Thursday, March 29, 2007

Russia, Earth, and Time

The Truth

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Russia: We Can Build It
Some of the 2,000 Russian technicians helping to build Irans first nuclear power plant, have started leaving. There is a dispute over late payments for work done. The Iranians deny this. The power plant is 95 percent complete, but eight years behind schedule. Russia has refused to deliver the nuclear fuel until the Iranians come up with the money. Iran believes the Russians are giving in to UN and American demands that the power plant not be built. This is considered part of a campaign to derail Irans nuclear weapons program.

The Russian weapons industries are coming back to life, having received $30 billion in orders last year. Russia is also trying to become the worlds biggest exporter of weapons. Revised data indicates Russia shipped $8 billion worth last year, about two thirds as much as the United States.

The Russian economy is growing, at over eight percent a year, nearly as fast as the Chinese. It's not just Russian oil exports, but all aspects of the economy, including manufacturing and agriculture.

China and Russia are trying to form a commercial aircraft building consortium to rival Airbus and Boeing. Large passenger and freight aircraft are a booming business (over $100 billion a year). China and Russia would have to invest at least $20 billion to make a go of it, and be willing to swallow even more in losses before possibly making a profit.

Drowning in the Waves
In the 1980s, the futurist Alvin Toftler pointed out that technological change sometimes caused radical shifts in culture and society. Such a change would sweep across the world like a "wave", transforming institutions and worldviews, bringing a new kind of civilization in a realitively short time. The results would be so significant that societies on opposite sides of the Wave would literally be inhabiting different worlds.

Toffler spoke of three Waves. The First Wave was triggered by the discovery of agriculture perhaps 10,000 years ago. The Second Wave correponded with the Industrial Revolution, which began about 1800. The Third Wave that Toffler predicted was associated with the spread of digital computers and information networks, the Information Age, beginning about 1960. Each wave overlies the previous ones, but does not replace them. The result is "future shock," the collision of unready human individuals with an utterly new form of society.

First Wave: labor-intensive agriculture
Second Wave: industrial manufacturing
Third Wave: the information wave, digital computers and networks

Toffler's vision was correct in many specifics, and his book (the Third Wave) is a highly recommended read by this author.

What's at Earth's Core?
We know that at the center of the planet, about 4,000 miles down, sits a solid ball of iron the size of the moon. We also know that we're standing on about 1,800 miles of rock, which forms Earth's crust and mantle. But what's in between the mantle and the iron ball? A churning ocean of liquid of some sort, but scientists aren't certain what it's made of or how it reacts to the stuff around it. We're confident there's a lot of iron in this ocean. But what else? Based on what researchers understand about the pressure, temperature, and density of materials down there, some maintain that the core also contains lots of hydrogen and sulfur. Raymond Jeanloz of UC Berkeley believes that another component is oxygen, which comes from rocks in the part of the mantle that borders the liquid core. Knowing more about the molten concoction would give scientists clues about how Earth formed and how heat and convection affect plate tectonics. More information could help solve another mystery, too: whether, as many researchers suspect, the inner core is growing. If so, it could eventually overtake the molten metal surrounding it, throwing off Earth's magnetic field.

Is Time an Illusion?
Plato argued that time is constant—it's life that's the illusion. Galileo shrugged over the philosophy of time and figured out how to plot it on a graph so he could get on with the important physics. Albert Einstein said that time is just a onther dimension, a fourth one to go along with the up-down, side-side, forward-back we move through every day. Our understanding of time, Einstein said, is based on its relationship to our environment. Weirdly, the faster you travel, the slower time moves. The most radical interpretation of his theory: past, present, and future are merely figments of our imagination, constructs built by our brains so that everything doesn't seem to happen at once. Einstein's conception of unified spacetime works better on graph paper than in the real world. Time isn't like these other dimensions—for one thing, we move only one way within it. "What's needed is not to make the notion of time and general relativity work or to go back to the notion of absolute time, but to invent something radically new," says Lee Smolin, a physicist at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario. Somebody is going to get it right eventually. It'll just take time.

What moves faster than light?
One of the zanier notions in the plenty zany world of quantum mechanics is that a pair of subatomic particles can sometimes become "entangled." This means the fate of one instantly affects the other, no matter how far apart they are. It's such a bizarre phenomenon that Einstein dissed the idea in the 1930s as "spooky action at a distance," saying it showed that the developing model of the atomic world needed rethinking. But it turns out that the universe is spooky after all. In 1997, scientists separated a pair of entangled photons by shooting them through fiber-optic cables to two villages 6 miles apart. Tipping one into a particular quantum state forced the other into the opposite state less than five-trillionths of a second later, or nearly 7 million times faster than light could travel between the two. Of course, according to relativity, nothing travels faster than the speed of light—not even information between particles. Even the best theories to explain how entanglement gets around this problem seem preposterous. One, for example, speculates that signals are shot back through time. Ultimately, the answer is bound to be unnerving: according to a famous doctrine called Bell's Inequality, for entanglement to square with relativity, either we have no free will or reality is an illusion. Some choice.

I personally have believed that the "law" of nothing being able to travel faster than light (and other forms of physics) to be fundamentally flawed. How arrogant is it to say that the entire universe, made up of around 10 to the 500ths universes, must follow the same rules, everywhere, all at once. As someone who studies astronomy, I personally know this isn't true: for instance, around black holes the laws of physics act funny, can be reversed, or neutralized all together. The truths of Newton, Einstein, and dozens of other human scientists should be no more fundamental than the municipal code of Nairobi, Kenya to Terre Haute, Indiana. Earth phyiscists are just geographers of some accidental terrain (Earth and our region of space). Also, each of these different universes could be ruled by different laws, and it is absurd beyond belief that just because something here on Earth is a "law opf physics" that it should apply everywhere else in the universe. Nuff said...

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Liberals are Dangerous
Leftists and liberals are insane. Their reality is entirely internal, and in interacting with anything external they interpret it entirly in terms of that inner reality. Anything that does not fit with their established view of how the universe operates is denied or ignored; they shape facts to fit their beliefs, not their beliefs to fit facts. They are the first to use violence, and to advocate it liberally against anyone who opposes them. That is why liberals and leftists are insane, and dangerous.

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Protecting Tokyo Today
The Japanese are so concerned about North Korean ballistic missiles, that they are setting up Patriot anti-missile missile batteries inside Tokyo. This is because the anti-missile version of Patriot (the PAC 3) can only defend out to about twenty kilometers. These launching sites are considered "emergency launching sites." Apparently the Japanese consider the current relationship with North Korea to be an emergency, because the Patriot missiles are being brought in this month. Patriot missiles are very noisy when they launch. Basically it's a sudden, and very loud, explosion. If you are at home asleep when that happens, you will definitely wake up. This was the experience of civilians living within several kilometers of Patriot batteries in northern Saudi Arabia in 1991.

The 17 foot long PAC 3 anti-missile missiles cost about $3.4 million dollars each. The first versions of these missiles were used in 1991, and much development has taken place since then. The current PAC 3 can stop most North Korean ballistic missiles. Over the next three years, Japan will deploy Patriot batteries to sixteen sites around the country (including four in the Tokyo area.)

Japan has had poor relations with North Korea of late because the North Koreas have ignored Japanese demands that more information be provided on dozens of Japanese civilians kidnapped by North Korean agents in the 1970s. North Korea admitted they did this, but the Japanese believe information on some of the victims is being withheld. At the moment, North Korea is making a lot of noise about the mistreatment of Koreans in Japan. All foreigners get "mistreated" in Japan, but the North Koreas are mostly concerned about Japanese crackdowns on fund raising, and criminal activity, among pro-North Korea Koreans in Japan.

Is Social Security in Danger? You do the math....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

From Gary

People Power
There is nothing like a major campaign to get politicians reconnected with reality. Recent press reports suggest that as Senators Sam Brownback and John McCain have hit the campaign trail in Iowa, both men appear to be headed down the “Damascus Road” when it comes to immigration “reform.” That may be a bit of an overstatement, but it is clear that recent confrontations with concerned citizens are causing both men to rethink their positions.

For example, at one recent campaign stop, Senator Brownback fielded question after question after question about illegal immigration. Literally every question he took for nearly 30 minutes was about immigration. Frustrated, the senator sarcastically asked, “Any other topics that people want to talk about?” The next question was about criminal aliens. And Senator John McCain, who last year co-sponsored Ted Kennedy’s “comprehensive” reform plan, now says he is rethinking his views and may support a plan requiring illegal aliens to leave the country. That’s progress, my friends!

Now I know what some of our cynical friends are thinking: “They’re just pandering for conservative votes in the middle of a campaign.” Perhaps so, but that doesn’t explain the difficulty Democrats are facing. It was reported over the weekend that congressional Democrats are scrambling to come up with a bill that can pass because they lack enough votes within their own party. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), who is co-sponsoring an immigration “reform” bill, admitted, “…there aren’t enough Democrats in the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform. There aren’t enough senators, Democratic senators ... to pass it.” The reason for the division is that a number of Democrat freshmen were elected on a strongly anti-amnesty platform and big labor unions, such as the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters, are uncomfortable with the “guest worker” provisions in the bill.

As you know, I am strongly opposed to any proposal that looks remotely like an amnesty, and we have been raising our concerns with lawmakers at every opportunity. But just as important is the active participation of good folks like you. As the experiences of Senators Brownback and McCain have demonstrated, politicians change course when they “feel the heat.” You can make a difference, friends, by attending campaign events and speaking up for the issues and values you care about most. If you have questions or concerns about articulating your views on key issues, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Here We Go Again…
As we reported recently, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace, faced a barrage of withering criticism for defending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and for stating his view that homosexual acts are “immoral.” General Pace’s comments caught the nation off guard, makings headlines in all the major papers and on the nightly news. Leading presidential candidates spent days trying to articulate a response. For all the attention he garnered, you would have thought General Pace had said something really controversial!

But a week later, the militant homosexual movement and its media allies were again on the attack, this time training their fire on Coach Tony Dungy of the Indianapolis Colts. Dungy offended liberal sensibilities by daring to accept a “Friend of the Family” award from the Indiana Family Institute (IFI). Even worse, he actually praised IFI’s efforts on behalf of the state’s marriage protection amendment! Here’s what Coach Dungy said at the IFI banquet: “I appreciate the stance they’re taking, and I embrace that stance. We’re not trying to downgrade anyone else. But we’re trying to promote the family – family values the Lord’s way.” Of course, in this age of “tolerance” politically incorrect comments can land you in rehab or the unemployment line. Regrettably, the NFL went into damage control mode and issued a statement distancing itself from Dungy’s remarks. Today a Washington Post columnist suggested that Dungy’s comments amounted to “discrimination” and compared his faith to that of the terrorists who attacked us on September 11th.

In a related story, homosexual activists and the liberal Seattle media recently attacked Tom Ward and Aubrey McClendon, owners of the Seattle Supersonics, for financially supporting an organization I founded in 2004 to promote traditional marriage. In these confusing times, when right is called wrong, America is fortunate to have men like General Pace, Tony Dungy, Tom Ward, Aubrey McClendon, and many others who are willing to “fight the good fight” for faith, family and freedom!

The Gospel According To Gore
You can’t help turning on the television these days without hearing “gloom and doom” predictions about the fate of the planet and that it’s all your fault. We are told now that there is “unanimity” and “no room for debate” about global warming. Skeptics who dare question the “science” are compared to Holocaust deniers. Among some elites it seems there is no greater concern or higher truth than the need to regulate and subjugate human development for the sake of saving “Mother Earth.” In fact, President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic is warning that environmentalism has become a “religion” for many and that “Communism has been replaced by the threat of an ambitious environmentalism,” because it also seeks to control our lives through the power of Big Government and planned economies.

Last week, the “high priest” of modern earth worship, former Vice President Al Gore, delivered a performance before key congressional committees that was worthy of an Oscar – for fiction! Cautiously, some scientists and even a few reporters are starting to question the hysteria Gore presents as “gospel truth.” For example, while Gore warms us in apocalyptic terms that the earth is warming, serious scientists tell us that global warming is not unusual and that the earth has gone through repeated patterns of warming and cooling. (Thirty years ago, the media were panic stricken about the coming ice age.) While Gore warns us that sea levels will rise 20 feet, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change only predicts a maximum increase of less than two feet. How does Gore justify these wild exaggerations? So far he hasn’t had to because the main stream media has bought into the “Gospel according to Gore” and its big government, anti-free market agenda. And there is an agenda here, friends. If the Kyoto Treaty, which Gore helped to write, were enacted into law, it would result in massive tax increases, costing us $300 billion annually, more than 2 million lost jobs, and reducing America’s gross domestic product by three percent.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Why I love being Republican

You know what? I love being a Republican, and here's why. In our party you can be for one politician or another, but it doesn't sink to the vicious and bitter rancor that the Democratic party displays in the infighting between their politicians that are running for President. Take a look at the really ugly YouTube spot about Hillary as Big Mother done by the Obama campaign. We have nothing like this in our party, which makes me proud. We take the high road, politics are not as cut throat in our group as it is on the Left side. This was one of the main reasons why I left the Democratic party in the early 90s, I was sick of the vicious bickering and attacks that took place, especially after Bill and Hill's "politics of personal destruction" took over Washington, DC. And here is the latest poll information from over on Pajamasmedia blog (love their site!):

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Who are you for? I am for Rudy. This race will be an exciting one, at least on the Republican side ;)

He who controls the spice, controls the universe
Did you ever see Dune? The one directed by Greg Yaitanes, adapted for television by John Harrison, with music by Brian Tyler is really an exceptional movie, as is the second film: the Children of Dune. In it the planet Arrakis (or Dune) is the sole source of the spice "melange", a mind altering naturally made chemical that allows interstellar travel and expansion of the human mind, as well as lengthening human life to over 200 years. In the book "Dune", without the spice there would be no interstellar travel, thus it is the most important commodity in the universe. "He who controls the spice, controls the universe", is what Paul Atreides said; he is the deadly messiah that takes over the planet Dune and eventually the universe in a blood-letting jihad that kills billions. A major similarity exists between the spice melange and oil, and if the muslim world ever figures it out, the West and all our cherished traditions like personal freedom are doomed. You see, "He who can destroy a thing, can control a thing.” The muslim world has an inkling of this power as seen by the 1970s oil embargoes, which nearly crippled the USA and world economies and almost sparked an invasion by the Carter administration to increase oil flows. If terrorists or muslims in general realize that they actually control ALL of the worlds' oil production, and that withholding that production could bring about a global jihad or at least forcing the muslim way of life on everyone on the planet, we would all loose out. Unfortunately, Dune (with it's mad genocidal messiah) was hugely popular in the Middle east when it came out (gee, I wonder why). The muslim world is actually waiting for this "great leader", the Mahdi (as seen in the movie Dune). In Islamic eschatology the Mahdi (or "Guided One") is the prophesied redeemer of Islam. The advent of Mahdi is a universally accepted concept in Islam, though there are basic differences among different sects of Muslims about the timing and nature of his advent and guidance. Most Muslims believe that the Mahdi will change the world into a perfect and just Islamic society alongside Jesus before Yaum al-Qiyamah (literally "Day of the Resurrection" or "Day of the Standing"). We in the West of course know this man (the mahdi) as the Anti-Christ, and the "Jesus" is the False Prophet. The Bible clearly states that anyone who does not receive the Mark of the Beast (without which you cannot buy or sell; this is economic control) will be beheaded. Now, think about this: who beheads people nowadays? That's right....muslims. We need to get the world off muslim oil and stop funding muslim extremist terrorism everytime we go to the gas station. It's possible; Colorado alone has more oil than Saudi Arabia (in shale, over a trillion barrels) but people don't want to pay the extra $1 or so a gallon to utilize it. We want it cheap an easy. Sad testimony, eh? So, more on the "mahdi" below:

* A prophetic tradition says that he is born between Mecca and Medina
* He emerges during the last days of the world from Mecca
* He comes with Divine Power that no mortal can oppose
* He and Isa (ie. Jesus) are two different individuals; This so accepted by consensus of earlier scholars, although it counters the prophetic tradition presented by famous Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun.
* He precedes the second appearance of Jesus
* He establishes justice, peace and truth throughout the land
* Jesus defeats the Deceiving Messiah or Antichrist, known as al-Masih ad-Dajjal, and then destroy the crucifix and kill the pig (destroying Christianity and Judaism).
* Once the Deceiving Messiah is defeated, Jesus and the Mahdi live on Earth to live out their natural life
* The Mahdi will correct the false or corrupted practices in Islam and through him all Muslims will agree and come together. Jesus will likewise correct false practices done in his name (i.e. Christianity).
* Some scholars also established Jesus would be praying behind the Mahdi.
* Before his coming, a third of the world will die in a war, another third will die in famine and sickness caused by this great war and only a third will survive.

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Tibet Railways
The new rail line into Tibet has survived its first Winter in good shape. The rail line is making it easier for Chinese to migrate to Tibet (going by air costs three times as much), and 700,000 passengers have taken the Tibet railroad since it opened last July. The rail link is also a major military asset, making it possible to move troops into Tiber quickly and cheaply. Before the rail line was built, it you had to move troops and supplies by air or truck. The former is expensive, and the latter is not much cheaper, and takes a lot longer.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Understand
The comments by American general Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, concerning the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy concerning homosexuals in the military, has been shamelessly misinterpreted and distorted in the media. It also has exposed a lack of understanding among not just the mainstream media, but among many bloggers who tend to be supportive of the military.

In 1993, there was a controversy over whether or not to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military. The political/social agenda of the Clinton Administration was inclined to allow that. However, it ran contrary to the best advice from the generals, largely due to the fact that when alternative sexual orientations became known, it caused problems. Eventually, the current policy was enacted as a compromise. That said, one truth in any debate about military personnel needs to be kept in mind: The purpose of a military is to kill people and break things, not to serve as a reflection of society or as a laboratory for social experimentation.

It isn't just homosexuality that the military tends to have strong regulations against. Adultery is also forbidden. This often is because of potential negative effects it can have. Fraternization, specifically officers and enlisted troops becoming involved with each other, is also forbidden. This is because of the deleterious effects that such actions have on discipline and morale.

Military personnel, particularly officers, also give up a number of other rights, including freedom of speech. One Air Force general was cashiered for taking verbal pot shots at President Clinton in 1993. In 2002, another officer was punished for the contents of a letter to the editor that referenced President Bush. This even applies when the officer is in the right, as General Ron Fogleman was when he vigorously defended the prosecution of Kelly Flynn when a Senator attacked it. Again, the issues surrounding this usually involve maintaining discipline by keeping the military out of politics.

These are important because of the context of military life. Sailors are often on deployment in ships or submarines with limited space. Soldiers and Marines are often deployed in situations where there is very little privacy. Adultery, open expressions of political views, or open homosexuality can create problems in such an environment.

Discipline, unit cohesion, and maintaining morale are not just good ideas, they are necessities for an effective military. This is more important in the context of the war on terror. Yes, there are a lot of restrictions on what military personnel can say or do, but those restrictions are one of the reasons why the United States military has been effective. If anything, the burden of proof is on critics of the policy to show that changes would not make maintaining discipline, unit cohesion, and morale in the united States military more difficult.

Italian Reporter Released
After two weeks, the Taliban released a pro-Taliban Italian reporter, who was from a pro-Taliban Italian newspaper. It took that long to convince the Taliban they had made a mistake. The Taliban did not admit to releasing the reporter, but said they had turned him over to tribal elders. This is a typical way out, as tribal elders are generally easier to deal with, than a bunch of young guys with guns. Although everyone denies it, it's also possible that a ransom was paid, if only as a "service fee" to cover Taliban expenses for food, lodging and security of their captive. It's also believed that some men in police custody may have been released to get the tribes involved. The captive reporter was shaken by the beheading of one of his two interpreters. Taliban believe any Afghans working for foreigners are traitors, and murdering traitors discourages others. While al Qaeda has generally considered all journalists as enemies, the Taliban has usually tried to play the media. The Taliban has often been successful in this, but the greater presence of al Qaeda in Afghanistan this year, appears to have changed the Taliban attitude towards the press.

Polio is from God?
The Taliban refuse to back off on their opposition to polio vaccinations. Radical Islamic clerics in Pakistan took the lead in pushing the idea that vaccinations for diseases are a Western plot to poison Moslem children. This particular fantasy has been rattling around for nearly a decade, and has prevented the UN from wiping out polio. Like small pox (which was wiped out in the 1970s), once there are no people with polio, the disease is gone for good (it can only survive in a human host). The Islamic clerics urging parents not to vaccinate their children against polio, provide the disease with hosts, and keep it going. Last year, 24,000 children were not vaccinated in northern Pakistan because of this paranoid fantasy. In Afghanistan, it was even worse, with 125,000 children denied vaccination by Taliban terrorists (who attack the vaccination teams) As a result, at least 39 cases of polio were confirmed last year in Pakistan. No precise numbers are available for Afghanistan, but the damage is believed to be greater. The victims (usually children) either die, or are crippled for life. When confronted by angry parents, the Taliban say that it's "God's will" that the kid is dead or crippled from polio. Most Moslem parents accept that, because Islam means, literally, "submission" (in this case, to a bearded guy with a gun).

Spinning Extortion in Colombia
As more parts of the country come under government control again, ugly details of life under outlaw rule are surfacing. Now the major media knows, what people in the bush knew for a long time; that the big companies paid off one group of rebels, to protect them from others. Usually, it was the AUC that was "hired" to protect corporate operations from leftist rebels. But sometimes one group of leftist rebels would take money to keep another bunch of leftists, or even the AUC, out. At other times, it was simply an extortion racket. The lawless nature of life in the rebel controlled zones also makes good reading, and journalists are having a grand time reporting on "government death squads." The leftist rebels are better at keeping their secrets, and better at developing fans among the journalists. This is particularly effective in Europe, where FARC and ELN fund raisers can still get away with representing their organizations are selfless freedom fighters, not the money grubbing killers they really are. FARC is particularly keen on burnishing this reputation in Europe, because the war back home is not going too well. After years of defeats, FARC leaders are looking for places that will accept leftist rebels as refugees, or retirees.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

From Gary

8 vs. 93?
In case you haven’t heard, Attorney General Al Gonzales has been in the news lately. Listening to the howling liberals and the breathless reporting on the nightly news, you’d think something reminiscent of Watergate had just taken place. In fact, some senators are calling for his resignation. Why? The White House recently tried to dismiss eight U.S. attorneys who reportedly were less than vigorous in pursuing voter-fraud cases in some extremely close elections where it was alleged that, among other illegalities, convicted felons and even dead people were registered to vote. This is an issue that many people feel very strongly about as voter fraud strikes at the heart of our republic. Friends, let’s be clear about this:

U.S. attorneys are political appointees who serve at the pleasure of the president. The dismal of eight U.S. attorneys who were not meeting expectations should be a non-story. In one of his first actions as president in 1993, Bill Clinton made an unprecedented decision when he fired all 93 U.S. attorneys at once, including a few who were neck-deep in investigations of prominent Democrats, and the media largely ignored it. (For more analysis, see today’s Wall Street Journal editorial entitled “The Hubbell Standard.”)

So what’s behind the overreaction to the current dismissal of eight government attorneys? The far left smells blood. Last week, they scored a victory when Scooter Libby was convicted for having a bad memory. Now, they hope to take another scalp.

Connecting The Dots
Watching the nightly news, it would be easy to think that jihadist violence is primarily limited to the Middle East, but recent events elsewhere suggest that Islamic terrorism is not geographically limited. In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, three Islamic militants were sentenced this week for their part in decapitating three Christian schoolgirls and dumping their heads in nearby villages, leaving a handwritten note close to the bodies of the teenage girls that read, “Wanted – 100 more heads.” The man who “masterminded” the beheadings got 20 years, while his accomplices each got 14 years – very light sentences for these gruesome murders.

In a similarly grisly incident, Muslim students in northern Nigeria beat a Christian teacher to death for purportedly tearing a portion of the Koran she seized from a female student during an examination. The students also burned the teacher’s car and three blocks of classrooms, and the school’s principal was attacked when he tried to protect the teacher. Where did these kids get the idea that it was acceptable to kill their teacher and burn their school down? Were they just lashing out from a sense of oppression and poverty? No. From a very early age many Muslim youth are taught to equate Jews and Christians with animals and that murder in the name of Allah is the path to salvation. More proof of that indoctrination came this week when it was revealed that newly-published Palestinian textbooks teach that working to destroy Israel is a religious duty. In one of the textbooks, the authors write of the 1948 war: “Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities…”

Even more disturbing, Islamic justification for violence is taking hold in the heart of Europe. A German judge recently refused a Muslim woman’s plea for a divorce even though her husband beat her and threatened to kill her. Why did the judge refuse to protect this woman? Noting that the couple came from Morocco, where it is common for husbands to beat their wives, this ever-so-tolerant judge wrote in her decision that the Koran sanctions such abuse. While the judge’s decision has created quite a controversy, she may have in fact done us a favor. Let’s stop deceiving ourselves about “poverty” and “occupation,” and let’s have a serious debate about the real source of jihad.

9+ Club
Okay, so the straight people are now picking up a nasty trend from the gays. The website only allows people who are voted as a 8-10 on a scale of ten for looks. If you are good-looking enough, you can join the website and if you aren't you're screwed! Of course gays have had height/weight appropriate clubs for years, an ugly trend in which if you look good enough to hang around with then you can join. This sort of reminds me of Dr. Suess's "Star-Bellied Sneetches" story, in which if you had a star on your belly then you could hang out with all the Star-Bellied Sneetches, but if you did not, then you were a second class citizen and could not enjoy all the parties and good times that the Sneetches with stars on the bellies could. There are also the gay 9+ clubs, where if your phallus is 9 inches or better then you could join their club; which are always a sex club anyways. Weird huh? By the way, you may think that there would be very few members in that club but you would be wrong in thinking that. The problem is that I grew up in an America that valued every single person, that everyone was judged the same regardless of how much money you had, how beautiful you were, or how big your dick was but clearly that era of equality is now over. What it truely hypocritical is that it is the gays who are always preaching to everyone else about "acceptance" and "diversity" yet they were the ones who spearheaded clubs that are based solely on your looks or penis size. Just a thought.....

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(9+ Club article by Damon)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

More Environmentalist Lies

CO2 Problems
Today Al Gore went to Congress, declaring a "planetary emergency" over global warming. His testimony was that we cannot survive as a species since we are dumping too much "greenhouse gases" into the environment, especially CO2. However, a serious look at CO2 production on a planetary scale goes beyond the propaganda from the left (as seen below in the chart):

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While humans do apparently produce 1.5 billion tons of CO2 via cars (gasp!), power plants (oh the horrors!), and even cows (PETA supporters unite!), the Earth itself produces 700 billion tons of CO2 every year through natural processes such as decaying vegetable matter and volcanic eruptions. In fact, just one active volcano can spew up to 15 billion tons of CO2 in a single year, ten times as much as humanity does during the same time frame. Looking at these sorts of numbers it is apparent that environmentalism is psuedo-science at best, and a way of bringing about a genocidal utopian socialist society at worst. So are scientists telling us that a 1.5 billion ton increase in CO2 levels by all humanity into the 700 billion ton amount will be catastrophic? If that were true, then even one extra volcanic eruption per year should kill us all in a very short amount of time. Using their numbers it is hard to see how this doesn't make any scientific sense. Really.

Another question I have is just what rights, priviledges, and amounts of money would we have to give up during this "planetary emergency"? Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards also stated that global warming was an "international emergency". During times of crisis and national emergencies, Americans can be forced to give up certain rights by laws passed by previous Congresses' and Presidents, the most nefarious being from Carter and his series of Presidential Directives that are still in place that let the government take over everything in America. Below is a list of just a few of these directives, the scariest of which are:

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

So, in the face of a "global" or "planetary" emergency, are people on the Left looking to enforce some of these directives? After reading substantial amounts of material by leftists and environmentalists on "sustainability", I am absolutely sure that is what they want to do. Many of these people want to lower the population of the planet (obviously by genocidal means) to "sustainable levels", a Nazi-sounding plan. As for Gore, he apparently couldn't get elected as the President of the United States, so he is shooting for something bigger: President of the World, and his hysterical we-are-all-going-to-die crap is his way into power. People will do anything to be saved, especially from the evil warming cycle of the planet. How pathetic that anyone would throw away their rights or enforce on someone else a totalitarian system to be "saved". This sort of thing must be resisted by anyone who loves personal liberty, or else in a few years you won't be allowed to have children, or smoke, or drive a car, all enforced by the federal government. See here for more. Former Czech president Vaclav Havel sent a letter to the US Congress on the issue, a devastating condemnation of this attempted total takeover of the planet. Read it here.

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FBI Threatened by new Congress
I knew it was going to happen. Once the Democrats got back into power, I knew that they would go after the FBI, CIA, and US military with everything they could. Here is an article detailing the Democrats move this week against the FBI. The Left is always seeking ways to cripple the United States, and attacking its' law enforcement and military branches (by denying funding, seeking to chaneg the laws to hinder the crime fighters) is a classic left-wing way to take over a country. Read up on the Soviet revolution and how it took place; it started in the universities run by leftist propagandist professors who indoctrinated large numbers of students into overthrowing the government and imposing a "socialist order" which always ends up in genocidal totalitarianism. And it was the Democrats in the 1970s (led by my own former Idaho Senator, Frank Church) that hamstrung the CIA and FBI. Their actions directly led to the terrorist attacks in the 1990s and finally the attack on 911. By hindering information sharing between the two agencies, the Democrats deliberately enabled attacks that killed thousands of civilians and soldiers around the world. This sort of outrageous lawmaking will continue as long as Democrats are in power, keep that in mind the next time you go to the voting booth.

Leftist Professor Encourages Deaths of Republicans
In m y home town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a university professor is advocating the execution of "anyone who voted Republican". I am not joking; here is the details. At North Idaho College (NIC) a female teacher (Jessica Bryan)
who defended saying "anyone who's ever voted Republican" should be executed by noting she delivered her opinion to students "with a smile," is now reportedly the target of e-mail death threats and offensive comments from people across the country.

I am sure that when Hitler said let's kill all the Jews he said it with a smile too! can you imagine what would happen if a male teacher said "let's kill all the blacks" or jews"? He would be fired instantly from that school, but since she is a woman and she only wants her students to kill Republicans, NIC is protecting her. It's shocking, it's outrageous, and if anyone endorses the murder of people who are of a different political party they shoudl be locked away as a danger to society. I am not joking. Encouraging your students to kill people because they are Republican is shocking, should be a crime, and she should be removed from the University immediately.

The Size of Things

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HIV positive man 'wanted to infect'

A committal hearing in Melbourne has heard a HIV positive Coburg grandfather wanted to infect as many people as possible with the virus. Michael Neal, 48, is charged with infecting two people with HIV and deliberately attempting to infect 14 others. The DPP alleges Neal told some of his victims he was intent on infecting as many men as possible with HIV to widen his pool of potential partners. See here for more.

Czech prez: Environmentalism is new communism
'Biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity'
As the House Energy and Commerce Committee prepares to question former Vice President Al Gore tomorrow morning about global warming, Czech President Vaclav Klaus is warning congressmen that environmental extremism is the modern equivalent of communism. Responding yesterday to U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and former House Speaker Denny Hastert, R-Ill., the Czech leader said: "It becomes evident that while discussing climate we are not witnessing a clash of views about the environment, but a clash of views about human freedom."

"As someone who lived under communism for most of my life I feel obliged to say that the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity at the beginning of the 21st century is not communism or its various softer variants," said Klaus, responding to questions posed by the two lawmakers. "Communism was replaced by the threat of ambitious environmentalism."

(Havel is correct, here is the rest of the article. Also, Michael Crichton's damning denunciation of environmentalism as religion is located here. It is the best article I have ever read on the subject and I highly recommend every American to read it.)

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Thailand: Kill a Buddhist, Become a Folk Hero
The violence in the south is slowly increasing. The average weekly death toll is going over twenty, with about twice as many wounded. There are still many attacks on Moslems, indicating that the Islamic terrorists still have problems with Moslems who oppose the violence. These people must be terrorized into cooperating with the Islamic radicals. In some rural areas, the Islamic terrorists have driven out all government officials. Aside from an occasional visit by the army, these areas are run by the Islamic terrorists, who have driven out all non-Moslems.

There are only about 3,000 Islamic terrorists carrying out all this violence. Most of these guys are unemployed, or work for various criminal gangs. That's how they get by, as there isn't much money in terrorizing non-Moslems and planting bombs. Only one or two percent of the three million Moslems in the south support the terror, but the majority of Moslems know that the terrorists will also kill any Moslems caught cooperating with the police. This is nothing new, as it has gone on for generations with regard to the many criminal gangs (mostly smuggling operations) in the south. The gangs trained the thugs who got into Islamic radicalism. But hundreds of young Moslems also took advantage of "religious scholarships" offered by Islamic charities to go study Islamic conservative doctrine in Pakistan, North Africa and the Middle East. There, the young men were taught to hate, and kill, non-Moslems.

There's a least one bomb maker in the south with sufficient skills to produce roadside bombs that can be detonated remotely with wireless devices (like cell phones.) So far, these kinds of attacks are rare, most of the deaths come from guns or knives (often followed by a beheading.)

Government attempts to negotiate with terrorist leaders have failed largely because the leaders of the separatist organizations have lost control of many of their younger members. These guys have gone freelance and defy the orders of their elders. Because these young killers have become folk heroes to young Moslems, the elders are not willing to discipline them. When the army kills one of these young thugs, they create a martyr.

Who Gets to Define Victory in Iraq?
Trying to keep track of who is winning in Iraq is complicated by debates on questions that are not relevant. If you're going to have a war people will die and stuff will be destroyed. That's a consequence of having a war. So the issue is not "we shouldn't have a war because people will die . . . ." but "Is this war necessary." On the other side of the debate are those who argue that "national honor" is at stack or "credibility" - rather than "Is this war necessary."

It's difficult to avoid having the war become politicized. The two major American political parties are always trying to gain more power, and one way to do that is to criticize whatever the other party is doing. This is all cloaked in a sense of moral superiority and absolute horror at the atrocities the other party is committing. This has been the drill for every American war. The real surprise is that neither the media, nor most Americans, acknowledge this rather shabby treatment of what is really happening out there. But that's another story.

Meanwhile, in Iraq, Saddam is gone, the Iraqi people have elected their own government, and the Sunni Arab minority, that ran the nation as a dictatorship for so long, refuses to stop fighting. The Sunni Arabs are aided by al Qaeda, and other Islamic conservatives who see infidel (non-Moslem) troops in the Middle East as something worth killing and dying for. This is nothing new. Islamic radicals have been shouting this about this for decades. Their attempts to carry their anger to the West, in the form of terror attacks, reached a crescendo on September 11, 2001. Based on historical experience, these attacks usually recede after the generation carrying them out realizes they are futile, and when the terrorists themselves get a little older, and fewer in number.

The cause of the terrorism is Moslem, especially Arab, frustration at their inability to govern themselves well. Most Arab nations are run by monarchs or dictators (some masquerading as democrats, in the form of presidents who keep getting elected until they die in office.) Many Arabs are unhappy with the corruption and inept administration of their national leaders. But attempts to use terror to overthrow the Arab tyrants fails, because the tyrants know how to build and operate effective police states. Westerners overthrowing one of these tyrannies, as in Iraq, is seen as an insult to Arab pride. The fact that many of these Islamic tyrants harbor Islamic terrorists planning attacks on the West, is largely ignored by most Moslems. Such violence in the West is actually quite popular in Arab counties. People were openly celebrating the September 11, 2001 attacks in Arab countries, something Arabs like to play down in the West.

Any discussion of the above in the United States, or Europe, is considered irrelevant, partisan, wrongheaded, or worse. The troops on the scene see what is really going on, but their views are dismissed by partisan critics of the war. There's no debate over how the war on terror is going, only a shouting match, and attempts to score points with a partisan, and headline hunting, media. Historians will, as usually, have a good time with all this. It happens again and again. It's one of those things you can depend on. Anyone can define victory, and sometimes it seems that everyone does.

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The Thugs Among Us
Most Americans are decent people who are able to disagree with their neighbors in a civil way. But on the far left there is a disturbingly large group who are haters pure and simple. They hate America, the president, Israel, democracy, Christians and, yes, even, or maybe especially, our young men and women in uniform. In Portland, Oregon over the weekend, so-called anti-war protesters not only burned the U.S. flag, they burned a U.S. soldier in effigy, too. These cowards did this handiwork while wearing ski masks so they couldn’t be identified. They carried signs reading “F__k the Troops,” and another reading “No Gods, No Country, No Masters.” Photos were posted on the blog

Antioxidant supplements tied to death risk
Beta carotene and vitamins A and E, antioxidant supplements taken by millions to fight disease, may actually raise the risk of death, a review of 68 studies on nearly a quarter-million people said on Tuesday. See here for more.

I just had too....

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Peter Pace and the Gays

General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is taking hostile fire today for expressing his support for the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. General Pace made his comments in an interview with the Chicago Tribune yesterday. This morning, Pace’s comments were headlines on the Internet, and homosexual activists are calling for an apology. I would not be surprised if there were demands for his resignation before the day is over.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the policy of the United States military, and as the Pentagon’s top officer, General Pace is obligated to defend military policies. To review, the policy came about as the result of a failed attempt by President Bill Clinton and the previous Democrat Congress to repeal the ban on homosexuals in the military. When faced with stiff opposition from the military brass, the American people, and powerful politicians like then-chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, Clinton backed down and accepted the compromise that permitted homosexuals to serve in the military so long as they were not open about their same-sex attraction and did not otherwise make an issue of it.

As I have often said, elections have consequences, and with the Democrat victory last November, there is now a renewed push by homosexual activists to repeal this compromise. Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives last month to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Meehan’s bill, H.R. 1246, currently has 113 co-sponsors.

But what really has General Pace in such “hot water” is not that he defended the policy, but that he made the “mistake” of answering honestly and dared to express his view that homosexual conduct is “immoral” – a view shared by millions of Americans and taught by every major religion. Once again, we are seeing how the demands to normalize homosexuality are coming in direct conflict with religious freedom.

This is yet one more example of why we are losing the culture war. We have gone from a culture where expressing support for immoral behavior could cost you your job to a culture where expressing support for traditional morality can cost you your job. When a small group of radicals can convince us that our values are “bigoted,” that we must remain silent, that we have no rights to express our views publicly, they win and we lose. The debate is shut down because we have surrendered the field.

My friends, I refuse to be silenced and you should, too!

(By Gary)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ann Coulter, Demoncrats, and Stocks

On Coulter's Faggot Comment
Ugh, who cares? I mean really. I have been called far worse in general and Democrats in particular have said far meaner things about Republicans (myself included) than anything Ann Coulter has ever said. Left wing looney Bill Maher said that if Vice-President Cheney had died in the Taliban attack on him last week that "more people would be alive today", a vicious attack far more offensive than Coulter's faggot word, yet the MSM chose to ignore his comments and focus on Coulters'. Ironic. This just goes to show that the MSM one-sided left-wing slanted "reporting" is nothing but propaganda....and not worth watching anymore.

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China vs Taiwan
The war of words now threatens to become a shooting war. See here for more details.

Cherokees vs Blacks
Cherokees voted this month to expel descendants of black slaves they once owned, a move that has exposed the unsavoury role played by some Native Americans during the Civil War and renewed accusations of racism against the tribe. See here for more.

Italian Journalist Condemns NGOs Anti-Christian Attitudes
Internationally respected journalist and writer Vittorio Messori recently delivered a scathing condemnation of top international NGOs, corporations and lobby groups for their entrenched anti-Catholicism, saying the organizations “hate Christianity out of nostalgia for paganism.” Click here for more info.

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Czech Pres: Environmentalism is a religion
Environmentalism is a religion that is based more on political ambitions than science, the president of the Czech Republic warned Friday. See here for more details.

On Gingrich and his "Confession"
This is non news. Anyone who has even paid marginal attention to the news knows that over 8 years ago Newt Gingrich had an affair with a woman. The difference between Clinton and Gingrich is that good ole Bill lied under oath, committed perjury, and obstructed justice in front of a grand jury. Hence he was impeached, had his lawyer license revoked, and was permanently banned by the Supreme Court from appearing in front of them. Newt was not under oath, didn't lie before a grand jury, and didn't commit all sorts of nefarious crimes. That's the difference. So why is this making news now, eight years later? It's just another left-wing smear campaign by the MSM. You see if you are a Democrat you can get away with breaking the law, and saying "nigger" or "faggot" but if you are Republican, then you cannot as seen with the conviction of Scooter Libby this week.

Global Warming Is Lies' Claims Documentary
Accepted theories about man causing global warming are "lies" claims a controversial new TV documentary. See here for more info.

The Democratic Plan for Iraq

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(speaks for itself)

Climate challenge will increase the global economy
Climate change will boost the global economy and dominate financial markets over the next 25 years, a leading investment bank has predicted. In a new report, Barclays Capital challenges the conventional wisdom that global warming will have a devastating impact on economic growth. More here.

Golfer Zoeller sues Miami firm for Wikipedia posting
See here for more. Good for him. I have used Wikipedia alot but Wiki has gotten into a NASTY habit of bashing people on the right side of the political spectrum. They even have written some really vicious personal attacks about someone I know (Jeff Gannon), and what I read about him was shockingly unfair and untrue. After reading the lies about Jeff I now believe that anyone who is living should be able to post on Wiki about themselves to defend against such untruths.

From the Religion of Peace

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Gay Issues

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy
Okay, so the really bad policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is going to be thrown out, and good riddance. Promoted by ex-President Bill (dickhead) Clinton, DADT was a horrible policy change that caused far more gay people to be thrown out of the armed forces than the previous three Presidents combined (Carter, Reagan, and Bush). Here is some stats:

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The newly controlled Democratic Congress is doing a surprising number of good things: raising the minimum wage (after a 10 year lag) and allowing gays to serve in the military by revoking the DADT policy. Many other nations allow gays to serve, including Israel, and none have been adversely affected by the change. I think this is a forward-looking and encouraging policy. Gays have served in armed forces for thousands of years, including the 300 Spartans in the new movie "the 300". The only reason why homosexuals were not allowed to serve in the US armed forces is some servicemen have said they would be "uncomfortable" in the same shower as a gay person. I think these are probably the same people who would feel "uncomfortable" with women serving in the armed forces, or blacks. Get over it.....

Don't Piss Off the Homos
No, seriously, you don't want to do it. Here's why. In casual conversations some straight people have used the argument that marriage is not for gays because gays cannot have kids, which is one of the main reasons to get married. However, a bunch of homos in Washington state and their lawmaker friends in Olympia decided to create a really vicious piece of legislation last month. The law would automatically require the dissolution of all marriages within 3 years if you didn't have children within that period of time. I am not kidding. Here is the URL. Now normally I wouldn't care what gays or straights are doing with the laws because if I don't like the laws in one state, I can always move to another. However, most of my immediate family lives in Washington and both of my brothers' wouldn't be allowed to remain married, one because he cannot have kids and one because he doesn't want any of his own (he has two by marriage already). I personally believe that this law would be judged by the Supreme Court as completely unconsitutional, but it just goes to show you how utterly vile some people can be, and when gays get into power.....look out! They will re-write the laws to their own benefit.

FARC Lobbies the U.S. Congress
Having lost so much popular support in Colombia, FARC is trying to win a victory in the United States. With Democrats back in control of Congress, FARC now has a chance to seek cuts in military aid to the Colombian government. FARC lobbyists stress right-wing atrocities, civilian casualties and the futility of trying to stop the drug trade, to leftist American legislators. This often works to get cuts made to anti-drug and anti-FARC operations in Colombia. If FARC can get these cuts, the government offensive against FARC will be weakened, giving FARC more time to come up with a plan to revive itself.

Cluster Bomb Gold Mine In Sight
Renewed international efforts to ban cluster bombs was welcomed by Chinese arms manufacturers. When landmines were banned by international treaty, a document China did not sign, China instantly got a much larger share of the landmine market. They expect the same thing to happen if the cluster bomb treaty is signed.

Fear of Roads in Afghanistan
One of the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan consists of paving 900 kilometers of dirt roads. This will cost $366 million, and foreign experts are running into resistance from Afghans living along those roads. The foreigners attribute this hostility to Afghans angry at the corruption in the government. That's not the case. Afghans don't trust their government because it is corrupt, but because it is the government, and they don't trust any government. What's really important is tribe, clan, and family. As for the roads, somehow, the local folks will learn what to do with them if they're safe enough to travel on. But what Afghans fear most is some government in Kabul using the improved roads to come out and attack them. This is an ancient fear. Two thousand years ago, the Romans built roads in newly conquered territory, mainly to facilitate the rapid movement of troops to put down rebellions.

The Moral Degeneracy of Silence
One of the counter-terrorism battles you rarely hear about, is the one that tries to influence media, in Moslem countries to, to go up against Islamic terrorists. This often involves bribes, which is one reason the program does not seek publicity. In most poor countries (and some not-so-poor ones), journalists and their editors can be rented for a suitable fee. This is no secret. Typically, the American infowarrior is not trying to get Arab (or Pakistani, or Indonesian) media to publish "praise the United States" items. Too obvious. Much more useful to try and get the media to say more about the many atrocities Islamic terrorists commit against other Moslems. This is not easy to do, because local Islamic terrorists will often take offense, and sometimes respond by killing the offending editor or journalist.

News of Moslems killed by Islamic terrorists has been a major problem for organizations like al Qaeda and the Taliban. Officially, the terrorists consider their Moslem victims to either be "martyrs" (unwilling participants in the jihad against Islams enemies) or "not true Moslems" (and thus deserving of death for disagreeing with the Islamic terrorists.) Naturally, Islamic radicals are sensitive to how news of these dead Moslems is reported. So American bribe money often can only get a mention of Moslem deaths, from Islamic terrorist acts, and one that still must describe them as "martyrs" or "not true Moslems." This way, the journalists are safe, but the local Moslems still get the message (and usually ignore the terrorist spin.)

Oddly enough, Western media don't like to cover the "Moslem killing Moslems" angle much either, but for more complex reasons. Western journalists tend to believe the Moslems aren't as responsible for the Islamic terrorism, as are the actions of Westerners. Not just colonial powers of a century ago, but the current presence of U.S. troops in Iraq as well. Thus, one can express ones anti-American attitudes, by downplaying the atrocities of the Islamic terrorists. Besides, the Islamic terrorists are much more likely to kill a journalist they don't like, than are the Americans.

Another story few journalists from anywhere will touch, is the fact that ignoring these Islamic terror attacks on Moslem women, children, clerics, hospitals, mosques, etc., is a failing amounting to an indictment of the moral bankruptcy of contemporary Islamic leadership

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Madeliene Knows

Madeliene Knows!
Well, according to Madeliene Albright America's current foreign policy is the worst ever. "I think that Iraq is going to go down in history as the greatest disaster in American foreign policy," Albright said with former President Jimmy Carter at her side. But really, how could she know that? Maybe she has forgotten that under her (thankfully) brief term in office as America's first female Secretary of State the Rwandan Genocide occured, when she through the State Department and former President Clinton knew that a major genocide campaign in Rwanda was happening and deliberately made sure that the United Nations couldn't halt it. In 8 weeks of vicious fighting over 800,000 Rwandans perished, most were macheted to death including the female President of Rwanda and all of her 8 children. At least Bush and his team did not deliberately screw-up Iraq, and people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks. I believe once all the secret Clinton-era details come out that Albright will be remembered as the worst Secretary of State in the 20th century.

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F-14s Forever
Well, one of America's best supersonic (and sexy) fighter jets was retired last year, the F-14. Replacing it is several aircraft but none have even close to its' capabilities, making me again question Pentagon decision-making. The only real reason why the fleet of still extremely capable F-14 fighter jets was mothballed was their above-average maintenance requirements. It will be sorely missed by the Navy fighter jocks who flew her and by the United States, which was defended by them....

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The U.S. Air Force has about 14 percent of its 5,800 aircraft grounded, or under flight restrictions, because of age. A combination of post-Cold War cutbacks, and increased operations in support of the war on terror, have prematurely aged, an already elderly air fleet.

With the end of the Cold War, air forces around the world stopped buying new aircraft, and many thousands of fighters and bombers were put into storage or scrapped. With the threat of World War III gone, or at least greatly diminished, most nations were quite happy to cut back on buying and using expensive, high performance warplanes. The air force generals were not happy, but they had no leverage over the people who controlled the money. That's been changing. After more than a decade of miniscule new aircraft purchases, the aging air fleets are beginning to show their age in unpleasant ways.

But it's a little more complicated than that. First, many air forces have been able to replace elderly aircraft by purchasing used aircraft from countries that retired many little used warplanes, as they reduced the size of their air forces. Both the United States and Russia had hundreds of late model warplanes on the second-hand market. Second, with no war on the horizon, air forces could cut back on the number of hours their pilots spent in the air, training for combat. This made aircraft last longer, as their useful lives were measured in hours in the air. Third, air warfare went through some fundamental changes in the 1990s. Smart bombs got a lot smarter and cheaper. This meant fewer aircraft could destroy more targets, and fewer aircraft were exposed to enemy fire, or the wear and tear of just being up there. Less wear and tear, and battle damage, means older aircraft can serve even longer.

But some aircraft, mainly tankers and transports, were still being heavily used. And it's these combat support aircraft that are most often grounded or restricted. And this brings us to our final problem. It's easier to get money to buy warplanes, especially jet fighters, than it is to purchase tankers and transports. Fighters are, well, sexier, and thus easier for air force generals to ask for. But what is really needed are replacements for aging tankers and transports. The result in hard time for those running an air force.

Bushs' Ratings High (among Republicans)
Here is the details. Of course President George Bushs' approval ratings among Republicans remains high, he continues to promote conservative issues (for the most part) and still continues to fight the War on Terror hard. He has not caved on major Republican issues and also (more importantly) appoints judges with conservative backgrounds. Except for his failure on border control, I personally give him an A for remaining loyal to his base even after the Congress went Demobrat in the last election cycle. If you remember, Clinton flip-flopped his beliefs after the Congress went Republican in 1994, something that President Bush has not done. Well done sir....

The Looney Left
You know, there is a reason why I gave up on the Left 15 years ago. This is the sort of thing that made me break from being a Democrat. This sort of really vicious and ugly thing bothers me. At least the Australians get it right.....

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Russia Discusses Its Coming War With America
Russia is preparing for war with the United States and NATO. In theory anyway, according to their new official doctrine. Russia has come up with a new military doctrine, to replace the one published in 2000. Doctrine lets military commanders know what they should be preparing for, if the nation gets involved in a war with what appears to be the most likely opponents. One thing that has not changed between 2000 and 2007 is the official bad guys; it's still America and NATO. Old habits die hard, and Russia still sees itself as under siege by the United States and NATO, and a target for domination by "the West" (America and NATO.)

While this seems absurd to Westerners, it is taken very seriously in Russia. Part of it is the lingering influence of seven decades of communist paranoia regarding the West. While Russia is no longer planning to attack the West (Russia is much too weak for that), they do try and keep the West from expanding to Russias borders. Thus when East European nations began joining NATO and the European Union, the Russians got really upset. This was big news in the Russian media, and the Russian government sent numerous nastygrams westward. Western nations were perplexed by all this hostility, and try to calm the Russians down. This new doctrine shows that the peacemaking effort was not very successful.

In some respects, the new Russian doctrine is useful. It includes government reorganization that now combines military efforts at supporting internal security (especially against terrorism, Islamic or otherwise.) The new doctrine also gives the military better control over key resources (like transportation and fuel). The new doctrine also calls for the West to recognize Russian responsibility for western Eurasia (the Russian "sphere of influence.") This attitude is considered, well, kind of "20th Century" (or even "19th Century") thinking in the West. The U.S. and NATO consider it their responsibility to go anywhere on the planet where there is a threat to the West. Thus the Russians are not happy about NATO troops being in Afghanistan, and other Central Asian nations. Then again, Russia is not willing to help out in Afghanistan, and knows it would not be welcome there (not after killing more than a million Afghans in the 1980s). However, the other nations of Central Asia (mainly the ones that used to be part of the Soviet Union) are more agreeable to being in Russias sphere of influence (and playing Russia off the West in order to gain favors).

East Europe, of course, wants nothing to do with Russia. Half a century of occupation by the Soviet army and secret police is something that will take many generations to forget. The Russians don't seem to get this. Russia believes they were doing the East Europeans a favor. What we have here is a failure to communicate. As for the United States, many Russians are basically not happy about losing the Cold War. Many Russians will come right out and say this, others will just sulk when the subject is raised. Moreover, Russia is still nervous about a aggression from Western Europe, especially Germany and France (two nations that have invaded Russia in the past two centuries.)

China is not identified as an enemy, although most Russians would disagree. But China is a big customer for Russian weapons and technology at the moment, and they are right on the border. Best not to piss them off with too much honesty in the new doctrine document. After all, it is just a piece of paper.

Just another friendly reminder from the "Religion of Peace"

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