Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas. What Did You Give This Year?


My least favorite questions that follow Christmas are -

"What did you GET this year?"


The more disarming - "What did Santa bring you?"

I cringe when I hear it. Yes, we all know that lil’ kiddies are enamored with the gift GETTING portion of Christmas. Is that a product of them simply being kids or is it how WE, as the adults and their learning modules, have sold it to them? I am not a child psych'em'o'tologist so I do not pretend to actually have the answer but I enjoy thinking about such topics and I bet the answer is somewhere in between.

Help me start a trend, one that I truly believe in - ask your relatives, your friends, your neighbors, and those quirky people you talk to in grocery store, or coffee shop lines - "What did you give this year?"

Now here is the fun part, watch their faces. See, I am willing to bet there will be about a one second delay as they are taken aback and realize what you asked. Following the delay they will hardly describe the gift card they sent to their brother in a far away state (guilty here).

When you ask someone ''What Did You Give This Year' you will most likely hear about the one or two gifts that they gave and are most proud of - the gifts that required thought and/or intimate knowledge of the gift recipient. Better yet, and even more true to the spirit of the season (IMHO), maybe you will be told the story of a gift that was genuinely selfless.

So (drum roll please) - my favorite gifts that I gave this year are:

1) An electric blanket to my fiancé because she is always cold (also allows me to turn the heat down a few degrees at night)
2) A subscription to Cook's Illustrated to my retired bachelor friend who loves to cook and happens to have all the "stuff" he would ever need. I wanted to GIVE something "consumable". Something that did not need to be hung up, stored, or dusted - Clip the article(s) you want, then toss the rest.
3) A group of navy friends participate in a Secret Santa - I turned a pic of my friend into a Simpson at Then sent him a t-shirt with the pic on it. He happens to be a huge Simpsons fan.
4) And finally the gift of which I am most proud is a donation to my local Beaver County Humane Society. I asked which dog had been around the longest and if I could pay for the adoption. That way maybe someone will be willing to take the dog home if the adoption is free. One can only hope!

So then, under the comments section, brag a little - its okay just this once!
Please tell us- What Did You Give This Year? !

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

We at Too Much Liberty wish you a Merry and Safe Christmas.

While there are 12 days of Christmas, Too Much Liberty will resume on the 26th. Until then, keep your ears open for sleigh bells and the laughter of children.


Sean G

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Yes, Polar Bears Are Yummy!

According to those who know, polar bear meat is great source of food. There are a few precautions, though. Don't eat it raw and it is best served in a soup or stew. Never give the liver to your dogs! I was going to add to Sean's rant on global warming, but I have too much information refuting it to sort through. Actually, there seemed to be more info on the net to refute it logically, than to support the concept in a rational manner. I have a rant building, big time, about the subject. Some day; not tonight. In the meantime, read what the US Senate stated in a report. I didn't see this in the MSM. A great tickler can be found, courtesy of sweetness-light, that presents a Newsweek article from April of 1975 about global cooling.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bears are yummy, a Rant.

You know, its cold outside. Really, really cold outside. Okay, not as cold out as it is at my Parent's home in Minnesota, but its pretty darned cold.

So, this got me thinking. Mainly about polar bears and walruses. In a large part, about how a nice polar bear skin rug would keep my feet warm and how walrus skins would make a great waterproof jacket for sailing, not to mention attractive scrimshaw home decorations. And of course, this got me thinking about "global warming".

My initial thought on the whole "global warming" "debate" (the Goracle, after all, said the debate was over, and who are we to question our betters?) is just a little something I learned in science class, growing up by the shore of Lake Superior. You know, the lake that was actually carved more than a third of a mile deep into solid bedrock by a sheet of ice more than a mile thick?

Anyhow, I was thinking, that it has been only 3 million years since the last ice age, which geologically speaking, isn't that long. It's been only 10,000 years since the last glaciation period. Wouldn't that make this kind of a climatological "spring"? Aren't things due to get warmer? I mean, wasn't most of the earth, at one time, forested and jungled, and ice free? I mean, didn't even Antarctica once have forests on it?

Now, admittedly, I'm not a climatologist. But before you discredit all of my thoughts on this, I am an engineer. As an engineer, I get things right more often on a daily basis than any weatherman has in the history of mankind. That's not a bad track record, no?

Think on this: Why is it called "forecasting"? Even the name hearkens back to reading the entrails of an animal for signs of the future.

Anyhow, now that I've established why I feel I'm as qualified as any politically sponsored U.N. hack to talk on the subject, I continue.

Why, exactly, besides the desire of some wackos who think the continued existence of one of the only natural predators of humans is global warming such a big deal? Won't that create a lot more arable land? Won't previously un-inhabitable tracts of the globe become welcoming to humans? At the expense of what? A handful of bears, penguins and lichens? Big whoop de do. The same people who have the little Darwin bumper stickers on their car are now bitching that polar bears can't adapt? Huh. Survival of the fittest, eco-nut. Besides, they have them in zoos, and lately, its looking like we can clone them if we want more. If we want more of a 1,300 pound, 10 foot long apex predator running around.

Sea levels will rise you say? "So?" I respond. Having been in the navy for a large portion of my adult life, I can attest to the fact that most of the places that will be affected by this are well deserving of a flood. You won't be laughing at "fly-over country" when you have to move inland. Get off my lawn, hippie!

In the long run, though, I don't think we will need to worry about it for very long. It would appear that the climatologists in Iran and Israel will probably take care of it before too long. You "Millennials" or "Gen-Next'ers" might not remember this term, but a quick Google tell you all you need to know about the solution we invented for global warming in the twilight of the cold war: Nuclear Winter.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

From Tea and Crumpets to Hijabs and Sharia Law

In the news, the second most common name in Britain has become Mohammed. It seems that Britain, like the rest of Europe, is having an issue with the immigration of Muslims.

It may be to early to write the obituary for our cricket playing friends across the sea, but I have to express my concern.

I mean, look at the problems currently being experienced by France and Sweden, to name two countries in the advanced stages of this disease. They are shining examples of what will happen if you choose a path of concession and multiculturalism with your immigrants rather than encouraging them to assimilate to your culture.

You end up with riots and an increasing crime rate, a breakdown of the rule of law, and record unemployment.

So, what happened? England used to appear to me a friendly democracy, albiet, with their own spin on the system; a free country, reasonably taxed, and despite their occupation of Northern Ireland, I supported them and welcomed them heartily as our friends. Our future, I'm afraid, may be less than certain.

A day hasn't passed that I haven't read something in the news about the developing Nanny-State mentality in Britain. Of governmental bans on things for the citizens' "own good". Of police cameras and traffic charges. Of Englishmen leaving their country in record numbers.

These things concern me. I like the British. Like the Australians and the Canadians (America Lite, eh!), we share a common language, some common history, and some common ancestors. I feel a kind of kinship to them, naturally. Just like in prior wars, they are at the frontlines: this time in a war of cultures and moralities. Western Civilization vs. the Muhamedian Culture of Jihad.

If Britian falls, who next?

And I have to root for them. Anything else just wouldn't be cricket.


AlGoreithm (al-gor-ith-m), n.
Any method of calculation performed repeatedly until a desired result is produced. Selection or omission of "appropriate" data is to be expected.

Example: If the numbers or data does not prove that the current Earth warming cycle is man made then rerun the numbers from the scientists that agree with the theory until the desired "proof" is procured.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Even the Losers.......

A Democrat pushes a resolution that celebrates the losers - now that is all to telling. I actually have tears in my eyes that it is so funny.

Lets pass one for the "insurgents" in Iraq - oh wait. That would require admiting that they are losing. How about we pass one for our men and women fighting....nope. That would pigeon hole us into the label of "not supporting our troops".

Oh well, Go Rockies! You are the best of the losers!

Congress congratulates Rockies
By Mike McPhee The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 12/17/2007 01:42:05 PM MST

Congress passed a resolution this morning honoring the Colorado Rockies for winning the National League Championship and for reaching the World Series this season.
Rep. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, submitted the resolution in November, and it was passed today by voice vote.
"Winning House recognition for the champion of the National League is not as rewarding as it would have been to watch the Rockies win the World Series, but it shows that the Rockies won new fans," Udall said. "I hope this is a good omen for the new year ahead."
Mike McPhee: 303-954-1409 or
The full text of the resolution follows:
"Whereas on October 15, 2007, the Colorado Rockies completed a remarkable 21 out of 22 game-winning streak, with a 4-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and won the 2007 National League Championship series;
Whereas the Colorado Rockies then played in the franchise's first World Series against the Boston Red Sox;
Whereas the Colorado Rockies demonstrated remarkable team unity, as well as individual initiative and personal determination, and serve as a prime example of good sportsmanship;
Whereas the Colorado Rockies fans demonstrated their passion for their team, their love of baseball, and their character as some of the world's greatest baseball enthusiasts;
Whereas the city of Denver and the State of Colorado exhibited their ability to host a fantastic Major League Baseball post-season:
Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives congratulates the Colorado Rockies on winning the 2007 National League Championship and advancing to the 2007 World Series; the players, manager, coaches, support staff, ownership, and executives whose commitment to the game made this all possible; and the Boston Red Sox for their extraordinary success in winning the 2007 World Series; and directs the Enrolling Clerk of the House of Representatives to transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to the 2007 Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox baseball teams; Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle; and Colorado Baseball Partnership's chief executive officer and chairman Charlie Monfort.

Monday, December 17, 2007

..."I'm here to help." I have a Plan provides a transcript of Hillary’s soft interview on Fox News Sunday that aired yesterday. Hillary said “...I just keep focused on my campaign about what I want to do to help people, the vision that I have for American and the plans that I've put out there, and what I would to do hit that ground running on the very first day.” Do I want a president that wants to help me? No! I want a president that will run the executive branch of the government, not try to regulate what are perceived wants/needs by presidential whims and nuances of reality. This is a part of a video that contains Hillary’s quote. These are really scary statements that may bring comfort for the weak, but not for the self-reliant. The preamble of the Constitution of the United States demands that, “We the people,” not “I the president.” President Ronald Regan, someone all future presidents should try to emulate stated, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help." Something to think about.

Toy Recalls

For those of you doing your last minute Christmas shopping, I recommend avoiding the Island of Recalled Toys:

Free visits to sex clubs

Free visits to sex clubs.
Top Defense brASS had two trips to sex clubs in Amsterdam - the bill was picked up by a company dealing in military electronics.

Two people at management level in military electronics company Thales Norway invited two top Defense figures to Amsterdam's Red Light District in March 2003 in connection with the completion of a contract.


In Related News: Hilary Clinton's Camp denies rumors that Bill has applied to the Norwegian Defense Ministry or as an AmbASSador...or god darn it anything to do with Norway and politics......

Friday, December 14, 2007

Chuck the Huck

America! Hey! Yeah, you! What's your thing with Huckabee? Do you really want him as the next President? You do know he's prone to raising taxes, don't you? And soft on Crime? He pardoned more criminals than the last 4 Arkansas governors combined. You know he wanted to normalize relations with communist Cuba? For that matter, just say his name. Then think about it. President Huckabee. We'd be a laughingstock.

See this diagram for further information:

Any questions? Then what is with this recent upswing in the polls?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

More on Mitt Romeny: Cons... sorta

Okay, well I posted asking readers to comment on reasons why Mitt Romney should not be the next President of the United States, and we received no comments. All I can surmise, is that all of my readers would love to have Mr. Romney as the next President.

Actually, I did take one comment to the contrary, but it was from a friend at work. His concern was that Mormons come door-to-door to attempt to gain followers to their faith. This really bothered him for some reason. It didn't help when I suggested that Christians who feel strongly enough should be doing the same thing :) But he said it was enough to keep him for voting for Mitt. Perhaps he believes there is something sinister about trying to gain Mormon converts? I'm sure the Romans thought the same about Christians.

Then, of course, you have one evangelical preacher from the great state of Florida, some guy named Bill Keller, who states, "If you vote for Mitt Romney, you are voting for Satan." This would seem to be a fairly compelling Con, but hard to verify as if Mitt Romney really were the Evil One, I'm sure you won't get him to admit it. Besides, I'm fairly sure Satan is the leading Democratic candidate right now.

While I don't agree with the tenets of the Mormon faith, and I certainly don't think Mormonism is as closely aligned with mainstream Christianity as Mitt would like us to believe, I do think that the LDS Church is conservative and teaches family oriented values. At least as far as I can tell from reading. As long as Mitt is a moral man, making moral decisions, and upholds my conservative ideals, I hardly think theological differences should hold him back.

If that were the case, as a Roman Catholic, I wouldn't be voting for anyone until the get another Kennedy in there, and I can't stomach any of the Kennedys.

So, come on! Give me some good reasons he can't be President.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ann Coulter – ROTF

Ann is a tad far of the right for a lot of my ideals. Regardless, I hold her in high esteem and explore what she presents. In her most recent column, in Human Events, there is one line that sent snot across my monitor. She stated, “For you kids out there too young to remember, Al Gore is a vaguely gay, morbidly obese former Clinton administration official who raised campaign cash from Buddhist monks and claimed he invented the Internet.” No one else may find this amusing, but to me it was a fantastic comment on the current recipient of the Nobel Prize for Lunacy.

The Twelve Days of Liberals

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has posted a video that exemplifies some of the wishes that liberals want/demanded as gifts. This is not the traditional Christmas carol, though it is a tune with which we are all familiar. We all know how Santa rewards those who have been bad (the gift of coal can be forgiven). Santa never had to deal with a congress that had a lower approval rating than the President. The approval rating for Congress is now the lowest ever recorded by Gallup since it first tracked public opinion of Congress in 1974. This video may seem to be a conservative agitprop, but it also seems to be on target.

Islamo-Fascism Awareness Part II

The most recent example of how Islam is the "religion of peace", A Canadian Muslim man has been arrested for the strangling murder of his daughter. Apparently, at 16, she didn't want to submit to sharia law, and would not wear a hijab.

The Canadian authorities, eh, have rightly denied this lunatic bail.

How can a religion that can endorse this kind of behavior peacefully co-exist with western civilization? I don't care what your teenager has done, you certainly don't have the right to kill her.

We as Americans, and for that matter, anyone in a civilized country need to be on the lookout against anyone trying to make Islam more "mainstream". They are a minority, thankfully, lets keep it that way. The last thing we need are roving death squads, sharia law, and morality police.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Winning, Good Sportsmanship, and the American Way...

I was talking with Brother Malcolm today, and he mentioned that he had gotten into a discussion on one of the boards he participates in regarding good sportsmanship. Brother Malcolm maintained that it was important that, even in professional sporting events, good sportsmanship be maintained.

His opponent, countered that this smacked of liberal sentiments, and accused (quite-wrongly) that Brother Malcolm was a liberal. Now, a quick glance at Too Much Liberty and all was settled regarding the good Brother's right leaning tendencies. But that brings me to the topic of this post.

I don't think that good sportsmanship is in any way "liberal". To the contrary, I think the tenets of good sportsmanship:
  • Full commitment to participation (e.g., showing up, working hard during all practices and games, acknowledging one’s mistakes and trying to improve)
  • Respect and concern for rules and officials
  • Respect and concern for social conventions (e.g., shaking hands, recognizing the good performance of an opponent)
  • Respect and concern for the opponent (e.g., lending one’s equipment to the opponent, agreeing to play even if the opponent is late, not taking advantage of injured opponents)
  • Avoiding poor attitudes toward participation (e.g., not adopting a win-at-all-costs approach, not showing temper after a mistake, and not competing solely for individual prizes)
Are things that any conservative can agree to. I believe they are appropriate, gentlemanly, and expected behaviors in any sporting activity. I have my father to thank for making sure I know the rules of good sportsmanship, and I'm sure many of you learned the same way.

It probably started with a simple handshake after a baseball game. Or an admonishment not to gloat about beating your sibling at a game: "nobody likes a sore-winner" (or loser). And you learned it was appropriate to cheer a fallen player when he gets back up, regardless of the team he's on.

These behaviors are American. And are only "liberal" in so much as they have fallen from practice by so many Americans, and must seem new.

We have soccer moms fighting in the sidelines and dads attacking referee's for ejecting obscenity spewing parents during children's games. Just a quick glance at will show you that we are not teaching good sportsmanship to our children, and apparently, some of us have failed to learn it ourselves.

"But we are Americans, and this is America! We are about winning!"

At what cost? Yes, Americans love a winner and don't give a "hoot in hell for a man that lost and laughed". But we don't particularly like a sore winner, either.

So, the next time you see someone being a bad sport, take the time to let them know they are behaving improperly.

Monday, December 10, 2007

My spin on "Waterboarding"--a Rant

So, I began thinking about the interrogation technique known as waterboarding. Some people are for the legalization of it. I'm not sure I support that.

I'm not an ascriber to the belief that it "will make us no better than the terrorists", or any such nonsense. There are plenty of things that waterboarding or no, makes us better. In fact, saying that the harsh treatment of a murderer or two to save thousands or millions, frankly, cheapens us. You can't even begin to compare the two. Its like comparing Sean Connery's role in Highlander to Heath Ledger's role in Brokeback Mountain. Incomparable.

Of course, if you are the type of uh... metrosexual that thinks that Brokeback Mountain is a better movie than Highlander, you may wish to just stop reading right now.

No, the reason that I don't want waterboarding legalized is that I liked it better when the CIA did it without permission.

Yes, I did just say that. Think about it: It gets around that its actually illegal to waterboard suspects. You are a terrorist pig, having just commited some horrible atrocity, like blowing up a brewery or some such, and a CIA kidnapping team has extracted you to a remote location to do a little information extraction.

There you are, knowing that the American Dogs can't do anything really bad to you, and you tell your captors, knowing full well you will be treated humanely: "Do your worst American Scum! What will you do? Give me a Koran and put me in 4 star accomodations in Gitmo?"

Imagine your surprise as soon as you find out the hard way they are still waterboarding people. I bet you'll tell them everything you know. I bet you would even make stuff up if you thought it would make them happy.

In a round about way, this goes back to what I have said before: if my tax dollars are going to a government entity who's job it is to protect national security through covert and clandestine means, it better be the most covert and clandestine agency of its kind in the world. And because its the American one, it had best be the most bad-ass covert and clandestine intelligence agency in the history of makind.

I shouldn't ever hear of ANY CIA operatives. They should all have cover stories, right down the the guy checking ID's at the parking lot. He should go home at night and tell his wife he had a boring day scrawling tramp stamps at the tattoo parlor, or something. I should never have heard of Valerie Plame.

That brings me to my next point, I think the most bad-ass intelligence agency in the world should be able to handle a few leaks. It is incomprehensible to me that we can spy on other countries, but we can't even keep our own business private. Take a page from the Russians, CIA, to learn how to deal with people who spill the beans.

As an example, imagine what would have happened to Valerie in Russia--you know, if she wasn't poisoned in a sushi shop with a rare radionuclide. It probably would have involved a car ride out into the woods and a short walk.

Yes, I'm all for the banning of waterboading, but keep in mind how well our intelligence agencies are run before you want the government to handle your healthcare, too.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Red Planet Cartoons

Check out Red Planet Cartoons... Not every modern political cartoonist is a screaming leftist, apparently.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Freedom isn't Free: We Will Never Forget.

We must be ever vigilant, our watch must not be slack. There are always wolves at our gates.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Support Hillary: Keep The List Going

I usually don't pass along these "add your name" lists that appear in my email, but this one is too important.

This one has been circulating for many, many months, and I certainly don't want to break the chain.

Please, keep it going!

To show your support for Hillary and encourage her on her run for Queen of the United States in 2008, please add your name to the rapidly growing
list below and send it on to your entire email list.

1. Bill
2. Chelsea





Bill Clinton (slick Willie) interviewed by Barbra Walters (Bahwha Wahtas) - BrotherMalcolm interjects

Bill Clinton: I'd Sit in on Hillary's Cabinet Meetings 'Only If Asked'

Barb: If his wife wins the 2008 presidential election, would the former president sit in on cabinet meetings?

Slick: "Only if asked," Clinton told Walters. "And I think it would only be wise if it were on a specific issue. I think it's better for me to give her my advice privately most of the time."

BrotherMalcolm: So you would be off the "hands-off type"? In the White House. Hands off.

Barb: "Mr. President, is your wife really smarter than you are?"

Slick: "About some things". "We have different kinds of intelligence. She has a great organizational intelligence, and we've always worked well together. … I said the other day -- we celebrated our 32nd anniversary -- I'd rather spend the night talking to her than anybody I can think of."

BrotherMalcolm: Just talking. At night. With her.
Glad you actually said that Bill. I sure having sex with her that one time (daughter) must have been miserable. All I would do is talk to her as well - that is why there are interns right?!

Clinton said that before Hillary decided to run for president, and if the laws were changed, he might have liked to run for a third term in the White House.

Slick: "I loved being president," (Chicks all over the place!) "I loved it. And I thought I was well-suited (or unsuited) to the time."

The man some (media left) call the rock star (porn star?) of American politics hasn't lost his magic touch (no comment).

Since leaving office just six years ago, Clinton has become a kind of global expeditor (exhibitonist?), traveling to more than 84 countries (sans wifey)...

Barb: Should Hillary win, would Clinton be willing to take on traditional "first spouse" duties, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt and the White House Christmas decorations?

Slick: "You know, I'd actually like doing that, ( I love chasing down young chicks with eggs) "

Barb: Would this former president welcome the title of first gentleman?

Slick: "I really don't care what I'm called," Clinton said. "I got to be president for eight years. People can call me whatever they want."

BrotherMalcolm: Noted - but we already do!

While the Clintons talk many times each day, Bill Clinton said they don't get to see each other as much now that the campaign is in full swing. (did they use the word "swing"?!)

Barb: Has the heart surgery changed you?

Slick: "I think it's made me a little more mellow". "I notice how the air (hair?) smells...". "Those things mean something to me again, like they did when I was a boy -- just the rhythms of life. So I both love the small things more, and I sweat the small things less." (I am no longer a big boob man?)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I had to laugh

at this post from IMAO.US. A reader named neverthesame came up with this quote for the Democrats, now that it is clear even to them that the surge in Iraq is working:

"Silly Libtards, winning's for heteros!"

My second favorite from the article is:


What's yours?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Happy Hanukkah!

To our Jewish friends, I send my sincere wishes to those descendants of Abraham and Issac. May the Holy Days of Hanukkah be blessed for you and your family.

La culture française suce

Yeah, the French and their culture sucks, but not because of the new régime. Sarkozy is trying to correct some of the ills of the nation of ingratitude There are old beliefs that limit the French. One of them is that they have the language that is pure. Latin is a pure language. It is pure because it does not change. Latin was once the language of the educated. Charlemagne (Charles the Great) was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III in 800 AD. The Frank language began as a language of importance between areas of Western Europe (basically anything north and west of Rome). Frank (French) became the language of diplomacy and the educated, and the arts and cultures began to shift toward the Franks. Things do change (Battle of Tours, 100 year war with England, etc.). After having been liberated, twice, from becoming a German domain, there still seems to be the sense of world importance that many in France, and the copycat Quebec, hold. There remain many that believe that the French language and culture is pure and should not be altered. When any culture remains stagnant, the culture will begin to die. This helps explain why the French have reacted to this article in the Telegraph regarding the lack of cultural achievement. “The old guard dies but never surrenders” –one of Napoleon’s generals on June 18, 1815, to the Duke of Wellington’s demand for a French surrender at Waterloo. We all know who won that battle. Time will tell what Sarkozy can do.

More on Mitt Romney: PRO's

Ok, fearless readers, I've been doing more research on Mitt Romney. Here is what I have come up with as PRO's:

  • His approach to Healthcare reform has been one that uses private industry and a system of incentives and penalties to get people to get their own health insurance vice having big-government ruin the greatest healthcare system in the world.
  • A track record of being fiscally responsible in government.
  • Supports a buildup of America's defense, and actually has a concrete plan as to what he wants to do.
  • Understands, unlike some candidates, that America's homeland security is best decided somewhere other than America--our responsibilities don't end at our borders.
  • Flat out states without whitewash that "Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam" needs confronting.
  • Recognizes that the evils of Communism are still alive and well in Latin America, and that America needs to keep fighting the good fight lest is spread.
  • Wants Energy Independence for America, and recognizes that nuclear power is a key part of the alternative energies we will rely on in the future. He states energy independence is a national security imperative.
  • In favor of the Line Item Veto and strict limits on government spending and a Supermajority requirement to raise taxes.
  • "We must secure the border, implement an enforceable employer verification system, punish sanctuary cities and reject amnesty if we are to restore Americans’ faith in the rule of law."--'nuff said about illegal immigration.
  • "We must promote a culture of life, protect America's children, and stop the erosion of America's basic freedoms."
You can check out all of his positions at

Keep in mind that as much as this sounds like a plug, Too Much Liberty doesn't actually get paid to advertise for candidates--not that we are opposed to the idea, mind you :) but so far we are as objective as a logical person can be.

So, can anyone point out some weaknesses or flaws? Particularly if we have any readers from Massachusetts that might have first hand observations about his governing style. Any CON's would be gathered and put into a follow on CON post.

So far, though, he kind of sounds like he might be a better candidate for me.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Merry Tossmass!

How many of you are offended when someone says Merry Christmas to you? Not me. How about Happy Holidays?

I'm offended by "Happy Holidays". I only celebrate one "holiday" (by the way, holiday is a combination of the words holy and day) in December--Christmas. The suggestion that I practice pagan rituals, Islamic kowtow-ing to Mecca, or Kwanzaa, a make believe holiday, invented in 1966, offends me.

Besides, do those people buy Christmas trees or gifts?

I understand that Jews celebrate 8 days of gift giving during Hanukkah, and honestly, as a Christian who understands the roots of Christianity is founded in Judaism, I don't mind being wished a happy Hanukkah any more than I would get offended if someone wished me a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Jesus probably spent many a happy winter evening playing with a dreidel like other little Jewish kids. Besides, at least some people haven't gotten away from multiple days of gift giving! Other than that, however, who else is doing holiday shopping?

It turns out that only 1.6% of American families practice a Kwanzaa observance, and most of them already celebrate Christmas anyhow, so you probably won't offend them.

You are offending me, however. This year my family and I aren't shopping at any store that doesn't advertise Christmas. If it's a "holiday" flyer, it goes in the trash with nary a look. Christmas? Let's take a look.

Remember this, retailers, by trying not to offend the 4% of Americans that do not celebrate Christmas, you may be offending the other 96%

Check out this video that captures my feelings exactly...

Dangerous New Virus

There is a dangerous virus being transmitted electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreation-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will completely wipe out your personal life.

If you should come into contact with WORK, follow these simple instructions:

1. Put your jacket on.

2. Take two good friends with you to the nearest liquor store.

3. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER).

4. Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system.

You should forward this warning to a minimum of 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected, and WORK is controlling your life. In this case, simply follow steps 1 - 4 on your own.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Why I Joined

Please read and digest this MySpace entry that I found at

WarRoom is a website hosted by Quinn and Rose, local Conservative radio talk show hosts in Western, Pa. Their popularity is steadily growing as their syndicated show adds stations almost weekly.

I read this and wanted to share this fallen soldier's powerful words with our readers (and plug a local program at the same time).....

Original Link

2nd LT Mark Daily was killed in an IED attack
He was named the ROTC's outstanding cadet for 2005 and also a Distinguished Military Graduate, the highest ROTC award.

This was his MySpace post
Sunday, October 29, 2006

WHY I JOINED Current mood: optimistic

Why I Joined:
This question has been asked of me so many times in so many different contexts that I thought it would be best if I wrote my reasons for joining the Army on my page for all to see. First, the more accurate question is why I volunteered to go to Iraq. After all, I joined the Army a week after we declared war on Saddam's government with the intention of going to Iraq. Now, after years of training and preparation, I am finally here.

Much has changed in the last three years. The criminal Ba'ath regime has been replaced by an insurgency fueled by Iraq's neighbors who hope to partition Iraq for their own ends. This is coupled with the ever present transnational militant Islamist movement which has seized upon Iraq as the greatest way to kill Americans, along with anyone else they happen to be standing near. What was once a paralyzed state of fear is now the staging ground for one of the largest transformations of power and ideology the Middle East has experienced since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Thanks to Iran, Syria, and other enlightened local actors, this transformation will be plagued by interregional hatred and genocide. And I am now in the center of this.

Is this why I joined?

Yes. Much has been said about America's intentions in overthrowing Saddam Hussein and seeking to establish a new state based upon political representation and individual rights. Many have framed the paradigm through which they view the conflict around one-word explanations such as "oil" or "terrorism," favoring the one which best serves their political persuasion. I did the same thing, and anyone who knew me before I joined knows that I am quite aware and at times sympathetic to the arguments against the war in Iraq. If you think the only way a person could bring themselves to volunteer for this war is through sheer desperation or blind obedience then consider me the exception (though there are countless like me).

I joined the fight because it occurred to me that many modern day "humanists" who claim to possess a genuine concern for human beings throughout the world are in fact quite content to allow their fellow "global citizens" to suffer under the most hideous state apparatuses and conditions. Their excuses used to be my excuses. When asked why we shouldn't confront the Ba'ath party, the Taliban or the various other tyrannies throughout this world, my answers would allude to vague notions of cultural tolerance (forcing women to wear a veil and stay indoors is such a quaint cultural tradition), the sanctity of national sovereignty (how eager we internationalists are to throw up borders to defend dictatorships!) or even a creeping suspicion of America's intentions. When all else failed, I would retreat to my fragile moral ecosystem that years of living in peace and liberty had provided me. I would write off war because civilian casualties were guaranteed, or temporary alliances with illiberal forces would be made, or tank fuel was toxic for the environment. My fellow "humanists" and I would relish contently in our self righteous declaration of opposition against all military campaigns against dictatorships, congratulating one another for refusing to taint that aforementioned fragile moral ecosystem that many still cradle with all the revolutionary tenacity of the members of Rage Against the Machine and Greenday. Others would point to America's historical support of Saddam Hussein, sighting it as hypocritical that we would now vilify him as a thug and a tyrant. Upon explaining that we did so to ward off the fiercely Islamist Iran, which was correctly identified as the greater threat at the time, eyes are rolled and hypocrisy is declared. Forgetting that America sided with Stalin to defeat Hitler, who was promptly confronted once the Nazis were destroyed, America's initial engagement with Saddam and other regional actors is identified as the ultimate argument against America's moral crusade.
And maybe it is. Maybe the reality of politics makes all political action inherently crude and immoral. Or maybe it is these adventures in philosophical masturbation that prevent people from ever taking any kind of effective action against men like Saddam Hussein. One thing is for certain, as disagreeable or as confusing as my decision to enter the fray may be, consider what peace vigils against genocide have accomplished lately. Consider that there are 19 year old soldiers from the Midwest who have never touched a college campus or a protest who have done more to uphold the universal legitimacy of representative government and individual rights by placing themselves between Iraqi voting lines and homicidal religious fanatics. Often times it is less about how clean your actions are and more about how pure your intentions are.
So that is why I joined. In the time it took for you to read this explanation, innocent people your age have suffered under the crushing misery of tyranny. Every tool of philosophical advancement and communication that we use to develop our opinions about this war are denied to countless human beings on this planet, many of whom live under the regimes that have, in my opinion, been legitimately targeted for destruction. Some have allowed their resentment of the President to stir silent applause for setbacks in Iraq. Others have ironically decried the war because it has tied up our forces and prevented them from confronting criminal regimes in Sudan, Uganda, and elsewhere.
I simply decided that the time for candid discussions of the oppressed was over, and I joined.

In digesting this posting, please remember that America's commitment to overthrow Saddam Hussein and his sons existed before the current administration and would exist into our future children's lives had we not acted. Please remember that the problems that plague Iraq today were set in motion centuries ago and were up until now held back by the most cruel of cages. Don't forget that human beings have a responsibility to one another and that Americans will always have a responsibility to the oppressed. Don't overlook the obvious reasons to disagree with the war but don't cheapen the moral aspects either. Assisting a formerly oppressed population in converting their torn society into a plural, democratic one is dangerous and difficult business, especially when being attacked and sabotaged from literally every direction. So if you have anything to say to me at the end of this reading, let it at least include "Good Luck"

Mark Daily

On his MySpace front page, he featured this quote:

"Patience demolishes mountains" -Arab proverb
He wanted to be a journalist.

These are the kind and caliber of men who fight for us. Forever twenty-three years young. God rest his soul. And never, never forget.


So, the Religion of Peace is at it again, demanding that the British schoolteacher, Gillian Gibbons, that allowed her students to name a Teddy Bear Mohamoud be executed. Some are calling for her beheading, some want her killed by firing squad.

I think we ended Islamo-fascism Awareness Week a little too early.

Aparently, its just expecting too much for a group of individuals claiming to belong to a religion of peace to act in a rational manner about a children's toy--of course many Christians shopping the Friday after Thanksgiving are nearly as bad when going for the last Tickle-Me Elmo.

Personally, I believe that President Roosevelt is rolling over in his grave that toy bearing (sorry about the pun) his name is being called something so contrary to the Christian beliefs he held in life.

I think the fascists in Sudan should keep in mind that the children voted to name the bear that. We at too much liberty salute the democracy praticed by the school children of Sudan. I suppose its too much to ask their parents to appreciate it.

We think they have it all wrong--It is our opinion at Too Much Liberty that the Islamo-fascists in Sudan should be honored that a children's toy named after a famous American President should allowed to be named after their "prophet".

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Regarding Mitt Romney

Thus is a response to Sean’s post asking for any input on Mitt. If you Google “Mitt Romney” there are over 2.5 million hits; far too many to wade through. Most of the sites, I’m sure, are biased. We can only guess at some of the comments from the Daily Kos, the Huffington Post, etc. One site that I found of interest is this one from Forbes. Though it may be argued that Forbes may be considered as having a capitalistic mindset, the site seems to give balance to interpreting the various positions that the various candidates have established. If nothing else, it is interesting to explore the various candidates that are listed after the section of a members of our Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans have made donations to a particular candidate. Powerline has a recent endorsement for Mitt that may be of concern to other conservative candidates.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Clinton Lying--Again.

Well, Clinton is lying on the campaign trail again. No, not that Clinton, the other one. No! The other one! I understand your confusion, as neither Clinton is apparently able to tell the truth.

This time, however, its Billy lying again. This time he is claiming that he opposed the liberation of Iraq "from the beginning". Now, this sounds like something that you would hear from a Defeatocrat, so it may not ring any alarm bells right away, but I remember this: "I supported the President when he asked the Congress for authority to stand up against weapons of mass destruction in Iraq," said Clinton in 2003 while delivering commencement remarks at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss.

It would seem that neither Clinton can keep their stories straight!

Mitt Romney

What do you guys know about Mr. Romney? He seems pretty conservative, particularly for someone from Massachusetts. Please post in comments what you know.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fabio, A Conservative Man’s Man?

I have had some opinions about a person who seems to have made a living out of beefcake and romance novels; most of them cynical and degrading. This article gave me some insights into Fabio of which I was not aware. With more information, opinions can change. Fabio seems to have a lot of conservative thoughts, not egocentric, enjoys life, and scorns Hollyweird stars. He lauds America as the place that allowed him achieve all that he has earned. Beefcake idol, though he is, he exudes a conservative attitude and belief system that is not often found in California. I only find fault with his reasoning and choice for the upcoming election.

Simplistic Solution To Terrorist States

Mojave Mark responded in a response post at Hot Air with a simplified method of resolving issues with terrorist countries. He referred to it as the Colter [sic] doctrine. I’m sure he meant “Coulter.” Regardless of a spelling, his concept seems to make some sort of unrealistic sense. He states that the doctrine is “Invade their countries, kill their leaders, convert them to Christianity …problem solved.” It would be wonderful if it were that easy.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Pot Calling the Kettle, uh, Black...

Hitlary came out the other day with an attack on Obama's experience. Read it here, if you can stomach it.

My question is this... don't they have nearly equivalent inexperience? I mean, Clinton's only real experience with the job is probably being a Senator... just like Obama.

Now, Clinton was the Senator for liberal New York, so she is probably much more socialist than Obama, who is just learning to be a Commie. Socialist tendencies and communist agendas aside, they seem to be pretty well matched.

My question is this: Does being the wife of the President of the United States of America (former) really qualify her for the job?

I mean, my wife is married to a person who operates a nuclear reactor, but smart as she is, I don't think that qualifies her to take up my job. I know that being President isn't exactly nuclear physics, but the fate of Western Free Society will be weighing on whomsoever gets put in that position.

Shouldn't the person we pick have better qualifications than having slept with a President once? Hell, Monica Lewinski could run on those grounds... at least we know she had sex with Bill.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Coming Soon! Links to Get your Concealed Weapon Permit

Using most recently published state population data from the US Census bureau:
64.1% of the US population lives in "Right To Carry" (Vermont, Alaska & 35"Shall Issue") states,
28.1% in "Right Restricted" (9"May Issue") states, and
7.8% in "Right Denied" (4) states

Soon we hope to be providing links to as many States as possible that allow its residents to actually exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

I would like to encourage EVERY non-felon to apply for and receive their CWP (Concealed Weapon Permit). At the very least it shows numbers. Numbers mean support and thus when "they" come for our liberties, by first coming for our gun laws and then coming for our guns.... if "they" see large numbers of people with CWPs then maybe (just maybe) "they" will be swayed.

Okay maybe not, as they are beholden to the Anti-Gun lobbyist, but numbers count for something. "They" are more apt to attack a law and rights (such as ability to carry a concealed weapon) if there appears to be little support for it. If millions have their CWPs in all the states that allow for them - then that shows support.

Contrary to liberal thinking - might CAN make right and the show of strength often DOES deflect aggression by bullies.

Here is an Example of what we wish to provide to encourage appling for your CWP:





West Virginia

more to come as we do the research....

Thankfulness, Illegals and the American Dream

It’s that time of year, time to give thanks. I was suppose to contribute to the blog a few time this week as Sean was on vac-a. However, I went to visit an aunt and uncle who temporarily do not have internet access because they just moved. My uncle, with wife and kids in tow, recently added himself to one of the millions of America’s small business owners just a few weeks ago.

My uncle is now an owner of a restaurant in a small but budding town in Western, NC. His restaurant employs 20 people and guess what…ready for it…..

NO illegal aliens.

I tried to tell him that there are jobs that Americans just will not do, such as bus tables, clean dishes, random fixer-up work etc. He tried to tell me that he DID have 20 employees, doing everything that needed to get done, and that one in fact was of Mexican decent. This Mexican-American (actually I that should read “American”) just so happens to be 3rd generation American and instead of doing “menial jobs” he is in charge of the kitchen crew. He had what some people like to call “papers”. You know - birth certificates, driver’s license, high school diploma, et al.

Anyway, my uncle and family are temporarily set up in a townhouse and they had no internet yet. They are relying on cell phones for the time being. The experience of visiting the restaurant was great. I loved watching as my uncle was getting the swing of things, the employees and customers responding to him; and he loved watching the people line up for a 2 hour wait to be seated.

Sorry for the digression - the point of all this was the American employee, who happens to have Mexican heritage, he was an inspiration to me.

As I got home this afternoon (11/24/07) I read this headline found on the front page of

“Sheriff: Illegal border crosser rescues U.S. boy
Man was boy's ‘angel’ after mom dies in Ariz. desert van crash, officials say


WOW, I thought… If there is a documented case of an illegal alien doing such a wonderful Thanksgiving-like thing, I can see why it made the headlines.
No agenda here, just reporting the facts. Everyone knows that the “drive by media” just loves a positive feel good story and that they tend to shun the negative (FYI: dripping and oozing with sarcasm). I was left to wonder WHY they seemed to be missing these headlines or articles (see links below)

Study: 1 million sex crimes by illegals
Researcher estimates more than 100 offenders crossing border daily


Illegals: The Crime Rampage

Illegal Aliens' Unstoppable
Third World Crime Wave In US


Crime and illegal aliens in the U.S.

The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave

There are more, lots more, but I was curious as to why if there are a few cases of illegal aliens being nice people, yet thousands or millions of illegal aliens of doing very bad things, then why would push this headline to the forefront?

Why do they not push to the forefront such news as this –

In Florida Alien is Offensive; Breaking the Law is Not

You see, that headline and story above unveils what is happening throughout our country but it brings upon it an all too revealing light. The story outlines that a Democrat in Florida, Sen. Frederica Wilson from Miami has introduced legislation to remove the word “Alien” from Illegal Alien on state documents because she finds the word alien offensive, especially when it is applied to children. As we know, when it is politically expedient, with the Democrats it is all about the children.

The media wants to keep those things underground. Not part of the agenda you see. Yet it pushes to the front pages that illegals are like “angels saving little boys” and maybe even passing out puppies, doing jobs American will not do, and jut trying to feed their children…

So, to come full circle, I am thankful for fellow bloggers who dig up buried stories and make them available to all - stories that tell the entire story and then allow me to interpret where the truth is.

We're back

Well, sorry for the absence, but the staff of Too Much Liberty is back from Thanksgiving Vacation now. There were supposed to be some posts made by one of the other authors, but that didn't happen for whatever reason. Rest assured, however, that we are back in action.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

This Little Piggie Went To Congress...

For those of you readers who haven't heard of it, check out the website of the Citizens Against Government Waste.

Its a non-partisan, non-profit watchdog group that spends its time and resources keeping tabs on government waste, fraud and abuse. Specifically, they are especially good at following the money on any new piece of legislation, earmarking the earmarks, as it were.

It turns out that our buddy Murtha, the Pork King of Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District, has slipped a little pork product into the 2008 Defense Appropriations Bill. Murtha is asking for $23,000,000 to fund something called the National Drug Intelligence Center. The NDIC, as it is known, ir run by the Dept. of Justice, and has cost us taxpayers $509,000,000 since 1992. While you may be saying that it sounds like a great thing to have, keep in mind that the Department of Justice doesn't want the NDIC, and has repeatedly asked Congress to shut it down, as its functions are already being performed by other agencies, better.

In fact, CAGW rates Murtha at only 5% during the 109th Congress--the higher the rating, the less pork you approve and the better you are looking out for the taxpayers' interests.

Why doesn't he care? Well, its not HIS money. Its yours.

If you go to the CAGW site, you can easily look up any Congressman. I know we get a lot of readers from outside of PA (Old Man is from the Land of 10,000 taxes, after all) so be sure to check up on your local Senators and Representatives. They aren't going to stay on the straight and narrow if nobody watches them. Make sure they know they are being held to account.

Keep that in mind when they come back up on the ticket. Let it be known we won't give the government a blank check anymore.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Murtha's Competition...


Johnstown, PA – November 14, 2007: William Russell’s campaign for Congress for the 12th District is going to hit the road on Monday, November 19, 2007, and visit each of the 12th Districts 9 counties in the “Turn the Tide Tour.”

Russell’s tour will begin with a short prayer at the Flight 93 Memorial with stops in Boswell, Latrobe, Uniontown, Waynesberg, Washington, Arnold, Ford City, Indiana and Johnstown. Russell’s website ( will chronicle Russell’s travels across the 12th District with descriptions from the candidate himself.

“I want to Turn the Tide in the 12th District for our nations security and our economic future. I am looking forward to speaking with folks all over our district and sharing ideas on how we can make this happen,” said Russell. “I’m very sure we will have fun along the way!”

We at Too Much Liberty will occasionally promote candidates we think will do the country some good. We currently do not accept money for this, but any candidate that wishes to donate, may feel free :)

Speaking of doing the country some good, this gentleman is running against the infamous Murtha, as in Haditha defamation infamy. Pennsylvanians take note.

Limit Enlistment to 35 or Older

I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. (You can't be older than 42 to join the military.)

They've got the whole thing backwards. Instead of sending 18-year-olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. "My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry!"

We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m.

Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, "I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-bitch.

If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we like soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training. I can hear the Drill Sgt. now, "Get down and give me ... er ... one."

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head. These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten cowards who attacked us on September 11. The last thing an enemy would want to see right now is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

If nothing else, put us on the border and we will have it secured the first night.
This is purposely in big type so you can read it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The UN - A Rant

(I started to reply to Sean's post about the LOST treaty. I wasn't successful in an appropriate reply because it turned into a rant. Rants can be informative. If not informative, they can be cleansing. Therefore I offer my rant.)

The UN has not had a concern for its major funding source since its bastardly birth. It seems that a favorite pastime of the UN is to label the US as a major offender of human rights and imperialistic motives. Never mind that the US gives the UN the right to exist in its current form, will bail out their decrepit counties in time of trouble, and is the largest donor of humanistic aid in the time of a disaster. There used to be signs in farmer's fields and on billboards screaming "Get The US Out Of The UN. Most of these were attributed to John Birchers, a far right fringe group that was active during my late formative years. Today they would be Ron Paul supporters. These signs have seemed to have disappeared. The last one I saw was west of Fond du Lac, WI on Hwy 23 about eight years ago. In one of Tom Clancy's Op-Center novels he wrote about a hostage situation at the UN. He mentioned a monument honoring the victims of Hiroshima and wondered where the monument to Pearl Harbor was. The only use, IMHO, for the UN, is that the US can keep track of where the asshats are. Actually, the end of the UN would require the delegates to find real work in their third world hovels. Good friken luck! Oh, no unemployment benefits; so it goes; suck it up and carry your own damn pack! Personally, let them spout vitriol against the US from an exotic place such as Mogadishu or the tolerant, peace loving and Mardi Gras capital of Girls Gone Robed via Islam, city of Riyadh (piece [sic] and titties be beyond you). No alcohol, no titties, but a lot of sand and Wahhabistic beliefs that will torture then execute them if they are gay, Christian, left handed, or Jew. They will encounter the same fate if they try to bring a Bible into the tolerant, peace loving country. I can't wait for the oil to dry up in those despicable countries in the Middle East! I'm sure the UN delegates will appreciate the opportunity to interact with those that they are so concerned about. I cannot support the continuation of the UN. Where is John Bolton, thanks to the liberals? He is so needed in the UN. The concept is correct; the corruption and misuse of its imaginary powers is not. Actually, the only power the UN has is what the US allows it to have! As Dennis Miller once stated “The US moves furniture; the UN applies doilies. The US has twice as many aircraft carriers (“4.5 acres of sovereign and mobile American territory") as the rest of the world combined! Los Angles and Virginia class attack subs carry cruise missiles than can make a target obsolete from several hundred miles away, destroy enemy war ships and other vessels without being detected (one minute the target is there; the next instant-history). Damn, every time a US Trident submarine (SSBN-Boomers), carrying the D-5 warheads puts to sea it is the sixth largest nuclear power in the world! There are eight Boomers in the Pacific fleet and ten in the Atlantic fleet. Do the math! Each weapon has a range in excess of 4,000 miles and the Boomers are built for stealth. To my understanding, there is no record of any Boomer ever being detected by a foreign power. Actually, a Boomer would only have to place itself a thousand miles or so from its base in either the Atlantic or Pacific for the weapons to reach Moscow. The Middle East is a lot closer and they could, conceivably, hit targets without leaving port. I realize that have started to drift, so I end the current rant.

[Editor's Correction: An Ohio Class Submarine can hit Moscow from the piers they are moored at with a few thousand miles to spare. Wikipedia gives the range of a D-5 missile as in excess of 7,000 miles. I believe it entails a 15 degree list put on the boat and clearing topside if possible--then hope you haven't welded the other doors shut.]

The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) and why its a crappy idea...

This treaty, being pushed for by the White House, and bolstered by a 17-4 vote of approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to come up for a Senate ratification before the end of the month.

This is the same U.N. treaty dismissed by Ronald Reagan more than 20 years ago; and would put us under governing authority of an international body, put our sovereignty and military at risk and subject us to direct taxation by the U.N!

The biggest reason to adopt LOST, cited by its proponents is that it guarantees navigation rights. Well, the U.S. doesn't need the treaty to ensure navigation rights. No, this isn't another talk about how bad-ass our navy is--though it IS more powerful than the next several navies combined. The simple truth is, we enjoy navigation rights by customary international practice. The fact that we are not a convention member does not mean that other states will begin to demand notification by U.S. ships entering their waters or airspace. We are not a signatory to the convention today and still have freedom of the seas because current participants of LOST are required to grant the U.S. navigation rights afforded by customary international practice. In addition, these states have reciprocal interests in navigation rights that will discourage them from making such demands on American ships in the future. [Spring, etc. 2007]

This would also ensure that 2/3 of the world's surface gets turned over to the U.N. General Assembly who would be responsible for any resource distribution, dispute resolution and arbitration, and enforcement. Keep in mind that most of the General Assembly is comprised of the 3rd world. Do we really want to turn over 2/3 of the world's surface over to administration by the 3rd world? They're doing such a swell job with what they have, after all--wouldn't it be fun to give a bunch of banana republics like Venezuela and Little Stalin Chavez a chance to even the score with us?

This doesn't even begin the list of reasons its a bad idea. Here are a few more: It opens up U.S. companies' trade secrets to foreign competitors, prevents our navy from gathering intelligence, the LOST is a enviro-weenie's wet dream--read that as crippling to our economy, and best of all, gets us involved with another U.N. bureaucracy--they do so much so well... just look at how effective their sanctions are.

Worst of all, this hinders the sovereignty of our country and is a step closer to a world government.

If you write or call your Congressmen about anything for the rest of the year, this should be it. Give 'em a call--you can actually dial the Capitol Building switchboard or their state office directly. Let them know that you think LOST is just that--a LOST Cause!

Related links:

Center For Security Policy