Saturday, October 27, 2007


TAPPED Archive | The American Prospect reported Reading about yet another terrible stand taken by Senator James "global warming is the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state"
I had not heard him say either thing, but I agree with him on both matters.
Inhofe (leading the fight against the law of the sea),
A third position I support. The "law of the sea" would result in the US ceding authority to an international body, and I don't think we should.
I wondered if there was much chance of getting rid of the man who might be the single worst member of the United States Senate
We need more like him.


Two species

Daily Mail reported The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite
and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures,
according to a top scientist. 100,000 years into the future, sexual selection could mean that two distinct breeds of human will have developed. The alarming prediction comes from evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry from the London School of Economics, who says that the human race will have reached its physical peak by the year 3000.


Friday, October 26, 2007

UK’s “Islam is Peace” ad campaign

To end “Islamophobia,” Muslims should:

  1. Focus their indignation on Muslims committing violent acts in the name of Islam, not on non-Muslims reporting on those acts.
  2. Renounce definitively not just "terrorism," but any intention to replace the U.S. Constitution (or the constitutions of any non-Muslim state) with Sharia even by peaceful means.
  3. Teach Muslims the imperative of coexisting peacefully as equals with non-Muslims on an indefinite basis.
  4. Begin comprehensive international programs in mosques all over the world to teach against the ideas of violent jihad and Islamic supremacism.
  5. Actively work with Western law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend jihadists within Western Muslim communities.


Al-Qaida anger at Jazeera on Laden tape

- Yahoo! News reported Al-Qaida sympathizers have unleashed a torrent of anger against Al-Jazeera television, accusing it of misrepresenting Osama bin Laden's latest audiotape by airing excerpts in which he criticizes mistakes by insurgents in Iraq.

Users of a leading Islamic militant Web forum posted thousands of insults against the pan-Arab station for focusing on excerpts in which bin Laden criticizes insurgents, including his followers.
He is losing. Should he praise them for losing?
... But the Al-Fajr Media Center, which usually posts al-Qaida video and audio tapes on the Web, accused Al-Jazeera of "counterfeiting the facts" by making the speech appear as exclusively critical of insurgents. "Al-Jazeera directors have shamefully chosen to back the Crusaders' side,
It would be nice if that was the case, but I suspect it is not.
and the defenders of hypocrites and the thugs and traitors of Iraq," Al-Fajr said in a statement posted on several Islamic Web sites.... Bin Laden's message came at a time of deepening splits in the Sunni Arab insurgency in Iraq. Some insurgent groups have formed a coalition rivaling one set up by al-Qaida in Iraq. Other factions have broken away and joined U.S. troops in fighting al-Qaida. A group of Sunni Arab tribes in the western province of Anbar also have campaigned against al-Qaida.
They did not like having Al Qaeda kill their own people.
The splits are believed to have been caused by anger over al-Qaida attempts to dominate the insurgency as well as by its killings of Sunni tribal leaders and its attempts to impose Taliban-like rules.
Who would want outsiders imposing those rules on them.
Michelle Malkin blogged Live by the sword, die by the sword.

CQ blogged That sounds ominous for a news service that has usually treated terrorist groups with much more respect than they deserve. Maybe this will wake some AJ executives to the nature of the lunatics whose love they have just lost.


Thursday, October 25, 2007

Is Iran Next?

ABC News reported Tucked inside the White House's $196 billion emergency funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is an item that has some people wondering whether the administration is preparing for military action against Iran.
Or at least wants them to think we are.
The item: $88 million to modify B-2 stealth bombers so they can carry a newly developed 30,000-pound bomb called the massive ordnance penetrator, or, in military-speak, the MOP. The MOP is the the military's largest conventional bomb, a super "bunker-buster" capable of destroying hardened targets deep underground. The one-line explanation for the request said it is in response to "an urgent operational need from theater commanders."

What urgent need? The Pentagon referred questions on this to Central Command.
No one in the Pentagon was willing to leak military secrets? Amazing.
ABC News called CENTCOM to ask what the "urgent operational need" is. CENTCOM spokesman Maj. Todd White said he would look into it, but, so far, no answer.

There doesn't appear to be any potential targets for a bomb like that in Iraq. It could potentially be used on Taliban or al Qaeda hideouts in the caves along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but there would be no need to use a stealth bomber there.
Unless maybe they were on the Pakistan side of the border.
So where would the military use a stealth bomber armed with a 30,000-pound bomb like this? Defense analysts say the most likely target for this bomb would be Iran's flagship nuclear facility in Natanz, which is both heavily fortified and deeply buried. "You'd use it on Natanz," said John Pike of "And you'd use it on a stealth bomber because you want it to be a surprise. And you put in an emergency funding request because you want to bomb quickly."

"It's kind of strange," Pike said. "It sends a signal that you are preparing to bomb Iran, and if you were actually going to bomb Iran I wouldn't think you would want to announce it like that."
But if you were planning on making one last attempt at negotiation before a military strick, you would want them to know that the strike would happen if the negotiations failed, just not exactly when and from where.
The MOP is a massive bomb -- 20 feet long and encased in 3.5 inch thick high-performance steel. It is designed to penetrate up to 200 feet underground before exploding.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Senate Picks Pork Over Kids

Captain's Quarters blogged The Senate just voted 68-26 to kill the amendment offered by Senator Tom Coburn that would have redirected earmarks in the Labor/HHS/Education appropriation to funding health care for children instead. The failure of the Senate to pass Amendment 3358 today shows a large disconnect between the rhetoric of the majority in Congress and their actual priorities. After castigating the Bush administration for vetoing a massive expansion of the S-CHIP program to middle-class families who largely don't need it, two-thirds of the Senate seems more interested in their own pork than in America's children.
I wish Bush would veto any legislation with pork in it


The Violent Oppression of Women in Islam


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Violence in Netherlands

Radio Netherlands reported It has been an unusually violent week for Amsterdam's western Slotervaart district. Cars were torched and youths clashed with police
Youths? Young Methodists? Young Hindus? Or perhaps were they Muslims?
on several consecutive nights after a 22-year-old ethnic Moroccan was shot dead at a police station. He was killed by a policewoman he had just stabbed a number of times.
Are the "youths" upset that the police woman just didn't die when he stabbed her, or are they more upset that she was a woman.
The riots that followed reminded Amsterdam's Chief Commissioner Bernard Welten of a major nightmare for Western European cities: violence on a Parisian scale.


The Debate Is Not Over


TennCare threatening to devour state budget

Tennessear reported TennCare is too expensive to keep operating in its existing form, consultants with the global consultants McKinsey & Co. concluded in a report released yesterday to the legislature and to the public.
This single payer project is the stalking horse for Hillary Care. Hopefully it's failure in Tennessee will give us a chance of blocking Hillarycare
If its spending is not controlled, the managed-care program will absorb nearly every dollar in new revenue collected between now and 2008 and threaten other state priorities. The most likely scenario is that the program would take $9 of every $10 in new state revenue over that period, according to the report.
And with the first baby boomer retiring, the federal government already has Social Security and Medicare to try to figure out how to fund. We definitely do not need Hillarycare.
TennCare would become the state's biggest single expenditure, surpassing K-12 education and public safety, even though those services affect more Tennesseans than TennCare's 1.3 million enrollees. ''Are they daunting? Absolutely,'' Bredesen, a former health-care executive, said of the figures. ''This is the worst picture I would have imagined. What it means is, absent major changes, there is no money for employee raises. There is no money for education. There is no money for corrections. There is no money for other social services. That is obviously unacceptable.''