Monday, January 31, 2005

GONE SOUTH

I'll be in Georgia the rest of the week, so no blogging until at least next Monday or so.

PRICELESS


Friday, January 28, 2005

WHAT DO LIBERALS AND JIHADISTS HAVE IN COMMON?

Since they hate Bush, they want everything he does to fail, especially the war in Iraq.

What you haven't been hearing from the mainstream media is any comparison of Iraq to Afghanistan. Simple, the elections in Afghanistan succeeded, so it can't be mentioned in the same sentence, except maybe to say that, "of course the elections in Afghanistan succeeded because it was under the auspices of the UN, whereas in Iraq it's an American occupation, so it can't work."

I like Michael Totten's take on this issue: Once Iraqis have had this first taste of their democratic future, it will be damned difficult for anyone to steal it back from them.

HILLARY STILL BATTING 1000

Dr. Krauthammer highlights the despicable treatment of Condoleezza Rice by insane Dems in the NY Daily News today. It will cost them in 2006 and 2008, especially if Rice chooses to throw her hat in the ring for elective office.

He closes by pointing out that Hillary kept her mouth shut and voted for confirmation.

JUST LET THEM TALK

You may not be able to last the whole 7 1/2 minutes, but you should.

Check out this website for a clever piece that was done on Inauguration day.

As I've said time and time again, liberals/Democrats need only be given a microphone to fail.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW

I saw most of the videos and after-photos showing the tsunami, but I did not see anything like this on TV:

Before

After

Astonishing!!

GET A GRIP!!

That about sums up Prof. Hanson's piece yesterday. In it, he addresses the ongoing diatribe from the left (especially the Euro-left) that America is degenerating for one reason or another. He closes with:

All civilizations erode, but few citizenries are as sensitive to the signs of decay as Americans, who constantly innovate, experiment, and self-critique in a fashion unknown anywhere else. When we develop a class system based on British aristocratic breeding, accent, and social paralysis, or sink into a multicultural cauldron like the endemic violence of an India or Africa, or cease believing in either God or children like an Amsterdam or Brussels, or require the state coercion of a China to maintain harmony, or become a racialist state such as Japan, then it is time to worry.

But we are not there yet by a long shot.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

WHEN??

Now that it appears certain the elections in Iraq are going to happen Sunday, the "elections shouldn't happen now" crowd are flipping their priorities. Now, they are beginning to say, "OK, after the elections, how soon are American troops pulling out? After all," they say, "once Iraq has elected its president, we are no longer needed."

The answer to that question was answered yesterday by Henry Kissinger and George Shultz.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

MICHAEL MOORE-ON'S EGO GETS THE BEST OF HIM

For a minute, I thought Michael Moore had gained some common sense. He chose to pull his infomercial, Fahrenheit 9/11, from the "Documentary" category in the Academy Awards. Makes sense -- it wasn't a documentary.

But apparently Mikey thought his little film would be nominated for "Best Picture." What an arrogant turd.

Michael Moore's gamble to hold his hit film "Fahrenheit 9/11" out of the documentary category - to boost its best-picture prospects - backfired. The movie was shut out across the board.

THE "NEW" DEMOCRAT

It's happened. I'd suspected that shortly after the election, you'd begin to hear from the junior Senator from New York (a/k/a Hillary Clinton).

She doesn't disappoint, at least from the standpoint of her predictability.

There is no doubt in my mind that she and her advisors purposely kept her out of last year's election, knowing that the party was in no mood to make "centrist" noises. To go against Bush, you had to be anti-Bush to the exclusion of everything else and the Clinton's aren't that good at being against anything. They are superb at being "for" something, so it made sense to let Dean and Kerry kill each other off so that there would only be walking wounded on the Democrat side in 2008. They did their part.

Now, Sen. Clinton can begin to talk about what she's "for." And, I suspect, she will key in on conservative hot buttons and paint a picture that she doesn't hate them, that she respects and understands their point-of-view. In other words, she's saying "let's discuss" our differences rather than yelling at each other.

Yesterday, she made her first overture for "peace" with conservatives by talking about abortion in front of a conference of abortion supporters.

She's running!!

"ALERT" FROM V.D.H.

In a special column for Commentary, Prof. Hanson focuses on the resurgence of the "Iraq is a quagmire" meme that I keep hearing more and more.

It's good read.

Here's a tease:

America can always use more combat troops, planes, and ships, even if it is not advisable in every circumstance to pour assets into a theater in hopes that numbers can make up for what fighting alone can accomplish; the desirable size of the American military is not entirely the same issue as the proper number of soldiers to be deployed in any given situation. On the other hand, fighting need not take the identical form or incur the same costs everywhere. Another age-old lesson relearned from our experience in Iraq and Afghanistan is that victory in one battle increases the range of options in the next and lessens the military adventurism of our enemies—just as an American setback does the reverse.

Monday, January 24, 2005

JOHNNY CARSON -- 1925-2005

I was pretty bummed out yesterday when I heard about Johnny's death. Hadn't heard his health was failing, but that's because he kept out of the public eye and generally wasn't pursued by the paparazzi. He got to live the last 13 years of his life exactly the way he wanted without being bothered by anyone.

I watched maybe 90% of all of his shows. Unfortunately, no one has the type of show he had, which is sad. Both Leno's and Letterman's shows have degenerated into celebrity PR events and neither one of them, or anyone else, has the quality that was Carson's best -- he was a terrific listener.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

SO, WHAT ABOUT PROFILING NOW?

I think most of us would have presumed that terrorists tomorrow are going to look pretty much like terrorists did yesterday. You know, "middle eastern" looking.

What's troubling is those who've been saying we should only screen "middle eastern types" at our borders and airports have something new to think about.

The reality is that it's highly likely "suicide-bombing" terrorists might fit a more narrow profile, but for acts that don't really require suicide, like arming and placing a time-delayed bomb, it could be just about anybody.

PLEASE, ANYBODY, TELL ME THIS ISN'T TRUE

You just can't make this up.

MEDIA BIAS - UNFAIR AND UNBALANCED AT ABC

This one takes the cake.

To create "balance" in the reporting of the inauguration today, the weasels at ABC News were trolling for stories to run that would cover the funeral of a military casualty from Iraq. Despicable.

Note that they have now pulled their search because of complaints.

Though they've pulled it, I'd encourage everyone to complain to ABC: support@abcnews.go.com

RANDOMIZE: WHAT'S UP WITH WOMEN?

A friend sent me an e-mail a couple of years ago that was titled something like "10 Best Reasons to be a Man." It included things like:

  • The whole World's a urinal.
  • Men only need two pair of shoes -- one black, one brown.
Etc.

It also included:
  • Men don't have to clean their apartment/house before the cleaning lady shows up.
Funny joke, right? I say this only because I was just talking to my wife and she said she had to run ..."because I have to clean the house since the cleaning lady is coming tomorrow."

Can someone please explain this one to me?

INCOMPETENT MANAGEMENT, GREEDY UNIONS

Or is it the other way around?

For decades, the US auto industry hasn't gotten the message. When Americans shifted to fuel efficient cars made in Asia, Detroit sat on their thumbs and the unions asked for and got pay increases and guaranteed health benefits available to almost no other workers in America.

Over the years, as domestic manufacturers have coninued to slip in market share and foreign manufacturers have set up shop in the US and structured more reasonable benefits packages for their workers, the United Auto Workers refused to budge on their continued insistence on lifetime benefits.

Lifetime health care benefits have been one unrealistic benefit that the unions have continued to demand and industry management has continued to give.

That may be over soon. It may bankrupt the industry.

THE GREATER CRIME?

Mark Steyn has a great take on the "Prince Harry wearing a Nazi armband" dustup from last week.

I'm linking to the Free Republic post about it. To read the article you have to register with The Jerusalem Post.

The key point being that politicians around the World seemed to be more offended by Harry's costume than they are about the current state of anti-Semitism in Europe.

CIA TO THE EU: "YOU'RE HISTORY"

I've talked about this before, but it's worth repeating.

The CIA has now chimed in with a report saying that the EU is doomed unless massive reforms are instituted, particularly in Germany and France. Otherwise, they are headed for a painful economic collapse.

The social welfare state they've built is unsustainable. In an effort to achieve full employment and content citizens, they allow for shorter workweeks, lengthy holidays and generous retirement benefits. However, their "baby boomers" didn't have very many kids so their base population is getting older and will actually begin to decline.

One option is to allow more immigration, but most of the emigration to Europe is from Muslim countries, so the CIA estimates that ...Europe’s Muslim population is set to increase from around 13% today to between 22% and 37% of the population by 2025, potentially triggering tensions.

Yikes.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

WILL SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE THIS WOMAN A BRAIN?

The sadly detached Senator from California (you know who she is) chose the wrong place and the wrong time to disparage and disrespect Condoleeza Rice yesterday. In an intellectual duel between Boxer and Rice, Boxer arrived unarmed.

The boys at crushkerry.com just couldn't resist fisking her, although fisking Boxer is like fishing in a barrel.

I especially liked this comment:

BOXER: Well, you should read what we voted on when we voted to support the war, which I did not, but most of my colleagues did. It was WMD, period. That was the reason and the causation for that, you know, particular vote.

How dumb can you get? She makes a statement like that; which my 12 year old daughter could easily research and determine isn't true?

DENIGRATING SUCCESS

That Colin Powell was Secretary of State should have been a positive for anyone who wishes for more visible examples of success amongst African-Americans. That he was succeeded by Condoleezza Rice should be even further cause for celebration, right?

Not if you're the NAACP and it's Chairman, Julian Bond. He cynically believes that Powell and Rice are mere tokens. In his words:

(T)he Bush administration ... used Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Secretary-designate Condoleezza Rice as "shields" to protect it from allegations of racism.

What I find even more interesting is you will not find reference to this portion of his recent speech in most of the mainstream press. I had heard that he said it and I looked at maybe six or seven articles about the speech before I found this one from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

What's everyone else afraid of? Painting Bond for the over-the-top demagogue that he is?

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

RED SEA, BLUE REPORTER

The Washington Post has an interesting article that makes an attempt to understand why Bush won the election (duh).

I find it humorous that he (the reporter) finds "ordinary people" to be newsworthy. The questions he asks elicit responses you would expect from someone who lives in rural America. He reports what they say and seems surprised by a lot of it. But then he says:

I suppose there are no great surprises there -- these views represent many of the strands that have been collected over the past generation into the political camp we call "conservative." But the focus on this common label may obscure the individual nature of these voting decisions. I met regular churchgoers and people who attend church seldom if ever. I met young libertarians and elderly prims. I met a wealthy man and a man unemployed and deeply in debt. I met people who admire Bush and people who have little regard for him.

I imagine this might disappoint those people who seek a large and unified explanation of something as important as a presidential election. How much more satisfying it is -- especially for those who make a living from explaining elections in catchy sound bites -- to conjure up overarching themes, towering trends, looming like alps over an election. Nothing sells like a big trend story, whether the trend is "right-wing backlash" or "values revival."

So what is he saying? I'm not sure he knows.

STRATEGIC THREATS

Quick, which country will probably be the largest economy in the World in thirty years?

The US? Probably not. China? Probably.

It's a matter of numbers. It took Japan about thirty years after WWII to have a stock market with a total valuation higher than the NYSE (of course, it tanked and remained tanked for over ten years now). China's much bigger. China's more entrepreneurial. China can afford to make more mistakes.

And China is completely amoral when it comes to business. If they can make a buck, they'll make a buck.

ALL THE NEWS?

A lot of it these days is "news" in name only, in that it's "new" -- you haven't seen it before; or it's published in a newspaper, or on TV, radio or the Internet. The receiver of the "news", however, should have some expectation of veracity, but that just isn't the case anymore, is it?

Is there any "news" source you trust 100%? Haven't we all reverted to the miltary maxim -- "don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see?" Why is that?

Maybe this is why . . .

Friday, January 14, 2005

GOOD ASSESSMENT OF DEM-DILEMMA

Great essay in Commentary analyzing the Democratic debacle in November. They should read it and take it to heart. They won't.

The punch line:

(The Democrats) will win the presidency only when scandal or recession or defeat in war lays the Republicans low. The rest of the time, the GOP will reign. If this is the abyss into which the pundits peered, little wonder that they became so deranged. Hard, brutish times indeed.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

IDIOTS ON PARADE

I've written before about the US auto industry and what a moronic group of mismanagers exist in Detroit.

Here's a great example.

GM is saying that it's Saab brand is at risk of being closed permanently. Because Saabs are crappy cars? No -- GM still doesn't have a clue how to sell them.

Idiots.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

YEEEAAAAHHHH!! GOOD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS, IF TRUE

That's right, the "screamer" himself -- Howard Dean -- is said to be seeking the Chairmanship of the Democrat National Committee. This would be great news for Republicans. The ongoing radicalization of the Democrat Party will ensure their minority status.

The only people willing to step up and admit they're candidates seem to be highly visible radicals and people you've never heard of.

Monday, January 10, 2005

GOOD NEWS ... BAD NEWS

After a lot of time (and I assume tens of thousands of dollars) CBS has released the independent review of "Rathergate", with the result that the senior individuals involved have been fired. Of course, not Rather, since he is due to reture in a couple of months.

The "bad news" is the statement of the investigators that there was no politicial motivation afoot. I include their entire statement on the issue, as follows:

The Panel is aware that some have ascribed political motivations to 60 Minutes Wednesday’s decision to air the September 8 Segment just two months before the presidential election, while others further found political bias in the program itself. The Panel reviewed this issue and found certain actions that could support such charges. However, the Panel cannot conclude that a political agenda at 60 Minutes Wednesday drove either the timing of the airing of the Segment or its content.

Given that the Panel does not believe that political motivations drove the September 8 Segment, questions likely will be raised as to why these massive breakdowns occurred on this story at an organization like CBS News with its heritage and stated commitment to the highest standards of journalism. The Panel heard from many that the Rather/Mapes team was a formidable force at 60 Minutes Wednesday. Great trust was placed in Mapes, a highly respected producer who had just produced a widely acclaimed segment on the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, and vast deference was given to Rather, the "face" of CBS News. These factors, along with the "crash" of the production, contributed greatly to the failures of the September 8 Segment and the Aftermath.

Bullshit.

LIBERALS LOVE AMERICA LIKE O.J. LOVED NICOLE

Great post from Ann Coulter today.

SOCIAL INSECURITY

Talk about a bunch of barking dogs. Ever since the President announced that one of his top goals for this term was serious Social Security reform -- something that anyone with a 10-key calculator can figure out needs to be done -- the hyenas have been yapping at high decibel levels.

Even before he gave the simplest of details, the Democrats were all saying, "over my dead body." To which, I say " no problem!"

To set the record straight, here's interesting assessment from my favorite economist.

THE BBC -- STILL THE BIASED BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Since you have to register to read it, I've included in its entirety a piece in today's Telegraph about the BBC's non-reporting of US aid to tsunami victims:

'Don't mention the navy' is the BBC's line

Last week we were subjected to one of the most extraordinary examples of one-sided news management of modern times, as most of our media, led by the BBC, studiously ignored what was by far the most effective and dramatic response to Asia's tsunami disaster. A mighty task force of more than 20 US Navy ships, led by a vast nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Abraham Lincoln, and equipped with nearly 90 helicopters, landing craft and hovercraft, were carrying out a round-the-clock relief operation, providing food, water and medical supplies to hundreds of thousands of survivors.

The BBC went out of its way not to report this. Only when one BBC reporter, Ben Brown, hitched a lift from one of the Abraham Lincoln's Sea Hawk helicopters to report from the Sumatran coast was there the faintest hint of the part that the Americans, aided by the Australian navy, were playing.

Instead the BBC's coverage was dominated by the self-important vapourings of a stream of politicians, led by the UN's Kofi Annan; the EU's "three-minute silence"; the public's amazing response to fund-raising appeals; and a Unicef-inspired scare story about orphaned children being targeted by sex traffickers. The overall effect was to turn the whole drama into a heart-tugging soap opera.

The real story of the week should thus have been the startling contrast between the impotence of the international organisations, the UN and the EU, and the remarkable efficiency of the US and Australian military on the ground. Here and there, news organisations have tried to report this, such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine in Germany, and even the China News Agency, not to mention various weblogs, such as the wonderfully outspoken
Diplomad, run undercover by members of the US State Department, and our own www.eureferendum.blogspot.com. But when even Communist China's news agency tells us more about what is really going on than the BBC, we see just how strange the world has become.

One real lesson of this disaster, as of others before, is that all the international aid in the world is worthless unless one has the hardware and organisational know-how to deliver it. That is what the US and Australia have been showing, as the UN and the EU are powerless to do. But because, to the BBC, it is a case of "UN and EU good, US and military bad", the story is suppressed. The BBC's performance has become a national scandal.

Friday, January 07, 2005

CAMPUS DIVERSITY . . . NOT!

Here's an interesting story about a young Kuwaiti who, after emigrating to the US, found the intellectual and political one-sidedness amongst his American professors to be similar to the one-sidedness he expereinced in Kuwait prior to the Iraqi invasion.

RHYMES WITH HUNT

Sen. Barbara Boxer decided that her African-American colleagues must be right about the "Ohio" thing. They just don't understand how Bush could possibly have won Ohio.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

OK, I'M BORED -- AND KERRY'S AN ASSHOLE

I'm sorry, but with the non-stop stories about the tsunami and car bombs in Iraq, there just isn't anything different in the news worth ranting about.

About the only thing that's causing me to want to bite someone's head off is the continuing effort by radical left Democrats to try to reverse the election. And it appears that Kerry is actually encouraging it -- so much for doing the "honorable thing".

I hereby rescind anything positive I said about him being "a gentleman" after the election.

TIME FOR HUMOR

Goofy product warnings.

I especially like the toilet brush labeled "Do not use for personal hygiene".

IRAQ NOW

Here's a good story to read about the real changes happening in Iraq.

ONE SHOT, ONE KILL

Good story about a 1,050 yard kill by a Marine sniper.

I'm assuming this is his weapon.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

WHY IS TORT REFORM NEEDED?

This is why.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

A MESSAGE TO JESSE AND STEPHANIE

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (one of our esteemed Democrat members of Congress from Ohio) are still alleging that (as part of the vast right-wing Bush conspiracy) many African-American votes were either not counted or were electronically changed from Kerry to Bush.

The Plain Dealer (hardly a right-wing rag) sent a message to both of them in today's editorial. The key message:

(Kerry) had the good grace and sense to acknowledge the abundantly obvious, go home and resume his life. You might consider emulating his excellent example, because what you are doing now -- redoubling your effort in the face of a settled outcome -- will only drive you further toward the political fringe. And that long grass already is tickling your knees.

WHO IS MORE IMPORTANT?

I was pondering this question a week ago, just after that twit (forgot his name) from the UN called the US "singy" for initially pledging $25 million in direct aid relief to the victims of the tsunami. The US and Canadian (I was there at the time) media seemed to support that position, and especially were vocal about the need for US leadership in helping the victims. Totally admirable; totally predictable; totally hypocritical.

I'm guessing (especially if you include the Iran-Iraq War) that Saddam Hussein's "death toll" is still many multiples of the final death toll from the tsunami. I'd bet the deaths in the ongoing genocidal wars in Africa also exceed these numbers.

So, a simple question: Who is more important -- victims of the tsunami OR victims of tyrannical dictatorships and terrorists?

It seems clear that the world expects the US to offer up all its resources at a moment's notice to help victims of natural disaster, but if it involves the state-sponsored slaughter of innocent humans, it just doesn't seem to have the same priority. The US is expected to take a back seat to the UN.

Monday, January 03, 2005

THE OTHER PROBLEM

No, not the tsunami, and not Iraq.

For those who thought the death of Arafat was an opportunity for peace between Israel and its neighbors, that dream is toast.

Abbas is now saying he will protect terrorists -- nice.

BACK, BUT NOT BACK

Jeez, first time in about I don't know when that I've taken a two-week vacation. Proving hard to get back in the saddle, which I guess is a good thing. Of course, my BlackBerry was on my hip for most of the vacation, so at least I didn't have to stare at a gazillion e-mails this morning.

It may be slow blogging for awhile, though.