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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Food For Thought

In 1967 the Israeli army defeated those of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria in six days.

In 2003 George Bush defeated the armies of Saddam Hussein in 41 days.

In 1982 Margaret Thatcher defeated the Argentinians in the Falklands War in 42 days.

In 1940 Hitler defeated the French army in 42 days.

In 2009 Barack Obama has diddled for 80 days trying to decide how he's going to conduct the war in Afghanistan.

Tongue In Cheek?

Or blissfully unaware that he's trashing the notion that the government is soon to require that all Americans purchase health insurance.

I can't honestly tell by reading this, but the author is a former reporter and editor for the rabidly anti-gun Washington Post.  So his motive - and thought process - are to be considered suspect:
A modest proposal
By Al Horne, writing in the Washington Post

With Congress tied up over health reform -- legislation whose initial, much-discussed goal was to extend health insurance to as many as 47 million uninsured Americans -- this may be as good a time as any to propose another, less divisive reform.

All that is required is a bipartisan, pro-constitutional bill to extend the Second Amendment's protection of gun ownership to all Americans, whether they like it or not.

Under such legislation -- let's call it the Gun Insurance Act of 2009 -- every American would be required to buy some kind of gun. Those who cannot afford even the simplest weapon -- say, those whose 2009 annual income is less than twice the federal poverty level -- could be issued $500 vouchers that would be valid only at gun shops or gun shows, and would have to be used before the 2010 Census. (Just think: What a stimulus to private enterprise all these gun sales would provide, and how many new gun-selling jobs would be created!)

So there it is: a modest proposal even Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley can agree on. If we're willing to require people to buy health insurance, why not require them to buy guns? [link]
That's right.

And why stop there?  If Congress can force us - at the point of a gun (pun duly noted) - to purchase health care and a shootin' iron, why not a television?  A fruity little electric car?  Membership in the Democratic Party?

IF being the operative word.

Maybe it's time we decided who runs this country.  Them?  Or We The People.

Headline Of The Day

What Climate Change 'Consensus'?

This is rather startling:
AMS Survey of Weathercasters on Climate Change
By Bill Murray, ABC 33/40 Weather Blog

A survey of weathercasters’ feelings on global warming was published in this month’s edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. It had some interesting findings. There were 121 respondents. 94% of the respondents had at least one of the three major seals.

Television meteorologists are the official scientists for most television stations. The overwhelming majority felt comfortable in that role for their stations. The majority agreed that the role of discussing climate change did fall to them.

The eyebrow raising responses:

“Respond to this IPCC conclusion: “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” Only 35% agreed or strongly agreed. 34% disagreed or strongly disagreed.

“Most of the warming since 1950 is likely human induced.” A full 50% disagreed or strongly disagreed. 25% were neutral on this question. Only 8% strongly agreed.

“Global climate models are reliable in their predictions for a warming of the planet.” Only 3% strongly agreed and another 16% agreed. A full 62% disagreed or strongly disagreed.

“Respond to one TV weathercaster’s Quote saying “Global warming is a scam.” Responses were mixed. The largest percentage was neutral, at 26%. A total of 45% disagreed (23%) or strongly disagreed (22%). 19% of the respondents agreed with this statement and 10% strongly agreed.

The amount of uncertainty found in this survey tells that even the most educated and motivated communicators are still uncertain about the truth on this issue. Interesting article. [link]
Uncertainty.  And lots of it.

So we're going to alter the world's economies based on uncertain theories?

I think not.

Jim Moran, Virginia's Idiot-in-Residence

Why northern Virginia puts up with this twit, I don't know:
Jim Moran: Daniel Pearl’s family is un-American
By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

That’s certainly the conclusion one can draw from two stories over the last couple of days.  Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), who pushed Barack Obama to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the US for criminal trials, says that criticism of the decision is "un-American”:

"Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has strong words for the Republicans opposing Attorney General Eric Holder’s plan to bring five 9/11 suspects to New York City to face trial.

"'They see this as an opportunity to demagogue,' he said. 'They will seize on any opportunity to do that, and that means they’ll even take a stand that’s un-American.'

"'It’s un-American to hold anyone indefinitely without trial,' Moran added. 'It’s against our principles as a nation.'"

Maybe Moran missed this story from The Hill.  The family of journalist Daniel Pearl, murdered and beheaded by none other than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed himself, took that same “un-American” stand that Moran blasted ...

It’s actually rather amusing to see someone complaining about demagoguery in one breath and accusing his critics of acting “un-American” in the next.

Apart from that, what’s really striking about the statement is the abject stupidity of it.  Congress authorized military tribunals or commissions to adjudicate the cases of those captured as war criminals, which means they would have had an opportunity to challenge the government case in the same setting America has always used for war criminals — military tribunals. [link]
Abject stupidity.  I think that pretty well explains it.

Not a recent phenomenon for this joker either.

Hope. Change.

Watch as Americans are beaten in the streets of Ft. Lauderdale by leftist goons:




For those of you who think we aren't becoming a third-world country, watch twice.

Hat tip to Powerline.

Fascinating

History comes alive:
Israel displays coins from ancient Jewish revolt
By Michael Barajas, Associated Press

Jerusalem (AP) - Israel displayed for the first time Wednesday a collection of rare coins charred and burned from the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple nearly 2,000 years ago.

About 70 coins were found in an excavation at the foot of a key Jerusalem holy site. They give a rare glimpse into the period of the Jewish revolt that eventually led to the destruction of the Second Jewish Temple in A.D. 70, said Hava Katz, curator of the exhibition.

The Jews rebelled against the Roman Empire and took over Jerusalem in A.D. 66. After laying siege to Jerusalem, the Romans breached the city walls and wiped out the rebellion, demolishing the Jewish Temple, the holiest site in Judaism.

The coins sit inside a glass case, some melted down to unrecognizable chunks of pockmarked and carbonized bronze from the flames that destroyed the Temple.

"These really show us the impact of the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century," said Gabriela Bijovsky, an antique coin expert from Israel Antiquities Authority. "These are a very vivid, dramatic example of that destruction." [link]
Nice story.

Did The Stimulus Save or Create ANY Jobs?

This is getting to be embarrassing:
Porkulus job fables in Michigan
By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

The latest media reporting on the fraudulent nature of White House reporting on jobs “saved and created” comes from the blue state of Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that Michigan has received billions in federal funds, but has done nothing to stimulate hiring. And even those claimed to have been “saved or created” are greatly overstated ...

Obama promised to stimulate the private sector with Porkulus, but the vast majority of the jobs being reported are those of government bureaucrats. Peter Morici, the University of Maryland economist, told the Free Press that 90% of the supposed stimulus would take place in the public sector, not the private sector — and the FP’s numbers support that conclusion. Even those jobs are questionable, however ...

Add Michigan to the list of states whose media are discovering the fraud of Porkulus:
One big fraud.  This doesn't speak well of the Obama administration.