Congratulations Chief Justice Roberts.

Chief Justice Roberts is to be sworn in just less than an hour from now. Very exciting for Judge Roberts, President Bush and all who support the Constitution. I am curious about one thing however, why is the speculation on a judge to replace O’Connor focused now only on female candidates? I hope the President is not so narrowly focused in his thinking that he will prefer the best female justice over the best justice available. We are looking for the best justice to rule on matters of Constitutional law, gender, race or creed should play no role in the decision making process!

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China building "blue water" fleet.

While I have been asleep at the wheel, actually just busy working overtime, Okie has been keeping track of the growing threat posed by an expansionist minded China. Of particular note, “The ships are designed to operate far out at sea, part of the People’s Liberation Army’s development of a “blue water” navy.” This is new for China which has a potentially dominating regional navy already and who continues to look farther from home for energy and influence.

OKIE on the LAM – In LA has a great new look, with the same excellent content. Thanks Okie!

It takes a liberal to spoil the pork!

Clear The Mist certainly does not like President Bush or Republicans but makes some fantastic arguments for what is wrong with the outrageous spending that has taken place under a Republican President, House and Senate. Now I am sure Mr. Mist would prefer Democrats be in control and would say nothing when they spend even more, however, this is one Conservative Republican who is as exasperated as Mr. Mist and I do not understand how our party has managed to miss opportunity after opportunity to take advantage of the clear mandate that has been afforded them.

While I may not agree with Clear The Mist on much, I do agree that the Republicans need to cut spending and need to do so dramatically.

North Korea demands reactor or will build more bombs!

In fairness, North Korea kept their agreement at least 12 hours which is a long time for a dictatorship. This is the latest illustration by of the folly of dealing with North Korea with anything but a big stick! They only diplomacy evil dictators understand is one backed by the immediacy of overwhelming military action.

Sail several carrier strike groups up and down the coast while conducting “full access” verification with permission and you will see a compliant North Korea. Sail several carrier strike groups up and down the coast while conducting “full access” verification without permission and you will see a free North Korea. Either way a threat will be verifiably removed and free our resources to focus on the greater threat west of the Korean peninsula.

China continues to threaten!

We need to get serious in dealing with Iran and Syria in the Near East, as our forces need to start focusing on the Far East where China continues to make aggressive overtures in it’s search for energy.

OKIE on the LAM has the story and commentary.

The danger of "headline news!"

Taking nothing away from the tragedy and damage of Hurricane Katrina and the long term effects of this natural disaster, I have to question the “headline news” mentality of our culture and wonder what happened to journalism? Case in point a conversation between Hugh Hewitt and Frank Gaffney from Hugh’s radio program as transcribed and posted at Radio Blogger:

“HH: Now, speaking of the war at home, I ran across an article today that I had not seen, from Daniel Pipes’ site, about the Los Angeles terror plot that got broken up. I don’t think anyone has much seen this, and you’re mentioned in it. Do you want to explain to people what was going to go down here in another couple of weeks?”

“FG: Yeah. It’s one of those stories that because it didn’t happen, thank God, it got very little attention. It’s one of those instances where those heroes of the home front, I think through a lucky break in this instance, were able to prevent something pretty awful from taking place in the Los Angeles area. What transpired, evidently, was that a plot that had been cooked up inside a state prison near Sacramento, New Folsom State Prison, was discovered when guys who had been part of the prison community had converted to this radical strain of Islam, which is being inculcated in many prisons around the country, unbelievable as that may sound, got out at the end of their sentences, and went on a crime spree, knocking off various gas stations, I think, in the greater Los Angeles area, to pay for attacks that they envisioned conducting around the time of the Jewish high holidays, against Israeli targets, specifically, the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, the El Al counter, I believe at LAX, several synagogues, and then it was said several National Guard facilities as well. It was going to be, apparently, quite a bit of mayhem, and it was only stopped, apparently, according to the indictment, because one of these prisoners, ex-prisoners, converts, dropped a cell phone in the course of one of his stick-ups. And as a result, the law enforcement community did a major investigation, found him in the course of another robbery, stopped him, and started rolling up the rest of the cell. But it’s an example of this Islamo-fascist ideology we’ve talked about so many times, Hugh, at work in what you would think is a secure facility. But it’s there because we’re allowing Islamo-fascist proselytizers inside, and by gum, they’re recruiting. And Heaven help us the plot we don’t detect the next time.”

This is the type of story which journalist used to investigate, report and sometimes win legitimate Pulitzer prizes. Today this story is not to be found as journalism has been replaced by “media.” The media of today is so driven by ratings that the once self proud field of journalism is now dominated by an entertainment mentality where evoking an emotional connection to the audience is more important than conveying the important facts which are all around.

This story, “reported” by Hugh Hewitt, is an important story and yet will Hugh be nominated for an Pulitzer prize? Very unlikely. It is more likely that Shepard Smith, whom I enjoy watching, from Fox News will be considered for his “gripping” and “heroic” presentation delivered in front of the tragic background of a dead body lying in the street. The next great news organization will be the one that figures out how to communicate real news in the traditional journalistic manner while holding an entertainment minded audience.

Thank you Hugh Hewitt, Frank Gaffney and Radio Blogger for seeing that this story gets the attention it deserves.

Joint Task Force Katrina – Gulf of Mexico

There are a lot of US Navy assets support Katrina relief efforts:

Joint Task Force Katrina – Gulf of Mexico
USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) – Gulf of Mexico
USS Bataan (LHD 5) – Gulf of Mexico.
USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) – New Orleans, La.
USS Shreveport (LPD 12) – Gulf of Mexico
USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) – Gulf of Mexico
USS Tortuga (LSD 46) – New Orleans, La.
USS Grapple (ARS 53) – Gulf of Mexico
USS Swift (HSV 2) – Gulf of Mexico
USS Devastator (MCM 6) – Gulf of Mexico
USS Scout (MCM 8) – Gulf of Mexico
USS Gladiator (MCM 11) – Gulf of Mexico
USS Falcon (MHC 59) – Gulf of Mexico
USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) – Atlantic Ocean
USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) – Gulf of Mexico
USNS Algol (T-AKR 287) – Gulf of Mexico
USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR 288) – Gulf of Mexico
USNS Pollux (T-AKR 290) – New Orleans, La.
USNS Altair (T-AKR 291) – New Orleans, La.
USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR 300) – Gulf of Mexico
USNS Pililaau (T-AKR 304) – Gulf of Mexico