Friday, May 9, 2008

End Our Energy Dependence -- Drill and Dig!

THOUGHTS ON ENERGY POLICY: "With the world's largest reserves of coal, after creating the nuclear power industry ex nihilo, and with billions of oil still under our soil and waters, it makes no sense to produce less energy while blaming and taxing those who produce what we have, rather than drilling, digging, and saving, as we find ways to transition to the alternate energies. . . . A postscript: I'm not sure that, ecologically speaking, drilling oil in about 2000 acres in the north of Alaska is all that different from dotting our mountain ridges and coasts (ask the Kennedys et al) with enormous windmills or creating vast acres of solar panels throughout our fragile deserts or covering our roofs with panels and pipes and assorted gadgetry."


Jobs Report

Jobless Claims Plunge. Democrats And…Well, Just Democrats Hit Hardest.

The number of newly laid off workers seeking unemployment benefits dropped much more than expected last week.

The Labor Department reported Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits fell to 365,000, a decline of 18,000 from the previous week. Economists had been looking for a much smaller decrease of around 5,000.

Ace still has the best headlines -- evah!

Missile Defense Where It's Needed

"Iranian President Ahmadinejad calls for Israel to be wiped off the map and talks of the Jewish people's annihilation. America should send a message to the Iranian dictator - Israel will have the full weight of America's missile defense system to defend herself," stated Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk.

To that end, On May 5, almost 70 leading Democrats and Republicans signed the Kirk-Harman Letter backing the X-Band Ground-Based Early Warning Radar Fully Integrated with U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Program. The radar would double Israel's missile defense range, increase engagement time six-fold.
American Thinker Blog: Send to Missile defense to Iran

How To Hold Power -- Delay the Runoff

The head of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has reportedly said the run-off could be delayed by up to a year.

No date has been set for the second round between President Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, which should be 21 days after the official results.

This should give Mugabe enough time to bully voters. The opposition party originally produced evidence that they had won the election outright, leading the government to delay release of the certified results and threated the opposition. Now it is too violent to hold elections -- army wearing militias forcing families from their homes -- without the delay the violence could impact turnout and help Mugabe.

Mugabe has taken a proud nation that exported food and transformed it into a starving nation with inflation that has at times been over 100,000 percent.


Zimbabwe's "war veterans" militia plan to intimidate voters by posing as police officers during the presidential run-off, a policeman has told the BBC.

He said they would be based inside polling stations during the vote, whose date has not yet been fixed.


Perpetual Victims

The GLORIA Center in Israel has published an important new report by Barry Rubin, Asaf Romirowsky, and Jonathan Spyer: UNRWA: Refuge of Rejectionism. The executive summary observes:

On the surface, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) seems a humanitarian group helping Palestinian refugees. In reality, it actually helps destroy the chance of Arab-Israeli peace, promotes terrorism, and holds Palestainians back from rebuilding their lives.

Unique in history, UNRWA's job is to keep Palestinian refugees in suspended animation--and at low living standards--until they achieve the goal set for them by the PLO and Hamas: Israel's extinction. In the meantime, their suffering and anger is maintained as a weapon to encourage them toward violence and intransigence.

UNRWA schools become hotbeds of anti-Western, anti-American, and anti-Semitic indoctrination, recruiting offices for terrorist groups

Perpetual victims, as I have said in the past, when your the third generation you are no longer a refugee -- you live there!
Powerline -- UNRWA: Refuge of Rejectionism

The #1 Issue This Election

Which party blocked the development of new sources of petroleum?-- Democrat
Which party blocked drilling in ANWR?-- Democrat
Which party blocked drilling off the coast of Florida?-- Democrat
Which party blocked drilling off of the east coast?-- Democrat
Which party blocked drilling off of the west coast?-- Democrat
Which party blocked drilling off the Alaskan coast?-- Democrat
Which party blocked building oil refineries?-- Democrat
Which party blocked clean nuclear energy production?-- Democrat
Which party blocked clean coal production?-- Democrat
You have to go read this whole post -- not to be missed!

Gateway Pundit -- This Will Be The #1 Issue in the 2008 Elections-- And, It Goes to Republicans

Divorce Laws are Religious Oppression?

Saying "I divorce thee" three times, as men in Muslim countries have been able to do for centuries when leaving their wives, is not enough if you're a resident of Maryland, the state's highest court ruled yesterday.

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals rejected a Pakistani man's argument that his invocation of the Islamic talaq, under which a marriage is dissolved simply by the husband's say-so, allowed him to part with his wife of more than 20 years and deny her a share of his $2 million estate.
They said the talaq "directly deprives the wife of the due process she is entitled to when she initiates divorce litigation."
It's religious oppression I tell ya...
Muneer Fareed, secretary-general of the Islamic Society of North America, said that if Aleem had traveled to Pakistan and invoked his talaq there, it might have been recognized in a U.S. court under the concept of comity, under which nations accept the premise of a law in another country "whether or not we agree with the law or its spirit."

DANEgerus --
Sha'aria meets American divorce court

Freedom To Switch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—A Malaysian Islamic court allowed a Muslim convert Thursday to return to her original faith of Buddhism, setting a precedent that could ease religious minorities' worries about their legal rights.

Lawyers said the Shariah High Court's verdict in the northern state of Penang was the first time in recent memory that a convert has been permitted to legally renounce Islam in this Muslim-majority nation.


AP -

It's Their Neighborhood -- Please Deal With Iran For Us!

Praying for a mistake:
The administration is signaling the Iranians that they need to stop supplying and training Shiite militias in Iraq -- or run the risk of U.S. retaliation. The Maliki government in Baghdad, worried about the danger of escalation, is passing this message to Tehran, but so far the only consequence has been that the Iranians have broken off talks in Baghdad that were aimed at stabilizing the situation.


The risk of a U.S.-Iranian confrontation is growing in part because Saudi Arabia and other U.S. allies in the Middle East are so eager for it. "Behind closed doors, we are praying that the Iranians will make a mistake so that you will have a reason to attack," one Saudi told me this week. Another prominent Arab official said he hopes the United States will strike Iranian training camps just over the border from Iraq.


Ace of Spades HQ --Support For Strike on Iran Growing In Mid-East

10 Year Old Raped By Suspected Illegal

Suspected illegal alien raped 10 year old child who then gave birth to his child.

That is one child -- CHILD -- whose life would not have been ruined had our government enforced the laws.

See the whole story here: Stop the ACLU

Better to Go Door To Door

Martin Sheen was on BBC last weekend and was very proud of his hatred for Bush as well as his record of 67 protest arrests.

That really got me thinking, wouldn't he have been more effective going door to door and making his point to people? He is 67 years old for goodness sake -- 47 years or so of protesting, 67 arrests and what does he have to show for it?

Is Tibet Free?
Is the world nuclear free?
Was war in Iraq avoided?
Did Reagan place missiles in Europe?
Did Norma Ray get a union?
Are the seals safe?
Are the whales safe?

I have no idea what he was protesting, other then America in general, but wouldn't he have had more success actually doing something? Like convincing people one on one?

Ironman Reviews

I highly recommend Iron Man. Marvel's movies are hit and miss, as their problems with the Hulk show. But this one was a perfect ten. And one of the things I liked most was seeing Robert Downey, Jr. pull off a major acting coup after all the problems he has had. Talk about a guy who seemed headed for oblivion. It gives you hope for other people with drug problems.

Naturally, there's a big, bad arms manufacturer in the movie. But they had enough sense not to do the traditional attack on the government and the military.

Ironman reviews have been generally positive and as I said before Robert Downey has always had talent beyond his personal issues.
Hog On Ice -- Delray Beach and Iron Man: Ingredients of a Quality Afternoon

Talk About Slow Government Action

Burma's military junta says the country is not ready to accept foreign aid workers, amid mounting criticism of its response to the devastating cyclone.

The foreign ministry said Burma was happy to accept overseas aid, but insisted that it would control the distribution itself.

The statement follows pressure from the United Nations to speed up the issuing of visas to foreign relief experts.


The cyclone struck Saturday.

Meanwhile the French are wondering if the UN Charter allows the UN to bypass the Junta and bring the relief directly:

YANGON, Myanmar - France has suggested invoking a U.N. “responsibility to protect” clause and delivering aid directly to cyclone-hit Myanmar without waiting for approval from the military.

The proposal came as internal U.N. documents revealed Myanmar’s government is dragging its feet on giving visas to aid workers who are waiting to help the survivors of Cyclone Nargis.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told reporters on Wednesday that the United Nations recognized in 2005 the concept of “responsibility to protect” civilians when their governments could or would not do it, even if this meant intervention that violated national sovereignty.

He said the idea was under discussion at the United Nations in New York.

The 2005 concept was in response to the UN and the world's abject failure in the genocide in Rwanda.

Via Say Anything Blog

al Qaeda in Iraq Update

GATEWAY PUNDIT HAS MORE ON THE AL-MASRI ARREST, including this: "There are reports that al-Masri set up terrorist training camps in Iraq after he fled Afghanistan when the Taliban fell back in 2001."

Remember how Richard Clarke was worried that Osama would "boogie to Baghdad" if we invaded Afghanistan? Well, I guess he was right to worry, in general if not in specific. . . . I guess it's no big surprise -- Saddam offered bin Laden asylum back in 1999 -- but given that nowadays a lot of people pretend that any kind of cooperation between Saddam and Al Qaeda is unimaginable, it's worth pointing out.

But don't make too much of these reports until they're confirmed. As Bill Roggio notes, it's best to wait for confirmation from the U.S. military, which hasn't happened yet

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