Friday, March 30, 2007

Karl's Weekend Reading

Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal reviews likely reasons for Russia's latest hard stand on Iran in, "Little Sweaty Fist: Why is Putin Now Getting Tough on Iran?".

Thomas Sowell discusses the corner the Dems have painted themselves into on Iraq in his Townhall article, "Dangerous Demogoguery".

It is not just Congressional politicians who are so preoccupied with scoring points against the administration that they show no sign of concern for what the actual consequences of their words or actions will be for troops in the field, nations in the Middle East, or the global war on terror.

Much of the media is similarly caught up in scoring points on Iraq. For example, the cover of the March 18th issue of the New York Times magazine section featured a story about women in the military who said that they had been raped in Iraq.

A week later, they had to print a correction, after discovering that one of these women had not even been to Iraq. But any unsubstantiated charge against the American military rates headline coverage, even if there is no space for anything positive in Iraq.

Michael Ledeen at National Review Online brings up a good point about Britain's arrogance in their value of diplomacy with Iran in, "Just Like the Mullahs: Taking Hostages is Just Standard Operating Procedure for Iran." Beautiful.

The interesting and important question is what we — yes, we — are going to do about it. You can be sure that the “professionals” in Foggy Bottom and Whitehall are giving learned memos to their leaders in which the word “deescalate” appears with some frequency, along with “diplomatic solution.”

I doubt many of them will lose much sleep over their own considerable responsibility for the current unpleasantness, but let’s write a footnote that says: The Brits have labored mightily for many years to prevent the United States from pursuing vigorous action against Iran.

The starched-shirt set at Whitehall and at MI6 have a predictable aristocratic disdain for “cowboy” foreign policy, confident in their own consummate abilities to “understand the mullahs” where Americans couldn’t possibly get it, and hence in the ultimate success of the diplomatic track.

Now they will have to answer to the families of the hostages, whose accents are likely to be harsher than their own Oxbridge-speak.

James Taranto is still on fire at the WSJ Opinion Journal:

Great Moments in Political Honesty

From the Web site of KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa:

“Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack gave Sen. Hillary Clinton his endorsement for her presidential campaign.

The Clinton campaign has promised Vilsack to help pay off a $400,000 campaign debt he built up during his run for the White House. . . .

The campaign said there is no connection between Vilsack's endorsement and their commitment to help pay off his campaign debt.”

We're sure Mrs. Clinton would have been happy to pay off Vilsack's debts even if he'd endorsed Barack Obama.

Victor Davis Hanson provides solid analysis of all the nations that can still wield military power, and his prediction of Europe's future in the era of global terrorism, in his NRO article, "Houses of Straw: The EU's delusions about the sufficiency of "soft" power are embarrassingly revealed."

Europe is just one major terrorist operation away from a disgrace that will not merely discredit the EU, but will do so to such a degree as to endanger its citizenry and interests worldwide and their very safety at home.

Islamists must assume that an attack on a European icon — Big Ben, the Vatican, or the Eiffel Tower — could be pulled off with relative impunity and ipso facto shatter European confidence and influence.

Each day that the Iranians renege on their promises to release the hostages, and then proceed to parade their captives, earning another “unacceptable” from embarrassed British officials, a little bit more of the prestige of the United Kingdom is chipped away.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


There's been a run on white sheets since the November election. Here is another one found at

Take the Fifth!

Not all have learned the Libby lesson.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D, Md.) should have taken the Fifth instead of making the following statements after yesterday's 50-48 Senate vote to end the war in September 2008.

We all want to fund the troops. No one wants to micromanage the war. We don't believe that setting deadlines, particularly deadlines as far away as August 31, 2008, is micromanaging.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Suggested Headlines

Let us preface the following suggested headlines with our full support of John and Elizabeth Edwards in their decision to multi-task the '08 campaign and her cancer therapy. Our fun with the news is strictly partisan, not personal, and we can't help but think others are jealous of the attention...

Clinton: "My spouse had cancer too!"
Obama Prays for Speedy Recovery for Mrs. Edwards
Reuters: One Person's Cancer is another Person's Campaign Strategy
Edwards' Cancer Caused by Right Wing Conspiracy, says Junior NY Senator
Clinton and Obama Demand Healing Timeline for Elizabeth Edwards
Dems to Boldly Pass Non-Binding Anti-Cancer Legislation
Newsweek Poll: Majority Agree National Health Care Would Cure Cancer

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Karl's Weekend Reading

Karl will keep the reading assignments few this week so you can go out and watch the movie, "300". Great quotes, simple values, real men, creative cinematography.

After you go to the movie, read Victor Davis Hanson's analysis of what was accurate, what was not.

Oliver North discusses the real agenda of the so-called anti-war crowd in his Townhall article, "Tied in Knots".

All this has worked as intended by those who despise this president. The commander-in-chief's attention has been diverted from more important matters. Congressional Democrats have an issue to yell and howl about. And those who write headlines have an excuse not to report real news about the war.

Saturday's Wall Street Journal editorial, 'A Triumph for Pelosi', is a refreshing analysis from this week's cowardly vote by her party. While a disgrace to all who cherish and/or fight for freedom, both past and present, it is a defining statement about the majority party, and we appreciate them voting their true agenda for a change.

"Today is an historic day," Ms. Pelosi said on the House floor. "The new Congress will vote to end the war in Iraq." But of course the bill does nothing of the sort. If she truly wanted to end the war, the Speaker and her fellow Democrats could simply have used their power of the purse to refuse to fund it. But that would have meant taking some responsibility for what happens in Iraq, which is the last thing Democrats want to do. So they have passed a bill that funds the war while claiming it ends the war.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Similarities: Falklands and Iran

On March 19, 1982, the Argentinians invaded the Falkland Islands. Their reasoning: they were re-occupying Argentina territory. Margaret Thatcher, England, and all civilized peoples were angered over the photo below of the 19 Royal Marines taken prisoner. Last, had the Argentinians waited four months, the British Navy would have scrapped two of it major ships and would not have had the capability to conduct the necessary sea battles. To the Argentinians, the Brits looked weak. As we know, the Falkland Islands returned to English rule in less than 3 months.

Some similarities today: Iran seizes 15 British soldiers, accusing them of entering Iranian waters. All civilized peoples are angered. (I said civilized. The commie moonbat leftists still hate Bush more than the mullahs who would put them under their swords.) Judging from the 'timetable' provided Bush by the commie Democratic majority yesterday, there is little time left for bold action. And last, with special thanks to the MSM and moonbat commie bedwetters, the Brits look weak to anyone tuned in to CNN or visiting a anti-war rally.

Either 15 captive soldiers are not enough to rally the Brits, or they are.

Bold Options: An Israeli-British coordinated attack on Iran is as much fun to imagine as it is unrealistic. Unfortunately, British nukes detonating in the Iranian oil fields is equally too much to ask for. So, unilateral British conventional air power targeting political and oil facilities until the soldiers are released? Probably the most likely scenario if the Brits choose force.

We regret we cannot imagine a scenario with US warriors leading the charge over this single act. Hoping we're wrong...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

White Flag Spotting

The White Flags keep on coming. Here is another found at

Saturday Night Cigar

Karl was enjoying the warm Arizona weather over the weekend. A Helix cigar, a sky full of stars, and of course, good company.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

White Flag Spotting

Found another one at Townhall.

Wednesday Night Cigar

Recharging the batteries with a CAO Brazilia Samba and a Diet Pepsi.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Karl's Weekend Reading

Thomas Sowell discusses this week's Newsweek cover story about our "forgotten heroes" in his Townhall article , Supporting the Troops. Tough to pick the best arguments as they are all good, but here are a couple:

They are not interested in heroes. They are interested in depicting victims -- in the military as in civilian society.

The Newsweek hypocrisy is not unique. It has been the rule, not the exception, as much of the mainstream media has devoted itself to filtering and spinning the news out of Iraq.


After generations of dumbed-down education in our schools, perhaps it is inevitable that there would be large numbers of people who have no way of separating rhetoric from reality.

The reality is that many of those in the media and in politics who are constantly talking about "supporting our troops" or "honoring our troops" have for years been in the forefront of those criticizing or undermining the military, long before the Iraq war.

Mike Adams is hammering away at Julio Pino, the Islamofascist professor from Kent State who is suspected of terrorist ties. Take a gander at his latest Townhall article, Julio Pino: Islam's Most Effeminate Jihadist.

Ann Coulter shelves the sarcasm this week to tell it straight about the core problem at Walter Reed, and it isn't the administrators and those resigning in uniform. Sometimes sarcasm just isn't necessary. At Townhall: "In Washington, It is always the Year of the Rat".

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sunday Night Cigar

Enjoyed the time change and 80 degree weather this evening with a Rocky Patel Edge. A slow even burn and full taste. Sometimes life is a bowl of cherries.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Faggot Gal

In a joke about John Edwards, Ann Coulter referred to a little-known current event about someone being committed for using the word "faggot". She did not say "John is gay". Instead, she used a less-than-appreciated word and an unfamiliar event in an analogy that fell flat. (Kinda like this post's title if you missed the season opener of South Park.)

Excuse Karl. He is a bit numb from recent Bush assassination movies, books, leftist-blog posts, "Bush Lied" drivel, and other un-patriotic anti-US propaganda. So, no outrage from

Besides, he doesn't look gay!

A little known fact: Karl and Ann go way back. It was another time, another place.

That's all I'm going to say about that.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Karl's Weekend Reading

Karl is posting this from deep in enemy territory. We are in beautiful Santa Monica waiting for Karl's carbon fuel-based transportation vessel to get it's oil changed. Karl's dollars will fund madarass schools in the Middle East, which will create more victims of American Imperialism, who will grow up to eventually see an M4 muzzle flash from the other end. If this cycle of violence wasn't so much fun, we'd call for its immediate cessation and a total re-deployment of US forces to Thailand for some R&R. Since it is fun, in a pro-liberty, future-security sort of way, we'll let the anti-liberty folks make that call - most likely in a non-binding whimper.

Santa Monica is a target-rich environment. At the corner of 5th and Wilshire, we saw a 20-something male with a metal dog collar. He was with a female, which surprised us. His sister? We wish we could sit here every day.

1) Another casualty in the Putin poisoning case, this time on US soil. MSM doesn't seem too interested, which is why you come to for this information. (No outrage detected yet at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market booths.)

2) Another James Taranto masterpiece on Thursday. Here is one of many of many, this one about Gore's power needs and complaints of media bias:

So, let's sum this up: Here we have a major American politician who is calling for policies that would impose huge costs on society but appears to be profiting handsomely himself; who is leading an extravagant lifestyle while demanding sacrifices from ordinary people; and who is calling on the media to suppress the views of those with whom he disagrees, while at the same time urging more government regulation in the name of "fairness" to his partisan and ideological allies.
Why is it left to think tanks and bloggers to investigate and expose all this? Why aren't the mainstream media all over the story? Could it be . . . bias?