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Saturday, October 07, 2006

A Useful Idiot

I mentioned yesterday Senator John Warner's cowardly pronouncements (read them here) regarding his new take on the public opinion polls ... er, the war in Iraq. As might have been expected, his words are now being used by those who want us to retreat from the field of battle in disgrace (and to then reap the Islamist whirlwind).

With friends like him ...

Warner's words on war enter campaign
Sen. John Warner's assessment of the war in Iraq is a talking point for the Virginia candidates.
Michael Sluss, Roanoke Times

RICHMOND -- U.S. Sen. John Warner's bleak assessment of the situation in Iraq became campaign fodder on Friday for the two men competing for Virginia's other Senate seat, Republican incumbent George Allen and Democratic challenger James Webb.

One day after Warner delivered a sobering briefing to Capitol Hill reporters on his just-completed trip to Iraq, Webb praised the Republican senator for bluntly highlighting problems and conveying a willingness to reconsider U.S. strategy. (link)

What an embarrassment.

Great News On The Economy Front

This should give the editorialists at The New York Times pause. It won't. But it should.
Unemployment falls; wages up 4 percent
By Patrice Hill, The Washington Times

The nation's unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent last month, down from 4.7 in August, and average wages rose by 4 percent over the previous year -- the best performance for both measures in five years. (
The Times hasn't been able to carp in recent years about unemployment numbers so they've been hammering away at the lack of growth in wages. This month they have nothing to complain about.

Oh, what am I saying ...

Yeah. That'll Work.

The U.N. got tough yesterday with the crazies in North Korea who are hellbent on destroying the planet:

N.Korea Urged to Abandon Atomic Weapons
By Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- With speculation mounting of a North Korean nuclear test as early as this weekend, a unanimous U.N. Security Council urged the secretive, communist nation Friday to abandon all atomic weapons as it promised last year and cancel plans to detonate a device. Japan hinted the North could face sanctions or possible military action. (
link) .
And they mean it this time, dadgum it.

Expect the august organization to exact some serious discipline by calling for a time-out next.

For the love of God.

Calling All Swimmers

Want to live the rest of your life with nothing but a leaky earthen dike separating you from The Great Flood? If so, New Orleans is looking for you.

It appears, though, that most folks want no part of it:
New Orleans Population Is Reduced Nearly 60%
By Adam Nossiter, The New York Times

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 6 — The city’s population has dropped by nearly 60 percent since Hurricane Katrina, far more sharply than recent optimistic estimates had suggested, according to an authoritative post-storm survey released this week.

The population of New Orleans is now only 187,525, well under half the pre-storm population of 454,863, according to the survey, commissioned by several state agencies. The United States Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised those who carried out the door-to-door population count this summer. (link)
Except for small enclaves here and there, the city of New Orleans was - and is - a hell hole, with rampant crime, dysfunctional city services, a corrupt local government, and a police force that could reasonably be described as worthless.

One needs to wonder why the 187,525 people who returned to such awful circumstances did so.