Monthly Archives: August 2005

Katrina Find

Here’s new site set up just today by Deacon Dan (found in a comment at Blogs for Bush):

New site I’m trying to promote – I built it today as a way, I hope, to help folks find loved ones in the disaster area. My sister was in Gulfport, Mississippi, when Katrina hit, and we haven’t heard from her. We’re hoping, but I needed to do something more, and that site was built today over my lunch hour.

I’d appreciate it if you could include a word about it when you’re out n’ about and blogging. And if you have any suggestions or want to help with the code, I’d gladly give out the “keys to the kingdom” to the FTP part of the site, and you can help me jimmy the code so it works better. Or if you run across people who want to help, point ’em my way, and we’ll get it set up.

I’m going to also put out some press releases tonight, and noise it about on the blogs, so hopefully people will find it useful.

Thanks, folks!

Dan, our prayers are with you and your family.

Thank you for setting this up.

If anyone can help out, please do.

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Another new Katrina Aid site: set up by Kevin Aylward at Wizbang

Dish Network's New Ad Campaign

Dish Network’s new ad campaign consists of people whose T.V. “sucks”. Their T.V.’s act like vacuums, things fly, and stick, to the T.V. set. The guest says something like, “What’s going on?”, the homeowner says, “My T.V. sucks, doesn’t yours?” The guest says, “No, I have Dish Network, it doesn’t suck.”

Now my four year old is asking if things suck. I really don’t need my four year old doing that, or using that word.

In my opinion, the new Dish Network ad campaign sucks.

Gas Prices

On Sunday, a local gas station was charging $2.689 per gallon for regular unleaded. Today it’s $2.899. Another station nearby was also at $2.899. Around the corner and down the street a station had regular unleaded at $3.299. Down the street from there (at a place that is usually higher than the rest) regular unleaded was being sold for $2.799.

There was actually someone pumping gas at the $3.299 place!

Today, Chuck Schumer once again called for draining the Strategic Oil Reserves.

“If there was ever a time for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to be tapped, it would be now,” he said.

As if this will do anything at all. There isn’t a problem with the supply of crude (which, of course, the Strategic Oil Reserve contains). The problem is with refining the oil we do have. 8-10% of America’s refining capacity is temporarily unavailable.

It doesn’t matter how much crude you have if you don’t have the capacity to refine it. More oil isn’t the problem. Turning it into gas (with all those “boutique” mixtures), diesel and heating oil is the problem and has been for quite some time.

After Hurricane Ivan, pipelines and platforms which produce and deliver crude were most affected. Now it’s the refineries. Refineries are currently running at near 100% capacity, more oil isn’t the answer, more refineries are.

More on this topic at Blogs for Bush.


Our 40,000th visitor just came from Taiwan.

Live Birth Blogging

Regular Musers will know that my wife and I are expecting. It looks like her contractions have started (BTW I won’t actually be live blogging it, my wife would kill me – I just like the catchy title).

This whole birth thing is wild stuff!

Just One Question

Lady Jane over at A Lady’s Ruminations has just one question… Will any other country come to our aid over Katrina?

She has the transcript of a radio address by Gordon Sinclair (a Canadian broadcaster) from June 5, 1973…

The Americans
The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971 and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least-appreciated people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtse. Who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Misssissippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

Go read the rest of the address and the rest of the story of why Gordon felt he needed to do this.

Setting the Bar to Failure

Just caught the latest MSM coverage of the Iraqi constitution. It appears that anything short of complete consensus among the stakeholders will be considered a failure. Jayson at PoliPundit provides an explicit example. Is the media setting unrealistic expectations so as to gaurantee any result a failure in Iraq (and therefore a failure of Bush’s policies)?

Here’s some perspective for you: Quebec did not sign onto the Canadian Charter/Constitution when it was repatriated from Britain in 1982. That’s right, Canada – a peaceful country with a stable economy and a couple of hundred years of representative democracy under its belt, was unable to obtain complete consensus among the country’s stakeholders. For those of you not up on Canadian federalism, Quebec is a culturally and linguistically distinct society within Canadian federation. Quebec was not, however, a ruling minority that ruled over the majority through a brutal totalitarian regime over the past half-century and which actively supported terrorist attacks leading up to the drafting of the Constitution. The Sunnis were.

Obtaining complete consensus on a constitutional framework among all the stakeholders in any pluralistic society is difficult if not impossible. Setting up an expectation of complete consensus among the various groups in Iraq, and particularily among the Sunni minority, given that country’s history, is not only unrealistic, it’s simply dishonest.

UPDATE: Here’s a short, simple primer on the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution and the previous and subsequent failed attempts at reaching a consensus.

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Attacking the "Victim"

For months now the anti-war crowd has attempted to bend over backwards to avoid the appearance of being against the U.S. soldiers themselves. They believe that the troops are dying or getting injured in vain for an immoral imperialistic cause and occaisionally accuse them of committing autrocities, yet they attempt to shield themselves from the moral consequences of speaking out against men and women who volunteered to put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms by qualifying their protests with bare assertions of their support for the troops.

And how do they get around the logic of “supporting” troops who they accuse of killing innocent Iraqis? Simple, they are victims themselves: young, ignorant, innocent, dupes who bought into Bush’s lies.

The problem with taking such positions of convenience is that they are hard to sustain. It’s much easier to say what you truly believe, rather than relying on logical gymnastics to create the perception that you believe in something else. Eventually the logic collapses under the wieght of contrary conduct.

So when the protesters gathered this week at a veterans hospital and began harrassing the “victims” of Bush’s lies, and the families of those victims, who surely must also be victims themselves, all the while acknowledging that they would be causing further grief to these injured soldiers and their families, it wasn’t surprising in the least. The first thing that came to my mind was “what took them so long?” (H/T Michelle Malkin)

Our Children's Safety

The other day on Fox news, they had an attorney for a convicted sex offender and Marc Klass on to discuss the 2500 foot “barrier” around schools that dictates where a convicted sex offender can and can not live.

The attorney was saying that we are a mobile society and keeping a convicted sex offender from living in that 2500 foot radius makes no sense, as the convicted sex offender can still get in his/her car and go to a school. He also said that the half mile radius was too large and, in an urban area, would just push the convicted sex offender further out, into the suburbs, causing the same problems there.

Marc Klass was agreeing with him on this point.

Is it just me, or isn’t the point of the 2500 foot radius to keep our children from walking past the convicted sex offender’s home on their way to and from school? Generally, (at least in my town) if you are within a half mile of a school there is no bus service and the children must walk to school. I don’t want my children walking past a convicted sex offender’s house twice a day, every school day.

Consider that this rule is to the benefit of both the children and the convicted sex offender. For the children, they don’t have to be so afraid to walk to school. I would think that the sight of many children walking past the house each and every day would pose a great temptation. By removing the convicted sex offender from the path the children walk to school, this temptation just isn’t there.

Without this rule, a convicted sex offender could wait for a child to come by by him/herself and get them into the privacy of their own home quickly, with a much better chance of getting away with it. With the rule, the convicted sex offender must look for victims where it will be harder to do so.

I think our children are far safer with this rule in place, than they are without it.

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