"Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free." John 8:32

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hubble & Atlantis

WOW! Check out the video of Atlantis releasing Hubble after the completed repairs. Amazing images! The repair of Hubble almost never happened but the skill, no-how and tenacity of Americans to go and do whatever it takes shows once again that we can do anything we put our minds to.

Thank you Space.com for providing this wonderful story and video!

Dick Cheney is the Man

I love it when former VP Dick Cheney speaks and the Left squirms. I understand it when Bush chooses to remain silent while Obama assails him and the former administration. Unlike Carter and Clinton, Bush holds the office in the highest esteem. Cheney is under no such restraints and is a mighty voice in pointing to the dangers confronting our country in the face of the lack of moral fortitude and whiny hand wringing by liberals.

Here is part of a recent speech by Cheney at the AEI, the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
Another term out there that slipped into the discussion is the notion that American interrogation practices were a "recruitment tool" for the enemy. On this theory, by the tough questioning of killers, we have supposedly fallen short of our own values. This recruitment-tool theory has become something of a mantra lately, including from the President himself. And after a familiar fashion, it excuses the violent and blames America for the evil that others do. It's another version of that same old refrain from the Left, "We brought it on ourselves."

It is much closer to the truth that terrorists hate this country precisely because of the values we profess and seek to live by, not by some alleged failure to do so. Nor are terrorists or those who see them as victims exactly the best judges of America's moral standards, one way or the other.

Critics of our policies are given to lecturing on the theme of being consistent with American values. But no moral value held dear by the American people obliges public servants ever to sacrifice innocent lives to spare a captured terrorist from unpleasant things. And when an entire population is targeted by a terror network, nothing is more consistent with American values than to stop them.

As a practical matter, too, terrorists may lack much, but they have never lacked for grievances against the United States. Our belief in freedom of speech and religion, our belief in equal rights for women, our support for Israel, our cultural and political influence in the world--these are the true sources of resentment, all mixed in with the lies and conspiracy theories of the radical clerics. These recruitment tools were in vigorous use throughout the 1990s, and they were sufficient to motivate the nineteen recruits who boarded those planes on September 11, 2001.

The United States of America was a good country before 9/11, just as we are today. List all the things that make us a force for good in the world--for liberty, for human rights, for the rational, peaceful resolution of differences--and what you end up with is a list of the reasons why the terrorists hate America. If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field. And when they see the American government caught up in arguments about interrogations, or whether foreign terrorists have constitutional rights, they don't stand back in awe of our legal system and wonder whether they had misjudged us all along. Instead the terrorists see just what they were hoping for--our unity gone, our resolve shaken, our leaders distracted. In short, they see weakness and opportunity.

What is equally certain is this: The broad-based strategy set in motion by President Bush obviously had nothing to do with causing the events of 9/11. But the serious way we dealt with terrorists from then on, and all the intelligence we gathered in that time, had everything to do with preventing another 9/11 on our watch. The enhanced interrogations of high-value detainees and the terrorist surveillance program have without question made our country safer. Every senior official who has been briefed on these classified matters knows of specific attacks that were in the planning stages and were stopped by the programs we put in place.
Read the whole speech here, and smile.

Obama is a Politician, and Quite Possibly a Fool

Obama's speech on Memorial Day is a clear indication that he truly does not understand the dangers facing this country. His declaration of Gitmo and waterboarding as being "torture" was stupid and inaccurate even by his own Justice Department's pronouncements. Our treatment of enemy combatants does not enhance terrorist recruitment. Successful terrorist attacks do. Jihadists and enemies of freedom respect strength and power. Bush and Cheney understood that principle and acted upon that fact. Before politics and personal ambition set aside his principles, even Biden recognized it as well. Obama is a fool to think otherwise.

Here's a great article by the National Review about it.

Here Comes the Socialized Medicine Freight Train

Here's a great article about the stupidity of our country's head-long plunge into socialized medicine. Have we not learned the lessons of Canada and Great Britain?

A key excerpt:
Most of us in private practice have given up trying to reason and argue with those who argue for a living. We are simply going to cut back on our hours, downsize our lives, and try to find other outlets for our talents. I admit that this is passive-aggressive in the extreme but it may be the only arrow in our quiver that will have any effect.

Unfortunately for patients, they will learn of their folly too late and there will be many people dying in 2012 who would not have died in 1990. Doctors, already a vanishing breed, will be on the endangered species list soon. Why would one choose to go to medical school now? Dear Mr. President, before you commit us to Universal Care you should ask if we are going to participate. I am not.
Go read the whole thing here.