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SIGN OF THE TIMES: POLITICAL CORRECTNESS RULES THE BORING NEW YORK TIMES

What can be more important than covering the news, fairly and accurately? Or if you are the "left-leaning" New York Times, bashing the current Administration and demonizing both President Bush and Vice President Cheney? What could possibly be more important that demonstrating your continued relevance and stopping the audience erosion which continues to plague each of your features and the newspaper in general.

The answer, at least for the New York Times, must be, "Political Correctness" and the urge to seek out those who may, in a fit of anger or pique, call someone an unkind word: in fact, what might be perceived by some, a sexual slur.

According to the infinitely more interesting New York Post and their Page Six gossip column, we learn that a "masthead" editor allegedly called someone a "banned name" at a  party which was described as "raucous" and "well-lubricated." STOP THE PRESSES -- WE NEED TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION!

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ATTENTION FOREIGN SPIES: HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR NEW YORK TIMES SUBSCRIPTION -- YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO MISS OUR "CLASSIFIED" REPORT FEATURES

Am I the only one wondering why information regarding a "classified" report is being prominently featured in a New York Times article?  Or who are the "American officials" who leaked the plan before its formal presentation? Or is this "plan" a press release designed to reassure those in Iraq that we have not abandoned them? Or do we have a modern Daniel Elsberg-type leaker somewhere in the government?

Personally, I get very nervous thinking that classified reports containing desired outcomes, with or without operational details, should not be published in a general circulation newspaper. I am funny that way. Considering the tenacity of the Bush Administration keeping things secret from Congress, one wonders if this matter is actually an Administration joke or a plant to catch a spy? In any event these types of newspaper accounts makes me think that all is not well in the government.

July 24, 2007

U.S. Seen in Iraq Until at Least ’09

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

BAGHDAD, July 23 — While Washington is mired in political debate over the future of Iraq, the American command here has prepared a detailed plan that foresees a significant American role for the next two years.

The classified plan, which represents the coordinated strategy of the top American commander and the American ambassador, calls for restoring security in local areas, including Baghdad, by the summer of 2008. “Sustainable security” is to be established on a nationwide basis by the summer of 2009, according to American officials familiar with the document.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



JUST ASKING: ARE WE REPLACING NAVY SEALS WITH ADMINISTRATION BANKERS?

Once again, I am confused by our IRAQ policy. Under the present Administration, Donald Rumsfeld laid out a defense department strategy that called for a light, mobile attack force that could respond to supply overt and covert counterinsurgency support anywhere, anytime. The center piece of this plan was to be the United States Special Forces operating under SOCOM (United States Special Operations COMmand) operating from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Composed of "Special Operators" such as the Navy Seals, Army Green Berets and other elite units backed with an extensive support team, these were the "GO TO" guys for everything from "snatch and grab" to causing serious mayhem in enemy camps.

Now with Rummy gone and a new commander taking over SOCOM, rumors regarding a de-emphasis on commando-like raids featuring SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) activities and increasing attention on new plans for winning the hearts and minds of those civilians trapped in hostile territories are beginning to circulate. Also new strategies which are said to rely on "checkbook" warfare: increasing bounties on so-called "bad actors," supporting surrogate opposition troops with money and additional material (e.g. guns and butter), and supporting the build-out of defensible critical infrastructure which improves the living conditions of the non-combatants. That it to say, there will still be "direct action" as required, but it is thought, by the powers that be, that it will be "indirect action" that will prove to be decisive in reaching United States goals and objectives.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



BLOOMBERG: JUST ANOTHER RICH LIBERAL HYPOCRITE FLYING ABOVE IT ALL?

In a widely distributed press release, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was quick to jump on the global warming bandwagon and claim that...

"New York has always been a leader in forward thinking public policies, and by undertaking the most comprehensive, detailed inventory of greenhouse gas emissions in US history, and establishing a very clear target for reductions, we will lead by example in fighting global warming.  We look forward to discussing these issues with mayors from around the world here next month," said Mayor Bloomberg.  "You can no longer deny the science and bury your head in the sand - climate change is real, and by looking at where and how we are contributing to that problem, we can identify how to reduce our emissions and create a better future for our children and grandchildren."

If you're serious, prove it...

If Mayor Bloomberg were serious about controlling carbon dioxide emissions and pollution in general, he would simply allow the 30th Street Heliport to close. After all, with New York's highly touted public transit system, so beloved by the Mayor, one should be willing to give up those stinky, polluting choppers which also present a clear and present crash danger to high-rise buildings.

Of course it might further enrage his fellow moguls Donald Trump, NBC Chairman/CEO Bob Wright, American Idol owner Robert F.X. Sillerman and a host of other Manhattan Big Shots who are fighting against the environmentalists who are trying to shut down the heliport.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE CARBON OFFSET TRADING SCHEME IS PERVASIVE -- AND APPARENTLY EVEN THE OIL COMPANIES FEAR POLITICAL RETRIBUTION SHOULD THEY QUESTION THE UNDERLYING SCIENTIFIC ASSUMPTIONS

As a response to a question posed by the Secretary of the Department of Energy, the National Petroleum Council has produced as massive 422-page draft report on  "Facing the Hard Truths about Energy: A comprehensive view to 2030 of global oil and natural gas." Compiled by 350 experts and more than 1,000 participants involved in all phases of energy production, the report references and reinforces the legitimacy of carbon offset trading.

While these are people who must be sensitive to the political needs of those who control the regulators of their industry, this failure to study and/or recognize the futility of managing carbon dioxide emissions will result in billions of dollars of wasted overhead, including the design, build-out and operation of useless facilities that do nothing to move the United States to a position of energy independence.

In fact, this very report claims that the United States cannot achieve energy independence in the foreseeable future and energy independence is actually undesirable as it may upset our international trading partners. Thus, it seems, our great nation is forever doomed to deal with the geopolitical machinations of the oil producing and exporting countries, and those whose wealth is bound to oil exploration, recovery, refining, transportation and marketing. Yes, the very people

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



WILL THE SUPREME COURT BE AFRAID TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION?

As much as Hurricane Katrina highlighted the shameful performance of the government at local, state and federal levels, there has been little mention of the fact that the New Orleans' Police Department, in an unlawful and unconstitutional manner, illegally confiscated the legal, registered weapons of legal, law-abiding citizens who had done nothing more sinister than possess the weapons in their own homes. Considering that this was the same police force whose members displayed extreme cowardice during the emergency and simply fled their duties and the jurisdiction, I wonder exactly what protection the police were planning to provide when law and order ceased to exist? There are some who believe that the police were responding to orders from the city's administration to confiscate the weapons to encourage those who wanted to protect their lives and property to leave New Orleans during a city-wide evacuation.

As egregious as this New Orleans behavior has been, it is rivaled by the officials in the District of Columbia who, for years, have denied its citizens the right to protective arms.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



ARNOLD SHOULD BE TERMINATED: RINO SIDES WITH DEMOCRATS IN PURSUING PASSAGE OF "BAD BUDGET"

In spite of his protestations that "he is so rich that he does not have to be beholden to the special interests" and that "We need to live within our means," the RINO (Republican In Name Only) once again followed his core belief, "Don't do as I do; do as I say" and urged fellow Republicans to pass a California budget with disastrous consequences.

The Governor had the temerity to release the following press release ...

“The budget passed by the Assembly is a budget the people of California can be proud of. It takes the operating deficit down to $700 million – and more after I use my blue pencil authority.  The legislature has done a magnificent job through these tough negotiations by getting the deficit down from the May Revision.  This budget moves the reserve up to $3.4 billion and makes tremendous investments in law enforcement and education.

“Bringing the operating deficit to zero this year would mean a cut to the education budget.  The question now is whether we cut education funding and I don’t think that’s what the people of California want.  I will not cut education.”

Like most democrats and liberals, the Governor is willing to say almost anything even if it contradicts the facts. As an example, lets look at a few items that were provided by one of the few, and perhaps the only, honest man in California politics, Tom McClintock (once the Governor's running mate for Lieutenant Governor until he was denied the logistical support he needed to win.)

"'The May Revision continues the Governor’s commitment to restraining the growth in spending, pre-paying debt, eliminating the net operating deficit, not raising taxes and maintaining an adequate reserve.' Or so says the introductory paragraph of the Governor’s updated budget plan."

"'Restraining the growth in spending?' When the Governor took office, Gray Davis was spending $78.3 billion from the general fund. The May revision 'restrains' spending to just under $103.8 billion, an increase of 32.6%."

"'Eliminating the net operating deficit?' When the Governor took office in 2003, the general fund was bleeding $1.6 billion in red ink. Under Schwarzenegger’s May budget revision, it will rack up a $2.5 billion deficit, and according to the LAO, $5 billion more the following year. Put another way, in five years, Davis accumulated a combined deficit of $4.2 billion and Schwarzenegger is on track during his first five years to put us under by $10 billion."

“'Maintaining an adequate reserve?' Thanks to massive state borrowing in 2004 and revenue windfalls in 2005 and 2006, we began the 2006-07 budget year with $10.5 billion in the bank (and nearly $10 billion in credit card debt). Instead of using the money in the bank to pay off the credit card, the Governor will have blown through all but $2.2 billion of it with the May revision. That’s the 'adequate reserve.'"

"And the Legislative Analyst’s Office has just added a sour post-script: the actual 'adequate reserve' will be closer to $500 million – meaning that a $10 billion nest egg will have been squandered in just 24 months. And the 2008 budget will begin in a $5 billion hole."

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



THE FOUR MOST DANGEROUS TRENDS IN AMERICA TODAY

America seems to be rapidly deteriorating into an unrecognizable morass of special privileges and self-dealing -- all to the detriment of the Americans who are responsible for electing honest and ethical leaders. Here are the four trends which I regard as being dangerous to the American way of life as we currently know it.

"Executive Privilege" While I can understand the legal foundation of the separation of powers, what I cannot understand is the need to claim that everything that the Administration does or discusses is a matter of "executive privilege." A claim which precludes disclosure and examination of the Administration's actions by members of the legislative and judicial branches of government. Perhaps this is due to the rabid partisanship that now is corrosively eating away and American politics. Where normal political events, such as the replacement of administration appointees is morphed into a "sinister criminal cabal" by the opposition party. Where the power of legislative committees to investigate anybody and

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



JUDGING THE CANDIDATES

The actual positions of the 2008 candidates are so muddled by the rabidly partisan debate where charges, counter-charges and counter-counter-charges are thrown into the ether with such impunity as to make them worthless. What we need is a good old-fashioned checklist. Let us start with the basics.

Personal Characteristics...

"Energy." Without energy, and its cohort "enthusiasm," you have a dull lifeless shell who will not be able to motivate either the people or the other politicians in assisting you in problem solving.

"Vision." Without a destination, any path will suffice to allow you to demonstrate action.

"Courage." The courage to face criticism and learn. The courage to act boldly and undertake feats deemed impossible by others.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



JON KYL CONTINUES TO HOLD FREEDOM HOSTAGE -- WHAT IS KYL'S MASTER HIDING?

What is Jon Kyl's problem. First he attempted to help push the McCain/Kennedy/Bush bill through the Senate, a bill which would have drastically changed America's culture, healthcare, education and retirement benefits. At that time we asked, "JON KYL -- IS THIS ONE MAN TRYING TO WRECK AMERICA?"

You may be asking yourself, who the hell is Jon Kyl and why is he trying to single-handedly wreck America?

It was bad enough that this misguided Arizona Republican sought to sell-out American values when he switched from fighting illegal immigration to partnering with Ted Kennedy and the Administration in their attempt to grant amnesty to 12 - 20 million illegal aliens -- all while promising procedural safeguards that may never be implemented.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell