Sunday, August 31, 2008
Barone's Sound Advise Not Taken
...the Democrats’ charge that Republicans make illegitimate attacks on their candidates, attacks that imply that they are far out of the American mainstream. The two examples they cite are the “Willie Horton” ads against Michael Dukakis in 1988 and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads against John Kerry in 2004.
I used to be a Democratic campaign consultant. In that capacity, I would have advised the Dukakis campaign to admit early on that the furlough policy was a mistake. I would have advised the Kerry campaign to go before a veterans’ group early on and apologize for the Foreign Relations testimony. Voters understand that candidates sometimes make mistakes and that young men say outrageous things that in time they come to regret.
On Ayers, the Obama campaign has tried to suppress discussion. But it will likely fail. The emergence of new media and the First Amendment mean that is like stopping the Mississippi River from flowing to the sea. If I were advising Obama, I would tell him to confess error, as he arguably has on Wright, on both Ayers and the Born Alive Protection Act, lest they cause his campaign as much damage as the furlough ads caused Michael Dukakis and the Swift Boat ads caused John Kerry.
Labels: 2008 Presidential Race
Leading Feminist Gushes for Palin
"We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails."
"Good Lord, we had barely 12 hours of Democrat optimism,” said Paglia. “It was a stunningly timed piece of PR by the Republicans."
Labels: Sarah Palin
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Good News From Israel
Labels: WWIII pre-history
Another Republican Stereotype Bites the Dust
Semi dwarf 'comedian' Bill Maher called her a MILF and a stewardess on his program among other classy things, none of which, sadly, were funny. He's funnier here.
It is funny that Governor Tim Kaine has almost the same experience as Palin, but when he was in the running for VP, not a word was uttered about his lack of experience. To the Democrats he was fully qualified for VP.
The Obama camp was utterly dismissive. Let's hope they continue not to take her seriously.
CNN 's John Roberts worried could she be VP with her triploidy 23 baby boy. He managed to offend two groups of Americans with one comment.
Here are some picked at random comments from lefty sites on the web.
I suspect that there was some calculation that selecting a woman for the ticket would motivate some Democratic women who supported Senator Clinton during the
primaries. Personally, I find it hard to believe that supporters of Senator Clinton would be moved by this pick. Palin is an anti-choice former beauty queen
-- she has none of the experience, depth, or gravitas that Senator Clinton has. In fact, I think this selection is an insult to women who supported Senator Clinton. McCain thinks they are stupid, and that selecting any woman would be enough to win their support. It doesn't matter who it is -- as long as she has ovaries.
I am surprised. I thought it would be Romney.
I didn't expect this and it frankly astounds me.My first thought is that maybe he's having an affair with her. Really. It's that bizarre. She looks like Katherine Harris. More makeup than Cindy McCain. Talk about caked on like a trollop. They must be planning to steal the election.
Women are stupid
if they vote for her...... We already know men are stupid. She is not ready to be commander in chief, imagine the commercials with the Experience label.
79. "Here's a vagina, girls... cast your vote!"
That's what this is...sheer desperation marketing. Their thinking? Hillary rallied the troops, and now this sweet thing will benefit McCain.So... what is it? A re we voting on a vagina? Is that all we want? Someone who looks like US? She isn't me. No thank you. And I can't believe she quoted HIllary. I am so offended.
You know, this is touted as being a close race, where just a few votes in a handful of states could very well make the difference. I know there is a lot of dissatisfaction among the feminists that their candidate was barely defeated yet wholly discarded, not even vetted for consideration for Vice President. And Hillary is twice the man Joe Biden is and outpolled him by a ratio of about 1,000 to 1, among Democrats. I know that most of them will bitch and moan and then vote for Obama, but if even as few as two or three thousand are so turned off by that dissing and the current anti woman spectacle, in the right states, that could make all the difference in the world.
The truth is that you just never know how someone is going to perform in an executive role. Lincoln was a one term Representative and had no executive experience, yet took to it like a duck to water, was in the top two presidents of all time. Carter, on the other hand, had been a state legislator for years and a governor of Georgia for four years, and he just sucked at it. It all depends on the strength of character and judgement of the person.
There's also a lot of 'pot calling kettle smoke darkened' on the left, in that Obama has little to no experience, certainly none as an executive, if you ignore wasting $100,000,000 of the Annenberg Challenge money. And even Obama thinks he's inexperienced.
Labels: Sarah Palin
Friday, August 29, 2008
Class--Either You Have It or You Don't
Senator Obama, this is truly a good day for America. Too often the achievements of our opponents go unnoticed. So I wanted to stop and say, Congratulations. How perfect that your nomination would come on this historic day. Tomorrow, we’ll be back at it. But tonight, Senator, job well done.
From John McCain's Convention Night ad, viewable here.
It's not because John McCain doesn't care; it's because John McCain doesn't get it.
You know, John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but he won't even follow him to the cave where he lives.
From Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech.
Labels: 2008 Presidential Race
It's Not Checkmate, But A Seriously Good Check
Labels: Sarah Palin
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Thoughts on Biden's Speech
OK. If we are supposed to judge him a success for his son Beau, who is on his way to serve his country in Iraq as part of the mighty Delaware National Guard, what judgment are we supposed to give for his son Hunter, who is a lobbyist and financier who has ear mark, conflict of interest and lawsuit problems?
Then there was this series:
Barack Obama will reform our tax code. He'll cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people who draw a paycheck.
What is Biden talking about? Barack's original plan was to repeal the Bush tax rate cuts. Since that was an across the board tax rate cut, that is, it applied to every single tax bracket, repealing them automatically would result in an across the board tax rate increase. But he was also going to cut tax rates on the lower middle class. The poor don't pay any income taxes so it's not possible to cut their income taxes. But he now has a new plan which mentions tax rate cuts on the bulk of Americans not at all. He still wants to stick new payroll taxes to the rich. This 95% cut is, at worst, a lie, and, at best, more inane and boring class warfare.
Pig may fly before we have sufficient bio diesel, wind and solar power to replace even 5% of imported oil. If we can't drill many, or any new oil or gas wells, there will be huge job losses in the oil and gas industry, not increases. Windmill and solar panel panel production are not highly labor intense. Farmers, who are only 2% of the workforce to begin with, won't substantially increase their numbers to raise more corn or switch grass or algae or whatever, they will merely increase the acreage under highly mechanized production. Difficult to see much of an increase in jobs there. This is complete bs, pie in the sky promises which only the truly gullible buy.
Barack Obama will transform our economy by making alternative energy a genuine national priority, creating 5 million new jobs and finally freeing us from the grip of foreign oil.
...John McCain proposes $200 million in new taxes for corporate America, $1 billion alone for the largest companies in the nation -- but no, none, no relief for 100 million American families, that's not change. That's more of the same.
John McCain does not propose new taxes on corporate America. Biden obviously misspoke, as you can tell from the rest of the 'thought'. Even the numbers he gave don't make any sense. McCain actually intends to do just the opposite, however, he proposes cutting corporate taxes, of which we have the second highest in the World, after Japan, and which are all passed on to the consumers and are therefore just a tax on each of us who use the corporate American product or service. The high corporate tax merely hobbles the American corporations in competition with other nation's corporations, which do not have to collect the tax for the government from the populace.
If there was any genuine triumph in Biden's speech last night it was of rhetoric over substance, just as the top of the Democrat ticket generally accomplishes.
Labels: Joe Biden; DNC Denver
That failure put the damper on my trying other coverage of the riots, but there appears to have been very little to cover. Who knew that the '68 they were referring to in Recreate 68 was 1868? The anarchists here were like Squeaky Fromme from the Manson family (who couldn't get her Colt 1911 to fire at President Ford)--Dangerous but inept.
I knew those guys were candy ass the moment I saw them.
Perhaps they'll do better in St. Paul.
Labels: DNC Denver
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This Day in the History of the British Slaughtering Numerically Superior French
Labels: Hundreds Years War
Thought of the Day
Labels: Thomas Sowell quote
Monday, August 25, 2008
The Freedom Dead Zone
Here is a 360 degree pan in the Freedom of Speech Zone, one half mile from the Pepsi Center, and on the other side of a big tent so that no one at the speaker's podium, such as it is, can see anyone beyond the double fence, guarded by armed, but friendly, police officers. What a wonder no one is using this bastion of civil rights.
I do question how they sold this to a federal judge? Maybe the big white tent wasn't up yet.
Then there is video of the Suburban flying squad, Paul Begala, and the only actual protest I saw today, religious guys against abortion.
I hope I'm on a learning curve for camera work.
Labels: DNC Monday
DNC Monday Stills
I can see why the protesters are angry. I took a very long walk to the freedom of speech zone. Here are the images from along the way.
Here is a non Denver policeman in Denver directing the clueless delegates towards the Pepsi Center about a mile and a half away.
Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has plenty of time on his hands as he was not asked to speak at the Convention. Seemed like a nice enough guy.
I've see Obsession. I don't think Osama wants us to watch it.
The Code Pink ladies prepare to decamp from the Freedom of Speech zone and do their pointless protest of whatever it is they protest elsewhere. Nearly all that didn't walk used pink bicycles. Nice touch that. I took a photo (on their camera) of two Pinkies holding a banner about half a mile from this spot. I guess they were lost but at least could see the Pepsi Center from there. I have no memory of what the banner said.
Here at Speer and Arapahoe, just outside a check in gate to the Pepsi Center, there was a religious, anti-abortion rally with about 30 people. I spoke there with former Speaker of the Colorado House John Andrews who hosts Backbone radio on Sundays at 5:00 pm (KNUS--710 AM). He was friendly until I admitted that, although I'd seem him at Republican events, we hadn't actually met before. Then he was a little more formal. Perhaps he thought I was impertinent to use only his first name. He's giving fellow Colorado blogger (and candidate for the Colorado House--District 6) Joshua Sharf his credentials, so be sure to check out View from a Height over the next few days for a look inside fortress Pepsi Center.
Here we are in the promised land, the Free Speech Zone. This tourist was the only guy I saw use the microphone in the time I was there. He and his wife and friends couldn't believe that the place was so dead and empty.
Here is a satirical list of speakers near the microphone. Not bad.
This is why I love this country--not only will the Government not arrest you for saying the most hateful and horrible things about this country and its leaders, but they even will set up a live mike with a huge PA system behind it to allow you to say the hateful and horrible things very loudly.
Of course, as the final photo shows, you're about half a mile from the site of the convention (the long black thing above the white tent to the left is the roof of the Pepsi Center) and you can't see any delegates and they can't see you; so all is not Nirvana in the Freedom of Speech zone. I'm willing to bet that none of the looney lefties who spoke and rallied yesterday will use this oasis of rights, but where will they exercise their right of free association? Time will tell.I think this is where the horrible concert venue, City View? City Lights?, whatever,was a few years back.
Labels: DNC Monday
This Day in the History of Americans Fighting for the Freedom of Others
Thought of the Day
If we desire to enjoy peace, war must be waged; if we shrink from war, we shall never enjoy peace.
Labels: Cicero quote
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Not the Whirlwind the Democrats Expected
Hender Adams took these and was kind enough to send them along.
Labels: Parker Torando
DNC Sunday Stills
Presidential candidate Cynthia Mckinney (Moonbat Party), wearing a kaffiyeh, before she addressed the 'crowd'.
I don't know what has her panties in a wad about Free Trade, but, since I was too shy to ask her, I guess I'll never find out now.
And what is it with covering the lower part of your face? I think I could still pick the guy with the red kerchief over his nose and mouth out of a line up. The camouflage guy does it a little better.
The 'Truthers' were there too and for really silly look at what's written on the guy's green t shirt. If you ask him about his vow of silence won't he have to break it to tell you what it's about. Maybe his friend in blue, busy texting, will answer for him. Very silly indeed.
Labels: Democratic National Convention
This Day in the History of Successful Attacks on Our Capital
Labels: War of 1812; American Defeats
Thought of the Day
Has so great a swordsman so quickly accepted a pointed stick? (i.e. retired)
Labels: Cicero quote
Saturday, August 23, 2008
This Day in the History of Evil Deceiving Evil
Labels: WWII pre history
Kinsley's Backhanded Compliment
Notice that Kinsley repeats two talking points that are not in fact true.
The [Republicans] conjured up the Swift boat campaign and managed to turn Kerry's military service into a negative. As is usually the case, the media helped.
They didn't intend to. But journalistic convention makes it hard for reporters to deal with a big, complicated lie.
The only proven lie regarding the Swiftboat veterans campaign against John Kerry is that, as Kerry finally admitted, he was not in Cambodia on Christmas Eve, even though on the Senate floor in 1986 he said the moment was seared, seared into his memory. The Democrats just claim the statements of the anti-Kerry veterans are untrue; they've never actually gotten around to showing they are untrue. That's like hard.
Most amazing among the principles of the Republican Way of War is: Don't waste much time and energy probing the enemy's weaknesses. Go directly to his biggest strength. Four years ago, it was easy to imagine any number of ways the GOP might go after John Kerry. You would not have guessed -- or at least I would not have guessed -- that they could successfully attack his service in Vietnam.
Especially when the Republican candidate, George W. Bush, not only had avoided Vietnam by joining the National Guard but had avoided much of the National Guard by skipping the meetings and then had grown up to start an unpopular war that even four years ago seemed to have been going on forever.
Where to start? Both Kerry and Bush joined the reserves during the Viet Nam War, not the regular Navy and Air Force, respectively. Kerry was called up, Bush wasn't. George Bush completed all the hours that were required of him. Both Kerry and Bush requested early discharge to work on campaigns for office and both were discharged from the reserve units they ended up in, although we don't know the full circumstances of Kerry's discharge as he has never released his full military record to the public, as he repeatedly promised. Bush didn't start a war, he ended, properly, Gulf War I.
It's just not that hard to get it right, Michael.
I do think that his point is well stated.
The Republicans just play the game of presidential politics so much better. They play it with genius, courage, creativity and utter ruthlessness.
Go team! Kinsley thinks you're great.
The Whining Ticket
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) has been anointed by the Chosen One to be his running mate for Vice President. That locks down the important swing state of Delaware and puts the combined fatuous egotism of the ticket into overload territory. The sad news is that the office of the VP is not worth any sort of bucket and it really does nothing of substance to the chances of the presidential candidate. Look at the 'help' Edwards and Lieberman gave to their running mates. I can barely remember a Democrat VP candidate before '92. Uh, Mondale, Shriver, uh...
Biden couldn't get arrested during his most recent run for the presidency, he never got a double digit piece of the voter pie and had no delegates for him when he quit the race last January. Edwards at least got 4 and 1/2 delegates. He only got 3% of the vote in his own state. 3%! I believe Biden also said a lot of unkind but generally true things about Obama. Obama certainly looks good, bright and clean and he is very articulate (while on teleprompter); off the cuff there are a lot of uhs. A lot of them.
This may be a pick of gaffetastic proportions, and let the data mining of past Biden misstatements begin, but we Republicans should hide our glee and be prepared for Vice President Biden. Just in case.
Has an all Senator ticket won since Kennedy/Johnson?
Labels: Senator Obama; Senator Biden
Thought of the Day
Pegged by the guys you hang with.
Labels: Roman Aphorism
Friday, August 22, 2008
All One Needs is an Encompasing Frame of Reference
The justification, such as it is, for taking not just more but more at a higher rate from the most successful is "they can afford it." There is no moral justification for taxing the successful at a higher rate. A flat tax is fair; a graduated tax is socialistic income redistribution, unfair and wrong.
Here in Colorado, the Governor wants to raise taxes on the companies producing oil and gas in this state. The amount he is seeking is in excess of $300 million. But he and his supporters don't come out and say we want to tax the oil and gas companies more; they say that they're correcting an inprovidently too generous tax credit, regarding severance taxes, put in place some three decades ago. That's, at best, camouflage, and, at worst, just plain lying. Whatever should have been the 'proper tax' in the past, what is being sought right now is higher tax rates. A lot of the less sharp will support the proposed higher taxes with approving cries of 'Yeah, let's stick it to big oil. Those guys need to pay more. Enough is enough!"
The smart will know that corporations don't pay taxes, they collect taxes, from the people to whom they sell their products or services. Every business must cover all its expenses and costs of doing business or it will not be in business for long. A tax on a corporation is just such a cost of doing business. The increased tax will be passed on to the consumers in higher prices for oil and gas which means everyone who drives a car or heats the house with gas will pay the extra tax, not the corporation. The oil and gas supplier will continue to make the same profit (about 8 to 12% of sales); the price of the oil and gas will be slightly higher to cover the cost of the new tax. WE will suffer from the Governor's deceptive wording with less of our own money in our pockets.
I'm going to use the ballot proposal (Initiative #113) as an IQ test for the state. I have some faith in my fellow Coloradoans' ability to see this is not a suspension of past tax credits and therefore a 'correction' that cuts into the profits of the prosperous oil and gas companies, but a higher tax on each of us. I hope they can see it.
Labels: Colorado Initiative #113
Thought of the Day
When I looked at the things of men, involved in such thick darkness--the bad exulting forever in their prosperity, the good suffering wrong--my spiritual feelings, reeling backwards, collapsed.
Labels: Claudian quote
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Lame Plame Affair-- I Hope the Last Words
Here are a few of my problems:
Plame claims to have been covert when she was working at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. So she's driving from her house to the CIA building, parking in their employee lot, and then driving back each work day. If that really qualifies as covert, we need to get a new definition of covert. She was covert only if her cover was 'openly working at the CIA.'
Plame says she believes she was 'outed' by the administration in retaliation for her husband's (lying) op-ed, but the original source to Bob Novak (pray for him) was anti-Iraq war, not part of the administration in spirit, noted gossip, deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage. How did the administration get him to leak the name to Novak? Jedi mind trick? (This question begged to be asked--it wasn't).
Plame calls this part of the 2002 State of the Union--The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa-- a lie. It is not a lie; it is literally true and the things lying Joseph Wilson discovered in Niger supported those words, which the British investigation into pre-war intelligence ruled were 'well founded' and which Christopher Hitchens has established as true to a moral certainty.
Plame says the fact that she repeatedly urged the CIA to send her husband to Niger, including a very forceful memo urging them to send Joe, was not nepotism. I guess we need a new definition of nepotism for her as well.
The final thing left out entirely was that the Court of Appeals recently affirmed the dismissal of her lawsuit against members of the administration. She has no case, well, except on left leaning, 'news magazine' programs where the hard questions are skipped and the lies of Wilson and the lies of Plame are repeated as fact.
I have one final question. Recently several hundred metric tons of yellow cake were removed from Iraq and taken to Canada. On the show, Plame was called "chief of operations for the CIA's joint task force Iraq ". Did she know about that uranium in Iraq?
Good News From Afghanistan
Such highly publicized attacks on NATO troops [like the attack on French paratroopers] are part of the enemy’s strategy to undermine public support for the war in Europe.[...]
But the truth is that despite the media-savvy Taliban’s endeavors to impress the world with reports of successful operations, it is losing ground. For all intents and purposes, the Afghan war is what experts term a “low-intensity conflict.”[...]
A military news site further reports that “gun battles with the Taliban are down fifty per cent this year.” Another hopeful sign is that fewer civilians, and more Taliban and al-Qaeda, are being killed.[...]
Sounds right to me.
Credit for this achievement goes to Afghanistan’s steadily improving 70,000-man army – it was an Afghan unit that surrounded and killed some of the suicide bombers at Camp Salerno – as well as to the nearly 60,000 American-led NATO troops. Facing well-trained, professional soldiers, backed by smart bombs and air superiority, the Taliban has had difficulty finding new recruits despite offering generous pay. Ignoring Taliban propaganda, many Afghans seem to realize that guerrilla tactics are not going to win this war.
As a result, the Taliban has been forced to rely more on suicide bombers and roadside bombs. However, these brutal tactics have caused the deaths of countless civilians, and in the end could turn the population against the Taliban, much as al-Qaeda’s massacres in Iraq ultimately inspired a nationwide backlash against the terrorist organization. To take one example among many, last February a suicide bomber aiming for Canadian troops in a crowded market place in the southern city of Kandahar wounded four soldiers but killed forty Afghan civilians. It may be just a matter of time before Afghans rise up against the Taliban’s indiscriminate carnage.
Labels: Jihadi War; Afghanistan Front
This Day in the History of Changes in Government
Labels: Japanese Shogunate
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Good News About al Qaeda
Until 2006, hardcore European jihadists would have traveled to Iraq. But the numbers doing so now have dwindled to almost zero, according to several European counterterrorism officials. That's because al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq has committed something tantamount to suicide.
It is never a good thing to bomb your fellow religionists, no matter what spin you later put on it.
Labels: Jihadi War
Liberal Denial Playbook
1) Too horrible and shocking; it can’t possibly be true;
2) It’s not true;
3) You can’t prove it’s true;
4) Why are you trying to prove it’s true?
5) It’s disgusting that you’ve proved it’s true; and,
6) What’s the big deal anyway? ...
(h/t Paul L. at Kingdom of Idiots)
Labels: Liberal Denial Playbook
70% believe the US reduced CO2 less than the EU did since 2000--The US reduced it more.
80% believe the US sold Saddam at least 25% of his weapons--The real figure is .46%.
Most believe that, since WWII, the US has backed non Muslims over Muslims in conflicts between them--We've supported the Muslims in 11 out of 12 conflicts.
Most believe polygamy is legal--All 50 states ban even bigamy.
Many believe the United States executes more criminals than China--China has more than ten times the executions.
A third believe that a British citizen is more safe from assault than an American citizen--The Brit is more than twice as likely to be assaulted than an American.
Nearly half believe that a white applicant to college will be accepted over a black applicant with the same qualifications--The opposite is true.
It is little wonder the Brits look down on their former colonial cousins.
Labels: British Attitudes about America
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thought of the Day
Love rages in iron and the insane wickedness of war.
Labels: Vergil quote
This Day in the History of Tactical Misteps for Political Ends
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thought of the Day
Vice can deceive under the shape and shadow of virtue when it puts on a sad face and severe dress.
Labels: Juvenal quote
Friday, August 15, 2008
Obama's Banking Committee
"...which is my committee..."? What a liar! He's not the chairman of the Banking Committee. He's not even on the Banking Committee. This sort of gaffe/lie would be like death to a Republican running for office. Care to bet if the liberal madia will cover this (or supply Obama with cover)?
This Day in the History of Pointless but Famous Battles
Labels: Frankish History; Basque Battles
Labels: Olympic Games coverage
Thursday, August 14, 2008
This Day in the History of Insane Fighting Spirit
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
A radio announcer was interviewing a new American ace from the European theater during WWII and he asked, "What was the most difficult dog fight you were involved in?"
The pilot started to reply, "Well, I once got jumped by a flight of German fighters, and one Fokker went to the left and the other Fokker..."
The radio announcer, not wanting any misunderstandings, interrupted the pilot and told the radio audience, "Ladies and Gentlemen a Fokker is a type of German airplane."
The pilot grinned and said, "Yeah, but these Fokkers were flying Messerschmitts."
Labels: WWII Joke; European Theater
This Day in the History of Evil Being Destroyed
Labels: Aztec History
Diversity Thought of the Day
So many heads, so many minds, each has his own way.
Labels: Terrence attributed quote
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Pre-Zionist Thought of the Day
A deadly hatred and a wound that can never heal...
Labels: Juvenal quote
The Potemkin Alliance
This would be a very good time to implement the Fraley Doctrine. If you effete, sapped by socialism, non combat types in Europe get invaded again by a bad guy, we're not coming to save your sorry asses. Talk them out of it, or appeal to the UN for peacekeeping forces. That should work.
There might be new exceptions to the Fraley Doctrine for Eastern European nations which have a Republican form of government and a military expenditure of 1/2 of ours per capita. Tough cookies for the former members of the soviet union, however, you'll always be a little bit the bitch of the bear.
Labels: The Fall of NATO
This Day in the History of American Military Successes
Labels: Viet Nam War
Monday, August 11, 2008
Learning to be Bad
If the party doesn't at least bad mouth such behavior, and for our feisty Senator, rewards just such behavior with the nomination, the party will be 'rewarded' by even more bad behavior.
Just so in the wider world. Hitler was able to become totally corrupt (and competent in action) because no one opposed him; the French and the British, powers who actually could have taken him on early, let him do what he wanted. When America's government finally took action, in 1941, against Japan's half decade of aggression against China, by cutting off their oil, the Japanese reacted, not by stopping, but by sneak attacking us in order to knock us out of the war so they could take the oil producing regions of the Dutch East Indies. It all ended in tears for them, but the early message they got was go ahead, we can't/won't stop you.
The Bush administration, on top of the inevitable lame duckness, has been stunned to inaction in part by media and popular vitriol for the proper and finally successful end of Gulf War I. Condi Rice, our Russian expert Secretary of State, is now in complete eclipse, reduced to removing state department personnel from Tbilisi. Israel is wholly paralyzed by wholly inept leadership. All of Europe couldn't field a competent army if they had the will, and they certainly don't have the will. Weakness breeds boldness (and badness) in others. Few lessons of history are so clear. I see the expansion of the former Soviets, expansion by the Chinese, dead civilians, all ending in tears.
And that's when I'm being optimistic.
Labels: WWIII pre-history
This Day in the History of Terrible American Leadership
Every so called war on a concept or product, 'poverty' 'drugs' and even 'terror' is a very bad idea.
Labels: Faux Wars
Sunday, August 10, 2008
This Day in the History of British Replacements
That's the general in a silly black hat in the turret of the terrible Grant tank. See the screws holding things together? Other parts were riveted together. When a shell hit the tank or even close to it, the ends of the screws and rivets ricocheted around the interior of the tank like deadly metal bees. We quickly replaced these with the slightly better, all welded Shermans, which were outclassed by the less numerous Panzers 5 and 6 for the remainder of the war.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Russian Tanks Near Tskhinval
Few people outside Georgia knew the capital of the breakaway province of South Ossetia. I still can't say it. Look at the reactive armor on the T-
I was for Georgia just because it was the underdog here, but now that I know that Georgia’s pro-Western President, Mikheil Saakashvili , wants into NATO, and has 1000 troops helping us in Iraq, I'm with them for more than just anti-Soviet sentiment (and I believe the actions of Russia here are Soviet-like). So let me be the first to say it: Save Georgia!
UPDATE: I think now I misidentified the tanks. Sorry.
Labels: Russia; Georgia
Labels: Iraq War Success
This Day in the History of America Nuking our Enemies
Friday, August 08, 2008
The Dam Breaks
It certainly does not explain why he visited both Ms. Hunter and the kid in the hotel in July, if she's not his and he was there for more sex (always the default motive for nearly any man). Nor does the lack of parentage explain the over $114,000 expenditure by his campaign to Ms. Hunter for very little in the way of blog videos. Hush money? Is that legal?
Another Democratic sex scandal with real sex.
You know, the confession, such as it is, doesn't make me dislike Edwards any more. You can't actually get below what I thought of the man.
Labels: John Edwards
Of course, the Sun is behind it so that the upper solar atmosphere streams out beautifully. Also the Earth was 'full' too so that earth-shine lit up the surface of the moon and it's not just a black circle in front of the Sun.
As my old friend Jim Barnes once pointed out, one thing that causes you to believe in the Divine is the fact that the giant Sun and the relatively tiny Moon appear to be the same size to us here on Earth. Hmmmm?
Labels: Full Moon; Solar Eclipse
Russia Invades Georgia
Labels: Former Soviet Republics Fights