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Archive for November 22nd, 2004

Space Tourism Makes a Comeback

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

Hopefully the Senate will approve this bill as well. We’ll see.

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The Next Front in the Culture Wars: University Faculty

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

There are few who doubt the extreme left wing bias of college professors. This lack of diversity is about to be brought into the light of day through several new studies, detailed here.

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Space Tourism Makes a Comeback

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

Hopefully the Senate will approve this bill as well. We’ll see.

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The Next Front in the Culture Wars: University Faculty

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

There are few who doubt the extreme left wing bias of college professors. This lack of diversity is about to be brought into the light of day through several new studies, detailed here.

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Keeping the World Safe From The BSA

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

James Lileks makes the issue clear.

Move over, OBL – our new national threat comes from the BSA. They’re a strange, religiously oriented group that’s stated purposes ought to make your blood run as cold as chilled mercury. We’ve had remarkable success in recent years keeping them from undermining American power, thanks to the U.S. military. But now it’s official, and what was once a shadowy war is out in the open.

The Pentagon has informed all bases not to sponsor the Boy Scouts of America.

Not that they ever have, mind you. Says the Associated Press: “The Pentagon said it has long had a rule against sponsorship of non-federal organizations and denied the rule had been violated. But it agreed to send a message to posts worldwide warning them not to sponsor Boy Scout troops or other such groups.”

So we’re still in danger. It’s possible that in some distant base in a flat, empty state, some rogue officer might horribly commingle Boy Scouts and his official duties – say, showing up in uniform to teach the Webelos the Pledge of Allegiance.

Why is this bad? Simple: The Scouts make you swear an oath that mentions the Big Guy. Here’s the marrow-curdling vow in its entirety, brazenly posted on a Web site they use to communicate with other cells. Ready?

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Whew. Strong stuff. The God part is bad enough, but the “morally straight” line is the big cherry on the cake. But remember, please: The Scouts are a private organization; they have the right to believe what they wish, even if you disagree.

And we’re talking about the Boy Scouts, for heaven’s sake, not some Junior Klan League noted for torchlight parades through Jewish neighborhoods. Who has the time to worry whether the Scouts are meeting in the local library? Isn’t there some real, actual evil handy you could sue?

Since the last election, we’ve been told that right-wing theoreticians concoct divisive social issues in secret underground labs and release them into the body politic every election cycle, clouding the minds of red-state sheep. But the Boy Scouts haven’t been suing anyone for the right to hold compulsory God and country rallies in schools across the land. The American Civil Liberties Union is forcing the issue.

The people barging into the courts are the ones obsessed that Boy Scouts might be using public school rooms after hours to learn knot tying. And Scouts drive on public roads to get there, too. They even breathe air whose quality is mandated by federal regulations that take public money to enforce. Theocratic parasites, that’s what they are. What’s next? A 900-foot statue of Jesus on the Mall in Washington?

This may be the face of the hard, foamy left, but it’s not the view of your average Democrat. Throwing the Scouts into an electrified pen that keeps them from contaminating government is not high on the list of your average Democratic concerns.

Ask one. Why are you a Democrat? “Because I believe in good jobs, health care for all, more diplomacy and strong public schools.”

And you oppose the Boy Scouts, right? “What? No. My kid’s a scout.”

But the ACLU has practically declared them a hate group. Got the Pentagon to promise no official connections. And you’ll still vote Democratic? “Count on it, friend.”

Then one day his kid’s Wolf Pack gets denied a permit to hold a party in a public park.

And thus do blue folks see red.





Any questions about why the left will continue to lose elections?

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Perspective: Natan Sharansky, Condi Rice, And George W. Bush

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

When Natan Sharansky stepped into Condoleezza Rice’s West Wing office at 11:15 last Thursday morning, he had no idea the national security advisor would soon be named the next secretary of state. He was just glad to see her holding a copy of his newly published book, The Case for Democracy.

Sharansky, a self-effacing man who spent nine years in KGB prisons (often in solitary confinement) before becoming the first political prisoner released by Mikhail Gorbachev, hoped it had to do with his brilliant analysis and polished prose.

Rice smiled. “I’m reading it because the president is reading it, and it’s my job to know what the president is thinking.”

A close friend of the president had sent over a copy several weeks earlier with a note urging him to take a close look. The president nearly polished it off during a weekend at Camp David, then suggested to Rice that she read it as well.

For nearly 40 minutes, Rice engaged Sharansky — now an Israeli cabinet member — and co-author Ron Dermer, a former columnist with the Jerusalem Post, in a discussion over how best to help democracy take root in such hard soils as Iraq, Iran, and the West Bank and Gaza.

At precisely 2 P.M., Sharansky and Dermer were ushered into the Oval Office for a private meeting with the president. They were scheduled for 45 minutes. They stayed for more than an hour. What the president told Sharansky was off the record. What Sharansky told the president was not.

“I told the president, ‘There is a great difference between politicians and dissidents. Politicians are focused on polls and the press. They are constantly making compromises. But dissidents focus on ideas. They have a message burning inside of them. They would stand up for their convictions no matter what the consequences.’

“I told the president, ‘In spite of all the polls warning you that talking about spreading democracy in the Middle East might be a losing issue — despite all the critics and the resistance you faced — you kept talking about the importance of free societies and free elections. You kept explaining that democracy is for everybody. You kept saying that only democracy will truly pave the way to peace and security. You, Mr. President, are a dissident among the leaders of the free world.'”

From one of the most famous dissidents of era of the Evil Empire, such is not faint praise.

Among many valuable lessons from this article, one stands out. The left needs to get over their constant chatter that George W. Bush is dumb, or led by others. Their insistence on this stance makes them look incredibly stupid, and causes one to discount any substantive arguments they may have. In part, the Left is losing influence because stories like the above are getting out, despite the MSM’s most ardent attempts to keep them quiet.

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Perspectives: Victor Davis Hanson

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

There are some essays that are so profound it is impossible to pull an excerpt. This is one of them. Here is the last paragraph:

Quite literally, we are living in the strangest, most perilous, and unbelievable decade in modern memory.

Read the whole essay.

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Perspectives: Victory in Fallujah

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

One of the few positive editorials to come from the press on an amazing victory in Fallujah:

The rule of thumb for the last century or so has been that for a guerrilla force to remain viable, it must inflict seven casualties on the forces of the government it is fighting for each casualty it sustains, says former Canadian army officer John Thompson, managing director of the Mackenzie Institute, a think tank that studies global conflicts.

By that measure, the resistance in Iraq has had a bad week. American and Iraqi government troops have killed at least 1,200 fighters in Fallujah, and captured 1,100 more. Those numbers will grow as mop-up operations continue.

These casualties were inflicted at a cost (so far) of 56 Coalition dead (51 Americans), and just over 300 wounded, of whom about a quarter have returned to duty.

“That kill ratio would be phenomenal in any [kind of] battle, but in an urban environment, it’s revolutionary,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, perhaps America’s most respected writer on military strategy. “The rule has been that [in urban combat] the attacking force would suffer between a quarter and a third of its strength in casualties.”

Read the whole thing. Then read it again.

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Keeping the World Safe From The BSA

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

James Lileks makes the issue clear.

Move over, OBL � our new national threat comes from the BSA. They’re a strange, religiously oriented group that’s stated purposes ought to make your blood run as cold as chilled mercury. We’ve had remarkable success in recent years keeping them from undermining American power, thanks to the U.S. military. But now it’s official, and what was once a shadowy war is out in the open.

The Pentagon has informed all bases not to sponsor the Boy Scouts of America.

Not that they ever have, mind you. Says the Associated Press: “The Pentagon said it has long had a rule against sponsorship of non-federal organizations and denied the rule had been violated. But it agreed to send a message to posts worldwide warning them not to sponsor Boy Scout troops or other such groups.”

So we’re still in danger. It’s possible that in some distant base in a flat, empty state, some rogue officer might horribly commingle Boy Scouts and his official duties � say, showing up in uniform to teach the Webelos the Pledge of Allegiance.

Why is this bad? Simple: The Scouts make you swear an oath that mentions the Big Guy. Here’s the marrow-curdling vow in its entirety, brazenly posted on a Web site they use to communicate with other cells. Ready?

“On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Whew. Strong stuff. The God part is bad enough, but the “morally straight” line is the big cherry on the cake. But remember, please: The Scouts are a private organization; they have the right to believe what they wish, even if you disagree.

And we’re talking about the Boy Scouts, for heaven’s sake, not some Junior Klan League noted for torchlight parades through Jewish neighborhoods. Who has the time to worry whether the Scouts are meeting in the local library? Isn’t there some real, actual evil handy you could sue?

Since the last election, we’ve been told that right-wing theoreticians concoct divisive social issues in secret underground labs and release them into the body politic every election cycle, clouding the minds of red-state sheep. But the Boy Scouts haven’t been suing anyone for the right to hold compulsory God and country rallies in schools across the land. The American Civil Liberties Union is forcing the issue.

The people barging into the courts are the ones obsessed that Boy Scouts might be using public school rooms after hours to learn knot tying. And Scouts drive on public roads to get there, too. They even breathe air whose quality is mandated by federal regulations that take public money to enforce. Theocratic parasites, that’s what they are. What’s next? A 900-foot statue of Jesus on the Mall in Washington?

This may be the face of the hard, foamy left, but it’s not the view of your average Democrat. Throwing the Scouts into an electrified pen that keeps them from contaminating government is not high on the list of your average Democratic concerns.

Ask one. Why are you a Democrat? “Because I believe in good jobs, health care for all, more diplomacy and strong public schools.”

And you oppose the Boy Scouts, right? “What? No. My kid’s a scout.”

But the ACLU has practically declared them a hate group. Got the Pentagon to promise no official connections. And you’ll still vote Democratic? “Count on it, friend.”

Then one day his kid’s Wolf Pack gets denied a permit to hold a party in a public park.

And thus do blue folks see red.



Any questions about why the left will continue to lose elections?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

Perspective: Natan Sharansky, Condi Rice, And George W. Bush

Posted by Mark on November 22, 2004

When Natan Sharansky stepped into Condoleezza Rice’s West Wing office at 11:15 last Thursday morning, he had no idea the national security advisor would soon be named the next secretary of state. He was just glad to see her holding a copy of his newly published book, The Case for Democracy.

Sharansky, a self-effacing man who spent nine years in KGB prisons (often in solitary confinement) before becoming the first political prisoner released by Mikhail Gorbachev, hoped it had to do with his brilliant analysis and polished prose.

Rice smiled. “I’m reading it because the president is reading it, and it’s my job to know what the president is thinking.”

A close friend of the president had sent over a copy several weeks earlier with a note urging him to take a close look. The president nearly polished it off during a weekend at Camp David, then suggested to Rice that she read it as well.

For nearly 40 minutes, Rice engaged Sharansky � now an Israeli cabinet member � and co-author Ron Dermer, a former columnist with the Jerusalem Post, in a discussion over how best to help democracy take root in such hard soils as Iraq, Iran, and the West Bank and Gaza.

At precisely 2 P.M., Sharansky and Dermer were ushered into the Oval Office for a private meeting with the president. They were scheduled for 45 minutes. They stayed for more than an hour. What the president told Sharansky was off the record. What Sharansky told the president was not.

“I told the president, ‘There is a great difference between politicians and dissidents. Politicians are focused on polls and the press. They are constantly making compromises. But dissidents focus on ideas. They have a message burning inside of them. They would stand up for their convictions no matter what the consequences.’

“I told the president, ‘In spite of all the polls warning you that talking about spreading democracy in the Middle East might be a losing issue � despite all the critics and the resistance you faced � you kept talking about the importance of free societies and free elections. You kept explaining that democracy is for everybody. You kept saying that only democracy will truly pave the way to peace and security. You, Mr. President, are a dissident among the leaders of the free world.'”

From one of the most famous dissidents of era of the Evil Empire, such is not faint praise.

Among many valuable lessons from this article, one stands out. The left needs to get over their constant chatter that George W. Bush is dumb, or led by others. Their insistence on this stance makes them look incredibly stupid, and causes one to discount any substantive arguments they may have. In part, the Left is losing influence because stories like the above are getting out, despite the MSM’s most ardent attempts to keep them quiet.

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