Archive for November, 2006

Theme Change

While I am considering a new monitor I had to change the WordPress theme to one more accommodating of the reduced color capacity of the old monitor. I rather like this theme. It is easy on my 53 year old eyes for one thing.

Let me know if you hate this theme or like it. But I think it is growing on me.

Anyway, my blog will look like this—the theme is called ‘Boxy But Gold’—until I can get another monitor. This might be awhile as I am trying to hoard all the treasure I can for the jungles of northern Guatemala in December.

Stay tuned.

Downtime

Computer problems have visited me. My monitor flickers a bit and appears in weird colors. It seems to have forgotten how to display basic hues of one sort or another. But since I am colorblind I really can’t say which color has been effected. Perhaps all have been.

I am taking both monitor and computer in to be looked at. It might be something as simple as a defective video card, but my guess is that the monitor itself is on its last legs. If so, then a new one will run about $350.

I would rather have not spent that sum just now, but I need my machine to be always running in top form.

I don’t know if I will be able to post today. Kevin, my computer guy at Computer Connection is sharp and fast and reliable, so probably I will get my computer back today.

Odd: Here at home in the normal world I rely on the machine for all sorts of things personal and business. While traveling with pack and tent alone in the wilds I never think of it.

That is no doubt a good thing.

Quote Of The Month

If you see some sort of silver lining in last week’s election, if you are pleased that you voted your conscience, if you sense that now the Reublicans can get energized, this quote should take care of such silliness.

Republican ineptness, Democratic ideology, George W. Bush’s inability to ignite a fire, and something contemptible in the American character have combined to bring us to this point. We will not see our way past it without blood, flames, and grief. There are people—there is no discreet way to put this—who pulled the lever last Tuesday that began the process of their own deaths.

War is coming our way, a war red in tooth and claw—and the Democrats are in charge. The same people who openly boasted about being in league with the Viet Cong are now in all essentials in league with Islamic killers who plan to murder us by the hundreds of thousands.

Cry the beloved country.

Short Takes V

Abu Ayyub al-Masri heads the Iraqi branch of al-Qaida. He has something against the White House. He would like to blow it to smithereens.

The al-Qaida army has 12,000 fighters in Iraq, and they have vowed to die for God’s sake. … We will not rest from our Jihad until … we have blown up the filthiest house – which is called the White House.

Then let’s make a deal: the White House for Mecca. And I’ll throw in Congress too.

And so what if these spittle-flecked Islamic killers actually did blow up the White House? How would we respond?

Elton John has taken a break from fisting, rimming and composing pop doggerel to attack religion—meaning Christianity. Showing his sublime expertise in Theology the chubby sodomite held forth.

I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays.

But there are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion. From my point of view I would ban religion completely.

Organised religion doesn’t seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it’s not really compassionate.

Such philosophical twaddle would embarrass any schoolgirl.

The Democrats plan their pullout from Iraq.

Democrats, who won control of the U.S. Congress, said on Sunday they will push for a phased withdrawal of American troops from Iraq to begin in four to six months, but the White House cautioned against fixing timetables.

Who will win this upcoming power struggle between Congress and the White House? My money is on Bush.

And now for some good news:

The government believes Fidel Castro’s health is deteriorating and that the Cuban dictator is unlikely to live through 2007.

I will believe it when I see the worms.

And now for an ‘X’ factor for the next Congress:

Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday repeated his pledge to caucus with Senate Democrats when the 110th Congress convenes in January, but refused to slam the door on possibly moving to the Republican side of the aisle.

That would make the senate 50-50, giving Cheney the tie vote and Republicans effective control of that august body.

Memo to Joe: Just Do It.

Update: Captain Ed ruminates over a Jumpin’ Joe:

If he switches parties, he delivers control of the Senate to the GOP for the next two years, and makes Dick Cheney a very busy man. It forces the Democrats to carefully consider Lieberman when determining policy, especially on the war. It might force the Democrats to escalate efforts to get a Republican to cross the aisle, which would neutralize Lieberman.

Democrats Go To War

I read this from The Weekly Standard:

Why do insurgent gangs, who have vastly smaller resources and manpower than the American soldiers they fight, continue to try to kill those soldiers? The answer is, because they believe they only have to kill a few more, and the soldiers will leave. They need not inflict a military defeat (which would be impossible, given the strength of the American military)–all they need to do is survive until American voters decide to throw in the towel, which might happen at any moment…

The only way Americans lose this war is to fold. That seems likely to be the next move, but it is the last thing we should do. Far better to call and raise. Our cards are better than theirs, if only we have the nerve to play them.

Yes, if only we have the nerve.

Is this thing called ‘nerve’ a word that comes to mind when one thinks of Democrat war making? Cowardly, yes. Timorous, yes. Hesitant, yes. Fearful, yes. Defeatist, yes.

But nerve?

This then explains all the glee in the grubby cities of Islam over the Democrat victory. And such glee is completely understandable considering what comes out of Democrats’ mouths concerning the war. Our enemies in Iran and Syria and Iraq are in a partying mood because their plans for America are perfectly in line with Democrat plans for America—to toss her out of Iraq.

Here is the latest demonstration of ‘nerve’ from John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania):

As for Bush’s future actions in Iraq, Murtha was blunt: “He’s not going to go on with this war.”

Now, if you were a snaggle-toothed, grimy little Islamic killer, these words would be music to your ears. You would believe—justifiably—that all you had to do was kill a few more American soldiers and the US would high-tail it out of Iraq.

And there you have Democrat ‘nerve’: Promise to retreat and so encourage our enemy to ante-up the killing. Some American will lose a father or a son or a brother in Iraq as a direct result of Murtha’s words.

Well done Murtha, you good and faithful servant.

Murtha continues:

There is an atmosphere in America that encourages those who want to withdraw from Iraq. It is time the American people support those who want to take them out of the Iraqi mud.

Did I say Murtha? Oops! Those words are from the practiced Islamic killer Jihad Jaara.

But while the Dems lack nerve concerning those who have killed us and who will continue to kill us whenever and wherever they can, they are brave, courageous and bold concerning making war upon their own government. Here is handsome Henry Waxman (D-California) as he cries ‘Havoc!’ and unleashes his dogs of war upon—George Bush.

The Democratic congressman who will investigate the Bush administration’s running of the government says there are so many areas of possible wrongdoing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue…

“I’m going to have an interesting time because the Government Reform Committee has jurisdiction over everything.”

So Waxman claims his committee ‘has jurisdiction over everything’? Ah, our lovely Democrats now make war upon the US Constitution.

So all you conservatives and libertarians and ‘throw the bums out’ types who voted against the Republicans, you sure have snuggled up to a fine bunch of folks—and forced the rest of the country to do so as well.

The people have voted the Democrats in power. The people deserve to get them good and hard. 

My words for the next two years? Cry the beloved country.

(Hat tip: Gateway Pundit and GM’s Corner)

War Of The Worlds

A few days after 9/11 an ex-student wrote to me. She wanted to know what I thought. I wrote back these words: “We are at war with Islam.”

All that has happened since has done nothing to change my view.

This war is a war to end all wars, as real an Armageddon as we have seen. It will end in the extermination of Islam or of us. To pretend otherwise is to surrender and hope that you will be able to come to some type of terms with the enemy.

If you are one who believes that we are not at war with Islam but with just a part of it, something called ‘Radical Islam’ or ‘Islamo-fascism’ would you mind presenting your evidence?

Since Mohammed had his chat with Gabriel Islam has made war upon the Christian West. There have been let ups, retreats, routs and defeats, but the pattern is the same: all infidels—that would be you and me—must became Moslem or die.

And forget about simply paying some kind of tax to your new Islamic masters and then getting on with your life. That thing you call ‘your life’ will be so changed that you will not recognize it. If you had a dream this very night about ‘your life’ in a world gone Islamic you would awaken in fear and dread and loathing.

Have doubts? Then please observe how Islam treats non-Moslems. Choose any Islamic nation. Take your time.

We are dealing with a religion that exults when the heads of Christian schoolgirls are chopped off and stuffed into plastic bags. And it certainly has something quite exemplary planned for its greatest of all hatreds, the United States of America. It has made this plain in thought and in deed, in writing and video and sermon. To deny this is to play Oedipus and willfully blind yourself.

If you are a female and you read these words and scoff, please review how Islam treats its own females. It sexually mutilates its daughters, puts women into burqas, relishes in the forced marriage of pubescent girls to middle-aged men and lashes women who have the audacity to be raped. What could you, a Western women, thus expect? What could your daughters expect?

You might think that we can easily win because we defeated much stronger foes before. Think again. In our fight with Japan and Germany we had no fifth columns here. We were united in what all Americans knew was a struggle to the death with cultures who desired our defeat.

This situation has changed. We have a political party and academia and media that would not agree with any part of what I have written. To them it is all ‘Bush’s War,’ as if Islam only began to kill after the 2000 election.

This is either ignorance or cowardice or sheer malice.

If you think that the fall of our towers was some high water mark of Islam, think again. It was only the beginning. Islam acts as a civilization without fear of our weapons or our machines or our leaders. It smells victory. Already it has claimed in all essentials the states of Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Holland and Spain. Everything is in place to lay claim to England and France within two years or less.

It pains to write these words but I must. We are being defeated. Not militarily—this is impossible for Islam to accomplish—but here at home. If we cannot win in our own nation we most certainly cannot win overseas.

To put the matter clearly, we have experienced a complete and absolute failure of leadership at all levels and in all parties and among all ruling classes. Not one of our elected and annointed ones have made claim that this war is anything more than something called a ‘war on terror’ or other words even more mealy. And even those who say this have no real idea of what we as a nation, as a civilization, are up against.

It has been written that a defeat in Iraq—call it a withdrawal or redeployment or anything you want if such a description makes you feel good—would not be so bad. We would gain ‘respect’ in the eyes of the world for having the courage to at last see the error of our ways. We would then cease to act unilaterally and begin to once again consult our allies in unison with the UN.

To do these things is to cease to be America in any meaningful sense of the term. It would be the end of our history.

Of course we can withdraw from Iraq, from the Middle East, from the world even, but our enemy will not withdraw from us. His desire is to engage us anywhere he can. He will follow us here—he has followed us here.

When he strikes us again, when we see the awesome power of a mushroom cloud as it rises high over Boston or Miami or Chicago, when we hear that 500,000 of our fellows have been turned into ash, when we see again on our televisions horde upon horde of Moslems dancing in the streets of their Hobbesian nations, will we know what to do?

Fastest Surrender In History

The Democrats have not yet even assumed control of the House and Senate, yet Bush has already surrendered to them.

This morning I also spoke with…Senators Reid and Durbin. I congratulated them on running a strong campaign in the Senate, and I told them that, regardless of the final outcome, we can work together over the next two years…

I reassured the House and Senate leaders that I intend to work with the new Congress in a bipartisan way to address issues confronting this country. I invited them to come to the White House in the coming days to discuss the important work remaining this year and to begin conversations about the agenda for next year.

The message yesterday was clear: The American people want their leaders in Washington to set aside partisan differences, conduct ourselves in an ethical manner, and work together to address the challenges facing our nation.

Touching indeed!

Here is how Howard Dean put the election and its ‘clear message’:

Today the American people sent a clear message for a new direction. Voting for hope and opportunity, they rejected the Republican culture of corruption and the politics of fear and smear.

Here is how the Democrats responded to Bush:

Democratic voters were last night pressing for the impeachment of President George W Bush for his conduct over the Iraq war.

With the Democrats preparing to control both houses of Congress, they have extensive powers to investigate the president, including the appointment of a special counsel.

And:

Emboldened by their congressional election triumph and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s resignation, Democrats say they will use their new clout to force a change in Iraq policy and demand that President Bush start bringing troops home.

So there it is. Bush is all touchy-feely and ‘why can’t we all just get along?’ The Democrats want him in prison, promise to surrender to Islam and are elated that they can continue to support the sticking of scissors into an infant’s brain.

Yep, plenty of room for compromise. 

Mr. Bush, you are a fool. Why do you play Lewinski to the Democrat’s Clinton?

Please get the Hell off your knees. Act like a Texan and ‘cowboy up.’

You have two years left. Use them. There is more at stake here than your legacy.

(Hat tip: Sweetness & Light)

In Case You Wondered

On the lighter side: I took one of those silly internet quiz things. There were two questions: ‘How Republican Are You?’ and ‘How Democrat Are You?’

First, to the Republican question: 

You Are 84% Republican
You are a card carrying Republican, and a pretty far right one at that!
There’s no chance anyone would ever mistake you for a Democrat.

Now to the Democrat question:

You Are 0% Democrat
If you have anything in common with the Democrat party, it’s by sheer chance.
You’re a staunch conservative, and nothing is going to change that!

Thank you Jesus!

(Hat tip: Bookworm Room)

Our Island Of Doctor Moreau

I tell you, when the bad news comes, it comes in floods. If you thought the Republican defeat was disturbing, try this:

British scientists have applied for permission to create embryos that are part-human, part-animal…”This is a very rational step: to learn what you can using animal eggs, which are readily obtainable, before moving on to valuable human eggs when or if this becomes necessary.”

These Brave New Creatures will be 99.9 percent human, .1 percent animal—so they say, at least for now. And as if that mattered at all. A line has been crossed. A line laid down long ago.

And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the cattle according to their kinds…Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him. (Genesis 1:24-27)

I like that part, ‘in the image of God’—imago dei.

And in whose image will these new monsters be made?

Thanks, George!

Well George, here we are. Everything you did and everything you failed to do has now come home to roost. What say you now?

First, thank you for the tax relief, the Supreme Court nominees, overthrowing the Taliban and Saddam Hussein and for remaining firm on abortion. All of this is good stuff.

And all of it is temporary. For your errors of judgment have threatened whatever good you have done. In no particular order of importance:

1. Could you explain why you found it so necessary to sign an education bill with Ted Kennedy so early in your term of office? What does your Christian faith teach you about entering into covenants with such grotesquely immoral men? If you reply, “I was engaged in politics.” I would respond that you should first engage in Christianity. You acted as if your foes in congress were really interested in helping you run this nation. The reality was that they hated your guts.

2. Why did you support in Pennsylvania some years back a weak and vacillating little man such as Arlen Specter over a true conservative like Pat Toomey? After winning re-election Specter stabbed you in the back. No one was surprised but you.

3. Why did you not ask congress for a Declaration of War on September 12, 2001? The entire nation was united. All you had to do was draw up the proper documents, mention that we were going to eliminate the Taliban, Syria, Iraq and Iran—all obvious enemies of our nation, all obvious supporters of world-wide terror—and call upon the near unlimited military resources of our military. It would have been fast and furious—and over.

Instead you went to the UN—another group of guys who hate your guts—and visited a mosque to openly declare Islam ‘a religion of peace.’ And the purpose of that was…what? You fool. Did FDR go to a sushi bar on December 8, 1941 to show that some of the Japanese were really nice folks?

Those of us who supported the war against Iraq waited and waited for the US military to crush our Iraqi enemies. Instead we got half-measures, dithering and restrictive rules of engagement. You have waged a Nixonian war and will draw a Nixonian wage.

4. Your base—you know, all those folks like me who would never abandon you or the Republican Party—was insulted by you during the UAE ports fiasco. You called us racists and bigots and preferred the opinions and company of Arabs to us—thanks!

And since you like the company of Arabs so much, here is an Arab proverb that tells you what you can expect from your personal and political enemies: ‘A falling camel calls forth many knives.’

5. Every single poll showed that Americans were against illegal immigration. And you ignored all the cries of the electorate and fought tooth and nail against enforcing the laws of our Republic concerning such obvious and massive law-breaking. When you took the oath of office I seem to recall you promising to uphold the law and the Constitution.

6. You were silent when Kennedy and Murtha and Durbin and other such flotsam wildly and openly and often insulted this nation and her men at arms. These creatures openly preached treason, defeat and surrender. Your response was…nothing. You allowed those who despise you and our country to control the debate—and they have won it.

7. You did nothing when the New York Times broke the law. It was as if that newspaper was the president and you just a non-entity. If one of your supporters had done such as was done by the NYT he would have been indicted, convicted and imprisoned. Yet that paper openly revealed military secrets and advocated surrender and was never called to account.

8. But you never called any of the media to account. In press conference after press conference you allowed them to control the terms of the debate. You did not call them out on their manifest mendacity and distortions. You were polite and bent over backwards for them. And they hated your guts for it. And now they will celebrate their complete victory over you and our party.

And I see that you have scheduled yet another press conference for today. I hear you will “start by congratulating the winners and extend a hand for bipartisan cooperation to work on the issues facing our country.” Good God sir, are you mad? They never worked with you before. Why should they now?

We—the base that supported you and still supports you—sent you warning sign after warning sign. You were deaf to us. You preferred the views of the media, of RINOs, of your Arab pals. Where are they now? I would wager that some of those RINOs you supported will vote for your impeachment.

And what of your legacy now that you and our party have been routed? I never understood how much I missed Ronald Reagan until this morning. George, I thank you for this clarity.

There is more, but it tires to write such things.

These next two years will be entertaining ones. The Democrats have been open about surrender in Iraq, reversing your tax cuts and calling for your impeachment. One prays that they are as serious about these as you were about controlling our borders.

I hope you enjoyed working with Kennedy and his ilk. You will be doing a lot of it in the next two years.

Unless of course you are impeached by those who have vowed to do so, by those to whom you now “extend a hand for bipartisan cooperation to work on the issues facing our country.” 

(For what I wrote back in April about the Republican Party see Not A Dime’s Worth Of Difference).