"...everyone is bored,and devotes himself to cultivating habits..these habits are not peculiar to our town.." Albert Camus "The Plague"

Monday, February 26, 2007

An important new article by
Connecticut writer Dan Sargis

"Mittyesque Wardreams"

March 2, 2007

"War conducted by half-measures is not war at all...it is a child’s game. And it is a game whose price the American people should refuse to pay.

As September 11th dragged into Afghanistan and Afghanistan dragged into Iraq, politicians on both sides of the aisle have been dispensing national security half-measures as casually as the educational; system dispenses Ritalin...and with equally ineffective long-term results.

On September 22, 2001 I wrote an article in which cautioned against a quick military response to 9-11. Needless to say, the article did not win me many friends in the Conservative community. BUT...history has proven it true.

My apprehension about a quick military response to 9-11 was a fear of half-measures by those making the decisions. Simply stated, I did not think that America understood the nature of terrorism nor would the country’s leadership (and intelligentsia) have the stomach to fight a real war......." (this is the lead, the author's conclusions follow below, complete article here)

".........America has two choices. Either it is business as usual and we ”rush out in shame and disgrace, dragging the bodies of our soldiers” or we fight a real war and set an example whose lesson will protect us for decades.

If this country has troops in harm’s way, it is the responsibility of our leadership to either truly support those troops and their mission with total conviction or get them the hell out now.

If America is intimidated out of Iraq or “stays the course” handcuffed by half-measures, it will only be the beginning of the end."

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Dan Sargis with Ann Coulter

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

On Duct Tape

We have long been a fan, and user, of duct tape, that ubiquitous tool and cure-all with myriad uses. We have used it to repair shoes, automobile mufflers, seating upholstery,clothing and more. Several years ago there was a flurry of interest in the product due to certain Homeland Security Dept. suggestions about its use in creating air tight safe rooms. Earlier this month there was the story about the female astronaut going ballistic over a presumed love rival. We were surprised that duct tape was not included in her arsenal and equipage. However, this lead to yesterday's news that duct tape was indeed part of astronauts' tool kit and, in the event of an astronaut crackup, could even be used to "bind his (or her) wrists and ankles with duct tape, tie him down with a bungee cord* and inject him with tranquilizers if necessary."

Our interest piqued, we looked for updates to the Duct Tape Story. We did not have to look far. There is a Duct Tape Nation, the Duct Tape Guys and other web sites devoted to the humor about, and the love of duct tape. There are on line tutorials for making duct tape portraits and even a video on how to make a duct tape wallet.

To buttress the case that some folks are spending too much time on duct tape there is this: Alaska's 8th Annual Duct Tape Ball.

*This opens up a new area of research: "On Bungee Cords"!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Convenient, and Humorous, Truth!

He's also put a half million PR dollars into promoting his dismal movie to the academy so as to enhance his chances of an Oscar. Gee, I thought his film was a shoo-in for the best doc award!

Remember he also invneted the internet!
Tags: Al gore,academy awards,oscar,inconvenient truth,climate change,global warming

Monday, February 19, 2007

On Becoming and Being a Libertarian

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Murray N. Rothbard (1925-1996)

Fellow blogger God's Lonely Man recently posted the following excellent piece on Libertarianism:Call to Arms
I recently came across a beautiful and fascinating article from 1977 by Murray Rothbard on the Ludwig von Mises Institute website about what it means to be a libertarian. The article is a sort of call to arms, or a call to intellect, rather, for advocates of liberty everywhere. It serves as a reminder to all of us why liberalism is the only legitimate means by which individuals should be governed:

"Too many libertarians have absorbed the negative and elitist conservative worldview to the effect that our enemy today is the poor, who are robbing the rich; the blacks, who are robbing the whites; or the masses, who are robbing heroes and businessmen. In fact, it is the state that is robbing all classes, rich and poor, black and white, worker and businessman alike; it is the state that is ripping us all off; it is the state that is the common enemy of mankind."

"I am convinced that our primary task, now, as libertarians, is not to hassle with each other on the precise role of the courts or the police in the eventual free society, nor over the proper detailed strategy or tactics of achieving it. As important as these questions are, our most vital task is for each and every one of us to achieve the baptism of will, that is, to adopt and hold high — forever — the victory of liberty as our primary, overriding political goal. This is what we are all about, we libertarians."
More here...

Tags:Murray N. Rothbard,Mises Institute,libertarianism,liberty,government

Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Liberty Manifesto

On May 6, 1993 P.J. O'Rourke delivered an address titled "The Liberty Manifesto" at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. The ideas expressed here are just as relevant today and deserve a wider audience. Below are some excerpts from the manifesto. (emphasis added) You can read the complete speech here.

"All we have is the belief that people should do what people want to do, unless it causes harm to other people. And that had better be clear and provable harm. No nonsense about second-hand smoke or hurtful, insensitive language, please.

I don't know what's good for you. You don't know what's good for me. We don't know what's good for mankind. And it sometimes seems as though we're the only people who don't. It may well be that, gathered right here in this room tonight,are all the people in the world who don't want to tell all the people in the world what to do.

This is because we believe in freedom. Freedom -- what this country was established upon, what the Constitution was written to defend, what the Civil War was fought to perfect.

Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights -- the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery -- hay and a barn for human cattle.

There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.

So we are here tonight in a kind of anti-matter protest -- an unpolitical undemonstration by deeply uncommitted inactivists. We are part of a huge invisible picket line that circles the White House twenty-four hours a day. We are participants in an enormous non-march on Washington -- millions and millions of Americans not descending upon the nation's capital in order to demand nothing from the United States government. To demand nothing, that is, except the one thing which no government in history has been able to do -- leave us alone.

There are just two rules of governance in a free society:

* Mind your own business.
* Keep your hands to yourself."

P.J. O'Rourke
is a H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute.

Here's a link to O'Rourke's web site and blog.

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." P.J. O'Rourke
Tags:P J O'Rourke,liberty,cato institute, H L Mencken,freedom,slavery,human rights

Friday, February 16, 2007


Nancy Pelosi, and all who stood with her, have stabbed the President and the troops. This is a national disgrace.

The New York Post Nails it!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Al Gore Loves Snow!

Analysis: Al Gore Ducks Northeast Blizzard
Phil Brennan
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007

As a blizzard of snow and ice pummels the Northeast after trouncing the Midwest, and waves of Arctic cold fronts drop much of America below sub freezing weather, the $64,000 question is, Where is Al Gore?

Gore claims that global warming is an immediate problem facing the United States and the world, and places like New York and Chicago could feel like Caribbean haunts.

If there is any doubt that God has a sense of humor, it has to be dispelled by a headline in Wednesday's Drudge Report: "House hearing on 'warming of the planet' canceled after ice storm."

He followed up with this: "Save it for a sunny day: Maryville Univ. in St. Louis area canceling screening of Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth' because of a snowstorm."

What must have evoked the loudest laugh in heaven is the notion that if global warming is really occurring, puny mankind is going to overcome it by legislation and business regulation that would strangle the U.S. economy and be overseen by the super efficient United Nations.
Read rest of article from NewsMax here.

Tags: Al Gore, snow, global warming, inconvenient truth, Drudge Report, blizzard

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Global Warming Denial = Holocaust Denial

In yesterday's Boston Globe, Ellen Goodman writes:

By every measure, the U N 's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change raises the level of alarm. The fact of global warming is "unequivocal." The certainty of the human role is now somewhere over 90 percent. Which is about as certain as scientists ever get.

I would like to say we're at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.

Her notion that science is based on speculation is wrong and, of course, her equation is absurd; as James Taranto pointed out yesterday:

..... Imagine if someone in 1937 had foreknowledge of the Holocaust and began sounding the alarms, describing in detail what was going to happen just a few years later. Most people probably wouldn't believe him. They would be, to use Goodman's phrase, denying the future. But would they be "on par" with people who deny the Holocaust after it has happened?

That seems a stretch. There's an enormous difference between doubting an outlandish prediction (even one that comes true) and denying the grotesque facts of history. Because we are ignorant of the future, we can innocently misjudge it. Holocaust deniers are neither ignorant nor innocent (though extremely ignorant people may innocently accept their claims). They are falsifying history for evil purposes.

This columnist is skeptical of global warming. We don't have enough scientific knowledge to have anything like an authoritative opinion--but neither does Ellen Goodman, who bases her entire argument on an appeal to authority, namely the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. We lack the time, the inclination and possibly the intellect to delve deeply into the science. No doubt the same is true of Goodman.

(emphasis added)
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Air Nancy!

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan!

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Born 96 years ago today, his true conservative leadership is sorely missed. (Favorite Reagan quip: "I'm here from the government, and I'm here to help.")

Who will carry on his legacy? It's hard to tell in the pack of RINOs we are currently burdened with.

Special edition of Mark Levin radio show 2/06 featuring audio of the great speech by Reagan for Barry Goldwater 10/27/64, transcript here.

More proof that liberal/progressive talk radio sucks!

From Radio Equalizer
Liberal Talk Radio Blog

With today's news that its programming will be pulled from New Haven's airwaves, it appears even that bastion of campus radicalism can't support so- called "progressive" talk radio.

With little fanfare, Connecticut's "The Voice" 1300, also known as WAVZ- AM, pulled the plug on Franken, Rhodes & Co. and flipped to ESPN Radio.

Also taking a hit in the move are non- Air America libtalkers Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz.
US should weigh war on terrorism tax - Lieberman

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Sen. Joseph Lieberman said on Tuesday that Congress should consider a tax to fund the U.S.-declared war on terrorism and reduce the need to cut domestic programs to pay for security spending. A former Democrat who supports the Iraq war and backs President George W. Bush's plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, Lieberman said the proposed increase in the Pentagon's budget for next fiscal year will squeeze funding for critical domestic programs. "I think we have to start thinking about a war on terrorism tax," the independent Connecticut lawmaker said. "I mean people keep saying we're not asking a sacrifice of anybody but our military in this war and some civilians who are working on it."
Tags: Ronald Reagan, Mark Levin,Barry Goldwater,Talk Radio,New Have,Franken,lieberman,iraq war, taxes,

Monday, February 05, 2007

Blue Man Group Joins the "Blame America for Global Warming" Bandwagon!

Penn and Teller with their funny 2 cents worth!

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Tags: Blue Man Group, global warming, blame America, Penn and Teller, Greepeace, Patrick Moore,

Saturday, February 03, 2007

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Hillary Clinton: "I Want to take Those Profits..."

Sounds like Socialism to me!

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Friday, February 02, 2007

If She Were President in 2002!

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"If I had been President in October of 2002 I would not have started this war" (Hillary Clinton (2/2/07)

"If we in Congress don't end this war before January 2009, as president, I will." (Hillary Clinton (2/2/07)

But listen to what she and hubby Bill
(7:40 audio MP3) had to say before the Bush 43 presidency. This audio clearly presents the Clintons, Sandy Berger, Nancy Pelosi, and Joe Biden in their strident denunciations of Saddam Hussein and, moreover, emphasizing the dictator's possession of, and usage of WMD.

Here are excerpts from the Dec 1998 speech by President Clinton in which he announces the failure of inspections and the need for military action against Saddam Hussein.

President Clinton:" This situation presents a clear and present danger to the stability of the Persian Gulf and the safety of people everywhere. The international community gave Saddam one last chance to resume cooperation with the weapons inspectors. Saddam has failed to seize the chance.

And so we had to act and act now......That is why, on the unanimous recommendation of my national security team -- including the vice president, the secretary of defense, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, the secretary of state and the national security adviser -- I have ordered a strong, sustained series of air strikes against Iraq.....So we will pursue a long-term strategy to contain Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction and work toward the day when Iraq has a government worthy of its people.....The hard fact is that so long as Saddam remains in power, he threatens the well-being of his people, the peace of his region, the security of the world..... Heavy as they are, the costs of action must be weighed against the price of inaction. If Saddam defies the world and we fail to respond, we will face a far greater threat in the future. Saddam will strike again at his neighbors. He will make war on his own people.

And mark my words, he will develop weapons of mass destruction. He will deploy them, and he will use them."

Tags: Saddam Hussein, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Iraq War, WMD, Biden, Pelosi, Sandy Berger