The week in news (maybe more...)
The news has been getting me down. Well, not the part about the surge suceeding. Oh, yeah, you don't hear about that much, do you? Must be a secret (from everyone but Fox News watchers and the islamofacists). Anyway, the rest of the news gets me down.
- CNN can't be trusted to do news? Say it isn't so Anderson Cooper! I mean, CNN loaded the Republican debate with Democrat operatives while loading the Democrat debate with Mrs. Clinton (aka Hillary) lovers. It can't be, can it. I mean CNN is full of "journalists", right?
- Rep. Murtha thinks the surge is working but the Iraqis "have got to take care of themselves." Oh, yeah, you think so John? Hmmmm, must be that genius military officer's mind working there. Think perhaps that this might buy the government some time to consolidate and encourage participants to fully commit to the government? Maybe?
- Hollywood is not making money from anti-war films. "Lions for Lambs" isn't doing well. Brian dePalma's "Redacted" made only $25K it's first weekend... That's nationwide. Seems that there isn't the appetite for this sort of fare that the Hollywood types think there ought to be.
Why are Dem/S For Defeat?
In the war against the Islamic jihadists, the Islamic facists, the Dem/S constantly call for withdrawal, defunding, surrender. Why? Do they support the abuse of women? Seems so as this is what our enemies would do to every woman in the world if they could. And not a word from NOW.
One of those disturbing searches...
I finally got one of those disturbing searches that led to the site. Tam and Mauser*Girl would be proud. Well, I guess it wasn't all that bad, after all one has to consider the blog title AND they stayed for 4 minutes plus...
Global Warming, A Thought
The global climate has warmed (hence forests under what are now ice sheets) and cooled (hence ice sheets over what were forests) several times without any notable interference from man. It can be presumed that other things such as solar activity, water currents in the oceans, and volcanic activity were the primary agents of that change. It could be that impact with extraterrestial bodies also had an influence on such climate changes. We're still puzzling that out.
I should note that I'll be making a couple of assumptions for the purpose of expounding on my thought. The first is that the global climate is actually warming not just changing dependent on region. The second is that man still has relatively little impact (which is more demonstrable based on the examples of "catastrophic" climate change previously noted).
So, assuming that we are undergoing climate warming and we can't "fix" it, why are we wasting time and resources trying to fix it and thus enriching (in the short term) corporations or empowering (again, in the short term) individuals who are selling us their fix? Why are we not producing adaptive technologies such as wheat that will grow in drier, hotter climates or housing that will protect us from heat without using massive amounts of energy or the means to recycle water endlessly on a massive scale for millions of people? Is it perhaps because most politicians, media types and energy companies care only for their short term condition? Just thinking...
In a stunning follow-up to her number one bestseller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today’s war on terrorism. “Liberals have a preternatural gift for always striking a position on the side of treason,” says Coulter. “Everyone says liberals love America, too. No, they don’t.” From Truman to Kennedy to Carter to Clinton, America has contained, appeased, and retreated, often sacrificing America’s best interests and security. With the fate of the world in the balance, liberals should leave the defense of the nation to conservatives.
Reexamining the sixty-year history of the Cold War and beyond—including the career of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Whittaker Chambers–Alger Hiss affair, Ronald Reagan’s challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” the Gulf War, and our present war on terrorism—Coulter reveals how liberals have been horribly wrong in all their political analyses and policy prescriptions. McCarthy, exonerated by the Venona Papers if not before, was basically right about Soviet agents working for the U.S. government. Hiss turned out to be a high-ranking Soviet spy (who consulted Roosevelt at Yalta). Reagan, ridiculed throughout his presidency, ended up winning the Cold War. And George W. Bush, also an object of ridicule, has performed exceptionally in responding to America’s newest threats at home and abroad.
Accused of creating a bogus Red Scare and smearing countless innocent victims in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is universally remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. History has judged him such a loathsome figure that even today, a half century after his death, his name remains synonymous with witch hunts.
But that conventional image is all wrong, as veteran journalist and author M. Stanton Evans reveals in this groundbreaking book. The long-awaited Blacklisted by History, based on six years of intensive research, dismantles the myths surrounding Joe McCarthy and his campaign to unmask Communists, Soviet agents, and flagrant loyalty risks working within the U.S. government. Evans’s revelations completely overturn our understanding of McCarthy, McCarthyism, and the Cold War.
Drawing on primary sources—including never-before-published government records and FBI files, as well as recent research gleaned from Soviet archives and intercepted transmissions between Moscow spymasters and their agents in the United States—Evans presents irrefutable evidence of a relentless Communist drive to penetrate our government, influence its policies, and steal its secrets. Most shocking of all, he shows that U.S. officials supposedly guarding against this danger not only let it happen but actively covered up the penetration. All of this was precisely as Joe McCarthy contended.
Blacklisted by History shows, for instance, that the FBI knew as early as 1942 that J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the atomic bomb project, had been identified by Communist leaders as a party member; that high-level U.S. officials were warned that Alger Hiss was a Soviet spy almost a decade before the Hiss case became a public scandal; that a cabal of White House, Justice Department, and State Department officials lied about and covered up the Amerasia spy case; and that the State Department had been heavily penetrated by Communists and Soviet agents before McCarthy came on the scene.
Evans also shows that practically everything we’ve been told about McCarthy is false, including conventional treatment of the famous 1950 speech at Wheeling, West Virginia, that launched the McCarthy era (“I have here in my hand . . .”), the Senate hearings that casually dismissed his charges, the matter of leading McCarthy suspect Owen Lattimore, the Annie Lee Moss case, the Army-McCarthy hearings, and much more.
In the end, Senator McCarthy was censured by his colleagues and condemned by the press and historians. But as Evans writes, “The real Joe McCarthy has vanished into the mists of fable and recycled error, so that it takes the equivalent of a dragnet search to find him.” Blacklisted by History provides the first accurate account of what McCarthy did and, more broadly, what happened to America during the Cold War. It is a revealing exposé of the forces that distorted our national policy in that conflict and our understanding of its history since.
Of course you have to be able to read, to logically evaluate sources vis-a-vis their statements and to view the information objectively. Most will get nothing here as they simply can't do those things.
Frankly, I'm one whose bought into the idea of McCarthy as fraudulent oppressor and power hungry violator of civil rights. As I've aged though, my naivete has been replaced by a severe case of experienced cynicism. I suggest that you read these books and determine for yourself whether or not the information presented is legitimate and worthy of use as you make your political decisions.
A Must Read... A Fortunate Life by A. B. FaceyA Fortunate Life by A. B. Facey, ISBN 0-14-008167-4, was a gift to me from a thoughtful Australian friend, Bruce Scott. Written as he spoke, Mr. Facey tells of his life from 1894 to his wife's death in August 1976. He experienced quite a bit in his life and although he called it a fortunate life, his early years might be thought of as anything but fortunate. Yet, he overcame much to live a long and good life with his wife.
The book is an easy read, the storey is fascinating, and I would have loved to have met and personally known Mr. Facey. You will too, after you read the book.
I have to say also that I was immediately put in mind of my grandfather, also a farmer much of his life, who was born in 1898, told in 1917 that he had only 6 months to live due to TB (discovered in his enlistment physical) and yet lived until 1974. It was another generation indeed. One to which hardships weren't disabling. I think that just maybe a few difficulties make life better appreciated.
Toys with Date Rape DrugAqua Dots glue turns into date rape drug if digested. Yeah there was a recall. What's the connection to all the other toy recalls? China. Is this intentional? How is it that in the People's Republic of China, with a building by building internal spy network, they are letting these things happen?
Got my first cell phone...
and it is ONLY because of Mom. She might need to get me or some such. She's of that age and condition now. Otherwise I'd be blithely unreachable. No, I don't understand the seemingly obsessive desire some have to be "connected".
Are Richmond's Grand Jury Pool Members Tired of Crime
At least they voted for No True Bill in the case of 21-year-old David Fielding in connection with the shooting of Jerome Davis at the Baskin Robbins ice cream store in the 6900 block of Forest Hill Avenue in South Richmond.
What is it about the Petersons?
First we had Scott who killed his wife Lacey, then Drew who is suspected of killing his wife Stacey (and named his daughter Lacey!) and then Kelsey Peterson a teacher who abused/had sex with a student (who's an illegal immigrant) then fled to Mexico! So, what is it about the Petersons? Yeah, I know, they aren't "related". But tell me you haven't wondered, too...
Mrs. Clinton What Will You Say Next? (and Will You Mean It?)
I've been looking for this clip from the debate. Everyone is talking about how Mrs. Clinton is first for, then against, then for drivers licenses for illegal immigrants. All this in about 2 minutes. "Startling" is how one person described it. For myself, I wasn't surprised about Mrs. Clinton's views or apparent lack of committment. Nor was I surprised when her campaign staff and she said the boys had piled on and the moderator had been aggressive. You see, nothing that Mr. or Mrs. Clinton do is ever their fault. Too, Mrs. Clinton hasn't the charm her husband has. She can't gloss over her duplicity, anger or stupidity with an "aw shucks" moment. Everything about her contributes to the extremely negative perception fully half the voters have of her. Oh well, look for yourself...
If You Want Equality Accept Equality
Barack Obama has got it right when he says that Mrs. Clinton is hiding behind her gender. She is trying to make much of the fact that she could be the first female POTUS. I'm thinking she has to make much of this because she's otherwise unqualified to be POTUS. Ignoring her hardline socialist idealogy, she simply doesn't have the life experience I'd prefer to see in a POTUS.
#1 - she was a lawyer who couldn't keep up with her billable hours. #2 - she was a wife of a governor, not a governor. #3 - she was first lady, not the POTUS. #4 - she's never been in the military and in facts loathes the military so she has no understanding of the military. #5 - given responsibility for a policy (health care) by her husband (who WAS POTUS) she mucked it up. #6 - she's STILL the junior senator from NY and she's been in the Senate for 7 years.
Yet, somehow, she wants special treatment, not equal treatment, by wanting us to accept this as 35 years of experience qualifying her for the position of POTUS. She thinks the "boys" are "ganging up" on her when they point out that she just contradicted herself in less than 2 minutes on the ONLY actual policy statement she's ever made.
Dancing with the Stars Shocker
Oh, come on, you know you watch Dancing with the Stars, you must watch you're reading this! Well Mr. and Mrs. Hobie watch. It is fun and it is not (yet) political. Well maybe not. In the sixth show Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas were eliminated. We think that Sabrina has really shone as a ball-room dancer. She works hard (a good example to young people), she's perky, and she strives. the team had the first perfect score of the season and were constantly in the top three. OK, so she's in the business, most notably as one of the Cheetah Girls (if you have kids and grand kids you pay attention to such things). Anyway, the missus and I were rooting for them and now they're gone. Is there anything profound in this? Maybe not and that's just fine.
The US Senate Goes Bonkers
With absolutely NO proof that humans cause global warming, not even an actual scientific consensus that we cause or can reverse global warming the US Senate is moving to pass a "global warming bill" that will likely have the same effect as a tax on every US citizen. What such controls, if enacted and actually implemented, will NOT do is counteract the huge quantities of emissions by many other nations most notable of which is the People's Republic of China (PRC). The PRC neither cares nor will be constrainted by public opinion or treaty in its mad rush towards modernization. Ironically, we can breathe the air in this country, while millions upon millions in the industrial areas of the PRC are breathing air so foul that it is reminiscent of Victorian London. What is truly ironic is that it is the sun, over which mankind has absolutely no control, which most absolutely affects the temperatures here on earth. So much for reason...
Men of Honor - BG Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr.I can't add much to this AP obit by JULIE CARR SMYTH. What I can say that BG Tibbets, just like his crew and many, many other US servicemen and women, did his duty. He lived with the consequences without complaint. He made positive contributions to his country after his service was completed. He is a man of honor.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Paul Tibbets, who piloted the B-29 bomber Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Thursday. He was 92 and insisted almost to his dying day that he had no regrets about the mission and slept just fine at night.
Tibbets died at his Columbus home, said Gerry Newhouse, a longtime friend. He suffered from a variety of health problems and had been in decline for two months.
Tibbets had requested no funeral and no headstone, fearing it would provide his detractors with a place to protest, Newhouse said.
Tibbets' historic mission in the plane named for his mother marked the beginning of the end of World War II and eliminated the need for what military planners feared would have been an extraordinarily bloody invasion of Japan. It was the first use of a nuclear weapon in wartime.
The plane and its crew of 14 dropped the five-ton "Little Boy" bomb on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945. The blast killed 70,000 to 100,000 people and injured countless others.
Three days later, the United States dropped a second nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Tibbets did not fly in that mission. The Japanese surrendered a few days later, ending the war.
"I knew when I got the assignment it was going to be an emotional thing," Tibbets told The Columbus Dispatch for a story published on the 60th anniversary of the bombing. "We had feelings, but we had to put them in the background. We knew it was going to kill people right and left. But my one driving interest was to do the best job I could so that we could end the killing as quickly as possible."
Tibbets, then a 30-year-old colonel, never expressed regret over his role. He said it was his patriotic duty and the right thing to do.
"I'm not proud that I killed 80,000 people, but I'm proud that I was able to start with nothing, plan it and have it work as perfectly as it did," he said in a 1975 interview.
"You've got to take stock and assess the situation at that time. We were at war. ... You use anything at your disposal."
He added: "I sleep clearly every night."
Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. was born Feb. 23, 1915, in Quincy, Ill., and spent most of his boyhood in Miami.
He was a student at the University of Cincinnati's medical school when he decided to withdraw in 1937 to enlist in the Army Air Corps.
After the war, Tibbets said in 2005, he was dogged by rumors claiming he was in prison or had committed suicide.
"They said I was crazy, said I was a drunkard, in and out of institutions," he said. "At the time, I was running the National Crisis Center at the Pentagon."
Tibbets retired from the Air Force as a brigadier general in 1966. He later moved to Columbus, where he ran an air taxi service until he retired in 1985.
But his role in the bombing brought him fame — and infamy — throughout his life.
In 1976, he was criticized for re-enacting the bombing during an appearance at a Harlingen, Texas, air show. As he flew a B-29 Superfortress over the show, a bomb set off on the runway below created a mushroom cloud.
He said the display "was not intended to insult anybody," but the Japanese were outraged. The U.S. government later issued a formal apology.
Tibbets again defended the bombing in 1995, when an outcry erupted over a planned 50th anniversary exhibit of the Enola Gay at the Smithsonian Institution.
The museum had planned to mount an exhibit that would have examined the context of the bombing, including the discussion within the Truman administration of whether to use the bomb, the rejection of a demonstration bombing and the selection of the target.
Veterans groups objected, saying the proposed display paid too much attention to Japan's suffering and too little to Japan's brutality during and before World War II, and that it underestimated the number of Americans who would have perished in an invasion.
They said the bombing of Japan was an unmitigated blessing for the United States and the exhibit should say so.
Tibbets denounced it as "a damn big insult."
The museum changed its plan and agreed to display the fuselage of the Enola Gay without commentary, context or analysis.
He told the Dispatch in 2005 that he wanted his ashes scattered over the English Channel, where he loved to fly during the war.
Newhouse, Tibbets' longtime friend, confirmed that Tibbets wanted to be cremated, but he said relatives had not yet determined how he would be laid to rest.
- Yep, Jim Webb signed the get-Rush-Limbaugh letter. He's voted for the "Dream Act", twice. He's NOT working to oppose gun control. Hell, he's firmly in Reid's back pocket. I hope those who voted for him because he didn't get caught misusing a single word during the campaign are happy.
- In Virginia politics, we're getting ready to vote next week and at Not Larry Sabato we see this tripe about Sons of Confederate Veterans and Joe May. Mostly it is about the SCV. I know about 2 dozen members. Not one has ever made a racist statement in my presence. It is all about heritage, not hate.
- Speaking of Virginia politics. I'm voting Arin Sime for State Senate. Sorry Emmett, but I'm still POed about taxes, lukewarm support of 2A rights, and the additional driver penalties (for which you did not vote but against which you did not compaign). Arin is closer to my approach.
- Hasbro just doesn't get it. GI Joe ain't the same as G.I. J.O.E. ("Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity"). GI Joe started as a soldier, sailor, Marine. This is a disgraceful example of the thought-control from the PC crowd...
"No longer will G.I. Joe be a U.S. Special Forces soldier, the "Real American Hero" who, in his glory days, single-handedly won World War II."
"In the politically correct new millennium, G.I. Joe bears no resemblance to the original."
"Paramount has confirmed that in the movie, the name G.I. Joe will become an acronym for "Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity" — an international, coed task force charged with defeating bad guys. It will no longer stand for government issued, as in issued by the American government."
For us, the American ideal is personified in the concept of self-reliance, work ethic, honesty/forthrightness, decency, personal property rights, family, religion, an ability to defend oneself from criminals and crooked politicians, and personal responsibility.