Urbin Report

Friday, June 29, 2007

That's got hurt...

MTV, yes that MTV, hardly a tool of Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, nails Michael Moore for what he really is:

Unfortunately, Moore is also a con man of a very brazen sort, and never more so than in this film. His cherry-picked facts, manipulative interviews (with lingering close-ups of distraught people breaking down in tears) and blithe assertions (how does he know 18 million people will die this year because they have no health insurance?) are so stacked that you can feel his whole argument sliding sideways as the picture unspools.

HT to Rob at Say Anything.

Make sure to read the whole thing, it's full of tidbits like this:
Moore's most ardent enthusiasm is reserved for the French health care system, which he portrays as the crowning glory of a Gallic lifestyle far superior to our own. The French! They work only 35 hours a week, by law. They get at least five weeks' vacation every year. Their health care is free, and they can take an unlimited number of sick days. It is here that Moore shoots himself in the foot. He introduces us to a young man who's reached the end of three months of paid sick leave and is asked by his doctor if he's finally ready to return to work. No, not yet, he says. So the doctor gives him another three months of paid leave — and the young man immediately decamps for the South of France, where we see him lounging on the sunny Riviera, chatting up babes and generally enjoying what would be for most people a very expensive vacation. Moore apparently expects us to witness this dumbfounding spectacle and ask why we can't have such a great health care system, too. I think a more common response would be, how can any country afford such economic insanity?

Pointing out the BIG point they are obviously missing

From the Washington Times:

At yesterday's Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Islamic extremism in Europe, a dozen anti-war Code Pink activists were in attendance.

When the hearing broke for a Senate floor vote, the leader of the group signaled for the others to begin shouting in unison: "Senator Collins, stop funding the war." Meanwhile, two of the activists frantically searched through their congressional directory, trying to figure out what state the senator represented. One announced, "M.E.," at which point the other said brightly, "That stands for Maine."

By the end of the hearing, the group leader once again motioned to her comrades, and immediately they began shouting: "Senator Lieberman, stop funding the war."

At which point a woman sitting beside the protesters stood up to leave, but on her way out she issued this oral warning to one of the protesters: "If the jihadis win, you'll be wearing a burqa and it won't be pink."


Perhaps it is because the "Code Pink" fanatics are so focused on making sure that America loses, they can not see the obvious results of the enemies of Freedom winning.

Free !="Fair"

"The Constitution protects free speech, not equal speech. Congress is to make no law abridging the freedom of speech whether we like the speech or not. It's simple, speech is to be free, not fair. Fair is too subjective a word. Our grandfathers guaranteed us free speech, not fair speech, and there is a big difference." -- Former judge-turned-Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican.

Not Gonna Happen...

MRC President Brent Bozell makes a damn good point:

But Ann Coulter is owed an apology from those outlets, including NBC's 'Nightly News,' The Washington Post and CNN's 'American Morning,' which have misreported her comments. And conservatives, take note: Today it's Coulter, tomorrow it may be you. The left has demonstrated that it will stop at nothing, including flat-out dishonesty, to undermine our leaders."

In the words of Dana Carvey, that apology "ain't gonna happen."

Here the detail from the Washington Times:
MRC President Brent Bozell issued the following statement:

"When I first heard the sound-bite of Ann Coulter's remarks calling for the assassination of John Edwards, I was appalled. Then I read the entire quote, and was doubly appalled — at the media themselves. I have never seen a person's words so blatantly, and dishonestly distorted. When one reads, or listens to Ann's entire statement, it is immediately apparent that she was wishing for no such thing."

Here is the quote being run by some of the top media:

Miss Coulter: "If I'm gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot." (ABC, Good Morning America, Monday.)

Here is the entire quote:

Miss Coulter: "But about the same time, you know, Bill Maher was not joking and saying he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack. So, I've learned my lesson. If I'm gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot."

Said Mr. Bozell: "Ann Coulter was making the point that (a) a leftist like Bill Maher made the serious statement that it might be a positive thing to have Vice President Dick Cheney killed by terrorists, and (b) it received no condemnation from the national press; and therefore (c) she would escape negative media scrutiny in the future were she to take that line against John Edwards.

"It is an inescapable truth that Ann Coulter was dripping with sarcasm when she made her remark. It is also an inescapable truth that every TV, radio and print outlet that has run the shortened version of her remarks is distorting her words — deliberately. Some have run the full quote, such as the morning shows on CBS, ABC and NBC. Good for them."


Update: Tammy Bruce points out who the real slime balls are.
During the past few days it's amazing how the Edwards' suddenly decided to go after Ann Coulter. One has to ask, Why? Considering Ann isn't running for president, why are Edwardses so obsessed with her. The answer, of course, is money. Once an ambulance chaser, always an ambulance chaser.

Here's the deal: the 2nd quarter fund-raiser date is here. This is the point where candidates have to reveal how much money they've raised. This announcement can make or break a campaign. As a matter of fact, days before the Edwards attack on Ann, it was revealed that Edwards' fundraising for the 2nd quarter has plunged. Other people will draw conclusions, good or bad, on therelevancy of your campaign based on the money you have. Complaining about Coulter has been Edwards best fundraising vehicle, so they needed her again.

As a matter of fact, the night Elizabeth Edwards called into Hardball to sandbag Ann, the Edwards campaign dropped a fundraising email about the confrontation. It included a note from Elizabeth urging donations.

And they accuse Ann of 'lowering the debate' and cynicism. The Edwards, IMHO, are the sleaziest people in this campaign. Sleazier than even Hillary. We don't like Hillary's ideas, but at least she has some. Edwards is a homophobe who is now apparently using his cancer-striken wife with the hope that people will be less inclined to question her motives or confront her. Remember, cancer doesn't elevate or transform the moral foundation of a person, especially when they're as opportunist as the Edwardses.


Update 2: Varmit nails the Elizabeth Edwards lame ass strategy:
Chris Mathews tried to blindside Ann Coulter. didn't really work out that well. All Mrs. Edwards could do was demand she stop being so mean and talk about real issues. So coulter brought up a few of the real ethical deficiencies of Mr. Edwards. It soon became clear that any fact Elizabeth Edwards would rather not talk about was "mean."

This is why I don't often let myself be drawn into arguments with liberals. It's more productive to just make fun of them.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

A real grass roots movement

Not liberal "astroturf", but real people making a difference.

For a second time this week, a large cache consisting of improvised explosive device-making material and mortar rounds was turned over to Coalition Forces by the "Neighborhood Watch" in Taji, Iraq.

The Taji neighborhood watch contacted Coalition Forces June 25, after the driver of a truck fled the scene when the volunteers stopped a suspicious vehicle moving through the rural village of Abd Allah al Jasim. The vehicle contained 24 mortar rounds, two rockets, spare machine gun barrels, small arms ammunition and other IED-making material.

"This grassroots movement of reconciliation by the volunteers is taking off all around us. The tribes that had once actively or passively supported al-Qaeda in Iraq now want them out," said Lt. Col. Peter Andrysiak, the deputy commander of the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

The neighborhood watch is made up of a group of 500 volunteers, from a number of tribes in the area, who want reconciliation with the Coalition Forces and the Iraqi government. The volunteers are currently being vetted for possible future selection for training as Iraqi Police or some other organization within the Iraqi Security Forces.


HT to Confederate Yankee

Running true to form

Hillary Rodham Clinton is preparing negative attack ads, and of course, seeing what the poll numbers would be on them.

Leo is not looking happy!



For those who are very technical, the guy who was in front of the line is Leo LePorte, formerly of Tech TV.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Slam It, Shoot It, Smoke It!

But not in that order, by way of Mary Katharine Ham comes news about the Fifth Annual Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Party. It's put on by Colorado's free-market think tank, The Independence Institute and sound way cool.

Breck Boy is getting desperate

From Wizbang Politics, Edwards is losing the funding race:

Maybe the "other America" poor people John Edwards targets are short of cash. Maybe Democrats are tired of giving money to a guy who spends it on haircuts and spa treatments. For whatever reason, the money isn't coming in to the Edwards campaign
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As Patrick notes, 2/3 of $9 mil is only $6 million raised for the quarter, which ends in nine days. As recently as 2004, that would have been a respectable number, but in this cycle it is the sort of pocket change only a second-tier candidate could accept. With Hillary and Obama both projected to raise at or over $25 million AGAIN in the 2nd quarter, this could spell the effective end of the Edwards campaign. If they have been careful with their money - watch those haircuts, John, the tips alone will kill ya! - they may be able to continue, but no one can take them seriously any longer.

You can survive low poll numbers with great fundraising. You can survive weak fundraising with great poll numbers. You cannot survive low polls and weak fundraising with great haircuts alone.

Why Air America Tanked...

From a comment thread on HotAir:

My wife listens to Stephanie Miller in the morning. (Yes, I am in a mixed marriage.) SM sounds like she is trying to be Laura Ingraham, but without the talent and guests. I have never heard anyone substantial on her show. But, this is a paraphrase of one of her quotes regarding the immigration issue:

‘I don’t like to refer to them as “illegal immigrants.” Thats so dehumanizing. It’s not like they committed a crime and killed someone.’

You can’t make this stuff up.


My Comment:
The sad part is that Stephanie Miller was one of the better hosts on Err America. I used to listen to her for laughs before the format was pulled for not being able to draw enough listeners in the Boston area.

Originally posted on No Moss Here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A political statement

Illegal Immigration is a hot topic currently.

I was driving through town the other day and saw this.
So I had to take a picture.

Personally, I can sympathize with those who want to come to America to make a better life for themselves and their families by becoming Americans.

Those who won't learn English, wear "Raza" t-shirts and call for the formation of Atlazan in the American Southwest, well, at the very least, they should be deported and barred from re-entry.

What Democrats Fear!

They fear Fred Thompson!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Do we need a "Fairness Doctorine" at PBS?

Surf over to the Gateway Pundit and hear how PBS wants to hire and fire based on leftist political ideology.

This clip was captured during the special presentation on FOX News of Muslims Against Jihad , a program that was banned by PBS.

According to Frank Gaffney, a producer, PBS didn’t even deign to screen tonight’s program before rejecting it. Worse yet... is the blatant bias of PBS that was caught on tape. Producer Martyn Burke said this during the airing of the special on the liberal agenda at PBS:

The first thing they (PBS) told me- "Fire your partners... Because they are conservatives."

Sunday, June 24, 2007

New addition to the blogroll

No Moss Here. It's my tumblr blog. Google killed the old blogger API, making my favorite posting client non-functional.

Since Google made it hard to do quick and dirty posts with a simple client, I'll now do so over at No Moss Here.

Next step, try to get the No Moss Here RSS feed to automatically show up in this blog.

Color me not surprised...

One of the far left extremist liberals against Free Speech who is calling for the return of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" has financial ties to far left liberal talk radio.

What the Center For American Progress won't tell you is that one of the authors of the liberally-biased "report," Paul Woodhull, is a founding partner of not one, but two liberal talk radio show companies, Big Eddie Radio Productions, LLC (BERP), which produces The Ed Shultz Show, and Bill Press Partners, LLC, producers of The Bill Press Show.

It was perhaps fitting that this self-serving conflict of interest was discovered by Mark Levin, a conservative talk radio show host in his blog at National Review Online.

If Congress reintroduces the so-called "Fairness Doctrine," as CAP suggests, broadcasters will be forced to balance their airtime between conservative talk radio shows and liberal talk radio shows. There are only a handful of successful, established liberal talk radio shows from which broadcasters who have to choose from, and Woodhull has a financial stock in two of those.

This liberal organization is not only attempting to regulate free speech for political gain, but also, in the case of at least Woodhull, they intend to profit from the loss of your First Amendment rights as well.

Clueless Hollywood Elitist liberal insults locals in Peru

Liberal with a clue, Cameron Diaz insults the people of Peru with her "Communist Chic" bag.

While she explored the Inca city of Machu Picchu high in Peru's Andes, Diaz wore over her shoulder an olive green messenger bag emblazoned with a red star and the words 'Serve the People' printed in Chinese on the flap, perhaps Chinese Communist leader Mao's most famous political slogan.

While the bags are marketed as trendy fashion accessories in some world capitals, the phrase has particular resonance in Peru.

The Maoist Shining Path insurgency took Peru to the edge of chaos in the 1980s and early 1990s with a campaign of massacres, assassinations and bombings.

Nearly 70,000 people were killed during the insurgency.

A prominent Peruvian human rights activist said the star of There's Something About Mary should have been a little more aware of local sensitivities when picking her accessories.


Remember kids, Communism isn't cool.

Why Fred Thompson is better than Bill Clinton

With Billy Jeff "BJ" Clinton, his campaign staff worked to silence his old girlfriends. Especially the ones who wanted to bring lawsuits against him.

With Fred Thompson, all his ex-girlfriends want to campaign for him.

IN the battle for the women’s vote, Fred Thompson has a secret weapon against Hillary Clinton - the legions of former girlfriends who still adore him and who want him to be president.

The Hollywood actor and former Tennessee senator racked up an impressive list of conquests during his swinging bachelor days in the 1990s, but he appears to have achieved the impossible and kept their friendship and respect.

Lorrie Morgan, a country singer who dated Thompson and considered marrying him in the mid1990s, told The Sunday Times: “I couldn’t think of a bad word to say about Fred if somebody put a gun to my head.
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“I was single for a long time and yep I chased a lot of women,” Thompson told them with a grin. “And a lot of women chased me. And those who chased me tended to catch me.”
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“It says a lot about his character that his ex-wife and ex-girlfriends think he is fabulous,” said [Georgette Mosbacher, a leading Republican fundraiser who dated Thompson after Morgan and remains a good friend]. “Character is important in a president.”

Saturday, June 23, 2007

MSM Bias to the left documented

Via Professor Bainbridge, comes this interesting bit of news about reporters:

MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties.

As the Professor points out, "For the benefit of mathphobes, that's 86.8% giving only to Democrats. What's really interesting is how many of the journalists stonewalled."

Of course, there is no outcry from the left that the MSM needs government regulation to promote "fairness." No outcry for government regulation from the right either, but that is no surprise, since Freedom of Speech and the First Amendment of the US Constitution appears to mean more to those Right of Center than those on the elitist left.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Meanwhile...Across The Ocean

Miguel down in Mexico writes on Little Green Footballs:

The Internet in Venezuela failed because of a problem with a submarine cable that was broken. That afected Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Venezuela and Colombia.

In four of those countries, things are back to normal, except in Venezuela, because Thugo's government refuses to allow repairing crews inside of its waters, because...they are gringos!

Good for you guys! Socialism means starving or having a hellish society to teach the gringos a lesson. Sure! Thugo is learning the lessons of Cuba very well.

In the meantime, who gives a damn if the Venezuelan people want to use the Net? Bah. For socialism, people are dispensable, contemptable, usable, of no importance whatsoever as individuals. They exist only as a moldable mass of imbecils.

So what else is new?

History follows a pattern

Thursday, June 21, 2007

A voice on the ground in Iraq

Miachael Yon on Operation Arrowhead Ripper

Big fights are ahead and we will take serious losses probably, but al Qaeda, unless they find a way to escape, are about to be slaughtered. Nobody is dropping leaflets asking them to surrender. Our guys want to kill them, and that’s the plan.

A positive indicator on the 19th and the 20th is that most local people apparently are happy that al Qaeda is being trapped and killed. Civilians are pointing out IEDs and enemy fighters, so that’s not working so well for al Qaeda. Clearly, I cannot do a census, but that says something about the locals.

Liberals against Free Speech

Not much of a surprise for anybody who pays attention.
Here is the hard cold proof of the matter, direct from the far left so called "Think Tank" mislabeled "Think Progress":

The Center for American Progress and Free Press today released the first-of-its-kind statistical analysis of the political make-up of talk radio in the United States. It confirms that talk radio, one of the most widely used media formats in America, is dominated almost exclusively by conservatives.

The new report — entitled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio” — raises serious questions about whether the companies licensed to broadcast over the public radio airwaves are serving the listening needs of all Americans.
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Hardly surprising, the far hard left "liberal" extremists are calling for a return to the days of strict government regulation of political Free Speech on privately owned radio stations.

A commenter named Noahm sums it up:
there’s no conspiracy at work here. programmers would put on a talking fish if they thought it would get ratings. talk radio listeners want to hear conservative talkers. how do we know this? they get ratings, liberals don’t.


As one pundit put it
, "To be sure, conservative radio talk show hosts have a built-in audience unavailable to liberals: People driving cars to some sort of job."

The great "experiment" in Liberal (actually far left extremist) talk radio "Err America" failed miserably. It couldn't even stay on the air in the oh so "Blue" market of Boston.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Father of the Iranian Revolution

None other than the worst US President in the past 50 years, Jimmy Carter.
Michael Evans has the details.

We just don't get it. The Left in America is screaming to high heaven that the mess we are in in Iraq and the war on terrorism has been caused by the right-wing and that George W. Bush, the so-called "dim-witted cowboy," has created the entire mess.

The truth is the entire nightmare can be traced back to the liberal democratic policies of the leftist Jimmy Carter, who created a firestorm that destabilized our greatest ally in the Muslim world, the shah of Iran, in favor of a religious fanatic, the ayatollah Khomeini.

Carter viewed Khomeini as more of a religious holy man in a grassroots revolution than a founding father of modern terrorism. Carter's ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, said "Khomeini will eventually be hailed as a saint." Carter's Iranian ambassador, William Sullivan, said, "Khomeini is a Gandhi-like figure." Carter adviser James Bill proclaimed in a Newsweek interview on February 12, 1979 that Khomeini was not a mad mujahid, but a man of "impeccable integrity and honesty."
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Let's look at the results of Carter's misguided liberal policies: the Islamic Revolution in Iran; the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (Carter's response was to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics); the birth of Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization; the Iran-Iraq War, which cost the lives of millions dead and wounded; and yes, the present war on terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

democrat culture of corruption continues



According to CNN:

Despite the new Democratic congressional leadership's promise of "openness and transparency" in the budget process, a CNN survey of the House found it nearly impossible to get information on lawmakers' pet projects.

Staffers for only 31 of the 435 members of the House contacted by CNN between Wednesday and Friday of last week supplied a list of their earmark requests for fiscal year 2008, which begins on October 1, or pointed callers to Web sites where those earmark requests were posted.

Of the remainder, 68 declined to provide CNN with a list, and 329 either didn't respond to requests or said they would get back to us, and didn't.

"As long as we are not required to release them, we're not going to," said Dan Turner, an aide to Rep. Jim McCrery, R-Louisiana.

Seven members of the House said they had no earmark requests.

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Illinois, released a list of his earmark requests on Monday.

In 2006, Congress approved a record $29 billion in earmarks -- those spending requests derided as "pork" that fund everything from road construction and research grants to ski lifts and minor league baseball diamonds. Legislators view these projects as important proof that they are serving their constituents back home.

The 2006 total was 6.2 percent more than 2005's $27.3 billion.

When Democrats regained control of Congress last fall, they promised to create the most honest, open Congress in history.

"We will bring transparency and openness to the budget process and to the use of earmarks," Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi said in December 2006, "and we will give the American people the leadership they deserve."

Democrats said that Republicans had corrupted the earmark process while they controlled Congress.

Earlier this year, the House implemented rules changes that require greater disclosure of earmark requests, and the Senate passed a bill that would require lawmakers to post a list of their earmark requests on the Internet. The bill, however, has not passed the House.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Funny, but sadly true...

From Cold Fury, You might be a liberal if...

You think “the War on Terror” is a bumper-sticker slogan but “Free Tibet!”, “Safe, Legal and Rare” and “Gun-Free Zone” are not.

You think the Pledge of Allegiance, Intelligent Design, ROTC Jr., the Boy Scouts and prayer have absolutely no place in public schools…but having serial psychotropic toad-lickers and members of the Amputee Stump Fetish-Community give lectures to kindergartners is perfectly acceptable.

You think Don Imus is a fascist, bigoted hate criminal…but the prisoners in Guantanamo are misunderstood victims.

You think Guantanamo is a prison in Cuba, but Cuba isn’t itself a prison.

It’s never occurred to you that mass immigration functions as a hidden tax on working Americans…and the only thing politicians love more than a tax is a tax they don’t have to vote on.

You think this is the weakest economy in 50 years…and illegal workers are keeping it strong.

You think our biggest mistake in Iraq was not listening to the generals…who are all incompetents.

Read the whole thing.

Local Script for local businesses

Libertarianism is creeping it's way into Western Massachusetts.
According to Reuters:

GREAT BARRINGTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A walk down Main Street in this New England town calls to mind the pictures of Norman Rockwell, who lived nearby and chronicled small-town American life in the mid-20th Century.

So it is fitting that the artist's face adorns the 50 BerkShares note, one of five denominations in a currency adopted by towns in western Massachusetts to support locally owned businesses over national chains.
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There are about 844,000 BerkShares in circulation, worth $759,600 at the fixed exchange rate of 1 BerkShare to 90 U.S. cents, according to program organizers. The paper scrip is available in denominations of one, five, 10, 20 and 50.

In their 10 months of circulation, they've become a regular feature of the local economy. Businesses that accept BerkShares treat them interchangeably with dollars: a $1 cup of coffee sells for 1 BerkShare, a 10 percent discount for people paying in BerkShares.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Who are the extremists?

A damn good question asked by Michelle Malkin's First Amendment Education Week speech at Loyola Marymount University.

Watch both parts one and two.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Two Americas


Two Americas, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

It seems that the uber-rich America knows that their boy, multi-millionaire trial lawyer, John Edwards, is going to keep their side of the bread buttered.

Palestinians flee Civil War and go to Israel

As the AP reports (by way of Newsbusters):

Palestinians run as they try to cross to the Israel side at the Erez Crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, June 16, 2007. Dozens of Palestinians converged on the Erez crossing with Israel on Saturday, trying to leave the Gaza Strip following Hamas’ takeover.

Israel has long been a place of political asylum for Muslims in the region.
Homosexuals flee to Israel, because unlike their home countries, they will not be executed for their sexual preference.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Communist China running true to form

The Washington Times Inside the Ring Column has the story:

New intelligence reveals China is covertly supplying large quantities of small arms and weapons to insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, through Iran.
U.S. government appeals to China to check some of the arms shipments in advance were met with stonewalling by Beijing, which insisted it knew nothing about the shipments and asked for additional intelligence on the transfers. The ploy has been used in the past by China to hide its arms-proliferation activities from the United States, according to U.S. officials with access to the intelligence reports.
Some arms were sent by aircraft directly from Chinese factories to Afghanistan and included large-caliber sniper rifles, millions of rounds of ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades and components for roadside bombs, as well as other small arms.
The Washington Times reported June 5 that Chinese-made HN-5 anti-aircraft missiles were being used by the Taliban.
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The weapons were described as "late-model" arms that have not been seen in the field before and were not left over from Saddam Hussein's rule in Iraq.

Damn Good Advice

Like many Americans, my recent ancestors immigrated to the United States. I've been to Ellis Island and seen their names. They came to America to be Americans.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who immigrated to the US from Austria, gave some damn good advice.

"You've got to turn off the Spanish television set" and avoid Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

"You're just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster," Schwarzenegger said.

"I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say, and I'm going to get myself in trouble," he said, noting that he rarely spoke German and was forced to learn English when he emigrated from Austria.

Schwarzenegger was responding to a question about how Hispanic students can improve academically.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Federal deficit shrinking

Not because the government is spending less, the democrats are running true to form and spending even more than the Republicans who got booted out of power for spending too much.

According to yesterday's USA Today (I'm reading the print version):

Federal revenue has grown faster than spending during the first eight months of the fiscal year...
Revenue growth was fueled by corporate profits and low unemployment, which pushed individual income tax collections higher.
...the Congressional Budget Office projects the deficit will be $177 billion, down 28.7% from last year.


Of course, the democrats also want to raise taxes, which will put the breaks on economic growth, and thus halt the growth in federal revenue.

Tesla Car


Tesla Car, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

Outside the Hiller Aviation Museum was an actual Tesla! This performance electric car is available for a mere $92,000! The price is about to go up to $98,000, so unless your daddy was given a fortune in big oil money, that you funneled into a carbon offset scam company, you probably won't see one in your driveway anytime soon.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The intolerance of the left

As Mr. Reynolds likes to point out, "THEY TOLD ME THAT IF BUSH WERE RE-ELECTED, government would be crushing speech it didn't like. And they were right!"

"Rush Limbaugh has long been a thorn in the side of liberals, but now, because of him, some Democratic politicians don't even want to join with a local radio station to broadcast hurricane information. Radio station WIOD, AM 610, has been the official channel for emergency information from Broward County government for the past year. The County Commission, all Democrats, balked at renewing the deal Tuesday, unable to stomach the station also being home to Limbaugh's talk show."

Sunday, June 10, 2007

A correct liberal view of the 2nd Amendment

Via Alphecca comes one hard core liberals sane view of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:

I’m a liberal. My voting record is largely Green Party and Democrat. I’m a strong environmentalist - I respect and treat all life equally. I think equal opportunity is a good concept, and I view our international policy with distaste.

I’m also a gun collector and strong proponent of the Second Amendment.

People have been misled to think that guns are a Republican thing. That’s unfortunate. Gun ownership is the most liberal thing I can imagine. It’s about keeping power in the hands of the people instead of being exclusively the tools of government and the rich. It’s about equality, letting an old woman defend herself as well as a bodybuilder. It’s about being able to protect not only the people that are important to us but the rest of our freedoms as well.

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Bearing arms is a constitutional right. It’s an empowerment of the citizenry that, like free speech, must be preserved for the most dire circumstances, lest we find it gone when we most need it. Let’s not define a freedom by its abuse, and let’s not give it up just because we don’t understand it.


Given that, I have to ask why he's voting democrat or Green, instead of voting libertarian.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Leftist Purtains

If attacking his wife is the best the left can come up against Fred Thompson, political comedians are in for full employment for a while.

Via Ace is Dr. Helen's view on this case of sexual prudism from the the so-called "liberal" left:

When I look at my husband with affection, am I leering?

I guess not since I'm a woman and can do no wrong except for being a right-leaning libertarian. However, if you're a man, particularly a Republican man, who looks at his wife with affection, you are now accused of "leering"--especially if you are Fred Thompson.

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This is yet another example of a woman who deep down believes that men have no right to leer at women, lest it be considered a sex offense. And she is not alone, there are many other women who feel that unless one is Bill Clinton or the object of their own lecherous desires (of course, for these women, their own desire is called empowerment--not lechery!), a regular joe has no right to look at a woman--not even in pictures--with desire in his heart. In their eagar quest to control men's sexual rights, some "feminist" women (and other prudish ones too!) go to extremes to shame, expose or intimidate men who let their lust for women dare come to the surface.


Ace then nails the liberal duckspeak on the subject:
Feminists continue insisting that it's empowering to fuck everything that moves, except your actual husband, who must be sexually punished as a state-sanctioned enforcer of The Oppressive Patriarchy.
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Old, Hateful, Barbaric Rule: Women must keep their eyes averted when speaking to their superiors, men

New, Empowering, Enlightened Rule: Men must keep their eyes averted when speaking to their superiors, women

There's such a fine line between stupid and clever.

Honestly, The Feminists Who Put Out (TM) are really ruining their "pro-sex street cred" by constantly nattering on about everyone's base sexual impulses.

Why don't you all just chill out, pop open a bottle of wine, and dig on the cool grooves of kd lang and leave the rest of us alone?
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Am I to understand it's wrong for Fred Thompson to leer at his wife, and yet the lefty feminists have no problem with Bill Clinton leering at 22-year-old Monica Lewinksy's thong, nor turning her into a Human Humidor?

That's Hot

Spoiled elitist rich kid actually has to go to jail. The only thing that would make this better was if she was a Kennedy...

Paris Hilton was sent screaming and crying back to jail Friday after a judge ruled that she must serve out her sentence behind bars rather than in the comfort of her Hollywood Hills home.
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Hours earlier, the 26-year-old hotel heiress was taken handcuffed from her home in a black-and-white police car, paparazzi sprinting in pursuit and helicopters broadcasting live from above. She entered the courtroom disheveled and weeping, hair askew, without makeup, wearing a fuzzy gray sweat shirt over slacks.

Apology

I'm sorry, but it appears that I apparently agree with Che Guevara on something:

...according to Humberto Fontova, the author of “Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him... railed against “long hairs,” “lazy youths,"”

Hmmm... the next time I see any unwashed louts in Che shirts I'll say, "Che hates you," to them.
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Thursday, June 07, 2007

"Environmentalists" against clean energy

By way of Mr. Reynolds, comes this Wall Street Journal story on how so-called "environmentalists" fight clean energy:

Al Gore has been hectoring Americans to pare back their lifestyles to fight global warming. But if Mr. Gore wants us to rethink our priorities in the face of this mother of all environmental threats, surely he has convinced his fellow greens to rethink theirs, right?

Wrong. If their opposition to the Klamath hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest is any indication, the greens, it appears, are just as unwilling to sacrifice their pet causes as a Texas rancher is to sacrifice his pickup truck. If anything, the radicalization of the environmental movement is the bigger obstacle to addressing global warming than the allegedly gluttonous American way of life. . . .

These dams provide cheap, renewable energy to 70,000 homes in Oregon and California. Replacing this energy with natural gas -- the cleanest fossil-fuel source -- would still pump 473,000 tons of additional carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. This is roughly equal to the annual emissions of 102,000 cars.

Given this alternative, one would think that environmentalists would form a human shield around the dams to protect them. Instead, they have been fighting tooth-and-nail to tear them down because the dams stand in the way of migrating salmon. Environmentalists don't even let many states, including California, count hydro as renewable. . . .

Their opposition to nuclear energy is well known. Wind power? Two years ago the Center for Biological Diversity sued California's Altamont Pass Wind Farm for obstructing and shredding migrating birds. ("Cuisinarts of the sky" is what many greens call wind farms.) Solar? Worldwatch Institute's Christopher Flavin has been decidedly lukewarm about solar farms because they involve placing acres of mirrors in pristine desert habitat. The Sierra Club and Wilderness Society once testified before Congress to keep California's Mojave Desert -- one of the prime solar sites in the country -- off limits to all development. Geothermal energy? They are unlikely to get enviro blessings, because some of the best sites are located on protected federal lands.

The problems with the left and right

Oleg Volk has a great poster that shows the problems with the extremes on both sides.

Although, I think it is fair to say that there are a lot more liberals that want violate your civil rights by denying your Second Amendment Rights than there are Conservatives to want to ban sex toys.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Sacrificing basic Civil Rights for power

No surprise to those who pay attention that it's democrats denying basic civil rights.

First, democrat Presidential candidate Barak Obama and how his rise to power, via WizBangBlog is this Chicago Tribune story:

The day after New Year's 1996, operatives for Barack Obama filed into a barren hearing room of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.


There they began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city's South Side. And they kept challenging petitions until every one of Obama's four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot.

Fresh from his work as a civil rights lawyer and head of a voter registration project that expanded access to the ballot box, Obama launched his first campaign for the Illinois Senate saying he wanted to empower disenfranchised citizens.

But in that initial bid for political office, Obama quickly mastered the bare-knuckle arts of Chicago electoral politics. His overwhelming legal onslaught signaled his impatience to gain office, even if that meant elbowing aside an elder stateswoman like Palmer.

A close examination of Obama's first campaign clouds the image he has cultivated throughout his political career: The man now running for president on a message of giving a voice to the voiceless first entered public office not by leveling the playing field, but by clearing it.

One of the candidates he eliminated, long-shot contender Gha-is Askia, now says that Obama's petition challenges belied his image as a champion of the little guy and crusader for voter rights.

"Why say you're for a new tomorrow, then do old-style Chicago politics to remove legitimate candidates?" Askia said. "He talks about honor and democracy, but what honor is there in getting rid of every other candidate so you can run scot-free? Why not let the people decide?"

In a recent interview, Obama granted that "there's a legitimate argument to be made that you shouldn't create barriers to people getting on the ballot."


Ben Smith points out that suppressing votes (and violating the Civil Rights of the voters) is nothing new to democrats:
"Shrum relates how 1980 Kennedy campaign operatives, posing as officials of the National Weather Service, phoned in to radio stations fake reports of a weather emergency to depress the Carter vote in southern Ohio. (No Excuses at 113-114). Twenty years later, with the full support of the candidate, Gore campaign operatives manufactured traffic jams to obstruct the Bradley vote in southern New Hampshire. (Id. at 324.)"

What will Nancy do?

According to the AP:

Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering in a long- running bribery investigation into business deals he tried to broker in Africa.

The indictment handed up in federal court in Alexandria., Va., Monday is 94 pages long and lists 16 alleged violations of federal law that could keep Jefferson in prison for up to 235 years. He is charged with racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Jefferson is accused of soliciting bribes for himself and his family, and also for bribing a Nigerian official.

Almost two years ago, in August 2005, investigators raided Jefferson's home in Louisiana and found $90,000 in cash stuffed into a box in his freezer.


It seems the democrat Culture of Corruption is continuing without missing a beat.
If this was a Republican, San Fran Nan and her MSM attack dogs would be calling for him to resign and/or his removal from office.
Her silence on the matter of William "Cold Cash" Jefferson and the case of his bribes speaks volumes.

More details at Wizbang.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

This must have been interesting to explain to mum...

English photographer Lara Jade, age 17, found a self portrait of herself, taken at age 14, on the cover of a pornographic film made before she was born.

The Texas based company that published the picture of an under aged girl on the cover of an adult movie, a photography that was not in the public domain, and that they did not own the copyright to, freely admitted in an email exchange that they used the photo.

Algore's assault on the First Amendment

From Real Clear Politics:

Early coverage of Al Gore's new book, The Assault on Reason, has focused on the fact that the book is largely an assault on the Bush administration. But they have glossed over the most significant and alarming theme that Al Gore has taken up: his alleged defense of "reason" includes a justification for government controls over political speech.

Judging from the excerpts of Gore's book published in TIME, his not-so-subtle theme is that reason is being "assaulted" by a free and unfettered debate in the media -- and particularly by the fact that Gore has to contend with opposition from the right-leaning media. ... [And] if the left isn't winning in the marketplace of ideas, there can't possibly be anything wrong with their ideas. It must be the marketplace itself that is "broken," and the left needs to use the power of government to fix it -- in both senses of the word "fix." ...

For decades, the left has dominated the intelligentsia: the media, the universities, and the other institutions that provide credentials for "experts" -- another term Al Gore has been harping on. This leads the left to act as if the latest consensus among its favored experts -- whether it be the superiority of socialized medicine or the imminent threat of global warming -- must be what every "rational" and well-informed person thinks, because it is the consensus of the elite.

Thus "reason," as Al Gore uses the term, refers to the ability of the leftist elite to impose its conventional dogmas on the national debate, without the need to persuade or convince others.

In reality, a genuine respect for reason starts with an absolute respect for the mind and judgment of the individual. A respect for reason requires the subordination of coercion to persuasion through the strict limitation of government power. A respect for reason requires a commitment to liberty above all else.

Al Gore stands for the exact opposite.


HT to Cox & Forkum

The "Logic" of the left

Tim Blair points out:

"In the rock-scissors-paper hierarchy of the modern left, sensitivity to Islam trumps clitoral scissors every time".

HT to Ed Driscoll

The proper face of real, progressive revolution

Forget that murdering communist thug, the real face of progressive revolution is George Washington! Ken McCracken posts this simple reality over at Say Anything:

Whereas Washington forged a new age of democracy and liberty, Guevara was a throwback to feudal 'might makes right' and all of the excesses and abuses of absolute power - 'divine right of kings' without the divine. Guevara was an enemy of the Enlightenment, and he, Castro, Lenin, Stalin and Mao cast billions of people (or at least those they did not murder) into a new dark age.

Woman with assault weapon attacks crowd and critally injuries children

From CNN:

A woman plowed her car through a crowded street festival Saturday night, injuring about 35 people, including two police officers who drove their motor scooters into her path attempting to stop her, authorities said.

Police said seven of the victims, including two children under age 3, suffered major injuries.


I'm waiting for the usual suspects to call for stricter regulation or bans of these dangerous weapons loose in our society. I'm not expecting them to say a damn thing though.

Carbon credits cause global warming

Not only are they scam of epic proportions, this result was predictable:

One senior figure suggested there may be faults with up to 20% of the carbon credits - known as certified emissions reductions - already sold. Since these are used by European governments and corporations to justify increases in emissions, the effect is that in some cases malpractice at the CDM has added to the net amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

Anti-Civil Rights Gun Grabber is a criminal

Yes, I know that is redundant, all gun grabbers are criminals and are against basic human rights by definition.
In this case, one who bilked the LA government into giving him a big pile of taxpayer cash never gave up his ganger ways.

HT to Arms and the Law & Mr. Reynolds.