Urbin Report

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

We'll be waiting a long time...

Ron Silver, a democrat who just fornicating gets it, makes the following observation about Chris Matthews, of Hardball infamy:

I guess the final straw was when Chris, whom I like personally, ridiculed the President for bringing up the junta’s crackdown in Burma before the U.N. His panel of experts then went mockingly on its way to make jokes about Burma Shave commercials and basically who cares. The next day the Burmese regime started killing the monks and many others. No apologies yet from MSNBC.

I'm not expecting that apology anytime before the heat death of the Universe.

How did that report get out of Turtle Bay?

Oxblog notes this anomaly:

That may seem pretty obvious, but I consider it a small victory when even the UN recognizes that anti-American forces are the actual perpetrators of crimes against humanity.

Moonbats dial it up to 11...

Err America's Randi Rhodes was apparently sober enough to walk into the studio without out falling down and hurting herself when put forth the far hard extremist left fantasy that Blackwater employees may have set the California wildfires.

This once again raises the question of just which "reality" they are based in. It certainly isn't the one rational adults inhabit.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Just in time for Halloween

Fresh new Google phone rumors to scare the cell phone companies.
This time it is Reuters quoting the Wall Street Journal.

Willie and Joe chime in...

...on that hate monger Ted Rall.

Willie and Joe channeled by the Varmint

Monday, October 29, 2007

Speaking Truth to Tranzi Power

Kudos to Tom Lantos (D-CA), yes a democrat, for giving a needed verbal bitch slap to the socialists/Transnational Progressives that make up the excuse for a Dutch government.

...The Dutch sent these politicians here to bitch about Gitmo. No reporter attended a meeting between the Dutch and the congressman, but AP wrote a story based on Green Party legislator Mariko Peters.

The Dutch are threatening to remove their 1,600 troops from Afghanistan to protest Gitmo. Dutch politicians face growing problems with Islamic youths and likely fear a L’Intifada like France suffered in 2005.

Peters said: “We have to close Guantanamo because it symbolizes for me everything that is wrong with this war on terror.”

To which Lantos apparently replied: “Europe was not as outraged by Auschwitz as by Guantanamo Bay”

I'm expecting the moonbat Kos Kiddies to start calling for his destruction over this departure from the far hard left extremist orthodoxy.

HT to Ace of Spades HQ

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Michelle Malkin supporter

Michelle Malkin supporter, originally uploaded by aloha.suckers!!.

What is not surprising is the level of vile racist and sexist insults used against this minority woman by the so-called "tolerant" left.

Friday, October 26, 2007

What if a Republican Said It...?

Ala points out the bias and hypocrisy of the MSM/DNC:

"...In what the Washington Post is describing as a "stumble," Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said in an interview with the paper Wednesday that Washington's high minority population is one of the reasons for the city's education problems.

Explaining why schools in Iowa are performing better than those in Washington, D.C., Biden told the Post, "There's less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four of five percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with."

"When you have children coming from dysfunctional homes, when you have children coming from homes where there's no books, where the mother from the time they're born doesn't talk to them — as opposed to the mother in Iowa who's sitting out there and talks to them, the kid starts out with a 300 word larger vocabulary at age three. Half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom," the Delaware Democrat added..."

Ala asks the key question: "Can you even imagine what would be happening right now if Bush, Thompson or Romney had uttered these words?"

The answer is painfully obvious, it would be the story leading the MSM/DNC for how ever long it took for which ever Republican who said it to withdraw from the Presidential race.

Compare and contrast

Rob at Say Anything points out:

What amazes me is that nobody in the media seems willing to report on the fact that CIA Agent Valerie Plame, in a fit of nepotism, sent her own husband on a mission to Niger with the distinctly partisan agenda of seeking to undermine his foreign policy. A trip that her husband then subsequently misrepresented to fit said agenda in a report to the New York Times.

What amazes me is that there are people who really do think Libby committed “treason” (despite the fact that it was known from the start that a State Department official blabbed first), yet know nothing about Sandy Berger’s theft and destruction of classified documents associated with the Clinton Administration and their lackluster response to terrorist attacks.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Saw this one coming...

Congressional democrats are planning the largest individual income tax increase in history.
Here are some details:

The bill will add a 4% surtax on Americans earning more than $150,000 a year ($200,000 for couples). That is on top of the scheduled expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. So, under Democrats’ plan, over the next few years, the individual income top tax rate in the United States will rise from 35% to 44%.
Rangel’s bill will erode the value of a series of tax deductions – including for mortgage interest, charitable giving, medical expenses, state and local taxes, and the standard deduction. And, because the surtax kicks in at $150,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples, the bill creates a monster of a marriage penalty.

The effects of such a massive tax hike on the economy is chilling in the extreme.

I doubt it too...

Glenn Reynolds nails the double standard:

In a similar setting, would anti-abortion protesters in "Operation Rescue" t-shirts be allowed up-close to wave bloody hands at Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Somehow, I doubt it.

Anti-Chavez protests in Venezuela.

The Socialist President there isn't too popular with the people it seems.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Morning Quotes

"In the West, they study the Goran." -- Tim Blair

"Slick Willy didn't sell his soul to the devil, he married into the family."

Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, told a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina that humans were not responsible for the warming of the earth.
"We're brainwashing our children," said Dr Gray, 78, a long-time professor at Colorado State University. "They're going to the Gore movie [An Inconvenient Truth] and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."
Dr Gray, whose annual forecasts of the number of tropical storms and hurricanes are widely publicised, said a natural cycle of ocean water temperatures - related to the amount of salt in ocean water - was responsible for the global warming that he acknowledges has taken place.

However, he said, that same cycle meant a period of cooling would begin soon and last for several years.
"We'll look back on all of this in 10 or 15 years and realise how foolish it was," Dr Gray said.

"The post-Vietnam Left is effective because of its deceitful layering of the apparatus through which it works and also because it has found a way to support totalitarian movements while appearing to be interested in improving America’s international morality. It’s techniques of dissimulation and dissinformation have worked." -- David Horowitz

"If we institute HillaryCare, there will be no place left for Canadians to get health care." -- Rudy Giuliani

"Free speech for me, but not for thee--the motto of the left." -- Rand Simberg

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mars Rovers still operating

According to Discovery News:

NASA announced it was extending for the fifth time the mission of Mars space probes Spirit and Opportunity, in their indefatigable exploration of the Red planet.

The two robots touched down three weeks apart on Mars in January 2004 for an expected 90-day mission that instead could stretch out to 2009, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said on its website.
"After more than three-and-a-half years, Spirit and Opportunity are showing some signs of aging, but they are in good health and capable of conducting great science," said John Callas, rover project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

I'm curious if NASA has had them checking into why the global temperature on Mars has been rising. I don't see how it can be. There are no SUVs on Mars.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Star Trek News

Casting comparisons for the new movie and the TOS actors.

I'm not that familiar with most of these actors.
I've seen Zachary Quinto on Heros, and I think he can pull Spock off.
Simon Pegg as Scott, fornicating brilliant. James Doohan brought a delightful bit of humor to the character. Pegg can take the run with it and score.
John "MILF" Cho as Sulu? I don't know...the real question is how is Cho with a sword.

HT to Ace of Spades HQ

Bizarre bedfellows

One thing that has always puzzled me is the really bizarre relationship between hard core "Greens" and flat out Communist and Socialist Reds. Given that Communist governments routinely commit ecological atrocities on a vast scale, it makes you wonder just how sane hard cord Greens really are.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Petrodollar 1975

Petrodollar 1975, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

This was from a magazine cover in 1975 (Newsweek I think). It's been taped to the side of a bookshelf until about a year ago.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Hillary Tax

Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris has some thoughts on HRC and taxes:

Hillary Clinton would raise taxes if she is elected president. Sharply. As her candidacy gains momentum and she closes in on the Democratic nomination, it would be well to review the record and underscore the tax increases she would be likely to enact.
She has specifically refused to rule out a big increase in Social Security (FICA) taxes. This levy is currently enforced on the first $97,000 of income. Hillary would probably follow the lead of Democratic liberals and either raise the limit — at least doubling it — or eliminating it altogether. A self-employed American making $250,000 a year currently pays $12,125 in FICA taxes (12.5 percent x $97,000). If the threshold were eliminated, his FICA tax would jump to $31,250!
Already the top 1 percent of all taxpayers earn 17 percent of the national income but pay 35 percent of all federal income taxes. And the top 10 percent make one-third of the national income but pay two-thirds of the income tax. The bottom half in income pays less than 3 percent of the income tax collections. Hillary will make this curve a lot steeper.

Read the whole thing.

Lt. Gen. Sanchez had a few more things to say

Let's review what the MSM/DNC didn't want you to hear.
First, from the Washington Times Inside the Beltway:

What barely got reported, however, were the general's choice words for members of the press, particularly the "snippets" coverage of the Iraqi war by often-"biased" TV news networks.

"The death knell of your ethics has been enabled by your parent organizations, who have chosen to align themselves with political agendas," Gen. Sanchez charged in his luncheon remarks Friday to reporters and editors who cover the U.S. military. "What is clear to me is that you are perpetuating the corrosive partisan politics that is destroying our country and killing our service members who are at war.

"My assessment is that your profession, to some extent, has strayed from these ethical standards and allowed external agendas to manipulate what the American public sees on TV, what they read in our newspapers and what they see on the Web. For some of you, just like some of our politicians, the truth is of little or no value if it does not fit your own preconceived notions, biases and agenda."

Bob Parks is on the story as well:

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Not Quite Dad's Army Boots

Back when my dad enlisted, the US Army was a "Brown Boot Army." The uniform was shortly changed to Black Boots and stay that way for a fistfull of decades.

Now the Army Combat Uniform (replacing the BDU) calls for brown boots. What was old is new again.

Questioning the timing...

Via Ms. Althouse is a good Q&A from Thomas Sowell:

"Why is Congress spending time trying to pass a resolution condemning the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire nearly a century ago?"

The obvious answer:
"It is hard to avoid the conclusion that this resolution is just the latest in a series of Congressional efforts to sabotage the conduct of [the Iraq] war."

Remember that former (thankfully) democrat president Jimmy Carter just pronounced that the slaughter in the Darfur region of Sudan is not genocide.
Let us review:
The Sudanese government has suppressed information by jailing and killing witnesses since 2004 and tampered with evidence such as mass graves to eliminate their forensic values. In addition, by obstructing and arresting journalists, the Sudanese government has been able to obscure much of what has gone on. The mass media once described the conflict as both "ethnic cleansing" and "genocide," and now do so without hesitation. The United States government has described it as genocide, although the UN has declined to do so.

Hmmmm...isn't Sudan on the UN "Human Rights" committee?
Just what is the UN good for, besides being a waste of valuable NYC real estate?

Before Global Warming

Michael Crichton on pseudoscience driven policies of the last century:

Imagine that there is a new scientific theory that warns of an impending crisis, and points to a way out.

This theory quickly draws support from leading scientists, politicians and celebrities around the world. Research is funded by distinguished philanthropies, and carried out at prestigious universities. The crisis is reported frequently in the media. The science is taught in college and high school classrooms.

I don't mean global warming. I'm talking about another theory, which rose to prominence a century ago.

What is it?

Today, we know that this famous theory that gained so much support was actually pseudoscience. The crisis it claimed was nonexistent. And the actions taken in the name of theory were morally and criminally wrong. Ultimately, they led to the deaths of millions of people.

The theory was eugenics, and its history is so dreadful --- and, to those who were caught up in it, so embarrassing --- that it is now rarely discussed. But it is a story that should be well know to every citizen, so that its horrors are not repeated.

Read the entire essay here.

Monday, October 15, 2007

New addition to the Blogroll

Red Planet Cartoons.

If you are jonesin for your Cox & Forkum fix, check these guys out.

Iraqi Civilian Death Rate Drops Dramatically

By way of Kim at Wizbang Blog comes this story you won't read in the MSM/DNC:

The civilian death toll in Iraq fell to its lowest level in recent memory Saturday, with only four people killed or found dead nationwide, according to reports from police, morgue officials and credible witnesses

Saturday marked the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr feast for Shiites, the three-day capstone closing out the Ramadan month of fasting. Sunnis began celebrating the holiday on Sunday.

The daily number of civilians killed, not including those on days when there were massive casualties from car bombs, had climbed above 100 at the end of last year and the beginning of 2007.

Saturday's decline in deaths was in line with a sharp drop in September of both Iraqi civilian and U.S. military fatalities.

Read the whole thing.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Police State proceeding on schedule...

Your children are now government informers here in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts. Pediatricians ask your kids, without your knowledge if possible, if you drink alcohol, use drugs, or own firearms. They will call the police based on what your kids say about you.

Hardly surprising given that the PRM is under the single rule tyranny of the far left extremists of the loopy liberal wing of the democrat party.

Good news

Risawn is promoted to Staff Sergeant and completes Drill Sergeant training.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Rudy Giuliani gets an endorsement.

If the Islamofascists want him dead, he's doing something right.

"...Saying Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani "doesn't deserve to live," Palestinian terror leaders are threatening to harm the former New York mayor for his hawkish stance toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for his previous treatment of late-PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

"If I had the occasion to meet him (Giuliani), I would hurt him," said Ramadan Adassi, chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group in the West Bank's Anskar refugee camp. "For the sake of the American people, Giuliani shouldn't be elected. He is a disgusting guy and I think Americans must think very hard about their future and their soldiers who will be killed when they come to elect their leaders."

HT to Ala

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

democrats against the First Amendment

The last thing the democrats want is Freedom of Speech for those who disagree with them. The Prowler points out the thuggish (and that is being kind) behavior of congressional democrats using taxpayer money to silence political speech that they don't want Americans to hear.

Rep. Henry Waxman has asked his investigative staff to begin compiling reports on Limbaugh, and fellow radio hosts Sean Hannity and Mark Levin based on transcripts from their shows, and to call in Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin to discuss the so-called "Fairness Doctrine."

"Limbaugh isn't the only one who needs to be made uncomfortable about what he says on the radio," says a House leadership source. "We don't have as big a megaphone as these guys, but this all political, and we'll do what we can to gain the advantage. If we can take them off their game for a while, it will help our folks out there on the campaign trail."
the DNC hopes to raise millions of dollars of Limbaugh. "If we can't silence him, we should at least make some money to make his life more miserable in a Democratic-controlled Washington in 2008," says a Senate Democrat leadership aide.

Mr Reynolds sums it up nicely:
They told me that if George W. Bush were re-elected, we'd see enemies lists, dossiers, and naked abuse of political and regulatory power in order to silence criticism and secure an unfair electoral advantage. And they were right!

That's right kids, the left is the boogieman they tried to scare you with.

Quagmire in Iraq!

It's Al Qaeda that is bogged down, so don't be looking for this story in the MSM/DNC, because they won't cover good news from Iraq.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Morning Quotes

"Why did conservatives feel a need to set up parallel media channels, with all the effort that entailed? Because the existing structures--elite newsrooms, plus the academic, publishing and entertainment industries that intertwine with the news business--are so hostile to conservative views that the only way to compete in the public debate was to set up shop across the street. Let me give you an example from personal experience. I was the conservative media critic for the now-defunct Brill's Content. The editors and staff--self-appointed arbiters of good journalism--were pretty much all liberals and leftists. A shocking number of them got their start at Mother Jones. I never encountered another conservative of any stripe." -- Jonah Goldberg

"Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from life what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government agencies to do good." -- Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, old school democrat (1927-2003)

"Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy." -- John Derbyshire

"Let's never forget what made us great as a nation. It's not diversity, it's liberty." --Joseph Farah

Monday, October 08, 2007

Sandy Berger on the Clinton team again...

Sandy Berger, who stole highly classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, destroyed them and lied to investigators, is now an adviser to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Berger has admitted stealing documents from the National Archives in advance of the 9/11 Commission hearings in 2003. The documents, written by White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke, were a “tough review” of the Clinton administration’s shortcomings in dealing with terrorism, Clarke’s lawyer told the Washington Post.

On several occasions, Berger stuffed highly classified documents into his pants and socks before spiriting them out of the Archives building in Washington, according to investigators. On one occasion, upon reaching the street, he hid documents under a construction trailer after checking the windows of the Archives and Justice Department buildings to make sure he was not being watched.

Berger came back later and retrieved the documents, taking them home and cutting them up with scissors. Two days later, he was informed by Archive employees that his removal of documents had been detected.

Its all about the hating

LGF lists a good example of the "progressive left" in this comment by a Daily Kos moderator made while banning someone who doesn't agree with the far left extremist group think:

I’ve banned you because (5+ / 0-)
on your blog, you willfully promote pedophilia.

Well, actually, I don’t know if you do or don’t (since I never read your blog) but I figure until you’ve proven yourself not to be a pedophile — to my satisfaction, not yours — it’s fine for me to keep calling you that.

So much for reasoned debate from the socialists on the hard far extremist left.

Looking at the Socialized Childrens' Healthcare Insurance Program.

First, let's review where you stand with the democrats. Nancy Pelosi says that if you earn $60,000 a year, you are too poor to pay for health insurance. John "Silky Pony" Edwards, who made his fortune by driving up medical costs, says if you make $75,000 a year, you are rich and need to pay more takes. This must be an example of the shrinking middle class.

Here is a concept the democrats can't handle (because it doesn't help their goal of turning you into serfs), lower taxes so people can afford health care. Another good idea is a punishing tax on trial lawyers who make multiple millions by driving up medical malpractice insurance.

Let us look at a "poster child" for the Socialized Childrens' Healthcare Insurance Program. Jay Tea at Wizbang Blog, Curt at Flopping Aces and Doug Ross have done something the MSM/DNC haven't, i.e. basic investigative journalism 101.

Let's review some key points.
1. The parents own a home worth roughly half a million dollars.
2. The kid and at least one his siblings go to a private school that charges $20,000 a year,per kid. Note that the parents claim an annual income of $45,000.
3. The parents own their own company that owns its own building and rents out space, but doesn't provide insurance.

Is this program geared to really help those in need, or is it just another example of expanding government in the democrats march toward Socialism?

Update: Jay Tea points out the following:

Secondly, with all the discussion of the Democrats' poster child for S-CHIP, Graeme Frost, and his family's financial status, but I -- along with a lot of other people -- overlooked one crucial element of the whole thing: Frost was ALREADY being covered by the program. The proposed expansion would not have affected him and his family one whit. He should not have been the poster child for the expansion, but for the continuance of it as is.

Hell, one could use him to argue AGAINST the expansion. By jacking up the costs of the program and tying its funding to cigarette taxes, the plan could threaten the very existence of the program -- leaving young Master Frost and other kids like him high and dry.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Armed Citizens defending themselves against Terrorists

In Bagdad, which is pretty cool,

An al-Qaeda in Iraq effort to reestablish a position in the southern Baghdad province town of Hawr Rajab was repulsed when concerned local citizens engaged the terrorists with small-arms fire and called in U.S. forces for assistance Oct. 2.

While two concerned citizens were wounded in fighting and treated at a nearby hospital, four enemy fighters were killed, an additional two wounded, and multiple insurgent weapons destroyed. U.S. forces detained one of the enemy wounded and transported the other for medical treatment at Camp Cropper.

Events began mid-afternoon, when concerned citizens contacted Multi-National Division – Center Soldiers after spotting suspected AQI vehicles in the vicinity of Hawr Rajab. A quick reaction force comprised of Paratroopers from 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry. Division responded to the call for assistance.

The U.S. Soldiers moved into town to find the concerned citizens already engaged in small-arms fire with AQI terrorists hiding in a boys’ school. After the brief engagement, the terrorists were observed fleeing the scene in a blue truck.

An air weapons team was called in to pursue the vehicle and later destroyed the truck and killed four terrorists. The engagement also destroyed two AK-47s and a 23 mm anti-aircraft machine gun in the back of the van.

Numerous calls to tips line by Iraqis in the wake of the incident confirmed the identity of the men as AQI.

HT to Gateway Pundit

Another dose of reality

Media Matters is the Clinton War Room on steroids!

Gateway Pundit has more details.

Sweetness and Light reported more on this illicit Clintonian outfit. MM is getting a huge amount of financial support from Democracy Alliance, a self-described “liberal organization” whose long-term objective is to raise $200 million to develop a funding clearinghouse for progressive groups. Political operative Rob Stein, who served as chief of staff to Commerce Secretary Ron Brown during the Clinton administration, conceived of the project and is directing it.

It's pretty clear that Hillary's Media Matters is violating its 501c3 status.

A step toward stability

Jules Crittenden has a good idea:

"I think action against Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran’s terrorist training camps, and the infrastructure that supports Iranian terrorism would go a long way toward creating stability in the Middle East."

Your morning dose of reality

For all the leftie morons with Che shirts:

...as far as I can tell, there is no memorial, no place of pilgrimage for the countless lives extinguished by Guevara; those accused of being "counterrevolutionary traitors," for instance. Take this diary entry from 1957, in which Che explains how he dealt with someone suspected of being a spy in the rebel's Sierra Maestra camp: "I ended the problem with a .32 caliber pistol, in the right side of his brain.... His belongings were now mine."

In 2002, Cynthia Grenier read through Che's Congo diaries and found that "the beloved revolutionary icon sounds pretty much like an old-fashioned racist..."

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Friday, October 05, 2007

I think it more a case of the democrat party leaving her.

The Anchoress explains why she left the democrat party.

When it got to the point where I felt I was no longer allowed to dissent from the "Democratic position" without being thought of as a "bad person," when it began to feel like I was simply supposed to "fall in line," and parrot the party, when I began to feel completely disrespected by other Democrats for daring to think for myself and form my own opinions, (when I was essentially made to feel that I was not entitled to those opinions or to full respect for them), and when it became clear to me that the word "liberal" no longer meant "open-minded, respectful and broad" but quite the opposite, that's when I finally left the left.

HT to Dr. John Ray

Paging Dr. Moreau

From the MIT Technology Review comes this story on how one scientist wants to get around a lack of human embryonic stem cells.

Lack of human eggs has presented an enormous obstacle: eggs are collected via a lengthy and potentially painful and risky procedure that few women are willing to undergo.

Readily available animal eggs could fill that gap. Rather than inserting the DNA of a human cell into a donated human egg, scientists would insert human DNA into a cow or rabbit egg and then collect stem cells from the resulting embryos. The DNA of these cells would be overwhelmingly human, with a tiny percentage of animal DNA from the egg.

Anime and manga fans are eagerly awaiting actual cat girls.

It's not about "Fairness"

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Viv’la France!

The President of France has bigger balls then most US liberals.
Pilgrim points out:

The President of France, Nikolas Sarkozy, has decided that France should establish a goal of expelling 125,000 illegal immigrants by the end of the year. And of course, in France “illegal immigrant” most often translates into “Muslim” of one sort or another.

This gives sort of a bizarre twist to the usual order of things, when France’s president has the nerve to face an out of control illegal immigration problem and actually DO something about it and our president, well, doesn’t.

File this one under...

...no fornicating shit!
A liberal's lament: The NRA might be right after all

Like many academics, I was happy to blissfully ignore the Second Amendment. It did not fit neatly into my socially liberal agenda. Yet, two related cases could now force liberals into a crisis of conscience.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms is stated in the same way as the right to free speech or free press. The statement of a purpose was intended to reaffirm the power of the states and the people against the central government. At the time, many feared the federal government and its national army. Gun ownership was viewed as a deterrent against abuse by the government, which would be less likely to mess with a well-armed populace.

Considering the Framers and their own traditions of hunting and self-defense, it is clear that they would have viewed such ownership as an individual right — consistent with the plain meaning of the amendment.

None of this is easy for someone raised to believe that the Second Amendment was the dividing line between the enlightenment and the dark ages of American culture. Yet, it is time to honestly reconsider this amendment and admit that ... here's the really hard part ... the NRA may have been right.

Some liberals do get it.
"The purpose of the First Amendment's free-speech guarantee was pretty clearly to protect political discourse. But liberals reject the notion that free speech is therefore limited to political topics, even broadly defined. True, that purpose is not inscribed in the amendment itself. But why leap to the conclusion that a broadly worded constitutional freedom ("the right of the people to keep and bear arms") is narrowly limited by its stated purpose, unless you're trying to explain it away? My New Republic colleague Mickey Kaus says that if liberals interpreted the Second Amendment the way they interpret the rest of the Bill of Rights, there would be law professors arguing that gun ownership is mandatory." -- anti-gun lawyer Michael Kinsley - Washington Post, January 8, 1990

Name Change

After four years I figured why the Hell not?

Smaller, denser, faster, cheaper memory

According to the MIT Tech Review, IBM is working on it:

Stuart Parkin, an experimental physicist at IBM's Almaden Research Center, in San Jose, CA, says that the memory, which would pack a hundred bits of data on a single nanowire, could potentially store 10 to 100 times more data than flash--the type of memory used in digital cameras and other small portable devices--while operating at much faster speeds. And because it's solid-state memory, it would be far sturdier than magnetic hard drives, which require mechanical devices to read and write data. "In principle, we could be cheaper than flash would be, denser than flash would be, and orders of magnitude faster," Parkin says. "And there's no wear-out mechanism, so it's totally reliable."


Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Tamara K. Points out that CBS makes shit up...

She nails it:

In a big story on how the "AK-47" (or semiauto guns that are shaped like AK's, at any rate) is the favored weapon of thuggish criminal types, a big spread of confiscated crime guns shows... uh... one gun that is vaguely-AK-related.

Spread the Truth!

Spread the Truth about the Titanic!

It makes about as much sense as the crap put out by the Troofer Moonbats (and frighteningly large number of liberals eat that with a spoon).

HT to John Groth!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Palm Centro is out...

It looks nice and the $99 price is good.
If it was GSM and available on my carrier, I'd buy one.

Update: Engaget has a photo of a beta copy with AT&T markings. That would make it a GSM phone, so one may be out, hopefully soon.

No News means Good News...

In Iraq at least. Investor's Business Daily has figured out that the MSM/DNC only runs bad news from Iraq, so their silence speaks volumes.

Ever since the Sept. 10 testimony of Gen. David Petraeus, we've heard less and less from the mainstream media about the war in Iraq. The old adage "no news is good news" has never been truer. That the media are no longer much interested in Iraq is a sure sign things are going well there. Instead, they're talking about the presidential campaign, or Burma, or global warming, or . . . whatever.

Why? Simply put, the news from Iraq has been quite positive.

Monday, October 01, 2007

He won't last long...

Here is a poster at the DU saying the slaughter in Burma is not the fault of the Bush Administration:

China is responsible for supplying all the weapons that keeps their puppets in power and oil flowing to the communist state.

...yet somehow certain people are trying to find angles that we, the US is at fault.

boycott China

I expect him to be purged for doubleplus ungood thoughtcrime rather quickly.

The lefts "Good War"

Ace nails the hypocrisy of the left on the slaughter in Burma:

It's a Good War, to liberals and chin-strokers, because the US is doing absolutely nothing there to abate slaughter and tyranny. Which makes reporters and academics effectively our "front line" of defense -- which is how they want it. Their "defense" amounts for nothing, of course, and saves no lives and destroys no tyrant's bunkers, but they get to be the stars of this do-nothing immorality play, which is better than the non-college-educated morons in the US military who got stuck in Iraq getting to be the stars.

So we can all cluck, cluck about how horrible this all is and pretend that it matters a whit that we are collectively "horrified."

Read the whole thing.