JUNE 4, 2008

"If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War." --  George Washington, Fifth Annual Address to Congress, December 13, 1793


Folks, some of the governments own agencies estimate that if the "cap and trade" legislation now moving through Congress passes it will result in raising gasoline prices by 50%.  This is just more of Al Gore and the environmental lobby's push to get even richer off the backs of the American workers and taxpayers.  We had all better get busy and tell our Congressmen to forget this nonsense, and to forget about it forever: 

Pelosi credits Iran for success of the surge in Iraq:  http://www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/greenwald/8571

Dems propose to have taxpayers pay for hurricane losses:  http://mobile2.wsj.com/device/html_article.php?id=&CALL_URL=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121219552595334557.html%3fmod=hps_us_pageone

Still more "zero tolerance" insanity:  http://www.telegram.com/article/20080529/NEWS/805290859

The Scott McClellan book - "Nothing New":  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10649.html

Dole blasts McClellan:  http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0508/Bob_Dole_unloads_on_McClellan.html

PERSONAL COMMENT (because of McClellan's Katrina comments):

On the 2nd day after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast I was contracted to deliver a van load of satellite telephones from Atlanta, GA, to Camp Shelby (US Army) south of Hattiesburg, in southern Mississippi.  The further south I got the more it was necessary to dodge debris on the roads, and I was able to find fuel at only one location, else I couldn't have made it.  Because I was tired, I stayed overnight on the post and headed back the next morning.  On the way back (the third day after Katrina) there were still work crews cleaning trees and debris from the interstates (never mind the back roads),  AND there were mile after mile of 18-wheelers headed south carrying construction equipment, generators, refrigeration units, ice, lumber, etc, etc, etc, etc.

The point of telling you about this is because FEMA got such a bad lick from this.  Did FEMA make mistakes?  Yes!  Could they have done better?  Yes!  BUT!!!! The FEMA operating manual given to states and local jurisdictions stated that states and localities should be prepared to fend for themselves for the first 72 hours after a major disaster.  The point is that FEMA met their part of the existing disaster relief plans.  The states and localities did not (especially in Louisiana).  The state and local politicians didn't want to be held accountable for their failures so they did what politicians always do (especially liberal politicians) they pointed their fingers at FEMA.  BUT, for all the mistakes made nothing can compare to the politicians in New Orleans who had resources that could have been used to evacuate people and help the cleanup afterwards and did essentially.... NOTHING!  They just let their resources stay in place, unused, and be destroyed.  Just let these photos remind you of what happens when Liberals think someone else should take care of things.


BTW, New Orleans got the most media coverage, but it was SW Mississippi that got the worst damage.  MUCH, MUCH, WORSE!

US Marine survives Iraq, comes home and dies from being shot at a bus stop:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,361304,00.html

Preachers arrested for "hate crimes" (passing out Christian literature in a Muslim neighborhood):  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2058935/Police-advise-Christian-preachers-to-leave-Muslin-area-of-Birmingham.html

Country and Western line dancing is a huge fad in France.  The government's response?  Regulate it!:  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4036375.ece

Some thoughts on the Church in today's society:  http://bridgetdgms.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/the-detergent-church-salt-and-light-or-slop-and-tripe/

Congressmen call oil execs to testify, not to help solve the oil crisis, but so they can get their names and faces in the media:  http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/WalterEWilliams/2008/06/04/dumb_or_ill-informed

And what has Obama to say about this?  Nothing:  http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gkqvlPndHPxXMqNzQLCQAPNyxbdQ

Another dangerous environmental wacko:  http://www.democratherald.com/articles/2008/06/01/news/local/1aaa01_law.txt

Honesty and integrity - who is and who isn't:  http://www.examiner.com/a-1419425~Peter_Schweizer__Conservatives_more_honest_than_liberals_.html

Biting off their noses to spite their faces:  http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/05/15/overstock_jettisons_ny_affiliates/

Cogressmen insert "earmarks" into legislation to benefit their own relatives:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,361061,00.html

Every single proposal Obama has made has been tried before.... and failed:  http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/RichardHCollins/2008/06/04/the_road_to_hell_is_paved_with_democrats

"The Law" is a short book written by Frederic Bastiat in 1848.  It is a "must read" for anyone who is a conservative and believes in such things as morality and ideals.  You can find it online (with prologues by Walter Williams and Richard Ebeling) at:  http://www.fee.org/pdf/books/The_Law.pdf  This would be a good link to recommend to any liberal you happen to know.

Why "Air America" failed:  http://forums.politicalmachine.com/313752

More on "cap and trade" (note that all but one of these is to a government web site):

Recycle old baseball caps:  http://boortz.com/images/funny/redneck_pics_bra2.jpg

At a time when we are facing terrorism around the world Obama, in his own words, promises to disarm us:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl32Y7wDVDs&feature=related

Heart felt apologies or political expediency?:  http://www.townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2008/06/03/irrelevant_apologies?page=1

Time to end government subsidies to Planned Parenthood?:  http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/MichelleMalkin/2008/06/04/planned_parenthoods_obscene_profits