Saturday, November 08, 2003

This article by William Kristol and Robert Kagan about an early U.S. pullout from Iraq is disturbing if it is true. But it seems to me that the authors extrapolate quite a bit from what little concrete evidence they cite. It also doesn't seem to in character for President Bush judging by his actions since September 11th.
A very cogent article supporting our mission in Iraq (and elsewhere) by an old leftie, Cristopher Hitchens, can be read here. Courtesy of

Friday, November 07, 2003

For those in the "we have no plan" camp, there's this. And this is only one division (albeit one of the largest) of one branch of our military in Iraq.
This article by Victor Davis Hanson on National Review Online should be required reading, excellent as usual.
Leave it to CNN to put a negative spin on the economic recovery. I caught a some of Lou Dobbs's show last night, where he led off a piece on the economy with the following statement:

"A new report today shows productivity in this country surged to a 10-year high. That's, of course, great news for businesses and the economy. But that increase in productivity is being carried on the backs of the already-overworked average American. And all of this comes while CEO paychecks are, yes, at an all-time high."

Is he serious? Just who's backs does he expect a recovery in the US economy to be carried on, French workers? It seems the focus of criticism of the economic recovery has shifted from "Yes, but where are the jobs?" to "Sure people are working, but they're working too hard!" I'm sure those who are still unemployed would gladly accept a longer work week or fewer vacation days in exchange for their current position. As far as the CEO salaries are concerned, (notice the obnoxious "yes" pause in the quote) of course CEO's salaries are at an all time high. In a year, they'll be higher, and a year from that they'll be even higher; that's how capitalism is supposed to work. Perhaps Dobbs meant that in comparison to other workers, and taking into account inflation and the current state on the economy, CEO salaries are at an all time high. The fact that this statement went unqualified throughout this report leads me to believe that all those evil CEOs probably aren't being compensated as disproportionately as Dobbs suggests. If he's got the facts, why not lay them out there?

How about this little gem from Kitty Pilgrim later in the piece: "Even with the economy growing, companies are still shedding jobs, 2.5 million jobs in the last 2.5 years."

Has the economy been recovering over the last 2.5 years? I seem to have missed that one. Lumping job losses over the last 2.5 years in with a recovery that is a few months old at best is an obvious distortion. Again, if there have been significant job losses during this months old recovery, why not give us the facts? The reason is likely because the real numbers are a whole lot less alarming than "2.5 million jobs."

Dobbs and Pilgrim wrap the piece up with this exchange: "PILGRIM: Another survey by that same group found 63 percent of workers admit to extremely high levels of stress. That's up 15 percent in just the last six months -- Lou. DOBBS: And that's why everyone should be extraordinarily careful when they get excited about these high productivity numbers, as we emerge from recession to recovery."

We'll, at least he admits this is a recovery.

Blackhawk down in Tikrit. Reporting 6 killed, all from the 101st Airborne Division, out of Ft. Campbell, KY. Unknown at this time whether an accident or hostile fire as the cause. An unidentified soldier says that it was hostile fire, though this is again unconfirmed.

To all of the 101st and their families, my thoughts are with you.

I'm partial to "Unending Negotiation" myself. If that doesn't sum up the UN, I don't know what does.

President Bush's speech yesterday was nothing less than masterful. He answered every legitimate concern about where we are headed in the Middle East. I don't usually enjoy reading speeches, they are usually full of irrelevant information, political spin, and are often boring and tedious in parts. This one however, I wish every American had to read from beginning to end. Of course there are those that simply aren't going to believe anything that he says no matter what, but for those Americans with true concerns about whether we are trying to "Westernize" the Middle East, and why things are going the way that they are, there is a great history lesson within this speech.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

Here's a few ideas for the UN slogan:

The UN: We put the "un" in "unproductive."
Unending Negotiation
The UN: Helping to keep France relevant.
The UN: Over 1000 dictators served.


He's BACK....

"I have maintained, many people have maintained, that the far right has extraordinary power," Daschle said yesterday morning in an interview on National Public Radio. "We've now learned they not only have power in politics, they have power in entertainment and news as well."

This was Tom Daschle's feeling when speaking of the cancellation of "The Reagans" by CBS. HMMM...maybe Tom, if you stopped spinning scare tactics for a minute and had an original idea, your party might not be losing "power" at the rate of California under the reign of Davis. "The far right has extraordinary power"...may I remind you where power comes from in this country Senator Daschle? From the people. The people spoke and the market listened (CBS being the market in this case). It's called capitalism. And imagine that the "other side" of thought from Daschle now has power in entertainment and news?! Can you imagine? If that doesn't confirm umpteen years of liberal media bias... and by one of their very own.

TV news ratings Senator? Radio ratings Senator? It seems that Senator Daschle is a bit "behind the times" shall we say?
This site, known as The Alliance of Free Blogs has a weekly assignment that we must partake in gentlemen. Come up with a motto for the UN. Nations united in condoning anything in the name of "peace"? The UN-we UN-do whatever we deem needs undoing? The UN-UNinspired? Help me out here guys!
Japan is sending troops to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Perhaps they'll bring along a few of these.
Regarding the "Iraqis hate us and want us gone" thought process is this gem. Thanks to NRO for the article. We obviously better get out of there before ALL of the Iraqis discover the wonders of our freedoms...
About the Iraq "quagmire": It can be effectively argued that historically those who refused to use force in the face of an imminent threat have done more harm than those who used force recklessly or in the name of evil. Where there is a ruthless tyrant there's almost always someone who had the oppotuniy to stop them before they became a monster. Liberals who would have us follow in Neville Chamberlain's footsteps and pacify those who have vowed to kill us are in many ways more dangerous than the terrorists themselves. The fact that liberals politicize and idealize an issue so painfully obvious as terrorism shows just how far from reality they have strayed in their quest for socialist nirvana. Thank God we have a president that isn't so feminized and politically correct that he can't tell when there's a gun pointed at our heads.

Just shoot me. No, wait. Just shoot them.
I hope that the ass-clowns who are convinced we're in a "quagmire" in Iraq and got so knowledgeable by walking past the TV while Dan, Tom, or Peter are on (you know who you are) will take the time to read this. I grow weary of people who are so opinionated and well versed in U.S. foreign policy spouting off about this subject and then clamming up or telling me that President Bush is an idiot (Oooh, nice rejoinder! And so relevant. Congratulations, you just changed my mind.) because they haven't bothered to expend ANY time or effort delving even half a $%^#$ millimeter below the surface.
Ooh look! It took me all of maybe 3 minutes on line to come across the above link. Whew! I'm exhausted. I'm not going to do that again, I think I'll just use Peter Jennings in place of my native cognition.
First GW goes along with Big Ted's education free-for-all bill, and now this. Perhaps the award is for going 34 consecutive years without drowning anyone, or maybe it's just part of Bush's proposed "No Bloated Drunk Ass Senators Left Behind" act. Rumor has it that Kennedy secured the award by agreeing to donate his jowls to help feed the poor. Now that's compassionate conservatism.

Oh, the irony! George H.W. Bush will be presenting the 3rd annual George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service to none other than Senator Ted Kennedy. How exactly I would like to know did former President Bush determine that Kennedy "deserved" this award? By spending the most taxpayer's money over the most years in the Senate? Let's see, the only service that I can think that he has done for the public would be not taking care of himself physically, such that we can hope for not too many more years of his "excellence"......

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I love the smell of whining in the morning. It seems the left has chosen to cry censorship in the wake of CBS's decision to cancel the Reagan miniseries. The same people who would like to outlaw negative speech directed towards someone of minority status are now champions of the first amendment again. How convenient. I guess it's only worth defending freedom of choice when people make choices you agree with. Perhaps there's a way for them to somehow use the senate intelligence committee as a political tool to convince CBS to air the miniseries...