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Saturday, September 28, 2002

Weapons Grade Uranium Siezed on the Road to Iraq.
Any questions about running out of time, while the UN and the Democrats dither?

Thursday, September 26, 2002

The New Republic on algore
Once again the center left magazine gets it right on the Democratic party, and most especially algore.
A Voice From The Past
Victor Davis Hanson teaches the classics. Here is a wonderful look at the present through the eyes of an ancient Greek general, Thucydides. Tough reading, but well worth it. This essay was originally published on 11/27/01.
Dick Morris on algore
Once again Dick Morris proves himself one of the most astute political analysts in the country.
Here's my favorite quote:

The way to get a Democrat to destroy his own chances of winning is to get his liberal constituency hot and angry and lead it to demand that its representatives stand up and be counted for a liberal, unpopular position. It was just such a quandary that led Mike Dukakis into his famous opposition to the death penalty in the 1988 election and that enticed Hillary ever leftward on health care in 1994.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

And That Brings Us to Today
Tom Daschle had what's being called a meltdown on the Senate floor today. Here's a transcript, and here is the President's words that got Mr Daschle all hot and bothered.
This is not so much a response to Mr Bush, but a response to algore! It's about Democratic Presidential politics, and trying desperately to hold on to the Senate in November. It's also a response to multiple liberal pundits who are asking what the heck the Democratic stands for, and when will they start standing up for it. The latest is David Broder, Monday in the Washington Post. This follows on the heels of the devastating article a couple of weeks ago in The New Republic.

I wish I was an editorial cartoonist on days like today. The picture would be the HMS Titanic, with Joe Lieberman as lookout, screaming, "Iceberg Dead Ahead!" Algore as Captain Smith, screaming "Steer hard left!" and Tom Daschle as the helmsman turning the wheel as far left as it goes. This week, with algore and Daschle, we may well have seen the pacifist Democrats hitting the iceberg. Oh, and the name on the iceberg? Iraq.
The Contrast
An amazing contrast to Algore is the speech Tony Blair made before The British House of Commons. This is just an exerpt of the speech. Here is the complete Iraq Dossier directly from 10 Downing Street. Take note of the satellite photography of the chemical and biological weapons factories. And where does the money come from to pay for the proof presented by our friends the British? According to The Wall Street Journal, from The United Nations.
Here's the first paragraph:

Who is Saddam Hussein's biggest business partner?

The United Nations. The same U.N. whose secretary-general, Kofi Annan, stands as one of the chief ditherers over removing Saddam. Here are the ingredients of a conflict of interest.

Continue the story. It will reinforce the President's case for possible unilateral action.
Oh Where to Begin, Where to Begin?
Well, let's start with Algore. He gave a speech on Monday. A left speech. A faaaar left speech. Here's Michael Kelly's comments. My favorite paragraph:

Gore's speech was one no decent politician could have delivered. It was dishonest, cheap, low. It was hollow. It was bereft of policy, of solutions, of constructive ideas, very nearly of facts -- bereft of anything other than taunts and jibes and embarrassingly obvious lies. It was breathtakingly hypocritical, a naked political assault delivered in tones of moral condescension from a man pretending to be superior to mere politics. It was wretched. It was vile. It was contemptible. But I understate.

He then proceeds to give examples to back up just how understated the above paragraph was.
There is no way I could say it any better.

Sunday, September 22, 2002

Campus Politics
What a wonderful editorial on the far left radicalism of college professors and administrators. This site keeps track of the liberal agenda on college campuses across the country.
Your Iraq Questions Answered
Victor Davis Hanson answers the questions being raised. Worth reading, since you won't hear the answers in the mainstream media.
By the way, if you haven't picked up his book, An Autumn of War, what are you waiting for?

Saturday, September 21, 2002

On Being an American
Daniel Henninger makes a strong case for bringing back the Melting Pot. And sadly, if you are under 30, you have no idea what that is.
That's the point.
Democrat Scandals
If you look close, you see this story is on page 5 of the Washington Post. Had this same almost three quarter of a million dollar fine been on the Republicans, what page do you suppose it would be on? And in what glaring 20 point headline?

Thursday, September 19, 2002

A Just War
This is a well thought out exposition on the theology of a just war.
And here is a link to President Bush's resolution, speaking of just wars.
Proof We Are At War
A phrase has crept into our national vocabulary since 9/11/01. "Waiting for the other shoe to drop." We all know what it means, and we are all waiting, even as we go about our routine. Waiting, just a little anxious. Wondering when the shoe will drop....
An Historic Ten Days
Few of us are aware of just how much the debate has changed on Iraq in just ten days. Fred Barnes is right in calling it a masterful performance.
Email Problems
Unbeknownst to me, the email link was not working. I was beginning to think noone was writing, but boy was I wrong. Thanks to everyone who has continued to comment, complain, praise, etc..... I'm replying as fast as I can.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

The Jews Kept McKinney and Company from Winning Their Primaries
And here I thought it was their idiotic, race baiting, anti American talk before the primaries.
The President's Poll Numbers
Remember the Clintonistas' cry during impeachment, "The American People want...." and then they'd bring out their polls. Well, where are the Clintonistas now?

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Saddam Thinks Out Loud
Thanks to Michael Kramer
Iraq Could Have Nukes in a Few Months if he can just postpone the inspection, or stop the inspections, or get the French to stop it or the Arabs or.............
Now What Will The Environmentalist Whackos Show Pictures Of?The incredible shrinking ozone hole - smh.com.au
Assessing Just How Far We Have Come
Victor Davis Hanson has found his voice in Post 9/11 American Conservatism.

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Media Shutdown
I never started this blog as a critique of Journalism.
Really, I didn't.
I started it to keep my friends and coworkers up to date on Current Events , get away from using the Company internet connection, and keep me reasonably sane all at the same time. But the mainstream, media in this country often becomes the story. Friday's shutdown of a major highway in Florida, and the media's feeding frenzy is a great example.

Saturday, September 14, 2002

Supplements unwelcome in the European Union
This could cause Shaklee some sleepless nights. The European Union is working hard to show just how far the left can go toward government control at the expense of individual freedoms.
A Continuing Prayer
Courtesy of The Federalist
"Ever faithful God, in death we are reminded of the precious birthrights of life and liberty you endowed in your American people. You have shown once again that these gifts must never be taken for granted. We pledge to those whom you have called home, and ask of you -- Patience, to measure our lust for action; Resolve, to strengthen our obligation to lead; Wisdom, to illuminate our pursuit of justice, and; Strength, in defense of liberty. We seek your special blessing today for those who stand as sword and shield, protecting the many from the tyranny of the few. Our enduring prayer is that you shall always guide our labors and that our battles shall always be just. We pray this day, Heavenly Father, the prayer our nation learned at another time of righteous struggle and noble cause -- America's enduring prayer: Not that God will be on our side, but always, O Lord, that America will be on your side. Amen." --Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld offering prayer at the opening of Friday morning's White House cabinet meeting after 9-11

Friday, September 13, 2002

Peggy Noonan
Folks, I have Peggy linked on the right, but today's Peggy Noonan deserves a special mention. She's right. Mr. Bush is back from vacation, in a big way.
The Myth of a Republican Split on Iraq
Once again Charles Krauthammer has it right. Especially this excerpt:
It turns out that the disagreement among Republicans was less about going to Iraq than about going to the United Nations. It was a vastly overblown disagreement, because even the most committed unilateralist would rather not go it alone if possible. Of course you want allies. You just don't want to be held hostage to their veto. And as the first President Bush demonstrated when he declared that the United States would liberate Kuwait unilaterally if necessary, the best way to get allies is to let others know you are prepared to go it alone and let them ponder the cost of missing the train.
The President's Ultimatum
It wasn't just the words, but the delivery that changed the mood of the UN.
An Important Editorial from The New Republic
The New Republic is a long way from right of center. That's why this indictment of the Democrat's stand on Iraq is so important. The Democrats are on the wrong side of this, and it's fairly obvious that some are beginning to realize it.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

The Left Speaks, Good Thing Few Are Listening
The rightward leaning liberal who drew my attention to this speech by Dennis Kucinich was correct. I quote, "What is he thinking?!?!?" I couldn't agree more.
The President's Speech Address to the UN
I've been off for a while. Trouble with my back and knees have kept me off the site. The speech today brought me back, if only temporarily.Here are some reviews of the speech, courtesy The National Review. The case has most assuredly been made. Over the next few days, even more details will be filled in. Stay Tuned.

Sunday, September 08, 2002

Can't Cry Hard Enough
Somewhere around October of last year I came across this site. It's a moving tribute to the loss of 9.11.01. The song is haunting, and will tend to stay in your thoughts long after you turn off your computer.

Saturday, September 07, 2002

Still More Evidence, From the New York Times of all Places
This story must have pained the New York Times to know end. There is little question that this paper has been biased in favor of no attack all summer. For them to print this tells me there is alot of evidence they have chosen not to print.
Mounting Evidence of Saddam's Nuclear Capabilities
Interesting story from the Washington Post. Hopefull Mr Bush will give more information on 9/12/02.
Commercializing the Moon
There is alot of activity going on in the private space travel world. In the end, this could be as big a story in the history books as the war on terror.

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Where's the Anger
A comparison from the Jerusalem Post between Pearl Harbor a year later, and 9/11/01 a year later.
Here's a timely quote:
One conclusion, however, is already indisputable. Had it responded to Pearl Harbor as it did to September 11, the US would not have won World War II, and conversely, only by displaying the same selflessness, unity, and determination they showed 60 years ago, can Americans now triumph over terror.

History rarely repeats itself, but for freedom's sake, Americans must assure that it does.

Much of the answer lies in William Bennett's book Why We Fight. He makes the case that anger has become politically incorrect, even in a just cause. Worth reading.
William Bennett's website is worth a look too.

The Twin Shadows of Election ' 02
What a wonderful analysis of Bush's decision yesterday to get Congress involved. Here is a corollary to the story from the Boston Globe.
Iraqi Connection to The Oklahoma Bombing
Now here's a scary scenario.
Priscilla Owens, Down But Not Out
If you don't know who she is, and why this story is important, don't feel bad. The Mainstream media and other Democrats have worked hard to keep this below the radar.

Monday, September 02, 2002

Further Outrages From The People's Republic of California
Home Schooling is a growing movement across the country. To get children out of failing schools is a wonderful goal. It provides freedom for parents to teach their own values to their children, and limits government control Guess that's why California wants to make it illegal. Check out this quote:
In August, the Chino district's Casas sent out another letter to families who, according to their affidavit, appear to be home-schooling. He invited the families to "enroll in the district's home-based independent study program, a viable alternative to classroom instruction."

Among the benefits, he said, are "using state- and district-approved textbooks" and "being enrolled in an approved" program, school and district.

Isn't part of the reason for home schooling to get away from State approved textbooks. Be sure to read the article, especially the part about "home visits." Chilling.
Politically Correct Bigotry
I laugh alot at where I'm from, a small town in Oklahoma.
I can.
I'm from there.
But when I heard about this new "reality" show from CBS, I was enraged. This article from National Review explains why. It also explains why I don't laugh when other people laugh about my state.
They can't.
They aren't from there.
Deja Vu All Over Again
The same arguments used in 1990 are being dusted off now as to why we shouldn't go into Iraq. Here is a reprise of the previous "reasons."
Missing Peggy
One of the things I keep hearing from those of us who survived The Great Internet Purge at work is how much they miss my reminders to read the latest Peggy Noonan. I miss sending them out. It provided a connection to folks at work that gave me a reason to show up every morning. There are, of course, other reasons to go to the job. But the email banter back and forth helped keep us connected across the isolation of the cubicles. I think companies will come to realize in the future that the cohesiveness and connection employees share through the internet is worth a little bandwidth.

We had our obligatory open team meeting after the firings. I said Companies across the United States are trying to figure how to deal with the internet, how to control employee use. I said five years from now The Great Internet Purge will never happen. by that time, the internet will be a normal part of life at work, much as it is at home. The benefits of connecting employees will be realized as outweighing the need to control its use to save bandwidth, and supposedly increase productivity.

In the meantime, life continues outside the company we work for. It's important we stay involved.

There's an ancient Chinese blessing. "May you be blessed to live in uninteresting times." I think about that saying alot these days. We are blessed in so many ways, but certainly we are not blessed to live in uninteresting times. We instead live on one of those cusps of history, that one day will be talked about in textbooks. We watch truly historic events every day, as the War against Terrorism plays out. That's why folks like Peggy Noonan, Michael Kelly, and, yes, even Rush Limbaugh are important. They give a running commentary on huge events, and at their best, give voice to our own thoughts.

Peggy is still here, as are we. She still provides words to the feelings we have about 9/11/01. She still makes us aware of the greater world outside our own, of which we are a part.

I guess that's why I still do this site, to make myself, and others, more aware of that greater world. Like the disclaimer says, it helps keep me sane.