Monday, January 31, 2005

BBC Gets Mild Case of CBS

The link is here:

Well, despite the fact that they're all but de facto allies of terrorism, they at least fess up to their mistakes when they must. You listening, Dan Rather?

The Left, the War and the Wardrobe.

There is a very good article by Mike Hendrix over at Cold Fury outlining how many conservatives, myself included, view the war, and the Left's histrionic caterwalling about it. He does a good job, and I can't improve on perfection.

Hat tip to Right Wing News.

Oh, and Cold Fury seems to be getting a lot of hits and may not be available. It is reprinted at RWN if you can't get the original.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Victory!

In more than one way, today has been a great victory for freedom, liberty and the United States. Today saw the first real elections in Iraq in 50 years. The people of Iraq turned out in record numbers (its the first time so it is a record) around the globe to elect representatives who will form the new Iraqi constitution and elect a new leadership for the country. This is inspite of the best efforts of malcontents from around the world who attempted to spoil Iraqi freedom with violence and terror.

In addition to the victory for the Iraqi people, the elections have provided vindication for the Bush administration's strategy for winning the war on terror. It is delicious watching the likes of Dan Rather having to report on the unmitigated success of the elections. There was no violence. There were no death squads hunting down Iraqis as the made their way to the polling locations. There were no car bombs. As matter of fact, the Iraqi people made their own statement of victory by raising their blue, dyed fingers in the air, like Saxon bowmen raising their first two fingers in defiance of their Norman conquerors.

I am sure in the days to come, Senators Kennedy, Boxer, Clinton and the rest of their rabble will find some small issue to pick upon. However, we know the truth.

Absence.

My apologies to the people (few though they might be right now) that read this blog regularly. I had a family medical issue that came up and kept me from checking the site. At the present time everyone is healthy so hopefully, I can resume regular ranting again.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

X = Hitler

For folks who spray nuance all over everything like cheap perfume, you think liberals could afford those they don't agree with a squirt or two.

My point is this: just because you guys don't agree with something, doesn't equate said something with Hitler. It's an emotional rather than intellectual approach to arguing your viewpoint. Ted Turner took this approach to criticize FoxNews: FoxNews is popular, Hitler was popular from 1933 up until, oh, the point Soviet tanks started rolling into Berlin. Hitler was a bad man. Both FoxNews and Hitler are linked by their popularity, albeit 'former' in the case of the Fuhrer, therefore not-so-subtly suggesting that FoxNews is Hitler and therefore also Bad.

Don't ask me how Ted got so rich. Maybe he prints money with his likeness on it in his basement.

Where do we go with this? Don't like bad weather? Hitler was bad. The weather's acting like Hitler! The local zoning committee won't approve your privacy fence? They're authoritarian. So was Hitler. Hitler must be on the staff! No veggie options on the menu? Why, Hitler was a vegetarian, so....wait....

Bush isn't even afforded this tortured logic. He's just Hitler, with all the attendent baggage - Night of the Long Knives, Invasion of Poland, Invasion of Russia, invasion of just about everybody who let their guard down for a moment, Wannsee Conference, Holocaust, the SS, and so on and so forth and isn't it all a bit much? Do even liberals take this seriously? Clinton was a morally putrid specimen, but I never equated his bumbling, Benny Hill antics with the crimes of Stalin or Caligula. He wouldn't kill his enemies. He'd just dialogue them to death. But it's like Ann Coulter said: when you debate liberals, it's always Bambi vs. Godzilla.


Can I have a little hysteria with that?

Well, it turns out that the whole "Boston Dirty Bomb" plot was a hoax. The Boston Herald reports that Mexican national Jose Ernesto Beltran Quinones has admitted that his call to the FBI was in fact a lie. I hate to act like a post hoc prognosticator, but when I first heard about this alleged plot my "spideysense" tingled that something wasn't Kosher about the whole thing. There were just too many holes in the story. Someone drops an anonymous tip via phone that four Chinese and two Iraqis entered the country illegally. When asked to "come in," the tipster provides pictures and details about four of the terrorists, but won't identify himself. If you are smuggling people into the U.S. do you take pictures for your scrap book and keep their personal information? If he didn't do the smuggling, how would he have gotten the info?

Despite these questions, the legacy media (or main-stream media) ran full speed with the story. Amid hysteric waving of arms and gnashing of teeth, the media screamed that there was a terrorist plot aimed at Boston. If the reporters, producers, editors and publishers could stop worrying about ratings and sales for a minute, maybe they could have handled this with a little more decorum. Instead, they ran it like Boston was already a smoking crater. The media needs to remember (or be reminded) they are not in the business of making news, but rather the business of reporting the news. This information could have been disseminated in a better fashion rather than sounding like the end was near.

Was the Department of Homeland Security right for releasing the information? In a word, yes. DHS has to take the threat seriously, but with the weight it deserved. Putting the information out there, and having a few million more eyes open for anything out of the ordinary is a good idea. But the media overreacted, yet again.

...and your little dog Toto too...

Well, the adolescent democrats in the senate are at it again. Despite Senator Minority Whip Diane Finestine supporting a quick and clean vote to confirm Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State, a handful of cry-babies have decided to make a spectacle of themselves. To me this is reminiscent of the kid who cries when he isn't allowed to be the captain of the backyard football team.

If I can't be the captain, I'm gonna leave and take my foot ball too. Harrumph.

So yesterday, using some very old procedural rules, Senators Kennedy, Byrd, Kerry and surprise, surprise Boxer held the Senate hostage by blathering on and on with the same unfounded accusations they raised at the confirmation hearings. Are these guys striving to marginalize themselves even more? Are they just trying to cater to the liberal left? I really don't understand why they continue trying to make noise without substance.

Why not try to sit down with President Bush and work on a solution to Social Security? Senator Kennedy (hic) showed early in Bush's first administration that he could work with him. Rather than alienating more of the country, they should be working to get their ideas incorporated into the policies and laws that will be passed. As they continue to make trouble, all they accomplish is pushing more of their ideas out of the public mind.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Christ 1, Lying Fat Slob 0

I really don't care about the generic award shows that are out today. However, the Academy Award nominations are out today and two things struck me (and no, I haven't look at any of the other nominations). Anyway, the Vast Rightwing Conspiracy (TM) did their job well. Michael Moor failed to get any nominations this year. Many people were expecting him to be nominated for best documentary despite the glaring lack of truth in his movie. I am sure His immenseness will blame his lack of a nomination on the aforementioned VRC, and I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact his message of lies only resonates with a minority of people.

Ooops! That's what I get for reading the news and trying to listen to the radio at the same time. Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ didn't get nominated for best foreign language film, but for some technical stuff. You know, the Oscar's (TM) that no one cares about. At least I didn't go to air with MS Word documents supposedly generated in 1972.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Yup, Boxer's Lost It

I don't have a specific link for this one, but I caught it on Fox and Friends this morning. Yeah, that horrible "right" slanted news organization who broadcasts such terrible propaganda, the truth.

Anyhow, Senator Barbara Boxer has been taking criticism for her remarks last week in Dr. Condoleeza Rice's confirmation hearings. You will remember that Senator Boxer accused Dr. Rice of lying to the Congress and the public regarding the existence of weapons of mass destruction. After coming off as a rabid chihuahua attacking a rag doll, Senator Boxer now plays the "victim" card. Sen. Boxer now says that Dr. Rice's response to being called a lair, was an attack in itself.

"Senator, we can have this discussion in any way that you would like," Rice replied. "But I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity."

Ok, so where's the attack? I don't see it. Sorry, Sen. Boxer, calling yourself a victim just doesn't make it so. This kind of ploy makes me think of one of those card games a la Magic the Gathering, where a player suddenly produces a random card to pull their bacon out of the fire.

Your advanced National Security Advisor is tearing me up. Therefore I will play my "Become the Victim Card" on my "Two-Bit Political Hack." All following attacks will reflect off said Hack back to the attacking character.

So, is her view of reality so skewed by her blind hatred of the Bush administration that she really believes that she was attacked? Or is she just playing the victim card to try to deflect the heat she is taking for acting like a partisan hack?

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Heeeeeeeeeere's Johny!

Sadly, Johny Carson, star of NBC's late night talk show The Tonight Show died today at the age of 79. While he wasn't the first, he certainly was one of the best talk show hosts. He set the bar for today's hosts, nighttime and daytime, and none have come close since. My condolences go out to his wife and children.

Johny, we will miss you.

Peace and Prosperity? Try Chicks, Checks, and Cheeseburgers

I don't like CNN. Partly this is because I don't like socialist blowhard/uber-oaf Ted Turner. CNN, like Ted, 'colorizes' what it delivers.

Was Bush inaugurated, or Clinton? Kind of hard to tell from the media coverage. But there's been innumerable comparisons between the two presidencies this month. You know the drill. Guess the Islamonuts haven't been sawing off enough heads lately.

Anyway, Clinton's presidency was fawningly refered to as a 'time of peace and prosperity' - Eden before Halliburton showed up. Funny. I seem to recall it as Scandalpalooza, with more "-gates" firmly affixed than Bill to Windows. Hell, we had Troopergate, Monicagate, Whitewatergate, Pardongate, Lincoln Bedroomgate, Jennifergate, Juanitagate, basically-attach-any-woman's-name-to-gate-gate. We also had Somalia and Haiti, long delayed reaction to the Balkans War (were we dropping bombs or restraining orders?) and the complete lack of action to the massacre in Rwanda. Append to this a series of escalating terrorist attacks, from the first WTC attack in 1993 through the Khobar Towers up to the attack on the USS Cole - to all of which Clinton displayed his customary lack of resolve. Well, wait, he did fire a few cruise missiles at random into Sudan and Iraq when called upon to testify in the Monica Lewinsky trial. And Saddam Hussein chuckled whilst he sipped on a pina colada and penciled in that day's scheduled de-tongueings.

Couple this will Clinton's gross appetite for sleazy sex, bad food, and easy money. Now, I don't like Hillary Clinton, either. But if an outraged Godhilla ever did toss an occasional lamp or ashtray at his coiffured head, well, I can understand.

Years of peace and prosperity? More like Chicks, Checks, and Cheeseburgers.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

The Werereplublican

I have made a fascinating medical discovery. I know the AMA will be all over this. On top of that, it will help us understand that most misunderstood of creatures, the North-American Spineless Liberal. I am modestly calling my discovery the “wererepublican.” (I could have named it after myself, but I thought this was a much more descriptive name.)

You see, the werereplublican is kind of lycanthrope, which if you play or have played AD&D, or watched Universal horror movies, you know is a creature which is part man part beast. The best known type of lycanthrope is the werewolf. A human who, after having been bitten by another werewolf, transforms into a fearsome beast upon the rising of the full moon.

The similarities between the werewolf and wererepublican are superficial only. The wererepublican starts as the North-American Spineless Liberal. However, when said liberal chooses to run for office, he or she takes on the appearance an behavior of a republican conservative. This is why John Kerry could rack up the most liberal score of any U.S. Senator based on his voting record, oppose the war in Iraq and favor raising taxes. Then, suddenly, he became a hard nosed Vietnam veteran who wanted to cut taxes and get serious in the war on terror.

This transformation is occurring in Hillary Clinton as well. Senator Clinton who is the poster child for the Democratic party, has announced this week that she is a religious woman who often goes to the Lord in prayer, among other things. Sadly, I don’t think she was the woman in the White House who was on her knees when Bill was president.

Just as the werewolf returns to its human form one the sun rises, so the wererepublican will return to the form of the liberal once the election cycle is over. Again, we can see this demonstrated in the form of John Kerry who despite all his campaign talk of compromise and conciliation, has started the new year by opposing President Bush’s appointment of Condoliza Rice as Secretary of State.

Now that this terrible disease has been identified, we can begin looking for a cure. Perhaps it can be found by giving liberals a backbone transplant. Thus, giving them the strength to stand up for the policies they believe in. Or perhaps research needs to focus on a values transplant. I am not sure where the cure lies, but until then, take pity on those afflicted with this terrible disease.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Who pisses off conservative groups where ever they may be?

I consider myself to be quite conservative. My wife, is often supprised by how conservative I have become. When we started dating I was a raving liberal, she was the conservative. While her attitudes haven't changed, our roles have. Anyway, despite my conservativism, I have to slap my head an groan when I read things like this. Several conservative groups, including Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family have taken aim at a "tolerance" video which is being mailed out to hundreds of schools.

Now I have a problem with public schools pushing tolerance of behaviors which are patently illegal or immoral, but that is not what has Dr. Dobson and other's ticked off. It is the appearance of Sponge Bob Square Pants among several other cartoon characters and celebrities. Apparently, Sponge Bob, as he is called by his friends, is quite the favorite of gay men. This is apparently due to the fact that Sponge Bob holds hands with his best friend Patrick the Starfish. Don't ask me, I don't get it anymore than the whole Tinky Winky thing from the '90s.

Anyway, Dr. Dobson believes that the inclusion of Sponge Bob is meant to be some kind of symbolic gay icon to convert children in to raving homosexuals, or something. Again, I don't get it.

I would rather that we dispel the myth that "tolerance" means we are supposed to be friendly to islamofascist terrorists who enjoy sawing people's heads off while chanting "death to America." By focusing on some perceived subcontextual message represented by a cartoon character, we seem to be missing the point. I am thinking the hysteria about Sponge Bob may have more to say about us, than the folks pushing "tolerance."

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Michael "the Hut" Moore is better than you.

Well, he thinks so at least. Mr. "Bowling for Colombine" thinks it's ok for his guards to carry guns, but its not ok for the rest of us. The thesis of his work of fiction focuses on how bad guns are, yet it's ok for his guards to use them to protect him. I guess us peons just can't handle the responsibility of guns, or the truth either.

Sore losers.

The sore losers in the Democratic party have won a weak, symbolic victory. In what can only be an attempt to tarnish the President's inauguration, Senate Democrats have successfully stalled the confirmation of Condoliza Rice as Secretary of State. Traditionally the secretary of State and the Attorney General are sworn in shortly after the President. This is because according to the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the secretary of State and attorney General are both in the line of succession if anything happens to the President.

So, congratulations on your small, pyrrhic victory folks. All you are doing is chipping away at your own credibility.

How do you calculate a GPA for a grade of "O"

That's the letter O as in "Oh" not the number zero.

Here's a little more legislative insanity, but this comes from Texas not he Left Coast. A Texas state legislator wants to pass a law that public schools start grading on wheather a kid is fat or not. Ok, so the People's Republic of California has banned dodge ball because it might hurt some delecate child's self-esteem, but in Texas it's ok to label the kid fat on his\her grade card? Are we also assuming that parents are too freaking stupid to know that their kid is fat? What the heck is up with that?

I have a kooky idea! Lets try this. Lets try to teach the kids to read before we worry about their weight? When our public schools can regularly and effectivelyteach kids the basics (reading, writing and math) and marketable skill sthen maybe we can worry about trying to make them Olympian gods physically. Right now too many children are being passed around the public shcool system like a"hot potato" and not learning the skills needed to survive let alone succeed in our society.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Has Barbara Boxer Lost It?

That is assuming he ever had "it" in the first place. However, her performances in the past few weeks are beginning to make her look like she either has a serious psychological disturbance, or she is a tunnel-visioned, biased, partisan jerk.

First, she begins by opposing the certification of president's Bush's re-election as President. This had to take some gall. The Democrats have been whinning for four years that Gore won the "popular" vote. Now George Bush wins the popular vote by 4 million votes, and took the electoral college, but she has to challenge his election based on the fact that some college students had to wait till 4 A.M. to vote. Hey, if you are really invested in the electoral process, and want to make your voice heard, you will wait 4 days to vote. Just ask the Palestinians, Afghanis, and the Iraqis. All the while, she is ignoring the gross number of illegal votes and other "irregularities" in Washington and Wisconsin! A little myopic no?

As if that wasn't bad enough, this week she made a spectacle of herself at the Senate foreign Relations committee's hearings to confirm Condiliza Rice's appointment to secretary of State. Senator Boxer laid into Dr. Rice like a rabid dog. Making unfounded accusations and insinuations that Dr. Rice was ignorant of the facts, and impugning Dr. Rice's character.

"I feel, and I know not everyone agrees with me," Boxer said, "that this war and all of these horrific deaths and the wounded and all of that, is a direct result of not leveling with the American people."

For the love of Pete, how many times do we have to go over this? If anyone lied, it was the intelligence analysts who wrote the reports on which the decision was based. The evidence was there that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He had them before the war, he didn't destroy all of them while the U.N. inspectors watched, they didn't document the destruction of the weapons after President Clinton allowed Hussein to kick the inspectors out. If I see a person with a pistol, and I don't see the person put the pistol down, I have to assume that that person sill has the pistol. I can not assume that he has nicely put the pistol away while I wasn't looking. That would be dangerous (if he is attacking me) and foolhardy. To top it off, (as reported by Sean Hanity) Senator Boxer was fully behind President Clinton, when HE MADE THE SAME ACCUSATIONS OF SADDAM HUSSEIN! But now the Bush administration, and by association Dr. Rice, is lying about the existence of these weapons.

Speaking of President Clinton, do we really want to impugning anyone's character, do we really want to talk about the Democrat's Hero and his appalling behavior while in office (ie. Making foreign leaders wait while having sex with an intern).

Senator Boxer is an embarrassment to her constituents. If I were from California, I would would be ashamed of her performance. Hell, I am ashamed of her performance. It is one thing to support your party. It is quite another to spread such dissention just to undercut there other party.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

And They Accuse the Republicans of Stealing the Election?

Well, well, well. If it dosen't sound like the pot is calling the kettel black.

Amid grumblings of problems in Ohio, reports are begining to flow out of Wisconsin that there may have been some electoral shinanigans there. Rather than college students having to wait till 4 A.M. to vote, it appears that several thousand illegal votes may have been cast in the election, primarilly in Demecratic strongholds. Quoting Ron LaCanne from Michele Malkin's site

Rep. Stone today received a call from the Election Commission. They actually had 73,000 same day votes cast. 10,000 voter registration cards could not be sent because they have no addresses or incomplete or inadequate information. Using the same one third return rate that means in Milwaukee alone more than 25,000 illegal votes were cast. You can expect that the cities of Racine, Kenosha and Madison to have similar results.

Aparently, some person (or persons) of astounding intelect decided that it would be a good idea if people could register on the same day that they voted. The votes are included with the rest of the valid votes, unlike Ohio where people who cannot prove proper registration must fill out a provisional ballot which is then counted once their registration has been confirmed. Now the whole mess is comming to bite the Wisconsinites in the ass.

Quoteing Mr. LaCanne again

By the way George Bush lost Wisconsin by 12,000 votes and Milwaukee votes 80% or more Democrat. Please use your contacts in that wonderful blogger world to helps us. We won't get any help from that lousy socialist rag the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

So, who will have the courage to stand up and ask the tough questions? Will it be the Demecrat Governer of Wisconsin? Will it be Senator Barbra Boxer? Will it be Senator Ted Kennedy? Will it be Senator John Kerry? Who is going to break this story on a national scale? Will it be Dan Rather(biased) and CBS news? Somhow, I doubt any of them will bing this subject up. We the people need to stand up to this kind of nonsense, and the nonsense in Washington state. We need to hold our elected officials responsable for these kinds of miscarriages of the demecratic process. Who will be first?

On the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

I spent the day yesterday by spending time with my family. Taking the opportunity to enjoy their company rather than run hither and tither. So I had some time to think of what the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday meant to me personally. What I found is that I am torn about the day.

On the one hand I greatly admire Dr. King. In the tradition of the greatest of Americans, he stood up for what he saw as in injustice. And and injustice it was. Racism was rampant in the United States and in many ways and places had become institutionalized. Without regard for his personal safety he fought back against those who would have keep him and other oppressed and waged a campaign of non-violent protests against that injustice. He faced mad crackers with firehoses, batons, firearms and attack dogs. Yet in the face of such opposition, he didn't falter.

On the otherhand, the holiday has become something of a symbol of the opposite. The legislation which established Dr. King's birthday as a national holiday smacks of a huge political favor. Making a holiday to score political points with people who's support can potentially bring votes. The holiday also conjures thoughts of Affirmative Action. Hiring people on the basis of skin color rather than skill. Affirmative Action is a good idea in theory, however in practice, in the U.S. it has just become another form of discrimination.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Boxer challenge Palestinian Election Results

Haifa, Israel.

Today U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer challenged certification of the election results in the Palestinian Authority. Citing "voting" irregularities, Senator Boxer said "Why, for example did it take until four o'clock voters to get their turn at the ballot box? How many voters were frustrated, gave up and left to lob rockets as Israeli schools?" Supported by Stephanie Tubbs of the House of Representatives, Senator Boxer presented her objections before a joint meeting of the Palestinian Authority.

Friday, January 14, 2005

I Speak Wuss

What's this? W is apologizing for uttering: "bring 'em on," in reference to terrorist attacks in Iraq and "dead or alive," as to how he likes his Osama bin Laden prepared.

While I'm not exactly sure what circumstances are involved here, and I'm not exactly sure that I care, I don't like the idea of the President talking tough and then later bumping his remarks down to a PG-13 rating so as not to offend anybody. But this exquisite, bitchy hypersensitivity seems to be the hallmark of this age. The bogus language of PC was specifically invented on the pretext that words like 'manhole' were doubleplusungood. Describe the weather as being 'nippy' to someone sometime - yep, see you in court.

Bush's words are hardly for the ages - he just isn't going to deliver a Gettysburg Address or a 'bridge to the 21st century', and I've come to accept that - but imagine what other great leaders would sound like similarily amended.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT: Speak softly, but carry a big stick. (But don't hit anybody with the big stick, because you might hurt them, even if they did something like invade Poland or fly planes into your buildings. Don't wave the stick, either. Better yet, forget the stick and just apologize. It's probably your fault whatever happened, anyway.)

WINSTON CHURCHILL: I regret I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, sweat, and tears. (The public won't buy that, Lord Bring-Down. People might think that you actually expect, um, sacrifice for a great cause. No can do. Why don't you stress the urban renewal potential behind the Luftwaffe's bombing campaign instead?)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Four score and seven years ago...(Whoa, too much math there, Abe. You've already lost and offended the numerically disinclined.)

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT: ...a day that will live in infamy...(not that other days can't be just as infamous. All days are important. No single day should be cited out for undue promotion or censure, whether it be the day the Magna Carta was signed or the day you finally took out the trash like your wife told you to.)

RONALD REAGAN: Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. (Well, not right now of course. Maybe later, when you're up to it. Or whatever. They seem happy over there. Or docile, at least. And it does give something for the youth to spray-paint. Not to mention the fact that it keeps the East from getting it's ideological chocolate into the West's peanut butter, so to speak. Not that peanut butter is better than chocolate...um...what were talking about?)



News Flash, Gun Control Doesn't Reduce Crime.

Here's an interesting article I came across today. It seems that the National Academy of Sciences have completed a massive meta analysis (compilation of other studies) of research on gun control laws. The commission was set up by the Clinton administration to provide support of the democrats anti Second Amendment agenda.

The study was not the work of gun-control opponents. The panel was set up during the Clinton administration, and of its members whose views on guns were publicly known before their appointments all but one had favored gun control.

However, despite trying to stack the deck in favor of their agenda, the libs couldn't even event support for their proposition that guns cause crime and violence. On the contrary, the study shows that gun laws have no effect on crime statistics. Let me say that again. The study shows that gun laws have NO effect on crime statistics.

Based on 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, and some of its own empirical work, the panel couldn't identify a single gun control regulation that reduced violent crime, suicide or accidents.

This provides vindication for the NRA, other Second Amendment supporters and gun owners (present company included). These we have been saying for years that in order to reduce crime you have to address the criminals, and not create more laws that hamper the law-binding citizens. The study also adds credence to the anecdotal evidence that the locations with the toughest gun control laws seem to have the highest crime rates.

Ah, but that's not all! Not only are we vindicated regarding the uselessness of gun control, but the report supports, much to the panel's shagrin, the position that conceal-carry laws actually DO reduce crime.

Wilson said that panel's conclusion raises concerns given that "virtually every reanalysis done by the committee" confirmed right-to-carry laws reduced crime.

Although his [Nic Tideman]research consistently shows statistically significant results that shall issue laws reduce crime, the National Academy report ignores the research.

Despite 40+ years of liberal gun control legislation, their utopian dream of reduced crime is non existent. This give a great deal of support to gun control critics who have been making these same arguments for years.

So, in conclusion, gun control bad, conceal carry laws good, liberals wrong, conservatives right.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Thanks Bob!

Ok, so its not a link from Instapundit, but I still get all warm feeling when the local radio hosts read my stuff on the air. Thanks to Bob Franz for reading my opinion piece "Ungrateful Bastards" on the air this morning.

Bob Franz can be heard on WSPD 1370 AM in Toledo, Ohio from 6:00 A.M. till 9:00 A.M. Monday through Friday.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Ungrateful Bastards

Not to say I told you so, but I told you so.

A short while back, I commented on the fact that I thought that in about six months, the Muslims in tsunami ravaged Indonesia would be protesting the U.S. Well I was off. It has already started, and they are kvetching about the Ausies too. In this case, leaders in Indonesia fear that the "Diggers" (Aussie military) are there to support rebels.

Mr Shihab accused Canberra of using the excuse of humanitarian assistance to support a long-term strategy of undermining Indonesian sovereignty.

Never mind the fact that they are handing out food!

The Prime Minister said Australia was not interested in picking sides on Aceh, but was there "as a friend trying to give practical help".
"We're not there in a military role, it's just that our military are there in a humanitarian role," he said.

I am not sure why Australia would mess around with Indonesian politics. Are you telling me that Australia is another Great Satan who overthrows government for fun? Gee, I thought the U.S. had the corner on that market.

Now, the Indonesian Vice President has stated that foreign aid workers should get out of the country sooner than later.

Indonesia told foreign troops helping tsunami victims to get out of the country soon and defended tough new restrictions on aid workers, while rich nations prepared to freeze Jakarta's debt repayments.
Vice President Yusuf Kalla said foreign troops should leave tsunami-hit Aceh province on Sumatra island as soon as they finish their relief mission, staying no longer than three months.


While the international (ie. foreign) community prepare to excuse Indonesia's debt. So, lets see. People begin by complaining that rich countries (read the United States) are stingy and slow to respond when a poor country experiences a natural disaster. So, we collect our pennies, dimes and millions of dollars so we can haul ass half-way around the world to give bottled water and food to starving people. And the thanks we get is paranoia and a quick boot out the door?

Do the words "kiss my ass" mean anything to you?

From the "What were they thinking?" files.

Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie are presently filming new episodes for The Simple Life III. As if that isn't bad enough, some rocket surgeon got the great idea of having Paris and Nicole work in a public school. The concept is that Paris and Nicole would work in the lunch room and substitute teach a class!

OK, this is wrong on soooooo many levels. First, who the hell wants to watch The Simple Life III? The first was an abomination. Paris Hilton is the only person who could make Jessica Simpson look a) smart and b) talented. The first season of this foul piece of excrement was the television equivalent of a car accident. I refuse to watch such drivel on principle alone. My wife watched the first season (I left the room and made my opinion quite obvious) and was mildly amused. She tried to watch the second season and couldn't even watch the first episode. So, I propose that anyone caught watching this garbage should loose the right to watch T.V. in the first place.

But that is not the worst of it. Who in their right mind thought that having Paris "grainy, green, sex video on the internet, Hilton teach a class of middle schoolers would be a good idea? I try very hard to make sure that my kid (soon to be kids) is not exposed to the kind of garbage Paris Hilton (and the show) embody. Why the hell would I send my kid to school so he can be exposed to it. Its not ok the mention God in school. You can't recite the Pledge of allegiance in school because of the reference to God (and no particular religion's reference to God). You can't even use the word "holiday" in some schools because it may imply religion or something special about that day to someone who might be offended. But you can invite a person who thinks WalMart is a place you buy walls at (not to mention the whole sex video thing again), is qualified to teach at class?

And people wonder what is wrong with our public schools? The school administrator who approved this should be seriously reprimanded for this nonsense.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

What's The Forgery, Kenneth?

Following CBS's "Memogate" disaster (nice mug shot, Mary Mapes), I'm more than a little astounded at the sheer amount of damage inflicted upon the MSM by a handful of blogs. The Death Star hit! Dan Vader ousted! And while I personally think Mapes, Rather, and Co knew all along that these documents were forgeries and that a lot more heads should have rolled for this disgrace, including Dan's own, I'm still mostly pleased with the results.

But I think the Empire will be striking back soon enough (I'm not a Star Wars fan, but the analogies seem to work here.) They took a hard hit and were humiliated before a mostly unsympathetic public; they won't stand for it for much longer. Bloggers, particularly conservative ones, should be on the lookout. Bigger ones should expect to experience some breathing-down-the-neck (and some sniffy editorials) in the months to come.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Peace is around the corner in Israel.

Yeah, and if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

In a surprise to anyone who has been living in a cave for the last year, Mahmoud Abbas has been elected President of the Palestinian Authority. This has the Palestinians and liberals dancing for joy. Don't get me wrong, any valid election in the middle east is a great victory for democracy. Compare to the "freedom fighters" (as the liberals like to call them) in Iraq who claim that democracy is an anti-Islamic Western construct.

However, I don't think the election of President Abbas will change much, if anything in Israel. In order to bring any kind of lasting peace, President Abbas will first have to reign in the Palestinian terrorists. These groups, who are getting considerable support from outside the Palestinian community, as well as from within, are not going to stop their campaign of terror just because President Abbas asks them nicely. President Abbas would have to be willing to forcibly lock down these terrorist groups. First, President Abbas doesn't have the resources to stop the terrorists. Second, I don't think President Abbas has the desire to stop these groups. I predict, though I hope I am wrong, that President Abbas will follow the SOP set by Arafat. He will scream and holler for the Israeli government to make concessions. When they do, he will just ask for more and fail to come through on his promises.

There will be no peace in Israel until there is a fundamental change in the leadership and political climate in the Palestinian Authority. When it does, watch out.

Mary Mapes Fired.

Well, after the brewhaha caused by Dan Rather (biased), the See-BS report is out and Mary Mapes has been sacked. Its about damn time. See-BS was right on the ball sacking the VP who pre-empted CSI:NY with "news" that Yassir Arafat was dead. He gets caned for reporting the truth at a bad time, yet Mary Mapes and Dan have kept their jobs for reporting poorly fabricated lies designed to bring down a sitting president. Well not Ms. Mapes has gotten her just deserts. Dan is on his way out, but he should have been out of work long before this. If C-BS "news" wants to improve their image and viewership, they need to clean house faster, and more completely than this.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Hillary Watch 2008.

As I expect the Beast to run or Preident in '08, I will, on occasion, post news stories related to her. This in one such story.

Dit-dit-dit-dot-d-dot-dit...
Dateline Washington.
Hillary Clinton's former campagn finance director has been indicted for falsly reporting a fund raising event.

The charges focus on an Aug. 12, 2000, dinner and concert supported by more than $1.1 million in "in-kind contributions" -- goods and services provided for free or below cost. The event was estimated to cost more than $1.2 million. The FBI previously said in court papers that it had evidence the former first lady's campaign deliberately understated its fund-raising costs so it would have more money to spend on her campaign.

While the event allegedly cost more than $1.2 million, the indictment said, Rosen reported contributions of about $400,000, knowing the figure to be false.

Oops guess someone got caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

Hat tip to Right Thinking Girl.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Its certifiable.

If you have been living in a cave, or turned your T.V. off because you are sick of seeing bloated bodies floating in tsunami ravaged parts of Asia, you may have missed the fact that Congress has certified the November presidential election. Surprise, surprise, George W. Bush won the election. Well, not so suppressing was the immature behavior of Senator Babs Boxer from (we all know where) California, and Representative Stephanie Tubbs tried to contest the election. Using the baseless claims there were "voting irregularities" in Ohio, they tried to make a case that the election should not be certified. According to Rep. Tubbs,

How can we possibly tell millions of Americans who registered to vote, who came to the polls in record numbers, particularly our young people - the numbers were amazing - to simply get over it and move on?

Easy, you lost, get over it. Doesn't seem too difficult to me. I was disappointed with Bill Clinton won Re-election in 1996, but I didn't shed a tear, or loose sleep over it. And Sen. Boxer added

Why did voters in Ohio wait hours and hours and hours in the rain to vote? Why were voters at one precinct, for example, made to wait in line until nearly 4 a.m., four in the morning, to vote, because there were only two machines?

Shall I point out the above quote? There were so many first time voters, who didn't all break for Kerry, that many polling locations were just not prepared to handle all of them. The case Sen. Boxer is referring to happens to be a college town outside of Columbus where the students, traditionally an apathetic, non-voting population, turned out in large numbers. The democrats should look at this as successfully voter registration drive, not some kind of nefarious plan by Carl Rove to oppress the masses.

This kind of childish muck raking is what I expect from people like Boxer. What really smokes my shorts is the crap coming out of Ohio Represetative Marcie Kaptur's mouth. I am trying to track down the exact quote but to paraphrase my own representative, she shared the concerns of "hundreds of thousands" of Ohio residents regarding the voter irregularities. Hundreds of thousands? You would think that living in a very liberal part of Ohio, that maybe I would know people who are worried about these vote irregularities. However, the only people I hear talking about them are Sen. Boxer, Jesse Jackson and Rep. Kaptur (well and the moonbats over at the DU too, but they don't count).

These jack-asses need to drink a nice hot cup of STFU, calm down and find a real presidential candidate (not freakin Hillary either) for 2008.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Geeks, Present Arms!

For the board game geek in all of us...well, some of us, anyway.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

MSM duped by statistical nuance.

The main stream media (MSM) have been licking their wounds, and hurling insults at the blogoverse, since they dropped the ball on the Presidental Elections Nov. 2. Liberals still insist that something funky happend when all the exit polls showed that Kerry was owning Bush, only to have the real vote turn out quite differently. Now, Slate is reporting that the polling company, Edison/Mitofsky, was quite up front about the fact that they were weighting the exit polls. This is something I pointed out prior to the election, thought I didn't have a good forum for mass communication (ie. my blog), to explain the grossly different poll results. Statistitions use statistical models to analyse their data. They take the raw numbers, weight certain values to represent the overall population (as oposed to the sample) and then crunch the numbers. If, as the case seems to be, the statistician assumes that the voting public is more liberal or conservative (such as say, assuming that women will tend to vote Kerry) than it really is, then the numbers will be skewed. For instance;

As late as 7:33 P.M. on Election Day, Mitofsky and Lenski were apparently telling their clients (NBC, CBS, CNN, AP, etc.) that after "weighting" Kerry was beating Bush by 9 points among women and losing by only 4 among men. By 1:24 P.M. the next day revised results revealed that, in fact, Kerry won women by only 3 points while Bush won men by 11 points.

The statisticians who work the numbers are supposed to make educated assumptions based on other trends. I seriously wonder where these guys got their models. I have a feeling a couple of them might be on the unemployment lines this New Year.

Tip O'the Hat to Ace for this one.

Update on Laser incidents.

Police finally busted one of the jokers who has been painting commercial airliners with lasers. David Banach at first tried to claim that he and his daughter were star gazing. Ok, my telescope is quite old, do they know come equipped with laser sights, in case you want to paint a dot on Proxima Centauri now? He has not admitted to illuminating two commercial airliners with his toy, in one case blinding the pilots. Now Mr. Brilliance is facing a 25 year sentence in a pound-me-in-the-a$$ prison and a $500,000 fine. Of course Mr. Banach's lawyer claims he was just having some fun.

Banach's lawyer, Gina Mendola-Longarzo, said authorities' use of a provision of the USA Patriot Act to charge her client was bogus. She said Banach is "your average guy, a family man" who was simply playing around with the hand-held device on his back deck with his young daughter.

Well Mr. Banach, I hope you had fun. Where in the world did you get the idea of hanging out in the back yard with your daughter lighting up passing aircraft with a laser was a good idea? In this time of Global Terrorism, I have no sympathy for a moron who thinks crap like this is just harmless fun.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Check's in the Mail!

Now that the dust has settled somewhat (or the floodwaters receded), the Jump On America crowd has lost exactly ZERO time in getting on my country's case concerning the recent tsunami disaster in Indonesia and elsewhere.

I thought this one was bullet-proof. How do you pin responsibility for plate tectonics on anyone? Ha. Silly blogger. Tricks are for kids. Somehow, through painfully convoluted logic and utter inability to understand how things work in the real world, grumbly lefties managed to tie the tin can (well, maybe fired clay bowl) of global poverty to the tail of the disaster and send it, barking loudly, America's way. The idea being: America is rich, other countries are frequently poor, the tsunami really hurt, so are Americans ready to give up their SUVs now?

I don't know what the political slant of England's "The Independent" is; I doubt it could beat The Guardian on a BPC (Bolshie Per Column) basis, but they did quote an interesting bunch when musing upon whether or not the tsunami disaster might "be a turning point for the world." I'm only quoting a few here:

RORY BREMNER, Comedian
On an individual level, it is not just about what we are prepared to give, but what we are prepared to give up. Having left Afghanistan and Iraq in their wake, can our leaders be trusted to fight a war on poverty?

I suppose Benny Hill might have had something illuminating to add, too, if he weren't dead.

STEPHEN TINDALE, Executive director, Greenpeace
It seems churlish to say it, but while it's relatively easy for most of us to give £50, it would be much harder for us to make the changes in our modern lifestyles that are needed if we are to move to a fairer world.

Um, fair world or not, Stephen, natural disasters are the left's ultimate fantasy of egalitarial utopianism. Everybody gets to scream and die!

DR GHAYASUDDIN SIDDIQUI, Leader of Muslim Parliament
Compassion, care and concern for mankind joins each of us - whatever our faith or ethnicity. The tragedy has shown there is a formula on which all mankind can be united to help each other. Mankind has moved forward.

And the only smiley face comes from a Muslim. Interesting.


BILL BAILEY, Comedian
It was the same after 11 September. Everyone said it was a great opportunity to try to understand the world but it was used by the US as a reason to go on a rampaging adventure in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"Afghanistan and Iraq - what's up with that? Thanks, you've been a great audience."

DINOS CHAPMAN, Artist
Western capitalism demands that people must be impoverished. I cannot think that anything will change this year, because we are the ones who have made the world the way it is. I don't believe in altruism.

Stupidity on black velvet.

SIR MAX HASTINGS, Journalist and historian
We have to bear in mind that we have been here before. There have been tragedies before, and many fine things have been said, a lot of them by the US. We just have to hope that in this case they will follow through.

World War II come to mind, Max?


J G BALLARD, Novelist
It would be one of the biggest breakthroughs mankind has ever experienced if we pooled our wealth in order to look after the poorer people of the world. Sadly, I don't think it will happen.

All this talk of wealth and poverty, and yet The Independent somehow managed to entirely avoid talking to anyone who might actually know something about such things, such as, say, an economist.

TONY BENN, Former cabinet minister
It may make people realise that the UN needs to be well-equipped and funded. If people diverted money from weapons and war, we have the technology and money to be able to help - if we decide to do that.

Meaning the UN will impose 'sanctions' on the volcano next time and then pocket the dough when no one is looking. "You stay away from those carrots, Bunny Rabbit!"

The check's in the mail, guys. Along with all the necessary rescue equipment, planes, helicopters, boats, personnel, and plans.

Why are we sending help to Asia?

That's a rhetorical question. I know why we are sending help to the tsunami victims in Asia. Because the United States of America is the greatest country. We as a people are generous to a fault. When we hear about a tragedy such as the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, we immediately look for a way to help. We open our pocketbooks and our government sends whatever assistance it can. This is the way we Americans are. For those who claim that the U.S. was not founded on Christian values, I can find no better example of Christian charity. But this really isn't my question, my question is why do we keep doing it when the rest of the world act as such ingrates.

Many of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami are Muslims. While this in and of itself isn't a bad thing, I predict that in six months or a year, when this tragedy has faded from the world consciousness, these same people who are praising Allah for the food, water and other provisions that we are giving them, will be in the streets burning paper machet George Bushs and trampling crudely made U.S. flags and praising Usama Bin Laden. Mind you, I hope this doesn't happen. I hope that this helps to show other nations (including those nuanced Europeans) that we aren't the enemy. We don't want to eradicate Islam. We don't want to dominate their country. We want them to be happy, healthy and prosperous and not attacking us. However, this scenario has been repeated time and again. The U.S. shoulders the burden of relief efforts only to have those people we saved protest against us. If you keep biting the hand that keeps you from drowning, eventually, that hand will not be there, and you will go under. Oh, and you don't really see many nations begging France or Germany help.

In addition to that, where is all the aid from the oil-rich, Muslim nations? Where are the aircraft carriers from Saudi Arabia shuttling aid in to rural districts? Where are the food supplies from Kuwait amassing at the airport? And where are the construction and rescue teams from Iran helping to find survivors, locate the dead and rebuild the infestructure? I certainly don't see them on the evening news.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

"And a child shall lead them..."

Here's a couple of positive stories coming out from the tsunami ravaged areas of the world. First, in this story, old tribal wisdom tells fishermen that if the tide goes out at the wrong time, head for higher ground.
"The elders told us that if the water recedes fast it will reappear in the same quantity in which it disappeared," 65-year-old village chief Sarmao Kathalay told the paper.
Following this advice the entire village headed into the hills and survived one of the greatest natural disasters on record.

In the second story, a little girl raises an alarm when she notices the same occurrence. Seems she recalled from geology lessons in school what happens when a tsunami hits. According to the little girl, Tilly;
"I was on the beach and the water started to go funny. There were bubbles and the tide went out all of a sudden. I recognized what was happening and had a feeling there was going to be a tsunami. I told mummy."
Raising the alarm, Tilly and her "mummy" evacuated the beach and hotel saving countless lives.

So this raises a question in my mind. This simple piece of information (simple enough for a ten-year-old to use) saved the lives of hundreds of people. Why can't "we" use this to lessen future tragedies. Yes, I know tsunami's are a statistical anomaly. However, with a simple education program passing this little fact around, we could save hundreds if not thousands of lives in the future. Hell, its so simple even the UN's WHO cold probably manage it, but I am sure they would find a way to bilk innocents of billions in doing so.

Hat tip to Fark for these stories.