Proposal could put seat belts on dogs
"Where Fido finds a breath of fresh air, Marc McCann, 11, sees a road hazard."
"The Green Tree boy helped a state lawmaker craft a proposal that would make it illegal for dogs and other pets to stick their heads out the car window, which McCann says is a danger to animals and a distraction to drivers. "
Thanks kid. Go away.
This kid is 11 years old. Does anyone really believe that he is acting on his own? In my opinion it is contemptible to use a child like this as a front for an agenda.
How many laws do we need to govern us? Worse, how many laws do we need to protect us from ourselves? My answer is, none.
My dog loves to ride with his head out the window. Is he at slightly greater risk? Of course he is. Life is involves risk.
Bush stands firm on Kyoto pact
"President Bush yesterday stood fast in his rejection of the Kyoto climate treaty,...."
Its contemptible how some people - ahem - pretend that Bush is somehow the obstacle to the ratification of the Kyoto Treaty. Kyoto is dead. First of all the Senate recognized that its an economic treaty and rejected it 98-0 long before Bush came into office. Second, European nations are not and will never in compliance. Third, nothing is required of nations like China which is a major polluter.
Clinton spitefully pulled Kyoto out of the waste bin and left it on the President's desk before he left office. If I might wax metaphoric, Bush walked into the Oval Office, smelled Kyoto's corpse mouldering on his desk and had it decently buried.
I recall in the 80s as a kid reading predictions that carbon dioxide would be demonized as a pollution emission since real toxic pollutants were under control. At the time I dismissed the idea as stupid. Everyone knew CO2 is plant food, right? Now I know better. One cannot underestimate the willingness of self serving interests to cynically deceive and the willing gullibility of some segments of the population.
No amount of nagging is going to change America's position on Kyoto. Even after Bush is out of office, even if Kerry had won office in 2004, Kyoto will be and would never have been ratified.
In this case I DON'T believe that intentions of the pro-Kyoto advocates are good.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Proposal could put seat belts on dogs
Posted by BigDog at 3:30 PM
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Rightwingsparkle Not Blogging Crises, Day 5
Iowa gives vote to convitcted felons.
Sounds of the South
Rightwingsparkle would like this. The article explains Southern American English, now why is Sparkle's accent so delightful?
Latest on Kennewick Man
Evidence and historical fact must, in some people's minds, be suppressed or destroyed for Political Correctness.
U.N.. Oil-for-Food Figure Benon Sevan Flees U.S.
Woman killed because she was white
""I wanted to kill somebody who lived a lily-white lifestyle and was a closet bigot," he said on the tape. "
I don't suppose it occurs to him that he is the bigot?
!!! BREAD IS DANGEROUS !!!
Satirically illustrating the inanity of many public advocacy arguments.
Dependency on government by Walter Williams
"Benjamin Franklin had it right when he wrote, "[T]he best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." Government dependency makes poverty."
Diplomacy with Terrorists? Therapy for the Belligerent
"There is a school of thought that terrorists must be understood as basically reasonable people who are simply angry at the supposed arrogance of the United States. "
Posted by BigDog at 10:35 PM
I have been contacted recently by someone who said he couldn't post comments. I want to make it clear that I am not deleting anything or banning anyone.
Something similar happened to me last week. For several hours I was unable to post any comments on Sparkle's blog. Frustrating, especially because I was having a lively exchange at the time.
If you are experiencing difficulty commenting, try clearing your cookies and cache and rebooting. Seemed to clear it up for me.
Posted by BigDog at 12:15 AM
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Rightwingsparkle Not Blogging Crises, Day 4
War dogs lap up support
Our treatment of retired war dogs is far better than in the past.
Man in 10 Commandments Case Fears for Safety After Paper Prints Name
He made himself a public figure. I don't see how he can complain.
Maverick Gaddafi calls for borderless Africa
"Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi underlined his maverick reputation Monday by telling African leaders their people's woes would be solved by creating a borderless continent with a single passport."
maverick is a word for it. Not the word I would have chosen
"Asking for foreign aid would lead to humiliating failure, he said."
Can't argue with that, especially since it has been the historical pattern.
""Fifty percent of gold in the world is in Africa, 95 percent of diamonds are in Africa and 95 percent of platinum is found in Africa ... It's a very rich continent, but it is not exploited (by Africans)," he said. "
Resources are good. However the modern post-industrial economy is less dependent on resources. In any given product the value materials is a fraction. Few raw resources are critical, and substitutes are readily available for most applications. Once, coal and iron were fought over as strategic resources, Peru and Spain even fought a war over bird crap. Today only petroleum is a true strategic resource, and even its importance is overstated. Now, minerals and other resources are cheaper than ever, technology allows us to access them more readily and manufacture cheaper or better alternatives.
The point of all this is that many third world nations are put out that their valuable resources don't make them rich. People are what really makes a nation prosperous. Human capital, if you will, as measured by the productivity, education, and skills. Free economies both generate human capital and allow economies based on it to flourish. These third world tyrannies, saddled with corrupt, nepotistic, heavy handed governments will never truly prosper, no matter how much platinum or diamonds or molybdenum they have within their borders.
July Fourth Celebrates America's and the West's Core Values: Reason, Rights, and Science Are What Made America Great
Real Lesson of Vietnam
"There are lessons here. When the United States has stayed on after fighting dictatorial enemies admittedly for decades in Italy, Germany, Japan, Korea and the Balkans progress toward democracy and prosperity ensued. Disengagement from unresolved messy problems whether from Europe after World War I, Vietnam in 1973, Beirut after the Marine barracks bombings, Afghanistan after the Soviet defeat, or Iraq in 1991 only left murderous chaos or the "peace" of dictators."
The reason the commies won in Vietnam is because of our failure of will. The USSR and supplied the North and we didn't supply the South. The North Vietnamese Army, replete with materiel they didn't have to manufacture themselves and tank crews literally chained into their tanks, invaded. America's shame is letting down our ally, eternally besmirching our honor.
In the aftermath, more people died in the following three years of communist "peace" than died in 14 years of American war.
"The media again shows its predictable bias."
Protesters Demand Guantanamo Shutdown
"Some detainees have been held at the camp in Cuba for more than three years without being charged. The U.S. government contends the prisoners are enemy combatants and are not entitled to constitutional protections."
That is correct. Nor are they entitled to Geneva Convention protections.
"The Bush administration "has claimed the power to kidnap men anywhere in the world and hold them, interrogate them, detain them without any process of law," said Meeropol, the granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 after being convicted of conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union."
What a bizarre world. Not that she is guilty of the crimes of her grandparents, I just wonder why she is quoted. Is she the head of some organization?
'Life' for raping teacher could mean four years
"An Old Bailey judge told the boy who cannot be named and was aged 15 when he attacked the 28-year-old teacher at Westminster City School, London, last year that he had subjected his victim to a prolonged, persistent, determined and violent rape. "
"But Judge Christopher Moss, QC, added: Life does not mean life. The purpose of such a sentence is not to throw away the key but to ensure you are not released until the relevant authorities can be satisfied you no longer pose a risk to female members of the community. The judge recommended a minimum tariff of nine years but said that, because he had already been in custody for ten months, the boy could be considered for parole in three years and eight months. "
"Two psychiatrists who examined the teenager concluded that he urgently needed treatment as a sex offender and that it was impossible to say when it would be safe to release him."
How about never?
A Great Stonehenge Mystery Solved
One more cause to despise the UN.
The UN at 60
"But an even greater scandal at the UN is receiving less publicity: For years, its agencies and programs systematically have been promoting regulations and policies that block the use of safe, effective new technologies that could help solve some of the world's most pressing public health and environmental problems."
Posted by BigDog at 5:02 PM
**** Repost from my blog Several stories, such as the UN Oil for Food scandal and Sex scandals in Africa have developed since.
In principle, I am not opposed to international diplomatic organizations, clearly however, the UN is inept, corrupt and unaccountable. Tom Deweese:
"The United Nations has come under the control of outlaw nations, petty and tarnished former superpowers and self-ordained special interest groups. Each promotes a socialist agenda that seeks to redistribute the wealth of producers into their coffers as they diminish the power of the United States and enslave the citizens of every nation in a new Dark Age of poverty and misery"
The UN's management of rebuilding Kosavo was a disaster. UN bureaucrats were haughty, indifferent, socialistic and incompetent. Stephen Schwartz writes in UN Go Home:An example:
"In Kosovo, during decades of Serbian domination, the Albanians had established an extraordinary "parallel" school system, in which teachers were paid in clothing, food, transportation, and other goods and services. Kosovo had 28,000 education workers, serving 400,000 students in more than 800 institutions. Children were transported to and from their classes, hot lunches were dispensed, medical personnel were available, and school premises kept clean--all by parents and other volunteers. The teachers, who represented the civic conscience of the Kosovars, looked forward to U.N. expenditures to regularize their schools. They were out of luck. The first action of the international administration in Kosovo was to announce that education must start over from zero."
"Since the U.N. had no money for education, the teachers would be paid in scrip, exchangeable for relief supplies. But first, all janitors, cooks, and nurses were fired. No more milk or hot food would be served; school bus service was shut down. It is no wonder, then, that the streets of Prishtina soon filled with children spending their days out of school, selling cigarettes. Nor was it surprising that in 2002 the first group of public employees to strike against the foreign rulers were schoolteachers.""
Schwartz describes UN employees: "They call themselves "internationals," and are generally young and inexperienced, although the heads of their missions tend to be old and uninterested. They have a strong prejudice against privatization, and too many of those chosen for economic responsibilities hail from Sweden and other countries where statist socialism remains the political religion. "
Lets not forget the UN Oil for Food Scandal. The UN signed off on Saddam's diversion of oil profits from food and medicine for the people of Iraq to the construction of palaces for himself and embargoed weapons. UN officials accepted bribes and Kofi Annan himself signed off on Saddam's spending. Corruption exists at the highest levels of the UN.
And corruption exists at the bottom. The charactor of both higher and lower level UN employees was demonstrated when the cafeteria was looted during a strike of the food service employees. UN higher ups actually encouraged the employees to loot the cafeteria.
Consider, many UN employees were born and raised in third world tyrannies. They left these nations to join the UN to escape their failed countries. How is Kofi Annan, exactly, qualified to lecture the US about how to run our affairs?
This is an organization that incessently tries to impose UN taxes, impugns our soveriegnty, and protects tyrants like Saddam. The Kyoto treaty is a fraud and a bad idea. Unesco is a crime. Its demonstrated ineptitude in Iraq and Kosovo and lets not forget the endless disasters in Africa.
The UN is the last place to look for guidance in any area.
Link thanks: Capitalism Magazine, Foxnews, Heritage Foundation, JewishWorldReview, TechCentralStation, Telegraph UK, Time, Washington Times, Weekly Standard,
Posted by BigDog at 4:50 PM
Monday, July 04, 2005
Rightwingsparkle Not Blogging Crises, Day 3
News of the Weird:
Hong Kongers don't know what to do between the sheets: report
Satellite tracking project to help conserve Malaysia's pygmy elephants
Mom sells face space for tattoo advertisement
You may have heard of this, this link has a picture. The buyer of the adspace would be a casino.... on the net.
Astrologist sues Nasa after comet crash
Apparently, it queered her karma or jiggered her planetary alignment or whatever. Wasn't there a similar story out of Russia not long ago?
News of the Outrageous:
Man is now sex offender for lecturing girl
Sure, he grabbed her arm. She needed chewing out for being dumb. Besides the outrageous injustice to him, what kind of lesson is that to the girl?
More Serious Stuff:
Rescuing the Law of War: A Way Forward in an Era of Global Terrorism
"Terrorists are gaining an astonishing legal edge over US and other armed forces deployed against them. The present trend promises to burden future generations, as well as our own, with an ad hoc, damaging legal framework sure to thwart counterterrorist operations and even furnish inducements for those tempted to join the terrorist ranks. "
Perspective from a Brit on KELO
"Not only does Eminent Domain now pose a threat to anyone whose property happens to catch the eye of a well connected property developer, the USA also has outrageous 'asset forfeiture' laws that allow suspects to have their property taken by the state, reversing the burden of proof and making the accused (but un-convicted and usually un-tried) person prove their property is not the proceeds of some crime in order to have the property returned (they cannot prevent it from being taken in the first place). So much for 'due process'."
Couldn't agree more.
Stop Questioning My Patriotism
How does Iowahawk have the time for all his satire?
Posted by BigDog at 12:28 PM
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Rightwingsparkle Not Blogging Crises, Day 2
Rounding up some news:
Monster of the moment
"Zimbabwe is being hypocritically vilified by the west for forced slum clearances that are routine throughout the developing world "
This idiot, John Vidal, tries to excuse Mugabe's tyranny. Zimbabwe, once a food exporter, suffers food shortages as Mugabe siezes land and property to enrich himself, his family and supporters.
American Zen byr Victor Davis Hanson
"So how does the United States navigate nimbly between its weariness with the thankless role of a superpower and the dangers of a nostalgic isolationism? We need to find a sort of Zen-like philosophical balance that brings both some maturity to our pampered critics and psychic relief to ourselves, without endangering our own security or abandoning our true allies — while in the middle of a war and a polarized electorate here at home."
I like the pragmatic suggestions:
"If Kofi Annan, who was in charge when U.N. peacekeepers committed sex crimes and Oil-for-Food dwarfed Enron’s mess, really believes the U.S. acted illegally in Iraq, then he should petition to remove the U.N. headquarters to a more legal and civilized place, say Paris or the Hague. The U.S. should offer our genuine regrets while shrugging that we are not quite up to the moral fiber of the General Assembly or its Commission of Human Rights, thus encouraging such a relocation."
I will pay to see that happen. Perhaps we can buy the UN HQ at market price and give the UN a grant to build a new HQ. Anywhere else but the Western hemisphere.
Zombie Hall of Shame
Some lovely photos of anti-war protesters
Groups like the International Red Cross and Amnesty International should be holding Guantanimo up as a model of how everyone should handle prisoners.
Blog plug. Blogger from Norway.
The Intolerant Tolerants
Foreign Law is Not Law By Thomas Sowell
Posted by BigDog at 2:09 PM
Transcript of Today's Pelosi Press Conference
"Two questions: What was your reaction to the Supreme Court decision on this topic, and what do you think about legislation to, in the minds of opponents at least, remedy or changing it?"
"Ms. Pelosi. As a Member of Congress, and actually all of us and anyone who holds a public office in our country, we take an oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Very central to that in that Constitution is the separation of powers. I believe that whatever you think about a particular decision of the Supreme Court, and I certainly have been in disagreement with them on many occasions, it is not appropriate for the Congress to say we're going to withhold funds for the Court because we don't like a decision."
"Q Not on the Court, withhold funds from the eminent domain purchases that wouldn't involve public use. I apologize if I framed the question poorly. It wouldn't be withholding federal funds from the Court, but withhold Federal funds from eminent domain type purchases that are not just involved in public good."
"Ms. Pelosi. Again, without focusing on the actual decision, just to say that when you withhold funds from enforcing a decision of the Supreme Court you are, in fact, nullifying a decision of the Supreme Court. This is in violation of the respect for separation of church -- powers in our Constitution, church and state as well. Sometimes the Republicans have a problem with that as well. But forgive my digression."
"So the answer to your question is, I would oppose any legislation that says we would withhold funds for the enforcement of any decision of the Supreme Court no matter how opposed I am to that decision. And I'm not saying that I'm opposed to this decision, I'm just saying in general."
This woman is a congressional leader, unable to grasp a simple concept.
"when you withhold funds from enforcing a decision of the Supreme Court you are, in fact, nullifying a decision of the Supreme Court." There IS NOT enforement of the decision in the first place. The proposal is to not fund projects that take away other people's property to give it to another private owner. In other words, for example, the Federal government will not fund a project that will take away Aunt Jane's house to build a parking lot for a shopping mall.
Posted by BigDog at 1:14 PM
Saturday, July 02, 2005
An interview with Mark Steyn
Steyn discusses a number of issues, but of interest is this on religion:
"So the dynamism of American faith exemplifies the virtues of the broader society: the US has a free market in religion, Europe had cosseted overregulated monopolies and cartels. The other salient point is that obviously Europe does have a religion: radical secularism. The era of the state church has been replaced by an age in which the state itself is the church. European progressives still don't get this: they think the idea of a religion telling you how to live your life is primitive, but the government regulating every aspect of it is somehow advanced and enlightened."
Don't believe the childhood vaccine fearmongers
This story has been around a few years, but Michael Fumento article sums the issue up nicely. Self appointed scare mongering ninnies are telling people not to get their children vaccinated. Don't listen.
On a lighter note:
Garrison Keillor is a new columnist at Jewish World Review. Entertaining as ever, he manages to mention corn in his article. Important stuff, corn. No, seriously. :-)
More light stuff: Nonsequitur
Posted by BigDog at 11:52 AM
***I am reposting some stuff from my blog to make my positions clear as well as fill Sparkle's metephorically big shoes.
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight: nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety: is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions and blood of better men than himself." – John Stuart Mill
Pacifism is an immoral choice in the face of aggression, both as individuals and as a society. Pacifists do not oppose aggression when attacked, inviting further aggression both to themselves and to their neighbors. Worse, many pacifists self-righteously oppose violence when others are attacked, but quickly change their mind when they themselves are assaulted, even calling upon others to fight for them.
The philosophical or religious basis for pacifistic views is irrelevant. Clearly, pacifists exist only where and when others have bled to insure the safety and security of the society. Safe from violence, pacifism seems like a rational decision, as if reason and not violence were why strife and violence are not troublesome.
"In the final choice, a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden as a prisoner's chains." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
Further, those living free from fear and violence often slide into moral stupidity. Moral equivicators do not draw distinctions between self defense and aggression, often casting themselves and high-minded and moral for disparaging honorable soldiers and terrorists alike.
When pacifists get their way, people die. Cambodia, for example, millions died at the hands of Pol Pot, The Khmer Rouge commited the act, but our withdrawal, precipitated by US pacifists, allowed it to happen.
Sometimes pacifism appears to work. In India, Ghandi's pacifist movement seemed to be the means to free India from British colonial rule, but it was the British legal tradition that freed India. They listened to the arguement made for Indian independance, publicity and reason won because the British Parliment chose to honor its principles.
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." - Winston Churchill
Posted by BigDog at 11:07 AM
Rightwingsparkle Not Blogging Crises, Day 1.
The next couple weeks are going to be difficult for everyone. Rightwingsparkle is a kind, warm thoughtful person who actively blogs most every day on a range of issues. She makes blogging fun and her popularity is little wonder. I, well, I am a less active blogger, not to mention less kind. Rude, insulting people are going to find that I am skilled at cutting remarks, the merely ignorant may get a lecture. My interests are as diverse as Sparkle's but I am less inclined to discuss most issues. For those familiar with American cultural norms, she is a Southern Belle, I am a Northern Plainsman.
No need to fret, this is a temp gig. Sparkle will be back soon and she may even be able to blog on the road.
Posted by BigDog at 10:12 AM
Friday, July 01, 2005
I will be gone for two weeks but I am leaving my blog in the capable hands of my friend BigDog. He is tons smarter than I am, so be ready for that.
I have some really personal posts that I am going to link here for you to read while I am gone. They are kind of long, but some of my favorites. My regulars know them, but I thought any new readers might like them.
My First Love.
This one is about pro-life protesting.
This is about a very special man I knew.
Why I am pro-life.
Why I am Catholic.
If I can get to a computer, I will repost some of my favorite military posts back when no one was reading me! Enjoy BigDog and have a blessed and wonderful 4th of July!!!
Posted by RightwingSparkle at 10:27 PM