Another year winds down to find this blog well into it's third year.
2005 also marked ten years for my personal web site, which has been under my own domain since 2000.
It's been a good year for me, and hopefully for you as well. All the best in 2006!
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Another year winds down to find this blog well into it's third year.
Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
"Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything! You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've worked in the private sector. They expect results." -- Ghostbusters
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
I had a discussion with the photographer of a photo I posted here.
I'm going to cut him some slack because English is not his native language.
He stated that "I don't believe guns do anything other than generate violence."
Note that this fellow is a gun owner himself. By his logic, his guns will cause him to commit violence.
As long as it's only against paper targets at a range, then he has exerted his control over those inanimate objects.
I replied with
I just don't see inanimate objects as a cause of violence. Firearms can be a very effective tool for a person to commit violence, but they don't "generate" violence. They are also extremely effective tools for self-defense.
His response was: "Well, as long as people remain ignorant I do believe that inanimate objects have the power to generate violence."
Given this lack of logic, I'm going to have to go with it must be a religious issue with him. He must belong to one of those sects that believe objects have power that can influence people against their will.
As far as I know, no inanimate object, including firearms, have gotten up and committed violence on their own.
There is a gun cam, where you can keep an eye on a revolver, just to make sure it doesn't animate and act of it's own will.
In print, Vin Suprynowicz's "The Black Arrow". This is some serious assed hard core Libertarian fiction. A fun read and full of interesting historical quotes.
On my Palm, Michael Z. Williamson's "The Weapon."
Set in the Freehold Universe, it's well written military SciFi.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Commpassionate Democrat evicts Heartless Republican!
No. It is not.
Here's the real story:
A liberal lawyer in Los Angeles is threatening to throw nearly three dozen homeless center residents back on the streets because of something he finds indefensible: The center's founder is a Republican and voted for President Bush.
Roughly 30 men, women and children may be forced to leave Dome Village – a 20-year non-profit center for support and housing of the homeless – and will have to try to survive on the streets because of a punitive rent hike imposed by the landlord right before Christmas.
So much for the posture of compassion.
I could say more, but that would require the use of language that I only use on my own weblog.
I'm disturbed tremendously that such a suspicious story was accepted so uncritically by alleged critical thinkers -- and I'm a bit surprised that the student's identity is still being protected. Why shouldn't we know who's behind this?
Friday, December 23, 2005
Big Brother reared it's ugly head with this government offical's quote:
"The Department of Justice believes -- and the case law supports -- that the president has inherent authority to conduct warrantless physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes and that the president may, as he has done, delegate this authority to the attorney general,"
Not just wiretaps, but actual physical searches, without a warrant, in clear violation of the 4th Admendment!
Jamie S. Gorelick should be called in front of Congress, placed under oath, and made to answer for such a statement!
Who is Jamie S. Gorelick you ask? He was a Deputy Attorney General under President William Jefferson Clinton.
He made that statement in 1994 in testimony before the democrat controlled House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
He was explaining why Bill Clinton has conducted such searches as well as wiretaps of exclusively domestic targets.
HT to Paul over at Wizbang!
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
It seems that Bill Clinton was a major supportor of warrantless searches, warrantless drug testing of public school students, and warrantless wiretapping. According to this report from the CATO Institute:
The Clinton administration has repeatedly attempted to play down the significance of the warrant clause. In fact, President Clinton has asserted the power to conduct warrantless searches, warrantless drug testing of public school students, and warrantless wiretapping.
The Clinton administration claims that it can bypass the warrant clause for "national security" purposes. In July 1994 Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick told the House Select Committee on Intelligence that the president "has inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches for foreign intelligence purposes."  According to Gorelick, the president (or his attorney general) need only satisfy himself that an American is working in conjunction with a foreign power before a search can take place. . . .
It is unclear why the president made warrantless roving wiretaps a priority matter since judges routinely approve wiretap applications by federal prosecutors. According to a 1995 report by the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, it had been years since a federal district court turned down a prosecutor's request for a wiretap order.  President Clinton is apparently seeking to free his administration from any potential judicial interference with its wiretapping plans. There is a problem, of course, with the power that the president desires: it is precisely the sort of unchecked power that the Fourth Amendment's warrant clause was designed to curb. As the Supreme Court noted in Katz v. United States (1967), the judicial procedure of antecedent justification before a neutral magistrate is a "constitutional precondition," not only to the search of a home, but also to eavesdropping on private conversations within the home. 
President Clinton also lobbied for and signed the Orwellian Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which is forcing every telephone company in America to retrofit its phone lines and networks so that they will be more accessible to police wiretaps.
As to where this authority came from, one only has to look to an executive order signed by another southern democrat President.
HT to Mr. Reynolds.
There is much more over at Protein Wisdom.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Since the storm hit, I've repeatedly said that 80% of what the media was reporting was flat wrong. They're just now figuring that out. I knew 3 months ago that white people were disproportionally effected by the storm. And I was sitting in a hotel room in Memphis TN at the time. Over a week ago I blogged that More white people died per capita a fact just now getting around the blogosphere.
One of the things the NY Times found was that, "Of those who failed to heed evacuation orders, many were offered a ride or could have driven themselves out of danger - a finding that contrasts with earlier reports that victims were trapped by a lack of transportation." 3 months ago I tried to "bust the group think" by posting: "The Katrina Evacuation: A Phenomenal Success".
So I'm glad Wizbang is no longer a voice in the wilderness. We've lead the way in other parts of the story too. From the fact that Katrina was probably a Category 1 storm by the time it hit New Orleans* to the fact Mayor Nagin had hundreds of busses that could have been used to evacuate the Dome and never used them. - Not to mention the Corps of Engineers posts.
Am I bragging? Yogi Berra said it ain't braggin' if you really done it. - And we've done it.
Glad to know the rest of the world is catching up.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA is just damn cool.
In addition to the amazing display of arms and armor, you can actually take classes based on medieval and Renaissance combat manuals!
What if Mars and Venus really were inhabitable and inhabited, like in many SF stories from the early sixties and before? In this series Mars and Venus have been terraformed a long time ago and "seeded" with Earth life, including several different human species. On Earth everything is the same until the start of space exploration, but then the cold war turns into a real space race...
"The Sky People" is set on Venus, "In the Halls of the Crimson Kings" on Mars.
I've read the sample chapters for "The Sky People", and it looks good!
While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.
"I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican," said Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and the study's lead author. "But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are."
"Overall, the major media outlets are quite moderate compared to members of Congress, but even so, there is a quantifiable and significant bias in that nearly all of them lean to the left," said co-author Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri economist and public policy scholar.
Of the 20 major media outlets studied, 18 scored left of center, with CBS' "Evening News," The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times ranking second, third and fourth most liberal behind the news pages of The Wall Street Journal.
The most centrist outlet proved to be the "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer." CNN's "NewsNight With Aaron Brown" and ABC's "Good Morning America" were a close second and third.
The fourth most centrist outlet was "Special Report With Brit Hume" on Fox News, which often is cited by liberals as an egregious example of a right-wing outlet. While this news program proved to be right of center, the study found ABC's "World News Tonight" and NBC's "Nightly News" to be left of center. All three outlets were approximately equidistant from the center, the report found.
"If viewers spent an equal amount of time watching Fox's 'Special Report' as ABC's 'World News' and NBC's 'Nightly News,' then they would receive a nearly perfectly balanced version of the news," said Milyo, an associate professor of economics and public affairs at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Iraq had another election, with heavy turnouts. Democracy is taking hold.
It looks like Iraq will have a constitution in place before the EU does.
Curt at Flopping Aces comments on the left's reaction, or lack their of.
I saw Walk The Line last night. Great film with amazing vocal performances by the two leads.
Here is a post about Johnny Cash's cover of the Nine Inch Nails song, Hurt.
Rolling Stone has an article on Cash's cover of Hurt.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
For those who have been in the nerd business long enough to remember her days as the spokesperson for Play, Inc., it was interesting to see her land in a Star Trek themed band called Warp 11. This picture shows that Warp 11's Captain Karl was also a Play employee.
I just got Warp 11's CD Boldly Go Down On Me. Kiki sings lead on My Electric Man, a tribute to the "fully Functional" Lt. Cmdr. Data.
James Lileks's 2005 roundup.
Here are some highlights:
Social Security reform is declared dead. But no one can find the body. The White House will later insist that reform is merely missing; it slipped out the back of the executive mansion, bolted through the Rose Garden, and was last seen swimming across the Potomac. “We’re confident it will return soon,” stated one aide. “It has nowhere else to go.” There were unconfirmed reports that Social Security reform had been spotted frolicking on a Mexican beach with the Defense of Marriage Amendment. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Pope John Paul II dies. To the horror of many, his successor turns out to be Catholic.
Gitmo torture tales surface again in May, as Newsweek claims that a Koran was flushed down a toilet. The story is later retracted. Did no one at Newsweek consider the difficulty of flushing a book down a commode? Probably its elitist reporters and editors have Mexican housekeepers who do all their flushing for them.
Rumors persist in the media that there is a new left-wing radio network called “Air America.”
An oppressive colonizer is forced to withdraw from occupied Arab land. This is initially met with dancing in the streets of Cairo, Paris, and Turtle Bay. Then everyone realizes it is Syria pulling out of Lebanon. You must understand that the Cedar Revolution, after years of Syrian domination, has nothing to do with the American presence in Iraq, you jingoist. It’s just one of those international coincidences like the moon being where it was when Apollo 11 flew past. A few months later, Israel voluntarily withdraws from Gaza, earning approximately 17 seconds of good will from the international community. Personal best!
Iran announces it will no longer allow inspectors into the Khomeini Memorial Peaceful Nuclear Research Facility for Hastening the Destruction of Israel. European diplomats threaten to take the matter to the U.N. Subcommittee of the Task Force for Occasionally Threatening to Issue a Strongly-Worded Report. But the group’s next meeting isn’t until 2007, and it must first take up the horror of Israel’s security fence. Iran promises to allow inspections in exchange for 500 million Euros, payable in coins of enriched uranium. The E.U. agrees, with the condition that the interest rate on the loan will be adjusted upward if Iran makes nuclear bombs. If they actually detonate a bomb there would be an immediate balloon payment, make no mistake about it.
North Korea’s envoy approaches a negotiation table in Beijing at an oblique angle. He traces a tic-tac-toe grid in the dust on its surface. He wanders off again. Whistling.
Hurricane Katrina strikes precisely at the moment when the dynamite charges, personally installed by Karl Rove, blow up New Orleans’s levees. Teams of the same ninjas the Bushies used to rig the Diebold voting machines have already disabled the buses that could be used in evacuation. Initial media reports indicate that refugees in the Superdome have resorted to murder, cannibalism, voodoo, keno, and possibly jai alai. FOX anchor Shep Smith is consumed on camera by zombies. His last words indicate that he shares their outrage, if not their desire for sweet, sweet brains. In the weeks that follow it becomes obvious that the hurricane was caused by global warming—specifically, a 0.07 percent rise in median ocean temperature that caused New Orleans police officers to snatch DVDs from Wal-Mart shelves. The destruction of New Orleans, and the attendant effect on refinery capacity, is exposed by media crusaders as part of a GOP plot to raise gas prices and cripple the economy in time for the midterm elections, so they can run on a platform of "You like that? You want some more? Well do you?"
October. After years of haranguing the U.S. for refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, E.U. leaders admit they will miss their own Kyoto guidelines, and have actually increased greenhouse emissions by 1.1 percent. Hurricanes level Paris and Stockholm.
Monday, December 12, 2005
From today's Boston Herald [sorry, no link. I clipped it from the dead trees version]:
[Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawari] urged all Muslims to take up arms, saying a refusal to join the fight against "the Cross and Zionism" was a "malignant illness" that would lead to the defeat of militant Islam.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
"If you looks at history clearly, it has been conservatives who have been out on the front line in the last two decades (with Ronald Reagan leading the way), creating change and expanding freedom, not only for Americans but for the world....Last time I checked, the famous feminist - tolerant - expansive - freedom - loving - progressive Left here and around the world were still tearing their hair out over the idea of people in the Middle East being free." -- Tammy Bruce
Saturday, December 10, 2005
If you have the vinal copy of G.I. Blues, check out the pictures of Elvis Presley playing the guitar on the back.
His right hand is very swollen. He was breaking boards the night before and got a bit carried away.
Elvis started his martial arts practice while a G.I. serving in Germany.
Iowahawk channels Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi's latest blog post.
Here are some highlights:
Man, I swear I could almost tolerate this shit if all I had to deal with was the infidels and their local Iraqi ho's. Sure, they'll pop a tomahawk cap in your ass, but you can kinda understand where they're coming from. Upside, you have that fine-ass virgin coochie waiting for you in Paradise. But nooooo, Zarkman also has to cope with his own "team." Holy fucking prophet, with jihadis like these who needs enemies?
"Mmm hmm. And what skills would those be?"
"Well, uh, you know. Car burning, subway Jew beating, things like that. People skills."
Shit, I though I was gonna spray some Mecca-Cola through my nose when I saw Khalid behind them, doing that throat-slash thingy with his hook, but I kept it together. "Sure! Sounds like a plan, guys! Umm, why don't you go with Khalid. He'll take you out back and have you fill out the transfer forms." Long story short, they're back in Paris. Torsos, at least.
In fairness I guess you expect that kind of pussified goatshit from French recruits, even when they're shahids. Weasels or not, at least they have enough sense to try to save their own asses. But man, then there are these crazy fucking Saudi and Yemeni and Syrian assholes. Those guys are so stupid and horny for Paradise poontang that they're already blowing themselves up before they get their luggage unloaded from the courtesy van. We got a little joke here at the office:
What's the last thing a Saudi says to a Syrian before they met Allah?
"What does this button do?"
I'm telling you, If you were around these felchers 10 minutes you'd be convinced we need to rethink this whole marrying-in-the-clan thing. And, along with the stupid, comes the gullibility. Zawahiri, in all his motivational wisdom, bought a Dish Network subscription for the office so we could get the CNN and MSNBC feeds. "Good for morale," or something like that. Oh yeah, brilliant move there, Ayman. Next time some of my clueless shitheads decide to attack the "demoralized and broken" Team Satan after watching the Chris Matthews Show, maybe you can help stuff the remains into the Ziplocs and write the goddamn thank-you notes.
I'm starting to get paranoid about my job security because OBL stopped returning my emails a month ago. Yeah, I've heard the rumor that he's dead, but either way it looks like I'll be lucky if the bonus this year is "Zarkman lives to see the Texas-USC game."
Anyhoo, gotta close, my Zarky-sense is tingling and that usually means jarheads in the neighborhood. Before I split, isn't it close to that big infidel holiday where you give each other free shit? Especially if they're needy? Just so you know, we're running low on a lot of stuff: underwear, ammo, electrical wiring, sterile gauze, stuff like that. You kuffars are always bragging about your holiday cheer, but the only package we've gotten this year is that a cheesy "Hang In There Baby" poster from Howard Dean.
Go read the whole thing.
According to CNN, "a Canadian man held hostage in Iraq said he was there to gather information on alleged human rights abuses. Kidnappers have threated to kill James Loney and three other Christian Peacemaker Teams aid workers"
They did find the worst abuses of human rights in the region. The Islamofacists who are going to deny them all of their human rights by killing them.
Leslie Bates correctly identifies this as Evolution in Action.
Friday, December 09, 2005
A Democratic strategist who had the web ad described to her said, “This is way over the top but we have no one to blame but Dean, Kerry and others who continue to pander to the anti-war activists within our party.”
The web video advances the Republican contention that the Democrats only have a “retreat and defeat” message on the war in Iraq.
The video highlights the effect Democrats can have on the morale of U.S. soldiers.
One Republican strategist familiar with the ad said, “The Democrats, especially Howard Dean have a way of trying to turn the tables and say ‘that’s not what I meant’ – its just those ‘evil Republicans’ This video will make them crazy – it reinforces what they really believe with what they actually said – and that is devastating for the Democratic Party.”
The Captain then makes this spot on observation:
The irony for the Democrats is that they have relied so heavily on making George Bush the focus of their electoral strategy that literally any good news from Iraq now completely discredits them. That's why people like Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi have ratcheted up the hysteria in the last several weeks approaching the next election; if successful, it demonstrates that they had sold out the US for their own petty electoral interests. They need a failure in Iraq, thanks to the stupidity of their strategy through two electoral cycles. Instead of taking Joe Lieberman's advice in 2004 and accepting the Iraq War as a bipartisan effort, so that they could focus the election on domestic issues, the Democrats took up the International ANSWER banner and argued for the most radical positions available.
Now they want to bug out just before the Iraqis make it impossible for them to declare defeat any more, the last tactic open that will ensure a failure that they can then hang onto Bush. A few prominent Democrats have started to balk at this, notably Lieberman himself, Steny Hoyer, and even Hillary Clinton to a smaller degree. They understand that the Democrats have just launched themselves off the cliff, and the GOP is about to ensure that they can't reach back for a parachute for an easy landing.
Jay Tea chimes in with more on target observation.
Muslim Gang-Rapist Claims Right To Rape "Promiscuous" Girls
Their Allah given right!
THE eldest of four Pakistani gang rapist brothers has admitted lying at trial and apologised to his victims but said he thought he had a right to rape the "promiscuous" teenage girls.
MSK, 27, told the NSW Supreme Court yesterday that this was because the girls did not wear headscarves, were drinking alcohol and were unaccompanied when they went to his Ashfield home. MSK also blamed his intoxication, "cultural beliefs" and an undiagnosed mental disorder.
Our item yesterday on the Democrats' antimilitary attitude prompted this response from reader Scott Wallace:Your discussion reminded me of a friend's decision to follow anything negative he said with, "But I support the troops!" If he didn't like the meal he just ate, he would follow his complaint with "But I support the troops!" Complaints about a bad parking spot? "But I support the troops!"
It reminds me of an episode of "Seinfeld" in which Jerry and George were suspected of being gay. Throughout the whole show, anytime anything potentially negative towards homosexuals was mentioned, someone would say, "Not that there's anything wrong with that!" This would give them coverage to be as vicious or insensitive toward the gay lifestyle as they were toward anything else. In later interviews, Jerry Seinfeld admitted that the phrase was added in to the scripts late just to give them coverage. It was a wink to political correctness, and it was funny because you knew it was just a wink.
Today's Democrats feel free to say anything they want about this war--including John Kerry's recent claims of war atrocities by the troops, and Howard Dean's feeling that the war is unwinnable--as long as they follow up with, "But I support the troops!" Every time I hear them say they support the troops I think of that "Seinfeld" episode. Both phrases ring hollow and insincere, calculated to give them coverage. Seinfeld's "coverage" was funny because you knew he didn't really mean it, and such is becoming the case with the Democrats.
Democrats don't seem to understand that they're in danger of becoming a tag-line joke.
HT to the Bookworm Room.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas man who was arrested after he jumped the fence onto the White House grounds this week reportedly was after Chelsea Clinton -- not anyone from President George W. Bush's family.
According to a court-ordered report from the D.C. Department of Mental Health, Shawn Cox, 29, thought Clinton still lived at the White House. He thought he was destined to marry her.
Clinton, of course, left the executive mansion when Bush replaced President Bill Clinton.
Six people were arrested in a string of ecoterrorism attacks in the Pacific Northwest dating to 1998 _ four fires that caused millions in damage and the toppling of an 80-foot power transmission tower, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
The arrests were made Wednesday in Arizona, New York, Oregon and Virginia.
The radical groups Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front had claimed responsibility for most of the acts.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Compare and contrast the following quotes:
Quote #1- “The idea that the Americans are going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong.”
Quote #2- “There is no doubt that the space in which the terrorists can move has begun to shrink and that the grip around the throats of the enemy has begun to tighten. With the deployment of soldiers and police, the future for the terrorists has become frightening.”
Who said quote #1? If you guessed Osama bin Laden, you’d be wrong. It wasn’t a terrorist. It wasn’t even Baghdad Bob. It was Howard Dean, the face of the Democratic party.
Actually, quote #1 isn’t an exact quote. What Howard Dean said this week was, “The idea that we’re going to win the war in Iraq is an idea that is just plain wrong.” But changing “we” to “Americans” doesn’t change the substance of the statement. America cannot win this war, according to Dr. Dean.
The second quote? Again, it’s a paraphrase. The actual quote is this: “There is no doubt that the space in which we can move has begun to shrink and that the grip around the throats of the mujahidin has begun to tighten. With the deployment of soldiers and police, the future has become frightening.” The author was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, writing to senior al Qaeda officials. Replace the “we” with “terrorists”, and you have a statement worthy of Donald Rumsfeld.
HT to Jeff Goldstein.
On a related note, Sacred Cowburgers nails it too...
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Robert Heinlein wrote that stupidity was a fatal mutation. Proving him right is "budding" rap singer Steven Zore.
The Confederate Yankee sums it up:
When you put the barrel of a loaded gun to your head and pull the trigger three times... well, it isn't an accident. It is stupid.
Don't forget that the dead idiot in question shot himself in the head with a firearm controlled by the NFA of 1934.
Somehow, I really don't think he had the required federal tax permits to legally own the weapon he killed himself with.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
French lesbians exhausting Belgian sperm banks
Really, I'm not making this one one up!
The article goes on to say:
French lesbians have been crossing the border to Belgium in search of medical procedures to get pregnant, which are denied in France, creating a new sort of baby boom at Belgian fertility clinics.
"We do not have sufficient sperm donations in reserve to meet all the requests" for insemination, Delbaere said at a recent conference on homosexual parenting in Paris.
HT to Tanker at Ace of Spades HQ, who points out:
Why don't they just do what they have done historically? You know, use the German sperm for all their needs.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
You used to be able to reflash Linksys WiFi routers with cool third party code, since it ran embedded LINUX.
Then Cisco took over and killed that by using a proprietary OS and cutting the flash and RAM in half.
Now, they are releasing a "Old School" model running LINUX and hackable.
This is cool.
HT to Paul at Wizbang.
Reports on the interwebs indicate that Sony or its ad agency has paid graffiti artists to spray paint images of little kids playing with PSPs in at least five U.S. cities: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Thankfully here in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood, someone decided to talk back to a mega-corporation arrogant enough to piss on my neighborhood's walls in order to move units.
Stop by and see some pictures.
"(Obligatory disclaimer: Literally, the first beer to one lucky reader. I'm not buying five thousand people their first beers of the evening. End of obligatory disclaimer.)"
— Hollywood writer Michael Oates Palmer ("The West Wing," "Blind Justice"), pledging in a political blog that if a supporter of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "can point me to one decision or vote she's made in the last four years where she took a stand that went against her best political interests — I'll buy the first beer."
Friday, December 02, 2005
"Whether you like it or not, gun rights are civil rights. If you are against gun rights, then you are in the same pack as the Klan and the communists, and are as likely to vote to shut down churches and newspapers as you are to license and register guns." -- Guy Smith
"Personally, I'd be delighted to live in a country where happily married gay couples had closets full of assault weapons." -- Glenn Reynolds
"Want to know what it's like to be a second-class citizen? Own a gun in an extremely Blue state or area." -- The Smallest Minority
"It is an impressive place that smells like the 1950s, when everyone wore starch white shirts and black slacks and perfect crewcuts and worked on massive industrial projects..." -- Elf Sternberg
"Best practice" tends to mean "works well enough you won't get fired for following the proceedure, and doesn't cost to much to implement."
"Of course, the underlying structure of everything in England is posh. There is no in-between with these people. You have to walk a mile to find a telephone booth, but when you find it, it is built as if the senseless dynamiting of pay phones had been a serious problem in the past. And a British mailbox can presumably stop a German tank." -- Cryptonomicon
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood--unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn. . . .
Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.
HT to Mr. Reynolds
January 14, 1998: Iraq continues to block the work of the inspection team. The President of the Security Council issues a statement terming Iraq’s actions unacceptable and a clear violation of the relevant resolutions and reiterates its demand that Iraq cooperate fully and immediately without conditions (S/PRST/1998/1).
February 1, 1998: "We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction." - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Early February, 1998: Two technical evaluation meetings (TEMS) take place in Baghdad, reviewing 1998 the position with respect to the chemical weapons agent VX. and missile warheads. The report of the outcome of the meetings is submitted to the Council (document S/1998/176). Despite Iraq’s assertions and it having had a full opportunity to present its views on all matters pertaining to the two issues, the team of UNSCOM international experts conclude unanimously that Iraq has still not provided sufficient information for UNSCOM to conclude that Iraq had undertaken all the disarmament steps required of it in these areas. The Commission’s experts provide the Council with an oral briefing of the outcome on these two TEMS in March 1998.
February 4, 1998: "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line." - President Bill Clinton.
February 17, 1998: "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." - President Bill Clinton
February 18, 1998: "Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face. And it is a threat against which we must, and will, stand firm." - Secretary of State US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
February 18, 1998: "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." - Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser.
April 8, 1998: The report of the biological weapons TEM is transmitted to the Council (S/1998/308). As with the other TEMs, the experts unanimously conclude that Iraq’s declaration on its biological weapons programme is incomplete and inadequate. (BBC: A UN report claims Iraq is continuing to hold back information about its germ warfare programme)
June 24, 1998 : Richard Butler confirms reports that traces of the nerve gas VX has been found in Iraqi missile fragments. Iraq had always insisted it had not weaponised VX. Iraq dismisses the charges, warning of "grave consequences" if sanctions are not lifted.
October 27, 1998 - Richard Butler says tests carried out by international scientists confirm that Iraq filled missile warheads with the deadly nerve agent VX before the 1991 Gulf War.
October 31, 1998: President Clinton signs the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998:
November 10, 1999: "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies." - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
There is much, much more. Stop by and read the whole thing.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Softcore Darlek porn.
Yes, I have a 4th Doctor Scarf, and I agree with what the director of Terry Nation's estate, Tim Hancock said,
"The reason the Daleks are still the most sinister thing in the universe is because they do not make things like porn. They weren't ever intended to be sexual creatures. It's simple, Daleks do not do porn."
Now the Cybermen...that's another story.
From Sunday's Reliable Sources, UPI correspondent Pamela Hess:
KURTZ: Welcome back to RELIABLE SOURCES.
Pam Hess, during Vietnam U.S. officials were often accused of distorting or even lying to the press to try to make it look like the war effort was going better than it was. When you were in Iraq did you feel like you were getting the straight story?
HESS: Certainly from the militarily I did. They have no interest in cooking the books, as it were, they -- they understand that they were blamed for Vietnam and what happened, and they don't want that blame again.
They want people to understand the kind of enemy that they are facing and how long it's going to take. And frankly, most of them said to me, "Please go back and tell them not to pull us out because we are finally at a point where we have enough people here now on the ground between soldiers and Iraqis that we can actually start doing some good and start turning things around. And if you pull us out, we're just going to be back here three years from now."
KURTZ: More optimistic, at least than some of the journalists.
Political Teen has the video.
Mr. Reynolds has more.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
About bloody time too. According to this Reuters article:
The United States is closing a legal loophole which has allowed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to slip into the country and join the estimated 11 million undocumented foreigners already here.
Under long-standing procedure along the U.S. border with Mexico, illegal crossers of nationalities other than Mexican -- dubbed OTMs by the Border Patrol -- have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge before they could be deported.
Because of a severe shortage of space to hold them until the hearing, they were released after being fingerprinted and given a "notice to appear," a document stating they had agreed to show up at court at a certain date.
The notice serves as a travel document allowing its holder past Border Patrol checkpoints on the roads leading from the border to the interior. Most OTMs do not show up for their hearing and meld into the population.
Known as "catch and release", the practice has become part of an increasingly acrimonious debate over immigration policy and border security, an issue likely to loom large in Congress, next year's mid-term elections and the 2008 presidential poll.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said last month his department's aim was to "return every single entrant -- no exceptions" but gave no deadline. Mexicans are usually returned immediately -- and most of them try again, some within hours.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
But [Newdow’s] budding musical career, which he put on display in a one-man show before a sparse audience Tuesday night, may be cut short by, of all things, lack of God-given talent.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko wants the world to recognize the famine that killed one-quarter of the population as Soviet-sponsored genocide.
Just part of the 100 million people killed by their Communist/Socialist governments.
Friday, November 25, 2005
TigerHawk points out this passage from Richard Clarke's book, Against all Enemies
Snatches, or more properly "extraordinary renditions," were operations to apprehend terrorists abroad, usually without the knowledge of and almost always without public acknowledgement of the host government.... The first time I proposed a snatch, in 1993, the White House Counsel, Lloyd Cutler, demanded a meeting with the President to explain how it violated international law. Clinton had seemed to be siding with Cutler until Al Gore belatedly joined the meeting, having just flown overnight from South Africa. Clinton recapped the arguments on both sides for Gore: Lloyd says this. Dick says that. Gore laughed and said, "That's a no-brainer. Of course it's a violation of international law, that's why it's a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass." (pp. 143-144)
Compare that to the former VP's recent statements.
As TigerHawk points out:
Al Gore supported rendition before al Qaeda had declared war on the United States and hung its battle flag on the Khobar Towers, the USS Cole, the African embassies, the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the Bali disco, the Madrid trains, and the United Nations. But after those defeats, Al Gore changed his mind. Has any reporter for any major news organization bothered to ask Gore to explain his reasoning?
HT to Greyhawk
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
I have no doubt (from the many books I have read on this man) that if he were President today, he would be fighting the war on terror. He was an American first, a politician second. He was a Democrat when it was honorable to be a Democrat. And he did not like it when America or her interests, were threatened.
Maybe, just maybe, there will come a day when the true Democrats will squeeze out the leftists that have hijacked the party and make it the party of Kennedy, again.
I started using flickr before Yahoo took it over.
Thankfully, they didn't screw it over the way they did Webring.org before they took it over. (I prefer ringsurf anyway...)
I found these cool flikr toys.
I'll be playing with them and posting some of the results.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
...take the time to read Neal Stephenson's book Cryptonomicon.
Here are some quotes from it:
The only other thing he notices about them,before he gives up and slinks back into the cargo hold, is that they are fucking armed to the teeth. Like they were expecting to have to kill twenty or thirty people on their way from the airplane to the latrine and back. Bobby Shaftoe has met a few of these paranoid types during his tour, and he doesn't like them very much. That whole mindset reminds him too much of Guadalcanal.
He finds a place on the floor next to the body of PFC Gerald Hottand and stretches out. The teeny revolver in his waistband makes it impossible for him to lie on his back, so he takes it out and pockets it. This only transfers the center of discomfort to the Marine Raider stiletto holstered invisibly between his shoulder blades. He realizes that he is going to have to curl up on his side,which doesn't work because on one side he has a standard-issue Colt semiautomatic,which he doesn't trust, and on the other, his own six-shooter from home,which he does. So he has to find places to stash those, along with the various ammo clips, speedloaders, and maintenance supplies that go with them. The V-44 "Gung Ho" jungle-clearing, coconut-splitting, and Nip-decapitating knife,strapped to the outside of his lower leg,also has to be removed, as does the derringer that he keeps on the other leg for balance. The only thing that stays with him are the grenades in his front pockets, since he doesn't plan to lie down on his stomach.
"Randy was forever telling people, without rancor, that they here full of shit. That was the only way to get anything done in hacking. No on took it personally."
"Avi's nannies have the souls of war-hardened Soviet paratroopers in the bodies of nubile eighteen-year-old girls."
How many slums will we bulldoze to build the Information superhighway? The Information Superhighway is just a fucking metaphor! Give me a break!
"That time in Seattle - during the lawsuit - was a fucking nightmare. I came out of it dead broke, without a house, without anything except a girlfriend and a knowledge of UNIX."
"Well, that's something," Avi says. "Normally those two are mutually exclusive."
"To translate it into UNIX system administration terms ... the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Whereas people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability."
Monday, November 21, 2005
For nearly all my life, France has been held up as a bastion (a French word, no less) of liberty, equality and fraternity. A shining beacon of Socialism's mulit-cultural superiority, a color-blind Mecca where race was of not an issue - after all, they treated Josaphine Baker and Tina Turner as goddesses, didn't they?
But now France's dirty little secret is out: Their society is just as racist as they've always claimed ours to be. For decades, they have sequestered their immigrant population in ghettos and limited their economic and social growth to the bottom rungs of France's ladder. Sure, the immigrants may be good enough to scrub the middens and spread merde on the fields, but they were to keep in their place, and leave France for the French - the real French, not these swarthy pretenders whose parents still had the stink of North African soil on their feet.
And now, when this festering abscess of intolerance bursts, exposing the fetid stench of French racism in an open wound ripe for Al Quaeaeaeda infection, what is the French Socialist response?
At least some things never change.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
PERHAPS THE biggest weapon in the arsenal of America’s critics is carefully selective amnesia. Conveniently forgetting important historical facts enables tactical amnesiacs to make claims about US policy that seem to support their contention that the country’s government is uniquely evil.
The latest evidence that George Bush is a war criminal has apparently come this week with the acknowledgment that the US military used white phosphorus (WP) on enemy positions in Fallujah. This is deemed an outrage, something decent countries never do, yet more proof that the Bush-Cheney cabal is sedulously destroying the very foundations of American civilisation. . . .
In fact, WP is not a chemical weapon, not even banned by any treaty to which the US is signatory. It has been used by the armed forces in all countries in wars for decades. Indeed, if you look up the roll of US Congressional Medal of Honour winners, you will discover that quite a few received this highest military decoration precisely because they used “shake and bake” to such successful effect. . . .
But the “Bush lied to us” whine is much worse when it comes from the mouths of those who insisted only three years ago, in voting for the war, that they were taking a heroic stand in defence of national security. Half the Democratic members of the Senate — oddly enough, including all those with serious presidential aspirations — John Kerry, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden — voted for the war in 2002. The awful truth about many of these people is that their cynicism in distancing themselves from their support for the war is only matched by their cynicism in originally supporting it.
Let me be clear: some Democrats — Joe Lieberman springs to mind — supported the war for the right reasons, and continue to do so. Others — Ted Kennedy, Russell Feingold — opposed it all along. But most of those now recanting made a straight political calculation in voting to authorise force in the first place.
Read the whole thing.
HT to Mr. Reynolds
Via Slashdot comes news of this FEC ruling:
"The Federal Election Commission today issued an advisory opinion that finds the Fired Up network of blogs qualifies for the 'press exemption' to federal campaign finance laws. The press exemption, as defined by Congress, is meant to assure 'the unfettered right of the newspapers, TV networks, and other media to cover and comment on political campaigns.' The full ruling is available at the FEC site. A noteworthy passage: '...an entity otherwise eligible for the press exception would not lose its eligibility merely because of a lack of objectivity...'"
Freedom Folks blog covers a "Professor" threating a Conservative student at Warren Community College.
Student Rebecca Beach, received a Hate filled response to her announcement of the appearance of decorated Iraq war hero, Lt. Col. Scott Rutter, to speak on the campus from Professor John Daly.
“Your literature and signs in the entrance lobby look like fascist propaganda and is extremely offensive.”
He rambles on for a while about the evils of capitalism, the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Exxon and racism, then offers this threat…
“I will continue to expose your right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like your won’t dare show their face on a college campus.”
He went on to echo a reoccuring theme amoung the extremist left,
“Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors.”
As the Junkyard blog says,
But don’t question his patriotism.
Excuse, but I will. This so-called "Academic" is against free speech, the liberation of an oppressed people, and calls for murder of active duty American servicemen and women.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
"Decaffeinated -- not caffeinated -- coffee may cause an increase in harmful LDL cholesterol by increasing a specific type of blood fat linked to the metabolic syndrome, hints a new study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2005."
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Brown Line makes this comment on one of Ace's posts:
Yes, Iraq is "Vietnam on the Euphrates".
Except that we've taken Hanoi.
And Ho Chi Minh is in prison.
And free elections are being held in what had been North Vietnam.
And the ethnic minorities in Vietnam are gaining a fair measure of control over their own territories.
And Giap is leading a rag-tag band of suiciding losers, instead of an army.
And there have been no My Lai-style atrocities.
And the war is being fought by professional volunteers, instead of by reluctant draftees.
And US fatalities are down by 96%.
Yup, other than those minor differences, "Vietnam on the Euphrates" has it pegged.
Go read the original post. Ted Kennedy gets punked!
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
For the “Bush Lied” mantra to have any logical or factual force, one must believe that Desert Fox not only destroyed every single WMD Saddam had, but also cowed him sufficiently that he never built a single WMD or lab in the five years that remained of his rule. And that knowing all of this, Bush took us to war anyway. No serious person believes that.
While you're at it, look up the Carter Doctrine.
It starts with this post by a woman in London:
I know I should say something about what's going on in France. Personally it's ok with me if people express themselves burning cars, but it's not ok for me to send the army and instore a curfew. I think that this government of assholes that we have should for once listen to the pain of people. I am so sad about what's happening in my country... it's turning fascist!!!
Joe introduces her to a thing we call reality:
Boy, its a damn shame you don't know what fascism is.
Let that claim fly when they start rounding up Arabs and executing them in camps - until then all you have is a bunch of whiny, ignornants torching cars because they've been segregated into ghettos and utterly ignored by your wretched culture, which refuses to integrate people. Despite years of warning signs that this segretation was going to cause trouble, noone wanted to tackle the problem. Well, now they have a very visual demonstration that they can't ignore.
Bummer about that. But hey, at least now we can read our copies of the Little Red Book at nighttime, eh? Isn't the firelight romantic?
Monday, November 14, 2005
The White House needs to go on the offensive here in a big way -- and Bush needs to be very plain that this is all about Democratic politicans pandering to the antiwar base, that it's deeply dishonest, and that it hurts our troops abroad.
Norman Podhoretz has a detailed, fact filled article that starts with:
Among the many distortions, misrepresentations and outright falsifications that have emerged from the debate over Iraq, one in particular stands out above all others. This is the charge that George W. Bush misled us into an immoral or unnecessary war in Iraq by telling a series of lies that have now been definitively exposed.
What makes this charge so special is the amazing success it has enjoyed in getting itself established as a self-evident truth even though it has been refuted and discredited over and over again by evidence and argument alike. In this it resembles nothing so much as those animated cartoon characters who, after being flattened, blown up or pushed over a cliff, always spring back to life with their bodies perfectly intact. Perhaps, like those cartoon characters, this allegation simply cannot be killed off, no matter what.
Nevertheless, I want to take one more shot at exposing it for the lie that it itself really is. Although doing so will require going over ground that I and many others have covered before, I hope that revisiting this well-trodden terrain may also serve to refresh memories that have grown dim, to clarify thoughts that have grown confused, and to revive outrage that has grown commensurately dulled.
Go read the whole thing.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
By way of Alphecca, comes the story of Cindy Ellen Hill.
I am nervous over more than the flight. Despite being a, well, let’s face it, ‘gun nut,’ I am for all intents and purposes a liberal. A union-supporting Irish Democrat of generations of union-supporting Irish Democrats, disgusted enough by the Clinton administration to throw in the towel on the Party and run with the Progressives. Pro-choice, environmental activist, anti-death penalty, civil libertarian… I grew up shooting. I believe strongly that all ten Amendments to the United States Constitution which comprise the Bill of Rights work together; that means the Second Amendment securing the right to keep and bear arms is there to enforce the other nine against governmental intrusion. This latter concept seems to be where I lose many of my liberal friends and somehow wind up as the darling of the right wing.
Sounds like she's moving toward the Libertarian camp.
She has written a book, Brady Denial? You CAN Get Your Guns Back
By way of Jeff at Alphecca, comes this story of the New Paltz Police buying AR-15s.
This caught my eye because I'm a New Paltz College graduate and the small New England town I live in just bought new AR-15s to replace their old Mini-14s.
...while Germany's Eurosnob elite wines and dines President Hu, there will be no angry mass protests or cries of indignation on German streets. There will be no rainbow flags embroidered with "PACE" accompanied by Tibetan and Taiwanese flags. There will be no peace drums, silent vigils or burning of Hu Jintao effigies. There will be no courageous speeches on morality or human rights in front of thousands of drunk and screaming marchers. There will be few if any indignant editorials condemning President Hu in leading German papers, magazines or news broadcasts.
As a person, a human being, as one who really does care about his fellow man, Jimmy Carter is the best. But his presidency was a miserable failure. Even his own party would not work with him because he was so liberal that most of them would not have gotten re-elected if they had supported all of his proposals.
Remember the double digit inflation, under Carter? I do.
I could write a whole post on the failures of this man. But the fact remains, this country is a hell of a lot better off than when he was steering the helm.
Then points out that Howard Dean isn't fit to polish former President Carter's shoes:
Want a bigger failure than Carter? Look no further than Howard Dean. But at least Carter was not a coward and Dean is.
Go read the whole thing.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
According to Bruce at mASS Backwards, Boston Mayor "Mumbles" Menino wants to have a "handgun summit" to fight crime in the city. That and random searches. You remember those, the ones that the ACLU fought when a Republican Mayor brought up the idea. I'm not holding my breath waiting from them to come out against Mumbles.
Hey Mumbles! It's the CRIMINALS that cause crime.
HT to Alphecca
Thursday, November 10, 2005
This Reuters article points out the violence is nothing new, just more widespread:
Even before the riots, Ophelia, 16, used to run home from school every day because she was afraid of being attacked in the maze of high-rise buildings in her suburb northeast of Paris.
A series of gang rapes in these bleak housing estates shocked France a few years ago. In 2002, a 17-year-old girl was set alight by an 18-year-old boy as his friends stood by.
Walking near a burned-out garbage bin, Ophelia's twin sister Sandra says the riots came as no surprise. Violence against and pressure on women is part of daily life in the suburbs, where boys can dictate how girls should dress.
"You have to behave like a guy and look like a guy. If you wear a skirt, you get into immediate trouble. You're a slut," says Sandra, wearing a baggy sweatshirt and jeans.
Go read the whole thing.
I kid you not. By way of Slashdot, comes the news of the "MIT Musical Theatre Group will be staging a musical version of the Star Wars Trilogy (Eps. IV through VI). There will be tap-dancing stormtroopers, singing Ewoks, etc."
Anne Applebaum in the Washington Post provides a dose of reality for the French to study:
"Katrina's devastation points the finger at Bush's system . . . Issues forgotten for years are back to the fore: poverty, the state's absence, latent racism."
-- Le Monde, Sept. 8, 2005
The quotation above appeared in a front-page article in France's newspaper of record. Just below was a cartoon showing the American president watching TV footage of black corpses floating in the water. "But, what country is this?" the caption had him saying to his generals: "Is it far away? We absolutely have to do something!"
But the insoluble violence in urban France should inspire more than just schadenfreude in this country. Although there isn't yet evidence that this bout of rioting is Islamist in origin, it's pretty clear that large, unintegrated, ungovernable and unemployed Islamic communities in Western Europe will continue to incubate radical Islam. Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker of Sept. 11, is a Frenchman of Moroccan dissent. The Madrid bombings and the London bombings were also proof that the war on terrorism was never as much about rogue nations in the Middle East as it was about the domestic polices of our closest allies.
It is in our own interest, then, to be magnanimous and to come up with ways to assist the French. We could, for example, help them to shatter the myth that they live in an enlightened society, insulated from racial tension, by mass-mailing them copies of Le Monde with the word "America" crossed out in all editorials and the word "France" substituted instead.
HT to Ace
Dedicated to providing a safer working environment for violent criminals, the lunatics running the asylum passed a law banning law abiding citizens the right to legally own handguns.
Of course, the law will have no effect on the violent criminals who will be shortly thanking the sheepeople who supported this act of lunacy.
HT to Ms. Malkin.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Those arrested include a Muslim cleric accused of masterminding a cell dedicated to "violent jihad."
A note the Australian Police, "Good on ya!"
I've read the reports that say the riots taking place throughout France are part of an organized Islamofacist terrorist plot.
I personally go with the theory that this is just just French socialism coming home to roost.
The French have an unemployment rate & economy that makes the bad old day's of the Carter Presidency look good.
Given the slow and tepid French government response to these riots, expect to see more of them in the future.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
It’s day 12 of the French riots but I still haven’t heard anyone say how it’s Bush’s fault yet. Is the left so apathetic about France they cannot cite a simple connection to the White House?
HT to Dr. John Ray
"America's Splendid Little Wars: A Short History of U.S. Military Engagements: 1975-2000" by Peter Huchthausen
It starts with the SS Mayaguez and ends with Bosnia & Kosovo.
I'm currently on Chapter 7, Escort and Retaliation in the Persian Gulf.
The first complete sentance on page 100 is, "President Reagan not only supported but also reinforced the Carter Doctrine that called for war to save Persian Gulf oil if necessary."
So far it has been fairly even handed, pointing in equal clairity the failures of Operation Eagle Claw (the failed attempt to rescue the Americans held hostage in Iran) and the Intervention in Lebanon that included the death hundreds of US military personnel (mostly Marines) by truck bomb.
The book is a look at the military operations. Politics are covered as an aspect of the operation, not the main focus of the book.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Men's underwear. See, there are basically two types. Boxers and briefs (otherwise known as whitey-tighties). Now, boxers come in all different designs and patterns and different materials like cotton and silk. A man can still be a man and wear silk boxers. Men can't wear silk whitey-tighties, 'cause then they'd be panties. -- Torg
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Adding a timely twist to the debate, those opponents warn that a major earthquake could lead to chaos and anarchy, akin to post-Katrina New Orleans.
"What happens when the police leave town, just like they did in New Orleans?'' asked John Mindermann, a retired San Francisco police officer who keeps a handgun in his home in the low-crime area of West Portal. Only active law enforcement and military personnel would be exempt from the ban.
And even though its officers fight violence daily, the San Francisco Police Officers Association is also opposed to the ban, saying it cannot back a measure that takes away "the personal choice of city residents to lawfully possess a handgun for self-defense purposes.''
Via Michelle Malkin comes a collection of photos showing the irrational left proving they don't share the same reality as rational adults.
A judge concerned about the potential for voter fraud in Tuesday's election has ordered the state to compile the names of all adult New Jersey residents who have died since 1985.
State Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg made the ruling Friday after learning that the official responsible for tracking deaths had failed to do so because he didn't know it was his responsibility.
Just like those rat catchers in Delhi, India.
Gosh, we can't actually expect folks on the public payroll to actually work?
Friday, November 04, 2005
• In July 2004, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan 500-page report that found numerous failures of intelligence gathering and analysis. As for the Bush Administration's role, "The Committee did not find any evidence that Administration officials attempted to coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments related to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction," (our emphasis).
• The Butler Report, published by the British in July 2004, similarly found no evidence of "deliberate distortion," although it too found much to criticize in the quality of prewar intelligence.
• The March 2005 Robb-Silberman report on WMD intelligence was equally categorical, finding "no evidence of political pressure to influence the Intelligence Community's pre-war assessments of Iraq's weapons programs. . . .analysts universally asserted that in no instance did political pressure cause them to skew or alter any of their analytical judgments. We conclude that it was the paucity of intelligence and poor analytical tradecraft, rather than political pressure, that produced the inaccurate pre-war intelligence assessments."
• Finally, last Friday, there was Mr. Fitzgerald: "This indictment's not about the propriety of the war, and people who believe fervently in the war effort, people who oppose it, people who are--have mixed feelings about it should not look to this indictment for any resolution of how they feel or any vindication of how they feel."
In short, everyone who has looked into the question of whether the Bush Administration lied about intelligence, distorted intelligence, or pressured intelligence agencies to produce assessments that would support a supposedly pre-baked decision to invade Iraq has come up with the same answer: No, no, no and no.
Everyone, that is, except Joseph Wilson IV. He first became the Democrats' darling in July 2003, when he published an op-ed claiming he'd debunked Mr. Bush's "16 words" on Iraqi attempts to purchase African yellowcake and that the Administration had distorted the evidence about Saddam's weapons programs to fit its agenda. This Wilson tale fit the "lied us into war" narrative so well that he was adopted by the John Kerry presidential campaign.
Only to be dropped faster than a Paris Hilton boyfriend after the Senate Intelligence and Butler reports were published. Those reports clearly showed that, while Saddam had probably not purchased yellowcake from Niger, the dictator had almost certainly tried--and that Mr. Wilson's own briefing of the CIA after his mission supported that conclusion. Mr. Wilson somehow omitted that fact from his public accounts at the time.
He also omitted to explain why the CIA had sent him to Niger: His wife, who worked at the CIA, had suggested his name for the trip, a fact Mr. Wilson also denied, but which has also since been proven. In other words, the only real support there has ever been for the "Bush lied" storyline came from a man who is himself a demonstrable liar.