Monday, October 01, 2007

What Rush really said.

I'm posting this mainly so that I have it for quick reference when I get into a discussion with liberal friends who will never bother to look up the truth, but instead quote the sound bite media.

Senator Reid flat out lied on the floor of the Senate. He said that Rush called soldiers that speak out against the war "phony soldiers." He was actually talking about two specific people who were in fact phony soldiers.

Here is what Rush really said.
"I want to thank you, Mike, for calling. I appreciate it very much. I gotta — Here is a morning update that we did recently, talking about fake soldiers. This is a story of who the left props up as heroes. And they have their celebrities. One of them was Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth. Now — and he was a corporal. I say in quotes. Twenty-three years old. What made Jesse Macbeth a hero to the anti-war crowd wasn’t his Purple Heart, it wasn’t his being affiliated with post traumatic stress disorder from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. No. What made Jesse Macbeth, Army Ranger, a hero to the left was his courage, in their view, off the battlefield, without regard to consequences, he told the world the abuses he had witnessed in Iraq. American soldiers killing unarmed civilians, hundreds of men, women, even children. In one gruesome account, translated into Arabic and spread widely across the Internet, Army Ranger Jesse Macbeth describes the horrors this way. We would burn their bodies. We would hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque. Now, recently, Jesse Macbeth, poster boy for the anti-war left, had his day in court. And you know what? He was sentenced to five months in jail and three years probation for falsifying a Department of Veterans Affairs claim and his Army discharge record. He was in the Army, Jesse Macbeth was in the Army, folks, briefly. Forty-four days before he washed out of boot camp, Jesse Macbeth isn’t an Army Ranger, never was. He isn’t a corporal, never was. He never won the Purple Heart. And he was never in combat to witness the horrors he claimed to have seen. Probably haven’t even heard about this. And if you have, you haven’t heard much about it. This doesn’t fit the narrative and the template in the Drive-By Media and the Democrat Party as to who a genuine war hero; don’t look for any retractions, by the way. Not from the anti-war left, the anti-military Drive-By Media, or the Arabic websites that spread Jesse Macbeth’s lies about our troops, because the truth for the left is, fiction is what serves their purpose. They have to lie about such atrocities because they can’t find any that fit the template of the way they see the US military. In other words, for the American anti-war left, the greatest inconvenience they face is the truth."

Great blogging on this subject here.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

It looks like Senator Patty Murray actually beat congressman Peter DeFazio to the blame game.

Wow, she didn't even make twenty-four hours.
story here.

Oregon Congresman Peter DeFazio says bridge collapse is Bush's fault.

It didn't even take twenty-four hours and there are still dead bodies in the water, and our wonderful Representative is already blaming The President and the Republicans,

It's pretty far into the article. Read it here.

.... At a news conference later, Oberstar and Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat who chairs the committee's subcommittee on highways and transit, criticized the Bush administration for what they said was inadequate spending on transportation funding.

"Unfortunately, we're saddled with an administration that shorted us on the last highway bill," DeFazio said, adding that more money is needed to deal with things like bridge deficiencies.

Oberstar noted that in 2003, the committee had proposed a six-year, $375 billion transportation bill, but had to settle for about $90 billion less because of opposition from the Bush administration. Oberstar was ranking Democrat on the panel at the time, and Alaska Republican Don Young was chairman.

"This administration failed to support robust investment in surface transportation and the funding to accompany it," Oberstar said.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Thoughts & prayers for the people of Minnesota

I've sat here watching the news coverage of the I35 bridge collapse this evening, after listening to it on the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show earlier today, and I'm dumbfounded. the video and still pictures are amazing, and make you really think about the people involved.

It is an odd feeling to feel the shock of the event, the sadness for the loss of life, and at the same time, the inspiration and pride of watching Americans risk their own safety to help others in need of help and rescue.

Let us all say a prayer of thanks for our own well-being and for those who survived the collapse, pray for the the wounded and the families of the dead, and also pray for the community as a whole.

This will have a huge economic impact on the whole region for a very long time.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Back Online!

Woohoo! Our computer completely died almost four months ago, and we haven't been able to afford to replace it. Last week a couple at church offered us a computer that they weren't using. Thank you guys. I've spent the last few days catching up with business stuff, and hopefully, in a few days I will be back blogging.

It's funny how you don't really think you'll miss being able to get online whenever you want, until you can't.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 Early flurry of killer tornadoes linked to cold winter

So how does this connect to global warming?
In this case, the extremely cold US (winter) was probably a contributing factor. Tornadoes in the US form when a front of dry, cold air descending from the north meets warm, moist air coming up from the south. Sometimes, a body of the cold air slides over the top of the warm air, trapping it underneath.
Ohh, this is how.

There is no evidence that the world's warming climate is leading to an increase in tornadoes, says Terence Meaden, deputy head of TORRO.

"Higher average temperatures mean the air is able to contain more water vapour, which increases the tendency towards more severe thunderstorms, and more severe thunderstorms tend to produce tornadoes," he says. "But are the small average temperature increases that we're seeing across the planet having any influence on tornadoes? I don't know."

Extreemly cold winter causes tornados, but it's because of global warming?

New Sientist peice here

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Only public school teachers could get away with this

Why are they sending emails on school time, to school employees and activists, to go to a fundraising event for a POLITICAL GROUP?

Found via Victoria Taft

KOIN story - Buses Bring Thousands To Schools Rally.

Gingrich derides early entry into race by so many candidates

I whole heartedly agree with Newt on this. It already feels like "campiegn fatigue" and the primaries are still over a year away.
Republican Newt Gingrich has a message for all the presidential candidates: it's just plain stupid to start running this early.

The former House Speaker who might end up being a candidate derided the early entry into the presidential race by so many candidates.

"I think the current process of spending an entire year running in order to spend an entire year running in order to get sworn in January 2009 is stupid," Gingrich said at a National Press Club event with Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York.
Article here.
Found via Ron's Bloviating.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Mummified body found in Hampton Bays home

This is fascinating for so many differant reasons.
Southampton police responding to burst water pipes in a Hampton Bays home found the mummified body of the owner -- dead for more than a year -- sitting in a chair in front of a television, officials said Friday.

The television was still on.

.....Vincenzo Riccardi, 70, appeared to have died of natural causes in his home on Wakeman Road, said Dr. Stuart Dawson, Suffolk deputy chief medical examiner.

"He was in his house, sitting in his chair, as if watching television, and the television was, in fact, still on," Dawson said.

Riccardi lived alone, his wife having died years ago, Dawson said. Mail had piled up, but then stopped being delivered.

"He hasn't been heard from in over a year. That's the part that baffles me," he said. "Nobody sounded the alarm."
The whole situation is summed up in the last paragraph.
At a neighborhood gathering last month, residents commented that they hadn't seen Riccardi in a while, neighbor Diane Devon said. "We never thought to check on him," she said.
There are so many things that could be said about this story, and the sad commentary it offers on todays society, but honestly, the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard it on the radio was "TV blaring for over a year, what brand of TV was that?"

Kinda sad isn't it.

Full story here.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Senator Gordon Smith did not vote with the Republicans on today's Iraq war vote.

It's official. Sen. Smith is now a member of the White Flag Caucus.

I know that he didn't actually vote for the resolution, but he voted to allow the resolution to move foward when he had the oppertunity to stand with conservatives, or "The Victory Caucus."

Mr. smith, this will not be forgotten. I took the pledge and I was serious, as I'm sure the other 33,232 people who also sighned it were. 814 Oregonians are on that list by the way.

Senate Republicans sustain their block on the Iraq resolution

Way to go!

From Yahoo News:
The 56-34 vote fell four short of the 60 needed to advance a nonbinding measure identical to one the House passed Friday. Seven GOP senators broke ranks, compared with only two during an earlier test on the issue.
What gets me is this paragraph.
Nine Republicans skipped the Senate session, calculating that because they support Bush's policies, their votes would not affect the outcome of the vote.

Rep. William Jefferson Gets Seat on Homeland Security

Yes, that Representitive Jefferson. I thought that "the culture of corruption" was over.

Rep. Jefferson Gets Seat on Homeland Security Committee

Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who's facing an ongoing federal corruption probe, is being granted a spot on the Homeland Security Committee, according to Democratic aides.

found via Just Some Poor Schmuck.

Oregon Legislature trying to eliminate the double majority rule for tax measures

How come we haven't about this before? I was digging around the different news sites around Oregon and stumbled upon this.

Senate bill SB 80:
Deletes the constitutional requirement that at least 50 percent of registered voters turn out on tax measures. Voters must approve the change in a special May 2008 election. (At the request of Secretary of State Bill Bradbury)

Friday, February 16, 2007

Smith to vote for cloture on Iraq resolution

This at one of the Oregonian's Blogs -
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will attempt another cloture vote on Saturday.

Smith spokesman R.C. Hammond said Smith will vote both for cloture and the resolution.

"Senator Smith believes the Iraq debate should move forward, and as an opponent of the surge, he will support the resolution," Hammond said.
The Oregonian Politics Team February 15, 2007 17:35

I didn't really think he would last to long. We'll see tomarrow.

Chertoff urges safer Mexican border

Is the Bush administration starting to get border security?

Chertoff urges safer Mexican border
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday that immigration reform would let U.S. law enforcement focus on catching criminals instead of migrants seeking better economic prospects. But he said Americans were unlikely to back any such reform until added security along the Mexican border convinces them they're safe.
"Comprehensive immigration reform, he said, would allow U.S. law enforcement to focus more on the people that we don't want in the country under any circumstances, namely the criminals and the dangerous folks."

He did tip wich way the administration leans.
"Every time a Border Patrol officer is transporting a load of future housekeepers and landscapers to someplace to be returned, he's not looking for drug dealers or drug loads," Chertoff said.

So basically, we only care about the bad guys (crimanals) coming across the borders, "future housekeepers and landscapers are welcome, any way you can get here.

These 17 Republicans must be defeated.

A post over The Victory Caucus titled House Passes Defeatist Resolution: 17 Republicans Join the White Flag Caucus gives all of the contact info for the seventeen republicans that jumped ship.

Give 'em hell!

Everyone who believes that we need to win the war needs to register here and get involved.

N.Z has a good post titled The Vote is Over. Where Do We Go From Here? He lays out a plan that we need to follow in the coming elections.
This will be a long and serious effort, but it starts now. We have established a team within the site that will focus on identifying strong candidates -- veterans, ideally --- as well as teams devoted to identifying White Flag Republicans and their antimatter opposites, the Blue Dog Democrats. These three groups will be at the forefront of our efforts to identify the districts where we can do the most good: whether that is to replace a defeatist Democrat with a new Republican victory candidate --- or to help a Blue Dog Democrat who is strong on the war take down a White Flag Republican. Here, party comes second: victory --- and country --- come first.

And still no response from Gordon Smith

Still no response to my email or my messages to his Washington office or Oregon office voice mails.

The senate will hold a procedural vote tomarrow (Saturday) and the Democrats hope to break the fillibuster that the Republicans have successfully employed. Senator Smith voted with the party on that vote, but still says that he would vote for the resolution if given the chance.

Let's hope that he remains strong tomarrow.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

In an earlier blog post I gave my two cents about an online columnn by William M. Arkin at the Washington Post's National and Homeland Security blog called Early Warning. The title was The Troops Also Need to Support the American People Mr Arkin recieved 1500 comments before the post turned off comenting for that particular post.

He has responded with posts titled A Note to My Readers on Supporting the Troops and Demonization and Responsibility.

Neither response had a whole lot to say. He kinda put down the soldiers that were insulted, and the people who responded. He said that while we should and do support the troops, we should also question their actions, their leadership's policies, the policies of the polititians that sent them there, and weather or not we should have even sent them there in the first place.

He attempts to paint the people who criticize as right wing zealots and then goes on and on defending himself, his motives, and The Post. Oh yea, his editors have "recomended" that this be the last post that he adresses the issue.

To summarize, "I wrote something inflamatory about our troops. They over reacted, you over reacted, I was right. I'm paid by, but don't represent The Washington Post and am not told what to write about here, but I've been told not to write about this topic anymore."

Thursday, February 08, 2007

This Anna Nicole Smith story doesn't pass the smell test

Let's see. Former Stripper and Playboy bunny (age 26) marries an 89 year old oil tycoon. Old Man dies. Tawdry trial. Old man's son loses $474 million to Playboy bunny step-mom (who is younger than he is). Her 21 year old son dies of a drug overdose. Fatherhood of her 5 month old daughter (now sole heiress to $474 million) is being claimed by two men, with a paternity suit under way. Playboy bunny dies a death oddly similar to her son's in an American hotel room, while 5 month old daughter is at home in the Bahamas with her presumed father.

Does this smell right? Sounds like the beginning of a mystery murder story to me. It's also likely to be a very long drawn out story that we are only just beginning to hear about. Tragedy TV has it's OJ story of 2007.

Anna nicole Smith - Let the 24 hour coverage begin

All day, every talk show, every news break. It's like the death of Anna Nicole Smith is the only thing that happened today.

I know, she was a celebrity, but come on. Her biggest claim to fame is being a Playboy model. Oh, and a billionaire's (oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II)widow. Oh, and won an inheritance dispute with Marshal's son for $474 million. Oh that's right, didn't she have a reality TV show? Oh that's right, her adult son died of a drug overdose last summer and her youngest son was being claimed by two men.

Accomplished life.

I don't mean to sound heartless, but is it really worth the coverage? I feel bad any time someone dies, especially when their spiritual life is in question, but I find it hard to even listen to the coverage today - she's really added no value to society as a whole.

Man, I feel guilty for even thinking like that.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Still no response from Gordon Smith

Still no response to my email or my messages to his Washington office or Oregon office voice mails.

Fro what I'm hearing from other Oregonians who have called in to the talk shows, including three differant national shows, they haven't recieved any kind of response either.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Woohoo! another sales tax proposal!

A new sales tax proposal doesn't surprise me, but this does.
"This version is sponsored by five House Republicans. It would drop the income tax from 9 percent to 6 percent. It also would reduce the capital gains tax and the number of people subject to Oregon's estate tax."
A couple of questions -

First - Has anybody in Salem stopped to consider that this would amount to a federal tax increase on Oregonians? If you pay 30% less state income taxes (deductible on your federal taxes) but replace it with the equivalent sales tax (not deductible on your federal taxes) then the result is net wash on the state level, but an increase on the federal level.

Second - while drawing money out of the underground economy does make sense, what if it increases the underground economy? when I lived in Texas (no income tax, just sales and property taxes), my brother-in-law and I would do painting bids and the perspective customer would almost always ask, "is that the price if I write a check, or if I give you cash?"

I have not had time to dig into this much, but one thing I know. It is not a revenue neutral proposal. Nothing coming out Salem is revenue neutral.

I know that this will be the topic of much debate and blogging.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

U.S. military is not worthy of the nation that it protects.

I took the above headline from Powerlineblog.

The Washington Post publishes an online column by William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security called Early Warning.

He posted a column titled The Troops Also Need to Support the American People

A Quote
These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President's handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.

Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.

Another Quote
But it is the United States and instead this NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer - force that thinks it is doing the dirty work.

The notion of dirty work is that, like laundry, it is something that has to be done but no one else wants to do it. But Iraq is not dirty work: it is not some necessary endeavor; the people just don't believe that anymore.

and finally
America needs to ponder what it is we really owe those in uniform. I don't believe America needs a draft though I imagine we'd be having a different discussion if we had one.

Hugh Hewitt, Black Five, Op-For, and PowerlineBlog have all commented on this better than I could, so I'll just say that the sentence in the final quote above says it all.
America needs to ponder what it is we really owe those in uniform...

If we have to think about what we really owe those in uniform, then we are in a lot more trouble than I thought. What a shame.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Perk has a blog!

A friend of mine, fellow Living Hope Community Church member and talented author has a blog. I've been meaning to talk to him about this, because his writing talent and quick wit should make for some entertaining posts. His first post poses some interesting questions, resulting in some interesting comments, one by yours truly.

Wow, that paragraph has a lot of links, several leading to the same place.

Monday, January 29, 2007

No response from Gordon Smith

Still no response to my email or my messages on his Washington office or Oregon office voice mails.

I find it interesting how I always seem to get a response (though often automated) when I'm encouraging him on something he generaly agrees with. This time, he wants to be reelected and he's got his wet finger in the air, and he does not want to hear from the people who put him where he is, because he senses that we are in the minority. I believe that this is a severe miscalculation. There is no way he will ever pull enough Democratic votes in this state to outweigh the conservative votes that he is turning his back on.

Update - 30,316 people have signed The Pledge thus far. Will you?

It's now day 5 and 30,316 people have now signed The Pledge.
752 signatures of Oregonians.

Senator Gordon Smith, are you listening yet?

Friday, January 26, 2007

18427 pledge signatures in less than 2 days

Over 18427 people have signed The Pledge to not support the National Republican Senatorial Committee or any Republican Senator who votes for any resolution against the President's new plan in Iraq.

Senator Gordon Smith 488 signatures are from Oregonians

This is pretty amazing considering that the pledge has only been up for 2 days.

Go sign it, please.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Letter to Senator Smith

I have gone here to sign a pledge that states
"If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the National Republican Senatorial Committee unless the Chairman of that Committee, Senator Ensign, commits in writing that none of the funds of the NRSC will go to support the re-election of any senator supporting the non-binding resolution."

I have also sent him this email-
Dear Senator Smith

I have always supported you and voted for you, but sadly it appears that is about to come to an end.

If you continue to support the WARNER RESOLUTION (or any other similar resolution) I will not only vote FOR any challenger of yours in your next primary election, I will also donate as much money as I can afford up to the legal limit. I will also vote for your opposition in the general election if you manage to secure the party nomination.

In addition, I will no longer support the NRSC if it chooses to give you money.

Approximately 12,000 people in 24 hours have sighned a pledge saying as much at .

Republicans did not lose the '06 elections because of their support of the war, they lost because the republican base got tired of voting for people who have abandoned their party's principles. Judicial nominees, government spending, Social Security reform, illegal immigration..... You failed to lead, and you lost your majority. You are not going to get it back by moving further and further away from the base's core beliefs.

Gary Carpenter

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Really - Shame, shame on you Senator Smith

From the Register Guard:
PORTLAND - U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., said Tuesday that he'll co-sponsor a resolution offered by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., opposing President Bush's plan to send 21,500 more U.S. soldiers into Iraq.

Smith, an early and hawkish supporter of the Iraq war, said ``this war has devolved far beyond what we authorized,'' placing U.S. troops in the middle of a sectarian war
between Shiites and Sunnis.

``I do believe the American people recognize that the strategy employed over the last three years has changed in a way that they find unacceptable ... because it is not succeeding,'' Smith said.
Senator, regardless of how you feel about how the war has gone thus far, why we're here, or even how we got there, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! The President recognizes that it has not gone well, and is trying a different approach. You voted to confirm one of the architects of this new plan, General Petraeus this week after his testimony. Why now give his plan a no-confidence vote instead of waiting to see if some progress can be made. If you really feel that strongly about the plan, then why did you confirm the General?

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

Kptv reports-
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is expected to ask state legislators for a record increase in the state’s cigarette tax to fund his Healthy Kids Plan on Monday.

The plan, part of Kulongoski’s re-election campaign, is aimed at making sure every child in Oregon has access to health care.

The proposal would boost the tax on a pack of cigarettes by 85 cents, pushing it just over the $2.00 mark.

Light 'em up!

Friday, January 12, 2007

Shame on you Senator Smith

Yesterday the Boston Globe ran an article titled Cracks appear in party support in wich they quote our Senator as saying "This is the president's Hail Mary pass," Smith said after the speech. "We are extending an ineffective tactic to further the status quo."

I realize that he has an election coming up, and he is likely to face a fairly tough opponent in someone like Bill Bradberry, but he has to survive a primary first.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Blogging Again

I'm back. I'm horribly inconsistent about blogging, so a break may not have even been noticeable.

For the new year, I think that I will try to post at least once a week, but hopefully a lot more. There are so many good bloggers that post every day, many post several times a day, I don't know how they find the time. I'm not around a computer from the time I leave the house in the morning until I get home - usually late in the evening. I listen to talk radio most of the day, and I here so many things that I would love to post my thoughts about, but by the time I get home, I don't have the time to research the topics and then blog about them.

Hopefully, I will figure out a system or process for distilling what I've heard through the day into a relevant posting in the evening.