Urbin Report

Saturday, September 30, 2006

The worst President in the past 50 years...

...hands down, it is with out a quesiton, Jimmy Carter.
As Victor Davis Hanson says:

"In his dotage, Carter is proving once again that he is as malicious and mean-spirited a public figure as he is historically ignorant. And for all his sanctimonious Christian veneer, and fly-fishing, ‘aw shucks blue-jeans image, he can’t hide an essentially ungracious and unkind soul. . . . Carter’s Waterloo, of course was the Iranian hostage crisis. It was not just that his gutting of the military helped to explain the rescue disaster. Far more importantly, we can chart the rise of radical political Islam with the storming of the American embassy in Teheran and the impotent response of Jimmy Carter."

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

LaRouchers in Havard Square

LaRouchers in Havard Square

I was in Cambridge, Harvard Square to be precise, and the Moonbats where out in force. In this case it was the LaRouchers, who most sane democrats will back away slowly from while insisting that they have nothing to do with them.

The Gall of those Isaelis!

Ace points out that that the IDF is actually demanding that UN Forces actually do their jobs!

The meeting went to pieces after the IDF demanded that UNIFIL adopt more combative rules of engagement. What particularly angered the IDF was an interview UNIFIL's commander Maj.-General Alain Pellegrini gave to The Jerusalem Post last week and in which he said the peacekeeping force would not actively engage Hizbullah guerrillas even if they were on their way or in the midst of an attack against Israel.

Morning Quotes

I am for Socialism, disarmament, and ultimately for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion. I seek social ownership of property... Communism is the goal. -- Roger Baldwin, the founder and leading force in the ACLU until 1981

"I voted for the Democrats because I didn't like the way the Republicans were running the country. Which is turning out to be like shooting yourself in the head to stop your headache." -- Jack Mayberry

"Marxists are never found under the bed. They are usually found in front of blackboards and behind desks." -- Doctor Susan Huck

"(A)nything not acting as a propaganda arm for the Democrats or the Leftist agenda is considered conservative these days." -- Tammy Bruce, The New American Revolution

"I hate the Republicans and everything they stand for..." -- DNC Chairman Howard Dean

"You don't need to be 'straight' to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight." -- US Senator and Conservative Icon Barry Goldwater

HELP THE WORLD'S POOR... Ban Socialism. Unban DDT.

"But come on people, you do realize that when you put a 'oil bad' sticker on an SUV, you look like a flippen retard, right?" -- Risawn

democrat Senator Robert Byrd, former Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan, holds the distinction of being the only senator to have voted against both black nominees to the United States Supreme Court.

The morning the Deep Throat story broke, the voice on my answering machine was as raspy as Hal Holbrook's. "I just want you to remember that I wrote 'Follow the money,' " said my caller. "I want to know if anybody will give me credit. Watch for the accuracy of the media!"
The voice belonged to my friend William Goldman, who wrote the movie "All the President's Men." His words proved more than a little prescient. As if on cue, journalists everywhere - from The New York Times to The Economist to The Washington Post itself - would soon start attributing this classic line of dialogue to the newly unmasked Deep Throat, W. Mark Felt. But the line was not in Woodward and Bernstein's book or in The Post's Watergate reportage or in Bob Woodward's contemporaneous notes. It was the invention of the author of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Marathon Man" and "The Princess Bride."
-- Frank Rich, New York Times, 6/12/05

"Speaking of shivering coatless girls in Bush's America, spare a thought for the underprivileged urchins of the Bronx. The Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club, a nonprofit social-services organization in New York, receives millions of dollars in government funds to give disadvantaged youth in poor neighborhoods a leg up the ladder of life. But mysteriously much of the money wound up being diverted to the coffers of Air America, the liberal talk-radio network whose ratings are yet another example of "deferred success." The needs of disadvantaged Al Franken and his pals apparently outweigh those of Bronx welfare recipients. Perhaps Janeane Garofalo is the coatless girl John Edwards was talking about all those months. Air America looks like the broadcast version of the U.N. Oil-for-Food program, whereby money earmarked to save starving moppets somehow winds up in the bank accounts of bloated self-described do-gooders with political connections." -- Mark Steyn

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapon stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons." -- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real." - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

"It Takes a Village of liberals to Raise a Kid With A.D.H.D., Rage Issues, and an Eating Disorder."

"Never trust anyone who calls himself a "libertarian socialist. They're bound to be deeply confused, at best." -- Glenn Reynolds

"I think it’s hilarious (in a devious sort of way) that when there’s a left wing protest, Starbucks is one of the first to get the brick through their window." -- Rob

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sad News

Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Cooper, USMC Retired, and author of subjects ballistic, has died.

10 MAY 1920 - 25 SEPTEMBER 2006

At the request of the family it is our sad duty to report the passing of Jeff Cooper on the afternoon of September 25, 2006. Jeff died peacefully at home while being cared for by his wife Janelle and daughter Lindy.

There will be a private internment at Gunsite by invitation, with a public memorial service at the Whittington Center at a date to be announced. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.



Monday, September 25, 2006

One more Clinton note...

Mickey Kaus points out that "Clinton was winning before he plowed on into paranoia about Rupert Murdoch and Fox."

A fairly on target observation, as I stated before, the plain and simple truth is that Clinton did not put serious effort in combating terrorism because terror at the time didn't poll well, and Clinton only paid more attention to Willard than he did polls.
Moving Terrorism defense from a domestic law enforcement issue to a national security issue wasn't a line item on the House Republicans Contract with America. The At least I tried line was pretty good, then he went into moonbat conspiracy land.
Good for firing up the base who are sufferring from BDS already, but bad for gaining the support of centrist swing voters.

Is old Slick Willy losing his touch without the gentle guiding hand (or foot in this case) of HRC to kick his ass every day to keep him focused?

I also wonder if Slick Willy read Blackhawk Down or just saw the movie? The book by Mark Bowden makes it clear that al Qaeda operatives had taught Somali warlord Aideed's men how to bring down U.S. helicopters with RPGs.
So much for Clinton's claim that al Qaeda wasn't involved in Somalia.

Howard Kurtz writes in detail on what he calls "Clinton's Finger-Wagging Moment" that goes into detail on Clinton's poor performance.

Update: Lori Byrd has a very good roundup.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Is NPR part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy?

NPR's Mora Liason pointed out most democrats and foreign governments believed that Saddam Hussein did have WMDs prior to the invasion of Iraqi.

Expect the calls for her excommunication over at DU to start coming fast & heavy

He doth protest too much...

Bill Clinton, the amazing poll driven president, is obviously much more concerned about protecting his legacy than he was ever was about protecting the American people. The plain and simple truth is that he did not put serious effort in it because terror at the time didn't poll well, and Clinton only paid more attention to Willard than he did polls.

Flopping Aces lists one clear example of where his current rage is more bluster

"Mr. bin Laden used to live in Sudan," Clinton told the Long Island Association on Feb. 15, 2002.

"He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1991, then he went to Sudan. And we'd been hearing that the Sudanese wanted America to start dealing with them again.

"They released him. At the time, 1996, he had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here because we had no basis on which to hold him, though we knew he wanted to commit crimes against America.

"So I pleaded with the Saudis to take him, 'cause they could have. But they thought it was a hot potato and they didn't and that's how he wound up in Afghanistan."

Ace accurately points out that Clinton simply lies:
The man simply lies. It is a breathtakingly stupid and mendacious claim that rightwingers, as he calls us, actually opposed his weak single effort to get bin Ladin. Throughout the late nineties, I was apopleptic we weren't doing anything at all about bin Ladin. We wanted more action. Not less.

The pretext for this lie is that rightwingers, myself included, did in fact "question the timing" of his one attempt to kill bin Ladin. It occurred, coindentally enough, during the Lewinsky furor. On the eve of some testimony; can't remember which, and it really doesn't matter.

Conservatives did not object to this attack. We were enraged, however, that the man refused to attack bin Ladin at all until he was motivated to action by a threat to his own political safety. We were not angry he'd attacked bin Ladin; we were angry he hadn't attacked bin Ladin before (or after, actually; anyone remember a subsequent attack?).

We were angry that the man had let bin Ladin attack us with impunity for years until he saw it as a good move politically to finally launch a poorly-timed cruise missile at bin Ladin. He was animated to action not to save American lives, but to save his own fucking political life.

Curt at Flopping Aces sums it up:
Yes you failed Mr. Clinton. You failed repeatedly for 8 years. This is why your Presidency will go down as a failure. You let us down and for that we all should be ashamed that we elected you to that chair.

Friday, September 22, 2006

The truth of the Matter...

No American 1st Amendment in Venezuela, where one does Dance with the Devil:

Internal repression and censorship have followed [other fascist developments]. A report released last month by Freedom House found: “Venezuela's scores have dropped across the board in all four indicators of good governance addressed in the study: accountability and public voice, civil liberties, rule of law, and anti-corruption and transparency. In fact, only Nepal, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria have experienced a greater net change for the worse.” [Venezuluelan President Hugo Chevez] has, in fact, cracked down on “disrespect for government authorities” (a crime expressed in language evoking another Western hero: Cartman from “South Park”) and has created a “blacklist of political opponents.”

Poster on the walls of the "Loose Change" offices

The folks at Attack Cartoons probably think they are going farther than those moonbats actually do.

I'm betting that the sad reality of just how twisted their conspiracy theories are goes beyond this.

A Question.

Why did President Clinton unilaterially send the US Military to invade Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia? Just was their direct threat to US National Security?

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

Quote from tonight's episode of Law and Order: SVU:

"You shoot to kill, you don't second guess with a terrorist."

The return of DDT!

This time it is the World Health Organization that is calling for its rational, common sense use to control deadly diseases such as Malaria.

Today is...

International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Aaaarrrrrghhhh!

Remember when...

Blonde Sagacity has more details.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Even I agree with Maureen Dowd now and then...

Ms. Dowd wrote:

Feminism died in 1998 when Hillary allowed henchlings and Democrats to demonize Monica as an unbalanced stalker, and when Gloria Steinem defended Mr. Clinton against Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones."

I was reminded of this by Rightwing Sparkle in a post about Bill Clinton and a rather undiverse group of NYC liberal bloggers.
How undiverse you ask? Ace sums it up:
"All races and creeds are represented, from "pale" to "pinkish" to "pasty."
It's a Rainbow Coalition, all right, at least if the rainbow you're thinking of is a pale, ghostly emanation on the Ethereal Plane.

There is a whole post about the politics of breasts and the closely related subject of Bill Clinton over at Ann Althouse's blog.

Massachusetts Liberalism In a Nutshell

Bruce at mAss Backwards sums it up.

He nails one of the democrat candidates in the comments:

Reilly is a devious, totalitarian, lying, assmunch whose loyalties lie with the lobbyists and sugar daddies who have been propping him up all these years. I don't believe word one that comes out of his acrid, statist lips.

Update: From reading several New England political blogs, I find that Right of Center Bay Staters (Republicans, Conservatives, Right leaning Libertarians) would all rather see Deval Patrick or Chris Gabrieli than Reilly.
They would not rather see a democrat in the Governor's office, but at least Patrick and Gabrieli are actual liberal democrats and perhaps a 100% liberal government in the Commonwealth would shock some reality into people (i.e. Socialism doesn't work).

With Reilly, his administration would be filled with the grafting, dishonest, steal every tax payer dollar possible crooks the Massachusetts democrat party is infamous for, that there may not be a state left to salvage once he's done...

Friday, September 15, 2006

The growing face of the moonbat left...

These victims of advanced BDS are going to cut the throat of the democrat party with Occam's razor.

Stop by Cox & Forkum for a good round up.

Some of hot spots for actual truth and reality are: Screw Loose Change and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's detailed report on their investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Things You Save...

I was going through an old photo album and found a ticket for the World Trade Center Observation Deck.

Rational Adults vs. Moonbats

Video of the wacko "Loose Change" moonbats vs. the Rational Adults from Popular Mechanics.

The kids who made the conspiracy theory film get called time and time again for sloppy research and selectively cherry picking clips from 9/11/01 and 9/12/01, when theories were rampant and facts where were few. Their response was to call the Editors from Popular Mechanics liars and government stooges.

Here is a hint kids, steel bends long before it melts...

democrat focus

Some democrats get it, like Senator Liberman and my buddy Dan, but they are being shoved out by the "unreality" hard far left extremist moonbats who view them as Right Wing extremists members of the BushCo Conspiracy!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Heard on NPR this Morning

Frank Miller's 9/11 essay. In case you don't know who he is, he writes comic books. Not funny comics, not for young kids comics. Comics with real bad people who do nasty things because they are evil.

He writes about growing up and not understanding the patriotism of his WWII veteran parents or the view point of the hippy high school teachers who taught him more about John Lennon than Thomas Jefferson.

Then 9/11/2001 came along, and he lives in New York City.

...and thousands of my neighbors were ruthlessly incinerated -- reduced to ash. Now, I draw and write comic books. One thing my job involves is making up bad guys. Imagining human villainy in all its forms. Now the real thing had shown up. The real thing murdered my neighbors. In my city. In my country. Breathing in that awful, chalky crap that filled up the lungs of every New Yorker, then coughing it right out, not knowing what I was coughing up.

For the first time in my life, I know how it feels to face an existential menace. They want us to die. All of a sudden I realize what my parents were talking about all those years.

Patriotism, I now believe, isn't some sentimental, old conceit. It's self-preservation. I believe patriotism is central to a nation's survival. Ben Franklin said it: If we don't all hang together, we all hang separately. Just like you have to fight to protect your friends and family, and you count on them to watch your own back.

So you've got to do what you can to help your country survive. That's if you think your country is worth a damn. Warts and all.

Go read the whole thing. It's worth it.

Fifth in a series...

Keeping your priorities straight...

Attack Cartoons nails it.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Not my book review

A review of the book "Debunking 9/11 Myths", which was put out by that political journal Popular Mechanics.

Quick note on the Path to 9/11

The most damning thing I saw was that Richard Clarke was played by the Red Stapler guy from the movie Office Space.

Harvey Keitel of course was quite good.

There is no news in this show. The Clintons viewed terrorism as they viewed everything else, through a domestic lens, so they treated it as a law enforcement issue, not one of national security.

For all you Star Trek geeks out there...

A 40th Anniversay tribute.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Meanwhile at Harvard...

Attack on Free Speech by democrats summed up

Ace has more.

Isn't it interesting how many times we've heard that Hollywood is all about dramatizations and entertainment when the lesson conveyed is pro-left, pro-Democrat, pro-liberal? "Don't take that seriously," we are admonished, "It's poetic license, darling."

Now we have the 9/11 movie that will air this Sunday. It certainly appears that ABC's head Iger is caving to pressure brought by the Clinton Foundation's Bruce Lindsay. Why? Because the dramatization paints the Clinton Administration accurately. Of course, efforts at "It's just a dramatization" somehow fall on deaf ears when you're trying to tell it to someone who really understands the power of memes and mass communication.

Look, I'm not saying that the portrayal is letter perfect. I'm not saying that in its smallest, parsable details, it is accurate to the nth degree. And I'm not saying that I've seen the movie. But I'm listening to the discussion, and I'm listening to people who have seen the movie (Rush, Patterico's co-blogger). And the portrayal is very likely as accurate as TV can be.

Why do I say this? First, because of the reaction by Clinton's camp. If this wasn't damning and true, then it would be damnably (and provably) false. Second, because all three of the "questionable" scenes in the above article are certainly believable given what we learned over the years about the Clinton Administration. Does it matter whether Berger slammed the phone down or laid it gently upon its cradle? Does it matter if Albright met the head of Pakistan's State Security apparatus in a dark alley or whether she sent a message by a messenger? Does it matter that Clinton didn't exercise leadership on a habitually self-serving, liberal, and disjointed foreign policy?

Yes. Yes it does. And from what I understand, this movie accurately portrays the lack of leadership and the lack of focus that was part and parcel of that foreign policy.

The Texas Rainmaker chimes in with quotes from the 9/11 Commission's report:
Clarke wrote to Berger’s deputy on February 10 that the military was then doing targeting work to hit the main camp with cruise missiles and should be in position to strike the following morning. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert appears to have been briefed on the situation.

No strike was launched. By February 12 Bin Ladin had apparently moved on, and the immediate strike plans became moot. According to CIA and Defense officials, policymakers were concerned about the danger that a strike would kill an Emirati prince or other senior officials who might be with Bin Ladin or close by. Clarke told us the strike was called off after consultations with Director Tenet because the intelligence was dubious, and it seemed to Clarke as if the CIA was presenting an option to attack America’s best counterterrorism ally in the Gulf. The lead CIA official in the field, Gary Schroen, felt that the intelligence reporting in this case was very reliable; the Bin Ladin unit chief, “Mike,” agreed. Schroen believes today that this was a lost opportunity to kill Bin Ladin before 9/11.

On March 7, 1999, Clarke called a UAE official to express his concerns about possible associations between Emirati officials and Bin Ladin. Clarke later wrote in a memorandum of this conversation that the call had been approved at an interagency meeting and cleared with the CIA. When the former Bin Ladin unit chief found out about Clarke’s call, he questioned CIA officials, who denied having given such a clearance. Imagery confirmed that less than a week after Clarke’s phone call the camp was hurriedly dismantled, and the site was deserted. CIA officers, including Deputy Director for Operations Pavitt, were irate. “Mike” thought the dismantling of the camp erased a possible site for targeting Bin Ladin.

and this from 1998
In Washington, Berger expressed doubt about the dependability of the tribals. In his meeting with Tenet, Berger focused most, however, on the question of what was to be done with Bin Ladin if he were actually captured. He worried that the hard evidence against Bin Ladin was still skimpy and that there was a danger of snatching him and bringing him to the United States only to see him acquitted.

National Security Council counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke sent Berger a memo suggesting a strike against al-Qaida camps in Afghanistan. According to the commission, however, in the “margin next to Clarke’s suggestion to attack Al Qaeda facilities in the week before January 1, 2000, Berger wrote, ‘no.’“

Thursday, September 07, 2006

News Flash to Sheep!

Shooting in self-defense is not "murder."

Needless to say, the "gunfights after every traffic accident" which were predicted by the gun control advocates have not transpired in any state adopting such "no retreat" measures.

But make no mistake, they continue to fight such legislation. Their latest tactic? Identifying the death of any armed home invader or rapist at the hands of his intended victim as a "murder," they have launched a Web site opposed to these new self-defense laws, dubbed www.licensetomurder.com. . . .

At the risk of belaboring the obvious, these are lies. Shooting in self-defense is not "murder."

HT to Mr. Reynolds

The morning observation...

With the exception of SCUBA and Catherine Deneuve, I can't think of any positive contribution France has made to the world in quite some time.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Another example of leftist "Astroturf"

Mr. Reynolds reports:

CAM EDWARDS looks at the AHSA, an astroturf "moderate" gun-rights group that's been touted in The New Republic. It's got big name supporters, rich-guy backing, and press folks willing to misrepresent its nature and history. It's got everything but members! As Jim Geraghty comments: "Dude, 150 members. You get more than that in one theater of a large multiplex on a Friday Night. About ten or eleven rows of seats in the Meadowlands."

There is more.

A history lesson

Let us review the words of prominent democrats:

October 9th, 1999, From a Letter to President Clinton Signed by Senators Levin, Lieberman, Lautenberg, Dodd, Kerrey, Feinstein, Mikulski, Daschle, Breaux, Johnson, Inouye, Landrieu, Ford and Kerry:

"We urge you, after consulting with Congress and consistent with the US Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions, including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

Joe Biden - August 4, 2002
"This is a guy who is an extreme danger to the world, and this is a guy who is in every way possible seeking weapons of mass destruction."

Chuck Schumer - October 10, 2002
"It is Hussein's vigorous pursuit of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, and his present and future potential support for terrorist acts and organizations that make him a danger to the people of the united states."

John Kerry - January 23, 2003
"Without question we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator leading an impressive regime. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he's miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. His consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction."

Sandy Berger - February 18, 1998
"He'll use those weapons of mass destruction again as he has 10 times since 1983."

Senator Carl Levin - September 19, 2002
"We begin with a common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations, is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."

Senator Hillary Clinton - October 10, 2002
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock. His missile delivery capability, his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists including Al-Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."

Madeleine Albright - November 10, 1999
"Hussein has chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."

Senator Robert Byrd - October 3, 2002 "The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of '98. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons."

Al Gore - September 23, 2002
"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter, and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power."

Joe Biden - August 4, 2002
"I think he has anthrax. I have not seen any evidence that he has smallpox, but you hear them say, Tim (Russert), is the last smallpox outbreak in the world was in Iraq; ergo, he may have a strain."

Bill Clinton - December 17, 1998
"Earlier today, I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq.... Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors."

Hillary Clinton - October 10, 2002
"In the four years since the inspections, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability and his nuclear program."

Dick Gephardt - September 23, 2002
"(I have seen) a large body of intelligence information over a long time that he is working on and has weapons of mass destruction. Before 1991, he was close to a nuclear device. Now, you'll get a debate about whether it's one year away or five years away."

Russell Feingold - October 9, 2002
"With regard to Iraq, I agree Iraq presents a genuine threat, especially in the form of weapons of mass destruction: chemical, biological and potentially nuclear weapons. I agree that Saddam Hussein is exceptionally dangerous and brutal, if not uniquely so, as the president argues."

Johnny Edwards - January 7, 2003
"Serving on the intelligence committee and seeing day after day, week after week, briefings on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction and his plans on using those weapons, he cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons. It's just that simple. The whole world changes if Saddam ever has nuclear weapons."

John Kerry - January 31, 2003
"If you don't believe...Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn't vote for me."

Hillary Clinton - October 10, 2002
"It is clear, however, that if left unchecked Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capability to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."

Al Gore - December 16, 1998
"[I]f you allow someone like Saddam Hussein to get nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, chemical weapons, biological weapons, how many people is he going to kill with such weapons? He has already demonstrated a willingness to use such weapons..."

Madeleine Albright - February 1, 1998
We must stop Saddam from ever again jeopardizing the stability and the security of his neighbors with weapons of mass destruction."

Nancy Pelosi - December 16, 1998
"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology, which is a threat to countries in the region, and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

Al Gore - September 23, 2002
"We know that he has stored nuclear supplies, secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."

John Kerry - October 9, 2002
"I will be voting to give the president of the US the authority to use force if necessary to disarm Saddam because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."

Ted Kennedy - September 27, 2002
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."

Madeline Albright - February 18, 2002
Iraq is a long way from (here), but what happens there matters a great deal here, for the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest national security threat we face -- and it is a threat against which we must and will stand firm."

Dick Durbin - September 30, 1999
"One of the most compelling threats we in this country face today is the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Threat assessments regularly warn us of the possibility that North Korea, Iran, Iraq, or some other nation may acquire or develop nuclear weapons."

Bill Clinton - February 17, 1998
"We have to defend our future from these predators of the 21st Century.... They will be all the more lethal if we allow them to build arsenals of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and the missiles to deliver them. We simply cannot allow that to happen. There is no more clear example of this threat than Saddam Hussein."

Hillary Clinton - January 22, 2003
"I voted for the Iraqi resolution. I consider the prospect of a nuclear-armed Saddam Hussein who can threaten not only his neighbors but the stability of the region and the world, a very serious threat to the United States."

Johnny Edwards - February 6, 2003
"The question is whether we're going to allow this man who's been developing weapons of mass destruction continue to develop weapons of mass destruction, get nuclear capability and get to the place where -- if we're going to stop him if he invades a country around him -- it'll cost millions of lives as opposed to thousands of lives."

More at The Jawa Report and Mein Blogo Vault

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

He couldn't be any more corrupt than Kofi...

Tony Soprano for U.N. Sec. General.

A Blue State Hate Crime

From the liberal Pacific Northwest comes this story:

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is searching for five people who allegedly attacked a uniformed National Guardsmen walking along 138th Street in Parkland Tuesday afternoon.

The soldier was walking to a convenience store when a sport utility vehicle pulled up alongside him and the driver asked if he was in the military and if he had been in any action.

The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle and knocked the soldier down, punching and kicking him.

“And during the assault the suspects called him a baby killer.
At that point they got into the car and drove off and left him on the side of the road,” Detective Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

HT to Ms. Malkin

Monday, September 04, 2006

Early afternoon quotes

"Where the choice is between only violence and cowardice, I would advise violence." -- Mohandas Gandhi

"It's not the gun that's being controlled - it's the civil rights of the law-abiding." -- Robert G. Heinritz, Jr., Attorney & managment consultant

"The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the 'High Powers' delegated directly to the citizen by the United States Constitution, Amendment II....A law cannot be passed to infringe upon it or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the law-making power." - Texas Supreme Court Decision, Cockrum vs State of Texas, ---- 1859

"That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms ..." -- Samuel Adams in arguing for a Bill of Rights, from the book "Massachusetts," published by Pierce & Hale, Boston, 1850, pg. 86-87.

"Tell the American people never to lose their guns. As long as they keep their guns in their hands, what happened here will never happen there." -- 1990, a student from Beijing, China, describes the last words of her parents, killed at Tiananmen Square

If you believe in so-called "Gun Control", then you believe that private citizens shouldn't have handguns because they are not "military weapons," but private citizens shouldn't have assault "rifles" because they are military weapons.

"Aikido is not a defensive martial art. Being defensive is a terrible way to go through life." -quote on a dojo wall. This means be proactive. It does not mean hit first.

"Killing with the point lacks artistry, but don't let that hold your hand when the opening presents itself." -- Dune

"When soldiers from any other army, even our allies, entered a town, the people hid in the cellars. When Americans came in, even into German towns, it meant smiles, chocolate bars and C-rations." -- Stephen Ambrose

A reality check from London

Londoner David Devore has his reality check letter published in the Boston Globe:

Christopher Stimpson's admiration for British civilization is touching, but he is mistaken if he believes that Britain enjoys a very low level of crime and that this is due to the absence of the death penalty (``Hunger for vengeance can backfire," letter, Aug. 27).

Britain, in common with many countries, has experienced a rise in crime , especially violent crime, over the past quarter century. Not more than two miles from my home in West London, a man was stabbed to death by muggers as he left the train station . Another was stabbed to death as he answered the front door to robbers posing as postmen. A man who shot a 7-year-old girl so that she could not identify him as the killer of her father was sentenced to 40 years in jail last month. This is not a picture of tranquility.

It is certainly true that the homicide rate in the United States, where capital punishment is permitted, is higher than in England and Wales, where it is prohibited; but the US rate is a fraction of the rate for South Africa , where capital punishment has been prohibited since 1994.

Stimpson goes on to attribute the low ``incidence of violent crime" to Britain's ban on handguns. The United Kingdom did indeed ban the private possession of handguns in 1997, but their use in violent crime has more than doubled since then. Indeed, London's mayor has called for a war on gun crime . This is far from the simplistic picture Mr. Stimpson's letter would have your readers believe. The issues of crime and the appropriate response to it remain complex and worthy of informed debate.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Prisoners aren't always behind bars.

I'm betting they can't get "morning after" pills over the counter either...

Friday, September 01, 2006

Fisking Soros

The Confederate Yankee casts a critical eye at George Soros's Boston Globe Editorial.

Plamegate ends in a whimper...

No surprise here, but all the Kos Kids were wrong and Fitzmas will never come.
It wasn't Scooter Libby, it wasn't Karl "Darth" Rove.

It was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.
According to the Washington Post, "Mr. Armitage was one of the Bush administration officials who supported the invasion of Iraq only reluctantly. He was a political rival of the White House and Pentagon officials who championed the war..."

The Post article also says:

It follows that one of the most sensational charges leveled against the Bush White House -- that it orchestrated the leak of Ms. Plame's identity to ruin her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson -- is untrue.
Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

Emphasis mine.

More on the subject from Ace
And what the hell was Fitzgerald doing investigating at all, when he knew who the leaker was from the get-go?

The Threshhold Question: ...was, as I wrote before, whether or not a crime had been committed at all. And this could have been determined by a day at the law library. No crime = no pretext for investigation.

The fact that Fitzgerald knew from the start who the leaker was just makes this stink even worse.

I'm trying to find the Fitzgerald quote where he claims to be investigating an alleged "politically-motivated conspiracy" to punish Plame. Now, that is not a crime. There is no law on the books against such a "conspiracy." The relevant statutes were the Espionage act and IIPA and such.

Whether there was a "conspiracy" to out someone who'd already been outed is not the domain of a prosecutor, as it is simply not a crime. It is an interesting question, and one worth digging into-- but by a reporter, not a prosecutor with subpoena power, as it is, again simply not a crime.

And Fitzgerald knew that from the beginning.

Fitzgerald had to postulate a non-crime in order to have the pretext to continue an "investigation" into what he already knew was NOT a crime, and, furthermore, in a "case" in which he already knew the culprit committing the non-crime
It's time to investigate Fitzgerald.


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True words that should be taken to heart.

"Do you know what a soldier is...? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war." -- Allan Massie, Scottish journalist/novelist