Urbin Report

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hillary's experience

Bryan at Hot Air reviews some of HRC's experience. It's not a pretty picture.

Hillary seems to understand real global conflict through the prism of Vietnam and through domestic politics. The latter is understandable as it does impact a president’s ability to lead, though it doesn’t ultimately speak well of her humanitarian principles; the former in the case of Yugoslavia is just about entirely wrong-headed. But it’s typical of Hillary’s slice of her generation, a group of people who seem to see in every single conflict everywhere in the world another Vietnam. To me, that by itself is enough reason to keep her away from presidential power. Every war isn’t Vietnam, but the fear of creating wars like that one will distort decision-making in unhealthy ways.

If you read the two articles, the picture of Hillary that emerges is of someone who exercised some influence and occasional power but without much in the way of direct responsibility, and who is pragmatic rather than principled, thin-skinned and difficult, and who puts her peculiar political priorities above the interests of the nation she wants to lead. Not serve, but lead. The idea of service doesn’t seem to be in her DNA. She wants to lead, but seems to be completely devoid of any guiding principles beyond the pursuit of power. That’s not a new critique of Hillary Clinton by any means, but it sure seems to be an accurate one.


If Hillary is running on her experience, why is she still withholding 2,600 pages of documents that detail her so called "experience"?

About experience

Hillary Rodham Clinton's claim is that she has more experience than Barak Obama.
If experience is that important, democrats should be voting for Senator Biden.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Cowards, Murderers Hardest Hit.

Via Ace of Spades HQ comes this good news: Twenty-Thousandth Terrorist Killed In Iraq.

What happened to the Neocons?

Michael Young notes:

"So maybe it's time to stop referring to the neocon policies of the Bush administration. The neocons are gone, many for so long that no one seems to remember their leaving. What we now have in Washington is a mishmash of old political realism and improvisation, topped with increasingly empty oratory on freedom and democracy. That should please quite a few of Bush's domestic critics. He's returned to the futile routine in the Middle East that they always urged him to."


It is good to remember where the Neocons got their ideas from.

HT to Mr. Reynolds who comments, "In other words, the bureaucracy won, with predictable results."

Friday, December 28, 2007

Revisiting the UN's Carbon Footprint

That gigantic footprint doubled in size.

AMID talk of offsetting the hefty carbon footprint of the United Nations climate conference in Bali, organisers missed a large elephant in the room.

The air-conditioning system installed to keep more than 10,000 delegates cool used highly damaging refrigerant gases - as lethal to the atmosphere as 48,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and nearly the equivalent of the emissions of all aircraft used to fly delegates to Indonesia.

With hawk-eyed representatives of more than 100 green organisations present, it was probably the worst place in the world to commit an environmental faux pas.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

A fast round up...

Various stuff I noticed but was too busy to blog before.

President George W. Bush had a very good year.
Of course, if you only read the New York Times, you wouldn't know about it.

The troop surge in Iraq is succeeding. America remains safe from terrorist attacks. And the Goldilocks economy is outperforming all expectations.

At his year-end news conference, Mr. Bush said with optimism that the economy is fundamentally sound, despite the housing downturn and the subprime credit crunch. The very next day, that optimism was reinforced with news of the best consumer spending in two years. The prophets of recessionary doom, such as former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Republican adviser Martin Feldstein, ex-Democratic Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and bond-maven Bill Gross have been proven wrong once again.


Some Very Inconvenient Truths For The Global Warming Cultists
South America this year experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, snow fell for the first time since the year 1918. Dozens of homeless people died from exposure. In Peru, 200 people died from the cold and thousands more became infected with respiratory diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished, and the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency.

Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007.
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Last January, $1.42 billion worth of California produce was lost to a devastating five-day freeze. Thousands of agricultural employees were thrown out of work. At the supermarket, citrus prices soared. In the wake of the freeze, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush to issue a disaster declaration for affected counties. A few months earlier, Mr. Schwarzenegger had enthusiastically signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a law designed to cool the climate. California Sen. Barbara Boxer continues to push for similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.

In April, a killing freeze destroyed 95 percent of South Carolina’s peach crop, and 90 percent of North Carolina’s apple harvest. At Charlotte, N.C., a record low temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on April 8 was the coldest ever recorded for April, breaking a record set in 1923.

Star Trek - TMNT Crossover

Ok, this is one of those crossovers that only make sense when you drink a lot.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Setting the Wayback Machine to four years ago...

Xmas Present From Progressives: Starvation

How many poor people have progressives starved since 1917? It's a good question and somebody should do the research and publish it.

Russia was the breadbasket of Europe until progressives seized power in that year and started instituting policies to "share the wealth." For the next 70 years until socialism collapsed, Russia was a net importer of food always on the brink of famine. In the 1930s, Stalin instigated a calculated famine in the Ukraine to rid himself of approximately 10 million political enemies.

His crime was protected by the progressives at the New York Times and on the Pulitzer Prize Committee (they control both institutions to this day). Because soft progressives cover for hard-line progressives like Stalin, Castro and other political monsters -- preferring to demonize George Bush and John Ashcroft instead -- these atrocities continue.

The left's inability to understand the most basic economic fact -- that people need an incentive to produce -- has caused the unnecessary deaths of tens of millions of people -- mostly poor -- in the last 75 years. But thanks to a politically corrupted media and educational system, their pig-headed pursuit of socialist fantasies goes on.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Political Christmas ads

Barak Obama puts out a much better ad than Hillary Rodham Clinton. A good counter punch to HRC's "Muslim Fear Mongering" attack campaign against him.

John McCain beats 'em both hands down though.

Americans tend to respond differently

secret asian man spots the pattern and the expected response:

The solution given for global warming looks suspiciously like the solution given for global cooling looks suspiciously like the solution given to pretty much any other problem.

The solution given is of course the same one that's been given by autocrats and elites since the days of the Pharoahs: "give up your harvests, give up your freedoms, or the natural order of the earth will fail and you shall starve!". For only the Pharoahs with their learning can understand and placate the gods, and if the gods are angry, why the Nile won't flood.

But, here's what's going to backfire:

We, being Americans, won't go for that. When gas gets expensive, we don't become communalists, we buy hybrids. When power becomes an issue, we start looking at going off-grid.

Environmentalism may turn out to be the catalyst for yet more individualism.

I happen to like both things, so that would make me happy. It'd also make me laugh.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I prefer the latter greeting

To My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.



To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


HT to Ed Driscoll

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Attempting to "Humanize" Hillary

That is the buzz coming from the HRC campaign. A tough job.
That is probably the goal behind this ad, which Bryan at Hot Air sums up accurately.

The gifts make the connection, of course, but check out what the gifts are: universal health care, bring the troops home, etc. All of the gifts are funded in one way or another with your money. And she’s portraying herself as a thoughtful gift-giver by taking your money and giving it back to you in the form of expensive government programs, some or all of which you might not actually want or need. If that doesn’t typify liberal thinking, I don’t know what does.

The democrat's War Against Science!

"As reported by Science magazine, Congress has cut science funding increases for fiscal year 2008. This comes in spite of the earlier announced presidential initiative to increase funding for basic research to improve the future economic competitiveness of the United States."

The report comes from Slashdot, with a Hat Tip to Mr. Reynolds.

Let's make sure we have everything straight here. The Republican President is calling for more funding of basic science, and the democrat controlled congress slashes funding for basic science.

As Mr. Reynolds would put it:

They told me that if George W. Bush were elected, the United States government would cut funding for basic science And they were right!

US Navy to the Rescue!

By way of Ace of Spades HQ is this story about a 14 year old girl with a burst appendix begin saved by the USS Ronald Reagan.

The 14-year-old owes her life to the men and women of the USS Ronald Reagan, one of the largest aircraft carriers in the Navy, who saved her in a mission worthy of Hollywood script.
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The crew of the Dawn Princess put out an SOS, and the U.S. Navy heeded the call.

The USS Ronald Reagan was sent to helicopters which lifted the critically ill girl off the cruise ship, which did not have the facilities to deal with her condition, and to the the carrier. Emergency surgery was performed by US Navy medical personnel, saving the girls life.

President George Herbert Walker Bush replies

By way of Hillary Needs A Vacation, is President Bush 41's response to yet another one of former President Billy Jeff Clinton's "shoot from the hip" cowboy type less than truthful" (i.e. a lie) statements.

In a statement sent to CNN Tuesday afternoon, former President Bush’s chief of staff Jean Becker said that he “wholeheartedly supports the President of the United States, including his foreign policy. He has never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton, nor does he think such a mission is warranted since he is proud of the role America continues to play around the world as the beacon of hope for freedom and democracy.

“President Bush is excited about several of the excellent Republican candidates running for president, and looks forward to discussing their candidacy once the Republican nominee is determined.”


Lucianne is less diplomatic than the distinguished President George Herbert Walker Bush:
This is certainly a spinny way of putting it. What Bush 41 actually said was "I have no idea what he's talking about." It was a flat out lie and yet no one is calling Bubba on it. By the way, buffs. This is the 9th anniversary of Clinton's impeachment. Virtual drinks are on the house.'

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

WHY ARE THE WHEELS COMING OFF THE CLINTON BANDWAGON?

Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris explains:

The conclusion is inescapable: the more voters come to know Hillary Clinton the less they like her and the more they get to know Barack Obama the more they like him.
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Hillary keeps up the pattern of personal, irrelevant negative attacks.

The conclusion is obvious: neither Hillary nor her staff know how to campaign. After the Clinton re-election in 1996, they have never been tested in a competitive race. When Giuliani dropped out of the New York State Senate race and the young Congressman Rick Lazio had to enter at the last minute to try to stop Hillary's bid, the conclusion was pre-ordained. Hillary's re-election was a cakewalk against a totally under funded opponent. She doesn't know how to win.

Hillary's experience has been limited to the insider back biting of Washington where she is an expert at using her secret police -- a small army of private detectives -- to unearth negatives about her or Bill's opponents. (Even former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young recently admitted that Hillary ran the effort to discredit women who might come forward and accuse Clinton of misconduct.) But, when it comes to campaigning, advertising and winning an election, these folks and this candidate don't have a clue.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Better Fred then Red


fred red, originally uploaded by aloha.suckers!!.

Damn Skippy!

Stray Quotes

From my collection:

"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate where it's safe, in America.
Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, in the places in the world that really need peace activism the most?
-- Raymond S. Kraft

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

"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"My personal credo as a libertarian conservative: I think all attempts to reform your fellow-citizens or tell them how to live their lives are arrogant and tyrannical. THAT'S why I oppose Leftism. I want people to be free to manage their own lives. "Reform" is just authoritarianism. People are not playthings for anybody's theories or obsessions." -- John Ray, M.A., Ph.D.

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

The western Left didn't give a tinker's damn for the fates of the Iranians, Lebanese, Nicaraguans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Koreans, Cubans, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, or even Russians, so long as the eeeevil American right-wingers were dealt a political defeat (and let's not even start on Israelis).
Why should anybody be surprised thay they could now care less about Iraqis? -- Will Collier

"To translate it into UNIX system administration terms ... the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Whereas people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability." -- Cryptonomicon

"We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks." -- democrat and former US President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) addressing a group of businessmen shortly before WWI.

The far left plays the race card...

Not surprising in itself, but this time it's the far hard left left extremist talk radio demagogue Randi Rhodes slamming Opra for using "black preacher" voice during an event on behalf of Barak Obama. How dare she support anyone but the "anointed" HRC!

Details at The Radio Equalizer

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Reality of Socialism summed up...

From Yahoo News, we get this interesting look into the dark heart of Socialism:

A video of a Gucci- and Louis Vuitton-clad politician attacking capitalism then struggling to explain how his luxurious clothes square with his socialist beliefs has become an instant YouTube hit in Venezuela.
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Venezuelan Interior Minister Pedro Carreno was momentarily at a loss for words when a journalist interrupted his speech and asked if it was not contradictory to criticize capitalism while wearing Gucci shoes and a tie made by Parisian luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton.

"I don't, uh ... I ... of course," stammered Carreno on Tuesday..."

If you happen to be in New Hampshire...

...there is a 20% lead that HRC used to have, but lost. If you happen to see it, just have a good laugh and keep on walking. The country is better off with it lost.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

It would be wildly entertaining

Just imagine the entertainment value that would be provided by a Romney/Lieberman ticket.

It would cause heads on both sides of the aisle to spin right off and then explode.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

How serious is that crisis?

This Is London reports:

The UN secretary-general today called on world leaders for immediate action on climate change - before flying thousands of miles to the US for a music concert and then leaving in the interval to jet to Europe.


It's hard to take them seriously when they don't even attempt to practice what they want to inflict on the rest of the world.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

All the candles


All the candles, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

"They tried to kill us. They failed. Let's Eat!"

I'm using "us" loosely, being the token heathen in the house.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Meanwhile in Iraq

Brand spanking new Iranian weapons are still being found:

"A cache of Iranian manufactured rockets was turned over to Coalition forces based at Forward Operating Base Delta, Dec. 4. Iraqi civil defense personnel delivered 14 107 mm Iranian rockets and fuses to the Kazakhstani Soldiers, said 1st Lt. Almaz Mukashev, the Kazakhstani liaison officer. The rockets were manufactured in 2006. The Iraqi civil defense personnel have turned over munitions to Coalition forces before, but this was the first delivery of Iranian weapons to Coalition forces, said Col. Peter Baker, the 214th Fires Brigade commander".

Just how much of a crisis is this again?

Curt at Flopping Aces points out this interesting bit from the UN Boondoggle in Bali:

The science on climate change is indisputable so the world must now act to limit greenhouse gas emissions or face "abrupt and irreversible" change, the head of the Nobel prize-winning U.N. climate panel said on Sunday.

But Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said the industrialized world did not have a moral right to force poorer nations to slash emissions that may stunt their growth.

Curt then draw the correct conclusion:
Only a politician looking for a Socialist paradise would have the gall to say that the world is facing "abrupt and irreversible" change unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions but that developed nations don’t have a “moral right” to ask less developed nations to do anything to avoid this catastrophe.

Soooooo transparent. It seems to be more of a policy to harm developed nations rather then saving the earth.


Read the whole thing. Hardly surprising, the UN bandits are cherry picking the data to make their case and crushing any dissent.

What the MSM won't tell you about democrats

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Another Greenie for safe, clean Nuclear Power

By way of Hot Air is this Wired story about Gwyneth Cravens, an environmentalist who now supports clean, safe Nuclear Power.

Every day spent burning coal for power translates into damaged lungs and ecosystem destruction.
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Wind and solar can't produce the "base-load" (or everyday) steady supply needed, and the only realistic -- and safe -- alternative is nuclear.
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In the U.S., 24,000 people a year die from coal pollution. Hundreds of thousands more people suffer from lung and heart disease directly attributable to coal pollution.

WN: That’s opposed to a minuscule number of people who have been directly harmed by nuclear power?

Cravens: It’s zero in the United States. Of course there is the occasional industrial accident amongst the workers. But over the lifetime cycle of nuclear power, if you go cradle-to-grave with uranium, the total carbon emissions are about those of wind power.

WN: You have an interesting statistic comparing the waste levels produced by individuals over a lifetime.

Cravens: A family in four in France, where they reprocess nuclear fuel, would produce only enough waste to fit in a coffee cup over a whole lifetime. A lifetime of getting all your electricity from coal-fired plants would make a single person’s share of solid waste (in the United States) 68 tons, which would require six 12-ton railroad cars to haul away. Your share of CO2 would be 77 tons.
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WN: People still fear Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. You say neither of these catastrophic events was as harmful as widely believed.

Cravens: Chernobyl's reactor had no containment building. If they had had that reactor in a containment dome, we wouldn't be talking about it the way we are. But there was a radioactive release, and people were affected. So far about 60 people have died, most of them -- almost all of them -- from immediate exposure when they were fighting the fire in the reactor, and the emergency workers.
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Three Mile Island really scared people, partly because it was so badly bungled by nuclear industry and regulatory commissions. The psychological effects were real, but in a dozen independent studies, no health effects have been found as a result of the Three Mile Island event.

Radiation was never a risk at Three Mile Island. People in New Mexico, every day of their lives, get from nature maybe 100 or 300 times more exposure than citizens around Three Mile Island got during that event.


Bryan reminds us of the old joke, "more Americans have died in Ted Kennedy’s car than from nuclear accidents."

The Venezuela people on the murdering thug Che

By way of Transterrestrial Musings is this story:

"We do not want a monument to Che, he is not an example for our children," said a note left at the scene of the monument shattered by six gunshots, according to El Universal newspaper.

Mr. Simberg nails it, "Given Che's methods, taking it down with six gunshots seems appropriate."

This is not a surprise to those who pay attention

From the Weekly Standard:

An official of the Chinese government last week confirmed that Beijing is supporting U.S. enemies around the world.

Yuan Peng, director of the Institute of American Studies, part of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said that "in the world, almost all enemies of the United States are China's friends."

The rare admission confirms the view of some critics who say China's arms sales to rogue states like Iran, Syria and North Korea are based on a deliberate strategy of indirectly confronting the United States.

Friday, December 07, 2007

The Heritics were lucky they were not burned at the stake!

Probably just because that would have "contributed to global warming", although much less so than the swarm of private jets.

They will just never be able to get any politically connected academic funding again.
The Herald Sun Reports:

The United Nations has rejected all attempts by a group of dissenting scientists seeking to present information at the climate change conference taking place in Bali, Indonesia.

The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) has been denied the opportunity to present at panel discussions, side events, and exhibits; its members were denied press credentials. The group consists of distinguished scientists from Africa, Australia, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The scientists, citing pivotal evidence on climate change published in peer-reviewed journals, have expressed their opposition to the UN’s alarmist theory of anthropogenic global warming.


As Mr. Reynolds puts it, this is a "CRUSHING OF DISSENT."

Way to go Utah!

Miss Utah, an Army Combat Medic.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Today's Quotes

Ace nailing the democrat policy.

"Perhaps this will get the troop death rate up to a level the Democrats are happier with."


Glenn Reynolds on the BBC
Because nothing says “journalistic detachment” like helping terrorists brush up on their fire-and-movement skills.


Global Village Idiot
I find it ironically amusing that “our” puritans come not from the “Moral Majority,” but from the radical secular left. Radical feminists try to take the fun out of sex; radical eco-nutters try to take the fun out of a walk in the woods; radical vegans try to take the fun out of dinner, and so forth.


Dave in Texas
Communism has certainly been working on its image over the last 20 years, hasn’t it? It’s been repackaged as the First Church of Climate Crisis and Care.

A faith-based initiative.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

On the Ecology front...

In Texas, "environmentalists" are suing to block a wind power project.

The swarms of private jets to a resort location in the tropics to discuss "global warming" story I blogged about earlier is getting more coverage.

Hillary running true to form

Via Hot Air, this description of how HRC and her staff view Obama:

“When talking to Clintonites in recent days, I’ve noticed that they’ve come to despise Obama. I suppose that may be natural in the final weeks of a competitive campaign when much is at stake. But these people don’t need any prompting in private conversations to decry Obama as a dishonest poser. They’re not spinning for strategic purposes. They truly believe it. And other Democrats in Washington report encountering the same when speaking with Clinton campaign people. ‘They really, really hate Obama,’ one Democratic operative unaffiliated with any campaign, tells me. ‘They can’t stand him. They talk about him as if he’s worse than Bush.’ What do they hate about him? After all, there aren’t a lot of deep policy differences between the two, and he hasn’t gone for the jugular during the campaign. ‘It’s his presumptuousness,’ this operative says. ‘That he thinks he can deny her the nomination. Who is he to try to do that?’ You mean, he’s, uh, uppity? ‘Yes.’ A senior House Democratic aide notes, ‘The Clinton people are going nuts in how much they hate him. But the problem is their narrative has gone beyond the plausible.’

I can't say I'm surprised.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!

Ok, not yet, I'm just getting ahead of myself. Hillary's corrupt fundraiser, Norman Hsu has been indicted by a federal grand jury on cheating investors and using that money to make illegal campaign contributions (all to democrats)
The AP reported the story:

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Norman Hsu, a top Democratic fundraiser accused of cheating investors of at least $20 million and using some of the money to make illegal donations to political campaigns.

In the 15-count indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the government accused the 56-year-old clothing-industry entrepreneur of duping investors nationwide with a massive Ponzi scheme.


HT to Ace and Ms. Malkin.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Cutting pollution

While I'm not convinced that the Cult of Algore's latest entry in global gloom and doom is as certain as even Mr. Gore admits is isn't, I do think it a good idea to cut emissions of fossil fuels. I've been on the ecology bandwagon since the 70's. I recycle, compost, and have been using lower power light bulbs years before the "cool kids" started doing it. I have pushed for cleaner fuel sources such as wind (unlike my two democrat Senators), solar and nuclear.

By way of Mr. Reynolds, is this article on ways to cut energy use (and save yourself some money too).

Voting away the income tax in Taxachusetts

Howie Carr writes:

What a wonderful idea - letting the people of Massachusetts vote next year on whether to abolish the state’s 5.3 percent income tax.

The question is going to be on the ballot, that’s almost certain.
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You say it can’t be done? Well, in 2002, when the same question was on the ballot, the underfunded working people still managed to get 45 percent of the vote.

Here’s what’s in it for you. If you have a real job making $50,000 a year and the state income tax is abolished, you have just given yourself a pay raise of $2,650 a year. About $50 extra a week.

Expect the massive democrat majority in the legislature and the governor's mansion to fight this one tooth and nail.

Revisiting Hillary's "Inevitability"

HRC's campaign depends a lot on a sense of Inevitability. Even Hillary Rodham Clinton herself is pushing it strong and hard.
Cracks are starting to show in Iowa.

Sen. Hillary Clinton faced a tough crowd in Iowa. Clinton did not receive the warmest of welcomes at the Heartland Form in Des Moines, IA,
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The senator was asked if she would "make a decision to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship" during her first 100 days in office. Clinton responded saying, "I have been favoring a plan to citizenship for years. I voted for it in the Senate, I have spoke out about it around Iowa and the country and in my campaign. And as president comprehensive immigration reform will be a high priority for me."

Soft booing could be heard from the audience. The man repeated his question about the first 100 days. Clinton replied, "Well you've to get congress to pass the legislation and the president to do as much as possible, which I will do." Louder boos came from the crowd.


Local polls in Iowa are starting show Obama pulling ahead. HRC is going down in the polls while Obama is going up. If HRC fails to come in first in any of the early primaries, here aura of Inevitability goes up in smoke.

The Failure of Feminism

Maureen Dowd said a few years ago:

"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 by saying he had merely made clumsy passes, then accepted rejection, so there was no sexual harassment involved."


Tammy Bruce continues calling so-called "feminists" to task:
Calling attention to abuse, violence and oppression is something the left claims it does, but these days they’re more than willing to throw those who need our voices under the bus. Their obsession is to make sure the leftist false construct of an evil George Bush and oppressive United States won’t be eclipsed by the truth — the truth of a world where our enemy targets women on a daily basis for terror, torture, oppression and murder as our troops risk and give their lives to banish that horror from the lives of tens of millions.
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There have also been a few organizations since 2003 that have done astounding authentic feminist work for women and children around the world, and in Afghanistan and Iraq specifically. The American military, without even a passing “thank you” from so-called feminist leaders Smeal or Steinem or Gandy, have liberated over 53 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq, with a good 25 million of those being women and children.

If the Marines were taking their orders from those so-called feminists, the same women who support and laud Hillary Clinton, those now free people would still be enslaved. The official position of America regarding the suffering of women around the world would be the equivalent of NOW’s ubiquitous “no position” position. It is the last appalling betrayal, and one that should condemn them to the dust heap of exposed hypocrites, pretenders and failures.

HT to LGF

HO, HO, HO!

Just in time for Christmas, that nappy headed cowboy is back on the radio Monday morning.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Only one in five?

The Guardian reports:

"One in five carbon credits issued by the United Nations are going to support clean energy projects that may in fact have helped to increase greenhouse gas emissions, environmental group WWF said on Thursday."


So, 20% of money paid to the United Nations to help fight "Global Warming" is actually doing the exact opposite of the the donors want. I'm shocked the total fuck up rate is so low.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

CNN Round Up

Hugh Hewitt calls CNN "The Most Busted Name in News"

John Podhoretz, CNN: The Last Name In News

CNN’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy

Morning quotes.

"Look at the word "tolerance." It used to mean "put up with." You don’t have to like someone or something, but you accepted it and didn’t put up too much of a fuss. Now, if you express the slightest measure of disapproval, you’re labeled as "intolerant" and "hateful" and "bigoted." -- Jay Tea

"In the QUAGMIRE! that is Iraq according to Dems, deaths have been dropping. Citizens have been returning. Progress is being made, and victory is inevitable, if Democratic leaders will only let us achieve it." -- Cassy Fiano

"JUST HEARD A LENGTHY NPR STORY ON THE YOUTUBE DEBATE, with a live followup from Mara Liasson — and it omitted any mention of the planted question issue. Hmm. If Fox hosted a Democratic debate and many of the most pointed questions turned out to come from Republican activists, but Fox didn’t disclose that, do you think it would pass unremarked?" -- Glenn Reynolds

Hillary Supports the 2nd Amendment…
The way Bill supports monogamy.

I suppose it depends on what the meaning of “supports” is. You’ll know she has made the complete transition to Evita if she ever says she “supports” the Constitution.
-- Bob Leibowitz

Thursday, November 29, 2007

60 Years Ago Today

Today is Partition Day; sixty years ago, on the Gregorian Calendar, on November 29, 1947 the UN agreed to partitioning the land into two states: Israel and Palestine. Israel accepted, the Arabs did not.

HT to American Thinker Blog

Still more democrat plants at the CNN Republican debate

By way of Ace, is Scott of Powerline:

The latest plants? The Social Security question asked by an activist who quit his job to work with Dick Durbin on Social Security; the guy begging Ron Paul to run as an Independent and guarantee a Democratic victory is a Bill Richardson supporter.


Jason Coleman
finds another one:
The guy who asked the question about corn subsidies, Ted Faturos, is a former intern for Democrat Congresswoman Jane Harman.


Stephen Green nails it:
What we really saw tonight was CNN playing out its own agenda in front of a couple million viewers and seven or eight candidates, without anyone calling them on it.


Hot Air has the videos of CNN "weeding the plants". No mention of all these democrats posing as undecided Republicans at the CNN site though.

Bad news for democrats

Or in other words, good news for America.

The U.S. economy expanded at the fastest pace in four years during the third quarter, growing at a real annual rate of 4.9%, the Commerce Department said Thursday in making its second estimate of growth for the three-month period. . . . Real GDP has increased 2.8% in the past year, close to the economy's long-run potential.

Fact checking the crazy old aunt of the White House Press Corps

Greg Pollowitz does the honors.

It's no surprise that Helen Thomas' "mistake" puts US Troops in the worst possible light.

Just another example of how the loopy left really does not support American troops in the field.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

democrats plants at Republican CNN debate

A bad showing again by CNN.
Details at Michelle Malkin and WizBang.

Abortion questioner is declared Edwards supporter (and a slobbering Anderson Cooper fan); Log Cabin Republican questioner is declared Obama supporter; lead toy questioner is a prominent union activist for the Edwards-endorsing United Steelworkers

Planted CNN questions for Dem debate : "Do you like diamonds or pearls? Tee-hee!" from Dem politcal activists.

Planted CNN question for Repub debate: Hard-hitting politically charged question from Dem political activists.

Nope. No bias at CNN.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The bottom line of the Second Amendment

Naomi Wolf nails it:

"Few young Americans understand that the Second Amendment keeps their homes safe from the kind of government intrusion that other citizens suffer around the world"

A government should fear its citizens, not the other way around.
HT to Mr. Reynolds

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A short "Global Warming" roundup

First off, Don Surber points out that Canada has figured out that Kyoto Protocols were not about reducing the planet's carbon footprint:

The National Post said Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a victory over the Kyoto Protocol at a meeting of the the Commonwealth nations (nee, the British Empire) meeting in Uganda.

Canada succeeded in watering down a resolution backing Kyoto. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “Canada’s view is we need binding targets on all nations.”

Reported Mike Blanchfield: “The Kyoto protocol exempts developing nations, including major emitters India and China, from commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. Canada had insisted on Friday that it would sign no agreement in Kampala unless any targets included all major emitters. Disagreement on this issue may explain the vague nature of Saturday’s declaration. It called for a post-Kyoto agreement to reduce greenhouse gases but spoke only of ‘long term aspirational goals for emissions reduction to which all countries would contribute’.”

And therein lies the intellectual dishonesty of the Kyoto Protocol. If the world were in such peril from carbon dioxide, then all nations would reduce their emissions, not just the West and Japan.

Bonus quote from his post that is just too cool to leave out:
A friend once explained the difference between the United States and Canada as this: Americans view the outdoors as a place to play and have fun; Canadians respect it as a dangerous place that has things that can eat you.


Christopher Booker notes the following in the Telegraph:
The scare over global warming, and our politicians' response to it, is becoming ever more bizarre. On the one hand we have the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change coming up with yet another of its notoriously politicised reports, hyping up the scare by claiming that world surface temperatures have been higher in 11 of the past 12 years (1995-2006) than ever previously recorded.

This carefully ignores the latest US satellite figures showing temperatures having fallen since 1998, declining in 2007 to a 1983 level - not to mention the newly revised figures for US surface temperatures showing that the 1930s had four of the 10 warmest years of the past century, with the hottest year of all being not 1998, as was previously claimed, but 1934.


The Whistler at Say Anything points out:
Clearly if carbon dioxide was the force the UN and Al Gore say it is then the Earth couldn’t have been cooling in the last 9 years. They can’t explain why the Earth went through a 30 year warming trend before world war two, then experienced a thirty year cooling trend. Then the warming trend started again which it appears despite all the rhetoric has ended.


Remember kids, reducing pollution is a good thing. Doing so by buying car that has several hundred pounds of toxic heavy metals in it that produced more of a carbon footprint in its manufacturing than building a H2 Hummer would produce is (and costs more to produce) not the way to do it.

Monday, November 26, 2007

It would be worth it...

...just to watch their tin foil covered pointy little heads spin.

I was listening to the latest TWiT podcast and they tossed out a delicious rumor.
Probably not true, but it would be fun.
The rumor, that Rupert Murdoch is going to buy digg.

Given that the top political stories on Digg are typically expressions of advanced BDS, I can just imagine the reaction of those posters learning that their playpen may be taken over by Darth Murdoch.

UN Conference to promote Global Warming.

They claim it is about Global Warming, but if they believe their own press releases, they would be holding a teleconference. Scott Kirwin at the Razor did the math showing just how much CO2 they dumping into the atmosphere by holding a conference on "Global Warming" in the tropical location of Bali.

I will update this post with better numbers as I find them. However my estimate is that the UN conference in Bali will spew over 40,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in air travel alone. This CO2 has the warming effect of just over 122,000 metric tons of CO2.

According to this Wikipedia article, trees planted in the tropics remove 22kg of CO2 from the atmosphere per year. That’s roughly 45 trees needed to remove one metric ton of CO2.

So in order to cover the 40,000 metric tons we would have to plant roughly 2,000,000 trees in the tropics.
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Glenn Reynolds has stated, "I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who say it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis." It’s difficult to argue with that sentiment. Imagine a conference to fight illegal drugs being attended by participants who were stoned, or holding a meeting to combat obesity at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Are global warming skeptics the only ones who appreciate the irony here?

Mr. Kirwin's numbers are probably low, since he calculated them based on the UN officials flying business class. Commercial airlines are not good enough for the self-appointed World Elite. As I noted before, the airport at Bali doesn't have enough tarmac to handle the number of private jets chartered to bring the conference attendees.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Tech Punditry

Here is my geek punditry for the day. The Amazon Kindle etext reader is going to sell well. It will succeed for the same reason the iPod did. The iPod did not dominate the mp3 player market by creating a better mp3 player, they did it by greatly expanding the market through its iTunes service. People who had no idea of what an mp3 was or how to create/find them now had a way to purchase digital music easily and for less money than they paid for to get the music on CD.

The Kindle has Amazon shopping built in and thus a way to purchase etext at a reasonable cost. Amazon is attempting to follow the highly successful model Apple used, and it will probably work.

I've been doing the etext thing for years on my Palm based PDAs. There is an amazing amount of material available, including Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Beam Piper, and a good chunk of the Baen Books catalog. I am, however, a lot more geeky than the general public. I was not part of the Apple model because I knew about mp3s and the problems with overly restrictive copy protection.

Apple's "Kindle format" is an encrypted version of the Mobipocket format common on PDAs such a Palm OS based devices. It does support non-encrypted Mobipocket, as well as text files and a few other open formats.

The Kindle's biggest competitor will be the iPhone, once decent reader format is available (and either iTunes supports loading it or there is some third party software you could use without having Apple brick your phone), but I think the Kindle will hold its own, for the reasons stated.

Friday, November 23, 2007

As the man who wrote the movie screenplay said..

Follow the money!

I'm from all over...

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
 

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


Being an Army Brat (and for you liberals with no experience with anything military, that is a technical term), I'm from all over. I was born in Europe (during one of my father's tours in the military), learned to talk in Virginia, and spent other parts of my childhood in Central America and upstate New York. I've lived in the Boston area for the past two decades, but have successfully avoided the accent.

HRC's avoidance techniques

The Washington Times reports:

When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to get a message out, her presidential campaign handpicks news outlets. Or, in some cases, bypasses the media entirely.
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The strategy allows Mrs. Clinton — who rarely holds press availabilities — to avoid taking questions from reporters who cover her campaign and who might have detailed follow-up queries to her carefully planned policy announcements.

Mrs. Clinton's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have been painting her as someone who dodges tough questions or parses answers to difficult issues.
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The campaign has been tightly controlled from the start, with Mrs. Clinton announcing her candidacy in a Web video and negotiating strict terms for her appearances on network morning shows, according to published reports.

Staffers often give vague answers to reporters' questions via e-mail, leaving no room for follow-up.
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Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson — the Democratic candidates without the money and poll standing — are easy to approach on the campaign trail with specific questions. They also take more questions from voters.

Just a preview of the "Imperial Presidency" that will be the signature of a HRC administration.

Private Jets to overwhelm "Global Warming" conference

Haven't these people heard of teleconferencing?

Tempo Interaktif reports that Angkasa Pura - the management of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport are concerned that the large number of additional private charter flights expected in Bali during the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) December 3-15, 2007, will exceed the carrying capacity of apron areas. To meet the added demand for aircraft storage officials are allocating "parking space" at other airports in Indonesia.

I'm not surprised by this

Banning fireplaces in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Based the "science" of "Global Warming" or flat out class warfare?

Is this decision truly about air quality or global warming?

Interestingly, one loses on the issues of global warming because the odd paradox is, the more there is cloud cover or "smoke" in the air, the cooler the Earth will be. It is well documented how the Earth's temperature cooled after the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa. From that standpoint, one ought to encourage fires which produce the maximum amount of smoke.

Of course, that position is politically absurd.
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We stoke our hearths for two reasons.

First, many rural people burn wood because they can't afford to heat their old houses with electricity. Many more feel that burning wood does less damage to the planet than increasing their carbon footprint by using so much electricity.

Banning fires would hurt the elderly who live on fixed incomes and the poor in general. It would be an added tax on the rest of us and increase dependence on petroleum.
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We worry that the real issue here isn't about health, global warming or energy savings, but about control.

Were it not about control, the dialogue would be about baffles and filters to eliminate soot, not about outright bans.


Oh, it's pretty damn clear that it is either about control or flat out stupidity driven by partisan politics. Take your pick.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gas Prices Soar under democrat Congress

Nancy Pelosi (far left extremist democrat from San Francisco) said back on April 19, 2006, "Democrats have a plan to lower gas prices…join Democrats who are working to lower gas prices now."

The reality
is quite the opposite. The average gas price has soared to over $3.20 a gallon since the democrats took control of Congress.

Another example of how the left really treats the Troops

By way of Flopping Aces is this story in the Chicago Sun Times of how democrats treated one Vietnam Vet who wouldn't toe the line.

"[Steve Gardner] received a phone call from John Hurley, the veterans organizer for Kerry's campaign. Hurley, Gardner says, asked him to come out for Kerry. He told Hurley to leave him alone and that he'd never be for Kerry. It was then Gardner says, he was threatened with, "You better watch your step. We can look into your finances."

Next, Gardner said he received a call from Douglas Brinkley, the author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War. Brinkley told Gardner he was calling only to "fact check" the book -- which was already in print. "I told him that the guy in the book is not the same guy I served with. I told him Kerry was a coward. He would patrol the middle of the river. The canals were dangerous. He wouldn't go there unless he had another boat pushing him."

"Twenty-four hours later, Gardner got an e-mail from his company, Millennium Information Services, informing him that his services would no longer be necessary. He was laid off in an e-mail -- by the same man who only days before had congratulated him for his exemplary work in a territory which covered North and South Carolina. The e-mail stated that his position was being eliminated. Since then, he's seen the company advertising for his old position. Gardner doesn't have the money to sue to get the job back."


This is how democrats "support the troops."
Read the whole thing.

Further Proof...

Megan McArdle has another data point on why the "dangers of Global Warming" is really an excuse for the the Third World to mug the industrial nations:

"Why not nuclear? We asked. The World Bank doesn't support nuclear, though it's not clear why. Geopolitically, of course, there are proliferation concerns, and questions about whether developing countries can safely manage a nuclear plant. On the other side of the ledger, however, is the fact that without nuclear, all these developing countries are going to be dumping a gigantic load of carbon into the atmosphere. Shouldn't we at least be thinking hard about safer reactors for the developing world?"

A conviction in the UN Oil for Dictators scandel

The New York Sun reports:

A Switzerland-based oil trading company has pleaded guilty to paying $13 million in kickbacks to the Iraqi government in violation of the U.N. oil-for-food program's rules, the Manhattan district attorney, Robert Morgenthau, announced yesterday.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Additional stuff

Plenty of new material at No Moss Here.

What you won't hear on the MSM

Michael Yon reports:

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any fighting. I can’t remember my last shootout: it’s been months. The nightmare is ending. Al Qaeda is being crushed. The Sunni tribes are awakening all across Iraq and foreswearing violence for negotiation. Many of the Shia are ready to stop the fighting that undermines their ability to forge and manage a new government. This is a complex and still delicate denouement, and the war may not be over yet. But the Muslims are saying it’s time to come home. And the Christians are saying it’s time to come home. They are weary, and there is much work to be done.

HT to TexasBestGrok

Setting the Way Back Machine...

...to one year ago today we find:

The boots on the ground view vs. the HRC/democrat view on Iraq

and something that wasn't a surprise to those who pay attention:

Conservatives are the “most generous” Americans

The word on the street

Ann Althouse has this "man on the streets of Bagdad" report:

B]utcher Halim Sayed Ahmed, an Egyptian with a round face and hint of a moustache, is counting his lucky stars he didn't follow the rest of his family to Cairo when the conflict began ripping Baghdad apart two years ago.

"The butchery is thriving. Sales are up 80 percent compared to the beginning of the year" when violence was at its peak, he said between mounds of freshly cut chicken pieces, mincemeat and mutton.

"I have been here 30 years and I love Baghdad," he said. "Now that the security situation is improving, my family can return."


Good news for Iraq, good news for citizens of Iraq, good news for the US Military and good news for America.
Thus, this is bad news for the democrats who have tied their success to America's defeat in Iraq.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cover Up at CNN

Doug Ross points out that the Clinton News Network is trying to cover up their participation in the farce that was the last democrat so called "debate".

Questions by former Arkansas democrat party official LaShannon Spencer, who was supposedly a "randomly selected undecided voter", have been purged from the CNN transcripts. Too bad for the Clinton News Network, other copies of the original transcripts exist.

One lesson that the last 30+ years of American politics has driven home is that the cover up will get you into more trouble than the crime itself. Hopefully this will be true for CNN and their unethical support for HRC instead of being an impartial moderator.

Some SciFi stuff

A couple of Star Trek notes. I watched New Voyages latest offering, “THE WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME", with guest star George Takei. Damn good stuff. Take the time to watch all their stuff. It really is made out of love for the show.

Pictures of Zachary Quinto as Spock in the new Star Trek feature film are out. He looks like a good fit.

I’ve been watching the second season of the new Doctor Who series. This is first season with David Tennant as the Doctor. I think it is pretty cool that it was watching Doctor Who as a child that gave Tennant the acting bug and his life long goal was to play the Doctor. IMHO, it shows in his performance.

The new series has a couple of spin off shows, including Torchwood. I’ve seen a few episodes. It looks seriously good. I’ll probably be buying the DVD set when it becomes available in the US.

Thought for the Day

What is good?

To crush the Totalitarians, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their fellow travellers!

And beer.

_

Quagmire!

Don Surber identifies a real foreign policy quagmire:

Around the time that Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, he started a war to remove a dictator and build a new nation in Kosovo. General Wes Clark led the charge and later bragged about the precision bombing.

The people in the Chinese embassy when it was accidentally bombed might disagree.

Eight, nine years later, how is that whole Kosovo thing going?
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“The vote was also marred by an overwhelming boycott by the Serb minority, under orders of Belgrade not to legitimise a parliament threatening to declare independence within weeks.”


Remember that then President Bill Clinton promised to have the troops home from Kosovo by Christmas. It seems he lied about that too.

The blogosphere is catching up with me...

I posted about the Munchkin wranglers excellent essay, "why the gun is civilization." way back in March (with the HT to Tam).

The rest of the blogosphere is catching up finally. Boortz and the Instapundit for example.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A look at the latest debate

The democrat got together in Las Vegas and it appears that Hillary Rodham Clinton got her Inevitability train back on track. Obama acted like a unexperienced state senator from Illinois and Edwards attempts at attacks on Hillary were derailed boos from the audience. Hillary spoke what were probably the most honest words of the evening when she said that she was attacked not because she was a woman, but because she was in the lead. That was of course, after telling a flat out lie, i.e. denying playing the gender card. Her campaign, including her husband, William Jefferson "B.J." Clinton, played that gender card loud and hard.

The only other person who looked Presidential on that stage was Joe Biden, not that it is going to do him any good. His campaign for President is toast. His chance at the VP slot or a strong cabinet post under HRC, SecDef or Secretary of State, just got better though.

The real story is the debate itself thought. It appears that HRC made her comeback from her last poor performance with the willing aide of her conspirators at the Clinton News Network.

Let us review some the key points that back up that statement.
Hot Air points out that one of the "random undecided" voters that was were selected to ask a question is actually a democrat party official from Arkansas!

The "Diamonds or Pearls" question was selected by CNN, not the UNLV student who asked it.

"Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN," Luisa writes. "I was asked to submit questions including “lighthearted/fun” questions. I submitted more than five questions on issues important to me. I did a policy memo on Yucca Mountain a year ago and was the finalist for the Truman Scholarship. For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance."…

That’s what the media does. See, the media chose what they wanted, not what the people or audience really wanted. That’s politics; that’s reality.


Doug Ross has more details on these two and two more so-called "random" democrat voters. These include a well-known antiwar activist and the president of the Islamic Society of Nevada, who has appeared on CNN before!

It was also clear that the so called "moderators" from CNN were squarely in the Hillary Camp. Wolf Blitzer just obviously rolled and spread to make his position as Hillary's Bitch very clear. He took the warnings from HRC's campaign very seriously it seems.

Mike points out how Blitzer followed the script he was given
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Wolf dutifully complied by offering mostly softballs and never once asked Hillary about the scandals which already make her campaign look more and more like a repeat of her husband's campaigns. No question about Chinese funny money fundraising. No question about the off limits papers at the Clinton Liebrary. No question about planting campaign questions at Hillary events. No question about why she changed her position on illegal immigrants getting driver's licenses.

The Clinton effort paid off. After the debate, a Clinton senior advisor said Blitzer: "was outstanding, and did not gang up like Russert did in Philadelphia. He avoided personal attacks, remained professional and ran the best debate so far.” Dick Morris saw it differently: "Blitzer checked his journalistic instincts at the door." I'd say Blitzer checked his integrity at the door too.


So this was the "debate" that wasn't. It was a carefully scripted performance put on by the HRC campaign and their conspirators at the Clinton News Network. It was also a scary preview into what "mainstream journalism" will be under a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Update: Jenny Bea has been digging deep into this, including this interesting bit of information:
I looked up CNN’s transcripts of the debate, to find out who they are. At the same time, I paid attention to other blogs and news outlets, to find some mention of The Diamonds and Pearls girl, being Maria Luisa, and CNN made her ask her question. She said she felt stupid, because she wanted to ask a question about Yucca Mountain. There were links to her My Space page, indicating she was 15.

But the transcripts said her name was Maria Parra-Sandoval and she was a student at UNLV, and in the video clips of that question, that’s what she said her name was. Interesting that no one picked that up. So I popped her name into my Yahoo search engine to discover that Luisa is her middle name, her full name is Maria Luisa Parra-Sandoval, and she worked in Harry Reid’s office in Nevada and DC. (Picture on page 23) She was also invited as a guest on the floor off the 74th session of Nevada Legislature, by a man named Rubin Kihuen, he was elected in 2006 and a member of the Nevada Assembly Democrats. Upon further research and a tip from a commenter on another message board, it turns out that she came here illegally from Mexico as a child with her family, but since gained legal status, and has won scholarships to attend UNLV.

Maria Luisa is Maria Luisa Parra-Sandoval, and her picture is in the yearbook on one of the Nevada government websites, in addition, her name is listed as one of Harry Reid’s staff.


Again, hardly a "random" "undecided" democrat.

Friday, November 16, 2007

He's making sense

"My hunch is that we’d see the same level of management of the Internet from the U.N. that we’ve seen when it came to peacekeeping operations in Africa. Or its management of Saddam Hussein’s 'Oil for Food' program. Or its monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program."
-- Fred Thompson talking sense on who should control the Internet.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A crack in the Inevitability

One of the key aspects of the strength behind Hillary Rodham Clinton's March on the Presidency has been the projection of a sense of Inevitability.

An Inevitability that was weakened in the last debate when she could not or would not answer a simple direct question about one of the high visibility issues put forth by the Governor of the state she allegedly represents in the Senate. Edwards and Obama smelled the weakness and went after it, as well they should have (and should have been doing much earlier).

The smell of fear coming from the Clinton campaign grew stronger when they accused the "boys" of "ganging up" on the lone woman Hillary. So much for her being the strong, tough, defender of the communists, or as they prefer to be called, "progressives" against the evil forces of Darth Rove. The desperation became even more obvious as the HRC campaign attacked Tim Russert for for doing his job as moderator of the debate. Earth to HRC and the democrats, if you can't handle Tim Russert, Russian President Putin is going to make you his bitch.

So, there is a big crack in Hillary's aura of Inevitability. If Edwards and Obama have a pair, they are going to try and make that crack much bigger. For added bonus, if they do go after her, it would be educational to the American public to see HRC's mask of civility slip. Because, let's be real here, that sense of her Inevitability as the next President is larger nowhere than in her own ego. She doesn't like the fact that she has to go through the process of actually being elected and having to share the stage with those lesser beings. In her view, she should just be anointed to the office. That pesky 22nd Amendment can be dealt with later.

So, I'm hoping for a rigorous exchange of ideas in Las Vegas tonight, with some contact made. Some political bloodsport between the democrat candidates tonight is just what we need to get this show on the road.

A prediction

Microsoft is working on Service Pack 3 for XP, which is supposed to be the last service pack for XP. My prediction is that Microsoft will try to wedge in a lot of the DRM crap that makes Vista such bloatware into the final XP service pack.

My recommendation is not to let XP SP3 be installed automatically. Wait a few weeks and see what the reaction to it is first.

Let us hope they act quickly...



I bet my billionaire Senator (the admitted War Criminal) votes against this. It would double the rate he pays in federal income tax (while lowering the rate the majority of citizens he supposedly represents)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Standard Clinton Policy

Back in 1999, Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign staffers said this about a planted question for HRC "this is not standard policy and will not be repeated again."

Max Follmer, at the Huffington Post brings us this flashback, reminding us that Hillary Clinton would be bringing all the Clinton scandal baggage back to the White House if America is unfortunate enough for here to assume the office of the President.

Here is transcript the MSNBC broadcast that pointed out that HRC wants everything scripted, down to the questions she is "asked":

ANNOUNCER: From NBC News, this is THE NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS.

WILLIAMS: Good evening.

We have a lot to tell you about tonight, beginning with what had become a whisper campaign of late, and it went like this: After what turned into a somewhat disastrous trip to the Middle East and with polls showing she should not run, Hillary Rodham Clinton just might pull out of the race for Senate from New York. Well, today, the first lady, responding to a planted question at a Teachers Union event made it clear she is in the race for the US Senate.
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ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC CORRESPONDENT (on-camera): Brian, today's events were as carefully choreographed as the New York City Ballet.


This is just Standard Operating Procedure for HRC. Let's flashback to this comment on her 1999 Senate run:

"If [Hillary Clinton's New York state] Listening Tour had been any further scripted, it would have to have been registered with the Writers Guild."

Update: The details on the current question planting scandal.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The democrat congress

Karl Rove nails it in describing the current democrat congress:

"But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid probably aren't in a celebrating mood. The goodwill they enjoyed after their victory is gone. Their bright campaign promises are unfulfilled. Democratic leadership is in disarray. And Congress's approval rating has fallen to its lowest point in history," Mr. Rove said.
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"Even worse, the Democrats have made clear all their talk about 'fiscal discipline' is just that — talk. They're proposing to spend $205 billion more than the president has proposed over the next five years. And the opening wedge of this binge is $22 billion more in spending proposed for the coming year. Only in Washington could someone in public life be so clueless to say, as Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi have, that $22 billion is a 'relatively small' difference.

"Let's also be clear about what it means to roll back the president's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, as the Democrats want to do. Every income-tax payer will pay more as all tax rates rise. Families will pay $500 more per child as they lose the child tax credit. Taxes on small businesses would go up by an average of about $4,000. Retirees will pay higher taxes on investment retirement income. And now we have the $1 trillion tax increase proposed as 'tax reform' by the Democrats' chief tax writer last month."

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bad news for democrats

In this case, it's good news from Iraq, which is good news for America, and thus bad news for democrats. Blackfive has this interesting bit of information:

Former Sunni insurgents asked the U.S. to stay away, then ambushed members of al-Qaida in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said Saturday.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Sounding desperate

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was on Fox News Sunday and is clearly showing why he is a third tier candidate. He is trying to appeal to the extremist far left and tossing his chances with center out the window. He also showed zero ability to answer off the cuff. He stuck with his script, regardless of how badly it played.

Senator McCain is also on, and he is showing a much better ability to actually answer questions instead of Richardson's reciting of a script.

American Flag Biker

God bless America and all the American Veterans.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The lone honest democrat speaks up

Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut speaks the truth about his party:

Since retaking Congress in November 2006, the top foreign policy priority of the Democratic Party has not been to expand the size of our military for the war on terror or to strengthen our democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East or to prevail in Afghanistan. It has been to pull our troops out of Iraq, to abandon the democratically-elected government there, and to hand a defeat to President Bush.

Iraq has become the singular litmus test for Democratic candidates. No Democratic presidential primary candidate today speaks of America's moral or strategic responsibility to stand with the Iraqi people against the totalitarian forces of radical Islam, or of the consequences of handing a victory in Iraq to al Qaeda and Iran. And if they did, their campaign would be as unsuccessful as mine was in 2006. Even as evidence has mounted that General Petraeus' new counterinsurgency strategy is succeeding, Democrats have remained emotionally invested in a narrative of defeat and retreat in Iraq, reluctant to acknowledge the progress we are now achieving, or even that that progress has enabled us to begin drawing down our troops there.

I asked some of my Senate colleagues who voted against our amendment: "Do you believe the evidence the military has given us about the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard] sponsoring these attacks on our troops?" Yes, they invariably said. "Don't you support tougher economic sanctions against Iran?" I asked. Again, yes - no question. So what's the problem, I asked. "It's simple," they said. "We don't trust Bush. He'll use this resolution as an excuse for war against Iran.".

there is something profoundly wrong - something that should trouble all of us - when we have elected Democratic officials who seem more worried about how the Bush administration might respond to Iran's murder of our troops, than about the fact that Iran is murdering our troops. There is likewise something profoundly wrong when we see candidates who are willing to pander to this politically paranoid, hyper-partisan sentiment in the Democratic base - even if it sends a message of weakness and division to the Iranian regime.

HT to Dissecting Leftism

Friday, November 09, 2007

Leftists against free speech

Brian Maloney has yet another example:

A two- year effort by a socialist youth group to shut down a San Francisco- based conservative talk radio station has been rejected by the FCC, according to reports emerging late Friday.
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Aided by older allies that included the San Francisco Board Of Supervisors, the East Bay- based Youth Media Council formally petitioned the FCC to deny conservative KNEW-AM a renewal of its license to broadcast.

And in a twist, the hip- hop advocacy group also sought to shut down several of KNEW's sister stations, including KYLD-FM and KMEL-FM, both of which air music.

In making their case, the young "progressives" tried to claim that Savage, Katz and others had sought to incite violence, especially against bicycle activists, via their on- air commentaries.

While their primary demand may have been denied, they did succeed in convincing the FCC to fine station owner Clear Channel Communications a total of $20,000 for obscure technical violations that were alleged in the YMC's petition.
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Interestingly, in the two years since this petition was filed, the left has shifted its strategy on this front, perhaps recognizing the difficulty in shutting down stations via license revocations.

This year, for example, we've seen a concerted effort by the Soros- funded left to remove conservative talk hosts through public pressure campaigns against owners and advertisers.

Clearly, just since 2005, the left has become far more sophisticated in its efforts to exterminate speech it opposes. Two short years from now, will they have far more to show for their efforts?


This is just another example of how the Soros funded far left extremists know that they can not compete in market of free ideas and free speech.

Another Station dumps Err America

This time it's San Diego's KLSD 1360 AM. According to BoreAmerica, the new, and unlike Err America, profitable, format will be XTRA Sports.

A good description

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Soaring!

I just noticed that I got bumped to "Flappy Bird" status.
Wonder how long that will last?

You can't make this shit up...

By way of DUmmie FUnnies, actual moonbat ranting:

A coup that started with the assination of John Kennedy when he tried to wrest this country currancy away from the Federal Reserve Board which is this country branch of the global banking cartel. Then they had to get rid of Bobby because he went after J.Edgar Hoover's pals in the mob. Of course Dr. King had to go for obvious reasons. And lastly John Lennon. Any and all heroic figures that could unite and rally the people had to go, that's why we've Nazi thugs in the Whitehouse and perverted spineless leeches in congress. Only Kucinch and Ron Paul the fascist scum in their respective parties and I fear for their lives.

Oh my, that is somebody who is seriously off their meds, and sadly for the Republic, a fought over democrat primary voter.

Gosh, What A Surprise!

Hillary and her entourage get a free meal, but didn't tip the waitress.

In my experience as a pizza delivery driver I've found that Leftists as rule tend to tip badly if they bother to tip at all. This really isn't a surprise to me that the poor lady would be used and abused by Her Inevitableness.

But being a self-appointed superior being means never having to treat ordinary people with the decency and respect that they have earned, let alone having to comply with the rules of social conduct that are followed by normal people in a civilized society.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
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A telling photo

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

He is an authority on the subject...

Senator Ted Kennedy (convicted felon democrat, Peoples Republic of Taxachusetts) should recuse himself from anything having to do with drowning.