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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Liberty Just in Case HAS Moved

Liberty Just in Case HAS moved. Matt and I have been talking about the future of LJIC for awhile, and we both felt it was time to move to our own dot com. It gives us much more freedom to expand the blogsite, and to do more with video and other media. Also, it allows folks to quickly type our URL, without the cumbersome "blogspot" in the middle.

I know that alot of folks have very bad feelings about Blogger. I don't share them. I've enjoyed the ease of use, and the fact that Blogger is FREE. It's been home for over five years, but now it's time to move on.

Matt and I are already posting on the new site, even though there's still a bit of dust on the floor, and we are still in the process of redecorating. So, head on over to:

http://libertyjustincase.com

Thursday, February 09, 2006

A Note From My Friend Jay

I haven't done one of these in a long time, and today is a special day.
Happy Birthday Jay.



Today I turn 29 years old, and Stop the ACLU turns one. We started out on blogsnot. Here is our first post. Enough about that...on with the blogburst.


Top Ten Myths of the ACLU:

10. The ACLU is non-partisan:

The Truth: Not only were they founded on Communism, they are about as liberal an organization in existence. The public saw first hand in 1988 how the ACLU was involved in politics. "The portrayal of the ACLU as a radical liberal lobby reached its climax in the 1988 presidential campaign when George Bush used ACLU membership as a black mark against his opponent Michael Dukakis. The perception had taken root that the ACLU of 1988 has about as much to do with civil liberties as the AT&T of 1988 has to do with telegraphs."

"Social reform, in a liberal direction, is the sine qua non of the ACLU. Its record, far from showing a momentary wavering from impartiality, is replete with attempts to reform American society according to the wisdom of liberalism. The truth of the matter is that the ACLU has always been a highly politicized organization."William Donahue

They may take a token case here and there for the other side to bolster its non-partisan claims, but those cases are far outweighed by their numerous other cases that are clearly intended to further its partisan agenda. They even keep scorecards on Congressmen and Representatives. Their claim of non-partisanship is what gives them their tax-exempt status, and nothing is further from the truth. They have split their organization into two in order to lobby their causes to the legislative branch.


9. The ACLU Cares About Your Privacy Rights:

The Truth: Despite all the rhetoric over the current NSA program, where the ACLU opposes the U.S. listening to traitor's having conversations with terrorists, the ACLU has no room to talk when it comes to violating privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders' commitment to privacy rights.

Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery of the organization's frequent criticism of banks, corporations and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data on people for marketing and other purposes.

Daniel S. Lowman, vice president for analytical services at Grenzebach Glier & Associates, the data firm hired by the A.C.L.U., said the software the organization is using, Prospect Explorer, combs a broad range of publicly available data to compile a file with information like an individual's wealth, holdings in public corporations, other assets and philanthropic interests.

The issue has attracted the attention of the New York attorney general, who is looking into whether the group violated its promises to protect the privacy of its donors and members. NY Times

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

We need help...

Jay over at Stop the ACLU was nice enough to start off our appeal...

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Exciting Changes

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The WMD Question Isn't Closed

Great post from Captain's Quarters on Saddam's missing WMD. If found, this would be a huge blow to the Defeatocrats and their willing allies in the MSM.

Riding the Coat-tails

I noticed yesterday that allot of press was given to the fact that former President Jimmy Carter was making his way to Northern Nevada. I knew that he was visiting Carson City, and for what you might ask? Is there a new hot-button political issue he has something to say about?

No, as a matter of fact, while it was widely advertised that he was making an appearance, he did in fact not speak at all. So why was he there? Well the RGJ reluctantly tells us.
Former President Carter supports son's Senate bid

Saying the Bush Administration and Congress's Republican leadership have abandoned America's core values, former President Jimmy Carter's son, Jack, launched an effort Monday to unseat Nevada's junior U.S. senator.

With his parents cheering at his side, Democrat Jack Carter told a crowd of about 350 people in Carson City that he would be "Nevada's voice to Washington."

Wow, Jack's not wasting any time getting straight to the DNC national talking points (Got anything in your bag to help Nevada there Jack?)Well at least he's being honest and putting his cards on the table for all to see. Unlike our esteemed Sen. Harry Reid who ran on a platform of "Independent Like Nevada" (Talk about voters remorse...geez.)

Well Jack, good luck riding Daddy's coat-tails to office. I don't think it will work, but good luck to you anyway. Well, no not really.

Nevada doesn't need another PUPPET. The only thing keeping this state respectful in the U.S. Senate is our honorable Sen. Ensign, that last thing we need is a peanut farmer’s son acting as the DNC's parrot, and solidifying Nevada as the sell-out laughing stock of the U.S. Senate. We need Senators in office that at the very least are looking out for Nevada, not their respective party's talking points.

Like I said, Nothing in Politics happens in a vacuum.

And, Just So the Junior Senator From Illinois Doesn't Feel Left Out..

Just when I've decided I can start hating John McCain again, he goes and does something so wonderful I just may have to vote for him. This letter, written to Senator Osama Obama as Senator Teddy called him, is the height of subtle nastiness. (HT to Austin Bay):
Washington D.C. ­– Today, Senator McCain sent the following letter to Senator Obama regarding ongoing Congressional efforts towards bipartisan lobbying reform. The following is the text from that letter:

February 6, 2006

The Honorable Barack Obama

United States Senate

SH-713

Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Obama:

I would like to apologize to you for assuming that your private assurances to me regarding your desire to cooperate in our efforts to negotiate bipartisan lobbying reform legislation were sincere. When you approached me and insisted that despite your leadership’s preference to use the issue to gain a political advantage in the 2006 elections, you were personally committed to achieving a result that would reflect credit on the entire Senate and offer the country a better example of political leadership, I concluded your professed concern for the institution and the public interest was genuine and admirable. Thank you for disabusing me of such notions with your letter to me dated February 2, 2006, which explained your decision to withdraw from our bipartisan discussions. I’m embarrassed to admit that after all these years in politics I failed to interpret your previous assurances as typical rhetorical gloss routinely used in politics to make self-interested partisan posturing appear more noble. Again, sorry for the confusion, but please be assured I won’t make the same mistake again.

As you know, the Majority Leader has asked Chairman Collins to hold hearings and mark up a bill for floor consideration in early March. I fully support such timely action and I am confident that, together with Senator Lieberman, the Committee on Governmental Affairs will report out a meaningful, bipartisan bill.

You commented in your letter about my “interest in creating a task force to further study” this issue, as if to suggest I support delaying the consideration of much-needed reforms rather than allowing the committees of jurisdiction to hold hearings on the matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. The timely findings of a bipartisan working group could be very helpful to the committee in formulating legislation that will be reported to the full Senate. Since you are new to the Senate, you may not be aware of the fact that I have always supported fully the regular committee and legislative process in the Senate, and routinely urge Committee Chairmen to hold hearings on important issues. In fact, I urged Senator Collins to schedule a hearing upon the Senate’s return in January.

Furthermore, I have consistently maintained that any lobbying reform proposal be bipartisan. The bill Senators Joe Lieberman and Bill Nelson and I have introduced is evidence of that commitment as is my insistence that members of both parties be included in meetings to develop the legislation that will ultimately be considered on the Senate floor. As I explained in a recent letter to Senator Reid, and have publicly said many times, the American people do not see this as just a Republican problem or just a Democratic problem. They see it as yet another run-of-the-mill Washington scandal, and they expect it will generate just another round of partisan gamesmanship and posturing. Senator Lieberman and I, and many other members of this body, hope to exceed the public’s low expectations. We view this as an opportunity to bring transparency and accountability to the Congress, and, most importantly, to show the public that both parties will work together to address our failings.

As I noted, I initially believed you shared that goal. But I understand how important the opportunity to lead your party’s effort to exploit this issue must seem to a freshman Senator, and I hold no hard feelings over your earlier disingenuousness. Again, I have been around long enough to appreciate that in politics the public interest isn’t always a priority for every one of us. Good luck to you, Senator.

Sincerely,

John McCain

United States Senate

I've seldom read a better, more subtle slap-down.

Meet The New Media, Senator Dick

The video wasn't rolling when Paul Mirengoff of Powerline spoke to Senator Teddy, but the camera caught Senator Dick's introduction to the New Media. As the General said in a famous episode of MASH, "This is a press conference! The last thing I want is to answer a bunch of damn fool questions!"

Sorry Senator Dick, there's a new Media in town...

Monday, February 06, 2006

On the Lighter Side

Superbowl Commercials -
Here was my favorite

Surprise, Surprise...

These last few weeks have just been chalked full of surprises from the Middle East...
And today is no exception...

Official: Hamas Won't Recognize Israel

Mohammed Cartoons and Drawing are Not New

And yet still...

Protests Over Muhammad Caricatures Continue; Four Killed in Afghanistan

And then of course there is Iran:

Iran Ends Cooperation With U.N., Continues Talks With Moscow

And once again, Surprise!!!...

Russia Warns Against Threatening Iran

Update:
Iran to Nuke Watchdog: Remove Surveillance

Oh boy...

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Drum Roll Please...

we got third...

Congrats to Peakah's Provocations and InsoluBlog for squeeking by us.

The Idiocy of Extremism:Part II

Event are spiraling out of control. Tony Blankely called it first. The past few days are looking amazingly like his prologue...

Seriously

From the Battle Born News Blog

Iran resumes uranium enrichment

Ooooooh, Big Surprize...

I hate to keep harping on this subject, but it is developing much faster than I thought it would.

A defiant Iran on Sunday ended snap UN checks of its nuclear sites and said it was resuming uranium enrichment, a day after being reported to the Security Council over suspicions it is building nuclear weapons.

Diplomats warned the response could heighten the dispute over the nuclear ambitions of the world's fourth biggest oil exporter. ...

Iran's main measure was the suspension of uranium enrichment. If enriched to a low level, uranium can be used in power stations. If enriched further to weapons-grade, it can be used in nuclear warheads.


And we are not talking IF's and COULD HAVE's, we are talking WILL HAVE's and WHEN's. It's as if Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is begging for war. Very unnerving.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Finally, a Nazi Reference That Actually Fits

From the new German Chancellor:

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel likened Iran's nuclear plans on Saturday to the threat posed by the Nazis in their early days, as top U.S. officials urged a tough line to stop Tehran from making an atomic bomb.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused the Islamic republic of being the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, a charge his Iranian counterpart rejected as "ridiculous" and "outrageous".

Addressing the annual Munich security conference, Merkel said countries around the world had underestimated the Nazi threat as Adolf Hitler rose to power.

"Looking back to German history in the early 1930s when National Socialism (Nazism) was on the rise, there were many outside Germany who said 'It's only rhetoric -- don't get excited'," she told the assembled world defense policy makers.

"There were times when people could have reacted differently and, in my view, Germany is obliged to do something at the early stages ... We want to, we must prevent Iran from developing its nuclear program."

It's so nice to have an ally in Germany again.


The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review

The first paragraphs of the QDR:
The United States is a nation engaged in what will be a long war.

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, our Nation has fought a global war against violent extremists who use terrorism as their weapon of choice, and who seek to destroy our free way of life. Our enemies seek weapons of mass destruction and, if they are successful, will likely attempt to use them in their conflict with free people everywhere. Currently, the struggle is centered in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we will need to be prepared and arranged to successfully defend our Nation and its interests around the globe for years to come. This 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review is submitted in the fifth year of this long war.
This is an important document. Look over it, and don't let the MSM summarize it for you. We live in an age where documents like this are readily available to us all. Take advantage of that access.

And, from an August 2005 report, something the QDR does not address well, China's push in to space.

Prayers For the Assassin

Prayers for the Assassin : A NovelPrayers for the Assassin : A Novel by Robert Ferrigni was a great read. Set in the year 2040, in a time when The United States has split into the Islamic States of America and the Christian States of America. It's fast pace and excellent character development soon make you believe it could happen. The accompanying website to the book give more info on the book, and some interesting background on the setting. Worth picking up, or you can order it here by clicking on the link. It'll be under Liberty Recommends all month. Check it out!

Friday, February 03, 2006

Required Reading: Ideology Matters

When the history of the 2006 elections is written, this editorial by Daniel Henninger will be cited many times over. (HT to RL for this one)

Good News

Unemployment Rate Declines in January
Employers stepped up hiring in January, boosting payrolls by 193,000 and lowering the nation's unemployment rate to 4.7 percent, the lowest since July 2001.

Oh but if you listened to the defeatists out there, you would think the economy was going into the dumps...

Lets face it, our economy, and economies world wide have natural fluctuations, and we are on the rise...

Video Friday - Hero

Warning:
Sorry there is no volume control...
Turn down your speakers a bit.

The Idiocy Of Extremism

Muslims Again Protest Muhammad Caricatures
Tens of thousands of angry Muslims marched through Palestinian cities, burning the Danish flag and calling for vengeance Friday against European countries where caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were published.
Now before you get your underwear in a wad, I truthfully would say this about ANY extremist group. Calling for vengeance and the destruction of a country as well as having violent and destructive riots over a cartoon is simply asinine. The same as it is asinine to do the same thing over a sporting event here in the U.S. (or anywhere for that matter).

So no I am not picking on Muslims... I am admonishing extremist, violent idiots.

Get a grip Palestine. (oops I spoke too soon, more lunacy and it's not just Palestine.)

See what they are whining about...HERE

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

A Reply to the Left: Different Worlds

Gayle, I'm not trying to pick on you with this post. I don't know you, but do very much appreciate your dropping by Liberty Just in Case. Your comment was well-written, respectful, and presented your thoughts very well. I'm using your comment as an example of the kinds of comments we've recieved frequently over the past weeks. Any generalizations that don't fit you are sincerely unintended.

Gayle's comment to my post yesterday was well written, sincere, and an excellent example of the thinking of those from the Left side of the aisle. All through her comment, she makes the usual accusations: Bush lied, there isn't much progress in Iraq, the U.S. military is engaging in systematic torture, and she even managed to throw Haliburton in there, though not by name. She even starts by agreeing that we must have victory, yet accuses the military of "attrocities."
If this comment had been written 2 years ago, or even 6 months ago, I would have gone through a lengthy defense, answering each charge separately, citing source after source to back up my arguments. But there is simply so much information countering each and every accusation that its not worth the effort. It's highly unlikely that Gayle will read any of it. If she does, it will be through her ready made filters of "Bush lied, people died." I'm simply tired of refighting the same battles again and again. There comes a point when we must move on to the future, instead of fighting hopeless rearguard actions against folks who will never be persuaded they are wrong.

It seems we live in different worlds, with closed information loops. The fact that Gayle, and those like her, visit a site like Liberty Just in Case is encouraging. It shows they are willing to get out of their own loops, and at least engage with folks like me and Matt, who support both the Iraqi front, and the wider war on Islamo Fascism. But to go back and refight why we got in to Iraq again and again doesn't help win the war. I simply won't do it anymore.

Closed Information Loops produce different worldviews. Lest I be accused of hypocrisy, let me make it clear that I've read widely from those who disagree with me. I can give a list of those books as well, if needed. From Richard Clarke and Bob Graham, right up to the current book by James Risen, I've read them all. Most recycle through pages and pages the arguments and accusations Gayle put in a few paragraphs. Each has been answered, or, in the case of the Risen book, is in the process of being answered. My experience is that those on the Left seldom read those answers. They prefer to stay trapped in their worldview.

If you are interested, two of the best books that do answer the comments from the Left are listed under Liberty Recommends to the right. Disinformation, by Richard Miniter, takes the accusations that Gayle made in her comment and analyzes each one, from the claims of 100,000 civilian deaths in Iraq, to Haliburton. I would strongly recommend it, before making the kinds of unfounded accusations that filled Gayle's comment. I would also recommend Imperial Grunts, by Robert Kaplan. The first in a series of books on the U.S. military in this war, he focuses on Special Forces and the Marine Corps. He does NOT focus on Iraq, but on the wider war in which we are engaged.

Also on the reading list would be The Connection, by Stephen Hayes. He details the links between Saddam and terrorism, up to and including links to Mohammed Atta. His frequent columns in The Weekly Standard continue the work begun with the release of The Connection. Here is one of those, on Saddam's terrorist training camps.

There are many others that answer the questions posed by the Left far better than I can. But like the old saying goes, You can lead a horse to water...

Consider yourself led. The drinking is up to you.

Goodbye, Margene...For Now

I don't often post personal items here. Liberty Just in Case is a political blog, after all. But the world lost a great woman yesterday, and that loss deserves mention.

I first met Margene in graduate school at Wheaton College. We were both pursuing our Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology. She and her husband Tom had come home from missionary work in Greece due to Margene's ongoing illness. That was 1992. Even then, Margene knew she was dying, knew it in that deep place of certainty.

In that first year of Grad school, we were in group therapy together, and her illness was a frequent topic. I could not understand why she wasn't angry, why she never showed anything but a deep, abiding peace in the midst of her great suffering. The more at peace she was, the more angry I became. It was not until years later that I came to understand her deep, living faith in Jesus Christ. Even now, fifteen years later, I don't fully understand how she could have had such peace. But she did. One thing that you cannot do in group therapy is hide your true feelings. Margene never tried to hide her suffering, but she never once used it as an excuse to whine either.

Over the years, Margene became a stabilizing force for my wife and I. She made a recieving blanket for our daughter when she was born in 1993, and another one for our son in 1995. Both still view those blankets as prized possessions, and sleep with them every night. Margene's daughter would often babysit for us. We hope and pray our daughter can grow up to be the shining light that Margene's daughter was and is.

Margene and Tom moved to Colorado a few years ago. By that time, Margene had a transplant of multiple organs, all at once. Despite complications, these transplants gave her a few more years of service. Service was Margene's life. She served others as naturally as breathing, as openly and without regard to self as walking. Toward the end, breathing and walking did not come naturally to Margene. But service did, right up to the end.

I've known many Christians over the years. But I've never met a person who so embodied the spirit of Servanthood as Margene. I will miss her. But there is no doubt in my mind or heart that I will see her again, fully restored to health. In the words of Paul from 1 Thessalonians Ch. 4:
13Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.
Margene was a constant encouragement to all who knew her. She remains so, even though she has "fallen asleep." When that trumpet sounds, one of the first people I'll be looking for is my friend Margene.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bravo to the Joint Chiefs!

A disgusting cartoon. Thanks to the Joint Chiefs for protesting it so strongly.

Meanwhile....

In the crazed terrorist state of Iran...
In a speech to thousands of supporters hours after President Bush's State of the Union address, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad derided the United States as a "hollow superpower" that is "tainted with the blood of nations" and said Tehran would continue its nuclear program.

"Nuclear energy is our right, and we will resist until this right is fully realized," Ahmadinejad told the crowd in the southern Iran city of Bushehr, the site of Iran's only nuclear power plant.

Yeah, and it's all about Nuclear Power... RIGHT!!!

Cindy, Cindy, Cindy...

Ejected for intentionally violating house rules, Cindy Sheehan worte in her blog...

She likes being arrested
"I don't want to live in a country that prohibits any person, whether he/she has paid the ultimate price for that country, from wearing, saying, writing, or telephoning any negative statements about the government," Sheehan wrote.

Then Cindy... Please, I beg of you... LEAVE.

Not even the liberals like you much anymore.

By the way, Cindy was not the only one Ejected...

Beverly Young, wife of Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida — chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee — was removed from the gallery because she was wearing a T-shirt that read, "Support the Troops — Defending Our Freedom."

She was sitting about six rows from first lady Laura Bush and asked to leave. She argued with police in the hallway outside the House chamber.

Sorry Bev, rules are rules...Period.

The State of the Union-Good; The State of the Democrat Party-Not So Much

There's a great line from one of the Die Hard Movies, "I don't like you because you're gonna get me killed!" My attitude toward the Defeatocrat party in a nutshell. They were in full flower last night, far more enthusiastic about defeating Social Security reform than fighting terrorists, and refusing to give up obstructionism as their primary, indeed only, philosophy of government.

But this philosophy of obstruction will get me killed, and hundreds of thousands of other Americans along with me. I have only to look back at 9/11 to see the consequences of the Defeatocrat philosophy. And I have only to look at Flight 93 to see the first heroes of World War IV.

One of the Defeatocrat leaders, Mother Sheehan, was led out before the State of the Union, as the base of the Defeatocrat Party stood outside, banging pots and pans. They were desperately seeking to drown out how desperately out of touch they are from the rest of America. But truth is hard to shout down, and no amount of leftist whining will change that.

One thing the Left has managed to do is take our eyes off the war we are engaged in. When they say they are protesting "the war," they mean Iraq. Yet the War is far more than one front, and the Iraqi front, while important, is but one front in a greater war against Islamo-Fascism. It's as though they were protesting our invasion of North Africa in WWII because Hitler didn't directly attack us at Pearl Harbor. How foolish. How obstructionist. How dangerous should the Defeatocrats regain power.

Some of my best friends are from the left side of the aisle. They are great people, well meaning and sincere. But, when it comes to the security of this nation, "I don't like you because you're gonna get me killed!" And, after four years of war, my patience with their continued obstructionism has worn thin. The time for argument and debate is past. War has come, and the only way to peace is through victory over the terrorists who threaten us, in Iraq, in Iran, and through out the globe. Victory is not assured until this nation commits to total war, as we did in The Great War, and again in WWII. The President once again issued that call to total war and total victory last night. And the Defeatocrats banged their pots and pans...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Objective Journalism, CNN Style

Required Reading: Debra Burlingame

One of the most powerful editorials I've ever read, from a 9/11 family member. Here's the final paragraphs:

We now have the ability to put remote control cameras on the surface of Mars.Why should we allow enemies to annihilate us simply because we lack the clarity or resolve to strike a reasonable balance between a healthy skepticism of government power and the need to take proactive measures to protect ourselves from such threats? The mantra of civil-liberties hard-liners is to "question authority"--even when it is coming to our rescue--then blame that same authority when, hamstrung by civil liberties laws, it fails to save us. The old laws that would prevent FBI agents from stopping the next al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were built on the bedrock of a 35-year history of dark, defeating mistrust. More Americans should not die because the peace-at-any-cost fringe and antigovernment paranoids still fighting the ghost of Nixon hate George Bush more than they fear al Qaeda. Ask the American people what they want. They will say that they want the commander in chief to use all reasonable means to catch the people who are trying to rain terror on our cities. Those who cite the soaring principle of individual liberty do not appear to appreciate that our enemies are not seeking to destroy individuals, but whole populations.

Three weeks before 9/11, an FBI agent with the bin Laden case squad in New York learned that al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were in this country. He pleaded with the national security gatekeepers in Washington to launch a nationwide manhunt and was summarily told to stand down. When the FISA Court of Review tore down the wall in 2002, it included in its ruling the agent's Aug. 29, 2001, email to FBI headquarters: "Whatever has happened to this--someday someone will die--and wall or not--the public will not understand why we were not more effective and throwing every resource we had at certain problems. Let's hope the National Security Law Unit will stand behind their decisions then, especially since the biggest threat to us now, [bin Laden], is getting the most 'protection.'"

The public has listened to years of stinging revelations detailing how the government tied its own hands in stopping the devastating attacks of September 11. It is an irresponsible violation of the public trust for members of Congress to weaken the Patriot Act or jeopardize the NSA terrorist surveillance program because of the same illusory theories that cost us so dearly before, or worse, for rank partisan advantage. If they do, and our country sustains yet another catastrophic attack that these antiterrorism tools could have prevented, the phrase "connect the dots" will resonate again--but this time it will refer to the trail of innocent American blood which leads directly to the Senate floor.


A powerful peice, from a steady voice in the midst of all the hysteria.

Dennis Prager on Hamas, the Palestinians, and the Left

Prager speaks clearly to the election of terrorists by Palestinians:

So the Palestinian vote reveals the falsity of the worldwide Left's view of the Palestinians as committed to peace. It likewise reveals the falsity of the Left's belief that Palestinian terror is supported by a small minority of the Palestinian population.
That is one reason why the Bush doctrine -- we need to spread democracy everywhere possible, including, or even especially, in the Arab world -- is so valid. You cannot deal with any problem in life -- from the most personal to the most macro -- by engaging in wishful thinking and denying reality. Thanks to this election, the mask has been removed. When given the opportunity to express themselves, most Arabs and many Muslims elsewhere support terror and seek the annihilation of Israel. That is why the Hamas victory is such a defeat for the world's Left -- university professors, news media, socialist parties, the European Union, the United Nations, "peace" activists, editorial writers, and all other apologists for the Palestinians.


An excellent piece, sure to make my friends on the Left cringe. Think about what he says before you comment. Let the emotion pass, and think. Then comment if you'd like.

A Great Video

This is the one I meant to put up yesterday...

This is one that reflects how I, and many in the service, feel...


Alito Confirmed !

Alito Confirmed as Nation's 110th Supreme Court Justice

The Senate voted 58-42 on Tuesday to confirm Samuel Alito to the nation's highest court, putting to bed the most partisan Supreme Court nomination battle in recent memory.

Only four Democrats joined 54 Republicans in support of Alito. Of the court's present justices, only Clarence Thomas received a slimmer margin of victory, 52-48, but even then received the votes of 11 Democrats who broke party ranks.

Alito replaces the court's first woman justice, Sandra Day O'Connor, a moderate conservative and key swing vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, church-state separation and affirmative action. O'Connor has also in recent opinions demonstrated skepticism of President Bush's executive power claims in prosecuting the War on Terror. Alito is widely expected to be friendlier to presidential power arguments.

The vast majority of Democrats, one Republican and the Senate's lone Independent all protested Alito's nomination for those very reasons. But a last-ditch effort to filibuster the nomination failed on Monday, when the Senate voted 72-25 to end debate and allow a simple majority vote. (source)

State of the Union

One word defined it… PARTISANSHIP.

While it appeared that the president was giving the national pep talk of the year, the real story was in the reaction. Shameful partisanship ruled the night, most embarrassingly dominated by the Democrats. The Democrats, who are apparently proud of their obstructionism, and defeatism.

The President noted that congress failed to act to solve the social security problem, and the democrats roared with approval. Amazing, but Bush held his own and asked for a true bi-partisan solution.

The president many times seemed to be extending an Olive Branch.

He asked for real border security while providing a humane and rational guest worker program. Something I highly agree with.

He asked both Parties to put aside their differences and solve the social security crisis.

And he proposed that we support initiatives to explore energy alternatives, stating "America is addicted to OIL." An olive branch move if I ever saw one.

But on some important issued the President held his ground. On foreign p0olicy he reiterated, that protectionism and isolationism will not work. America must be pro-active in the cause of freedom and liberty around the world.
He stated, "We love our freedom, and we will fight to keep it." …Liberty is the Right and the hope of all Humanity"… "We will not sit back and wait to be hit again." And most of all, "we must stand behind out military on this vital mission" (the first time, by the way that the entire room stood up…Rule number one of politics…never criticize the military…hmmm)

Addressing the partisan divide of the room, the president pointed out that in debate we must respect one another and not let our differences harden into anger. He did get his barbs in though, stating, "Second guessing is not a strategy"… and that retreat is not peace but defeat.

It was a good speech given by a genuine man. While it did resemble more a pep talk than a state of the union, it was a necessary speech, one that needed to be heard, especially by those that plainly were not listening.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Filibuster Failed

A Heads Up from my good friend Jay at Stop The ACLU...

WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate all but guaranteed Samuel Alito’s confirmation as the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice Monday, shutting down a last-minute attempt by liberals to block the conservative judge’s nomination with a filibuster.

Republican and Democratic senators on a 72-25 vote agreed to end their debate, setting up a Tuesday morning vote on his confirmation to replace retiring moderate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

A Good Video

I couldn't get a different one to work earlier...
But this one does...



Flight 93: Another Movie

Good review of the A&E version of Flight 93, premiering tonight. We need to remember what those passengers did, and what our soldiers are still doing to fight Islamo-Fascism.

Worried About The Money...

Wow, we actually worried Hamas, even if for just a few moments...

Hamas appeals to foreign donors

Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas both appealed to foreign donors on Monday to lift threats to cut vital aid to a new Palestinian government that the Islamic militant group is set to form.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has threatened to curtail EU monetary support, said after meeting Abbas in the West Bank that aid depended on whether Hamas met conditions that include abandoning violence and recognizing Israel.(source)

Strange how simple requests worry them so.

"What, the world will not support our annihilation of Israel?"

You got it Mahmoud.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Nanny McPhee


Emma Thompson is brilliant in this movie as is the mutually deplorable and adoreable cast.

It is a great family film in more than one sense of the word. It's fantastically magical, heartwarming, and clever.

It's a wonderfully written story (screenplay by Emma Thompson herself), about a widower and his children, and ultimately how they come together to deal with what life has dealt them. Nanny McPhee simply being the catalyst to the whole thing.

I recommend this movie highly, as it is another example of Hollywood finally "getting it", and in the end, it was just plain fun. The Cherub was very pleased (it was her report card reward).

My Favorite quote:
"Here is how I work. When you need me, but don't wan't me, I will be here. When you want me, but no longer need me, I must go."
"We will NEVER want you."
"Then I will never leave..."

Another Blog Competition


This one has a very short time table.

Announcing:
The Best So Far, Blog Awards, January 2006
(Note: All correspondence via email to BestSoFar@RightThinking.net )

Super Short Timetable
1. Nominations via email being accepted through Wed, February 1st.
2. Voting via email will take place February 1st through February 5th.
3. Winners announced (and all links posted) Sunday, February 5th.

Only 5 Categories
1. January's Best Pet Blogs
2. January's Best Political Blogs
3. January's Best LinkFest Blogs
4. January's Best Religious Blogs
5. January's Best Humor Blogs

3 Simple Rules
1. Send an email to BestSoFar@RightThinking.net with up to 5 nominations in each category (you may nominate yourself or others in more than one applicable category).
2. Post this announcement and/or link to this entry ( permalink ) on your blog and spread the word quickly (remember, nominations close Wed, Feb 1st).
3. Finalists will be notified on Wed, Feb 1st and listed here. You can then solicit votes at your own blog and have fans vote for their favorite blog in each category via email at BestSoFar@RightThinking.net by Sun, Feb 5th.

Additional Thoughts
1. All nominations will receive link recognition.
2. Winners will get special recognition (I just haven't thought of it yet).
3. Probably mid-stream adjustments. Comments and suggestions welcome.

Here's to the Best So Far!
From Bloggin' Outloud

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Winning

How is it that the Left has come to a place where good news from Iraq is bad news for them? Sad. Very Sad. (HT to Instapundit for the link.)

A Post in Cartoons - The Week in Politics

And yet another...
Two in a row...
I rarely do that... But when you find good ones, you must share.

All cartoons courtesy of Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index.

Commiserating With a Friend

A great friend of Liberty Just in Case lost a huge contract yesterday. Craig, we're grieving right along with you. Don't hesitate to let Matt or I know if we can do anything for you. As always, you will be in our prayers.

Go For Throttle Up: Roger, Go For Throttle Up

I was in 6th grade I think. We were at lunch. As I recall it was a particularly noisy day in the Longfellow Elementary lunchroom, but otherwise uneventful.

Our teacher showed up, as always, to return us to our classroom. Once we arrived, and the chaos settled, or teacher began. "I have some grave news to tell you all," she choked " the space shuttle has exploded…" The general and overwhelming feeling of "WHAT?!?!?!" immediately filled the room as Ms. Wardley's eyes filled with tears.

This wasn't supposed to happen, America was better than that… It is the first event in my life that marked its time in my personal calendar. From then on I could quickly answer the question, "Where were you when the Shuttle exploded?" We all have those moments, but this one was my first. Just as my mother's first was Kennedy, at around the same time in her life.

Strange how those things get seared into our consciousness.


Also Stop The ACLU has a good remembrance post

Go For Throttle Up: Twenty Years Ago

Shuttle flights became "routine" in the 80's, and school kids stopped watching. But, with the first teacher in space planning to do lessons from Earth orbit, the televisions were rolled in to the classrooms across the country. And we all saw it, live and in color.

This was the beginning of the end for NASA, though even now that huge bureaucracy hasn't realized it even now. Manned space travel will become routine again, but only when private enterprise is given free reign to do the exploring. The money now going to keep the technology of the '70's going should be reinvested to the 21st century private space enterprises cropping up all over the country. This would be the most fitting memorial to the brave men and women of Challenger.

A note about the photo: This frame captures the moment the O-Ring failed. The first gouts of flame are clearly visible just above the main engine exhaust. Fractions of a second later, it was over, and they were gone.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Predictable Results ?

Palistinians fighting Palistinians.

The power struggle in a non-existent state.

Hamas and Fatah gunmen exchanged fire in the Gaza Strip on Friday, fuelling fears of Palestinian turmoil following the Islamic militant group's crushing victory over the long-dominant faction in a parliamentary election.

Palestinians simply do not know what democracy, peace, or power sharing is. They are too blinded by decades of hatred, that they cannot even see their own forest through the trees of power that they planted.

Any non-peaceful Palestine state is doomed to fail. And these people know not how to have peace.

A Post In Cartoons - Brokeback Mountain

It's been a long time since I did one of these, in fact this is my first Post in Cartoons on LJiC. Hmmm... I guess it's long overdue...

The Disgust








And then the Reactions.

An Update from the Quiet War...

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian has dismantled a false passport ring with links to al-Qaida and Hamas militants, the acting attorney general said Thursday after authorities led dozens of simultaneous raids across five cities in collaboration with U.S. officials.(source)

There is, and always has been, another, quieter front in the Global War On Terror. Two years ago now, I went to Colombia to take part. The Colombian government, while not our strongest ally militarily, is among our most loyal allies in the war on terror. They know terror; they have been living it at the hands of the FARC and the numerous cartels for the past several decades. Some of the best work being done is happening down there, where very few people are looking.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The NSA Surveillance: Justice Department White Paper

I've been looking for this. It's the 45 page document from the Department of Justice outlining their case for the continuing surveillance. Interesting that the Defeatocrats have changed their tune slightly since this came out.

Religious Discrimination at The University of Wisconsin

Great catch from Chad at 4 The Little Guy. Free speech only exists if you agree with the radical leftist agenda of today's college campuses.

WMD Moved to Syria? We've Heard This Before

We'll see. Another guy trying to sell a book. Sorry, but I've got way too many to read right now as it is....

A Response

to Joel Stein from Chris Short, a military member who writes for Conservative Thinking.
As I'm sure most people who follow the news are aware of by now an LA Times writer, Joel Stein, wrote a controversial piece insulting my career titled, Warriors
and wusses
. Mr. Stein is entitled to his opinion and he's been a pretty good sport about the criticism he's received due to his editorial that bashes the troops. However, I think as an American, a blogger and a service member I'm entitled to address Joel Stein directly.

Warriors and wusses is an interesting title. But I don't believe that Joel Stein intended it to be an insult to service members directly. I believe that Mr. Stein thinks that is you support the troops but not the war then you're a wuss with a misguided sense of direction. Joel Stein probably believes that most people that have a yellow ribbon of some sort displayed some where hate the President, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Conservatives but still want to support the troops. I honestly don't think it occurs to Mr. Stein that there are people out there that actually support the troops and our wishes on a grander scale than he imagines (he might now since he's written his editorial).

Go check it out.

Another Stupid Quiz...

But I liked the answer so I posted it...

I'm a Chevrolet Corvette!



You're a classic - powerful, athletic, and competitive. You're all about winning the race and getting the job done. While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal. You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.


Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.



Hat Tip to Wonder Woman at A North American Patriot

More on the Canadian Election

HT to Canuckistan Chronicles for this analysis of the changes in Canada. Far deeper than anything I've found in the MSM here in the States. Good stuff!

Leave It To The Palestinians...

...to shoot themselves, and the peace process, in the foot. It has been the history of the Palestinians, whenever peace is close, to do something to stop it. From Munich to Camp David, history is littered with the failure of the Palestinians to grasp peace with Israel.

The latest chapter, with the terrorist organization Hamas winning a majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament may be the last, and worst, bullet the Palestinians can shoot at themselves. Hamas has not changed, or recanted their charter, the Martyr's oath:
"Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious...The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised...
That's the beginning. Here's the final paragraph:
Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. 'May the cowards never sleep.'"
I'm having some trouble seeing these folks as "partners in peace." It's time we realized that the Palestinians have never wanted peace. They want victory. Hamas has offered to give them that victory, and the Martyr's Oath of Hamas spells out the terms of that victory, the total destruction not just of Israel, but of Judaism. At least Hamas is honest about its goals, at least for now. Their honesty may change as they gain political power. The goals won't. But the honesty may fade as they seek to consolidate their gains before launching their next attack on Israel, and it's ally, The United States.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

An Honest Liberal Speaks: Hugh Hewitt

Great interview with the author of Warrior and Wusses including the audio. What a jerk. No other word for it. The ignorance of this columnist is just staggering, and Hugh Hewitt brings out this ignorance without Mr. Stein even realizing he looks like...well...a jerk.

The First "Earthlike" Planet

Well, sort of. Only five times the size of Earth, its the smallest planet detected. Not exactly a vacation spot, but it give us some evidence of other rocky worlds orbiting distant suns. It's only a matter of time until we find one like ours.

Is This Better?

I this really going to help?

Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Wednesday that the government views Russia's
offer to help enrich Iran's uranium as a positive development, but no agreement
has been reached between the countries. (source)

Somehow I just don't see this as positive developement, in any way shape or form...

Emotional Politics?

An interesting read and study featured on Hugh Hewitt's Blog.
Using M.R.I. scanners, neuroscientists have now tracked what happens in the politically partisan brain when it tries to digest damning facts about favored candidates or criticisms of them. The process is almost entirely emotional and unconscious, the researchers report, and there are flares of activity in the brain's pleasure centers when unwelcome information is being rejected. (emphasis Hugh's)
Interesting indeed. So it begs to be answered, are we too emotionally attached to our politics? I know at one time I was. Reasoned arguments were lost on me, until I re-examined my life. I am sure however that I am also emotionally attached to my current beliefs now, just how much I don't really know.

I knew something...

felt wrong about that quote.
franklin misquoteI have heard numerous peaceniks and ACLU worshipers use a quote supposedly attributed to Ben Franklin, and knowing what I know of Mr. Franklin...and given the time he lived in... it just didn't jive...

I recently heard a local leader of the ACLU utter:

Ben Franklin said, "Those who would give up their Rights, to get Safety, deserve neither Rights nor Safety."
Michelle Malkin enlightens us all...

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
There are some strong key words there. I wonder why they were left out.

Hmmm... I knew something was wrong...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

NSA Surveillance: It's Legal, It's Moral, and It Will Continue

I've not spent much time on the whole NSA issue. I think it's just one more time bomb that will eventually blow up in the Left's face. But this post from Powerline spells out the program, and the MSM's blatant ignorance. Like Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) the MSM needs to look up from the DNC talking points occasionally.

Joel Stein: An Honest Liberal at Last

Joel Stein admits the illogic of saying you support the troops but don't support what they are doing. It's about time a liberal told the truth. I'm not expecting this truth telling to start a trend on the left however...

How to Become a Liberal in 22 Steps

The list is great, and the huffing and puffing of the comments is almost as funny as the post itself. Very good stuff!

Iranian Violence?

Is there an uprising in the making?

Bombs killed six people and wounded more than 30 others Tuesday in Ahvaz, a
southwestern Iranian city...

Seems President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
canceled a planned visit to Ahvaz Tuesday, citing a forecast calling for heavy
rain, IRNA reported. The report did not say whether the blast had any bearing on
the cancellation.
HMMM... Very interesting indeed.

Oh Canada! In a Squeaker.

Wonder Woman and Richard have the details.
Mark Steyn has a great look at the new Prime Minister.
And The Vancouver Sun breaks down the vote by region.
I'll be humming "Oh Canada!" all day. It's much easier to sing than "The Star Spangled Banner, " especially after last night.

I Love Scott Adams...

(In a totally non-sexual, totally respectful, non-brokeback, "not that there’s anything wrong with that"...way.) Even if just for this post in his blog...

Recently people have been leaving comments saying they have detected my liberal bias. I’m starting to think they might be right. After all, if complete strangers with limited powers of perception think I’m a liberal, who am I to argue that point. And the evidence is clear. For example, I AM opposed to the death penalty in its current form. That’s a very liberal view. Specifically, I’d like to see two changes in the law:

1. No death penalty unless there’s forensic (DNA, fingerprints) at the crime scene or on the murder weapon. That would cut down on the killing of people who weren’t even in the room where the crime happened.

2. All executions would happen at the same time on the 4th of July, when all of the condemned are strapped to large fireworks and launched over the bay to be incinerated in spectacular fashion.

Come on, how can you not appreciate someone who can look at the issues this way. Oh, and you really must stop by to read his post on Evolution, great read.

UM... and just for the record, I never thought Scott was anything but funny. His blog is not about politics, and I think he should keep it that way... I wish I could.


UPDATE ... UPDATE ... UPDATE ...

Monday, January 23, 2006

A Great Post From Canada

It will be great to have an ally to our north again. Looks like the Liberals are on their way out in Canada. Germany, Canada, the U.S. Just keeps getting better and better.

Carter's Optimism...

The Paladin Blog has a great post on Carter's Comments Friday.

Former President Jimmy Carter expressed optimism Friday over Hamas's participation in next week's Palestinian parliamentary elections, saying that while the group may be terrorists, at least they're not corrupt. (source)

That alone is nutty enough, but one might wonder, why would Jimmy Carter suddenly start making his opinions knows after years of relative neutrality and silence?

His son, Jack Carter, is running for Senate here in Nevada.

Nothing in politics happens in a vacuum.

The Evolution of Math

I don't post stuff I recieve in email very often, but this one is definitely an exception. Thanks to Sue for this one:
Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The countergirl took my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried. Why do I tell you this?

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:

1.Teaching Math In 1950
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

2.Teaching Math In 1960
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3.Teaching Math In 1970
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

4.Teaching Math In 1980
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5.Teaching Math In 1990
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living?
Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? There are no wrong answers.

6.Teaching Math In 2005
Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80.
Sigh.

Code Pink...Times Up

Nothing like letting that all valuable permit expire... only to loose it to a polar opposite group.

Code Pink, the radical anti-war guerilla group that has hounded wounded troops outside Walter Reed Army Hospital, won't be monopolizing its
street corner for quite some time. Seems they forgot to renew their
permit.

...

The permit now belongs to the DC chapter of Protest Warrior. (source)


Way to go Protest Warrior.

Learning From History: The Great Influenza

The Great Influenza (revised ed) : The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in HistoryThe Great Influenza (revised ed) : The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
Few books have captured the horror and the heroism of 1918 as has this one. The horror of hundreds of thousands of deaths, touching every family in the United States. The heroism of the doctors and nurses who fought, and often died, of the same influenza.

And, as the death toll climbs from the latest flu outbreak, it's vital we look back to the last great pandemic, learning the lessons of their heroism and horror.

Does Anybody Know...

the meaning of teamwork?

welcome to the Kobe showWhile it is an amazing feat for Kobe Briant to score 81 points in the Lakers 122-104 win over the Raptors, one wonders how much teamwork actually occurred in a game that's all about teamwork.

Of course this event is only second to Wilt Chamberlains 100 point game for Philadelphia against the New York Knicks in 1962.

"It just happened, man" Bryant said. "It really hasn't, like, set in for me. It's about the 'W,' that's why I turned it on. It turned into something special.

"To sit here and say I grasp what happened, that would be lying. Not even in my dreams." ...

"It feels great to put on a great show here," he said. (source)

33 Years Ago: Roe v. Wade

The dissenting opinion of Justice White:

"I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment. The Court simply fashions and announces a new constitutional right for pregnant mothers and, with scarcely any reason or authority for its action, invests that right with sufficient substance to override most existing state abortion statutes. The upshot is that the people and the legislatures of the 50 States are constitutionally disentitled to weigh the relative importance of the continued existence and development of the fetus, on the one hand, against a spectrum of possible impacts on the mother, on the other hand. As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court.

"The Court apparently values the convenience of the pregnant mother more than the continued existence and development of the life or potential life that she carries. Whether or not I might agree with that marshaling of values, I can in no event join the Court's judgment because I find no constitutional warrant for imposing such an order of priorities on the people and legislatures of the States. In a sensitive area such as this, involving as it does issues over which reasonable men may easily and heatedly differ, I cannot accept the Court's exercise of its clear power of choice by interposing a constitutional barrier to state efforts to protect human life and by investing mothers and doctors with the constitutionally protected right to exterminate it. This issue, for the most part, should be left with the people and to the political processes the people have devised to govern their affairs." (coutesy Wikipedia)

Today, in the home state of Tom Daschle, the legislature of South Dakota is taking the first steps to reverse Roe. It's too late for millions of unborn, but it's a beginning.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Canadian Soldiers Head for Afghanistan

Great post from Wonder Woman over at North American Patriot. Worth a mention, and a thank you to these brave soldiers helping the U.S. and the Afghans secure freedom.

The Unfortunate Moniker

Let me share just a little about myself. Some of you may know, some of you may not, that I have an affinity for bats. I think they are absolutely amazing. To that end I have been a supporter of Bat Conservation International for a long time. They are not too out there, and they take a reasonable approach.

Bear with me here while I sound like a liberal for a second, but here are some bat facts..

Bats are the only known group of mammals that can fly.

The nearly 1,000 kinds of known bats account for almost a quarter of all mammal species and most are highly beneficial.

A single little brown bat can catch 600 mosquitoes in just one hour.

A colony of 150 big brown bats can protect local farmers from up to 18 million or more rootworms each summer.

The 20 million Mexican free-tails from Bracken Cave, Texas, eat 250 tons of insects nightly.

Tequila is produced from agave plants whose seed production drops to 1/3,000th of normal without bat pollinators.

Desert ecosystems rely on nectar-feeding bats as primary pollinators of giant cacti, including the famous organ pipe and saguaro of Arizona.


In my view, bats are awesome…someday I hope to visit the Carlsbad Caverns and see the mass ascension.


Why then the title of this piece? Well from the day I got involved in blogging, I wanted to make my WebPages with a bat theme.. but then I discovered the unfortunate moniker… MOONBATS… there is nothing worse than a true moonbat, they argue from feelings and without reason. Man I despise moonbats. And the unfortunate part is that it's a slight against all the bats out there. Bats are so much more beneficial and productive than socialist liberals.

Thanks for listening and letting me get this off my chest.

This could be...

exactly what we need In Iraq.

I, as always, will wait and see how it turns out.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Wish I'd Seen This: A Positive Portrayal of an Evangelical on Scrubs

Great read. I may have start watching the show now.

Interesting Read

The Reason Foundation

Ried Apologizes...

I wonder what took him so long?

Wasn't this very obvious?

End of the Spear Opens Today


If you grew up Evangelical Christian as I did, you likely knew the name of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot before you knew the name of the President. The story of the five missionaries who died, and their wives and children bringing the Gospel to the very tribe that murdered them was told and retold through out my childhood.

End of the Spear tells that story from the point of view of the tribesmen themselves. It's the latest in a series of independent movies marketed to the growing number of us tired of the "Brokeback Mountain" and " Hostel" garbage coming from Hollyweird. End of the Spear is playing on 1200 screens beginning 1/20/05.

The Questions...Why?

Have you every put together a Convention? I never have-until now. I am in the middle of planning a big one with three great people. I’ll tell you one thing- it's a lot of work. And now let me tell you another.

These three people are some of the best people I have ever met in my life.

I first met Eric Odom at a Nevada Independent Conservative Political Action Committee (NICPAC) meeting back in July. He is a soft-spoken man, but very eloquent. Eric is focused and driven, and cares about Nevada and the Country. We were brought together over our mutual concern that Nevada and possibly The U.S. was loosing its focus. We were mutually irritated with both the RINO's and the extreme rightists taking over the Republican Party, as well as the Party’s lack of connection with the common voter. I soon joined NICPAC and became a director, largely due to Eric's urging.

Richard Disney is a former army man, who values family and security. He's for limited government, and lower taxes. Most of all Richard values freedom. But what Richard brings to the table for us is his passion for this project. He believes in the power of the new media, and he sees the potential of what we are trying to do.

KC is a big-hearted, kind, and soft-spoken woman. She has been involved in lobbying, community organization, issue management, and coalition building during Tennessee’s healthcare program changes. She served as the TennCare Outreach Project coordinator on behalf of the National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee Chapter, where she tracked legislative initiatives and worked with governmental and non-profit agencies, drug companies, and legislators. KC is a brilliant strategist and a born leader.

And then of course I round out the committee. I am a veteran and concerned citizen. My thirteen years in the Air Force have taught me leadership by example, and the tenants of personal responsibility. I have learned through the years that action and initiative speak louder than anything, and perseverance gets things done.

These people and I are real people. You may not have heard of us simply because we are just like you, common people with common ideas and a vision of America.

So, what makes them different? The difference is they saw a void, thought of an idea to fill that void and took action. No party, special interest group, or major controlling sponsor backs them. As a matter of fact, when we started this whole thing we didn't have a dime. We simply had an idea, and now we are, almost by force of will, making that idea happen.

We only just started and already there have been harsh criticisms.

Here’s a few of them:

Why Reno?

Why not Reno… We live here, it's a great place to visit and the hotels are generally affordable. So is the convention space. There is plenty to do here, rather you love nature, or love the nightlife. It's not just bingo parlors and brush fires. (I have yet to find a bingo parlor anywhere other than the VFW).


Why not Las Vegas?

Well Vegas is nice; expensive, but very nice. Maybe next time we hold BloggerMan, we’ll do Vegas. And yes, we do plan on doing this again. Who knows, we might be coming to your town next. Why limit ourselves?


Why such a "weak" (non-celebrity) line up?

The fact is you do need some big names to make it worth your time. So far we have locked in Hugh Hewitt, and we are still in negotiations for a few others to show. That process is time consuming, but we are working on it. In all reality, the event is 20 months out; we have time to work on all that.

But, this convention is being presented by bloggers for bloggers. Our focus is the power of the New Media, and the tools and methods for effective blogging. We don't need celebrities for that. We just need great bloggers, and we have that.


Why is this only for conservatives?

It's not. This convention belongs to the blogosphere, not
us. We are trying to provide the best content we can for the moderate liberal, libertarian, centrist and center-right conservative bloggers out
there. It's not exactly easy to strike that balance, and the truth is the
committee is generally center-right in their beliefs. We are however open to comments and suggestions from ANY political blogger out there. Help us make this YOUR convention. That is the intent and our goal.

Why would a bunch of bloggers come to a conference in Reno?

If you really don't understand, then you really need to come and find out.
We will have workshops on the power of blogging, and understanding the blogosphere. For beginners, it may very well open your eyes.

If you are a political blogger, then you generally already understand. The blogging community as a whole has a great amount of power. We will be a deciding influence in the next major election. If you don't believe it, just wait. Anyone who underestimates the power of the new media will be left in the dust as the modern world passes them by.

Sincerely,
Matthew (Zaphriel) Comprix
Director of Blogger Relations
Blogging Man 2007
http://www.bloggingman.org

Be part of the Wall of Blogs . It's the most affordable way to be part of Blogging Man 2007.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Last of the Nine: New Horizons


I've been waiting for New Horizons to launch for three days now. We will finally get a look at the either the last planet, or the first resident of the Kuiper Belt, depending on how you look at it. Either way, we're going to have some fantastic pictures in a few years.

The Origins of the Great War: 2007

An analysis of the origins of the Great War, also known as World War IV (2007-2011) and the ways history repeats itself. Required reading, folks. Hat Tip to NeoCon Express, a must read site.

A Truce?

...well, maybe, kinda, sort of.

And in related news. We mighta got some. But we still don't know.

Bin Laden Speaks...From the Dead?

Now here's an interesting quote from the new Bin Laden tape:
"The delay in similar operations happening in America has not been because of failure to break through your security measures. But the operations are happening in Baghdad and you will see them here at home the minute they are through (with preparations), with God's permission," he said.
What's interesting is his confirmation that the terrorists are very much tied down in Iraq, something the Left has gone to great pains to deny.

When the tape was actually made is still being determined. But the threat is very real.

A Gay Easter?

A report from the Daily Standard’s Mark D. Tooley:

FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS children have gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on the Monday after Easter to roll Easter eggs across the yard and meet the Easter Bunny. Seemingly few (if any) Washingtonians have ever tried to exploit the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for political purposes. Until
now. A church-based homosexual rights group is planning to crash the event with
a "family visibility action" to spotlight their non-traditional families.

"On April 17, 2006, when the White House lawn is opened to families for the Annual Easter Egg Roll, imagine if the first 1,000 families onto the lawn were LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] families," enthused a January 4 email alert from soulforce. Once America sees the White House lawn awash in LGBT families, "there will be no going back," Soulforce promised.

Soulforce is the political organizing tool of self-described "militant gay activist" Mel White, the former Jerry Falwell speech writer who discovered his gayness and
became a clergyman in the predominantly homosexual Metropolitan Community
Churches. (source)

For people looking to just be left alone, they sure seem to crave the negative attention.

The Nuclear Shell Game

Allot of scary things are afoot. I wish I had more confidence in all of it...

Germany thinks we can talk our way out of Iran. In spite of their attitude.

And we think China can help us talk our way out of North Korea.

Lets hope their right, but I really don't think they are.