Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Milking the Milk Subsidy

OK, so milk subsidy isn't exactly headline news or, for that matter, of interest to anybody except milk producing states and their elected politicians. A mere $1billion a year is chump change in the world of federal spending, but it's just one of a gizzillion gov't programs that make up the catchall "pork"....or as some say, bringin' home the bacon. In the world of subsidies, it's the tax payer that get whacked and, as usual, the tax receiver that enjoys the benefits of the "free" money.

Last years milk subsidies are detailed here, at the Farm Service Agency. It's up for renewal today and Congress is debating the issue

Certainly this isn't a big deal, but it's educational and a good example of how government largess gets out of control.

So I Don't Like Cats, What's Your Point?

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There's Desperate and There's Stupid

The story doesn't really indicate if this asshat is desperate or not, but there's little doubt he holds the gold in the category of stupid. Apparently, having a train remove some of your fingers to cash in a new insurance policy isn't really a good idea.

There appears to be no shortage of complete idiots in this world!

John McCain's Torturous View of Torture

It's hard to understand what happened to John McCain when he last ran for president, but there's no doubt he transformed himself into a completely different person during and after his last campaign. He used to be a loyal conservative and now he's simply a tool for the Left....whenever the Dems. want to trot out a Republican for dissent against his party, heeee're John. The whole "torture" thing is a perfect example.

Nobody understand torture more than John McCain, having had firsthand experience in Vietnam. But as the years have gone by, poor 'ol John has lost his senses and has saddled up w/ the lefties and has joined the chorus suggesting that American troops/ CIA/FBI and anybody associated with the war are pro-torture. He doesn't seem to understand the folly of "debating" this issue in the press or the halls of Congress, but it's a safe bet our enemy is taking notice.

McCain says torture simply doesn't work, yet it worked on him, by his own admission. Yet, for some reason he continues to use this canard to further his presidential aspiration. It's sad to see him go through this transformation, but it is not less a blatantly obvious example of what happens to good people when they isolate themselves in the Ivory Tower of Washington and completely lose touch with the real world. Poor John has completely lost his way.

Is any of this helpful to the war effort? Certainly not, and who would disagree? Why is the subject so important NOW? Could it be the election cycle? No doubt. John McCain and Hillary Clinton would make a terrific match for the loony left ticket in '08, since they both seem to have become just another couple of space cadets living the life of political fiefdom in our nation's capital.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

The U.N.'s Bolton Moment

A terrific report card on John Bolton and his adventures in the UN fantasy world. If you're following John's saga, be sure to read this WSJ piece.

The Democrats Need to Listen to Lieberman

Scarce as hen's teeth, Joe Lieberman actually went to Iraq, made his observations based on what he actually saw, vs. Leftist propaganda, and spoke his mind in the
WSJ Opinion article:
I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there.

Progress is visible and practical. In the Kurdish North, there is continuing security and growing prosperity. The primarily Shiite South remains largely free of terrorism, receives much more electric power and other public services than it did under Saddam

....and here's the MONEY QUOTE:
Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory.


Be sure to read the whole thing. It's truly amazing to read a Democrat's true views of Iraq without all the usual distortions and political pandering.

Jimmy Carter Just Can't Hide His Visceral Hatred of Bush and Republicans

LA Times
A socialist dingbat like Jimmy Carter can't win on the field of ideas so, like any typical liberal, he resorts to distorting the truth, leave salient facts in the dark and, when all else fails, just lie like a felon. His new book is rife w/ leftist tripe and displays his extremist views rather blatantly:
IN RECENT YEARS, I have become increasingly concerned by a host of radical government policies that now threaten many basic principles espoused by all previous administrations, Democratic and Republican.

Also endangered are our historic commitments to providing citizens with truthful information, treating dissenting voices and beliefs with respect, state and local autonomy and fiscal responsibility

we have proclaimed a policy of "preemptive war," an unabridged right to attack other nations unilaterally to change an unsavory regime or for other purposes

there are determined efforts by top U.S. leaders to exert American imperial dominance throughout the world.

the burden of conflict is now concentrated exclusively on the few heroic men and women sent back repeatedly to fight in the quagmire of Iraq. The rest of our nation has not been asked to make any sacrifice, and every effort has been made to conceal or minimize public awareness of casualties.

we now find civil liberties and personal privacy grossly violated under some extreme provisions of the Patriot Act.

the U.S. has repudiated the Geneva accords and espoused the use of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, and secretly through proxy regimes elsewhere with the so-called extraordinary rendition program. It is embarrassing to see the president and vice president insisting that the CIA should be free to perpetrate "cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment" on people in U.S. custody.

We have now become a prime culprit in global nuclear proliferation.

Protection of the environment has fallen by the wayside because of government subservience to political pressure from the oil industry and other powerful lobbying groups.

Our government has abandoned fiscal responsibility by unprecedented favors to the rich

I am extremely concerned by a fundamentalist shift in many houses of worship and in government, as church and state have become increasingly intertwined in ways previously thought unimaginable


An entire book that simply lists the talking points of the Left: Bush lied, America is the evil in the world, Republicans are racists and are destroying the envirnment, blah, blah, blah. Not exactly new material, is it?
All I can say is: THANK GOD Carter is no longer president. Easily one of the worse administrations in US history, it's pretty sad to see the guy taking his talking points and observations from the likes of Michael Moore. Carter makes Nancy Pelosi look intellectual.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Inner Cities Continue to Hemorrhage Jobs

WASHINGTON - (AP)
American inner cities rot at their core largely due to the war on drugs and the pathetic policies of the welfare state. Anyone with the nerve to do it can drive through any major city slum areas and see first hand the folly of our current policies. The only people that seem to not understand the problems are the socialists, who seem to believe expanding the current failed programs is the way to go:

Nearly half of the country's 82 largest municipalities lost jobs from 1995 to 2003, according to a new Harvard University study. By comparison, only one of the surrounding metropolitan areas lost jobs during the same period.

A separate analysis by The Associated Press found that most inner cities targeted by the federal government's primary urban economic programs lost jobs as well.

In fact, the best-performing cities were not part of the federal empowerment zone and renewal community programs, which provide businesses with billions of dollars in tax incentives to expand and hire workers.

"It's sobering," said Michael Porter, a Harvard business professor who did the study for the university's Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. "It suggests that there are relatively few inner cities that are thriving in the sense of job growth."

Federal intrusion has once again turned out to be the problem and not the solution to economic development in the cities. Yet we continue down the socialist road, federalizing education, crime, and health care while we collectively whine about the inefficiency of government and the obscene amount of tax dollars flushed down the toilet via absurd centralized government waste.


Poll: 70% Think Democrats are Jerks

Well, not exactly, but Washington Post poll found that 70% polled do believe that the unfair criticizm of the war by Democrats is indeed hurting the moral of our troops:

Democrats fumed last week at Vice President Cheney's suggestion that criticism of the administration's war policies was itself becoming a hindrance to the war effort. But a new poll indicates most Americans are sympathetic to Cheney's point.

Seventy percent of people surveyed said that criticism of the war by Democratic senators hurts troop morale -- with 44 percent saying morale is hurt "a lot," according to a poll taken by RT Strategies. Even self-identified Democrats agree: 55 percent believe criticism hurts morale, while 21 percent say it helps morale.

Just three of 10 adults accept that Democrats are leveling criticism because they believe this will help U.S. efforts in Iraq. A majority believes the motive is really to "gain a partisan political advantage."



Why unions are doomed

Michael Barone has a pretty good piece in the WSJ this a.m. He doesn't come right out and criticize the unions for digging their own graves, given their obvious decline, but does explain the economic side. No doubt the core issue is:

Why GM and the UAW's postwar economic vision failed.

The attempt to protect workers from all risk has turned out to be very risky indeed, since in a dynamic economy large corporations are subject to competition from firms with lower costs. In the auto industry the result is significant pain for those who relied on the Big Three and the UAW; but the result is also a vastly faster growing economy and many more opportunities than provided by the European welfare states.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Democrats on their energy policy: Bush Lied

Listening to the Left talk about reducing our dependency on foreign oil is just a joke. Virtually every Democrat, when asked about their energy "ideas", say exactly the same thing (besides 'Bush lied')...

OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) -- The federal government needs to create a comprehensive energy policy to address rising costs across the country, Gov. Christine Gregoire of Washington said Saturday in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address.


"We're controlling rising prices and reducing our use of foreign oil by embracing alternative energy sources," she said.

But to keep pace with the energy demand, she said a comprehensive policy, with commitments from the states and federal government, is essential.

"Sadly, we simply can't rely on the Republican-controlled Congress to create a national energy policy that works," she said.

Their actual policy consists of : NO drilling for new oil ANYWHERE!, NO building of nuclear plants EVER, government takeover of the entire oil industry (known as socialism in the real world), mandate unachievable mileage standards from the automobile industry, and shove "mass transportation" down the throats of everyone...oh, and TAX THE "RICH" (rich are defined as anyone who works full time) to pay for all the leftist nonsense.

U.N. Slaps Hizbullah Hands, Sends Them to Corner for "Time Out"

JerusalmePost
For the first time in its history, the U.N. has called out Hizbullah as bad, bad boys and suggested they stop being bad, bad boys. Not an organization particularly interested in rocking the boat, the Evil, boisterous, MeanSpritited , Nasty Person, Bush appointed John Bolton had the audacity to demand the U.N. at least speak out against Hizbullah terrorist (for readers out there that are victims of public education, a terrorist is someone that intentionally targets and blows up innocent civilian men women and children).

Being essentially a simple bag of hot air, the best the U.N. could come up with is.....are you ready?.....
Following intense US pressure, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday issued an unprecedented condemnation of Monday's Hizbullah attacks on northern Israel.

When asked what changed ..... one diplomatic official replied:
"John Bolton," a reference to the US ambassador to the UN. Bolton lobbied vigorously for the passage of the statement.
This condemnation - slamming Hizbullah by name for "acts of hatred" - marked the first time the Security Council has ever reprimanded Hizbullah for cross-border attacks on Israel. The condemnation followed by two days a failed attempt to get a condemnation issued on Monday, the day of the attack, when Algeria came out against any mention of Hizbullah in the statement.

A U.N. condemnation!!! The horror of it all. Can't you see the terrorist huddling in their caves? Why, if they're not careful, the U.N. might actually pass some kind of "resolution", which will certainly lead to many more resolutions!!! ...and we all know what happens when the U.N. passes resolutions, don't we!

Even with Bolton being the only actual adult in the U.N. building, there's not much hope the "bureaucracy of despair" will ever become an organization of actual action or decision-making. Nothing but a waste of good oxygen, the empty suits of the U.N. aren't about to move back to their third world countries, when they can live in the U.S. like kings and spew bile against the evil America. What a joke!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

CNN "X over Cheney's face was freedom of speech"

CNN Employee On Tape: Cheney "X" Is "Freedom of Speech" - "Tell Bush And Cheney To Stop Lying"

CNN, being the voice of the exteme liberal left, exposed their views on audio tape. Listen for yourself here:
BILL QUICK OF DAILY PUNDIT


God's Revenge on America's Athiest Micheal Newdow

Mr. Newdow, who apparently is frequently upset by the word "god", recently tried his hand at singing. The SacramentoBee best described the musical attempt:

But his budding musical career, which he put on display in a one-man show before a sparse audience Tuesday night, may be cut short by, of all things, lack of God-given talent.

Admirers and detractors can unite on at least one thing - the performance was, ahem, god-awful.

His singing was so-so, his lyrics inane, his rapping just plain ridiculous, his stage presence saved only by a brightly colored shirt. He rushed his lecture. And his lecture, essentially about the history of civilization, was way too long by biblical proportions.


Proving what goes around comes around!


Middle Class looking for food in the dumpster?

Just another hit piece on America, the TimesOnline is accusing the U.S. of throwing away up to 50% of food produced in our country. Of course there's not a sliver of truth to the fabricated story, but it does a pretty good job of portraying the "freegan" gang as somehow intellectually superior to the average America. "Freegans" ("free" as in freeloader and "gans" which means complete idiot in Romulan), are really living off the fat of the land by dumpster diving for their food, clothes, stereos and other junk that no sane person is interested in. The Times' primary objective in publishing such a 'story' is to embarrass the U.S. and paint our country as rife with waste, pollution and decadence, proving once again the deep world wide envy of America.
Here's the essence of what is likely the dopiest story of the day:
The anti-capitalist freegans — the name combines “free” and “vegan” — are so appalled by the waste of the consumer society that they try to live on the leftovers, scavenging for food in supermarket dustbins.
The freegan philosophy of “ethical eating” argues that capitalism and mass production exploit workers, animals and the environment.

And the giant among them is a part time security guard, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about these tiny brain people (who also manage to give the security guard profession a bad name):

Adam Weissman, a freegan activist and sometime security guard in New Jersey, says freeganism grew out of the radical 1960s “yippie” movement but also has affinities with the hobos of the Great Depression who travelled around the country by stealing rides on the railways.


Read the rest here if you really, really have nothing else to do.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Do the Democrats think we can actually negotiate with these people?

What could we possibly offer the terrorist to stop them from this kind of activity?

Iraq seizes booby-trapped toys
24/11/2005 17:13 - (SA)

Baghdad - The Iraqi army said on Thursday it had seized a number of booby-trapped children's dolls, accusing insurgents of using the explosive-filled toys to target children.

The dolls were found in a car, each one containing a grenade or other explosive, said an army statement.

The government said that two men driving the car had been arrested in the western Baghdad district of Abu Ghraib.

"This is the same type of doll as that handed out on several occasions by US soldiers to children," said government spokesperson Leith Kubba.


And then there's TODAY'S NEWS:

BAGHDAD, Iraq — A homicide bomber blew up his car outside a hospital south of Baghdad on Thursday while U.S. troops handed out candy and food to children, killing 30 people and wounding about 40, including four Americans.


The Face of the Democrats?




Is this really the person the anti-war, anti-America, anti-capitalists, anti-democracy Democrats really want to stand behind? With her face all over the news wire services today, it appears Ms. Sheehan has indeed become the "Jane Fonda" of our day. Of all the mothers with sons that have died in Iraq, and are now against the war, why did the Left choose this particular woman to be the face of the anti....movement? It's difficult to understand.

Proof Socialism Will Rot the Brain

This story explains much about the problems in Canada. Watching them slowly morph into moonbats, it's all starting to make sense now:
OTTAWA, CANADA (PRWEB) November 24, 2005 -- A former Canadian Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister under Pierre Trudeau has joined forces with three Non-governmental organizations to ask the Parliament of Canada to hold public hearings on Exopolitics -- relations with aliens
Mr. Hellyer went on to say, "I'm so concerned about what the consequences might be of starting an intergalactic war, that I just think I had to say something."
This statement reminds me of the leftists views on "global warming"....they think it's happening, don't really know why but "......have to do something"!)

Hellyer warned, "The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning. He stated, "The Bush administration has finally agreed to let the military build a forward base on the moon, which will put them in a better position to keep track of the goings and comings of the visitors from space, and to shoot at them, if they so decide."
.....Unilateralal war......, hmmm sound familiar?

There's more to read but it's questionable if it's worth your time.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgivings

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Via Cox&Forkum

Iraq Facts: What you won't read in your newspaper

GOP.com is now publishing weekly updates about actual progress in Iraq. Although there's never a positive thing to say about the war from the Lame Stream Media, there are significant signs of progress and reasons to be encouraged.

"Iraqis Are Expressing Their Freedom By Providing Information Regarding Terrorists. The Number Of Tips Rose From 442 In February To 3,341 In August." (Rep. Duncan Hunter, "Talking Points: This Is No Time To Leave Iraq," Press Release, 11/18/05)

This Week In Iraq "One Iraqi Division, Five Brigades And 36 Battalions Have Now Taken The Lead In Their Areas, Compared To Just One Brigade And 11 Battalions Just Five Months Ago ..." (Department Of Defense Website, www.defenselink.mil, Accessed 11/21/05)

"There Were No Independent Newspapers Or Magazines In Iraq Before The War. Today, There Are More Than 100." (Department Of Defense, "October, 2005 Report To Congress," Press Release, 11/15/05)

"Iraqis Now Have The Lead In Roughly 90 Square Miles Of Baghdad, An Entire Iraqi Province And More Than 450 Square Miles In Other Provinces ..." (Department Of Defense Website, www.defenselink.mil, Accessed 11/21/05)


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Illegals in U.S. Soon to be Labeled as "Illegals".....Huh?

Apparently, our former policy of "catch and release", when dealing with illegal immigrants, is finally changing. Knowing how efficient the INS is, it's a safe bet the new policy will be "catch, give 'em money, then release. We'll see....

LAREDO, Texas (Reuters) - The United States is closing a legal loophole which has allowed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to slip into the country and join the estimated 11 million undocumented foreigners already here.

Under long-standing procedure along the U.S. border with Mexico, illegal crossers of nationalities other than Mexican -- dubbed OTMs by the Border Patrol -- have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge before they could be deported.

Don't you just love it when the lame-stream media uses the term "undocumented" workers? The liberal Democrats just hate calling their potential voters "illegal", unlike the unregisterd voter- in-prison- convicts, who the libs call constituents.


Iraq: Bad News in the Press/ Good News in Reality

It's very easy to conclude that the press really wants the U.S. to completely fail in Iraq. Daily distortions and a constant stream of negative news leaves nothing but thoughts of defeat in the reader's mind. The L.A. Times, of all sources, discloses the disconnect between fiction and fact:

Max Boot:
Iraq's a lost cause? Ask the real experts

WHEN IT COMES to the future of Iraq, there is a deep disconnect between those who have firsthand knowledge of the situation — Iraqis and U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq — and those whose impressions are shaped by doomsday press coverage and the imperatives of domestic politics.

A large majority of the American public is convinced that the liberation of Iraq was a mistake, while a smaller but growing number thinks that we are losing and that we need to pull out soon. Those sentiments are echoed by finger-in-the-wind politicians, including many — such as John Kerry, Harry Reid, John Edwards, John Murtha and Bill Clinton — who supported the invasion.

American soldiers are also much more optimistic than American civilians. The Pew Research Center and the Council on Foreign Relations just released a survey of American elites that found that 64% of military officers are confident that we will succeed in establishing a stable democracy in Iraq. The comparable figures for journalists and academics are 33% and 27%, respectively. Even more impressive than the Pew poll is the evidence of how our service members are voting with their feet. Although both the Army and the Marine Corps are having trouble attracting fresh recruits — no surprise, given the state of public opinion regarding Iraq — reenlistment rates continue to exceed expectations. Veterans are expressing their confidence in the war effort by signing up to continue fighting.

Read the whole thing here

The Insanity of Prohibition

First we had alcohol prohibition by way of a constitutional amendment. It only took a few years to see first hand the folly and unexpected consequences and reversed the law. Immediately thereafter, drug prohibition, minus the bothersome constitutional amendment, arrived and made the booze ban look like child's play. Still with us today, drug prohibition has caused even more harm to our society than the original concept of the alcohol ban, with overflowing prisons, corrupt police and courts, not to mention the dismantling of the bill of rights under the guise of allegedly "saving the children". Some of the more insidious features of prohibition is the lack of true market controls and distribution controls. A basic weed like marijuana now carries a black market value more than that of gold, solely due to prohibition.

Chapter three in our insane policies toward "bad things that will hurt the children" is cigarette prohibition. Although cigs are technically not prohibited, the extreme taxes on the "coffin nails" has essentially the same consequence as prohibition. For example:

Cheap Cigarettes In South Carolina Lure Smugglers

Nov. 20--South Carolina offers the cheapest smokes in the nation -- a fact federal officials say will make it a magnet for black market cigarette runners.

New York officials say the Palmetto State already is the source of cigarettes smuggled illegally into that state.

But S.C. officials say they see no evidence that cigarette smuggling is a problem in the state. In any event, they add, it's not South Carolina's problem, and they don't intend to make it tougher for the illicit trade.

More than simply a gangster cliche straight out of "The Sopranos," cigarette trafficking is a multimillion-dollar business that shows little sign of slowing down.

The reasons are simple. Profit margins are huge, the risk of getting caught is minimal, and punishment can be mild compared with penalties for other crimes.

At 7 cents a pack, cigarette taxes in South Carolina are the lowest in the nation.

Taxes in other states and cities are far higher, making smuggling a profitable business.

For example, the sales tax alone on a pack of cigarettes in New York City is $3 compared with 7 cents in South Carolina.

Smugglers make money by buying cigarettes in South Carolina -- or another low-tax state -- and reselling them in a high-tax state for a price lower than that state's prevailing price, including its taxes.

So, the difference in cost from South Carolina to New York City -- almost $30,000 for, say, 1,000 cartons -- would leave plenty of room for a hefty profit, even with the cost of transporting the cigarettes.

"The lower the tax, the bigger the profit," said ATF's Woodham. "If you have organized criminals that would benefit financially from moving their operations to another state, it's only common sense that they would do that."


"common sense"...right! as though the concept of prohibition is rife with common sense??? Examples of the damage done by drug/cigarette prohibition is everywhere, not the least of which is the obscene profits going through the hands of terrorists, all because of the simplistic, dishonest and damaging policies regulating personal behavior. Prohibition was a disaster the first time and it's an even bigger disaster today.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Guns now illegal in San Francisco; new trend immerges


John O'Neill (swiftboat fame) comments on Rep. Murtha embroglio

In addition to its editorial on Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns yesterday, the New York Sun also ran a column by John O'Neill on the Democrats' Murtha madness. Although full access to the column was reserved for Sun subscribrs, Bruce Kesler of Democracy Project posted the column

Mr. O'Neill on Kerry:
Senator Kerry, supposedly defending Rep. John Murtha, said, "I won't stand for the Swift-Boating of Jack Murtha!" As one of the 254 members of Mr. Kerry's unit in Vietnam who belonged to Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, I found Mr. Kerry's comments most ironic.

To us, Mr. Kerry's comments meant that no one should do to Mr. Murtha that which Mr. Kerry did to all of us and our fellow Vietnam veterans, living and dead. Mr. Kerry's disgraceful comments on many occasions in 1971 (while we were locked in combat), claiming falsely that we were "murdering" hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and committing rape and mayhem on a daily basis, are a part of the public record for which he has never apologized. This might be called "Kerrying" our soldiers.

O'Neill continued the theme of "Kerrying" our soldiers:

Are the politicians like Mr. Kerry who led the campaign to send our kids to war (when it was popular) now to withdraw support while they are locked in combat and apparently succeeding because the task is difficult or unpopular? Will Mainstream Media "Kerry" our troops by portraying Abu Ghraib or isolated cases of prisoner mistreatment as the rule to demoralize our troops and nation, while ignoring the beheadings and butchery of those peacefully praying in Mosques or shopping in a Bazaar? Will the press's selective glorification of isolated figures such as Cindy Sheehan, Mr. Kerry, or Mr. Murtha drown out the actual voices of the large majority of our servicemen? I hope not. We pay our troops little and subject them to considerable danger. We can at the very least support them with stability of mission and honesty of reporting.

Likewise, we ought not to "Kerry" our troops with after-the-battle second-guessing. The fog of combat produces in any war mistake and folly. Both World War II and the Korean War began with wholly avoidable military disasters - Pearl Harbor and the retreat to Pusan. Likewise, the Iraq War has had its share of mistakes and miscalculations (along with brilliant successes). But it simply Kerries our troops in the field to elevate network newsmen (who have likely never even spent a night in a tent) or self-promoted Congressional military heroes with two months of 35 years ago combat in a much different world into armchair Napoleons. That is why we rely instead upon the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the best professional military establishment in the world (when they are left alone). And we should remember the words of Thomas Dewey declining to make Pearl Harbor a campaign issue in 1944: "I would rather lose the presidency and win the war than the reverse."

via PowerLine

Strategy indeed.....

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Via Cox & Forkum

It always pays to advertise

Nothing like a little double-entendre to promote business:


On a Septic Tank Truck sign:
"We're #1 in the #2 business."

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At a Proctologist's door
"To expedite your visit please back in."
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On a Plumber's truck:
"We repair what your husband fixed."
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On a Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.."
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Pizza Shop Slogan:
"7 days without pizza makes one weak."
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At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:
"Invite us to your next blowout."
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On a Plastic Surgeon's Office door:
"Hello. Can we pick your nose?"
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At a Towing company:
"We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."
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On an Electrician's truck:
"Let us remove your shorts."
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In a Nonsmoking Area:
"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."
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On a Maternity Room door:
"Push. Push. Push."
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At an Optometrist's Office
"If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."
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On a Taxidermist's window:
"We really know our stuff."
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On a Fence:
"Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive."
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At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment."
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Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."
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In a Veterinarian's waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"
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At the Electric Company:
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment.
However, if you don't, you will be."
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In a Restaurant window:
"Don't stand there and be hungry, Come on in and get fed up."
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In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
"Drive carefully. We'll wait."

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At a Propane Filling Station,

"Thank heaven for little grills."
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And don't forget the sign at a Chicago Radiator Shop:
"Best place in town to take a leak

Hat Tip to Carol

Frozen turkey can save your life

Proof that there's more than one use for a frozen bird:

(AP)
An elderly Illinois couple is hospitalized after being rescued from their burning car by a man who used his Thanksgiving turkey to break the windows. Mark Copsy said he rushed to help John and Juliana Brani, of Northlake, Ill., when he saw their car filling with smoke after it crashed into a curb Sunday afternoon. Copsy couldn't open the door and couldn't break the windows with his hands or feet, so the 20-pound frozen turkey had to do. Police and others who arrived helped pull the elderly couple from the car. They're reported in critical condition.

Bush defense..better late than never

Possibly too late to undo the damage done by the Left, at least Dubya and the Repubs are making an effort to bring the war subject back to the table of reality.

From InstaPundit and ProteinWisdom:

Clearly, the important administration arguments are beginning to coalesce: 1) Criticism of the war is not by itself unpatriotic 2) Similarly, answering anti-war critics is not challenging their patriotism 3) But opportunistic and cynical anti-war critics who are trying to walk back their own votes and level spurious charges at the Administration (they lied to take is into war) are themselves lying 4) These lies are hurting the country and the troops. 5) The burden of proof, in a post 911 world, was on Saddam Hussein to prove he’d disarmed; we could not wait for the threat to become imminent before acting 6) The cause the troops are fighting for is just and right 7) Iraq is moving toward freedom; and things on the ground are improving daily, regardless of what the MSM and prominent Dems would have us believe.

These points, taken together, form an easy, concise, and—most importantly—a factually correct counter-narrative . . . I think the narrative is a good one, but it needs to be repeated as loud and as often as the one the Dems have been peddling.


Monday, November 21, 2005

A little reminder about recent history

Looking back never hurts......remember these?
From Powerhouse:

When did the threat to us start?

Generic headlines from the "no bias media"

We can all count on reading the Dems. talking points on the front page of the daily newspaper. A couple of samples from The New Editor:

Democratic hawk presses for US Iraq pullout
Fast Withdrawal of G.I.'s Is Urged by Key Democrat
Murtha: Troops' pain, not politics, behind stance
Biden Urges Bush to Level with Public

California, the land of the loons

We've come to expect insanity from places like San Francisco, where they just voted to ban the military from public schools and criminalize the ownership of guns. Now the same brain disease has migrated to our Capital City of Sacramento, by passing an 8-1 resolution criticizing the war, and demanding an immediate withdrawal. Apparently, California has become the land where no thinking is allowed. Patriotism and defense is for woosies, as only the true "intellects" really understand the world view......what a bunch of dipsticks.

Via MoveAmericaForward Org

Democrats: Quit and go home

It seems to be the "war plan", just pick up the ball, quit and go home. A sure fired way to win, eh? Attacking Bush instead of the enemy seems to be the primary offensive objective. They actually believe that negotiations, or what they like to call "international cooperation", with blood thirsty murderers who have declared war on America and death to the infidels.

NewYorkPost

The Democrat Plan:
quitting looks like the new American Way of War.

Forget about the consequences. Disregard the immediate encouragement to the terrorists and insurgents to keep killing every American soldier they can.

Forget about our dead soldiers, whose sacrifice is nothing but a political club for Democrats to wave in front of the media

Forget that our combat veterans are re-enlisting at remarkable rates — knowing they'll have to leave their families and go back to war again.

Just set a time-table for our troops to come home and show the world that America is an unreliable ally with no stomach for a fight, no matter the stakes involved.

Whatever you do, don't talk about any possible consequences



Sunday, November 20, 2005

Hindsight and ten cents

Billy Boy Clinton has decided the the whole Iraq deal was a bad idea from the get-go. Now he says " "Saddam is gone. It's a good thing, but I don't agree with what was done." Interestingly, his observations were somewhat different when he was President:

Back when he was running for President, in 1992, Mr. Clinton promised an Administration that would "not coddle tyrants, from Baghdad to Beijing." As President, he launched military strikes against Iraq in 1993, following Saddam's attempted assassination of former President Bush in Kuwait;in 1996, and in 1998, following Saddam's ouster of U.N. weapons inspectors.

On October 31, 1998, Mr. Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act. "The United States favors an Iraq that offers its people freedom at home," Mr. Clinton said in language later adopted by the Bush Administration. "I categorically reject arguments that this is unattainable due to Iraq's history or its ethnic or sectarian makeup. Iraqis deserve and desire freedom like everyone else."

"Heavy as they are, the cost of action must be weighed against the price of inaction. If Saddam defies the world and we fail to respond, we will face a far greater threat in the future. Saddam will strike again at his neighbors. He will make war on his own people. And mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them and he will use them"

In June 2004, over a year after the liberation of Iraq, Mr. Clinton had this to say to Time magazine: "You know, I have repeatedly defended President Bush against the left on Iraq, even though I think he should have waited until the U.N. inspections were over. . . . After 9/11, let's be fair here, if you had been President, you'd think, Well, this fellow bin Laden just turned these three airplanes full of fuel into weapons of mass destruction, right? Arguably they were super-powerful chemical weapons. Think about it that way.

"So, you're sitting there as President, you're reeling in the aftermath of this, so, yeah, you want to go get bin Laden and do Afghanistan and all that. But you also have to say, 'Well, my first responsibility now is to try everything possible to make sure that this terrorist network and other terrorist networks cannot reach chemical and biological weapons or small amounts of fissile material. I've got to do that.'

"That's why I supported the Iraq thing. There was a lot of stuff unaccounted for."

So, there you have it. Revisionist history. And to think that the Democrats are going to try to sell themselves as "defenders of America", in the next election, while they simultaneously rip America, the military and defend the indefensible....."they're not terrorists, they're freedom fighters and they have rights, too".

Easily the most disgusting words to come out of the mouths of the socialist left "we support our troops BUT not what they're doing, like torture, killing innocent children, and causing terrorism around the world". And this is the way they"support" our troops?

Wall Steet Journal Opinion




The War at Home

For the umpteenth day/week/month in a row, the mainstream media is portraying Bush, Republicans, Conservatism, and virtually any philosophy even slightly right of center as a plague on the world. Completely distorting the war effort, using their favorite term "quagmire" almost hourly, it's no wonder the poll numbers for all things not liberal are down.

The real war in America is all about the media. Even though it's been true for decades, the jihad of the leftist media in the U.S has never been so hostile and anti-American. Blatantly supporting the extreme left of the Democrat Party, mainstream media has caused a rift of unprecedented proportions within our country. The harsh criticisms of Republicans in general and Bush in particular are simply off the scale of truth, honesty, and integrity. To believe the press/broadcast TV, and the Democrats is to believe the party they so despise (Republicans):


Probably the most frustrating issue of all is the denial of the liberal left media of it's own bias. The fact that ONLY LIBERALS believe there is no bias in the media makes one wonder how they can't see the elephant sitting in the room.


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Lawyers give bad name to Pit Bulls

Those lawyers sure have a lot of nerve, casting aspersions on the good name of pitbulls. The dogs may take your arm off but the lawyers will do a whole lot more! Look who's calling the kettle black:
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida law firm's television advertisement featuring a pit bull, a dog breed known for its aggression, is misleading and an affront to the legal profession, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

The advertisements "demean all lawyers and thereby harm both the legal profession and the public's trust and confidence in our system of justice," Chief Justice Barbara Pariente scolded a unanimous decision.

Hollywood moonbat meets real world

Poor Johnny Depp moved to socialist France because L.A is too violent and discovered America isn't so bad after all. I often wonder what color the sky is in their world.

Hollywood star JOHNNY DEPP is so shocked by the riots raging through France, he's considering abandoning his home in the country.

The FINDING NEVERLAND heart-throb moved to Europe when life in Los Angeles became too violent.

He has since divided time between the two continents - but he fears France will be scarred permanently by the current troubles.

He says, "It's insane, that setting cars on fire is the new strike.

"I went there (to France) to live because it seemed so simple.

"Now it's anything but. I don't know how they'll recover from this."

Stolen from DrudgeReport

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