ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The State of France

One wonders whether Paul Krugman is as envious of the French system of subsidized housing (and apparent racism) as he is of their 35 hour work week.

This terrible news from the enlightened French city of Paris:

'Why does it have to come to this?'
By Katrin Bennhold International Herald Tribune

PARIS Fourteen children and three adults were killed on Friday in a fire that tore through a six-story apartment building housing African immigrants here.

The fire came only four months after 24 immigrants died in a similar blaze, highlighting the plight of the many legal and illegal immigrants in the French capital who live in overcrowded and decrepit conditions while waiting sometimes for decades for government-subsidized housing.

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet. It broke out shortly after midnight under the building's ground-floor stairwell and took three hours to contain, according to officials.

About 100 children and 30 adults of western African origin were living in the run-down building in southeastern Paris, neighbors said. Twenty-three people were injured and taken to hospitals, while other survivors were given shelter in a nearby sporting complex.
Several politicians, freshly returned from their summer vacation, rushed to the site Friday. "It's an extremely heavy death toll," said Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, one of the first to arrive on the scene. Blaming the tragedy on overcrowded living conditions, he pledged a review of similar buildings.
Touré had lived in the house on 20 Boulevard Vincent Auriol since 1992. Owned by the government and managed by the housing charity France Europe Habitat, its interior was described by residents and neighbors as "unbearable." Residents were told that they would be housed here only provisionally until city officials could find them permanent subsidized apartments. Thirteen years later, Touré's housing application is still pending.

Jean-Claude Amara, a spokesman for Droits Devant, a human rights group in Paris, said the building was inadequate for long-term accommodation.

"This house should never have been anything but a very temporary interim solution," said Amara, who said he had seen the interior of the building.

The insulation was insufficient, he said, there were problems with the plumbing and the electricity, and the paint on the walls contained lead that was harmful to breathe.
The shortage of subsidized housing hits immigrants and poor French people alike as rents in Paris continue to climb. But immigrants, who tend to be poorer than French nationals, are more likely to be in need of subsidized housing and often face the additional difficulty of racial discrimination.

A study looking at access of public housing by immigrants relative to French people found in 2001 that only 58 percent of housing applications by immigrants were successful after six months, compared with 75 percent by nonimmigrants. The study, which was conducted by an anti-discrimination group called GELD, was cited in Le Monde on Friday.
Just a few hundred meters down the road from the site of the fire on Friday, the reality of such discrimination is evident.

At 150 Boulevard Vincent Auriol, 250 immigrants from Ivory Coast, including 40 children, are crammed into 77 studio apartments of about 12 square meters, or 130 square feet, each. The walls in the stairwell are crumbling and there is only one toilet and one shower on each of the seven floors.

On the fourth floor, Marie-Laurence Kassi, 22, lives in one room with her partner, Sylvain Brou, and their two young children. The wooden floor is dotted with hazardous holes that she tried to fill with stones she found outside. Part of the window is boarded up with a wooden plank.

"The winters are the worst because the children are always sick," she says, rocking her 4-month-old baby in her arms. "We have no heating and no hot water, and even for a cold shower you have to wait in line."

Kassi and Brou have sent their plea for a subsidized apartment to the municipal authority, City Hall, the prime minister's office and even to Chirac himself - so far to no avail.

Ahh, the French and its hyper-efficient national government. We could learn so much from them, eh Pauly? It's good to know that the politicians are well rested from their month-long vacation, so they'll be able to solve this problem while sporting a good tan.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Friday, August 26, 2005

Andrea Mitchell's Husband...

...has lost it.

US heading for house price crash, Greenspan tells buyers
By Graham Searjeant, Financial Editor

WALL STREET shuddered yesterday after Alan Greenspan, the United States’ central banker, warned American homebuyers that they risk a crash if they continue to drive property prices higher.

He said that the US house-price spiral had become an economic imbalance, threatening stability like the country’s trade gap or its budget deficit.

In a pre-retirement speech to fellow central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mr Greenspan said that people were investing in houses as if they were a one-way bet, not allowing for the risk of price falls. He said “history had not dealt kindly” with investors who kept ignoring risks.

The Federal Reserve Chairman’s warning, his strongest yet, sent share prices falling on Wall Street, at one point knocking 66 points off the Dow Jones industrial average. By the close the Dow had recovered to 10,397.30, down 53.30 points.

Traders said that Mr Greenspan’s comments were reminiscent of his 1996 inveighing against “irrational exuberance” on the stock market, for fear that a crash there would hit consumers and push the economy into recession. When the share price bubble finally burst, Mr Greenspan cut Federal interest rates to 1 per cent, triggering the flood of cheap loans for housing. He fears that rate increases set in train as the economy recovered could throw the housing market into reverse and suggested that the twin deficits would now restrict his room to manoeuvre if a house price downturn hit spending. Asset prices were, he complained, driving monetary policy more than ever before.

Last I checked, home prices wasn't part of the job description for the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. And nevermind the fact that there are two primary drivers of the current housing boom: 1) Greenspan's cuts in the Fed Funds rate which resulted in historic low interest rates; 2) Greenspan's continually signaling that he intends to raise the rates (despite few indications of significant inflation from our current economic growth), which is causing people to rush out and get in on the American Dream before Greenspan pulls the trigger.

Of course, trying to damp down growth in the stock market isn't in the Chairman's job description either... And as Larry Kudlow points out, when will the Fed start paying attention to market leading indicators, instead of looking at historical data or trying to track where the DOW is for any given day. We've had significant growth in the past decade without inflation not because of Greenspan's continuous increases in the fed funds rate.
As you know, the Fed and the IMF and their fellow travelers will gathered today at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It's a scary thought. Like a tennis player grooving a bad backhand, a lot of mistaken monetary ideas may reappear in the beautiful Grand Tetons.

This apprehension about the current Fed leadership, and the general state of economic advice the federal government gets from other sources, maybe be the reason for the curious poll numbers, from our survey last night. When asked who they wanted to be the next Fed Chairman, 1103 viwers responded:

Lawrence Lindsey 15%
Glenn Hubbard 10%
Martin Feldstein 15%
Ben Bernanke 21%
Other 38%

Other being, as you can see, the clear winner. [all of the above options are "mainstream" or "inside the fed" candidates] Can I offer one suggestion to restore some confidence? Instead of housing bubbles, or economic growth, or unemployment, why can't the Fed just focus on domestic price stability by carefully watching real time commodity and financial indicators? Look through the front view windshield, not the rearview mirror. As Friedrich Hayek taught us decades ago, markets are smarter than all of us and our models. And forward-looking market prices are signaling the Fed to take a breather from their tightening.

This commenter on Larry's blog has it right:
Looks like Jurassic Park has ID'd the housing market as the next candidate for his bubble pin. He warns that history has not dealt kindly with such problems. That's true, if you start recording history in 1987--the year his series of rate hikes produced a one day stock decline of about 23% in October. And you can just smell his uncontrolled desire to fine-tune, adjust, fix and tamper. Once agin, AG looks like the problem, not the solution--some things never change. Get the hook for this sonofabitch, January can't come fast enough.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Must Read Milblogger

Thanks to Michelle for pointing me to this post from Michael Yon. It's a must read... and he's being added to the blogroll. here's a snippet:

Opels may be faster than Kiowas on straight-a-ways, but when the car made turns, the helicopter quickly caught up. Kurilla ordered the Kiowa to fire a warning shot, then quickly authorized the Kiowa to disable the vehicle.

Kiowas are small, carrying just two people; they fly so low the two flying soldiers are practically infantrymen. The pilot swooped low and the "co-pilot" aimed his rifle at the Opel, firing three shots and blowing out the back window. The Kiowa swooped and banked hard in front of the car, firing three more shots through the front hood, the universal sign for "stop."

The car chase ended, but the men fled on foot up an alley. We approached in the Strykers and I heard Kurilla say on the radio, "Shots fired!" as he ducked for a moment then popped back up in the hatch. Kurilla continued, "Trail section clear the car and clear south to north! I'm going to block the back door on the north side!"

About fifteen seconds later our ramp dropped. We ran into combat.

Folks who haven't done much urban fighting might take issue with the wild chases, and they might say that people should always "stack up" and do things this or that way, but men in Delta Force, SEALs and the like, all know that when chasing wild men into the labyrinth, soldiers enter the land of confusion. If soldiers don't go fast, the bad guys simply get away. Just a few minutes ago, these three guys were going "105 miles per hour," and outrunning a helicopter.

There were shops, alleys, doorways, windows . . .

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Follow the Money - Cindy Sheehan

Well, somebody in the MSM asking the right questions... and looking under the right rocks... in San Francisco no less.

PR Machine Behind Cindy Sheehan?

ABC7 Looks At The Financing Of 'Camp Casey'

KGO By Mark Matthews

... the support staff interested in getting that message out to the world has grown considerably.

Organizers are set up in this house trailer. Their meetings are closed to reporters.

Leading the group is Fenton Communications employee Michele Mulkey, based in San Francisco. Fenton specializes in public relations for liberal non profits.

Their bills are being paid by True Majority, a non-profit set up by Ben Cohen, of Ben and Jerry's ice cream fame.

Ben Cohen: "People are willing to listen to her and we want to do as much as we can to make her voice heard."

Cohen's liberal group has teamed up with Berkeley-based, an anti-Bush group co-founded by Joan Blades.

Earlier this month, helped organize anti-war vigils in support of Cindy Sheehan. Current Democratic National Party chair Howard Dean's organization, Democracy for America, is also involved. As is the more radical anti-war group Code Pink, organized by San Francisco's Medea Benjamin.

Money donated through these groups and others is helping to pay for Gold Star families whose children have been killed in Iraq to attend anti-Bush protests.

This week, Simi Valley, California Gold Star wife Melanie House flew to Idaho for a protest and then flew to Crawford.

Reporter: "Can you tell us if you're getting help in airfare to come down here?"

Melanie House: "What difference does that make?"

There is real reluctance to talk about whose paying. And the PR machine that's promoting Cindy Sheehan. But not everyone here is completely comfortable with it.

Gold Star mother Karen Meredith went to Crawford from Mt. View. Her son Ken Ballard died last year.

Karen Meredith: "Sometimes things don't feel quite right to me. They don't feel wrong but maybe that's how they do it in the marketing business."

ABC7's Mark Matthew: "You feel you're part of a marketing business?"

Karen Meredith: "Possibly. Yeah I think so."

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn


Seriously... read this article by Victor Davis Hanson at National Review Online:

The Paranoid Style
Iraq: Where socialists and anarchists join in with racialists and paleocons.

It is becoming nearly impossible to sort the extreme rhetoric of the antiwar Left from that of the fringe paleo-Right. Both see the Iraqi war through the same lenses: the American effort is bound to fail and is a deep reflection of American pathology.

An anguished Cindy Sheehan calls Bush "the world's biggest terrorist." And she goes on to blame Israel for the death of her son ("Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel").

Her antiwar venom could easily come right out of the mouth of a more calculating David Duke. Perhaps that's why he lauded her anti-Semitism: "Courageously she has gone to Texas near the ranch of President Bush and braved the elements and a hostile Jewish supremacist media."

This odd symbiosis began right after 9/11. Then the lunatic Left mused about the "pure chaos" of the falling "two huge buck teeth" twin towers, lamented that they were more full of Democrats than Republicans, and saw the strike as righteous payback from third-world victims.

The mirror-imaging fundamentalists and censors in turn saw the attack as an angry God's retribution either for an array of our mortal sins or America's tilting toward Israel.

In Iraq, the Left thinks we are unfairly destroying others; the ultra-Right that we are being destroyed ourselves. The former alleges that we are bullying in our global influence, the latter that we are collapsing from our decadence.

But both, in their exasperation at George Bush's insistence on seeing Iraq emerge from the Hussein nightmare years with some sort of constitutional government, have embraced the paranoid style of personal invective.

They employ half-truths and spin conspiracy theories to argue that the war was unjust, impossible to win, and hatched through the result of a brainwashing of a devious few neocons.

I'll consider four diverse attacks (by a socialist, anarchist, racialist, and paleocon) on my support for the removal of Saddam Hussein, and the effort to prompt constitutional government in his place, that are emblematic of this bizarre new Left/Right nexus, shared pessimism, and paranoid methods.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Captain Z on Cindy Shehan

By now it is obvious I have a high regard for Captain Z at My Position On the Way.

When he posted on the subject of Cindy Shehan, I read with interest his views. A wounded hero commands my attention. I was not disappointed. He is a thoughtful and humane person.

..And finally, she mentioned Cindy in Texas. I figured it was about time I weighed in on that for the loyal readers of this blog...

Nobody held a gun to my head 13 years ago when I signed the papers to join the Army. It's an all volunteer force, and I reckon her son forgot to mention that he volunteered to join the Army. He wasn't a conscientious objector when he went, more than likely he was excited to go, and he was going with his buddies... buddies who would soon become like brothers.

I doubt that he would be proud of what his mother was doing right now.

I know that my mom respects my choice to be a soldier; I know that my wife understands why I do what I do. As much as it hurts them to see me lying in bed in pieces, literally blown apart, they also understand why when I wake up in that condition, my first thoughts and my first questions are about my men, my concern for them, and my desire to return to them as soon as possible.

Mrs. Sheehan and has my deepest sympathies. She's lost a son. Her son died on the altar of freedom. The medal that they pinned on my chest and they gave her when her son was put in the ground is the same, and did little to ease my pain, and I'm sure it did little to ease hers. I always looked at my command as the care of 63 sons. There were 126 mothers and fathers out there, who had loaned their boys to me. I would take care of them as best I could, and I would hope that I can return them back when it was all over. But the first sad fact of war is that young men die-- and the second sad fact of war is that nobody can do anything to change fact number one.

People call her "crazy cindy”, people make fun of her, people say mean things about her and people generally try to drag her through the mud for trying to understand, trying to ease her pain, trying to scream out into the void because nothing seems to help... she lost her son. How many people can say that they understand what she must be going through? You can sympathize, you can empathize, but how many people can say that they understand? That they know how she feels?

But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Lincoln to a Grieving Mother

Thanks to Captain Z over at From My position... On the Way:

This letter is familiar to many as it was read in Saving Private Ryan. As usual, Lincoln had the simple prose that moved the heart. For a grieving mother, what better could have been said?

Dear Madam, -- I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts, that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.

I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

What Jurisdiction?

From Drudge...

Federal Judge OKs Global Warming Lawsuit
Aug 24 9:00 PM US/Eastern
AP Legal Affairs Writer

A federal judge here said environmental groups and four U.S. cities can sue federal development agencies on allegations the overseas projects they financially back contribute to global warming.

The decision Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White is the first to say that groups alleging global warming have a right to sue.

"This is the first decision in the country to say that climate change causes sufficient injury to give a plaintiff standing, to open the courthouse door," said Ronald Shems, a Vermont attorney representing Friends of the Earth.

That group, in addition to Greenpeace and the cities of Boulder, Colo., Santa Monica, Oakland and Arcata, Calif., sued Overseas Private Investment Corp. and the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Those government agencies provide loans and insure billions of dollars of U.S. investors' money for development projects overseas. Many of the projects are power plants that emit greenhouses gases that the groups allege cause global warming.

The coalition argues that the National Environmental Policy Act, the law requiring environmental assessments of proposed development projects in the United States, should apply to the U.S.-backed projects overseas. The U.S. law should apply, they say, because those developments are contributing to the degradation of the U.S. environment via global warming.

And Brian / Monterey John both think that the racket in Madison County is over? Well, the plaintiff's bar will give up Madison Cty if they can sue for GLOBAL climate change. Today, Madison - Tomorrow, the WORLD!!!

I have to say that if this ruling is allowed to stand, we'd better just close down shop. What's the point?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

The Left Supports our Troops

...except for those that aren't able to join Sheehan-a-palooza because they're injured.

Breaking on Drudge

Wed Aug 2005 24 21:20:05 ET

Anti-war protestors besieged wounded and disabled soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C, a new web report will claim! is planning to run an expose on Thursday featuring interviews with both protestors and veterans, as well as shots of protest signs with slogans like “Maimed for a Lie.”

The conservative outlet will post video evidence of the wounded veterans being taunted by protesters, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Developing late...

It will be interesting to see the video...

MontereyJohn - Does your Lefist sparring partner think such behavior as this is warranted?

Is this the Kossack's secret plan to take the Dems to the far-left, out of the reach of the DLC?

Compare how the anti-war, anti-American Left treats our wounded soldiers returning from battle to how our warriors are treated in the red states. Great coverage by the Gateway Pundit (as usual), including video of this hero's return.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Good Sexism?

Oh, this sounds fair!!!

It's good to know that my future in business will be affected by these prejudices against males in leadership positions. Oh, and by the way... I had nothing to do with previous injustices against women.

The Workplace: A place for women in boardrooms
By Thomas Fuller International Herald Tribune

PARIS The definition of sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on sex. But is there such a thing as good sexism?

The question came to mind after speaking with Christopher Clarke, the president of a headhunting company who says he believes that women make better executives, a view he has shared with audiences in Australia, Singapore, South America, the United States and his native country, Britain.

Clarke cites studies showing that women are better at performing many things at once, or multitasking, and that they have more sophisticated emotional intelligence, like being able to recognize another person's feelings more accurately than men.

"There's a lot of evidence that says that women are superior in evaluating people, in managing their ego, in calming aggression in others," Clarke said in an interview. "These are precisely the characteristics you need in a modern corporation."

As the president and chief executive of Boyden Global Executive Search, a company that placed 2,245 executives in the past 12 months, Clarke said companies seemed more interested in hiring top-level female executives, especially after the scandals at companies like Enron, Parmalat, Tyco and WorldCom. These companies might have avoided "aggressive types of behavior," Clarke said, if they had had more women as directors.
Clarke published his views in the August newsletter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that promotes better governance on corporate boards. In the article, "The XX Factor in the Boardroom: Why Women Make Better Directors," he used sometimes crude evolutionary analogies to argue his point. Traditional corporate executives are like dominant male apes who have to collude with allies to cast rivals out of the troop, he wrote.

"As we share 98 percent of our genes with the great apes," Clarke wrote, "it is no surprise that in today's boardrooms we can observe much similar behavior."

How does he get away with generalizing gender traits this way when seven months ago Lawrence Summers, the president of Harvard University, was criticized for wondering out loud whether women's biological makeup was linked to scientific aptitude? The difference is that Clarke is using biology to show where women excel, not the reverse.

Please don't blame me for previous transgressions... Isn't it great that a progressive institution such as the New York Times.... errr, Int'l Herald Tribune... can come out IN FAVOR of sexism? At least they note the hypocrisy...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pat Robertson continued...

This came from a Democrat friend with whom I regularly do battle. For once we agree!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Bad Economy

Cox and Forkum shoot! They score! (Nothing new in that.)

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Questions about What We're Doing in Iraq???

If you're unclear as to what we're doing in Iraq and the Middle East at large, you MUST read Natan Sharansky's book, The Case for Freedom. As was mentioned when it was first released, President Bush was reading this book and was very enthusiastic about it. I wanted to read it earlier, but I had my nose stuck into other books that were much less interesting for the past couple of years. As I read this book over the weekend, I saw a cogent argument for our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sharansky goes into detail how the US' reliance on realpolitik of Kissinger and the State Department (of Bush & past presidents) has long-term and damaging consequences on US security. While the paleocons and realists may achieve short-term negotiating goals, their actions empower dictators who inevitably incite hatred of freedom and the West in their people, resulting in the long-term in violence against the US and our interests. He breaks down governments and countries into two camps:

  1. Free Societies
  2. Fear Societies
(And no, the US isn't in the second camp for all you "progressives").

As a former prisoner in the Soviet gulag, he and his comrades came up with a 4 point test as to whether a society is Free- or Fear-based:
  1. Can anyone go to the town square and speak their mind without fear of punishment?
  2. Are people free to practice their religion?
  3. Are people allowed to learn about their cultural past?
  4. Is the press independent?

I would recommend this book to anyone... even the Leftists who have forgotten their roots in promoting human rights.

The key provision that he points out is that when negotiating with a fear society (such as the USSR or the Palestinian Authority), one must tie your concessions to real reforms regarding the human rights of its citizens. Thus, in the late '70s, the Helsinki Accords made this connection and allowed dissidents in the USSR to demonstrate the their country was not living up to its side of the bargain. This external pressure for internal reform which was stepped up during the Reagan administration strengthens the position of dissidents and truly weakens governments based on fear. In the case of the USSR, they were not able to get the foreign aid (in terms of technology, food, etc) that they needed as long as they refused to let Soviet Jews travel to Israel and kept their general population inside the prison that was the Soviet Union.

Our goal in Iraq at a minimum should be that the new Iraqi government meet those criteria outlined by Sharansky above. The recent statement that the Iraqi constitution will recognize that the Koran is a source of law is not anathema to freedom of religion for others - but if it does preclude Christians from openly practicing their faith, we can point to that as a sign that we are losing the war to transform the Middle East. My point here is that while we are unlikely to have a Jeffersonian democracy in Iraq in the short-term, ensuring that Iraq is not a Fear Society and allows dissent and freedom to practice any religion will set the stage for further steps towards democratic reform.

As was demonstrated in Central & Eastern Europe, once a people have a small taste for freedom (in that case, the ability to travel freely out of Hungary), the fear-based society is compromised and will collapse.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Why Pat Robertson is an Idiot

Now, as readers here know, I am no fan of Venezuelan Dictator President Hugo Chavez, who's great idea for improving his people's life is to turn the country into Cuba-lite.

But, Pat Robertson is unhinged...

Robertson Calls for Chavez Assassination
Aug 23 12:21 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson has suggested that American agents assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."
"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's "The 700 Club."

"We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator," he continued. "It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with."

If only the Left would show reciprocal criticism of their whackos (see Ward Churchill, Kos, etc).

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Presidential Communication on Iraq

There is something about David Frum at NRO that just irritates me. Perhaps it was that "Axis of Evil" stuff he penned a few years ago. Perhaps it is what I perceive to be a smarmy attitude. Whatever it is, he irritates me.

HOWEVER, his column today is right on the mark and is a must read.

The President is failing to communicate effectively with the public regarding what we are doing in Iraq and what is going on in the pathetic country. As Frum points out, the President keeps doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. His speeches have become a crashing bore, and worse, unconvincing, yesterday's sleep aid at the VFW being only the latest example. The dramatic slide in the polls can not be laid off on the terrible reporting in the MSM alone. The boss and his communications people have to take a good portion of the blame.

Reagan would never have let this sorry state to come to pass. He would have been out front saying exactly what he was doing and why he was doing it in a convincing manner. The White House needs to borrow that page from the late president.

Bush can do it. There is a bit of Churchill in his soul. We have seen it before in the ruins of the World Trade Center and elsewhere.

When peace with Hitler was proposed after the fall of France in 1940, Churchill replied, "What kind of people do they think we are?"

It's time for the Bush White House tell America and the world exactly what type of people we are in totally unapologetic terms.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Monday, August 22, 2005

Counter-Protest in Crawford

Looks like the other team is beginning to show up.

There is a group leaving from San Francisco (San Francisco???!!!) tomorrow and will be in Crawford on the 27th.

Liked this shot found on The Buzz over at NRO.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

The Kossacks continues their push to the left....

Paul at Wizbang has an interesting post on Kos going over the deep end with regards to the DLC.

He highlights the track record of the DLC part of the party vs the non-DLC part of the party in elections since Kennedy, and sums it up:

I never thought I'd say this but I wish Kos luck. Now you'll pardon me whilst I go enjoy the train wreck that is the Daily Kos comment section.

Oh and what a train wreck it is. See for yourself:

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Sunday, August 21, 2005

RE The BB Iowa and San Francisco

I was way behind the curve on this one, but I'm going to make all the noise I can.
My friend Todd over at California Conservative took more timely note and was kind enough to ping us back when he saw my post below.

From California Conservative

Boycott San Francisco
Filed Under:
Liberals, San Francisco
Say no more.
Francisco Board of “Supervisors” has voted against the
USS Iowa from
berthing in the Bay as a museum. It’s beyond a rejection of military, it’s a
rejection of
American history.
Even Sen. Dianne
Feinstein can’t believe it.

S.F. Chronicle
reports: “Sen. Dianne
Feinstein, a former mayor of San Francisco, blasted the city’s Board of
Supervisors for its 8-3 vote against a resolution supporting a bid to move the
historic battleship Iowa to the city as a floating museum
This isn’t the San
Francisco that I’ve known and loved and grew up in and was born
,'’ Feinstein said
Wednesday in Washington.

I was very
,'’ added the
senator, who served as mayor from 1978 to 1989 after eight years as a

Welcome to the jungle.
Just a sign of how low the City has sunken.

“Referring to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and efforts to defend the
country against possible terrorist attacks, she added,
I thought that in view of
what’s going on and in view of the loss of lives of our men and women, it was a
very petty decision
“The supervisors’ Tuesday action made
it much more difficult for those working to bring the 887-foot-long, 45,000-ton
Iowa to San Francisco, said Feinstein. The senator secured $3 million several
years ago to move the decommissioned ship to California. It is now moored in
Suisun Bay, amid a fleet of other old Navy vessels.

Supervisors said their rejection of the Iowa resolution
stemmed from a variety of factors.
Some criticized the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell'’ policy against
service by gays and lesbians
Others said San
Francisco, a bastion of anti-war sentiment, doesn’t want another military
museum. Lukewarm support from Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Port of San Francisco
left them worried the city might be getting into a financial hole it can’t

Board of Supervisors
President Aaron Peskin, who voted against the resolution, reacted to Feinstein’s
criticism by saying, “She’s entitled to her opinions.
But I don’t think they reflect
the sentiments of
a majority of San
… (who) don’t want to see
a warship docked here

Screw you, Peskin. Not that
anyone was asked.

It’s a disgrace.
More reasons to dislike

G8 Protests: Anarchy In San

UPDATE: (8/21)Native son,
MontereyJohn, questions his love for San Francisco.

I am really starting to build up a head of steam over this!

Your co-conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

BTW, speaking of California Conservative, I'll be posting, along with Desert Rat, occasionally upon their gracious invitation.

San Francisco and the USS Iowa

Regarding San Francisco's Board of Stupivisors deciding NOT to take in the USS Iowa, I admit the first I heard of it was the post this morning on this blog. That is rather astounding given that I live 90 miles south of San Francisco and am a native of that fair city. It just makes me sick.Forty plus years in the East and in Flatland / Flyover Country never took San Francisco out of my heart and being. This just might do the trick. I'm going to violate one of my ironclad rules, that being that I will never use profanity (apologies to Penelope) on any blog. What a bunch of a$$holes! San Franfreako indeed.

The reasons given were that the military is anti gay and the stupivisors don't support the war in Iraq.

This old veteran is not amused. San Francisco passed up the perfect opportunity to say and do something for the veterans who give them the ability to say the things they do. (I might remind the stupivisors how gays are regarded in fundamentalist Muslim countries, and it's not with seats at the table of power.) This is pathetic.

I posted this on my personal blog not more than a month ago:

The City by the Bay

In 2000 I came back to San Francisco for the first time since I was a
child. I was born across the Bay in Berkeley. (Friends who know me well think that is just a riot.) I have always loved the area. San Francisco is weird,
outrageous and the people who run it seem to be in closer touch with the mothership than they are with the rest of this country. Long gone are its roots
with the Italian immigrants, the railroad robber barons, the Chinese businessmen, merchants and fishermen, the military and everything else that made
the city what it once was. Yet it remains great, cutting edge and one of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world. I love the place.

I'm not so sure about that

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn


The Iowa will apparently be going to Stockton, California. How perfect is that? The Sacramento River makes a cut through the hills (mountains to Missourians) that separate Moonbat Central on the Bay from the rest of America. Upstream fifty miles or so, in the Central Valley and heart of Red State California lies Stockton. Stockton is a booming city that builds real things and has real jobs (gasp!).

I'm sure the Old Girl will feel much more at home there.

Defying Logic and Reason

Russ Feingold, who showed is poor skills of deductive reasoning regarding political speech, now has come out and called for a deadline for the withdrawal of American troops (on Dec 31st, 2006). This despite almost everyone other than the rabid anti-American Lefties saying that a scheduled pull-out will only embolden our enemies, giving them a clear date as to how long they have to endure our military power before they can make the final putsch. Hillary even thinks it's idiotic to schedule a pull-out.

Feingold also asserted that all the Dems knew that the Iraq war was a bad idea, but were bullied into voting for authorization by the meanie Bush. I'm sure the neocon hex that Karl & the gang put on them didn't help. This is not an excuse Senator. It shows that either you're a duplicitous liar who is quick to reverse a decision when the going gets tough, or a pol who's unwilling to stand up for your principles when put under pressure.


Oh, and DAVID GREGORY is a putz.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Even Dianne Feinstein....

...recognizes that the anti-war left has jumped off the deep end.

H/T Drudge:

Veterans groups and history buffs had hoped that tourists in San Francisco could walk the same teak decks [of the USS Iowa] where sailors dodged Japanese machine-gun fire and fired 16-inch guns that helped win battles across the South Pacific.

But city supervisors voted 8-3 last month to oppose taking in the ship, citing local opposition to the Iraq war and the military's stance on gays, among other things.

"If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now," Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said.

Wow. Just wow.

Feinstein called it a "very petty decision."

"This isn't the San Francisco that I've known and loved and grew up in and was born in," Feinstein said.

Um, Dianne, call your office, the Democratic party isn't what you grew up and were born in anymore.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian