Hillary Says She Risked Life As First Lady

From Newsday:

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) arrives for a campaign stop at Traer Memorial Building in Traer, Iowa, December 30, 2007.

Hillary says she risked life on White House trips

Glenn Thrush

December 31, 2007

VINTON, Iowa – Ever since Barack Obama suggested Hillary Clinton’s eight years as first lady were a glorified tea party a few days back, she’s looked for an opening to strike back.

On Saturday night in Dubuque she pounced, arguing she risked her life on White House missions in the 1990s, including a hair-raising flight into Bosnia that ended in a “corkscrew” landing and a sprint off the tarmac to dodge snipers.

“I don’t remember anyone offering me tea,” she quipped.

The dictum around the Oval Office in the ’90s, she added, was: “If a place was too dangerous, too poor or too small, send the first lady.”

It turns out that Clinton wasn’t quite flying solo into harm’s way that day.

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Yet Another Reason Why Iraq Is Improving

From the wire services:

Iraqi female police officers are seen with their weapons during a ceremony for 92 women who completed a two month course in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007.

Iraqi female police officers are seen with their weapons during a ceremony for 92 women who completed a two month course in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007.

Iraqi female police officers are seen with their weapons during a ceremony for 92 women who completed a two month course in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007.

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Iraqis Celebrate A More Peaceful New Year’s

From a dejected Reuters:

Residents buy presents as they prepare to celebrate the new year in Baghdad December 31, 2007.

For hopeful Iraqis, New Year’s parties at last

By Aseel Kami

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqis were out all day on New Year’s Eve buying cakes, balloons, party decorations and new clothes to celebrate the holiday in the hope of a more peaceful 2008.

Many Baghdad residents said they planned to celebrate New Year’s Eve properly for the first time in years as violence subsides in the capital after years of sectarian war.

“My girlfriends, a cousin and I decided to gather in my house to celebrate,” said Baraa, a 30-year-old woman carrying a big box of cake from the al-Tahouna pastry shop in central Baghdad’s Karrada shopping district.

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Muslims Bomb Thai New Year’s Festivities

From their co-religionists at the Associated Press:

Thai policemen inspect the scene of a bomb blast in Sun Ngai Kolok town in Narathiwat province.

Thailand: Suspected Muslim Insurgents Wound 27 In Southern Thailand Bomb Blasts

2007-12-31

BANGKOK, THAILAND: Suspected Muslim insurgents set off five bombs early Monday (31 Dec) in a Thai-Malaysian border tourist town, wounding 27 people, many of them New Year’s revelers, an army spokesman said.

The bombs exploded in the hotel and nightlife area of Sungai Kolok, including two inside a hotel discotheque and one hidden in the carrying basket of a motorcycle outside a hotel, said spokesman Col. Akara Thiprote.

“Sungai Kolok is a tourist town and people were here to celebrate the New Year. I think this is why they targeted the town,” Akara said.

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Shocker: North Korea Misses Nuke Deadline

From those fans of nuclear proliferation at Reuters:

N.Korea misses nuclear declaration deadline: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea has missed a year-end deadline to provide a full account of its nuclear weapons program under a disarmament-for-aid deal, a U.S. official said on Monday.

“There has been no last-minute change,” said State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey after the target of midnight North Korean time 10 a.m EST(/1500 GMT) had passed.

The United States and allies South Korea and Japan had issued coordinated statements on Sunday lamenting the North’s failure to deliver the expected declaration.

“It’s unfortunate, but we are going to keep on working on this,” Casey told reporters. He said he expected consultations in the coming days among the six parties to the nuclear deal.

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100 Killed As Kenya Election Riots Continue

From those poll watchers at the AFP:

A resident of Kibera and supporter of presidential candidate Raila Odinga holds a sign that reads “No Raila no peace in Kenya” during disturbances, after Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner in the Presidential race.

More than 100 killed as poll violence sweeps Kenya

by Michel Cariou Mon Dec 31

NAIROBI (AFP) – An eruption of fresh violence triggered by Kenya’s disputed presidential ballot left more than 100 dead Monday, after defeated opposition candidate Raila Odinga rejected Mwai Kibaki’s re-election.

Odinga had planned to hold his own alternative inauguration at a mass rally in Nairobi later Monday, a day after Kibaki was officially sworn in for a second term despite widespread allegations of vote-rigging.

But the opposition leader postponed the gathering until Thursday as violence flared across the country.

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Heads Explode As The NYT Hires Bill Kristol

More inadvertent humor from the Communist crying towel known as The Nation:

The loathsome Katha (sic) Pollitt holds forth before the equally loathsome “Freedom From Religion Foundation.”

Bill Kristol Gets New York Times Op-Ed Slot

Katha Pollitt Sat Dec 29

The Nation — Just shoot me. First, it was Sam Tanenhaus, conservative editor of the New York Times Book Review being put in charge of the News of the Week in Review section. That means one conservative will determine how politics,culture and ideas are covered in TWO of the most important sections of the supposedly liberal newspaper of record. Now, says the Huffington Post, the Times is set to announce that Bill Kristol will be writing a weekly op-ed column. That’s Bill Kristol, Fox commentator, editor of the the Murdochian agitprop factory Weekly Standard, George W.

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Sob: The Associated Press Is “Frustrated”

From Associated Press:

2007: A year of frustration in the news

By ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer

A war winds on, but lawmakers are seemingly powerless to do anything about it. The wrenching sorrow of tragedies on a Virginia campus, a Minnesota highway bridge and deep inside a Utah coal mine is compounded by a question that echoes: Could this have been prevented?

Thousands lose their homes in a mortgage and credit crisis that worsened — despite repeated assurances that the worst had passed.

Every year has grim headlines. But the story of 2007 was the frustration that wound through so much of the news. Americans repeatedly confronted the same images and the same misgivings in many of the year’s biggest stories.

The frustration factor was personified by former U.S.

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Shocker: Bhutto’s Son, Husband Succeed Her

From those champions of representative democracy at the AFP:

Asif ali Zardari, right, husband of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto attends his wife’s funeral with their son Bilawal Bhutto, second from left, at her family’s mausoleum, in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, near Larkana, Pakistan on Friday, Dec. 28, 2007.

Bhutto’s son takes over party, husband is co-chairman

by Hasan Mansoor

NAUDERO, Pakistan (AFP) – The party of Pakistan’s murdered opposition leader Benazir Bhutto named her 19-year-old son as its new leader Sunday and announced it would contest upcoming general elections.

Bilawal Bhutto, a student at Britain’s Oxford University, was named party chairman at an emergency meeting, taking the reins of the party formerly led by his mother and grandfather, both of whom met violent deaths.

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Chavez, Oliver Stone Launch Hostage Rescue

From those lovers of dictators (and directors) at the Associated Press:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) and U.S. film director Oliver Stone talk to the media as they arrive at Santo Domingo’s Airport December 28, 2007.

Chavez launches hostage mission

By TOBY MUSE, Associated Press Writer Sat Dec 29

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia – A sensitive mission to retrieve three hostages from the rebel-held jungle this weekend entered a key phase as two helicopters sent by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Colombia.

Wearing the red beret and fatigues of his paratrooper days, Chavez was accompanied by American filmmaker Oliver Stone and a group of international observers to see the helicopters off.

“I‘m hoping it works,” said Stone, a fan of the socialist leader who said he was there to film “a documentary about Latin America and also about North America.”

Chavez said former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner and the other observers would follow the helicopters to Villavicencio, about 50 miles south of Bogota, as soon as the Venezuelans receive word from the guerrillas about where to pick up the hostages.

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Bhutto’s Assassination Was Caught On Tape

From Reuters, via YouTube:

Bhutto’s last moments caught on tape

This is more than just morbid curiosity, now that there are claims that she did not die from a bullet or shrapnel wound.

From the UK’s Sky News:

Bhutto Assassin ‘Captured On Film’

Saturday December 29, 2007

The latest video footage from Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in Pakistan appears to show the moment her killer attacked.

The images capture a man aiming a pistol and firing at least two shots, just yards from the opposition leader. An explosion can then be seen.

Al Qaeda-linked militant commander Baitullah Mehsud has denied government claims that he was involved in the attack.

Meanwhile, a row has erupted over exactly how Ms Bhutto died, while emergency talks into whether a January election should be go ahead loom.

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AIM: CNN And Hillary Destabilize Pakistan

A highly insightful piece from Cliff Kincaid at Accuracy In Media:


CNN and Hillary Destabilize Pakistan

By Cliff Kincaid  |  December 28, 2007

In the wake of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, Wolf Blitzer of CNN made much of an e-mail, exclusively provided to him by a close associate of Bhutto and a Hillary Clinton supporter, casting blame on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for her murder. We can now understand why Musharraf’s November 3 state-of-emergency decree took foreign news outlets like CNN off the air. Musharraf, who is one of the main targets of the al-Qaeda international terrorist organization, recognizes that the so-called “CNN effect” in global affairs can destabilize foreign governments, including his own. It’s no wonder that he recently complained about being betrayed by the Western media.  

Now, with Hillary Clinton appearing on Blitzer’s show one day later, to complain about a “blank check” for Musharraf and the “failed policies” of the Bush Administration, the Democratic Party agenda is out in the open―overthrow the government of Pakistan, no matter what comes after it.

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Islam Q&A – No Merry Xmas For You (II)

From those holymen at Islam Question and Answer:

A tourist walks behind Christmas decorations outside a mall in Sharm El-Sheikh December 26, 2007.

Ruling on celebrating non-Muslim holidays and congratulating them

Question:

Can a muslim celebrate a non muslim holiday like Thanksgiving?

Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

Greeting the kuffaar on Christmas and other religious holidays of theirs is haraam, by consensus, as Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah: “Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden.

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NYP: Don’t Shed Any Tears For Ms. Bhutto

From Ralph Peters at the New York Post:

Sand artist Sudarsan Patnaik creates a sand sculpture of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, following her assassination, at a beach in Puri, close to the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneshwar, December 28, 2007.

THE BHUTTO ASSASSINATION: NOT WHAT SHE SEEMED TO BE

By RALPH PETERS

December 28, 2007 — FOR the next several days, you’re going to read and hear a great deal of pious nonsense in the wake of the assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.

Her country’s better off without her. She may serve Pakistan better after her death than she did in life.

We need have no sympathy with her Islamist assassin and the extremists behind him to recognize that Bhutto was corrupt, divisive, dishonest and utterly devoid of genuine concern for her country.

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Hillary Is Still Lying About Knowing Bhutto

From an adoring Washington Post:


U.S. first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton with her daughter Chelsea, left, and Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, holding hands with her son Bilawal and daughter Bakhtawar, take a stroll in this March 26, 1995 file photo, in the garden of the prime minister’s residence, in Islamabad.

Clinton, Obama Seize on Killing

Reactions Illustrate Their Key Differences

By Anne E. Kornblut and Shailagh Murray
Friday, December 28, 2007; A01

DES MOINES, Dec. 27 — News of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination came just hours before Sen. Barack Obama delivered what his campaign had billed as the “closing argument” in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday, forcing his campaign to scramble to incorporate the Pakistani opposition leader into his message of change.

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