Friday, February 29, 2008

VDH Interview

Link to the Full Interview

One interesting exchange:

"JF: Professor Hanson, you criticize U.S. immigration policy in your recent book Mexifornia. What is it that bothers you about the development at the Southern border?

VDH: Many things. 1)We are wide open to terrorist infiltration; 2) We privilege illegal immigration from Mexico, while penalizing and delaying legal immigration from Asia, Africa, and Europe; 3) We serve as a safety valve and enabler for Mexico, which therefore will never make needed reforms; 4) We are creating a chauvinistic tribalism, a race industry that tries to convert the presence of 15 million illegal aliens into some sort of political movement; 5) We use cheap illegal labor to ensure our own entry level workers cannot bargain or organize."

Other People Noticed Obama's Answer

Steve Huntley in the Chicago Sun-Times:
"It began with a question to Obama during the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday. Obama has pledged to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq and was asked if he reserved the right to go back into Iraq. He responded that "if al-Qaida is forming a base in Iraq, then we will have to act in a way that secures the American homeland and our interests abroad."

"The next day McCain mocked Obama, ''I have some news. Al-Qaida is in Iraq." Obama fired back, ''I do know that al-Qaida is in Iraq and that's why I have said we should continue to strike al-Qaida targets. But I have some news for John McCain. There was no such thing as al-Qaida in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq."

"So what is Obama's Iraq strategy? It seems to be that he knows al-Qaida is in Iraq but he's going to pull out anyway. But if al-Qaida establishes a base in Iraq, he will go back in. Does that sound confused to you? Me, too."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Obama's Foreign Policy

James Taranto's Best of the Web summarizes Obama's Iraq policy:
"Al Qaeda in Iraq isn't worth fighting because it wouldn't be there if it weren't for Bush and McCain. Obama is going to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq to go fight in Afghanistan and Pakistan, although he will send them back to Iraq if al Qaeda are there, even though he now wants to withdraw notwithstanding al Qaeda's presence."

"Yes, we can!"

Congress Gone Mad

Renewable-Energy Tax Breaks Pass House Despite Dispute Over Citgo

Charlie Rose on WFB

The Corner has posted two halves of Charlie Rose's tribute to WFB. Make sure to watch both videos. Take the measure of both men. Consider Buckley's legacy of kindness and civility. Useful reminders.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Charlie Rose - An hour with William F. Buckley, Jr.

RIP William F. Buckley Jr.

The great WFB passed away. Perhaps the best way to remember him upon his passing is to take a look at the original Mission Statement of National Review, published in 1955.

Look at the original credenda:

"Among our convictions:

It is the job of centralized government (in peacetime) to protect its citizens' lives, liberty and property. All other activities of government tend to diminish freedom and hamper progress. The growth of government(the dominant social feature of this century) must be fought relentlessly. In this great social conflict of the era, we are, without reservations, on the libertarian side.

The profound crisis of our era is, in essence, the conflict between the Social Engineers, who seek to adjust mankind to conform with scientific utopias, and the disciples of Truth, who defend the organic moral order. We believe that truth is neither arrived at nor illuminated by monitoring election results, binding though these are for other purposes, but by other means, including a study of human experience. On this point we are, without reservations, on the conservative side.

The century's most blatant force of satanic utopianism is communism. We consider "coexistence" with communism neither desirable nor possible, nor honorable; we find ourselves irrevocably at war with communism and shall oppose any substitute for victory.

The largest cultural menace in America is the conformity of the intellectual cliques which, in education as well as the arts, are out to impose upon the nation their modish fads and fallacies, and have nearly succeeded in doing so. In this cultural issue, we are, without reservations, on the side of excellence (rather than "newness") and of honest intellectual combat (rather than conformity).

The most alarming single danger to the American political system lies in the fact that an identifiable team of Fabian operators is bent on controlling both our major political parties(under the sanction of such fatuous and unreasoned slogans as "national unity," "middle-of-the-road," "progressivism," and "bipartisanship.") Clever intriguers are reshaping both parties in the image of Babbitt, gone Social-Democrat. When and where this political issue arises, we are, without reservations, on the side of the traditional two-party system that fights its feuds in public and honestly; and we shall advocate the restoration of the two-party system at all costs.

The competitive price system is indispensable to liberty and material progress. It is threatened not only by the growth of Big Brother government, but by the pressure of monopolies(including union monopolies. What is more, some labor unions have clearly identified themselves with doctrinaire socialist objectives. The characteristic problems of harassed business have gone unreported for years, with the result that the public has been taught to assume(almost instinctively) that conflicts between labor and management are generally traceable to greed and intransigence on the part of management. Sometimes they are; often they are not. NATIONAL REVIEW will explore and oppose the inroads upon the market economy caused by monopolies in general, and politically oriented unionism in particular; and it will tell the violated businessman's side of the story.

No superstition has more effectively bewitched America's Liberal elite than the fashionable concepts of world government, the United Nations, internationalism, international atomic pools, etc. Perhaps the most important and readily demonstrable lesson of history is that freedom goes hand in hand with a state of political decentralization, that remote government is irresponsible government. It would make greater sense to grant independence to each of our 50 states than to surrender U.S. sovereignty to a world organization."

Monday, February 25, 2008

Tulare County represented well at CRP

After I attended the California Republican Convention this last weekend, it was very obvious that the leadership in Tulare County is the cream of the crop in California. I wasn't sure what to expect as it was my first convention, but there were several highlights. The election of a new national committemen, Shawn Steele, that will bring fresh ideas and fight for the Golden state on the national level. In addition, I was amazed at the sheer number of youths participating at the convention. Easily 25-30 percent of the participants were in the 40 or younger age group. So the Dems can't say we are dead yet. But the real highlight was Congressman Devin Nunes and Central Committe Chairman Laura Gadke. Gadke, serves as a director to the state committee and fought hard on the the party platform to keep the conservative values that the Central Valley holds so dear. Nunes, became the keynote speaker on Saturday night and gave a rousing speech that the crowd went crazy over. Nunes encouraged the crowd on redistricting reform, energy independence and the importance of rallying around McCain. But the most important part was rallying republicans to fight for what we believe in and not giving in to the Dems. We have no where to go but up. Great convention

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Club for Growth praises Rep. Nunes


The Club for Growth recently lauded Rep. Devin Nunes for his self-imposed moratorium on earmarks in the federal budget until real reforms are implemented. The Club for Growth Club is a national network of Americans who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom.

Here's one of the Club's latest posts analyzing a story in the Fresno Bee in which some public officials decried Rep. Nunes' stand.

Club for Growth article

Thursday, February 7, 2008

McCain

Now that Romney is out, howsabout clicking here and kicking down a buck or two for McCain?

Monday, February 4, 2008

Will

The Biofuel Follies: "To avoid drilling for oil in ANWR's moonscape, the planet savers evidently prefer destroying forests, even though they absorb greenhouse gases. Will ethanol prevent more carbon-dioxide emissions than would have been absorbed by the trees cut down to clear land for the production of crops for ethanol? Be that as it may, governments mandating the use of biofuels are one reason for the global rise in food prices, which is driving demand for more arable land. That demand is driving the destruction of forests—and animal habitats. In Indonesia alone, 44 million acres have been razed to make way for production of palm oil."
[...]
"Bill Clinton, by executive edict, declared 1.7 million acres of Utah to be a national monument. Under those acres are the largest known deposit—more than 60 billion tons—of low-sulfur, clean-burning coal. The second largest deposit, the value of which rose because of Clinton's action locking up an alternative supply, is in Indonesia and is owned by a member of the Indonesian Riady family, of fragrant memory, which was generous to Clinton's 1992 campaign.
James and Stephen Eaves, writing in Regulation quarterly, note that if the entire U.S. corn crop were turned into ethanol— it might have to be to meet the goal of 35 billion gallons of biofuels by 2017—it would displace 3.5 percent of gasoline use, just slightly more than would be displaced if drivers properly inflated their tires. And because the United States produces 40 percent of the world's corn supply and 70 percent of global corn exports, turning corn into fuel will damage the world's poor at a time when rising demand will require a tripling of world food production by 2050."