Friday, December 31, 2004

Porter Goss: Mission Impossible

I don't think the general public or even most conservatives yet appreciate just how hostile the CIA is to Republicans in general and to Bush specifically. If you wanted to move out everyone whose political bias against Bush affects their job performance, you would have to fire 3/4 of the agency.

Liberals have very successfully dominated the entwined worlds of gov't agencies, journalism, and academia through a de facto system of preferential hiring and outright blacklisting. It will take at least a generation to bring a reasonable balance to any of those three, if such a change is even possible. We are doing next to nothing to effect such a change today.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Wretchard at Belmont Club

has a good point, as he often does.

Reality Check

OK, think back a moment to those dark days just after 9/11. Casualty estimates are still around 10,000, nothing is flying, there is only one major news story being reported. Experts everywhere gavely assure us we will be hit several times more, probably this year but certainly within the next few. Osama is hiding in Afghanistan thumbing his nose at us from behind his Islamofascist Taliban babysitters. And even if we had an ally that bordered Afghanistan, this is still the country the Soviets couldn't take.

If you suggested at that point that by Jan 2005 we would not only have had zero terror attacks on U.S. soil, have run the Taliban out of power in Afghanistan (partly by getting Pakistan on our side), and held free and fair elections there, but we would also have Saddam Hussein not just overthrown but actually on trial, and be on the verge of holding elections in Iraq, all done with fewer than 2000 U.S. casualties -- you'd have been laughed at as a ridiculous optimist for the first two alone, and for the last two probably had your sanity questioned.

There have been challenges, but it's important to realize just how much we have accomplished and how far we've come.

Another note on vaccines

Let's say you invented a system for cars that would drive passengers to their destinations automatically. You tell it where you want to go, the system drives your car there without further guidance. Your system is such a good driver, it has 1/10th the accident rate of a human driver. It only costs $1,000, and if everybody used it would save tens of thousands of lives.

Great business idea, right? Wrong. Your invention will never make a dime, because of trial lawyers. Despite the fact your invention has a net effect of greatly reducing injury and loss of life, you are liable every time it DOES have an accident, and the trial lawyers will bankrupt your company with multimillion-dollar settlements for the 10% of accidents you didn't prevent. This is exactly analogous to the vaccine problem: vaccines save lives, but they are unprofitable because in very rare cases people have reactions to them, and the companies that make them are sued.

There have been efforts in the past to create a "net benefit" provision in the law to exempt companies from such liability in situations where there is clearly a disproportionate benefit to society at large from their product. Guess which special interest group goes all-out to kill it every time?

To those who question whether democracy can succeed in Iraq

I say to you, with people like this in Iraq, how can democracy fail?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Note to liberals on flu shots

The government does not make flu shots, private companies do. You guys screwed this up by not letting U.S. vaccine makers make any profit. Instead, they got John "Crossing Over" Edwards channeling dead children in court and taking all their money. So guess what: no U.S. company wants to make vaccine. Big f--king surprise.

And when the one British company that still makes flu vaccine screws up, we all pay for your stupidity and greed.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Bad News for Democrats

I read many, many prescriptions for Democrat woes today. Most of them are missing the mark pretty badly.

The amount of delusion still out there among liberal pundits is pretty big. One even claimed Bill Clinton championed welfare reform-- after saying the #1 thing Democrats need to do is "accept reality."

There are 3 problems that I've noticed the Democrats won't face:

1) They have no new ideas. You can only say "government programs to fix all our problems, always negotiation never war" in so many different ways.

2) Liberals already refer back with fond hagiography to the glorious political skills of Bill Clinton. I think it's worth noting no one (and I mean NO ONE) in the self-described "reality-based community" has yet acknowledged that Clinton probably would not have won either election without the help from Ross Perot (contrast that with how often they blamed Nader for Gore's loss). They like to think they have a 4-year-old problem; apparently it's just too difficult to face that in fact their problems actually go all the way to 1980.

3) They, unlike most Americans, still believe everything the media tells them. And they don't realize that most Americans now instinctively correct for the liberal bias (they assume that Red America in particular simply never reads the paper or watches the news; we're dumb, remember?). When RatherGate happened they blamed not bias or even sloppiness, but "a pajama-clad jihad;" what people should be discussing is "How many times did this happen with stories no one ever questioned, before bloggers were around to instantly fact-check these things?"

I Heart Costa Rica


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) take note: You wouldn't be safe in Costa Rica. A startled taxi driver shot and wounded a jokester wearing a plastic mask of the al-Qaida leader, police said Tuesday.

Leonel Arias, 47, told police he was playing a practical joke by donning the Bin Laden mask, toting his pellet rifle and jumping out to scare drivers on a narrow street in his hometown, Carrizal de Alajuela, about 20 miles north of San Jose.

Arias had startled several drivers that way on Monday afternoon. But when he jumped out in front of taxi driver Juan Pablo Sandoval, the motorist reached for a gun and shot him twice in the stomach. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

"For me and I think for anybody else at a time like that one thinks the worst and so I fired my gun," Sandoval told Channel 7 television.

Police declined to detain Sandoval, saying he had believed he was acting in self-defense.

Monday, December 13, 2004

"Informed" Juan Cole Pimps Totalitarians

Professor (i.e. leftist) Juan Cole slanders our friends at Iraq The Model as a CIA operation, and bemoans the fact "real" Iraqi blogs like Riverbend don't get as much attention.

Given her statements, Riverbend is obviously a member of one of the
Baathist families that lived priviliged lives under Saddam while he
looted and raped the country. She even says as much in her initial
posts: "people like me: sons and daughters of diplomats." If you were
a diplomat in Saddam's Iraq, you were a member of the regime. It's
only natural she would hate liberation, sympathize with the
terrorist/Baathist remnants, and be against the elections.

So, let me ask you Professor: how does it feel to be pimping for the
Saddam Hussein regime?

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

"An action-capable association of democracies"

Powerline discusses a Charles Hill editorial.

I was very excited to see this particular quote, because I've thought for some time that that's exactly what should replace the UN. The whole concept of the UN has a fundamental flaw:

Nondemocratic governments have no legitimate claim to sovereignty

My hope is that this idea will be the guiding principle of the 21st Century and that new institutions will arise that reflect that sentiment. It's ironic in the extreme that tyrannical states vote in the UN while denying their "citizens" the same right.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

A Poem For Jacques Chirac

Chirac said every war means loss,
perhaps for France that's true,
for they've lost every battle
since the days of Waterloo

But now you've made a big mistake,
and one that you'll regret;
you took sides with our enemies,
and that we won't forget.

It wasn't just our citizens
you spit on when you turned,
but every one of yours
who fell the day the towers burned.

You spit upon our soldiers,
on our pilots and Marines,
and now you'll get a little sense
of just what payback means.

So keep your Paris fashions
and your wine and your champagne,
and find some other market
that will buy your aeroplanes.

And try to find somebody else
to wear your French cologne,
for you're about to find out
what it means to stand alone.

You see, you need us far more
than we ever needed you,
America has better friends
who know how to be true.

I'd rather stand with warriors
who have the will and might,
than huddle in the dark
with those whose only flag is white.

I'll take the Brits, the Aussies,
the Israelis and the rest,
for when it comes to valor
we have seen that they're the best.

We'll count on one another
as we face a moment dire,
while you sit on the sideline
with a sign, "friendship for hire."

And when your nation starts to fall,
well Frenchie, you can spare us,
just call the Germans for a hand,
they know the way to Paris.

Don Fichthorn, Major USMC (Retired)

[Ed. Note: HOOOOO-AH!]

Friday, December 03, 2004

I can hear the liberals gnashing their teeth

all across our fair land.

Another work of genius from the master


Or, as Glen Cook put it in his masterpiece "The Black Company":

"Still, the best augurs are those who divine from the portents of the past. They compile phenomenal records."

We are blessed to have Victor.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Long live the heroes of the ING, the loyal sons of Iraq

Posts like this from Iraq The Model move me to tears.

These are the real Iraqi patriots and freedom fighters. They are the true heroes of the New Iraq.

Don't fry; season instead.

Execution is wrong. It's way, way too lenient. I mean, think about it: thousands of people voluntarily commit suicide every year.

That's why it's time to bring back HARD LABOR. No one voluntarily does HARD LABOR (at least not without compensation). That's real punishment.

So let's end the death penalty and stop letting people off lightly. Instead, let's put them to work in the salt mines. If we don't have any salt mines, we'll build some, just for convicts. The point is not to get more salt. The point is to make criminals shudder every time they see a salt shaker.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Da Mayor's son Patrick joins up

For the first time in my life as a Chicagoland native, I am proud of a Daley.

Some days I still wish I had joined the Marines right after high school. I probably wouldn't have the six-figure income and great job I do now, but I would be MAKING A DIFFERENCE. My co-workers think I'm crazy, but those guys are out there risking their asses, doing a shit job no sane person would want to do but which is absolutely necessary to have someone do, and changing the course of history in the name of liberty and democracy. They are true modern-day heroes.

I had just about made up my mind to join, when I was offered a generous scholarship and decided to go to college instead. Also, with the Cold War over and Clinton having just been elected and promising to gut the military, it didn't look like I would be given the opportunity to do anything worthwhile in the military.