Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dick Cheney is an American Hero

Cheney Statement on CIA Documents/Investigation

Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave The Weekly Standard a statement Monday night about the CIA documents and the coming Justice Department investigation.

The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002. The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States. The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions. President Obama’s decision to allow the Justice Department to investigate and possibly prosecute CIA personnel, and his decision to remove authority for interrogation from the CIA to the White House, serves as a reminder, if any were needed, of why so many Americans have doubts about this Administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.

Dick Cheney is an American hero, for speaking out about this, and for his brave leadership in the face of years politically motivated attacks against him.

UPDATE: just a few days later, on August 30, his interview with Chris Wallace was aired on Fox News Sunday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orPcTO7m4kE

God bless you Dick Cheney!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

"The Liberal Two-Step"

I just love Ann Coulter. Sure, she's over the top, and is never delicate in her presentation of the facts, but admit it or not, she's usually right.

In this week's column, Ann uses a term that makes me laugh. I'm not sure this is her first use of this term, or if she came up with it on her own, but it's funny, and like most things funny, it's accurate.

The Liberal Two-Step: First screw something up, then claim that it's screwed up because there's not enough government oversight (it's the free market run wild!), and then step in and really screw it up in the name of "reform."

Global warming alarmists refuse to accept accurate data

A syndicated article by Robert S. Boyd was widely circulated this week, linked from the Drudge Report, and printed in newspapers across the nation. The article demonstrates how desperate climate change alarmists are to keep their global warming scare campaign alive. In his article, Drop in Global Temperatures Fuels Global Warming Debate, Mr. Boyd makes reference to the "recent peak" in global temperature in 1998. This is a clear reference to the widely touted notion that 1998 was the "hottest year on record", which is commonly used by Al Gore and others to support the cause of global warming and the associated impending doom.

The otherwise balanced article correctly points out that the Earth's temperatures have been cooling since 1998, but still implies that 1998 was the hottest year on record. Mr. Boyd carefully ignores the fact that for the last two years, it has been widely known that NASA's GISS data had incorrectly identified 1998 as the hottest year, and that corrected data put 1934 at the top of that list. NASA's correction of serious mathematical errors forced correction of 120 years of data, which now lists 1934 at #1, and 1921 at #3. The new data demonstrates that 6 of the top 10 hottest years took place when only 10% of the amount of greenhouse gases that have been emitted in the last century were in the atmosphere.

Still, desperate for scientific support, global warming alarmists, married to an apocalyptic theory, cling to old, FALSE DATA to keep their panic-driven fantasy alive.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Ronald Reagan: Wise words on socialized healthcare

48 years later, liberals have not given up their quest to usurp our freedoms, and we must not give up in our quest to retain them!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I LUV Southwest Airlines

I travel to Houston from Dallas every week. That makes me the kind of business traveler for whom Southwest Airlines was invented. In case you don't know, SWA was conceived on a cocktail napkin, with a vision of servicing passengers between Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

One of my favorite things about SWA is the people. Forget about the convenience, on-time status, low fares, abundance of flights, etc. This is just like any other business. It's PEOPLE that make the difference. Today was no different.

One of the perks of being a frequent traveler with SWA is their Rapid Rewards program. You can earn a free round trip with just 16 flights. If you fly 32 flights in a year, you are put on the "A-List". The A-List guarantees you an "A" boarding card (1st 60 passengers to board) and more importantly, earns you coveted access to the "Fly-by lane" at airport security. This is an amazing perk, similar to being able to bypass the line for attractions at Disney World or at Universal Studios with certain hotel room keys, etc.

I very recently regained my A-List status. It was so recent that I have not yet received the plastic card in the mail, so I printed temporary documentation from the SWA website, in preparation for today's flight. As I approached the Fly-by lane this morning, the attendant (not TSA) waved me to the other line. I showed him my printed documentation of A-List, but he did not even look. He just kept pointing to the other line. I patiently explained to him that the printed sheet documented that I was A-list, and that I had not yet received my card. He still looked up, and just pointed to the other line again (it was a LONG line) and told me to go complain to someone else. So I did.....

...But I didn't actually have to complain. I walked over to the SWA ticket counter, and before I got all the way there, was greeted by a smiling Southwest employee (it was 6:30 am). I told her what had happened, and smile still intact, she walked immediately to get a supervisor. The supervisor (Janice), also smiling, glanced at my printed sheet, and offered to help. She walked me back over to the line attendant (not an SWA employee) and told him I was clearly A-list and to let me through. She further explained that there may be others like me who did not yet have cards, and instead might have something printed. He grumbled that he did not have time to read it. Finally, her smile went away. She said to him "honey, you have to read it. That's how you give customer service. I'm going to talk to your supervisor." Her smile quickly returned as I walked through the Fly-by lane. She wished me safe travel, and walked away smiling.

Thank you Janice. You are why I fly Southwest every week.


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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Shocking? Not a bit.

NOT a shock at all. Neither is this weekend's "revelation" that the administration is looking to hit the middle class with tax increases (LINK, LINK). If you are shocked by this, then you have been asleep or not paying attention.

Liberals do not like being confronted with their own words....especially words that reveal their real agenda. The Obama administration is so tweaked by this, that they are actually campaigning against it, saying it was taken out of context. They are using video from two months ago to show that the older video is "disinformation". They don't realize that's the whole point: Obama is saying something different now than he said before. Which one do we believe?

Out of context, they say? I don't think so:

So let's see:
  • White House? Check
  • Senate? Check
  • House of Representatives? Check
  • Universal/Single-payer healthcare? ON THE WAY!