Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Is this the end of the "last best hope of earth"?
President Obama's curtsy to the Saudi king and his reverential bow before the Japanese Emperor was one of those "right-wing" criticisms that I thought, at the time, was mostly much ado about very little of substance. I now take that back. It was emblematic of what is taking place now.
While all hands on deck have been focused on the healthcare "debate", President Obama last week quietly signed an amendment to Executive Order 12425 (signed by Reagan in 1983, but with restrictions in place to protect the Constitutional rights of our citizens), effectively eroding American sovereignty by immunizing INTERPOL activities within the U.S. Andrew McCarthy:
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Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Nebraskan First, American Second
Friday, December 18, 2009
I have a confession...
I thought about whether or not I should come clean with this. After some soul-searching and hand-wringing, I decided that it is best that I clear my conscience. If I didn't, I don't see how I could ever blog here again without feeling shame for keeping a dirty little secret.
In a moment of weakness I slapped down $10 bucks and saw "Avatar".
Forgive me fellow conservatives, for I have sinned.
My impressions of the colossal-budget movie? If you're a tree-hugging Howard-Zinn-raised liberal, you'll love it. If you're a pro-war-on-terror-American-exceptionalism-muscular-foreign-policy-believing conservative, you'll love it and feel dirty for doing so. But hey! All you have to do is just lose yourself in the fantasy that is the liberal worldview.
The movie's impressive in scope and special effects, but the storyline's just cliché-predictable....like watching Dances with Wolves in Space meets every Hollywood anti-(Iraq)war movie in the last 8 years.
Thanks James Cameron, for the overt political messages! [/sarcasm]
Cross-posted at Flopping Aces
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Why are milblogs falling silent today?
"During the invasion of Iraq, Grisham took down a squad of Iraqis when his counterintelligence detachment got pinned down in an ambush. He earned the Bronze Star with "V" after rushing through the gunfire by himself with just a 9mm pistol and a hand grenade."
-Mudville Gazette (read all of it)
I'm sorry to say that this will not be the post I want to write, but the one that I allude to. What do I mean by this? Well, I've been remiss in following the plight of CJ, of A Soldier's Perspective, due to my own personal activities (which has seen me engaged on life support blogging, in general). But his is a story that I feel is important to cover, because it not only affects him (one of the finest patriots this country has, and everything you'd want in an American soldier), but affects everyone.
I'm sure some or most readers of FA are already familiar with CJ and what's going on. But for those who don't, I will link you to others who have done a fine job of covering this (Bookworm does a fine job of summarizing in a nutshell, here):
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Transferring Detainees from Gitmo South to Gitmo North, USA
This is nothing more than a bait-and-switch in order to keep a campaign promise...Guantanamo isn't shutting down; just transferring locations:
Dozens of terrorism suspects being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be moved to a little-used Illinois state prison that will be acquired and upgraded by the federal government, an Obama administration official said.Read more »
The critical step toward fulfilling President Obama's pledge to shut the Guantanamo detention center will be announced Tuesday, said the official, who reported that Obama has ordered the acquisition of the eight-year-old Thomson Correctional Center, about 150 miles northwest of Chicago.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Spending increases under Obama...but let's still blame Bush
During the Bush years, despite the 2000 Recession, the attacks on 9-11, the stock market scandals, Hurricane Katrina, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush Administration was able to reduce the budget deficit from 412 billion dollars in 2004 to 162 billion dollars in 2007, a sixty percent drop. In 2004 the federal budget deficit was 412 billion dollars. In 2005 it dropped to 318 billion dollars. In 2006 the deficit dipped to 248 billion dollars. And, in 2007 it fell below 200 billion to 162 billion dollars. During the Bush years the average unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, the economy saw the strongest productivity growth in four decades and there was robust GDP growth. These were amazing accomplishments considering the unexpected challenges. You certainly didn’t read much about this in the press.
But, things changed in 2007. Democrats took over Congress, gas prices started to rise, and at the end of the year and into 2008 several financial institutions started to crumble as the housing bubble began to burst. Of course, it should be noted that President Bush publicly called for the reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted. Democrats, on the other hand, blocked reform numerous times. It was later reported after the 2008 election that Bush had nothing to do with the financial crisis. Hoover Institution visiting fellow Scott S. Powell wrote in Barron’s in February of this year that the present crisis began in the 1970s, during the Carter administration, with passage of the Community Reinvestment Act to stem bank redlining and liberalize lending in order to extend home ownership in lower-income communities. This risk was acknowledged in the Bush administration’s first fiscal-year budget, released in April 2001. Sadly these warnings were ignored by Congress.
But, this didn’t stop Barack Obama and democrats from blaming George Bush for the market meltdown last year…
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Please Help the World...
The UN Climate Change Conference is nothing more than an attempt to redistribute the wealth from developed nations to underdeveloped nations. It's a complete sham, folks. A shakedown.
Labels: global warming
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
For Conservative Demogogues...
-U.S. Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl
Great interview given by Senator John Kyl on the Dennis Prager Show, this morning. This is for those of you who are destructively rather than constructively tearing down the Republican Party. Yes, for good reason, there has been much bashing of the Republican Party; it's become quite fashionable and "the in thing" amongst true dyed-in-the-wool conservatives. But keep in mind:
Every single Republican in both houses of Congress voted against President Obama’s budget.
Every single Republican except the two Senators from Maine voted against the stimulus package.
Every Republican in the House of Representatives opposes Obamacare.
Senator Kyl defends himself against recent criticism by right-wing demogogues:
Altered sister-post at Flopping Aces
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Hypocrisy in more ways than one
From Washington Times: Excerpt: Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said 25 or 30 of the scientists may have received funding from Exxon Mobile Corp. Exxon Mobile spokesman Gantt H. Walton dismissed the accusation, saying the company is concerned about climate-change issues and does not pay scientists to bash global-warming theories.So what if scientists received funding from big, bad oil companies? What about activist scientists who receive billions in grant funding, by pushing the global warming religion? I suppose their motives are pure and altruistic?
These supposed scientists built their careers and reputations on conjuring datasets, computer models, scenarios and reports – all claiming that modern civilization’s use of hydrocarbons is about to destroy the planet, and all financed by well over $100 billion in US, UK, EU and other taxpayer money.How about scientists motivated by honest research? That would be a novel idea.
Do you think Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider who sought to dismiss 25-30 of the 400 scientists expressing skepticism for their funding source, applied the same standard of suspicion of motive on Al Gore:
Mr. Gore is poised to become the world's first "carbon billionaire," profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in.
Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee, has claimed that Mr Gore stood to benefit personally from the energy and climate policies he was urging Congress to adopt.
Mr Gore had said that he is simply putting his money where his mouth is.
"Do you think there is something wrong with being active in business in this country?" Mr. Gore said. "I am proud of it. I am proud of it."
Hmmm....scientists who receive 10's of thousands in research funding from oil companies vs. scientists paid billions in tax-paid grant funds and investors poised to make billions in green technology, fueled by catastrophic global warming alarmism?
Labels: global warming
Less than a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of earth's 4.5 billion year history.
The decade of the 2000s is very likely the warmest decade in the modern record, dating back 150 years, according to a provisional summary of climate conditions near the end of 2009, the organization said.
The period from 2000 through 2009 has been “warmer than the 1990s, which were warmer than the 1980s and so on,” said Michel Jarraud, the secretary general of the international weather agency, speaking at a news conference at the climate talks in Copenhagen.
Labels: global warming
Monday, December 07, 2009
The EPA Declares Carbon Dioxide a Pollutant
The Environmental Protection Agency will reportedly declare carbon dioxide a dangerous pollutant today, setting the stage for extensive government regulations that will dramatically increase costs for business.Maybe if the 40% of the earth's inhabitants who believe in this rubbish would hold their breaths for 30 seconds every other minute, they'll do more for controlling climate change than anything else meaningful that could come out of Copenhagen.
Labels: global warming
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Al Gore Cancels Appearance at Copenhagen Conference
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
When the Shoe is on the Other Foot...
The Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at George Bush, the former US president, has himself come under a shoe attack in the French capital at the hands of a fellow Iraqi.
Muntadhar al-Zeidi, a television reporter, was in Paris on Tueday at a news conference to promote his campaign for the "victims of the US occupation in Iraq" when the attacker turned the tables on him, shouting: "Here's another shoe for you."
Al-Zeidi, who ducked and the shoe hit the wall behind him, said: "When I used this method, it was against the occupation.
"I didn't use it against a compatriot. I always knew the occupier and his lackeys would stop at nothing to get to me."
The thickset man made a brief speech in Arabic during the question and answer session, defending US policy and accusing al-Zeidi of "working for dictatorship in Iraq," before throwing his shoe.
Al-Zeidi later quipped: "He stole my technique."
What technique is that? Missing?
I'd say Al-Zeidi learned from George Bush's technique of ducking.
Noel Sheppard questions how the media will report this, given Al-Zeidi's celeb status, now that "the shoe is on the other foot":
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