Urbin Report

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Looking back...2003

Some post from the past three years:

Left Wing Extremists wished for more US Military deaths:

"I have a confession: I have at times, as the war has unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong. Wished for the Iraqis to be more nationalistic, to resist longer. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen. I'm not alone: A number of serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people who oppose the war have told me they have had identical feelings." -- Gary Kamiya Executive editor of the left wing Salon.com, reported in the Inside Politics column of the Washington Times, April 18, 2003

Our Friends the French:
U.S. forces discovered 51 Roland-2 missiles, made by a partnership of French and German arms manufacturers, in two military compounds at Baghdad International Airport. One of the missiles he examined was labeled 05-11 KND 2002, which he took to mean that the missile was manufactured last year. The charred remains of a more modern Roland-3 launcher was found just down the road from the arms cache. According to a mortar specialist with the same unit, radios used by many Iraqi military trucks brandished MADE IN FRANCE labels and looked brand new. RPG night sights stamped with the number 2002 and French labels also turned up.

Right of American Citizens
"The American citizens have a right to own firearms. It is no more unlimited than any other right that we have. The laws ought to concentrate that we pass on stopping criminals and children and others who shouldn't have guns from getting them. Licensing, registration, in my opinion are bad ideas and violations of that fundamental right." Senator Joe Liberman (D-Conn.)

You may go play video games if you wish.
Remember this: Walk away now and you walk away from your interest in history, your ability to tell a good story, your ability to translate dreams into reality; leaving the next generation with nothing but recycled, unimaginative first-person shooters, online quasi-historical strategy games, yet another multiplayer NFL game, violence-laden driving simulations, and mindless revisions of innumerable cute Japanese animations. Depart now and you forever separate yourselves from the vital gaming legacies of James Dunnigan, Steve Jackson, Gary Gygax, Marc Miller, Loren Wiseman, Frank Chadwick, Andrew Keith, William Keith, John Harshman, Professor Barker, and Richard Tucholka.

Turn your backs now and you snuff out the fragile candles of Board Gaming, Miniatures, Fantasy and Science Fiction Roleplaying, and when those flames flicker and expire, the light of the world is extinguished because the creative thought which has moved mankind through the decades leading to the millenium will wither and die on the vine of abandonment and neglect. -- John Kwon on the TML, tipping his hat to Elwood Blues.

You do learn some important lessons in school:
Same happened to me in 1976 as a high school junior. My draft dodging social studies teacher went on his Vietnam rant, unaware I was the daughter of a career Army aviator who had been killed in Vietnam (thus I had read everything possible on the war). When I offered my views, he called my father a babykiller, kicked me out of the classroom and had me sit in the library for the duration of the "unit". The experience was life-changing. I became even more "political" and went on to major in journalism and political science, work in my fields (despite censorship over conservative topics) and made me even more determined to fight the left. To me, you are one of the most credible commentators we have...keep up the great work! Sincerely, Laura, Atlanta

Homophobia from the left:
" Come on, come over here and make me, I dare you. . . . You little fruitcake. You little fruitcake. I said you are a fruitcake." -- Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark (democrat-Calif.) to another member of Congress. So much for reasoned debate from the left. Why is it when every liberals get really mad, they accuse their foe of being gay?


Driving Star Trek off the air.

It's still true:
As the numbers of heat deaths climb, a final figure of close to 20,000 is being seen as not unrealistic - in other words, a humanitarian disaster.
Meanwhile, the death toll in Guantanamo Bay, which the French are in the habit of condemning with dainty disgust as barbaric, sweltering, fetid and inhuman, remains remarkably stable: None.

I called it:
IMNSHO, the democrats are in the same boat the Republicans were in in 1996.
They are not for a damn thing, they are only against the person in the White House.
That works well with the hardcore, extremist wing of the party, but it's not going to fly this time either with the centrist majority of voters.
My prediction is that as long as the democrats keep pushing Socialist Howard Dean, this country is looking a GW Bush Presidency to last to 2008.

Can't think outside the box.

A bizzare tip of the hat to Dune.

Dictators who support terrorists are supposed to be afraid. That's a major part of the plan.

Multiculturalism meet Little League baseball...

GWB and JFK have a lot in common.

I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning: it smells like... [sniff] freedom.
That, and lower violent crime rates.
-- Kim du Toit

Rev. Al Livin' Large!