February 2005



Almost everyone believes that Syria was behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri. The result has been that the Lebanese people are in open revolt against the Syrian occupation. The Syrians can not crack down as they might have in the past. The pressure on Syria to withdraw is inceasing daily.

There is also some evidence that Syria was behind the latest suicide bombing in Israel, at least according to this report noted by Powerline.

It has been no secret that Syria has been sheltering Iraqi Baathist leaders while they conduct their terrorist war again the people of Iraq. Syria has also been the gateway for Al Qaeda recruits answering the call to defend Islam from the great Satan in Iraq. While Syria may not have been directly implicated in the latest horrific bombing in Baghdad, it has facilitated terrorist operations in Iraq.

Perhaps sensing that it has created major problems for itself, Syria handed over Saddam’s half-brother Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan to Iraqi forces. When Assad reassesses Syria’s strategic position, he will see that it has changed radically, and not in his favor. The terrorist groups operating in the Bekka valley are one outrage away from a violent Israeli response. They are also coming under increased US scrutiny because of their possible role in Iraq. Syrian forces in Lebanon protect those groups from attack. But that protection will not last much longer; the pressure on Syria to withdraw from Lebanon grows daily. Assad could save his skin by following Ghaddafi’s example. It wouldn’t surprise me. If Assad really wanted to be helpful he could hand over the WMD stockpiles that Saddam shipped there while the UN dithered. That would earn him lots of Brownie points.

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I’m moving house. It’s amazing how much crap you accumulate if you live in one place for 10 years. Most of it is printed material. If we were illiterate we wouldn’t have that problem.

I’m changing jobs. After 10 years of consulting, it’s time to seek regular employment.

I’m in the home stretch of my training for the Boston Marathon. Saturday I run 20 miles, most of it on hills that make Boston’s infamous Heartbreak Hill seem like a pimple.


This article on New York Times Co. chairman Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. in the St. Petersburg Times ends:

On the charge of liberal bias, Sulzberger laughed.

“I hear more complaints that the newspaper is in the pocket of the Bush administration than that it is too liberal,” he said.

Who is he listening too? I don’t thing he’s listening to Cori Dauber, or Jeremy Brown posting at Michael Totten, or Roger Simon, to choose three middle-of-the road bloggers who recently had things to say about the NYT. He could only make such a comment if he only heard from the likes of Michael Moore, George Soros, Peter Lewis, Teddy Kennedy and Barbra Streisand.

This smart-ass comment by Sulzberger, if serious, indicates an organization completely out of touch with mainstream America.


I saw this Boondocks cartoon in this post at Hog Haven while cruising through my long list of blog favorites. I meant to return to it but forgot where I’d seen it. The brain damaged browser I’m using has gotten more senile over the ages and no longer records history. So this semi-senile blogger spent the better part of an hour trying to track down the post again. That meant it hadn’t been spotted by the wider blogosphere. So I’m posting on it, to do my tiny bit. Eventually, I found it. It is a sick, sad commentary on the liberal mentality that they think this cartoon is funny, let alone close to reality. Here’s the text that got me:

[Bush speaking to a black congregation]”on the one hand Colin Powell supports affirmative action. On the other hand, Condoleeza Rice was pushing for the death penalty for anyone who teaches a black person how to read”.

That is so outrageous, I don’t know where to begin.


From Chuck Muth:

AARP is using its members’ money to run full-page ads all across the
country today maintaining the screwed up Socialism Security system “is not in need of radical overhaul” and that allowing you to VOLUNTARILY put some of your OWN money into a retirement program of YOUR choice is an “extreme measure.”

In the ad, the far-left seniors’ group provides a TOLL-FREE phone number for folks to use to contact their congress-critter on the Social Security issue. So why not take this opportunity to give your member of Congress a little kick in the pants and urge them not to be intimidated
by AARP’s misleading liberal advertising campaign…on AARP’s dime!

The number to call is 1-800-307-8525.


Leftists and communists have always been good political organizers. What they can’t win overtly, they take over covertly. Academia has fallen to its cause. Nobody asked the students, the parents, the alumni or the taxpayer if they wanted colleges and universities to be run by hard-left zealots devoted to indoctrination rather than academic freedom. But that is what happened over the last few decades. Ward Churchill is merely a sympton of a deeper malaise.

The Democratic party has suffered the same fate. A party dedicated to supporting the working class in a free market society has been taken over by hard-left zealots. The reflexive posture of too many Democrats is anti-American, anti-capitalism, anti-military, anti-growth, and most of all, anti-Bush.

The left and the right both have their lunatic fringes. The right’s has been marginalized while the left’s has become mainstream. For proof, we just need to look at what leading Democrats have been saying.

First up, Congressman Maurice Hinchey. Powerline notes the complete moonbattery of attributing the forged TANG memos to Karl Rove, the evil genius behind Bush’s stolen electoral victories.

Then there is the new DNC chairman, Howard (the scream) Dean, who said:

“I don’t know. There are many, there are many theories about it, the most interesting theory that I’ve heard so far, which is nothing more than a theory — I can’t think — it can’t be proved, is that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis. Now, who knows what the real situation is? But the trouble is, by suppressing that kind of information, you lead to those kinds of theories, whether they have any truth to them or not, and eventually they get repeated as fact. So I think the President is taking a great risk by suppressing the clear, the key information that needs to go to the Kean commission.”

Thanks to Belgravia Dispatch for the quote. That Dean statement would be equivalent to Thomas Dwey, the 1994 Republican presidential candidate, wondering if Roosevelt had foreknowledge of Pearl Harbor while on the campaign trail.

Dean, as Krauthammer notes was merely following Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) into the swamp.

Senator Patty Murry (D-wa) is another mainstream Democrat living out in la-la land. L. Brent Bozell highlights her melt-down into moonbattery:

Sen. Patty Murray — never known as one of the sharpest tools in the drawer — was having a casual chat with honor students at a Vancouver, Washington high school on December 18 when this Democrat unleashed a series of real whoppers about Osama bin Laden. “Why are people so supportive of him in many countries?” she asked. “He has been in many countries that are riddled with poverty…He’s been out in these countries for decades building roads, building schools, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities, and the people are extremely grateful.”

But all is not lost for the Democrats. Hillary has been moving to the right on abortion and foreign policy. She will gather the support of mainstream Democrats and its traditional constituents and she’ll drag the party back to a more centrist position. I’d have to say that would be good for America.


Read this and may the Force be with you. Link from the rather forward-looking blog, Decision 08.

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