Not the Fed Again!

Bush Administration Proposes Most Sweeping Overhaul of Financial Regulation Since Depression

The Bush administration is trying to confront the credit crisis that has rattled nerves from Wall Street to Main Street by proposing wholesale changes in how Washington oversees the financial system. A plan set for release Monday would give new powers to the Federal Reserve so that the central bank serves as the system’s overarching protector of stability.

Great! The Fed has been doing the same sort of stupid stuff that it did in the late 20’s to try to artificially maintain a semblance of prosperity, so now the Fed is going to get even more powers to screw things up with. Just what we need! Not with the Fed shoveling cash out the helicopter door lest idiots who don’t think enough to stop themselves from gambling with their livelihood might lose out.

SD GOP Notes

Quad County Lincoln Day at Brookings

The Chief was in attendance at the combined Brookings – Duel – Grant – Moody County GOP Lincoln Day dinner Friday night at Brookings’ new Shamrock center.

As one might expect many of the legislative and congressional candidates were on hand, and had a chance to give a thumbnail presentation of their candidacy and views.

H/W is the Chief’s humble reaction to some of this:

7th District Senate Primary:

An interesting race in the Senate primary between incumbent Orv Smidt, and DAKOTA WAR COLLEGE blogger Pat Powers. Smidt first noted his extensive ties to the Pierre and Brookings movers and shakers, and, as an example of his effectiveness commented on progress for the Federal mandating of state sales tax collections. Sen. Smidt cited the currrent $2M/year the state receives from the semi-voluntary sales tax collection that in in force now, and contrasted the expected $24M/yr haul after the new rules are in place. (DOUBLETHINK ALERT!) He THEN stated that this was a very good thing for the state of South Dakota, since it would help to prevent future tax increases!

HUH????!!!! Time out for a logic check: (Think, think.) $2M/year now, vs $24M in the future. No tax increase. Uhhhh…OK, so where is the extra $22M coming from, except from reaching deeper into the taxpayers’ pockets? Hmmmmmm. Taking more money from the taxpayers sort of seems like a tax increase to the Chief however it’s described. (If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then hey, must be a duck!).

By the way, not a word on voting to upbold the veto of the state spending disclosure website. I guess that’s not worth commenting on.

His opponent, Pat Powers, a late entry in the race, also introduced himself, and noted his support for the disclosure measure.

Admittedly, since the Chief is in the 4th District, not the 7th, he doesn’t have a dog in that fight…but if he did…the nod would have to go to PP, based on both these issues.

District 7 House: Incumbants Carol Pitts and Larry Tidemann both look good to the Chief.

8th District Senate: Russell Olson, looking to move up from the house to go for the Senate seat presently held by Dan Sutton (no comment). Hopefully he will be able to move up. This sort of stretched out district includes Flandreau, and the southern part of Moody County, along with Lake, and Miner Counties.

District 4 House: Incumbant Val Rausch not able to make it, but Brookings dairyman Jim Gilkerson who has also filed for the House was present. He presented a very strong, and very good statement of the basic Republican principles that would be the basis for his actions if elected. The Chief has known him and his family for a number of years, and looks forward to helping his campaign in northern Moody County as needed. He’s a great candidate, and will make an excellent legislator!

US House: Chris Lien will make a strong run for Stephanie’s seat…if he runs a strong conservative campaign she should have vulnerabilities resulting from her de-facto alignments with left-lib Donks in Washington.

US Senate: Kephardt vs Dykstra

Both candidates presented well. Dykstra correctly noted the fundamental importance of teh 2008 election cycle, but the Chief was particularly impressed with Kephardt’s highlighting some of the recent financial instabilities on and around Wall Street. This is an issue of fundamental importance…every bit as vital as the war on Islamofascism…and IMHO the fact that he was the only one to mention this, is a point in his favor.

Hmmmm. This race is tough. Both look good. Will take further thought.

Competition for Branson’s Virgin Galactic



A small California aerospace company today unveiled a new suborbital spaceship that will provide affordable front-seat rides to the edge of space for the millions of people who want to buy a ticket.

The company, XCOR Aerospace, of Mojave, CA, announced that its two-seat Lynx suborbital spaceship will carry people or payloads to where they will experience weightlessness and see the stars above and the Earth and its atmosphere below. This will launch XCOR into the emerging space tourism market, estimated at over a half-billion dollars.

The Lynx will offer affordable access to space for individuals, researchers and educators,” said XCOR CEO Jeff Greason. “Future versions of Lynx will offer ever-improving capabilities for scientific and engineering research and commercial applications.

The spaceship, roughly the size of a small private airplane, will first take off in 2010 and will be capable of flying several times each day.

First, Sir Richard Branson’s budding Virgin Galactic suborbital servide, and now this…Great!

Competition for the space tourism market! Maybe someday it’ll be cheap enough that even the Chief will be able to afford a trip to space!

A New Holy League with a Gondor Strategy?

Resurrecting Christendom: A Blueprint

Historically the Holy League was an alliance of the 16th Century’s Christian powers (Spain, Venice, various other Italian states, to oppose the serious threat of the Ottoman Empire to continue to expand to the west, and dominate the entire Mediterranean.

Although the League did not achieve all of its immediate political and military objectives (which included the relief and liberation of Cyprus), it did gather a large fleet (still outnumbered by the Ottoman fleet) and decisively defeat the Islamic force at the battle of Lepanto (1571). Lest you think the threat to Europe at the time was overblown, Vienna itself was repeatedly attacked and besieged by the Ottomans…the final time as late as 1683, when the timely intervention and assistance of Jan Sobieski’s Poland was all that saved the day.

Historically, as noted by Baron Bodissy’s GATES of VIENNA blog, our current situation with regards to the 21st Century’s militant Islamofascism, is merely the latest chapter in a 1300 year struggle of Christianity to maintain its independence if not its existence in the face of Islamic aggressive and violent proselytizing. (The Baron notes it thus: “At the siege of Vienna in 1683 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe. We are in a new phase of a very old war.” The Chief concurs!)

This piece by Dr. Timothy Furnish (Ph.D in Islamic and World History, is a former U.S. Army veteran and college professor, now working as an editor for Praeger Publishing) suggests the possibility of a sort of revived Holy League…and models its policies on what is described as a “Gondor Strategy”…taken from J.R.R. Tolkien’s LOTR Trilogy.

Again, as Pinkerton points out, the purpose of the majority-Christian parts of the planet uniting against the Muslim world would NOT be to impose democracy or in any way to change that civilization—much less to wage a new “Crusade” (although we’d better inure ourselves to that inevitable charge): “not conquest, not occupation, not ‘liberation’” but rather “feasible strategies of containment, even quarantine.” A cordon sanitaire would be created around the Islamic sandbox until Muslims learn to play nice and stop inflicting both their near and far neighbors with anti-democratic, anti-women, anti-tolerance, and anti-modernist ideology—not to mention IEDs, assassinations and plane-bombs. And until that violent minority of Muslims obsessed with creating a global caliphate is eliminated, or at least convinced of the fruitlessness of their quest—hopefully by their own co-religionists, backed up by the resolve and non-interventionist support of the larger Christian world.

Pinkerton calls this the “Shire Strategy”—but there’s a better analogy from Tolkien. Other than four hobbits who rode off to help in the war against the arch-expansionist Sauron, the Shire folk stayed home—fat, happy and clueless about the serious and deadly conflict being fought to protect them. Even Frodo, the hobbit who eventually destroyed the Ring of Power, would never have been able to do so had not Men—dedicated survivors of the destroyed Kingdom of Arnor (called, fortuitously by Tolkien, Rangers!) and committed soldiers from the extant kingdom of Gondor—engaged Sauron’s legions in both covert and overt ops. As Boromir put it at the Council of Elrond: “it is by the blood of our people that your lands are kept safe.” Rather than Pinkerton’s Shire Strategy, we should envision the rather more muscular Gondor Strategy, which would entail setting a “Watchful Peace” upon the bloody borders of Islam, as in Tolkien the most poweful human kingdom did against Sauron’s land of Mordor.

The Chief isn’t totally sure that the approach WOULD work…but it probably COULD. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting concept, and one that ultimately may become much more of a necessity that it seems to be at present. Well worth checking it out further and giving it some thought!

H/T on this one to the above noted GATES of VIENNA.

Effect of Socialism on Venezuela

Polls: Support for Chavez government falling

Public support for President Hugo Chavez’s government has significantly declined, according to two polls published on Tuesday.

Some 34% of Venezuelans surveyed said they support Chavez’s government, down from a high of 67% in early 2005, to the lowest level in five years, a quarterly survey of 2,000 Venezuelans by Caracas pollster Datos found.

The poll was published by the Caracas-based newspaper El Nacional, which said it had a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points and was carried out last month in cities and towns representing 75% of Venezuela’s population….

Another survey, by Venezuelan pollster Alfredo Keller, showed that 37% of Venezuelans questioned identified themselves as Chavez supporters in February, down from 50% in mid-2007.

Chavez’ moves towards a Marxist socialism is having its usual effect on the economic situation:

Polls have consistently shown that rampant crime is a major concern to Venezuelans. Double-digit inflation has also accelerated, and sporadic shortages of milk and other food products persist.

Meanwhile, apparently the usual lib apologists attempt to explain things away:

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Washington-based Center for Economic and Policy Research, was skeptical of the polls’ results, citing Chavez’s longstanding popularity and the growth of the country’s oil-rich economy. “Obviously, Chavez has been affected by these food shortages,” said Weisbrot, who has supported Chavez’s policies.

This is worth some examination.

First, the assertion that Venezuela’s economy is growing. Obviously the curse of economic growth is causing the food shortages, and inflation. Sounds like a healthy economy to the Chief. Not.

Secondly, there is the point that there are food shortages at all. D’ya think that just MAYBE food shortages might cause people to think less of the leadership of their gloriously “progressive” socialist government?

DUH! The sooner Chavez is gone from the scene, the better it will be for Venezuela.

Gorby Outs Himself as Believer

Mikhail Gorbachev admits he is a Christian

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi. Accompanied by his daughter Irina, Mr Gorbachev spent half an hour on his knees in silent prayer at the tomb.

This is definitely grist for the historical/biographical mill.

Mr Gorbachev’s surprise visit confirmed decades of rumours that, although he was forced to publicly pronounce himself an atheist, he was in fact a Christian, and casts a meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1989 in a new light.

Mr Gorbachev, 77, was baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church and his parents were Christians. In addition, the parents of his wife Raisa were deeply religious and were killed during the Second World War for having religious icons in their home.

Ronald Reagan, the former United States president, allegedly told his close aides on a number of occasions that he felt his opponent during the Cold War was a “closet believer”.


BIG Dakotas, Montana Oil Find

500 Billion Barrels Possible in Bakken Formation?

The potential to develop a HUGE oil find in the northern plains through the use of advanced (slant-horizontal) drilling is being reported on the Coast-to-Coast AM radio program. (Betcha this looks a lot more attractive with $100/bbl oil.)

While the Coast show is admittedly a somewhat edgy source (noted for UFO reports, etc.), this paper by the North Dakota Geological Survey is much harder data to give an idea of what’s potentially there: 200-300B barrels IN NORTH DAKOTA…remember, this formation also extends into Montana, South Dakota, and Canada!

Folks, that’s a LOT of oil…hmmmm…not for nothing is Texas-based Hyperion Energy moving toward construction of the first new US refinery in 25+ years –  in South Dakota.


Dumbing Down in Britain?

Children need ‘life skills’ not dates say teachers

DISCLOSURE: The Chief is currently teaching U.S. and World History, along with some other social studies, and science, all at the high school level.

Children should not be taught to remember key historical dates such as the Battle of Hastings but should instead learn “life skills”, teachers have claimed. A new curriculum should place greater emphasis on broad skills such as team working and interpreting evidence rather than learning dates by rote, said the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.


She said: “Is the world going to collapse if they don’t know ‘To Be, or Not to Be?’ Our national curriculum should be far more focused on the development of life skills and ways of working than whether or not we teach the Battle of Hastings. The skills of historical understanding are far more important than whether or not we teach a particular battle.” She insisted it was “not dumbing down – we are raising up”.

Raising up WHAT? People who are unable to think analytically, but may be well integrated members of their “tribal group”.

A skills-based curriculum demands that you make connections between different subject domains,” she said. “That requires thought. Too much learning that goes on today is rote learning.

This begs the distinction that without having a sound command of the CONTENT of the “subject domains”, any “connections” are pretty much irrelevant. This is NOT to deny that such connections do exist, but, without the foundational knowledge base, all that is left to operate by is ones “feelings” about things…which perfectly meshes with the successful creation of another brick in the Ingsoc wall of the Labor (UK) or Donkocratic (US) brave new world.  Besides that, it’s a LOT easier to meet your educational goals when focused on “life skills” and “ways of working”…which can only be evaluated using subjective judgement…and none of those pesky facts that can be objectively tested!

Former Navy secretary says industrial base needs rebuilding

U.S. sea power in crisis

The future of U.S. sea power is threatened by the erosion of the country’s industrial base and its ability to build warships – even if the political will to do so is revived, says former Navy Secretary James, H. Webb Jr., now a Democratic senator from Virginia, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The Chief doesn’t agree with Webb on lots of stuff…but the Virginia Senator / former SECNAV is spot-on here.

Peak Oil? Not!

Shell exec says world not running out of oil

John Hofmeister, the Houston-based president of Shell Oil’s U.S. operations, express doubt about the validity of peak oil theory in an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box show. “The peak oil theory has really swamped the world. God bless Matt Simmons,” Hofmeister told CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla, according to a transcript provided to WND by CNBC. “His assumptions are correct based on his hypotheses, but his hypotheses are too narrow.”

Matt Simmons, a Houston-based investment banker who specializes in the energy industry, is widely known for his 2005 book, “Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy,” in which he analyzed oil depletion data from Saudi Arabian wells. The peak oil theory argues the world’s oil resources are finite and will be completely exhausted at a future date.

This has been predicted about as often as the “Population Bomb” stuff that we would all be starving to death by now.

Hofmeister explained to the CNBC audience why he believed Simmons’ hypotheses were too narrow. “In other words, Simmons is looking at conventional oil only,” Hofmeister said. “In the industry, we look at unconventional oil as well.” Unconventional oil is a reference to oil that is not found as crude oil in reservoirs contained in sedimentary rock layers just below the surface of the earth.

This goes along with the Russian originated theories that much oil is present, and in fact is being steadily produced by abiotic processes deep in the earth.

Abiotic oil…also present in apparently vast quantities on the Saturnian moon Titan. No dinos there, methinks!

Read the article, check out the links, too.

What? No dinosaurs? What’s Sinclair to do?

Fun and Games with the ChiComs…or not?

IOC: Don’t Boycott Olympics Over Tibet

Of course not…just go ahead and give a stamp of international approval to what is arguably one of the most thuggish regimes on the planet. (Picky, picky, picky!)

Besides, it might seriously cut down on the corporate sponsorship and income to support the I.O.C. administrators in their accustomed style.

Meanwhile, the discontent is still alive in spite of Beijing’s best (or worst) efforts thus far.

Tibet Protests Spread to Other Provinces

Protests spread from Tibet into three neighboring provinces Sunday as Tibetans defied a Chinese government crackdown, while the Dalai Lama decried what he called the “cultural genocide” taking place in his homeland.

Demonstrations widened to Tibetan communities in Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces, forcing authorities to mobilize security forces across a broad expanse of western China.

Hundreds dead in Tibet unrest: parliament-in-exile<

Hundreds of Tibetans have died in unrest in Lhasa and elsewhere in the Chinese-ruled Himalayan region, the India-based Tibetan parliament-in-exile said in a statement Monday.

“The massive demonstrations that started from March 10 in the capital city of Lhasa and other regions of Tibet, resulting (in the) death of hundreds of Tibetans, and subsequent use of force… needs to be brought to the attention of the United Nations and the international community,” the statement said.

The Chief gets it now! They’re holding try-outs for the Olympic marksmanship events!

A Light in the Forest

David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’

This is a very interesting piece from a rather surprising source…The Village Voice?!

David Mamet, a gen-u-whine Hollywood type media Liberal has gotten mugged by reality, and explains the process in this op-ed. It’s well worth the read…my favorite bit is this:

I’d observed that lust, greed, envy, sloth, and their pals are giving the world a good run for its money, but that nonetheless, people in general seem to get from day to day; and that we in the United States get from day to day under rather wonderful and privileged circumstances—that we are not and never have been the villains that some of the world and some of our citizens make us out to be, but that we are a confection of normal (greedy, lustful, duplicitous, corrupt, inspired—in short, human) individuals living under a spectacularly effective compact called the Constitution, and lucky to get it.

For the Constitution, rather than suggesting that all behave in a godlike manner, recognizes that, to the contrary, people are swine and will take any opportunity to subvert any agreement in order to pursue what they consider to be their proper interests.

To that end, the Constitution separates the power of the state into those three branches which are for most of us (I include myself) the only thing we remember from 12 years of schooling.

The Constitution, written by men with some experience of actual government, assumes that the chief executive will work to be king, the Parliament will scheme to sell off the silverware, and the judiciary will consider itself Olympian and do everything it can to much improve (destroy) the work of the other two branches. So the Constitution pits them against each other, in the attempt not to achieve stasis, but rather to allow for the constant corrections necessary to prevent one branch from getting too much power for too long.

Rather brilliant. For, in the abstract, we may envision an Olympian perfection of perfect beings in Washington doing the business of their employers, the people, but any of us who has ever been at a zoning meeting with our property at stake is aware of the urge to cut through all the pernicious bullshit and go straight to firearms.

Check it out…it’s worth the read.

Fallon Falls Out

Fallon Resigns As Mideast Military Chief

The top U.S. military commander for the Middle East resigned Tuesday amid speculation about a rift over U.S. policy in Iran.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that Adm. William J. Fallon had asked for permission to retire and that Gates agreed. Gates said the decision, effective March 31, was entirely Fallon’s and that Gates believed it was “the right thing to do.”

Let’s see…the Chief IMHO is strongly inclined to urge ADM Fallon not to let the doorknob hit him in the butt on the way out.

This is the same ADM Fallon, who as CINCPAC was incessantly engaged in a game of footsie with the ChiComs, to the extent of inviting them aboard to observe, up close and personal, how we prepped and trained for war in the Pacific. Of course there’s no one in the Pacific with any possible inclination to fight the US except those same ChiComs’ PLAN (Peples’ Liberation Army Navy – Hey! That’s what they call it…maybe it loses something in translation.).

Apparently he has had a pattern of undercutting the Iraq “surge”, and General Petraeus, in a not very well concealed effort to channel the administrations policies.

Good riddance. The Fleet, and the nation will be better without Fallon’s sort of accommodationist and contrarian policy games.

A Counter-example for monarchy

Prince: Global effort needed to counter climate change

Prince Charles continues to demonstrate how big a dolt he is.

Bad enough he dumped Di for Camilla (come on, definitely a downward step), he continues to spout off on stuff like this.

Sheer madness. That’s how Prince Charles described skeptics who view calls for rapid action to counter climate change as overstated or completely invented.

This judgement is no doubt based on the Prince’s extensive and in-depth scientific background and expertise.

What’s that? He has no scientific background? Oh. Yeah. Well, never mind…there’s always the other explanation about being a natural dolt. (Hey!? Anyone else notice that his ears are like those of Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman?)

It COULD be even worse (and may well become so!)

To set a context for this piece, Britain actually adds import duties to the price of gasoline and diesel fuel…and has an increase scheduled to take effect next month, generating a certain amount of hostility, since the Brits gas is now over 1 pound per liter (non-metric types think of a quart). The pound is running around $2 now, making their gas NOW oaver $8.00 per gallon!

Alistair Darling under fire over fuel duty rise

Motorists could be paying £5 a gallon for petrol within weeks if the Chancellor implements the 2.35 pence a litre rise in the Budget. Diesel drivers have long since broken the £5 barrier, much to the fury of hauliers and farmers. With oil on the world market trading at $103 a barrel, there was little relief in sight for road users, especially with mounting speculation that other “green motoring taxes” could be included in the Budget.

The groundswell of opposition to further rises appeared was growing last night after it emerged that the cost of fuel has increased by nearly 20 per cent in 12 months. A coalition including the National Farmers’ Union, motoring groups, business leaders, petrol retailers and the TaxPayers Alliance is demanding the next rise, scheduled for April 1, be scrapped.

Sort of like the saying “I complained because I had no shoes, then met a man who had no feet.”

Jerusalem Update: Religion of Peace Doing It’s Little Thing, Again

Gunman kills 8 religious students in Jerusalem

Eight Jewish religious students have been shot dead in the worst terrorist incident in Jerusalem for more than three years. The attacker reportedly dressed himself as an Orthodox Jew in order to gain access to the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, or rabbinical seminary, in Kiryat Moshe, a suburb to the west of Jerusalem.

Normally a place of spiritual study, it was turned into a blood bath as the gunman, a Palestinian from east Jerusalem, opened fire with an AK47 automatic rifle and a pistol. The shooting began in the central library where about 80 students were gathered.

Medical sources said eight students, all young men, died and 35 were injured, 15 of whom were described as being in a critical condition. Witnesses said the gunman fired as many as 500 rounds, pausing only to change magazines.

Sadly, there is no surprise. That’s what the Islamoterrs do.

Complements are due to the Israeli vet who took the initiative to end the Terrs consumption of oxygen with a nice shot:

The sound of the shooting attracted the attention of an Israeli neighbour, a former member of the army. He is reported to have climbed on the roof of his house and shot the terrorist through the head.

Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Super Tuesday II

OK, So McCain is confirmed, and Huckabee Finn has finally noticed that he couldn’t whitewash the writing on the fence any longer.

No loss. The Chief doesn’t trust him any more than that OTHER prominent politico from Hope, Arkansas.

Too early to count the Hilldebeast down and out. B.O.’s charmed life as a political luftmensch may not be enough to get him to the candidacy. The interest will be focused on the continuing Donk contest, may it be long and bloody – they both deserve it!

I guess it’s finally time to take the Romney banner off the page. The Chief rates McCain as about 60% conservative…which beats the heck out of either of the Donk candidates. A real no-brainer, even with McCains demonstrable weaknesses.

The Gospel According to B.O.

Obama: Sermon on Mount Justifies Same-Sex Unions

The Chief has always been amazed at allegedly Republican people being attracted to B.H.O. given his rabid liberalism, which couldn’t be highlighted any brighter than it is with this.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told a crowd at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, Sunday that he believes the Sermon on the Mount justifies his support for legal recognition of same-sex unions. He also told the crowd that his position in favor of legalized abortion does not make him “less Christian.”

“I don’t think it [a same-sex union] should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state,” said Obama. “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount, which I think is, in my mind, for my faith, more central than an obscure passage in Romans.” ((Hear audio from WTAP-TV)) St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans condemns homosexual acts as unnatural and sinful.

I don’t think that even Hill and Bill would have said this…although they may well THINK it.

B.O. then goes on, predictably enough to misunderstand one of the biblical scriptures that is incorrectly used by liberals trying to justify their radical relativism:

Obama’s mention of the Sermon on the Mount in justifying legal recognition of same-sex unions may have been a reference to the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Or it may have been a reference to another famous line: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

To put this into some context: (from the KJV, Matthew 7):
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

It does NOT say “judge not”. It DOES warn one to be sure that their judgements are correct, for one will be held to the standard that they use in judging the the actions of others.

B.O. really has this wrong…this will be grist for the campaign mill for sure.

Chavez in bed with NarcoFARC Terrs

Colombia Files Show Chavez Funded FARC, Rebels Sought Uranium

Colombia’s police chief Oscar Naranjo said documents from the computer of a guerrilla leader killed last weekend in Ecuador show links to Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez.

The documents on the computer of Raul Reyes, the second in command of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, indicate that Venezuela provided the guerrillas with at least $300 million and would help Chavez in the event of a U.S. attack on Venezuela.

Naranjo said the FARC, as the group is known, was seeking to buy 50 kilos of uranium for bomb making with aim of getting involved in international terrorism.

If memory serves, we took out Noriega in Panama for a heck of a lot less than this!

We could REALLY use Reagan now.

Enviroterrs at it Again

$2 million homes burn in ‘act of terror,’ developer says

Fire engulfed five luxury homes Monday morning at a subdivision north of Seattle in what could be a case of ecoterrorism, officials said.

Yeah. Like smallpox could be a case of illness.

A sign with the letters “ELF” was found at the scene of the fires in the “Street of Dreams” development in Woodinville, Washington, said Chief Rick Eastman of Snohomish County Fire District No. 7. “Built green? Nope black!” the sign reads, according to an image from CNN affiliate KING-TV in Seattle. The sign calls the homes “McMansions.”

Eastman did not say if the sign is believed to be from the Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI has called an ecoterrorist group.

Well, as the saying goes…if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.

Hmmmm. So much for the whole envirowacko “carbon footprint” thing!