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Friday, June 13, 2003
Posted 3:09 PM by WiN
I'm leaving on vacation this weekend. Plan to spend a restful week in Dallas and San Antonio with the sainted wife, who deserves it waaay more than I do. Sans offspring. Oh happy day!
Anyway, thought I'd leave you with this hilarious post from Straight Dope Message Board - The horror of blimps. [via bitweever]
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Posted 7:55 AM by WiN
Refresh my memory - just who said Iraq had WMD?
Posted 7:24 AM by WiN
Governors facing tough re-election bids
Budget meltdowns could cause a few statehouses to change parties in the coming election season, according to The Rothenberg Political Report. [via Townhall's CLog] The GOP looks to be in good shape to increase their lead in governorships by one or two states.
Thursday, June 12, 2003
Posted 1:00 PM by WiN
Help the Iranian freedom protesters
Posted 8:34 AM by WiN
Redbook under wraps
For a good chuckle, check out Susan Konig on Wal-Mart & Women's Magazines on National Review Online. What do real women think when they read those article teases on the cover of women's magazines at the checkout stand?
What Your Sex Dreams Are Really Telling You: They're telling you, "Hope you're enjoying this, because you're going to be way too tired when you wake up at six to walk the dog, brew the coffee, get the kids dressed for the bus...."
Posted 8:29 AM by WiN
A person's a person, no matter how small
Or, If a Fish Feels Pain, How About a Fetus?
A very thought-provoking commentary on National Review Online.
Some say we are to lay down our fishing rods, but continue the practice of abortion. But, why aren't those who are upset about the alleged pain a trout feels screaming about the obvious pain a pre-born child can feel while being aborted?A powerful argument, indeed.
Posted 8:22 AM by WiN
Arnold to terminate Gray reign?
In a promising sign for the GOP, and California Republicans in particular, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a campaign-like speech to the Sacramento Club for Growth Tuesday. The Club for Growth is a nation-wide organization that promotes tax reform and reduction and supports fiscally conservative candidates for office. The gathering marked the 25th anniversary of California's Proposition 13, a property tax reform bill that many believe provided the spark for subsequent tax reform/repeal efforts nationwide, including Ronald Reagan's historic tax reduction efforts as President.
California's corrupt and abrasive current governor, Democrat Gray Davis, is faced with the prospect of being the first governor recalled by the voters via that state's recall referendum law, which would leave the governorship wide open in a plurality replacement vote. Davis, who won a surprisingly narrow re-election over a middling Republican opponent, Bill Simon, is now facing a multi-billion dollar budget deficit and still carries the baggage of the almost criminal mishandling of California's recent energy crisis.
Schwarzenegger pointedly refused to talk about the possibility of throwing his hat in the ring for the recall election, but it is widely rumored that he has had his eyes on the governorship for some time and this would provide him with a relatively inexpensive venue to pursue that goal. His only reference to the possibility was this cute double-entendre during his speech:
"This is really embarrassing. I just forgot our state governor's name, but I know that you will help me recall him."Other formidable candidates that could enter the fray, making things more challenging for Schwarzenegger, are Republican Representative Darrell Issa, the ramrod behind the recall initiative, and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who most believe would be a shoo-in should she decide to diss Davis by entering the contest. John Fund provides this analysis of a Schwarzenegger challenge, along with some background on the recall effort.
A quarter century after Californians passed Proposition 13 and ignited a nationwide tax revolt, voters here may be getting ready to make history again. It looks as if an effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis will collect the 900,000 voter signatures to make the ballot . That would set up a political free-for-all at the same time the state is struggling with a $38 billion deficit.This will be very interesting to watch, as Davis is a no-holds-barred dirty fighter who will do anything to continue his reign of ineptitude and demagoguery. Watch for some classic Demo dirty tricks on the order of the New Jersey Senate race of last year, but in the end I think that you can stick a fork in Davis, because he's done, and he may have Arnold at the governor's mansion to send him off with a surly "Hasta la vista, baby". That would be sweet.
"This will be the closest thing to absolute political anarchy that any of us will see in our lifetimes," predicted GOP political consultant Dan Schnur. "There's no precedent for any of this."
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Posted 1:03 PM by WiN
Blogroll me again, baby!
Yes, that rare and wonderous occurence has happened again - WylieBlog has been blogrolled. This time it's by a cool conservative chick, Peppermint Patty. Seems she's just recently married, so that's one less eligible right-wing (read: intelligent) woman in the dating pool for all you conservative guys. Too bad for you, eh?
Anyway, thanks for the blogroll, Patty! Best of luck to you and your new hubby.
Posted 11:19 AM by WiN
Bush on the wrong road
I've been thinking about posting something on the 'Road Map' for a few days now, but it's an awfully big subject to get one's arms around. In a nutshell, I agree with Ocean Guy's assessment.
George W Bush has taken a turn that is putting him on the wrong side of the war on terror. Appeasing the terrorists is not in our interest.I read over the rest of the posts on his page, and he and I track pretty close on this issue. I also identify pretty strongly with this open letter to George W. Bush from Ben Shapiro.
I hope you can understand what pain it causes me to say what I will now. You are losing your moral vision. Perhaps the State Department has finally convinced you that moral foreign policy is passé. Perhaps you have repeated the mantra "Islam is a religion of peace" so many times that you are willing to stake your entire administration on that dubious claim. But whatever happened, you have lost your way.I definitely think very highly of our President. In my opinion, he's the best we've had since Reagan, and could very well end up being the best President of my lifetime (I know that's not saying a great deal, but still...). I know he is considered a strong supporter of Israel, and in many respects he has been. Certainly his determination to stand up to Islamic terrorists is a sea change from the previous administration, and that can only be good for Israel. But allowing the State Department and others in his administration to constantly snipe at Israeli counter-terrorist measures is hardly salutary. His inconsistency is manifest in insisting that America must resist terrorism, with force where necessary, but that Israel is "undermining the peace process" when they retaliate against terrorist acts. I didn't hear Sharon telling Bush that he was "undermining peace" when we went into Afghanistan to exterminate al Qaeda.
Although it is impolitic to say so, and therefore will never be said by anyone in the Bush administration, it is obvious that there will never be peace in the area of the former Palestinian protectorate until (1) the state of Israel is destroyed and the entire area is controlled by Muslims, or (2) Israel says "to hell with it" and drives all the 'Palestinians' out of the West Bank and Gaza area and makes it clear to the rest of the Arab world that they will either play nice or suffer the consequences. That's all they understand, and that's all that will ever be effective in dealing with them - force, not conciliation. The sooner Bush or some subsequent President recognizes that, and reshapes his or her policy to deal more realistically with the situation, the sooner this situation will actually be on the road to permanent improvement, and I don't see it getting any better any time soon. And God help us if we stand by and watch scenario 1 take place. America will be well and truly on its way to the ashbin of history if that sad day ever comes.
Posted 8:24 AM by WiN
Strong Women vs. Women of Strength
Following a rabbit trail from Winds of Change.NET I came across this post which to me states some very profound truths about life and how to live it. Although it's about women, its message is universal.
A sample, just so you'll go read it (it's short)
A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future
Posted 7:15 AM by WiN
The Carnival of the Vanities is at Overtaken by Events today. Sometime. He says he has close to seventy entries and counting, so it may be a wee bit late today. I'm sure it will be worth it, though.
UPDATE: It's up now. Enjoy.
Monday, June 09, 2003
Posted 3:19 PM by WiN
Axis of Evil - still any question?
Liberal sophisticates chortled at hayseed George 'Dubya' Bush when he exposed his lack of sophistication and diplomacy by labeling three prominent dictatorships an "Axis of Evil". Evil? Who uses such judgmental, inarticulate language anymore? Doesn't he know this is the 21st century, for heavens sake?
Well, as Forrest Gump's mother might have said, evil is as evil does. And burying babies alive definitely qualifies. So does being forced to kill them and eat them to stay alive. Evil? Yes, it still exists. Can we stop it? No, we can't stop all of it. But we'll get a lot closer to stopping at least some of it by acknowledging that it exists than we will pretending that it doesn't. And may God help us if we ever stop calling it what it is, for fear of sounding 'unsophisticated'.
Posted 11:41 AM by WiN
Dow boom spells doom for Dems
It's all over but the crying now. President Bush has dashed the dreams of leftists hoping for an encore performance of his father's ineptitude. Despite exquisitely feigned distress over the size of the deficit on behalf of the notoriously spendthrift liberal wing of the Democratic party, a bipartisan tax relief bill was passed and subsequently signed by Bush. Despite Democratic harping that the bill would do little to stimulate the economy, the stock market has rebounded strongly since the bill began looking unstoppable two weeks ago. Larry Kudlow looks at how tax relief has affected the Dow so far in his column today on NRO.
Beyond the obvious advantage of re-capitalization of the nation's larger companies through rising stock values, which portends greater future outlays for capital equipment and personnel, other indicators are looking positive as well.
Within the financial sector, the money supply is substantially rising — by roughly $120 billion since the war’s end. Inside the economy, prices of raw-material commodities are gradually climbing, profits are continuing upward, and productivity is gaining steadily. Both the manufacturing and service sectors are showing new life signs. Consumer confidence is returning.What does this mean for the Chicken Little Left? Obviously, they can't keep being this spectacularly wrong about everything Bush proposes and retain any credibility with voters who (a) actually intelligently assess which party would overall be a better choice to lead the country and (b) are not part of the rapidly shrinking ultra-liberal Democratic base (race mongers, abortion fanatics, radical environmentalists, hard-core socialists, academia, etc.). Yes, they can keep pandering to their dependent welfare charges, like the non-taxpaying families they are trying to push a child 'credit' rebate for (for semantic clarity, you can't 'rebate' what you were never going to pay in the first place) in hopes that they can buy the votes of the nation's poor with other taxpayer's money. But, given the mobility of wage-earners in the American economy, this strategy is doomed in the long run. Most families that receive government largesse would much rather be making enough money to have to pay taxes rather than live on the pittance that they receive from the hand of their nanny-state benefactors in the name of government 'compassion'.
The Democrats have been wrong on Bush for three years now, and it certainly doesn't look like their track record is going to improve any time in the near future. They said he couldn't be as supportive of education as he campaigned to be, and he proved them wrong by signing a massive education bill over the vociferous objections of his conservative base. They said his military policy couldn't succeed in Afghanistan, where the Russians had failed miserably, and it did. They said he couldn't pass income tax relief during a downswing in the economy, and he did. They said that the war in Iraq would be 'unilateral' (it wasn't), wouldn't win the approval of the U.N. (his State Department pushed through a resolution that gained unanimous Security Council support), would be bogged down by massive resistance from 'elite' Iraqi forces (coalition forces reached Baghdad in two weeks) and would cost tens and even hundreds of thousands of lives (less than a thousand war-related casualties, most of them caused by Iraqi forces against their own people). And now they've been proven wrong again on tax relief and economic stimulus. They still have plenty of time to hammer out an agenda that resonates with the vast center of American politics and try to prove how they can do better than Bush and the Republican congress, but time is running out and their recent track record is dismal. If the Democratic party was a race horse, it would be headed to the glue factory. If they don't get real smart, real fast, in another year and a half old Dobbin will holding together pieces of brightly colored construction paper in kindergarten classrooms in Dubuque.
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.