Thursday, January 11, 2007

"No, no, you can't leave."

Michelle Malkin: In the slums of Baghdad: "No, no, you can't leave." is the response of a 30-year-old Shiite named Rasul Karim when asked whether American troops should withdraw.

That is what Michelle Malkin wrote in her latest post from Iraq. Go see the good work that she, and Allahpundit, are doing and support any blogger over there providing us with old-fashioned journalism. See Michael Totten, Bill Ardolino, Mohammed and Omar at Iraq the Model, Milblogs at the Mudville Gazette, and MIchael Yon, just to name a few.

H/T to the all-seeing Instapundit

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

How to stop the violence in Baghdad

1. Invade Syria

2. Blockade the Iranian oil terminals

3. Ghost write a story for al Jazeera that says Sunnis support The Donald and Shi'a are behind Rosie O'Donnell. (They'll be glued to the View to keep track of who's winning.)

See. Dick. Run.

So, Dick Durban (D-Ill) has responded to the President's speech tonight. The Dems position seems to be a rehash of Vietnam.

Cut and run, run away, abandon our allies, leave the good natives at the mercy of an oppressive regime, cast the war in an unwinnable light using words and phrases like, "Escalation, Civil War, Time for Iraqis to stand up for themselves, quagmire, situation has severely deteriorated."

Guess that's in line with our original American Revolution. A ragtag bunch of Minutemen taking down the greatest military power in the world without any help. Oh, wait. The French pretty much saved our asses with their navy and we had a German (Hessian?) drill instructor to train our troops to fight and, ultimately, defeat the British.

OK, Dick, what's your party's plan for Iraq for the next four years, hmmm?

Let's relocate the UN HQ to Baghdad...that ought to get us a little multilateral support.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Don "Idiotarian" Shelby

In The Know, a WCCO spot on the nightly newscast in Minneapolis, is an on-air OpEd by the long time anchor (and I mean anchor), Don Shelby.

In his latest public display of cretinism--thinly veiled by multilateral, internationalist apologist agitprop--he wonders why the two Buddhists serving in Congress-and the Jews in that body-do not receive the level of scrutiny and disapproval that the newly elected Muslim Congresscritter from Minnesota did for using a Koran to take his oath today.

Hmmmm....gee, Don, maybe because the Buddhists, Jews, and Catholics haven't shot, stabbed, beheaded, blown up, kidnapped, or otherwise harmed our citizens and brothers-in-arms?

As many others have more eloquently opined, where is the great hue and cry from the worldwide Muslim community denouncing the barbaric acts of war and atrocities committed by their bretheren? Could that have something to do with the indignation and suspicion that many people harbor regarding practioners of the Islamic faith? Their deafening silence is easily construed as tacit approval.

How about the laws of Saudi Arabia? Could evidence of other muslim lawmakers be giving people pause? Which muslims you ask? You know, Don, those wacky Wahabis that stone adulterous women, execute homosexuals, and chop the hands off of common thieves? How is it possible that they get away with it? Why, because they are an Islamic Republic! Now we're one Congresscritter closer to the Minneapple looking like Tehran. Next thing you know Loni Anderson will have to wear a bourka!

And who, exactly is it that is disapproving of the US abroad? France? Russia? We now know that they were both violating United Nations sanctions by doing illegal business with Iraq and lost lots of ducats as a result of the invasion. That may have something to do with their long faces.

Even now, Iran has oil deals with Russia and China that will likely preclude serious and meaningful sanctions aimed at Persian activities from passing the UN Security Council. How about our disapproval of them?

You think we should be more like the French in our treatment of muslims? Looks at what has been occuring in Paris for the last year--an average of 112 cars burned every day. Now that's what I call multiculturalism! Of course the Greens will probably be unhappy with the environmental impact of the burning autos, but, hey, can't please everybody and those saucy environmentalists are not likely to chop off your head for ridiculing them and their beliefs. Wonder what they'd do if I published a cartoon of John Muir running a modern logging machine? Perish the thought!

How about Poland, Romanian, Australia? They have backed us all along and continue to send troops to help in Iraq. They approve whole-heartedly about what we're doing and they continue to help us in obvious and public ways. They are what we call friends. Not really too concerned about what those other non-friends (enemies is too strong a word for now) are saying. I say we pull all of military bases out of Germany, Italy, and any other country that hasn't backed us whole-heartedly and relocate them to Romania, Poland, and Bulgaria. (We are, in fact, doing some of that as we speak, er, write.) Those countries will welcome the economic boom that accompanies US military basing and our other NATO allies will be ecstatic to get their land back, right?

Most of all, why isn't a journalist ferreting out facts to inform the public instead of propagandizing to support a particular viewpoint? "In the Know" should be more properly called "In the No"...No clue, no facts, no more!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

It depends on what 100 means...

The Influence Peddler is covering the first, uh, second, no, dammit, the third version of what the 'first 100 hours' of the 110th Congress really means. (Originally posted on January 4th.)

100 hours is four days plus four hours, if we consider a day to be 24-hours long.

100 hours is 12 days and 4-hours, if we consider a day to be 8-hours long.
So, that is two (work) weeks plus two and a half (work) days if the new Congress works a full 8-hours per day. (The new Congress is apparently going to adopt a 5-day workweek as opposed to the 3-day average of the prior Congress.)

100 hours is 25 days, if we consider a day to be 4-hours long.
That's five work weeks of five days each, or it's eight work weeks of three days each, plus one day.

Let's see where we are when the Dems officially pronounce the first 100 hours over. That should give us some insight as to what kind of hours they are actually working.

Update: Well, it's now January 19th and the Dems are declaring their success after using only 42 hours of their 100 legislative hours. Sooooooooo, that's 10 working days (9 if you count the BCS day off) for the 42 hours, which averages out to a blistering 4 hours and a bit per workday.

Whew! They better pace themselves before they burn out.

Happy 2007!

OK. So I haven't posted very frequently in 2006. I'll do better in 2007 (hard to do worse).

I'm frequently (2-3 weeks per month) on the road, so I don't usually keep up unless something really gets me going.

So, I'll try to get here at least once a day, regardless of where I am or what's going on to keep you entertained, dear readers, uh, reader, um, Mom.

Here's to a great new year and the pursuit of liberty and happiness.

Whence Negroponte?

Confederate Yankee: Lateral or Downward? The Negroponte Shuffle discusses the possible reasons for Negroponte's move from Director of National Intelligence to Deputy Secretary of State.

Following a tangent in the comments section, I posted:

As to 2008.

I think the obvious, but overlooked, ticket for the left is Clinton/Clinton. There's no clause preventing a former President from serving as a Vice-President, is there?


As to an pleasing (sounding) ticket for the other party, how about Rice/Bol (as in Mnute Bol the former NBA star)?

Actually, I think I'd like Rice/Thompson (Fred) for '08.

Update: Commenter Jack over at Confederate Yankee educates me regarding my ignorance of the 12th Amendment. To wit,
Twelve Ammendment (sic):

" .... But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States."

I loooooove the self-correcting nature of the blogosphere. Imagine if we can get our Congresscritters to interact with us in such a manner.