Friday, June 22, 2007

Bloomberg not a Republican! What can you trust?

The concrete around which a lot of things I believed were set in crumbled this week.

Michael Bloomberg left the Republican party. The once ultra liberal Democrat turned Republican for the sole purpose of running for Mayor of NY City, has decided that’s not really a Republican. Who knew? So now that dreams of living in a big White House have entered Bloomberg’s mind, NY City’s elected nanny has decided he’s neither an R nor a D. Well that clears it all up. If the Republicans can’t hold a conservative like Bloomberg, I guess all hope’s lost.

Then I’m shocked, SHOCKED to learn that the MSM in this country leans Democrat by a 9-1 margin. Again, who knew? These are the supposedly non-partisan down the middle folks that pick the stories that form the opinions of how the cattle class in America thinks. How could the straight shooters at the NY Times, CNN, ACB, CBS and NBC lean so heavily in one direction? Is anyone in congress looking at some sort of fairness doctrine for the NY Times and the nightly news crowd?

Next, I find out that only about 3% of Americans favor the Comprehensive Amnesty Bill now before the senate. 3%!! Yet, part time talk radio basher and full time weasel Trent - doesn’t–think-a-Lott says they will get the 60 votes necessary to move this abomination out of the senate. How can that be? Who do these people represent anyway? Aren’t they supposed to be making law on behalf of the people? 3% for; 97% against or too stupid to give a damn; but Trent doesn’t-think-a-Lott brags about moving the bill along. What the…?

Then the really hurtful news that the same congress we elected mere months ago has a favorable rating of just 14%. How can that be? No wait. Just read the previous paragraph. That 14% makes sense now.

NOTE: Lex is on the vacation of a lifetime for the next 12 days. Yeah, I know. 12 days whew. As the great Johnny Horton once sang, “North to Alaska, we’re going north the rush is on.” We’ll be traveling the inter-coastal and then going inland. The ship has an “internet cafĂ©” where I may make post, but given it’s on ship and the rates probably start at $87 a minute, maybe not.

The most important thing is to keep the pressure on the weasels in congress on this amnesty bill. I’m adjusting the two paragraphs above this note to 2nd person and blasting it around to Trent doesn’t-think-a-Lott, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Grahamnesty et al. We know they have not read this 800 page amnesty, but we don’t know if that’s because they are lazy or illiterate. If they are illiterate, the e-mails will do little good. We may have to start calling their offices.
See ya from the boat or back here on the 7th of July.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Adult Stem Cells 76 - Embryonic 0

It has to suck to be Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi or any other Democrat in the congress at this point. It looked so easy when they were in the minority and all they had to do was gum things up and talk about how mean and nasty Republicans were. Now with them in charge, congressional approval at an all-time low of 14%. So the grandees of the congress have decided to get things back on track with a little embryonic stem cell legislation. But, as usually happens when someone closes their eyes before swinging the bat, they missed.

First, as has been noted here several times, embryonic stem cell research is not illegal. Harry can use all of his ill gotten land deal money and fund as much embryonic stem cell research as he can afford. So can other loud mouths, whiners and faith healers such as John Edwards. The president has rightly said that it is a bit Dr. Mengele like to create life for the express purpose of then experimenting on it. We as a nation ought not be doing such things.

Then Harry, rushing from one crooked land deal to the next, must have missed the Japanese discovery that ordinary skin cells can be reprogrammed so that they can become the equivalent of embryonic stem cells. Damn those Japanese!

Then there is this, adult stem cells are currently – yes right now, today, as we speak and breath – being used in upwards of 76 different treatments providing hope for those suffering from spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, lupus, Crohn's disease, ocular degeneration, blindness, heart disease, leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, aplastic anemia, and sickle cell anemia.

Embryonic stem cells are currently - yes right now, today, as we speak and breath – providing hope for those suffering from NOTHING. Well how can that be. All the hype. All the Harry hysterics. Certainly embryonic stem cells are good for something. And they are. Embryonic stem cells provide an emotional issue with which the Democrats can beat on the president. But that’s about all they good for.

So in the Stem Cell Super Bowl, Adult leads Embryonic 76-0. Adult has had another amazing breakthrough and looks to be on the way to scoring several more times. But wait! Is that someone looking to throw down a billion dollar bet with your hard earned tax money on Embryonic? Trailing 76-0, nobody can be that dumb. Oh wait, yes they can - it’s Harry Reid.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Jimmy Carter; former president or deranged lunatic? Yes.

The name Carter is doing for the phrase “dumber than a hoe handle” what the name Lewinsky did for term “oral sex”. Soon foremen across America will be issuing threats like, “And the next time you Carter something up, like the time you tried to save us money by adding five gallons of water to all of our fuel tanks, you’re fired!”

Jimmy Carter is not content to go down in history as a failed president who tried to help people by building houses for the poor after leaving office. He wants to go down in history as a failed president who tried to help people by building houses for the poor after leaving office while codling and standing up for murderous dictators around the world. Carter has sat in praise of Fidel Castro and just about every Middle Eastern, South American and African thug imaginable.

Now Jimmy Carter, the man who gave rise to the Iranian problem we now face in the first place, is lecturing us on how we should treat Hamas. Hamas is the Iranian backed and more radical of the two Islamo-terror-fascists groups vying for control of the Palestinian territory. Carter thinks that it’s “criminal” that President Bush will not deal with Hamas, a known terrorist group on the US watch list.

The Palestinians, practitioners of that religion of peace, elected Hamas to run Palestine because Hamas promised to be more belligerent toward Israel than Fatah a more moderate Islamo-terror-fascists group. As it turns out, Hamas first had to be more belligerent to their own brothers of peace in the Fatah Party.

So Hamas has overthrown the ruling coalition government in Gaza, murdering Fatah party loyalists in the street in front of their wives and children. What’s criminal is that a former president of the United States – a Nobel Peace Prize winner no less – wants to reward the murderous barbarism that was on display in Gaza with US recognition and support. Any Western support or legitimacy supplied to these soulless freaks will end up back on Israel’s doorstep – or even our own doorstep - in the form of bombs and rockets.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Caveman immigration reform

Al Qaida ain’t so dumb. After all they managed to bring down the twin towers damage the Pentagon and kill nearly 3,000 people using box cutters and our own airplanes. Now some al Qaida mastermind who watches US news has decided that the time is right to send suicide bomber into the US.

Mohammad Ali Iminajihad no doubt made this move so that his bombers would arrive in the US before the border was secured and in time to get a Z visa from John McCain. McCain still insists that it is the American people who don’t understand the complexity of the illegal alien problem. While the American people keep telling McCain the last thing we need is another of his asinine McCain Feingold solutions that made a bigger mess of campaign finance law than before his “help” for immigration.

But nobody loves McCain more than McCain. So he drives on touting the 24 hour check of illegal aliens contained in the 800 page bill as a sufficient safeguard against al Qaida bombers. Somewhere Mohammad Ali Iminajihad is laughing himself sick at the notion that a security apparatus that had a man with TB flagged; had that man before a border guard with the notice on the screen and still allowed the sick man into the country.

No doubt Mohammad Ali Iminajihad has his team of ACLU lawyers lined up to file suite against anyone who questions the peaceful intentions of any of suicide bombers. No doubt anyone who asks as much as a “how do you do” to a Muslim will be branded a racists Islamophobe by the ACLU. Their lives will be ruined in the process so the norm for government bureaucrats will be don’t ask; don’t tell; don’t visit the mall.

When the inevitable bombs start going off, John McCain will rush to tv and tell us all not to panic. His immigration reform is working just as he had planned. After all we have way more malls than the jihadis have suicide bombers. So once they run out of bombers, the remaining malls will be perfectly safe to shop. Trent Lott will rush to tv and blame the whole thing on talk radio. Harry Reid will rush to the tv and blame it all on Bush – then he will determine if he can make money swindling mall developers. President Bush will rush to the tv and deputize everyone with a Z visa to bring the “evil doers” to justice.

This immigration thing isn’t going away. Please e-mail your senators at Here’s mine:

Comprehensive immigration reform, so easy a caveman can do it:
Secure the border
Enforce the current laws

The 800 page amnesty bill in the senate is a hodgepodge of loopholes and unworkable bureaucratic bovine excrement. Who believes this government has the will and/or ability to accurately screen 12 million illegal aliens – each within 24 hours?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Lex caves, joins comprehensive amnesty crowd

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. The first step to healing is admitting that you were wrong. Lex was wrong on Comprehensive Amnesty. It’s time to join the Kennedy, Bush, McCain, Lindsey Graham (or as Rush Limbaugh calls him Lindsey Grahamnesty) amnesty crowd.

Here’s my own Comprehensive Amnesty bill as it would sound were it delivered from the Oval Office:

My fellow Americans we have 12 million souls who have broken into our country and taken advantage of our hospitality without so much as a gracias. Many in this country believe that it is not within our power as a nation to deal with this problem. They believe that only way to make the problem of 12 million law breakers go away is to legalize law breaking and declare an amnesty. I agree.

To all illegals not already incarcerated in this country and the unscrupulous ass bags employing them I here by grant a total and complete amnesty…for 60 days. Take the brief opportunity that this amnesty offers to get your to get your criminal butts out of this country and clean up your employment practices.

Starting immediately we will begin to close our borders north and south; east and west. As we do so, not only will it be hard for criminals to get in, it’ll be hard for the criminals already here to get out. Use this 60 day amnesty to leave while you have the chance.

After 60 days, while sealing our borders, we will begin to enforce all current laws on the books regarding immigration. Further, any illegal aliens apprehended after my benevolent 60 day amnesty will be forced to do 90 days doing the real work Americans would rather not do, policing interstate highways in pink underwear for our new Homeland Security Director the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ Joe Arpaio. Any one caught after 120 days will do 6 months with Sheriff Joe.

As we close the borders we are going to have a 60 day amnesty on government services for illegal aliens. Criminal illegal aliens may continue to take advantage of our hospitality during the 60 day amnesty. After that, no more school, welfare, day labor centers, driver’s licenses or any service except life saving measures, but after your criminal ass is well enough, you’ll be turned over to Sheriff Joe to pick up trash on the interstate.

I agree with Senator Kennedy and the other great mind in the Senate, amnesty is the only way to clean this mess up. You have 60 days.

Good night and God bless America.

But of course it is a religion of peace

Well, if you needed anymore proof that Islam is indeed the “religion of peace”, take a quick look around.

In Palestine, Iranian backed Hamas peaceful Muslim radicals are about to wipe out Western backed Fatah peaceful Muslim radicals. Once victorious, Hamas will take its marching orders from Iranian nut job and a true man of peace, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – pronounced Ma-mood I-need-a-jihad. So when Hamas wins, Israel will be forced to deal with the peaceful armed Palestinian faction of Iran. If Israel reverts to its no holds barred former self, that could be a good thing and possibly the end to the Palestinian problem and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Next let’s visit Lebanon. In that once lovely location, Syrian backed peaceful Muslim radicals are killing Western backed peaceful Muslim radicals while the Lebanese army tries to rout peaceful al Qaida Muslims out a peaceful Muslim Palestinian refugee camp. It was from chaotic Lebanon that the Iranian backed peaceful Muslim radical group Hezbollah launched its war against Israel last year. Hmm is there a pattern here?

In Iraq, peaceful Sunnis are blowing up peaceful Shiites and vice versa. Peaceful Muslims in Iran are sending arms to both sides. We know that the peaceful Muslims in Iran are sending arms and men into Iraq to destabilize that country. But, in State Department mumbo jumbo, we can’t prove that the Iranian government is behind it, so we can’t act. It’s sort of like you having a drug smuggling ring operating out of your basement. You some how claim that you don’t know a thing about it, so the police can’t raid your house. Riiiiiight?

Then there are the ordinary peaceful Muslims around the world doing the jihad other Muslims just won’t do. You know peacefully blowing up buses in Israel, trains in London, and Spain, blowing up night clubs in Bali, kidnappings, beheadings, mall shootings, D.C. sniper attacks, etc. You know just the run of the mill peaceful religious stuff - nothing spectacular like 9-11 - just picking off one or two or a handful of people at time. These things go almost unnoticed in a world of “progressives” hell bent on burying their heads deep in the sand while repeating over and over, Islam is religion of peace, right up to point that some peaceful Muslim youth blows himself up while standing right next to them.

And while these peaceful Muslims run to and fro creating havoc, death and destruction in their wake, the really peaceful Muslims sit and are complicit in their silence. The only thing that can raise the masses of really peaceful Muslims up is to protest and riot about books they cannot read or cartoons they don’t understand. And while Western leaders wring their hands and fret over Middle East violence, Arab leaders sit back in their palaces and take another puff from their hookah pipes, laugh, and do nothing, because they are, after all, a peaceful bunch.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bush visits the hill for important issues

As he does whenever there is a matter of great importance, such as going to war, the Iraq spending bill, cutting taxes, Social Security reform and homeland security, President Bush trekked up the hill to congress yesterday to push for Comprehensive Amnesty for 12 million ILLEGAL ALIENS.

No wait. The president didn’t trek up to Capitol Hill to lobby for war – apparently that was not important enough an issue for this president. And it wasn’t important enough to this president to trek up to Capitol Hill to lobby for the last Iraq spending bill or to push for cutting taxes or to push congress to reform a failing Social Security system or to lobby for homeland security. But for 12 million ILLEGAL ALIENS? Why warm up the limo. The president has to get up the hill.

So the next time someone asks why I’m tired of Bush, I’m going to tell them, “Of all of the things that this president might have traveled up the hill to lobby for, he chose Comprehensive Amnesty. Any more questions?”

Then in perhaps the dumbest statement ever uttered or written by anyone in the administration for last six years, there’s this idiocy from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff who said in a letter that his department "has always vigorously enforced the law, and will continue to do so." Hey Mike! There are 12 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS IN THE COUNTRY!! If that’s enforcing the law, I’d hate to see your department when they are incompetent.

That is why nobody believes the hacks in Washington on this Comprehensive Amnesty bill. If idiots like Chertoff think that they have “vigorously enforced the law” with 12 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS running around unchecked, what can we expect from a new Comprehensive Amnesty law? 45 Million illegal aliens running around unchecked – that’s what.

Chertoff would have been much better off saying, “Look we’ve done a lousy job enforcing our current laws. 12 MILLION ILEGAL ALIENS proves that. And that’s why we need this more comprehensive approach and a clean slate – so we can get on track and for the first time in 40 years start to take Homeland Security on our southern border seriously.”

That - “we’ve always vigorously enforced the law” - is bull$h&t of the highest order.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Harry's feel good moment

Whew! I feel better already. Now that Harry Reid’s do-nothing, be-nothing, know-nothing senate has brought up a “no confidence” vote on Attorney General Gonzales the sun seems a little brighter – no wait that’s global warming – food tastes better and there is more gas in my gas tank. Thanks Harry. Oh, by the way, do you have any tips on hot Las Vegas land deals?

And don’t think that just because the “no confidence” vote failed that it is a failure for Harry. We all know that like everything else liberal, it the intention that counts. Every liberal program imaginable such as, campaign finance reform, Medicare/cade, Social Security, Welfare, affirmative action etc. is a mess of fraud waste and abuse. But results in the liberal world do not matter. What matters to liberals are intentions and they meant well with all of those failed programs so they are heroes.

So now this “no confidence” vote on Gonzales has failed but we all feel better because Harry is on the job doing the people’s business. We all know there is nothing the American people want more than a “no confidence” vote on some guy 90% of them couldn’t pick out of a line up with the Three Stooges and Bozo the clown acting as distracters.

Way to go Harry. I just can’t understand why your approval rating is down to 19%. That’s about 20 points lower than the president’s or vice president’s. First that masterfully crafted 800 page Comprehensive Amnesty bill that has more legal loop holes than the fence on our southern border has actual holes, now this failed “no confidence” vote. Both of these measures demonstrate what a wonderful chief of the senate you are.

Unless a real crime is uncovered, I predict that Gonzales will remain to the end of this administration. The reason is simple. Bush doesn’t want to have to nominate a new guy and have him savaged by Chuckles Schumer and the other light weights – Dems and Reps alike - on the Judiciary Committee. Remember the administration pulled the re-nomination of General Pace “to avoid a confrontational reconfirmation.” So if the administration is so afraid of Dems in the senate as not to re-nominate the uniformed head of the Defense Department during time of war, what are the chances of the administration sending a nominee before the Judiciary Committee if they don’t have to?

Oh by the way, General Pace is smarter, more honest, more conscientious and just down right a better person than about 90% of the men and women who would sit in judgment of him in the senate.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Black Night Bush; In search of the unholy amnesty

The immigration bill is nearly dead. So President Bush has decided to take it upon himself to resurrect the matter. Hmm. Does anyone else get a mental picture of the Black Night in Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Bush playing the Black Night?

For the unwashed, in the movie, the Black Night guards a tiny bridge in the middle of nowhere for no particular reason. When King Arthur shows up and tries to cross the bridge, the Black Night appears and issues the rather ironic warning, “None shall pass!” Which if we’re talking about immigration seems to be true.

Well Arthur issues a challenge and in the ensuing combat, cuts one of the Black Night’s arms off. The Black Night not comprehending the full nature of his injury protests, “tis but a scratch.” Combat continues and Arthur severs the Black Night’s other arm – to which the insanely over confident Night insists “it is but a flesh wound.” Combat continues and Arthur cuts off one of the Night’s legs. The delusional Night screams, “I’m invincible!” Finally Arthur cuts off the remaining leg and begins to cross the bridge. The Night yells, “come back coward. I’ll butt you with my head.”

So President “Black Night” Bush is going to resurrect the ailing immigration amnesty. Bush lost the house, one arm gone; lost the senate, two arms gone; infuriated the last segment of the American people who support him with his idiotic support for comprehensive amnesty, one leg gone. Now he’s hopping around on his one remaining limb claiming he’s invincible and is going to resurrect a poorly fashioned immigration amnesty. Riiiight.

Sadly, we must get ready to lop off the president’s last remaining appendage. At this point of his presidency, Bush is about as powerful a political enemy as the Black Night with two arms and a leg cut off. Instead of saving himself for the next fight on Iraq, Bush is foolishly going to make his last fight the immigration amnesty.

Bush should let this go and save his last leg for the real fight in September. That’s when the report on the Iraq surge is due. No matter what the report says, Democrats will call Iraq a failure and demand withdrawal. As evidenced in this immigration fight, many go along get along Republicans will sell out for political expedience. Even a severely wounded Bush might be able to rally enough support among Republicans to do the right thing on Iraq.

Black Night Bush should accept this bill is dead and let it go. There is another scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail that’s applicable. In the plague scene, a wagon rolls through town with man calling out, “Bring out your dead.” A young man shows up carrying an elderly man over his shoulder to throw on the wagon, but the old man protests. “I’m not dead.” The younger man replies, “Well he’s really sick.” “I’m feeling better”, protests the old man. The young man slips the wagoneer a couple of bucks; conks the old man on the head and throws him on the wagon.

The immigration amnesty bill is next to dead. Sadly, when it is finally thrown on the wagon of the truly dead, it will probably land on top of Black Knight Bush.

Friday, June 08, 2007

It ain't over 'til it's over

It ain’t over until the skinny crooked land baron from Nevada, Harry Reid, says it’s over. But at least it’s not law. Sane members of the Senate, some who actually supported the amnesty bill, latched on to a political survival ring when they voted to sunset some amnesty provisions of the bill. So the bill wasn’t killed last night. It was, like any complicated unreadable 600 page piece of fiction, set aside for a while so the author could pick it up a later point and look at it with a fresh set eyes.

My hope is that all the angst this bill caused will have some positive results:

First and foremost – kill John McCain’s presidential bid. This guy’s a menace. First campaign finance reform - aka stop the first amendment ­- all because HE WAS ONE OF THE KEATING FIVE and couldn’t stay away from crooked money. Then anti tax cut now this open borders crap. Seeya John.

Next, some good hard primary races for McCain, Lindsey Graham, Trent Lott, Jon Kyl, Charlie Hagle etc. These RepubliRATs need to pay a price for their idiocy. A good primary challenge might wake them up to their supposed conservative roots. Even losing a few senate seats in the short term would be preferable to having to be lectured by these light-weights day in and day out about what we don’t understand about securing our borders, lower taxes, winning the war etc.

Speaking of the war AF bro sent a couple of good links

First is Pax and is a must

And this from the last Democrat who still gets it.

Editor's note: This is the text of a speech Senator Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) delivered today to a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition:

Thank you so much for that kind introduction. It is a pleasure to be here among so many friends.

Now, I know there are some who are probably wondering - what is a nice Independent Democrat from Connecticut doing at a Republican event like this?

Well, a funny thing happened on the way to reelection last year. And as Rabbi Hillel said, the rest is commentary.

In all seriousness, many of you in this room stood with me last year through the long journey up a winding road that was my 2006 reelection campaign. You came to my side without regard for party affiliation, and you stayed there even after I ran as an Independent but said I would caucus with the Democrats. Your nonpartisanship in my race is a model for what our politics should be. I thank you personally and deeply for it. I could not have won without it.

And I pledge to you that I will do everything I can to vindicate your confidence.
We gather at a critical time for the future of our country. The war in Iraq has now become the defining issue for this Congress and for this presidency -- although the decisions we will make in the weeks and months ahead about Iraq will have consequences that reach far beyond the terms of anyone now in office.

Part of the disagreement we face over Iraq comes down to a genuine difference of opinion. On the one hand, there are those who believe, as I do, that the struggle against Islamist extremism really is the central challenge of our time, and that, as General David Petraeus, our commander in Iraq, recently said, "Iraq is now the central front of the war against Islamist extremism."

On the other hand, there are those who reject this view -- who genuinely believe that the threat of Islamist extremism is overstated, or that Iraq is a distraction from the "real" war on terror, or that the war there is lost, or not worth fighting to win.

It is my deeply held conviction that these people are not only wrong, they are disastrously wrong -- and that the withdrawal they demand would be a moral and security catastrophe for the United States, for Iraq, and for the entire Middle East, including Israel and our moderate Arab allies.

Let there be no doubt - an American defeat in Iraq would be a victory for Al Qaeda and Iran© the two most threatening enemies we face in the world today. It would vindicate the hope of our enemies that America is weak and that we can be driven to retreat by terrorism, and it would confirm the fear of our friends -- not only in Iraq, but throughout the world -- that we are unreliable allies who will abandon them in the face of danger.
The fact of the matter is, you cannot claim to be tough on terrorism while demanding that our military withdraw from Iraq, because it is the terrorists, particular Al Qaeda, that our military is fighting in Iraq.

You cannot claim to be committed to defeating Al Qaeda, while demanding that we abandon the heart of the Middle East to Al Qaeda. And you cannot claim to be tough on Iran, while demanding the very thing that the mullahs want most of all - the retreat of the American military from the Middle East in defeat, leaving a vacuum that Iran will rush to fill.

I recognize that this war has been controversial, and there are those who oppose it on principle. I respect that. But too much of the debate we are having today about withdrawal from Iraq has little or nothing to do with principle, or with reality in Iraq.
It is about politics and partisanship here in Washington.

For many Democrats, if President Bush is for it, they must be against it. If the war is going badly, it is bad for Republicans and it is good for Democrats. It is as simple as that, and it is as wrong as that. For many Republicans, the unpopularity of this war and this President has begun to shake their will. They say that they have no choice but to abandon General Petraeus and his strategy because the American people tell the pollsters they want out. If previous generations of American leaders had allowed their conduct of war to be shaped by partisanship or public opinion polls, we would not be the strong and free nation we are blessed to be today.

Republicans in Congress delude themselves if they think they will be helping either themselves, their party, or their country if they now attempt to wash their hands of Iraq, out of a sudden sense of political anxiety. Democrats in Congress delude themselves if they think they will not be held accountable for the bloody consequences of the retreat from Iraq they seek.

The fact is, a loss to Al Qaeda and Iran in Iraq would be devastating to our security. These are fateful days and critical decisions we are making about Iraq. We must make them with our eye on the safety of America's next generation, not the outcome of America's next election.

It is to the everlasting credit of President Bush that in the war against Islamist extremism he has shown the courage and steadfastness to stand against the political passions of the moment.

I have never hesitated to express disagreement with the President on any issue when I felt he was wrong - and I have criticized his administration many times for the serious mistakes I believe it made in prosecuting the war in Iraq.

But let me tell you this: I believe that each of us should be grateful that we have a commander-in-chief who does not believe that decisions about war should be driven by poll numbers. And each of us should be grateful that we have a commander-in-chief who does not confuse what is popular with what is right for our security as a nation. The public opinion polls may not reflect this today, but I believe history will tomorrow.
My friends, as Ronald Reagan once said, now is the time for choosing.
If we stand united through the months ahead, if we stand firm against the terrorists who want to drive us to retreat, the war in Iraq can be won and the lives of millions of people can be saved.

But if we surrender to the barbarism of suicide bombers and abandon the heart of the Middle East to fanatics and killers, to Al Qaeda and Iran, then all that our men and women in uniform have fought, and died for, will be lost, and we will be left a much less secure and free nation.

That is the choice we in Washington will make this summer and this fall. It is a choice not just about our foreign policy and our national security and our interests in the Middle East. It is about what our political leaders in both parties are prepared to stand for. It is about our very soul as a nation. It is about who we are, and who we want to be.

Will this be the moment in history when America gives up -- when Al Qaeda breaks our will, when our enemies surge forward, when we turn our backs on our friends and begin a long retreat from our principles and promise as a nation?

Or will this be the moment when America steps forward, when we pull together, when we hold fast to the courage of our convictions, when -- with a new strategy, and a new commander on the ground -- we begin to turn the tide toward victory in this long and difficult war?

I know that we can rise above the anger and smallness of our politics. I know we can rise to the greatness that this moment demands of us.

The question is -- will we choose to do so?

I would like to close today by sharing with you a story from my last visit to Iraq a few months ago. It was in Anbar province in western Iraq -- the center of the insurgency -- a part of the country that conventional wisdom last year dismissed as hopeless.

In fact, on September 11, 2006, the Washington Post ran a front-page story reporting that even the chief of Marine Corps intelligence in Iraq had concluded that Anbar was "lost," and our position there was "beyond repair."

I was in Anbar last December, on a forward operating base just outside Ramadi, the capital of the province. As one of the briefings with our military commanders ended, a colonel who had been sitting in the back of the room came up to me. He said something that I carry with me to this day -- something that I hope you will carry with you as well.
He said: "Sir, I want you to know on behalf of the soldiers in my unit and myself that we believe in why we are fighting here, we want to finish this fight. And we know we can win it."

Today, five months later, Anbar has been dramatically transformed. Thanks to the bravery, ingenuity, and commitment of our men and women in uniform, shops and schools have reopened, Al Qaeda is on the run, thousands of Iraqis have joined the local police, and -- yes -- no less than the New York Times reports that we have turned the corner there.

My friends, now is not the time for despair. Now is the time for resolve.
Now is not the time for reflexive partisanship and pandering to public opinion. Now is the time for the kind of patriotism and principle America's voters have always honored.
I ask you to plead with every member of Congress you can in the days and weeks ahead -

Do not surrender to hopelessness.

Do not succumb to defeat.

Do not give in to fear.

Rise above the political pressures of the moment to do what is right for America.
Believe, like that colonel, in why we are fighting in Iraq, and know, as he and his soldiers know, that we can and must win there.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Let's give it another shot

If the poll below is any indication, we may be having an effect. It’s time for one more push. If you don’t think this worth the time or effort to contact your congress people read this from Power Line:

Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation estimates that the net cost of amnesty over the next four decades will be approximately $2.5 trillion. Keep that in mind when you hear proponents of the legislation citing the misleading CBO figures they contrived to manufacture.

And this:

Sen. John Cornyn's amendment to the Senate immigration bill, which would have prevented felons from obtaining legal status, was defeated today on a 51-46 vote. My understanding is that most observers considered Cornyn's challenge to the compromise to be the most likely to derail it.

Bob Novak writes that there are only around 30 conservative Senators opposing the bill, with Jon Kyl, Johnny Isakson, Trent Lott and Saxby Chambliss, all of whom opposed last year's bill, supporting the current version.

Rasmussen reports that public support for the compromise package is slipping. Currently, only 23% support the bill, with 50% opposed. When given the alternatives of enacting the present bill and doing nothing, 49% prefer to do nothing, compared to 32% who favor passage of McCain-Kennedy.

Give your congress people and the RINOS Kyl, Lott etc. mentioned in the PowerLine story a shout and stop this insanity. Here’s mine:

You have got to be kidding me. Have you people lost your minds? An amendment to prevent FELONS from obtaining legal status has failed? So, let me get this straight, while we’re putting our own border patrol guards in jail, we’re going to legalize illegal alien felons. Have I gotten that right? 80% of Americans want the borders secured. Start immigration reform there. The ONLY good that can come from this bill is the eventual house cleaning that will take place in congress if this AMNESTY bill becomes law.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tired of Reid, Bush, American justice and riots

Maybe we’ve delayed the madness

Well it’s about time Democrat arrogance worked for the good of the country. Nevada’s big time land baron Senator Harry Reid says he’ll bring a measure to cut off debate on the Comprehensive Amnesty bill to the senate floor today. Republicans said they will filibuster any measure that cuts off debate so soon. Reid said that if Republicans block his effort to limit debate, it would likely derail it for the rest of the year. "People are looking for excuses on the Republican side to kill this bill," he said. Not hard enough Harry.

Tired of Bush

At an outing this weekend someone said that they were “tired of Bush.” I guess that just about sums it up for me too. I don’t know anyone who is walking around saying, gee too bad Bush can’t have a third term. This Comprehensive Amnesty bill was the last straw. I could live with steel tariffs, campaign finance laws, prescription drugs benefits, Harriet Meiers, Ted Kennedy education reform, etc. etc. But after this Comprehensive Amnesty bill and the president’s insistence that I’m not interested in what’s best for America because I think this bill is crap and the government’s ability and/or willingness to enforce it non-existent, I’ve had it.

Scooter Libby

Libby got 30 months, a fine and additional probation from a judge yesterday for lying (or forgetting) the details of a non-crime that the prosecutor already knew who committed. Meanwhile, three border guards are in jail for trying to bring order to our southern border. Meanwhile, Sandy Burger got off essentially Scott free for stealing and destroying secret papers from the National Archive germane to the 9-11 commission report. Ain’t American justice great? Get caught in a political scandal and go to jail. Get caught trying to enforce border laws and go to jail. Get caught stealing secret national security documents go to the after dinner speaker circuit. Of course asking the president to pardon Libby and the guards is just too much to ask. Which is another reason that I’ve had it.

Barack the rioting Negro

Barak Obama is warning of riots as result of the Katrina aftermath. Well there is true gratitude for you. Give people a week’s notice to leave. Rescue those who don’t. Spend billions trying to bring New Orleans back and Barak calls for riots. What about the poor souls in Mississippi Barak? Should they be rioting? Doubt it. After all MS is red a red state more inclined to get on with cleaning up, finding opportunity where it exisits and just getting on life. Blue state/city LA and New Orleans seem content to wallow in Katrina and wait for a government hand out – which by the way they have already received.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

CBO says Amnesty bill flawed

The Congressional Budget Office is reporting that the Comprehensive Amnesty bill currently before the Senate is seriously flawed and among other things will lead to more than 500,000 illegal aliens in the first decade. These poor people of course will only be doing the work legal aliens won’t do at a much lower wage. The new illegal aliens will comprise the first half million of what will turn into tens of millions covered by the next big amnesty bill in about 2017. That bill will be written by the first illegal alien elected to congress and signed by the first president from the newly formed Socialist Worker’s Party – Juan Guermillo Calderon Jimenez. Jimenez was elected when ballots written only in Spanish were delivered to several white districts. The whole thing was settled when the five Latinos on the Supreme Court declared, “No problemo.”

Wow, imagine my surprise when the CBO came out and said a bill before our congress was fouled up. Shocking! A government that goes hyper over one American entering his own country with a communicable disease while on a watch list is perfectly OK with millions of illegal aliens breaking into our country every year unscreened. Of the 12 or so million illegal aliens in this country, what are the chances of one of them being contagious with something? But hey, as long as they bag the clippings, sweep under the couch and change jr’s dirty unmentionables, we can live with a little TB, AIDES, plague, or whatever third world disease they brought with them when they snuck into the country.

Then there are the Ft. Dix six and the JFK three. These nine poor immigrant practitioners of the religion of peace were just doing the jihad that other Americans won’t do. There is absolutely no reason to look at 9-11, or cases in Buffalo or Columbus or these two new cases and think that we might want to tighten up immigration just a bit. If you believe it’s the government’s responsibility to know and limit who enters our country, you’re labeled a bigot. According to the MSM and our president, if you advocate border security for health, safety and security reasons you’re a xenophobic loser who doesn’t want what is best for America. Well I guess I’ve always been a bigoted xenophobic loser.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Dump the RNC and RINOs

I received a letter from the RNC the other day. It must have been my membership renewal because it had “renewal due” stamped on the outside of the envelope. I don’t know what the letter said. I tore it in half before opening it. I was going to throw it away but decided to save it. I’m going to spend 41 cents of my own hard earned Yankee dollars to send the letter back to the RNC with the following note:

No thanks. Post this letter down at the nearest day labor center. I’m sure the floods of ILLEGAL ALIENS that the RNC is courting are anxious to join, contribute and do the party work other Republicans just won’t do.

I think it’s time to clean house. I’ve been of the opinion that politics was the art of the possible. I don’t think we can afford that attitude any longer. It’s time to get rid of some of the Lindsey Graham, Olympia Snow and Susan Collins type dead weight RINO Republicans. They all should face strong primary opposition. If they win the primary, conservatives should sit out the general election. Better to be sold down the river by Libs who you know than the Reps you don’t.

Like when you clean out the garage, things may have to get messier, old things tossed out, new things brought in, before the garage is better. That’s where we are with the Republican Party. We have to toss a few out and bring few new ones in. Things may be messier, higher taxes, open borders etc. for a short time but we should not continue down the current path any further.

Friday, June 01, 2007

The Hillary trap

"We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society." Hillary Clinton 1993

In the post below, Lex has noted that somewhere along the line a generation of Americans has gotten the idea that it is no longer necessary to struggle for high ideals or lofty goals. The notion that struggling to achieve greatness in some endeavor made that achievement all the more worthy it seems vanished with the end of the Cold War.

The notion that America should no longer be required to struggle or that there is nothing other than our own 401K security worth struggling for is biting us in Iraq, in schools, on our border and soon in our politics. Hillary and most other Dem candidates are on the, why should I have to work - can’t someone just take care of me train. John Edwards has made his entire campaign about the two Americas. Waging open class warfare and envy and largely ignoring the fact that of fat cat Americans he’s among the fattest. Obama has issued his universal healthcare plan that supposedly brings 42 million uninsured Americans under coverage while reducing the cost of Americans already insured by $2,500.

But John Edwards is such a transparent phony that he has about as much chance of being president as being seen cutting his own grass with a 20 inch push mower. Unless a Chinaman with a new super abacus steps forward and is able to explain how you can bring 42 million uninsured into a program all the while reducing the cost for the those already paying, Obama is toast as well.

Clinton is the scary one. She will have the mad dog Dems. So now she’s shooting for the why should I have struggle crowd. Recently Hillary said that Bush's "ownership society" is really nothing more than an "on your own" society. What this means to the public school crowd is redistribution of wealth. Sit around acting pathetic and let those hard working enough or creative enough to work hard and create while the "we're all in this together crowd" collect the benefits of the hard work and creativity - without really contributing much.

Many think that that type of program could never sell in America. It’s socialism at best communism at worst. Well, yeah it can. We’re about as 50-50 a nation as it gets. Hillary will have Dem support. If Reps side with Dems on this dopey AMNESTY bill and then side with Dems to quit the war as many craven RINOs will, I think a good many Reps will sit the ’08 election out. That will hand ’08 to Clinton.

If you think sitting out an election with Hillary Clinton as one of the principals is a good idea, just remember her "I want to take those profits" promise after Exxon Mobile released their FY 2006 profits. Can you say redistribution?