Thursday, April 27, 2006

10 Reasons Why We Need $4.00 Gas

1. Regular folks will be even more inclined to ignore environmental crazies.
2. The Government can stop subsidizing alternative fuels
3. Regular folks will recognize that it makes sense to drill offshore and in ANWR
4. Mass-transit will be full and won't need tax subsidies
5. So many people will buy hybrid-vehicles that the carpool lanes will be clogged
6. The Government will be afraid to raise the gas tax.
7. I can drive the speed limit on my commute.
8. Al Gore will be paralyzed by conflicting directives
9. Haliburton will rule
10. Congress members will get only economy cars.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

What he said!

Regarding the gas price hysteria, Conservative Schooler gives a California perspective on what a trumped-up crisis this really is. And Willisms shows us more dimensions.

Lincoln Chaffee - Too Liberal

The Club for Growth has not only endorsed Steve Laffey as the Republican candidate for Lincoln Chaffee's Senate seat.. and it uses the 'L' word.
View it here.

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

My Earthday Celebration

Earthday might be a nice idea if it had not been hijacked by environmental wackos. I have had the perfect Earthday. I finished getting all my new plants in the ground. It is an overcast day - perfect for planting and a possibility of rain tonight just to settle them in.

Now I only have to worry about how they look together and what I have to fix next year but I am going to take the positive attitude they they will look wonderful.

Now to the airport for two days in LA.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Who's a moron?

Here is a link with a little something for everybody. Daily Kos, Lincoln Chaffee, the Sierra Club and somebody is a moron.

"Who?", you ask. And "Why?" For the Who, check here. And for the Why, here.

And Happy Earthday.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006


Powerline highlights a post from Betsy's Page about Howard Kurtz' profile of Brit Hume in the Washington Post. It wasn’t the profile so much as an anecdote cited that woke me up about why I am so frustrated with our government today.

"Hume says he came to feel "out of step with ABC News' natural tendencies." He recalls challenging an assignment about how the first President Bush "isn't doing anything" by saying: "Has it ever occurred to you that this guy's a Republican and Republicans don't believe that government is the solution to all the country's problems?"

And it isn't the people in the anecdote. It is this line:

'Republicans don't believe that government is the solution to all the country's problems.'

If you take that one statement as a definition of being a Republican, who in our government today qualifies? I'm still trying to find one.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Garden Log - 1

So far this week we have had three days of sunshine, more consecutive days than we have seen for two months. The rainfall has been astronomical, setting records and filling rivers all over northern California. This is a good thing in many ways. Lots of water for cities and agriculture and generating electricity will be available this year.

But I was nearing the end of my rope. My wife has long wanted to move to Seattle, purely for the rain. I was able to talk her into Sacramento partly, at least, from the promise that it rained more in Sacramento than in LA. It does rain more here but the past two months have been ridiculous. We might just as well have moved to Seattle.

But the real point of this post is that it is the middle of April and I haven’t been able to plant anything in my yard.

This is the second summer for my immature landscaping. Last year I hesitated to plant because I wasn’t sure what a Sacramento summer in my yard would be like and what plants buy. I bought just a few plants and, in the fall, some bulbs. The plants are still there and will maybe have some presence this year but the bulbs were the only thing making the rain bearable. I will definitely do more next fall.

But this spring, I got ambitious about beefing up the rather sparse plantings around my back yard patch of grass. I carefully selected some plants and ordered asking for mid April delivery. Well, they arrived as specified and I was hoping for the opportunity to plant last weekend but the weather didn’t cooperate. Right now, my plants are sitting on the outdoor dining table waiting for the weekend and I am hoping that we don’t move quickly from Spring to Summer with a heat wave that will wipe them out before I get a chance to plant.

I want to get this project done because I still hope to create a tomato bed in time to grow tomatoes this year since homegrown tomatoes are so far the only benefit (garden-wise) of the move from coastal southern California to Sacramento.

Oh, by the way, the brugmansia seems to love Sacramento. Who knew?

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Count the Generals

We know about the generals speaking out against Secretary Rumsfeld because its all over MSM but do we know how many generals are not speaking out? Brain Shavings does.

Yale President Speaks

The Yale Eline today includes this from the President, finally speaking about the Special Programs at Yale under which the Yale Taliban got on campus.

Statement of Richard C. Levin regarding Yale's Special Student Programs

President Richard C. Levin '74 PhD has announced that a review of Yale's non-degree and degree-granting Special Student Programs has raised questions as to whether the programs' admissions practices have been consistent with the established criteria and the standard that should prevail for Yale. As a next step, Levin said he and the dean of Yale College will convene a subcommittee to define admissions criteria for the programs that are consistent with the high standards and moral purposes of a leading institution of higher learning.

He continues to say "Our review has raised questions whether the admissions practices of the non-degree Special Student Program have been consistent with the published criteria, let alone the standard that should prevail."

You can read the whole statement here.

It sounds as if they will ask the Taliban to go elsewhere, but this is Yale, however, so common sense may not apply.

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Chafee Going Down?

I certainly hope so. There is not much attention paid in California to Lincoln Chafee's re-election campaign in Rhode Island but he is symbolic of what is so wrong about with our Republican majority. Despite national support from Libby Dole's NRSC, it appears that local Republicans support actual Republicans.

Anchor Rising keeps a window open on politics in Rhode Island and calls attention to this from the Washington Post.

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Where are the No Nukes Crowd When You Need Them?

Which reminds me - where in the hell is the "No Nukes" crowd now that we finally need them. You young ones out there probably don’t remember this, but in the late 1970’s the Hollywood idiocracy settled on nuclear power as the ranking evil of the day. This was one debate Bruce Springsteen, Jane Fonda and Jackson Browne actually won. Much to our detriment, not a single nuclear power plant has been built stateside since Bruce was crooning against them.

Dean checks out the news and muses. Scroll down to April 14 but its all good.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

There is a Reason for Junk Science

It's government funding.

If you're a scientist working for private industry, it helps to invent something useful. But if you're a scientist trying to get funding from the government, you're better off telling the world how horrible things are.

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When Iran Nukes us, Don't forget to thank Jimmy

History takes a long time to unfold and by the time it does, everybody forgets who is responsible for the path we are on. In the case of Itan and its nuclear agenda, it is this guy.

This smug, self-righteous, control-freak, the 39th President of the United States. The man who drove the misery index to the stars. For those of you born too late too have experienced pehaps the worst four years in our country's history, I am Coyote has prepared a refresher.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A Better Idea

Since our own government seems incapable of acting to stop the invading hordes at the borders, Frank suggests we work on Mexico. We have been going about this all wrong.

Monday, April 10, 2006

This just in from France

France is struggling to reduce polygamy which has been illegal since 1993.

And is losing control of its schools..

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Why do Democrats want to inport poverty?

One question surrounding the current immigration debate is why Democrats, leftist activists have become so invested in maintaining a wage-depressing flow of immigrants into America. (It's pretty obvious why the Republican business class favors it).

A second question:

Where Were the Marxists for Open Borders when the Berlin Wall was Still Standing?

Some answers at Anchor Rising.

Junk Science

As the government and MSM worry us about running out of oil, global warming and, in my neighborhood, asbestos, take a breath and reveiw the top ten list of scare stories from the past.
The Top Ten are:

# Dioxin will kill you

# Cell phone-induced brain cancer

# Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) cause cancer

# Pesticides and PCBs disrupt hormones which cause bad things to happen

# Soot in ambient air causes tens of thousands of premature deaths every year

# Obesity statistics

# Bio-tech and genetic engineering

# PETA: Milk drinking makes for future felons

# Acrylamide in French fries will kill us all!

# Global Warming

Check out the details at Willisms.

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Illegals do not speak for Legals

Despite the Illegals Demonstrating all over the place, lets not forget the citizens who earned their right to be here. Just because you have a latin heritage doesn't mean that you condone invasion and demands for legality from the illegals.

Many Latinos fear being ostracized for their negative views of illegal immigrants, said Phoenix resident Frank Barrios, 64.

"There are a lot of Hispanics that are upset about the illegal just the same way as the Anglo population," said Barrios, a third-generation Mexican-American who traces his family's roots in Arizona to the 1870s. "That group is larger than many people would believe."

More here and here.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The Harry and Nancy Show

Introducing Operation Steel Gazelle A Smart, Multi-Slide Plan For Toughening American Security with Smartness. A tease:

HARRY: Don't worry Nancy - before we redeploy the soldiers out of Iraq, we will pass a tough new assault weapons ban in Iraq to keep these dangerous weapons out of the hands of civil war gangs. We will back it up with a roadside bomb amnesty program, and after-madrassa programs for at-risk insurgent youths.

NANCY: Sounds almost too, good to be, true. But there be must a catch!

Iowahawk has the rest.

A Tale of Two Immigrants

Polipundit tells the stories of Vikras and Oswaldo and their experiences working in the US.

Name the Author.

As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.

Alexis de Toqueville
posted by Laer. Prescient about Islam as about the US. I think I need to check out the book he is reading.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Mexican Flags

Here's another take on the students demonstrating with Mexican flags.

There’s another factor at play: youth. I remember the evolution of my political thinking in high school, the sense of awakening when I began to discover and embrace the beauty and riches of my Mexican heritage, and began to feel anger and resentment toward what I perceived to be injustices and prejudices against Mexicans in the U.S. In time, complications and nuances to ideas lead to more mature thinking.

Read the rest at LA Weekly.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

One Democrat sees Good News

Even though Democrats are missing opportunities while
The Republicans know better. They analyze, they scheme, they think things through, they act aggressively and ruthlessly, and thus they win.

The 'Good News' he sees is the splitering of the support for the President and the War on Terror - Iraq Front.
But in order to stop the Republican agenda, what does he recommend? Perhaps a Democrat position on the war. Not at all.

He recommends a campaign to end election fraud which he views as the only way Republicans win elections. Aha!, you think, finally Democrats will agree to requiring identification at the polling place. Perhaps they will also want to put more money into cleaning up voter registration lists. Well, you would be wrong.

The problem is
because GOP partisans build the unauditable machines, write the secret software, and count 80% of the votes, “the people’s will” at elections is essentially irrelevant. The election results are simply what the GOP wants them to be, as they were in 2000, 2002, and 2004, and as they will be again in 2006 – provided conditions remain essentially as they are now.

So now we know why Republicans win.