Urbin Report

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.
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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.
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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.

Meanwhile...

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.
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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.

GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sunday, November 05, 2006

A Blast From The Past



I'm going to sit back and watch the Lefties squirm.
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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.
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Friday, November 03, 2006

Someone Else's Thought For The Day



Hat Tip to Scotch at Little Green Footballs
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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.
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