Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Almost out of time

DGCI notes that after the GOP Convention, us little folks will not be able to donate to the campaign to reelect President Bush. Thanks, Congress. I guess our right to free speech and association isn't as important as the 527s and their millionaire supporters, huh?

So in that spirit, I'm going to associate this blog with Wictory Wednesday. Join me and the other blogs listed on Wictory Wednesday and volunteer your time and/or send in whatever contribution you can spare to help us reelect our President.

My favorite way to volunteer is at GOP Team Leader. Check it out.

B-b-but wait a second!

Germany, the country that won't help out in the war on terror, has suddenly figured out who is helping butter its bread. The problem is, the last of the butter is on the plate and they don't like it.

"The American withdrawal would be a catastrophe for us," said Franz Bohjm, mayor of Kitzingen in Bavaria, southern Germany.

Economically, maybe so. I can't tell from here. I do know that the base closings in the Philippines hammered the local economies for years, and given that the German economy isn't in the best of condition, I expect something of the same.

However... (You knew that was coming, didn't you?)

We rebuilt Germany, along with a lot of the rest of Europe, after World War II. We didn't start the war, but we finished it, then pitched in to clean up the mess. You're welcome.

We stood between Germany and points west and the Soviet threat for 50 years, and the American taxpayer toted the note for that defense. While the vast (and unfortunately silent) majority of the German public is friendly to, or at least tolerates, the US presence, the German government allowed its Greens and other assorted wackos to cause our people there all manner of difficulties. You're welcome--again.

When Europe stood aside and allowed the Balkans to go up in flames again, the US responded, and put an end to a situation that could have prevoked yet another European war. One last time--you're welcome.

When the US decided that Saddam had to go, the Germans threw every wrench, monkey and otherwise, they had into the works in an effort to stop us. (Could it be that they didn't want their part in his rearmament to come to light?)

Chancellor Schroeder, I for one am tired of footing the bill for the defense of your country, just so you can piss the money away on social welfare programs and use that to get yourself reelected. Your country is going to have to start taking care of itself and part of that is making the "guns or butter" decision. Oh, and remember, it's "guns OR butter", not "guns AND butter". LBJ tried that, and it doesn't work. See Economics 101 for details.

The US is fighting a war, just in case you missed that news flash. Just because the enemy is scattered and stateless, as opposed to being a nation-state, doesn't make it any less of a war. Our troops are bleeding and dying each and every day, and God bless them for their willingness to do so.

We need the troops in Europe freed up to take on those who have and will again do us harm. Your country, and the rest of Europe, need to grow up and start taking care of yourselves--and that includes your defense.

If you want to spend the money on butter, fine. If you want to buy guns, that's fine too. But if you go for butter, and someone, whoever it is, decides to come eat that butter for you, do not expect me to send my son or daughter to bail your Socialist butt out. It won't be a happenin' thing--got that?

Democraps like to vote early and often

(Via Coldfury)

The New York Daily News reports that 46,000 people are registered to vote in both New York and Florida. Interestingly enough, 68% are Democrats, 12% Republicans and 16% are unaffiliated.

The final certified Florida vote totals in the 2000 Presidential election show Bush beating Gore by 537 votes. 68% of 46,000 is 31,280. Get the picture?

I wonder if this is going on in other states? No matter, this looks like vote fraud on a pretty large scale, even with just NY participating. (Heh--I wonder if the UN would be interested in sending in observers?)

Once again, the Dems want to play by one set of rules while enforcing another on everyone else. Remember, if it isn't close they can't steal it. Voting is taking on a new importance in the 21st Century.

Secure email, anyone?

Gunner at No quarters has found an interesting site for those who seek anonymity. dodgeit is a free, read-only email site. Make up a user ID, hand it out to people, go here from anywhere on the web (using the cloak or Anonymizer, perhaps?) to check for messages. A caveat; anyone who knows the ID can check the mailbox.

I can see a lot of uses for this, good and bad--as with most technology. A cool tool.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Here's a useful research tool

If you're like me, paranoid, mistrustful of authority, suspicious curious about where these "public interest groups" get their money, here's a useful website. Of course, they have their own agenda, but it's at least a place to kick off your research.

(I used to have a link to a web site that had the required public filings from 501(3)(c) nonprofits online. Anyone out there know what site that is?)

Pat Buchanan has a new book coming out

(Via Drudge)

I'm not sure how long sur how long this link will be good, so look now if you're interested...

A few select quotes Drudge attributes to the book:

There is no conservative party left in Washington. Conservative thinkers and writers who were to be the watchdogs of orthodoxy have been as vigilant in policing party deviations from principle as was Cardinal Law in collaring the predator-priests of the Boston archdiocese.

This is democratic imperialism. This will bleed, bankrupt and isolate this republic. This overthrows the wisdom of the Founding Fathers about what America should be all about. (speaking on the "Bush Doctrine")

Terrorism is the price of empire. If we do not wish to pay it, we must give up the empire.

Free trade is the serial killer of American manufacturing and the Trojan Horse of World Government. It is the primrose path to the loss of economic independence and national sovereignty. Free trade is a bright shining lie.

There is no conservative party in Washington. There is a Democratic Party of tax-and-spend and a Republican Party of guns and butter and tax cuts, too. Washington is all accelerator, the brakes are gone.

How did it happen that a republic born of a rebellion against a king and parliament we did not elect has fallen under a tyranny of judges we did not elect? How did we come to live under what Jefferson warned us would be ‘the despotism of an oligarchy’?

George W. Bush is a God-fearing and good man....He kept his commitment to cut taxes....He has revived an economy sinking into recession when he took office. He has chosen fine judges. His willingness to accept international abuse by rejecting the Kyoto Protocol and the International Criminal Court show him to be a patriot who will not yield national sovereignty.

If George Bush is reelected and the Senate that confirms new justices remains Republican, there is the chance...the curtain may be brought down on the court’s fifty-year run as battering ram of social revolution.

Drudge says the book is out on Sept. 1, which is wrong--Amazon is shipping the hardcover now. I would say that I'd wait for my tax dollars to buy a copy I could check out at the public library, but somehow I doubt that will be happening, even in the pretty conservative small town that I live in.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

I feel the breeze in my face

(Via Drudge)

National ID seen in 9/11 panel plan

"There needs to be consistent standards to ensure the integrity of both the document and the issuance process," said commission member Jamie S. Gorelick, a former Clinton administration Justice Department official.

The commission also recommended a radical transformation of the way government data are stored, to facilitate the free flow of information among federal agencies and between them and state and local governments.

I feel the breeze in my face as we pick up speed, running headlong toward Empire...