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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Clintons' Hypocrisy Catching Up

"The Clintons have always behaved like the rules that governed everyone else didn't apply to them. And they've largely gotten away with it -- but perhaps Hillary Clinton's quest for the White House will finally bring this to an end. Two stories in recent days suggest the mainstream media are uncomfortable with ignoring the Clintons' hypocrisy, especially when it comes to money." More by Linda Chavez.

Fraudulent News

"Thanks to the masters of the media, Americans know more about how Anna Nicole Smith died than they do about terrorists dying to kill the rest of us." Read more.

Is this what we want?

Cheney: Iraq Withdrawal Means Terrorists Win
You don't win by losing.

Mario Cuomo Urges Gingrich to Run in 2008

Radical Muslims on the Move

"At long last, Americans are beginning to wake up to the threat of radical Islam inside our own country." Read on....

Rick Santorum: Anybody But McCain in 2008

Like a true Liberal: Blame America

Sen. Obama Blames U.S. for Stronger Iran

Bolton: Only U.S. Can Restrain Iran, N. Korea

Bill Clinton's Pardons a Campaign Issue for Hillary

Obama surging past Clinton, among others

"Why did Hillary's pet attack dog Howard Wolfson attack Barack Obama? Was it:

(a) Bill's anger at having his presidential record scrutinized
(b) A concentrated effort to lure Obama into a mud fight
(c) A desire to move attention away from her refusal to apologize for backing the Iraq War

Now the answer emerges. It was:

(d) Because Barack Obama is surging in the polls.

The Washington Post reports that Obama has gone from an anemic 17 percent of the vote among Democratic primary electorate to a more robust 24 percent, while the former First Lady dropped from 41 percent to 36 percent. (Edwards, going no place fast, was mired at 14 percent in third place). So the Post has Hillary's lead cut in half from 24 percent to 12 percent.

Pollster John Zogby finds a similar ....."

Israel training for war with Iran, Syria?

"TEL AVIV – Israel this week conducted military training exercises in a Palestinian city for a possible war scenario against Syria or Iran, top Palestinian intelligence officials claimed to World Net Daily.

The Israeli government denied the claim."

Soros makes Halliburton stealth buy

Report reveals billionaire funder of left-wing groups invests more than $62 million

City: 'Easter Bunny' out, 'Spring Bunny' in

Belated outrage emerges over 2003 name change after man's letter to editor
--San Francisco Chronicle

Christian belief a 'hate crime' under plan

"Americans worried about new 'hate crime' legislation that could be used to make criminals of those whose religious faith doesn't endorse homosexuality could be facing a two-pronged attack, according to groups that monitor those developments.

The newest threat is being prepared by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the head of the House Judiciary Committee, whose work is being called 'The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007,' according to the Rev. Ted Pike, of the National Prayer Network.

He said a letter to other members of the House was intercepted by Focus on the Family and indicated that it 'gives the federal government even more power to create a bias motivation justice system, turning America into a police state.' " More....

A drug smuggler's lies

By John Corsi

"In light of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Homeland Security investigative reports proving Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila's second drug offense, the lies he told under oath during the Ramos-Compean trial are apparent."

Feds seeking 7 years for another Texas law official

Deputy sheriff convicted for violating civil rights of fleeing illegal alien

Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says

National Geographic

"Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet's recent climate changes have a natural—and not a human- induced—cause, according to one scientist's controversial theory." (Bold emphasis mine - HH)

Heh. The fact that the sun -- our energy source -- our only energy source -- could be the cause of global warming -- which is to be considered a controversial theory, is hillarious; and at the same time, illustrative of the hysterical nature of the man-made global warming crowd.

A new twist to an intriguing family history


"WASHINGTON // Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas.

But an intriguing sliver of his family history has received almost no attention until now: It appears that forebears of his white mother owned slaves, according to genealogical research and census records."

Should this be something noteworthy? No.

Will it have an impact on his presidential run? Not as much as it would have if he were a Republican candidate.

Many on the left ... including black activists, Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, et al ... who push reparations and generally find fault with America for being "white" ..... should .... in order to remain consistent... have a problem with this "supposed problem" ... but they won't.

This is fine by me, I guess. I just wish they would stop race baiting and playing the race card so we could become a "color blind" country. But then they would be out of busine$$.

Ahmadinejad Visits Saudis Amid Tensions

ABC News

"Regionally, most Arab governments, which are overwhelmingly Sunni, have signaled impatience and worry over mostly Shiite Iran's backing of co-religionists in Iraq and Lebanon, saying such support can only destabilize the region.

Iran is a strong backer of Lebanon's Hezbollah, which is striving to bring down the U.S.- and Saudi-backed Lebanese government. Iran also has close ties to Shiite political parties in Iraq, and Washington accuses it of backing Shiite militias there.

Arab officials have pointed out that while Shiites are a majority in Iran and Iraq, they make up only 15 percent of the world's Muslim population, and sectarian tensions could ultimately work against the groups which Iran supports."

Friday, March 02, 2007

“The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any.”
-- James Madison

“The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic...”
—Justice Joseph Story


To The Point

Dr. Jack Wheeler
Behind The Lines

"I've written often, such as in Rejecting The Evil Eye, about liberals' fear of envy. This fear is what makes them liberals. Thus the key insight:
Liberalism is not a political ideology or set of beliefs. It is an envy-deflection device, a psychological strategy to avoid being envied. It is the politicalization of envy-appeasement.
Nothing more epitomizes liberals' fear of envy than their compulsion to apologize. Apologize to the world for the existence of exploitative America. Apologize to the Earth for the existence of polluting humanity. Last Sunday (2/25), the Democrat-controlled legislature of Virginia voted to "apologize" for the state's role in slavery.

When you apologize for something that your great-great-great-great grandfather, at the latest, might have done (and most likely not, for the overwhelming majority of Virginia residents are not the descendants of slave owners), you require psychiatric counseling.

Another example of how liberalism is a psychological affliction - a particularly dangerous one when it's the basis of foreign policy.

Which brings us today to a Democrat Congressman from California, 'Moonbat Mike' Honda."
Read more ...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

U.N. official optimistic on Somalia

"UNITED NATIONS (UPI) -- A senior U.N. official says Somalia is at a 'turning point' with the population buoyed by a new government."

Analysis: Iraqi police in militias

"WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Iraqi police wear their uniforms by day, but when night falls some take them off and morph into the sectarian militias. They don the uniforms to infiltrate the Iraqi and U.S. police forces, said Nora Bensahel, a senior political scientist at RAND Corporation."

Plenty o' snow in Minnesnowta

A Kandiyohi County snowplow clears drifting snow along Kandiyohi County Road 1, north of Prinsburg, Minn., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007.

By Bill Zimmer, West Central Tribune, via AP

This is in the neck of the woods where I grew up before I became 'citified'.

Blizzard piles on in Plains, Midwest
(AP) — Heavy, wet snow and blizzard conditions hit the Plains and Midwest on Thursday, shutting down hundreds of miles of highways, closing schools and forcing cancellations of hundreds of flights.

Forecasters said the storm would dump up to 2 feet of snow in some Midwest states before it is over today.

London schools failing to teach pupils the three Rs

This is London

"Thousands of London pupils are failing to gain a sound grasp of the three Rs, new figures show.

As many as 40 per cent of secondary schools in the capital are failing to ensure teenagers achieve the level of proficiency expected of their age in national English, maths and science tests taken at age 14, according to data from the Department for Education and Skills."

Saying 'bloody foreigner' is ruled racist

Uk News: Telegraph

"Law Lords have ruled that calling someone a 'bloody foreigner' and saying 'get back to your own country' can amount to racial abuse."

Sen. Reid favors bill restricting attack on Iran

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday said he likely would support legislation barring a U.S. attack on Iran unless Congress explicitly gave President George W. Bush the green light to do so."

Supreme Court hears arguments in faith-based initiative case
The justices seem split on whether to allow a challenge to Bush's plan on 1st Amendment grounds.

WASHINGTON — In a closely watched church-state separation case, a Bush administration lawyer urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to shield the president's "faith-based initiative" from legal challenges in court. Read on...

Missouri town tests anti-immigrant laws

"A ruling on Valley Park's measure against renting to or employing illegal residents could set precedence." -- Los Angeles Times

U.S. charges 13 in insider trading, bribery cases

NEW YORK - Employees of some of Wall Street's top banks were among more than a dozen people charged on Thursday in what authorities called one of the most pervasive insider trading rings since the 1980s, accused of using leaked information and even blackmail to make millions of dollars. -- Reuters.com

Dummocrats Want Out

Democrats Want Troops Out if Goals Unmet
ABC News
A US army 2nd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division soldier stands guard as his unit patrols central Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 1, 2007.

McCain makes it official, but the firebrand has lost his spark
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington. That will be followed in April by a "formal' launch of his bid for the Republican nomination in 2008.

US report on drug trafficking reveals worsening conditions
San Jose Mercury News
By Pablo Bachelet. WASHINGTON - In its harshest assessment yet of drug trafficking in Venezuela, the State Department on Thursday said the country is turning into a haven for smugglers because of corruption and the government's refusal to cooperate ...

US charges Australian detainee with supporting terrorism
Kansas City Star
By Carol Rosenberg. The Pentagon on Thursday formally accused an Australian citizen being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with a single charge of providing material support for terrorism, setting the stage for the first military trial of a terrorism ...

China reviews 're-education' law
China's parliament is to consider reforming a law that allows incarceration without trial, state media reports. Read on...

Taleban leader held' in Pakistan
Pakistani security forces have arrested a former Taleban defence minister, intelligence officials say. Read on...

UN chief warns on climate change
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says global warming poses at least as big a threat to the world as war. Read on...

“A primary job of the federal government is to unify Americans. Besides being our native tongue, English is the language of commerce worldwide. Every student should be able to speak it fluently. That’s the only way to ensure that no child gets left behind.”

—Ed Feulner

“For those with the wits to examine the history and science of climate, it is obvious that the global warmers are seeking to deceive whole nations and continents into the destruction of a thriving period of world trade and relative peace we call globalization. Short range, this is occurring today in the Congress of the United States. It must not be allowed to happen and those behind it should be driven from public office at the earliest possible moment.”
—Alan Caruba

“[Hillary] Clinton has never gone after a fellow Democrat quite the way she’s going after [Barack] Obama, and it’s an indication of how threatened she is not only by his candidacy but, one suspects, his freshness. He makes her look like yesterday. He makes her look like the old slash-and-burn.”
—Peggy Noonan

“Slowly bleeding our forces by defunding what our commanders think they need to win (the House approach) or rewording the authorization of the use of force so that lawyers decide what operations are to be launched (the Senate approach) is no way to fight a war. It is no way to end a war. It is a way to complicate the war and make it inherently unwinnable—and to shirk the political responsibility for doing so.” —Charles Krauthammer

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” —Yogi Berra

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

—George Washington

America Being Destroyed By Stealth Legislation
By Christopher G. Adamo

Conservatives and all who hold America dear are distraught and bewildered as the Congress determinedly prepares to betray them by granting amnesty to perhaps twenty million illegal aliens. Despite contention by the media that Americans were overwhelmingly reacting to the Iraq War in last year’s elections, the voting shift resulted chiefly from a general disenchantment with the political class and its indifference to such crucial issues as national sovereignty…

Atheists Have Had ‘Free Pass’ For Too Long, Law Group Says
Humanists and atheists gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Wednesday, charging the Bush administration with overstepping its bounds by promoting grants to “faith-based” organizations...

Feds Have Dropped Ball on Illegal Immigration, Say Local Governments
After the small town of Hazleton, Pa., experienced a stabbing, a drug bust and a few absentee landlords with as many as nine residents living in a single unit, Mayor Louis Barletta said he lay awake one night and thought, “I’ve lost my city.”

Defector: Cuba Preparing Biological Weapons

"The former head of Cuba’s military medical services says the communist government is stockpiling biological warfare agents like the plague, botulism and yellow fever at a secret underground lab near Havana."

High Court and Low Politics: Part III

"While there is a tendency to label judges 'liberal' or 'conservative' -- and the labels may fit, even if somewhat loosely -- the real puzzle are judges who start out one way and move the other way over time.

In the population at large, and even among the intelligentsia, the usual movement over the years has been from left to right. The phrase 'radical at twenty and conservative at forty' has been true enough, often enough, to become a cliche.

Most of the leading conservative intellectuals were at least liberal, and often radical, in their youth. That includes Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and the whole neo-conservative movement. In politics, the leading conservative figure of the 20th century -- Ronald Reagan -- was a liberal in his early years.

On the Supreme Court of the United States, however, the movement has been in the opposite direction." Read on.

Lies and Damn Lies

By Cal Thomas

"In the words of Hollywood mogul David Geffen, 'Everybody in politics liesŠ' But when some politicians tell lies that damage a person's character in the eyes of voters and ultimately lead to his defeat, those are damnable lies that need to be corrected."

Walter Reuther's Ghost: Democrats vote to bar secret union ballots

"The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote as early as today on a bill that strips 140 million U.S. workers of the right to decide in private whether to unionize. Naturally, it's called the Employee Free Choice Act.

Big Labor has been agitating to ease union-formation requirements for more than a decade. And prior to last year's election, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME and their allies made it clear to Democrats that this vote would be the most important return they expected on their investment in a Nancy Pelosi Speakership. This is payback day." Read on.


James Taranto of Opinion Journal writes today about:

The Color of Money
Tennessee blogger Bill Hobbs picks up the story of Al Gore's voracious household energy use, which we noted Tuesday:

The Tennessean reported that Gore buys "carbon offsets" to compensate for his home's use of energy from carbon-based fuels. As Wikipedia explains, a carbon offset "is a service that tries to reduce the net carbon emissions of individuals or organizations indirectly, through proxies who reduce their emissions and/or increase their absorption of greenhouse gases." . . .

But how Gore buys his "carbon offsets," as revealed by The Tennessean raises serious questions. According to the newspaper's report, Gore buys his carbon offsets through Generation Investment Management:

Gore helped found Generation Investment Management, through which he and others pay for offsets. The firm invests the money in solar, wind and other projects that reduce energy consumption around the globe . . .

Gore is chairman of the firm and, presumably, draws an income or will make money as its investments prosper. In other words, he "buys" his "carbon offsets" from himself, through a transaction designed to boost his own investments and return a profit to himself. To be blunt, Gore doesn't buy "carbon offsets" through Generation Investment Management--he buys stocks. . . .

Meanwhile, Gore runs around the country and the world trumpeting "climate crisis" and blaming man's use of carbon-based energy--burning thousands of gallons of jet fuel as he goes.

Read all of it here.

Inconvenient Truths
Cato Institute

How Insecure Are We?
American Enterprise Institute

Something Fishy about Eco-Extremists' Power Play
Uber-left would rather take out a dam than give one about America's energy future.

Media Myth: America’s Big Dam Problem
Environmentalists say they want renewable energy, but they’re tearing down dams, which provide hydropower across the country. And the networks are ignoring this eco-campaign to save the salmon and turn out the lights.

"It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute."
-- James Madison

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Giuliani the Conservative

You bet Giuliani is conservative, and he's electable too; so says Steven Malanga at Opinion Journal.

Greenhouse sceptics to congregate

According to a news story in The Age, an Australian publication, global warming sceptics will gather at Canberra today and will herald the release of a book , Nine Facts About Climate Change by Ray Evans which claims environmentalism is the new religion.

His book claims that climate change is nothing new (and it's not - anybody with half a brain knows this) and Australia's drive to "clean up" and attempt to control it is a complete waste of taxpayer's money.

Evans says, "Environmentalism has largely superseded Christianity as the religion of the upper classes in Europe and to a lesser extent in the United States. It is a form of religious belief which fosters a sense of moral superiority in the believer, but which places no importance on telling the truth."

Evans also has this to say:
  1. "The global warming scam has been, arguably, the most extraordinary example of scientific fraud in the postwar period."
  2. "The science from the anthropology point of view has collapsed. The carbon-dioxide link is increasingly recognised as irrelevant."

And finally, last but certainly not least, and my favorite quote from Mr. Evans when describing Al Gores frocumentary, An Inconvenient Truth, he described Mr Gore's film as "bullshit from beginning to end".

CIA: Bin Laden In Pakistan Establishing New Camps

Blacks Shift To Obama, Poll Finds

"The opening stages of the campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination have produced a noticeable shift in sentiment among African American voters, who little more than a month ago heavily supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton but now favor the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama." Read more at the Washington Post.

NKorea capable of building a missile that can hit the US: US intel

"North Korea is technically capable of building a long-range missile that can hit the United States despite a test failure last year, a senior US military intelligence official said Tuesday."

The Stupidity of Man: A Lesson in Arrogance

Climate Panel Recommends Global Temperature Ceiling, Carbon Tax
By Peter Heinlein
VOA News

"A panel of scientists has presented the United Nations a detailed plan for combating climate change. VOA's correspondent at the U.N. Peter Heinlein reports the strategy involves reaching a global agreement on a temperature ceiling."

Not only do we believe we can impact our environment by UN mandated governmental controls, but we actually believe we can manipulate it and control it to the extent of deciding what our ideal temperature is, establish some pre-determined temperature cap, and then establishing a carbon tax to ensure that we don't exceed this mandated cap. We have gone insane.

What if God (or Allah, if you prefer) does not approve of our cap? What then? He's probably lying on the floors of heaven laughing right now as I pound on this keyboard.

For those who do not believe in God, but believe in mother earth and idolize her, what if she rejects your artificial cap? What then?

Why don't we cut through the bull? Cut to the chase. Why doesn't the United States just give the U.N. the equivalent of 50% of our GDP revenues in the way of taxes and dues and be done with it? That is, after all, what this is all about.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Texas talks tough on illegal immigrants

Lawmakers push some of the harshest immigration-related measures in the United States.
Read on...

Mexico's 'Migrant Mountain'
Duncan Kennedy visits a controversial theme park in Mexico where tourists pretend to be shot at and chased like illegal migrants.
Read on...

Hamas win Russia boycott pledge

Moscow says it will work to lift sanctions imposed by Western governments against the Palestinian government.
Read on...

College professor spied for Cuba

A Cuban-American university professor and his wife are jailed in Florida for spying for Cuba.

Cuban president speaks on radio
The ailing Cuban President, Fidel Castro, appears in a live broadcast for the first time falling ill seven months ago.
Read on...

'Bombs' found at Oxford University college
Two incendiary devices planted by animal rights extremists have been found at an Oxford college.
Read on...

Muslim anger as UN clears Serbia of genocide
The United Nations' highest court today cleared Serbia of direct responsibility for genocide during the Balkans war of the 1990s, but blamed it for failing to stop the massacre at Srebrenica, the single worst incident of the conflict.
Read on...

Extremist who came to UK on fake passport
Almost from the moment he arrived in Britain, Abu Qatada has been providing religious and spiritual advice to extremist groups, according to the Home Office.
Read on...

"The future doesn't belong to the faint hearted. It belongs to the brave."

-- Ronald Reagan

"Wealth is the product of industry, ambition, character and untiring effort. The accumulation of wealth means the multiplication of schools, increase of knowledge, the expansion of liberties, the widening of culture."

-- Calvin Coolidge

"The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect."
-- James Madison

"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire – conscience." -- George Washington

The Choice on Iraq

"I appeal to my colleagues in Congress to step back and think carefully about what to do next."
By Joseph Lieberman

Blacks may doom Barack

"With polls showing Barack Obama winning less than half of the African-American vote in trial matchups with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, the question is: Can the Illinois senator start pulling the kind of black support he needs in order to win?"

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

High Court and Low Politics

The late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan said that you are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts. However, many on the political left act as if they are entitled to their own facts -- and especially the "fact" that those who oppose their ideas are either intellectually or morally inferior.

By Thomas Sowell

Ending Democrats' Free Ride on Iraq

"For liberals like Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, it is far worse for Vice President Dick Cheney to accuse congressional Democrats of playing into Al Qaeda's hands on Iraq than for Democrats actually to play into Al Qaeda's hands on Iraq."

By David Limbaugh

Russia vs. America- Again

Paul Greenberg

It was just like old times, specifically the Cold War, There was a Russian leader lambasting American imperialism.

Our Very Politicians Ensure That Al Qaeda Destroys Us…Unless

By Douglas MacKinnon

"With each passing day, I’m finding it more and more plausible to believe that Al Qaeda or its imitators, will inflict catastrophic and lasting damage upon our republic. The evidence is everywhere, but most of us choose to ignore that which enables the evil intent on killing us all."

Read more.

George Soros and the Problem of the Radical Non-Jewish Jew
By Dennis Prager

What do Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Noam Chomsky and George Soros have in common?

Hillary’s Hollywood Feud
By Tom Fitton

Hillary now has some competition in Hollywood for fundraising dollars in the form of Barack Obama, a fellow candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. But in a short time, the situation went from bad to worse for Hillary...

Groups Wants Gov’t to Mandate Labeling on Restaurant Menus
An advocacy group that once lobbied for mandatory nutrition labels for groceries has set it sights on restaurant chains and is asking the federal government to require large chains to offer calorie, fat and sodium information on menus...

Former Islamic Extremist Speaks of ‘Radicalization Process’
Radical Islam has the power to seduce young people who are spiritually unsatisfied, according to a former radical who now cooperates with the FBI and writes on terrorism. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross said he’s concerned that too few Americans fully grasp the ideological component of the struggle against terrorism in the world today...


The Clintons' Dangerous Presidency

Hillary Failed to Disclose Family Foundation

Zogby: Obama Gains on Hillary

AL "We're on the Eve of Destruction" Gore

James Carville: Gore Will Run in 2008

Gore Can Bankroll His Own Campaign


Nashville Electric Service/Gore House


High 22619 kWh Aug - Sept
Low 12541 kWh Jan - Feb
Average: 18,414 kWh per month


High 20532 Sept - October
Low 12955 Feb - March
Average: 16,200 kWh per month

Bill amounts

2006 - $895.60 (low) $1738.52 (high) $1359 (average)
2005 - $853.91 (low) $1461 (high)

Nashville Gas Company

Main House
2006 - $990(high) $170 (low) $536 (average)
2005 - $1080 (high) $200 (low) $640 (average)

Guest House/Pool House

2006 - $820 (high) $70 (low) $544 (average)
2005 - $1025 (high) $25 (low) $525 (average)

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research
<http://www.tennesseepolicy.org/main/article.php?article_id=367> , an
independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan research organization, issued a press
release late Monday:

Last night, Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth,
collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research
has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy.

Gore's mansion, [20-room, eight-bathroom] located in the posh Belle Meade area
of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American
household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service

In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve
energy by reducing electricity consumption at home.

The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year,
according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000
kWh-more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh-guzzling more than twice the
electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year.
As a result of his energy consumption, Gore's average monthly electric bill
topped $1,359.

Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore's energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month
in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

Gore's extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas
bills for Gore's mansion and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year.

"As the spokesman of choice for the global warming movement, Al Gore has to be
willing to walk to walk, not just talk the talk, when it comes to home energy
use," said Tennessee Center for Policy Research President Drew Johnson.

In total, Gore paid nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills
for his Nashville estate in 2006.

Monday, February 26, 2007

“Providing aid and comfort to the enemy in wartime is treason. It’s not ‘just politics.’ It’s treason. And signaling our enemies that Congress wants them to win isn’t ‘supporting our troops.’ The ‘non-binding resolution’ telling the world that we intend to surrender to terrorism and abandon Iraq [was] disgraceful... The vote was a huge morale booster for al Qaeda, for Iraq’s Sunni insurgents, and for the worst of the Shia militias. The message Congress just sent to them all was, ‘Hold on, we’ll stop the surge, we’re going to leave—and you can slaughter the innocent with our blessing.’ We’ve reached a low point in the history of our government when a substantial number of legislators would welcome an American defeat in Iraq for domestic political advantage. ... And a word about those troops: It’s going to come as a shock to the massive egos in Congress, but this resolution won’t hurt morale—for the simple reason that our men and women in uniform have such low expectations of our politicians that they’ll shrug this off as business as usual.”

—Ralph Peters

“Almost half a million fewer women tuned into the big three morning shows this season compared to last. And though that number may not be devastating to ABC, CBS, and NBC just yet, the 10 percent drop off is making networks and their advertisers (a good portion of whom have their revenues tied up in moms’ purse strings) nervous... [L]ikely the culprit is the same ratings disease that has infected all the network news programs—putting a bias spin on topics viewers aren’t terribly interested in anyway... Or maybe the more traditional-minded gals likely to be watching television on weekday mornings would like to hear from some public intellectuals who don’t consider the nuclear family a gross anachronism... Similarly, it could be that mothers are tired of being scared silly over every passing political fad the left has to trot out... Then again, perhaps, like climate change, the daybreak ratings dip could turn out to be a natural fluctuation that amounts to nothing.”

—Megan Basham

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

—Patrick Henry

An Ice Age Versus Global Warming
By Alan Caruba
For those with the wits to examine the history and science of climate, it is obvious that the advocates of global warming theory are seeking to deceive whole nations and continents into the destruction of a thriving period of world trade and relative peace we call globalization.

De-authorizing Iraq
By Robert D. Novak
Democratic senators this week will find it hard to cleanse themselves of the stain left by voting for President Bush’s Iraq war resolution. Republican senators who have turned against U.S. military intervention in Iraq are not interested in bailing out Democrats by approving their proposal to repeal the 2002 authorization passed overwhelmingly by Congress…

"Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations."

-- George Washington

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Mexican anger over US 'trespass'

BBC NEWS: Mexico's Congress has condemned what it says is a border violation by US workers building a controversial barrier between the two countries.
"Legislators say workers and equipment building a section of the barrier have gone 10 metres (yards) into Mexico. The alleged border violation comes ahead of a high-level meeting in the Canadian capital Ottawa. US, Mexican and Canadian foreign ministers are to discuss border security and trade issues."

"In a statement, the US Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza said: 'The US is sensitive to Mexican concerns... [and] has the deepest respect for the integrity of the sovereignty of Mexican soil'."
Now if we could only get Mexico to have that same respect for the integrity of the soverignty of U. S. soil........

Liars, Inc.

"Whatever the mighty Clinton spin machine is saying about the front-page catfight between Hillary, Barack Obama, and David Geffen, the fact is, the Geffen-Obama forces put a big hurt on the presidential aspirations of the former First Lady.

This brouhaha blossomed when Geffen, the left-wing media mogul, told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that “Everybody in politics lies, but [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling.” He said a lot more that was derogatory specifically to...." By Lawrence Kudlow

Shhhh... The Surge is Working

"A gloomy haze has settled over the nation's prosecution of the War on Terror as of late. It seems like we can only watch helplessly as Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha size up new angles of attack for undermining the war effort. The media is chomping at the bit the tell the story of an America, bruised and humbled and exhausted, heading for the exits in Iraq.

But something interesting is happening on the way to the 'new direction.' Early indications are that the troop surge into Baghdad is working. It hasn't been reported on widely, but....." By Patrick Ruffini