oh inside of myself some more
oh oh oh inside of myself some more

(Lyrics Reprinted without permission but I make absolutely nothing from this blog, so sue me)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Democrat or Republican? A Hobson's Choice for a Stumbling Nation

Warning! This piece may be difficult for some of you to follow, but trust me, it all comes together in the end. That being said, to all of you people who are going to read this and then send me nasty messages claiming I am stupid and that my writing is so horrible they can't even figure out what I'm talking about, you are wrong. 
This Blog is like life itself--you have to put a little effort in.

Hey, Hey, GOP We Won't Drink Your Hemlock Tea

While doing research for this piece (which came to me while I listened to one of my annoying dogs pant incessantly at four o'clock this morning), I came across this website: Hemlock Tea. For those of you too lazy to click the link, it's a website called Zazzle.com that allows people to design their own tee-shirts and sell them to all of the people out there hungrily waiting to buy things they don't really want.

In this case, it's for a tee-shirt that looks like this:
Model supplied by: Cliches R Us Modeling

 The tee-shirt is expertly described thusly:
Hey, Hey GOP - We won't drink your Hemlock Tea! A current twist on the Vietnam war era protest chant "Hey hey LBJ How many kids did you kill today?" Hatriot Republican teabaggers are poisoning our public and political discourse and threaten to poison our legislature. If we let them ascend to power, they will end Medicare and Social Security, close the Post Office, starve children and the poor, strip away the rights of the working class, defund education, deregulate everything from food safety to Wall Street, etc. while cutting taxes for billionaires and doing nothing to create jobs. They'll be more deadly than any war has ever been.
Now, obviously the creator of this slice of modern fashion is a bit of a moron, but there is no questioning his fashion-sense.

Why I'm Right And You're Wrong (Unless You're a libertarian)

The best thing about being a libertarian is that my political philosophy is the only one that exists solely for the uplifting of human spirit and potential. Everyone is created equal, but circumstances and choices muddle the equality within minutes of our birth.
  • Circumstances are those things we have to overcome on our road to fulfilling our potential. Maybe mom was a drunk or dad was a philanderer. Maybe you were born poor with limited choices. Those are your circumstances, and unfortunately no matter what a politician looking for a job will tell you, they're yours and you have to own them. I've got my own problems.
  • Choices are the stupid things we do along the way that destroy our potential, or if we're smart, choices are the smart things we do along the way that help us unlock our potential. Either way, your choices are yours to make--and yours to live with. I've got my own problems.
Whether you believe in God or not, circumstances and choices are the basics of our human existence. What we do with them are the legacy we leave behind after the incredibly brief time we are here on the planet.

Hobson Left Those Damn Frat Boys With No Choice

Thomas Hobson was a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England, back in the 16th Century. Students from nearby Cambridge University would rent his horses, but they always wanted the fastest, most energetic ones. Hobson was more interested in rotating through his stable to keep all of his animals fresh, so he gave his customers a choice: rent the horse nearest the door or don't rent a horse at all.

Basically, Mr. Hobson gave his customers no choice, (if they wanted to ride a horse that is).

The Choice Offered By the Republicans

Let's assume for a moment that the Tommy-Hilfiger-To-The-Intellectually-Lazy I made fun of earlier is right and Republicans want all Americans to die a Socratic death by ingesting hemlock tea. Ooookay, with me so far? We're going to sip the tea and die. All of us, even millionaires and billionaires. Well maybe not them, but the rest of us will all die horrible deaths as Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney and Scott Walker pour hemlock tea down our unwilling gullets.

The Choice Offered By the Democrats

Native Americans, sensing the jig was about to be up, would capture a couple of white settlers, I'll call them Thaddeus and Jedediah. The Natives would then dig a hole, pour tree sap over one of the captive's head, in this case Thaddeus, and then invite Jedediah to watch while ants slowly and methodically gnawed Thaddeus' face off. Once poor old Thad was dead, Jed was free to go back to his white friends and explain what was waiting for them. (Unfortunately for the Native Americans who tried this, the plan usually backfired, because most times the white settlers would do the 19th Century version of a drive-by shooting in the Natives' village later that evening).

The Democrats are offering us a chance to be slowly eaten by our ravenous selves as we bury ourselves to the neck in a mountain of debt and bad ideas. This is the choice the party of big government and citizens-as-slaves is offering this election season.

The Hobson's Choice of the 2012 Election

  1. Being buried to my head in debt while ants gnaw at my face after they've finished feasting on the succor of sweetness provided by the Democrats. Not my cup of tea.
  2. Drinking hemlock tea. Also not my cup of tea.

The difference is, I have the choice not to drink something that will kill me. I do not have the choice to have others bury me to my neck and entice ants to gnaw on my face.

Screw you Hobson! It's time to stop choosing between certain death and possible suicide. It's time to remove America's Social Democrats from office so we can begin the slow task of economic recovery and the restoration of our natural rights as human beings.

I'm not a Republican, but I am smart enough to understand my choices.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Getting the Story Straight: Was the Attack on the US Consul in Benghazi a Revenge Killing for a Drone Strike in Pakistan?

The Obama Administration has been insisting the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last week that resulted in the deaths of four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens was the result of a protest about an obscure movie trailer. It has not been widely reported that protesters in Cairo and Benghazi were shouting "Obama! We Are All Osama!" and "Obama Is Guilty!"

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on ABC that the attack on September 11 was initiated by a "small number of people."
"And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that … in the wake of the revolution in Libya … are quite common and accessible," Rice said. "And it then evolved from there."
Here is a list of recent attacks in Benghazi:
  • June 6: IED thrown at US consulate
  • June 11: British Ambassador's motorcade fired upon with RPG; two injured
  • June 18: Gunman attack Tunisian consulate
  • August 5: Red Cross headquarters in Benghazi struck by RPGs
Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying: "Heavily armed militants assaulted the compound [in Benghazi] and set fire to the buildings." She also said, "US and Libyan forces fought back together against the attack."
"This is an attack that should shock the consciences of people of all faiths around the world. We condemn in the strongest terms this senseless act of violence and we send our prayers [to the families and loved ones of the victims]."
It was later disclosed that the security forces at the consul were unarmed as per a directive signed by Secretary of State Clinton herself, and could not have fought back. Captain Kendra Motz, Marine Corps spokesman, told Breitbart News on Friday that "The Marine Corps does not have any Marines stationed at diplomatic installations in Libya."

According to a report released in today's edition of the Independent (UK):
"...the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and 'lockdown,' under which movement is severely restricted."
In the same report,  Patrick Kennedy, Under-Secretary at the State Department, is reported to have said he was convinced the assault was planned due to its extensive nature and the proliferation of weapons. The Independent reports that:
There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qa'ida operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks.
This has not been reported at all by the US media.

During the attack, which started around 10PM local time:
In the event, the perimeter was breached within 15 minutes of an angry crowd starting [the] attack. There was, according to witnesses, little defence put up by the 30 or more local guards meant to protect the staff. Ali Fetori, a 59-year-old accountant who lives near by, said: "The security people just all ran away and the people in charge were the young men with guns and bombs."
There does seem to be some support that the attacks were solely the result of anger over the video Innocence of Muslims.
Wissam Buhmeid, the commander of the Tripoli government-sanctioned Libya's Shield Brigade, effectively a police force for Benghazi, maintained that it was anger over the Mohamed video which made the guards abandon their post. "There were definitely people from the security forces who let the attack happen because they were themselves offended by the film; they would absolutely put their loyalty to the Prophet over the consulate. The deaths are all nothing compared to insulting the Prophet."
Hillary Clinton's assertion that locals carried Steven's near-lifeless body to a local hospital seems to be supported by a picture circulating the Internet that shows no obvious wounds on Steven's body and black soot around his mouth and nose.

Independent: Revealed: Inside Story of US Envoy's Assassination.

In a report released by Al-Jazeera on September 15, the Libyan President confirms that he believes the attack was carried out by Al Qa'ida, calling them "experienced masterminds":
"I think this was al-Qaeda," President Mohamed al-Magarief told Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid on Friday, in his first interview with foreign media since the violence three days earlier. "If you take into account the weapons used like RPGs and other heavy weapons, it proves that it was pre-planned," he said. "It's a dirty act of revenge that has nothing to do with religion."
However, Youseff El Gehani, spokesperson for the Ansar al-Sharia brigade released a statement reputing al-Magarief's statement:
“We completely and categorically deny involvement. The embassy knew how sensitive it was to allow that film, they should have evacuated. If America wants respect in the Arab world, it should avoid spilling blood in places such as Syria and Afghanistan, and avoid insulting the prophet.”
It is interesting to note how El Gehani makes a statement about Afghanistan and Syria before condemning insults to the prophet.

In the same statement, El Ghehani also said:
“We did not fight the revolution just to remove Qaddafi, we fought to have a state based on Sharia law.”

The Guardian UK has a great minute-by-minute accounting of developments and statements pertaining to the consul attacks: click to read.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that there is support in Libya for the United States:

Khadija Fitour, who was attending the protest with her two teenage daughters,
carried a sign demanding that the government assert its authority over armed groups.

"We're against the terrorism and the violence against the US consulate," she told Al Jazeera.

"We need to maintain good relations with the American people. They helped us with our revolution."

As with anything in the Middle East, the truth is complicated and not easy to discern. It becomes even more difficult to understand what is happening when our own government cannot get its story straight. My conclusion, for whatever that may be worth, is:

  • The unrest in Cairo may have been spontaneous, but the attack on the US consul in Benghazi was orchestrated and the Innocence of Muslims video was used as a cover for a revenge strike
  • The perpetrators of the attack were seeking revenge for the drone strike killing of an al Qa'ida operative in Pakistan
  • The Obama Administration is petrified of news of the revenge link being made public 49 days before an election, so it is insisting the attack was only a result of an obscure YouTube video produced by an unknown Coptic Christian from California
  • The underlying anti-American sentiment in the region is alive and well, and being exploited by the entrenched Islamo-fascists, in spite of Barack Obama's assertion that his election would be peace to the region

Monday, September 17, 2012

Islam Fatigue, Part I: A Timeline of Terrorism

UN Ambassador Susan Rice, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney have all been insisting that the murder US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and all of the unrest in the Middle East is because of this movie:

It should be noted that the personal attacks by the sympathetic-to-the-White-House media in America have begun, and that the filmmaker was arrested on some outstanding warrants and interviewed by Federal agents, even though his warrants weren't Federal. Read the Daily Beast piece that pretty much excuses the deaths of our Ambassador on a singular jackass with a video camera.

This left me to wonder if:
  1. Rice, Clinton and Carney are ignorant;
  2. Rice, Clinton and Carney are lying to me;
  3. Everything I have witnessed since I was eight years-old didn't actually happen.
Confused, I went on a quest to find out if, prior to this stupid movie, anything bad had ever happened between us and the kind Islamo-fascists who don't like movies that make fun of their religion. I found we are being lied to by our government because people have been dying at the hands of Islamo-fascists long before YouTube came into existence! I was shocked to learn that movies don't kill people, murderers kill people. I therefore concluded that to excuse murderers because of their cinematic tastes is utterly moronic.

Here is a short list of terrorist incidents involving the United States and Islamo-facist terrorists starting in  April, 1968 and ending in February, 2005. I picked April, 1968, as my starting point because that marks the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. And since most Americans now believe terrorism is caused by private citizens on YouTube (because that's what their government told them to believe), I picked February, 2005, as the end point of the timeline because that's when YouTube was founded.

  • 4-11-68: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in Syria is founded. Later, the group would go on to pioneer armed aircraft hijacking.
  • 6-5-68: U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles, California, by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian who was reportedly motivated by Kennedy's pro-Israel positions.
  • 6-23-68: An El Al Israel Airlines Flight 426, en route from Rome, Italy, to Israel with a 10-person crew and 38 passengers, is hijacked by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorists and forced to land in Algiers, Algeria; Negotiations last for 40 days.
  • 2-18-69: Palestinian terrorists attack an El Al airliner at the Zurich, Switzerland, airport; one pilot is killed, and one pilot is wounded.
  • 8-29-69: A TWA flight from Los Angeles is hijacked by PFLP terrorists, led by Leila Khaled, and forced to land in Damascus, Israel; 6 passengers are held hostage.
  • 2-10-70: The Action Organization for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine attack a bus at the Munich, West Germany, airport; one passenger is killed, and 11 are injured.
  • 5-8-70: Palestinian PLO members attack an Avivim (Israel) school bus, killing nine children and three adults, while crippling 19 children.
  • 6-9-70: PLO guerrillas fail in a plot to assassinate Jordanian King Hussein.
  • 9-1-70: Palestinian guerrillas are expelled from Jordan, prompting the formation of the Black September Organization (BSO), who took its name from this day.
  • 9-11-70: The first mass aircraft hijacking occurs—dubbed the Dawson's Field hijackings. The PFLP attempted to hijack five New York City bound aircraft to punish the United States for supporting Israel, three of which landed at Dawson's Field, a remote airstrip near Zarka, Jordan. After releasing nearly 310 passengers on Sept. 11, 1970, the terrorists blew up the empty planes on the ground.
  • 9-15-70: In retaliation for the plane hijackings the week before, Jordan's army attacks Palestinian positions and expels PLO officials and commandos from Jordan; 20,000 die when Palestinian neighborhoods and refugee camps are shelled. The PLO moves its base of operations to Beirut, Lebanon.
  • 11-28-71: Jordanian Prime Minister Wash Tel is assassinated in Cairo, Egypt, by members of Black September.
  • 2-72: A West German electrical installation and a Dutch gas plant are blown up by members of Black September.
  • May-July 72: A Belgian Sabena flight en route from Vienna, Austria, to Tel Aviv, Israel, is hijacked. Lod airport in Israel is attacked; 24 killed. A Tel Aviv bus terminal is bombed, 11 injured. An oil refinery in Trieste, Italy, is attacked. All attacks were carried out by Black September.
  • 9-5-72: Now known as the Munich Massacre, nine Israeli athletes are killed and 11 are taken hostage by Black September at West Germany's Olympic games. After a failed rescue attempt by West German authorities, nine of the hostages die along with five of the hostage-takers.
  • 12-17-73: At an airport terminal in Rome, Italy, five terrorists destroyed one aircraft— Pan American 707—killing 29 people, and hijacked another aircraft, a Lufthansa Boeing 727. After landing in Kuwait later, the terrorists released their hostages in return for passage to an unknown destination. The Palestine Liberation Organization disavowed the Lufthansa hijacking, and no group claimed responsibility for it.
  • 12-21-75: Carlos the Jackal and PFLP associates raids OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria; three are killed and 62 hostages taken. PFLP demands and receives an airplane to escape. Hostages are released after $40 million ransom is paid.
  • 6-27-76: An Air France airliner is hijacked in Greece by the Baader-Meinhof Group and the PFLP and forced to land in Uganda; 258 passengers are taken hostage; two hostages and one hijacker are killed.
  • 7-4-76: Israelis raid Entebbe, Uganda, rescuing 246 hijacked hostages; two hostages, one Israeli, and one hijacker killed.
  • 3-26-78: Egypt and Israel ratify Camp David Accords.
  • 1979: Islamic Jihad is founded by Islamic fundamentalist Fathi Shaqaqi and other radical Palestinian students.
  • 2-14-79: U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs is kidnapped in Kabul, Afghanistan, with demand to release "religious figures;" Dubs and four alleged terrorists are killed.
  • 11-4-79: Fundamentalist Islamic students seize the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, during the Iran Hostage Crisis. A total of 66 American diplomats, Marines and embassy employees are taken hostage with demands that the United States extradite the overthrown Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, who is in the United States for medical treatment. Hostages are released 444 days later, hours after the U.S. Presidential Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, who threatened retaliation if the hostages were not released.
  • 11-20-79: The Grand Mosque Seizure was an armed attack and takeover by Islamic fundamentalist dissidents of the Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The insurgents declared that the Mahdi, or redeemer of Islam, had arrived in the form of one of the insurgents' leaders, Abdullah Hamid Mohammed Al-Qahtani and called on Muslims to obey him. The siege ended two weeks after the takeover began with militants cleared from the mosque. Following the attack, the Saudi state implemented stricter enforcement of Islamic code.
  • 11-22-79: False rumors of U.S. takeover of Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, fuel Islamic militants' attack on the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • 12-26-79: Osama bin Laden and his associate Mohammed Atef become involved in the Mujadeen rebellion when the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan.
  • 4-80: Islamic terrorists seize the Iranian embassy in London, England; two are killed.
  • 4-7-80: Five Palestinian terrorists from the Iraqi-backed Arab Liberation Front penetrated kibbutz Misgav Am in Israel during night time and entered the nursery. They killed the kibbutz secretary and an infant boy. They held the rest of the children hostage, demanding the release of about 50 terrorists held in Israeli prisons. The first raid of an IDF infantry unit was unsuccessful, but a second attempt, a few hours later, succeeded, and all the terrorists were killed. Two kibbutz members and one soldier were killed, four children and 11 soldiers were injured.
  • 10-3-80: A motorcycle bomb kills four people and injures dozens at the rue Copernic synagogue in Paris, France. Authorities blame the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
  • 12-31-80: At least 15 people were killed and 85 injured in a bombing at the Jewish-owned Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenyan government said the bomber was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
  • 1-20-81: The remaining 52 U.S. Embassy hostages seized in Iran in November 1979 are released.
  • 5-13-81: Pope John Paul II is shot in a failed assassination attempt by Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turk, at St. Peters' Square in the Vatican. Agca initially claims that he was working for the Bulgarian intelligence service, but later retracts that statement. Agca also claims to be a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, but the group denies any ties to the man.
  • 10-6-81: Egypt President Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated by members of the Al-Jihad group—Muslim extremists in his own army who are part of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad—in Cairo; the group also injures 20 by attacking during an annual military parade.
  • 1-18-82: Malcolm Kerr, the president of American University, is assassinated in Beirut; Islamic Jihad claims responsibility.
  • 7-19-82: David Dodge, President of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, is kidnapped, released, kidnapped again, tortured, and finally killed by Hezbollah.
  • August 82: A bomb planted by Palestinian terrorist Mohammad Rashid explodes in a Pan Am flight over Honolulu, Hawaii; one passenger is killed, several are injured.
  • 4-18-83: A Radical Islamic Jihad suicide car bombing destroys the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; 63 killed (including 17 Americans), 120 injured.
  • 10-22-83: A truck bomb is detonated near U.S. military barracks in West Beirut, Lebanon, and a second bomb follows; 241 Marines and 58 French paratroopers are killed. Attacks are carried out by Shiite suicide bombers under Imad Magniyah, bin Laden's "terrorism teacher." Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
  • 12-12-83: Truck bombing kills six and injures 80 at U.S. and French embassies in Kuwait; members of the Islamic Jihad carry out the attacks.
  • 1984: Osama bin Laden moves to Pakistan, co-founds Maktub al-Khidamat (MAK) to organize approximately 20,000 anti-Soviet Mujahideen rebels, and channels overseas weapons and funds to the group. More than $250 million per year in arms and resistance is sent from the U.S. government to Afghanistan and are unknowingly contributed to Osama bin Laden's terrorist cause.
  • 3-16-84: CIA station chief William Buckley is kidnapped, tortured and executed in Beirut, Lebanon, by members of the Islamic Jihad.
  • 9-20-84: A suicide bomb explodes at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon; 23 are killed and 21 injured, including U.S. and British ambassadors. The attack is attributed to the Iranian-backed Hezballah, but Imad Magniyah is later believed responsible.
  • 3-16-85: U.S. journalist Terry Anderson kidnapped in Lebanon.
  • 6-9-85: U.S. academic Thomas Sutherland is kidnapped in Lebanon by alleged Hizballah members and is held hostage for more than 5 years.
  • 6-13-85: TWA flight 847, leaving Rome, Italy, is hijacked by two Hizballah members, and forced to fly to Beirut, Lebanon. U.S. Navy Diver, Robert Steham murdered; other hostages released, hijackers escape.
  • 6-14-85: During the Achille Lauro hijacking, TWA flight 847, en route from Athens, Greece, to Rome, Italy, is hijacked and forced to fly to Beirut, Lebanon. Eight crew members and 145 passengers are held hostage, one American is murdered. The aircraft is flown twice to Algiers, Algeria, and finally returned to Beirut after Israel releases 435 Lebanese and Palestinian Shiite prisoners.
  • August 85: In an effort to have hostages released in Iran, President Ronald Reagan secretly begins selling weapons to the country, sparking the Iran-Contra Affair.
  • 10-7-85: PLO commandos led by Muhammad ("Abu") Abbas hijack an Achille Lauro cruise ship at Port Said, Egypt; more than 700 hostages are taken, one handicapped American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, is shot and then pushed over the side of the ship in his wheelchair. Hijackers demand the release of Palestinians imprisoned worldwide; the Egyptian government offers the terrorists safe haven, and the hostages are released.
  • 11-23-85: Egypt Air flight 648 is hijacked by Abu Nidal (ANO) in Valleta, Malta; a 30-hour standoff between the hijackers and the Egyptian commandos ensues. Sixty killed during attempted rescue.
  • 12-27-85: U.S. and Israeli airport check-in desks at Israel's El Al airline in Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria, are attacked simultaneously with grenades; 19 are killed (including four terrorists) and around 140 are wounded. The terrorists are working for the Libyan government, which funds and monetarily rewards various Palestinian terrorist groups.
  • 3-30-86: A bomb planted under a seat of TWA Flight 840 en route from Rome, Italy, is detonated by Palestinian "Hawari" splinter group Ezzedine Kassam, a unit of the Arab Revolutionary Cells and the Iraqi-backed May 15 organization, as it approaches Athens Airport; four U.S. citizens are killed and nine injured.
  • 4-5-86: LaBelle discotheque in West Berlin, Germany, a spot frequented by U.S. servicemen, is bombed by terrorists working for the Libyan government, which funds and monetarily rewards various Palestinian terrorist groups. Three are killed and 150 injured.
  • 4-14-86: Libya: U.S. planes bomb Tripoli and Benghazi as well as the home of Libyan leader Moammar Quadaffi, in retaliation for La Belle disco bombing on April 4.
  • 4-15-86: U.S. Embassy communicator shot and wounded in Khartoum, Sudan.
  • 4-17-86: Gaza Strip: Israelis kill Hamas Gaza Strip leader Dr. Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi.
  • 9-5-86: Four members of the Abu Nidal Organization (ANO) hijack Pan Am flight 73, from Pakistan to Frankfurt, while it was preparing for takeoff. A skirmish takes place as Pakistanis attempt to recover the plane, during which 20 passengers are killed. The hijackers were arrested and sentenced to death in Pakistan, but later released against the wishes of the United States and India.
  • 9-6-86: Turkey: ANO kills 21 in attack on Istanbul synagogue.
  • 9-9-86:  Frank Reed, director of the American University in Beirut, is kidnapped in Lebanon by Hizballah and released 44 months later.
  • 9-12-86: Joseph Cicippio, acting comptroller at the American University in Beirut, is kidnapped in Lebanon by Hizballah and released 5 years later.
  • 1987: A car bomb explodes outside the back gate of the U.S. Embassy in Rome and mortars are fired at the compound from across the street. One passerby is injured in the attacks. The al Muthanna State Establishment and the Nuclear Research Center at Al Tuwaitha in Iraq researches radiological weapons and tests three prototypes. The center is abandoned in 1988; the whereabouts of 100 bomb casings from the site are still unknown.
  • 1-2-87: United Nations hostage negotiator Terry Waite, a representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, is taken hostage by Iranian Hizballah terrorists in Beirut, Lebanon, and held until November 1991.
  • 1-24-87: American citizens Jesse Turner, Alan Steen, Robert Polhill, and Mithileshwar Singh are kidnapped by Islamic terrorists in Beirut, Lebanon, and held until 1991.
  • 2-17-88: While serving with the U.N. Truce Organization, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. William Higgins, the American Chief of the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization, is kidnapped and murdered in Southern Lebanon by the Iranian-backed Hizballah.
  • 3-16-88: Iraqi forces attack Halabja residents with chemical weapons.
  • 4-15-88: Hizballah hijacks Kuwait Airways jet, killing two passengers; hijackers allowed to return to Algeria 16 days later.
  • 8-8-88: A bomb explodes in a C-130 Hercules aircraft just after take-off from Bahawalpu, Pakistan, killing Pakistani President General Zia Al Haq, a U.S. ambassador, and 37 others.
  • 12-21-88: Pan Am Boeing 747 flight 103 explodes and crashes in Lockerbie, Scotland, when a bomb planted by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and the Libyan government explodes; all 259 passengers are killed, including U.S. students and military personnel; eleven also die on the ground.
  • 8-2-90: The Persian Gulf War begins when Iraq invades Kuwait and annexes it as "the Iraqi province of Kuwait."
  • 1991: Saudi Arabia rejects Osama bin Laden's offer to assist in fighting Iraq and then permits U.S. troops to use its military bases, fueling Bin Laden's hatred of the United States and Saudi Arabia.
  • 1-18-91: Iraqi agents planted bombs at the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia's home residence and at the USIS library in Manila.
  • 2-28-91: Kuwait is declared liberated and a cease-fire is called, ending the Gulf War. President George H.W. Bush allows Saddam Hussein to stay in power.
  • 1992: Ethnic civil war under Taliban leadership in Kabul, Afghanistan, where 50,000 are killed, mainly Persians.
  • 1992: Osama bin Ladin proposes that Hezbollah, the pro-Iranian Shiite terrorist group, join in a common objective of killing U.S. troops stationed in Asia and Africa. Bin Laden establishes legal businesses, such as farms, a tannery, and a construction firm, in Sudan to increase his available funds for al-Qaeda.
  • 12-20-92: A hotel in Aden, Yemen, recently used by U.S. troops preparing to go to Somalia, is bombed; two tourists are killed.
  • 1-25-93: A gunman, later identified by agents as Pakistani immigrant Mir Amal Kansi, kills two and wounds three CIA employees with a high-powered rifle outside CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Kansi was charged with the crime as agents testified that he said he shot the employees in retaliation for U.S. policies against Muslims in the Middle East, including the bombing of Iraq.
  • 2-26-93: A rented van packed with explosives is detonated in the World Trade Center's underground garage; six people and an unborn child are killed, more than 1,040 are injured. The bomb plot includes a device designed to release cyanide gas that would kill emergency response crews and area residents, but the cyanide is destroyed in the fire. Four Islamic terrorists, including the Abu Sayyat and group mastermind Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, carry out the attack. Osama bin Laden is suspected to be behind the plot, but denies involvement. Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, a.ka. the blind Sheik of Egypt, is later given a life sentence in a U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri, for his role in the bombing. The bomb causes $500 million in damage.
  • 4-14-93: Iraqi intelligence service agents attempt to assassinate U.S. President George H.W. Bush in Kuwait but fail. In retaliation, the U.S. launched a cruise missile attack two months later on Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 9-13-93: Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the PLO, and Yitzak Rabin, Prime Minister of Israel, sign the historic Declaration of Principles, or the Oslo Accords, on the lawn of the White House with President Bill Clinton as a witness. The pact sets into motion a five-year transition designed to lead toward autonomy for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza as Israelis withdrew their troops from that area.
  • 10-4-93: The Battle at Mogadishu, or Black Hawk Down, begins when militants trained by al-Qaeda shoot down two U.S. helicopters on a humanitarian mission in Mogadishu, Somalia. Using weapons supplied by Osama bin Laden and Mohammed Atef, the militants kill 18 U.S. soldiers, dragging some of their bodies through the streets afterward.
  • 10-11-93: Norwegian publisher of "The Satanic Verses" survives three gunshot wounds, delivered by an unknown gunman.
  • 10-12-94: The Taliban militia conquers Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • 12-11-94: PAL flight 434, en route to Japan, is bombed; one passenger is killed. Ramzi Yousef constructed the bomb on the first leg of the two-leg flight using diluted nitroglycerine in a contact lens cleaner bottle and a wristwatch as a timer. Before the second leg of the flight, he left the plane, avoiding the explosion. The Abu Sayyat Group and Yousef carried out the attack as a "practice run" for their Bojinka plot, which would have blown up 11 airliners with similar bombing devices and served as a precursor to the 9/11 attacks.
  • 6-26-95: An attempted assassination of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, fails. Osama bin Laden is suspected, but al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya is held responsible.
  • 7-4-95: Over the course of four days, Al-Faran guerrillas kidnap six foreign tourists, including two U.S. citizens, to protest anti-Islamic, or Western, countries. One German captive was found beheaded, while American John Childs, of Connecticut, escaped and was rescued. The other four were never found.
  • 11-13-95: A Saudi National Guard training facility run by U.S. officials in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is attacked by car bomb; seven are killed, including one U.S. citizen, and more than 60 other foreign national employees of the U.S. government are wounded. In a separate incident, four anti-royal Saudi Arabian dissidents are beheaded. Islamic Movement for Change, the Tigers of the Gulf, and the Combatant Partisans of God claim responsibility.
  • 1996: The Taliban takes control of Afghanistan and conquers Jalalabad and Kabul; Kabul University is shut down. Taliban law limits male students to a high school education and bans female students over the age of 12 from all schooling. The Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Islam political party in Pakistan assists in the organization of terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden is expelled from Sudan and establishes a training facility near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to develop al-Qaeda into an international terrorist network.
  • 4-3-96: A U.S. Air Force flight crash kills U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others in Croatia. The crash is officially blamed on pilot error, poor equipment, and weather conditions (the plane was flying through a heavy rainstorm when it crashed), though rumors persist that the crash was not an accident.
  • 6-25-96: A truck bomb is detonated outside the U.S. Air Force complex Khobar Towers in Dharan, Saudi Arabia; 19 U.S. servicemen are killed and 515 people are injured, including 240 U.S. citizens. The attack is blamed on the Movement for Islamic Change organization, but Hezbollah is ultimately determined responsible, with key suspects Ahmed Ibrahim al-Mughassil, Ibrahim al-Yacoub, and Abdel Karim al-Nasser.
  • 8-23-96: Osama bin Laden releases a written declaration of war against the United States, including a demand to withdraw U.S. troops and to overthrow the Saudi Arabian government.
  • January 97: At least 14 letter bombs postmarked from Alexandria, Egypt, were sent to Al-Hayat newspaper headquarters in London and bureaus in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as well as Leavenworth prison in Kansas. All devices but one were defused. The London bomb exploded, injuring two security guards.
  • 11-12-97: Members of the Islamic Inquilabi (Revolutionary) Council and the Aimal Khufia Action Committee kill four U.S. auditors and a Pakistani driver in Karachi, Pakistan. The attack may have been carried out in retaliation for the U.S. conviction of Pakistanis who murdered two CIA agents.
  • 1998: The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, with prayer houses in Ashland, Oregon and Springfield, Missouri, raise over $30 million a year; part of these funds are directed to Osama bin Laden. The Global Relief Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, knowingly or unknowingly raises more than $5 million per year to be given to bin Laden.
  • 1998: Osama bin Laden releases a declaration stating: "To kill Americans and their allies, civilians, and military is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it, in any country in which it is possible to do it." He also said in an interview, "Our battle against the Americans is far greater than our battle was against the Russians. We anticipate a black future for America. Instead of remaining a United States, it shall end up separated states and shall have to carry the bodies of its sons back to America."
  • 2-23-98: Osama Bin Ladin and al-Qaeda issue a Fatwa urging the murder of Americans wherever they are found.
  • 6-21-88: The U.S. embassy in Lebanon, Beirut, is attacked by rocket-propelled grenades.
  • 8-7-88: A group of 22 al-Qaeda members, including Osama bin Laden, detonate truck bombs almost simultaneously outside two U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224, including 12 U.S. citizens and injuring more than 5,000.
  • 8-20-98: The United States retaliates for the attack against U.S. embassies by bombing key targets in Afghanistan and Sudan with cruise missiles. Osama bin Laden is targeted in the attack, but escapes from a training camp in Khost, Afghanistan, before it is hit.
  • February 2000: al-Qaeda defector Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl testifies that Osama bin Laden had tried to buy uranium on the black market for $1.5 million in a presumed attempt to develop nuclear weapons.
  • 10-2000: A small boat loaded with explosives is rammed into the U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S.S Cole, in Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39. Osama bin Laden is thought responsible for the attack, and later it is proved that he and his group al-Qaeda is responsible.
  • 5-27-01: In the Philippines, the Abu Sayyaf Muslim terrorist group kidnaps and seizes 13 tourists and three staff members at a resort on Palawan Island, taking them to Basilan Island. The captives include three U.S. citizens—Guellermo Sobero and missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham. Philippine troops fight a series of battles with the guerrillas between June 1 and June 3, during which nine hostages escaped and two were found dead. The guerrillas took additional hostages when they seized the hospital in the town of Lamitan. On June 12, Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Sabaya claimed that Sobero had been killed and beheaded. His body was later found in October. The Burnhams remained in captivity until June 2002.
  • Now known as 9/11, four planes—American Airlines flight 11, United Airlines flight 175, United Airlines flight 93, and American Airlines flight 77—are hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center North and South towers in New York, a field in Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon, respectively. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, including the 19 hijackers, and thousands more injured. Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda, takes responsibility.
  • An al-Qaeda plot to attack U.S. embassies and the Eagle Base airfield in Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium, is thwarted by NATO officials. In a separate incident, Israeli authorities prevent a radioactive backpack-bomb from entering Israel; the smugglers have ties to al-Qaeda.
  • September, 2001: Letters containing anthrax are mailed from Trenton, New Jersey, to five U.S. media outlets, along with notes, one of which read "09-11-01, this is next, take penicillin [sic] now, death to America, death to Israel, Allah is great." One recipient dies.
  • 10-9-01: Two Democratic senators in Washington, D.C., receive a second batch of letters containing a new, weaponized form of anthrax—previously unseen by bioweapons experts—along with notes that read "09-11-01. You cannot stop us. We have this anthrax. You die now. Are you afraid? Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is great." Four die and 22 develop infections.
  • November, 2001: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report evidence that anthrax bacterium was present in the building where a Florida man, who died of anthrax on October 5, had worked. The discovery of a second anthrax case triggered a major investigation by the FBI. The two anthrax cases were the first to appear in the U.S. in over 25 years. Subsequently, anthrax appeared in the mail received by television networks in New York and by the offices in Washington of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and other members of Congress. Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a briefing on October 16, "When people send anthrax through the mail to hurt people and invoke terror, it's a terrorist act."
  • 12-21-01: Richard Reid, also known as Abdul Raheem and Tariq Raja, boarded American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami wearing shoes that were packed with plastic explosives. Reid became known as the "shoe bomber." A passenger on board complained of the smell of smoke, and passengers discovered that Reid was trying to ignite a fuse on the sole of his shoe. Passengers subdued Reid before the fuses were lit.
  • 2002: Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, and his regime offer $25,000 to the families of all suicide bombers.
  • 1-22-02: Armed militants on motorcycles in Calcutta, India, fire on the U.S. Consulate, killing five Indian security personnel and wounding 13 others. The Harakat ul-Jihad-I-Islami and the Asif Raza Commandoes claimed responsibility. Indian police later killed two suspects, one confessed to belonging to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as he died.
  • 1-23-02: In Karachi, Pakistan, extremists kidnap U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl. Authorities receive a videotape on February 20 of Pearl's beheading. His grave was found near Karachi on May 16 and four suspects are arrested.
  • 3-17-02: A Protestant International Church in Islamabad, Pakistan, is attacked with grenades; five are killed, including two Americans, and 46 injured. The Lashkar-e-Tayyiba group is suspected to have carried out the attack. The Americans were State Department employee Barbara Green and her daughter Kristen Wormsley. 13 U.S. citizens were among the wounded.
  • 7-4-02: A 41-year-old Egyptian national, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, kills two Israelis and wounds four others at the El Al ticket counter at the Los Angeles, California, International Airport. The FBI concluded it was a terrorist attack, however, were unable to link Hadayet to any specific terrorist group.
  • October 02: The "Beltway Sniper" attacks occur over a period of three weeks wounded in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore-Washington Metro Area. A total of 13 are shot, 10 of which died and three were wounded in apparently random sniper attacks. John Allen Muhammad (former U.S. Army Sergeant and a member of the Nations of Islam) and Lee Boyd Malvo (a minor at the time of the shootings) are convicted of the attacks.
  • 10-8-02: A U.S. Marine is murdered and another wounded at a training center in Kuwait while participating in a training exercise. The Kuwaiti Government calls the incident a terrorist attack. al-Qaeda claims responsibility.
  • 2-22-03: al-Qaeda operatives open fire at a World Cup cricket match in Karachi, Pakistan, killing nine.
  • 5-13-03: Saudi Arabia: al-Qaeda suicide bombers use truck bombs on the Vinnell, al-Hamra, and Ishbilyah residential housing compounds for foreign workers. The 34 dead included nine attackers, seven other Saudis, 10 U.S. citizens, and one citizen each from the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Philippines, while wounding 194. Saudi authorities arrest 11 al-Qaeda suspects on May 28, 2003.
  • June 03: Eleven northern Virginia men, known as the "Paintball" terrorists, are accused of being a part of a jihadist network that sought to wage war against nations deemed hostile to Islam. Two others are later charged, including spiritual leader Ali al-Timimi, an Iraqi-American U.S. citizen.
  • 10-15-03: Gaza Strip: Palestinian terrorists bomb a U.S. Embassy motorcade, killing three diplomatic security contractors. A remote controlled bomb exploded under a car in a U.S. diplomatic convoy passing through the Gaza strip. Three Dynacorp employees are killed, a fourth wounded. Palestinian security forces arrested several suspects, some of whom were members of the Popular Resistance Committees.
  • 10-26-03: Baghdad, Iraq. The al-Rashid Hotel is attacked by Iraqis using improvised rocket launchers. One U.S. Army officer is killed, and 17 others are wounded. The wounded include 4 military personnel and seven American citizens. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul D. Wolfowitz, was a guest at the hotel, however, he escaped injury.
  • 2004: Osama bin Laden pays an estimated $60 to $100 million to obtain the expertise of Pakistan's nuclear engineers and other specialists. Former Soviet and Chinese nuclear scientists and technicians are also employed by bin Laden. One purchase of 12 kilos of uranium reportedly cost bin Laden more than $75 million.
  • 3-11-04: Spain: Four bombs explode on three commuter trains in Madrid; 201 are killed, 1,400 injured. al-Qaeda thought responsible, with Rabie Osman Ahmed as the key suspect, but Abu Hafs al-masri Brigade claims responsibility. Soon after the attack, Spanish voters elect a new government that pledges to withdraw troops from Iraq.
  • 12-6-04: Attack on U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia. In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, five attackers broke through the gate of the U.S. Consulate, threw explosives and fired automatic weapons, killing five people (1 Filipino, 1 Sudanese, 1 Yemen, 1 Indian, 1 Sri Lankan) and injuring nine others including two Saudi Arabian National Guardsmen at the gate. The al-Qaida Organization in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility.
  • February 05: Three former PayPal employees launch YouTube.
The information in this timeline originated at the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security's website.

We live our lives appeasing those who would kill us for the values we hold. Yet, no matter how many times we offer the hand of mollification, another vein for hatred is exposed. I am for freedom for the people of the Middle East, but I am also in favor of being able to live my own life in peace without fear of reprisal from religious fundamentalist fascists who feel their own tickets to Heaven are only stamped after I am dead.

I am tired of appeasing religious and political zealots.