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Wizbang Podcast #72

Here's what I thought you'd like to hear about today:

  1. Politicizing the California Fires - Some Fantasies in the Media
  2. Working with George - Nancy Pelosi's view of the President
  3. Why Does the Religious Right Prefer Hillary to Giuliani? - Dobson's Answer
  4. Demagoguing the Jena Six in the House - Appealing to the prejudices and Fears of the People
  5. Courage in India Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto after escaping an attack and I did write India by mistake. Sorry



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Politicizing the California Fires - Some Fantasies in the Media

It was inevitable that some in the media and the political world would try to politicize their fantasies about the causes of the California wildfires. The fires are no joking manner. People's lives have been lost and thousands of homes destroyed or damaged this week. But the speed and ferocity with which the media and their anti-Bush friends have pounced on the fires for their own benefit was stunning. I'm going to play three examples. Two are from Air America, a station known for polemics against the Bush administration. First, thanks to the Radio Equalizer, we have Randi Rhodes speculating that Blackwater is somehow involved, then Mike Malloy accuses the "Bush Crime Family" of setting the fires. Moonbats.

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Not to be outdone, the Junior Senator from California, Barbara Boxer used her hearing into the effects of Global Warming on Public Health issues, to claim that there is shortage of equipment in California to fight fires, and it is somehow the fault of the Bush Administration's war in Iraq. Thanks to C-SPAN for the audio.

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That was Kit Bond setting her straight, re-framing her complaint about equipment into a promise to vote to increase funding for the national guard in the next Pentagon authorization bill. Fat chance Kit.

As Don Boudreaux on Cafe Hayek wrote:

this war, while it does interfere with efforts to extinguish wildfires, does not interfere any more so than does nearly any other government program you care to name. Resources have multiple uses and are scarce. To use a worker or raw materials fighting a war is to take that worker and those materials, at least for a time, away from other potentially valuable uses.

The same is true of using workers and other resources to fight the "war on drugs" -- or using workers and other resources to administer agricultural price-support programs -- or using workers and other resources to run the Departments of Education, Transportation, Commerce, and so on -- or using workers and other resources to enforce the Endangered Species Act.

The question is not does fighting the war in Iraq reduce government's (and private persons') ability to battle the wildfires. Of course it does. The questions are, rather, are too many resources devoted to fighting the war? Will Americans likely be made better off by taking some resources away from the war effort and put instead to other uses?

Boxer's attempt to blame property losses in California on Iraq are easy and simplistic, but she is just wrong. As a Senator, she has the power to buy whatever the forest fighters might need. As it turns out, the fire fighters are not likely to need many of the up-armored Humvees, or MRAP vehicles, or remote control IED defusing systems that are now in use by the National Guard in Iraq. They need highly trained personnel and specialized equipment. If it is so important to buy that stuff, then propose it. Otherwise, shut the heck up. Moonbat.

The press is really looking for someone to blame for this tragedy. Listen to this excerpt from the Pentagon Press conference discussing what they were doing to help California. When Lt. General Steve Blum, Chief of the National Guard Bureau got up to answer questions, he was asked there was any way that the war in Iraq made things worse in California. Listen to one reporter pleading for material she could use. Thanks to the Pentagon Channel for the audio.

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How effective would your typical Marine be, with no fire fighting training, be in a brush fire? If California needed manpower, they could call up some of their 15,000 National Guard. The media is just trying to find an angle to blame the war in Iraq for something.

Working with George - Nancy Pelosi's view of the President

I dislike Nancy Pelosi enormously. She is clearly focussed on fighting Republicans, and not at all on fighting terrorists who are trying to kill us. Here she is on Tavis Smiley's show last week. It starts off with her claim that "the generals" agree with her, than clarifies it that only the few "retired generals" that have been willing to take her side say we need to get out now. Then she mis-speaks that we have to fight in Afghanistan, "that's where the terrorists are", corrected to "that's where terrorism began". Why should we be fighting where the terrorists no longer are as active as they are elsewhere? She doesn't say. Later she discloses how she really feels about George Bush. She has the worse case of Bush Derangement Syndrome around.

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Nancy, we have learned over time that you do not share our values. You want to pull out of the hotbed of terrorism in Iraq, redirect our forces to a place where the can do very little more, and take the advice of people who have no accountability for their success, the "retired generals". Some values.


Why Does the Religious Right Prefer Hillary to Giuliani? - Dobson's Answer


I've been wondering why the religious right has been so upset with Rudy Giuliani as the Republican nominee for President. I heard Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, explain his views to KKLA host Frank Pastore on TownHall.com's Weekend Journal. His ideas were reasonable, if you have a a singular focus on biblical moral principals above any economic, security, or political rationale. My problem is that if we put up someone acceptable to Dobson, we could end up with Sam Brownback as a candidate, and Hillary Clinton as President. Dobson said as much during this interview.

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At the end, Dobson showed his cards. He said, If Hillary does win, and that would be awful, but if she does win, that same community would mobilize like never before. In other words, if Hillary becomes president, our fund raising will go through the roof. What an enormously self interested jerk. He is willing to destroy the U.S. military, send our health care system into socialism, and increase tax rates to levels not seen in 50 years, as long as he will have a good foil for his fund raising letters.


Demagoguing the Jena Six in the House - Appealing to the prejudices and Fears of the People


I have no love for the only Muslim Congressman in the House of Representatives, Keith Ellison, D from MN. As Redstate noticed in a post entitled,

A hateful circus in the House Judiciary Committee

The United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana is black attorney Donald Washington. Washington comported himself with great dignity as he was humiliated in disgraceful and disgusting fashion at Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing by several Democratic members, including Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison. Ellison played the role of the bullying, insulting demagogue that he perfected while hustling on behalf of Louis Farrakhan and assorted thugs and cop killers in Minneapolis during the 1990's.

C-SPAN described the hearing this way:
Donald Washington, U.S. Atty. for the Western District of Louisiana, testifies at a House Judiciary Cmte. hearing on the "Jena Six." The Cmte. is investigating why the Justice Dept. did not pursue hate crime prosecutions following the Jena High School noose incident. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) chairs the hearing.
Thanks to C-SPAN for the audio. This part is at 35 minutes in, when Ellison questions, and refuses to let respond, U.S. Atty. Donald Washington.

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What a bully. He was not looking for answers, nor for the truth. As a true demagogue, he was looking to incite people by appealing to their prejudices, fears, and ignorance. As we now know, most of the Jena Six accepted truths are false, including the so called "noose hangers" incident. As Craig Franklin wrote in the Christian Science Monitor on 10/24, much of what the media has been repeating, and Congressmen have been demagoguing, was wrong. He wrote:

An investigation by school officials, police, and an FBI agent revealed the true motivation behind the placing of two nooses in the tree the day after the assembly. According to the expulsion committee, the crudely constructed nooses were not aimed at black students. Instead, they were understood to be a prank by three white students aimed at their fellow white friends, members of the school rodeo team. (The students apparently got the idea from watching episodes of "Lonesome Dove.")
Go and read the whole thing for a eye opening view of the truth the media leaves far behind in their rush to tell a story that comports with their own prejudgments. But don't expect those like Ellison to apologize. They will have moved on to the new story long ago.

Courage in India Pakistan - Benazir Bhutto after escaping an attack

Upon returning to India after a lengthy exile, suicide bombers attacked Benzir Bhutto's vehicle procession through Karachi. As MSNBC wrote:
A suicide bombing in a crowd welcoming former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed at least 123 people Thursday night, shattering her celebratory procession through Pakistan's biggest city after eight years in exile.
Gateway Pundit found a video of her talk to her supporters shortly after the blast, where she had this to say:

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I wish her good luck against those who seek her elimination.

That's it for now podcatchers. I'm Charlie Quidnunc reporting from chilly Mercer Island, WA.

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