The Squirrels Return
"Listen to your enemies, they will tell you your faults." - Ben Franklin
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because the slow squirrel is left on the road...
"Listen to your enemies, they will tell you your faults." - Ben Franklin
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Meanwhile, Senate Democrats emphasized the need for Republican cooperation.
"We really need bipartisanship," said incoming Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who helped lead the filibusters of President Bush's judicial nominees.
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Since election day, drug stocks have gotten clobbered. Pfizer, Wyeth, Eli Lilly and Novartis have tumbled 5% or more; GlaxoSmithKline, Merck and Johnson and Johnson are down 4% or more; and Bristol-Myers Squibb is down 3.5%.
Add it up, and you’ve got nearly $50 billion in market value wiped out by Democratic victories.
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Monday, November 13, 2006
Banning BB Guns
You might think that Massachusetts can't become any more anti-gun.
Well, think again. Now there's a proposal to ban BB guns in Massachusetts. Complete with a BB gun amnesty period. And a BB gun buyback program.
Millions of kids have grown up with BB and pellet guns. I don't know of any that were turned into criminals by their Daisy Red Ryder BB gun.
But that doesn't matter to the politicians in Massachusetts. They think BB guns are bad, and they want them outlawed.
In fact, these politicians not only plan to ban BB guns in Massachusetts, they're sending letters to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island to ask those states to do the same.
In the words of one of these anti-gun politicians, their goal is to make "New England an area free of pellet guns and BB guns."
'Scuse me, but isn't Massachusetts the same home state of some of the bravest patriots to fight in the Revolutionary War? Paul Revere must be rolling over in his grave right now.
In Massachusetts, they've gone from the cradle of liberty to a state that treats its residents like children.
"I feel liberated... I no longer have to carry the water for people who don't deserve it."I couldn't agree more. With some remarkable exceptions, the vast majority of those that lost their seats did so because they simply didn't listen to the people.
1. Speaker Hastert stepped down as Majority (now Minority) Leader on Wednesday and Majority Whip Boehner with him. We need to support real conservatives for these posts. In that vein, I support Mike Pence for Leader and John Shadegg for Whip. These are the men who, had they been elected leaders last year, may have been able to stop the tide.
2. Ken Mehlman has done a really good job as Chairman of the RNC. As Chairman he is directly responsible and did the right thing by resigning. In his place I support two different candidates. One is Newt Gingrich. Mr. Gingrich was the architect of the Conservative Revolution of '94 and is just the person to get us back on track. I have met him on a couple of occasions and was seriously impressed with his intellect and class.
The other individual that may be good for the position is Michael Steele. Mr. Steele just barely lost a very close Senate race in Maryland. He is black and done a fantastic job of bringing blacks over from the DNC to endorse him. Most of the blacks that I know are very conservative people whose loyalty is sorely misplaced. Mr. Steele could fix that. I haven't completely thought through his selection and would entertain the thoughts of my gentle readers. Is he a viable mouthpiece outside the metro DC area?
3. Replace Secretary Rumsfeld with someone OTHER THAN Gates. I've had the "pleasure" of working under Mr. Gates and can say that he is an idiot. Gates was a Soviet maniac who completely missed the implosion of the USSR. In fact, he spent a remarkable amount of time castigating those that forcast it. He was later fired as DCI. He is a terrible choice.
4. With the Rumsfeld debacle, I have decided that the President simply no longer deserves my unabashed support. His prosecution of the GWOT was the only thing that he got right (even the SCOTUS nominations were initially botched) and now the military feels betrayed. Ditching Rumsfeld (or allowing him to resign... whatever) was spectacularly poor timing and replacing him with Gates was a kick in the nuts. So much for the leader of the Party. Time to focus instead on 2008. Who will lead us into a country of smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and meaningful national security? I'm not sure, but the time to start the search is now!
1) People perceive the President as somewhat imperial and not at all in tune with their hopes and fears. The truth is that Mr. Bush is not a conservative. He began this term with a narrow election victory and immediately declared that the American people has handed him a mandate. He then continued to spend like an Orange County housewife, ignored immigration, didn’t pursue leakers of classified information (at least with the full weight of the U.S. Government), and steadfastly refused to work at any bipartisan issues.Three essential elements. Notice that this election was not an indictment of conservatives, but one of governance. Not convinced? Look at how all the ballot initiatives played out... conservative victories as far as the eye can see. So, the vast majority of Americans are conservative (many of the Democrats elected yesterday were conservative Democrats). This election was not about differences in ideology, it was about a crew that has ignored the people and is now paying the price.
Generally, I believe that this left a lot of people (including myself to some degree) with a bad taste in their mouths. Additionally, without a conservative White House to guide the Party, we get the circus that just lost us the House.
2) When conservatives look, smell, and act like conservatives, they tend to win handily. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress developed a tin ear, choosing instead to commit themselves to the tangible benefits of power rather than to leading with a sense of purpose. Scandal and corruption rocked the Republicans… Mark Foley and the pages, Curt Weldon, Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, etc. These morally deficient individuals should have been rooted out long ago, but were not.
The Congressional Republicans have left the reservation, able to control their own budget and completely ignoring conservative reformers. As the illegal immigration debacle was unfolding, Speaker Hastert and the rest of the crew supported John Boehner (a “moderate” Republican) or Roy Blunt (closer to “hippie”) for Majority Whip, ignoring the true conservative reformers (like Mike Pence and John Shadegg). In fact, the only thing that this Congress got right was the Supreme Court (for which I’m grateful). The Republican Congressional Caucus has earned its new minority status.
Incidentally, the Senate is an even larger culprit than Congress. Congress did, to their credit, attempt to push through important (if not complete) legislation, only to be completely crushed in the Senate. Of course the way this actually works is that these efforts are only political plays and not meaningful attempts as governance… but I digress.
3) National security is the single most important issue (coupled with the two factors above) that have cost the GOP. Illegal immigration was a massive issue with broad support of constituents on both sides of the aisle. Half-hearted attempts like building 700 miles of fence (but not fully funding it) are seen for what they are… a ridiculously small band-aid. Also, allowing leaks of classified information does not sit well with 95% of the populace. All government leaders should be moving quickly to prosecute and control this information.
Most heavily in the national security realm is Operation Iraqi Freedom. The American citizenry has been absolutely pummeled with negativity from the MSM, the left, and the rest of the world regarding Iraq. Fatigue has absolutely settled in on this issue and people just want it to go away. Many don’t care that the price may be very expensive in the future, they are just plain weary (much like filing for bankruptcy, knowing that it is the easiest path, but still willing to screw yourself and others). As a soldier, I can say that your military is still up for the fight and we are proud of what we have accomplished. Trust us, our friends and families are tired of worrying about us too. Despite hearing “the real story” they have had to sacrifice quite a lot and pray for an end.
Interestingly, a fellow here at my work tried to tell me that we were in a quagmire in Iraq, “just like Vietnam.” I countered that he had it precisely wrong, that this is al-Qaeda’s Vietnam. They can neither stay in Iraq or afford to leave it. It is continually depleting their resources and they are actually finding it harder to get others to go and martyr themselves in Iraq. All the violence going on? It is, simply put, a civil war. The same may have happened had we simply assassinated Hussein, meaning, that it has been coming for some time.
I think that the general opinion on Iraq is that things simply can’t continue as they are currently going. We need some sort of plan. Nobody, of course, knows what that plan looks like. Fatigue.
“What is written about Iraq now is exclusively acrimonious. The narrative is the suicide bomber and IED, never how many terrorists we have killed, how many Iraqis have been given a chance for something different than the old nightmare, or how a consensual government has withstood enemies on nearly every front.
Long forgotten is the inspired campaign that removed a vicious dictator in three weeks. Nor is much credit given to the idealistic efforts to foster democracy rather than just ignoring the chaos that follows war — as we did after the Soviets were defeated in Afghanistan, or following our precipitous departure from Lebanon and Somalia. And we do not appreciate anymore that Syria was forced to vacate Lebanon; that Libya gave up its WMD arsenal; that Pakistan came clean about Dr. Khan; and that there have been the faint beginnings of local elections in the Gulf monarchies.
Yes, the Middle East is "unstable," but for the first time in memory, the usual killing, genocide, and terrorism are occurring in a scenario that offers some chance at something better. Long before we arrived in Iraq, the Assads were murdering thousands in Hama, the Husseins were gassing Kurds, and the Lebanese militias were murdering civilians. The violence is not what has changed, but rather the notion that the United States can do nothing about it; the U.S. has shown itself willing to risk much to support freedom in place of tyranny or theocracy in the region.”
1. Letters, emails, and phone calls to my federal representatives.
2. I have donated not-inconsiderable amounts of money to candidates who are very vocal proponents of meaningful reform (gotta reward good behavior).
3. I have also sent several hundred dollars to the Minutemen.
4. I have tried to spread information via this blog (did all five of you get that? Heh).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20061102-03
Nov. 2, 2006
Coalition Forces kill assassination team
Multi-National Corps – West PAO
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq- An Al Qaeda assassination team was killed by Coalition Forces in Fallujah Tuesday. Coalition snipers heard gunshots and quickly responded to the murder of an off-duty Fallujah policeman by gunmen in civilian clothes. The Marines from 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 5 immediately engaged the armed gunmen and killed two of them.
The third gunman was killed as he attempted to flee in a vehicle.
“We honor the service of the Fallujah policeman Hamed Mohammed Jassim,” said Coalition spokesperson Marine Lt. Col. Bryan Salas. “He stood against the murder and intimidation campaign of the terrorists to help bring security and prosperity to his neighbors in Fallujah. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Assault rifles and other items were recovered from the gunmen.