The current bid for the original letter to Clear Channel Communications CEO Mark Mays, signed by 41 Senate Democrats, asking him to repudiate Rush's comments about phony soldiers is $40,200.
When "Dingy Harry" Reid and the U.S. Senate turned away from the business of the nation to instead smear a private citizen, forty-one of them sent a letter demanding the "repudiation" of their inaccurate interpretation of Rush Limbaugh's comments about Jesse Al-Zaid (a.k.a. Jesse MacBeth) and other "phony soldiers" who falsify their service. This letter was delivered to Mark Mays of Clear Channel Communications, Rush Limbaugh's syndication partner, and widely quoted in the Drive-By Media.
Up for auction is the original letter signed by 41 Democrat senators. This historic document may well represent the first time in the history of America that this large a group of U.S. senators attempted to demonize a private citizen by lying about his views. As such, it is a priceless memento of the folly of Harry Reid and his 40 senatorial co-signers. BID NOW!
The entire proceeds of this auction.. the entire high bid... will be donated to The Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation, a registered charity which provides financial assistance to the children of fallen Marines and federal law enforcement officers. Rush Limbaugh serves on the Board of this organization and has been active on its behalf. All costs of this auction will be paid by the seller... every dollar of your winning bid will go to this charity, which has to date distributed over $29 million.
There are 94 bids so far. The auction ends on October 19.
Via The Corner
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, on the Senate floor:
Well, I don’t know. Maybe he was just high on his drugs again. I don’t know whether he was or not. If so, he ought to let us know. But that shouldn’t be an excuse.
That is a cheap shot and reflects poorly on Tom Harkin. Anyone who heard Rush Limbaugh, or read the transcript of the show, and I assume Harkin has, knows Rush did not slander our soldiers. Unfortunately the truth is not on the Democrats' agenda. Desperately trying to find some way to deflect the negative publicity from the dreadful MoveOn.org ad smearing General Petraeus, the Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have crawled into the gutter with Media Matters, the Hillary Clinton front group that started this whole disgusting mess.
Can there be any doubt who's pulling the strings in the
Democrat Sewer Rat party? As the Presidential election heats up we can expect more of the same. As Rush has often said, they can't debate conservatives in the arena of ideas and this smear campaign is just more proof. Talk about politics of personal destruction. Pathetic.
We won the first round and lost the second. Many opponents of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill thought it was dead in the water after the first cloture vote on S.1348 failed. Unfortunately the Zombie was not dead, it only took a little time out for a name change and reappeared as S.1639. The "corrected and updated" version passed by a 64-35 margin. So now it's the best two out of three. There will be another cloture vote to end debate and proceed to a final vote on the bill itself on Thursday:
...and only five votes need to shift from Yes to No to stop it. That seems like a good bet, with good candidates for switching including Brownback, Bond, Ben Nelson, Ensign, Burr, and Gregg. If they thought they'd gotten a lot of calls and faxes before, ...
The current immigration bill has been dubbed "shamnesty" and that's an appropriate title. It is a sham. The American people are getting the shaft in favor of illegal aliens. Everything in the bill is geared towards giving 12-15 (or more) million illegals a "path to citizenship". What President Bush and his friends in the Senate are saying is that if we want secure borders, we must accept this bill. President Bush makes it clear in this "Fact Sheet" titled: "Only Enforcing Our Ineffective Current Law Leaves the Nation Vulnerable". (See Mark Krikorian's take on the fact sheet here)
The Bill Includes Meaningful Border Security And Worksite Enforcement Triggers That Must Be Met Before Other Components Of Reform Are Put In Place. To show the government is serious about meeting these benchmarks, the bill provides $4.4 billion in immediate additional funding for securing our borders and enforcing our laws at the worksite.
You want security? You must accept amnesty.
What about the fence? The one the last Congress funded? Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) is frustrated at the lack of progress:
The last Congress allocated almost $1.2 billion to build 854 miles of multi-layered fencing along sections of the border. According to King, only a small fraction of that barrier is up.
"They've only built 13.01 miles of fence on that 2,000-mile border in the last year," the congressman says. "What they've done is spent the money on technology on cameras, on ground-based radar, and they've built a little built of double- and triple-fencing."
It occurs to me there was never any intention to build the fence. President Bush wants the whole enchilada and he's holding the fence, and other security measures, hostage to get it.
Bryan Preston at Hot Air on where we go from here:
So where do we go from here, over the next few days? We have to fight our own party leadership and kill the amnesty bill. This time we have to make sure it’s dead. We have to fight our own president. We’ll have to field candidates to challenge senators like Lindsey Graham from the right, if for no other reason than to remind them that we still have a vote for them to ignore. And we have to do it before the Democrats solidify their hold on Congress next year, and probably take the White House, and move to re-instate the Fairness Doctrine to squelch debate and criticism of them. That’s the coming battle after the 2008 elections: Whether the free speech environment we’ve enjoyed for the past 20 years will remain free or not.
We have some serious times ahead. We’re at real war with a real enemy around the world and we have to fight some heavy rearguard action here at home in the political arena. Now is not the time to rest; it’s the time to count our losses, choose the ground to make our stand, and fight.
Bryan is right. It is not time to give up. We do have some Senators who are fighting like hell for the American people. Senator Sessions from Alabama being one. There are other Senators who are fighting like hell for the illegal aliens. Senator Kennedy being one. In his own words:
"...we are not going to let you down my friend".
Make the phone calls. And be sure to include Senator Trent Lott. He just loves hearing from Legal. American. Citizens.
Jeffry Gardner writing for the Albuquerque Tribune:
Not only is the war lost, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says, but two of his more influential colleagues in the debate don't even care to hear the Army's current assessment of the situation.
As if Reid's reckless remarks didn't do enough damage - no doubt lifting the spirits of al-Qaida and leftists from France to Hollywood - House Leader Nancy Pelosi and one of the biggest cheerleaders for bailing out of Iraq, Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, didn't even show up this week when the Army's top dog in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, provided his first report to congressional leaders since the troop increase.
This is what passes for leadership today in the Democratic Party.
But, honestly, we need more than a surge. We need a popular and political willingness to fight this as a war and accept all of the peripheral damage, losses and sacrifices that come with fighting a war. That's something few want to admit and fewer will champion.
More troubling is the underlying and growing, it seems, sentiment that Islamic extremists really aren't as vicious and cruel an enemy as, say, the Nazis or the imperial Japanese.
That's because they're not. They're worse. I say that because I don't recall seeing a clip of a Nazi or a Japanese child sawing off the head of a prisoner and then raising it up as a prize - a treat we witnessed recently, courtesy of al-Qaida.
Are we going to trust the Democrats to defeat this enemy? Our lives depend on the answer.
I have just spent an hour on the phone talking to one of our Alabama heroes home from Iraq. I had the pleasure of meeting him last Friday when he came through Birmingham on his way to Mobile for his National Guard meeting. One day I'll write about our conversation, but for now I'll just say he is one very impressive young man. Emphasis on young. And impressive. He has a perspective on the war I will never have and he gave me a lot to think about.
Mohammed at Iraq the Model also has a perspective I'll never have and he has a message: End the war: Right message sent to the wrong address.
Instead of telling us to stop fighting back, I'd like to see some people stand up and protest the crimes of the terrorists and tell them to stop the killing and destruction…turn the stop-the-war campaign against the terrorists, is that too much to ask for?
Tell the criminals to stop killing us and stop attacking the people who are risking their lives fighting for liberty and equality.
We're not asking the media and the stop-the-war crowd to carry arms and shoot the terrorists; we just want them to stop shooting at us.
Any chance Harry Reid is listening? Sorry, Mohammed, Reid and his Democrat(ic) cohorts in Congress really could not care less who's doing the shooting or who's getting shot. Their only agenda is to undermine President Bush. If President Bush were to call for the withdrawal of troops, Reid would be clamoring for more to be sent. The Democrats in Congress have no strategy (or desire) to defeat the terrorists. They want to defeat President Bush.
A few weeks ago, Sen. Reid said on a major weekend talk show that he favored a firm deadline for withdrawal of all forces from Iraq. When members of his own caucus said, "What? First we've heard," the senator went into damage control mode -- the kind that starts out with staffers explaining, "What the senator meant to say was ..."
But last week he was back at it. As the Democratic House voted 215-199 Thursday to uphold legislation ordering troops out of Iraq next year, Sen. Reid appeared in public to declare the war in Iraq is "lost."
Reid took a little heat for that, so he had to backtrack:
Friday morning, the majority leader returned to the Senate floor, supposedly to reiterate his Thursday comments. Yet this time Sen. Reid carefully avoided using the word "lost." Less than 24 hours after declaring Iraq a lost cause, Sen. Reid insisted, "No one wants us to succeed in Iraq more than the Democrats."
That's a howler.
What he actually meant to say is that Iraq is lost if we continue to follow President Bush's strategy, the Democratic leader explained -- while once more carefully resisting the temptation to put forward any better strategy.
Sen. Reid then attempted the old cushion shot -- "deny everything and make counter-accusations" -- as he sought to shift the blame to those who had criticized him the day before.
"The partisans who launched attacks on my comments are the same ones who continue to support a failed strategy that hurts our troops," Sen. Reid said.
Ah. But it doesn't "hurt our troops" to tell them -- and the enemy -- that our Marines and G.I.s are risking their lives in a lost cause before they even suit up and start their engines for this morning's patrol?
Reid doesn't care if it hurts our troops or not. As long as it hurts the President.
On November 7, 2006, America put two despicable Democrats in charge of Congress. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are political hacks, pure and simple, whose hatred for President Bush overrides every other consideration. Elections have consequences. So do words. These are the words of Senate Majority
Leader Hack Harry Reid:
“I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — that this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq.”
I don't know how much lower the "leaders" of the Democrat(ic) party can go. Pelosi undermines our President and Commander-in-Chief by going to Syria, both the House and the Senate continue to undermine our efforts in Iraq by insisting on artificial, politically motivated time-lines for withdrawal, withholding funding on the war in Iraq and using our troops as political pawns. And now Harry Reid makes his comment that serves no purpose whatsoever (except to embolden our enemies). Sickening.
Michelle Malkin has a few responses from our troops. Here are a couple of excerpts:
We are winning this war. Just look at the signs. The enemy cannot safely
wear uniforms, they cannot confront us directly, and instead they hide
amongst and target unarmed civilians. When they succeed in blowing up an
unsuspecting marketplace, they can count on you to dutifully deliver the
big sound bite about how the civilian body count is direct evidence that
the war is lost. Then you tell the same enemy that all they need to do
is kill more civilians and wait, kill more civilians and wait, kill more
civilians and wait. They were waiting for 2009 but, fortunately for
them, "elections have consequences."
Our troops can see right through the Democrats lose no matter the cost strategy:
Of course I know that the reality is, you and the other Dems have your eyes on only one thing, the White House. You all WANT the war to be lost so badly you can taste it. Its what you believe will guarantee a victory in '08. You guys are not the least bit slick about it. So why don't you just quit pretending you care about the troops or national security. Just tell the people you want to cut and run and hide out here at home and hope the bad men won't come back to hurt us again. And while you're at it, have Ms. Pelosi go have a nice chat with Iran and promise them anything they want if they will just not be mean to us. Give him some good nuke factory blueprints and all the coordinates he needs in Israel? You and your ilk are disgraceful sir and it is my sincere hope that you are not reelected to another term
President Bush has said "I do not question their patriotism. I question whether or not they understand how dangerous this world is". Mr. President, they have no patriotism to question and they don't care how dangerous this world is. All they care about is undermining your Presidency and winning in 2008. That's it.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid is determined to undermine the war in Iraq and our troops in the process. From CBS News:
(AP) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he wants to cut off money for the Iraq war next year, making clear for the first time that Democrats are willing to pull out all the stops to end U.S. involvement.
Reid's latest proposal would give the president one year to get troops out, ending funding for combat operations after March 31, 2008.
"If the president vetoes the supplemental appropriations bill and continues to resist changing course in Iraq, I will work to ensure this legislation receives a vote in the Senate in the next work period," Reid said in a statement.
But would Congress abandon our troops? Reid said Congress would provide the troops what they needed to be safe. What in the hell does that mean? Who will decide how much money our troops need to be safe?
Today Reid was in Las Vegas at the dedication of a new National Guard armory, of all places, where he called the war in Iraq a "failure". From the Las Vegas SUN:
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sen. Harry Reid used the dedication of a new Nevada National Guard armory Tuesday to declare the Iraq war "a failure" but insist that U.S. troops and National Guard members fighting the conflict deserve public support.
But Reid insisted Tuesday that Congress will not leave troops unprotected.
"We have said time and time again the troops will have everything they need," Reid said, adding that it was time for Iraqis to assume the responsibility and cost of defending their country.
It's the Democrat(ic) Congress that is a failure. While Nancy Pelosi is in the Middle East having a "dialogue" with Syria, the same Syria that supports terrorists, the same Syria responsible for the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Harry Reid is sabotaging our troops here at home. And he's got plenty of help.
"In the face of the administration's stubborn unwillingness to change course, the Senate has no choice but to force a change of course," said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who signed on Monday as a co-sponsor of Reid's proposal with Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.
I honestly don't know how these people sleep at night.
"It's time the self-appointed strategists on Capitol Hill understood a very simple concept: You cannot win a war if you tell the enemy you're going to quit," Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday at a fundraising luncheon for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Simple concept, yes, if you actually want to win. The only thing the Democrats want to win is the White House in 2008. They will use any means necessary to make that happen.
While Reid toured the 80,000-square-foot Nevada National Guard facility, a group of Veterans of Foreign Wars officials in Las Vegas called for Congress to approve funding for the Iraq war without what they called "an arbitrary withdrawal timeline."
"Give them the tools necessary to complete the mission you sent them on, and do it without further delay," George Lisicki, VFW national senior vice commander, said in a statement.
It will be up to the Republicans in Congress to protect our troops and give them what they need to complete the mission.
Thomas Sowell on Pelosi's trip:
Congressman Tom Lantos, who is a member of the delegation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading to Syria, put the mission clearly when he said: "We have an alternative Democratic foreign policy."
Democrats can have any foreign policy they want -- if and when they are elected to the White House.
Until Nancy Pelosi came along, it was understood by all that we had only one president at a time and -- like him or not -- he alone had the Constitutional authority to speak for this country to foreign nations, especially in wartime.
All that Pelosi's trip can accomplish is to advertise American disunity to a terrorist-sponsoring nation in the Middle East while we are in a war there. That in turn can only embolden the Syrians to exploit the lack of unified resolve in Washington by stepping up their efforts to destabilize Iraq and the Middle East in general.