Back To The Future

November 10, 2007

The Left and its MSM buddies follow the same game plan as the fashion business – as new styles fade, they resurrect old ones.

The Left uses scares to extend its control, but the latest scares are losing their gloss.

Global Warmening:

If it wasn’t for the fact the planet actually hasn’t warmed for nine years now, I’d cry.

Iraq (my ellipsis)

The drop (in killings) began in September, as civilian deaths (884) fell 52 percent from August and 77 percent year-over-year, while military deaths (65) fell 23 percent and 10 percent over the same periods.

October’s declines made it a trend: Civilian deaths (758) dropped an additional 12 percent from the previous month and 38 percent year-over-year, while US military deaths (38) dropped 42 percent and 64 percent during the same periods.

So what to do? Bring (back the Mad Cow:

The nation faces the possibility of a major epidemic of lethal brain disease as a result of the consumption years ago of beef contaminated with mad cow disease, BSE, according to Britain’s leading expert on vCJD, or “human BSE”…

Although the incidence of variant CJD in Britain has been declining, with only four deaths so far this year, Prof John Collinge believes that only people who are genetically susceptible have succumbed to the devastating illness so far…

Official records show that 162 people have died of vCJD, after a peak of incidence in 2000. But Prof Collinge said that many millions of infectious doses of contaminated beef were eaten between 1980 and 1996 and there is evidence the disease could silently incubate in a person for many decades, without producing symptoms.

The particular scare peaked 8 years ago:

Tuesday, 21 December, 1999. The UK could be hit by a “frightening” spread of new variant CJD, the fatal brain illness linked to mad cow disease, scientists have warned…

The Chief Medical Officer in England, Professor Liam Donaldson, said a major epidemic could not be ruled out…

About 50, mostly young, people have so far died of vCJD since its emergence in 1996.

From which it follows that a) the death rate from vCJD is (162 – 50)/8 = 14 a year, and b) the periodicity of lefty scares is 8 years.

So stand by for a return of Global Coolening, Mass Herpes, overpopulation, and starvation.


There Goes The EU Neighborhood

November 10, 2007

A Dem president and congress may lose a few American cities, but the Europeans will lose their homelands.

To Russia:

Flushed with profits from the re-nationalized oil and gas industries, President Vladimir Putin has improved Russia’s military, developing “the Topol-M mobile ballistic missile, the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile, a new multiple-warhead missile, a new evading warhead, the S-400 missile interceptor, fifth-generation fighter planes and four new missile-firing submarines.” Putin has used Russia’s newly empowered military to confront the West.

He has resumed long-range nuclear bomber flights, opposes missile defenses in Europe, claims the North Pole for Russia and suspends cooperation under the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty. He also sells air defense missiles to Syria and nuclear technology to Iran, suspends gas and oil shipments to pressure other countries, and threatens both to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear forces (INF) treaty and to target NATO countries by basing missiles in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave.

Absent US support, the EU cannot counter a single one of these mortal threats, and its pols lack the courage to implement the tripling of military expenditure needed to keep the bear in its cage.

Democrats For Iran

November 10, 2007

Congressional Democrats are a loyal bunch, and fight to defend their allies – the Mullahs, that is.

Senator Lieberman observed this week:

…”Since retaking Congress in November 2006, the top foreign policy priority of the Democratic Party has not been to expand the size of our military for the war on terror or to strengthen our democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East or to prevail in Afghanistan. It has been to pull our troops out of Iraq, to abandon the democratically elected government there, and to hand a defeat to President Bush.”

…Mr. Lieberman was particularly critical of his 22 Democratic colleagues in the Senate who voted against the senator’s resolution to label Iran’s revolutionary guard corps and elite Quds Force a foreign terrorist entity.

Mr. Lieberman concluded, “There is something profoundly wrong-something that should trouble all of us — when we have elected Democratic officials who seem more worried about how the Bush administration might respond to Iran’s murder of our troops, than about the fact that Iran is murdering our troops.”

It’s worse than that – the Dems are undermining US defenses against Iran (my ellipsis):

Congress will not let the U.S. military begin building a missile defense site in Europe until the U.S. has ratified agreements with the host nations — and that’s not close to happening, said Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif. Tauscher oversees missile defense matters as chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee…

In remarks to defense reporters Nov. 8, Tauscher said the U.S. Missile Defense Agency should work harder at protecting deployed U.S. troops against current missile threats with proven technology and “pull back” from “science projects” such as the European missile defense site.

(Instead) the U.S. Missile Defense Agency should focus on improving and deploying three existing systems designed to counter (short range) missiles, she said.

And the U.S. should work with its 26 NATO partners — instead of working bilaterally with just two (actually three: the UK, Czech Republic, and Poland) — to develop continent-wide defenses against short-, medium- and long-range missiles, she said.

The U.S. should also try to win cooperation from Russia.

The chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee knows the US is quite capable of deploying a robust defensive system against the Mullahs’ future ICBMs, but that if it waits to deploy until that threat is clear and present, and the likes of Putin and Belgium OK the US plan, the system will never happen.

There’s a silver lining – if the Dems win the presidency and keep their congressional majority, 50 kilotons on Washington would rid the US of many nasty creatures, Tauscher included.