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YAWN!!!

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Just a short post to register my opinion on Jason Collins announcing that he is gay:  YAWN!!!

Seriously.  As a flagrant heterosexual, I barely care about my own sexual identity.  Why. On. Earth. Does. Jason. Collins. Think. Anyone. Gives. A. Rat’s. Ass. About. His. Sexuality?

Again:  YAWN!!!7760621-male-lion-yawning-portrait

Ahhhh, crap… Since when do I agree with Bill Maher?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Comedian Bill Maher butted heads Friday night with Brian Levin, a professor at California State University at San Bernardino and director of its Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, after the late-night host took issue with comparing Islamic extremism with all fundamentalism.

“You know what, yeah, yeah,” the HBO host said. “You know what — that’s liberal [expletive] right there … they’re not as dangerous. I mean there’s only one faith, for example, that kills you or wants to kill you if you draw a bad cartoon of the Prophet. There’s only one faith that kills you or wants to kill you if you renounce the faith. An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing. Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam. So you know, I’m just saying, let’s keep it real.”

“All religious are not alike,” he continued. “As many people have pointed out — ‘The Book of Mormon,’ did you see the show? … OK, can you imagine if they did ‘The Book of Islam’? Could they do that? There’s only one religion that threatens violence and carries it out for things like that. Could they do “The Book of Islam” on Broadway?”

The guest responded “possibly so,” which Mr. Maher outright dismissed, and he seemed to get visibly irritated when Mr. Levin suggested Mr. Maher was promoting “Islamic hatred.”

“You’re wrong about that, and you’re wrong about your facts,” Mr. Maher fired back. “Now, obviously, most Muslim people are not terrorists. But ask most Muslim people in the world — if you insult the Prophet, do you have what’s coming to you? It’s more than just a fringe element.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/21/bill-maher-islamic-violence-more-just-fringe-eleme/#ixzz2RKc5K9x1 
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WHAT??? And by “what” I mean whatever I want it to mean…

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Let me start by saying Mayor Bloomberg is an idiot.

Bloomberg says interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” after the Boston Bombing.  Does he now?  It “has” to “change.”  Notice that the Mayor neatly avoids talking about how the Constitution is supposed to be changed.  I, of course, refer to Article V of the US Constitution. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html

However, that is not how we do it these days.  No, no… ever since the Left discovered the highly useful judiciary, they’ve found penumbras, exceptions, extensions, additions, and God Knows What Else inside everyday, common, ordinary words.  So, when Mayor Smaller Drinks, Fewer Bullets, and No Smoking wants his way, he buys himself a bully pulpit and roars across the podium, “CHANGE…”  Where have we heard that before?

Over in magical, mystical Libtopia, where the common good is know to only a few and they by divine providence can decide what is right and what is wrong, is opinion and fiat one and the same– Article V be damned!!!  Pesky rules:  Don’t they know who Mayor Bloomberg is???

What is Bloomberg really saying?  Even allowing for a knee-jerk response by a big city mayor shaken by a terrorist attack in a big city, he’s uttered something unfiltered and damningly honest:  He’s saying what the terrorist want to hear:  Our free and open society is a danger and must be horned in.  Mayor Bloomberg’s point of view is as dangerous as an IED at the finish line.  Both threaten to destroy the US Constitution; one by fear and the other by arrogance and stupidity.

Contrast Bloomberg’s reaction to a terrorist attack to Mayor Gulianni’s reaction:  Bloomberg wants to rip the Constitution apart and Gulianni ran to it for strength.  When it was suggested to Mayor Gulianni that the city mayoral elections be postponed and that he remain mayor throughout the crisis, Rudy Gulianni said “no”  and then explained that democracy was our strength in times of crisis and the election would proceed as scheduled.

The bottom line is that government run by Bloombergs is the short path to both reduced freedom and security.  If we are to defeat the terrorist, we need to slam shut the ideas and policies of the Bloombergs and install as many Guliannis as possible.

California US Representative tells it like it is to the Council on National Policy (it ain’t pretty)

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Governments Gone Wild

      By Tom McClintock on October 2, 2011

California: A Morality Tale in Three Parts

Congressman McClintock gave the following speech to the Council on National Policy on September 30, 2011

I want to welcome this groundbreaking scientific expedition to the savage lands of the Left Coast.  You are here in California to answer an important theoretical question and now you have your answer.

Yes, this is what Barack Obama’s second term would look like.

Study it.  Fear it.  And then go home and make sure that it never happens to the rest of the country.

Of course, in spite of all of its problems, California is still one of the best places in the country to build a successful small business.  All you have to do is start with a successful large business.

Laugh if you will, but as you whistle past this cemetery, do heed the medieval epitaph: “Remember man as you walk by, as you are now so once was I; as I am now so you will be.”

Mark that well, because if we lose this struggle for the future of our country,  you too someday will live in a California – only without the nice climate.

Bad policies.  Bad process. Bad politics.  Those are the three acts in a Greek tragedy that tell the tale of how, in the span of a single generation, the most prosperous and golden state in the nation became an economic basket case. (more…)

My Recollections of 9/11

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Like now, I was at my computer on September 11, 2001.  I had a crummy little black and white TV propped up on a bunch of books stacked on an end table.  I’ve no idea why I was watching TV in the morning, I never have, but for some reason, the TV was on.

I had a contract with a friend of mine to produce advocacy letters for various “grassroots” causes and was churning them out as fast as $100.00 a letter would allow.  Its good work if you can get it, so I was being diligent about my chore.  At some point I wandered away from my computer and sat in the garden for about 30 minutes.  It was a nice day and I enjoy the deep shade, benches, and cool greenery.  But, I couldn’t take too much time relaxing, there was a job to do.

Back inside, I made another pot of coffee, which, as it turned out, was the last pot of coffee ever made with that machine.  My phone rang and it was a friend of mine calling from Orlando.  He’s a very laid back, quite guy, but this phone call started out loud and got louder as he screamed, “Turn on your TV, someone flew a plane into the World Trade Center.”

All I had to do was turn around and look across the kitchen into the living room to see a Special Report and the image of one of the towers spewing smoke.  I thought, “What the hell?  How stupid does a pilot have to be to not see a skyscraper?”  Just then, a second plane seemed to deliberately crash itself directly into the second tower.

This was not a pilot error– someone was hijacking planes and flying them into buildings.

Needless to say, I was immediately reminded of the garage bombing of the World Trade Center and made a mental leap to terrorism.  For some reason, I remembered the name Osama.  I didn’t remember the bin Laden part, but he was the first name I thought of when the second plane hit.

At some point I got another phone call from my Orlando friend and he said he had just received a phone call from a mutual friend of our in Tampa.  My Tampa friend is an architect and said that the fire suppression system obviously had failed because it looked like the fire was spreading.  He said, “Those towers can’t stand this kind of abuse, they’re going to collapse.”  I said, “That sounds rather incredible,” as the first tower fell.  On the phone, my friend was yelling, “The building has collapsed, the building is falling…”

I was looking directly at the TV and I said to my friend, “That can’t be true, maybe just the damaged part is falling off.”  It was a strange experience to look at a live picture of a building falling to the ground and not being able to process the enormity of it all.  I literally had to see a picture of where the tower used to be, to see empty sky, for me to wrap my mind around the fact that the building had indeed collapsed.

Somewhere in the middle of all this chaos, I thought to call a third friend of mine who worked in Washington, DC, at the Pentagon; I thought he would be able to give me so credible information.  At that moment, the news reported a plane had hit the Pentagon.

I’ve been inside the Pentagon several times and the place is huge.  The chances of my friend being in the impact zone were remote.  But, still…

As I watched the news, I realized that the impact zone was more or less in the area of my friend’s office.  I continued to dial his number, but for obvious reasons, he did not answer.  I later found out he had been ordered to leave the building and was well on his way, by foot, towards the Potomac River to find a bridge to cross and onwards to his apartment.

As it turned out, my friend’s office was directly in the path of the plane.  His office was completely  destroyed, but as luck would have it, that entire section of the Pentagon had been renovated and everyone who had an office there had not yet moved back in.

For the rest of the day I watched one of the greatest attacks against the US on a tiny black and white TV.  Only when I smelled burnt coffee did I leave my seat.  The smell of burnt coffee to this day gives me a shiver.  The smell of burnt coffee, fouled my house for days, and here it is ten years later and the stench of evil still fills the American air.

There will never be peace with those evil-doers until they are destroyed and those that quietly support them or simply say nothing are crushed.

Just remember, the streets of all the Arab Capitals were filled with dancing and cheering Muslims– they handed candy to children

WI Recall Election is a bad, bad thing for the 2012 election…

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Much is being said about the Wisconsin recall elections, but no one is pointing out the obvious:  Failure begets failure.

Let me start over:  Much is being said on Fox News and the blogosphere about the Wisconsin recall elections– Cretin Media is completely ignoring the recall results– failure begets failure and the MSM WILL NOT report that!!!

The unions, in an attempt to overturn the legal election of state senators, spent millions and millions of their members’ mandatory dues and emptied their coffers.  This was a strategic blunder of epic proportions.

Ground reports show that the bosses whipped the membership hard.  They scoured the countryside for every advantage.  Spread every rumor, told every lie, and smeared every decent, hard-working, courageous elected Republican until the enormity of the fraud was so transparent even the most cynical must admit something terrible has happened.

Four of six Republican senators survived the recall.  The Wisconsin state senate remains in Republican hands– regardless of next week’s recall elections.  The anger in the senate chamber will be palpable.  There will be blood and vengeance will be Governor Walker’s.  If the Republican Senators do no lay waste to the unions and the what’s left of the Democrats’ credibility, they should never be forgiven by the rank and file Republican voters.

Whoever thought to subject Wisconsin to a recall should be hogtied and dragged to the nearest dungeon and tossed in forever.  It was beyond the pale to use the recall as a mid-term coup.  Mob rule is the only apt description for what they did.  For the possibility of a short term gain, and let’s be honest, the money is gone and any reverse of the Republican reforms can only be described as very, very short-term, the unions have introduced massive instability and insanity to the electoral process.

But, does this surprise anyone?  It shouldn’t.  The Left depends on instability and insanity.  Only through the use of the Big Lie and abuse of the system (cheating) can the Left further its agenda.  They care nothing for process, stability, and reason.  Only the Left can lose a general election, lose a policy fight on a legislative floor, throw the government into chaos by having their senators flee to another state, and then have the audacity to cry foul and force a mulligan on all of it.

Well, they tried and they lost.  This is not a “no harm, no foul” situation and they must be punished for the damage they’ve done to the democratic process, the electoral process, the good-will necessary for decent men and women to disagree, and the fragile fabric of the commonweal.

The very social order of Wisconsin is in danger of tearing and loosening from the its moorings.  Make no mistake:  The Union Bosses Are To Blame.  Their motivations of greed, corruption, and pursuit of tyrannical power are reason enough to condemn them, but they crossed the line when under the color of the authority of the recall they attempted a coup.  People who over reach and fail in a coup are always punished.  This group deserves to be crushed and destroyed for what they tried.

Civil society demands it.

 

Will there be war?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/will_there_be_war.html

Will There be War?  By Yoshida in the American Thinker

An American credit downgrade. Europe in turmoil. Israel menaced by an Iran with nuclear ambitions. Mexican drug cartels run amok. Chinese ghost cities. With each passing day the news gets worse. To my amateur historian’s eye, we seem to be drowning under the greatest flood of crisis, both international and domestic, since the 1930s. We all know how that ended. Will it be possible, in terrible 2010s, to resolve the world’s problems without war? I’m not so certain.

 

About a decade ago, The National Review’s John Derbyshire wrote that the odds of us, or our children, dying in a “genuine mass-mobilization-type, carriers-going-down-with-all-hands-type, flattened-cities-type war” were higher than most people believed. At the time, even after September 11th, it didn’t seem likely to come to pass — at least in the short term.

 

Yet, even a decade ago, it was clear to some that we were headed towards some sort of cataclysm. Nations all over the world have made promises that, because they have been undermined by demographic change, cannot possibly be kept. It was always clear that, eventually, the laws of fixed numbers would catch up with us and that there would be a day of judgement. It’s just that, until very recently, it had always appeared that it would be in a further future and that maybe — just maybe — the white heat of technological advance would propel us faster than the danger. It had always been my belief that the crisis would come, but that it would arrive much later — perhaps in the third or fourth decade of the century when I would be, God willing, in a position to influence events directly. Alas, it increasingly appears that that will not be so. The world’s problems are so entrenched and so far-reaching that it seems doubtful that they will be resolved without the resort by some to the expedient of war. Worse, it now seems possible that a cascade of conflict will wash over the entire world as it did some seven decades ago.

 

Let’s consider just a few of the wars that seem possible to occur before this decade is out:

 

A Second Mexican War

 

I believe that a war involving the United States in the affairs of Mexico is all but inevitable. The existence of what appears to be becoming a failed state on the borders of the United States will compel some sort of military intervention. This is the tragic product of policies in both nations that have drained Mexico of much of its best human resources and allowed the growth of Mexican criminal organizations of vast strength.

 

Those who praise the work ethic of many of the millions of illegal aliens of Mexican origin in the United States come near to but fail to identify one of the true tragedies of the disastrous immigration policies of the United States: the sort of people who are now working at menial jobs on the margins of American society are just the sort people who might sustain and rebuild Mexican civil society. The absence of individuals of such character is one of the major factors that has allowed the drug cartels to gain such incredible power in Mexico.

 

Ultimately, I believe that this war will take one of two forms. In the first, the violence of the drug cartels will grow so extreme and the Mexican government so helpless in the face of it that they will ask for, and eventually receive, the intervention of the American armed forces. In the second, the cartels will capture the Mexican government which will eventual result in such a government being deposed by the United States.

 

A War of Chinese Distraction

 

I find it incredibly difficult to believe that more do not see that China’s economic “miracle” is every bit as much a bubble as tech stocks in 1999 or real estate in 2006. China’s export-driven growth has been financed by billions — perhaps trillions — in bad loans that have temporarily sustained enterprises that are, at best, marginally profitable. The house of cards built by the Chinese state will blow away and expose China as an unimaginably unequal nation where hundreds of millions still live in horrible subsistence-level conditions alongside a middle and upper class who enjoy a level of wealth and security beyond the imagination of an ordinary Chinese.

 

When the bubble pops — and it will — what choices will be available to the rulers of China? A misstep at that particular point will be fatal for them, living as they do in a nation of a billion and a half people with a history of fantastically bloody and brutal internal convulsions. Faced with bad debts on an unimaginable scale, falling demand for labor in the face of advances in robotics, and — thanks to the one-child policy and selective abortions — a massive surplus in young men, there will be one terrible temptation for China’s leaders: war. Indeed, it is difficult to see how the present Chinese government — and perhaps even the state itself — can be sustained without resorting to external aggression. Democracy, given China’s internal contradictions, would almost inevitably lead to economic collapse and civil war. Repression of internal dissent with force will trigger revolution. The party needs to open a release valve — and the pressure will have nowhere to be released but over China’s neighbors.

 

A Middle Eastern War

 

This one is obvious and well-known to all, even if current events have turned our attention away for the moment. Iran continues its quest for nuclear weapons. The pressure against Israel continues to intensify on all fronts. Unless Israel or the United States acts soon to prevent the advent of a nuclear-armed Iran, the best long-term result for the Middle East will be an atomic balance-of-terror with terrorist-sponsoring, murderous lunatics on one side. The worst-case scenario ends with a hundred million people dead.

 

A European War

 

I am surprised that few have commented on the potential for the economic situation within Europe to devolve into military confrontation. On the basis of historical precedent, it certainly seems possible to me. The members of the European Union, lacking the common bonds and sentiments that have allowed other federations to be successful in forming a common state, will not hesitate to betray each other if there is a real advantage to be gained by it. While most of Europe’s current leaders do not appear to be the sort inclined to resolve matters through the use of force, is not impossible that the deepening of the crisis will result in the arrival of leaders who will.

 

This situation is complex and unpredictable, but let’s just consider one scenario for how we might see a European conflict arise out of the present conditions. Imagine that the bailouts continue for several more years, dragging Germany and other solvent nations deeper and deeper into the morass of the south. Economic conditions in, for example, Greece continue to worsen. Eventually the Greek government is replaced — through either legal or extra-legal means — by a government intent on repudiating the debts of the nation. Such an act would likely trigger similar moves elsewhere and would, by such a point, totally ruin Germany. It is not hard to imagine Germans under such conditions — threatened with being impoverished by spendthrift Southern Europeans — advocating that an army be dispatched to Athens to ensure that payments were forthcoming. Who knows where that would end but, at that point, what would be the choice?

 

A Second Civil War

 

Finally, watching events unfold in the United States, it becomes impossible to rule out what was recently unthinkable: that the economic and political crisis will spin entirely out of control and eventually lead to some form of organized political violence. No one on either side desires it and practically everyone, at present, would argue that there is no plausible scenario leading to it. Yet the astute observer of history will recall that, as late as 1860, Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was sitting in his office and reviewing plans for the construction of the Capitol Dome.

 

The unknown factor here is how far some are willing to go in defending a plainly nonviable welfare state. Perhaps some future president, stymied by the Congress, will attempt to resort to extra-constitutional means in order to continue funding benefits. Or maybe some future government, distorted by some political pressure or another, will impose taxes or regulations that some states consider to be intolerable. Though, I should say here, I consider it more likely that such a conflict would resemble the English Civil War and its conflict between the Crown and Parliament than it would the first American Civil War with its struggle among the states.

 

None of the possibilities I have outlined needs to become reality. But all of them could. The worst-case scenarios all share a common root cause: the failure of our politicians to recognize that, in the words of the late Enoch Powell, “the supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils.” There must be a genuine recognition, both on the part of the state and of the people, that our problems are a result of an excessive reliance upon government and our foolish faith in the ability of legislation to resolve flaws in the human character. Governments have not only spent too much already, but they have set expectations for the future that will not be met. The question is not how we can distort math to make the impossible continue to seem possible; it is whether our obligations shall be unwound in an orderly or disorderly fashion. As the old economic maxim goes, “those things that can’t continue won’t.” To that allow me to add that the impossible does not become possible through hope and wishes. Our leaders must act now. Either we will shake them, or worse days endure.

 

The World is Burning and this is what caught my Attention… (good lord)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

A bat got loose on an Atlanta-bound flight, forcing horrified passengers to duck for cover.

The flying mammal appeared about 15 minutes after Delta flight 5121, operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, took off from Madison, Wis., on Friday, and cruised around the cabin above passengers’ heads.

“The captain called the control tower to say the plane was returning to the airport to remove a winged animal,” said Brent McHenry, spokesperson for the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison.

A passenger near the rear of the plane shooed the bat into the restroom and shut the door, to the cheers of fellow riders, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. But McHenry said that by the time the plane landed and all passengers got off, it seemed to have vanished. As airport maintenance staff searched the plane, however, a bat flew out and into the terminal, he said. From there, workers coaxed it out to freedom.

“Our terminal has high ceilings, and it’s not unusual to have a bird flying around inside,” said McHenry. “But the bat created a bit of entertainment for our early morning passengers as maintenance crew members with a large net ushered it outside.”

 

Happy Independence Day (235 years of Freedom and Opportunity)

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Declaration of Independence

Here is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence.  The original spelling and capitalization have been retained.

 

(Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776)

 

The Unanimous Declaration

of the Thirteen United States of America

 

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

 

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

 

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

 

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

 

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

 

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

 

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

 

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

 

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

 

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

 

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

 

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

 

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

 

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

 

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

 

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

 

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

 

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

 

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

 

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

 

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

 

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

 

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

 

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

 

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

 

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilize

d nation.

 

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

 

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

 

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

 

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

 

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

 

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Source: The Pennsylvania Packet, July 8, 1776

 

I cleaned my car last night and found something interesting…,

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Here’s a sad thought:

The loose change I’ve been tossing into the center console is worth more than the entire US Government.

Not all that hard, being trillions in debt and whatnot…

A Handy Primer for Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

What Happened At RightOnline

… had better not stay at RightOnline!

Posted by Loren Heal (Profile)

Thursday, June 23rd at 1:59PM EDT

Redstate’s own ColdWarrior and Ron Robinson invited several precinct activists from around the country to sit on a panel at the recent RightOnline conference, put on by Americans for Prosperity. Our topic was the “Importance of Precinct Activism”. Below the fold you will find some more details that I didn’t include in my portion of the event, and get to see me talking.

Successes in Illinois

Gordy Hulten is the former Illini Pundit (site now dark), former Congressional campaign manager, and a long-time Precinct Committeeman in Illinois. When a vacancy opened for Champaign County Clerk, he was present at the meeting at which a successor was chosen. The reason he was at the meeting is that such replacements are typically handled at the County Executive Committee meeting of the party of the former incumbent. That is, the Precinct Committeemen decide who gets the office, and they often pick someone from their own ranks.

Gordy told me that after all the years of working on campaigns, even running them, he learned as never before how elections work when he became County Clerk.

Brian Milleville (Redstate’s anacreon) and Stephanie Rieman are tea party leaders in Effingham, Illinois. Both are PCs. Brian got elected to the City Council for on a shoestring budget, his greatest expense being shoe leather. (more…)

A Day to Remember

Monday, May 30th, 2011

It’s the Soldier, not the reporter Who has given us the Freedom of the Press.

It’s the Soldier, not the poet, Who has given us the Freedom of Speech.

It’s the Soldier, not the politicians That ensures our right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It’s the Soldier who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag.

Excellent Article by Mark Steyn on DSK

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Yes They Kahn!

Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the other elevated souls of the governing class are above your bourgeois standards.

Back when he was still the officially designated Next President of France and not an accused rapist, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was glimpsed at the annual IMF soccer tournament wearing a T-shirt emblazoned “YES, WE KAHN!” (Monsieur le directeur was not participating in the game: The field he likes to play requires more horizontal exertions, as even the deferential and protective French media have begun belatedly to acknowledge.) In consciously mimicking the slogan of another and very successful presidential candidate, the IMF boss and Socialist party candidate improved upon it — or, at any rate, made it more accurate. “Yes, We Can”? Er, no, actually, you can’t. But yes, he Kahn!

A man is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and it will be for a New York court to determine what happened in M. Strauss-Kahn’s suite at the Sofitel. It may well be that’s he the hapless victim of a black Muslim widowed penniless refugee maid — although if that’s the defense my lawyer were proposing to put before a Manhattan jury, I’d be inclined to suggest he’s the one who needs to plead insanity. Whatever the head of the IMF did or didn’t do, the reaction of the French elites is most instructive. “We and the Americans do not belong to the same civilization,” sniffed Jean Daniel, editor of Le Nouvel Observateur, insisting that the police should have known that Strauss-Kahn was “not like other men” and wondering why “this chambermaid was regarded as worthy and beyond any suspicion.” Bernard-Henri Lévy, the open-shirted, hairy-chested Gallic intellectual who talked Sarkozy into talking Obama into launching the Libyan war, is furious at the lèse-majesté of this impertinent serving girl and the jackanapes of America’s “absurd” justice system, not to mention this ghastly “American judge who, by delivering him to the crowd of photo hounds, pretended to take him for a subject of justice like any other.” (more…)

SEALS are criminals… (OK, who’s going to arrest them?)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

From MoeLane.com

Rep. Schakowsky, who is married to a convicted felon, attempting to explain why photos of the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden would not be released, had this to say:

“These are pictures of a violent crime scene. This is a dead person. A dead Osama bin Laden,” she said.

Now, I will readily grant that normally a statement like this should be subject to Occam’s Razor.  The simplest way to explain the problems with the first sentence* would be to simply postulate that the person who uttered it is a semi-literate buffoon who is so unthinkingly programmed to parrot outworn and exploded progressive agitprop that she is truly unaware that even suggesting that Navy SEALs are criminals for killing Osama bin Laden is offensive.  Or that she has not contemplated that her aforementioned parroting handily confirms every not-nice said about the average progressive antiwar politician’s judgement, character, and native mother-wit.  Or that (by extension) Schakowsky is accusing fellow-Democrat President Barack Obama of war crimes, given that he gave the order.  Yes, really, if this had just been uttered by some nobody then you could simply chalk the comment up to pig-ignorance, coupled with thee utterer being a natural-born damned fool.

However… Jan Schakowsky is a powerful Democrat:

Moron

Schakowsky serves in the House Democratic Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is a member of the Steering and Policy Committee. She is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she serves on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, the Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Democratic Leader Pelosi appointed her to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she is ranking Democrat on the Oversight Subcommittee.

Which means that, if she’s an idiot, she’s not the only one; the bigger ones are the Democrats who let her onto all those committees where everybody else uses all those big words all the time.  And so, if she’s not an idiot… well, when are you going to introduce articles of impeachment against President Obama, Representative Schakowsky?  I’m sure that we’re all agog to hear that particular bit of news.

*To put it very simply and brutally – as Jim Geraghty did: “A crime scene? What crime would that be, and whom should be charged?”

Latest Dispatch from Michael Yon

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Loaded Gun

Posted with permission from Michael Yon

16 May 2011

Iraq 2005

Combat was relentless in the surrounding city.  Explosions rumbled in from the neighbourhoods and washed over base, which was itself under frequent attack by rockets and mortars.  Four days before Christmas, soldiers were having lunch on the heavily guarded Forward Operating Base (FOB) Marez when a jihadist walked into the dining facility.  His vest detonated, killing 14 soldiers, 4 US contractors, and 4 Iraqis, and wounding about 80.  Casualties were rushed from the tangle to the hospital at FOB Diamondback, where the follow-on attack began.  The enemy rained indirect fire trying to hit the triage at the Combat Support Hospital.

Four months later, in April 2005, I came to the Deuce Four battalion as a writer.  On the first mission, another suicide bomber killed three.  Mostly you didn’t see the bombers, but felt an atmospheric pop from the shock wave, followed by a great heaving krrruummppphhh.  It was hard to tell the difference between smaller explosions close by and a massive detonation across town, until some seconds passed and the mushroom gathered into the sky.  Sometimes it was an IED, other times a car bomb, or who knows? (more…)

US, UN, and IAEA challenge Syria on covert nuclear program

Monday, May 16th, 2011

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704681904576321640560914206.html  (Excellent WSJ article)

In 2007 Israeli Defense Forces flew jet fighters into Syrian air space and knocked out an illegal, covert nuclear reactor.  Syria is a signatory state to the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), which means that any nuclear facility they build has to be for peaceful purposes.  They cannot run a weapons factory.  All signatories to the NPT must allow IAEA inspections.  Syria has never allowed the IAEA full access to all areas of nuclear facilities.

Syria has consistently denied even having a nuclear program, although their Ministry of Agriculture has a robust nuclear science division and their Minister of Agriculture does not have an agriculture degree, but does hold a nuclear engineering degree from Germany.

Peas in a Pod, Birds of a Feather, Nuclear Partners

Now, they’re at it again.  Syria has recovered from the Israeli raid and now has several facilities that the IAEA cannot visit.  The fact of the matter is that Syria, Iran, and the DPRK (North Korea), with technical assistance from Pakistan and international political cover from China are running a sophisticated third world proliferation program.

How it occurs to anyone, much less an aspiring world power like China that arming rouge states like North Korea and Iran with nuclear weapons is useful in any way is a wonder.  Now we have Syria embroiled in the nuclear mix.

Why is this so worrisome?  In a word:  Stability. (more…)

Wow, you really need to read the comments

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Huckabee Endorses Haridopolos in FL Senate Race

May 12, 2011 Florida Review 12 Comments

by Javier Manjarres

Former Governor and potential Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has weighed in on the 2012 Florida Senate race and endorsed Florida State Senate President Mike Haridopolos over Senator George LeMieux and former House Majority Leader Adam Hasner.  Huckabee’s endorsement is the first national level endorsement in the race that could help Haridopolos sway the conservative Christian base in Florida, and bring in national support from the coveted ‘Christian Right’.

 “We need a new generation of proven fiscal and social conservative leaders in the US Senate and that is why I am proud to endorse and support my good friend, Mike Haridopolos for the US Senate in Florida,” said Huckabee. “Mike will fight for our conservative values in Washington, just as he has done in leading the tremendous work of the Florida Senate.”-Governor Mike Huckabee

Senate President Haridopolos accepted the endorsement and stated the following:

“I am honored to have such a tremendous conservative leader like Gov. Huckabee stand with me and other Floridians to tell Washington that enough is enough-We’ve had enough of the broken promises, record borrowing, and deficits coming from the failed policies of Bill Nelson and Barack Obama.”-Senate President Mike Haridopolos

Score!!!

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

I know, I know, sometimes blogs get too personal and the minutia of some guy’s life isn’t that interesting, but I think I can make a point with this personal story.

I’ve been renovating my house for the last three years.  Its 95% complete, no huge construction projects hanging over the house, other than a deck, but that’s outside.  However, I’m still tweaking the interior.  The house is so small that whatever I bring in either has to replace something already there or be of such use or quality that it makes its own space.

I’m a thrift shop aficionado.  Keep in mind, this is very different from antiquing.  I HATE antique shops.  I used to live in Palm Beach County and they have quality antique shops with competitive pricing– mostly because the stuff they sell is the detritus from fine northeastern mansions and cottages and inappropriate for South Florida living– so, there is little market for their stock.  Still, there is a lot of cool stuff to be found.

Up here in north central Florida, it is a completely different story.  Antique shops in Alachua County are some sort of cross between thrift shops and and antique shops, with an unusually heavy dose of 1960′s and 70′s bric-a-brac, which still frightens me– seriously, lava lamps, plastic chairs, and chrome, chrome, and more chrome?  Ghastly.

 Mostly, they’re just glorified thrift shops.

Here in Gainesville, the stuff found in thrift shops is usually just one step away from the trash heap.  Most of the stuff is garbage and and filthy and smells musty.  Still…  the occasional treasure is found with enough frequency to warrant a ten minute walk through a few times a month.  For example, I have a full set of living room end tables, coffee tables, and some sort of square thing that takes up too much room, but came with the set.  That set is from a famous maker and would have cost $2000 new.  I also have a lot of valuable art I found lying about in a bin like trash, but a close look and some research will net a finely framed, signed piece for the space above the sofa.  I found a rare signed, numbered lithograph worth $2000 for a mere $5.00.   Other decent purchases include at least half a dozen pieces of fine Waterford Crystal stored on a shelf next to common glass; over 20 individual pieces of sterling silver or Sheffield plate; china tureens that match my mother’s table settings; Lennox figurines, and some antique German glass Christmas ornaments.  If you’re the type that will buy clothing, which I will not buy anything with any type of textile on it, all sorts of linens and outerwear is available.  In Alachua City I saw full length mink coats for $75.00– I can’t imagine anyone wearing one of those in Florida… but, it wasn’t there the next time I visited.  Weird…  And, did I mention the books?  I have a least three dozen First Editions in my collection– you have dig around a few dusty bins, but there are almost always a few

I keep my eye out for high end kitchen pots and pans.  I have a decent collection of Logan cast iron skillets and pots.  A new Logan costs $75 for a small skillet, I picked one up the other day for $5.00.  Believe me, owning a set of Logans makes me look like a genius around a Bar-b-Que grill.  They cook the food for you.

My last haul was a solid brass Baldwin table lamp for $3.00, it retails for $225.00.  With a new shade, it takes a spot on the low boy in the dining room.  Very nice looking and I like the light it throws in the room. 

What’s my point?  Well, times are hard, the economy is weak, and inflation is kicking everyone in the wallet.  So, if you need a lamp, check out the various thrift shops in area.  Also, most thrift shops are run by charitable interests, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Veterans groups, and so on.  If you have some stuff to get rid of and don’t want to have a yard sale, donate it and get the tax receipt.

Anyway, with some time and patience, you can outfit your house or garden with high quality items for cheap.  There is no reason you should pay full price for a mass produced product when there is a high end one out there just waiting for you.

HEY!!! It’s my blog and I’ll post ape pictures if I want…

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

What a Tool

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Is anyone as sick and tired of Senator John McCain as I am?

What a tiresome, dreary, predictable, little suck up he has become.  The people of Arizona had a shot at taking him down, but just like the folks in Nevada who missed their opportunity at getting rid of Harry Reid, McCain was reupped for another six years of blah, blah, blah…  GOOD GOD!!!

This time he has decided to side with the left on “torture”.  Using his well-worn “get out of jail free” card as a POW war-hero, he let everyone know that he was tortured and that the US should be above it all and, blah, blah, blah.  GOOD GOD!!!

Well, here’s a news flash for Mr. McCain:  Yes, according to reports and as evidenced by his physical limitations, he was tourtured.  But, is there any room in his narrow, little mind to differentiate between the actual tourture he received and the physical, non-deforming, discomfort those three terrorist received? 

Birds of a Feather

Personally, I don’t give a rat’s rear end if we subject terrorists to thumb screws, meat hooks, or electric shocks to their privates– I already live in an America where homes are searched on the merest pretext, US Attorney Generals refuse to prosecute election day thuggery, and where trillions of dollars yet to be earned are borrowed and transferred to favored political groups.  Yes, I support a US policy that does what it needs to do to defend and save what little is left of this free and wonderful nation. 

I guess I’m honest enough to not be high minded and deeply thoughtful like our ruling elites, but when push comes to shove, and we may indeed already be there, people like me, Donald Rumsfeld, George Bush, and Dick Cheney will bear the burden, lift the bale, and tote the barge so that future generations of high minded elites can condem us for our excesses and the immoral stain we placed on our nation’s psyche.  GOOD GOD!!!

The Dark Night of Islam

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

MICHAEL KNOX BERAN

May 10, 2011 4:00 A.M.

The Dark Night of Islam

The revolutionary events shaking the Islamic world will not change an intolerant and obscurantist culture

The last six months have proved a climacteric in the history of Islam. An astonished world has witnessed the deposition of rulers in Egypt and Tunisia, revolts in Syria and Libya, the intensification in Iran of a struggle between President Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Khamenei, and the United States’ imposition on Osama bin Laden of a wild but under the circumstances salutary justice.

Yet however tumultuous the events may be, Islam seems unlikely to undergo the reformation its most generous hearts and intelligent minds desire. The revolutions in the Arab states more nearly resemble the abortive ones of 1848 than the successful ones of 1989: Only the identity of the ruling cabals is likely to change. Osama is dead, but his cult and myth live on. He has already been enrolled by many Muslims in the register of their martyrs, while others piously approach his house in Abbottabad as they would a reliquary shrine. (more…)

Interactive US Map showing state by state deficits

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

http://www.aarp.org/work/job-hunting/info-07-2010/pain_index.html

Bankruptcy (Public Employee Pension Plans Ruin City Finances)

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

From the AARP on-line Newsletter

by Michael Zielenziger

“People who used to eat at Taco Bell now are robbing Taco Bell,” says Nancy, a 69-year-old resident who didn’t want her last name published.

Situated at the mouth of the Napa River about 25 miles north of San Francisco, Vallejo holds a prominent place in California history. It was the first state capital in 1852, and for nearly 150 years was the site of one of the nation’s most important naval shipyards.

In 2008, it achieved a new kind of distinction — the state’s largest city to file for bankruptcy. (more…)

Anchor Babies and the 14th Amendment

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Anchor Babies and the Fourteenth Amendment

by Alan Berkelhammer  from Common Sense

Of all the injustices to Americans brought on by illegal immigration one of the worst is the granting of “automatic” citizenship to babies of illegal aliens who are born in the United States. One or more of the parents are here illegally, they have a child on American soil, and then our country in its wisdom grants citizenship to the child. My hair is standing on end as I type. This has become so bad that there are now travel agencies that offer expensive tour packages for pregnant women from China and other countries who are about to give birth. The expectant mother (or both parents-to-be) come to the United States on “vacation,” give birth to a brand new baby American citizen, and well, you know the rest. There’s even a name for this new cottage industry; it’s called Immigration Birth Tourism. (more…)

Osama: The Canary in the Cage

Monday, May 9th, 2011
Osama:  The Canary in the Cage
With permission from DiploMad2.0
When I was a child we had a canary.  Although we had never accused or, much less, convicted him of anything, we kept him in a cage for an indefinite period. He, I am ashamed to say, did not have access to an attorney.

I hadn’t thought of that innocent bird until today; the videos of Osama just released by the Pentagon reminded me of our canary.

Our little canary would spend hours contemplating his reflection in a little mirror that hung in the cage. It seems Osama did the same thing.  We see video of a scrofulous Osama watching himself–better said,  a younger version of himself—on video. He was just like that canary. (more…)

What does the Democratic Party Stand For?

Monday, May 9th, 2011

What does the Democratic Party stand for?

From Fabius Maximus

  • They’re happy with undemocratic processes which produce desired outcomes.  Hence their fondness for the Courts, even when overturning legislative acts, popular referenda, and ancient precedents.
  • They like measures favoring giant unions and corporations, which act as powerful engines of social change on the serf-like workers.
  • Building strong regulatory agencies induce a desirable feeling of helplessness in masses, making them easily molded into complacent and passive citizens.
  • Ample social services for the poor with limited mechanisms for social mobility keeps the rabble in their place.  Constantly threatening the middle class without actually disrupting the class order.  Large-scale immigration does this as well.
  • So long as we remain quiet subjects, we may enjoy a wide range of rights.  About what we read and say.  Who we screw.  What we do, within the arbitrary and ever-changing boundaries of political correctness.  Our society provides bread and circuses, which is all consumer-citizens should want.
  • Fetish:  the American Civil Liberties Union.  Supporting the ACLU provides an illusion that the Party still values liberty.  The ACLU gets to have the occasional win during the long erosion of our rights.

A list of Islamic violence against Christians since 9/11

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

 http://www.thereligionofpeace.com

Islamic Terror Attacks on Christians
(Since 9/11)
This is a list of targeted acts of terrorism on Christian civilians and church workers by religious Muslims since September 11th, 2001. 

These attacks have nothing to do with war, combat or insurgency.  The victims are innocent Christians who were specifically targeted and abused solely on account of their faith by those who claim their own religion as a motive.

This is not a complete list, as much of the violence goes unreported. (more…)

The Religion of Peace just burned down another church…

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Egypt says ‘iron hand’ to halt religious unrest

By Jailan Zayan (AFP) – 19 hours ago

CAIRO — Egypt’s military rulers warned Sunday they will use an “iron hand” to protect national security after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo killed 12 people and injured scores.

Authorities would “strike with an iron hand all those who seek to tamper with the nation’s security,” Justice Minister Abdel Aziz al-Gindi told reporters after cabinet crisis talks.

Gindi said the government would “immediately and firmly implement the laws that criminalise attacks against places of worship and freedom of belief” using anti-terror laws to combat those “threatening national security.”

The statement came at the end of nearly four hours of cabinet talks and after Egypt’s military rulers had said 190 people detained in connection with the clashes would face military trial.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in power since a popular uprising toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February, said the move was a “deterrent” to all those who sought to sow strife in the country. (more…)

NYTs takes a stealthy jab at the SEALS raid on Bin Laden

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

 

On the front page of today’s New York Times, above the fold, in the prominent upper left hand quarter, is a story titled, Face That Screamed War’s Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later.  There are pictures too…

The gist of the story http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/07/world/middleeast/07photo.html?_r=1&hp seems to be an update of the life of a five year old girl, who lost her parents six years ago when American soldiers shot the car they were in and killed her parents.

According to the story, the five year old girl, Samar, and her three year old brother, now 12 and 8, are both emotionally damaged because of the incident.  They both claim to take pills for their trauma and can be found most days, huddled together in a closed off room, crying.

Perhaps this is all true, maybe not; but, the  point of the story is ”the shooting of innocent civilians as they approached American checkpoints or foot patrols, killings made possible by liberal rules of engagement aiming to protect soldiers from suicide car bombers.” (more…)

Osama’s Last Will (It speaks for itself)

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Last Will
of
Osama bin Laden

 

In the name of Allah the merciful the forgiver,

[This is the] Will of a poor man to his god in the highest, Osama bin Mohammad bin Ladin,

Thanks be to Allah, and peace and prayers over the messenger of Allah, his family and all his companions. We implore his justice and guidance and call on him for assistance

The Butcher of 9/11 is Dead

 from our evil and ill deeds. He whom Allah guides, none can lead astray and he whom Allah leads astray, has no guide. And I testify that there is no god be he alone, ascribe no partners to him and I testify that Mohammad is his slave and messenger. We beg him in the highest to accept us in martyrdom along with the righteous of his worshipers and to perish us as Muslims.

Allah had commanded us that in case death approached to leave a will for both parents, relatives and all Muslims […] and whatever saddens them, saddens me and Allah attests to what I am saying.

Allah attests that the love for Jihad and death in the cause of Allah has taken over my life and the Sword Verses have penetrated every cell of my heart, “and kill all the polytheists [infidels] as they fight all of you”. And how many times I wake from my sleep and find myself reciting this holy verse. If every Muslim would ask himself why did our Ummah reach to where she is [in a state of] humiliation and defeat, his instinctual response would be, because she has clung to the pleasures of life and tossed the book of Allah [Koran] behind its back and it is the only source that has the cure and success in the here and now and the hereafter. The Jews and Christians have tempted us with the pleasures of life and its cheap delights and they invaded us with their monitory values before invading us with their armies. And we were, like women, did not react, because the love for death in the cause of Allah has departed the hearts. (more…)

Reapportionment Hearings Schedule

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Lines are drawn on first reapportionment hearings Meeting in the House chamber Friday morning, legislators announced the first round of statewide public meetings on reapportionment, the once-a-decade job of redrawing all legislative and Congressional districts to conform to population changes.

“This process will only be successful if we let the public start the conversation,” House Speaker Dean Cannon told lawmakers. “This process will only be successful if we let the public start the conversation. Your task this summer will be much more about listening than talking.”

Here is the schedule for the first four public meetings:

* June 20: Tallahassee, Capitol, 412 Knott Building, 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

* June 21: Milton, Milton Community Center, 10-1 p.m.

* June 21: Fort Walton Beach, Fort Walton Beach High, 6-9 p.m.

* June 22: Panama City, Gulf Coast Community Center, 10-1 p.m.

The second round of public forums in July will be held in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, The Villages and Gainesville.

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/#ixzz1LaiSxDIi

Is There Nothing This Administration Cannot Screw Up?

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Is There Nothing This Administration Cannot Screw Up?

Used with permission from http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/

The big victory over al Qaeda and the Islamonutters is being squandered bit by bit.

The USA had a big win with the elimination of Osama in his “man-cave” in Pakistan. For once in his two-plus miserable years as President, Obama looked almost presidential; he, for once, had made a tough decision well.  The political risk to Obama in ordering a helicopter assault on Osama’s gilded cage in Abbottabad should not be minimized. Visions of “Blackhawk Down,”and “Desert One” must have been vivid in his mind. The decision to make it a “man-on-man” hit was the right one, and Obama, apparently, rightly rejected the B-2 with PGMs option. He, rightly it seems, argued against that, noting that such a strike would always leave room for doubt as to whether we had nailed Osama.  We needed U.S. eyes, hands, and bullets on the creep.  That’s what we got in a brilliantly executed SEAL operation. (more…)

Pakistani Perfidy and Western Incompetence

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Pakistani Perfidy and Western Incompetence in the Hunt for Osama

Used with permission from http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/

In the long ago 1980s, I spent several years working on Pakistani issues. I lived for two years in Islamabad and Peshawar, travelled all over the country, including in many areas now off-limits, and spent another two years working on Pakistan in Washington and returning frequently there. Those were the Reagan years, and we were working closely (sort of) with the Zia ul-Haq government to push the Soviets out of Afghanistan (more on that below.) (more…)

Tornado took my hamburger…

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

http://youtu.be/vCUs6wXtkv0

The media has been full of heart warming and funny stories of people in crisis maintaining their sense of humor in the midst of a historic natural disaster.  The above link is just one of the many out there.

It was right to treat UBL’s body with respect

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

There is a ton of chatter on the talk shows and blogs concerning the treatment of Osama’s body.

Let’s get this out of the way now:  UBL was an evil monster that deserved a worse death than he got.

Now that that’s out of the way:  The United States of America is an historic anomaly.  Never before, not even during the British Empire, has a nation stood so tall, so influential, and so powerful.  But, American power is not the historical uniqueness, it is American civility. 

The US alone, among all nations, uses its wealth and power to raise up all nations.  The US alone, among all nations, believes that all humans are free and sovereign beings with inalienable rights.  It is this dual nature of America, respect of nations and champion of the natural law and the human condition that caused the US to spend ten years hunting down a criminal, killing him, and then respectfully disposing of his remains.

UBL infracted both the respect of nations and the natural rights of man and had to die.  But, once he was killed, it did nothing to advance American respect of nations and human rights to defile and profane his body.  It is a tribute to American Civilization that we promised to bring UBL to justice, spent billions of dollars and thousands of lives to do so… and, then, displayed incredible restraint and treated the conquered with the respect and reverence we believe all free and sovereign humans deserve.

A brilliant example of American Civilization was at a WEF meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the US Secretary of State, during the Second Iraq War, the former Arch Bishop of Canterbury chastised Mr. Powell for invading Iraq and Afghanistan and accused the US of using “hard power” to achieve its political goals as opposed to “soft power” (the irony could not have been more complete). 

Secretary Powell, delivering one of the most devastating political retorts in history, replied: (more…)

Pentagon Briefing on the UBL raid (transcript)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

03 May 2011

This is a difficult to read posting because it is a raw transcript of several people on phones trying to interview each other.  I’ve bolded the interesting exchanges. 

There is one extrodinary exchange between a DoD official and a reporter named Barbara.  Apparently, her concern was whether Osama died peacefully– in the middle of a forty minute firefight with US SEALS.   I’ve highlighted this ridicilous exchange in red.

From the Pentagon (more…)

Osama and Obama

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

There seems to be some angst and trepidation amongst the conservative tribe…  Many are thinking that Osama’s death under Obama cinches his reelection:  FEAR NOT FELLOW AMERICANS, IT DOES NO SUCH THING.

First, stop worrying and savor the moment.  Who cares if Obama is the president Osama died under.  I doubt anyone would have passed up the opportunity to kill Osama, regardless of who was president.  Osama’s demise has been national policy since September 11th, 2001. 

An evil has been lifted from this earth and the American promise, “You can run, but you can’t hide…” is evident for all cave dewelling terrorist to see and fear.  You can even have some fun with the leftist loons driving around town with some very suddenly inappropriate and out-dated bumper stickers.  But, take the time to celebrate America, the US Navy SEALS, and yes… even Mr. Obama.

Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, we can start to deconstruct the emptiness that is Obama and his administration.  We will discuss, in due time, Obama’s attempt to prosecute the CIA agents that used enhance interrogation techniques to obtained the very information (during the Bush years) that set the US Military Intelligents Services on the path to Osama’s hidey hole. 

We can discuss later on the entire left’s non-stop assurances that America’s War on Terror was itself terrorism.

Let’s not forget the old saw, “This war is lost…”  No, no, we shall not.

But, for today, celebrate an American Victory.

For tomorrow, American will still have a Marxist President, a $14,000,000,000,000 deficit, bankrupt Social Security, and $4.00 a gallon gas.  Obama is a long, long way from clinching his reelection– Osama notwithstanding.

Congratulations to our US Navy SEALS

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

http://www.sealswcc.com/seal-default.aspx  (Link to the Official US Navy SEALS website– its very cool)

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (June 15, 2009) Members of a West Coast-based Navy SEAL team participate in infiltration and exfiltration training during a Northern Edge 2009 training exercise. An Army aviation unit transported the SEALS in CH-47D Chinook helicopters, performing two-wheel landings atop mountainous terrain in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. (U.S. Marine Corps photo/Lance Cpl. Ryan Rholes/Released)

UBL gets his 72 Virgins (finally)

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The Blessed John Paul II

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Stalin asked, "How many divisions has the pope?" Answer: MILLIONS