February 2006 Archives

February 28, 2006

The Limits of Science

Thirty-two million acres of national forest burned between 2000 and 2004. Scientists tell us that if we want a return to healthy forests we should salvage what timber we can and then replant the forests to avoid more devastation from erosion and infestations of pests that breed in dead trees. Other scientists think logging and replanting operations will create an unnatural environment. How do we know who is right?

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February 26, 2006

America's Managers and Workers

Last year North American automakers built 15.8 million cars and trucks, about the same as in 2004. Production will rise to 16.8 million by 2009. Vehicle production in the U.S. has nearly doubled since the "golden age" before oil shocks and import invasions. In general, U.S. industrial production is at an all time high, despite all the worries of a hollow economy and outsourcing.

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America's Future (?)

The majority of Americans believe both Democrats and Republicans fail to have a plan for this country, fail to lead this country in the right direction, and fail to solve this country's problems, as revealed by a recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll.

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February 25, 2006

Ties to a Terrorist Nation

We may finally have caught a President committing treason. That is, if the UAE is in fact a terrorist nation as claimed by Sen. Clinton, Sen. Schumer, and the unhinged left-wing... Bill Clinton has a great deal of explaining to do.

Just four months after 9/11, Bill Clinton went to the UAE and publically told the Crown Prince, the UAE Defence minister, and a UAE Military General that America is wrong and not the bearer of truth in the world.

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February 24, 2006

A Beautiful Friendship Flowers

Relations between the U.S. and India have never been better. We are cooperating on many fronts. Last summer, President Bush and Prime Minister Singh launched the U.S.-India Global Democracy Initiative. India is one of the few places where U.S. popularity is high and growing. 71% of Indians have a favorable opinion of the U.S., up from 54% in 2002, according to Pew Reseach. When the President visits India next month, he will have much to celebrate.

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Wrong Instrument to Regulate Morality

On Tuesday of this week, USA Today carried a feature story on efforts to ban gay adoption in 16 states. The campaign to prevent gays from adopting children represents the latest front in the culture wars and it is occurring in states where one might expect, Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, but also in states that you might not first think as sites for such efforts, including Oregon and Vermont. But the one thing all these states have in common, along with the states that passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage is that the mechanism they have chosen, a constitutional amendment, is far and away the worst tool imaginable to regulate morality.

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February 23, 2006

Hysterical Sources

Not really. That is just my attention getter, since you all seemed so interested in titles that include the H word. I am starting a weekly think tank survey. It will be balanced as I am, but you will recall that I am so old and confused that sometimes my right hand doesn't know what my far right hand is doing. And it will be eclectic.

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Bush’s Port Atrocity?

There are two things about this controversy that bug me. One of them is that the press is actually providing misleading information, the other is the failure of so many to seek any pertinent facts before opening their mouths to demagogue.

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February 21, 2006

Hysteria & Reality/Bush & Our Environment

I am not saying President Bush is the only champion of the environment. I am saying is that he is part of a 30+ year trend of environmental progress to which this administration is very much a contributor. Overall, the U.S. environment has improved under George W. Bush. This is part of the trend. Where he has been less successful, such as CO2, he also carried on trends of previous administrations. There is no sharp departure for good or ill.

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February 20, 2006

Hysterical Liberals

Democrats are in a nearly constant state of hysteria. According to them we are living in the worst country, with the worst economy, worst unemployment rate , and worst leadership, We are breathing the worst air, suffering the worst educational system, beset by the worst crime rate and it is going to get worse. Everything is getting worse.

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February 19, 2006

None Dare Call It Corruption

If it seems odd that 'Cheney-gate' hits the frontpages for days as some kind of pumped up scandal, but continued corruption at the UN goes entirely unnoticed by the media and the left, it's because they protect their own. (I believe that's called a culture of corruption by some definitions.)

Did you know that the United Arab Emirites just paid off Kofi Annan with a cool half-million dollars?

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Goodbye West Wing

One of my favorite shows ends this season. I have been watching the The West Wing almost since the beginning and even used it to help teach my children about U.S. government, although often as not to tell them that is not how it really works.

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February 18, 2006

My new 'Best Friend'

There are times in our lives when we hear a person say something and we wish they were our friend, or at least we could have friends 'just like them'.There are also people that we wish could be cloned, or at least more of us could see the world as they do. Of course there are some people we wish would just shut up.

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February 17, 2006

GWB and Iraqi WMDs

Well, it turns out that after all, GWB was correct about Iraq having WMDs. They were simply shipped out to Syria or buried deep in the desert by Saddam's men when it became clear to them that the Americans were coming. Clever little fellow, managing to embarrass the U.S just as he had planned. Nightline, on February 15, 2006, in a surprising show of honest reporting for a MSM outlet, detailed the contents of a meeting between HUSSEIN KAMEL, Saddam's son-in-law, who later escaped Iraq, and was eventually wooed back and killed.

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February 16, 2006

The Poor Get Richer

Under President Bush spending on poverty programs rose to a record 16.3% of the Federal Budget and this is a record Federal Budget. Spending on the poor is up 39% under President Bush and proposed CUTS merely mean that instead of rising another 39% in the next five years, it will rise only 38%.

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February 15, 2006

Violence and Political Islam

"Nobody prevents Muslims practising their faith in Palestine or Kashmir, let alone Iraq. These disputes are about territory, borders, statehood, form of government, not about faith," reads a really good article from the Times of London, "We don't do God, we do Palestine and Iraq".

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February 14, 2006

Creating a Climate of Fear

"Everybody's scared to give up any money because of that law that Bush wrote about, you know, supporting terror," said Jeffrey Leon Battle, a homegrown American terrorist and member of the Portland Seven. I guess this is part of the culture of fear some people say we are creating.

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February 13, 2006

Selling our Ports

How can this be?
How can it be OK to give control of our ports to a foreign company, let alone one in a nation with ties to 9/11?

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The Enforcer

Tip: When Cheney asks you to go on a hunting trip, it's time to reconsider your criticism of the administration.

If you haven't heard the news, Dick Cheney shot someone, a friend in fact. The news reports mostly say 'accidentally' but maybe it's really a message aimed at Bush's critics? I mean if Cheney will shoot his friends, what won't he do to his enemies? Heh.

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February 12, 2006

The Potent Press

The mighty pen has shaped much of our modern history.

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February 11, 2006

Eurabia: Dream or Nightmare?

Radical Islam's front line is not Iran, Iraq or Saudi Arabia; it is Europe where Islam rubs against secular post-Christian culture and Europe where Muslims have many more choices. Nobody expects free expression in most Muslim nations; in Europe Muslims enjoy freedom. Will Islamic colonization drag Europe back to the 8th Century or can a successful Muslim integration pull Islam's benighted core into the 21st?

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February 10, 2006

Danish Muslim Clerics put Islam in hot water

Rent-a Riot dog bites the Islamic owners

As the riots in the Islamic capitals got out of control and brought international heat and attention on the regimes permitting the riots, the Danish Muslim clerics, led by Abu Laban and Ahmed Akarri, who had worked very hard to internationalize the problem, are now waving the white flag and are begging for some face-saving resolution of the matter.

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et tu, culture of corruption?

Ahh, the sweet taint of cold hard cash. Luckily, Democrats are immune to its contamination. You see when the left says they are free of any 'scandalized contributions' what they mean is that even the most vile, corrupt, and contaminated money becomes clean once it's in Democrat hands. It's better they keep the money (that they never received from Abramoff), so it can stay clean:

Sen. Patty Murray (D), "...returning contributions from Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff would 'taint' the tribes."

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February 9, 2006

Mohammed in a jar of urine

Is it just me or is it odd to hear liberals talk about how we need to avoid being offensive vis a vis these cartoon riots? What kind of understanding could the left possibly engender with their long record of 'religious understanding'?

I'm wondering when a liberal artist will apply for an NEA grant to produce some Serrano-like 'works of art'. Perhaps Mohammed in a jar of urine? Or maybe they might go the Maplethorpe route... but many people (even liberal artists) have reservations about involving themselves with bearded men and bullwhips (that might be a sin, unless they're married of course).

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February 8, 2006

The Boundary of Privacy

Vice President Dick Cheney explained on PBS how our surveillance program enhances security and compared it to similar programs under past presidents. You can read the transcript or watch the video. I am sure I will be repeating his arguments later in this thread, but what follows now is mostly mine, so not as eloquent.

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February 7, 2006

East vs. West Part I

The problems are growing. The solutions are not simple.
Both sides need to find a way to come together and end the hatred.

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February 5, 2006

Bush Right About Democracy

George Bush is right about his democracy agenda, concludes the Economist in a lead editorial that addresses many of the factors we commonly debate. Read it yourself for the various nuances. You will find it balanced and thought provoking.

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February 2, 2006

Lighten Up

It irritates me when some fool burns a U.S. flag. I don't like it when someone denigrates my beliefs or makes obscene remarks about people or things I respect. But I know such things happen. I sometimes feel outraged, but as my experience has grown I indulge my outrage less often. Outrage is an often misplaced and childish emotion.

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February 1, 2006

Killing the Patriot Act

Patriot Act by the Numbers has some interesting facts. Like any type of enforcement, you can get an idea of the crooks you catch, but you don't know how many were deterred. It is a greater number, some multiple. I will stipulate that the number of innocent people oppressed by the act would also be greater than the number on record, but I don't recall any serious abuses of innocent people. Nothing times nothing is still nothing.

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