Archive for 22, July 2008

Iraq the world and everything Part DEUX

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 22, July 2008 by chockblock

In a previous Post I talked about how the media tired to re-invent the past four years.

Well now, Little Green Footballs, sends word that a movie might be made about “RatherGate.” As the story about supposed documents developed, CBS news stank into the sewer. Instead of skewering George Bush over Vietnam, Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes came out as fools. They wanted to believe. Phony documents did not stand in the way of a good story. The left wants to believe their narrative so badly they keep trying to re-tell the past. Mary Mapes wants her movie to re-cast her as the hero, taken down by corporate CBS and Bush.

This is not new.
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Taiwan Blues…

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers with tags , , on 22, July 2008 by chockblock

In From The Cold pointed me to this most excellent article in the Asian edition of the Wall St. Journal:

Arming Taiwan


During the eight-year tenure of former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian, political infighting between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the opposition Kuomintang stalled the funding for these weapons purchases. At the same time, Mr. Chen’s independence-leaning policies angered China’s leaders. Washington was displeased by Mr. Chen’s inability to push through the arms purchases, and because his actions and outspokenness interfered with improving U.S.-China relations.

The damage those eight years did to U.S.-Taiwan relations was considerable. Taiwan’s relative air, missile defense and antisubmarine warfare capabilities fell further behind as important Taiwan military acquisitions were postponed. China, however, purchased advanced weapons from the Soviet Union and increased funding for its own military research and development programs.

The media and the chosen one have all but ignored the drama in the Taiwan straight.

Taiwan has gone back and fourth between independence and detente with China. China considers Taiwan a part of China. Taiwan’s people are divided. They want democracy, but many remember why they fled to the island in the first place. Taiwan is a new democracy, but it’s a democracy nonetheless. China is a brutal communist regime, where they kill political dissidents and bill the family for the bullet.

It’s like when a woman tries to leave an abusive boyfriend. They talk about leaving, think about breaking up. Then the boyfriend puts a hole in her tires (with a gun) and stuffs her cat in the mailbox. China has tested missiles right off of the coast of Taiwan. They placed hundreds of military aircraft, missiles and ships in the straight. They passed a law saying that they would invade the island if:

* if events occur leading to the separation of Taiwan from China in any name, or
* if a major event occurs which would lead to Taiwan’s separation from China, or
* if all possibility of peaceful unification is lost.


China has many aircraft, missiles and ships it would use to break Taiwan. They need advanced hardware to hold the line. The time to act is now. During the Falklands war, President Ronald Regan support Great Britain over Argentina. He said that American supports democracy over a dictatorship. President Bush and his successor should do the same.

Anti-Darwin II

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , on 22, July 2008 by chockblock

A followup to my Anti-Darwin post, Little Green Footballs has excerpts of an article by Christopher Hitchens. Cave salamanders lost their eyes millions of years ago. Think about it. It the eye was sooo advanced why would they give them up? Eyes evolved from light sensitive cells. The human eye developed over millions of years. That these cave salamanders have vestigial eyes shows what the pressures of the environment (a light less cave) can cause.

Another article in the New Yorker called “Darwin’s Surprise” talks about the role viruses have played in human evolution.
A retrovirus inserts itself into the DNA of the host, using the host cells to make copies.

When the sequence of the human genome was fully mapped, in 2003, researchers also discovered something they had not anticipated: our bodies are littered with the shards of such retroviruses, fragments of the chemical code from which all genetic material is made. It takes less than two per cent of our genome to create all the proteins necessary for us to live. Eight per cent, however, is composed of broken and disabled retroviruses,

My classes in biology and zoology brushed on this topic. Many introns or bits of “junk DNA” were suspected to be old disabled viruses. So much for “intelligent design”. Why would a master “designer” have such shoddy work?

h/t: Little Green Footballs