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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The utter failure of the democrat Congress

HT to Hot Air

Campaign fundraising transparency

Guess who has it and who does not. If you said the Republican had more transparency than the far left extremist corrupt Chicago democrat machine party hack, you are correct!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Communist China running true to form

Nobody who pays attention can be surprised by this:
China to censor Internet during Games

China will censor the Internet used by foreign media during the Olympics, an organising committee official confirmed Wednesday, reversing a pledge to offer complete media freedom at the games.

Controlling information and punishing those who access information the government doesn't like is what Communists do.

This reminds me of the Kos Kiddies/DUmmies gleefully listing those they would ban from the airways and print if they gained power.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Why can't he admit he was wrong

Barak H. Obama was clearly and utterly wrong about the Troop Surge in Iraq. It's well documented, but Obama is clearly trying to deny the truth about what he said.

This level of denial of the facts is not something you want in a President.

The shallowness of Obama's support

I've said before that President George W. Bush's support among Republicans was pretty much limited to "at least he kept Gore and Kerry out of the Oval Office." Not really glowing support, but it is now seeming much more deep and solid compared to the level support Barak H. Obama has with his supporters when they are actually asked to think about the issue.
Richard Cohen forces a liberal into that uncomfortable condition for a leftist, actually having to think, with this question:

“Just tell me one thing Barack Obama has done that you admire,” I asked a prominent Democrat. He paused and then said that he admired Obama’s speech to the Democratic convention in 2004. I agreed. It was a hell of a speech, but it was just a speech.

HT to Flopping Aces.

When you actually poll people who do vote...

...things turn out different. A new poll of likely voters (instead of merely registered voters), shows that Barak H. Obama's lead disappears like the illusion of his experience.

The poll puts McCain (a liberal Republican) in the lead, but the difference is within the margin of error of the poll. So it seems that support for the "Light Bringer" (or whatever the Hell his disciples are calling him this week) is not that strong outside of the hard far left extremist George Soros bought and paid for nutroot wing of the democrat party.

I certainly hope so...

Classical Values makes a prediction:

The era of carbon craziness is almost over.

I certainly hope so. Then Algore and his fellow scam artists will be exposed for the fear mongers they are and the Watermelons will have their socialist Red cores exposed.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Another example of "democrat efficiency"

If you hadn't heard, the democrats are trying to run their convention "Carbon Neutral."

Well, some of that money they spend on "Carbon Credits" were wasted on a windmill generator that will never work.

This is pretty typical "democrat efficiency." These are not the people you should be handing the keys to the country over to.

Shining some light on Algore's bullshit

Penn & Teller call Bullshit on the Cult of Algore.

Yes, that Algore, who is making money hand over fist selling Eco-indulgences, while he is shoveling coal on the fires of "Global Warming"

Gore devours an average of 17,768 kWh per month…at a cost of $16,533. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

-- Tennessee Center for Policy Research on the massive carbon footprint of the Goracle.

Yes, the same fear mongering Al Gore who showed up to lecture people about "Global Warming" in a convoy consisting of a Cadillac SUV and two Lincoln Town Cars. Each with eight cylinders of carbon producing, gas guzzling, power.

Don't forget that before he started on his "Save the Planet from Global Warming" campaign, he used his family's big oil money to found a "Carbon Offset" company. So he's making money hand over fist by playing on your fears.

Here are 11 "Inconvenient Truths" For Al Gore that he doesn't want to deal with.

HT to Hot Air and NewsBusters.

Don't miss Penn & Teller exposing the Socialist roots of "the Green movement."

Update: Al Gore chickens out on actual debate and Al Gore Blames Global Warming For Cyclone, Bad Construction.

Other blogs

New posts at Slices of Life Photography blog and Urbin Technology.

It's official, democrats really do don't support US Troops

Here is yet another example by way of SayAnything.

No Support From Democrat Congress For Making Voting Easier For Deployed Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Roy Blunt, the House Republican whip, on July 8 introduced a resolution demanding that the Defense Department better enable U.S. military personnel overseas to vote in the November elections. That act was followed by silence. Democrats normally leap on an opportunity to find fault with the Bush Pentagon. But not a single Democrat joined Blunt as a co-sponsor, and an all-Republican proposal cannot pass in the Democratic-controlled House.

Analysis by the federal Election Assistance Commission, rejecting inflated Defense Department voting claims, estimated overseas and absentee military voting for the 2006 midterm elections at a disgracefully low 5.5 percent. The quality of voting statistics is so poor that there is no way to tell how many of the slightly over 330,000 votes actually were sent in by the absentee military voters and their dependents and how many by civilian Americans living abroad—6 million all total.

Let's review this concept. Democrats are all for making it easier for illegal aliens to vote, as well as the dead in Chicago (a solid Obama voting block), but when it comes to supporting the Civil Rights of American Military Service Men & Women, they fight against those Civil Rights.

Rob explains why the democrats are against the basic Civil Rights of US Military personnel:
Want to know why Democrats want to make it easier for ex-cons and welfare cases to vote but not deployed soldiers? Because ex-cons and welfare cases tend to vote Democrat.

Soldiers tend to vote Republican.

That’s the simple, cynical truth of it.

Remember that these are the same democrats who sent squads of hit lawyers out in Florida to deny the Civil Rights of US military personnel serving overseas, back when Al Gore was trying to steal the election in November of 2000.

Left wing censorship protects the Silky Pony

The LA Times tells its "bloggers" to ignore the story about John Edwards cheating on his cancer stricken wife and the illegitimate baby his mistress had by him.

Ala points out that even Wikipedia has put a gag order on this story.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

That wasn't an interview, it was a donation to BO's campaign

Tom Brokaw was pitching underhand softballs to Barak H. Obama on Meet the Press today. No followups, just allowing BO to recite his talking points. I wouldn’t be surprised if some NBC staffer slipped BO the questions in advance.

NBC should just write the cost of that show off as a campaign contribution to Barak H. Obama and the Soros wing of the DNC.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Another one the lefties got wrong...

Oil down, dollar up since Bush rescinded drilling restrictions

Remember the leftist mantra about how "if we started drilling now, it wouldn't effect prices for 10 years." Well, they got that wrong too, just like Barak Obama's predictions about the Troop Surge in Iraq. 100%, flat out wrong again. Yes, there is a pattern here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The power of photojournalism...

...or some stories just work better on radio. Like this one.

Color me not suprised.

According Rasmussen polls:

"The belief that reporters are trying to help Barack Obama win the fall campaign has grown by five percentage points over the past month."
"A separate survey released this morning also found that 50% of voters believe most reporters want to make the economy seem worse than it is. A plurality believes that the media has also tried to make the war in Iraq appear worse that it really is."

The press is so in the tank for Obama, that even some of the press is starting to bitch about it. Such as Andrea Mitchell referring to the "fake interviews" with Barak H. Obama in Iraq.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

He probably did...

Classical Values asks the following question about Barak H. Obama:

I wonder if he slept through his Constitutional Law classes.

Based on previous statements, I'd say he probably did sleep through them, including the ones he was supposed to have taught.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Ratings lower than Dick Nixon just before he resigned

Don't let the nutroots bamboozle you, we're not talking about President George W. Bush. His numbers are still up in the "Give 'em Hell" Harry Truman range.

Nope, President Dick Nixon poll numbers were 9 points higher two weeks before he resigned than those of the current democrat mismanaged Congress.

Dismal, single digit approval ratings that are the result of the failed leadership of the worst congressional leadership ever, "San Fran" Nancy Pelosi and Harry "Lets destroy the economy" Reid.

It is fair and accurate to say that the Pelosi/Reid "lead" congress has been an Utter and Dismal Failure.

Still a large rift in the democrat party

The rift between the mainstream democrats and the George Soros bought and paid for hard far leftist extremist Obama backers isn't quite scabbed over yet.

Top Clinton Donors Meet with McCain Camp

The Wall Street Journal reports that Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and senior adviser to Sen. John McCain, met with a group of 25 prominent supporters and fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Clinton at a private home in Westchester County, NY. The group included several so-called "Hillraisers," each of whom have raised in excess of $100,000 for Clinton's failed primary campaign. The meeting was repeatedly sought by the Hillary supporters and is at least the second such meeting between backers of Clinton and the McCain campaign.

An organizer of the meeting, Amy Siskind, said that the pro-Hillary groups represented pledged to help deliver, "hundreds of thousands and maybe millions of votes," to McCain if the groups find areas of agreement between themselves and his campaign.

It looks like the possibility of riots in Denver is on the rise again.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A view into Obama's Chicago

Barak Obama is a product of the Chicago democrat political machine. The same political machine that produced this out of control violent crime problem.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Wednesday raised the possibility of bringing in state troopers or even the Illinois National Guard to help Chicago combat a recent increase in violent crime — an offer that Mayor Richard Daley didn’t know was coming.

Appearing at signing ceremony for a bill that toughens the penalty for adults who provide guns to minors, Blagojevich said “violent crime in the city of Chicago is out of control.”

“I’m offering resources of the state to the city to work in a constructive way with Mayor Daley to do everything we can possibly do to help … stop this violence,” said the governor…

…The governor’s comments come at a time when violent crime has spiked in Chicago. This spring, for example, nine people were killed in 36 shootings during a weekend and Chicago Public Schools officials say more than two dozen students have been killed by gunfire since last September.

Perhaps Barak H. Obama understands that this a forecast for what America can expect from his administration. That is why he is calling for "a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded," as our national military.

That is exactly the kind of oppressive standing Army that the founding fathers were so set against. These seems like a clear attempt to perform a run around the Posse Comitatus Act.

Mini-Reactors in the works.

Good news for those concerned with Global Warming and American Energy independence!

Plans for smaller nuclear reactors, which can be US built, have been submitted to the NRC for approval.

These small plants, which produce no greenhouse gases, are designed to produce 45-megawatts of power with a very small footprint. The unit is less than 70 feet long and the containment vessel is only 14 feet in diameter.

These can be easily placed in remote areas that currently use diesel generators and would be useful in more urban areas, such as California and the Northeast, to reduce dependence on plants that burn coal, oil and natural gas.

Cross posted at http://urbintechnology.wordpress.com/2008/07/17/mini-reactors-in-the-works/.

Leftists get miffed over the sort of hate speech they spout...

The Obama camp has been "offended" by the New Yorker cover that was supposed to mock the opponents of the "Lightgiver."

Michelle Malkin points out that the left was pretty damn quiet over the racist comments and cartoons they put out over the years.

Ms. Malkin, who has been subject to racist and sexual slurs from the so-called "open minded and tolerant liberal" left, advises Barak Obama to "grow a pair" or at least borrow his wife's set.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

About those iPhone apps

I have a post about iPhone apps over at Urbin Technology.

A damn good reason

Mr Reynolds expands on a theory he has proposed before:

Obama is humorless, and full of himself. That would make him a great target for satire, except that his followers take the position that any mockery or criticism is racist. The prospect of four years of that sort of thing is the best reason I can think of not to vote for him.

Barak Obama's supporters have no problem denying others their First Amendment rights in their near religious zeal in attacking any threat against their "Lightgiver."

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The violent criminal's friend, Barak Obama

Barak Obama Voted Four Times For Criminal Charges For Homeowners Who Use Their Guns In Self Defense.

Let's review what this means. A criminal breaks into your home, threatens you, your spouse, your children. If you attempt to use an effective method of self-defense to protect you, your property, your spouse, or your children, liberal democrat Barak H. Obama wants you to be arrested and charged with a crime.

This is the true face of Barak H. Obama and the hard far left extremists. You are not a citizen, but a ward of the state, who should be dependent on the state for all things. You are not to be in control of anything, including the right to protect your own life and well being.

Of course, in his pursuit of power, Barak Obama lies about this:

Barack Obama specifically voted four times in the Illinois Legislature to allow criminal charges against a homeowner who used a firearm in self-defense of their person and home — specifically what the Supreme Court says is a constitutional right. Obama may say he supports it, but his record says exactly the opposite.

As Ms. Coulter said, "They win in the dark; we win in the light."

HT to Rob

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Veep choice I can stand behind

The Girl in shorts talking about whatever makes a great VP suggestion for Senator John McCain.
Alaska governor Sarah Palin. She is a hunter (lifetime NRA member), hockey mom, fisher, has admitted pot smoking, snowmobiles, owns a float plane, and is a former state basketball champion. Plus she was also a hometown beauty pageant winner.
Becky also points out that she is a libertarian leaning conservative, with impeccable credentials.

Works for me.

She also would be a good draw for Ron Paul, and other libertarian supporters (sorry Bob Barr). She also might bring in PUMAs and other Hillary supporters who feel disenfranchised by the democrat party.

McCain/Palin sounds like a winning ticket to me.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Today's political talk shows

Fox News Sunday did a tribute to its first host, the late Tony Snow.
NPR commentator Juan Williams' memories were the most personal and it was obvious that he missed his good friend.

Meet the Press was on at 9, instead of 10.
This reduced his competition to the extremely low rated George Swaythepopulas show on ABC. The show is still trying to find its feet and I get the impression that NBC wants to keep the the show below the radar until they find a host to take over long term.

On CNN's Late Edition, Wolf Blitzer is acting more like a member of liberal democrat Barak Obama's campaign staff instead of a reporter.

What is Barak Obama afraid of?

Barak H. Obama's old message was that he would debate Senator John McCain "anytime and anyplace." The new message is that he is dodging debates, especially when they are to be held on a US military base. Even the liberal NY Times is calling him on it.

“I’m having extreme difficulty getting the Obama campaign to commit to this event, and we do not understand why,” said Ms. Picard, whose husband is deployed in Iraq. “We made it very clear to them that if they would commit to the event, we would work with them on dates.”

Senator John McCain has accepted the invitation to this debate, but Obama is dodging the debate. What is he afraid of? Perhaps he fears that his record of being completely wrong about the war in Iraq every time has spoken on the subject (compared to Senator McCain being absolutely spot on correct about the Surge), or could it be he is painfully aware of his crippling weakness in foreign policy, or perhaps it that like most far left extremist democrats, he considers the US Military to be a hostile audience filled with those he looks down on?

I think it is a strong dose of all of those. The electorate can smell that fear, and perhaps that is why he is dropping in the polls.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary, died of Cancer. R.I.P.

Tony Snow was probably the best White House Press Secretary in recent history.

He will be missed.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Time for Hillary to start calling those Uber-Delegates

According to the latest Newsweek poll, Obama's lead over Senator John McCain seems to have been tossed under the bus.
The current poll shows Senator McCain is now with the polls margin of error.

Perhaps the previous poll numbers where not as realistic as the Lightgivers disciples wished they were. Hot Air points out that the polling was a bit lopsided: "The June sample had 324 Democrats to only 231 Republicans..."

It also is important to note that Obama has lost his lead in independent voters. He used have a 48-36 lead and now that has flip flopped like one of his core beliefs, with McCain now leading 41-34.

This is a serious hit to the "momentum" of Flapjack's campaign. Hillary Rodham Clinton is probably having some "Come to Hillary" chats with the democrat party Overseers. Those so-called "Super Delegates" who are really going to decide who goes up Senator McCain in November.

She can remind them that she polls better against McCain in the general election and that she would bring the PUMAs back into the party.

Heads should roll at ABC over this...

...but they won't. From Right Wing Dog,

This from Major General (ret) Buckman

My niece, Katelyn, stationed at Baluud , Iraq was assigned, with others of her detachment, to be escort/guard/ watcher for Martha Raddatz of ABC News as she covered John McCain’s recent trip to Iraq

Katelyn and her Captain stood directly behind Raddatz as she queried GI’s walking past. They kept count of the GI’s and you should remember these numbers. She asked 60 GI’s who they planned to vote for in November. 54 said John McCain, 4 for Obama and 2 for Hillary.

Katelyn called home and told her Mom and Dad to watch ABC news the next night because she was standing directly behind Raddatz and maybe they’d see her on TV. Mom and Dad of course, called and emailed all the kinfolk to watch the newscast and maybe see Katelyn.

Well, of course, we all watched and what we saw wasn’t a glimpse of Katelyn, but got a hell’uva view of skewed news. After a dissertation on McCain’s trip and speech, ABC showed 5 GI’s being asked by Raddatz how they were going to vote in November; 3 for Obama and 2 for Clinton .. No mention of the 54 for McCain.

HT to Red State

New iPhone firmware

I'm installing it now. Details to be posted later at Urbin Technology.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

McCain fund raising on the rise

Yahoo News reports:

[Senator] McCain had $27 million in the bank at the end of June, and the Republican National Committee had nearly $68 million in the bank to help support the Arizona senator in the final push to the November 4 presidential election against Obama.

The combined fundraising allowed McCain to gain an edge over Obama in spending on television advertisements in battleground states in the last month, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said.

Things are not looking so rosy for democrat Barak H. Obama, as Hot Air points out.
Barack Obama has yet to announce his June numbers. Since peaking in February, his numbers have declined 20% or more each successive month, and in May trailed McCain slightly in fundraising. If he drops below his May numbers in June, he may have seriously miscalculated the decision to eschew public financing.

File this one under blindingly obvious...

...except of course for so-called "progressives" who are actually trying to destroy the Bill of Rights. Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig points out that the anti-First Amendment "Fairness Doctrine" is a direct attack on constitutionally protected free speech:

HH: Do you favor the return of the Fairness Doctrine?

LL: I don’t think you can, under the First Amendment, restore the Fairness Doctrine, and I don’t have any desire to amend the First Amendment, no.

HH: And do did you think the Fairness Doctrine, or that Red Lion, was wrongly decided when it came down?

LL :In that technology context, maybe not. Certainly now in the context of the technology we have right, I don’t think it’s constitutional, no.

HH: On that note of extraordinary agreement, Professor Lessig, thank you for your time. I look forward to having you back another time.

LL: Thanks for having me.

This has nothing to do with "Fairness" and everything

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

How many things can Obama get wrong in one short speech?

A lot it seems. First off, not all immigrants, illegal or otherwise, learn English.
Barry Obama would know this if he spent some more time in California during his 57 state tour. I remember seeing an article in a Contra Costa County newspaper last year were a 20 year resident of the county was interviewed, and the reporter had to use a translator, because the woman being interviewed couldn't speak English!
Governor Schwarzenegger was serious when he told those in his state who use Spanish as their primary, and often only, language, to put down the Spanish language newspaper, turn off the Spanish language TV station and learn English.

If had done any traveling in Europe, he would know that English is taught in their schools because it is considered valuable in the workplace. I was at one multinational corporate engineering center in Europe where the staff was from Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Holland, Poland, and a couple of other smaller countries. The common language they spoke at work was English. Not German, or French or Spanish. As Swede told me when I was in Stockholm, "We like to travel. Nobody speaks Swedish. So we learn English and we can travel pretty much anywhere."

Being multilingual is nice, I've studied Spanish and German in the past, but International business is mostly conducted in English. If I had to pick a second language to assist America in the World Market, it wouldn't be Spanish. Mandarin, Japanese or German would be better picks.

Update: Unlike Senator John McCain, Barak H. Obama does not speak Spanish.

More democrat supported voter fraud

Hardly surprising, the left wing group ACORN is once again involved in anti-civil rights voter fraud. The Las Vegas Review Journalis reporting "rampant fraud in the 2,000 to 3,000 registrations ACORN turns in every week."

HT to Ms Malkin.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Anti-Science Left strikes again

No surprise, but these enemies of humanity are active in Berkeley, CA.

Scientists say the vandalism and intimidation threaten not just themselves and their families but the future of medical research. Specialists in such fields as addiction, eyesight and the aging brain have been targeted.

"It used to be everyone was worried about their laboratories being broken into and their data being destroyed, their animals being taken away," said Jeffrey Kordower, head of the Society for Neuroscience's animal research committee. "What they've decided to do now is make things more personal."

Accompanying the attacks is increasingly tough talk from activists such as Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front press office. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said he is not encouraging anyone to commit murder, but "if you had to hurt somebody or intimidate them or kill them, it would be morally justifiable."

Now, if any of these leftist terrorists got hurt while conducting their acts of vandalism or outright terrorism, I wouldn't shed a tear.

Obama's latest spin

Trying to turn amazing feats of flip flopping into merely "trying to claim the political center." The man is a hardcore socialist. The American political center is beyond his reach.

Who's the fairest of them all?

Well, according Howard Wolfson, who was a top strategist for Hillary Rodham Clinton, that would be Fox News. The New York Times reports:

“I thought that Fox’s coverage during the primary was comprehensive and fair and evenhanded,”
Mr. Wolfson’s decision to join Fox represents a general feeling among Clinton partisans that the network treated her more fairly than did other networks it viewed as overly friendly to Mr. Obama.

The night Mrs. Clinton won the Pennsylvania primary, several months after Mrs. Clinton joined other Democrats in opting out of a debate that Fox News was to sponsor, her campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe declared live on Fox, “Fair and Balanced Fox!” (The network was first to declare her the victor that night.) Last month the network signed Lanny Davis, a former special counsel to Bill Clinton and a vocal support of Mrs. Clinton, as a contributor.

Monday, July 07, 2008

PDAs, Smart phones and the ubiquitous Internet

I started out as a Day Planner user. I went digital with my first PDA, a HP 200LX palm top. I switched to Palm OS devices when I started working at 3Com. That was just after 3Com purchased Palm's parent company and all the geeks there had one.

For a straight PDA, you can't beat a Palm OS device, IMNSHO, of course. The interface is clean, easy to use, and has a large pool of third party apps to support it. I never liked all the overhead of the various revs of the Windows CE OS. I don't want to send time figuring out out how to use my PDA, I just want to use it.

I'm currently using a Palm LifeDrive, which is a spectacular PDA. It has a big crisp screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, SD support, a three Gig microdrive and it can handle MS Office files. I also have a folding keyboard that uses the IR interface. A good road warrior feature, since it makes it usable on a plane. The keyboard is larger than an Acer EEE PC sports, so I can do some serious writing on it if need be. On the downside, Palm has discontinued the LifeDrive and is focusing on their Smart Phone line instead of dedicated PDA devices.

One of the best features of Palm OS devices is the PC interface. The Palm desktop app is much, much better than Outlook for contact management (again, IMNSHO), Calendar management, Task Management, and...well you get the idea. It it also very easy to load files onto the LifeDrive (including word docs, PDF files, and photos). I added another Gig of storage to it by adding a one Gig SD card. Given that the prices for larger SD cards is dropping, that is an easy way to add storage.

The Palm LifeDrive is also an excellent ebook platform. The screen is easy to read and the 3 Gig internal drive holds a lot of books. I currently have about 40 loaded. I use the Mobipocket reader most of the time. The Mobipocket format is what Amazon uses on the Kindle, with their encryption. If you have an Amazon Kindle, it reads unencrypted Mobipocket formated files just fine.

A few months ago I broke down and bought an Apple iPhone. I wanted the ubiquitous Internet access, and I liked the big screen and sharp graphics. As a web browser and light email client, it really performs well. As a phone, not so well. For a straight up phone, I prefer the Motorola Razr it replaced. The one key feature I really miss. Voice dialing. In particular, voice dialing from a Bluetooth headset.

Another thing the iPhone is not, is a PDA. No categories for the contact list, no desktop support for the notes feature, no external keyboard support (not even an Apple Bluetooth keyboard), and no external memory support (the SD slot on the LifeDrive for example).

Yes, there will be the new Palm OS and third party app support in late July 08, but even the new hardware lacks one one key feature, external memory support. It seems Apple is dead set against putting a SD slot in their phone. I can see why. A quick search on Amazon shows an eight Gig SD memory card selling for $25. That is a bit less than the $100 difference between an 8 Gig and a 16Gig iPhone. It also allows a way to move data, and perhaps applications, on and off the phone that isn't controlled by Apple.

Which brings us to the G-Phone, which is any phone running Google's Android OS. Those won't be available until Q408, and won't be as slick as an Apple iPhone. It will, however, not be a locked down platform like the Apple phone. My prediction is by Q409, with a year of an active and enthusiastic developer base, the competition between the Google G-Phone and the Apple iPhone will be much more pronounced.

Also posted to Urbin Technology

What you aren't reading in the New York Times.

There are some news the editors of the far left liberal New York Times doesn't want Americans to know.
Thankfully, the British press doesn't have a problem with reporting it.
From the Times Online:

After being forced from its strongholds in the west and centre of Iraq in the past two years, Al-Qaeda’s dwindling band of fighters has made a defiant “last stand” in the northern city of Mosul.

A huge operation to crush the 1,200 fighters who remained from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000 began on May 10.

Operation Lion’s Roar, in which the Iraqi army combined forces with the Americans’ 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment, has already resulted in the death of Abu Khalaf, the Al-Qaeda leader, and the capture of more than 1,000 suspects.

...Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, who has also led a crackdown on the Shi’ite Mahdi Army in Basra and Baghdad in recent months, claimed yesterday that his government had “defeated” terrorism.

Hmmm...once again it looks like McCain was exactly right on the troop surge in Iraq and Barak H. Obama was completely and utterly wrong.


Sunday, July 06, 2008

No diversity of thought

The "roundtable" on George Swaythepopulas' show consists of a liberal from the Washington Post, a liberal from the New Republic, and a pair of liberals from ABC "News.", all hosted by the liberal former communications director of the Clintons.

Teaching history to liberals

For the most part, liberals are better at making revisions to history than learning from it.
So we have Timothy Sandefur giving a dose of reality to leftist Matthew Yglesias.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Obama's "backflip to the center"

Ok, Ed Morrissey's "backflip to the center" line about Obama is worth the price of entry alone, but read the rest of the article. Good stuff on how HRC supporters are still not drinking the Barak H. Obama Kool-Aid(TM).

Well, no shit Sherlock...

The Guardian has leaked a "secret" World Bank report that breaks the news to the Illuminated Gnomes that turning food stocks into fuel caused the price of food to go up.

Gee, ya think? Corn based ethanol has long been called "Liquid Pork" and has been pushed by politicians who are owned and operated by the corn lobby, like Barak Obama.

Non food stock sources, like switch grass, have been pushed aside by those corn fed politicians. Interestingly enough, NPR did mention one politician who has pushed for the use of switch grass.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Iraq Progress "Astonishing"

Damn, if the German publication Der Spiegel can admit it, and that rag is so far to the left it makes make Keith "Bathtub Boy" Olbermann look like Rush, way can't the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid fess up?

HT to Ace.

Obama's all over the map

In the Lightgiver's desire to be all things to all people, Barry is all over the place with, among other things, his so-called "energy policy"
First, according to USA Today, he's for more Nuclear Power.
But when he is pandering to his Watermelon base:

In October of last year, when Obama was going all out to pander to his party's anti-nuclear base, Obama made his position clear: “I am not a nuclear energy proponent.”
So Obama is against Yucca Mountain (naturally, he also voted to fund it) but demands a solution to the storage problem. He wants to make certain that the plants are safe but his own state has more plants than any other and no history of accidents. And Obama wants to spend $150 billion on developing new sources of renewable energy, but he doesn't want to provide a single dollar to a proven, safe, reliable, and emissions free technology.

So Barak Obama is against safe, proven and green technology that can meet America's energy needs rapidly, but is more than willing to spend money pie in the sky technologies that won't be ready for at least ten years.

More corruption at the United Nations

No real surprise there. More like "business at Usual."
George Russell of Fox News points out that United Nations bureaucrats are breaking their own "ethics" rules to hide massive corruption.

...[a] whistleblower charged that [United Nations Development Program] had funneled millions in hard-currency to the regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and allowed North Korean government employees to run key aspects of its development program there. Then, he claimed, UNDP retaliated by firing him.
In UNDP’s case, a vivid insight into the potential for abuse was provided by the North Korean investigative report, which was made public in early June. UNDP immediately hailed the 353-page report as vindication—even though the document reiterated at great length that UNDP had systematically violated its own rules in hiring North Korean government employees to fill key UNDP jobs in the country, illegally handed over millions in hard currency to the government of Kim Jong Il, and ignored the laws of the U.S. and other countries in handing on sensitive “dual use” civilian-military technology to the Kim regime, even as North Korea was building and testing a nuclear weapon.

So, the UN is violating its own ethics rules, handing "millions in hard currency" to Communist dictators, punishing whistle blowers and denying they did anything wrong. Yup, sounds like business as usual at the United Nations.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

This should be no surprise to anyone who pays attention

From the Cato Institute:

The Heller dissent presents the remarkable spectacle of four liberal Supreme Court justices tying themselves into an intellectual knot to narrow the protections the Bill of Rights provides.

Or perhaps it's not as remarkable as we've been led to think. Consider the Court's First Amendment decisions. Contrary to popular belief, conservative justices are about as likely to vote in favor of individuals bringing First Amendment challenges to government regulations as are the liberals. Indeed, the justice most likely to vote to uphold a First Amendment claim is the "conservative" Justice Anthony Kennedy. The least likely is the "liberal" Justice Stephen Breyer. Consistent with general conservative/liberal patterns in commercial speech cases, Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia have voted to invalidate restrictions on advertising more than 75 percent of the time. Justices Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, meanwhile, have voted to uphold such restrictions in most cases.

David E. Bernstein is a professor at the George Mason University School of Law, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and the author of You Can't Say That!
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Conservative justices also typically vote to limit the government's ability to regulate election-related speech, while liberal justices are willing to uphold virtually any regulation in the name of "campaign finance reform."
In the infamous Kelo v. New London, the Court's liberal justices, joined by Justice Kennedy, held that the government may take an individual's property and turn it over to a private party for commercial use. The four conservative dissenters argued that such actions violate the Fifth Amendment's requirement that government takings be for "public use."
In the infamous Kelo v. New London, the Court's liberal justices, joined by Justice Kennedy, held that the government may take an individual's property and turn it over to a private party for commercial use. The four conservative dissenters argued that such actions violate the Fifth Amendment's requirement that government takings be for "public use."

Let us review the facts: Conservatives are generally for individual rights, and giving the individual to power to improve their own situation.
Liberals are not for the individual, but are for taking rights away from "the People" and giving more power to the government.

Honor Harrington Hardcovers

I just donated 5 of them to my local library for their summer book sale.
I have the whole set in etext and a shortage of bookshelf space.

I kept the paperbacks. Those have the original cover art, including the "gloved one" cover that David Weber hated so much. They take up less shelf space too.

If you are really serious about reducing carbon emissions...

...you'll love this plan. Even if you don't buy into the Cult of Algore theory that carbon is bad for Gaia (who seems to be thriving in spite of, or perhaps because of, increase carbon output), it is also a good plan for reducing the value of the oil under the control of dictators and reducing domestic energy costs.

First, implement Dr. Pournelle's plan:

I have to say it again: cheap energy will cause a boom. The only cheap energy I know of is nuclear. Three Hundred Billion bucks in nuclear power will do wonders for the economy. We build 100 1000 MegaWatt nuclear power plants — they will cost no more than 2 billion each and my guess is that the average cost will be closer to 1 billion each (that is the first one costs about 20 billion and the 100th costs about 800 million). The rest of the money goes to prizes and X projects to convert electricity into mobility.

The next step is already being worked on by automobile manufacturers, decent electric cars.
I see a lot of money to be made from an electric mini-van that has a 100 to 150 mile range. There are a lot of soccer moms out there who do the majority of their driving with a 25 mile range of home. That is a lot of V-6 engines that can be taken off the road.

All those city buses that currently run on diesel can be converted to electric power with plenty of clean, cheap Nuclear power.

Cut back on heating homes with oil and natural gas. Why use that expensive option when there is plenty of low cost, carbon neutral, electricity generated by clean, safe Nuclear Power?

Come on people! The French generate 80% of their electric power from Nuclear Power and even they can manage to do it safely!

About those Polar Bears...

According to the Christian Science Monitor:

But global warming is not killing the polar bears of Canada’s eastern Arctic, according to one ongoing study. Scheduled for release next year, it says the number of polar bears in the Davis Strait area of Canada’s eastern Arctic – one of 19 polar bear populations worldwide – has grown to 2,100, up from 850 in the mid-1980s.

On this day in 1776...

...on a Hot Philadelphia day, the Second Continental Congress unanimously passed the resolution of Independence from England in a unanimous vote. It took a couple of days to get a few clean copies written out for signing.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Speaking truth to liberals

"Surely, I can state categorically that any political philosophy that has as its core value some variation of 'from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs' is antithetical to American values and, therefore, unpatriotic. Surely, I can state categorically that any political philosophy makes the 'world’s' feelings a priority over American interests or sovereignty is antithetical to American values or survival and, therefore, unpatriotic."

Darleen sets the record straight
for Barak H. Obama, who claims to have been a constitutional law professor, for spouting the following bit of nonsense:

“Surely we can agree that no party or political philosophy has a monopoly on patriotism.”

Well Barry, Darleen disagrees, I disagree, and anybody who studies history should disagree.

Senator McCain's military record

High profile democrats have been attacking Senator McCain' military record, including that tool of Clintons, Wesley Clark and democrat Senator Tom Harkin, who for years, lied about his military record (claiming he was a combat pilot in Vietnam. The truth is that he flew jets that needed repair between air bases.)

Instapundit reader John Lunde has a telling commentary on democrats and war records:

"Well, he served in Vietnam... and then he married a rich woman and got elected to the Senate. Are the Democrats now telling us these things don't make for a good candidate?"

Yup, the democrats cut their patriotism and support for members of the military to fit their current fashion.

Mr. Reynolds then knocks it out of the park:
I must disagree with charges that McCain is being "Swift Boated." For this to be a "Swift Boating," people who stayed at the Hanoi Hilton would have to say that McCain was lying about what he did there -- or perhaps that his repeated claims that events there were "seared, seared" in his memory are false, and he was never actually there at all -- and those people would have to be telling the truth

Keep in mind the accurate definition of "Swiftboating":
Swiftboating - 1. (verb) - to use actual quotes and facts that are 100 % traceable to the party they are attributed to. 2. (noun) - the published record of an individual that is later used against them.