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Friday, October 19, 2007

Memo To Comrade Murtha

Now that the facts about the Haditha "massacre" have been sorted out from the lies and distortions, and the criminal charges against eight Marines have, for the most part, been dropped, a summation from the Wall Street Journal ("What Happened At Haditha"):

Innocents were killed at Haditha, as they inevitably are in all wars--though that does not excuse or justify wrongdoing. Yet neither was Haditha the atrocity or "massacre" that many assumed--though errors in judgment may well have been committed. And while some violent crimes have been visited on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, overall the highly disciplined U.S. military has conducted itself in an exemplary fashion. When there have been aberrations, the services have typically held themselves accountable.

The same cannot be said of the political and media classes. Many, including Members of Congress, were looking for another moral bonfire to discredit the cause in Iraq, and they found a pretext in Haditha. The critics rushed to judgment; facts and evidence were discarded to fit the antiwar template.

Most despicably, they created and stoked a political atmosphere that exposes American soldiers in the line of duty, risking and often losing their lives, to criminal liability for the chaos of war. This is the deepest shame of Haditha, and the one for which apologies ought to be made.
Lest you forget, it was a collaboration between a rabidly anti-America press and a just-as-anti-American Congressman that fanned the flames of hatred and deceit. See both at their worst here:

There will, of course, be no apologies coming from either the mainstream media or from the Pennsylvania Congressman to those brave marines who did their duty at Haditha that day; enlisted men and officers who have been vilified so savagely for that which took place. Vilified for wrongs that have finally been proven to have never been committed.

Shame on John Murtha. If there is a hell ...

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Energy Crisis? What Energy Crisis?

Two related stories in today's news:

Oil futures surpass $90 a barrel *
By John Wilen, AP Business Writer

New York - Oil prices surpassed $90 a barrel for the first time Thursday as the falling dollar drew new foreign investors and speculators to dollar-denominated energy futures.

Light, sweet crude for November delivery hit $90.02 in electronic trading Thursday evening before returning to around $89.60. Earlier, prices had risen $2.07 to settle at a record $89.47 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. (link)
And this:

Power Plant Rejected Over Carbon Dioxide For First Time
By Steven Mufson, Washington Post Staff Writer

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment yesterday became the first government agency in the United States to cite carbon dioxide emissions as the reason for rejecting an air permit for a proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant, saying that the greenhouse gas threatens public health and the environment.

The decision marks a victory for environmental groups that are fighting proposals for new coal-fired plants around the country. It may be the first of a series of similar state actions ... (link)
$90 a barrel for the first time in history ...

A permit for a new power plant rejected - for the feeblest of reasons (cited above) - for the first time in history.

We as a species are doomed.

* Less than 10 years ago, the nominal oil price was at $10.57.

Crime? We Got More Important Matters.

The city of Philadelphia, always a dangerous place to visit, now leads the nation in murders. How do city officials respond?
Scouts must pay $200,000 for rent
Associated Press

Philadelphia (AP) — The city has decided that the Boy Scouts chapter here must pay fair-market rent of $200,000 a year for its city-owned headquarters because it refuses to permit homosexual scouts. (link)
For the sake of accuracy, the Boy Scouts discriminate - and rightly so - against scout leaders who might prey on little boys; they don't discriminate against gay scouts.

Because of the overriding need to protect the youngsters, the Boy Scouts choose to bar gay adult males from sleeping with the kids.

Meanwhile in today's news out of Philadelphia:

Former Principal Sentenced On Drug Charges

Robbery Suspect Shot And Killed At Local Business

'Plot To Kill' Teen To Be Tried In Juvenile Court

Suspected Bank Robber Leads Police On Wild Chase

Man Fatally Shot In North Philadelphia

Citizens of Philadelphia! Take heart! The Boy Scouts are under control ...

From Here To Eternity

Deborah Kerr, legendary star in an era when Hollywood actresses weren't all sluts and druggies, is dead:

'King And I' Beauty Deborah Kerr Dies

October 19, 2007 -- London - Deborah Kerr, who shared one of Hollywood's most famous kisses while portraying an Army officer's unhappy wife in "From Here to Eternity" and danced with the Siamese monarch played by Yul Brynner in "The King and I," has died. She was 86.

Kerr, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died Tuesday in Suffolk in eastern England, her agent, Anne Hutton, said yesterday.

Her Best Actress nominations were for "Edward, My Son" (1949), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "The King and I" (1956), "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" (1957), "Separate Tables" (1958), and "The Sundowners" (1960). (link)
A photo from one of the most famous scenes in Hollywood history:


Photo, from the movie "From Here To Eternity," courtesy of Reuters.

Hillary Defeated!

Felt good writing that ...

In today's news, the hippie museum that Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer wanted to spend YOUR money ($1,000,000) on in upstate New York - can love beads, vomit, and mud cost that much? - is going to have to find a funding source somewhere else:

Bummer OF '69
By Geoff Earle, New York Post Correspondent

Senate Republicans yesterday brought the curtain down on a pork-barrel project to build a Woodstock museum upstate - leaving backers Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer dazed and confused.

The vote came on a Republican amendment to nix a $1 million spending "earmark" pushed by Clinton and Schumer to help build a museum in Bethel, site of the legendary 1969 concert where Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and thousands of mud-soaked fans rocked out for three days.

By knocking down the amendment, Republicans hit a triple: They beat the majority Democrats, scuffed up Clinton, and linked Democrats to the drug-induced, free-love era of the '60s. (link)

It now costs a million bucks to relive the era of "free love?" Count me out. Hillary.

Staten Island Invaded!

Four Men Are Questioned in Attack on Staten Island

Chicken Flu Panic 2007

We act at times like frightened little children. And the mainstream media know it. And play to it.

In 2005 it was a crisis involving the disturbing lack of flu vaccinations. Last year it was the Bird Flu Pandemic. This year it's Staph Infection Lusus Naturae. Prepare to die. Again:
Schools in Several States Report Staph Infections, and Deaths Raise the Alarm
By Ian Urbina, The New York Times

School officials around the country have been scrambling this week to scrub locker rooms, reassure parents and impress upon students the importance of good hygiene. The heightened alarm comes in response to a federal report indicating that the bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, are responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than AIDS.

On Wednesday and Thursday, scores of schools were closed and events were canceled in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia as cleaning crews disinfected buses, lockers and classrooms. More closings are planned on Friday.

School officials in Mississippi, New Hampshire and Virginia reported student deaths within the past two weeks from the bacteria, while officials in at least four other states reported cases of students being infected. (link)
Doesn't this call for federal action? A new department or something? An increase in estate taxes? A segment on Oprah? A colonoscopy of Katie Couric's rear end?

May God have mercy.

We Didn't Want To Anger Them Why?

If I understood the argument made last week about the Armenian Genocide debate in Congress correctly, the Bush administration didn't want a condemnation resolution to be brought up for fear of angering the Turks. Something about how we needed them on our side in the Iraq War.

I don't know. Is a Turkish invasion of Iraq something an ally would do?
Turkish Bid to Pursue Kurds Poses Quandary for Iraq
By Alissa J. Rubin, The New York Times

Baghdad, Oct. 18 — Turkey’s decision to allow the dispatch of troops over Iraq’s border in pursuit of Kurdish guerrillas throws into relief a troubling quandary for Iraq’s leaders.

On one hand, Iraq wants a cordial relationship with Turkey, a powerhouse in the region and a counterweight to the competing pulls of Iran and Saudi Arabia.

But Iraq has been able to do little to halt the rebel group’s activities because Iraq’s central government must rely on its ethnic Kurdish minority, which populates the region where the guerrillas are active, to take a stand against them. (
We should probably ask the Turks to not invade the Iraq we're trying to put back together. But then that might set them off. So maybe we shouldn't.

The Field Narrows

Some guy named Brownback has decided to throw in the towel:
Brownback to Quit 2008 Race
By Kate Phillips, The New York Times

Senator Sam Brownback, Republican of Kansas is set to drop out of the race for his party’s presidential nomination.

Mr. Brownback has consistently been considered a long-shot in the crowded G.O.P. field with top-draw names like Rudolph W. Giuliani and Mitt Romney. The entry of Fred Thompson also complicated the composition of the field for conservatives like Mr. Brownback and Mike Huckabee.

But his campaign never gained much steam. (link)
Actually Sam Brownback is a good conservative who deserves our ongoing support. This just wasn't his year to be proclaimed emperor.

You Go, Rush

Remember Senator Webb's attempt at smearing Rush Limbaugh on the Senate floor a few weeks ago over a comment that America's Voice Of Conservatism had made regarding "phoney troops?" A comment that Webb twisted to mean something it didn't? A comment that led Webb and 40 other Democrats (led by that snake, Harry Reid) to sign a letter of denunciation? A letter that called for Rush to be fired?

Well, as I could have told this bunch, Rush isn't your average Republican. He doesn't run and hide. Or start groveling. Rush knows how to give better than he gets. He counterattacks. Always.

That letter? He got his hands on it and is now auctioning it off on eBay, with proceeds going to a fund to provide college scholarships to children of Marines and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

As of this morning, top bid is at $2,000,200.

Rush intends, at the end of the auction, to contribute an equal amount.

Harry Reid's contribution to the orphans of slain Marines? Webb's contribution?

Disparagement of their fathers at every turn.

And Speaking Of The Democrats' Best & Brightest ...

These people know no shame.

Of course, they don't know a whole lot of anything else either.

A leading Congressional Democrat, in his own words. You'll not believe it:

Young American men and women risk their lives each day, some paying the ultimate price, to protect assholes like this.

The treachery and cowardice displayed by fools like Pete Stark only make us as a people stronger. Try to remember that as you seethe with rage.