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David Friedman's homepage
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Steve Verdon
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Man Without Qualities
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Iain Murray - new location!
North Georgia Dogma
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Jim Dunnigan's site
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Friday, September 26, 2003

Man Without Qualities has collected several pieces on Gen. Wesley Clark, especially his early removal from SACEUR.

Story about Gen. Clark's removal.

More details on Gen. Shelton's comments about Gen. Clark.

Clark's comments on President Bush.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

As people like Dean have mentioned, the Chief Wiggles has a great idea. Scroll down to here to see how his idea came to him.

We must get behind this. When this war began, I said that the greatest effect we would have in Iraq was exposing the Iraqi people to the tens of thousands of wonderful, talented, caring servicemen and women we were sending over there. When one of them gets this fantastic idea, it deserves all of the immense support that Americans can put together when someone needs help. One of the neat things about Americans and the Internet is how fast we can assemble people and ideas and get things moving. I had the same great feeling during the first Gulf War when we organized people across the nation to get care packages to the troops. I still cherish the letters we got back from servicemen from that experience.

Now some have criticized this with words about helping the Iraqi people with food and water. I'm confident that the US occupation forces are working at their capacity to do that. What this is about is empowering American servicemen and women to express what America is really about - individual caring.

So do what we do best. Get going.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

ABC is reporting that the recently release video tape of Bin Laden was actually from November 2001 ... more reason to believe that Bin Laden is cave fungus.
As I had hoped, the Ninth Circuit en banc has affirmed the original district court ruling regarding the California recall election. This was a wise ruling as the district court had written a very detailed memorandum supporting its order denying the request for injunction. The core of the district court opinion seemed to me to be the claim was precluded by the previous action's consent order settlement. The en banc opinion seems to weigh more heavily in a failure of the plaintiffs to demonstrate a likelihood of prevailing on the merits. It is interesting that the result was evidently unanimous ( according to Howard Bashman's fine and timely blogging on this result ). This is a stinging rebuke to the three judges on the original Ninth Circuit panel.

The result is that the recall election is back on track.

ADDED: You may enjoy The Man Without Qualities' discussion of his impressions of oral argument.

Monday, September 22, 2003

This piece on candidates for Mayor of San Francisco is the funniest piece of political humor I've seen in a long time. Link stolen from Jacob Levy guest-blogging on the Volokh Conspiracy.
A fine Fisking by Steven Den Beste of a ridiculous biased article by the BBC defending a war criminal aka "human shield".

Thursday, September 18, 2003

I confess, its true:
Starship Troopers
You belong in Starship Troopers. Your idea of a
good time is bouncing across an alien
battlefield blasting the foes of humanity into

Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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More discussion at the Weekly Standard of the corruption of CNN and Iraq.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

If you don't care for Make-A-Politically-Correct-Wish Foundation, you can support Hunt of a Lifetime.

Friday, September 12, 2003

A bit late, but Pejman points us to this fascinating piece about polling of Iraqis. Let's see the 7 dwarfs deal with that.
Johnny Cash 1932 - 2003. I grew up with that man's music, I will miss him greatly.
Since its after Sept 11 now, I can joke more about terrorism. John Hawkens reminds us of this great sketch from The Life of Brian.
This means that the "White Glenn", who I specifically declared myself in league with, has joined an alliance created to oppose him.

There has to be a word for this ...

And if there is, I bet it has "Italian" in it somewhere.

I missed being able to post on Sept 11 because of illness, but in truth, I wasn't finding myself too articulate.

Larry Miller found some words however.

And Bill Whittle has a good comment.

Monday, September 08, 2003

Robert Musil revisits the recent, supposedly "bad", employment numbers.

Sunday, September 07, 2003

From the White House website, the text of the President's speech, its amusing to see how little it matches Brokaw's idiotic commentary afterwards.
As we approach the second anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I'm searching for a way to expound on my feelings. Delroy Murdoch has a piece on NRO that highlighted some things.

Some lines from Murdoch's piece explaining what some families of those lost in the World Trade Center have to memorialize their lost loved ones:
Captain Brian Hickey led seven of Rescue Company 3's men into Tower Two. None survived. After awaiting his body's recovery for eight months, Hickey's family instead buried a coffin bearing his helmet. Only perspiration residue on its sweatband and a few hairs tied the headgear to the 47-year-old father of four. Later, the medical examiner classified a one-inch square bone fragment as Hickey's. His family interred it in lieu of his helmet.

Another family: "The only thing ever recovered from [his son's unit] was Lt. Anthony Jovic's badge. They found his brass badge that November or December. That's the only thing ever recovered from the entire company of five guys."

And this comment from Robert Shaler, New York's chief forensic biologist:I'm still driven by the families ... When I see these people, they look at me with eyes that say, 'Did you find her yet?'

Jeff Jarvis points us to this terrorist threat. Oh, the horror.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Clayton Cramer again discusses his boycott of Amazon over a book he characterizes as "advocating" child molestation. He's actually starting to move me toward his position ... but my god, 160,000 copies sold?

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Taiwan held some very large military exercises recently. This makes me wonder if the Taiwanese suspect that the Communist Chinese would use a Korean conflict as cover for a move against Taiwan?
Another example of outrageous gagging of political speech here. How could this happen in America? Bush and Ashcroft are Nazis! What? Its in Canada? Oops, never mind.

Shamelessly stolen from David Bernstein of the Volokh Conspiracy.

The Democrats abuse of the Senatorial consent power succeeds in driving Miguel Estrada off. And so the political process is further debased by these tactics. And a good man is harrassed by Democrats for their tawdry political purposes.

I'm ashamed of the nation's treatment of you, Mr. Estrada, and I wish my apologies held any meaning for you. Alas, they can't.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Richard Miniter here describes more material for two themes. The first is of course the obvious - that Bill Clinton's incompetence and indifference undermined U.S. security greatly. The other theme is that Democrats in general, in this example Senator Dennis DeConcini is front row, cannot be trusted with our nation's security.

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Dean Esmay fights against some common "wisdom" in his Ten odd things I believe about politics posting. I wanted to shred every one of his items ... but he has some points.

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Glenn Reynolds calls this story a "bombshell" and its hard to disagree. If what Gerald Posner is claiming pans out, then the Saudis are going to need a whole regiment of lying spokesman like that receeding hairline of a spokesman they have now. Posner is quoted above as claiming that Abu Zubaydah, the top-ranking Al Queda executive picked up in Pakistan, has links deep into the royal family of Saudi Arabia - the "Prince Turki al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, the kingdom's longtime intelligence chief" specifically.

If in fact, the Bush administration has these interrogation results, this story may explain the rash of deaths last year among the Saudi princes. And may explain other inexplicable events recently. But don't make me watch that liar of a spokesman again.

Friday, August 29, 2003

More examples of the outrageous rhetoric from Democrats, this set from Howard Dean.
Another Libertarian is made.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Cruz Bustamante, proud of his racism. You stick to it, Cruz, since we know that racist Democrats don't get called on it.

UPDATE: Charles Johnson shows us how MECHA is linked to terrorists. Great job, Cruz.

And Glenn points us to this comparison of the manifesto of MECHA and National Socialism by Sharansky.

Fox News has Arnold leaping ahead of Cruz Bustamante in the California Recall election race. I'm not elated by this polling result because I credit it no more than the poll that showed Bustamante ahead. The polling companies have been losing ground in polling techniques as people have become less cooperative with poll takers. I don't think that polls can be completed in short enough cycles for this fast-paced circus atmosphere election. In addition, I don't think anyone has any idea how to account for actual turnout.

So I don't believe any polling data for California's race.

I found this interesting in the article:
Democrats say they have aggressive advertisements "already in the can" and are just waiting for the right time to unleash them. They also are expecting to hold a press conference of Hollywood liberals to denounce the Schwarzenegger candidacy.

Great idea, let's have some prominent Hollywood people ... like Susan Sarandon or the Dixie Chicks denounce Arnold. Brilliant move. Bwaaahaaaaahaaa *choke*.

Today's Day by Day is great.
I've enjoyed this gentleman's comments on Winds of Change, now I'm enjoying his blog. You should too.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Randy Barnett of the Volokh Conspiracy has a great post here about the importance of a written constitution and the importance of respect for its textual meaning. It is a great piece that does a far better job of explaining the foundation for my objections to the recent Lawrence decision and my reaction to the nonsense about the Ten Commandments monument in Alabama. Must read.
NewsMax is still having fun with Cruz Bustamente's past membership in the bizarre MeCha student organization. You would think that membership in a racist, quasi-fascist, Left-wing group would be a disqualifier for a candidate for governor of California ... but that's Democrat hypocrisy for you.
Donald Luskin has an interesting piece here which not only Fisk's David Gross' piece on the dividend tax cuts, but also has some interesting background material on stock performance and how choosing endpoints for statistical comparisons can change dramatically ( or manipulate if one wishes to be deceptive ) conclusions.
Michael Ledeen has a good piece on how intelligence failures are born. Link stolen from Winds of Change.

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

A well-done ridiculing of the silly anti-gun BBC piece.
This news report describes the contents of the final report. Bad management kills.

Monday, August 25, 2003

Steve Verdon makes one wonder, does Kyoto kill?
The suspicion that Iraqi WMD are hidden by Syria in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon resurfaces. I think I saw this on DEBKA a few months back. If more substance appears, I may have to take back some of the things I've said about DEBKA ...
Ralph Peters discusses the bombing of the UN HQ in Baghdad and of course when he's done there is little left to say.

Thursday, August 21, 2003

This is a fascinating piece on the investigation of the UN HQ bombing in Baghdad. From the article:
American investigators looking into the suicide bombing of the United Nations compound on Tuesday are focusing on the possibility that the attackers were assisted by Iraqi security guards who worked there, a senior American official here said today.

The official said all of the guards at the compound were agents of the Iraqi secret services, to whom they reported on United Nations activities before the war. The United Nations continued to employ them after the war was over, the official said.

Now obviously the story doesn't yet link the Iraqi guards to the bombing but if true, it makes one wonder just how stupid United Nations officials can be. Couple that with the reports that the United Nations refused US security offers to distance themselves from the US and there is no conclusion but that there was an enormous amount of stupidity in the UN HQ that had its unfortunate reward.

Glenn Reynolds wonders if they were looking into where the Oil-For-Food money went. An interesting thought, Glenn, but unlikely as there is little sign that the UN really wants to know.

The Man Without Qualities has a great take on the pieces coming out trashing Arianna Huffington.
As noted at left, I've declared this a PHOTOSHOPPED GLENN REYNOLDS FREE ZONE.

No applause please - I'm an artist.

I found a reference to this interesting Ha'aretz piece on how Israel will deal with Abba on the Volokh Conspiracy. It is an interesting statement and long overdue in my opinion because this is just more duplicitious nonsense from the Palestinian Authority.
This has been out for a while, but I just read this piece on power control, by M.Simon of Winds of Change.

UPDATE: Found this great slice-n-dice of Paul Krugman's nonsense on Don Luskin's outstanding site.