Urbin Report

Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Left's Battlecry

Friday, December 29, 2006

When failing grades are good...

The facts are in, a "failing grade" from the hypocrits at HCI (who had to change their name because a name that reflected their goals resulted in less money from the suckers) means a lower crime rate. That is good news for the honest, law abiding citizens.

Let's Do this!

The U.S.S. Robert A. Heinlein

What better way to commemorate Robert Heinlein's birth centennial than naming a major new US Navy ship after him? The ultra-sophisticated DDG destroyers (Zumwalt class) are something straight out of science fiction themselves, and there's never been a better ship to name after an sf writer, futurist and proud Navy man.

We'll have more here soon about the USS Heinlein campaign and how to make it happen, but for now, here's the scoop from our event coordinator, Tim Kyger:

The U.S.S. Robert A. Heinlein Campaign

For all but a very brief period at the beginning of our history, the word ship will mean space ship. [1] Many will be named “Robert A. Heinlein.”

Only one will ever be the first.

We have the chance to name that very first one. [2]

This coming July 7, 2007 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert A. Heinlein. That day would be a perfect opportunity for the Secretary of the Navy to announce that ship DDG-1001 (or another early hull number) would be named the U.S.S. Robert A. Heinlein.

How do we make it happen? We write the Secretary of the Navy and ask him to! The Secretary of the Navy has the authority to name the ships of the U.S. Navy (he is the only one who can).

What did not happen in durham...

Mary Katharine Ham reports on what didn't happen...

And Now...

A song for Saddam!

Hang The Bastard does work for Saddam if one keeps in mind that socialism is an indirect form of cannibalism and that the Arab Ba'ath party was nominally a socialist party.

Hang the bastard, hang him high.
Hoist his body to the sky.
It's as nice as a day can be.
Won't you come to the hanging with me?

Hang the bastard, hang him high.
Hoist his body to the sky.
It's as nice as a day can be.
Won't you come to the hanging with me?

Hang the bastard, hang him well.
Send his sorry soul to hell.
When his neckbone snaps we'll know.
When the cannibal won't be killing anymore.

His face will turn red,
Then purple, then blue.
We'll watch from up here
To get a good view.
And when his eyes bug out we'll know,
It's the end of him
And the end of the show!

So hang the bastard, hang him with cheer.
We'll make some hot dogs
And drink a few beers.
And when his tongue rolls out we'll know,
It's the end of the show
And we all can go home!

But not till we hang the bastard, hang him here.
The most exciting thing this town has seen in years.
When his body stops jerking we'll know,
It's the end of him, it's the end of him,
It's the end of him,
And the end of the show.

[Cowbell solo]

So hang the bastard, hang him high.
Kiss his guilty butt goodbye.
It's as nice as a day can be.
Won't you come to the hanging with me?

His veins will pop out all over his head.
We'll tickle his armpits to make sure he's dead.
And when his tongue rolls out we'll know,
It's the end of him and we all can go home!

But not till we
Hang the bastard, hang him high.

Hoist his body to the sky.
When his body stops jerking we'll know,
It's the end of him, it's the end of him,
It's the end of him!
Let's get on with the show!

Download the MP3 file here.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Good News!

Saddam Hussein is to hanged by Sunday.

Leftist tyrranophiles are expected to blame President Bush.

Actor Jerry Haleva is also expected to be out of work.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Top Tango Toe Tagged!

Reuters reports that

Akhtar Mohammad Osmani and two other guerrillas were killed in an air strike on their car on an isolated desert road on Tuesday, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition force, Colonel Tom Collins, said in Kabul.

"Mullah Osmani is the highest ranking Taliban leader that we've ever killed," he said. "His death is very significant and will hit the Taliban's operations."

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Are those top secret documents in your pants...

...or is Sandy Berger a crook? The obvious answer is both are true.

A leading authority on classification policy, Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, said Mr. Berger's behavior was reminiscent of a "dead drop," when spies leave records in a park or under a mailbox to be retrieved by a handler.

"It seems deliberate and calculated," Mr. Aftergood said. "It's impossible to maintain the pretense that this was an act of absentmindedness." . . . At that time, Mr. Berger insisted that he accidentally removed and destroyed the records. When he pleaded guilty last year, the former national security chief admitted he acted intentionally.

HT to Mr. Reynolds., who has more by way of My Way News.
The report said that when Archives employees first suspected that Berger - who had been President Clinton's national security adviser - was removing classified documents from the Archives in the fall of 2003, they failed to notify any law enforcement agency.

Berger, who pleaded guilty to unlawfully removing and retaining classified documents, was fined $50,000, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and was barred from access to classified material for three years.

The report said that when Berger was reviewing the classified documents in the Archives building a few blocks from the Capitol, employees saw him bending down and fiddling with something white, which could have been paper, around his ankle.

However, Archives employees did not feel at the time there was enough information to confront someone of Berger's stature, the report said.

Brachfeld reported that on one visit, Berger took a break to go outside without an escort.

"In total, during this visit, he removed four documents ... .

"Mr. Berger said he placed the documents under a trailer in an accessible construction area outside Archives 1 (the main Archives building)."

Berger acknowledged that he later retrieved the documents from the construction area and returned with them to his office.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

SpaceSuit construction goes private...

Obribtal Outfitters are now designing space suits to be used by space tourists.

Senior al Qaeda leader captured!

From CNN:

U.S.-led forces captured a senior al Qaeda leader who was responsible for hundreds of civilian deaths and housed foreign fighters who carried out suicide bombings, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

The leader, who was not identified, was arrested in a raid in Mosul on December 14, the military said in a statement.
It said the suspect served as al Qaeda's military chief in Mosul in 2005, and then took up the same job in western Baghdad.

"During that time, he coordinated car vehicle-borne improvised explosives device attacks and kidnap for ransom operations in Baghdad," the military said. It cited reports that said he organized an attempt to shoot down a U.S. military helicopter in May this year.

"After a few months he fled Baghdad due to Coalition Forces closing in on him," the statement said.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Another example of how the left does not support US Troops

Mary Katharine Ham has the story on vadalism against an Army Recruiting Station.

"Go home," troops that we totally support. You're "not welcome," good men and women of the armed services, whose service we appreciate so sincerely even though we don't necessarily support your mission in Iraq. Riiight. Tell me more about it.

And, the Chamber of Commerce, which holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for any new member that requests it, wussed out of this one, citing safety concerns posed by thuggish lefties.

The troops can face down IEDs in Iraq, but the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce can't handle a handful of SDSers and "Raging Grannies" to come out and show support for them? Lame.

Of course, it's not as it campus lefties have a reputation for utterly "peaceful" protests, but a bit of backbone in the face of these thugs would be much appreciated and much applauded by the mostly silent majority of sane people in the Triangle.

A different perspective here...

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to the South Dakota democrat Senator Tim Johnson from his recent emergency brain surgery.

The senator showed some signs of recovery late last week, responding to voices, opening his eyes and moving his limbs. But his long-term prognosis is still unclear.

Johnson's sudden illness has raised questions about the Democrats' one-vote majority in the upcoming Senate session. South Dakota's Republican governor, Mike Rounds, would appoint a replacement if Johnson's seat were vacated by his death or resignation.

A Republican appointee would create a 50-50 tie and effectively allow the GOP to retain Senate control because of Vice President Dick Cheney's tie-breaking vote.

A few people have made an interesting observation on this case.
Ace for one:
I can't help but notice that Johnson's minor interaction with the world is enough to keep him in the Senate, but such wasn't enough to keep Terry Schiavo alive.

Now, no one's claiming Johnson is brain-dead, of course. But still, the Democrats seem to have a newfound respect for an occasional opening of the eyes.

The Varmint is another...

Sunday, December 17, 2006

It's Sunday, so I'll pick Dershowitz twice...

...and I would still pick him at least once any other day of the week over that utter failure and embarrassment to America, Jimmy Carter.

The learned Prof. Dershowitz is taking the former President to task over his error filled book.

The former democrat President said he wanted to encourage debate with his book, but is refusing to debate with Prof. Dershowitz. The "reason" Carter gives highlights his arrogance and his cowardice. Even if you disgree with Dershowitz's politics, you have to agree that he certainly does his homework.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Friday, December 15, 2006

Easton "O.J." Jordon

Disgraced "journalist" Easton Jordon (who knowing hid Saddam Hussein's atrocities for years) is taking a page from O.J. Simpson's "search for the real killers."
Streiff from RedState has more details:

Over a period of time Curt at Flopping Aces noticed that AP relied heavily on an Iraqi police officer named Jamil Hussein for their Baghdad reporting. After an initial burst of name calling, AP has been unable to produce Captain Hussein.

Now a la OJ’s search for the real killers, the disgraced former head of CNN, Eason Jordan, is setting out to find AP’s equivalent of Waldo. The good news is that he’s taking Curt and Michelle Malkin with him.

The AP has a shameful record of acting as a terrorist mouthpiece in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular. To a great extent the public perception of the war in Iraq has been created by AP. AP’s slavish reliance on Iraqi stringers, some of whom have been implicated in murders and other terrorist activites, is nothing short of a disgrace.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

One big Heat Sink

Biggest damn heat sink I've seen in a PC system.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Lifestyles of the Rich and Fascist

Lifestyles of absolute dictators chronicaled by the Radar Report.
Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Quaddafi of Libya provides on the milder examples.

Clad in chic, form-fitting camouflage fatigues, his personal bodyguards are made up of an all-girl Amazonian unit alleged to be virgins. The 40-femme corps of African beauties is also said to be highly trained in martial arts and weaponry.

One of the best parts of the article was the comment by the completely clueless leftiod who couldn't identify an actual facist even if there was a jackboot on his neck.

A Civil Rights Victory!

Kudos to the State Senate for overriding the Republican Governors veto on this important Civil Rights Bill.

Details from The Volokh Conspiracy:

Tremendous Victory for the Second Amendment in Ohio:

A few minutes ago, the Ohio Senate voted 21-12 to override Republican Governor Bob Taft's veto of a bill to reform Ohio's gun laws. The Ohio House had previously voted 71-21 to override the veto of House Bill 347. Because both houses achieved the necessary 3/5 majority, the bill will become law in 90 days.

Today's vote is the first time that the Ohio legislature has overridden any veto since 1986, when a line-item budget veto was overridden. It is the first time since 1977 that a veto of an ordinary bill has been overridden.

The bill makes a variety of changes to Ohio's Shall Issue law for concealed handgun licenses. It explicitly prohibits local governments from creating no-carry zones, except in places where state law already forbids carryings. The bill also removes the requirement that concealed carry permitees must, when driving, keep the handgun in plain view in the car, or in a locked container.

Even more significantly, the bill eliminates over 80 anti-gun local ordinances, including bans on cosmetically-incorrect self-loading firearms (so-called "assault weapons") in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati. Like the vast majority of states, Ohio does not have an "assault weapon" ban, but Ohio has had more cities with local bans than has any other non-ban state.

John Bergstrom Gets It

Still, we must ask, what about the giant monster tracks around Tokyo?

The reality of reporting outside the green zone...

Bill Rogio points out that some consider "journalists" hostile with good reason with with story by Blogger Bill Rogio, who is embedded in Iraq

While waiting to manifest on the flight to Fallujah, CNN played a news segment of President Bush announcing there would be no “graceful exit” from Iraq, and that we’d stay until the mission was complete. Two sergeants in the room cheered. Loudly. They then scoffed at the reports from Baghdad, and jeered the balcony reporting.

In nearly every conversation, the soldiers, Marines and contractors expressed they were upset with the coverage of the war in Iraq in general, and the public perception of the daily situation on the ground. The felt the media was there to sensationalize the news, and several stated some reporters were only interested in “blood and guts.” They freely admitted the obstacles in front of them in Iraq. Most recognized that while we are winning the war on the battlefield, albeit with difficulties in some areas, we are losing the information war. They felt the media had abandoned them.

During each conversation, I was left in the awkward situation of having to explain that while, yes, I am wearing a press badge, I’m not ‘one of them.’ I used descriptions like ‘independent journalist’ or ‘blogger’ in an attempt to separate myself from the pack.

What a terrible situation to be in, having to defend yourself because of your profession. I’ve always said that the hardest thing about embedding (besides leaving my family) is wearing the badge that says ‘PRESS.’ That hasn’t changed. I hide the badge whenever I can get away with it.

Cheating NYC out of $19 million a year...

...in parking tickets alone. Blonde Sagacity has more.

The NY Times actually has a story that correlated the number of tickets incurred by various countries to the level of corruption in those governments.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Interesting ebook news...

Barnes & Noble have gotten out of the ebook business. Borders redirects vistors to mobipocket for ebooks.

I still think Baen has the best model.

Things Kofi should talk about...

Rob at Say Anything mentions a few things that outgoing UN SecGen Kofi Annan should talk about as he closes out his term marked by massive corruption and genocide:

I wonder, in amidst all this shaming of the United States, if Kofi will find time to apologize for the tacit funding of Saddam’s tyranny that took place under his administration with the oil-for-food program? Saddam was able to bilk the program for approximately $17.3 billion from 1997 to 2003.

I wonder also if Kofi will mention, and apologize for, the atrocities committed by UN workers in the Congo and Sudan under his administration? Or the UN’s complete lack of action to stop the genocide in Darfur? Or how about the inclusion of nations with cruel and oppressive regimes (Cuba, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, etc.) on the Human Rights Council?

Somehow, I get the feeling that Kofi won’t be mentioning any of those things. And probably for good reason. As long as he can whip up enough hate and criticism for the United States his abysmal and corrupt leadership of the UN will probably go largely overlooked.

Hell hath No Wrath

John Bergstrom speculates on the Democratic ticket for 2008.

Of course she could accept the second spot on the ticket and do the arkancide after the election.

He just wanted to know if he had a shot at it...

Bill Clinton's Secret Service spied on Princess Diana.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Spring Flowers

With winter setting in here in New England, here is a picture I took back in May

Friday, December 08, 2006

Meanwhile, in Hugo Chavez’s socialist utopia...

Who Knew That Toilet Seats Were A Luxury?

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg)—Venezuela, Latin America’s largest consumer of Scotch whiskey, raised custom taxes on the spirit and another 200 imported goods the government considers non- essential.

The government will add a 15 percent surcharge on the current customs taxes on goods including razor blades, sail boats, pearls and toilet paper, according to the official gazette. The government also eased requirements on obtaining dollars to purchase of machinery, raw materials and auto parts. . . .

The announcement by the government follows the Dec. 3 re- election of Chavez, who had said in September that a tax on whisky mimics a tax on "oligarchs." The top surcharge of 35 percent will apply to whiskey, vodka, cigars, candles and toilet seats.

HT to Rob


It seems the ISG report has something to piss off everyone.
RedState reports that at least one liberal democrat is very unhappy with it:

Separately, in another indication of the difficulties the commission's recommendations may encounter in Congress, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, characterized the Iraq Study Group report as "theater" and "devoid of any basis in reality" because it offers what he considers overly ambitious plans that almost certainly cannot be carried out.

"The practical realities of these empty recommendations will be clear when we try to implement any of this stuff," Abercrombie said in an interview.

Abercrombie has a lifetime American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 8.

Something to annoy everyone, perhaps the ISG report has some entertainment value at the least...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Hamas/DNC link

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Hamas officials have managed to smuggle more than $66 million in cash through the Rafah border crossing in the past eight months, a member of the Hamas-led government revealed Wednesday.
Meanwhile, sources close to the Hamas-led government claimed that Hamas representatives recently held talks with officials from the US Democratic Party at a secret location.

This is extremely disturbing and requires deeper investigation.
HT to LASunsett, who also makes the following comment:
I would like some names and some more information. I think this should be cause for one of Nancy Pelosi's "witchhunt" oversight investigations, she is promising, as the next Congressional session nears. But we all know that this will not happen, because the Dems are not going to investigate other Dems. That is, not unless there is a public outcry loud enough that they will fear for their majority.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Speaking Truth to Power...

In this case It's John Podheretz on the "Iraq Study Group"

YES, it's been quite a week for the 10 members of the Iraq Study Group, the committee formed last spring to offer recommendations on a path forward in Iraq.

They had a wonderfully invigorating leak session the other day with The New York Times, which was the first recipient of the group's key top-level save-America recommendation.

Co-chairmen James "Is There An Arab Dictator Nearby Whose Butt I Can Kiss" Baker and Lee "Yes, I'm Still Alive" Hamilton didn't even bother to pretend to brief the president or key lawmakers first.

HT to Michael Graham, who makes a couple of spot on observations:
The so-called "Study Group" is a classic study in government arrogance and establishment cluelessness. James Baker would have been a proud supporter of Chamberlain's negotiations with Hitler in 1938, leaking word to the Times of London about "peace in our time."

Watching James Baker and Lee Hamilton and the rest of the ISG oozing self-importance and slapping each other's backs, all I could think of was my high school student council.

Remember those pompous, clueless kids so desperately seeking popularity and power? Remember the time they wasted on irrelevant resolutions and pointless debates? Remember how proud your local student council president was announcing the "official position" of a bunch of 16-year-olds on nuclear disarmament and apartheid?

Well, they're back. Only this time, they could get us all killed.

The mounting death toll...

Over 9000 American men, women and children are killed each year by illegal aliens.

According to this report:

  • 13 Americans are killed each day by uninsured drunk driving illegals

  • 12 U.S. citizens are killed by illegal aliens each day in the commission of violent crimes

That is a yearly death toll over three times the number of US troops killed in the active war zone of Iraq since the invasion.

HT to Stuck on Stupid.

About that corruption thing...

The democrats seem to have it well in hand, being corrupt that is...
This Bloomberg story has a prime example:

Dec. 5 (Bloomberg)—Representative Alan Mollohan, a West Virginia Democrat whose finances are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is in line to take over the House panel that sets the bureau’s budget.

Mollohan, 63, is the ranking Democrat on the appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Department of Justice, which includes the FBI. His party has a long-standing practice of awarding appropriations subcommittee chairmanships to senior members, and no other Democrat has announced plans to seek the post when the party assumes control of Congress next month.

HT to Rob, who nails it:
Just so we’re clear, this guy is under investigation by the FBI and Nancy Pelosi wants to put him in charge of the FBI’s budget.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Doc Savage Movie Rumors...

This is from UseNet, so take it for what it's worth:

From: Tahir - view profile
Date: Wed, Nov 22 2006 3:12 pm
Email: "Tahir"
Groups: alt.fan.doc-savage

It has been 11 months since I last made contact with Jerry, a Conde
Nast lawyer in charge of the copyrights to Doc Savage. Let me go back
and provide some background for this post.

Over a year ago Mary, a long-time Doc fan, sent me a copy of a letter
she got from this same lawyer. They could not grant her permission for
making a Doc product as Conde Nast told her they were close to making a
deal for a new Doc movie and they could not allow third parties to make
Doc items as there would be a merchandising component to the new movie.

As the letter had Jerry's e-mail, I decided to see what would happen
with an e-mail query for more specifics about this possible movie. This
was his reply back in October of 2005:

"The only thing I can tell you at this time is that we have excellent
producer and a top notch director interested in doing a new Doc Savage
movie, and that we are in serious discussions with a major studio for
rights to the film. At this point I cannot say more, but we are very
hopeful of concluding a deal in the near future. Thank you for your
interest. Hopefully soon I can tell you more."

After I posted this other members of this group told me that this was
not the standard or typical response from the Conde Nast lawyers in
charge of Doc Savage.

Just yesterday I decided to send Jerry another e-mail to see if
anything has transpired on the Doc Savage movie front. He promptly sent
me this e-mail back today:

Dear Mr. Bhatti:

"I am pleased to tell you that the movie rights have been licensed to a
major studio, as referred to below (this referring the last e-mail he
had sent, which is written above). I cannot provide any more detail at
this time, but we are very excited."


It may be moving at a snails pace, but the rights have been licensed.
Now we as Doc fans have to do some digging to see if we have any
contacts to learn what studio got the rights and who is the director,
producer, etc?

If any one has any clues or leads, please speak up.

Thanks, Tahir

Monday, December 04, 2006

Not Miss Liberty

On display in the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA.
I found this interesting. Not my cup of poltical tea, but interesting.

It's also mildly amusing that when there’s a far left wing protest like the one this sign is calling for, Starbucks is one of the first to get the brick through their window.

Starbucks gives health benifits to unskilled labor, recycles, and is a leader in fair trade coffee.

Maybe it is because they over roast their coffee...

What is even more amusing are the comments made by the angry and not terribly well educated leftist extremist from Argentina.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Iranians are not our friends...

Bloody obvious to those who pay attention. To those who don't, here is a slap in the face with a wet carp via ABC News:

U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories. According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006.

This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. "There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval," says a senior official.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Quote of the evening

"And above all, what does being liberal have to do with opposing, or, uh, supporting the war against terror? Our enemies in the war against terror are so anti-liberal that you would think it would be liberals leaping to protect the world from these monstrous ideologies." -- Orson Scott Card

Biden on Mexico

Why wasn't Senator Biden (democrat - Delaware) giving this speech before the election?
From the AP:

Sen. Joe Biden, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's incoming chairman, wants to get tough with Mexico, calling it an "erstwhile democracy" with a "corrupt system" responsible for illegal immigration and drug problems in the U.S.
Biden, who favors tightening the U.S.-Mexico border with fences, said immigration is driven by money in low-wage Mexico.

"Mexico is a country that is an erstwhile democracy where they have the greatest disparity of wealth," Biden said. "It is one of the wealthiest countries in the hemisphere and because of a corrupt system that exists in Mexico, there is the 1 percent of the population at the top, a very small middle class and the rest is abject poverty."

Unless the political dynamics change in Mexico and U.S. employers who hire illegal immigrants are punished, illegal immigration won't stop.
An even bigger problem are illegal drugs "coming up through corrupt Mexico," he said. "People are driving across that border with tons, tons - hear me - tons of everything from byproducts for methamphetamines, to cocaine, to heroine."

It's for the children...

The Smallest Minority makes a damn good case on why liberals shouldn't be trusted with firearms.

The best part is the case is made by the rantings of a liberal.


In the land of the Rising Sun:

TOKYO - Japan has the technological know-how to produce a nuclear weapon but has no immediate plans to do so, the foreign minister said Thursday, several weeks after communist North Korea carried out a nuclear test.

Foreign Minister Taro Aso, who has called for discussion of Japan's non-nuclear policy, also asserted that the pacifist constitution does not forbid possession of the bomb

Imagine for a moment that Hillary Rodham Clinton, someone who could be reasonably expected to be Beijing's bitch, were elected in 2008.

Would it be safe to assume that any democratic nation on the Pacific Rim would remain safe under a nuclear umbrella controlled by an American President whose party is known to have taken money from the masters of Communist China?

No. Of course not.

If Hillary, or any other Donk, wins the White House in 2008 we can be certain that there will very shortly be new members of the Nuclear Club.

Say hello to a nuclear armed Japan.

Say hello to a nuclear armed South Korea.

Say hello to a nuclear armed Taiwan.

Say hello to a nuclear armed Australia.

Who knows, perhaps the folks governing New Zealand may even pull their collective heads out of their collective asses on matters of national defense.

And all this will happen because all of these nations will have no other choice.

Any American citizen who is truly concerned about the proliferation of nuclear weapons can only follow one logical course of action. Vote Republican in 2008.

(Unless McCain gets the nomination. Who really knows what he will do?)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Urban Guerrilla War in France!

By way of Little Green Footballs, comes this Reuters story:

PARIS (Reuters) - Stoned, beaten and insulted, their vehicles torched by crowds of hostile youths, French police say they face an urban guerrilla war when they enter the run-down neighborhoods that ring the major cities.

“Our role is to guarantee the safety of people and property but the great difficulty today is that police are having problems ensuring their own safety,” said Jerome Hanarte of the Alliance-Police Nationale union.

Bedside television interviews with officers hospitalized after beatings in “les banlieues,” or suburbs, support statistics showing a 6.7 percent jump in violent crime in the 12 months to August. Fourteen officers are hurt every day in the line of duty, unions estimate, and law and order is sure to feature prominently in next year’s presidential election.

The head of the French crime statistics body told Reuters the rise in attacks on police was partly due to Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2002 decision to order police back into tough areas, to disrupt the black economy that fuels crime.

Why hasn't the UN been called in to provide Peacekeepers?
Given that this has been going one for a decade, longer than the US involvment in World War II, the Civil War in France is obviously a Quagmire. The UN should draft a proposal to split France into multiple, seperate, nations.

UPDATE: French Police Casualty Rate Higher Than American Rate In Iraq

I'm starting the Matt Lauer watch. When will he refer to the War in France as a Civil War?

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Compare and contrast...

Mary Katharine Ham compares MSM news reports from one year ago to today and offers the most likely reason for the difference.

Don't miss her comments on the LA Times' most famous, Pulitzer-Prize-winning, sock-puppeteer, Michael Hiltzik at the end.

Good Star Trek news

The latest episode of ST: New Voyages is out.

One of the really cool things was in the final credits, seeing a clip of James Crawely in a ST:Enterprise uniform. We'll have to wait for that episode.

Cool Space techology we can use now...

Reading "The Sky People" reminded me of the Orion Space Drive. A method of travel we could be using for interplanetary travel (or trips to the Asteroid Belt and back) right now.

That is of course if leftist bed wetters were not such sissys about nuclear techology.

That is what is stopping of from having lots of clean, safe, environmental friendly nuclear power production here in the US as well.

Come on people! Step away from the bong and think about it! It is the environmentally friendly thing to do and it reduces the nations dependancy on foreign oil. Greens and far left liberals should be all over this like Botox on Pelosi!

Stray quotes...

LASunsett has a nice set of them.

Bigotry rears its ugly head...

...in the bluest part of the blue state of California, San Francisco.
Jeff Jacoby details the Anti-Military Bigotry of the San Francisco school board.
Here are some of the highlights:

"IN THE FIRST place God made idiots," observed Mark Twain. "This was for practice. Then he made school boards." The San Francisco Board of Education's 4-2 vote last week to abolish the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program, which has been active in the city's high schools for 90 years, tends to support his view.

Why is JROTC being done away with? It isn't for lack of interest. More than 1,600 San Francisco students currently take part in its voluntary activities. "Kids love this program as if it's family," notes the San Francisco Chronicle. It is "a program that students and their parents wholeheartedly support."

Finances aren't the problem either. Operating JROTC costs the city less than $1 million out of an annual school budget of $356 million.

Nor is the problem bad management. The Chronicle reports that "no one has offered an alternative as coherent and well-run as JROTC."

Safety? Also not a problem. Though cadets have uniforms, they carry no weapons; the nonviolent programs emphasize leadership, self-discipline, citizenship, and teamwork. "This is where the kids feel safe," says one JROTC instructor, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Powell.

And the problem certainly isn't an absence of diversity. In a story on JROTC cadets at Galileo High School, Chronicle reporter Jill Tucker writes: "These students are 4-foot-10 to 6-foot-4. Athletic and disabled. College-bound and barely graduating. Gay and straight. White, black, and brown. Some leave school for large homes with ocean views. Others board buses for Bayview-Hunters Point." Several of the students come from immigrant families. At least one is autistic.

So what is the problem with JROTC? There isn't one. The problem is with the anti military bigotry of the school board majority and the "peace" activists who lobbied against the program on the grounds that San Francisco's schools should not be sullied by an association with the US armed forces.

There is some sanity in the city of the newly elected Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
To his credit, Mayor Gavin Newsom excoriated the school board last week for "disrespecting the sacrifice of men and women in uniform" and warned that killing JROTC would only accelerate the flight of city residents from the public schools. "You think this is going to help keep families in San Francisco?" he asked. "No. It's going to hurt."

Going to? For 1,600 kids now faced with the death of a program that infused their lives with purpose, camaraderie, and self-respect, the hurt has already begun.

It's pretty damn obvious that the San Francisco School Board does not support Americans in the Military uniforms of the United States of America.

An on target comparison.

The Varmint at Attack Cartoons nails it.

Mr. Reynolds chimes in.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

No surprise here...

...to anyone paying attention.

Conservatives are the “most generous” Americans according to a study that surprised the liberal academic that conducted it.

...conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.

Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone’s tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don't provide them with enough money.

As the kids say, "Duh!" The leftist Nanny staters want the Government to be Mommie instead of growing up.

P.J. O'Rourke nailed it:
"There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn'tAnd a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'l do good with his own money -- if a gun is held to his head."

James Madison was a bit more polite:
"...[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."

HT to Rob who has a good summary:
Liberals think that the government should confiscate money to give to organizations the government deems worthy of receiving money. Conservatives would much rather take the time to give to organizations that they themselves deem worthy.

The fact that liberals won’t open their wallets is a symptom of their overall attitudes of government and society: it’s the government’s obligation, not ours, to help those who are needy.

Charities will get their money. Americans will make sure of that. And if the government keeps its grubby hands off of more of our money… charities will get more than enough.

Now that is a scary picture...

Roseanne Barr said:

"I have a huge crush on President Bush. I saw him at a recent fundraiser, and he's a babe. He's got that Ronald Reagan charm. I think he's hot. I respect his wife, but if he wasn't married I'd be putting on my cowboy boots and coming around."

Roseanne in cowboy boots making the moves....that is scary.
HT to Moxie

The voice from the boots on the ground instructs the Ivory Tower

From the Osgood File, General John Abizaid, Central Command commander replies to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (democrat - where ever the cash comes from)

"Hope is not a strategy. Hortatory talk about what the Iraqi government must do is getting old." said Sen. Hillary Rodam Clinton

"And I would also say that despair is not a method. and when I come to Washington I feel despair." said General John Abizaid, Central Command commander

Friday, November 17, 2006

That would be sweet...

Tam blogs:

Robert Heinlein would be pleased to know that flight testing is underway at the first private spaceport on Earth.

I suppose it's too much to hope that Bezos will dub the place "D.D. Harriman Field"...

Damn, that would be nice.
Spider Robinson nailed it when he said:
"And I repeat: if there is anything that can divert the land of my birth from its current stampede into the Stone Age, it is the widespread dissemination of the thoughts and perceptions that Robert Heinlein has been selling as entertainment since 1939."

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Rats deserting a sinking ship...

The Radio Equalizer reports that Al Frankin is going to finally ditch the corrupt mass of untalented liars by leaving Air America for good.

Preceding Al is 1290 WLBY in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is the fifth station to dump Err America in the past week.

Mary Katherine nails it again...

The latest HamNation correctly compares democrats to psycho ex-girlfriends...

...and Republicans to depressed dumped girlfriends.

HT to Rob.

Schumer 1 - Kerry a big fat zero

Jim over at WizBang Politics points out that the democrats are willing to cast aside their weak and wounded.

So, the newly-elected Democratic Senate Majority leadership team was gathering for a cool photo-op, with the four main players walking out of the Capitol together. Which Senator with a lousy attendance record for actual votes do you suppose showed up, uninvited, to attempt to horn in and get some free PR for his stillborn 2008 Presidential campaign?

You guessed it! John "Magic Hat" Kerry, in the flesh. Sticking his ugly Lurch face into the camera shot, until Schumer confronts him and tells him to get the hell outta there.

More on Murtha

Streiff over at Redstate explains why he was sorry to see Murtha loose:

Call me unpatriotic if you must but I am mourning the defeat of Jack Murtha (D-Some Arab Guy With Unmarked $20s) as House majority leader.

Murtha was a graft and corruption investigation waiting to happen. An old style pol with a taste for the good life, a propensity for trading just about anything to anyone, and a deep seated hostility to the “good government” zeitgeist Murtha was guaranteed to keep Congressional corruption in the spotlight, with a little help from Harry Reid and William Jefferson (D-LA).

A defeat right out of the gate.

Brand new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (democrat - San Francisco) was handed a defeat from her own party on the first test of her leadership. Her pick for House Majority leader, John Murtha,an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal of the 1970s, was defeated 149-86 by Congressman Hoyer.

This is also particularly embaressing to Murtha, who bragged to Chris Matthews on Hardball that he had enough votes to win.
This is also a slap in the face to Murtha and his "Cut & Run" policies from his own party. Not a good sign for the Kos Kiddies and other leftist extremist moonbats.

Oh, and about the Culture of Corruption thing:

Roll Call has stated that in early 2004, John Murtha “reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the City of San Francisco” and that “Laurence Pelosi, nephew of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the time was an executive of the company which owned the rights of the land.”

But that’s only the most recent chapter of Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha and San Francisco’s largest tract of undeveloped land.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

An accurate definition...

"Swiftboating" -- a coordinated effort to let the voters know the truth about a candidate.

This accurate and true definition is courtesy of Lorie Byrd.


According to the Blotter, democrat Senator Harry Reid's claims that this was strictly a Republican scadel were boldfaced lies!

As convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff reported to federal prison today, a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors.
A source close to the investigation says Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff's clients "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."

Abramoff has reportedly claimed the Nevada senator agreed to help him on matters related to Indian gambling.

HT to Kim Priestap at WizBang Blog, who reminds us of this:
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff is scheduled to report to federal prison tomorrow, over the objections of federal prosecutors who say they still need his help to pursue leads on officials he allegedly bribed.

Sources close to the investigation say Abramoff has provided information on his dealings with and campaign contributions and gifts to "dozens of members of Congress and staff," including what Abramoff has reportedly described as "six to eight seriously corrupt Democratic senators."

Yes, I question the timing...

It is very telling that the New York Times, a leftist newspaper, waited until after the election to admit what everybody who could rub two brain cells together knew. The democrats have no real plan for Iraq.

Americans are waiting to hear if [Democrats] have any good ideas for how to get out of Iraq without creating even wider chaos and terrorism.


The Democrats will also need to look forward — and quickly. So far they have shared slogans, but no real policy.


Voters gave the Democrats the floor — and are now waiting to hear what they have to say.

HT to Brain Terminal, where Evan Coyne Maloney nails it:
Waiting to hear what they have to say? Isn’t that what campaigns are for? You’d think the Times would have noticed that the Democrats had nothing to say before the election, but for some reason the paper thought that minor detail wasn’t worthy of coverage until now. I wonder why that is.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

No surprise here...

Robert Rubin, the democrat who oversaw the dot com bust, is calling for tax hikes

That was fast. A mere two days after Democrats capture Congress claiming they wouldn't raise taxes, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin tells them they should do so anyway.

"You cannot solve the nation's fiscal problems without increased revenues," declared Mr. Rubin, the Democratic Party's leading economic spokesman, in a speech last Thursday. He also took a crack at economic forecasting by noting that "I think if you were to increase taxes right now, you would have probably about zero negative effect on the economy." The economics and politics here are worth parsing.

We suppose it's reassuring that Mr. Rubin now thinks the economy is strong enough to withstand a tax increase. That's a switch from his opposition to the 2003 Bush tax cuts, which he predicted would bust the budget and do little for growth. The U.S. economy proceeded to grow by an average of nearly 4% a year for three years following mid-2003, until the recent slowdown due largely to the housing slump.

Everyone makes mistakes, but raising taxes amid a housing decline doesn't sound like brilliant policy to us. Depending on inflation signals in the coming weeks, the Federal Reserve may not be done raising interest rates. The best hope for avoiding a recession next year and into 2008 is that strong corporate profits and the tight job market will lift business investment and consumer spending enough to offset the impact of tighter monetary policy. The last thing the economy needs now is a tax increase, too.
Mr. Rubin's "fiscal problems" riff is really a rhetorical sleight-of-hand, using future entitlement problems to justify a tax increase today. He knows all too well that not a dime of new revenue raised today would be "saved" or otherwise devoted to paying for future Social Security or Medicare benefits. They would be spent on other things by the current Congress, just as today's surplus payroll tax revenues are spent, and just as they were spent when Mr. Rubin was at Treasury in the 1990s.
Which is why we suspect that Mr. Rubin's real game here is politics. The Citigroup Inc. executive is part of Hillary Rodham Clinton's braintrust, and he and she would like nothing better than to coax Mr. Bush into raising taxes in the next two years. That would take the tax issue off the table in 2008, while splintering Republicans the way President George H.W. Bush's tax-hike deal with George Mitchell did going into 1992.

And if a tax increase did contribute to a severe slowdown or recession, Republicans as the incumbent party in the White House would get the political blame. Recall how Bill Clinton pinned the recession of 1990-1991 on Mr. Bush and Reaganomics, even though the Gipper had left office long before and the economy was growing at a 4% annual rate by late 1992. Readers may recall who won that election.

War is declared!

Remember when James Carville declared War on Ken Starr?

The tables have turned, and now Kos has declared war on James Carville!

Personally, I'll put my money on the Ragin' Cajun. Kos, who has a pretty solid record of backing losers (like Lemont), is fucking with the wrong Marine here.

Seriously, James Carville craps bigger than Markos Moulitsas.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Calling on the voice of experience.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

What is not being reported.

Carl Strohymeyer has a good list of news note report about Iraq by the DNC/MSM:

There are 5 million cell phone users in Iraq where before there were none under Saddam. Iraq has 33,000 new businesses. There is 25% female parliamentary representation, which is the highest in the Arab world. Iraq now has 4500 schools that have been rebuilt and stocked with 8 million textbooks. And there are 150 politically free TV stations and newspapers which can broadcast and print uncensored.

A) Saddam’s general published in a book that he himself oversaw loading WMD missiles into aircraft fuselages and shipping them into Syria for hiding.
B) The “insurgents” are absolutely nothing of the sort. They are terrorists, flooding into Iraq from other countries, and sponsored by Syria and Iran. We know this for a fact, as we have their overtaken bodies and equipment.
C) These terrorists ("insurgents") have said in their own statements that the battle for control of Iraq is the decisive battle against the US and western civilization versus Islam, and their plan to destroy the sovereign democratic Jewish state of Israel. Again, this is not supposition; this is from their own direct statements. Why are Katie Couric and the MSM not repeating this nightly?
In these same statements, the terrorists have openly said that this battle is the test of the will of Americans, and that the battle is there because we are there and that if we retreat, it is their sign of their righteousness and they will then bring the battle to us in the US mainland.

Making Sense

Senator Joe Lieberman, democrat from Connecticut, is on Meet the Press today. He is handling everything tossed at him.
One of the things he said is that both political parties (democrats and Republicans) are on probation with the American people.
That is probably one of the most insightful statements about the election I've heard.
The democrats are in control of the Congress. They have a choice, listen to their base and rule from the far left extremist wing, and piss off the center that elected them, or they can operate more from the center and piss off their moonbat hard left extremist base.

He's wrong again...

Howard Dean's bad at history. He claims on Fox News Sunday that balancing the budget is a Clinton legacy and that democrats are for strong natonal security.
Balancing the budget was a line item in the Republican's Contract with America. It wasn't part of the Clinton plan.
There hasn't been a democrat President strong on National Defense since JFK.

Another example of liberal logic

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Veterans Day photographs

Not mine, but Ann Althouse's. Plus an interesting exchange she overheard at the cafe...

Update: Stop by and read the comments. There is one who is quite insistent that the cafe story was made up. Maybe, but I really don't think so. I've seen too many example of far left extremist raw hatred for the military.

So have my liberal friends, for example, Doug Berry, who served in the US Army. He once told this story of liberal "tolerance":

"If you're in the Army, it doesn't matter.. you have no soul, being a brainwashed killer. (I was told this by a very earnest young woman in Berkeley the other day. The look on her face when I asked why she was risking life and limb by angering a soulless killer was worthy the lecture.)"

Mad Mike's election summary...

Michael Z. Williamson speaks his mind on the recent election results.
Some highlights:

"Pelosi has said she will not try to end U.S. funding of the Iraq war but will pressure Bush to shift course, begin a phased redeployment of U.S. troops and require Iraqis to take greater responsibility for their own nation."

So 1: she's admitting that they really don't have any power to do anything. B) That attempting to do anything will cause troops to die and Dems to be hanged from lampposts, politically speaking. iii. That this was strictly about a power grab and they never had ANY intention of actually doing anything for the country. d] This is kinda what we've BEEN doing the last five years. They're just hoping to cash in on the payoff now that the dirty work is done. See my Footnotes A and 2 below.

Other policies? We have the best economy in five years, after recovering from Bill Clinton's net bubble collapse and his criminal outsourcing of jobs, not to mention his failed eco policies that in part caused the gas crunch. Oh, and Enron? That was under Clinton, too. The Republicans haven't done a great job of fixing things, but they've managed to do some damage control. So the Dems want in to claim credit at the end again (See Footnote 2).

The problem is, even if they GET Bush to go along with their dope-smoking commie policies (here's a hint: go to school and STUDY, like Ms Rice. Bra burnings, draft card burnings and pot parties don't actually teach you anything except that public masturbation is a clever way of getting attention. See Footnote c.) that just means that the next economic disaster will occur sometime around 2009. Who'll be president then? They're hoping for Hitlery and Obama. Good luck. Unless they've already given up on 08. See Footnote IV] PS: a bare squeak in the House, a contested Senate and a few statehouses is not a "mandate" or a "punishment of Bush." It means that as much as you claim things are screwed up, most people weren't actually in agreement. They're giving you an opportunity to prove otherwise, but as we all know you're incapable of doing so, enjoy it while it lasts.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Happy Birthday!

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress raised the “First and Second Battalions of American Marines.

To celebrate, a few quotes about the United States Marine Corps:

"Always use a piledriver to crack a nut. The piledriver doesn't take much damage, and the nut stays cracked." -- USMC maxim

"Some people live their entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. Marines don't have that problem." -- United States President Ronald Reagan, January 1995

"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time." -- Marine LTGEN Lewis 'Chesty' Puller

There is no better friend and no worse enemy than the U.S. Marine Corps.

"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank GOD for the United States Marine Corps." Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945

"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockest sons of bitches I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally speaking, the United States Marines I've come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet." -- An Anonymous Canadian Citizen

"I think it's nothing more than the way the Marines do business. They approach everything ­ from the way they do business in Washington to how they approach a peacetime program objective ­ like it's a combat operation, and it's one of the reasons they are so darned successful." -- U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine

My apologies to my commentators...

I accidentally deleted a few good comments while clearing out a rash of spam comments.

I don't get a lot of comments here, but the legitimate ones are usually of high quality.
Mea Culpa for removing the good ones.

The reaction of the troops...

It appears that they are not happy with Sec. Rumsfeld leaving.
The Times reports

Half of America and the upper echelons of the US military may be cheering Donald Rumsfeld's resignation from the post of Defence Secretary, but there was no rejoicing yesterday among those most directly affected by his decisions: the frontline soldiers in Iraq.

Troops expressed little pleasure at the departure of the man responsible for their protracted deployment to a hostile country where 2,839 of their comrades have died.

Indeed, some members of the 101st Airborne Division and other troops approached by The Times as they prepared to fly home from Baghdad airport yesterday expressed concern that Robert Gates, Mr Rumsfeld's successor, and the Democrat-controlled Congress, might seek to wind down their mission before it was finished.

Mr Rumsfeld "made decisions, he stuck with them and he did what he thought was right, whether people agreed with it, liked it, or not", Staff Sergeant Frank Notaro said. He insisted that Iraq was better off now than before the war.

Staff Sergeant Michael Howard said: "It's a blow to the military. He was a good Secretary of Defence. He kept us focused. He kept the leaders focused. It's going to be hard to fill his shoes."

HT to the Captain.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Election summed up...

Soldiergrrrl nails it:

It's simply another set of liars, thieves and hypocrites, not a mass mandate or a freakin' revolution.

Let us continue our visit to reality with this, electing democrats to reduce corruption is like cutting off your head to relieve a headache.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Morning Quotes

"History doesn't always repeat itself... sometimes it just screams 'Why don't you listen when I'm talking to you?' and lets fly with a club." -– editor and writer John W. Campbell, Jr.

"Those who study history are condemned to watch others repeat it"

Ahhh...the dead walked a few days late...

Addition to the dead voting, it's no surprise that far leftist extremist "ACORN" workers were picked charged with alleged voter fraud.

I'm back...

I was at DisneyWorld for a few days. I made a point to spend yesterday at the Magic Kingdom. If enough Americans (alive and dead) were so absent from reality as to hand the House over to San Fran Nan, I figured I might as well take a break from reality myself (I had already submitted my absentee ballot).

LA Sunsett has a couple of good posts about election, including advice for both parties.

One bit of interesting bit on local politics. I was listening to campaign coverage on the local NPR station on the way home from the airport last night.
The democrat pundit was saying that the big "challenge" our new democrat governor has is getting the money to pay for all the programs he promised while running for election. Don't expect that the return to the lower income tax rate (you remember that tax hike that Dukasis said was going to be temporary) to come anytime during Patrick's reign, despite the call from the voters to do so.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Thought for the Day

Today is the anniversary of Lenin's coup d'etat in Saint Petersburg.

Let's not let the Lenin-wanna-bees do it to us here today.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

A Blast From The Past

I'm going to sit back and watch the Lefties squirm.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Duck Rule Is In Effect

Having been in the Navy we would assume that Mr. Kerry knows how to swim.

Which is a nice skill to have when one rides around with Ted Kennedy.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

Hat Tip to Scotch at Little Green Footballs

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Fun Fact

There is no such thing as a 410 pound combatant.

This Fun Fact is brought to you by Mallard Fillmore and the Jewish World Review.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Damn! That is going to leave a mark!

Jay Tea has a list of shameful democrat hypocrisy.
Some highlights:

1) Military service, and especially what one did or did not do during the Viet Nam war, is irrelevant when running for president. (1992, 1996)

2) What one did during the Viet Nam war is far more important than what one has done in the 30+ years since, when running for president. (2004)
7) A politician who allegedly says "nigger" in his college days is an irredeemable racist. (2004)

8) A former leader of the Ku Klux Klan who is still using the word "nigger" is not only an acceptable Senator, but should be considered a champion and lion of the Senate. (2001)

9) An arrest at the age of 30 for drunken driving brands someone an irredeemable alcoholic. (2000)

10) Driving a car into the water and leaving a woman to drown while trying to construct an alibi is an "unfortunate accident." (1969)

Now this is really scary...

Michelle Malkin has the scariest Vent yet!

A self-inflicted wound...

Senator John Kerry (democrat-Taxachusetts) gave himself a healthy dose of foot in mouth today.

Ace has more, and more, and more.

No apology though.

Ace nails it: "In related news, the ghost of Genghis Khan issued a press release that stated "Vengeance is best served cold, and against an emaciated Thurston Howell wannabe."

The best part is listening to the leftist extremists try to spin it.
He fucked up. Instead of coming out and admiting his mistake and moving on, Kerry is trying to lie his way out of it.
Here's a News Flash. John Kerry is no Bill Clinton.

Senator McCain is extremly pissed and is calling for Kerry to buck up and play straight.

Update:Mary Kathrine Ham points out that this was not the first time Kerry has slammed the troops.

Update 2: It's so obvious! John Kerry is a paid operative of Karl "Darth" Rove!

Setting the WayBack Machine...

...to eight years ago today, we find President William Jefferson Clinton signing the Iraq Liberation Act in law.
That legistation called for regime change in Baghdad.

Go read the whole thing, including Mr. Warner's on target commentary:

The Iraq Liberation Act authorized Clinton to spend up to $98 million arming and training Iraq opposition groups. When he left office in January 2001, Clinton had spent almost none of the money. (Can you hear Chris Wallace? “Do you think you did enough, sir?”)

No surprise here...

It's not just Chicago where the dead vote early and often.
According to the Poughkeepsie Journal:

...A new statewide database of registered voters contains as many as 77,000 dead people on its rolls, and as many as 2,600 of them have cast votes from the grave, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal computer-assisted analysis.

The Journal's analysis of New York's 3-month-old database is the first to determine the potential for errors and fraud in voting. It matched names, dates of birth and ZIP codes in the state's database of 11.7 million voter registration records against the same information in the Social Security Administration's "Death Master File." That database has 77 million records of deaths dating back to 1937.
- Democrats who cast votes after they died outnumbered Republicans by more than 4 to 1.

Emphasis added.

HT to Mike's America.

She knows her HRC...

"I have to confess that it's crossed my mind that you could not be a Republican and a Christian." - First "Co-President" Lady Hillary R. Clinton, source: Richmond Times-Dispatch, page A-10, March 1, 1997

Another American First!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Right on schedule...

The far left extremists are caught in a Voter Fraud case, that of course won't make much of a splash on the DNC/MSM.

Kansas City officials say this is the most irresponsible and extensive voter registration abuse in Missouri in the twenty five years they have been on the job with the Kansas City Board of Elections.

That's saying a lot considering there were 16 convictions of election crimes since 2004 in the St. Louis area alone!
Already the Republican Party of Missouri has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against ACORN due to this video posted at PubDef blog in St. Louis. The video shows ACORN employees who claim that they were told by ACORN to solicit votes for Democratic Senatorial Candidate Claire McCaskill. The McCaskill Campaign claims it has nothing to do with ACORN or its registration drive.

There is more. Read the whole thing.

Half of citizens support stronger illegal immigration control...

A recent poll shows that 50% of those interviewed were "in favor of redoubling the police security in the [southern] border" and 51% wanted immigration from their neighbors to the south to diminish.

HT to Silent Running for this poll conducted in Mexico.

The poll showed "that only 5% of the Mexican population were in favor of a greater flow of immigrants of the countries of Central America."
"In addition, 50% of the interviewed Mexicans were in favor of an increase in the police force that patrol the South border of the country, with Guatemala, where every year a good number of undocumented emigrants enter Mexico. "

Remember that Mexico uses their military to enforce its southern border and has a record of abuse against illegal aliens.

Meanwhile, in the Socialist paradise of France...

Politics Central reports:

As America prepares for Halloween, France is girding for a wave of attacks from Muslim youths—a reprise of the deadly French riots of last year.

A leaked French intelligence report warns that during the first week of November, a school holiday (Nov. 1 or All Saint’s Day), Muslim riots could convulse the country.

On Monday, Le Figaro, the leading center-right newspaper in the country, quoted a confidential report written by the Renseignements Généraux (RG), the French equivalent of the FBI. The 17-page RG report, dated 11 October, states that the root causes of last year’s riots are still in place. The authorities are especially concerned with All Saints Day when “many urban youths are left to their own and have more time to cause unrest.”

Not that France has been a peace since last year’s riots. In the past few weeks alone, several policemen were ambushed by youths who seemed intent on killing them. In response, the French Interior Ministry asked the police to keep a low profile and not to show themselves in the Muslim suburbs in order to avoid tension.

Since appeasement alone is not a strategy. French authorities are keeping a force of some 50,000 riot police in permanent stand-by.
In the first six months of this year there were 50,000 acts of urban violence by Muslims. On average 15 police officers, fire fighters or other public officials are attacked per day and 100 cars are set alight per night.

Gangs of immigrant vandals operate in a paramilitary fashion. A spokesman for the French police officers union, himself a policeman, has that France is in the midst of a “civil war.”

Interestingly, no public official said the union was exaggerating.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Damn Good Star Trek!

I just watched the 4th season Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly."

Damn that was good. Scott Bakula did a great job as the Dark Jonathan Archer.
The rest of the cast were obviously having fun with the alternate view of their characters.
Jolene Blalock probably appreciated being able to wear her hair down as well.

More liberal astroturf

The hard extremists far left has real problems building actual, real grassroots movements.
So, they fake them.

More on Mexico

Austin Bay has a round up on the violence in Oaxaca, which includes this AP story:

Shop owners shuttered their businesses and demonstrators built up street barricades Saturday after President Vicente Fox ordered federal police to intervene in picturesque Oaxaca, torn by more than five months of protests and violence.

Fox, who leaves office Dec. 1, had refused repeated requests to use force in Oaxaca even as the city slid into chaos. But gun battles Friday that killed a U.S. journalist and at least two Mexicans apparently exhausted his patience.

Fox’s Interior Department issued an ominous statement late Saturday demanding protest leaders “immediately hand over streets, plazas, public buildings and private property” so that federal authorities can “guarantee public order and adherence to the law, as well as preserve respect for the population’s individual guarantees.”

This is just part of the problems that are causing Mexicans to flee to America.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Damn Skippy!

Leslie Bates' Thought for Day nails the truth:

A day without Socialism is like a day without starvation, slavery, and murder.

Coded racist ad messages explained...

Mary Kathrine Ham explains it all and how the usual suspects are crying foul for the usual reasons.

Even Congressman Ford (the target of one of the ads) says he can't see any racism in the ad.
He has other issues with it, but that isn't one of them.

The intolerance of the "liberal left"

Also titled: "Liberals against the First Amendement."

Friday, October 27, 2006

He has it backwards...

...but this is not a surprise. I am referring to the comments made by Mexican President Fox about a proposed wall to keep his citizens from fleeing the failed economy of his country to the Land of the Big PX (i.e. The United States of America).
President Fox claims that,

"It is an embarrassment for the United States. It is proof, perhaps, that the United States does not see immigration as a subject that corresponds to both countries."

The embarrassment is that Mexico can not support it's own population. The official Mexican government policy is to support the illegal invasion of its own citizens to America. Why such a bizarre policy? It's simple. The single largest source of income into Mexican economy is its citizens in other countries (mainly America) sending money to their families in Mexico. It is the American economic engine that is keeping the Mexican government afloat.

What is even more embarrassing is that Fox had the flat out gall to compare the American wall to the Berlin Wall.
Obviously history is not his strong point. The Berlin Wall was built by the East Germans to keep their own citizens from fleeing the failing Communist government for the Freedom of West Germany. The Americans are building a wall to force Mexico to deal with its own problems. The United States of America welcomes legal immigrants. The Mexican government needs to change its own policy of encouraging its citizens to illegally flee Mexico and look for solutions inside their own borders. Another solution would be to have the guts to come to the government of the United States of America, hat in hand, and admit the Mexico has a serious problems and needs help.

There are a few house rules you need to follow...

Just to make it clear, Uncle Sam has the House Rules.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

You can count on Bill...

Bubba Clinton is back on the prowl like the hound dog he is.
What did you expect, Hillary's in Georgetown, he's in New York. He's got his health back after the heart surgery and the natural instincts are taking over.

Billy Jeff should be careful, if HRC sees him as threating her bid for the White House, he just might get a first hand view of what the serious Clinton investigators call an "Arkancide."

The Holloween edition...

...of HamNation. MC delivers the goods once again.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Watching the Watchers

Morning Quote

"...let’s face it: nothing says "we value civil liberties" more than smoking bans, the surrender of private enterprise to a massive centrally-controlled government, municipal usurpation of private property to feed the common weal, and non-denominational holidays stripped of their celebratory cores and presented as simple, non-offensive husks, their blinking colored lights a reminder that even the most profoundly held beliefs can be reduced to low-wattage, community-approved superficiality" -- Jeff Goldstein on liberals.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Follow the Money!

Ed Driscoll points us to an interesting post by Tim Graham.

Cindy "Momma Moonbat" Sheehan was a paid operative of the John Kerry (democrat-Massachusetts) Presidental campaign in 2004.

"We have Federal Election Commission documents. I mean we went to an extensive research, we followed the money, that's how you always figure out what's going on...We found that John Kerry and Michael Moore personally recruited Gold Star family members just within days and sometimes even at the funerals of their sons to come and work for the campaign in order to undermine the candidacy of George W. Bush at the time. It was shocking and, and really offensive behavior and that's exactly what happened to Cindy Sheehan who we tracked down. She went on the payroll of John Kerry's campaign within days after her son's death as well as her daughter Carly. Ultimately, there was a split between the two because she felt that John Kerry wasn't radical enough and didn't have an anti-war agenda that matched hers."

"It was John Kerry's political campaign, John Kerry personally, along with Michael Moore, went to Cindy Sheehan just days and a couple of weeks after the death of her son and asked her to make a commercial for him.And they did the same thing, political operatives, they asked the other families."

Ed thinks its a safe bet that the DNC/MSM will ignore this important information.