August 2006 Archives

August 29, 2006

Swallowing the Democratic Toad in November

Dems would win the House if elections were today. As Eric and others point out, two years of Pelosi would probably improve Republican prospects in 2008. But we should nevertheless consider the nature of the choice. Dems would like you to believe that Republicans deserve to lose; but do you believe Democrats deserve to win? There is no zero option.

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August 28, 2006

Anybody knows...

Time has an interesting take on the liberal proto-dictator Nancy Pelosi. "Anybody knows not to mess with me."

In the coming congressional elections either Republicans will be allowed to continue serving the people for the greater good of the country or Nancy Pelosi will finally get hold of real power. Long term, Republicans win either way.

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Something Wrong?

Is there something wrong with the Republican party and the conservative movement? The problem I see is - the Republican Party is not conservative, it is presently without conviction - there is nothing wrong with the conservative movement, it is just homeless.

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August 26, 2006

More (D) culture of Corruption

I didn't realize how right Democratic leaders were about this culture of corruption thing in our congress. But what they forgot to say is that the most egregious perpetrators are in fact Democrats!

Imagine taking money from a terrorist group! An honest mistake? It's so hard to tell since we know that Democrats believe that when they accept dirty money it actually becomes clean. You know, like turning water into wine.

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August 25, 2006

August 25: Sources. Lots on Terrorism, Some on Katrina

Long time readers know, but let me explain to newer ones. I try to post sources about once a week. It is an eclectic selection that leans to the right, but I also scan leftish think tanks such as Brookings or Pew. Comments on any articles are welcome. I often try to put in some put down to liberals to stimulate discussion. It is an easy thing to do since there is so much material. They hate it when I call them hysterical. But not this time.

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August 24, 2006

Fearful skies?

Bush's campaign of fear in the skies has utterly failed. I can tell you this because I've just travelled the length of our great land on six different planes and through five different international airports and the trip was relatively quick and painless. Unless you want to talk about the sleep deprivation!

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McCain Believes Americans Misled

Republican Senator John McCain once wholeheartedly defended the war on Iraq. Now, according to an MSNBC article, Sen. McCain believes the Bush administration misled the American public about the difficulty of war.

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August 22, 2006

Senator Chuck Hagel's Empty Rhetoric

Senator Chuck Hagel decries how Republicans have "lost their way when it comes to many core GOP principles." This is true. But before Senator Hagel accuses anyone from straying off the pure path he ought to assess himself.

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August 20, 2006

Energy, Water & Food/Government, Science & Markets

Energy, water and food. Providing ourselves with these prosaic necessities is the challenge of the next decade. This is a worldwide challenge, so let's look to good practices worldwide. Brazil has been working on alchohol fuel for four decades. Arid Australia is a leader in allocating scarce water resources. Although not currently the world leader, it might be India that soon leads the world in biotechnology.

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Media Support for Hezbollah

We have another Rathergate on our hands, but this one happened before our eyes. Hezbollah successfully manipulated the media with pictures and a compelling story line. We all heard about the manipulated Reuters photos, but Hezbollah managed to execute a whole PR strategy. The blog EU Referendum has chronicled this. It is not only a misunderstanding. Many members of our trusted media were in on it.

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August 18, 2006

Understanding the Enemy

The first step in understanding our enemies is to acknowledge that we have them. We want to believe it is all a misunderstanding (To know us is to love us?) but those most enthusiastic about killing us are often those who know us best. They have experienced our way of live and they do not like our freedom or our liberal ways and they see our tolerance as an exploitable weakness.

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August 17, 2006

Welfare Reform Worked

Ten years ago, President Clinton courageously faced down liberals in his own party to sign a largely Republican drafted bill that ended welfare as we knew it. (Lefties called it the worst thing he had ever done) It was a true bipartisan success. Clinton understood that people respond to incentives. They make rational choices. The poor are not doomed to be permanently dependent. After ten years we know that was right.

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August 14, 2006

Clear Cutting May Be Good & Other Convenient Truths

Ecology is not an exact science and the practice of forestry is even one step beyond. We experiment. Some results are good, others not and it may take a lifetime to know. Clear cutting and burning sometimes are exactly the right thing to do. People who visit forests on weekends or even those who spend a lot of time there, but don't make them grow often have the wrong idea about what makes good forestry.

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August 13, 2006

Blaming Liberals for Energy Problems …

... or blaming conservatives is silly. When reading comments to my post on gas prices, I came to understand that some people like finding fault more than finding solutions. They don't understand that correct decisions can still produce "bad" outcomes and good decisions can outlive conditions that made them good. Our oil addiction is an example.

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August 11, 2006

Higher Gas Prices Doing Their Good Thing

I am in favor of higher gas prices even if it means raising taxes. As I wrote in the linked sources, price is the surest and fastest way to alternative energy sources and conservation. A recent Pew Study shows how this works. There is some time lag, but it is quick.

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An Israeli Victory Must Be Clear, Decisive

Despite the Bush Administration's hypocritical demands on Israel to appease the enemy, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has opted instead to escalate Israel's necessary offensive against Hezbollah terrorists.

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August 10, 2006

"Massive," Intercontinental Jihad Plot Foiled In UK

Earlier today, British authorities thwarted a "homegrown" Jihadist plot of global proportions, demonstrating yet again that a terrorist's mind is his own worst enemy.

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August 9, 2006

Disinformation: Pathetic But Dangerous

Truth is stranger than fiction. That is what gives traction to conspiracy theories. People find patterns where none exit; they insist history be reasonably when it is not. They see unicorns in cloud formations and conspiracies in complicated events. No surprise that a majority of Muslims refuse to believe that Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks. It is a hoax perpetrated by the U.S. and Israel, they say.

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Lamont Didn't Win, Lieberman Lost

Earlier today, the Instapundit posted this piece noting that he thinks that the Liberal netroots had arrived with Ned Lamont's victory in Connecticut. But I must disagree. Lamont's victory is actually Lieberman's loss--and the two are not the same. Lieberman's loss is a result of his stance on the war on terror, his unwillingness to accept that Connecticut Democrats think differently, and his truly stupid announcement that he would run as an independent if he lost.

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August 7, 2006

The Civil War Has Begun (Among Democrats)

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of peace! No matter who wins in Connecticut, the fight between the radical left and the moderate center of the Democratic Party is on. If Lieberman wins, the fighting will go underground. If he loses, expect the heirs of Henry Wallace and George McGovern to unlease their war of peace on the children of Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy. It will be better if the moderates, with a reliable record on security, win but right now the left is ascendant.

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August 6, 2006

Political Reality

All politics is present, not past.

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August 4, 2006

Choice Makes People Healthier AND Saves Money

Luck plays a big role in life, but good luck is often the point where opportunity meets preparation, while bad luck enters through doors left open for it. We choose behaviors that determine life outcomes. This applies to health. A boozing, smoking, overeating, couch potato kills himself slowly AND costs society health care money & productivity. Most people think the guy should pay.

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August 2, 2006

Good Immigrant, Bad Immigrant

A country is as smart as the people who live & work there. America attracted the brightest people from around the world. Einstein was not born in America; he chose to be an American. Many of the scientist and entrepreneurs who created our high tech industries came to our country for the opportunities. In return they greatly increased our country's wealth. We are jeopardizing this with our shortsighted visa policy.

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August 1, 2006

Castro Dead. What About Cuba?

Cuba's 47-year nightmare is about to end with the death of the last of Latin America's old time dictators. In the long run it is hard to see how the demise of the old caudillo can be anything but good news, but the short term will be rough. The U.S. has a plan but no doubt so do regional nuisances such as Hugo Chavez.

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