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Saturday, March 06, 2004

Tony Blair gave a speech the other day where he reiterated his reasons for going to war with Iraq.

The bottom line for him, as with President Bush, is that he was forced to make a judgement call. Did he believe Saddam could be contained and could he trust Saddam to give up his WMD's and WMD programs? Could Blair trust a madman who had done unspeakable things to his own people and his neighbors? Thankfully Blair decided that he could not.

The American left was fully willing to take those chances. Thank God they weren't running this country on September 11, 2001. We would probably have 30 or more U.N. resolutions by now.

I haven't mentioned Martha Stewart's conviction on four felony counts because she's going to appeal. I believe some if not all of the convictions will be overturned. However, it is significant that she was convicted.

I'm glad that Stewart was convicted even if she does ultimately get the rulings overturned. I think this was a "message" verdict to the rich and powerful. This is just the sort of confidence booster the stock markets needed.

We didn't need more laws to prevent future Enron's and Global Crossing's. We needed enforcement of current laws to instill confidence in small investors. If people believe their money is in jeopardy because of crooked CEO's they will hesitate to invest in the stock market.

Hehehe. Instapundit has this entry:

FROM THE UNFORTUNATE HEADLINE DEPT: "Rosie weds longtime girlfriend, slams Bush."

Now that's funny.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Jonah Goldberg gives us what we really want. Penguin gore. My best was 1042.4. Feet or meters? Your guess is as good as mine.

Thursday, March 04, 2004

If it's Thursday, it must be time for Ann Coulter:

By contrast, in the weeks after 9-11, the Times was rushing to assure its readers that "prominent Islamic scholars and theologians in the West say unequivocally that nothing in Islam countenances the Sept. 11 actions." (That's if you set aside Muhammad's many specific instructions to kill non-believers whenever possible.) Times columnists repeatedly extolled "the great majority of peaceful Muslims." Only a religion with millions of practitioners trying to kill Americans and Jews is axiomatically described as "peaceful" by liberals.

As I understand it, the dangerous religion is the one whose messiah instructs: "[I]f one strikes thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" and "Love your enemies ... do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you." The peaceful religion instructs: "Slay the enemy where you find him." (Surah 9:92).

I have added Tim Blair to my list of favorite sites.

Blair is an Australian who more closely fits with my personal beliefs. He's also very funny. I should have added him sooner and the only reason I didn't was because I'm a lazy bastard. Go. Now. Visit his site and see why I recommend him.

I have decided to remove Andrew Sullivan from my list of favorite sites. I will still visit his site, but I can't in good conscience support his leftwing beliefs. I enjoyed his site when he was supporting President Bush's efforts in the war on terror, but his need for gay marriage rights has increasingly lead him to bash President Bush on every other issue as a way to turn the screws for Bush to support that number one issue in Sullivan's life.

As far as I can tell, everything Sullivan believes is colored by gay rights. If President Bush isn't sufficiently supportive of those rights he will do all he can to defeat President Bush even to the point of supporting a man who would turn our war against terror into a law enforcement issue against terror.

I believe the war against terror and President Bush's continued struggle to defend America trumps gay rights issue. If Sullivan wants to turn the screws on President Bush he will have to do it without my link. I know I probably don't send much traffic his way, but, as they say, it's the principle.

I'm not a great fan of Dick Morris, but his latest for The Hill is dead on. John Kerry has little or no chance of being the next president IF President Bush educates the American people about John Kerry's voting record, Senate attendance, and Kerry's philosophy on how best to fight terror.

I think Morris has it exactly right.

I used to listen to Howard Stern when he was available on a local radio station. He is an innovative entertainer and I appreciate what he's done for talk radio. With that said, I must now say that Howard Stern is an idiot to blame President Bush for his recent troubles with Clear Channel.

This whole mess started with Janet Jackson and the MTV crowd pissing all over the American people. People were angry because the Super Bowl was supposed to be a family friendly event not some strip tease or a celebration of crotch grabbing. As a result the FCC was forced to respond to the reaction of the American people. It wasn't pandering and it wasn't an election year stunt. The FCC did what the FCC is supposed to do. If there was an overreaction it was on the part of Clear Channel. That's where Stern's frustration should be targeted.

Howard Stern is a innovative radio personality, but he's also a blithering idiot who doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to assigning blame for his most recent troubles with Clear Channel.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Via Instapundit.

Graphic pictures from Iraq after the most recent homicide bombing that killed over 100 hundred people.

The Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal featured an editorial yesterday that discussed the interim constitution the Iraqi Governing Council recently passed unanimously.

Week by week progress is being made in Iraq. American casualties are at the lowest level since the campaign to oust Saddam Hussein began, Iraqi oil production (and Iraqi oil revenues) is nearly at pre-war levels and rising fast (thanks to Halliburton!), the Iraqi Governing Council will sign the most liberal constitution the Arab world has ever seen on Friday, Uday and Qusay are dead, Saddam's in jail, and in just a few short months the Iraqi people will take over the running of their country.

No thanks to the Democrats and the Europeans. If they'd had their way, Saddam would still be feeding people into shredders.

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Yesterday C-Span featured a townhall meeting of sorts with prominent black leaders on the "State of the Black Family." I watched with interest to see how many conservative speakers would get the chance to speak. Sadly, the answer was not one.

This was a sad spectacle. All they had were Democrats saying the same things that Democrats have been saying to each other for 30 years. The opinions ranged from far leftwing opinion to centrist leftwing opinion. Nothing new was said. It was the same old tired ideas repeated over and over and over again. What a waste of time.

I give Tavis Smiley credit for at least taking the time to discuss the issues, but nothing was accomplished because everyone at the meeting all believed the same failed ideas. It was a giant monolithic mind meld. It was a feel good talk-fest that is guaranteed to solve nothing. Of course I wrote Mr. Smiley an email. I also plan to send him a snail mail just in case he doesn't see my email. Here's my email:

Mr. Smiley

I congratulate you on your attempts to focus attention on the problems faced by the black community. I am watching the forum on C-Span at this very minute (Saturday, February 28, 2004 11:51 am) and it's driving me crazy because the forum is not addressing the real, number one problem facing the black community.

It's maddening to hear people who obviously want to make life better for black people miss the problem over and over again. No one wanted to address the number one problem even though someone in the audience asked the question that, if it had been honestly answered, would have hit the nail on the head.

The number one problem in the black community was clear by the makeup of the panel you chose. All you had was Democrats talking to Democrats. Black people suffer because of a lack of diverse political opinion within the black community. All you had on that panel was Democrat repeating the same things over and over again to other Democrats.

Where was Larry Elder? Where was Thomas Sowell? Where was Clarence Thomas? Where was Condoleeza Rice? Where was the cream of black conservative thought?

It's not okay on the street to be a black conservative. If a black man has the courage to think independently of the Democratic playbook he would be vilified as an Uncle Tom, a house nigger, an Oreo, a wannabe, or a sell-out.

The black community is held captive by leftwing philosophy and that group you featured on C-Span just repeated the same things that black leaders have been repeating for 30 years.

The number one problem for the black community is lack of political diversity. Until this is addressed the problems you discussed will continue. Nothing will change. I'm sorry, but you are banging your head against a wall. That panel was pathetically inadequate. Monolithic thought is destroying the black community and I don't think you really care. Pity.


Sean Roper

If I had to guess I would say Mr. Smiley received a lot of emails from people saying the same thing.

Thomas Sowell makes a great point in this Opinion Journal editorial.

Question: What was the overall condition of the U.S. economy in the years after NAFTA passed? As I recall, the U.S. economy boomed during the years after President Clinton signed the NAFTA bill. In fact, didn't Democrats crow that Bill Clinton oversaw the greatest ever peace time expansion of the U.S. economy?

How about now? What's the current U.S. unemployment rate? It's around 5.8% isn't it?

Yes, jobs were lost. I lost two jobs because of NAFTA, but the evidence is pretty clear that the U.S. economy was not devastated as predicted by free trade with Mexico and Canada. Overall the U.S. economy is doing great thank you very much.

Read Sowell's article to understand the realities of economics and free trade.

Time has proven Ross Perot to be a hysterical demagogue.

I am shocked that the U.N.'s oil for food program was a criminal enterprise designed to return a portion of all contracts to Saddam Hussein. Shocked I tell you!

The New York Times has the details.