Thursday, February 15, 2007

Iraqi War

I don't know what the surge is going to do, but since it's inception, there's been alot of good news from the war front. The latest:

Sgt. Marcus Gibbs, 26, from Pensacola, Fla., stands guard with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment of the Second infantry Division during a search operation in the Shaab neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq Thursday,  Feb. 15, 2007. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
AP Photo: Sgt. Marcus Gibbs, 26, from Pensacola, Fla., stands guard with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry...
5 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq was wounded and an aide was killed in a clash Thursday with Iraqi forces north of Baghdad, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The clash occurred near Balad, a major U.S. base about 50 miles north of the capital, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said.

Khalaf said al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri was wounded and his aide, identified as Abu Abdullah al-Majemaai, was killed.

Khalaf declined to say how Iraqi forces knew al-Masri had been injured, and there was no report on the incident from U.S. authorities.

Deputy Interior Minister Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal said he had no information about such a clash or that al-Masri had been involved. (link)

Of course if you take out the leader, there will be another one to take over, but sooner or later it will be harder to fill that position if you keep targeting them.
Reason to fight

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Day

This post is for EMB, Falen and all the other true-bluers I know (heh)
Lofton scores 23; Tennessee knocks off Kentucky
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee celebrated the return of one of its greatest all-time players and his teammates with a victory over its biggest rival.Chris Lofton scored 23 points and Duke Crews added 18 to help the Volunteers upset Kentucky (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP) 89-85 on Tuesday night.Tennessee (18-8, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) had plenty of motivation with the school's big promotion of the game -- "Paint the Town Orange" -- and a halftime ceremony to retire No. 53 worn by former All-American and NBA All-Star Bernard King.Not to mention the opponent was border rival Kentucky (18-7, 7-4), which as usual had its share of Big Blue fans who made the trip to Thompson-Boling Arena."It's a great night for Tennessee basketball and Bernard King is still beating Kentucky. That's six in a row for Bernard," said Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl, who was again wearing that blinding orange blazer."I thank Kentucky and (coach) Tubby Smith and his basketball team for helping us celebrate this with a tremendous basketball game. It wouldn't be the same without them." (link)

Love the money quote from Coach Pearl thanking the Kentucky squad. I guess Lofton does make a huge difference for this team, luckily he's only a junior and will should be back for his senior season (when all the freshmen have some experience with the system).

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tuesday Night Video

Courtesy of Glumbert of course:

This wasn't the funniest one, but I live in Alabama and it was funny to watch these guys run.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Living Wage

Suprise news from the economic front. It seems that raising the minimum-wage has indeed created a living wage ... for the people that didn't get fired or have their hours reduced.

Why is it that no one on the left will ever understand that if a business must pay more to make a product, they will raise prices or cut costs. To cut costs, you get rid of people or hours (hence killing the effect of raising pay). And most business (initially) will cut costs instead of raising prices so they dont' damage their market share. Later businesses will begin to increase prices after the cuts to costs have been finished (economics 101) and then the people making the new 'living wage' will be just as poor as they were before government intervention into supply and demand.

New wage boost puts squeeze on teenage workers across Arizona

Employers are cutting back hours, laying off young staffers

Chad Graham
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 10, 2007 12:00 AM

Oh, for the days when Arizona's high school students could roll pizza dough, sweep up sticky floors in theaters or scoop ice cream without worrying about ballot initiatives affecting their earning power.

That's certainly not the case under the state's new minimum-wage law that went into effect last month.

Some Valley employers, especially those in the food industry, say payroll budgets have risen so much that they're cutting hours, instituting hiring freezes and laying off employees. (link)

Of course this is only in Arizona, but if a nation-wide bill passes, this will be the result nationwide. Yes the minimum wage is a very poor wage to make and will not support a family. Lost in this statement is the fact that most people making the minimum wage did NOT support a family and also that most (probably 99%) business that pay the minimum also offer raises after a certain amount of work time (or improvement). So the 'workers at minimum havn't had a raise in 10 years' meme is shot also. If someone had been working for that rate for 10 years, they seriously need to look into that business and their pay practices. Also the person needs to be looking into other employment.
Reason to think
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Nothing to See Here

After all the worrying and posturing against Iran's nuclear program, we can all finally breathe easy. According to Iran, they mean Israel no harm (heh):
Envoy: Iran poses no threat to Israel

By SLOBODAN LEKIC, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 35 minutes ago

MUNICH, Germany - Iran's nuclear program is not a threat to Israel and the country is prepared to settle all outstanding issues with the International Atomic Energy Agency within three weeks, its top nuclear negotiator said Sunday.

Ali Larijani, speaking at a forum that gathered the world's top security officials, said Iran doesn't have aggressive intentions toward any nation.

"That Iran is willing to threaten Israel is wrong," Larijani said. "We pose no threat and if we are conducting nuclear research and development we are no threat to Israel. We have no intention of aggression against any country."

Iran insists it will not give up uranium enrichment, saying it is pursuing the technology only to generate energy. The United States and some of its allies fear the Islamic republic is more interested in enrichment's other application — creating the fissile core of nuclear warheads. (link)

Now that the question of Iran and the Middle East is settled, maybe we can tackle the really big problems like Global Warming Climate Change (heh).
Reason to yawn