Urbin Report

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

"I would like to know if one of our big media organizations is at work on one of the most disturbing mysteries of our time--where the billions in UN Oil-for-Food money in Iraq went and how it got there. Why aren't the LAT, the NYT and WaPo on this? If they're afraid of the answers, then shame on them. Until we fully understand the roots and extent of this scandal, the UN will not be able to function as an untainted organization. You would think believers in international government (which I am, with reservations) would want to clear that up." -- Roger Simon

"The N.G.O.'s have been a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, the truck bomb at the U.N. headquarters was horrific. But they seemed as if they were very, very quick to bail out of here, compared to the risks they have run in a variety of other missions." -- " Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the 101st Division, speaking of nongovernmental organizations, in a New York Times article.

Monday, December 29, 2003

Silent Running has something to say about Hillary the Hun

He appears to have acquired the meme from Little Tiny Lies.

Of course I still think that Hillary Clinton is a miserable failure.

As Mr. Reynolds points out "Obviously, the Clinton Administration failed to plan sufficiently for the postwar environment." Thus creating a Balkan Quagmire. Here is the money quote:

In a bitter blow for the politicians who toppled Slobodan Milosevic as Yugoslav president in 2000, the ultra-nationalist Radicals of former paramilitary leader Vojislav Seselj became by far the biggest party with almost 28 percent of the vote.

Their strong showing revealed just how disappointed many Serbs in the impoverished Balkan state are with three years of Western-style economic and political change, plagued by bitter feuding among former reform allies and corruption allegations. . . .

The outcome was also a setback for Western capitals hoping Serbia had turned its back on aggressive nationalism after a decade of wars under Milosevic, like Seselj facing war crimes charges at the U.N. tribunal in The Hague.

Probably illegal fund raising by liberals...

An excellent observation by Glen Reynolds:

OUT OF WAR, PEACE:

The War on Terror has had an unintended, and welcome, side effect; world peace. Since September 11, 2001, and the aggressive American operations against terrorist organizations, several long time wars have ended, or moved sharply in that direction. Many of these wars get little attention in American media, but have killed hundreds of thousands of people over the last decade.


What follows is an interesting story of the Bush Administration's successful multilateral approach to the War On Terror, with this conclusion: "And hardly anyone noticed."

Sunday, December 28, 2003


Thanks to Moxie for this one!

Let's make some comparisons here...The foreign policies of Bill & Hillary Clinton brought us the nuclear buildup in North Korea and the 9/11 attacks (according to Osama bin Laden, who said that the US was Paper Tiger based on the lack of response to the previous World Trade Center bombing and the attack on the USS Cole, which happened on the Clinton watch).

The results of the Bush doctrine have been Libia giving up it's WMD program and Iran agreeing to surprise weapons inspections after seeing what happened in Afganistan and Iraq.

Circle the Black helicopter around the loopy left wing! Their paranoia is getting more than a wee bit ludicrous.

"The worst human rights abuses in the world - including government engineered famines - are unfolding in North Korea today. Since the US isn't involved, the Chomskyites aren't interested. But the pro-intervention left - if we are serious about human rights - cannot take the same morally blank position." -- Harry

Saturday, December 27, 2003

"I intend to vote for President George W. Bush in the next election, because in my view, he is best able to wage the war against international terrorism."
-- Former NYC Mayor (and democrat) Ed Koch

Operation Shield of Strength

Friday, December 26, 2003

Andrew Sullivan points out how a liberal "expert" was completely & totally wrong (no surprise there):

"In Baghdad the coalition forces confront a city apparently determined on resistance. They should remember Napoleon in Moscow, Hitler in Stalingrad, the Americans in Mogadishu and the Russians at Grozny. Hostile cities have ways of making life ghastly for aggressors. They are not like countryside. They seldom capitulate, least of all when their backs are to the wall. It took two years after the American withdrawal from Vietnam for Saigon to fall to the Vietcong. Kabul was ceded to the warlords only when the Taleban drove out of town. In the desert, armies fight armies. In cities, armies fight cities. The Iraqis were not stupid. They listened to Western strategists musing about how a desert battle would be a pushover. Things would get 'difficult' only if Saddam played the cad and drew the Americans into Baghdad. Why should he do otherwise?" - Simon Jenkins, the Times of London, in an article called - yes! - "Baghdad Will Be Near Impossible to Conquer," March 28.

THIS, is an ex-leader!

Xmas Present From Progressives: Starvation

How many poor people have progressives starved since 1917? It's a good question and somebody should do the research and publish it.

Russia was the breadbasket of Europe until progressives seized power in that year and started instituting policies to "share the wealth." For the next 70 years until socialism collapsed, Russia was a net importer of food always on the brink of famine. In the 1930s, Stalin instigated a calculated famine in the Ukraine to rid himself of approximately 10 million political enemies.

His crime was protected by the progressives at the New York Times and on the Pulitzer Prize Committee (they control both institutions to this day). Because soft progressives cover for hard-line progressives like Stalin, Castro and other political monsters -- preferring to demonize George Bush and John Ashcroft instead -- these atrocities continue.

The left's inability to understand the most basic economic fact -- that people need an incentive to produce -- has caused the unnecessary deaths of tens of millions of people -- mostly poor -- in the last 75 years. But thanks to a politically corrupted media and educational system, their pig-headed pursuit of socialist fantasies goes on.

Washington, D.C. has some of the strongest so-called "gun control" laws in the country.
They don't even stop criminals from getting firearms in Jail!

Thursday, December 25, 2003

"NBC’s Katie Couric said Saddam’s capture was only 'symbolic.' She’d be proved hopelessly wrong less than 24 hours later, as the 1st Armored Division, acting on intelligence secured from Saddam’s capture, rounded up three former Iraqi generals who are suspected of supporting the terrorist resistance in Iraq." -- Thus says Lt. Colonel Oliver North

An Elvis Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Another E-Mail to Andrew Sullivan

I'm a semi-conservative (?) boomer, and I don't engage in the "boomer idiocy" you speak of. I'm a U.S. Army veteran. In 197O I was spat upon, and called the standard names, like "baby killer", or a "brain washed dupe of the military industrial complex." My trying to explain that I was in the medical service and 1000 miles away from the fighting made no difference. When I came home in 1971, my pre-draft friends threw a Welcome Home party for me. At one point I was backed into a corner as they jabbed their fingers into my face and made all sorts of idiotic accusations. I started to think they had the party as an excuse just to beat up a veteran. When I got my first apartment it became a place to hide for several other returning vets. At age 23, I was the old guy. I ran into a grade school pal who was known for running laps around St. Cecilia's church in the 1950's doing the stations of the cross. He went to Boston College , joined the SDS, and told me in 1971, that two of our childhood friends, Norm and Richie "deserved it" when they were killed in Viet Nam. I wish I had punched the hell out of him, but instead, I walked away and cried. All I'm saying is that many, many of us are not like these people in the Village bar this young lady was in. Maybe MOST of us are not like them. Guys like me, saw the idiocy of these people at its genesis, and we were the first victims. Now that our side may be slowly winning, it's rough to think we may me lumped in with the people that abused us 30 years ago. I hold my nose and call myself "pro choice". I agree with everything you say regarding gay citizens, and gay marriage. But I cringe over PC thinking, and I'm terrified at the thought of Islamic madmen running around the world on slaughter binges. For this, the boomers of the "idiot" persuasion call me an out and out "Right Wing Madman". Thanks for letting me vent. Richie's father and mine were City Firefighters. I have memories of visting my father at the firehouse as a little boy in the 1950's. Richie was there too. Our big fathers used to hold us in their arms and slide down the poles with us, and we would all laugh. Richie was the first kid from my home town to die in Viet Nam. He died, his father's heart broke and never healed, and then some jerk from the Boomer Left, said he "deserved it". If you want to know who is REALLY mad at that tribe of boomers, look around for the likes of me.


George Elliott, Who Warned of Planes Nearing Pearl, Dead at 85

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Why do we hate and fear Hillary? Let us count one of the ways:

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, praising the former Soviet Union yesterday for its 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, said that the attack helped bring women's rights to the fundamentalist Muslim country.

"The Soviets tried to provide more opportunities for women," Clinton told the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, in a speech billed by her office as "her first major foreign policy address as a U.S. senator."
When a socialist (or any other barbarian) state "grants" a "right", is it to sweeten the bitter taste of bondage.

From an email to Andrew Sullivan:


While having a beer at a neighborhood bar/restaurant in NYC's West Village last weekend, I was party to a situation that I think you'll find directly on point.
Three mid-50's liberals were going on about the capture of Saddam; how it was a conspiracy, that the president knew where he was at all times and picked a politically opportune moment to capture him, it was all about the oil, etc.
The mid-20's girl sitting next to them broke from her conversation to chime in with the following, "I wish 60's sensibilities had stayed there. Someone points a gun in your face and you think 'My Fault', when you should be thinking 'You just picked the wrong fight'. Get your heads out of your asses".
They responded with dismissive claims about Republicans and tourists from the midwest.
She replied with, "One, I've grew up in Brooklyn. Two, I voted for Gore -- but I'll sure as hell take W. over someone who thinks the French are the height of moral authority and without ulterior motive."
I asked her out on the spot, and have a date for this Friday. Foxy, Cunning, and Fearless -- wish me luck!

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Clinton pushed the Iraqi-al Qaeda connection for years.

News Update: Uday Hussian has not raped any children since his mistake of shooting at US troops.

Dick Gephart, one of the few democrat candiates not running to the extreme far left, is on Fox News Sunday this morning. He's grasping for straws, blaming President Bush for not cleaning up Billy Jeff Clintons major screw up in dealing with North Korea.

Let's bottom line this, the far left extremist loopies can blame President Bush all they want, but the root cause is bin Laden getting the impression that US is a Paper Tiger. He viewed the US in that way because Billy Jeff Clinton was more interested in his "War on Ken Starr" than he was in defending the United States from repeated terrorist attacks.

Here is a good one from Andrew Sullivan:
Here's how Canada's National Post describes the CBC's coverage of the capture of Saddam:

To summarize, here are the impressions a casual viewer might have taken from Monday night's CBC news: (1) Iraqis still love Saddam, and so his capture has only enraged them; (2) Despite Mr. Bush's "gloating," things will get worse; (3) Saddam's trial will be a propaganda trick engineered to re-elect a Republican president; (4) To the extent Saddam did anything bad, America was the real villain; and (5) Saddam's capture is meaningless anyway because Osama is still on the loose.

Albert A. Gore III arrested for drug possesion. I wonder if this will get as much TV coverage as the Bush twins having a beer?

OMG! The New York Times admits President Bush was Right! Time for that snowball fight in Hell!

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Breaking News Fails to Please Some Listeners

By Jeffrey A. Dvorkin
Ombudsman
National Public Radio

This may be the column where I differ with the concerns of some listeners.

'Where's My Vivaldi?'

The announcement of the capture of Saddam Hussein by U.S. forces pushed NPR into its "news special" mode. But some listeners found this important news story an intrusion on their usually predictable Sunday morning. Listener Siochain Hall writes:

Are we, as listeners, again to be inundated with numbing news of Saddam Hussein's capture? Will we be flogged with the dastardly deeds of the dictator 24/7, so that we listeners can turn off the NPR radio station altogether till the frenzy wanes?
After all, who wants to listen to a story about how a bunch of capitalist mercenaries oppress a poor helpless socialist savior? (Can I switch off the sarcasm mode now?)

-- Les

Ahh...the Loopy Far Left Extremists never fail to disappoint...

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

"The better things are going in Iraq, the more air leaks out of Dean's balloon." - Mickey Kaus

So we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hussein once had and used weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, at the time of the invasion, Saddam either had WMD or planned to acquire them. So all this quibbling over WMD is in a very important sense, irrelevant. Worst case scenario, it's like we stopped a serial killer before he could kill again as opposed to actually catching him with a body in the basement. In any case, sensible people who are concerned about what an anti-American tyrant like Saddam might have done with his WMD should be happy that the Butcher of Baghdad is now permanently out of business.
-- John Hawkins on the Lies About Weapons of Mass Destruction

"It is amazing to see how a powerful guy like him could wind up in a place like this," said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Wallace of the 4th Infantry Division's 442nd Field Artillery Unit, who was guarding the house on Monday.

"Try to imagine a soldier telling Saddam "President Gore sends his regards," or "President Dean sends his regards" and see if you can keep a straight face."

Monday, December 15, 2003

The truth about the so-called "plastic" turkey.

Great stuff from Andrew Sullivan:

GALLOWAY NOMINEE I (for thinly veiled disappointment at the capture of Saddam): "I can't believe this. I'm crying here. I feel that we now don't have a chance in this election." - poster Carrie B. on Howard Dean's campaign blog. Way to get your priorities straight, Carrie.

Hate Speech in D.C.

CNN reports the head of Palestinian Hamas has issued a statement expressing outrage that Saddam would encourage martrydom in others, yet personally go down without a fight. The impact of this should not be underestimated.

The Associated Press has a delightful quote from the Saudi ambassador to Washington:

"It's amazing how people who were doing everything possible to derail the success" of the Iraq war now "feel they have the right" to reconstruction contracts, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan said. "It just takes so much chutzpah."


Now I have to include the followup line from The Wall Street Journal Online:
Did he say "chutzpah"? Who knew Prince Bandar was Jewish?

Don Corleone would fit right in as Democratic Party boss.

Try googling "History's Greatest Monster".

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Gee...they can't even War Profiteer properly! They need some more democrats working there.

"Yes, Halliburton is profiteering in Iraq--will apologists finally concede the point, now that a Pentagon audit finds overcharging?"--former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, New York Times, Dec. 12

"The officials said Halliburton did not appear to have profited from overcharging for fuel, but had instead paid a subcontractor too much for the gasoline in the first place."--news story, New York Times, Dec. 12

The Dean-Enron Connection:

While he was governor of Vermont, Howard Dean "enacted tax breaks that attracted to the state a 'Who's Who' of corporate America--including Enron--to set up insurance businesses," the Boston Globe reports. "Dean succeeded in turning Vermont into the kingdom of captives"--concerns that help insure their parent companies. "Vermont has more of these companies than the other 49 states combined."

The democrat underground comes clean with the truth for once:

I took a look at my IRA today and see it sitting at a three year high. I admit, for a moment, I felt a moment of glee, then I remembered who this is REALLY helping, big corporations, Bush's supporters, and the sheep who think he really did anything to boost the economy.

Like it or not, people vote with their pocketbooks and when they see these big gains, they will be happy. Couple this with the bigger than ever tax refund checks people we getting (Thanks in no small part to the politically motivated tactic of reducing tax brackets across the board in JULY, and making the bill retroactive, so the first 7 months of overpaid taxes will be INCLUDED in your tax refund...in addition to the doubled child credit and marriage penalty drop...my GOD...I know most of tax cuts help the rich, but this s--- really will help middle America with larger refunds. ALSO, since Dubya dropped the steel tariffs, the price of nearly everything with metal in it will be DROPPING over the next few months...meaning more spending...more demand...more products sold...more corporate revenue...more jobs needed...We need to admit this and prepare for it.

The people are going to be happy.
They like their tax reductions.
They like cheap prices on stuff.
They like their 401k's being up 40% this year.

If the economy keeps this pace, unemployment will likely be down to 5.5% by next November and we better have a damn good argument against Bush's policies. Is there any way we can take credit for helping the economy? We certainly are going to need an argument for this next year.


Bottom line here, what is bad for the average American is good for democrats seeking power.

As pointed out on The Best of the Web Today:

The resolution these gentlemen supported gave warmaking authority to George W. Bush, not to some idealized, all-wise president such as themselves. The resolution did not say, "This authorization to start a war is valid only when used in conjunction with at least two other countries large enough to spot on a medium-sized world map."


If Mike Kinsley can't find Britain, Australia, Spain, Italy or Poland on a medium-sized world map, he's a lot less smart than his reputation.

Senator John F. Kerry (democrat-Taxachusetts) is on Fox News Sunday today. (He did serve in Viet-Nam you know)

Not only does he look French, he starting to sound French too...

He really is grasping as straws:
1. He still making noises about gaining allies in the war/rebuilding of Iraq. There are currently about 12 countries allied with America. The French, Germans & Russians made their own bed, and can now try to sleep in it.

2. He had the big brass ones to mention AIDS funding.

President Clinton at taxpayer expense took 1,200 friends and contributors on a free pleasure trip to Africa. But President Bush, said [founder of Live Aid, Bob] Geldof, has done more to help Africa and its people than any American President since John F. Kennedy.



Now the British are reporting an Saddam-al-Qaeda link:

Iraq's coalition government claims that it has uncovered documentary proof that Mohammed Atta, the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks against the US, was trained in Baghdad by Abu Nidal, the notorious Palestinian terrorist.

Details of Atta's visit to the Iraqi capital in the summer of 2001, just weeks before he launched the most devastating terrorist attack in US history, are contained in a top secret memo written to Saddam Hussein, the then Iraqi president, by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.

The handwritten memo, a copy of which has been obtained exclusively by the Telegraph, is dated July 1, 2001 and provides a short resume of a three-day "work programme" Atta had undertaken at Abu Nidal's base in Baghdad.

In the memo, Habbush reports that Atta "displayed extraordinary effort" and demonstrated his ability to lead the team that would be "responsible for attacking the targets that we have agreed to destroy".

Saddam Captured!

Boy is he scruffy looking too.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Al Gore certainly doesn't know much about history!
While stabbing Joe Liberman in the back, he announced: "That war it is not a minor matter to me. I realize it's only one of the issues, but my friends, this nation has never, in two centuries and more, made a worse foreign policy mistake."

The Wall Street Journal lists the following things that algore seems to have forgotten about.

A year after refusing to renew the charter of the Bank of the United States, the government's sole borrowing mechanism and fiscal agent, Congress declared war on the one country in the world, Great Britain, capable of attacking the United States. By March, 1813, we were dead flat broke and the Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, had to go hat in hand to Stephen Girard, the richest man in the country, and beg him to guarantee a bond issue or we'd have lost the war right then for lack of money to pay the army. The following year, the British burned Washington, D.C., the only time foreign troops have occupied a part of the continental United States.

Although the United States was the only Great Power that was strengthened, rather than exhausted, by World War One, and thus the only one capable of providing strong leadership, Woodrow Wilson refused to compromise in order to get the US to join the League of Nations and as a result, we largely withdrew from world affairs, except for sponsoring quixotic treaties like the Washington Naval Treaty and the Kellogg Briand Pact (which outlawed war; Germany and Japan both signed it). The lack of real US leadership in the postwar era, made World War II nearly inevitable.


It seems that like his political foe, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Gore is a Miserable Failure when it comes to history and foreign policy.

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What's Taking So Long?!?

QUAGMIRE!

Our Oldest Enemy : A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France

This is really creepy

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Liberals helping Karl Rove again...

Nice one from Glenn Reynolds:


"THE LIBERAL WHO CRIED WOLF" -- SpinSanity says that MoveOn's claims of Bush dishonesty are bogus, and sufficiently so that they probably do more harm to the credibility of Bush's critics than to Bush: "In short, with The Daily Mislead, MoveOn has become the leader of a new school of liberal criticism that seeks to brand every policy disagreement with President Bush as a broken promise or lie. These loose accusations trivialize charges of dishonesty, reducing them to little more than another partisan spin tactic."

Somewhere, Karl Rove is smiling.

Al & HRC in a knock down brawl!

Gore vs. Clinton: 2008 has begun!

Michael Crichton On Environmentalism

More lies from the Left

A gun-control group has agreed to pay a $26,000 fine for failing to properly disclose spending on mailings opposing two Republican House candidates, the Federal Election Commission said Thursday.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Voter Education Fund didn't report $111,777 in spending to oppose Kentucky Rep. Ernest Fletcher's election, nor did it report $99,731 in spending against Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Toomey, according to the FEC.
The mailings were sent to voters shortly before the 2000 election. The spending was supposed to be reported by the Brady group's Voter Education Fund to the commission within 24 hours.
-- Here is the full story in the LA Times

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There she goes again...

It seems that miserable failure (HRC) has a reading comprehension problem when it comes to the Constitution:

Monday, December 08, 2003

Can you say miserable failure?

If Bush did this, Rather would lead the evening news with it.

Just when you though you were safe from Qualye style gaffs, here comes Howard Dean (as quoted on Hardball):

Also, we have less-fewer levers much the key, I believe, to Iran is pressure through the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union is supplying much of the equipment that Iran, I believe, most likely is using to set itself along the path of developing nuclear weapons. We need to use that leverage with the Soviet Union and it may require us to buying the equipment the Soviet Union was ultimately going to sell to Iran to prevent Iran from them developing nuclear weapons.

Here's a update on Current Events Mr. Dean: The Soviet Union collapse under its own socialist weight in 1991!

HRC = Radical Socialist

Write in Campaign for HRC announced right after her two Sunday morning TV appearances.

From the Drudge Report:

Write-in campaign for Hillary Clinton to run TV ads
Mon Dec 08 2003 16:11:40 ET

Supporters of former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will run cable television ads urging Democrats to write in her name during next month's Democratic presidential primary.

The ads start running Tuesday, timed to coincide with the Democratic candidates' debate on WMUR-TV, the local ABC affiliate. The debate also will be televised nationally on C-SPAN.

Bob Kunst, the Florida activist behind the write-in campaign, said the 30-second ads would run for three days on cable stations in Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth.

Uday has raped no teenagers today...

From the Washington Times:

Here's a holiday gift idea for the antiwar activist who thinks the United States has no business being in Iraq: "The Private Videos of Uday Hussein."
"The girls! The parties! The beatings!" advertises the distributor, which is selling the video online. "While his people were living in poverty, the 'Son of Satan' was enjoying the fruits of the land with unprecedented excess."
The distributor, which provides a video clip showing Uday beating Iraqi youths with a whip, says the footage "is so horrifying, scenes were never shown on U.S. TV ... but we got footage direct from the shops in Baghdad."

Oh my God! Babs is in trouble! You bitch!

Friday, December 05, 2003

Sacrifice, Price-Controls, and Statism vs. Self-Interest , Profit-Seeking, and Freedom

by Thomas Sowell

During the gasoline shortage that began in 1979, motorists were often waiting in long lines of cars at filling stations -- sometimes for hours -- in hopes of reaching the pump before the gas ran out. The ways that Ted Kennedy and Ronald Reagan proposed to deal with this situation speaks volumes about the difference between the left and the right.

Senator Kennedy said: "We must adopt a system of gasoline rationing without delay," in "a way that demands a fair sacrifice from all Americans."

Ronald Reagan said that we must get rid of price controls on petroleum, so that there won't be a shortage in the first place. One of his first acts after becoming president was to end federal price controls. Lines at filling stations disappeared.

Despite angry outcries from liberals that gas prices would skyrocket as Big Oil "gouged" the public, in reality prices came down within months and continued falling for years. More taxes were piled onto gasoline by the government but the real cost of the gas itself hit a new low by 1993.
Whenever a liberal starts calling for government to "be compassionate" I immediately have a vision of a gun being shoved into my face.

Progress in the real world is the movement toward a society where free persons deal with each other on the principle of consent. The false conception of progress that is pushed by the left is nothing more than a reversion to the state on nature where the self-annointed "leaders" deal with their presumed subjects as though they were dumb animals, which is by coercive force. This new style of barbarism is in the present day justified through the use of fraudulent ideologies such as socialism/communism and environmentalism.

Liberals are in my own personal view nothing more than home-grown savages and I'm not sorry to say that someday we will be compelled to deal with them as such.

-- Les

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Dumb As A Rocker: Popular Musicians Unite To "Oust Bush"

Most other conservatives and I certainly do not begrudge rockers and country stars the right to speak their mind (what little of it is actually being exercised) and try to convince others to agree with them. But they do need to be grown-up enough not to whine and pout when other, more mature people disagree with them. They need to be intellectually honest and stop throwing around the "censorship" whip, or at least crack a book (other than the Communist Manifesto, the quotations of Chairman Mao, or Rolling Stone) and learn that censorship is performed with force by governments to silence dissent, not when citizens or privately owned businesses refuse to listen to their Marxist, infantile drivel.


A chap called Ironbear on Pacifism versus Responsibility

Responsibilty is accepting that there's times when the only person one can count on is yourself, and taking whatever steps are neccessary to protect one's family and loved ones, regardless of personal risk, and regardless if it means getting ones hands dirty or doing things one would rather not do. Responsibility is looking at all of the costs of one's philosophies and actions, and how they affect those around you. responsibilty means thinking things through and deciding ahead of time that there's things one won't stand, there's things one won't accept, and there's actions one won't tolerate... and deciding excactly how far one will go to prevent those things from happening to one's self or loved ones. Or to one's country. And deciding what price one will pay for those decisions, and what prices are unacceptable.

Pacifism is inherently irresponsible: it determines that there's no one and nothing that one will lift a hand to defend with "life, liberty, and sacred honor" even to the death. Anathema to the self-reliant, which is why the communication ends when the two perspectives collide. The self-reliant believe in acceptance of personal responsibilty, the pacifist believes in the abdication of responsibilty to the state, and the states responsibility to protect them and theirs.

That abdication is what ultimately leads to gun control and disarmament, and ultimately leads to tyranny when the inevitable happens, and the state proves an unreliable protector. The extreme end leads to mountains of skulls in Cambodia.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Hardly a surprise...

democrats against Democracy

"You can't kill America. We're more than a nation. We're a notion. We're an idea. The American Dream. You never heard of the Afghanistani Dream have you. Except by bearded hermetic recluses with a fetish for uneducated women dressed as giant shuttlecocks." -- Will Durst

A quote for today

I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning: it smells like... [sniff] freedom.

That, and lower violent crime rates.

-- Kim du Toit

Gary Aldrich on the Clintons and Communism

I saw what the Clintons did to our White House, to employees who worked there, to the military officers unlucky enough to serve there – and I was myself subjected to one of the most hateful smear campaigns ever launched against a Clinton truth-teller. I didn’t hate them then, and I don’t hate them now.

To give in to that emotion would be to admit that I am powerless in the face of their power, which is not true then, now, or ever.

I never hated them, no matter what they did – anymore than I hated the Mafia crook, the kidnapper or the drug dealers I put in prison. I never hated these people, because they only represent human failure, which I do hate. I hate Communism, Socialism and National Socialism (Nazi), because these ideologies represent the worst character flaws in humans. They feed on human failure.

All these collectivist political movements have the same thing in common. In order for them to get and keep power, people must fail – or enough of them must fail to be ready to turn their lives over to people like Hillary on the basis of a lie, on the promise that somehow life will become better.

Except that it never does; it only gets worse. Millions of corpses in thousands of mass graves are silent testimony to the most deadly time on our planet – the last 100 years – when at least 100,000,000 died at the hands of their own governments, all of them Communist or Socialist.

That’s why I truly hate the sickness called Communism – because it is deadly.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Patt Morrison writes in the left wing LA Times the following about the Showtime Hit Movie against the Reagans:

"The problem Reagan's admirers and chroniclers will find is that's about all there is here; we get Iran-Contra, but not Reagan's 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.' We get the stupefyingly ill-advised visit to a cemetery where Nazi SS troops were buried, but not the Reagans teary-eyed at the memorial for the Challenger astronauts."


David Bauder of the AP writes:
"The Reagans' faults are familiar to those who followed his presidency. What's striking is how they dominate this film compared to Reagan's successes; the Iran-Contra affair is given considerably more time than the Cold War defeat of the Soviet Union, and the economic boom of the 1980s is barely touched upon. The film opens with a befuddled Ronald and tearful Nancy Reagan dealing with the fallout of Iran-Contra, in which the government traded arms to Iran for hostages."


Liberal Tom Shales writes in the Washington Post:
"Nancy Reagan as Cruella De Vil and Ronald Reagan as the nearsighted Mister Magoo? There are those who will probably find the depictions of the former President and First Lady in The Reagans just that simplistic and cartoonish."

"There's enough nastiness and character assassination in the film -- even without the line about AIDS -- to make CBS look wise in pulling it off the network and foolish in having scheduled it in the first place. It's a matter of bad timing as well as bad manners; former President Reagan is not only still alive but seriously and terminally ill, making a drama riddled with slurs unseemly and hugely inappropriate."

This is just plain silly.

At least he's not the King of France.

-- Les

Here is a good one from Glenn Reynolds:
ANOTHER STUDY (this one from Canada) says that gun laws don't reduce crime:

Vancouver, BC - Restrictive firearm legislation has failed to reduce gun violence in Australia, Canada, or Great Britain. The policy of confiscating guns has been an expensive failure, according to a new paper The Failed Experiment: Gun Control and Public Safety in Canada, Australia, England and Wales, released today by The Fraser Institute. . . .

Disarming the public has not reduced criminal violence in any country examined in this study. In all these cases, disarming the public has been ineffective, expensive, and often counter productive. In all cases, the effort meant setting up expensive bureaucracies that produce no noticeable improvement to public safety or have made the situation worse.

Here's a link to the study itself. Add this to the CDC study mentioned here earlier (which "found no conclusive evidence that gun control laws help to prevent violent crime, suicides and accidental injuries in the United States") and the case for gun control seems to be growing steadily weaker.

Life In Hell (North Korea)

Monday, December 01, 2003

Follow the money...

The al Qaeda - Iraq Link:

The Associated Press reports that "American forces have captured three members of Osama bin Laden's terrorist network in northern Iraq," all Iraqi nationals.

London's Observer reports that investigators believe Abu Musab al-Zarqawi--an al Qaeda-linked terrorist who was given refuge in Saddam Hussein's Iraq--was involved with last month's terror attacks in Turkey.

Here is a good post by Lesile that points out some of the basic issues of the War on Terror.

The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy Gathers!

HOLLYWOOD DEMS GATHER FOR 'HATE BUSH' MEETING AT HILTON

Laurie David [wife of SEINFELD creator Larry David] has sent out invites to the planned Tuesday evening meeting at the Hilton with the bold heading: 'Hate Bush 12/2 - Event'

The message reads:

"This is the most important meeting you can attend to prevent the advancement of the current extremist right wing agenda. Do not miss this meeting. This will be a high-level briefing to discuss the strategies... to affect what happens next November."

Political heavies Harold Ickes, Former Deputy White House Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager for the '96 Clinton/Gore re-elect, and Ellen Malcolm, Founder of Emily's List, a political action committee that elects pro-choice, Democratic women, will chair the gathering.


For the guest list, check out the Drudge Report.

Bad news for the DNC...Good news for the rest of America.

More indicators of the Bush Economy

Stocks Jump; S&P 500 Hits 18-Month High

Factories Hum, Construction Booms

Manufacturers hit 20-year record pace

Murder at the UN.

Man shot at the UN

He probably suggested that the second & third world countries at least attempt to pay their dues.

Rev. Al Livin' Large!

The, ahem, money quotes:

A single July jaunt to the luxury Four Seasons in Los Angeles cost $7,343.27 - more than 5 percent of the total $121,314.60 campaign cash Sharpton raised in the third quarter

Two charges at the city eatery Harry Cipriani ran nearly $700, and the campaign shelled out almost $1,700 for a single limousine service in Chicago.


Governmentium: The Heaviest Element Known to Man!