Urbin Report

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Air America off the air in Boston...

It seems that far left extremist liberal rantings couldn't even make a buck in the oh-so blue state of the People Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The two AM stations that carried the Err America whine fest dropped it in favor of a Spanish-language format called "Rumba."

Brian Maloney has the latest on the Air America bailout.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Civil War in the Middle East!

The clear Civil War is the one the far left liberal extremists don't want to talk about, because it involves democrat former-President Jimmy "Blood for Oil" Carter's buddies in Hamas.

Hamas and Fatah gunmen battled each other in the streets Sunday, having sent civilians fleeing from their homes in an increasingly bloody power struggle that left more than two dozen Palestinians dead over the weekend.

An explosion early in the morning rocked the Gaza City home of a bodyguard to Fatah strongman Mohammed Dahlan, but the guard was not in the building and no casualties were reported. At least eight people were wounded in exchanges of fire between the sides overnight, Palestinian security officials said.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Iran ready to fill the void HRC wants to create

The AP reports that democrat candidate for President, Hillary Rodham Clinton wants all US Troops out of Iraq by 2009, in a clear partisan attack that undermines U.S. soldiers in Iraq and other fronts of the war against Islamofacism.

Almost as they had advance notice of Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech, the Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad is ready to step in to the void HRC wants to create in Iraq.

According to the NY Times, he:

...outlined an ambitious plan to greatly expand its economic and military ties with Iraq — including an Iranian national bank branch in the heart of the capital — that will almost certainly bring Iran into further conflict with American forces who have detained a number of Iranian operatives here in recent weeks.

The ambassador, Hassan Kazemi Qumi, said Iran was prepared to offer Iraqi forces training, equipment and advisers for what he called “the security fight.” In the economic area, Mr. Qumi said, Iran was ready to assume major responsibility for the reconstruction of Iraq, an area of notable failure on the part of the United States since American-led forces overthrew Saddam Hussein in the invasion nearly four years ago.

The non-reality based party...

Andrew Klavan points out a problem with Hollywood liberals:

In the history of our time as told by the movies, the war on terror largely does not exist.

Which is passing strange, you know. Because the war on terror is the history of our time. The outcome of our battle against the demographic, political and military upsurge of a hateful theology and its oppressive political vision will determine the fate of freedom in this century.

Television — more populist, hungrier for content and less dependent on foreign audiences — reflects this fact with shows such as "24" and "The Unit." But at the movies, all we're getting is home-front angst and the occasional "Syriana," in which "moderate" Islam is thwarted by evil American interests. But the notion that this war is about our moral failings is comfort fantasy, pure and simple. It soothes us with the false idea that, if we but mend ourselves, the scary people will leave us alone. . . .

In all fairness, moviemakers have a legitimately baffling problem with the nature of the war itself. In order to honestly dramatize the simple truth about this existential struggle, you have to depict right-minded Americans — some of whom may be white and male and Christian — hunting down and killing dark-skinned villains of a false and wicked creed. That's what's happening, on a good day anyway, so that's what you'd have to show.

Moviemakers are reluctant to do that because, even though it's the truth, on screen it might appear bigoted and jingoistic. You can call that political correctness or multiculturalism gone mad — and sure, there's a lot of that going around. But despite what you might have heard, there are sensible, patriotic people in the movie business too. And even they, I suspect, falter before the prospect of presenting such a scenario.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Crashing the system...

Friday, January 26, 2007

Where there is a Clinton, a scandel can't be far away...

ABC News reports:

A court-appointed bankruptcy trustee asked a federal judge this week to schedule a new court date in a case against Tony Rodham, the brother of Sen. Hillary [Rodham] Clinton, D-N.Y., accused of failing to repay $109,000 in loans from a carnival company whose owners received controversial pardons issued by President Bill Clinton in the last hours of his presidency.

According to documents filed in the case, Rodham received the loans, before and after the pardons were granted, from United Shows of America, Inc., owned by Edgar Gregory and his wife, who had been convicted of defrauding several banks.

Even among a lot of democrats, there is a sense of Clinton Fatigue associated with HRC.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Top 50 SciFi & Fantasy books

The Top 50 SciFi & Fantasy books as listed by the SciFi Book Club.
I've bolded the ones I've read, italicized the ones I started and never finished, and done a strike through on the ones I've read and hated.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien - I only made it a couple of chapters into the second book. I much preferred Alan Dean Foster or Philip Jose Farmer, which I was reading a lot of at the time.
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson "This is not a book to be tossed aside casually. It should be flung with great force"
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice, IMNSHO, this is not SciFi, and more horror than fantasy.
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny I am quite fond of this one. One of his best stand alone works.
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester A really great book.
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein If you have only seen the movie, go read the book.
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks Why is this Tolkien rip off even on the list?
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford An interesting book, but I can't see why it made this list.
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Rating the candidates Civil Rights record

David Kopel rates the Presidential candidates on their record on the basic Civil Right of Self-Defense:

Top tier. Nearly perfect pro-Second Amendment records: Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas). Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-Vir.). Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.).

Very good. Not a perfect record, but still a very positive one overall. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.). Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.). Former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-Wisc.). Former Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.). Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.).

Mixed: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)(mostly positive record, except for lead sponsorship of two terrible bills: McCain-Lieberman, a badly-written bill which would have given the BATFE the authority to administratively eliminate any or all gun shows, and McCain-Feingold, the campaign speech restriction law which significantly affects right-to-arms groups).

Poor: Former Gov. George Pataki (R-N.Y.). Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.). As noted by, inter alia, the Boston Globe, Romney's flip-flops on guns are part of a larger record of inconsistency.

Almost perfect anti-Second Amendment record: Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.). Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Former Vice-President Al Gore (in Congress, a nearly perfect pro-gun record until 1989, when he switched sides). Al Sharpton (D-N.Y.).

Record of anti-Second Amendment leadership: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.)(very effective in pushing gun control during his tenure as Judiciary Committee chairman). Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa). Former Mayor Rudy Guliani (R-N.Y.)(even worse than his predecessor, Democrat David Dinkins; indeed, based on his record, arguably worse than Sen. Clinton).

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Morning Quote

"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." -- The Cryptonomicon

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Another democrat hat in the ring

Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico, and former Clinton Sec. of Energy, announced he's running for President in 2008.

He was on George Swaythepopulas' low rated Sunday morning talk show today.
Not surprisingly, he has a very strong plan on energy independence. He's talking about a "Man on the Moon" type program. Which is probably a damn good idea. One interesting note was watching former Bill Clinton handler Swaythepopulas come right out and state the raising energy taxes were the best way to "conserve" energy, and Gov. Richardson flat out disagreed with him.

Another interesting point about Gov. Richardson is that he is very tough on illegal immigration. Much tougher than President Bush.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

HRC forced into reaction mode.

Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her intentions to run for President in 2008.
Why so early in cycle? Well, here is my theory.

Barak Hussein Obama, the charismatic junior Senator from Illinois, recently announced his plans to run for President in 2008.
Prior to that the field was a bunch of democrat dwarves who stood no chance against the brutally efficient Clinton political machine.

Obama is young, charismatic and good looking. All things HRC is not.
Prior to his throwing his hat in the ring, Hillary Rodham Clinton could wait in the wings to be drafted as the savior of her party, and let Edwards, Dowd, and the rest of pack snipe at each other through out the early days of the run.

Now the Press has a black JFK figure (and the comparisons have been made early and often after his announcement) they can sell lots of papers and air time with. Hillary Rodham Clinton had to act fast to knock him out of the news cycle and get her back in the public eye.
You can bet that her announcement will be the main topic in the Sunday political talks shows tomorrow.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Another example of liberal extremists making shit up...

Rob at Say Anything has the story:

According to the Daily Gut, the folks at PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility) issued a press release claiming that the rangers at the Grand Canyon weren’t allowed to tell visitors the geological age of the canyon due to pressure from Bush administration members who are fearful of insulting creationists.

This press release sparked Gary Trudeau’s imagination, and he put the rumor into a comic strip. The problem? The rumor isn’t true. A quick session with Google shows the National Park Service reporting the geological age of the Grand Canyon on their website. And just to add a little bit of personal experience into the mix, I’ve been to the Grand Canyon twice during these years of the Bush administration and while I never asked any rangers specifically about the geological age of the canyon I did see it mentioned on plenty of park brochures and informational signs. It was even in a documentary film we watched in one of the visitor’s centers.

Which means that both PEER and Trudeau are spreading a lie. A pathetic one, to boot.

Obama on Civil Rights

He is against a basic one, as Alphecca points out:

Obama regularly supported gun-control measures, including a ban on semiautomatic "assault weapons" and a limit on handgun purchases to one a month.

He also opposed letting people use a self-defense argument if charged with violating local handgun bans by using weapons in their homes. The bill was a reaction to a Chicago-area man who, after shooting an intruder, was charged with a handgun violation.

Supporters framed the issue as a fundamental question of whether homeowners have the right to protect themselves.

Obama joined several Chicago Democrats who argued the measure could open loopholes letting gun owners use their weapons on the street. They said local governments should have the final say, but the self-defense exception passed 41-16 and ultimately became state law.

Jeff follows up with this on target commentary:
And remember that he is on record as stating that he would like a ban on all sales and transfers of ANY semi-automatic weapon. Barack Obama is for total gun control. He's not getting my vote.

Meanwhile, at Turtle Bay...

The UN proves that it is as corrupt as ever...

The U.N.’s Oil for Food disgrace rolls on, with this week’s indictment by a federal prosecutor in New York of the program’s former administrator Benon Sevan. But now a new dollars-for-dictators scandal is breaking into the open, this one involving the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) and North Korea’s Kim Jong Il.

Our Melanie Kirkpatrick lays out many of the gory details nearby, based on documents reluctantly produced by the U.N. after prodding by American officials. The tale is similar to Oil for Food in that money for programs designed to benefit North Korea’s poor appears to have been used instead to sustain the government. While the total amount of cash spent by the UNDP in North Korea isn’t clear thanks to the opacity of U.N. record-keeping, any hard currency is manna from Turtle Bay for the isolated Kim regime. If dollar amounts into the tens of millions over nine years are accurate, that’s money that would have helped Kim stay in power and continue his nuclear weapons program.

The documents we’ve seen follow the program back to 1998 and the era of detente between Kim and the Clinton Administration. But what’s especially alarming is that the UNDP’s programs have persisted in North Korea even as Kim has banished U.N. weapons inspectors, raised the volume on his threats, tested long-range missiles and even tested a nuclear weapon—all in defiance of the U.N.’s own stated positions and Security Council sanctions.

A defense that the UNDP merely does humanitarian work—for the people of North Korea and not the government—isn’t credible given the details exposed by Ms. Kirkpatrick. U.N. officials can’t even say with confidence that all of the “development” projects exist because they haven’t been allowed to visit their sites. Pyongyang officials insist on payments in cash that become fungible hard currency for the regime. Every U.N. dollar is one more that Kim doesn’t have to raise from other (and often illegal) sources to pay off his generals or to buy a nuclear centrifuge.

HT to Rob

Meanwhile in Iraq, the bad guys are under seige...

AP reports:

"BAGHDAD, Iraq - Mahdi Army fighters said Thursday they were under siege in their Sadr City stronghold as U.S. and Iraqi troops killed or seized key commanders in pinpoint nighttime raids. Two commanders of the Shiite militia said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has stopped protecting the group under pressure from Washington and threats from Sunni Muslim Arab governments."

The basic facts on the matter

An actual meterologist speaks actual Truth to Power:

have been in operational meteorology since 1978, and I know dozens and dozens of broadcast meteorologists all over the country. Our big job: look at a large volume of raw data and come up with a public weather forecast for the next seven days. I do not know of a single TV meteorologist who buys into the man-made global warming hype. I know there must be a few out there, but I can’t find them. Here are the basic facts you need to know:

*Billions of dollars of grant money is flowing into the pockets of those on the man-made global warming bandwagon. No man-made global warming, the money dries up. This is big money, make no mistake about it. Always follow the money trail and it tells a story. Even the lady at “The Weather Channel” probably gets paid good money for a prime time show on climate change. No man-made global warming, no show, and no salary. Nothing wrong with making money at all, but when money becomes the motivation for a scientific conclusion, then we have a problem. For many, global warming is a big cash grab.

*The climate of this planet has been changing since God put the planet here. It will always change, and the warming in the last 10 years is not much difference than the warming we saw in the 1930s and other decades. And, lets not forget we are at the end of the ice age in which ice covered most of North America and Northern Europe.

If you don’t like to listen to me, find another meteorologist with no tie to grant money for research on the subject. I would not listen to anyone that is a politician, a journalist, or someone in science who is generating revenue from this issue.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Interesting comment by Neal Stephenson

Paper's a really advanced technology. That was brought home to me by working on this, when I read a lot of documents from that era, which were put down on really good, acid-free paper. They're all pretty much as good as they were the day they were made 300 or 350 years ago. This is not going to be true of today's electronic media in 300 years. There's a lesson there.

-- Neal Stephenson

SciFi Trivia

There is a character in H. Beam Piper's Uller Uprising name Major Falkenberg, commander of Falkenberg's Rifles.

Remember that Jerry Pournelle was a big fan of H. Beam Piper.

Good advice from Mad Mike

Mad Mike sounds off:

February 6th is Sarah Brady's birthday. I always celebrate by buying a gun. If the scrofulous troll wants me to stop buying guns, all she has to do is stop having birthdays.

The neat thing is, any gun works. Bolt action hunting rifles are secretly, "Highly accurate, telescopically sighted, military sniper assassin weapons" and the preferred choice of terrorists. Utility rifles are "Military style semiautomatic assault weapon of mass destruction Rambo killing machines" and the preferred choice of drug dealers. Cheap sidearms are "Saturday Night Specials" and the preferred choice of drug dealers. Expensive sidearms are "Military Assault Pistols" and are the preferred choice of mercenaries AND drug dealers (Got to love that!) Shotguns are used for "bloodsports" like putting food on the table, and are used for "gangland executions" of innocent recreationally medicated youths taking innocent strolls in your living room at 0300 with their tire iron, switchblade and Tec 9 collection.


Then send a photo of yourself shooting it to Sarah Brady, along with a pack of smokes for her lung cancer--I believe she smokes Marlboros.

Meanwhile, in Canuckistan...

The Canadian government runs out of money to fund its Navy.

"It's obvious they don't have money for fuel or personnel," Nova Scotia NDP MP Peter Stoffer said.

Stoffer called it "very disappointing" that the navy ships are tied up, and said Canadians should be alarmed.

"Not having these ships patrol leaves a big hole in our security," he said. "You can have illegal immigrants, drug traffickers, people who want to do us harm or harm our neighbours.

"The Americans have consistently accused Canada of having leaky security measures, and this will just prove to them that we are not even patrolling our own coasts for security measures."

God Bless the Royal Marines

The UK Telegraph reports:

Four Royal Marines flew into a battle zone clinging to the outside of helicopter gunships in a bid to rescue a fallen comrade, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

Unwilling to leave behind one of their number following a retreat, the commandos strapped themselves to the small stabiliser wings of two Apache helicopters and returned into the midst of a fierce gunfight with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.


Following an intense gun and mortar battle, the commandos were forced back. When they realised L/Cpl Ford was missing, four soldiers volunteered to return.

Three Apaches were available for the mission, but the 200mph helicopters have no room inside for passengers. The soldiers made the snap decision to travel on the outside of two of the armour-plated aircraft, with a third helicopter providing covering fire.

HT to AndrewR at Ace of Spades HQ.

Our friends the Russians...

...or not. The Russians are selling anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, a terrorist sponsor state.

Russia said yesterday it had delivered new anti aircraft missile systems to Iran and would consider more requests from Tehran for defensive weapons...

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters in Moscow that Russia had supplied the modern short-range anti aircraft systems TOR-M1.
"We don't think that it's an appropriate signal to be sending to the government of Tehran when they continue to be in defiance of U N Security Council resolutions," said State Department spokesman Tom Casey.

"We also believe as well that we certainly don't want to see any kind of lethal aid or assistance given to any country that's a state sponsor of terror. And as we've said, Iran is the leading state sponsor in the world."

Ivanov, also a deputy prime minister and seen as a potential successor to President Vladimir Putin, did not say how many missile systems had been delivered or when the deliveries took place.

A Pro-RKBA editorial makes into the NY Times

It was written by Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds.
It appears to be quite popular.

I've been covering the topic for quite some time.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Morning Quotes

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

"Right here, two days after 9/11, there was a demonstration of people saying we got what we deserved. I was sickened - it was like saying a rape victim had it coming because she dressed provocatively. That’s when my passion for politics reignited." -- Coyne Maloney

"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don't ever apologize for anything." -- US President & Democrat Harry Truman

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

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist." -- Friedrich Nietzsche, who sums up The Way in manner to turn Taoists green with fornicating envy.

I’m just like you, only I’m interesting and my life isn’t devoid of meaning

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly stranged.

"The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking." -- Brooks Anderson, American Painter

Monday, January 15, 2007

The shifting story of the AP and Jamil Hussein

Dafydd (of Big Lizards Fame) cuts through the AP Spin and lists the three possible cases:

1. There really is a Police Captain Jamil Hussein -- under that name -- working at the Khadra police station in Iraq, and he was AP's source, just as they claimed;

2. There is a human working at the Khadra station who was AP's source, but his name is not Jamil Hussein, and he may or may not be a police captain;

3. Or else AP had no source at all at Khadra, and who cares whether someone named Jamil incidentally works at there?

Then he bottomlines it:
Thus, of all the possibilities, the only one that means AP acted honorably, responsibly, and professionally is case 1, where there really, really is a police captain, stationed at Khadra and actually named Jamil Hussein, and that this fellow was actually a source for the Associated Press.

Under any other scenario -- a source for AP at Khadra but who isn't named Jamil Hussein, or even no source whatsoever -- AP has acted despicably, dishonorably, and has forfeited whatever shreds of trust remained in news consumers after 87,339 Iraq horror stories that turned out to be complete fabrications... and it doesn't make a lick of difference whether they knew he wasn't named Jamil Hussein but taunted us with the name anyway, or whether they were so incompetent (or venal) that they deliberately did not even inquire into the matter.

So far, AP has been completely unable to demonstrate that case 1 is true; the closest they have come is to assert, themselves, that the MOI verified it -- only to see that assertion itself disputed.

What's not to understand?

Go read the whole thing.

The Bush Economy

Glenn Reynolds, and others are surprised at the economy's strength:

"Economists are hastily upgrading their forecasts for the US economy after a series of surprisingly strong reports suggesting the so-called 'soft landing' may be over and growth is accelerating. Over the past week, surprises have come in stronger-than-expected reports on US job creation, the trade balance and retail sales -- all key contributors to economic activity. . . . The latest data showed US employers added a healthy 167,000 new jobs in December, with unemployment holding at a low 4.5 percent. Average wages were up 4.2 percent annually."

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Something to think about as you start preparing to convince the IRS you paid taxes in 2006...

From an old post, Chris Rock on Taxes:

The messed up thing about taxes is you don’t ‘pay’ taxes. The government TAKES them. You get your check and money is GONE! It was not an option! That ain’t a payment, that’s a JACK! I been TAX JACKED!…[The] worst part about it, we pay taxes for [stuff] we don’t even use….Why are black people paying Social Security? I won’t get the money till I’m 65….Meanwhile, the average black man dies at 54. Hypertension, high blood pressure, police….I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage….I would get $200 a week and they would take out $50 in taxes. That’s a lot of money if you only making $200….What do you get with that $50? All the free street light in the world. As far as I am concerned, give everybody a candle. Just give me back my $50.

Isn't it time we had a Fair Tax?

Boxer shoots feminism in head...

...just to make sure it is really dead.

Remember when liberal democrat NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd declared that feminism was dead.

"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. As to his dallying with an emotionally immature 21-year-old, Ms. Steinem noted, 'Welcome sexual behavior is about as relevant to sexual harassment as borrowing a car is to stealing one.' Surely what's good for the Comeback Kid is good for the Terminator."

Now liberal democrat California Senator Barbara Boxer is pumping rounds in the back of the corpse's head, gangland execution style.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow nails it:
“I don’t know if she was intentionally that tacky, but I do think it’s outrageous. Here you got a professional woman, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Barbara Boxer is sort of throwing little jabs because Condi doesn’t have children, as if that means that she doesn’t understand the concerns of parents. Great leap backward for feminism,” Snow told FOX News Talk’s Brian and The Judge.

The New York Post chimes in:

Simply breathtaking.

We scarcely know where to begin.

The junior senator from California ap parently believes that an accom plished, seasoned diplomat, a renowned scholar and an adviser to two presidents like Condoleezza Rice is not fully qualified to make policy at the highest levels of the American government because she is a single, childless woman.

It's hard to imagine the firestorm that similar comments would have ignited, coming from a Republican to a Democrat, or from a man to a woman, in the United States Senate. (Surely the Associated Press would have put the observation a bit higher than the 18th paragraph of a routine dispatch from Washington.)

But put that aside.

The vapidity - the sheer mindlessness - of Sen. Boxer's assertion makes it clear that the next two years are going to be a time of bitterness and rancor, marked by pettiness of spirit and political self-indulgence of a sort not seen in America for a very long time.
But even to suggest that Condoleezza Rice is not fit to serve her country because she is childless is beyond bizarre.

It is perverse.

Sen. Boxer needs to apologize.

And she needs to do it today.

Bitter Bitch has a few words on the subject:
So does the fact that I don’t have anyone in my immediate family who is threatened mean that I’m not allowed to have a view? I mean if I’m not putting my ovaries to work, obviously I’m not creating any more Democratic voters…

If Boxer is any kind of feminist, she wouldn’t have even considered going this route. It’s dangerous and it only hurts her constituents more than the GOP’s. As a 2005 award winner from the National Organization for Women, I’d really like to see how she justifies this kind of statement. It might be about children, but just because a woman opts for incredible professional accomplishment instead of popping out babies doesn’t mean her voice doesn’t count.

DU sees a conspiracy in everything...

Including pictures Michelle Malkin is sending back from Iraq.

Pelosi's changing views...

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Old Habits Die Hard

On this day in 1920, an editorial in the New York Times declared that rocket-powered spaceflight was impossible.

The sensationalism and merciless attack by the New York Times and other newspapers left a profound impression on Robert Goddard who became secretive about his work (to detriment of development of rocketry in the United States) and shied publicity.

(Ephasis mine.)

Gee, thanks comrades!

The NYT did eventually print a retraction of their trashing of Dr. Goddard, on July 17, 1969, after the launch of the Apollo 11 mission:

A Correction. On Jan. 13, 1920, "Topics of the Times," and editorial-page feature of the The New York Times, dismissed the notion that a rocket could function in vacuum and commented on the ideas of Robert H. Goddard, the rocket pioneer, as follows:

"That Professor Goddard, with his 'chair' in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution, does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react - to say that would be absurd. Of course he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."

Further investigation and experimentation have confirmed the findings of Isaac Newton in the 17th Century and it is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum as well as in an atmosphere. The Times regrets the error.

It would be nice if they would, you know, retract a few more things they printed about the Soviets and other Marxist trash...

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Carnival of Corruption has begun!

Included in the democrats minimum wage hike (sorry kid, that job is going to an illegal that will work less than half that rate) is a sweetheart deal that excludes a major company in San Fran Nan's district!
The Washington Times has the details:

House Republicans yesterday declared "something fishy" about the major tuna company in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco district being exempted from the minimum-wage increase that Democrats approved this week.
"I am shocked," said Rep. Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican and his party's chief deputy whip, noting that Mrs. Pelosi campaigned heavily on promises of honest government. "Now we find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage. This is exactly the hypocrisy and double talk that we have come to expect from the Democrats."
On Wednesday, the House voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour.
The bill also extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.
One of the biggest opponents of the federal minimum wage in Samoa is StarKist Tuna, which owns one of the two packing plants that together employ more than 5,000 Samoans, or nearly 75 percent of the island's work force. StarKist's parent company, Del Monte Corp., has headquarters in San Francisco, which is represented by Mrs. Pelosi. The other plant belongs to California-based Chicken of the Sea.

Meanwhile in Minnesota

The Minneapolis Star-Pravda just failed a fact check:

The contract will be substantial because the precision guidance kits will be made to fit into all existing 155-millimeter artillery shells used by the United States and NATO. The artillery rounds -- 3 feet tall and 10 inches wide -- would receive new screw-on tips, which are actually precision guidance kits that provide new satellite-guidance capability, wings that deploy mid-flight and mini brakes that can help steer the shells in the desired direction. The idea is precision targeting, even though the target may be 20 miles away.

I didn't know that the Army ever had a ten-inch bore cannon.

We had some twelve-inch railroad car mounted cannon back in World War Two, "Atomic Annie" was an eleven-inch cannon. And the self-propelled eight-inch guns were recently retired. The largest bore artillery piece in present service is the 155-mm cannon, which is slightly over six-inches.

So someone at the Star-Pravda didn't do their homework. Hell, it looks like they can't even do basic math.

(10 inches times 25.4 millimeters equals 254 millimeters, not 155 millimeters. I shouldn't even have to do that!)

Par for the course for our local commie-traitor rag.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

The pox on both their houses...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

More waking up to Carter...

Even his former supporters are walking away from him:

Fourteen members of an advisory board at the Carter Center resigned today, concluding they could "no longer in good conscience continue to serve" following publication of former President Jimmy Carter's controversial book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

"It seems that you have turned to a world of advocacy, including even malicious advocacy," the board members wrote in a letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. "We can no longer endorse your strident and uncompromising position. This is not the Carter Center or Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support. Therefore it is with sadness and regret that we hereby tender our resignation from the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center effective immediately."

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Somalia revisited...

This time it was by a newcomer, who should have been there in 1993 (no thanks to Clintonite Sec. of State Warren Christopher), a AC-130 gunship. According to CBS/AP (by way of Little Green Footballs):

A U.S. Air Force gunship has conducted a strike against suspected members of al Qaeda in Somalia, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports exclusively.

The targets included the senior al Qaeda leader in East Africa and an al Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, Martin reports. Those terror attacks killed more than 200 people.

The AC-130 gunship is capable of firing thousands of rounds per second, and sources say a lot of bodies were seen on the ground after the strike, but there is as yet, no confirmation of the identities.

The gunship flew from its base in Dijibouti down to the southern tip of Somalia, Martin reports, where the al Qaeda operatives had fled after being chased out of the capital of Mogadishu by Ethiopian troops backed by the United States.

Once they started moving, the al Qaeda operatives became easier to track, and the U.S. military started preparing for an air strike, using unmanned aerial drones to keep them under surveillance and moving the aircraft carrier Eisenhower out of the Persian Gulf toward Somalia. But when the order was given, the mission was assigned to the AC-130 gunship operated by the U.S. Special Operations command.

If the attack got the operatives it was aimed at, reports Martin, it would deal a major blow to al Qaeda in East Africa.

HT to Ed Driscoll

Monday, January 08, 2007

Iraq is not popular...

...with terrorists as well it seems. StrategyPage reports:

As Algeria and the U.S. exchange information on Algerian Islamic terrorists, they find a common pattern. Many Algerian terrorists, who have "disappeared" from view in Algeria, are showing up in Iraq (where they are killed, captured or mentioned by prisoners), in a Western prison, or under surveillance by Western security agencies. Fewer Algerians are going ti Iraq, apparently after noting the high probability of getting killed or captured there. Algerian terrorists are trying to establish themselves in the West (Europe, Canada, Australia.)

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

democrat math...

The new Governor of the Peoples Republic of Taxachusetts, Deval Patrick (a Clintonite), claims the former governor left him with a "potential budget deficit of one billion dollars in the next fiscal year."

What isn't getting widespread attention is what Governor Patrick did almost immediately after taking office:

With Deval Patrick now in the corner office on Beacon Hill, officials and community leaders south of Boston are applauding his decision to restore budget cuts made by former governor Mitt Romney.

The restored cuts statewide amount to $383.6 million. While it is difficult to estimate how much of that money was destined for south of Boston, the funds clearly benefit dozens of projects here and help thousands of people.

So, Gov. Patrick is increasing spending, day one, and blaming the former administration for the cost of the programs he wants.

HT to Rob.

Did we pull out the troops too soon?

The National Guard used to patrol New Orleans. Without them, the New Orleans murder rate is 8-10 times the national average.
Under the "leadership" of democrat Mayor Ray Nagin, in 2006 New Orleans had a higher violent death rate than Iraq did!

HT Gateway Pundit

Friday, January 05, 2007

Russian Space Junk falls on the US

Reuters reports:

Pieces of a spent Russian rocket reentered the atmosphere over Colorado and Wyoming early on Thursday, showering parts of the western United States with space debris, U.S. space monitors said.

Pieces of the Russian SL-4 spacecraft that survived their blazing descent intact most likely landed in southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico, U.S. Northern Command spokeswoman Air Force Major April Cunningham said.

Sloppy work. Typical of the Russians.
To be fair, the US dropped a big chunk of Skylab on Australia, but that was the Carter years, which were a bloody mess.

I'm a Visionary, Damnit!

You Are 52% Politically Radical

You've got some radical viewpoints, but you aren't completely nuts. You're more of a visionary than a radical.

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Two podcasts...

I only listen to two netcasts with regularity. This Week in Tech (TWiT) and The Future and You.

TWiT started as a reunion of the sadly gone "ScreenSavers" TV show.

Dem FoB gets pass on drunk driving charge...

Catching up on stuff here. Suzanne Magaziner, wife of long time Clintonite Ira Magaziner and a big supporter of the new democrat Governor of Massachusetts walked away scott free after failing a Breathalyzer and multiple field sobriety tests.

A politically wired campaign fund-raiser with ties to Gov.-elect Deval Patrick and former President Clinton has been cleared of drunken driving charges, despite allegedly failing sobriety tests and blowing over the legal limit on a Breathalyzer.

Suzanne Magaziner, a Patrick campaign organizer married to ex-Clinton adviser Ira Magaziner, was busted April 4 in Mansfield after a trucker spotted her swerving on Interstate 95, the Sun Chronicle of Attleboro reported.

State police who pulled over Magaziner, 54, said she had bloodshot eyes, alcohol on her breath and failed sobriety tests. She also reportedly blew a .12 on a breath-alcohol test, which is above the state’s legal limit of .08.

But the case was tossed out of Attleboro District Court on Friday at the request of a prosecutor from Bristol District Attorney Paul F. Walsh Jr.’s Office. The prosecutor, Roger Ferris, told the Sun Chronicle the case was dismissed at the request of his superiors.

According to the officer on the scene(state trooper Brian McKenna):
*She failed the ‘Touch the Tip of the Pen’ Test: “Failed to touch the tip of the pen with index finger as instructed. Repeatedly reached out to touch the tip of the pen before being told to do so.”

* She failed the ‘Horizontal Gaze’ Test: “Failed to keep head still numerous times as instructed.”

* She failed the ‘Nine Step Walk and Turn’ Test: “Failed to touch heel to toe on all 9 steps out and 4 of 9 steps back”; “Stopped while walking”; “Stepped off the line”; “Used arms for balance”

* She failed the ‘One Leg Stand’ Test: “Put foot down on count of 3 on first attempt” and second attempt; “Failed to complete the test”

HT to Captain Ed, who notes:
They didn't release her for her model cooperation, either. McKenna says that she repeatedly asked to be let go, and then refused to enter the cell when she was brought to the station for booking. Magaziner then, ironically, lectured McKenna about abuse of power.

And then the district attorney or his bosses forced the prosecutor to drop the charges against Patrick's fundraiser and the friend of the Clintons.

No, nothing to see here ... just move along, people.

Business as usual for corrupt democrat pols here in the Peoples Commonwealth.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Cleaning up after Kofi

The UK Telegraph reports:

"The UN said today that it would launch an investigation after the Daily Telegraph reported allegations that UN personnel have abused children in southern Sudan. Members of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in southern Sudan are facing allegations of raping and abusing children as young as 12, The Daily Telegraph reported today. . . . This paper has learnt of more than 20 victims’ accounts claiming that some peacekeeping and civilian staff based in the town are regularly picking up young children in their UN vehicles and forcing them to have sex. It is thought that hundreds of children may have been abused."

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

She bloody well hopes so...

Matt Drudge reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton predicts that the Barak Hussein Obama candidacy will diminish.
If it doesn't, she's screwed...

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton views Barack Obama as her biggest obstacle to nomination, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report, but she believes the threat of his candidacy will diminish -- as voters learn how inexperienced he is in government and foreign affairs!


NYT reporter Adam Nagourney has filed a high-impact story, newsroom sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. Publication time: Unknown.

Clinton has engaged in a series of nearly nonstop political consultations since Election Day, in what her advisers say are preparations for, in all likelihood, announcing her interest in running for president.

[That announcement could come in weeks.]

Dining recently with allies in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton was "probing and absorbing, and clearly informed," reports Nagourney.

The topic turned to the Democratic sweep in New Hampshire in November.

Hillary wanted to know how did the Democrats managed to unseat the state's two Republican members of Congress, and what were the key issues?

Clinton told Democrats that she viewed her two strongest potential Democratic opponents as Obama and John Edwards.

Massachusetts lawmakers acutally obey the state constitution...

USA Today reports:

Lawmakers in Massachusetts, the only state where gay marriage is legal, voted Tuesday to allow a proposed constitutional amendment to move forward that would effectively ban the practice.

The amendment's backers had collected 170,000 signatures to get a question on the 2008 ballot asking voters to declare marriage to only be between a man and a woman, but they still needed the approval of legislators in two consecutive sessions.

On Tuesday, 61 lawmakers voted in favor of moving the measure forward, compared to 132 opposed. The amendment need 50 votes of support to advance.

If it makes it on the ballot and residents approve it, the constitutional amendment would leave Massachusetts' existing same-sex marriages intact but ban any new ones.

About 8,000 same-sex couples have wed in Massachusetts since the Supreme Judicial Court ruled in 2003 that the state Constitution guarantees gays the right to marry. A few other states offer civil unions with similar rights for gay couples, but only Massachusetts allows gay marriage.

What is interesting here is that the Massachusetts Legislature is over 95% liberal democrat.
That means at least fifty liberal democrat lawmakers in the oh so blue state of Massachusetts, voted to allow the people of the Commonwealth to be able decide the issue, rather than one liberal Judge.

Previously, the Legislature ignored the state constitution and refused to bring the matter to a vote.
Probably because the democrat leadership knew that so many of their rank would vote yes.

Personally, I'm a Heinlein style Libertarian and don't see why the state is regulating such matters in the first place.
From a political junkie viewpoint, it is interesting to see what lengths the liberal democrats in the state house will go to (i.e. ignoring the state constitution) to promote their agenda. I also wonder if the 50+ liberal democrats who voted to allow the will of the people of the Commonwealth to prevail will face challenges from the state Green-Rainbow party when they seek re-election.

HT to Ace.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Former Ranger touring Kuwait

Keni Thomas, a country recording artist and a former U.S. Army Ranger, played in front of the crowd of U.S. service members at USO's Sgt. Major of the Army Hope and Freedom 2006 tour.

HT to Photo Mate Kitt.

Bipartisanship is shoved out the door by the democrats...

The Washington Post reports that democrats in Congress are ignoring their campaign promises (no surprise there).

As they prepare to take control of Congress this week and face up to campaign pledges to restore bipartisanship and openness, Democrats are planning to largely sideline Republicans from the first burst of lawmaking.
But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, Democrats now say they will use House rules to prevent the opposition from offering alternative measures, assuring speedy passage of the bills and allowing their party to trumpet early victories.

Nancy Pelosi, the Californian who will become House speaker, and Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, who will become majority leader, finalized the strategy over the holiday recess in a flurry of conference calls and meetings with other party leaders. A few Democrats, worried that the party would be criticized for reneging on an important pledge, argued unsuccessfully that they should grant the Republicans greater latitude when the Congress convenes on Thursday.

He should know...

Eason Jordan, an expert on journalistic scandal, has some words about the AP's phantom source:

"If an Iraqi police captain by the name of Jamil Hussein exists, there is no convincing evidence of it - and that means the Associated Press has a journalistic scandal on its hands that will fester until the AP deals with it properly."

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Monday, January 01, 2007

What will Nancy do?

The Hill reports that democrat congressman John Conyer admits to ethics violations. Speaker of the House San Fran Nan isn't going to do a damn thing.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has "accepted responsibility" for possibly violating House rules by requiring his official staff to perform campaign-related work, according to a statement quietly released by the House ethics committee late Friday evening.
A spokesman for Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Conyers will remain chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

So much for democrats even attempting to hold any ethical standards...

Update: The New York Post chimes in:
According to published reports, Conyers used several staffers as his personal servants - requiring them to babysit and tutor his children, chauffeur him to personal events, help his wife with her law-school classes, work on his campaigns and pay restaurant and motel bills.

One staffer was even ordered to move into Conyers' home for six weeks and serve as a live-in nanny to his kids.

Sound familiar? It should.

New York's state comptroller, Alan Hevesi, just lost his job and pleaded guilty to a felony for doing a lot less with taxpayer-funded employees.

But John Conyers isn't losing anything.

Not the chairmanship of the judiciary committee, which Pelosi reiterated last Friday would go to the Michigan congressman despite his transgressions.

Nor is he facing any other kind of sanction from the House.

In fact, he didn't even really admit any wrongdoing - just a "lack of clarity" in explaining to his staffers what they are and aren't required to do.

Whatever that means.

HT to Kim at Wizbangblog.

New Year Quotes

From a post made in December of 2005:

"Whether you like it or not, gun rights are civil rights. If you are against gun rights, then you are in the same pack as the Klan and the communists, and are as likely to vote to shut down churches and newspapers as you are to license and register guns." -- Guy Smith

"Personally, I'd be delighted to live in a country where happily married gay couples had closets full of assault weapons." -- Glenn Reynolds

"Want to know what it's like to be a second-class citizen? Own a gun in an extremely Blue state or area." -- The Smallest Minority