Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Born and raised in New York State, a current resident of Texas speaks out:
Luckily for us, since the Founding Fathers set up a federal republic, instead of a direct democracy, we don't have to live of, by, and for the coastal megacities, we still have a say in how the country is run. Which is more than likely exactly what the had in mind when they set it up that way in the first place.
For those Americans who think that voter fraud consists of long lines at polling precincts, this story should provide a revelation:It was 5.30pm on election day in Ukraine when the thugs in masks arrived armed with rubber truncheons. Vitaly Kizima, an election monitor at Zhovtneve in Ukraine's Sumy region, watched in horror as 30 men in tracksuits stormed into the village polling station.
"They started to beat voters and election officials, trying to push through towards the ballot boxes," he told The Telegraph. "People's faces were cut from blows to the head. There was blood all over."
The thugs - believed to be loyal to the pro-Russian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich from his stronghold, Donetsk - were repulsed only when locals pushed them back and a policeman fired warning shots. ...
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Friday, November 26, 2004
Mary Katharine Ham has personal experience in this. She also points out some of the left's glaring hypocrisies.
Why did I deserve it? Because I’m conservative, and to my liberal acquaintances, “conservative” is interchangeable with any number of fun words, like racist, homophobe, warmonger, and bigot. Even my best liberal friends have refuse to let go of these one-dimensional definitions despite the fact that a three-dimensional specimen has been disproving all of them throughout our friendship. So much for nuance.
In short, I deserved it because I’m a conservative (wink, wink, nudge, nudge.) And when you’re dealing with people as dastardly as conservatives, anything goes.
This same rationale allowed liberal acquaintances to giggle when Ann Coulter was attacked by two young men with pies and shrug as former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris was almost run over. NOW and NARAL would be holding weekly violence-against-women awareness marches if the same had happened to Maureen Dowd and Hillary Clinton.
There was the New York Times’ dreams of an assassination attempt on President Bush and Ted Rall’s double whammy hit on the mentally handicapped and Bush voters. But then came Condi Rice’s appointment to Secretary of State. What a goldmine that was!
Suddenly, racism was an acceptable political tool. Jokes about Mammies and big-lipped caricatures were en vogue. Most of us got the memo that our culture deems these kind of attacks to be about as reprehensible as they get. Liberal cartoonists and commentators got that memo too. But there was no retraction from them, and not a peep from the NAACP or NOW.
Why no outrage? Because Condi deserved it. She’s a conservative, you know.
Calling Condi “Brown Sugar” becomes a reasonable criticism because she is a member of the Bush administration. A physical attack on Coulter is a laughing matter because she is a hawk. Tailing a female acquaintance on a dark night becomes a funny joke because she’s conservative.
It seems to me that this is not the path to a civil political climate or national healing, both of which my liberal friends want. To me, my liberal friends and acquaintances are folks who are a little too soft on national defense and a little too heavy on the government programs for my taste. They do not deserve physical or racist attacks for that, and I do not laugh when they happen. I wish they felt the same way about me.
I'm not a big Rush fan, but Mr Limbaugh has a good summary of their problem:
"Democrats cannot look forward now; they look back to the souplines of 1930s. They have positioned themselves to only gain when America fails, economically and militarily. What is good for America is bad for them; and what is bad for America, they say, benefits their political gains. Gephardt said each 100 point decline in the Stock Market would result in a seat in the House of Congress. During their 40-year monopoly (of Congress), they became fat, lazy, and assuming. Partisan press enabled them with their biased support, and they were never challenged. They did not have to debate and defend their positions."
The most important thing for people like Al Franken to understand is that they have become the party of bigotry and reaction. Because they think of themselves as progressives even though they have no new ideas, because the ideas they do have are to cling to the past, they are unable to make a reasoned argument in defense of their positions. That's why they label everything they disagree with "lies." Franken has written an entire book about policies and people he disagrees with and called it "Lying Lies and the Liars Who Tell Them." That's why his brain is probably beyond repair.
HT to David Horowitz.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d dy of October, A.D. 1789.
(signed) G. Washington
HT to Maidenjedi for this.
Even the much praised UN technical agencies, such as those dealing with refugees, are bastions of waste and corruption. No need here to discuss the disaster that is called UNRWA and what it has done to set back peace in the Middle East for nearly 55 years, all the while providing lucrative employment for generations of UN bureaucrats. The much-ballyhooed UN Development Programme (Note: Although the USA pays the lion's share, the UN uses British spellings) likewise is hugely expensive, over-staffed, painfully slow in delivering meaningful assistance, and rife with anti-Americanism. These programs [or, if you prefer, programmes] generate a blizzard of statistics showing that everything, everywhere is getting worse all the time, and desperately requiring more money for more UN programs and agencies.
The American taxpayer is getting ripped off in a big way by the UN. The "need" to play the UN's political games damages the US ability to act forcefully in its own interests. If the UN wants to stay in New York and frequent the bad restaurants and bars that have sprung up around UN HQS, that's fine -- but not with US tax money.
It's time for the US and other serious countries (e.g., Australia, Israel) to get out of the UN.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
I also don’t have a problem with abortion. In fact, when it comes to Michael Moore, I believe in abortion up to the 236th trimester.
Read the whole thing. It's his review of the recent Liberty Film Festive held in LA.
Rather's smearing of his critics was even worse than the bogus hit on W
To the end, Gunga Dan liked to play the part of the crusading journalist, a regular reporter just digging up the facts. That was his TV persona. In real life, his hubris made him more like Richard Nixon than Walter Cronkite. And like Nixon, the coverup was his downfall.
I grew up in redneck America - John Ashcroft's hometown, no less - but I've been a chai latte-drinking, Times-reading, wine-scrutinizing-metro-scum pig living in the northeast ever since I got my law degree ten years ago. So I think I know "both sides" of this country pretty darned well. The Democrats didn't lose this election because of the GOP's gay bashing - the polls bear that out. And they didn't lose because 51% of Americans are cross-wielding bigots who want to roll back our civilization to the fourteenth century. Follow the principle of Occam's Razor - all things equal, the simplest explanation is the best. As applied here, that means the Democrats were not entrusted with the keys to the White House because there were just too many Americans who don't like and don't trust the Democratic Party. That's why they lost this election. That's why GOP voter id equaled - for the first time ever - Democratic voter id. That's why Daschle lost his Senate race. That's why the GOP has six more Senate seats than it did 25 months ago.
Let me say it again - the Democrats lost because they are not liked and they are not trusted. That, and really nothing else, was the verdict of this election. "
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Mr. Reynolds asks us to imagine how this would be playing if American troops were involved.
The case in point, massive allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers.
The United Nations is investigating about 150 allegations of sexual abuse by U.N. civilian staff and soldiers in the Congo, some of them recorded on videotape, a senior U.N. official said on Monday.
The accusations include pedophilia, rape and prostitution, said Jane Holl Lute, an assistant secretary-general in the peacekeeping department.
Mr. Knapp, posting at Protein Wisdom chimes in:
In the time it takes you to read this, Michael Moore will have eaten a bucket and a half of fried chicken, selectively edited 77 minutes of footage and “digitially enhanced” 14 photographs in an attempt to prove that incidents of rape and pedophilia by U.N. peacekeepers were all Bush’s fault.
He will also have downed two gallons of C2 instead of regular Coke in order to “keep the weight off.”
From the Washington Times Inside Politics column:
President Clinton's new $165 million library in Little Rock, Ark., was funded in part by gifts of $1 million or more each from the Saudi royal family and three Saudi businessmen, the New York Sun reports.
The governments of Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and the deputy prime minister of Lebanon all also appear to have donated $1 million or more for the archive and museum that opened last week, reporter Josh Gerstein said.
Democrats spent much of the presidential campaign this year accusing President Bush of improperly close ties to Saudi Arabia.
The case was made in Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11," in a best-selling book by Craig Unger titled "House of Bush, House of Saud," and by the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry.
Perhaps as a result, the Saudi donations to the Clinton library are raising some eyebrows. Mr. Unger said he suspects that the Saudi support may have something to do with a possible presidential bid by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008.
Monday, November 22, 2004
...aggressively anti-semite behavior by faculity members is ignored by the MSM.
In the world of Hamid Dabashi, supporters of Israel are "warmongers" and "Gestapo apparatchiks."
The Jewish homeland is "nothing more than a military base for the rising predatory empire of the United States."
It's a capital of "thuggery" - a "ghastly state of racism and apartheid" - and it "must be dismantled."
A voice from America's crackpot fringe? Actually, Dabashi is a tenured professor and department chairman at Columbia University. And his views have resonated and been echoed in other areas of the university.
Hindrocket points out that blue state residents continue to slander the Red States.
Here are some choice selections:
Holt says the states differ in their understanding of tolerance. Yes, that's correct. In red states, the Boy Scouts are happily tolerated for the good they do and the diversity they bring to the local scene. In blue states, on the other hand, they are bitterly hated and, whenever possible, driven out so that blue states can stamp out diversity and maintain their purity of anti-religious and anti-heterosexual culture. No true blue-stater would dream of tolerating a Boy Scout.
Read the whole thing.
In a system with finite resources for education, NCLB invariably shifts funds towards difficult students who don't want to be in class, at the expense of others, rewarding low performance & ignoring excellence. Her solution: raise standards, & expel students who don't want to be there.
Don't miss the comments of Camille Paglia
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Psst. Hey, buddy, wanna hear a secret? President Bush won the election. Big-time. Pass it on.
They will inhale from the bong and speak longingly of the 8 years when Bill Clinton was in the oval office. You know -- the halcyon days when the President of the United States spent time on national security by conducting thorough cavity searches on a plump young intern while encouraging the growth of one free-range organic Osama bin Laden.
Hindrocket asks "What did Saddam, al Qaeda and Al Jazeera Have In Common?"
There are connections that are still coming to light...
Saturday, November 20, 2004
In the wake of the U.S. presidential election -- in which I cheerfully took a Sun assistant city editor, who figured Senator John Kerry couldn't lose, for $10 (a quick pause to gloat here) Americans disenchanted with President George W. Bush's re-election romp back into the White House, continue to deluge the Canadian immigration website.
How anybody can be unhappy with the president's re-election is beyond me.
Bush has my admiration in no small part because he manages to simultaneously annoy France and Germany, not to mention those renowned deep, geopolitical thinkers, the Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen, P-Diddy or whatever he's calling himself now, Gwynneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck.
(Interesting note about France: America invades Iraq without UN approval and America is portrayed as a barbarian striding across the world stage. Recently, France essentially invaded the Ivory Coast to protect its interests there ... without asking the UN squat. Just pointing out the hypocrisy.)
Before the election, some U.S. celebrities and numerous other Democrats vowed that they'd move to Canada if Bush were re-elected.
I hope I'm not alone in gently suggesting to those considering coming to Canada: Stay home, you pathetic whining maggots.
Particularly celebrities. Canada has suffered enough without having to put up with any of the Baldwin brothers or -- heaven forfend! -- Barbra Streisand.
And frankly, I don't know if we can afford to feed Michael Moore.
Bad enough that Canada became a haven for the gutless wonders of the 1960s who fled the Vietnam draft. I sometimes think that the draft dodgers welcomed by the Trudeau government were a political virus that invaded our body politic, and we still suffer the lingering effects of that illness.
Our nation's preposterous pacifism, belief in nonsense such as "soft power" and fidelity to a morally bankrupt United Nations overrun with tin-pot dictators and other left-wing idiocies, may well be traceable back to the influx of thousands of the testosterone-challenged whose allegiance to country was superceded by their allegiance to smoking dope while trying to figure out the inner meaning of Beatles songs.
As a nation, we ought to welcome our share of people fleeing genuine oppression, and those willing to gamble everything to secure a safe and decent future for their families.
But welcome a bunch of spoiled brats willing to abandon their very nation because they don't like the man elected to be their leader for the next four years?
Geez, in my entire lifetime, there was maybe one prime minister I'd trust to run a street-corner hot dog stand -- the rest of them weren't fit for much more than compost -- but it never occurred to me to emigrate.
If we close our borders to anybody, it should be these fools. They'll be easy to screen out.
They'll be the ones who are whining.
HT to Absinthe & Cookies.
Friday, November 19, 2004
When the left wingnut moonbats at the so-called "democratic underground" agree with the rest of the world, namely that the head of the UN is loser, it can't be good.
Of course, one of them doesn't have his tinfoil beanie screwed down tight enough and finds a Bush Conspiracy behind it...
...or current events. Former pop star Linda Rondstatdt displayed her ingorance in full force recently.
She refered to the President and his staff as "a new bunch of Hitlers."
Gee Linda, could you be bit confused? A bit too much blow in the 80's?
There is a group out there that has a lot more in common with late Mr. Hitler, a group you and your fat friend claim are no serious threat.
The nice folks at the Smallest Minority posted on how to bring the left around on one basic civil right.
How do you Convert a Gun-Phobe? Put One in Her Hands!
Some great hightlights from the post and the article written by the former Gun-Phobe:
So anathema are guns among my friends that when one learned I was doing this piece, he opened his wallet, silently pulled out an NRA membership card, then (after I recovered from the sight) asked me not to spread it around lest his son be kicked out of nursery school.
Want to know what it's like to be a second-class citizen? Own a gun in an extremely Blue state or area.
A few days later I met Ricardo at the pistol range at the bucolic Izaak Walton League in Damascus, Md. Along to record the event was Dianna Douglas, a producer from NPR. I had asked her if she had any experience with guns, thinking she might want to do some shooting. "No, no, no, no, no," she replied with a laugh. "I'm not going to want to shoot any guns. No, no, no, no, no."
I stepped up to the line and looked at the target—a paper plate with a 3-inch black bull's-eye—Ricardo had stapled to a pole 21 feet away. A few days before I had taken a yoga class, and during the breathing I envisioned myself aligning the gun's front and back sights and slowly squeezing the trigger. Now I held the revolver, cocked the hammer, and shot. I hit the plate just southeast of dead center. Ricardo told me to keep going, and I start to punch a hole in the target. Maybe I could teach yoga at the NRA!
James Taranto points out more hypocrisy of the left:
He points out the following USA Today editorial accusing the President of boarderline sexual harrasment.
Bush has bussed two women in public in the past two days. First, Condoleezza Rice, whom he kissed on the cheek twice when he nominated her for secretary of State on Tuesday. He went even further with Margaret Spellings, whom he smacked on the lips when he nominated her as secretary of Education on Wednesday. . . .
Risky business, says Amy Oppenheimer, a California business consultant on workplace harassment issues. Powerful men kissing their subordinates in public can be misconstrued by the kissee or people watching the kiss.
And there's the whole male-female thing, too: Bush didn't kiss his close pal Alberto Gonzales when he nominated him for attorney general last week.
"Kissing is social behavior, not professional behavior, and people have different boundaries about it," says Oppenheimer. "The only person who would know if (a woman is) uncomfortable with it is her--and why would she say anything if she weren't?"
Back when Billy Jeff Clinton was telling female state employees to "kiss it", the attitude of the left was a bit different.
Attorney Amy Oppenheimer, an expert on sexual harassment lawsuits had the following to say when a liberal judge dismissed Paula Jones' case against her former boss:
[N]o one should be shocked by Wright's decision. "It's not surprising that the court would find a one-time incident that was obnoxious and inappropriate wasn't enough to deprive her of her constitutional rights even if it could be proven."
When a Republican is under discussion, Ms. Oppenheimer changes her tune [from the USA Today article]:
Risky business, says Amy Oppenheimer, a California business consultant on workplace harassment issues. Powerful men kissing their subordinates in public can be misconstrued by the kissee or people watching the kiss.
The only Women's group to speak out against the racist attacks by liberals against Dr. Rice is the conservative Independent Women's Forum.
The Independent Women’s Forum today denounced as blatantly racist several editorial cartoons featuring Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor and President Bush’s nominee for Secretary of State. These cartoons clearly draw upon centuries of deep-rooted, wicked and indefensible portrayals of black women.
"The depiction of Dr. Condoleezza Rice by Jeff Danziger, Pat Oliphant and Garry Trudeau as an ebonics speaking, big-lipped, black mammy who just loves her 'massa' is a disturbing trend in editorial cartoons," said Michelle D. Bernard, senior vice president of the Independent Women's Forum. "These cartoons take the racism of the liberals who profess respect and adoration for black Americans to a new level. It is revolting."
"The most powerful woman in the United States is young, gifted and black. Given our nation's history of race-based slavery, the ensuing civil rights movement and our continual battle against race- and sex- based discrimination, every citizen in our nation should take pride in Dr. Rice's accomplishments," said Bernard. "She is a representation of America's past and future all at once. One must ask where is the outrage of the nation's civil rights leadership, feminist organizations, and the so-called liberals who only seem to embrace black America in election years?"
"Condoleezza Rice was the first woman ever appointed as National Security Advisor. After Secretary of State Colin Powell, Dr. Rice will be the second African American to hold both posts," said Bernard. "These cartoons are decidedly unfunny."
Thursday, November 18, 2004
If a white Republican, or more specifically a Southern Republican, drew the cartoons of Condi that have been published, there'd be hell to pay.
It's racism, pure and simple. It's reducing her to a stereotype.
I think it's sick and I want to know where the outrage is. Where's the NAACP calling for these cartoonists' jobs and skins? Where's NOW or the Feminist Majority when she's ridiculed on the basis of her gender?
Why do organizations that clamor for equality and more importantly fair treatment simply not show up when it's not someone on "their side"?
She links to Michelle Malkin's on target comment:
As Dr. Rice's star rises, expect even uglier attacks. There's nothing the Left hates more than a "person of color" who is a person of substance and stature and intellect and independence first.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
"I guess you might could say we're rebels," says Rachel 'Tyffanie' Stern, 17, lighting a Merit Menthol 100. Once destined for Vassar, Stern is now living with friends after her parents kicked her out of the house for spending her bat mitzvah money on a bass boat. Last month she became the youngest Jewish female to win an event on the Bassmasters Pro Tour.
Talk arises of Branson's 'Summer of Bubba,' the upcoming hedonistic hillbilly festival of music, hog calling and nightcrawler gathering expected to draw millions of Neckies from as far as Santa Monica and Ithaca -- even Europe.
"Y'all, I heard them Swedish 'Necks are hardcore," says Joe Don. "They digitally remastered all the original Jerry Clower albums."
A live-for-today attitude permeates the group's ethos, with little concern about consequences. I ask Justin 'Jim Rob' Borowski, 18, what motivates young men and women to abandon promising academic careers in Gender Theory and Critical History to take a wild ride in the dark world of roofing and drywall contracting.
"My daddy was sorta mad when I tolt him I was gonna skip Columbia Journalism School for a plumbing apprenticeship," he answer philosophically, popping a plug of Red Man into his lip. "I tolt him that journalism is important, but the world needs plumbers too."
"After the toilet backed up, I think he got my point."
From the nice folks over at The Smallest Minority:
Thought you might find this interesting, which I read the following on Ebert's website today (Movie Answer Man). Here we have a genuine Illinois liberal coming to terms with reality: for all of Canada's gun restrictions and lovely social benefits, Canadian crime rates are actually worse than in shoot 'em up USA, which you probably already knew. I knew it, too,because I lived in Vancouver for ten years and saw a lot of it with my own eyes. Not to mention that shootings (with those heavily restricted handguns) occur with alarming frequency in Vancouver.
Admirably, Ebert posts the statistics comparison on his website.
Patrolling the Bay Hap River, Kerry and his crew discovered they were about to be ambushed by a Vietcong soldier who had just popped up at the shoreline with a loaded rocket launcher in his hands. With the VC about to fire, Kerry crewmate Thomas Bellodeau shot and wounded the attacker, saving the entire boat.
Only then did Kerry leap to the shore to chase the wounded enemy down - finishing him off behind a hootch.
When critics suggested that Kerry's actions that day were something less than heroic, they were hooted down by the press.
Certainly the as yet unnamed Marine in Fallujah deserves, if not the Silver Star, the same slack the press cut Kerry.
With estimates soaring of graft and fraud under the United Nations Oil for Food program in Iraq, we are hearing a lot about the need to "get to the bottom" of this scandal, the biggest ever to hit the U.N. To get to that bottom will need a much harder look at the top--where Secretary-General Kofi Annan himself resides.
That violates all sorts of taboos. But so, one might suppose, does a United Nations that allowed Saddam Hussein to embezzle at least $21.3 billion in oil money during 12 years, with the great bulk of that sum--a staggering $17.3 billion--pilfered between 1997-2003, on Mr. Annan's watch.
From the Washington Times:
One Republican in Congress has an interesting idea for what retiring Secretary of State Colin L. Powell should do next — take on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in her race for re-election in 2006.
In a letter to Mr. Powell, Rep. Vito J. Fossella, New York Republican, told him to give it serious consideration.
"I write to ask that you consider a call of duty from your home state. On behalf of the people of New York, I respectfully request that you consider returning home and running as the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 2006," Mr. Fossella said.
Mr. Fossella did not mention the woman already holding that seat, first-term senator Mrs. Clinton, but didn't seem to think she would be much trouble for Mr. Powell.
"Your resume and leadership qualities speak for themselves and no doubt would vault you into the esteemed ranks of the great senators," he wrote.
More details over at the Mudville Gazette, including this quote:
Charles Heyman, a senior defense analyst with Jane's Consultancy Group in Britain, defended the Marine's actions, saying the wounded man could have been concealing a firearm or grenade.
"In a combat infantry soldier's training, he is always taught that his enemy is at his most dangerous when he is severely wounded," Heyman said.
If the injured man makes even the slightest move, "in my estimation they would be justified in shooting him."
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Mary Frances Berry, the combative chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, won't step down when her term expires in December, vowing instead to stay on the job six weeks longer at the government's expense.
Jeff Goldstein is channeling Martha Stewart's prision diary.
Here is the entry for day 40.
For one of the finest backrubs this side of a Bangkok cathouse, look no further than my cellmate, Kimberly, who has strong, velvety fingers - like ten muscular Vienna saugages.
Bush is not an idiot. Kofi Annan is not an oracle. Michael Moore is not Everyman. Women are not ovaries with feet. And to be an American is not an embarrassment.
Shame. They kept my cousin Chengiah off Robin's Island way back when. Now, as a reader of Powerline points out, they are more concerned with "War Criminal Tribunals for Bush, but somehow missed holding one for Kim Jong Il or Hussein."
Hindrocket also correctly points out that it was democrats who turned firehoses on American blacks to keep them from voting, not the other way around as history revisionist democrats tried to claim in the last election.
The Decon has an insightful and concise analysis of why the democrats are a minority party.
Here is the money quote:
All of this suggests that leading Democrats don't hold the public in contempt because they are now the minority party; rather they are now the minority party because they hold the public in contempt.
Read the whole thing.
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is set to become the Secretary of State!
In true conservative fashion, she's getting the job because she has the skills needed, not the so-called "correct" social profile which drives so many liberal appointments.
CNN calls her a "modern-day renaissance woman."
Monday, November 15, 2004
From The Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer: 'Moral Values' Myth.
In 1994, when the Gingrich revolution swept Republicans into power, ending 40 years of Democratic hegemony in the House, the mainstream press needed to account for this inversion of the Perfect Order of Things. A myth was born. Explained the USA Today headline: "ANGRY WHITE MEN: Their votes turn the tide for GOP."
Overnight, the revolution of the Angry White Male became conventional wisdom. In the 10 years before the 1994 election there were 56 mentions of angry white men in the media, according to LexisNexis. In the next seven months there were more than 1,400.
At the time, I looked into this story line -- and found not a scintilla of evidence to support the claim. Nonetheless, it was a necessary invention, a way for the liberal elite to delegitimize a conservative victory. And, even better, a way to assuage their moral vanity: You never lose because your ideas are sclerotic or your positions retrograde, but because your opponent appealed to the baser instincts of mankind.
Plus ca change ... Ten years and another stunning Democratic defeat later, and liberals are at it again. The Angry White Male has been transmuted into the Bigoted Christian Redneck.
HT to Cox & Forkum
Sunday, November 14, 2004
He's a democrat demagog, but he does have style.
On Meet the Press today, when presented with his prediction of the election (which he got exactly backwards), James Carville admitted his mistake and smacked a raw egg on his face, and announced that he had egg on his face.
Update: Powerline has a picture.
Beldar points out this prime example:
Jay Nordlinger, in the Nov. 29th edition of National Review (subscription version):On Election Day — before the results were known — a Harvard graduate student yelled joyously in a hallway, "I love America! I love democracy!" Someone shushed him, saying, "Enough of your homophobic views!"
From the Best of the Web:
"A leading Jordanian neurologist who regularly examined Yasser Arafat said on Friday that poisoning was the 'highest' probable cause of the Palestinian leader's mysterious death and urged that an autopsy be performed," the Associated Press reports from Amman:"One of the causes of platelet deficiency is poison," said Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi, who examined a gravely ill Arafat in his besieged compound in the West Bank town of Rammallah two weeks ago. . . .
There has been widespread speculation that Arafat could have been poisoned by Israel.
It seems unlikely, though, that Palestinian officials would be so secretive about the cause of Arafat's death if they really believed Israel were behind it. The New York Times and Reuters, meanwhile, are both raising a possibility that would be embarrassing to Arafat in the rabidly antigay Arab culture: that he died of AIDS.
Arafat remains in stable condition after dying in a Paris hospital.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Overheard inside a Fallujah bunker, Saturday, November 13
First militant: “Why do you suppose Allah so hates the west, Farouk? Is it the pork? Because I’ve been giving this a lot of thought, and I’ve decided I don’t want to be the last man to die for a ham sandwich...”
Yesterday, the oh so liberal "blue" state of California pronounced a man guilty of second degree murder for killing an unborn fetus.
I know the difference between a violent criminal attack and a medical procedure, but this did open up a rather slipperly slope.
A bit of advice for the agressive pro-abortion types out there, if you start hearing late third term partial birth abortions being called "assault abortions", worry...
You can always blame Josh Sugarman...
Friday, November 12, 2004
"Wild Crowds, Gunfire Force Hasty Arafat Burial:" If the Palestinian "authorities" can't even organize a funeral, how are they going to run a country? The answer, judging from past experience, is "miserably, violently and with massive corruption."
MSNBC's hyperventilating partisan hack Keith Olbermann has a third distressing private thought
“...screw Occam AND his goddamn razor..."*
The New York Post reports that Suha Arafat did know the codes to her late husband's billions.
Suha agreed to a settlement with the Palestinian Authority that will reportedly pay her as much as $22 million a year for divulging the secrets of her husband's fortune.
The 41-year-old wife of Arafat had been demanding half his billions in hidden assets and threatening to withhold details about where to find them from the new Palestinian leadership, according to newspapers in Italy and Israel.
After intense negotiations, she agreed to a deal with Arafat's successor as PLO chief, Mahmoud Abbas, when he visited Arafat's hospital.
According to one account in Corriere de la Serra, Suha will receive $22 million a year from the Palestinian Authority budget.
Another account, cited by the newspapers Maariv and La Repubblica, Suha will receive:
* A one-time payment of $20 million.
* A stipend of $35,000 a month for life.
* More than $10 million that was discovered last year by French authorities investigating money laundering.
French sources said yesterday that earlier this week, Suha turned down a $2 million offer. That settlement would have allowed doctors to complete medical tests to determine what illness proved fatal to the 75-year-old Palestinian leader.
That last paragraph is very interesting. What is she hiding?
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Having a Southerner for a fiancee means that some subtleties of the Bible belt that escape the Beltway types will not get past the Monkette2B (although she is averse to participating in any formal religion). Case in point: the President's reaction to Arafat's death.
Yesterday Bill Sammon (prematurely) told Pres. Bush that Arafat had died, Bush responded "G-d bless his soul."
To you and me, unversed in the subtleties of evangelicals, that seems complementary. But the Monkette2B immediately pegged this as a resounding sign of disrespect. Why? Because a Southerner who feels sympathy would say something like "my heart goes out to ____'s family and loved ones and I feel great sorrow and will pray for them." But a Southerner who is merely remarking on a death, or responding to the death of someone he or she despises, will say "G-d bless ____" or "G-d bless _____'s soul."
Consider Bush's reaction when he signed the death warrant for multiple-murderess Karla Faye Tucker: "May G-d bless Karla Faye Tucker."
In other words, Bush really said: screw you Arafish.
Former President (and national embarresment) Jimmy Carter sees the late terrorist Yasser Arafat as "a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate."
Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby reminds us of Arafat the monster.
Yasser Arafat died at age 75, lying in bed surrounded by familiar faces. He left this world peacefully, unlike the thousands of victims he sent to early graves.
In a better world, the PLO chief would have met his end on a gallows, hanged for mass murder much as the Nazi chiefs were hanged at Nuremberg.
Perhaps his signal contribution to the practice of political terror was the introduction of warfare against children. On one black date in May 1974, three PLO terrorists slipped from Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Ma'alot. They murdered two parents and a child whom they found at home, then seized a local school, taking more than 100 boys and girls hostage and threatening to kill them unless a number of imprisoned terrorists were released. When Israeli troops attempted a rescue, the terrorists exploded hand grenades and opened fire on the students. By the time the horror ended, 25 people were dead; 21 of them were children.
Thirty years later, no one speaks of Ma'alot anymore. The dead children have been forgotten. Everyone knows Arafat's name, but who ever recalls the names of his victims?
So let us recall them: Ilana Turgeman. Rachel Aputa. Yocheved Mazoz. Sarah Ben-Shim'on. Yona Sabag. Yafa Cohen. Shoshana Cohen. Michal Sitrok. Malka Amrosy. Aviva Saada. Yocheved Diyi. Yaakov Levi. Yaakov Kabla. Rina Cohen. Ilana Ne'eman. Sarah Madar. Tamar Dahan. Sarah Soper. Lili Morad. David Madar. Yehudit Madar. The 21 dead children of Ma'alot -- 21 of the thousands of who died at Arafat's command.
Originally posted 1 year ago today:
Giving Real Meaning to Veterans Day By Edwin A. Locke
We must be proud of our soldiers, but it is equally true that they should be proud of the cause they fight for. It is terrible to die in war, but there is one thing worse: to die in a war that has no meaning, a war that offers no reason for risking one's life.
The best way we can honor our veterans and give real meaning to Veterans Day—aside from ceremonies honoring their past and present dedication and bravery—is to promise that we will go to war only when America's interests as a free nation are threatened.
The events of 9/11 have made it abundantly clear that there exist Moslem fanatics whose goal is to destroy our country and the values it stands for. It is clearly in our self-interest to use the full power of our military might to destroy those who would destroy us.
The French military has finally admitted that Yasser Arafat is dead.
Here is a roundup of comments on his long delayed passing:
GOOD RIDDANCE: CNN is reporting that Arafat is dead. -- Glenn Reynolds
Enjoy Your Eternity In Hell -- CD Harris
About [Expletive] Time -- Leslie Bates
Has there ever been a terrorist with more blood on his hands? -- Decon
So Yasser Arafat is (finally, and way overdue) dead. Excellent. I hope his stinking ass rots in hellfire. -- Kim du Toit
Jeff Goldstein quotes Dr. Sam Loomis, “He’s gone. The evil is gone.”
Let’s just hope he stays dead this time. -- Boots and Sabers
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
The United States Marine Corps is 229 years old today!
To those Marines serving in Fallujah now, Keep your heads down and fire short, controlled bursts with a good site picture.
Protein Wisdom posted part of a great column by Christopher Hitchens in Slate.
Here are some highlights, but read the whole thing:
So here is what I want to say on the absolutely crucial matter of secularism. Only one faction in American politics has found itself able to make excuses for the kind of religious fanaticism that immediately menaces us in the here and now. And that faction, I am sorry and furious to say, is the left. From the first day of the immolation of the World Trade Center, right down to the present moment, a gallery of pseudointellectuals has been willing to represent the worst face of Islam as the voice of the oppressed. How can these people bear to reread their own propaganda? Suicide murderers in Palestine—disowned and denounced by the new leader of the PLO—described as the victims of “despair.” The forces of al-Qaida and the Taliban represented as misguided spokespeople for antiglobalization. The blood-maddened thugs in Iraq, who would rather bring down the roof on a suffering people than allow them to vote, pictured prettily as “insurgents” or even, by Michael Moore, as the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers. If this is liberal secularism, I’ll take a modest, God-fearing, deer-hunting Baptist from Kentucky every time, as long as he didn’t want to impose his principles on me (which our Constitution forbids him to do).
Leaders of a United States Senate subcommittee investigating allegations of fraud in the oil-for-food program in Iraq have accused Kofi Annan, the United Nations secretary general, of obstructing their inquiry.
In a letter sent to Mr. Annan yesterday, the Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations charged that the secretary general and a panel he appointed to conduct an independent investigation into the charges of abuses appeared to be "affirmatively preventing" the Senate from getting documents from a former United Nations contractor that inspected goods bought by Iraq. . . .
Iraqi troops have found "hostage slaughterhouses" in Fallujah where foreign captives were held and killed, the commander of Iraqi forces in the city said Wednesday.
Troops found CDs and records of people taken captive in houses in the northern part of Fallujah, Maj. Gen. Abdul Qader Mohammed Jassem Mohan told reporters.
"We have found hostage slaughterhouses in Fallujah that were used by these people and the black clothing that they used to wear to identify themselves, hundreds of CDs and whole records with names of hostages," the general said at a military camp near Fallujah.
"'Dude, here's our country!'' That is what real Americans told Michael Moore, the hygienically challenged human hamburger whose Pravda-style propaganda has earned him more fans in Cannes than in all 50 states of the Union."
— Gerald Warner, columnist for "Scotland on Sunday," his European opinion piece titled, "God Bless America for Dropping the Dead Donkey."
HT to the Washington Times Inside the Beltway column.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Megasuccessful British fantasy writer Philip Pullman: "The Christian right in America is the mirror image of the Islamic fundamentalists."
Exactly. Except for jihad, suicide bombers, beheadings-of-the-week, honor killings, child-murders, Sharia law, genocide, & comparison-shopping the best deal for exploding your kids. Other than that, hard to argue his point.
The secessionists are looking at the state-by-state Red/Blue map. A better indicator is the county-by-county Red/Blue map [on which almost all of the counties are red, even in the blue states]. Liberals don't need to secede. We need to turn Blue counties into Liberal Reservations, just like Indian Reservations. They can have their own law requiring taxpayer funded partial birth abortions, and we can have ours prohibiting it. Women who want one can visit the reservation, just as they did to get divorced in Reno, and just as they do to play the slots at Mystic Lake. I nominate Al Gore for Commissioner of the Bureau of Liberal Affairs to run the reservations, hopefully as efficiently and courteously as BIA works now.
First militant: “Listen to that rumble, Farouk. Do you suppose its P-Diddy and his posse come to help us ‘Rock the Vote’?”
Second militant: “If that last air strike hadn’t pinned me under this rubble, Raed, so help me God I’d be on sitting on your chest right now, bitchslapping you like the little woman you are."
I'm a big fan of James Carville. I don't agree with him politically, but I think he is very good at what he does and is very smart. He also is smart enough not to lie to himself. Here is his view of reality.
"If this is an election that we couldn't win . . ." Mr. Carville said, his voice trailing off, as he sat next to Mr. Shrum and Mr. Greenberg. "The purpose of a political party is to win elections, and we're not doing that.
"I think we have to come to grips with the fact that we are an opposition party right now and not a particularly effective one. I'm out of denial. Reality has hit."
Even as they sought to put much of the blame of Mr. Kerry's loss on external events, Mr. Carville and Mr. Shrum acknowledged at least implicitly what had been a continuing criticism of Mr. Kerry, that he never presented an overarching view of what his presidency might be like.
The story is originally from the NY Times (requires registration) and can also be found at Instapundit.
I've added page 10 to my collection.
This in addition to 4 pages about the Clintons. HRC gets her own.
Five pages of RKBA and Victim Disarment quotes.
A page of quotes by and about various members of the Kennedy family and a collection of quotes by P.J. O'Rourke.
Monday, November 08, 2004
...please remember that far from appealing exclusively to a narrow Republican base, opposition to gay marriage is strongest among what is the democrat base: blacks, Hispanics, blue-collar workers and the elderly.
In Oregon, the anti-homosexual marrage bill got more votes than President Bush did.
To the Editor:
I am astounded that [Professor Lisa L.] Martin can write an article on unilateralism and fail to mention Kosovo ["Self-Binding," September-October, p. 33]. Unlike the United States-led invasion of Iraq, which could plausibly claim to enforce past UN resolutions, the NATO campaign against Serbia lacked even the shadow of UN authorization. I, for one, thought the Kosovo campaign was just and necessary, and that it illustrated the occasional need to step beyond multilateral bonds in protecting peace and security. Yet Martin's failure to mention it, even as she accuses the current administration of merely "go[ing] through the motions" of seeking UN support, makes me wonder whether her "multilateralism" is simply another word for the approval of France and Germany.
Stephen E. Sachs '02
New Haven, Conn.
She was the goddess of metis, which means cunning and craftiness. . . . The word that we use today to mean the same thing, is really technology. . . . Instead of calling Athena the goddess of war, wisdom and macrame, then, we should say war and technology. And here again we have the problem of an overlap with the jurisdiction of Ares, who's supposed to be the god of war. And let's just say that Ares is a complete asshole. His personal aides are Fear and Terror and sometimes Strife. He is constantly at odds with Athena even though -- maybe because -- they are nominally the god and goddess of the same thing -- war. Heracles, who is one of Athena's human proteges, physically wounds Ares on two occasions, and even strips him of his weapons at one point! You see, the fascinating thing about Ares is that he's completely incompetent. . . .
"So insofar as Athena is a goddess of war, what really do we mean by that? Note that her most famous weapon is not her sword but her shield Aegis, and Aegis has a gorgon's head on it, so that anyone who attacks her is in serious danger of being turned to stone. She's always described as being calm and majestic, neither of which adjectives anyone ever applied to Ares. . . ."
"Let's face it, Randy, we've all known guys like Ares. The pattern of human behavior that caused the internal mental representation of Ares to appear in the minds of the ancient Greeks is very much alive today, in the form of terrorists, serial killers, riots, pogroms, and aggressive tinhorn dictators who turn out to be military incompetents. And yet for all their stupidity and incompetence, people like that can conquer and control large chunks of the world if they are not resisted. . . . Who is going to fight them off, Randy?
"I'm afraid you're going to say we are."
"Sometimes it might be other Ares-worshippers, as when Iran and Iraq went to war and no one cared who won. But if Ares-worshippers aren't going to end up running the whole world, somebody needs to do violence to them. This isn't very nice, but it's a fact: civilization requires an Aegis. And the only way to fight the bastards off in the end is through intelligence. Cunning. Metis. . . . Do you kow why we won the Second World War, Randy?"
"Because we built better stuff than the Germans?"
"But why did we build better stuff, Randy? . . . Well, the short answer is that we won because the Germans worshipped Ares and we worshipped Athena."
There is more, plus some fine commentary. Read it.
...but you can hide it. Paul Martin writes in the Washington Times:
Palestinian officials who gathered around Yasser Arafat in recent weeks have been anxious to extract from their ailing leader the secret codes and locations of bank accounts they believe contain more than $1 billion diverted from official Palestinian funds.
A senior Palestinian banker, who declined to be identified out of fear for his safety says:
"It's been his key to holding on to power and influence, and some of it may go to the grave with him. If the numbers die with him, then the Swiss bankers and other bankers worldwide will be rubbing their hands in glee."
So it wasn't his natural charm and charisma that kept him in power all those years?
Jawad Ghussein, who was secretary-general of the Palestinian National Fund until 1996 agrees.
"The billions Arafat has stolen over the years from the Palestinian people facilitated the corruption of the Palestinian leadership, and is the source of his power over them."
"The money is in personal accounts under his complete control. Only one person knew where [the money] went, and that was Arafat."
Sunday, November 07, 2004
The folks at Powerline have been collecting reasons why Michael Moore should reconsider.
One reason that Kerry voters should pay serious attention to:
15. Your latest film failed to sway voters to Kerry, but on the brighter side, Osama did follow your script.
My personal favorite:
16. You just realized that a "Puppet Show" has become more credible than your "documentary."
Here is a great example of so-called "liberal tolerance" for opposing views.
What makes this even more disgusting is that it occured on a college campus.
If this had happened to a leftie, you can be sure it would under investigation as a hate crime.
Forty five per cent of Hispanics voted for the President, as did 25 per cent of Jews, and 23 per cent of gays.
In all but six states, the Republican vote went up: the [Republicans] have increased their number not just in Texas and Mississippi but in Massachusetts and California, both of which have Republican governors. You can drive from coast to coast across the middle of the country and never pass through a single county that voted for John Kerry
The folks at Capitalism Magazine have a special message for anyone who believes that President Bush is going to establish a theocracy and send non believers to death camps:
We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.
Former John Kerry girlfriend Maureen Dowd, a left wing liberal columnist for the New York Times was on Meet the Press this morning. She was quick to jump on the Kerry=unelectable Northeast liberal bandwagon that the democrats are trying to float as their reason for losing. What was more interesting was that she also painted HRC in with that brush.
She held up Barak Obama as what the democrat party needed.
An odd man out from the Clinton administration. He actually served in the Military.
He served inthe United States Coast Guard as an enlisted sailor.
Lt. Colonel Robert Patterson, USAF Ret., who used to carry the Nuclear Football for President Clinton, said that Mr. Bowles was one of the very few members of the Clinton cadre that didn't treat military officers as uniformed errand boys.
Weirdly, the ones who adopted the sternest and most terrible Old Testament moral tone were the Modern Language Association types who believed that everything was relative and that, for example, polygamy was as valid as monogamy. The friendliest and most sincere welcome he'd gotten was from Scott, a chemistry professor, and Laura, a pediatrician, who, after knowing Randy and Charlene for many years, had one day divulged to Randy, in strict confidence, that, unbeknownst to the academic community at large they had been spiriting their three children off to church every Sunday morning, and had even had them baptized. . . .
Randy hadn't the faintest idea what these people thought of him and what he had done, but he could sense right away that, essentially, that was not the issue, because even if they thought he had done something evil, they at least had a framework, a sort of procedure manual, for dealing with transgressions. To translate it into UNIX system administration terms (Randy's fundamental metaphor for just about everything), the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Where as people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability.
From the Washington Times (you won't find it in the Boston Globe):
Ivory Coast citizens attack foreign French troops.
French troops clashed with soldiers and angry mobs yesterday after Ivory Coast warplanes killed at least nine French peacekeepers and an American civilian in an air strike — mayhem that threatened to draw foreign troops deeper into the West African country's escalating civil war.
"French go home," loyalist mobs shouted, as thousands set fire to at least two French schools and tried to storm a French military base, seeking out French civilians as French and Ivory Coast forces briefly traded gunfire.
"Everybody get your Frenchman," young men screamed to each other, swinging machetes.
Saturday, November 06, 2004
.... And if you're going to try to lecture me on the importance of tolerance and understanding, on appreciating differences and respecting others and their opinions, then it will not help your cause to start off with a tirade on "stupid, evil, ignorant, racist, misogynic, homophobic, idiotic, bigoted religious rednecks."
The 25-year-old son of newly elected congresswoman Gwen Moore (a democrat) was arrested Friday by Milwaukee police and later released in connection with the election day slashing of tires on 20 vans and cars rented by the Republican Party, according to police records.
HT to the TechieVampire
Friday, November 05, 2004
Exit polling, for what it's worth, supposedly showed that this election turned on morals and values, which everyone interpreted as opposition to gay marriage and abortion on demand. I think they missed the point; plenty of people in red-state territory are ambivalent on both issues. What is meant by morals and values is primarily loyalty -- loyalty to America and Americans. In one campaign venue after another, we heard nothing from the Democratic base except vitrol and condescension for Americans who love their country and support the nation during a time of war. And after the election was over, we saw these same people completely unmasked as radicals who assume that Republicans are either rich conspiracists or drooling, inbred morons.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
The Back Seat Philospher says:
Our error is that we Democrats are far less understanding than we think we are. Our version of understanding the other side is to look at them from a psychological point of view while being completely unwilling to take their arguments seriously. "Well, he can't help himself, he's a right-wing religious zealot, so of course he's going to think like that." "Republicans who never served in war are hypocrites to send young men to die. " "Republicans are homophobes, probably because they can't deal with their secret desires." Anything but actually listening and responding to the arguments being made.
And when I say 'responding,' I don't just mean 'coming up with the best counterargument and pushing it.' Sometimes responding to an argument means finding the merit in it and possibly changing one's position. That is part of growth, right?
Everybody should read this. It's good advice to the entire political spectrum. He's not afraid the nail the left's sacred cows either:
Whatever the UN was, might have been, or should be, it now isn't. Genocidal tyrannies are on the Human Rights commision. Saddam Hussein funneled over 1.7 billion dollars to various decision makers and world leaders to weaken his sanctions program. One out of every three votes is about Israel. Until the UN is significantly reformed, you shouldn't take its decisions seriously.
Just because it says something in the Bible doesn't mean there are no ancillary arguments supporting it. And just because someone uses the Bible as a source of their morality doesn't mean that any particular view of theirs is wrong. Actually, stuff that's lasted for thousands of years is more likely to be useful than stuff that was dreamed up in a French philosophy book.
I am not saying that all these arguments should win. But I do not hear enough Democrats elucidating reasoned counterarguments to these positions. "Bush insulted our allies and the UN," "Bush lied, people died," "We have become the aggressor," "Homophobia," "Religious nut." These are not responses, these are dismissals. When Democrats start actively responding, we will succeed. Until then, we will be increasingly ignored as irrelevent.
“Sad, but true. I’m actually moving to Canada once I pay off my debt.”
Cool! Then you can help us pay off ours! The Canadian national debt is double that the size of the US (in relationship to GDP) and to pay it off, governments suck away over 50% of the income of the average working middleclass. (The high earners having long left to vote Republican)
-- One blogger nailing another....
"So, George W. Bush won. And he's done so by a solid margin. The Democrats' attempted coup managed to last all of eight hours. Not only is the President the first candidate to win a majority of the vote in a Presidential Election since 1988, but he also won more popular votes than any other candidate in history. The Democrats spent months telling us that high voter turnout would equal a win for them but, as it turns out, when 60% of the electorate showed up at the polls it translated into a Bush lead of nearly four million votes. In short: take that, you sons of bitches. The Democrats are now talking about how this is a signal that Bush should 'bring the country together'. Translated into American, this means 'now that you've won, you should surrender to us.' The hell with that. We've won. Winning means not having to say you're sorry... " - Adam Yoshida
In other words, Mr. Yoshida is advising the President to take a page from the Clinton playbook...
The Democrats have lost their leader in the Senate, Tom Daschle. I do not know what the Democratic Party spent, in toto, on the 2004 election, but what they seem to have gotten for it is Barack Obama. Let us savor.
The elites of Old Europe are depressed. Savor. The nonelites of Old Europe, and the normal folk of New Europe, especially our beloved friend Poland, will not be depressed, and many will be happy. Let's savor that too.
George Soros cannot buy a presidential election. Savor. "Volunteers" who are bought and paid for cannot beat volunteers who come from the neighborhood, church, workplace and reading group. Savor.
The leaders of the Bush effort see it this way: A ragtag band of more than a million Republican volunteers who fought like Washington's troops at Valley Forge beat the paid Hessians of King George III's army. Savor.
HT to Absinthe & Cookies.
Hourserace blog has an interesting summary of the Kerry Campaign.
His assessment of the Edwards selection caught my eye as being particularly on target:
Similarly, the choice of John Edwards was imprudently conservative. Edwards really brought nothing to the table -- and every challenger must have a veep candidate who brings something to the table. Sure, the Democrats wanted Edwards, but that was no reason for Kerry to have selected him, given that the Democrats were united. Kerry's choice was not like Reagan selecting Bush in 1980 in an effort to unify the Republican Party. That was a politically savvy move. Ditto for Clinton's selection of Gore in 1992. Clinton had already solidified his party; the selection of Gore was right in line with the message of (generational) change. Savvy, too, were Gore's selection of Leiberman and Bush's selection of Cheney. Both veeps solved problems for their top guys. Edwards solved absolutely nothing for Kerry -- a veep cannot provide a candidate with charisma. (Perhaps a candidate who could turn anti-Bush sentiment into pro-Kerry sentiment would have been helpful, but such a man or woman would already have thrown their hat into the ring for the presidency.) Kerry only selected Edwards, I believe, because the polls of the party faithful showed him to be the favored choice. The prudent move, I think, would have been to select Gephardt, who has a good reputation on the Iraq war and the general war on terror. The selection of Gephardt would have worked well as an overall summer-autumn shift to Bush's right on these issues.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Here is my call, Kerry took a long hard look at the numbers this morning and decided that he didn't want to follow the path of Al Gore and that he wanted to keep his dignity.
Kerry didn't have the popular vote on his side, as Gore did 2000.
Ohio wasn't so close as to trigger an automatic recount, was Florida was in 2000.
He knew that there was a chance that there was not 136,000 provisional ballots in Ohio.
Kerry is saavy enough to know if the democrats forced a recount in Ohio, there could be a recount in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where his margin of victory was much slimmer than his margin of loss in Ohio.
If he thought he had a reasonable chance, he would have taken it.
The man spend 18 years in the Senate (ok, with a 20% attendence record), he knows how to count votes.
He saw that the numbers were against him and decided not to continue a fight he considered lost.
The only question left is will he be hosting SNL anytime soon?
Obama kicked bootie as expected and is going to the Senate.
Score one for the democrats.
Daschale is outta there!
That's a good two steps back for dems.
Between the Obama and Daschale race it was a wash. Not so for other races.
The democrats lost seats in the sentate. Not good for the minority party...
Shown on Drudge:
100% of Precincts Reporting
George W. Bush 2,777,645 - 51 percent
John Kerry 2,632,547 - 48 percent
95% of Precincts Reporting
George W. Bush 51% 56,732,387
John Kerry 48% 53,004,905
That's a 145,000 vote lead in Ohio, and a 3.7 million vote lead in the popular vote nationwide.
CNN just said that
According to CNN, New Mexico comes out:
The President has 335,311 and Kerry came in with 323,691. That a lead of 11,620.
That's with 99% of the precincts reporting.
CNN has Iowa at 741,325 for the President, and Kerry with 725,700. That's a lead of 15,625 votes.
That's with 99% of the precincts reporting.
If New Mexico and Iowa are certified for the President, Ohio won't matter. President Bush would have 276 Elector votes and even with Ohio, Gore would have 262.
He sent out his Silky Pony, John Edwards, out at 2:30 AM to make a short statement.
They are going to drag things out in Ohio. Bush is about 120,000 votes ahead now.
that's with 97% of the precincts reporting in.
The DNC has over 3,000 lawyers in Ohio now! It should be interesting...
It's just after 2AM and the President is still ahead in Ohio by just over 100,000 votes.
Kerry has yet to concede, and probably won't. Given the estimated number of provisional ballots in Ohio, he could still win the state.
If the majority of them are allowed and a large majority of them are for Kerry.
He's lacking two key items that allowed Vice-President Gore to drag the election out in 2000.
Number one, he's losing the popular vote. The President is currently ahead by about three million votes.
That will probably narrow as more votes from California are added, but it doesn't look like Kerry can pull ahead.
Number two, Kerry has been trailing in the electorial vote all night. Gore had the lead, and then lost by the one vote.
My current count is Bush 276 and Gore 221.
MSNBC just came out and said that based on the districts in Ohio that haven't reported yet, the President's lead could actually expand.
It also looks like the Republicans have increased in their majority in the Senate as well.
President Bush is ahead by 130,000 votes in Ohio with 90% of precincts reported.
The Kerry camp has just announced that they are disputing the call of Ohio for the President.
It looks like my call of it being in the margin of lawyer was correct.
Given that they are serious Kerry cheerleaders they are, it's hardly surprising...
It's 1AM and MSNBC has joined Fox in calling Ohio for Bush. Alaska has come in strongly for the President.
That puts my Elector Count at Bush 269 and Kerry 211.
Kerry nows need to win every state not yet called in order to pull out a win.
The odds of the democrats taking Ohio to the courts is still quite good...
It's 12:30 EST and I see the Elector Tally as Bush 246 & Kerry 211.
Kerry picked up New Hampshire, and Bush has nailed Florida.
New Mexico is leaning toward Bush.
Ohio still shows a slim Bush lead, but this one will probably close.
Hmmm...at 12:41, Fox News just projected Ohio for Bush.
83% of the precincts in and Bush is still leading...
That pushes my count to Bush 266 and Kerry 211.
Alaska is pretty much a given as a Bush state and that will push him to 269.
Overall, it looks like President Bush is up about 3 Million votes nationwide.
That will probably even up as more votes come in from California.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
It's 7:45 EST and Fox News has called West Virginia for the President.
MSNBC is being very quiet. Are we going to see the repeat of 2000 where the MSM criteria for calling states for the Republican are much higher than their criteria for calling for a democrat?
The tires of at least 30 cars and vans rented by the Republican Party to carry voters to the polls were slashed, Milwaukee police said this morning. The discovery was made at 6:30 a.m., said Sgt. Mark Wroblewski.
The rental cars were parked near a GOP office in the 7100 block of W. Capitol Dr. Wroblewski said "at least" 30 cars were disabled. At least one tire was slashed and in some cases, all four tires were cut. Detectives were on the scene, the sergeant said. Police had no suspects in custody as of 8 a.m.