Sunday, February 24, 2008

Late night special

A commentator over on TalkLeft has identified themselves as a “moderate Republician.”

Now I ask you. Have you ever seen anyone identify themselves as a “moderate Democrat?” I mean, I can’t remember such a thing happening. Are there no moderates left in the Demo Party?? Have they all become anti-war zealots?

Inquiring minds want to know.

The real Star Wars

You have probably seen the video of our missile destroying our failed space station, but if you have not, here it is.

Link to video source.

Now, if you will look at a globe you can easily see why Iran and Russia do not want our anti-missile missiles in Poland.

The world, gentlemen and ladies, changed and no one really seemed to notice.

Bump and Update

A reader sent the following comment. While I agree with her, I think there are also some other points that the US voter needs to consider.

You can be sure that many people noticed. It's awesome. It's a technological show of defensive strenght. It's done at a strategic moment.A strong President is leaving. An unknown one is coming. USA is saying to the world: "We have what it takes. No matter what."

Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, be ready for war. It works!

It's the way President Reagan secured the peace of the world during the Cold War. I had two sons in their twenties at that time. I've been forever grateful to him for his political courage.

But what is often forgotten is that all of the military might in the world is of no value in preventing attacks if the enemy does not believe they will be used. We should never forget that when Hitler marched into the Rhineland his Generals were ordered to retreat immediately if France exhibited any resistance. As he expected they did not, and the rest, as they say, is history. Very bloody history.

Such as it is with Hussein Obama. He is running on what is, essentially, a peace platform. If elected the world will see us as embracing surrender to al Qaeda, and that will be a disaster. Like Kennedy who emboldened the Soviets by withdrawing from Cuba, the radical Moslems will believe that they can attack at will. At that point the voter will demand a response and we will have, even more history. Very bloody history.

It is written

that during the surrender by the British at Yorktown during the Revolutionary War a British band played, “The World Turned Upside Down.” Like much of history that claim has now been disputed. But there is no dispute about the UT vs. UM game. The final score was the University of Tennessee 66 and the University of Memphis 62. Stunning. UM was at home, with a perfect record. And while a close game was expected, UT was supposedly 6 or so points the weaker team. If the world was not turned upside down, it was at least tilted far to one side.

I confess to having lost interest in college basketball, tracing that loss back to the institution of the shot clock. Without the clock ball handling and strategy are so much more important. Now the games are pro style with a super pace and great athletes making impossible moves. But like ballet, I admire the dancer. But to mix a metaphor or two, my interest wanes long before the seventh inning stretch and the fat lady sings.

The game last night was one of the best games I have ever seen. But too often the team with a couple of super players wins by 20 points and my interest fades at halftime. Before the clock a good ball handling and foul shooting team had a better chance of winning. While that may not count in the pros, you expect them to do both, at the college level I would like to see what the attendance records have been over the past several years. My gut feeling is that outside the very top tier, attendance is declining simply because the expectation of an upset is no longer there.