Saturday, January 31, 2004
Friday, January 30, 2004
Thursday, January 29, 2004
One of Andrew Sullivans Quotes of the Day:
"My friend said, 'I'm for the UN and international law, and I think you've become a traitor to the left. A neocon!'
I said, 'I'm for overthrowing tyrants, and since when did overthrowing fascism become treason to the left?'
'But isn't George Bush himself a fascist, more or less? I mean-admit it!'
My own eyes widened. 'You haven't the foggiest idea what fascism is,' I said. 'I always figured that a keen awareness of extreme oppression was the deepest trait of a left-wing heart. Mass graves, three hundred thousand missing Iraqis, a population crushed by thirty-five years of Baathist boots stomping on their faces-that is what fascism means! And you think that a few corrupt insider contracts with Bush's cronies at Halliburton and a bit of retrograde Bible-thumping and Bush's ridiculous tax cuts and his bonanzas for the super-rich are indistinguishable from that?-indistinguishable from fascism? From a politics of slaughter? Leftism is supposed to be a reality principle. Leftism is supposed to embody an ability to take in the big picture. The traitor to the left is you, my friend...'" - Paul Berman, fighting for sanity, in Dissent.
Tuesday, January 27, 2004
A handful of domestic terrorism groups like ELF (Earth Liberation Front), including the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), took responsibility for 75 terror acts in 2003, which caused an estimated $60 million in damages.
Monday, January 26, 2004
Sunday, January 25, 2004
When God made the oyster, he guaranteed his absolute economic and social security. He built the oyster a house, his shell, to shelter and protect him from his enemies. But when God made the Eagle, He declared, "The blue sky is the limit - build your own house!". The Eagle, not the oyster, is the emblem of America.
Liberal Andrew Sullivan points out that Al Sharpton is not concerned with the facts:
"The top one percent in this country pays very much less than ten percent, very much less than five percent." - Al Sharpton, cited by John Stossel. Of course, the top one percent pay 34 percent of income tax revenues.
Saturday, January 24, 2004
A Fact Check on President's Bush's Military record.
He didn't have the record of his father, a combat veteran of WWII, but he did fulfill his obligations.
Michael Moore's rants to the contrary about as factual as anything else he spews.
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Recently posted to a mailing list by a liberal friend (who has earned his airborne & air assault insignia, as well as graduating sniper school):
Several months ago, PETA was holding one of their anti-fur protests in Union Square, and up roared about fifty bikers. Big, burly men and bigger, burlier women.. all dressed head to toe in leather. The proceeded to get into the faces of the PETA morons; not doing anything but just standing there. Watching these people who are so brave when attacking old ladies suddenly surrounded by Hell's Angels was gorgeous.
Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, is on Hardball now, blaming Dean's rapid drop in the polls on "secret dirty tricks" played by the RNC.
Get a life Joe. Howard Dean's problem is Howard Dean. The angry leftie act only goes so far, even with the far left extremists it appeals to. It's not enough to be against something (in this case President Bush, and the lack of valid leadership from DNC Chair & Clinton puppet Terry McAuliffe). You have to be for something. Dean's message is one of negativity. You can't go the long haul on that.
Four students at Omaha, Neb.'s Westside High School are in trouble for distributing a poster urging the school to give Trevor Richards its "Distinguished African American Student Award," the Omaha World-Herald reports. Although the school refuses to say what punishments it meted out, Trevor's mother says he was suspended for two days for hanging the poster.
Trevor is in fact African-Ameircan; indeed, he's an immigrant from South Africa. But school officials say he's ineligible for the award--which is given out every Martin Luther King Day--because he's a person of pallor. One of the four students "was punished for circulating a petition Tuesday morning in support of the boys."
So not only is the school "honoring" Dr. King by judging students on the color of their skin rather than the content of their character; they're punishing anyone who dares question their policies.
A couple walks out of a barber shop. An off-screen announcer asked what they thought of Mr. Dean's plan to raise taxes on a typical family by $1,900.
Without hesitation, the husband responded: "What do I think? Well, I think Howard Dean should take his tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading ..."
His wife continued: "... body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont, where it belongs."
TV ad by the Club for Growth PAC
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Some critics have said our duties in Iraq must be internationalized. This particular criticism is hard to explain to our partners in Britain, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, the Netherlands, Norway, El Salvador, and the 17 other countries that have committed troops to Iraq
From the beginning, America has sought international support for our operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and we have gained much support. There is a difference, however, between leading a coalition of many nations, and submitting to the objections of a few. America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country..
What happened to Howard Dean? He was assassinated by Bill and Hillary with the assistance of Chris Lehane, the political hit man who first worked for Kerry and now backs Clark.-- Dick Morris
Desperate to keep control of the Democratic Party, the Clintons used their negative researchers and detectives to the ultimate and generated a story-a-day savaging Dean. The Vermont governor, not ready for prime time, cooperated by being thin-skinned, surly and combative. And now he is an artifact of history. The left (who had made Dean their darling) embraced Kerry (the original leftist) as their nominee.
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Interesting comment by a leftie:
I wasn't, initially, opposed to the war itself--just the way Bush was handling it. I always thought WMD was a smokescreen, but Saddam was our dog and he went rabid, and the embargo was killing the Iraqi people as surely as bombs were, and someone needed to shoot the rabid dog, and that was our responsibility
Just a quick word on Senator John Edwards. Before starting politics, he was a trial lawyer.
The last two lawyers we had in the White House were Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.
Ok, three if you count Hillary Rodham Clinton.
One can make a claim that parts of both those administrations were a Miserable Failure.
Out of the democrat pack, I like John Kerry the best. He is still a bit confused about some clear facts.
For example, he used the term "Bush Recession" in a speech today. Hello? Check the numbers Mr. Senator, the economic downslide started before President Billy Jeff Clinton left office. What we are experiencing now is the "Bush Recovery" from the "Clinton Recession."
If you are a CONVICTED SEXUAL OFFENDER in Massachusetts, you have the right to a hearing BEFORE you are even registered, and the BOARD has the burden of proof.
Why are convicted sexual offenders given such rights, but non-criminal, lawful gun owners,can be denied by the standard of "suitable person".
A law is suppose to meet a goal, guided by the "concrete conditions" which induced the enactment of the law. Should a law not meet this criteria, then the law is unconstitutional. If a law is so broad as to become meaningless by undefined standards - say "suitable person" - the law is also unconstitutional.
Convicted sexual offenders got rights in Massachusetts, non-criminal gun owners - don't!
Convicted sexual offenders CANNOT be required to register, unless the Board proves theburden, that the offender must be registered to AVERT the danger the offender would poseif NOT registered.
Dean gets his ass kicked in Iowa, going from shoe in front runner to a distant third (18% compared to Kerrys 38% and Edwards 32%).
As I said before, just hating the President isn't going to work. The republicans learned that in 1996.
Dean getting all angry and blaming the attacks by his "enemies" for his poor showing isn't going go over well in those so-called "fly-over states" either. Time to grow up Howard.
Monday, January 19, 2004
"He's expressed skepticism! And doubt! Why, he must be stopped! This is further evidence of the intellectual bankruptcy of liberalism. We don't need to muster an argument, the Times seems to be saying. It's enough to declare Pickering a heretic. And these people accuse the right of stifling dissent?" -- James Taranto on the New York Times smear campaign against Judge Charles Pickering.
"The minute Al Gore endorsed Howard Dean, I instinctively opined that the Dean candidacy was finished. And, sure enough, as soon as Gore touched the Dean campaign, things began to go wrong. I should have trusted my instinct: Al Gore is always political death." -- Andrew Sullivan
Sunday, January 18, 2004
Former President Carter (who gave us double digit unemployment & inflation) was on TV today with Howard Dean.
This endorsement (which Carter, in typical weasel fashion isn't calling an endorsement) is a good way to fire up the party faithful. Good in the early primaries. Down the road, not so good. Anybody who lived through the Carter years will not have a positive association.
Dick Gephart is obviously confused. He claims that President Bush has not gotten international support for the war in Iraq.
Hello? Earth to Gephart! Great Britain, Spain, Poland, and about a half dozen others.
Of course he had no problem when former President Clinton failed to gain UN support for his unilateral military actions in Yugoslavia and Serbia.
Interesting comment by a Boston Globe political reporter (on CNNs "Reliable Sources"), "Voters drive this issue [i.e. the elections] more than we care to admit."
She just proves the old saw, "Scratch a liberal and you find a closet aristocrat."
So what would make someone like me change my mind? I met this gun enthusiast. As research for my new novel, I asked him many questions, all the while voicing my disgust. My character might use a gun, but I never would. "Come to the range," the gun guy said. "I'll teach you to shoot."
I expected a dungeon full of men missing teeth and wearing T-shirts decorated with Confederate flags. Instead, I found a sunny, wood-paneled lobby and guys who looked like lawyers on their lunch break. . . .
I no longer was so sure. I did some research — there are countless testimonials about guns saving someone's life. I looked into shooting as a sport. I spoke to a woman who had found a wounded deer and shot it, ending its agony. I changed my mind: Guns aren't bad.
-- Found at Instapundit
One the downside, Kerry, like most democrats, is calling for across the board tax hikes.
One more reason why Kerry is better than Dean. Kerry's Campaign manager drinks coffee, Dean's boy is one of those diet soda drinking winnies.
Friday, January 16, 2004
Yugoslavia posed absolutely no threat to the United States -- not imminent, not latent, not burgeoning, not now, not then, not ever. (Unless you count all the U.S. highway deaths caused by Yugos.) The president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, never tried to assassinate a U.S. president. He never shook his fist at the Great Satan. He didn't shelter and fund Muslim terrorists -- though the people we were fighting for did.
In humanitarian terms, Milosevic didn't hold a candle to Saddam Hussein. Milosevic killed a few thousand Albanians in a ground war. Hussein killed well over a million Iranians, Kurds, Kuwaitis and Shias, among others. Milosevic had no rape rooms, no torture rooms, no Odai or Qusai. He didn't even use a wood chipper to dispose of his enemies, the piker.
And yet NATO, led by Gen. Wesley Clark, staged a pre-emptive attack on Yugoslavia.
Under Clark's command, the U.S. bombed the Chinese embassy by mistake, killing three Chinese journalists. Other NATO air strikes under Clark mistakenly damaged the Swiss, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian and Hungarian ambassadors' residences. Despite the absence of ground troops, Yugoslavia took three American POWs, whose release was eventually brokered by Jesse Jackson. America was standing tall.
Clark's forces bombed a civilian convoy by mistake, killing more than 70 ethnic Albanians, and then Clark openly lied about it to the press. First he denied NATO had done it, and when forced to retract that, Clark pinned the blame on an innocent U.S. pilot. As New York Newsday reported on April 18, 1999: "American officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the staff of Army Gen. Wesley Clark, the NATO commander, pointed to an innocent F-16 Falcon pilot who was castigated by the media for blasting a refugee convoy." Eventually, even a model of probity like Bill Clinton was shocked by Clark's mendacity and fired him.
At the end of major combat operations led by NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark, arch-villain Slobodan Milosevic was still in power. (At least Clark won't have to worry about any embarrassing "mission accomplished" photo-ops coming back to haunt him.) Today, almost a decade and $15 billion later, U.S. troops are still bogged down in the Balkans. No quagmire there!
-- Ann Coulter
Thursday, January 15, 2004
WES CLARK MADE CASE FOR IRAQ WAR BEFORE CONGRESS
Less than 18 months ago, Wesley Clark offered his testimony before the Committee On Armed Services at the U.S. House Of Representatives.
"There's no requirement to have any doctrine here. I mean this is simply a longstanding right of the United States and other nations to take the actions they deem necessary in their self defense," Clark told Congress on September 26, 2002.
"Every president has deployed forces as necessary to take action. He's done so without multilateral support if necessary. He's done so in advance of conflict if necessary. In my experience, I was the commander of the European forces in NATO. When we took action in Kosovo, we did not have United Nations approval to do this and we did so in a way that was designed to preempt Serb ethnic cleansing and regional destabilization there. There were some people who didn't agree with that decision. The United Nations was not able to agree to support it with a resolution."
Clark continued: "There's no question that Saddam Hussein is a threat... Yes, he has chemical and biological weapons. He's had those for a long time. But the United States right now is on a very much different defensive posture than we were before September 11th of 2001... He is, as far as we know, actively pursuing nuclear capabilities, though he doesn't have nuclear warheads yet. If he were to acquire nuclear weapons, I think our friends in the region would face greatly increased risks as would we."
- A tip of the Fedora to Matt Drudge for breaking this story
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Here is a nice one from Glenn Reynolds who has a link to site that covers the question in more detail
I was on a local talk-radio show a while back and some, er, underinformed soul said that we had backed Saddam against the Russians because he was a friendly right-wing dictator. I guess this is a leftist trope that's so well established it's become independent of the actual facts. Saddam was, in fact, a Soviet client. I pointed out that the presence of all those AK-47s and T-72s in Iraq made that point rather clear, and the caller retreated. But you keep hearing stuff like this from people who, I guess, can't believe that there are dictators anywhere who aren't the creation of the United States.
"People are trying to say that I said the president was planning war in Iraq early in the administration. Actually there was a continuation of work that had been going on in the Clinton administration with the notion that there needed to be a regime change in Iraq." -- Paul O'Neill
Sunday, January 11, 2004
ANOTHER MASS GRAVE IN IRAQ:
U.S. authorities believe the grave is filled with about 800 bodies of Shiites killed by Iraq's military as they staged an uprising against Saddam following the defeat of his forces in the Gulf War, the official added.
U.S. officials have said they believe there are up to 260 mass graves in Iraq containing the remains of at least 300,000 people murdered by Saddam's forces. They said about 40 such mass graves have been discovered.
GEITNER SIMMONS links to a critical report on NGOs from a surprising source. Key observation: "NGOs may be political, bias[ed], racist or violent just like any other group . . . . there is nothing inherent in the worthiness of the causes of non-governmental organizations."
I was born on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration of Independence is my birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in my veins, because I offered freedom to the oppressed. I am many things, and many people. I am the nation.
I am 213 million living souls—and the ghost of millions who have lived and died for me.
I am Nathan Hale and Paul Revere. I stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard around the world. I am Washington, Jefferson and Patrick Henry. I am John Paul Jones, the Green Mountain Boys and Davy Crockett. I am Lee and Grant and Abe Lincoln.
I remember the Alamo, the Maine and Pearl Harbor. When freedom called I answered and stayed until it was over, over there. I left my heroic dead in Flanders Fields, on the rock of Corregidor, on the bleak slopes of Korea and in the steaming jungle of Vietnam.
I am the Brooklyn Bridge, the wheat lands of Kansas and the granite hills of Vermont. I am the coalfields of the Virginias and Pennsylvania, the fertile lands of the West, the Golden Gate and the Grand Canyon. I am Independence Hall, the Monitor and the Merrimac.
I am big. I sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific … my arms reach out to embrace Alaska and Hawaii … 3 million square miles throbbing with industry. I am more than 5 million farms. I am forest, field, mountain and desert. I am quiet villages—and cities that never sleep.
You can look at me and see Ben Franklin walking down the streets of Philadelphia with his breadloaf under his arm. You can see Betsy Ross with her needle. You can see the lights of Christmas, and hear the strains of “Auld Lang Syne” as the calendar turns.
I am Babe Ruth and the World Series. I am 110,000 schools and colleges, and 330,000 churches where my people worship God as they think best. I am a ballot dropped in a box, the roar of a crowd in a stadium and the voice of a choir in a cathedral. I am an editorial in a newspaper and a letter to a Congressman.
I am Eli Whitney and Stephen Foster. I am Tom Edison, Albert Einstein and Billy Graham. I am Horace Greeley, Will Rogers and the Wright brothers. I am George Washington Carver, Jonas Salk, and Martin Luther King.
I am Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman and Thomas Paine.
Yes, I am the nation, and these are the things that I am. I was conceived in freedom and, God willing, in freedom I will spend the rest of my days.
May I possess always the integrity, the courage and the strength to keep myself unshackled, to remain a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world.
This is my wish, my goal, my prayer in this year of 1976—two hundred years after I was born.
-- Otto Whittake, “I Am the Nation”
By this point, the coffee was working on me, and the other Koffi was following close on my heels. I went to the men's room, and opened the door to one of the stalls. These stalls, incidentally, are not like regular bathroom stalls: they are more like closets with a toilet. My eyes grew wide.
"I can't believe it!" I said. "It's the several billion dollars unaccounted for from the United Nations Food for Oil program!"
"But I thought that was in Switzer -- I mean, are you sure?" Anan asked me, surprised. -- from John Nowak's running commentary on being an American in Paris
Interesting discussion on Meet the Press today. They are talking about Blogs and the power of the Internet in politics.
Saturday, January 10, 2004
Friday, January 09, 2004
Tuesday, January 06, 2004
Monday, January 05, 2004
"Al Sharpton did a pretty good impression of the "Godfather of Soul." Of course, the rotund reverend has long been the "Godfather of Con." He's slick as a peeled onion. In just one short primary season, his timid fellow candidates and the even more timid media have erased the criminal Tawana Brawley shakedown. They've given this trickster who has never been elected dogcatcher a legitimacy he does not deserve: their Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval as a bona fide presidential candidate." -- Zell Miller (democrat Senator from Georgia), Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2004
Sunday, January 04, 2004
From our friends at Best of the Web:
Well, it seems Howard Dean was lying--at least in the sense that Bush haters use the term when speaking of the president--when he said Saddam Hussein's capture didn't make Americans safer. "After suffering a month-high toll of 83 deaths in November, the U.S. military reported fewer than half that number--38--in December," reports the Washington Times. In a New Year's Eve briefing, Brig. Gen. Martin Dempsey, who commands the Army's First Armored Division, said the number of attacks has "absolutely gone down" since Saddam's capture.
Meanwhile, CNN reports that Chicago remains "America's murder capital," with 599 homicides in 2003--a hair under 50 a month. America must send in the U.N. and pull out of the quagmire that is Illinois!