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Sunday, July 10, 2005

The Blogger Era is Over

Today it's official, The Limburg Letter has outgrown its Blogger roots and will now be hosted exclusively on http://www.brashlimburg.com . Click the link now for more news about the move.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Now They've Crossed the Line

It's one thing to insult me (that rolls right off), it's another thing to insult my mother (I have to take a few deep breaths), but when you go after Brit Hume, well, now we're gonna have words. Watching Brit eviscerate Juan Williams each week on Fox News Sunday is the only thing that gets Ms. Limburg and I out of bed. He's my personal Mr. Miyagi of politics, and so now I must defend his honor with a rhetorical crane kick.

The pundit on the receiving end is one David Sirota, a blogger for The Huffington Post (read by over 2 dozen!). Yesterday night he wrote a post with the catchy title "Brit Hume Goes on TV and Says He Wants to Profit Off the Terrorist Attacks". How pithy...

In his post, he takes out of context an exchange between Shepard Smith and Brit Hume concerning how the attacks will affect the stock market. Essentially Shep says "Hmmm, the market didn't drop in the US, what do you think?" and Brit replies "Well, personally, when I heard there was an attack and saw the futures were down I thought I should buy." Oh sin of sins! Brit actually admitted that he plans to buy low and sell high! Furthermore, he advocates "buying into terrorism" instead of panicking, selling all his stock, and demanding all the troops leave Iraq! Scandalous.

Mr. Sirota uses this as a basis to claim that Brit's "impulse to use the bloodshed to make himself money was so intense, he actually voiced it on national television" and that it "gave us a glimpse into just how cynical, greedy and disgusting the right-wing's outlook on the world is."

I'll let you make that judgment for yourself dear readers. Personally I think a comment(which was presumably screened by a Huffingon Post moderator) posted by "caiser" illustrates that the Left are the true purveyors of cynicism and ugliness :
"Wondering if Brit turned a tidy profit when his son committed suicide with a bullet to the brain? Might want to ask him."

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Get Angry

I woke up this morning to pictures of bloodied Londoners. America's greatest ally had been bruised, but not beaten. For all the destruction, there's very little panic; these are a people who saw their city leveled by Hitler's war machine, Al Qaeda will have to do worse to make them blink.

While England displays its strength and stoicism to the world, it's time for America to show its anger. No more guilt over detainees, no more hand-wringing over the cost of the war, and no more second guessing whether we're doing the right thing, because the terrorists don't.

While we bicker, they plan. While we can't even agree what we're fighting for, their intent is crystal clear; just read the statement of the group taking credit for the attack:
"Rejoice, Islamic nation. Rejoice, Arab world. The time has come for vengeance against the Zionist crusader government of Britain in response to the massacres Britain committed in Iraq and Afghanistan."
They don't separate Iraq and Afghanistan, they understand this war better than the majority of our own citizens.

We can no longer afford to be so naive. Our allies are paying the price today, but we remain in the crosshairs. "Never Again" was not just an empty catch phrase, it had a meaning that we've begun to forget. We need to remember, and get angry.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Greens Don't Want Progress, They Want Utopia

Unless it's breaking news I hate to do a repeat topic, but judging by yesterday's comments it needs to be done. The general response to my critique of the Kyoto treaty was "so long as it's doing something to help the environment, it's good (just don't ask me about the details)."

Just for laughs, let's work with that thesis.

You're George Bush. After a few too many drinks one night you accidentally sign the Kyoto treaty. Damn. Now you have to figure out a way to reduce greenhouse emissions while keeping energy production at the levels the economy requires. You call some granola-eating hippy into your office for advice. The solution? "Wind power man...it, like, harnesses the power of mother nature."

The obvious solution is to build an enormous windmill farm off the east coast that will provide the energy we need without harming the environment. Well...not so fast there Mr. Bush, because while residents on the east coast like green energy, they love their view, and sailing, and fishing, and....hell, this isn't going to work.

Undaunted, you just decide to move them somewhere inland, where they won't negatively affect any of the people you're trying to help. Unfortunately it's not just people you have to be concerned about. Sure you're reducing CO2 emissions, but you're also killing birds. Environmentalists love green energy, but not if it costs the life of one burrowing owl.

Hmmmm. This turned out to be pretty complicated, and that's exactly the point. Obviously reducing pollution is a good thing, but implementing solutions is never clean and painless. America is getting greener at it's own pace, full of fits and starts. The Kyoto treaty short circuits this natural evolution, and punishes us for doing anything but the quickest, stupidest solution.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

When Saving a Tree Means Losing Your Job

Back from the long weekend and looking into a gym membership after a a few days of gluttony. While I did spend countless hours in front of the TV watching baseball and History Channel documentaries, I'm proud to report that I didn't catch one millisecond of the Live8 concerts this weekend. Apparently I wasn't the only one.

I mention it only because a reader asked about my opinion on the G8 summit this weekend, specifically the Kyoto treaty. In the past I think I've made my opinion of global warming pretty clear, but Kyoto deserves special scorn...er, attention.

The bottom line is this: you can believe in global warming with all you heart, but supporting the Kyoto treaty requires a level of know-nothingness that invalidates your entire cause. If you listen to those on the Right, they'll tell you that Kyoto will be astronomically expensive and do very little to affect climate change. If you listen to the Left, you'll hear that Kyoto will be astronomically expensive and do very little to affect climate change, and it's a good first step.

The facts aren't really in dispute, just the wisdom of crippling our economy for a few hundredths of a degree. Fortunately, President Bush is well aware of this and isn't going to budge at this week's summit. For those that disagree with him, let me suggest you sell your car and buy a bike. It might mean you have to quit your job on account of the long commute, and it won't do much for the environment, but hey, it's a good first step.

Friday, July 01, 2005

And They Call This Progress...

Since the O'Connor announcement turned out to be much ado about nothing, I figured I still owed my audience some substance for the day.

Before the big announcement there was a story that caught my eye about the mayor of Baghdad:
"Baghdad's mayor decried the capitol's crumbling infrastructure and its inability to supply enough clean water to residents, threatening Thursday to resign if the government won't provide more money. "
Assuming that his complaints are legitimate and not just a case of politics, I think a certain group of lawmakers should take special note of his plight. In a scenario so ironic it must be true, Baghdad is shutting down because they don't have enough money, while Minnesota is shutting down because they have more money than they know what to do with.

I'm sure the Iraqi people wish they had those kind of problems.

Now it's Going to Get Ugly

Time to start dusting off the big, red, nuke button:

"Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor submitted her retirement notice to President Bush on Friday, setting the stage for a contentious battle over her replacement.

'Dear President Bush, this is to inform you of my decision to retire from my position as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, effective upon the nomination and confirmation of my successor. It has been a great priviledge indeed to have served as a member of the Court for 24 Terms.'

'I will leave it with enormous respect for the integrity of the
Court and its role under our constitutional structure," O'Connor wrote.'"

I'm expecting some sort of statement out of the White House as well as the Democratic leadership this afternoon. Until then there's not much to say, except thank God Diebold rigged all those voting machines in Ohio.

**UPDATE**
The President is making a statement in 15 minutes. On the oft chance there's any substance I'll be following up.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Iraq FAQ: Day Two

As of this morning there are two entries in the Iraq FAQ; both ready and waiting for feedback. The FAQ itself is already getting unmanageable so any ideas on how to separate it are appreciated.

More updates to come.