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calendar   Monday - July 16, 2007

I am the Emperor!

Is Misha in Denver?

Armed man killed outside Colorado governor’s office

DENVER (AP)—A man carrying a gun and declaring “I am the emperor” was shot and killed Monday outside the offices of Gov. Bill Ritter by a member of the governor’s security detail, a spokesman said. Ritter was not injured.

The unidentified man refused orders to drop his gun, spokesman Evan Dreyer said. Four or five shots were heard, but authorities would not say how many times the security officer fired.

The shooting occurred in a hall outside the governor’s offices on the first floor of the Capitol. It was not clear where the governor was at the time.

Before he was shot, the gunman said, “I am the emperor and I’m here to take over state government,” Dreyer said

Strange.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 09:17 PM   
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Parker is Heading Uptown

From the Firearms Coalition

“Parker" Headed to Supreme Court
Written by Jeff Knox
Monday, 16 July 2007

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is announcing that the District is going forward with an appeal to the Supreme Court in the Parker case.

The announcement puts to rest rumors and concerns that DC would simply make minor adjustments to their oppressive gun restrictions to feign compliance with the Federal Circuit Court’s decision stating that the Second Amendment refers to an individual right.

The next step in the process is for the Supreme Court to decide whether they will hear the case or not.  If they do not choose to hear it, the court ruling stands and its decision carries a bit more weight than it would have had if it had never been appealed to the SCOTUS, but it would still not be a binding precedent for all federal courts.  If the Supreme Court does choose to hear the case it will be almost impossible for them to reach a decision without a clear statement of whether the Second Amendment applies to only state militias such as the National Guard or whether it is an individual right.

Please spread this news and start writing letters to the editor; the anti-gunners will be mounting massive media campaigns in attempts to convince the Court that the American people no longer believe in the Second Amendment.  It is up to us - you and me - to diffuse that nonsense and make it clear that the majority of Americans recognize the right to arms as a basic human right.

We will keep you posted as the issue develops and we will present more in-depth analysis in “The Knox Report” and in the Blogs on our newly revamped website - www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

Yours for the Second Amendment,

Jeff
Jeff Knox
The Firearms Coalition


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 06:11 PM   
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What is Red Bull?

I admit, I never drink the stuff, but I know a lot of folks who do.

Wired has gone and done the analysis for us so you know what you’re pouring down your gullet.

Enjoy.

What’s Inside: Red Bull

Glucose
Like most popular soft drinks, Red Bull is largely sugar water. But don’t count on its glucose to “give you wings,” as the ad says. Multiple studies have debunked the so-called sugar high.

Taurine
Also known as 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid, taurine was originally isolated from bull bile in 1827. Now made synthetically, it is the magical elixir said to bring out the kitesurfing extremophile in any Web-surfing nerd. Taurine’s actual effects, while not as drastic as the hype, are pretty wide-ranging, even from the amount found in a single can: Not only is it an inhibitory neurotransmitter (in some cases acting as a mild sedative) and an age-defying antioxidant, it even has the potential to steady irregular heartbeats.

Glucuronolactone
Internet rumors claimed this was a Vietnam-era experimental drug that causes brain tumors. Luckily, that’s not true. But don’t crumple up your tinfoil hat yet — hardly anyone has looked into exactly what this stuff does. So little research has been done on glucuronolactone (and most of it 50 years ago) that almost all information about it is mere rumor. Users generally believe it fights fatigue and increases well-being, but that could turn out to be bull, too.

There’s more, but I can’t imagine anything more satisfying already, can you?  LOL


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 11:05 AM   
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North Korea Shuts Down Its Reactor

Ken McCracken over at Say Anything has a good analysis of the situation.

The North Koreans have shut down their sole nuclear reactor, located at Yongbyon. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei stated today that “our inspectors are there. They verified the shutting down of the reactor yesterday.” The 10-person team of inspectors will work for several days applying IAEA seals as the nuclear equipment cools off. The North Koreans are 3 months late in implementing their end of the Denuclearization Action Plan. According to that plan, the nuclear shutdown was to have begun within 60 days of the agreement’s date.

On paper, this is an astounding and world-historic diplomatic victory for the Bush administration, and especially for its chief architect, the indefatigable Christopher Hill. Will this turn out to be a Neville Chamberlain-esque appeasment deal gone awry? It could very well be: North Korea has a history of regarding such deals as merely printed words without meaning. They violated the terms of the much-ballyhooed 1994 Agreed Framework before the ink was even dry. North Korea was a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which they also egregiously violated. In short, a North Korean signature on an agreement means exactly nothing. Yet North Korea is in desperate straits, with no fuel, little help from China, and no friends anywhere in the world. Perhaps Kim Jong-Il really does savor normalization and trade with the rest of the world. It is a very encouraging sign.

History will tell whether this is for real, and the little commie has finally woken up, or if it is another ploy to get more time.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 10:54 AM   
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The Essence of Moonbat

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Moonbats need a reality check

What is the difference between a moonbat and a thinking person? A moonbat believes that all that he sees is all that there is. A thinking person knows that there is something beyond the horizon that he does not know.

Babs and all her Hollywood mentality ilk, which includes every moonbat, cannot see the forest or the trees. In fact, the wooded areas just do not exist.

I have lived most of my adult life outside the U.S.A. I ‘lived’, meaning stayed long enough to have to get a local driver’s license, in such diverse places as the Bahamas and England, Fiji and Singapore, Germany and the Philippines. My experiences taught me that there is a great divide between the ‘First World’ and the ‘Third’ and it has little to do with economic prosperity and wealth.

Imagine walking into your local McDonald’s to have the door opened by a smiling but fully armed security guard, who later might show you to a table or carry the tray with your food to the table. Believe it or not, that guard does give a sense of security in a world that often feels insecure.

As you exit that same fast food outlet, you carry an ice cream cone to hand to a small child waiting outside the door, that treat perhaps the only food that child has eaten for several hours or more.

Surprisingly, the child may have spent his morning hours in school, his parents struggling daily to afford the pencil or pen he writes with in class. His family makes choices everyday that the moonbat can neither comprehend nor cope. Morons, I mean moonbats like Gore panic about ten years in the future; this child has no time to worry that far ahead. And complete hypocrites wail about protecting the world, a world they do not even know exists.

But listen to this. That McDonald’s is located in a country where 85% of the people across all educational and economic divides trust the United States to do the right thing. A country where Terry Schiavo would have been cared for until natural death, the alternative thought to be an abomination against man and nature. But more importantly, a matter of what is right and what is wrong.

In an average neighborhood, a middle-aged man who worked as a handy man was found fondling a nine-year-old girl. He was caught and ‘escorted’ by some of the residents a several hour drive away from the city. He has not been seen since and no one asks and no one cares. The little girl was comforted by her family and her neighbors with the truth that there are bad people in the world and that this bad man would not and could not ever hurt her again. Good people have an obligation do to what is right with those that choose to do wrong.

We watch ‘Survivor’ here, laughing at the Americans trying to survive.
Here we call it the daily routine for ten of millions. Al Gore and Babs and Sheehan would not last ten minutes in the real world where most people live.
They have no awareness of reality. And that is one of the things that makes them arrogant, self-centered, dangerous moonbats.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 10:42 AM   
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Some thoughts to start your week…

It seems that you can’t turn on the television, go through an airport, watch the news, or visit a public building now-a-days without being reminded that the Department of Homeland Security’s (AKA the Department of We’re Not Particularly Good At Anything Besides Wasting Taxpayers Money and Slowing Down Your Airline Boarding and Banning Nail-clippers But Doesn’t It Sound Like We Are Making Things Safer) National Threat Advisory.  In case you haven’t been checking it every day before you kiss the wife, pat the dog on the head and go to work, it’s currently at yellow.

Currently?  Oh, I meant still.  Has anyone ever seen it at a level below yellow since it was implemented?  For that matter, do any of you, faithful readers, know what your responsibilities as an American are, according to the Department of Homeland Security? (or the Dept. of D.W.N.P.G.A.A.B.W.T.M.S.D.Y.A.B.B.N.B.D.I.S.L.W.A.M.T.S--can’t you see why they changed to the shorter name?--Try fitting that on a badge)

According to their website, you as an American (they go so far as to tell you its your responsibility--who the heck are they?  I’ve been an American longer than they’ve been part of bigger government, and I’m pretty sure I can figure out my responsibilities as an American better than some committee can) should:

* All Americans should continue to be vigilant, take notice of their surroundings, and report suspicious items or activities to local authorities immediately.
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Everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves and their family, and stay informed about what to do during an emergency.

It sure is a good thing that they are around to tell us to report suspicious things to the authorities.  And to remind us to do what we learned in Boy Scouts--be prepared.  We’re paying tax dollars for this advice?  You know it’s someone’s job to keep this thing updated.  And they probably have a staff.

Do you think you’ll ever see it less than yellow?  Not likely, says I.  As soon as it dips below yellow, we won’t need a Department of Homeland Security anymore.  And then, they’d be out of their jobs.

That is, of course, neglecting the real reason it won’t go below yellow:  America is unpopular.  America is strong.  America is rich.  America is powerful.  America because of its largess, short memory, and willingness to give second chances makes itself an easy target.  No one is burning the flag of Luxembourg.

And, unfortunately, America has lost its will to fight.  I don’t mean this war specifically, I mean at all.  If one of my personal heroes, General George S. Patton could see what was going on in America today, he’d be rolling over in his grave, ivory handled .45’s rattling off the sides as he spun.  He is remembered as saying:

“Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight. When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.”

But in today’s society, where children “graduate” from kindergarten, where everyone is invited to participate irregardless of talent, where every kid gets a trophy, and no one loses, I have to ask:  Aren’t we all losing?  We are socially engineering our own demise.

Just some thoughts to start your week.

“Sometimes I just, By God, get carried away with my own eloquence.”—General George S. Patton


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 02:40 AM   
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Getting Woo-zy About Water

Here’s a Bit of Moonbattery for you. Orac is the nom de blog of a praticicng physician and surgeon who posts about woo-meisters etc. among other things Thaught you’d like to see a bit of non-political moonbattery.


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Posted by mythusmage   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 02:10 AM   
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CNN vs Michael Moore - Last Man Standing Match

Howdy all, it’s your neighborhood wife/mom/Sagittarian/Dragon/metalhead/occasional smarta** known (and beloved) as Severa, coming to you with my first BMEWS post, jumping into the fire.

When I’m not at our townhome community pool with my two sons (don’t smack me - it gets them out of the house, it wears them out and it’s FREE) or tending to house and family, I’m on the computer. For years I’ve been a Net and news junkie.  My main news sites are BMEWS, FoxNews, FreeRepublic (yes Rats, I’m one of those dreaded FREEPERS you trash talk soooo much) and CNN. Yes I know CNN’s cable news bites (at least it did when I watched it back in the day and from what I’ve heard it hasn’t gotten any better) but their website can occasionally be good for a laugh…

No seriously. I fell across this link on the site today:

CNN’s Response to Michael Moore

Apparently, Michael Moore wrote this big letter on his website about how CNN reported on his movie ‘Sicko’ . CNN has has now posted on their site a response to Moore’s letter. There’s an opening statement, then they go through the main points that Moore addressed in his letter.

Now I can’t post the whole thing here (it’s LOOOOONG) but there’s some GREAT unintentional comedy in here (my responses are in italics):

From the opening statement:
“We have zero vested interest in shading the numbers to tell a certain story. Suggesting otherwise, of Dr. Gupta or of CNN, just doesn’t hold water,”
(*begins to snicker a bit, but then coughs* Oh sorry about that...)

From Point #1
Moore appears to be creating an issue where none exists.
(Takes one to know one...or pot calling the kettle black...?)

From Point #6:
One of Gupta’s overall critiques of the film is that Moore leaves viewers with an impression, as he does on his Web site, that universal health care comes without cost. In fact, substantial taxes are required to pay for such programs around the world.
(Leaving viewers with an impression...you mean how like CNN almost never reports ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT THE WAR IN IRAQ? Oops my CAPS LOCK slipped. My bad...)

From Point #8
CNN: “But no matter how much Moore fudged the facts, and he did fudge some facts...”

“The Truth” (from Michael Moore’s Web site):

This is libel. There is not a single fact that is “fudged” in the film. No one has proven a single fact in the film wrong. We expect CNN to correct their mistakes on the air and to apologize to their viewers.

(I’m not quite sure on the definition for libel, but saying someone fudged some facts isn’t really life shattering libel to me...)

From Point #9:
To reiterate, we believe numbers should be compared apples to apples, oranges to oranges.
(Yeah I’ll believe that...the second you start reporting on Democrat corruption through the years...No I won’t hold my breath, don’t worry...)

From Point #10:
Again, Moore seems to be creating controversy where there is none.
(Again, I await the day that CNN starts reporting GOOD NEWS ON IRAQ...*punches CAPS LOCK button repeatedly*)

From the Conclusion:
We have laid out the facts, plain and simple.
(Riiiiight. Maybe on THIS issue....but on others...)

Like I said before, I don’t watch CNN (I do NOT put on the news until after my sons go to bed. When I do watch news, it’s FoxNews or the local NBC affiliate). I sure as heck don’t listen to Michael Moore.  I think it’s funny as hell that CNN actually bit the bullet and responded to his griping. Can’t wait to see more on THIS story....


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Posted by Severa   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 01:04 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - July 15, 2007

Polarization

\Po’lar*i*az"tion\, n. [Cf. F. polarisation][1913 Webster] 1. The act of polarizing; the state of being polarized, or of having polarity.

Selections from Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward:

Polarization: anteposition, confrontation, disparity, division, hostility, mutual repulsion.

(Thanks to the Hypertext Webster Gateway at http://www.bennetyee.org/)

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I think the Thesaurus’ words were more what I was thinking of. Angles of reflection of light aren’t really what this post is all about.

Rather, it has to do with the (mostly) childish attitudes that come from the various camps when it comes to the issues of the day. It can range from “Nuke ‘em ‘til they glow” to “Can’t we all just get along?” to what it means to have single-tiered health care in Canada to what exactly is going on with our environment.

Children with asthma are now commonplace. It wasn’t like that when I was a kid. We seem to bump into people with life-threatening nut allergies on a more regular basis. It wasn’t like that when I was a kid either. So tell me, are we just getting better at diagnosing these ailments, or is there really an increase? If there is, have we brought it upon ourselves?

Quite frankly, I don’t know.

The reason I don’t know is because you can’t get a bloody straight answer out of anyone.

Environmentalists would have us believe that the cause is and has been our presence on this fragile planet. Anti-environmentalists (is there a better word?) would counter that we have more trees today than in any time in history.

Good God - are trees toxic after all?

Nobody seems willing to come forward and say things like “it’s not such a good idea to dump raw sewage in the river, but on the other hand, spraying for bugs ain’t such a bad idea”.

And that’s what’s missing. Middle-ground.

I’m not talking about feel-good crap like “carbon credits” either (quite easily the biggest scam since $60/bbl oil).

No, I’m talking about the rational discourse that is and will be required in order to solve any of the environmental problems we might have. This discourse does not involve one side or the other jumping up and down screeching “I told you so!” each time another (possibly pseudo-) scientific report hits the stands.

2005 was one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons on record. Lives lost - billions in repairs. But uh-oh, here comes 2006. The “experts” get trotted out claiming *this* season will be the worst ever. Um, nope. It was one of the lightest. Looks like ‘07 is going to be closer to ‘06 than ‘05 too. No worries. Let’s stage a putzch at the weather service. Can’t have contradictory ideas, can we?

But why is it different? Why is it we can experience such a dramatic lessening of the environmental conditions that cause hurricanes from one year to the next? Why that quickly? Isn’t weather supposed to be long-term? What happened?

Well, the truth is - are you ready for it? - the truth is WE DON’T KNOW.

There. I said it. An admission of meteorological ignorance from a lay person. About as rare as hen’s teeth, if you ask me, but an admission anyway. Funny part, it wasn’t that hard to say (or type).

We live in a world where weather pontification rules. It’s either “yer fer us, or you’re agin us”.

And it’s crap.

Anybody and his dog can use one-sided trumped-up statistics to support his claim, and they do. And they’re trotted out on the evening news for their 60 seconds of fame and, assuming they can get in a word edgewise with the politically-motivated show host, a five-second sound bite.

This problem isn’t about sound bites. It’s about a) Is there really a problem?, b) If so, how big is it?, and c) If it’s threatening us, what do we do about it?

I’m going to admit ignorance again, and say I don’t have the answers to “a”, “b”, or “c”. I do, however, know what the answer *isn’t*:

  • Threatening/censuring those that don’t believe in man-made global climate change, including those at the scientific and academic levels
  • Planting trees to “offset” smog-belching machines instead of making those machines more fuel-efficient
  • Partisan support of flawed “treaties” that punish developed nations and enrich third-world dictatorships or regimes
  • Pretending there’s nothing to talk about



  • Polarization: opposite ends. Just what you need for rational discourse.

    Ask me “weather” I’m dreaming. (Or having a nightmare, for those that might have seen the holographic Al Gore).


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    Posted by Somnambulist57   Trinidad and Tobago  on 07/15/2007 at 06:32 PM   
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    Imagine My Surprise

    I got an email from Christian asking for Recon members to post on this blog. Now, I haven’t been around for awhile. Learning of the Skipper’s death came as a surprise. Considering what has happened I can understand what Christian has gone through. So I sent him a reply saying that I would be happy to post at BMEWS.

    So I come here, look around, then go to see about posting at Recon. I figured, it would take Christian a day or two to authorize my posting at BMEWS, if he did okay posting priveleges. Much to my surprise, on the posting page I saw two options as to where I could post. That is why you’re seeing this on BMEWS instead of Recon.

    Consider this as an introduction of sorts. I belong to no political party, or to any religion. I’m a self-professed Discordian because it fits my sense of humor. I support those who are in the right, and oppose those who would oppress Humanity. I’m for honesty, honest dealings, and treating people with the basic respect all deserve unless and until they prove to me that such respect is unwarranted. You wish to engage me in respectful discourse, then let us converse. If not, then I can only consider you a disappointment.

    Here is a short list of what I find to be true (if any word or phrase is unfamiliar to you, go ahead and do a : Gigablast on it): Our climate is changing, and we’re a contributory factor. We are a heavily modified cnidarian worm, we may even me a heavily modified slime mold. We are doing the right thing in Iraq. We are at war with Iran and Syria. You have the right to your own opinion, you do not have the right to your own facts. No government can long succeed that ignores the voice of its citizens. The quickest road to tyranny is by treating people as though they needed constant protecting from the hazards of the world. Cats are understandable, but you have to accept what they’re telling you.

    There’s more, but that should keep you cogitating for awhile.

    I don’t expect you to agree with me on everything. I do ask that you express your disagreement with courtesy and respect. Especially if you’re convinced I’m a hateful loon with a crush on Satan. As my mother once told me, “It’s easier to catch flies with honey instead of vinegar.” When I asked her why would I want to catch flies she replied, “Makes them easier to kill in great numbers.”

    I’m off to have a quick look around the blogosphere, then to the beach to find some bottles and cans for extra cash. Might be another post today, on what I have no idea. One thing you can be sure of, it’ll be something on the Rights of Man and the value of respecting the essential dignity of Mankind.


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    Posted by mythusmage   United States  on 07/15/2007 at 06:42 PM   
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    New Wind

    Wow.

    That is all I can say.  When I posted ”Ponderances” on Friday, my honest expectation was that there would be three or four comments says something like: “Yeah, we understsand, it hasn’t been the same since the Skipper died. Probably best to just let it go.”

    I never expected that the little bit I was doing made even a little difference.  I am overwhelmed by your kind words.

    In light of your excellent advice, I have just sent an email to all the BMEWS RECON team, inviting them, if they wish, to begin posting on the main site.  These are folks you all know and who Allan trusted with the keys to part of the kingdom.  I expect a few of them will respond in the affirmative.

    If there are others of you who would like a shot, send me a sample post.  Write it just like you would if it were going to be live.  My crack staff of editors (OK, probably just me and Christopher) will pour over it and determine its overall quality.  Should it pass, you will be granted access for a trial period.  I ask that those who would like to be considered commit to at least one post per week.

    I will limit the number of posters, simply to keep down the confusion, but for now am taking all applications.

    Thank you again, I feel rejuvinated in the effort to combat the tinfoil-hatted, nutrooted moobats out there.  And its all because of you, the fine readers and participants in this small corner of the intarw3bs.

    bat


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    Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/15/2007 at 04:30 PM   
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    RINO is still clueless

    Mr. Christian is needing some assistance. That’s how I interpret his last post. I’ll do what I can. Let’s see how this goes over…

    The Dayton Daily Democrat...er...News conducted an email interview with ex-Senator Mike DeWine (RINO-OH) The results show that DeWine still doesn’t understand why he lost last November.

    Yes, I held my nose and voted for this clueless jerk. But I did NOT support him with either money or time. He was one of the ‘gang of seven’ Republicans who held up Bush’s court nominees.

    DDN. From your experience, what do think people don’t understand about Congress that they would be interested in knowing? That is, what’s the main misunderstanding?

    DeWine. Many times all the public sees is the partisan bickering. While there is way too much of that, what is missed is that on any given day (while) the headlines may be of partisan squabbling on one issue, on that very day there are dozens of cases of Democrats and Republicans working together. Virtually every bill and amendment I got passed in the Senate was done by working very closely with a Democrat partner.

    You know, I vote Republican for a reason. I’m a partisan. I expect partisan ‘bickering’. I want partisan ‘bickering’. The problem, Mr. DeWine, is not that there was too much ‘partisan’ bickering. The problem was that there was too much ‘partisan’ caving on the Republican side. Mainly by RINOs like you, Mr. DeWine. Next question:

    DDN. Who are two people you particularly admire? One D and one R.

    DeWine I admire a number of senators of both parties. You don’t need to agree with a person on everything to admire them. Here are just a few:

    I admire Joe Lieberman (independent Democrat from Connecticut) because he is a man of principle with a lot of common sense and guts. I admire Chris Dodd, D-Conn., as an effective fighter for kids and because he cares deeply about an area we ignore: South America and Central America.

    Mitch McConnell (the Republican leader, from Kentucky) is a tough and effective legislator who knows how to get legislation through. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., also has a passion for kids’ health and has a big heart.

    This is so wrong on so many levels…

    Lieberman is good on one thing and one thing only: National defense. Otherwise Lieberman is as much an enemy of the Constitution as DeWine. Case in point: DeWine’s comments on Chris Dodd. an effective fighter for kids and because he cares deeply about an area we ignore: South America and Central America. Under Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution, I cannot find anything about ‘kids’ or ‘South America and Central America’ being the business of the Congress. Not Yours!

    You probably get my drift by now. Just one more cut from this sorry excuse for a Republican…

    DDN Do you sense any change in the political times that’s going on now? I mean, do you expect the politics of the next decade or so to be different in some particular way than, say, the last decade?

    DeWine Thirty years ago, few of us would have predicted the rise of the radio talk-show hosts or the power of the single-issue groups. Nor would many 10 years ago (have been able to) understand how the Internet would be used in politics or ever hear of the term blogs! So it is very difficult to predict the future.

    We can predict that the methods of communicating with voters will continue to evolve.

    Further — and this may be wishful thinking — I believe the voters will demand less partisanship and more results. I heard time and time again last year “stop the partisan bickering and get things done.”

    A case of a RINO listening to Democrats. No Republican that I know has EVER told me that the ‘partisan bickering’ should stop. I don’t want ‘results’. I want Constitutional ‘results’: on illegal aliens, healthcare, education, etc. Note that the Constitution gives Congress oversight on illegal aliens, not over healthcare or education. NOT YOURS!

    Unless the Democrats cave ...

    As a result of last November, and the RINO’s that ran my state (like Gov. Taft), Ken Blackwell, a man I did vote for and will again if he runs, lost. Gov. Taft was a criminal. Found so by the courts. Now I have a Democrat Governor by the name of Ted Strickland. A scary man, he’s a psychologist who doesn’t believe in God or sexual preference. One of his first acts was apparently to allow interns to have sensitive data on their laptop computers. Predictably, one of these was ‘stolen’. (Yeah. Right. Stolen. By the DNC.)

    So today in the mail I received this notice:

    The State of Ohio has confirmed that your name and social security number was contained on a computer back-up device (this is false, or the news is false, it was a laptop – Christopher) that was stolen... I won’t bore you with the rest as it is two pages long. Bad as Taft was, Strickland the Shrink, is already worse.

    A Democrat Governor can’t protect private info in his State, how can we expect a Democrat to protect the Nation?


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    Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/15/2007 at 01:56 AM   
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    calendar   Friday - July 13, 2007

    Ponderances

    Folks,

    As you’ve noticed, I have not posted for a couple of days.  I have been keeping up with the comments and reading the fine posts at the Member Blog, but to be honest, I’m in a funk.  I used to get jazzed about a good political fight. I would enjoy going head-to-head with a pinko, liberal, betwetting, birkenstock-wearing, lice-infested socialist as much as the next guy.

    But that has changed.

    Maybe its fatigue.  It might be that I’m so tired of waging this uphill battle that I’m just worn out and defeated.

    Where is the conservative leadership?  Where are those whove sworn to uphold the constitution and defend it from every enemy, foreign and domestic?  I fear we have reached the tipping point where the politicians no longer fear the people they serve and have given enough booty to the victim class that there is no turning back.  Government has become the 800lb gorilla and there is little we can do to stop it now.

    Allan started this Blog out of frustration with the political climate and in response to the attacks of 9/11/2001.  He was a great thinker and a great writer. 

    I’m neither.

    I struggle to come up with content for you all to chew on.  It’s not that I don’t see plenty out there, but rather, it is all someone else’s.  I could put up 100 links per day to great commentary and analysis, stories of heroism and folly, but it would be jsut that: links to places elsewhere.  As I’ve said before, Allan and I used to joke a lot that he was the thinker and I was the linker.  A blog that just links to other blogs is pretty useless.

    So, I’m taking a break to really ponder if it is worth keeping this thing running any longer.  I know there is a community of good people that visit here to talk about life and politics, but even that has dwindled to a trickle. 

    I think you deserve better. 

    So let me take this weekend and think through what I think is best. 

    I’ll be back in a few days, either revitalized, or ready to close up shop.

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    Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/13/2007 at 02:50 PM   
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    calendar   Wednesday - July 11, 2007

    Taking Tehran by September

    A friend sent me an email this morning that I found very interesting.  He has put together some various news stories that lead him to believe we will attack Iran before the end of the summer.

    Here Bush asks Congress to wait till September before debating an Iraqi pullback.

    WASHINGTON: Fearful of a Republican rebellion over Iraq that his own aides believe could force him to change course, President George W. Bush said Tuesday that the United States would be able to pull back troops “in a while,” but called on Congress to wait until September to debate the future military presence there.

    And here we have a possible 3rd carrier headed to the gulf (best time to attack is when “swapping” carriers as all three are on station).

    MANAMA (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier is heading to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet area of operations, which includes the Gulf, but the Pentagon said on Tuesday there had been no decision to increase naval power in the region.

    U.S. defence officials said the deployment of the USS Enterprise was a routine measure to replace one of two U.S. Navy carriers now in the Fifth Fleet area.

    And here we have Israeli intelligence stating that time is just about out for a strike on Iran.

    Predicting that sanctions will ultimately fail to stop Teheran’s nuclear program, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former head of Military Intelligence’s Research Division, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that time to launch an effective military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations was running out.

    And perhaps (just perhaps) we’ll use a summer terrorist attack as the justification to attack Iran.

    WASHINGTON - U.S. counterterror officials are warning of an increased risk of an attack this summer, given al-Qaida’s apparent interest in summertime strikes and increased al-Qaida training in the Afghan-Pakistani border region.

    On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune that he had a “gut feeling” about a new period of increased risk.

    What say you?


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    Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/11/2007 at 11:58 AM   
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