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I used to watch TV news and yell at the box. Now I jump up from the couch, sit at the computer and begin to type laughing maniacally saying "Wait until they read this." It's more fun than squashing tadpoles

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

The feast is about to begin so let me just list the top three things I'm thankful for. In no particular order they are:

1. Having learned how to regain my strengh and improve my health. Weight lifting and proper diet have transformed me and put the lie to the thought that I was too old to still do some things.

2. That there are still people who are willing to serve in our military and make the sacrifices necessary to keep us free.

3. That God in his mercy does not hold me to account for the evil I have brought into this world but has freely paid the debit in my place.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hillary Steps in Own Way

Try as she might, Hillary just can't excape her control complex.

Maria Luisa, the UNLV student who asked Hillary Clinton whether she preferred "diamonds or pearls" at last night's debate wrote on her MySpace page this morning that CNN forced her to ask the frilly question instead of a pre-approved query about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.

"Every single question asked during the debate by the audience had to be approved by CNN," Luisa writes. "I was asked to submit questions including "lighthearted/fun" questions. I submitted more than five questions on issues important to me. I did a policy memo on Yucca Mountain a year ago and was the finalist for the Truman Scholarship. For sure, I thought I would get to ask the Yucca question that was APPROVED by CNN days in advance."

Wolf Blitzer played his part claiming to be independent but never posing any questions that would put Hillary in a bind. It was to no avail. The poor girl just got swamped by the PC nit wits she goes to shcool with so she had to spill the beans.

"CNN ran out of time and used me to "close" the debate with the pearls/diamonds question. Seconds later this girl comes up to me and says, "you gave our school a bad reputation.' Well, I had to explain to her that every question from the audience was pre-planned and censored. That's what the media does. See, the media chose what they wanted, not what the people or audience really wanted. That's politics; that's reality. So, if you want to read about real issues important to America--and the whole world, I suggest you pick up a copy of the Economist or the New York Times or some other independent source. If you want me to explain to you how the media works, I am more than happy to do so. But do not judge me or my integrity based on that question."

One would think after last weeks hubbub over planted questions that they would lay off a bit. Hard for a leopard to change its spots.


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Georgia Gets Rain

Gov. Sonny Perdue calls for Georgians to public prayer for rain and...it rains. Not enough but the next day it does rain. The skeptics are still skeptical, The protesters still want religion out of the public discourse but the fact remains, prayer worked better than doing nothing.

2 Chronicles 7:14
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. emphasis mine


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Tucker on the Campaign

People have been after me to weigh in on the election. Let me just say this about the other candidates.

When my opponents are making mistakes I don't wish to interrupt them. These people are dedicated to self destruction. The Democrats are especially adept at it. Hillary Clinton's crack up over a simple issue of giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants is classic. Not that Obama or Edwards have not stumbled over each other in their efforts to spout nonsense. The rest of the Democrat field are such pip-squeaks that I don't need to mention them specifically.

As for the Republican field, I just shake my head at the jawboning about who is the conservative. Where I come from action speaks louder than words. Giuliani, Romney and McCain all have issues in the past that belie any claim to be conservative. Anyone who accepts any politician's claim that "That was then but now I've seen the light." is fooling themselves. Which leaves Huckabee and Thompson. They have some room to relax but they are still politicians so I'll be watching them with both eyes. Ron Paul is like McCain. He says things I agree with but he's too crazy to trust. I spend most of my day sniffing for rats and something about these people smells smelly.

Which brings me to the question about when I'm going out on the campaign trail. The people here at Morning Glory Farm where I live have taken it upon themselves to try and keep me from leaving. Every day they go out and add to the fence some additional security measure. When they get done I just show them how futile their efforts are by slipping out a new way. The problem is I have to spend so much time dealing with their nonsense that I just can't commit to anything right now. No sooner do I slip out then they race down to the road and cut me off. I think biting the tail of a neighbor's goat set them off on this crusade. Once I lull them back into complacency I'll make the big break and get thing moving on a larger scale. For now..Big White Dog for President!


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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Taking Us for Granted

I'm sure some of you have seen this come through the Email. It deserves a place here as it says what I've been saying for quite a while, that is the government is quick to confer on others benefits that law abiding citizens do not enjoy in hopes of using those people to bolster the continued reelection of the politicians.

If the immigrant is over 65 they can apply for SSI and Medicaid and get
more than my mom gets for Social Security, and she worked from 1944 till
2004, only getting $791 per month because she was born in 1924 and there
Is a "catch 22".

It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee
with a monthly allowance of $1,890..00 and each can also obtain an
additional $580.00 in social assistance for a total of $2,470.00/month.

This compares very well to a single pensioner who after contributing to
the growth and development of America for 40 t o 50 years can only receive
a monthly maximum of $1, 012.00 in old age pension and Guaranteed

Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!

Consider sending this to all your American friends, so we can all be ticked
off and maybe get the refugees cut back to $1, 012.00 and the pensioners up
to $2,470.00 and enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the
Government over the last 40 or 50 or 60 years.

Please forward to every American to expose what our elected politicians
have been doing over the past 11 years - to the over-taxed American.

Spitzer Gives in for Now

Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to bow to the voters in his state as well as the big names in the Democrat Party and cancel his executive order to hand out driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He of course blamed George Bush, standard fare for Democrats, despite the fact that Bush wanted to do even more to reward with citizenship those who broke the law to come here. The main concern he had was not that going forward with his plan was considered a stupid idea by nearly everyone. He had to do it to protect Hillary Clinton's run for president.

Just reading the reactions from other Democrat congressmen will highlight the complete cluelessness politicians in general and Democrats in particular are on this issue.

"I believe what we were trying to do was right," he said. "But you don't need a stethoscope to hear the heartbeat of the public on this," he added, referring to polls showing more than 70 percent of New York voters opposed the license change .

Apparently he thinks the 70% who opposed this did so for some reason other that they disagreed with him that this was the right thing to do.

Afterwards, some Democrats hailed Spitzer's "courage" for putting forward the license plan and called for action on immigration reform measures.

"You fought the good fight. The ball is now in our court," said Rep. Charles Rangel of Manhattan, referring to the need for immigration reform. "The idea was right, the timing was wrong."

How many times will the voters have to tell this nitwit that it's not the timing but the idea that is wrong.

Rep. Gary Ackerman of Queens added, "This might not have been the exact right plan. But the governor is on to something."

On something may be more accurate.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of Mineola predicted Spitzer would recover from the beating he's taken for two months on his license policy. She said she opposed it because of concerns about the undocumented gaining access to guns.

I got news for Rep. McCarthy, they have guns already. 60% of the jail population in Virginia are illegal immigrants. They did not need driver's licenses to get them.

The anxiety they are expressing is not over some concern for illegal immigrants. Rather it is the delay in getting a new crop of voters in time for the next election because they are out of ideas on how to buy votes from citizens.


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Monday, November 12, 2007

Pakistan's War

Here is the latest from our friend at POMIL He makes some good points I would like to elaborate on.

10 November 2007

Do we want Pakistan to commit suicide? Could it be that President Musharraf is more straightforward about his war on TERRORISTS (groups of people) than are we in our War on Terror (a war tactic)?

Internet searches of print media indicate there is strong Saudi Wahabi support of al Qaeda and the Taliban in the operation of mosques and madrassas in Pakistan, and in terrorist activities in the region.

History tells us that, in Gaza, adoption of the democratic election process put the terrorists in power; and in Tunisia the same thing nearly happened, until the democratic election process was suspended.

Why, then, do we tell President Musharraf he should not declare martial law or postpone elections, and that he - unlike our president - cannot be both the leader of his country and its military commander-in-chief? Mr Musharraf often appears in civilian clothes; and our president symbolically wears a uniform - e.g., aboard an aircraft carrier after having piloted a warplane.

Might it be appropriate for our president to pressure the House of Saud to demilitarize its Wahabi terrorists?

Francis Baker
POMIL Research Analyst

His point about democracy is quiet poignant. Democracy is not the end all political system that politicians want to make it out to be. It can and has been just as screwy as any other form of governance, it just has a bit of a better record at the moment. For any system to be successful it need only do four things:

1. Protect personal property rights.

2. Guard against enemies foreign and domestic.

3. Ensure the common currency is sound.

4. Dispense justice fairly without regard to status or reputation.

Everything else is gravy. With those four things peace and prosperity will abound. So to be critical of Pakistan because it is not as democratic as we would like it to be is missing the point.

His chastising of those who are calling for President Musharraf to give up his being head of the military is spot on. Our President is chief executive and Commander-in-Chief also, always has been. Pretty hypocritical for US politicians and officials to act like Musharraf is somehow engaged is skullduggery for holding both positions also.

As for the Saudis, they have been playing both sides against he middle for a long time. If some diplomatic pressure needs to be applied in that region of the world, perhaps that is a good place to start.


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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Day 2007

I do not know who wrote this:

'It is the soldier, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who allows us to demonstrate.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, and whose coffin is draped with the flag – who allows the protester to do otherwise with the flag."

As for the last line, I have heard a veteran of Vietnam, Delegate Dick Black of Virginia say "Ask any combat veteran and they will tell you that they never fought so someone could burn the flag." but the concept remains, our freedoms are paid for by the blood of those willing to fight for them.
May God Bless our veterans.


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Friday, November 09, 2007

The Environmentalists are Winning

We are about to become toast because of global warming. Not because the temperature will fry us but because the cost of paying for it will. The hysteria has overcome enough people that the governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger is willing to sue the EPA because they have not come up with the regulations on greenhouse gases or allowed the State of California to make them up themselves. The Governor is in a panic. He feels if something isn't done now the planet will explode or some such thing. On the same day as this the founder of the Weather Channel, John Coleman, weighed in on the subject.

I do not oppose environmentalism. I do not oppose the political positions of either party. However, Global Warming, i.e. Climate Change, is not about environmentalism or politics. It is not a religion. It is not something you "believe in." It is science; the science of meteorology. This is my field of life-long expertise. And I am telling you Global Warming is a non-event, a manufactured crisis and a total scam. I say this knowing you probably won't believe a me, a mere TV weatherman, challenging a Nobel Prize, Academy Award and Emmy Award winning former Vice President of United States. So be it.

I have read dozens of scientific papers. I have talked with numerous scientists. I have studied. I have thought about it. I know I am correct. There is no run away climate change. The impact of humans on climate is not catastrophic. Our planet is not in peril. I am incensed by the incredible media glamour, the politically correct silliness and rude dismissal of counter arguments by the high priest of Global Warming.

Just like with the "War on Poverty" and "Preserving Wetlands" we have politicians picking our pockets to pay for something that is better left alone. We have dumped Trillions of dollars in fighting poverty and reaped a whole underclass of people who for generations known nothing but government checks. Yet compared to most of the world our "poor" enjoy a greater standard of living. Huge tracts of land have been protected from development or even from any use at all to save wetlands, i.e. swamps, to protest the environment yet these same swamps generate the very methane that the global warming gurus are claiming are causing the climate change! The fact is they have no more clue about greenhouse gases and their effect on the environment than they do about any other subject.

Let John Colemen sum up what is going on here.

Allow me, please, to explain how I think this all came about. Our universities have become somewhat isolated from the rest of us. There is a culture and attitudes and values and pressures on campus that are very different. I know this group well. My father and my older brother were both PHD-University types. I was raised in the university culture. Any person who spends a decade at a university obtaining a PHD in Meteorology and become a research scientist, more likely than not, becomes a part of that single minded culture. They all look askance at the rest of us, certain of their superiority. They respect government and disrespect business, particularly big business. They are environmentalists above all else.

And, there is something else. These scientists know that if they do research and results are in no way alarming, their research will gather dust on the shelf and their research careers will languish. But if they do research that sounds alarms, they will become well known and respected and receive scholarly awards and, very importantly, more research dollars will come flooding their way.

So when these researchers did climate change studies in the late 90's they were eager to produce findings that would be important and be widely noticed and trigger more research funding. It was easy for them to manipulate the data to come up with the results they wanted to make headlines and at the same time drive their environmental agendas. Then their like minded PHD colleagues reviewed their work and hastened to endorse it without question.

There were a few who didn't fit the mold. They did ask questions and raised objections. They did research with contradictory results. The environmental elitists berated them brushed their studies aside.

I have learned since the Ice Age is coming scare in the 1970's to always be a skeptic about research. In the case of global warming, I didn't accept media accounts. Instead I read dozens of the scientific papers. I have talked with numerous scientists. I have studied. I have thought about it. I know I am correct when I assure you there is no run away climate change. The impact of humans on climate is not catastrophic. Our planet is not in peril. It is all a scam, the result of bad science.

I am not alone in this assessment. There are hundreds of other meteorologists, many of them PH D's, who are as certain as I am that this global warming frenzy is based on bad science and is not valid.

Sorry to say but his words will fall on deaf ears. There is nothing that will stop the fear mongers and politicians from making a good living at our expense.


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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Vote in Virginia

Finally election day has arrived in Virginia. Our state politicians are elected on off years so we get to be harassed by hopeful demagogues every year. This year the choice for most seats has been between big spending Democrats and big spending Republicans so my enthusiasm is not what it normally is at this time of year. The big bug under the carpet however has been the death of our Congressman.

Joanne Davis succumbed to Breast cancer with one year left In her term. To find a replacement we are having a mass meeting and convention. I have devised a method of sorting out the myriad of candidates all calling me to let me know they are the next Reagan. If they call me with one of their recorded messages on Sunday, I take the name down on my list so when I can tell them why I'm not supporting them at the meeting.

The good thing about election day is the phone calls will end for a little while. The bad thing is I will have to heat my house with something besides the propaganda I have been getting in the mail and the legislature will once more be populated. It is frustrating because voting for politicians only encourages them.


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