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Who Will Break the News to the House of Lords?

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Oh dear – it seems the earth was quite a bit warmer in the past:

The fossilised bones of two ancient hippos have been found in Norfolk.

They are said to be more than 450,000 years old and were recovered from a quarry along with horse, hyena, fish and a variety of rodent remains.

Researchers believe the fossils open a new window on the UK’s past in the early Middle Pleistocene when average temperatures were about 2C higher.

Do you suppose the hippos were burning fossil fuels before becoming fossils?

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June 30, 2004 at 11:58 pm

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The Federalist Society Is Circulating a Letter from a US Marine to the Savages

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The full text:

From a Marine officer on the Iraqi warfront with Jihadistan…

(This is an open letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, “Islamic Response,” and the rest of the so-called al-Qa’ida “insurgents” in Iraq and elsewhere.  We don’t have an e-mail address for these swine—though we are closing in on their snail-mail address, but we are forwarding this letter to Federalist Patriots around the world in the hope you good people will forward it to as many other Patriots as possible to rally prayer and support for our fellow Marine, Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun.  Should these al-Qa’ida pigs spill his blood, we want them to rest assured that the contents of this letter will eventually be nailed to their foreheads. Thank you for your assistance.)

To al-Qa’ida terrorists in Iraq:

I see that you have captured a U.S. Marine, and that you plan to cut off his head if your demands are not met. Big mistake. Before you carry out your threat I suggest you read up on Marine Corps history.  The Japanese tried the same thing on Makin Island and in a few other places during World War Two, and came to regret it. Go ahead and read about what then happened to the mighty Imperial Army on Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. They paid full price for what they did, and you will too.

You look at America and you see a soft target, and to a large extent you are right. Our country is filled with a lot of spoiled children who drive BMWs, sip decaf lattes and watch ridiculous reality TV shows. They are for the most part decent, hard working citizens, but they are soft.  When you cut off Nick Berg’s head those people gasped, and you got the media coverage you sought, and then those people went back to their lives.  This time it is different. We also have a warrior culture in this country, and they are called Marines. It is a brotherhood forged in the fire of many wars, and the bond between us is stronger than blood. While it is true that this country has produced nitwits like John Kerry, Michael Moore, Howard Dean and Jane Fonda who can be easily manipulated by your gruesome tactics, we have also produced men like Jason Dunham, Brian Chontosh and Joseph Perez. If you don’t recognize those names you should. They are all Marines who distinguished themselves fighting to liberate Iraq, and there will be many more just like them coming for you.

Before the current politically correct climate enveloped our culture one of the recruiting slogans of our band of brothers was “The Marine Corps Builds Men.” You will soon find out just how true that is. You, on the other hand, are nothing but a bunch of women. If you were men you would show your faces, and take us on in a fair fight. Instead, you are cowards who hide behind masks and decapitate helpless victims. If you truly represented the interest of the Iraqi people you would not be ambushing those who come to your country to repair your power plants, or sabotage the oil pipelines which fuel the Iraqi economy. Your agenda is hate, plain and simple.

When you raise that sword over your head I want you to remember one thing.  Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is not alone as he kneels before you.  Every Marine who has ever worn the uniform is there with him, and when you strike him you are striking all of us. If you think the Marines were tough on you when they were cleaning out Fallujah a few weeks ago you haven’t seen anything yet. If you want to know what it feels like to have the Wrath of God called down upon you then go ahead and do it. We are not Turkish truck drivers, or Pakistani laborers, or independent contractors hoping to find work in your country. We are the United States Marines, and we will be coming for you.

(Circulation of this message is being sponsored by The Federalist Patriot, the most widely read conservative e-journal on the Internet.  If you have not already joined the ranks of Patriots receiving The Federalist Patriot, we encourage you to do so. This highly acclaimed conservative digest of news, policy and opinion will be delivered FREE by e-mail to your inbox each week. Simply link to—http://Federalist.com/subscribe/patriots.asp If you don’t have Web access, send a blank e-mail to and you will be subscribed automatically.)

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June 30, 2004 at 11:43 pm

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Straw, Grasp II

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This one is bizarre.  Now the Kerry Blog is darkly hinting at a coincidence between the Bush Administration and the Snakehead fish in the Potomac:

Can it be just a coincidence that the rapacious northern snakehead has taken up residence in the Potomac River during the reign of George Bush? The snakehead is a peculiarly fitting fishy symbol for an administration that has wreaked such havoc on the country’s environment.

Kerry should recall an old friend of his – the former Governor of Massachusetts – who in his ill-fated bid for president referred to a sitting President as a “fish, rotting from the head down.” That liberal from Massachusetts was defeated by George Bush the Elder.  Maybe Kerry’s blog should be looking for another analogy.

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June 30, 2004 at 4:48 pm

The Old Battlewagons

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Obsolete though they may be, there is still nothing like a battleship.  Strategy Page makes the case for bringing two of the last back:

These perceived shortfalls in fire support are the reason that there has been a lobbying effort to reactivate at least two of the Iowa-class battleships, led by the United States Naval Fire Support Association (USNFSA). The two ships that would return to service should the USNFSA get its way are the Iowa (the #2 turret has been nearly repaired, and the parts to complete the repairs are stored in that turret) and the Wisconsin. These ships would be equipped with shells developed from the HE-ER Mk 148 program (cancelled after the 1991 decommissioning of the battleships). The Ex-148 was slated to have a range of 91 kilometers using a 13.5-inch (343mm) shell in a sabot. An 11-inch (280mm) version would have had a range of 180 kilometers (equivalent to the 155mm AGS). These shells, at 1,400 pounds/635 kilograms and 694 pounds/315 kilograms respectively, are much larger than the shells from the 127mm and 155mm guns. For targets close to shore (within 15 miles/25 kilometers or so), the Iowas could use their regular shells, either the 2,700-pound (1,225-kilogram) armor-piercing shell or the 1,900-pound (862-kilogram) high-capacity shell. This is possible due to the fact that the Iowa-class battleships carry much more armor than the Burke and Zumwalt-class destroyers, and are thus much more resistant to damage.

The Iowa class has certainly been among the most long-lived of US warships.  Four were commisioned during WWII: Iowa (BB61), New Jersey (BB62), Missouri (BB63), and Wisconsin (BB64).  Two more, the Illinois (BB65) and the Kentucky (BB66) were never completed. The ships cost the taxpayers $100 million each in 1944, but they can be said to be a bargain given that they are still potentially viable warships six decades later.  One, the Missouri saw the surrender of the Japanese Empire in Tokyo Bay and is now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.  The New Jersey is slated to become a museum.  With nine 16 inch guns apiece, the Iowa and the Wisconsin represent more artillery firepower than most countries possess.  As with ships like the German Bismarck and the Japanese Yamato, they were the epitome of the battleship (the Montana Class, had any been built, would have eclipsed the Iowas).  While those ships and their sisters are long gone, the Iowa class stands ready to serve again. Surely something to consider.

Here are all four.  That’s the Iowa in the foreground.

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June 29, 2004 at 11:18 pm

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Well, It’s Honest

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Hillary Clinton gets points for honesty I suppose:

Headlining an appearance with other Democratic women senators on behalf of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for re-election this year, Hillary Clinton told several hundred supporters—some of whom had ponied up as much as $10,000 to attend—to expect to lose some of the tax cuts passed by President Bush if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress.

“Many of you are well enough off that … the tax cuts may have helped you,” Sen. Clinton said. “We’re saying that for America to get back on track, we’re probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.” [emphasis mine]

Behalf of the common good?  The arrogance is astounding – what makes Hillary Clinton think she knows what’s the common good?  Look real close people – this is the thinking of the left: step away from your wallet.  We’ll take care of you and let you have just enough so that you’ll never, ever be free of those of us who know better. Tyranny by any other name.

via Drudge

Update

Professor Bainbridge concurs and offers additional opinion.

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June 29, 2004 at 10:38 pm

Can the Liberals Explain This?

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Can those on the left explain this? And will John Kerry denounce it?

via Instapundit among others …

Update

None of the readers here have seen fit to answer the question, but Junkyard Blog takes liberals to task on this.  I cannot ever remember anything like this being published in the National Review or the Weekly Standard on Clinton’s watch. 

So why do you hate the guy? Is it just because he’s proving how useless your politicies are, and how useless your hero Wild Bill was against terrorism? What is it? And why do you people feel the need to ratchet up the hate minute by minute?

You’re taking yourselves and our country down a very dangerous road.

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June 29, 2004 at 10:33 pm

Behind the Times

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From the Guardian:

Tony Blair today comes under criticism from a group of scientists and diplomats for failing to use Britain’s “special relationship” with the US to put pressure on US president George Bush to ratify the Kyoto protocol.

The intervention is made by peers on the cross-party House of Lords science and technology committee, whose members demand that Britain redouble its efforts to persuade Mr Bush to change his mind on climate change.

How cute is it that? The House of Lords – as antiquated and rickety an institution as there is – has a science and technology committee.  One can certainly afford a wry little grin at the notion of their lordships discussing the latest advances in ornithology or marveling over that newfangled technology the steam engine.  Indeed, that last seems much on their minds what with the coming ice age and what.

Clearly, however, they appear to have missed the vote in an elected upper house, which nixed the thing 95-0.  They also appear to have missed that little bit that piece of foolscrap known as the United States Constitution which requires all treaties to be ratified by the Senate in addition to bearing the president’s signature.

Oh well, perhaps they think that those pesky colonists will come around.  But really, isn’t it time for tea and some of that clotted cream to go along with that clotted thinking?

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June 29, 2004 at 10:15 pm

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