Thursday, November 11, 2004

I'd make fun of him if he wasn't the greatest actor on the planet.

Not. What a tool. I hope he moves to Canada.

UPDATE: Here's another "celebrity" who needs a good beating with a pillow-case full of brass doorknobs.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

This Slate story demonstrates some of the amazing technology available to U.S. fighting forces.

The (UAV) camera tracked up a wide, empty boulevard bordered by ramshackle warehouses, tin-roof repair shops, and dingy apartment buildings. Four dark spots—presumably insurgents—were splayed against one corner of a large concrete building, with three similar spots on the other corner

"One's lying down," Neumann said. "They're manning a crew-served weapon pointed at the bridge. Tell Fusion we have targets for Basher."

Neumann's VMU unit flew the UAVs and analyzed the video for targets but rarely communicated directly with the shooters. Matching targets to shooters was the specialty of the Fusion Center located on the other side of Fallujah. There a staff pulled together information from Marines on the front lines, UAVs, electronic intercepts, agent reports, and other sources. The Fusion Center compiled target lists, tracked battle damage, prioritized targets, and assigned shooters.

Cpl. Daniels typed in and sent the center a grid location accurate within a few meters. The center sent a one-line response: Basher on the way. Marines doing various chores around the op center stopped what they were doing and clustered behind the screens. A minute went by. The four dark spots moved slightly but stayed in the shadow of the building next to the street. On the screen a ball of black hit the edge of the building, sending black chunks flying out. Another black ball and another and another, enveloping the dark spots crouched along the side of the building.

"Basher," an Air Force AC-130 aircraft, had illuminated the ambushers with its huge infrared spotlight and was pounding them with 105 mm artillery shells, each round packing 50 pounds of high explosives. Gray smoke rose from the scene.

Hat tip to


President Bush yesterday moved aggressively to resurrect his plan to relax rules against illegal immigration..."

But there is some good news from Congressman Tancredo:

"Their amnesty plan was dead on arrival when they sent it to the Congress in January, and if they send the same pig with lipstick back to Congress next January, it will suffer the same fate," he said.

I hope he is right.
Happy 229th birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

It's about damned time.

This is a frightening story out of Belgium - outlawing a group because of their beliefs. I have no doubt that many liberals in this country are nodding approvingly...
Gosh, what an intellect. This statement made me change my mind about the war in Iraq:

"I just don't want American troops to be in Iraq, period,"
Some unsolicited advice for Bush in his second term:

1) Crush Arlen Specter. Anything else would be ludicrous. Bush doesn't need the first event of his second term being a "shot across his bow" from a pretend Republican senator. So you think you have a mandate? Prove it. Send a message. Squash this guy like a grape.

2) Appoint Judges that respect the constitution, and aren't looking to mold it to their own personal views. I don't care if they're liberal or conservative, as long as they have an understanding of the function of the judicial branch.

3) Forget about a gay marriage amendment. You only have four years. Don't be stupid and push for this silly idea, which has little chance of passing and is far less important than your other initiatives like tax and social security reform. The Federal government has no business here, but feel free to make noises about this from time to time just to keep your base primed.

4) Move forward at full speed with social security and tax reform. These would be truly landmark achievements that would live on long after this term is over. Not many presidents can claim to have accomplished such goals.

5) Be absolutely ruthless with terrorists. You never know, we might have Hillary in '08, so we better make some serious headway in destroying these animals before the appeasers come to town.

6) Don't reach out to anyone. You're the president of the United States. People reach out to you.