Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Gore's mentor throws cold water on global warming scaremongering

An environmental guru: the man Gore took his calling from urged caution and expressed doubt about "projections."

The Gore camp's reaction? Accusing him of being senile and a dupe of another scientist. Classy.

Afghan infant deaths fall 40k per year after Taliban

Thanks to the invasion. How do 40,000 fewer infant deaths per year square with the left's mantra that war never solves anything?

Friday, April 27, 2007

Playing "gotcha" games with McCain

Several lefty blogs think they've found something scandalous in old footage of John McCain calling for troop withdrawal from Haiti in 1994 and Somalia in 1993.

Yes, that would be quite scandalous, if McCain's position was that the United States should never withdraw any troops anywhere ever.

America does not have equal national interests in every country and every corner of the world. The battlefield was completely different; in Somalia we did not have to quell an insurgency or build up the country. In Iraq setting up a timetable for withdrawal just gives the terrorists a goal to shoot for. Iraq, unlike Somalia or Haiti, is dependent on our presence; after Saddam's removal the entire country collapsed. We can't expect the consequences of abandoning Iraq to be as mild as the relative peace that followed our interventions in Haiti and Somalia.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Roger Kimball on conservatism

Conservative: that means wanting to conserve what is worth preserving from the ravages of time and ideology, evil and stupidity. In some plump eras, as Evelyn Waugh observed in one of his essays, the task is so easy we can almost forget how necessary it is. At other times, the enemies of civilization transform the task of preserving culture into a battle for survival. That, we believe, is where we are today.

McCain's IED

John McCain's appearence on the Daily Show was a watershed of sorts—in 10 or so interviews Jon Stewart has "evolved" from cuddling up to the senator to ambushing him with his own talking points. He has the studio audience on his side and only needs to throw out a cliché to get them whooping. (He makes one analogy about a house with no doors that makes zero sense, and it gets an ovation.)

Stewart's partisan "defense" of Reid is pathetic in its transparency. If Reid came out and said the sky was green we'd see Jon accusing Republican of smear tactics for calling Reid a loon.

He peppers McCain with ill-formed questions, and then before McCain can adequately address any of them he switches to another set-up. And whenever McCain is about to make a good point, he just interrupts him with a joke and jumps to another topic. Now I want to vote for him.

Here's the video.

Advantage noted

Andrew Klavan: "The thing I like best about being a conservative is that I don't have to lie."

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Botched joke

Sheryl Crow is now claiming her toilet paper idea was a joke.

What does it say about the environmental movement that everybody took her so-called joke seriously? Even the Daily Show took her at face value last night.

People thought it was a serious suggestion because we're used to hearing equally ludicrous things coming from environmentalists. Environmentalists continue to do more harm to themselves than any of us ever could.

Here's to Sheryl!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Simple abortion observations

  1. Partial-birth abortion is a pointless concept. Requiring the fetus to be dead before completely evacuated from the birth canal is absurd. It should be equally as acceptable to simply yank the infant out and club it to death.

  2. There should be no punishment for having a baby at the prom and throwing it out in the trash, flushing it down the toilet, kicking it into the alley, or stabbing it 135 times.

  3. There should absolutely be no fetal homicide legislation. Scott Peterson only killed one person. If your man didn't want you to have a baby and he jumps on your belly so you miscarry the fetus, it's assault—not murder—plain and simple.

  4. Malpractice suits against doctors who cause the death of a fetus should be low-tier payouts, at best. It's not a lost arm, eye, or foot.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Rudy to SoCons: step aside

Fresh from shooting himself in the foot from his support for public funding of abortion, he whips out his gun and goes for the other leg:
"Our party is going to grow, and we are going to win in 2008 if we are a party characterized by what we're for, not if we're a party that’s known for what we're against," the former New York mayor said at a midday campaign stop. . . .

"Our party has to get beyond issues like that," Giuliani said, a reference to abortion rights, which he supports.
Ah, yes; social conservatives need to "get beyond" their hangup with protecting innocent life. If Guiliani has a difference in opinion, then yours is just irrelevant, after all. Apparently he's too dense to realize that alienating the most powerful faction of the GOP, that is responsible for getting Republicans elected, may be a bad idea.

Guiliani is no conservative. He's just a liberal that happens to grasp what "national security" means.

Atheist charades

You'd think some of those really intelligent, highly educated "rationalists" might have thought twice about how this little attempt to rub the dirt into the face of believers was going to backfire on them:
Your choice on May 3rd: participate in National Prayer Day or actually do some good by donating blood. . . .

It can be annoying, but unlike annoying prayer coming from the "we're more holy than thou" types, it actually makes a difference in someone's life - frequently in several people's lives.
That's great, if not for one inconvenient truth: Religious people also donate twice as much blood and are more likely to "behave in compassionate ways towards strangers," [Syracuse University Professor Arthur] Brooks said.

Surprise!

You see, those who are willing to pray for others are also much more likely to take concrete steps in aiding others. It's not an either / or proposition. Religion: what is it good for?

And why in the name of St. Darwin should an atheist interfere with the course of Natural Selection™ on behalf of a competing gene collection? Aiding the weak and sickly is crime against evolution!

Like clockwork: shooting spurs calls for gun control

From today's White House press briefing:
Q Columbine, Amish school shooting, now this, and a whole host of other gun issues brought into schools — that's not including guns on the streets and in many urban areas and rural areas. Does there need to be some more restrictions? Does there need to be gun control in this country?
Guns were already banned at Virginia Tech. It was a "No Gun Zone." These people had no defense. The gunner had to know it.

Va. Tech shooting

The inevitable cries for gun control have already started on the left, but the traditional apportioning of blame and calls for new legislation don't seem to have gotten started yet. That should start to change by later tonight or some time tomorrow at the latest.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Vonnegut

This is my favorite short story by him; a tale of equality.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

History denial

While I was away, a story broke about schools dropping the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons, to avoid contradicting what is being taught in mosques and offending Muslims. The story appeared on 1 April.

I have been searching for the subsequent piece that said, "Ha ha, April Fools, you fell for it hook, line and sinker," but I can't find it.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Supposed climate change will have less effect on civilized continents

This report is old now, but I didn't have time to get to it before. It gives us the obligatory list of doomsday scenarios, like all global warming predictions, but it also says that: "North America, Europe and Australia are predicted to suffer the fewest of the harmful effects."

So even if all the fantastic scenarios come to pass, it's Third World nations that will take the hit. Which leads me to ask, why should we care about this? It's not like Asia and Africa are paradises about to be destroyed; they already suck.

The wonders of "consensus"

Apparently the same liberals who bash people over the head with the irrefutability of a science born of consensus pay no such heed to that same consensus when it comes to genetically modified foods. After all, sometimes a "clear scientific consensus" is undoubtable scientific truth, and other times it's just obviously wrong.

Of course, it's just a coincidence that a scientific "consensus" ends all debate when it confirms an item on the leftist agenda but means absolutely nothing when it undermines it.

But don't be fooled! This has nothing to do with politics. Liberals just happen to all be scientific geniuses capable of independently verifying the validity of such science through their own painstaking experimentation in their basement laboratories.

We had to destroy the planet to save it

An interview with George Monbiot:
MONBIOT: It is becoming morally unacceptable now to fly to go on holiday. The carbon emissions per passenger mile are roughly the same from a plane as they are in a car, but while in a car you might travel 10,000 miles in a year, in a plane you travel 10,000 miles in a day. So individually, by taking a flight, you are doing more damage than you could possibly do by any other means, and your luxury is depriving other people of their necessities.

NEWSWEEK: Have you given up flying?

MONBIOT: The only reason for which I will fly is to campaign on climate change.
The only reason I snort cocaine is to prevent others from abusing it.

The Left's idea of "patriotism"

Chris Bowers tackles the seemingly insurmountable task of explaining how he and his fellow liberals can be liberal and patriotic at the same time. He meanders through a convoluted 1176 word rant before concluding that it's okay for liberals to like America because America supposedly has no defined culture, and therefore you can pretend it's anything you want it to be instead of what it actually is, in that liberal scourge, reality.

He also whines about how the reason liberals "hesitate to identify as patriotic" and the reason so many of them groan when one of them identifies as such is because of the "culture surrounding patriotism." Oh, sure, that's what patriotic people do, isn't it? They hesitate, "to personally self-identify as patriotic," and then their "patriotic" liberal friends wince, groan, and make signs of discomfort when someone mentions that they love their country.

Patriotism is a lot like heroism in the military, something else which liberals don't understand. If you're actually either of those, you don't have to brag about it or point it out like John Kerry; it shows.

Liberalism isn't patriotic; when liberals talk about loving America, they're talking about the hypothetical, perfect liberal America that only exists in their minds. But calling that love is like a husband telling his wife that he loves her for the "perfect woman" she could become, not for who she is.

MIT Scientist: "Alarm over climate change is based on ignorance of what is normal for weather and climate"

So, this guy doesn't know what he's talking about, right? Doesn't he know there's a consensus?

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Some people never learn

"We're going to have universal health care when I'm president — there's no doubt about that. We're going to get it done," said Clinton.

Game over?

Giuliani is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president. He posts a double-digit lead over his competitors in almost all the national polls. Yet, he's made his career by out-liberaling liberals. Here's gun-grabber Rudy suing the gun companies for, among other things, "manufacturing many more firearms than can be bought for the legitimate purpose of hunting and law enforcement." Here's Giuliani arguing for even more porous borders.

Now here he is supporting the ludicrously extreme position of public funding for abortion. That sound you just heard is millions of votes flushing down the toilet.

So now we've gone from, "It's evil and I hate it, but you can do it," to, "It's evil and I hate it, but we'll pay you to do it."

The First Amendment lays out freedom of speech as a constitutional right, and yet nobody expects the state to buy anybody a microphone. Where's the difference?

In any case, this can only help Romney, who's running as the "true conservative" in the race. Guiliani's hoping he can sail through the bad positions by displaying integrity through a stand on principle. But what's he going to do if and when a man of integrity with bonafide conservative credentials enters the race? When faced with choosing between "authenticity" that directly contradicts the party's core beliefs and agreement, voters will choose agreement. Conservatives were willing to cut Rudy so much slack and yet he couldn't even give up this one minor point. Romney now has the money and the media to make his move on Guiliani.

When Rudy Giuliani became mayor of New York nearly fifteen years ago, he was regarded among conservatives as the posterchild country-club Rockefeller Republican. Fifteen years later, it doesn't look like anything has changed.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Destroy the environment, drive a Prius

Fellow Republicans, take note: all of our driving is to be done in a Prius from now on.
The Toyota Prius has become the flagship car for those in our society so environmentally conscious that they are willing to spend a premium to show the world how much they care. Unfortunately for them, their ultimate 'green car' is the source of some of the worst pollution in North America; it takes more combined energy per Prius to produce than a Hummer.
Oops.

Shocking, isn't it?

From the New York Times:
Biologists argue that these and other social behaviors are the precursors of human morality. They further believe that if morality grew out of behavioral rules shaped by evolution, it is for biologists, not philosophers or theologians, to say what these rules are.
And in other news, rapists argue that it is for rapists to say what consent is, while thieves argue that it is for thieves to say what private property are.

Seriously, who falls for this idiocy? If morality "grew out of behavioral rules shaped by evolution," how would that give biologists any more claim on defining those rules?

Even if the evolutionary biologists are correct about absolutely everything, they are still merely the products of evolution, not the directors of it. Their claim on it is no greater than anyone else's. Newton didn't claim he had the right to set the force of gravity because he discovered its laws, after all.

The choir is demoralized; someone needs to preach to them

Fred Thompson is all about red meat.


This sort of commentary may seem easy to come by among pundits, but how often do we see it in our politicians? Even though Fred Thompson may only be saying things we already know, it's such a joyous thing to see this said by someone who may be running for president and actually has a chance to win. What demoralized conservatives need right now is red meat, and Fred Thompson is a butcher with a blood-stained apron.

Now, I'm not saying Fred Thompson is the best thing since sliced bread; I'm just saying he's the best thing since bread. In fact, he's better than bread. If the devil had tempted Jesus to turn stone into Fred Thompson, Jesus would have no response because man can live on Fred Thompson alone.

On voting

Is it okay to vote for Hillary just because she's a woman? Then it's okay to vote against her for it, too.