Monday, May 31, 2004

New Book

Dale Franks new book, Slackernomics, is out and ready to be bought. Buy it, read it. From the excerpts I've read it's funny and informative, not your fathers economics book.

You can find where to get it here


Poor Air America

In the ongoing saga at Air America, we now learn that their lead commentator isn't drawing a salary.

In a sign that the privately held company's financial woes have not fully abated, Al Franken, the network's best-known star, said in an interview last week that he had agreed not to draw a salary, however temporarily, making him "an involuntary investor.''


This is funny to me. They have to pay people to put them on, then bounce the check. They fire 5 top execs. I mean really, how isn't this funny?

And just to add the whipped cream to the cake, I'll leave you with this quote from Fraken.

"It's a little fuzzy to me exactly who's in charge.''

Memorial Day

Today is a day we give thanks to those who gave their lives so we can do all the things that make this country so great. We can never say enough about these men and women, and their families. They gave the ultimate sacrifice for an ideal that lives on after more than 200 years.

Remember as you grill your steaks and drink your beers, just what it took for that to happen.

There is an old saying that we use and I don't think we really know what it means so, today I ask you to remember it and to think on it as the day goes on.

FREEDON ISN'T FREE.

Hans Blix

In an interview Monday for La Stampa Hans Blix was asked:


Q: "Are you tracking the U.S. Presidential campaign?"


His answer:

"I place my trust in the multilateralism of Democratic candidate John Kerry. And in any event, I think that the whole world should vote on 2 November because so much depends on the outcome of that vote."


It's just fine if Mr. Blix supports one candidate over the other but, he thinks the United States should give up its sovereignty so the rest of the world can vote for our President.

Interesting.

I wonder if Mr. Blix would mind if the people of the U.S. went and voted for the Prime Minister of Sweden.

I've heard this argument before and all I can say is "too bad". This is NOT the rest of the worlds country and no one other than U.S. citizens have a right to vote here. We choose who represents us and the rest of the world can whine and complain all they want but, too bad.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Electoral College

Jay, over at Wizbang has an interesting post on the Electoral College. You can find it here

Arianna Huffington is at it again

Read this.

Bet you thought I was going to talk about gas prices? Nah, I think everyone is smart enough to understand why gas prices are up.

What in God's name has happened to Arianna Huffington? Since she decided to run for governor of California, actually it was before, this woman has lost her mind. I remember watching her on Politically Incorrect and thinking how smart she was.

Now, we have the above ad and the one from last year which said, if you have a SUV and put gas in it, you support terrorists.

There are ways of getting your message across, the above only panders to those who already agree with you. If she wants to get my attention, she needs to use just a little more intelligence and a lot more truth in her ads.

BTW, I drive an SUV.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

John Kerry on security and strength

Earlier today John Kerry mad a speech in Seattle on his ideas of security.

"It’s time for a new national security policy guided by four new imperatives: First, we must launch and lead a new era of alliances for the post 9-11 world."

You mean like the ones we already have? Our allies are still our allies and we have even made new ones since 9/11.


"Second, we must modernize the world’s most powerful military to meet the new threats."


You mean like the ones you voted against for the past 30 years?


"Third, in addition to our military might, we must deploy all that is in America’s arsenal -- our diplomacy, our intelligence system, our economic power, and the appeal of our values and ideas."


Am I missing something? We have done those things over the last 3 years.



"Fourth and finally, to secure our full independence and freedom, we must free America from its dangerous dependence on Mideast oil."

And how would you go about this senator? Would drilling in Anwar help? Wait, you don't want us to do that. How about on the Gulf Coast of Florida? Nope, you don't want it there either. Your fellow senator from Mass. doesn't want windmills of the coast of Nantucket because it will block his view. S, tell me Senator, just what will you do?

ACLU may sue California

LOS ANGELES — The American Civil Liberties Union (search) plans to sue Los Angeles County if it does not remove a cross from its official seal.

County officials say the cross represents the Spanish missions which are part of California's history.

They add that it would be expensive to redesign the county seal, which was designed in 1957 and appears on most official county property: walls, documents, water bottles, uniforms, cars and trucks.

On Friday, the ACLU gave the county two weeks to eliminate the seal.

"What is the message that it sends?" said Ramona Ripson of the ACLU. "What that message is to everyone in California is one of Christianity, and we are a state of diverse people."



Yes you are a diverse people. How does that change the history of California? We've taken political correctness to far when even the sight of a cross upsets people. Maybe Mr.Ripson should learn a little history of why that cross is on the seal.

Aren't there more important things the ACLU can be doing?

Richard Clarke

Yesterday, Richard Clarke told The Hill newspaper "I take responsibility for it. I don't think it was a mistake, and I'd do it again," concerning Osama Bin Ladens family leaving after 9/11.

Interesting. Wasn't it Richard Clarke who said the following to the 9/11 commission?

"The request came to me, and I refused to approve it," Clarke testified. "I suggested that it be routed to the FBI and that the FBI look at the names of the individuals who were going to be on the passenger manifest and that they approve it or not. I spoke with the – at the time – No. 2 person in the FBI, Dale Watson, and asked him to deal with this issue. The FBI then approved … the flight."

Isn't this the same man that the democrats were hailing as proof of Bushs ineptitude? This man can't get his stories straight and we are supposed to take him serious?

Maybe he's changing his tune now since the 9/11 commission said the President handled the flights properly.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Sudan

Even though Kofi Annan said " never again" after what happened in Rwanda, the U.N. has decided that it will sit on it's thumbs yet again.

After the Security Council recieved a report stating a "reign of terror" was going on in the region, it was decided no immediate action would be taken and the situation would be revisited in June. I'm sure those that will be dead by June are comforted by the U.N.'s bold action.

Let's see, Kosovo, Rwanda, Iraq, now the Sudan. When will the U.N. actually do SOMETHING, except whine?

Was it right or wrong

I was asked earlier this evening if I really thought we should have gone into Iraq. I could have given that pat answers, that we all have used but, I decided to really think about it.

My conclusion. Yes. To me, it wasn't about the WMD's. It was about terror. We are in a war against terror and that terror does not just include those who attacked us. We, as the only remaining super power, have the duty to try and stomp out despotic regimes across the world. We were right to go into Kosovo. We should have gone into Rawanda, we need to do something about the Sudan, which I will discuss in my next post. And we needed to go into Iraq.

There are millions of people in the world today who have no idea what real freedom is, and it is in the very nature of this country to try and bring the freedom we enjoy to those who don't know it.

These people had no choice in the government that leads them. And the only right thing to do is, to go after those men who opress them.

Kerry

I, for some reason, expected a little more than this, "What's most important now is to turn these words into action by offering presidential leadership to the nation and to the world.", from John Kerry after the President spoke last night.

If Kerry wants us to take him serious, he needs to go into just a little bit more detail than this. All I have read, and please point me to someplace, if I'm wrong, is that, he'll be better than Bush. Well, good. How? If he really wants to be President a little detail in how he will go about doing things would be nice.

I'm not Bush and I can do better, are not reasons to vote for you Senator.

Monday, May 24, 2004

Iraq

Just so we don't think it's all bad news.

As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I
wanted to say thanks to all of you. And just so you can rest at
night knowing something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I
thought I would pass this on to you.
This is the list of things that has happened in Iraq recently:

-Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first
time ever in Iraq.
-Over 400,000 kids have up to date immunizations.
-Over 1500 schools have been renovated and ridded of the weapons
that were stored there so education can occur.
-The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off loaded from
ships faster.
-School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
-The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.
-The country now receives 2 times the electrical power it did before
the war.
-100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed compared to 35%
before the war.
-Elections are taking place in every major city and city councils
are in place.
-Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.
-Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.
-Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country.
-Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side
with US soldiers.
-Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever.
-Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to
prevent the spread of germs.
-An interim constitution has been signed.
-Girls are allowed to attend school for the first time ever in Iraq.
-Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the
first time in 30 years.

Don't believe for one-second that these people do not want us there.
I have met many people from Iraq that want us there and in a bad
way. They say they will never see the freedoms we talk about but
they hope their children will.

We are doing a good job in Iraq and I challenge anyone, anywhere to
dispute me on these facts.

--Ray, SFC Iowa Army National Guard

Michael Berg

Part of an editorial by Michael Berg, father of Nick Berg:

My son, Nick, was my teacher and my hero. He was the kindest, gentlest man I know; no, the kindest, gentlest human being I have ever known. He quit the Boy Scouts of America because they wanted to teach him to fire a handgun. Nick, too, poured into me the strength I needed, and still need, to tell the world about him.

People ask me why I focus on putting the blame for my son's tragic and atrocious end on the Bush administration. They ask: "Don't you blame the five men who killed him?" I have answered that I blame them no more or less than the Bush administration, but I am wrong: I am sure, knowing my son, that somewhere during their association with him these men became aware of what an extraordinary man my son was. I take comfort that when they did the awful thing they did, they weren't quite as in to it as they might have been. I am sure that they came to admire him.

I am sure that the one who wielded the knife felt Nick's breath on his hand and knew that he had a real human being there. I am sure that the others looked into my son's eyes and got at least a glimmer of what the rest of the world sees. And I am sure that these murderers, for just a brief moment, did not like what they were doing.

George Bush never looked into my son's eyes. George Bush doesn't know my son, and he is the worse for it. George Bush, though a father himself, cannot feel my pain, or that of my family, or of the world that grieves for Nick, because he is a policymaker, and he doesn't have to bear the consequences of his acts. George Bush can see neither the heart of Nick nor that of the American people, let alone that of the Iraqi people his policies are killing daily.


Okay, while I understand this mans grief, I do not understand his reasoning.

First, his son chose to go to Iraq to better his business. Bush did not force him to go, he went of his own accord. As a matter of fact, this was his second trip. Now, not to sound harsh, if his father was so worried, why didn't he try and stop him?

Second, IF he really thinks the monsters who took his sons life gave a second thought about his humanity, he is joking himself. All they saw was a chance to kill an infidel.

Third, Mr. Berg says "George Bush, though a father himself, cannot feel my pain, or that of my family, or of the world that grieves for Nick, because he is a policymaker, and he doesn't have to bear the consequences of his acts." What acts are those? Again, his son CHOSE to make that trip to Iraq. His son was not a member of the military. His son was a businessman trying to expand his business.

But, let's look at it from another perspective. If Mr. Berg means that because we went to war the president is responsible for his sons death, my question is still, who forced Nick to go there?

Fourth, Don't you find it just a little odd that Mr. Berg can find the humanity of the person who took a knife and cut his sons head off yet, he can't find the humanity for Bush, who had nothing to do with his death?

Lastly, If something like this were to have happened to my child, the LAST thing I would try and do is make a political issue of it, which is just what Mr. Berg is doing.

Call me a jerk, or worse, for my statements but, I find Mr. Bergs statements just a little too strange.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Quiz

1. Which political party do you typically agree with?

IF the Libertarian party would come up with a viable platform, it would be them. But I am all over the political spectrum.

2. Which political party do you typically vote for?

On a national level, republican. On a local level, whoever I agree with.

3. List the last five presidents that you voted for?

Bush, Dole, Bush, Bush.

4. Which party do you think is smarter about the economy?

HEH. Now? Neither. Both try and find more and more ways to waste money. If I ran my business like they run this country, I'd have been out of business in a week.

Historically? Republicans.

5. Which party do you think is smarter about domestic affairs?

Libertarians. They actually believe and espouse personal responsibility. They believe in free market economics. The list goes on and on.

6. Do you think we should keep our troops in Iraq or pull them out

Leave them. If we pull out now, all hell will break loose.

7. Who, or what country, do you think is most responsible for 9/11?

Al-Queda was responsible. People full of hate were responsible.

8. Do you think we will find weapons of mass destruction in iraq?

Possible. There is a lot of land to cover.

9. Yes or no, should the u.s. legalize marijuana?

Yes

10. Do you think the republicans stole the last presidental election?

If I were brain dead I would but, I'm not so, No.

11. Do you think bill clinton should have been impeached because of what he did with monica lewinski?

No, but, of course, that's not why he was being impeached.

12. Do you think hillary clinton would make a good president?

Dear God NO

13. Name a current democrat who would make a great president:

Zell Miller

14. Name a current republican who would make a great president:

I haven't seen one I really like.

15. Do you think that women should have the right to have an abortion?

Yes. It is not my place to push my beliefs on anyone.

16. What religion are you?

Christian

17. Have you read the Bible all the way through?

More than once.

18. What's your favorite book?

Are you kidding? I read too much to have a favorite. If I had to pick one, Robison Crusoe.

19. Who is your favorite band?

Rock. AC/DC

Christian. Third Day

20. Who do you think you'll vote for president in the next election?

Bush. I'll be holding my nose while doing it though.

21. What website did you see this on first?

qando

Choice

Great article here. www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=110005111

We, as a nation, need to look at what is the most important problem we face today. The economy is rumbling along at a brisk pace. Education, while an endless dumping place for money, is doing just fine. Contrary to popular belief, our rights haven't disappeared, I'm writing this blog, aren't I?

So, what is the most important thing? The war on terror. We are the greatest country in the world and as that, we are the perfect candidate to take the lead in this, as we have. Terrorism, is hatred magnified. The ONLY way to get rid of it is, to destroy it.

This all means, the choice is up to you. Who do you want in the position to lead this charge? Who will do the best for this nation, as a whole? The choice is yours.

Enough is enough

In yesterdays and today's local newspaper I see new pictures coming out of Abu Ghraib. I keep hearing pundits say that these pictures are causing Middle Eastern people hate us. If that is true, why on earth do we keep seeing these pictures? We get the idea of what happened, it's time to stop showing these pictures. The only problem with that, blood sells. So, what do we do? There has to come a point where common sense kicks in. If these pictures are causing hate, and along with that hate comes action, why keep showing them? The only reason I can see is that it hurts Bush. And if that is true, how are papers, and the national news, not showing bias?

Everyone has bias. I do, you do and newspapers do but, when it comes to the point that that bias may cause the death of our soldiers, something needs to be done. Am I calling for censorship? No. What I do think needs to be done is the DOD needs to STOP handing these pictures out. Let people call it a cover up. It wouldn't be but, that's what some would call it. It's time to stop.

Enough is enough.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Communion

Am I wrong, or is this just silly?

Isn't it the Catholic churches right to do things as they see fit? Isn't it up to them to decide who is able to recieve communion? Seeing that they consider abortion a sin, who do these people think they are to tell the church what they should do? Just asking.

Justification Part 2

Now let us turn our attention to Abu Ghraib. I, for some reason I haven't figured out yet, listened to Rush and Hannity today. On both shows they discussed the situation at Abu Ghraib. Both men stated that what happened there was nowhere near as bad as what happened during Husseins reign. What differenc does it make what happened under him? We are not him and trying to push this story aside because it might hurt Bushs chances is idiotic. No, I don't think Bush is to blame.

While I don't think that what happened is in any way torture, it does go against everything this country stands for. The people who did this should be, and are being, punished to the harshest degree. But let's not get asinine and act like it doesn't mean anything.

I do not care, in the least, what the world thinks of us. What I do care about is how we see ourselves as a nation. We stand, or should at least, for what is good in the world. When we act like the person, in a small way, that we disposed, how are we proving to ourselves that we are the good guys?

Don't get me wrong, we're only talking 12, so far, out of 135,000 soldiers on the ground in Iraq. That is a tiny percentage, .00008889%, but, it is a fraction that we should not want and that we should in no way try and justify.

I would like to take this chance to thank the soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan for the service they have done in the name of this country. You guys bust your asses for very little thanks and we should be ashamed of ourselves for not giving you the honor that you deserve. Thank you.

Justification

I find it fascinating that a lot of people in the world try and justify evil. In my readings, in debate, and on the television I often hear " What happened on 9/11 was evil but,". There should be no "but", it was evil, full stop. To try and justify what happened is giving license to the same evil that was perpetrated. I have yet to hear a leading Muslim decry this event without adding that "but". I do not need to try and understand why these people chose to do what they did because what they did was pure evil. They took planes and destroyed two buildings and tried and destroy another. In the process, they took nearly 3000 lives. I should try and understand this? No thank you. It was pure hatred that made these people want to do this and, as for me, I don't want to understand hatred.

Before I get comments stating I hate Islam, I most certainly do not. What I do not like is extremism, of any kind, be it Muslim, Christian or name your religion.

What I do want is to see outrage in the Muslim faith about what happened without hearing that word, "but". I really don't think it's too much to ask.

First Post

It seems everyone else in the world has a blog so I said, what the heck, I can do it too. I may bore you to tears. I may make you wish you had never found this place. I do hope that I can make you think.