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Thursday, December 28, 2006

To Think, He Might Have Been Commander-in-Chief

John Kerry decided to fly to Iraq the other day to get a feel for what the troops there were thinking. If this photo is any indication, he now has that feel.

From Scott Hennen at HotTalk:
A picture tells a 1000 words.....

A friend of mine serving in Iraq sent me this photo and note. I received it before Christmas, but was out of the office. Priceless story it tells....

"This is a true story.....Check out this photo from our mess hall at the US Embassy yesterday morning. Sen. Kerry found himself all alone while he was over here. He cancelled his press conference because no one came, he worked out alone in the gym w/o any soldiers even going up to say hi or ask for an autograph (I was one of those who was in the gym at the same time), and he found himself eating breakfast with only a couple of folks who are obviously not troops.

What is amazing is Bill O'Reilly came to visit with us and the troops at the CSH the same day and the line for autographs extended through the palace and people waited for two hours to shake his hand. You decide who is more respected and loved by us servicemen and women!"

Again I say..."GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!" (
All this will go unnoticed by the mainstream press. The troops stationed in Iraq are, to them, nothing more than knuckle-dragging high school dropouts who failed in real life and are therefore not worthy of attention.

But God bless 'em indeed!

Hattip to Scott Johnson at Powerline.
Photo courtesy of HotTalk.

Home Sales Are Up, And Down

The good news:
New Home Sales Climb 3.4 Percent in Nov.
By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Washington (AP) -- Sales of new homes bounced back in November and have now posted increases in three of the past four months, a hopeful sign that this year's severe drop in housing may finally be coming to an end. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that sales of new single-family home rose 3.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.047 million units.

That was better than the 1.1 percent gain economists had been expecting and the government also revised the previous three months to show stronger activity. (link)
The bad news:
Home sales decline for 7th month
Sales dropped 18 percent in November, normally a fairly brisk time, ...

By Jenny Kincaid Boone, The Roanoke Times

November marked the seventh month this year that home sales dropped in the Roanoke Valley, despite strong business at some individual real estate offices. The number of residential units sold sank 18 percent last month, compared with November 2005, according to the latest report from the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors. (link)
Seven months of declines. 18% in November. While (new) home sales nationally were strong. Not good.

Make That TWO Big Macs!

It looks like my days of living off of the consumption of leaves and twigs are about to end:

Pill For The Portly Has Promise *
By Rita Delfinger, The New York Post

December 28, 2006 -- There's a remarkable pill on the horizon that may offer new hope for obese people trying to shed pounds.

Excalia, which is now being tested in trials in the United States, fools the weight-controlling part of the brain into believing it's OK to keep on losing weight.

Men and women who took the pill - a combination of two drugs - for 48 weeks lost an average 12 percent of their weight during a study, said Excalia's California-based developer, Orexigen Therapeutics. (link)
The possibilities ...

I wonder what Jabba The Hut is going to look like when he's half the man he is today. (Well, that'll still make him twice the man he needs to be, but it's a start.)

Bring on those fat pills!

* A disclosure: I'm 6'0" and 185.

We Need More Gun Control!

Well, it appears that all of those gun control laws passed by city council in New York are paying off:
Murders Are Up in New York, Other Cities
By Karen Matthews, Associated Press Writer

New York (AP) -- Gangs, drugs, easy access to guns and a disturbing tendency among young people to pull guns to demand respect were among the causes authorities cited in trying to explain this year's increase in murders in New York and many other major cities after years of decline.

New York reported 579 homicides through Dec. 24 - a nearly 10 percent increase from the year before.

[Police Department spokesman Paul] Browne blamed the rise in part on the availability of guns, particularly weapons from out of state. (link)
That last line is a side-splitter. Liberals in New York have been pointing to lax gun laws as a main reason for the rampant crime that plagues their streets and have passed dozens of restrictions on firearm ownership, possession, and use in recent decades. Those restrictions have clearly failed.

Why? Because of lax gun laws everywhere else!

To think, it is this same bunch of mental midgets that took charge of Congress last month. I fear for my country.

Stop! You're Hurting Those Islamists!

Just when the radical Islamists who had inflicted such hardship and suffering on the Somali people were being crushed in Mogadishu (see "Islamic Forces Abandon Somalia's Capital") by invading Ethiopian forces, the peace-at-any-price crowd at the New York Times calls for ... unity:
War in the Horn of Africa

It is tempting to wink at Ethiopia’s stunningly successful offensive in Somalia. It pushed back a hateful Islamic militia that was defying the United Nations, threatening to impose religious tyranny and, according to Washington, harboring international terrorists. The Bush administration quickly succumbed to temptation, lauding Ethiopia’s attacks as a legitimate response to “aggression.”

But if there’s anything we should have learned over the past few sad years, it is that this kind of unilateral pre-emptive attack seldom solves anything, particularly when the country doing the invading is regarded as a longstanding enemy.

Rather than trying to marginalize the Islamic militias and the huge clan they represent, the international community should ... (link)
No, we certainly don't want to "marginalize" those radical Islamic militias that have been terrorizing all of Somalia. And we sure don't want to "wink" at the Ethiopians' victory.

No, that would be too insipid. We should be cheering the demise of oppressive Islamist factions - in Somalia and anywhere else on the planet where human beings can destroy these throwbacks to an ancient time - and we should be supporting the killing of every one of the murderous bastards.

This Was Inevitable

I was waiting for the "tolerant" crowd to get around to this:
Texas: Panel Will Study Confederate Statues
By The Associated Press

The president of the University of Texas at Austin, William Powers Jr., left, said he planned to form an advisory committee to study whether something should be done about the numerous campus statues honoring the Confederacy. The statues have become a topic of debate among students, professors and administrators. They include four bronze figures on the campus South Mall honoring Confederate leaders like Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee. Mr. Powers said he planned to appoint a committee of advisers early next year, probably including faculty members and students. “The whole range of options is on the table,” he said. “A lot of students, and especially minority students, have raised ... (
Expect this to be the next target in this age of (in)tolerance.

Going Over To The Dark Side

Today's lesson: How does a Republican get favorable press these days? He trashes the war effort:
G.O.P. Senator in Spotlight After a Critical Iraq Speech
By James Risen, The New York Times

Washington, Dec. 27 — At the close of the Senate’s lame-duck session, in between formulaic tributes to senators departing voluntarily or otherwise, a Republican backbencher suddenly rose to give one of the most passionate and surprising speeches about the war in Iraq yet delivered in Congress.

For a solid Republican who had originally voted for the war, the words spoken by the senator, Gordon H. Smith of Oregon, on the evening of Dec. 7 were incendiary and marked a stunning break with the president.

“I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day,” Mr. Smith said. “That is absurd. It may even be criminal.” (link)
Smith, one of those legendary "moderates" in the GOP, didn't provide us with his take on who the criminals are exactly - whether he was thinking of our president, our military leadership, or the troops taking fire on the field of battle. Perhaps he was referring to all of the above.

Or perhaps he just wanted high praise from the liberal press and knew he would get it by jumping ship and going over to the anti-war side.

If the latter was his intention, mission accomplished.