Monday, January 30, 2006

Clinton Said What?

In Doha, Qatar, former Pres. Clinton condemnded the Danish cartoons that have got the Muslim world all worked up. While the rest of the EU is standing in soladarity with the Danes and Norwiegens, Clinton panders to his Muslim audience. Clinton tells his audience:

"So now what are we going to do? ... Replace the anti-Semitic prejudice with anti-Islamic prejudice?" he said at an economic conference in the Qatari capital of Doha.
"In Europe, most of the struggles we've had in the past 50 years have been to fight prejudices against Jews, to fight against anti-Semitism," he said.
Clinton described as "appalling" the 12 cartoons published in a Danish newspaper in September depicting Prophet Mohammed and causing uproar in the Muslim world.
"None of us are totally free of stereotypes about people of different races, different ethnic groups, and different religions ... there was this appalling example in northern Europe, in Denmark ... these totally outrageous cartoons against Islam," he said."

So Mr. Clinton, this is how you defend freedom of the press? You're pathetic!!!

Add on: EU Office in Gaza stormed by gunmen, protesting the Danish cartoons, which portray Mohamhed. EU council stands with the Danes.

Tomorrow I go out to buy Danish ham and cheese.

See the "offensive" cartoons here.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Women in UK Want Abortion Restrictions!

Perhaps in my previous blog on abortion, I gave the subjects on the UK too little credit for seeing the evils of abortion. Today's Observer has come out with an interesting poll.

"A majority of women in Britain want the abortion laws to be tightened to make it harder, or impossible, for them to terminate a pregnancy.
Evidence of a widespread public demand for the government to further restrict women's right to have an abortion is revealed in a remarkable Observer opinion poll. The findings have reignited the highly-charged debate on abortion, and increased the pressure on Tony Blair to review the current time limits.
The survey by MORI shows that 47 per cent of women believe the legal limit for an abortion should be cut from its present 24 weeks, and another 10 per cent want the practice outlawed altogether. Among the population overall, reducing the upper limit was the preferred option backed by the largest proportion of respondents, 42 per cent, made up of a 36-47 per cent split among men and women."

There's hope for Europe yet!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Original Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Here's where Linclon drew much of his inspiration from. The Declarlation of Independence.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. "

That is a good place to start to understand conservative America. Our Creator gave us our rights. All men are created Equal. And finally, governments derive their power from the Consent of the Governed.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The Lincoln~Douglas Debates of 1858

I have of late been reading a biography of Disraeli, but I'm going to set that aside while I take up a book about the Lincoln~Douglas Debates. These debates, held in Illinois on the eve of the Civil War, I think, have many lessons for us today.

"A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free."

Can our government endure, half pro-choice and half pro-life,....half gay marriage, and half traditional marriage,...half at war, and half at peace?

Lincoln teaches us in the 21st century from the 19th that tradition is good, but making the moral and right stand is even better. And he did it in well thought out debates with an honourable opponent, in words that mean as much in Iraq or Iran or America in 2006 as they did in Illinois in 1858. He provides the grounds for freedom of the individual, that no man may own another (speaks to me today about a fetus) or be master over another (writing this down Islam?). Douglas may contend that a state may vote whether to have slavery, but for Lincoln, if ten thousand men vote aye, and it is wrong, it is still wrong.

So, I'm off to read! It's got to be 500 pages, so I got my work cut out for me.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Row v Wade Anniversary

This 1st part of this story is mainly for my European readers. Today is the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs Wade, which legalized abortion in this country. While in Europe, this subject may draw yawns, but in the US it is ground zero in the culture war and still contested. See here for some really good pictures of a pro-life march in San Francisco. Funny, but none of this was to be found at!

Now for the Americans. Dallas has the shameful honor of being the city in which this case was brought and one of our citizens, Norma McCorvey, was Jane Roe . In the 1990's, she converted to Christianity and founded the pro-life ministry Roe No More. Whatever side of the fence you're on, I urge you to give that link a click, as Ms. McCorvey tells her story very powerfully. From just a political angle, you can not understand politics in America if you don't understand the ongoing fight over abortion.

Every day in America, 4000 children are killed by abortion. A Sept. 11th EVERY DAY. Now that's terrorism!

Update: A site with a few pics from the Washington March for Life. Why wasn't I there?! See here.

Update: Zogby Pollsters report on Fox:

"Timely Trend
Public support for abortion is declining: a trend that might explain why abortion advocates are so concerned over the balance of the Supreme Court. According to a new survey from pollster John Zogby, a 52-percent majority favors abortion, representing significantly lower support than in years past. Zogby points to radically different numbers as recent as seven years ago when the pro-choice majority was in the 65-68 percent range.
Another poll conducted by Hamilton College in collaboration with Zogby finds a conservative trend among high school seniors when it comes to abortion. While most students believe Roe v. Wade should be upheld, the majority supported restrictions on abortion such as parental consent. Two-thirds of the students said abortion was always or usually morally wrong."

Friday, January 20, 2006

Digital Book-Burning at Amazom

National Review Online has pointed out that there is a campaign to try to sink Kate O'Beirne's new book Women Who Make the World Worse. It seems that left wing blogs are asking their minions to log on to Amazon and give the book a 1 star rating in an attempt to discourage books sales. But of course, this has made news on the net and is probably driving sales. How sad the left is, pathetic really. It can't win the battle for ideas, so it tries book burning instead. So much for diversity!

If you can stomach the comments about a conservative woman on a liberal website, check out this.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Memri's Bin Laden Translation

Memri has translated Bin Laden's vile message to the people of America, and contrary to media reports, he's not offering a truce, he's asking for one!

"We have no objection to accepting a long-term cease fire under fair conditions which we will uphold. We are a nation forbidden by Allah to betray and lie. Both sides will benefit from such a cease fire, from security and stability, and we will build Iraq and Afghanistan which have been destroyed in the war. There is nothing wrong with this solution, except that it will prevent the flow of hundreds of billions [dollars] to influential individuals and to the merchants of war in America who supported Bush's election with billions of dollars."

Al-Qaeda must really be on the ropes. These "holy warriors" who with Allah's blessing were going to bring us to our knees, now offering to take a truce! The leftists in this country are going to go wild, because they're going to think that Bin Laden's being nice and reasonable, and it's big bad George Bush who keeps the war going.

Note to Osama. You don't kill 3000 Americans, fight us on 2 fronts, and think that you can pick up your marbles and go home. We're coming after you, you Islamonazi bastard, and we're gonna kill you, and feed you to the pigs.

Memri press release here

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Left Becomes Unhinged-Again

Anti-war protesters tried unsuccessfully to stop a military fly over as a tribute to Martin Luther King at a march in San Antonio, Texas, as reported in the Kansas City Star. The article states:

"Protesters chanted during speeches Monday in disapproval of the inclusion of Air Force jets at the end of this military city's 20th annual march honoring Martin Luther King Jr."

Trying to shout down speeches at a MLK tribute? Is this what has become of the left in this country? MLK was against the Vietnam war, but not against the military. The article continues:

"Supporters of the flyover by T-1 training jets from the 99th Training Squadron from nearby Randolph Air Force Base pointed to the squadrons direct lineage to the Tuskegee Airmen, the countrys first group of black pilots."

So the protesters were against descendants of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, who during World War II broke racial barriers and proved that they too could fight for the country they loved. But the pilot said it better than I ever could.

Far removed from the controversy was Capt. LeRon Hudgins, a 31-year-old black pilot, who flew one of the two T-1’s. “I don’t see how there can be a bigger tribute to the idea of equality,” Hudgins said. “For me, being in the 99th, and being a black pilot myself, I think it is tremendous tribute to some of the things that he fought for.”

The left in this country really needs to get a clue.

Monday, January 16, 2006

We Need India

During the American Civil War, when Lincoln contemplated loseing some of the border states to the Confederacy, he said "I should like to have God on our side, but we must have Kentucky." I would like to paraphrase the saviour of the Union and say that in the War on Terror, we should like to have God on our side, but we must have India.

Indian nationials I've talked to always seem to get miffed with the USA, saying something like, we've been fighting the terrorists for 15 years in Kashmir, but the west didn't give a damned, b/c it was just us getting killed. There's a lot of truth in that, and we need to fix things for the following reasons:

  1. It has the manpower to help with troop loads needed over the coming decades. A friend once told me that if all Indians lined the border with Pakistan, they could piss that country off the map.
  2. India has treated it's Muslim population fairly well, which is why that even though India has the largest Muslim population on the planet, none the the Islamofacist terrorists has been Indian.
  3. Now that India is coming online in the global economy, it should do well with it's English speaking population. It needs America as it's partner and customer.
  4. And last but not least, it has a population of 1 billion, is the world's largest democracy, and is a nuclear power. More later...........

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Blair Takes the Lead Against Iran

Tony Blair has taken the point position for the West against warning Iran about it's nuclear ambitions, Fox News reports.

"I think the first thing to do is to secure agreement for a reference to the Security Council, if that is indeed what the allies jointly decide, as I think seems likely," Blair told the House of Commons, adding that he was in close contact with Washington on the issue.
"We obviously don't rule out any measures at all," Blair said when asked about possible sanctions. "It's important Iran recognizes how seriously the international community treats it."

Economic sanctions may sound weak to some, given the serious nature of the threat, but at least this all gets the ball in play. Hopefully, the world will be serious about this threat, and not just let sanctions buy time for the Mullahs. Then again, using the word "hope" in conjunction with "Securtiy Council" is really grabbing on to threads!

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New Death from Sept. 11th

A 34 year old retired policeman in New York who spent hundreds of hours searching for victims of the attack on September 11th at Ground Zero has died of respiratory illness related to the exposure. James Zadroga is believed to be the first emergency responder to die from his exposure to toxic elements in the debris. As a heath care professional, I remember thinking that day of all of the people exposed to God-knows-what in New York City, and who would be sick and dying for years to come. Sept 11th, the attack that keeps on giving. Rest In Peace, James.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

An Interesting Observation

The Times of London's editor in America has an interesting observation about illegal immigration in America, as to how Californians and Texans react:

"This latest of Mr Bush’s political problems offers an unusual insight into America’s political geography. Mr Bush hails from Texas, widely seen as one of the most conservative states in the country; yet when he was governor, a tolerant approach to immigration from neighbouring Mexico was widely popular.
Meanwhile in ultra-liberal California, rising public anger has led to some draconian measures to stop illegal immigration from south of the border.
The difference of approach is probably rooted in the role the state plays in the philosophies that underpin two political traditions. In conservative Texas, people have relied less on the generosity of the state for support and therefore see less of a threat and more of an opportunity from immigration. In liberal California, more generous state benefits have the perverse effect of making the population more hostile to sharing those benefits with outsiders."

If this is how people in welfare states react, how are Western Europeans going to react with ever greater flows of immigrants from Eastern Europe and the lands of Islam? A nativist backlash, perhaps?

The full article can be found HERE.

Hat tip to RJM, a contributor on A Tangled Wed.

Granny Needs Hers Meds

This has not been a good week to be a pharmacist. On Jan. 1st, the new Medicare Prescription Program for seniors kicked in. The old folks have been holding back all thier prescriptions until 1/1 to get them cheaper, and now we're off to the races! I've been going in early, coming home late, in at 4 am on Wednesday for inventory, down one technicion, and the other pharmacist's wife is ready to have a baby any minute.

As a conservative, I'm not a fan of a $400 billion program that is mostly unfunded and not means tested. But the President has never seen a program that he didn't like, so here we are. Not to mention the fact that the government has made the program so complicated that NO ONE can understand it, much less my 89 year old mother, who is confused by the phone bill!

So, wish me luck. Granny needs her meds.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Texas Longhorns Win National Championship !

The Eyes of Texas are Upon You,
All the livelong Day,
The Eyes of Texas are Upon You,
You Can Not Get Away!

University of Texas Battles for National Championship

The U.T.Longhorns are in the Rose Bowl as we speak battling it out with the University of Southern Cal for the National Championship. My alma mater leads going into the half! I don't think U.T. has won the nationl since the early '70ies, but it's looking pretty good. Here in Texas, good seats at the game were going for about $3,000! Too rich for this old grad. Best of luck to the Horns and I hope the boys can bring it home to Texas! Hook'em Horns!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Is Bush Fair?

I was asked the question "Is Bush Fair" by a wealthy Indian businessman here in Dallas with whom I was having a couple of glasses of wine. My initial reaction was "yes", which brought out the eye rolling at the table.

Thinking about it later, I realized that nowhere in the Oath of the President does he promise to be fair. He does promise to faithfully execute the office and to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. As chief executive of the the his first order of business is to defend the country, and this the President has done well since 9/11. That's what counts.

Americans Love Giving to Charity

There's a big write up in the Dallas Morning News today about the charitable giving habits of Americans. In 2002, the last year of complete figures, Americans gave $249 billion to charity. That's one quarter of a trillion dollars! Atlanta came in at the top, with it's people giving 3.6% of after tax income, or an average of $1,606 per tax return. Dallas was 2.8%,Philly 2.6%, Boston 2.2%.

I think this probably understates giving, because the source is the Federal Tax Return. Many people, including your humble reporter, pull out the old wallet and give $10 here or $20 there that aren't reported.

My best one this year was putting a $20 bill, wrapped in paper on the windshield of a car with New Orleans I.D. I waited around the corner until the driver came out and found it. The woman just dissolved in tears! I went running up, in cognito, and asked her what was wrong, and she told me what she had found. I told her that the angels must be looking after her. What a great country!