Urbin Report

Friday, May 30, 2003

Word of the Day:

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Found in the Washington Times:
The Dixie Chicks will be interested to learn that Live Aid founder Bob Geldof "shocked" the international aid community, as Reuters wrote yesterday, by praising President Bush as one of Africa's best friends in the fight against AIDS and famine.
    "You'll think I'm off my trolley when I say this, but the Bush administration is the most radical - in a positive sense - in the approach to Africa since [John F.] Kennedy," Mr. Geldof said during a visit to famine-ravaged Ethiopia.
    The Irish musician and activist said Mr. Bush's predecessor, Bill Clinton, might have talked passionately about Africa, but he did very little to help the continent.
It sees that while Billy Jeff Clinton taked a lot about doing good, President George W. Bush actually gets the job done.

A Pack, not a Herd.

Found at Instapundit, who summed it up well:
"This is why confiscating tweezers is silly. You can't hijack a plane anymore, because the passengers won't allow it."

DNC targets Black staffers with layoff!

You know that ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN would lead their nightly news shows with this if the RNC did it.

Bill Clinton fails basic Constitutional law

It's scary that this man was a law professor.
Regardless of what Billy Jeff Clinton rambles on about, Congress can't change the 22nd amendment.
It's a bit more complex than that.
Look it up.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Just in case some of those on the left forget, here is a county by county 2000 election map:

Since I'm taking a shot at Sheryl Crow, I would also like to point out that one of the charities she supports (per her website) is the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.

Ultra-leftist & Bush Hater Phil Donohue said while abusing his position as commencement speaker at North Carolina State University, "only Congress can declare war, and not just one man, the president."

This leads to the obvious question, Just where was Phil Donohue and the rest of the Left Wing Extremists when Clinton was declaring war on Serbia & Bosnia? We know what some where doing. Has-been actor Mike Farrell was a vocal supporter of Billy Jeff Clinton's unilateral military lead regime changes in those countries. Sheryl Crow was touring Bosnia with Hillary Clinton and giving shows to the troops.

It's the blatant hypocrisy that is really disgusting.

"Hard science-fiction is fiction that extrapolates from what is currently known and accepted in the science and engineering fields, is internally consistent within those extrapolations, and makes use of no or minimal 'magic' technology."

This is a good defination that I found on Doug Berry's Livejournal.

"Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at the touch, nay, you may kick it about all day like a football, and it will be round and full at evening." -- Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes

Word of the day:
interstice \in-TUR-stuhs\, noun;
plural interstices \in-TUR-stuh-seez; -suhz\:
1. A space between things or parts, especially a space between things closely set; a narrow chink; a crack; a crevice; an interval.
2. An interval of time.

Far Left Wing Extremist & Clinton apologist Sydney Blumenthal's continues his his history of lies, lies and more lies in his book "The Clinton Wars."

For example:
Mr. Rogan, who now heads the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says:
 "I have not read Sydney's book, but I did let him interview me several times."He apparently states in his book ... and repeated in a speech at the National Press Club that when I deposed him ? and here we are in the middle of the impeachment trial ? he says I walked up to him, shook is hand, and said something along the lines of we, meaning the House managers, we're on the wrong side of history in doing this.
    "I suspect somebody probably said that to him somewhere along the line, but it certainly wasn't me, and it defies common sense to think that here I am in the middle of the impeachment trial, surrounded by members of the Senate who were proctoring the examination, who were our jurors, with fellow House impeachment manager Lindsey Graham, and the House impeachment staff, and here I was representing an extremely marginal congressional seat, knowing it was probably going to cost me my re-election, that I would say such a thing.
    "I know memories are faulty, but when he interviewed me he never asked me or confronted me with that supposed statement. "I never said it. It's simply not correct."

This ray of truth was brought to you by the Washington Times.

Friday, May 23, 2003

Neo & the Architect

Found on Mike Silverman's blog:

Model4, a poster on Little Green Footballs, says it best:

What amazing decades we've seen. Men on the Moon, ICBMS, cell phones and the Internet. The fall of the Evil Empire, Iran's shah, the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein. Proxy wars from Asia to the Middle East to Africa to the Americas. PoMo to PC to feminism to environmentalism to globalization to neo-conservatism. A cavalcade of American and Israeli leaders, from the left to the right, men of war, men of peace, men of both.

But the constant has always been Arafat and murder. From Egypt to Jordan to Tunisia to Lebanon to Ramallah. Given the chance, I'd drop him like a rabid dog. But I'd feel bad about the dog.

Produce left wing Bush-Hater columns with the same deep though process that liberals use!

The Slutertarian Party
Why the Hell not? It's a free country and I'll bet they have a better Platform than the DNC.

Today's word of the Day: ZENZIZENZIZENZIC


Bob Graham's Loopy Foreign Policy

Thursday, May 22, 2003

You may go play video games if you wish.

Remember this: Walk away now and you walk away from your interest in history, your ability to tell a good story, your ability to translate dreams into reality; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, unimaginative first-person shooters, online quasi-historical strategy games, yet another multiplayer NFL game, violence-laden driving simulations, and mindless revisions of innumerable cute Japanese animations. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital gaming legacies of James Dunnigan, Steve Jackson, Gary Gygax, Marc Miller, Loren Wiseman, Frank Chadwick, Andrew Keith, William Keith, John Harshman, Professor Barker, and Richard Tucholka.

Turn your backs now and you snuff out the fragile candles of Board Gaming, Miniatures, Fantasy and Science Fiction Roleplaying, and when those flames flicker and expire, the light of the world is extinguished because the creative thought which has moved mankind through the decades leading to the millenium will wither and die on the vine of abandonment and neglect. -- John Kwon on the TML, tipping his hat to Elwood Blues.

more idiots in the spotlight, Moxie nails it again

Word of the day:
inveigle \in-VAY-guhl; -VEE-\, transitive verb:
1. To persuade by ingenuity or flattery; to entice.
2. To obtain by ingenuity or flattery.

Best news I've so far today.
According to the Washington Times:
Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley-Braun says she might have to "fold my tent" unless she can raise more money.

A friend of mine has pointed out that could be a bad thing, because every dollar going to this corrupt one term former Senator is a dollar not going to a democrat with actual chance of being elected.

I'll bet that there area lot of senior folks at the DNC that want to see her stay in longer because every dollar (and more importantly) every vote she gets is one that Al Sharpton doesn't.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

"Is or is there not some concern of the public, concern in some quarters, not all of them Republican, that this is, in fact, a kind of effort at a quote, ‘coup,’ that is you have a twice elected, popularly elected President of the United States and so those that you mention in the Democrat Party who dislike him and what he stands for, have been unable to beat him at the polls, have found another way to get him out of office?"

Words you never would have heard Dan Rather utter in the early 70's.

20 Years of Liberal Spin From Gunga Dan

So much for solidary on the left. Remember that ultraleftist Rabbi Michael Lerner at an antiwar rally in San Francisco because he doesn't oppose the existence of the state of Israel.
Thanks to to the Wall Street Journal for pointing this out.

The Bitch Girls have fun pointing out all the spots in a NYT article were facts were competely ignored.

Monday, May 19, 2003

An email I sent to CNN:

Wayne LaPierre was correct in his assessment of John Zarrella's story on 5/15/03. In the retail world, Mr. Zarrella did what is know as "bait and switch", which is an illegal sales trick. He followed the script of well known 2nd Amendment foe Josh Sugarman, who wrote in 1989, "Assault weapons... are a new topic. The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons -- anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun -- can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons."

Mr. Zarrella's story, instead of presenting facts, and making the issues clearer, followed this script of confusion, spreading what salesmen call "Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt."

The facts, to those who bother to research the subject, are clear. The 1994 law only bans semi-automatic rifles, for cosmetic reasons. Fully automatic, or selective fire weapons, like the M16A2 are not covered by that law. Such weapons have been under strict federal control since the Nation Firearms Act of 1934.

For example, the 1994 ban lists the AR-15 as a banned weapon, but makes the Ruger Mini-14 legal. What's the difference? Both fire the same .223 Remington cartridge, both are only capable of semi-automatic fire. Both use detachable box magazines, both are about the same size, weight, and have about the same muzzle velocity. The difference is that the AR-15 has black plastic parts (foregrip, pistol grip and stock), while those corresponding parts on the Mini-14 are made of wood.

Given CNN's history of bias reporting on this subject, Nelson Mandella will be a guest speaker at Bob Jones University before CNN presents a factual and honest story on the so-called assault weapon ban that was part of the Crime Act of 1994.

Some more details on Hollywood's drive to suppress the 1st amendment rights of non-celebrities.

"The best argument against the Clinton economic policy is that they stood by and watched the Internet Bubble form." -- Larry Loiacono

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Starship Troopers
You belong in Starship Troopers. Your idea of a
good time is bouncing across an alien
battlefield blasting the foes of humanity into

Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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The last thing a T-72 sees...

Friday, May 16, 2003

Top Clinton defender James Carville admits on national TV: Sex Was Clinton's Top Priority.

Found on Ringo's Tavern, part of the Baen Books website

It could have been any night of the week, as I sat in one of those loud
and casual steak houses that are cropping up all over the country. You
know the type- a bucket of peanuts on the table, shells littering the
floor, and a bunch of perky college kids racing around with longneck
beers and sizzling platters.

Taking a sip of my iced tea, I studied the crowd over the rim of my
glass. I let my gaze linger on a few of the tables next to me, where
several uniformed military members were enjoying their meals. Smiling
sadly, I glanced across my booth to the empty seat where my husband
usually sat. Had it had only been a few weeks since we had sat at this
very table talking about his upcoming deployment to the Middle East? He
made me promise to come back to this restaurant once a month, sit in our
booth, and treat myself to a nice dinner. He told me that he would
treasure the thought of me there eating a steak and thinking about him
until he came home. I fingered the little flag pin I wear on my jacket
and wondered where at that moment he was. Was he safe and warm? Was his
cold any better? Were any of my letters getting to him? As I pondered
all of these things, shrill feminine voices from the next booth broke
into my thoughts.

"I don't know what Bush is thinking invading Iraq. Didn't he learn
anything from his father's mistakes? He is an idiot anyway, I can't
believe he is even in office. You know he stole the election."

I cut into my steak and tried not to listen as they began an endless
tirade of running down our president. I thought about the last night I
was with my husband as he prepared to deploy. He had just returned from
getting his smallpox and anthrax shots and the image of him standing in
our kitchen packing his gas mask still gave me chills.

Once again their voices invaded my thoughts.

"It is all about oil, you know. Our military will go in and rape and
pillage and steal all the oil they can in the name of freedom. I wonder
how many innocent lives our soldiers will take without a thought? It is
just pure greed."

My chest tightened and I stared at my wedding ring. I could picture how
handsome my husband was in his mess dress the day he slipped it on my
finger. I wondered what he was wearing at that moment. He probably had
on his desert uniform, affectionately dubbed coffee stains, over the top
of which he wore a heavy bulletproof vest.

"We should just leave Iraq alone. I don't think they are hiding any
weapons. I think it is all a ploy to increase the president's popularity
and pad the budget of our military at the expense of social security and
education. We are just asking for another 9-11 an d I can't say when it
happens again that we didn't deserve it."

Their words brought to mind the war protesters I had watched gathering
outside our base. Did no one appreciate the sacrifice of brave men and
women who leave their homes and family to ensure our freedom? I glimpsed
at the tables around me and saw the faces of some of those courageous
men, looking sad as they listened to the ladies talk.

"Well I for one, think it is a travesty to invade Iraq and I am
certainly sick of our tax dollars going to train the professional baby
killers we call a military."

Professional baby killers? As I thought about what a wonderful father
my husband is and wondered how long it would be before he was able to
see his children again, indignation rose up within me. Normally
reserved, pride in my husband gave me a boldness I had never known.
Tonight, one voice would cry out on behalf of the military. One shy
woman would d stand and let her pride in our troops be known. I made my
way to their table, placed my palms flat on it and lowered myself to be
eye level with them. Smiling I said, "I couldn't help overhearing your
conversation. I am sitting over here trying to enjoy my dinner alone. Do
you know why I am alone? Because my husband, whom I love dearly, is
halfway across the world defending your right to say rotten things about
him. You have the right to your opinion, and what you think is none of
my business, but what you say in my hearing is and I will not sit by and
listen to you run down my country, my president, my husband, and all
these other fine men and women in here who put their lives on the line
to give you the freedom to complain. Freedom is expensive ladies, don't
let your actions cheapen it."

I must have been louder than I meant to be, because about that time the
manager came over and asked if everything was all right. " Yes thank
you." I replied and then turned back to the ladies, "Enjoy the rest of
your meal."

To my surprise, as I sat down to finish my steak, a round of applause
broke out in the restaurant. Not long after the ladies picked up their
check and scurried away, the manager brought me a huge helping of apple
cobbler and ice cream, compliments of the table to my left. He told me
that the ladies had tried to pay for my dinner, but someone had beaten
them to it. When I asked who he said the couple had already left, but
that the man had mentioned he was a WWII vet and wanted to take care of
the wife of one of our boys.

I turned to thank the soldiers for the cobbler, but they wouldn't hear
a word of it, retorting, "Thank you, you said what we wanted to say but
weren't allowed."

As I drove home that night, for the first time in while, I didn't feel
quite so alone. My heart was filled with the warmth of all the pat rons
who had stopped by my table to tell me they too were proud of my husband
and that he would be in their prayers. I knew their flags would fly a
little higher the next day. Perhaps they would look for tangible ways to
show their pride in our country and our troops, and maybe, just maybe,
the two ladies sitting at that table next to me would pause for a minute
to appreciate all the freedom this great country offers and what it
costs to maintain. As for me, I had learned that one voice can make a
difference. Maybe the next time protestors gather outside the gates of
the base where I live, I will proudly stand across the street with a
sign of my own. A sign that says "Thank you!"

Lori Kimble is a 31 year old teacher and proud military wife. She is a
California native currently living in Alabama.

Today's word is "ultracrepidarian". This is, of course, a person who gives opinions on matters beyond their knowledge.
For example, one might say that "The media is full of ultracrepidarians!"

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Another reason to love Kinky Friedman. Well, maybe “love” isn’t quite the right word.

From the nice folks at Little Green Footballs

From the nice folks at Instapundit.com

HOLLYWOOD HALFWITS reports that Disney is dropping its support for Michael Moore's planned Bush-bashing documentary.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Thanks to Matt Drudge, for finding this:

Senator Patrick Leahy, the democrat from Vermont who actually ran as a democrat, is seen in a flight suit posing by an F-16.
Now, I'm not 100% certain of this, but I don't think that Senator Leahy is a trained jet fighter pilot.
President Bush, on the other hand is a trained jet fighter pilot.

Monday, May 12, 2003

Here are some suggestions for books to read.

Read a book

Another nail in the coffin of the left's belief in freedom of information and expression.
According to the June 03 issue of Wired Magazine, UC Berkeley, an icon of far left extremist liberalism, rates in the top five Colleges for the worst Cyber Liberites. The school administration runs a program called Pro that keeps logs of every URL visited.

MIT, rates #1 for the best Cyber Liberites on Campus!

"By landing on a moving carrier -- an extraordinarily difficult feat -- [President Bush] paid the crew on board the Lincoln the ultimate compliment -- he put his life in their hands. He never expressed a doubt that they would bring him in safely. " -- Oliver North

So much for freedom of speech on campus...

Jack of Spades picked up.

The real point of the "assault weapon" law

"We have no gun control in Vermont. We also have pretty close to the lowest homicide rate in America." -- Howard Dean, liberal democrat, who served 12 years as governor of Vermont and is running for President in the 2004 election.

Wired on WiFi

Sunday, May 11, 2003

"The Democrats continue to snipe at Bush. They'll never give it up to him. You know Teddy Kennedy and Tom Daschle pick more nits than a father and son spider monkey team who know they're being followed by a National Geographic film crew." -- Dennis Miller

"If Clinton had only attacked terrorism as much as he attacks George Bush we wouldn't be in this problem." -- Dennis Miller, May 6, 2003

"And I know your next move, I watch you so much, 'There's been no proven link between the secular state of Iraq and al-Qaeda!' Come on. They both think we're Satan. Isn't that a nice starting point? Why are you so loathe to believe they might have each other on lunatic speed dial?" -- Dennis Miller on Hannity & Colmes.

Back after Hollyweird liberals attacked their right to free speech!

One of the idiotic things the People's Commonweath wastes money on...

democrats have always had a creative way with the English language.
For example, they babble about "Paying for a tax cut."
As usual, they have their economics ass-backwards.
The real question about "paying for" is why the American people are paying for every slab of granite in West Virginia to be named after a former Klansman?

The New York Times, all the fabrication and plagiarism that's fit to print

It's not the first time the NYT has published fiction as fact.

The First Church of Shatnerology

Friday, May 09, 2003

The Deck of Weasels!

Interesting words from Jonathan Chait of the liberal New Republic, writting in the left of center Washington Post:

Perhaps the most disheartening development of the war--at home, anyway--is the number of liberals who have allowed Bush-hatred to take the place of thinking. Speaking with otherwise perceptive people, I have seen the same intellectual tics come up time and time again: If Bush is for it, I'm against it. If Bush says it, it must be a lie. Their opposition to Bush has made liberals embrace principles--such as the notion that the United States must never fight without U.N. approval except in self-defense--to which the Clinton administration never adhered (see Operation Desert Fox in 1998, or the Kosovo campaign in 1999). And it has made them forget that there are governments in the world even more odious and untrustworthy than the Bush administration.

How run a Microsoft free shop.

Democrat Obstruction Day

When the shoe is on the other foot, they sing a different tune:
Tom Daschle (D-SD): “I find it simply baffling that a Senator would vote against even voting on a judicial nomination.”

Edward Kennedy (D-MA): “It is true that some Senators have voiced concerns about these nominations. But that should not prevent a roll call vote which gives every Senator the opportunity to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no.’”

Barbara Boxer (D-CA): “I think, whether the delays are on the Republican side or the Democratic side, let these names come up, let us have debate, let us vote.”

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

For all those democrats who have their collective panties in a knot over the President, a former jet fighter pilot, appearing in a flight suit, and claiming that Presidents shouldn't wear military garb, here is a blast from the past...

Now, just what was it you were whining about?

Kerry's revisionist history

"The American citizens have a right to own firearms. It is no more unlimited than any other right that we have. The laws ought to concentrate that we pass on stopping criminals and children and others who shouldn't have guns from getting them. Licensing, registration, in my opinion are bad ideas and violations of that fundamental right." Senator Joe Liberman (D-Conn.)

They're here, they're queer, and they are legal, responsible gun owners who support the 2nd amendment. Get over it.

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

The John Walsh Show show ambushes women who have been victims of violence.

Where your tax dollars go..., a great article by Michelle Malkin that covers stuff you won't hear out of Dan Rather's biased lips.

Didn't HRC announce her senate run in front of these crooks?
I guess birds of feather do flock together.

Howard Zinn &  Noam  Chomsky on the Lord of the Rings. [It's humor folks, but pretty spot on...]

New York Senator Chuck "At least I am from New York" Schumer (democrat - HCI) got nailed for illegal campaign contribution in his 1998 senatorial run to the tune of $130,000! He also had to return $120,455, which made up the illegal contributions that the FEC knew of.
Byron York has more details in the National Review

Our Friends the French

Five of Hearts collected.

Monday, May 05, 2003

"[Liberals] said chemical weapons would be used against our troops. That didn't happen. They predicted huge civilian casualties. That didn't happen. They said Americans would turn against the war as our troops came home in body bags. That didn't happen. They warned of a mammoth terrorist attack in America if we invaded Iraq. That didn't happen. Just two weeks ago, they claimed American troops were caught in another Vietnam quagmire. That didn't happen. " -- Ann Coulter

from an article in the Wall Street Journal Online Opinion site, Robert Bartley writes:

"The notion is to find some comment or anecdote that can be labeled beyond the pale, making the victim "controversial" and unsuited for office."

"Judicial nominee Miguel Estrada is currently being Borked; he was made "controversial" because the Justice Department won't release the internal memos he wrote, some of them for Democratic officials who back his nomination. Senate Democrats did allow a vote on Jeff Sutton, who'd been made "controversial" because he did too well defending clients the Emily's List Democrats didn't like. But the Democratic leadership promptly said they would filibuster against Priscilla Owen. She's "controversial" because on the Texas Supreme Court she voted to uphold laws requiring parental notification in cases of abortion for minors--laws widely approved in polls and upheld by the Supreme Court."

Comments by Joel Engel found at the Weekly Standard Web site

"Why didn't Tim Robbins exercise his right of free speech to defend Senator Rick Santorum from the arrows and insults directed at him after he suggested that gay sex should not be protected by the Constitution?"
"Doesn't Robbins believe that the calls for the senator's resignation are akin to McCarthyism, or that the chorus of boos will have a chilling effect on free expression? And why did Robbins' 'wife,' Susan Sarandon, not so long ago lead the calls for a boycott of Dr. Laura Schlessinger's television show, when, as her entire family have been recently teaching us, free speech should come free of criticism and repercussions?"

Thursday, May 01, 2003

"The Iraqi people behaved considerably better than the French did after Americans liberated Paris. Thousands of Frenchmen were killed by other Frenchmen on allegations of collaboration with the Nazis. Subsequent scholarship has shown that charges of "collaboration" were often nothing more than a settling of personal grudges and family feuds.: -- Ann Coulter

You might be a liberal if...
You think George W. Bush is a bigger threat to world peace than Saddam Hussein...
You think every problem is the direct result of the government not spending enough to solve it...
You think making $100,000 /yr makes you "rich"...
You think Fox News is a biased network, and Al Jazeerah isn't...
You think suicide bombers and other terrorists are "militants"...
The answer to every problem in the Middle East is the end of Israel...
You think Castro is anything other than a petty dictator...
You think a tax cut is bad for, but a tax hike helps the poor...
You think the Dixie Chicks and Tim Robbins should say what they want, but O'Reilly, Hannity, and Limbaugh should shut up...
You trust CNN for anything beyond the current temperature...
You think SUVs are supportive of terrorists, but houses with 19 car garages are AOK...
You think wanting the US to win a war is jingoistic...
You think the deaths of soldiers is preferable to another term of GWB as President...
You think FAIR, is...
You liken the Perdue factory to a concentration camp...
You think Clinton was a paragon of ethics...
You think the 2000 election was "stolen"...
You feel my pain...
You think "choice" applies only to abortion...
You think Mumia is a political prisoner...
You think the word "unilateral" is defined as "without France, Germany, and Russia"...
You think that every misbehaving child has ADD or needs therapy...
You're still convinced there are no infidels in Baghdad...

Found in the Washington Times

"Last week, the London Daily Telegraph began reporting that George Galloway, a Laborite member of Parliament and an anti-war voice featured by several American media outlets, received hundreds of thousands of pounds in the past few years from Saddam's coffers,"

"In the May 5 Weekly Standard, Stephen F. Hayes summarized the story and added that American politicians also received cash: Rep. Jim McDermott, so memorably featured from Baghdad attacking President Bush as a liar last fall on ABC's 'This Week,' accepted $5,000 for his legal defense fund from Shakir al-Khafaji, a Saddam supporter (and contractor with the Ba'athist regime) who arranged his Baghdad trip.