Archive for May, 2007

War is coming to Tucson

Posted: 31 May 2007 in Politics

War is coming to Tucson

Lionel Waxman

You are not going to like what I have to say today. But it must be said, out loud. People are whispering about it now, but if we don’t face up to it, it will only get worse.

The violent incident in Cananea, Sonora, has hit the consciousness of Tucson squarely between the eyes. Northern Mexico is in a state of war. Who is fighting? That’s hard to say. Officially, it is the drug- and people-traffickers against each other and the government. But in Mexico, you can’t tell the players even with a program. You cannot assume the police or the Army are loyal to their commands. Many are working on their own.

In case you were out of town two weeks ago, about 50 armed men drove into Cananea and killed five policemen and two other residents. The men fled into the hills with police and soldiers in pursuit. In subsequent gunfights, 16 more were killed.

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel announcement saying narcotics-related “violence by criminal elements affects many parts of the country.”

That’s right, make them legal. That will solve everything.

“Deport the Criminals First” — Part One of an Ongoing Series

As regular readers know, I have repeatedly argued that our federal government should devote all its ICE agents (at least those not working on border enforcement) to the task of identifying and deporting those illegal aliens who commit crimes while in this country. In my view, it is outrageous that we would use a single ICE agent to arrest someone working hard for a living, while countless thousands of illegals sit in county jails and state prisons — their illegal immigrant status unknown, waiting to be released onto the streets once their sentences are completed.

Deport the Criminals First” — Part Two of an Ongoing Series: The Murder of Jenny Garcia

From Channel 8 news in Austin, Texas, January 27, 2004:

On Monday two girls found their older sister — a freshman at St. Edward’s University — stabbed to death inside the family’s Northwest Austin home. Detectives later connected a man to the capital murder after he placed a call to APD’s Homicide Tip Line.

Missile Defense Shield

Posted: 31 May 2007 in Politics

Are you paying attention?

Putin says missile test was a reply to U.S. moves

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday was in response to U.S. steps that have upset the strategic balance, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Putin also said the United States had initiated a new round of the arms race.

“Our American partners have left the ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty. We have warned them then that we will come out with a response to maintain the strategic balance in the world,” Putin told a news conference. “We conducted a test of a new strategic ballistic missile with multiple warheads, and of a new cruise missile, and will continue to improve our resources.”

“We are not the initiators of this new round of the arms race,” said Putin.

It seems that Russia is trying to get back to center stage. They lost their status after the Cold War ended, so they are now trying to push our buttons with the nuke issue and our missile defense shield. With Iran threatening to blow up Israel with a nuke as soon as they are capable, and Russia playing the saber rattling game, right along with North Korea, there is a definite need for a missile defense shield. More so now, than ever.

Let’s take a look:

North Korean Missiles:
Scud B, Scud C, Scud D, Frog-7, No Dong, Taepo Dong-1*, Taepo Dong-2*

* Missiles Not Deployed Yet

A U.S. intelligence assessment from December 2001 says that before 2015 the United States most likely will face ICBM threats from North Korea and Iran. In August 1998, North Korea attempted to launch a satellite into orbit using a three-stage Taepo Dong missile, but the missile failed in its final stage. As a result of negotiations, North Korea has voluntarily suspended testing long-range missiles until 2003. North Korean Missile types include: BSRBMs, MRBMs, SRBMs and ICBMs. (Missile Defense Advocacy)

North Korea didn’t suspend their testing for very long. In my experience, when ever North Korea says that they are going to suspend testing, it is due to their inability to perform said testing at the moment. Once they have the wherewithal to start up again, they do, as is demonstrated by their 2006 launch.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – North Korea test-fired a long-range missile and five shorter-range rockets early Wednesday, but the closely watched long-range test failed within a minute, U.S. officials said.

A connection:

From: The International Institute for Strategic Studies

North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Programme

North Korea’s missile exports to Iran began during the Iran–Iraq War when North Korea shipped Scud-B missiles (designated the Shahab-1 by Iran) and mobile launchers to Iran in 1987 for use against Iraq in the ‘War of the Cities’. In the early 1990s, North Korea provided Iran Scud-C missiles (designated the Shahab­2) and helped Iran to establish an indigenous missile production infrastructure, in exchange for money and oil. In 1993, North Korea negotiated with Iran for the sale of No-dong missiles, but the exports were delayed, perhaps because of warnings from Washington that No-dong transfers to Iran could derail negotiations for the Agreed Framework, which were taking place at the same time. In 1995 however, after the conclusion of the Agreed Framework, North Korea began exporting No­dong missiles to Iran and helped Iran develop its own version of the No-dong, which Tehran designated the Shahab-3. The North Korean sale of No-dong missiles to Iran prompted Washington to begin a series of negotiations with Pyongyang, seeking an agreement to end Nort, h Korean missile exports, but the two sides were never able to reach agreement on the amount and type of ‘compensation’ that North Korea would receive for ending missile-related exports. North Korea may have provided Taepo-dong technology to Iran, but this cannot be confirmed.

Iran Missiles

Fateh A-110, M-9 variant, M-11 variant, Scud B, Scud C, CSS-8, Shahab-3, Shahab-4*, Shahab-5*

* Missiles Not Deployed Yet

U.S. intelligence assessment from December 2001 says that “before 2015 the United States most likely will face ICBM threats from North Korea and Iran.” Iran has since tested its developing intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of traveling between 3,000-5,500 km. They also have MRBMs, SRBMs, and BSRBMs. (Missile Defense Advocacy)

With these two regimes in bed together against the US and other western countries, there is a serious threat of nuclear war. This isn’t the same as dealing with the old USSR, at least with them, mutually assured destruction didn’t appeal to them. With the Islamofascist state of Iran, it is a completely different story. They are a culture that reveres the martyr. Death to them is a way to heaven. Mutually assured destruction won’t work. However, if we can defeat their missiles and at the same time be able to strike them with nuclear missiles, that would likely ensure that they behave themselves.

Chili Cook-off

Posted: 30 May 2007 in Humor

Got this in an email today at work. I was unable to finish reading it because everyone now thinks I am a raving lunatic.  Sitting in my cube laughing at apparently nothing.

Enjoy. 

The annual San Antonio Chili Cook-off takes up a major portion of a parking lot at the city park.
Here are some notes from an inexperienced Chili taster named Frank, who was visiting from Springfield, IL:

Frank: “Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a Chili Cook-off.  The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge’s table asking directions to the Coors Light truck, when the call came in.  I was assured by the other two judges (Native Texans) that the chili wouldn’t be all that spicy and, besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting, so I accepted.”

Here are the score cards from the event: (Frank is Judge #3)

Chili #1 – Eddie’s Maniac Monster

Judge #1 – A little too heavy on the tomato.  Amusing kick.

Judge #2 – Nice, smooth tomato flavor, very mild.

Judge #3 – (Frank) Oh, my God, what is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway.  Took me two beers to put the flames out.  I hope that’s the worst one.  These Texans are crazy.

Chili #2 – Austin’s Afterburner Chili

Judge #1 – Smoky, with a hint of pork.  Slight jalapeno tang. 

Judge #2 – Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more peppers to be taken seriously. 

Judge #3 – Keep this out of the reach of children.  I’m not sure what I’m supposed to taste besides pain.  I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich maneuver.  They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.

Chili #3 – Ronny’s Famous Burn Down the Barn Chili

Judge #1 – Excellent Fire house chili.  Great kick.  Needs more beans. 

Judge #2 – A beanless chili, a bit salty, good use of peppers. 

Judge #3 – Call the EPA.  I’ve located a uranium spill.  My nose feels like I have been snorting Drano.  Everyone knows the routine by now.  Get me more beer before I ignite.  Barmaid pounded me on the back, now my backbone is in the front part of my chest.  I’m getting plastered from all the beer…

Chili #4 – Dave’s Black Magic

Judge #1 – Black bean chili with almost no spice.  Disappointing. 

Judge #2 – Hint of lime in the black beans.  Good side dish for fish or other mild food, not much of a chili. 

Judge #3 – I felt something scraping across my tongue, but was unable to taste it.  Is it possible to burn out taste buds?  Sally, the barmaid, was standing behind me with fresh refills.  That 300 lb woman is starting to look HOT. . . just like this nuclear waste I’m eating!  Is chili an aphrodisiac?

Chili #5 – Lisa’s Legal Lip Remover

Judge #1 – Meaty, strong chili, Cayenne peppers freshly ground adding considerable kick.  Very impressive. 

Judge #2 – Chili using shredded beef, could use more tomato.  Must admit the cayenne peppers make a strong statement. 

Judge #3 – My ears are ringing, sweat is pouring off my forehead and I can no longer focus my eyes.  I farted and four people behind me needed paramedics.  The contestant seemed offended when I told her that her chili had given me brain damage.  Sally saved my tongue from bleeding by pouring beer directly on it from the pitcher.  I wonder if I’m burning my lips off.  It really irks me that the other judges asked me to stop screaming.  Forget those rednecks.

Chili #6 – Pam’s Very Vegetarian Variety

Judge #1 – Thin yet bold vegetarian variety chili.  Good balance of spices and peppers.

Judge #2 – The best yet.  Aggressive use of peppers, onions and garlic.  Superb.

Judge #3 – My intestines are now a straight pipe filled with gaseous Sulfuric flames.  My last fart was liquid and I’m worried it will eat through the chair.  No one seems inclined to stand behind me except good old Sally.  Can’t feel my lips anymore.  I need to wipe my rear with a snow cone.

Chili #7 – Carla’s Screaming Sensation Chili

Judge #1 – A mediocre chili with too much reliance on canned peppers. 

Judge #2 – Ho hum- tastes as if the chef literally threw in a can of chili peppers at the last

moment.  **I must note that I am worried about Judge #3.  He appears to be in a bit of distress as he is cursing uncontrollably. 

Judge #3 – You could put a grenade in my mouth, pull the pin, and I would not feel a thing.  I’ve lost sight is one eye and the world sounds like it is rushing water.  My shirt is covered with chili, which slid unnoticed out of my mouth.  My pants are full of lava to match my shirt.  At least during the autopsy, they’ll know what killed me.  I’ve decided to stop breathing…  it’s too painful.  Forget it; I’m not getting any oxygen anyway.  If I need air, I’ll just suck it in through the 4 inch hole in my stomach.

Chili #8 – Karen’s Toenail Curling Chili

Judge #1 – The perfect ending, this is a nice blend chili.  Not too bold but spicy enough to declare its existence. 

Judge #2 – This final entry is a good, balanced chili.  Neither mild nor hot.  Sorry to see that most of it was lost when Judge #3 passed out, fell against the chili pot and pulled it down on top of himself.  Not sure if he’s going to make it.  Poor fella, wonder how he’d have reacted to a really hot chili?

Nine Lies About Global Warming

Posted: 30 May 2007 in Politics

 Nine Lies About Global Warming

By Ray Evans.

This is a good read. Debunks a lot of the BS perpetrated by the loony left. 

The Nine Lies

1. Carbon dioxide is a pollutant.


2. The twentieth century has been the hottest in recorded history
and the decade 1990–2000 the hottest ever.


3. The evidence linking anthropogenic (man-made) carbon dioxide
emissions and current warming is decisive.


4. The scientific consensus is that anthropogenic CO2 emissions
have already caused significant global warming and must be
severely curtailed to prevent future climate catastrophe.


5. Anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and the global warming
caused thereby are responsible not only for higher temperatures
and more droughts than in the past, but also for more
blizzards, unseasonal snow, and freezing weather. They are
also responsible for increasing numbers of cyclones.


6. Because of anthropogenic emissions, the polar ice caps are
melting and sea levels are rising. The rising sea levels threaten
low lying island states in the Pacific and Indian Oceans with
complete inundation.


7. Unless anthropogenic emissions of CO2 are reduced by 50–
60 per cent of current levels by the year 2050, by 2100 our
descendants will have to endure global temperatures of between
1.4 to 5.8°C warmer than the present.


8. Tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue fever will spread
from the tropics to the temperate regions.


9. Shutting down coal-fired power stations and replacing them
with renewable energy sources such as windmills and solar
panels (or even nuclear power plants) will not cause unemployment
or economic deprivation.

There is an explanation for each of the lies.

This is a .pdf document.

Profile in Incompetence

Posted: 30 May 2007 in Politics

This is from IBD

In this exclusive 10-part series, IBD takes a hard look at Jimmy Carter’s administration and compares it to that of George W. Bush, which Carter has called the worst ever.

Installments will cover the economy, foreign policy, human rights, dealing with dictators, fighting Communism and the Democratic leadership in general during times of war.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven 

Good news from Iraq

Posted: 30 May 2007 in Terrorism

Picked this up at Blackfive:

Baghdad tribes close to fighting al-Qaida

By Zeke Minaya, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Monday, May 21, 2007

TAJI, Iraq — Mirroring a nationwide trend, tribes near Baghdad are on the verge of banding together against al-Qaida and have met with U.S. military officials seeking aid and guidance in fighting the terrorist network.

Acceptance of — if not outright support for — al-Qaida among the tribes eroded after the strict Islamic law imposed by insurgents clashed with the authority of the sheikhs, according to U.S. military officials.

On Saturday, a group of local chieftains met with military commanders and a representative of the State Department at Camp Taji, about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, and tentatively agreed to form a council that would oversee the creation of a provincial security force similar to the tribal militia created in western Iraq.

“I think we all agree that our common enemy are extremists and that’s who we must defeat,” Col. Paul E. Funk II said to the roughly dozen sheikhs at the gathering. Funk, commander of the 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Tam, 1st Cavalry Division, presided over the meeting.

I met COL Funk at the NTC when I used to work out there. Good man. The Brigade is well led.

Disrespect

Posted: 29 May 2007 in Military

The assholes that did this need their heads examined.

How can you disrespect a veteran that has given you freedom? Only a moron of the lowest caliber could do such a thing. May you rot in the cesspool of hell for doing it. You are worthless and weak. You don’t have the nuts to fight for your country, you certainly don’t have the nuts to face a live veteran, so you desecrate the grave of a fallen veteran. How brave you are. If you are so fond of the nazis, maybe you should take your sorry ass to Iran and see how much of your shit they put up with. You assholes in Washington that put up with this shit deserve what you get.

Flags replaced with swastikas in Washington.

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ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. – Vandals burned dozens of small American flags that decorated veterans’ graves for Memorial Day and replaced many of them with hand-drawn swastikas, authorities said Monday.

Forty-six flag standards were found empty and another 33 flags were in charred tatters Sunday in the cemetery, authorities said. Swastikas drawn on paper appeared where 14 of the flags had been.

Members of the American Legion on this island off Washington’s northwest coast replaced the burned flags with new ones Sunday afternoon.

The vandals struck again on Memorial Day after a guard left at dawn, the San Juan County sheriff’s office said. This time, the vandals left 33 of the hand-drawn swastikas.

“This is not an act of free speech. This is a crime,” Sheriff Bill Cumming said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

Investigators believe there’s more than one culprit, based on the number of flags that were vandalized, Cumming said in a telephone interview. But authorities have no suspects, he said.

The sheriff said deputies were trying to lift fingerprints off what little physical evidence they were able to recover.

Shame on all of you.