Urbin Report

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Liberal democrat Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts states on NPR that he might support a amendment to the Massachusetts constitution defining "marriage" as between a man and woman.

As someone who covers the FCC for a living, I can assure you that the pressure for a crackdown on broadcast indecency did not originate in the White House. In fact, critics have accused Michael Powell of being too lax. The main driver of tougher enforcement, at least on the FCC, has been Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps, a former aide to S.C. Sen. Fritz Hollings. In the Congress, there's been bipartisan support for a crackdown coming from the likes of Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Fred Uption, R-Mich. The White House has not been at the forefront of this issue.
-- Jeffrey Bartash

So Sterns claim that it is "facist right wingers" that got him kicked off six station is just plain wrong.

Hussein's Regime Skimmed Billions From Aid Program under the noses of the UN.
As Instapundit puts it "[The UN overseers] are either lying, or dumb as rocks. The story barely touches on the most interesting aspect of this -- Saddam's use of this money to purchase opposition to American war efforts from politicians and governments. For that matter, the UN has a lot of explaining to do."

Just heard on the news, former NYC mayor & liberal democrat Ed Koch has come out supporting President Bush in the 2004 presidential election.

This caught my eye since I went New Paltz College, and got an actual degree, unlike some of my classmates with their degrees in underwater basketweaving.
The first homosexual marriages in New York State are being conducted in the village of New Paltz.

"Someone explain to me how I can demand, with a straight face, that Dixiecrat Trent Lott or Jew-baiter (and MBNA shill) James Moran be punished when she isn't, or how I can give moral - as opposed to political - standing to those who only bust one side for the same crime." -- Kevin Drum


Saturday, February 28, 2004

"Professional gay person Rosie O'Donnell has married her partner to protest President Bush's support of the Federal Marriage Amendment. . . and to remind people she's still, technically, famous." -- Wonkette

Space Elevator

A bit of humorous fun. Yeti using Penguins for batting practice.

Friday, February 27, 2004

What The F***?

A rally by College Republicans from Connecticut College in New London, CT was broken up Friday night by Campus Safety officers, who told them they had no permit. The students were rallying peacefully in front of the Olin Science Center, near the main entrance to the school. The students were showing their support for President Bush, and encouraging others to be excited about and supportive of the President.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Ralph Peters in the New York Post

Far from the crude babykiller of campus legend, the American soldier has proved that he is as humane as he is competent, as creative as he is valorous, and as optimistic as the best traditions of his - or her - country. Our troops have tracked down war criminals, turned the tables on ambushers, faced countless roadside bombs - and built schools, created jobs, picked up garbage and set an example that even those Iraqis anxious for us to leave will not forget.

The American soldier has an immeasurably greater impact than American bombs.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

"If consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, John F. Kerry’s mind must be freaking enormous." -- Tim Blair

The growing antisemitism on the Left.

In Jan. 1996, commenting on the federal government shutdown, [Massachusetts democrat Senator] Kerry called the House Republicans 'legislative terrorists,' who used federal workers as pawns and disrespected them. Asked about his terrorist comment, Kerry explained, 'Terrorists hold hostages, and the Republicans are holding the government hostage'..

I'm ranting again.
-- Les

Monday, February 23, 2004

The time was 1:02 p.m., less than four hours after terrorists steered American Flight 77 into the Pentagon’s southwest wall.

Rumsfeld at first had dashed to the impact site. In his shirt and tie, he helped transport the wounded.

According to LGF, "The last two sentences tell you everything you need to know about Donald Rumsfeld."
They are right.

"I give the effort (rebuilding of Iraq) overall real credit."
"It is a good thing Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. It is a good thing we are democratizing the country."

Wow! That's Senate Minority leader democrat Tom Daschle!

In the same interview, he "praised the Bush administration's war and nation-building work in Iraq and said he has no serious concerns about the lack of weapons of mass destruction."

No Freedom of Speech in Boston either:

Protesters at this summer's Democratic National Convention in Boston may be confined to a cozy triangle of land off Haymarket Square, blocked off from the FleetCenter and convention delegates by a maze of Central Artery service roads, MBTA train tracks, and a temporary parking lot holding scores of buses and media trucks.

Under a preliminary plan floated by convention organizers, the "free-speech zone" would be a small plot bounded by Green Line tracks and North Washington Street, in an area that until recently was given over to the elevated artery. The zone would hold as few as 400 of the several thousand protesters who are expected in Boston in late July

According to Joshua Muravchik in the liberal Washington Post:

The litany of weapons systems that [democrat Massachusetts Senator] Kerry opposed included conventional as well as nuclear equipment: the B-1 bomber, the B-2, the F-15, the F-14A, the F-14D, the AH-64 Apache helicopter, the AV-8B Harrier jet, the Patriot missile, the Aegis air-defense cruiser and the Trident missile. And he sought to reduce procurement of the M1 Abrams tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Tomahawk cruise missile and the F-16 jet. Time and again, Kerry fought against what he called "the military-industrial corporate welfare complex that has relentlessly chewed up taxpayers' dollars."

High School Liberation

1st amendment not valid in New York City.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Oh my! A liberal gets it! There is a glimmer of hope for the left in this country after all.

Here is a money quote:

In 2001, New York was burning and we were afraid. Today, there are American flags flying in Baghdad and our enemies are afraid.

I don't have access to all the documents, but I must entertain the possibility, the possibility that the Bush Doctrine is working. We have been relatively safe since 9-11. Iraq is a hot zone, but there have been no major attacks on U.S. soil. Why? Because the people who finance terrorism are afraid of us.

We will be hit again, okay? That fear has limits, and Bush is pissing a lot of people off. But tyrants around the world are making compromise noises because we have put the fear of God in them. And if Kerry wins this election, all of that progress will be rolled back.

Europe will love us. The UN will praise us. The Arab world will breathe a huge sigh of relief. And money will start trickling back into Al Qaeda's coffers. The bad guys will tighten their grip on their respective populations, and the price we have paid will have been paid for nothing.

Read the whole thing, plus the comments.

"The Clinton administration's feckless attempts to get Osama are, to my mind, a huge neon warning about what might happen if John Kerry becomes president." -- Liberal Andrew Sullivan

Why would John Kerry try to take his voting record in the Senate off table unless he thought it is a negative for him.

Once again, there is a canidate real Liberals can vote for.

Soviet Style Democracy In Iran

Most voters who turned out appeared to be diehard conservatives or religious people who had been told it was their duty to vote. Others said they wanted the official mark on their identity card showing they had voted. There have been rumours recently that proof of electoral participation would ease government job or university applications. "My only reason to vote is not to get into trouble taking exams. I've been picking names from the list at random," said Fereshteh, a 20-year-old woman outside a north Tehran polling station.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Mona Charen on President Bush

Those who dislike his policies have made a cottage industry of calling him stupid. But this reveals their own stupidity. Stupid men don't become fighter pilots, attend Harvard Business School or successfully declare and conduct a worldwide war against terrorism. They don't have the vision to understand that seeding democracy in the backwater that is the Middle East is the best long-run strategy for winning the war and ridding the world of the most dangerous threats to peace and order.

Mona Charen on John Kerry

As a young man, Kerry embraced a view of his country as an outlaw nation. His close colleague at VVAW Al Hubbard spelled America with a "k." Kerry has never repudiated that stance, but has played it this way and that depending upon how the political wind is blowing. If antiwar fervor is the order of the day in Massachusetts, then he is the war protester who described Vietnam as an "obscene memory." If the tide turns and war service begins to seem politically useful, he is the hero of the Mekong Delta, proudly displaying his framed medals on the wall.

But his voting record tells the real story. Kerry took pride in trying to thwart Reagan's muscular anticommunism in Central America during the '80s. He supported the nuclear freeze. He opposed the first Gulf War.

He made a huge contribution to defaming the Vietnam War and creating the myth of the American soldier as monster. From his subsequent history, it seems that he came to believe in it.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Michael J. Totten wonders

I can't help but think some people admire totalitarian regimes not because they want to live in one, but because they want to be in charge of one.
That's pretty much my own theory.

-- Les

Flying The F-102 In The Texas ANG

Retired Col. Bill Campenni was one of President Bush's squadron mates. The Texas ANG had the F-102, and probably wished it didn't. According to Campenni, "The F-102 was underpowered and, unlike modern fighters, had a split front view through the canopy. It literally had a bar down the center, so you'd have one eye on each side of the bar. It also had a built in altimeter error of up to 500 feet, which made it interesting when you were at 500 feet out over the ocean at night." Flying and training in the '102 was a dangerous job that required a lot of smarts and flying skill.

Bob Harmon is another of Bush's former squadron mates. At the time, Harmon was an instructor pilot. He remembers Bush as a "young, affable guy" and an above-average pilot, very good for his level of experience. "We flew together two or three times a month." It was dangerous duty. Harmon said that a couple of pilots were killed in F-102 accidents while Bush was there.

The first American jet fighters to be deployed to Vietnam were F-102s of the 509th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. When Lt. Bush signed up for fighters and joined the 111th FIS, he stood ready to deploy to Vietnam, as did every other Air National Guard pilot. In fact, he tried to volunteer for Vietnam.

Cox and Forkum indulge in some wishful thinking

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Being a resident of the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts, just a quick note on the scandel surrounding the junior senator from the Commonwealth.
What he does with his private life is own damn business. Just keep in mind, it was Bill and Hillary Clinton's horse in the race, Wesley Clark, who leaked the story first, to a room full of reporters. Not Matt Drudge or any Republican operative. Drudge just reported that several major news organizations were developing the story. Like a lot of his scoops, it was leaked to him by a member of one of those news organizations who felt the story was being pushed under the rug.

A blog review of the APs attempt at journalism.

If you support gay marriage, drug legalization, and legal abortion -- but you also support the war -- then you're a "conservative," I guess. -- that is the conclusion of Instapundit

What is up with Haiti? Didn't Bill Clinton send in a bunch of US troops there about 10 years ago and spend 100s of millions of US taxpayer dollars to create a stable government there?

I think we should create an investigative committee to get to the bottom of this scandalous waste of taxpaper money!
Haiti did not present any threat to US security. Why were US troops there in the first place?

Monday, February 16, 2004

Strategy Page on the President's service record:

President George Bush joined the Air National Guard in 1968, went to officer training school and flight school and was on active duty for 23 months, and in the National Guard for four years. For those serving in Vietnam, there was a two percent chance of getting killed (it was much higher for the infantry, who were about ten percent of the troops in Vietnam, but took over 80 percent of the casualties.) Bush flew the F-102 fighter, one of the more dangerous aircraft to fly during the 1960s (one fatal accident per 40,000 flight hours). Bush took on a one percent chance of getting killed by volunteering for flight training in such an aircraft. It would have been much safer to enlist and get a job maintaining the F-102.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Wretchard at the Belmont club wrote:

Yesterday at Fallujah, Islamic terrorists "staged simultaneous morning assaults on three police stations, a civil defense base and the mayor's office". In the future many observations will be made of this battle: that the Al Qaeda timed their assaults to coincide with US unit rotations through Iraq; that they chose the moment when the baton is passing from US soldier to Iraqi policeman. But if the Iraqi nation goes on to live another hundred years, it will remember this:
Officers from the 82nd Airborne Division stationed a 10-minute drive away could hear the battle clearly. They offered help but the Hammad said it wasn't needed. The Americans did provide additional ammunition and weapons, including light machine guns. After the battle, soldiers at the civil defense base proudly displayed a light machine gun and a pair of rocket propelled grenade launchers they had captured from the attackers.

That when dying and bleeding, beset by the flower of terrorism, with pistol to set against automatic rifle and grenade, the Iraqi police did not ask for help from 82nd Airborne. They asked for ammunition.
And that ladies and gentlemen is how you build -- or rebuild -- a nation.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Last night, on Hardball, Chris Matthews was calling for someone who served with President Bush in Alabama to come forward.

hydrogen from ethanol

Lies and dirty tricks from the left. No surprise here.

Glenn Reynolds says "THE BOSTON GLOBE REPORTS that the Bush AWOL story is collapsing, as a key witness turns out to have lied."

Read the whole thing. He makes some interesting observations between this and another political story.

Wonkette sez:

Just in case you think Kerry's not getting enough head, NPR sucks long and hard: "This is a John Kerry I'd never known before: affable, funny, relaxed. . . So what gives with this transformation? Sure, he needs the media more now. But here's my theory: Kerry has, for better or worse, the natural temperament of a leader, a loner in charge."

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

The Universal Democratic Underground Thread

Found over at Ipse Dixit

I am sure you are aware of both of these stories: 1) Gore claiming Bush has betrayed the U.S. with the war in Iraq, and 2) the discovery of a letter from a senior Al-Quida official basically saying that the U.S. is thwarting their efforts so much that the terrorists must try to start a civil war in Iraq (i.e. the U.S. is actually doing a good job in Iraq, not that the mainstream news outlets would have the guts to admit it).

This just strikes me as another example of Gore's impeccable timing of when he opens his mouth his foot is shoved back into it.

Before you start off, yes, Senator Kerry has an outstanding combat record.
After that, his record is not very good on the defense of the United States of America.
As for his protests against the Viet-Nam war, that was his right as an American.
He did it properly as well, he protested against the government that sent the military there, not the military implementing the government policy.
What Jane Fonda did, i.e. travelling to North Viet-Nam to give aide & comfort to America's enemies during a time of war, was treason.
Senator Kerry did himself no service by associating with her.

A letter to the editor from one of Bush's squadron mates, in his defense.
Read the whole thing. Unlike the rantings of Michael Moore, it is the word of someone who was there at the time.

The New York Times wants it both ways:

"Mr. Bush said repeatedly that he went to the United Nations seeking a diplomatic alternative to war. In fact, the United States rejected all diplomatic alternatives at the time, severely damaging relations with some of its most important and loyal allies." - New York Times editorial. February 9 2004.

"Yesterday's unanimous vote at the United Nations Security Council sends the strongest possible message to Baghdad...This is a well-deserved triumph for President Bush, a tribute to eight weeks of patient but determined and coercive American diplomacy…Only if the council fails to approve the serious consequences it now invokes -- generally understood to be military measures -- should Washington consider acting alone." - New York Times editorial, November 9, 2002.

Liberal Andrew Sullivan on Wes Clark:

The sole rationale for his candidacy was his military record - a record which ended in his being fired for being unstable in the Kosovo war. But what amazed me even more was how many otherwise sane Democrats seemed to take him seriously. "You're really scared, aren't you? I can see it" was the refrain from many liberal friends. Yes, I was scared. Not that he was a formidable figure bestriding the political scene like a colossus. But that he was a nut-case who had a shot at becoming the nominee of a serious political party. Now he can go back to what he was planning all along: raking in the usual lobbyist dough. See you at the Palm, Wes.

Greenspan Cites Impressive Economic Gains. More good news for the Bush Economy.

Kerry called for U.N. control of US troops!

New accessory for your AK!

Clark drops out.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

again...no surprise here...

Terry McAuliffe Frightens School Children

No surprise here!


Glenn Reynolds has some good stuff on a memo about Al Qaeda involvement in Iraq.

Further evidence of American cruelty at Gitmo:
"An Afghan boy whose 14-month detention by US authorities as a terrorist suspect in Cuba prompted an outcry from human rights campaigners said yesterday that he enjoyed his time in the camp," the Sunday Telegraph reports. Mohammed Ismail Agha, 15, was released last week:

In a first interview with any of the three juveniles held by the US at Guantanamo Bay base, Mohammed said: "They gave me a good time in Cuba. They were very nice to me, giving me English lessons."

Mohammed, an unemployed Afghan farmer, found the surroundings in Cuba at first baffling. After he settled in, however, he was left to enjoy stimulating school work, good food and prayer.

"At first I was unhappy. . . . For two or three days [after I arrived in Cuba] I was confused but later the Americans were so nice to me. They gave me good food with fruit and water for ablutions and prayer," he said yesterday in Naw Zad, a remote market town in southern Afghanistan close to his home village and 300 miles south-west of Kabul, the capital.

The paper notes dryly that "his words will disappoint critics of the US policy of detaining "illegal combatants" in south-east Cuba indefinitely and without trial."

A couple of interesting notes:

From the Wall Street Journal Editoral page:

The far more intriguing story here is why Mr. Kerry is playing this Vietnam-service card. This is the same John Kerry who declared in 1992 that Bill Clinton's draft-avoidance record should be out of political bounds. His precise words, defending Mr. Clinton against an attack from fellow Democrat Bob Kerrey at the time, were that 'We do not need to divide America over who served and how.' Why does he now want to assail Mr. Bush for service that was far more extensive than Mr. Clinton's?"
"The transparent answer is that the Senator is trying to use his Vietnam biography as a political shield against his national-security voting record. ...
"We rather doubt this gambit will work, and it shouldn't. A candidate's service history is one window on his character, but far more important is his judgment on the major security issues of his time. In Mr. Kerry's case, he has taken the dovish side of nearly every foreign-policy debate since he entered public life.
"After fighting in Vietnam, he returned to lead the protests against that war and urge the U.S. withdrawal that turned Indochina over to Communist rule for a generation. He was in favor of the nuclear freeze movement in the 1980s that would have frozen the Cold War in place with a Soviet advantage. He denounced the invasion of Grenada in 1983, though he now cites it as an example of a use of force he favors. He also opposed U.S. support for anti-Communist movements in Central America in the 1980s that helped bring democracy to Nicaragua and elsewhere.
"These policy instincts have held even after the Soviet collapse vindicated the Ronald Reagan strategy that Mr. Kerry opposed. The senator voted against the first Gulf War, arguing that Saddam Hussein could be contained without force. But in 2002, he voted to give this President Bush the power to disarm Saddam, only to oppose a year later the $87 billion to finish the job. We'd argue that these votes say more about the policies and judgment of a future President Kerry than does his Navy career."

The Washington Times points out democrat campaign funding irregularities:
A fund-raising committee run by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been fined $21,000 for improperly accepting donations over federal limits.
The political action committee, Team Majority, was one of two PACs that Mrs. Pelosi used to support candidates during the 2002 campaign. She stopped raising and donating money through the committee more than a year ago, after complaints that she was using the multiple PACs improperly to exceed limits.
The fine, paid in October, was reported in Team Majority's year-end campaign finance records, released recently. The case still is open, and the Federal Election Commission would not comment, the Associated Press reports.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Reasons for war...

I'm shocked to find out that in perfect 20-20 hindsight, our reason to go to war in Iraq was on par with our reasons to unilaterally invade Serbia, Bosnia & Kosovo!


Andrew Sullivan says Clark is really out there.

I'd support Kucinich over Clark if I had to. Clark is simply too crazy to be president of the U.S.

Friday, February 06, 2004

"Vanity Fair" writer Christopher Hitchens says:

I wasn't-I certainly wasn't for [President Bush] election the first time round. I didn't want Albert Gore, either, and I'm glad it wasn't Gore, by the way. One has to face that fact. I must say I'm a bit of a single issue voter on this. I want to be absolutely certain that there's a national security team that wakes up every morning wondering how to take the war to the enemy. I don't have that confidence about any of the Democratic candidates

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Micky Kaus points out that big government, big spending Republicans Presidents are not a new thing:

Remember that the silliest excesses of big government, including the double indexation of Social Security benefits, occurred not under a Democratic president but under Nixon.

Some good comments by Moxie.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

So Janet Jackson flashed a tit on national TV. Doesn't she show her breasts whenever she has an album coming out to boost sales?
The FCC is looking into this, but are still ignoring the multimillion annual undeclared donation to the DNC called the "West Wing".

Monday, February 02, 2004

GUN PERMIT APPLICANTS ARE INCREASINGLY WOMEN, according to this report from the Nashville Tennessean:

Since 2000, the percentage of gun-carry permits issued in the state to women has risen steadily from about 10% to almost 20% of those issued so far this year.

No one is exactly sure why. The reasons given vary from a growing interest in sports shooting among women to the belief that men — who are the majority of gun owners — rushed in to get gun-carry permits when they became more easily available in 1996, while women gradually gained interest. . . .

While the number of women getting permits may be slowly leveling off after rising for a couple of years, several women contacted said they had recommended getting handguns to their female friends.

Americans 65 and up are more likely to own a gun than any other age group..

-- Thanks to Glenn Reynolds for pointing this out.

Torture and murder are routine at North Korea's largest concentration camp.

Al Gore's son sentenced to substance abuse program as result of getting arrested for marijuana possession

Freedom Speech is not practiced by the University of Oklahoma

Liberal Andrew Sullivan on democrat John Kerry:

A "pompous, do-nothing, faux-populist, Establishment blow-hard with the Vietnam obsession." and a "resume without a cause"

Sluggy Freelance celebrates the holiday:

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Stephen posts a link to my HRC quotes over at Calpundit

I am suspicious of anyone who writes a law containing over 230 points at which my doctor can be sent to jail for treating me--as Hillary's nationalized healthcare law did.

I am wary of the idea of hey-presto I'm your "Co-president."

I worry about the mentality that hires a staffer who says, regarding the presidential executive order, "Stroke of the pen. law of the land...pretty cool." (Paul Begala)

And, yes, this attitude toward the power of government is the SAME one that thinks that the clearly unconstitutional parts of the Patriot act are just fine, and McCain-Feingold doesn't limit free speech.

Stop. Them. All.

Meanwhile...here's a very flavorful overview of quotes about Hillary. The one from Maureen Dowd is a peach.


Here is the Dowd quote in Question:
"Everyone is fed up with the creepy dynamics of this warped marriage. We have lost all hope of getting any shred of authenticity from either Bill or Hillary -- unless it's the authenticity of the deluded. They have chosen tactics over truth with such consistency that it's impossible to accept anything they say." -- New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

What's hidden in Syria?

Leslie has the right idea.

Rifles And Shotguns At Home, Oh My!

"Biological changes over time" is when John Kerry discovers he needs Botox." -- Glenn Reynolds

The real scandal is what's in the Democratic memos on judges

Why the Clintons must destroy Howard Dean.