Monday, February 28, 2005

Let's Put The Last Straw On Syria's Back

First this happens-
Lebanon Government Resigns After Protest

Now This-
Pressure Mounts on Syria After Lebanon Govt Collapse

One of two things are going happen.

1) The Syrian puppet of a president in Lebanon resigns also, Syria backs off, pulls out troops and all other forms of foreign intrusion. This will weaken an already fragile government in Syria's homeland, causing the same kind of uprising and revolt inside Syria. Voila - two new free nations to W's credit.

2) The Syrian puppet of a president in Lebanon refuses to go, (or maybe even if does) Syria holds a hard line, and we see those WMD's we've been looking for used on the protesters. This galvanic world opinion and we, now knowing about WMDs, liberate Lebanon and topple Syria.

The second option is ugly, complicated, and VERY dangerous. But if either of these happen, the opposition in Iran will follow the Lebanese example. Why do you think that both the Saudi and Egyptian governments have announced free elections in the future. The writing is on the wall.

To get to this point, the President needs to make a very strong statement of support for the Lebanese protesters. The pressure is mounting and all we need to do is provide a small release and watch out.

When Is Being Green To Green?

Rogue Pundit posted this great article about a city council with a Green Party majority faced with a decision about using ........HERBICIDES! This will be an interesting story to follow.

If you haven't read Rogue Pundit, you really should. He writes good articles, and he really has a knack for finding little publicized but really interesting or humorous articles.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Condie Rice Is Hot!

I didn't say it, John Hawkins did at Right Wing News about this picture.

He's Tryin' It again- from Political State Report

Washington State Sen. Bob Morton (R) has introduced his idea of splitting the state into two states again this year. You gotta admire his determination. Taken from Political State Report.

A Conservative Blog From California

Got an email from him, liked his blog, thought you might also.

His most recent post deals with Police officers shooting criminals while they attempt to escape or kill the officers. While it is not the subject of the post, I can't help but notice that the incident in LA involved a 13 year old black suspect (or as some would call him, "victim") and I had heard of the case do to heavy news coverage. The other happened in Stockton, and I had heard nothing of it. My guess is that this person won't be called a "victim", he's a white adult.

In addition th his blog, Warren also has a website. Beware, it doesn't show well in my Mozilla Firefox browser.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

and now, MY RANT (see previous post)

As a house painter, I spend every day in the Forest Heights subdivision. Builders are paying painting contractors the same prices to paint these $600,000 - $1,500,000 houses that they were paying five years ago. The builders are making their money, and you can bet that the painting contractors are making their money. It's the guys that actually paint the houses that are getting hurt.

You see, ten years ago, a new hire painters helper started out at about $8.00 per hour. If he worked out and turned out to be a good painter, he could make $10.00 - $12.00 within a few months. A good lead painter could make at least $14.00 per hour. Now, contractors hire a crew of Mexicans, and they are lucky if they make $8.00 per hour. The same thing goes on in almost all of the trades. Most of these homes are framed, sided, insulated, bricked, sheetrocked and painted by Mexicans. Russians usually do the tile & hardwood floors, interior trim & cabinetry.

These were all "living wage" jobs held by Americans living in the area. Now they are barely minimum wage jobs, and most of the money gets sent home to Mexico or Russia (or one of it's many former soviet neighbors). This is really hurting our economy. The Rich Builders are making their profit, and even the contractors make their money, but we have thousands of low income jobs, all in the name of "affordable housing" - wow, I just referred to a million dollar home as affordable.

And another thing. Who is buying these homes anyways? They are building hundreds of these homes in Southwest Portland every year. If our economy is so bad, where is the money coming from to buy these houses?

Kinda makes ya think.

I Love Newt! Gingrich Urges Action Against Illegals.

The Washington Times has this story about Newt Gingrich. Gingrich Urges Action Against Illegals. I gotta say, it's about time that some prominent Republicans started figuring this out. I know Rush and Tony Snow have been talking about this recently, but unfortunately, it seems that most of our congressmen and definitely the President don't want to touch this issue.

A week or so ago, this topic came up on the Lars Larson Show, and he brushed it off as if it wasn't a problem. I'm here to tell you, that Illegals in Oregon is HUGE!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

New Blog Format

I'm playing around with the Date and Post Title formatting. I think that this makes each day's posts look more grooped together.

Only in Seattle (and probably Portland soon)

New ordinance bars use of cell phones by cabbies carrying fares.

And They Wonder Why We Have A Homeless Problem

Bad News For Panhandlers - House OK's It.
Well, Our only hope is that the Senate is a little smarter, 'cause ya know that Ted will sign it.

Great Commentary on How We Live Our Modern Urban Lives.

Here's an interesting article that I found linked on Jared Jones' blog Simple Subjects.

I have often thought that a truly conservative, Christian, and pro-environment thing to do is rethink our urban planning. I love mass transit and alternative modes of transportation (carpools & bicycling etc.) and I love urban life. But I also love the freedom that driving a car affords you. I completely support the idea of "infill building," but hate the long term effects that the Urban Growth Boundary have given us.

In my mind, I'm constantly having a debate. I don't believe in limiting the use of someone's property, or in telling people that they can only have a garage of a certain size, or even changing zoning to eliminate parking spaces in areas of downtown, but I do think we need to encourage responsible use of our resources and space. Telling a business, property owner or developer for example, that they can't build more than a certain amount of parking, but they have to have a generous amount of covered bicycle parking is insane.

Anyways, this is a source of never ending debate, and I doubt if I will ever be satisfied with my own conclusions on these matters, let alone anyone else's.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Can Uncle Ted Mess This Up?

I'm happy to see new jobs in Oregon, but excuse my skepticism.
Google Agrees To Buy 30 Acres In The Dalles

Funny Cartoon

I know, I've been lazy and haven't posted much. Well actually not lazy, just extremely buzy. Here is a funny cartoon from Lars Larson's web site.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

This Is Funny

I saw this referenced first on Right Wing News. It's from Scrappleface.
Pentagon Sets Rules of Engagement for Journalists

Monday, February 07, 2005

Why Are Democrats Such Winers

Great post about Senator Harry Reid's wining about the GOP not playing nice in FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT

I am getting so tired of all of the complaints from the left. If all you have to say is that Bush's plan is bad, and don't bother to try to propose a reasonable alternative, then you will keep on getting labeled obstructionist.

In the last two days, I have had three different discussions with three differant liberals about the war, social security, taxes etc. Every time I posed a reasonable explanation for the conservative point of veiw, all three of them resorted to "I don't care what you say, I could never vote for Bush or support anything he wants to do." My own father said that GW was to stupid to do anything right.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

I Like this Blog

I found a new blogger this afternoon while I was sitting here waiting for the Superbowl to start. Duckwriter. I like his perspectives.

I Told You So! (about the Superbowl that is)

I said at the beginning of the season that It would be the Eagles and Patriots in the Superbowl this year. I think that this is the first year that I was correct. kinda fun. I think that the Pats will win, but I'm kinda rooting for the Eagles.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

The State of The Union

Great speech, especially for someone who is not a great speaker.

Even without "The Hug" it would have been considered a good speech. I think one of the best things about President Bush is that you really get the sense that he doesn't care how history will judge him, and he really doesn't care what his critics think of him. I think that most people who achieve great things, do so without consideration of how they will be perceived by their detractors.

I've noticed that the Bush administration only seems to really worry about public perception when it needs public support to achieve a goal. It's kind of a "make the right decision and then tell the public why it was the right decision " as opposed to "try and figure out the easiest sell to the public, compromise with the opposition, and end up with nothing."

Leading vs. Shepherding.