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Monday, September 04, 2006

al Qaeda Is In Iraq?

The Democrats want us to turn tail and get out of Iraq so that we can fight the "real" terror threat - al Qaeda. Which makes today's news rather perplexing:
By Andy Geller, with New York Post Wire Services

September 4, 2006 -- The second-in-command of al Qaeda in Iraq has been captured, officials announced yesterday - ending the terror career of the Samarra shrine bomb mastermind, whose diabolical attack triggered a wave of sectarian violence.

Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi spilled his guts after his arrest, leading to the capture or death of 20 other high-ranking figures in the terrorist group, the officials said. (
Future Secretary of Defense John Murtha has famously argued that we should withdraw our troops from Iraq and send them to the remote island of Okinawa, where they can more effectively fight the war on terror.

No word on what Murtha and his party will do if they find al Qaeda there as well ...

Rocketing To Oblivion

The New York Times is reporting this morning the scheduled launch of the space shuttle on Wednesday. Reason not given ...

The Chickens Come Home To Roost

This is mind-boggling:
Cost of Pensions Adds to Factory Town’s Troubles
By Danny Hakim, The New York Times

Pension costs in New York City have quadrupled in the last five years, and they will soon consume 10 percent of the city’s budget. In Buffalo, the state’s second-largest city, pension costs have risen to $24 million, from $4 million, in the last five years, and the city is now overseen by a financial control board.

Lockport’s [another New York city] pension costs for public workers have increased more than tenfold since 2000, to $1.6 million projected for this year, from $111,083. During the same period, the cost of providing medical coverage to city workers and retirees has risen 71 percent. Together, pension and health care costs have grown to 14.5 percent of the city’s budget last year, up from 7.6 percent in 2000. (

How can this be, you ask?

Liberal politicians writing checks the taxpayer has to make good on:

One big part of the problem is that the State Legislature has imposed new burdens on local government pensions around the state, just as it has in New York City, where the vibrant economy is better able to absorb such costs. But local governments have played their part in letting these costs rise.

Now the do-gooders are trying to find the funds necessary to pay for their (your) largesse.

Stick around. This is going to get ugly.

Don't Say You Didn't Ask For It

If it weren't for the fact that the alternative is too frightening to imagine, this would almost be welcome news:
G.O.P. Seen to Be in Peril of Losing House
By Robin Toner and Kate Zernike, The New York

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 — After a year of political turmoil, Republicans enter the fall campaign with their control of the House in serious jeopardy, the possibility of major losses in the Senate, and a national mood so unsettled that districts once considered safely Republican are now competitive, analysts and strategists in both parties say.

Sixty-five days before the election, the signs of Republican vulnerability are widespread. (
A lot of this is wishful thinking but when Rasmussen and Zogby get together (I listened to a radio interview with the two a couple of weeks ago) and declare the House to be up for grabs, there must be some truth to this.

While the media and the Democrats pound away against the war on terror, the Republicans in Washington have done their share of damage to their own reelection chances by spending our tax dollars like drunken sailors in a whorehouse, pushing for compromise on the illegal immigration issue, and losing interest in the core values that made the GOP great - from stem cells to ANWR, Bridges to Nowhere to profligate self-aggrandizement.

Are they about to reap the whirlwind? Perhaps.

Where's Newt when we need him?

You've Done Enough Damage

What the Republican party doesn't need right now is advice from this guy:
By Geoff Earle, The New York Post

September 4, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - Republicans could lose control of Congress if they fail to pass a stalled immigration bill this fall, Sen. Arlen Specter warned.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Specter (R-Pa.), the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, said, "If we Republicans want to retain control of the House for sure, you'd better move ahead on immigration reform." (
Let it be understood: Arlen Specter personifies the difficulties the Republican party has today. Whereas the Pennsylvania GOP could have bounced this liberal in 2004 in favor of a marvelously conservative Pat Toomey, the state party leadership - and even President Bush - campaigned hard for Specter. Specter won.

The GOP lost.

Now Specter's giving out advice.

For the love of God.

On Labor Day

This (as it is turning out) is my annual Labor Day post. Unlike union members for whom the day is intended to be commemorated by sitting on my backside all day and drinking beer, I'm celebrating the occasion by ... laboring. And afterwards drinking beer.

Happy Labor Day.