A bi-partisan panel is recommending a diplomatic initiative to involve Syria and Iran in the effort to bring stability to Iraq. The panel includes some heavy-hitters from both sides of the Beltway aisle.
From the New York Times, "Several commission members, including some Democrats, are discussing proposals that call for a declaration that within a specified period of time, perhaps as short as a year, a significant number of American troops should be withdrawn, regardless of whether the Iraqi government’s forces are declared ready to defend the country."
That's the ticket; let's get the foxes to watch the henhouse! After all they have a vested interest in what goes on in their neighborhood and the foxes know the lay of the land. Let's not bother ourselves with what goes on in the henhouse after we leave.
My bet is that Ahmadinejad in Iran and Bashar al-Assad in Syria smell blood. They see the weakness of the Democrats and the dithering of the Republicans coupled with the constant defeatist drumbeat of the American Press and they know they have a winning combination. It doesn't hurt their efforts that the American Press can be counted on to relay the talking points of the enemy to the American public.
From the way things are shaping up, the U.S. Media and the Diplomats in Washington and Europe will serve up Iraq to Iran and Syria on a silver platter just to make it go away. Given the tenor of the pronouncements coming out of Western capitals and media outlets these days, expect to see the anschluss of Iraq by Iran and Syria once coalition forces leave. For the mortal enemies of the Jewish nation it will be clear sailing for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to try and implement his final solution for Israel.
I pray President Bush and his Administration will in no way buy into what this group or commissions of similar content are trying to sell.
Monday, November 27, 2006
A bi-partisan panel is recommending a diplomatic initiative to involve Syria and Iran in the effort to bring stability to Iraq. The panel includes some heavy-hitters from both sides of the Beltway aisle.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
The leader of the group believed to go by the name of Tom led the gang onto the ramp for the eastbound train to freedom via Suffern, New York. No doubt they planned to escape the fate they'd be sufferin' at the hands of some Sous Chef in New Jersey.
Earthlink has the holiday story of an escape most fowl.
Friday, November 24, 2006
You thought you had a long pull to the malls this morning. Europeans are flying in to the US to join the fray. Events like after Thanksgiving sales where shoppers queue up to buy gifts at bargain prices are unheard of in Europe. I guess that's one of the benefits of living in a country with a burgeoning economy unencumbered by Socialism.
The Washington Times covers a story of some very intrepid Europeans who make the 4,000 mile journey to shop in the USA and trundle through the aisles of plenty with the maddening herd of holiday shoppers.
With so much going on the world the Democrats have jumped in to make their contribution to the chaos. Sen. Carl Levin (D) of Michigan has talking up his plan to subpoena the Pentagon for documents related to the ramp up for war with Iraq.
With so much time on his hands and tax payer money to spend on useless investigations and so many opportunities for photo ops the Senator must be counting the days and hours until the usual media suspects set up cameras at one of his Soviet era inspired show trials.
What if they gave an "investigation" and nobody came?
Drudge reports that our pals the Russians are sending advanced weaponry to Iran. Gee, any guess as to whose side they're on in the conflict between the US and the mullahcracy in Iran?
Just in time for the holidays, the Russians send rockets, advanced air defense systems and the chief of Russia's nuclear agency. No word yet on that Partridge in a Pear tree.
With friends like this who needs enemies?
Thursday, November 23, 2006
We have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving 2006.
We can be thankful for the comfort of our homes, the company of our families and loved ones and for the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans.
From our nation's founding the leaders of our country have recognized that God has been the source of our many blessings and freedoms. We live in a country that was founded on religious freedom by Pilgrims in search of a place where they could express their faith free from the dictates of the State. The land that we now call the United States of America was founded in the search of God.
We live in a country that is dedicated to the premise that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights," as penned by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.
We can be thankful that we are able to lead peaceful lives here at home because of the courage and dedication of our armed forces who will visit violence upon those who would harm us. We have had no further attacks on this country since 9/11 because of the leadership of our President and the work of brave men and women to protect our nation.
We can be thankful that this booming economy has produced record profits for investors and wage earners alike.
We can be grateful that with an unemployment rate of less than 4.5% anyone in this country who wants a job can have a job. This fact stands in stark contrast to other industrialized nations of the world whose unemployment rates constantly hover at 14% or more.
We are indeed blessed as a nation but we are also a nation at war.
Take some time today to give thanks for our many blessings and pray for our nation and our complete victory in this war against terror and terrorists so that every man and woman serving in the Armed Forces can come home to their families knowing that their mission has finally been accomplished.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A couple claiming to be Hurricane Katrina evacuees were able to take advantage of the generosity and goodwill of a congregation in Memphis, TN. It seems the two apparent scam artists convinced a local church in Memphis that they were homeless and wanted to settle down in their newly adopted community. After shedding big crocodile tears and telling a harrowing story about their escape from the ravages of the Hurricane, the church ponied up for a $75,000 home for the couple. The couple promptly showed their appreciation by "flipping" the property for $88,000 and then headed back to Nawlins. The unfortunate poor dears gave nary a look back at their benefactors as the "husband" told a TV reporter to "Take it up with God" when asked about the sale of the gift home.
I seem to recall that in the gospel of Matthew 24:12 Jesus says, "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,..". Hey, I have a Bible passage for you grifters, “God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."
Thursday, November 16, 2006
We often hear about how deals are made in the halls of Congress. "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours." as the saying goes. The Russians also have a euphemism for this comerce of deal-making that goes; "Me for you and you for me.". That dynamic is in play in both the House and the Senate as the partisan leadership of both legislative bodies select their members with a mix of high-sounding rhetoric, fraternal back-slapping and old-fashioned horse trading.
John Murtha of Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District is out of contention as the number two man in the House of Representatives pecking order by losing his bid to become the House majority leader. House Democrats overwhelminly chose Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland as the House majority leader. Hoyer's selection is a rebuke to new speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who reportedly has had a cool working relationship with Hoyer dating back to 2001 when Pelosi and Hoyer were at loggerheads to see who would become the House minority whip.
Listed among the reasons for Murtha's 86 - 149 vote loss to Hoyer was that Hoyer traveled to the Congressional Districts of the Freshmen Congressmen who were in tight races to beat their Republican opponents. Hoyer befriended the new Congressmen he had mentored and garnered their loyalty and respect. Trying to move these Congressmen away from Hoyer was going to be difficult to say the least. Reportedly the House members were resistant to pressure by Mrs. Pelosi and her allies to gain votes for her friend, John Murtha.
The majority of House Democrats voted against Murtha recognizing that he was damaged goods given his role as an unindicted co-conspirator in the FBI Abscam probe of the late 70's. During this sting operation FBI agents posed as Saudi shieks offering bribes to Congressmen in exchange for favors such as Aslyum and money transfers out of Saudi Arabia. Murtha was never indicted due to the intervention of Thomas Tip O'Neil who was then Speaker of the House. It was clear from the tape that the FBI had made during their undercover meeting with Murtha that he was open to doing business with the "Sheiks" at a later date but refused to take any money at that time. At the very least Murtha was obligated under House Ethics rules to report the incident of attempted bribery which he did not. So the Democrats took a cue from the "culture of corruption" meme that Mrs. Pelosi asserted was the order of the day for the Republican leaders of the House and in so doing dodged an issue that would come back to haunt them in 2008 election.
In the Senate, the Republicans made Trent Lott the minority whip of their chamber. Senator Lott has a long history in the Beltway and is known as a respected motivator of his caucus and consumate deal-maker. Don't be too surprised next year to see a bipartisan measure to increase the minimum wage. It may be payback for an agreement that dates back to Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in the Senate.
Another item to look for next year may be some sort of guest-worker program for illegal aliens. By placing Senator Mel Martinez of Florida at the helm of the Republican National Committee the Bush administration may be looking to gain inroads to the Hispanic vote. Senator Martinez is a proponent of creating a guest-worker program that pundits like Patrick Buchanan refer to as amnesty for illegal aliens. One can only wait and see what comes out of Washington next year.
This is how it's done. To be sure you have idealogues on every issue and on every front but for the most part the wheels of governance are greased by a little give-and-take.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Will the Republicans ever learn? It doesn't look like it. One pundit wryly noted that there are two parties in our Political system; the Stupid party and the Evil party. The Pubs are definitely the Stupid party. Karl Rove the architect of so many Republican victories in the past has tapped Senator Mel Martinez as the next chair of the Republican National Committee.
In the humble opinion of the Rocketeer, Michael Steele would have been a much better choice. The Republicans are probably thinking that they'll head-off trouble in Florida in the future and gain the loyalty of Hispanics because of Senator Martinez's co-authorship of a bill to grant amnesty to illegal aliens.
The Rocketeer is not alone in this assesment. You too can vote for your pick at Hot Air.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
An amusing post by Paul Krugman in the New York Times is dissected by NewsBusters. Krugman salivates at the prospect that we may be watching the death of evil Conservatism. Oh, how exciting for him. He can barely contain his glee at the thought that Conservatism as he writes is an "alliance of wealthy individuals, corporate interests and the religious right" that took place he claims in the sixties and seventies has fallen from the American political landscape. He goes on to describe the transition of the GOP as that party of Eisenhower to the party of the Liberal's bogey-man Karl Rove.
Hey Krugman, Dwight D. Eisenhower was President of the United States in the fifties, not the sixties and seventies man!
Everything for Liberals started in the sixties and seventies.
Hopeless scribblers like Krugman got more than they bargained for in the election of Democrats like Jim Webb of Virginia to the US Senate. Senator elect Jim Webb took a moment in his victory speech last week to praise the Marine Corps. Webb's crowd of supporters cheered a little less enthusiastically than they had before he praised the Marines. Then he went on to praise the men and women in the armed services. The crowd got quieter. Then he went on to thank his Republican opponent Senator Allen for the many years of service that he had given to Virginia and how he was going to meet with Allen over lunch this week. You could almost hear a pin drop. It gets better. From PowerLine.
It will be fun to watch the affect this former Marine will have on the oh-so-PC Senate doves in his party.
One of the reasons for the Democratic victory last Tuesday was that many Republicans stayed home. This fact is brought up in more detail by Hugh Hewitt in his Just the Numbers Please post.
As mentioned earlier, there was no massive ground-swell of Liberal sentiment expressed in last Tuesday's election. The victories that Democrats enjoyed were gained by slight margins in almost every race. Republicans who would have otherwise pulled the lever for their candidate chose to sit-out this election as is typical of mid-terms.
More ominous for the Democrats is the specter of Senator Joe Lieberman switching his party affiliation from Independent to Republican when the Senate reconvenes for its next session. This would break the majority the Democrats currently hold by one seat and bring that chamber to a 50 to 50 tie between the parties. Vice-President Dick Cheney would then have the power of a tie-breaking vote in the Senate. No doubt this would bring headaches galore for the Democratic leadership. Dude, what happened to my mandate?
I don't think Senator Lieberman has forgotten how his former colleagues in the Democratic Party turned their backs on him in the August primaries.
Great weather for Veteran's Day Weekend. Relax, take some time to enjoy with your family and remember the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifice and dedication of the brave men and women of the armed forces.
Michelle Malkin has a great piece on remembering Veteran's Day.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
What Happened on Tuesday.
The Republicans had an unsettling loss yesterday. But it was not entirely unexpected.
There were several reasons for the drubbing the Republican Party received at the hands of the Democrats. The Rockette points out that the difference was that the Democrats didn't win as much as the Republicans lost. What does that mean? There were many Republicans who simply sat out the election and stayed home. They were fed up with the performance or better said, non-performance of the Republican leadership.
The first and most important was that they drifted away from their roots. Here was the party of small government out-spending the Democrats! Between their massive Education Bill, and entitlements the Pubs surpassed the days of Bill Clinton's administration and made the Democrats the party of fiscal moderation!
Second was scandal. The GOP had a whole slew of candidates who were morally challenged to put it lightly. Not only did the Republicans have the Mark Foley and Bob Ney scandals that rocked Washington, but other Republican candidates for the Senate and House who were also dealing with scandals involving money, sex and abuse of privilige. Note to the Political class: Voters don't elect their representatives to high office so they can act like Lords and Ladies at Court.
Third was Imigration. The Republicans had no leadership in this area and left it to the opposition to shape the debate and the policy. By the time the House and Senate had a bill ready for the President to sign into law, we were given a proposed seven-hundred mile fence to show for their work.
Fourth was Communication. There was no communication. The Republicans instead went back to their old play book and let the media define the issues. The party of Lincoln had no effective communicator to espouse the policies put forth by the party.
Last was leadership. The House and Senate leadership could not get their caucus to move as one. There were defections of Party members in House and Senate which cost the Republicans valuable time and momentum. Bill Frist in the Senate and Denny Hasterit in the House blew the opportunity they had handed to him in the last election cycle by not leading out on the issues the Republicans took on and did nothing about!
There was one big winner in Tuesday's election. Conservatism. A closer look at the Democratic candidates who won the election reveals a group of people who believe in Second Amendment rights and the right to life itself.
This country, as observed by one of the leading newspapers in England, is a conservative country. The freshmen candidates who won over their opponents and turned the House and Senate over to the Democratic party represent more of the mainstream values of this country than did those of the Republican party who were either tainted by scandal or by the inaction of the last Congress.
People send their representatives to Washington to get the job done. Let's hope the next Congress will put down the partisan rhetoric and actually work together to get the job of running the country done.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Don't forget to vote today!
It is vitally important that you get out there and Vote Republican today.
And as President George Bush said in his closing remarks at the end of one his Presidential debates, "If you're going to vote for my opponent, please only vote once.".
The stakes involved are simply too great. The future direction of the Republic and its very survival are at stake. Orson Scott Card, a loyal Democrat writes a cogent piece "The Only Issue This Election Day" in Real Clear Politics that sums up the stakes involved in this race.
During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote a poem in titled "The Defense of Fort McHenry". It is from this poem that we got our national anthem. The first verse of the poem is familiar to us since we stand to sing the lyrics of this poem at the start of major public gatherings. But have a look at the rest of the poem. This poem speaks volumes about the fight our nation has had to endure through its existence and about the people who held the ideals of the nation aloft during times of adversity. We dare not forget the sacrifice and dangers those early Americans faced in preserving the Nation lest we lose them now in the face of our latest peril.
(The Defense of Fort McHenry)
September 20, 1814
By Francis Scott Key
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines on the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave: And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation! Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Get out and Vote. And Pray for this great land, its people and its preservation.
God Bless the USA!
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Let's play compare and contrast. You're an intellegent denizen of the Internet taking time from your busy schedule to read a post by the Rocketeer.
This Tuesday November 7th as we go to the polls we have a clear choice with two distinct roads that lay ahead. Each political party, Democrat and Republican, offers its own vision of what they want for the USA. One party wants the USA to prosper and succeed and be a force for good in the world. The other Party is lead by Howard Dean.
On the war front the Republican Party is for finishing the job of securing Iraq for the Iraqis and the rest of the people of the Middle East. The Republicans have not disparaged the integrity and intelligence of our military and don’t advocate a “peace-at-any-price” policy when confronting aggression.
On the economy the Republicans have approved a series of tax cuts and business incentives that have resulted in the lowest unemployment rate in five years. We have seen record gains the in stock market and an increase in spendable income for all Americans. In short, the policies of the Bush Administration have brought prosperity to the US economy.
When it comes to ethics we have the Republican Party which has weathered the buffeting of recent scandals involving Rep. Mark Foley’s instant messages to a male page in Washington and Bob Ney’s association with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In both of these cases the Republican Congressmen involved quickly resigned their posts. No attempt was made by the Republican Party leadership to excuse or distract from the behavior of these men.
The Democratic platform for conducting the War is: War? What War? There's a War? The Democratic position on conducting the fight against terror is to let law enforcement handle it. They may not have sorted out their defense policy because they now advocate a mandatory draft. I thought they were opposed to the draft. Hey, do you remember the sixties man? Far out Man! Not content with advocating a turn-tail-and-run solution to Iraq which they euphemistically refer to as “redeployment” the Democrats eagerly take on the talking points of our enemies. How else do you think they earned the ringing endorsements of so many people dedicated to the destruction of the Middle East Policy of the United States? People who want to chase the US out of the Middle East so they can literally turn their guns on Israel. But what then? Awww let law enforcement handle it!
For the economy the Democrats have a solution for that too. Raise taxes! Enact penalties on Corporations, in particular Big Oil! The Rocketeer wonders, how do they power their big limos and SUVs? Patchouli oil maybe? But this isn’t enough for the "greater good". They also want to raise the minimum wage. They want to do it for the little guy. They care about the little guy. They send the little guy holiday cards at Fitzmas. They’re very concerned about the little guy as they motor past him in their climate-controlled-chauffeur-driven-energy-efficient- environmentally-friendly-limousines. They haven’t realized that unlike government grants hte consumer has to PAY for the increased minimum wage. By increasing the minimum wage they introduce scarcity into the marketplace for the little guy when he tries to enter the work force. It now becomes more expensive for an employer (someone who is a necessary evil in the Democratic economic equation.) to hire the little guy. Now your hamburger and fries with a side of your favorite soda will cost you ten dollars at the local fast food outlet. Maybe we should all become vegans. Let's not even begin to talk about what your grocery bill would look like - even for vegans.
When it comes to ethics (in the Democratic handbook ethics is a place to avoid at all costs), their higher ground is a circuitous path of expediency. Who could ever forget Bill Clinton’s most memorable soliloquy, “It depends on what the meaning of the word IS is.” When dirt is revealed within their ranks they quickly circle the wagons and fight any challenges to their grip on power and privilege. For a quick refresher on how the Democrats handle scandal within their ranks you need look no further than how Congressman William Jefferson (D) New Orleans and Senator Harry Reid (D) Nevada handle challenges to their integrity. The Rocketeer has a career tip for the Senator from Searchlight, Nevada: Give up that dead-end day job in the Senate and become a Real Estate Televangelist. A great opening line for your commercials would be, "Hi I'm Harry Reid, I used to be the Senate Minority Leader until I found that I could make REAL money in Real Estate without owning property and so can you! And you won't have to deal those pesky Republicans on the Ethics Committee!".
Despite the charge leveled by House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi that “Republicans have had a culture of corruption” the Dems are strangely quiet when it comes to purging one of their own.
So, which way to vote this Tuesday? Hmmm.
Let's consult the Official Rocketeer Election Ballot.
0 Howard Dean
0 Howard Dean
0 You get the idea.
I know! On November 7th let’s vote for victory in the field of battle, prosperity at home and integrity in public office by voting Republican. The Democratic alternative of humiliating retreat, recession at home from higher taxes, penalties on corporations, bad hair days from the sixties and more business-as-usual deal making in Washington is not a good choice. Not now - not ever.