"...everyone is bored,and devotes himself to cultivating habits..these habits are not peculiar to our town.." Albert Camus "The Plague"
Thursday, June 28, 2007
S 1639 is Dead!
Thanks to the hundreds of thousands who responded in opposition to this ghastly bill which would have bankrupted our nation. A special thanks to Dan Sargis for his forceful writings about this hastily prepared and secretly drawn legislation. Ted Kennedy, who has been wrong on immigration for over 40 years, is proven wrong again. Too bad Joe Lieberman voted to let this fiasco continue!
Monday, June 25, 2007
In the harshest possible words Connecticut writer Dan Sargis dismisses President George W. Bush as a hypocrite and a liar who, in collaboration with Ted Kennedy, Mel Martinez, and John McCain, stubbornly persists in the pursuit of comprehensive immigration reform which would spell ruin for our nation. Some excerpts from the Dan Sargis June 21, 2007 column:
How is W going to secure our borders when he can’t even secure Walter Reed Hospital which is less than 5 miles from the White House? ....
But W may be the all-time best hypocritical liar...or the dumbest.
He frames himself as a Conservative and then stabs Conservatives in the back. He says he loves America and is currently trying to give it its biggest screwing in history with his Amnesty bill. He says he is a man of God and then uses God like a Beltway lobbyist. ....
He frames himself as a Conservative and then stabs Conservatives in the back. He says he loves America and is currently trying to give it its biggest screwing in history with his Amnesty bill. He says he is a man of God and then uses God like a Beltway lobbyist.
The only real friends or support that W ever had came from the Conservative base that took him at his word and now...he has decided to eat his own.
In the 2004 election, a Pew Hispanic Center analysis indicated that Bush received 40% of the Hispanic vote. I wonder how many Conservatives voted for Kerry that year?
In the 2006 midterm election, national exit polls for the House of Representatives and Senate showed that 69% of Latinos voted for Democrats and 30% for Republicans.
How many Conservatives voted for Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in 2006?
Yet Bush is eager to drown his base in the Rio Grande for the love of his illegal immigrant “supporters”....and Teddy Kennedy. ....
If he ever recovers from his Amnesty dementia and looks around...well, maybe his mommy will still love him.
And that goes for every RINO Senator riding his coattails across the border.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Obama's Speech at UCC in Hartford (Update-Read It Here pdf)
Above are five important paragraphs from Barack Obama's speech yesterday at the United Church of Christ Synod. His main points:
As Americans....we know....we cannot have....more than 2000 people cross our borders illegally every day....we have a right and a duty to protect our borders
Our conscience cannot rest until we.... secure our borders (and) give the 12 million undocumented immigrants....a chance to earn their citizenship by paying a fine and waiting in line behind all those who came here legally.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Sen. Barack Obama told a church convention Saturday that some right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicized religious beliefs in an effort to sow division.
``But somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart. Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us,'' the Democratic presidential candidate said in a 30-minute speech before a national meeting of the United Church of Christ. (emphasis added)
Source: AP via WTIC
Exactly who is sowing division here? Barack Hussein Obama's pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ was recently interviewed on radio and television about his church's 12 point vision shown below; (since removed from the church web site)
- Commitment to God
- Commitment to the Black Community
- Commitment to the Black Family
- Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
- Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
- Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
- Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
- Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
- Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
- Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
- Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
- Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System.
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community. (emphasis added)
The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:
- A congregation committed to ADORATION.
- A congregation preaching SALVATION.
- A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
- A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
- A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
- A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
- A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.
- A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
- A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
- A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
New advisory issued to protect you from lightning strikes: At the first rumble of distant thunder scurry indoors and hide under your bed!
A recent tragic story of a lightning death in Florida prompted this advice from Dan Dixon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami:
''They (thunderstorms) are very unpredictable and very dangerous. We urge people to stay indoors even if you hear thunder only faintly in the distance,'' Dixon said. ``If you're close enough to hear thunder, you're close enough to be struck by lightning.''
The alarmists strike again, providing us with yet another reason to be afraid. Chalk it up to "Man Made Global Warming"
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
To which WSJ's Best of the Web Today added this tag line:
But Only She Would Inhale
Anyway, the above mentioned Bernstein is Karl Bernstein who is quoted in The Sun via The Daily Telegraph with these observations on a possible Clinton co-presidency:
If Americans elect Senator Clinton as president next year, they will also be re-electing her husband, according to the author of a new biography of the former first lady.
Carl Bernstein, one of the reporters who broke the Watergate scandal which brought down President Nixon, told the Daily Telegraph that the couple would operate a joint presidency in which President Clinton would advise on policy and tactics as well as act as troubleshooter.
"There is no question in my mind it would be a co-presidency because he has better judgment than she does on most political matters. He would be a constant presence," Mr. Bernstein said.
On the campaign trail to win the Democrat Party's nomination, Mrs. Clinton has said she would use her husband as a global ambassador for America. But his real role would go much further, Mr. Bernstein believes.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
The posting below is reprinted from Steady Habits of 8/31/06. I return to this subject reluctantly but wish to keep interested folks updated and encourage others in similar situations to never give up hope. "A" this day coincidentally, entered a detox facility for the umpteenth time; this time as a means to get a spot in a long term residential program. She has been waiting several months for a spot to open up without any luck. However, by entering through a detox program she anticipates being able to go within a few days to a long term facility. "A" was in a residential program for several weeks last year but yielded to temptation during a short out of house trip and left with another woman to get high. She was dismissed from the program. Since then she has remained clean, as far as I can tell, been living with friends and going regularly to meetings. Her mother and I are somewhat buoyed by her attitude that it's now or never; that she can finally beat this demon. This Father's Day finds me encouraged and tentatively hopeful.
THE SCOURGE OF HEROIN:
A DAUGHTER'S STRUGGLE,
A FATHER'S DILEMMA
My 30 year old daughter has been a heroin addict for around 10 years. Of course, she's had some periods of time when she was clean. I think she started mainlining in Seattle (no surprise, bad heroin scene there) and got badly strung out there. We, her mom and I, got her back to Massachusetts where she did really well for a while, had a good job etc. She's been in de-tox several times and until recently was in a program with weekly meetings and medical help with a heroin antagonist (not methadone but a newer one, bupenephrine (sp?)I think). But the last 2 years she has been sliding back into the abyss; was arrested a couple of times for possession and, most recently, was last week arrested for violation of probation. (she had tested dirty). Anyway, now she is jailed without bail with her first court appearance on 9/18. Her public defender thinks she will probably get a mandatory 30 day drug treatment program plus assignment to a halfway house deal. But, she could also get a prison sentence.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Not Too Rosy We Hope
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Senator Lieberman used the occasion to repeat his call "for the United States to use “limited military action” against Iranian camps suspected of being used to train and equip terrorists who are killing coalition troops in Iraq." He continued:
"Military action should be limited to halting Iranian training of terrorism, not to eliminate possible nuclear sites, though force could also stem Iran's nuclear ambitions, he said."
Source: The Day
In the photograph above Gov. M. Jodi Rell, left, and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., both wearing special glasses, try out controls Friday in a flight simulator that duplicates air-to-air refueling controls of the proposed Boeing KC-767 Advanced Tanker Aircraft at the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft jet engine plant in East Hartford.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Featured in the latest Time is a combined profile of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger calling them the new action team on national issues. Might this combination of the ultimate business man and the ultimate salesman presage a new era in U.S. politics? The article concludes:
That love of action is the real link between Schwarzenegger and Bloomberg, and the real source of the recent Bloomberg-for-President buzz. There's no obvious niche for a candidate who supports gay marriage and gun control while opposing the death penalty and deadlines for withdrawing troops from Iraq. But there is an obvious appeal to a businessman who can work across party lines to get things done — and could drop $500 million on a campaign without even noticing it was gone. (Fellow billionaire Warren) Buffett thinks it's a great idea, and when he first heard it, he turned to the Constitution. "I wanted to see if Schwarzenegger could be his Vice President," Buffett said. "I think he could." It states that the President must be native born, but it's silent on the Vice President. "That would be one hell of a team, wouldn't it?"
Read Time article here.
Also see "..."New Best Buddies"; NY Times 10/17/06
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
New Computer Simulation of Events at N. Tower WTC 9/11/01
In a project, partially financed by the National Science Foundation, scientists at Purdue University have used massive computer power to visually recreate the 1/2 second event when the aircraft sliced through the World Trade Center North Tower on the morning of September 11, 2001.
The simulation represented the plane and its mass as a mesh of hundreds of thousands of "finite elements," or small squares containing specific physical characteristics. In the visualization, these scientific data points are used to show how airplane components swept through the building and out through the other side as the fuel ignited.
"The aircraft moved through the building as if it were a hot and fast lava flow," Sozen says. "Consequently, much of the fireproofing insulation was ripped off the structure. Even if all of the columns and girders had survived the impact - an unlikely event - the structure would fail as the result of a buckling of the columns. The heat from an ordinary office fire would suffice to soften and weaken the unprotected steel. Evaluation of the effects of the fire on the core column structure, with the insulation removed by the impact, showed that collapse would follow whatever the number of columns cut at the time of the impact."
Sunday, June 10, 2007
On Face the Nation Today
The United States should launch military strikes against Iran if the government in Tehran does not stop supplying anti-American forces in Iraq, Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday on Face The Nation.
"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," Lieberman told Bob Schieffer. "And to me, that would include a strike into... over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers."
Audio file Here (MP3)
Despite its otherwise excellent complement of reporters, op-eders, and editorialists the Wall Street Journal has, since 1984 anyway, been on the wrong side of the illegal immigration issue.On July 3, 1984 the WSJ wrote:
If Washington still wants to “do something” about immigration, we propose a five-word constitutional amendment: There shall be open borders........and
The nativist patriots scream for “control of the borders.” It is nonsense to believe that this unenforceable legislation will provide any such thing. Does anyone want to “control the borders” at the moral expense of a 2,000-mile Berlin Wall with minefields, dogs and machine-gun towers? Those who mouth this slogan forget what America means. They want those of us already safely ensconced to erect giant signs warning: Keep Out, Private Property.
The above was written when Congress was crafting the Simpson-Mazolli bill, the earlier amnesty that was Reagan's biggest blunder. Ms. Malkin has taken on the WSJ effete with a gorilla film that eviscerates their elitist rantings.
Text of July 3, 1984 editorial here.
Monday, June 04, 2007
D-Day, Normandy, June 6, 1944
For Today's Liberals, an Inconvenient Truth:
FDR Confronted Evil With Faith
Franklin Roosevelt was the most successful liberal Democrat of the 20th Century. But today, many liberals would be shocked to discover that when the United States and her allies began the liberation of Europe by landing at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, President Roosevelt went on national radio and led the American people in six minutes of prayer for our young men who were risking their lives to save our freedoms.
That's right. For the liberals today who don't understand what is at stake in Iraq, FDR would normally be their guiding light, if it weren't for this inconvenient truth: Roosevelt understood that there was evil in the world. And he understood that it was the moral duty of the United States of America to defeat that evil.
So when things grew tough at Guadalcanal, when there were great difficulties in North Africa, when there was enormous frustration in the battle of the North Atlantic, Roosevelt knew that the job of a free people was to find more resources, to acquire more courage, to innovate in more ways, and to never flinch -- to never contemplate a Congress legislating defeat -- but instead to be sure that the cause of freedom would win.
And he appealed to our faith as a nation to do it.
Audio of FDR's prayer here.
Text of FDR's D-Day Prayer here.
h/t Newt Gingrich