Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ceasar Giuliani

I saw Giuliani on Hannity and Colmes tonight, here's the link to the video. Giuliani actually advocates going to a CCTV system like Britan and implies that the Constitution may have been interpreted too broadly. As I sat there listening to him Cicero's famous quote kept popping into my mind "Inter arma enim silent leges" meaning "In the face of arms, the law falls mute". In my opinion over the last fifty years we have already given up too many freedoms. The Federal Government is already much more massive that Madison and Jefferson ever intended and the states are a mere shadow of what they were meant to be. If Giuliani was to win the nomination and presidency I believe there would be an all out assault on the Constitution. This man has already proven that the Second Amendment means nothing to him. Yet he finds a right for tax payer funded abortion, which is an extremist opinion. Now imagine an America where the rate of abortions is climbing out of control, there are CCTV cameras on every corner and the population has been disarmed so crime is out of control. Some of you, no doubt, think I have now joined the Ron Paul camp, however his past record and his own words spell it out.

If he was really serious about protecting everyday Americans he would demand that our northern and southern borders and out ports be secured. He would also be demanding that President Bush start deporting criminal illegal aliens and cracking down on the employers that hire them. Giuliani would also have to fully embrace the Second Amendment, as a well armed population would be able to defend their communities from criminal or terrorist attacks. I hate to agree with Colmes here, but it has not been the Patriot Act that has been breaking up the terrorists plots in the U. S. and England it has been vigilant citizens. When did the Republican Party stop being the party of smaller government and rule of law?

Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP

Friday, June 29, 2007

China's Influence in the Western Hemisphere

Roger F. Noriega, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere AffairsStatement Before the House Subcommittee on the Western HemisphereWashington, DC April 6, 2005

As prepared for delivery


I appreciate the opportunity to testify on the increased presence of the People’s Republic of China in the Western Hemisphere and its implications for United States interests.

The prosperity and security of the United States is inextricably linked to growing prosperity and security around the globe, and not least with the prosperity and security of our partner nations in the Western Hemisphere.

As in Asia and Africa, China’s growing profile in the Hemisphere reflects its broader emergence as a global political and economic power. China is now the world’s sixth-largest economy, its third-largest trading nation, and a major destination for foreign-direct investment from around the globe. As economic globalization has expanded, so too have the linkages between East Asia and Latin America. In the past year, Korea has signed an FTA with Chile, and Japan an FTA with Mexico.[Read More]

Gov. Huckabee Comments On Immigration Reform Bill

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Little Rock, AR – Former AR Governor Mike Huckabee issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate vote on the immigration bill:

“I was pleased to see Congress recognize the will of the American people against this amnesty bill. Illegal immigration is a serious problem. Unfortunately, now we're hearing the excuse that politics will make immigration a dead issue until after the '08 election. Instead of shirking their responsibility, I urge the Administration and Congress to roll up their sleeves and spend the next year-and-a-half productively doing what the American people expect them to do – seal the border. It’s not a political issue – it's a national security issue. If our government could just show competence on this threshold issue, the American people would feel more confident about moving forward on a national immigration policy.”

Time For New Leadership

Well, we won a great victory today with the defeat of the Amnesty bill. It also exposed the ugly truth about our Republican Leadership. They have no respect for our views and they have proven once again that they are in the back pocket of the elitists. I suggest that instead of backing off that we pressure our failed Republican leaders to resign their leadership posts. For example I would much rather see Jeff Sessions as Senate Minority Leader, David Vitter as RNC Chairman, and I bet you Jim DeMint could take over the NRSC and have a better chance of getting conservatives elected to the Senate.

I also think that certain presidential hopefuls like Senators Brownback and McCain need to wake up and smell the coffee. They have ruined any chance they may have had to get the nomination. A great example of how pathetic Senator Brownback's actions were today can be found on Mike Huckabee 08 where Jeremy has the video of Brownback voting for closure and then we he sees that it is going to be defeated switching his vote. Pathetic and dishonest.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

U. S. Failures, China's Opportunity


The other day I read on Kevin Tracy's blog a comment made by Kevin that the U. S. was failing in diplomacy. My slightly liberal friend was correct. I just read an absolutely brilliant piece on Family Security Matters about China expanding it's influence throughout Africa through arms sales. The piece is only on China's influence in Africa. While this White House has been asleep at the wheel, China has been the leader in reaching out to the various Caspian Sea Region Nations signing significant energy and defense related treaties. For those who do not know much about that region here are some key points; there are vast oil and natural gas deposits, for centuries there has been a fight against Islamic extremists in the area, and it is sparsely populated.

China wisely realized the value of a strong partnership with these countries. China has also been fighting Islamic extremists in Western China; so by partnering with the bordering countries in that area they have been able to initiate joint security operations and gather valuable intelligence. They also are helping to develop the oil and natural gas fields to fuel their booming economy. Down the road this leaves open the ability to sign agreements for basing rights for China's fastly growing military.

This region is centrally located with Russia to the north and the Middle East to the south. For the most part these are poor countries, that had the U. S. paid attention to them and not talked down to them the U. S. could have had new allies that would have helped secure Afghanistan's northern border, put pressure on Iran, help fend off extremist Muslim activity, gathered valuable intelligence, and had access to the vast natural resources. Instead, we sat back and wasted our time and let the biggest future threat to American security, China, move in and control one of the most strategically important areas in the world.

Amnesty Bill Is Dead

46-53, immigration bill goes down in defeat

By Klaus Marre
June 28, 2007


The comprehensive immigration reform bill that has dodged attacks from the left and right for weeks, survived “poison pill” amendments, and was once pulled from the Senate schedule failed its most important test Thursday. Passage of the legislation now appears unlikely. [Read More]

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ding Dong - The Amnesty is Dead (Well Almost)

Well, if you watched C-Span today you witnessed the Senate devolve into a total dictatorship with Majority Leader, Harry Reed, giving himself powers that have never before been endowed upon a majority leader (in other words they are making up the rules as they go). The sickest part of all was Republican Senators, like Arlen Specter and Mel Martinez, fighting against good conservative senators with Harry Reed and the far left Democrats. The good news is they have way over reached. They have belittled the American people and they have spit upon the traditions of the Senate. This amnesty bill will not survive the week, more than likely it will die tomorrow.

What we want to do now is recognize some of the good Senators who have stood with the American people instead of with President Bush, the Democrat and Republican Senate Leadership, big business, and the elitists. The Senators who stood out the most, in my opinion, are as follows: David Vitter, John Thune, Jeff Sessions, Byron Dorgon, James Inhofe, and Jim DeMint. Please take the time to go to each of their sites, which I have linked to their names, and thank them for standing up for America. Also, Michelle Malkin and Hot Air have done a great job covering this issue.

News From Israel

Here is a couple of headlines from Israel. The first one is an article on successful military operations in the Gaza Strip and the second article is on Palestinians desecrating Israeli graves.

Press Release

June 26, 2007

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s introduction of his “clay pigeon” amendment. This amendment is a parliamentary tool used to divide one amendment into multiple amendments. Reid is also using it to block all other amendments – essentially ending full and open debate.

“It was not long ago that Harry Reid and the national Democrats spoke at great length on the U.S. Senate floor about the institution’s rich history of full and open debate. Now, with the drive to get any immigration bill passed – even a bad one – there seems to be little respect for such tradition. Our ability to represent our constituents and the views of millions of Americans has been blocked by a beltway procedural move. Now our immigration debate is mired in both bad policy and procedure,” said Vitter.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Huckabee Out Raises Hillary

By now you have no doubt heard that Gov. Huckabee only brought in $544,000 in the first quarter; mainly due to low name recognition and a late start. One Arkansas media outlet, ArkansasMatters.com, realized this should not have been the lead story because in the state of Arkansas, a state which intimately knows both Clinton and Huckabee and is a democrat stronghold, Gov. Huckabee out raised Hillary Clinton by over $170,000. This is solid proof of not only Gov. Huckabee's appeal to the average American, regardless of party, but also how formidable of a candidate he would be against Hillary or any Democrat in the 2008 election. The only thing keeping Gov. Huckabee from being a top tier candidate is fund raising. The Governor has been doing his part, now let's do ours. There are only 4 days left until the end of the second quarter. Gov. Huckabee is only 800 donations away from his goal of 1500 in 10 days. Let's help him not only reach that goal, but far surpass it.

Amnesty - UPDATED

Republicans in the House are standing up to the White House.[Read More]

UPDATED:

RedState is reporting that the Republicans in the House voted 114 to 23 to reject the President's and the Senate's amnesty bill. This is another example of the Republicans in the House standing up for our conservative values. Make no mistake, they have been under constant pressure from President Bush and the RINO's in the Senate to just go along with this amnesty. This is on top of the almost constant battles they fought against the new democrat majority in the House. Show then that you have noticed that they have stuck up for us. Please send them a thank you email and if you have even a dollar, please donate it.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Some NBA Speculations

I though I would weigh in on the Koby Bryant and Kevin Garnett situation. Apparently Koby is going to whine and throw a tantrum until he gets traded. Oh, and by the way, he will only consider Phoenix and Chicago. Since we know the Lakers will never trade him to Phoenix that leaves only Chicago. Koby has always had a Michael Jordan complex so it does not surprise me that he wants to play for Chicago. It is very irritating, though, to see what a selfish whiner this man has become. I used to be a huge Lakers fan, but then there was the whole Koby cheating on his wife and then his throwing a tantrum until my favorite player, Shaquille O'Neal, got traded and Phil Jackson was let go. That was when I transferred my loyalties to Miami with Shaq. So, I guess the Lakers are reaping what they sowed.

As for Kevin Garnett, he does deserve to play on a better team. He has been very loyal to Minnesota and they have not brought in any help. I would love to see him in a Heat uniform, but I don't see how that would be possible. I could possibly see him traded to Phoenix, but that is just a guess. Any of you have opinions of where they will go?

With the NBA draft coming up, anyone have any ideas of who the Bucks might get? I am hoping for Brandan Wright, but who knows.

John McCain Is Finished - UPDATED

I have been reading about the demise of John McCain's presidential aspirations for weeks now, and I had always disagreed. I had not wanted to jump on the bandwagon because I thought it was too early to declare his campaign a failure. I now see the campaign is over because the man is like President Bush; he doesn't care what anyone thinks and he is too arrogant to read the tea leaves. After the Supreme Court's ruling today striking down apart of McCain/Feingold, McCain immediately attacked the conservatives on the Supreme Court. Well, we have had 6 years of a Republican president attacking conservatives; does anyone really want 4 more during a McCain Presidency? Add to it that McCain still does not understand that McCain/Feingold is completely unconstitutional and the fact that he is battering conservatives while trying to push through this amnesty bill. I just do not see any way that McCain can win the nomination or even be competitive at this point.

UPDATED:
I just found this link on Drudge to this YouTube video of McCain saying "I think they have been smoking something stronger than is legal here in the State of South Carolina" in response to the rumors that he would be dropping out this fall. You will note that instead of coming back with a positive response about his campaign he immediately goes on the attack again. This just reinforces my belief that he will be out soon.

A Brief Escape From Reality

I wasn't going to write a post on this issue, but it is so important I can't let it go. What the heck was up with Stargate SG-1's series finale? The first 5 minutes were great; they show up at the Asgard home world where they are informed by Thor that their race is dying and they are going to give Earth all of their advanced technology. A few moments later a bunch of Ori warships show up and start attacking the humans. The Asgard beam back to their planet and commit mass suicide by blowing up their planet in order to keep their technology out of the hands of the Ori. Then the Ori chase the humans, shooting several times, before the humans decide to return fire and manage to destroy an Ori warship. Basically the even shorter version of the episode is the Ori are able to track the power signature of the advanced Asgard systems recently installed aboard the ship. Right before the humans are going to be destroyed they activate an Asgard device that slows down time aboard their ship where they are then stuck for years before disabling all of the advanced technology they got from the Asgard and making their escape.

I am so sick and tired of all these Sci Fi shows never having the good guys shoot back until right before their shields are going to fail (like anyone would do that in real life). Could you imagine the U.S. Air Force being handed some of the most advanced technology in the universe by aliens and then voluntarily giving it up? As to this series finale, in particular, where was General O'Neill? What is the talk about the Ori being alive, supposedly they had been wiped out a couple of episodes ago? And, what happened to real endings when a series ended? They did not even give them 2 hours, only the regular 1 hour. The whole episode played like a mid-season filler. I have been watching the Stargate Franchise since the original movie and through all 10 seasons of the TV series. I could not have been more disappointed. I know this is not a subject we normally cover, but you can't take yourself serious all of the time. And, to any Ron Paul supporters out there; No, Stargate is not real.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Gov. Huckabee On Fox News

Just finished watching Gov. Huckabee on Fox. The discussion was entirely confined to what should happen to Guantanamo Bay. Gov. Huckabee pointed out that the problem is not having enough evidence to charge some of the detainees and that we should put more resources into trying to obtain the evidence we need and if we don't have it then we need to let those detainees go. That is the solution that would help the image of the U.S. the most, not just shuffling people to a new prison. Gov. Huckabee also pointed out that he personally had visited the prison and that the detainees were extremely well taken care of including, the fact that their meals cost 3 times that of our own U.S. personnel's. I am sure one of the other blogs will have the video up soon, when I find it I will include the link.