Tuesday, August 31, 2004
"There is no escaping this fight. It is civilization or Jihadism. We can and should debate tactics; but the sides are clear enough." -- Andrew Sullivan giving advice to France.
CD Harris points out that CNN now puts President Bush ahead in the Electoral College.
You have to search CNN for the article. For some reason, it's not on the main page or the politics page...
Protesters have decided to exercise their "free speech" rights by filling bags and balloons with urine and lobbing them at policemen. This disgusting practice is going on westbound on 35th and Broadway. Stay clear.
In addition, there are groups that are passing out baskets of wirecutters and razor blades to cut the plastic Flexicuffs the police use to handcuff suspects under arrest. The subversive behavior is bad enough but when you equip thousands of protesters who refuse to police themselves with razor blades, that's a bad scene just waiting to happen.
Hopefully, the police will file concealed weapons charges against those with the razor blades.
We are again engaged in a war that will define the future of humankind. Responding to attacks on our soil, America has led a coalition of countries against extremists who want to destroy our way of life and our values.
Read the whole speech here.
Monday, August 30, 2004
This former Clinton pollster has some interesting insight:
After four days of Republican rhetoric, it is not fanciful to hope that Bush ends up with an 8- to 10-point margin over Kerry — 52-53 percent for Bush vs. 43-44 percent for Kerry.
After the convention? Expect the lead to shrink a bit in the early days of September, but to grow to robust proportions again when the "third convention" is held — the anniversary of 9/11.
Spurred by the emotion and patriotism that will surround this grim annual event, Bush will probably take a good size lead into the debates that begin in mid-September and run until early October.
How will Bush do in the debates? My bet is: quite well. Will Kerry be able to close in October? My bet is: yes, but not all the way. But that uncertainty is what makes politics fun, especially this year.
If Terry McAuliffe isn't working for Karl Rove, he should be.
Senate Minority leader, democrat Tom Daschle is running TV ads showing him hugging and embracing President Bush!
So much for John Kerry's coattails...
The RNC protesters is the typical gaggle of loons, as David Adesnik points out:
"The big papers also fail to convey how the protest resembled a carnival of the absurd, with every obscure leftist faction in attendance. For example, there were hundreds of big red signs provided by a coven of conspiracy theorists who insist that Bush had advance warning of 9-11. If I had bigger pockets, I could've collected at least half-a-dozen different socialist and communist newspapers and newsletters
Tip of the virtual hat to Mr. Reynolds for the link.
Here is the money quote:
I'd like to point to point out that John Kerry's campaign platform seems to be "I'm smart. I know how to work with allies. I know how to do these things." He can't even anticipate how his own former swift boat vets would react to him, much less keep them from drawing and quartering him in public. Rarely do you run across a man so self-centered or stupid that he's waylaid by the people he served with, much less some scandal mongering French diplomat with an ideological axe to grind.
He's got more to say on the subject. Read it.
Leslie Bates point out that democrat arguments often lack words.
I'm not suprised to note that I've seen teenage girls with a better punch than the Kerry supporter had.
It seems the Weather Underground, that left wing terrorist group, is making a comeback.
Maybe they should have picked another city. Officials, include the Police, in NYC are rather keen on catching terrorists.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
I'm watching Reliable Sources, where they supposedly turn a critical eye on the media.
It was interesting to watch the host shut down one panelist, when she brought up that:
1. The media spent a lot more time covering the undocumented claim that President Bush missed some of his National Guard service.
2. The democrats are more in bed with liberal 527s than the Republicans are with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
The latest tactic is to flood Amazon.com with organized hate speech.
I've seen that they are flooding Unfit for Command as well.
If you want see if the liberals have any stomach for turnabout as fair play, try this:
1. Go to http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0670032603/ and http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1586482734 and http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060565233 and http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0742542890
2. Scroll down and find the "Other Customer's Advice" section.
3. Click "Recommend an item".
4. Paste in this number: 0895260174 and choose the "instead of" option.
5. Check back and watch the number rise.
Update, it seems that Amazon has changed it's policy on review for Unfit for Command.
If you are looking for more books to recommend, I have a list.
The Rev. Kyle Earley of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, for instance, asked Edwards how his campaign is trying to reach the "corner vote," a term for drug dealers and jobless teens who loiter on street corners.
Edwards said that while the campaign has "a group of people whose job is to reach out to those folks, it doesn't know your community like you know your community, and I'd be the first person to say that."
Thanks to the Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal for pointing this out.
James Taranto says:
One of the ironies of this year's political conventions is that the Democrats, who style themselves champions of civil liberties, were much less tolerant of street dissent than the Republicans are. As we noted last month, the Dems penned protesters into a "cage," a hard-to-get-to area separated by a tall fence from the path the delegates took to get into the Fleet Center.
Saturday, August 28, 2004
If Senator Kerry is lucky, we will talk about Vietnam until election day. Kerrys "semester in Vietnam" is acting as a shield for the Senators horrific record in the past 35 years. It is his only grappling hook on the cliff of legitimacy. If we begin to talk about anything else, Kerry will be exposed as the weak candidate who was getting his patrician ass handed to him by Howard Dean, not 9 months ago. If the election were about anything else but the existance of a military record, no matter how wafer thin it may be, Howard Dean would be in this fight, and if I may add, He would have done a lot better the how John F. Kerry will do.
Personally, I disagree with his statement that Kerry's war record is more like LBJ's than John Kennedy's.
Senator Kerry was a Swift Boat commander, performing rivertine warfare for four and half months.
It was dangerous work and he did it. You can't take that away from him.
There are questions that should have been asked though.
The democrats will conduct an active and widespread campaign to disqualify as many absentee ballots sent by US service men & women overseas as possible in the 2004 Presidential election.
This is how algore got most his "gain" in the 2000 election in Florida.
Not from the inventing votes out of thin air by playing Karnack with the punch card ballots, but by getting overseas military votes thrown out.
Brig. Gen. William R. Turnipseed, the Alabama National Guard commader who was the source of the Boston Globe article about President Bush's ANG service speaks out on the subject.
Keep this in mind, while those who drank the Kerry Kool-Aid are in full spin mode over the truth brought foreward by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
Also, from February 11, 2004:
A letter to the editor from one of Bush's squadron mates, in his defense.
Read the whole thing. Unlike the rantings of Michael Moore, it is the word of someone who was there at the time.
I learned that there is a hotbed of anger, bile, bigotry and hatred called "Democratic Underground", where bigots trade invectives and give each other hints on what new names to call people with whom they disagree. Think of this as the webs equivalent to the kind of place that southern sherrifs and their deputies used to sit around killing time in before the evenings cross burning and lynching activities were underway.
Friday, August 27, 2004
As Mr. Reynolds points out:
That said, the medal issue is really a distraction. It's Kerry's postwar behavior that deserves more scrutiny. Here's his 1971 testimony. And here's a 1971 TV interview where he talks about throwing away his medals, and about opposing the war "right there in Vietnam," and about how veterans, especially minority veterans, remain a menace after returning to America because they're angry and were "taught to kill." He backs away a bit later, in an early version of his signature straddle, but it's still pretty damning stuff.
He has more, read it.
Oh ya, you can read John Kerry's book.
As the Captain points out, "Bear in mind that these results come from the LA Times, which routinely oversamples Democrats in its polling. If the Times says that a Republican has edged ahead, you can bet that Kerry's internal polling shows something significantly worse."
What is this ground breaking news that causes the LA Times to print news that disagrees with its editorial policy?
Nothing less than:
Bush Overtaking Kerry In Key Battleground States
Rather unsettling for the ABB crowd to say the least.
Here is some key data:
According to the surveys, Bush has opened leads within the margin of error in Ohio, Wisconsin and Missouri — states at the top of both campaigns' priority lists.
In Missouri, Bush leads among registered voters 46% to 44%; in Wisconsin, he leads 48% to 44%; and in Ohio, the president holds a 49% to 44% advantage, the surveys found. ...
In 2000, Al Gore carried Wisconsin by fewer than 6,000 votes; Bush won Missouri by almost 80,000 votes and Ohio by almost 167,000 votes.
All three states have attracted enormous spending on television ads from the two candidates and the independent groups supporting them.
Times polls in June showed Kerry and Bush tied in Wisconsin, Kerry holding a statistically insignificant one-point advantage in Ohio, and the president leading 48% to 42% in Missouri. Compared to those numbers, the race has tightened somewhat in Missouri and edged slightly toward Bush in Wisconsin and Ohio.
There are still two months to go, but it is starting to look like this election won't be as close as the last one.
Boots & Sabers called it on 8/26/04.
"Where has the Kerry campaign been for the last year while more than $62 million in funding through these shadowy groups has been used to negatively attack the president. The Kerry campaign has been noticeably silent, and in many instances, they have actually fueled these kinds of attacks by these shadowy groups that are funded by unregulated soft money."
Hell! Kerry has been at moveon.org fundraisers and his staff is littered with people from that organization.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Didn't it occur to you even a little bit, that standing up and saluting like a total fob and saying " Reporting for duty" after you sat in front of the Senate in 1971 with a fatigue shirt and long hair and told tales of "Americas war criminals" that somehow the "Band of Brothers" made for TV presentation schtick, might ring a bit hollow?
Here you are, with a 15% polling tailwind from the press reduced to Michael Moore street theatre with Max Cleland doing your dirty work in front of the cameras.
Do you know how non-presidential this looks? Can you do anything else to look more petty, small and dare I say "lawyer-ish".
If you can't take a punch from a guy like Bush, how are you going to deal with Chirac? or the Iranians? or for that matter, all the other Republicans in Congress, who want nothing more in life than to be the one who spills your guts out on the floor.
This is real hardball politics and your response is to go on "The Daily Show"? Really Mr. Kerry, THE DAILY SHOW? Do you hold me and the rest of the American public in such contempt that your first show after the convention is on a cable comedy satire show?
Read the whole thing. It's harsh and entirely on target.
The New York Post joins this bandwagon and points out this bit of key information from the so-call "interview":
Ironically, as he was appearing on a late-night comedy show staged four nights a week as a parody of TV news programs, Kerry bemoaned the fact that "intelligent conversation" is largely missing from the campaign. "I think most Americans would like to have a much more intelligent conversation about where the country's going," the candidate told the comedian. Yes, we would, senator, but that's not going to happen if you accept interview invitations only from late-night comedians
"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."
"Besides," he continued, "when I read the list of people who are supporting Kerry, if I wasn't already a Bush supporter, I would have immediately switched. Linda Ronstadt? Don Henley? Geez, that's a good reason right there to vote for Bush."
A NEW off-Broadway political parody backed by a longtime Republican operative looks to skewer John Kerry and all those who support him.
"John F. Kerry: He's No JFK," billed as a "proudly partisan parody," is set to open a limited week-and-a-half run on Sept. 1 at the Kirk Theater on West 42nd Street.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
From the Captain's Quarters:
Sign the 180, Senator. Be a man, take responsibility for having started this entire mess with the Democratic smear campaign back in February and April against President Bush, and sign the 180. If you can't do that, how can we trust you to ever act responsibly?
Yesterday, it finally hit me why Carter and Clinton won't go away: their administrations were failures. Carter's failure was big enough to limit him to one term. Clinton's produced some good things-NAFTA and welfare reform foremost among them-but those were largely pet issues for the GOP, not Democrats. And at any rate, those issues are overshadowed by the Lewinsky affair. so what they're trying to do is overshadow their failure in office with their actions afterward.
From the Washington Times:
Medal of Honor recipient Col. George E. "Bud" Day, an Air Force fighter pilot who spent six years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, is going after Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, comparing him to one of history's most famous traitors.
Col. Day was a Hanoi Hilton cellmate of Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and takes issue with the defense of Mr. Kerry by "my good friend, John."
Mr. Kerry's 1971 U.S. Senate testimony as a returned Vietnam veteran, claiming atrocities and war crimes by fellow U.S. servicemen, was "outright perjury, absolute lies, fabrications, fantasies with no substance [that] gave 'aid and comfort' to our enemies, the Vietnamese communists," Col. Day said in a message to fellow veterans obtained by The Washington Times.
Col. Day said Mr. Kerry "opened up his character as a war hero, reporting for duty to the country with a hand-salute, and his band of brothers, of which he was the chief hero."
"I draw a direct comparison of Gen. Benedict Arnold of the Revolutionary War to Lt. John Kerry," Col. Day said. "Both went off to war, fought, and then turned against their country.
"General Arnold crossed over to the British for money and position. John Kerry crossed over to the Vietnamese with his assistance to the anti-war movement, and his direct liaison with the Vietnamese diplomats in Paris. His reward: Political gain. Senator, United States."
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
The myth that Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry volunteered for swift boat duty in Vietnam knowing it was particularly dangerous continues to spread despite clear evidence to the contrary.
As we have written before, Kerry actually volunteered at a time when swift boats were engaged in relatively safe coastal patrols. They were redeployed to the rivers of Vietnam -- a far more risky mission -- after Kerry's decision. Kerry himself has admitted as much. . . . Yet Kerry's campaign website, vice presidential nominee John Edwards and former president Bill Clinton have all suggested Kerry knew the risks. As Edwards put it, "He volunteered to go to Vietnam and to captain a swift boat, one of the most dangerous duties you could have."
Kerry's campaign continues to encourage this misperception.
The folks at PowerLine make this interesting observation:
An old trial lawyer once told me that if your case has three "yes buts" in it, you better not take it to trial. President Bush has a huge "yes but" when it comes to Iraq (yes we found no WMD, but I was told we would and anyway we're better off with Saddam gone). However, Kerry has his own on Iraq (yes I voted to authorize the war, but I didn't mean we should fight it). It looks like, with the Swiftvet controversy, he has himself "yes but" number two, with several candidates for number three lurking.
According the the Washington Times, a "Democrat close to Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign, who asked not to be named, offered what a New York Times news story yesterday described as a "dire" analysis of Mr. Kerry's fight with the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth."
"When you're basically running on your biography and there are ongoing attacks that are undermining the credibility of your biography, you have a really big problem."
John Kerry wants to focus on his four and half months in the Swift Boats, which was 30 years ago.
Not what he did as the Lt.-Governor of Massachusetts or his long career in the Senate.
He picked the game, and now is complaining about having to play it.
Monday, August 23, 2004
The flack Kerry is taking from the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is obviously the fault of the liberal media.
Come on, connect the dots here. This is coming up now, because Kerry has been getting a free ride about his war record for years.
Let us, for the sake of argument, pretend that Senator Kerry is a Republican instead of a democrat, and also for the sake of this argument that none of his Medals, or how he got them is under question.
In this senario, Senator Kerry would have been asked "tough" questions by the like of Katie Couric and Chris Matthews during the primaries that would have kept him from getting his party's nomination.
"Let's get this straight Senator, you told the Boston Globe that you volunteered for the Swift Boats because at the time they where doing coastal patrol and not seeing much combat. Then once they started seeing combat doing rivertine warfare, you were the only man on Swift Boats, Officer or Enlisted, to take advantage of the of the 3 Purple Heart rule to get out of a combat zone. Isn't that right Senator?"
"About your three Purple Hearts Senator. Isn't it true that you never spent one night a hospital due to your wounds?"
"Senator, is it true that you took your boat, and your crew, back out in to harms way, just to reenact privious combat actions and film them with a 8mm camera you purchased expressly for that purpose?"
Let's be honest here...that is exactly what would have happened to a Republican if they had Kerry's record.
Instead, he gets a free ride, just like that liar Senator Harkin did.
From the Washington Times:
Calling himself a "liberal with sanity," former New York Mayor Ed Koch — a longtime Democrat — said he decided to support President Bush in the 2004 election because of Mr. Bush's stance on Iraq.
"While I don't agree with Bush on any domestic matters, there's only one matter that's important in this race, and that relates to standing up to international terrorism, taking it on — and George Bush has established that he is willing to do that," Mr. Koch said in an interview broadcast yesterday on the "News Forum" program on New York TV station WNBC.
Mr. Koch crossed party lines earlier this year to endorse Mr. Bush. He said Mr. Bush's unwavering opinions contrasted favorably with what he called the "hypocrisy" of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, who Mr. Koch said has wavered on Iraq and homosexual "marriage."
The former mayor, who has long dodged questions about his sexuality, called the uproar over New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey's resignation "a Greek tragedy."
"I don't think people are distressed in largest numbers ... about his lover, who is male. I think they're distressed that he put his lover on the payroll," he said.
Mr. Koch said he had never specified his own sexual orientation out of a desire for privacy.
"If there's one area of privacy, it's still sexual activity," he said. "Although I will tell you, at the age of 80, I consider any question concerning my sexual exploits to be complimentary."
The high road isn't even on the democrat road map it seems....
From the Washington Times:
"The Kerry campaign is gloating this weekend over the resignation of Bush-Cheney volunteer former Vietnam War POW Ken Cordier, who's featured in the latest Swift Boat ad — saying it proves illegal coordination between the Swift vets' 527 group and the official Bush campaign," NewsMax.com reported yesterday.
"But [John] Kerry has no plans to fire Zach Exley, a key campaign staffer who served as the organizing director for MoveOn.org throughout the presidential primaries," NewsMax said.
"What's more, MoveOn, whose sole mission is to defeat President Bush in November, maintains that Exley is allowed to 'communicate' with the 527 group even as he works for the Democratic nominee.
" 'Col. Cordier did not inform the campaign of his involvement in the advertisement,' the Bush campaign said in a statement late Saturday. 'Because of his involvement [in the ad], Col. Cordier will no longer participate as a volunteer for Bush-Cheney '04.'
"But there's no doubt that Kerry knew all about Exley's background when he hired him.
"In April, the Kerry for President Web site proudly announced: 'Zach Exley joins the [Kerry] Internet team as Director of Online Communications and Online Organizing. He was previously the director of special projects for MoveOn.org.'
"Exley claims he won't communicate with MoveOn until after the election, but when he teamed up with Kerry, MoveOn's executive director, Eli Pariser, acknowledged that Exley will be able to make use of 'what he's got in his head.'
"And a statement issued by MoveOn when Exley signed on with team Kerry insisted, 'federal election rules permit some forms of communication' between Exley and the liberal 527."
Sunday, August 22, 2004
From the Washington Times:
Both parties have seized upon the military records of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry as fodder for argument. But the conservative Media Research Center (MRC) has found that ABC, CBS and NBC are siding with the Kerry cause.
The three networks devoted 75 stories on Democrats' accusations that Mr. Bush had been "AWOL" during his service in the Alabama Air National Guard, but featured only nine stories on Mr. Kerry's "embellished war record" and gave "no respect to Swift Boat vets for truth," noted the MRC's Richard Noyes yesterday.
"Back in February, the three broadcast networks were obsessed with the story of President Bush's National Guard service. But in May, when John Kerry's former Navy colleagues from Vietnam went to the National Press Club to charge that Kerry's tales of heroism as a Swift Boat commander were highly exaggerated, those same networks acted as if their job was to bury the news, not report it," Mr. Noyes said.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
As Mr. Harris points out, that isn't the tactic democrats are taking.
Perhaps because the facts (i.e. the truth) isn't on their side.
There is an old saying the legal community.
When the facts are on your side, argue the facts.
If the facts are not on your side, argue the law.
If the facts and the law are not on your side, pound the table and shout.
Both Kerry & Edwards are lawyers. They are both pounding the table and shouting.
Friday, August 20, 2004
With damn good reason. They are repeating the vile behavior they showed in Florida, November 2000.
This time they are at least doing it before election in their thuggish efforts to keep Ralph Nader off the ballot.
What's the story here? Are democrats afraid of Democracy?
DETROIT (AP) -- Former Michigan Democratic Party chairman Melvin "Butch" Hollowell faces a citation on accusations he solicited a prostitute, according to a broadcast report.I take it that Miss Freelove of 1969 wasn't available?
Hollowell, who left his Democratic Party post earlier this month to join John Kerry's national legal team, was pulled over Tuesday night after picking up a woman on Woodward Avenue, not far from his home in Palmer Woods, Detroit station WDIV-TV reported.
But then for Democrats this really isn't a scandal, is it?
Thursday, August 19, 2004
It seems John Kerry did, as the Washington Times points out:
Uneven military service records have proved toxic to John Kerry's campaign for president, prompting him to post his full military record on his Web site (www.johnkerry.com) for critics to peruse.
But one sharp-eyed Washington Times reader — a former B-52 pilot and U.S. Air Force colonel — isn't buying Mr. Kerry's pre-emptive strike.
"I looked at that Web site and the first thing I looked at was Kerry's Silver Star citation. Guess what? It is for an action that took place in 1969, but it is signed by Secretary of the Navy John Lehman. Strangely, Lehman was secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1987," he noted.
"How could Kerry have received a citation from an official that would not be in office for 12 years? This was NOT just a case of providing a new copy of a citation for the office to replace one that was lost (destroyed/thrown over a wall). This effort by Lehman & Kerry actually changed Kerry's official Navy record, sometime in the 80s," he continued.
"What other portions of his record did Kerry have Lehman sanitize or spiffy up? Evidently, Kerry did not think his original Silver Star made him look 'heroic' enough, so he provided 'suggested' words for a new certificate. This certainly calls Kerry's entire Navy record into question."
Let's be real, if anything like this was done by a Republican, it would be the lead story in the NYT, LAT, Boston Globe, ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN TV news, and the main subject of several Sunday morning talk shows. Since it's John Kerry, I'll bet all of them give it a pass.
This is really cool! Mariel Zagunis wins the first time women's saber is in the Olympics.
This is the first US medial in women's fincing and the first in fencing since Peter Westbrook took the bronze in men's saber in 1984.
Let's not forget Sada Jacobson, who nabbed the bronze in women's saber for America as well!
Smoke on the Water points out this single paragraph:
I think that's the perfect analogy for today's modern liberals. They wail and gnash their teeth at the thought of genocide in Sudan, but should Bush send in the 101st Airborn Division to stop it, you can bet your bottom dollar there would be protests held nationwide. They do nothing but complain, but when someone else actually steps up and DOES something about, they screech and cry foul. They talk about women's rights, but when Bush removed the Taliban and their oppressive regime, which regularly enslaved women, killed them for appearing in public without a male family member, and prevented them from working or going to school, Michael Moore was out there denouncing Bush with his chins all a-quiver. They talk about world peace, but when Bush removed the dictator responsible for over ONE MILLION DEAD ARABS, he's called Hitler.
Read the whole thing.
Although, there are those who disagree, for selfish political reasons as James Taranto points out:
... Kerry seem[s] to be making a fetish of preserving Cold War-era alliances and institutions, even if it means sacrificing U.S. security interests. Given who's proposing change here and who's resisting it, you really have to wonder just who the "conservatives" are.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
From the Washington Times:
Hispanic gang members are armed with machetes and chain whips, said the Boston Globe and other press reports.
"For years, the gun rights community has insisted that even if there were no guns, criminals would resort to some other type of weapon. The Massachusetts situation proves that point," Joe Waldron of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms told Cybercast News Service yesterday.
Several Boston-area communities have passed ordinances restricting or banning long knives.
"When are politicians going to wake up and understand that it's not inanimate objects — whether we're talking about guns, knives, clubs or rocks — but criminals that are causing urban and suburban problems?" Mr. Waldron asked.
"Gun control laws haven't worked, and pretty soon, politicians in Massachusetts will discover that machete laws won't work, either. They will merely penalize the wrong people," Mr. Waldron said.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
Kerry voted seven times, between 1991 and 1996, to either cancel the space station or to massively cut NASA funding in general. Kerry justified the last vote, to kill the station in 1996
Though Kerry now supports the space station, his opposition to human exploration beyond Low Earth orbit is just as intense as his opposition to the space station had been in the 1990s.
President Bush has thrown down the gauntlet, much in the same way Kennedy did over forty years ago, with his vision of humans traveling to and settling on the Moon and Mars. Will Senator Kerry rise to the challenge and offer his own space vision, as profound in its possibilities as that of his opponent? Or will he explain why he believes that America must turn its back on the promise of the high frontier of space, eschewing the inherent opportunities in science, technology, and commerce? With a Gallup Poll showing over two thirds of Americans, including sixty percent of Democrats, supporting President Bush’s vision, that might be a hard sell indeed.
Twilight of the press gods
Some money quotes:
The genie is out of the bottle. The best efforts of the mainstream media to blockade the story of Kerry’s lies about Cambodia, and the charges by the vast majority of men who served with him in the Swift Boat operations, have failed.
The current efforts of the press to define Kerry’s lies as a non-event are destroying their own traction. The media eruption over far less serious charges about Bush’s National Guard service is too fresh in the recesses of most peoples’ minds. And, of course, Bush didn’t choose to run for re-election on the basis of his honorable, even brave service as a jet jockey, a highly dangerous occupation.
They are, in fact, destroying themselves. Their industry is in serious trouble. Circulation scandals have hit major newspaper publishers, while the scandal-free press can take little comfort in their declining readership. Network TV news is a shadow of its former self, and its future is very limited. CNN’s monopoly is shattered, and it boasts a poor fraction of the viewership of Fox News, the only cable news outlet fully covering Kerrygate with the same seriousness accorded Bush’s National Guard service questions.
The blogosphere is the camel whose nose, and now a good part of its neck, is under the tent.
From the Washington Times:
Why not just call the jihadists and their allies by their rightful names: homicidal terrorists?
Meanwhile, the growing chorus keening that this is a needless war includes not only Democratic strategists and acolytes, but also Ralph Nader. Fervently joining them are such selective antiwar groups as MoveOn.org and the International Action Center. Have any of such fierce organizational opponents of the Iraq war called for free elections in Cuba or Zimbabwe, as they, in effect, scorn the actual coming of free elections in Iraq?
The U.N. weapons inspectors' mission did not include going into the torture chambers, rape rooms and bulging mass graves. Is it conceivable that France, China and Russia on the Security Council would have permitted such excursions?
...on July 1 of this year, Albert Hunt, the resident liberal on the Wall Street Journal editorial pages, wrote: "For many Iraqis it's a more dangerous country than even (under) the brutal Saddam regime."
Does he include the families of those whose Saddam's regime murdered, who continue to sift through the mass graves hoping to find the identifiable shards of those bodies?
Michael Moore -- whose movie somehow omits mention of the mass graves, rape and torture chambers -- doesn't seem to think Saddam should have been forcibly removed, or that most Americans would care about stopping his atrocious horrors. Mr. Moore has said of his fellow Americans: "They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet ... We don't know anything that's happening outside our country."
So, Michael, who exactly is flocking to see your movie?
"If all McGreevey had done was shtupped a guy named Golan Cipel, he would not have resigned. He resigned because this now explains why he put the guy on the state payroll at a high salary for a job he never should have filled. He wasted our money. Off with his head."
More detail from Mr. Reynolds.
Friday, August 13, 2004
Occam's Toothbrush says:
The Democratic Party, says Edward Alexander, has an anti-Semitism problem. Though they continually paint the Republican Party as racist, it is increasingly the Democrats who can be found tolerating the worst kind of intolerance.
Democrats haven't been this upset about an American engaging in free speech since Juanita Broaddrick opened her yap.
Two hundred fifty-four Swift Boat Veterans have signed a letter saying John Kerry is not fit to be commander in chief, a point developed in some detail in the blockbuster new book by John O'Neill, aptly titled "Unfit for Command." At the 2003 reunion of Swift Boat Veterans, about 300 men showed up: 85 percent of them think Kerry is unfit to be president.
In May, the Swiftees held a spellbinding press conference in Washington, D.C. In front of a photo being used by the Kerry campaign to tout Kerry's war service, the officers stood up, one by one, pointed to their own faces in the campaign photo, and announced that they believed Kerry unfit for command. Only one officer in the photo supports Kerry for president. Seventeen say he is not fit to be president.
The press covered it much as they covered Paula Jones' first press conference.
With the media playing their usual role as Truth Commissar for the now-dead Soviet Union, the Swiftees are having to purchase ad time in order to be heard. No Tim Russert interviews, no "Today" show appearances, no New York Times editorials or Vanity Fair hagiographies for these heretics against the liberal religion. The only way Swift Boat Veterans for Truth could get less attention would be to go on "Air America" radio.
If the 254 veterans against Kerry got one-tenth as much media coverage for calling Kerry a liar as Clown Joe Wilson did for calling Bush a liar, the veterans wouldn't need to buy ad time to get their message out. (Wilson, you'll recall, was a media darling for six or seven months before being exposed as a fantasist by Senate investigators.)
Apparently, before being permitted to engage in free speech against Democrats in this country you have to: (1) prove that you are not a Republican, (2) take a vow of poverty, and (3) purchase the right to speak in a TV ad. On the basis of Clown Wilson, Michael Moore, George Soros, Moveon.org, etc., etc., etc., I gather the requirements for engaging in free speech against a Republican are somewhat less rigorous. Hey! Maybe John Edwards is right: There really are two Americas!
Thursday, August 12, 2004
In his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention last month, John Kerry told the story of Mary Ann Knowles, a New Hampshire woman with breast cancer who Kerry said, "had to keep working day after day right through her chemotherapy, no matter how sick she felt, because she was terrified of losing her family's health insurance."
But New Hampshire's Union Leader newspaper reports Knowles had 26 weeks of paid disability leave available, and was never in danger of losing her insurance.
It would have been on page 1, first paragraph.
As the nice folks at Hogs on Ice point out:
The governor of New Jersey, Democrat James McGreevey, is stepping down because his administration is plagued with corruption.
I only mention this because it took me three Google searches to find out he's a Democrat.
Funny, when a Republican gets in trouble, the headlines always read, "Republican so-and-so caught screwing goat," or whatever.
But there's no liberal media bias. Uh uh. Oh no.
The Oriental Redneck says:
You know, the mullahs may as well put signs on themselves that say, "Bomb Me, I Need The Martyrdom,"
Read the whole thing...
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
How Fictitious is Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11?"
Very it seems.
We are so used to the left's lies and distortions, we defend against them before they occur.
Bush does this all the time. Reagan didn't, and Clinton didn't have to, but Bush has been put on the defensive by the press and the left since before he beat Ann Richards's big ass back in Texas. So he defuses the left's bombs before they drop. Whenever he talks to the press, if you listen carefully, you'll see that he says things that are clearly intended to thwart the nonsense coming his way. It's pretty obvious that the Bush team sits down prior to these events and brainstorms, imagining how the left will respond and drafting short, effective responses even the American public can understand.
He's also linked to Henry Mark Holzer and Erica Holzer's piece on the subject on Frontpagemag:
Fact (based on a notarized statement of Louis Letson): The injury Dr. Letson treated Kerry for occurred when Kerry and two others (a fellow lieutenant and a crewman), seeing movement from an unknown source, opened fire. Kerry’s rifle jammed, and in the absence of return fire, he resumed firing with a grenade launcher, spraying his own boat and causing a tiny piece of shrapnel to be embedded in his arm. The lieutenant and crewman, parties to the incident, accompanied Kerry to sick call, where they disputed Kerry’s claim that he’d been wounded by hostile fire and provided an account of the actual episode to Dr. Letson—after which Letson removed the tiny fragment with tweezers and covered Kerry’s scratch with a band aid. The lieutenant-witness is alive and available to testify, in detail, as to what happened. As for the maligned Dr. Louis Letson, he is entitled to say, as he did in the Swift Boat TV ad: “I know John Kerry is lying about his first Purple Heart because I treated him for that injury.”
Monday, August 09, 2004
Look, I would rather talk about the war. The current one, I mean — not the one that ended three decades ago. But, insofar as I understand the rules of Campaign 2004, every time any member of the administration says anything about the present conflict, he is accused by Democrats of shamelessly "politicizing" it. Whereas every time John Kerry waxes nostalgic about those fragrant memories of the Mekong Delta, he should be allowed to take his unending stroll down memory lane unmolested. After all, as everyone from John Edwards to Max Cleland to Bill Clinton has assured us, being a Swift boat commander for four months is the indispensable qualification for being president. When Hillary runs in 2008, no doubt she'll be leaning heavily on her four months running a Swift boat up and down the Shatt al-Arab during the Iraq war.
Thanks to Instapundit for pointing this out.
Here is my take, Kerry is basing his entire campaign on his 4 months in Vietnam 40 years ago. Nothing about his time in the Senate (which was pretty non-productive), and claims it better prepares him for Commander in Chief than President Bush's 3 years experience as a war time President.
I have read the book and found it is neither the political propaganda nor the urban legend that its detractors claim. It is a passionate but meticulously researched account of how Kerry went to war, what he did in the war and how he conducted himself after the war. The very serious charges by former comrades deserve answers but so far have produced only ad hominem counterattacks.
Why should details of what Kerry did more than 30 years ago be part of this election campaign? Only because the senator has made them integral to his strategy. Kerry as war hero received more attention at the Democratic National Convention than plans for the future. Thus, what he did in his shortened four months of combat becomes a valid campaign issue.
I added the emphasis to the text. Mr. Nowak raises a key question. Other than "providing leadership", which he has not done in his entire Senate career, Mr. Kerry is very fuzzy on what he plans on doing.
John E. O'Neill, co-author of "Unfit for Command," replaced Kerry as commander of Swift Boat PCF 94 in 1969 and has been confronting him since 1971.
There goes those lefist claims that this is all planned and orcherstated by the Bush campaign...
Some 200 "Swiftees" on May 4 signed a letter to Kerry demanding full release of his service records.
...and we're still waiting for Senator Kerry to release those records.
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Herein we see more of the mythmaking that drives modern Democrats. Elections they lose are stolen. Those who voted for this war don't include them. Nato is not involved in Iraq. The international presence in Iraq is zero. Viz., British and Italians fighting and dying as you read this; linked above. The strategy of "helping the Iraqis provide for their own security" does not presently exist. Viz., our Iraqi allies fighting and dying as you read this; linked above.
And the greatest myth of all: that the sine qua non of any improvement is a President John F. Kerry.
[H]e envisions a reduction of American military commitments abroad in all theaters. Kerry simultaneously reproaches the Bush Administration for not getting militarily involved in more operational theaters -- Liberia, Darfur -- and speaks of a desire to withdraw around the world. It is a desire so strong that he is already mentally offloading strategic responsibilities to entities, like the pan-European defense force, that do not exist in any meaningful form. It is a desire so strong that he is quite obviously prepared do to it no matter what.
Remember. Mark it well. He's going to withdraw anyway. His plan, such as it is, and predicated entirely upon third parties acting just so, could not work at all: and he will withdraw. Beyond Iraq, we are enmeshed in a titanic, global war on terror: and he speaks of withdrawing from every corner of that globe. It's not a strategy motivated by careful thought or the nuance for which he is so justly famous. It's an idee fixe. It is retreat and retrenchment as ends in themselves. It is an abdication of the American role in the world not seen since the bitter days of the 1970s.
Saturday, August 07, 2004
Friday, August 06, 2004
There's a reason why this site always refers to Loyal Opposition as the "Democrat party" not the "Democratic party": They have become a profoundly anti-democratic entity over the last thirty years or so. No party that so persistently - and proudly - uses the courts rather than the legislative process to force its policy preferences on an unwilling public can legitimately lay claim to the title "democratic." No party that so consistently sells out ordinary working people for the benefit of self-appointed special interests deserves to be called "democratic." And no party that wails and moans about "counting every vote" while working feverishly to prevent military absentee ballots from being counted, or third party candidates from even appearing on the ballot, has any right to wear the "democratic" mantle.
In a Cali Today poll, 90 percent of Vietnamese Americans said they would vote for Bush, and only 10 percent said they would vote for Kerry.
Instapundit provides another interesting poll result.
As Mr. Reynolds points out:
Here are the money quotes by Mr. Simon:
For some reason, among the many stories, a subchapter entitled "Christmas in 'Cambodia' - Vietnam, December 1968" struck a special chord with me. Apparently, on the floor of the US Senate in 1986, Kerry asserted he was ordered into Cambodia in Christmas 1968. As he later told the Boston Herald, "I remember spending Christmas of 1968 five miles across the Cambodian border being shot by our South Vietnamese allies who were drunk and celebrating Christmas. The absurdity of almost being killed by our own allies in a country which President Nixon claimed there were no American troops was very real."
Never mind that Nixon was not yet president at Christmas of 1968, a whole slew of people, quoted in the chapter say it was impossible for Kerry to have been within fifty miles of Cambodia. They also say where he was and what he did. (It wasn't pretty.) Are they lying? Well, consider this. Despite having been repeated by Kerry many times over the years, this story (according to the chapter) is curiously absent from the Senator's recent laudatory campaign bio Tour of Duty. Why, if it was so important to him, so meaningful?
- Kerry said that he wants to remove 40% of the US troops in Iraq, day one, and replace them with troops from our "allies." It appears that he missed the news that the UN can't find troops for it's "peacekeeping missions." Of course, no details on how he plans on actually doing this.
- Kerry says the US needs a more effective intelligence operation. This is in direct contradiction of his votes, including one cast after September 11, 2001, to cut federal intelligence funding.
- Kerry wants to increase the size of the active duty military by 40,000 troops. He said that these troops would go to Bosnia, Liberia, Kosovo and Korea. Are these not the very places where the UN already has troops (including large number of US troops)? Why are his plans for these hot spots in the very opposite of his plans for Iraq?
- Kerry wants to double the size of the Special Forces. This is actually a good idea, if it can be pulled off without lowering the quality of those units.
- The "reporter" did Kerry the favor of disarming the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group by refering to them as a "Republican" group, rather than a group of concerned Vietnam Veterans.
If There's Any Justice In The Universe...
...the person who decided, when confronted this morning with the fact that there was less than half a pot each of regular and decaf in the office breakroom, that what we really needed at 9 AM was another pot of decaf will surely burn in hell. Roasting on a spit, slowly turned by a minor demon, for all eternity.
Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" criticizes President Bush for listening to Sarasota second-graders read a story for nearly seven minutes after learning the nation was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
But Gwendolyn Tose'-Rigell, the principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, says Bush handled himself properly.
"I don't think anyone could have handled it better," Tose'-Rigell told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in a story published Wednesday. "What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"
Thursday, August 05, 2004
"John Kerry must be frustrated in his campaign if he is armchair quarterbacking based on cues from Michael Moore. John Kerry is an indecisive candidate who has demonstrated an inconsistent position on the War on Terror, who voted against funding for our troops at war and who cannot give a clear answer on his position concerning the decision to remove Saddam Hussein." -- Rudy Giuliani
A DNC letter claims the ad is "false" and "libelous" and suggests, in not-so-subtle terms, that TV stations should use their "legal authority" to refuse any requests for advertising airtime, stating that "because your station has this freedom [to refuse the ad], and because it is not a 'use' of your facilities by a clearly identified candidate, your station is responsible for the false and libelous charges made by this sponsor" (emphasis added).
Mr. Reynolds makes an excellent comment on the subject:
Somehow, I think this would be getting more attention if Republicans were doing it. It's rather thuggish -- and it carries more than a whiff of desperation.
U.N. Must Rely on U.S.-Led Force to Protect Iraq Envoy Because No Countries Offer Troops, Annan Says
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations will have to rely on the U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq for security for its new envoy in Baghdad because no countries have offered troops for a separate U.N. protection force, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Wednesday
The Emperor Misha goes off on a fine rant about this and John Kerry's "sooper seekret plan™ to have the UN get other countries to contribute troops"
The imam and the founder of a mosque in Albany, New York, are being held after an FBI sting operation in which the suspects tried to help an undercover agent posing as a terrorist, federal law enforcement sources said Thursday.
They were apprehended when they allegedly agreed to launder the money so the presumed terrorist could buy a shoulder-fired missile.
Former Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger removed documents with the highest possible security classification from the National Archives, took them home with him, and disposed of some of the documents.
According to the democrats, it's the Republican's fault for having the poor taste to point this out.
From the Washington Times:
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Florida Republican, yesterday made fun of the Kerry-Edwards campaign for stopping at a Wendy's restaurant for the Edwardses' anniversary dinner only to have a gourmet catered lunch waiting for them on the campaign bus.
"In their relentless pursuit of the ultimate extreme makeover, Kerry and Edwards continue to put up a facade of who they are," Mr. Diaz-Balart said. "Nothing is wrong with two rich men enjoying a meal at Wendy's. But why would you have gourmet catered food to eat afterward? Was the Frosty not good enough?
"If you are going to have a photo-op at Wendy's to show you are a regular guy, then at least have the decency and honesty to eat the food. On a side note, Wendy's is probably breathing easier since they wouldn't want to get sued by Edwards for serving his family hamburgers and fries."
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
"THE ANTI-CHOMSKY READER is the smoking gun that conclusively proves what many have long known: that Chomsky simply cannot be trusted. This book documents the reality that Chomsky chronically 'fabricates facts;' 'fakes figures;' 'misquotes authorities;' 'distorts data;' plays 'fast and loose with source material,' and engages in 'blatant professional mendacity.' After reading this book, no one will be able to rely on anything Chomsky says without independently checking every claim." – Alan Dershowitz
When asked if Heinz Kerry's "shove it" comment was appropriate, [First Lady Laura] Bush said: "It's hard when your husband's running for president. It's hard to be scrutinized and to hear the criticisms, and I think that's really what the fact of the matter is in what she said."
Dr. Evil could have been talking about the democrats whining about the new book written by the Naval Officer who took over command of John Kerry's swiftboat.
According to Drudge, a Kerry spokesweasel whines:
"They hired a goddamn private investigator to dig up trash!" charged a top Kerry adviser traveling with the senator late Tuesday. "This is pay for play, and the dirtiest of all dirty tricks ever played on a candidate for the presidency. How low can they go?"
Oh...I'd say the bar is pretty low. It was the democrats who hired private investigators do dig into George W. Bush's past during the 2000 campaign. It was the Clinton White House who instructed their attack machine to smear any woman who dared speak up after BJ Clinton forced himself on them. It was James Carville and Larry Flynt who lead the media attack on any member of the Congress who dared to oppose the Clinton administration.
The current whining of the Kerry campaign is posturing and hypocrisy.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
The New England Republican says:
I was going to write something about how hypocritical it is for Kerry to say Congress should be called back into session to enact the 9/11 Commission's recommendations considering the AWOL Senator has missed 90% of his votes this year.
This New York Post Editorial beat me to it.