My wife’s union got a call from her union urging her to call our senators to support the “stimulus” bill. As our Senator’s are Kennedy and Kerry that would be a waste of time as they would support this president if it was a bill to declare English Muffins a war crime, even if she was inclined to support the bill (she’s not).

That is also why I haven’t called since it would be a waste of time in Massachusetts. I’ll do it with my congressman Olver since it is the least liberal district in the state (which isn’t saying much) and from meeting him a nice guy.

This is in my opinion a really lousy bill. It’s not as bad a first move as Clinton’s don’t ask don’t tell goes but its going to be a bad hit for him. Hopefully it will bring him down to earth. The speed of the bill suggests it. And unlike the Patriot act potentially tens of thousands of life are not in immediate danger. And if you think they are, talk to some depression era people about what hard times actually are.

Been watching since 6:30 and just not finding anything worth blogging on it so far.

6:59 a.m. It’s pretty bad when the only thing to talk about is “Drag Queen robs Burger King” But you can’t get a hit every time at bat.

7:01 a.m. Still talking the baby it was cute and she did glow when holding it. It still brings a smile to my face. As my kids are nearing the end of their teen years I’m strongly regretting not having a 3rd.

7:05 a.m. Obama could sign a winner with republicans and democrats. I still maintain that if the democrats thought this would work they would call for the vote and let Republicans take the hit for either filibustering it or voting against it.

7:07 a.m. That was a very acquired laugh by Mika interviewing the Cole’s captain.

7:10 a.m. Joe is going a little loud on it. Commander Lippold shows how calm and cool is. He doesn’t like this.

7:12 a.m. I do think this is a little disingenuous since this guy is not going to be let go.

7:15 a.m. I love that this show isn’t afraid to have a guest who will challenge liberal orthodoxy.

7:26 a.m. Mika: What is the rush if its going to be bad?

7:41 a.m. These guys just love that Obama says I screwed up. Pat does point out that the vetters are responsible, but I say that the fact that stuff like this wouldn’t have been considered a problem says a lot about the way these guys think.

7:54 a.m. Confessions of a Shopaholic. blah blah blah YAWN!

7:56 a.m. All about confidence says Woodward. He’s right about that.

8:08 a.m. Krugman we are nitpicking on this bill. Obama should go on the offensive on the bill.

8:12 a.m. Krugman seems to think that all president Bush did was cut taxes wasn’t there a ton of spending? Re-writes the history of the Reagan years. Has a point about the fed though.

8:15 a.m. The 90’s was gridlock not corporation, hey maybe that means we should do nothing. Krugman thinks doing nothing is horrible, that’s confirms my opinion.

8:29 a.m. Chris Matthews needs to be on Morning Joe more often, it seems to bring him back to sanity. Says he needs to explain what the bill does and why.

8:31 a.m. Dump stimulus it sounds like a porn ad. I think that the great talking bit is lessened without a teleprompter.

8:40 a.m. Matthews seems to have crowned Susan Collins as kingmaker. Maine votes like people from Maine, looking for deeper meaning in her victory this year is just wrong.

8:43 a.m. Barnicle must have seen this ad from Reason:

8:51 a.m. More Mika and the baby I expect this judge to get angry.

There is shock and horror over the story of a woman who went in for an abortion, went into labor early delivered a live child and then, well lets quote the story:

What Williams and the Health Department say happened next has shocked people on both sides of the abortion debate: One of the clinic’s owners, who has no medical license, cut the infant’s umbilical cord. Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic biohazard bag and threw it out.

Doesn’t shock me one bit. We have a society that has no respect for life. The humanity of he unborn child is denied and it is treated as property. Large profits are made by the industry that does this and lawmakers even “catholic” lawmakers defend it with their votes.

Why would you expect this not to happen? What I wonder is how much does this stuff happen and people stay quiet?

This is the society that people have voted for and supported. Just remember if you are one of those people the day may come when your life might not be considered to have value, when you are considered a burden to society in general and your family in particular. And when that day comes and you are put away or worse, don’t complain.

And if you are Catholic and you support abortion either actively or passively; find a priest and make a good confession. God will give you the rest of your life to do so.

After that you’re on your own.

Update: Via Jules Crittenden slightly off subject but with the same theme via at Jules Crittenden “The normalization of evil.”

Update 2: The captain quotes the Pres.

Via LGF and Mere Rhetoric we find out why Peres’ speech is so important:

Human rights groups argued Wednesday that a detailed probe into Hamas’s firing of Kassam rockets at Israeli communities is not necessary, because it constitutes such a “blatant” war crime. By contrast, Israel’s actions are more complex, and therefore do require such investigation, they said.

With Israel it is much more complicated apparently;

“With Israel things are more complicated because Israel states it does not deliberately target civilians and that it safeguards them. With Israel, you have to investigate each specific incident because even if a civilian is killed in an attack, it doesn’t mean its necessarily a war crime.”

Hamas however says not so fast:

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum was quoted by AP Wednesday as saying Hamas attacks on southern Israel towns are “a means of self-defense.” “Those are not civilians. They are all soldiers,” Barhoum said of the residents of southern Israel. “We are firing at places that bring us the F-16s, the warplanes and the tanks.”

But Micha’eli dismissed Barhoum’s statements as absurd. “No credible human rights law expert would accept that excuse,” she added.

This explains why they are not investigated but it doesn’t explain why they are not condemned or protested. The less that these guys make of this stuff the more they are ignored and forgotten. If these “blatant” crimes are ignored by the NGO’s then as far as the world community is concerned they don’t exist.

Nordlinger commented on this and lionized it.

Doc’s talk commented on it elegantly:

Only an old man could speak out that way at the WEF in Davos. Peres’ age was like a sacred receptacle containing the heart and soul of Judaism. What in the world did the organizers think they were doing, throwing the old man into the ring with those three guys? Is that their idea of a fair fight? Or was it simply one more international Israel-bashing jamboree? All so smooth in shirts and ties, invited to punch up the old man… for what? To shlurp up some jihadi money and make a giant step in the direction of sharia finance?

Big mistake. They hit the jackpot, a cascade of solid gold divine wrath that knocked them dizzy.

Even Atlas was impressed:

I am not a fan of Shimon Peres, but I am deeply proud of him in this. Don’t sit through the Jew bashing…. fast forward to minute 40 – watch Peres. It is an incredible speech. And please don’t point out to me in the comment section all of Peres’ faults. I know them well. But in this moment, he is magnificent.

If you haven’t seen it here it is:

Update: Redirected Atlas quote to her own blog.

Nordlinger’s 6th and final report from Davos went up today. (I keep wanting to type Davros, that would be an interesting Nordlinger interview). He is relating a question and answer session with Václav Klaus and part of it is almost as required as the Yon story today:

Klaus has published a book called Blue Planet in Green Shackles: What Is Endangered: Climate or Freedom? He tells us that the answer is freedom—freedom is endangered—adding, “I imagine National Review would understand what I mean.” I reply, “Actually, there are differing views about global warming at National Review.”

A different journalist says, “What freedom do you mean? What freedom is endangered?” Klaus points to her and says, “Yours, mine, [turning to the WEF representative] the moderator’s. The freedom of publications like National Review.”

Still another journalist, with high-pitched indignation, says, “Are you saying that Al Gore is threatening freedom?” Klaus answers, “More or less. Environmentalism and the global-warming alarmism are challenging our freedom; Al Gore is an important person in this movement.”

About the financial crisis, Klaus says, “I am more afraid of the ‘reforms’ that will result from the crisis than I am of the crisis itself. I’m afraid that the current crisis will be misused for radically constraining the functioning of the markets and market economies all around the world. I’m afraid of the potential consequences of overactivity by politicians,” as those politicians “try to win votes by pretending that they are coming to the rescue.”


His speech is pretty good he is hitting all the right notes. He goes into some details about his own family and lack thereof. He mentions that his father was a Muslim who became an atheist and that his people were not particularly practicing Christians.

He notes Tony Blair and his coming to his (Catholic) faith. He talks about his coming to Christianity briefly it is interesting so I’ll comment on it later in its own post.

He asks for prayers for himself and the country.

A good solid speech that hit the right tone.

One small thing that I’ll mention since it will be beaten into the ground; He says that no religion says to kill the innocent. The question is who is considered the innocent? He might want to re-read his Koran on that one. Of course this speech wasn’t the place for that question but there are going to be those who hit on it hard, so I’m saying it now.

Considering we went through the same thing here I really feel for the people in Kentucky who are still without power and that no matter what the Today show said tuesday has had a slow Fema response and been rather ignored by the Obama administration.

The most interesting story I’ve seen on this is here:

When the wind died down and the ice storm had passed, Joe Stutzman gathered his spare lanterns and stepped out of his Amish farmhouse to lend them to his modern-living neighbors.

“I feel sorry for my neighbors who were used to electricity and all of a sudden didn’t have it,” Stutzman said. “I know that must be hard for them.”

Hundreds of thousands of people in Kentucky have been without electricity for their lights, furnaces, ovens and refrigerators since the killer storm hit more than a week ago, and some spots might not get power back for weeks.

But Kentucky’s Amish have been living that way all their lives. And when the disaster struck, they generously lent a hand to their non-Amish neighbors and showed them how it’s done.

The money quote is right here:

Stutzman, his wife and their seven children were secure in their toasty, two-story home amid corn and soybean fields and swampy stands of cypress in western Kentucky.

“We paid it no attention,” Stutzman said Tuesday, relaxing in a handmade rocker as a wood stove across the room radiated heat on a windy morning with temperatures in the low 20s.

Take that Weird Al!

…the New Minutemen

A WOMAN suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.

Samira Jassam, 51, was arrested by Iraqi police and confessed to recruiting the women and orchestrating dozens of attacks.

Hot air reports and comments:

It’s a particularly despicable scam. Jassam didn’t just step in as some sort of Islamist rape counselor to advise suicide as an answer to shame. She arranged the rapes of dozens of women, and then presented herself as an advisor to the victims to recruit them for suicide missions. It’s one of the most ghoulish plots I’ve ever known, and a stunning betrayal of her own gender.

I’m reminded of what Lincoln said concerning the bill passed in the south at the end of the war authorizing Negro troops. He said we have to get to the bottom of the manpower well of the foe. I guess they are getting there.

This would never get reported while Bush was still there.

…but if you read only one thing today read Michael Yon’s letter exclusively on Instapundit. Key Excerpt:

The idea of a two-state solution, once popular with many Israelis, is evaporating. More and more Israelis are coming to believe that any appeasement with the Palestinians is merely a reward for terrorism. And so it is. The Palestinians have become prisoners by their own hand. The hand that builds the bombs, wields the guns, and welds the rockets, has caused a fence to be built around them.

They are isolated and imprisoned. But it’s not only Israel who’s done this. The Gaza Strip borders Egypt, and Egypt has done the same. The terrorists are tunneling like rats and the Egyptians and Israelis are trying to locate and destroy the tunnels under their respective fence lines. Who wants the Palestinians? If the Palestinians truly were a peaceful lot, victims only of Israel, one might think that they would have free entry into Egypt. But they do not.

Yon is the best single reporter in the world on the war on terror.

UPDATE: His bottom line is unfortunately correct at least at this time.

It simply does not make sense for us to support a Palestinian state, when at every turn they demonstrate that they will simply become more powerful, richer terrorists, with longer range rockets.

My greatest regret with HiWired is we were unable to pull off the podcast with Yon. We traded e-mails kept missing each other. It was before he was well known and would have been a solid exclusive.