Monday, July 31, 2006
Too many people get caught up in religion.
I am a Catholic yet I support Israel on this fight.
Why? Because Israel is under attack from barbarians that will kill Catholics after they kill the Jews.
Also, Israel is a democracy under attack by people who do not share our values of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
This is not about defending Jews. This is about defending a nation under attack by terrorists!
Check out these pictures.
They are very strong and may be offensive.
However, it clearly shows Hezbollah is using the dead for their PR benefit and the living as human shields:
"Whatever else, the event in Qana was a human tragedy. But the photographs do not show it honestly. Rather, they have been staged for effect, exploiting the victims in an unwholesome manner.
In so doing, they are no longer news photographs - they are propaganda.
And, whoever said the camera cannot lie forgot that photographers can and do.
Those lies have spread throughout the world by now and will be in this morning's newspapers, accepted as real by the millions who view them.The profession of photo-journalism thereby is sadly diminished by them, and the trust in those who took them and in those who carried them is misplaced.
Truly, we are dealing with loathesome creatures."
Hezbollah is responsible for the deaths of 56 people yesterday. Why do you launch missiles from a place full of civilians and children? Why do you expose civilians?
In World War 2, US and allied aircraft bombed Japanese and German cities every night. We killed a lot of civilians. Our rationale was simple. We did not start the war. Japan and Germany did.
Also, we had intelligence that Hitler was hiding his weapons among civilians.
Today, we face an enemy as evil as the one we fought 65 years ago. They are not a country or an army. Yet, they are just as determined to kill us.
Question: Does any one doubt that fanatics would blow up an American city if they had the chance or means?
Today, we face a choice. Do we fight or do we surrender? It is really that simple!
Our next President will face this new world. Check out This conflict will long outlast Blair and Bush by Matthew d'Ancona:
"Be in no doubt, however: the Islamists are not going anywhere, whoever occupies the White House or Number 10.
Last week, Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, declared that "the war with Israel does not depend on ceasefire… it is a jihad… all the world is a battlefield open in front of us. We will attack everywhere."
More than anything that the President and Prime Minister said on Friday or the UN agrees this week, that should be a text for our times."
Check out Pacifists versus Peace by Thomas Sewell:
"If "peace" movements brought peace, there would never have been World War II."
Check out We Must Do Whatever It Takes by Ed Koch:
"The enemies of the Western world in this war of civilizations are the Islamic fanatics. Those fanatics number hundreds of millions. They truly believe they have the right to kill all infidels."
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Israel is in difficult position. On one side, there are missiles raining on your cities. On the other side, Hezbollah is using civilians as human shields.
Check out Photos that damn Hezbollah :
"The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.
Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon."
Where is the outrage against Hezbollah?
What's the solution? It is a cease fire backed by an international force. Any other "cease fire" is simply a band aid which would give Hezbollah time to regroup and build up its missile inventory. Israel won't accept it and who can blame them?
So will the world step up to the plate? This is a chance for Europe and some of our allies to be relevant. They have an opportunity to send some troops and contribute to peace in the region.
The US is too close to Israel. However, I'm sure that the US will provide critical logistical support, specially helicopters and airplanes. The UK is committed in Afghanistan and Iraq but PM Blair will do something.
What about the other countries? Why can't we come up with a force of 25,000 men to guarantee a cease fire in this region?
On Tuesday, the NYTimes had a headline "U.S. and NATO Balk on Troops for Lebanon Force".
What was the bottom line? No one is ready to commit troops:
"The challenge of creating a viable international force to secure Israel's border with Lebanon was captured by Nahum Barnea, a columnist for the Israeli daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot. The European foreign ministers were enthusiastic, he said.
They only had one small condition for the force to be made up of soldiers from another country, Mr. Barnea wrote. The Germans recommended France; the French recommended Egypt, and so on. It is doubtful whether there is a single country in the West currently volunteering to lay down its soldiers on Hezbollah's fence.
What's the problem?
First, many of our allies do not have troops. Let me repeat. Many of our allies do not have troops. I think that most Americans would be shocked to learn how many of our allies live under the US military umbrella.
Second, most of our allies are in the "peace at any cost" camp. I do not believe that their populations will tolerate casualties. We have soft allies who've grown accustomed to being protected by the US.
Sadly, most of our allies are good talkers but not good at doing anything. Let me repeat. Most of our allies talk a lot about multilateral action but do nothing when called upon to act multilaterally. They love to blast the US for doing something but sit back and do nothing on their own.
So this is a chance for Europe, Canada and some of our other allies to prove me wrong.
If our allies can't put together a military force, then don't blame Israel for defending itself or Pres. Bush for going around the UN.
As they say in Texas, put up or shut up.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Fact: I don't know anything about global warming. Frankly, neither does any politician. I am specially talking about a certain moviemaker who could not win his home state of Tennessee or do anything about bringing the Kyoto Treaty to the US Senate for confirmation.
If Kyoto was so important, why didn't the Clinton-Gore administration tried to pass it?
It appears that the scientists are not sure about global warming either.
Check out "Global warming's effect on hurricane strength disputed in new report " :
"In short, Landsea said, there were far more Category 4 and 5 storms in decades past than previously thought, because satellite imagery has improved so greatly."
The bottom line is that nobody really knows.
Of course, we need to take care of our planet. At the same, we should not allow this global warming debate to turn into another partisan football.
In the meantime, let me say this:
1) The election of George W. Bush did not create global warming or bring about Cat-5 hurricanes; and
2) The selection of Howard Dean has created a lot of hot air!
Carlos Lee can not pitch. The Rangers do need a veteran starter to keep up with the AL West.
Nevertheless, this is a good deal for the Rangers and Brewers.
Texas gets a clean up hitter. He will help Blalock and Texeira. It will move Michael Young back to the # 2 spot in the order.
The Rangers also picked up Nelson Cruz, a young prospect with 20 hrs at Nashville. I understand that Texas' scouts are very high on Cruz.
Milwaukee gets Francisco Cordero, one of the best closers in baseball in 2003-2005. Brewers' GM Doug Melvin knows him well from his days in Texas.
Mench is ready to play everyday. Nix looks like a ball player but has not performed consistently in the majors.
Overall, I agree with Tom Singer of MLB that both sides won.
I hate to see Mench leave because he was a very popular player. Milwaukee's fans will love this guy. Nix plays hard. Cordero needs a change of scenery.
Last night, the Rangers played their 1000th game at what we used to call the new stadium. It is not new anymore.
What are my favorite Rangers' games? I selected 5:
1) The Rangers clinch their first title in '96. I recall this one because our whole family watched this game. The lost to the Angels in 15 inning but clinched in the 10th inning when Oakland beat Seattle.
One sad note. Mark Holtz, the great Rangers' announcer, died next sping from cancer. He is well known for his signature "Hello win column".
2) Delucci's double beats the A's in 2004. This is a close second. The Rangers rallied in the 9th to beat Oakland and stay in the pennant race. I recall listening to this one in my office and jumping up and down. What a great finish, perhaps the most enjoyable 9th inning of my life.
3) The Rangers clinch at home with a win in '99. Great game. Fun game.
4) Kenny Rogers' perfect game before a sellout crowd. Rusty Greer made a great catch to save the game.
5) Game 1 against Milwaukee on opening day '94. They played poorly and lost.
P.S. The Rangers lost to the NYYankees in the first round of the '96, '98 and '99 playoffs. They have never won a post season game at the ball park. I hope that their luck changes in '06!
Friday, July 28, 2006
Yesterday, John Bolton met the US Senate at the confirmation hearings.
You have to watch this exchange between Kerry and Bolton concerning North Korea:
Kerry: This has been going on for five years, Mr. Ambassador.
Bolton: It's the nature of multilateral negotiations, Senator.
Kerry: Why not engage in a bilateral one and get the job done? That's what the Clinton Administration did.
Bolton: And, very poorly since the North Koreans violated the agreed framework almost from the time it was signed.
The video link is here: (http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2006/07/john-bolton-embarrasses-confused.html)
In Fenway Park, they call this a shot that goes over the net and lands in the streets.
In Texas, we call it a "hissy fit". According to a slang dictionary, a "hissy fit" is:
"A sudden outburst of temper....Thought to originate from contraction of "hysterical fit."
Frankly, I am worn out with AMLO's hissy fit and his obnoxious followers.
Show me some evidence or stop floating conspiracy theories about how the election was stolen.
Do you have any evidence?
Who is he going to blame next? First, it was Fox, then PAN, then IFE, etc.
Who is next? Iran!
What would a psychiatrist say about an adult who goes on TV and calls himself President-elect of Mexico?
Hasn't this man seen the news?
Hasn't he been told that Calderon got more votes than he did?
Someone needs to reserve a bed at a Mexico insane asylum. AMLO needs help, such as the kind that you get from a counselor.
It's time for AMLO to go into mute mode, zip his mouth and give the rest of us a chance to move on without him.
As they say in Texas, AMLO never passes a chance to shut up.
The election is over. Even Gore quit after 30 days of "looking for votes" in Florida.
Where is Mexico's version of The Supreme Court?
Who is going to stop this man from spoiling the rest of our lives?
Ayman al-Zawahri of Al Qaeda made an incredible announcement:
"It is a jihad (holy war) for the sake of God and will last until (our) religion prevails ... from Spain to Iraq.....We will attack everywhere." (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060727/ap_on_re_mi_ea/mideast_fighting_al_qaida)
I have a simple question. Why Spain?
Didn't Spain withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Isn't PM Rodgriguez-Zapatero a strong critic of Israel? (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3278919,00.html)
Moral of the story: You can not appease terrorists.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Enrique Krauze is the author of "Mexico: Biography of Power" and editor of Letras Libres magazine.
Like most decent Mexicans, he is shocked and angry with AMLO's behavior.
Krauze just published "Kidnapping Mexican Democracy" and he makes some very good points:
"If the PRD candidate had simply implemented this legal strategy, his behavior would not have unforgivably sullied the process or undermined Mexico's fragile democracy.
But as might have been predicted, López Obrador wasn't satisfied with legal action.
Just as he's always done, he had to go for broke -- resorting to "ad terrorem" methods.
If the ransom he demands (strict obedience by the Federal Electoral Tribunal to his will) is not paid, he is prepared to set the country aflame.
But in a democracy (and Mexico today is a democracy, although its long history does much to contradict that) it isn't blazing torches, insurrectional assemblies or enlightened leaders who decide: It's the vote of the people, the rule of law and institutions." (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/26/AR2006072601497.html)
Well written, Sr. Krauze.
AMLO needs a dose of common sense and patriotism. Mexico deserves a lot better than to have AMLO mock the good work done by thousands of citizens on election day.
This one is for those who think that Hezbollah just hates Israel. Check this out:
"If Hizballah does launch an attack in the present environment, the U.S. is one of the less likely places for it to do so.
Europe is a more likely target for a number of reasons. Most prominent is Europe's coordination problem. If Hizballah attacks a synagogue in Oklahoma, every state in the Union will instantly clamp down on suspected Hizballah activity.
But if Hizballah bombs a synagogue in Italy, that doesn't necessarily mean that the various countries comprising the EU will uniformly clamp down on Hizballah." (http://counterterrorismblog.org/2006/07/german_intelligence_supports_c.php#ping-9578)
It's a shame that the TV networks did not broadcast PM al-Maliki's speech. This is a part of what he said:
"I know that some of you here question whether Iraq is part of the war on terror.
Let me be very clear: This is a battle between true Islam, for which a person's liberty and rights constitute essential cornerstones, and terrorism, which wraps itself in a fake Islamic cloak; in reality, waging a war on Islam and Muslims and values.
And spreads hatred between humanity, contrary to what come in our Koran, which says, "We have created you of male and female and made you tribes and families that you know each other." Surely (inaudible) of you in the sight of God is the best concept.
The truth is that terrorism has no religion. Our faith says that who kills an innocent, as if they have killed all mankind.
Thousands of lives were tragically lost on September 11th when these impostors of Islam reared their ugly head.
Thousands more continue to die in Iraq today at the hands of the same terrorists who show complete disregard for human life." (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/07/iraq_will_be_a_graveyard_for_terrorists.html)
This message should be repeated over and over again. Islam is a great religion. Muslims are wonderful people.
This is not a war between religions. This is a war between killers and innocent people. This is a war that the good guys have to win!
PM al-Maliki puts his life on the line daily. He is trying to manage his country through the difficult transition from Saddam to democracy.
We should support this brave man and the wonderful people of Iraq who showed up to vote three times.
P. S. What about Howard Dean's incredibly stupid remark? What else can you expect from Dean? Even Democrats are embarrassed by Dean's mouth.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Normally, I don't watch The Miss Universe Pageant. I do know that Miss Puerto Rico won and fainted. How can you avoid that?
Have you seen this from Michelle Malkin's website:
"Miss Indonesia is now the target of jihadis in her "modern, moderate" Muslim home country.
Reuters reports she and her pageant aides may face jail time for "insulting" Islam.
Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front lawyer Sugito said yesterday." (http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005608.htm)
These people are fanatics!!!!!
Over the weekend, I saw this TV ad:
"The people of Iraqi-Kurdistan invite you to discover their peaceful region, a place that has practiced democracy for over a decade, a place where the universities, markets, cafes and fair grounds buzz with progress and prosperity and where the people are already sowing the seeds of a brighter future." (http://www.theotheriraq.com/)
Take a second and watch the videos. You will feel a lot better about our efforts in Iraq. You will also feel a lot better about mankind in general.
Check out "Progress Report, More good news from Iraq"By Bill Crawford:
"The purpose of these compilations is not to whitewash the situation in Iraq, nor to suggest that there haven’t been problems with the administration’s handling of the conflict. They are simply an attempt to fill in the news gaps, to help form a more complete picture of the current state of affairs, so that readers can be better informed about it." (http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjI0NmZhMGVmZjJjOWE2OWNmOTgyNzNiMGEzNjNjM2E=)
Iraq is a country making the difficult transition from Saddam Hussein to an elected leader.
Today, the new PM of Iraq is speaking before Congress. Could anyone have believed that three years ago?
My message to the news media is simple. Tell me about the bombings, which are carried out by a very small number of Iraqis. At the same time, tell me about the millions of Iraqis who are trying to turn their country around.
"Hezbollah's annual budget is more than a hundred million dollars, provided by the Iranian government directly and by an international network of fund-raisers, of which, according to the article approx. 10% came from the Triple Frontier area."
It's easy to get pessimistic and negative. I am not suggesting that. However, let's be realistic about Hezbollah and the threat it poses to the world, not just Israel!
Buck is always saying that he wants pitchers "who pound the strike zone".
What's Buck advice for all of us:
"He slammed a bottle down on the table, exclaiming: "Pound the water."
The summer of 1939 is known as the last summer of peace before WW2. (http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/triumph/tr-last.htm)
Will the summer of 2006 be our summer of 1939? It's beginning to look that way.
Check out this article from IBD:
"Here, in no particular order and excluding the war in Lebanon, is a sampling from the densely packed events of last week:
Somalia: The transitional government sought troops from Ethiopia to deter Islamist militia encircling the provisional capital, Baidoa. Ethiopia sent hundreds of armored carriers 100 miles into Somalia. In Mogadishu, Islamists in a machine-gun-mounted pickup "arrested" 20 men watching an allegedly pornographic video.
Iran: A U.S. official told Congress that Iranians may have paid for and observed North Korea's seven long-range and medium-range missile test launches directed at the U.S. on July 4 and 5.
U.S.: The Homeland Security Department is investigating a pipe bomb found in Lake Pontchartrain, La. Officials fear it could be part of a practice run for a future attack that could shut down all commerce on a critical U.S. waterway.
Meanwhile, two students in Georgia with terror contacts in Canada were indicted for allegedly plotting jihad after preparing for it through paramilitary training in north Georgia.
Separately, customs officials said religious visas were being abused by radical clerics from Syria, Algeria, Pakistan and Egypt. In addition, experts said an analysis of the suicide plot that was revealed on July 7 to blow up the PATH trains of lower Manhattan and flood the financial district had a good chance of success.
Romania: Prosecutors prepared a case against Florian Lesch, 29, a convert to militant Islam, who was arrested after trying to detonate two gas cylinders in Timisoara to punish Romania for its good relations with the U.S. Police tied him to the Muslim Brothers.
Afghanistan: Taliban fighters ambushed Canadian troops near Kandahar after the Taliban announced a new campaign of violence against allied troops and anyone cooperating with them. Taliban also set a high school on fire in Paktika province, gutting it.
Syria: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Hezbollah leaders in Damascus, prompting fears of more coordinated terrorist attacks.
United Kingdom: Two more Islamist organizations — Al-Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect — were banned as terrorist. They split off from the group founded by terror cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, now in Lebanon. Meanwhile, militants on paltalk.com called for the destruction of Israel and all Jews worldwide.
India: Three men affiliated with terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba were apprehended in a string of bombings on Bombay's transit system July 11 that killed 208 and injured 800. India's army reported new al-Qaida terror camps on the Pakistani border specializing in unconventional training, such as the use of female recruits.
Thailand: Six people were killed by Islamist militants in drive-by motorcycle shootings around Pattani. Victims included an assistant village chief. Police reported growing numbers of terror suspects with ties so strong to Indonesian terror group Barisan Revolusi Nasional, they suspect BRN and Thailand's own RKK terrorists may now be the same organization.
Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez, an Iran ally, moved to build diplomatic support for his bid for a United Nations Security Council seat, claiming he won pledges of votes from the Arab League and some African states. Chavez condemned Israel's self-defense efforts and explicitly vowed to thwart the U.S. if he won the U.N. seat.
Bosnia: Three men accused of plotting a terror attack on Sarajevo or another European capital went to trial. Meanwhile, local experts said they feared Bosnia would become a new Iranian front as a diversion if the war goes badly for Iran in Lebanon. They cited longstanding Hezbollah ties to Bosnia dating from the wars around the breakup of Yugoslavia a decade ago.
Canada: The Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations urged Muslims not to apologize for the activities of terrorists or cooperate with security in terrorist investigations.
Kashmir: Six Lashkar-e-Tayyaba terrorists were killed in two gunbattles with security forces that came looking for them and were ambushed. In a third village, a 26-year-old woman's throat was slit by terrorists who accused her of collaborating with police.
Indonesia: A total of 217 jihadis — 72 Indonesians, 57 Filipinos, 36 Malaysians, 45 Thais, three Bengals, three Bruneians and one Singaporean — embarked to fight Israel in south Lebanon, according to an Islamic Youth Movement leader. Meanwhile, 90 militants from Aceh province's Islamist separatist movement also declared their intent to fight in south Lebanon.
Argentina: Known Hezbollah operatives in Iran remained at large for their 1994 terrorist attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Jewish groups protested its 12th anniversary, pointing out that it was Hezbollah's first on foreign soil and "a forerunner of all other attacks," one Jewish leader said.
Sweden: A top-secret trial of three terror suspects continued in Malmo. British intelligence reportedly supplied the tip-off.
Russia: Chechen terrorists put new threats of attacks on their Web site. Two other Web sites published hagiographic videos extolling the life of Shamil Basayev, the terrorist mastermind of the Beslan massacre, who was killed July 10 by Russian troops." (http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=20&artnum=1&issue=20060721&view=1)
Now, check out this map and see war breaking out all over: (http://www.newt.org/backpage.asp?art=3287)
Is this a coincidence? I don't think so!
Historians will look back and call this whatever they call it. World War 3? A war on terror? A Middle East War?
I don't know what they will call it. Nevertheless, we are at war. Our enemy is dead serious about killing us. Are we serious about defending our way of life?
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Who is Caracas afraid of? Check this out:
"HUGO CHÁVEZ, the ardently anti-American President of Venezuela, arrives in Russia today to sign a billion-dollar arms deal that has infuriated and alarmed the US.
The self-styled leftist revolutionary will sign an agreement with President Putin to buy 30 Sukhoi Su30 fighter jets and 30 military helicopters worth $1 billion (£540 million).
The two leaders will also discuss plans to build two Kalashnikov factories in Venezuela — to add to the 100,000 Kalashnikov AK103 assault rifles that Venezuela has bought from Russia in the past year. The arms deals — and the visit by Señor Chávez — are the latest evidence of Mr Putin’s drive to re-establish Russia as a counterbalance to the West in international affairs." (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,11069-2283673,00.html)
This is a reckless and irresponsible move by Chavez. Is anyone surprised?
Chavez' militarization is going to threaten Colombia and some of his other neighbors. It will also catch Washington's attention.
When will someone stand up and call for Kofi Annan's resignation? It's ridiculous for all of these intellectuals to call for a cease fire rather than Kofi's dismissal.
Greg Richards of The American Thinker calls it "Kofi's war". I agree:
"There is a person responsible for the devastation both in Israel and in Lebanon. And that person is the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
This is “Kofi’s War.”
Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 under the guarantee of a UN resolution that the border area would not be remilitarized. The responsible agent of that guarantee was Kofi Annan.
Defenders might say that the UN did not have the military power to enforce that policy. So why did it not say so? Kofi still had the bully pulpit of the Secretary Generalship. He could have called for a larger force and the will to use it.
Do you remember the conferences called to examine the building of what we are now told are impenetrable underground bunkers? Neither do I.
Do you remember the speeches calling attention to the stockpiling of offensive missiles? Neither do I.
Do you remember the investigation of the use of civilian domiciles to house weapons launchers and thus endanger the local citizenry? Neither do I.
This is dereliction of duty on a massive scale. Kofi Annan should be reprimanded in a way that will get his attention. He is not Secretary General just to line the pockets of his friends and family and to undermine free countries. His duty, rather, is to maintain the integrity of the commitments of the UN." (http://www.americanthinker.com/articles_print.php?article_id=5696)
To be fair, Annan cannot commit troops or enforce resolutions without UN members. However, he should have resigned in protest years ago.
Kofi decided to stick around and enjoy the UN's compensation package. He also enjoyed some of its corruption, such as the UN Oil for Food Program.
So go home Kofi. Clean your desk and do the book tour.
Monday, July 24, 2006
According to news reports, Senator Hillary Clinton has a lot of cash and is ready to run for president.
Has she consulted with New Yorkers? According to the latest Marist Poll:
"Most New Yorkers don't think Sen. Hillary Clinton should run for president and a majority think she would lose - and if Rudy Giuliani ran against her, New York would become a red state, according to a new poll." (http://www.maristpoll.marist.edu/)
This is not a very good poll for Senator Clinton:
"In a hypothetical Clinton-Giuliani matchup, New Yorkers would hand the state's crucial 31 electoral votes to the former mayor by a 52 percent-43 percent margin.....
New Yorkers are split over whether Giuliani should run - and 53 percent don't think he can win.
Forty-six percent of New York voters think Clinton should run, but 64 percent say she won't win - including 54 percent of Democrats."
So why isn't Guliani running for the US Senate in New York?
Let me suggest this to Guliani. Run in New York and knock off Hillary Clinton and you will be the darling of the Republican Convention in 2008.
The Rangers had a pretty good road trip. They split with the Orioles, and then won 2 of 3 from Toronto and Chicago. Not bad.
Vicente Padilla continues to pitch very well. On Sunday, he lost to Chicago but gave one earned in 7 innings. Padilla has exceeded expactations. He is on his way to winning 15-17 games.
The Rangers are half a game back. I'm still worried about the Angels, who have the best team in the AL West. The division will be settled in September when the four teams go at each other.
Between now and Labor Day, the Rangers need to stay with the A's and Angels. Hopefully, they will add a veteran starter and get Adam Eaton back in the rotation.
Heard a rumor. Vernon Wells to Texas for Kevin Mench and Joaquin Arias, the great AAA prospect. I like Mench but Wells would be a great addition. Besides, Wells is a local kid who attended Arlington high school.
Question: Why would Toronto trade Wells? Makes no sense to me. The Blue Jays are in the thick of the AL East race. Why would they trade All Star Wells for a couple of young players? Makes no sense to me!
Can the Rangers make a pitch for the Braves' John Smoltz? It may take a young player like Hank Blalock but that may be too much.
What about bringing back Soriano? Not a bad idea. Again, at what cost? Soriano is having a career year just in time to negotiate a free agent contract this winter.
ARod and the Yankees are here for 3 games.
Last week, ARod became the youngest player to reach 450 homers. Yet, the talk in New York is that ARod is making too many errors and leaving runners on base. Take a look at ARod's last week:
0-for-4, strikeout with bases loaded 3 throwing errors
Hits pitch off big toe in fifth, removed in eighth
Tuesday: 0-for-2, strikeout Doesn't start; enters as pinch hitter in seventh and pops out
Wednesday: 2-for-4, double, run
Thursday: 1-for-4, double, walk 1 throwing error
Errant throw helps Blue Jays rally for four runs in sixth inning
Friday: 1-for-4, HR, his 450th in his career, three RBIs, 2 strikeouts 1 throwing error
New York is a tough place for a superstar who is not playing well.
ARod owned Seattle in the late 90s. He could have signed with the Mariners and been the best player of a pretty good team.
Instead, he moved to Texas and a $252 million contract. I'm not going to blame someone for signing the top contract in baseball history. My question is this: He could have gotten a lot of money in Seattle. Was the difference worth it? He left a Seattle team that had lost to the Yankees in the 2000 ALCS.
The Mariners met the Yankees again in the 2001 ALCS. It seems to me that ARod's best chance to play in the Series was Seattle.
In Texas, ARod was a misfit from day one. He had 3 super years but the team finished in last place. After 2003, he forced the Rangers to trade him to Boston or New York.
The Rangers did and now ARod is a miserable Yankee.
New York fans are furious because the Yankees have not won the Series since 2000. They blame ARod for the 2004 collapse against Boston. I cannot imagine what will happen if New York misses the post season.
Could the Yankees move him? Who is going to pick up his contract? At 31, ARod should have many good seasons left. He has shot a 700 hrs.
ARod is actually a good guy. He did a lot of charity work with the Rangers. ARod has a good heart and means well. I just hope that he can find happiness. New York fans won't accept him until he leads to another World Series.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Do you know where they manufacture 2 million vehicles? Do you know where you can find a job making cars?
The answer is not Detroit, Michigan. The answer is south of the border:
"The expansion, being fueled by Mexico’s top five automakers — General Motors, Ford Motor, DaimlerChrysler, Nissan and Volkswagen — stands in contrast to the plans by G.M. and Ford to cut 60,000 jobs in the United States and close two dozen North American plants through 2012.
The reason for Mexico’s new wave of growth is twofold.
First, it is next to the world’s largest auto market, allowing greater production integration because auto companies can easily ship cars and parts by truck and rail.
And second, it is still cheap to operate here compared with the United States, where unionized workers earn at least $27 an hour and benefits can double or even triple the total cost.
By comparison, Mexico’s typical auto industry wage of about $3.50 an hour for an experienced worker — which doubles with benefits — looks like a bargain." (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/21/business/worldbusiness/21auto.html?_r=1&oref=slogin)
What about the future:
"New investments could raise Mexico’s production to three million cars by 2012, depending on growth in the United States, Mexico’s main market, according to Emilio Mosso, an official at the Economy Ministry.
In part, the boom is a rebound after sales slumped for aging models made in Mexico, and automakers halted production to prepare for new models.
Exports are up 50 percent in the first six months of the year from the same period last year.
About three-quarters of production goes abroad, mostly to the United States. And analysts say that figure could rise.
“When companies look at where to put a new plant, Mexico is starting to compete a lot more with Detroit South,” said Gabriel Renero, a consultant at Deloitte in Mexico City.
“They are finding a very attractive work force in this country.”
Democrats will jump on these figures to beat up NAFTA and free trade.
NAFTA is not the problem. Our challenge is that we are in a new world economy!
Don't believe it? Read Thomas Friedman's "The world is flat":
"What Friedman means by "flat" is "connected": the lowering of trade and political barriers and the exponential technical advances of the digital revolution have made it possible to do business, or almost anything else, instantaneously with billions of other people across the planet. --Tom Nissley "(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374292884/103-4878818-9789449?v=glance&n=283155)
Still don't believe it? Check out this video from a lecture at MIT World. (http://mitworld.mit.edu/video/266/)
Saturday, July 22, 2006
In 2000, candidate George W. Bush spoke before the NAACP. Bush came to the NAACP with a positive message. He was governor of the 2nd largest state in the union. In 1998, he was reelected with 69% of the vote because he was seen as a governor that got things done. (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/1998/states/TX/G/)
Beyond the numbers, he did very well with minorities:
"Bush made strong inroads within typically reliable Democratic groups, including 21 percent of the vote among African-Americans." (http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1998/11/03/election/governors/texas/)
Bush's 2000 speech went over well. In fact, it went over so well that the NAACP shifted into panic mode. They created a TV ad about the death of James Byrd, a black man killed in East Texas. It was despicable and dishonest. It was intended to paint Bush as a racist:
"In October 2000, a project of the NAACP National Voter Fund nationally aired a television ad that accused Bush, then governor of Texas, of being unsympathetic to James Byrd, a black Texas man who was dragged to death by three white men in a pickup truck in 1998. It seems to me that, by distributing that ad, the NAACP very knowingly set the tone for its relationship with the Bush administration." (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2004/07/19/jnelson.DTL)
Why did the NAACP panic? Because the modern NAACP is a subsidiary of the Democrat Party. Years ago, the NAACP was a civil rights organization. Today, their main mission is to lie about Republicans and to keep the Democrats' monopoly on the black vote at any cost.
The Democrats understand the importance of the black vote. Give any Republican presidential candidate 15% of the black vote and the election is over at 9pm central time.
Bush got 11% of the black vote in 2004, up from 9% in 2000. Again, give Bush 15% and he'd won Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.
Nevertheless, I am glad that Pres. Bush went to the NAACP convention a few days ago. He listed some of the advances made by the new black middle class. At the same time, the NAACP needs to get real because they are not in tune with what is happening in black America.
The Republicans have a better plan for blacks. It is called personal responsibility and family values. It includes school vouchers. It rejects abortion and same sex marriage.
P.S. I feel confident about Republicans and blacks! (http://www.theblackgop.com/) There are several top black candidates in 2006:
Michael Steele for U.S. Senate: Maryland
Lynn Swann for Governor: Pennsylvania
Keith Butler for U.S. Senate: Michigan
Ken Blackwell for Governor: Ohio
Dr. Ada Fisher for U.S. House: North Carolina
Sherman Parker for U.S. House: Missouri
One, or a couple of them, will make history in 2006. My money is on Lynn Swann.
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports:
"56% of Americans say that Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah is to blame for the conflict. Just 18% place the blame on the government of Lebanon and 12% say Israel. Men and Republicans are more likely than women and Democrats to blame Hezbollah." (http://www.rasmussenreports.com/2006/July%20Dailies/hezbollah.htm)
American are at odds with the world. Rush Limbaugh discussed this today with one of the callers:
"But let's cut to the chase, shall we?
Let's just strip away all the PC and all the barriers.
The United Nations today is the modern repository of anti-Semitism.
The majority of members of the UN hate Jews.
They want them marched into the Mediterranean.
They want the country annihilated.
They hate 'em, and one of the reasons why it is precisely what you said. I'm going to really cut to the chase here, folks.
Throughout their history, the Jews have been targeted for obliteration, extinction.
The Jews have been put through a lot, and they have survived.
Their culture is intact. You take a look at the Israeli culture.
For example, if you define culture in certain ways.
There are more symphony orchestras per capita in Israel than anywhere else in the world, art museums and this kind of thing.
They have not only thrived and survived, they have not allowed these endless attempts to annihilate them, to exterminate them, to wipe them out, and those efforts have not weakened their moral fiber and their cultural strength." (http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_072006/content/anchorminan.guest.html)
Friday, July 21, 2006
He is the author of the new book, "U.N. Exposed: How the United Nations Sabotages America's Security and Fails the World." (http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=22786)
The United Nations should be shut down. Its building should be turned into condominiums or an office building.
The UN is a dismal failure. Shawn recalls the Iraq War debates:
"For everyone that chants "Bush lied, people died," I have another slogan. "U.N. bribed, People died."
My book reveals how Saddam violated 17 Security Council resolutions and the creation of the Oil for Food program only served to embolden him. If the Council had actually backed up its word with meaningful action, perhaps Saddam would have actually abided by the mandates early on, and there would have been clarity, not confusion, regarding the state of his weapons of mass destruction.
The U.S. could only go along with the four other permanent members of the Council, and the book details how France, Russia and China continually opposed our and the British efforts to clean up the program or stem the suspected corruption. Saddam was strengthened by the United Nations and the Security Council failures. Resolution 687, passed in 1991, prohibited "conventional arms" and all military equipment from being sold to Saddam. Then how did he buy $1 billion worth of weapons, from anti-tank missiles to bullets?
The C.I.A. Iraq Group detailed how French and Russian representatives were allegedly meeting with the Iraqis just three weeks before the war to sell Saddam's regime spare parts and other weapons. But that was a practice that went on throughout the 1990's. Saddam's officials had a name for it, they called Saddam's efforts to spread billions around the globe in oil and trade contracts "Saddam's Bribery System."
It worked, because France, Russia and China routinely opposed us in the "661 Committee," the group that ran the program. In the book I say the Iraq war also ran from 1991 to 2003 inside Conference Room #7, in the basement of U.N. headquarters, where he was able to defeat the United States and Britain in their efforts against his regime."
It's time to shut it down!
Conservatives dominate talk radio.
At the top, Rush Limbaugh has the largest audience. Limbaugh's show is wonderful and very entertaining. I laugh a lot when I listen to Rush.
Yet, my favorite is Bill Bennett because he is a serious man who is also a first class historian. (http://bennettmornings.com/)
Let me give a plug to Bill Bennett in the mornings. If you can, try listening to it on the Internet.
We keep hearing about a cease fire. However, a cease fire is an agreement between two parties who come to the table in good faith.
Can we trust Hezbollah to abide by any agreement? They haven't before.
This is the bottom line: You can not do business with terrorists!
Let's fact the facts. To a terrorist, a cease fire is an opportunity to regroup and comeback for more killing.
UN Ambassador Bolton nailed this issue at a press conference. Click on the URL below to watch the video:http://www.foxnews.com/video2/launchPage.html?072006/072006_ds_boltonpresser&Frustrating%20Efforts%3F&DaySide&Amb.%20John%20Bolton%20on%20Syria%27s%20role%20in%20Mideast%20turmoil&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;World&-1&Frustrating%20Efforts%3F&Video%20Launch%20Page)
Steve Huntley is editor of the Sun-Times editorial page. Yesterday, he wrote this:
"Give peace a chance is the underlying message in the calls for a cease-fire. Well, Israel gave peace a chance, and it got war. It withdrew from Lebanon in 2000 and got a Hezbollah terrorist state within the state of Lebanon firing missiles at towns in Israel. The Israelis pulled out of Gaza last year and got a Hamastan in the proto-state of Palestine shooting rockets at Israeli civilians." (http://www.suntimes.com/output/otherviews/cst-edt-hunt20.html)
That's exactly right. Israel gave peace a chance and it got war!
P.S. Speaking of Europe, I think that Spain's PM JL Rodriguez-Zapatero is a joke. Check out this article and his wardrobe, such as wearing a Palestinian kaffiyah. What's next for Jews in Spain and parts of Europe:
"If the United States does not want to see the American embassy in Madrid full of Jews fleeing Spain, President Bush will do well in isolating Spain in the international arena while pressing, and asking European members to press, the new Socialist government of Spain." (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3278919,00.html)
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Lebanon is in the middle of this war. I understand that.
In a perfect world, Israel and Hezbollah would not fight in Lebanon.
In a perfect world, Hezbollah would not hide its missiles in Beirut apartment buildings.
However, Hezbollah is shooting missiles from Lebanese territory and hiding its military hardware in residential areas. What is Israel supposed to do?
How would the US react if hundreds of missiles were landing in Texas or Florida?
Do the math. The US population is 300 million. Israel has 7 million.
100 dead in Israel is equal to thousands in the US.
Would we show restraint? No way!
Let me say it again. Israel does not have easy choices. The Middle East is always about bad choices.
World War II was about bad choices, too. Pres. Truman had to choose between dropping two atomic bombs on Japan or losing thousands of American GIs in an invasion.
Life is not fair or pretty.
Life is not going to get fairer or prettier as we fight this messy war against Islamic fanatics. This is going to get ugly and uglier. We are in a nasty war!
Indeed, let's help Lebanon. We need a multinational force to enforce Resolution 1559. I don't want another Kosovo, where the US did all of the heavy lifting. I want a multinational force made up of many nations. We could start with NATO and invite others.
As a matter of fact, most countries do not have the military resources to participate. However, they could contribute doctors, nurses, policemen and engineers.
Am I optimistic? No. Why not?
The world is good at talking. It is not good at solving problems. It prefers to sit back and let the US clean up the mess.
Many European countries have large Islamic populations. For example, how would all of those young men outside Paris react to Chirac sending French soldiers to fight Hezbollah? They burned 1,000 cars last year. How many would they burn now? Would they burn Paris?
What about all of those cells all over Europe? Have we forgotten what happened to a Danish newspaper that published Mohammed cartoons?
The bottom line is that most European leaders are scared to death of their Islamic populations. This is why they play the anti-Israel card.
So we are back to square one.
The world won't fight Hezbollah. How can we blame Israel for defending itself?
How hot is 105 degrees? That's what our afternoon temperatures are. Dallas is hot and I am not talking about Tex-Mex dishes.
It is the usual Texas summer:
"On average, North Texans experience 100-degree heat about 16 days a year, arriving as early as March 9 and as late as Oct. 3."(http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/072006dnmetheatstreak.1ca4a49.html)
I remember 1980:
"69 days – 42 of them in a row – hit 100 degrees or more. Two of those were a record 113 degrees."
I recall 1998:
"56 days of 100-degree heat, 29 of them consecutive"
And what about 2000?
"46 days of triple-digit heat were recorded."
So what's ahead for the rest of the week:
"A cold front is in our forecast and that means cooler temperatures and a chance of rain. Before that system arrives we'll continue to bake the next two days with highs staying above 100 degrees. Cooler weather returns Saturday and Sunday with readings those days in the middle 90's and lows at night in the 70's. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible this weekend too." (http://www.dallasnews.com/weather/)
Get it? It's very hot in Texas, which is why most of us jog in the morning rather than late afternoon.
So let's get over all of the alarmist global warming talk. It's summer. It happens every year.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Mexico's Sr. AMLO is floating the idea that he is the victim of a huge fraud.
In the US, we send people like that to a psychiatrist. Sometimes, they appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show. I think that it's time for Sr. LO to visit Oprah, cry on her shoulder and blame everyone for his electoral misfortunes.
Maybe Sr. LO will tell Oprah that senior citizens in Oaxaca and Chiapas meant to vote for him but voted for Calderon.
On a serious note, Sr. LO's case is not very persuasive.
First, every precinct was staffed by a representative from the parties. I spoke with a couple of people who worked that day. I have read reports from the international press, which were full of praise for IFE.
Second, every envelope (with results enclosed) was certified by the parties present.
Question for Sr. LO: Were PRD representatives sleeping on the job? Did they all go out for "tacos" during the certification exercise?
So what really happened on July 2nd? Calderon got 200,000 more votes!
It's time for Sr. LO to pursue another career, specially one that takes him very far from Mexico. Frankly, many of us are tired of his silly act!
Castro will be 80 next month. He has been in power since 1959. What happens next?
Check out "Cuba, the corpse and Paradise" By CARLOS ALBERTO MONTANER:
"Once Castro is dead and the transition begins, there will be a unique opportunity to bring about ''the Cuban miracle'': to turn a country of slaves subjugated by communist dogma and impoverished by collectivism into a prosperous and industrious nation of property owners installed among the world's richest nations, as happened to Ireland, Taiwan and Singapore, other small islands.
That transformation -- based on the enormous human capital in the country an with the aid of the United States, European investments and the intense collaboration of the Cuban diaspora -- can be accomplished within one generation and at a two-digit sustained pace of annual growth.
That's just as it happened in Cuba in the 1940s and part of the 1950s.
To reach that paradise, of course, one must first attend a long-awaited funeral." (http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/opinion/15061331.htm)
Montaner is right. Cuba will have a transformation to prosperity:
1) There are 2 million Cubans and their children in the US. We will invest our money and energies in Cuba's future.
2) The US will support Cuba. You can count on a huge economic assistance plan.
3) Cuba's incredible natural beauty will attract millions of tourists.
4) Cubans are an entrepreneurial people. We have demonstrated that in the US.
Before Castro, Cuba was on top of Latin America in every socio-economic standard, including health care and literacy.
Castro did not bring free medicine to the Cuban people. (http://www.therealcuba.com/Health%20Services%20in%20Cuba%20B.C..htm)
Castro did not bring literacy to Cuba. (http://www.therealcuba.com/FreeEducation.htm)
Castro did bring political prisons, hospitals without supplies and a restricted list of books to read!
Frankly, I am very optimist about Cuba's future. My generation has a duty to help Cuba. Based on my conversations, I think that most of us who came to the US as children will do our part when the bell rings.
Here it goes.
Cuba will be the Taiwan, Singapore or South Korea of Latin America. It will bring great satisfaction to my parents' generation, the ones who stood up to communism and served prison sentences. They were the ones betrayed by Castro and who paved the way for their children's success in the US.
Of course, Castro has to die naturally or by some other means.
Where is that French soccer player when we really need him? (http://cantotalk.blogspot.com/2006/07/who-killed-fidel-movie.html)
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Mohammed Fadhil, along with his brother Omar, manage Iraq the Model, a blog based in Baghdad. Today, they published a wonderful op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal entitled "No More Half-Solutions: Iran is the cause of chaos in Lebanon and Iraq":
"The hesitation of the international community can be so dangerous and the intentions of the axis of terror are so clear. That's why firm and resolute measures have to be undertaken against Syria and Iran who are directly responsible for the mess in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine."
This is a wonderful opportunity to deal with Iran. They are the source of every problem in the region. Iran is interfering in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
The facts are clear. There won't peace in the region until Iran is disarmed.
Immigration has divided Republicans. On one hand, you have the base, led by Tom Tancredo, who want to close the border and enforce the law. On the other hand, you have the business interests who want work visas. I don't think that either side wants a quick path to citizenship or amnesty.
Frankly, I want enforcement first and a work visas so that people can cross the border legally. We need workers but they should be legal workers. I do not support our current de facto amnesty.
This month, City Journal has published two interesting articles. I would advise that you read the full articles. They are fascinating and add valuable details to a very passionate, and often, incoherent debate.
1) "How Unskilled Immigrants Hurt Our Economy: A handful of industries get low-cost labor, and the taxpayers foot the bill" by Steven Malanga (http://city-journal.org/html/16_3_immigrants_economy.html)
This article makes an economic case against illegal immigration:
"Yet while these workers add little to our economy, they come at great cost, because they are not economic abstractions but human beings, with their own culture and ideas—often at odds with our own. Increasing numbers of them arrive with little education and none of the skills necessary to succeed in a modern economy. Many may wind up stuck on our lowest economic rungs, where they will rely on something that immigrants of other generations didn’t have: a vast U.S. welfare and social-services apparatus that has enormously amplified the cost of immigration. Just as welfare reform and other policies are helping to shrink America’s underclass by weaning people off such social programs, we are importing a new, foreign-born underclass. As famed free-market economist Milton Friedman puts it: “It’s just obvious that you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state.”
2) "Seeing Today’s Immigrants Straight: Advocates of “comprehensive immigration reform” let ideology blind them to the dispiriting facts on the ground" by Heather Mac Donald (http://city-journal.org/html/16_3_immigration_reform.html)
"Many of the costs imposed by Mexican immigrants are a function of their lack of education, their low incomes, and their own and their children’s behavior, not their legal status. Without question, we must balance those costs against the immigrant generation’s admirable work ethic. But immigration reform that institutionalizes the present immigration mix—or, worse, increases its volume by three to five times—is certain to expand the Hispanic underclass. There are many educated foreigners patiently waiting for permission to migrate to the United States. The United States can better honor its immigrant heritage by accelerating their entry rather than by continuing to favor the most low-skilled of our neighboring populations."
A couple years ago, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1559. It gave:
"its support for a free and fair presidential election in Lebanon conducted according to Lebanese constitutional rules devised without foreign interference or influence and, in that connection, called upon all remaining foreign forces to withdraw from Lebanon." (http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/sc8181.doc.htm)
The "diplomacy always" crowd cheered and toasted the historic moment. New York restaurants probably sold a lot of champagne and expensive wine as "UN types" told each other how great and relevant they are.
Back in Lebanon, the terrorists laughed at Resolution 1559. Why? Because Hezbollah knew that no one would enforce it and consequently nothing would happen.
Such is the fate of so many UN Resolutions. Nothing happens!
We saw the same thing with Iraq. Resolution after resolution called on Saddam to disarm and respect the cease fire. Saddam mocked the UN time after time.
Why? Because terrorists and bullies see resolutions as a sign of our weakness rather than our strength. Terrorists see resolutions as a sign that we do not want to fight and would rather talk.
In the case of Iraq, Pres. Bush and PM Blair had the courage to enforce a resolution and Saddam is now sitting in jail. In the case of Lebanon, no one had the courage to enforce it so Hezbollah is firing missiles at Israel.
So what happens now?
Israel should finish what they started. After that, we should call on the world to "put up or shut up" and enforce Res. 1559.
First, we need a multinational force with the authority to clean out Hezbollah. In other words, they are not peacekeepers. They are soldiers.
Second, the US should advise Syria that we will annihilate them if they stick their fingers in Lebanon.
Newt Gingrich is a historian, and a very good one. He sees the big picture better than most politicians or analysts.
Over the weekend, Gingrich caused a lot of conversation by saying that we are in World War III. Gingrich was mocked by some and defended by others.
Overall, I think that Newt is on the right track. I don't care what we call it but we are in the early stages of a war for our way of life.
So we can call it WW III or WW whatever. It is a war.
It is also a completely different war. We are not fighting an enemy wearing uniforms or operating under rules of warfare. What we are fighting is the first of the post 9-11 wars.
Gingrich said this:
"The nature of the threat -- with Iran at the epicenter -- is at its core ideological. The threat to the United States is an ideological wing of Islam that is irreconcilable to modern civilization as we know it throughout most of the world. The United States and her allies face a long war with this irreconcilable wing of Islam.
We must convince the American people and our allies across the world that fighting this fight is hard but necessary and unavoidable. Losing to the murderous terrorists and their state sponsors who threaten us would be far harder." (http://www.humaneventsonline.com/winningthefuture.php?id=16065)
In simple terms, losing this war is not an option.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Our home town of Carrollton is the 19th best place to live, according to the latest issue of MONEY/CNN Magazine:
Top 100 rank: 19
You can read the full report at this link:
This is great. So Congratulations to everyone in Carrollton!
"See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive) and it's over,"...." (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,203941,00.html)
By today's standards, it was a rather lame four letter word.
So Mom Bush should call her George W and say:
First, Son, I do not want you use that language in public
Second, go ahead and take out that SOB Iran!