May 30, 2008

A Clear Admission

A lot of bloggers, myself included in the post below, took Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to task for her statement giving credit to the Iranians for calling off hostilities in Basra. To remind you:

Well, the purpose of the surge was to provide a secure space, a time for the political change to occur to accomplish the reconciliation. That didn’t happen. Whatever the military success, and progress that may have been made, the surge didn’t accomplish its goal. And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians-they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities-the Iranians.

But considered from another perspective, this represents a rather startling admission from The Democratic leadership. Pelosi has acknowledged that in Basra, we were fighting the Iranians.

She has stated clearly that the Iranian government was controlling the forces we were fighting.

What is tragic thing is that she will not want to do anything about it.

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May 29, 2008

Second Hand Army Let Us Win

I hate when this happens.

You fight and struggle. You keep pushing even when the going gets tough. You make it through to the end victorious. Then you find out the other guy let you win.

According to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives the only reason Iraqi and U.S. forces succeeded in Basra is because the Iranians let us win.

Well, the purpose of the surge was to provide a secure space, a time for the political change to occur to accomplish the reconciliation. That didn’t happen. Whatever the military success, and progress that may have been made, the surge didn’t accomplish its goal. And some of the success of the surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians-they decided in Basra when the fighting would end, they negotiated that cessation of hostilities-the Iranians.

What exactly does that blithering idiot, Nancy Pelosi, believe prompted the Mullahs of Iran to show the Great Satan goodwill?

Was it the diplomacy of the Bush Administration that softened the hatred that leads them to supply the weapons killing American soldiers?

Certainly Pelosi can't believe that.

Does she believe that they made this goodwill gesture to better position themselves for the coming of the Obama Ascendancy?

I know she doesn't believe that the reason for the success in Basra is that the Iraqi army, with U.S. support, kicked the asses of Iran's proxy army. Reality is not something that is allowed to enter her warped world view.

Maybe she was trying to insult them by implying that the Mahdi Army lost because it buys it's supplies second hand at Goodwill of Iran.

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May 28, 2008

As the Wind Blows

I think I figured out why Obama does not wear a flag pin on his lapel.

His position almost everything depends entirely on which way the political winds are blowing. Wearing a flag would just be redundant.

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May 23, 2008

Mission Impossible

Long long ago in galaxy far far away - before the presidential campaign got underway - conventional wisdom was the the race for the White House would be between Senators Clinton and McCain. From my perspective that amounted to six of one or a half dozen of the other.

The idea of either one of them becoming president was equally abhorrent. (Albeit for differing reasons.)

To me it represented a choice between the liberal socialist statist and the the semi-conservative statist. Either way, individual liberty was going to lose in equal measure.

But now it seems the Democrats are about to do the impossible. The are about to nominate a candidate who makes McCain look like a good choice.

To label Obama a liberal socialist would be inaccurately placing him too far to the right. Calling him a statist doesn't quite his position either. Totalitarian comes fairly close.

We've already been told by his wife what Obama will require of us as president:

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

And recently Barack outlined how other countries, no doubt through his interpretation, should determine our standard of living:

We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.

It's beginning to look like this race be six of one and a baker's dozen of the other.

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May 14, 2008

Hillary Clinton Doesn't Get It

I got an email from Mrs. Clinton today. One of the highlights of having email is getting the occasional message from someone famous written by their well paid staff.

In the message, Mrs. Clinton attempted to explain why she is still in the race, and why I should still send her money. (Like that's ever going to happen!)

She also managed to show and fundamental lack of understanding of what it means to be an Ameican. Thus demonstrating another way in which she is completely unfit for the office she seeks.

Dear Stephen,

There are some people out there who want to declare this race over now, before all the ballots have been counted or even cast. There are some who say they don't know why I'm in this race. So let me tell you why I'm still running.

I'm in this race for everyone who needs a champion. For the hardworking families who are losing sleep over gas prices and grocery costs and mortgage payments and medical bills -- but who never lose that American can-do spirit and optimism.

Here's the thing Hillary (apparently we're on a first name basis now) the people who "never lose that American can-do spirit and optimism" don't need or want a champion in the form of the federal government.

Those who never lose that American can-do spirit and optimism do not want the federal government to bail them out of their mortgages. They suck it up and find a way to pay or take the hit and move on.

Those who never lose that American can-do spirit and optimism are not clamoring for the federal government to punish "Big Oil" and force them to lower gas prices. What they want is to end the government policies that result in needlessly higher prices. Until then they are cutting back on take-out and movies to put gas in the tank and make ends meet.

Those who never lose that American can-do spirit and optimism do not want the government to take over their medical care. They want to be responsible for their own lives and their own care. They just want Washington out of the way.

Those who never lose that American can-do spirit and optimism do not need another D.C. Hero. They are the heros of their own lives.

The people who are looking for a champion to provide for them with other people's money are not those who never lose that American can-do spirit. They never had it to begin with.

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May 07, 2008

Category Five B.S.

Global Warming bullshit has reached Category Five strength and the person who brought it there is none other than His Holiness al Gore. According to the Nobel Laureate and High Priest of the Holy Church of Global Warming the recent disaster in Myanmar is a consequence of Global Warming.

I'm actually surprised al Gore blamed "Global Warming" and not "Climate Change." I thought the later was official church doctrine. After all it has to be hard to preach warming when the trend line for global temperature has been flat for the last 10 years. It has to be even harder when scientists start predicting that natural variations in Pacific Ocean currents are going to lead to Global Cooling for the next 20 or so years.

But all of that is just window dressing. What is truly disgusting is al Gore's rush to use a monumental human tragedy to further his enviro-socialist political agenda. The man sickens me.

If he truly believed that Global Warming was a crisis then he would be doing something more that jetting around the globe bloviating, collecting prizes and selling himself bogus carbon offsets.

(Hat Tip: Randy B.)

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May 03, 2008

Global Warming Causes Global Cooling

The predictions have been dire.

The warnings foreboding.

Millions would die.

Coast lines would disappear as the ice caps melted raising sea levels 20 feet.

Tropical diseases would spread north and south.



Those few who lived would be left no recourse but to eat each other to survive in the soon to come waning days of the human species.

But then a funny thing happened on the way to our inevitable CO2 caused extinction. About ten years ago, the global average temperature stopped rising. Even though CO2 levels in the atmosphere continued to rise sharply.

This didn't deter the chicken littles of the Holy Church of Global Warming though. They tweaked their computer models - changed a few of the guesses on which they are based and suddenly a decade of changeless global temperature was perfectly normal and expected. Warming and doom would recommence soon. You just had to have faith and turn over control of your life and the world to the Church because that was the only path to salvation.

But then science did what science does (when it does what it is supposed to do). It gathered data. It studied reality. It launched a satellite called Jason.

Jason gathers data about the oceans. Empirical things like ocean wind speeds, wave heights, currents etc. Jason does this more accurately than the previous satellite called Poseidon.

What Jason - combined with a bunch of other actual empirical data is telling scientists is that we can expect a decade or two global cooling.

Now it’s not just the sunspots that predict a 23-year global cooling. The new Jason oceanographic satellite shows that 2007 was a “cool” La Nina year—but Jason also says something more important is at work: The much larger and more persistent Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) has turned into its cool phase, telling us to expect moderately lower global temperatures until 2030 or so.

For the past century at least, global temperatures have tended to mirror the 20-to 30-year warmings and coolings of the north-central Pacific Ocean. We don’t know just why, but the pattern of the last century is clear: the earth warmed from about 1915 to1940, while the PDO was also warming (1925 to 46). The earth cooled from 1940 to 1975, while the PDO was cooling (1946 to 1977). The strong global warming from 1976 to 1998 was accompanied by a strong and almost-constant warming of the north-central Pacific. Ancient tree rings in Baja California and Mexico show there have been 11 such PDO shifts since 1650, averaging 23 years on length.

The priests and acolytes of the Church of Global Warming have reacted to this by predicting that as soon as soon as the cooling stops it will start warming again.

We are all doomed.

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May 01, 2008

Benefit of the Doubt

I have a reputation among those who know me both online and off as having a slight cynical streak. Particularly when it comes to politicians. I just tend to automatically assume they are self-serving liars.

But I am going to make an exception. I am going to make an exception for one of the most liberal politicians ever to run for the White House. An exception for a candidate who is essentially a socialist.

An exception for Barack Obama.

Obama has said that that in the twenty years he attended the Trinity Church he never heard Reverand Wright say anything offensive or controversial. I am going to choose to believe him. Obama has said that he saw the sermon clips that had started this story as nothing more than sound bites taken out of context and looped endlessly by the media. That they did not reveal the real Reverand Wright. I am willing to believe that Obama actually believed that.

In fact I am willing to accept as real true an honest everything Obama has said both in defense of and in repudiating Reverand Wright.

And I think you should to.

Then I think you should ask yourself if Obama got Wright so wrong for so long, do you really want him to be choosing the next Secretary of Defense? The next Secretary of State? The next Director of Homeland Security? The next head of the EPA? The next Supreme Court Justice?

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