Saturday, August 23, 2008


Joe Biden On Barack Obama

McCain's rapid response to Obama's VP choice

Via Hot Air.


Obama picks Biden for veep

How proud can you be of your pick if you announce it in the wee hours of the morning on a Friday Saturday?

If this it true let's remember a few things about Biden. One, he is a dumb ass. Two, he has racial...problems. Need I continue? Well, yeah but let me just say that Obama did not have a lot of great candidates to chose from. My only thought is that BO must have been thinking that his Messiahhood would cancel out Biden's galatic douchebaggery. If this is true this race is over. Biden is a walking time-bomb who I am sure has not figured out how to temper age with wisdom.


Friday, August 22, 2008


Country First

Substance ! symbolism

Is John McCain a substance guy in a style world? Or is Barack Obama a style guy in a substance world? The American electorate will decide.

Compare both the symbolism and substance of this image...

...with this one:

Via Ed Morrissey, who comments:
In terms of symbolic power and resonance, the GOP has clearly remained with tradition, opting for strong, authentic colors. The Democrats’ pastel offering may symbolize something, but it’s neither tradition nor strength.
Nor is it patriotism.


If I Could Change One Thing...

From Normblog's profile of John Hinderacker:
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > Abolish the progressive income tax.
I'm no fan of progressive taxation, but I would answer the question differently: Abolish the withholding tax. It is the most egregious of all taxes. (I've always wondered how the government can constitutionally justify confiscating taxpayer property without due compensation. Does our resident CPA know?) Just imagine if every taxpayer had to pay their yearly income tax in one payment. One way or another we'd get change we could believe in.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Where Do Jobs Come From?

Democrats either don't know or don't care

Joy Nordlinger comments about the socialist nature of the Democratic party. He wonders:
From whom are we supposed to get our oil, pharmaceuticals, and insurance? Ralph Nader? Nancy Pelosi? Molly Yard?

Moreover, these corporations are employers. I ask another question: From whom are people supposed to get their jobs? The Obamas? As the great John Derbyshire says, we can only use so many “community organizers” and “diversity-enforcement officers.”
I would say we need zero of each.

Nordlinger continues:
Talking about herself and her husband, Michelle said not long ago, “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do. Don’t go into corporate America.” That is not so much disgusting as it is pathetic and ignorant. Look, I grew up with the same left-wing clichés. It’s just that some of us grew out of them, where, with others, they stuck.
This has reminded me of two conversations I had years ago with two different women about a month apart. Both were programmer/consultants just out of college, very intelligent, in their early 20s, working with me on a project to streamline a business function. Upon completion, the first project was to eliminate half of 82 accounting positions; the second was to trim warehouse personnel by about 10%.

The conversations were nearly identical, beginning after the woman made some remark about "evil" corporations. I asked her why she worked for one. Obviously annoyed by the question, she basically answered that it was the only way she could make a decent living. I challenged this, pointing out that there were other employment opportunities beside abetting a corporation in downsizing its workforce. Incredibly, she claimed that wasn't what we were doing. I insisted that it was goal of the project. At this point, one of the women terminated our conversation; the other insisted the project's goal was strictly a technological one. I was dumbfounded, but sure she was experiencing some form of cognitive dissonance. I hope the other woman did too.


Americans Are Being Kidnapped From The US

And held for ransom in Mexico

Mexican drug gangs are kidnapping Americans in the US and transporting their victims back to Mexico, where they are held for ransom:
Mexican intelligence officials say Veronica is one of around 30 Americans abducted in southern California and taken to Tijuana since last November. Many of the victims are of Hispanic origin and hold double nationality.

"Transnational kidnappings are a new way of operating for these criminal groups, mainly in California, and so we are seeking collaboration with the United States," Baja California state Attorney General Rommel Moreno told Reuters.

The FBI in San Diego says it is investigating 16 cases of U.S. residents kidnapped and held in Tijuana between October last year and May, including some who were abducted in San Diego County.
Per the linked article, this is also happening in Texas.

Via LauraW, who comments:
Gee, two or three people get bitten by sharks, and shark hysteria rules the news for months. Dozens of Americans kidnapped for ransom?

Not so much.

Very puzzling.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the Minuteman PAC.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Emil Jones Retires

And gets a 26% raise

Senate President Emil Jones has long been one of my favorite politicians. Not because of his political views, of course, but because he has put together a successful political career despite being probably the most inarticulate political leader I've ever seen. He looks every bit like the ward boss he is, which undoubtedly helped him.

Jones plans to install his son as his successor, which is, after all, a local tradition. So is enriching yourself and those close to you:
In recent years, Jones has had to defend himself amid questions about whether he's milked government to help people close to him. The Chicago Sun-Times and NBC5 last year, for example, disclosed that a technology firm owned by Jones' stepson, John Sterling, stood to make more than $700,000 as a subcontractor on a government-streamlining contract.

The Senate president also came under fire earlier this year for taking $120,000 in interest-free personal loans from his campaign fund over the years. Jones currently owes the fund $30,000.

But -- providing he stays out of politics -- Jones will have plenty of cash available to repay that debt. Jones had $577,605 in his campaign fund as of June 30, 1998, according to the Illinois Campaign for Political reform. State law allows contributions amassed until that date to be spent on personal items, provided income taxes on the campaign cash are paid.

As one of the longest-serving members of the General Assembly, Jones also is positioned for a healthy pension. If he does not take any other state positions and retires at the end of his term in January, he would begin drawing a state pension of $81,016 annually. A year later, he would see that total increase by 48 percent because he would be grandfathered in under an otherwise defunct retirement formula that rewarded service beyond 20 years.
These type of shenanigans go on all the time here. I think the public would be better served if elected officials were ineligible for pensions. Come to think of it, the public would be better served if public employees weren't given pension benefits.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Liberal Useful Idiot Reflexively Backs Russian Invasion

Must be hard to get rid of that US=evil/USSR=good tick.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008


One Third of New Owners Owe More Than House Is Worth

Via Bloomberg.

Almost one-third of U.S. homeowners who bought in the last five years now owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth, according to, an Internet provider of home valuations.

This is why pressure on home prices will continue until houses become affordable base on traditional measures of income to price, e.g. price is no more than 4 times income, monthly payment does not exceed 35% of income, etc. We still have a ways to go in some markets.

On a personal note, my family and a friend of ours took a Sunday drive, because gas prices are so cheap, to look at some of the sub-divisions in our area and to get an idea of what is available. The first house we stopped at was selling for about $345K and walking up to it it just looked terrible. The owner had gone through a divorce and had moved away and the yard was overgrown with weeds. It was a nice house but way over priced. The agent told me to make an offer if I was interested. The owner was hurting because he was paying out $2000/month. None of it was for lawn maintenance. I felt sorry for him.

When we got home I checked Zillow and found out that the house sold about 6 years ago for $260K. I felt a little less sorry for him. They obviously have a lot of equity in the home so why not lower the price. You see it is hard to come in and offer 20% under the asking price because you figure it is a waste of time. An insult. Bill O would not have this problem. It was a nice place but a little too big for our small family.



October 1st: Energy Freedom Day

Republicans have threatened to stop any gov't funding bill that includes a renewed ban on domestic sources of oil. Of course, the Democrats are holding senior citizens hostage to their foolish obstinacy to domestic oil production.

In response to DeMint, Reid spokesman Jim Manley said: "Isn't this the same day that Republicans would be endangering the delivery of Social Security checks because of their misguided attempts to promote energy policies that will do nothing to deal with the short term problems facing the country?"

If none of the Republican policies will have any effect on the price of oil in the near term then why oppose them? Why not let the Republicans have their policies and then the Democrats would get to mock them for every election in which prices continue to rise? The answer is that they fear prices might fall with the threat of new supplies in the pipeline. That's the way markets work and even the Democrats get that.


Wednesday, August 06, 2008


The Gestapo

In charge of Homeland Security?

Mark Krikorian nominates Rep. Luis Gutierrez as the worst person in Congress based on this statement concerning his demand for a moratorium on immigration raids until an amnesty bill passes:
"You know who is in charge now? The Gestapo agents at [the Department of] Homeland Security. They are in charge."
Is this just irresponsible, outrageous hyperbole of the kind we have come to expect from liberals or does he really believe it? Perhaps he needs a history lesson. From Wikipedia:
The Gestapo had the authority to investigate treason, espionage and sabotage cases, and cases of criminal attacks on the Nazi Party and Germany. A law passed by the government in 1936 gave the Gestapo carte blanche to operate without judicial oversight. The Gestapo was specifically exempted from responsibility to administrative courts, where citizens normally could sue the state to conform to laws. As early as 1935, however, a Prussian administrative court had ruled that the Gestapo's actions were not subject to judicial review.[1]

A further law passed later in the year gave the Gestapo responsibility for setting up and administering concentration camps. Also in 1935, Reinhard Heydrich became head of the Gestapo and Heinrich Müller, chief of operations; Müller would later assume overall command of the Gestapo after Heydrich's assassination in 1942 and Ernst Kaltenbrunner would take over as overall head of the RSHA and SD. Adolf Eichmann was Müller's direct subordinate and head of department IV, section B4, which dealt with Jews.

The power of the Gestapo most open to misuse was called Schutzhaft - "protective custody", a euphemism for the power to imprison people without judicial proceedings. The person imprisoned even had to sign his or her own Schutzhaftbefehl, an order declaring that the person had requested imprisonment (presumably out of fear of personal harm). In addition, thousands of political prisoners throughout Germany – and from 1941, throughout the occupied territories under the Night and Fog Decree – simply disappeared under Gestapo custody.
UPDATE: ICE is calling on Congress to take action against Gutierrez:
A senior ICE official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Julie L. Myers, the assistant secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was “absolutely appalled and deeply angered” by the statement. The official said Myers would send a letter to senior members of Congress asking that disciplinary action be taken against Gutierrez’ for his remarks.

Another official, Jamie Zuieback, director of congressional affairs for ICE, went on the record.

“It’s not OK,” Zuieback said. “Aside from being demeaning to the law enforcement officers that uphold the very laws passed by Mr. Gutierrez’s Congress, it’s potentially dangerous. No member of Congress should be encouraging the public to defy or demean federal law enforcement officers. Words matter.”

A call seeking comment from Gutierrez was not returned.


Change We Can Believe In

We believe it won't work, because we know it doesn't work

From the BBC:
Mr Obama, speaking on Monday as he celebrated his 47th birthday, put forward plans to reduce US dependence on foreign oil in 10 years.

"Breaking our oil addiction is one of the greatest challenges our generation will ever face," Mr Obama said as he visited Michigan, home to the ailing US car industry and set to be a key battleground state in the election.

"It will take nothing less than a complete transformation of our economy."
Away from free choice and capitalism towards government mandates and socialism.

The Wall Street Journal:
And yet there's more miracle work to do. Mr. Obama promises to put at least one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by 2015. That's fine if consumers want to buy them. But even if technical battery problems are overcome, this would only lead to "fuel switching" -- if cars don't use gasoline, the energy still has to come from somewhere. And the cap-and-trade program also favored by Mr. Obama would effectively bar new coal plants, while new nuclear plants are only now being planned after a 30-year hiatus thanks to punishing regulations and lawsuits.

Problems like these are the reality of "alternative" energy, and they explain why every "energy independence" plan has faltered since the 1970s. But just because Mr. Obama's plan is wildly unrealistic doesn't mean that a program of vast new taxes, subsidies and mandates wouldn't be destructive. The U.S. has a great deal invested in fossil fuels not because of a political conspiracy or because anyone worships carbon but because other sources of energy are, right now, inferior.

Consumption isn't rising because of wastefulness. The U.S. produces more than twice as much GDP today per unit of energy as it did in the 1950s, yet energy use has risen threefold. That's because energy use is tethered to growth, and the economy continues to innovate and expand. Mr. Obama seems to have other ideas.
He sure does. Impose a command and control economy on Americans by taking power from the people.


Mike Gravel Advocates Stalking Prosecutor


Andy McCarthey comments:
Mike Gravel is a former two-term Democrat Senator from Alaska (and the hard Left) who lobbied unsuccessfully to be George McGovern's Veep choice in 1972. Sami al-Arian is a convicted abettor of the murderous terrorist organization Palestinian Islamic Jihad who has recently admitted past involvement in the Muslim Brotherhood (official motto: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.")

Al-Arian is about to stand trial for criminal contempt because he refuses to testify in the grand jury — despite the facts that all people in the United States are obliged to do so when subpoenaed unless absolved by a legal privilege; that al-Arian has no privilege against self-incrimination because the United States has immunized him from prosecution; and that it is a commonplace for defendants, once their trials are over, to be summoned to the grand jury to provide the public with other information they have regarding potential criminal activity.
Michael Fletcher of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, has the audio of Gravel's remarks:
Mike Gravel, a former two-term senator from Alaska and fringe Democratic and Libertarian presidential candidate, urged people to stalk a federal prosecutor and his family in order to get criminal contempt charges dropped against Sami Al-Arian, an exclusive audio tape obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism shows.

Gravel, 78, spoke at a forum with Al-Arian's wife and two of their children Friday evening in Washington, D.C. During his remarks, he focused attention at the prosecutor driving the case (Click the play button to the left to hear the clip):

Gravel: "And so what I would say, if there is somebody within the sound of my
voice who has the time to do it, find out where - is it Gordon? Who's
the, what's his name?"

Audience member: "Gordon Kromberg."

Gravel: "Find out where he lives. Find out where his office is. If you've got some chutzpah - which is a word that you don't hear often - if you've really got it, find out where he lives, find out where his kids go to school, find out where his office is; picket him all the time. Call him a racist in signs if you see him. Call him an injustice. Call him whatever you want to call him, but in his face all the time. They can't take the heat; deliver it to them. We have to stop laying down to these injustices."
This left me wondering how long it will be until the merger of violent, chauvinist Islam and the radical Left is complete.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Talking To The Mullahs...

...while ignoring their threats

William Katz links to this piece from John Bolton:
This weekend, yet another "deadline" passed for Iran to indicate it was seriously ready to discuss ending its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Like so many other deadlines during these five years of European-led negotiations, this one died quietly, with Brussels diplomats saying that no one seriously expected any real work on a Saturday.
Bolton's conclusion:
Iran is pursuing two goals simultaneously, both of which it is comfortably close to achieving. The first -- to possess all the capabilities necessary for a deliverable nuclear weapon -- is now almost certainly impossible to stop diplomatically. Thus, Iran's second objective becomes critical: to make the risks of a military strike against its program too high, and to make the likelihood of success in fracturing the program too low. Time favors Iran in achieving these goals. U.S. and European diplomats should consider this while waiting by the telephone for Iran to call.
Katz's conclusion:
They won't consider it. It's too convenient just to talk, and hope for the best, and not let facts get in the way.

Do you sense a grim situation down the road?
I sure do.

Meanwhile, Iran threatens mischief to stem the recent decline in the price of oil. I wish someone would ask Obama and the Democratic leadership why, regarding oil prices, they share the same goal as the mullahs, and why more money for the mullahs is a good thing.


The #dontGo Movement

Finally, McCain and the House GOP get tough on energy

McCain has challenged Democratic Congressional leaders by name to call Congress back into session and work to solve our current energy crisis. He also challenges Obama to stop campaigning and head back to Washington. Video here.

Link via the #dontgo Movement, a new website which demands Congress end its vacation and do the people's business:
#dontgo Movement is a collaborative effort being developed by a group of free-market, e-activists who wish to see Congress stay in Washington until a solution for our energy crisis is found. But #dontgo is more than a single issue.

Our goal is to achieve a tidal shift in American politics from the ground up, utilizing the great potential of the grassroots movement. On a multitude of issues, from energy independence to fiscal responsibility, we plan to return the country back onto the right path.
On threatening the Liberal elite:
Why is this movement of vital importance to America right now?

For too long, the liberal elite, entrenched in both parties, and their friends in the media have managed to keep the truth from the People, to ignore the issues and concerns, and even the facts, that are relevant to the People, all in their effort to pursue an agenda that was born in the early 20th century (”progressivism”) and that has failed wherever it was tried.

In the final analysis, the People, loyal to the great truths and principles that made America great and looking forward to true progress, not “progressivism as regression towards big government”, an advance of freedom and prosperity in a free society with a free market, have finally decided, “we will not go silently into the night!”
House Republican Leader John Boehner:
“My message to Democratic lawmakers is this: if you’re really for increased American energy production, then prove it by putting it in writing. Sign the discharge petitions House Republicans are circulating that will force votes on energy legislation Speaker Pelosi refuses to bring to the floor. And sign onto the American Energy Act, our ‘all of the above’ plan to increase conservation, innovation, and American energy production, instead of doing the Speaker’s bidding by voting against bringing it to a vote. If you aren’t willing to put it in writing, you’re fooling no one. You’re siding with the Speaker of the Drill-Nothing Congress and radical special interests that favor higher gas prices, at the expense of energy-strapped American families.”

“This cynical strategy is disgustingly dishonest. Without any real solutions to help Americans who are struggling with record-high gas prices, it appears the Democratic leadership has hit on a new plan: deceive. Deceive the press, deceive its members, and deceive the American people. Democratic members have a ‘pass’ from their leaders to talk about drilling at home, while the liberal Democratic leadership – which is beholden to special interests that want higher gas prices – plays ‘rope-a-dope’ back in Washington, ensuring there is no vote to help the American people before November. It’s cynical, dishonest, and wrong – and it won’t work.”
(h/t Allahpundit.)

The Democrats, along with their media allies, have chosen deception as a strategy to run out the clock until after the election. We can't let them get away with it. Unfortunately, the bettors at Intrade think there is a 50/50 chance that they will.


The Democrats' Energy Plan

Let them eat cake

Hugh Hewitt makes this point in reaction to this story by Politico's Martin Kady II and Patrick O'Connor:
Even as they face heat from constituents during the August break, Democrats say they aren’t going to cave in to popular pressure.

“We feel pretty comfortable with where we are,” said Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.), who is close to the Democratic leadership. “This is a not a new issue. This just didn’t happen today. We’ve been working on this for months.”

Democratic insiders said that Pelosi and other party leaders were “not rattled” by the GOP floor rebellion, and at this point, it’s not clear if the Democrats will even pay a price on energy. State-level polling conducted by Democrats suggests that voters still view President Bush and the GOP as the incumbent power in Washington, and Democratic strategists believe any anti-incumbent wave would hurt Republicans more than Democrats.
Hewitt is rightly troubled by these tactics:
The Pelosi-Reid-Obama indifference to the impact the high cost of gas is having on the average America is amazing and unsettling, a vision of how these elites would govern if unchecked. For Pelosi, it is a Marie Antoinette moment, and every Republican should be making the point that every vote for any Democrat is a vote to keep Her Highness in power as Speaker, and thus the cost of gas sky high and rising.
He's right. This last point will be emphasized by me any time I hear anyone complain about the cost of gasoline.

Democrats, as directed by the environmental lobby, push insane energy policies that cost the average family thousands of dollars annually. But, aided and abetted by the media, they have successfully created the perception among Americans that the GOP and Big Oil are responsible for high energy prices. Republicans need to launch a full scale media assault to counter this while reminding voters that gasoline prices have just about doubled since Democrats won control of Congress.

Like this, via Hot Air:

I'm not sure what galls me the most: That the Democrat's policy of artificially high gasoline prices have forced me to alter my lifestyle; The arrogance and contempt for average people displayed by the Democratic leadership; or that the plan may actually succeed in thwarting the will of 70% of the American public.

I find it depressesing that Democratic control of the next House and Senate last traded on Intrade at 93.8 and 92, respectively.

Monday, August 04, 2008


Drilling For Oil

The Democrats are an obstacle; inaction is "unconscionable"

The GOP is finally taking the initiative on energy:
Scores of Republican House members will return to the Hill today, despite Congress being on recess, to engage in legislative guerrilla tactics meant to turn the screws on Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has so far refused to allow a vote on domestic oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge.

Republicans took to the House floor on Friday to protest against Pelosi even though the Speaker made sure to turn the cameras and most of the lights off. Their specific complaint was that Pelosi allowed the House to recess without allowing the House to vote on energy legislation.
Nancy Pelosi vowed yesterday not to allow a vote on drilling to occur. Via Hot Air, House GOP leadership sent her the following letter:
An Open Letter to Speaker Pelosi

On Friday August 1, 2008, at 11:23 a.m., your Democrat majority in the House of Representatives adjourned the House for five full weeks.

House Republicans believe that Congress should not go on vacation until we take action to lower gas and energy prices for struggling American families.

For the last two months we and our House Republican colleagues have used every tool at our disposal to try and get you and your Democrat majority to vote on legislation to lower gas and energy prices by expanding environmentally sound domestic production of oil and natural gas, improving energy efficiency, and encouraging the development of alternative energy technologies.

Many of the proposals we have asked you and your Democrat majority to allow us to vote on are bipartisan proposals that we believe would enjoy the support of a majority of the Members of the Congress. Yet because you and your Democrat Leadership personally oppose these proposals, you are not allowing them to come up for a vote. This past Sunday, you even told George Stephanopoulos that you will never allow this vote to occur ….

In protest of you and your Democrat majority not allowing an up or down vote on producing more American energy, we and our House Republican colleagues were prepared to take to the floor on Friday, August 1, 2008, and speak to the nation. Rather than allowing that to happen you and your Democrat majority adjourned the House, turned off the television cameras, shut off the microphones and turned out the lights. Nearly 50 House Republicans remained on the floor of the House in defiance speaking to those citizens gathered in the galleries and to the media.

Today we have again returned to the Capitol to continue speaking to the thousands of Americans from all across our country who are visiting the Capitol. We would have preferred if instead we were joined by our colleagues to have a true debate on this issue that ended in an up or down vote.

We think it is unconscionable that Congress has gone on vacation before we have addressed the high gas prices that are crippling our economy and hurting millions of families. We are asking that you reconvene the House from your five-week vacation and schedule a vote on legislation to increase American energy production. Let us be clear, we are not asking for a guaranteed outcome, just the chance to vote.

Signed by: John Boehner, Republican Leader; Roy Blunt, Republican Whip; Adam Putnam, Republican Conference Chairman; Eric Cantor, Chief Deputy Whip; and Members of the House Republican Conference
Rep Boehner is live blogging the protest. From this morning:
Congressmen Mike Pence (R-IN):

“We come today on behalf of all Americans that believe Congress should come back in session for a vote on real energyRe

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA):

“Without your help we won’t be able to do anything…like the founders of this country we’re going directly to the American people.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK):

“The oil might not flow for a year or two, but the jobs will start immediately…Right now, this House is an obstacle, not a platform.”
So is the Senate. I was stunned when I saw this:

Sen McConnell offered unanimous consent requests to lift the ban on deep-sea exploration if the price of gasoline reached $4.50, $5, $7.50 and $10. Democrats objected to every request.

Obama is incoherent on energy.

This issue is a big loser for the Democrats. Voters and momentum are with the GOP now. They should stick to their guns and force a vote rather than compromise with the Democratic leadership.

Bettors at Intrade recognize this. The contract on whether Congress will lift the offshore drilling ban this year, which was trading at 10 last month and 25 last Friday, is now at 50.


Sunday, August 03, 2008


Missile Defense

What those who oppose it have in common

The Left hates missile defense. Democrats and those on the Left oppose anything that makes it easier for the US to project power and protect Americans from our enemies.

Russia, not quite an enemy of the US, also hates missile defense, and has reportedly threatened to effectively station bombers in Cuba. Richard Fernandez notes why Russia hates missile defense in Europe:
What a working missile defense shield will do is make any Russian limited WMD attack on the West a very uncertain proposition. While Russia’s arsenal is easily big enough to overwhelm, through sheer numbers, the defensive system based in Poland and the Czech Republic any such attack would also be big enough to guarantee Russia’s destruction in the resulting retaliation. It may be an exaggeration to claim that a missile defense will have the effect of disarming the Kremlin of any viable military response between issuing a diplomatic protest and starting Armaggedon but it is quite clear it threatens to invalidate a large range of the “full spectrum” responses now available to the Russians.
In other words, it places limits on Russia's ability to intimidate American allies.

Fernandez, on why the mullahs hate it:
What a missile defense system in Europe would do is restore the ambiguity inherent in the American deterrent posture even in the event Iran has nuclear weapons. If the Ayatollahs cannot rely on their missiles penetrating the defense, they are faced with possibility that America could actually destroy it utterly, leaving no time for Teheran to even deploy shipping container bombs, in response to any attack Washington considered sufficiently offensive. The Ayatollahs could persuade themselves that Washington mightn’t but it would have to admit that it could. And that doubt might make all the difference. And by diminishing the Iranian certainty, the missiles also reduce the incentive for any terrorist organization, be it Sunni or Shi’a, to shelter under its leaky umbrella. Deterrence is above all a psychological game.
It sure is. And its the Democrats who want us to be deterred from acting to protect ourselves.

Alexis, from the comments section:
In the Prisoner’s Dilemma, “victory” is often assumed to be survival. But what if “victory” means ensuring that the other prisoner hangs? This is the problem we face with any society that engages in suicide bombing. Any society that idolizes suicide bombing necessarily cannot be reasoned with on the basis of a “win-win” scenario. As harsh as this may sound, given the behavior of groups that support suicide bombing (such as Palestinians), it would be logical to regard one’s own life as less important than killing a Palestinian because there is no basis for thinking he would reciprocate any decency.


An American Carol

Via Bookworm, its a film I'm eager to see:
The holiday in An American Carol is not Christmas and the antagonist is not Ebenezer Scrooge. Instead, the film follows the exploits of a slovenly, anti-American filmmaker named Michael Malone, who has joined with a left-wing activist group ( to ban the Fourth of July. Along the way, Malone is visited by the ghosts of three American heroes--George Washington, George S. Patton, and John F. Kennedy--who try to convince him he's got it all wrong. When terrorists from Afghanistan realize that they need to recruit more operatives to make up for the ever-diminishing supply of suicide bombers, they begin a search for just the right person to help produce a new propaganda video. "This will not be hard to find in Hollywood," says one. "They all hate America." When they settle on Malone, who is in need of work after his last film (Die You American Pigs) bombed at the box office, he unwittingly helps them with their plans to launch another attack on American soil.

The entire film is an extended rebuttal to the vacuous antiwar slogan that "War Is Not the Answer." Zucker's response, in effect: "It Depends on the Question."
The timing (October 3 release date) is perfect. I hope this film is a huge success.

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