Thursday, June 30, 2005

EATING THEIR YOUNG

Democrats nationwide are not happy campers.

In Pennsylvania (last time I checked, it was part of "the north") two state legislators, both Democrats, engaged in racial comments.

In Washington, the Dems are really unhappy about a new poll of theirs that says they really don't get it. Their response (as described in the article) indicates the poll was spot on.

They can now be counted on to blame each other for their "malaise."

IT MUST'VE WORKED

After simmering for a day, it's obvious the President's speech was spot on.

The clear litmus test being that all the right (er, left) people are pissed off.

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE EXPECTED

JD Power Associates, the quality gurus, have just released their annual "long-term" quality survey of auto reliability. It focuses on those who have owned a car for three years, so it's really a report on the 2002 model year cars and how they've performed since new.

The winner (no surprise) was Lexus, but you've got to read the report to see who came in 2nd through 6th, ahead of Toyota, who came in 7th!! Ouch.

And, depressing for the Euros is the atrocious results of all European brands, except BMW.

HOWEVER, at the same time, Power released their most recent "initial" quality survey of new cars and the finishing order is very different. You can draw your own conclusions from comparing the two lists.

BLAH BLAH BLAH

We hear over and over from the right that the left tries to use the courts to legislate what they cannot get legislated in the legislature, a generally true statement.

We hear over and over from the left that a strong judiciary is needed to prevent a rogue administration from doing evil or to protect minorities' rights from being trampled.

The net message from the left being the courts are their protectors and the "final answer."

So, why is it then that there is no hue and cry from the left when a large news organization (Time, Inc.) refuses to comply with an order mandated by the US Supreme Court?

Can you imagine what Time would say if the Bush administration was under an order from the Supreme Court and refused to comply?

UPDATE: Time caved.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

THE ONLY POST OF THE DAY

The President's speech last night was meritorious of being the sole post of the day.

For me, one of the most important quotes in his speech was actually him quoting German Chancellor Schroeder:

There can be no question a stable and democratic Iraq is in the vested interest of not just Germany, but also Europe.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

CLUB GITMO

Read this "and now for the other side of the story" post about Gitmo.

And, in case you're hungry, here's what the "detainees" eat each week. Of course, the big mistake here was not getting some Hollywood type to endorse this diet. What would be a good name for it? South Beach is already taken. The Gitmo Diet?

THE GOOD GUYS

Here's a story that'll warm the cockles of your heart.

LIBERAL CAT FIGHT

This is a hoot.

After years of honest complaints by viewers and the rise of media outlets like Fox News, some liberal journalists are at least admitting they are biased.

However, some are not admitting anything, even when other liberal journalists say they are.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

U-2's Bono praised President Bush on Meet the Press this past Sunday. You can be assured you won't see this reported by any other media source:

Well, I think [President Bush has] done an incredible job, his administration, on AIDS. And 250,000 Africans are on antiviral drugs. They literally owe their lives to America. In one year that's being done. … Yes, there's a lot of pressure on President Bush. If he, though, in his second term, is as bold in his commitments to Africa as he was in the first term, he indeed deserves a place in history in turning the fate of that continent around.

I suspect Bono won't be invited to Barbra Streisand's parties anymore. God forbid anyone else recognize he's done more for Africa than any other president.

THE "GOOD OLD DAYS"

Yep. Times were great. Bill Clinton was in office. Saddam Hussein and Osama were killing and planning to kill, respectively, but they weren't bothering us and we weren't really bothering them. Everything was going great and many couldn't wait for their weekly dose of Seinfeld.

Was that so bad or what? Maybe it was "what."

Monday, June 27, 2005

ALL HAIL SANTANA

For many, many years I've been a fan of Carlos Santana and his music. I've had the pleasure of seeing him perform live, the most recent being last night. To say he keeps getting better is something of a cliche, but true. The increasing variety of his music keeps you guessing what he'll play next. Just when you think he'll play an old standard he plays something you've never heard before.

He is a genuine human being and is especially kind to kids and always involves them in his shows. I felt a little embarrassed last night when he invited my daughter to join him onstage four or five different times and, shy girl that she is, she demurred. He kept smiling and pointing at her all night and she just smiled and waved back.

If you ever have the opportunity to see him perform, reach deep and buy good seats. It isn't any fun at a Santana concert if you aren't in the first two or three rows, so save up and do it. You'll get 2 1/2 hours of non-stop (and I mean non-stop) entertainment with music from the '60's through today; jazz, Afro-Cuban, Latin, blues, and not all of it Santana originals. Just amazing stuff.

If Santana is coming to your town (or anywhere near it), just go. You won't regret it.

NOT SURE WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS

Daniel Pipes is always worth reading, even if you aren't sure what you just read, or even if you disagree with him. His most recent piece is a good example of this.

I'm not sure I disagree with the position that allowing places like Iran to exist until it self-destructs isn't the worst idea in the World. But, assuming this is true, how do you explain China? If communism is such an evil, when exactly will China become a democracy? After they are the largest economic power in the World?? A powerful military???

In this piece, I tend to go along with Pipes and feel that the current liberal point-of-view (as espoused by Mr. Gerecht), isn't the right approach.

DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK THIS IS COOL?

It's probably because I grew up in Florida when the astronauts were people that everyone knew and every space launch was something that would bring the country to a stop.

Today, few of us can name one active astronaut and a lot of the very cool stuff being done in space is known by maybe a handful of people.

For instance, did you know we're about to find out whether we can nail a comet? I'm sure you've seen Deep Impact, the movie about how to stop a comet from vaporizing life as we know it. If not, rent it -- it's decent entertainment.

Well, we're about to find out (on July 4th) whether we can hit one. Of course that isn't the purpose of the mission -- or is it??

CREATIVE "RECYCLING"

I found this one humorous.

It seems that an anti-war group petitioned to hand out protest literature at a Memorial Day parade in Columbia, Missouri.

Of course, they were given that right, but another group chose to provide an alternative use for the literature the anti-war groups were handing out.

RUSSIA, NOT IMPRESSING ME

What's up with Russia?

Most of us were thrilled when the wall came down, but since then it's been a bumpy road.

Now, you have to wonder whether Russia's current problems are looking for scapegoats.

IDIOCY

I'm surprised this didn't get more ridicule in the press. The "robing of the statues" was one thing that caused me a bit of heartburn.

As I've said before, the hyper-religious overtones of some of the Bush team is one thing that gives me the creeps.

THE TRUTH WILL OUT

The name of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is something few would disagree with. Anyone who owns a pet is automatically sympathetic to the idea that animals should be treated with dignity and care and never mistreated.

However, PETA is now being "uncovered." It appears that they really aren't what they say. While many of us provide financial support to "rescue" organizations that adopt unwanted pets that face the possibility of euthanasia, PETA appears to embrace euthanasia to a degree that exceeds the average shelter.

So, as this post asks, is PETA all about saving animals? Or is it all about raising money to support political activism? You decide.

POTTY MOUTH POLITICS

Though the title is a little ... umm ... odd, this op-ed piece is a very good look at how those with a liberal point-of-view who have the power of the pen (a/k/a mainstream media) rant and rave (or fall silent) to help encourage everyone to agree with them.

When the vast majority of Americans continue to support the President's efforts in Iraq, the left seeks to promote any slippage in that support as leverage to scream "quagmire" and seek a "timetable" (a/k/a surrender) for exit.

WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED

How many of you ever saw or passed through Checkpoint Charlie? Even if you never were there, you certainly know what it was and what it represented for decades after World War II.

After the fall of the Wall, a memorial was built to commemorate those who died trying to escape communism, but that memorial is scheduled to be destroyed . . .

. . . on July 4th!

IN PLAIN VIEW

Here's a good summary from Jed Babbin that tells us Hillary's plan for 2008.

What's remarkable about the Clintons is they have this amazing ability to openly lie, yet have a huge percentage of the electorate either believe them or laugh along with them. It's been a fairly successful strategy for their entire political lives.

It remains to be seen whether Hillary, a liberal "in plain view", successfully lies her way to being perceived as a moderate.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

DON'T BELIEVE ANYTHING YOUR HEAR . . .

. . . and only half of what you see.

How many of you have heard that old cliche that no doubt had it roots in the military or in the government?

That's what makes the statement of one Democrat all the more incredulous. With all the talk of Gitmo being a "gulag" and "closing it down is the only answer", a bipartisan team from Congress just returned and Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif) said:

The Guantanamo we saw today is not the Guantanamo we heard about a few years ago.

Heard about? A few years ago? So the whole uproar for her was based on someone else's opinion "a few years ago?"

Talk about "ready-fire-aim!"

Friday, June 24, 2005

DANG, THIS IS COOL

I'm sure you've seen (or maybe you own) a vehicle that has a "back-up" camera mounted just above the rear license plate. Great for making sure you don't back over the dog/cat/kid/bicycle.

The geeks at Nissan have taken it to a whole new level with a new system in development that would give you a virtual overhead view of your car. Sort of "helicoptercam."

I KEEP COMING BACK TO PAKISTAN

Our "friend" in the mid east still continues to be a source of concern.

Thanks to Pakistan, we have the exportation of nuke technology to North Korea and who knows who, plus plenty of training and supply of human resources in the war in Iraq and elsewhere.

It's a slippery slope . . .

APOLOGIZE? FOR WHAT??

After hearing Dick Durbin's half-assed "apology" for comparing the US military to Hitler and Pol Pot, it is truly rich when Hillary C. and Chuck Schumer say Karl Rove should apologize to liberals for saying:

Conservatives saw the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.

If I were Rove, I would first ask Ms. Clinton (who has been working hard to re-define her public image as "not a liberal") if she felt he owed her a personal apology. If she said yes, he should then ask "just to be clear, I criticized liberals, so you are admitting that you are a liberal, correct?"

Her answer would be more valuable than his apology.

LIBERALS SCORNED

After, what is it?, forty years or so of programming with a massively liberal tinge, it's interesting to see what's happening at PBS. It cracks me up when I hear numb nuts politicians say they don't want to see PBS turned into the "The O'Reilly Factor."

I have a simple question -- if PBS is (in theory) to represent a variety of viewpoints, why shouldn't the "The O'Reilly Factor" (or a version of it) be on PBS?

PBS is already flooded with pure opinion shows that are anywhere from just left of center to way left of left. And many PBS shows that are labeled "documentary" are as much a documentary as Michael Moore's movies.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

WANT TO KNOW WHY THE DEMOCRATS KEEP TALKING ABOUT IRAQ?

They dare not try to talk about "the economy."

GIVE LIBERALS A CHANCE

I heard about this wonderful program this morning . . .

I can't tell you how pleased I am about our new program to solve the problems at Guantanamo. Here is a copy of letters that are going out to the thousands of caring Americans who've complained about how Islamofacists have been treated while detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This same offer is also being made to Senator Dick Durbin and others in Congress who've expressed similar opinions.



Dear Concerned Citizen:

Thank you for your recent letter criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The administration takes these matters seriously, and your opinion was heard loud and clear here in Washington. You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the concerns of citizens like you, we are closing Guantanamo and we are creating a new terrorist rehabilitation program, to be called the "Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers" program, or LARK for short.

In accordance with the guidelines of this new program, we have decided to place one terrorist (sorry, detainee) under your personal care. Your detainee has been selected and scheduled for transportation to your residence next Monday. Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud (a 22 year old Syrian citizen captured last year in Kirkuk, Iraq) is to be cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your letter of admonishment. We will conduct weekly inspections to ensure that your standards of care for Ahmed are commensurate with those you so strongly recommended in your letter.

Although Ahmed is sociopathic and extremely violent, we hope that your sensitivity to what you described as his "attitudinal problem" will help him overcome this character flaw. Perhaps you are correct in describing these problems as mere cultural differences. Your adopted terrorist (er, detainee) is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a paper clip or pencil. He is also an expert at making a wide variety of explosive devices from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, unless you feel that this might offend him.

It's very important you realize that Ahmed will not wish to interact with your wife or daughters since he views females as a subhuman form of property. This is a particularly sensitive subject for him. He has been known to show violent tendencies around women who fail to comply with the dress code that he considers appropriate, but I'm sure that over time they will come to enjoy the anonymity offered by the bhurka. Just remind them that it is all part of respecting his culture and his religious beliefs.

Oh, and before I forget, I will be asking Congress to pass a law this week that will allow you to receive a federal tax credit for all the expenses of housing, feeding and rehabilitating Ahmed. Unfortunately, Ted Kennedy has already announced his opposition to this bill as "an overly-generous Republican tax break." His intent is to block its passage, through filibuster if necessary. Maybe you'd like to call him or drop him a note if you disagree with him:

Senator Edward Kennedy
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-4543

Thanks again for your letter. We truly appreciate it when folks like you inform us of the proper way to do our job.

Take good care of Ahmed and good luck!

Cordially,

George W. Bush
President
The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

QUICK, SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT SUBJECT

A key factor in any sales pitch is the ability to receive feedback and adjust accordingly.

Translation: if they ain't buying it, try a different pitch.

Liberals would be well served to read Scott Rasmussen's recent poll which clearly states there is a small percentage (20%) of Americans who believe prisoners at Gitmo are mistreated. Only 30% of Democrats believe it to be true.

So, memo to liberal Democrats, if you can't convince your own loyalists, shut up and start talking about something else.

I HOPE HE'S RIGHT

Karl Zinsmeister has a great article up at The American Enterprise Online titled "The War Is Over, And We Won."

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

WEASEL ALERT

Sen. "Dick" Durbin "apologized" yesterday, or did he?

If you read (or hear, as I did) what he actually said, it wasn't much of an apology. He seemed to be saying, "Gee, sorry you got pissed or that I offended you, but I wasn't really wrong, otherwise I would admit what I said wasn't true."

Sort of reminds me of the previous occupant of the White House and his inability to acknowledge the truth.

SO, WHAT'S IT REALLY LIKE OVER THERE?

Here's a terrific post that is mostly an assessment by a guy who's over there that covers the major risk our troops face every day. I especially liked his comment about the fact that the major news media did not attend a conference where these issues were discussed at length. I wish someone would've taken a picture of the empty seats with the names of the newspapers that didn't show.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

CRIME IS NEVER A GOOD THING

But in this case, it has a certain ironic tinge to it.

JOHN BOLTON

Uncensored.

IT AIN'T OVER TIL' IT'S OVER

The idiots in Congress and elsewhere who are "demanding" a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq remind me of those who demanded the same in Vietnam.

A timetable is the best thing that any enemy can hope for. It's like saying to a kid in high school, if you just hang around and don't cause any trouble you'll get a "A" in this class. If we say we'll be out by the end of the year, they can relax until then -- raise some money to buy better weapons, hit the gym, recruit some more crazies and then raise hell when we leave.

It's a dumb idea!

WHERE I PART COMPANY WITH BUSH

There are a couple of aspects of the President's policies that make me crazy. One is his pro-life/no stem cell research mania.

The other is Cuba. Here's a story that illustrates my point.

Monday, June 20, 2005

FOX HUNTING

A favorite target of any left/liberal rant is Fox News. After all, it's part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy."

So why does an arch-liberal like Clintonite Susan Estrich work at Fox rather than CNN?

I'll let her explain:

Three times as many people watch Fox every day as watch CNN. There were certainly times during the last campaign where I disagreed with decisions made by young producers working at Fox. But without exception, every time I raised an issue, I won – I saw it as my job to teach off the air, as much as to talk on the air. If anyone disagreed, the joke was that I would tell them to set their stopwatches and transfer me to Roger, so they could time how long it would take me to get their decisions reversed.

Hmm -- doesn't that define "fair and balanced?"

SPEAKING OF HILLARY . . .

Here's an interesting interview with the author of her unauthorized biography. I especially liked this:

NRO: How is HRC like Nixon?

Klein: Like Nixon, Hillary is paranoid and has an enemies list

Like Nixon, Hillary has used FBI files against her enemies.

Like Nixon, Hillary believes that the ends justify the means.

Like Nixon, Hillary has a penchant for doing illegal things.

MORE SYMPATHY FOR HILLARY

Disgusting as it is, this sort of story appears to be viewed as a "positive" by those supporting Hillary for president.

WEIRD SCIENCE

Actually, it's more like bad science.

I saw an interesting piece on TV yesterday where different scientists debated the merits and demerits of whaling. The arguments go like this:

Whaling

1. "Leftists" -- there is no commercial need for whales. Their primary use in the past was for the reduction of their blubber to oil, a need which no longer exists. They are intelligent mammals who should be left alone.

2. "Rightists" -- the banning of whaling has resulted in some species of whales becoming as common as cockroaches. These now plentiful whales are decimating fisheries as the result of some whale species overeating the krill that the fish feed on and other species overeating the fish themselves. If whaling was allowed, even if the whales were ground up to used as fertilizer or pet food, the whales would still survive in large numbers and the depletion of fisheries would stop, providing more (and therefore cheaper) fish for human consumption.

Pesticides

Then again, there's the problem with malaria, perhaps the most devastating disease of the past forty years. The primary reason it has been so devastating is the lack of a cheap viable pesticide. Well, that's not exactly true. DDT would work just fine but, thanks to Rachel Carson's pseudo-science, it isn't available.

So, you decide. In these two examples, there are those who opt to "protect the environment" and those who opt to "protect human beings."

Which are you?

PS Don't wimp out -- you can't have it both ways.

STAR VS. STAR

How ironic that a major "celebrity" (Bob Geldof) is telling performers they'd better not start ranting about "Bush, Blair or the war in Iraq." Will someone have their finger on a "kill switch" to cut off the microphone of someone who does??

Geldof earns points from me on this one, especially since he has recognized that Bush has pushed for more aid to Africa than any other US President.

WHERE DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS?

High school athletics? Boy Scouts? The military? The Ku Klux Klan??

We all have had one job or one position of responsibility that was the first opportunity we were given to lead that we seized upon. And there is always key mentor who gave us that opportunity.

It was interesting hearing about Sen. Robert Byrd's description of his first such opportunity -- with the Ku Klux Klan -- given high praise and a high rank by a Grand Dragon. Byrd wasn't just a member, he was a key leader and very successful recruiter of new members.

Can you conceive of a Republican politician being able to walk through the front door of the US Capitol having been a KKK member, let alone an "Exalted Cyclops?" Yet Byrd is able to explain away his success in the KKK:

I was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision - a jejune and immature outlook - seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions.

Friday, June 17, 2005

GLOBAL WARMING

No, not the environmental theory -- the political one.

Seems like the folks who like us the most are the ones who worry the most about their neighbors (except maybe the Brits and Aussies, who are just damn fine blokes).

The French don't like us because they don't think they need us anymore, what with the Soviet Union no longer a threat.

The Japanese, who weren't real thrilled with us when I was stationed on Okinawa in the late '60's/early '70's, all of a sudden really like us. Gee, does China have anything to do with that? VDH thinks yes.

LIBERALS' PROFESSIONAL COURTESIES

It appears as though Ralph Nader can use the "n" word when referring to African-Americans without much punishment. Even Al Sharpton says he only deserves a slap on the wrist.

Can you even begin to imagine what would happen if a conservative politician said the same word? Rumsfeld?? Cheney??? Bush???? Fair to say the World as we know it would come to an end.

As it is now, only the New York Post is even reporting it.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

YOU THINK YOU'VE SEEN WEIRD??

This is weird. I thought it was a joke when I saw the headline, but it's serious -- 'Child sacrifices in London'.

Freaking. Spooky.

POST OF THE DAY/WEEK/MONTH

This is a superb essay that artfully explains why most liberals do not have happy looks on their faces.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

ROLLIN', ROLLIN', ...

. . . rollin' on the river.

Great article on what's really going on in Iraq.

ARE YOU AWARE OF THIS?

If not, you should be aware that the "memorial" being built on the site of the World Trade towers is not going to be a memorial to those who died there.

This smacks of the classic Clintonian approach of quietly getting "inside" an issue and then trying to impose your point-of-view.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

"SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 19"

How often have you seen this headline? Daily, right? Well, not exactly, but for purposes of this discussion, let's say it is daily, but what if this were the headline every day:

"1,000 DEAD TODAY IN IRAQ"

Would that get your attention? Wouldn't most people get excited to the point of foaming at the mouth, no matter who the dead were (notice I didn't say who died)?

So, when you read this article, as yourself why this isn't on the front page of the New York Times. Oh, I forgot -- they don't care.

IT IS SILLY

I agree with Christopher Hitchens about a lot of things, and this is no exception.

There is no question in my mind that the 9/11 terrorists accomplished their primary objective that day. No, not the killing of 3,000 souls. The killing is never the primary goal of the terrorist -- the primary goal being to create enough fear to cause your enemy to change his behavior. That we've done.

In the case of airline security, we are certainly no more safe than we were the morning of 9/11, yet we still go through the moronic line-up -- check the ID (like a terrorist wouldn't have a US drivers license??), x-ray the laptop and sneakers (like those are the only places to hide a bomb or other weapon??), walk through a metal detector (all weapons are metallic??) and make sure to randomly stop people, regardless of their "profile" (don't even get me started . . .).

If we were serious about airport security, we would put the Israeli military in charge.

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE . . .

A majority would probably agree that Pakistan is on our side in the GWOT. If that's true, how comfortable are you with having "friends" like these?

Monday, June 13, 2005

NOT GUILTY!

Anyone care to debate whether this case was about politics or the truth? I'll take 'politics' and give you 5-1 odds. It was clear to me before the case started that the DA had a vendetta against Jackson that clouded his judgment. A more carefully investigated, better planned case might have gotten a partial win, but this egomaniac wanted to go for the brass ring. So what does the DA say now when every juror is saying he didn't prove his case? Idiot.

SO, WHO TO NOMINATE??

Rasmussen Reports reports on their most recent poll which explores the simple question of who people will vote for in 2008. Liberal/Moderate Democrat or Moderate/Conservative Republican?

Based on their poll, a Moderate Republican head-to-head with a Liberal Democrat is the only winning combination for Republicans.

So, who's the Moderate Republican? McCain?

And the Moderate Democrat, who's a winner against all others? H. R. Clinton?

THE HORROR . . . THE HORROR!!!!

It's worse than we heard from Barbara Boxer. There's no question in my mind that we need to close Guantanamo.

Why??

The torture machine has gone one step too far! It appears that they have gone to the pinnacle of Marquis de Sade techniques. Specifically -- are you ready for this? -- they are playing Christina Aguilera music in prisoners' cells!!!!

Have they no shame???????

What's next? Britney Spears videos????????

HILLARY = HOWIE?

This "fisking" by the New York Daily News gives some "color" to the newly-"moderate" Hillary Clinton and how closely her words match those of nutjob Howard Dean.

YIKES!!

Clinton raped Clinton?

DO YA' THINK??

1. The defeat of the Iraqi insurgency.
2. The crumbling of the EU constitutional initiatives.
3. Ongoing criminal activity at the UN.

Question: What do the above have to do with one another?

a. Nothing
b. Everything

My choice: Everything.

Yours??

Friday, June 10, 2005

PATERNALISM = LIBERALISM

Finally, a Liberal steps up and tells the whole truth and nothing but:

"If we can't change people's behavior and make them think what's in their best interests, then that's where government comes along and becomes a bit paternalistic."

- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome

A HEADS UP FROM V.D.H.

Victor Davis Hanson writes a cautionary tale for all of us today, but especially those in Europe and the US. It's a powerful message about the future.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

METROSEXUALS UNITE!!

This shit is depressing! Where's John Wayne when you need him?

GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE . . .

. . . drove my Chevy to the levee.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

COOL WEAPONS

I thought that one of the coolest weapons most recently used in combat was the "concrete" smart bomb (basically a practice bomb with a guidance package bolted on) containing no explosives that is designed to be a "500 pound bullet." Very effective at permanently destroying a jet fighter without the "boom." Very small chance of collateral damage.

So, when I read this story about the weapons system some call "rods from God", I really liked the idea. Think of it -- whether made of tungsten or depleted uranium, these mega-darts would have the effect of a very large meteorite that you could lob down someone's throat, and not necessarily from a satellite.

My hope is we already have these puppies in development. My bet is the guys at Area 51 are already working on dropping them from ultra-high flying hypersonic aircraft (why else would they need an almost 3 mile long runway?). This would also explain those "fireballs" that are periodically reported near Groom Lake.

Hey, a guy can dream, can't he??

HOWARD DEAN SUICIDE WATCH

Howie is at it again.

Note to Democrats: Please keep him in charge of your party. He's doing wonderful work out there. And please keep him away from any sharp objects.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

COMMON WISDOM WRONG AGAIN

The sales pitch of liberal Democrats last year was that George Bush is a redneck dumbass and John Kerry is a brilliant intellectual.

Turns out the pitch was wrong on both counts.

Even CNN admitted:

Sen. John F. Kerry's grade average at Yale University was virtually identical to President Bush's record there, despite repeated portrayals of Kerry as the more intellectual candidate during the 2004 presidential campaign.

E.U. OR WHAT?

It appears the French have chosen "what", and for good reason. The public in Europe, more and more, understands what gluing together that many countries, especially if Turkey is included, would do to the most affluent ones. With truly open borders, there is nothing that could be done to prevent the dilution of affluent states by masses of migrants from second-world countries. Here's a good assessment:

(T)ry living in a Paris apartment that needs repainting, as mine did a few weeks ago. Get estimates. French workmen will propose to do the job for 10,000 euros. The Polish painter? He can do it for 800 euros. Tomorrow. He doesn't ask for health insurance or social security, either. And this in a country where there is already 10 percent unemployment.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

Want to know your enemy? All you have to do is read a few pieces of this and you should be concerned that al Qaeda isn't a group of wild-eyed fanatics.

Sure, there's a lot of fire and brimstone in their writings, but there's also a lot of evidence of cold, hard, pragmatic analysis. And, of course, the DOJ has left out the really hard core stuff.

THEN WHY THE DELAY??

It's been reported that Sen. John Kerry has finally signed the form allowing the DOD to release his military records. Campaign aides have said that he's confident nothing will be embarrassing or "new."

If so, why has he waited a year to sign the form?

A MODEST PROPOSAL

Gee, seems like Joe Biden really has his panties in a bunch about Gitmo, wanting to close it and move all the prisoners.

If I were President Bush I would make the following announcement today:

Thanks to Senator Biden for his wonderful idea to move terrorists off the island of Cuba. I'm proud to announce that we are constructing a prison on the site of the former Kirkwood U.S. Army Reserve Center in Newark, Delaware, recently targeted for closure. Once completed, all detainees at Gitmo will be transported to Dover AFB and then on to the new facility which we have decided to call the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Detention Facility.

I am sure that Senator Biden and the people of Delaware will welcome having this facility in their backyard.

Monday, June 06, 2005

THIS WILL REALLY PISS OFF THE LIBERALS

The Supreme Court has declared the so-called "medical" marijuana laws (that allow "backyard" growing of weed under physician's orders) to be in conflict with Federal law and therefore of no force or effect.

They were very specific in saying this isn't a state issue but is a federal issue and advocates should seek legislation from the US Congress.

Until then, you'll get busted for growing, no matter what your motive.

THIS REALLY CHAPS MY ASS

Here's another "wonderful" story.

A middle school teacher's college roommate is a Marine who was on duty in Iraq. His students sent the Marine letters while he was over there. When he returned to the US and came to his friend's school, the principal refused to allow him to speak to the students who were his pen pals.

Why? Read this and make your own decision.

I decided to send e-mails to the members of the Greene County school board and tell them I was embarrassed as a military veteran that this Marine was treated like he was a dangerous person. I'd encourage you to do the same.

THE HORROR . . . THE HORROR!!!!

OK -- it's finally been confirmed. US interrogators have kicked a copy of the Koran and, good grief, urine that came through an air vent into a prisoner's cell has been "splashed" on a copy of the Koran. And, hold on to your heart, water balloons were thrown at prisoners, causing copies of the Koran to get wet!!! Is there no end to the torture!!!!

In the eyes of Amnesty International, this monumental atrocity, of course, puts Gitmo right up there with Stalin's gulags, Hitler's death camps and Pol Pot's killing fields. My God, it's right up there with the probably mythical story about Gen. "Black Jack" Pershing's execution of Filipino Muslim extremists and the pouring pig's blood on their bodies.

WHAT WMD??

Every so often, it's good to hear the facts. In this article, we hear that the UN now says that WMD-making equipment has been removed from 109 sites in Iraq since their last inspections prior to the invasion.

Where did it go? Very little is known about the whereabouts of this material other than items that have wound up being located elsewhere in Iraq and around the world. Of course, stolen Iraqi artifacts have appeared on eBay, so maybe some of the "bad" stuff has, too.

Of course, those who preach "there was no WMD" will say that this equipment could have been used to manufacture fertilizer or baby formula or lawn mowers -- I'm sure.

Friday, June 03, 2005

ONE MAN (OR WOMAN) CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The more I and others think about Ben Stein's post this week (see below), the more angry I get. Some people have expressed the other sort of outrage -- you know, Mark Felt was a hero; he took down the Satan (Nixon) greater than the current Satan (Bush). But a lot of us look at Felt as something (and someone) far different from a hero.

Think about it. If only Felt didn't turn into a self-serving snitch:
  • Nixon might have served out his term.
  • Jimmy Carter might still be known as "Jimmy Who?"
  • Ronald Reagan might have begun his presidency in 1976.
  • The Islamist revolt in Iran might have been stymied by Reagan -- no "America Held Hostage, Day 287" (no Ted Koppel?).
  • An earlier Reagan presidency might have resulted in the Berlin Wall coming down four years sooner -- maybe sooner than that.
  • The Russians might have been "convinced" by Reagan that going into Afghanistan wasn't worth it.
  • The Russians might have been "convinced" by Reagan not to support or provide weaponry to Iraq and/or Iran.
  • Saddam Hussein might not have had the stones to invade Iran or Kuwait.
  • The US might never have established a military base in Saudi Arabia.
  • Osama bin Laden might have stayed in the family business (construction) and might be a wealthy man living a comfortable life in retirement.
  • The World Trade Towers might still exist.
  • Etc, etc.
So, if you think Mark Felt is a hero, think about what might have happened if he'd chosen not to break the law. One man (or woman) can make a huge difference.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

DEAR OPRAH, GET A CLUE

Read this article from the mother of a girl killed by terrorists. You might think differently about Oprah after you read it. I did.

FEAR THYSELF

Wretchard writes The Fourth Conjecture today which makes a very simple point about the fears of those who believe we are doomed to see Manhattan (as a symbol of America) partially vaporized by a "suitcase" nuclear weapon.

His point is simple: Any environment capable of producing terrorism on a scale which could destroy America would be sufficiently powerful to destroy Islam -- and destroy it first many times over. Any weapon that AQ Khan can make can be bought by believers and infidels alike. The theorists of asymmetrical terrorist warfare forgot that its military effectiveness depends on the very restraints that it, itself, dissolves.

In simple English, there are many smarter, more capable, better financed people with the capability of building a nuclear weapon and delivering it to Mecca at the height of the hajj than there are smart, capable, well-financed people who would like to blow up Manhattan.

In even simpler English, Islamofascists should think twice before they screw around with us.

THE LAST WORD ON MARK FELT

I thought this is a pretty fair summation of "Deep Throat." I especially liked this:

In this environment, do the liberals really want to celebrate a man whose career was built in the shadow of J. Edgar Hoover? A man who took the opportunity to use confidential law enforcement data to get revenge on an elected official by whom he felt slighted?

I don’t think there will be many statues of Mark Felt. Once they get over their nostalgia bash, I think the liberals are going to sober up and realize that they tactics they now celebrate could be used against them. At least I hope so.

This whole thing is especially slimy when you hear the reports coming out now that the decision to fess up now is being driven by financial considerations -- Felt needs money for his family so he's apparently offering up his story to the highest bidder. I can see it now -- a remake of All The President's Men, but focusing on the role of Felt.

At the end of the day, no one really likes a snitch.

NOT GOOD ENOUGH

I haven't seen a written report of it, but I heard a radio news report this morning that Sen. Clinton made the following comments at an event in California last night:

1. She's "considering" running for President in 2008.

2. She believes the Republicans will nominate either John McCain or Condoleezza Rice.

My assessment:

1. She made up her mind about six years ago (maybe 20 years ago!) to run for President in 2008.

2. McCain has no chance to be nominated. Rice may be a strong candidate in the primaries but, as smart and as talented (and female and African-American) as she is, I believe someone else will be the nominee. Who? No clue -- just not either one of these.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

SO, WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE FROM THE LEFT?

A couple of weeks have passed since the Newsweek article alleging US interrogators at Gitmo flushed copies of the Koran. Outrage occurred instantly, resulting in many deaths in Afghanistan. Though Newsweek recanted, it was with a "wink" -- you know, they flushed 'em, we just can't prove it.

Today, we have word that a terrorist has blown up himself and about 20 others inside a mosque in Afghanistan during a funeral. One can assume that at least a few copies of the Koran were "desecrated" by this purposeful act.

What's the difference? Why is no one as outraged at the second act? Do Islamofascists get a free pass?

Isn't it really the case that the left doesn't really care when people kill people like themselves? The genocide in Rwanda, the genocide in Darfur, black-on-black crime in American ghettos, etc., etc. Millions of people can kill millions of people of the same color, but the rumor of one white devil defiling the Koran is a greater crime in the upside-down world of the left.

A GREAT POST IN ITS ENTIRETY
From OpinionJournal

Great Orators of the Democratic Party

"One man with courage makes a majority."--Andrew Jackson

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."--Franklin Roosevelt

"The buck stops here."--Harry Truman

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."--John Kennedy

"I went back and reread the whole New Testament the other day. Nowhere in the three-year ministry of Jesus Christ did I find a suggestion at all, ever, anywhere, in any way whatsoever, that you ought to take the money from the poor, the opportunities from the poor and give them to the rich people."--John Kerry*

* The haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way promised 121 days ago to release his military records.

"DEEP THROAT"

Mark Felt, the now-confirmed "Deep Throat", has no reason to feel proud. Ben Stein tells us what his actions brought upon us. No, not the removal of a sitting President -- it's more like the death of hundreds of thousands of innocents.