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Saturday, August 30, 2003

A Vote for Gary Coleman
Is a Vote for Gallagher!

Vote Angelyne
 California's Next Governor


posted by Imal  # 9:08 PM

Sen. Clinton Dismisses 2004 Speculation

The Associated Press
Friday, August 29, 2003

ALBANY, N.Y. - A drop in President Bush's poll numbers has increased speculation about New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton jumping into the 2004 Democratic presidential race - a notion the former first lady rejected Friday.

"I am absolutely ruling it out," Clinton said during a visit to the New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y. She had insisted in recent months that she will not consider entering the race for president this year even if that is what some Democrats want.

Legendary internet commentator and political guru Imal rai Shakeen was quoted as responding, "Damn! She's running for sure!"

posted by Imal  # 2:17 AM

Friday, August 29, 2003

It's Official: Liberals Smarter Than Conservatives

Excerpted from article by Greg James, celebrated towering intellect

"For several years I've been listening to folks of the conservative persuasion going on about the liberal bias in the media, in Hollywood and among elites on the West and East coasts. There's no denying that liberals outnumber conservatives on the two coasts. It is also apparent if you work in certain fields like education, the arts, or high tech that liberals also greatly outnumber conservatives there, too."

"Is this some kind of conspiracy or is it just a fact that you get many more liberals where the education levels are the highest and where the concentrations of the brains are? Is it a coincidence that most of America's big liberal cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston are also the centers of high tech and the nation's best universities? Even in a conservative state such as Texas, the fastest growing big PC company in the world -- Dell -- is located in Austin, the most liberal, and educated, city in the state. I'm all for open and free discussions on the subject, but from all the anecdotal evidence around, one thing seems to be obvious: Liberals are where the brains are, and the brains are where liberals are."

That ought to put the issue to rest. Are Liberals smarter than Conservatives? Of course! Just ask any Liberal.

Sadly, Mr. James offers no advice for us non-Liberal idiots as to how we may increase our dismally low IQs. That's too bad, because we are clearly in desperate need of advice from people of such awesome intellect, even if we are too incurably stupid to understand it.

And who could possibly be better qualified to tell us how we might become smarter than those who are, by their own admission, much smarter than us?

posted by Imal  # 7:10 PM

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Bali Bomber Thanks Anti-War Protesters For Support

Advocates Disarmament, World Peace

From the article:

THE man who helped mix the deadly one-tonne Bali nightclub bomb Sawad, alias Sardjiyo, yesterday said he wanted to thank the Australian people who had supported his cause during recent Australian anti-Gulf War protests.

And fellow bomb-mixer Abdul Ghoni urged Australians against forming friendly alliances with America.

The pronouncements of the two Bali bombing suspects came as they and the evidence against them was handed from Bali police to prosecutors.

"I want to thank the Australian people who supported our cause when they demonstrated against the policies of George Bush. Say thank you to all of them," Sawad said.

Ironically, from a terrorist accused not only of the Bali bombing but of church bombings and the bombing of an ambassador's residence in Jakarta, Sawad claimed he had a message of peace for the world.

"For all human beings to stop now in this world, destroy all of the destructive weapons . . . if there were no weapons then peace can be created," he said.

I am sure the peace-loving protesters of Australia and the world must be gratified to hear this. Now all they need to do is band together with the terrorists, the Communists, the environmentalists, the anarchists and the U.S. Democratic National Committee to defeat George W. Bush, destroy America and bring peace to the oppressed peoples of the world.

They're in good company, it seems.

posted by Imal  # 1:52 PM

Tuesday, August 26, 2003


Initiated by the International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition

We in the U.S. progressive and anti-war movement recognize our obligation to expose and organize against the Bush administration's plans to overthrow the government of Cuba. Under the rubric of the "war against terrorism" the Bush administration has aggressively embarked on a campaign to carry out the overturn of governments that seek to maintain independent control over their own land and resources. At stake in Cuba are the considerable social and economic gains of the people made in spite of overwhelming opposition from the government representing the most powerful country in the world. [...]

The trial of the 75 Cuban individuals arrested in March uncovered the directing role of the U.S. Interests Section in guiding, financing, and organizing subversive actions against the Cuban government. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has funneled some $20 million in support to anti-government organizations in Cuba as a part of this counter-revolutionary campaign. (Full text available at A.N.S.W.E.R. website)

Amnesty International: Dozens of Cuban dissidents "will be brought to trial"

"In what appears to have been the biggest crackdown in a decade, independent journalists, members of human rights groups, political activists and other perceived dissidents across the country have been detained in a major police operation," Amnesty International said.

Human Rights Watch: Unfair Trials of Nonviolent Dissidents

"The fact that this wave of repression coincides with the war in Iraq is surely no accident. It is truly shameful that the Cuban government is opportunistically exploiting the world's inattention to try to crush domestic dissent." - José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch

posted by Imal  # 8:58 PM

Sunday, August 24, 2003

New Deal Humor

While researching what I have called "International Socialism", but which is far more accurately described as "Communism", I found this joke which was popular in the U.S. circa 1934, as FDR unleashed the New Deal on America. In my opinion, the insights contained in this "joke" are timeless:

Socialism: If you own two cows you give one to your neighbor.

Communism: You give both cows to the government and the government gives you back some of the milk.

Fascism: You keep the cows but give the milk to the government, which sells some of it back to you.

New Dealism: You shoot both cows and milk the government.

posted by Imal  # 4:30 PM

Communists Against Bush

From the Communist Party USA website:

Push Bush Out the Door in 2004

It will take an extraordinary united all-people’s front with a movement on the ground to defeat the Bush right-wing agenda in 2004. It can be done with the combination of the labor vote, the women’s vote, and African-American and Latino vote, combined with the youth vote, the peace vote, the environmental vote, the senior vote, the farm vote, etc. all of whom are pledged to work as they never have before.

CPUSA National Committee Resolution on the 2004 Elections

The Communist Party USA meeting in New York City June 28-29, 2003 concluded that the most urgent task facing the working class and its allies in the next 17 months is mobilizing a broad people's coalition to defeat George W. Bush and the ultra-right Republicans in the 2004 elections.

The 2004 Elections are Pivotal to Save Our Country and the World

The work and activity of the whole party for the next 18 months should center around the defeat of Bush and the Republican majority in Congress. Discussions should take place now on the situation in each district including to identify targeted congressional races.


The Communist Party USA is an organization of activists in labor and all the people's movements with three main political aims:

  1. Defeating the right-wing agenda of the Bush Administration.
  2. Winning a wide-ranging program of reforms that put the well being of the people before private profits.
  3. Eventually replacing big business with labor and its allies as the dominant power so as to insure that the rights, economic security and expanding needs of the people become the overriding concern of society.

You don't have to be a Communist to be part of this effort or make important contributions to it, but it helps!

That is because the Communist Party is an organization of activists in every part of the expanding labor-led coalition and can therefore help unite and strengthen the overall movement against the ultra-right danger. It is also because the Party has a rich experience and history, a deep understanding of the long-range forces that are at work and a clear vision of what is possible if the corporate-right-wing coalition is defeated and labor and its allies are able to take the offensive.

Although they don't specify what their "clear vision of what is possible" is, I am sure the people of Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, et al, could help flesh that out. The ones that weren't mass-murdered, that is.

And may I add what the Communist Party scrupulously avoids saying outright:

You can accomplish all Communist goals by simply voting Democrat!

"Terrorism is a sword any hand can wield."
        -Imal rai Shakeen, August 24, 2003

posted by Imal  # 1:58 PM

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Repealing Judicial Legislation

The corruption of the courts, accomplished through generations of selecting judges on the basis of their political qualifications, rather than their judicial qualifications, did not occur overnight, and it will not be corrected overnight.

The best way to clean up the courts is to appoint judges with a commitment to justice, instead of debts to political insiders. To do this, the appointment and confirmation process needs to be cleaned up. To do that, the Democratic stranglehold on the process needs to be removed.

As always, the solution lies in the ballot box. If we stop sending crooks to Congress, they'll stop insisting on putting crooks on the bench.

And that means voting for honest leaders instead voting for a free lunch, and getting others to do likewise.

posted by Imal  # 2:00 AM

Friday, August 22, 2003

The President Makes His Case Against Iraq

This is a time of tremendous promise for America. The superpower confrontation has ended; on every continent democracy is securing for more and more people the basic freedoms we Americans have come to take for granted. Bit by bit the information age is chipping away at the barriers economic, political and social that once kept people locked in and freedom and prosperity locked out.

But for all our promise, all our opportunity, people in this room know very well that this is not a time free from peril, especially as a result of reckless acts of outlaw nations and an unholy axis of terrorists, drug traffickers and organized international criminals.

We have to defend our future from these predators of the 21st century. They feed on the free flow of information and technology. They actually take advantage of the freer movement of people, information and ideas.

And they will be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. We simply cannot allow that to happen.

There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein's Iraq. His regime threatens the safety of his people, the stability of his region and the security of all the rest of us. [...]

Saddam Hussein's Iraq reminds us of what we learned in the 20th century and warns us of what we must know about the 21st. In this century, we learned through harsh experience that the only answer to aggression and illegal behavior is firmness, determination, and when necessary action.

In the next century, the community of nations may see more and more the very kind of threat Iraq poses now a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction ready to use them or provide them to terrorists, drug traffickers or organized criminals who travel the world among us unnoticed.

If we fail to respond today, Saddam and all those who would follow in his footsteps will be emboldened tomorrow by the knowledge that they can act with impunity, even in the face of a clear message from the United Nations Security Council and clear evidence of a weapons of mass destruction program.

But if we act as one, we can safeguard our interests and send a clear message to every would-be tyrant and terrorist that the international community does have the wisdom and the will and the way to protect peace and security in a new era. That is the future I ask you all to imagine. That is the future I ask our allies to imagine.

If we look at the past and imagine that future, we will act as one together. And we still have, God willing, a chance to find a diplomatic resolution to this, and if not, God willing, the chance to do the right thing for our children and grandchildren.

Thank you very much.

President William Jefferson Clinton
Address to Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pentagon staff (excerpted)
Tuesday February 17, 1998

posted by Imal  # 11:43 PM

Israel, Stop the Insanity

Israeli angst over seeming too militaristic is costing lives.

Israel has the power to expel the so-called "Palestinians" from Israel, claim its proper borders, and defend them from the Arabs. How do I know this? Because it has done it a half-dozen times before, even on Day One of its modern existence.

There will be no peace with the Arabs without ruthless war and unapologetic victory. It is absolutely true that Arabs culturally admire strength and despise weakness.

As long as Israel plays weak, the Arabs will kill Jews without remorse. If Israel kicks out the poseurs claiming to be "Palestinians", kills those who won't leave, and takes firm steps to keep them out forever, the Arabs will respect Israel. They will never like Israel, but at least they will respect it.

They will still send terrorists, but with Israel's borders firmly secured, "Palestinian" border crossing eliminated, and Israel reserved for Jews once and for all, they will taste frustration far more often than success, and will certainly kill fewer innocents than they do now. As for armies and military threats, the greatest threat to Israel, Iraq, is now neutralized. No other nation in the region, even Egypt, poses a credible military threat to Israel.

Israel, I beg you. Drive the vermin from your midst and save your children. Agonize over the ethics later, when you are safe to do so.

posted by Imal  # 8:25 PM

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Imal to Israel: Just Do It

Israel needs to stop being a victim and just get this over with.

Just kick the damn Arabs out, kill the ones that won't go, and don't let any back in. A bit oversimplified, but if you want a Jewish state, and the Arabs want to destroy the Jewish state, the Arabs have to go.

If you don't want a Jewish state, just keep letting the Arabs kill you. Eventually, they'll run out of Jews to kill.

If Israel is serious about existing, it needs to put up or shut up.

In the case of getting the Arabs out of Israel, as in most others, it's easier to ask forgiveness than to get permission.

posted by Imal  # 5:54 PM

Israel Breaks the Hudna

Furious over the assassination of Hamas leader Ismail Abu Shanab, Hamas has declared an end to the "hudna" that was declared eight weeks ago. Apparently the murder of over twenty people on Tuesday didn't count as a breach of the "hudna" in the minds of Hamas leaders, or of the world press.

It will be interesting to see what will happen now that Israel has "broken the hudna", "derailed the peace process" and "continued the cycle of violence", just because Hamas killed a bunch of Jews a few days ago. I'm going to go out on a limb and make a bold prediction: more terrorism. Remember, you read it here first, folks.

Meanwhile, the international press, apparently in alliance with Hamas and other terrorist groups, is jumping on the bandwagon of accusing Israel of violating the eight-week-old cease-fire, in what would seem to be complete or deliberate ignorance of the bomb attack in Jerusalem that provoked the Israeli response.

A brief sampling of today's offerings:

Hamas ends truce after top leader killed in Israeli air strike (AFP)

Israel Kills Hamas Leader, Militants Call Off Truce (Reuters)

Hamas Abandons Truce After Israeli Strike (AP)

Analysis: Hamas leader killed, truce dead (UPI)

The headlines tell it all, don't they? Once again, the Jews have dashed hopes for peace in the Middle East. Why, oh why, must the Jews be so evil and bloodthirsty?

From a neutral viewpoint, the headlines are hard to understand when compared to the facts they purport to herald. But they make a great deal of sense if one accepts the prevailing belief held by the international press that it is okay to kill Jews.

After all, Jews don't count as people, do they? Just Arabs and Europeans, because Americans don't seem to count as people either. All Americans are "honorary Jews", apparently.

In the wake of these unprovoked attacks by Israel on the peace-loving people of Palestine, I'm sure the U.N., the E.U. and the international press will give the Jews (and Americans) the virulent condemnation they so richly deserve.

Yes, my friends, it's all the Jews' fault. Just read the papers if you don't believe me.

posted by Imal  # 10:50 AM

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Peace in the Middle East

Yesterday's bombings, notably the bombing in Jerusalem that killed 20 people, 6 of them children, and injured over 100 more, 40 of them children, illustrate a simple, immutable truth about the Middle East. The truth is that there can be no peace there until the war is ended, and the only way to end a war in the Middle East is with decisive, ruthless and unapologetic victory. The truth is proven by the bald fact of 55 years of Israel trying to stop the war, and being repeatedly attacked in return.

Ignoring, for now, the question of whether or not Jews have a right to a Jewish state in Israel, the reality of the situation is that they will never have peace or security unless and until they expel the Arabs that are at war with them (incorrectly but conveniently labeled "Palestinians") from the land they claim. The Jewish passion for ethics is laudable, but a near-fatal liability in war, and war this is, by any definition.

So Israel has a choice: finish this ruthless, bloody war of 55 years by expelling the "Palestinians" and killing those who won't leave, or submitting to the endless -- and be assured, there will be no end to it until they resolve to end the war -- succession of bombings, shootings, ambushes and rocket attacks that the "Palestinians" have in store for them.

There is room enough in Israel for only one people. It is up to the Arabs and the Jews to decide which it will be.

posted by Imal  # 1:17 PM

Judicial Tyranny

Ten Commandments Ruling in Ala. Appealed

The issue in the case of "separation of church and state" isn't God, but law.

There is no basis in the U.S. Constitution for the edicts of federal judges trying to remove religious symbols from public property. The "separation of church and state" doctrine is formed from an unsupported and overly broad application of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution to apply federal jurisdiction to all levels of government. Such an interpretation is clearly invalid and itself stands in clear violation of the Tenth Amendment, thus rendering this doctrine unenforceable under law.

It is nothing more than judicial fiat, and judicial fiat is nothing more than judicial tyranny. Those federal judges issuing orders to remove religious symbols and words from public property are doing so without basis in law, and are therefore acting illegally.

Judges issuing orders without a foundation in law should be impeached in accordance with Article I, Section 3, Clause 6 of the U.S. Constitution. We do not tolerate lawlessness in our streets, we should not tolerate it in our courts, either.

posted by Imal  # 12:55 PM

Back in the Saddle

Admittedly, my "field research" has included a great deal of recreation. After all, it IS summer. Actually, though, autumn is my favorite time of year for getting out the Jeep and doing some serious recreating, so expect some gaps and scarcity in spots in the months to come, but I doubt I will ever tire of screaming at God.

posted by Imal  # 12:53 PM

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