Sunday, August 27, 2006

Rock You Like a Hurricane

Tropical Storm Ernesto was recently upgraded to Hurricane Ernesto...you know what that means.

The Atlantic Watch Center is on patrol. Head on over for the latest projected path, computer models, and sea surface temperatures.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

History Has Left Us With

Words of Wisdom...

I tend to believe by looking at what the past has to offer, we can help change the future...So lets take a look at some quotes by a highly recognized figure of the past.
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"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."

"Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past." Amazing. I am finding myself a Kennedy Democratic more than a 2006 Republican. They might as well be the same and that is what has changed. The right is more left than in the past and the left is so far left they are just downright insane. Look at the 2004 elections. Each campaign did talk about what they would do in the future, sure, but the majority of ads coming out of the Republican and Democratic headquarters...they were about making the past look better. They were fixed upon telling Americans the past was great under their leadership. What about the future? Maybe I watch too much 24-hour news channel coverage but, have you ever heard the term "blame game?" Lets acknowledge we made mistakes, each party, Clinton by cutting the military back, Bush by pushing into Iraq too soon (although I personally believe we made the right decision). We have a Mid-East crisis waiting to start up again with Hezbollah re-arming. :0 Did I say re-arming?? Oh No! I meant Hezbollah helping with the reconstruction efforts. (New York Times) Either way, the world has better priorities than figuring out mistakes we might have made in 2003.
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"The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."

Well, lets take this quote and forward time to the Iraq War.

"He will continue to challenge anyone who favors a quick withdrawal..."

Have our views changed? In the past we were willing to pay any price to defend our freedom but now we're risking it all to live in false happiness and fall asleep until the next attack? Where is America going? Our government is trying to spread democracy while we are trying to kill it? Just something to think about...
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"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

Amen.
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[John F. Kennedy Quotes Courtesy: BrainyQuote.com]

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Poll Not Mentioned By Media

As Israeli troops and Hezbollah guerrillas battled in Lebanon on July 21, a Fox News segment suggested, with no evidence, yet another destination for the supposed doomsday arms.

"ARE SADDAM HUSSEIN'S WMDS NOW IN HEZBOLLAH'S HANDS?" asked the headline, lingering for long minutes on TV screens in a million American homes.

Good Question.


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Do you believe in Iraqi "WMD"?

Did Saddam Hussein's government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003?

Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die-hard bloggers to the Oval Office, a surprise headline here or there, a rallying around a partisan flag, and a growing need for people, in their own minds, to justify the war in Iraq.
People tend to become "independent of reality" in these circumstances, says opinion analyst Steven Kull.

The reality in this case is that after a 16-month, $900-million-plus investigation, the U.S. weapons hunters known as the Iraq Survey Group declared that Iraq had dismantled its chemical, biological and nuclear arms programs in 1991 under U.N. oversight. That finding in 2004 reaffirmed the work of U.N. inspectors who in 2002-03 found no trace of banned arsenals in Iraq.

Despite this, a Harris Poll released July 21 found that a full 50 percent of U.S. respondents — up from 36 percent last year — said they believe Iraq did have the forbidden arms when U.S. troops invaded in March 2003, an attack whose stated purpose was elimination of supposed WMD. Other polls also have found an enduring American faith in the WMD story.

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PHOTO: AP

Mikey, They Like Us!

With the way things are sounding lately, I think Raul might have a brother who he will pass the throne to and he is even worse (so I hear). That might not be so far away being that "Castro's younger brother" is 75 years old. :0

Castro has mentioned when his health finally fails him- "I'll call the (Communist) Party and tell them I don't feel I'm in condition ... that please, someone take over the command."

I can see the commercials now, 555-CMST. Call now and for a limited time receive Cuba bundled with a Category Five Hurricane. (While Supplies Last, Offer not valid in U.S. Virgin Islands)

Anyway, say miracles can happen, the U.S. would encourage Cuba to become a democracy.


WASHINGTON - The United States has big plans for Cuba once Fidel Castro is gone for good. The administration is prepared to assist a pro-democracy transition government in Cuba — assuming one materializes in the aftermath of communist rule.

Just how far the administration is willing to go in support of a democratic outcome was underscored in an official document made public just three weeks before Castro, citing an intestinal ailment, relinquished power to his younger brother, Raul.

The document was written by the Commission for Assistance for a Free Cuba, appointed by President Bush
and chaired by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It was a follow-up to a similar report issued two years ago.

The two reports, neither of which have received much attention, focus on the tasks that the commission believes United States should address in the post-Castro era, so long as Cuban authorities are agreeable.

Very little about Cuba's presumed needs escaped the commission's gaze. As the panel sees it, the administration should "assist with garbage trucks" to ensure proper trash collection and disposal and water trucks to help thirsty communities. The aid program also should provide "soap, disinfectant, and cleaning materials to vulnerable groups." In addition, Uncle Sam's envoys should be on hand to suggest options if food prices on the island spiral out of control.


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(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Hey Pretty Boy, Shut Up.

Edwards wants immediate Iraq withdrawal

Mr. Edwards, by following your advice and pulling out 40,000 troops right this very second...we will lose more American lives than if we stay and finish the job. I will not encourage letting 2584 lives be lost in vain.

08/03/06
Dechen, Kurt E.
Lance Corporal
24
U.S. Marine
1st BN, 25th Marine Reg, 4th Marine Division
Hostile - hostile fire
Al Anbar Province
Springfield
Vermont
US

2814
08/03/06
Ulloa Jr., George M.
Sergeant
23
U.S. Marine
2nd Tank BN, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force
Hostile - hostile fire
Al Anbar Province
Austin
Texas
US

2813
08/02/06
Lee, Marc A.
Petty Officer 2nd Class
28
U.S. Navy
West Coast-based SEAL Team

MOULTONBORO, N.H. - Former vice presidential candidate John Edwards, who is considering another run for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Saturday the United States should start pulling troops out of Iraq immediately.

The former senator from North Carolina told reporters America should "make it clear (to Iraqis) we are leaving, and the best way is to start leaving. We should take 40,000 combat troops out now."

Edwards, who has said he regretted his vote as a U.S. senator authorizing President Bush to invade Iraq, said he would ask the country's military leaders for a strategy "to have the (rest of the) troops out in roughly 12 to 18 months."

"There is no chance other countries in the world will help Iraq as long as we are an occupying force," he said.

On the Israeli-Hezbollah fighting in the Middle East, Edwards noted he was on the Israel-Lebanon border only three weeks ago, and said Israel "has absolutely the right to defend itself," though he said there "needs to be an international security force in southern Lebanon."

Oh yes, one more thing, I said "Shut Up" in my title of this post...should I have said Shove It? I guess that one is debatable.


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Judge Sets Killer Free

Location: None other than Los Angeles.

"You killed a boy...but ima gonna... set you free."

What a blow this is to the family of the victim. No life needs to be given a price. Obviously for this judge his was only worth 21 years.

"A convicted killer is set to be released from prison after a judge ruled his rights had been violated because he was continuously denied parole.

On Thursday, the state Supreme Court declined to review an appeal by the California attorney general's office, paving the way for Robert Rosenkrantz's release. Earlier this year, the lower court judge had said the state violated Rosenkrantz's rights because his sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole turned into a sentence without that possibility.

Rosenkrantz, now 39, of Calabasas was imprisoned for the 1985 slaying of his boyhood friend who had revealed Rosenkrantz was gay. Rosenkrantz testified during his trial that he intended to shoot up Redman's car, but killed his friend when he used an anti-gay slur."

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