Urbin Report

Saturday, March 31, 2007

"This is outrageous"

Senator Joe Lieberman writes the Truth in an USA Today editorial:

"Two months ago, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm one of our most decorated generals, David Petraeus, to take command in Iraq. Gen. Petraeus promised a fundamental overhaul of U.S. strategy — with a new plan that would at last correct the many mistakes we have made in this long and difficult war.
Since taking command, Gen. Petraeus has been true to his word. The result? Sectarian violence is down in Baghdad. The radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has fled. The Mahdi Army, which terrorized Baghdad last year, appears to be splintering. And the Iraqi government — its spine stiffened thanks to our renewed support — is taking the critical steps for political reconciliation.
Amazingly, however, just at the moment things are at last beginning to look up in Iraq, a narrow majority in Congress has decided that it's time to force our military to retreat. Rather than supporting Gen. Petraeus, they are threatening to strip him of the troops he says he needs and sabotage his strategy.
"This is outrageous. The deadline for retreat that Congress wants to impose is both arbitrary and inflexible. American troops would be forced to begin withdrawing regardless of conditions in Iraq, regardless of the recommendations of our military commanders and regardless of what impact a hasty retreat would have on America's security and credibility — in short, regardless of reality."

More Moonbats spouting nonsense

By way of Screw Loose Change, comes Moonbats spouting FUD about the US Government, the UN & a Military takeover.
These people are complete out of touch with reality! If one thing is completely clear, it's that the Bush 43 Administration is not all touchy feeling with the UN.

Reality vs. Rosie

As Bernard Goldberg so accurately described Rosie O'Donnells rant, "...the real danger is that they're mainstreaming this hateful nonsense."

The apolitical folks at Popular Mechanics inject reality into the bizarre, far left extremist rants of the Uber-Moonbat Rosie

HT to Doug Ross, who has a good summary:

In other words, there's no credible evidence that the U.S. Government -- which has proven itself incapable of fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax or illegal immigration -- orchestrated a conspiracy of epic proportions. There's a word for folks who believe in this stuff, but I'm not allowed to say it in mixed company.

And consider the fact that Rosie O'Donnell is offered a forum on a major network to excrete these despicable concepts. And that such a venue provides these outrageous blatherings with a tenuous currency.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Fox guarding the henhouse...democrat style!

It seems while far left extremist liberal democrat Diane Feinstein, Senator from California was micromanaging Defense projects assigned to her husband's company, she was also a member of the Senate committee responsible for "ethics reform."

How convenient!

HT to Ms. Malkin

Thursday, March 29, 2007

democrat Culture of Corruption continues...

This time it's HCI's own Senator Diane Feinstein, hard far left extremist liberal democrat from California.
The JawaReport had the following commentary:

According to MetroActive, she resigned quietly (where was the MSM?) in January from a Military Construction Appropriations committee over a conflict of interest involving her husband, tens of millions of dollars in defense and construction contracts, etc.

MetroActive speculates that the resignation was due to the impending release of a scathing expose (funded by The Nation) that threatened to blow the lid off the air-tight kettledrum of ethical problems

Here are the details from MetroActive:
SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband's companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp.

Perhaps she resigned from MILCON because she could not take the heat generated by Metro's expose of her ethics (which was partially funded by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute). Or was her work on the subcommittee finished because Blum divested ownership of his military construction and advanced weapons manufacturing firms in late 2005?


The nice folk at the Jawa Report point out the reality of the matter:
This is genuine news. Political corruption on a scale as big as Duke Cunningham, and the mainstream press is worried about 8 US attorneys losing their jobs in a completely legal hard-ball political axing-session.

Votes for Sale!

democrat Votes for Sale!
KCCI-TV has the story.

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack gave Sen. Hillary Clinton his endorsement for her presidential campaign.

The Clinton campaign has promised Vilsack to help pay off a $400,000 campaign debt he built up during his run for the White House. . . .


HT to Best of the Web.

No surprise here...

democrats To Propose Largest Tax Hike In History.

Gee...democrats raising taxes. At least some things are consistent..

Robert Novak reports:

The new Democratic majority begins dancing the next phase of the tax-and-spend minuet in the House of Representatives today. Following the example set by their Senate brethren last Friday, House Democrats will adopt a budget resolution containing the largest tax increase in U.S. history amid massive national inattention.
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It had been assumed that the new Democratic majority would end President Bush's relief in capital gains, dividend and estate taxation. The simultaneous rollback of Bush-sponsored income tax cuts was a surprise. This reflects Democrats' belief that they can survive a long-term commitment to bigger government. Here is an audacious effort to raise the banner of fiscal responsibility while increasing spending and taxes.

This Democratic strategy is encapsulated in what Harry Hopkins, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's main man, is alleged to have told a friend at New York's Empire City race track in August 1938: "We will spend and spend, and tax and tax, and elect and elect." While Hopkins denied ever saying those words, they represented successful Democratic government and political strategy for the next two decades.

Captain Ed continues:
...the nation gave the Democrats the majority in both chambers of Congress. What did we get? No decrease in federal spending; the Democrats want to grow the government by 2.4% each year, which would mean adding close to $100 billion in spending each year. In order to do that, they want to increase taxes across the board, choking off economic growth and making people even more dependent on the government.

By 2011, the added tax burden on every taxpayer would be over $1100 dollars. Twenty-six million small businesses would have to pay almost $4,000 in extra taxes. More than five million Americans whose incomes are too low to pay taxes now would have to start paying in 2011, making the Democratic plan more regressive than what it seeks to replace.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

What has become of this noble dream?

That is the question Hillel Neuer, executive director of the UN Watch asks the "UN Human Rights Council"

What is particularly telling is the reaction of the Chairman of the Council when some one dares to Speak Truth To Power.

Meanwhile, in France...

Civilization continues its downward slide...

PARIS - Riot police firing tear gas and brandishing batons clashed Tuesday with bands of youths who shattered windows and looted shops at a major Paris train station, and officials said seven people were arrested.

Officers and police dogs charged at groups of marauding youths, some of them wearing hoods, who mingled with commuters and travelers at the Gare du Nord — one of Paris' most important transport hubs.

Some of the youths threw trash cans and other objects at the officers, who responded by firing tear gas.

28 years of Dollar Coins



28 years of US Dollar Coins, obverse view.

Back in 1979, we got the Susan B. Anthony Dollar Coin.
Another legacy of the Carter Administration, a dollar that looks and feels like a quarter. Thanks Jimmy...

In 2000, the Sacagawea Dollar Coin was released. This intelligent redesign kept the same size and weight (making it vending machine compatible with the Susie B.), but was made with a distinctive Golden color and removed the edge milling (making it feel different than a Quarter).

Now we have the first in the Presidential Series of US Dollar Coins, featuring the first US President, George Washington.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

An excellent essay

Why the Gun is Civilization.

Of course the comment section has some of the typical victim disarmament fan so-called "arguments" that prove they never even bothered taking Logic 101.

HT to Tam.

The LA Times Scandel

Patterico has the details:

On March 17, I noticed that Bud Cummins, one of the fired U.S. Attorneys, had directly contradicted the major premise of an L.A. Times article published about him. It’s now been over a week, and the paper has done nothing to correct the record. It appears clear to me that they aren’t going to tell their readers that the subject of an article has publicly claimed that the central premise of the article was wrong.

If you’re looking for an L.A. Times scandal, you’ve found it. This nonsense about Andres Martinez isn’t a scandal. Hiding the truth from your readers is.
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eight days from when I first posted about this, and a full week from when I first wrote the paper about it. No correction has issued. The paper has made no reference to Cummins’s denial of the central premise of the story. As far as the readers of the Los Angeles Times know, Bud Cummins thinks his firing may be related to a political investigation. Times readers have no idea that Cummins has explicitly said that he knows of no such connection.

Even if the paper stands by its quotation of Cummins, it owes readers the information that Cummins 1) denies that he said what the Times article attributed to him; and 2) says that, even if that’s somehow what he said, he doesn’t believe that it’s true.

The paper’s failure to communicate this information to readers is scandalous and inexcusable.

Read the whole thing.

New technology from MIT would make internal combustion engines more efficent than hybrids

The MIT Technology Review reports:

For Daniel Cohn, a senior research scientist at MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the century-old internal-combustion engine is still a source of inspiration. As he strides past the machinery and test equipment in the MIT Sloan Automotive Laboratory, his usually reserved demeanor drops away. "An engine this size," he says, pointing out an ordinary-looking 2.4-liter midsize gasoline engine, "would be a rocket with our technology."

By way of explaining that technology, he shows off a turbocharger that could be bolted to the 2.4-liter engine; the engine, he adds, uses direct fuel injection rather than the port injection currently found in most cars. Both turbocharging and direct injection are pre-existing technologies, and neither looks particularly impressive. Indeed, used separately, they would lead to only marginal improvements in the performance of an internal-combustion engine. But by combining them, and augmenting them with a novel way to use a small amount of ethanol, Cohn and his colleagues have created a design that they believe could triple the power of a test engine, an advance that could allow automakers to convert small engines designed for economy cars into muscular engines with more than enough power for SUVs or sports cars. By extracting better performance from smaller, more efficient engines, the technology could lead to vehicles whose fuel economy rivals that of hybrids, which use both an electric motor and a gasoline engine. And that fuel efficiency could come at a fraction of the cost.
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A turbocharger and a direct-?injection system would add to the cost of an engine, as would strengthening its walls to allow for a higher level of turbocharging. The added equipment costs, however, would be partially offset by the reduced expense of manufacturing a smaller engine. In total, an engine equipped with the new technology would cost about $1,000 to $1,500 more than a conventional engine. Hybrid systems, which are expensive because they require both an internal-combustion engine and an electric motor powered by batteries, add $3,000 to $5,000 to the cost of a small to midsize vehicle--and even more to the cost of a larger vehicle.

democrat staffer busted in D.C. for gun law violation

Remember that D.C. has had a handgun ban (and record crime rates) since 1976

WASHINGTON (AP) - An aide to Sen. Jim Webb [democrat] was arrested Monday when he entered a Senate office building with a loaded pistol belonging to the senator.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the aide was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition.

The office of Webb, D-Va., identified the aide as Phillip Thompson and said he was "a former Marine, a long-term friend and trusted employee of the senator."
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The weapon was revealed when the aide went through an X-ray machine at an entrance of the Russell Senate Office Building, Schneider said. She said the man had a loaded pistol with two additional loaded magazines.

Monday, March 26, 2007

A damn good speech

A former liberal speaks the truth about the modern Liberal.

A self described "9/13 Republican" reviews his former viewpoint from the harsh light of reality.

What would Galileo say?

Fred Thompson asks while guest hosting the Paul Harvey show:

Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever. Now scientists are telling us that Mars is experiencing its own planetary warming: Martian warming. It seems scientists have noticed recently that quite a few planets in our solar system seem to be heating up a bit, including Pluto.

NASA says the Martian South Pole’s “ice cap” has been shrinking for three summers in a row. Maybe Mars got its fever from earth. If so, I guess Jupiter’s caught the same cold, because it’s warming up too, like Pluto.

This has led some people, not necessarily scientists, to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty, are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists who run their air-conditioning at 60 degrees and refuse to recycle.

Silly, I know, but I wonder what all those planets, dwarf planets and moons in our SOLAR system have in common. Hmmmm. SOLAR system. Hmmmm. Solar? I wonder. Nah, I guess we shouldn’t even be talking about this. The science is absolutely decided. There’s a consensus.

Ask Galileo...

HT to Doug Ross

Domestic Surge

Elephant Biz has some interesting data on a possible Fred Thompson run:

Fred Thompson is clearly electable in November - the latest Rasmussen poll shows Thompson virtually tied with Clinton, leading her 44-43. Would his entry into the race cost Giuliani some of his support amongst conservatives looking for a horse who can best Hillary? It's hard to see how it wouldn't.

My prediction: The first reliable national polls after Thompson announces his candidacy will have Thompson roughly tied with Giuliani, and both of them at least 10 points ahead of McCain and Romney.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

She nails it...

Ann Coulter may be fuzzy on the defination of "Metrosexual", but she nails the Cult of Algore:

Further proving that liberalism is a religion, its practitioners respond with the zeal of Torquemada to any dissent from the faith in global warming.

A few years ago, Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg wrote a book titled "The Skeptical Environmentalist," disputing the hysteria surrounding global warming and other environmentalist scares. Lomborg is a Greenpeace anti-war protester -- or, as he is described on liberal websites, he is a "young, gay vegetarian Dane with tight T-shirts." His book was cited favorably in The New York Times.

But for questioning the "science" behind global warming, Lomborg was brought up on charges of "scientific misconduct" by Denmark's Inquisition Court, called the "Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation." I take it Denmark's Ministry of Truth was booked solid that day.

The moment anyone diverges from official church doctrine on global warming, he is threatened with destruction. Heretics would be burnt at the stake if liberals could figure out how to do it in a "carbon neutral" way.

Climatologist Dr. Timothy Ball is featured in the new documentary debunking global warming, titled "The Great Global Warming Swindle." For this heresy, Ball has received hate mail with such messages as, "If you continue to speak out, you won't live to see further global warming."
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Global warming is supposed to be "science." It's hard to imagine Niels Bohr responding to Albert Einstein's letter questioning quantum mechanics with a statement like: "If you continue to speak out, you won't live to see further quantum mechanics."

Interesting Civics case

Jay Tea notes some interesting points in common between the perfectly legal removal of US Attorneys by the Bush administration and the legal dodges democrat Congressman William "Cold Cash" Jefferson is using to avoid prosecution for accepting a $100,000 in cash bribes.

To recap: many in Congress are concerned ("concerned," meaning "acting like opportunistic partisan hacks) about the dismissal of eight US Attorneys by the Bush administration. As far as I can tell, no one is saying that anything illegal or unconstitutional was done, but the notion that political concerns might have played a role in the removal of political appointees has some politicians all in a dither. Congress wants key Bush administration officials to testify before them, under oath.
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But I gave it some more thought, and realized that within just the last year was another incident that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the current mess -- but, in reality, sets a very clear precedent for this matter.

That incident: none other than the scandal involving Representative William "Cold Cash" Jefferson Clinton. (Dang, I've GOT to get my keyboard fixed from doing that.)

As you may recall, Representative Jefferson (D-LA) is being investigated in a major corruption scandal. While he has not been formally charged with anything, several others have been convicted of giving him bribes, and the FBI found over $90,000 in cash bundled in his freezer.

Jefferson's travails came to the forefront when the FBI conducted a search of his offices on Capitol Hill. Congress went into a righteous huff over the "invasion" of their sovereign territory, insisting that the Justice Department had no authority to violate a member's office, citing Congress's status as a "separate but equal" branch of the government.

But the Bush administration had done it right. They saw the conflicting interests -- the Justice Department's duty to investigate criminal matters, and Congress's independence from the Executive Branch -- and found a proper solution: they sought a warrant from a federal judge in the matter, thus involving the third branch of the government -- the Judiciary. That was a concrete example of the principle of our divided government -- when there is a conflict between two of the branches, the third one is expected to decide the matter. Here, the Executive branch was obligated to intervene in the inner workings of the Legislative, so they sought the input of the Judiciary -- and that branch sided with the Executive.

Here again, we are seeing a conflict between two branches. In a mirror image of the Jefferson case, it is the Legislative branch that wants to intervene in the inner workings of the Executive. And instead of an office, it is the statements and advice of some of the president's top aides that the Legislature wants to scrutinize. The president is asserting his authority as a separate and equal branch to resist that, much like the Congressional leadership did over the Jefferson office search.

But where the Bush administration sought out the input of the Judiciary Branch before executing its search of Jefferson's office, Congress is attempting to assert its authority solely on its own. It is insisting that it has the right to compel the appearance and testimony of high-ranking officials within the White House, without restraint. And I don't care for that in the least.

Read the whole thing.

AP runs true to form...

A Shiite militia in Iraq collapses and they find the dark lining in that silver cloud.
President Bush's Surge brings a positive result and the MSM/DNC covers it their way:

BAGHDAD - The violent Shiite militia known as the Mahdi Army is breaking into splinter groups, with up to 3,000 gunmen now financed directly by Iran and no longer loyal to the firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, adding a potentially even more deadly element to Iraq’s violent mix.

Two senior militia commanders told The Associated Press that hundreds of these fighters have crossed into Iran for training by the elite Quds force, a branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard thought to have trained Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and Muslim fighters in Bosnia and Afghanistan.


Hmmm...heading to Iran to be trained by the Iranian military. Ok, that isn't good, but this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who was paying attention when President Bush identified Iran as part of the "Axis of Evil." He's not the most articulate man to occupy the Oval Office by a long shot, but sometimes he does nail it.

HT to Rob

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

39 dead terrorists...

Sounds like a Good Start. By way of PajamasMedia:

The Al-bu Issa tribes in Amiriyat al-Fallujah, backed by local police and the MNF, clashed today with members of the al-Qaeda linked “Islamic State in Iraq” terror organization, according to al-Hurra TV.

The tribe involved in the clashes has opposed al-Qaeda for months now and is part of the Awakening Council

The battles that are still ongoing have so far left 39 terrorists killed including the “ministers of oil and war” of the terror organization.


Interesting enough, this story didn't make the main page of CNN.

Free Speech disappearing on campus

Evan Coyne Maloney's new film points out only politically correct speech is tolerated on many college campuses.

Coming soon to a laptop near you...

Sandisk has a 32 Gig Flash drive.

Not only faster and lighter, but it uses less power than a drive with spinning disks.

A clear double standard!

Byron York points out that Valerie Plame clearly committed purgery in her latest Senate testimony

For those who followed the Senate investigation, the young-junior-officer story was not the only surprise in Mrs. Wilson’s House testimony. In addition to saying that her office received a call from the vice president’s office, Mrs. Wilson flatly denied playing a role in choosing her husband for the trip to Niger. “I did not recommend him. I did not suggest him,” she testified. The Senate Intelligence Committee report, which concluded that she had indeed suggested her husband for the trip, was simply wrong, Mrs. Wilson testified. In particular, what she called a “quick e-mail” describing her husband’s qualifications for the trip was “taken out of context” by the committee to “make it seem as though I had suggested or recommended him.”

In response to an inquiry from National Review Online Friday, Sen. Bond disputed Mrs. Wilson’s memory. “We have…checked the memorandum written by Ms. Wilson suggesting her husband to look into the Niger reporting,” Bond said in a statement. “I…stand by the Committee’s finding that this memorandum indicates Ms. Wilson did suggest her husband for a Niger inquiry. Because the quote [the portion of the memo quoted in the Senate report] obviously does not represent the entirety of the memorandum, I suggest that the House Government Reform Committee request and examine this memorandum themselves. I am confident that they will come to the same conclusion as our bipartisan membership did.”


HT to Mike in America who brings it home:
The question is: Will Ms. Plame, or her husband, ever be held to the same standard of accountability as Scooter Libby?

Don't bet on it. Not even if we used the same political pressure tactics on U.S. Attorneys that Chuck Schumer applied in the effort to see someone from the White House indicted.

As usual, Democrats are exempt from the same rules the rest of us follow or else!

Inconvient Questions



Questions Algore doesn't want to answer.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The hard far left shows itself.

A very revealing set of photos found on Indymedia by way of LGF.

Late Morning Quotes

From the collection:

Gun Owner or Victim: You choose which you want be.

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always posses arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them." -- Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), primary author of the Bill of Rights, 1788

"For the past thirty years it has been illegal to own a handgun in DC, giving criminals and savages carte blanche. As the national crime rate has declined, DC's has gone up. Finally, in 2003, the DC chief of police declared a "crime emergency." That's an awfully ironic position to be in considering the banning of guns was supposed to make everyone safer." -- Tammy Bruce, The New American Revolution

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms should be a convenience store, not a government agency.

"It's kind of ironic that someone as solidly libertarian-right as Robert Heinlein probably produced more varied political thought experiments in his SF than any other major SF author, left or right." -- Eric O'Dell

"Oh, 'tanstaafl.' Means 'There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.'" -- Mannie in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

I will not brew decaf. Decaf is the mind-killer. Decaf brings the little sleep that leads to total oblivion. I will embrace my caffeine. I will brew beverages and let them flow through, and when they are gone, I will remain...alert.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Modern Plenary Indulgences

I've been using the term plenary indulgence to describe those so-called "Carbon Offset" payments for a while. Ace has noticed the striking similarities as well.

Oscar bags contained 10,000 pounds worth of supposed carbon offsets.

From where is this carbon being offset?

Well, for a real offset, you'd have to pay someone to do something he otherwise would not do (such as fill a lot of his land with trees he otherwise would not have planted), or pay someone not to do something they otherwise would have done (such as not fly on chartered private jets).

But it seems these supposed "offsets" are coming from people doing things they were already doing -- for example, TerraPass is selling "reduced methane" emissions in its garbage dumps, despite the fact they were already reducing methane before the sale of "carbon offsets."

Thus, you're not paying someone to generate less "greenhouse gases." You're paying someone to continue generating the same levels of greenhouse gases they were before you paid them.

It's absurd, but what Al Gore and his Hollywood nitwits are doing, basically, is paying me not to fly on private Gulfstream jets. Well, see, I already wasn't flying on them. Paying me not to fly on them does pad my pocket a bit, but it doesn't reduce carbon dioxide emissions, because I already wasn't flying on them.

Carbon offsets are not carbon offsets at all. They're hypocrisy offsets at best.

And, of course, they're really just indulgences for the Church of Gaia.


Update: John Fund of the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page unearthed the following:
The Nashville-based Tennessee Center for Policy Research was skeptical that Mr. Gore had been "walking the walk" on the environment. It obtained public records showing that for years Mr. Gore has burned through more electricity at his Nashville home each month than the average American family uses in a year--and his consumption was increasing. The heated Gore pool house alone ran up more than $500 in natural-gas bills every month.

Mr. Gore's office responded by claiming that the Gores "purchase offsets for their carbon emissions to bring their carbon footprint down to zero." But CNSNews.com reports that Mr. Gore doesn't purchase carbon offsets with his own resources, and that they are meaningless in terms of global warming.

The offset purchases are actually made for him by Generation Investment Management, a London-based investment firm that Mr. Gore co-founded, and which provides carbon offsets as a fringe benefit to all 23 of its employees, ensuring that they require no real sacrifice on the part of Mr. Gore or his family.
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Mr. Gore has called the campaign to combat global warming a "moral imperative." But Mr. Gore faces another imperative: to square his sales pitches with the facts and his personal lifestyle to more align with what he advocates that others practice. "Are you ready to change the way you live?" asks Mr. Gore's film. It's time people ask Mr. Gore "Are you ready to change the way you live, as well as the way you lecture the rest of us?"

Good summary of the Plame spin...

The Overt agent of the CIA, Valerie Plame gave her spin to congress and Doug has a excellent summary:

Sounds like there were a few problems with Plame's testimony.

Was the disclosure of Plame's identity a wanton, stupid act? Certainly. Was it a crime? Apparently not, if prosecutor Fitzgerald's investigation and Toensing's testimony mean anything.

But let's stop and compare this media firestorm with one that fizzled. Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger admitted to the theft and destruction of Top Secret documents. He committed these real crimes just prior to their discovery by the 9/11 Commission's investigation. Has there been any interest expressed in the theft and destruction of material directly related to the greatest terrorist attack in history? No. The mainstream media doesn't appear to care a whit.

And the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy™ says the media is partisan.


Update: There is a lot more good stuff at Flopping Aces & at Hillary Needs Vacation
Christopher Hitchen has something to add as well.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Heritic!

I'm sure there are those who would label this Dutch scientist as one for challenging their cult, but I prefer to think of it as honest and open debate in the scientific community.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 15 (UPI) -- A Danish scientist said the idea of a "global temperature" and global warming is more political than scientific.

University of Copenhagen Professor Bjarne Andresen has analyzed the topic in collaboration with Canadian Professors Christopher Essex from the University of Western Ontario and Ross McKitrick of the University of Guelph.
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"It is impossible to talk about a single temperature for something as complicated as the climate of Earth," said Andresen, an expert on thermodynamics. "A temperature can be defined only for a homogeneous system. Furthermore, the climate is not governed by a single temperature. Rather, differences of temperatures drive the processes and create the storms, sea currents, thunder, etc. which make up the climate".

He says the currently used method of determining the global temperature -- and any conclusion drawn from it -- is more political than scientific.

The argument is presented in the Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics.

Predictable democrat behavior

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Vista drives one user to LINUX

John Ringo has a bad experience with Vista, and MS Customer Support and decides to switch to LINUX.
It's long, so he has it posted as a PDF.

Ye Olde MSM Double Standard

Oh, the hue and cry from the leftist MSM over a couple of Federal Attorneys being fired!
Clue 1: They are part of the executive branch and work at the pleasure of the President.
Clue 2: This current outcry is clearly a partisan attack on the President, since the folks making the noise now didn't raise a peep when President Billy Jeff Clinton handed walking papers to all 93 Federal Attorneys back in 1993.
As the Wall Street Journal Opinion Page points out:

Congressional Democrats are in full cry over the news this week that the Administration's decision to fire eight U.S. Attorneys originated from--gasp--the White House. Senator Hillary Clinton joined the fun yesterday, blaming President Bush for "the politicization of our prosecutorial system." Oh, my.

As it happens, Mrs. Clinton is just the Senator to walk point on this issue of dismissing U.S. attorneys because she has direct personal experience. In any Congressional probe of the matter, we'd suggest she call herself as the first witness--and bring along Webster Hubbell as her chief counsel.

As everyone once knew but has tried to forget, Mr. Hubbell was a former partner of Mrs. Clinton at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock who later went to jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also Bill and Hillary Clinton's choice as Associate Attorney General in the Justice Department when Janet Reno, his nominal superior, simultaneously fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys in March 1993. Ms. Reno--or Mr. Hubbell--gave them 10 days to move out of their offices.

At the time, President Clinton presented the move as something perfectly ordinary: "All those people are routinely replaced," he told reporters, "and I have not done anything differently." In fact, the dismissals were unprecedented: Previous Presidents, including Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, had both retained holdovers from the previous Administration and only replaced them gradually as their tenures expired.

I wonder how he liked it.

Mary Katharine Ham reports on the film Manufacturing Dissent. A couple of documentary film makers give the stupid fat white man (Micheal Moore) a taste of his own dogfood.

Among their revelations in the movie, which had its world premiereSaturday night at the South by Southwest film festival: That Mooreactually did speak with then-General Motors chairman Roger Smith, theevasive subject of his 1989 debut "Roger & Me," but chose towithhold that footage from the final cut...

The fact that Moore spoke with Smith, including a lengthyquestion-and-answer exchange during a May 1987 GM shareholders meeting,first was reported in a Premiere magazine article three years later.Transcripts of the discussion had been leaked to the magazine, and aclip of the meeting appeared in "Manufacturing Dissent." Moore alsoreportedly interviewed Smith on camera in January 1988 at the WaldorfAstoria hotel in New York.

"We're a bit disappointed and disillusioned with Michael," Melnyk said...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Global Warming trip called off due to it being too cold...

File under "You can't make this shit up" and "Don't let the facts get in the way of your preception of reality."
The first is obvious, you'll have to wait for the punch line for the second one.
The AP has a story about a "North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite."
Really...let us read on:

The explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, on Saturday called off what was intended to be a 530-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean after Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold temperatures drained the batteries in some of their electronic equipment.

"Ann said losing toes and going forward at all costs was never part of the journey," said Ann Atwood, who helped organize the expedition.


To their surprise, it was really, really cold above the Artic Circle.
Then there was the cold — quite a bit colder, Atwood said, then Bancroft and Arnesen had expected. One night they measured the temperature inside their tent at 58 degrees below zero, and outside temperatures were exceeding 100 below zero at times, Atwood said.

"My first reaction when they called to say there were calling it off was that they just sounded really, really cold," Atwood said.

She said Bancroft and Arnesen were applying hot water bottles to Arnesen's foot every night, but had to wake up periodically because the bottles froze.

The explorers had planned to call in regular updates to school groups by satellite phone, and had planned online posts with photographic evidence of global warming. In contrast to Bancroft's 1986 trek across the Arctic with fellow Minnesota explorer Will Steger, this time she and Arnesen were prepared to don body suits and swim through areas where polar ice has melted.

Atwood said there was some irony that a trip to call attention to global warming was scuttled in part by extreme cold temperatures.

"They were experiencing temperatures that weren't expected with global warming," Atwood said. "But one of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability."

Ok, let's sum this up.
They went to the North Pole expecting free standing water that they could swim in using wet suits.
Why? Because Algore told them so.
Instead, they found bitter, extreme cold (Near the North Pole, which shouldn't suprise rational adults).
So, instead of dealing with the facts, they fall back on their religious belief in the Cult of Algore and Global Warming.

Update: Cox & Forkum have pickup on the story.
Don't miss The Great Global Warming Swindle! As the man who wrote the movie screenplay said, "Follow the money!"

Nerd News

Warp 11 is back in the studio with a new album due next month.

Set phasers to Rock.

Rewriting History

Not just a good book, but Michael Barone points out that Bill Clinton may have gotten away with it with help from Sandy Berger:

What he admitted to doing, after first denying it, is extraordinary. On multiple occasions he removed documents from the room where he was reading them, concealed them in his pants and socks, hid them at a construction site outside the building, took them home, and, in some cases, destroyed them.

Some of these documents may have been unique and may have contained handwritten comments that could have looked bad in light of what happened on September 11. I have known Berger more than 30 years and find it unlikely that he would have done something like this on his own.

Did Bill Clinton ask him to destroy documents that would make him look bad in history? I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I ask that question. But this or something very much like it seems to be the only explanation that makes sense. The Berger case was prosecuted by career staff in the Department of Justice, with little publicity. In 2005 Berger was fined $50,000 -- not a ruinous sum for one of his earning capacity -- ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and had his security clearance lifted for three years, which means he could come back in a new administration after the 2008 election. The attempt to write, or un-write, history -- if it was that -- evidently succeeded.

HT to Lorie Byrd

Morning Quote

"I think one of the most pernicious aspects of the modern environmental movement is the romanticization of peasant life. And the idea that industrial societies are the destroyers of the world. The environmental movement has evolved into the strongest force there is for preventing development in the developing countries. I think it's legitimate for me to call them anti-human." -- Patrick Moore, co-founder Greenpeace

Friday, March 09, 2007

She nails it...

Tamara nails it shut concerning the recent Civil Rights Victory in Washington, D.C.

For decades I have had to sit and take it as one goofy judicial ruling after another gets handed down affirming that "Freedom of Speech" includes the right to bugger juvenile penguins in the town square at high noon on Sunday or to steal the flag from my front yard and use it as a breechclout at the next Code Pink rally. Now the D.C. Circuit court hands down the ruling that "the People" in the Second Amendment actually means "the People", and what do the lefties have to say about it?
“The 2-1 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Parker v. District of Columbia striking down the District of Columbia’s handgun law is judicial activism at its worst."


"Judicial activism", my left foot.

Cry me a river. Suffer, beeotches.

The Bush Economy

Unemployment drops to 4.5%.

Trade deficit shrinks.

It's a fair bet that you won't hear Chris Matthews using the phrase "Bush Economy" on his show tonight...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Presenting the truth is now illegal in France

France bans Citizens from reporting violence.

The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. The law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts of police violence, or operators of Web sites publishing the images, one French civil liberties group warned on Tuesday.


Ed Driscoll points out that liberal democrat reporter Helen Thomas is probably just fine with this.

Useful Idiots



Hey kids! Here's a news flash for ya. George Soros considers you "useful idiots."

Bonus points for liberals who can recognize the source of the quoted term.

Cartoon by the nice Varmint at Attack Cartoons.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Mean while, in the United "Please don't hurt me" Kingdom...

Banning guns and Bathlets haven't had that effect on crime they wanted, so now it's time for the Samurai Swords.
Not real ones, just the low cost replicas you can buy on Home Shopping Channels between 1AM and 3AM.
This is not a joke, other than the "that's not funny, that's sick" kind. The UK Telegraph delivers the punch line:

The sale of imitation samurai swords could be banned by the end of the year, the Home Office announced today.

Importing or hiring the weapons could also be made illegal following a string of samurai sword attacks in recent years.

Breaching the ban, which is targeted at cheap imitation samurai swords rather than the more expensive genuine collectors' items made by licensed swordsmiths in Japan, would result in up to six months in jail and a £5,000 fine.

Collectors and martial arts enthusiasts owning or using genuine samurai swords would be exepmt from the ban

According to Home Office estimates, there have been at least 80 serious crimes involving the swords in England and Wales over the last four years.

Ok, let's review, the population of Great Britian is a wee bit north of 60 million. 80 crimes over four years. Call it 20 a year in a population of 60 million. You do the math. It's probably a fair bet that backyard swimming pools and 5 gallon buckets cause more havoc to the population than drunk Soccer hooligans who have seen Pulp Fiction one too many times.

HT to Mad Mike for pointing out this bit of Class Warfare idioticy

Monday, March 05, 2007

That's harsh...

I'm not saying it isn't accurate, just harsh.

Check out this anti-HRC ad...

Leftist Looting by Lawyer

Don Surber sums it up:

Mayor Nagin filed a $77 billion lawsuit against the US Army Corps of engineers for the levees breaking in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, The Guardian newspaper reported.

That works out to $158,869.67 for every one of the 484,674 people who lived in New Orleans as of the 2000 Census.

But in the massive floods of 1993, levees broke up and down the Mississippi — and no one sued.

They rebuilt.

Total damage in 9 states was $15 billion.

This guy wants $77 billion for one city?

Nagin failed to evacuate his city in a timely and orderly manner.

This is legal looting.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Frank Miller gets it...

Ya, he writes and draws comic books. They aren't kids books and he has never worried about being terribly politically correct.
HangRight has put up an interesting NPR interview with Mr. Miller that surprising enough made it on the air:

NPR: A lot of people would say what America has done abroad has led to the doubts and even the hatred of its own citizens.

FM: Well, okay, then let’s finally talk about the enemy. For some reason, nobody seems to be talking about who we’re up against, and the sixth century barbarism that they actually represent. These people saw people’s heads off. They enslave women, they genitally mutilate their daughters, they do not behave by any cultural norms that are sensible to us. I’m speaking into a microphone that never could have been a product of their culture, and I’m living in a city where three thousand of my neighbors were killed by thieves of airplanes they never could have built.


Nobody but known malcontents...

Mr. Miller also makes another excellent point:
FM: Mainly in historical terms, mainly saying that the country that fought Okinawa and Iwo Jima is now spilling precious blood, but so little by comparison, it’s almost ridiculous. And the stakes are as high as they were then. Mostly I hear people say, ‘Why did we attack Iraq?’ for instance. Well, we’re taking on an idea. Nobody questions why after Pearl Harbor we attacked Nazi Germany. It was because we were taking on a form of global fascism, we’re doing the same thing now.

NPR: Well, they did declare war on us, but…

FM: Well, so did Iraq.

Humbling, but scary at the same time...

Mary Katharine Ham reminds us that most of the folks at the Mall don't watch Sunday morning political programs.

Personally, I find it a bit frightening that a lot more residents of even this political state know more about the starting first baseman for the Red Sox then they do about their congressman.

For the record, I have no idea who the starting first baseman for the Red Sox is.

The key reason Al Gore won't run for President in 2008

Tipper would cut him off over the massive pay cut.

Let review the basic facts:

* First, Gore sets up a company that will invest in other companies that will benefit from global warming alarmism

* Second, Gore gets some Hollywood types to fund and produce a movie designed to scare the c-c-carbon out of the population

* Third, Gore travels the world promoting this movie, while pushing the view that a cataclysm is imminent if the world doesn't immediately act

* Fourth, an adoring media falls for the con hook, line, and sinker. Rather than debunking the flaws in the theories, the media promote every word of it while advancing the concept that Gore's views represent those of an overwhelming majority of scientists

* Fifth, scared governments and citizens across the globe invest in alternative energy programs driving up the shares of companies Gore's group has already invested in

* Sixth, Gore and his cronies make billions as they laugh all the way to the bank at the stupidity of their fellow citizens


Is this a great country or what? Noel Sheppard pointed out Gore's six step program for fleecing the gullible, liberal left of their green and has more details.

Also check out Doug Ross, who has several posts on Algore's brilliant scam.

Update: Mark Steyn chimes in on the liberal hypocrisy:
Stop me if you've heard this before, but the other day the Rev. Al Gore declared that "climate change" was "the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced.'' Ever. I believe that was the same day it was revealed that George W. Bush's ranch in Texas is more environmentally friendly than the Gore mansion in Tennessee.
...
Al buys his carbon offsets from Generation Investment Management LLP, which is "an independent, private, owner-managed partnership established in 2004 and with offices in London and Washington, D.C.," that, for a fee, will invest your money in "high-quality companies at attractive prices that will deliver superior long-term investment returns." Generation is a tax-exempt U.S. 501(c)3. And who's the chairman and founding partner? Al Gore.

So Al can buy his carbon offsets from himself. Better yet, he can buy them with the money he gets from his long-time relationship with Occidental Petroleum. See how easy it is to be carbon-neutral? All you have do is own a gazillion stocks in Big Oil, start an eco-stockbroking firm to make eco-friendly investments, use a small portion of your oil company's profits to buy some tax-deductible carbon offsets from your own investment firm, and you too can save the planet while making money and leaving a carbon footprint roughly the size of Godzilla's at the start of the movie when they're all standing around in the little toe wondering what the strange depression in the landscape is.


HT to Mike at Cold Fury

How interested in a fair tax system is he?

democrat Rep. Charles Rangel is on Fox News Sunday and is claiming that he wants a fair and equiable tax system.
I don't think that is really what he wants since he doesn't support the Fair Tax movement.

He also had a very nice spin (i.e. a pack of lies) about democrat Rep. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson.
Rep. Rangel knows full well that the only reason the FBI isn't actively prosocuting Jefferson is because Jefferson has the evidence against him, obtained by a legal search warrant, locked away from the FBI.

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.

Let's pretend...

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Breck Boy attacked in Second Life

John Edwards, who has a mansion that just may have a bigger carbon footprint than Algore, tried setting up a campaign precense in Second Life. He was attacked by poo flinging communists. They probably prefer Hillary Rodham Clinton anyway.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Interesting SciFi tidbit

The main character in H. Beam Piper's story "Time and Time Again" is Allan Hartley. Who travels back in time decides to change things for the better.

In "The Mercenaries", Allan Hartleyis the son of President Hartley, which fits very nicely into story of "Time and Time Again."

democrat corruption continues on scheduled

Holding democrats to at least pay lip service to their campaign rhetoric:

Republicans plan to force a floor vote on Rep. William Jefferson's move to the Homeland Security Committee in an unprecedented maneuver to force Democrats to go on the record supporting their embattled colleague who is the target of a federal bribery investigation.

House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) pledged to call for a recorded vote on the House floor when Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) introduces a resolution to make the Jefferson move official.

Pelosi removed Jefferson from the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in response to Justice Department allegations that the Louisiana Democrat had accepted $100,000 in bribes and stored $90,000 of them in his freezer. The speaker then gave Jefferson a seat on the Homeland Security, and Democrats agreed to the change in a closed-door caucus in February.

"The idea that Homeland Security is less important than the tax-writing committee is ludicrous," Blunt said Wednesday.


HT to Mr. Reynolds