Urbin Report

Friday, November 30, 2007

Only one in five?

The Guardian reports:

"One in five carbon credits issued by the United Nations are going to support clean energy projects that may in fact have helped to increase greenhouse gas emissions, environmental group WWF said on Thursday."


So, 20% of money paid to the United Nations to help fight "Global Warming" is actually doing the exact opposite of the the donors want. I'm shocked the total fuck up rate is so low.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

CNN Round Up

Hugh Hewitt calls CNN "The Most Busted Name in News"

John Podhoretz, CNN: The Last Name In News

CNN’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy

Morning quotes.

"Look at the word "tolerance." It used to mean "put up with." You don’t have to like someone or something, but you accepted it and didn’t put up too much of a fuss. Now, if you express the slightest measure of disapproval, you’re labeled as "intolerant" and "hateful" and "bigoted." -- Jay Tea

"In the QUAGMIRE! that is Iraq according to Dems, deaths have been dropping. Citizens have been returning. Progress is being made, and victory is inevitable, if Democratic leaders will only let us achieve it." -- Cassy Fiano

"JUST HEARD A LENGTHY NPR STORY ON THE YOUTUBE DEBATE, with a live followup from Mara Liasson — and it omitted any mention of the planted question issue. Hmm. If Fox hosted a Democratic debate and many of the most pointed questions turned out to come from Republican activists, but Fox didn’t disclose that, do you think it would pass unremarked?" -- Glenn Reynolds

Hillary Supports the 2nd Amendment…
The way Bill supports monogamy.

I suppose it depends on what the meaning of “supports” is. You’ll know she has made the complete transition to Evita if she ever says she “supports” the Constitution.
-- Bob Leibowitz

Thursday, November 29, 2007

60 Years Ago Today

Today is Partition Day; sixty years ago, on the Gregorian Calendar, on November 29, 1947 the UN agreed to partitioning the land into two states: Israel and Palestine. Israel accepted, the Arabs did not.

HT to American Thinker Blog

Still more democrat plants at the CNN Republican debate

By way of Ace, is Scott of Powerline:

The latest plants? The Social Security question asked by an activist who quit his job to work with Dick Durbin on Social Security; the guy begging Ron Paul to run as an Independent and guarantee a Democratic victory is a Bill Richardson supporter.


Jason Coleman
finds another one:
The guy who asked the question about corn subsidies, Ted Faturos, is a former intern for Democrat Congresswoman Jane Harman.


Stephen Green nails it:
What we really saw tonight was CNN playing out its own agenda in front of a couple million viewers and seven or eight candidates, without anyone calling them on it.


Hot Air has the videos of CNN "weeding the plants". No mention of all these democrats posing as undecided Republicans at the CNN site though.

Bad news for democrats

Or in other words, good news for America.

The U.S. economy expanded at the fastest pace in four years during the third quarter, growing at a real annual rate of 4.9%, the Commerce Department said Thursday in making its second estimate of growth for the three-month period. . . . Real GDP has increased 2.8% in the past year, close to the economy's long-run potential.

Fact checking the crazy old aunt of the White House Press Corps

Greg Pollowitz does the honors.

It's no surprise that Helen Thomas' "mistake" puts US Troops in the worst possible light.

Just another example of how the loopy left really does not support American troops in the field.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

democrats plants at Republican CNN debate

A bad showing again by CNN.
Details at Michelle Malkin and WizBang.

Abortion questioner is declared Edwards supporter (and a slobbering Anderson Cooper fan); Log Cabin Republican questioner is declared Obama supporter; lead toy questioner is a prominent union activist for the Edwards-endorsing United Steelworkers

Planted CNN questions for Dem debate : "Do you like diamonds or pearls? Tee-hee!" from Dem politcal activists.

Planted CNN question for Repub debate: Hard-hitting politically charged question from Dem political activists.

Nope. No bias at CNN.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The bottom line of the Second Amendment

Naomi Wolf nails it:

"Few young Americans understand that the Second Amendment keeps their homes safe from the kind of government intrusion that other citizens suffer around the world"

A government should fear its citizens, not the other way around.
HT to Mr. Reynolds

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A short "Global Warming" roundup

First off, Don Surber points out that Canada has figured out that Kyoto Protocols were not about reducing the planet's carbon footprint:

The National Post said Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a victory over the Kyoto Protocol at a meeting of the the Commonwealth nations (nee, the British Empire) meeting in Uganda.

Canada succeeded in watering down a resolution backing Kyoto. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “Canada’s view is we need binding targets on all nations.”

Reported Mike Blanchfield: “The Kyoto protocol exempts developing nations, including major emitters India and China, from commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. Canada had insisted on Friday that it would sign no agreement in Kampala unless any targets included all major emitters. Disagreement on this issue may explain the vague nature of Saturday’s declaration. It called for a post-Kyoto agreement to reduce greenhouse gases but spoke only of ‘long term aspirational goals for emissions reduction to which all countries would contribute’.”

And therein lies the intellectual dishonesty of the Kyoto Protocol. If the world were in such peril from carbon dioxide, then all nations would reduce their emissions, not just the West and Japan.

Bonus quote from his post that is just too cool to leave out:
A friend once explained the difference between the United States and Canada as this: Americans view the outdoors as a place to play and have fun; Canadians respect it as a dangerous place that has things that can eat you.


Christopher Booker notes the following in the Telegraph:
The scare over global warming, and our politicians' response to it, is becoming ever more bizarre. On the one hand we have the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change coming up with yet another of its notoriously politicised reports, hyping up the scare by claiming that world surface temperatures have been higher in 11 of the past 12 years (1995-2006) than ever previously recorded.

This carefully ignores the latest US satellite figures showing temperatures having fallen since 1998, declining in 2007 to a 1983 level - not to mention the newly revised figures for US surface temperatures showing that the 1930s had four of the 10 warmest years of the past century, with the hottest year of all being not 1998, as was previously claimed, but 1934.


The Whistler at Say Anything points out:
Clearly if carbon dioxide was the force the UN and Al Gore say it is then the Earth couldn’t have been cooling in the last 9 years. They can’t explain why the Earth went through a 30 year warming trend before world war two, then experienced a thirty year cooling trend. Then the warming trend started again which it appears despite all the rhetoric has ended.


Remember kids, reducing pollution is a good thing. Doing so by buying car that has several hundred pounds of toxic heavy metals in it that produced more of a carbon footprint in its manufacturing than building a H2 Hummer would produce is (and costs more to produce) not the way to do it.

Monday, November 26, 2007

It would be worth it...

...just to watch their tin foil covered pointy little heads spin.

I was listening to the latest TWiT podcast and they tossed out a delicious rumor.
Probably not true, but it would be fun.
The rumor, that Rupert Murdoch is going to buy digg.

Given that the top political stories on Digg are typically expressions of advanced BDS, I can just imagine the reaction of those posters learning that their playpen may be taken over by Darth Murdoch.

UN Conference to promote Global Warming.

They claim it is about Global Warming, but if they believe their own press releases, they would be holding a teleconference. Scott Kirwin at the Razor did the math showing just how much CO2 they dumping into the atmosphere by holding a conference on "Global Warming" in the tropical location of Bali.

I will update this post with better numbers as I find them. However my estimate is that the UN conference in Bali will spew over 40,000 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere in air travel alone. This CO2 has the warming effect of just over 122,000 metric tons of CO2.

According to this Wikipedia article, trees planted in the tropics remove 22kg of CO2 from the atmosphere per year. That’s roughly 45 trees needed to remove one metric ton of CO2.

So in order to cover the 40,000 metric tons we would have to plant roughly 2,000,000 trees in the tropics.
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Glenn Reynolds has stated, "I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who say it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis." It’s difficult to argue with that sentiment. Imagine a conference to fight illegal drugs being attended by participants who were stoned, or holding a meeting to combat obesity at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Are global warming skeptics the only ones who appreciate the irony here?

Mr. Kirwin's numbers are probably low, since he calculated them based on the UN officials flying business class. Commercial airlines are not good enough for the self-appointed World Elite. As I noted before, the airport at Bali doesn't have enough tarmac to handle the number of private jets chartered to bring the conference attendees.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Tech Punditry

Here is my geek punditry for the day. The Amazon Kindle etext reader is going to sell well. It will succeed for the same reason the iPod did. The iPod did not dominate the mp3 player market by creating a better mp3 player, they did it by greatly expanding the market through its iTunes service. People who had no idea of what an mp3 was or how to create/find them now had a way to purchase digital music easily and for less money than they paid for to get the music on CD.

The Kindle has Amazon shopping built in and thus a way to purchase etext at a reasonable cost. Amazon is attempting to follow the highly successful model Apple used, and it will probably work.

I've been doing the etext thing for years on my Palm based PDAs. There is an amazing amount of material available, including Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Beam Piper, and a good chunk of the Baen Books catalog. I am, however, a lot more geeky than the general public. I was not part of the Apple model because I knew about mp3s and the problems with overly restrictive copy protection.

Apple's "Kindle format" is an encrypted version of the Mobipocket format common on PDAs such a Palm OS based devices. It does support non-encrypted Mobipocket, as well as text files and a few other open formats.

The Kindle's biggest competitor will be the iPhone, once decent reader format is available (and either iTunes supports loading it or there is some third party software you could use without having Apple brick your phone), but I think the Kindle will hold its own, for the reasons stated.

Friday, November 23, 2007

As the man who wrote the movie screenplay said..

Follow the money!

I'm from all over...

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
 

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

Philadelphia
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
The Northeast
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


Being an Army Brat (and for you liberals with no experience with anything military, that is a technical term), I'm from all over. I was born in Europe (during one of my father's tours in the military), learned to talk in Virginia, and spent other parts of my childhood in Central America and upstate New York. I've lived in the Boston area for the past two decades, but have successfully avoided the accent.

HRC's avoidance techniques

The Washington Times reports:

When Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to get a message out, her presidential campaign handpicks news outlets. Or, in some cases, bypasses the media entirely.
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The strategy allows Mrs. Clinton — who rarely holds press availabilities — to avoid taking questions from reporters who cover her campaign and who might have detailed follow-up queries to her carefully planned policy announcements.

Mrs. Clinton's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have been painting her as someone who dodges tough questions or parses answers to difficult issues.
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The campaign has been tightly controlled from the start, with Mrs. Clinton announcing her candidacy in a Web video and negotiating strict terms for her appearances on network morning shows, according to published reports.

Staffers often give vague answers to reporters' questions via e-mail, leaving no room for follow-up.
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Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson — the Democratic candidates without the money and poll standing — are easy to approach on the campaign trail with specific questions. They also take more questions from voters.

Just a preview of the "Imperial Presidency" that will be the signature of a HRC administration.

Private Jets to overwhelm "Global Warming" conference

Haven't these people heard of teleconferencing?

Tempo Interaktif reports that Angkasa Pura - the management of Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport are concerned that the large number of additional private charter flights expected in Bali during the UN Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC) December 3-15, 2007, will exceed the carrying capacity of apron areas. To meet the added demand for aircraft storage officials are allocating "parking space" at other airports in Indonesia.

I'm not surprised by this

Banning fireplaces in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Based the "science" of "Global Warming" or flat out class warfare?

Is this decision truly about air quality or global warming?

Interestingly, one loses on the issues of global warming because the odd paradox is, the more there is cloud cover or "smoke" in the air, the cooler the Earth will be. It is well documented how the Earth's temperature cooled after the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa. From that standpoint, one ought to encourage fires which produce the maximum amount of smoke.

Of course, that position is politically absurd.
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We stoke our hearths for two reasons.

First, many rural people burn wood because they can't afford to heat their old houses with electricity. Many more feel that burning wood does less damage to the planet than increasing their carbon footprint by using so much electricity.

Banning fires would hurt the elderly who live on fixed incomes and the poor in general. It would be an added tax on the rest of us and increase dependence on petroleum.
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We worry that the real issue here isn't about health, global warming or energy savings, but about control.

Were it not about control, the dialogue would be about baffles and filters to eliminate soot, not about outright bans.


Oh, it's pretty damn clear that it is either about control or flat out stupidity driven by partisan politics. Take your pick.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Gas Prices Soar under democrat Congress

Nancy Pelosi (far left extremist democrat from San Francisco) said back on April 19, 2006, "Democrats have a plan to lower gas prices…join Democrats who are working to lower gas prices now."

The reality
is quite the opposite. The average gas price has soared to over $3.20 a gallon since the democrats took control of Congress.

Another example of how the left really treats the Troops

By way of Flopping Aces is this story in the Chicago Sun Times of how democrats treated one Vietnam Vet who wouldn't toe the line.

"[Steve Gardner] received a phone call from John Hurley, the veterans organizer for Kerry's campaign. Hurley, Gardner says, asked him to come out for Kerry. He told Hurley to leave him alone and that he'd never be for Kerry. It was then Gardner says, he was threatened with, "You better watch your step. We can look into your finances."

Next, Gardner said he received a call from Douglas Brinkley, the author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War. Brinkley told Gardner he was calling only to "fact check" the book -- which was already in print. "I told him that the guy in the book is not the same guy I served with. I told him Kerry was a coward. He would patrol the middle of the river. The canals were dangerous. He wouldn't go there unless he had another boat pushing him."

"Twenty-four hours later, Gardner got an e-mail from his company, Millennium Information Services, informing him that his services would no longer be necessary. He was laid off in an e-mail -- by the same man who only days before had congratulated him for his exemplary work in a territory which covered North and South Carolina. The e-mail stated that his position was being eliminated. Since then, he's seen the company advertising for his old position. Gardner doesn't have the money to sue to get the job back."


This is how democrats "support the troops."
Read the whole thing.

Further Proof...

Megan McArdle has another data point on why the "dangers of Global Warming" is really an excuse for the the Third World to mug the industrial nations:

"Why not nuclear? We asked. The World Bank doesn't support nuclear, though it's not clear why. Geopolitically, of course, there are proliferation concerns, and questions about whether developing countries can safely manage a nuclear plant. On the other side of the ledger, however, is the fact that without nuclear, all these developing countries are going to be dumping a gigantic load of carbon into the atmosphere. Shouldn't we at least be thinking hard about safer reactors for the developing world?"

A conviction in the UN Oil for Dictators scandel

The New York Sun reports:

A Switzerland-based oil trading company has pleaded guilty to paying $13 million in kickbacks to the Iraqi government in violation of the U.N. oil-for-food program's rules, the Manhattan district attorney, Robert Morgenthau, announced yesterday.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Additional stuff

Plenty of new material at No Moss Here.

What you won't hear on the MSM

Michael Yon reports:

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any fighting. I can’t remember my last shootout: it’s been months. The nightmare is ending. Al Qaeda is being crushed. The Sunni tribes are awakening all across Iraq and foreswearing violence for negotiation. Many of the Shia are ready to stop the fighting that undermines their ability to forge and manage a new government. This is a complex and still delicate denouement, and the war may not be over yet. But the Muslims are saying it’s time to come home. And the Christians are saying it’s time to come home. They are weary, and there is much work to be done.

HT to TexasBestGrok

Setting the Way Back Machine...

...to one year ago today we find:

The boots on the ground view vs. the HRC/democrat view on Iraq

and something that wasn't a surprise to those who pay attention:

Conservatives are the “most generous” Americans

The word on the street

Ann Althouse has this "man on the streets of Bagdad" report:

B]utcher Halim Sayed Ahmed, an Egyptian with a round face and hint of a moustache, is counting his lucky stars he didn't follow the rest of his family to Cairo when the conflict began ripping Baghdad apart two years ago.

"The butchery is thriving. Sales are up 80 percent compared to the beginning of the year" when violence was at its peak, he said between mounds of freshly cut chicken pieces, mincemeat and mutton.

"I have been here 30 years and I love Baghdad," he said. "Now that the security situation is improving, my family can return."


Good news for Iraq, good news for citizens of Iraq, good news for the US Military and good news for America.
Thus, this is bad news for the democrats who have tied their success to America's defeat in Iraq.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cover Up at CNN

Doug Ross points out that the Clinton News Network is trying to cover up their participation in the farce that was the last democrat so called "debate".

Questions by former Arkansas democrat party official LaShannon Spencer, who was supposedly a "randomly selected undecided voter", have been purged from the CNN transcripts. Too bad for the Clinton News Network, other copies of the original transcripts exist.

One lesson that the last 30+ years of American politics has driven home is that the cover up will get you into more trouble than the crime itself. Hopefully this will be true for CNN and their unethical support for HRC instead of being an impartial moderator.

Some SciFi stuff

A couple of Star Trek notes. I watched New Voyages latest offering, “THE WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME", with guest star George Takei. Damn good stuff. Take the time to watch all their stuff. It really is made out of love for the show.

Pictures of Zachary Quinto as Spock in the new Star Trek feature film are out. He looks like a good fit.

I’ve been watching the second season of the new Doctor Who series. This is first season with David Tennant as the Doctor. I think it is pretty cool that it was watching Doctor Who as a child that gave Tennant the acting bug and his life long goal was to play the Doctor. IMHO, it shows in his performance.

The new series has a couple of spin off shows, including Torchwood. I’ve seen a few episodes. It looks seriously good. I’ll probably be buying the DVD set when it becomes available in the US.

Thought for the Day

What is good?

To crush the Totalitarians, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their fellow travellers!

And beer.

_

Quagmire!

Don Surber identifies a real foreign policy quagmire:

Around the time that Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, he started a war to remove a dictator and build a new nation in Kosovo. General Wes Clark led the charge and later bragged about the precision bombing.

The people in the Chinese embassy when it was accidentally bombed might disagree.

Eight, nine years later, how is that whole Kosovo thing going?
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“The vote was also marred by an overwhelming boycott by the Serb minority, under orders of Belgrade not to legitimise a parliament threatening to declare independence within weeks.”


Remember that then President Bill Clinton promised to have the troops home from Kosovo by Christmas. It seems he lied about that too.

The blogosphere is catching up with me...

I posted about the Munchkin wranglers excellent essay, "why the gun is civilization." way back in March (with the HT to Tam).

The rest of the blogosphere is catching up finally. Boortz and the Instapundit for example.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A look at the latest debate

The democrat got together in Las Vegas and it appears that Hillary Rodham Clinton got her Inevitability train back on track. Obama acted like a unexperienced state senator from Illinois and Edwards attempts at attacks on Hillary were derailed boos from the audience. Hillary spoke what were probably the most honest words of the evening when she said that she was attacked not because she was a woman, but because she was in the lead. That was of course, after telling a flat out lie, i.e. denying playing the gender card. Her campaign, including her husband, William Jefferson "B.J." Clinton, played that gender card loud and hard.

The only other person who looked Presidential on that stage was Joe Biden, not that it is going to do him any good. His campaign for President is toast. His chance at the VP slot or a strong cabinet post under HRC, SecDef or Secretary of State, just got better though.

The real story is the debate itself thought. It appears that HRC made her comeback from her last poor performance with the willing aide of her conspirators at the Clinton News Network.

Let us review some the key points that back up that statement.
Hot Air points out that one of the "random undecided" voters that was were selected to ask a question is actually a democrat party official from Arkansas!

The "Diamonds or Pearls" question was selected by CNN, not the UNLV student who asked it.

"Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN," Luisa writes. "I was asked to submit questions including “lighthearted/fun” questions. I submitted more than five questions on issues important to me. I did a policy memo on Yucca Mountain a year ago and was the finalist for the Truman Scholarship. For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance."…

That’s what the media does. See, the media chose what they wanted, not what the people or audience really wanted. That’s politics; that’s reality.


Doug Ross has more details on these two and two more so-called "random" democrat voters. These include a well-known antiwar activist and the president of the Islamic Society of Nevada, who has appeared on CNN before!

It was also clear that the so called "moderators" from CNN were squarely in the Hillary Camp. Wolf Blitzer just obviously rolled and spread to make his position as Hillary's Bitch very clear. He took the warnings from HRC's campaign very seriously it seems.

Mike points out how Blitzer followed the script he was given
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Wolf dutifully complied by offering mostly softballs and never once asked Hillary about the scandals which already make her campaign look more and more like a repeat of her husband's campaigns. No question about Chinese funny money fundraising. No question about the off limits papers at the Clinton Liebrary. No question about planting campaign questions at Hillary events. No question about why she changed her position on illegal immigrants getting driver's licenses.

The Clinton effort paid off. After the debate, a Clinton senior advisor said Blitzer: "was outstanding, and did not gang up like Russert did in Philadelphia. He avoided personal attacks, remained professional and ran the best debate so far.” Dick Morris saw it differently: "Blitzer checked his journalistic instincts at the door." I'd say Blitzer checked his integrity at the door too.


So this was the "debate" that wasn't. It was a carefully scripted performance put on by the HRC campaign and their conspirators at the Clinton News Network. It was also a scary preview into what "mainstream journalism" will be under a Hillary Clinton presidency.

Update: Jenny Bea has been digging deep into this, including this interesting bit of information:
I looked up CNN’s transcripts of the debate, to find out who they are. At the same time, I paid attention to other blogs and news outlets, to find some mention of The Diamonds and Pearls girl, being Maria Luisa, and CNN made her ask her question. She said she felt stupid, because she wanted to ask a question about Yucca Mountain. There were links to her My Space page, indicating she was 15.

But the transcripts said her name was Maria Parra-Sandoval and she was a student at UNLV, and in the video clips of that question, that’s what she said her name was. Interesting that no one picked that up. So I popped her name into my Yahoo search engine to discover that Luisa is her middle name, her full name is Maria Luisa Parra-Sandoval, and she worked in Harry Reid’s office in Nevada and DC. (Picture on page 23) She was also invited as a guest on the floor off the 74th session of Nevada Legislature, by a man named Rubin Kihuen, he was elected in 2006 and a member of the Nevada Assembly Democrats. Upon further research and a tip from a commenter on another message board, it turns out that she came here illegally from Mexico as a child with her family, but since gained legal status, and has won scholarships to attend UNLV.

Maria Luisa is Maria Luisa Parra-Sandoval, and her picture is in the yearbook on one of the Nevada government websites, in addition, her name is listed as one of Harry Reid’s staff.


Again, hardly a "random" "undecided" democrat.

Friday, November 16, 2007

He's making sense

"My hunch is that we’d see the same level of management of the Internet from the U.N. that we’ve seen when it came to peacekeeping operations in Africa. Or its management of Saddam Hussein’s 'Oil for Food' program. Or its monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program."
-- Fred Thompson talking sense on who should control the Internet.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

A crack in the Inevitability

One of the key aspects of the strength behind Hillary Rodham Clinton's March on the Presidency has been the projection of a sense of Inevitability.

An Inevitability that was weakened in the last debate when she could not or would not answer a simple direct question about one of the high visibility issues put forth by the Governor of the state she allegedly represents in the Senate. Edwards and Obama smelled the weakness and went after it, as well they should have (and should have been doing much earlier).

The smell of fear coming from the Clinton campaign grew stronger when they accused the "boys" of "ganging up" on the lone woman Hillary. So much for her being the strong, tough, defender of the communists, or as they prefer to be called, "progressives" against the evil forces of Darth Rove. The desperation became even more obvious as the HRC campaign attacked Tim Russert for for doing his job as moderator of the debate. Earth to HRC and the democrats, if you can't handle Tim Russert, Russian President Putin is going to make you his bitch.

So, there is a big crack in Hillary's aura of Inevitability. If Edwards and Obama have a pair, they are going to try and make that crack much bigger. For added bonus, if they do go after her, it would be educational to the American public to see HRC's mask of civility slip. Because, let's be real here, that sense of her Inevitability as the next President is larger nowhere than in her own ego. She doesn't like the fact that she has to go through the process of actually being elected and having to share the stage with those lesser beings. In her view, she should just be anointed to the office. That pesky 22nd Amendment can be dealt with later.

So, I'm hoping for a rigorous exchange of ideas in Las Vegas tonight, with some contact made. Some political bloodsport between the democrat candidates tonight is just what we need to get this show on the road.

A prediction

Microsoft is working on Service Pack 3 for XP, which is supposed to be the last service pack for XP. My prediction is that Microsoft will try to wedge in a lot of the DRM crap that makes Vista such bloatware into the final XP service pack.

My recommendation is not to let XP SP3 be installed automatically. Wait a few weeks and see what the reaction to it is first.

Let us hope they act quickly...



I bet my billionaire Senator (the admitted War Criminal) votes against this. It would double the rate he pays in federal income tax (while lowering the rate the majority of citizens he supposedly represents)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Standard Clinton Policy

Back in 1999, Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign staffers said this about a planted question for HRC "this is not standard policy and will not be repeated again."

Max Follmer, at the Huffington Post brings us this flashback, reminding us that Hillary Clinton would be bringing all the Clinton scandal baggage back to the White House if America is unfortunate enough for here to assume the office of the President.

Here is transcript the MSNBC broadcast that pointed out that HRC wants everything scripted, down to the questions she is "asked":

ANNOUNCER: From NBC News, this is THE NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS.

WILLIAMS: Good evening.

We have a lot to tell you about tonight, beginning with what had become a whisper campaign of late, and it went like this: After what turned into a somewhat disastrous trip to the Middle East and with polls showing she should not run, Hillary Rodham Clinton just might pull out of the race for Senate from New York. Well, today, the first lady, responding to a planted question at a Teachers Union event made it clear she is in the race for the US Senate.
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ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC CORRESPONDENT (on-camera): Brian, today's events were as carefully choreographed as the New York City Ballet.


This is just Standard Operating Procedure for HRC. Let's flashback to this comment on her 1999 Senate run:

"If [Hillary Clinton's New York state] Listening Tour had been any further scripted, it would have to have been registered with the Writers Guild."

Update: The details on the current question planting scandal.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The democrat congress

Karl Rove nails it in describing the current democrat congress:

"But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid probably aren't in a celebrating mood. The goodwill they enjoyed after their victory is gone. Their bright campaign promises are unfulfilled. Democratic leadership is in disarray. And Congress's approval rating has fallen to its lowest point in history," Mr. Rove said.
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"Even worse, the Democrats have made clear all their talk about 'fiscal discipline' is just that — talk. They're proposing to spend $205 billion more than the president has proposed over the next five years. And the opening wedge of this binge is $22 billion more in spending proposed for the coming year. Only in Washington could someone in public life be so clueless to say, as Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi have, that $22 billion is a 'relatively small' difference.

"Let's also be clear about what it means to roll back the president's 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, as the Democrats want to do. Every income-tax payer will pay more as all tax rates rise. Families will pay $500 more per child as they lose the child tax credit. Taxes on small businesses would go up by an average of about $4,000. Retirees will pay higher taxes on investment retirement income. And now we have the $1 trillion tax increase proposed as 'tax reform' by the Democrats' chief tax writer last month."

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bad news for democrats

In this case, it's good news from Iraq, which is good news for America, and thus bad news for democrats. Blackfive has this interesting bit of information:

Former Sunni insurgents asked the U.S. to stay away, then ambushed members of al-Qaida in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said Saturday.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Sounding desperate

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson was on Fox News Sunday and is clearly showing why he is a third tier candidate. He is trying to appeal to the extremist far left and tossing his chances with center out the window. He also showed zero ability to answer off the cuff. He stuck with his script, regardless of how badly it played.

Senator McCain is also on, and he is showing a much better ability to actually answer questions instead of Richardson's reciting of a script.

American Flag Biker

God bless America and all the American Veterans.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The lone honest democrat speaks up

Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut speaks the truth about his party:

Since retaking Congress in November 2006, the top foreign policy priority of the Democratic Party has not been to expand the size of our military for the war on terror or to strengthen our democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East or to prevail in Afghanistan. It has been to pull our troops out of Iraq, to abandon the democratically-elected government there, and to hand a defeat to President Bush.

Iraq has become the singular litmus test for Democratic candidates. No Democratic presidential primary candidate today speaks of America's moral or strategic responsibility to stand with the Iraqi people against the totalitarian forces of radical Islam, or of the consequences of handing a victory in Iraq to al Qaeda and Iran. And if they did, their campaign would be as unsuccessful as mine was in 2006. Even as evidence has mounted that General Petraeus' new counterinsurgency strategy is succeeding, Democrats have remained emotionally invested in a narrative of defeat and retreat in Iraq, reluctant to acknowledge the progress we are now achieving, or even that that progress has enabled us to begin drawing down our troops there.

I asked some of my Senate colleagues who voted against our amendment: "Do you believe the evidence the military has given us about the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard] sponsoring these attacks on our troops?" Yes, they invariably said. "Don't you support tougher economic sanctions against Iran?" I asked. Again, yes - no question. So what's the problem, I asked. "It's simple," they said. "We don't trust Bush. He'll use this resolution as an excuse for war against Iran.".

there is something profoundly wrong - something that should trouble all of us - when we have elected Democratic officials who seem more worried about how the Bush administration might respond to Iran's murder of our troops, than about the fact that Iran is murdering our troops. There is likewise something profoundly wrong when we see candidates who are willing to pander to this politically paranoid, hyper-partisan sentiment in the Democratic base - even if it sends a message of weakness and division to the Iranian regime.

HT to Dissecting Leftism

Friday, November 09, 2007

Leftists against free speech

Brian Maloney has yet another example:

A two- year effort by a socialist youth group to shut down a San Francisco- based conservative talk radio station has been rejected by the FCC, according to reports emerging late Friday.
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Aided by older allies that included the San Francisco Board Of Supervisors, the East Bay- based Youth Media Council formally petitioned the FCC to deny conservative KNEW-AM a renewal of its license to broadcast.

And in a twist, the hip- hop advocacy group also sought to shut down several of KNEW's sister stations, including KYLD-FM and KMEL-FM, both of which air music.

In making their case, the young "progressives" tried to claim that Savage, Katz and others had sought to incite violence, especially against bicycle activists, via their on- air commentaries.

While their primary demand may have been denied, they did succeed in convincing the FCC to fine station owner Clear Channel Communications a total of $20,000 for obscure technical violations that were alleged in the YMC's petition.
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Interestingly, in the two years since this petition was filed, the left has shifted its strategy on this front, perhaps recognizing the difficulty in shutting down stations via license revocations.

This year, for example, we've seen a concerted effort by the Soros- funded left to remove conservative talk hosts through public pressure campaigns against owners and advertisers.

Clearly, just since 2005, the left has become far more sophisticated in its efforts to exterminate speech it opposes. Two short years from now, will they have far more to show for their efforts?


This is just another example of how the Soros funded far left extremists know that they can not compete in market of free ideas and free speech.

Another Station dumps Err America

This time it's San Diego's KLSD 1360 AM. According to BoreAmerica, the new, and unlike Err America, profitable, format will be XTRA Sports.

A good description

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Soaring!

I just noticed that I got bumped to "Flappy Bird" status.
Wonder how long that will last?

You can't make this shit up...

By way of DUmmie FUnnies, actual moonbat ranting:

A coup that started with the assination of John Kennedy when he tried to wrest this country currancy away from the Federal Reserve Board which is this country branch of the global banking cartel. Then they had to get rid of Bobby because he went after J.Edgar Hoover's pals in the mob. Of course Dr. King had to go for obvious reasons. And lastly John Lennon. Any and all heroic figures that could unite and rally the people had to go, that's why we've Nazi thugs in the Whitehouse and perverted spineless leeches in congress. Only Kucinch and Ron Paul the fascist scum in their respective parties and I fear for their lives.

Oh my, that is somebody who is seriously off their meds, and sadly for the Republic, a fought over democrat primary voter.

Gosh, What A Surprise!

Hillary and her entourage get a free meal, but didn't tip the waitress.

In my experience as a pizza delivery driver I've found that Leftists as rule tend to tip badly if they bother to tip at all. This really isn't a surprise to me that the poor lady would be used and abused by Her Inevitableness.

But being a self-appointed superior being means never having to treat ordinary people with the decency and respect that they have earned, let alone having to comply with the rules of social conduct that are followed by normal people in a civilized society.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
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A telling photo

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

He is an authority on the subject...

Senator Ted Kennedy (convicted felon democrat, Peoples Republic of Taxachusetts) should recuse himself from anything having to do with drowning.

Note to South Carolina

I have to call that state's government on their decision deny Stephen Colbert a spot on the state’s ballot.

Let's inject some reality in this situation, ya, Colbert's campaign is a joke.
It is however, about as real as Al Sharpton's run in 2004 (and hopefully just as, if not more so entertaining), and the state of South Carolina allowed him on the ballot.

HT to my brother Freddy for pointing out to me just how absurd South Carolina's decision was based on their past behavior.

Update: According to CNN:

Two prominent supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in South Carolina called state Democratic Party officials and urged them to keep funnyman Stephen Colbert's name off the primary ballot, according to party officials and Obama supporters.

Blue on Blue attack

‘Dennis Kucinich is on a quest of his own. He sees flying saucers and he acts like one, too’ so says democrat Rep. Alcee Hastings.
In case you don't remember Rep. Hastings, let us review his record. He is a former federal judge who was impeached by the House for bribery and convicted and removed from office by the Senate.
While watching a bribe taking democrat congresscritter attack one of the most far hard left liberal extremists in Congress is fun, let us return the trouble Kucinich is causing his own party in congress. Don Surber has the details.

Steny Hoyer, who as the House’s No. 2 Democrat has taken over for the incompetent House Squeaker Nancy Pelosi, tried to kill the Kucinich impeachment resolution.

Republicans were all set to help him until it occurred to them, screw Hoyer. What has he done for Republicans?

Being portrayed as pulling the wings off children over SCHIP chaffed Republicans. So they decided to give Kucinich enough rope to hang all the Democrats.

86 Democrats were serious in voting for the resolution. 165 Republicans voted for the resolution just to send a message to Democratic leaders. Shelley Moore Capito was among the Republicans voting for the resolution.

Technically the motion was to table, so the 162 votes for tabling were against the resolution, while the 251 no votes were technically for the impeachment resolution.

Besides Kucinich and the rest of the Tinfoil Caucus of the Democratic Party, House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel voted for the impeachment resolution.


Let us not forget that Dennis Kucinich (democrat, flying saucer) is one of his party's choices for the office of the President.

The party of tax and spend...

...mostly spend. The Washington Times Inside the Beltway column points out that democrats are running true to form:

There was more embarrassing news yesterday for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) announced that the new Democratic majority, and in a record-setting way, isn't living up to its promise of "fiscal discipline."

"Though House Democrats each called for an average of $731 million in savings, this offsets 0.2 percent of their spending-hike bills, resulting in a net agenda of $470.1 billion — the highest level over the past nine Congresses," says the NTUF.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

democrats: The party of the extremely rich...

...and they are using their bought and paid for democrat congresscritters to stay that way. By way of Ed Driscoll and Ace of Spades HQ come this article from the Financial Times.

A legislative proposal that was once on the fast track is suddenly dead. The Senate will not consider a plan to extract billions in extra taxes from megamillionaire hedge fund managers.

The decision by Senate majority leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat, surprised many Washington insiders, who saw the plan as appealing to the spirit of class warfare that infuses the Democratic party. Liberal disappointment in Mr Reid was palpable at media outlets such as USA Today, where an editorial chastised: "The Democrats, who control Congress and claim to represent the middle and lower classes, ought to be embarrassed."

Far from embarrassing, this episode may reflect a dawning Democratic awareness of whom they really represent. For the demographic reality is that, in America, the Democratic party is the new "party of the rich". More and more Democrats represent areas with a high concentration of wealthy households. Using Internal Revenue Service data, the Heritage Foundation identified two categories of taxpayers - single filers with incomes of more than $100,000 and married filers with incomes of more than $200,000 - and combined them to discern where the wealthiest Americans live and who represents them.

Democrats now control the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions. More than half of the wealthiest households are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats.

This new political demography holds true in the House of Representatives, where the leadership of each party hails from different worlds. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, represents one of America's wealthiest regions. Her San Francisco district has more than 43,700 high-end households. Fewer than 7,000 households in the western Ohio district of House Republican leader John Boehner enjoy this level of affluence.

Democrat Party election officials in Ohio convicted of vote fraud

Now, democrats committing vote fraud is hardly news, neither is what NewsBusters points out, which that none of the MSM media outlets report that the two people convicted of vote fraud in the 2004 election in Ohio are "Democrat Party election officials in Cuyahoga County, one of Ohio's most Democratic counties".

77 percent of American adults oppose driver's licenses for illegal aliens,

From the Washington Times:

Voters oppose driver's licenses for illegal aliens by a nearly five-to-one margin, a new Fox 5/Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll finds.

As immigration politics explode into the presidential race, polls show Americans are taking a hard line on benefits for illegal aliens, including opposing driver's licenses and such taxpayer-funded benefits as scholarships at state colleges for illegal-alien students.
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Licenses fared poorly across party lines, including near-blanket opposition among self-identified Republicans, at 88 percent. Among independents and Democrats, it was still overwhelmingly unpopular, drawing 75 percent and 68 percent opposition, respectively.
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On the issue of public benefits, the poll's sample of California voters found 62 percent opposed state-sponsored college scholarships for children of illegal aliens
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Meanwhile, on the issue of enforcement, the poll's sample of 500 Texas voters found strong support for a crackdown: 75 percent said they favor police officers automatically checking legal status during traffic stops, and 66 percent said if someone stopped turns out to be illegal, they should be deported.

democrat presidential front runner Hillary Rodham Clinton supports giving benefits, paid by the taxes of citizens and legal residents, to illegal residents.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Troofer rules for non-logic

By way of the Bronze Blog comes Troofer/Twoofer Rules:

1. Ad hominem is the basis of all reality: Broadest form of pretty much all these other rules: Who you are makes your argument valid, not the internal logic or physical evidence.

2. Evil = Power: Because Bush is evil enough to do something, there's no need to prove that the laws of physics would allow him to do that something. No need to worry about the administrative nightmare of managing thousands of rogue ninja demolition crews, either.

3. Anonnies and people with pseudonyms are automatically wrong because they might possibly have something vaguely resembling a government connection. Therefore, if a conspiracy skeptic posting under a blog name, rather than his real name, says the sky is blue, then obviously it must not be. Exception: Twoofers who use fake names, after all, they're the only people who have something honest to protect, and they're the only people on the entire surface of the Earth who don't want death threats sent to their snail mail address or government suppression squads at their front door or office.

4. Using your real name = Infinity Plus One times your normal credibility. Being ridiculed by snail mail or physical presence when someone figures out where you live boosts your credibility level far more than email or forum ridicule because Galileo didn't have an email address.

5. People who are standing up against The Man are automatically right. Outspoken liberal skeptics who berate government officials for trampling on science, trying to get Intelligent Design in schools, employing various ineffective or even counterproductive "War on [Concept]" measures, destroy civil rights, engage in historical revisionism, or whatever aren't doing enough: They have to sit on their rears talking/posting about being certain of the government using Orbital R-9 Wave Cannons in order to count as being opposed to the administration. Anything less, and they're exactly as loyal as any Bush crony, and thus automatically wrong.

6. If it doesn't sound like a TV/movie plot, it's not realistic. There's ALWAYS a frame-up, an "unexpected" plot twist, or whatever. If the evidence is rock solid, that just means the guy doing the framing/set up/whatever is more elaborate about the level of evidence he plants.

Go read it there, it has links and more rules in the comments.

Morning Quotes

"In U.S. politics, 'compassion' means giving money and privileges to well organized interest groups at everyone else's expense." -- Paul Craig Roberts

"Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not. Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn't authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don't understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them." -- Joseph Sobran

"The Constitution is like my old blue dress ... it doesn't fit anymore." -- Rep. Ellen Tauscher, (democrat, California)

"As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the only issue. No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated." -- Charlton Heston

"The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal." -- Peter Brimelow, [and others] National Review 02/01/93

"Today the old-fashioned liberal pretension of equality is dead. Replacing it is naked power and the use of government to protect and expand the privileged status of the Democratic Party and its courtiers and constituents. Liberals have become reactionaries, behaving as kings did centuries ago by robbing their opponents to reward their vassals. Liberals now believe that the main purpose of government is to play favorites, to bring down their foes and give privileges to their friends." -- Lowell Ponte

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel." -- Ayn Rand

"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, 'The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.'" -- President Ronald Reagan

If "Iraq" is Arabic for "Vietnam" then "Vietnam" is Lefty for "hippie mid-life crisis". -- Protest Warrior

"Moore's only concession to the Democrats' role-playing is to deny that he is a Democrat, hoping enough Americans were taught by public school teachers that no one will know how to look up Moore's voter registration card. ("Democrat.")" -- Ann Coulter

[T]he UN's mission -- as seen by many of its members - is not to solve threats to peace, but to constrain the United States from pursuing its interests.

"Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff." -- Frank Zappa

"May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, November 04, 2007

12 Myths of 21th Century War

Hersir has 'em.

Myth No. 1: War doesn't change anything.

Myth No. 2: Victory is impossible today.

Myth No. 3: Insurgencies can never be defeated.

Myth No. 4: There's no military solution; only negotiations can solve our problems.

Myth No. 5: When we fight back, we only provoke our enemies.

Myth No. 6: Killing terrorists only turns them into martyrs.

Myth No. 7: If we fight as fiercely as our enemies, we're no better than them.

Myth No. 8: The United States is more hated today than ever before.

Myth No. 9: Our invasion of Iraq created our terrorist problems.

Myth No. 10: If we just leave, the Iraqis will patch up their differences on their own.

Myth No. 11: It's all Israel's fault. Or the popular Washington corollary:

Myth No. 12: The Middle East's problems are all America's fault.

Go read them all in detail.
HT to soldiergrrrl

UN "Peacekeepers" running true to form

The BBC reports:

Sri Lanka has promised to look into allegations that 108 of its UN peacekeepers in Haiti paid for sex, in some cases with underage girls.
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Earlier this year more than 700 peacekeepers in Ivory Coast were suspended and in recent years, peacekeepers in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo have also been accused of sexual exploitation.

This is just another example in a long history of abuse by so-called UN "Peacekeepers."

A few reminders why another Clinton presidency would be a really bad idea

"[Hillary Rodham Clinton] flunked the DC bar exam and only passed the Arkansas bar. She had no job offers in Arkansas and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there. She only joined the prestigious Rose Law Firm after Bill became Attorney General and made partner only after he was elected Governor." -- Long time Clinton adviser Dick Morris

"[Hillary Rodham Clinton] keep saying that Social Security has lost 14 years of solvency on President Bush's watch. In 2000, your husband's last year in office, the program's trustees said it would be solvent until 2037. Now they say it will be solvent until 2041. As the most serious female candidate for president we've ever had, aren't you setting a bad example by not being able to do math?" -- Jonah Goldberg
HT to Wizbang Blog

Hillary's Smoking Gun

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

"In other news, Hillary Clinton is apparently listening to Sandy Berger on foreign policy. Like I need another reason to consider her a scary bitch whom I wouldn't vote for if the other candidate was Satan." -- Just a Decurion

The Many Faces of HRC

"Remember this whenever you read or hear a "Media Matters" clarification, re-interpretation of an event, or news report. Media Matters is all about clearing a path for Hillary Rodham Clinton, and doing the job she hasn't the guts to do herself." -- Bob Parks

It's part of the Hillary defense. Just as Hillary's answers are scripted, so is her "spontaneous" laughter. This is truly learned behavior -- laughing -- or pretending to laugh at will. Over the past 15 years, she's perfected the art of responding to people, questions and networks that she doesn't like. In the past, she would sneer and answer sarcastically, as in, "Maybe I should have stayed home and baked cookies." But those days are over. Now she smiles constantly and dissolves into a flood of loud giggles. It's been a big part of her media training.

The mainstream media hasn't had much to say about the laughing candidate. But can you imagine if Rudy Giuliani responded to a network interviewer by laughing loudly and hysterically for five seconds? No doubt The New York Times would seriously wonder about his state of mind. But they don't find it odd with Hillary. -- Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris


"Hillary is not for everyone. It is not for those with common sense, entrepreneurs, legal immigrants, families, or those who fear a healthcare system that works as well as the DMV. If you vote for Hillary, tell your doctor if if you feel muscle pain, weakness, or a sudden onset of guilt. This could be a sign that you realize what you've done: i.e., doomed the American people to four years of Jimmy Carter with a deeper voice. The most common side effects are bleeding from the ears, four-month waits for MRI's, and a lighter wallet. These side effects tend to go away after you stop caring or if you die while awaiting medical treatment." -- Doug Ross

Friday, November 02, 2007

Leftist crushing of decent

The darling of the American far left extremists, Hugo Chavez, is preceding on his path to turn his country into a Socialist Hell hole. Complete with the crushing of any opposition.

Soldiers used tear gas, plastic bullets and water cannons to scatter tens of thousands who massed Thursday to protest constitutional reforms that would permit Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to run for re-election indefinitely.

Led by university students, protesters chanted "Freedom! Freedom!" and warned that 69 amendments drafted by the Chavista-dominated National Assembly would violate civil liberties and derail democracy.

It was the biggest turnout against Chavez in months, and appeared to revive Venezuela's languid opposition at a time when the president seems as strong as ever. Students promised more street demonstrations over the weekend, but no opposition-led protests were planned for Friday.

"This is a dictatorship masked as democracy," said Jorge Rivas, an 18- year-old student. "Chavez wants our country to be like Cuba, and we're not going to allow that to occur."

Authorities broke up the protest outside the headquarters of the country's electoral council, reporting that six police officers and one student were injured. But students said dozens of protesters were hurt during the melee. The local Globovision television network broadcast footage of several police beating an unarmed protester with billy clubs.

Death by Communism


death by communism, originally uploaded by aloha.suckers!!.

Communist governments killed 100 million of their own citizens during the 20th Century. Sadly, you still have people who want to give it another go and proudly wear shirts bearing the image of murdering communist thugs.

For the extremely serious Star Trek Fan

Vulcan ears body mod

For the rabid Tolkien fan, think of them as elf ears.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Morning Quotes

Originally posted on No Moss Here:

"To say that the lack of gun control is “killing our citizens” is like saying stores are the reason there are shoplifters." -- Jay Lundgren

"Our strategy was to use the Fairness Doctrine to challenge and harass right-wing broadcasters and hope that the challenges would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive to continue." -- Bill Ruder, John F. Kennedy's assistant secretary of commerce

"There's a kind of decadence about all this: If 9/11 was really an inside job, you wouldn't be driving around with a bumper sticker bragging that you were on to it. Fantasy is a by-product of security: it's the difference between hanging upside down in your dominatrix's bondage parlor after work on Friday and enduring the real thing for years on end in Saddam's prisons...." -- Mark Steyn