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Some Kudos and Welcomes

Nouriel Roubini’s Global Economics Blog good article about the USD as a hot potato

The FT on BW2 free-riding and capital losses on holdings of dollar reserves: A “Hot Rotten Potatoes” Musical Chair Game…

Hugh Hewitt has written in BLOG… how blogs are effecting the MSM. BuzzMachine has an interesting post Advertisers: You have lost control of your message. Get over it. about that VW ad and how advertising is changing, saying the customer is democratising advertising.

CALIFORNIA YANKEE has an update on

House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. introduced a bill to restrict illegal aliens’ ability to obtain and use driver’s licenses.

Neal Boortz has a scathing article about a bill in Georgia that like Kelo v. City of New London will take away our property rights.

Well, let me introduce you to SB5 .. a wonderful little piece of legislation now resting in the Georgia State Senate. SB5 is the brainchild of one Eric Johnson, a Republican from Savannah. Senator Johnson is the President Pro Tem of the Senate. He is also a Republican. Oh … and I understand that he is a real estate developer. Eric Johnson wants any government entity in Georgia to be able to seize private property, your home, your office, your raw land, and turn it over to a private developer. Your property would then become an office building, a parking garage, a transportation facility, a baseball stadium, a telecommunications facility or any number of other wonderful things. It would then be operated by the developer for profit, and at some time in the future would be turned over to the government that condemned it.

Desert Rat Ramblings has an update on Sudan.

What is being called “ethnic cleansing” by the media is really this:

The African people are being systematically killed by their own government and Arab militias, known locally as Janjaweed.

When you hear the word “rebels” in the news, they are referring to the inhabitants of that area that are fighting to defend their homeland, their families…and they are being murdered…muslims systematically murdering ‘non-believers’…hmmm…where have I heard that before…???

Where is President Bush?

Doug Petch posts about The Superbowl Ad You Won’t See

Eutychus Fell: Becoming Catholic discusses a movie I’m going to rent Wide Awake

Here’s Corporate Taxation 101 From On High

I oppose any and all taxes on America’s corporations; state, federal, municipal. The reason? We end up paying them.

Gay Patriot’s new cause:

There is no reason why a photo ID should not be required to vote when it is required to buy liquor, cigarettes, board a plane, and enter a Federal building. I’m going to make this my cause celebre this year because I think with what we’ve seen in Wisconsin and Washington State… to not do something would further erode the confidence in our election process.

Let me end this post by welcoming:

Duckwriter – (I’m a Beaver, but here’s an interesting Duck!

Faneufy’s Truth – a proponent of the Loonetariun Philosophy

K A D N I N E – a new blogger from Kentucky who has the taste to put Hugh Hewitt on his Blogroll

Random thoughts . . . – before the gavel falls. The quiet musings of a humble country lawyer in the big city.

The Blog from the Core – Needless Commentary from Small-Town America

Weapons of Mass Discussion – The battle over illegal aliens and homeland security is heating up in the nation’s capital, as President Bush is being challenged by fellow Republicans on the best course of action.

Mover Mike

UFO’s on Thursday January 27th

Finally!

Over at Whitley Streiber’s website in an article How UFOs Fly

Three French physicists say they’ve figured out how UFO engines work. The scientists claim they use a combination of electromagnetic and nuclear power and they have built a model UFO engine at the French Astronomical Observatory in Marseilles.

Check it, with links to great schematics. I guess this means Flying Saucers are real. Wonder if the Air Force knows?

Mover Mike

At National Review Online Tense Straits, Washington signals timidity toward Chinese bellicosity. By Dan Blumenthal & Randy Scheunemann
China passes an “anti-secession” law and hardly gets a response from the State Department, but

More damaging, outgoing Deputy Secretary State Richard Armitage publicly weakened the decades-long U.S. commitment to Taiwan’s defense. Appearing on PBS’s Charlie Rose Show, Armitage was asked whether the U.S. would defend Taiwan if China attacked. He demurred that it is “not quite appropriate” for him to answer that question — notwithstanding President Bush’s answer to the same question in 2001 that the U.S. would “do whatever it takes” to defend Taiwan.

A weak or equivocal response only encourages the Chinese on the mainland.

Mover Mike

Vox Blogoli: Jonathan Rauch

In Vox Blogoli Hugh Hewitt has requested comments regarding Jonathan Rauch writing in the new Atlantic the following:

“On balance it is probably healthier if religious conservatives are inside the political system than if they operate as insurgents and provocateurs on the outside. Better they should write anti-abortion planks into the Republican platform than bomb abortion clinics. The same is true of the left. The clashes over civil rights and Vietnam turned into street warfare partly because activists were locked out of their own party establishments and had to fight, literally, to be heard. When Michael Moore receives a hero’s welcome at the Democratic National Convention, we moderates grumble; but if the parties engage fierce activists while marginalizing tame centrists, that is probably better for the social peace than the other way around.”

Let me rephrase the first sentence, leaving out the emotionally charged words. On balance it is probably healthier if a bloc with differing views is included within an affiliated group than be outside. Without the emotion that to me seems perfectly logical, however in practice, I think the bloc always will be outside, initially. Think of one example from the past. Most believed the world to be flat. Any differing view of the world was simply judged “wrong” by the group. Now the round worlders have to “fight” to be heard. “Fight” can be defined by persuading with a preponderance of evidence to literally fighting involving bloodshed. Suppose you are a Freedom Fighter working to secure liberty from a dictator. According to the Bush Doctrine this country would now support such groups seeking freedom and liberty, and the left, I might add, would support this doctrine. Haven’t they supported such groups as the PLO. I don’t know how to get around the obvious problem of “the ends justify the means” in the fight, outside the group.

I agree with the first sentence, don’t think that’s the way life works, and some will do anything to change the groups beliefs.

Mover Mike

Wednesday January 26th

California Attorney General files federal lawsuit against Conscience Law.

Congressmen Dave Weldon and Henry Hyde sponsored a bill (and signed into law by President Bush) that protected hospitals, physicians and other medical personnel from being coerced or compelled to participate in abortion activities. In fact, the legislation specifically stated that no hospital receiving federal funds shall compel its participants to engage in abortions. The penalty for coercing participation in abortion activities is a loss of the federal funding.

In the lawsuit, Lockyer states that the right to abortion supersedes any other right, including the right of conscience.

Mover Mike

Our friend Gina gave us two free tickets to see the sneak opening of Million Dollar Baby last night. I had read many reviews and was aware that many conservative reviewers didn’t like the movie for one reason, which I won’t mention here. I was prepared to vote for Best Picture either for Sideways or Aviator, and after seeing Being Julia, Annette Benning for Best Actrress.

All that changed after seeing Million Dollar Baby. This may be Clint Eastwood’s best work yet. I love the way he squints. I love to look at his face with its lines and wrinkles. The closeups of the actors’ faces is rarely in full light, but half shaded as if we are all Yin and Yang. It is a great story told by Morgan Freeman, an ex fighter who was blinded in one eye in his 109th fight. The viewer is not told about the characters actions, but shown. Most powerful of all was the performance by Hillary Swank as a “girlie” boxer. She is all heart, work ethic, and unbelievable power in the ring. I lost track of the fact that she was an actress. I think this movie will be a “KO” when the Academy votes! Thank you Gina for a great evening.

Mover Mike

Law of the Sea Treaty

On January 12th I wrote:

On the campaign trail last year, President Bush said a priority of his second term would be to ‘build an ownership society, because ownership brings security, and dignity, and independence.’ Sounds good to us,” reads a Wall Street Journal editorial today. “But the rhetoric doesn’t square with news that the administration may file an amicus brief against property owners in an upcoming Supreme Court (Kelo v. City of New London case concerning eminent domain.”Worried that a Bush Administration brief against land owners is in the works, the National Taxpayers Union, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and other free-market groups signed a missive sent to the White House in October. No doubt, Business Roundtable-types are pressuring Mr. Bush on the other side, along with states and localities that feel that private property can be taken and then parceled out to maximize tax revenues. The letter urges the Administration to “affirm its support for property rights and refrain from filing a brief in Kelo.” So far, the response has been a troubling silence.

Now we have this: From WorldNetDaily
Sovereignty-sapping U.N. accord gets new life

Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned Rice about the agreement (Law of the Sea Treaty – “LOST) at last week’s confirmation hearings.

Rice responded that the president “certainly would like to see it pass as soon as possible,” saying LOST “serves our national security interests, serves our economic interests. We very much want to see it go into force.”

From Insight On the News of April 19th, 2004

As worded, LOST would deny the United States the right to intercept terrorist vessels or proliferators, according to Leitner. The President’s Proliferation Security Initiative, designed to battle proliferation of weapons of mass destruction with as little effect on commerce as possible, would be illegal under the treaty. “This U.S.-led, multinational program of high-seas interdiction and vessel boarding is barred by the Law of the Sea Treaty yet it is our overriding national-security interest to execute,” Leitner said. “Ratification of the treaty would effectively gut our ability to intercept the vessels of terrorists or hostile foreign governments even if they were transporting nuclear weapons. We must ensure that we are not binding the government of the United States to a legal regime that makes us more vulnerable and trades the lives of our innocent civilians for the sake of participating in yet another unnecessary treaty.”

Even worse, according to Leitner, is what he calls “the creation of yet another international court where the United States or our citizens can be dragged before politically motivated jurists to adjudicate and set penalties.”

The treaty imposes limitations “on measures we might take to ensure our national security and homeland defense. If, for instance, foreign vessels operating on the high seas do not fit into one of three categories (i.e., they are engaged in piracy, flying no flag or transmitting radio broadcasts), LOST would prohibit U.S. Navy or Coast Guard vessels from intercepting, searching or seizing them,” Gaffney testified.

Those opposing LOST include:

The CATO Institute – Sink the Law of the Sea Treaty

SAVE THE GOP

The New American – Bush Continues to Support UN “Law of The Sea” Treaty

Whitten Commentary – Bush Continues to Support UN “Law of The Sea” Treaty, who urges you to contact Congress on this issue.

Light a Candle... – who directs you to Accuracy in Media

Bush Scorecard

We would do well if this treaty got lost. It gives up to the UN/NWO, our sovereignty, rights, and benefits, from our oceans, coasts, and even the Great Lakes!

novlpro

National conservative leaders — Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy and myself — are starting to speak out now on this vital issue. So is Dr. Peter Leitner of George Mason University, author of “Reforming the Law of the Sea Treaty”. I intend to do my part to fight against ratification of this sovereignty-destroying Treaty. But it is your voice that your State’s U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative will heed when deciding just where they stand on LOST.

Transterrestrial Musings

Why in the world is the administration supporting the Law of the Sea Treaty? Is it Powell’s State Department, and no one else is paying attention?

The Liberty Committee

The Weekly Standard – Sink the Law of the Sea Treaty by Doug Bandow

The Heritage Foundation –

The Bush Administration has expressed interest in joining the International Seabed Authority and has urged the U.S. Senate to ratify the Treaty. However, many of former President Ronald Reagan’s original objections to the Treaty–while modified–still hold true today, and many of the possible national security advantages are already in place.

This is not a complete list by any means. The Bush Administration hasn’t met a spending bill it didn’t like. Many of us are unhappy with seeminly little interest, in four years, in limiting spending. Then there is the friend of the court brief against property rights. Now when it seems there may be some impetus to rid ourselves of the UN, along comes interest in supporting a treaty that gives power to the UN over the seafloor to the detriment of our interests. The bush administration should look to the base that brought them to power.

Hat Tip to THE TOMO REPORT

Mover Mike

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton moves to center: Senator Clinton Speaks of ‘Common Ground’ on Abortion calling for new thinking on the subject , Hillary says she still favors Roe v Wade, but respects those who oppose abortion completely. The focus should be on the number of unwanted pregnancies and the church has been very effective teaching abstainance.

At one point, for instance, she drew gasps from some in the audience by mentioning that 7 percent of American women who do not use contraception account for 53 percent of all unintended pregnancies.

I haven’t gone weak kneed on her, I recognize she is power seeking and needs to convince people that she is reasonable. I think she will also home in on the issue of illegal aliens moving across our borders as chronicled by Michelle Malkin

Writing of Ms. Malkin, her latest post attacks the statistics of Hillary who claimed that abortions have gone up under President Bush.

(note to the NYT, I spelled her whole name out in the lead. I know how fussy you are for accuracy.)

Mover Mike

Monday Afternoon January 24th

Drudge has this: Coolant Leak at Fermi II Plant

…officials confirmed that there were indications that there had been a leak of reactor coolant into the containment area. There were no evacuations at the plant, and there were no signs of any release of radiation.

Mover Mike

Power and Control and dougpetch.com both comment on: Humans prevent ice age

“Instead of driving us to the brink of environmental disaster, human intervention and technology progress will be seen as vital activities that have unintentionally delayed the onset of a catastrophic ice age.”

Mover Mike

Welcome to:

Amish Fight Club – Guns, Sharks, Sports, Politics, Whatever…. Zeb opines that The Trail Blazers may be without a coach after their next loss!

Gus Van Horn – the online diary and political musings of an American man

The Political Spectrum – A thoughtful, intelligent, albeit somewhat snarky view of politics, law, and culture from a group of lawyers, scholars, and other commentators from both sides of the political spectrum.

Mover Mike

Monday January 24th

R.I.P. Johnny! I remember, while in high school, sitting on the floor watching Johnny with the sound turned low, my parents in bed. First, there was the Opening Monologue, timely humor on the days or weeks happening, then a skit, like Karnak. Johnny would devine the answer from a sealed envelope, Ed would repeat the answer, Johnny would look around like there was an echo, and then realize that it was Ed. Finally came the question! The guests came out after a lot of commercials, one by one, sat next to Johnny, chatted and laughed, touted their latest offering and then moved over to the couch. If I missed a show, inevitably the story next day from my buddies was about a young starlet that appeared in a see-through or low cut blouse. There was even the time when a breast fell out and the starlet calmly tucked it back in, so I’m told. How many times did I sit up late, seated on the floor waiting for just such a thing to happen. For this high schooler, Johnny was a window on the world.
Mover Mike

Welcome to:

Write-Away
– Internet marketing musings, ramblings, hints, tips, cool links, articles and more.

MarketRant – Analyst with strong contrarian tendencies and a disdain for sales-oriented analysis

How do you see the world? – 1. ‘The world is everything that is the case.’ 7. ‘Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.’

People’s Republic of Minnesota – Conservative thoughts and musings from the land of 10,000 taxes.

a-sdf – Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit (Four years of Latin – long ago – leads me to believe this means “We are filled with great ideas and a mixture of demented fruit”???)

Mover Mike

Eutychus Fell: Becoming Catholic has a fine post on a show that is becoming a must see (along with Desparate Housewives). Boston Legal is well written, witty and poignant.
Mover Mike

Sunday January 23rd

A post at Grumpy Old Bookman about Ursula K. Le Guin: Steering the Craft on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, caught my eye partly because she makes her home in Oregon, and partly because I like to read about writing written by writers.

So far so good. The book was recommended to me by an established writer who told me that it contains the most lucid explanation of the use of point of view in fiction that he had ever come across. And indeed chapters seven and eight do cover point of view rather well. I have to say, however, that I prefer my own explanation of this subject, which I published in this blog in five parts from 4 to 10 November 2004 (see archives). But other readers may find Ms Le Guin’s explanation preferable. It’s all a matter of taste. Either way, the use of viewpoint is something that a writer has to master, and it sure ain’t simple.

I haven’t read either yet, but I have just read the five parts, because I am interested in establishing a point of view I am interested in the “voice” for this blog, not to be confused with point of view.
Mover Mike

Welcome to the following blogs:

The Cave – It’s scary, I think we think alike

One Clear Call – Thoughts from an average American working woman who understands the only issue that can’t wait is our nation’s security. “If you would have peace, prepare for war” ~ Ancient Roman proverb

Mandelinople – my city. my rules.

.:. WitNit .:. – BATTLING WORLDWIDE ATTENTION-SPAN SHRINKAGE (wit-nit) v. 1. to closely examine a thing with humor and ironic truth. 2. to take humorous analysis of relatively inconsequential things to a hyperbolic extreme. 3. to engage in silly, extended, self-indulgent rantings. 4. to do things up with which others will not put.

Scylla & Charybdis – A journey through the narrow channel between the Scylla of a controlled press and the Charybdis of effete thugs with immunity.

Mover Mike

TigerHawk Does Us A Favor

Don’t miss this. TigerHawk has done us righties a big favor by reading the lefties’ posts, so we don’t have to, and compiling them in Carnival of the Commies #2: The best of the Left in the week just passed You’ll read about Crooked Timber’s Ted Barlow, Crooked Timber’s John Quiggin, Iraqi Letter to America, Kevin Drum, Tom Tomorrow, et.al. There is an interesting post about ownership when you link, which goes to the ethics of blogging, a hot topic since Williams and those bloggers hired by the Dean campaign. James Wolcott doesn’t like the use of “fisking”. Seems its demeaning and close to being sexual. There’s more, much more. Thank you TigerHawk for all that work, just don’t join the other team.

Mover Mike

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