Urbin Report

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

It's the economy, stupid!

The AP reports: Consumer Confidence Rebounds in July to 6-Year High Amid Healthy Employment Outlook

Consumer confidence hit a six-year high in July, a widely watched gauge of sentiment showed on Tuesday, as Americans shrugged off falling home prices to focus on a healthy jobs market, instead.

The New York-based Conference Board said that its Consumer Confidence Index, rebounded to 112.6, its highest level since August 2001 when it recorded a 114.0 reading. That compared to a revised 105.3 in June. The July 24 cutoff for the preliminary survey of 5,000 U.S. households was before last week's stock market tumble, however.

"An improvement in business conditions and the job market has lifted consumers' spirits in July," said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center. "Looking ahead, consumers are more upbeat about short-term economic prospects, mainly the result of a decline in the number of pessimists, not an increase in the number of optimists. This rebound in confidence suggests economic activity may gather a little momentum in the coming months."

That "Bush Economy" is going great.

It's all about the hating...

Hate defines the hard far extremist left.
For a clear example, take a look at their response to the recent illness of Chief Justice John Roberts:

"Chief Justice John Roberts has died in his summer home in Maine. No, not really, but we know you have your fingers crossed."
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kaygore: If there is a God, then he is not too young to become the right-hand maiden to Satan in the inner reaches of Hell.
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aquart: [responding to the request for prayers] Okay: Dear Lord, May the evil John Roberts does come back to him and only him, from every place it has gone, from everyone it has harmed.

kaygore: Better prayer. Dear God, Please release Satan’s hand-maiden, John Roberts, from his worldly cares and allow him to join once again with the Prince of Darkness in the lowest reaches of Hell. We pray this in the name of your son, our lord, Jesus. Amen.

Bornaginhooligan: I prayed. But it didn’t come true.


Sadly, a fairly typical "progressive" response.

OxyClinton

What it takes to accept Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Google seeks Dark Fiber

Dark Fiber is fiber optic network cable laid, but not used.
It seems Google is looking to pick up this unused bandwidth.

liberal moderate meets the hard left

Seen in a LiveJournal entry:

when it gets to the point where you refuse to listen to any standpoint other than your own

i dare you to call that liberalism.

so much for intellectual exchange.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Damn, she is smart...

She's a socialist and a danger to the Constitution, but she's oh so smart.
HRC is much smarter than any other democrat in the race.
She attended a hair stylist convention recently and put out a flyer showing her various hair styles over the years. Not only did this play to the audience it was a subtle knife to the ribs to John "Silky Pony" Edwards. The majority of the people at that hair stylist convention were black, and that was a poke at Obama, who is trailing her in the polls among black voters.

Robert A. Heinlein's Legacy

Taylor Dinerman has a good tribute:

When one looks at the great technological revolutions that have shaped our lives over the past 50 years, more often than not one finds that the men and women behind them were avid consumers of what used to be considered no more than adolescent trash. As Arthur C. Clarke put it: "Almost every good scientist I know has read science fiction." And the greatest writer who produced them was Robert Anson Heinlein, born in Butler, Mo., 100 years ago this month.
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In 1958, in response to what he saw as a liberal effort to weaken America's military, he set aside the "Sex and God" book on which he had been working and wrote "Starship Troopers." This was probably his most controversial book. In it he imagines a future society in which the right to vote must be earned by volunteering for service, including service in the military. In response to claims that the book glorifies the military, he wrote: "It does indeed. Specifically, the P.B.I., the Poor Bloody Infantry, the mudfoot who puts his frail body between his loved home and the war's desolation--but is rarely appreciated."
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Heinlein's political beliefs were moving more and more toward the libertarian side of the spectrum. He supported Barry Goldwater in 1964, and in 1966 he published what many considered his greatest book, "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress," the tale of how penal colonists and their descendants on the Moon successfully revolt against their Earthly masters. The core of this book, which keeps it near the top of the libertarians' reading lists, is the speech by an old professor, Bernardo de la Paz, to the rebels' constitutional convention: ". . . like fire and fusion, government is a dangerous servant and a terrible master. You now have your freedom--if you can keep it. But do remember that you can lose this freedom more quickly to yourselves than to any other tyrant."

The professor explains: "The power to tax, once conceded, has no limits; it contains until it destroys. I was not joking when I told them to dig into their own pouches. It may not be possible to do away with government--sometimes I think that it is an inescapable disease of human beings. But it may be possible to keep it small and starved and inoffensive--and can you think of a better way than by requiring the governors themselves to pay the costs of their antisocial hobby." As they say on the Moon, "TANSTAAFL!": "There Ain't No Such Thing as a Free Lunch!"
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In the '70s, in a speech to the midshipmen at the Naval Academy, he said he thought that "patriotism has lost its grip on a large percentage of our population. . . . But there is no way to force patriotism on anyone. Passing a law will not create it, nor can we buy it by appropriating so many billions of dollars."

Friday, July 27, 2007

MRS. CARBON SASQUATCH

A fitting name for a Gulfstream Liberal trophy wife who is a massive eco-hypocrite.
Tim Blair points out:

Climate scold Laurie David is living it up with a new guy, enjoying sustainable water-skiing jaunts and the like (hope that boat’s a hybrid!).

A Martha Vineyard resident gives the local view of the worshiper of the Cult of Algore:
Actually, Laurie David has been creating one HUGE carbon footprint here on Martha’s Vineyard for the last 6 years. Her disgusting and ostentatious trophy building has been virtually ceaseless for about 6 years now. The trucks and pollution stop only when Mrs. Carbon Sasquatch is here for her summer vacation, making herself the center of everyone’s attention.

And I’d say the fact that I saw Laurie and her hottie but dumb building contractor, Bart Thorpe, holding hands while walking on a secluded dock to a boat yesterday, has a lot more to do with her marriage breaking up than the scratchy toilet paper she’s forced on her family. I’ve also seen Bart bicycling in front of my house with a little girl he kept calling, Romy. Bart, coincidentally, left his wife recently, too.

I met Laurie David 6 years ago. I didn’t like her then. I don’t like her now. She is the prime example of a spoiled, selfish, rich girl who says, “do what I say, not what I do”. She is a narcissist and a hypocrite to the nth degree.

Let the games begin!


Primaries are such fun. Remember kids, it was Al Gore who first rubbed Dukasis' nose in Willie Horton during the 1988 democrat primaries. The fun is starting this season with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barak Obama.

My take is that my prediction is being seen as correct at the Obama camp. The gloves are coming off to boost his chances for a good showing the early primaries. Obama isn't running to be HRC's Veep anymore.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

God Bless Ronald Reagan...

A couple of months ago I was riding in the car with my 10 year old daughter.

I had on an oldies station and they were playing the Beatles "Back in the USSR".

The conversation went something like this:

The Kid: Dad?

Me: Yes?

The Kid: What's the USSR?

Me: Thank you Ronald Reagan...

A comment on a post on how living Socialist country drives up support for Capitalism.

democrat Culture of Corruption continues...

From the NY Times:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s aides, including one of his closest advisers, improperly used the State Police to gather information about the governor’s chief rival, Joseph L. Bruno, the State Senate majority leader, in an effort to plant a negative story about Mr. Bruno and damage him politically, according to a report on Monday by the attorney general’s office.

Spitzer aides, chiefly his communications director, Darren Dopp, concocted a false story for why the information was being gathered, saying the governor’s office acted after receiving a press request seeking details of Mr. Bruno’s use of state aircraft, the report said.

Note what is missing from the story. Gov. Spitzer's political party. That is, of course, missing because he is a democrat.

HT to Blonde Sagacity

Asking the Right Question

LASunsett asks the right question concerning Ward Churchill and his recent firing over long documented academic fraud.

"what took them so long?"

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

debates and Vice President choices

I listened to some of the democrat debate last night and one thing was clear, regardless of if you agreed with they where saying or not, Hillary Rodham Clinton was once again kicking ass and taking names.

Most of the other candidates were still talking to the nutroots extremist left they are hoping will vote for them in a general election. Hillary Rodham Clinton is already running the general election. Obama and Edwards aren't attacking her directly because they don't want to ruin their chances for the number 2 spot on the ticket.

While a Hillary Rodham Clinton/Barak Obama ticket is a far extremist loopy left wet dream of ticket, I think Hillary Rodham Clinton is too smart to pick a running mate that isn't going to help here in the general election. If that admitted War Criminal John Kerry was smart enough, he would probably be President right now. Fortunately for the United States of America, his skills are more focused toward finding extremely rich women who aren't that bright instead of running in a contested election.

My prediction is that Hillary Rodham Clinton is not going to pick Obama or Edwards (who couldn't even carry his home state in the 2004 elections), but somebody who is going to help here in the general elections of 2008. Former Bill Clinton administration official and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson would be a good choice. He's also smart enough to know that if he was Hillary Rodham Clinton's Vice President, gone would be the days of a powerful VP (such as Al Gore or Dick Cheney). He is far too conservative (he has a better track record on Second Amendment Civil Rights than a lot of Republicans running for President) for Hillary Rodham Clinton to allow much freedom. That is something that Hillary Rodham Clinton feels about most Americans anyway.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Today's History Lesson

This listing of the facts comes from Jumpinjoe, commenting on WizBangBlog:

[President Bill] Clinton bombed Iraq four days in a row attacking suspected WMD sites.

Coincidentally this action took place a mere 12 hours before impeachment proceedings began. The Democrats then used their podium time to denounce the impeachment of a "war time president". (That makes you wonder how long Clinton would have sustained that action if they could sway others with that argument of holding off impeachment until hostilities were over)

This action also pissed off ALL of the permanent members of the Security Council except Great Britain. Gee, a Democrat pissing off the world by unilateral actions against the sovereign nation of Iraq. (That's just another lesson of hypocrisy from the left)

Three days later Saddam Hussein gave a speech in which he appealed to all Islamists to rise up in Jihad against Americans and the British.

Osama Bin Laden then issued another call for Jihad against the Americans and their allies-specifically citing the Clinton attacks on Iraq as a reason for the Jihad.

Then attack after attack against our interests continued leading up to 9-11.

Morning Quotes

"We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace." - Former US Ambassador to the UN Jeane Kirkpatrick

"Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies, especially in this hemisphere. None of the four wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong." -- President Ronald Reagan

Old tolerance; allowing others a differing point of view.
New "Liberal" tolerance; declaring certain views tolerant and others not, then refusing to allow certain views to be stated because one has already declared them intolerant (normally without making any attempt to understand them).

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Attempted Murder or standard democrat election tactics?

"Surrender Mom" Cindy Sheehan claims she had her tires slashed while campaigning against democrat Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi. Ms. Sheehan, who has lost the support of her entire family long ago, claims this is "attempted murder."

In addition to her other failings, she has a lousy memory. Slashing tires of political opponents is just standard tactics for democrats.

20 points lower than GW Bush

That is where the democrat controlled Congress is.
According the latest Zogby polls, the President's poll numbers are up two points to 34%, and the Congress under democrats Reid & Polosi are down 10 points to 14%.
Don Surber has the story in the Charleston Daily Mail.

Never underestimate the power of the Democratic Party to self-destruct.

The first job approval numbers for July are in and the Reuters/Zogby Poll shows Bush at 34 percent, Congress at 14 percent.

Under Democratic leadership, Congress has gone from the brink of the abyss and leaped. Whee!...
After six months, Democrats do have one bipartisan accomplishment: Everyone hates Congress.

Not so George Walker Bush. Among Republicans, 63 percent still think he is doing an outstanding job

Congress now has no base outside of its staff, the reporters who cover it and Mom, and even she is wavering.
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Instead of addressing the energy crisis, tax reform, securing the borders or even increasing production of U.S. oil to end America's reliance on foreign oil, Democrats have one agenda item: Putting Bush's head on a plate.
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Instead of compromise, we get up-or-down votes without amendments.

Instead of tackling problems, we get hundreds of investigations into Bush.

Instead of civility we get Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid of Nevada taking a below-the-belt verbal jab at Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and then making Specter wait 30 minutes to respond.

That the democrats have screwed the pooch even more than the Republicans were able to is hardly surprising.

As Robert Heinlein wrote
, "Democracy can survive anything except Democrats"

Keep your mouth shut!

Friday, July 20, 2007

Boots on the ground view...

Michael Totten reports from Iraq:

Willie and Larry work construction for private companies in harsh places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are both well-rounded individuals with Red State tastes and political views and a worldliness and cosmopolitanism that surpasses that of most people who live in the Blue States.
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I watched helicopters fly over the city in the distance and launch burning white countermeasure flares to confuse heat-seeking missiles as the pilots flew over hostile parts of the city. This was the only evidence I saw that I was in a war zone. I heard no shots fired, and I heard no explosions.

After having spent several days Baghdad’s Green Zone and Red Zone, I still haven’t heard or seen any explosions. It’s a peculiar war. It is almost a not-war. Last July’s war in Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon was hundreds of times more violent and terrifying than this one. Explosions on both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border were constant when I was there.

You’d think explosions and gunfire define Iraq if you look at this country from far away on the news. They do not. The media is a total distortion machine. Certain areas are still extremely violent, but the country as a whole is defined by heat, not war, at least in the summer. It is Iraq’s most singular characteristic. I dread going outside because it’s hot, not because I’m afraid I will get hurt.

Keeping an eye on the shit the DNC/MSM makes up...

Media Myth Busters, telling you the reality that the NY Times won't.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Flashback Time

Remember when former "First Lady" Hillary Rodham Clinton said,

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president."



She was talking about the release of subpeonaed documents. Not the Rose Law Firm billing documents, which were "lost" in the White House until right after the Statue of Limitations ran out.



There is new legal request for her "papers."



Washington, DC – Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption announced today that it filed a lawsuit on July 16, 2007 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to obtain access to the following records from the Clinton Presidential Library: “First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s calendar, to include but not limited to her daily office diary, schedule, day planner, telephone log book, and chronological file.” The Archives, which operates and maintains Clinton Presidential Library records, failed to respond to Judicial Watch’s April 5, 2006 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

“Judicial Watch has a clear statutory right to have the Library search for and produce all non-exempt records responsive to its April 5, 2206 FOIA request within the time frame required by the [law]. The Library also is required to produce an index of any responsive records it seeks to withhold from Judicial Watch under the claim of exemption,” Judicial Watch wrote in its court filing. “Although more than 15 months have passed since Judicial Watch served its request, the Library has failed to do either.”

Judicial Watch is seeking Mrs. Clinton’s records from January 1, 1993 to January 20, 2001, the approximate time period during which she served as First Lady.

On January 20, 2006, more than 80 million pages of documents and 20 million e-mails from the Clinton administration were supposed to be made available to the public, yet only a portion have been released. Judicial Watch believes these documents potentially contain a treasure trove of previously undisclosed information. (Judicial Watch has made a number of requests to the Clinton Presidential Library concerning various Clinton administration scandals.)

“Given Mrs. Clinton’s current status as a presidential candidate, if not the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s nomination, the public interest in her tenure as First Lady is undeniable,” Judicial Watch stated in its lawsuit. “Because Mrs. Clinton seeks our nation’s highest office and may well be the next President of the United States, the public interest weighs heavily in favor of enjoining the Library from continuing to withhold the records at issue.”

“This lawsuit is a first step in obtaining access to new documents about Hillary Clinton’s role in the Clinton White House. With Hillary Clinton aggressively pursuing the presidency, uncovering the truth about her activities in the White House is just as relevant today as it was during the Clinton era,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The law requires the timely release of these and other Clinton White House documents. The court should compel the Archives to comply with the Freedom of Information Act and quickly release these records.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

In true far left liberal tradition, he cut and ran...

Michael Moore upholds the far hard loopy left liberal tradition.

Nothing like the taste of endangered species

Al Gore and his guests dine on nothing but the finest in endangered species.

ONLY one week after Live Earth, Al Gore's green credentials slipped while hosting his daughter's wedding in Beverly Hills.

Gore and his guests at the weekend ceremony dined on Chilean sea bass - arguably one of the world's most threatened fish species.

Also known as Patagonian toothfish, the species is under pressure from illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities in the Southern Ocean, jeopardising the sustainability of remaining stocks.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The boots on the ground view

Hardly surprising, but Michael Yon, who actually spends time with the the troops in Iraq, has a different view than democrat Senator Harry "American Last" Reid.
Ken McCracken at Say Anything points out reality vs. the views of Senator Reid.

According to Senator Harry Reid, the Surge has already 'failed', even though the Surge properly has not even begun in earnest. It is never too early for the Democratic leadership to declare defeat however, invested as they are in failure in Iraq.

Is Reid correct? Not according to Michael Yon, who unlike Reid is actually in Iraq (and has been for months) and who has no axe to grind. Yon, you will recall, was not hesistant to declare that Iraq was undergoing a civil war - he calls 'em like he sees 'em. Listen to his interview with Hugh Hewitt, and contrast that with the views of the know-nothing Dems on the Hill.

So who do you believe, Yon or Reid? The question that answers itself.

Senator Lieberman gets it.

He nails it shut:

"...But honestly, who are we fighting there? We’re fighting al Qaeda and Iran. And that’s the consequences. You know, one of the generals when I was over there last time, said to me a month ago, when you talk to your colleagues in the Senate, tell them if they don’t like what’s happening in Darfur, they’re going to really hate what happens here in Iraq if we pull out too soon".

HT to Varifrank

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Liberals never let the truth get in the way...

Take this raving rant by far left liberal extremist democrat California Senator Barbra Boxer for example. She tells the far left liberal radio talk show host Ed Schultz that America under GW Bush is as close as we’ve ever come to a dictatorship in this country.
For those of you who aren't that good at America History to see that is a complete load of crap, Rob at SayAnything has a few words for you, pay attention:

Personally, I think the closest we’ve ever come to a dictatorship in this country was probably under the Lincoln administration when old Honest Abe suspended habeas corpus for citizens (among other drastic measures he took to hold the union together). But regardless, whatever your view of Bush, comparing him to a dictator is utter nonsense.

That Boxer and her Democrats are upset because Bush isn’t bending over for the 300+ partisan fishing trips investigations they’ve initiated in the past couple of months, and refuses to simply give up on the war because that’s what his political opposition wants, hardly makes him a dictator. Which isn’t to say that Bush is always right (while I agree with many of his policy goals, his route to achieving them often leaves me cold), but he’s no Joe Stalin.

And as for Ed Schultz, an honest and level-headed political commentator would point out the absurdity of comparing Bush to a dictator. But honesty and sound analysis aren’t why the Democrats hired Schultz as their talk radio mouthpiece in the first place. Schultz was hired by the Democrats (remember that his national show was started with money given to him by top ranking Dems) to parrot their talking points.

Which is exactly what he does for three hours every single day.


For bit of more recent history, one could turn to FDR or even Billy Jeff Clinton, who had his appointees to run the IRS conduct witch hunt tax audits of his political foes, including nearly every women he sexually assaulted, or a least those with the courage to speak up.

A Clear Example of Hate Speech

Michelle Malkin shows an example of how the Far Hard Extremist Left actually "Supports the Troops."

Friday, July 13, 2007

Republicans picking up the mantle of JFK

Senator Norm Coleman quoting President John Kennedy on the Senate floor:

"we are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."


democrats
want to restrict the First Amendment and thus spit on the legacy of JFK and the American Constitution. The Captain has the story.

Quote of the Day

"They probably would've taken Jesus if he hadn't been nailed down." -- Kinky Friedman on the IRS

Originally posted on No Moss Here.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thought for the Day

Much like the lottery is a tax on those who are bad at Math, Carbon Offset payments are tax on those who are bad at Science.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Monday, July 09, 2007

U.S.S. Robert A. Heinlein

A great idea to honor a great American.
Kudos to California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for submitting the request to the US Navy

What Moore left out

That Michael Moore carefully crafts his crockumentaries to distort the truth is a well documented fact. What is interesting is that even liberal news organizations like the Chicago Tribune is starting to call him on it:

In the film's trailer, a desk attendant at a British hospital smiles while explaining that in Britain's National Health Service, "everything is free." But for free hospital care, Britons pay an awfully high price.

Just ask the nearly 1 million British patients on waiting lists for treatment. Or the 200,000 Britons currently waiting merely to get on NHS waiting lists. Mr. Moore must have missed those folks. ...

Consider waiting lists. Across Britain, patients wait years for routine -- or even emergency -- treatments. And many die while waiting.

Indeed, the NHS cancels around 100,000 operations because of shortages each year. In a growing number of communities, it is increasingly difficult for people to simply get an appointment with an NHS general practitioner for a regular checkup.

Further, when it comes to keeping patients healthy, NHS hospitals are notoriously unfit. After admittance to state hospitals, more than 10 percent of patients contract infections and illnesses that they did not have prior to arrival. And according to the Malnutrition Advisory Group, up to 60 percent of NHS patients are undernourished during inpatient stays.

Consequently, many Britons have turned to outside practitioners for treatment, and the private health-care market has boomed. Today, more than 6.5 million people have private medical insurance, 6 million have cash plans, 8 million pay out-of-pocket for a range of complimentary therapies, and 250,000 self-fund each year for private surgery. Millions more opt for private dentistry, ophthalmics and long-term care.


HT to Cox & Forkum

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Green Hypocrisy

51 plane flights in six months for an environmental author and lecturer--embarrassing? Yeah, that's one way of putting it. Another would be "I guess my entire career has really just been one long act of satire." It is possible that none of these flights were even slightly superfluous?

-- Colby Cosh

Saturday, July 07, 2007

A day to remember.

Today is Robert A. Heinlein's Centennial.

As Spider Robinson said:

"And I repeat: if there is anything that can divert the land of my birth from its current stampede into the Stone Age, it is the widespread dissemination of the thoughts and perceptions that Robert Heinlein has been selling as entertainment since 1939."

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Lowest Approval Ratings Ever!

The democrats have managed to screw the pooch in record time since taking over Congress.
According to this Gallup Poll:

If the President feels bad about the nation’s opinion of him—a meager 25% of those surveyed in a June Gallup poll approve of Bush’s performance—all he needs to do is pick up that same poll and keep reading. According to Gallup, just 14% of people express confidence in the current Congress. That’s the lowest measure in the 34 years Gallup has been tracking government institutions.

HT to Rob at SayAnything

Far Left Extremist Domestic Terrorism

Via the Volokh Conspiracy comes this LA Times story:

The FBI and the Los Angeles Fire Department are investigating an anonymous claim that animal rights extremists placed an unexploded incendiary device found under the car of a prominent UCLA eye doctor last weekend. The incident was similar to one last year in which another UCLA researcher was the intended target.

A gasoline-filled device was discovered Sunday by the car outside the Westside home of Dr. Arthur Rosenbaum, who is chief of pediatric ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. The device did not ignite despite evidence of an attempt to light it ....

An e-mail on Wednesday signed by the Animal Liberation Brigade said the group put the device there to stop experiments on animals in Rosenbaum's laboratory....

According to the National Institutes of Health, [Rosenbaum's] lab received federal funding to, among other things, test tiny implanted electrodes on monkeys to correct severe cross-eyed conditions....

The Bush Economy

Ken at SayAnything points out the truth of the matter:

Via Lorie Byrd at Wizbang we learn what the MSM refuses to tell us: the Bush economy is fricking stellar.

Mind you, in all fairness President Bush really has little to do with this. The president’s power over the economy is routinely overstated - as if the federal government is the be all and end all of economic health in the nation.

But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If we are to believe that Bill Clinton belongs in the upper tier of presidential quality due to the awesomely powerful unbelievable greatness of the economy during his tenure, the same goes for Bush 43.

Oh, did I mention that the most recent unemployment figures remained at 4.5%...There was a time when this would have been considered dangerously inflationary. But now, with inflation well under control, I guess these are two more statistics the MSM wants to hide from you.

P.S. I suppose it is fair to point out that Bush’s economic stats would be even better if he didn’t have to contend with the Clinton recession when he assumed office.

HRC flip flopping

"Nonviolent offenders should not be serving hard time in our prisons. They need to be diverted from our prison system."--Sen. Hillary Clinton, Democratic debate, June 28

[Re Scooter Libby:]"Today's decision is yet another example that this Administration simply considers itself above the law. . . . This commutation sends the clear signal that in this Administration, cronyism and ideology trump competence and justice."--Sen. Hillary Clinton, press release, July 2

HT to Mike's America.

The clear and utter hypocrisy of the far liberal left on the Libby issue is left as an elementary exercise for the reader.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

At least he was driving a hybrid...

Former VP Al Gore's son, was pulled over doing 100MPH in a Prius. He was arrested after Police found marijuana along with Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall in the car.

Star Trex XI news.

By way of eCanadaNow, eh...:

Beam them up – stat! Matt Damon, Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise are in talks to play the Big Three in the Star Trek XI movie next year.Fresh from Ocean’s 13 and The Departed, Damon is pegged for the role of a young Captain James T. Kirk, previously played by the Shat-tastic William Shatner.Meanwhile, Oscar winner Brody (King Kong, The Pianist) is slated for the role of Mr. Spock, which was immortalized by Leonard Nimoy, and CSI: New York’s Sinise could revive the cranky Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (made famous by DeForrest Kelley).


HT to Ace.

Damon was great in Dogma, so he might be able to pull this off...
Posted first on No Moss Here.

Happy 4th of July!

As is historical note, Independence was voted on and passed on July 2nd, 1776.

It took two days to have a clean copies handwritten for signing.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Rap + Metal = Patriotism

I'm not much a fan of Rap or Metal, but I like this video.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Bad news for the bad guys

From Strategy Page:

Al Qaeda operations continue to decline, as the number of al Qaeda members, and leaders killed or captured, goes up. Then there's al Qaeda media activity. Up until last Fall, 93 percent of al Qaeda Internet announcements were video. Since then, most of them are just audio, and sounding increasingly less confident. There is good reason for that lack of confidence. American and Pakistani attacks (usually with missiles or smart bombs) along the Afghan border in the last two years have killed an increasing number of foreign fighters.
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[What worries Al Qaeda is] the increasing amount of accurate information the counter-terror forces are getting. No one is talking, but al Qaeda chatter claims that either the Americans have some wondrous new bit of technology, or Yankee money has corrupted more al Qaeda members to give up information. The Taliban is suffering the same kind of casualties, and coming up with the same paranoid theories. More people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, some of them innocent, are being accused of spying, and killed by the Taliban and al Qaeda. Some of those multi-million dollar rewards for terrorists have been collected. Some openly, some more discretely. There is some reason to be paranoid.
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Al Qaeda is having some success in the Western media, and among Moslems living in Europe. But those expatriate Moslems are handicapped by many of their brethren who are not enthusiastic about Islamic terrorism. The police get tips, make arrests, and al Qaeda losses a few more true believers.

Read the whole thing.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

An interesting observation on the London Terror Attacks

The folks at WizBangBlog note:

As you may know (but not if you rely only on left-wing "weblogs" for your news), London recently averted a potentially catastrophic double car-bomb attack. In addition, only a day later a flaming SUV rammed into the Glasgow airport.

And what do our lefty Internet pals have to say about these horrid events? Well, as of this writing, not too bloody much. At the front page of the Daily Kos, for example, you'll find nary a discussion of these twin terrorist plots. Apparently, endless ruminations on the impeachment of President Bush are far more popular.

At the "weblog" of the liberal American Prospect, you won't find anything either. The staff of the Prospect is too shell-shocked over recent Supreme Court decisions to discuss terrorism--though they didn't prevent them from "posting" on more nugatory topics such as China's labor laws.

We only wish we could say the same thing for the loveable loons at The Huffington Post. But no: The Huffy Po dutifully relayed reports of the attacks on their main page, only to be greeted with reader comments claiming they must be CIA plots. Oh, dear.

Quite frankly, dear reader, this speaks to a disgusting malaise amongst the Democratic base. These folks detest President Bush so much that they are fundamentally incapable of seeing the dangers of terrorism. As such, they simply close their eyes and pretend that Islamofascism isn't a threat to the West.


The lead story in today's Boston Globe, "Rage on the Bikeway", the London Terror Attacks are relegated to page A5

The Globe story states that one of the attackers of Glasgow Airport was shouting "Allah! Allah!" while he was one fire.

Shining the light of Science on the Cult of Algore

James Taylor writes in the Chicago Sun-Times:

In his new book, The Assault on Reason, Al Gore pleads, "We must stop tolerating the rejection and distortion of science. We must insist on an end to the cynical use of pseudo-studies known to be false for the purpose of intentionally clouding the public's ability to discern the truth." Gore repeatedly asks that science and reason displace cynical political posturing as the central focus of public discourse.

If Gore really means what he writes, he has an opportunity to make a difference by leading by example on the issue of global warming.

A cooperative and productive discussion of global warming must be open and honest regarding the science. Global warming threats ought to be studied and mitigated, and they should not be deliberately exaggerated as a means of building support for a desired political position.

Many of the assertions Gore makes in his movie, ''An Inconvenient Truth,'' have been refuted by science, both before and after he made them. Gore can show sincerity in his plea for scientific honesty by publicly acknowledging where science has rebutted his claims.

Read the whole thing.