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Friday, June 30, 2006

Ollie North Weighs In On Avaricious Leakers

In this scathing piece, Oliver North compares those who recently leaked information to the NY Times to some of our worst spy criminals. He compares the actions of John Walker, Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen in a not so friendly light.

What's the difference between what Walker, Ames and Hanssen did -- and those who decided to "out" NSA and CIA efforts to track terrorist communications and financial data? Materially, there is no distinction. As in the earlier espionage cases, current and former U.S. government employees -- according to the NYT, "nearly 20" of them -- broke their oaths not to disclose classified information. Like Walker, Ames and Hanssen, "reporters," editors and publishers have hope that their exposes will result in substantial financial gain. Brutal adversaries with a proven penchant for killing innocent Americans have gained invaluable knowledge about our intelligence sources and methods

Click the title bar and be angry

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

GOP Spending Out Of Control? What About Dem Jim Moran of Virginia?

Click the link and see the real stripes on the Zebra. Or the real tail on the donkey (jackass).
My guess is this isn't just one Dem with this attitude. He just made the mistake of saying so.

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AP Story Supports Gore's Global Warming Flick, BUT.....

Click the title bar to read an entirely biased piece on the Al Gore movie "An Inconvenient Truth".
Then click herefor a very effective rebuttal of that AP piece.

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Updates will be added if they become pertinent

Seixon weighs in here

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Utah Election Today Highlights Illegals, And GOP Myopia

There is a congressional election today in Utah, where the Incumbent Republican has taken the wrong side on the Illegal Immigration issue. Click the title bar to see the particulars. If this election goes the way of several similar referendums on the issue, the incumbent, Chris Cannon will lose in the GOP primary today.
From the piece: (stating what I have said numerous times)

Other than spending I don’t think I’ve ever seen an issue in which the GOP leadership is more detached from its base than illegal immigration. The GOP base (and many Americans) is adamant that any immigration reform secure the borders first. There is also overwhelming opposition to anything that smells like amnesty.

I hope Mr Cannon loses, as the GOP needs this sort of wake up call.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

Patterico (And Others) On LA (&NY) Times

This piece says it all, from the Loa Angeles perspective on why the LA Times and the NY Times decided it was OK to reveal the Feds program to track money in the banking system to catch those who are aiding terrorism. Click the title bar.
I left this comment on the site:

It’s pretty obvious to me why the Times, both NY and LA do the things they do to hurt the country.
Both papers are run by people who hate conservatives, hate the GOP, by and large, and hate George Bush in particular.
Since the American public elected Mr Bush to a second term, the only way the papers and other MSM’s can get revenge on the “stupid voters” is to put their lives in jeopardy.

It seems clear to me. Anybody disagree?

In a follow up, Pat Hynes wants to prosecute the papers:click

The Conservative Voice chimes in with an indictment:here

Congress' lame response here

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

WMD's In Iraq Were Old? So What???

In this piece from Tammy Bruce, she makes a great argument that the discovery of WMD's in Iraq (even though older stockpiles) is indeed a validation of the originally announced reason we went into the country with our military.
Sorry MSNBC, you can't have it both ways. From Tammy:

So let me see if I understand this correctly--Sarin and Mustard Gas only count as WMD if they were made post-1991? They're still lethal gases, still kill, and can kill thousands, but they don't count because...? So in one breath the MSNBC Pentagon "official" (perhaps the janitor?) says these aren't the WMD we were looking for but then in the next breath says they're lethal. Last time I checked, that's exactly what we were looking for--WMD that could kill hundred and thousands of people in one shot. I thought we were also looking for weapons the circus clowns at the UN IAEA said didn't exist anymore, and that Saddam said he completely destroyed--which these 500+ weapons prove did exist and about which Saddam lied.

So Bush lied? Or Saddam lied? Call it a stretch, but my money is with Mr Hussein being the prevaricator.

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Another Clue China Is Readying For War

So now China wants to build an oil reserve similar to that of the US. No matter what our government says, the main reason we have the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is in case of a major war. The potential disruption of oil to our military could be catastrophic in such a case, so the SPR exists to ensure combat readiness for our forces.
Now China wants to build the same thing. Another brick in the wall. (Click the title bar)

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China Gets A Free Look At Our Military

In what I can only classify as stupid, our government has allowed members of the Communist Chinese military to observe maneuvers by our Navy and Air Forces. As I've posted before, it's quite likely that we will be fighting these bastards over Taiwan.
What were they thinking? (Click the title bar link)

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World War 2 Art Work Resurrected

Check out this piece on Michelle Malkin's site. With a little photoshop work, many of the World War 2 posters warning about too much talk aiding the enemy have been updated to today's situation with the LA Times and the NY Times.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Must I Repeat Myself?

I received another anonymous comment today. I will not publish it, not so much because the person didn't make some valid points, but again there were personal attacks that are unwarranted, and unacceptable.
Please don't waste my time and yours to comment anonymously, as those comments will not be posted.

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Illegal Workers Necessary?

Click the title bar and read the argument against those who say the illegals are needed to do the jobs "most American's won't do".
Here are a couple of main parts:

...even in areas with few immigrants, grass is cut, groceries are bagged and hotel sheets are changed. Indeed, a large majority of low-skilled workers are native to the United States. A look at the 2000 census is instructive: among males age 25 to 64 years employed that year, of those with less than a high school diploma, 64 percent were born in the United States and 36 percent were foreign born.

The author, BARRY R. CHISWICK makes the case that employers would out of necessity have to pay slightly higher wages for such work, but that is already happening in many areas of the country.
He establishes that it is workable, and would not create the disaster that many have predicted. He closes this way:

The point is that with a decline in low-skilled foreign workers, life would go on. The genius of the American people is their ingenuity, and the genius of the American economy is its flexibility. And throughout our nation's history, this flexibility, the finding of alternative ways of doing things, has been a prime engine of economic growth and change.

Makes sense to me

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Who's Not Hiring Illegals

Click the title bar and see what businesses in your state are not hiring illegal workers. The website it takes you to has a list, by state of all the businesses that are signed up for the Federal Basic Pilot verification program.
If you are a business owner, and want to sign up, go here.

Tell your friends who own businesses about this.

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Friday, June 16, 2006

For Al Gore The Real Truth Is Inconvenient

The motion picture "An Inconvenient Truth" has made a lot of claims about global warming, and basically blames humans for the problem, from what I hear. I haven't seen the film, but will see it in the near future. After I see it, I will append this piece as necessary.
But for now, I will go with what the buzz is: excess CO2 in the atmosphere is the reason our planet is warming up, and the increase in CO2 is mostly man made.
I ran across a piece from Canada Free Press dot Com. Hat Tip: Tammy Bruce:Tammy It largely rebuts the main assertions in the film and paints Al Gore, who appears in the film as the main finger pointer, as "an embarrassment".

Carter does not pull his punches about Gore's activism, "The man is an embarrassment to US science and its many fine practitioners, a lot of whom know (but feel unable to state publicly) that his propaganda crusade is mostly based on junk science."

I have written to Roger Ebert (Ebert & Roper At The Movies) regarding his claims in his review of the film: Ebert

Ebert starts his review with a series of faulty statements, based on his own lack of knowledge about Global Warming, and its causes and history:

(I)...want to write this review so every reader will begin it and finish it. I am a liberal, but I do not intend this as a review reflecting any kind of politics. It reflects the truth as I understand it, and it represents, I believe, agreement among the world's experts.

Global warming is real.

It is caused by human activity.

Mankind and its governments must begin immediate action to halt and reverse it.

I wrote to Mr Ebert on his webpage, telling him about the historic significance of Global Warming:
Hey Roger,

I saw what you said about the Global Warming issue. You have a fundamental lack of knowledge about this phenomenon. Global warming IS NOT created by man. It is increased to some degree by human activities, but overall it happens in a cyclical manner, over and over perpetually.
Ask any paleontologist, or weather expert. The world has gone through cooling and then warming cycles for as long as the planet has existed.
Granted, some of the warming has been increased by industrial pollution, but it would happen anyway, given time.
A good example of this is what was observed by Father Junipero Serra in what is now Southern California, back when the Spanish missions were being built. He wrote of a "haze above the valley" that kept the heat concentrated in the San Fernando Valley, just as it does today.
That's right, there was smog and a layer of brown air over the SFV back then, long before automobiles and factories were present. This type of atmospheric condition is caused by normal processes of photosynthesis, that create ozone as a by-product.
Look it up. Then maybe talk to Al about his movie, and its faulty basic premise.


Craig C
Ames, Iowa

Of course there was no reply. To give Mr Ebert a little credit though, he has posted this on his website:
I'm going to put the entire piece about the scientists who disagree with the Global Warming hypothesis of Mr Gore's film here, just in case it becomes a dead link. Read it, and check out the part down towards the bottom, about the temperature of the planet about 450 million years ago, when the CO2 level was TEN TIMES the level it is today. MAJOR ICE AGE???? Here's the piece:

"The Inconvenient Truth" is indeed inconvenient to alarmists
By Tom Harris
Monday, June 12, 2006
"Scientists have an independent obligation to respect and present the truth as they see it," Al Gore sensibly asserts in his film "An Inconvenient Truth", showing at Cumberland 4 Cinemas in Toronto since Jun 2. With that outlook in mind, what do world climate experts actually think about the science of his movie?
Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, in Australia gives what, for many Canadians, is a surprising assessment: "Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention."
But surely Carter is merely part of what most people regard as a tiny cadre of "climate change skeptics" who disagree with the "vast majority of scientists" Gore cites?
No; Carter is one of hundreds of highly qualified non-governmental, non-industry, non-lobby group climate experts who contest the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are causing significant global climate change. "Climate experts" is the operative term here. Why? Because what Gore's "majority of scientists" think is immaterial when only a very small fraction of them actually work in the climate field.
Even among that fraction, many focus their studies on the impacts of climate change; biologists, for example, who study everything from insects to polar bears to poison ivy. "While many are highly skilled researchers, they generally do not have special knowledge about the causes of global climate change," explains former University of Winnipeg climatology professor Dr. Tim Ball. "They usually can tell us only about the effects of changes in the local environment where they conduct their studies."
This is highly valuable knowledge, but doesn't make them climate change cause experts, only climate impact experts.
So we have a smaller fraction.
But it becomes smaller still. Among experts who actually examine the causes of change on a global scale, many concentrate their research on designing and enhancing computer models of hypothetical futures. "These models have been consistently wrong in all their scenarios," asserts Ball. "Since modelers concede computer outputs are not "predictions" but are in fact merely scenarios, they are negligent in letting policy-makers and the public think they are actually making forecasts."
We should listen most to scientists who use real data to try to understand what nature is actually telling us about the causes and extent of global climate change. In this relatively small community, there is no consensus, despite what Gore and others would suggest.
Here is a small sample of the side of the debate we almost never hear:
Appearing before the Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development last year, Carleton University paleoclimatologist Professor Tim Patterson testified, "There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth's temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years." Patterson asked the committee, "On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century's modest warming?"
Patterson concluded his testimony by explaining what his research and "hundreds of other studies" reveal: on all time scales, there is very good correlation between Earth's temperature and natural celestial phenomena such changes in the brightness of the Sun.
Dr. Boris Winterhalter, former marine researcher at the Geological Survey of Finland and professor in marine geology, University of Helsinki, takes apart Gore's dramatic display of Antarctic glaciers collapsing into the sea. "The breaking glacier wall is a normally occurring phenomenon which is due to the normal advance of a glacier," says Winterhalter. "In Antarctica the temperature is low enough to prohibit melting of the ice front, so if the ice is grounded, it has to break off in beautiful ice cascades. If the water is deep enough icebergs will form."
Dr. Wibjörn Karlén, emeritus professor, Dept. of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden, admits, "Some small areas in the Antarctic Peninsula have broken up recently, just like it has done back in time. The temperature in this part of Antarctica has increased recently, probably because of a small change in the position of the low pressure systems."
But Karlén clarifies that the 'mass balance' of Antarctica is positive - more snow is accumulating than melting off. As a result, Ball explains, there is an increase in the 'calving' of icebergs as the ice dome of Antarctica is growing and flowing to the oceans. When Greenland and Antarctica are assessed together, "their mass balance is considered to possibly increase the sea level by 0.03 mm/year - not much of an effect," Karlén concludes.
The Antarctica has survived warm and cold events over millions of years. A meltdown is simply not a realistic scenario in the foreseeable future.
Gore tells us in the film, "Starting in 1970, there was a precipitous drop-off in the amount and extent and thickness of the Arctic ice cap." This is misleading, according to Ball: "The survey that Gore cites was a single transect across one part of the Arctic basin in the month of October during the 1960s when we were in the middle of the cooling period. The 1990 runs were done in the warmer month of September, using a wholly different technology."
Karlén explains that a paper published in 2003 by University of Alaska professor Igor Polyakov shows that, the region of the Arctic where rising temperature is supposedly endangering polar bears showed fluctuations since 1940 but no overall temperature rise. "For several published records it is a decrease for the last 50 years," says Karlén
Dr. Dick Morgan, former advisor to the World Meteorological Organization and climatology researcher at University of Exeter, U.K. gives the details, "There has been some decrease in ice thickness in the Canadian Arctic over the past 30 years but no melt down. The Canadian Ice Service records show that from 1971-1981 there was average, to above average, ice thickness. From 1981-1982 there was a sharp decrease of 15% but there was a quick recovery to average, to slightly above average, values from 1983-1995. A sharp drop of 30% occurred again 1996-1998 and since then there has been a steady increase to reach near normal conditions since 2001."
Concerning Gore's beliefs about worldwide warming, Morgan points out that, in addition to the cooling in the NW Atlantic, massive areas of cooling are found in the North and South Pacific Ocean; the whole of the Amazon Valley; the north coast of South America and the Caribbean; the eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea, Caucasus and Red Sea; New Zealand and even the Ganges Valley in India. Morgan explains, "Had the IPCC used the standard parameter for climate change (the 30 year average) and used an equal area projection, instead of the Mercator (which doubled the area of warming in Alaska, Siberia and the Antarctic Ocean) warming and cooling would have been almost in balance."
Gore's point that 200 cities and towns in the American West set all time high temperature records is also misleading according to Dr. Roy Spencer, Principal Research Scientist at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. "It is not unusual for some locations, out of the thousands of cities and towns in the U.S., to set all-time records," he says. "The actual data shows that overall, recent temperatures in the U.S. were not unusual."
Carter does not pull his punches about Gore's activism, "The man is an embarrassment to US science and its many fine practitioners, a lot of whom know (but feel unable to state publicly) that his propaganda crusade is mostly based on junk science."
In April sixty of the world's leading experts in the field asked Prime Minister Harper to order a thorough public review of the science of climate change, something that has never happened in Canada. Considering what's at stake - either the end of civilization, if you believe Gore, or a waste of billions of dollars, if you believe his opponents - it seems like a reasonable request.
Tom Harris is mechanical engineer and Ottawa Director of High Park Group, a public affairs and public policy company. He can be reached at letters@canadafreepress.com

I included the credits of the piece, to avoid plagiarism charges, I'm not like Ward Churchill.

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Friday, June 09, 2006

Minister Says Haditha Iraqis Not Angry?

In the highlighted piece, Rev. Christopher Price of suburban Atlanta, who was embedded with the Marines in Haditha has said he saw no angst from the Marines or the Iraqi civilians in the town after the incident.

``I knew he had been killed and there had been a response. I got the impression insurgents were killed and also some civilians got killed,'' the Rev. Christopher Price of suburban Atlanta recalled Friday of his conversations with Marines in Haditha in January.

``As it was presented, it seemed a normal part of what happened. It seemed a sort of regrettable but also fairly typical incident. I saw nothing that betrayed any difficulty between the Marines and the people of Haditha.''

If true, why are there suddenly charges against the Marines months after the alleged atrocity?
Reverend Ben Mathes was there as well. He said this:

``If this thing had been as horrible as it's been made out to be, the people of Haditha would have been up in arms when we were there,'' said Mathes, who said he first learned of the accusations when they recently became public.

And this from the piece:

The ministers said they saw good relations and no bitterness between the Marines, whose morale seemed high, and the friendly Iraqis.

``Nobody disparaged the Iraqis while we were there,'' Price said. ``They were proud stores were beginning to open, the town was coming back to life.''

While out on patrol with Marines, the ministers were invited to share tea and bread in many Iraqi homes.

``So many kept saying, 'I want to be part of doing something good in this country,' and when you walk the streets and you see how these folks would greet them and talk to them and the kids would come out and wanna play with them and stuff ... they just become part of the community,'' Mathes said.

``They weren't in the least bit jaded,'' Price said of the soldiers. ``I like the fact that Americans are that generous.''

So the Marines weren't going crazy and killing everybody in sight? Sounds more real than the current charges against them.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Huffington Contributor Ridicules Marriage Ammendment

Bob Cesca has a piece on the Huffington Blog site about the sanctity of marriage constitutional ammendment being proposed by President Bush. I wrote a response on the website:

You wrote: "But what happens if a same-sex couple is joined in a legally sanctioned civil union? Can they tell people they're married? Sure they can. So why push this pathetic amendment if same-sex couples can still freely define their relationship as being married? The whole notion of a marriage definition amendment is semantically, constitutionally, and morally weak. Historians, sociologists, and civil libertarians of the future are going to have a blast laughing at this one. They'll shake their heads with the same disdain we feel when considering that women couldn't vote in America until 1920.
The first reason is because right now marriage is a states rights issue. With the fact that all states are supposed to honor the laws of the other states, it would take only one state to pass a gay marriage law and the dam would be burst. And the idea that it's constitutionally weak is the reason we need an ammendment. The founding fathers would not have sanctioned gay marriage. Bet on it. And those in the future who will be laughing is those who find the gay life style abhorrent and atrocious.


They haven't posted it yet. We'll see if they have the balls

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Ben Stein On Iraq, And Bad Decisions

Check out this piece by Ben Stein. It outlines what I have posted here numerous times.

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Senate Sellout Bill May Be Dead

If you click the title bar, you will see that there is a ray of hope on the US Senate's Illegal Immigration Sellout Bill. Apparently it's not constitutional for the Senate to enact tax law. Only the House of Representatives can do that. From the piece:

A key feature of the Senate bill is that it would make illegals pay back taxes before applying for citizenship, a requirement that supporters say will raise billions of dollars in the next decade.
There's just one problem: The U.S. Constitution specifically prohibits revenue-raising legislation from originating in the Senate.
"All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives," according to the "origination clause" in Article I, Section 7.

Dead in the water? Hopefully.

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