6/30/2008

Harry Reid Declares Fossil Fuels Evil

I'm both embarrassed to have this man represent Nevada and incredibly frustrated with the whole blogging process. Every day some left-wing nutjob says something stupid, we blog about it and nothing changes. I'm not sure I see a point to any of this, but maybe I'm just in a really bad mood.

Anyway, here's what our joke of Senator had to say today on Fox News Business:

"The one thing we fail to talk about is those costs that you don't see on the bottom line. That is coal makes us sick, oil makes us sick; it's global warming. It's ruining our country, it's ruining our world. We've got to stop using fossil fuel."


Fine, then just do it Harry. You control the Senate, Pelosi controls the Congress, Anthony Kennedy controls the Supreme and soon you'll have a socialist president. Go ahead, ban the use of fossil fuels...just do it now and be done with it. Yes, it'll be hard for a while, but hey, it's the right thing to do, right? With any luck, you'll end up stuck in your crap-hole home of Searchlight, Nevada because you can't charge up your electric car!

Oh, while we're at it, the electric car: a wonderful invention right? Runs on battery power, no pollution, but wait...it needs to be charged up. How do you charge an electric car? Yes, with electricity! Where do you get electricity? A kite with a key on the end? No Benny, it has to be generated. And how is most electricity generated? Fossil fuels! See how that works?


In an ironic twist that probably only interest me, I've been reading George Orwell's book Road to Wigan Pier about English coal miners in the 1930s. The amazing writer he was, Orwell makes points about the use of coal that are incredibly relevant today:

Watching coal-miners at work, you realize momentarily what different universes people inhabit. Down there where coal is dug is a sort of world apart which one can quite easily go through life without ever hearing about. Probably majority of people would even prefer not to hear about it. Yet it is the absolutely necessary counterpart of our world above. Practically everything we do, from eating an ice to crossing the Atlantic, and from baking a loaf to writing a novel, involves the use of coal, directly or indirectly. For all the arts of peace coal is needed; if war breaks out it is needed all the more. In time of revolution the miner must go on working or the revolution must stop, for revolution as much as reaction needs coal. Whatever may be happening on the surface, the hacking and shovelling have got to continue without a pause, or at any rate without pausing for more than a few weeks at the most. In order that Hitler may march the goose-step, that the Pope may denounce Bolshevism, that the cricket crowds may assemble at Lords, that the poets may scratch one another's backs, coal has got to be forthcoming. But on the whole we are not aware of it; we all know that we 'must have coal', but we seldom or
never remember what coal-getting involves. Here am I sitting writing in front of my comfortable coal fire. It is April but I still need a fire. Once a fortnight the coal cart drives up to the door and men in leather jerkins carry the coal indoors in stout sacks smelling of tar and shoot it clanking into the coal-hole under the stairs. It is only very rarely, when I make a definite mental-effort, that I connect this coal with that far-off labour in the mines. It is just 'coal'--something that I have got to have; black stuff that arrives mysteriously from nowhere in particular, like manna except that you have to pay for it. You could quite easily drive a car right across the north of England and never once remember that hundreds of feet below the road you are on the miners are hacking at the coal. Yet in a sense it is the miners who are driving your car forward. Their lamp-lit world down there is as necessary to the daylight world above as the root is to the flower.

It is not long since conditions in the mines were worse than they are now. There are still living a few very old women who in their youth have worked underground, with the harness round their waists, and a chain that passed between their legs, crawling on all fours and dragging tubs of coal. They used to go on doing this even when they were pregnant. And even now, if coal could not be produced without pregnant women dragging it to and fro, I fancy we should let them do it rather than deprive ourselves of coal. But-most of the time, of course, we should prefer to forget that they were doing it. It is so with all types of manual work; it keeps us alive, and we are oblivious of its existence. More than anyone else, perhaps, the miner can stand as the type of the manual worker, not only because his work is so exaggeratedly awful, but also because it is so vitally necessary and yet so remote from our experience, so invisible, as it were, that we are capable of forgetting it as we forget the blood in our veins. In a way it is even humiliating to watch coal-miners working. It raises in you a momentary doubt about your own status as an 'intellectual' and a superior person generally. For it is brought home to you, at least while you are watching, that it is only because miners sweat their guts out that superior persons can remain superior. You and I and the editor of the Times Lit. Supp., and the poets and the Archbishop of Canterbury and Comrade X, author of Marxism for Infants--all of us really owe the comparative decency of our lives to poor drudges underground, blackened to the eyes, with their throats full of coal dust, driving their shovels forward with arms and belly muscles of steel.


Marxism for Infants! That's good stuff.

Prisoner Remake Arrives

It's finally happening. For over 10 years there has been talk of making the British TV series "The Prisoner" into a movie, with Patrick McGoohan even writing a script during his time on the set of A Time To Kill and Simon West directing, but alas, it never panned out. Then came talk of a TV series remake with Sky TV starring Christopher Eccleston...again, it went down in flames.

But now it appears it's going to happen in a joint venture with ITV and AMC. Jim "Jesus" Caviezel has been tapped to play Number 6 with Ian McKellen signing on to play Number 2. The UK Guardian reports:



ITV today said the remake, which has been written by Bill Gallagher, "will reflect 21st century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security and surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan's enigmatic original".


That's a bad sign. Looks like it might end up being an anti-Bush, anti-War on Terror screed, but that's hardly surprising. No word if Patrick McGoohan will have anything to do with it. I kind of doubt it. He's very reclusive and probably would rather stay out of the limelight. Still, could be interesting.

Iraq Opens Doors To Foreign Oil Firms

Iraq is ready to take bids from foreign companies to develop oil fields and return the country to the major leagues in oil sales like their neighbors. However, this line in the Reuters story just got to me:

But any awards to U.S. and British firms could anger opponents of the invasion, who have said the 2003 war was designed to give Western oil companies control over Iraqi oil reserves. U.S. and British officials have denied the charges.

It could anger opponents of the invasion? Screw 'em! Who cares what they think? This is what has gone seriously wrong in our country. We've been trained to believe that it would be bad news for Exxon or some other oil company to get the rights to pump oil in Iraq. That's nothing but good news.

Wesley Clark And The Levels Of Brilliance

A lot of talk about Wesley Clark's recent comments that John McCain isn't really tested as far as executive experience goes. "I don't think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president." Clark is no stranger to making dumb statements and it's all the more interesting given the fact that during his short-lived run for President in 2004, he was kind of the Obama of that period. Despite being white and former military, I remember when he got in the race and many of my Democrat friends were smitten...he's so smart, they told me...he's brilliant, finally someone we can believe in! Truth be told, he's about as sharp as a boiled egg, much like our current Messiah. Now that's not to say Clark and Obama aren't book smart and have a certain degree of cleverness. They'd have to to get where they are, but there's a special category of intelligence that only a handful of people in the arena possess. Clark proves time and again he's not one of them. It's a combination of intelligence, instinct and pragmatism. Reagan had it, Clinton had it. The Bushes? Eh...came close at times, but definitely second-tier.

Why are people fooled? Because they see what they want to see. Obama is constantly flubbing on the campaign trail, whether it's flip-flopping on the Second Amendment or public campaign finance, but all the while, he's dubbed brilliant. Who was it that said 'we need another word for hero'? I propose we need another word for brilliant.

6/29/2008

The Death Of The Bush Doctrine

John Bolton lets loose with a scathing column on the Bush Administration's appeasement of North Korea.

North Korea has consecutively broken every major agreement with the U.S. since the North's creation. The Bush administration provides no reason why this one will not be added to that long list except the audacity of hope. Where have we heard that recently? Barack Obama and John Kerry both announced support for the deal, and Mr. Obama said he intended to apply Bush's policy to other rogue states, thus confirming the early start of the Obama administration.



RTWT.

New York Times Does It Again

From Drudge:

SOURCES: BUSH ANGER AT COMING NEW YORK TIMES STORY DETAILING HUNT FOR BIN LADEN... The newspaper is planning to expose a 'highly classified Pentagon order' authorizing Special Operations forces to hunt al-Qaida leader in mountains of Pakistan... DEVELOPING....

And people still wonder why we haven't caught him yet.

How Global Warming Scientists Spin Their Tales

McQ has an excellent primer on how proponents of man-made Global Warming in the science community can take a new discovery and spin it into whatever they want us to believe. In this case, scientists have discovered a new mechanism in the atmosphere that breaks down methane and ozone, two greenhouse gases, but despite having just discovered this process, they're already convinced man will soon destroy it.

Orlando Hit With Obama Racial Slurs

Several cars in Orlando were spray-painted with anti-Obama racial slurs as well as cards expressing sympathy for Hillary Clinton and phrases like "Legalize Marijuana/Stop Building Prisons."

You know who must be behind this? Karl Rove!

UPDATE: Told ya!

Looks like a Rove Job (0+ / 0-)

No wonder it's news when city cars are vandalized. It's so convenient that the vandals left their "calling cards."

Heckuva Job, Karl.

6/28/2008

When News And Satire See Each Other In The Mirror

If you haven't read Iowahawk lately, check him out. The master of news satire in the Blogosphere has been in rare form of late with such entries as "Flood Ravaged Iowans Idiotically Move On" and "Court Okays Gun Rights for Detainees, Child Rapists". The day is coming when we'll read Iowahawk and the AP and not be able to tell the difference.

6/27/2008

The Rage Of The Entitled

If only I could turn a phrase like Christopher Hitchens. Alas, I didn't go to Cambridge/Oxford. Anyway, here's a short video where he takes shots at pretty much everybody in the presidential race. My favorite, his description of Michelle Obama. (Hat tip: lgf)

The Canadian Health Care Disaster

Saw this story yesterday and I really hope the McCain campaign did too. Claude Castonguay, the father of Canadian Socialized Medicine is now saying that the system is a failure and privatization is needed.

Hello! Senator McCain, you have to bring this up in the debates. You simply have to. This Castonguay guy is really something. Most people would fight to the last drop of blood to prove their failed policies or philosophies are still relevant (see Francis Fukuyama), but this guy has the testicular fortitude to say I was wrong, I thought it would work but it didn't, let's try something else. Good for him.

Cheer Up! We're Winning War On Terror

So sayeth Gerald Baker in the Times of London.

The "surge", despite all the doubts and derision at the time, has been a triumph of US military planning and execution. Political progress was slower in coming but is now evident too. The Iraqi leadership has shown great courage and dispatch in extirpating extremists and a growing willingness even to turn on Shia militias. Basra is more peaceful and safer than it has been since before the British moved in. Despite setbacks such as yesterday's bombings, the streets of Iraq's cities are calmer and safer than they have been in years. Seventy companies have bid for oil contracts from the Iraqi Government. There are signs of a real political reconciliation that may reach fruition in the election later this year.


EVEN BETTER: Key Iraqi al-Qaeda figure dead.

6/26/2008

Second Amendment Lives!

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment allows for individual gun ownership. Justice Scalia wrote the opinion of the court. While there are plenty shades of grey in the opinion, it's an overall victory for lovers of Liberty. However, I find it hard to rejoice due to the scary nature of the high court. 5-4. We were one vote away from the court wiping away over 200 years of history and George Washington rolling over in his grave. It's really scary how much power this single body of the Federal Government has.

MORE: Adding to the scariness of it all, this line from the Reuters story written by James Vicini:

Although an individual now has a constitutional right to own guns, that new right is not unlimited, wrote Scalia, a hunter.

No idiot, we've always had the constitutional right to own guns! It wasn't just bestowed on the people today, it's always been there.

EVEN MORE: Hats off to Eugene Volokh who had three law review articles cited by Scalia. His site, Volokh Conspiracy, is currently offline no doubt due to a server overload.

STILL MORE: Rick Moran poses this interesting point:

Now that the Court has identified gun rights as a personal right, the ACLU ought to begin defending individual rights. If they were honestly devoted to protecting the Bill of Rights.



Don Surber: "Make Heller the litmus test."

6/25/2008

The Dark Legacy Of The New York Times

If you have some free time today, take a few minutes and read Bruce Bawer's column on the New York Times and the paper's penchant for covering up the acts of tyrants, from Hitler to Stalin, Castro to Saddam. It's a great history lesson.

Ironic Quote Of The Day

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also dissented, saying the court was engaging in "lawmaking" by concluding that punitive damages may not exceed what the company already paid to compensate victims for economic losses."The new law made by the court should have been left to Congress," wrote Ginsburg.

Uh, since when Ruth?

6/24/2008

Obama Does Vegas

I had the opportunity to see Barack Obama in the flesh today at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. My take? Well, he is in person what you see on TV. He was here to talk alternative energy: solar, wind, magic, and to slam John McCain for daring to challenge him on anything. His energy talk was the usual stuff...sounds pretty but doesn't stand up to the least bit of scrutiny or intellect. Speaking of McCain, he'll be here tomorrow at UNLV. I'll be there.

An Election Season Warning

A farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), also called 'pullets,' and ten roosters, whose job it was to fertilize the eggs. The farmer kept records, and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.

That took an awful lot of his time, so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so the farmer could tell from a distance which rooster was performing.

Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer's favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen. But on this particular morning, he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all.

He went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets all over the place with bells-a-ringing. The pullets, upon hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover. But to his amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring.

He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

The farmer was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair, and he became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result... The judges not only awarded old Butch the No Bell Piece Prize, but they awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well.

Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making: who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.

Vote carefully this year...the bells are not always audible. (Hat tip: Johnny Sac)

6/23/2008

Campaign To Debunk POW John McCain

I used to think like Bernard Goldberg, author of the book Bias, which exposed the liberal slant in the MSM. Goldberg's thesis was that the bias wasn't an orchestrated campaign, but that it was just inherent in MSM reporters...the way they were educated, the pack mentality, etc.

However, these days I'm more inclined to go with the Rush Limbaugh theory that the MSM has a very organized way of covering stories to building up and/or destroy certain people and movements. Case in point, I'm seeing a new reporting line on John McCain's time as POW in Vietnam. About a week ago, we heard from writer Gore Vidal:

Asked what he thinks of McCain, Vidal calls him a "disaster," then tells Deborah Solomon, "Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?"

Solomon replies: "Everyone knows he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam." To which Vidal responds: "That's what he tells us."


I didn't think much of this at the time. The old queen loves to throw out some light anti-Americanism whenever he gets the chance. It also gives us a quick reminder that he was once relevant...a very long time ago. Anyway, today, out of nowhere, I see this story from Vietnam about a former guard at the Hanoi Hilton:

Four decades ago, during the Vietnam war, Mr Duyet was in charge of the notorious Hoa Lo prison - the place where Mr McCain says he was brutally beaten and tortured during five-and-a-half years as an American prisoner of war.

"McCain is my friend," said 75-year-old Mr Duyet as he feeds the caged birds he now keeps in his garden in this coastal city.

"If I was American, I would vote for him."


Awww, how sweet! Well, keep reading:

"But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners."


Pardon?

So is Mr Duyet implying that that Senator McCain lied about his treatment at the Hanoi Hilton?

"He did not tell the truth," he says.

"But I can somehow sympathise with him. He lies to American voters in order to get their support for his presidential election."


But the BBC tries a little CYA:

But Mr Duyet's propaganda-perfect version of events is impossible to verify - and should be treated with caution in a country where the Communist authorities still keep a tight control over the media.

Oh yes, I'm sure the gang at Daily Kos and the Huffington Post will take that into consideration.

Welcome folks, to the beginning of the campaign to plant the seed of doubt in the electorate about John McCain's war hero status.

U.N. Turns Blind Eye To Mugabe's Crimes

The world organization is nothing more than a refuge for tyrants.

A Cure For Shyness?

Could've used this 20 years ago.

Waiting For Gun Ruling

The clock is ticking on the final week of the Supreme Court's summer term. We're anxiously awaiting the ruling on the D.C. guns case, a.k.a. the Heller case. According to SCOTUSblog, it won't be coming down today, but will before the end of the week. This one is gonna be big.

6/22/2008

The Legacy Of George W. Bush

An excellent column in the London Telegraph on the legacy of George W. Bush. Read the whole thing, especially the first three paragraphs.

6/20/2008

The Death Of Critical Thinking

Elizabeth Scalia has an excellent think-piece over at Pajamas Media on the death of critical thinking and rise of "truthiness." (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Drilling For Oil On Federal Land

Yesterday, we were inundated with stories about Congressional Democrats chastising the oil companies for not drilling on federal lands that they have under lease. Known Stalinist Maurice Hinchey even called for nationalizing refineries. Now we have the "Use it or lose it" bill:

House and Senate Democrats are complaining that U.S. oil companies are not drilling on 68 million acres of leased federal land and waters.

"At a time when our constituents are paying $4 per gallon at the pump, the answer is to make sure that oil companies are producing on the land they currently own," four leading House Democrats wrote in a letter to colleagues. "They need to either use it or lose it." The four House Democrats - Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, chairman of the Select Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee; Natural Resources Chairman Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia; Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel of Illinois; and Maurice D. Hinchey of New York - said they will introduce a bill that would raise lease fees for oil companies not drilling on leases they hold.

They also said they will cosponsor an existing bill (HR 6251) that would bar oil companies not drilling on current leases from getting new ones.

Democrat Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut has introduced similar legislation (S 3133) in the Senate.

"The vast majority of oil and natural gas resources on federal lands are already open for drilling, and they are not being tapped," Dodd said June 12 on the Senate floor. "I hear complaints about the 1.5 million acres closed off in ANWR [Arctic National Wildlife Refuge], and yet we are sitting on roughly 68 million acres under lease but not in production - why don't they talk about that?"


Why indeed. Well, there's an answer to this, but don't expect to find it in any MSM reports. I had to do several searches this morning to find someone who had reported the appropriate response to this idiocy. It comes from Drew Cline of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Rep. Carol Shea-Porter wants Congress to fine oil companies that don't develop federal land they've leased. But it's not that simple. There are many legitimate reasons why a leased plot might not be developed.

For starters, it might not have oil under it. Leases of federal land are speculative ventures. The oil companies are hoping to find oil, but it takes years of geological surveying, testing, and environmental studies before drilling can even begin. Short-term leases are three years, long-term ones are 10 years. A company cannot simply begin developing leased land because Congress is impatient. It takes time.

And what if you do all the work of surveying, testing and environmental studies, get ready to drill and your lease runs out? The oil companies are then left at the mercy of Congress which may pull the rug out from under them, thus millions if not billions of dollars go down the drain. Also, even the New York Times is willing to admit that there is a huge shortage of drilling ships.

This is not to say the oil companies are as pure as the wind-driven snow, but they are businesses and businesses aren't in the business of spending money when there is little guarantee of a return. Better to drill for oil where you know for certain there is oil than to invest huge sums on land leased from a entity like the United States Congress that seeks to do you harm.

Read Drew Cline's entire entry here.

6/19/2008

Does Obama Know What He's Talking About

Many people say that Obama is a smart man, because after all he wouldn't have gotten where he is now if he were an idiot. True enough. I'm sure Obama is a very smart individual, but even the smartest people you know don't know everything about everything. When you're running for President, you need to come close. Much was made in 2000 of George W. Bush not being able to name the leaders of some random countries and the media portrayed him as a lightweight. However, Bush proved over time (at least to me) that he had a deep understanding of right and wrong and the motivations of those that wish us harm. Scott Johnson over at Power Line poses the question "Does Obama know what he's talking about?" He's Harvard educated, he's a great politician and a great speaker, but the question we are left with is does he know, nay understand what he is talking about.

Speaking in unscripted environments on important issues, Barack Obama betrays a troubling lack of knowledge. He does not appear to know what he's talking about. In his interview with ABC's Jake Tapper earlier this week, for example, Obama dvocated an approach to combating terrorism that is supposedly more attuned to legal issues than the Bush administration's:

"It is my firm belief that we can track terrorists, we can crack down on threats against the United States. But we can do so within the constraints of our Constitution. Let's take the example of Guantanamo. What we know is that in previous terrorist attacks, for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons,
incapacitated."

Andrew McCarthy (the lead prosecutor of the perpetrators of the 1993 WTC attack) comments:

This is a remarkably ignorant account of the American experience with jihadism. In point of fact, while the government managed to prosecute many people responsible for the 1993 WTC bombing, many also escaped prosecution because of the limits on civilian criminal prosecution. Some who contributed to the attack, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, continued to operate freely because they were beyond the system's capacity to apprehend. Abdul Rahman Yasin was released prematurely because there was not sufficient evidence to hold him - he fled to Iraq, where he was harbored for a decade (and has never been apprehended).


In fairness, when John McCain talks about the economy it's like listening to a teenage girl (no offense). To McCain's credit, he admits economics aren't he thing, foreign policy is his bread and butter. And there lies the rub. In the face our enemies, who knows what they're talking about. It surely is not Obama.

Obama Passes On Public Financing

Normally it wouldn't bother me, but he promised he wouldn't if McCain wouldn't. Well, despite the fact that McCain is going the public funding route, Obama has some flimsy excuses for breaking his pledge...which the MSM will lap up.

6/18/2008

Maurice Hinchey: Stalinist

Congressional Democrat Maurice Hinchey, one of a small group of Democrats that have been pushing hard for the return of the "Fairness Doctrine" is now echoing neo-Marxist Maxine Waters and calling for a nationalization of all oil refineries. It's all just a preview of what could happen in Obama's America.

Tom Wolfe Nails Dan Rather

One of my journalistic heroes, Tom Wolfe, tells it like it is on the Charlie Rose Show.

6/14/2008

Chris Matthews Inept Eulogy Of Tim Russert

Granted he's in mourning, but Matthews still can't help but use Russert's death to cast aspersions on the Bush Administration and the Iraq War, portraying Russert as a dupe in the nicest possible way.

Matthews ended by saying, "we've lost our quarterback tonight." No, you've lost what was left of journalism at MS/NBC News. Now, it's nothing more than the Daily Show with a huge budget.

6/13/2008

Tim Russert Dead At 58

Shocking news from NBC as political journalists and "Meet The Press" host Tim Russert has died of a heart attack at the age of 58. Russert was in the tracking booth at NBC's Washington Bureau when he collapsed.

Russert was one of those political reporters that you could tell just loved what he did. You got the sense that he got up every morning anxious to get work and delve into the world of politics. He was probably one of the most fair journalists in the MSM and his loss is not only bad for the profession but especially bad for NBC. I shudder to think of the Peacock's political face being only Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.

MORE: Rush Limbaugh sums it up beautifully: "He was the closest thing there was at any of the networks to an objective journalist."

Fred Thompson Blasts Supreme Court

Fred Thompson, once considered the last great hope of conservatives in this presidential election cycle until it became clear his heart wasn't in it, has gone back to writing columns and making occasional commentaries. Today, he takes the United States Supreme Court to task for it's decision to grant inmates at Club Gitmo Constitutional Rights.

Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO's The Corner raises an interesting idea: John McCain elected President = Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson? Amazingly, I never thought of that before, but it makes sense. He is a lawyer with vast experience in Constitutional Law, and let's face it, he's not a burn the candle at both ends kind of guy. Living out his days in the private confines of the Supreme Court may be just the right fit. Having been a Senator could help him win the guaranteed confirmation fight. Again this all assume McCain wins and John Paul Stevens and Ruth Buzzi Ginsburg don't live forever, but definitely worth thinking about.
MORE: So where is McCain on Boumediene decision? Somewhere in the middle, but definitely leaning on the right side. While he wants Gitmo closed, he's never called for constitutional rights for enemy combatants and calls the decision "one of the worst" in U.S. history. Despite his idiotic stands on oil companies and global warming, it still looks like I'll have to vote for the guy.

Sick: Environmentalists Say Boy Scouts Killed By Global Warming

This idiotic meme that we never used to have tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts or floods before now continues to take disgusting turns as Global Warming fanatics try to make hay out of the death of four Omaha Boy Scouts. Dick Durbin, call you office. Is there room in that circle of Hell you keep going on about?

Norm Coleman Offers Sensible Energy Policy

Minnesotans have a choice for Senator this November: Republican incumbent Norm Coleman or Leftist comedian Al Franken. To the conservative base, Coleman is not perfect. He takes moderate positions at times like being against drilling in ANWR and against the Surge in Iraq, but the reality (or realpolitik) of the situation is that Minnesota is not Alabama. It's a purplish-blue state that takes it politics seriously. I lived in Minnesota for four years, in St. Paul when the city had a mayor named Norm Coleman. He was a Democrat convert to the Republican Party. Some say it was for political expedience, but as a Democrat, he was never popular with the party, often booed at conventions for his stances on many issues. Being a former New Yorker, he'll always have a little liberal in him, but he proved himself to be a very capable politician and leader. When he won Paul Wellstone's Senate seat over Walter Mondale, he continued to show a pragmatic side that proved to be very effective for his state and the party. Now, as he faces a tough contest against one of the Left Wings dashboard-saints, he has brought to the Senate floor an energy bill that, while it doesn't call for drilling ANWR, does call for increased domestic drilling, more nuclear and coal energy and more renewable fuels. Pragmatic and sensible. I really hope Minnesotans don't get caught up in the rise of anti-Bush hysteria and realize they are well served by Coleman.

Captain Ed sums it up nicely:

Norm Coleman may not be as conservative as some would like, but he is a pragmatist. If he delivers on this effort, he will have shown his worth to the GOP once again. Hopefully, he can convince members of both parties to participate in a sensible and long-overdue approach to energy policy — and maybe get John McCain to explicitly back this effort.

John Coleman Is On A Mission

He's going to spend the rest of his life stamping out the man-made Global Warming myth. His "manifesto," if you will, is posted on KUSI's website. Please take a few minutes and read the whole thing. The great war of the 21st century is not the War on Terror, it's a war of information. Liberty is losing that war. We need more people like John Coleman speaking to as many people as possible.

6/12/2008

Supreme Court Grants Guantanamo Detainees Constitutional Rights

There you have it. In a 5-4 vote with swing-man Anthony Kennedy leading the majority, the Supreme Court has granted detainees at Club Gitmo constitutional rights. I don't need to list the five in the majority and the four dissenters, you know who they are.

I'm inclined to say this is another reason to vote for McCain, however, I'm sure he agrees with this decision despite the fact he says he would appoint conservative judges. It's a crap-shoot, but with Obama, we know for certain how it would go.

UPDATE: Mark Levin and I are thinking the same thing:

It has been the objective of the left-wing bar to fight aspects of this war in our courtrooms, where it knew it would have a decent chance at victory. So complete is the Court's disregard for the Constitution and even its own precedent now that anything is possible. And what was once considered inconceivable is now compelled by the Constitution, or so five justices have ruled. I fear for my country. I really do. And AP, among others, reports this story as a defeat for "the Bush administration." Really? I see it as a defeat for the nation.UPDATE: The 5-4 GITMO decision brings to the front, yet again, John McCain's position on judges versus his own policies.
McCain undoubtedly supports the 5-4 decision, yet the justices who voted against it, and argued strenuously against it, are of the kind McCain claims to want on the bench. We have seen the same issue arise respecting campaign finance. This is not to say that McCain won't nominate originalists to the bench. But if he does, he will be nominating to the Court individuals who are better adherents to the Constitution than he is.

6/11/2008

George Soros Behind Obama Campaign

Some proof from Thomas Lifson.

The Trial Of Mark Steyn

Or should that be Josef K.? I don't know if many of you know what's going on in Canada right now. If not, you should take note. Mark Steyn is a political pundit, writer, man of letters, etc. who was born in Canada and cut his teeth in the writing profession in the UK. His columns are published in papers, not just in America, but around the world and he has written several books including his most recent America Alone. It is here that his career has taken an Orwellian turn.

A supporter of the war on terror, Steyn's recent book deals with America's struggle in this conflict while much of the rest of the world turns a blind eye. While the West falls into the trap of the nanny state, the population of radical Muslims in increasing dramatically and could lead to the fall of many democracies. Only America (or at least the Red State half of America) bucks this trend and fights the good fight.

As with many publications, a section of the book was previewed in a political magazine, in this case Canada's oldest Maclean's. Little do many Americans know, Canada, a supposed democracy, does not have free speech. Instead, it has what is called the Canadian Human Rights Commission and some offshoots of this including the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. Last December, the Canadian Islamic Congress filed a complaint with the Tribunal against Maclean's for publishing what they called "flagrantly Islamophobic" articles by Mark Steyn. Turns out much of what they found Islamophobic were actual quotes from radical Muslims. However, this has proven to be no defense as the tribunal has condemned Steyn's use of "sarcasm" when writing about these radicals. An investigator with the Tribunal was asked what value he gives free speech when he investigates. His reply: "Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don't give it any value."

Folks, this is the stuff of fiction. Something you expect to read in Orwell or Kafka, but it's really happening. The Tribunal has a 100% conviction rate on "hate speech." This is not Canada, this is Oceania. Imagine for just a moment that America had such a tribunal and Dan Rather was investigated for his made up story on George W. Bush's service records. The entire world would be in an uproar...the U.N. would be talking sanctions, but as this involves telling the truth about radical Islam, the world is silent.

This is scary stuff.

6/10/2008

Obama The Post Turtle

An excellent analogy from the Mad Ogre: (Hat tip: Johnny Sac)

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old Texas Rancher, whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his bid for the presidency. The old rancher said,"Well, ya know, Obama is a post turtle." Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was. The old rancher said "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle." The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain "You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you wonder what king of dumb ass put him up there."

Big Small Oil Explained

Via Power Line.

Fox News: The Right Wing Channel?

For all those who think Fox News is nothing but right-wingers...get a load of this.

Government-Run Health Care Exposed

In Canada, where you become a burden on the system. Welcome to America's future under Barack Obama.

6/09/2008

The Democrat Party's Alliance With Radical Islam

Thy name be Keith Ellison.

WiFi On Steroids

It could happen, that is if the government gets out of the way. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

John Adams DVD Hits The Stores Tomorrow


The great miniseries based on David McCullough's book about the second President of the United States comes out on DVD this week. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in American History. HBO can be very hit and miss with their movies, but this was a definite "hit."

Rockefeller Report Adds Up To Nothing

I continue to be amazed that a state like West Virginia would continue to send to Washington a man like J.D. Rockefeller.

Two Reasons Unemployment Went Up In May

Graduations and an increased minimum wage. Students and minorities hit hardest! But don't tell that to the Democrats in Congress. Eyes on the prize, baby.

6/07/2008

Quote Of The Day

The only thing worse than Clintonism may be what replaces it.

Quote Of The Week

"I feel that he will do it. It's actually a foregone conclusion for me."

Hillary Clinton Drops Out

Has a very anti-climactic feel to it. Though it is interesting to note that this will be the first time in 20 years the President of the United States won't be a Bush or Clinton. I think we're definitely due for a break.

Now the question of whether she gets the VP spot. It would be a funny situation if it weren't so disastrous for the country. If she were Obama's Vice President, he'd have more knives in his back than Bill Clinton has girlfriends.

John McCain could trump Obama and pick Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. She's young, conservative, a woman and not hard to look at.

Stay tuned.

6/06/2008

When The Truth Is Too Much

The other day, Tom DeLay called Barack Obama a Marxist. Naturally, anything Tom DeLay says is going to spark controversy with the Left, and also with many on the Right. Case in point, Andrew Stuttaford at NRO:

...the last thing I want to do is to defend Senator Obama, but I have to say that comments like that by Tom DeLay are not the way to go. Let's leave the hysteria (or, more precisely, the generation of hysteria) to Obama: he's much better at it, after all. Asking Obama to 'prove' he's not a Marxist just looks desperate and more than a touch HUAC. It's also pretty unconvincing, to put it mildly. I cannot be sure (can anyone?) about the exact nature of Obama's ideology, but if I had to guess, it's a blend of big government leftism and campus-style identity politics, drenched in syrup and, of course, spun with great skill. Look hard enough and, I guess, the origins of some of those ideas can (very) theoretically be traced back to pieces of old Karl's
thinking, but to use that to try to define Obama as a 'Marxist' in the traditional white beard/red flag sense is not only a stretch, but futile.


I understand his point (I think it's his point) that you have to be careful what words you use depending on how they will be perceived by the audience. For many, the world "Marxist" may bring forth images of the grey bearded man with glasses shouting "proletariat!" a word many couldn't define.

But the truth of the matter is, Barack Obama's positions on many, many issues are indeed Marxist. However, in modern America, the truth shall not set you free...it more often can only destroy your career. It's one of the saddest facts in our country today...the utterance of truth hurts the speaker more than its intended target.

The Moment America Became The Leader Of The Free World




6/03/2008

Associated Press In League With The Taliban

Via Little Green Footballs.

Fed Acknowledges Weak Dollar

Larry Kudlow says Ben Bernanke has finally realized the weak dollar is a problem and is taking steps to correct it.

In fact, Bernanke has not only acknowledged that the cheap dollar has caused "the unwelcome rise in import prices and consumer price inflation" - as booming oil and commodity prices have leaked into U.S. inflation through the cheap dollar — he may well have set a floor underneath the greenback. This is big news.



Hope so.

Beckel Drops Hints On Obama Bombshell

Via Hot Air, there have been rumors that Republicans have a videotape of Michelle Obama railing against "whitey," but now Democrat operative Bob Beckel is dropping similar hints which lends credence to the rumors. He says it could be as early as tomorrow that "the other shoe drops." It could just be "hot air," but let's hope not.

Chavez Tightens Grip With More Tyranny

Hmmm....

President Hugo Chávez has used his decree powers to carry out a major overhaul of this country's intelligence agencies, provoking a fierce backlash here from human rights groups and legal scholars who say the measures will force citizens to inform on one another to avoid prison terms.


Interesting. Remember when President Bush asked us to be vigilante after 9/11 and report suspicious activity and the Left dubbed him the next Hitler? I wonder how Cindy Sheehan and the gang will take this news from Caracas?

Hillary Prepares To Concede

Well, it's all over but the shouting (and the throwing of a few ashtrays, I'm sure). Hillary Clinton looks to be getting ready to concede to Obama and drop out of the race. Despite the fact that the media is in the tank for Obama, this should prove once and for all that she is not the super genius that the media previously made her out to be. She bungled this campaign, and everything she's touched has been a failure, from health care on. Can we finally agree on that?

6/02/2008

"The Most Rigged Coverage In Modern History

The chickens have finally come home to roost for the Clintons. After 15 years of slavish devotion from the MSM, which endeavoured to make every crime committed by the couple seem like the right thing to do, they've found a new love in Barack Obama. To say Bill Clinton is non-plussed would be a massive understatement. He's never faced anything like this before, and the recent Vanity Fair article on his behavior in Hillary's campaign has set him off once again.

"It's part of the national media's attempt to nail Hillary for Obama. It's the most biased press coverage in history. It's another way of helping Obama. They had all these people standing up in this church cheering, calling Hillary a white racist, and he didn't do anything about it. The first day he said 'Ah, ah, ah well.' Because that's what they do - he gets other people to slime her. So then they saw the movie they thought this is a great ad for John McCain-maybe I better quit the church. It's all politics. It's all about the bias of the media for Obama. Don't think anything about it."


Richard Nixon and George W. Bush might have something to say about that, but c'est la vie.

Christopher Hitchens Is Right

Maybe G-d isn't so great...especially if men like Wright and Pfleger are speaking His word.

6/01/2008

The Rise And Fall Of The Clinton Empire?

Vanity Fair has a scathing piece on Bill Clinton that is the talk of the town right now. I'm not sure what to think. The Clintons have been down before and surprised us all. I wouldn't count them out any more than I would count Richard Nixon out.