January 30, 2005

Michael Moore's Minutemen

I decided to mosey on over to Michael Moore's website to see what was spewing from his mouth on this wonderful day. Would he be upset that his Minutemen were not able to kill enough of those evil, nefarious voters? Well, he did not go that far, but on the front page, the only acknowledgement he has of events in Iraq today is a picture of a cargo plane with the title of "British Troops Killed in Plane Crash Near Baghdad". He's also asking readers to "join 16 House members in demanding the IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL of U.S. troops from Iraq." And he won't even win an oscar. This guy really is Ken Mehlman's wet dream.

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Computer Virus Infects Car

It was only a matter of time before a car's systems became compromised by a computer virus.

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January 21, 2005

Former KuKluxKlan Member Holds Up Rice Nomination

I know the Democrats have lost 10% of their senate seats, but does anyone think Robert Byrd was the right person to be holding up the confirmation of the first black woman to be Secretary of State? Of course, since Ted Kennedy thought it appropriate to question Rice about drowning torture, I guess anything is possible. Just asking...

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Real Bravery - Remove Iraqi Polling Stations

The US is setting up polling stations around the country in order to allow Iraqi ex-pats to vote. Seems like some Americans are worried about possible violence and want the stations moved.
prominent local Catholic priest is supporting a movement of businesses and churches who are demanding that city leaders move one of the Nashville polling sites in the upcoming Iraq elections. The Rev. Joseph Breen of St. Edward Catholic Church said he represents a group whose members either live, work, send their kids to school or worship near Coleman Community Center, one of two Nashville-area polling and voter registration sites for the Iraqi Transitional National Assembly election.
All I can say is that these people should be ashamed of themselves. Given what the Iraqis have gone through since the US invasion, to ask that we move polling stations in this country because we are worried about violence is the utmost in cowardice.

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January 20, 2005

The EU will collapse in 15 years

So the CIA says. Of course, given the CIA's history over, say, the last 25 years, my guess is many technocrats in Brussels are high-fiving right about now. All joking aside, the report does seem to tread some interesting water.

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Will the Republicans Become Whigs

Ever since Paul Gigot took up the editorial pages of the WSJ, he has stopped writing, which I really miss. Today he contributes an op-ed that hilights why he is one of the top writers on the right.
When President George W. Bush looks down across the mall today to deliver his second inaugural address, he will survey a Republican landscape. Not since 1928 has a president continued GOP control of the White House into a new term along with a re-elected Republican House and Senate. So it is fair to say that we are about to find out if the GOP really is a governing party. I don't mean "governing" in the sense of merely making the Beltway trains run on time and surviving as a majority. The Republican test going forward, and one voters should hold them to, is whether the party can now put its permanent stamp on Washington in a way that is consistent with its professed conservative philosophy. More than just a challenge for Mr. Bush, the next two years will tell us if this GOP majority is made to last or will be as evanescent as the Whigs.
Read the whole thing.

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The Real Looming Crisis

So much has been argued about Social Security in the op-ed pages and blogosphere that it would seem the issue is the paramount one facing our country. However, George Will writes a well balanced opinion piece on Social Security and the real crisis that faces our country - Medicaid.
The president says Social Security should be reformed because it is in ``crisis.'' That is an exaggeration. Democrats say it should not be reformed because there is no crisis. That is a non sequitur. Social Security should be reformed not because there is a crisis but because there is an opportunity.
On the other hand,
last year America passed an ominous milestone: Spending by the 50 states on Medicaid exceeded spending by the states on elementary and secondary education. The $4.9 billion gap will widen.
Unfortunately, Will focuses most on Social Security and mostly ignores the Medicaid situation other than the passing reference. I strongly agree with Will - Social Security is not in the crisis the President claims, however, there is an important opportunity to make the system stronger and advance it into the 21st century. If Bush fails in his agenda, it will not be a crisis. However, Medicaid is an entirely different story and the fact Will mostly ignores it after leaving the quote above hanging speaks volumes about the situation politicians face. Social security is being approached because it seems manageable. What used to be the third rail of politics may continue to be so for Bush, but it is at least approachable. Medicaid, on the other hand, does not seem to have any solutions. It makes social security look like a strapping young high-school student. It's a shame that President Bush is not focusing his energies where they are really needed.

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January 19, 2005

Is Boxer the One Lying?

Yesterday, during C. Rice's confirmation hearing, Barbara Boxer accused Rice of not being truthful about why we went to war. It seems Boxer may have been the one who was playing fast and loose with reality.

Boxer: Well, you should read what we voted on when we voted to support the war, which I did not, but most of my colleagues did. It was WMD, period. That was the reason and the causation for that, you know, particular vote.

Now, since Boxer did not vote for the resolution, maybe she can be forgiven for her mistake, although one wonders whether she even read it. For those who did, they would have noticed that the resolution stated that in addition to the WMD issue (and a reference or two to terrorism):

Iraq persists in violating resolution of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait; . . .

and

... the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

Is this what the Democrats mean by the "Reality Based" community?

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Screw the Tsunami Survivors - Buy our Jets

The EU was pretty impotent in getting supplies to Tsunami survivors because they did not have the military equipment in place to do it. So now they are trying to help by threatening an escalating trade war against Thailand if it does not agree to buy some of its new Airbus jets. Yeah, that's just the ticket to help the tsunami survivors.

Of course, the US is not without blame as is usually the case in the 1st world vs. 3rd world battles. Seems we are slapping India and Thailand with a seafood tarrif. Somebody needs to explain to the bone heads at Commerce that trade is far more valuable to these countries than our donations.

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We Hate you but Now You Must Listen to Us

How to win friends and placate enemies.  From Reuters:

Many world leaders, alienated by Bush's go-it-alone foreign policy and the U.S.-led war in Iraq, would have preferred him to lose the U.S. election last November. Since his victory, they have been urging him to listen and consult more.

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