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.