Friday, May 06, 2005


Two new studies confirm that CLEANER air contribute to global warming (hat-tip MICHELE MALKIN). Cleaner air - with less smog, less dark particulates that SHADED THE EARTH FROM RADIANT WARMING - means that the Earth absorbs more heat, warms up more.

Increased sunlight is powerful; this increased local sunlight (from lack of cloud cover) - and NOT GLOBAL/MAN-MADE CO2 is what's causing the Kilimanjaro Glacier to melt (see previous post HERE).

The MORE SMOG we have; the LESS HOT the Earth gets. SMOG/POLLUTION DECREASES global warming.

It seems to me, therefore, that the Leftie "GLOBAL WARMING FREAKS" - who up until now have militantly supported KYOTO - should instead be pro-pollution and demanding a repeal of KYOTO and the CLEAN AIR-CLEAN WATER ACT. Heh.

SERIOUSLY: I think these studies show just how COMPLEX global atmospherics really are. And why we shouldn't just rush into ALARMIST treaties (like KYOTO) which will hamstring economic growth and thereby impair the First World's ability to improve Third World living standards. IMHO: the greatest contribution advanced ecomonies can make to improving Third World living standards would occur if the Global community would ABANDON KYOTO and just spend more money on water treatment and malaria control in the Third World.


The SOCIALISTS're at it again in Germany: blaming external/non-German leeches for their domestic economic woes (which is what SOCIALIST Hitler did the last time UNEMPLOYMENT was as high as it is now). It didn't do them - or the world - any good the last time the socialists tried this strategy; it won;t so anybody any good now, either. (THEY REALLY NEED A GERMAN THATCHER AND THEY NEED HER NOW!)

Thursday, May 05, 2005


BRAZIL: U.S. TERMS FOR AIDS HELP SPURNED - The Ministry of Health has turned down a $40 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development [that's USAID - the LEAD agency for TSUNAMI RELIEF, among other things] - to help fight AIDS rather than accept a Bush administration policy that would have required it to condemn prostitution.
So, let's get this straight: the Brazilians would rather NOT condemn prostitution, and let their prized whores go on infecting people with STD'S - which INCLUDES HIV - than take direct aid from the USA.

Then, they deserve socialism and AIDS.


The WSJ had TWO fascinating MUST READ OP-EDS on the separation of church and state. One, in favor of religion's influence on the state, by James Taranto - of BOTW fame; the other by renowned atheist former socialist and pro-Bush Hawk - the brilliant Chris Hitchens.

I think Hitchens - and the religiophobic Left - miss the point ENTIRELY: Hitch makes a decent argument for why the state must NEVER become sectarian, but he is completely blind to why the PEOPLE (from whom the state derives all of its just and limited powers) are better off if their core beliefs are religiously informed - AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SECTARIANISM.

The great positive value of religiousness TRANSCENDS SECTARIANISM, and this is evidenced by the fact that so many of the Founding Fathers were Deists. Having a deep belief in transcendent UNIVERSAL VALUES based on eternal truths that are beyond and above human perspective has been an extremely valuable and positive influence on human behavior and on government in a PLURALISTIC republican democratic system.

We should NEVER have a state where one SECT has secular power over ANYONE, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION SAYS! The Constitution does NOT REPEAT DOES NOT say that there must be a wall of separation between religion and state (to use Hitchens expression); the Constitution merely says that the State shall NOT ESTABLISH an official religion - which meant that the governement shall not tax everyone and give the money to a sect, or put one sect above the others.

Hitchens and the Left CONFUSE AND CONFLATE these two ideas, and that another reason that they are so religiophiobic. (For other reasons click HERE and HERE.)

Being a people whose majority still recognizes transcendent UNIVERSAL values means we have BEDROCK UNCHANGING VALUES to use as a compass as temporal things shift year to year, and it keeps our state from becoming a mere majoritarian tool relativistic trends: just because a majority of voters wanna do something doesn't mean it's RIGHT in a transcendent UNIVERSAL sense; that why we have a Constitution, and its why our DECLARATION declares that we are ENDOWED RIGHTS BY OUR CREATOR (and not the King, or a Prime Minister, or a Parliament or anything or anybody else! And NO MAJORITY can EVER take these ENDOWED RIGHTS away from us).

Contrary to what the Left feels, people of faith are not idiotarian podunks with torches hunting witches; people of faith ended slavery, and founded ALL the great Ivy League universities in this country. And NON-SECTARIAN religiousness made Washington and Lincoln and FDR universalists who defended and promoted the UNIVERSAL VALUES which are the underlying reason for democracy for each and every human.

We must never allow any sect - INLCUDING THE TINY SECT OF ATHEISM - to have control of our government. But we should allow the NON-SECTARIAN UNIVERSALISM and TRANSCENDENCE of religion to inform EVERYTHING WE DO, EVERYDAY - including our laws, and our government.

Our lives and our liberty and our happiness are much improved when they are tempered by faith in a power and in values and in laws which are beyond our reach as individuals and our reach as a people and beyond the reach of any politician. These are the RELIGIOUS YET NON-SECTARIAN values - perhaps best described as NATURAL LAW - which are embedded the bedrock of our nation: The Declaration and The Constitution.

History shows that when "Do what thou wilt" is the whole of the law, or that when people "Do what is right in their own eyes" that evil and chaos and mayhem result.

WHY IS THIS SO? Well, when we cast the non-sectarian universal values over-the-side than our ship of state can only drift with the trendy winds (or be led by the strongest strong-arm who manages to get control of the tiller) until it crashes into the reef of moral relativism and sinks into the sea of regrets.

The UNIVERSAL, TRANSCENDENT AND ETERNAL VALUES WHICH ONLY RELIGION PROVIDES are the map and the compass and the North Star. With them we won't get lost or sink into the sea.

UPDATE: David Brooks has interesting things to say on the issue HERE. I think he - like Hitchens - is too timid of non-sectarian influence; I think this BIAS AGAINST RELIGION is a result of the fact that the Academy is dominated by ATHEISTIC Leftists who have more-or-less brain-washed a few generations of Americans into believing that religion is bad. In fact, SOCIALISM killed more people in the 20th Century than religion did in that century or IN THE PRECEDING 20!

Atheism, and religiophobia are the "opiates" of the Left; socialism is the syringe. The Left-wing professors who dominate the Academy are the dope-pushers. The Left-wingers who dominate the MSM and Hollywood are their apologists.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005



Sen. Norm Coleman is preparing subpoenas in order to force two former Oil-for-Food investigators to testify, FOX News has learned.The Republican chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations could issue the direct challenge as early as Wednesday to Paul Volcker, head of the Independent Inquiry Committee probing corruption in the $64 billion U.N. program. The subpoenas would be the latest salvo in a brewing fight over access to possibly incriminating testimony and diplomatic immunity.
After the release of the second report, Parton and Duncan resigned as investigators, objecting to the committee's handling of Annan's dealings with Swiss company Cotecna, which was contracted under the program and that once employed Kojo Annan. "Contrary to recent published reports, I resigned my position as senior investigative counsel for the IIC not because my work was complete but on principle," Parton told The Associated Press in a statement.

Congressional sources told FOX News last week that they believe Volcker is terrified of the damage the investigators' testimony could do to his credibility. U.N. experts said the showdown between Volcker and Congress would be critical. “It's also being pointed out that if Mr. Volcker is asserting that his team has U.N. diplomatic immunity, then he is admitting that his committee is not in fact independent but a part of the very organization it is supposed to be objectively investigating,” said Nile Gardiner of the
Heritage Foundation.
The MSM has virtually ignored this HUGE story - and Volker's own conflict if interest. Thank God for Claudia Rossett and Fox and Roger L. Simon. Watch them - and Austin Bay - talk about it on Kudlow & Co, courtesy of Trey Jackson. And God Bless Norm Coleman.


Yom Hashoah - which begins this evening - commemorates The Holocaust. The Holocaust was but one instance of genocide against the Jewish People. It was an awful one, on a scale that still sickens the soul and boggles the mind of any sane person. The Holocaust murdered ONE THIRD of the Jewish People. But it did not wipe us out. Nothing has. Ever.

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
How could these two sentences in The Bible be true if history reflects that in age after age, tyrant after tyrant has attacked the Jews? Because, the Jews survived each genocidal attack, while their attackers have vanished: the Pharoah and his ilk are GONE; the Assyrian Kingdom and its creed - GONE; the Roman Empire and its pantheon is GONE; the NAZIS, Hitler and his 1000 year Reich - dead, and their modern, nihilistic ideology - GONE. And so on.

What is it that makes the Jews able to persist while these "great" empires have vanished? The word of the Lord.

My extended family lost nearly two dozen in The Holocaust. My people lost a third of our brethren. But what has Europe lost?

Perhaps the Europeans too will vanish - just as Byzantium vanished into Turkey, and just as Constantinople - the seat of the Empire - became Istanbul. Perhaps modern Europe - which is fading from political relevance TODAY - will vanish as an outpost of Western Civilization in the near future, as a result of: demographic entropy; their surrender to non-Western non-assimiliating immigrant culture; and their adherence to chic post-war/post-modern versions of nihilistic moral relativism. Europe is fast becoming Eurabia, and when that transformation is complete, then Europe as we have known her for the last two thousand years, will have vanished.

Or, perhaps Pope Benedict 16 -- a German and a Gentile who is a friend to the Jewish People, who has avowed that The Scripture is true, the Mosaic Covenant still valid, and the Jewish People practising an authentic faith of God -- will be able to save Europe. He has said that this is his major mission; it's even why he chose the name he did. The Pope knows exactly who his enemy is: nihilistic moral relativism. If he can undo Europe's nihilistic moral relativism - and get the Europeans to truly repent, to truly turn away from their anti-Semitism and their anti-Zionism - in their streets, and in their homes, and in their Parliaments (which nearly all favor the enemies of Israel), then perhaps Europe will be saved. And Scripture - in this case Genesis 12: 2-3 - once again fulfilled. Either way: Scripture will be fulfilled...


The next president of Mexico - succeeding the inept illegal immigration booster Vincente Fox (see earlier posts HERE and HERE), - is likely going to be a flaming LEFTIST. And he will probably be as bad a tyrant as Chavez and Fidel. Here is is IN HIS OWN WORDS (from the NYTIMES):
Mayor López Obrador did not disagree. "There is the impression that I am authoritarian," he said. "But social movements require strong leadership."
That's just what Stalin said! The NYTIMES adds:
"... his left-leaning, hard-charging political style has many in the ruling elite and analysts abroad worried that Mexico could go the way of Venezuela, which is embroiled in a class war as President Hugo Chávez rides a wave of anti-American sentiment. It is a wave that has swept leftist politicians into power across Latin America. And like Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Brazil and Tabaré Vásquez of Uruguay, Mr. López Obrador personifies the angry disappointment with Washington-backed promarket economic policies that have stabilized the economy for the rich but failed to lift up the poor."
These Leftie populist demogogues south of the Rio Grande are setting back their nations another 100 years - while we have our eye on problems on East, Central, South and Southeast Asia. I hope that ib his new job as head of the World Bank that WOLFOWITZ can exert some pressure and get some sensible reform down there. I am doubtful. I PREDICT (that - just as Arafat's death and Harriri's murder helped trigger events in the Middle East): that real reform in Latin America will only occur AFTER Castro's death - may it come soon.


A plan to provide an alternative form of energy in Wisconsin is pitting two sets of environmentalists against each other. Some favor cleaner air, others want to protect nearby wildlife. [...] A Chicago-based energy company wants to build 133 wind turbines ... that could produce enough energy to power 100,000 homes near the city of Fond du Lac. [...] But wildlife enthusiasts oppose the project. The reason? Birds. The turbines may be as close as a mile and a half from the Horicon Marsh, a federally protected wildlife preserve. [...] A state environmental impact report has concluded that not enough evidence is available to say what kind of impact wind turbines could have on bird populations.
This is merely another case of NIMBY - "Not In My Back Yard" - and proves that the Left is really composed of UNREALISTIC UTOPIANISTS. Lefties on Nantucket - like Heinz-Kerry and Cronkite - similarly opposed a wind farm off their coast, because it would spoil their view - NIMBY strikes again, or (IOW): "extra rights for me, but it for thee."

I think it's GREAT and HIGH-LARIOUS that one tyrannical utopianist sect ("save the owl"/PETA-types) is bumping heads with another (the global warming gas-heads). It kind of reminds me of when other Leftists bumped heads: Stalin and Trotsky; and then Hitler and Stalin. It's inevitable of course: in a utopianist world, there's only room for one "god," and it's his way or the highway - or the gulag, or the eastern front.

Both of these tyrannical Greenie Groups have insane basic tenets: one feels that extinction is unnatural and should be repealed, and the other that climate change is unnatural (and man-made) and can be stopped. These Greenie types are IDIOTS: extinction and climate change are as natural and as old as the Earth itself. They can no more be banished from existence than we can banish idiots like them.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005


Delgado and Kerry: Two liars who smeared and slandered and libeled the US Military. More at POWERLINE. And at Polipundit, too - and Lorie Byrd has LOADS OF LINKS. And as ALWAYS: MALKIN!


The title of this post reads: "Ridley Scott is to truth about the Crusades, as Michael Moore is to truth about the Iraq War."

Or the Left-wing anti-America/Anti-West/anti-tradition propagandists of Hollywood strike again! Anti-West propaganda - like F451 and Kingdom of Heaven - has no respect for the truth; (that's not terribly surprising, "sophisticated" haute culture post-modernist Leftists like Moore and Scott feel that objective truth doesn't really exist!).


AND BY THE WAY: most of the critics think the movie sucks.

UPDATE: Welcome AMERICAN THINKER readers! Thomas Lifson of A.T. suggests: "For those who want to learn the true history behind the Crusades, see part one of Dr. Andrew Bostom's definitive article on the subject."

MAN WAKES UP FROM 10 YEAR "COMA" - Terry Schiavo might've too...

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — A firefighter brain-damaged in a 1995 roof collapse had an "amazing" weekend, recognizing and speaking with his four sons and other family and friends for the first time in years, a family spokesman said Monday. "I want to talk to my wife," Donald Herbert said out of the blue Saturday at the skilled nursing facility here he has lived for more than seven years. Staff members put Linda Herbert on the telephone. It was the first of many conversations he had during a 14-hour stretch, Herbert's uncle, Simon Manka said. "How long have I been away?" Herbert asked. "We told him almost 10 years," the uncle said. "He thought it was only three months." Herbert was fighting a house fire Dec. 29, 1995, when the roof collapsed, burying him under debris. He was 37. After going without air for several minutes, Herbert was comatose for 2½ months and has undergone therapy ever since.

News accounts in the days and years after his injury describe Herbert as blind and with little, if any, memory. Video shows him receiving physical therapy but apparently unable to communicate and with little awareness of his surroundings. [Sounds like Terry Schiavo, to me - reliapundit...] The word of the day was `amazing,"' he said. Dr. Rose Lynn Sherr of New York University Medical Center said when patients recover from brain injuries, they usually do so within two or three years. "It's almost unheard of after 10 years," she said, "but sometimes things do happen and people suddenly improve and we don't understand why."


Two of the world's leading scientific journals have come under fire from researchers for refusing to publish papers which challenge fashionable wisdom over global warming. A British authority on natural catastrophes who disputed whether climatologists really agree that the Earth is getting warmer because of human activity, says his work was rejected by the American publication, Science, on the flimsiest of grounds. The author of the research, Dr Naomi Oreskes, of the University of California, analysed almost 1,000 papers on the subject published since the early 1990s, and concluded that 75 per cent of them either explicitly or implicitly backed the consensus view, while none directly dissented from it. Dr Oreskes's study is now routinely cited by those demanding action on climate change, including the Royal Society and Prof Sir David King, the Government's chief scientific adviser.

However, her unequivocal conclusions immediately raised suspicions among other academics, who knew of many papers that dissented from the pro-global warming line. They included Dr Benny Peiser, a senior lecturer in the science faculty at Liverpool John Moores University, who decided to conduct his own analysis of the same set of 1,000 documents - and concluded that only one third backed the consensus view, while only one per cent did so explicitly. Dr Peiser submitted his findings to Science in January, and was asked to edit his paper for publication - but has now been told that his results have been rejected on the grounds that the points he make had been "widely dispersed on the internet".

Dr Peiser insists that he has kept his findings strictly confidential. "It is simply not true that they have appeared elsewhere already," he said. [...] Dr Peiser is not the only academic to have had work turned down which criticises the findings of Dr Oreskes's study. Prof Dennis Bray, of the GKSS National Research Centre in Geesthacht, Germany, submitted results from an international study showing hat fewer than one in 10 climate scientists believed that climate change is principally caused by human activity.

As with Dr Peiser's study, Science refused to publish his rebuttal. Prof Bray told The Telegraph: "They said it didn't fit with what they were intending to publish." [...] Prof Roy Spencer, at the University of Alabama, a leading authority on satellite measurements of global temperatures, told The Telegraph: "It's pretty clear that the editorial board of Science is more interested in promoting papers that are pro-global warming. It's the news value that is most important." He said that after his own team produced research casting doubt on man-made global warming, they were no longer sent papers by Nature and Science for review - despite being acknowledged as world leaders in the field. As a result, says Prof Spencer, flawed research is finding its way into the leading journals, while attempts to get rebuttals published fail. "Other scientists have had the same experience", he said. "The journals have a small set of reviewers who are pro-global warming."

Concern about bias within climate research has spread to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose findings are widely cited by those calling for drastic action on global warming. In January, Dr Chris Landsea, an expert on hurricanes with the United States National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, resigned from the IPCC, claiming that it was "motivated by pre-conceived agendas" and was "scientifically unsound".

The MSM/Old Media is as UNBIASED about "global warming' as they are about Bush, Terry Schiavo, Israel's right to self-defense, and Kerry's lies about going to Cambodia; IOW: their Left-wing bias informs and distrorts EVERYTHING they do and ANYONE who depends on them for news is apt to have faulty opinions and propose stupid policies that can't possibly work.

The MSM/Old media distorts reality because it is still dominated by the Left - and the Left is more interested in promoting their statist utopianism than they are the truth - which is why they still deny: that Truman was right to drop nuclear bombs on Japan; that Vietnam was a noble cause (and that it was wrong for Congress to pull the plug on our allies inn Saigon in 1975); that Reagan won the Cold War; and that Bush is spear-heading the greatest spread of democracy since the collpase of the USSR. Without their lies and their willful distortions of reality - (and their anti-Semitic/anti-American/Ant-West hate-speech: "BUSHITLER"/"ASHKKROFT"/"human shields") - the Left wouldn't be able to maintain their denial that their ideology has been and remains an utter and total and complete failure - and one which led DIRECTLY to the slaughter of 100 MILLION people in the last century.


The Palestinian Authority has released a Hamas militant who was arrested in Gaza overnight following a gun battle. The arrest sparked tension between the Palestinian security forces and Hamas, and Egyptian officials were called in to mediate a solution, Hamas said. The PA said its forces exchanged fire with three Hamas men suspected of trying to fire missiles at a Jewish settlement or a nearby Israeli town. Hamas denied preparing an attack and called for protests over the arrest. The message for Hamas supporters to take to the streets was broadcast from mosques' loudspeakers. Risk of unrest The BBC's Alan Johnston in Gaza says the events on Monday night show that any attempt by the PA to enforce the ceasefire by confronting the powerful, well-armed Hamas movement risks sparking serious unrest. Hamas has not endorsed the truce, but it has agreed to rein itself in.
Yeah, sure. LOOKIT: if the Palestinian Authority - as neo-governors of their territory - cannot establish the rule of law, and a single miliotary fiorce then they DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY TO RUN A STATE, and do NOT DESERVE ONE, AND ... IT WOULD INSANE FOR ISRAEL TO ALLOW THEM TO HAVE ONE! Even socialist Left-wing Dove Shimon Peres gets this; he once said (PARAPHRASING]: "... in Israel, Labor and Likud do NOT have their own paramilitary; there is only ther IDF. The Palsestinians must disarm all other paramiltaries in ordere to have an effective state." Disarmament of the neojihadis is as CENTRAL to peace in Israel as disarmament is central to peace in Northern Ireland.

Sharon is of courxse watching all this, and we know he is prepared to do WHATEVER it takes to guarantee Israeli defenses. BBC:

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has told two senior US politicians visiting Israel that Mr Abbas was not taking significant steps to tackle hardline groups. "Instead of disbanding the terrorist organisations, he is acting to strengthen them. He is not willing to fight them and is similarly unwilling to disband their infrastructures," Mr Sharon said.

I predict that if the unilateral Gaza withdrawal (which is literall the self-inflicted ethnic cleansing of Gaza) does not yield BETTER security, that Sharon will announce UNILATERAL moves in the West Bank - which will PROBABLY include annexing relatively large areas around Jerusalem - INCLUDING Bethlehem. he will also out the anti-terrorist fece/wall wherever it needs to be be put for security.
BOTTOM-LINE: "NO SECURITY.... THEN NO STATE," and no negotiated deal!


The American Revolution did not recognize the divine rule of the King of England, but did recognize the Divine. As the Declaration said, we are EACH "endowed by the Creator with inalienable rights and that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." The Creator made each of us - each and every person - sovereign over himself, and the nation only derives its LIMITED power from the consent of the people; the government's rights and power and authority are proscribed, and it is not permitted to cross certian boundaries - which are outlined in the Bill of Rights.

The French Revolution was against divinity itself; it was atheistic and it even included an anti-clerical phase (in which hundreds of priests were killed and hundreds more thrown in jail). The Russian Revolution, and other socialist revolutions were also atheistic.

These revolutions were not democratic revolutions; they were COUPS D'ETAT; they merely substituted one form of tyranny for another - instead of a dictatotrial king they had a dictatorial Committee for Public Safety, or a dictatorial Politburo. Marx and Lenin even referred to their utopia as a DICATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT - which proves that it has more in common with feudalism and tryanny than democracy.

In the 21st century we are still witnessing the very same division: between atheistic/socialistic Continental Europe, whose politics is still dominated by radical secular humanism - which is at best dismissive of religion (for instance in France, they are shutting down Church after Church) and more often than not is hostile to religion - (take France for example: anti-Semitism is rampant, AND the government recently banned Muslim headscarves in schools!).

The Anglo-American world was founded on and still basically accepts Natural Law. Here in the US, nearly all of our presidents - especially the great ones (Washington; Lincoln - even FDR and Truman and Ike and JFK) - mentioned God and providence ALL THE TIME because FAITH in the Divine is so fundamental to our Amerian worldview.

And I think this divide - THE DIVINE DIVIDE - best explains the Left/Right Divide in the US: the Left feels there is no such thing as the divine, or the eternal, or universals or absolutes; the Left says: "we may do whatever we can do;" of course, this underlies the Counter-Culture's hedonism. The Right believes there are universal and trascendent laws which we should not ever violate - "maybe we shouldn't do all we can do." The Left thinks there is no place for faith in politics; the Right says that faith always always has and always will shape the moral and ethical issues which underlie all politics.

This DIVINE DIVIDE is also why the Right tends to be more HAWKISH than the Left: we of the Right have values we think are worth fighting for - even dying for, and killing to defend. The Left has nothing transcendent or eternal worth fighting for; they're merely relativists who just want to be LEFT alone to do whatever they - AS CONSENTING ADULTS - want to do in the privacy of their own bedroom/home/nation. (This is perhaps the best reason they should be alled LEFT - they just want to be left home alone!) They're doves because hedonism is hardly worth fighting for.

But to the Right, liberty and justice and democracy ARE worth fighting for - and NOT JUST FOR US, FOR EVERYONE, FOR ALL HUMANS EVERYWHERE because we are ALL equal in the eye of our DIVINE Creator.

Monday, May 02, 2005


One down, 49 to go - because EVERY state in the union should have this law on the book (hat-tip Michele Malkin)- AP:

Spurred by the kidnapping and murder of a 9-year-old girl, Gov. Jeb Bush signed legislation Monday that strengthens punishment and monitoring of child sex abusers. The Jessica Lunsford Act sets a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison for people convicted of molesting children under 12. If offenders serve less than life, they would be required to wear a global positioning system device after their release so authorities can monitor their whereabouts. [...] The proposal sped through the legislative process, pushed by outraged lawmakers - many of whom said it was hard to temper their anger and not go for something even harsher. It passed both the Senate and House unanimously and was sent to Bush on April 22. [...] The House had passed the bill unanimously April 19, two days after another sex offender was charged in the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Sarah Lunde of Ruskin.[...] Advocates for satellite monitoring of offenders say that in addition to warning authorities when a sex offender is someplace he shouldn't be - such as near a school - it also will allow for quick pinpointing of suspects if a child is abducted. The tracking requirement only affects people convicted in the future, but current sex offenders who violate their probation would be ordered back to jail or be placed under GPS monitoring.

On March 20th - right after Jessica's vicious murder - I started a blog devoted to this law - here's the link: JESSICA'S LAW.


PubliusPundit has the details - and a few snapshots...

It seems to me that the entire southern and western tiers of nations which have borders that are contiguous with the Old Evil Empire (USSR) are now being almost entirely reinvigorated by Pro-West, populist democracy movements.

When added to the democracy movements now sweeping through the Arab nations, this means that another fourth of humanity will soon be free - and then soon after, enjoy the prosperity which ONLY freedom creates.

Only a few other oddball tyrants are left (or Left, if you know what I mean!): the Mullahs of Iran, Mugabe, Castro, Kim Jong Il, Chavez, and a few others.

AND THEN THERE'S CHINA AND RUSSIA: Russia, certainly seems to be slipping back into authoritarianism; and China just continues to wallow deep in totalitarianism. My feeling is that these two unliberated Goliaths will not be transformed into real democracies until the rest of the world is. WHY!? Because their size (economically and militarliy) makes them less susceptible to concerted (yet oblique) efforts by the libertarian governments of the West (led by the Bush Administration) to foment the types of populist movements we saw take hold in Georgia, Ukraine, and Lebanon.

To put more pressure China and Russia we need to strengthen India, Japan and New Europe - and strenghthen our TIES to these democracies, too. This can be done bilaterally (in the case of economic and military ties to India and the new democracies of "eastern" Europe), and also by getting Japan and India on to the UNSC. [ASIDE: We should also insist that the EU be reduced to one, "rotating seat" or shared-seat on the UNSC; this will reduce their interference. WHY?! Well, either Europe is a single united polity or it is several independent states; in my opinion, right now they are "having their cake and eating it too" - like the old USSR, which had its own seat on the UNSC, and also had UN memersahip for each of its captive/satellite "states." Either that, or have each of the 50 US staes ap[ply for membership!]

The only pitfall in strengthening our relationship with India is that we risk, somewhat, our "relationship" with Pakistan - who (like Saudi Arabia) - is both a key ally in the "GWOT" and also a nation which has KEY elements of our dangerous adversaries. In my opinion, it is well worth the risk - and may, in the end, be just what we need to force REAL cooperation from Pakistan, and finally get them to establish the rule of law in their tribal regions, and to stop the spread of fanaticism in their HUGE domestic network of madrassas. These are two largely UNFULFILLED promises of Musharraf, and we need to make the Pakistanis live up to their committments on these fronts.