Friday, April 30, 2004

I'M RICH . . . BITE ME

The founders of Google have finally pulled the trigger. They're going to take the company public, but on their own terms (they hope). In their SEC filing they set investor and Wall Street expectations by telling everyone up front that they're going to do their own thing and if investors/Wall Street don't like it, they shouldn't buy the stock.

Real the "Letter from the Founders" in their filing.


HOLD YOUR BREATH . . . HYUNDAI IS THIRD BEST

For all you car nuts out there, the Koreans are here. Well, at least one of them.

The latest JD Power survey, the holy grail of quality, found Toyota as #1 (no surprise), Honda as #2 (no surprise) and (way ahead of BMW) Hyundai as #3. And it was so close, they could have easily beaten or tied Toyota and Honda.

Unfortunately, the other Korean companies didn't fare as well with Kia coming in next to last.

BTW, in last place was Porsche, owing to the dreadful quality of the Cayenne, their massively overpriced SUV.



UPDATE TO DUMBASS STORY ABOUT PAT TILLMAN

After second thoughts, the idiot who wrote the "Pat Tillman deserved what he got" article has now apologized.

Too little too late. If you read what he wrote, it was despicable. No apology can erase it.


LET'S HOPE IT WORKS

We've invested a couple of million dollars and many American lives in Fallujah, and we are now turning control over to the Iraqis.

Keep your fingers crossed.


ANOTHER HYPOTHETICAL FROM VDH

Victor Davis Hanson writes about a "wish" today -- a wish that the President would say what he's written. He closes with:

Finally, this is not just a struggle to defeat the Islamic fundamentalists, but to establish the principle that the United States in a moment of its greatest success, material wealth, and power can still make terrible sacrifices that throughout the ages have always been the cost for the freedom and security of its citizens and friends abroad. What Osama bin Laden, and those who actively support him, have started, we in the United States most surely will finish.


HMMMM. MAYBE THERE'S SOMETHING TO THE STORY THAT THE DEMS MAY YANK KERRY

This column raises an interesting point (Kerry has no campaign organization in many states), or maybe Kerry is just taking some states for granted.

What are they thinking?


KERRY'S MILITARY RECORDS

Slate provides a business-like PowerPoint summary of Kerry's military records today -- with a tongue-in-cheek (hey, no French jokes!) approach.


Thursday, April 29, 2004

READING MATERIAL FOR THE DIMWIT MENTIONED IN THE POST BELOW

It's good to see reporting like this coming from CNN (though the reporter works for the Christian Science Monitor).

It's also encouraging. It points to the level of morale and motivation amongst the troops and should be required reading for anyone who questions their motives.


DISGUSTING PILE OF HUMAN EXCREMENT

I'd like to introduce you to Rene Gonzalez. Rene writes for The Daily Collegian. Rene, I'd guess, is the result of the extreme liberal college environment that exists in Massachusetts. A place divorced from reality.

What sets Rene apart is his need to stomp on the character of someone he never met -- Pat Tillman. If Rene had been an acquaintance of Pat's I might cut him some slack, but to question his motives and trash him the way he has done only deserves an expression of disgust.

I'd encourage you to read Rene's claptrap and then post a response to it. You'll notice that virtually all of the posts question his sanity.

UPDATE: His university's president has weighed in.





GOOD NEWS . . . BAD NEWS, AND VICE VERSA

I've heard some folks say that if things keep going the way they're going in Iraq, Bush is toast. I'm not so sure about that.

And neither is Daniel Drezner.


PROFILING

Please pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following Multiple Choice test:

The events are actual cuts from past history. They actually happened! Do you remember?

1. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:
a. Olga Korbut
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzeneger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1979, the U.S. embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
b. Elvis
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women.
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

3. During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4. In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American Passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davy Jones
c. The Little Mermaid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

6. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a U.S. Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kidd
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
a. Richard Simmons
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9. In 1998, the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers. Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr. Bean
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
a. Enron
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

Nope, .........I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winning former Governors, and leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 & 40 alone because of profiling.

Let's send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Alreds and other dunder-headed attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel doubly ashamed of themselves - if they have any such sense.

As the writer of the award winning story "Forrest Gump" so aptly put it, "Stupid is as stupid does."

(hat tip to Chris G.)


Wednesday, April 28, 2004

IF LINCOLN HAD TO DEAL WITH TODAY'S MEDIA

Victor Davis Hanson poses a hypothetical in his post today titled "Mr. Lincoln Gives a Press Conference—September 1, 1864: Some thoughts to keep in mind as we surround Fallujah".

The hypothetical is: What would our media today have asked Lincoln just before he's ordered Sherman to take Atlanta.




RUMSFIELD GETS HIS TWO CENTS IN

It was inevitable. The US blew off the minaret from a mosque in Fallujah. It was being used by snipers.

What was the press reaction? You guessed it.

Read Rumsfield's response during his ops briefing. A portion:

There are two ways, I suppose, one could inform readers of the Geneva Convention stipulation against using places of worship to conduct military attacks. One might be to headline saying that Terrorists Attack Coalition Forces From Mosques. That would be one way to present the information.

Another might be to say: Mosques Targeted in Fallujah. That was the Los Angeles Times headline this morning.


It's about time the administration began pointing fingers at the media sources who are getting it wrong.

I'M STUNNED

The Village Voice is a bastion of liberal thought. You just can't get any more left-leaning than the Voice.

Which makes it all the more shocking that they are calling on the Dems to convince Kerry to pull his nomination.


DAVID BROOKS TO WASHINGTON ELITE -- YOU'RE A BUNCH OF SELF-ABSORBED TWITS

Read David's op-ed this morning.

He gets up in the face of the Washington elite who, as I've written before won't acknowledge we are at war.

Idiots.


Tuesday, April 27, 2004

NICE HAIR, JOHN

Drudge is on the case. Kerry is beginning to sound more and more like a Jennifer Lopez wannabe. All I need to read is a story about him partying with P. Diddy.


MEDALS, SCHMEDALS -- KERRY IS DOING SLOW MELTDOWN

John Podhoretz makes some valid points in his New York Post op-ed peice. They all deal with the fact that Kerry continues to play a weak defense and an offensive that's, well, a non-starter.

I tend to agree with J-Pod on this one. Were I an ardent supporter of Kerry, I'd want him to start sounding presidential right about now. I'd want him to step up to center stage and say "medals, schmedals, this election is about the issues facing the country and here's my '10 point plan' for the security of American, the creation of jobs and re-invigorating the US Dollar."

But that ain't happening. Kerry is spending a lot of energy getting sucked into the negatives (proving he is a "muy macho" guy). It seems to me the Republican tactics are an artful form of bear baiting -- toss out enough negatives to keep Kerry on defense, where he is weak. And occasionally pause to allow Kerry to try to go on the offense -- where he is weakest.

Podhoretz closes with:

Events over the past week suggest that Bush may win a substantial victory in November, and for this reason alone: Kerry's performance may seriously depress Democratic turnout. Or drive Democrats to vote for Ralph Nader, just as George Bush the Elder's performance in 1992 drove millions of Republicans to vote for Ross Perot.

He may be right. Nader's numbers look impressive. He has the Dems upset and could (in a close voting scenario like 2000) suck enough votes from those who would otherwise support Kerry to ensure a Bush victory.





A VIEW FROM A COLLEGE CAMPUS

College campuses are hotbeds of radical, liberal thought -- right? A student at Indiana University (my alma mater) was assigned a task to write a paper. Here is his response:

I am currently taking a class called Y200: Election 2004. One assignment we had in the class was to write a paper outlining the election (or reelection) strategy for any of the candidates in the upcoming election. The following is an excerpt from my paper that I think summarizes quite well the reasons John Kerry should not be elected:

There are five basic reasons why John Kerry should not be elected President and why Bush should be chosen instead.

1. John Kerry is ranked as the most liberal senator in the senate by National Journal. Therefore he will be completely out of touch with mainstream America, which is not nearly as liberal as the Senator.

2. John Kerry is a “flip-flopper”. He takes positions on issues and then switches them when it becomes politically popular. As a result, he has no real convictions and would not make a good president.

3. John Kerry is weak on national security. In the dangerous new world we live in, Americans cannot trust John Kerry to protect them against all the threats poised against America.

4. Kerry will raise taxes and also proposes massive amounts of new spending. At a time when the United States is finally seeing significant growth in jobs and the general stimulation of the economy, raising taxes or proposing massive amounts of new spending will go a long way towards ruining the economic prosperity that the Bush administration has helped to create.

5. John Kerry is more anti-Bush than he is pro-issues. He is, just as Howard Dean was (although admittedly, Kerry is not as ferocious as Dean was), the culmination of the entire liberal animus towards the president, and typically chooses to attack Bush rather than promote actual tangible policies. We need a debate about issues and not personalities. President Bush is ready to engage in this debate, but John F. Kerry is not.

These points are all footnoted.

Monday, April 26, 2004

HOLY SHIT

Our battlefield gizmos just keep amazing me.

The one described in this article are nothing short of "WOW!", though.

I hope we'll get one of these puppies up over Afghanistan and Pakistan sometime soon to sniff out Osama.


EXPLODING SOME MYTHS ABOUT AL QAEDA

This article addresses popular misconceptions about al Qaeda and why catching/killing of bin Laden will be a non-event.


HIS OWN WORST ENEMY

Kerry's in trouble again over his doublespeak.

This time it's his medals -- the ones he got as a result of his four months in Vietnam.

He has said many times during this campaign that it was a "Republican lie" that he threw his medals away at a war protest.

ABC news, however, has unearthed a Kerry video from 1971 where he claims he threw them away.

So, I guess Kerry's "truth" test will continue to be, "did you believe me then, or do you believe me now?"


Friday, April 23, 2004

OH, OK, NOW I UNDERSTAND

After ranting for some time about the evils of SUVs, Kerry was asked whether he owned a Chevy Suburban, which is kept at the family home in Idaho.

In yet another example of a "Clintonism", he said "I don't own an SUV. The family has it. I don't have it."

Great, that's clear now. John isn't on the title, so he can say "I don't own an SUV." It's in his wife's name (whom we know is a "private" citizen whose income tax returns shouldn't be subject to public scrutiny, let alone whether or not she owns a vehicle that gets 12 miles per gallon around town.)

He said he does own a Chrysler 300M and he said "I want cars to be made in Michigan." Uh, John, your 300M is built in Ontario, Canada.

Dork.


VDH EXPLODES A FEW MYTHS

Victor Davis Hanson torches a few myths about Iraq and our effort there. An example:

This war was always a gamble, but not for the reasons many Americans think. We easily had, as proved, the military power to defeat Saddam; we embraced the idealism and humanity to eschew realpolitik and offer something different in the place of mass murder. And we are winning on all fronts at a cost that by any historical measure has confirmed both our skill and resolve.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

NOTE TO YOUR ANTI-WAR FRIENDS

If you're anti-war, why would you vote for Kerry? He's already said (admittedly in varying shades of dark gray) that he supports staying the course in Iraq. He isn't an anti-war choice.

Ralph Nader is. So tell them to vote for Ralph is they want theire voices heard.

Please, if you're anti-war in your sentiments, vote for Nader. If he's not on your ballot, write him in.


BLOG LITE ON TODAY

Busy day, but this one hit me between the eyes.

A reporter interviews four young Muslims in the UK and gets quotes like these:

"As far as I'm concerned, when they bomb London, the bigger the better," says Abdul Haq, the social worker. "I know it's going to happen because Sheikh bin Laden said so. Like Bali, like Turkey, like Madrid - I pray for it, I look forward to the day."

"When I watched those planes go into the Twin Towers, I felt elated," he says. "That magnificent action split the world into two camps: you were either with Islam and al Qaeda, or with the enemy. I decided to quit my job and commit myself full-time to al-Muhajiroun." Now he does not consider himself British. "I am a Muslim living in Britain, and I give my allegiance only to Allah."


Chilling. Scary. And I'd bet you could find four young Muslims here in the US who would read this and agree.


Wednesday, April 21, 2004

REVISION? OR ANOTHER FLIP-FLOP?

Kerry appears to have done it again.

Last December, he openly advocated that the US must stay in Iraq until democracy is established. Last week, he seemed to be saying that we can bail before democracy has been established.


COLUMBINE COULD HAVE BEEN FAR WORSE

I admit I have never looked at the Columbine High School shootings in any detail. I assumed it was a couple of loners who were just tryng to get back at the "cool" kids and teachers they hated.

I was wrong.

These guys were after something far more sinister. They were after notoriety on the same level as Osama bin Laden (though this was long before 9/11). The folks in Columbine were just plain lucky that they screwed up their plans.

For a chilling account of who these guys really were and why they did it, read this piece.


PIPES PIPES UP

I don't always get some of what Daniel Pipes writes. He an incredibly well-versed guy on mid east issues, though, so I read what he writes. Today, he writes about a subject that's been front page for weeks -- Israel's targeting of Hamas leadership (do they implant a GPS chip in these guys to track them, or what?).

This targeting is central to Israel's strategy of making all Palestinians realize that the targeting of Israelis by terrorists will be met with swift retribution. Pipes details the economic disaster this has created for the Palestinians. In effect, though they blame the Israelis, the Palestinians are holding themselves hostage.

Pipes ends his column with:

In this context, rapidly eliminating two Hamas chieftains in a row deepens Palestinian perceptions that Israel's will to defend itself is strong, its military arm long, and that terrorism is tactically wrong. Perhaps more Palestinians will realize the time has come to accept the existence of the Jewish state.



THE BUSH NEWS CONFERENCE . . . THE ONE YOU'D LIKE TO SEE

Ilya Shapiro writes today about the conference Bush should have had last night.


LILEKS WRITES A GEM

James Lileks' column today makes the point that Kerry's promise to beg forgiveness at the UN ought to tell you a lot about his character -- given the recent track record of that august body.


Tuesday, April 20, 2004

WE'D BETTER START TALKING ABOUT THIS RIGHT NOW

Partition Iraq.

OK -- there, I said it. It makes sense. You want to see this degenerate into all-out, tribal, civil war? Read David Warren's comments below. As if the inherent conflict between Islam and the concept of democracy weren't enough, trying to keep Iraq glued together may wind up being our biggest mistake.


GOTTA GET ME ONE

In the cool military toy department, every kid would like to have one of these.


WE MIGHT AS WELL ADMIT IT

David Warren has written about a subject that, if you're honest in your analysis, you have to agree with the conclusion.

The conclusion is simple -- democracy (as we know it) and pure Islam (as most Arab Muslims know it) are incompatible.


Monday, April 19, 2004

LITE BLOG DAY, EXCEPT FOR . . .

Read a little bit of Belmont Club today. There are 4 or 5 posts in a row from Wretchard that are excellent. If you want to know what is going on in Iraq right now, read them.

A sobering quote:

Until the day when an Iraqi boy looks at an aircraft and dreams of flying to the moon instead of turning it into a 150 ton bomb the war will not be won.

Friday, April 16, 2004

KLING ON PATERNALISM

Arnold Kling writes today about paternalism. We're all guility of it to some degree or another, but he makes the point that the political left seeks to impose it on the entire society and he poses different arguments against it. In summation:

There are three layers to the argument against paternalism. The first layer is purely libertarian, which says that government compulsion of individuals is always wrong. The second layer is utilitarian, which says that, contrary to the intuition of Steven Weinberg and others on the left, we are better off with a larger private sector and a smaller public sector. The final layer is what in economics is known as Public Choice Theory, which says that it is unrealistic to expect government officials to be wise and benevolent, given that they themselves are mere mortals with human desires and human flaws.


THE BATTLE OVER KERRYSTAN

The what? Slate magazine rakes Kerry over the coals a bit on this one and it raises a good point. Kerry is in a position many politicians find themselves. He's done well -- won the nomination but for the formality of the convention. And now that he's done well, all the folks who got him there want him to believe the only way he got there is because of them, so now he owes them.

Problem is many of Kerry's supporters are not that friendly with one another. In fact some are mortal political enemies.

So the question is, who is Kerry going to please? and who is he going to piss off?


VICTOR MAKES SENSE

OK, he almost always makes sense, but today he makes sense of the inconsistencies coming from those who will stretch their reality to any extent necessary to rationalize their hatred of Bush.


Thursday, April 15, 2004

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT

Jame Lileks complains today that there are no movies about the Gulf War or Iraq or 9/11.

I think I know why.

In WW2 the "news" was heavily filtered and came primarily through newspapers and radio. People sort of knew what happened, but had no visuals to speak of -- only still photos and the newsreels at the movies. No one really knew "what it was like". Movies put us there, but in an unreal way, so we could see the horror, but know that it was just a movie and those dead guys were actors.

With the Gulf War and Iraq War (not to mention 9/11), we all lived it, sometimes real time. We saw it. We heard it. The only thing we didn't do was smell or touch it. We saw real people die. That's why there aren't any movies. We already know what happened. We saw what was REAL, not special effects.


Wednesday, April 14, 2004

WHAT TO FEEL REALLY DEPRESSED?

Here's a little game to play. Play it and you will realize how little you could affect the national deficit if you were the guy in the Oval Office.

What do you have to do to make a major difference? Does the word draconian sound familiar?


SCHROEDER'S STANDING NOT VERY HIGH IN GERMANY

Check out this photo and you might understand why.


REMEMBER RWANDA

And learn about our "allies", the French. Read part I and then part II.


I'M STARTING TO LIKE ARNOLD MORE AND MORE

No, not Schwarzenegger (though I like him a lot). I'm talking about Dr. Arnold Kling.

His piece today at Tech Central Station is a good example of how proposing to study a problem is almost always more popular than proposing a solution to a problem. It seems many Americans are afflicted with this phobia.


I DIDN'T WATCH. SORRY.

Nope, didn't watch Bush last night. I honestly didn't want to. I was hoping he would say what he apparently said, but I was afraid he would muff it. I just didn't want to get frustrated. So, with my apologies to him for doubting his prowess at explaning our position in Iraq, it does appear he aquitted himself well. My scan of the news sources often hostile to him only detected one veiled criticism (from CNN) where they closed their piece with "Bush has held fewer formal news conferences than any president in modern history, but he takes reporters' questions in more informal settings throughout the year".

(The one question which apparently caught him by surprise was when he was asked whether he'd made any mistakes while President and he couldn't name one. If I were him, I would have quickly said:

"Well, there is one big one. We should have invaded Iraq sooner. Given what we now know it was a waste of time to wait while the UN was searching for weapons that they would have never found, and that costly delay resulted in the loss of many Iraqi lives at the hands of a brutal dictator. To the families of those Iraqis who were killed, tortured or maimed during this period of our indecision, I apologize. Next question?")

So, is this the beginning of the Bush Campaign, with a solid, well-articulated message about the future? I sure hope so.


GO TEDDY, GO TEDDY, GO TEDDY

What the hell is Kerry thinking? For a large segment of Americans, there is no more repugnant a politician than Ted Kennedy. Many believe Kennedy should still be in jail over the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Many more believe Kennedy is disturbingly out of touch with middle America.

True, Massachusetts seems to still support the Kennedys, but Teddy is a polarizing figure in American politics. So, why would Kerry want Teddy as an open, vocal supporter?

Damned if I know. As this column suggests, you'd think the Republicans were picking up Teddy's travel expenses.


Tuesday, April 13, 2004

WAR/NOT WAR

(A friend sent me an e-mail he sent to a friend of his, an American, who has lived in Europe for many years. His friend voiced some opinions which led me to think about how people will make their decision on the first Tuesday in November.)

I remember elections past when there were minimal differences between the "planks" of each party and what their candidates were saying. There was always rancor, but little name-calling and virtually no negative advertising. So what changed?

In 1960, for the first time a candidate looked at the "model" of how to run for President and did something very different. He used all the means and methods that are used in the business world to introduce a product, mass market it in a way that will both satisfy an existing demand for it AND create demand for it by appealing to previously unmet "needs". Oh yeah, he also "bought" business, much in the same way a big national company (e.g., Wal-Mart) prices to drive competitors out of business in key markets. It worked.

Kennedy's team of Madison Avenue creative talent combined with in-depth market research (a/k/a polling), plus the added benefit of his connections with Dick Daley (Chicago), Lyndon Johnson (Texas) and mafioso Sam Giancana (slush funds) won him the election by a whisker. As with G.W. Bush, Kennedy didn't win a plurality, but did win a majority of electoral votes. He knew Nixon's weaknesses and he hammered them home, and he used his buddies to make sure he won key markets.

As this strategy has developed over the years, it is clear that what you hope to identify is one or more issues that will quickly polarize the country into two camps, with your guy being in the favored camp. It's that simple. It isn't about what each party believes in. In that regard, there really hasn't been much of a change for decades. It's about selling the product.

Coke - Pepsi. Bush - Kerry. Ford - Chevrolet.

The good thing about each of the above choices is you can compare. Taste them. Analyze them. Test drive them. Then decide.

But how do you win the fence-sitters? How do you touch a nerve? What is the polarizing issue? The economy? Jobs? The Deficit? Iraq? Maybe, but I don't think so.

It's four simple words -- Are we at war?

The more I hear Kerry, his words tell me he doesn't believe so. He certainly believes that terrorism requires an American response, but he only seems interested in reactive responses, not proactive, and he wants NATO and the UN to be involved. He also wants much of the effort to be managed by law enforcement, here and abroad. I don't see John Kerry using the phrase "pre-emptive attack".

It's hard to triangulate those positions with a belief we are at war, so I'm guessing the answer Kerry would give to my question is "no". (I hope someone asks him, but I doubt he'd answer with a "yes" or "no", no matter what he believes.)

However, there is no doubt the answer Bush would give in a nanosecond is "yes".

Many of those who will vote for Kerry don't really believe America is at war.

Many of those who will vote for Bush believe America is at war.

That would be my single question exit poll on November 2nd.


KERRY'S ENERGY PLAN = LOST JOBS

Wait a minute. I thought Kerry was going to provide a plan to create 2 million jobs, but his first "plan" dealt with energy and virtually every aspect of it would reduce the need for American workers.

And while the most realistic way to decrease demand for any product is to raise its price, as gas prices increased Kerry suggested the oil companies were gouging Americans. Further, given the uncertainties in the Middle East, the US has been pumping crude into the Strategic Reserve, a move which Kerry criticizes.

So, what does Kerry really wish upon us to solve our strategic energy needs?

One thing is clear. His prescriptions seem to be worse than our "disease".


IRAQ = NOT VIETNAM

They couldn't be any more different. The only similarity is that the US is in the lead and it doesn't include many "old Europeans" in the coalition.

Christopher Hitchens details the differences in his column.


Monday, April 12, 2004

CLEVER MEDIA MANIPULATION? WE REPORT, YOU DECIDE

Wretchard wrote yesterday about a clever tactic which appears to have been used more than once in Iraq.

Are the media really this naive? I'd bet they are.


WHAT IF BUSH REACTED SOONER?

What if Bush anticipated 9/11? What if he unilaterally invaded Afghanistant? Isn't that what some of his ciritics are suggesting he should have done?

And what might have happened if he made that choice. Read this "what if" story to find out one possibility.


Friday, April 09, 2004

I BET AL GORE LOVES THIS ONE

Remember DDT? It was probably the first loser in environmental science's war for the hearts and minds of Americans. After Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" was published and widely touted by enviornmentalists, DDT was banned.

Fast forward a few decades and many are beginning to question the science. Particularly in the third world, the cost/benefit has shifted. When thousands/maybe millions are dying of disease and/or famine, what is the downside to using DDT in a controlled fashion?

IRAQI UPDATE

Wretchard provides a terrific analysis of the "Fallujah's an example of quagmire" meme you're hearing from the left.

Net-net, we appear to be in control of the situation. News to the contrary is from the "Chicken Little" press.


SO, SHOULD WE REALLY CARE ABOUT EUROPE? AND THE PALESTINIANS?

Steven Den Beste has been a little dry lately in his blogging. But yesterday he put together a really good (though quite long) piece covering the US-Europe faultline as well as the Isreali-Palestinian mess.

It's a great piece. Read and enjoy.


CONDI RICE'S TESTIMONY

Didn't see it. Haven't seen any analysis of it that wasn't extreme -- she's either painted as "knocked it out of the park" or "an apologist for Bush", so I have no clue what she said yesterday. I'm afraid most Americans already made up their mind about whatever it was she was going to say before she said it.

So, unless you're Al Franken, there were no bombs dropped yesterday that damaged Bush. Nor were there any revelations that make Bush or Rice heroes.

Net-net, it was a waste of millions of dollars of taxpayer money and shareholder money (of the networks who covered it live, interrupting their normal broadcasts).





BACK IN THE SADDLE

Spent a few days in North Carolina. Missed wasting a lot of time blogging about whatever nonsense is going on in Iraq the past week.

Yeah, yeah, I know, it's important, but what's more important is what will be going on in Iraq next April, not today.

For more on this subject, tune in to WVDH, the channel available to the right >>>

Also, read Frontpage's interview with Prof. Hanson. A sample:

A final example: the President has raised domestic spending by 8% per annum, lavished funds on health care and education, offered near amnesty to illegal immigrants from Mexico, appointed a plethora of minority judges, cabinet officials, and administrators, and committed more AIDs relief funds than all prior administrations put together-and is still hated by our Left, simply because his demeanor, accent, religion, and even appearance don't validate the aristocratic Left's rhetoric about sex, class, gender, and the other. It really is a make-believe world in which a Barbra Streisand, Gore Vidal, or Arianna Huffington cheaply sound off from their estates about some purported cosmic evil fostered by poor deluded Americans hooked on K-Mart and NASCAR.


Friday, April 02, 2004

WRETCHARD TO THE WRESCUE

Wretchard answers the question, "after our citizens were killed and desecrated in Fallujah, why didn't we carpet bomb the whole town?"


A WARNING FROM HITCHENS

Christopher Hitchens isn't quite as prolific as he once was, but when he writes, you read.


TOUGH LOVE FOR THE EUROS

Victor Davis Hanson points to the US - Europe defense problem as one that is "cruisin for a bruisin". His solution is the US needs to exert a little tough love. A sample:

Precisely because we protect Europe, Europe will need ever more protecting, and will grow ever more weak. And because it will need the United States to defend it, it will ever more resent the United States. Without a real menace like the Soviet Union on its borders, Europe will find ever more outlets to vent cheaply and without consequences — at precisely the time it is most threatened by terrorists and rogue states.

In contrast, the withdrawal of Americans throughout Old Europe — sober analysts can adjudicate a remnant figure of about 30,000 or so, down from our present numbers in Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Turkey, and Greece — will encourage Europe to rearm or face the consequences of institutionalized appeasement. That radical step — despite popular misconceptions that it is either impossible or unwise — is more a good thing than a bad one.




IF TRUE, THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS FOR BUSH

A witness before the 9/11 commission has disclosed that she saw documents (which she translated) wherein using planes to crash into tall buildings in major cities was discussed.

Assuming this is true, this shoots major holes in the administration's claim it had no idea this could happen.


YOU CAN'T NEGOTIATE WITH A SPIDER

I'm sure you've heard the fable about the spider and the frog. The spider, who cannot swim, convinces the frog to give it a ride across a river, only to fatally bite the frog in midstream, killing both.

As the frog sinks below the surface, asking "why?", the spider answers, "I'm a spider, what did you expect me to do?"

It looks like Spain may be getting the first glimpse of the fact they're trying to negotiate with a spider.


YO KERRY, WHAT'S YOUR SPIN ON THIS HEADLINE?

March Job Growth Strongest in 4 Years


HEADS UP SO CAL

Maybe it's time to cash out. If you believe these guys, your million dollar house might not be standing six months from now.


SUBTLE BIAS IS A CANCER ON THE MEDIA

Here's a wonderful example of subtle bias:

The Associated Press feeds news to thousands of news sources -- papers, radio, TV, Internet -- that cut and paste it. What the AP reports gets seen unedited by more people than probably any news source in the US.

The Columbia Jounalism Review noticed something very interesting, and then checked back a couple of months to make sure what they believed to be true was really happening.

It turns out that the AP was consistenly providing links to John Kerry's website in most, if not all, of the news stories about Kerry. So what's wrong with that?

When CJR did the same review of stories regarding the Bush campaign, there were no links.

So CJR did something about it. Did it work? You decide.

As for whether this is a good example of bias, if you don't think it represents bias, you must not understand what the word means.


Thursday, April 01, 2004

TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN MEXICO

Read this. Thomas Friedman points out that, though many in the US are carping about "offshoring" of jobs, Mexico has also suffered since very many of the jobs that would normally have gone to Mexico are now going to China and India. Mexico's unenlightened approach to this issue is becoming evident. Fox is an idiot when it comes to solving this kind of problem, so I wouldn't expect much change anytime soon.

When I lived there, I told my closest Mexican friends that they still had at least another generation before they would have a truly competitive, economically democratic (meaning the wealthy elite would have to give up control) country. I still feel that way.


THE SUITCASE NUKE

Very interesting article about the concept of the suitcase nuke.


I HOPE HE'S RIGHT

David Warren's post on the Arab League's problems may be optimistic, but it sure is encouraging.