Urbin Report

Monday, June 27, 2005

Meeting The Hate

First, we understand that Leftism is Hate. It is aggression. It is the desire to devour valuable institutions under color of social justice, and to understand that one of the devouring methods is to erase our History.

Read the whole thing here.

Hat Tip to Dr. John J. Ray at Dissecting Leftism.
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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Yosemite Bound

I'll be in Yosemite Valley tonight. I plan on taking lots of pictures that I'll post next time I have net access.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

There is no crying in Politics!

One of the commentators to this Ann Althouse post made the link of Hardball Politics to Tom Hanks' famous line from A League of Their Own.
To the meat of the subject, Ms. Althouse saw the Durbin "apology" on TV and found it...icky.
To quote a damn good politican, the late Massachusetts democrat Tip O'Neil, "All politics is local."
One of Ms. Althouse's readers points out that a democrat of a different stripe, Dick Durbin forgot this:

Durbin is of Lithuanian descent. I don't know whether he's first generation ... or whether his grandparents arrived during the World War I wave. Durbin spent great energy courting the Lithuanian community in Chicago. Many Lithuanians fell under his spell and, for the first time, voted Democratic (those who emigrated in the late 1940s and early 1950s often voted Republican because they perceived that party as more anti-Communist).

I suspect Durbin's comparison of Gitmo to the Gulag and Concentration Camps tastes particularly sour to this community, which was pinched on one side by the Russians and on the other by the Germans. My dad--who rushed to Kroch's & Brentano's in Chicago when the first bootleg Russian copies of The Gulag Archipelago became available in this country--must have rolled over in his grave. My mother, whose best friend's husband froze to death during a seventeen-year stint in Siberia, is still spitting.


Oddly enough, this post wasn't quoted on Instapundit...

Lileks has the "Gitmo for Idiots" summary out...

Here's What You Need to Know About Gitmo, by James Likleks.
I've got some highlights, but read the whole thing.

Gitmo is the gulag equivalent of a Ben Affleck movie: no one's seen it, but everyone has an opinion about it. Given all the rhetoric that's been spilled about this sorta-kinda-not-really Death Camp, it's time we re-examine the facts, and remind ourselves what's really at stake. Herewith a summation.

Q: What is Gitmo?

A: Contrary to what some suggest, it does not stand for "Git mo' Peking chicken for Muhammad, he wants a second portion." It stands for "Guantanamo," a facility the United States built to see if the left would ever care about human rights abuses in Cuba. The experiment has apparently been successful.
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A: Well, technically, no one has died at Gitmo. Metaphorically, millions have perished, since Gitmo is the spiritual heir to assorted thug regimes -- except Saddam's, of course. Think Nazi death camps. Did you know one of the Nazis' Middle East allies was the grand mufti of Jerusalem, a Hitler admirer who was a mentor to Yasser Arafat? Funny how history works. Not ha-ha funny, but Seinfeld-ironic funny.

Q: History is boring. C'mon. Why do they hate us?

A: Because our women wear thongs, our media are naughty, our homosexuals walk around unstoned, and we refuse to let them finish Hitler's plans for the Jews. Because we are the infidel sons of monkeys and pigs who do not believe that most holy of books, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." Also because we had something to do with Afghanistan.
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A: The interrogators make a point of handling the Quran with gloves, to indicate they accept the prisoners' definition of infidels as "unclean." But the guards occasionally suggest that the gloves are not only washed with the general laundry that might include the socks of Jews, but that sometimes the anti-static cling sheets are deliberately left out.
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A: It is. It's worse than Waco, because at least those people aren't suffering anymore.

Q: When did they build this place?

A: After Sept. 11, 2001.

Q: That date seems familiar for some reason. Did something happen?
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Q: Isn't it our role as citizens to be wary of government?

A: Sure. But take this quote: "I call on those who question the motives of the president and his national security advisers to join with the rest of America in presenting a united front to our enemies abroad." That was Sen. Dick Durbin in 1998, when Bill Clinton attacked Iraq. But that was then, and this is George W. Bush.


HT to Mr. Reynolds

They need to pay their fair share!

According to the Washington Times Inside Politics column today:

The Florida Democratic Party, out of cash and out of power, has been slapped with a federal tax lien for failing to pay nearly $200,000 in Social Security and payroll taxes, the Miami Herald reports.
The latest hit -- coming just as the party's most recent former chief revs up a campaign for governor -- stands to further marginalize a party that has struggled in recent years to compete financially and politically with organized and well-financed Republicans, the newspaper said.
And it could give ammunition to the Democratic and Republican rivals of Scott Maddox, who left the party's leadership post last month to run for governor, touting his time as chairman.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Susan Estrich on Fox News

Susan Estrich is a passionate liberal who has ventured into the lions den, i.e. she works at Fox News.
She's written a column of what it's like to be a liberal working at a news organization villified by most leftists.
Take the time to read the whole thing. Here are some highlights:

Prior to working for Fox, I worked for ABC and NBC, spent a lot of time at CNN, and almost ended up at CBS. I worked for a bunch of local stations in Los Angeles and had a talk-radio show at KABC for six years. In other words, I'm fortunate enough to have been around, and Fox News is the best place I've ever worked.
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I also work there because of my respect for Roger Ailes, the man who created it, and hired me, and to whom I am extremely loyal for reasons having nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with integrity.
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The criticisms [by the left against Fox News] have gotten personal, the tone has changed, the volume is up, and the value is down.
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Three times as many people watch Fox every day as watch CNN. There were certainly times during the last campaign where I disagreed with decisions made by young Fox producers. But without exception, every time I raised an issue, I won. The joke was that I would tell them to set their stopwatches and transfer me to Ailes, so they could time how long it would take me to get their decisions reversed.

It never came to that, but everyone understood the commitment not to make decisions that would even give the appearance that Dean so cavalierly bandies about.

Is Fox News different from the other places I've worked? Sure. But all of the rest were pretty much alike, which is the larger point that Dean ignores.

HT to Mr. Harris

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Terrorist on Terrorist...

Act points out that not all Islamofacists are buddy buddy.
The quote from the NY Times article:

Late Sunday night, American marines watching the skyline from their second-story perch in an abandoned house here saw a curious thing: in the distance, mortar and gunfire popped, but the volleys did not seem to be aimed at them. In the dark, one spoke in hushed code words on a radio, and after a minute found the answer. "Red on red," he said, using a military term for enemy-on-enemy fire. Marines patrolling this desert region near the Syrian border have for months been seeing a strange new trend in the already complex Iraqi insurgency. Insurgents, they say, have been fighting each other in towns along the Euphrates from Husayba, on the border, to Qaim, farther west. The observations offer a new clue in the hidden world of the insurgency and suggest that there may have been, as American commanders suggest, a split between Islamic militants and local rebels. A United Nations official who served in Iraq last year and who consulted widely with militant groups said in a telephone interview that there has been a split for some time.

"There is a rift," said the official, who requested anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the talks he had held. "I'm certain that the nationalist Iraqi part of the insurgency is very much fed up with the Jihadists grabbing the headlines and carrying out the sort of violence that they don't want against innocent civilians."


Ace wraps it up with this interesting realpolitik comment:
It is good that the not-so-crazies are turning on the batshit-crazies. That's the key to political victory, after all-- co-opting the only-partially-crazy and turning them against the certifiable psychopaths.


Personally, having terrorists attacking each other instead of American & Iraqi military personnel, or their favorite target, innocents civilians is A-OK by me.

The .50 Caliber and the Big Lie

Alphecca has a post that points out politicians can blithly repeat falsehoods perpetrated by anti-gun groups, and with little or no fact checking, the Associated Press will print them.
He points out two outright lies in the AP story, including one that created by racist Victim Disarment group, the so-called "Violence Policy Center."

I've posted before about the .50 Caliber Myths promoted by groups working to make a safer working environment for America's violent criminals.

In their own words...

From today's Washington Times Inside the Beltway column comes this exchange between reporters and White House spokesman Scott McClellan:

"The president today is announcing his intention to nominate two individuals and appoint three individuals to serve in his administration on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board that was part of the intelligence reforms. And we'll get you that list, but the names include Carol Dinkins of Texas to be chairman, Alan Charles Raul to be vice chairman, Lanny Davis to be a member, Ted Olson to be a member, and Francis Taylor to be a member. And we'll get you out this information momentarily."
Reporter: "Did you say Lanny Davis?"
Mr. McClellan: "I think I did. Yes, I did."
Reporter: "Our Lanny Davis?"
Mr. McClellan: "He's your Lanny Davis? The media are claiming him?"
As White House special counsel from 1996 to 1998, Mr. Davis acted as President Clinton's spokesman for campaign-finance investigations and other unsavory matters.

Poor Karl...

Monday, June 20, 2005

Quick Movie Review

I saw Batman Begins last night. I liked it. It moved well, and had a good cast. Christian Bale as the troubled Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as Alfred, Liam Neeson as the baddest of the bad guys, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Batman's toymaker and Cillian Murphy as the scary Dr. Crane. Excellent jobs by all.
The notable exception was Katie Holmes as the perky Assistant DA and her handy Taser. She was slightly more believable than Denise Richards as Nuclear Physicist in The World is Not Enough, but then I didn't buy that one for a minute. Both actresses were little more than eye candy in an action film.

Bush has done more for Africa than any other American President...

I've mentioned this several times before, and activist Bob Geldof is saying it it again. Today's Washington Times Inside Politics column quotes a Time magazine interview with Mr. Geldof where he says:

"Actually, today I had to defend the Bush administration in France again. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American president for Africa. But it's empirically so."

Now there are three...

There is the obvious frontrunner, HRC. Senator Kerry has been showing up to work and making noises that he wants to run again, and now Delaware democrat Senator Joe Biden announced on "Face the Nation" yesterday that "My intention now is to seek the nomination."
He's hasn't thrown his hat completely in the ring yet, just kind of holding it over the ring. He did include this qualifying statement, "If, in fact, I think I have a clear shot at winning the nomination, by this November or December, then I'm going to seek the nomination."

Sunday, June 19, 2005

A damn good question!

The Bookworm asks "If you're a Jew, should you really be voting Democrat anymore?"
She references Dana Milbank's Washington Post article that shows that the anti-Semitism that has been lurking in the fringes of the Democratic party is slowly making its way to the center.
Democrat Rep. John Conyers allowed praise for rank anti-Semitism at a mock hearing he was "presiding over."

Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), who prompted the question by wondering whether the true war motive was Iraq's threat to Israel, thanked McGovern for his "candid answer."

At Democratic headquarters, where an overflow crowd watched the hearing on television, activists handed out documents repeating two accusations -- that an Israeli company had warning of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and that there was an "insider trading scam" on 9/11 -- that previously has been used to suggest Israel was behind the attacks.

Ms. Bookworms sums it up well:
This is no longer the moonbats in the Democratic Underground. This is going on in our Congress, at sessions attended by elected Democratic congressmen.


Please note that is not new behavior for Congressman Moran (democrat-VA). He was quoted in the March 10, 2003 issue of the Washington Post as saying:
"If it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community for this war with Iraq, we would not be doing this. The leaders of the Jewish community are influential enough that they could change the direction of where this is going, and I think they should."

Another myth set straight

My friend Doug tears into the myth that US military recruiters "target" minorities.
Doug is a veteran of the US Army (Thanks Doug!), and during his time in the Green Machine completed not only Airborne and Air Assault training, but also Sniper training. He also claims to be the only member of the active duty military to have voted for Mondale in 1984.

The majority of people in Army combat units are white. Minorities tend to join for job skill training and college opportunities, whites more for the adventure and experience. I state this as a former infantryman. Every infantry unit I was in had more white guys than other races. But our support units looked like the bloody UN.

So yes, decry the overly aggressive recruiters who are crossing far too many lines in trying to fill the ranks, but don't play the damn race card when it isn't warranted.

Take the time to read the comments, some of the folks chiming in include a woman currently serving in the US Army in Iraq, another is currently US Army with 21 years of service completed, and another also active duty military.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Ahhh..the smell of Cordite in the morning...

The 18th Carnival of Cordite

When Extremists from either end meet, it's not pretty...

Jeff Goldstein sums up a Washington Post column quite nicely...

Somewhere, Justin Raimondo and Pat Buchanan share a root beer float and smile at the irony that today’s Democrat shares with them their dream of an isolationist America that harbors a healthy distrust of Jews and their Jew designs on world domination.

This is not news if you have been paying attention...

Joel Rosenberg points out that gun grabbers are hypocrites:

Well, we had Million Mom March organizer, spokeswoman and activist Barbara Graham gunning down a man in an attempt to avenge the murder of her son (she shot the wrong guy, and crippled him). And then we had antigun activist Annette "Flirty" Stevens keeping an unlicensed handgun, with the serial filed off, in her home -- along with some narcotics.

And now we've got antigun activist Sheila Eccleston calling the police about a burglary next door, and encouraging them to make it quick because she had a sawed-off shotgun in her home, one that she admits had been there for six months.

I think some of these folks are unclear on a lot of concepts.


HT to Mr. Reynolds

Friday, June 17, 2005

Name Dropper and ignorant...

From todays Washington Times Inside Politics column:

Some of the most revealing moments of the daily White House press briefing are compliments of White House correspondents when posing their questions to presidential spokesman Scott McClellan.
Take this week's ear-opener:
Reporter: "My question is, is President Bush ready to replace Kofi Annan with my friend President Bill Clinton as the United Nations secretary general?"
"Your friend?" interjected a fellow reporter.


OK, not only is this unnamed reporter a name dropping leftie, he (or she) displays a shocking ignorance of the workings of the UN.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

It's a rescue, not a release...

The use of language is important.
By way of Ace comes this example of not-quite the truth from NPR by American Barbarian

Nope no bias here. NPR reported on the “release” or “freeing” of an Australian hostage today. Their language is purposefully vague because this man was rescued by Iraqi and American forces. Let’s repeat that he was rescued by Iraqi and American forces. Certainly saying that in a report doesn’t fit NPR’s editorial point of view so they use the word “released” or “freed” so they can remain ambiguous.


Now he's funny...

By way of Michelle Malkin is this way funny wrapup of the Jackson trial by the King of Fake News, Jon Stewart.

I'm not kidding about the Malkin HT. She's not much a Jon Stewart fan, but even she thought this was "tops."

Neville Albright's memory problems...

Baldilocks points out to Bill Clinton's former Secretaryof State Madeline Chamberlain, that the Dafur genocide and slavery in Sudan, were in full swing while she and her bosses where in the White House.

With her presumed influence, Madame Secretary could be part of the solution instead of part of the peanut gallery. However, that would entail swallowing enough pride to be able to say "we were too afraid to act and we allowed the situation(s) to get worse. Don't do the same."

Read the whole thing.

Excellent Work!

Al Qaeda leader Muhammad Khalaf Shakar was captured on Tuesday in the northen Iraqi city of Mosul.

More damn strange bedfellows

From today's Washington Times Inside Politics column:

"'Senator Clinton respects [head of Fox Network Rupert Murdoch] and thinks he is smart and effective,' said a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Philippe Reines.

Burger Blogging

Metal Family
Metal Family,
originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics.
I'm at the McDonalds Corporate Campus playing tourist while my wife is at a conference at Hamburger U (their education center). This is one of the photos I took wandering the site

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Kofi-Kojo Connection

Captain Ed points out:

For months, Kofi Annan has denied any connection between the UN Oil-for-Food contractor and himself through his son Kojo. The Secretary-General has gone so far as to state that he never met with Cotecna on OFF business and only had the most general of information from his son. However, Cotecna has found an e-mail that indicates their executives did indeed meet with Kofi, making his earlier denials look more and more suspicious...

So it appears that Kofi has not been honest with investigators to this point. No one with a brain believed his denials anyway, but this confirms that he has lied about his association with Cotecna and the role his son played in getting the Oil-For-Food contract. Kofi, Kojo, and Cotecna appear to have participated in a broad cover-up of the Secretary-General's role in ensuring his son's company controlled the Oil-for-Food program.


HT to Mr. Reynolds

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

On a sadder note...

On this day in 1995, Roger Zelazny died.

I really enjoyed his work. I'll be lifting a glass in his memory later.

Happy Birthday

My friend Doug (a former member of the US Army, thanks for service!), points out, today is the anniversary of the founding of the United States Army.

On June 14, 1995, the United States Army was created by a act of the Continental Congress

The Army Song

March along, sing our song, with the Army of the free
Count the brave, count the true, who have fought to victory
We’re the Army and proud of our name
We’re the Army and proudly proclaim

First to fight for the right,
And to build the Nation’s might,
And The Army Goes Rolling Along
Proud of all we have done,
Fighting till the battle’s won,
And the Army Goes Rolling Along.

Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!
The Army’s on its way.
Count off the cadence loud and strong (TWO! THREE!)
For where e’er we go,
You will always know
That The Army Goes Rolling Along.

Valley Forge, Custer’s ranks,
San Juan Hill and Patton’s tanks,
And the Army went rolling along
Minute men, from the start,
Always fighting from the heart,
And the Army keeps rolling along.

See Doug's post for the rest.

Make your point and Move On...

This is a concept that Al Franken does not embrace. I refer you to this New York Post article:

Al Franken became the guest who wouldn't leave — at a talk-radio convention held in his honor.

The talk-show host (WLIB/1190 AM) was forced off the stage after his award-acceptance speech became a nearly half-hour rant against TV commentator Bill O'Reilly and the war in Iraq.

"Al, hurry up," said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, the convention sponsor.

"It's freedom of speech," replied Franken, referring to the Freedom of Speech Award he'd just been given by the magazine.

"It's not freedom to kill everybody's evening," Harrison shot back.

Yes Al, you have the right to talk as much as you want, but as your rating show, nobody has to listen listen to you.

HT to Ms. Malkin.

Monday, June 13, 2005

What really drives Democrat protests against Iraq

By way of Dissecting Leftism:

When the left was trying to undermine America’s will to liberate the Iraqi people and remove Saddam Hussein – the genocidal, terrorist linchpin in the world of Arab/Islamic atrocities – the obstructionists offered an ever-changing line of “reasoning.”

First they argued that it was “morally wrong” to remove the leader of a sovereign nation. When that argument failed to gain traction, the line became that the President could not act without Congressional approval. When the President gained the overwhelming approval of the Congress, the tack changed to a demand for United Nations’ authority. When the Security Council came back with a unanimous decision in favor of the coalition, the strategy changed once again, with the left suddenly screaming that America cannot go to war unless it faced an “imminent threat of attack.”

All of these efforts, of course, were disingenuous. Clearly, if the Democrats truly believed it was “wrong” to remove the leader of a sovereign nation they would have been marching in the streets screaming “No Blood For Sex” when the previous president launched wars against Bosnia and Kosovo to remove from power the sovereign leader, Slobodan Milosevic.

And if their protestations were based on their true “values,” the left would have been chanting “Clinton is Hitler” when he went to war without Congressional approval or UN sanction in order to defeat nations that were not only not an “imminent” threat to America but were no threat to America at all.
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"Why did the Democrats support Clinton's multiple wars in the Balkans where so little was at stake and nothing to be gained, and why do they continue to employ every conceivable lie they can muster to obstruct the liberation of the Iraqi people and the spread of democracy throughout the Middle East? The answer can be found in the Democratic Party itself - dominated, as it has been for the last several decades by "multiculturalists" who believe that democracy is in no way superior to any other form of government, including fascist dictatorships. Multiculturalists believe that all people, cultures, religions and forms of government are equally good and equally right. This is why Democrats so adore the United Nations, where genocidal dictatorships and free-and-open democracies are offered equal prestige and equal power, and why we are admonished to "celebrate diversity" as if all differences - genocide and tolerance for example - are equally worthy of celebration".

Read the whole thing.

Sounds logical to me...

The Bookworm takes Howard Dean's statement to the next logical, and obvious, step:

Howard Dean said "My view is that Fox News is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and I don't comment on Fox News." Does this mean that the corollary is true? That is, that all the other media outlets, whose reporters favor the Democrats by 70% or more, are propaganda outlets for the Democratic party? Somehow I doubt that Dean would agree to that logical inference.

Stray Internet related post of the day

"Folks who do not trim quotes properly will be first against the wall when the revolution comes." -- Robert Uhl

The Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson speaks

From the middle of Rightwing Sparkle post you should read:

Anyway, Hitchens met with Hossein Khomeini (the grandson of Ayatollah) Hossein tells how he is spending a great deal of time in Iraq. He is a strong supporter of the U.S. intervention. He favors the removal of the the regime established by his grandfather. He wants a complete separation of religion and state. He praises President Bush and says, "Only the Free World, led by America, can bring democracy to Iran."

Can they police their own party?

"Let's make one thing clear about who is complaining about the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Howard Dean. Democrats are complaining. Republicans are ecstatic." - Rich Galen

Let's not forget the theory that Dean is allowed to run amuck in order to make far left extremists look "moderate."

HT to Mr. Harris

Older than the Pyramids...

By way of Mark in Mexico:

Archaeologists have discovered Europe's oldest civilisation, a network of dozens of temples, 2,000 years older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids.

More than 150 gigantic monuments have been located beneath the fields and cities of modern-day Germany, Austria and Slovakia. They were built 7,000 years ago, between 4800BC and 4600BC. Their discovery, revealed today by The Independent, will revolutionise the study of prehistoric Europe, where an appetite for monumental architecture was thought to have developed later than in Mesopotamia and Egypt.

Read the rest.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Robert Reich is a bright perceptive guy...

He was considered one of the two "responsible adults" of the Clinton Administration.
He is on "This Week" this morning, and just said that with Republicans in charge of the White House and Congress, a lot of democrats are suddenly discovering States Rights.

Words I thought I'd never hear...

Robert Reich saying, "I agree completely with George [Will] on that."

Heard on ABC's This Week 6/12/05

Saturday, June 11, 2005

bikini bandits rule

bikini bandits rule
bikini bandits rule,
originally uploaded by n3wjack.
Found on Flickr. A film maker once said, "All need to make a movie is a beautiful girl with a gun."
This girl has two, a bikini and a red convertible. This is a B movie waiting to happen.

Random Quote of the Day

"Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea." -- John Ciardi

Friday, June 10, 2005

Ahh...the smell of Cordite

Carnival of Cordite #17

Political Quote of the Day

"The Constitution is constantly getting in the way." -- Hamilton Wright, principal architect of drug prohibition in the U.S., before passage of the Harrison Act of 1914.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

I'm taking the counter down...

Senator Kerry did sign his 180 form, but he only released the data to an extremely friendly news source, the liberal Boston Globe, which still questions if that is all the data.
For more data check out Flopping Aces, Ispe Dixit, Confederate Yankee, and Red State.org.

Now imaging if President Bush had only released his 180 data, and not provided a copy of the form submitted showing it was all the data, to the Wall Street Journal Opinion page...

A sad day for SciFi fans...

Leslie Bates passes on the sad news, Actors Ed Bishop and Micael Billington of UFO have passed away.

THE HORROR!

Richard at the Movie Blog provides us with sign that civiliation is collasping:

Sources hint that none other than Ben Affleck looking to take on the part of Steve McGarrett, made famous in the Sixties and Seventies by Jack Lord. The source says "Ben is ideal as he mixes the serious with comedy. All we have to do now is find him a leading lady."


Haven't they learned yet? Pearl Harbor? Gigli? Daredevil? The Sum of All Fears?
Ok, he was passible in Chasing Amy, but he played a fucked up loser. Type casting at it finest.
His best role was in Mallrats (a seriously underrated movie, IMHO).

HT to Ace, who's trackback isn't working right now...

Hmmm...perhaps he's not a Rove plant...

Ace comes up with a reason that actually makes sense as to why Howard Dean is Chairman of the DNC.

An Empowered Woman

DSCN1139
DSCN1139,
originally uploaded by Harrisc.
She knows that would be rapists make good bullet traps. Check out the rest of Harrisc's pictures. There are some good aircraft pictures there.

Coffee First poster

coffee first poster
coffee first poster,
originally uploaded by amanda m..
Via Amanda M.'s flickr stream.

She's got her priorities straight!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Free yourself from the Evil Corporations...

...that have held the Marshmellow monopoly for too long...

Cooking for Engineers tells us how to make our own!

Doc is BACK!

In case you didn't know, I'm huge Doc Savage fan, ever since I picked up the Batam repring of "The Land of Terror" in Panama City (right outside the Balboa Gates) back in the early '70s. Of the 181 original Doc Savage novels published, I have over 160.

Doc is back in Print...Two novels to a book, with the original Pulp covers and illustrations.

The Man of Bronze & The Land of Terror

Quest Of The Spider And The Polar Treasure

Bit of Doc Trivia here...in the first two books, Doc has no problem taking the lives of dangerous criminals. Early in the The Land of Terror he has a bloody run in with a group of villians on an old pirate ship and racks up a body count that would do The Shadow or The Spider proud.
At the begining of Quest of the Spider, he's returning from His Artic Fortress of Solitude (where do you think the idea of Superman's came from?) and changed his ways. His villians still usually managed to come to a bad end, but it was typically by their own evil plans.

There are more, including one that has Brand of the Werewolf. That is where we met Doc's Bronze Bombshell cousin Pat Savage!

But they have government provided health care and strict gun control laws...

...and still Cubans risk life and limb to flee the Socialist paradise that the darling of the American Left, Fidel Castro has created.
Some get damn creative in their ways to flee from the country of actual gulags with actual torture.
I say we let the people who put that floating taxi together in, give 'em a green card and a scholarship to an engineering school.

Update: Kevin at the Smallest Minority has more details.

Quote of the Day

"Those who do not learn from Dilbert are doomed to repeat it." -- Bob Dowling

The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on HRC

From today's Washington Times Inside Politics column

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan publicly supported Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for his seat from New York, but privately the senator, who is now deceased, and his wife despised the then-first lady, according to a new book.
"The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She'll Go to Become President" by Edward Klein will be excerpted in the next edition of Vanity Fair, the New York Post reports.
According to the excerpts, Mr. Moynihan's wife, Liz, told a friend that Mrs. Clinton is "duplicitous."
"She would say or do anything that would forward her ambitions."

Two political comics...

First, one from Chuck Asay,


and then, Cox & Forkum point out a problem with a recent Supreme Court Ruling.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Bush and Africa...

There has been a push lately by celebrities to get President Bush to "do more" about Africa.
The probably would be surprised to know that President George W. Bush has done more for Africa than former President Clinton.
As the Washington Times reported back in May 2003:

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


RightwingSparkle points out that President Bush is still helping Africa.

Update: Curt at Flopping Aces has more details, including more celebrity quotes:
...Lord Alli, the aid activist who is accompanying Geldof on the trip organized by the UN children's aid agency Unicef, echoed his praise of the Bush administration.

"Clinton talked the talk and did diddly squat, whereas Bush doesn't talk, but does deliver," Lord Alli said.

Gulag Goulash

Here is round up of a few bloggers who have detailed what real Gulags look like, just in case somebody took the Amenesty International name calling seriously.

Val at Babalu Blog informs people of what is going on today in Cuba, that you aren't hearing from Amenesty International.

Somewhere in Cuba, there are prisoners of conscience, political prisoners, sitting in their excrement infested 3 foot by 6 foot completely enclosed cells rotting away for maybe owning a typewriter or for writing a poem or, far worse, for expressing their opinions.

They eat maggot filled slop maybe twice a day. Dont see the light of day and are tortured both physically and mentally in so many different ways that I, so far removed yet so read up on the subject, even have trouble imagining.

Some have their arms wrapped in refrigerator coils which are powered 24/7, rendering such pain that the use of their limbs is forever atrophied. Others have cables clamped to their testicles and the other ends connected to car batteries, destroying not only their bodies, but their manhood, or, if they be lucky enough to ever be released from their hell, their ability to create a family.

Others, yet still, in the darkness of their cells, lying there naked, are doused in powdery chemicals that irritate their skin, so much so that their entire bodies are bloody from their desperate attempts at scratching the incessant itching.

All are tortured mentally. Told daily that thier wives or sons or daughters have been arrested and lay in the same predicament as they. Your son, they say to them, the 12 year old, he is in prison with the general population. Es el buggarron de todos. Youre 12 year old boy is everyone's bitch.

They are prodded and poked. Beaten. Starved. Dehydrated. Bound. Gagged.

Some days they are led outside, completely naked and made to stand in line. One of the guard puts a piece of chewing gum on his bayonet and begins to poke the chest of the first one in line. After a few pokes the blade sneaks through the gum and begins to pierce the mans body, he winces from the pain and begins to step back. More poking, more stepping back. More poking, more stepping back until the men in line are crushed together, naked, dehumanized.

Some are lucky enough to be on the upper floors of their prison cell. Where when they defecate they dont have to worry about the shit falling from the cell above through the little hole in the slab above them. Some are unlucky enough to be on the ground floor, where the feces from the two or three other unfortunate souls above them flows through that little hole above and onto the cell's floor, covering it all, making it difficult to move. Difficult to breathe from the stench of accumulated waste.

That's what happens in the REAL GULAGS in Cuba. Where desperation and real torture and humiliation reign supreme. Where thousands upon thousands of men have endured that torture and humiliation for decades upon decades. Where thousands of men have died and the rest have been marked for life.


HT to Curt at Flopping Aces.

The Bookworm points out that Amnesty International has no data to back up its explosive charges that Gitmo is a gulag and Rumsfield an Eichman.
Despite highly publicized charges of U.S. mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, the head of the Amnesty International USA said on Sunday the group doesn't "know for sure" that the military is running a "gulag."

Executive Director William Schulz said Amnesty, often cited worldwide for documenting human rights abuses, also did not know whether Secretary Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved severe torture methods such as beatings and starvation.


Tony at the Oriental Redneck blog points us to this Boston Herald article comparing a real Soviet Gulag to the prisons at Guantanamo Bay.
Number of prisoners at Gitmo: approximately 600.

Number of prisoners in the Gulag: 25 million, according to peerless Gulag historian Anne Applebaum.

Number of camps at Gitmo: 1.

Number of camps in the Gulag: At least 476, according to Applebaum.

Political purpose of Gulag: The suppression of internal dissent inside a totalitarian state.

Political purpose of Gitmo: The suppression of an international terrorist group that had attacked the United States, killing 3,000 people while attempting to decapitate the national government through the hijack of jets.

Financial purpose of Gulag: Providing totalitarian economy with millions of slave laborers.

Financial purpose of Gitmo: None.

Seizure of Gulag prisoners: From apartments, homes, street corners inside the Soviet Union.

Seizure of Gitmo prisoners: From battlefield sites in Afghanistan in the midst of war.


Tony then points out this missing example from the Amenesty International argument:
The parallels, or lack thereof, to North Korean prison camps - the use of prisoners as experimental subjects, forced exercise of sick prisoners until death, suffocation of newborns - is also quite instructive.


States Rights take another damaging body blow.

By a 6-3 ruling, the US Supreme Court ruled that federal law prohibiting the cultivation, possession and use of medical marijuana overrides state laws allowing it. At least nine states allow medical use of marijuana.
From the Reuters article:

Justice John Paul Stevens said for the court majority that the federal law, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, was a valid exercise of federal power by the U.S. Congress “even as applied to the troubling facts of this case” involving two seriously ill California women.

Stevens [...] said the question before the court was not whether it was wise to enforce the federal law in these circumstances, but only whether Congress has the power to adopt such a law.

Stevens said the democratic process might be more important than the legal challenges and added that supporters of medical marijuana “may one day be heard in the halls of Congress.”

The Bush Administration supported this, and IMNSHO, they are wrong on several counts.
Besides the obvious Constitutional issues, there is the problem of there is no better cure for the side effects of Chemotherapy.

One of the dissenting Justices was Justice Thomas. His vote against this was not surprising. As Radley Balko points out, “He’s easily the most principled and consistent defender of federalism on the court.”

HT to Jeff Goldstein. He has a good round up on this subject.

Monday, June 06, 2005

61 Years Ago...

...The assault on Fortress Europe began with the Invasion of Normandy. D-Day.
Daisy Cutter has details, as does the Confederate Yankee.

ACLU is not following their own advice...

According to this NY Times article the ACLU has been shredding some documents over the repeated objections of its records manager and in conflict with its longstanding policies on the preservation and disposal of records.
It's summed up nicely early in the article:

The matter has fueled a dispute at the organization over internal operations, one of several such debates over the last couple of years, and has reignited questions over whether the A.C.L.U.'s own practices are consistent with its public positions.

The organization has generally advocated for strong policies on record retention and benefited from them, most recently obtaining and publicizing documents from the government about prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
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Janet Linde, who oversaw the A.C.L.U.'s archives for over a decade until she resigned last month, raised concerns in e-mail messages and memorandums for over two years that officials' use of shredders in their offices made a mockery of the organization's policy to supervise document destruction and created potential legal risks.

"It has been shown in many legal cases over the years, including the Enron case, that if a company has an established and documented shredding program they will not be liable if documents at issue in a lawsuit are found to have been destroyed," Ms. Linde wrote in a 2003 memo. "If, however, the means for unauthorized shredding is present in the office we cannot say that we have made a good faith effort to monitor and document our records disposal process."

She's a uniter...

A least among rich Hollywood liberals. Today's Washington Times Inside Politics column cites a LA Times article on the subject of HRC and fundraising 3000 miles from her so-called "home state."

"Conservatives may strive to portray New York Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as a polarizing figure, but she unified Hollywood Democratic political donors at a series of fundraisers that netted an estimated $1 million in a single evening."
"In an industry where Democrats still like to describe themselves as in recovery from the re-election of Republican President Bush, the Clinton California swing this week was clearly a shot in the arm and spurred the inevitable talk of a possible presidential bid."
"From a $1,000-per-person soiree at the home of Warner Bros. chief Alan Horn to a late-night Young Hollywood shindig co-hosted by such performers as Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson and Jake Gyllenhaal, organizers of the events Wednesday night had to turn away aspiring guests."
"One dinner at the home of radio syndication billionaire Norm Pattiz was expected to bring in $450,000 for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, organizers said. Clinton appeared at the event with Sen. Harry Reid [democrat from Nevada who is raising the level of hostility in the Senate]"


Mark in Mexico has more.
Hillary Clinton's 2006 senate reelection bid is hitting some high spots in Hollywood. At several fundraising events around tinseltown recently, her senate campaign has begun raking in the bucks from the movers and shakers of la-la land. I did not realize that she was running for a senate seat in California. Oh, she's not? There is not enough money in New York? I see.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Once Again, Bravo Mr. Bray!

This is a followup to my post about the open letter to Newspaper Guild President Linda Foley by Guild member and Boston Globe Columnist Hiawatha Bray.

Mr. Bray points out that Ms. Foley refuses to speak on the record about the claims she made in public venue.

He has decided to run as a write in candidate for his Newspaper Guild union local. He is an admited single issue candidate.

I want Linda Foley to explain herself, and won't be silent until she does so. And I can do a better job of demanding an explanation if I'm part of the union leadership.


Showing that he's got a sense of humor to go with his sense of honor, Mr Bray says the following:
As for my campaign, what shall I do if I win? Demand a recount, probably.

A look at the California School budgets...

Via the Smallest Minority comes some sanity about the state of California schools and their budget written by Republican State Senator Tom McClintock. My advice to Mr. McClintock would be to head the words of Voltaire :

"Your book is dictated by the soundest reason. You had better get out of France as quickly as you can."

This line sets the tone:
Across California, children are bringing home notes warning of dire consequences if Gov. Schwarzenegger’s scorched earth budget is approved – a budget that slashes Proposition 98 public school spending from $42.2 billion this year all the way down to $44.7 billion next year. That should be proof enough that our math programs are suffering.

It gets much better from there. Read the whole thing.

Stray Quote of the Day

"I was very sexual in kindergarten." -- Angelina Jolie while on the Actor's Studio.

SciFi Quote of the Day

Having the moral high ground is good.
Having the moral high ground and a meson gun is better.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Quote of the Day

"This was a good example of the fascist policing of public discourse in this country by nominal liberals who have become as unthinkingly wedded to dogma as any junior member of the Spanish Inquisition." -- Camille Paglia

Friday, June 03, 2005

Never forget...

It is the 16th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre
The Communist Chinese Army fired on and then bayoneted citizens of it's own country.
Their crime...wanting democracy in a socialist state.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Political Quote of the Day

"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." -- President John F. Kennedy

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Quote of the Day

Worshiping the earth is more fun than going to church. It's also closer. We can just step off the sidewalk. And sometimes we can get impressionable members of the opposite sex to perform sacramental rites with us. "Every drop of water wasted is a drop less of a wild and scenic river, Jennifer. We'd better double up in the shower." -- P.J. O'Rourke

A quick movie review...

Not by me.
Jeff Goldstein reviews Team America: World Police as only he can.

All famine is political

There is no reason for famine anywhere in the world today. More than enough food is produced, primarly by the developed countries, to feed the entire world.
One thing the UN does fairly well is distribute this food, unless the local governments (or given the lack of local government, armed groups) divert the food.
The US and Canada are two of the major supplies of this relief aid food.
Remember the $30 million Michael Moore claimed the Bush administration gave the Taliban government prior to 9/11/01?
That was actually food supplies, the US government provided to the UN, who then sent it to Afganistan, either directly or through NGOs.
While the Taliban government was good at training Islamic terrorists and stoning to death unarmed women who showed more than a few square centimeters of skin, it really sucked at allowing it's citizens to feed themselves.

Now, as Captain Ed points out, North Korea is facing a famine.

According to that description, it appears that the famine has been artificially induced, to an even greater extent than Stalinist agricultural systems naturally produce them. At a point in time where rumors have flown for months about the stability of the Kim regime, such an artifical result has to beg the question: is Kim deliberately touching off a famine?

What would Kim gain by doing so? First, he could use the impending catastrophe to squeeze more aid out of Western countries. Already, donor nations suspect that, like dictators before, Kim reroutes the aid to his military and political leadership while leaving the peasants to starve. Aid donations have tailed off significantly over the past year because of the lack of verification on their use, and that may be causing Kim some problems with his military.
...
What to do? Donating food and resources that only go to bolstering the regime are counterproductive in the extreme, but the Western world can't sit back and let millions starve, either. Kim may be bluffing, but if so, he knows what stakes get the most results from the West. The best solution will be to insist on on-the-ground verification that increased aid will go to the millions that Kim has used as pawns, instead of blank checks that his army and Politburo will greedily cash.

I'm not giving good odds to Kim allowing indepent verification of food distribution in his country.
This could get quite ugly...

Balance of Media Power

"Media power then was heavily concentrated in the hands of a select few, and there is no question that the few wanted Nixon out of the White House." - Boston Globe Columnist Joan Vennochi on the media during the Nixon administration.

Boston Globe Columnist Jeff Jacoby points out that the balance of media power is different today:

Thirty years ago, it was Richard Nixon who fumed at the media and compiled an enemies list. Today it is in the upper ranks of the Democratic Party that unflattering news coverage is blamed on ''conspiracies" and subversive ''fifth columns."

But there is a difference. Nixon really did a face an overwhelmingly hostile press corps. Kerry, Gore, and Clinton, by contrast, benefit from a news media that is overwhelmingly liberal, as countless surveys have shown.
...
What Kerry and the others object to is not that there are only conservative voices in media circles these days but that there are any such voices. The right-of-center Fox News cannot hold a candle to the combined left-of-center output of ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and PBS. Scaife, Bradley, and Olin money helps leverage Republican messages, but its impact is dwarfed by the Ford, Rockefeller, Pew, Heinz, MacArthur, Carnegie, and Soros fortunes. The Washington Times is conservative? Yes, but The Washington Post is liberal -- and its circulation is eight times as large.

But for Kerry, Gore, and Clinton, even a few conservative outlets are too many. They grew up in the era before cable TV, talk radio, and the Internet -- the age when liberal dominance was unquestioned. Now Democrats have to compete in the marketplace of ideas, and voters don't seem to be buying what they're selling. Is it any wonder so many are grumpy?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

OutStanding!

NASA's new administrator and Texas Republican Rep. Tom DeLay said Tuesday the space agency will have the necessary funding to implement President Bush's vision to send astronauts back to the moon and to Mars.


About time! We wasted too much time and money on that ISS boondogle!

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Coffee Quiz results

You're a Classic Cup 'O' Joe.
You're a Classic Cup 'O' Joe!


What Kind of Coffee are You?
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Hmmm...what gave you the impression that I'm fond of coffee and other caffeine drinks?

HT the the Heartless Libertarian
I won't say "venti" either...It's a large, damnit!

Quote of the Day

"A highly placed library source in Washington, DC told A&D that the American Library Association lobby and the National Rifle Association lobby are the only ones whose information was considered consistently truthful and reliable by legislators. We will not even consider the "strange bedfellows" variations possible to that remark." --Library Journal / New York, September 15, 1988