Monday, November 28, 2005

The "Fraud" of the 2004 Ohio Election

The Left has been agitated since the November 2004 elections with what they believe was a 'stolen' election in Ohio. They believe that GWB's cronies who make electronic voting machines rigged the election for Bush through fraudulantly compiled votes.

Silly, I know, and now a new analysis of the 2004 Ohio vote cited by The Mystery Pollster proves just how silly was the notion that the election was rigged.


Randy "Duke" Cunningham

Duke Cunningham has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to accept bribes and income tax evasion, and will resign from the US House of Representatives. The 63-year old former fighter pilot faces a possible 10-year prision sentence.


Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving to All

May your Thanksgiving be filled with laughter, joy, and happiness. Please remember also all those who have given the Ultimate Sacrifice to secure our freedom.

To further mark this day, here is George Washington's proclaimation of the first official Thanksgiving, in 1798:

"Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness."

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789."

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

White Phosphorus: Was it Used by US Forces in Iraq?

The short answer is "yes". But there is a longer answer as well. (San Diego) staff writer Darrin Mortenson, along with photojournalist Hayne Palmour, was embedded with a Marine unit involved in the aborted April, 2004 assault on Fallujah. His account of their use of "Willie Pete" is excellent, and discusses how was used when they were there.

(Don't forget to view excellent slide shows of their embed's in Iraq)

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Saturday, November 19, 2005

How Different Would the World be Were it Not for Talk Radio and the Blogosphere?

I'm one of those idiots who enjoyed watching the House debate last night the resolution to . What kind of a moron spends even a few minutes of his Friday evening watching C-Span? That's a subject for a different post, but while watching the debate I got to thinking how different would the world be today if there were no conservative voices being heard? What would the world be like if talk radio and the blogosphere were not around to counter the voices of the Left in the MSM?

For one thing, were it not for the Blogosphere and talk radio, . But let's look back on the war in Vietnam, which is another good example.

I was too young to have participated in Vietnam, but was something of a political "hack" even then in my youth. I followed politics, and remembered watching Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite report every day on how badly the war was going. Never was there any good news. The the as a victory for the North, when in fact it was a stunning victory for the South Vietnamese and the US. The MSM—and especially —got the story wrong, and this error ultimately led to the growing disillusionment of the American people toward the war. It cost LBJ his job, in that he chose not to seek re-election in 1968, and emboldened the North Vietnamese as they saw public support for the war erode. Richard Nixon won the presidential election that year, partly on the grounds that he would end the war. His former Defence Secretary, Melvin Laird, wrote an excellent article on the Vietnam war, his efforts to get the US out, and the . An important excerpt:

The truth about Vietnam that revisionist historians conveniently forget is that the United States had not lost when we withdrew in 1973. In fact, we grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory two years later when Congress cut off the funding for South Vietnam that had allowed it to continue to fight on its own. Over the four years of Nixon's first term, I had cautiously engineered the withdrawal of the majority of our forces while building up South Vietnam's ability to defend itself. My colleague and friend Henry Kissinger, meanwhile, had negotiated a viable agreement between North and South Vietnam, which was signed in January 1973. It allowed for the United States to withdraw completely its few remaining troops and for the United States and the Soviet Union to continue funding their respective allies in the war at a specified level. Each superpower was permitted to pay for replacement arms and equipment. Documents released from North Vietnamese historical files in recent years have proved that the Soviets violated the treaty from the moment the ink was dry, continuing to send more than $1 billion a year to Hanoi. The United States barely stuck to the allowed amount of military aid for two years, and that was a mere fraction of the Soviet contribution.
The fall of Saigon later in 1975 led directly to the deaths of millions of Vietnamese and Cambodians as the communists in the region were freed from interference by the forces of freedom and democracy.

How many lives could have been saved had the Blogosphere and talk radio been around in those days? How much differently would the world be today had the blogosphere and talk radio been around to challenge the lies of the Left? Would the MSM have been able to ignore the inconvenient facts asthey did in 1968? (And still do today!)

While I have always resisted comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, in this case The debate last night in the US House of Representatives brought this point into crystal clarity: The Left's strategy on Iraq is following the Vietnam model. They seek to undermine public support for the war in an attempt to gain political advantage. So far have been very successful in doing so, as public opinion polls clearly show waning support among the American people.

I hope we on the Right will remember the lessons from Vietnam, or I fear a bloodbath will ensue in the Middle East following our premature withdrawl and likely failure to fund Iraqi forces, just as a bloodbath ensued in southeast Asia following our failure to keep our word to the people of Vietnam.

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Friday, November 18, 2005

Withdrawl from Iraq Voted Down in the US House

The United State House of Representatives voted late tonight to defeat a Democratic effort to , 403-3.

May God bless the USA and our troops wherever they may be.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Iraq and WMD's

Wisbang links to a great post in FrontPage Magazine that reports an interview with former , who describes in great detail the elaborate deceptions by Iraq to hide their relentless pursuit of WMDs.

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Opinion Polls on How the Bush Administration is Handling the War in Iraq

So you've been listening to the MSM and the Left say that Iraq "posed no threat", or "had no WMD's", or maybe that "Bush Lied" about the pre-war intelligence to launch this 'illegal" war. Reading the polls, it seems like you're not alone.

63% of those polled disapproves of the way the war is being handled. But you also have to look at the question that was asked to gain the answer many gave: "Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation in Iraq?" That was the question posed by a recent . While I support the war, and continue to do so, but the way that question was formed, I might answer "disapprove". I wish the president would be MORE aggressive in dealing with the insurgents, and root them out. I suspect that a fair percentage of those polled agree with my view.

What's your's?

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Able Danger and the 9-11 Commission

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh writes in today's OpinionJournal (by the Wall Street Journal) a very interesting article about the the failures of the . Here is an excerpt:

"It was interesting to hear from the 9/11 Commission again on Tuesday. This self-perpetuating and privately funded group of lobbyists and lawyers has recently opined on hurricanes, nuclear weapons, the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and even the New York subway system. Now it offers yet another "report card" on the progress of the FBI and CIA in the war against terrorism, along with its "back-seat" take and some further unsolicited narrative about how things ought to be on the "front lines."

Yet this is also a good time for the country to make some assessments of the 9/11 Commission itself. Recent revelations from the military intelligence operation code-named "Able Danger" have cast light on a missed opportunity that could have potentially prevented 9/11. Specifically, Able Danger concluded in February 2000 that military experts had identified Mohamed Atta by name (and maybe photograph) as an al Qaeda agent operating in the U.S. Subsequently, military officers assigned to Able Danger were prevented from sharing this critical information with FBI agents, even though appointments had been made to do so. Why?

There are other questions that need answers. Was Able Danger intelligence provided to the 9/11 Commission prior to the finalization of its report, and, if so, why was it not explored? In sum, what did the 9/11 commissioners and their staff know about Able Danger and when did they know it?"
It is long past time to investigate this shameful disregard of the facts by the 9-11 Commission. Remember the infamous during the Clinton administration?

Previous posts on Able Danger:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Note to Readers

I recently changed my "comments and trackack" software, and in so doing have somehow lost previous comments. I am working to recover them, but in the meantime feel free to re-post any comments you feel need to be shown.

I apologize for this inconvenience.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Bush Lied! (Not!)

The Left's lies that the president and his administration "lied" about prewar intelligence on Iraq are beginning to unravel. Oh, how they wish the internet and bloggers didn't exist! All you need to do is "Google" the subject and you'll find page after page of clear and compelling evidence that virtually EVERYONE who had even tangential access to intelligence agreed prior to the Iraq war that Iraq was a threat, had and continued to pursue the acquisition and/or development of WMD's, and that regime change in Iraq was in the US, the Iraqi people's, and the world's best interests.

JunkYardBlog, guest-blogging on Michelle Malkin's blog, created the great graphic above to illustrate the search, and you can use this link to see the real search on Google.

You can see for yourself how clear the lies of the left are on this subject, but for reference here are some of my favorite examples:

President Bill Clinton's official statement at the signing of the "Iraq Liberation Act of 1998".

Sentor Hillary Clinton's Senate floor speech regarding the authorization for war in 2002.

Senator Carl Levin's floor speech in 1998 regarding Iraq and the threat of thir use of WMD's.

President Bill Clinton's speech to the nation in December, 1998 regarding the US-UK airstrikes on Iraq.

Mark Levin's NRO piece in July, 2003 regarding Iraq, President Clinton, the 1998 bombings, and WMD's.

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Bush's Veteran's Day Speech **UPDATE**

**UPDATE** Michelle Malkin links today to Indepundit and Powerline who have similar posts to this subject. Their takes refer to the pathetic Democrats and their tired response to the president's speech on Friday.
During his yesterday, president George W. Bush yesterday finally shot back at his critics over the origins and reasons for going to war in Iraq. Like many, I have remain in strong support of the war and our aims there, and have been watching incredulously as the Left keeps telling the Big Lie over and over about how GWB "lied" about WMD's to get us to go to war. There is not a shred of evidence to support that contention, as the found.

It has truely been amazing to watch the Left transform from fairly strong support of the war, to now actually trying to claim that they were always against it, and 'knew Bush was lying' about WMD's. The more the tell this lie, the more they convince themselves that it's true. But it isn't, of course.

If anyone is lying about the war or why we went to Iraq, it's the Left. Senator Ted Kennedy, for example, issued a last Thursday, November 10th, 2005, regarding the intelligence on the threat that pre-war Iraq posed, wherein he said:

"150,000 American troops are bogged down in a quagmire in Iraq because the Bush Administration misrepresented and distorted the intelligence to justify a war that America never should have fought.

As we know all too well, Iraq was not an imminent threat. It had no nuclear weapons. It had no persuasive links to Al Qaeda, no connection to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, and no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

But the President wrongly and repeatedly insisted that it was too dangerous to ignore the weapons of mass destruction in the hands of Saddam Hussein, and his ties to Al Qaeda."
Compare those words with these that on the same subject:

"No one disputes that America has lasting and important interests in the Persian Gulf, or that Iraq poses a significant challenge to U.S. interests. There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein's regime is a serious danger, that he is a tyrant, and that his pursuit of lethal weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated. He must be disarmed."
While Senator Kennedy went on in that 2002 speech to argue and later to vote against war with Iraq, he certainly agreed—as did virtually everyone with access to the intelligence—that Iraq possessed and continued to pursue the development of WMD's. To deny that position now is ludicrous.

This is but one of many examples that I could cite, as the public record is rich with similar contradictive statements by the Left.

Finally, Bill Kristol writes an excellent article today in the regarding the President's Veteran's Day speech.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Veteran's Day

To all those who have served their country in the armed forces: Thank you for your service and your sacrifice, and may God bless you and your families.

I know of no one who likes war. I know of no one who wants US armed forces to be engaged in armed conflicts. Everyone I know hopes that our troops can come home very soon. Many of us hold these views and yet we also support the president's decision to go to war in Iraq, and continue to support the efforts underway to complete the mission. Many on the Left claim to support the troops but not the war. Is it possible to do both? I don't think so.

For those most vociferously object to the War in Iraq, their idea of "supporting the troops" appears to mean 'bring them home immediately, then muster them ALL out of service and dismantle all but a tiny core of our military forces.' They don't really support the troops, of course, but many of them learned their lesson from the horrible way the Left treated the returning veterans from Vietnam. They still fee the same way as they did then, they've just gotten smarter about expressing it.

Let's face it, they hate the military, they hate everyone who serves in the military, and they hate everything that the military stands for. They hate the money spent on the military, and think it could be better spent on the poor, the homeless, and downtrodden. My view is that without the freedom that the threat of military force to our enemies provides us all, we'd have many more poor, many more homeless, and many more downtrodden.

Thank you again to all veterans everywhere.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

California Election Results

As I went to bed last Tuesday night, it looked like Prop's 73 and 75 would pass, and possibly 74. Props 76 through 80 appeared to be heading for a resounding defeat. When I awoke on Wednesday morning, I was surprised to see that .

This blog, like the Governor, endorsed Prop's 74 through 77, and did not support 73, 78, 79, nor 80, so to look on the bright side, I batted .500 in the election! But seriously, I am disappointed that 74, 75, 76, and 77 were defeated, but if that is the will of the people then I support and accept their decision.

I am not too surprised that 74 through 76 lost, since all directly affected unions, and they spent something like $100 million to defeat them. 76 was the most important of those three, as it would have helped smooth-out spending. The only problem with it, and part that concerned me (and likely was it's ultimate downfall) was it's potential to reduce school funding. It didn't specifically do that, and if the legislature and the governor agreed, funding could go UP, but the minimum school funding guarantees of Prop 98, passed by the voters in 1988.

State spending will still have to be addressed, and only time will tell how the governor and the legislature will figure it out. For those of us who want to see spending brought more in line with revenues, we will have to stay on top of this issue and 'hold their feet to the fire' on spending.

I am mostly disappointed by the defeat of Prop 77, the proposition to change how legislative districts are drawn. Those in power—mainly the entrenched political parties—. They ran TV ads that were false and misleading at best, claiming that 77 was a "power grab" and would take the power from the people and give it to retired (white male) judges. Nothing could be further from the truth, and unfortunately, they won.

As I have laid out in previous posts, , and the vote on 77 is the best evidence that our current system is broken. Based on the radical proposal laid out in that post (above), perhaps 77 should have been structured differently. Maybe instead of a three-member panel of retired judges, a pool of average citizens could have been assembled to draw up legislative districts. The guidelines for drawing districts laid out in 77 could still be used, and the final plan would still go to a vote of the people.

Would the power structure in Sacramento fight this proposal? I am sure they will. But the only way to return power to the people is to break the grip of centralized power and control on elections, and the only way to do that is by changing how——and most importantly WHO——draws up legislative districts.

If you have a better idea, please add your comments.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

The Pinnacle of Foolishness

The North County Times (of San Diego county) has one of the best 'letters' pages of any paper I have ever read. There is usually a good selection of intelligently written letters from both sides of the political spectrum, but yesterday the "moonbats" of the Left were so far out of touch with reality that I just had to reprint the highlights for your reading enjoyment:

"Libby, as the alter ego of the vice president, is probably one of the five most powerful individuals in the regime that occupies the Oval Office. Libby was one of the authors of the 48-page draft speech prepared in January 2003 that was intended to make Bush/Cheney's case for the illegal war in Iraq before the United Nations. Fortunately, most of its contents were cast aside because many of the document's claims related to Iraq were exaggerated and unwarranted or, better put, lies.

Any thinking individual knows that the outing of an intelligence agent, thus risking that individual's life is an act of treason, and when Cheney takes the stand in Libby's trial. he either lies or America will begin to understand the scope of the dishonesty of these men."


"This administration has been consistently wrong about everything and a running joke since Scalia cast the tie-breaking vote in the rigged election back in 2000. If our Congress wasn't as thoroughly incompetent and corrupt as Dubya himself, and doing its job rather than simply obeying the orders of their corporate bosses, they would have impeached him at least twice by now."


"Millions of Muslims are being trained and armed to kill the infidels in Iraq and other countries. The facts are Bush intended to invade Iraq months before 9/11; Iraq had no WMDs; there were no terrorists in Iraq before Bush invaded. Extremists don't take miles and miles of territory. Their sole goal is to bring death and destruction to non-Islamic people."


"President Clinton was indicted for lying about sex. Nixon resigned mostly due to a third-rate burglary. Drunk with power, Bush and his cabal of neocons have lied to the nation and the world about Iraq having nonexistent nuclear weapons.

Approximately 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians have been killed as a result of this administration's aggression. Over 2,000 of our soldiers are dying for wealthy corporations and other special-interest groups.

It's time to clean house. The vice president should resign. Everyone involved should be punished to the full extent of the law. Yes, that means you too, President Bush. Support our troops by bringing them home."


"It's long overdue for those involved in the long line of White House deceptions and cover-ups to start to be brought to justice. Leading up to the Iraq war, Cheney spoke before the Veterans of Foreign War declaring, "There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction, and there is no doubt that he is amassing them to use on us."

In his State of the Union address Bush pontificated, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Colin Powell went before the U.N. with satellite photos purportedly showing mobile biological weapons labs and unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering biological or chemical weapons. All these statements were false. And all these statements took us to war.

So why would Bush and Cheney's point men want to discredit Joe Wilson and blow his wife's cover as a CIA agent? Apparently part of the war on terrorism includes destroying the reputation or lives of American citizens who don't espouse this administration's lies. Aren't we as citizens of the country considered the beacon of democracy supposed to tell and be told the truth? When did we become the bully telling lies to support needless killing and chaos?"


"Treason and lying us into war are serious crimes. Why are so many saying it's nothing? Do they think they can sweep so many dead under the rug? If guilty, everyone trying to cover up should all be in jail."


"Throughout life we are taught by our parents and society in general that when you do something wrong, your best chance is to confess and humble yourself to the fitting consequence. Why does our government remain so childish? We have moved passed the "if" they lied to the "when" they lied and now we all want to know "why" they lied.

Two thousand-plus troops have already died. Has our government looked into the mirror and admitted its greed? Not yet. The adult eyes of our country remain fixed upon the actions of our childlike president.

Will he act as our elected leader, as most of our other presidents have, by ridding the administration of cheats and thieves? Or will he remain proudly arrogant? What do you think?"


"On Oct. 30 we saw the tip of the iceberg of vicious and possibly criminal White House efforts to silence Americans, liberal or conservative, regardless of faith or party, who questioned the president's reasons for going to war in Iraq. His supporters have already begun to trivialize the indictments and attack the opposition in order to deflect attention away from the fact that the president, not Mr. Scooter Libby, is ultimately responsible for the cover-up.

They will fail because there is now undeniable evidence that the administration knew there were no weapons of mass destruction when the decision to invade Iraq was made and that officials used McCarthyism tactics to intimidate and silence anyone who said otherwise. In the wake of these troubling disclosures, we must speak up and not allow ourselves to be fooled or intimidated by the president or his attack dogs ever again."


"The indictment of Scooter Libby last week should be seen as the tip of a vast iceberg that needs to be explored. The facts that have come out of this investigation are frightening and require a closer look. It seems the president and his staff deliberately used lies and deception to sell the idea of war in Iraq to the American people and the world.

Two thousand American families have suffered a devastating loss of a son, a daughter, a father, or a mother because our president and his staff lied to us. In Bush's 2003 State of the Union address, he claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and had tried to purchase uranium from Niger. It now appears he knew these statements were false when he said them, but he was so bent on selling this war, the truth was secondary.

The American people deserve the truth. We need to call for a congressional investigation into the lies that brought us to war, and if it turns out that the president ordered or had knowledge of this campaign of deception, he should be impeached."


"Watching this latest White House scandal unfold, I find it hard to believe that I am not reading a John Grisham novel. But this is not fiction. This is our very own government, and this is very, very real.

I am appalled at the callousness of these men who have put so many lives at risk, from CIA operatives to young American soldiers, by lying to the American public in furtherance of their own misguided agendas. As the White House attempts to minimize the significance of the indictment of Scooter Libby, the American people must stand up and refuse to accept continued lies and cover-ups. Our future as individuals and as a nation relies upon men and women of integrity being at the helm. How do we explain to our children that they cannot trust their government?"


"Vice President Cheney's chief of staff was charged with obstructing an investigation into the White House cover-up of the lies that led our nation to war in Iraq. Two senior White House officials outed CIA operative Valerie Plame as punishment for her husband's revelations about the administration's Iraq lies.

Karl Rove and Scooter Libby were part of the White House Iraq group. This secretive team operated out of Cheney's office and was formed to sell the case for war. In 2002, Joe Wilson was sent by the CIA to Niger to investigate if Iraq was trying to buy nuclear materials. He discovered those claims were a lie. He told the CIA, and they told the White House.

Bush made the discredited claim in his 2003 State of the Union address as he made the case for war. Nuclear threat was key to selling war.

The American people must know the truth about the indictment. The American people must know that Libby's indictment is about the White House cover-up of the lies that led our nation to war in Iraq. Bush must clean house. We will not be able to trust our government until every one of the White House officials who conspired to mislead the American public into war with Iraq are out of the administration."


"I am a lifelong Democrat who voted Republican once in my life. I will never do that again, unless it is the right person. I do not trust the Bush administration. I don't think they have the people of this great country first on their minds. It seems to be a greedy bunch up there on the Hill.

They are standing there feeding us a line of stuff right to our faces, hoping we will be good little citizens and believe it. I cringe at the fact that they will be there for the next three and a half years. Dick Cheney has got to be the most evil man in America. The things he is allowed to get away with keep adding up. Oh, I do love this country, but I pray for an awakening."


"Except in cases of treason, I am absolutely opposed to the death penalty. I believe Lewis Libby, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney committed treason by divulging the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame to the public.

After they have received the fair trial and due process they are accorded by our Constitution, and if they are found guilty, these traitors should be shot -- and then stood up and shot again."


"I have been a supporter of President Bush, but he has taken a wrong turn in regard to Libby and Karl Rove. This has become a cover-up and a very big waste of time for the FBI and special prosecutor. Both Libby and Rove should have come forward when the investigation began. Now Karl Rove must go."


"The reason we have not had any refineries built in the past 30 years is because there was no need and/or the oil companies did not want any competition. For the last 30 years the oil companies have supplied oil and gas for an ever-expanding population, and the demand has steadily increased as the population grew.

The demand grows as the population grows, and few variations except in time of a staged war, which requires more fuel. Have you ever seen a report about the amount of oil products produced for a month or a year? The answer is no because they don't want you to know what the production rate is and they do not want to publish the maximum amount of oil products they can produce. If you don't know, then they can use the demand argument and no one can dispute the argument, and raise prices as much as they would like, which is what has happened over the past years.

Don't forget who controls the market -- the oilmen in Washington and Big Oil that helps put them in office. The profits are astronomical."


"People are not voting, as the voting system lacks credibility. A single, universal system where all votes are counted, not discarded on technical reasons, must be found.

Mail-in voting by reregistered voters in the two weeks prior to the date would provide time for the registrar of voters to verify each vote by comparing it to the registration. All voting should be stopped at a single time in all time zones and results held confidential until all verification has been completed. This would do away with the confusion at the polling place.

Bush and his administration must be held accountable for their actions by impeachment proceedings, as the war on Iraq was based only on speculation, contrary to our own investigations that had concluded there was no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, as well as the United Nations'.

The war has caused thousands of deaths and injury, wasted large amounts of taxpayer money and caused this government and its citizens to be held in disrepute by many residents of other countries, as we are reminded daily by the media."

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Saturday, November 05, 2005

California Proposition 75: Public Employee Union Member's Dues for Political Campaigns **UPDATE #2

Despite what the Unions say about members and non-members ability to "opt-out" of the union's fees for political campaigns, a federal judge on Friday ruled that and non-members to pay against their will fees to be used for political purposes. Irronically, this lawsuit is aimed at Prop 75!

VOTE YES on 75!

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Blog Round Up

I thought I'd post some quick links to articles I saw today that interested me.

Relating to my earlier post on and how the Left seems to want to use the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby to forwrad their anti-war, impeach Bush agenda:

  • has a very interesting article by Allan H. Ryskind.
  • Powerline has a great post that also questions the strategy of the Left on this issue.
  • The Anchoress has an interesting post on the Joe Wilson angle of Plamegate.
  • has a great article on the pre-war intelligence aspects of Plamegate, and how the Democrats have bungled their "strategy".

Friday, November 04, 2005

California Special Election: Statewide Ballot Recommendation Wrap-Up ***UPDATE***

**UPDATE** Here is a link to the .

Next Tuesday voters in California go to the polls in a special election to decide the fate of many important propositions, several of which are part of Governor Schwartzenneger's reform plan. I have spent the last couple of weeks reviewing these propositions in detail and will today summarise my positions on each of them.

I'll be voting NO on , , and I urge everyone who will be voting next week to do the same.

I'll be voting YES on , , , and , and again, strongly urge likewise votes by all Californian's.

Follow the links to my original posts for background and analysis.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

"Plamegate" Update

Some very interesting developments in the "" situation. Of course you already know that the 2-year investigation into the "outing" of CIA agent Valerie Plame by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has concluded, with criminal indictments being returned against Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice president's Chief of Staff.

It is important to note, however, that the investigation did not turn up any evidence that any crime was committed in the leak of Valerie Plame's name as a CIA operative, only that Mr. Libby lied to the grand jury during the investigation. Even more important is the fact that Karl Rove, chief political strategist for president Bush (and hated even more by the Left than the president) was NOT and will not be indicted for anything related to this episode.

The lack of an indictment against Rove has sent the Left into a complete meltdown, as it is now clear that they anticipated that this would be the first of many pieces to fall which would bring down the Bush administration. In their zeal, they even came up with a name for it: (like Christmas). Reading that last link you will see how the Left was so excited about "Fitzmas" that they almost couldn't contain themselves; like a child waiting out those last few days before Christmas.

But with "Fitzmas" having come and gone without the present the Left so desperately but confidently 'just knew' they would receive, they have begun to once again spin off their already unsteady axis. They forced a in a crazy stunt to "force an investigation" into pre-war intelligence and how it may have been "manipulated" by the Bush administration. This was probably planned in the run up to "Fitzmas", intended as the first salvo in their post-"Fitzmas" assault on the Bush administration. The lack of an indictment against Rove, however, threw a huge and very inconvenient 'wrench in the works'.

And as alluded to in the opening line of this post, a completely different picture is beginning to emerge in this affair. Instead of Bush, Rove, and Cheney as the conspirators, Valerie Plame herself and those within the CIA who are ideologically opposed to the Bush administration are looking more and more like the real culprits. This picture is certainly not one of my making, but the blogosphere and even the MSM to some extent have formulated this new theory on these events.

, and quotes an article in today's Wall Street Journal by Victoria Toensing on this issue"

• First: The CIA sent her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, to Niger on a sensitive mission regarding WMD. He was to determine whether Iraq had attempted to purchase yellowcake, an essential ingredient for nonconventional weapons. However, it was Ms. Plame, not Mr. Wilson, who was the WMD expert. Moreover, Mr. Wilson had no intelligence background, was never a senior person in Niger when he was in the State Department, and was opposed to the administration's Iraq policy. The assignment was given, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee, at Ms. Plame's suggestion.

• Second: Mr. Wilson was not required to sign a confidentiality agreement, a mandatory act for the rest of us who either carry out any similar CIA assignment or who represent CIA clients.

• Third: When he returned from Niger, Mr. Wilson was not required to write a report, but rather merely to provide an oral briefing. That information was not sent to the White House. If this mission to Niger were so important, wouldn't a competent intelligence agency want a thoughtful written assessment from the "missionary," if for no other reason than to establish a record to refute any subsequent misrepresentation of that assessment? Because it was the vice president who initially inquired about Niger and the yellowcake (although he had nothing to do with Mr. Wilson being sent), it is curious that neither his office nor the president's were privy to the fruits of Mr. Wilson's oral report.

• Fourth: Although Mr. Wilson did not have to write even one word for the agency that sent him on the mission at taxpayer's expense, over a year later he was permitted to tell all about this sensitive assignment in the New York Times. For the rest of us, writing about such an assignment would mean we'd have to bring our proposed op-ed before the CIA's Prepublication Review Board and spend countless hours arguing over every word to be published. Congressional oversight committees should want to know who at the CIA permitted the publication of the article, which, it has been reported, did not jibe with the thrust of Mr. Wilson's oral briefing. For starters, if the piece had been properly vetted at the CIA, someone should have known that the agency never briefed the vice president on the trip, as claimed by Mr. Wilson in his op-ed.

• Fifth: More important than the inaccuracies is the fact that, if the CIA truly, truly, truly had wanted Ms. Plame's identity to be secret, it never would have permitted her spouse to write the op-ed. Did no one at Langley think that her identity could be compromised if her spouse wrote a piece discussing a foreign mission about a volatile political issue that focused on her expertise? The obvious question a sophisticated journalist such as Mr. Novak asked after "Why did the CIA send Wilson?" was "Who is Wilson?" After being told by a still-unnamed administration source that Mr. Wilson's "wife" suggested him for the assignment, Mr. Novak went to Who's Who, which reveals "Valerie Plame" as Mr. Wilson's spouse.

• Sixth: CIA incompetence did not end there. When Mr. Novak called the agency to verify Ms. Plame's employment, it not only did so, but failed to go beyond the perfunctory request not to publish. Every experienced Washington journalist knows that when the CIA really does not want something public, there are serious requests from the top, usually the director. Only the press office talked to Mr. Novak.

• Seventh: Although high-ranking Justice Department officials are prohibited from political activity, the CIA had no problem permitting its deep cover or classified employee from making political contributions under the name "Wilson, Valerie E.," information publicly available at the FEC.

Toensing concludes:

The CIA conduct in this matter is either a brilliant covert action against the White House or inept intelligence tradecraft. It is up to Congress to decide which.
on this new theory, and frankly the idea of a rogue CIA operation run specifically to undermine and potentially bring down the executive branch is very disturbingly treasonous.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

California Special Election: Statewide Ballot Recommendation Wrap-Up

Next Tuesday voters in California go to the polls in a special election to decide the fate of many important propositions, several of which are part of Governor Schwartzenneger's reform plan. I have spent the last couple of weeks reviewing these propositions in detail and will today summarise my positions on each of them.

I'll be voting NO on , , and I urge everyone who will be voting next week to do the same.

I'll be voting YES on , , , and , and again, strongly urge likewise votes by all Californian's.

Follow the links to my original posts for background and analysis.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

California Proposition 73: Parental Notification PRIOR to Abortion

is another ballot measure that Californians will be voting on next Tuesday. If passed, this proposition would amend the California constitution to require doctors to notify an "unemancipated minor's" parents at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on that minor. Notification is the only requirement; this measure does not require the doctor to obtain the minor's parent's permission for the abortion to take place.

This proposition was the most difficult for me to come to a decision on, but as a libertarian-leaning Republican, I have to err on the side of less government and urge a NO vote on Prop 73. On the one hand, I strongly support the right of parents to make decisions——especially a decision as important as ending a pregnancy—for their minor children. On the other, I don't like government getting too involved in healthcare and decisions that rightfully belong to individuals and their doctors alone.

I am confident that those who are strongly in favor of Prop 73 are probably the ones who least need its protection, as they likely have family relationships that have an excellent support system. However, there are many families who do not have healthy relationships between parents and children, and THEY are much more likely to need protection from the potentially violent reaction of parents upon learning that their daughter seeks an abortion.

I also understand the strong feelings on both sides of the abortion debate, and have . The upcoming debate over the nomination of appellate judge Alito to the US Supreme Court will further highlight this debate, and I will post again on this very important and yet very personal debate.

Until then, I strongly urge a NO vote on Prop 73.

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