Saturday, August 16, 2003
I remember reading reviews of this book on conservative blogs and comments about how "Ann Coulter gives conservatives a bad name". After reading "Treason", I must say, "The hell?!" Why does she give us a bad name? Because of "the way she says things"? Funny thing is many conservative arguments I've read in blog world are almost identical to Coulter's but not nearly as eloquent or well supported. Folks, if Coulter didn't include the fiery inferences she draws form the words and actions of America's Left over the past 50+ years, her book would read like a research paper. Her work is laden with relevant reference material strategically placed throughout in order to logically and effectively support even the wildest context she provides. Her passion is absolutely infectious!
The ACLU goes after John Ashcroft and the Patriot Act and liberal Democrats criticize President Bush for what he has done to fight terrorism at the same time they accuse him of not doing enough. Asking ourselves whose side liberals are on isn't exactly unwarranted. This current anti-American effort is nothing new for liberals, as Ann so convincingly demonstrates over and over again. What were they doing and what were they saying during Reagan's relentless struggle to win the Cold War? Did FDR or Truman take the possibility of communist spies infiltrating the U.S. government seriously? What do you know about Senator McCarthy? Is it true? "Treason" provides a detailed account of who was doing and saying what during these crucial periods in the history of the United States.
Ann has a wonderful ability to teach and inspire. I am extremely thankful that she continues to employ those gifts in service to the conservative community. It is absolutely essential that we all join her cause in debunking liberal lies and revisionist history. They have the media, the nation's universities, and history text books to perpetuate their version of history predicated on lies. We have ourselves! I ask that all who read this consider evaluating Coulter's work for themselves.
I am currently anticipating the arrival of Coulter's previous work - "Slander". If I get overly anxious, I think I'll read "Treason" again before it arrives! You can read some of Ann's columns at anncoulter.org
Friday, August 15, 2003
And finally, Stingers use a three-stage solid fuel rocket motor. It also has a finite life expectancy, and the older they get, the easier it is for the fuel to crack and crumble when the missiles are moved. Know what happens if you pull the trigger on one of those babies when it's too old? Yep. Time to play "It's raining Men" and get out the hefty bags.
Thursday, August 14, 2003
The United States has captured an alleged al-Qaida leader described by President Bush as "one of the world's most lethal terrorists," a suspect in last year's Bali bombing and a series of deadly bombings in the Philippines.
He was identified as Riduan Isamuddin — also known as Hambali. He was said to be al-Qaida's chief representative and operational planner in Southeast Asia.
"He's a known killer who was a close associate of Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed," Bush said in announcing Hambali's capture during an appearance before U.S. military forces, many of whom just returned from Iraq (news - web sites).
A senior administration official said the suspect and his group, Jemaah Islamiya, were linked to the Bali bombing and the series of deadly attacks on churches in the Philippines.
I am reminded of Carroll O'Connor's character in Kelly's Heroes when a US force was split in half on either side of a damaged bridge and were debating on the radio whether to wait for repairs so the forces could be united again. O'Connor, playing an Army General, said: "Don't stop! Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!"
Dell Inc., the No. 1 personal computer company, on Thursday reported its fifth consecutive quarter of year-on-year profit improvement and forecast stronger third-quarter sales than analysts expected.
Yahoo! News - Dell's Profit Climbs, Sales Seen Rising
Just when Kobe Bryant needs the good press that philanthropy can buy, Internal Revenue Service records show that the NBA star this year shuttered his charitable foundation, which once supported organizations emphasizing "self-respect, morals, values and structure," The Smoking Gun has learned.
Perhaps Bryant, who's facing a sexual assault charge, needed the spare cash to pay for wife Vanessa's pricey baubles.
The Smoking Gun
Even without DDT, currently approved pesticides controlled mosquitoes moderately well last year in much of the eastern and southern United States, in spite of near-hysterical resistance to spraying by environmental activists, who have attacked the killing of mosquitoes as "disrupting the food chain." And New York's Green Party literature declared, "These diseases only kill the old and people whose health is already poor." These activists seem to regard epidemics of infectious diseases as a valid method of human population control. (Interestingly, Illinois led the nation in both West Nile infections and deaths in 2002 because government officials, bullied by radical environmentalists, rejected the widespread spraying of insecticides.)
Since the banning of DDT, insect-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue -- and now West Nile virus -- have been on the rise. (Had they been declining, activists would probably have demanded that we protect the infectious agents as endangered species.) The World Health Organization estimates that malaria kills about a million people annually, and that there are between 300 million and 500 million new cases each year.
TCS: Enviro-Sci - How Many Must Die?
The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits edged up slightly last week, the government said on Thursday in a report that nevertheless offered some hope the economy may soon start generating jobs.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose a slim 2,000 to 398,000 in the week ending August 9, the Labor Department (news - web sites) said. The figures were close to expectations on Wall Street, where economists had expected claims to hold steady at the 390,000 level originally reported for the August 2 week.
The smaller-than-expected trade gap totaled $39.5 billion, down from a revised estimate of $41.5 billion in May. Analysts surveyed before the report had expected the monthly trade deficit to narrow only marginally to $41.6 billion, from the Commerce Department (news - web sites)'s earlier estimate of $41.8 billion in May.
Draw an unsupported conclusion and base the rest of your article on it. The author of this article seems to be projecting his anger toward Ralph Nader for "draining votes away" from Al "count every vote EXCEPT those of the men and women of our armed forces" Gore onto the motivation of the individual who PIED NADER IN THE FACE *still looking for the video clip online* :) According to the article, the dude who pied the witless Green Party guru got away. In the video I saw he pied the sucker and walked right out the door. How does the author of the article know the pie-guy's motivation? If there were a quoted battle cry, I'd just post a heads up about the incident. As the story includes the twisting of facts, I figured I'd take another shot at innaccuracy in the media.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
While their wives drove Rolls-Royces and moved among Tampa's elite, Douglas S. Cone and Donald Carlson always seemed busy with business.
Cone, the 74-year-old millionaire owner of a Tampa highway construction company, was gone most weekdays.
Carlson was also frequently away from home -- an absence his family attributed to a sensitive government job that required him to travel for long stretches.
But those business trips masked a shocking secret: Douglas S. Cone was Donald Carlson. Cone lived a secret double life for nearly 30 years, raising two affluent families in lavish homes 20 miles apart -- one with his wife of 52 years and the other with a former employee.
RedNova News: Millionaire Raises Two Families 20 Miles Apart
But I won't leave you empty handed! Because two of my favorite writers have new articles up at Townhall.com, Thomas Sowell and Armstrong Williams. Go check them out. I'll see you when I get back.
British Airways on Wednesday suspended flights to Saudi Arabia due to heightened security concerns.
Britain's Department for Transport said it had received "credible intelligence of a serious threat to U.K. aviation interests in Saudi Arabia." It did not elaborate.
The announcement came two days after Saudi officials said they broke up a terror cell plotting an attack on a British target in the kingdom.
British Airways Suspends Saudi Flights
Check this excerpt from a story about the Brit busted while trying to buy a surface-to-air missile in New Jersey:
The missile, which was inoperable, was built in Russia specifically for the sting operation and brought to the United States aboard a ship to make the deal seem real, officials said. The investigation included the expertise of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Secret Service.
Seems to me that World War III is in full swing, and it's Radical Islam against everyone else. Too bad so many American Leftists cannot comprehend this.
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
The hipocritical, dictator controlled, incompetant, parasite infested group of lackys, turncoats, bootliickers, terrorists and racists known as the UN is about to get rid of a stash of machine guns.
That's right, folks. The UN, which as deemed us little people as not being worth to own guns, had a stash of MP-5s for Mr. Kofi Annan, who felt the need for some firepower while driving around NYC.
And I love this:
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which regulates the sale and purchase of the MP5s, originally denied the United Nations permission to purchase the guns.
The United Nations, aided by senior officials in the Clinton administration, persuaded the ATF to grant permission. In February 2002, the Bush administration ordered a review of the U.N. security officers' use of the weapons.
Would that be the GFW Clinton? Why, yes it would!
There's just too much irony, hipocricy, and plain foulness involved in this story to fisk it properly. Didn't someone want to move the UN to Canada? I'll join Kim du Toit in paying for a moving van. Get the hell off of our land, you slimey worthless scum!
It is a pretty rare thing in life when you take a look around and everything adds up. Yet 'roundabout Cape Cod way these days, guess what? It all adds up:
|Old Liberal Wealth
+ the New Liberal Fight Against Global Warming
+ the Old Leftist Contempt for New Business
+ the New Liberal God of Regulation
+ the Timeless Liberal Fight to Preserve Nature
a very Instructive NIMBY Battle Amongst Massachusetts' Wealthiest
It reads like a summer novel. The location is one of the nation's prized resort areas, comprising Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket -- playgrounds for the wealthy and powerful.
Jim Gordon has an idea that's shaking things up in these New England communities. He's a developer who wants to use wind power to replace electric power plants and the pollution they cause.
"Wind mills are an icon on the Cape and islands," he says. "So, what we're doing is kind of going back to the future and addressing the present day problems that we have now, such as global warming and climate change, by building a clean, green, renewable energy project."
But the idea has raised a storm among some residents, because Gordon wants to build his windmills in the middle of Nantucket sound.
It really is classic. Some want more regulation, zoning the water, in effect. Some want to harvest wind to save the Earth. Some want to preserve the "treasure" of their oceanside views. Some think it will hurt fish. Some object to the fact that the developer might make money. One guy says if we don't stop global
warming, we'll lose the Cape to rising waters anyway.
My favorite parts are where the politicos and Leftist icon heavyweights chime in:
State Sen. Rob O'Leary represents the Cape Cod region. He points to a 200-foot weather tower that Gordon built in the middle of the proposed wind farm. It's half as tall as the wind turbines. O'Leary says he support wind power in principle, just not at that location.
The campaign to stop the wind farms was started by Cape Cod merchants and wealthy landowners. It's also opposed by almost every town government. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who has a home overlooking the proposed wind farm, also opposes the project. So does one of Martha's Vineyard most famous residents, former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite.
"Our natural treasures should be off limits to industrialization, and Nantucket is one of those treasures," says Cronkite.
Read all about it: CBS News
Read as much as you want: Google: "Cape Wind"
And, now, this, today: uberNIMBY - American Leftist Style
"I'm not against wind turbines," said McCullough, who has been a full-time resident of Martha's Vineyard for 30 years. "I'm against 130 of them over 400 feet tall right smack in the middle of one of the most beautiful places in America. That's a hundred feet taller than the Capitol dome in Washington."
I don't know what I can add to that.
Celebrities Protest Massachusetts Wind Farm
Monday, August 11, 2003
The votes were tallied some time ago, but i have been too lazy to note them. Here they are:
The Watcher's Council
The Right Wing News post took first place in the non-council-member category with this entry: Some Of My Pet Peeves With The Mainstream Media.
The non-council winning entry was submitted by Commiewatch: Worker's World Party Working with North Korea.
And there's a new Watcher in town: Hawken Blog.
From Kim du Toit, via the Grouchy Old Cripple, comes a link that left me flabbergasted. This is the sort of thing that has me gritting my teeth and wondering just how stupid people can be. I should never ask that question, because the answer always seems to be:
Dumber than I ever thought possible.
That's right, folks. It's a list of congresscritters who are actually proud members of the Democratic Socialists of America. Avowed socialists, in the United States Congress. That should scare the living hell out of any person with an IQ above room temperature.
Now, the link is somewhat out of date, since it still lists Cynthia "the evil jews kicked me out" McKinney, and Earl Hilliard, who was voted out as well if my memory serves me. But look who's still in. Pelosi. Bonior. Conyers. McDermott (from Seattle, gee what a shock). Rangel. Kuchinich. These are people who follow a doctrine and ideology THAT HAS RUINED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS! Not to mention the damage to the economy that socialism causes! Oh, you don't think so? Look at France! Every time socialism has been implemented, IT HAS FAILED! And yet these worthless walking piles of wasted protoplasm, these oxygen thieves, these parasitic purveyors of poverty not only espouse it, they're trying to enforce it on our country! California has 53 seats in the House of Representatives. 11 of them are avowed socialists! That's 20% folks! Is it any wonder that Cali is going down the tubes?
I can't take it anymore. I need to take a walk to calm down. Have fun with the links.
Update: OK, I can't even take a walk anymore. Wanna know why? Because at the newspaper box I saw this article, from my dear hometown Seattle Times.
Now this hits close to home. I spent quite a few years in Coeur d'Alene, ID. My parents live there. And quite honestly, this whole issue about burning the grass seed fields has been going on for quite some time. But the bottom line is this: Get rid of the grass fields, and you get rid of $125 MILLION DOLLARS in your economy. That's a bit of cash. And who's quoted in the Times' article? One Patti Gora, of Sandpoint Idaho.
Hmmmmm, Patti Gora. Where have I heard that name before? Maybe in THIS article!
Gosh, is that the same Patti Gora, of Sandpoint Idaho, Leader of the group Safe Air For Everyone, who's quoted as being "Patti Gora, who is a board member of Save Our Summers a Washington-based group"
Wait a tic, I thought she was from Idaho? The second webpage was last updated today, August 11th, 2003! So what is it? Is she a regular Sandpoint resident, or is she a career activist in a couple of states? Or maybe she's Patti Gora, Washington State University "Academic Advisor"? Or Patti Gora, from Pullman, Washington? (scroll down to Burning Bill HB 391)
Or maybe the career activists are full of brown smelly excretement? How many businesses have to be ruined before these liberal activists are happy? How many jobs have to be lost before it's enough? How many millions of dollars have to be tossed out the window? When dealing with politicians and activists, I tend to go with my personal experience, rather than the bullshit that they toss around. And the worst time for allergies isn't the burning season in North Idaho, it's the pollen season. Yellow clouds of tree pollen everywhere. The banks of Lake Coeur d'Alene are YELLOW in the springtime, and you can see the yellow waves coming in, laden with TREE POLLEN! What shall we do now, Mrs. Gora? Cut down all the trees to make you happy? The air will be so clean!
I know that most of you don't care one whit about this, but the grass seen industry is already gone in Washington State, thanks to the actions of this woman and people like her. How many jobs did that cost? And the farmers have tried everything to avoid burning their fields. At one point, they tried using hydrocloric acid, which worked rather nicely, except that it was killing wild animals (and a few domestic ones). There's no other way to keep the fields disease free and productive other than burning them.
But why allow facts to stand in the way of political activism, right? I just wish that the tax revenue lost along with those jobs could be taken out of her salary. Her STATE "academic advisor" salary.
Balloon Juice rips apart the media when it comes to reporting political fundraising. And it's not pretty. Mr. Alterman? Your proctologist called......
On a side note, I've finally been reading "What Went Wrong" by Bernard Lewis. Very informative, well written, and containing information that you couldn't find if you spent a year in libraries doing research. However, it contained one quote that made me laugh. The quote is in reference to the Ottoman Sultan, Mahmud II, who was reforming his military. (pg. 133, Chapter 7)
"In all his reforms, he sought help from abroad---from the Prussians for the army, from the British for the navy, from the French for the bureaucracy."
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
"No matter where you live, the best time to look will be just before dawn on Wednesday morning, August 13th," says Bill Cooke of NASA's Space Environments Team at the Marshall Space Flight Center. At that time, the sky overhead will be tilted into the debris stream of Comet Swift-Tuttle--the source of the Perseid meteors. Furthermore, the moon will be low in the sky before dawn.
The 2003 Perseid Meteor Shower
There were about a million soldiers in the Iraqi army at the beginning of hostilities and most of them took off before we attacked. There are some that were very loyal to Saddam that are trying to sneak around and take potshots at us. We are cleaning them up pretty fast.
There are also thugs from other countries running around, like Iran and Syria. Well, the Iraqis hate these thugs as much as we do. So the Iraqi people are hunting them down too! I can honestly say 98% of the population of Iraq love us and they do not want us to leave...ever! They say as long as we are here they feel safe.
Found on Instapundit.
Al Qaeda destroys airplanes and buildings that it itself could not possibly build. The Palestinian Authority has failed in every field of endeavor except killing Israelis. Saddam Hussein's Iraq grew dangerous thanks to money showered on it by the West to purchase petroleum Iraqis themselves had neither located nor extracted.
How, despite their general incompetence, has this trio managed to guide the course of events as if they were powers in the traditional sense?
The cause of this anomaly, Harris replies, is that the West plays by a strict set of rules while permitting al Qaeda, the Palestinians and Saddam Hussein to play without rules. We restrain ourselves according to the standards of civilized conduct as refined over the centuries; they engage in maximal ruthlessness.
[Why the U.S. is] Discarding War's Rules - article by Daniel Pipes
Sunday, August 10, 2003
On May 22, 2003, the United Nations (U.N.) lifted the sanctions regime it had imposed on Iraq twelve years earlier. The end of the economic embargo invites a review of the "peace" activism that was aimed at bringing down the Iraq sanctions while Saddam Hussein ruled. Anti-sanctions groups sought to relieve the suffering of the Iraqi people. In fact, they became—whether wittingly or unwittingly—mouthpieces for Saddam in the United States. I should know: I have the dubious distinction of having been one of them.
Confessions of an Anti-Sanctions Activist
Days after announcing his candidacy for California governor, self-described "smut peddler" Larry Flynt staged a peculiar event to rally supporters – a prayer vigil seeking the death of Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly.
The flamboyant Hustler magazine publisher called for a "National Prayer Day" service where Americans "of all denominations and faiths" could "pray to God" for the death of the "blowhard."
WorldNetDaily: Flynt holds vigil to pray for Bill O'Reilly's death
They think she was born without limbs somewhere in the south of Iraq, a frequent occurrence where Saddam Hussein's long-term use of chemical and biological weapons against the mainly-Shiites has left many children limbless and malformed.
You get that? Because the rest of the article is the same Blame-America bullshit that we've come to expect from the press, such as "The US military doesn't seem to value Iraqi lives and not least the lives of disabled Iraqi orphans. What chance do they have?”. But hidden in the middle of it all is that particular gem. Keep that close, folks. Because as soon as the editor who let that slip into the news is found, it's not going to happen again. Remember: Saddam using chemical weapons on Shiites and causing horrible deformaties in children? A-OK, according to the Left. Removing Saddam? Baaaaaaaaad. With the mental twists these people have to make in order to justify their position, I'm surprised they can utter two sentances in a row without screaming some slogan or another.
Next up, the Libertarian Samizdata, who leads us to a site called DownsizeDC.org. It's an interesting site, but what caught my eye was this piece on the .Ponzi scheme known as Social Security.
Now, I don't know the ages of everyone on this blog, but I'm willing to bet that none of us are reaching retirement age just yet. In my case, I'll be willing to bet that Social Security will not be around by the time I get to retire. This is just one massive scheme to take our money, folks. There is no Social Security lockbox, and there never was. The SS payments are taken out of last years tax payments. There's no reserve left, benifits are decreasing, retirement age is going up, and most of the Baby Boomer generation hasn't even started drawing on it yet. The whole thing is going to collapse, and the only way to make it work is to either take more of our money, or decrease the payments going out. In short, it's shot.
And do you know who I feel sorry for? Those people who actually believed the government when it said "Don't worry! We'll take care of you!" They're stuck between a rock and a hard place, with nowhere to go. When I was growing up, we had a few older neighbors living out our way who sold their property (Around 150 acres or so) that their grandparents had farmsteaded in the late 1800's. Do you know why they sold it?
Because their Social Security payments couldn't cover the cost of property taxes.
Did I mention that I loath the whole SS racket?
Huh? Whuzzat? Oh....
Scratch that whole Right-Wing bit. It's the NAACP who wants to muzzle one of their own. But their own isn't too happy about it. Very interesting! You know what really gets to me about the Loony Left shrieking that their dissent is being squashed? They pick a national news channel, or an international press luncheon, and give a speech saying that their free speech rights are being denied. Um, hello? Do you see the problem here? Obviously they don't, because they keep making asses of themselves.
Also in the news, Al Gore is claiming that Bush and Co. have been (yawn) misleading the country. Ok, ignoring the fact that the Donks haven't been able to pull out what they've been "mislead" about, (or they get their ass handed to them every time they try), the irony and hipocrisy involved with a member of the Clinton administration accusing Bush of "misleading" the country is so damn thick you can cut it with a knife. Note to Democrats: When accusing the Bush administration of lying, do not, I repeat DO NOT allow any member of the Clinton administration to be your spokesman. Got it? No? Typical.
Still here? Good. Here's an article from an immigration lawyer in California, discussing illegal immigration. This piece only focuses on California, but the problem of illegal immigration is widespread throughout the Southwest. I know of several hospitals who have had to close down because of unreimbursed costs of treating illegals. The costs are rising into the tens of millions of dollars, which the hospitals just can't afford. Cali isn't exactly a small issue, it's a damn big one. But the problems are spread out over several states as well.
Ready for more? The Donks are trying to find a way to attract the NASCAR crowd. Now, I don't want the conservatives to take the NASCAR crowd for granted, but the Donks? Please. Let's see, the Donks are trying to get gas engines up to tighter and tighter controls, trying to ban smoking, refuse to display the American Flag (WARNING: Barking Moonbat link!), ect., ect., ad infinitum. Have they bothered going to a NASCAR race lately? Seriously, have they?
NASCAR is pure testosteone, folks. Massive cars with more horsepower than most trucks on the road. Displays of patriotism are everywhere. I once saw a race where the crowd in the stand had a garrison flag (that's 20 feet by 38 feet, folks!) stretched over an entire section of the seats. The pit crews hold flags during the opening ceremonies, which include not just the performing of the Star Spangled Banner, but an opening invocation. And the crowds themselves are one big middle finger held up to the Surgeon General. There's more beer consumed at a race than you could ever think possible, and if the lights go out the race can continue, thanks to the glow of all the cigarettes in the stands. Remember the Dixie Chicks' remark in England? These are the people who piled up their CD's and ran a bulldozer over them after that remark. Dennis Miller made a joke about it. "I guess making disparaging remarks about the president in a foriegn country in a time of war doesn't go over well with the NASCAR crowd. Who woulda thought?"
In short, these are the people that the Donks loath. These are the people who come home from work covered in dirt, or grease, or oil. These are the people working their asses off for every dime they make, and they resent any Nanny State politician trying to take those dimes away. Religious, patriotic, independant, these are the folks that the Donks can't stand to be in the same room with. And they're trying to attract them as voters? I'll let you guess the results.
That's all for now. Enjoy!
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "The larger trouble with the imminence threshold is that in a post-September 11 world it is impossible to define and is therefore dangerous. When can we really say that the World Trade Center attack was 'imminent?' Perhaps even Senator Graham would agree it was imminent on September 10, when the killers partied away in Portland, Maine, but of course by then it was too late to stop it except by luck."
Things aren't going well right now in France. The economy is in the toilet, so with tax revenues down and entitlement payments up, the government is running a big deficit. This puts France in direct violation of EU guidelines.
One of the reasons is that the French tourism industry is in deep trouble, in particular because Americans have decided that they no longer want to visit. There had been hints that something like this might be coming. I predicted it in April. But just after the war, French business leaders publicly denied that there was any real chance of such a thing. After all, deep down the French and Americans are such wonderful friends. Unfortunately, that came across as "whistling past the graveyard", and in June they began to admit that there was a problem, though they still tried to portray it as being small.
Now it's beyond dispute: it is big and it is important.
Of course, just about every economy in the world is sluggish. Does that effect ours?
Intriguing, isn't it, that when one mentions a poor economy in California, Leftists state that California's woes are inherited from the woes of its "parent" economy, the United States economy. But when Leftists wail and wuffle about the United States economy, they never attribute it to weakness in the world economy.
"Now why is that?" I wonder.
...at things that never happened. No wonder they love the idea of a Nanny State - these extreme American Leftists just need someone to follow.
Hollywood Halfwits -> MoveOn.Org not happy at being called Pro-Saddam by WSJ
Contrary to what some in the major media have reported, not all the jets found were from the Gulf War era.
The Russian-made MiG-25 Foxbat being recovered by U.S. Air Force troops in the photos is an advanced reconnaissance version never before seen in the West and is equipped with sophisticated electronic warfare devices.
Iraqi 'Mach 3' MiG Buried in Sand