Sunday, 24 February 2008

Ace Inhibitors

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Running Scared vs Trailblazing

The U.S. Democrat Party, which has a stellar record of stupidity, may just force Senator Obama to accept Mrs Clinton as his running mate (she's nobody's mate, mind you).
I hope that Senator Obama will resist the temptation to let the party appoint Senator Clinton as his running mate for the sake of political expediency--and refuse to be intimidated by the Clinton apparatchiks, as well. It could have serious consequences. Not only would an Obama administration with the Clintons in it be a circus--just remember the ex-president's attention-grabbing day while GWB was being inaugurated--but there's the little matter of a big list of people who got in their way.
See "that list" at the left side of this page.
Imagine how easy it would be for the Clintons to once again blame a "vast right-wing conspiracy," a deflection of blame that Hillary's writers came up with when she was faced with the public proof of her husband's* serial infidelity (oh, yes, you remember--that is the thing she cited when asked about what experience she has in handling crises).
*HINO--"Husband in Name Only" (I've just coined a new acronym)
~~M-J de M., copyright 2008

Friday, 22 February 2008

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Ridiculous Exhumation Wins One for the Gipper

UPDATE from The Daily Mining Gazette

The Gray Lady Has Dementia

The New York Times has been slipping in journalistic integrity and editing standards for a long time. It even had a reporter who was an unqualified sham. Remember? I do. I got the NYT delivered daily for twenty years, and that was before it was available nation-wide.
Now they have made political hay out of whole-cloth, attempting to paint Senator John McCain as having feet of clay. The truth will bear out on this one, which seems to involve a star-struck, celebrity-seeking lobbyist who wished to seem intimately connected with the man. Women with that motivation abound in today's world, and sometimes the damage they wreak is their fault alone--while the object of their obsession is innocent yet tarred. I'm tired of the New York Times' ever-active campaign against decent people--the only requisite for which is that they are Republicans. They don't let the facts deter them at the NYT!
Addendum: Twelve documented instances exist wherein Senator McCain acted in opposition to the lobbyist-in-question's proposals. I'm talking about political business.

U.S. Navy Successfully Thwarts Runaway Satellite

With amazing accuracy, the Navy blasted apart an airborne, dead satellite which could have harmed people on land. Article

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Successful Space Shuttle Landing

The ship and crew are back! The European science lab Columbus on the Space Station (my father helped design every portion of the International Space Station) is now being manned and administrated by a French, American, and a Russian scientist, respectively.
Here's an article on today's Space Shuttle news, from MSNBC.

Boeing Feeds Asia's Jet-Hunger

Associated Press Article by Gillian Wong
As the Singapore Airshow Continues, Boeing Acquires More Orders than Airbus....

Monday, 18 February 2008

Clinton Campaign Turns Rancid again, with False Accusation of Plagiarism against Obama

Yes, false, because his friend gave Senator Obama the suggestion and permission to use his own words. Unlike Senator Clinton, Obama doesn't need anyone else's words, or help from a notebook while he orates. Obama shrugged off the criticism of his speeches, saying Clinton has used his lines, too.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is a close friend of Obama and has campaigned for him.
"I am neither surprised nor troubled that he used the words that I asked him to use of my own," Patrick said in an interview Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I think it's a sad comment on the state of the race and the state of our politics that the Clinton campaign is taking this particular tack."
And, by the way---while we're referring to friends of Senator Obama, which include the Kennedys, there is this, which must be remembered:

One quote in particular, from his Memorial Day address before a group of veterans in 1884 in Keene, New Hampshire, would help to define the inaugural address and the Presidency of John F. Kennedy seventy-five years later.
" is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for the country in return."[4](Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

Where's the Beef?

The beef involved in the latest recall, from BSE-infected cows who were cruelly abused on the way to slaughter, "has probably already been eaten". We watched the story and horrible footage on BBC News. BSE stands for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. This is sickening, worrisome news for people, including many schoolchildren. Why the Hell were those poor cows slaughtered for human consumption in the first place? I love a steak, but in my household, we're off beef indefinitely. Why, when all the potentially infected beef has already been eaten? Just because.

Comparing the Accomplishments of Clinton and Obama

Let's compare the public accomplishments of Clinton and Obama


(published in the New Hampshire Union Leader)

INSTEAD OF COMPARING Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's experience -- a vague set of claims -- I turned my attention toward accomplishments. Not what they've accomplished for themselves, but what they've accomplished for others. In doing so, I excluded purely personal gains. I also eliminated all distinctions or honors. For similar reasons, I ignored the elections they've won. These credentials are well-known. Also, like any alert prospective employer, I am informed by what they support, worked on, worked toward and fought for, but I am more interested in what they have accomplished for their constituents.

After graduating from Columbia, Obama went to work with churches that organized job training and other programs for residents of a massive housing project in Chicago. He persuaded the city to provide summer jobs, remove asbestos, repair toilets, pipes and ceilings. He went door to door, offering help for three years, then went to Harvard Law School.

Upon graduating from Wellesley, Hillary Rodham made a commencement speech that moved her audience. She went immediately to Yale Law School.
Obama returned to Chicago to lead Project Vote, which signed up about 150,000 new African-American voters. He also joined a big law firm.

Following Yale, and a year in Washington, Rodham moved to Arkansas and married Bill Clinton. She taught at the University of Arkansas and joined a big law firm. Clinton established a legal aid clinic at the university, where she taught for two years.

Obama began teaching at the University of Chicago, where he would continue to lecture for 11 years. I mention teaching because I consider it an accomplishment in the service of others.

During her time as an attorney in Arkansas, Clinton gave birth to Chelsea. Her husband ran unsuccessfully for Congress, successfully for attorney general, and governor.

During Obama's time as an attorney in Chicago, he became a husband and father of two daughters. He entered the Illinois Senate in 1994. As a member of the minority party of the Senate for six of his eight years there, Obama wrote a health insurance law that covered an additional 20,000 children, a welfare reform law, an earned-income- tax-credit law for working-poor families, and death penalty reform that passed unanimously. During his last two years in the majority, he sponsored 780 bills, 280 of which became law.

As first lady of Arkansas, and of the United States, Clinton served on many boards. She chaired only one: the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, which failed, accomplishing only political traction for Republicans and a setback for her husband. She fended off prosecution involving the White House Travel Office and her investments with Whitewater*. Although these are personal accomplishments, they also served constituents by protecting her husband. A year after Clinton became a senator, she secured $20 billion for New York City in the wake of 9/11. Among other funding measures she directed toward her state, she prevented the closing of a military base there. Although she is considered to be one of the most influential Democrats in the Senate, most of her sponsored legislation has been symbolic -- naming two post offices, two courthouses, honoring and congratulating sports teams and historic figures from New York.

Since Obama entered the U.S. Senate in 2004, he has joined Republican Richard Lugar in writing a law that funds the destruction or securing of loose nuclear and conventional weapons (shoulder-fired anti- aircraft missiles, for example) throughout the world. He also introduced the first bill, that soon became law, to fund and address pandemic flu preparedness.

In one inspiring discovery, Obama and Clinton teamed up to pass a law that helps hospitals disclose medical errors. It goes a long way toward serving patients while reducing malpractice claims. There is no way to assess the value of each candidate's participation in collective efforts to serve our country.

Clinton has given time to many efforts and lived approximately 5,000 more days than Obama, amassing supporters, money and fame. But time spent achieving such goals can hardly be seen as accomplishments for the good of the people.

Obama's accomplishments show greater efficiency and clarity of purpose, forming productive alliances, making the most of his comparatively short career. People talk about his charisma, but give me that skill and focus, trained on a four-year term, and we could see unprecedented results.

Paul B. Hertneky is a freelance writer who teaches at

Antioch University New England in Keene.

*M-J's note: Whitewater was one of Hillary Clinton's accomplishments. Apparently, the elderly who will vote for her (more benefits, as they see it) don't let the facts deter them. Despite a google-search near blackout of the topic, some of us will NOT FORGET how the Whitewater scam robbed many elderly people of their life-savings.


The Democratization (Democratisation) of Illiteracy

Reading around on the internet is depressing, when one encounters chronic misspellings by native English-speakers, from both the U.S. and Great Britain, with college degrees. They are not typographical errors, but purposeful ones wrought by ignorance. This applies to those living in two-million dollar mansions as well as to denizens of the double-wide. Today's movers and shakers have the same literacy-level as yesterday's movers and drivers.

Seen lately on a clothing forum:

"I just drape them over a chair or put them on a hangar." That one is spreading far and wide like a plague. Whatever that fellow is putting on a "hangar" must be huge! Judging by the context of his paragraph, he must have meant "hanger". He is one of many on that forum to use the word, "hangar" when he means "hanger". Another fellow wrote that he needed a source of good "hangars" for his clothes. Either he has too many clothes, or he's a giant.

Burgandy instead of burgundy. Even ebay got that one wrong in some of their listing templates.

Seen Everywhere:

instead of separate

instead of definite

Your instead of you're

Punctuation, or Lack of It:

It's claimed that dropping the punctuation is done to save time and keypad tapping. Why, then, do people add apostrophes on plural words, when they belong on possessives and contractions? They'll erroneously add the apostrophe to its, while omitting it on the contraction of "it is". The possessive apostrophe is nowhere to be found (especially in Great Britain), but misuses of it on plural words abound!

How on earth are people from other countries supposed to learn English, when North Americans and Britons cannot?

To Be Continued....

Reprise of My Post on this Topic, from 2006:

Ill Literacy and Illiteracy

It is as though schools stopped teaching spelling and punctuation thirty years ago, if one reads blogs and discussion-boards on the web. Material of all types, academic and otherwise, found on the internet, is rife with what are becoming popular misspellings. Here are a few that I have noticed over the past five years:







"Loose" instead of "Lose"
(What do they write when they really mean "loose?")

This is an incomplete, growing list, to which I shall add items as they occur to me.

Spell-Checking Devices: Spell-checkers are unreliable, and the more people rely upon them, the more illiterate they become. The devices cannot determine correct contextual usage. For example, The Princeton Packet once published an article in which the word "Pole" was spelled, "poll". It passed the spell-check, and made utter fools of the author and editors. In the same newspaper, a young man who had died in an automobile crash while on a Princeton Tigers Glee Club trip was described as having been an "alter boy". That must have come as a shock to his parents while reading the tragic report (yes, the report was tragic).
Posted by M.-Jeanne de M. at 9:16 AM
©2006 M-Jeanne de M.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

José Luís de Vilallonga, Marquis de Castellbell Dies

Friday, February 15th - Spain is remembering José Luís de Vilallonga, an aristocrat, writer and movie actor who died Thursday at his home on the island of Majorca. Vilallonga was 87. The multifaceted aristocrat is internationally renowned for his role alongside Audrey Hepburn in 1961 movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's." He was born in Madrid on January 9th, 1920.
A member of Spain's highest aristocracy, the Marquis de Castellbell had an illustrious life which took him not only to a theatre of war, but to the most glamourous capitals of the Western world.
He socialised with with people ranging from British royalty and Hollywood stars to leftist politicians, and had a legendary love life which made him known as Spain's "last great dandy."
Born into a family of Catalan aristocrats, Vilallonga's father dispatched him to fight at age 16 for right-wing General Francisco Franco in the 1936-39 Civil War.

The experience inspired Vilallonga to become a "red marquis" who belonged for years to the Socialist Party and kept a picture of Socialist leader Felipe Gonzalez at his office.
In "Breakfast at Tiffany's," Vilallonga is a Brazilian multimillionaire whom Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, was planning to marry.
José Luís de Villalonga, Marquis de Castellvell, had small parts in movies by directors including Louis Malle and Federico Fellini. His career choice was writing. He worked as a journalist for magazines such as Paris-Match and Vogue, also writing several novels and his autobiography.

The Marquis de Castellbell the 1993 official biography of King Juan Carlos, based on his conversations with the monarch while the latter was recovering from a skiing accident.

The elegant and nonchalant marquis was also noted in Spain for his love life, which included three marriages. Vilallonga's first wife was British aristocrat Priscilla Scott-Ellis.
His last marriage to journalist Begona Aranguren lasted only three years, and he died in the arms of his second wife, French fashion expert Syliane Stella Morell, who had been married to him for more than 25 years and cared for him during his final illness.
Surviving the Marquis de Castellbell are his three children, one of whom was adopted.
My husband met the Marquis de Castellbell and liked him very much.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

France is to Be Thanked for Handling Situation in Chad

During last week’s crisis in Chad, French forces evacuated French and foreign nationals from embattled N’djamena. By February 8, 1,389 people had been transferred, at their request, from N’djamena to Libreville, Gabon, via French military transports. Among them were 537 French nationals and 852 people from other nationalities, including 69 Americans. Led by the crisis cell of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Quai d’Orsay), the operation was coordinated on the ground by the French armed forces.
New reports have emerged on the conditions in which the evacuation of American citizens by French troops was carried out. You can read a dramatic description of the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in N’djamena on the U.S. State Department blog.

Boeing Dreamliner Update

Final Assembly Begins on Another Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Second Flight Test Airplane Loaded into First Position

EVERETT, Wash., Feb. 15, 2008 -- Final assembly started today on the second flight-test airplane for the all-new Boeing [NYSE: BA] 787 Dreamliner.
Loaded snugly into the first position of the 787 production system, workers in the Everett, Washington-based factory can now begin joining together the fuselage sections and wings. All major joins take place in this position. While this is the second of six flight-test airplanes, this Dreamliner is actually the fourth on the production line. It follows the two airplanes that will be used for static and fatigue testing.
"We've received significantly less 'traveled work' on this airplane," said Steve Westby, vice president of 787 Final Assembly and Change Incorporation. "The degree of completeness of sections at the partners is significantly better than Airplane #1. Condition of assembly is much better and we will see continued improvements on the condition of each assembly shipped. All this helps to bring us back into alignment with the original design of our production system."
Production is going well on subsequent airplanes, too. Currently 21 airplanes are in various stages of production. This number includes the static and fatigue airplanes, which will not be delivered to customers. Since its launch in April 2004, the 787 Dreamliner has amassed 857 firm orders valued at $144 billion from 56 airlines.

Boeing at Singapore Airshow, Beginning on February 19th

Boeing to Highlight Broad Range of Commercial, Defense Products and Services at Singapore Airshow 2008
CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], the world's leading aerospace company, will highlight its broad range of commercial and defense offerings during this year's Singapore Airshow, which begins Feb. 19.
"The new-look Singapore Airshow is well positioned to bring the global aerospace community together in one place," said Boeing Senior Vice President of Communications Tom Downey. "It provides Boeing an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the Asia-Pacific market and to showcase the products and services that are important to our customers in the region. It also serves as an important forum to examine progress on industry-wide issues like the environment, which are important to our future."
Boeing's schedule begins at 1400 hours on Tuesday, Feb. 19, with a briefing about the company's defense business in the Asia-Pacific region. That will be followed at 1500 hours by a briefing about the Asia-Pacific commercial aviation market.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 1000 hours, Boeing will brief about the advanced F-15E multi-role fighter's capabilities, while at 1400 hours that day there will be a discussion about commercial aviation market trends in South and Southeast Asia.
There will be additional briefings about Boeing's commercial airplane family, the P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, and the company's rotorcraft programs, which include the AH-64 Apache Longbow, the CH-47 Chinook and the V-22 Osprey.
Boeing products on display during the show will include the F-15C and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter jets and the Harpoon, SLAM-ER and JDAM weapons systems. The Boeing exhibit will showcase the 787 Dreamliner; 747-8I and 777 passenger airplanes; and the F-15, F/A-18E/F, Chinook and C-17 military aircraft.
Boeing is sponsoring the state-of-the art Singapore Airshow Media Hub, and will feature news, information and giveaways as part of its sponsorship.

Download the Singapore Airshow Brochure

Friday, 15 February 2008

Change, Clinton-Style

How did we go from "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" to "Mrs. Clinton, tear down this country!"?

Senator Hillary Clinton, "wife" of ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton, will punish corporations and institute a program by which all citizens will be monitored via a microchip implant and be coerced to participate in programs that cost them money.

The ignorant will try to elect her because they believe that they will "get free stuff", little realizing that they would give up their freedom, and that their jobs will disappear when corporations and businesses are penalized and taxed to death.
There's that choice I metioned a few posts ago: free stuff versus freedom. Pie-in-the sky pandering versus anti-communistic, common-sense leadership.

~~M-J de M.

Boeing News: Dreamliner and Japanese Tanker


Crucial Boeing 787 Fuselage Arrives in Everett

The the mid-fuselage section for the second Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which was assembled in Charleston, S.C. — arrived at Boeing's Everett, Washington plant aboard one of the special 747 Dreamlifter cargo planes on Monday, February 11th.

Boeing spokeswoman Yvonne Leach described the state of completion of the second airplane as "very significant progress" compared to that of the first Dreamliner.

The failure of supplier partners to complete installation work on the first jet caused a program-delay of about nine months.

Boeing has had the challenge of dealing with more suppliers for parts on the Dreamliner project than for any other in its history. "We are very pleased that things are improving," said Yvonne Leach.

Boeing's Refueling Tanker for Japan

Boeing completed certification of its 767 military refueling tanker for the Japanese Air Force on February 13th. The aerospace giant expects to deliver the first tanker to Japan within days, about a year later than initially projected.

Boeing is foremost in the competition for the U.S. Air Force tanker contract.

Boeing tanker spokesman Bill Barksdale declared, "This clearly demonstrates our ability to work through challenging issues and deliver to a customer," "We just need our Japan customer to give us final approval and we're ready to deliver the tanker."
~M-J de M.

Fra Andrew Bertie Dies

Fra Andrew Bertie has died. I'm a little late acknowledging this: the 78th Grand Master of the Knights of Malta has passed away at age 78, on February 7th, 2008. He had been Grand Master since 1988. Eight is the most powerful number in the universe.
My cousin, Baron Michel de Taube, wrote the history of the Knights of Malta.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Monday, 11 February 2008

Thursday, 7 February 2008

Senator John McCain Addresses C.P.A.C.

(CPAC=Conservative Political Action Committee)

Today, February 7th, John McCain addressed CPAC with the following remarks: Thank you. Thank you for inviting me. It's been a little while since I've had the honor of addressing you, and I appreciate very much your courtesy to me today. We should do this more often. I hope you will pardon my absence last year, and understand that I intended no personal insult to any of you. I was merely pre-occupied with the business of trying to escape the distinction of pre-season frontrunner for the Republican nomination, which, I'm sure some of you observed, I managed to do in fairly short order. But, now, I again have the privilege of that distinction, and this time I would prefer to hold on to it for a while.

I know I have a responsibility, if I am, as I hope to be, the Republican nominee for President, to unite the party and prepare for the great contest in November. And I am acutely aware that I cannot succeed in that endeavor, nor can our party prevail over the challenge we will face from either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama, without the support of dedicated conservatives, whose convictions, creativity and energy have been indispensible to the success our party has had over the last quarter century. Many of you have disagreed strongly with some positions I have taken in recent years. I understand that. I might not agree with it, but I respect it for the principled position it is. And it is my sincere hope that even if you believe I have occasionally erred in my reasoning as a fellow conservative, you will still allow that I have, in many ways important to all of us, maintained the record of a conservative. Further, I hope you will grant that I have defended many positions we share just as ardently as I have made my case for positions that have provoked your opposition. If not, thank you for this opportunity to make my case today.
I am proud to be a conservative, and I make that claim because I share with you that most basic of conservative principles: that liberty is a right conferred by our Creator, not by governments, and that the proper object of justice and the rule of law in our country is not to aggregate power to the state but to protect the liberty and property of its citizens. And like you, I understand, as Edmund Burke observed, that "whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither . . . is safe."

While I have long worked to help grow a public majority of support for Republican candidates and principles, I have also always believed, like you, in the wisdom of Ronald Reagan, who warned in an address to this conference in 1975, that "a political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers."

I attended my first CPAC conference as the invited guest of Ronald Reagan, not long after I had returned from overseas, when I heard him deliver his "shining city upon a hill" speech. I was still a naval officer then, but his words inspired and helped form my own political views, just as Ronald Reagan's defense of America's cause in Vietnam and his evident concern for American prisoners of war in that conflict inspired and were a great comfort to those of us who, in my friend Jerry Denton's words, had the honor of serving "our country under difficult circumstances." I am proud, very proud, to have come to public office as a foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution. And if a few of my positions have raised your concern that I have forgotten my political heritage, I want to assure you that I have not, and I am as proud of that association today as I was then. My record in public office taken as a whole is the record of a mainstream conservative. I believe today, as I believed twenty-five years ago, in small government; fiscal discipline; low taxes; a strong defense, judges who enforce, and not make, our laws; the social values that are the true source of our strength; and, generally, the steadfast defense of our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which I have defended my entire career as God-given to the born and unborn.

Those are my beliefs, and you need not examine only my past votes and speeches to assure yourselves that they are my genuine convictions. You can take added confidence from the positions I have defended during this campaign. I campaigned in Iowa in opposition to agriculture subsidies. I campaigned in New Hampshire against big government mandated health care and for a free market solution to the problem of unavailable and unaffordable health care. I campaigned in Michigan for the tax incentives and trade policies that will create new and better jobs in that economically troubled state. I campaigned in Florida against the national catastrophic insurance fund bill that passed the House of Representatives and defended my opposition to the prescription drug benefit bill that saddled Americans with yet another hugely expensive entitlement program. I have argued to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, to reduce the corporate tax rate and abolish the AMT. I have defended my position on protecting our Second Amendment rights, including my votes against waiting periods, bans on the so-called "assault weapons," and illegitimate lawsuits targeting gun manufacturers. I have proudly defended my twenty-four year pro-life record. Throughout this campaign, I have defended the President's brave decision to increase troop levels in Iraq to execute a long overdue counterinsurgency that has spared us the terrible calamity of losing that war. I held these positions because I believed they were in the best interests of my party and country."
Surely, I have held other positions that have not met with widespread agreement from conservatives. I won't pretend otherwise nor would you permit me to forget it. On the issue of illegal immigration, a position which provoked the outspoken opposition of many conservatives, I stood my ground aware that my position would imperil my campaign. I respect your opposition for I know that the vast majority of critics to the bill based their opposition in a principled defense of the rule of law. And while I and other Republican supporters of the bill were genuine in our intention to restore control of our borders, we failed, for various and understandable reasons, to convince Americans that we were. I accept that, and have pledged that it would be among my highest priorities to secure our borders first, and only after we achieved widespread consensus that our borders are secure, would we address other aspects of the problem in a way that defends the ru le of law and does not encourage another wave of illegal immigration.
All I ask of any American, conservative, moderate, independent, or enlightened Democrat, is to judge my record as a whole, and accept that I am not in the habit of making promises to my country that I do not intend to keep. I hope I have proven that in my life even to my critics. Then vote for or against me based on that record, my qualifications for the office, and the direction where I plainly state I intend to lead our country. If I am so fortunate as to be the Republican nominee for President, I will offer Americans, in what will be a very challenging and spirited contest, a clearly conservative approach to governing. I will make my case to voters, no matter what state they reside in, in the same way. I will not obscure my positions from voters who I fear might not share them. I will stand on my convictions, my conservative convictions, and trust in the good sense of the voters, and in my confidence that conservative principles still appeal t o a majority of Americans, Republicans, Independents and Reagan Democrats.

Often elections in this country are fought within the margins of small differences. This one will not be. We are arguing about hugely consequential things. Whomever the Democrats nominate, they would govern this country in a way that will, in my opinion, take this country backward to the days when government felt empowered to take from us our freedom to decide for ourselves the course and quality of our lives; to substitute the muddled judgment of large and expanding federal bureaucracies for the common sense and values of the American people; to the timidity and wishful thinking of a time when we averted our eyes from terrible threats to our security that were so plainly gathering strength abroad. It is shameful and dangerous that Senate Democrats are blocking an extension of surveillance powers that enable our intelligence and law enforcement to defend our country against radical Islamic extremists. This election is going to be about big thin gs, not small things. And I intend to fight as hard as I can to ensure that our principles prevail over theirs.

Senator Clinton and Senator Obama want to increase the size of the federal government.
I intend to reduce it. I will not sign a bill with earmarks in it, any earmarks in it. I will fight for the line item veto, and I will not permit any expansion whatsoever of the entitlement programs that are bankrupting us. On the contrary, I intend to reform those programs so that government is no longer in that habit of making promises to Americans it does not have the means to keep.
Senator Clinton and Senator Obama will raise your taxes.
I intend to cut them. I will start by making the Bush tax cuts permanent. I will cut corporate tax rates from 35 to 25% to keep industries and jobs in this country. I will end the Alternate Minimum Tax. And I won't let a Democratic Congress raise your taxes and choke the growth of our economy.
They will offer a big government solution to health care insurance coverage.
I intend to address the problem with free market solutions and with respect for the freedom of individuals to make important choices for themselves.
They will appoint to the federal bench judges who are intent on achieving political changes that the American people cannot be convinced to accept through the election of their representatives.
I intend to nominate judges who have proven themselves worthy of our trust that they take as their sole responsibility the enforcement of laws made by the people's elected representatives, judges of the character and quality of Justices Roberts and Alito, judges who can be relied upon to respect the values of the people whose rights, laws and property they are sworn to defend.
Senator Clinton and Senator Obama will withdraw our forces from Iraq based on an arbitrary timetable designed for the sake of political expediency, and which recklessly ignores the profound human calamity and dire threats to our security that would ensue.

I intend to win the war, and trust in the proven judgment of our commanders there and the courage and selflessness of the Americans they have the honor to command. I share the grief over the terrible losses we have suffered in its prosecution. There is no other candidate for this office who appreciates more than I do just how awful war is. But I know that the costs in lives and treasure we would incur should we fail in Iraq will be far greater than the heartbreaking losses we have suffered to date. And I will not allow that to happen.

They won't recognize and seriously address the threat posed by an Iran with nuclear ambitions to our ally, Israel, and the region.

I intend to make unmistakably clear to Iran we will not permit a government that espouses the destruction of the State of Israel as its fondest wish and pledges undying enmity to the United States to possess the weapons to advance their malevolent ambitions.

Senator Clinton and Senator Obama will concede to our critics that our own actions to defend against its threats are responsible for fomenting the terrible evil of radical Islamic extremism, and their resolve to combat it will be as flawed as their judgment.

I intend to defeat that threat by staying on offense and by marshaling every relevant agency of our government, and our allies, in the urgent necessity of defending the values, virtues and security of free people against those who despise all that is good about us.

These are but a few of the differences that will define this election. They are very significant differences, and I promise you, I intend to contest these issues on conservative grounds and fight as hard as I can to defend the principles and positions we share, and to keep this country safe, proud, prosperous and free.

We have had a few disagreements, and none of us will pretend that we won't continue to have a few. But even in disagreement, especially in disagreement, I will seek the counsel of my fellow conservatives. If I am convinced my judgment is in error, I will correct it. And if I stand by my position, even after benefit of your counsel, I hope you will not lose sight of the far more numerous occasions when we are in complete accord.

I began by assuring you that we share a conception of liberty that is the bedrock of our beliefs as conservatives. As you know, I was deprived of liberty for a time in my life, and while my love of liberty is no greater than yours, you can be confident that mine is the equal of any American's. It is a deep and unwavering love. My life experiences in service to our country inform my political judgments. They are at the core of my convictions. I am pro-life and an advocate for the Rights of Man everywhere in the world because of them, because I know that to be denied liberty is an offense to nature and nature's Creator. I will never waver in that conviction, I promise you. I know in this country our liberty will not be seized in a political revolution or by a totalitarian government. But, rather, as Burke warned, it can be "nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts." I am alert to that risk and will defend against it, and take comfort from the knowledge that I will be encouraged in that defense by my fellow conservatives.

You have heard me say before that for all my reputation as a maverick, I have only found true happiness in serving a cause greater than my self-interest. For me, that cause has always been our country, and the ideals that have made us great. I have been her imperfect servant for many years, and I have made many mistakes. You can attest to that, but need not. For I know them well myself. But I love her deeply and I will never, never tire of the honor of serving her. I cannot do that without your counsel and support. And I am grateful, very grateful, that you have given me this opportunity to ask for it.
Thank you and God bless you.

Pulling Up Stakes from President Reagan's Big Tent: Reprise Post

The Republican party has a tendency to cut off its nose to spite its face, and the habit has never been more in-evidence than right now.The following is culled from my comments during the past year.


Republican President Ronald Wilson Reagan

Apparently, anyone who agrees with President Bush, especially on his immigration reform bill, is being defined as "a R.I.N.O."--a Republican in Name Only. What a sad state of affairs. These name-callers are intra-party bigots who are one-issue voters. Their conceit is that they are Reagan conservatives, but they don't fully understand what that means. President Reagan's Big Tent is now swarming with factions, each of which insists that the others don't belong there. The rampant conjecture on what "Dutch" would do is often incorrect.

And, I also said:

Watch the chaos continue. Now, NOTHING will be done. Deporting twelve million people--a sick idea that is a pipe-dream and the suicidal public-image ideal of some people in the Republican party. The party is no longer a big tent, but a conglomeration of factions who will destroy the whole. For them, every candidate must march in lockstep with their each and every viewpoint, so they stay home on election day when their ideal doesn't exist. No one candidate is perfect, and if they believe they will get a perfect anti-illegal migrant bill, it will be a cold day in Hell when they do. "Principled" Republicans have denounced the President, and the party that sticks together shall win in 2008. Cutting off one's nose to spite one's face comes to mind, as does another applicable old saw: they cannot see the forest for the trees. Radio talk-show host Hannity declared in 2004 that the Democrats would never again be a majority or run the White House. And now, with his help--let me feed his huge ego (to partially paraphrase him: in the hot, hazy, humid, hateful Hannity Days of Summer), they certainly have, and shall continue to do so. The party's over. What party? The Grand Old Party.

And, I also said:

My husband and I are supporting President Bush's initiative. What kind of country would the United States be if it deported millions of illegal immigrants instead of trying to integrate them? Sure, the bill is not perfect, but it is more humane than the alternative which is being promoted by people in both major political parties.

To those who believe that the "conservative" way is to blindly boot those people out, consider what President Reagan said about how wasteful it is to let fruit go unharvested, allowed to rot because U.S. citizens are unwilling to pick it. What would "Dutch" do? Certainly not the same thing as you! President Reagan and President G.W. Bush: two humanitarians who understood the issue.

A guest-worker program is NOT amnesty. And how are we keeping track of those illegal immigrants who are in the U.S. now? We aren't. There would have been a program in place that served the purpose--but now, there's NOTHING!

Cindy McCain: an Accomplished, Compassionate Lady

Biography of Mrs. John McCain


Mrs. McCain would be an exemplary, dignified and lovely first lady.Arizona native (May 20th, 1954) Cindy McCain is the wife of Senator John McCain. An advocate for children's health care needs, she founded the American Voluntary Medical Team in 1988, and led many medical missions to developing and war-torn countries during the Team's seven-year existence. In 2000, Cindy was instrumental in her husband's notable run for President of the United States. That year, she was chosen to represent the State of Arizona at the Republican National Convention as the Chairwoman of the Arizona Delegation. She serves on the Board of Operation Smile and the Halo Trust, as well as several local organizations. Mrs. McCain has a Master's degree in Special Education from the University of Southern California. A survivor of severe physical ailments and spinal surgery, she is also recovered from a resultant addiction to pain medication. Mrs. McCain is candid about the subject, and encourages awareness of the problem in the spirit of prevention.
Cindy McCain joined the CARE Board of Directors and the Marketing and Development Committee in 2005.

The Cloud of Boeing's Dreamliner Delay Has a Silver Lining

"We have taken advantage of the delays to make sure our system-level maturity is coming along at a rate that will avoid problems as we enter flight test," Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief Scott Carson said at an aerospace and defense conference in New York on February 6th.
Boeing is planning to start test flights on its 787 Dreamliner in late June, months later than first projected. Mr. Carson admitted that Boeing has learned lessons during the 787 Dreamliner's development, and said that the company is trying to improve relationships with its suppliers--on which this project is depending more than other Boeing planes, and who have an enormous impact on timing. In the field of creative and innovative endeavors, deadlines are difficult to set, and the ground-breaking Dreamliner is no exception. More time, consequently, is being devoted to the Dreamliner's advanced electronical systems and perfecting them. "We're finding that the system is straightening itself out in a hurry," Carson said. "It has required a great deal of effort on our part and on our supply partners, but we are on track at this point."

~~M-J de M.

What IS (is), and What Should Never Be...

...UPDATE: The word is out: Senator Clinton, if elected president, would have all Americans submit to the subcutaneous insertion of a "chip", by which they can be tracked. If that's not invasive, oppressive and intrusive, then what is? It depends on what the meaning of "is" is, I reckon--to quote the uncrowned king of circumlocution, former President Bill Clinton!

And, if you're one of the many Americans who believe that health insurance is a sick gambling racket, and refuse to participate by purchasing it for yourself or your children, they will be coming for you....

To the senior citizens of the United States who believe that electing Senator Clinton will gain them more benefits (as though President Bush's prescription program were not enough already...enough already!): forcing citizens to be endowed with a microchip (instead of with God-given rights), so they can be monitored by the government, will chip away at the freedoms on which the country of your own grandchildren was founded. And forcing people to buy "insurance" only insures the creation of a slippery slope, on which your descendants will be hurtled into a totalitarian regime.

Oh, and did you forget the Clintons' involvement in Whitewater, a scam in which senior citizens lost their life-savings?

I'm not going to impute divine justice to this, but on Tuesday, Arkansas Democrats chose Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama. Clinton, Arkansas was hit by a tornado that night. It is an ironic coincidence. Make of it what you will.

~~M-J de M.

Nasa: Space Shuttle Launch Today at Cape Canaveral

Seven men will be inside of the Space Shuttle as it is launched. My prayers are with them.

If your cable or satellite gets the NASA channel, you can watch the process.

UPDATE: Shuttle Takes Off to the Space Station, with European Laboratory, Columbus on board

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

How Do You Know When Sen. Clinton's Done Speaking?

She looks back down and closes her note-book (a substitute for brains).

Yes, she even read her "victory" speech last night. Every bit of it. Pathetic!

I won't ask how one knows when she is lying....

M-J's Elegant Cats

All Photos by M-J de Mesterton, Copyright 2007
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Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Prince Andrew Opines...

My husband, Jack, (who has been a regular speaker at The Conference on World Affairs, an adviser to the former French president, played polo with Prince Charles and attended his wedding to Diana), noticed the report, and wrote this response on a news website:

While it is true that Britain's colonial experience is relevant to what is happening in Iraq, the U.S. has no lessons to learn from the United Kingdom. America has been the dominant power in the world for over sixty years, and as such has shouldered most of its heaviest responsibilities. British jealousy of America's unrivaled influence is both rabid and embarrassing. Britain is a significant second-tier nation; the United States is the greatest power on earth. Enough sanctimonious lectures from supporting players on the global stage!
And this:
Experienced opinion, huh? Well, if you consider "experience" a record of international failure post-World War II, then Britain does indeed have much to teach the United States. From Suez through the shocking refusal to support its monumental ally during the ghastly Vietnam War, the list stretches impressively. My comments were not arrogant, nor were they isolationist. Instead, I categorically stated that Britain has no lessons to teach the United States in matters of foreign policy--you matter little; we matter a great deal. Enough of this British snobbery! Britain, like France, is no longer a colonial power, and perhaps that is hard to accept for some..., but criticism of the U.S. for its difficult experience in Iraq suggests a high-minded superiority that Britons cannot claim, when one takes into account disastrous performances in Khartoum, where Gordon was lost, and in South Africa during the Boer War, where wretched excesses galvanized world opinion against Britain, and the list goes on. I suggest that you plumb your nation's history, old boy: examples abound of British arrogance that yielded catastrophic results. And America is certainly far from perfect; my country has made so many mistakes…. We can agree that the Iraq War was a colossal blunder. But your country will not stand against a psychotically renascent Russia, and it will not confront odious yet nonetheless hugely significant China. That rotten job will fall to the only Western power united enough in the breach to fight the kind of fatal hegemony you accuse it of creating. British distaste for things American clearly extends to more than paying off the now hundreds of billions in war debts owed for over sixty years. I understand that American television has done it no favors, but this is a big country, filled with all sorts of people from diverse backgrounds--and you don't know a damned thing about what makes us great. While we respect your ancient and often glorious history, you look down on our rich, relatively new heritage, because Europeans in general clearly value quantity over quality. America still represents hope in an ever-more dangerous and polarized world. And if a man of peace like Mr Obama is elected president, or even Mr McCain, who has shown a willingness to work with political adversaries for the common good, then you will find us leading dynamically in short order. This century is not yet lost to us. And you know it all too well.
And this:
...The Unites States is now struggling to prove that its place in the firmament can be safeguarded in this new terrifying century--America still matters most, just as Britain did above all in the 19th-Century. This period of transition between the end of the Cold War and the establishment of the new “order”, no matter how fluid, is worrying to everyone. Challenges abound, and only with clear universal recognition of what our priorities must be can the future brighten. Nuclear proliferation, terrorist threats to delicate, wildly interconnected infrastructure, economic stability, the global fight against dread diseases, environmental pressures, hunger, oppression and horror of every kind are still with us, as if humanity hadn't really much advanced during the last twenty years of wondrous progress.... It is incumbent upon decent persons to recognize that, as you suggest above, we have more in common than could ever divide us. Understanding between Europe and the United States is key to resolving global problems. Criticize us if you believe we are wrong, but do not underestimate America's ability to change the world for the better. And as regards Prince Andrew’s comments, I stand with the gentleman who thought it odd to rubbish the U.S. in advance of a goodwill visit on behalf of British companies either doing business or hoping to do business in the United States--for heaven’s sake....

Monday, 4 February 2008

Herbs and other Ingestibles that Help in Weight-Loss

Phaseolamin (extract of the Northern White Kidney Bean Phaseolus vulgaris)-helps block the conversion of dietary starch into glucose and thus prevents complex carbs from being digested.Wheat amylase inhibitor-Act in the same manner as Phaseolamin
Green tea leaf extract 100mg (45% mg caffeine-EGCG-)-, a component of Green Tea helps the body use stored fatty acids for conversion to energy, the caffeine helps to boost the body’s metabolism
Peppermint leaf-Peppermint has shown in some studies to boost energy levels and reduce sleepiness.
Cinnamon bark-mild stimulant, helps normalize blood sugar spikes and prevent “crashes” in energy due to these spikes. Helps control cravings for carbs and sugary foods.
Lemon verbena herb (aerial parts)-digestive aid
Chamomile flower-digestive aid
Ginger root-metabolism booster/thermogenic, helps normalize blood sugar spikes
Licorice root-helps normalize blood sugar spikes, digestive aid
Tangerine peel-promotes circulation, thought to boost metabolism in traditional Chinese medicine
Chicory root-tonic, promotes overall energy and metabolism boost
It helps you supress your appetite
Gymnema sylvestre leaf-helps block taste for sweets, and helps normalize blood glucose
Fenugreek seed-helps normalize blood sugar to control cravings and hunger, reduces body fat production
Aloe vera leaf-helps normalize blood sugarBitter melon fruit-helps normalize blood sugarCitrus aurantium extract (6% synephrine, immature fruit)-boosts metabolism, thermogenic
Lycium berry-also known as Gojii berry, overall tonic and digestive aid
Finally, it helps metabolize a portion of the fats that you consume.
Chitosan (marine fiber concentrate SHELL FISH)-a non-digestible fiber from sea animals, helps to block fats from being absorbed by trapping them and blocking access to the intestinal walls
Psyllium husk-bulking agent, promotes bowel regularity, blocks access to intestinal walls and traps nutrients, helps normalize blood glucose
Glucomannan-non-soluble vegetable fibers which swell in the digestive tract forming a bulky mass that helps trap fats and blocking absorption via the intestinal walls, slows carbohydrate digestion and helps normalize blood sugar
Butternut bark-liver cleanser, stimulates bile flow, gentle laxative
Buckthorn bark-colon cleanser, gentle laxative
Rhubarb root-kidney cleanser, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, gentle laxative, diuretic
Ginger root-digestive system tonic, blood cleanser, anti-parasitic, liver cleanser
Fennel seed-digestive system protectant, kidney and liver cleanser
Goldenseal herb (aerial parts)-digestive system tonic, liver cleanser, anti-microbial, bladder cleanser
Raspberry leaf-anti-microbial, digestive system tonic
Cayenne pepper-blood cleanser and stimulant, liver cleanser
Oat fiber

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Elegant Cats

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All photos Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2007

All photos copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2007