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Archive for February, 2007

McCain’s In, My Precious

Posted by Ryan on February 28, 2007

According to Drudge and Fox News, John McCain is slated to finally announce his candidacy (officially beginning in April by the way) on “The Late Show” with David Letterman tonight. No surprises here. McCain is my least favorite of the top three Republican front-runners. Though he’s been consistently pro-life, he’s been obstructing President Bush one way or another for six years now, he’s a current media darling who’ll lose prestige the minute he is pitted directly against She Who Must Not Be Named, and he’s the Democrat’s favorite Republican who John F(‘in) Kerry through around as a potential Veep nominee for the Dems in 2004!

That last point sends up the most red flags. I don’t want a pandering Ted “Fins” Kennedy/Russ Feingold “maverick” as my nominee, I want a consistent solid conservative Republican to run the Republican Party. I want a “Sam” not a “Gollum” as my nominee: a trusted friend to the party, rather than a skeevy, two-faced leech. However, this entrance will give me yet another chance to vote against McCain in the primaries.

Image from Tolkien Depot and concept inspired by Mike.

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Democrat Doublespeak

Posted by Ryan on February 28, 2007

The Dems are at it again: trying to have it both ways.  They can’t withdraw or suspend funds without an embarrassing separation of powers argument from which every one of their candidates for President will run.  It’ll also kill them in the polls.  America doesn’t like the Iraq War based on most polls over the last year, but those same polls indicate that America likes losing even less– some Dems are figuring that one out.  Others, however, are still trying to play games with the troops by demanding things from the Executive Branch that Congress has no right to ask for.

I’ve personally read the Constitution a number of times.   My take is that essentially Congress can:

  1. repeal the 2002 Iraq War Resolution itself,
  2. they can stop funds with their power of the purse,
  3. they can rally public support around an alternative plan, forcing the President to follow their lead, and/or
  4. do nothing.

In my opinion, they could get away with #1 if they frame it right.  They can’t do #2 or face the voters in 2008 with proof that they do NOT support the troops despite their rhetoric.  And #3, the most logical and just, seems only to be a choice of losing or losing faster to a Democrat Party that seems increasingly politically tied to an ugly, messy loss in Iraq.  #4 might just be the ultimate strategy.  Resolving Iraq takes that issue away from them, while framing the debate around it to bash Bush and Republicans falls into their hands looking to 2008.

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Dow Beatdown!

Posted by Ryan on February 27, 2007

As of 4:15pm EST on Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dropped 415 points after China’s stock market dropping 9% rattled Asian markets early this morning. This is the worst numerical loss to the stock market since the week after the markets opened following 9/11. Is this just a correction or the sign of something else at hand? I don’t know, but I’m sure my 403(b) got nailed and I hope it doesn’t continue tomorrow!

Yahoo chart

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The Taliban Hates Cheney

Posted by Ryan on February 27, 2007

Vice President Dick Cheney was the target of a suicide attack that has presently killed 23 people on his visit to Afghanistan today.  He heard the blast, was sent to a bunker, asked that the wounded and dead be tended to, and still ended up meeting his schedule!  Not bad for a man with a bum ticker.

However, check this out from a liberal blog site on this same story.  Apparently, the Taliban are not alone in their sentiments.  It’s kind of sick if you separate yourself from this and think about what really transpired and their real heart-felt reaction to this truly is.  The Huffington Post was so bad that Hannity read some comments from the blog on his show today, leading the Post to embarrassingly close their comments.
Pic from WhiteHouse.gov

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Greenspan Warns of Recession

Posted by Ryan on February 26, 2007

Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan warns of a coming economic recession in the USA.  He cites stabilizing profits, and sluggish growth in the linked article.  He also says that the contraction in the US housing market has not yet effected the economy significantly, but may.

Also, I thought we were already in hard economic times!  At least I get that impression from the MSM, and the anti-tax cut Dems.   I know that high gas prices and negativity on other issues, like Iraq, have contributed to the impression that most people believe: that the 2000s have been a bad economic period when the contrary has been true!
Greenspan admits that the US economy has been growing since 2001 and the cycle is bound to swing to recession at some point– the end of the year by his estimation.  I think the housing stagnation is actually a spooky issue.  Who knows how that will seriously impact all sorts of sectors of the US economy?  The last major contraction in the housing market was a smidgen in 1991-1992 (the last significant recession) and the previous, and larger one was in 1986-1987 (a major stock market crash).  I hope that’s just a coincidence.

Pic from Fontcraft.com

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Virginia Apologizes for Slavery

Posted by Ryan on February 25, 2007

142 years after slavery in Virginia was ended by Robert E. Lee  surrendering his army to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House, VA in 1865, and 400 years after the first English colonists in Jamestown oppressed the local Amerindians almost from their first moments on shore in 1607, the Virginia legislature has officially apologized for these heinous actions!

This comes after an open dialogue on apologies and reparations has been in the air for the last decade.  Perhaps enough time has passed that Virginia can take responsibility for its past transgressions, offer their regrets, and move on.  Segregation was also an issue all Southern states had to come to grips with in the wake of the civil rights movement a generation ago when the Supreme Court and the Federal government dismantled that entrenched system of bias and bigotry. Of course, I agree that these steps are a moral good, but there is a potential issue that America must next come to terms with: the consequence of guilt.

In her book, Londonistan, Melanie Phillips argues that the West is having serious difficulties recognizing the dangers of radical Islam because of a racial guilt complex that has formed over the last 60 years.  In Europe, Phillips argues that it is post-colonial guilt, while in America it’s post-civil rights guilt.  The results?  Phillips believes that the West is still sulking in its truly egregious past behavior to the point where we’re missing the dangers of profiling those who are our stated enemies living in our own countries out of fear that we’ll oppress their rights, as the West has done virulently in the past.  Maybe her thesis is overreaction here in the USA, but in London there is a serious problem with radical Islam and her point is a poignant reminder of this danger.   Every time I hear about the hatred brewing in London and Parisian suburbs, or about how sweet Italian grandmothers take their shoes off at Dulles International Airport I wonder a little about Phillip’s point.  However, if Virginia, the capitol of the Confederacy, can apologize for slavery, I think we’ll figure all this out here in the States.

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Psychic Defense

Posted by Ryan on February 24, 2007

The buzz this morning around the States is that the British Ministry of Defense hired psychics to help in the search for Bin Ladin’s secret lair and Saddam’s elusive stash of WMDs. Some think this is a gross misuse of taxpayer’s funds, others a potentially useful tool.
I personally don’t have a problem with this.  I believe that some people have real psychic gifts and I also know that municipalities all over the United States have been using psychic investigators for years to aid in cracking cold cases or coming up with relatively accurate perp profiles.  It ain’t perfect, but it has its uses and I think clever, creative, on-their-toes governments should at least be open to this option in times of great national security need.

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Oz Loves Cheney?

Posted by Ryan on February 23, 2007

According to an AP link from Drudge anyway.

AP picture.

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Arizona Airport Vision is Here!

Posted by Ryan on February 23, 2007

Arizona is debuting a new scanner that can find ANYTHING on your body ANYWHERE at Phoenix Airport! It can see through clothes like those X-Ray goggles advertised in those old-school comic books back in the day. Great device for airport security, but try not to blush!

ATW Airport.com picture

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Does This Ring a Bell Madam Secretary?

Posted by Mike on February 23, 2007

With Jimmy Carter by her side, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright claimed that the Iraq war “is going to go down in history as the greatest disaster in American foreign policy.” This woman’s memory must be failing.

I find it hard to believe that Albright could have forgotten the Clinton administration’s agreement which provided North Korea with the fuel and reactors they used to construct their nuclear program. I also find it hard to believe that the sight of Jimmy Carter failed to trigger any memory of Carter’s decision to undermine the Shah of Iran, which paved the way for a hostage crisis and the rise of a radical theocracy hellbent on the destruction of Israel.

I wonder if any of the Democrats running for President have this woman on a short list for a Cabinet position?

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Which Nomination Does McCain Want?

Posted by Mike on February 22, 2007

Former Republican frontrunner John McCain has joined forces with his old friend Ted Kennedy in an attempt to push their illegal alien amnesty bill.  Michael Graham’s take on one aspect of the “improved” legislation is definitely worth a read.

Sometimes I wonder if McCain realizes he is running in the wrong primary.  Well, at least you can’t accuse him of pandering.

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Importance of Free Speech

Posted by Ryan on February 22, 2007

An Egyptian man was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison for writing critical remarks about Islam and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.  Many rights groups and others are up-in-arms over this because the Internet was commonly perceived in the Arab world as the last (or for some first)  place where free speech could reign.  Apparently not.

Tolerance of divergent, non-conformist opinions is rare in the Muslim world, so this story does not come as a huge shock to me, but it highlights the underlying frustrations many in the Arab world have about:

  • their leaders (who don’t ever seem to leave),
  • their religion (which has perceptually been hijacked by radical extremists), and
  • their stake in their own quality of life, which because of the Internet seems meager next to the outside and developed world.

The importance of free speech in the Arab world is becoming more and more important as time goes on and, through the Internet, our Muslim friends can see what else the world has to offer outside their highly repressive, dogmatic, poor lives. Maybe their leaders are seeing that too.

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GOP. Enjoy the Show but Take Notes

Posted by Mike on February 22, 2007

When Barack Obama supporter David Geffen recently spoke to New York’s worst newspaper, he actually had the audacity to claim that She Who Must Not Be Named is ambitious and polarizing. In addition, he also pointed out that

“Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling,”

Apparently, a smear this scandalous required the Junior Senator to pull out her patented negative attack play, a tactic usually reserved for Republicans when she wants to avoid exposing her real thoughts on an issue. After whining about Geffen’s “negative attacks,” She Who Must Not Be Named’s campaign demanded that Obama denounce Geffen’s statements and fire him.

Recognizing this tactic for what it was, Obama’s campaign rapidly responded with this little gem:

“We aren’t going to get in the middle of a disagreement between the Clintons and someone who was once one of their biggest supporters. It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom. It is also ironic that Senator Clinton lavished praise on Monday and is fully willing to accept today the support of South Carolina State Sen. Robert Ford, who said if Barack Obama were to win the nomination, he would drag down the rest of the Democratic Party because ‘he’s black.'”

Now that is how it’s done! Without hesitation, team Obama called out her majesty, both on her hypocrisy and her own questionable associations. No irrational fear of negative media coverage. No “new tone” nonsense. Just good old-fashioned rapid response.

Over the next year, the Democrat frontrunner will provide plenty of fodder to her foes in both parties. When she pulls this nonsense against the Republican nominee, that person had better take a cue from Obama by hitting back and then returning to her weak spot, issues. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy the infighting.

Now comes the icing on the cake. Apparently She Who Must Not Be Named’s hysterical overreaction was more than just amusing. According to Nikki Finke, it was also false. Obama can’t fire Geffen because he isn’t a member of the Obama campaign. Looks like someone is fibbing.

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Prodi Problems

Posted by Ryan on February 21, 2007

Italian Prime Minister Prodi has resigned under tense political circumstances.  He defeated Bush’s Italian foreign policy man, Berlusconi, about nine months ago and has had a hard time keeping many elements of his center-left coalition in line on the issue of foreign policy in Afghanistan, amongst other things.  The problem is that the leftists want to leave Afghanistan prematurely (like our Democrats on Iraq), but the popular position in the center and right is that the humanitarian and just mission must be maintained until its logical completion.

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Man of the People

Posted by Sal on February 21, 2007

The Massachusett’s Governor is a classic example of a liberal elite who thinks that the policies he wants to impose on society do not apply to him.  He has already broken most of his campaign promises, and is raising taxes and asking government agencies to trim their budgets (not something I object to, but there’s more).  All the while, he is lavishing luxuries on himself.  These luxuries in and of themselves would not be bad, if they came from his own pocket.  Patrick, however, seems to think that these luxuries are entitled to him in his role as governor and that the people of Massachusetts should foot the bill.  After having by far the most expensive Inaugural Celebration in state history, Patrick has done the following In the last few weeks alone:   

Even the left-wing Boston Globe is up in arms, dubbing Patrick Governor Deluxe.  After increased heat and pressure, Patrick has agreed to pay for part of his car and for the redecorating of his office.  However, this came only after days of media scrutiny and criticism from even his closest supporters. 

 This again shows the myth that Democrats are not the party of the people.  From Nancy Pelosi’s request for a 757, to Patrick, the so-called “Party of the People” has no regard for the hard-earned money that you and I are forced to turn over to the Government week after week.  It’s time we woke up and held these politicians accountable. 

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Her Monologue Is Now a Dialogue

Posted by Mike on February 20, 2007

Unlike her husband’s successful campaign of 15 years ago, She Who Must Not Be Named will have to face a new media unrelenting in its efforts to challenge her socialism, opportunism and insincerity. This video turning her latest monologue into a dialogue is only a glimpse of things to come. Game on!

Video from Hotair

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Amillia Sonja Taylor and the Miracle of Life

Posted by Mike on February 19, 2007

Amillia Sonja Taylor is scheduled to leave the hospital and go home with her parents tomorrow. What’s amazing about this is the fact that she was born less than 22 weeks into her mother’s pregnancy. The two awe-inspiring photos shown above are of Amillia when she was just a few days old. In the first photo, she is shown as barely larger than the ball point pen beside her. The second is of the nurse holding her feet. Amillia has fought quite a battle and can now claim to have conquered her first life challenge by going home.

Stories like this are heartwarming because they allow us to witness the miracle of life. At this moment, countless babies conceived 22 weeks ago are still in the womb. Like Amillia, they are precious human beings who deserve to be protected by law. When I played word association with these two photos, the word that came into my head was “child”, not “choice.”

First photo: Business Week
Second photo: AP
Hat tip: Drudge

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Sweet Jesus!

Posted by Ryan on February 19, 2007

Some elements in the waning Anglican Church are thinking about a rapprochement with the Catholic Church over the issue of what place the “Bishop of Rome” (aka- the Pope) could have in their church.  With Roman Catholicism about ready to overtake the Church of England in the UK and with a schism brewing over the issue of gay ordinations and female priests, the conservative elements of the Anglican Church are taking another look at the papacy as a unifying force for their faith.

I think this is not only awesome, but also truly consistent with one of Pope Benedict’s major goals as pontiff: to reunify the Christian churches if possible.  With the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ear and a visit to the Orthodox Patriarch last year, maybe a reconciliation is brewing in our lifetimes.  Truly historic if it can be done!

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Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Posted by Ryan on February 18, 2007

As of 12:01am Monday, gay marriages will be performed legally for the first time ever in the Garden State, making Jersey the second state in the Union to allow such legal proceedings to take place after Massachusetts.  Some are trying to get the NJ Constitution to clearly define marriage as a union between an man and a woman, others are cheering this as a big step towards equal rights for New Jersey’s homosexual community.

Without drawing hate from “open-minded” people who don’t want to hear another point of view on this issue, I’ll leave the readers with some questions:

  • What if the couple gets married in New Jersey and moves to Kansas demanding that Kansas recognize their union?  Does one think that “full faith and credit” constitutional issues are likely to arise?
  • What if they want a divorce within the first five years of marriage as heterosexual couples are notorious for doing? Are the same legal principles still in play?
  • What if a 60 year old man wants to marry his 12 year old niece and two of her 12 year old friends, one male one female?  While that’s not legal now, what about the importance of love in a relationship?  Who are we to say that their love is not true and should not be condoned by law? Why should there be legal hurdles against their right to consummate their love in a public way?

See since this door has been opened, you cannot argue that the third bullet is completely ridiculous.  Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) started with desegregating public schools, but the legal principle ostensibly, then legally, spread to all public areas, regardless of the non-educational component of public rest areas, water fountains, and public bus stops– and not just in Kansas either.  I’m just concerned that proponents of gay marriage have not thought through the consequences of the legal aspect of gay marriage, relying on the emotional charge implicit with any talk of “two people loving one another.”  Let’s watch and see where this goes in the future.

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“Gridlock!”

Posted by Ryan on February 17, 2007

Hearkening to political times past, this week’s disgusting vote in the House and hopeful gridlock in the Senate really darkens my spirit.  Looking at Harry Reid coil with anger that the 60 votes necessary for cloture were not reached was the true epitome of “comeuppance.”

I believe that the votes were historic: marking a time when Congress doesn’t look to our “can-do” history, but our “can’t do” present. To echo the Administration, the Democrats are politically banking on our defeat, as in they won’t rescind this non-binding nonsense if the troop surge does succeed, will they?  I think not, otherwise why go through this effort instead of jumping on the President’s change of strategy if the surge doesn’t work by summertime.  The American people didn’t elect them to lose the war, but to find a way to change strategy in order to win and come home.  While my spirits are darkened, I find new resolve to defeat these guys next year for overplaying their political hand at the expense of my country and our troops during wartime.

Pic from PBS.org

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It’s Still Cold in Antarctica!

Posted by Ryan on February 16, 2007

The global warming nuts have another problem this morning: Antarctica is not behaving the way it should, i.e. melting away to a tropical paradise like the rest of the world should be. The problem some of these scientists observe is that certain temperature and precipitation levels have not changed in a way consistent with projected global warming models; more precipitation and warmer temperatures are supposed to be happening, but they’re not.

So, why aren’t they happening? According to the article, Antarctica does not have a large numbers of weather stations, so they must be missing something. This is the height of bad science! You observe what’s there, not what you think should be there! If the predictions are wrong based on real observations, keep monitoring or observing, but by no means try to take what info you have and apply it to a biased model you think it should fit into. This kind of bad science raises all sorts of questions about these scientists, their biases, their methods, and their global warming paradigm.

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The Crying Wolf News Alert

Posted by Mike on February 15, 2007

Fox News really needs to distinguish the sound of their breaking news alerts. Just now, I heard the familiar Fox breaking news alert sound in the background and kept doing what I was doing because I figured the alert would be something along the lines of “Anna Nicole is still dead” or “it’s cold outside.” Fortunately, a suspected aircraft hijacker was arrested in the Canary Islands. Hopefully, no one was killed or injured.

These news alerts tell me that Fox News either needs to stop issuing a breaking news alert every time Paris Hilton acts like a punchable nun or they should come up with a different sound for news alerts involving real breaking news like this hijacking situation, terrorist attacks, election results, key resignations etc. The current Fox breaking news alert is the modern example of crying wolf.

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Keep These Coming Too

Posted by Mike on February 15, 2007

Margaret Thatcher will be honored with a 7′ 6″ statue in the lobby of the House of Commons. I hope it will be made of iron.

Thanks to the Governator’s decision to replace one of California’s statues in statutory hall with Ronald Reagan, both giants in the Special Relationship will now have statues in the respective legislatures. Like Ryan said, keep ’em coming.

Link via Drudge

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Symbolically Smacking Abortion

Posted by Ryan on February 14, 2007

Tennessee is weighing a bill that would require aborted babies to have death certificates for data gathering purposes.  Wow, almost as if they were alive at one point, huh?  If it was never “alive”, then it couldn’t have “died”, or so the logic goes. Bills like this, which are not likely to survive the TN Democrat controlled state senate, continue to show emboldened pro-lifers not taking any guff.  Republicans, in general, can learn a lot from the pro-life attitude on issues of importance to them– keep fighting, push the edges, and get the people in the middle to see that your point fo view is as much a moral issue as a practical one.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Mike Bloomberg

Posted by Mike on February 14, 2007

I don’t want to attract the kind of search engine traffic that could accompany a story like this one, so I’ll be as brief and nondescript as possible.  This idea is, at a minimum, an absurd misuse of taxpayer dollars.  Why should taxpayers have to pay for other New Yorkers’ Valentine’s Day bliss?

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Back to Basics

Posted by Ryan on February 14, 2007

Finally, someone reminded Republicans that what’s at stake in Iraq is more than just sound-bytes and political points.  The debate on Iraq that is currently going on in Congress has devolved into populist “redeployment” or a more direct poll driven cut-and-run point of view.  However, some Republicans have figured it out:  what’s at stake is the future of radical Islam in the greater Middle East, American “sticktoitiveness”, and a victory in the face of Zawahiri and Iran.  Mike Shadegg figured out that one needs to articulate this message, even if John Boehner has been as quite as Bush on this issue.

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Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

Posted by Mike on February 13, 2007

Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping on the issue of abortion will be his major hurdle to the Republican nomination. Romney himself admits that his position has evolved. Unfortunately for Romney, this press release from the Brownback campaign shows Romney’s history on this issue not as an evolution, or even flip-flopping, but as pandering of the worst kind.

To sum up, the press release takes statements from Romney, in chronological order, which show his position changing from pro-choice as a Massachusetts Senate candidate in 1994, to rejecting the label in 2001 when he was organizing the Olympics in Utah, to pro-choice again when he was running for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, and back to pro-life again now that he is running in the Republican Presidential primaries.

If Republicans judge their Presidential candidates on what they are saying now, Romney would and should win hands-down. I just have to wonder what Romney will do in the future if he doesn’t think he needs pro-lifers anymore?

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Libby Libel

Posted by Ryan on February 12, 2007

So, explain this to me again… Where’s the story here?  Richard Armitage leaked Plame’s name “multiple times” to Bob Woodward in June of 2003, a fact made public months ago!  So, where’s the apology from Fitzgerald to Libby, Cheney, etc., as well as the American people for a gross misuse of taxpayers funds?  I’m not holding my breath, but I’m sure he’ll still make Cheney testify.

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Gore Fails Mental Czech Up

Posted by Mike on February 12, 2007

Czech President Vaclav Klaus has stated the unstated obvious. The U.N. panel on global warming does not deserve the deference (or religious devotion) given to it by the left because it is a political, not a scientific body. Somehow the media is unable to appreciate the distinction.

After criticizing the sacrament-like status given to U.N. political leftists, Kraus then goes on to show us the best New Europe has to offer with this gem about Al Gore:

Q: Don’t you believe that we’re ruining our planet?•

A: I will pretend that I haven’t heard you. Perhaps only Mr Al Gore may be saying something along these lines: a sane person can’t. I don’t see any ruining of the planet, I have never seen it, and I don’t think that a reasonable and serious person could say such a thing.

Heh.  Any world leader who can slam the U.N. while publicly questioning Al Gore’s sanity is A-OK in my book.

We have stated our views on this topic before. Essentially, we think global warming is a scientific theory that should be tested scientifically. Climatologists with differing hypotheses should be allowed to pursue their research without fear of reprisals for the conclusions. Unfortunately, those who adhere to theory of man-made global warming have engaged in a sort of blacklisting against scientists with whom they disagree. As we have seen, threats of defunding and decertification are common. That more than anything tells me a great deal about which side is and which side is not confident in the methodologies underlying their opinions.

I wish that scientific questions could be answered solely by scientists. Alas, everything is political to these people.

Link to Drudge

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Keep ‘Em Coming!

Posted by Ryan on February 11, 2007

Ronald Reagan is going to get a statue in Poland, replacing an old communist one.  It’s a good start!  Any mountains available out there?

Picture a la Free Republic.

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