Wednesday, March 31, 2004
From the Washington Times, the words of Richard Clarke:
"If President Bush had followed every last letter of Richard Clarke's recommendations starting Inauguration Day, it still would not have prevented 9/11," the Wall Street Journal says.
"How do we know this? Richard Clarke says so," the newspaper said in an editorial.
"Here's how the disgruntled National Security Council adviser put it last week in an exchange with Slade Gorton, a member of the 9/11 Commission and former Washington senator:
"Mr. Gorton: 'Assuming that the recommendations that you made on January 25 of 2001 ... including aid to the Northern Alliance, which had been an agenda item at this point for 2½ years without any action, assuming that there had been more Predator reconnaissance missions, assuming that that had all been adopted, say, on January 26, year 2001, is there the remotest chance that it would have prevented 9/11?"This startling exchange got almost no media attention last week. Mr. Clarke has rocketed to national fame over the past 10 days by alleging the Bush administration was negligently inattentive to the al Qaeda threat. He took it upon himself to 'apologize' on behalf of 'your government' to the families of 9/11 victims, as if there had been policy options on the table — perhaps offered by him — that might have prevented their deaths.
"Mr. Clarke: 'No.'
"Mr. Gorton: 'It just would have allowed our response after 9/11 to be perhaps a little bit faster?'
"Mr. Clarke: 'Well, the response would have begun before 9/11.'
"Mr. Gorton: 'But — yes, but we weren't going to — there was no recommendation on your part or anyone else's part that we declare war and attempt to invade Afghanistan prior to 9/11?'
"Mr. Clarke: 'That's right.'
"But when pressed on that point under oath, Mr. Clarke was forced to concede that the impression he'd created, the very reason anyone was paying any attention to him, was false. As long as Mr. Clarke is in the apology business, can we have one for wasting a week of the administration's precious antiterror time?"
Our friends to the north are covering UN scandals. A story you won't find in the NY Times, the Boston Globe or the LA Times...
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
David Frum has prepared Dr. Rice's opening statements:
This administration came into office to discover that al Qaeda had been allowed to grow into a full-blown menace. It lost six precious weeks to the Florida recount – and then weeks after Inauguration Day to the go-slow confirmation procedures of a 50-50 Senate. As late as the summer of 2001, pitifully few of Bush’s own people had taken their jobs at State, Defense, and the NSC. Then it was hit by 9/11. And now, now the same people who allowed al Qaeda to grow up, who delayed the staffing of the administration, who did nothing when it was their turn to act, who said nothing when they could have spoken in advance of the attack – these same people accuse George Bush of doing too little? There’s a long answer to give folks like that – and also a short one. And the short one is: How dare you?
Glenn Reynolds has some interesting follow ups.
Monday, March 29, 2004
CLARKE'S GAIN, OUR PAIN, says families of 9/11 victims.
In a scathing open letter, the furious families also ripped Clarke for releasing the controversial tome to coincide with his appearance before the 9/11 commission on Wednesday.
"The notion of [Clarke] profiteering from anything associated with 9/11 is particularly offensive to all of us."
CLARKE 'TO EARN OVER $1 MILLION FOR BOOK'; CONTRACT: BONUSES ADDED
Heck, even the left wing Boston Globe ran a comic calling the 9/11 hearings as a Richard Clarke booksigning ad.
Is Clarke motivated by a desire to do good, or a big fat paycheck?
Sunday, March 28, 2004
When an FBI agent with close, regular contact with President Clinton wrote his book, he was virtually blacklisted from the mainstream media. Upon the release of Gary Aldrich's book "Unlimited Access" in 1996, White House adviser George Stephanopoulos immediately called TV producers demanding that they give Aldrich no airtime. In terms of TV exposure, Aldrich's book might well have been titled "No Access Whatsoever."
"Larry King Live" and NBC's "Dateline" abruptly canceled their scheduled interviews with Aldrich.
But a "tell-all" book that attacks the Bush administration gets the author interviewed on CBS' "60 Minutes" (two segments), CNN's "American Morning" and ABC's "Good Morning America" with an "analysis" by George Stephanopoulos, no less. In the first few days of its release, Clarke's book was hyped on more than 200 TV shows.
In contrast to Aldrich's book, which was vindicated with a whoop just a few years later when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, many of Clarke's allegations were disproved within days of the book's release.
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Friday, March 26, 2004
Thursday, March 25, 2004
The UN is stonewalling on the U.N. Oil-For-Food Scandal. No surprise there.
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Alterman’s and Green’s The Book on Bush is tedious and shallow. It reads like a musty encyclopedia. It provides little information, and certainly nothing new, about Bush’s background, his upbringing, and the central events of his life. It also incorporates just about every crackpot left-wing idea that exists on the Bush presidency.
Read the whole thing.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
From Richard Clarke's resignation letter to President Bush:
I will always remember the courage, determination, calm and leadership you demonstrated on September 11th, first on the video link from STRATCOM and later that day in the PEOC and the Situation Room.
Found at Wonkette
Monday, March 22, 2004
"If Saddam Hussein is unwilling to bend to the international community's already existing order, then he will have invited enforcement, even if that enforcement is mostly at the hands of the United States, a right we retain even if the Security Council fails to act." -- Liberal Massachusetts democrat Senator John Kerry, Op-Ed, "We Still Have A Choice On Iraq," The New York Times, 9/6/02
I just saw The Passion of the Christ. Brilliant film making.
Very moving. I don't care if some historians claim that Jesus wouldn't have known Latin.
Sunday, March 21, 2004
Senator Kerry [liberal democrat Massachusetts] has a discipline problem. -- Ceci Connelly, liberal commentator, FoxNews Sunday, 3/21/04
Moxie points out the differences between a democrat & Republican administration:
"Rove complained that Democrats were criticizing Bush for failing to stem joblessness, when the unemployment rate is roughly the same as it was during President Clinton's 1996 run. Unemployment in February of this year was 5.6 percent; in February 1996, it was 5.5 percent"
Saturday, March 20, 2004
Friday, March 19, 2004
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Apparently, wind-generated electricity is much more expensive than nuke-generated electricity.
See more details
It seems that they also make changes to the local weather system (no surprise there), and according to the tree huggers on Cape Cod, are ugly to boot!
ANTI-WAR FOR OIL: Kenneth Timmerman reports:
MANY Americans are convinced even today that the war in Iraq was all about oil. And they're right - but oil was the key for French President Jacques Chirac, not for the United States.
In documents I obtained during an investigation of the French relationship to Saddam Hussein, the French interest in maintaining Saddam Hussein in power was spelled out in excruciating detail. The price tag: close to $100 billion. That was what French oil companies stood to profit in the first seven years of their exclusive oil arrangements - had Saddam remained in power.
Report courtesy of Instapundit
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Why "learn lessons" from countries who appeased Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Romanescu, and Franco all the way to dictatorial oppression? See, the people of the United States formed this government specifically because they wanted out of the European mindset, and while some get it, most don't in the Euro-socio world, that the United States is not Europe, nor much of the world. And for 230 years, it's worked splendidly. We embrace our allies, but we do not follow them - we lead.But Komrade Kerry wants to bend...er...follow the lead of such upstanding nations as France, Germany and the Soviet...er...Russia.
The sacred Freedom of Speech is still safe!
The kids of South Park can still say "Punk-ass Bitch"!
Hopefully Howard Stern can still milk free publicity from this for a while longer...
The Left in denal, as reported by the MRC:
Barely a week after left-wingers created a mainstream media mini-firestorm over a few fleeting images from 9/11 in Bush re-election campaign TV ads, on Fox News Sunday NPR's Juan Williams relayed the claim of a Kerry campaign operative about how "the right wing" has "the ability to start a rumor on the Internet. It gets then into the right-wing radio and to Rush Limbaugh and the like. And then it suddenly gets repeated all over the TV discussions shows, and suddenly, then it's taken as legitimate by mainstream media" but, he ludicrously relayed, "the left wing doesn't have that capacity."
Williams' ridiculous theory sent Brit Hume to chortling before he countered by pointing out how Democrats "only have the three major networks, the leading newspapers, NPR, everything on PBS. They only have sympathy from the overwhelmingly largest news organizations in the country, which will give Kerry, as the season progresses, more and more forgiving coverage." Williams wouldn't give up and, apparently serious, disputed any liberal tilt at NPR: "And when you say NPR, come on, NPR now is left wing?"
Read the whole thing.
Monday, March 15, 2004
The task before the United States and its allies is to redouble its efforts in the War on Terror. It will soon become apparent who the Islamists prefer to blackmail, who the Islamists prefer to intimidate; which countries Islamism will attempt to dominate. And which live free. The more pointed the contrast the better. In this fight, America's greatest ally will be the global Jihad itself. As the terror network is squeezed so will it infest the countries which have given it succor. Every nation and territory which has surrendered to the Jihad has chosen for itself unending misery and abjection. Those who drink from the cup of Osama must endure it to its last bitter dregs.I have my own personal view of what the consequences of Kerry victory in November could be.
Although many commentators have excoriated the Spanish electorate for its capitulation to terror, we must never forget that the slightly smaller half decisively rejected it. These we honor and the rest we pity.
It's not very pretty.
A year ago John Kerry described the nations that would liberate Iraq as a "coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted." It turns out that may be a better description of his own antiwar camp. From Jacques Chirac's and Vladimir Putin's political cronies to Tony Blair's own Labour Party, many of the most vocal opponents of enforcing U.N. resolutions turn out to have been on the take. -- Robert Pollock
He's loving every bit of the highly bipartisan (check the votes) moves toward tighter control of the public airwaves.
He couldn't buy publicity like this! Besides, he needed the boost. How many times can you do the Lesbian Dating Game or Anal Ring Toss before it gets old?
Yet another Kerry flip-flop. After turning down an offer for debates with his closet rival in the democrat primaries, he now wants to debate the incumbent President.
President Bush should give this offer all the consideration Senator Kerry gave Senator Edwards.
Sunday, March 14, 2004
Yet another example of how liberals don't let the facts get in their way.
The Town Meeting last night, in which the only department to get a budget increase, was the school department.
That will result in a tax increase that will further the gentrification of the town. Interesting enough, the lily white, liberal soccer moms don't have the slightest problem with this.
The increase only passed by less than 50 votes, or about 5% of those present & voting.
So of course, a motion was made to reconsider the budget article when the town meeting reconvenes on Monday night.
Aftewards, I was discussing the Meeting a liberal friend.
She was complaining that the item was coming up for a revote, "A win is win!" She declared.
I pointed out that it was a very close vote, so the motion to revisit was to be expected.
She laughed and said that something along the lines of recounts only happen in Florida when someone named Bush demands them.
I did my level best to politely remind her that it wasn't Bush who demanded the recounts, and that in fact, he won every time, including the first, that the votes were counted. She didn't see very happy to have facts injected in the conversation.
liberal democrat John Kerry (junior senator from Massachusetts), called for a unilateral invasion of a sovereign nation by US troops!
When swords are illegal, only outlaws will have swords.
Alternate title, our Aussie cousins are really going off the deep end...
Saturday, March 13, 2004
From Andrew Sullivan's blog. Remember, he's a liberal and he's disgusted by this behavior:
The far-lefties at Democratic Underground are debating whether president Bush is responsible for the massacres in Madrid. No, I'm not making that up.
Don't forget the The Universal Democratic Underground Thread. These are the "Black Helicopter" crowd of the far left extremists.
Let's be clear about why this bien-pensant anti-American onslaught is such appalling rubbish. Terrorism is the murder of the innocent; this time, it was mass murder. To excuse such an atrocity by blaming U.S. government policies is to deny the basic idea of all morality: that individuals are responsible for their actions. Furthermore, terrorism is not the pursuit of legitimate complaints by illegitimate means. The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives. Whatever the killers were trying to achieve, it seems improbable that building a better world was part of it.
Friday, March 12, 2004
The truth is, as usual, far more simple. The United States never did intend to steal or manipulate the oil market — not necessarily because we are always above such chicanery, but because it is nearly impossible in a fungible market under constant global scrutiny, and suicidal in the Byzantine politics of the Middle East.
This mean she should recuse herself everytime NOW argues before the Supreme Court:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retains close ties with a feminist advocacy group that often makes arguments before the high court, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Mrs. Ginsburg has lent her name and presence to a lecture series co-sponsored by the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, an advocacy group that often argues before the high court in support of women's rights that the justice champions, the newspaper said.
She gave opening remarks for the fourth installment of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture Series on Women and the Law. Two weeks earlier, she had voted in a medical screening case, taking the side promoted by the legal defense fund in its friend-of-the-court brief.
Mrs. Ginsburg was a member of the board of the legal defense fund for a brief time in the 1970s.
Reported in the Washington Times
"If the existing assault weapons ban expires, I personally do not believe it will make one whit of difference one way or another" in "reducing death and injury." -- Tom Diaz, of the gun-control advocacy Violence Policy Center.
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Former staffer of liberal democrat ex-Senator and ex-Presidental candidate Carol Moseley-Braun was arrested Thursday on charges she acted as an Iraqi spy before and after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Some more on her resume:
As of April 2002, a Susan Lindauer was in the employ of Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Lindauer previously worked in the press offices of Democrats Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon (from approximately May 1993 to January 1994), Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon (starting in January 1994), and Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois (from January 1996 to September 1996).
A "small but enthusiastic shooting culture" in New York City is
described by the New York Times in a feature on the Women's Shooting
Sports League, which gathers monthly "for a night of rifle fire and
female bonding." Says founder Amy Heath, 33: "When people think of gun
owners, they think of butt-scratching bubbas with no teeth. Women in the
heartland shoot well, so why not women in New York?" The league began
last year with only five members, has expanded this year to 15 to 20
regulars. "There's this fear, this incessant fear, that guns are bad,"
Health said. "Women think they'll shoot themselves in the foot, or shoot
someone else. I want to work against that fear." Her grandfather, Jeff
Cooper, is a National Rifle Association board member.
"It's tough to be a shooter down here," said Peter Crowell, a
60-year-old management consultant and a volunteer instructor for the
league. "New York is, of course, primarily a liberal Democratic kind of
place, and over years I've had to hide my interest."
"I consider myself the opposite of people in rooms like this," said
Julia Cohen, a lawyer who recently joined the league. "I'm a Democrat.
I'm a liberal. And I believe that guns are dangerous in the wrong
hands." Cohen discovered that the task of getting licensed was much more
difficult than she had thought. She was surprised that the authorities
wished to know if she had seen a psychiatrist or taken narcotics.
"It's impossible to imagine the Democratic Party seeking a pro-life, free-trading, non-protectionist, deficit hawk." -- Republican Senator John McCain
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Debra Burlingame, a lifelong Democrat who lost a brother in the September 11 terror attacks, says other "9/11 families" are wrong to try to stifle debate by demanding that President Bush stop using TV ads that include images from that day.
"It is one thing for individual family members to invoke the memory of all 3,000 victims as they take to the microphone or podium to show respect for our collective loss. It is another for them to attempt to stifle the debate over the future direction of our country by declaring that the images of 9/11 should be off-limits in the presidential race, and to do so under the rubric of 'the Families of September 11.'
"They do not represent me. Nor do they represent those Americans who feel that September 11 was a defining moment in the history of our country and who want to know how the current or future occupant of the Oval Office views the lessons of that day," Miss Burlingame said.
She added: "I suspect that the real outrage over the ads has more to do with context than content. It's not the pictures that disturb them so much as the person who is using them. This is demonstrated in their affiliation with Moveon.org, a rabidly anti-Bush group that sponsored a rally they held last Friday calling for the president to pull his ads off the air. But by disingenuously declaring themselves 'nonpartisan' and insisting that it is a matter of 'taste,' they retain a powerful weapon that they have learned to exploit to their advantage."
According to the New York Post, the so-called "furor" over Bush's 9/11 ads was entirely manufactured.
Read the whole thing, the whole thing was manufactured by a very small, but well funded group that represent less that 1% of 9/11 victim families. Where do they get their money? Sources include the wife of liberal democrat, and Presidental candidate, John Kerry, and the far left extremist, George Soros.
Only in Califorina, CNN just reported that a bill has just been floated to give 14 year olds the vote.
I'm raising my third teenager, so I have some experience when I say this is a bad idea.
Other than keeping the democrat black cacus quiet, what is the strong national interest that required US Troops to go to Haiti?
Monday, March 08, 2004
Not to split hairs, but if Reagan scared us why did he win 49 states? Doesn't sound like a population that is scared, but one that recognizes strong leadership (see pilots strike, refusal to drop Star Wars at Rekjavik (sp?), etc). Many of his actions were pummeled in the press at the time, yet time has shown them to be true. Much like the 80's tax cuts resulted in increased investement, which in turn resulted in unprecedented productivity growth throughout the 90's. Yeah if the 80's were the decade of greed then the 90's need a new word for super-greed, after all that is when Enron, et al were doing their thing and internet companies took "poor grandmothers" for all their savings.
Sunday, March 07, 2004
Saturday, March 06, 2004
Friday, March 05, 2004
"What we thought we were doing [with the Use of Force Authorization] was getting him to a place where it would be harder to go to war." -- liberal Massachusetts democrat Senator John Kerry trying to put his spin on his support of the Iraq war.
Our Friends the Russians:
A group of Russian engineers secretly aided Saddam Hussein's long-range ballistic missile program, providing technical assistance for prohibited Iraqi weapons projects even in the years just before the war that ousted him from power, American government officials say. . . .
Because some of the Russian experts were said to have formerly worked for one of Russia's aerospace design centers, which remains closely associated with the state, their work for Iraq has raised questions in Washington about whether Russian government officials knew of their involvement in forbidden missile programs. "Did the Russians really not know what they were doing?" asked one person familiar with the United States intelligence reports.
Remember that is was the Russians, amoung others, who didn't want Hussein removed from power. Read the whole article.
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Do Gun Control Activists Pad Gun Death Statistics?
It seems that the answer is yes.
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
"The cycle of hypocrisy among the entertainment elite simply cannot hold up to public scrutiny. The Hollywood wings of the vast loony conspiracy have feathered their nests with capitalist spoils. They live more opulently than royalty ... yet put a microphone in front of their faces and they channel the spirit of Che Guevara." -- "Hollywood Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon, The Case Against Celebrity," by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner
Although Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry often rails on the campaign trail against U.S. companies that relocate jobs abroad, seeking lower tax and wage rates, federal records show that the Massachusetts senator is heavily invested in such companies and has recently received substantial support from some of their top executives.
Campaign finance reports reviewed by The Hill reveal that employees at 25 companies identified by CNN’s Lou Dobbs as “either sending American jobs overseas, or choosing to employ cheap overseas labor, instead of American workers,” have contributed more than $370,000 to Kerry’s presidential campaign.
On receiving an endorsement from the AFL-CIO last month, Kerry said: “When I am president, and with your help, we’re going to repeal every benefit, every loophole, every reward that entices any Benedict Arnold company or CEO to take the money and the jobs overseas and stick the American people with the bill.”
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
A few bits from an old document I found about "Real Cyberpunks" The file is dated from 1992, but the contents are older than that.
Real cyberpunks don't have the typical yuppie artfag fear of weapons that most modem users seem to have.
Corollary to the above: Real cyberpunks know the value of useful equipment.
Real cyberpunks own at least one gun.
Real cyberpunks carry Gerber, Cold Steel, SOG, AlMar, or Spyderco blades.
Corollary to the above: Real cyberpunks think custom steel is neat, but costs too much.
Real cyberpunks have memorized The Improvised Munitions Black Book.
Real cyberpunks know The Anarchist Cookbook is a crock of shit.
Real cyberpunks who can afford them drive something with a V-8.
Corollary to the above: Real cyberpunks go to every police auction in their area.
Real cyberpunks always carry a Leatherman Tool.
Corollary to the above: Real cyberpunks know what a Leatherman Tool is.
Real cyberpunks think all politicians should be castrated.
Corollary to the above: Real cyberpunks are Libertarians.
Real cyberpunks know the difference between the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution.
Corollary to the above: Real cyberpunks know what both of those say.
Real cyberpunks don't get caught.
Real cyberpunks learn about everything from Computers to Crossbows.
Real cyberpunks know how to spell.
Real cyberpunks take time away from fucking with their computers to get some exercise.
After seeing a segment on the so-called "Assault Weapon" ban on Headline News, I sent the following to CNN.
I'm aware it won't change their pro-victim disarmament stance, but they should know that people who have researched the topic are watching them.
Your program kept using the term "Assault Weapon" describing the federal law certain banning semi-automatic rifles.
That is a term created by gun ban advocate Josh Sugarman in order to create confusion.
He came right out and admitted it in his 1999 publication "Assault Weapons: Analysis, New Research and Legislation"
"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."
He obviously was very successful in getting a term designed to confuse the American public in to common use. It is very disturbing for one of the most trusted major news organizations to fall into that propaganda trap.
When discussing the so called "Assault Weapon" ban, you should, in all fairness, point out that the ban only effects certain semi-automatic rifles (while actually protecting other rifles with the same functionality by name, the AR-15 & the Mini-14 for example), and that fully automatic firearms have been under strict federal regulation since 1934.
Here is an interesting fact about the semi-automatic weapons banned by the federal government:
"Since police started keeping statistics, we now know that assault weapons are/were used in an underwhelming 0.026 of 1% of crimes in New Jersey. This means that my officers are more likely to confront an escaped tiger from the local zoo than to confront an assault rifle in the hands of a drug-crazed killer on the streets." -- Joseph Constance (deputy chief of Trenton NJ police dept) in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Aug 1993
Ok, I admit my bias, I'm not much of fantasy fan. I couldn't get past the first 50 pages of the Two Towers when I was a kid.
I perferred Phillip Jose Farmer, Robert Heinlein and Louis L'Amour.
The movie was good, but not 11 Oscars good. Oh ya, while I'm ranting, Johnny Depp & Ben Kingsley got robbed.
Monday, March 01, 2004
From the Washington Times:
Some 400 members of the 3-week-old, North Carolina-based Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry staged a protest march Saturday at the Massachusetts Democrat's office in Manhattan, they noted in an e-mail to The Washington Times yesterday.
The sharp-eyed vets noted Mr. Kerry was displaying the American flag backwards in the office window.
"A candidate who claims he 'knows something about aircraft carriers for real' never learned proper flag etiquette and has the flag displayed vertically with the blue field on the right, the wrong side. But then again, John Kerry has picked the wrong side before," they observed.