I read story yesterday about Iraqi airlines. I should have written about it then, because I can't find it today. The story said that the company was back up and running after years of being not able to operate due to wars lauched by Saddam Hussein and the no fly zone that was created after the first Gulf War. The airline flew all around the Middle East in the 70's before the Iraq-Iran war. The company is now doing well again with most of their flights being at least 90% full. This is another example of success in Iraq. The story was on http://www.foxnews.com/ if anyone wants to see if they can find it.
North Korea destoryed the cooling tower at their Pyongyang Nuclear plant today at 5:10pm local time. State Department spokesman Tom Casey said that North Korea had agreed to principles for verifying its declaration. "They have agreed that every question that we have about their nuclear program — plutonium, uranium, proliferation — is something they have to answer," he said. "That would mean, if there is any place we want to visit, we should be allowed to visit, any person we want to talk to, we should be allowed to."
While this is a very big development it is easily reversible if North Korea wants to rebuild the tower it would take about a month. The move to destory the tower is more symbolic than anything else. Also the report North Korea has submitted to China via the six party talks still needs to be verified according to State Dept offical Christopher Hill.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama joined together in NH today to try and start the process of uniting the Democratic Party for the general election. I honestly felt bad for Hillary you could tell this was killing her. Obama for his part promised to work on equal pay for women. This was undoubtly an effort to win back the women that have joined McCain's Campaign. You could really tell that Hillary was affected when the crowd started chanting Obama's name while she was speaking. Later Obama help led a chant of Hillary during his speech. Of course they both hit the Democratic talking points comparing McCain to Bush and saying the country was headed in the wrong direction. Obama also repeated his obsurd claim that McCain wanted to say in Iraq for a hundred years. Looks like the Dems have run out of new ideas, assuming they ever had any.
On another 5-4 decision the Supreme Court has lifted the D.C. gun ban. This decision makes it clear that the right to bear arms applies to all people not just organized millitias. Sen. McCain supported the ruling. I'll write more about this later tonight when I've had time to read the opinions and more on what the Presidental candidates have said about the decision.
According to most polls Obama is still up by four to six points. Even if you believe that Obama is six points up he should be up by alot more. Obama is running against a Republican Party that is badly damaged. To put this in perspective in 1976 Carter had a 33 point lead on Ford coming out of the conventions. Ford had commited the sin of pardoning Nixon, which history now views as the right thing to do. However on election day Carter squeaked out a two point victory. What happened? Ford hammered Carter for being an inexperienced liberal who would raise taxes and was soft on crime and defense. Sound Familiar? He turned what looked to be a landslide into a election that wasn't called until 3:30am. Obama doesn't have the huge lead Carter did and I feel that come election day McCain will win big.
As promised here is my first good news from Iraq post. Task Force Gold and millitary partner Task Force 1-6 have given themselves one month to rebuild. It's critical," said Task Force 1-6 Cmdr. Lt. Col. Brian Eifler. "That's why we have a 30-day window to get in, control it and just turbo-charge the area with money, with jobs, with reconstruction ... and make them feel secure." The U.S. is trying to win over the Iraqi civilians to turn to area against terrorism. "So far, there have been 86 contracts for improvements, including sewage repairs, road pavement, parks, swimming pools, school and municipal building renovations, streetlights and a Shiite version of the "concerned local citizens' patrols" — called the Neighborhood Guard in Baghdad."
There are questions about if the money is being used in the right way by some Iraqi citizens, "We need apartments more than anything else," Sadr City District Councilor Hassan Shama told FOX News. "Do you know that in some parts of the city, we have more than 30 family members living in an area of 1000 square feet?" Also there is still corruption in the government in Iraq, "There is corruption in every country, but there is more in Iraq," said one contractor from the Jamila Market area. U.S. troops have had to kick contractors off the base for trying to bribe soliders that handle those contracts.
The Iraqi government has earmarked $100 million for this project while America has donated $14 million so far. This project only deals with a quarter of Sadr City, but at least it's a start.
In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled that States could not seek the Death Penalty for child rapist. The case stems from a man who raped his eight year old step daughter and was sentenced to death in Louisana. Justice Kennedy who is known has the swing vote, but who I now think is part of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court (Read, "How could you Kennedy") said in his ruling, "The rule of evolving standards of decency ... means that resort to the [death] penalty must be reserved for the worst of crimes and limited in its instances of application."
What could be worse than raping a child?! I'd even go as far to say it might be worse than killing the child because now the child has to live with this abomination for the rest of his/her life. At least if you kill the child he/she doesn't spend the rest of his/her life reliving the rape over and over again. Kennedy also wrote in his opinion, "A state that punishes child rape by death may remove a strong incentive for the rapist not to kill the victim." What!? O.k. now I'm confused. So the death penalty is a deternet to Murder, but not to raping a child? Of Course Kennedy's next line is possibly the most disturbing. "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child." said Justice Kennedy. Proportional punishment, if this ever happened to a child of mine I'd go Samuel L Jackson all over the bastard. (Watch A Time to Kill if you don't know what I'm talking about.)
The last two rulings of the Supreme Court are very disturbing. It seems as the liberal wing of the court has decided to submit it's judgement for the judgment of Legislatures around the country. At least there still are four members of the court that haven't let the power go to their head. Justice Alito wrote for the minority, "The harm that is caused to the victims and to society at large by the worst child rapist is grave." Alito pointed out the majority had, eliminated the death penatly in child rape cases, "no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted and no matter how heinous the perpetrator's criminal record may be."
I wonder if sometimes if we wouldn't be better off trading the death penalty now before a Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional. Maybe something like life without parole for all Murders, Rapist and Child Molesters. At least it would get them off the streets and keep them from reoffending. Of course whose to say the Court wouldn't find that against "evolving standards of decency" in a few years.
Focus on the Family founder, and evanglical leader James Dobson said about Obama, "I think he's deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology." He also said Obama had, "A Fruitcake interpertation of the Constitution." This after a tape of Obama making a statement comparing parts of the Old Testament with the New Testament to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal in June 2006 came to light today. "Dobson took aim at examples Obama cited in asking which Biblical passages should guide public policy — chapters like Leviticus, which Obama said suggests slavery is OK and eating shellfish is an abomination, or Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, which Obama said was, "a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application." Dobson said in response to the tape, "He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter."
On a personal note I'd like to take this Opportunity to thank Obama for uniting the social conservative base of the party, something John McCain had failed to do until now. Everyone knows the Republican Party, like the U.S. Government, has three branches, fiscal conservatives, foreign policy conservatives, and social conservatives. We've always had the foreign policy conservatives with McCain. The fiscal conservatives were a little leary, but after seeing Obama's proposals they've come along. Now with this newest development I think we can expect the Social Conservatives to finally get behind McCain. Onward to November!
Well that didn't take long three rockets hit Southern Israel today. Israel said it was a "gross violation" of the truce. Two people were wounded in the attack. Isreal responded by killing two palenstines in the West Bank, where the rocket fire came from. Islamic Jihad has claimed responsiblity for the attack. "We cannot keep our hands tied when this is happening to our brothers in the West Bank." Hamas blamed Isreali provocation this morning for the attack. Even know "the provocation" was after the attack. Egypt spent six months putting this truce together, I hoped it would at least last six days.
A college graduate with a BA in History and a minor in politics from Coastal Carolina University. Has a student at Coastal Carolina I led the College Republicans for two years. I also volunteered for Mike Huckabee's Presidential campaign.