Urbin Report

Sunday, September 30, 2007

When will CNN/MSNBC/CBS run this story

DirectorBlue at Doug Ross' journal has details on the Smoking Gun Video that shows Hillary Rodham Clinton in direct violation of federal election laws.

Put simply, if Hillary participated in the planning or coordination of the Paul fundraiser, it "...would make Paul's contributions a direct donation to her Senate campaign rather than her joint fundraising committee, violating federal statutes that limit 'hard money' contributions to a candidate to $2,000 per person. Knowingly accepting or soliciting $25,000 or more in a calendar year is a felony carrying a prison sentence of up to five years..."

The Left once again just makes shit up

Jim at WizBang has the story on the far left extremist site "Media Matters" having to quote Rush Limbaugh out of context to stir up the far loopy left.

Just take a minute to consider how pathetic that is.

Google Adsense is anti-civil rights

SayUncle has the details on Google being Evil.

Friday, September 28, 2007

A couple of notes on the 2008 election cycle.

One, just about everyone I've talked to in the past two days had no idea that there was a democrat candidate debate Wednesday night.

If you missed it, let me sum it up for you.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Socialist, where ever she damn well pleases) beat the other candidates like rented mules. She was able to do this because she's smart enough, more than Evil enough, and doggone it, people fear her.

Barak Obama didn't go after her in any big way because he's still hoping for the VP slot on her ticket.

John "Silky Pony" Edwards tried to be mean (sorry John, that's your wife's job), because it was probably explained to him that after his lousy performance as a VP candidate in 2004, no way is someone as smart as Hillary is going to give him a second chance.

Unless he can pull a huge mucking rabbit out of his ass and do amazing well in several of the early primaries, he's dead meat.

Second, I've got good news for those of you on the left and the Right who range from just plain tired of to absolutely disgusted by President George W. Bush.

He is not running for re-election. As of COB 1/20/08, someone else will be President. Vice-President Cheney is not running for any office in 2008. He's going to retire and spend more time with his grandkids, yes, including the one with two mommies.

None of the current Republicans running for President have serious ties to the current White House, so you probably won't see a lot of Cabinet and staff retreads either.

So if your BDS is causing your blood pressure to rise, get over it. That problem is going away, and you should "move on" and start worrying about the problems that will be caused by the next resident of the Oval Office, whomever that may be.

Good thing they aren't in Iran...

I'm going to use Pilgrims title from Say Anything, it's just that good.

Brokeback Palestinians?
I'll bet those Brokeback Palestinians were riding bareback too...

It seems that Hamas and Fatah are exchanging very public allegations - backed up by action packed CD’s - that high ranking members of each party are having sweaty, hairy man sex with each other. Heh. I know I probably shouldn’t laugh, but check this out:
Shortly after the Islamist movement wrested control of the Strip, Hamas officials began talking about “embarrassing” and “damning” documents and films that were seized inside Palestinian Authority security headquarters formerly controlled by Fatah.

According to the officials, the Fatah men had been spying on several senior PA officials, some of whom were caught on tape having homosexual intercourse.

A DVD distributed among a limited number of Hamas representatives features a former PA official having sex with another man. The disc, according to a Palestinian journalist in Gaza City, is being sold on the black market for NIS 20.
According to Fatah, a Hamas imam was recently caught having sex with a male minor in a mosque basement.

In another incident, according to Fatah, a senior member of Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, was expelled from his refugee camp after he was caught having sex with a male colleague in a vehicle.

Pilgrim brings it on home with this:
I really don’t know why I’m somewhat surprised at this. Not that homosexuality exists in the Middle East, I mean. It exists everywhere despite statements to the contrary from idiots like Ahmadinejad. My surprise is that they would out each other like this. Although, really, what else can you expect from a culture that treats their women like property and dresses them like Cousin It minus the little derby?

And I just have one more thing to add.....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tammy Bruce Outs the Far Left "Gestapo" Media

Gateway Pundit has the story.

In actuality, Media Matters' message, when they attack a Bill O'Reilly is really a message to everyone else: Look at what we do to him if he says something we can twist. Imagine what we can do to you. Also meant as an intimidating warning is the fact that MM (the new SS) tapes and watches everything non-leftists do and say in the media.

Ultimately, you will see these sorts of attacks ramped up as we move into the 12 months prior to the '08 election. The left, Soros, and his political and media thugs, cannot withstand independent voices and they will work overtime to silence them. Let's make sure these new gestapos fail.

News Flash! The MSM has been lying to you!

Not really a news flash for those who have been paying attention.
An examination of the NY Times article on Blackwater shows that Iraq is safer than one would think from watching CBS "news":

I was under the impression that every time a convoy left the Green Zone it was like the scene in Mad Max II where the fuel tanker (no spoilers in case you haven't seen it) driven by Max leaves the good guys' compound. I pictured insurgents leaping off buildings on to the roofs of SUVs, IEDs going off left, right and centre, and suicide car bombs and RPGs coming from every direction.

Where did I get this impression? From watching the TV news and reading the mainstream news websites. It's almost as if… as if… the media is exaggerating how bad things are in Iraq!

Glenn Reynolds makes a very interesting observation:
It reminds me of when the Soviets used to show newsreels of Vietnam protests as evidence of how bad things were in America, only to have the audience think, "hey, everybody in these films has new shoes!"

Who speaks for Shiri?

My name is Shiri Negari and I would like to speak at Columbia too, but I was murdered when Iran gave money to Hamas to blow up the buss I was on.

Hsu update

Hillary's felon fundraiser is back in the news:

A judge has frozen bank accounts and sealed the Manhattan apartment of Norman Hsu at the request of investors who say the jailed political fundraiser stole $40 million from them.

The Hong Kong-born Hsu, 56, is in jail in California, where he has been wanted since he pleaded no contest to grand theft charges then skipped town before he could be sentenced in 1992. Investigators say they believe Hsu fled to Hong Kong.

After being a fugitive for about 15 years, Hsu made a name for himself as a political fundraiser for Democrats. He was arrested about three weeks ago and now faces new federal charges in New York of bilking investors out of $60 million. Investigators say he donated some of that money to numerous Democratic candidates and causes.

As man who wrote the screenplay said, "Follow the money." I wouldn't be surprised if some of Hsu's cash tracked back to the Communist Chinese government. They are traditional Clinton donors.

Damon nails it...

Zed does a good job too...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Silence In Syria, Panic In Iran

I'm using Dr. Wheeler's title, it nails the topic so well.
He makes a very important point about one of the most important recent events that didn't get very much news coverage.

Notice how far away Dayr az-Zawr is from Israel. An F15/16 attack there is not a tiptoe across the border, but a deep, deep penetration of Syrian airspace. And guess what happened with the Russian super-hyper-sophisticated cutting edge antiaircraft missile batteries when that penetration took place on September 6th.


El blanko. Silence. The systems didn't even light up, gave no indication whatever of any detection of enemy aircraft invading Syrian airspace, zip, zero, nada. The Israelis (with a little techie assistance from us) blinded the Russkie antiaircraft systems so completely the Syrians didn't even know they were blinded.

Now you see why the Syrians have been scared speechless. They thought they were protected - at enormous expense - only to discover they are defenseless. As in naked.

Thus the Great Iranian Freak-Out - for this means Iran is just as nakedly defenseless as Syria. I can tell you that there are a lot of folks in the Kirya (IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv) and the Pentagon right now who are really enjoying the mullahs' predicament. Let's face it: scaring the terror masters in Tehran out of their wits is fun.

HT Jim at WizBang

Jay Tea has a damn good observation.

Jay notes at WizBang:

A little while ago, I heard some commentator note that Democrats, as a general rule, oppose giving the people any choice in matters -- unless the matter involves sex. It seemed like a good observation -- they don't think we can choose whether or not to wear seat belts, get health insurance, serve in the military (note that the biggest -- and nearly only -- proponents for reinstating the draft are Democrats), give more money to the government, or a host of other examples. It's only in matters related to sex (gay rights, gay marriage, abortion, etc. etc.) that they are champions of "choice."

I've been thinking about that a lot, tossing it around and bouncing it off walls, and I think I've refined it a smidgen: as a general rule, the Democrats don't want the people to choose -- unless it's in a way that doesn't really matter.
The libertarian in me rebels against this. I want the right to make choices in my life, and I demand the right to be responsible for those decisions. I want my choices about my life to mean something, for good or ill -- because they're MY choices, about MY life.

I've lost count of how many times I've quoted David Gerrold's "A Matter For Men," but he had the best definition of freedom I've ever heard: "the right to be responsible for one's actions." I insist on the right to do as I wish, and demand that I be held responsible for them -- for good or ill.

If I am protected from the consequences of my bad choices (and they are legion), then I have no right to be proud of the good choices I make. Those who would "protect" me from my bad choices are doing me no service -- they are simply trying to give me a more comfortable slave's collar, gild the bars of the cage they put me in to keep me safe.

Keep your collars and cages, people. I demand the right to fail -- because if I can't fail, then any successes are meaningless. They mean nothing unless I earn them -- because anything someone else gives you, then someone else can take away.

Sad, but all too true..

Muir points out the various fronts

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Quote of the Day

Evidently disliking sickening dictators makes one a conservative by default these days.

-- Paul Geary


Liberal democrats against free speech

By way of Mr. Reynolds, here is yet another example:

So it's not too surprising that the liberal advocacy group would be a mite touchy from all the blowback online, even though it should be used to the abuse by now. So touchy, in fact, that it's been sending out cease-and-desist letters to CafePress, a website that lets people offer custom-designed t-shirts, coffee mugs and the like for sale. Last week it demanded that the site remove eight items, arguing that they violated MoveOn's merchandising trademarks.
Trademark law doesn't confer monopoly rights over all uses of a registered phrase or symbol, however, and it wasn't created simply to protect the trademark owner's interests. Instead, it's designed to protect consumers against being misled or confused about brands. The courts have repeatedly ruled in favor of parodies and critiques; that's why www.famousbrandnamesucks.com doesn't violate famousbrandname's trademark. And most, if not all, of the items targeted by MoveOn were clearly designed to razz it, not to trick buyers into thinking they were the group's products.

Beyond that, it's amazing that MoveOn would try to squelch political speech. That's another clear purpose of the targeted items. Take, for example, this message on a t-shirt designed by a lifelong Democrat from Southern California:

General Petraeus has done more for this country than MoveOn.org. MoveOn.org, the worst friend a Democrat could have! Move Away from Move On!

The target of the "moveon" attack on the First Amendment got the message loud and clear.
This shop is retooling after trademark infringement complaints by a left-leaning political fundraising organization who objected to the use of their name on t-shirts. Despite a brilliant rebuttal from the legal counsel at Cafe Press regarding First Amendment Rights and the history of political parody in our country, we have decided to temporarily close as we sharpen our claws. Why? Because I'm one person. They're a large group with the money to run ads in the NY Times demeaning a four star general. Henceforth, the six-letter group that complained shall be referred to as "The group that shall not be named."
One individual's voice is as important as their collective roar. This is a heavy handed treatment by a very powerful organization. More to the point, it is a slap at the freedom that this nation was built on.
And lest "the group that shall not be named" think this is a right-wing conspiracy, it isn't. I'm a Democrat. Or, I will be until tomorrow.

The PoliStew Cafe will reopen shortly. We would like to design a shirt that support the troops ,with all proceeds going to a military NPO after I check Charity Navigator. Thank you for your patience.

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Clinton attack machine is alive and well

Politico has a story on the Clinton Attack Machine getting a GQ story they didn't like killed.

This is nothing new. There is a clip of George Swaythepopulas doing this in the 1992 Clinton Campaign documentary "The War Room."

Update: Ed Morrisey asks comes a damn good question:

If Hillary the candidate manages to push the media around this easily to silence criticism, imagine what Hillary the President would do to those who report negative aspects of her performance.

Does Hillary believe in a free press? It doesn’t appear so, but she believes in one she can buy off cheaply.

Explaining liberalism

John Hawkins does a good job of explaining liberal "thinking" in a single column:

Liberals love to think of themselves as intellectual and nuanced, but liberalism is incredibly simplistic. It's nothing more than "childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues." Very seldom does any issue that doesn't involve pandering to their supporters boil down at its core level to more than feeling "nice" or "mean" to liberals. This makes liberals ill equipped to deal with complex issues. Since liberals tend to support or oppose policies based on how those policies make them feel about themselves, they do very little intellectual examination of whether the policies they advocate work or not. That's because it doesn't matter to them whether the policy is effective or not; it matters whether advocating the policy makes them feel "good" or "bad," "compassionate" or "stingy," "nice" or "mean."

Because of this, liberalism has more in common with religion than it does with other political ideologies like conservatism or libertarianism. Moreover, liberal beliefs are more like religious doctrine than any sort of battle-tested policies that bear up under logic or examination. Although the interpretation of the doctrine that the Left supports may change a bit over time, just as religious doctrine does, it's essentially taken on faith, like scripture. That's why, for example, you may see ferocious debates on the right side of the blogosphere about the war, illegal immigration, or spending. But, with the netroots, the debates almost always revolve around the best strategy to get more liberals elected. The issues are not really up for debate, other than debate over how to get them enacted.

This same thinking leads to very little criticism of liberals by other liberals. Liberals will ferociously defend and even happily echo the lies of other liberals. Liberal feminists will defend Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy. Liberals who pride themselves on being tolerant of other races will support Robert Byrd. Why? Because even if they're wrong, they're still fellow liberals -- which must mean they're nice people.

Read the whole thing.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Time for A Special Prosecutor

That is what the democrat illegal fund raising scandal (with Hillary Rodham Clinton up to her neck in it) that Norman Hsu is probably just the tip of the iceberg of, needs.

Something to remember about HRC

After the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, the senior Senator from New York, Chuck Schumer went to NYC and started asking the families of police and fire personnel who died in the attack how he could help.

HRC, who never lived or worked in New York before she decided to run for that senate seat, stayed in Washington, D.C. and asked what they did for her lately.

Her professors should be embarressed...

...but sadly, they probably are not. I referring to the political science major, who claims to be be from Columbia, and was surprised to find out that the US Naval Academy was run by the US Navy.

Friday, September 21, 2007

No wonder stations are dropping their feed...

"Air America" is spreading hate speech in the form of Troofer moonbat rantings.
BoreAmerica has the story:

Air America Radio's new "Clout" program - hosted by nobody Richard Greene, located at airamerica.com/clout, and heard late evenings in cow pastures throughout Karnes, TX and elsewhere - apparently will feature the continuing presence of "Truthers", sources say. Previously, ex-AARer, ex-cutie, and troubled "liberal" Janeane Garofalo seemed to claim that 9/11 was an inside job. And, Randi Rhodes hinted at LIHOP. Ex-AARer and joke Senatorial candidate Al Franken pledged to "take a look" at a Truther video. Jerry Springer could not be reached for comment.

Hillary Drag

No, this isn't about Hillary Rodham Clinton dodging the lesbian question.
It is about democrats in Red States who feel that having HRC at the top of the ticket would be bad for them at the polls.
From the Washington Times Inside Politics column:

"The Era of the Red State Democrat will have suffered a very short reign if Hillary Clinton wins her party's nomination next year, at least according to the fears of some members of her party," Jim Geraghty writes at National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).

"While 2006 saw impressive Democratic wins on traditionally Republican turf, most notably Jim Webb in Virginia, Jon Tester in Montana, Nancy Boyda in Kansas, and Heath Shuler in North Carolina, some red-state Democrats warn that the 'Hillary drag' may eviscerate their ranks in 2008," Mr. Geraghty said.

"Some are quiet about it, like the 39 Democratic state and local officials who told the Associated Press they would talk about their fears of Hillary Clinton dragging them down only if they could remain anonymous, fearing reprisals from the Clintons.

More bad news for the left...

Remember, good news for America, is bad news for the so-called "progressives."
By way of Ace comes this bit of news:
Violence In Iraq At Lowest Level Since Start Of Sectarian "Civil War" In 2006

Violence across Iraq has fallen to its lowest level since before the bombing of a Shiite mosque in February 2006 that sparked savage sectarian bloodletting, a US military commander said on Thursday.

There has also been a 50 percent fall-off in violence in Baghdad since January, Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, the number two commander of US-led forces in Iraq, told a press conference in Baghdad.

"Attacks nationwide have fallen to the lowest level since before the Golden Mosque bombing," he said, referring to a bombing which destroyed the revered shrine in Samarra and unleashed a relentless wave of reprisals and counter-reprisals across Iraq that has already killed thousands of Iraqis.

"Car bombs and suicide attacks have dropped to their lowest level in a year," Odierno said. "Attacks in Baghdad have reached the lowest level this year and the trend continues to be down."

Civilian casualties had dropped from a high of about 32 per day to 12 per day, the US commander said.

"Al-Qaeda in Iraq is increasingly being pushed out of Baghdad and the surrounding areas," he said. "We are starting to see a normalisation of life across Iraq and also in Baghdad."


"There are about 507 neighbourhoods in Baghdad and before operation Fardh al-Qanoon (Imposing Law) was launched (in February), two-thirds were controlled by terrorists and criminal gangs," the general said.

"Today, only five or six neighbourhoods can be considered hot zones," he said.

Just a reminder, the hard far left so-called "progressives" really do wish harm for America and American Troops:
"I have a confession: I have at times, as the war has unfolded, secretly wished for things to go wrong. Wished for the Iraqis to be more nationalistic, to resist longer. Wished for the Arab world to rise up in rage. Wished for all the things we feared would happen. I'm not alone: A number of serious, intelligent, morally sensitive people who oppose the war have told me they have had identical feelings." -- Gary Kamiya Executive editor of the left wing Salon.com, reported in the Inside Politics column of the Washington Times, April 18, 2003

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A sad report on Universities...

...but not surprising. Redstate links to this NY Sun article:

Students at many of the country's most prestigious colleges and universities are graduating with less knowledge of American history, government, and economics than they had as incoming freshmen, with Harvard University seniors scoring a "D+" average on a 60-question multiple-choice exam about civic literacy.

According to a report released yesterday by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the average college senior at the 50 colleges and universities polled did not earn a passing grade.

I was embarrassed to get an 85% score on the quiz.
It seems my SUNY New Paltz degree is more useful than one from Harvard.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A damn good question

Ace nails it:

This kid was a whiny bitch and quite frankly probably wanted to get tasered. Still I'm baffled at how security rushes in to arrest and taser a douchebag to prevent him from hurling words at a liberal like John Kerry when they don't seem terribly bothered by lefties lobbing physical objects at conservative speakers.

First posted at No Moss Here.

The boots on the ground view

Speaking troof to stupidity

The Varmint does it:

Neurotics build castles in the air.

Psychoitcs live in them.

Retards think Bush & Halifburton destroyed the castle in a controled demolition.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Morning Quotes

"I believe that Western civilization, after some disgusting glitches, has become almost civilized. I believe it is our first duty to protect that civilization. I believe it is our second duty to improve it. I believe it is our third duty to extend it if we can." - P. J. O'Rourke

"At the core of liberalism is the spoiled child - miserable, as all spoiled children are, unsatisfied, demanding, ill-disciplined, despotic and useless. Liberalism is a philosphy of sniveling brats." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"The American political system is like a gigantic Mexican Christmas fiesta. Each political party is a huge pinata -- a papier-mache donkey, for example. The donkey is
filled with full employment, low interest rates, affordable housing, comprehensive medical benefits, a balanced budge and other goodies. The American voter is blindfoled and given a stick. The voter then swings the stick wildly in every direction, trying to hit a political candidate on the head and knock some sense into the silly bastard." - P.J. O'Rourke, "Parliament of Whores"

"You can't get good chinese takeout in China and cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba. That's all you need to know about communism." - P.J. ORourke

"Malthus,", says [former] Vice President Al Gore in Earth in the Balance, "was right in predicting that the population would grow geometrically." Al, as the father of four children, should know. -- P.J. O'Rourke, All the trouble in the world. The lighter side of famine, pestilence, destruction and death.

"The college idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as 'caring' and 'sensitive' because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'll do good with his own money -- if a gun is held to his head." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"Good news: Hillary Clinton is coming to New York to be our senator. They're saying now that she bought a house in Westchester. . . . It must have been very traumatic emotionally, because buying a house -- this is probably the first legal real estate deal she's been involved with." -- David Letterman, CBS "Late Show" 6/30/99

"Hillary is tougher and more disciplined than Bill is. And she's more analytical. Among his faults, he has a tendency not to think of the consequences of the things he says. I think she knows. She's got a a ten-second delay. If something comes to her mind she doesn't think will play right, she cuts it off before anyone knows she's thinking it." -- 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft

"The independent counsel concludes that Mrs. Clinton's sworn testimony that she had no input into [presidential aide David] Watkins' decision or role in the travel-office firings is factually inaccurate." -- Independent Counsel Robert Ray's official assessment of the credibility of Hillary Rodham Clinton's testimony under oath.

"Our challenge is much more pervasive than it would be if we were just facing one enemy in one place. [Instead there is] the Middle East, Iraq, North Korea, Iran. There's a relatively long list that we believe are linked to the al Qaeda network in the Philippines, in Indonesia and in Yemen and other places. That makes it very clear that this is a global network." -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, borrowing a page from President Bush's "axis of evil" speech, during a weekend address in Dix Hills, N.Y.

"As women and as lawyers, we must never again shy from raising our voices against sexual harassment." - Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a 1992 American Bar Association luncheon praising Anita Hill.

"...when President Clinton went into Kosovo, he didn’t have Security Council authorization." -- Senator Hillary Clinton, Sept. 15, 2000, Meet the Press

"At a minimum Hillary was Bill’s defender and sexual enabler. At maximum, she was actually a co-abuser of these exploited women she should have defended as her feminist sisters." -- The Hillary Blitz, By Lowell Ponte, | June 10, 2003

"The only real model for a Hillary presidency is that of Richard Nixon. Like Nixon, Hillary hides a personality driven by paranoia, fear, and hatred for enemies, and a willingness to get even and do what it takes to prevail, behind a sencerity and good nature." -- Long time Clinton advisor Dick Morris, Rewriting History

Friday, September 14, 2007

Leftist bias at the NY Times...

The American Spectator supplies yet another example:

The New York Times in the past has rejected "advocacy" ads from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, as well as from the National Right to Life Committee, despite the fact that both would have qualified for the same "special advocacy, stand by" rates that the radical, left-wing organization MoveOn.org was given for its smear ad of Gen. David Petraeus.

MoveOn, which is largely financed by billionaire George Soros, as well as other major financial donors to the Democratic National Committee, was given a $100,000 discount for the ad which called the U.S. commander of armed forces in Iraq a traitor.
The Times claimed that MoveOn was given no special treatment, but several organizations that sought to place ads in a similar manner in past years have been turned away or were told that the ads were bumped for higher paying ads.
Similarly, during the 2004 election season, a representative from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth sought to place a full-page ad in the paper, but was turned away.

Ed Koch calls moveon a blackmailer

From the Washington Times Inside Politics column:

"In my opinion, the Democratic candidates declined to denounce MoveOn because they fear themselves becoming the victims of a similar onslaught from the radical left," former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, writes in the New York Post.

"This is a cowardly position, which I hope they will rethink. It takes more than intelligence to be a good or great president. It takes integrity and courage, as well," Mr. Koch said.

"This is not the only wartime foolishness perpetrated by Democrats. This silence of the Democratic presidential candidates is similar to the damage to the country perpetrated by all but one of the Democratic members of Congress from New York City. They, with the exception of Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, voted against an amendment by Rep. Peter King which will protect passengers boarding planes who in good faith report suspicious activities of other passengers to airline personnel and police."

I'm not surprised...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The boots on the ground view

U.S. Soldiers in Iraq echo General Petraeus Testimony.

At this wind-swept base near the Iranian border, the main points of Gen. David Petraeus' testimony to Congress were met with widespread agreement among soldiers: The American troop buildup is working, but the military needs more time.

Most of the soldiers at FOB Delta, some 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, were out on patrol or sleeping when Petraeus' comments were broadcast late Monday and Tuesday in Iraq.

But some heard it and others have read about it, and say they agree with their commander's assessment.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Nicholls of the 71st Medical Detachment, visiting FOB Delta from his post in southern Iraq to do an assessment, said the military still needs time to clean up mistakes made after the 2003 invasion, including the need to build an Iraqi army from scratch and to secure the borders.

"I think our initial assessment was too rosy," he said after reading about the hearings while sitting in the library at the recreation center. "It takes time to build an army and I think we should've secured the borders right away."

The 36-year-old from Mobile, Ala., also said American politicians need to be more understanding.

"They can be critical because they are politicians and their main goal is to be re-elected, but they see a much more limited piece than the troops on the ground," he said.

HT to the Confederate Yankee

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Not my book review...

A review of Tom Kratman's latest book, found on his site.

"Tom Kratman's A Desert Called Peace is practically the platonic ideal of epic Jacksonian war-porn. The printing process involves soaking the books in testosterone. It is so beautifully, terribly and gloriously Jacksonian, in fact, that merely reading the book carries the risk of pregnancy for unprotected women and metrosexuals." -- Albert Norman, connoisseur of fine literature.

I'm about halfway through the book myself, and I'd have to say that the review does capture the essence of the book quite well.

Just to give you an idea of how on target the review is, Mr. Kratman's writing makes you appreciate the politically correct, balanced & nuanced writing of John Ringo's Ghost series.

Some people may see this as a bad thing, but I'm ok with it.
Hell, I read Eric Flint, and he's dyed in wool Leftist.

Today in history

Tam reminds us of this key victory over the Ottoman Empire:

In a real life "Battle of the Pelennor Fields", the well-timed cavalry charge led by Sobieski's winged hussars shattered the Ottoman infantry before the gates of Vienna, turning the tide of Turkish expansion into Europe. Put that in your Polack joke pipe and smoke it.

Fairly elegant that it falls on the same day as Marathon.

HRC dredging up nightmares of Clinton Past...

First there is the whole illegal fund raising thing.

"HsuGate is a flashback to the scandals of Clinton's husband — John Huang and the Buddhist temple; Johnny Chung transferring cash for a Red Chinese military officer, including $50,000 delivered directly to the then-first lady's chief of staff; Charlie Trie, who was cozy with a front firm for the Chinese military."

Then there was the really bad foreign policy thing:
The more experienced Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, has relied largely on her husband and a triumvirate of senior officials from his presidency—former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke and former national-security adviser Sandy Berger (who tries to keep a low profile after pleading guilty in 2005 to misdemeanor charges of taking classified material without authorization).

Rob at Say Anything has a thing or two to say about that Charlie Fox:
Berger’s crime isn’t given justice here. It wasn’t just taking classified information without clearance, it was taking and destroying classified national security documents related to the Clinton administration’s anti-terror efforts immediately before Bill Clinton’s testimony before the 9/11 commission. A factoid that has, strangely, been completely ignored by the 9/11 conspiracy mongers on the left and among Ron Paul’s supporters in favor of theories about the Bush administration.

Anyway, I wonder if Hillary’s campaign isn’t the first campaign ever to feature the services of a national security adviser who, by order of a criminal court ruling, has no access to national security documents.

Soros' "moveon" continues attack against US Military

Bryan at Hot Air nails it:

They’re accusing Gen. Petraeus of lying under oath. Which is ironic even if it were true, since MoveOn was founded upon the idea that the country should just “move on” from the accusations swirling around then President Bill Clinton, including the since proven allegation that he lied under oath and suborned the perjury of others. Back then the nascent leftwing outfit was all about moving on; now they’re the chief accuser. And they were defending a liar then and defaming an honorable man today.

Never forget what MoveOn is. It’s a creature of the Soros empire, and a very acquisitive creature at that. As if that wasn’t bad enough, another Soros group ran afoul of US election law last year, got fined, and disbanded. They’ll probably restart as a new group for the next election, scoff the law again, disband again, and reconstitute again for 2010.

MoveOn won’t say boo about any of that, of course.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Thomas Sowell points out the root of the far lefts problems:

The real problem is that many Democrats have bet the rent money on an American defeat in Iraq, and without that defeat they could find themselves in big trouble in the 2008 elections.

Politically, the Democrats are caught between Iraq and a hard place. Their left-wing base has been angrily pressing them to cut off financial support for the war in Iraq but Congressional Democrats dare not outrage the rest of the country by doing that.

Leaders of the Democrats in Congress have already tried various ways of sabotaging the war effort, with arbitrary timetables for withdrawal and financing the war for only short periods, so that President Bush would be forced to pull out American troops and could then be blamed for the defeat.

But that hasn't worked either because not enough Democrats in Congress are willing to risk political suicide by obstructing the military in ways too blatant to pass muster with the public.

The next best thing politically for the Democrats is to say that the situation is hopeless. The last thing they need to hear is that there is now some progress in Iraq.

The difference speaks volumes.

Jonah Goldberg on 9/11/2001, six years later:

If I had said in late 2001, with bodies still being pulled from the wreckage, anthrax flying through the mail, pandemonium reigning at the airports, and bombs falling on Kabul, that by ‘07 leading Democrats would be ridiculing the idea of the war on terror as a bumper sticker, I’d have been thought mad. If I’d predicted that a third of Democrats would be telling pollsters that Bush knew in advance about 9/11, and that the eleventh of September would become an innocuous date for parental get-togethers to talk about potty-training strategies and phonics for preschoolers, people would have thought I was crazy. . . .

But it’s important to remember that from the outset, the media took it as their sworn duty to keep Americans from getting too riled up about 9/11. I wrote a column about it back in March of 2002. Back then the news networks especially saw it as imperative that we not let our outrage get out of hand. I can understand the sentiment, but it’s worth noting that such sentiments vanished entirely during hurricane Katrina. After 9/11, the press withheld objectively accurate and factual images from the public, lest the rubes get too riled up. After Katrina, the press endlessly recycled inaccurate and exaggerated information in order to keep everyone upset. The difference speaks volumes.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

That would be good!

Matt Drudge reports:

Ted Olson becomes frontrunner for Attorney General, top sources tell DRUDGE REPORT; announcement could be imminent...

United in Memory

9-11 patch

The question of the day

Where were you when you heard?

HT to Ed Driscoll who has a question for the Troofer moonbats.

Monday, September 10, 2007

What it takes to be Troofer

John Ross lists some of the mental gymnastics required to drink the 9/11 Conspiracy Kool-Aid:

First, you'd have to believe that the U.S. Government -- seemingly incapable of keeping even mundane national security programs off the front page of the New York Times -- orchestrated a hermetically sealed coverup of epic proportions.
Second, you'd have to believe that Sandy Berger's destruction of classified 9/11 documents was unrelated to the Clinton administration's ignorance of and incompetence at deterring terrorists.
Third, you'd have to ignore Usama bin Laden's self-proclaimed involvement with 9/11 and his assertion that the attacks caught the United States completely by surprise. In effect, you'd have to believe that bin Laden lied and people died -- all to benefit the Bush administration.

Morning Rant

A friend of mine said he didn't make enough money to be a Republican. He got it backwards. Look at the donor records. The party that makes most of its money from large lump donation from the Uber-Rich, is the democrat party. The Republicans make most of their cash from small donations from the middle class.

The stone cold truth is he doesn't make enough money to be a democrat. That is the party that raises taxes on the middle class to buy the votes (even illegal ones) of the poor, while voting themselves loop holes so they can avoid paying their "fair share" of taxes. It is the democrats that routinely wage the class warfare they accuse their foes of doing.

Any small business owner should be painfully aware that HRC will gladly drive them bankrupt with her Socialized Medicine plan. You can be sure the Uber-Rich democrats will do what ever Canadian who can afford it does, they buy decent medical care.

There are two main differences between most right wing blogs and most left wing blogs.

1. Right wing blogs fairly consistently point out faults of GW Bush. Lefty sites are much more ideological pure and almost never speak ill of liberal democrats in power, even the ones who support criminal pedophiles.

2. Right wing blogs much more consistently use verifiable facts and logical deductive reasoning in their arguments. Left wing blogs (and Err America) rely much more on fear mongering, and flat out lies. A common example is that most lefties will claim the the Crime Act of 1994, signed by Billy Jeff Clinton, banned fully automatic and/or selective fire weapons. They are either painfully ignorant of the subject or willfully lying to hide the truth. Neither speaks well for the left.

Just look at that so-called "grass roots" democrat organization, "move on dot org." The whole thing is funded by multi-billionaire George Soros. He has been very clear that he considers the democrat party bought and paid for by him.

It is not that that the Republicans are clean, above board and totally honest. It is pretty clear that they are not. It also is pretty damn clear that they can not be as corrupt and fundamentally dishonest as the core of the democrat party even when they try. Look at Nancy Pelosi, who fires union organizers from the hotels and vineyards she owns and rides in parades with NAMBLA. Maxine Waters, far hard left liberal democrat of Los Angeles most crime ridden neighborhoods, is a staunch Clinton supporter who was rewarded by by Billy Jeff Clinton for supporting him during his impeachment by appointing her husband the ambassador to the Bahamas.

A democrat congressman was caught actually having sex with an underage male page and he got a free ride from the press and reelected by the same people who demonized a Republican for just sending suggestive emails. Randy Cunningham is in jail, and rightly so, for taking bribes. Democrat William Jefferson was caught on tape taking a $100,000 cash bribe. The person who gave him the bribe turned states evidence and says it was a bribe. The FBI found $90,000 in cash hidden in frozen food boxes in his freezer. That bastard is still in Congress with the support of the democrat party.

Let's not forget the whole Norman Hsu thing either (like CNN would like to do).

The inherit levels of corruption in the democrat party runs deeper. It isn't the party of JFK anymore. It's the party of George Soros, Ted Kennedy, and Nancy Pelosi.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

This is just way geeky...

A bluetooth enabled ring to control iPod & iPhones.

The reality of British Victim Disarmament laws

From the London Times:

Despite the recent spate of shootings on our streets, we pride ourselves on our strict gun laws. Every time an American gunman goes on a killing spree, we shake our heads in righteous disbelief at our poor benighted colonial cousins. Why is it, even after the Virginia Tech massacre, that Americans still resist calls for more gun controls?

The short answer is that “gun controls” do not work: they are indeed generally perverse in their effects
. Virginia Tech, where 32 students were shot in April, had a strict gun ban policy and only last year successfully resisted a legal challenge that would have allowed the carrying of licensed defensive weapons on campus. It is with a measure of bitter irony that we recall Thomas Jefferson, founder of the University of Virginia, recording the words of Cesare Beccaria: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

One might contrast the Virginia Tech massacre with the assault on Virginia’s Appalachian Law School in 2002, where three lives were lost before a student fetched a pistol from his car and apprehended the gunman.
We are so self-congratulatory about our officially disarmed society, and so dismissive of colonial rednecks, that we have forgotten that within living memory British citizens could buy any gun – rifle, pistol, or machinegun – without any licence. When Dr Watson walked the streets of London with a revolver in his pocket, he was a perfectly ordinary Victorian or Edwardian. Charlotte Brontë recalled that her curate father fastened his watch and pocketed his pistol every morning when he got dressed; Beatrix Potter remarked on a Yorkshire country hotel where only one of the eight or nine guests was not carrying a revolver; in 1909, policemen in Tottenham borrowed at least four pistols from passers-by (and were joined by other armed citizens) when they set off in pursuit of two anarchists unwise enough to attempt an armed robbery. We now are shocked that so many ordinary people should have been carrying guns in the street; the Edwardians were shocked rather by the idea of an armed robbery.
As late as 1951, self-defence was the justification of three quarters of all applications for pistol licences. And in the years 1946-51 armed robbery, the most significant measure of gun crime, ran at less than two dozen incidents a year in London; today, in our disarmed society, we suffer as many every week.

Gun controls disarm only the law-abiding, and leave predators with a freer hand. Nearly two and a half million people now fall victim to crimes of violence in Britain every year, more than four every minute: crimes that may devastate lives.

Emphasis added by me.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

More on HRC's felon fundraiser

By way of Ace comes a NY Times story about Norman Hsu's shell corporations:

The records show that Components Ltd., a company controlled by Mr. Hsu that has no obvious business purpose and appears to exist only on paper, has paid a total of more than $100,000 to at least nine people who made campaign contributions to Mrs. Clinton and others through Mr. Hsu. The payments occurred in the spring of 2003, several months before Mr. Hsu emerged as a contributor to Democrats and more than a year before he started bundling checks from those same people for various campaigns. In all, he has raised more than $1 million for Democrats.
The records show that during that one-month period, Components Ltd. took in close to $600,000, about a third of it wired to the company’s account by two people in California and New York who also were part of Mr. Hsu’s circle of campaign contributors. At the same time, the company issued checks and wire transfers totaling $660,000, much of it to the same group of people, including two checks for more than $100,000 apiece that bounced because of insufficient funds.

Ace nails it:
It's not a mystery. He's laundering illegal contributions, either from those not entitled to donate to political campaigns (foreign nationals) or from very rich donors who have easily exceeded the federal limits. He takes the illegal money in, writes checks to his network of straw (fake) donors, then they give "their" money to Hillary! and Co.

On CNN's telling lack of the coverage, The Clinton News Network ran a single story on Hsu's capture, long after the fact, and got quickly off the front page.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Hillary's felon fundraiser nabbed, again!

I wonder if CNN will run this story.
From the San Jose Mercury news (by way of Mr. Reynolds and Wizbang):

Norman Hsu's quickly jump-started life on the lam came to a screeching stop less than 48 hours after it began when he got sick on Amtrak's California Zephyr train and was nabbed after being rushed to a Colorado hospital, according to the FBI.

The prolific Democratic fundraiser and fugitive was busted at 6 p.m. PDT by FBI agents from the Denver office, according to Special Agent Joseph M. Schadler in the FBI's San Francisco office. . . . Hsu had fled the law for the second time by skipping out on a Wednesday court date - and $2 million bail - in Redwood City.

Jay Tea asks the question the Clinton News Network is dodging:
Of all these, I think the source of his money is the most important. Every single investigation into his business history ends up blank -- "there's no there there," as Gertrude Stein once said about Oakland. He apparently had no visible means of possessing that much money, and I -- and anyone who cares the least about our electoral process -- ought to know who was trying to inject that much cash into certain candidates -- and, by extension, what they sought to gain by it.

The silence on this issue speaks volumes.

Interestingly CNN only has one recent story show up for a search on "Norman Hsu."

It's from August 31, 2007
and reports that he is turning himself in. NOTHING about his failure to show up at his new court date and is once again a felon on the lamb.

They are living up to their old name of the Clinton News Network.

First posted to No Moss Here.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

A big Happy Birthday to...

...Monica Lewinsky. Thanks for not having that dress dry cleaned!

I don't think she's a Hillary fan, after the way HRC orchestrated the attacks against her.

Where the problem is...

Strategypage nails it:

The major problem in Iraq is back in the United States. There, many politicians either don't bother, or don't want to believe, what is actually happening, and has happened, in Iraq. In a way, that makes sense. Because what is going on in Iraq is so totally alien to the experience of American politicians. But many Americans take a purely partisan, party line, attitude towards Iraq. So logic and fact has nothing to do with their assessments of the situation.
Now, this is the critical thing that many Americans don't understand, or even know. When Saddam was deposed in 2003, most (well, many) Sunni Arabs believed they would only be out of power temporarily. This sort of thing you can pick up on the Internet (OK, mostly on Arab language message boards, but it's out there). Saddam's followers (the Baath Party) and al Qaeda believed a few years of terror would subdue the Shia, scare away the Americans, and the Sunni Arabs would return to their natural state as the rulers of Iraq. U.S. troops quickly picked up on this Sunni mindset. Because Sunni Arabs were the best educated group, most of the local translators the troops used were Sunni Arabs, and even these guys took it for granted that, eventually, the Sunni Arabs would have to be in charge if the country were to function. The Sunni Arabs believed the Shia were a bunch of ignorant, excitable, inept (and so on) scum who could never run a government. Four years later, the Shia have sort-of proved the Sunni Arabs wrong. Now many Sunni Arabs want to make peace, not suicide bombs.
The basic problem is that the United States is divided into two groups; those who have worked (or fought) in Iraq, or otherwise paid close attention to what's happening on the ground, and those who create their own picture of what's happening, one that fits other needs (personal, political, religious).

What is good for America is bad for democrats

This is made painfully clear once again, as congressional hard far left extremist democrats are attacking General Petraeus in advance of his report.
Why, because he is going to tell the truth.
From the Washington Times:

Congressional Democrats are trying to undermine U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus' credibility before he delivers a report on the Iraq war next week,...

"Are [congressional democrats] asking the American people to believe that the testimony of a commanding four-star general in the U.S. Army should be discarded before it's even delivered?" said Brian Kennedy, spokesman for House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican.

"If so, these statements completely ignore what's truly at stake in this war and suggest that neither the commander in chief nor our chief commander on the ground have any regard for the lives of the men and women fighting for this country," he said. "It's appalling, and I think the American people — rightfully — will continue to stick by the decisions of our commanders and troops on the ground when it comes to what is best for their safety and security."

Mr. Bush's surprise visit Monday to Iraq's Anbar province showcased success in the one-time al Qaeda stronghold where Sunni tribal leaders teamed with U.S. troops to drive out the terrorists and rapidly improve security.

Despite continued bloodshed in Iraq, the president's visit was one of several recent signs of U.S. military success in Iraq that blunted antiwar momentum leading up to the September progress report.

The congressionally mandated report from the administration, which will be delivered in two parts by Gen. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker, is expected to show some U.S. military advances, but limited progress from the fledgling Iraqi government toward ending sectarian fighting.

For the democrat leadership, it is not about what is best for America, it is all about their raw, naked lust for power.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

HRC felon fundraiser back on the lam.

Breibart reports:

Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu failed to appear Wednesday for a bail hearing and a judge issued a new warrant for his arrest.

Hsu forfeits the $2 million bail he posted last week.

Hsu's lawyer said he doesn't know where his client is.

Hsu had been a fugitive in California for 15 years during which time he became a top donor to Democratic candidates, including presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Hsu pleaded no contest in 1991 to a felony count of grand theft, admitting he'd defrauded investors of $1 million in a bogus investment scam. Prosecutors say he was facing up to three years in prison when he skipped town before being sentenced.

Federal Election Commission records show Hsu donated $260,000 to the Democratic Party and candidates since 2004.

Another Air America stations shuts down.

Memphis' WSMB 680 AM is dropping the feed for a profitable format.
In this case, it's Fox Sports Radio.

al Qaeda terror attacks against US target in Germany foiled.

CNN reports:

Three terror suspects held in Germany planned to carry out "imminent" and "massive" bombs attacks on a U.S. air base and Frankfurt's international airport, according to prosecutors.

The suspects, two Germans aged 22 and 29 and a 29-year-old Turk, received terrorist training in Pakistan and had close ties to al Qaeda, according to Jorg Ziercke, president of Germany's Federal Criminal Investigation Office.

Ziercke said the group was united by a "hatred against American citizens" as it planned attacks against Frankfurt airport, a popular international travel hub, and Ramstein air base, a major transit point for the U.S. military into the Middle East and Central Asia.

The group had amassed 680 kg (1,500 pounds) of hydrogen peroxide to make bombs, German federal prosecutor Monika Harms told reporters on Wednesday.

Harms said the three suspects also planned to attack bars and restaurants popular with Americans.

She said the planned attacks would have been among the biggest yet on German soil. Possible scenarios would have been car bombings used in simultaneous attacks.

Officials said the hydrogen peroxide could have produced a bomb with the explosive power of 540 kg of TNT.

HT to the Confederate Yankee

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The smell of Kos in the morning...

...it smells like BullShit! That is what they are slinging over there.
The Confederate Yankee has the details on yet another pack of "progressive" lies.

Meanwhile, in the UK...

Antisemitism seems to be on the rise:

Our report showed a pattern of fear among a small number of British citizens -- there are around 300,000 Jews in Britain, of whom about a third are observant -- that is not acceptable in a modern democracy. Synagogues attacked. Jewish schoolboys jostled on public transportation. Rabbis punched and knifed. British Jews feeling compelled to raise millions to provide private security for their weddings and community events. On campuses, militant anti-Jewish students fueled by Islamist or far-left hate seeking to prevent Jewish students from expressing their opinions.

HT to the Vodkapundit, who accurately notes: "Wow. Imagine UC-Berkeley enlarged to a nation-state, and you've got the postmodern UK."

Morning Quotes

"If George Bush is the fascist these people claim how come they are not at Gitmo? Actually letting them loose with their paranoia is much more fun. It is a great way to discredit their arguments. How diabolical!" -- PrairiePundit - The gulags of the liberal mind

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was quite explicit about using abortion as a tool to reduce the minority population. She said the goal of Planned Parenthood was to "give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization." Even today, talk to any white liberal about abortion and within 60 seconds he will raise the black "overpopulation" problem.

"Wearing a Che shirt in a free nation is as disgusting as wearing a Heinrich Himmler shirt in Tel Aviv." -- Leslie Bates

"I’ve never seen so much goose-stepping as I have in the shadow of Moore’s fat ass." -- Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr

"Cover the Democrats for any length of time and you become expert in campaigns that don't seem to be about anything. They have policies; Democrats are good at policies. But all too often the campaigns lack a message--a sense of what the candidate's about and what he aims to do." -- Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson

Waco: How liberals seperate Church and State.

Monday, September 03, 2007

She asks a good question...

Arianna Huffington actually has a rational and sane article on the Larry Craig victimless crime arrest. She asks a damn good question:

In the Age of Terror, Isn't Busting Toe-Tappers an Insane Use of Our Law Enforcement Resources?

Japan is getting back into the projection of military power game

From Strategy Page is the story on Japan's new warships:

Japan launched the first of its new helicopter-carrying destroyers, the Hyuga, amid great fanfare. This vessel, officially 13,500 tons, will be able to carry helicopters. Plans are for them to mostly carry SH-60 helicopters, but the Hyuga will give Japan its first real power projection capability since 1945.
This ship in the same weight range of the European "Harrier carriers" (the British Invincibles, the Italian Garibaldi, the Spanish Principe de Asturias, and the Thai Chakri Narubet-classes). While this ship is currently planned to carry helicopters only, European experience (particularly from the British) has shown that this can be an effective platform for fixed-wing aircraft, like the F-35B. That makes the designation of "helicopter carrying destroyer" technically true, but in reality a useful fiction. In essence, they could act as small aircraft carriers or as a landing platform helicopter like HMS Ocean if transport helicopters are used.
In essence, Japan will have a ship about the size of the vessels that were the centerpiece of the British response to a crisis halfway around the world 25 years ago, with a flight deck and an offset island. They performed well, too – just ask Argentina. The Hyuga means that Japan is back in the power projection business.

I can understand Japan making this move. The likely next President of the United States has a history of extremely close ties (in the way of massive and illegal "campaign contributions") to the Communist Chinese government.

The Chavez economy

Let us review how the darling of the Left, Socialist thug Hugo Chavez is flushing the economy of Venezuela down the toilet. Bloomberg reports:

While Venezuela earns record proceeds from oil exports, consumers face shortages of meat, flour and cooking oil. Annual inflation has risen to 16 percent, the highest in Latin America, as President Chavez tripled government spending in four years. Exxon Mobil Corp. and ConocoPhillips are pulling out after Chavez demanded they cede control of joint venture projects.

The currency, the bolivar, has tumbled 30 percent this year to 4,850 per dollar on the black market, the only place it trades freely because of government controls on foreign exchange. That's less than half the official rate of 2,150 set in 2005. Chavez may have to devalue the bolivar to reduce the gap and increase oil proceeds that make up half the state's revenue.

"This has been the worst managed oil boom in Venezuela's history," said Ricardo Hausmann, a former government planning minister who now teaches economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

HT to Jimmy K., who sums it up:
Who will suffer the most ? The liberals who believe socialism and communism are the highest degree achievable by civilizations and Valenzuela's poor who have been tricked once again by the forces of the dark side of the political spectrum.

Let us not repeat the mistakes of the 90s

Curt at Flopping Aces points out:

The more you look into Hillary Clinton's political past you get a glimpse into her political future. A future filled with behind closed doors back rubbing. Just as Murtha was caught on tape telling a undercover officer that he will accept a bribe in the future we have lots of evidence collected over the years that Hillary Clinton is just as bad, if not worse.

He has lots of data. Read the whole thing.

He has an excellent summary:
As long as a Democrat is in power the left cares little about the President's character. Bill Clinton commits adultery and lies under oath....don't matter. He is still treated like a king by the left. Hillary Clinton caught over and over and over again taking scandalous donations, and then lying about them....doesn't matter. She is the heir apparent.
Meanwhile just a hint of scandalous behavior by a Republican and they are quickly thrown over the side of the ship. A small price to pay to ensure that the Republican party stays the party of ethics, character, and a strong moral fiber. While there will always be rotten politicians, the way the party deals with their rotten apples provides the backbone for generations to come.

And so far the Democrat party has no backbone.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Good news from Iraq

The Sacramento Bee reports:

American combat deaths in Iraq have dropped by one third in the three months since the buildup of 28,000 additional U.S. troops reached full strength, surprising analysts and dividing them as to why.

U.S. officials had predicted that the increase would lead to higher American casualties as the troops "took the fight to the enemy." But that hasn't happened, even though U.S. forces have launched major offensives involving thousands of troops north and south of Baghdad.

democrats hate when people know what they do...