Saturday, July 17, 2004

Link

Here you go Mary. This should allow people to click the link. It is fantastic and I encourage everyone to check it out regardless of your political viewpoint. 
http://www.jibjab.com/thisland.html

This Land is Your Land

(David, maybe you can help me, when I load the page to post an entry, that little bar that used to be at the top, with the bold, italics, and link buttons, isn't there anymore. I don't know how to get it back, so I'm posting the link old-school. My HTML is a bit rusty.)

My friend Missy sent me this link earlier this evening:

http://www.jibjab.com/thisland.html

It took a loooooong time to load on my dial-up, but it was well worth the wait! It's a little song and dance peace featuring a duet with George W. Bush and John F'ing Kerry. Enjoy!

Go Lance Go!!!

I just wanted to wish Lance Armstong luck as he goes out there to beat the pants off the French who cannot stand the fact that an American has beat them five years running. I wish Lance the best of luck and hope that he can have his best win ever.  He is an inspiration for any good American with his determination, athletic skill, and belief in the power of the human spirit. So in the words of Lance I hope he can remained “Fierce and Focused”

Finally sending a good message

I think you are correct David and I will hold off on bashing the PSA and their lying scumbag policies. I am just glad to have something concrete to shove in their face.  They may be blatantly liberal and not want to admit it but now they have so HAHAHHAHAHA.
 
Anyway on to the main point of this post which is to congratulate NATO on their exercises.  We are currently running an exercise off the coast of Morocco which involves using a country where we are destroying possible weapons of mass destruction.  The NATO commanders wanted an Arab country and Morocco was willing to participate. The United States has brought in Al-Jezeera to watch the scenario play out and give them an exclusive news story. I hope that they do send it out to the Arab world and these terrorist scum that exist within the Arab world get the idea that we will not allow any WMD threats against us (Take a hint IRAN!!!).   I once again want to congratulate President Bush and the rest of the NATO commanders on sending a good message to the Arab World.

What a Coincidence

I, too, have an inbox almost exclusively populated by emails from Ed Gillespie. But really, would you rather have that or Daily News Digests full of PSA announcements? Kevin has the power to fix this.

Is anyone else having trouble posting using Firefox? Things were working fine until Blogger upgraded their posting interface and now whenever I try to post, Firefox crashes and I get some half-formatted post. So for now, I'll be posting from Internet Explorer again.

That crash probably also tainted my score in Slate's Red State/Blue State Quiz. (Hat tip: The Corner).  Here's my result:  It's time to get out of the sun. You're looking a little red.  You guys know you want to take it.  Be aware that there are reports that it's inaccurate on the Red side of the meter.   Read about how they scored it after taking the quiz.  I could write a whole article about the assumptions behind those questions, but I really need to get some sleep.  Maybe tomorrow.

A few things I came across in the process of writing the previous post

Drudge also links to a WaPo story reporting that the FBI is conducting a series of interviews with Arabs and Muslims around the country in connection with resent warnings.

Meanwhile, it looks like someone's taking charge of things in Iraq, Allawi. Charles Johnson (who runs LGF, which is where the link goes; learn your blogrolls people!) doesn't agree with the method, but I'm tempted to applaud this as the kind of thing that needs to happen to finally crush the insurgents once and for all. I do think Charles is right that this will likely be reported as a scandal to be blamed on Bush. Hannity said that earlier today, too. But so far I'm not aware of any mention of this beyond the conservative airwaves and the blogoshpere. Of course, taking my above admission into account, I'm hardly the person to ask if it's gone anywhere else. Here are Charles' thoughts on Annie Jacobson's story.

Oh, yeah, actually, there is another story of the week. The British review of pre-war intelligence came out this week, and Bush's "16 words" are vindicated. This was the big story on Monday's talk radio shows, but I forgot because there's been no mention of it since. Again see above for why I could easily be wrong on this. Also contributing to my memory slip could be because it didn't seem like news to me, as I was already certian that the report would say this. The money quote:

we conclude also that the statement in President Bush’s State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that: The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa, was well-founded.

Read This Now

I've been an awful blogger/pundit this week.  I wasn't able to read the paper even one day, watched no news, and barely was able to listen to talk radio.  My most unforgivable sin, though, was not properly patronizing the blogosphere.  I figured the big story of the week was the FMA vote, and everybody knew how that was going to turn out anyway (aside from certain individual votes).
 
Well, it turns out, this account is the story of the week.  If ever a "Read the Whole Thing" was warranted, this is it.  I was dead tired tonight and about to go to bed, but figured I could at least check my email and read the last two Bleats (Lileks, as you should all know and love by now) that I missed.  As I was doing so, Lileks' mention of Hugh Hewitt's show and I remembered that I had been meaning to check out his blog and proceeded to do so.  This story is at the top of his page, along with links to other prominent bloggers' take on this event.
 
Lileks, of course, has something on it (toward the end), and I wholeheartedly agree with his take. 
 
Daniel Drezner, meanwhile, is much more skeptical.  As are his commenters.  The first few seem to be members of Hannity's aptly-named Ostrich Brigade (sticking their heads in the sand), but a couple do raise some valid points about how it seems just a little too coincidental in pushing every single button a reasonable person might have. 
 
Of course, Drezner and the libs in his comments think the Ann Coulter link discredits the story.  Frankly, I don't, but not just because I'm an Ann Fan [TM].  For someone looking for more information about the policies on scrutinizing suspicious Arab travelers, it makes sense that Ann's site would come up in a search, as this is a topic she's been on since the beginning.  Personally, I think her crticisms are spot-on, and frankly, just make sense.  I need to find that quiz asking who has been the culprit behind the major terror attacks of the past 25 years, and the answers are all Arab males aged 18-49.  (Yes, I'm well aware of Oklahoma City.  But this is a pattern, not scientific theory; one counterexample does not invalidate an observation that holds for all the others.)
 
Here is Glenn Reynolds' first mention of the story.  Make sure you read the follow-up post here, especially the email at the bottom.
 
There's no way I can read all the links to comments on the story from Instapundit, Hugh Hewitt, Drezner, and others.  But when I see Steven Den Beste linked, well, then I make time.  You should, too.  And I'll be damned if he doesn't instruct you on how to fight back, in the spirit of Flight 93.  It's actually a post of his from early 2002.  Still worth a read.
 
The person on top of this story, judging from all the links, appears to be Michelle Malkin (you've seen her on Fox News).  Read all of her posts about it.  Note the Smerconish plug.  Also note how the Washington Post has been sitting on the story... (On your scroll up, stop by her story about welcoming home the troops; Hannity mentioned this as well.)
 
All of this said, there remains a great deal to be skeptical about here and covers that angle superbly.  He is a very even-headed guy and is extrmely knowledgeable, so I always recommend checking him out.  Make sure you read his follow-up post, as well.
 
Of course, you know the good guys over at the Corner wouldn't let this fly under their radar, and Andy McCarthy is all over it.  Here's another interesting comment.
 
Another thing Drezner mentions is that this story would certainbly get more legs if Drudge picks it up.  So I head on over there to see this story from Time:   Well, now, if that isn't disturbing, I don't know what is.  Now, wait, hold on while I collect my thoughts...  I seem to recall Iran being the Axis of Evil country that is well on its way to acquiring nuclear weapons.  But John Kerry wants the UN to handle everything.  I also seem to recall the UN doing next to nothing about Iran's nuclear program.  I simply cannot fathom how anyone can think that Kerry's way of doing anything would be better for this country.  Of course, this could be why no one seems to like John Kerry and instead hates Bush.
 
I apologize for the plethora of links throughout this, but for those of you blogging newbies, this is the sort of thing that happens when a story takes off in the blogosphere.  It can amount to information overload, which is what I'm feeling myself at the moment, but I thought I might be able to help by providing everyone with the links that I would pick off the buffet.  I'm definitely going to spend some time tomorrow reading more about this.  Linking LGF and Donald Sensing makes me feel bad, as I haven't had time to visit those sites in ages...

Sad in Lansdale

Yes Dave, thats why Mary is ahead, but why am I in last place, by a bunch.  This is the official tally at the moment...
 
Mary - 159
David - 94
Brian - 116
Kevin - 32!!!!!
 
I don't get it.  I mean, I think I have some decent movie selections on there, and a lot of people like golf.  Yes, my profile is the least in depth, but they can't know that from looking at my name.  I will be going to public computers and viewing my profile to see if its a glitch, but my prediction is that I will then hit 33, which will be the last movement in that column for another year or so, when maybe I'll make a friend.

Plus the only email I get anymore is from Ed Gillespie, which sucks.  Nothing will make me do a phone bank for the president at my local chocolate factory (of all places), unless Willy Wonka is working that day. 

I think I can explain that...

Mary, the reason you have more profile views than anyone else is clearly because you're the only female here. It's really that simple. Observe the thought process of Joe Internet, "Hmm, who runs this site? Dude, dude, dude..., whoa, hello... ::click::"

But more importantly, I'd like to remind everyone of my absolute dominance in words written, which is really the key.

Brian, I'd recommend saving the PSA stuff for a newsletter article.

I'd like to apologize for my absolute inability to keep up with the news or anything this week. Things were just crazy. I promise to try to be a better pundit/blogger next week. I'll also try to look at the feasibility of comments here. As for a counter, I'm not sure that's an option, and I'm no longer familiar with free counters, but maybe I can look into it.

Friday, July 16, 2004

More Surprises from America's Musicians

I find it a little shocking that the person with the fewest number of posts has the greatest number of profile views. Thank you to my many fans out there for checking up on me, though I think the high number on the counter is probably due to a computer glitch and not to an adoring crowd of Mary-lovers.

David, thank you for once again reminding me that ECM has a girlfriend. But really, do you think this will stop me?

We all have our weaknesses. Kevin likes the West Wing (all right, all right, so do I but I only watched it once or twice last season) and I like MTV. I can't help it. I'm addicted to ridiculous shows like the Real World and True Life. I start my morning with both Fox & Friends and music videos. Every now and then, the network surprises me with something good. Back in the early 90s, the San Francisco season of the Real World featured a Republican girl who took her roommates to some kind of Republican meeting and introduced them to Jack Kemp. Right before the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, one of the MTV anchors went to Kuwait and interviewed troops who were waiting to go into Iraq. I'm sure the upbeat attitudes and the love of their Commander in Chief displayed by our brave men and women in uniform pained a lot of network execs, but I thought the piece was well done.

But right now, the latest trend is Bush-bashing. Song after song, artist after artist, video after video. Some are more blatant than others, but it's really taken over the channel. A few of my personal favorites includes Jadakiss, which has been given a lot of media attention for his lyric in the song Why that goes "Why did Bush knock down the towers?", Mass Destruction by Faithless, and Chronic Future's video for Time and Time Again. That one was a cartoon of a kid whose parents basically force him to join the military and he goes overseas and is surrounded by destruction. Give these people some Grammy awards, stat!

So, kids, if you want to be hip and cool, just jump on the Bush-bashing bandwagon! You too can be as popular as all the left-wing musicians you see on MTV if you vote Kerry in November!

(You'll be even cooler if you click on Kevin's profile, because he's really lagging behind.)

Fighting Domestic Terrorism

In today’s “San Bernardino County Sun” one of the few good conservative newspapers I know of there was an article about the American Legion trying to cut off the ACLU’s funding by changing the Civil Rights Act.  The legion campaign is led by a former ACLU lawyer who calls the ACLU “the Taliban of liberal secularism in America.”  The legislation proposed would stop the ACLU from getting any awards for religious cases where they defame the cross or other holy symbol.  This comes over the idea of putting crosses in national parks since church and state should be separate.  My good republican representative Jerry Lewis has fought for the right to keep this cross in the Mojave Desert.  I want to commend my Representative for his hard work in fighting the terrorists of the ACLU and standing up for the right to have a cross that was there before it was a national park.  I will keep everyone posted on the case as it goes on and look for this proposal to go to the nation wide American Legion sometime soon. 

John Kerry's Stunning Help

One of the workers for the Kerry campaign in Poughkeepsie has been groping women while handing out stickers for John Kerry and John Edwards. This man goes up to women and puts the sticker across their shirt while groping their breast. This is exactly the type of man I would want representing me. NOT.  This is inexcusable but it does show the type of people who are drawn to work for John Kerry.

Not just liberal students but here are their liberal clubs

Lehigh has been accused of being a hopelessly conservative campus. I would like to point out that while their website is not updated. These four clubs are listed in the campus organizations section.  I will be saying a little more about the PSA in a latter post. 
 
Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a global organization that seeks to help/free prisoners of concience across the world. We stand up for basic human rights of all people regardless of their race or gender.
 
College Democrats
The club promotes the traditional values and principles of the Democratic Party. It applies these principles in support of various candidates and issues, including those on the Lehigh campus.
 
Forward
FORWARD (For the Organization and Recognition of Women’s Advancement,Rights, and Development). FORWARD is Lehigh’s student-run women’s club. Our focus is on opening people’s eyes to issues regarding women on campus and around the world. FORWARD works to learn about and change the problems facing women today. In S ’01 we brought Eve Ensler’s award-winning play The Vagina Monologues to Lehigh. The performance featured a cast of over 20 Lehigh students, staff and faculty women, and raised over $5000 for Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, a battered women’s shelter. We also co-sponsored a screening and discussion of The Cider House Rules with Planned Parenthood. Other activities include fundraising in the following areas: AIDS research for women and children, Dress For Success, breast cancer research and eating disorders. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in the Women’s Center.
 
Progressive Students Alliance
This is a club involved with liberal issues such as human and animal rights, environmental issues, etc. This club works closely with Bethlehem organizations to raise people’s awareness on a wide range of issues.

Liberal Campus Part 1

My friends and I have been looking at liberalness on college campuses across the country. My friend is looking at Berkeley which understandably is taking him a long time to look at. I wanted to include a list of clubs from my school University of Oregon to give you an idea of the liberal cesspools we are dealing with. Here are my favorite 7.
 
Amnesty International
Amnesty International’s mission is to undertake action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination – in the context of our work to promote all human rights, as articulated under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 
Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER)
CAER is a student-based group dedicated to providing a forum for education and organization to promote environmental justice.  CAER brings together the community and students from the Survival Center, Multicultural Center, ethnic student unions and the Law School.
 
College Democrats
College democrats are a campus organization that gives student Democrats a chance to be involved in local, state, and national politics.  For more information, phone 346-0414.
 
Land Air Water (LAW)
Land Air Water (LAW) is a University of Oregon law student organization devoted to public interest environmental law.  More than 100 committed members organize the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, publish the Western Environmental Law Update and the Directory of Environmental Lawyers, and conduct legal research.  LAW has a broad membership base.
 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Educational and Support Services Program
(LGBTESSP)
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Educational and Support Services program (LGBTESSP) in the Office of Student Life represents some of the university’s efforts toward creating a hospitable, accepting campus environment for LGBT students, faculty and staff.  The services of the program include developing and providing educational services related to homophobia, assisting student organizations and academic units in bringing speakers to campus for educational programs, serving as a liaison between the university administration and the LGBT community, and serving as an advocate for targets of bias incidents related to sexual orientation/gender identity.
 
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer Alliance (LGBTQA)
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer Alliance (LGBTQA) is a unique and empowering resource on the University of Oregon’s campus and in the Eugene community.  The LGBTQA provides a safe and supportive space for students to explore and understand their sexuality and gender, a place for advocacy for LGBT concerns and issues, and a venue for education of the community.  The LGBTQA, through groups, events, and programs provide for all of these while strengthening and expanding our own community with a show of hands on our office wall, to demonstrate our commitment to solidarity, understanding, and equal rights.
 
Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (SETA)
Students for Ethical Treatment of Animals (SETA), is a student group concerned about the exploitation of animals in biomedical research, factory farming, fur ranching, entertainment, fishing, hunting, leather trade, and all other areas where animals are concerned.  There is a diversity of ideologies within the group, however we all agree that animals should be treated ethically.  Our primary goal is educating the public on the existing forms of animal exploitation and how they can help to make a change.  Levels of involvement can range from sitting at an informational table, to helping organize events, to holding a position as a director.  Check us out and see how you can help speak out for the voiceless!!! 
 
All descriptions are from the UO club descriptions area of their website.

Martha Stewart

As promised I will give my congratulations to Curtis for being right on Martha's stock. His prediction of going over 35 percent beat my saying 25-30 percent.  So congratulations   For the record I will congratulate Martha on essentially getting off and for making a great business plug by telling every one to go buy her machines and how wonderful it is.  
 
Some responses to everyone  
David: I need to get caught up on books I am falling way behind but hopefully will get through my Jessie James book, Bias, and The History of the Hapsburgs before summer is over.   Also I am in full agreement that Ann make a calendar  
Frosty: Of course our campus is not conservative. It is not worth it to believe the lunatics who were ultra liberals in the 60's and now teach there.  For the record not all of the professors are bad just the few lunatics that we all know and hate.

Conservative Campus? - update 3

As of 1:41 in the east, Friday, July 16, here is the tally of political ties at Lehigh...
 
Very Liberal - 9
Liberal - 42
Moderate - 31
Conservative - 21
Very Conservative - 4
 
The libs are running away with it!  The liberals have doubled the conservatives, the superlibs more than doubling the supercons, and the moderates are taking up space in the middle. 

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Counter

Hey David, how about a hit counter on the side of our page? Is that possible?

Responses

Just some thoughts on other people's posts.

Brian: I actually saw the ads for Ann's new book a few weeks ago when I was at her site and got all excited about it but I forgot to post it here. You can bet I'll be getting one of those as soon as it comes out. When I'll read it, I don't know; I'm so far behind. I'm still working on the Reagan book, I bought another Reagan book, I still have Hannity's new book, I want to finish that Arab-Israeli book, I need to finish Dick Morris' older book and there's other books out I'm dying to read. Unfortunately, I'm not like you, polishing off 2 books per week.

Mary: I'm telling you we need to fine Ann and Rush if they're not gonna have kids. Or maybe get them to donate genes... You know, Ann should sell a calendar. I'd buy that in a second. Maybe you can convince ECM to make one, though I don't know what his girlfriend would think of that.

Kevin: I'll go that far. Moderates are liberals in neutral clothing. Rush is absolutely right about this. People who actually vote both sides will either call themselves "independent" or pick what their basic ideology fits best with, i.e. "a Democrat who sometimes votes for Republicans." Or they won't even bother with labels. "Moderate" is a euphamism for liberals uncomforatble with being liberal.

Okay, bed time for me.

FMA Thoughts

As far as the Senate vote went today, I certainly wasn't surprised by the defeat. Like me, many Republicans were uneasy about putting this in the Constitution. The Defense of Marriage Act seems to be enough to me. In fact, I believe the DOMA specifically defines marriage as something not covered in the "Full Faith and Credit" Clause, which then allows states to recognize it as they so choose. Believe it or not, but Tom Daschle had a good point in the debate today. He mentioned that the DOMA has never once been successfully challenged in court and until it has been, the FMA seems premature.

That said, I frankly think it was an easy escape for all those who voted 'no' today. Why? Because this was a cloture vote. Had the 'ayes' had it, it simply would have allowed further debate on the FMA and likely a final vote that would have certainly killed it. But this vote killed it prematurely. An issue of such great concern to the public, I think, deserves more consideration from the Senate and this was an easy way out for many Senators to avoid really going on the record with their views. The Democrats in particular wanted this killed here and now because they know that they are in a tight spot. They need the votes of Democrats who believe in traditional marriage, as most of them do, but the gay lobby is a powerful one and could seriously hurt Senators they don't like. If you want proof, just look at how some gay activists went around trying to "out" gay people on senatorial staffs and embarrass them into voting against the FMA.

Though the final result of the vote was not a surprise, some Senators' votes were. Two in particular really shocked me. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) voted against the FMA, which will cost him a great deal in such a conservative state. It will also cost him political trust and many close to him had been assuring Coloradans he was voting yes. Even more interesting is that he apparently had this planned for some time as he was already airing ads on TV explaining himself tonight. I didn't get to see the ad, but I'm told his reasoning is along the lines of my own, and while I think the FMA deserved more debate, I do respect Campbell for taking a stand like this.

The other surprise was, of all people, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV). He voted in favor. That totally blew me away. I never expected crazy lefty Byrd to vote for the FMA, so I found that very very interesting. I'd love to see what he had to say about it.

Come to think of it....

Here's Campbell's press release on his vote today. I didn't see anything on Byrd's site about it.

Comments

I'm getting the sense that comments are in demand around here. I'm wary of introducing them because it means we'll have to moderate the comments and I'm not quite sure how a comment system will work for this blog. My other concern is that I'll get sucked into long argument threads in the comments which in the past have managed to completely devour my time. Of course, I haven't been very good about blogging regularly, so perhaps I can control myself. Past performance, though, reminds me that when it comes to internet debates, I can never let the other guy have the last word.

I'd really like everybody's thoughts on this. I know I haven't heard anything from Mary on what she thinks. Maybe if I post a picture of Mr. Maloney, she'll be drawn to relevant posts like a moth to a flame...

The Definitive Rebuttal to Moore

If you really want to be on top of the lies that "The 122 Minutes Hate" puts out there, you have to read Dave Kopel's thorough catalog of Moore's deceits in the movie. It's long, but definitely worth the read. Show this to anyone who's suffered through the movie and don't forget to steer any lefty friends over there as well, so see what kind of ridiculous arguments they come up with to dismiss it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Interesting book

Running on Empty by Pete Peterson, former Commerce secretary under Nixon, is a look at the "mortgaging" of America by both political parties. We, of course, will enjoy the criticisms of the democrats, and I think most of us would agree with the attacks on the Bush administration in this book...that they are cutting taxes but not cutting spending, which isnt a tax cut at all, since eventually taxes will have to be raised back to their old level.

Here's an old article about tax cuts by Milton Friedman.

Conservative Campus? - update 2

Well it's time for the daily update on the political affiliations of the members of the student body who have joined the Lehigh Online Facebook. As of 4:37 in the east, here's how they stand...

Very Liberal - 6
Liberal - 24
Moderate - 23
Conservative - 15
Very Conservative - 3

This is the first time I actually hope liberalism wins, and by a landslide. Liberals are beating conservatives 30-18, with 23 moderates - who Rush would accuse as being liberal but just afraid to admit it. I won't go that far, the moderates will not count towards the liberal side.

Ken Jennings

Lets hear it for Ken Jennings. He passed the 1 million dollar mark last night, although he should have known that super-easy Final Jeopardy question which would have put him at $60k for the day, a record, which would have made the PTI guys happy. Anyway, I'm hoping he stays alive for another 3 months or so.

Something I wrote earlier as a response to a post on my friends site...

The article linked to this by Howard Dean, my response to his organization and John Kerry's health plan is below...


At the end of the article Dean says his group is a "grassroots organization that supports socially progressive and fiscally responsible political candidates." If we take a prominent issue from Dean's campaign (as well as Kerry's), health care as a "right" for all Americans, we can easily see the contradiction in this statement. To accomplish this progressive goal it will take an absurd amount of money, and for a true "fiscally responsible" candidate this amount of spending is unacceptable.

This speech about the cost of health care by John Kerry fails to mention how he is going to lower the cost of health care in detail. There are a lot of "glittering generalities" (a phrase Pat should appreciate from AP Government) in the speech. Kerry suggests that everyone visit his website to get the details - so I did, and I have been hard pressed to find any details. It's fairly obvious why the details are left out - the voter wouldn't like them very much. Kerry concludes by saying this..."I will finally complete the mission begun by Harry Truman, and I will make sure that at long last, affordable health care is a right, and not a privilege, for every American." I hope I don't have to make a big stretch here as to how every American will get affordable health care. Some Americans are dirt poor, so the only affordable price for them is $0. The government will provide the entirety of the coverage for these people at that low, low price, and the rest of us will pay for it, not just those making over $200,000. After the Bush tax cuts are repealed in Kerry's utopia, there will be more tax hikes - for the vast majority of wage earners. I really don't think this is a stretch. He won't be able to afford his plans without a high-percentage raise in the income tax, as well as the many other forgotten taxes (for instance, the silly taxes I had to pay on my recent speeding ticket, and taxes on goods like gasoline). Beyond all of that, having John Edwards as the VP doesn't help the fight against the "irresponsible lawsuits" that John Kerry points to in this speech as a cause for the high price of medical malpractice insurance - a very direct cause of the increased cost of practicing medicine in the United States.

Since many Kerry supporters are merely anti-Bush and subscribe to the mantra johnkerryisadouchebagbutimvotingforhimanyway, I would expect a healthy criticism of plans like universal health care, especially from the "fiscally responsible" candidates that will receive the support of the good Dr. Dean.

Our American Ambassador, sadly...

Continuing my effort to discredit Michael Moore, I present to you this piece about Moore overseas. I think I am again getting closer to seeing the movie so I can write about it. I'll snap out of it eventually.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Ann's at it again

David, there's hope for you yet! Aside from the fact that last week's Ann Coulter column was brilliant as always, one little paragraph jumped out at me.

That's right up there with "Clinton's stepdad was a drunk" and "Ted Kennedy's dad was a womanizing bootlegger" on my inspirational life-stories meter. In fact, I'm immediately renouncing my university degrees and going to work for the post office just to give my future children a shot at having a "life story," should they decide to run for president someday.


I realize this is just a joke, but as we've discussed on prior occasions, good Republican genes like hers should be passed on. And yes, David would like it to be mandatory for all good Republicans to have children.

Breaking News Bulletin

NEW ANN COULTER BOOK
How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must) : The World According to Ann Coulter

To be Released October 5th

I don't think I have to say anything else.

Fahrenheit 9/11 denounced by Czech President

"We were used to such messages in the communist days. Everybody has open eyes and can understand that this is propaganda. It was a weak film that tells us nothing new."
-Vacklav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, after watching Fahrenheit 9/11

It is nice to see that we have allies in the world who can see through the ridiculousness that is put forth from some of the lunatics in this country. The president is a conservative economist who has led his country successfully through a transition economy. He can obviously see through the lies that are put forth from the lying socialist. Hopefully more world leaders will wake up and denounce this film as the lying piece of propaganda that it is.

FMA in the Senate

I was contacted today by the president of the CRs at Eastern College, which is around King of Prussia. He asked if I would spread the word about the FMA, which is going to be voted on later in the week, and asked me to tell people to call our senators, specifically our friend Mr. Specter. So if you feel passionate about the FMA and want to do something about it, call your senator.

I don't know about the FMA, whether I support it or not. My opinion on the issue is this... it should be decided by the states. It would be as simple as that if it weren't for the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution which, as I heard a senator remark yesterday, handcuffs all 50 states in to recognizing the marriage of a gay couple because of "four liberal justices in Massachusetts." I hope there is a better way to get around this issue than a Constitutional amendment because, among other reasons, this is just going to be the second coming of prohibition, like it or not. It will be repealed in a few years if it is ever passed, and it will further tarnish the reputation of the "institution" of "elected officials." I wish I was more adept at American law to form a legal opinion on the matter, because its pointless to form a moral opinion and try to apply it to this issue. There will be gay marriage in the country eventually if its decided "morally." If there is no legal consequence to gay marriage then I would support it. I find Full Faith and Credit, at the moment, to be a legal consequence.

Ultimately I don't think it will get passed by the Senate, let alone 38 states.

A friend's blog

My good friend has started posting on a blog, http://benemahan.blogspot.com, so check it out. Just to get any confusion out of the way, he is not a conservative...not that you would be confused after reading it, but just so you know. He is a faithful reader to our blog. Also, I would like to say once again that I think we should have comments. It would add a new dimension to our blog and I for one would like to see how many people actually read this site.

Conservative Campus? - update 1

Well, as some of you may already know, Lehigh has started an online facebook. I think its a really good idea, something many other schools have had for a long time.

When you go to make your profile, if you are a Lehigh student, you will find a question about your politics. The choices are: Unspecified, Very Liberal, Liberal, Moderate, Conservative, and Very Conservative. So, perhaps this can be used to answer once and for all the question that has been hanging over the heads of the CRs for a year: "Is Lehigh a Conservative Campus?" Of course we have denied this repeatedly, but the members of the faculty we have spoken to on this issue, including a member of the IR faculty (for sake of anonymity I will just say he took out an ad with a group in the New York Times against the war), point to the students and specifically those in the Greek life as conservatives through and through. So, with all that in mind, as of 3:00 PM here is the tally...

Very Liberal - 0
Liberal - 13
Moderate - 15
Conservative - 9
Very Conservative - 0

I will keep everyone updated.

Book Review "Taken for a Ride: How Daimler-Benz Drove off with Chrysler

The book “Taken for a Ride: How Daimler-Benz drove off with Chrysler” by Bill Vlasic and Bradley Stertz is a look at the “merger” of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler. I use quotation marks because this was a hostile take over reminiscent of the movie Barbarians at the Gate. The great corporate raiders were involved and it was an intriguing story of business intrigue as Chrysler fights off attempts to take it over only to have its white knight betray them. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good business book and anyone interested in the take over culture of the 1980’s. Although this happened in the mid 1990’s it does have the major players from the 80’s and is a similar take over attempt to what was seen then. I would say 4 out of 5 stars.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Future Enemies

As we come closer to some stability in Iraq and Afghanistan I have been thinking about the other countries that are still hostile to the United States and could cause problems in our future.

France/Germany/Russia
These three countries while not direct states sponsors of terror sure do not do much to help stop the terrorists. Their policies at time seem to be on the side of helping world dictators remain in power. Their jealously over the success of America is understandable given the fact that all three are failed world powers. If these countries want to support terror it is their business but the United States should not have to bribe these countries to join our side.

North Korea: Obviously this axis country is a serious concern to our security as they have nuclear weapons and are unstable enough to use them against us. We have troops stationed in South Korea which is the natural enemy of these bellicose agitators. Hopefully we will not have to go to war to stop them but I think our country should be alert that this posses a great threat. Los Alamos was broken into once again and that information could end up in their hands. China is the likely thief of most Los Alamos mishaps and would be in a position to give this information to North Korea

Saudi Arabia: As discussed earlier there is more than something wrong with the Saudi’s position on terror. Recently there was evidence that the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia is still giving money to Osama. Activities like this have to stop and if it means higher gas prices that is the price we will have to pay for protecting ourselves. The government of Saudi Arabia is more fundamentalist then Iran which is something that the United States should never forget.

Syria: Syria has developed a very strong anti-Israeli state over the years under president Asad which are caring over into an antiwestern perspective. Syria could be one of the strongest sponsors of suicide bombers and is the base of operations for Hamas and suspected relocated home of Hezbollah after they left Lebanon.

Turkey: Turkey did not allow flyover rights in the war against Iraq and has had an Islamic revival since the late 1980’s. This country is not necessarily our enemy at the moment but is one that I think bears watching as we move forward into the future war on terror.

Iran: This country is headed by a fundamentalist government who can cause serious problems for us in the future if allowed to go unchecked. Their nuclear program is a cause for concern and should be addressed.

These are some of the major threats that I see on the horizon and of course they are more that come in the form of some smaller states and non state actors but these are the ones I am most concerned with. Aside from general news I will list some books that have helped in forming these opinions

Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington sold our soul for Saudi Crude by Robert Baer
Turkey: A nation divided over Islam’s Revival by Marvine Howe
Asad of Syria: The struggle of making the modern Middle East by Patrick Seale

Good suggestion David and for my CA friends

I just finished First Great Triumph and it was as good as you said it would be. I recommend it to the rest of our blog members. It provides a very interesting perspective on US history with some people who are not widely covered in US history books.

For my CA friends. I want to suggest that while nanotechnlogy does have its uses there is not a good stock out there for purchasing nanotech companies. I agree with what two of the analysts said on the Cost of Freedom this past week on Fox. Wait for a mutual fund of nanotech stocks. Like biotech unless you truly understand what they are doing stay away from it.