Archive from December, 2006
28 Dec
2006

Or what?

After the ruling came down that Saddam Hussein was to be executed. Saddam loyalists warned that if he were executed there would be retaliation.

I have to laugh. What are they going to do? Not start an insurgency and murder their fellow Iraqi’s

28 Dec
2006
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Leftweek:

Today I thought I would comment on the charade that is Newsweek. Though it’s not a revolutionary idea to claim Newsweek contains a hard left bias, it should from time to time be pointed out. I regularly frequent their website to remind myself just how bad they are and this week they really have outdone themselves.

First you have to love the cover with Hillary and Obama. They made sure to pick two great photos to make them both look like the most likeable people in the world. Then they use red and black ink in the title asking the question “is America ready for either one?”. Before you even read the article you’re seduced by a photo that forces you to have good thoughts and setup to feel shamed if you don’t want to vote for them.

The fun doesn’t stop there as they also have an article on Hillary’s European twin Segolene Royal who is the new leader of the Socialist Party in France and also looking to become President. Newsweek paints Royal as great as Hillary and how she’s going to fix France, while claiming her opponent on the Right, Nicolas Sarkozy, “medicine threatens to be bitter” for the country.

But wait there’s more. They have a web exclusive that blames the recent Holocaust denier meeting in Iran on Christians. The author asks, “who ought to have the primary responsibility for correcting this abomination? I think it ought to be Christians”. He claims this on the premise that Christians committed the Holocaust.

Of course Newsweek wouldn’t be complete without throwing in the Iraq war. For this you can read, “Bush’s disastrous troop plan” or “Bush’s worst lies of 2006”.

Finally if you haven’t had enough conservative bashing you can always go to the Newsweek Blog that currently asks, “Was Jesus Christ the Son of God?”

27 Dec
2006
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Reaching out or keeping down?

Eliot Spitzer has announced that he is picking Republican State Senator Michael Balboni to serve as his senior security official. Spitzer is painting the choice as an act of bipartisanship but under the covers it appears it’s just another one of Spitzer’s crafty moves to keep handing Democrats complete control over the State.

Senator Balboni’s appointment will create a vacancy in the Senate that will need to be decided in a special election. With Democrat momentum still strong it’s a perfect time for Democrats to take a seat in the Republican controlled State Senate.

Eliot Spitzer can position the choice anyway he wants but the reality is that there was no way forcing a special election in a Republican held seat did not come into play.

27 Dec
2006
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Gerald R. Ford 1913-2006

Yesterday former President Ford passed away. For a brief look at his time in office click here.

26 Dec
2006
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What is a 9th grader doing out at 1:30AM?

The day after Christmas the news is always light. It’s so light today I’ve found myself reading the NYPD police blotter. On the blotter I came across a note that said a teenager was shot and killed outside his Queens home at 1:30AM Sunday night. The teenager was a 9th grade student and his devastated parents are asking for answers.

As I say a prayer for the family I have my own question. What is a 9th grader, who should be 14, doing out at 1:30AM? I’m going to go out on limb and assume he wasn’t on his way home from midnight mass. Is there ever any reason for a 14 year old to be out at that time by himself?

21 Dec
2006
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Those red things mean stop:

Today I’m walking to my office and a guy three feet in front of me almost gets turned into road kill when a yellow cab plows through the crosswalk.

The guy went crazy and started yelling at the cabby who rolled down his window, to ask the guy “if he wanted to die”. He didn’t mean he was going to kill him but said it to mean the guy was crazy for walking out into the crosswalk.

The guy yelled at the cabby telling him he had a stop sign and should have stopped.

The best part was the cabby and his confused look on his face that read, “stop sign, what’s a stop sign”? The cabby really had no clue what the guy was talking about despite a big red stop sign staring all of us right in the face.

Classic!

21 Dec
2006
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Hevesi, not going to do a Martha Stewart:

It’s being reported that Alan Hevesi is about to cut a deal with Albany DA Soares that would keep him out of jail. The deal would force Hevesi to resign and plead guilty.

If the report is true Hevesi is doing the smart thing. A jury is not going to be sympathetic to Hevesi even if he’s a liberal Democrat. Martha Stewart showed everyone with her jury conviction, when the little guy has a chance to take you down, they will.

My question though is for everyone who voted for him in the last election. Do you feel cheated and lied too? Considering that the same people that voted for Hevesi in November are the same people who hate George Bush for his so called lies, would be outraged at his pleading guilty.

20 Dec
2006
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Fixing President Clinton’s mistake:

The Iraq Study Group called for it, many already knew it needed to be done and yesterday President Bush requested it. President Bush has asked his new defense secretary, Robert Gates, to expand the size of the military.

Technically an increase in our military cannot be considered an expansion but instead a step back toward regaining what was lost. During the 1990’s, President Clinton went to great lengths to dismantle America’s fighting force. The reason America is stretched thin today is not because of fighting too many missions at once but because President Clinton left us ill prepared to do so. Under President Clinton America’s active combat divisions declined from 18 to 10, over a 40% decrease. The Navy, the pride of our founding fathers, was also drastically cut as bases were closed and ships were taken out of commission.

The reality is that President Clinton’s much touted budget surplus came at the expense of our once admired military force. Though Clinton supporters claim that Bill could have never foreseen the present times I would disagree. Foresight is what makes a great leader and it’s something either President Clinton didn’t have or ignored. There were plenty of signs given to President Clinton throughout his Presidency that should have made him think twice about what he was about to do. The first World Trade Center bombing, his disastrous defeat in Mogadishu, two U.S. embassy bombings, the U.S. Cole and most important a deceleration of war against the U.S. by Bin Laden in a fatwa published around the world.

If President Clinton was half the leader of our early ones he would have been constantly looking at the world asking, what if, each time he cut a battalion. It’s President Clinton’s shortsightedness that makes you have to appreciate our early leaders. Leaders like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who could see America’s vulnerability to piracy and imperialist Europe that led to the building of our Navy at a time and cost to our government that would make today’s politicians have a heart attack. It was that Navy that not only defeated the Barbary pirates in the early 1800’s but also was available and a crucial part to securing America’s success in the war of 1812 against Britain.

Leaders like President McKinley and Admiral Mahan who had the foresight to see 40 years into the future and call for the annexation of Hawaii. Mahan and even the then young Teddy Roosevelt saw the expansion of the Japanese Empire as a future threat and new that if America didn’t take Hawaii, Japan would giving them a launching point for an invasion on America. The examples can continue and is what makes early American history fascinating.

As I look at Iraq and its liberation, my support is based more on my appreciation of history and the potential benefits not years but decades into the future. When it comes to such endeavors I don’t pretend that the world is pretty and see nothing wrong in putting America in the best position to survive in the future as Adams, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, Mahan, Polk and others did. President Clinton and his concern of only the present was a mistake and today we’re paying for it.

20 Dec
2006
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When the facts don’t fit, make them:

The Financial Times is reporting that leaders in the Unites States Senate are looking to introduce a change to the law that allows the U.S. to take economic action against foreign countries. The proposed change comes after a report to Congress on China’s currency controls didn’t contain enough evidence to allow the U.S. to take action against China and it’s growing trade surplus.

According to the article the incoming chairman of the finance committee, Senator Max Baucus, claimed that the report was “no longer a relevant tool to deal with currency issues”. How convenient.

During the Clinton administration, Clinton’s team did everything they could to keep the dollar strong, understanding that a strong dollar leads to cheap imported goods and higher consumption. What has changed? Are Democrats saying President Clinton’s strong dollar policy was wrong?

Looking at the situation just what are leaders in Washington looking to achieve by a revaluation of the Chinese currency? Is their goal for America to go backwards and start making t-shirts and plastic army men? Democrats and Republicans should be focusing on more important issues with China like digital piracy and making their banking system more open to U.S. investment.

19 Dec
2006
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Hugo Chavez mind games:

Over the weekend I was watching TV when a commercial came on that caught my attention. The commercial is a dramatization of a mother and her child sitting in their home with blankets over them. Then it shows their kitchen with the oven door open leaving you to believe that they’re using it to heat their home.

Then out of no where a truck pulls up and the mother and son’s face light up with cheer as the man pulls out a fuel pump and puts oil into their home. The family and man gather for a group shot with smiles a plenty.

Then a voice is heard with an 800 number telling the viewer how thanks to Citgo and the Venezuelan people, Americans can get oil at a 40% discount.

Give Hugo Chavez credit for his subtle attack on the American government. Knowing he can’t beat us militarily he’s using his stockpiles of oil as a psychological weapon. Chavez shouldn’t be underestimated and his tactic is just another attack on our government.