Sunday, September 30, 2007

Putting Mind Over "Matters"

Last week, a firestorm arose as a result of a distorted picture being painted, about some remarks made by Bill O'Reilly. The NYT fronted it and got the story out into the mainstream.

Their source? None other than Media Matters (MM), a political cult funded by George Soros.

Bill has weathered it well, so far. And he should, he said nothing offensive. I am sure he has the tape and will produce it to anyone that wants it, but I am sure they have already heard it. I would be quite surprised if they hadn't. How else would they have been able to find the part that was supposedly so offensive?

I normally listen to Neal Boortz on my lunch hour, but on this day I went late and I just happened to be listening to him. I tell you, this whole thing is being blown up by MM in order to generate more tensions (as if actual tensions aren't enough). With Jena 6 dying down a bit, they can kill two birds with one stone. They can incite the Sharpton and Jackson organizations into more bogus "outrage" and smear O'Reilly, in one article.

No folks, I heard an entirely different conversation than just the snippets, they want us all to hear. In fact, my version pretty much matches
Juan Williams' version of the conversation, because he heard the entire conversation also. You have to hear the entire conversation and it would be plain to anyone with any sense.

Now, I know Bill O'Reilly isn't liked by all. Just the mention of his name will bring horrible consternations and condemnations, by many. He's the kind of guy that you either love or you hate. I would say that an overwhelming majority of people in the US, know who he is, and their opinions are usually based on two things: 1) Agree or disagree with his political and personal principles. 2) Love or hate his personality.

Personally, I think he gets it right much of the time But sometimes, he gets it wrong. I also think he can be a stubborn and arrogant man, at times. But sometimes, he can be a pretty understanding and compassionate guy. One thing you have not seen a lot of here at PYY is very many posts linking to or about, Mr. O'Reilly. A sycophant, I am not. He is what he is.

But no matter what you may think about him, I know what I heard. And let me say, they've really skewed this for their own character assassination agenda. Why? They don't like his politics. They don't like his swagger. And mostly, they just do not like him.

And from the looks of things, neither does the NYT.

We must all understand something here. MM has put this kind of stuff out before. Just browse their website, they go after the conservative hosts almost exclusively and with a vengeance. And quite frankly, most people expect this from a George Soros enterprise.

But, should the NYT with their record of incompetence make a habit of running with a story that comes from a group, which aligns itself with MoveOn.Org and the likes? If so, then I think it already cheapens what is practically already shot down the tubes.

So I guess the bottomline here is simple. Media Matters really doesn't matter much, when you know the whos and whys of their doings. And if the MSM starts taking misinformation being fed to them by Leftist Cults (on a regular basis) and if they refuse to do their homework, they will see a real drop in credibility.

So, if I were to arrive at some kind of moral to this story, it would be:

It's all about putting mind over matter. I don't mind, and MM doesn't matter.

New Blogroll Addition

An occasional visitor and commenter here at PYY has made the leap and opened his own blog. He and I go back a little ways, meeting at Super Frenchie's site and our viewpoints are often very different, in the realm of ideology and philosophy. Although we are in the same generation, much of our opinions are from the difference in location and culture. Close to the same age, we both had very different upbringings and experiences.

He is French, I am American.

But besides that, we have always been able to air out our differences in an intelligent and respectful manner, if you do not count the time, I told him he was "full of sh*t. Now that he knows that sometimes I am full of sh*t, we have gotten along well in our debates and have been two guys with differing opinions that are sometimes full of sh*t.

Beyond that I can say, although I disagree with half of what he writes, he writes it well and is always a pleasure to read. For this reason I am blogrolling Flocon's new venture, simply titled, Shall We Talk?

So far he has two posts, one in French and one in English. regardless of which language you speak, I am sure you will find some interesting things there as he develops his new project. So when you get a moment, please go visit and say hello. And if you see something there that you think I would disagree with, be sure to tell him that LA says he is "full of sh*t". ;)

Seriously, give him a look.

Another PYY Recommended Post

There's a man I know, here in the blogosphere, who can make your abdomen and intracostal muscles sore from laughing. He is a very funny man. But beside this fact, the neat thing about this man is not his comedic and sarcastic wit. I say this because, when I am done reading and laughing, I usually have some new perspectives to consider and many things more to ponder.

I don't want to overplay this too much, because he may think I want to borrow money and go into hiding to avoid me. Yet, I cannot overstress how good of a writer this man is. Because of this, I would be grossly remiss if I did not say that I highly recommend reading his latest long awaited, post.

Here is Mustang's Technology.

In a related "oldie but goody", he touches on some of the same kinds of things. If you missed this one a couple of years back, give it a look too.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Another Blast From The Past

When you mention Irish bands, U2 is the one that most people think of almost instantly. Yet, well before they were churning out hits and packing stadiums all over the world, there was another Irish band that had their own unique brand of rock and roll music. They had an impeccably crisp sound, with some rough edges thrown in along the way. And although they never made it into the top tier of stadium-packing groups that regularly sold out wherever they played, they still left an indelible mark on 70s music.

A few of their songs still get significant playing time on classic rock stations everywhere. The band is Thin Lizzy. Their first hit was in 1973, the song was Whiskey In The Jar. Their first big selling album was entitled Jailbreak and produced two big commercial successes. Here is one of those hits from that album, the title track recorded live:

The other hit from the Jailbreak LP was called The Boys Are Back In Town:

One of their last studio albums with the late Phil Lynott singing was Thunder And Lightning. One of the songs on that album was an uncharacteristically mellow tune called The Sun Goes Down:

And finally, my favorite Thin Lizzy song of all-time was a catchy little tune off of the Jailbreak release. It got some airplay, but never matched the success of the other two hits from the same LP. Here is The Cowboy Song, recorded live at the Sydney Opera House:


Pelosi's Folly

From the USA Today comes this story:

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a plan to build fencing along parts of the Mexico border a "terrible idea" that overlooks local communities.

Pelosi made the comments during her trip to the Rio Grande Valley for the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology Week conference at the University of Texas-Pan American

Notice where she's at?

So, what (pray tell) were her comments?

"I have been against the fence, I thought it's a bad idea even when it was just a matter of discussion," said Pelosi, D-Calif. "These are communities where you have a border going through them, they are not communities where you have a fence splitting them."

The fence law may overlook a handful of communities along the southern border, but it looks out for a far greater amount of communities that do not sit on the border. These are those populations that must foot the bill for the droves of illegal immigrants coming in. daily. Believe me, they only stop in these border communities long enough to buy a pack of cigarettes and a Coke and it's northward-ho.

My community is one that must shell out for healthcare, welfare, and any other entitlement they can grab onto. My community must bear the brunt of the extra drain for people that have entered the United States without registering. Because of this, most do not pay income tax, to help pay for the drain.

But believe me, opposing the fence that both defines and regulates the sovereign territory known as the United States Of America is not the worst of the problem. The worst part of this is simple. Building a fence would not be necessary if crackpot ideas like this weren't being floated around, in an irresponsible manner:

Pelosi also touted legislation known as the DREAM Act that would make it easier for some illegal immigrants to receive higher education benefits. She spoke at a conference that drew more than 5,000 students for activities designed to inspire careers in science and technology.

The DREAM Act would eliminate a federal provision that discourages states from providing illegal immigrants with lower in-state tuition rates. It also would allow permanent residency for illegal immigrants who entered the country as children and have been admitted to an institution of higher education.

That's the ticket, create more reasons for the fence to have a need and a function. But wait, it gets better:

"It just isn't fair," Pelosi said. "Those young people who came to America one way or another ... their opportunities are curtailed because of the situation. And it's not only harmful to them — it's harmful to the country."

I'll tell you what's not fair in all of this. It's the mere fact that I have to pay some of my hard-earned money (and if you think I don't work hard to earn my money, just hang with me for a day), to attract more needy people from another country that cannot get their own house in order, well enough to be self-sufficient. After all the money that has been thrown at Mexico over the years, there is still poverty beyond belief, with no signs of any potential improvement, anytime soon. So they see the American leader of the House Of Representatives promising a gold mine.

And while we are at it, what's this nutty idea about?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.

That's it. Let's just add another $20 billion to the debt.

Brilliant, ladies. Brilliant. You've just added billions to the national debt to, in essence, buy yourself a bunch of friends that wouldn't be your friends, if you didn't buy them. In fantasyland, it's called helping people that need help. In reality, it's called buying power. (And it creates an unhealthy symbiotic relationship, by encouraging more dependence on big government as a secondary gain.)

Friday, September 28, 2007

A Memorable Memory Remembered

It was 30 years ago and this time of year.

The year was 1977 and a young man whose only venture outside the United States was Mexico (twice), was about to land in Rhein Main AFB for a NATO exercise (REFORGER 77). From the moment I stepped off that Air Force cargo plane, I knew I had landed in a land that I felt a special connection to.

Because I knew some things about my roots and ancestry, Europe was to become one of the more cherished experiences I have ever had. To see where knights once roamed, kings and emperors once ruled, and where the continent had many times built itself back from ruins, was something many in my country will only read about.

My first experience was one that many tell me doesn't exist to any great degree any more. As I disembarked the big bird, the first thing I smelled was the noticeable odor of diesel exhaust, in the air. Once I got past that discovery and the concrete world of the Air Base, the next sight I got to experience was the autobahn that was to take us to the Mannheim area (which is probably known as E5 now). Every vehicle was traveling at different high rates of speeds, and they were a a good 1-2 feet behind the car in front.

As I watched the landscape unfold from one town/city into another, I couldn't help think that somehow, my government school had failed me and maybe (in some way) I had failed myself. Being a whiz at geography in school, I was amazed at something I had thought I missed. I knew about Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Bonn, Cologne, and some other large metro areas in West Germany. But I had never heard of Ausfahrt. And from every sign I could see, there as a road that led to Ausfahrt.

For six weeks I was able to see a world that had only existed in textbook pictures, spent time with the German and Dutch armies, viewed sights like the picturesque cathedral in Ulm, and mingled with the German people. I enjoyed the experience so much, I promptly went back to Ft. Riley and submitted paperwork to go back for permanent duty there. This was the first time I had seen what Europe had to offer and I was hooked, I had to have more.

A year later, I got it. Germany, France, Holland, and Spain were all on my itinerary for the two years I lived and worked there. It was truly a time when I was carefree and not bound by the responsibilities, I have today.

It is something that I shall not and cannot ever forget. In fact, I still dream about it at night. sometimes. It's a recurring dream, one that I am back in either, Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg, Wurzburg, or some other place I do not recognize. I'd call it a bit strange, but it has never has it left me with any negative feelings. Each dream always finds me feeling like it was good to get back and re-experience it all over again.

I seriously hope to visit again, someday. Until then, the memories are still vivid enough to carry me through.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Emotionalism vs. Rational Thinking (And The Rule Of Law)

My generation is regressing. Instead of being the savory sages that dole out words of wisdom to the younger generation, some of us are exacerbating the youthful impetuousness of our younger generations.

Today, war protesters desperately try to make the comparison of this war, with the Vietnam War. Although there are some similarities in some areas, to include the guerrilla tactics of the enemy, it really isn't a re-creation of that conflict (as much as some would like to have us all believe). The fact is, it's a war and like all wars, they are not good. But it's a unique conflict unto itself and must be treated as such.

Follow that up with the fact that civil rights leaders are desperately trying to compare the case of six boys that brutally attacked another, with Rosa Parks not wanting to give up her seat on the bus. In my wildest imaginations, I cannot figure out where anyone with an ounce of sense could even imply such a thing. These are two entirely different situations, in two entirely different times.

But before we go any further with this, let's focus on something here, if only for a moment.

There is a desire on the part of some to re-create their youthful experiences. For many, it was a safer time in their lives. They had less responsibility then, now they have aging parents that require attention and at the same time, they have older kids that need launched into the world. Many feel sandwiched in. Maybe it's a lack of feeling a certain sense of accomplishment or as in the case of Cindy Sheehan, who suffered a serious trauma with the loss of her son. I don't know for sure, what everyone's case is. But one thing rings true, many are looking backward and trying to re-live something that cannot be fully re-lived. As a result, they are getting it wrong.

As I look back to my youth, I remember a lot of emotions, impulsive behaviors, and lack of real understanding of the world. This was not because I was stupid or dumb, I just didn't know any better. I just didn't have the experiences necessary to properly analyze things enough, in order to form adequate judgments on things. I didn't have the impulse control that I have now.

But today, I see people that should be wiser and more prudent, leaving an angry legacy to the next generation. Much of this is because of this regression that I have described.

In some cases they are fueling the fire of anger that naturally occurs with youthful inexperience, exploiting younger people's passionate feelings for their own purpose. In other words, they are using emotionalism as opposed to sound judgment and reason, to advance their causes. Anytime you can create a cause based on a feeling, you can create a certain mob reaction. When emotions take over a person or a cause, rational thinking can fall prey to them quite easily; and as we saw from the Duke case, it can lead to so much hysteria that common sense is cast aside, in favor of the impassioned moment.

One of the biggest things that will invoke inflamed emotions is a racial issue, real or imagined. But sometimes, after the emotion has subsided, if we stop and look at the situation in a reasonable manner, we might just see things from a different perspective.

Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have manufactured many injustices, for the sole purpose of justifying their own existences. They have used a number of overblown incidents to incite emotionally charged reactions. It comes as no surprise to me, when they beat their drums for the cameras. They love the limelight.

But beyond all of this, I want to be clear about something here.

I know and understand, there have been countless well-documented instances of injustices done to blacks, throughout the course of history. From the days of slavery to the Jim Crow era, there have been some bad things done. There is no denying this, whatsoever. Still today, there are instances of true discrimination and acts of real racism that occur. But even so, it's important to note that there are injustices done to people of all colors, nationalities, and religions, for a variety of reasons, from time to time. Injustice, as an entity itself, knows no boundaries.

Now, we have all heard the complaints from Jesse, Al, and many others in the Jena 6 case; they have been well-documented through media reports and have received more than their rightful share of exposure. But how many people have tried to see this through the eyes of the prosecutor of these six kids? How many can honestly say, they would feel the same way if the roles were reversed? And, how many can say they know and understand the laws that the law enforcers have to work with, in this situation?

If you have yet to consider these things, maybe you should read something from the perspective of the prosecutor in this case. Maybe you should look at this from the eyes of someone that has to uphold the existing laws and make sure that the law is fairly applied to all. But more importantly, you have to see the bottom line here: A crime was committed. The man, the people elected to prosecute that crime and others, has a story and it deserves to be heard.

After all, isn't that the reasonable and rational way to judge an argument?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Burma Violence To Spur UN Action?

The political crisis in Burma is mounting sufficiently enough that a meeting is supposed to take place tonight in the UN. But after watching this organization perform at a snail's pace in other pressing matters around the world, I wouldn't get too excited or expect that anything substantial will emerge from it.

Besides the fact that the UN sat idly by in years past while dictators like Saddam butchered his people, the UN is not known for its speed and efficiency. The current crisis in Darfur bears this out. The UN also is in no hurry to take on the burden of the Iranian situation, so how are we to believe that this meeting tonight will yield anything of any reasonable value?

But, like all things that come out of the UN, I am sure that whatever comes out of tonight's gathering will sound good in a sound bite and look good on paper. Meanwhile, the protests and the repression of such will most likely continue, while the UN tries to hoodwink us all into thinking they are relevant.


Found this article from the WSJ. It adds to the mix in this story, in that, the UN will fail because China will always be there to obstruct anything that would prove the slightest bit constructive. I said when China became a member of the Security Council, the world would someday rue that day. I think that "someday" is already here.

How Likely Is A Clinton-Obama Ticket?

Roger Simon has an interesting article from the Politico about the possibility of Obama being the running mate of Hillary, should she win the nomination. Most experts are predicting she'll win the nod, but the votes have not been cast yet. So, this is just the very type of conjecture that seems to surface, whenever there's a slow news day in the works.

Nevertheless, Simon makes some good points about why he thinks what he thinks. To see what he has to say, I suggest reading the article.

I think a Clinton-Obama ticket would not fare as well as others, for the same reasons he does and a few others.

1. Obama is viewed as a uniter, but his stances are far closer to that of the MoveOn.Org cult. Independents will recognize that and the GOP will most certainly spend a lot of time pointing that out, during the general election campaign. MoveOn really hurt itself with the General Betray Us ad and more people are coming to see the organization for what it really is.

2. Hillary has been characterized as a darling of the Left up until her pre-election period move to the center. To many, she's still not going to be completely trusted to be a centrist as President. Obama as a running mate will only shift the ticket further to the Left. She needs to win the center to win the election, period. Obama will not help her do that.

3. There has never been a woman head a ticket, there has never been a black on a ticket. If Hillary is nominated, people will be asked to shun tradition and vote for the first woman president ever. Right, wrong, or indifferent, to put a black and a woman on the same ticket would ask the people to accept too much change, too quickly. In other words, I think the country could elect either one without the other, much easier than with.

4. To win an election, the Dems must win some battleground states that went red in the last two elections. Someone that can carry a red state would be much more preferable on the ticket, than Obama. Evan Bayh, Tom Vilseck, and even Dick Gephardt would qualify as a candidate that could carry a red state.

As the election takes better shape, more will be known about the possibilities. The key here in all of this is, the votes and how they add up once the ballots are being cast. Right now, it's a slow period and the prognosticators are in full swing with their predictions and reasonings for them.

The Democratic nominee will need to consider a lot before a running mate is picked, but for now we can all theorize and play expert.

Sarkozy Still Getting It

Some have said I needed to reconsider my view on President Sarkozy, because of some things I wrote in a recent post. That was then, just after Kouchner made his now famous statement that many were irritated over. But fast forward to today, and we still see Sarkozy stating what many have been saying now for a long time.

By all appearances, it seems like he knows that this must be looked at this, realistically. And the reality here is, Iran must be stopped from getting a nuclear weapon. He knows that it makes no sense whatsoever to continue to sit idly by, while the time is being well-used by the Iranians to advance the research process. He knows the stakes are high.

Lately, there has been much written about this, new, brave, and bold vision of Le Presidente. Earlier, we had this story about Sarkozy's grand ambitions to invoke and bring about a new era of change for France. Before that, we had his post election comments, which sound resoundingly like those he has been making of late. We heard his clearly toned statements then, we here them now.

I could go on posting links to articles on this, but what's the use?

Like here in the States, politics being the beast that it is, he will continue to be demonized by many. Right now, the apologists are waging their war of words campaign to discredit the President, by making him Bush's pit bull. I am sure the mainstream French press hammers him daily. I am sure that many are calling him a warmonger.

Yet, he still continues to hammer back. And although I can find nothing that would indicate he wants war, he is still keeping up the pressure. You cannot warn the world of something, unless you spell out what that "something" entails. He seems to know that by backing down now (like Chirac would have), there could be no real viable solution to this problem.

Looking at this man's first few months in office, he certainly has made a shift in policy and has made good on what he said he'd do. With all of this, I wonder if this guy might just turn out to be France's Ronald Reagan, before it's all said and done.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

News In Brief (And The Usual Opinionated Commentary)

These news briefs are very brief today. Just too busy. Hope to have things back in order this evening.

Calling Jesse and Al. Red alert. Racist beating in Norfolk. Need assistance.
(cricket sounds)

Religious Revolt Appears Headed For Squashing

But it's not the usual religious uprising. No truck bombs, no suicide bombs, No killing of innocents.

Here's an interesting piece that claims Bush is advising Democrats, quietly, of course.

Clintons put squeeze on GQ Magazine.

My, my. Are we worried that something negative may be printed?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Iranian President's Big Day In America

Many aren't happy he's here and plan to communicate it.

Critics of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad started protesting even before the hardline leader made his scheduled arrival in New York for planned speeches at a high-profile university and the United Nations that have aroused a storm of opposition.

But, as you may guess, he has his big day planned for a day when most people have to work. So the only ones that can turn out in force are students or those that do not have to make a living. Because of this I do not think the crowds will be as large, had he turned up on, say, a Saturday.

But if his very presence isn't enough to anger decent people, here we have a dean at a prestigious university defending their invitation to have him speak:

Imagine how Jewish students must feel about this.

At Columbia, the military is not welcome, the minutemen are not welcome. But the head of a terrorist state is welcome and now apparently, Hitler would be, if he were still alive.

That's the hypocrisy of the Elitist Left.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Another Blast From The Past

Many people fail to realize that Germany is a country that has had a thriving rock scene, for many years. After all, the Beatles used to play Hamburg in the early 60s and had a great influence on musicians there, at that time.

But sadly, many of them did not and still do not get much of an audience here in America. Why? Because the market isn't overly kind to bands that do not sing in English. When I lived in Germany, you would have been surprised how many quality bands were well known in their country, and throughout the continent. Some sang in English, others did not.

This weekend we honor some of those bands that were popular in the Bundesrepublik in the late 70s, when I was there.

First up is one that was one a minor hit here in the States. Many of you that were into the rock music scene may remember it, when you here it. The band is Kraftwerk, the song is Autobahn:

Next is an artist that never made it to the States. In the many years I have been listening to radio, I have never heard one song by this group. Not one.

At the time I was there, the push was for Europeans bands that wanted to make it big in American music markets to learn to sing in English. One performer decided he didn't care if he made it big in America, or not. So he sang for Germans (and anyone else that cared to listen). He was a household name in Germany, he sold a lot records, and a hell of a lot of tickets to his shows. He didn't need America.

If you like good time rock and roll music, you'll most likely find this tune a catchy one. Here is Udo Lindenberg und Das Panik Orhcester (the guy that introduces them looks like someone from the Rocky Horror Picture Show):

The biggest commercial success that took the States by storm was a band that reached their peak in the 80s, long after I had seen and heard them perform. When I returned in 1980, very very few had even heard of them. When the next song came out, that all changed. Here is a live version of Rocks You Like Hurricane, by the Scorpions (and a little help from the Berlin Philharmonic):

Led Zeppelin had their Stairway To Heaven, Guns and Roses had their November Rain. So too did the Scorps have their signature work of art that will live for many years in the world of classic rock. It is a song about the changes coming about in late 80s Europe as the Cold War was winding down. Here is Wind Of Change:

The song for the encore cannot be embedded, so here is a link to one of their better songs, No One Like You.


Friday, September 21, 2007

The Political Compass Test

There are those that have made comments here and elsewhere, doubting my claim to be an independent centrist. Not that I care what anyone thinks, mind you, but I have taken an online test that pinpoints my score, based on that particular test's results. Here is the graph where my pinpoint is located.

You can take the test for yourself here. It's not scientific, but almost every test that I have taken similar to this, shows me near the area where this model shows me to be.

Too many people think that to be independent you must reject all things from both parties. That thinking is known as black and white thinking. With no vision of the gray areas, they look at one party as all good and another as all bad, with no in between. This is termed "splitting" in the psychiatric world and is a common trait found in what is known as, borderline personality disorder.

Being a centrist is more complex than the little box they try to put one in. I wrote a piece a couple of years ago that explains a centrist in better detail. To those that don't get it, I recommend reading it.

MIT Student Arrested For Fake Bomb At Logan Airport

WBZ is reporting that an MIT student was arrested for entering Logan International Airport in Boston with a fake bomb strapped on her body.

First the taser boy gets his 15 minutes of attention. Now, we have this.

I do not know what could've possessed her to do such a thing. People that get accepted into MIT have to be smart, it is one of the top engineering schools in the country. So, I seriously doubt it's related to some kind of cognitive deficit. The only thing I can think of is, she wanted to be the center of attention.

Well, she was. And most likely she will continue to get the attention she deserves, from behind the door of a jail cell.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A Different Kind Of Immigration Problem

Now, it seems Canada is complaining about Mexican immigration. From the Windsor Star:

Over the past three weeks, 45 families and 31 individuals -- approximately 200 people -- entered Canada at the Detroit River crossings and applied in Windsor for shelter and social assistance after filing refugee claims with the Canada Border Services Agency. Municipal agencies dealing with the sudden influx of mainly Mexican refugee applicants are renting out hotel rooms and bracing for predicted thousands more to come.

So, what's their reponse?

Here's what the Mayor of Windsor wrote to PM Harper:

"We don't have the means, ability or capacity to deal with this additional cost. We are not able to deal with this potential crisis locally," Francis wrote Harper.

"I don't believe that Windsor's residents and taxpayers should have to foot the bill for U.S. immigration policy," Francis told The Star. He was referring to the suspected source of the problem -- a recently begun crackdown on illegal immigrants in economically struggling regions of the U.S. South.

The question I have is, why didn't they go back to Mexico? The Mexican border is closer to Florida than Canada's. But even more pressing is the question I would pose to Canadians: Why is it the U.S.'s fault? You think we should absorb them and allow them to break the bank here, let's let you see how you can do it better. Show us all how it should be done.

And I might add, you are off to a great start. You've not had them in country three weeks and you are already complaining that it is a drain on your resources. Go ahead, we are in utter awe here. We're watching the masters of compassion in action.

Political Tennis: Showdown With Ahmadinejad

This one doesn't involve weapons, it involves a test of wills. Iranian President Ahmadinejad has announced plans to visit Ground Zero, during his upcoming visit to New York.

At first, Mayor Bloomberg entertained the idea.

Then, they thought better of it.

That should be the end of it, right? Well, think again.

Now, the Iranian President apparently has announced that he intends to visit it anyway.

Now, its the NY officials' turn to reply. What will they reply with? Stay tuned.


Well, now it appears he will back down and not visit. He even seems surprised that Americans would be insulted from his proposed visit. You have to laugh, otherwise you'd cry.

Behind Closed Doors

There are some things that really upset me and one of them can be found here. There, you will find a disturbing video that demonstrates something I will never be able to understand. As a man, I have always believed that only cowards physically abuse women. And I always will.

Somewhere long the way, I do believe that we must address this kind of behavior, if our society is to have any kind of chance to survive. The foundation of a great society is in its people and their character. Too many kids have learned this kind of behavior from their father and the cycle continues, in them today. The cycle must be broken.

By now most of you that read this blog with any regularity know, I am not with women's groups on the lion's share of feminist issues. But what this video shows, is one they will always have my support on. There is no excuse for a man to beat on a woman (and no excuse for a woman to beat on a man, either). Men should be protective, not destructive.

Take a look if you want. If you are easily disturbed by these kinds of things, don't. But know where this blog stands on this and it's not with cowards.

EU Philosophy 201

Reuters is reporting:

The European Union joined on Thursday a U.N. call for Israel to reconsider its move to declare the Gaza Strip an "enemy entity" and appealed for it not to cut key services to the Hamas-run territory.

I am trying to make some sense of this. So please bear with me while I run this through.

Hamas has taken over Gaza and has made a habit of lobbing rockets over into Israel on a semi-regularly basis, pretty much from the time they have been in control. So after what I would consider an amount of time that goes way beyond patient, they decide that considering Gaza "the enemy" is in the best interests of their country.

Now, the EU says they shouldn't do that because people will suffer. In other words, Israel should make sure that the people of Gaza (which demographically includes the rocket-lobbers) have all of the things they need to stay healthy and energetic, so they can continue to plot against and attack their country.

Sorry, but I simply must pose some questions here.

What happened to the fine art of rational reasoning? Why would anyone be surprised that Israel would do this? If Luxembourg were raising this kind of hell, would Belgium, France, or Germany be any different?

It amazes me how Europe has put out some of the greatest minds that ever existed and yet, they cannot use a common sense approach in some cases. Don't get me wrong here they do get it right sometimes. Just as there is no 100% perfect system anywhere, there is no 100% imperfect. But I think they are wrong here.

My suggestion the the EU is, to leave Israel alone in this matter. It makes just as much sense as Turkey's stand against the PKK. It makes sense to any nation that must endure unprovoked attacks from a terrorist entity, from within or without.

If basic rations are your concern, I can say all you will need to do is get a map and do some planning. On that map you will note numerous seaports in EU countries that would be capable of shipping supplies to Gaza, who has a seaport that can receive them. You can do that to your hearts' content. Just remember something: While you are doing it, be sure to send plenty if you expect the truly poor people to get any, because the terrorists will get first dibs.

And, they will still be lobbing rockets and will continue to be a destabilizing force in the Middle East.

Folks, at some point, someone will have to get tough with those that seek to subvert the cause of peace. If you keep feeding the lion, he will get bigger and bigger. Then when you run out, he will be that much harder to kill, when he tries to eat you.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Why Iraq Is Not Stable

Before anything else, I will warn my readers that the video I have linked to contains graphic images of two Iraqi men being executed.

Their crime? Working for the Iraqi government, trying to make Iraq a better place to live.

Watch it if you want to, don't watch it if you don't. But regardless of your choice, know that no real peace can come to Iraq until these thugs are all hunted down and either imprisoned or killed. They are killing their own, all in the name of their sick and perverted ideology.


The Jawa report has more on this heinous act of barbarism.

WTC Memorial Construction Delays Causing Dissatisfaction Among Groups

Here is an interesting satire from the usually left-leaning Onion:

HT: Chip at Politics and Religion

President, Congress At All-Time Low

The latest Reuters/Zogby poll shows the latest approval ratings, with the President at 29% and Congress at 11%.

Bush isn't running for re-election, due to term limits. But if he were, I don't think he'd make it this time around. But Congress has no term limits and many of them are running for re-election. The sad thing is, essentially the same clowns will all be re-elected, despite the mood of the American people.

Just once I'd like to see the American people exercise some courage and vote all of the incumbents out. All of them.

They can re-apply for their jobs next time, if they wish. But maybe they'd get the message that they work for the people, not their own self-serving and arrogant self-interests

Waiting For Murtha

The title should read Waiting For Godot, because that's what waiting for an apology from Rep. John Murtha is like. Let's take a look at a short video and see how the Congressman from Pennsylvania tap dances his way out, when confronted:

(Hat Tip: Greg)

Note how when he is pressed, Murtha gets angry and asks the young reporter if he had been in the service; then he invokes his own military service as some justification for making himself judge, jury, and executioner, when this case first came to light. Well Mr. Murtha, I have been in the service. I, too, served my country honorably. Will you take the same question from me?

What Murtha and many others had hoped in the case was for this to become, Iraq's My Lai. But one by one, charges are being dropped. So, it appears there is less of a "there" there, certainly less than when they came into the airwaves last year accusing young men assigned an incredibly difficult task, of horrendous crimes.

It wasn't that they asked for the investigation, that's perfectly within their rights. But, they made it sound like it had been established as fact, before any of the judicial proceeding or investigation results were even known. They presumed guilt before innocence and in my view, violated these men's constitutional rights, before God, man, and the media.

Note this performance:

There are two lines of investigation going on here, the alleged crime itself and the alleged cover-up. You can read a brief review of the latest charges to be dropped in this case, here in the AFP.

No folks, these people like Murtha sing a good song for the cameras, when they want to play politics. But they cannot even bring themselves to issue an apology, when they are wrong. And these are the people that are serving us in such a vital capacity. These are the people that represent us.

All he has to do is apologize, I'll You Tube it right here, and we'll move on.

So, come on Congressman. What's the song going to be? Silence Is Golden? Or I'm Sorry?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Turkey: Military Option Against PKK On The Table

Something on the rise these days (that doesn't get a lot of press) is the tension level between Turkey and the autonomous region, currently administered by the Kurds in Iraq. Reports earlier this year told a story of the Turks militarizing the areas just outside the Iraqi border.

Turkey has massed 140,000 soldiers on its border with northern Iraq, Iraq's foreign minister said Monday, calling the neighboring country's fears of Kurdish rebels based there "legitimate" but better resolved through negotiation.

In this post here, I posed a simple question , but at the time it was not answerable.

Is it a defensive posture to prevent attacks by the PKK? Or is it something else? Stay tuned.

Well, I have. And today we see that the Turkish PM has communicated some things that should be considered for debate. Here is some of what he had to say:

"No country can continue living under the constant threat of terrorism," Erdogan said in his office at his party headquarters in Ankara. "This struggle has the same legitimacy for Turkey as it has for the U.S., Spain or United Kingdom."

He's got a point there. There should be no distinctions made in these cases, no country should be expected to live under a threat of senseless violence, from any entity. Period.

"We have done our part in joint struggle against terrorism in Afghanistan as requested by the U.S.," Erdogan said. "Now, we expect the same approach from the U.S."

I do not think he is asking too much, at this point. How can we realistically expect to forge some kind of coherent approach to getting Iran to stop exporting their brand of terrorism, if we stand idly by and watch the PKK wreak havoc, within the borders of a long-time ally?

Man Tasered At Kerry Appearance

Here is the story in print. Here is the question/questions/rant that resulted in his microphone cut off, arrest, and subsequent tasering. Word has it that he cut in to the line and stole the microphone.

Here is the You Tube video of the arrest portion in the auditorium where the event was being held:

Here you can see the events that this video showed in the room where Kerry was appearing and the events that transpired outside of it.

Now, I have to say, I have spent a lot of time trying to convince mainstream Democrats of their need to distance themselves from the Leftist political cults that brainwash people, like this young man. He looks like a good kid that has been so negatively influenced that he was willing to make such an ugly scene, for what he believes is truth and justice. But, sadly, he fails to consider the rule of law in this country. This isn't a planned march or demonstration. This is a blatant attempt to incite a riot and nothing more.

This was a forum that was being held with a speaker that the Left rallied behind in 2004; and yet, he demonstrated no more respect for John Kerry than he probably would have for the President. Clearly this was a planned disruption and if I had to make a guess, some Leftist professor probably put him up to it.

Leftist cults are users. They use political blackmail to enforce their narrow-minded agenda and mainstream Democrats have yet to figure this out. This is evidenced by their lack of willingness to speak out against the many things that groups like MoveOn.Org and the Daily Kos are willing to do for attention, most recently the NYT General Betray Us ad. (To date, Hillary hasn't distanced herself from it, Obama hasn't either. John Edwards used his wife to do it.)

Leftist cults also use candidates and discard them when they are finished with them. It's evident here. Although he was the darling of the Left in the 04 election, they now have no use for him, despite the fact that he makes an enormous amount of irresponsible claims, just like they do. He was their saviour then, but now, he's expendable.

Why will mainstream Dems tolerate this manipulation? Because they are all scared of the clout and influence that these political "moonies" have.

So, once again, I implore all Democrats to take a good hard look this. The irresponsible comments, the chiming in with Leftist cult organization propaganda will all be your end someday, if you do not extract yourselves from this kind activity. Make no mistake, they will turn on you, if you so much as give a hint that you do not agree with their brainwashing material. Do not mistake them as being on your side, they want to overrun the Democratic Party and rule it, with intolerance and hatred for all that dare to disagree with them.

Addendum (10:50 PM):

AC says in the comment section:

Until we know more about his motivations, whether pure or staged for his own web site, etc

AC (Fore Left) may just be onto something here. Get a load of this:

Police have released the incident report detailing the Tasering of a University of Florida student during a campus forum with Sen. John Kerry Monday, and the officer who actually Tasered Andrew Meyer wrote in the report that Meyer later told police, "You didn't do anything wrong."

Police have released the incident report detailing the Tasering of a University of Florida student during a campus forum with Sen. John Kerry Monday, and the officer who actually Tasered Andrew Meyer wrote in the report that Meyer later told police, "You didn't do anything wrong."

"As (Meyer) was escorted down stairs (at the University Auditorium) with no cameras in sight, he remained quiet, but once the cameras made their way down stairs he started screaming and yelling again," Mallo wrote.

That's not all.

Mallo was one of two officers who actually rode in the vehicle as Meyer was escorted to the Alachua County jail, and she said said he told them during the ride: "I am not mad at you guys, you didn't do anything wrong, you were just trying to do your job," according to Mallo's account.

Mallo also wrote in her report that he asked, at one point, if cameras would be present at the jail.

Like I said earlier, this is what he wanted. He wanted attention, he got it. The only thing he didn't get that he probably wanted, was a riot. His blog seems relatively new. What better way to jump start it than to get tasered, share the spotlight with OJ in the past 24 hour news cycle, and then blog about it.

Monday, September 17, 2007

News In Brief (And The Usual Opinionated Commentary)

France Continues Pressure On Iran

Sarkozy's government is keeping the pace moving, he seems to be the driving force right now. That's good, because no one else seems to give a damn, not anyone that has any leverage, that is. This is what has to happen, in order for this thing to have any chance of succeeding this late in the game. It should have happened sooner, when the threat was first realized. But, nevertheless, I am just glad someone is doing something. (It may not be much, but it's something.)

Iran Responds To French Pressure

"We hope that such statements are superficial and do not reflect France's realistic and strategic points of view," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Monday, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

Okay. I am going to try and help here. I don't know how much good I can do, but I'll try anyway:

Now would be an excellent time for Germany, Britain, and the rest of Europe to speak with one voice. Now would a great time for them to validate their support and show unity. Many in those nations have wanted this experiment, AKA the EU. This is the only way this is going to be resolved, it's the only way anyone will respect. If we keep getting mixed signals from the rest of the member states (or inaction, altogether), the message will get diluted.

The message needs to be clear, because time is wasting. It'd be nice if Russia and China would do it too, but this is not likely at this point. So, it's really up to Europe to take this torch, run with it, and guard it.

China, Russia Spying On U.S.

Like this is some new development. This went on for years and it goes on now. So what? The key in all of this is, we have known about it for a long time. Both of them ignore the threats that they should be concerned with, and stress over us. That's called straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel.

Leahy Threatens To Obstruct AG Confirmation

So says the Politico:

The early reviews were notable for the restraint, if not outright optimism, shown by all sides in the fight over a successor for what has become one of the most politically charged federal agencies.

One key exception was Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who suggested in a statement Monday that he won’t schedule confirmation hearings until the White House provides more information about the nine controversial U.S. attorney firings and the administration’s terrorist surveillance programs.

Is anyone really surprised?

O.J. Simpson Armed Robbery Case Progresses

Friday, when all of this was getting the initial coverage, it wasn't looking like charges would be filed. I can't put my finger on it, but I would have thought the deck would have been stacked against the guy that made the complaint, because there was one of him and several of the others. But yesterday, O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with participating in an armed robbery. The real shocker in this? No bail was set.

Evidently, the court does not trust Simpson to show up for proceedings. And why should they? Too many people have seen the chase in the white Bronco ad nauseum, too many know that with the possible penalties involved, he cannot be trusted to appear. To their credit, Las Vegas criminal justice officials do not want a repeat of the three-ring circus that was known as the O.J trial, back in the 90s. So they appear to be taking steps early to prevent that from happening.

So what the hell was O.J. thinking, when he allegedly pulled this stunt?

I am sure there will be no shortage of material for Greta's show, for awhile. This means every speculator and prognosticator that has any minuscule insight or theory of some kind, will somehow be asked what they think. And you can bet that they will tell us.

But to understand this as clearly as possible, first, it must be understood that he has not been found guilty of anything in this case. He has only been charged. However, there must be some compelling evidence. Why else would Las Vegas law enforcement officials be willing to put themselves under the microscope, the way L.A's officials were during the murder trial?

After avoiding prison in that case, to me it would seem that he would lay low for the rest of his life and be content that things came out his way. I would think that he would not want any more negative attention coming his way. While the specifics of this case are being speculated, there are some general things that can be said about O.J.'s personality.

In the world of psychology, there are 10 mental illness conditions, known as personality disorders (PDs). These 10 are far more difficult to treat than the thought and mood disorders, because they involve years of development. Much of the behaviors that are exhibited are learned responses to anxiety. The person that copes with anxiety in a healthy adaptive way has learned to to so, through years of experiences. The one that doesn't cope with anxiety well, also learned the maladaptive responses, through years of experiences.

To properly diagnose a PD, the individual must display three or more behaviors. Of the ten PDs recognized by the American Psychological Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the one that fits O.J.'s reported maladaptive coping mechanisms is that of the anti-social.

Diagnosed anti-socials are overwhelmingly men, but that is not to say that women aren't diagnosed. Usually, women with similar histories to anti-social men develop what's known as a borderline personality disorder. But O.J. is a man, and from all descriptions of his behavior found in the media these days, it appears he meets the criteria for the anti-social classification.

In summation, I think that with O.J.'s acquittal in the murder trial, he has felt more empowered to do as he pleases, without fear of accountability. It is well-known that he has dodged many of his financial obligations and now it appears that he is desperate for cash. And in all of this, it appears he has lied rather convincingly, saying that no one was roughed up during the incident in which he is now being charged. But now, we have audio tape that provides what appears to be Simpson's voice and it doesn't sound like a social call.

So, it's apparent that while he gets his day in court to answer the charges, this may not be a repeat of the fiasco we all witnessed in the murder case. While it is high-profile and certainly is being played out in the media, from all appearances, it would seem that the criminal justice system is taking a different path in the early stages of this case. They gave little indication that they would arrest him and yet, when the decision was made, it was done swiftly and surely. They didn't tip their hand, as the LAPD seemed to do.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Times: Israel Hit Syrian Nuclear Cache

Thursday, I posted a piece on the recent raid conducted which reportedly resulted in a Syrian target being destroyed. Friday, I posted an update on that post, with some sketchy speculation.

Now, there is more information being released, discovered, or has somehow come to light that gives us something more to chew on, while we try to understand this better.

It's easy to speculate from where I sit without having the resources that the London Times has access to. The article seems to do a good job of presenting what they have learned, up to this point. And I do not find it to be unreasonable in its assumptions. But in this kind of thing, one can never be 100% sure, if the picture we see is 100% clear.

Having worked for government before, I have had several incidents occur that I had first hand knowledge of. Yet when I read the account in the newspaper, it looked nothing like it happened. In some areas, it was similar but not exact. So one must always view what they read, with a critical eye.

The general consensus seems to be that there was in fact, nuclear material involved, very possibly from North Korea. The purpose of that material seems to be very much in question. But the two entities that can settle the speculation, Syria and Israel, are remaining very tight-lipped. This is forcing media outlets to dig and piece together information slowly.

Check the article out, if you haven't already. The one thing that you can put together after reading this is: Whatever the reason those materials were there, it was for no peaceful purpose.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Another Blast From The Past

This week, it was announced that the three remaining members of one of the most successful rock bands of the 70s, will reunite for a show paying tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun. With those three, the son of the deceased member will play in his late father's place. The band is Led Zeppelin.

Zeppelin was an enigma. When they released a new album, you never really knew if it would have the same sound as the last and it rarely did.

They started out as a hard rock band that got most of their influences from traditional blues, albeit with a higher technological edge. By the time they were done, they had set a trend in rock music that is, itself, emulated by many artists today. Many of today's "so-called" alternative bands will cite Zeppelin with being a defining influence, in their music. (Soundgarden, a popular band from the 90s, was one those many and sounded like early LZ, in many of their tracks.)

The only chance I had to see them was when they came through Frankfurt, in 79. By the time I'd found out, they were sold out. Naturally, I figured I'd catch them the next time round. But, not long after that concert, the drummer was dead and so was the band (as we knew it). As the DJs once often said: This weekend, we have a little "Led for the head".

One of my favorite songs by them is a song that will run through my head, whenever I go back to California. Here is Going To California:

Next up is a cut from the Houses Of The Holy LP. The two that got the most airplay were Dancin Days and D'yer Maker. But one that I always liked was a tune called The Ocean. Here it is:

From the fourth album came two songs that worked their way into rock radio station rotations. Both are two of their best pieces of work, both are as far apart in style, as one can get. The first showed their ability to rock and roll with the best of them. It's title says it all, but you really have to listen to it, to truly appreciate the work. Here they are on their last tour (don't be afraid to tap your foot on this one), here is Rock & Roll:

Whenever one thinks of the greatest song of an era, each era has their share. But few can say they have one that will be played throughout the ages. The second song from the fourth album is such a song. Here is a song that once was rated the greatest rock song of all time, the one, the only, Stairway To Heaven:

Because I am so very tickled that they will be performing again, here's an encore for good measure. It's a little rockabilly tune from the In Through The Out Door LP called Hot Dog:


Friday, September 14, 2007

O.J. Simpson Implicated In Theft

Slow news days seem to garner attention for stories of lesser importance, not the least of these is the report that O.J. Simpson may very well be charged in a theft, in Las Vegas. But the story seems to indicate that Simpson thinks the items belonged to him. This particular report says there was no violence involved.

Another report says that a gun was used. All of this creates a confusing myriad of complaints, from both sides.

I think he was hard at work looking for the killers of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. He thought they were in the hotel room so, he and his hired posse went in.

Wouldn't you know that when he did, he just happened to see his jersey and suit? It's quite possible that he then informed the man in the room that he'd been looking for them and thanked him for finding them.

At least that is what my sources are telling me.

Simpson claims he was conducting a sting operation.

I guess he temporarily reassigned himself off of the Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown case, onto this one. But from the reports I have been hearing he was back on the golf course today, looking for the killers. More as it becomes available.

Did Turkey Provide Intelligence To Israel?

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Israel was given intelligence from Turkey, on the targets they hit in Syria. In addition to this, it states Israel was given permission by the Turkish Army to use its airspace, while doing so. This seems to conflict with an earlier report that seemed to indicate Turkey was not too pleased about the use of their airspace.

Many theories can arise out of the ashes. But one thing people must understand is: When the parties do not address the situation directly, there's no real way of knowing what the truth is. Good intelligence also employs the effective use of smoke screens. It may very well be the case here. We just do not know.

At first, Turkey seemed taken back by all of this. Now this leaks out. Such is the cloak and dagger world, in the 21st century.

Philadelphia Police Chief Asking For Help

Have you heard this one?

The city's embattled police chief, acknowledging that police alone cannot quell a run of deadly violence, has called on 10,000 black men to patrol the streets to reduce crime.

That sounds like a good idea. Let's just have 10,000 untrained men patrolling the streets with no guns, patrolling the streets that cannot be covered by the local police force. Or let's give them guns and encourage vigilantism. Let's put them out there in harm's way. No pay, no insurance, let's just have them put their lives on the line for nothing.

Then, if that's not enough to dissuade from thinking this is the worst kind of idea, there's always this thought:

Let's just let anyone who wants to volunteer for this duty, have his own area to watch. No background checks mean that criminals themselves can volunteer. Then, crime can really run rampant. When the paid officers are thinking that an area is covered by volunteers is, all the while there can be a volunteer lookout.

Why am I so suspicious?

The program's backers include Dennis Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam official who has been hired by police departments in Detroit, Syracuse, N.Y., and other cities to conduct community-sensitivity training.

We all know how fair-minded NOI can be. Some of them thought it best to be fair to the woman who falsely accused the Duke lacrosse players of rape and confinement.

NOI and other hate groups have a large presence in Philly. Maybe they are part of the problem in the neighborhoods, most affected by crime. If they aren't, why is crime so high now? Seems to me if they were at all concerned about their community, they'd already have some effective neighborhood watch programs in place. McGruff has been out there for 20 plus years, now.

The Moment of Truth For The New York Times

If the NYT is serious about proving that it has no bias, now would be a good time to make this point. On the day Gen. Petraeus was beginning testimony, they published the now famous despicable ad, from MoveOn.Org. And they are taking some heat for it.

But that's not the half of it. Read this from the article:

An ad criticizing the top U.S. general in Iraq raised charges on Thursday that The New York Times slashed its advertising rates for political reasons -- an accusation denied by the paper.

By how much, you ask? Let's read on: confirmed it paid $65,000 for the full page ad headlined "General Petraeus or General Betray Us."

On the surface that seems fair, right? It would, except the market rate for the page ad was a bit higher:

The New York Post ran a story on Thursday asking why the basic rate of $181,692 for such an ad was discounted.

That ad was ran at a saving of $116,692. That's a little over one-third of the usual cost.

So how can they prove they are not biased? Read here.

It's now up to the NYT. The ball is in their court. Time to prove the paranoid right wingnuts wrong. Time to offer equal access for those with the other viewpoint, for the same deal. The moment of truth is here, we are all waiting.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Patriots Owe The League $750,000

Here is the story courtesy of CBS. It's also going to cost them 1-2 draft picks, as well.

ESPN has another angle on this.

Whether they beat the Eagles fairly or not will never be proven, now. It's history and it cannot be re-written based on conjecture. But the questions are there and they are going to be asked. There were an awful lot of come-from-behind wins. The seeds of doubt have been planted.

Money will be paid and the pick(s) will be forfeited. But will the real cost come in the form of distraction for the team? That's the real question.


Bob Kravitz, sports pundit from the Indy Star doesn't think it's enough.

At this point, Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots coach and resident Machiavellian, should be happy he works in the NFL and not Formula One. Because the new commissioner, Roger "They Call Me Torquemada'' Goodell could have, should have, come down a whole lot harder.

Here's how F-1 handled their scandal.

The McLaren team was fined $100 million and stripped of its points in the constructors' standings Thursday in the spying scandal that has rocked Formula One racing.

It's really not about winning and losing, it's not about sour grapes. Here's the biggest reason why, all of this important: Note the cartoon entitled, Cheating.