Red White & Blue Hens

College students in Delaware who think right is right, and left is wrong. We study hard, party hard, and play hardball.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

RE: Global Warming causing Katrina Bull Sh&%

This is great:

You (OpinionJournal.com) are way too cynical and know-nothing in your mockery of RFK2 et al. The flood in Genesis was caused by Global Warming. So was the Johnstown Flood. So was Curt Flood. So were the Ten Plagues and the splitting of the Red Sea.

The Chicago Fire of 1871 was caused by Global Warming. So was the Panic of 1873. So was the Panic of 1837. The bubonic plague too was caused by Global Warming (how could you forget this?). So was the fall of Constantinople (note the parallel with the war in Iraq). And the Red Chinese onslaught across the Yalu River in the Korean War was caused by Global Warming. So was the Normandy Invasion in World War II. So was the Norman Invasion of 1066. And the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and Haley's Comet. And for that matter the Hale-Bopp Comet.

The title weather in "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" was clearly caused by Global Warming. So was the pink snow in "The Cat in the Hat." So was Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. So was the entire Civil War. So was the Amityville Horror. So was the Dunwich Horror. So was the failure of the Colorado Rockies to make it to the World Series every single year that they've been a Major League franchise. So was the failure of any of the three "Matrix" movies starring Keanu Reeves to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

AND GEORGE W'S ELECTION TO THE PRESIDENCY IN 2000 WAS CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING!!! (Why do you think he opposes an end to it, after all?)

---Eric Free of Oceanside, Colorado

For those of you who think disastrous hurricanes are a new phenomena, thus linked to "global warming" and all of its evils, please note that the two strongest storms ever recorded that affected the US were Hurricane Camille (1969) and the "Florida Keys" Hurricane (1935), decades prior to today. Also check out this link to the National Hurricane Center, which details the most intense hurricanes to hit the US, along with many other great statistics. Please also note that out of the top 34 most intense hurricanes, 20 of those occurred prior to 1950, with only 3 since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Forecasters have been predicting this current tragedy since Camille in '69. New Orleans being built on ground BELOW sea level, and surrounded by both the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Pontchartrain, has been asking for this disaster ever since the city was built. You see the worst part of a hurricane is the storm surge, not the wind, where a bubble/wall of water is carried in by the low pressure and southern winds directly to the right of the eye, and is deposited on shore, raising water levels to catastrophic heights. The destruction in Mississippi was caused by this, and the flooding in New Orleans has been caused by the breaking of the levee system holding back the Gulf and Lake. Check out this graphic to see how it works.

Moderates United?

Big picture strategists in both the Democratic and Republican parties like to speculate on the "emerging [insert favorite party] majority." Yet the only trend in evidence is an emerging independent majority. A 2001 University of Michigan study claims that the number of self-described independents rose in the second half of the 20th century from 28% to 37% of the electorate.

If this figure remained steady, for one of the two big parties to secure 51% it would have to leave the other with at most 12%. This is unimaginable. And the number of self-described independents is only likely to keep rising.

How to explain this trend is not a matter that can be easily settled, but a good starting-point explanation is that a certain kind of political center has consolidated that is economically conservative and socially tolerant, if not liberal.

As the lower-middle class of American society becomes economically literate, and the upper middle class is increasingly savvy, they become more market-friendly. With a better grasp of the mechanisms by which markets generate and then disseminate wealth, the power of economic populism is on the decrease. To be sure, a trend such as this cannot be linear and necessarily experiences periods of ups and downs. But there is an inevitability to it that the far Left cannot acknowledge.

Read the whole thing, as well as a rant on diversity at my blog.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Activites Night a Rousing Success!

First I'd like to thank all those who helped out at this evening's activities night at UD, helping us to sign up over 150 members. You guys are great, and we'll make UDCR's stronger than ever.

Second, but perhaps more importantly, I'd like to thank all those who did sign up, and officially welcome them to the Delaware College Republican family.

Also, I finally met Mike McKain in person.

All in all, a great success, and a great way to kick off the new semester at UD!

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Welcome Back!

So the school year officially starts this Tuesday, but I thought today would be a good day to welcome everybody back for Fall 2005.

This year, I hope to add more bloggers, have more fun with the CDems, and get some good discussion going. Membership is open to any College Republicans in Delaware. Send me an e-mail if you want to join, and I'll help you get started (it isn't that hard). So study hard, party hard, and play hardball.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Brooks Op-Ed

An enumeration of our plan in Iraq

Check out this link to an article in the Financial Times (UK)
It points out a few things that are part of the plan for winning in Iraq and bringing our guys home. In order to diffuse the perception of occupation, the MNF and Iraqis are working on a report that will specify where Iraqi troops and police can take over, and where we are still needed. I believe I read something that said that the report will be submitted in September. The idea is to remove MNF forces from the 14 peaceful provinces (which is already beginning in the South, the 3 Kurdish provinces and parts of Baghdad, Haifia St. in particular), and concentrate on the 4 provinces where the insurgency is strong. Doing that will allow us to significantly draw down forces, and place specialized units into the toughest town (i.e. no more Jessica Lynchs driving through Al-Anbar) This is of course reliant upon continued progress on the political front (constitution, Sunni participation in Dec elections). {see my posts below}

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Iraqi Constitution

Here is a link to the proposed Iraqi Constitution

At first glance it looks fair and representative of the different people of Iraq. I saw no reference to religious courts or Sharia Law, and with a quota of 25 percent female representation in the national parliament, womens rights should have some protection. The federalism proposal in a little confusing, but the oil wealth sharing plan seems reasonable. For arguments for and against federalism, check out the federalist papers, written by our drafters.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Progress

IraqtheModel Blog:

"Saturday, August 20, 2005

From Al-Sabah:

The residents of Fallujah are asking the authorities to increase the number of voters' registration offices in the city as the existing ones are not enough to finish the registration process of all eligible voters before the day of the referendum planned for October 15….

Well, the way things change in Iraq can be really surprising sometimes; just try to compare between Fallujah 12 months ago and today's Fallujah!"



This kind of long-term progress will diffuse the short term violence. Zarqawi/ex-Bathist/Fedayeen can still blow people up and place roadside bombs, but their support groups are melting away day by day. (see Society) Democracy is becoming the choice of all groups of Iraqis, and violence, even against the MNF is losing its appeal and legitimacy.

Friday, August 19, 2005

A little joke

I thought this was pretty funny:

What do you call Angry Left form letters (already written, just click send)?

Mad libs!


Maybe you need to be drinking to find it funny....oh well

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Should we search Grandpa Smith, or the guy with the 2-foot beard and Osama Bin Laden lunchbox?

In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by:
(a)Olga Corbutt
(b)Sitting Bull
(c)Arnold Schwarzenegger
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1979, the U.S. embassy in Iran was taken over by:
(a)Lost Norwegians
(b)Elvis
(c)A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

During the 1980s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
(a)John Dillinger
(b)The King of Sweden
(c)The Boy Scouts
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1983, the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
(a)A pizza delivery boy
(b)Pee Wee Herman
(c)Geraldo Rivera making up for a slow news day
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked, and a 70-year-old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard by:
(a)The Smurfs
(b)Davy Jones
(c)The Little Mermaid
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens, and a U.S. Navy diver was murdered by:
(a)Captain Kid
(b)Charles Lindbergh
(c)Mother Teresa
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
(a)Scooby Doo
(b)The Tooth Fairy
(c)Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
(a)Richard Simmons
(b)Grandma Moses
(c)Michael Jordan
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1998, the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
(a)Mr. Rogers
(b)Hillary, to distract attention from Wild Bill's women problems
(c)The World Wrestling Federation to promote "Mustapha the Merciless"
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked and destroyed and thousands of people were killed by:
(a)Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd
(b)The Supreme Court of Florida
(c)Mr. Bean
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
(a)Enron
(b)The Lutheran Church
(c)The NFL
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
(a)Bonnie and Clyde
(b)Captain Kangaroo
(c)Billy Graham
(d)Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40


Just something to think about for those who support worthless politically correct searches, whether they be in a NYC subway station or in an airport.

Cindy's Tirade

Drudge Report:
So declared Cindy Sheehan earlier this year during a rally at San Francisco State University.

Sheehan, who is demanding a second meeting with Bush, stated: "We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now."

Sheehan unleashed a foul-mouth tirade on April 27, 2005:

"They’re a bunch of fucking hypocrites! And we need to, we just need to rise up..." Sheehan said of the Bush administration.

"If George Bush believes his rhetoric and his bullshit, that this is a war for freedom and democracy, that he is spreading freedom and democracy, does he think every person he kills makes Iraq more free?"

"The whole world is damaged. Our humanity is damaged. If he thinks that it’s so important for Iraq to have a U.S.-imposed sense of freedom and democracy, then he needs to sign up his two little party-animal girls. They need to go to this war."

"We want our country back and, if we have to impeach everybody from George Bush down to the person who picks up dog shit in Washington, we will impeach all those people."

She is losing credibility day by day as these things come out. There is zero chance the President will meet with someone who speaks like this.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Iraqi Unity in the Sunni Triangle

Rising up against insurgent leader Abu Musab Zarqawi, Iraqi Sunni Muslims in Ramadi fought with grenade launchers and automatic weapons Saturday to defend their Shiite neighbors against a bid to drive them from the western city, Sunni leaders and Shiite residents said. . . .

Dozens of Sunni members of the Dulaimi tribe established cordons around Shiite homes, and Sunni men battled followers of Zarqawi, a Jordanian, for an hour Saturday morning. The clashes killed five of Zarqawi's guerrillas and two tribal fighters, residents and hospital workers said. Zarqawi loyalists pulled out of two contested neighborhoods in pickup trucks stripped of license plates, witnesses said.

The leaders of four of Iraq's Sunni tribes had rallied their fighters in response to warnings posted in mosques by followers of Zarqawi. The postings ordered Ramadi's roughly 3,000 Shiites to leave the city of more than 200,000 in the area called the Sunni Triangle. The order to leave within 48 hours came in retaliation for alleged expulsions by Shiite militias of Sunnis living in predominantly Shiite southern Iraq.

"We have had enough of his nonsense," said Sheik Ahmad Khanjar, leader of the Albu Ali clan, referring to Zarqawi. "We don't accept that a non-Iraqi should try to enforce his control over Iraqis, regardless of their sect--whether Sunnis, Shiites, Arabs or Kurds.''

Monday, August 08, 2005

Republican Youth on the Rise

Check it out...


College Republicans On The MarchWASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2005

This article was written by Lauren H. Clark.

Berkeley, Oberlin, and NYU beware -- college Republicans are taking aim at the bastions of liberal academia, equipped with resources that blow most of their Democratic counterparts out of the water.

Feisty college Republicans are taking on what they see as the liberal establishment on college campuses across the country. They have $17 million in their war chest from the last two years alone, and three times as many chapters and twice the membership that they had just six years ago.

These young GOP's have a clear plan of attack that has already been executed at some of the nation's most traditionally leftie institutions.

First, confront liberal bias at the core by calling out professors they think are guilty. Next, get creative about attracting members and making conservatism cool on campus. Then, get prominent conservative speakers on campus, push to open student publications to conservative voices or start conservative newspapers.

Tired of being cast out on the sidelines of college life, a growing sector of the campus cons is looking to extend beyond the party's seersucker and horn-rimmed reputation -- and if that means spending hours passing out flyers in the middle of campus and adopting keg parties, so be it.

In the recent election for the new chairman of the College Republican National Committee, CRNC, a self-described "populist" from University of Calif. -- Berkeley nearly upset the frontrunner from South Dakota. In the tightest race in over 30 years, delegates from over 200 chapters barely chose former CRNC treasurer Paul Gourley -- seen as a stalwart from the previous administration -- over upstart candidate Michael Davidson.

A narrow 16-vote margin decided the eventual winner; the last time the election for chair was that close, an ambitious dropout from the University of Utah named Karl Rove came out on top. The College Republicans have been a GOP breeding ground whose past chairmen also include controversial strategist Lee Atwater, head of the Americans For Tax Reform Grover Norquist, and scandal-ridden lobbyist Jack Abramoff (he served twice). The notion their president could come from Berkeley was quite an awakening.

So how was Berkley’s Davidson able to pick up so much steam? With R&B artist Usher blasting in the background, Davidson described his goals as "more of a desire to include and empower the everyday college Republican -- the guy or girl who just gets picked up at a membership table." Calling for "more transparency" within the CRNC, his campaign fed off of the growing idea that college Republicans are now primed and ready to extend their influence among a greater variety of students.

"It's a matter of style," Davidson explained.

But growth requires money, and the CRNC is a relatively new player in the world large-scale fundraising. Before the campaign finance laws of 2002, the College Republicans were a subsidiary of the Republican National Committee, receiving a yearly stipend of $150,000. Now, the organization draws heavily from the help of alumni and Republican supporters nation-wide. From 2003 to 2004, the CRNC raised $17 million on its own, with upwards of $2 million going directly into usable funds. With this explosion of available cash, the organization has gained the means to drastically expand its ambitions.

One of the most effective ways to raise awareness about anything among the college-age set is to make it more, well, popular. While back in the 1960s heyday of student protests, liberal students charged conservative-leaning professors with marginalizing liberal viewpoints in the classroom, the Republican radicals of today insist that their voices are being silenced by ex-hippie academics.

"When [students] listen to Democrats and their college professors, they're getting a message that's not what they hear at home or in the mainstream media," said CRNC Executive Director Doug McGregor. "And that's just not what they agree with."

They have a point. In the 2004 presidential race, professors at America's top-five schools (ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, The University of Pennsylvania and Duke) sent almost 96 percent of their political donations to Senator John Kerry's Democratic campaign. The numbers are even more lopsided in some fields of study. A 2003 survey found that in some departments, such as sociology and anthropology, liberal-leaning faculty outnumbered conservatives by almost thirty-to-one.

According to an increasingly vocal contingent of campus conservatives, the carryover of liberal political bias into the classroom is undeniable.

"I've definitely felt uncomfortable with a professor who was very involved with the Dean Campaign. It was a very small class in my freshman year and I was terrified to let it be known that I was a conservative. I really was afraid that he would attack me and I knew that I would not be able to stand up to him. The man had been a professor for thirty years, and I knew that I didn't know enough then to take him on," said Julie Aud, a junior at the University of Indiana and press secretary for the campus' College Republicans. "As conservatives we should never have to feel uncomfortable in the classroom because of our beliefs."

In response, students have taken matters into their own hands by speaking out in class, challenging their professors and compiling an extensive record of just how often teachers shoot opposing ideas down. And they're doing it systematically.

To document bias, websites run by outside organizations, such as Students for Academic Freedom, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Higher Education, Campus Watch, Speechcodes.org and Noindoctrination.org, encourage students to post examples of their personal experiences. Postings are listed by date or school, with accusations ranging from casual anti-Bush administration remarks and narrowly-focused readings, to all-out refusals to address student comments.

Increasingly, conservatives are also creating their own alternatives to popular on-campus activities that are aimed at ruffling feathers of their liberal counterparts.

Back in February 2003, at the height of the debate over affirmative action at the University of Michigan, -- aimed at defying discrimination by giving minorities priority in the college application process -- the College Republicans at UCLA staged an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale." By charging minorities and women less for brownies and chocolate chip cookies, the chapter intended to rub passersby the wrong way, but the event soon took on a life of its own.

By March, 2005, at least five more had popped up around the west coast, and by the end of the school year, the phenomenon had spread to dozens of chapters throughout the country, inciting controversy in almost every case.

At New York University -- where mohawks, piercings, tattoos and anti-establishment warriors have long found a home -- protesters swarmed the Republicans' table soon after it was set up. Within weeks, an even larger group gathered in a formal rally for affirmative action, on-campus diversity and increased financial aid.

Another on-campus attention grabber is the "Conservative Coming Out Day", which features students touting their viewpoints in central areas of campus, hoping to gain as much attention as possible. As a blatant spoof of popular celebrations of gay, lesbian, queer and transgender sexual orientation that go by a similar name, these "Coming Out Days" are meant to emphasize how marginalized some feel in their day-to-day lives. Often though, they are seen as a mocking attack on liberal sympathies toward issues such as gay marriage and homosexual civil rights, or even as attacks on gays themselves. Either way, they certainly succeed at gaining notice.

Something is working. While in 1999 the organization had fewer than 100,000 students in just over 400 chapters, it has grown today to include over 200,000 members in 1,500 chapters nation-wide.

McGregor attributes this dramatic rise to two factors: the resurrection of their "Field Program", which features hired college students who work full time for the CRNC to spread recruiting tactics, and the popularity of President George W. Bush.

"College students used to go through life and issues didn't really affect them, and I think after 9/11, they stepped back and said 'Hey, this really does affect us,'" said McGregor in attempting to explain the motivation for casual politicos to become activists.

The rise in membership brings with it a greater demand for conservative voices in campus publications, which many say are dominated by liberal commentary and story choices. Thanks in a large part to outside organizations such as the Virginia-based Leadership Institute, which offers one-day workshops on how to either infiltrate existing campus papers, or attract the means to start up their own, this is becoming increasingly possible. Though not officially linked to the College Republicans, the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership program created 22 new conservative campus publications in 2004. Of course, many of these were aided by $500 grants taken out of the Institute's pockets, but the CRNC is ready and willing to take any assistance it can get.

While the College Republicans have yet to become the coolest club on every campus, they've certainly become more noticeable and they're intent on making themselves heard.

By Lauren H. Clark©MMV, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.


CRs across the nation are kicking butt. Lets keep it up!

NYCLU sues city over subway searches

I know, I know; It happened last week, but it's been bugging me, so i commented on it on my personal blog [link].

Sunday, August 07, 2005

"Through a Mirror, Darkly"

Last week, an Israeli army deserter shot up a busload of Palestinians, killing four before an angry mob killed him. The reactions to this incident were quite enlightening...

(from Jay Tea at Wizbang)


cnn news story

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Take a lesson from Madden

It was my best friend(Mike) and me. It was two controllers in our hands. It was 1994. It was SEGA, and it was Joe Montana sports talk football. We've come a long way since then.

Back then, we played this game religously: hours on end. I remember it was a month of July, where we had back-2-back-2-back sleepovers: 3 nights in a row for the first time ever. What did we do: played SEGA. I was always the Vikings, and he was either the Eagles(worst team) or 49ers (best team). You could run pass plays, or running plays and that was about it. No trades, no free agents: just football- and it was awesome. Now: it's ancient.

Madden 2006 is about to come out in just a few days. It has more plays, more commentary, MUCH BETTER graphics, more features: franchise mode, superstar mode, owner mode, you can set the prices of hot dogs. It's so cool, even the cheerleaders jugglers bounce while they dance (Mike's favorite feature).

Once upon a time, the President was Franklin Roosevelt, and the country was in crisis. In a sense: Roosevelt built the first video games. He didn't just create "Joe Montana sports talk football", but he also created SimCity and other "ancient" games. In reality we call them Social Security and Medicare. They were big, they were awesome, they provided a service and it was "great"....

Now, here we are, 60+ years after Roosevelt, and we're still playing the same old video games: and they're getting old! We can do so much better- and the numbers prove it. Social Security is headed down a path that will put it in deficit and one day it will no longer be functional. It's time to end the days of the game cartridges of Sega, and time to move onto the CD's of PS2 and XBox. It's time to move on from simple benefits that are becomming smaller and smaller (like a SEGA game would get worse and worse the longer you played: if the SEGA got too hot)to personal investment accounts that bring promise to the table, and the hope of one day having the ability to build true wealth.

It's time to get modern, Joe Montana Sports talk football was great, but I wouldn't have the patience for it today. It's time to move on.