Saturday, September 17, 2005

Hypocrisy At Its Best

Sometimes you just have to laugh at the inconsistency of the left. Case in point: Arianna Huffington. The eco-zealot is an outspoken critic of the Bush administration's policy on the environment and a strong opponent of Sport Utility Vehicles. However, she was caught being driven to the Sierra Club's national summit in San Francisco --where she made a speech that closed with anti-Bush, environmentally critical comments-- in a full-sized Chevrolet Suburban. Michelle Malkin has the photo, as well as some comments:

"I asked [Sierra Club national spokesman] Eric Antebi whether any of the staff at the Sierra Club headquarters owned and drove SUVs. He stumbled and said the group didn't keep track of who drove what. It's 'a personal decision,' he explained. 'People drive different cars for different reasons.' "

Striking? Isn't it? As Malkin notes at the conclusion of her post, it sure would be nice if the Sierra Club granted the American public the same leeway as its members.

Perhaps this example (or Arianna's Animation Campaign) is one of the many reasons why she lost the California recall race, and why Arnold is preparing to run for his second term as the governor of California.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Some Alarming Stories

The avian flu is raising eyebrows across the world. It could potentially kill billions, and there is not enough medicine to fight it. This week at the United Nations Summit in New York, the U.S. government agreed to stockpile $100 million worth of a still-experimental vaccine. Both the head of the U.N. World Health Organization and President Bush have warned of the virus' deadly potential.

This virus started among wild birds in Asia, and represents a version of the flu that humans have never seen before. Because of this, we have no natural immunity to the avian flu. Right now, the virus kills 55% of the humans it infects. Furthermore, with today's international flight paths, the virus could potentially spread worldwide within a couple of days. The threat of the avian flu is serious, and needs to be taken very seriously. Awareness on the issue must continue to be raised, and efforts must be put into motion to both produce more vaccinations and set up protocol in case mass infection does occur.

As if that's not enough to worry about, consider this story of another potential terrorist plot. A student from Egypt was arrested when investigators found a pilot's uniform, a chart of Memphis International Airport, and a DVD titled "How An Airline Captain Should Look and Act" in his appartment. In addition to this, the 29 year old Mahmoud Maawad is in the country illegally, living under a fake social security number which he used to enroll in the University of Memphis and open a bank account.

Yikes. It's scary to think that the threat from terrorists is still so real. However, let's not forget that the FBI found this man and was able to detain him becuase of good intelligence. Some of which, I'm sure, they were allowed to get under provisions of the Patriot Act. Every potential terrorist plot that is foiled is another success for our country, and lives are saved because of it.

Keep these stories in mind, as they will surely be important in the near future.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

A Speech Well Done

This is the man who led our country after 9/11. This is the man who united the American people and brought us together like never before. This is the man who represents what Americans are all about.

President Bush's speech reminded us of these things tonight. He showed great character in the things he said, in everything from taking ownership of the government's poor response to Katrina to putting forth a strong plan to rebuild the hurricane ravaged area. The president is a man of conviction, and Americans saw this through is speech. He has shown us that he is moving forward in restoring the lives of Katrina's victims, and that he has orchestrated a plan to accomplish this.

Another striking aspect of the speech was how well it was received (as it should have been). Just look at the reactions of the evacuees at the Astrodome, interviewed on ABC after the speech. For the most part, the response was extremely positive, and to me, this is very encouraging.

NOTE: For more on the speech, Hugh Hewitt's evaluation sums it up perfectly.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Spectacle That Is Joe Biden

In reviewing some of the reactions to the Roberts hearings from yesterday, I came across a mountain of evidence against the incompetence of Joe Biden. My favorite piece was over at Powerline, quoting Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. It's amazing to me that even at the U.S. Senate, where our best and brightest representatives are supposed to reside, we run into guys like Joe Biden. I guess his amazing record in law school just hasn't carried over to his work in the Senate. (HT: Hugh Hewitt)

More Katrina Racism

Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, quoted in yesterday's Houston Chronicle, called FEMA and the Red Cross "too white to represent us." Farrakhan made these comments about Hurricane Katrina disaster relief at a town hall meeting in Houston. John Warner writes:

"Last I checked, there were hundreds of thousands of US citizens in dire need of help in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. And color-blind FEMA and the Red Cross are busy distributing hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of man-hours in aid to storm victims... I called the Nation of Islam for a comment, and the woman with whom I spoke was unaware of Farrakhan's comments. She stated the comments were not racist in nature, but when I asked her what would she think if somebody said the Nation of Islam is "too black", she hung up on me."

Stories like this make my blood boil. Race should play absolutely no part in determining the credibility or worth of a person. Yet Louis Farrakhan seems to think it does. We will never be able to improve equality in this country if the people who are demanding it continue to say things like this.

Michelle Malkin considers a similar problem: countless celebrities and leaders using the phrase "my people" when referring to Katrina victims. She writes:

"I don't know about you, but when we donate to Katrina victims and say prayers for them in our home, every one of them is 'our people'... Disasters don't discriminate. Helping care for 'my people' means helping care for them all. Right, Rev. Sharpton? Rev. Jackson?"

When will they get it?

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Roberts Knocks 'Em Dead

John Roberts showed Americans again today how truly intelligent and well-balanced he really is. His level-headed, calm, and collected answers ring true to the necessary qualities of a good chief justice. While Democrats attempted to corner Roberts and get him to say anything harmful to his cause, he repeatedly managed their questions. Over and over, he assured lawmakers he would be guided by his understanding of the facts of cases, the law and the Constitution, not by his personal views.

After today, especially, it has to have become apparent to Senate Democrats that Roberts is going to get confirmed. His legal mind is far too sharp to be caught by any of the traps the questioning committee lays. Roberts' collectedness and knowledge HAS to be frustrating to Ed Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin. They don't have much of a choice but to allow Roberts to pass right on through his confirmation. Or they could take the approach of Joe Biden, and butcher metaphors.

Biden attempted to play off of Roberts' use of a baseball metaphor (that judges are like umpires), but was so focused on discrediting the nominee that he got his point completely wrong. If Biden can't figure out baseball metaphors that are common knowledge to most red-blooded Americans, how can we ever think he has enough knowledge of the constitution to consider him credible in reviewing a nominee for the Supreme Court?

The American public will be glad to see the Senate Democrats fail in stopping the Roberts nomination, and happy to see a well-qualified justice be placed on the highest bench in the land.

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Dems and John Roberts

The Senate confirmation hearings for John Roberts began today. With all the devotion that the radical Left is giving to its effort to pin political losses on Bush and Republicans because of Katrina, I wonder if they'll be able to keep up their rhetoric in the Roberts confirmation. Whatever the answer may be, there is no question in my mind that Roberts will get through. His credentials are too good to let the petty attacks of people like Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy stop his confirmation. Nonetheless, it won't stop them from trying.

It took no less than one hour before the Democrats considering Roberts' confirmation began making accusations related to Hurricane Katrina. Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ed Kennedy of Massachusetts took up floor time during the hearings to invoke the tragedy as a reminder of the growing gap between the rich and poor, and the "Supreme Court's need to close that gap." Thankfully, Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, rebuked the two for their use of Katrina to further political interest. As long as Senate Republicans fight back against the Left's attacks, expect no surprises in the Roberts' confirmation.

On another note, Jack Kelley has a must-read piece on the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina. In the article he sums up why the relief response was actually a successful one, and he points out some important issues that the MSM should consider before they make any more accusations.

Also, Michael Yon has a new dispatch from Iraq, with an update on the Battle for Mosul. Read it.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Remembering 9/11

Four years ago today, the United States was dealt a vicious suprise attack by terrorists. When the World Trade Center fell at the hands of al Qaeda, our country was forced into a war it did not choose to fight. Nonetheless, brave and courageous Americans have risen to the occasion and given everything they have to our cause. The sacrifices that have been made are staggering, and we owe our freedom and well-being to those who have been willing to fight for it.

Today we should honor the servicemen and women who are around the globe defending us, as well as those who have given their lives in the effort. We must also not forget those civilians who were victims of the horrible attack on the World Trade Center. Pray for the families who have lost loved ones and for those who are still involved in the fight. Consider a moment of silence, as the president did.

And never forget that feeling it gave us all when our country was attacked on September 11, 2001.