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Friday, September 29, 2006

They Can Only Hide Their True Stripes for So Long...

then they return to their "liberal" personas.

In this case it is Oliver Stone. After receiving accolades for "World Trade Center" Oliver Stone has to lose the "good will" he gained from many Conservatives and Mainstream America (not the same thing as the MSM).

From the article:

"SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain - Filmmaker Oliver Stone blasted President George W. Bush Thursday, saying he has “set America back 10 years.”

Stone added that he is “ashamed for my country” over the war in Iraq and the U.S. policies in response to the attacks of Sept. 11.

“We have destroyed the world in the name of security,” Stone told journalists at the San Sebastian International Film Festival prior to a screening of his latest movie, “World Trade Center.” The film tells the true story of the survival and rescue of two policemen who were trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, after they went to help people escape.

“From Sept. 12 on, the incident (the attacks) was politicized and it has polarized the entire world,” said Stone. “It is a shame because it is a waste of energy to see that the entire world five years later is still convulsed in the grip of 9/11.

“It’s a waste of energy away from things that do matter which is poverty, death, disease, the planet itself and fixing things in our own homes rather than fighting wars with others. Mr. Bush has set America back 10 years, maybe more.”

The director of blockbusters such as “Platoon,” and “JFK” said the U.S. reaction to the attacks was out of proportion.

“If there had been a better sense of preparation, if we had a leadership that was more mature,” he said. “We did not fight back in the same way that the British fought the IRA or the Spanish government fought the Basques here. Terrorism is a manageable action. It can be lived with,” said Stone."

So many of these Hollywood-types go to other countries because they don't have the "huevos" to bash the United States here.

"Terrorism is a manageable action." Right. A 9/11-style attack every few years in a nation of 280 million people is no big deal. We can handle that. We will just sit down and fret about what is wrong with us and why do they hate us.

I didn't get to the theatre to see "World Trade Center", I don't know if it is still in the theatres, but I damn sure won't waste my money on it either in theatre or DVD.

Light Blogging

As our town (Duluth, GA) has its annual Fall Festival this weekend, blogging will probably be light, as I am involved with a couple of different aspects of the festival.

So please visit some of the links on the right margin and keep the TV watching to minimum, so you can enjoy this early Fall weather.

My Bad, My Mistake

A few days ago I blogged a bit on the Iranian-born woman in space as a "space tourist" and I had forgotten that she had gone up with a Russian crew (or at least that is what I understood with her reported return on a Soyuz flight).

But still, Russia's allowing her into space is still a far cry from what would happen if Shari'a Law was the "rule of the world".

So sorry for my not being as complete as I should have been with details.

Why Modern Liberals Ain't - Violent Responses to Free Speech

According to this article, in Colorado Springs, a family's front yard signs against an upcoming ballot issue (described below) have drawn a violent response from someone with free-speech suppression issues. Remember - disagreement is not hate.

"The simple ads show a dog silhouette with the caption “woof” and the web address ads are intended to counter an ad campaign to raise support for homosexual domestic partnerships on the November ballot, according to Citizen Link, which show a dog with the caption “moo,” intended to represent the “difference” of homosexuality."

The vandalism has included threatening notes and a fire being set in the family's front yard. Supposing that it was homosexual activists is not hate, it is rather prejudice, based upon prior similar responses to disagreements.

[A simple caveat here, these kinds of vandalism have been faked before (usually its the libs that do the faking), so we may have to wait for another shoe to drop before making a final judgement here.]

It might help if the homosexual activists would make some public denouncements of this type of vandalism and remind their minions that "disagreement is not hate". But we usually don't hear that from libs, do we?

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

How Can You Negotiate With People That Have Sworn to Kill You?

Jeff Jacoby reminds us of why we can't afford to lose this war.

Perhaps with 20/20 hindsight, it is evident that our prosecution of the war in Iraq has been flawed, as are all other human endeavors.

Because Saddam had previously used WMDs and had previously had a nuclear program, it was logical to think that he was headed down that same path again. And that he would hand off such weapons to terrorists. al Qaida isn't the only player and 9/11 was simply their most successful "project", with more on the drawing board, no doubt.

From Jacoby's column:

"After 9/11, the United States went to war against Islamic totalitarianism; since 2003 that war has focused most dramatically on Iraq. It stands to reason that Iraq is therefore the focal point in the jihadis' war against the West. President Bush has made that point repeatedly, quoting Osama bin Laden's declaration that the war in Iraq is "the most serious issue today for the whole world" and will end in "victory and glory or misery and humiliation." Has US military action in Iraq inflamed the global jihad? Undoubtedly. But just imagine how galvanized it would be by a US retreat. "

Our flawed attempts in defeating Islamist terror in Iraq (as a former sponsor) and elsewhere are something that couldn't be put off any longer.

Simply to Demonstrate That the Science is Not Settled

Here is another article relating to solar activity of the last century.

The latter parts of the article seem to give a nod to the current paradigm and seem to downplay the role of the Sun in controlling Earth's climate.

I don't understand the rationale of those that discount the Sun's role as the primary source of the Earth's surficial heat.

[Got papers to grade for tonight's lab class, will get back to this later.]

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Part of the NIE that the MSM Doesn't Report

Rightwing Nuthouse is always a good place to get in-depth analyses of current events.

Here is a link to the subject of the National Intelligence Estimate and the selective coverage (leakage) by the NYT, et al.

Of course the MSM loves the part about our actions in Iraq increasing the number of terrorists, but in a court of law, they might be committing perjury, for not telling "the whole truth", i.e., not covering the cogent "on the other hand" comments.

From the Rightwing Nuthouse post (with Rick Moran's comments interspersed with quotes from the NIE (in boldface)):

"...For instance, the NIE points out that staying in Iraq and somehow achieving the goal of a forming a Democratic Iraq would mean fewer terrorists would be created:

Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.

The flip side of that argument is that leaving Iraq will create more terrorists than staying. The report points out that “perceived jihadist success there (Iraq) would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere.”

In fact, the report would seem to validate the Administration’s main anti-terrorism aim of democratization:

If democratic reform efforts in Muslim majority nations progress over the next five years, political participation probably would drive a wedge between intransigent extremists and groups willing to use the political process to achieve their local objectives. Nonetheless, attendant reforms and potentially destabilizing transitions will create new opportunities for jihadists to exploit.

The wild spin on this report coming from Democrats completely ignores the consequences of an Iraq pullout as far as creating even more terrorists and the potential war-winning strategy of democratization – something they have been telling us for years is doomed to failure."

To use Dr. Bill Bennett's terminology, the Middle Eastern culture favors the "strong horse", i.e., the perceived winner. Because of the Leftist undercutting of our efforts and their highlighting of our mistakes, some may perceive the United States' efforts in the Iraq theatre of the War on Terror as flagging. In other words, our horse may appear to be tired.

If President Bush stays the course and another pro-defense Republican is elected, the terrorists may start to see that their efforts are not going to succeed. One of Osama's reasons for attacking the U.S. was because of our perceived lack of staying power. If we pull out based upon a Democrat Party imposed time table, OBL (and his cohorts) will have been proven right, whether he is still alive or not.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

You Know You've Reached Middle Age When...

you realize that these "kids" do not know the joys of having to find a church key to open a "flat top" soft drink or beer can or deal with a detachable pull tab.

Over at Beer Can Blog, I posted on the 30th anniversary of the Reynolds Sta-Tab, which solved some of the problems of the pull tab, which made its debut in 1963. My parents didn't drink beer, but I remember Coca Cola (and other soft drink) cans with flat-tops. When I started at Georgia Southern in late 1972, the Piggly Wiggly store still had Coke in flat-top cans for about 25 cents a sixpack cheaper than the pull-tab cans. Some inexpensive (polite word) brands of beer did not add the pull tabs until the mid-1970s.

The Reynolds Sta-Tab was invented to eliminate the detachable pull tab, which aside from the personal danger issues, also posed environmental hazards to fish, birds, and other wildlife.

[This is part of a sporadic series, that began with this post.]

A Good Climate Debate Article is Linked...

by Aaron at Lifelike Pundits. The linked article is from the Denver Post and covers the differences of opinion between scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO and Colorado State University, at Fort Collins. [Because of linking problems, you will have to access the original link at Lifelike Pundits.]

The folks at NCAR tend to follow the human-caused global warming paradigm and the supporting computer models, while the scientists at Colorado State, primarily Dr. William Gray and Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. are generally skeptics, regarding human causing of climate changes. I don't think they deny human influences, but their reading of climate history shows us that variations seen in the last century (or even in the last few centuries) have occurred before the Industrial Revolution.

Judge for yourself the meaning of this quote from the article and what it might mean:

"..."Some of this noise won't stop until some of these scientists are dead," said James Hansen, head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, and among the first to sound the alarm over climate change."

If Al Gore continues to fail to get traction, is he going to employ eco-hit squads against climate skeptics?

Back to the article:

"...While Pielke agrees carbon dioxide is forcing changes in the climate, he says, "It is not the only forcing."

Man-made changes to the land, in addition to about 30 other greenhouse gases - some man-made, some natural - may play an even a bigger role, he said.

"The public likes simple answers," Pielke said. "But there isn't any simple answer here."

Simplicity is hard to come by because Earth is a giant, complex heat-moving machine.

The sun's rays strike full force at Earth's middle and glance off the ends - making the equator hotter than the poles.

Ocean currents, winds, the jet stream and hurricanes are forces trying to balance out the Earth's heat."

The MSM-supported paradigm want to blame U.S.-generated carbon dioxide emissions generally without regard to the ever-growing emissions from China and India. If some future form of Kyoto is agreed to by the U.S., if it is like the original, it exempts China, India, Mexico, and Brazil, among others, for they don't want to hurt their economies.

Now if the U.S. were to go into a protracted recession because of energy (carbon) taxes and fuel rationing to control emissions, what is that going to do to Third World countries? The health of the World Economy is dependent upon the health of the U.S. economy.

Back to the article:

"...(Dr. William) Gray is among the most strident critics, quick to use words like "fraud" or "gang" to describe the modelers.

Instead of model projections, Gray looks at the history and patterns of weather to find trends.
And befitting his 76 years, Gray has a long view. His first report on climate - on the return of the dust bowl - was in the early 1940s when he was in junior high school.

"We'd gone through a warming trend in the '40s, and everybody was saying we were going to win World War II but face terrible droughts," Gray said.

Soon after, temperatures went into a cooling trend and by 1975, Gray points out, there was talk of a coming ice age.

The Earth does have natural cycles of cooling and warming - during the past 740,000 years there have been eight cycles with four ice ages.

The cycles appear to be tied to slight variations in the tilt of the Earth toward the sun.

During the last ice age - which ended about 10,000 years ago - Earth was on average about 4 degrees Fahrenheit cooler, and what is now Manhattan was buried under ice.

At some point the Earth will wobble on its axis again, setting the stage for an ice age."

One contention of the skeptics is that computer modelling is too immature a science to be making inflexible government policies and laws regarding energy matters. Another is that because of this history of variations, it is very difficult to assess our influences.

So just remember these points when you hear the news reports about the shrinking Arctic ice caps. Though of concern, the ice caps have probably done this before and the ancestors of the present day polar bears had to endure these changes, without our help or harm.

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Jamie Glazov is Always a Good Source for Middle East info

In this FrontPageMag piece, he interviews journalist Brigitte Gabriel on her warnings to the West, regarding Islamist hate and terror.

Born in Lebanon, by her accounts, she enjoyed a placid life, until the mid-1970s, when Muslims began killing Christians in southern Lebanon.

Reports such as these are not to instill, nor maintain a climate of fear, but rather to serve as sober reminders of the times in which we live and warnings to our childrens' futures.

Dems and other Libs love to invoke "the children" to justify socialistic programs, but they never remind us that our children don't remain children forever. They grow up so quickly and then have to deal with the world we have left them, including paying for feel-good programs and dealing with the Islamist War against the West, which by some accounts has been in progress for more than 30 years.

A Little Shake, Rattle, and Roll in Upstate South Carolina

Upstate SC, south of Charlotte, NC has had two minor earthquakes this week, according to this report. A 3.5 and a 3.7 magnitude.

Once the crust has been broken by faulting, it is almost always going to remain a weak spot, susceptible to the relaxation of stresses, old and new.

On this particular map, you can see that in the week prior to 9/26, there were two smaller earthquakes along the New Madrid Fault Zone and one in upstate New York.

On this particular map, compare California and Alaska, as far as earthquake activity.

Some Cogent Thoughts are Hereby Presented

Every once in a while, I drop by A Little More to the Right to check out what is new.

A few days ago, Jeff had this thoughtworthy post, entitled "I Get It!".

I just hope the fine folks in "flyover country" get it in time for the November elections.

Rather than cut off our noses to spite our faces, we would probably be better off re-electing known RINOs, as they could possibly be disciplined by the public. And a firm, no nonsense letter writing campaign might make a difference for some of them.

For all the problems with national Republicans, especially those from the Northeast and some from the Midwest, Democrats will be worse.

I can't think of anything that the Dems could do better, at least in their present incarnation.

So, think of the Republicans as a smelly, ugly dog that does a good job of guarding your home.

It is possible that someday our porous southern border may bring us grief, but again, the Democrats would have done nothing different or better to stop the influx of illegals.

Too PC for the ACLU?

From this WND-linked article:

"The all-star choir visiting from Europe was called "Voices of Heaven" but members were told by a Michigan school district not to sing sacred songs while on campus, leaving the artists bewildered and district parents enraged that the German singers would return home with such an impression of the United States.

The order came recently from Supt. Charles Breiner of the Howell School District in Michigan just as the Eberbach, Germany, choir arrived for its scheduled concert at Howell High School.

In a report in the Livingston County Press, parents said Breiner's administration had ordered the choir to leave out music deemed too religious. "

The article continues:

"...Even the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan confirmed that including religious music in a high school's choir program is allowed.

"The courts have said that having some religious music in serious choral concerts in public schools is OK, as long as the purpose is not to promote religion," said Michael J. Steinberg, of the ACLU.

So, either Supt. Breiner either has an agenda or he is afraid of offending atheists, neither of which seem to be good leadership qualities. In such an atmosphere, even "Kumbaya" could be considered too religious.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Marty Robbins, the Race Car Driver

Some readers may be unaware of the stock car racing hobby of Country Western singer/writer Marty Robbins.

I am not sure of his local activities at the Nashville (TN) Fairgrounds Raceway, but here are his NASCAR Grand National/Winston Cup statistics. It was said that he earned the respect of his professional peers.

The highlights are a 5th place finish at Michigan in 1974 and the following Top-10 finishes

7th - 1971 Southern 500 - Darlington, SC
8th - 1972 Miller High Life 500 - Ontario, CA
9th - 1972 Southern 500 - Darlington, SC
8th - 1973 Firecracker 400 - Daytona, FL
9th - 1974 Talladega 500, Talladega, AL

Tributes to Marty's skill and bravery were offered after the 1974 National 500 at Charlotte. On the third lap, a multi-car crash effectively blocked the racetrack and when confronted the choice of crashing into the already-stopped, wrecked race cars, and possibly injuring or killing someone, Marty deliberately turned his Dodge Charger into the concrete wall.

Richard Childress, then a driver, has repeatedly sworn that Marty's actions saved someone's life that day. If memory serves me correctly, Marty needed at least a dozen stitches to close the wounds in his face. After that accident, another on the 4th lap of the 1975 Daytona 500 and another at Talladega made Marty's agent and his record company nervous, so he curtailed his racing schedule, only running 12 more events over the intervening years, including his final race, the 1982 Atlanta Journal 500, where he finished 33rd, after spinning out a couple of times.

The scary thing is though, he died 31 days later of a heart attack. 'Twas a good thing he didn't have the heart attack during the race.



A Totally Useless List

That is only here, 'cause I am short on inspiration on this Monday and because it might trigger some memories of your own.

Unusual cat (or other pet names) from when I was growing up. Our family had both cats and dogs, in a semi-rural setting.

1. Tarbaby (Re: the Uncle Remus stories)
2. Orange Crush
3. Rip (for the way she rippled her back while stretching and for the way she would rip into our dogs when she had kittens, not that our dogs were that aggessive anyway. They were more bark than bite.)
4. Jack (not sure the source of this one)
5. Toejack (a contemporary of Jack, he had a toe fetish, if you were wearing sandals, he would attempt to lick your toes.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Congrats to Jeff Burton on His Victory at Dover

It has been about 5 years since Jeff has visited victory lane in a Winston Cup/Nextel Cup race. There have been a few Busch victories during that stretch, but victories in the premier circuit have eluded the popular driver.

The victory also elevated Jeff to the Nextel Cup Chase lead. He made the Chase based on consistency, now having won race #2 of the Chase, he becomes a legitimate contender.

It is nice to solidify what has been a needed good year for Richard Childress Racing.

It was also nice to see Bobby Labonte finish 7th in the Petty Dodge, according to the radio report. Kyle Petty finished 25th.

Getting Ready for the Finale

Respected NASCAR driver Terry Labonte will be ending his career with a special sendoff in the November 5 Dickies 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, according to this article.

The above linked article describes the special paint job on his #44 Kellogg's Monte Carlo, and Lucky Dawg News has an article & photo.

It is almost hard to write about Terry Labonte, because he just wasn't that much of a headline grabber throughout his career. You didn't see much of a temper as you do with some of today's drivers (the Busch brothers and Tony Stewart, for instance). He was given the nickname "The Iceman" for his cool, calm demeanor, early in his career. That is not to say he wasn't willing to rub some fenders, but he didn't seem to have the habit of spinning people out to get past them.

Terry's driving style is very similar to his younger brother Bobby, usually very consistent and very smart. Perhaps with a little more of the "killer instinct", he might have won a few more than the 22 Winston Cup/Nextel Cup races in his career. Brother Bobby Labonte has won 21 Winston Cup/Nextel Cup events and one championship. I can't think of two brothers in the sport that have been so closely matched, as far as the number of career wins.

When he won his two championships in 1984 and 1996, he only won two races in either year, but in 1984, he had 17 Top-5s and 24 Top-10s, while in 1996, he had 21 Top-5s and 24 top-10s, the sort of consistency that NASCAR has long rewarded.

Years ago, I read a book (have forgotten the title) where the author followed the #94 Sunoco Oldsmobile team around for the entire season in the early 1990s (I believe Billy Hagan may still have been the owner at that point). Frustrated with the team's refusal to give him a new engine (apparently they kept rebuilding one of the same ones), Terry admitted "keeping his foot in it" until he deliberately blew that one. Some drivers might have gotten fired over that, but the team actually got a little better the season after the book came out.

He was part of what I call the "gentleman drivers", ones that race you hard, but don't often wreck other competitors. In that group I would include Benny Parsons and Harry Gant, though Benny is quite a bit more gregarious than Terry or Harry.

Another aspect of Terry's career has been his luck in avoiding injuries. I only remember one accident, at Riverside, Calif. in the late 1980s where he suffered a broken leg, but because it was the last race of the season, he didn't miss any of the following season.

Quiet respect is what I and others would accord Terry Labonte for a good career. In addition to his Winston Cup/Nextel Cup wins, he also has 11 Busch Series wins and 1 Craftsman Truck Series win.

Over the years, his major sponsors have included Stratagraph, Budweiser, Piedmont Airlines, Sunoco, and lastly Kelloggs.

According to Wikipedia, his first start and first and last Winston Cup/Nextel Cup wins were at Darlington, SC. Here are a few more of his statistics.

Despite his curtailed schedule the last couple of years, Terry showed that he still "has it" with a 3rd place finish at Infineon Raceway, earlier this summer.

Friday, September 22, 2006

One Benefit of the Muslim Flareup Against The Pope...

is that it helps more and more people see the true face of Islamists, how despite their protestations of belonging to a peaceful religion, they take to the streets by the thousands, burning churches and killing people in response to any slight, real or perceived.

Many are absolutely refusing to accept any apology. This WND article is just one report on this refusal.

The battle lines were drawn years ago, we just weren't paying attention.

I Found a Couple of Good Rants

by doc Russia, over at Bloodletting. It is about the missed chances and hesitations in our efforts to take the fight completely to the enemy.

The shortest path to peace is through victory, when the enemy decides "This ain't working". As Islamist zealots are kind of slow learners, this may take a while.

Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler has another good rant about the efforts to weaken our interrogation of terrorist detainees.

So go give a read.

As Hugo the Irrational...

has chosen to highlight the writings of Noam Chomsky, perhaps now would be a good time to revist the Anti-Chomsky blog, if we need any new reminders of why this elitist-worshipped emperor has no clothes.

Noam Chomsky's world has no place for liberty.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Poor Old Hugo Chavez

He ain't man enough to admit he farted at the UN podium. He has to try to blame it on President Bush.

That dog just won't hunt!

On One Side is Good and on the Other Side is Evil

On one side are the Boy Scouts of America and on the other side are the Imam al-Mahdi Scouts, Hezbollah proteges.

And the ACLU seems to have trouble telling the difference, according to this column by Hans Zeiger. From the column:

"...The Imam al-Mahdi Scouts were founded in 1985 as a Shiite movement to develop young terrorists for Hezbollah."

It just sticks in the ACLU's craw that some groups have codes of ethics and requirements. It is not for the purpose of mindless discrimination, but for the purpose of reminding these young people that every human relationship has rules.

Most boys in the Boy Scouts are between 11 and 14, sex should not be an obsession with them. If some of them are feeling ambivalent about girls, that doesn't mean they are gay.

The idea is to keep them busy with character building activities, so that they can mature and develop their own social networks and friendships, based on mutual interests. The personal behaviors that entail our sex lives should be left at home in situations such as these. Give the kids time to figure out who they are, without excessive outside pressure from activist groups.

Despite their protestations, the activist groups are looking to recruit, they need new numbers. It is all about trying to justify their hedonistic philosophy. The Leftist agenda is all about breaking down anything related to Judeo-Christian traditions and morals to further these goals. While other organizations have caved, the Boy Scouts have stood tall against the attacks.

There are other organizations where boys and girls can go for similar activities. Each can have it's own rules and codes of behavior. If someone doesn't fit into the Boy Scouts, that is no reason to try to tear it down.

What consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes is between them and God. There is no justification into trying to push kids into sexual activity before they are ready.

Quiet Resolve is Needed

WND, among other outlets is passing along news of a call for Muslims to evacuate parts of the United States, primarily large cities.

This could be a bluff by the Islamists or it could be a true warning.

An article today, reminds us that it is entirely possible that Al Qaida may have already smuggled nukes across the Mexican border into several U.S. cities, most likely with the help of present or former Russian operatives.

In our own minds, we need to be prepared for this eventuality. So we don't react with blind panic.

There of course would be legitimage blame on the Bush Administration for not sealing the borders more effectively, but that problem goes back for years. And it includes all that "looked the other way". In the wake of one or more nuclear explosions, that will not be a time for disunity. Inquiries into "who, how, why, etc." can be handled in the following years. That we haven't gotten Osama bin Laden isn't the entire story. There are plenty of other bad players in this game. We never got Adolf Hitler, but we had the resolve to keep pushing, past the average of 500 American deaths per day during the 38-day Battle of the Bulge, until Nazi Germany was crushed and subdued.

The disunity shown by the American Left has made the United States and its Allies less feared in the Islamist world and innocent Americans may pay the price for that. 9/11 happened because Osama believed we would crumple like a paper tiger. If he (or others) think that the American people would turn on the Bush Administration on the "day after", he might give the go ahead. Our obsession with political correctness may again cost innocent lives.

We were told on 9/20/01 that this might be an "asymmetrical war", in that civilian casualties in North America might top the battle field casualties. I believe in Iraq and Afghanistan, the battlefield casualties have surpassed the 9/11 (and other attack) casualties. We were told that this war could take decades.

Though the United States makes mistakes, we are more a force for good than bad. This is not about trying to control the world's oil supplies. This is about trying to maintain some sense of world order in the face of Islamist extremism. Not for the sake of an American empire, but so that the spread of the free-market system can facilitate the spread of freedom.

Of course it is not smooth, of course we and others make mistakes. But to many of these Leftists, it is not that they fret about American mistakes, they think that deep down we are evil. They have been caught up in the siren song of Socialism, which promises perfection. Many of them are so morally bankrupt that they cannot make a distinction between Adolph Hitler and Franklin Roosevelt, between Josef Stalin and Harry Truman.

Go back and look at BlogmeisterUSA's link to the Shari'a photos, click on the link and look at the first photo. Look at that woman being buried prior to be stoned to death. How can any person with a mind fail to make a distinction between our flawed Western ideals and the horrors of Shari'a-led tyranny? If Shari'a wins, this could someday be your daughter, grand daughter, niece,... Yes, adultery is a sin, but there is no justice in stoning a woman to death over it. In such countries, there doesn't even have to be concrete legal proof of adultery, it can simply be rumor, an accusation made for the purposes of jealousy or revenge.

Do you recall the story from a year or two ago, when a man in Iran thought that his brother had raped his 7 year-old daughter? Instead of killing his brother, he killed his daughter. A doctor's exam after her death revealed no evidence of rape. What did this "father say"? My bad!?

When I was a "Classical Liberal", I hated tyranny, whether it be right-wing or left-wing (most of it turns out to be left-wing). People that schmooze Castro, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and other tyrants have lost their moral compass.

From Despair to Hope

That seems to be the mindset in the Kurdish regions of Iraq, where the people appear damned glad that the United States intervened and they surely do not want to see us go, until the region is more stable.

Here is a link and another link referring to the 1988 Anfal Campaign, which involved the destruction by the Iraqi Army of 4,500 Kurdish villages and the killing of an estimated 180,000+ people, many of which by poison gas. (That is one reason why it was logical to assume Saddam had WMDs, because of his past use of them.)

Here is a link to the Kurdistan region of today, it sounds like a bustling place that is on its way.

Let's see now, if we grant the wishes of John Kerry, John Murtha, et al, and in the ensuing power vaccum, do you think the Kurds are ready and able to maintain their relative freedom and autonomy, especially if Saddam or someone else of his ilk returns to power in a Baathist regime?

But then for all the "concern" that Cindy Sheehan, and Walter Cronkite, and Ted Turner, and Sean Penn show for the American troups, by wanting them to come home, how much concern do they have for these "little brown people" that would again be caught up the chaos? It seems to me that that is the essence of racism (or rather bigotry) to only care about the welfare of Americans and not of those allies we leave behind, as we did in Vietnam.

A united front on 9/12/01 (that had "staying power) by the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, and the larger Western and Eastern European countries, as well as Japan and other civilized nations would have been impressive enough to capture the attention of much of the Muslim world, to make them say "Uh Oh". To use a term used on the Bill Bennett radio program, much of the world prefers the "strong horse" in a contest, for they know that their lot in life will be affected by the winner.

Are we to remain the strong horse? Or will radical Islam be the strong horse?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Opinions from a Climate Skeptic

From this WND-linked article, Dr. Bill Gray, of Colorado State University, provides evidence for his skepticism in the current human-caused global warming paradigm.

From the article:

"...Gray, who is a professor at Colorado State University, said human-induced global warming is a fear perpetuated by the media and scientists who are trying to get federal grants.

“I think we’re coming out of the little ice age, and warming is due to changes to ocean circulation patterns due to salinity variations,” Gray said. “I’m sure that’s it.”"

Challenging Dr. Gray's views, in a responsible way (well, you know it ain't Al Gore, then):

"...Roger Pielke Jr., director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado, said in an interview later Monday that climate scientists involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that most of the warming is due to human activity.

“Bill Gray is a widely respected senior scientist who has a view that is out of step with a lot of his colleagues’,” Pielke said. But challenging widely held views is “good for science because it forces people to make their case and advances understanding.”"

We should keep in mind that the IPCC is a UN-driven organization, heavily influenced by politics, at least when it gets down to publishing findings based on computer models.

As a skeptic, I do not deny the possibility of human-influence in the climate, but "influence" is not the same as "cause".



Message to Rosie O'Donnell...

and all of the other moral relativists and multi-culturalists.

Pam at Blogmeister USA has a post with disturbing photos of Shari'a-at-work. And that only scratches the surface. [Click at the bottom of her post for the photos.]

This is just part of what awaits if the West fails.

Pam's post is entitled "WHEN SHARI'A LAW COMES A-CALLING".

We could play with the title a little and perhaps make a catchy little song of it, to help us remember what will happen.

To the tune of "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain", does someone want to write the lyrics?

A Follow-up on the Forced Abortion Story

On Tuesday, I posted a rant on a pregnant 19 year-old woman that was kidnapped, by her parents, and taken to New York for a forced abortion.

It seems that this happened because the teenager's mother was upset that the baby's father was Black. So if their grandchild was not to be "lily white", then they had to kill it.

How is this possible, that a New Englander would actually be a racist/bigot? Has the MSM taken note of this? It seems that the stereotype in their playbook is that only Southerners can play this role.

I just get tired of the old MSM/"Liberal" stereotypes of Southerners, while ignoring the bigotry of Yankees. I once had a roommate from Boston that used the "N word" as easily as any stereotypical southern redneck. I would just roll my eyes and say nothing. Nowadays, I would not be so patient.

Sorry Pam and John, forgive this rant against New Englanders, before I was married (to an Okie) I had two lovers and that roommate from the Boston area and the results ranged from disappointing to disastrous (sp.?).

A Charge Commonly Made Against Christianity...

by Muslim apologists is that "Well Christians did this in the 13th century and this in the 15th century..." when discussing late 20th and early 21st century Islamist violence. (I am paraphrasing, but you know what I mean.)

This happened yesterday with Michael Medved, Robert Spencer and Jeff Siddiqi (sp.?).

I was navigating afternoon traffic, so I didn't hear the entire response, but I wish the radio host would politely say (not that they haven't, I may have missed it) - "Yes, we know Christianity has made mistakes in past centuries, but we are not addressing the deeds of the long-dead. We are talking about what is happening now."

Another example of the cultural chasm is over the Pope's remarks. FrontPageMag has an article in which a British Anglican Archbishop of York, Ugandan-born John Sentamu asked for Muslim forgiveness of recent statements.

To which a leading British Muslim spokesman replied (from the article):

“Just as we could not call on Jews to turn the other cheek when faced with anti-Semitism, it cannot be right that we are asked to tolerate anti-Muslim prejudice,” responded Muslim Council of Britain spokesman Inayat Bunglawala. “We should have a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of prejudice, be it anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim or anti-Christian. But we cannot just turn the other cheek.” [In their world, prejudice includes criticism.]

After WWII, Israel did hunt down individual Germans that had taken active roles in the Holocaust, but there was not a widespread vendetta against Aryan Germans (or people that looked like Aryan Germans). And they did not hunt down American anti-Semites and Nazi sympathizers or people that looked the other way.

Jesus' call for "turning the other cheek" and "loving enemies" was not a call to weakness, but rather a call to demonstrate strength through restraint. And, in my view, it was not a call to stand by while evil runs wild, but rather when one (or a people) confronted with personal insults and slights, whether through deed or word.

Most of these "violence at the drop of a hat - people", i.e., in response to mere spoken words, are never going to come into the 21st century. You cannot negotiate with people of bad faith. We are going to have to kill or subdue so many of them that the moderate-Muslim "fence riders" can see that the Islamist methods cannot prevail.

For the sake of civilization, they cannot prevail. This war is going to last decades, if the civilized world is to prevail. It ain't Hollywood.

We pray that the Space Shuttle crew returns safely, including the Iranian-born American woman. If Sharia law ruled the world, this would never have happened. (I am presuming that she is Muslim). Soviet & Russian space crews may have included Muslim men in the past, I am not sure, but I am not ruling it out. But the world should take note of this.

Much of the Muslim world is so dysfunctional, that they cannot design their own airplanes or cars, much less Space Shuttles. And some intelligent Muslim writers have fretted about this.

And though it is as a "space tourist", only in America (or at least free Western nations), can a Muslim-born woman ever have any hope of reaching space.

The Need for President Pat Buchanan as a Pirate

On Bill Bennett's radio program this morning, a caller brought up the issue of why didn't Kofi Annan arrest Ahmadinejad for his part in the 1979 invasion of the Teheran U.S. Embassy.

The short answer is "Kofi Annan arrest anybody (unless they are from Israel)? - don't make me laugh!".

Dr. Bennett made reference to "diplomatic immunity".

To which Mad Irish Pat would have replied - "Arrr ye scurvy dogs, we don't need no stinkin' diplomatic immunity. He'll walk the plank by sundown!"

Some Pirate I Am

After class last night, I took a bottle of grog out of the fridge to warm to the proper serving temp, and then fell asleep on the couch while reading.

When me wench awoke me, the ale was too warm and I was too sleepy to enjoy it.



You Know You've Reached Middle Age When...

You come to the conclusion that whoever is on top has to do most of the work.

[I don't know if anyone has tagged others with a meme of this subject, but I plan to do so. The victims are Pam at Blogmeister USA and Third Wave Dave. If any other blogging buddies want to jump in, go ahead, the more "wisdom of the ages", the better. No snub is intended.]

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Avast Ye Scurvy Dogs!

It is Mad Roger Roberts...That'd Be Me Pirate Name.

Try saying that after 2 or 3 bottles of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine. Or any other suitable hearty grog. It has to be the right thing to drink, it rhymes with blog! Instead of blogging drunk, we will blog grogged.

From Blogmeister USA, et al, this is "International Talk Like a Pirate Day" - Arrrrrhhhh!

From a link on her blog, get yer own pirate name and go rent a DVD of your favorite pirate movie. And after the kids are tucked in, enjoy your bottle of grog. After me class, I'll be enjoying a mug of Bigfoot or perhaps Sierra Nevada Brown Ale.

To find out more, check this link.


More Bitching and Moaning From CAIR

One of the constant "non-issues" that CAIR drones on about is the "mistreatment of Muslims" in the United States.

Please. To hear them, you would think that Muslims in the United States are being regularly pulled from their cars or their homes and beaten. Gee, isn't that what Muslims do in other countries, where they are in charge?

In this WND article:

"...CAIR said it received 1,972 complaints in 2005, the most since it began compiling annual reports after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. About 2,300 reports were received, the group said, but some were found to be illegitimate.

Most of the complaints, according to CAIR Legal Director Arsalan Iftikhar, were of a "due process" nature, such as racial profiling. Second were denial of religious accommodation and third were employment discrimination."

Yeah, that sounds like a real bunch of "hate crimes". CAIR would be better advised to tell Muslims that they don't have such a bad deal here in the U.S. and if their Islamist brethren (that they fail to condemn) are the ones that will trigger any sort of wave of hate crimes, if (or when) there is another major terror attack.

Just a Quick Note to Muslims...

When you get upset about the Pope or anyone else making note of Islam's past and present propensity towards violence...



Now calm down and go read Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People".

I guess I am having some "Michael Savage moments" this morning.

While Over at Tattered Bits of Brain

The most current post deals with some of the utter hypocrisy of Islamist terrorists and their enablers.

For all the talking they do about the "decadent West", they are perfectly willing to make money off the drug trade, in order to fund their activities, to further pollute the West (making the decadence worse), and to gain the allegiance of the opium poppy farmers.

But then we already knew about their moral bankruptcy.

An Impromptu Guest Post...

Steve from Tattered Bits of Brain made a couple of good comments on the "alien status" of Jesus, so I am presenting them here in as presented, as he covers it well (I hope he doesn't mind).

"Given that borders in those days were largely a matter of clan tradition, or roughly hammered out by Roman governors, there was little in the way of border checkpoints.

And none of the disciples could really be viewed as "immigrants." They were more like traveling minstrels than anything else. At most they would have needed a passport, not a green card."

From the second comment:

"One has to assume that assnonymous was referring to Joseph & Mary's flight to Egypt to escape Herod's manhunt. They could only be considered "illegal aliens" if a) Egypt has a strict policy against casual immigration, and b) it can be demonstrated that J & M didn't go through whatever appropriate legal channels to gain residency status.

Neither of which it is possible to determine at this point, and so one must assume that ol' anonymanus was being purposefully bellicose.

Besides, given the very real threat to their lives, as well as what could be considered religious and political persecution, they would quite clearly have qualified for asylum under US laws."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Why Modern Liberals Ain't...Polite Words Almost Fail Me

If all reported aspects of this WND story are true, I hope there is a special place in Hell for these people, including the doctor involved. It is beyond my human capacity to forgive this kind of evil.

According to the story, Nicholas Kampf, 54, and Lola Kampf, 53, from Maine, kidnapped their pregnant 19-year old daughter and took her to New York for a forced abortion. That, to me, is one of the worst forms of tyranny, forcing an abortion on a woman, regardless of her age.

There is a movie actress (name forgotten for the moment, but it is an Irish sort of name) that once made a comment about dragging her daughter "kicking and screaming" to an abortionist if she came home pregnant. What sort of message is in that statement?

We can debate about "prochoice" and the morality (or selfishness) of that position, but forced abortions are not "prochoice". I don't care if the girl is 11 and pregnant. If she doesn't want an abortion, then that's it. Efforts should be made to talk her out of an abortion, if she wants one, as there is ample evidence for regret After Abortion.

Even for the "prochoicers", abortion should not be the first choice, it should be the "last resort", when all other options have failed.

If this story is 100% true, these "parents" and the doctor should be brought up on murder charges. How could the doctor have not seen that the young woman was in distress?

We know that forced abortions (usually of girls) take place in China on a regular basis and yet we have feminists praising them for their "population control" programs. There is plenty of other evidence that "feminists/feminazis" are more dedicated to the Leftist agenda than they are to women.



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Just for One Day...

I wish Pat Buchanan was President.

Following up on a caller's suggestion on the Bill Bennett radio program...

The suggestion was that President Bush declare the War on Terror to be a "Police Action" and arrest Iran's "President" Ahmadinejad for his role in the 1979 U.S. Embassy invasion, in Teheran.

For all of the good qualities of President Bush, sometimes he is just a little too nice. I think in this case, Pat Buchanan would have the sufficient "huevos" to have Ahmadinejad arrrested.

I don't know about U.S. jurisdiction within the UN building, but there should be other opportunities. The Attorney General should have been drawing up charges againsts Ahmadinejad, if all of the pertinent Statutes-of-Limitation have not expired.

Arrest him and any others in his party. Cut off the snake's head, maybe that would provide the spark unlease the popular uprising, in Iran, that we have awaited. This popular uprising is perhaps the best way to head off the nuclear showdown that may await this U.S. President or the next.

Let the UN scream. Let the State Department policy wonks scream. Part of the concept of embassies worldwide is that the embassy is considered "the soil" of that particular represented nation. When the Iranians breached the embassy wall in 1979, they entered U.S. soil.

It is time to show the uselessness of the UN. In some fashion, there could be a benefit to a world-body to offer arbitration, etc., but giving Iran equal standing with Switzerland is beyond absurd. Giving Cuba equal standing with New Zealand is beyond absurd.

The U.S. Government royally screwed up when it didn't arrest David Koresh when he would make routine trips into Waco, TX and the deaths of dozens of people followed the (Janet Reno-inspired?) attack on the Branch Davidians compound/church. In a similar fashion, arresting Ahmadinejad now would be unpopular, but it might save lives in the long run.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Just Taking a Brief Blog Break

In the next day or so, I do plan to reply to the rude Anonymous challenge that I read Matthew 2, in regards to Jesus' status as an illegal alien.

I didn't see anything analagous to the present day situation in the first re-reading of Matthew 2, but I guess I have time while waiting for the Anonymous commentor to apologize for the rude comment.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

1936 Temps vs. 2006 Temps

In the last few days, several news outlets have been treating us to news that 2006 was slightly hotter than 1936.

Climatologists acknowledge a period of 20th century warming from 1900 to about 1940, then cooling from about 1940 to 1970, then warming again from 1970 to the present.

The 1940 to 1970 cooling includes the post-WWII rise in carbon dioxide and an active cycle of hurricanes.

OK, so 2006 may be a little hotter than 1936 (I am trusting these sources for the sake of argument). What caused that previous period of warming to end? What caused the following cooling period?

Our direct temperature measurements only go back to the late 1800s. We need to keep that in perspective, for what happens now has probably happened before, more than once.

Friday, September 15, 2006

A Few Weeks Ago, a Scientific Breakthrough was Announced...

We were treated to headlines of a medical breakthrough, by which Embryonic Stem Cells could be "harvested" without harming the early-stage human embryo. By way of a Nature magazine article.

It all turned out to be a lie. Have we heard anything about this in the MSM?

According to the above-linked article, by Michael Fumento [Some of the links didn't seem to copy correctly to this post, so go to the original article]:

"...On second thought, don't trust the media.

In fact none of the 16 embryos involved in the study by medical director Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) survived. All were harmed; none were viable; none were spared. When a member of ACT's research advisory panel, Ronald Green, told the Washington Post, "You can honestly say this cell line is from an embryo that was in no way harmed or destroyed," he couldn't have been more dishonest."

The article continues:

"...Lanza's team described their work in Nature as showing that a single cell pulled from the smallest human embryos (8-10 cells) can be made to divide in the laboratory a create a full cell line or "colony." Since fertility doctors often remove a single cell from embryos this age to screen for genetic defects before in vitro fertilization -- though it's still unknown as to whether this will eventually harm the child -- researchers could theoretically just use these "spares."

But Lanza's team didn't just pluck one cell from each of the 16 embryos; they ripped them apart and used 4-7 cells.

The ACT researchers' letter left the embryos' fate ambiguous, but an accompanying figure showed a photo of a biopsied embryo at a later stage of development -- one Lanza's embryos never reached. A longer Nature press release accompanying the article explicitly stated only one cell was removed and the embryos survived. (It has since been corrected, and Lanza's letter will be also.) ACT's press release declared repeatedly that the embryos survived, with CEO William Caldwell IV celebrating "Our ability to create human embryonic cell lines and therapies without harming the embryo...""

The article continues:

"...Lanza also clearly lied in an audio interview for Nature, saying "in this instance there is no harm to the embryo that we're biopsying." So did Caldwell, telling PBS's NewsHour, "In this case, we do not destroy the embryo" and therefore it was "a major scientific breakthrough."

Lo! After steadily declining for six months, ACT stock suddenly shot up 500% and both Lanza and Caldwell, already quite wealthy, became quite wealthier. Then just two days after the Nature report, ACT announced it had received commitments to raise about $13.5 million.

But then along came busy-body Richard Doerflnger of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In a detailed e-mail (later posted online), he showed step-by-step that Lanza did nothing new besides perhaps reaching new heights in scientific dishonesty."

So this seems to be a case of Nature magazine wanting to further their agenda regarding ESC (Embryonic Stem Cell) research along with someone wanting to boost someone's stock prices.

By the way, just curious, have we heard anything about this from the MSM?

A Few Other Things to Think About as November 2006 and 2008 Approach

Gayle Miller posted this piece a few weeks ago about George Soros' behind-the-scenes, deliberately below-the-(MSM) radar, manipulation of the Democrat Party and the election process itself.

With other players such as Jimmah Carter, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, dissatisfied as we may be with Republicans, electing Democrats to spite those Republicans that drift to the Left will only make things worse.

We Need to Remember This in 2008

Especially if John McCain is serious thinking of running for President. At times, he seems to shape up, but I think he is too self-serving, too much of a "squirrel" to be depended on, despite his apparent support of other aspects of the War on Terror. And don't even get me started on his blind support for Kyoto. I think that if I could sit down in a room, I could convince Joseph Lieberman of the reasons for global warming skepticism easier than I could with John McCain.

The above linked article is about four Republican Senators on the Armed Services Committee siding with the Democrats on a bill offered by Senator John Warner.

From the article:

"...Led by Sen. John McCain of Arizona and committee Chairman John W. Warner of Virginia, four Republicans joined the panel's 11 Democrats to support a bill that gives terrorism detainees broader civil rights than Mr. Bush has proposed.

But most Senate Republicans, including the rest of the committee's members, support the administration's view that Mr. Warner's bill would limit intelligence gathering and expose classified information to terrorists. They have vowed to fight it out on the Senate floor."

More from the article:

"...The administration argues that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions has never been tested by the U.S. before, and provisions banning harsh treatment are vague. Mr. Bush wants a bill that lists exactly what is out of bounds.

Mr. Warner's bill allows accused terrorists more access to classified evidence against them during military tribunals, and also rejects Mr. Bush's definition of treatment of detainees."

Objections to this should not be about party unity for the sake of party unity, but for the sake of prosecuting this war in a proper way. The Gitmo (and other) detainees are not uniformed soldiers and they are not U.S. citizens, thus we are giving them "rights" that they themselves would never extend to anyone that they captured, is beyond absurd.

What we consider torture is "just funning around" in most of the Middle East. They are using our morality against us. By being tough, we are not sinking to their level. Yes, from time to time, there are excesses, but we treat detainees/prisoners far better than they would be treated in their own countries.

Regarding Jesus' Citizenship Status...

According to this FrontPageMag article, a Leftist Christian is claiming that Jesus was an illegal alien.

According to Hillary Clinton, et al, Joseph and Mary were homeless, too.

From the article:

"...Writing for the recently unveiled Democrat Party website for liberal Christians,, Shaun Casey of United Methodist Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C., insists: “Jesus was an illegal alien and that ought to shape how we enter the current debate.” Casey is on the advisory council for this new Democratic website."

I don't pretend to be a biblical scholar, but I seem to remember that Joseph and Mary were returning to Bethlehem (Joseph's "home town") to be part of the Roman census, for tax purposes. That would mean they were neither illegal aliens nor homeless. They were just trying to be good citizens. And because other people were returning there for the census, that's why "there was no room at the inn", so to speak.

Grasping at straws.

[OK, after giving it some thought, I think I figgered it out. This is all just a big misunderstanding. I think the Leftist Christian must have met an illegal alien named Jesus (Spanish pronunciation) in a South El Paso bar and after having a much too much tequila, he passed out and dreamt this really intense dream, that yielded this concept. Yeah, that's it.]

Losing Good Will

For all of the good will and respect that ABC gained by running"The Path to 9/11", it loses much when it employs someone like Rosie O'Donnell on "The View". Apparently, on 9/11/06, she even made Joy Behar look sensible.

Rosie, despite her idiocy, is not worthy of your scorn. She is a deeply unhappy, lost person that needs your prayers above anything else. Anyone that pronounces President Bush as "vile and hateful", simply because he supports traditional marriage, is suffering from some serious emotional issues. Rather than accepting that she is a "societal rebel", she would rather tear down that into which she doesn't fit.

What is even worse than her likening "radical Christians" to radical Muslims, as far as domestic threats go, is that people in the audience applauded her comment. The blind following the stupid?

If she were pressed, how would she define "radical Christians"? Would that be all conservative Christians, even if they had never thumped a Bible in their lives? Would it include in her broad-brush attack, traditional Jews that observe and support traditional family structures? But we don't see "radical Christians" nor "radical Jews" cutting off peoples' heads, do we?

It never sinks in with Libs, such as Rosie, what their position would be in a Sharia-controlled world. A loud lesbian, with adopted children, on TV. Yeah, that would fly under worldwide Wahhabist Caliphate. Ya betcha!

Sometimes you just wish you could "teleport" (proper term?) these folks (without a U.S. passport) into Saudi Arabia, so they can find out how they would do. Let them spend a few weeks under those conditions, with no guarantee of escape.

There are American citizens, now young women, who were kidnapped by their Arab fathers while children and taken from the United States, that cannot leave Saudi Arabia, even though they have reached adulthood. How can a feminist reconcile that? And I think it is reprehensible that the State Department hasn't done more to intervene in these cases. [I don't know recent specifics about these cases, but I doubt that much has changed in the last few years. The State Department is more interested in preserving relationships than in righting wrongs.]

I believe it was Eldridge Cleaver that spent some time, in the late 1960s/early 1970s, in self-exile in Northern Africa (Libya?, Algeria? perhaps) and afterward, he decided that the U.S., despite it's problems, was not such a bad place.

If a hardcore 1960's Leftist such as Eldridge Cleaver could figure it out, why can't Rosie?

Regarding Suggested Changes in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Chase...

Some folks are disappointed that the defending champion Tony Stewart is not among the "Final 10". I am not.

I like Tony when he behaves himself, but there are proper ways to express dissatisfaction with other drivers on the racetrack without forcing them into the Daytona infield (Matt Kenseth in the Daytona 500) or the incident with Tony Raines (I think, at Phoenix - forgive me if details are incorrect), which resulted in Carl Edwards getting spun out.

Racing is dangerous enough as it is without temper tantrums. A stout, straightaway hit or two to the rear bumper is enough to say "Hey dude! You screwed up!". I had a problem with Ricky Rudd for the same reason. An otherwise good driver letting his temper get the better of him from time to time.

Some are proposing making the final 10 into 12 or even 15. Other address the issue of the winningest driver (forgive my grammar), Kasey Kahne, almost missing the final 10. A major change is not needed here, I just think the winning driver in a race should perhaps get an additional 5 or 10 points for winning. Consistency has long been rewarded in NASCAR and that doesn't need to undergo wholesale changes. Just some tweaking.

But as for changes in the Chase, my suggestion would be (without having read anyone else's opinion on this) - a "Second Chance for the Chase".

The Final 10 contenders are set for the Final 10 races. From the next five drivers (11 - 15), if a driver wins two of the final 10 races, he is "vaulted" into the Chase, with the points he would have earned if he was 11th when the Chase began. Thus, if Tony Stewart wins two of the final 10 races, he is back in the Chase with the points he would have had, had he been in a "Final 11" format.

If a second driver wins two of the final 10 races, then he enters the Chase as if he had been 12th when the Chase began.

It is unlikely that a third driver would win two races in the final 10, but I think this change could add some excitement. That would mean Tony Stewart, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch, and Casey Mears would still have a shot at the title if they could win at least 2 of the last 10 races, coupled with Top-5 and Top-10 finishes.

Regarding the Nancy Grace "Episode"

When we react emotionally, following the suicide of interviewee Melinda Duckett, there is the temptation to come down on Nancy Grace, especially if you have ever been a position where you felt the whole world was against you.

But when you learn some of the reasons, some of the evidence for the line of questioning, i.e., when you know more of the story, there are just things that "don't add up".

With Nancy Grace's experience and training, she has no doubt learned to recognize when something is "fishy". As with the Ramsey family (JonBenet), there are just certain ways that parents should cooperate with authorities when their kid is missing (or murdered). Melinda Duckett should have been able to answer questions about her whereabouts before Trenton's disappearance. She should have known the kind of questions that would be directed at her, if not by Nancy Grace, then by someone else.

From the ABC article:

"...Grace added that in murder and missing persons cases, it's common sense to look at the last person seen with the victim.

"And she [Duckett] admitted to her own lawyer…she grabbed a shotgun, diaper bag and the baby hours before he went missing and went on an eight hour odyssey through a national forest for target practice," she said. "And that is actually where police are searching today with cadaver dogs.""

From the GMA interview this morning, Nancy Grace said that Melinda Duckett has attempted suicide before and had had her toddler (Trenton) taken by DFCS for four days one time.

An unstable young mother taking her baby out for "shotgun practice" in the Ocala National Forest, just "ain't normal". It just "don't add up". Either she did something or she was covering for someone else.

And I don't think this will end well, as to 2-year old Trenton Duckett being found alive.

OMG! They Found It!

The planet from which the Tribbles came (remember "The Trouble with Tribbles" Star Trek episode).

This distant fluffy planet, as described in this news story can mean nothing but trouble if we ever send a spacecraft there. The fluffy appearance is likely due to the over-reproduction of the cute little hairballs.

We just don't want any of them here. We have enough problems with alien species as it is (kudzu, Asian tiger mosquitoes, etc.).

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Why Is There Such a Following for Conspiracy Theories?

Jonah Goldberg has some thoughts on the issue.

That is not to say that there are no conspiracies. But I think that most American conspiracies are after-the-fact, cover-your-ass conspiracies.

Such as TWA 800 (Clinton), the Oklahoma City bombing (Clinton) (was there Muslim involvement?), the airliner crash in NYC shortly after 9/11 (forgot the particulars) (Bush).

It is just depressing to think that the widespread belief in conspiracies seems to be gaining traction. Especially the 9/11 conspiracies. If we were looking for excuses to attack Iraq or other Muslim countries, there could be easier ways to do it.

The MSM Treats Us to Two More Global Warming Articles...

that conveniently omit the role of Water Vapor (humidity) and Water Droplets (clouds) in the Greenhouse Effect. Both of which are from Reuters.

The first one claims that changes in solar activity cannot account for the increase in temperature in the last century.

From this article:

"...Most experts say emissions of greenhouse gases, mainly from burning fossil fuels in power plants, factories and cars, are the main cause of a 0.6 Celsius (1.1 F) rise in temperatures over the past century."

Because of the Earth's axial inclination, as we progress through the Fall and towards the Winter Solstice, the Northern Hemisphere becomes increasingly angled away from the Sun. That is why it progressively becomes cooler. Less sunlight each day = colder temperatures.

After the Winter Solstice, the Northern Hemisphere begins its return to more solar exposure, but Winter continues as the Oceans lose heat more gradually than the land, thus there is a time lag. As the Northern Hemisphere progresses towards Spring and the Summer Solstice, the days get longer and more sunlight = higher temperatures.

The second one is about Arctic ice variations.

From the second article:

"...Most scientists believe global warming is due in some measure to the greenhouse effect, which occurs when so-called greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. These gases trap in Earth's heat like the glass walls of a greenhouse. Greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, are byproducts of the burning of fossil fuels."

No mention of humidity and clouds, no mention of natural sources of carbon dioxide. In some circles, the omission of elements of the truth are considered the same as lying.

From the Friends of Science webpage, here are some links to videos on the subject of what we are not being told about climate issues. Here is some info on the Greenland glaciers. Here is an article that discounts the hurricane/global warming link that some have tried to make.

Presented here is a 1979 - 2006 Satellite Record of Lower Tropospheric temperatures. The late 1990s spike is due to the strong El Nino. Yes, the graph shows some warming since 2000, but it also suggests a peak around late 2003/early 2004. It also shows previous cool spells in the 1980s and 1990s.

Dr. Tim Ball, Canadian climatologist, gives us this quote from Albert Einstein in regards to science:

"In the realm of the seekers of the truth, there is no human authority. Whoever attempts to play the magistrate there founders on the laughter of the gods."

This is just another way of saying "the science is not settled". And Kyoto is not the answer.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Why Modern Liberals Ain't - Prof Wants to Kill "Lunatic Christians"

Well, that is Joseph Farah's assessment of the writings of Mell Sheesholtz, PhD, who in this article broad-brushes Conservative Christians based upon the actions and words (in some cases taken out of context) of individuals within the "Christian Right", which is far more diverse than outsiders think.

Hyperbolic attacks on Conservative Christians, e.g., calling them "Evil Lunatics", serve no useful purpose, often they are just excuses for exercises in bigotry.

Most Conservative Christians are just everyday people. They may get fired up at meetings, but most of them settle down and drift back towards "the middle", where most of life is.

Most Christians are not seeking to have Young-Earth Creationism be the only idea presented in science classes.

The Sheesholtz article passage (near the end of the article) upon which Farah makes his assessment is:

"...A very wise woman recently asked me “Who will rid us of the evil lunatics?”

We will. We must. Public education and a civil, civilized society depend upon it."

I am sure that if this prof is pressed upon this, he will say he was not being literal about it.

Some libs seem to be quite proficient at projecting their attitudes onto others. Many will claim Christians to be Taliban-like, then go on to propose Taliban-like "solutions" for dealing with Christians, while not realizing that, to the Taliban, we are all to be killed or at least enslaved.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

In Regards to Climate Change...

the people that chant "the science is settled" are the ones that depend greatly upon computer models for their future projections. Computer modeling is a part of the discussion, and though they are getting better, there are always going to be limitations. Computer modeling is still an immature science.

I don't know the status of current models, but past models had trouble factoring in the effects of clouds and water vapor. In many areas, those effects vary daily or at least weekly.

Those of us that are skeptical of the role of human-generated carbon dioxide emissions do not deny that there might be some effects from these emissions (or other climate inputs, from Tropical Deforestation or the growth of Urban Heat Islands), but when we look at climate history, we see that climate variation is the norm, not the exception. At any point in time, at almost any place in the world, the climate is either getting warmer or colder. And the time scale chosen will affect the findings. We cannot accurately assess our contributions when the "norm" varies so much. Do you consider a 10 year average? A 100 year average? A 1,000 year average? A 10,000 year average? Each will give you different results, in temperature and carbon dioxide contents.

This morning's AJC has an article ("Paper links storms, society") about "the latest scientific findings" that support the current paradigm, that human-generated carbon dioxide is the "tipping point". The article makes no mention of the role of humidity and clouds in the Greenhouse Effect, the variations of which you can see yourself. It also makes no mention of the natural sources of carbon dioxide.

As has been stated before, there is a valid school-of-thought that contends that the increasing carbon dioxide content is the result of natural global warming, rather than the cause.

Though I don't have the link available, there have been questions about the "baseline" pre-Industrial Revolution atmospheric estimates of 270 ppm (+/-) and estimates of much older carbon dioxide contents. The methodologies involved in retrieving ice cores may alter the chemistry of the trapped air bubbles in the ice.

To say that "the science ain't settled" is not denying anything. That is just the nature of science, that it is almost never settled.



The Day is Over, But It Ain't Done

[Originally posted on 9/8 as "As There are Numerous Other Bloggers More Articulate Than I,..."] I will be providing more links to 9/11-related posts, as I find them.

These past posts from Michelle Malkin and this one too, relive before-the-fact attempts by Dems to censor/kill the ABC Project "The Path to 9/11". And in this post, Michelle contrasts the Leftist's attempts to remember this event by "Google Bombing" "The Path to 9/11". So what were the Republicans/Conservatives doing before the program? Probably getting ready to "take their lumps".

DCRoe of the 2,996 Project assigned each 9/11 victim at least one blogger for a tribute. My tribute was to Robert A. Lawrence of Sandler O'Neill & Partners.

[9/11/06 Updates]

BlogmeisterUSA hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Pam also had 9/11 photos that we need to remember.
The Republic Square hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
The Life and Times of Anthony McCune hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Lifelike Pundits hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Lifelike Pundits also had a good 9/11 post from Dodo David. Dodo David also had a tribute on his own blog to Todd Beamer.
Common Folk Using Common Sense hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project and an excellent post from yesterday.
Chris at The Black Republican hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Sister Toldjah hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Because Chris at Lucky Dawg News is smarter than I am, he had an excellent photo series.
Michelle Malkin had extensive posts, as one would expect.
Kitty Litter had this link to a 9/11 timeline and photos.
CrosSwords had this tribute.
Brainster hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Wizbang had this great compendium of photos are article links. And thoughts on How Everything Changed and Nothing Changed on 9/11.
DANEgerus had links and photos.
Junkyard Blog hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Atlas Shrugs had plenty of good photos and links.
And you thought YOU were cranky hosted a tribute.
Always on Watch hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Northern Virginiastan hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Ann Coulter had this tribute to Barbara Olson.
For Your Success hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Powerline Blog gave tribute to the Dartmouth alumni that died on 9/11, at least one of which was a co-worker of Robert A. Lawrence, at Sandler O'Neill & Partners.
Little Green Footballs had video links here and here.
Oddybobo contributed in her own way.
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Dr. Sanity contributes some thoughts and images.
TMH's Bacon Bits has some sobering thoughts regarding why the West will lose the War on Terror.
Cao's Blog hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Dadmanly hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Rightwingsparkle hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
Captain's Quarters hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
The Right Place hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.
A Rose By Any Other Name hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project, along with this bonus tribute.
Dizzy Girl hosted a tribute from the 2,996 Project.

...Because they all had names. And they all had lives.

Gateway Pundit has this post about a 9/11 hero that came forward five years later.

[9/15 Update: I believe it was Laura Ingraham that suggested that we learn to memorize some of the names of 9/11 victims, beyond Todd Beamer and Barbara Olson, despite their contributions before and on that day.]

...Because they all had names.

So pick one or two of these tributes, read about this person (or persons) and memorize their names. Richard A. Lawrence. Lisa Joy Raines. Sandra Conaty Brace. Steven Lawrence Glick. Louis Steven Inghilterra.

How many of them dashed out the door without saying "Goodbye" or "I Love You" because it was just another routine day or because they didn't want to wake someone or perhaps because they had had an argument that morning or the night before?

Remember this because it may happen again. Especially if someone doubts our resolve.

[More will be added when found and as time permits.]

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Difference Between a Soldier and a Terrorist...

is the subject of the currrent post over at Charlie Daniels' Soapbox. Go give a it read, as it is by someone with more "horse sense" than most ACLU members.

A quick sentence from this post, that sums it all up:

"...Terrorists defy every sentence of the Geneva Convention, so in the name of good sense, can somebody tell me why they deserve to be treated under its protections when they are captured?"


On that day five years ago?

If someone had said that we would go five years without another major attack on U.S. soil, would you have believed them? I wouldn't have. I expected attacks on the West Coast later that day.

If we make it through the rest of the day without an attack, we will not know all of the reasons until more time has passed.

The same thing with the War in Iraq (as part of the War on Terror), it is too soon, way too soon, to pass judgement on it's success or failure. We didn't know until after the Vietnam War that the Viet Cong/North Vietnamese considered giving up at the end of 1968.

What would Al Gore have done? What would Bill Clinton have done, if the 1993 WTC attack had succeeded? So, if one WTC tower had collapsed into the other, with no chance of evacuation, what would the death toll have been?

So who is doing the most squawking about before-the-fact responsibility between 1993 and 2001, regarding "The Path to 9/11"? It is easy to point the finger, when you ignore the three pointed back at yourself. The Dems have been reminded of the other three fingers and they don't like it. You think they would have the sense to "just lay low".

I am surprised that Jamie Gorelick had the gall to appear on ABC this morning to express an opinion, because of her complicity in creating the "wall" that restricted or prevented communications between intelligence-gathering agencies and criminal investigations, as reported in this Opinion Journal piece.

What were you thinking that day?

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Of Factoids and Big Lies as the Anniversary Approaches

Some folks will (if they haven't already) use the 9/11 anniversary to ratchet-up their attacks on the Bush Administration, as we enter the final stretch for the November elections. Of course there are legitimate reasons for some dissent, but much of what is coming from the Left is simply for the sake of regaining power, regardless of the cost to the country.

The primary factoid will likely be "we haven't gotten bin Laden yet".

We never got Adolf Hitler either. We cannot prove conclusively that he died in that Berlin bunker. We cannot prove that his followers burned his body. But we did defeat Nazi Germany. Victory provided peace.

If we make it through next Monday without a major attack, we will not know all of the reasons for perhaps years. How much of it is because we have disrupted the Islamist terror system? Is our five years of relative safety entirely because of our efforts or is it because they have chosen not to attack until we have become even more complacent. Or maybe they are waiting to see if Democrats win in November, 2006.

If there is a shift to a Democrat majority in the House that is followed by impeachment of the President, the Democrats will be doing some of the bidding of the Islamists by weakening the President.

The main thing we need to remember is that 9/11 was a follow-up to the 1993 WTC attack. Because the 1993 attack failed in its objective, many have forgotten what might have been if one tower had collapsed into the other, with no chance of evacuation. Would there have been 30,000 dead, instead of approx. 3,000?

And what will Bill Clinton's response have been if the towers had fallen in 1993?

This war has been going on since long before 9/11, al Qaida is not the only player, and 9/11 was simply their biggest "victory" against the West to date. And Afghanistan was not the only sponsor. Only invading Afghanistan would have done little in the long run.

The Primary Big Lie is that President Bush "lied us into war". WMDs were the "worst case scenario" of what a terror sponsor might provide to one or more terrorist groups. Iraq was suspected to have WMDs because they had used them before.

What good was any response to 9/11 if we had simply stopped after Afghanistan? What kind of message were we sending? A resolute response would be "we will track you anywhere, we will hound you, we will kill you", to any and all terrorist groups.

Iraq was known to be a terror sponsor, along with Syria and Iran. Perhaps because of previous episodes of inaction, Saddam may have thought we were bluffing in regard to the UN resolutions.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Congratulations to Chevron Oil Co....

for their new, big discovery in the Jack Field, about 270 miles Southwest of New Orleans.

The 28,175 foot well was drilled in about 7,000 feet of water, according to this WND article. From the article: "...The Wall Street Journal reports today the find could boost the nation's current reserves of 29.3 billion barrels by as much as 50 percent."

The depth of this new discovery is lending creedence to a viewpoint that WND has "pushed" for a while, that petroleum is abiotic (non-organic) in its genesis.

From the article:

"...Authors Jerome R. Corsi and Craig R. Smith say the giant find validates the key thesis of their book, "Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil," that oil did not come from the remains of ancient plant and animal life but is made naturally by the Earth."

Maybe, maybe not. I have blogged about this before, but don't have time to go back and find the previous post, so forgive any repetition.

When I was in grad school, taking a Petroleum Geochemistry course, our professor mentioned that Soviet Union scientists held to a non-organic genesis for crude oil, the subject of the Corsi & Smith book (which I haven't read yet). From what I know of the writers, they believe that because methane can occur abiotically, the heavier petroleum compounds can also. I don't know what mechanism they propose for the fusing of the small methane molecules into the larger molecules.

That Gulf of Mexico oil is being found at greater depths (which was previously predicted) doesn't necessarily give greater creedence to their thesis. According to the prevailing paradigm, crude oil forms from the cooking of accumulated organics in dark shales. The organics are primarily microscopic organisms, such as diatoms, radiolaria, and such. In an anoxic (oxygen-poor) basin, where there is not enough oxygen to allow the comsumption of organics by bacteria, the organic material drops to the bottom as "marine snow", where it accumulates along with the fine-grained clays.

Over time, burial and heating transforms the organics (referred to as kerogens) to crude oil, if sufficient time has passed. This supposedly has not been replicated in the lab, but that doesn't necessarily discount the organic source. For the meantime, I am keeping an open mind.

This doesn't mean we need to ignore ANWR, I believe a Senate vote is coming soon, if it hasn't happened already (I don't think it has). We do need to produce for the short-run, in order to develop the more efficient technologies of the future. These new discoveries do not mean that we should all run out and buy Hummers, there is a place for conservation of resources.

The reason for the apparent discounting of the "peak oil" theory is when proposed by Shell Oil Company's M. King Hubbert, in 1956, few people could have conceived of the technological advances in the next 50 years. If technology had been stalled by Luddites in 1956, perhaps we would have run out of oil by now.

There is more to be found, but it may not last forever. A more diverse energy supply is a good idea and increased current domestic production is a part of the equation, in order to keep a healthy economy.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Extreme Weather

Yesterday, I picked up an interesting book in our library, entitled "Extreme Weather", by Christiopher C. Burt. The book is based on U.S. Weather Service data collected since 1870, with additional info from other sources.

Now to hear the MSM/Al Gore tell it, extreme weather events began when George H. W. Bush took office in 1989. In their viewpoint, the extreme weather stopped during the Clinton Administration, then resumed when George W. Bush stole the 2000 election.

Since we hear from the same sources that temps are the highest they have been in the last 400 years, or more, this post will largely address temperature records, i.e., the all-time high temperatures recorded in each state.

The scary future scenarios presented by the Gorons are largely based on computer models. To quote from the above-mentioned book:

"...for climate scientists the statistics are the only way to know if extreme weather is increasing or decreasing."

Extreme summer heat and drought events are generally the result of stationary high pressure systems that "park themselves" over the bulk of the continental interior. We had some of that this summer.

So, while the 2006 statistics are still being recorded and compiled, do you care to guess the date of the worst U.S. heat wave on record, since semi-accurate records began being kept? Was it 1998? 2004? 2006?

It was July 1936, when temperatures peaked at 121 degrees F in North Dakota and in a number of other states. All of the following temps are in degrees Fahrenheit. All-time high temperatures (since 1870) that were set in 1936 and still stand are:

Arkansas (120), Indiana (116), Kansas (121), Louisiana (114), Maryland (109), Michigan (112), Minnesota (114), Nebraska (118), New Jersey (110), North Dakota (121), Pennsylvania (111), South Dakota (120), Texas (120), West Virginia (112), and Wisconsin (114). That is 15 states our of 50 have all-time high temperatures that were set in the summer of 1936.

Other high temp records set from 1931 - 1940 include 1931 - Florida (109), Hawaii (100); 1934 - Idaho (118), Iowa (118), Ohio (113); and 1937 - Montana (117).

So, as of 2004, when this book was published, 42% of the 50 states set all-time records in the decade of the 1930s. Many climate scientists that study past history know that in the 20th century, 1901 - 1940 was a period of global warming. From 1940 - 1970 there was a period of global cooling (despite the post-WWII increase in carbon dioxide). From 1970 to 2001 (and continuing), there was a period of global warming. Variations, which may be almost entirely normal.

Continuing, high-temp records from the 1920s (1921-1930) include 1925 - Alabama (112); 1930 - Delaware (110), Kentucky (114), Mississippi (115), and Tennessee (113). 1911 scorched several NE states: Maine (105), New Hampshire (106), and Vermont (105).

Another noteworthy all-time high temperature was in 1913, when Greenland Ranch, California reached 134 degrees F and 1915 when Fort Yukon, Alaska reached 100 degrees.

So, in summary, 31 of our 50 states (62%) have all-time highs that were set before 1940. Most of the carbon dioxide released in the 20th century was released after WWII. Could it be that global warming leads to carbon dioxide releases from the ocean and increased biological activity?

The 1930s was the decade of the "Dust Bowl" in the Southern Great Plains states.

A few more records were set in 1954, the year of my birth. Illinois (117), South Caroliina (111), and Virginia (110). The middle 1950s were also a period of a multi-year drought in Georgia.

This doesn't tell the entire story of the climate, but it is surely something that you will not hear from Al Gore, et al.

62% of the all-time state high temperatures were set before 1940.

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