Monthly Archive for October, 2004

Bin Laden And Michael Moore

Seems the two have a lot in common. Some excerpts from the latest Bin Laden tape,

But I am amazed at you. Even though we are in the fourth year after the events of September 11th, Bush is still engaged in distortion, deception and hiding from you the real causes. And thus, the reasons are still there for a repeat of what occurred.

“It never occurred to us that the commander in chief of the country (Bush) would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone … because he thought listening to a child discussing her goats was more important”

The New York Post writes,

Osama bin Laden’s newest tape may have thrust him to the forefront of the presidential election, but what was not seen was the cave-dwelling terror lord talking about the setbacks al Qaeda has faced in recent months. Officials said that in the 18-minute long tape — of which only six minutes were aired on the al-Jazeera Arab television network in the Middle East on Friday — bin Laden bemoans the recent democratic elections in Afghanistan and the lack of violence involved with it.

On the tape, bin Laden also says his terror organization has been hurt by the U.S. military’s unrelenting manhunt for him and his cohorts on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

A portion of the left-out footage includes a tirade aimed at President Bush and his father, former President George H.W. Bush, claiming the war in Iraq is purely over oil.

The tape also sparked some concern that an attack aimed at disrupting Tuesday’s election may be planned.

But those who have seen the tape have said there was no specific information regarding an attack.

“We are taking this very seriously,” said one counterterrorism official. “This is cause for great concern and we are certainly going on higher alert because of this.”

He also brings up the patriot act,

“He passed on tyranny and oppression to his son, and they called it the Patriot Act, under the pretext of fighting terror. Bush the father did well in placing his sons as governors and did not forget to pass on the expertise in fraud from the leaders of the (Mideast) region to Florida to use it in critical moments.”

He also says,

It is true that this shows that al-Qaida has gained, but on the other hand, it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something of which anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Haliburton and its kind, will be convinced. And it all shows that the real loser is…you.

And it’s no secret to you that the thinkers and perceptive ones from among the Americans warned Bush before the war and told him, “All that you want for securing America and removing the weapons of mass destruction – assuming they exist – is available to you, and the nations of the world are with you in the inspections, and it is in the interest of America that it not be thrust into an unjustified war with an unknown outcome.”

But the darkness of the black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America.

So I say to you, over 15 000 of our people have been killed and tens of thousands injured, while more than a thousand of you have been killed and more than 10 000 injured. And Bush’s hands are stained with the blood of all those killed from both sides, all for the sake of oil and keeping their private companies in business.

We all know who Bin Laden will vote for come Nov 2nd. I’m voting the opposite.

Update: The full english version can be found here.

Joke Of The Day

A union leader runs up to a man operating a huge back hoe and says, “Do you know that you can employ a hundred men with shovels for the work you are doing?”

The man sarcastically replies, “Why stop at a hundred? How about a thousand men with teaspoons?”

HatTip: The Club For Growth

Famous British Historian Paul Johnson Endorses Bush For President

British historian Paul Johnson, author of some of the most widely read books on American history(two of which I own, ‘A History Of The American People’, and ‘Modern Times’) has come out with his endorsement for George W. Bush for president. Read it now at the Hispanic American Center For Economic Research.

Health Care Prices And The Effects Of Regulations

Duke University professor Christopher Conover shows that government regulations in health care hurt more than they help.

It Wasn’t Just GWB Who Believed In Iraq Al Qaeda Connection

Apparently, it was also Bill Clinton.

Iraqi’s And The Presidential Elections

Those Iraqi’s that hope Iraq is successful are hoping George W. Bush wins the presidency.

I’m On NPR Radio News Today

The BBC has asked me to come on and talk about my political views. I will be on NPR in Florida from 11am – 1pm PST. For those that can listen, try to listen in.

Quote Of The Day Two

“The true nature of our loud divisiveness is rarely remarked upon. In the last three decades, there has been a steady evolution from liberal to moderately conservative politics among a majority of the voters, whether gauged by the recent spate of Republican presidents or Bill Clinton’s calculated shift to the center…. In contrast, the universities, the arts, the major influential media and Hollywood are predominately liberal — and furious. They bring an enormous amount of capital, talent, education and cultural influence into the political fray — but continue to lose real political power. The talented elite plays the same role to the rest of America as the Europeans do to the United States — venting and seething because the supposedly less sophisticated, but far more powerful, average Joes don’t embrace their visions of utopia” — Historian Victor Davis Hanson writing in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Quote Of The Day

“If the Iraqis had used military transport vehicles of five-ton capacity, it would have required 80 trucks for one big lift, or, say, 20 trucks each making four trips… The bottom line is that, if the explosives were ever there, the Iraqis moved them before our troops arrived. There is no other plausible scenario. Sen. Kerry knows this is a bogus issue. And he doesn’t care. He’s willing to accuse our troops of negligence and incompetence to further his political career. Of course, he did that once before” — Ralph Peters, writing in the New York Post.

Who Do Terrorists Want For President?

Maybe nobody knows, but this quote seems to give the answer,

“American elections and Iraq are linked tightly together. We’ve got to work to change the election, and we’ve done so. With our strikes, we’ve dragged Bush into the mud.” –Iraqi terrorist Abu Jalal

Economic Efficiency Score For Representatives

Professor Of Economics Walter Williams, in his latest article, writes,

Completed just in time for the elections is the Economic Efficiency Score (Econ-E Score) (http://www.lerner.udel.edu/econ-e/). It was developed as a Ph.D. dissertation by University of Delaware student Martin Kennedy, now a professor of economics at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn. Professor Kennedy came up with an Econ-E Score for congressmen by investigating votes in the 106th and 107th Congresses on issues where economic efficiency was at stake. He analyzed votes on economic legislation that would yield nationwide benefits greater than costs and those that would have nationwide costs greater than benefits. The former were designated as efficiency enhancing and the latter efficiency diminishing.

Great Idea. Go to the link, and see how your representative scored.

Here are the overall results,

The economic efficiency scores don’t paint a pretty picture about our elected representatives. The highest score held by a Democratic House member (48) was jointly held by Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, and Ralph Hall and Charlie Stenholm of Texas, who all voted for efficiency-enhancing legislation 48 percent of the time. The highest score for a Republican House member (87) was jointly held by John Shadegg of Arizona, John Sununu of New Hampshire, and Tom Petri and James Sensenbrenner, both of Wisconsin. In the Senate, the highest score (64) held by a Democrat was held by Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, and for a Republican, it was Richard Lugar of Indiana (91). The average Econ-E Score was 20 for Democratic House members and was 54 for Republicans. The average for Senate Democrats was 40, and for Senate Republicans, it was 69.

Kerry And The Communists

It seems like Kerry worked with the communist regime in Hano much closer than I thought.

The Mother Of All Flip-Flops

I got this from William Kristol’s article,

In an interview with John McLaughlin on November 16, 2001–just two months after September 11 and before victory in Afghanistan was assured–Kerry was asked, “What do we have to worry about [in Afghanistan]?” Kerry answered:

I have no doubt, I’ve never had any doubt–and I’ve said this publicly–about our ability to be successful in Afghanistan. We are and we will be. The larger issue, John, is what happens afterwards. How do we now turn attention ultimately to Saddam Hussein? How do we deal with the larger Muslim world? What is our foreign policy going to be to drain the swamp of terrorism on a global basis? [Emphasis added]

So on November 16, 2001, with the war in Afghanistan but a few weeks old and Osama bin Laden not yet captured, John Kerry was raising the bar for the Bush administration, wondering when it would go after Saddam Hussein.

Quote Of The Day

“Regular church attendance has been a reliable predictor of voting behavior among whites, with church goers disproportionately voting Republican. Among blacks this has not been the case…. Gay marriage, and claims equating the gay movement to the civil rights movement, has been a wake-up call. Black pastors and their congregants are waking up to the fact that the liberal agenda that they have been supporting all these years does not liberate but denigrates, dehumanizes, and enslaves. They are beginning to see the liberal agenda, the welfare state agenda, as a moral problem, undermining the dignity and responsibility that makes men and women free” — Star Parker, president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education

The Failure Of Communism From A Satellite

Even from space one can witness the failures of communism.

Quote Of The Day With Commentary

I got this from yesterdays Wall Street Journal “Best Of The Today”,

Reuters quotes John Kerry at a rally in Pueblo, Colo.:

“With the same energy . . . I put into going after the Viet Cong and trying to win for our country, I pledge to you I will hunt down and capture or kill the terrorists before they harm us,” Kerry said. “And we will wage a war on terror that makes America proud and brings the world to our side.”

We were pretty young then, but we’re pretty sure we remember we lost the Vietnam War. Moreover, Kerry put a lot of effort into “ending the war”–which is to say, into losing.