Fooling Around With Mother Nature

From the AP:

Microorganisms locked in Antarctic ice for 100,000 years and more came to life and resumed growing when given warmth and nutrients in a laboratory.

Okay, so science has reconstituted microorganisms that haven’t seen the light of day since the dinosaurs scoured the earth. And this is good news?

Here’s what the left will do with this information:

  • These microorganisms prove that human activity causes global warming, according to Al Gore. Don’t look for anything to support this claim; people will accept it as fact because it has to do with “human activity” and “global warming.”
  • Some of the microorganisms will escape the lab. Senate Democrats will hold investigations to find out if Karl Rove leaked the creatures. A Kos-freak will declare he’d rather be killed by a terrorist than eaten alive by a pre-historic bacterium.
  • Ward Churchill will claim that the Bush administration reconstituted the microbes to sprinkle on blankets earmarked for Indian Reservations.
  • North Korea will claim it thawed even better, older microorganisms long before the West ever even thought of it, and that it intends to continue its microbial enrichment program no matter what the UN says.
  • For its part, the United Nations will demand that developed nations share their reserves of frozen microbes with lesser developed countries in Latin America and Africa
  • Finally, a renegade DA in Florida will charge Rush Limbaugh with illegally obtaining samples of the microbes, claiming they ease his back pain.

The Charleston Terrorist Story **UPDATE**

UPDATE: 6:42 p.m. CDT: now reporting that the two Muslim men arrested near the Charleston Naval Weapons Station were in possession of pipe bombs. Their attorney assures us that a) they have a really good reason for possessing pipe bombs, and b) the two Middle Eastern men with pipe bombs near a Navy base are victims of racial profiling. Whatever. Profile away.

Before details about the pipe bombs were released, the executive director of a civil rights organization for Muslims in Tampa criticized the arrest as racial profiling, an accusation South Carolina police denied.

“Definitely this is not related to terrorism,” said Ahmed Bedier of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“Had these been two good ol’ boys from South Carolina driving through and speeding — and even if they did have some fireworks — nobody would have been arrested,” Bedier said.

Kiss my good ol’ boy white ass, you terrorist sympathizer. And go back to wherever the hell you came from. CAIR is a terrorist front–just wait.

Officers became suspicious because the men quickly put away a laptop computer and couldn’t immediately say what they were doing in the area or where they were going, DeWitt said.

I’ll bet they had trouble coming up with a story. By this morning, their lawyer was saying the two were headed to NC to celebrate a birthday. Perhaps the pipe bombs were just big, m— f—ing candles.

We now return to the original post . . .

The Discerning Texan has the latest round-up of this story, and Michelle Malkin’s growing post is full of chilling details. I thought I’d throw in a little local color having been stationed in Charleston for seven years.

The Naval Weapons Station is a short trip up the Cooper River from the Naval Station, but it’s a very long drive in a car. Security at the Weapons Station was tight. Very tight. Unlike typical bases where spouses could gain access simply by showing a dependent ID card, access to the Weapons Station was by name: if you’re not on the list, you don’t get on. And that went for active duty, too. During the Cold War, those of us assigned to a submarine in refit at the Weapons Station had a special sticker on our ID cards.

As you can see from this Google Earth satellite photograph, the weapons station is mostly woods, or appears to be when viewed from ground or river level. Red Bank Road, home of the infamous Red Bank Club where I drank my fill of Budweiser and shot countless games of pool, is the only access to and from the main gate. Red Bank Road turns into Highway 176, the road where the suspects were pulled over, at Highway 52 in Hanahan. If the suspects were pulled over in Goose Creek, then they were pretty darn close to the Weapons Station. The military housing, Exchange and Commissary, and associated family support facilities lie outside the gates of the station in a development known as the L. Mendell Rivers Complex.

On the Google Earth images, the roads east of North Rhett Extension are unlabeled. (Use the Hybrid view and drag the image slowly left and right–you’ll see what I mean.) That’s far less secure than when TerraServer first came into being nearly a decade ago. The Weapons Station was still blotted out from the satellite view.

If Ahmed Abda Sherf Mohamed and Youssef Samir Megahed were planning anything for the Weapons Station, they’d have encountered problems. I won’t detail any of the security, but it is thorough and effective. There are other valuable targets for terrorists in the area, but, again, I’m going to give them any ideas. According to at least one report, the two were pulled over travelling away from the Weapons Station. If they are bad guys, it’s possible they intended to get arrested to test security. Or they may have been casing the Weapons Station and obtained the information they needed. Either way, they could be as lethal in jail as they are on the loose–like a rabid animal that recently died.

Charleston and surrounding areas are wonderful places to live or vacation. Isle of Palms, Seabrook, and Kiawah Islands are gorgeous, though a bit pricy. The people are top shelf, too. If you live in the Low Country, best wishes. I hope to get back for a look around next year.

Earlier Post

More Bad News for Global Warming Alarmists

For years, global warming alarmists have claimed that aerosols have masked the effects of greenhouse gases in the past, explaining why global temperatures cooled during a period of rapid greenhouse gas production in the 20th century.

But a new study by University of California-San Diego and NASA (found on indicates that the alarmists were wrong about the aerosols: they don’t reduce temperature but raise it. In other words, the things that wackos claim to reduce global warming actually cause global warming.

Meanwhile, a global warming kook scientist in England, Chris Goodall, has discovered that exercise, including walking, contributes more to global warming than driving a car. He’s actually advocating sloth and driving short distances to save the world. (Captain’s Quarters). You can’t make this stuff up:

“The troubling fact is that taking a lot of exercise and then eating a bit more food is not good for the global atmosphere. Eating less and driving to save energy would be better.”–Goodall

The Fox News story rightly decries the continued push for idiotic regulations to prevent something that has no scientific support whatsoever. Human-driven global warming is the stuff religion, not science, is made of. The alarmists are mostly idiots who lack the reasoning skills and innate intelligence to separate theory from science. The scientists, on the other hand, are ideologues whose goal is to damage Western civilization, not to save the planet.

Captain Ed strikes gold, too.  His final paragraph on the food post is priceless:

Kennedy focuses mostly on food production in this column. Food production uses a tremendous amount of energy, but what’s the alternative? He quotes experts as advising people to “avoid supermarkets” and to reject frozen foods and meals as especially wasteful. It would be better to have fewer choices, less nutrition and balance, and more starvation, according to this worldview. Kennedy admits that only a vegan would choose to live this way, and even then, they’d have to drive their cars hungry to the organic grocers every other day to buy and keep their food fresh enough to eat without freezing or long-term refrigeration.

The enviroidiots remain all over the place. Lacking science, they simply announce that “all human activity contributes to global warming.” When will they merge their books on things you can do to save the planet with the suicide how-to books, like Final Exit? Clearly, the only thing we can really do to save the planet is to kill ourselves.

Terrorism at Naval Weapons Station?**UPDATE**

Michelle Malkin reports that the two suspects arrested with explosives near Charleston, SC, last night are Muslims.  See for updated details. (Maybe they were on their way home from YearlyKos.)  From the Charleston ABC News affiliate’s website:

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office believes that among materials in the car’s trunk were a bomb and bomb making materials that include chemicals, fuses, and igniters.  The men 21-year-old Yousef Megahed and 24-year-old Ahmed Mohamed were pulled over Saturday evening during a routine traffic stop near Myers Road and Highway 176.

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YearlyKos Review

The YearlyKos could be the last hurrah of this new hard left, the way Woodstock was the final note of the song of the Sixties.

YearlyKos is a get-together of hard left bloggers organized by DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas. DailyKos claimed, perhaps rightly, responsibility for the Democrat Congressional victory in 2006–much the way Hammas might claim victory for blowing up an Israeli schoolhouse.

The Kos and Democratic Underground people who filled attendee list are the kind of folks who giggle at Dick Cheney’s heart problems, wish al Qaeda victory in its war against the West, and popped bottles of bubbly upon hearing of Chief Justice Roberts’ seizure. They gloat with a parent’s satisfaction at a child’s first words when news of US military deaths hits the airwaves, and they blush with post-coital splendor when an SUV kills pedestrians. They are, in short, what is left clinging to the toilet bowl after three flushes.

The Democrat candidates for president strode into their den on Saturday last to beg for more good press on the blogs and to beg for more money. These candidates–Clinton, Obama, Edwards, and the rest–sucked up to people barely fit to be called people.

But actions speak louder than words. The Kos folk most earnestly want America to lose the war on terror, beginning in Iraq, and ending, presumably, in Wichita, Kansas. They have no idea what life is like in an Islamic dictatorship, but they are certain it’s preferable to life in these United States where upper middle classers kills spotted owls with emissions from their 4X4 vehicles. Kos (used generically for the ilk) expected the Democrat Congress to cut off military funding and to impeach President Bush. The actions, though, of this Congress have fallen well short of that goal. Instead, the Democrat 110th Congress behaves legislatively much like the Republican 109th. Much talk, little action, and passing whatever Bush asks for.

This explains why Hillary Clinton was booed more than she was cheered. It explains why Cindy Sheehan is running against Nancy Pelosi. UPDATE: Michelle Malkin says Ms. Clinton received more cheers than boos. I didn’t hear it, so I’ll go with Michelle.

Ed Morrissey summarizes the Congress well:

When push comes to shove, especially on war-related issues, the Democrats have failed almost every time to fulfill their campaign promises. The FISA legislation should enrage the Democratic base. The action by Congress this weekend essentially ratifies the NSA’s warrantless wiretap program. After its exposure in December 2005, the DKos community and the rest of the Left that propelled the Democrats to power insisted that the TSP was one of the leading examples of the Bush administration’s attack on freedom and liberty. The Senate promised to hold investigations into its operation and to even perhaps impeach George Bush for violating the Constitution.

The Democrats, then, have proven that their word is no good. As Morrissey later explains, the Democrat candidates in 2006 sold a bill of goods to the hard left, leaving their supporters with empty hopes and empty wallets. (Then again, that’s what the Democrat party has done to the people since Roosevelt first seized power.) Imagine the outcry had Newt Gingrich in January 1995 declared the Contract with America too difficult to carry out. The MSM would have had the Republicans throats, and the GOP would have overwhelming lost power a decade earlier than it did.

The last time the hard left influenced an election was 1974. Richard Nixon was already gone, and the Democrats who entered Congress in 1975 went about the business of destroying the economy, eviscerating the military, and giving the country a case of malaise. While the YearlyKos participants were hoping that Nancy Pelosi’s party would do the same this time, the new Congress seems more likely to leave the country more or less as it found it.

UPDATE: LGF noticed that Terrorist Poetry was big hit at the YK.

Republicans Can Be Stupid, Too

We nominated Bob Dole, didn’t we?

Anyway, TexasFred‘s has been listening in on the Romney campaign and heard this:

Mitt Romney has cited the social welfare network of the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group as a role model the U.S. should copy to help promote “goodness” and “freedom” around the world.

I know . . . out of context, read the whole thing, and all that.  Still, a guy running for president ought to know that praising Hezbollah is a good way to become a really, really difficult trivia question about people who ran for president in 2008.

Religion of Peace, My Ass


OAKLAND, Calif. — Police said they recovered firearms linked to the slaying of an Oakland journalist during a series of early morning raids Friday targeting members of a Black Muslim splinter group that operates a chain of bakeries.

To paraphrase Harry Truman, if that’s a religion of peace, I’m a Hottentot.

Ron Paul’s Fifteen Minutes

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) generates more internet press than all the other candidates combined, it seems. His name has been on Technorati’s most-searched list for a couple weeks, rivaling Paris Hilton and YouTube for search popularity endurance. Whether or not his fledgling campaign for President will so endure is another matter.

Rummaging through the odd blog with a Ron Paul theme, I found some common characteristics among his supporters:

  • Young
  • Typically apolitical
  • Technology careers
  • Homosexual
  • Educated
  • Atheist
  • Decent writing skills
  • No particular axe to grind

I know many who fit the type, particularly working in the software industry. For a few years, I was surprised at all the Ayn Randians in my trade. At my last company, The Fountainhead was as common on the desktop and backpack as slashdot was on the monitor. (By the way, I’m not saying “all Ron Paul supporters are ” [fill in the noun phrase from the list above]. I’m saying that of the dozen or so sites I looked over last night, 100 percent fell into at least two of the categories above. Unscientific, perhaps, but striking.)

Great. So where is Ron Paul going?

Well, nowhere, really. He has a low ceiling. As something of a libertarian, Paul’s views will quickly steer into that terminal maelstrom of American politics where liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, the godless and the Godly all find fault with a single one of Ron Paul’s views.

It’s sad, in a way. Except for being more interventionist that Paul, I share most of his political and economic views straight down the page. Like William F. Buckley, I describe myself as libertarian except for the atheism (which is not a requirement of libertarianism but has become frightfully common). I oppose almost everything the government does under the commerce clause and the 14th Amendment. I have no use for the Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, or Homeland Security. I can live without HUD, Labor, and Energy, too. I think each new Congress should be issued exactly one ream of 8.5 X 11 paper onto which the whole of its legislation must fit. I’d like to see Congress spend more time in recess than in session so that members could hold down real jobs with which to supplement their $55,000 a year (plus travel and office expenses) salaries.

When it comes to foreign policy, I could probably live with a libertarian’s isolationism for as long as the public would tolerate it. (Events would force even Ron Paul’s hand, though, as his solemn oath of office would require him to finally defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.) In exchange for his foreign policy, I get the elimination of 80 percent of the government, and that it is a fair trade. The military could be reconstituted much faster than the bureaucracy. And the people whose after tax income increased 40 to 70 percent would be most reluctant to return to the tax and spend days of monstrous government. Likely, a generation would have to pass away before government could begin to grow significantly.

I am encouraged by the support, the passionate support, Paul receives. I am, frankly, surprised that so many people who don’t fit the profile of libertarian are eager to dismantle big government as we know it. Is this surge in idealistic libertarianism analogous to the grass roots conservatism that Buckley, Goldwater, and Russell Kirk ignited in the late 50s and early 60s? If so, we have much to look forward to 15 years hence.

So why Fred Thompson and not Ron Paul?

First, better either man than any Democrat. Second, I believe that a Republican and a conservative must win this election to stave off the totalitarian beast that the Democrat party yearns to foist upon us. Third, Fred Thompson has a chance because he won’t steer into the maelstrom in which Ron Paul must attempt to navigate. Fred will protect the many vested interests that keep those seas a-churning. Otherwise, he couldn’t gain his party’s nomination.

Ron Paul’s star has not crested, but it will soon and long before the primaries are over. His central ideas will not drive the parties toward a more libertarian view. At best, Thompson might propose elimination of the Department of Education, but it won’t happen. Reagan couldn’t do it. As soon as Paul’s numbers climb high enough to reflect the party’s radar, they will unleash a flurry of deadly accurate heat-seeking missiles to destroy him.

Also, his supporters will soon see that he isn’t a left wing nut case out to destroy Bush. Almost 30 percent of the Ron Paul blogs I checked out also promoted the 9/11 conspiracy theory (Bush did it, Cheney did it, Murdoch did it, Israel did it). A significant number demonstrated patently anti-semitic or anti-black themes, leading me to believe that some white supremacists have mistakenly adopted Paul as one of their own. Most of the bloggers expressed strong opposition to at least one or two of Paul’s major issues, though the bloggers don’t seem to realize that Paul disagrees with them. (He’s pro-life, for instance, and more than 80 percent of the blogs were vehemently pro-abortion.)

Too bad he doesn’t have a chance. We could use some real entertainment and a real choice. And I could use an 80 percent tax cut.

A Republic No More

Last night in the U.S. House of Representatives, a party’s leadership refused to abide by a legal vote (Volunteer Opinion Journal).

The vote was on a Republican measure to strip from a farm bill language that guaranteed welfare for illegal aliens. The vote was 215-213 in favor of stripping the guarantees.

But Nancy Pelosi wanted a different result. So, her minions essentially burned the ballots, declared there was no vote, and ordered a new one (Michelle Malkin).

Republican members and staff witnessed Democrat thugs intimidating junior Democrat Congressmen into changing their votes. The strong-arming is on video. Republicans, incensed that the Democrats had illegally overturned the vote, refused to participate in the charade–the Republicans walked out (Gateway Pundit).

If the majority party can nullify lawful votes because the leaders disagree with the results, is there really any point in pretending we are still a republic? We’re not. We’re an oligarchy, and a crappy one at that.

Since we’re now operating well outside the parameters of the Constitution, perhaps the President should send the Army to seize the Capitol, expel Congress, and call new elections.

To hell with a bunch of Democrat crooks.

UPDATE: Captain’s Quarters: “House to Investigate . . . Itself!” I can predict the result: a recommendation to eliminate the photo ID requirement at Congressioal voting booths.

Obama’s Weird Chess Game

Democrat candidate for president Barack Obama’s bizarre chess game with foreign policy took another twist today.

In remarks to a report, Obama seemed to formulate his nuclear policy as he went along:

“I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance,” Obama said, with a pause, “involving civilians.” Then he quickly added, “Let me scratch that. There’s been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That’s not on the table.”

Is this a chess game? Does Obama have some grand politic strategory in mind? It’s like a game of Good Cop, Bad Cop with Obama playing both parts. One day he’s doing Hennessy shots with Kim Jong Il, the next he’s pulling out of Iraq, then he’s invading allies, and later he’s eliminating our nuclear arsenal.Policy-o-Meter

Democrat rivals pounced on the neophyte’s fourth foreign policy gaffe in two weeks. At the beginning, Hillary Clinton’s attacks on Obama’s foreign policy might have been mere campaign maneuvering. But many Democrats must now wonder if Obama is capable of making it to the Iowa Caucuses.

Moreover, the general population should be very concerned that one of the country’s two parties takes Barack Obama seriously. His statements on genocide, invading nuclear-powered allies, kissing up to despots, and no-use of nuclear arms prove the man has never really thought about America’s place in the world. Therefore, anything–ANYTHING–Obama says about Bush’s foreign policy can be summarily dismissed. Now, if only the Democrats would summarily dismiss Obama.

Matt Margolis calls Obama “clueless”

There may be more on the OTB Traffic Jam. While at OTB, don’t miss this wonderful tidbit about WSJ.

CNN calls Obama the Democrats’ “punching bag.”

Dan Balz, writing in the Washington Post, manages to break away from his Ode to Obama long enough to mention this:

He continues to walk a fine line between sounding fresh and sometimes appearing green, between being the candidate who can offer an appealing break from the past and one whose inexperience may give people pause.

Quite.  But Mr. Balz mentions only two of Barack’s four gaffes.  Were Dan paying closer attention, he might have concluded as many have:  Obama isn’t ready.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Bridge Collapse

UPDATE and Bump: Predictably, the idiot left has begun blaming George W. Bush and the Iraq War on Terror for the bridge collapse (Gateway Pundit). They know they’re full of manure. Saturday, liberal Bob Beckel on FoxNews admitted that there was no connection, but he went to explain the liberal lies: “Those of us who are opposed to this war will anything to advance our point.”

It’s nice to hear a Democrat fess up to lying.

I came home feeling feverish and went to bed earlier. I woke up at 9:30, planning to do some blogging.

But my first glance

around the world began with Captain’s Quarter where I learned of the bridge collapse and of Ed Morrissey’s search for his

dauther-in-law and granddaaughter. They are okay.

Michelle Malkin has continuing coverage.

CNN has continuous live feed. ***UPDATE*** CNN’s live feed stopped at 10:40 p.m. CDT.

Nothing else deserves comment. This deserves only my prayers.

Here’s the bridge before the collapse for reference–you’ll be seen plenty of the after photos to compare.