Friday, May 27, 2005

YOU ARE ALL SO BORING

Victor Davis Hanson writes an essay today about those in the "elite" who live a luxury lifestyle courtesy of the capitalistic freedom only afforded by those who live in America or take advantage of her. He reserves particular scorn for those who do so and then criticize America for its excess (which they represent).

It's worthy enough to be my sole post today, except for one more (see below).

REMEMBER WHY MONDAY IS A HOLIDAY

The reason is meaningful today.

Enjoy your weekend . . .

Thursday, May 26, 2005

CONTINUED FALLOUT FROM NEWSWEEK'S FIASCO

The US has had to close missions in Indonesia due to security concerns after demonstrations. Americans have now been advised not to travel to certain parts of Indonesia, including areas hit by the tsunami.

All because of a bogus story.

CARRIE WINS

Anybody else an American Idol junky? It's my guilty pleasure, but I'm a music junky, so it's explainable.

I was pleased last night to see Carrie Underwood win. I'm not lying when I say that I told my wife she would win the whole thing when I saw her audition tape. I never once thought it was in doubt. She had the look, the voice, the whole package and she won. Notice they didn't say how close the vote was? I doubt it was close.

My assessment of her months ago was she has a voice that is only one half-step behind Martina McBride's as the best voice in country music today. Her duo with Rascal Flatts showed that she is ready to perform at that level today. She will be a country music superstar. As a pop star, who knows -- maybe she will be one of those who can be a successful crossover artist? I just hope they don't try to make her something she isn't -- we'll see.

Having said that, I really, really liked Bo Bice (my wife's favorite), but his persona as a retro-hippy southern rocker just wasn't what I thought this show was looking for as it's "idol". His performance with Lynyrd Skynyrd (ex-Van Zant) was terrific, but highlighted the fact that Bo's talent is mostly as a superior cover artist, which he will no doubt continue to do for much larger paychecks than in the past.

Kudos to the American Idol folks. It's the best season so far and it will be a challenge for them to wind up at the end of next year's show with two as talented as Carrie and Bo.

HEH, HEH, HEH, HEH

Gee, I'm sorry to hear the French attempt to insert themselves as the leaders of Euro-land appears to be failing. And, of course, without the French is the de facto leaders of Euro-land, they predict the continent will collapse into crisis. Mon dieu!!

DON'T SPEND IT ALL IN ONE PLACE!!

I am an American Express cardholder like, I assume, many people reading this and millions of others. However, I never use my Amex card unless it's the only card an establishment will accept, which means I never use my Amex card since VISA/MC has virtually 100% of the World covered.

So I was surprised yesterday to get a statement from Amex. My card doesn't require an annual fee payment and (like I said) I don't use the card, so it was a surprise to get a statement. The bigger surprise was to see I had a credit balance! How the hell did that happen, I thought?

When I saw the amount -- $0.41 -- I smelled something. When I saw the "Activity" detail and it said "Class Action Settlement/Boehr -- $-0.41" I knew they'd struck again. Who? Those low-life scum sucking cretins a/k/a class action lawyers.

In the case of Boehr v. American Express, apparently the plaintiff became outraged when he discovered that Amex used a 10.00AM cut-off for payment posting -- e.g., if a payment was received at 10.01AM on Tuesday it wasn't credited to an account until Wednesday. For those who revolve or pay late, they were being "unfairly" dinged an extra day's interest. Being suitably pissed off, Boehr decided to sue and you know the rest.

On some presumably fair and equitable basis I got 41 cents. But here's the rub -- I never once revolved with Amex. If I ever used the card I always paid on time, never once late. So why did I get anything? I'm tempted to mail Amex a check for $0.41 saying I refuse to accept this as I didn't deserve it.

By the way, the settlement agreed to in this case resulted in Amex having to pay $8.2 million --- $3 million went to the attorneys.

Like I said, low-life scum sucking cretins.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

SHE'LL NEVER COLLECT

Another wonderful case of our courts out of control -- a case where a radio announcer just won a $10.6 million judgment against her former employer. You have to read this to find out why this is laughable.

THE ARAB WORLD MAY NOT BE AL QAEDA'S TARGET

Think about it.

What major, populous country in the middle east is 100% behind al Qaeda? Iran, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia?? None of them. They may still have supporters in all those countries, but they do not have any groundswell of support anywhere in the region.

So, it's over, right?

Maybe not. Bin Laden and his operatives are smarter than that. Read this post and ask yourself how long it will be before we're involved in military ops on the "dark continent."

The question is, do we do something now or wait until it gets serious?

SNATCHING DEFEAT FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY

I agree 100% with these guys.

For the past eight or nine years, a strong consensus has developed across the country that the normal "politics as usual" was no longer an acceptable way to do business. We've been voting for something different.

Just when we were on the verge of getting it, those in the Senate who were more interested in keeping order within their club decided to ignore the wishes of the voters.

We won't forget.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

WHO IS GEORGE W. BUSH?

Victor Hanson makes a great point in this piece.

The left and their mouthpieces in the media continue to try to make Bush appear to be a bumbling bumpkin. OK, fine, maybe Saddam was a horrible monster, but where's the WMD?? They ridicule and minimize the phenomenal accomplishments of the past four years.

But what do you think they would've said if he would have told the World what we were actually going to do beginning 9/12/01?? They would have thought he was totally deranged, but we did it.

Monday, May 23, 2005

THE MIDDLE EAST -- BUSH COUNTRY

While he continues to be vilified in the US by liberals, more and more he is praised in the Middle East -- by Arabs.

EARTH TO SEN. BOXER

Keith Thompson makes a very sane argument against Senator Barbara Boxer's characterization of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown as "out of the mainstream."

In last year's election, Boxer received 58% of the vote. Janice Rogers Browns was re-confirmed with 76% of the vote.

So who's more out of the mainstream??

ARE BIG CITIES DYING?

Maybe.

NEWSWEEK IN THE TRASH

It appears that Newsweek now believes it is the victim. Read this post about Newsweek's foreign language magazines and how different they are from the US version. If this story is true, I hope this gets as much publicity as the "Koran in the toilet" story.

THE REPUBLICANS BEST FRIEND

I've written before about Howard Dean, Chairman of the DNC. Howie continues to be the best advertisement for Republicans everywhere.

ABSOLUTE TWADDLE

I agree with the British MP, who called the Brits re-enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar that does not plan on mentioning the French (whom they defeated), "absolute twaddle."

I guess the next step will be celebrating VE day without mentioning the Germans were defeated in WWII?

Isn't politically correct revisionist history a real treat??

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY

I'm sure you've read ad nauseum the story about Harvard President Larry Summers making the comment that maybe one of the reasons there are so few female science professors had something to do with female aptitude (or lack thereof) in science and math.

Every feminist in the World has poked pins in his doll since then, most calling for his dismissal.

Of course Larry understands their real motivations, so Harvard announced a $50 million "payoff" yesterday.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

WHO'S YOUR DADDY?

A cliche for many.

A serious and painful question for a growing number of children and young adults.

APPEASEMENT

Gates of Vienna is proving to be one of my favorite blogs. Posts like this are the primary reason why. Another great one follows this.

A LETTER TO THE EDITOR

This post says it all about the Newsweek mess.

CLEAR PROOF (AGAIN) THAT NEWSWEEK SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED

With the current firestorm raging, perhaps we should revisit this little tidbit about Newsweek and its "ethics."

By Newsweek standards, it was perfectly OK to go with a bogus story about flushing the Koran down the toilet that directly resulted in many deaths.

This is the same Newsweek that saw first hand that John Kerry and his campaign were a total disaster, yet they saw fit to keep this information "secret" until after the election. After all, they made a deal with the Kerry campaign to only report "good" news. Despicable.

It's times like this that I wish I subscribed to magazines or newspapers (I don't -- I don't even read them unless I'm bored at the doctor's office) just to have the pleasure of canceling my subscription.

TICK TOCK

The oxygen generator on the International Space Station finally failed yesterday and cannot be repaired. The crew onboard now has enough oxygen to last five months. Currently, the next Shuttle flight is scheduled for July, but this will be the first flight in more than two years.

I'm guessing the guys on ISS aren't breathing too deeply.

MEDIA RESTRAINT, AND THE LACK THEREOF

Here are a couple of good assessments of the Newsweek fiasco. While not as far up the river of denial as CBS was at this point in time, Newsweek is still sending messages that they would probably run this story today if they had the same "facts" presented to them.

My guess is the personal injury lawyers have flown to Afghanistan to recruit clients to sue these guys.

Monday, May 16, 2005

THIS IS NEWS?

Reporting that the suicide bombers in Iraq are mostly Saudis isn't really news, is it?

WHEN THE MEDIA GETS IT WRONG . . . REALLY WRONG

We've all seen the photos from Abu Ghraib -- you know, the naked prisonsers, prisoners on leaches, etc., etc. Very humiliating for prison and guard alike.

But when Newsweek runs a now-admittedly bogus story about guards at Guantanamo flushing a copy of the Koran donw the toilet, the shit hit the fan.

So, now that there have been many killed, many others injured, and general feelings against the US worsened everywhere in the Muslim world as the result of this bogus story, where do those who were injured (or the families of the dead) go for redress?

It seems to me there had been a bias from day one for the mainstream media to over-report negative news from Iraq, Afhangistan and elsewhere. We now see the result of this over-zealous desire to report the "big story" that might stall the war in its tracks.

Enough is enough.

Friday, May 13, 2005

IT'S OFFICIAL, I'M NOW TOTALLY PARANOID

First, the story about Hillary and Newt (see below). Then the interview with Jane Fonda where she says kind things about the Bushes.

Now, a story that Teddy Kennedy and John McCain are sponsoring legislation to push the President's guest worker initiative.

What's up? Am I too cynical?

I NEED REST

First (see below) there are stories about Hillary and Newt in a lovefest.

Then you have this interview with Jane Fonda where (in responding to a question about the President) she said:

I have always thought if I were alone in a room with him, I would really like him.

Sounds like she's hot for him.

I'm confused . . .

WHILE SICK, THIS IS ACTUALLY GOOD NEWS

I've seen this reported in a few places. This article is as good an explanation as you'll get.

It's simple. It appears that when we say "how can so many be willing to die as 'suicide' bombers?", we may be right in our assumption. It appears that many who do so don't really realize what they're doing. They drive the car/truck but someone else detonates the explosives -- surprise!!

If this is the case, and this story makes it to al Jazeera, the bad guys could be in real trouble.

OOPS, THEY DID IT AGAIN

You'd think that with the whole Rathergate thing a still-fresh memory, CBS would not stoop this low. It's obvious they still have a "gotcha" mentality in the newsroom.

A QUICK QUIZ

Here's a quick quiz to test your knowledge of Palestine.

HAS NEWT GONE OVER TO THE DARK SIDE?

What's up with this? Hillary and Newt?

What's next -- Bill Clinton with Ann Coulter?

Thursday, May 12, 2005

COULTER TAKES ON . . .

Liberals.

BOLTON'S GOT BALLS

And that's what we need.

It looks like his nomination will be voted on today and David Brooks thinks he will be confirmed.

The good news is those who tried to trash him are now discredited.

I HAVEN'T READ IT YET, BUT I WILL

The "Pew Report" is must reading for all national politicians so, therefore, it should be must reading for you.

PALESTINIANS PREFER ISRAEL OVER THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY?

Maybe. At least that's what Daniel Pipes argues in this article.

TALK ABOUT SCORCHED EARTH!

I must admit I haven't heard this theory before, but you have to admit there's a thread of logic in it.

What theory? That the Saudis have a "doomsday" plan that would destroy their oil infrastructure if the country is at risk of being invaded or taken over by a hostile power.

I FINALLY FOUND IT

I've been looking for someone to write an article, essay or anything that truly captures the essence of what the Democrats are fighting about in the Senate. Without a majority, through the use of filibuster (or threat thereof), they can control the legislative agenda.

Specifically, what they can do is what they (as a party) have had as a grand strategy to undermine the will of the voters for the past couple of decades. I've written before about the strategy of losing an election but still winning through judicial activism. The filibuster is a part of that strategy.

Based on the Dems' performance the past five years, Republicans were asleep at the switch during the Clinton administrations when liberal judge after liberal judge was appointed to the bench. This strategy allowed the Dems to "lose" in the legislature but win in the courts -- by allowing some legislation to pass that is later overturned by an activist judge. Or, legislation that never sees a vote is often "enacted" through judicial fiat -- e.g., so-called "gay marriage" rights.

Finally, someone has picked up on this point and has written about it. Emmett Tyrell believes that the fight we are about to see will help crunch this strategy once and for all and is the real reason the Dems call it the "nuclear option."

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

TERROR U

We've all assumed that the major university of terror was in Afghanistan, so that shutting down Osama U when we invaded Afghanistan put a crimp in terror training.

Now, we hear that terrorists have other "campuses", including one that trained the Madrid train bombers.

THE LIBERALS' VERSION OF "SCORCHED EARTH"

David Warren has written an interesting mini-essay which very concisely highlights "the problem with Liberals" (note that this is written from a Canadian perspective, but it fits anywhere). It goes like this:

1. Liberals promise the moon to get press notice and votes.
2. Liberals rarely deliver on their promise.
3. When liberals are voted out of office they blame conservatives for not implementing the promises made by liberals.

Sound familiar?

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

James Lewis writes a plausible article in The American Thinker. His premise is Iran has the bomb, the Euros do nothing and the UK is no longer 100% by our side.

In that very possible scenario, who is our ally?

AN ARREST OF A MAJOR TERRORIST

I'd never heard of this guy. Yet when you read this article, you'll realize how important his arrest is to the GWOT.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

IT ISN'T JUST A "SMOKESTACK" INDUSTRY PROBLEM

The cost of doing business "up North" continues to be a problem.

Locally, the NASA research center in Cleveland lost a contract that will result in 500 new jobs being created in Mississippi rather than Ohio.

Everyone involved claims it had nothing to do with politics but was purely and simply a case of the Mississippi contractors being the low bidders. I believe them. After all, if it was pure politics, Ohio would've gotten the contract as a "thank you" from the Bush administration.

This will continue to happen due to northern cities being more expensive and less accomodating to business.

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Hybrid vehicles are a good thing.

Better gas mileage for all cars would be a good thing.

Significantly reducing fossil fuel consumption is a good thing.

Agreed?

Apparently the politicians in Oregon think not. Read this article for their plans to screw owners of vehicles that burn less fuel.

HISTORY, WHO NEEDS IT?

We do.

A GUIDE TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

Is being politically correct good or bad? Constructive or destructive? Patriotic or unpatriotic?

Read this -- then decide for yourself.

Monday, May 09, 2005

NOT IN 2008, NOT EVER!!

I saw a piece on Fox News this morning about this article ("Hillary in 2008? No way!") in Time magazine by Joe Klein.

He starts with:

I like Senator Clinton. She has a wicked, ironic sense of humor (in private) and a great raucous belly laugh. She is smart and solid; she inspires tremendous loyalty among those who work for her. She is not quite as creative a policy thinker as her husband, but she easily masters difficult issues—her newfound grasp of military matters has impressed colleagues of both parties on the Armed Services Committee—and she is not even vaguely the left-wing harridan portrayed by the Precambrian right. I also think that a Clinton presidential candidacy in 2008 would be a disaster on many levels.

Then of course, there's this. And don't forget this.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID.

Concerned about a "dirty" bomb? Think that nuclear material is hard to get?

Think again.

Friday, May 06, 2005

RHETORICAL TEST

Fox hunting with hounds in the UK has been banned. Therefore, foxes are:

a) better off, or

b) worse off.

IS THIS A JOKE?

If this isn't a joke, it should be. Can't imagine what a Strat sounds like played by someone under a blanket.

CONGRATS

Tony Blair succeeded in the UK elections yesterday, though his Labour Party lost some seats. The Brits showed some backbone by not succoming to the "anti-war" rhetoric of some of his opponents.

WILL YOU PLEASE MAKE UP YOUR F***ING MIND!

First, the enviro-police said we have to make cleaner cars, cleaner industry -- eliminate noxious gases and particulates in the air. Fine. Did it.

Now, they say our air is much cleaner, but that's bad because more solar radiation means hotter surface temperatures which increases the so-called "greenhouse" effect.

Makes you want to break something.

A PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL FOR THE DEMOCRATS

VDH writes a stinging performance appraisal of the national Democrats today.

It isn't pretty. His constructive recommendation:

When we see Democrats speaking and living like normal folks — expressing worry that the United States must return to basic education and values to ensure its shaky preeminence in a cutthroat world, talking of one multiracial society united by a rare exceptional culture of the West rather than a salad bowl of competing races and tribes, and apprising the world that we are principled abroad in our support of democratic nations and quite dangerous when attacked — they will be competitive again.

JUNK YARD

GM and Ford have had their debt ratings officially downgraded to non-investment grade (a/k/a "junk") -- so their debt now reflects the quality of their vehicles.

EMBRACING THE FELON VOTE

Read this editorial about a piece of unconstitutional legislation being pushing by Hillary, Kerry and Boxer (sounds like a chinzy law firm!).

Why would they do this?

Read this to find out.

THE VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY


Thursday, May 05, 2005

FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO!

I find it interesting (and I've commented before) that the 5th of May is a more widely-celebrated holiday in the US than in Mexico.

Why is that? Could it be this?

ARE YOU A "SOUTH PARK" CONSERVATIVE"?

Maybe.

THE POOR HAVE LITTLE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

Right?

Actually, they are as well off as many who live in countries with "free" health care for all.

CUE THEME MUSIC FROM JAWS

We're slowly but surely rounding them up.

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WILL LOWER YOUR IQ

This post says it all about PC. It's the continued dumbing of America.

THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE

No, this isn't a fairy tale about 2009.

Read this little nugget about what appears to be yet another report of the "business as usual" dirty laundry from the Clintonians.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Why is it that we see almost nothing on TV or in print about North Korea?

In the days of the Soviet Union and Mao's China, there were some journalistic efforts to pry open those societies in order to understand what life was like for the ordinary citizen. So why do we see nothing about North Korea?

It appears from this column by Christopher Hitchens that some "news" is trickling out of this beleaguered country (he was there), but why haven't we seen it?

Why aren't Bono, Susan Sarandon and Brad Pitt campaigning for relief efforts for those who manage to escape Kim Jong-il's gulag rather than this? Where is the UN?

THERE'S HOPE

Bernard Lewis writes eloquently in Foreign Affairs about the Middle East, Iraq and the spread of democracy. He closes with:

The end of World War II opened the way for democracy in the former Axis powers. The end of the Cold War brought a measure of freedom and a movement toward democracy in much of the former Soviet domains. With steadfastness and patience, it may now be possible at last to bring both justice and freedom to the long-tormented peoples of the Middle East.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

IT MIGHT BE MORE MANAGEABLE THAN YOU THINK

I've heard and read lamentations that the ongoing "insurgency" in Iraq is a quagmire that could last for years. If you read/hear news stories (the "one a day" deaths, etc.), you would think that Iraq is seeing random acts of violence all over the country.

However, if you remember the most unforgettable names (Fallujah, Ramadi, etc.), what most media sources don't tell you is they are all connected -- to Syria.

MIXED EMOTIONS

Tony Blair is a friend of the US. Tony Blair is a liberal.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

READY TO SAY "UNCLE" YET?

Don't you just love politicians? Especially those in Washington??

First, the Dem-wits go after De Lay (admittedly, maybe an easy target) for his probably poor adminstrative skills at figuring out what expenses a lobbyist can pay or not pay, etc., etc. A couple of weeks ago, the Dems thought they had De Lay dressed for the funeral.

Ooooops! Like the old punishment of tarring and feathering, it's pretty tough to pull it off without getting some on you.

DIPLOMACY AND REASON WILL NEVER WORK

When you're up against this.

MORE EVIDENCE FRANCE IS FALLING APART

When French growers form terrorist cells to hijack Spanish wine . . .

Mon dieu!!

Monday, May 02, 2005

SAUDIS AT IT AGAIN

It's happened before . . . and it happened again.

CHECK!

It wasn't checkmate, but Bush certainly tossed the ball in the Dems court last week when he went public with his proposal for Social Security. They have to react.

Surprise, surprise -- personal accounts weren't the centerpiece. The centerpiece was an idea as old as liberalism -- index benefits to wealth.

How can the Dems refuse without looking like hypocrites?

A RELIGION OF PEACE?

Hard to square that description of Islam with stories like this.

THE NEXT STEP MAY BE THE TOUGHEST

Victor Davis Hanson has written an excellent essay in this month's Commentary magazine.

The issue he raises is that the President (if he's truly serious about democracy in the Middle East) needs to address Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Too true.