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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Project "Minuteman" vs. Bush, ACLU and Gangs?

Speaking of matches made anywhere but in heaven (e.g. Sean Hannity and Rev. Jesse Jackson? Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr?), it appears that some strange bedfellows are coming together again - this time against a group of concerned citizens who are taking a stand against the pandemic influx of illegals along our southern border.

Over 1,000 citizens and legal immigrants have come together under the banner of Project "Minuteman" and will be fanning out across the Arizona/Mexico border this weekend in an attempt to bring national attention to bear on the flood of illegal immigration through that region. Their unlikely collective of nemeses? President Bush, Mexican President Fox (called them "migrant-hunters"), the ACLU and the notorious Salvadoran gang "Mara Salvatrucha" (who have vowed to teach the Minutemen "a lesson").

I would have to call this nothing short of a recipe for disaster. I would also hope that such a pickle as this would give our usually right-minded President (in my opinion) some pause to reflect on his position.

Perhaps I'm naïve, but I am having a very hard time understanding the need for high-tech missile defense shielding, ultimately costing hundreds of billions of dollars, when the biggest threat to our national security is simply walking (or swimming) across the border every single day in droves. Work permits and political correctness aside, is it just me or don't Arabs often strongly resemble Latin-Americans? Even if they are caught (and subsequently released back to Mexico to try again later), how would Joe Patrolman be able to distinguish between them if they were smart enough to have learned some Spanish or at least to keep silent?

Is Michael Jackson Guilty?

This time - no thoughts from me. I am most interested in YOUR comments. So tell me, waddaya think??

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Terri Schiavo - Let Her R.I.P....Okay?

Although the title of this 'Blog is "Righting America," which to many implies only conservative thinking, the deeper (more important) implication is "Doing the RIGHT THING in and for America." You know, that whacky double entendre thing. I just have to say, now that Terri has gone without food and water for over six days and the judicial/legislative process has been exhausted, it is time to let her go. I say, thanks Mr. President, Governor Bush and the rest, but now it's time to adhere to the courts' decisions and follow the laws of our land. Stop the friggin' politics already!

Let me just say that my family faced a similar situation with my 70 year-old mother, who had in years past indicated to my dad that she would not want to be preserved in an incapacitated state by life support. After her accident, in which she had fallen and hit her head (subsequently developing an aneurism) and eventually slipped into a coma, we decided to remove her feeding tubes and allow her to die. I'm not gonna lie to you folks, it was a terrible two days. I had flown back home from Bahrain to essentially stand a death watch with my family. I still think about those two days, but do not regret that we stood by her wishes, albeit spoken to just my father in previous years.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Wolfowitz and the World Bank?

Like him or not, our fearless leader is full of surprises - and Bush's nomination of Paul Wolfowitz, a major player (architect?) in the Iraq War, for World Bank President is truly one of the doosies. Given his reputation as a "unilateralist" during the 2003 invasion, it will be a tough sell - especially beyond our own borders.

Although no government has yet to openly oppose this nomination, there are uneasy feelings being shared "off the record" by some foreign diplomats, especially after this administration's former Under-Secretary of State John Bolton having been named as our new U.N. Ambassador.

Is this a move by the president to "put a stamp" on the World Bank? No doubt - but what of Wolfy's credentials? Surpisingly enough, he is very qualified for this position with his education and experience, as follows (courtesy of http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39858-2005Mar16.html):

  • Bachelor's degree in mathematics, Cornell University, 1965
  • Doctorate, political science, University of Chicago, 1972.


  • Deputy secretary of defense, 2001-present
  • Dean, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, 1994-2001
  • Taught at the National Defense University, 1993
  • Undersecretary of defense for policy, 1989-93
  • Ambassador to Indonesia, 1986-1989
  • Assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, 1982-1986
  • Headed State Department's policy planning staff, 1981-82
  • Deputy assistant secretary of defense for regional programs, 1977-80
  • Special assistant for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, 1976-77
  • With U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1973-77
  • Taught at Yale University, 1970-73

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Drill ANWR Alaska NOW!

With gas prices soaring to new heights this Summer (estimated to reach 2.50/gallon) and continued dependency on foreign oil, we are faced with hard choices. I propose the following: We proceed with exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) of Alaska NOW to buy us time and get away from foreign dependence, while simultaneously enforcing the retooling of our auto industry and gas stations completely for new, much more efficient auto fuel technologies.

At present, we Americans consume 20 million barrels of oil per day (to include all petroleum products like gasoline) - 60 percent of which comes from foreign and largely dubious sources. Meanwhile, we are sitting on 3-5 years worth of Alaskan oil (when combined with other domestically harvested oil) and largely ignoring current technologies that, if implemented in an aggressive, proactive fashion, could completely erase ALL need for oil importation beyond that. Using some current reserves and increasing off-shore production until drilling/production in ANWR, we can stop our dependence on foreign petroleum right now.

Here are some other interesting facts and statistics:
  • In 1980, the ANWR coastal plain was set aside by Congress for oil exploration and drilling
  • Out of the 19 million acre refuge, only a total of 2,000 acres would accomodate drilling
  • Estimates of ANWR total oil deposits range from 5 to 20+ billion barrels
  • Alaskan drilling is the cleanest in the world
  • Research and drilling would have minimal, if any, impact on the coastal plains of Alaska environment
  • Fairbanks and smaller communities North will enjoy a MAJOR economic stimulus
  • Daschle is gone now and the GOP rules both houses of Congress - this is going to happen
  • President Bush has called for 1.2 billion dollars in research for hydrogen-powered cars by 2020
  • Other initiatives for alternative fuels are being pursued around the world (Example: MDI Presents: The Air Car)
  • The only other American dependency left after this - Illegal Immigration / Border Security

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Syria Needs to Get Out of Lebanon

Monday, March 07, 2005

Bush's "Failed Mid-East Policy?" - Look Again

To the Loopy Left, to include Michael Moore, G.I Jane Fonda, Teddy Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Bill Mahrer, "Stewart Smiley" and the rest: What has suddenly happened to your smugness? It would seem that President Bush was right all along, and a new movement is sweeping the Middle East - just as it did in the last century throughout Europe. You laughed at Reagan too, and now history seems to be repeating itself - whilst you and others of your weak-hearted ilk have egg running down their arrogant, perpetually angry faces.

"The basis of a democratic state is liberty." A quote from George W. Bush? Not exactly - this comes from the tutor of Alexander the Great, Aristotle (384-322 BC).

Let's do a quick tally, shall we? As of two years ago, according to Freedom House's latest count, the world held 121 electoral democracies - up from 66 in 1987. Guess what folks? We just added two more and there are others just around the bend.

One need only look to the mostly liberal media that obviously can't ignore this kind of news; Red-Cedar-on-White flags waving in the sun, or the proud ink-stained fingers wagging in the face of danger.

Yes, the idea of democracy is taking hold in the Middle East and it is raging like a wild fire from as far to the East as Afghanistan to the North African shores. Like teetering dominoes along the way, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Egypt and even Libya are in varying states of historic flux - all for the betterment of their citizens.

It is no accident - self rule is a natural human condition, whereas oppression and tyranny are anything but. In this age of satellite television, cellular phones and the internet, peoples of the world are on the doorstep of knowledge, self empowerment and awareness of what their lives could be.

And all it took as a catalyst was one strong-willed President, the courage of (a majority of) the nation he leads and her truest allies. We are witnessing history in these days, my friends - make no mistake about that.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Italian Hostage Freed - but Shot by Soldiers

It really burns me up to read some of these liberal blogs. How can they so easily conclude that the American Soldier is at fault in everything that happens in Iraq? I won't bother giving links to their pathetic sites, but essentially they are suggesting that this was either some trigger-happy bungling or an actual plot to assassinate the Italian Hostage. Apparently, the hostage herself is making this claim as well.

In case you don't know the story: Guiliana Sgrena, journalist for a Socialist Italian newspaper, was freed by Iraqi insurgent captors on Friday. While driving at high-speed through a U.S. forces check-point, soldiers opened fire on the vehicle when it failed to slow down or stop, killing an Italian Secret Service agent and wounding Sgrena in the shoulder.

Here are my comments on that liberal 'Blog in response to a foolish Frenchman's contention that it was a plot.

It seems a bit convenient that you forgot your password - although I honestly can't imagine anyone lying about being French.

I don't think it is hard to believe that the American troops somehow felt threatened - nor is it hard to imagine that the car carrying the Italian hostage and her rescuer might have been driving at high speeds and could have overlooked some safety precautions (in their haste) when approaching the checkpoint.

To suggest that it was a plot to assassinate the journalist for something she knows is absurd - which leads me to believe that you may be French, after all.

I have been to Italy and France many times, and will never hesitate to visit because of what people like you say I should do. I won't insult the Italians as you can't speak for them, but it can be said that YOU would be speaking German if it were not for the Americans. A cliche, perhaps, but true nonetheless. Maybe someday your country will remember who your friends are (were) and for once do the right thing yourselves.

For now, your nation seems pathetic, your leader a buffoon, and your traditional French cowardice and unjustifiable snobbery is getting old very quickly. France is a weak, third world country out of control with its immigration, taxes and unemployment. That is my reason for not visiting your silly little country again anytime soon.

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