Archive for December, 2007

Hillary’s experience

December 30, 2007

Bryan at Hot Air reviews some of HRC’s experience. It’s not a pretty picture.

Hillary seems to understand real global conflict through the prism of Vietnam and through domestic politics. The latter is understandable as it does impact a president’s ability to lead, though it doesn’t ultimately speak well of her humanitarian principles; the former in the case of Yugoslavia is just about entirely wrong-headed. But it’s typical of Hillary’s slice of her generation, a group of people who seem to see in every single conflict everywhere in the world another Vietnam. To me, that by itself is enough reason to keep her away from presidential power. Every war isn’t Vietnam, but the fear of creating wars like that one will distort decision-making in unhealthy ways.

If you read the two articles, the picture of Hillary that emerges is of someone who exercised some influence and occasional power but without much in the way of direct responsibility, and who is pragmatic rather than principled, thin-skinned and difficult, and who puts her peculiar political priorities above the interests of the nation she wants to lead. Not serve, but lead. The idea of service doesn’t seem to be in her DNA. She wants to lead, but seems to be completely devoid of any guiding principles beyond the pursuit of power. That’s not a new critique of Hillary Clinton by any means, but it sure seems to be an accurate one.

If Hillary is running on her experience, why is she still withholding 2,600 pages of documents that detail her so called “experience”?

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About experience

December 30, 2007

Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s claim is that she has more experience than Barak Obama.
If experience is that important, democrats should be voting for Senator Biden.

Cowards, Murderers Hardest Hit.

December 29, 2007

Via Ace of Spades HQ comes this good news: Twenty-Thousandth Terrorist Killed In Iraq.

What happened to the Neocons?

December 29, 2007

Michael Young notes:

“So maybe it’s time to stop referring to the neocon policies of the Bush administration. The neocons are gone, many for so long that no one seems to remember their leaving. What we now have in Washington is a mishmash of old political realism and improvisation, topped with increasingly empty oratory on freedom and democracy. That should please quite a few of Bush’s domestic critics. He’s returned to the futile routine in the Middle East that they always urged him to.”

It is good to remember where the Neocons got their ideas from.

HT to Mr. Reynolds who comments, “In other words, the bureaucracy won, with predictable results.”

Revisiting the UN’s Carbon Footprint

December 28, 2007

That gigantic footprint doubled in size.

AMID talk of offsetting the hefty carbon footprint of the United Nations climate conference in Bali, organisers missed a large elephant in the room.

The air-conditioning system installed to keep more than 10,000 delegates cool used highly damaging refrigerant gases – as lethal to the atmosphere as 48,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and nearly the equivalent of the emissions of all aircraft used to fly delegates to Indonesia.

With hawk-eyed representatives of more than 100 green organisations present, it was probably the worst place in the world to commit an environmental faux pas.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

A fast round up…

December 28, 2007

Various stuff I noticed but was too busy to blog before.

President George W. Bush had a very good year.
Of course, if you only read the New York Times, you wouldn’t know about it.

The troop surge in Iraq is succeeding. America remains safe from terrorist attacks. And the Goldilocks economy is outperforming all expectations.

At his year-end news conference, Mr. Bush said with optimism that the economy is fundamentally sound, despite the housing downturn and the subprime credit crunch. The very next day, that optimism was reinforced with news of the best consumer spending in two years. The prophets of recessionary doom, such as former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Republican adviser Martin Feldstein, ex-Democratic Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and bond-maven Bill Gross have been proven wrong once again.

Some Very Inconvenient Truths For The Global Warming Cultists

South America this year experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, snow fell for the first time since the year 1918. Dozens of homeless people died from exposure. In Peru, 200 people died from the cold and thousands more became infected with respiratory diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished, and the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency.

Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007.

Last January, $1.42 billion worth of California produce was lost to a devastating five-day freeze. Thousands of agricultural employees were thrown out of work. At the supermarket, citrus prices soared. In the wake of the freeze, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush to issue a disaster declaration for affected counties. A few months earlier, Mr. Schwarzenegger had enthusiastically signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a law designed to cool the climate. California Sen. Barbara Boxer continues to push for similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.

In April, a killing freeze destroyed 95 percent of South Carolina’s peach crop, and 90 percent of North Carolina’s apple harvest. At Charlotte, N.C., a record low temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on April 8 was the coldest ever recorded for April, breaking a record set in 1923.

Star Trek – TMNT Crossover

December 28, 2007

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Ok, this is one of those crossovers that only make sense when you drink a lot.

Setting the Wayback Machine to four years ago…

December 25, 2007

Xmas Present From Progressives: Starvation

How many poor people have progressives starved since 1917? It’s a good question and somebody should do the research and publish it.

Russia was the breadbasket of Europe until progressives seized power in that year and started instituting policies to “share the wealth.” For the next 70 years until socialism collapsed, Russia was a net importer of food always on the brink of famine. In the 1930s, Stalin instigated a calculated famine in the Ukraine to rid himself of approximately 10 million political enemies.

His crime was protected by the progressives at the New York Times and on the Pulitzer Prize Committee (they control both institutions to this day). Because soft progressives cover for hard-line progressives like Stalin, Castro and other political monsters — preferring to demonize George Bush and John Ashcroft instead — these atrocities continue.

The left’s inability to understand the most basic economic fact — that people need an incentive to produce — has caused the unnecessary deaths of tens of millions of people — mostly poor — in the last 75 years. But thanks to a politically corrupted media and educational system, their pig-headed pursuit of socialist fantasies goes on.

Political Christmas ads

December 23, 2007

Barak Obama puts out a much better ad than Hillary Rodham Clinton. A good counter punch to HRC’s “Muslim Fear Mongering” attack campaign against him.

John McCain beats ’em both hands down though.

Americans tend to respond differently

December 23, 2007

secret asian man spots the pattern and the expected response:

The solution given for global warming looks suspiciously like the solution given for global cooling looks suspiciously like the solution given to pretty much any other problem.

The solution given is of course the same one that’s been given by autocrats and elites since the days of the Pharoahs: “give up your harvests, give up your freedoms, or the natural order of the earth will fail and you shall starve!”. For only the Pharoahs with their learning can understand and placate the gods, and if the gods are angry, why the Nile won’t flood.

But, here’s what’s going to backfire:

We, being Americans, won’t go for that. When gas gets expensive, we don’t become communalists, we buy hybrids. When power becomes an issue, we start looking at going off-grid.

Environmentalism may turn out to be the catalyst for yet more individualism.

I happen to like both things, so that would make me happy. It’d also make me laugh.