Urbin Report

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Comment On Leftist Hypocracy

From a glamdroid watch website:

So I'm supposed to live like a raccoon while this tubby f*ck drives a go-cart from room to room on his fabulous estate. These dirty god-damn hippies all tell me how awful America is and how great everyone else is, and we should all roll around in the mud like these third world nightmares whose number one export is alien like diseases, meanwhile he's flying back and forth to Caligula-like parties in Beverly Hills on his 20 million-dollar Gulfstream jet. I'm supposed to power my shower with a treadmill, but according to this editorial in the USA Today, Gore can't even be bothered to sign up for "earth friendly" power sources like wind energy, even though the utility companies that service his homes (he has three) in Tennessee and Washington DC offer it as an alternative.

They don't care if you suffer while alive or die as long as you submit to their will.

For them power over others is the source of their sustainance. The state of Liberty, where we deal with each other on the basis of consent, is toxic to them.

For them: Power is life. Freedom is death.

Barbarians (paleo or neo) are funny that way.
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Monday, February 26, 2007

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Way to go Cuz!

Our Australian cousins get it.

Good analogy

Poaching on Queen's Property.

How dare he!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Quote of the day

"Anyone who can increase the U.S. Navy to 600 ships AND say on a broadcast "I have just signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union" simply ROCKS!..." -- Joel Callahan on one of the greatest US Presidents of the 20th Century, Ronald Reagan.

Friday, February 23, 2007

An actual outing of Covert Agents

I'm betting that all the far left loonie extremist democrats who have been weeping and tearing at their clothes over the non-outing of non-covert Beltway Bandit Plame will not even care one whit about this.
Lori Byrd tells the story of the L.A. Times "outing" of three North Carolina pilots who worked for Aero Contractors and flew CIA rendition flights.

Don't expect the same type treatment the Plame case received to be applied to this story. The L.A.Times story ends with this quote about one of the rendition missions, "On the flight back to Washington, after the snow had cleared, the rendition team celebrated by ordering 17 shrimp cocktails and three bottles of fine Spanish wine, according to catering invoices obtained by the prosecutors. " I don't remember seeing much attention paid to Joe and Valerie Wilson's cocktails, but I guess that is because their story was about how they were victims of an outing.

Pathetic liberal far left loon takes it to new lows

A democrat Facebook stalker of those he disagrees with politically, along with comically macho chest beating and criminal assault.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

My Favorite amoung the democrats running

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Ok, he's a former Clintonite (UN ambassador and Sec. of Energy) and democrat.

He is however, better on RKBA issues than the Republicans leading in the polls and all of the democrats running, I like his policies on energy better than any candidates that I've heard so far, and he is tougher on illegal immigration issues than President Bush.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Guilty until proven innocent

That is the standard for non-liberals it seems. Rob points out this interesting choice of words by Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney will have a last chance to convince a jury he is not guilty of perjury on Tuesday as a trial that has exposed the inner workings of the White House draws to a close.


Another reason to keep John Edwards locked in his mansion

...and away from public office.
From Peter Bart's column on John Edwards' comments in Hollywood

Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities.

Jim Geraghty responds with a dose of reality
Really? Israel is the biggest threat? Not Ahmedinijad? Not al-Qaeda? Not a coup attempt in Pakistan? Not a complete breakdown in Iraq drawing in the Saudis, Turks, and Iranians?


HT to NRO & Rob.

Civil Rights under Attack!

Of course, it is no surprise that it is a "liberal" democrat making the attack.
Oleg Volk sums up the problems with the anti-Civil Rights House Bill number 1022:

The House of Representatives is considering a Bill number 1022. It would ban pretty much all firearms designs of the last 120 years and contains lots of other mischief besides. As a favor to me, please contact your elected representatives and ask them to oppose that travesty.

To me, this proposal is a major violation of my civil rights. It forbids me property of my own, as well as the ability to acquire tools for recreation, self-defense and other lawful purposes. The scope of the bill, including its amendments, is extremely broad. It is, first and foremost, unethical and inconsistent with preservation of personal liberty in my adopted homeland.

As a favor to me, please look up your elected representative and call, fax or p-mail your opposition to it.


Mr. Volk has illustrated problems with the bill quite nicely.

Yet another reason to fight the Islamofacists

They are serious anti-feminist oppressors of women.
That and they want them almost completely covered in cloth when at the beach.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Civil Rights are moving forward in D.C.

The Washington Examiner reports that even hard core democrat pols in the City of Washington, D.C. are waking up to the fact that Victim Disarmament laws just provide a safer working environment for violent criminals.

None other than former Mayor Marion Barry, now representing Ward 8 on the D.C. Council, is waving the white flag of surrender by introducing legislation to provide potential victims a limited window of opportunity to arm themselves in self defense. “We are in the midst of a gun-violence epidemic,” Barry said. Everybody but the criminals are abiding by the city’s gun control laws [which] have long been among the toughest in the nation. Not only are District residents forbidden from owning firearms not registered before 1977, they must also keep legal rifles and shotguns at home, unloaded, disassembled and useless against an armed intruder.

Barry deserves credit for stating the obvious, considering that most city officials shrink from accounting for the 2,656 illegal firearms recovered last year by the Metropolitan Police Department — weapons current gun control laws were supposed to keep out of the city.

Gun rights groups are mostly suspicious of Barry’s proposal, which would allow D.C. residents with no prior criminal history three months to register handguns before the current ban is reinstated and higher penalties for unregistered weapons kick in. Citing a 2003 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found no convincing evidence that gun control laws reduce violence anywhere, they’d prefer the District repeal its gun ban altogether.

But Barry’s bill is a first step and it is co-sponsored by Council members Jim Graham, D-Ward 1, Kwame Brown, D-at large, and Tommy Wells, D-Ward 6 — none of whom are gun-toting NRAers. However, all four councilmen face the same intractable problem in their own neighborhoods: The city’s gun control laws don’t work as advocates promised they would...

HT to Ms. Malkin

Monday, February 19, 2007

Mookie didn't get Murtha's memo it seems.

The nice man at DUmmie Funnies has the following to say:

It looks like Mookie al-Sadr has split the Iraq scene for Iran due to too much heat from the upcoming troop surge that the Democrats have assured us can't work. Already the DUmmies are pining for his return as you can see in this THREAD titled, "CNN: Muqtada al Sadr Left Iraq For Iran." So what we have here are supposedly feminist leftwing loonies longing for the return of an Islamo-Fascist who wants to cover all women with ugly black burkhas and treat them like third class dirt. The reason for this is that Mookie's saving grace in the eyes of the Left is that he is anti-American.

Read the whole thing for his bits of reality inserted between DU ranting.

You can't make this shit up...

A DU poster who uses the handle "deaniac21" posted the following bit of what passes for "reality" in far left liberal extremist land:

The sooner Iran gets nuclear weapons the quicker all of our imperialism in the ME will end. Iran will be the savior of peace in that region and there is nothing this evil administration can do about it!

There is so much wrong with this it boggles the rational adult mind.

Atlas is starting to shrug.

Ok, so I used Transterrestrial Musings post title. It was just that damn good.
It sums up nicely what is going on the Socialist Paradise of the loopy liberal left's darling, Hugo Chevez.

Faced with an accelerating inflation rate and shortages of basic foods like beef, chicken and milk, President Hugo Chávez has threatened to jail grocery store owners and nationalize their businesses if they violate the country’s expanding price controls.

Food producers and economists say the measures announced late Thursday night, which include removing three zeroes from the denomination of Venezuela’s currency, are likely to backfire and generate even more acute shortages and higher prices for consumers. Inflation climbed to an annual rate of 18.4 percent a year in January, the highest in Latin America and far above the official target of 10 to 12 percent.
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“This country is going to turn into Cuba, or Chávez will have to give in,” said Cándida de Gómez, 54, a shopper at a private supermarket in Los Palos Grandes, a district in the capital....

A review of the historical facts...

Christopher Hitchens points out the key roles of Clinton & Gore in the long march toward war with Iraq.

...it was on the initiative of President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, both of whom delivered extremely tough speeches warning of another round of confrontation with Saddam Hussein, that the Senate passed the Iraq Liberation Act that year, making it U.S. policy to remove the Baathists from power. It was the Clinton administration that bombed Sudan, claiming that a factory outside Khartoum represented a chemical-weapons link between Saddam and Osama Bin Laden. And, as Sen. Clinton reminded us in the very same speech, it was "President Clinton, with the British and others, [who] ordered an intensive four-day air assault, Operation Desert Fox, on known and suspected weapons of mass destruction sites and other military targets" in Iraq. On its own, this is enough to make childish nonsense of her insinuation that an "obsession" with Saddam took root only after the Bush-Cheney victory in 2000.


HT to Classical Values.

What is the Truth for a $1000?

The answer is Jimmy Carter's biggest fear. The Emory Wheel lays it out:

Once again, Jimmy Carter has shrunk from debate. Despite having written a book whose purpose he claims was to promote dialogue and discussion, he has consistently dodged appearing with anyone who could challenge him on the numerous factual errors that fill the pages of his slim book.

First it was at Brandeis University, where he was invited to appear with professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, who has written two books and numerous articles on the topic (not to mention being a respected First Amendment scholar and one of America's most distinguished attorneys), was not even allowed into the building until Carter had left.

When it became known that Carter was anxious to speak at Emory, the administration consulted a group of faculty and was advised that the most fair and academically valuable format would be to have Carter appear with someone who could engage in a productive interchange and discussion on the topic. This clearly would be the only way for the event to meet the educational standard of a leading university.

Everyone agreed that the best person for this interchange was Ambassador Dennis Ross, who was the main negotiator on the Arab-Israeli situation in both the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration. He was responsible for organizing Camp David II, Clinton's last-ditch effort to find a resolution to the situation. Ross agreed to appear, but Carter pointedly refused to appear with him or with any other expert. No explanation was given.

Is this the behavior of a man who wants to promote dialogue? What precisely is Carter afraid of? Could it be that Dennis Ross - who, like President Clinton, places the blame for the failure of the negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis at Camp David II squarely on the shoulders of Yasir Arafat - would tell the former president, who blames Israel for everything, that he is simply wrong? Remember Ross and Clinton were there; Carter was not.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

I wonder how the hordes of touchy feelie MAC users are going to take this

Their Lord & Master, Steve Jobs says the following:

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions today, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers.

Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.

“What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn’t get rid of people that they thought weren’t any good?” he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference.

“Not really great ones because if you’re really smart you go, ‘I can’t win.’”

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“This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy.”

Interesting, since Apple, since day one, has focused on the education market.
Note that the reporter, April Casto of the AP, does a bit of editorializing. What she refers to as lambasting, could also be accurately described as Speaking Truth to Power.

HT to Rob at Say Anything

The Plame Games gets down to basics...

As we know, the only clear liar in this mess is Joe Wilson.
The "case" against Lewis Libby has been clearly proved to be a fraud, as Byron York points out.

At the end of each witness's testimony in the perjury and obstruction trial of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, after prosecutors and defense attorneys examined and cross-examined, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton asked jurors to write down any questions they had. Walton would then look through the papers, decide which questions were appropriate and pose them to the witness.
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But last week there was a moment when we got a hint not from a question that Walton asked, but from one he refused to ask. After the testimony of star prosecution witness Tim Russert, Walton scanned the jurors' queries and announced, "There is going to be one question I'm not going to ask. I've concluded that that question is not appropriate and therefore you should not speculate as to what the response would have been."
What was he talking about? A moment later, Walton told the jurors: "What Mrs. Wilson's status was at the CIA, whether it was covert or not covert, is not something that you're going to hear any evidence presented to you on in this trial."

"Whether she was, or whether she was not, covert is not relevant to the issues you have to decide in this case," he said.

It is The Thing That Cannot Be Spoken at the Libby trial.
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The problem is, the entire case stems from accusations that the Bush White House illegally leaked Mrs. Wilson's identity in an effort to get back at her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, for his high-profile criticism of the administration's case for war in Iraq. That's why the CIA leak investigation began, and it's why Libby appeared before a grand jury, leading to the perjury charges against him. It's what the CIA leak case is about. Yet Walton has told jurors to put it out of their minds.

It has been clear since day one that Plame was not a "covert" agent, as the CIA defines the term.

Fitzgerald has handled this so badly, even the Washington Post is starting to turn on him.
Could someone please explain to me why Scooter Libby is the only person on trial in the Valerie Plame leak investigation?
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There's a reason why responsible prosecutors don't bring perjury cases on mere "he said, he said" evidence. Without an underlying crime or tangible evidence of obstruction (think Martha Stewart trying to destroy phone logs), the trial becomes a mishmash of faulty memories in which witnesses can seem as guilty as the defendant. Any prosecutor knows that memories differ, even vividly, and each party can be convinced that his or her version is the truthful one.

If we accept Fitzgerald's low threshold for bringing a criminal case, then why stop at Libby? This investigation has enough questionable motives and shadowy half-truths and flawed recollections to fill a court docket for months. So here are my own personal bills of indictment:

THIS GRAND JURY CHARGES PATRICK J. FITZERALD with ignoring the fact that there was no basis for a criminal investigation from the day he was appointed, with handling some witnesses with kid gloves and banging on others with a mallet, with engaging in past contretemps with certain individuals that might have influenced his pursuit of their liberty, and with misleading the public in a news conference because . . . well, just because. To wit:

  On Dec. 30, 2003, the day Fitzgerald was appointed special counsel, he should have known (all he had to do was ask the CIA) that Plame was not covert, knowledge that should have stopped the investigation right there. The law prohibiting disclosure of a covert agent's identity requires that the person have a foreign assignment at the time or have had one within five years of the disclosure, that the government be taking affirmative steps to conceal the government relationship, and for the discloser to have actual knowledge of the covert status.

From FBI interviews conducted after Oct. 1, 2003, Fitzgerald also knew that then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage had identified Plame as a CIA officer to columnist Robert D. Novak, who first published Plame's name on July 14, 2003.

  In January 2001, Libby was the lawyer for millionaire financier Marc Rich, whom President Bill Clinton pardoned shortly before leaving office. Fitzgerald, who was then an assistant U.S. attorney in the southern district of New York, and U.S. Attorney James Comey spearheaded the criminal investigation of that pardon.

  Fitzgerald jailed former New York Times reporter Judith Miller for almost 90 days for not providing evidence in a matter that involved no crime. Yet the two were engaged in another dispute: Fitzgerald wanted Miller's phone records, contending that by contacting an Islamic charity, she had alerted it to a government search the day before it happened.

  Fitzgerald granted immunity to former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer without ever asking what he would testify to; he permitted NBC News bureau chief Tim Russert to be interviewed in a law firm office with his lawyer present, while Novak was forced to testify before the grand jury without counsel present.
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THIS GRAND JURY CHARGES JOSEPH C. WILSON IV with misleading the public about how he was sent to Niger, about the thrust of his March 2003 oral report of that trip, and about his wife's CIA status, perhaps for the purpose of getting book and movie contracts.

  On July 6, 2003, Wilson appeared on "Meet the Press" hours after the New York Times published his op-ed "What I Didn't Find in Africa," which accused the administration of twisting intelligence to exaggerate the Iraq threat. The piece suggested that Wilson had been sent to Niger at the vice president's request to look into foreign intelligence reports of Iraqi efforts to obtain yellowcake uranium. Wilson told Andrea Mitchell, "The office of the vice president, I am absolutely convinced, received a very specific response to the question it asked and that response was based upon my trip there." But Cheney said he had no knowledge of Wilson's trip and was never briefed on his oral report to the CIA.
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Plame was not covert. She worked at CIA headquarters and had not been stationed abroad within five years of the date of Novak's column.

Go read the whole thing.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Doubleplus Good Liberal Duckspeak!

"We forbit any course that says we restrict free speech!" -- Dr. Kathleen Dixon, director of Women's Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, commenting on the resignation of Dr. Richard Zeller, who wanted to teach a course in how liberalism has lead to political correctness.

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick breaking promises already.

One of his campaign principles was:

In my administration, state government will model what it asks of its citizens. As the state replaces its vehicle fleet, for example, new purchases will be hybrid or other fuel-efficient vehicles. Our public buses, subways, and trains will be as clean as technology can make them.

So, what does he do once he's governor? He gets the state to pick up a $1200 a month lease bill for a gas-guzzling Cadillac that gets 19 mpg.
Different rules for the peons under "enlightened" democrat rule here in the Peoples Commonweath.

HT to Michael Graham, who has more on Governor Patrick.

Friday, February 16, 2007

democrat corruption in Congress continuing on schedule...

Nancy Pelosi, the leading democrat in Congress, a heartbeat and half away from the Presidency, wants to put Congressman William "Cold Cash" Jefferson on the Homeland Security panel.

Jefferson has been embroiled in a nearly two-year-old federal investigation focusing on whether the 59-year-old lawmaker accepted bribes when he attempted to help set up some telecommunications deals in Africa for a Kentucky-based company called iGate Inc. Court documents indicate that the FBI has accumulated a significant amount of evidence in the case, including video of Jefferson allegedly accepting a $100,000 cash bribe from an FBI informant.

The case became fodder for late-night talk show comedians after investigators raided his home and found $90,000 in cash tucked away in a freezer.
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Federal authorities are now trying to gain final custody of documents seized in a raid on Jefferson’s congressional office last spring. The materials are under seal, awaiting the outcome of Jefferson’s legal challenge to the seizure.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

This was pretty damn predictable...

...to anybody with at least two clues to rub together.
The Telegraph reports on the obvious conclusion to Britian's victim disarmament laws:

We have, post-Dunblane, what are said to be the toughest gun control laws in the world. They have actually proved strikingly ineffectual. Gun crime has doubled since they were introduced.

No shit.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Ahhh...that Clinton Odor

The Investor's Business Daily points out that it's Clinton business as Usual for Hillary Rodham Clinton:

Amazing how fast corruption's odor trails the Clintons. Just as Hillary announces she's running for president as her own woman, we now learn her brother got loans he never had to repay. Same old grifters.

That should be a warning, because the seedy memory of the Clinton scandals has faded since Bill and Hillary left the White House in 2001, pardoning criminals, signing book deals and perhaps carting off the silver on their way out.
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The couple abused the office of the president by selling political favors in exchange for campaign contributions. The two were so shameless in shaking money out of those who sought White House access that one collaborator, Johnny Chung, compared their operation to putting coins in a subway turnstile.

In return for campaign donations, they allowed U.S. technology to be sold to the Chinese, rented out the Lincoln bedroom to Hollywood second-stringers, indulged in improbably profitable commodity trades, and, for their finales, pardoned a long string of atrocious criminals, confident that their last-minute abuse of office would be forgotten as the nation turned its focus to a new president.
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As we gear up for the 2008 election, voters should think long and hard about whether they want another eight years of these ethics as Hillary presents herself as a potential first female president.


HT to Kim at WizBangBlog

When is Fitzgerald going to bring charges against the rest?

From the NR Media Blog, a short list of fuzzy MSM memories:

* Former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer testified that he told John Dickerson (then with TIME magazine) about Valerie Plame. Dickerson denies this.

* Fleischer also testified that he told NBC’s David Gregory about Valerie Plame. NBC Washington bureau chief Tim Russert later denied that Gregory ever received the leak.

* Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus testified that Fleischer told him about Valerie Plame. Fleischer denies this.

* Bob Woodward testified that he had discussions with Pincus about Valerie Plame. Pincus denies this.

* Russert first told the FBI that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that he discussed Valerie Plame with Scooter Libby. He later testified that he could.

* NBC’s Andrea Mitchell has yet to testify, but she first said publicly that everyone knew about Valerie Plame prior to Robert Novak’s column. She now denies that she herself knew (and successfully resisted a subpoena).

Then NR nails it: Remind me: Why is Libby the only one on trial for perjury?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

In in the interest to equal time...

Barbara Durkin replies to Mr. Stubblefield with the following article:

Marx Would Have Loved Kyoto
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
2/12/2007

“Climate Change: Canada's new leader is taking heat over an old letter saying Kyoto was a "socialist scheme" to redistribute wealth on a global scale. Was Karl Marx the first environmentalist?

Opponents of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who heads Canada's minority conservative government, have seized upon remarks he made in a 2002 fundraising letter to blast his leadership on the issue of climate change.

In that letter, Harper described the Kyoto Protocol as "a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations." He voiced his support for the "campaign to block the job-killing, economy-destroying Kyoto accord," an agreement he said was "based on tentative and contradictory scientific evidence about climate trends."

“He was right on all counts.”

“The simple reality is that no nation can continue to grow economically without its emissions growing. It is also true that Kyoto is a recipe for global poverty. The annual loss for the U.S., according to the U.N.'s own figures, could be as high as 1.96% of GDP.

Today's $1.3 trillion economy would take a $260 billion hit every year — totaling more than $11 trillion by 2050.
So in the absence of sound science and the presence of demonstrable economic harm, what is driving the global warmers with such passion?

Simply a passion for global redistribution of power and wealth.”

Speaking of Kennedys and energy...

Michael Stubblefield, , of Oxnard CA, is the longtime air quality chairman of the Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club, has an op-ed on RFJ, Jr. and his "inconsistent views" on energy and pollution:

For an "environmentalist," RFK Jr. has some inconsistent views on how America should respond to the imminent threat of global warming that, according to the recent United Nations report, is both real and far worse than anyone realized.

While RFK Jr. is extolling the virtues of LNG as a "bridge" fuel out here on the West Coast, he's simultaneously spearheading the opposition to a carbon-free wind farm proposed by Cape Wind Associates LLC on the East Coast, even in the face of virtually categorical endorsement by most environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club's Massachusetts Chapter.

Cape Wind wants to build America's first offshore wind farm at Horseshoe Shoal, a shallow part of Nantucket Sound. On a really windy day, Cape Wind estimates that its project will produce up to 468 megawatts of electricity (the maximum expected peak demand is 454 megawatts), with absolutely zero emissions. On a typically breezy day, the project will produce about 170 megawatts, which is 75 percent of the 230 megawatt demand of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha's Vineyard. Does Nantucket Sound really need this energy?

The New England Independent System Operator says that it needed it by 2006! But RFK Jr. and his millionaire clientele who have summer homes in the area have fought Cape Wind for the last six years and it's still dead in the water.
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Read the whole thing.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Free Speech attacked in Blue States

Eric Pfeiffer has the story in the Washington Times:

Scientists skeptical of climate-change theories say they are increasingly coming under attack -- treatment that may make other analysts less likely to present contrarian views about global warming.
"In general, if you do not agree with the consensus that we are headed toward disaster, you are treated like a pariah," said William O'Keefe, chief executive officer of the Marshall Institute, which assesses scientific issues that shape public policy.
"It's ironic that a field based on challenging unproven theories attacks skeptics in a very unhealthy way."
Two climatologists in Democrat-leaning states, David Legates in Delaware and George Taylor in Oregon, have come under fire for expressing skepticism about the origins of climate change. Oregon Gov. Theodore R. Kulongoski is publicly seeking to strip Mr. Taylor, widely known as the state's climatologist, of his position because of his stance.
"There has been a broad, concerted effort to intimidate and silence them," said Myron Ebell, director of energy and global-warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. "It's the typical politics of the hard left at work. I think these are real threats."
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Mr. O'Keefe said his organization doesn't deny the existence of global warming but questions the methods used by individuals and groups advocating for new government restrictions to combat the phenomenon.
"We have never said that global warming isn't real," Mr. O'Keefe said. "No self-respecting think tank would accept money to support preconceived notions. We make sure what we are saying is both scientifically and analytically defensible."

Good news for alternate energy in Massachusetts

The Cape Wind Project, which would provide clean, wind powered electricity (up to three quarters of the Cape & Island requirements), has been blocked by wealthy Cape & Island homeowners more concerned with their property values. Those opposing this non-greenhouse gas method of providing clean, renewable energy has included the Commonthwealth's own Senior Felon in the Senate, democrat Edward Kennedy.

Peter Fairley reports in the MIT Technology Review that these off shore wind farms are safer to birds than passenagers are in Senator Kennedy's car.

Uncertainty surrounding wind power's impact on wildlife--particularly the potential for deadly collisions between birds and turbines--has tarnished its image and even delayed some wind farms. Indeed, the first large offshore wind farm proposed for U.S. waters--the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts's Nantucket Sound--has been held up in part by concerns that its 130 turbines could kill thousands of seabirds annually. Now a simple infrared collision-detection system developed by Denmark's National Environmental Research Institute is helping clear the air.

The Thermal Animal Detection System (TADS) is essentially a heat-activated infrared video camera that watches a wind turbine around the clock, recording deadly collisions much as a security camera captures crimes. The first results, released this winter as part of a comprehensive $15 million study of Denmark's large offshore wind farms, show seabirds to be remarkably adept at avoiding offshore installations.

A Muir classic nails it...

While Chris Muir is embedded in Iraq, his site is running some best of.
This one hits the truth dead on...

Sunday, February 11, 2007

One of my book reviews

Weapons of Choice (The Axis of Time Trilogy, Book 1) by John Birmingham

Mislabeled as a SciFi MilFic novel...

What it really is someone's Sociology Thesis. As that, it's pretty good.

As sci-fi milfic, it's got holes. For one, the author did minimal research on the military. The USMC doesn't have medical officers. The USN supplies all medical services to the USMC, including Corpsmen who go into battle with the Marines. It's also very doughtful that there will be fusion powered super carriers in service by 2021, or personal combat armor that has a direct MMI (Man Machine Interface) to the wearer.

Seeing the 1942 reaction to a modern multiracial/multinational taskforce was the true focus of the book. Keep in mind that America was probably the most "progressive" of the allied forced at the time.

The USMC was all White, and the Navy only allowed blacks to serve in the Mess, but the Army not only had a long history of black combat troops, it also had serving black officers by that point.
Keep in mind that colored troops were sent to Cuba during the Spanish American War, because they were considered some of the best combat troops at the time!

The interaction between the mid 20th century and the early 21st personnel is where this book is worth the cover price.

If you want straight milfic or Scifi Milfic, you are better off with David Drake or John Ringo.

Will the anti-war left keep HRC honest?

Don Surber reports on democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's record.
Senator Hillary, on the Senate Floor, 10/10/2002:

“I believe the authority to use force to enforce that mandate is inherent in the original 1991 UN resolution, as President Clinton recognized when he launched Operation Desert Fox in 1998.

“If we get the resolution that President Bush seeks, and if Saddam complies, disarmament can proceed and the threat can be eliminated. Regime change will, of course, take longer but we must still work for it, nurturing all reasonable forces of opposition.

“If we get the resolution and Saddam does not comply, then we can attack him with far more support and legitimacy than we would have otherwise.”


This is a crystal clear statement that she supported an attack by US forces against Iraq.
Will the anti-war left let her try to spin her way out of her clearly stated stance or will they fold in the name of partisan politics?

The DNC/MSM

Jon Ham provides even more proof that the majority of the MSM is not just in bed with, but is actually providing sexual favors to, the DNC.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Setting the wayback machine...

To one year ago today, we find that it was obvious then the one telling the lies was Joe Wilson.

Update: Byron York points out that Everything we know about Joe Wilson's trip to Niger is wrong (unless you were paying attention and were reading this blog...)

...the new documents suggest that Mrs. Wilson suggested her husband for the trip before the vice president made his request. In other words, Joseph Wilson’s visit to Niger, which everyone believes was undertaken at the behest of the vice president, was actually in the works before Dick Cheney asked his now-famous question.
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What does the new information mean? On February 12, 2002, the Defense Intelligence Agency released — inside the government, not publicly — a report covering the Africa uranium issue; its title said that Niger had “signed an agreement to sell 500 tons of uranium a year to Baghdad.” CIA officials told Senate investigators the report spurred requests for information from both the State Department and the Department of Defense. Knowledgeable sources speculate — and they stress, they are speculating — that those inquiries from State and Defense were made on the 12th, the day the Defense Intelligence Agency report was sent around, and that Valerie Plame Wilson, in suggesting her husband be sent to investigate, was reacting to those requests, and not to the vice president’s question, which came the next day. In this new version of events, Dick Cheney was the last guy to request more information, not the first; the notion that his request started the whole affair seems wrong.


Even Slate gets it...

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Now this just plain wrong:

Florida Supreme Court: Man Must Pay Child Support For Kid That Isn’t His

That is how Rob correctly identifies this miscarriage of "Justice":

Sixteen months after his divorce, Richard Parker made a devastating discovery. A DNA test revealed that his 3-year-old son had been fathered by someone else.

Mr. Parker immediately filed a lawsuit claiming fraud by his apparently unfaithful ex-wife. He took his case all the way to the Florida Supreme Court.

Last week, the Florida justices ruled 7-0 against him. They said that Parker must continue to pay $1,200 a month in child support because he had missed the one-year postdivorce deadline for filing his lawsuit. His court-ordered payments would total more than $200,000 over 15 years to support another man’s child.


Rob then asks a key question:
What’s sad is that, out of all of the court’s concern over the welfare of the child, there was apparently no thought given to finding the real father and tasking him with the child support. Certainly the mother has to know who it was, why wasn’t she asked? Or, if refusing to talk, compelled to provide the information to the court so that the real father could be charged with his parental obligations?


This poor, trusting bastard (and I'm talking about the guy being forced at gun point to write checks to his cheating ex-wife), should take the adulterous, lying [insert your choice of accurate and true insults] beeyatch to court to force her to give up the identity of the biological father, and then sue his ass for the amount of the child support payments, plus damages.

This is not surprising to those who pay attention...

"I find the war in Iraq much more frightening to watch on television when I’m on leave outside Iraq than I find it when I’m there."

HT to Mr. Reynolds and Romenesko

Friday, February 09, 2007

Sad News

Actor Ian Richardson dead at 72

Laconic actor Ian Richardson, famed for his role as the arch manipulator in the BBC political drama House of Cards, has died suddenly at the age of 72, his agent said on Friday...

"House of Cards was just so much his own," Diamond said, reflecting on Richardson's role as the epitome of elegant evil in the BBC parliamentary trilogy.

His oleaginous aside as a Machiavellian politician - "You might say that, I couldn't possibly comment" - has entered the language as a perfect catchphrase for devious evasiveness.

I first taped HOUSE OF CARDS off the air when it was broadcast on our local PBS station and then bought the VHS set from the BBC when it became available. There are differences between the PBS and BBC edits of the series.


Link to the ITV story.

Someone on an alternate history site is writing a fanfic about how the character of Francis Urquhart would have handled 9/11 and the events of the real year 2001.
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Isn't UN supposed to be watching for this stuff...

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

An Important Civil Right

Mr. Reynolds points out:

About ten years ago, we had Kathleen Cleaver speak at the law school and lots of folks from the black community came. During the Q&A, one older black minister stood up and said that the right to bear arms had been the most important constitutional right during the Civil Rights era...

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

How did this get past the network censors?

A prime time TV show that actually has a serious character say positive things about America. This really is a prime example of a man bites dog story. Mary Katharine Ham fills in the details:

All right, I debated about whether to write this post because, in order to do so, I must necessarily admit that I watch "7th Heaven." It's true. I do. Been watching it for years.
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In this week's episode, two main teenage characters-- T-Bone (really) and Ruthie-- were charged with writing a paper on the genocide in Darfur. The show tracked their research with its signature, grating, overt preaching on doing more for Darfur, but some of the exchanges were pretty hard on the Blame-America-Firsters. Check it out:
T-Bone: “Working at an environmental company as a receptionist and being an expert in world concerns…I need some research on Darfur. Would you happen to have access to anything at that company of yours on Darfur?”

Jane: "I don’t know him."

Other Girl Whose Name I Never Remember: “It’s a palce. It’s part of the Sudan, in Africa.”

T-Bone: "My mistake that I thought you might have any information on the subject at all. Have a nice day.”

Jane: "Wait, I have information. Darfur’s where all those people are right...I gave a bunch of stuff to Ruthie last week, on those people. There’s a lot ot them.”

Other Girl: "Not very good stuff.”

Jane: "What do you mean?"

Other Girl: “They make it look like our president isn’t doing anything.”

T-Bone: “Well, that’s not true. That’s not true at all."

Other: "I know, but the info she gave Ruthie..."

Jane: "It’s an environmental company. Everything we do is based on research."

Other: “I think politics affects your research.”

Jane: "Oh, since when do you have opinions?"

Other: "It’s just. It’s Darfur. And it’s important that everyone understands what’s going on. And, I don’t think your information is accurate. I don’t even think it makes sense. I think somebody just made it up.”

Jane: “Are you calling the people that I work for liars?”

T-Bone: "Maybe they just didn’t do their research. I know how difficult that is. Do they have access to the Internet?"

Jane: "I’m sure my bosses did their research. They can’t just make something up and print it and put it out there for people to read.”

T-Bone: "Oh, but they can. Newspapers do it every day."

Other: "I can get you some research. I have access to the Internet." To Jane: “There aren’t two sides to this story. There’s just the truth. And, the truth is this is genocide and the United States of America is the the first to call it genocide, which is something the United Nations refuses to do. The United States of America has done mor than anyone else in the world to end this genocide.”

and
T-Bone: "You’re blaming Darfur on me? I actually suspect that you blame Darfur on our president. Although, you may be surprised to learn that the United States of America has contributed almost $ 2 billion in assistance to improve the situation in refugee camps."

Ruthie: "So?"

T-Bone: "So, the United States is the single largest international donor to the Sudan. And, we provide 50 percent of the food from the UN world food program to Darfur and 70 percent of the contributions to Sudan, overall. And, we’re contributing $16 million to humanitarian campaigns to prevent rape, treat vicims, and build crisis centers."

Ruthie: "And?"

T-Bone: "And, going back to the years 2003-2005. In those two years alone, the U.S. contributed $2 billion to refugee camps."

Ruthie: "Hmm. Let’s see. I’m not great with numbers, but I know that whatever we’re doing, it’s not enough."

T-Bone: "Why is it always, ‘What’s the US doing?’ Why isn’t it, ‘What’s the world doing?’"

Ruthie: "You mean, why not just pass the buck? Because people are starving, women are being raped, children are being enslaved and orphaned. Men and women are having their ears and lilps and limbs cut off. Someone has to do something. We’re supposed to be a superpower, so why don’t we use our super powers for good instead of evil."

T-Bone: "We’re doing everything we can possibly do.The very people who criticize us for policing the world are the same people who criticize us for not doing more in Darfur."

Ruthie: "So?"

T-Bone: "So, why can’t the UN send in more peacekeeping troops? Why can’t the UN even establish a no fly-over zone? Why are we supposed to do it? Why are we even supposed to pressure the UN to do it? Why don’t they just do it?"


Good questions. You probably won't hear them asked on CNN or even Meet the Press.

The "wit" and lack of Wisdom of John Edwards blogmaster

Michelle Malkin brings the low points and hate filled rants of Amanda Marcotte

Sunday, February 04, 2007

An inconvenient Truth...

Actual real scientific analysis of factal data is done in the book, Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years
It points out hard, cold facts, such as:

"We have lots of physical evidence for the 1,500-year cycle. Yet we don't have physical evidence that human-emitted CO2 is adding significantly to the natural cycle. The current warming started in 1850, too early to be blamed on industries and autos."


Analysis of deep ice cores in Greenladn show this 1,500-year cycle goes back 250,000 years!
Further scientific analysis of long term data (Antarctic ice ores, glacer advances and retreats and cave stalagmites from every continent) give further data to this cycle of warming and cooling going back much longer (400,000 years and one million years are two values obtained by the research).

The authors speak truth to power, and will probably be ignored by the devote believers:
"We hope our book will help calm the rampant hysteria about globalwarming and the flawed Greenhouse models," emphasizes Avery. "We should be using our resources and technology to find the best ways to adapt to the inevitable but moderate warming to come, not to study one climate model after another, scare people to death, and pass crippling 'environmental' legislation that would deny the world the economic growth it needs to overcome poverty, the greatest problem of all."


HT to Mike's America.

Mr. Reynolds also makes some damn good points that everyone should pay attention to:
...burning carbon is a lousy idea. Coal and oil are, over the long term, far more valuable as chemical feedstocks than as fuels anyway, and burning them is unacceptably filthy regardless of greenhouse issues. We should replace them as soon as possible with nice, clean, greenhouse-friendly nuclear plants and other environmentally friendly power technologies. Burning less carbon is good planetary hygiene, and good practice generally, regardless of what you think of global warming.

Drunk with power...

...that is one of the best ways to describe democrat Nancy Pelosi, as Kim at Wizbang points out.

On January 4th I described Nancy Pelosi as being drunk on power after I read her declaration that she is the most powerful woman in America. I also called her statement "let's hear it for the power!" obnoxious and said that if she keeps it up, her aides will have to grease the sides of her head to get her through the doors of the House. Pelosi's obnoxiousness hasn't abated. Now she wants a military airlift available at her beck and call
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So, does her demanding a military transport whenever she wants it support my original statement that Speaker Pelosi is drunk with power? Yep.

Recently updated...

Page 14 of Polysigs, page 8 of general purpose sigs, Page 2 of Military sigs, and HRC sigs.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

The Clown beats the Evil Empire

David Colker in the LA Times writes:

In the ultimate coffee smackdown, it was yuppie Starbucks vs. Ronald McDonald.

And the clown won.

Consumer Reports magazine said today that in a test conducted at two locations of each emporium, its tasters found McDonald's coffee to be "decent and moderately strong" with "no flaws." On the other hand, the Starbucks brew "was strong, but burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open."

The March issue of the magazine, due out Monday, thus advises, "Try McDonald's, which was cheapest and best."


The fact that Starbucks over roasts has been known to those who pay attention for years.
My main problem with the Clown Coffee is they buy their coffee from a far left liberal who donates portions of his profits to organizations that keep over $0.90 on the dollar as "administrative overhead."

So What Else Is New?

Once again the assholes on the Left are attempting to rewrite history to suit their own ends.

In this case they are attempting to deny the fact that leftist trash were spitting on uniformed members of the armed forces in the period during and subsequent to the Vietnam War. That and the screaming "babykiller" thing.

One should think that with a minimum estimated bodycount of 110 million persons of all ages and genders by various Marxist regimes that the label of "babykillers" would be more accurately applied to the Left.

We should also remember that the act of spitting on a member of the armed forces is also the repudiation of the idea of the right to Life and Liberty of every citizen and legal resident of the nation that service member has sworn to defend.

When a walking piece of leftist trash spits on a uniformed member of the armed services its message to all citizens and legal residents is simply "die motherf***er."

And as a citizen and former soldier of the United States I would have to interpret that message in a very personal manner.


HT: Instapundit
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Friday, February 02, 2007

Good work by the Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts are out in force selling cookies around town. I stop and buy from the ones standing out in the cold and the snow.
They also have a jar to buy cookies to be sent to servicemen & servicewomen serving in Iraq.
For every box I've bought, I've put a bit more in the jar.

Kudos to the Westborough, MA Girl Scouts.

I'm with Glenn

Mr. Reynolds says the following about the big political push for Global Warming:

I won't take it seriously until they ban private jets and stretch limos.

No, seriously. A Gulfstream III releases 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide an hour. How can we demand "sacrifice" from ordinary Americans when our leaders -- including those who call for the sacrifice -- are flying in jets like this? If commercial first-class isn't good enough, they should stay home.

He has a damn good point.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

What will Speaker Pelosi say about this?

The Politico reports that democrat Rep. Loretta Sanchez "has quit the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, accusing the chairman, Rep. Joe Baca, of telling people she's a "whore.""

Will she have Baca brought up before the Ethics Committee or will it be democrat politics as usual?

The Washington Post viewpoint...