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"€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, July 26, 2008

"To you who call yourselves men of peace, I say: You are not safe unless you have men of action on your side".

"An avowal of poverty is no disgrace to any man; to make no effort to escape it is indeed disgraceful."

"Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war."

"War is an evil thing; but to submit to the dictation of other states is worse ....
Freedom, if we hold fast to it, will ultimately restore our losses, but submission will mean permanent loss of all that we value ...."

"The unexamined life is not worth living."

“The real American dream is not found in having a government that helps you pay for your home, your health care and your retirement. It is found in taking care of those things yourself, as a free and independent person.”
—Terence Jeffrey

Will Israel Attack Iran?

By Dennis Prager:
It is difficult to imagine Israel attacking Iran.

It is, however, more difficult to imagine Israel not attacking Iran.

Consider three questions: Read on.

A Week with No US Troop Deaths In Iraq

On July 16, Andrew Malcolm at the Los Angeles Times's Top of the Ticket Blog wrote the following:

When President Bush ordered the surge in January 2007, (Barack) Obama said: "I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse," a position he maintained throughout 2007. This year he acknowledged progress, but maintained his position that political progress was lacking.

The LAT Blog notes earlier in its entry that "The parts (of Obama's web site) that stressed his opposition to the 2007 troop surge and his statement that more troops would make no difference in a civil war have somehow disappeared."

Something else disappeared this week. Team Obama, for all its posturing, probably saw something like this coming -- which explains their web site scrubbing. (Read more.)
Hat tip to Wayne at Jeremiah Films.

"Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future."
- Euripides -

"It is terrible to speak well and be wrong."
- Sophocles -

"What has one who is not able to govern himself to do with governing others?"
- Confucius -

"When words lose their meaning, people will lose their liberty"
- Confucius -

Friday, July 25, 2008

The '60s Won't Go Away

By Victor Davis Hanson
What more can anyone say about the 1960s and all its legacies?

Those who protested some 40 years ago often still congratulate themselves that their loud zeal alone brought needed "change" to America in civil rights, the environment, women's liberation and world peace. Maybe. But critics counter that the larger culture that followed was the most self-absorbed in memory.

Everyone can at least agree that the spirit of the .... (Read more.)

Moral Relativism Is Killing Our Country

By Mike Gallagher
The failure to readily identify the battle between good and evil is a nagging, ongoing, dangerous pattern that shows no sign of easing up any time soon.

This week on Fox News Channel, I appeared on a show and “debated” Ibrahim Hooper, a vocal and forceful representative of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations. The topic? Whether or not it’s a good idea for a group of Islamic folks, represented by a man once linked by the federal government of plotting to blow up buildings and kill innocent Americans, to be allowed to plaster over a thousand subway cars in New York City with advertisements promoting Islam.

I’m not kidding you.

This man, a Brooklyn imam named Siraj Wahhaj, is all over a promotional video hyping the ad campaign for the trains. According to the New York Post, he has said things like, “In time, democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing, and the only thing that will remain will be Islam.” (Read on.)

Romney's Value

By Robert D. Novak:
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The principal reason why former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has climbed to the top of Sen. John McCain's practical wish list for vice president is the possibility that he could bring Michigan's 17 electoral votes to the Republicans for the first time since 1988.

Private polls show Romney could make all the difference in Michigan. A McCain-Romney ticket carries the state by a moderately comfortable margin. With any other running mate, McCain loses Michigan. (Read more.)


“I think that the coverage [Barack Obama] is getting is beyond presidential. It’s papal. I mean, a president never has all three anchors on the way with him. If you needed any evidence of how much in the tank the mainstream media are, this is it.”

—Charles Krauthammer

The Patriot Post points out that columnist William Tate "conducted a review of federally required campaign donation disclosures, and determined that those who identify their occupation as media contributed $315,533 to Democrat presidential candidates, but only $3,150 to John McCain. Tate did not have to use a calculator to conclude that’s “a ratio of 100-to-1."

Let's forget this nonsense about the "fairness doctrine" for radio.


By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann

If you read, watch and hear the media describe the campaign of 2008, it appears to be the most one-sided contest since Reagan trounced Mondale in 1984. McCain always comes across as borderline senile, lethargic, and pitiful while Obama is awash in media heroics and theatrical flourishes.

But the race is still basically tied according to the polls.

Full Story

Our Government Saviors

Thomas Sowell
National Review Online
In one of those front-page editorials disguised as “news” stories, the New York Times blames “the lucrative lending practices” of banks and other financial institutions for helping create the current financial crisis of millions of borrowers and of the financial system in general.

It must take either a willful determination to believe whatever they want to believe or a cynical desire to propagandize their readers for the New York Times to call “lucrative” the lending practices that have caused many lenders to lose millions of dollars, some to lose billions and some to go bankrupt.

Blaming the lenders is the party line of Congressional Democrats as well. What we need is more government regulation of lenders, they say, to protect the innocent borrowers from “predatory” lending practices.

Before going further down that road, it may be useful to look back at what got us into this mess in the first place.

It was not that many years ago when there was ......

Losing One War to Win Another?
By Michael Medved

"In terms of strategic importance, Iraq is vastly more significant than Afghanistan--both for its keystone location in the heart of the Middle East and its enormous oil reserves. Why, then, do liberals say Iraq's fate isn't our concern, while simultaneously insisting we can't afford to lose in Afghanistan?

Yes, the terrorists who attacked us trained at Afghan bases--which is why we struck the Taliban before going after Saddam, destroying those vast al Qaeda facilities long ago. A total withdrawal from Iraq could enable terrorists to reconstitute their bases in that far more strategic location. John McCain is right that it's no either/or proposition--success in Afghanistan requires securing, not abandoning Iraq, and we can't afford to lose either country. Success breeds success and failure breeds failure, so the two struggles are inevitably interconnected."

Warfront with Jihadistan: Air Force surge

The Patriot Post made a good observation and it's worth posting and sharing here:

Military leaders and historians will be studying the success of the surge in Iraq for decades to come, but it is already becoming clear that the United States Air Force played a crucial role that has gone almost unnoticed. On the rare occasion that the Leftmedia has actually reported on the surge, credit for progress has almost always been given to the “Anbar Awakening,” or the 20-percent increase in boots on the ground. While these are certainly important factors, the Air Force deserves some credit too.

New research by the Pentagon shows that during the period after the surge began, air strikes against insurgents increased by 400 percent, and the amount of munitions released increased by more than 1,000 percent. The Air Force also began targeting groups as small as three insurgents with precision munitions, and in most cases air strikes were putting overwhelming force on targets anywhere in Iraq within seven minutes. Of course, air support doesn’t happen in a vacuum—it was the increased human intelligence (HUMINT) that Army and Marine surge units were able to provide that allowed the Air Force to devastate the insurgency. The Air Force’s role in the surge shows that it is overly simplistic to explain U.S. success in Iraq as merely the result of increased troop levels. All of the military branches had a large part to play.

More important, however, the Air Force’s success proves the importance of overwhelming force when fighting a deadly insurgency. By constantly pummeling al-Qa’ida in Iraq with devastating firepower wherever their forces were found, the U.S. military denied terrorists the opportunity to plan or regroup. It’s a lesson we hope the military and the American people will remember as their focus increasingly shifts from Iraq to Afghanistan, where another surge might be needed.

“Obama has a problem: What do you do when you’re a lightly accomplished one-term senator, a former state legislator from Illinois, a Harvard law graduate who has no substantive record of accomplishments, and you are running against a war hero whom polls show that Americans overwhelmingly view as far more fit to be commander in chief? Pose, of course. What else can a guy like Obama do?”
—Maggie Gallagher

Run for the president of the EU?

To "Marine1" ... if you are still out there, I'll just say thanks and leave it at that.

Boston Globe:
McCain hits rival sharply on Iraq
Speculation grows about Romney

Ahmadinejad: Iran Will Not 'Retreat One Iota' in Nuclear Drive

YASOUJ, Iran — Iran will not yield to world powers in the dispute over its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday in a speech broadcast live on state television.

"The Iranian nation will not retreat one iota in the face of oppressing powers," he said. "The Iranian nation has chosen its path."

The United States and its Western allies accuse Iran of ......

USA Today:
Attacks on U.S. convoys plummet
Shipments crucial to rebuilding Iraq

Denver Post:
DNC staffers using Denver's tax-free gas pumps to fill up their cars
Fuel deal criticized

Rocky Mountain News:
CSU creates school to train workers for growing environmental movement

How Big Can Government Get?
By Terence P. Jeffrey

Much attention has been paid in recent months to the mortgage crisis and the difficulty many Americans face because they bought or built a home they cannot afford. But Americans soon must face a greater crisis: We have a built a government we cannot afford. Three studies published this year put some perspective on just how big our government has grown, and how much bigger it could grow in the near future.

The Man Who Could Topple Jack Murtha
By Michelle Malkin

A jaw-dropping political miracle may be on the horizon. No, I’m not talking about the second coming of the Obamessiah. I’m talking about the long-deserved comeuppance of Democratic Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania. The 18-term congressman’s challenger, staunch conservative Republican newcomer William Russell, is a Desert Storm veteran, former Army lieutenant colonel and Army reservist who survived the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. He didn’t even publicly campaign during the quarter.

Poll: News Coverage Favors Obama
A new poll shows that almost half of America’s voters think the dominant media coverage of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is biased in his favor and reporters want Obama to win the presidential election in November. The poll was conducted before it was revealed that The New York Times refused to run an op-ed piece by McCain about the Iraq war one week after it ran an op-ed by Obama about the topic.

American Heroism Goes Unreported
American heroism has been ignored and overlooked by networks at home and overseas during the Iraq war, while insurgents and terrorists have used willing media outlets to score public relations wins, according to soldiers who served in the pre-surge days.

As Surge in Iraq Succeeded, Embedded Reporters Receded
The number of reporters embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq declined dramatically after the surge in U.S. troop strength went full force last year and violence in the country, including U.S. casualties, started to decline. As a consequence, there have been fewer reporters in the field with U.S. troops in Iraq this year to report on the successes those troops have achieved.

Army officials refute claim of Barack Obama snub in Afghanistan

The email from Capt. Jeffrey S. Porter, the officer in Afghanistan (which I posted earlier) that criticized Saint Obama is (predictably) stirring up a hornets nest on the internet. A commenter chastised me for believing everything that shows up in my email box; and further, it was a farce:
"You need to investigate the truth behind what you post. Do you believe everything you see in your email? This is a hoax email."
I did not receive it as an email. I came across the correspondence from a respected blog and my post contained the site name and the link back to the website. I love it when someone "tells me" what "I have to do" on my own site. Further, he/she wants me to "investigate" but yet he/she cannot pick up on the simple fact that it was not an "email" that I had received, but a posting from another website.

Of course that fact does not make it automatically true, believe what you want, and do your own snooping around and draw your own conclusions. If you are a big Obama supporter, good for you, I could not care less. If it were true, you would not believe it anyway.

In a piece written by James Gordon Meek, NY DAILY NEWS, WASHINGTON BUREAU:
WASHINGTON - The latest chain e-mail smear against Barack Obama: He "blew off" troops at an Afghan base to shoot hoops for a publicity photo.

The letter was apparently written by a Utah Army National Guard intelligence officer in a linguist unit at Bagram Airfield who claimed the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was rude to G.I.s.

Mr. Meek went on to say the Army brass were not happy with the email and debunked the allegations of Obama dissing the troops. They went on to say the comments were inappropriate
(military personnel are supposed to be apolitical) and not factually correct.

Are we to believe that the brass are getting worked up in a lather and debunking the "facts" in the email that was a hoax and from someone whom does not exist? That is a little hard to swallow.

Further, Mr. Meek said in his news column that emails to the officer and phone calls to his wife were not returned. Emails and phone calls to people who do not exist? Not likely.

Could it be an exaggeration of the real facts, or perhaps just his perception of the situation, but not truly reflective of what the real situation was? Perhaps.

Or, is the email fairly factual and realistically depicts what the real situation was? And now, the military brass is putting their "political spin" on it in an attempt to minimize the damage from one of their own - someone who, in their view, stepped over the line and expressed his political views.

From what I can garner to date, this email was sent to his wife and she got it out there on the internet and it has spread like wildfire as things often do on the net. Perhaps he had no desire or intent on getting it out on the internet as this may cause him a heap of trouble.

Barack does have a "military problem". He, himself, has acknowledged this. But let's face it, military votes are not enough to have much of an impact on elections.

By the way, forgetting about this email from Afghanistan kerfuffle, what's up with Barack stiffing the soldiers in Germany? He was to go to a couple of bases and also visit the wounded at the military hospital in Germany - but canceled. What's up with that? He won't win the hearts and minds of our military personnel with tactics such as this.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bill Seeks to Shield Law Enforcement from Border Agents’ Fate
A Republican congressman wants to prevent another law enforcement agent from suffering the same fate as ex-Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. Both men are serving decade-long prison sentences for shooting a fleeing illegal alien who will be sentenced next month on federal drug smuggling charges.

Vast oil, natural gas reserves estimated in Arctic


WASHINGTON---- Some 90 billion barrels of oil and nearly a third of the world's undiscovered natural gas remain untapped under an area north of the Arctic Circle, government scientists estimate, in the largest-ever survey of the area's energy potential. Full story.

The Soldier Voting Scandal
By Robert Novak

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Roy Blunt, the House Republican whip, on July 8 introduced a resolution demanding that the Defense Department better enable U.S. military personnel overseas to vote in the November elections. That act was followed by silence. Democrats normally leap on an opportunity to find fault with the Bush Pentagon. But not a single Democrat joined Blunt as a co-sponsor, and an all-Republican proposal cannot pass in the Democratic-controlled House.

Analysis by the federal Election Assistance Commission, rejecting inflated Defense Department voting claims, estimated overseas and absentee military voting for the 2006 midterm elections at a disgracefully low 5.5 percent. The quality of voting statistics is so poor that there is no way to tell how many of the slightly over 330,000 votes actually were sent in by the absentee military voters and their dependents and how many by civilian Americans living abroad -- 6 million all total.

Nobody who has studied the question objectively sees any improvement since .....


To The Point News
Written by Capt. Jeffrey S. Porter, USMC
Thursday, 24 July 2008

[Last Saturday, July 19, Barack Hussein Obama paid a brief visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on his way to Kabul. US Marine Battle Captain Jeffrey S. Porter wrote a brief eyewitness account in an email to his family and friends, which To The Point is able to publish here.]

Hello everyone,

As you know I am not a very political person. I just wanted to pass along that Senator Obama came to Bagram, Afghanistan for about an hour on his visit to 'The War Zone'. I wanted to share with you what happened. He got off the plane and got into a bullet proof vehicle, got to the area to meet with the Major General (2 Star) who is the commander here at Bagram.

As the Soldiers were lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn't say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball.

He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service. So really he was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidate for President.

I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here, you would thank those who are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.

I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States.

I just don't understand how anyone would want him to be our Commander-and-Chief. It was almost that he was scared to be around those that provide the freedom for him and our great country.

If this is blunt and to the point I am sorry but I wanted you all to know what kind of caliber of person he really is. What you see in the news is all fake.

In service,

CPT. Jeffrey S. Porter
American by birth, MARINE by the grace of God

What Part of 'Drill Now' do they Not Understand?

Arguments Against Drilling are out of Gas

Out here in West Texas we love our guns, we support our troops, and we treasure our freedom. We are an independent bunch and -- pardon me, Senator Obama -- fiercely but not bitterly so. We are proud to have our own things to do with as we choose to, as free people of the freest nation in the history of the world.

We also walk around on top of oil: yes it’s far beneath us, but it’s there. And all these ....

U.S. Economy Defies the Gloom in Past Quarter: John M. Berry

Oil Speculators: A Marginal (at Best) Cause of High Energy Prices
The Heritage Foundation

IndyMac Attack

Where’s Jimmy Stewart when you need him? The famous Hollywood run on the bank led newscasts about IndyMac, as reporters predicted hundreds more bank failures. But is this really the first time in decades that banks have been troubled? (More at The Balance Sheet.)

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Our Nation's Best: A Tribute

“Heart is what makes the American Soldier”
SFC Barbara Ray, 1993

“Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay its price.”
Sun Tzu

"An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.“
Jeff Cooper

“There are only two types of warriors in this world. Those that serve tyrants and those that serve free men”
Special Forces NCO Stefan Mazak

"When you men get home and face an anti-war protester, look him in the eyes and shake his hand. Then, wink at his girlfriend, because she knows she's dating a pussy."
Attributed to General Tommy Franks

"Every morning, I get up, get out of bed, and get on my knees and thank God for waking up in America ... (She is) the light of the world ... A nation of heroes ... The real stars are wearing body armor on top of their battle dress uniforms in 130 degree heat and they do not have stunt doubles to come in for them when the going gets rough and the bullets and the shrapnel start flying. They are the real stars, fighting terrorism and trying to free a nation.”
Ben Stein

“Understanding future warfare is the most important responsibility of those who must defend a nation from future enemies!”
Major General Perry M. Smith

“I don't mind being called tough, because in this racket it's the tough guys who lead the survivors.”
General Curtis LeMay, USAF

"We win here or lose everywhere; if we win here, we improve the chances of winning everywhere.“
General MacArthur, Korean War

“…an imperfect plan implemented immediately and violently will always succeed better than a perfect plan.”
General George S. Patton

"May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.”
General George S. Patton Jr.

"This is the law: The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental."
John Steinbeck

"In this business, you find the enemy, then go after and destroy him. Everything else is rubbish!"
Eddie Rickenbacker, American WWI Flying Ace

“If you’re going to go to war against a major enemy, go; knock the hell out of him fast, and go in there to kill him and get it over with.”
Lieutenant General (Ret) Harold Moore

“You may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, and wipe it clean of life - but if you desire to defend it, protect it, and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman Legions did - buy putting your soldiers in the mud.”
T.R. Fehrenbach, from his book, “This Kind of War”

“Be ashamed to die until you have done something good for mankind.”
American pastor Dr. Vernon Johnson during the Revolutionary War

Thank you heroes...present and past. Thank you parents for giving us such wonderful patriots. - HeavyHanded


In an interview with Terry Moran of ABC News, Obama was asked about the "surge" in Iraq and its' success. Barack just can't say it worked and it was the right thing to do:

ABC's Terry Moran: "This is Obama’s second trip to Iraq. His first was in January 2006 when the country was plunged into horrific violence. But the surge of U.S. troops, combined with ordinary Iraqi’s rejection of both Al Qaeda and Shiite extremists have transformed the country. Attacks are down more than 80% nationwide. U.S. combat casualties have plummeted. Five this month so far, compared with 78 last July. And Baghdad has a pulse again. If you had to do it over again, knowing what you know now, would you – would you support the surge?"

Barack Obama: "No, because – keep in mind that –"

Moran: "You wouldn't?"

Obama: "Well, no, keep – these kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult. Hindsight is 20/20. But I think what I am absolutely convinced of is that at that time, we had to change the political debate, because the view of the Bush Administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with."

View it at YouTube:

In response to Baracks inability to accept the surge success, Chairman Linda Daves, North Carolina Republican Party, said:

"It is clear now that Barack Obama's foreign policy judgment is shaped not by the facts on the ground but on his standing in the polls. When John McCain called for a change in strategy in Iraq and supported the surge, he said losing an election was not as important to him as winning in Iraq. Not so for Obama. Obama would rather see failure in Iraq than admit that he was wrong to oppose the surge. This issue exposes Barack Obama's poor judgment and is an indictment on his ability to lead America as Commander-in-Chief.”

Some people believe that we need to hold a defensive position in our goal to protect ourselves. Others believe the correct way is to go on the offensive, and that a "strong offense is the best defense."

It is clear that Barack believes in neither. He has said:

"I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems...

...I will not weaponize space...

...I will slow development of future combat systems...

...and I will institute a "Defense Priorities Board" to ensure the quadrennial defense review is not used to justify unnecessary spending...

...I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons...

...and to seek that goal, I will not develop nuclear weapons...

...I will seek a global ban on the development of fissile material...

...and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert...

...and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals..."

"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." --Barack Obama

Powerline says, and I cannot agree more, "That impulse seems like a threat to our freedom...."


"McCain needs to hammer at one basic theme: that Obama's pullout plan will lead to a third Iraq war. The Democrat wants to keep substantial numbers of troops next door, to go back into Iraq if necessary. McCain should stress that a premature withdrawal will lead to a collapse - losing the hard-won stability in Iraq, opening the door to an Iranian takeover and al Qaeda revival, and potentially forcing a new US invasion."

-- Dick Morris

Read Dick Morris's column, MCCAIN'S WAY FORWARD, here.

Monday, July 21, 2008


No, there is no consensus, as "Algore" likes to say. Power Line brings to our attention that there is an article in The Australian written by David Evans. Mr. Evans was a consultant to the "Australian Greenhouse Office" from 1999 to 2005.

He used to be a global warming alarmist. But he has now changed his opinion based on more recent available data. As Power Line puts it, he is a scientist who "goes where the evidence leads him."

He brings to light the fraud that many of the world's governments are engaging in. Power Line pulls this quote from the article:
I DEVOTED six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in the land use change and forestry sector.

FullCAM models carbon flows in plants, mulch, debris, soils and agricultural products, using inputs such as climate data, plant physiology and satellite data. I've been following the global warming debate closely for years.

When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty good: CO2 is a greenhouse gas, the old ice core data, no other suspects.

The evidence was not conclusive, but why wait until we were certain when it appeared we needed to act quickly? Soon government and the scientific community were working together and lots of science research jobs were created. We scientists had political support, the ear of government, big budgets, and we felt fairly important and useful (well, I did anyway). It was great. We were working to save the planet.

But since 1999 new evidence has seriously weakened the case that carbon emissions are the main cause of global warming, and by 2007 the evidence was pretty conclusive that carbon played only a minor role and was not the main cause of the recent global warming. As Lord Keynes famously said, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"

There has not been a public debate about the causes of global warming and most of the public and our decision makers are not aware of the most basic salient facts.

1. The greenhouse signature is missing. We have been looking and measuring for years, and cannot find it.

Each possible cause of global warming has a different pattern of where in the planet the warming occurs first and the most. The signature of an increased greenhouse effect is a hot spot about 10km up in the atmosphere over the tropics. We have been measuring the atmosphere for decades using radiosondes: weather balloons with thermometers that radio back the temperature as the balloon ascends through the atmosphere. They show no hot spot. Whatsoever.

If there is no hot spot then an increased greenhouse effect is not the cause of global warming. So we know for sure that carbon emissions are not a significant cause of the global warming. ...

2. There is no evidence to support the idea that carbon emissions cause significant global warming. None. ...

3. The satellites that measure the world's temperature all say that the warming trend ended in 2001, and that the temperature has dropped about 0.6C in the past year (to the temperature of 1980). ...

4. The new ice cores show that in the past six global warmings over the past half a million years, the temperature rises occurred on average 800 years before the accompanying rise in atmospheric carbon. Which says something important about which was cause and which was effect. ...

The last point was known and past dispute by 2003, yet Al Gore made his movie in 2005 and presented the ice cores as the sole reason for believing that carbon emissions cause global warming. In any other political context our cynical and experienced press corps would surely have called this dishonest and widely questioned the politician's assertion. ..

Go read the whole article.

I also want to highlight an article I posted, in part, back in January written by Dr. Oleg Sorokhtin, Merited Scientist of Russia and fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, and staff researcher of the Oceanology Institute.

A cold spell soon to replace global warming

MOSCOW. (Oleg Sorokhtin for RIA Novosti) – Stock up on fur coats and felt boots! This is my paradoxical advice to the warm world.

Earth is now at the peak of one of its passing warm spells. It started in the 17th century when there was no industrial influence on the climate to speak of and no such thing as the hothouse effect. The current warming is evidently a natural process and utterly independent of hothouse gases.

The real reasons for climate changes are uneven solar radiation, terrestrial precession that is, axis gyration), instability of oceanic currents, regular salinity fluctuations of the Arctic Ocean surface waters, etc. There is another, principal reason-solar activity and luminosity. The greater they are the warmer is our climate.

Astrophysics knows two solar activity cycles, of 11 and 200 years. Both are caused by changes in the radius and area of the irradiating solar surface. The latest data say that Earth has passed the peak of its warmer period, and a fairly cold spell will set in quite soon, by 2012. Real cold will come when solar activity reaches its minimum, by 2041, and will last for 50-60 years or even longer.

Carbon dioxide cannot be bad for the climate. On the contrary, it is food for plants, and so is beneficial to life on Earth. Bearing out this point was the Green Revolution-the phenomenal global increase in farm yields in the mid-20th century. Numerous experiments also prove a direct proportion between harvest and carbon dioxide concentration in the air.

Carbon dioxide is not to blame for global climate change. Solar activity is many times more powerful than the energy produced by the whole of humankind. Man's influence on nature is a drop in the ocean. Read more.

About Obama, the Messiah

Americans are beginning to notice Obama's elevated opinion of himself. There's nothing new about narcissism in politics. Every senator looks in the mirror and sees a president. Nonetheless, has there ever been a presidential nominee with a wider gap between his estimation of himself and the sum total of his lifetime achievements?

Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times.

As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself.

It is a subject upon which he can dilate effortlessly. In his victory speech upon winning the nomination, Obama declared it a great turning point in history — "generations from now we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment" — when, among other wonders, "the rise of the oceans began to slow."

-- Charles Krauthammer, from his column "Obama Hasn't Earned A Place At Berlin Gate." Read the entire column at Investors Business Daily.


Heavy-Handed Politics has landed at #264 in Wikio's rating of political blogs.

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An amazing quote

An amazing quote from the Washington Post, of all places, blasting Obama and his position on Iraq:

“Early last year, when the war was at its peak, [Barack Obama] proposed a timetable for withdrawing all U.S. combat forces in slightly more than a year. [Last week], with bloodshed at its lowest level since the war began, Mr. Obama endorsed the same plan. After hinting earlier this month that he might ‘refine’ his Iraq strategy after visiting the country and listening to commanders, Mr. Obama appears to have decided that sticking to his arbitrary, 16-month timetable is more important than adjusting to the dramatic changes in Iraq... ‘What’s missing in our debate,’ Mr. Obama said [last week], ‘is a discussion of the strategic consequences of Iraq.’ Indeed: The message that the Democrat sends is that he is ultimately indifferent to the war’s outcome—that Iraq ‘distracts us from every threat we face’ and thus must be speedily evacuated regardless of the consequences. That’s an irrational and ahistorical way to view a country at the strategic center of the Middle East, with some of the world’s largest oil reserves. Whether or not the war was a mistake, Iraq’s future is a vital U.S. security interest. If he is elected president, Mr. Obama sooner or later will have to tailor his Iraq strategy to that reality.”

When is the last time someone from the "old MSM" criticized BHO?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

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In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. - -Voltaire (1764)

If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. - -Mark Twain