Thursday, May 27, 2004

Business Week articles

Follow the link below to see a series of excellent articles on the emerging "Smart Factory" idea(s) in business.

Dig This!: Update...

The above link leads to a recent Yahoo News story about an earlier post I had. Go check it out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Daily Telegraph: America vs. Europe

The Daily Telegraph offers a good synopsis (by Janet Daley) of the differences between the US and Europe. In short, it shows how we are still animated by a love of liberty and the Europeans collapse into cynicism and depravity.
[Hat Tip: TIA Daily]

Here's an excerpt...

It's about freedom, not imperium
By Janet Daley
(Filed: 26/05/2004)

Those who opposed the war recite these questions with delighted sanctimoniousness, believing that their simple iteration proves the justice of the original anti-war case. But for those of us who supported (and still support) the American action, these are not rhetorical matters. It is urgently important to understand what followed the collapse of tyranny in Iraq, and why the American strategy seemed to have no plan for dealing with it.


Contrary to Left-wing myth, America is not a neo-colonialist country: it has no interest in creating a new imperium. The national temperament is, if not always isolationist, at least chronically inward-looking and self-absorbed.

The American belief that freedom is the ultimate human goal - and therefore that all men everywhere must want it - arises from a failure to understand the extent to which America as a nation is unique in its historical and philosophical roots.

There's more. Check it out.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

USS Clueless

If you haven't yet heard of this gentleman, Mr. denBeste is quite the writer and his Blog, named above, is a regular stop in my daily web browsing. A man unto himself, his views are cogently expressed. So, if you consider yourself intelligent, and you don't know of his blog, then click on my newest link to the left and hightail it over there!
Once you 'get a feel' for his work, I suggest you tackle his "Best Log Entries" and the "Recommended Reading" section of his website.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

UN treaty will cripple America (So What's New?)

United Nations' Law of the Sea Treaty
by Cheryl K. Chumley (May 18, 2004)

Summary: U.S. ratification of the United Nations' Law of the Sea Treaty not only compromises America's sovereign ability to traverse and mine or drill the seas absent U.N. oversight, but also jeopardizes our nation's freedom to access the air and space above these waters.

[See my link to left on UN is Evil]

When former president Ronald Reagan declined to enter America into the United Nations' Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), it seemed the debate over regulating the world's oceans at the global level had ended, at least for the duration of his leadership.

Under former President Bill Clinton's watch, this treaty was then amended, supposedly to reflect the concerns of many in politics who found aspects of the document threatening to U.S. sovereignty. Defenders of U.S. sovereignty in Congress, such as Sen. Jesse Helms, found these so-called revisions laughable, though, and successfully prevented ratification from occurring, saving America in the process from placing yet another U.N. albatross about her neck.

Fast-forward to February 2004. Sen. Helms is gone and in his place as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee is Sen. Richard Lugar from Indiana. Lugar is responsible for pushing the Law of the Sea Treaty, dormant for years, through his committee with a 19-0 vote and toward the full Senate floor for ratification.

But here's where the Gipper can claim a win: Constituent outcry with the many anti-constitutional provisions of this treaty has escalated to such an extent that a House committee took the unusual step of holding hearings on this proposed U.N. partnership on May 12. What's strange about this occurrence is that the House side of Congress has absolutely no formal voice in deciding whether a treaty achieves U.S. ratification.

The president “shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two-thirds of the senators present concur,” Article Two, Section Two of the Constitution reads.

H. International Relations Committee Chair Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), in a move that seemed to surprise and frustrate Lugar, nonetheless heard testimony on LOST, in part he said to prepare and educate members in case ratification ensued, since treaty appropriations requests would have to flow through this side of Congress.

Lugar, it seems, is less than pleased with this latest twist to LOST fate.

In a statement submitted as part of the official record for Hyde's hearing, Lugar expressed puzzlement that treaty ratification has been delayed, given the broad support for this measure from the administration, environmentalists, the State Dept., the U.S. Navy and the oil industry, and given that his committee reportedly only received one letter of opposition when LOST was re-introduced for debate this February.

“...Senate consideration of the treaty has been held up for more than two months by vague and unfounded concerns about the Convention's effects,” Lugar wrote. “These concerns have been expressed primarily by those who oppose virtually any multi-lateral agreements. Many of the arguments they have made are patently untrue.”

Untrue, for instance, Lugar alluded, are views of those like Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy, who told H. International Relations Committee members that “LOST will have a number of adverse implications for U.S. security interests and the national commonwealth more generally.”

Gaffney wondered publicly, for instance, how America might preserve her economic and military powers after entering into an agreement that regulates activities on 70 percent of the world's surface, the seas, with a global force that usually displays an "ill-conceived hostility" toward our nation. Such hostile nations, Gaffney continued, often "use agreements like LOST as part of a Lilliputian-like strategy to constrain our sovereignty and strength and redistribute the industrial world's wealth – and ours – to undeveloped states."

Untrue to Lugar, too, must be beliefs like those of former Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick, who testified previously to the Sen. Armed Services Committee that U.S. ratification of this treaty not only compromises America's sovereign ability to traverse and mine or drill the seas absent U.N. oversight, but also jeopardizes our nation's freedom to access the air and space above these waters.

But poor Lugar. The injustices done this treaty via false witnessing during four separate April and May hearings have raged uncontrollably, he must believe.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Kan.) questioned an aspect of the treaty that gives participating nations the right to decline vessel searches if those on board claimed their sea travels were related to economic rather than military activity. What that means is the United States cannot board a suspect vessel without first receiving the permission of U.N. authorities, even if our intelligence finds a security threat exists.

Rep. Thomas Tancredo (R-Col.) asked H. International Relations Committee witnesses in support of LOST why, if the United States were already informally abiding the very same protocols and laws of the sea this Law of the Sea Treaty solidifies with binding language – as these two witnesses testified – we even needed to participate in the treaty and risk that opponents' concerns might one day become reality.

And Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), during this same committee hearing, went one step further. Why, he wondered, does the Unted States suddenly need U.N. regulation over the seas when individual nations have successfully overseen and decided matters in these areas for decades?

Good points all, it might logically follow – except for the pesky matter of those inherent untruths that Lugar claims permeate all such arguments and concerns. Guess all these Gippers floating around lately haven't a clue about such heady matters as the Constitution and sovereignty, individual rights and American freedoms, and best pipe down and not bother the internationalists with these petty concerns.

(Hat Tip: Capitalism Magazine)

New York Jets new stadium

Well, I thought this would be a great addition to Manhatten, but now, seeing that the architect boasts that it'll be "the greenest" design attempt yet, with both solar and wind power, all I can see are cost overruns and delays. I'm afraid that the initial $1.4 Billion(!) estimate will be a dim memory by the time it gets built. We'll see...

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Boston Globe Admits to Spreading Lies to undermine America's War effort...

Albeit lamely, the Globe "apologized" for the "sexually explicit" nature of the faked photos, but not the fact that they were falsified to begin with. Here's a critique offered by Dr. Harry Binswanger, along with the perfect illustrations of Cox and Forkum. Don't miss this one...

Friday, May 14, 2004

Money, It's better when you earn it.

This Yahoo! story is self-explanatory in that people, and certainly Americans in particluar, respect money and the fact that earning it is more rewarding, both mentally and materially. This is an excellent "pro-man" story, well worth your time to read it.

[Hat tip: TIA Daily]

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons...

Click link on left to go there. Immediately. Check out their last three catoons.
You Must Do This. NOW. Right NOW.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Dig This!

Archelogists find ancient university!,1413,82~1865~2137561,00.html

A Polish-Egyptian team has unearthed the site of the fabled University of Alexandria, home of Archimedes, Euclid and a host of other scholars from the era when Alexandria dominated the Mediterranean.

The team has found 13 individual lecture halls, or auditoria, that could have accommodated as many as 5,000 students, according to archeologist Zahi Hawass, president of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Read the whole story!

John Galt's motor?

From, we have this story about an inventor who developed a motor with magnets, using almost no electricity?!

Penn & Teller added to blogroll...

Pro science atheists and confirmed skeptics, here's the link to Penn & Teller's Showtime TV series, "Bulls**t.

The Evidence: American Appeasement

Professor John Lewis of Ashland University has compiled a chronology of terrorist attacks on the West, and America, totalling 50 years of appeasement (!).
Read it and weep for our country's lack of moral confidence...

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Friday, May 07, 2004

Hillary's Secret War

This story is an interview found at David Horowitz's site, Jamie Glazov is interviewing Richard Poe concerning Poe's new book of the above title, with the subtitle being: The Clinton Conspiracy to Muzzle Internet Journalists.
Remarkably Poe acknowledges how spineless Conseratives were [and still are...[Editor] during the Clinton "impeachment".
Poe also asserts that, since Kerry's campaign is imploding, there is a movement afoot to replace him with Hillary in two months, (July) at their convention. I think this statement is just the author's 'book publicity' and if not groundless, certainly this event will not happen in my view, as I think Bush will be re-elected handily and Hillary will wait her turn for a clean shot at 'the brass ring' in 2008. Kerry is serving his stint as her sacrificial fodder until Bush can't run again.
Here's the link:

[Editor's aside...] I have no doubt that many of the things Poe mentions are true, although I'm not a fan of his. It is a shame that there is no moral opposition to the Clinton's now, nor during their time in office. Will there be any when/if Hillary is elected? Sadly, I think not. I hope I'm wrong.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Liberals target Rumsfeld

Curiously, the leftist media focused on attacking Rumsfeld this morning, instead of the "other" lead story of our troops going after Sadr in Najaf. Not surprising, intellectual lightweight Joe Biden (Deleware) calls for the Secretary of Defenses' resignation!
It's truly a shame that our elected "leadership" is so spineless, and, totally lacking in principled discourse.

Newest Links

Although I'm not in 100% agreement with these two gentlemen all the time, they are 'spot on' concerning a great many things. I have added Michael Ledeen and Victor Davis Hanson to the list of links at left.

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Meanwhile, Iran plays a shell game with nulcear capabilities...

Interesting how our major media outlets continue to underplay stories concerning Iran's developement of "the nuclear option."
Does anyone...CAN anyone think about how we can let a Thugocracy obtain/develope weapons that would destroy all of civilization?
Bush is letting his 'pragmatic' tendencies undercut his truer 'gut' reaction to this situation. Thus, we are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq, and completely ignoring Iran and the Saudi's who are the epicenter of world unrest.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Economics and the EU

All the press said was that the creation of the EU was to foster the absence of trade barriers and create a new standard of living for all of Europe. Well, guess again, since the fundamental ideas controlling Europe are Socialist in nature, looks like all they've got to contend with now is a giant welfare-state government apparatus.
Here's some relevant observations from the article:
"Over the past decade, however, that approach was superseded by increasing centralization of economic decision-making in Brussels and top-down harmonization of rules of production, delivery and sale. Those pan-European regulations stifle competition. In effect, harmonization increases the costs of production throughout the EU to levels favored by high-cost producers in Western Europe. That eliminates competition from low-cost producers, such as those in Central and Eastern Europe."

Read the whole thing @:

Hat tip: TIA Daily

Good News...for the Sudan

A sewerhole of slavery and murder, the Sudan "has been assured" a seat on the United Nations Human Rights commission.
I'm sure you and I can rest easier now.

See my link to left on UN is Evil.

More new Links...

have been added and will be added. Hope you find them illuminating.

Outsourcing...the real issue is Education.

Here's an excellent article in Business 2.0 pointing out the deficiencies in our public education system, rather than blaming outsourcing.
Notice that almost all politicians assist in the 'cover-up' of teacher unions, to continue crippling the minds of the young, rather than relinquish government control of schooling.

The Religion of Peace!

Here's an excellent compendium of all One Hundred + verses of "jihad" in the Koran.
Hat tip: LGF (Little Green Footballs)

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Working on a new post about the destruction of science from both the Liberal and Conservative agenda's. Posted soon...

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Another Milestone for The Secular Foxhole

Martin of has added this site to his Blogroll. Once again, I'm honored to be included by such a popular and well-read Blog.
Thank you!

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