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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Hillary's experience

Bryan at Hot Air reviews some of HRC's experience. It's not a pretty picture.

Hillary seems to understand real global conflict through the prism of Vietnam and through domestic politics. The latter is understandable as it does impact a president’s ability to lead, though it doesn’t ultimately speak well of her humanitarian principles; the former in the case of Yugoslavia is just about entirely wrong-headed. But it’s typical of Hillary’s slice of her generation, a group of people who seem to see in every single conflict everywhere in the world another Vietnam. To me, that by itself is enough reason to keep her away from presidential power. Every war isn’t Vietnam, but the fear of creating wars like that one will distort decision-making in unhealthy ways.

If you read the two articles, the picture of Hillary that emerges is of someone who exercised some influence and occasional power but without much in the way of direct responsibility, and who is pragmatic rather than principled, thin-skinned and difficult, and who puts her peculiar political priorities above the interests of the nation she wants to lead. Not serve, but lead. The idea of service doesn’t seem to be in her DNA. She wants to lead, but seems to be completely devoid of any guiding principles beyond the pursuit of power. That’s not a new critique of Hillary Clinton by any means, but it sure seems to be an accurate one.


If Hillary is running on her experience, why is she still withholding 2,600 pages of documents that detail her so called "experience"?

About experience

Hillary Rodham Clinton's claim is that she has more experience than Barak Obama.
If experience is that important, democrats should be voting for Senator Biden.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Cowards, Murderers Hardest Hit.

Via Ace of Spades HQ comes this good news: Twenty-Thousandth Terrorist Killed In Iraq.

What happened to the Neocons?

Michael Young notes:

"So maybe it's time to stop referring to the neocon policies of the Bush administration. The neocons are gone, many for so long that no one seems to remember their leaving. What we now have in Washington is a mishmash of old political realism and improvisation, topped with increasingly empty oratory on freedom and democracy. That should please quite a few of Bush's domestic critics. He's returned to the futile routine in the Middle East that they always urged him to."


It is good to remember where the Neocons got their ideas from.

HT to Mr. Reynolds who comments, "In other words, the bureaucracy won, with predictable results."

Friday, December 28, 2007

Revisiting the UN's Carbon Footprint

That gigantic footprint doubled in size.

AMID talk of offsetting the hefty carbon footprint of the United Nations climate conference in Bali, organisers missed a large elephant in the room.

The air-conditioning system installed to keep more than 10,000 delegates cool used highly damaging refrigerant gases - as lethal to the atmosphere as 48,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and nearly the equivalent of the emissions of all aircraft used to fly delegates to Indonesia.

With hawk-eyed representatives of more than 100 green organisations present, it was probably the worst place in the world to commit an environmental faux pas.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

A fast round up...

Various stuff I noticed but was too busy to blog before.

President George W. Bush had a very good year.
Of course, if you only read the New York Times, you wouldn't know about it.

The troop surge in Iraq is succeeding. America remains safe from terrorist attacks. And the Goldilocks economy is outperforming all expectations.

At his year-end news conference, Mr. Bush said with optimism that the economy is fundamentally sound, despite the housing downturn and the subprime credit crunch. The very next day, that optimism was reinforced with news of the best consumer spending in two years. The prophets of recessionary doom, such as former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Republican adviser Martin Feldstein, ex-Democratic Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and bond-maven Bill Gross have been proven wrong once again.


Some Very Inconvenient Truths For The Global Warming Cultists
South America this year experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, snow fell for the first time since the year 1918. Dozens of homeless people died from exposure. In Peru, 200 people died from the cold and thousands more became infected with respiratory diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished, and the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency.

Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007.
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Last January, $1.42 billion worth of California produce was lost to a devastating five-day freeze. Thousands of agricultural employees were thrown out of work. At the supermarket, citrus prices soared. In the wake of the freeze, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush to issue a disaster declaration for affected counties. A few months earlier, Mr. Schwarzenegger had enthusiastically signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a law designed to cool the climate. California Sen. Barbara Boxer continues to push for similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.

In April, a killing freeze destroyed 95 percent of South Carolina’s peach crop, and 90 percent of North Carolina’s apple harvest. At Charlotte, N.C., a record low temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on April 8 was the coldest ever recorded for April, breaking a record set in 1923.

Star Trek - TMNT Crossover

Ok, this is one of those crossovers that only make sense when you drink a lot.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Setting the Wayback Machine to four years ago...

Xmas Present From Progressives: Starvation

How many poor people have progressives starved since 1917? It's a good question and somebody should do the research and publish it.

Russia was the breadbasket of Europe until progressives seized power in that year and started instituting policies to "share the wealth." For the next 70 years until socialism collapsed, Russia was a net importer of food always on the brink of famine. In the 1930s, Stalin instigated a calculated famine in the Ukraine to rid himself of approximately 10 million political enemies.

His crime was protected by the progressives at the New York Times and on the Pulitzer Prize Committee (they control both institutions to this day). Because soft progressives cover for hard-line progressives like Stalin, Castro and other political monsters -- preferring to demonize George Bush and John Ashcroft instead -- these atrocities continue.

The left's inability to understand the most basic economic fact -- that people need an incentive to produce -- has caused the unnecessary deaths of tens of millions of people -- mostly poor -- in the last 75 years. But thanks to a politically corrupted media and educational system, their pig-headed pursuit of socialist fantasies goes on.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Political Christmas ads

Barak Obama puts out a much better ad than Hillary Rodham Clinton. A good counter punch to HRC's "Muslim Fear Mongering" attack campaign against him.

John McCain beats 'em both hands down though.

Americans tend to respond differently

secret asian man spots the pattern and the expected response:

The solution given for global warming looks suspiciously like the solution given for global cooling looks suspiciously like the solution given to pretty much any other problem.

The solution given is of course the same one that's been given by autocrats and elites since the days of the Pharoahs: "give up your harvests, give up your freedoms, or the natural order of the earth will fail and you shall starve!". For only the Pharoahs with their learning can understand and placate the gods, and if the gods are angry, why the Nile won't flood.

But, here's what's going to backfire:

We, being Americans, won't go for that. When gas gets expensive, we don't become communalists, we buy hybrids. When power becomes an issue, we start looking at going off-grid.

Environmentalism may turn out to be the catalyst for yet more individualism.

I happen to like both things, so that would make me happy. It'd also make me laugh.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I prefer the latter greeting

To My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.



To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


HT to Ed Driscoll

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Attempting to "Humanize" Hillary

That is the buzz coming from the HRC campaign. A tough job.
That is probably the goal behind this ad, which Bryan at Hot Air sums up accurately.

The gifts make the connection, of course, but check out what the gifts are: universal health care, bring the troops home, etc. All of the gifts are funded in one way or another with your money. And she’s portraying herself as a thoughtful gift-giver by taking your money and giving it back to you in the form of expensive government programs, some or all of which you might not actually want or need. If that doesn’t typify liberal thinking, I don’t know what does.

The democrat's War Against Science!

"As reported by Science magazine, Congress has cut science funding increases for fiscal year 2008. This comes in spite of the earlier announced presidential initiative to increase funding for basic research to improve the future economic competitiveness of the United States."

The report comes from Slashdot, with a Hat Tip to Mr. Reynolds.

Let's make sure we have everything straight here. The Republican President is calling for more funding of basic science, and the democrat controlled congress slashes funding for basic science.

As Mr. Reynolds would put it:

They told me that if George W. Bush were elected, the United States government would cut funding for basic science And they were right!

US Navy to the Rescue!

By way of Ace of Spades HQ is this story about a 14 year old girl with a burst appendix begin saved by the USS Ronald Reagan.

The 14-year-old owes her life to the men and women of the USS Ronald Reagan, one of the largest aircraft carriers in the Navy, who saved her in a mission worthy of Hollywood script.
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The crew of the Dawn Princess put out an SOS, and the U.S. Navy heeded the call.

The USS Ronald Reagan was sent to helicopters which lifted the critically ill girl off the cruise ship, which did not have the facilities to deal with her condition, and to the the carrier. Emergency surgery was performed by US Navy medical personnel, saving the girls life.

President George Herbert Walker Bush replies

By way of Hillary Needs A Vacation, is President Bush 41's response to yet another one of former President Billy Jeff Clinton's "shoot from the hip" cowboy type less than truthful" (i.e. a lie) statements.

In a statement sent to CNN Tuesday afternoon, former President Bush’s chief of staff Jean Becker said that he “wholeheartedly supports the President of the United States, including his foreign policy. He has never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton, nor does he think such a mission is warranted since he is proud of the role America continues to play around the world as the beacon of hope for freedom and democracy.

“President Bush is excited about several of the excellent Republican candidates running for president, and looks forward to discussing their candidacy once the Republican nominee is determined.”


Lucianne is less diplomatic than the distinguished President George Herbert Walker Bush:
This is certainly a spinny way of putting it. What Bush 41 actually said was "I have no idea what he's talking about." It was a flat out lie and yet no one is calling Bubba on it. By the way, buffs. This is the 9th anniversary of Clinton's impeachment. Virtual drinks are on the house.'

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

WHY ARE THE WHEELS COMING OFF THE CLINTON BANDWAGON?

Former Clinton adviser Dick Morris explains:

The conclusion is inescapable: the more voters come to know Hillary Clinton the less they like her and the more they get to know Barack Obama the more they like him.
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Hillary keeps up the pattern of personal, irrelevant negative attacks.

The conclusion is obvious: neither Hillary nor her staff know how to campaign. After the Clinton re-election in 1996, they have never been tested in a competitive race. When Giuliani dropped out of the New York State Senate race and the young Congressman Rick Lazio had to enter at the last minute to try to stop Hillary's bid, the conclusion was pre-ordained. Hillary's re-election was a cakewalk against a totally under funded opponent. She doesn't know how to win.

Hillary's experience has been limited to the insider back biting of Washington where she is an expert at using her secret police -- a small army of private detectives -- to unearth negatives about her or Bill's opponents. (Even former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young recently admitted that Hillary ran the effort to discredit women who might come forward and accuse Clinton of misconduct.) But, when it comes to campaigning, advertising and winning an election, these folks and this candidate don't have a clue.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Better Fred then Red


fred red, originally uploaded by aloha.suckers!!.

Damn Skippy!

Stray Quotes

From my collection:

"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate where it's safe, in America.
Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, in the places in the world that really need peace activism the most?
-- Raymond S. Kraft

HELP THE WORLD'S POOR... Ban Socialism. Unban DDT.

"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"My personal credo as a libertarian conservative: I think all attempts to reform your fellow-citizens or tell them how to live their lives are arrogant and tyrannical. THAT'S why I oppose Leftism. I want people to be free to manage their own lives. "Reform" is just authoritarianism. People are not playthings for anybody's theories or obsessions." -- John Ray, M.A., Ph.D.

let’s face it: nothing says "we value civil liberties" more than smoking bans, the surrender of private enterprise to a massive centrally-controlled government, municipal usurpation of private property to feed the common weal, and non-denominational holidays stripped of their celebratory cores and presented as simple, non-offensive husks, their blinking colored lights a reminder that even the most profoundly held beliefs can be reduced to low-wattage, community-approved superficiality -- Jeff Goldstein on liberals.

The western Left didn't give a tinker's damn for the fates of the Iranians, Lebanese, Nicaraguans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Koreans, Cubans, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, or even Russians, so long as the eeeevil American right-wingers were dealt a political defeat (and let's not even start on Israelis).
Why should anybody be surprised thay they could now care less about Iraqis? -- Will Collier

"To translate it into UNIX system administration terms ... the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Whereas people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability." -- Cryptonomicon

"We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks." -- democrat and former US President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) addressing a group of businessmen shortly before WWI.

The far left plays the race card...

Not surprising in itself, but this time it's the far hard left left extremist talk radio demagogue Randi Rhodes slamming Opra for using "black preacher" voice during an event on behalf of Barak Obama. How dare she support anyone but the "anointed" HRC!

Details at The Radio Equalizer

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Reality of Socialism summed up...

From Yahoo News, we get this interesting look into the dark heart of Socialism:

A video of a Gucci- and Louis Vuitton-clad politician attacking capitalism then struggling to explain how his luxurious clothes square with his socialist beliefs has become an instant YouTube hit in Venezuela.
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Venezuelan Interior Minister Pedro Carreno was momentarily at a loss for words when a journalist interrupted his speech and asked if it was not contradictory to criticize capitalism while wearing Gucci shoes and a tie made by Parisian luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton.

"I don't, uh ... I ... of course," stammered Carreno on Tuesday..."

If you happen to be in New Hampshire...

...there is a 20% lead that HRC used to have, but lost. If you happen to see it, just have a good laugh and keep on walking. The country is better off with it lost.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

It would be wildly entertaining

Just imagine the entertainment value that would be provided by a Romney/Lieberman ticket.

It would cause heads on both sides of the aisle to spin right off and then explode.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

How serious is that crisis?

This Is London reports:

The UN secretary-general today called on world leaders for immediate action on climate change - before flying thousands of miles to the US for a music concert and then leaving in the interval to jet to Europe.


It's hard to take them seriously when they don't even attempt to practice what they want to inflict on the rest of the world.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

All the candles


All the candles, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

"They tried to kill us. They failed. Let's Eat!"

I'm using "us" loosely, being the token heathen in the house.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Meanwhile in Iraq

Brand spanking new Iranian weapons are still being found:

"A cache of Iranian manufactured rockets was turned over to Coalition forces based at Forward Operating Base Delta, Dec. 4. Iraqi civil defense personnel delivered 14 107 mm Iranian rockets and fuses to the Kazakhstani Soldiers, said 1st Lt. Almaz Mukashev, the Kazakhstani liaison officer. The rockets were manufactured in 2006. The Iraqi civil defense personnel have turned over munitions to Coalition forces before, but this was the first delivery of Iranian weapons to Coalition forces, said Col. Peter Baker, the 214th Fires Brigade commander".

Just how much of a crisis is this again?

Curt at Flopping Aces points out this interesting bit from the UN Boondoggle in Bali:

The science on climate change is indisputable so the world must now act to limit greenhouse gas emissions or face "abrupt and irreversible" change, the head of the Nobel prize-winning U.N. climate panel said on Sunday.

But Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said the industrialized world did not have a moral right to force poorer nations to slash emissions that may stunt their growth.

Curt then draw the correct conclusion:
Only a politician looking for a Socialist paradise would have the gall to say that the world is facing "abrupt and irreversible" change unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions but that developed nations don’t have a “moral right” to ask less developed nations to do anything to avoid this catastrophe.

Soooooo transparent. It seems to be more of a policy to harm developed nations rather then saving the earth.


Read the whole thing. Hardly surprising, the UN bandits are cherry picking the data to make their case and crushing any dissent.

What the MSM won't tell you about democrats

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Another Greenie for safe, clean Nuclear Power

By way of Hot Air is this Wired story about Gwyneth Cravens, an environmentalist who now supports clean, safe Nuclear Power.

Every day spent burning coal for power translates into damaged lungs and ecosystem destruction.
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Wind and solar can't produce the "base-load" (or everyday) steady supply needed, and the only realistic -- and safe -- alternative is nuclear.
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In the U.S., 24,000 people a year die from coal pollution. Hundreds of thousands more people suffer from lung and heart disease directly attributable to coal pollution.

WN: That’s opposed to a minuscule number of people who have been directly harmed by nuclear power?

Cravens: It’s zero in the United States. Of course there is the occasional industrial accident amongst the workers. But over the lifetime cycle of nuclear power, if you go cradle-to-grave with uranium, the total carbon emissions are about those of wind power.

WN: You have an interesting statistic comparing the waste levels produced by individuals over a lifetime.

Cravens: A family in four in France, where they reprocess nuclear fuel, would produce only enough waste to fit in a coffee cup over a whole lifetime. A lifetime of getting all your electricity from coal-fired plants would make a single person’s share of solid waste (in the United States) 68 tons, which would require six 12-ton railroad cars to haul away. Your share of CO2 would be 77 tons.
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WN: People still fear Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. You say neither of these catastrophic events was as harmful as widely believed.

Cravens: Chernobyl's reactor had no containment building. If they had had that reactor in a containment dome, we wouldn't be talking about it the way we are. But there was a radioactive release, and people were affected. So far about 60 people have died, most of them -- almost all of them -- from immediate exposure when they were fighting the fire in the reactor, and the emergency workers.
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Three Mile Island really scared people, partly because it was so badly bungled by nuclear industry and regulatory commissions. The psychological effects were real, but in a dozen independent studies, no health effects have been found as a result of the Three Mile Island event.

Radiation was never a risk at Three Mile Island. People in New Mexico, every day of their lives, get from nature maybe 100 or 300 times more exposure than citizens around Three Mile Island got during that event.


Bryan reminds us of the old joke, "more Americans have died in Ted Kennedy’s car than from nuclear accidents."

The Venezuela people on the murdering thug Che

By way of Transterrestrial Musings is this story:

"We do not want a monument to Che, he is not an example for our children," said a note left at the scene of the monument shattered by six gunshots, according to El Universal newspaper.

Mr. Simberg nails it, "Given Che's methods, taking it down with six gunshots seems appropriate."

This is not a surprise to those who pay attention

From the Weekly Standard:

An official of the Chinese government last week confirmed that Beijing is supporting U.S. enemies around the world.

Yuan Peng, director of the Institute of American Studies, part of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said that "in the world, almost all enemies of the United States are China's friends."

The rare admission confirms the view of some critics who say China's arms sales to rogue states like Iran, Syria and North Korea are based on a deliberate strategy of indirectly confronting the United States.

Friday, December 07, 2007

The Heritics were lucky they were not burned at the stake!

Probably just because that would have "contributed to global warming", although much less so than the swarm of private jets.

They will just never be able to get any politically connected academic funding again.
The Herald Sun Reports:

The United Nations has rejected all attempts by a group of dissenting scientists seeking to present information at the climate change conference taking place in Bali, Indonesia.

The International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) has been denied the opportunity to present at panel discussions, side events, and exhibits; its members were denied press credentials. The group consists of distinguished scientists from Africa, Australia, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The scientists, citing pivotal evidence on climate change published in peer-reviewed journals, have expressed their opposition to the UN’s alarmist theory of anthropogenic global warming.


As Mr. Reynolds puts it, this is a "CRUSHING OF DISSENT."

Way to go Utah!

Miss Utah, an Army Combat Medic.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Today's Quotes

Ace nailing the democrat policy.

"Perhaps this will get the troop death rate up to a level the Democrats are happier with."


Glenn Reynolds on the BBC
Because nothing says “journalistic detachment” like helping terrorists brush up on their fire-and-movement skills.


Global Village Idiot
I find it ironically amusing that “our” puritans come not from the “Moral Majority,” but from the radical secular left. Radical feminists try to take the fun out of sex; radical eco-nutters try to take the fun out of a walk in the woods; radical vegans try to take the fun out of dinner, and so forth.


Dave in Texas
Communism has certainly been working on its image over the last 20 years, hasn’t it? It’s been repackaged as the First Church of Climate Crisis and Care.

A faith-based initiative.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

On the Ecology front...

In Texas, "environmentalists" are suing to block a wind power project.

The swarms of private jets to a resort location in the tropics to discuss "global warming" story I blogged about earlier is getting more coverage.

Hillary running true to form

Via Hot Air, this description of how HRC and her staff view Obama:

“When talking to Clintonites in recent days, I’ve noticed that they’ve come to despise Obama. I suppose that may be natural in the final weeks of a competitive campaign when much is at stake. But these people don’t need any prompting in private conversations to decry Obama as a dishonest poser. They’re not spinning for strategic purposes. They truly believe it. And other Democrats in Washington report encountering the same when speaking with Clinton campaign people. ‘They really, really hate Obama,’ one Democratic operative unaffiliated with any campaign, tells me. ‘They can’t stand him. They talk about him as if he’s worse than Bush.’ What do they hate about him? After all, there aren’t a lot of deep policy differences between the two, and he hasn’t gone for the jugular during the campaign. ‘It’s his presumptuousness,’ this operative says. ‘That he thinks he can deny her the nomination. Who is he to try to do that?’ You mean, he’s, uh, uppity? ‘Yes.’ A senior House Democratic aide notes, ‘The Clinton people are going nuts in how much they hate him. But the problem is their narrative has gone beyond the plausible.’

I can't say I'm surprised.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!

Ok, not yet, I'm just getting ahead of myself. Hillary's corrupt fundraiser, Norman Hsu has been indicted by a federal grand jury on cheating investors and using that money to make illegal campaign contributions (all to democrats)
The AP reported the story:

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Norman Hsu, a top Democratic fundraiser accused of cheating investors of at least $20 million and using some of the money to make illegal donations to political campaigns.

In the 15-count indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the government accused the 56-year-old clothing-industry entrepreneur of duping investors nationwide with a massive Ponzi scheme.


HT to Ace and Ms. Malkin.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Cutting pollution

While I'm not convinced that the Cult of Algore's latest entry in global gloom and doom is as certain as even Mr. Gore admits is isn't, I do think it a good idea to cut emissions of fossil fuels. I've been on the ecology bandwagon since the 70's. I recycle, compost, and have been using lower power light bulbs years before the "cool kids" started doing it. I have pushed for cleaner fuel sources such as wind (unlike my two democrat Senators), solar and nuclear.

By way of Mr. Reynolds, is this article on ways to cut energy use (and save yourself some money too).

Voting away the income tax in Taxachusetts

Howie Carr writes:

What a wonderful idea - letting the people of Massachusetts vote next year on whether to abolish the state’s 5.3 percent income tax.

The question is going to be on the ballot, that’s almost certain.
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You say it can’t be done? Well, in 2002, when the same question was on the ballot, the underfunded working people still managed to get 45 percent of the vote.

Here’s what’s in it for you. If you have a real job making $50,000 a year and the state income tax is abolished, you have just given yourself a pay raise of $2,650 a year. About $50 extra a week.

Expect the massive democrat majority in the legislature and the governor's mansion to fight this one tooth and nail.

Revisiting Hillary's "Inevitability"

HRC's campaign depends a lot on a sense of Inevitability. Even Hillary Rodham Clinton herself is pushing it strong and hard.
Cracks are starting to show in Iowa.

Sen. Hillary Clinton faced a tough crowd in Iowa. Clinton did not receive the warmest of welcomes at the Heartland Form in Des Moines, IA,
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The senator was asked if she would "make a decision to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship" during her first 100 days in office. Clinton responded saying, "I have been favoring a plan to citizenship for years. I voted for it in the Senate, I have spoke out about it around Iowa and the country and in my campaign. And as president comprehensive immigration reform will be a high priority for me."

Soft booing could be heard from the audience. The man repeated his question about the first 100 days. Clinton replied, "Well you've to get congress to pass the legislation and the president to do as much as possible, which I will do." Louder boos came from the crowd.


Local polls in Iowa are starting show Obama pulling ahead. HRC is going down in the polls while Obama is going up. If HRC fails to come in first in any of the early primaries, here aura of Inevitability goes up in smoke.

The Failure of Feminism

Maureen Dowd said a few years ago:

"Feminism died in 1998 when Hillary allowed henchlings and Democrats to demonize Monica as an unbalanced stalker, and when Gloria Steinem defended Mr. Clinton against Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones by saying he had merely made clumsy passes, then accepted rejection, so there was no sexual harassment involved."


Tammy Bruce continues calling so-called "feminists" to task:
Calling attention to abuse, violence and oppression is something the left claims it does, but these days they’re more than willing to throw those who need our voices under the bus. Their obsession is to make sure the leftist false construct of an evil George Bush and oppressive United States won’t be eclipsed by the truth — the truth of a world where our enemy targets women on a daily basis for terror, torture, oppression and murder as our troops risk and give their lives to banish that horror from the lives of tens of millions.
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There have also been a few organizations since 2003 that have done astounding authentic feminist work for women and children around the world, and in Afghanistan and Iraq specifically. The American military, without even a passing “thank you” from so-called feminist leaders Smeal or Steinem or Gandy, have liberated over 53 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq, with a good 25 million of those being women and children.

If the Marines were taking their orders from those so-called feminists, the same women who support and laud Hillary Clinton, those now free people would still be enslaved. The official position of America regarding the suffering of women around the world would be the equivalent of NOW’s ubiquitous “no position” position. It is the last appalling betrayal, and one that should condemn them to the dust heap of exposed hypocrites, pretenders and failures.

HT to LGF

HO, HO, HO!

Just in time for Christmas, that nappy headed cowboy is back on the radio Monday morning.