Monday, February 28, 2005
About the Michael Jackson Molestation Trial
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Touchy subject for a lot of people. The first impulse without thought is just get rid of the illegals. When one one begins to think things through, though, with the myriad variables, solutions seem untenable. But, we've got to start somewhere, and here's a good forum to get your feet wet with the subject again.
You ought to give a glance to the Hedgehog on occasion, anyway. A sober critter, that Hedgehog!
The 6th comment on the thread is from RKV. Mr. RKV wants to round up all the illegals and be done with them. He writes:
Stop making apologies for the cynical calculations of the current administration.Eisenhower got over a million illegals to leave the country in Operation Wetback.Anyone who says that it is not logistically possible to get a large fraction of illegalsout is lying. It has been done before, and on the scale necessary to do the job today.What is lacking is the political will in Washington DC, that is, because it exists everywhereelse in the country and crosses party lines.Securing our country is indeed a Federal responsibility. It is one which they havefailed to meet for years. State governments are now financing a foreign aid programfor Mexico, and it is certainly responsible for many of the current financial problemsin California. Get the troops, airplanes and tanks to the borders now. What will bethe administration position when Al Quaida successfully attacks us again if they failto control the borders? The party in power would be swept out of office at the nextelection. That, at least, ought to get the attention of the RNC. -RKV
My response to RKV:
RKV, Way to think things through.
Tanks? Troops? Airplanes? Perhaps door to door and business to business raids throughout the country?
Most members of the House and Senate will certainly sign on to any bill containing this ingenious method of resolving the immigration problems we now face. And there won't be a single court order from any circuit court ordering a halt to such an operation. As well, the general public will be universally in favor of spending tens of billions of dollars on such a practical exercise. All should go rather swimmingly! Why hasn't any sober person thought of this before?
First, we'll need to double the number of lawyers in this country. That should take a minimum of 5 years so we better get started. There's going to be much for them to do. We'll have to implement interment camps with tents and barbed wire to process and clarify the illegals from the legals before shipping/busing/marching them back where they came from. This could take months so don't forget to earmark a ton of cash to compensate for lost wages and collateral expenses those legally here who couldn't immediately prove their citizenship to the nice men who dragged them to the interment camp. Food, sanitation and medical services will also be provided of course.
Once processed and fingered as an illegal we'll just send them back to Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Columbia, Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, and, don't forget the southeast Asian illegals. It shouldn't be too hard logistically or diplomaticaly. By the way, do we send newly arrived illegals without their children born on U.S. soil or with their children born on U.S. soil?
Friday, February 25, 2005
Go Ahead, Drippy Harry, Make My Day
Good. Go Ahead.
If the Republicans can pretend for a moment that they've got the majority in both houses and the presidency, then they should let Drippy Harry and his band of ankle-biters go their way. A senate shut down by the Dems over judicial nominee procedures, while we're conducting a war, will expose them for the children they are.
Reid claims he'll shut down the senate, "go Gingrich", should the GOP leadership establish rules making null and void any filibuster attempts by the Dems to block judicial nominees from receiving full up or down votes in the Senate. The likely outcome of any of Bush's judicial nominations getting through the senate on full up or down votes is very high. The way-left, feverish Democratic leadership knows this. They lose sleep over it. The hyper-ventilating extreme left money arteries of the party, the unions, the NEA, the ABA, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, MoveOn.org, PETA, the Seirra Club, and the NAACP, are all worried sick about the prospect of judicial nominees, that adhere to a strict reading and interpretation of the Constitution, getting through congress and onto the benches of court houses near you.
I can hear those arbiters of democracy now, amplified and carried through the DNC pipelines of ABCNBCCBSCNNMSNBCPBSNPR, "How in the hell can we enforce our dictates and validate our extreme lifestyles if The Men In Black require us to pass legislation through the people?" The thought of bringing their cherished causes and grand utopian planning up through the grassroots and into the air and light of open debate and rigorous scrutinization appalls any liberal worth his salt.
So, the major frontier of modern liberalism's existence is under immanent threat and about to be trod upon by the filthy, no-nothing electorate and by nutty judges who find value and guidance in our Constitution rather than twisted logic and woulda-coulda interpretations.
Go ahead, Harry, make my day. Me and the 60+ million other voters who supported President Bush did so for several reasons, non of which included looking back or embracing your ideas of judicial fiat. -Wb
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Courtesy or Good Health Insurance?
Hugh's switchboard lit up with callers eager to voice their support or denial of tipping the pizza man. (In fact, as of this post time, the damn topic is still about tipping the pizza man!) We even heard from a pizza delivery man himself who whined about the wear and tear on his car and the paltry base salary he earns excluding any meager tips he may collect. Callers were talking about common courtesy, services rendered or not, and whether or not the simple un-skilled act of putting a pizza into a box and driving it somewhere warrants a financial bonus. They were all missing the point as far as I'm concerned, so I reached for the phone and cued up the speed dial.
I couldn't care less about the pizza man's financial straights or the duress his '78 Datsun pickup goes through every night as he tears around town. I don't think much about whether or not delivering something from point A to point B warrants some additional monetary award. I'm generally considered courteous and fair and always provide a financial tip where tips are customary and those tips I leave are reflective of services rendered. Fair to good service warrants the baseline 15 to 20%. Great to excellent service will earn the server 25 to 30%.
But the pizza man. What should the pizza man get, if anything at all? That was the issue. In my call to Hugh, I now consider it a public service announcement, I explained that when one orders a pizza from their regular pizza place and they bring to you something that you and your family will put in your mouths you had better tip the driver. Don't think the slackers, hairballs and shady looking characters running the pizza joint aren't smart enough to know who's naughty or nice. Why do you think you're asked for your phone number when you call in your order? Up pops your address, and in most places your last 5 or 10 orders. THEY KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE LIVE AND WHAT YOU EAT! To avoid one of the myriad of communicable diseases spanning the globe, I suggest you provide the pizza man with a tip and a gracious thank you.
I tip the pizza man handsomely. The pizza man likes me and the family who lives at my address. As a result of this symbiotic relationship, my address will, on occasion, benefit from an extra goodie in the order or one of the items may have come to us gratis. "Courtesy of the management", I'm told by the driver. The curmudgeon who called in several calls after me and accused me, Saint Wagonboy, of promoting theft and nefarious pizza shenanigans needs to live a less conspiratorial life. Customer service is customer service. And spending a little extra at a regular local establishment is just good insurance. Health insurance, that is. -Wb
It's mass murder, terrorism and genocide to remove non-Arab African civilians and tribes from the region.
The excuses of not fully knowing and, or, not knowing until it was too late may have been justified in the past for the Nazi's slaughter of the Jews or the Rwandan atrocities... But this one's going on in real time, and has been for some time, while the international community, the U.N., the African Congress et all, just stand back and deplore the horrific spectacle of entire villages pillaged and burned by death squads from the Sudan military.
http://www.darfurgenocide.org/ and http://www.savedarfur.org/ are two web sites that can help. I encourage you to give them a look and do a little something to add your small voice to what should become a worldwide roar.
In this day and age of instant knowledge of tragedies and crisis the world has become quite small. Too small, in fact, to allow thugs like this to continue their bloody conquests. When earthquakes, droughts, floods, fires or tsunamis hit a region the world is quick to respond and right to do so. When a tin-horn tyrant inflicts intentional and ongoing destruction upon a helpless population we shouldn't be so hesitant to step in and relieve the suffering. In the long run it will pay valuable rewards of freedom and security to rid the world of such cancers. -Wb
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Hunter S. Thompson. Gonzo. No More. No Mas!
Bruised and hurt from the recent re-election of George W. Bush, this tired, old, defeated, drug-addled hippie took the selfish road out of town by killing himself. He was absolutely convinced that "his man", John Kerry had mopped the floor with W during the debates and his time in the White House would be "no more. No Mas!" The last dismal spiral into depression began on Nov. 3rd, 2004, when Mr. Gonzo awoke from his election dreams to find King George still on the thrown.
Most of his fans and generation grew out of the utopian fog and "tune out, turn on" times of the sixties and seventies. Thankfully, most of the peace-niks marching against what ever "the man" was throwing down at them on campuses across the country or who where throwing their fun-bags and hairy armpits around in mudholes at Woodstock grew up and got on with their lives. They got jobs and raised families, bought cars and houses, invested in stocks, traveled abroad, attended church without their parents, moved to a different state, and have realized the American dream. They also realized had they stuck to Mr. Thompson's guidebook they'd be living the American nightmare in a crime infested part of town hoping to score another blast of meth and watching the mailbox for the next measly welfare handout.
Hunter S. Thompson's world never came to fruition, in fact it got worse. Liberalism has been in retreat. Conservatism, also read as traditional American values of faith, family, self responsibility, strong defense and limited government are on the rise. How depressing! Hunter had to tune out. No mas! Gonzo it is, man. -Wb
Monday, February 21, 2005
Last night the lad and I were left to our own devices for dinner. The Fetching Mrs. Wagonboy had left that morning for Chicago to attend four days of meetings with the parent company. As today is President's Day we didn't have to worry about homework or curfews so we went to Rosie's Barbeque in Northridge for some baby-back ribs and beer. And milk. We were seated next to two young couples who provided me with about 45 minutes of mind numbing idiocy and a sense of comfort that the Democrat's base is still well on it's way into the wilderness. While the lad and I were gnawing on ribs, quaffing a few tall dark beers,(and milk), and mastering the puzzles on his placemat, the four seated next to us moaned and bitched endlessly. The only surprise from the next table was the sight of these unhinged hand-wringing liberals eating a wide variety of animal flesh like a pride of lions. What was unsurprising was the round of beverages on their table, water, and the simplistic anti-Bush-conservative-military-religious cliches dropping like rib bones in the table buckets. They were afraid of everything I am and I was sitting right there next to them. Dangerously close! Had they only known there was a terrible monster only feet way. I wasn't killing them, though. I wasn't even making them pray to God, nor did I stop them from speaking their minds while they verbally bashed their country and the Commander In Chief. So,I wondered what it is I do that they're so afraid of. What is it about me that they fear so much?
Here's some frightening things about me;
* I frequently pray for the health and well being of others, including my family, our soldiers and the poor souls of people around the globe.
* I coach the lad's baseball team and I raise my voice at the little tykes when they make stupid mistakes. They run laps, too, if they miss too may grounders.
* I give generously to various faith-based charities which are very effective.
* I believe life starts at conception and abortion should be a state level issue.
* I think our nation's defense should be the government's number one priority.
* Taxes should be the same rate for all levels of income so as to broaden the tax base and give each person a legitimate place at the tax-debate table.
* Welfare should be for the truly needy. Period.
* Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters and their likes are the biggest and most destructive forces in today's black community.
* Judeao Christian values framed our founding documents and built this country and should be honored in the town square and recognized in our school houses.
* Global warming and cooling will occur whether man inhabits the world or not.
* I firmly believe that the U.N. is toothless, corrupt and corrosive at the same time and provides legitimacy to tyrants, dictators, terrorists and failed policies.
* I think parents are responsible for their children's social and sexual education not the school system.
* Most schools do not teach U.S. history accurately, completely or adequately.
* I make the lad do his homework every day before he can play.
* When the lad screws up he gets punished.
* The lad's not allowed to pull off the thug-culture act. He says please and thank you... if he doesn't he feels it.
* I think judicial activism is harmful and undermines the constitutional duty of the legislature to set our legal boundaries.
* I think our legislature is weak and should step up to the plate and take on judicial activism.
* I think the Patriot Act is a good thing and only harms terrorists, criminals and the lefty hand-wringers in acamedia, the NY Times, the ACLU and Hollywood.
* I'm very suspicious of most of main stream media.
* I think our country is the greatest, most benevolent and tolerant state the world has ever experienced.
* I think anyone who trashes this country, is ashamed of our current role and posture in the world and who so eloquently displays such ignorance has every right to do so.
* I believe those same people are thinning in their ranks and marginalizing their cause by holding on to such irrational viewpoints in this modern world of instant information and truth seeking.
* I'm glad irrational kookburgers of the left are getting more irrational and kooky!
* And I think anyone who eats baby-back barbecued ribs without a good beer is downright untrustworthy and ought not be allowed to spout off on anything.
FEAR ME, LIBERAL! -Wb
Monday, February 14, 2005
With All Due Respect, Sir
In a nutshell; Nobody in W's circle has combat experience, therefore we shouldn't have gone into Iraq; Iraq's a mess; We have no exit strategy.
Here's my retort, mainly pertaining to the combat experience requirement laid down by the Colonel: -Wb
With all due respect, Sir,
Where in the Constitution, or any of our founding documents for that matter, is the requirement for the nation's CIC to have served in the armed services or to have experienced combat situations. And where is the pattern in our history of military/combat experience in a CIC resulting in positive outcomes for the nation. Our military is owned and run by a civilian authority for good reasons.
You state, "This is why most combat vets pick their fights carefully. They look at their scars, remember the madness and are always mindful of the fallout."
I don't want a CIC picking his fight carefully while looking at his past scars and remembering madness.... I want my CIC and his direct reports clear of mind and keeping this nation's best interest at the forefront of any decision to go to war. You, (and John Kerry and John McCain) make a good case to be very weary of combat tested veterans running for the top office. I'll honor, admire and thank you for your service, but I would never support the campaign of anyone who I thought would flinch when the right time presents itself to pull the trigger.
GWB had the same intelligence and was armed with more than a dozen U.N. sanctions that every nation and the entire Democratic party had agreed to be true and worth acting upon. (Do we need to gather all the quotes from each member state of the UN Sec. Council and every Democratic Senator and Congressman and former President and Vice President claiming Saddam's possession of WMDs, harboring terrorists, and the need to remove him from power.) The difference between GWB and the rest of the status quo politicos is that he's not picking a fight carefully, (that's already been done by years of aggression and sanctions). Too, he's not remembering old scars and past madness, he's got a clear head and a righteous sense of justice set upon eliminating a world threat. With, I might add, much in the way of collateral benefits to the Mid-East and the rest of the world.
There's great stories and progress coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Don't piss on our guy's efforts.
Friday, February 11, 2005
Right Thing To Do. But, Too Late.
I have devoted my professional life to helping make CNN the most trusted and respected news outlet in the world, and I would never do anything to compromise my work or that of the thousands of talented people it is my honor to work alongside.
While my CNN colleagues and my friends in the U.S. military know me well enough to know I have never stated, believed, or suspected that U.S. military forces intended to kill people they knew to be journalists, my comments on this subject in a World Economic Forum panel discussion were not as clear as they should have been.
I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise. I have great admiration and respect for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, with whom I have worked closely and been embedded in Baghdad, Tikrit, and Mosul, in addition to my time with American soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the Arabian Gulf.
As for my colleagues at CNN, I am enormously proud to have worked with you, risking my life in the trenches with you, and making CNN great with you. For that experience, and for your friendship and support these many years, I thank you.
Had he been this upfront, straightforward and sincere when he first set the blaze that ultimately consumed him and his network Mr. Jordan would still have job at an organization he clearly loves and the organization itself would have a wee bit more credibility than it does today. Mr. Jordan and CNN willingly, and predictably, walked away from responsible course of action.
Another figure of American politics surprised me this week by showing a side of himself that I never knew existed; Terry McCauliffe, the outgoing head of the DNC.
Terrible McCawful has been his handle to most Republicans and conservatives since he first took the stage to charge out from under the porch and bark down anyone who challenged Billary's antics or policies. He was boorish, mean, snotty, condescending, duplicitous to the nth degree, rude and everything else you don't want to be with or listen to. Just plain awful! However, during a ride in the truck this week I had Sean Hannity on and his guest was none other than Mr. McCauliffe. I couldn't believe it was the same guy. Respectful, attentive to Sean's questions, gracious for the time on the air at Hannity and Colmes and on the Sean Hannity Show over the years, able to take some ribbing and laugh at himself.... It wasn't at all the same Terrible McCawful who'd rear his Puckish mug on the tube each week or spout-off poison gas to a talk show host. I was genuinely surprised and couldn't help but think how different the '04 election could have been if this Terry McCauliffe, the one looking back and saying good-bye this week, had presented himself to his party and the electorate. What would a positive, good natured and honest tone have done for the Democrats? A couple of percentage points?
We'll never know because here again the sincerity and the gentlemanly manners have come when it doesn't matter and it's too late.
Lessons learned? Not likely. Howard Dean's stepping up to the mic. -Wb
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Rummy vs. Russert
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6923245/ is the link to the Meet The Press program transcript from this past Sunday in which Sec.Def Rumsfeld gives Russert a long overdue and well deserved public wedgie. The meat of the interview stems from the up-armouring question asked of Rummy by one of the troops when he visited Iraq.
Russert played the video clip of the question from the grunt and then played a patched-up, edited and incomplete answer from Rummy, part of which included the now famous, (and true) line, "You go to war with the army you have, not the one you want". Following the clip Russert began his questioning and Rummy shuts him down. The floor mopping that follows is priceless.
If you can stomach it, the rest of the MTP transcript is Ted "hic-up" Kennedy regurgitating the nonsense he's become famous for. He keeps referring to his "plan" and the "way it should have been done". Nobody knows what his plan is, (beyond asking the U.N. to explore the Saddam kerfuffle with a few committees and some cocktail receptions), but who cares?
Despite Russert's non-follow-ups to Kennedy's lunatic claims and assertions, ol' Ted still manages to inflict great harm to his party just by leaking sour and stale gas out of his mouth. And Rummy preceding the bloviating cow only makes it all the more apparent. -Wb
Monday, February 07, 2005
Way to think things through, Dems.
He foreshadowed the election process and results in Afghanistan with doom and gloom. He said nothing of the Ukrainian elections,(including the first sham election and the recent election in December), before, during or after. And up until now, nothing. Not one word of acknowledgement. And as for Iraq. He's well documented as poo-pooing the entire process as nothing but an insignificant step into an already pointless quagmire.
Wow. The most recognized face and voice of the Democratic party and nothing but cynicism, doubt and words of discouragement. Can they get any lower?
Here comes Howie "The Unhinged" Dean, whose most recent oral droppings include, "I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.", to head up the DNC. Primal screams aside, this is not the nut you want carrying your flag into battle. Way to think things through, folks.
He had to do something to out-stupid Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, the Dem. minority leaders in each house. To set the bar real low for Dean to slither under they huddled around a cold, inanimate object that looked like FDR to conduct a "prebuttle" before the President's State of the Union Address. Which President Bush wisely conducted in front of a live and boisterous assembly of the entire U.S. government and broadcast prime-time-live around the globe. That Karl Rove's a genius!
I haven't looked up the word prebuttle yet. I can hazard a guess that it is something along the lines of; out of touch, detached, left field, bone-headed, mental disorder.... Whatever it means they nailed it. Their prebuttle made the President seem, well, very presidential, forward looking and confident in America and it's future. All this before W even uttered a word of the SOTU.
Ah, you Democrats! Way to think things through! -Wb
Paul Volker's Unintended Legacy
As Robert Bork's name will forever live in infamy, as in, "He got borked by the judiciary panel", so to will the name Volker. To quote Mr. Babbin;
Now that the interim report of the U.N.'s so-called "Independent Inquiry Committee" on the Oil for Food program is out, it's quite apparent that all the little volckers of the U.N. are doing their best to divert any serious investigation of the largest rip-off in history.
Seems Mr. Volker has, according to the article, a rather healthy conflict of interest with the U.N. and the O-F-F scandal investigation. It's a pretty tough accounting of the performance of the "Independent Inquiry Committee". -Wb
P.S. Is it just me.....? When and if this investigation does round up a gang of U.N. grifters and international money grubbers how 'bout putting panties on their heads, stripping them to their skivies, and get 'em all in a tangled, hairy-chested dog pile for some pics. Benon Sevan gets the leash.
Realigning Incumbent Fiefdoms
Signature gatherers will swarm the state to collect more than 600,000 John Hancocks and I intend to be one of them. As Elmer Fudd once said, "Tis a tangled web we weave when we pwactice to deceive". And a tangled web it is. Pre-schoolers with dull crayons could draw straighter lines and more sensible shapes than the current district lines which mimic Rorschach tests. A commission of retired-un-elected-bipartisan-very-old-retired-judges will be given the charge to create a new system of putting together the many pieces of California's congressional puzzle.
May I suggest they start with a map of California without any indication of the current boundaries of the state's congressional districts. They will have population figures by city and county, and business and personal tax revenues by city and county. See what emerges and fine tune it from there in front of another commission of old men and women with the same set of variables and maybe some sharp crayons. -Wb
Sunday, February 06, 2005
Mark Steyne Undresses the U.N., Again
For the entire piece go here;
On the U.N. oil-for-food scam:
In other words, the system didn't fail. This is the transnational system, working as it usually works, just a little more so. One of the reasons I'm in favour of small government is because big government tends to be remote government, and remote government is unaccountable, and, as a wannabe world government, the UN is the remotest and most unaccountable of all. If the sentimental utopian blather ever came true and we wound up with one "world government", from an accounting department point of view, the model will be Nigeria rather than New Hampshire.
On the genocide in Darfur:
As you may have noticed, the good people of Darfur have been fortunate enough not to attract the attention of the arrogant cowboy unilateralist Bush and have instead fallen under the care of the Polly Toynbee-Clare Short-approved multilateral compassion set. So, after months of expressing deep concern, grave concern, deep concern over the graves and deep grave concern over whether the graves were deep enough, Kofi Annan managed to persuade the UN to set up a committee to look into what's going on in Darfur. They've just reported back that it's not genocide.
That's great news, isn't it? For as yet another Annan-appointed UN committee boldly declared in December: "Genocide anywhere is a threat to the security of all and should never be tolerated." So thank goodness this isn't genocide. Instead, it's just 70,000 corpses who all happen to be from the same ethnic group which means the UN can go on tolerating it until everyone's dead, and Polly and Clare don't have to worry their pretty little heads about it.
On the new panel of the U.N. Human Rights Commission:
That's the transnational establishment's alternative to Bush and Howard: appoint a committee that agrees on the need to do nothing. Thus, a few days ago, the UN Human Rights Commission announced the working group that will decide which complaints will be heard at their annual meeting in Geneva this spring: the five-nation panel comprises the Netherlands, Hungary, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe. I wouldn't bet on them finding room on their crowded agenda for the question of human rights in Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe, would you? One of the mystifying aspects of UN worship is the assumption that this embryo world government is a "progressive" concept. It's not. Its squalid geographic voting blocs, which use regional solidarity to inflate the status of nickel'n'dime dictators, are merely a Third World gloss on the Congress of Vienna a relic of an age when contact between states was confined to their governing elites.
Saturday, February 05, 2005
The Latest Milestone On The Wrong Path
As expected, the nut I picked up contained a rotten, cynical, short-sighted and pessimistic outlook of the Middle East. And, as is the nature of pessimistic lefties, they can't keep their mouths shut until critical events unfold. The following piece spilled out of Noam's Depends incontinence shorts on Jan. 26th, four days before the historic Iraqi elections. He predicts more of the same in the Middle East without accounting for the new and powerful variable of a democratically elected government in Iraq. His assumptions leave out the pesky little fact that no population has ever willingly voted to be tortured, raped, starved or executed by their elected representatives. He also leaves out the coalition's promise and long term commitment to stay and assist until the job is complete. The involuntary reflex to overlay Noam's favorite period of American history, Vietnam, onto the current situation in the Middle East is present, as it is in all his diatribes about American foreign policy. Also present are the tired assumptions of imperialism, oil, Israel, and the disfunctional U.S. Armed Forces.
Read the piece, http://www.worldpress.org/Mideast/2022.cfm and enjoy the delusion of Noam Chomsky and his fellow travelers as he digs in and secures another milepost on the wrong path into history. -Wb
Friday, February 04, 2005
Which is it, Dems?
The Democrats in Congress are no longer the minority party, they are the party of opposition. No matter what the idea, issue, opinion, nominee or legislation, unless it comes from their side they are automatically against it. They offer no solutions, no intelligent debate, essentially no governance; merely negative rhetoric politically inflamed. They roundly criticize President Bush for his inaugural speech in which he said America is for freedom and liberty and will support it around the world -- the same thing John F. Kennedy said in his 1960 inauguration. President Bush stated in his State of the Union that Social Security needs to be fixed, without harming current or future recipients and that he is open to all ideas and positive input from both sides -- the same thing Bill Clinton said in his 1997 and 1998 State of the Union addresses. Are Congressional Democrats ready to criticize the speeches of their two icons? If not they are either hypocrites or proving themselves barriers to the purpose of the House and Senate to consider, debate and pass legislation for the betterment of our nation. If they are willing such criticism of their own standard bearers then they show themselves to be against freedom and liberty for others and uncaring for the future of our children and grandchildren. Which is it?Dennis
A Beautiful Embrace
Lowell, I listened to the SOTU on the radio. That moment is when I lost it! I literally burst into tears. I was in my truck parked outside a Mexican dive on Pico in West LA. I was supposed to be in there at 6:30 to meet some friends, but couldn't pull myself away. I spent another 10 minutes collecting myself! I had know idea that the Norwoods and Mrs. al Suhail had embraced. I saw it on the news at 4:30AM the next morning before work and again burst into tears. What a powerful, powerful moment.
Imagine. Momentous stories converged in Iraq to bring these two families together at a State of the Union speech in Washington D.C., the very throne of Freedom in this world. Only a bitter and cynical political party could rain on such an occasion and misinterpret the forces that made it blossom.
Sounds like a post for Wagonboy's Garage -Wb
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Righteous Blowback, (unauthenticated)
If you've seen the piece and know of it's origin please pass it on. In the mean time, read it and load your ammo clip with a few choice rebuttal rounds. -Wb
Matt Archer, Boeing:
Today, during an afternoon conference that wrapped up my project of the last 18 months, one of my Euro colleagues tossed this little t**d out to no one in particular: "See, this is why George Bush is so dumb, there's a disaster in the world and he sends an Aircraft Carrier..." After which he and many of my Euro colleagues laughed out loud and then they looked at me.
I wasn't laughing, and neither was my Hindi friend sitting next to me, who has lost family in the disaster. I'm afraid I was "unprofessional", I let it loose - "Hmmm, let's see, what would be the ideal ship to send to a disaster, now what kind of ship would we want? Something with its own inexhaustible power supply? Something that can produce 900,000 gallons of fresh water a day from sea water? Something with its own airfield? So that after producing the fresh water, it could help distribute it? Something with 4 hospitals and lots of open space for emergency supplies? Something with a global communications facility to make the coordination of disaster relief in the region easier? Well "Franz", us peasants in America call that kind of ship an "Aircraft Carrier". We have 12 of them.
How many do you have? Oh that's right, NONE. Lucky for you and the rest of the world, we are the kind of people who share Even with people we don't like. In fact, if memory serves, once upon a time we peasants spent a ton of money and lives rescuing people who we had once tried to kill and who tried to kill us. Do you know who those people were? Thats right Franz, Europeans. There is a French Aircraft carrier? Where is it? Right where it belongs! In France of course! Oh why should the French Navy dirty their uniforms helping people on the other side of the globe?
How Simplesse... The day an American has to move a European out of the way to help in some part of the world it will be a great day in the world, you sniggering little f****** snob..." The room fell silent. My Hindi friend then said quietly to the Euros: "Can you let your hatred of George Bush end for just one minute? There are people dying! And what are your countries doing? Amazon.com has helped more than France has.
You all have a role to play in the world, why can't you see that? Thank God for the US Navy, they don't have to come and help, but they are. They helped you once and you should all thank God they did. They didn't have to, and no one but them would have done so. I'm ashamed of you all..." He left the room, shaking and in tears.
The frustration of being on the other side of the globe, unable to do anything to assist and faced with people who could not set aside their asininity long enough to reach out and help was too much for him to bear. I just shook my head and left. The Euros stood speechless.
Later in the break room, one of the laughing Euros caught me and extended his hand in an apology. I asked him where he was from; he said "a town outside of Berlin". He is a young man, in his early '20's. I asked him if he knew of a man named Gail Halvorsen. He said no. I said "that's a shame" and walked away to find my Hindi friend. For those of you who may not remember, Gail Halvorsen was the transport pilot responsible for the "candy drop" during the Berlin airlift. They called him the "Candy Bomber" as he dropped goodies for all the Berlin children.
Matt Archer BOEING Flight Operations Transport Test Pilot
Greasy Eason Jordan
Greasy Eason said it.
Plenty of people heard it.
The Davos swells received it warmly.
Greasy Eason is hiding from any accountability.
CNN is stonewalling the story.
Nothing to see hear, according to the main stream partisan media.
Unleash the blog piranhas!
Is this the same U.S. military that allowed and encouraged unprecedented media access via embedded journalists from news organizations around the world? I guess it was to make assassinating some of them easier. -Wb
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Oh, The Colors
red-(blue+opaque+black+brown+green+pink+yellow+white+robin egg blue)=Purple fingers
Red = voters for George W. Bush+conservatism+national security
Blue = liberals/George W. Bush haters
Opaque = staunch and excited supporters of John Kerry+John Edwards
Black = 85-90% of voting black population supporting the plantation owners, (DNC)
Brown = 60-70% of voting Latino supporting the party of low expectations
Green = Environmental wackos + Earthfirst! terrorists + anti-capitalists
Pink= militant homosexuals+gay marriage supporters
Yellow = France + Germany
White = Spain and her flag
Robin Egg Blue = The United Nations
Purple = free, proud, brave, defiant Iraqi voters.