Friday, April 18, 2003

Budweiser True


I'm sitting here listening to the Royals game (they're in town), and we go to the bottom of the 10th. It starts raining like crazy where I am, which is about 15 miles West of the stadium, roof sounds like bullets over Baghdad, and the storm is moving East.

The play-by-play man says that it is a 3-3 tie in the tenth and the weather is beautiful.

The Royals load up the bases, seemingly about to win, and the announcer says that it started to rain. I am thinking, FINISH IT OFF, but after loading the bases with no out, the Royals are out of the inning.

It was just too funny listening to the game, hearing how perfect the weather was, listening to the rain pound on my house, hearing that the Royals loaded the bases in the 10th and then hearing that the rain had hit the stadium, hoping someone could hit a single with the bases loaded.

Scoreboard is exactly equal: Both teams with 3-10-1, top of the 11th.

UPDATE: Bottom of the 11th, still raining, some lightening, but they better finish this game.

OMG: Ken Harvey, lead-off hitter in the 11th, hammers it out of the park. Game over, Baby! "Deep over the seats in left field."

38K to see the game, to see a winning team with a food stamp budget. Royals are 12 and 3.

Who Should Clean Up Iraq?


Hitchens explains the complexities surrounding Bechtel and other contracts - "Oleaginous
People who prefer Saddam Hussein to Halliburton."

Well, if that doesn't give away the true motive for the war, I don't know what does. But unless the anti-war forces believe Saddam's fires should be allowed to burn out of control indefinitely, they must presumably have an idea of which outfit should have got the contract instead of Boots and Coots. I think we can be sure that the contract would not have gone to some windmill-power concern run by Naomi Klein or the anti-Starbucks Seattle coalition, in the hope of just blowing out the flames or of extinguishing them with Buddhist mantras. The number of companies able to deliver such expertise is very limited. The chief one is American and was personified for years by "Red" Adair?the movie version of his exploits (played by John Wayne himself!) was titled Hellfighters. The other main potential bidder, according to a recent letter in the London Times, is French. But would it not also be "blood for oil" to award the contract in that direction? After all, didn't the French habitually put profits in Iraq ahead of human rights and human life? More to the point, don't they still?


The Dims don't pick on this because they are worse, and would the Dims have The Rose Law Firm do the rebuilding?

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds posts a good discussion on the topic.

I Can't Miss This


Dennis Miller and Anne Coulter on Bill Maher's HBO show at 11:30 EST, 10:30 American time. I can't wait, and thanks to MRC for alerting me.
"Samir Abd al-Aziz al-Najim caught near Mosul; 'most wanted' regime player helped Saddam plot assassination attempts."

Fox's headline is good:

THINNING THE DECK
I enjoyed The Washington Dispatch's Tax Poll:

Do you pay too much money in taxes?
Yes, it's absurd
85%

No, we're obligated to pay
0%

At times it feels that way
11%

It doesn't bother me
3%

A Wonderful Rip on Krugman


Michael Tremoglie writes a wonderful piece on Krugman's exploration of the Clear Channel radio station pro-American conspiracy.

It is interesting, even comical, how Paul Krugman portrays pro-America rallies as a capitalist conspiracy. Krugman must see a capitalist behind every tree. He must see capitalists in his bedroom at night after he turns off the lights. Capitalists are in Krugman’s breakfast cereal in the morning. They follow Krugman everywhere. I bet he has even a safe room in his house to go to when the capitalists take control of the government so Krugman can begin his 'people’s revolution.'
{...}
Krugman has not reported the links between the Not In Our Name 'peace' coalition, Muslim terrorist groups, and narco-terrorists. Nor has he reported the link between International ANSWER and the Stalinist loving Kim Jung Il worshiping, Workers World Party. Krugman has not reported the 'fuck America' comments, the burning of the flag and the president in effigy, the destruction of property, the harassment of military personnel, all by 'peace' protesters. No outrage by Krugman of these things.

One might ask why that is? Why the double standard? Why is it that Paul Krugman thinks it appropriate for terrorist related, totalitarian idolizing groups to sponsor anti-American protests, and yet he finds it a threat to American civilization for a radio station to sponsor patriotic rallies.

The reason is that in the world according to Krugman, the terrorist and communist affiliations of Not in Our Name and ANSWER do not only not represent a conspiracy, such affiliations are preferred.

Mr. Tremoglie is a bit biased because his son sponsored one of the rallies and is having troubles paying the rent because of that. Krugman is a giant asshat, and I am thankful that some people take him on for that defect.

Marines Hunting Gazelles


Drudge highlighted this one.

"It was delicious. I don't know if it's because we have been eating MREs for two months, but everyone has enjoyed it a lot," said army cook Cpl Joshua Wicksell, 26.

Each of the squadron's platoons has been limited to killing one gazelle a day to make sure the herd is not depleted.

The soldiers have been allowed to use 9mm pistols to hunt after initially being forbidden to use firearms for fear that gunshots in the woods might be mistaken for enemy fire.

"We hunted them with rocks (at first), as Stone Age as that sounds," Wicksell said. "We gutted them and skinned them and pretty much carried them over our shoulders barbarian-style."

The preparation is almost as primitive: a fire pit dug in the ground, covered by a radiator grill from one of the marines' trucks.

Hunting those things with rocks sounds challenging...

Patriot Act Fears


Glenn Reynolds posts what he says is good news for folks who don't like the Patriot Act. You can easily determine the difference between people who have to go after the bad guys and the people who theorize about civil rights.

Until I see the civil rights that are getting violated, I will be supportive of the legislation. People who are fighting these guys need all the help we can get. There is some inane bureaucracy built in to the Patriot Act, but I am comfortable that we do not have a whole bunch of rogue law enforcement folks out there violating innocent civilians' rights.

9 More of These and We Can Nuke the Asinine

Filibusters on Judges


Power Line discusses an item in the Washington Times about Daschle's popularity, or lack thereof. I hope the folks in SD save us in 04.

MRC Caught the April 17th Top 10


From the April 17 Late Show with David Letterman, as announced by ten members of the 6-22nd Movement Control Team from Fort Eustis, Virginia, the
'Top Ten Reasons I am Proud to Be an American.'

10. "Besides Switzerland, we're the only country to have a cheese named after us"
(Private First Class, Peter Griffin)

9. "We have 49 awesome states...and Delaware"
(Specialist, Vernell Adams)

8. "All our great Presidents have been American"
(Private First Class, Randall Forrester)

7. "I don't see Yao Ming playing basketball in Belgium"
(Specialist, Christopher King)

6. "Our flag is one of the stripiest"
(Sergeant, Nealon Sears)

5. "America has more Regises per capita than any other nation on earth"
(Specialist, Terrell Price)

4. "If the French don't like us, we must be doing something right"
(Specialist, Lee Stringer)

3. "Slurpees"
(Private First Class, Carleto Corpuz)

2. "You'll notice the U.S. judges on 'American Idol' are very polite. The British one's the jerk"
(Private First Class, Jacob Herzog)

1. "It's where all my stuff is"
(Staff Sergeant, Israel Hill)

#4 earned the most applause.


MRC has a lot of other good stuff on the media playing the "Blame America First" game.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

Airline Execs Ruin Their Companies and Then Rob the Employees


"Execs Cash In At Cash-Strapped Airline"

Next up, American Airlines is going to cash in on your tax dollars.

I'm all for people doing well in unbridled capitalism, but this is pathetic robbery of both the shareholders and the employees, and now they want to take your taxes to solve the rest of their problems.

According to the filing by American's parent, Fort Worth-based AMR Corp., the company in October partially funded a supplemental pension trust for 45 top executives that protected some of their benefits even if the carrier filed for bankruptcy protection.

In addition, the company offered its six top executives bonuses of twice their base salaries if they remain until early 2005.

Months later, the company demanded that pilots take pay cuts of 23 percent and flight attendants and ground workers take cuts of about 16 percent, effective May 1.

Workers ratified those concessions in voting that ended Wednesday after an extraordinary election among flight attendants, who initially rejected the concessions but saw the result reversed after voting was extended by one day.

Among the executives in line to receive the bonuses is chairman and chief executive Donald J. Carty, who had told workers last month that he would take a 33 percent pay cut. His base salary in 2002 was $811,000. Carty did not publicly discuss the bonus.


If they were managing the companies and making money or attempting to stop the bleeding, maybe the salaries would be worthwhile, but how do shareholders justify this kind of salary, then double that salary in bonuses, then a pension fund shelter from bankruptcy because of mismanagement?

Senate Creating Turmoil for the Judicial System


It's good to see this getting some attention, and John Fund did a good job with it.

The Constitution makes references to many requirements for "supermajority" approval by the Senate of such matters as treaties or convicting an impeached official. But there's no supermajority requirement for the Senate's "advise and consent" role in approving presidential nominees, no doubt because the Founding Fathers feared a minority could throw the executive branch into turmoil if a president couldn't get his officials confirmed without a Senate supermajority.


One can only hope that the voters start watching.

President Bush will have to use more of its political capital to preserve his appointment power. The president may have to visit states whose senators are participating in the Estrada filibuster and appeal directly to the public for support. The president can point to outrageous rulings by liberal judges, such as the Ninth Circuit's declaring the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional.

The Senate, of course, has the power to vote down presidential nominees its members deem unacceptable. But if a minority of senators can thwart the will of the people and the majority of their colleagues, what's the point of having elections?
{emphasis mine}

Bush needs to hammer on this.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Scrapple is Reminding Me of Coops


Despite $100B Iraq War, Bush Still Mispronouncing
(2003-04-14) -- Despite spending $100 billion to knock down a statue of Saddam Hussein, U.S. President George Bush is still mispronouncing words and looks like a monkey, according to an unnamed leader in the Democrat party.

"We're convinced that Bush is intentionally mispronouncing words to distract attention from his disastrous handling of the economy," the source said. "Just the other day he said 'misfeasance' instead of 'malfeasance'. In the past, we Democrats let him get away with stuff like that, but now that the war is nearly over, it's time to play hardball."

Scrapple is satire, but Coops is serious...

LA Police Money Doesn't Improve King's Life


Rodney King, whose videotaped beating led to the deadly 1992 riots in Los Angeles, was hospitalized with a broken pelvis after he lost control of his sports utility vehicle while weaving through traffic at 100 mph and crashed into a house, police said.

King, 39, was spotted Sunday by a police officer who said King was speeding and weaving through traffic in his 2003 Ford Expedition when he slammed into a utility pole, a chain-link fence and then the house, police said. No one in the house was injured.

King was in fair condition Monday afternoon, hospital spokesman Jorge Valencia said. His condition was not available yesterday, as hospital officials did not answer phone calls.

Police said they suspect King was intoxicated and that a blood sample was taken. Test results have not been released.

King was not arrested, but a report detailing the crash circumstances will be submitted to prosecutors, police Lt. Kathy Thompson said.

King, who is black, was chased by police through the San Fernando Valley in 1991 and was captured on videotape being beaten by four white officers.

After their acquittal, riots broke out and lasted for four days, leaving 55 dead and more than 2,000 injured. The mayhem caused $1 billion in property damage. King received a $3.8 million settlement from the city of Los Angeles in 1994.

He was convicted of spousal abuse in 1999 in San Bernardino County and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and four years probation.

That 3.8 Mil doesn't look too rational right now.

Slick Willy Feels Bad for Saddam Fans


TK pointed this out today, and then I saw this good post on moxie

Yep, our buddy Bill Clinton.

The guy who sent a few cruise missiles into Iraq to "reprimand the dictator" for not complying with numerous UN resolutions. He refused to send armor to Somalia. This Clinton powered military bombed an asprin factory in the Sudan in response to the bombing of the USS Cole. And we also bombed the hell out of Bosnia but didn't send ground troops until the peacekeeping phase.

My take on this? The Democrats are so out of favor they can't even comprehend.

My take on Slick Willy? He wishes his balls were 1/10th the size of Dubya's. That man knows how to take care of what Clinton and his own Father could not, with grace and dignity.

Clinton said,

"Our paradigm now seems to be: something terrible happened to us on September 11, and that gives us the right to interpret all future events in a way that everyone else in the world must agree with us."

Yes Bill, anyone who targets civilians working in two towers, supports homicide bombers financially or ideologically is wrong.

Apparently, Clinton doesn't feel that any government regime who kills and rapes their own citizens might be a threat to the rest of the free world. If you don't see how the concept of "prevention" is important, than why support pregnancy prevention (Bill you DO use condoms, doncha?), or disease prevention? I have a free ticket to China for ya.

Better Than Real Mowing


This won't work with push mowers.
The first race of the season is now less than three weeks away and as sunny weather spreads across the country, hopes are high for a good Summer of racing culminating in the world championships, being held this year in the southern English county of Surrey.

In Britain, the sport is represented by the British Lawn Mower Racing Association (BLMRA), motto "Per Herbam Ad Astra" -- Through Grass to the Stars.

Mark Constanduros of the BLMRA (www.racemower.co.uk) says the sport appeals to people from all walks of life attracted to the smell of engine fumes, the spectacle of daredevil maneuvers and the honor of crossing the finishing line first.

"We have farmers through to company directors. It is a cheap fun sport for people who love to race," he told Reuters.

Grand Prix racing legend Stirling Moss is a previous winner of the British lawn mowing 12-hour endurance race.

Racing is open to anyone with a spirit of adventure and a motor mower.

The Ferraris or McLarens of this sport have names more often associated by the layman with garden centers: Atco, Webb or Westwood.

Check out the US Lawn Mower Racing Assocation

Not as entertaining as IRL, but it sounds fun.

Headline of the Month


TK pointed me to the most appropos headline, coming the day after tax day:
Looting Subsides in Baghdad But Rages in Washington

By Jeff Gannon
Talon News
April 16, 2003

WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- National Tax day found President Bush talking about victory in Iraq and the looming battle over his stimulus package.

Gary Bauer on a Roll


His note on ABC's news coverage reminded me of the gloom and doom emails we get from Coops.

Gloom And Doom

Watching ABC's nightly news coverage yesterday of Iraq would have tested the optimism of even always cheerful Ronald Reagan. Literally, every story was negative and intended to send the message that things were bad and only getting worse. A hospital had been looted and it was our fault. Not every Iraqi liked the make up of the first meeting to plan a new post-Hussein government and it was our fault. There are people in Tikrit who still like Hussein and that too is our fault. Demonstrations took place in a number of Iraqi cities and - well, you get the point.

A few weeks ago, ABC and Peter Jennings were telling us how bad the war plan was. Six months before that, ABC reported with a straight face that Saddam Hussein received 100% of the vote and no one seemed troubled by the fact that Iraqi dissenters were routinely beaten, tortured, imprisoned and
killed. Now, without missing a beat, ABC wants to make sure we all know that efforts to construct a workable peace will fail miserably.

Sadly, American liberals are no longer able to imagine that anything America does could possibly come out right and I suspect they will stay in this funk until the next time a liberal Democrat sits in the Oval Office!


Speaking of Coops and speaking of Reagan, here was today's missive from the left:

Wow. I didn't think it would ever come to this. I always imagined that even if I lived to be 150 I'd never dislike a president more than I disliked
Bonny Ronnie Reagan.

But there was a bump in the road, or a straw on a camel's back, or a raindrop from heaven, or something. Or maybe it was that I just saw another
speech of George Dumbya in Berkeley, Mo. And I've switched. Been moved, as it were. Saw the light. An epiphany? Changed my mind anyway.

At least Reagan--saying that ketchup was a vegetable and saying there are no homeless people in America (he honestly said that) and for all his deceit about Central America and his lying about it (but, of course, as I've said before, with Reagan you never knew if he was lying on purpose)--never had that wholly unpresidential smirk that our current, born-again fascist president has 666 times a day. And Reagan never had that idiotic expression of disbelief that Dumbya continually expresses--the half-I-want-to-laugh and half-I-want-to-cry look that frat boys get right before they say, "C'mon! What do you mean, we're out of beer?"

I've had it with Dumbya. It's official: I dislike George W. Bush more than I ever disliked Ronald Reagan.

This politically motivated hatred causes a kind of sick hatred of the country, but that is the way it goes, I suppose.


Andy Serwer, Cheerleading for CNN


I cannot believe he wrote this with a straight face:

LIBERAL TV MEDIA.... I keep seeing this stuff over and over and I want to state a few truths. First they say that CNN is a liberal network. Who says this? Conservatives? Or folks from Fox? Who knows? Anyway, is CNN liberal? How do you tell? Let's start at the top. Start with Ted Turner, the founder of the network, who of course no longer runs it. But true enough, he was the man behind it. So, is Ted a liberal? While Ted shares some views with liberals, he shares other views with conservatives. Ted is decidedly independent and iconoclastic. Always has been, always will be. Okay, what about the head of CNN, Jim Walton? Is he a liberal? I mean, come on! Who the heck knows?! So what about the anchors? Well, I can tell you that several of the top anchors on CNN are decidedly not liberal. I think it is safe for me to say, for instance, that one of the anchors who's not a screaming liberal is Lou Dobbs. (See money.cnn.com/2003/04/14/commentary/dobbs/dobbsreport/index.htm) And Lou is a flagship presence on CNN. What about other prominent CNN personalities? I don't often see Jack Cafferty and 'screaming liberal' in the same sentence. Who else? Well, what about Bill Hemmer or Judy Woodruff or Wolf Blitzer? Again, who knows, and I defy anyone to tell me you can ascertain how they voted in the last election by any of their work. Sure CNN has liberal talking heads, but it has conservative ones, too. Just like Fox. Speaking of Fox, why is that network so concerned with being called conservative? They are conservative. So what? But what is it with this 'fair and balanced' stuff? Are they ashamed of calling themselves conservative? Why? As for my political views, well I'll tell you--and this is pretty complicated so hang on to your fedora--on some things I am conservative, on others I am liberal. I am independent-minded. I'm sorry but it's true. I'm not doctrinaire, I try to go with what makes sense. But let me tell you this: There is no one who is more patriotic than I am, no one who loves this country more. So don't go pulling that card on me. Bottom line: It's America, think different!


He loves the money CNN is shoving in his face so he is the big cheerleader. I'd prefer he talk about the things he might understand. If anything, trying to defend Woodruff from the Commie label is like saying that NASCAR drivers don't like turning left.

And by the way, Jack Cafferty is the only cool thing going on CNN. A rational guy who knows about right and wrong - No waffling with Jack.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

And Here Is Why the Dims Are Obstructing



"We have the opportunity to create 510,000 new jobs should the president's package be accepted, just this year," said U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin. The president's tax cut package will create almost 2 million jobs by the end of 2004, she said, and (along with the $1,000 per child tax credit and other provisions) give 26 million taxpayers an average tax cut of $703.

The Dims don't want the country to be successful - Bush might get re-elected.

Meanwhile, NPR Demonstrates the Ignorance of its Leftist Fans


Polling is fine, but since when can you can you count on all of your participants to be PHD's in Economics??

What’s more, Americans don’t necessarily believe that tax cuts would stimulate the economy. Given four potential tax cuts, a majority of Americans (54 percent) said only one of them -- an across-the-board cut in federal income taxes -- would stimulate the economy. Fewer believe a $300 tax rebate (43 percent), a dividend tax cut (35 percent) or a temporary cut in payroll taxes (24 percent) would be an economic stimulant.


How in the F do they know about economic stimulants? I sure don't and I read about it a lot...Instead of polling on this, why don't we hear from some experts?

And what on Earth does this mean:

Republicans are more likely than Democrats to say that tax cuts will stimulate the economy, yet even Republicans do not overwhelmingly see these tax cuts as stimulative -- except the across-the-board income-tax cut, where 70 percent of Republicans say it would stimulate the economy, as opposed to 44 percent of Democrats.

It's obnoxiously positive to discover that we find 44 percent of the Dims understanding the way the world works.

You could only read this convoluted tripe on NPR's site:

Overall, a majority of Americans (52 percent) believes that there is so much wrong with the federal tax system that Congress should completely overhaul it. But 44 percent believe that, on the whole, the federal tax system works pretty well and Congress should make only minor changes to make it work better.

I have heard that 30% of the public does not have to pay any income tax and many of them get refunds from other taxpayers, so I can understand them saying they like the system, but who are the other 14%? I'm thinking Barbra Streisand and her friends.

Here's some nice prejudice against the wealthy from NPR, as if the system is broken if we do not redistribute all income equally, using The Soviet Union as an example:

They also are more likely to strongly disagree that it is the responsibility of the government to reduce the gap in incomes between the top and the bottom, or the top and the middle. Furthermore, they are considerably more likely to be knowledgeable about the tax system.


Here is the kicker:
Perhaps most important of all, few Americans know how progressive the tax system is. More that six out of 10 (63 percent) think that low-income or middle-income people pay the highest percentage of their income in federal taxes. Only a quarter (25 percent) know that upper-income people actually pay the highest percentage. This misconception is likely why so many Americans (57 percent) think that high-income people don’t pay their fair share in taxes.

Someone needs to work on educating these folks on the facts. I am glad that NPR did admit that last aspect of the poll. Despite the communism over there, they do have a sense of honesty.

MRC Continues the Watch


Many have observed that since the war seems to have gone fairly well, it's time to whine about other things, and MRC points to this in a sharp manner.

A sure sign the broadcast networks are moving on from the war: On Monday's NBC Nightly News Campbell Brown referred to President Bush's ?massive? tax cut, a tax cut that a new poll ?shows Americans have little enthusiasm for.?

Ah, back to the good old pre-war days of undermining any attempt to reduce the amount of people's money taken by the government.

Brown's shot at the tax cut came after anchor Tom Brokaw noted that a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 71 percent approve of Bush's performance while 23 percent disapprove.

Campbell Brown reported that the public sees the nation moving in the right direction over wrong direction by 62 to 22 percent. But, she warned, Bush's biggest hurdle to re-election will be the weak economy. ?The President's answer,? she relayed, ?an economic plan built on a massive $726 billion tax cut that the poll shows Americans have little enthusiasm for. 43 percent said Congress should pass the tax cut to stimulate the economy, but 49 percent said they opposed it because of the deficit and unknown war costs. Senate Democrats, and some Republicans, have teamed up to slice the tax cut to less than half of what the President has proposed, $350 billion.?

If in the face of such media hostility more than four in ten still support the tax cut, that's pretty good.

Another sign the war is over for the media: The cable networks spent much of Tuesday morning focused on the Laci Peterson case.
{emphasis mine.}

NPR uses the word "massive" for the Bush tax cuts and not only that, but the anchors read the word with heavy emphasis, like MASSIVE NUCLEAR BOMB. The tax cut plan is ambitious, but it is hardly massive compared to the GNP, not even 1%. That would be like me saying that I had a massive expense in my grocery bill when I bought a six-pack of Diet Coke.


I Did It


Brazillian Blink 182 website - Coops says that they don't speak Portuguese in Brazil, but that is how I translated this page...Google helped me translate the idiotic Blink 182 site:

against the war! E Would like to say a phrase for bush: Wood In Its Cu, excrement president 0 blink182.com.br, in protest palhacadas of the president bush, lanca a campaign: wood in cu of bush. we ask for to all voces visiting, that they placed this image below, in its signatures of the forum that voces frequentam. We go everybody to order this son of puta to take in cu!

I love their music, but these guys are idiots and their lyrics basically suck. Even if I do like the music, I will be pretty hesitant to buy their new album this summer. Idiot artists pretending they know anything about the way the world really works. I may not know, but I sure have a better sense for it than these idiots.

More on the Dasshole Clowns in the Senate

Obstructing the Presidency and the Justice System


Advice and consent, and more people need to be talking about this.

Kennedy was remarkably candid in asserting that there is a crisis in the lower courts?that shrinking numbers of judges are being asked to decide growing caseloads and that the slowdown in confirmations is devastating their ability to do their jobs. He was equally candid in opining that "both parties have been guilty of this" and that there is definitely some "payback going on here." And he made the best case I have heard thus far for limiting the Senate's "advise and consent" role to something that falls short of a veto based on ideological litmus tests. Calling it a danger to judicial independence for senators to insist on nominees with specific views, Kennedy made an eloquent case for a judge's highest authority still coming from "the ability to change his mind." Urging that judicial independence is a creature unlike any other, Kennedy stressed that becoming a judge necessarily alters one's fixed ideology, simply because, once you hear a case, "suddenly, there's a real person there."

One of the nicest things that can be said about getting a Supreme Court justice out of the black robes and blinking into the bright auditorium lights is that there's a real person there as well. The members of the high court should be a little more willing to weigh in on the crisis facing their colleagues on the bench; more public shaming from The Brethren might just make a difference in the Senate.

Slate had some good s**t today, and to think I was thinking of cancelling their butts because of some of the obscene opinions over there...

What Rumsfeld Wanted to Say to Russert


Steven Landsburg talks about The Case for Looting

Turning now to the moral issue, most civilized people (my ex-wife and her attorney excluded) instinctively recognize the fundamental human right to retain one's earnings, and therefore react with abhorrence to unrestrained thievery (and, if they are intellectually consistent, to marital property laws and the taxation of income). But I wonder how much of the property in Baghdad was legitimately earned in the first place. Iraq, for at least two decades, has been a society where many rewards have flowed not to those who served the needs of the marketplace, but to those who served the needs of the tyrant. If those rewards are redistributed to the tyrant's victims, that's fine with me.

That's not to say that the crowds' exuberance has been harmless; I'm sure that a lot of glass and more than a few noses have been needlessly broken, and I'm sure that some goods have been transferred to people who won't fully appreciate their value. (On the other hand, I'm also sure that some goods have been transferred from people who didn't fully appreciate their value.) But in the scheme of things, this is small potatoes. Iraq has been systematically looted for two decades. This is, one dares to believe, the beginning of the end.

Common sense over at Slate!(?)

Michael Moore is at it Again


As Acidman would say, What a total F**ktard!?!

"We actually have someone in the White House who thinks he's God," he said. "Did I miss something in Sunday school? Is it not wrong to kill another human being unless it is in true self-defense? What exactly was the urgent need to drop bombs on innocent civilians in Iraq?"

"There is one thing you have to admire about the conservatives," he said. "They have the courage of conviction. The courage to stand up for what they believe in. We [liberals] are like a bunch of whiners - we're so indecisive."
[...]
"There is one thing you have to admire about the conservatives," he said. "They have the courage of conviction. The courage to stand up for what they believe in. We [liberals] are like a bunch of whiners - we're so indecisive."


Gee whiz, you are indecisive and lack conviction because you have no sense of what is right and what is wrong, so you just whine and whine and whine.......(via Apathy, Ennui, and Angst, Ink)

Salutes Without Uniform


Quite a stink. I think you should be able to show respect when others direct respect your way.

Check out Bill Quick's take, (via One Hand Clapping)

Tax Day is Here and Redistribution Thrives


I am on the email list for my congressman. He's a Dim, and our district should not elect Dims, but he's won three times. Here's what he says about Earned Income Credit:

Moore touts Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working families

Congressman Dennis Moore joined community leaders at a news conference on Monday, March 24th, to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax benefit that helps low- and moderate-income workers increase their financial stability.

"Kansans who work hard deserve this opportunity to pay for things such as education, health care and housing," Moore said. "A constituent of mine became a first-time homeowner by using the money from her EITC to make a down payment."

The EITC is a credit of up to $4,140 for working families who earn less than $33,178. It has been proven to help reduce poverty, make work more attractive than welfare and help working families build assets.

Moore spoke about the benefits of the EITC to working families at a news conference in the lobby of the main building at Donnelly College. Erika Dvorske from the United Way of Wyandotte County discussed how community collaborations have helped connect families to the resources available to them, and William Barksdale from the IRS outlined who qualifies for the EITC.

"Getting the word out about the EITC and about the availability of free tax preparation is crucial to our community," Dvorske said. "The only way we can do this is by collaborating with organizations across the community. United Way is excited to be a part of this collaboration."

Mohamad Hajisakhadod, an EITC recipient who utilized the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Donnelly College, shared how the credit has made a difference for his family. He will use the EITC to purchase a computer and clothing for his six children.

According to tax return data in Kansas City, up to 25 percent of eligible workers fail to claim the EITC. There are an additional 9,866 potential EITC recipients in Kansas City with a total of over $16 million dollars of unclaimed EITC refunds.

Here's the deal: I am one of Moore's "Working Families" and what is happening is that I have a lot less money because Dennis thinks that I should pay higher taxes so that someone who does not work on educating himself and has 6 kids can take $4K of my income to buy a computer and a Gameboy. What is this about "making work more attractive" that justifies re-distributing my income? This borders on communism and I don't understand why it is so highly regarded. Most people on EITC purposefully under-report self employment income (cash payments) and other barter arrangements so that they can qualify for stealing my hard-earned income. I am all for helping people who are trying to make a go of it, but re-distribution to those who are simply trying to rob the system a la Robin Hood is asinine.

And United Way? Talk about another scam...Donate directly to the honest charity, and add 50% to their pockets...

And by the way, Moore is one of those Dims who acts rational to get elected but once elected, he acts like Dick Gephardt. Everyone thinks, "Oh, Moore is safe, he is moderate," but once he is back in, he acts like a gephardt or a Daschle...

I am 100% behind Adam Taff's 2nd try at defeating the bozo, and I think Adam is talented enough to do it.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Basketball Country


I always say that basketball is a game, not a sport, but what a serious game it is here in the heartland. There is great contraversey over Roy Williams and his decision to go back to his alma mater, UNC, but I'm thinking, "Why not take the promotion?" Half the people here would shoot me for that and the other half would have a good laugh.

Check out this discussion board to see the emotions running high.

Me, I think I'll go back to watching my Avs kick butt playing a real sport...And baseball is a game more similar to basketball or golf than the sports of hockey, soccer, or football, but what a great game and how about the Roayls? 10-1. Wow.
VodkaPundit has the #1 version of the French Army Knife. The comments and the translated insult thing are priceless, satire, hoax or otherwise.


I feel lowered just to know you to exist. I scorn all about you, and I wish you would leave. I cannot believe how incredibly stupid you are. I want to say stupid rock-hard stupid Dehydrate-rock-hard. If stupid stupid that it goes manner beyond stupid we know in a whole dimension different from stupid. You are stupid transport-stupid. Méta-stupid. Stupid ploughed up on itself up to now that even the neutrons broke down. Stupid obtained so dense that no intellect can escape. Stupid singularity. Hot sun of buckling of midday on stupid mercury. You emit more stupid in one second than our whole galaxy emits in year.


That's just a slice of the translated French comment...

Another Rumsfeld Moment


My Father told me about this exchange that MRC faithfully caught.

During the April 13 Meet the Press, Russert inquired of Rumsfeld: “Let me turn to the situation, the non-military situation, if you will, in Iraq and that is the whole issue of looting. This was the scene with the Museum of Antiquities, which housed treasures dating back thousands and thousands of years from the beginning of civilization. And it was ransacked and destroyed, about 170,000 items. The head of the museum said, 'Our heritage is finished.' What happened there? How did we allow that museum to be looted?
Rumsfeld: “'How did we allow?' Now, that’s really a wonderful, amazing statement. No, let me-”
Russert and Rumsfeld tried to yell over each other: “But, how are we-”..
Rumsfeld: “-just say a word, here.”
Russert: “No, no. Wait, wait.”
Rumsfeld: “Wait a minute. Wait a minute.”
Russert: “No, let me be precise, 'cause it’s an important point.”
Rumsfeld: “But we didn’t allow it. It happened. And that’s what happens when you go from a dictatorship with repressed order, police state, to something that is going to be different. There’s a transition period, and no one is in control. There are periods where, there was still fighting in Baghdad. We don’t allow bad things to happen. Bad things do happen in life and people do loot. We’ve seen that in the United States. It’s happened in every country. It’s a shame when it happens. I’ll bet you anything that if they, when order is restored, and we have a more permissive environment, that there will be opportunities to ask people to return some of those things that were taken. We’ve already found people returning supplies to hospitals.”
Russert: “What the heads of the museum will say is that they actually asked for the U.S. to help protect it, and that the U.S. declined. Is that accurate?”
Rumsfeld: “Oh, my goodness. Look, I have no idea. We’ve got troops on the ground, and who do you know who he asked, and whether his assignment that moment was to guard a hospital instead? Those kinds of things are so anecdotal. And it always breaks your heart to see destruction of things.”

One time I was sorry I missed Russert's show.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

Tax Day Sucks


Rachel's going through what I am tonight. I had already done most the work to find out that all of my savings are going to the Fed and Kansas. So, after finding out my condition, I waited until tonight to punch the final keys. In some ways, those dollars are well-spent, in some ways it's a horrible pathway that they are taking. Jesse Jackson has the Rainbow Coalition Tax Fraud Center - Unfortunately, I can't stoop to that level to avoid paying taxes, so here I go. Screw Jesse Jackson and the rest of the tax fraud centers. Also, I'm not a good conservative in saying this, but screw the offshore companies, and cut my darn taxes.

I guess I'll have HR withhold more soon so that I will be broke all year long instead of once a year...

UPDATE: CNBC recommends that if you cannot afford to pay your taxes, don't solve that problem by simply not filing - Bad idea. The IRS will set-up a payment plan for you. Awesome. My monthly payments would be higher than my mortgage payment.

Dowd On the Hootie Wars


When I saw the headline, I thought, "Oh no!" but it was actually a nice light column from Maureen.

Here's the juicy part:

"Golf is the game that 14 American presidents have played, a game that revealed as much ? and in some cases, even more ? about their personalities, their character, and even their presidencies as the words they chose, the bills they signed or the legacies they imagined for themselves," writes my colleague Don Van Natta Jr. in a new book about presidential golf, "First Off the Tee."

...Bill Clinton was the most inventive golf cheat, taking "Billigans" ? unlimited do-over shots ? and often needing 200 swings to shoot an 82...

...The Bushes, who play in an erratic blur punctuated by exasperated "Oh, golly darns" and "Oh, golly gees," are far more interested in a friendly father-son competition than the finer points of the game. W. teases the old man about resorting in recent years to using the ladies' tees: "Don't trip on your skirt as you hit the next one, Betsy!"


Sometimes that little snot can put out some good material.

Jarrett Gets a New Crew Chief


I hope this works. It won't help in the near term, but I hope my 88 gets back to victory lane quite soon, and he better start qualifying better, holy cow.

I'm looking for someone that has more of the answers, (instead of) coming to me after we get through qualifying -- and here this year after a bad day of qualifying -- saying, 'What do you want to put in the car for the race?''' Jarrett said Friday.

"My answer was, and it wasn't made to be a smart-aleck answer: At the top of my contract it says 'driver,'" Jarrett said. "I'm to give input as to what I feel with the race car. I don't think there's any driver out here telling his team what springs and shocks to put in that race car."

Jarrett's team, Robert Yates Racing, announced Wednesday that Parrott was fired as crew chief of Jarrett's No. 88 Ford. Parrott's brother, Todd, took an indefinite leave of absence from his role as competition director for Yates' two Winston Cup teams.

Team general manager Doug Yates said the move was made because "it's kind of like the wheels have come off'' since Jarrett won at Rockingham, N.C., in the season's second race.

"We're going to see what's out there,'' Yates said.

Garth Finley and Richard Buck will share crew chief duties on Jarrett's car this weekend for the Virginia 500. He qualified 39th on Friday and blamed "driver error,'' saying he overdrove his car into the tight corners.

Jarrett is 12th in the points race with two top-10 finishes, including 10th in the Daytona 500.

C'mon, DJ, let's rock n roll...I hope it's not the Geritol.

Unlikely Is an Understatement


Since the first day of spring training, Kansas City manager Tony Pena has preached one thing to his Royals: Believe in yourselves.

Looks like the message sunk in.

Kansas City extended baseball's best start in 13 years Saturday as Raul Ibanez and Michael Tucker hit two-run homers Saturday, leading the Royals to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

An unlikely 9-0, the Royals are the majors' only undefeated team and are the first club since the 1990 Cincinnati Reds to win its first nine games. Those Reds went on to win the World Series.

I am on the bandwagon. It's a big bandwagon, and it may get a flat, but it's fun.
I just saw President Bush talking with reporters about the 7 rescued POW's. He is a great man. The detractors can doubt his policies, but I do not see how you can question his genuine concern for our country, our troops, and the Iraqi people. Incredibly deep concern - You couldn't fake that.

I didn't hear the question clearly, but one of the reporters asked him if he was talking too much about prayer. His answer was drawn out, but it was basically that there are a lot of people who are concerned about their loved ones and fellow countrymen, and that is one thing you do when you are concerned about your loved ones.
Scott Ott Does it Again

Gen. Tommy Franks Can't Wait to Retire
(2003-04-13) -- U.S. Gen. Tommy Franks said today that he can't wait to retire so he'll have a better understanding of what's going on with U.S. military operations.

"Retired generals have better operational information than I do," said Gen. Franks. "When I give a news conference now, everything I say is doubted by the reporters. But when I'm retired, the big news media will hire me to talk about what's really going on in the theater of operations. I'm just not in the loop right now."

Gen. Franks said he often calls retired generals to gather intelligence about the movements of U.S. forces, and predictions about what will happen next.

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Finally, Reason from the Left


An excerpt from an article by John Lloyd, resigning as a columnist for the New Statesman, "The left has lost the plot." "By defending sovereignty in the name of anti-imperialism, opponents of war undermine their claim to champion the oppressed." (via InsideVC's Warblog.)

A large part of the British left - and the left elsewhere - has made a fundamental mistake. In opposing the invasion of Iraq, it has shown itself incapable of thinking through not only the nature of the world as it is today, but also its own claims to be the leading force in making the world better...

...A few of those who have opposed the war have recognised the force of some of these issues. But few have kept them in mind in developing their arguments. Opponents of war quote the failings of the US administration, but few recognise the failings of their own allies in the anti-war camp: Russia's brutal war in Chechnya; China's vast internal repression, the execution of dissidents, religious believers and nationalists.

France and Germany, the two leading anti-war states in Europe, baulked at acting against murderous tyrannies or collapsed states throughout the 1990s - in Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, as well as Iraq. Where action to overthrow dictatorial regimes has been taken in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and now Iraq, it has been taken either with US prompting, or with the US military in the lead. In the first three cases, the result was a lifting of tyranny and the chance of a better life for the peoples of those countries.

Let's face it, it is only hatred of Bush that is driving this movement and I hope the movement gets trashed in '04. And thank Heaven for leaders like Blair.

The Left really does need to start "thinking through the nature of the world as it is today."

Top Scientific Advisor is 7 of Diamonds


You'd think he could have been a Jack, of something, but he is a 7 of Diamonds.

Burk Makes Huge Divot at Masters


I had to look twice - I thought I was reading some Scrapple Face satire, but alas, it was an AP report. Who needs satire when you have this, and I will bold a couple of items.

The 5.1-acre field hand-picked by Sheriff Ronald Strength for Burk and her opponents to protest resembled a policemen's picnic.

Strength chose the lot after receiving requests for more than 900 protesters. But it turned out to be mostly empty, save for 100 deputies and state troopers who leaned against patrol cars parked bumper-to-bumper on the grass to separate protesters who never arrived.

Sheriff's Maj. Ken Autry said it was too hard to differentiate journalists from protesters to get a headcount.

A single bus pulled up to drop off Burk supporters -- and 17 people got off. A handful more, mostly college-age women, were already setting up their small stage. And 20 Rainbow/PUSH protesters joined them.

Jackson himself was a no-show. The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a black minister who heads the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, flew in from Los Angeles with five members to ridicule Jackson for siding with Burk.

The Ku Klux Klan also turned up -- make that one Klansman, Joseph J. Harper of Cordele, Ga. He eschewed white robes for a plaid shirt and blue jeans. Sitting under a tent and showing off photos of his prized poodles, Harper said Augusta National has the right to exclude women.

Burk sought to embarrass the club by linking it to Harper. At one point, she ceded the stage to a 7-foot cardboard figure of a hooded Klansman wearing a Masters button.

``We're not all white trailer trash,'' Harper muttered into a bullhorn, his voice drowned out by passing cars.

The free-speech freak show didn't stop there.

A man calling himself Georgina Z. Bush dressed in circus drag -- clown makeup, black garter belt and an American flag as a shawl -- and denounced the war. An Elvis impersonator struck karate poses in his rhinestone jumpsuit in hopes of sponging a Masters ticket. Frank Mizell, a banker from Aiken, S.C., had a similar idea. He wore a sign saying: ``I Will Kiss Martha Burk For a Ticket.''


Burk's opponents seized on the sideshow atmosphere and low turnout to declare the protest a flop.

I am feeling better about the U.S.
``None of these people really care about what's going on outside the gates of this club,'' six-time Masters champion and Augusta National member Jack Nicklaus said. "Come on, it's a golf tournament.''

At a house across from the protest site, Dutchess Smith, her husband and a few friends arranged lawn chairs where they could watch the protests while sipping beer from foam cups.

``I thought there would be a whole lot more protesters,'' Ms. Smith said. ``It's just a joke.''

Her friend Jim Campbell, watching the first patrol cars roll off the lot, had another thought.

``Be a good time to rob a bank,'' he said.


Burk's brain bank has already been robbed.