Sunday, December 30
Thursday, December 27
I've always questioned Bhutto's return from exile and I question the wisdom of it now. This entire affair has destabilized Pakistan yet again.
To me, Bhutto seemed remarkably arrogant and full of herself. Now I believe that she was a brave figure, willing to risk her life for democracy and freedom.
Obviously, the terrorists have shown their intentions to open a new front in the Global War On Terror. I'm grateful that this new front isn't inside the United States.
We have President Bush to thank for that.
The great mystery surrounding the death of Bhutto makes it clear to me that this was an inside job. There is no way that Musharraf didn't know about this.
Saturday, December 22
Friday, December 21
keeping it real
American politicians who routinely throw the word 'torture' around when speaking of American policy are ridiculous fools.
From the AP:
"Blood-splotches on walls, chains hanging from a ceiling and swords on the killing floor—the artifacts left a disturbing tale of brutalities inside a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq torture chamber. But there was yet another chilling fact outside the dirt-floor dungeon. Villagers say they knew about the torment but were too intimidated by extremists to tell authorities until now.
"Stories such as these—claims of insurgent abuses and the silence of frightened Iraqis—have emerged with increasing frequency and clarity recently as U.S.-led forces push deeper into former extremist fiefdoms and forge alliances with tribes seeking to reclaim their regions.
"The reports and tips now pouring in build a harrowing portrait of rule under al-Qaida and its backers: mass graves, ruthless punishments, self-styled Islamic courts ordering summary executions.
"Such a lead brought soldiers earlier this month to the hidden room in Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Thursday. Graffiti on the building proclaimed "Long Live the Islamic State"—a reference to the Islamic governance, or caliphate, sought in Iraq by Sunni extremist groups that include al-Qaida.
"Scrawled in white paint above a bed in the torture area was a Quranic phrase in Arabic normally used to welcome a guest. But the context suggested only sadistic mockery: "Come in, you are safe."
"The floor was littered with food wrappers, plastic soda bottles and electric cables that snaked to a metal bed frame, presumably where detainees were shocked, according to the U.S. account of the discovery during a Dec. 8-11 mission.
"The rooms "had chains, a bed—an iron bed that was still connected to a battery—knives and swords that were still covered in blood," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, the top U.S. commander in northern Iraq.
"Nearby were nine mass graves containing the remains of 26 people, he said.
"Villagers knew about the torture site, but did not tell authorities as they were afraid of reprisals from the militants, a local policeman told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was still afraid of being targeted by extremists."
man made crap
Thursday, December 20
(New Year's resolution: waterboard Rudy's wardrobe consultant.)
Here he has a few thoughts about the debate-dodging Al Gore:
"I wonder if Al Gore knows what he's doing. Reducing and sacrificing the U.S. standard of living as a way to bring others up the ladder, rather than allowing the U.S. to maintain its living standard while encouraging and helping others to reach our level, is a foolish and dangerous plan. It is simply unacceptable. Gore and his friends live in a Democratic society and have the absolute right to say what they want. But those of us who do not want to see the U.S. punished because of its success have rights, too. I believe it is our duty to denounce Gore's unwise attacks on America and hold him accountable for what he says."
Nice job, Congressman. That's taking one for the team. I respect that.
If you can't win, you shouldn't be in the race.
I'm talking to you, Duncan Hunter.
I'm talking to you, Ron Paul.
And I'm definitely talking to you, Alan Keyes.
You, as well, Mike Huckabee. You are unelectable. End your futile bid for the GOP nomination now.
Taking camera time, debate time, face time, away from the electorally viable guys doesn't serve any purpose.
just win, baby
Wednesday, December 19
what mattered in '07?
Of course, the Runner-up POTY is the debate-ducking media darling Al Gore. And since J.K. Rowling gave us Harry Potter, well, she's invaluable. Sure.
I'd think this honor would be bestowed upon someone actually doing some measurable good in the world. Against that backdrop David Petraeus seems like the logical candidate, since he's cleaned up Iraq and reduced terrorist violence.
But, no. Petraeus is farther down this list, not far from "Billiam the YouTube Snowman," another "Person Who Mattered" in 2007.
Yeah. We don't want to leave Billiam out.
meet the homers
Think that's the strategy? Think the MSM is pushing the Huckster?
A new Reuters/Zogby poll has Huckabee tied with Rudy nationally.
Tuesday, December 18
show of hands
hang em high
A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 53% of NJ voters were in favor of the death penalty.
My thought on this: Murderers should be executed.
Monday, December 17
America is 'ungenerous'?
America has attempted to 'dominate' other countries?
Bush has an 'arrogant bunker mentality'?
Did Huck change his party affiliation over the weekend?
A lot has been going on these past six years. A lot of generosity in Africa. A lot of liberation from brutal regimes in the Middle East. New roads and schools in Iraq.
The idea that the United States is anything other than the most benevolent Superpower in history is just wrong. Maybe they don't have televisions or newspapers in Arkansas yet.
Saturday, December 15
From the AP:
"Huckabee has previously joked about his lack of experience in international affairs. "I may not be the expert as some people on foreign policy, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night," he said earlier this month."And what's the deal with this fixation that the Huck seems to have on Chuck Norris? I don't get the thinking behind this endorsement. Is there some kind of focus group data out there that says Norris is a hero to a certain demographic? It's kind of creepy. And stupid.
I've never actually felt embarrassment for my party before. Or nausea. Well, we did have Bob Dole. But he was a war hero, a legislator, a qualified candidate, a man of character, substance. This is different.
Huckabee is 'Chuck Norris Approved'? Really? 'Chuck Norris tells America how it's going to be'? He does?
My Mom summed it up nicely: "Who the hell is Chuck Norris?"
Friday, December 14
staying on offense
It has? Only in the minds of those who never believed us to be in harm's way in the first place.
Quite the contrary, Bush's successful counter-terrorism strategy has resulted in an all too apathetic populace. Approaching 2008, America finds herself in a September 10th state of mind.
The terrorists have us right where they want us.
Thursday, December 13
'lost in time'
"Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, seem lost in a time warp. They could try to impose new benchmarks that acknowledge the military progress. Instead, too many seem unable or unwilling to admit that President Bush's surge of 30,000 more troops has succeeded beyond their initial predictions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who in the spring declared the war lost, said last week that "the surge hasn't accomplished its goals." Anti-war Democrats remain fixated on tying war funding to a rapid troop withdrawal. Yet pulling the troops out precipitously threatens to squander the progress of recent months toward salvaging a decent outcome to the Iraq debacle."
The AP today has a story, written by Seth Borenstein, about why pregnant women don't lose their balance.
"Scientists think they have figured out why pregnant women don't lose their balance and topple over despite ever-growing weight up front. Evolution provided them with slight differences from men in their lower backs and hip joints, allowing them to adjust their center of gravity, new research shows."
How can an intangible theory provide a tangible benefit?
I'm no Bible-thumper, but how much more faith does it take to believe that the universe was created by a random explosion? How much faith in an accident does one need in order to believe that a minute detail such as 'slight differences in lower backs and hip joints' results in giving pregnant women balance?
Imagine the stupidity of believing billions of species created themselves, that animals and humans just appeared suddenly, that cell division resulted from, well, who the hell knows? Only a retard would believe this stuff, right?
Faith in the existence of a all-knowing, all-powerful being is more logical and reasonable to me. Belief in God requires less faith.
...The lighting is considerably BRIGHTER than it was for the GOP debate. Just LOOK at it.
And the moderator, the sour, crabby Des Moines Register editor Carolyn Washburn, looks completely different today. She's pleasant and measured now that she's sharing the stage with Democrats.
Oh yeah. But there's no such thing as media bias.
I couldn't manage to watch this tripe, but Michele Malkin did.
Top Lebanese Army Gen. Francois al-Hajj was killed Wednesday along with his driver and his bodyguard by a 77 lb. bomb as he drove to work through eastern Beirut.
This is the guy slated to take over the Army from current Gen. Michel Suleiman, who is running for President.
The vote is scheduled for this coming Monday.
the once great party
I love it.
It couldn't possibly be happening to a bigger bunch of lying, power-mad, treacherous pigs.
'retroactive finger pointing'
He also incorrectly believes waterboarding to be torture. But let's look ahead, not back.
"The intelligence committees were meant to be bipartisan. And to avoid the usual congressional logrolling, they weren't permanent committees at first. Back then, the congressional leadership expected it would be difficult to get anyone to serve very long on the intelligence panels, because the members wouldn't be able to talk about what they did.
"Congressional oversight of intelligence was a radical idea. Some experts questioned whether it was realistic to ask elected officials to sign off on the work of intelligence agencies -- which, when you strip away all the high-minded language, basically involves the systematic violation of other countries' laws. Intelligence agencies steal other nations' secrets, bribe their officials into committing treason, intercept their most private conversations. And that's just the easy, noncontroversial stuff. We haven't gotten to interrogation techniques."
"Congressional review should have prevented waterboarding, a form of torture the CIA should not have been using. But in the feverish atmosphere of 2002, even liberal members of Congress apparently could listen to briefings without sounding an alarm. That should be a caution against any easy, retroactive finger-pointing."Democrats: Stop playing politics with America's national security.
Wednesday, December 12
As such, he's advocating higher taxes. Don't you just love this? A wealthy guy saying that the government should raise taxes on everybody?
The wealthy guy is already paying the lion's share of the taxes anyway, but Buffett wants to pay more.
God forbid, a Democrat is elected President next November. Higher taxes would kill the economy, which, in turn, would depress stocks, which, in turn, would lead to depressed corporate profits, which would lead to job losses, which means higher unemployment.
So how can higher taxes be good for America?
I twiddle my thumbs.
The arrogance of this guy. Buffett has more money than he will ever be able to spend in several lifetimes. He has more money than I will ever have. He's got more money than 99% of us will ever have in our lifetimes and he wants all of us to pay more.
Nothing is stopping Warren Buffett or Bill Gates or Larry Ellison or Michael Dell or Steve Jobs or any other captain of industry from sending more of their hard earned money to the federal government. I salute their desire to give back more of what they have to those less fortunate. That's a noble endeavor.
But why mandate an increase in what the rest of us have to pay? Why support measures that would force a lot of us to pay a lot more of what we already can't afford? It just all seems so cruel and unnecessary.
Apparently, the world's second richest man doesn't care if he's remembered as a selfish idiot.
Back in 2002, senior members of Congress were fully briefed about methods and tactics employed in the GWOT. and members were singularly concerned with the prevention of terror attacks on the American homeland.
In fact, the CIA briefer was asked, specifically, whether these tactics were 'tough' enough.
Future Speaker Nancy Pelosi was present at the briefing and she raised absolutely no objection to tactics described.
Current Speaker Pelosi, now that she's consulted the recent polling and has attended a couple of so-called 'Democratic' strategy sessions, considers waterboarding to be 'torture.'
Great leadership. Apparently, Pelosi's sole talent in life is ordering flowers.
The truth is, waterboarding works. Case in point #1: Abu Zubaydah, a key al Qaeda terrorist captured by American troops shortly after 9/11.
The interrogations weren't working with Zubaydah, yet agents knew he had knowledge of future attacks, so they requested permission from the White House to accelerate the use of interrogation techniques.
Within 35 seconds of being waterboarded, Zubaydah gave up a lot of information.
"From that day on, he answered every question. The threat information he provided prevented a number of attacks."So says retired CIA agent John Kiriakou, who witnessed the Zubaydah waterboarding. Case in point#2: Waterboarding 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yielded reams of information that also prevented attacks and saved lives.
That should be the end of it. Waterboarding works, therefore we should use it and use it with abandon.
This silly 'we're better than that' argument spouted by Democrats and people like Kirakou and John McCain falls completely flat when you consider that, in the age of global Islamic terrorism, nothing could possibly by better than saving American lives.
This subject is closed.
Good for Fred for verbally whacking the dour moderator for not giving him 60 seconds to answer a vapid climate change question.
Mitt was impressive and in command. He's a great candidate. National Review is fond of Mitt Romney too.
It seemed to me that the debate format and questions -- the rhythm -- didn't favor Rudy. He had considerably less air time.
The others? Paul is an embarrassment. At one point he claimed that if we leave other countries alone they'll leave us alone. How naive is that? He doesn't belong on the stage.
McCain doesn't belong on the stage either.
Alan Keyes? Why the hell is he running?
Hunter? Decent guy and solid on the immigration issue. But it bugs me that he always has to remind everyone of his son's service in Iraq.
Tancredo? Decent guy but he can't win.
And you already know of my distaste for Huckabee.
Tuesday, December 11
"His letting out murderers because they shout 'Jesus,' his wanting to put 300,000 AIDS patients and Magic Johnson into isolation, ain't even scratching the surface of what we've got on him."Don't you know they're chomping at the bit! But Democrats are under lockdown, refusing to criticize the former Arkansas Governor until he gets the Republican presidential nomination.
They might as well start piling on because it ain't happening. The Huck 'phenomenon' is the same thing as the CNN/YouTube/GOP debate: The phony attempt to replace actual news reporting with prejudice and stereotype, while sowing the seeds of disillusionment.
Which is why the NYT keeps writing stories like this. How many times can Adam Nagourney write the same story?
DNC focus groupers on Hillary: 'demanding, difficult, maybe even a little scary.'
Read Al Hunt's column here.
Votes aren't the only things lacking for Pelosi and her gang of feckless freaks.
'all about turnout'
The GOP candidate, a boring old white guy named Bob Latta, has been attacked by the Club for Growth as being 'pro tax,' giving Democrat Robin Weirauch an opening.
Both national parties have spent heavily on media in this race and polls have tightened since Latta held a 14 point lead in mid-November.
Turnout will tip it. How big, how small? It's supposed to snow.
Bush, the idiot, wins again!
Monday, December 10
"In the middle of the previous century the Americans received intelligence reports from Auschwitz on the packed trains going to the extermination camps. They claimed then that the railways were industrial. Their attitude today to the information coming out of Iran on the Iranians' intention to produce a nuclear bomb reminds one of their attitude during the holocaust."So says Israeli minister Yitzhak Cohen.
"It can not be that Bush is committed to peace as was declared at Annapolis, and then the Americans propagate such an intelligence report which contradicts the information we have proving Iran intends to obtain nuclear weapons," Cohen said. "How can we rely on the Americans if they publish this report that emasculates what the world explicitly knows regarding Iran, and renders impotent the entire struggle against the Iranians?"Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai demands action:
"International pressure on Iran must continue. We know the truth, as does the rest of the world. We must not play dumb in the face of the report's supposed findings. This report is mistaken and is only trying to delay the inevitable. It has only intensified the danger. Don't say this is more of the usual, because we are thus likely to fall asleep and wake up with a nuclear Iran. These attempts at postponement endanger us and the world at large."Now all we have to do is convince China and Russia the NIE was crap.
Good Times Bad Times
In My Time Of Dying Your Life
Trampled Under Foot
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Since I've Been Loving you
Dazed and Confused
Stairway to Heaven
The Song Remains the Same
Misty Mountain Hop
Whole Lotta Love
Rock and Roll
the guy behind the guy
Medvedev, the 42 year old Putin adviser, a former lawyer, former chairman of oil giant Gazprom, current first deputy prime minister and 'Black Sabbath enthusiast,' is said to be more Liberal and less hawkish.
Staying the course, with Putin behind the scenes, will be the continuing order.
all about the o
Saturday, December 8
Friday, December 7
This is very bad news. A bad day for America, but a great day for all the anti-American zealots here and abroad.
This makes it seem as if our government has something to hide. As if we've done something wrong.
What we have been doing is protecting the national security of the United States.
Let's be clear. The people who are rejoicing over this news, whether they be Democrats in Congress, pseudo-intellectuals in Europe or Mullahs in the Middle East are the enemies of America and our way of life.
Sullivan supported Bush in 2000. He fanatically supported Bush post-9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq. Then he suddenly supported the grossly dishonest and incompetent John Kerry in 2004.
Is this guy conflicted or what?
I've met the former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. (Above, my buddy Scott and I met Mitt this past January here in San Diego.) He's an incredibly decent, talented, articulate, well-spoken man.
I think Romney would make a good President of the United States, and if he is the Republican nominee in 2008, I will happily, proudly vote for him because his beliefs more closely mirror mine in terms of national security, foreign policy, taxes and domestic policy.
But, that won't change my opinion of his religion. However, he is correct to assert that in this country we do have freedom of religion. We can choose to worship as we please, one of the myriad of bountiful blessings the United States has enjoyed for over 200 years.
One wonders why Obama doesn't have to answer questions about his religion.
I think he's a big phony. Sure, he's funny and engaging, but substance? He's a total lightweight. And wouldn't you know it? The MSM is propping him up, big time! The press can't get enough of those Arkansas hicks.
Here's a good piece on the Huckster from this A.M.'s WSJ.
My Senator, the blithering idiot Barbara Boxer, is blocking his nomination to the federal bench because of Rogan's role in the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
Childish? You bet. Especially since Rogan and Clinton are said to have a 'cordial relationship.'
And because a number of Democrats, including Clinton lap dog Lanny Davis, support Rogan.
read my lips
You can't see me, but I'm smiling.
No new taxes.
Thursday, December 6
It's good to see the man has come to his senses. Now there's talk of cutting emissions 25 to 40% by 2020.
Wednesday, December 5
undermining nat'l sovereignty
Nancy Pelosi does.
Politically, I understand. Democrats shamelessly pander to all the special interest groups, common sense be damned. But national security and national sovereignty? Those issues trump electoral politics.
"The intelligence community, which has for some years now been leaking material calculated to undermine George W. Bush, is doing it again. This time the purpose is to head off the possibility that the President may order air strikes on the Iranian nuclear installations. As the intelligence community must know, if he were to do so, it would be as a last resort, only after it had become undeniable that neither negotiations nor sanctions could prevent Iran from getting the bomb, and only after being convinced that it was very close to succeeding. How better, then, to stop Bush in his tracks than by telling him and the world that such pressures have already been effective and that keeping them up could well bring about “a halt to Iran’s entire nuclear weapons program”—especially if the negotiations and sanctions were combined with a goodly dose of appeasement or, in the NIE’s own euphemistic formulation, “with opportunities for Iran to achieve its security, prestige, and goals for regional influence in other ways.”
too much green
Monday, December 3
Rudy and Hillary are losing ground? That's to be expected ahead of Iowa.
Regardless, I still believe Rudy has the winning message in '08: National security, aggressive foreign policy, trim federal bureaucracy, curtail spending, cut taxes.
Rove says GOP candidates ignore Bush at their own peril? Of course, the President is a master campaigner, a shrewd political observer and the ultimate power broker.
Clinton hitting Obama over an essay he wrote in kindergarten about his desire to become president? How desperate is that?
As critical as I am about college football and the entire BCS system, I like the LSU-Ohio State matchup. Number one should play number 2. Now, if we could just get a bracketed playoff system like the NCAA basketball tournament. Then the rankings would actually mean something.
The way it stands now, a team like Kansas, with the 109th toughest schedule gets a berth in the Orange Bowl, while a team like Missouri, the 26th toughest, gets to play in the lowly Cotton Bowl. (Mizzou even defeated UK! How screwed up is that?)
Sunday, December 2
He leaves office next year but he'll still be calling the shots. Funny how that works.
From the AP:
"The vote followed a tense Kremlin campaign that relied on a combination of persuasion and intimidation to ensure victory for the United Russia party and for Putin, who has used a flood of oil revenues to move his country onto a more assertive position on the global stage."The White House wants an investigation after hearing that Putin got 64% of the vote.
I say we just send Carter over to certify the election results.