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The Heroes of the Left February 27, 2006

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There are two people, in particular, that the Left tends to use as a battering ram against those who thought that Bush got it right about Iraq: Scott Ritter and Richard Clarke. They are supposed members of the “Right” who “saw the light” and have outed Bush as the obvious dissembler that everybody knows him to be. These two are quoted extensively, with no regard for the relevancy or correctness of their arguments. Here are some articles that dig into some of their histories, showing us some reality. Decide for yourself. I question their motives.

Emperor’s Clothes: “The Lies of Scott Ritter”

PowerLine: “Richard Clarke: Fraud”

WorldNetDaily: “How Richard Clarke Concocted the TWA 800 ‘exit strategy'”

Now, there is a difference between reporting of facts, and speculation, and there’s plenty of both in these articles. But it’s pretty easy to distinguish between the two. The facts, as reported, stand on their own. You can take or leave the speculation. I won’t bother to deal with that. Some of it is quite off-the-wall. But that doesn’t detract from the overwhelming facts in the articles. Scott Ritter and Richard Clarke are not the flawless characters the Left portrays them to be. And believe me, if these two were arguing for Bush, you can bet they’d be filleted by the likes of Al Franken.

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Oh, yeah. Those WMDs. February 27, 2006

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Investor’s Business Daily spells out some of the evidence that’s been coming out lately:

Yes, the linchpin of opposition to the Iraq War — never really strong to begin with — has taken some real hits in recent weeks. And “Bush lied” — the anti-war mantra about the president, Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction — looks the most battered.

Inconveniently for critics of the war, Saddam made tapes in his version of the Oval Office. These tapes landed in the hands of American intelligence and were recently aired publicly.

The first 12 hours of the tapes — there are hundreds more waiting to be translated — are damning, to say the least. They show conclusively that Bush didn’t lie when he cited Saddam’s WMD plans as one of the big reasons for taking the dictator out.

Nobody disputes the tapes’ authenticity. On them, Saddam talks openly of programs involving biological, chemical and, yes, nuclear weapons.

War foes have long asserted that Saddam halted his WMD programs in the wake of his defeat in the first Gulf War in 1991. Saddam’s abandonment of WMD programs was confirmed by subsequent U.N. inspections.

Again, not true. In a tape dating to April 1995, Saddam and several aides discuss the fact that U.N. inspectors had found traces of Iraq’s biological weapons program. On the tape, Hussein Kamel, Saddam’s son-in-law, is heard gloating about fooling the inspectors.

Maybe if people opposed to the war simply because they hate Bush so much would actually, you know, listen to the facts, they might understand how idiotic they’ve been sounding for the last three years. And how abusive they’ve been to people who don’t agree with them. I’m not holding my breath, though.

Read the whole thing.

our Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? February 14, 2006

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You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.

SG-1 (Stargate)
100%
Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)
94%
Moya (Farscape)
94%
Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)
88%
Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)
81%
Serenity (Firefly)
81%
Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)
75%
Enterprise D (Star Trek)
75%
Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)
56%
FBI’s X-Files Division (The X-Files)
56%
Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)
50%
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)
50%

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A Little Logic Lesson February 13, 2006

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Why we are winning.

A frequent indictment of the Iraq War is that our presence in Iraq is creating more terrorists than we are eliminating. This strikes at the heart of the current Iraq policy that seeks to reduce the threat of terrorism by introducing representative self-government to the Middle East and, as an added bonus, eliminating any terrorists loitering in the neighborhood. If the Iraq policy is increasing the terrorist threat, the policy is failing.

The beat-down proceeds from there.

Desktop Fusion? February 13, 2006

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Got this from Slashdot:

NY team confirms UCLA tabletop fusion

Color me skeptical. There’ve been so many ‘breakthroughs’ in this area since the original Cold Fusion fiasco in … 1988? Lessee. I moved from San Diego to Pacific Grove in September of ’89, just before the Loma Prieta quake. I remember living in La Jolla when the CF claims were first made, so it had to have been after Spring of ’88. Somewhere in that time frame.

Anyway. Not to get too far off tangent here. I could just google it, after all. If I really cared….

Here are some quotes:

The device, which uses two opposing crystals to generate a powerful electric field, could potentially lead to a portable, battery-operated neutron generator for a variety of applications, from non-destructive testing to detecting explosives and scanning luggage at airports. The new results are described in the Feb. 10 issue of Physical Review Letters.

And:

The device is essentially a tabletop particle accelerator. At its heart are two opposing “pyroelectric” crystals that create a strong electric field when heated or cooled. The device is filled with deuterium gas — a more massive cousin of hydrogen with an extra neutron in its nucleus. The electric field rips electrons from the gas, creating deuterium ions and accelerating them into a deuterium target on one of the crystals. When the particles smash into the target, neutrons are emitted, which is the telltale sign that nuclear fusion has occurred, according to Danon.

All I know is, until they can sell me an off-the-shelf battery that will power my laptop for 20 years without a) killing me, and b) having to recharge, I’m just not gonna believe it.

Worth paying attention to, though.

Damn Yankees February 10, 2006

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Damn Yankees
I always knew those Yankee fans were a little over-the-top….

Wolfram Graphics February 10, 2006

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Cool site. I’ve forgotten so much math, it’s ridiculous. I’m seriously considering whether I should continue on and get my Masters in Applied/Industrial Mathematics after I’m done with CS this Fall. If it didn’t consume so much time, it would be much easier, but it really kills my time with family. Linnie says keep going, and others have recommended it, too. Keep the momentum going.

We’ll see.

I’ve got a new blog February 10, 2006

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I’m creating this as a test. I want to see if wordpress is going to satisfy my blogging needs. I’m looking at installing the freeware version of wordpress on my mac at home. But that’ll only really happen if I can get a permanent ip address for the machine from Comcast. If I can, and I can make the network bullet-proof enough, then I’ll create a domain name for the machine, install Tiger Server on it, and install wordpress. That way, I can have a public website for the family to use, and I’ll use the blog, in part, on which to keep my thesis notes. My advisor (Goran) says I should keep notes on everything I read between now and the start of my thesis. He says I’ll thank him for it later!

Hello world! February 10, 2006

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Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!