Another Corner Turned In Iraq

By now it is obvious to everyone that the so-called ‘news’ media has no interest in telling this story since they, along with the left, are invested in defeat where Iraq is concerned. This development in Iraq is the kind of success everyone has been looking for. Iraq is opening its oil fields to international oil companies for bidding for development and production.

This is not to suggest that the war there and our participation there is over. But the fact that the newly formed democratically elected government of Iraq has progressed to the point that they can make plans for their future says a lot about the success of the war so far.

The move to invite bids for the development of Iraq’s largest producing fields should mark the return of the oil majors, whose cash and expertise Iraq needs to restore its oil infrastructure that has been hard hit by sanctions and war.

By allowing international firms to help raise output at its key producing oil fields, the Iraqi government is breaking with the policy of major oil-producing neighbors such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates where national firms keep tight control of foreign investment in their oil sectors.

Iraq’s move to embrace the world economy is a corner we’ve been looking forward to turning. The left will no doubt say, ‘ya see, it was a war for oil.’

It is Iraq’s own resources that Iraq needs to join the world as a friendly and prosperous country. It’s what the Iraqi people need. The left’s premise in their whole ‘war for oil’ rant is that the oil is for us, the U.S. On the contrary, the war for oil was about keeping it from Iran and al Qaeda and saving it for the people of Iraq. The fact that theses terrorists would have all the money they could possibly need to wage war on us had they taken over Iraq still escapes the left, Barack Obama included.

related link: Iraq throws open door to foreign oil firms

aSide Order

When you give up your freedoms, government gets the freedoms that you had. Rush Limbaugh said this in the midst of a discussion on global warming and the motivations of the global environmentalist movement.

NYC keeps the cannoli but drops the trans fats

New York’s biggest maker of fried dough shells for the classic Italian dessert reports that after four months of sometimes frustrating experimentation, cooks finally produced a trans-fat-free replacement that is just as crisp and delicious as the original.

As if by accident comes this USA Today headline, ‘Roadside bombs decline in Iraq.’ It is darn hard to find any good news coming out of Iraq even when they ‘report’ it.

Newspapers, reeling from slumping ads, slash jobs

Even for an industry awash in bad news, the newspaper business went through one of its most severe retrenchments in recent memory last week. Half a dozen newspapers said they would slash payrolls, one said it would outsource all its printing, and Tribune Co., one of the biggest publishers in the country, said it might sell its iconic headquarters tower in Chicago and the building that houses the Los Angeles Times.

2nd Amendment Survives, By One Vote

Do you want to know what freedom hanging by a thread looks like? That would be the SCOTUS decision to overturn the gun ban in Washington D.C.. Finally, we have a Supreme Court decision to lay the Brady bunch to rest, even though they don’t intend to rest. Ted Nugent has a good piece on this, part of which is his . . .

disbelief that there are four “justices” on the “supreme” court that do not believe Americans have individual rights.

The Court upholds your ‘right’ to own a firearm. They had no problem constitutionally, with laws that would serve to put certain restrictions as to the type of weapon and places that it may not be carried. They recognized however, by a 5/4 decision, that there can be no law that flatly prohibits a law-abiding citizen to ‘keep’ and ‘bear’ arms for lawful purposes like protection and sporting.

For supporters of this decision, don’t let this victory go to your head. The people wishing to take your weapons away or keep you from buying one are not going away simply because of this decision by the supremes. That’s good news for lawyers. Bad news for everyone else. It means we need to stay alert to what they are up to, and stay active to stop them in their tracks. Politically speaking of course.

related links: DC Gun Ban Blown Away | Legal Concealed Weapon Saves The Day


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Mayor, No Pregnancy Pact

Last year in Gloucester High School, there were 4 girls that got pregnant. This year there were 17. The initial rumor was that there was a pregnancy pact among the girls, none older than 16. But 17 of them did get pregnant, some by a homeless guy in his 20’s. I’d like to hear his story.

So the good news is, there was no pact. The bad news is, there was a 325 percent increase in reckless sluts in Gloucester High School this year.

I hope, I really hope that the media doesn’t stick to these kids. They need to leave them alone. If there was a pact, then they did it for publicity. Don’t give it to them. If they’re just sluts, don’t give it to them. Hopefully, they are humiliated enough over what they have done and will now concentrate on being a mother and giving up their childhood. I don’t want to know who had their baby and who didn’t.

FEMA, Floods, Red Cross Update

The floods in Middle America are bad. Like I said in a post last week, it seems much worse than what happened in New Orleans after Katrina. The Red Cross needs resources, both financial and physical. The point of that post was that the MSM seems to be ignoring this disaster and the Red Cross compared to what we saw in New Orleans.

I sarcastically joked as to one possible explanation as to why there isn’t the media coverage you might expect . . .

Why the relative silence in the face of such a widespread tragedy? Or is the aid getting to the people, all evacuees have a roof over their head, and there’s nothing to be gained by accusing Bush of totally improving FEMA? But I haven’t seen any such stories. Like I said, you probably wouldn’t anyway. You have to ask yourself, what’s different here?

Here is the bad news that the media does not think important. A quick report from the field.

It’s much worse up here than you see on TV. It’s much further reaching than they show. You only get the devastation pictures where there are many feet in a major town – but there are countless basements that had several feet in them and even some collapsed or caved in. there are many small towns that don’t make for good footage that you’ve never heard of because gas is too expensive to go that far out in the country. There is NASTY rashes running around these lakes because all the septic holding tanks have been over run with water. there are towns dumping RAW sewage in the rivers because their city systems went under. remember – they all feed into the Mississippi, then to the gulf, if it hasn’t seeped down into the aquifer. One elected official said to me yesterday – “well, we aren’t puttin’ anything in that ain’t already there”

Here’s something else i’ll tell ya if you haven’t already figured it out: If you have any yard – you better be planting what ever vegetables you like to eat. because with the WHOLE Midwest (the corn belt, the soy belt, the WHOLE Agricultural belt) is under water and rotting in the ground – it’s all going to go up this fall. maybe sooner than we think. supply and demand is about to be upset i believe. just a word to the wise.

And here is the good news for FEMA that you haven’t seen anywhere else.

Below is an update of the support provided and the actions taken by FEMA and its federal partners as of June 18, 2008, in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Joint Federal Activities: FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. General Services Administration and the Defense Logistics Agency have worked together to provide

  • 3,222,000 liters of water – enough to provide for more than 465,000 people per day.
  • 213,120 meals ready-to-eat (MRE’s).
  • 12.8 million sand-bags bags – enough to reach from Washington, DC to San Francisco if laid side-by-side.
  • 46 generators.
  • 2,500 tarps.
  • 4,032 rolls of plastic sheeting – which would measure more than 50 miles long if laid end-to-end.
  • 23 Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRCs).
  • 30 trucks deployed to help with debris removal.
  • Another 108,000 liters of water, 50 generators and 7 MDRCs are currently on the way to impacted communities.

H/T Shery

New Orleans And The Mississippi River

Am I the only one who questions what will happen when the swollen Mississippi heads down to New Orleans? Ask a media figure this question and you’ll get that ‘deer in the headlights’ look.

I don’t know if New Orleans is in danger again. No one is coming out and saying anything about it. No one is saying that there’s nothing to worry about. Likewise, no one is saying that there is something to worry about. Why not?

UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive.  donald answers the question in a comment, which I’m bringing forward.

new orleans won’t be in danger from the new flood waters because we have spillways above the city.

Congressional Black Caucus Likes Nunn Or Edwards

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, (D-MI), who heads The Congressional Black Caucus, met with Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) campaign to offer their recommendations for Obama’s vice presidential pick. They like John Edwards and Sam Nunn. Others supposedly under consideration are two women, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, and a cast of characters from the failed politics of the past like Al Gore, Joe Biden, John Murtha, and Chris Dodd.

Interesting choice by the CBC. Edwards is attractive to the slip and fall lawyers, Nunn is attractive to those ‘bitter clingers.’ And two women, not Hillary and with less baggage, attractive to women. No minorities under consideration? What was the CBC thinking?

link: Obama team weighs Nunn, Edwards as running mates

Obama Campaign Meets The Disney Channel

Here’s some change we can believe in. What change? Obama is such a rRichard Danzig's mentor on national security.ookie that he is surrounding himself with the old Clintonites who, apparently still high from the 60’s, think modeling national security after Winnie the Pooh is sound policy.

Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else.

link: Barack Obama aide: Why Winnie the Pooh should shape US foreign policy