Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Scientologists to Space Aliens: Take a Left at Albuquerque
from the mind of  Cowgirl Up.

I suppose they have to spend all that money they get from Hollywood somehow...

...snicker...

Saturday, November 26, 2005

A Small Cast of Characters
from the mind of  Evan Kruse.

This Photo Gallery of the mother of the anti-war movement will show how weak this movement really is. Scroll through the 70+ photos and count how many different cast members you see. It really is a small cast for the show. And... I'm not all that sure how some of the photos near the end actually fit under the 'Cindy Sheehan' banner, but they are there none the less.

Don't pass up the gallery. It will not only showcase how the only support that Ms. Sheehan is the people who get their paychecks from media outlets or anti-Bush PACs, but that there are some real world Americans who are getting fed up with the crap spewed by these people, and are standing up for our Commander in Chief.

Info-tainment at its best!

Urban Legends About the Iraq War
from the mind of  Evan Kruse.

Print THIS out and leave it in the lunchroom at work. It is a really good overview of why the left-mongers are so far off base... and why the MSM is so irresponsible.

C'mon... just do it. It will be good for you. This would make a good series of TV commercials too, especially in the run up to the elections...

Monday, November 21, 2005

Questions not Asked
from the mind of  ME=mc^2.

Saddam had weapons of mass destruction in the past -- used them in a regional war and against his own people -- and UNSCOM was still finding them when they were kicked out of the country in the fall of 1998. After his defeat in the Gulf War, UN inspectors found Saddam Hussein had deployed missiles and artillery shells loaded with anthrax, milled to military grade, and its electrostatic charges eliminated using bentonite.

The Czech interior minister confirmed that Mohamed Atta met with a ranking Iraqi spy Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani -- nominally an Iraqi diplomat in Prague -- on his route to the United States in April of 2001.

A Fort Lauderdale doctor, during the summer of 2001, treated a leg lesion on a patient who would become one of the September 11 hijackers. Later that fall, the doctor concluded the injury was consistent with cutaneous anthrax; experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies concurred.

The anthrax in the mail turned out to be weapons-grade, finely ground, and with electrostatic charges eliminated using bentonite.

Question 1: If Saddam Hussein actually did get rid of all his weapons of mass destruction, why didn't he simply come clean, allow the UN inspectors in unfettered, and thereby remain the unquestioned strongman of Iraq?

Question 2: What became of that portion of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction arsenal which UNSCOM was unable to account for?

Question 3: Where did the anthrax in the mail come from?

Question 4: Why was Mohammad Atta shopping around for a crop duster the summer before 9/11?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Rumsfeld and Cheney take on Democrats trying to rewrite history
from the mind of  ME=mc^2.

DoD News Briefing
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 1:18 p.m. EST

SEC. RUMSFELD: Good afternoon, folks. A few days ago, President Bush noted that some critics seem to want to rewrite the history of the coalition's involvement in Iraq. It might be useful to take a moment to retrace the actual history.

In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed and President Clinton signed the Iraqi Liberation Act. That law specified 10 findings of Saddam Hussein's violations of international norms and stated, quote, "It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and to promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime," unquote. That legislation passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 360 to 38, and it passed the Senate without a single vote in opposition.

In December of that year, 1998, President Clinton ordered military action in response to Iraq's decision to expel the U.N. weapon inspectors. In an address to the nation, he stated, quote, "Other countries possess weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. With Saddam, there's one big difference: he has used them. The international community had little doubt then and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again," unquote.

Justifying President Clinton's decision, then-vice president, Gore, asked, if you allow -- quote, "If you allow someone like Saddam Hussein to get nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, chemical weapons, biological weapons, how many people is he going to kill with such weapons?" unquote.

The then-secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, said, "Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risk that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face," unquote.

And the then-national security adviser, Sandy Berger, said, "He will rebuild his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, and some day, some way, I am certain he will use that arsenal again, as he has 10 times since 1983," unquote.

Four years later, in October 2002, by a large margin, a bipartisan majority of the Congress authorized President Bush to use force, if necessary, to deal with the continued threat posed by Saddam Hussein. In the legislation, the U.S. Congress stated that Iraq, quote, "Poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States by continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations," unquote. These assessments were echoed by foreign intelligence agencies from countries that included Great Britain, France, Germany, and Russia, and by the United Nations Security Council in more than a dozen different Security Council resolutions between 1990 and the year 2002.

In early 2004, weapons inspector David Kaye, while acknowledging he had not found weapons of mass destruction, testified that Iraq, quote, "Maintained programs and activities, and they certainly had the intentions at a point to resume their programs," unquote. Later that year, weapons inspector Charles Duelfer noted, quote, "Saddam Hussein wanted to end sanctions while preserving the capability to reconstitute his weapons of mass destruction when sanctions were lifted," unquote.

This is the history that brought us to where to we are today. These are simply facts. The times we live in are serious. We're in the midst of a global war that threatens free people across the world, as evidenced by attacks here in Washington, D.C., in New York City, in Bali, London, Madrid, Beslan, Jerusalem, Riyadh, and most recently at a wedding reception in Amman, Jordan. Innocent people -- mothers, fathers, children -- have been murdered by a network of Islamic extremists -- Islamofacists, if you will -- seeking to impose their dark vision on free people. They seek to build in Iraq what they once had in Afghanistan -- a safe haven -- and then to expand throughout the region and beyond. Their terms are not negotiable.

While the American people understandably want to know when our forces can leave Iraq, I believe they do not want them to leave until our mission is accomplished and the Iraqis are able to sustain their fledgling democracy. As the president has said, one cannot set arbitrary deadlines. Timing of the handover of responsibility to Iraqis depends on conditions on the ground. And already some responsibilities are being assumed by the Iraqi security forces. We must be careful not to give terrorists the false hope that if they can simply hold on long enough, that they can outlast us.


Vice President's Remarks at the Frontiers of Freedom Institute Ronald Reagan Gala
The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 - 7:14 P.M. EST

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much and good evening to all of you. And I'm -- when I heard about your gathering, and since I work just down the street from here I thought I'd drop in and say hello.

Let me thank the good people of Frontiers of Freedom, of course, George Landrith, Kerri Houston, Al Lee, for bringing us all together this evening. And I see many good friends in the room, including current and former office holders, as well.

It's a pleasure to see all of you. I'm sorry we couldn't be joined by Senators Harry Reid, John Kerry, and Jay Rockefeller. They were unable to attend due to a prior lack of commitment. (Laughter.) I'll let you think about that one for a minute. (Applause.)

I hope you'll permit me, ladies and gentlemen, to say a few words that were not part of my remarks that I'd planned originally this evening but which concern a matter of great importance to our entire nation.

Most of you know, I have spent a lot of years in public service, and first came to work in Washington back in the late 1960s. I know what it's like to operate in a highly charged political environment, in which the players on all sides of an issue feel passionately and speak forcefully. In such an environment people sometimes lose their cool, and yet in Washington you can ordinarily rely on some basic measure of truthfulness and good faith in the conduct of political debate. But in the last several weeks we have seen a wild departure from that tradition. And the suggestion that's been made by some U.S. senators that the President of the United States or any member of this administration purposely misled the American people on pre-war intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city. (Applause.)

Some of the most irresponsible comments have, of course, come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing the use of force against Saddam Hussein. These are elected officials who had access to the intelligence, and were free to draw their own conclusions. They arrived at the same judgment about Iraq's capabilities and intentions that -- made by this Administration and by the previous administration. There was broad-based, bipartisan agreement that Saddam Hussein was a threat, that he had violated U.N. Security Council Resolutions, and that, in a post-9/11 world, we could not afford to take the word of a dictator who had a history of weapons of mass destruction programs, who had excluded weapons inspectors, who had defied the demands of the international community, whose nation had been designated an official state sponsor of terror, and who had committed mass murder. Those are the facts. (Applause.)

What we're hearing now is some politicians contradicting their own statements and making a play for political advantage in the middle of a war. The saddest part is that our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods day in and day out. American soldiers and Marines are out there every day in dangerous conditions and desert temperatures -- conducting raids, training Iraqi forces, countering attacks, seizing weapons, and capturing killers -- and back home a few opportunists are suggesting they were sent into battle for a lie.

The President and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone -- but we're not going to sit by and let them rewrite history. (Applause.)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Video of the Day...
from the mind of  Evan Kruse.

... or something like that. We don't do videos every day, but when one this good comes up, you just gotta see it. I hope this starts playing on some MSM outlets.

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure: A Flock of Flip Flops

Friday, November 11, 2005

Asylum. Inmates. Any Questions?
from the mind of  Cowgirl Up.

As a California resident, my first reaction after learning that all the common-sense measures failed on Tuesday's ballot was one of disbelief. But then, that was short-lived, as I realized it was merely further proof that here in the Golden State, the inmates are truly running the asylum.

Just in case you're lucky enough to not be a California resident or weren't following Governator Arnold's intiatives too closely, Senator Tom McClintock summed up the measures - and the disappointment many felt on Wednesday morning - in his statement on the special election:

I'm not going to pretend that Tuesday's election was anything other than what it was: an unmitigated and stunning defeat of some of the most basic principles of good government ever put to a vote: that government should live within its means; that politicians shouldn't chose who gets to vote for them; that teachers should demonstrate sustained competence before they're granted lifetime tenure; that public employees have a right to decide for themselves what candidates they'll support with their own money; and that parents have a right to know if their teenaged daughter is undergoing an abortion.

Perhaps the most heinous of them all, however, was San Francisco's blatant disregard for the 2nd Amendment in their passing of a complete ban on handguns. If this happens to stand up in court, then residents can expect to be forced to turn over their handguns on April Fool's Day 2006.

Having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for about five years, it was easy to arrive at the conclusion that the City is indeed the freakshow component of the Circus known as California. Whenever visitors arrive, I take them there to see the sights and marvel at the moonbats that run the place. Where else would you find people who constantly decry the Bush administration as fascists, wax apoplectic about infringements of our rights, yet at the first opportunity they vote to curb one of America's most basic freedoms?

Meanwhile, this weekend there will be a gun show at the Cow Palace. As I marvel at the irony of this event occurring the same week San Franciscans vote to ban guns, I have to wonder... will it be the last one held there?

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

First "Limosine Liberals", Then "Gulfstream Environmentalsits," and Now This...
from the mind of  ME=mc^2.

The new fashion these days among society's elites seems to be what I like to call "conspicuous environmentalism." And it's naturally good fun to find examples of hypocrisy among the adherents of conspicuous environmentalism, particularly if they happen to be hyper-wealthy. Analogous to limosine liberals, Michael Crichton has coined the term "Gulfstream Environmentalists."

So for your amusement, consider the case of Larry Page and Sergey Brin -- the two cofounders of Google Inc. According to a story in Friday's Wall Street Journal, the two drive environmentally friendly hybrid vehicles and their company gives employees $5,000 if they buy hybrid gas-electric cars, for example. Mr. Brin also recently invested in a $550-million fund to help finance projects that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. "We've worked very hard to make sure our [net] impact on the environment is positive," Mr. Page says.

However, the duo recently purchased an aircraft for their own personal use. And it's not even a Gulfstream. They bought a Boeing 767!

Flying a used 767 would cost at least $13,000 per flight-hour, compared with $7,850 for a Gulfstream V.

According to the story in the Wall Street Journal, "people in the aviation industry familiar with the planned interior say it will have a sitting area, two staterooms with adjoining lavatories and a shower. Farther aft will be a large sitting-and-dining area. At the rear will be 12 to 16 first-class seats for guests or employees and a large galley." Oh, and of course inflight internet access.

Mr. Page says "part of the equation for this sort of machinery is to be able to take large numbers of people to places such as Africa. I think that can only be good for the world."

Isn't that wonderful.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Five Charged With War Crimes
from the mind of  Cowgirl Up.

Reuters is reporting that five Guantanamo detainees will be charged with war crimes.

Meanwhile, another story details the Supreme Court's decision to consider a case challenging the administration's authority to do just that with War on Terror detainees.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Protest silliness in Seattle
from the mind of  Duke.

The group cowgirlup saw in San Francisco was up to the same tricks here in Seattle. Lucky me, they were right outside my office. But I had plenty of opportunity to take some great pictures.

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Because students skip class only for the most important of causes.

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I wondered where the editorial cartoonists for Pravda had gotten off to.

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Nice banner. But what's that on their table?

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Heh.

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Hmm, lets double check that in the dictionary:

Fascism: n.
Being able to demonstrate peacefully against your government without fear of persecution.


Well I'll be damned!

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I take great confort knowing that this young girl's parents have presented her with both sides of the issue and allowed her to come to her own conclusions before the protest.

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Sometimes they almost make it too easy.

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No no, that's the NEXT protest.

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This was in the middle of the speech about how wrong it is to imprison people for crimes they haven't been convicted of.

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Make love not war!

Moonbats Can't Wait
from the mind of  Cowgirl Up.

Or, Reason #5,143 Why I Will Never Live in San Francisco County



Oh, how original! There was yet another anti-Bush protest and rally today in San Francisco. As usual, traffic was snarled. Hirsute, odiferous participants ditched school to join in on the fun.

This one was organized by yet another flock of Leftist Moonbat spawn, known as World Can't Wait.

I suggest you spend some time there. Surf around, get to know their organizers. Gather intel on the enemy within. If you are at work, though, be prepared to stifle your laughter, for I guarantee it will be hearty. For these people, Bush Derangement Syndrome isn't just a psychiatric illness. It's a full-blown epidemic. Joe Tougas, the San Francisco component of WCW's Steering Committee, is doing it because he cares:

I care infinitely about the environment, cultural evolution, social justice, and anything that helps us achieve clean air, clean water, and peace--for without those things the human race is doomed. And there can be no greater enemy to clean air, clean water, and peace, than the Bush administration.

(Ah, yes. Be patient, children. Our Lady Sheehan's Church of the Bush Haters' Fellowship is just around the corner...)

WCW tries mightily to be hip. They've hired a graphic designer and armed the minions with colorful banners and signs for the protest. On the web site, the intro mimics a Kanye West rappin' hip-hop jive number. (For all I know, it could actually be West.) In the same breath the vocalist laments war deaths caused by Bush, he decries dwindling abortion rights. Ah-ha! Death in war = Bad, but women murdering their unborn innocent babies unencumbered = Good. Check. (I guess that inconvenient baby could have grown up to be an eeeevil Republican, after all.)

Oh, yes. One more thing. It's always nice to see who has endorsed groups such as this. If I recognize any, they go right to the top of my list of people and places to boycott. Or, for that matter, politicians to oust... as several of them are California assemblymen & assemblywomen or city council members.

No Nukes...
from the mind of  Cowgirl Up.

...For The Mullahs.



Just in case you missed LGF today:

Iranian expatriates hold a different type of anti-nukes rally on the UC Berkeley campus.

"Zombie," a San Francisco bay area blogger who chronicles moonbat activity, reports the usual crowds of anti-war Berserkley-ites were nowhere to be seen.

Perhaps there was just too much common sense present at this rally?