Sunday, July 25, 2004

Best Of Homespun Bloggers July 25th, 2004

Daniel W. Casey's Blog

Hey Kids!  The Circus is coming to Town!

More news John Kerry didn't need. First there is the implosion of the
Joe-Wilson-Uranium-From-Niger-16-words-Bush-lied story, where now it appears
that even the New York Times has admitted that there was intelligence to indicate that Saddam sought Uranium in Africa. Then there is the burgeoning Sandy Berger scandal, which now even the Washington Post can't bury.

The Commons

Get Whitey, Indeed

You know, folks, racism exists. It's palpable. There are times and places where you look around and think, "Hmm, they just don't like that race here." Ever happen to you? "Hmm, they just don't like that race here." It's not just in the South, either, and not just some other crowd. Even your own crowd might sometime say, "We just don't like that race here." Think about it.


This Talk of War…

I couldn't help but to think of Saddam Hussein and his pre-war rhetoric when reading this. Even the players - the US, the UK and the UN Security Council - were the same. I am currently reading Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, which chronicles histories of several Russian families during the Napoleonic Wars. The novel begins in 1805, when the Russian troops are beggining to march West in anticipation of Napoleon's onslaught. Certainly, there is much ambivalence expressed by the characters in the opening pages. One character notes, "The means are...the balance of power in Europe and the Rights of the People. It is only necessary for one powerful nation like Russia - barbaric as she is said to be - to place herself disinterestedly at the head of an alliance having for its object the maintenance of the balance of power in Europe, and it would save the wordl!"

The Doggy Diaries

Rep. Culberson of Texas Aims Legislative Amendment at Illegal Aliens

... Culberson's amendment would be a first good step towards reducing
the illegal alien population in this country. It is clear that our
President has no interest in solidifying and defending our borders. In the
absence of anything evenly remotely resembling enforcement of our
immigration policy, it makes sense that we should be doing everything in our
power to remove the tempting carrot from the eyesight of the horse; we
need to make it as difficult to live as an illegal alien in this
country as we possibly can.


2nd Amendment

A good step was made today towards realigning our laws to respect the 2nd Amendment:

( - President Bush Thursday will sign the "National Concealed Carry for Cops" bill, a measure allowing about a million off-duty and retired officers to carry weapons out of plain sight.
And, in yet another waffle:

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry made a rare appearance in the Senate, coming off the campaign trail to try to defeat the measure he had originally helped sponsor, Deeds said.
Bunker Mulligan


Daniel Drezner maintains one of the busiest blogs around, and also happens
to be a professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He
and a colleague have put together their first draft of a scholarly
paper, "The Power and Politics of Blogs", to be presented this year at
the American Political Science Association.

Speaking My Mind

Prediction realised

In my last post, I asked "How many other foreign workers will be kidnapped in Iraq, now that the Philippine government has encouraged this criminal behaviour?"

The answer? So far, six, possibly seven.

Hmmmm - Questions

Today I don't feel led to rant, rave or fisk a news story, today I am filled with questions and no real answers.

Why do people believe Kerry's lies? Are they just blinded by the Media? Do they not think for themselves? I truly can't figure it out.

Why do people hate Bush so much? Because he is trying to do the right thing in combating terrorism? Because he a professed Christian, and really practices what he preaches? What is it about people that blindly hate?

Why do people love the UN so much that they want to give away America's sovereignty and live in a "New World Order"? Is it because they like having a Gov't run their lives? Or is because they just hate America?


This week had two important 35th anniversaries.

1) On the 19th, we remembered Neil Armstrong's words, ´Thatÿs one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind...


It's preposterous to say that artistic dissent is being crushed in the United States at the same time as "Fahrenheit 9/11" is breaking box office records and the Hollywood's A-list roll out red carpet for John Kerry. Yes, there are many people in America who hate Moore, the Dixie Chicks, and Whoopi Goldberg, who aren't buying their products and are trying to persuade others to do likewise. This isn't censorship; it's free market.

But that's not good enough for Elton John and Michael Moore - in the world of our artistic betters, there are the few enlightened ones (the artists) and there are the masses (us); John and Moore and Co have the freedom to speak, we have the obligation to listen. This is the MTV Constitutional Theory 101.

Bill's Big Bloviating Blog

First Analysis - 9/11 Commission Recommendations

I’ll start with by far the most important of the commission’s
recommendations… which also happen to be the hardest to implement and
which the failure on our part to implement will be most responsible
for the future destruction of our country as we know it
.  On page 18, we see the following recommendations:

Weapon of Mass Distraction

A More Bizarre Heresy

Albert Mohler shows there is no limit to heresy in this postmodern age:
[N]ever discount the diabolical ingenuity of those who intend to subvert biblical truth and the Christian faith. The latest evidence of the heretical imagination comes from Professor Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. of Chicago Theological Seminary. Just when you think you've encountered just about every possible heresy, along comes something so shocking that it demands painful attention.
Revenge of the Hampster

This week an indignant Hamster reports:

The last thing NW wants is to talk about Michael Moore.

This is an odd situation as: 
  • he is grotesquely obese and NW is obsessed with celebrity fatties; and 
  • he has a tenuous grasp of the truth, much like NW.

You would think these two would be joined at the hip.

Alas, the work of Michael Moore is probably too challenging for the NW-bimbettes who find it far easier to roll out stories about Britney the Free-Balling Bride.

So imagine my excitement when I saw the F911 heading on the NW Discussion Board.

The Unmentionables

Terrorists Among Us

After reading this article (NEA vs. America's Future) I rummaged about in the attic of my brain, unearthing memories of my high school U.S. Government class. (Yes, I am such a geriatic I actually had such a radical course of study in high school.) There I found the 1947 Taft-Hartley Labor Act which outlawed both closed shops and union shops. It was crafted and passed to force unions to stop coercing workers to join a union to be able to work at a particular business.

Liberal Utopia

Why al-Qerry will lose

No sitting senator has ever been elected president when running against the incumbent. Moreover, in every war no challenger has ever been elected president (Americans "don't switch horses in midstream").

New England Republican

Another Terror in the Skies Update

I was watching Joe Scarborough on MSNBC last night and he was discussing the Terror in the Skies story (see previous posts here, here, and here). He had a reporter on from WNBC,  Scott Weinberger, who reported that the 14 Syrian band members on the flight from Detroit to LA all had expired visas.  That is bad enough, but it gets worse, authorities didn't even notice this until after they had already released the suspects! As usual, Michelle Malkin is all over this:

China, Taiwan, and Sea Power

The Chinese have launched a new type of submarine,
one probably designed to attack U.S. aircraft
carriers. Thank you to Mud & PHuD for finding it

The new boat, which appears to be a
combination of indigenous Chinese hardware and Russian
weapons, suggests that China is building up its
submarine forces in preparation for a conflict over
Taiwan, defense analysts say...