Friday, February 29, 2008

Classics of Conservatism - Part XXIII - The Secret of the League

Click here for previous Classics of Conservatism.

This month's classic is The Secret of the League, by Earnest Bramah. Secret celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2007.

1907 (1995 edition)








Secret of the League is one of three old novels that I refer to as "Ayn Rand relics." Together with The Driver (1922) and Calumet K (1904), Secret provides clues as to the origins of Ayn Rand's later novels.


Secret of the League takes place between 1915 and 1918. Being written in 1907, the book has nothing to do with World War I. Instead, Bramah writes of the takeover of the English parliament by socialists, who immediately pass extreme socialist legislation.

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Secret dramatizes the creative solution adopted by Salt, the main character, and his friends. The solution is unique and is not beyond the reach of ordinary individuals.

I first read this book in 2004 just before I began blogging (the main character's name and the year of publication inspired my screen name). I describe Secret here because it begins to appear that we may need some unique alternative (and I don't mean a third party candidate) as a result of this year's election. The candidates for President in 2008 appear poised to expand the already unsustainable entitlement programs, increase taxes and choose judges that have no inclination to recognize the government's true constitutional limitations. Our thinking will have to be creative as we face a long era of darkness at the hands of an increasingly socialist government.



The book is far more than a "how to" manual. Secret provides a humorous look at socialist government, pandering politicians, union political pressure and other such plagues. We read with amusement as leftist government officials find themselves helpless as their spending programs leave their government destitute and powerless.

Regardless of whether we implement Salt's ideas, the fate of the government in Secret may well be the fate of our own government. Our own government may collapse under the weight of unsustainable entitlement programs. The only question is "when?" In Secret of the League, Salt and his allies merely found a way to make sure that a large faction of the country was ready to pick up the pieces when the collapse arrived and to remove from office those who were responsible for the debacle. If we do nothing, we will be helpless when social security, medicare, (reparations ??) et cetera drive government and the financial markets to ruin.

I do not reveal specifics of Salt's actions so as not to spoil the plot. For those that have read Atlas Shrugged, Salt took a different course than Galt. Salt's plan required less technology, less cooperation from powerful individuals and less disruption of the lives of his allies. But Salt's plan clearly foreshadowed Ayn Rand's theme in Atlas. Ayn Rand made the plot better and more comprehensive, added her own ideas and provided more thorough philosophical justification for the actions of the heroes [although Bramah provides a fair amount of philosophical justification as well]. There is no dialogue or language from Secret that was repeated in Atlas. Salt's plot in Secret is enjoyable in its own right and also because the reader will recognize the seed of Ayn Rand's story from a half century later.

The few technological aspects of the book provide for additional enjoyment, as the reader will recognize a crude precursor to modern day faxes and e-mails. Bramah also anticipates the ease and availability of modern air travel, but in a different form. Air travel was in its infancy when Bramah wrote Secret of the League.

If nothing else, Secret of the League will help the reader understand that socialism is not inevitable, invincible or irreversible. The book will further reinforce other writers that have opposed socialism and modern politicians that warn of the conseqences for ourselves if we allow the government to continue on its present course.

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Quote of the day - Lucianne.com commenter

The Clinton 'anthill' has been disturbed and the worker ants of the MSM are rushing around trying to find a new Queen.

Lucianne.com commenter - 2-28-08

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Global cooling? Winter of 2008

Today's weather included frost warnings throughout the southern United States with unusually cold temperatures troughout the U.S.

More importantly, climate data over the past year indicates we may be facing global cooling instead of global warming:
Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.

Whenever trends appear that contradict the global warming religion, the left argues that anecdotal evidence is of limited value. But such arguments run only one way:
Alarmists argue that such a short term temperature change is insignificant compared to trends over the last century. However, they change their tune when temperatures are higher than normal for a day. After a few mild days in January 2007, "Good Morning America" anchor Diane Sawyer questioned if global warming is the culprit. "Today" co-host Meredith Vieira went further wondering if we are "all gonna die."
H/T Newsbusters

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Quote of the day - William Buckley [Willmoore Kendall, John Judis]

"[former NR editor Willmoore] Kendall wrote that he felt 'about National Review much as I would about an ex-wife of mine who'd become a call-girl.'"

Buckley's response ". . . and as to the reference you make to wives and call-girls, I can only welcome the news that you have finally learned to distinguish between the two."

from William F. Buckley, Jr., Patron Saint of the Conservatives, by John B. Judis, pp. 211-212.



[click here for yesterday's lengthy tribute to WFB.]





Willmoore Kendall

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley, 1925-2008




National Review founder William Buckley died today.

Buckley was a throwback to the era when the MSM/DNC enjoyed a virtual monopoly on information. I first discovered Buckley in the early 1980's. At that time, I was treated to an almost non-stop barrage of twisted news presentations, distorted facts, repeats of Democrat talking points, etc. from the nightly news and the pages of newspapers. Once a week, William Buckley (and a very few others) would have one chance to rebut the entire MSM/DNC in the confined space of an opinion column on the editorial page of some newspapers. Even though it was hardly a fair fight, Buckley's (and others') few inches of weekly space was more than a match for the daily rants of the NYT, AP, WaPo, John Chancellor, Walter Cronkite, etc. Buckley kept the conservative light glowing until the New Media could begin fanning the flames at the end of the 1980's.

Conservatives born after 1975 cannot fully appreciate what it was like to live in the era before the New Media existed. Buckley was one voice that helped make that era bearable.
















Ann Coulter posts some anecdotes and quotes here, including Buckley's references to Gore Vidal as a "queer" and a "fag."

Michelle Malkin posts more detail.

Joe Sobran shared his memories in May, 2006, when Buckley's emphysema was announced:
Over the years I came to know another side of Bill. When I had serious troubles, he was a generous friend who did everything he could to help me without being asked. And I wasn’t the only one. I gradually learned of many others he’d quietly rescued from adversity. He’d supported a once-noted libertarian in his destitute old age, when others had forgotten him. He’d helped two pals of mine out of financial difficulties. And on and on. Everyone seemed to have a story of Bill’s solicitude. When you told your own story to a friend, you’d hear one from him. It was as if we were all Bill Buckley’s children.

It went far beyond sharing his money. One of Bill’s best friends was Hugh Kenner, the great critic who died two years ago. Hugh was hard of hearing, and once, after a 1964 dinner with Hugh and Charlie Chaplin, Bill scolded Hugh for being too stubborn to use a hearing aid. Here were the greatest comedian of the age and the greatest student of comedy, and Hugh had missed much of the conversation! Later Hugh’s wife told me how grateful Hugh had been for that scolding. Nobody else would have dared speak to her husband that way. Only a true friend would. If Bill saw you needed a little hard truth, he’d tell you, even if it pained him to say it.

I once spent a long evening with one of Bill’s old friends from Yale, whose name I won’t mention. He told me movingly how Bill stayed with him to comfort him when his little girl died of brain cancer. If Bill was your friend, he’d share your suffering when others just couldn’t bear to. What a great heart — eager to spread joy, and ready to share grief!

In another recent column, Sobran compared the careers of Buckley and Ayn Rand (and even Garet Garrett). While I disagree with much of what Sobran has written in recent years (especially about the war), his comparison in that article is interesting to every student of the history of the conservative and libertarian movements:
When Soviet Communism finally collapsed in 1991,
NATIONAL REVIEW felt that its mission was accomplished.
It didn't notice that the America it had set out to save
from Communism no longer existed. Say what you will about
Ayn Rand, I can't imagine her making such a mistake.

This Sobran column contains more details on Buckleys disputes with other conservatives in later years.

I have read several Buckley books over the years, the following of which I endorse:



Ann Coulter has written that this book "proved that normal people didn't have to wait for the Venona Papers to be declassified to see that the Democratic Party was collaborating with fascists. The book -- and the left's reaction thereto -- demonstrated that liberals could tolerate a communist sympathizer, but never a Joe McCarthy sympathizer."



I read "God and Man at Yale" while in college, before I could run to the New Media as a refuge from campus leftism. This book probably provided generations of pre-New Media students with the reinforcement they needed to withstand the barrage of leftism from their college professors.



Many conservatives await a new Reagan to rescue the Republican party from the moderates that now ignore and do not understand capitalism, history, freedom, the rule of law, etc. Before a new Reagan can emerge, I believe we will need a new Buckley - one who will be willing to maintain conservative principles in the absence of access to power and who can energize a new generation of intellectuals to resist the pressure of the modern leftward movement in all major institutions.

The William Buckley that wrote books and published NR in the wilderness in the years before the election of Ronald Reagan provided empowerment is the example that I fear modern conservatives will have to follow in the coming decades.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Quote of the day - Josh Marshall

There's no way of getting around the fact that McCain routinely, almost constantly, issues categorical denials that are demonstrably false. The very volume and clarity of the bogusness of so many of these statements might even be viewed as his best defense.

Josh Marshall

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Quote of the day - Mark Steyn

Hillary is what the Clintons look like with their pants up. Their much-vaunted political savvy turns out to be a big nothing: The supposed masters of "the politics of personal destruction" can't turn up anything better on Obama than some ancient essay from his Jakarta grade school, plus a few limp charges of plagiarism. And instead of getting the surrogates to crowbar the enemy every time Hillary opens up on him she looks mean and petty, and he gets to do his high-minded Obamessiah routine.

Their star quality was also, as noted above, mostly a giant bluff.

Mark Steyn - 2-23-08

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Quote of the day - Peg Noonan

So many Americans right now fear they are losing their country, that the old America is slipping away and being replaced by something worse, something formless and hollowed out. They can see we are giving up our sovereignty, that our leaders will not control our borders, that we don't teach the young the old-fashioned love of America, that the government has taken to itself such power, and made things so complex, and at the end of the day when they count up sales tax, property tax, state tax, federal tax they are paying a lot of money to lose the place they loved.

Peg Noonan 2-22-08

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What the MSM/DNC did not tell us about the NIU killer and the hollow book guy; Benjamin Baines; Steven Kazmierczak; Rasmieyh Abdelnabi

The man who hid a box cutter in a hollowed out book at the Tampa Airport also had some other items in his backpack:
Officers found books in the backpack titled "Muhammad in the Bible," "The Prophet's Prayer" and "The Noble Qur'an." He also had a copy of the Quran and the Bible.
H/T Debbie Schlussel

The MSM/DNC did not dwell on the RoP connection.

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In the case of the NIU killer, the first thing I thought of when I heard the initial report of the shooting was the Religion of Peace. But then I heard that he was a liberal sociology major and I dropped the RoP angle. But now Debbie Schlussel reports on the RoP connection:
Unlike most of us, Steve started his research from day one, reading every book he could find on Hamas. He'd give me a status report when we saw each other in class. Steve said that his perception of Hamas changed with all the research he did.
quoting Rasmieyh Abdelnabi in the Chicago Sun-Times

Rasmieyh Abdelnabi






We did not hear about Kazmierczak's affinity for Arabic and Hamas because the MSM/DNC is too busy blaming guns and video games. We will never win the war on terror if we cannot identify our enemy.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Larry Sinclair; Obama, cocaine, oral sex

video

I thought many times before publishing this video. But the video is already spreading throughout the internet. I don't know whether the story is true.

I recall that Obama became a Senator because someone published scandalous details [supposedly sealed by the court] on the sex life of Obama's opponent [Jeri Ryan's husband]. So I am not shedding a tear about Obama's privacy. The original video is posted at Youtube here. Part of the reason I post it is that Youtube videos have a habit of disappearing.



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We will probably never know for sure if the video is true, but that will be for others to decide. If this video discussed the sex life of a Republican, the video would already have been broadcast on television.

More details here.

Visit counter added on March 4, 2008



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They weren't too stupid to rescue him.

I will be the first to make this joke. I bet John Kerry will be claiming another purple heart for this.

I wonder if he told his rescuers his little joke.

Even if he doesn't claim a medal, you can bet that he will use this experience as support for his arguments against fighting the war.

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This was predictable; Vicki Iseman; John McCain; What is coming next?

It looks like we have been suckered again. The New York Times delays a lobbyist-scandal story until after McCain takes the lead (all the while endorsing McCain) and then slams McCain now that it is too late to nominate someone else.

I write this out of bitterness and sadness over this disaster that need not have happened. We had the opportunity to support people that the NY Times was not spoonfeeding to us - even after Thompson dropped out. But we took the bait and now the Times has dropped the hammer, just like the polls that suddenly did a 180 last week.

I don't blame the NY Times. We know what the NY Times is and what it does. We should be used to it. [We don't get mad at crocodiles when we swim in the swamp.] I also don't blame the Republicans that have abandoned McCain. That was predictable, having happened many times in Republican primaries over the past 60 years after moderates were foisted on the party by the establishment. I blame those of us who jumped on the McCain bandwagon when Thompson dropped out, thinking McCain was "electable" based on polls or on the fact that the NY Times hadn't torn him a new one yet. You have all but handed the White House to Obama and gift-wrapped Iraq to either (1) Iran or (2) Al Qaeda [or both].

As bloggers, we have become good at remembering what happened yesterday. Let's try to apply that same technique to primary voting in the future (if there is one).
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Michelle Malkin posts more details.
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Quote of the day - Ann Coulter

It is because of campaign-finance laws like McCain-Feingold that big men don't run for office anymore. Little men do. And John McCain is the head homunculus.

Ann Coulter - 2-20-2008

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Kosovo; the Mufti; 1389 A.D.; Tito; Milosevic; a primer on Kosovar jihad.

Blonde Sagacity has posted a few questions about Kosovo's new independence. I made a few comments at her blog which I liked so much, I repeat them here. This post is a primer on the history of the Kosovo conflict and how it fits into global jihad.

The area that is now Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia etc. was invaded and conquered by the Moslems in the 14th century. Many of the residents were forcibly converted to Islam (much like the former Christian countries of Syria, Egypt and Turkey and the formerly Hindu region of India that is now Pakistan).

Some of the moslem portions of Yugoslavia were allied with the Nazis during WWII, as evidenced by photos of Arafat's uncle reviewing SS troops in Bosnia. When the former Yugoslavia broke up after the death of Tito in the 1980's, the moslem majorities in Kosovo began persecuting the Christian minorities (kind of like Sudan, Lebanon, northern India (now Pakistan) in the 1940's, etc.).

This was another example of Islam pushing its borders outward from the middle east and into Europe. Al Qaeda assisted the Kosovar muslims during our involvement in 1999. We were, de facto, allied with Al Qaeda (and other moslems) in that war. Now we have another moslem country in Europe. The MSM/DNC refuses to explain this conflict in terms of the jihadi implications for all of Europe. Kosovo is now one more launching pad for Islam into Europe as Europe moves toward "Eurabia."

Here are some links -

Here is an article summarizing the current problems in Kosovo.

The end of this article mentions Al Qaeda presence in Kosovo and Bosnia in 2001.

Here is an article on the Al Qaeda - KLA alliance during the 1999 war.

Here is a lengthy post on Islam's conquest of northern India (Pakistan) and current efforts to conquer India.

Arafat's "uncle" and Hitler.

Here is some background on Bosnian muslims allied with the Nazis against the rest of the Yugoslavians in the 1940's.

Eurabia.

History of the moslem conquest of Kosovo - 1389 A.D.

As you can see, this problem predates Slobodan Milosevic by about 600 years. The MSM has distracted us from the jihadi threat by focusing on a modern individual - much like they distract us from the War on Terror by demonizing BushCheneyHalliburtonDiebold. If you get lost in the trees, you will never see the jihadi forest. Look at any map of the middle east and the surrounding regions. You will see jihad and islam spreading into southern Russia, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Indian and Pacific Oceans, etc. In each of those places, one can find "bad" people that stand in the jihadis' way and who can be demonized so that we never see the forest.

In 1999, I fully supported the war - not knowing that Kosovo was only a small part of a global problem that had been growing since 600 A.D. Ever since 2001, I have stopped thinking that way.

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We win when we identify the issues; we lose when we say "me too."

I noted a concise passage in Mark Steyn's most recent column this past weekend, the following appeared:
The problems facing America – unsustainable entitlements, broken borders, nuclearizing enemies – require tough solutions, not gaseous Sesame Street platitudes.

One of the first comments following the online version of this column directly addressed this passage and attepmted to rebut each point:
The problems facing America are not what you disingenuously claim: they are not "unsustainable entitlements" but corporate greed, not "broken borders" but xenophobia, not "nuclearizing enemies" but bullying the world. . .

The point of my quoting from this exchange is to demonstrate what happens when we identify the issues that are destroying the U.S. The Steyn passage is very sobering. The leftist response comes across as silly. When we define the real issues in stark terms, the left is forced to sound silly or cede valuable ground to us.

But instead of focusing on these issues, the GOP presidential campaign will focus on the following "issues":

(1) "me too" on global warming.
(2) "me too" on socializing health care - [but not quite as much as the Democrats]
(3) Obama lacks "the experience."
(4) "me too" on rebuilding New Orleans.
(5) "me too" on "change."
(6) "me too" on fighting corporate "greed."
(7) Our nominee was a war hero.
(8) I want to be the education President.
(9) Etc. Etc.

When Obama starts promising the sun, the moon and the stars, I would rather talk about our unsustainable entitlement programs than try to mimic Obama's promises. We can't outpromise the Democrats. We can only point out the impending doom resulting from decades of already existing social programs.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Winter of 2008; snowstorms and arctic temperatures in Greece

Global warming has been delayed not only in the U.S., China and Japan, but also in Greece:
A raging snow storm that blanketed most of Greece over the weekend also continued into the early morning hours on Monday, plunging the country into sub-zero temperatures. Public transport buses were at a standstill on Monday in the wider Athens area, while ships remained in ports, public services remained closed, and schools and courthouses in the more severely-stricken prefectures were also closed. Scores of villages, mainly on the island of Crete, and in the prefectures of Evia, Argolida, Arcadia, Lakonia, Viotia, and the Cyclades islands were snowed in.

For those of you whose publik skule teeches globul warmin insted of geeogrufee, this is Greece.

Greece

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MSM/DNC celebrates Castro's reign

On August 2, 2006, I wrote the following predictions related to the MSM/DNC coverage of the anticipated death of Fidel Castro:
If and when Castro dies, I expect the usual MSM/DNC post-mortems on his life. His nearly five decades in control of Cuba will be glorified and whitewashed. His longevity will be trumpeted as an insult to the United States. Matt Lauer's teleprompter will tell us that five (or ten) Presidents tried to get rid of Castro and he survived anyway. Diane Sawyer's teleprompter will tell us of Castro's deep Catholic faith.

Charles Gibson's teleprompter will refer to Castro's Soviet bosses as his "allies."

Katie Couric's teleprompter will remind us that Elian Gonzalez has been safely reunited with his father.

All of the teleprompters will downplay Castro's instigation of revolution in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

I further predicted that no MSM/DNC outlet would mention Castro's assistance to Venezuela's efforts to destablize the rest of Latin America by using secret police disguised as medical doctors.

Even though Castro is not dead (he announced his resignation yesterday), these predictions are coming true. This morning on Today, Andrea Mitchell triumphantly announced that Castro had survived 10 U.S. Presidents, including George W. Bush (even though Bush somehow remains in office). The same people who barely contain their admiration for the fifty years of Castro's dictatorship (and who now urge the end of the embargo even though the dictatorship remains under different leadership) swoon over the candidacy of Barack Obama and the "change" he will bring to the U.S.
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Michelle Malkin has more.

As usual, Scrappleface puts it all in perspective:
Experts suggest that as co-presidents of Cuba, Mr. Obama would be the mouthpiece, giving stirring six-hour speeches about the majesty and beauty of poverty in a Communist Utopia, while Mrs. Clinton would work behind the scenes to ensure full agreement with those speeches at all levels of government.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Obama received no votes in Harlem.

In the Democrat New York primary, much of Harlem apparently voted unanimously for Hillary:
Unofficial primary results gave Obama no votes in nearly 80 districts, including Harlem's 94th and other historically black areas - but many of those initial tallies proved to be wildly off the mark, the board said.
H/T New York Post

Remember this the next time someone claims that the Republicans suppressed votes in 2000. The Democrats' ability to create a "zero" vote total for Obama in Harlem is not something that we should underestimate. The Democrats have been undermining the electoral process for many years, but this one is as obvious as they have gotten.
In light of Hillary's near total flame-out this primary season, I can only wonder what the true vote total was in 2000 when Hillary "beat" Rick Lazio.

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Quote of the day - Los Angeles Times

It has taken nine bloody and difficult months, but the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops appears at last to have brought not just a lull in the sectarian fighting in Iraq, but the first tangible steps toward genuine political reconciliation.

Los Angeles Times - 2-18-08

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Leftist fantasies over the assassination of Obama; Earl MacRae

The left has grown tired of fantasizing about assassinating President Bush, so their peculiar psychosis has led them to fantasize about the murder of their own beloved Barack Hussein Obama. Earl MacRae warns readers of The Ottawa Sun:

Barack Obama is waving his arms. The crowd is cheering. … I see Barack Obama, one minute smiling, the people crying his name. I see Barack Obama grab his chest and his eyes widen and his mouth opens, and the crowd screams as Barack Obama, black candidate for the presidency of the United States of America, falls to the ground, dead, an assassin's bullet inside him.
H/T Mark Steyn

Mark Steyn mentions numerous examples of leftists advocating the assassination of President Bush. To those examples I will add Bill Maher's explanation of why the world would be better off if terrorists killed Dick Cheney and Fox Network's "Family Guy's" frequent "jokes" about the assassination of Bush, Cheney and others.

I can only conclude that the left wants to rally its followers to commit violence. The Obama assassination fantasy is meant to further that goal, as leftist readers are supposed to become outraged and commit violence of their own choosing in retaliation. The same people who want to see Bush assassinated are also hoping to see Obama assassinated, but for different reasons. The left is obsessed with the concept of political violence - even if it is their own candidates that are being assassinated.

Leftists favor assassination for the same reason they favor socialism. Both of these concepts promote chaos and destruction. The left desires the destruction of the American political system. The constant cycle of assassination and reprisal that the left craves will serve that purpose, just as greater socialist controls will serve the purpose of wrecking the economy.

In reality, the only real possibility for an Obama assassination will occur if Obama names Hillary to be his running mate - in which case Obama will be killed as soon as he takes office, after which his death will be ruled a suicide by the official inquest.

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Quote of the day - Mark Steyn [Obama, Muzak, Sesame Street]

Poor mean, vengeful Hillary, heading for a one-way ticket on the Oblivion Express, has a point. Barack Obama is an elevator Muzak dinner-theater reduction of all the glibbest hand-me-down myths in liberal iconography – which is probably why he's a shoo-in. The problems facing America – unsustainable entitlements, broken borders, nuclearizing enemies – require tough solutions, not gaseous Sesame Street platitudes.

Mark Steyn - February 16, 2008

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Quote of the day - Ann Coulter

I note that there were hundreds of POWS in Vietnam. We can't make them all president. If we're just going to pick one, how about one who doesn't want to shut down Guantanamo and give amnesty to 20 million illegal immigrants?

Ann Coulter

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The end of Hillary's Potemkin village

On January 7th, I speculated on the possibility of Hillary withdrawing from the race based on reports from insiders. Those stories were premature, but only by a little more than a month.

It appears now that Hillary cannot win the nomination. Commenters at Politico.com have done the math. Even if she wins PA, Texas and Ohio, she will not have the necessary delegate total to win the nomination, unless she maneuvers some convention trick that will leave the party in disarray. The piling on has begun. Writers are finally acknowledging the obvious. James Carville has sounded a pessimistic note about her chances.
Tonight, Drudge posts an advance excerpt from the New York Times' Thursday edition:

NYT THURSDAY: Clinton's advisers acknowledged it would be difficult to catch up in race for pledged delegates even if she succeeded in winning 3 states on which she is most pinning her hopes: Ohio and Texas in March and Pennsylvania in April. Dem party's rules would be decided obstacle in efforts to catch up to Obama before voting phase of nominating process ends later in spring... Developing...

These type of statements are not made unless the candidate is doomed. Hillary can see the handwriting on the wall too. My prediction is that Hillary will not wait for the convention. Rather than endure months of defeat and piling on, Hillary will withdraw from the race prior to the convention. The Pennsylvania primary, even if Hillary has not withdrawn by that point, will be an anti-climax. I will go out on a limb and predict that Hillary will withdraw prior to the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. Either the smaller primaries will outweigh Hillary's gains in Ohio and Texas, or Hillary will lose one of those big states.

[Of course all of this analysis depends on MSM/DNC reports and insiders.]

When the end comes, there will be endless discussion of why her campaign failed, with endless explanations focusing on white noise. The real question is not why Hillary's campaign failed, but why it ever seemed real in the first place. Hillary is one big nothing. She has no accomplishments. She is devoted to one thing -- her own advancement and ambition. If she were a man with no connection to Bill Clinton, she would be indistinguishable from ordinary bureacrat wannabes. Her candidacy and career have been entirely dependent on MSM/DNC sycophancy. She has turned herself into a Potemkin village.

Peg Noonan touched upon this idea in December, but only in relation to this campaign instead of Hillary's entire life:

This thought occurs that Hillary Clinton's entire campaign is, and always was, a Potemkin village, a giant head fake, a haughty facade hollow at the core. That she is disorganized on the ground in Iowa, taken aback by a challenge to her invincibility, that she doesn't actually have an A team, that her advisers have always been chosen more for proven loyalty than talent, that her supporters don't feel deep affection for her. That she's scrambling chaotically to catch up, with surrogates saying scuzzy things about Barack Obama and drug use, and her following up with apologies that will, as always, keep the story alive. That her guru-pollster, the almost universally disliked Mark Penn, has, according to Newsday, become the focus of charges that he has "mistakenly run Clinton as a de facto incumbent" and that the top officials on the campaign have never had a real understanding of Iowa.


Peg Noonan was right, but not just about Iowa. The above paragraph is a microcosm of who Hillary is. Hillary spent her entire public life in a series of simultaneous evasions/publicity stunts. If the term "evasions/publicity stunts" seems like a contradiction, consider the following :

- In 1994, she made headlines because she wore pink to a Friday afternoon press conference timed to avoid tough questions on Whitewater.
- Ten years ago almost to the day, she created the label "vast right wing conspiracy" before a fawning Matt Lauer who could do no more than toss her softballs.
- In 1993, she appeared in a fashion magazine photo shoot while her health care task force attempted to dispose of our freedoms in secret.
- She placed her name on a large autobiography that reaped great publicity while saying nothing of substance [the innocuousness of which was later used against her when she attempted to claim credit for accomplishments that were not mentioned therein].
- Hillary's autobiography sold many copies while saying nothing, at the same time that her actions more closely reflected the plans touched on in the college thesis that she tried to hide for so many years.
- She notoriously decried the "politics of personal destruction" while plotting in secret to destroy enemies.

This is not simply a list of scandals - although she has plenty of those in her background. Hillary's public life has been a series of empty gestures, spin and window dressing, all of which exist side-by-side with something Hillary needed to evade. She has spent her life evading and hiding. She gives new meaning to the phrase "hidden in plain sight." Few past presidential candidates have been so well known yet so little understood.

Years from now, we may wonder how she got so close to the seat of power. Her opponents may wonder what they were so afraid of for so long. In fact, her power existed purely as a projection of MSM/DNC spin and the self-fulfilling prophecy of polls. It is only in this age where so many wait to be told what to think that a Hillary could appear to prosper for so long. Only after decades of the welfare state could a large portion of the population be rendered so pliant that a candidacy based on smoke and mirrors would seem viable.

This is what socialism is really all about. Socialism is not merely an economic theory or a dictatorial type of government. Socialism implies the remaking of the individual in a way that wipes out his very individuality. Socialism prevents us from acting or thinking without the sanction of the crowd. Socialism takes the most private activities and makes a public spectacle out of them. The sexual revolution is one of socialism's greatest accomplishments. Sex has been taken out of the privacy of one's bedroom and made into a public commodity, where monogamy is treated as old-fashioned and "free love" has reshaped our lives. In the same way, the choice of candidates has been socialized. Choice, itself, has become a communal process. Polls could not retain their power to create bandwagon effects in a nonsocialized society. "Focus groups" instead of "focus individuals" are candidates' tools of choice. It is not merely our doctors that the left wants to socialize - it is our minds.

Hillary is not the real villain here. It is our own tendency to support the inevitable winner that is the villain. It is our own desire to gravitate toward power - or the appearance of power - that is to blame. Rather than analyze Hillary's debate strategy, we should remember every time we asked "can he/she win?" instead of "what does the candidate believe?".

It is our own willingness to follow a trend that encourages those who would claim ownership of that trend. In the end, we can see that Hillary was foisted upon us by those who took advantage of our own "follow-the-leader" mentality. If we ever learn that we can say "no" without wondering whether others are saying "no" too, we will be immune to the Hillary's of the world.

It took 16 years for us to acknowledge that the emporer has no clothes. We will not have that much time when the next "Hillary" comes along.

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An open convention? Ted Kennedy; 1980 DNC convention

I have written previously about the possibilities for preventing John McCain from getting the GOP nomination so that we might avoid the hopeless choice of McCain v. Obama/Hillary. Those prospects have been dim since last week and become dimmer by the day.

Another thought occurred to me that is also unlikely to succeed, but worth considering. I recently remembered the 1980 Democrat convention, in which Ted Kennedy tried a parliamentary manuever to undo Jimmy Carter's delegate victories during the primaries:
Kennedy came into the Democratic convention at Madison Square Garden in New York City with 1,225 delegates to Carter's 1,981 and 122 uncommitted. Kennedy's only chance to wrest the nomination from Carter, who had enough delegates to win, was to pass an "open rule" motion.

Joe Trippi was on the convention floor the evening of Aug. 11, 1980, marshalling the Kennedy delegations from Texas and Utah. He remembers the deciding vote as "the robot rule vote," which came after an hour-long debate that played out in front of a prime time television audience. The debate was over whether delegates should have to vote for the candidate they'd been pledged for, or have an "open" vote during which they could pick Kennedy or Carter, Trippi recalled in an interview. The back story being that the economic and international political situation had deteriorated between the time most people voted and the time of the convention, opening the door to Kennedy, who was billed as a change candidate. "It went all the way down to the wire," said Trippi, who was an adviser to Edwards' 2008 campaign.

Kennedy had no real basis to undo the delegate commitments except for the fact that the domestic and foreign situation had grown worse since each of the primaries. That was a flimsy pretext not founded in law or party rules. I can recall the controversy leading up to that convention, in which numerous Democrat elected officials spoke out one way or the other. I recall Robert Byrd speaking in favor of the "open convention" motion, even though he professed to support Jimmy Carter on the ultimate nomination battle. I also recall Jimmy Carter repeatedly denouncing the idea of a convention decided in "smoke filled rooms" instead of on the basis of the primary votes.

Ted Kennedy addresses the convention - August 12, 1980












I suggest that we try the same manuever here. I am not familiar with RNC rules. But this motion would not depend on RNC rules. It would depend on the idea that the RNC cannot nominate someone who does not represent Republican policies or positions, especially where such nomination results from victories in which the nominee received no more than 35% of the vote. That is no more flimsy than Ted Kennedy's argument in 1980, and Kennedy was treated seriously at the time.

This move would provide the ultimate irony against the man who, behind the scenes, used the gang of 14 to derail the Bush administration's judicial nominees and who, with the help of Ted Kennedy behind the scenes, kept trying to resurrect amnesty despite overwhelming public opposition.

This is a desparation move and probably destined to go down in flames, but the Republic is at stake. As I wrote last week:
Because the stakes are so high, I am not yet ready to declare the Republic dead yet. Most of us are suffocating inside that coffin that is now being nailed shut. Once the Republic is dead, it is not coming back. More than 1800 years elapsed between the death of Rome's republic (@ 48 B.C.) and the birth of the American Republic (1776). I can not wait that long for the rebirth of freedom somewhere in the world.

We cannot give up the fight now or even after the convention or the election itself. We won't know that we have lost for sure until the day (in the now not too distant future) that we receive official notice of which government medical facility we must now use and where to redeem our now worthless dollars for the new "revalued" currency and which government agency will now have custody of our children, etc.

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Winter storms continue; Winter of 2008

Severe weather in the Northeast continued today, as ice blankets the roads and disrupts traffic while hundreds of schools are closed in central Pennsylvania alone:

Subfreezing temperatures will continue into the mid morning hours with ice accumulations greater than a quarter of an inch possible.

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These weather posts of mine are among the most boring items I have ever posted. But the MSM/DNC has placed us in the position of having to repeat the obvious over and over again. The MSM/DNC almost seems to take pleasure in denying the obvious, so we must repeat the truth continuously so that we don't forget our own experiences in the barrage of propaganda.

Click here for a reminder of some of the weather we endured last year at this time.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Winter of 2008; Potomac primary

I try to memorialize severe weather events so that we will not be at the mercy of Today Show teleprompters telling us (in 6 months) that 2008 was the "warmest winter on record."

I try also to tie in concurrent, unrelated events as memory aids, like major sporting events:
Without the Ice Bowl (or other event by which to remember a bitter winter), we would forget that a major cold spell occurred at that time. We would be left with only vague memories of winters past and MSM/DNC drumbeats about global warming. Each year's bitter weather would fade into the same memory hole as Bill Clinton's sale of nuclear weapon technology to China or Islamic terrorism.

Today, the "Potomac Primary" is taking place, in which voters in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. take part. Severe snow and cold weather is hampering voters' efforts to elect a candidate that will solve "global warming."

Click here for the National Weather Service advisory. Years from now, as we remember the election that put the first George Soros agent into the White House, we can remember the conditions in which voters went to the polls.

Meanwhile, schools are closed and roads are littered with cars from Illinois to Indiana to Kentucky to West Virginia and Ohio.

A record for cold has been set in northern Minnesota.

Madison, Wisconsin has seen its snowiest winter on record.

A winter storm warning has been posted in Pittsburgh and throughout Pennsylvania.

Previous - China, 2008.

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John McCain has been funded by George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry

WND has the story today of how George Soros and Kerry's groups fund McCain's "Reform Institute":

McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections.

The ability to pay campaign operatives between elections is key, as fundraising is difficult during "off" years. The candidate that maintains a campaign staff and conducts campaign activities during the supposedly quiet "off" years has an advantage and a head start over others. This is especially true for a candidate with national ambitions as opposed to state or local candidates. State or local candidates can always use their official staff for political activities (even though they are not supposed to). But it is much more difficult for a Senator to use his government paid staff to coordinate campaign activities nationwide.

One question this raises is, why was Soros' connection to McCain not raised before McCain became the presumptive nominee? I know why the MSM/DNC did not raise this issue. But I am asking why conservatives did not raise this point until now. The WND article lists those few conservatives that discussed this issue prior to 2008. The article also lists the salaried McCain staffers that interlock the Reform Institute and some of the funding sources for the Institute.

If we are destined for a George Soros funded president regardless of whether McCain or Obama (or Hillary (if we are pretending she is still viable)) wins, then there is no point in supporting McCain. At least with a Democrat, Soros' control will be open and susceptible to opposition.

With Obama in office, we will have one enemy - the Soros funded Obama socialist tyranny. But with McCain holding the White House, we will also have to fight confused Republicans within our own ranks who cannot bring themselves to strike out at the Soros-Republican administration. This internal battle will be constant and will paralyze our attempts to rid the country of Soros' foreign influence.

There is no real solution at this point, but this is dilemma we have given ourselves by nominating an open borders "moderate."

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Quote of the day - Joe Sobran

Ordinary conservatives will stick with Bush, of course.
Their battle cry is, as ever, "Let's support the lesser evil!
We're realists! We've got nowhere else to go!" And they will
wind up, as ever, gaining nothing. Backing the "lesser evil"
means only delaying defeat. It never means victory. A string
of "lesser evils" going back to Richard Nixon has only
resulted in entrenched tyranny. Liberals haven't had to settle
for lesser evils, so they've gotten what they want from the
Democrats. Where is it written that a surrendering
conservative is better than a conquering liberal?

Joe Sobran - April 2000

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Monday, February 11, 2008

The polls have reversed course; McCain is now BEHIND Obama

As predicted, the national polls in the Presidential race have served their purpose. Immediately prior to "Super Tuesday," "the polls" told us that John McCain was THE Republican candidate that could beat either Democrat (Hillary or Obama). Rasmussen gave McCain a 6 point lead over Obama.

One week later, frightened Republican voters all but handed John McCain the Republican nomination, driving Mitt Romney from the race. Today, "the polls" tell us that Obama leads McCain by six (6) points.

The polls served their purpose. They drove Romney from the race. They pressured and misled Republican voters into supporting the "electable" John McCain because he would appeal to "moderates" and "independents." Mission accomplished. Now that McCain stands virtually alone in his race to wrap up the nomination, "the polls" can once again resume their function as self-fulfilling prophecies, boosting Obama with an early "lead" so that the "independents" and "undecideds" will know which direction to follow.

I predicted this outcome on January 31st. I did not foresee how rapidly the reversal would come. [While two different polling companies have provided these opposite poll results, I am sure those pollsters are as different as NBC News and ABC News.]

Any Republican who voted for McCain in a primary because he was more "electable" has been suckered.

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Winter of 2008; Freezing temperatures with more on the way

I post this information here just so I have a convenient place to look next year when the MSM/DNC calls the winter of 2008 the "warmest winter on record" in order to support some industry destroying environmentalist proposal from President Obama (or to pressure President McCain into crafting something equally draconian).

The map below depicts Pennsylvania temperatures this afternoon. The temperature was even colder this morning and overnight last night.

February 11, 2008 - WHTM TV










The temperatures are not much better around the country.
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People have died in weather related accidents and are enduring bitter temperatures throughout the East and Midwest.

Detroit's "Winter Blast." - AP photo



There is nothing really earth shattering about these temperatures and conditions. These conditions recur every year, but we tend to forget the conditions we have endured when the MSM/DNC tells us, months later, that the Earth is about to boil over and drown us all in runoff from melting icebergs from the North Pole.

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Representative Tom Lantos; Craig Livingstone

Reuters posted the story today of the death of California Democratic Representative Tom Lantos.

Deb Schlussel posts more detailed information and some interesting facts about Lantos and his career.

Lantos at the American Hungarian Federation






My first memory of Lantos is from 1996, when Lantos confronted the Clinton White House bar bouncer and security officer Craig Livingstone, who resigned after the Clinton White House was found to have illegally obtained and kept confidential FBI files on hundreds of Republican citizens. After Livingstone became the scapegoat for this scandal, Lantos remarked to Livingstone during hearings before Congress, "With an infinitely more distinguished public record than yours, Admiral Boorda committed suicide when he may have committed a minor mistake."


Livingstone (left) being grilled by Lantos and the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee




Congressman Lantos was 80.

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Quote of the day - Ann Coulter

Republicans are so shell-shocked and demoralized by the success of the Bush Derangement Syndrome, they think they can fool the voters by nominating an open-borders, anti-tax cut, anti-free speech, global-warming hysteric, pro-human experimentation "Republican." Which is to say, a Democrat.

Ann Coulter - 2-06-2008

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Quote of the day - Mark Steyn [Stevie Wonder/Obama campaign song]

It would be hard to believe you could come up with a Barack Obama campaign song thinner in content than a Barack Obama campaign speech, but Mr. Wonder has apparently accomplished it.

["Ba-rack O-ba-ma

Ba-a-rack O-ba-a-ma

Ba-ra-ack Obama-a … "

(Repeat until coronation.)]

Mark Steyn - 2-09-2008

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Quote of the day - Larry Liston

In my parents’ day and age, (unmarried teen parents) were sent away, they were shunned, they were called what they are. There was at least a sense of shame.

There’s no sense of shame today. Society condones it. ... I think it’s wrong. They’re sluts. And I don’t mean just the women. I mean the men, too.


Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Larry Liston

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

We are so screwed.

Mitt Romney, as flawed a candidate as he has been, was the last best hope for the survival of the Republic. With his departure from the race, I am not quite ready to give up on the Republic. The final nail is not quite all of the way into the coffin.

Three things need to happen in order to save us from the destruction that a Presidential victory for the Clinton/Obama/McCain ticket would bring, all of which are unlikely:

(1) Mike Huckabee, as the last remaining viable alternative to McCain, will have to win the nomination, which is unlikely given the delegate count.

(2) Huckabee will then have to beat Hillary or Obama or both, which is unlikely given Huckabee's status as a weasel flip-flopper.

(3) Huckabee will then have to govern properly, also unlikely (see #2).

If any of these three things do not happen, get used to waiting in long lines to see government doctors. And get used to giving up all of the other luxuries and amenities that living in a free, prosperous nation has afforded us.

Because the stakes are so high, I am not yet ready to declare the Republic dead yet. Most of us are suffocating inside that coffin that is now being nailed shut. Once the Republic is dead, it is not coming back. More than 1800 years elapsed between the death of Rome's republic (@ 48 B.C.) and the birth of the American Republic (1776). I can not wait that long for the rebirth of freedom somewhere in the world.

So I am officially supporting Huckabee until such time as he either drops out or sells out to McCain. Like I said, we are sooooo screwed.

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Quote of the day - Steve Czaban

Nothing like a “Republican” who opposes tax cuts, is in favor of amnesty for illegals, won’t allow waterboarding of Al Qaeda, and is ready to throw in with the Global Warming Hoax crowd to cripple our economy with absurd regulations.

And oh yeah, he also pushed through an unconstitutional restriction on free speech (McCain-Feingold), said Hillary Clinton would make a fine president if elected, and considered briefly becoming John Kerry’s VP running mate.

Talk about getting drilled!

Steve Czaban [Read the whole thing].

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Vietnam history primer; Tet Offensive

The Wall Street Journal today contains an article today that rebuts the MSM/DNC revised standard version of the Vietnam War:
On January 30, 1968, more than a quarter million North Vietnamese soldiers and 100,000 Viet Cong irregulars launched a massive attack on South Vietnam. But the public didn't hear about who had won this most decisive battle of the Vietnam War, the so-called Tet offensive, until much too late.

Media misreporting of Tet passed into our collective memory. That picture gave antiwar activism an unwarranted credibility that persists today in Congress, and in the media reaction to the war in Iraq. The Tet experience provides a narrative model for those who wish to see all U.S. military successes -- such as the Petraeus surge -- minimized and glossed over.

Arthur Herman provides some basic numbers that any student of that era's history should know:
The Tet offensive came at the end of a long string of communist setbacks. By 1967 their insurgent army in the South, the Viet Cong, had proved increasingly ineffective, both as a military and political force. Once American combat troops began arriving in the summer of 1965, the communists were mauled in one battle after another, despite massive Hanoi support for the southern insurgency with soldiers and arms. By 1967 the VC had lost control over areas like the Mekong Delta -- ironically, the very place where reporters David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan had first diagnosed a Vietnam "quagmire" that never existed.

The Tet offensive was Hanoi's desperate throw of the dice to seize South Vietnam's northern provinces using conventional armies, while simultaneously triggering a popular uprising in support of the Viet Cong. Both failed. Americans and South Vietnamese soon put down the attacks, which began under cover of a cease-fire to celebrate the Tet lunar new year. By March 2, when U.S. Marines crushed the last North Vietnamese pockets of resistance in the northern city of Hue, the VC had lost 80,000-100,000 killed or wounded without capturing a single province.

Tet was a particularly crushing defeat for the VC. It had not only failed to trigger any uprising but also cost them "our best people," as former Viet Cong doctor Duong Quyunh Hoa later admitted to reporter Stanley Karnow. Yet the very fact of the U.S. military victory -- "The North Vietnamese," noted National Security official William Bundy at the time, "fought to the last Viet Cong" -- was spun otherwise by most of the U.S. press.

Vietnam is spoken or written of in vague terms. References to "quagmire," "another Vietnam," "the limits to American Imperialism," etc. have nearly paralyzed American foreign policy for more than three decades. American policy in Vietnam was successful until American leftist propagandists and politicians squandered our hard won victory:
The failure of the North's next massive invasion over Easter 1972, which cost the North Vietnamese army another 100,000 men and half their tanks and artillery, finally forced it to sign the peace accords in Paris and formally to recognize the Republic of South Vietnam. By August 1972 there were no U.S. combat forces left in Vietnam, precisely because, contrary to the overwhelming mass of press reports, American policy there had been a success.

To Congress and the public, however, the war had been nothing but a debacle. And by withdrawing American troops, President Nixon gave up any U.S. political or military leverage on Vietnam's future. With U.S. military might out of the equation, the North quickly cheated on the Paris accords. When its re-equipped army launched a massive attack in 1975, Congress refused to redeem Nixon's pledges of military support for the South. Instead, President Gerald Ford bowed to what the media had convinced the American public was inevitable: the fall of Vietnam.

The collapse of South Vietnam's neighbor, Cambodia, soon followed. Southeast Asia entered the era of the "killing fields," exterminating in a brief few years an estimated two million people -- 30% of the Cambodian population. American military policy has borne the scars of Vietnam ever since.

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Quote of the day - Ronald Reagan

A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.

Ronald Reagan 1975

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Quote of the day - Rush Limbaugh [McCain]

If I believe the country will suffer with either Hillary, Obama or McCain, I would just as soon the Democrats take the hit . . . rather than a Republican causing the debacle. . .

Rush Limbaugh

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A repeat of 1988

As we wait for the results of today's "Super Tuesday" voting, recent history may help us see where we are headed.

Imagine we are in the primary season of 1988. The GOP is about to nominate George Bush I. After 4 years in office, Bush will lose to Clinton due to Bush' tax hike (among other reasons). America still has not recovered from the Clinton years (particularly the reverses suffered related to the war on terror and China). It is still not clear that America will survive the Clinton years even if we were guaranteed decades of Republican rule. The nomination of a liberal Republican (Bush I) who did not understand the importance of tax cuts resulted in serious damage to the nation that we might never repair.

Fast forward to February 5, 2008. We now have a choice among two candidates, one of whom is more liberal (McCain). If we repeat the same mistake from 1988, we are asking for either (1) a one term McCain presidency to be followed by so many years of Democrat rule that we will not recognize this country when they are through or (2) an immediate Democrat victory this fall that will last for an unknown period. Niether alternative is attractive. These alternatives are not far fetched. This scenario is exactly what played out in this country between 1988 and 2000, directly as a result of the GOP nomination of George Bush I in 1988.

The only possibility of escaping this nightmare scenario is to nominate Romney now. He is not perfect, but at least there is an upside. If he sticks to his current positions, we may not have to face an eventual Democrat resurgance followed by years of destructive rule.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Mitt Romney for President

I, like many other conservatives, was disappointed when Fred Thompson dropped out of the Presidential race. I have refrained from declaring myself for any other candidate. But with the issue possibly to be decided tomorrow, I come forward now with an endorsement. I have provided plenty of reasons not to vote for John McCain.

In particular, I believe amnesty for illegal immigrants (and the refusal to build the wall) will be the defining issue for the survival of the United States as a sovereign nation. If we do not begin to control our borders, the United States will eventually cease to exist, with the resulting chaos and horror that such an end will bring. We will not simply wake up one day to find ourselves living in a third world nation. The change will come gradually, painfully and be accompanied by the loss of the standard of living that has set the United States apart from the rest of the world. There are many other factors contributing to this decline. One such factor will be the adoption of a radical program to destroy what remains of our industrial base due to hysteria that melting icebergs will one day flood the Earth. In each of these cases, John McCain has adopted exactly the wrong policy, notwithstanding whatever temporary promises he might make to the conservative base in order to skate to victory tomorrow.

This is what Ann Coulter refers to when she says that we have only a few days to "save the Republic." We now have one day. Once McCain receives enough delegates to secure the nomination, it will be too late. We will be faced with a choice between a liberal McCain administration that will repeat all of the Democrats' mistakes (with the GOP getting the blame) vs. Hillary or Obama. That is no choice. Either choice will result in possibly irrevocable destruction to this country over the next 4 or 8 years (or longer). If the GOP takes the blame for McCain's governance mistakes, the GOP will be out of power for so long that we will be unable to correct the damage done by the Democrats.

We have one chance to avoid this scenario. That chance is to support Mitt Romney tomorrow. While he has flip-flopped on key issues, a flip-flopper is right half of the time. He is campaigning now on the right side of the issues. It is reasonable to expect that we can hold him to these positions on many of the most important issues after he is elected. All indications are that he will be at least as good a president as George W. Bush. The upside potential for Mitt Romney is much higher than any of our alternatives. I can see no upside in any other scenario. We have no other choice.

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Ann Coulter - 4 days to save the Republic

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Start watching at about 3:00 and for the next 30 seconds if your time is limited.

Whether you agree with her or not, she is far from alone. This is especially true as far as abandoning the GOP in the general election rather than voting for McCain.

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Quotes of the day - Mark Steyn [McCain vs. Hillary]

It's a shame that neither of them [McCain or Hillary] will lose – that, regardless of who takes the oath come next January, the harmonious McCain-Clinton consensus policies on illegal immigration and Big Government solutions to global warming will prevail.

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The Clintons are nothing if not lucky, and Hillary must occasionally be enjoying a luxury-length cackle at the thought of being pitted against a 71-year-old "maverick" whose record seems designed to antagonize just enough of the base into staying home on Election Day. In the 2000 campaign season, running in a desultory fashion for the New York Senate seat, Rudy Giuliani waged a brief half-hearted campaign just long enough to leave the Republican Party with no one to run against Hillary except a candidate who wasn't up to the job.

Has he managed to do the same this time round?

Mark Steyn - 2-2-08

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Compare McCain with Hillary

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Keating Five scandal soon to be resurrected

I haven't thought about the Keating 5 bank scandal in more than 15 years. Whoever this "Keating" is, I am sure he (or she) got what was coming to him (or her).

And I take John McCain at his word that he did nothing wrong.

But there is one thing I am sure of. The newspaper articles and TV reports have already been written and scripted. As soon as McCain (1) wraps up the nomination and (2) gets anywhere near the Democrats in "the polls," the MSM/DNC will make "Keating" as much of a household word as it has made "Valerie Plame," "Cindy Sheehan" or other such irrelevancies. ABC will become "the Keating network." Everyone will know Keating's name, but no one will know what he (or she) did.

Many voters, through sheer repetition, will end up with the vague idea that Obama (or Clinton) is running against the McCain/Keating ticket in the fall election. Others will come to believe that "Keating" is McCain's last name. As our present day banking/mortgage crisis continues and languishes through 2008, many voters will get the impression that the Keating 5 scandal occurred this year instead of in the early 1990's. Casual viewers of the MSM/DNC will come to believe that they were denied a bank loan or that their house has lost value because of the dishonest activities of a person named McCain Keating V.

The New York Times will forget that it endorsed John McCain and begin devoting its entire effort to exposing the danger from the McCain/Keating 5. A steady parade of individuals that lost their (1) homes, (2) savings or (3) whatever it was that Keating took from them will appear on television and/or in Congressional hearings to whine about their plight. What Vietnam was to the election of 2004, the savings and loan scandal of the early 1990's will be to the election of 2008.

CBS may not need forged documents this year. But if they use forgeries in exposing the Keating 5 scandal, the blogosphere may not ride to McCain's rescue as it did for George W. Bush in 2004.
There are additional scenarios that I have not even imagined. We all are familiar enough with the MSM/DNC to know how it operates. We have seen the above scenarios enough to know what to expect this year if John McCain wins the GOP nomination.

We may be 48 hours from making all of these scenarios a reality (depending on how we vote on Super Tuesday). If we hand the nomination to McCain, we may yet find out who Keating actually is.

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Global warming delayed in Japan due to inclement weather

It appears that Japan is not exactly enjoying global warming this year. Tokyo has suffered from record snowfall this year that has stranded travelers and caused injuries. The severe weather is not limited to Tokyo:
Coastal regions have experienced Japan's deadliest winter in more than two decades, with at least 102 deaths recorded by Tuesday, with many of the victims crushed by snow or falling from buildings while clearing snow from roofs.
USA Today


previous - China, 2008

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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Pamela Geller from Atlas Shrugs endorses Mitt Romney

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Rick Santorum endorses Romney on the Laura Ingraham show

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Ronald Reagan at the von Mises Institute

I posted most of this as a comment at another blog. I liked it so much I am going to repeat it here. I have always been annoyed that so much of the national discussion has always focused on white noise, trivialities and ad hominem attacks. There are core values underpinning the Republican party and conservatism. These values go beyond the arguments of the moment.

Michelle Malkin posted a lengthy item the other day featuring extensive quotations from a 30 year old Reagan speech before the von Mises institute, in which he discussed the role of "profits" and how the left has misused that word. But read it NOT for the implied criticism of McCain. Forget about McCain and the primaries for a moment. Read the item just to rediscover what conservatism is all about. See what issues we SHOULD be talking about instead of ad hominem attacks. Reading the item should make you optimistic (as it does for me) because it will remind you of the potential that conservative philosophy really has. It will remind you that conservatism offers the kind of basic values, deep thought and core philosophy that transcend any one campaign or any temporary battle of insults.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Global warming seems to be delayed in China (and everywhere else)

China is undergoing the worst winter in five decades:
China's gridlocked transport system rumbled back to life Friday but millions of angry travellers remained stranded all around the country, unable to return home for annual holidays.
Passengers began to flow out of airports, train stations and bus depots but it was nowhere near enough to clear a massive backlog of travellers stranded for days after the worst winter in five decades hit at the busiest time of year.
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Earlier this week, reports centered on heavy snowfall:
Hundreds of thousands of travelers are still stranded at rail and bus stations around the country because of the heavy snow as they attempt to make their way home for the Chinese New Year holidays, state media said.

H/T Breitbart:
China issued a severe weather warning on Monday for large swathes of the country already reeling from transport havoc and power shortages caused by the heaviest snowfalls in decades.

The weather has contributed to power shortages:
The power shortages have been blamed on a government freeze imposed on electricity prices in September in an effort to cool inflation. The freeze prompted utilities to curb losses by purchasing less coal, the price of which has risen to record highs in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, in the midwest, anti-global warming weather has created massive problems from Texas to St. Louis to Chicago to Kentucky. The storms headed east today, creating havoc in Pa, New Jersey and elsewhere.

All of this may seem boring to those of us who are used to it, but we will need something to reference next year when the MSM/DNC teleprompters tell us that 2008 was the "warmest winter on record."

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