November 2006 Archives

November 30, 2006

Global Mind Control, not just possible, probable!

Preposterous? Behold the power of parasites. No, not the science fiction kind, the science kind. Carl Zimmer, author of Parasites Rex, shares some interesting facts about a parasite which infects half of all the human beings presently on our planet (and it's possible link to schizophrenia).

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Is Clean Coal Possible?

I dislike coal. Besides CO2, it produces pollutants that kill forests and blacken buildings & lungs. But coal is the fuel of the future. Coal consumption will nearly double by 2030, with 81% of that increase coming from developing countries like China & India, and supply 27% of the world's energy. Ignore coal and our world goes to hell. That is why President Bush's clean coal initiative is so important.

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The Real 2008 Election X Factor: Tom Tancredo

Let's hope immigration is not decided in Congress these next two years, but debated, live, on stage, at the presidential debates -- for all Americans to see as contenders unleash their true views on prime time news. Immigration could very well be the determining centerpiece of the 2008 presidential election -- no other issue so threatens the existence of our country.

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November 29, 2006

Scrap the Tax Code; Revamp Tax Philosophy

Government programs require money, and we might argue all day over how much is appropriate, but how we raise that money needs to be fundamentally changed. Our current income tax code has evolved for over 90 years, but was based on the questionable premise that productivity should be taxed.

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What Makes a Muslim Radical?

"Foreign Policy" published a good article comparing the attitudes of Muslim terrorists to those of ordinary Muslims. It might be interesting to discuss. Don't worry. It is mostly charts and will not take too long to look at.

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Defeat and retreat is not a strategy

Unfortunately, the Democrats of the November Coup believe it is. Now we will have to wait for their elective surrender to play out before returning to the business of fighting terror and spreading freedom.

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(Y!)United States?

Companies are like countries -- neither has a guaranteed future.

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November 28, 2006

Rewarding Our Friends (A Little Thing Like Visas)

I am convinced that an important source of anti-Americanism is that it is cost free. We are also not particularly nice to our friends. Countries that treat us well get the same treatment as those that thumb their noses at us. That is why I was so happy to hear that President Bush will finally push visa free travel to the U.S. for our good friends in Central & Eastern Europe.

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Interview With A Soldier

Three weeks ago, my brother Nathan returned home from Kuwait after 15 months of service for the military. To see this young man formerly known as "my little brother" arrive home; it really opened my eyes.

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November 27, 2006

Religious Folks More Generous

A couple days ago, Ben Hackett wrote a piece called Charitable conservatives and dictatorial Democrats. I found a follow up. I still do not know if Republicans are more generous than Dems, but the evidence that indicates if you are religious, oppose government income redistribution programs and are married with kids, you are more generous and that the single secular male is the stingiest of all. How might these people vote?

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November 26, 2006

Democrat child porn producer

Remember the Foley scandal that prompted Democrats to demand that Dennis Hastert resign? Now there's a Democrat child porn producer getting a mere 10 months in prison for exploiting children. Surprising? Not really. Not when you consider the connections this guy apparently has in the Democratic party.

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Mr. Bush Goes to NATO

When President Bush attends the NATO summit in Riga this week the big question will be Afghanistan. NATO achieved success against the Soviet Union by NOT fighting. In Afghanistan NATO is in a shooting war where Americans, British, Dutch, Canadians and non-NATO Australians are doing the actual fighting while others are offering to hold their coats.

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November 23, 2006

Can We Agree on Private Social Security Accounts Now?

Smart Democrats know we need personal accounts to save Social Security. In fact, they are saying many of the same things I have been excoriated for writing on this blog. I like the idea of a TPS or 401k for all Americans. So does President Clinton's economic advisor Gene Sperling. He also spoke well of earned income credits. We have lots of common ground.

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November 22, 2006

Drafty Rangel

Charlie Rangel likes the draft. It is fair, he thinks. He and his friends hope it will constrain U.S. policy or - as they might put it - U.S. aggression. They recall it pushed Vietnam era students to the left. RIchard Nixon overcame Democratic opposition to get rid of the draft more than thirty years ago, so nobody pays much attention when Dems like Charlie Rangel call for its return. We do not need a draft and some liberals only say they want one, but now that Dems are back we may hear more about it.

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A Syrian Anschluss?

Tuesday's assassination of anti-Syrian Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel follows a pattern of murders of other anti-Syrian Lebanese public figures. The office of Michel Pharaon, another Christian legislator and member of the Anti-Syrian majority in the Lebanese parliament, was sprayed with bullets only hours before the assassination of Gemayel. If only one more cabinet member resigns or is killed, the Lebanese government will be forced to dissolve.

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No Way Jose!

I just can't do it. Two weeks after an election bloodbath where "corruption" was the single most determinative issue in its outcome and not "Iraq", Democrats of all stripes are now clogging the airwaves with their "solutions" on Iraq.

No way, Jose!

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November 21, 2006

The promise of equality

What happens when the dreams of socialists are realized and we have a government that is dedicated to equality and dignity for all?

If you're an employee of the Venezuelan state oil company, you better vote for President Hugo Chavez when he stands for reelection next month -or you might lose your job.

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Wasted Abundance

Most Americans live in suburbs and cities where we observe but do not participate in the natural world. Our ancestors used resource around them and understood their connection. Today we get food & resources from far away and ignore those our fingertips. Our cities and suburbs are teaming with wildlife, trees and useful plants. It would be educational and proper to use them.

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November 20, 2006

Global orgasm for peace?

I might actually participate in a global anti-war demonstration! Well, perhaps I would have anyway, eh?

The Global Orgasm for Peace was conceived by Donna Sheehan, 76, and Paul Reffell, 55, whose immodest goal is for everyone in the world to have an orgasm Dec. 22 while focusing on world peace. 

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November 19, 2006

Democrats and terrorists calling for Iraq timetable

Alongside top Democratic leaders in Congress, the Associated Press reports that Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem is calling for a United States timetable for withdrawal of its military forces in Iraq. Congratulations Democrats, you've garnered the terrorist vote.

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The Gospel of Global Warming

Have you accepted The Message of Global Warming?

Environmentalist messiah, Al Gore, is sending his disciples out to convert the unbelievers who have yet to accept the truth about Global Warming.

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Good News on Forests, Fish Not So Much

One of the great ignored environmental success stories of the late 20th Century was the return of forests in the U.S. Now a new study indicates that there are more trees growing in most rich countries today on the day you were born. The counterintuitive truth is that as the world develops economically it becomes woodier. Big exceptions are Brazil and Indonesia. The U.S. harvests more timber than either of these countries, but good management procedures ensure that more American wood is available each year.

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November 18, 2006

One People; One Country; One Dem Leader

We know how the ACLU treats dissention in it ranks. There is a lot of overlap in their membership and methods with Dems. "We are entering an era where when the speaker instructs you what to do, you do it." "Some of the freshmen who came in with some naivete are understanding the meaning" of Ms. Pelosi's endorsement, said Democrat James Moran. If they don't, "they'll screw themselves for the rest of their lives." Hail victory.

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November 17, 2006

November 17 Sources: Economic Freedom For All

There are lots of articles speculating about what will happen now that the Dems control Congress, but my favorite is completely different. To the question, "Is Economic Freedom for Everyone?", the noted Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto answers "yes", but it is not as easy as just having a market. You also need rule of law, property rights and well developed firms. Read his speech for the details. Other sources are below.

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November 16, 2006

A Great Man is Dead

Milton Friedman was the most influential public intellectual in my lifetime and in my life. His simple message, that individuals make better choices about their own lives than government, was unappealing at first. I thought it was clear that we - collectively- could/should make wise decisions for the greatest good, justice and efficiency. Didn't fair wages and prices make sense? Wasn't competition wasteful and profit morally suspect?

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Religious Values vs Religious Dogma in Politics

Not wanting another extended discussion of who's going to burn in hell, etc., but I think there's an important distinction to be made about the "separation of church and state" relative to religious values versus dogma. Religious values can enhance our lives and should have an important place in our societal norms and governmental approaches. Religious dogmas are frequently divisive and have no place in governmental policy or practice.

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November 15, 2006

Energy Independence Too - Alternatives

We have been here before. Harry Truman started the first big alternative fuels project. President Carter promised that the U.S. would never again import as much foreign oil as it did in 1977. Twenty-nine years later, President Bush warned about our addiction to oil (BTW more than in 1977). What did we learn? Cheap oil trumps policy promises and alternatives. Sowaddawedo?

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November 14, 2006

Poor, African, Muslim AND a Democracy

Add illiteracy and a sun baked climate and that would be Mali. Mali is the place where the "roots" of terrorism and unrest have flowered into a tolerant democracy. How'd it happen and can outsiders help? Yesterday Mali signed up to received aid under the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a new style aid program proposed by President Bush that rewards countries that rule justly, invest in people and encourage economic freedom.

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Department of Peace

Now that Democrats control congress - we can have peace! Yes, "peace" at last.

...a bill before both Houses of Congress (House Resolution 3760 and Senate 1756). ...will augment our current problem-solving modalities, providing practical, nonviolent solutions to the problems of domestic and international conflict.

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November 13, 2006

Machine Age Liberals

I am having a perplexing conversation about values in another posting. Liberals favor top down, rules-based programs that apply to groups. I prefer a more fluid society based on individuals with shifting relationships. Their dominant paradigm is the machine; mine is the relationship. It is the past versus the future. Old style Social Security versus entitlement reform provides an excellent example.

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November 12, 2006

Democratic Promises

Implement 9/11 Commission recommendations, raise minimum wage, halve interest rates on student loans, roll back subsidies to oil firms, stop any privatization of SS, no new deficit spending, authorize the Feds to negotiate drug prices for Medicare. These are the things the Dems promise to pass in their first 100 hours in power. Let's consider them and see how they do.

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November 11, 2006

Payback!

"BortaS bIr jablu'DI', reH QaQqu' nay'."
-Klingon proverb

Tim Curry, national affairs writer at MSNBC, wrote a piece entitled "What would a Democratic majority do in 2007? If minority wins November elections, expect investigations and subpoenas" dated May 11, 2006. The article quotes Rep. Henry Waxman ( D, California), who at the time was the ranking minority member on the Government Reform Committee:

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November 10, 2006

Dis-Pence

Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is rumored to be the front-runner for minority leader. Pence seems to be a traditional small-government conservative; for example, he recognizes that the Constitution says nothing about a federal Department of Education. Unfortunately, the more I read on Pence's website, the more I'm disappointed. He supports defining marriage, builds his Israel position on his Christian faith, and is aggressively pro-life.

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November 9, 2006

Now Dems Can Share the Good News

I expect a shift in comments to my articles. Ever since I have been writing on this blog, I have periodically posted good economic news, since most of the economic news has been good, and sustained attacks because Dems feared to credit Bush with the improvements. The news is similar now, but as Bush cannot run again and Dems have Congress I expect perceptions will change. The economy has been bright since 2003, but now thanks to the election returns, Dems too may see the light and feel the warmth. Hallelujah.

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November 8, 2006

Let’s get over it, and learn from it.

Republicans have been given a message; whether they listen to it will determine how long they struggle in the minority. What's the message? Adopt some sound principles and apply them with integrity.

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November 7, 2006

Democrats - Time to Put up or Shut Up

It may come to pass that the Democrats will regain control of Congress in a few hours. The Dems had to field candidates that could convincingly portray themselves as conservatives or moderates in order to have any chance of winning. Once elected, will they vote as conservatives? Or are they posing as conservatives just long enough to get elected?

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November 5, 2006

What 'Can't be Avoided' Must Be Welcomed

Dems may take the House, maybe even the Senate. I was looking for a silver lining and I found one. New Dems will be a lot more conservative than those we now have. Several are former Republicans. Others are retired military or businessmen. We have a guy running on "family, faith and freedom," who opposes abortion, gun control and gay marriage. There are pro-life Dems, anti-tax Dems and even a former Reagan official.

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Cheney will shoot!

Democrats beware. On election day Dick Cheney will be armed. He will be armed and angry if you vote for Democrats. So beware. If he's willing to shoot his friends, what will he do to his enemies?

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney will spend Election Day Tuesday on his first hunting trip since he accidentally shot a companion last February...

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November 4, 2006

More Bad News: Unemployment Drops to 4.4%

The changing economy makes it harder to measure jobs data. The household survey, that includes the self-employed, counted 426,000 new jobs in September, while the payroll survey shows only 92,000. (Payroll data are often revised). The consistent measure is the unemployment rate. It doesn't get much better than 4.4%. Economists (especially liberal ones like Paul Krugman) used to say unemployment could not drop below 5.5-6%. With Bush they raised the bar.

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Resignation by Rumsfeld Demanded

Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld is on the hot seat again. The Ross Report at SF Gate received an advanced copy of the text of an editorial scheduled to publish Monday, November 6, the day before Election Day.

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November 3, 2006

Nov. 2 Sources: John Kerry's Freudian Slip

I am willing to believe that John Kerry was making a lame joke (the man has no sense of humor) and not trying to insult the military. But he betrayed a common left wing attitude toward the military. Stupid soldiers are central to the left's worldview, as this linked article shows. BTW - watch the clip. Left or right, it is funny.

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November 2, 2006

Democrats Aiding Insurgents !!!

Osama Bin Laden, and the entire insurgency in Iraq are rooting for the Democrats in next week's election. Why? Because by increasing the level of violence as they did in October, they answered the call of the Democrats who in turn continue to create discord here. Osama, the Democrats, and the insurgents all have one thing in common: hatred for the President and his tough, bare knuckle Iraq policy.

If you vote Democratic next week, you help the enemy. That simple.

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November 1, 2006

Ahhh...John Kerry...Just In The Nick Of Time....

What a guy that John Kerry is! Just when the roof is about to cave in on the Republican Party, this guy opens his yap and is about to cost his party a second national election! I think he secretly works for Karl Rove....

Is this guy a dolt or what?

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