Sunday, August 28, 2005

UPCOMING HIATUS

I'll be moving! It will take a week or so to set up the computer for internet access, since the router is downstairs and my computer will be up one floor. I refuse to go wireless for safety reasons, and anyhow I think the hill would block the signal; everything's cable over there.

Once I'm up I'll post anew.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Some Thoughts on Lance Armstrong

I don't doubt that the lab did in fact find EPO in the anonymous urine sample they tested in 2005. I notice that is about as firm an accusation as the lab will make in public.

The argument that the urine was Lance Armstrong's, that it's been untampered since 1999, is not being made by the scientists. That comes from L'Equipage, the same French-chauvinist pigs who've been bitching about an American winning their Tour de France for seven years.

Three weeks ago the same people shouting that Armstrong must "prove" the allegations false--when the lab is the first to say no further testing of the samples are possible--were running around lamenting that the accusations against Armstrong would linger forever. Apparently they realized just how lame that sounded, so voila, here's unverifiable "proof". Not anything they'll act on, just to publish and denounce.

Unfortunately for their national hubris, legitimate testing for EPO was done since 2001, and Armstrong passed every such test in his last five victories. So they can maybe explain how a guy relies on EPO to win, not just compete but win...and then forego it forever, and suffer no loss in performance.

But their purpose is to smear, not to offer justice. It is not Lance who stands condemned by the attempt.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Epiphany

Like Captain Renault kicking the Vichy water, like Darth heaving the Emperor, like Gary Cooper dropping his star in the dirt...there is this:
San Francisco Shuns Retired USS Iowa

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a former San Francisco mayor, helped secure $3 million to tow the Iowa from Rhode Island to the Bay Area in 2001 in hopes of making touristy Fisherman's Wharf its new home.

But city supervisors voted 8-3 last month to oppose taking in the ship, citing local opposition to the Iraq war and the military's stance on gays, among other things.

"If I was going to commit any kind of money in recognition of war, then it should be toward peace, given what our war is in Iraq right now," Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said.

Feinstein called it a "very petty decision."

"This isn't the San Francisco that I've known and loved and grew up in and was born in," Feinstein said.

...Rep. Richard W. Pombo, R-Calif., has sponsored legislation authorizing the ship's permanent move to Stockton. Feinstein has countered with a bill to open bidding to any California city.

How long before she starts sporting that Dodger Blue?

A Soldier's Service Is Not His Parent's Sacrifice

And when you understand that, you have to spurn the claim that Cindy Sheehan has more "moral authority" on Iraq than anybody else.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

No Regrets

Powerline has a good post on the movie "The Great Raid". After reading his review I believe I'll go see it.

It's too bad the reviewers can't support a film that "reinforces stereotypes" of the Japanese enemy. While I don't doubt much of the war propoganda was aimed at demeaning the Japanese race, the political ideology of His Imperial Japanese Majesty's forces is demonstrated where ever the Rising Sun was raised.

From mass enslavement of 'comfort workers', to beheading competitions in occupied China, biowar testing on entire villages, slaughter of POWs, to subtle degradations such as forcing Indonesian Muslims to bow towards Tokyo instead of Mecca and requiring insurgent Indian troops to salute every Japanese soldier regardless of rank--the Japanese perverted all aspects of life to brand their subjects as inferior.

There is nothing shameful in reminding America of the utter good that was done in breaking the Greater East Asia CoProsperity Sphere.

Sadly, the initial audience for this film is largely the over fifty crowd. This story should be heard.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

What's Our Goal in Gaza?

Hamas vows to continue to fight Israel from its new safe haven.

The President laid out his expectactions for the newly independent area earlier this year.
I think what is necessary to achieve the vision of two states living side by side in peace is for there to be progress. Look, there's a lack of confidence in the region. I can understand that. There's been a lot of deaths; a lot of innocent people have lost their lives. And there's just not a lot of confidence in either side.

And I think we have a chance to build confidence. The Prime Minister is taking a bold step and a courageous step, and basically he's saying that, you know, until he sees more progress, he doesn't have confidence. And I suspect if we were to have a frank discussion about it, the Palestinians would say, well, we don't have confidence in Israel.

So what's needed is confidence. And I'm convinced the place to earn -- to gain that confidence is to succeed in the Gaza. And so we're kind of prejudging what is going to happen based upon a rather pessimistic point of view. I'm an optimist. I believe that it is possible to work to set up a self-governing entity in the Gaza. And I believe a self-governing entity is one that is going to be peaceful, because most people want there to be peace. And when that happens, then all of a sudden, I think we'll have a different frame of mind.

I suspect that the tone of your question -- I'm not being critical -- but I just suspect that if there is success in the Gaza, in other words, if there's a state that's emerging, the Prime Minister will have a different attitude about whether or not it makes sense to continue the process. And I suspect that people will say, you know, it is possible for democracy to take hold.

And so there's skepticism now about the process, because as I said earlier, it's a complicated part of the world with a lot of history. And so I want to focus the world's attention on getting it right in the Gaza, and then all of a sudden, people will start to say, gosh, well, that makes sense. The Palestinians will see it's a hopeful -- there's a hopeful way forward. The Palestinian moms will say, well, here's an opportunity for my child to grow up in a peaceful world. And then I think the dialogue will shift. But in the meantime, there is a process to go forward, and we're now ready to help the Palestinians seize the moment that this Prime Minister has provided in the Gaza. So that's where you'll see our attention focused.
In recent weeks, there have been several gunfights as Hamas and PA police collide with each other. It's almost impossible to know, from press reports, the internal political situation in Gaza, just as the press seems unable to report on Iraq. What is clear, is that President Abbas has lot of heavy lifting to do, similar to what the Iraqi state had to achieve...and he doesn't have American divisions to back his ploy.

I doubt at this point, Abbas truly desires the President's goal, though he may come to see the need to break Hamas--if he lives that long.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Check It Out

Phil Hendrie, a social liberal with a hilariously twisted radio show, has a new blog for bashing the antiwar Left. Drop by GeorgeWBushIsGod.com for a look-see.

Monday, August 08, 2005

9th Circuit Gets One Right

As often as I malign the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, I should note when they properly uphold the Constitution.

As the Wall Street Journal notes, Hawaii is trying to propogate the notion of an entire state as the special preserve of one racial group. Not that they'd be any less equal than any other American on the mainland. If they want to open a hotel in Arizona, they don't need to jump through any hoops just because they're Hawaiian.

But if a guy from Arizona wanted to open a development on Maui, that would be a horse of a different color.

The specific case before the 9th Circuit involved admissions. The 9th Circuit in effect, pointed out that the 14th Amendment seems to preclude Balkan enclaves anywhere on US soil.

Outrage at continued "oppression", sadly joined by local RINOs. RINOs who allegedly have the firm support of the President.

Me, I'd meet the Hawaiians halfway. I'd offer them total racialization of the Islands, as Mexico did with the ejidos, in exchange for expulsion from the Union, and total loss of citizenship for all 'ethnic' Hawaiians.

Seems fair to me, if P. Diddy will need special permission to own property in Hawaii, God knows why, then Daniel Inouye should need a visa to buy into the Bronx.

But what do I know, I was born an American and am therefore just another "foriegner". Just like their RINO governor.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Catholic Litmus Test

There's been a lot of roiling controversy over Roberts' statement that he'd recuse himself rather than do something he considered evil. And controversy over the controversy.

I wonder if anybody really wants a judge incapable of recognizing evil, or capable of cooperating with what they believe to be evil.

The question then comes down to what specifically a judge would consider to be evil. And the problem in reviewing a nominee's religious views is that the Constitution specifically forbids the practice.

We have seen a significant erosion of the Constitution at all levels of government in the past several decades. Here now the Senate seems prepared to simply ignore the ban on religious tests.

How long do we have to wait for a government with a sense of duty?
How long before we get a majority of Senators who understand they are not free to elide their way around the plain text of the Constitution?

More than Roberts is on trial here.

Thankfully, as I've said, such problems are basically personnel issues, and temporary, and soluble by long, loud, frequent complaint.