Saturday, September 30, 2006
Looks like that winning tradition is making its way back to Notre Dame. We will see if they can keep it rolling today as the undefeated Purdue Boilmakers come to South Bend with upset on their minds.
Purdue is one of 4 undefeated teams in the Big Ten and the only one not ranked. They ride a seven game win streak into today's game and have one five of the last 10 against the Irish.
This game should be close and a good one to watch.
The big game of the day will come tonight. Ohio St. will travel to Iowa to face probably there hardest challenge since the Texas game. Look for this one to be a close game as well. If there is an upset this week this game has the ingrediants for one.
Pics were not that impressive... I finished 5-5 for the week and I am now 24- 16 on the season against the spread.
Hopefully we can rebound this week.
Here are my picks for week 5
1. Wisconsin vs Indiana ...............Wisconsin by 10.5..............give 10 Wisconsin
2. Illinois vs Michigan St.....................Mich St by by 26...................take 26 Illinois
3. Purdue vs Notre Dame...........Notre Dame by 14.5...........give 14.5 Notre Dame
4. Ohio St. vs Iowa.............................Ohio St by 7.............................give 7 Ohio St
5. Alabama vs Florida.......................Florida by 15.......................take 15 Alabama
6. Virginia vs Duke......................Virginia by 4.5..................................take 4.5 Duke
7. USC vs Washington St................USC by 16.......................give 16 USC
8. Calif vs Oregon......................Calif by 9.5....................give 9.5 Calif
9. Stanford vs UCLA......................UCLA by 23.5...................take 23.5 Stanford
10. Wisconsin vs Indiana.............Wisconsin by 10.5.............give 10.5 Wisconsin
Friday, September 29, 2006
Wow, this is some real terrifying stuff here. It seems that the new al-Qaida field commander in Afghanistan is calling for Muslims to leave the U.S. – particularly Washington and New York – in anticipation of a major terror attack to rival Sept. 11, according to an interview by a well known and respected Pakistani journalist Hamad Mir.
Mir, who has interviewed other Al-Qaeda members and Osama Bin Ladin in the past claims that Abu Dawood, an Al Qaeda terror leader in Afghanistan told him there is a major attack that is going to happen in America.
The attack is being coordinated by Adnan el-Shukrijumah and suggests it may involve some form of weapon of mass destruction smuggled across the Mexican border.
Hmmmm…remember when I said closing the border was about national security????
"Our brothers are ready to attack inside America. We will breach their security again," Dawood said. "There is no timeframe for our attack inside America; we can do it any time."
Adnan el Shukrijumah, a trained nuclear technician and accomplished pilot, has been singled out by bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri to serve as the field commander for the next terrorist attack on U.S. soil, a nuclear event that is known among al-Qaida planners as "the American Hiroshima."
The terrorist was last seen in Mexico, where, on Nov. 1, 2004, he allegedly hijacked a Piper PA Pawnee cropduster from Ejido Queretaro near Mexacli to transport a nuclear weapon and nuclear equipment into the U.S
Following 9/11, el-Shukrijumah was reportedly singled out by bin Laden and al-Zawahiri to spearhead the next great attack on America. One plan was for a nuclear attack that would take place simultaneously in seven U.S. cities, leaving millions dead and the richest and most powerful nation on earth in ashes.
"Muslims should leave America," said Dawood. “The American Muslims are like a human shield for our enemy; they must leave New York and Washington."
"I am saying that Muslims must leave America, but we can attack America anytime," he said. "Our cycle of warnings has been completed, now we have fresh edicts from some prominent Muslim scholars to destroy our enemy, this is our defending of Jihad; the enemy has entered in our homes and we have the right to enter in their homes, they are killing us, we will kill them."
Here is Adnan G. El Shukrijumah FBI wanted file. Take a close look and then keep your eye out for this man. It could be your life or the lives of your fellow countrymen.
Here is what I said on April 18, 2005: "The Bush Administrations failure to see the security of our borders as part of the war on terror is about the same as you going out and buying the best alarm system, the baddest watchdog for your house but then leaving the doors wide open.
Well now the chief law enforcement officers of several Texas counties along the southern U.S. border warn that Arabic-speaking individuals are learning Spanish and integrating into Mexican culture before paying smugglers to sneak them into the United States. The Texas Sheriffs' Border Coalition believes those individuals are likely terrorists and that drug cartels and some members of the Mexican military are helping them get across the border. Full Story
I wonder if their is a possible connection between this story and the possible Al-Qaeda attack story above.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Instead of showing the reality of the evil in this guy, the media would rather show us soft ball interviews from people like Brian Williams at NBC. This was one of the stops that the Iranian president made during his tour of New York City before his speech at the UN.
During the interview with Williams, Ahmadinejad said, “In the letter I sent to Mr. Bush, I also addressed the American people. We think that the American people are like our people. They`re good people. They support peace, equality and brotherhood. They like to see the world in peace.”
Well gee, that doesn’t seem like such a bad guy now does it. He is just a man of peace and brotherhood. However, later on in the same interview Ahmadinejad had this to say.
“You should acknowledge the right and the might of the Iranian people, and you should bow and surrender to the might of the Iranian people. If you do not accept this, the Iranian people will force you to bow and surrender.”
He is referring to the United States by the way. So, I guess he is just a man of peace and brotherhood after we have bowed and surrendered to the Iranian people.
Brian Williams could have called him out on this, but instead he just smiled and danced away from confronting him. The peace and love Ahmadinejad is the one the media wants you to see. However, the Iranian leader showed his true colors in his speech at the UN that was received with great applause.
Now, I am going to give you the highlights of the UN speech here, and let me just say this is some terrifying stuff. You have to read between the lines with some of this stuff and have a better than average understanding of the Quaran and how these religious nut jobs think in the Middle East.
This speech was not meant for the American people or even the UN. In all actuality President Ahmadinejad is using this speech to try and position himself as the leader of all Arabs and Muslims who want to fight the jihad against the west, particularly the US and Israel.
“Oh, almighty God, all men and women are your creatures and you have ordained the salvation. Bestow upon humanity that thirst for justice. And make us among his followers and among those who strive for his return,” said the Iranian president.
Ahmadinejad is talking about the return of the messiah here, which according to the Quaran only can happen after the world has been cleansed with the blood of infidels. This, when he returns, it will unite the whole world under justice and peace, Islamic law.
It amazes me that the media just lets this guy slide on by and nothing is ever mentioned of all these crazy and dangerous things that Ahmadinejad says. Here is a perfect example from the UN speech as well, "America will cease to exist when our holy hatred wells up within us," he said.
I am still not sure what was more troubling, the fact that Ahmadinejad said all this or the fact that he received applauses for saying them.
It seems to be that we have an Armageddon style war on the horizon and Ahmadinejad and Iran are going to be the center of it.
Look folks, it doesn’t matter if you or I don’t believe that it’s the apocalypse. The important thing is these people do believe, and they’re dead serious. A year ago he said the end of the world would happen within three years. Don’t be fooled by the talk of peace and brotherhood.
You know, this is almost identical to watching Hitler rise to power in Germany before World War II. Just like Ahmadinejad has, Hitler also told us what he was going to do when he had the power to do it.
Unfortunately it looks like we’re making the same mistakes that Europe made on the on the eve of World War II. I just recently read the Chamberlain speech from when he got back from the pact with Hitler. He actually thought that Hitler could change and was committed to becoming a statesman. Six months later, Hitler runs across Europe in conquest of World Power, the same goal of the Muslim world.
Millions of lives could have been saved if Hitler had been confronted earlier. Will the United States make the same mistake with Ahmadinejad that England made with Hitler? Will the rest of the World sit back and do nothing until it is almost too late?
Monday, September 25, 2006
CBS has a new show named “Jericho” that will be about life in a small town after America is destroyed. The show is on Wednesday nights at 8pm ET.
I have not seen the show but the story line that I have gathered is the end comes from a nuclear attack.
After hearing about the show I began thinking how likely is it that the greatest nation ever given to man could fall in my lifetime. I came to the conclusion that it is very likely and its happening before our eyes.
The show may be right about the end of America. However, they are probably wrong about how the greatest nation will end. Although it is possible that terrorism could be the end of not just America but the world. The death of America will more likely come from within through the advancement of the American welfare state.
Every society, country, empire, has a life expectancy. I have researched and found that through out the history of civilization a country based on freedom and economic liberty has generally lasted a little bit over 200 years. If you know of any society founded on freedom and economic liberty that made it well past the 200 year mark let me know, I have not been able to find a single one. The US Constitution was ratified on December 15th, 1791. That means the United States is soon to be 214 years old and has out lived its life expectancy.
There are, what I believe to be, 4 turning points that can be attributed to the decline of and will eventually lead to the end of the United States of America.
1. The adoption of a progressive or graduate income tax, as envisioned by Karl Marx.
2. The adoption of a government or public education system for our children, again as envisioned by Karl Marx.
3. The movement away from a rule of law to a rule of the majority (Democracy) which really took hold during the days of Franklin Roosevelt.
4. The abolition of Private Property Rights such as what we have seen recently with “eminent domain”
America, the welfare state, is growing steadily. Last year we started the Republican’s Medicare prescription drug program. The original estimates for this program are about $300 billion for the next ten years. Those estimates doubled before the program even began. Baby boomers will be retiring over the next decade. As they retire they will start drawing down Social Security and Medicare dollars at an alarming rate. The cost will be enormous. As presently structured, these income transfer programs can't handle it, but all attempts at reform for these programs like Social Security have failed.
With real freedom comes individual responsibility, responsibility to make life what you make it, the responsibility to reap the benefits and live with the consequences of your own actions. Americans are no longer in love with freedom. In fact, the case can be made that Americans are afraid of freedom. Oh, they want to be free to go on vacation and to chose where to live, who to marry and what to wear each day, but that is just about it. Americans of today want the government and expect the government to educate their children, guarantee their jobs, determine their wages, provide them with medical care, pay for their prescriptions, ensure their comfort in retirement, regulate their business competitors, bail them out of hard times, and control the actions of their neighbors. If anyone suggest for one moment that the responsibility for any of these factors be placed back into the hands of the individual the outrage will be heard across the country.
If the networks want to do a series on the end of America, their script has already been written and the end is comming from within.
Poor Bill Clinton... He is still out there trying to save his legacy. Clinton sat down with FOX News Sunday's Chris Wallace last night in what turned out to be a rather intense interview when Bill Clinton lost his cool. [video] My favorite part was when Clinton told Wallace, "You did your nice little conservative hit job on me."
I almost fell out of my chair I was laughing so hard.
It seems that Bill Clinton just doesn't particularly care to be criticized for his failure to pursue Osama bin Laden.
This was the first interview that Bill Clinton has ever done with the FOX News Channel and it stareted out rather well with Wallace asking a smiling Bill Clinton about his new Clinton Global Initiatives program.
Then Wallace asked a question that viewers had e-mailed in. Why didn't Clinton do more to put Al-Qaeda and Bin Ladin out of business? This is where Clinton erupted --- immediately going into defensive mode. Clinton claimed he did more to kill Osama Bin Laden than the Bush Administration did in the first 8 months it was in office. He's upset that the Bush Administration is never criticized for that.
In his defense to Wallace's question Clinton relied strongly on the statements of Richard Clark, Clinton's chief anti-terrorist operative during his presidency.
Now, I have done some research on just what Richard Clark's assesment was of Clinton's efforts and found them not to be all that positive.
In a 2004 CNN interview Richard Clark spoke of one particular Clinton attempt to "get" Osama bin Laden. "Clinton bombed them once; the public reaction was negative to that. Remember 'wag the dog?' Everyone said Clinton is just bombing Afghanistan to divert attention from the Monica business. And so he didn't bomb them again."
Now Clinton brings this up in the interview and criticizes the right for saying he was just wagging the dog and whatever but the point is he stopped bombing because of negative public reaction.
In other words Bill Clinton lacked the leadership to make a desicion based on what needed to be done for the best of the country. Instead he uses negative public reaction for not bombing them again. Gee, now that doesn't make it look as if Clinton was quite as dedicated to the idea of killing Osama bin Laden as he would have had us believe, does it?
Oh but wait, there is more. The 9/11 Commission report says that in December of 1999 Richard Clark sent Clinton a memo urging an attack on Al Qaeda bases before the millennium. Sandy Berger wrote back on the memo "No." Seriously... that shows the kind of dedication the Clinton Administration had to get bin Laden and shut Al-Qaeda down now, doesn't it.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
5 turnovers and 4 yards rushing not very impressive at all... I guess the Ohio St vs Notre Dame title game is just not going to happen this year...
What is impressive is my picks from last week. I finished the week with an 8-2 record against the spread and improved on the season to 19-11
What to watch this week:
This week we got Penn St vs Ohio St.
The Nittany Lions will try to knock the Buckeyes from the top of the tree in Columbus today. It is just not going to happen though. I think the game will be closer than most expect though.
Notre Dame vs Michigan St.
The fighting Irish travel to East Lansing with revenge on their minds from last years 44-41 overtime loss to the Spartans at South Bend. They will also be trying to get some RESPECT back after last weeks performance against Michigan. This is a must win for the Irish and a must win big. It is time for Charlie Weiss to let the dogs loose on offense.
However, win big they won't. This game is going to be a shoot out similar to last years game and may come down to who has the ball last.
Here are my picks for week 4:
Game...................................................spread.................country boy's pick
1. Notre Dame vs Michigan St.........Notre Dame by 3.......give 3 Notre Dame
2. Penn St vs Ohio St........................Ohio St by 17..............take 17 Penn St.
3. Wisconsin vs Michigan.................Michigan by 14...........take 14 Wisconsin
4. Arizona St. vs Calif.......................Calif by 9......................give 9 Calif.
5. Alabamba vs Arkansas................Alabamba by 2...........give 2 Alabamba
6. USC vs Arizona U.........................USC by 22...................take 22 Arizona u
7. Boston College vs NC St..............Boston College by 6....give 6 Boston College
8. UCLA vs Washington U..............UCLA by 3...................give 3 UCLA
9. Buffalo U vs Auburn....................Auburn by 41..............take 41 Buffalo
10. Minnesota vs Purdue................Minnesota by 2...........give 2 Minnesota
Thursday, September 21, 2006
What a poser.
I will let you come up with your own captions in the comments.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
You can read the Pope's entire speech by clicking on this link. If' your not into reading Pope's speeches, Do not fear for I lifted out the parts that has started all of this controversy below:
This is something the Byzantine emperor said to the Persian on the subject of Islam and jihad, or holy war.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
So ... how do Muslims react to the Pope's revelation that Islam was a violent religion? Why, with violence, of course? Muslims murder a nun in Somalia. They burn churches in Gaza. Are now threatening the Pope's life.
Perhaps it is just me, or does it make sense to you that if Muslims didn't want the rest of the world to consider Islam a violent religion, they wouldn't get so violent every time someone say's they're violent.
Islam is a violent religion. Don't take the Pope's word for it ... just watch Muslims!
According to the Daily Kos President Bush is responsible for the E-Coli outbreak because two or three years ago the Bush Administration cut funding and staff from the Food and Drug Administration. The Kos went on to say Bush cannot protect you from anything. Not Terrorism. Not Hurricanes. Not even bacteria.
Amazing, the left really does blame him for everything.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
All day tuesday most people reflected on what happened that day, and how they felt. I am sure most people either told stories or heard a story or two about what they were doing that day or how it changed their lives. How it changed our country and the world we live in. How we all came together as a country after the attacks. How immediately following the terrorists attacks there were flags flying everywhere, people realized we were at war and were dedicated to fighting and winning that war. All of this is fine and should be done. It is important to remember that day and relive those feelings. It is important to remember so that we don't forget. However there are some other things we should consider as we remember 9-11. Perhaps the more important thing to think about is where are we as a country and where are you five years later?
Five years later we are still at war. A war for the survival of civilization against islamic terrorists who has declared war on the rest of the civalized world. It’s a war like we have never seen before, from an enemy that is determined to destroy us, even if it means destroying themselves. They will kill you, your family, and your children with a smile and will wipe out all civilization in the blink of an eye if given the opportunity. All in the name of Allah and to gain an islamic state over the world. World Islamic dominance is the main goal and they are dedicated to their cause. Are we as dedicated to stopping them?
Five years later we are still at war but we are a country divided at a time we need to be united. Immediately following the 9-11 attacks we all waved our flags, we were supporting our President and the troops and we were united together to win this war on terror. And for a while the war went well and the terrorist where running for the caves. Now the flags are gone, people have gone on with there everyday lives, many only letting the war intrude occasionally. Our President is attacked daily for political gain from the left. Some would rather blame our own country instead of terrorism. The left continues to fight the Bush Administration instead of fighting the war. Our enemies now view us as weak and growing weaker without the resolve to keep fighting. Attacks are picking up in Iraq and Afghanistan because of it.
What has happened to America’s dedication to the war on terror? Where is our self assurance that we are the best hope for Freedom, Democracy, and Civilization?
Whether we as a nation ever wanted the responsibility of defending freedom, fighting for democracy, and saving the civilizations of the world is no longer up for debate.
Ever since fighting the Nazis and liberating France in WWII to defeating communism and bringing Democracy to the Soviet Block in the cold war America has been the shinning light for freedom and a magnet for attack by the forces of tyranny.
This is why they attacked us because we are a free society with human values that destroys their dream of Islamic world domination and it didn't start on 9-11 either. There has been numerous attacks over the years. The 1983 truck bombing of a marine barracks in Beirut Lebanon, Pan Am flight 103, the first World Trade Center basement bombing, and the USS Cole are just a few. Terrorist had declared war on us long before the 9-11 attacks and they continue to fight today. America was targeted because we repeatedly show that we can change our own leadership without violence, without bloodshed and turmoil. America was targeted because we are a nation that demonstrates how many different religions; Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism; can live and prosper together. We were targeted because we have shown the world that a rule of law, not the mindless and cruel dictates of a religious cult, can protect the peace and ensure the harmony of people of all faiths living together in liberty.
All of the terrorist attacks mentioned have been a direct attack on our freedoms. It has been five years since the 9-11 attacks. The offices that were destroyed at the Pentagon are re-opened for bussiness and the World Trade Center is now a construction project. Physical damage is easy to repair or recover from. However the damage to our national mindset may not be.
Islamic terrorists have a lot to celebrate other than the destruction and the death they have caused. Their hatred of our freedoms caused them to attack, and our love of freedom has become a casualty.
An annual poll on the public's attitudes and views toward our Bill of Rights show that majority of people who responded to this poll feel we have too many freedoms in America, and they are perfectly willing to trade some of these freedoms for protection against further attacks from the Islamic terrorists. Over one-half of the people who participated in this poll said that the rights protected in the first ten amendments to our Constitution were too broad, and they needed to be scaled back all in the name of security.
Too many freedoms??? amendments to our Constitution need to be scaled back in the name of security??? The founding fathers must be spinning in their graves.
As it turns out freedom of the press is the least favorite of the freedoms in the Bill of Rights. Think about that for a moment. That very portion of our First Amendment that protects our right to a free flow of information about a power that can legally use deadly force to accomplish its goals, our government, and this is the least popular portion of our Bill of Rights?
Every tyrant needs complete control over the means of communication. China controls access to the Internet, as do many other totalitarian countries. You can be jailed in many Islamic theocracies for simply owning a satellite dish. When leftist revolutions occur, the sources of communication and information are the first things to be seized. In America – post 9/11 – we have a majority of citizens who will profess their love of freedom and America; but who, on the other hand, will tell you that there is just too much freedom of the press, and the government needs to do something about it. The first ten ammendments of the constitution are too broad and nead to be scaled back, limited, or narrowed. This is what we call choosing security over freedom.
There was a time when America was secure but not free. Our security came from the King of England. Until a group of brave men met in 1776 to sign the Decleration of Independence. These men pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the cause of freedom. Their signatures made them traitors in the eyes of the King of England. Rewards were posted for their capture – and the British armada was waiting offshore where they would definately be killed if captured. Sign, and risk losing everything? Or not sign and live securely, though not free, under British rule? That was the desicion these men had to make.
Would we as American's choose the path of liberty today? Would the same people who think that our Bill of Rights goes too far be willing to pledge their lives, their fortune and their honor to fight for freedom above security? Many of the men who signed the Declaration died because of that signature. Others lost their property, their liberty and their families. They new the risks when they signed it. Do men like that walk among us today? Are we, as Americans, worthy of their sacrifice?
Today our government can and has seized American citizens and locked them away without any due process. Our property can be confiscated through the abuse of eminant domain. The British did much the same thing. Then we fought the injustice. Today we make excuses for it
Former President Ronald Reagan once said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Five years later and the war is not over we are still fighting to protect freedom agaist Islamic terrorists. A war that will not be over for years to come, not in the middle east, not in Europe and not here. As I write this there are terrorists plotting, scheming, and waiting patiently for the right moment to hit us again just like they have been for over 20 years because they hate our freedom and our way of life.
On the fifth anniversary of September 11th it is important to honor those who died and those who protected us. Maybe after that we can try to rededicate ourselves to the principals that brought us the men and women who put their lives on the line in 1776. America is great because we are free. America is great because those who came before us valued freedom above security. America was attacked because our freedom is a threat to tyrants, religious and otherwise. Are you one of those who profess your willingness to trade away some of that freedom? Is it security you now seek?
What is our choice going to be? Will we chose a secure life overseen by government as the warden, or will we chose the brilliant uncertainty of freedom that has enabled America to prosper for over 200 years?
Everyone knows where they were on 9-11 five years ago. Now it's five years later, where are we now and where are you?
Friday, September 15, 2006
It was a rough week of picking games last week though. I ended up breaking even with a 5-5 record against the spread with an overall season record of 11-9. So at least i am still over .500.
This week we have one of the best rivalries in college football Michigan vs Notre Dame. It's another big game for the fighting Irish of Notre Dame as well. Does anyone have a tougher schedule than Notre Dame???
Anyways here are my picks for week 3...
Game..........................................Spread...................country boy's pick.
1. Michigan vs Notre Dame.......ND by 6...............give 6 Notre Dame.
2. BYU vs Boston College...........BC by 7...............take 7 BYU
3. Cinn vs Ohio St........................Ohio St by 29.5 give 29.5 Ohio State
4. Troy vs Georgia Tech.............georgia tech by 17.....take 17 Troy
5.LSU vs Auburn.........................Auburn by 3..............give 3 Auburn
6. Oklahoma vs Oregon..............Oregon by4.5..............take 4.5 oklahoma
7. Texas vs Rice...........................Texas by 31.................give 31 Texas
8. Clemson vs Florida St.............FSU by 4.5...................take 4.5 Clemson
9. Florida vs Tennessee..............Florida by 3.5..............take 3.5 Tenn.
10. Nebraska vs USC...................USC by 18.5................take 18.5 Nebraska
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
Take a moment out of your day today and remember what these islamic terrorists did to us five years ago.... Here is a link to one of the best tributes on the web in my opinion. It is called The Blood of Heroes. If you haven't seen it and it doesn't make your eyes water then your just not human. Click here to watch Blood Of Heroes.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Over all I was 6-4 last week against the spread not to shabby if you ask me. Lets see what we got this week.
Game..............................................Spread................Country Boy's Pick
1. Virginia Tech vs N. Carolina....VT by 14.5............ take 14.5 NC
2. Illinois vs. Rutgers...................Rutgers by 11........give 11 Rutgers
3. Vanderbilt vs Alabamba.........Bama by 15............take 15 Vanderbilt
4. Penn St. vs. Notre Dame.........Notre Dame by 9...take 9 Penn St.
5. Georgia vs. S. Carolina.............Georgia by 3...........take 3 S. Carolina
6. Ohio St vs. Texas.....................Texas by 2...............take 2 Ohio St.
7. Minnesota vs. California.........Calif by 8.5..............give 8.5 Calif
8. Boston College vs. Clemson...Clemson by 2.5........take 2.5 BC
9. NC State vs Akron..................NC State by 8.5.......give 8.5 NC State
10. Wyoming vs Virginia............Virginia by 8.5.........give 8.5 Virginia.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Here is an interesting blog that I stumbled accross by a guy that calls himself Captain Capitalism! A true economist. In this blog entry the Captain puts to final rest once and for all the idea that Bush's economic policies are creating more poor people in America. Gotta read this!
And how about another blog for you to read ...especially if you are somewhat lacking in your understanding of economics. The blog is called back talk the post is entitled "Americans Hate their Fabulous Economy." Man those economist sure like their graphs....
Liberal columnist Juan Williams says its time for young African Americans to stop embracing a blueprint for failure. It's an excellent column titled "Banish The Bling." Don't miss this one.
Tony Blankley provides us with a lesson in the history of appeasement and offers an opinion as to whether or not appeasement will work with radical Islamists.
Kathleen Parker says that sensible people are reconsidering our government's opposition to profiling in the search for terrorists. "Sensible people" huh? Well, when are the liberals going to get on board?
Ahhhhh ... but here comes a liberal to tell us that profiling is "unAmerican." What was that Kathleen Parker wrote about "sensible people?"
Thomas Sowell says the only difference between today's liberals and the now-defunct Soviet Empire is that the Soviet Union imposed its doctrine by force. You may be shocked by the similarities, though.
Has Iraq turned into George W. Bush's Vietnam? Rich Lowry of National Review Online examines the question and concludes that Iraq isn't the president's Vietnam...yet. He does wonder if Bush realizes how close he is, though.
A Forbes magazine editor has stirred the pudding with a column that says men shouldn't marry a woman with a career. Michael Noer says professional women are more likely to cheat and get divorced...
Spike Lee made a four-hour documentary for HBO about Hurricane Katrina. Star Parker says the production is about as big of a disaster as the hurricane itself. Read on to find out what she didn't like about it.
Reportedly Saddam Hussein was made to watch the 'South Park' movie over and over again, in which Saddam is portrayed as Satan's lover. If this is true, that would be hilarious. Of course the democrats will be screaming prisoner abuse over this one.
And now random thoughts from Thomas Sowell. Which are more interesting and organized than most people's regular thoughts. Among his observations: temperatures aren't as high these days as they were back in medieval times, meaning those people must have driven a lot of SUVs.
Maybe now we'll get some Hollywood types on board with the Fair Tax plan. The Internal Revenue Service has announced their intent to go after celebrities who don't declare the value of their Oscar goodies as income.
Iraq has proven to be a challenge to the United States, but Mark Steyn reminds us that the world is watching what we do there. If we cut and run, then countries around the world will think that's what we're all about.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
It was brought to my attention this morning that there is a real true genuine dirt bag in
Arizona that is selling anti-war merchandise and using the names of fallen soldiers in Iraq.
So I checked it out and sure enough it is true. The above picture can be purchased as a t-shirt, refridgerator magnet, or car magnet and it contains 1,700 names of soldiers killed in action in Iraq including my friend's name Marshall L Edgerton.
Now don't get me wrong here folks. I don't care that this bastard, Dan Frazier, is selling anti-war merchandise. He has the freedom of speech and it is his right to do so. What I do have a problem with is using the names of fallen soldiers to make a dollar and to push a political agenda.
This is not about right or left, conservative or liberal, Democrat or Republican. It is not about freedom of speech or anything like that. It is about decency, respect for the dead and the families of the dead. However, I guess some people are lacking in this department.
Marshall should be remembered for who he was. A loving husband and father. A soldier who gave the ulimate sacrafice.
Marshall died as a hero. But not just because he died on the battlefield fighting for his country, but because of the actions he took right before he died.
In the moments before his death, he used every last breath to warn all those around him, because he saw it coming and new he couldn't save himself. He did not choose to coward in fear, but instead chose to sacrifice himself so that others may live.
He saved many lives that day, and will forever be remembered for his courage, and bravery, and for making the ultimate sacrifice for his Country, and for his comrades.
This is what my friend Marshall should be remembered for not as a name on the back of an anti-war t-shirt that he would have had no part of when he was alive!
God Bless you "Edge." There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. I am honored to have been able to call you friend.
As far as I am concerned this scumbag who is trying to use Marshal's death to promote his own political agenda shouldn't be allowed to breathe the same air as me...
This a-hole and people like him do not deserve one minute of freedom from the amount of time that has been sacrificed on their behalf.
God help this bastard if I am to die in combat and he attaches my name to some shit like this for my spirit will rise from my dead body and haunt him until the day he dies!!!
Here, thought you might want to know how to contact Dan Frazier.
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Monday, September 04, 2006
In fact, Iran announced today that it had tested a new air defense system to counter missiles and aircraft during large-scale military exercises throughout the country, state-run.
Footage showed at least four surface-to-air missiles being fired from mobile launching pads. The report did not mention whether or not the missile was equipped with a guidance system.
Iran's military test-fired a series of missiles during large-scale war games in the Persian Gulf, including a missile it claimed was not detectable by radar that can use multiple warheads to hit several targets simultaneously.
Iran also announced yesterday that it will host a conference to examine what they call exaggerations about the Holocaust, during which more than 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis.
Iran says they are willing to talk about their nuclear program but that they will not stop there uranium enrichment before hand.... So I guess that would mean there is really nothing to talk about then....Iran also made sure to let the world know that the attitude of a hostile United States was to blame for the crisis....Simply amamzing, this is like watching Hitler in 1938 as the world tried to appease him...Think about how many lives were lost because we waited and waited until Hitler was so powerful before anything was done about him.....will we make the same mistake twice.
Unfortunately it looks like we will. The European Union will meet one more time with Iran to try and convince them to stop there enrichment program. Kofi Annan says negotiations are the best solution, but if the next meeting doesn't go as well then it is straight to the security council for possible sanctions against Iran.... Ooooh...not the big bad security council. I bet that really has Iran shaking in their turbans.
Bush: U.S. Must Break Foreign Oil Dependency for Growth- Video: Labor Day Speech
In his labor day speech today President Bush mentioned that the unemployment rate is 4.7% which is real good. Of course the New York Times and CNN keep saying how bad it is out there. It amazes me that when Bill Clinton was president and the Unemployment rate was 5.5% its the best economy in years... However, since its President Bush it doesn't matter how low the unemployment rate is...its bad out there folks. The economy sucks, the country sucks, Bush sucks and its all Bush's fault...In fact it's Bush's fault that he sucks too.
He also happened to mention our dependency on foreign oil and said it was not good for our growth because we get oil from people who do not like us. One of the things he mentioned was to build more nuclear power plants...interesting I have been blogging about that for years... Maybe the president is reading My Two Cents Worth...or not.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
An interceptor missile destroyed a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean on Friday in a key test of the nation's missile defense system, U.S. military officials said.
The 54-foot interceptor missle was launched at 10:39 a.m., from the Ronald W. Reagan Missle Defense Site, located at Vandenberg Air Base in Calif. 17 minutes after the mock warhead was launched from Kodiak Island, Alaska, Lehner said.
The interceptor carried a refrigerator-size "kill vehicle" that locked on to the approaching mock enemy missile and flew into the 4-foot-long warhead at 18,000 mph.
Lehner said both disintegrated more than 100 miles above Earth and a few hundred miles west of Vandenberg. The interceptor's flight lasted 13 minutes.
The $85 million test was designed to see whether the "kill vehicle" could get close to the warhead to test the tracking and sensor systems which would be used in an actual missile attack.
This is a major break through for us. Especially with North Korea and Iran threatening with nukes. Let's not forget that on the 4th of July, North Korea unsuccessfully test-fired a missile that was believed capable of reaching the northwestern U.S. coast.
Thank God for former President Ronald Reagan's vision of having a missle defense system. He started this program in 1983 with heavy criticism from the democrats who said the cost was not worth the outcome. The U.S. has spent over 100 billion dollars on this program over a 23 year period. If this can stop a long range missle comming from North Korea or anywhere else, I say it is worth every penny spent.
Something called the North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, whatever that is, released a statement saying the U.S. test, which was conducted Friday over the Pacific Ocean, "was aimed at attacking us and intercepting our missiles."
"...intercepting our missles." Well duh! Are they serious... Of course they had to throw in the "attacking us" in there as well. Not sure how you attak with a defense system designed to blow missles out of the sky... but I digress.
The committee also called the United States the "the main culprit" in the threat of war on the Korean peninsula.
"It is a folly that the United States wields the truncheons of power in order to scare someone into submission ... This only leads the army and the people to firm up their determination to build up our self-defensive military deterrence," the statement said.
Riiight... it's our fault that North Korea threatens the world with nuclear weapons and how dare us, how dare us ever plan to defend ourselves from the likes of mad men with potential nukes.
.......Game........................................Spread........................................Country Boy's Pick
1.Northern Illinos vs. Ohio State....Ohio State favored by 17 ...........give 17 Ohio State
2.Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech......Notre Dame favored by 7...........give 7 Notre Dame
3.North Texas vs Texas....................Texas favored by 41.................. take 41 North Texas
4.Florida State vs Miami Fla.............Miami favored by 3.....................take 3 Florida State
5.USC vs Arkansas..............................USC favored by 8.........................give 8 USC
6.California vs Tennessee...................California favored by 2................take 2 Tennessee
7.Rutgers vs North Carolina...............North Carolina favored by 4.5....give 4.5 North Carolina
8.Virginia vs Pittsburgh U..................Pittsburgh U favored by 3.5.......take 3.5 Virginia
9.BYU vs. Arizona U........................... Arizona U favored by 7................take 7 BYU
10.Wisconsin vs Bowling Green.........Wisconsin favored by 10.5...........give 10.5 Wisconsin
Friday, September 01, 2006
The deadline for Iran to stop enriching uranium and shutdown there nuclear weapons program came to an end yesterday. Iran responded to the deadline by basically telling the world to stick it where the sun don't shine. Here is what the leader of the terrorists state Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "The Iranian nation will not succumb to bullying, invasion and the violation of its rights." Now, that doesn't sound like a leader that is worried about the rest of the world doing something about his nuclear weapons program.
So what will happen now that they have thumbed their noses and said screw the deadline we are not stopping??? Not much of anything and Iran knows it.
President Bush says there must be consequences and says the United States will pursue sanctions against Iran, even if a majority of the U.N. Security Council won't.
But if you read further into the story andwatch whats going on behind the scenes you will find that after the mention of Iran's defiance and the president's response, we see statements from John Bolton at the U.N. that nothing is going to happen until Europe's foreign policy chief meets with Iran's top negotiator.
Once again, the United States is turning over our national security interests to the appeasing Euro-weiners of the European Union. The EU will now negotiate some sort of slap on the wrist with Iran. We will be worse off than what we were when we started because now we look even weaker in the eyes of Ahmadinejadand he will become even more bolder than before.
So the appeasment routine continues with Iran. It continues for one simple reason. Iran is playing a game with the world and they are winning the game because they know that they have something that the world needs and they have a lot of it, oil. Iran is dealing from a position of strength and they know it.
Some of you may recall that I have been giving the warning for a couple years about how our dependency on foreign oil is a huge national security risk and that we should start drilling our own oil. Do you understand the national security risk of oil dependency. If we had started drilling our own oil two years ago we would not be in this situation with Iran. Iran would not be able to use there oil for leverage against us.
We could still do it though. If we want to send a power message of our own to Iran we should pass a unanimous resolution through congress calling for the immediate drilling of oil in the part of the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge that was originally set aside for oil drilling. Then pass another resolution opening up the coastlines for oil and gas exploration. There is a lot of untapped oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Also we should start converting the oil shale in Utah, Nevada and Wyoming into oil, start some coal gasification projects, and start issuing permits for nuclear power plants.
This would send a clear message to Iran that we are going energy dependent. In a few years Iran can choke on their oil cause will have our own.
That will never happen though because the enviromentalist will never allow it to happen. Even in the interest of national security will they not allow this to happen.
Let us take a moment and ponder what would a Iran with nukes be like. Lets say Iran makes some nukes. They then take a nuke and sneak it into this country through our weak border protection perhaps in a van. They place this van with the nuke in some random place in a metropolitan area. Lets say they do the same thing in some Western European country. Then they conduct a nuclear test in Iran. The world goes into panic...Iran has the bomb!
As the world reacts to the Iranian nuclear test, Tehran announces to the world that there is a bomb like the one they tested somewhere in the United States. There's another in some Western European country. The world is then informed that both of these bombs will be detonated unless certain Islamic demands are met.
What demands? Well, how about the removal of all U.S. and Western troops out of the Middle East for starters. Then all Jews are told to leave Israel or face annihilation. The U.S. is told that if we dare to defend Israel, the bomb will be detonated. At this point the Islamic fascists have complete control over the entire Middle East. All moderate Arab governments will collapse. Iran will then controll all oil supplies in the Middle East and the Western world will be held hostage to Iranian demands.
Is there anything in this scenario that is to far fetched from happening. I don't think so. It is really not that complicated of a plan. Sure there are as many scenarios as there are people who come up with them but any way you look at it Iran with a nuke is not a pleasent thought.
So what are our options at this juncture in time:
3. Military Action
Diplomacy is not going to work. The main reason it is not going to work is because the United States is seen as weak to the Arab world right now. Diplomacy only works when you are perceived as having strength.
Right after 9-11 when President George W. Bush first initiated the war against Radical Islam and we went into Afghanistan and Iraq we were seen as strong and full of resolve. The Arabic world responded to that image of strength and determination. Libya immediately halted its weapons programs. Saudi Arabia started to institute reforms that called for more democratic processes. Syria was in fear that America would not stop at its border with Iraq.
Then Democrats and the anti-war crowd started up there Bush lied people died campaign. We got the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. Then we had democrats calling for a timetable in Iraq. Islamic fascists who once feared that a dangerous and resolute America had been pushed too far suddenly saw signs of weakness. The islamic terrorists knows we are loosing are will to fight.
Diplomacy? Sorry .. but we're operating from a position of weakness in any diplomatic discussions with Iran. It is just not going to work.
Oh sure, the U.S. could impose sanctions, but I am sure Iran learned from Saddam Hussein how to set up whatever avenues are required to assure the flow of cash needed to sustain Iran's armament program. Remember the oil for food program.
In the meantime, they would immediately crank up the public relations volume to tell the world that Iranian women and children are dying because the evil U.S. is denying Iran the funds needed for basic nutrition and health needs through the sanctions imposed against them.
Ahmadinejad is not above starving his own people to get images of death that can be broadcast worldwide and blamed on the U.S. and their sanctions.
With sanctions the United States will soon be portrayed as a evil imperialistic regime set out on a course of genocide against the Iranian people and the world media will be happy to promote that image.
This would seem like a simple solution. We just send in the military to destroy as much of Iran's nuclear infrastructure as possible. An air raid should do the job. Just send in some bombers and thats that.
However it is just not that simple. Six months ago it may have been but not now.
See Iran has been paying attention. They know that America is worried about there image through out the world. They know there is a huge group of Americans on the left that would be outraged if we killed civilians with the use of military action. Because of this Iran knows America will not do anything militarily if military action would mean civilian deaths.
So, Ahmadinejad has surrounded the Iranian nuclear development sites with as many Iranian school children and women as possible. He has taken steps to guarantee that any Israeli or U.S. air strike against his nuclear program will result in the deaths of hundreds of women and children.
Anyways, there are the options. Aren't you glad you are not the President? I would go with military action myself. As the President of the United States I would be more concerned with protecting American lives. Besides in my opinion if Ahmadinejad wants to surround a military target with civilians then their blood is on his hands when that target is hit not ours.
However sanctions will probably be the first step from the Bush administration, but eventually I believe military action will have to be used.
This is not at all surprising to me. This was the same crime culture that plagued the city of New Orleans. I just feel sorry for the people of Houston who now have a big problem on their hands because the likelihood of the evacuees ever returning to New Orleans is slim.
By the way... Is it still accurate to call them Katrina evacuees at this point...hmmm how about Katrina floaters...or Katrina debris.
Oooooops!!! Looks like someone at CNN has messed up again.
Last week durring coverage of President Bush's Katrina Aniversary speech someone decided to leave anchor Kyra Phillips mic on while the president was speaking. Well apparently Kyra didn't know her mic was on and decided to use the ladies room. [video].
So while the CNN audience watched the President give his speech what they actually heard was Phillips using the restroom. They heard her unzip and zip up. A conversation with a co-worker about her brother and his apparent "control freak" wife. This went on for almost 90 seconds.
Now 90 seconds is an eternity in broadcasting. One has to wonder if anyone at CNN was even watching the speech to allow this to happen for 90 seconds. One also wonders if CNN did see it happen and just allowed it to continue for a while. It's not the first time they have screwed up a Bush Administration speech. Remember the black X on Vice President Cheney's head. Who knows...
There is one thing for sure. Thanksgiving at the Phillips house is going to be real interesting this year. Calling your sister in law a "control freak" on National Television will do that. To bad there won't be an open mic at that table. Maybe we can get one of those ridiculous reality TV shows started off of this incident.