"North Korea"..Thoughts On The Way Ahead

By now, it’s fairly much a given that Kim Jong Il’s thugocracy has test detonated its first nuclear device. This is a significant and grave development for the region and for the world. Politicians from both sides of the aisle have spent today calling for bi-lateral talks between the United States and “North Korea”. This is a horrible idea and here’s why.

First, the United States does not, should not and must not recognize the state of “North Korea”. “North Korea” is not a state. It is a thugocracy. It is a thugocracy overseen by Kim Jong Il. He rules by terror and starvation. Integral to this thugocracy is a band of thugs incorrectly referred to as “armed forces”. Calling these thugs, terrorists and murderers members of “armed forces” is an affront to all persons of legitimate states who wear their country’s uniform and serve in true “armed forces”. Bilateral interaction between the U.S. and Kim’s thugocracy would imply a de facto recognition of Kim’s thugocracy as a legitimate state.

Second, bilateral negotiation implies something exchangeable to be traded for a mutual benefit. The north Korean region is gripped in some of the most pitiful, grinding poverty on the planet. We may never know how many people starved to death. Most likely it is a safe bet the number is high. “North Korea” produces nothing that our country wants or needs, thus negating the need for any negotiations since there is nothing that can be exchanged.

Third, even if “North Korea” could exchange something, Kim’s thugocracy has repeatedly demonstrated untrustworthiness. Just ask Bill Clinton and Madeline Albright. In fact, a good argument can be made that Clinton appeasement has brought us to this day. Quite simply, we cannot negotiate with parties of bad faith.

Fourth, Kim is a tyrant via the classical standard. History’s lesson is clear. One, we can deal with Kim now while his nuclear capability is still very limited. Two, we can deal with him when his nuclear arsenal has him armed to the teeth. We went through this with Hitler.

In closing, if there ever was a case for “staying the course” this is it. The United States should immediately withdraw from the Six Party Talks. Naturally, the Adminstration should adamantly refuse all requests for bilateral negotiations. Next, the Administration must move decisively to completely and totally economically isolate “North Korea”. It is true that Kim and his thugs care not for their people. However, with no incoming capital, Kim will be unable to pay his high level generals. These high level generals are accustomed to a rather extravagant standard of living. Once this standard of living is threatened it is very possible that the regime’s seeds of implosion will be planted. Such regime change is slow. It requires a stamina not easily maintained. But it is internal regime change. Despite limited historical analysis, internal regime change requires a country to pull itself by its bootstraps. Sometimes that bootstrap pull takes a very long time but with more substantial results.

The Curse of Clinton Continues….

Ever since Hillary! was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York after proclaiming herself to be a long-time New York Yankees fan, the Yankees have failed to win the World Series. Once again over the weekend, the Yankees were knocked out of contention by the Detroit Tigers, losing the ALDS 3 games to 1. While I feel sorry for my family and friends still living in New York that it appears that Hillary! will be re-elected to represent them in the Senate, as a Boston Red Sox fan, I take comfort in the Yankees wandering for another six years in the wilderness.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, Sports_

Civilization.

Fox News is reporting that northern area of Korea has test denotated its first nuclear device. Furthermore, the USGS is reporting it will have a statement within 30 min. detailing new seismic data (i.e. an underground nuclear explosion).

Regardless of your political affiliation and/or your religious affliation, please pray for peace and civilization tonight.

If a fruit-cake, illegitimate government like that in the northern area of Korea, has a nuclear weapon capability then civilization is very threatened this day.

Update 8 Oct 2006-11:57pm: The U.S. Government has confirmed that some form of nuclear test has occurred in the northern area of Korea.

GOP Voters More Open-Minded Than Dems?

A new Gallup Poll out shows that Republican voters are more willing than Democrat voters to believe that a candidate for President who is Black, Jewish, Hispanic, Asian or Mormon can be elected. For example, 67 percent of GOPers thought that a Black presidential candidate could be elected versus 49 percent of Democrats who believed that was a possibility. A majority of both parties’ voters believed that a woman could be elected, although Dems thought that by a higher-percentage, 64 to 54 (can you say Hillary! boys and girls?)

The funny thing is, the Boston Globe spun the story this way, obviously taking a swipe at their hometown boy Mitt Romney:

Gallup poll: Two thirds of Americans not ready for a Mormon president

A Gallup poll taken last month has found that 66 percent of people questioned feel that the US is not “ready” for a Mormon president and 29 percent said the US is ready. Sixty-four percent said the US is not ready for an Asian president. On the other hand, 61 percent said the US is ready for a woman as president.

Meanwhile, several other newspapers ran a story on this with the title, “Polls suggest the United States is not ready for a female president” due to the 39 percent who did not feel the U.S. was ready. (Personally, I believe that the first female President will be a conservative.)

Categories: National Politics_

DRUDGE REPORT – Pages Play Pranks on Perv

**World Exclusive**
**Must Credit the
DRUDGE REPORT**

According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal… Developing…

CLAIM: FILTHY FOLEY ONLINE MESSAGES WERE PAGE PRANK GONE AWRY

According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands of enemy political operatives, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

According to one Oklahoma source who knows the former page very well, Edmund, a conservative Republican, goaded Foley to type embarrassing comments that were then shared with a small group of young Hill politicos. The prank went awry when the saved IM sessions got into the hands of political operatives favorable to Democrats. This source, an ally of Edmund, also adamantly reports that the former page is not a homosexual. The prank scenario was confirmed by a second associate of Edmund.

The news come on the heels that former FBI Chief Louis Free has been named to investigate the mess.

Foley is still a perv, though.

Categories: National Politics_, 2006 Elections_

Isn’t that special?

Should Occoquan Supervisor Corey Stewart win his race for PWC Chairman this November as expected, who will run in the special election for Occoquan Supervisor (most likely to take place sometime in January)?

Will we see Mike May jump in? What about John Gray? Who else might pursue the GOP nod? What about the Dems? Will Earnie Porta jump from Occoquan Mayor to run for the BOCS? Who else do they have on their bench?

Make your best guesses here….

Categories: PWC Politics_, 2007 Elections_

Latino Coalition endorses Senator Allen

This is a great endorsement for Senator George Allen as the Latino Coalition is truly bipartisan (one only need look at the candidates they are endorsing in ’06 to see that for themselves). Given the burgeoning Hispanic population in Virginia, this kind of support for Senator Allen is very significant. Head on over to The A-Team blog to read all about it as well as all the other big George Allen news today.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_

Sean Hannity Tonight

Granted I was listening to Hannity & Colmes as I was cooking a late dinner but, was Sean trying to downplay the disgusting e-mails that former Congressman Mark Foley sent to an underage page? Could someone clear this up for me?

And while we’re on the topic, let’s have an honest discussion of how the Foley situation affects the GOP majority in the Congress.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_

What is the Democrat Senatorial Cmte. hiding?

The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Cmte. doesn’t want the public to know what it is doing, so rather than filing their Federal Election Commission independent expenditure reports electronically like their Republican counterparts in the House and Senate (and even House Democrats), they are still filing paper reports! As is stated on Political Money Line:

If the DSCC continues to submit paper filings of independent expenditures, any new DSCC independent expenditures in October and early November will also not be available electronically until after Election Day.

This is exactly the kind of garbage that I would expect from DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer. What are they trying to hide? What do they want to keep from the voters until after Election Day? The people have the right to know and not after it is too late to do anything about it as Schumer is hoping will be the case.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_

WashPo Endorses PWC Dark Ages Candidate

In what can only be viewed as one of the least surprising moves of the political season, the WashPo has endorsed Sharon Pandak for PWC Chairman. I appreciate them pointing out the fact that Pandak was on staff during PWC’s Dark Ages and that she was not around to any great degree to be a part of its Renaissance. If you want to go back to the PWC of the ’90s (as the WashPo would have it) with poor service levels and falling home values, go right ahead and back Pandak.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, PWC Politics_

The Difference Between Republicans and Democrats

When it became publicly known that former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley sent his sexually explicit e-mails and instant messages to at least one underage male congressional page, he didn’t last 24 hours and quickly resigned. (Still, anyone in the know should have acted long before now and heads should roll over this.) What happened when a Democrat Congressman actually had sex with an underage male congressional page?

In 1983, Rep. Gerry Studds, Massachusetts Democrat, was censured by the House for sexual involvement during the previous decade with a 17-year-old male page. Mr. Studds turned his back on members of the House as the charges were read against him. Afterward, Mr. Studds held a press conference with the former page, acknowledging their relationship.

Studds did not resign from Congress. With support from the House Democrat caucus, he won re-election six more times before retiring in 1996. Just a few years later, they further honored him. The Gerry E. Studds Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Visitors Center may be the only federal building named after a known pedophile.

THAT is just one difference between Republicans and Democrats.

Categories: National Politics_, Crime_

George Allen Statewide Address TONIGHT!!!

Be sure to tune in for George Allen’s statewide address tonight at 7:58 p.m. He will be appearing on the following stations in these regions:

NOVA: WRC-TV
RICHMOND: WRIC-TV
ROANOKE: WDBJ-TV
NORFOLK: WAVY-TV
BRISTOL: WCYB –TV

This will be a direct address to the Commonwealth on the issues of importance to Virginians, bypassing a media seemingly only interested in scandal, innuendo and gotcha politics. While Sen. Allen would have preferred to have given the address live, the logistics of doing so made such a move cost prohibitive. According to a senior Allen campaign strategist, the two-minute address was filmed yesterday in Sen. Allen’s home and his wife Susan will appear in it as well.

Look for Sen. Allen to discuss his achievements as Governor and Senator as well as his ideas for a second term in the Senate. Allen has run statewide twice and won twice. Democrats know that if this campaign is about the issues, Allen’s ideas and Allen’s record, he wins. That is why Jim Webb and his cronies give nothing more than lip service to wanting to discuss the issues.

You want issues? You’re going to have nothing but issues for the next month.

Just keep the following in mind when the WashPo endorses Jim Webb sometime in the next month. When they endorsed Harris Miller back in June, they stated:

But since announcing his candidacy he seems to have given scant time and attention to issues ranging from education to tax policy to immigration, as if the cachet of his military past excuses him from having to master the pressing questions of the present — not the best trait for a candidate for the Senate. Mr. Webb’s somewhat strident populism on trade policy tends toward xenophobic sloganeering and business-bashing. And while he is right to focus concern on the widening disparities of Americans’ income and wealth, his ideas about the problem’s causes and possible antidotes are sketchy.

Exactly what has changed since then other than Webb getting the Dem nomination? Not much at all.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Media_