Wednesday, July 27, 2005

BLOGCATION

Away until about August 8th.

Stay cool . . .

RANDOM FACTOID OF THE DAY

Which is more dangerous to children:

1. A loaded gun in the house.

2. A pool in the backyard.

You know the answer, don't you?

BUSTING STEREOTYPES

If I were to tell you that this column about the left was written by the former President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), you'd have a very good idea what she was going to say, right?

And you'd be wrong. Though as a gay feminist, you'd assume she's a flaming leftist, she isn't.

For more of her writing, go here.

MIGHT DEMOCRATS SOMEDAY WANT TO OVERTURN ROE?

What most Democrats would like to ask Supreme Court nominee Roberts is "would you vote to overturn Roe v. Wade?" Or possibly, "do you believe abortion is murder?" Or even, "do you believe a woman has the right to an abortion?" The dreaded "litmus test."

But there's another test that's really the most important -- when does fetal viability occur?

Tony Blankley points out in his column today that the Democrats may have overlooked something very important in the rush to try to make abortion rights a central question in the vetting of Roberts.

Roe v. Wade did not grant the absolute right to an abortion. It granted the right to an abortion "prior to fetal viability." After that date, it allowed that each state could then decide whether or not an abortion could be allowed. As Blankley makes clear, when Roe was decided, that pretty much guaranteed the right to an abortion during the first six months of pregnancy. In 1973, that was as early as a fetus could be deemed "viable."

Fast forward.

Today, we've all heard of "miracle babies", some of whom survive as early as 20 weeks -- some earlier -- weighing barely a pound. Further, some scientists are doing research that suggests viability (defined by the Supreme Court as "potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid") could potentially occur at the point of the creation of a fetus.

If that's true, and viability occurs virtually at insemination, then the right to an abortion would be subject to the laws of each state, without any federal intervention.

If this were to occur, it would be interesting to see whether Democrats would advocate the reversal of Roe (or a constitutional amendment) in favor of a more narrow ruling granting the absolute right of abortion, a position that many liberals advocate privately.

"TWO NORMAL GUYS"

Chilling story about two of the London bombing suspects.

DOES THE SHOE FIT?

If you're a basically conservative (politically) person, but you have friends who are strident liberals, yet they're perfectly nice people (who think Bush is Hitler), do you think they're insane?

Or are they just a part of a cult without a leader?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

HERE'S YOUR SIGN!

IT MIGHT BE A FAIR PRICE FOR HILLARY

A funny story about Bill Clinton being made an offer to buy his daughter. He was offered 40 goats and 20 cows for Chelsea, but amazingly didn't offer Hillary for what seems like a very fair price.

CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

Daniel Pipes makes the point again that the UK has been far too lenient in allowing Islamist terror-mongers to breed within their borders.

Read this post and you'll be wondering why there aren't more bombings in London.

Monday, July 25, 2005

SEE. I TOLD YOU.

Hillary is running, and she's running hard on a message of "moderatism" (I know, no such word).

AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR ALL

An oxymoron, right? Wrong.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

DON'T SAY IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE

I heard someone on TV last night, talking about the UK's home-grown terrorists. He said we are much more safe here because we have stronger intelligence gathering capability than the Brits, who appear to have little intelligence on what's happening in their mosques.

Or really?

Then how would you explain the so-called "Columbine killings?" Two disaffected, teenage suicide terrorists decided to see how many of their fellow classmates and teachers they could kill. Their goal was to kill 500 -- they failed in that goal, but still killed 15, including themselves.

How is that different from what happened in London? Because their motivations were different?
There are hundreds, maybe thousands of American kids who are susceptible to this sort of brainwashing. They don't even have to be Muslims.

THE HORRORS OF GITMO

Reading this may make you sick . . . from laughing.

It appears that the "torture" that was most prevalent at Gitmo is a level of torture still allowed on college campuses today. It's a ritual called "pledging" (perhaps you've heard of it?).

But then I guess most liberals weren't in fraternities -- too "establishment" for them.

BLOG-CATION WARNING

There will be little blogging between this afternoon and the end of the first week in August. Yes, it's time for that summer ritual called the family vacation -- first to Canada for ten days, then back home for a re-supply and then to Kentucky for ten days.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

CANNIBALISM

I suspected this may happen. Now it's being confirmed that the GM "Employee Discount" program has probably resulted in:

1. Increased current sales, but
2. Increased current sales at the expense of future sales, and
3. Failure to lure buyers previously loyal to other brands.

In other words, they've given their loyal GM fans a huge discount for no good business reason.

In marketing circles, that's known as cannibalism.

Of course, Detroit is famous for its inept marketing, so the other domestic brands have adopted this stupid plan. While they've decreased their prices, Toyota has increased theirs. I'll let you figure out who's smarter.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW??

Further to my posting yesterday about Britain's terror problem, the screaming headlines from yesterday should be a sufficient wake up call for most of Europe.

In the US, al Qaeda had to import the terrorists who flew the planes into the World Trade Towers.

In the UK, the terrorists were already there -- they were British. And they were each willing to commit suicide to kill what has turned out to be about 12-13 other people.

European countries, France and Britain in particular, who've embraced immigrants to support their sagging indigenous demographics need to wake up to the reality that they have now grown their own terrorists.

Conventional wisdom in intelligence gathering would say you should track the movement of foreign nationals, especially any who traveled to Afghanistan when the Taliban were in power. You should also check criminal records for anyone with explosives and weapons training, etc., etc.

However, if the terrorist was born in your country and never traveled to Afghansitan, was never in the military and never received a parking ticket before he chose to blow himself and a few of his countrymen into oblivion, how do you stop that?

They'd better figure that one out and figure it out soon. If a lethal bomb can fit into any briefase, large purse, backpack or shopping bag and if the perpetrator can be the guy next door, where do you start?

I'm no intelligence genius, but I'd start with the mosques. Sorry, I know it's a racist comment but that's where it starts. It's obvious this one was a complete surprise to the Brits, which is disheartening.

DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS

Here's the poster boy for liberals this week.

Under Texas' habitual criminal statute, he was sentenced to 99 years in prison for stealing a cell phone and assault. He deserves to be in prison for pure stupidity since every cell phone company on the face of the earth will give you one for free.

Further, if you read the story it seems he personifies the type of anti-social psychopaths that deserve permanent incarceration.

IT'S ABOUT TIME

Don't you just love to be in slow-moving traffic behind, beside or in front of some guy with a sound system that rattles your car? What is up with that?

Anyway, Florida appears to be on the case and, should your sound system be audible within 25 feet of your car, you're subject to fine.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

IS IT SINKING IN YET??

If you're European, you might rationalize the bombings in Spain as an effort (successful) to convince Spain to pull their troops from Iraq.

You might also rationalize the recent bombings in London the same way.

But the killing of Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam cannot be rationalized away.

The rantings of his admitted killer must be understood by all Europeans who think the "war with Islam" is a war with the US and UK.

Here's a sampling:

Mohammed Bouyeri also turned to Van Gogh's mother, Anneke, in court and told her: "I don't feel your pain."

"I can't feel for you because I think you're a nonbeliever," he said.

"I did it out of conviction," Bouyeri said. "If I ever get free, I would do it again."

Too bad there's no death penalty over there. This nutjob is only 27, so he has many years left to live.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT . . .

This post by Dan Pipes will probably stop you dead with its title ("Weak Brits, Tough French"), but he backs it up.

You will probably feel somewhat differently about the Brits and the French after reading Pipes.

When you're finished, if you still have some doubts, read this.

But if want to be really upset, read this. And this.

GUTLESS, SPINELESS PUSSIES

Our friends at the BBC are at it again. They must preserve their credibility amongst the various terrorist groups who don't want to be labeled as such, I guess.

Monday, July 11, 2005

NEVERENDING STORY -- CHINA, FRIEND OR FOE?

Sorry to say, but the answer keeps coming up "foe."

Friday, July 08, 2005

YOU BREAK THE LAW, YOU GO TO JAIL

You got a problem with that?

It seems that reporters have a problem with it. When commanded by the US Supreme Court, at least one reporter believes she's above the law and then has the temerity to bitch about the conditions in her "Club Fed" jail.

They should have tossed her in the county lock-up.

SO FAR, SO GOOD

The horrible news from London yesterday has turned out to be somewhat better than was reported the first few hours. While any loss of life is unacceptable, it could have been far, far worse.

The best news is how the Brits have responded, so far. There's a collective memory there that, no doubt, has its roots in the Blitz and latter-day IRA bombings. Of all the major "free" cities in the World, outside Israel, London is the most attacked so these bombings would never have had the same effect as bombings in other cities. From all outward signs, everything started to get back to "normal" almost immediately. That's the best news of all.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

NOW WHAT?

No links here. You can go to any news site and get an update on the terrorist bombings that occurred in London this morning. The good news (if you want to call it that) is that the terrorists opted to go with a large number of smaller bombs -- presumably "backpack/briefcase" sized -- so each explosion was relatively small, based upon the news reports.

Of course, this attack is timed to achieve continued lack of participation by those G-8 powers who are not participating in the war on terror and to see if the Brits will behave like the spineless Spaniards. The ball is definitely in Blair's court and my bet is it will only steel his resolve.

The only parallel I would draw is the decades-long war that existed between the UK government and the IRA. Not once did the UK back off. Not once. They endured criticism from many at home and in the rest of the World, but not once did they abandon the central mission of surrender and disarming of the IRA. During the worst of it, there were similar bombings in London, Belfast and elsewhere, so this isn't a completely new experience for Brits.

Let's all pray for those who were injured and for the families of those killed this morning, but let's also pray for the continued resolve to fight the terrorists where they live.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

WHERE'S RUDY?

I agree with Patrick Ruffini that if Giuliani is going to be a political force in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, he needs to begin making himself known.

I know that some Republicans believe Giuliani is too liberal, but having seen him up close and personal for many years as Mayor of what was a city in steep decline before his arrival at City Hall, he is precisely the type of candidate who can be a force for real change.

Today, maybe 75-80% of the energy against any initiative of the President is "anti-Bush" energy. It matters not whether the initiative has a speck of merit, it only matters to be against Bush. If we persist with this type of politics for another 3 1/2 years the country will be loathe to elect a candidate cut from the same mold as Bush. It's too tiring. What we'll wind up with is someone like McCain (whom the Democrats love), who'll then get clipped by Hillary -- and then what??

My recollection of Giuliani as Mayor (in a Democrat city) was there was never an "anti-Giuliani" sentiment. It was always a discussion or debate about the merits of the issues confronting the city. That's what we need at the national level.

There is something seriously, seriously wrong with our political process when I read stories about "anti-Bush" groups who have committed $100 million to fight the nomination of whomever Bush nominates to replace O'Connor.

I hate cliches, but maybe it's time to start thinking about who would be a "uniter", not a "divider." At present, we're accomplishing almost nothing.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

MAKING IT UP WITH VOLUME

You know the old business cliche -- how do you cope with a product that doesn't make money?

It appears GM is warming up a case study on the subject as we speak.

THE IRONY OF IT ALL

A staffer in Washington described their boss as follows:

We briefed him on it. He seemed to ask questions as though he understood it, but clearly he didn't.

If I were to ask you who the "he" was, a lot of people (even a few Republicans) might say, "Bush, of course."

OK, change the "he" to "she", because this descripton was of a female. Who was it?

That's right, it was Nancy P., the dim bulb of the Hill.

Friday, July 01, 2005

HAVE A GREAT 4TH OF JULY

And please remember why we celebrate that day.

IT WASN'T FUNNY

I'm sure you've seen Penn & Teller, the squirky magicians who are known for doing tricks that aren't conventional.

I channel surfed onto one of their most recent Showtime half-hour shows titled Gun Control.

Unlike most celebrities who would do a show on guntrol that focused on the need for more controls, their show did just the opposite and it did so in a very powerful way.

I would highly recommend you watch this show. There were some segments where I cried (I don't cry), so you shouldn't expect this to be a light-hearted romp.

HOLD ON, IT'S GONNA BE A BIG ONE!!!

WOW, just when you expected to hear the announcement that Chief Justice Rehnquist had decided to step down, Justice O'Connor announces her retirement.

Oh. My. God.

I could see the Dems going along with a somewhat conservative replacement for Rehnquist, but O'Connor is their girl.

That Bush will probably be able to appoint two justices is almost as big a news story as it gets these days.

Happy 4th. Heh. Heh. Heh.

I HAD TO PINCH MYSELF

It's the bloody Times (of London) and they just said this about the President:

In person Mr Bush is so far removed from the caricature of the dim, war-mongering Texas cowboy of global popular repute that it shakes one’s faith in the reliability of the modern media. (Emphasis mine.)