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One reason to go to war, the Iraqi army has extremely low morale, and some are already defecting.

Inside the Ring -- Iraqi Soldiers already defecting

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Get your "LIBERATE IRAQ" sign

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bt: Protesting the Protesters - Man on the street Protest interviews

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A cross-blog war commentary

The Truth Laid Bear

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Mister Rogers - You'll always be our favorite neighbor... 1929-2003



NY Daily News - Breaking News - Sad day in 'Neighborhood' as Mister Rogers dies

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Children of Maine Guard unit taunted by teachers -- The Washington Times fact-gathering" process about the incidents is under way, Maj. Rogers said. The incidents involved students in elementary and middle schools, some as young as 7 years old, he said

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"To publish an unsigned opinion piece is an exception to the Monitor's policy. But the views expressed here, if put with a name, could endanger the writer's extended family in Baghdad. The author - known to Monitor staff - was born and raised in Iraq. Now a US citizen with a business that requires extensive world travel, the author is in frequent touch with the Iraqi diaspora but is not connected with organized opposition to Saddam Hussein."

Since Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League, started warning that a US invasion of Iraq would "open the gates of hell," the retort that has been flying around Iraqi exiles' websites is, "Good! We'd like to get out!"

It got me wondering: What if you antiwar protesters and politicians succeed in stopping a US-led war to change the regime in Baghdad? What then will you do?

Read the whole article here:
If antiwar protesters succeed | csmonitor.com

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Ananova - Danish pizzeria bans French and Germans

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The US gave a diplomatic warning to France that they shouldn't try to veto a UN resolution for war in Iraq. Read the entire article here: "Stop squirming says US"

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An interesting anti-war site for all you peace activists out there ;)

No War Blog

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I just thought I'd actually write something on my blog today instead of just providing links to some of my reading. Here are some of my thoughts on some current topics:

The war in Iraq.
As each day passes I am more and more convinced that we need to take out Saddam, and liberate the people of Iraq. I was just reading about a speech given by Paul Wolfowitz to a group in Michigan that included scores of Iraqi ex-patriots. When he made the point that Saddam needs to be taken out of power, those from Iraq erupted in thunderous applause. Some of them were interviewed later, and they related their own families tales of torture and murder under his regime. Hearing stories like their's just makes me realize how evil a man this is, and that we can't kow-tow to his every request for more time, or sneaky manuevers intended to allow him to keep his weapons of destruction and torture.

From the tenor of my posts it may have come across that I am against peace, and that I am somewhat of a war hawk. I would tell you that I am for peace, but that I am also for justice, and for the security of the American people. I am NOT for peace at any cost, no matter how admirable a goal it is. I think in the end, when we play games with a murderous regime like Saddam's, and forget about the security of our own nation, that there will be a dear cost to pay.

I have also put up links to articles talking about communist links to the peace rallies. Now, don't get me wrong, I do believe that there are many thousands of well intentioned people who want peace in the world. However, I also know that if you look at those who are sponsoring these rallies they have very distinct ties to communist and socialist organizations. (ie; one of the biggest organizers, ANSWER is a front for a communist organization). I think you need to take that into account when looking at these rallies because it goes to the heart of the issue, and that is that they aren't really rallying for peace in the world, but against America, and what it stands for (democracy). I think that those who are well intentioned, and actually for peace, are being used by those communist organizations, and by Saddam's Iraq to further their own goals.

Grammys

I have to admit, I haven't listened to anything by Norah Jones yet, but I think I'll have to check her out now. Personally I think that Bruce Springsteen should have won the best album award for The Rising, but who am I to judge?

Rhode Island Fire

It was so sad to hear about the fire at the nightclub in Rhode Island, and the 97 lives that were lost (so far). To hear about how people were trying to get out, crawling to the doors, and pushing to get through, it just broke my heart. I am praying for those who lost loved ones that they would be comforted in this hard time.

Local Cuisine

Maria and i have been buying gift certificates to several local restaurants lately on Ebay through Restaurant.com. Basically you pay 8-10 dollars for a $25 gift certificate, which you can then use at the restaurant. So far we have eaten at Wooley's St. Paul and Herkimer's in Minneapolis with these certificates without any problems.

Maria and I went to Wooley's in Downtown St Paul on Valentine's day. I had the prime rib, and she had a pasta dish with a white sauce. Overall it was a pleasant evening, and the food was delicious. The decor was romantic and the service was a bit fargo-esque, but friendly. It was also a nice setting there in the Embassy Suites Hotel in which they had a pond with live ducks and other waterfowl. Very romantic. All in all the dinner cost about $30 after the $25 GC.

This past weekend we used our $25 GC for Herkimer's Pub and Grill in Minneapolis. The restaurant is dimly lit with candle's on the tables, and vintage-looking beer posters on the walls.


Herkimer's is also a brew pub, so all of the beer selections they have are brewed on location. We had a very good meal, I ordered the bbq roast beef sandwich, and Maria had Cheeseburger. My sandwich was perfect, and the BBQ sauce had a hint of raspberry. Maria's Burger was a bit overdone, but tasty. For dessert we had a piece of caramel apple pie which was also very good. After eating we played a quick game of shuffleboard on the table-top version of shuffle board (which was free by the way). All in all a fun night, and after the Gift Certificate, cost only $8.

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NYPOST.COM Post Opinion: Oped Columnists: BLOOD FOR OIL, NOT By KEN ADELMAN

"To turn the protestors on their head: President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair don't act on the basis of "blood for oil." It's Saddam who's been on a clear path of "oil for blood."

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The Anti-Ikes- Peggy Noonan

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The Nazi Background of Saddam Hussein

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Pioneer Press | 02/19/2003 | Saddam's success would produce more war, not more peace

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Peace Movements Don’t Prevent Wars

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FrontPage magazine.com Perhaps that's why so many of the "peace" crowd get ever so touchy if you question their slogans. If you ask a guy with an "It's All About Oil" sign what he thinks of the recent contracts signed between Iraq and France's Total Fina Elf, he looks blank for a moment and then accuses you of wanting to crush dissent.

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Communist Peace Movements: Then and Now

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The peace movement - how can anyone take these people seriously.

London Peace Marchers Say: Long Live the Intifada

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Hussein a 'Grave Danger,' Iraqi Scientist Says

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The Crawl to War

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Check out my new Photography Gallery:

A | N | D | E | R | S | O | N
Photography

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"Rush to Peace"davidwarrenonline.com - ESSAYS ON OUR TIMES And now, with the help, principally, of the leading suppliers of materials and technology for his illegal weapons programmes -- Germany, France, and Russia, in that order, according to material widely available in the European media -- Saddam has succeeded in reversing the onus. It is now taken for granted at the U.N. that the regime in Baghdad is not obliged to co-operate, except cosmetically, with U.N. weapons inspectors -- that instead the United States is obliged to prove the contrary of each Saddamite claim, no matter how intrinsically improbable the claim may be.

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although i don't often agree with him, I think John McCain hits the nail on the head in this piece..

Delay can be dangerous by John McCain

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The Dell Dude got busted for marijuana possession this week.. BEST "Dell Dude" joke of the week:

I'm not sure what to think about the Dell Dude getting busted. I always thought marijuana was a Gateway drug.


Full story: Channel4000.com - Let's Get Dudical

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The Miami Herald | 02/14/2003 | Will the Arab Montesquieu ever emerge?

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Bracing for the Apocalypse

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The Smoking Gun!!

Iraq inspectors find banned missile system

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Why America and Europe are at Odds

Europe and America "measure risks and threats differently, define security differently and . . . have different levels of tolerance for insecurity

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Picture of the Day:


Sunset in a cemetary in Burnsville, 2/11/03

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Picture of the Day:


On our honeymoon we saw Haleakala, a dormant volcano on Maui

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The American people support war on Iraq:

Most Support Attack On Iraq, With Allies (washingtonpost.com)

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People on all sides are being persuaded that war in Iraq is the right thing to do:

Chatterbox Goes to War - A dove on Iraq is persuaded by Colin Powell. By Timothy Noah

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The Appeasers: Then and Now

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Al Qaeda Link to Iraq?

News

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More Proof of why we HAVE to go into Iraq - their connection to Al-Qaeda:

NYPOST.COM Post Opinion: Oped Columnists: THE AL QAEDA CONNECTION
By JONATHAN SCHANZER

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From the Houston Chronicle:

To continue to say that the Bush administration has not made its case, you must now believe that Colin Powell lied in the most serious statement he will ever make, or was taken in by manufactured evidence. I don't believe that. After Wednesday, neither should you.

HoustonChronicle.com - Hoagland: Powell exposed more than just Saddam

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An article talking about how absurd the french position on Iraq is.

Oui, Oui, More Inspectors!

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The talking has to stop and the UN has to act

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More Evidence Against Iraq

Secretary of State Colin Powell today gave a presentation giving some very powerful evidence showing that Iraq has not been complying with UN weapons inspectors. Among the evidence:



1. Audio messages of Iraqi officials discussing an upcoming inspection, and making sure that certain areas were cleaned and to "make sure that there is nothing there".

2. A satellite photo of an active chemical weapons bunker showing Iraqi officials cleaning out the bunkers ahead of an inspection.

3. Photographs of caravans of trucks leaving other suspected weapons sites just two days before inspections resumed.

With all of this evidence I find it hard to believe any of the UN countries will now try to say that action is not necessary.

For more details on Powell's speach go to the link below:
Powell gives key Iraq presentation - Feb. 5, 2003

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Killing Is Always Wrong?

I have heard some people talk lately about how killing is always wrong, and how we shouldn't go to war with Iraq because we'll be killing so many people, guilty and innocent. They have even called Bush a murderer. Many of those people will use the "thou shalt not kill" commandment as proof that as a bible believing Christian, I should never feel it is ok to kill another human being. To those people I would have them realize that the biblical text when more closely translated actually means "thou shalt not murder", and to me there is a huge difference. In many instances I believe it is justified to kill.

What would those people have done in the case of World War II? Would they have stood idly by championing the cause of peace and non-violence while another ruthless dictator, Adolf Hitler, murdered millions of people? Or would they have taken up the cause of freedom and liberty, and killed those who would enslave and murder millions? I can assure you that no amount of inspections or UN sanctions would have stopped Hitler, and the same stands for Saddam.

What would they have a police officer faced with a gun-toting criminal do? Try to talk to him about how killing is wrong while he is gunned down ruthlessly? Sometimes force is the only language an evil-doer understands.

Saddam Hussein is a ruthless dictator who tortures, maims and kills his own people. He does this all to further his own power and greed. He has time and time again shown that he is willing to attack other countries as well as his own people. The UN realized that he is a threat to those around him and passed a resolution aimed at getting Iraq to disarm and relinquish their weapons of mass destruction. Time and time again they have been shown to not be cooperating with inspectors, banned chemical warheads have been found, and satellite photos have shown them trucking things out of the back of inspection sites as inspectors come in the front door. To those who say we haven't provided a smoking gun that Iraq has banned weapons, I would say, we don't need one. It is up to Iraq to provide evidence that the weapons they had were destroyed, and to prove that they have no new weapons. They haven't done that, and have been full of deceit and contempt in the process..

In the interest of peace I believe we HAVE to go to war with Iraq now, or we will have to deal with a greater evil at sometime in the near future. He has shown a contempt for the international community, and is a definite threat to the international community, now, and if we allow it, in the future.

I want to say that I think it is always a horrible thing when someone dies, but I also think that killing can be justified and isn't always wrong. Comments? email me at onebigswede@hotmail.com

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More proof of why we need to invade Iraq:

IRAQ'S THUG BARES EVIL POISON PLOT

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I turned on the TV this morning to see the tragic news of the accident of the Space Shuttle Columbia. 7 lives wiped out in a horrible turn of events. By all accounts they were a wonderful group of people, some of them with families and all of them with loved ones around the world. I pray that they knew Jesus Christ as their savior, and that they are now with him in paradise. I also pray that God would use this tragedy as a way to reach those who need him so badly.

This accident has left many people feeling like they have a hole in their lives. I pray that they would find Jesus and allow him to give them peace.

President Bush spoke this afternoon and spoke of God and how we can turn to him in times of hardship. I pray that many would hear his words and have a seed planted.