Thursday, September 30, 2004

If it's all about the oil, then here is my plan.

I love liberals, I really do, and without them my life would be much less entertaining. They constantly tell the public that Bush went to war in Iraq for the oil. If that is the case, I pose a question to you, why doesn't he just take the oil for the U.S. or Halliburton or whatever sinister group the black helicopter crowd on the left thinks is behind the invasion? The answer is, it's not about taking the oil.

If George W. Bush wanted to take control of the Middle East oil supply, he could do it tomorrow. Park the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Straits of Hormuz, tell OPEC that every third oil tanker that comes through the straight belongs to the U.S.
What could they do? What could the world do? There is not a Navy on this planet that could force that carrier task force out of the straight. None.
It would be the largest protection racquet in the history of the world.

If they want to ship through the pipelines to the Mediterranean, fine, we park another carrier in the straight of Gibraltar. Same toll.

The War in Iraq is not about taking over the Iraqi oil fields, just like the first gulf war was not about taking the Kuwaiti oil fields, which we could have done since we were there in 1991.

When liberals tell you about how bad America is, and about how we are the most destructive force in the world today, just laugh at them, I do.

The United States in the most benevolent super power the world has ever known. If we wanted to, the U.S. could take down and destroy any government in the world, with the exception of China. China will be the next country to take on the title of Super Power; they will be there within the two decades. Lets see how the Chinese use their power and influence. If you honestly believe that China would be a better global citizen than the United States, then you are an idiot of extraordinary stature.

This is not meant as a cheap shot, it is the truth. That kind of thinking is going to get us killed, on a wholesale scale.

By the way, check out HughHewitt for an excellent question by question breakdown of the debate.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Buggy whip makers and the Main Stream Media

In 5 years my son will ask me, how did you get your news before the Internet?
I will tell him that when I was young, you had to wait until 5:00 and tune into the network news. We lived in a very rural area where we were fortunate to receive three channels of television with no daily newspaper service. I grew up believing whatever Walter Cronkite and his fellow anchors said was the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I know better now.

Cronkite wants a crackdown on this Internet thing. 'I am dumbfounded that there hasn’t been a crackdown with the libel and slander laws on some of these would-be writers and reporters on the Internet. I expect that to develop in the fairly near future.' How about CBS News Walter!

The mainstream media is the frog in the pot slowly heading towards the rolling boil that will kill them. The water gets warmer, the bias gets stronger, the people turn the channel and cancel their subscriptions, get out the tarter sauce or whatever you eat with frog legs, because it's dinner time.

The bloggeshere and cable news will soon be the first option for news. The mainstream journalists are so close to the people that make the news, especially liberal politicians, that they cannot separate cold hard facts from their common view of the world.

Take the case of the Times reporter allegedly tipping off a terrorist front group that the Feds were going to raid them. I can't help but wonder where this man's allegiance lies? Does he have an allegiance to the United States, the country that makes his profession possible? He must think that as an "objective journalist" he does cannot have such a thing. After all, we are all humans, no one better than the other, no country better than another. That my friend is the problem, tied up in neat little package.

Is America always right, no.
Is America the best hope for freedom and democracy in the world today? Absolutely.

For every American backed dictator you want to point to as proof that America is evil, I will point to the worldwide threat from Nazi Germany, Soviet Communism that we defeated. I will point to the fact that today, right now, poor and repressed people around the world are packing all they own in a sack and trying to get to this great country.

The mainstream media is far too "intelligent" to fall for this simplistic approach of national pride.

Tomorrow at the Presidential debate, I hope the moderator asks President Bush if he thinks that America is loosing its credibility in the world. I know what I would like him to say.

"No, this Nation is responsible for the freedom of most of the countries on this planet. We are the last best hope of mankind. Next question."

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

If Kerry wins, can we lease Dick Cheney to him?

Think of the John Kerry administration.
OK, now take a deep breath and realize, it will not happen, we will be fine.
However if John Kerry were elected President, can you imagine the decision making process?
Sitting in the command center with his staff;

" Mr. President we have to make a decision now."

"Well, we cannot make a hasty decision here"

"With all due respect Mr. President, NORAD just confirmed a North Korean missile launch at Tokyo and Seoul"

"Secretary Albright, what do you think?"

"President Kim Jung Il has given me assurances that he will not attack his neighbors"

"Secretary Berger, could this be an accident?"

"It must be, Mr. President"

"Joe, call the Times and issue a strong statement about our concern over this tragic accident, and get Kofi on the line, we need to convene the Security Council."

"Mr. President, we have just confirmed a medium yield nuclear strike in the heart of Tokyo, Soul was hit with the same type of device minutes before"

"Mr. President, North Korea has just started a nuclear war in Asia, we need to respond, quickly. Two of our allies, and thousands of our soldiers have just been vaporized, what are we going to do?"

"This is terrible"

"Yes, this is terrible, but we still must respond."

"I can't believe this is happening."

"Mr. President, it is happening, it has already happened."

"Sandy, can you get Schroeder and Chirac on the phone, I don't want to act alone, we must have everyone on board here"

"Mr. President, they are on line one and two, they told me that we can't attack North Korea, they have thousands of advisors and contractors working on their nuclear reactor programs, Chirac assures me the reactors are only for civilian power generation."

"OK, Joe call the Times and the Post and issue a statement condemning this act of aggression, Joe make it a very strong statement"

If John Kerry wins in November, the team he will have advising him will have a long record of failure that is a certainty. If we could, I would advise leasing the democrats Dick Cheney to make the hard decisions in a crisis, we could encase him in a glass box with the caption "Break only in the event of emergency."
The catch is, if Kerry wins, it will be an emergency.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Deer hunting, a time to reflect.

This past weekend marked the end of A zone deer season. I sat on a hilltop looking down on the narrow deer paths worn into the opposing slopes with my son Steven beside me. Together we watched the sun slide behind the coastal mountains, and talked in low voices about hunting.

I am fortunate that my son is interested in hunting and the love of the outdoors that it inspires. He has all the distraction of these modern days, a Playstation2, CD player, and sports. When he asked to go hunting with my friend Dan and I on the last weekend of the season, I set the alarm for 5:00 and went to bed happy.

I spend many hours a week with my son, on the way home from school, at diner and working on his homework. I cannot think of a more enjoyable three hours I have spent with him this year.

It is something that is hard to describe to non-hunters, especially anti-hunters. When most of urban America thinks about deer hunters, they think about beer-drinking rednecks with machine guns spraying the forest indiscriminately. Or at least that is what I have heard from more that a few. This is unfortunate. The fact is we may have more in common with the environmentalist than they realize. The first maybe hard to come to grips with, we love animals. We do. I love to watch a doe and her fawns eat the grass on the hills. I can watch them for hours, they are beautiful creatures.

I also know that the best way to manage the deer population is through a regulated hunting season. My background is in ranching, here in California and Oregon, I can remember the look of starving deer caused by two years of drought and a very hard winter. If we stopped hunting this year, the deer herds would soar then die off in a vicious cycle. Although many hunters try, I do not hunt for trophy deer. I usually take an immature buck for the freezer and the horns are used for buttons or other projects.

I did not kill a buck this year. I paid for my license and deer tags, like I do every year, even when I am sure I won’t have time to hunt. Why, because this money goes to the department of fish and game. These funds help the department conduct research into deer related diseases and to patrol the state for poachers.

As my son and I walked back down to the road in the gathering darkness, we spoke of next year when he will be old enough to hunt with me not as a spectator, but as a hunter. I am sure we will have many more great times in the field, both as father and son, and as hunters.

Monday, September 20, 2004

A letter to the Daily Disappointment

As I read your opinion piece about the assault weapons ban sun setting, I was struck by the rather one sided information sited in your article.

By the way, if you are going to Plagiarize, at least list the source that wrote half your story, and the headline.

"Tell that to the families and friends of the 12 students and teacher killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. One of the weapons used by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold was a variant of the banned TEC-DC9 semiautomatic pistol. Last year, a banned AK-47 rifle was used in the killing of a 15-year-old boy and wounding of three teenage girls in a packed New Orleans school gym"
What about the three other guns that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold used? Are the deaths of the children killed with those guns any less tragic? I hope you do not believe they are. Many of the children were brutally killed using a pump action shotgun, the same type of shotgun that I use to hunt pheasants and ducks. The same type used by thousands of your readers and dozens of your advertisers. Does this mean that you want these guns banned as well?

The assault weapons ban did not reduce murder in California, the State that banned assault weapons in 1998. The first 5 years of the ban, murders increased in California by 26%. The fact is knives, clubs and bare hands are used in more than 20 times more murders. (FBI, Crime in the United States 2002)

Another quote "Police universally agree that assault weapons are not used for sport or by people wanting to protect themselves."
Really, please drive out to Davis, to Yolo Sportsman's Club for a high-power rifle match. You will find, much to your astonishment, law abiding citizens shooting AR-15s and other assault weapons at matches. Maybe the police you site don't go to Camp Perry Ohio for the Department of Civilian Marksmanship National Match. There are many police departments represented at the National Match, competing with "Assault Weapons" for sport.

I could counter your article point by point, although I don't think you would get past the first few lines. I believe that your mind is made up. "Assault Weapons" are bad, people should not have them. When do I get to write my column?

Back in Yolo County.......

Well back here in the real world, or my world at least, events move at a speed of forged documents through a fax machine at Kinkos.

Our first inclement weather of the year hit on Sunday the 19th. A severe thunderstorm dumped two inches of rain on our Capital City. Too bad the legislature was in recess. The local alfalfa growers were taken by surprise, as many stacks of hay sat out in the rain. The local cattle ranchers smile at the possibility of cheaper rain damaged hay for the winter, and the promise of a good feed year. However, this being Yolo county, the mercury will soon be back in the high 80's and this rain will be long forgotten by this weekend.

Capay Valley 4-H has started, I am still debating if I will have the time to be leathercraft leader.
It's a great group of kids and parents. My son will be showing his horse this year. Thursday night is "spaghetti Dinner" at Woodland Christian School. The yearly fund raiser is a great place to meet the staff and support the wonderful work that the school does.
Why do I send my children to private school, well I'll tell you it is not because I have money falling ouy of my pockets. As I stated in my first post, I am starting a new Business, I have no income at this point. My wife and I put our children first, just as 15% of public school teachers do.
I would love to be driving a new 4-door, four wheel drive Dodge diesel pickup. The money we pay for our children's school would more than pay for it. The thing that bothers me the most is I still have to pay taxes for a school that my children do not attend! In addition to the local school district fees on my new house.

That will have to be whole new blog some other day.

I will attend the next meeting of the Esparto Chamber of Commerce.
Yes, we have one, I think?

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Rathergate just the set-up for a knockout blow to bush?

After a bit of googling, I came up with this story from A dollar to a doughnut that Rather, or someone else in the MSM is sitting on the story of a guy that sold Bush cocaine back in1972. Now I'm sure this person will be completely credible, just like the memos, and will have come forward just in time to try to do the utmost damage to the President.

Rather, could start with - "Tonight we may have found the reason why then Lt. Bush did not show up for his required physical in 1972. Tonight's story is about a reluctant witness that has come forward with remarkable information about the President's use of cocaine while he was in the Texas Air National guard."

I am of the opinion, if Rather had actual notarized memos saying exactly what the fake documents allege, George Bush would not lose two points in the polls. His base doesn't care, the swing voters care very little, looking at the latest poll results. Love him or hate him, you know just what you are getting with George W Bush. If Bush used cocaine when he was a young man, I don't think that changes who he is today, or who he has been as commander in chief for the past four years. He is a know quantity. I know people who used cocaine in their twenties, it was not hard to find even in a small town. Does that disqualify them from changing, growing into people that do a tremendous service to our City or County or State or Country? I hope not.

I just can't understand why Rather and the gang at CBS are hanging on to this story so tight. I have to believe that this is the set-up jab for a knockout left hook coming down the road. Were the Rathergate memos were just to pave the way for the cu de gras?

I could be wrong, Rather could be just a egocentric leftwing blow-hard that cannot face up to the fact he wanted to believe so bad, he could not see the truth. Either way, he should go in for a CT scan this week so he can find a medical condition to give him a way to retire gracefully.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

CBS rushed into journalistic war.

CBS rushed into journalistic war despite warnings from their own experts, as reported in the Washington Post story. Two document experts retained by CBS News for the disputed "60 Minutes" story on President Bush's National Guard record said yesterday they had warned the program that the memos involved had significant problems but that their concerns were not heeded.

The "smoking-gun" that Dan Rather was going to finally put into the hands of George W. Bush blew up in his face this week. Do I think that Dan rather is personally out to get W? Absolutely. As Eric Hogue pointed out on his morning program, Rather would like nothing more in this world than to get back at the son of Bush 41, the man who put Rather in his place back during an interview in 1988. Rather Biased

In a letter sent to Andrew Heyward, President of CBS news Media Research center's Brent Bozell asks Mr. Heyward to launch a full independent investigation and secondly to immediately suspend Rather.

Is this the next Rathergate? Power line

I'm sure more updates are coming, actually I am getting tired of the Rathergate story. I can hear the low creaking sounds coming from trunk of the CBS news tree, I am just waiting for the deafening crash of CBS news hitting jouralism's forest floor.


Monday, September 13, 2004

Pajama Clad Truth Ninjas.

A fictional day in the life of Dan Rather;

Wake up, browse the Times and the Post;
Just look at what these Bloggers are saying about me! What gives you the right to question CBS’s and my reporting? What a bunch of right wing, pajama-wearing, ignorant peasants.

Ride into work;
Just look at all these little people, I wonder if any of them are Bloggers? Look at that guy in the sweat suit, I bet he has a blog. “What’s the matter Jethro, where are your pajamas?” What a looser, I bet he never even went to college.

Lunch at my private table;
Where do these people come from? We should do a story on establishing a 10-day waiting period before you can post a blog. I mean we just can’t have anyone putting out stories for public consumption. Who checks their facts? They could say anything.

Prepping for tonight’s broadcast;
“Hey did we get the fax from the Kerry campaign yet? I want to lead with their talking points if possible. If not can you call some one over at Handgun Control Inc. and get a quote for the assault weapon ban story? Great, and can you get some file footage of someone shot with an AK-47? Yea, the younger and more ethnic looking the better. Thanks, well I’ll be in make-up if you need me."

OK, I am exaggerating, Dan wouldn't think this way, right?

Great post Little Green Footballs

Saturday, September 11, 2004

When this war is over......

I have been blog surfing the past week and have come upon a few main themes about the war on terror.

1. That the President is not fighting the war on terror the right way.
2. The war is not worth fighting, we should withdraw our troops now.
3. The war is a scheme thought up by Cheney and Haliburton.
4. The President is doing the right thing, and should stay the coarse.

Now I'm sure we could get to #3422 because there are a bunch of folks with crazy ideas out there. So I will add one more, mine.
We are not yet fighting this war with both hands. No offence to our brave troops on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, I support you with all my heart and soul, and pray for you all the time. However, I would like to point to the frame of mind that I don't think we have yet and will need to win this war. It was best summed up by Admiral William "Bull" Halsey. He was looking over the the carnage and wreckage of the fleet late on December 7th, 1941.

He said " When this war is over the Japanese language will be spoken only in Hell."

I am not saying that we should round up all the Muslims in the world and summarily execute them, far from it. But we do need to look at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a scar in the earth in Pennsylvania and get this fresh in our minds.

When this war is over the extremist Wahaibi form of Islam will be practiced only in Hell.

I am heartened to see some in predominantly Muslim countries are publicly rejecting this form of Islam for the abomination it is. Al Arabia, an all Arab language TV network, has made these statements recently. Good for them. Take back your religion from these terrorists. Shut down these hate filled mosques, teach your children that the people running your country are the problem, not a country 3,000 miles away.

If we get attacked again, and I think we will despite all the money and man-power we are spending to prevent it, the gloves will come off. By that I mean a broadcast to the people in Tehran going something like this " Hello, sorry to disturb you dinner but anyone that does not wish to be turned to ash should exit the Tehran by noon tomorrow, thank you, that is all". Follow that by a note Syria and Lebanon and the Palestinians asking who would like to be next.
We won the second World War by pounding the Nazis and the German countryside into submission. The civilian casualties were terrible, but three generations of German people have been born since then and they are not too inclined to fight to this day. The same with the Japanese, before the war, most of the Japanese public looked upon the Emperor as the embodiment of God. If he said go to war, you obeyed with no questions asked. They received a very costly education from the U.S. about the mortality of the Emperor and the Empire.

I believe this is a World War, and we should be fighting it as one. You are either with us or with the terrorists, well, its time to pick sides because the cruise missiles will be flying through a window near you soon.

Thank goodness I am not President of the United States, or worse yet, Emperor of Earth.

Friday, September 10, 2004

We will kill you last.

I was looking at a site and saw the text of Zell Miller's introduction of John Kerry at the Democratic Party of Georgia's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. It’s Zell speaking glowingly about John Kerry. They use it to make it look like Zell has gone crazy. It makes me chuckle, it is so painfully obvious why Senator Kerry is behind in the polls. Look at the date - March 2001.
This is a position they cannot win from. The Democrats cannot be the September 10, 2001 party and lead this country. In the post-9/11 world we live in, things have changed. Most of the liberals that I speak to are so anti-Bush that they are blind to the way the rest of us in the country thinks.

I am an ex-democrat, believe what you will about George W Bush, he is not sitting in his office with Dick Cheney scheming about ways to put poor people out on the street or how he can make more money for Halliburton. I honestly believe he gets a briefing every morning that would make you or I want to crawl under our beds. There are people, Islamic terrorist mainly, that want to kill you and I. Not because George Bush is the President, because they have been taught to believe that America is the main force of evil on the planet. They believed it when Bill Clinton was in the White House, they believe it now, and they will teach their children the same thing.

They must be stopped. By stopped, I mean killed, period. As the people in Russia just discovered, when the terrorists busted through the doors of that school last week. Reports from the victims that survived quoted the terrorists as shouting "Allahu Akhbar! as they murdered the defenseless children. God is great? What kind of culture teaches it's people that they way to glorify God is the deliberate murder of children.

Senator Kerry is the right man for his state. He can afford to be wrong on national defense all the time as a Senator. There are 99 other votes to cancel out his mistakes. As President he will join the Germans and the French who will negotiate with the terrorists and come away with this bargain; "We will kill you last".

No thanks.


I have been enjoyed watching the "Typewritergate" story unfold as more actual experts come forward to say that the documents Dan Rather and 60 Minutes used in their hit piece on the President are forgeries. Just think if this were thrown out Sunday night before the election. It reminds me of the DUI story the Gore camp tossed out the weekend before the 2000 election. This might have been worth 1-2 points in some swing states and done real damage with no time to refute the memos. This must be "use it or lose it" time in the Kerry Camp. They know that if they don't do something to counter the Bush bounce, Kerry will be back down to his core numbers, 40- 42% of the electorate that would vote for a anyone with a "D" next to their name. The Kerry campaign is leaking, and waves are getting bigger everyday.

I hope the Vice President did not strike a match to a fuse last week when he said that a wrong choice in this election could lead to another larger attack. Dick Cheney is smarter than me by a factor that I cannot guess, but if Al Qaeda does attack America before the election the Kerry camp will run a spot with VP's quote round the clock to throw it back in his face.

Even though I am starting a new business and do not have money to spare, I am donating to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. If we can return sanity to the US senate and have a 6 or 8 seat majority, next election cycle we can start to back more conservative challengers to the milk-toast moderate republicans.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Starting my new Business

Today I woke before dawn to get to the State exam site on time. I got there on time, well sort of, I was an hour and a half early. So after two large coffees and a bagel, I was ready to take my Contractors test. I took the law and the trade tests and passed them both in two hours. I was relieved to say the least. That was until I had to start writing check to the bonding company, the school, the State again. That is what you should expect starting a new business.

Other than that, I was able to listen to talk-radio again. I have burning the candle and have not been able to catch up on the mud-slinging and back biting of the Presidential campaign. Sounds like the Kerry camp is pulling out all the mud they were saving for the last weekend, allegation and half truths could not have been diffused in time for the election. I wonder if anyone with an open mind can look at the "military Documents" with the new type of fonts and irregular format and say, ya know I believe Dan Rather, these show proof that if you put George W Bush in office he is going to leave town when the going gets rough. Then you have to think that, Oh that's right, He has been Commander in Chief for the past three years and has been rock solid and steadfast in the war on terror. Oh and by the way, I must have missed the adds and the speeches he has been giving touting his record in the Texas Nation guard as proof of his fitness for command.

Unlike his opponent, who has based his entire campaign on the fact that 30 years ago he served four months in Vietnam. I hope you are not fooled by the mainstream media. They are as Pro-Kerry as you could get without being on the campaign payroll. John Kerry has been a United States Senator for 19 years, by my limited math skills that's about 57 times longer than his tour in Vietnam. What has he done in this time? Where are his adds saying " I proposed and worked hard to pass this legislation or that bill that would have made life better for you and family" they are just not there. He has been a Tax and Spend Liberal from Massachusetts, and that about all I can gather. I have no problems with Liberals, I don't. I think their ideas are wrong, but this is America and people have different ideas, I get that. Where I have no patience with Liberals is, they won't tell you what they really want to do! If John Kerry told the American people what he would really like to do if he was President, he would lose in a landslide. That is a cold fact. Sorry.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Welcome toYolo County, now go home.

My inaugural posting finds me two days away from taking my contractors license test here in CalIfornia (as Arnold would say). I am not at all sure the redtape and regulation is worth the opportunity to be low-bidder. However as I sit in my mind-numbing class 8 hour class the thought occurs to me that if I want to be paid what I think I'm worth, I had better be the one writing the checks.
I am brand new to the bloggesphere, and have often wondered if I had anything worthy of posting and having you folks (or folk as the case may be) read. In any case, here I go.

I live in the once exceedingly rural Yolo County California. In Esparto, gateway to the Capay Valley. I say once because the County is rapidly changing. Counties do that, and I am not the type to harken back to a quieter time when you could have a picnic on the centerline of Highway 16 after10 pm without fear of becoming street-pizza. Although I do remember getting latenight call from the Highway Patrol informing me that my cows were on the road,,, again. If my cows wondered on that same road today, they would meet a rapid demise in the grill of a speeding Bingo player's Honda Accord on the way to the Indian casino.

I love this place, this wormhole in time and space. A place where you meet wonderful down to earth people, farmers and ranchers that would be just as happy if it were 1947 again, or 1847 for that matter. Then turn the corner and find a PHD that works at U.C. Davis that is rather annoyed that he can't get DSL out here in the "sticks". The Bush/Cheney stickers outnumber the Kerry/Edwards stickers 3 to 1, and most of the population still drive pickups. Friday-night football is still the most exciting (only) thing to do.

My blog will be a about,,,,, lots of thing, stuff and assorted miscellaneous rambling. I do hope to have a point to make along the way. I have opinions that I will express and if I ruffle your feathers, be glad I don't corner you down at the Junction ( the local watering hole) where your feathers might get plucked.

I am rapidly approaching 40, and my wife will attest to the fact that I love talking politics, guns, horses, beef cattle, and history. I mention my age only to say that I have been forming my opinions for some time. They are my beliefs, and by God, I believe them!

I must get some sleep, I have another 8 hours of painfully dull class tomorrow.
Get back to soon.