While our Senators are speaking out against Freedom and Democracy, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (a liberal democrat) takes a CNN Executive to task for a ludicrous claim against the US Military.
Attaboy Congressman Frank!
Monday, January 31, 2005
While our Senators are speaking out against Freedom and Democracy, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (a liberal democrat) takes a CNN Executive to task for a ludicrous claim against the US Military.
THE seriously delayed and massively over budget Eurofighter Typhoon is so unreliable it is barely airborne, according to the German government, which has just taken delivery of a squadron of the £60m planes.
The new fighter-bomber, being jointly built by the UK, Germany, Spain and Italy, also lacks some of the most basic systems to protect it over the modern battlefield and has been plagued with technical problems.
A report prepared for the defence committee of the German parliament said that the eight aircraft bought for the air force spent an average of just one hour a week in the air because components had to be replaced so frequently.
Sunday, January 30, 2005
On January 31, 2005, in a show of solidarity with the bravery of the Iraqi people, all Americans should color their index fingers blue or purple, and give terrorism the finger.
My index finger is already ink-stained. How about yours?
In the late 20th century, the right was forced to confront Mussolini and Franco and, ultimately, Hitler. They had their noses rubbed in those men and the movements they represented. As reluctant as most of them were, most of them were honest enough--sooner or later--to confront all that full in the face.
Still to this day, the left has refused to allow itself to be confronted full in the face with Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. Instead, most of them still make excuses, or bloviate and act offended and change the subject when someone brings it up.
This may ultimately be the most important difference between left and right today.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog...along with these instructions.
To practice randori is to investigate the complex mental-physical relations existing between contestants.
Please leave a comment with a URL where this is continued...
There are till people in the mainstream media who profess bewilderment that they are accused of being biased. But you need to look no further than reporting on the war in Iraq to see the bias staring you in the face, day after day, on the front page of The New York Times and in much of the rest of the media.
If a battle ends with Americans killing a hundred guerrillas and terrorists, while sustaining 10 fatalities, that is an American victory. But not in the mainstream media. The headline is more likely to read: "Ten More Americans Killed in Iraq."
Whether the one-sided reporting of the war in Vietnam was a factor in the American defeat there used to be a matter of controversy. But in recent years, high officials of the Communist government of Vietnam have admitted that they lost the war on the battlefields but won it in the U.S. media and on the streets of America, where political pressures from the anti-war movement threw away the victory for which thousands of American lives had been sacrificed.
Too many in the media today regard the reporting of the Vietnam War as one of their greatest triumphs. It certainly showed the power of the media - but also its irresponsibility. Some in the media today seem determined to recapture those glory days by the way they report on events in the Iraq war.
Our media cannot even call terrorists "terrorists," but instead give these cutthroats the bland name "insurgents." You might think that these were like the Underground fighters in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II.
Real insurgents want to get the occupying power out of their country. But the fastest way to get Americans out of Iraq would be to do the opposite of what these "insurgents" are doing. Just by letting peace and order return, those who want to see American troops gone would speed their departure.
But the real goal of the guerrillas and terrorists is to prevent democracy from arising in the Middle East.
Still, much of the Western media even cannot call a spade a spade. The Fourth Estate sometimes seems more like a Fifth Column.
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd “Commando” Brigade Combat Team prevented an apparent kidnapping of eight Iraqis Jan. 26 in western Baghdad.
During a patrol in Baghdad’s Khadamiyah district, the Soldiers noticed a suspicious vehicle about 8:30 p.m. They stopped the vehicle and found three Iraqis bound and gagged.
They detained five suspects in possession of four pistols, an AK-47 assault rifle and a sub-machine gun outfitted with a silencer.
The kidnap victims included a sheik and an administrator from the Iraqi Ministry of Oil.
No shots were fired. The suspects detained are being held for further questioning.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Nearby, Zeqir “Ziggy” Berisha, a native of Kosovo and now a citizen with two sons in the U.S. Army and two in the Marines, waved his flag and shouted support for Bush.
“This nation underneath God is best on Earth!”
Asked about the protesters, he shrugged them off.
“Disagree is good! I disagree with my wife 35 years! Disagree is OK.”
Berisha spoke of how different it was when he was living in Yugoslavia under Josip Broz Tito.
“Tito used to shoot people for speaking against them. He shot two of my friends.”
On the Senate floor Wednesday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., suggested Democrats are sore losers. Rice had enough votes to win confirmation, as even her Democratic critics acknowledge, McCain said.
"So I wonder why we are starting this new Congress with a protracted debate about a foregone conclusion," McCain said. Since Rice is qualified for the job, he said, "I can only conclude that we are doing this for no other reason than because of lingering bitterness over the outcome of the election."
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
No big surprise that it's not where Err America is telling you it is.
As HindRocket points out: It is becoming increasingly clear that the Democratic Party perpetrated massive voter fraud in state after state in the 2004 election, just as it did in the 2000 election.
Remember folks...If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat!
ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- \When two men walked into a popular country store outside Atlanta, announced a holdup and fired a shot, owners Bobby and Gloria Doster never hesitated. The pair pulled out their own pistols and opened fire.
The armed suspect and his partner were killed. The Dosters won't be charged, according to local officials, because they were acting in self-defense.
"I just started shooting," said Gloria Doster, 56. "I was trying to blow his brains out is what I was trying to do." . . .
Police arrived about five minutes after receiving Gloria Doster's call; the suspects died a short time later at a hospital.
The bloodshed, nevertheless, startled Gloria Doster, who has been around guns all her life, and has used them for target shooting. "But I never figured I'd have to use them on anybody," she said.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Hugh Hewitt called it in his book If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It.
Just take a look at the democrat voter fraud in Washington state and Milwaukee
Captain Ed points out that over 1,200 votes in the last presidential election in Milwaukee came from voters at non-existent address.
Don't forget that 8,300 more votes were cast than the number of people recorded by the city as voting.
Read the whole thing. He does sum it up well though...
There's little doubt that the individual voters committed election fraud. Normally, one would say that it doesn't prove a conspiracy to throw an election. However, the numbers of unaccountable voters here have added up to a significant portion of the Milwaukee election -- four percent overall -- and it looks like more than just a collection of petty frauds. That doesn't even count the fact that almost a third of all Milwaukee voters registered on Election Day, an astronomical number. Something stinks in Milwaukee, and it ain't the cheese.
A top lieutenant of al-Zarqawi's terror group, Sami Mohammed Ali Said al-Jaaf, also known as Abu Omar al-Kurdi, was arrested during a raid in Baghdad on Jan. 15, a government statement said Monday.
Al-Jaaf was responsible for 32 car bombings that killed hundreds of Iraqis and was linked to the August 2003 bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad that killed the top U.N. envoy in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 others, the statement said.
The suspect "confessed to building approximately 75 percent of the car bombs used in attacks in Baghdad since March 2003," Allawi spokesman Thaer al-Naqib said in the statement.
Al-Jaaf was "the most lethal of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's lieutenants" and "claims responsibility for some of the most ruthless attacks on Iraqi police forces and police stations," the statement said.
Two other militants linked to al-Zarqawi's terror group also have been arrested, authorities said a man described as the chief of al-Zarqawi's propaganda operations and one of the group's weapons suppliers.
HT to HindRocket
Monday, January 24, 2005
Among academic intellectuals, the leading philosophical doctrines—Marxism(!), structuralism, deconstruc-tionism, etc.—are rooted in intellectual and political traditions that gave rise to Nazism and Communism, the twin scourges of the 20th century. The thrust of these doctrines is to question and deconstruct democratic traditions and values, to instill a sense of moral relativism and moral equivalency, and to question objectivity and truth itself. In this atmosphere of distortion and propaganda, America's tolerance and freedom are indistinguishable from totalitarian force. It is hardly an accident that the university-based intelligentsia has been the center of relentless attacks on America's national security apparatus and its policies for the last 25 years
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Power Line makes note of this little gem from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Here's a sample:As Pfc. Francis Obaji, oldest son of an immigrant Nigerian family, is zipped into a body bag for the sad journey home, Laura Bush zips up her Oscar de la Renta gown.
It reads like that throughout; I can almost see the pursed-lipped, eyebrows-raised-in-disapproval expression on Ms. Lenfestey's face as she contemplates the idea that someone, somewhere, might be having fun while The! Children! Suffer! Two can play at that game:
As Susan Lenfestey stirred Splenda into her soy milk Grande Latte at the Starbucks counter, an African child in a refugee camp drank the last drops of muddy water from the puddle outside his family's ragged tent.
As Susan Lenfestey drove her Prius to the dry-cleaner's and dropped off her Authentic Peruvian Alpaca Wool poncho that she bought from that shop in downtown Minneapolis, an American soldier sat in his tent outside Najaf, scraping mud off his boots with an expired debit card.
As Susan Lenfestey perched her granola-padded butt on her Ikea beechwood desk chair and turned on her Mac G4 in her heated apartment, an Indonesian former mother of four waited outside a morgue in Banda Aceh for a chance to find her children among the swollen corpses of the dead.
And so on. See how easy it is?
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2005
When the Bush supporters refused to leave, the anarchists tore the sign out of the Bush supporters' hands and stomped on them. When ProtestWarrior leader Gil Kobrin objected, several male anarchists knocked him to the ground, kicking him in the back and punching him. Other anarchists punched and shoved Kobrin's 12 colleagues.
HT to Mr. Harris
As he correctly points out:
It will come as a surprise to, well, no-one that the beatings in question were administered by some "peace" protestors who couldn't accept anyone disagreeing with them.
Unfortunately for the Dems, most Americans have figured out that 1) every intelligence agency in the world believed that Iraq had WMDs; 2) an American President who failed to act in the face of this consensus would have been irresponsible; and 3) Saddam had possessed and used WMDs in the past, and was making every effort to reconstitute those programs at the time he was deposed, so the absence of "large stockpiles" at that particular moment is not very relevant.
During the President's speech there was a quick view of former President Clinton and Senator Clinton.
She didn't look happy. Mr. Clinton appeared to be very intent on speech.
My bet is that he is doing a very non-partisian grading of the speech on the fly.
Say what you want about him, but he is a damn good campaigner and a very charismatic speaker. It would be very interesting to hear his unguarded review of the speech.
I want to bring to your attention these two comments from Texan Rightwing Sparkle.
First she talks about being a conservative in Texas during the President's campaigns for Governor and how he's a Texan. Here are some highlights:
During the first Inaugural of President Bush most conservatives were just relieved to be rid of Clinton at last. But Texans were ecstatic!!!! Not only did we suffer so during the Clinton years but we had to suffer through Texas Governor Ann Richards as well. When George Bush decided to run against Richards no one thought he could win. I didn't think he could win. Richards was very popular, extremely funny, and witty. But policy wise, she was a classic left wing liberal. Wrong on everything....
Bush had something more than star quality though. Bush had been a regular guy. Liberals like to paint him as part of American royalty like the Kennedys, but it was so different for Bush. Growing up in Midland Texas no one gets the feeling that your a part of royalty even if your dad is in the Senate. I'll tell a personal story that I think reveals a lot about Bush. The year before Bush ran for Governor I was driving over with my best friend to her mom's house who happened to live in the same neighborhood as Bush. The houses are expensive in this area. But not because of how big or plush they are, they look like normal middle class homes, but because of the location the land is very expensive. We passed by Bush's home and my friend said. "You know what is interesting? My mom says she sees George Bush mowing his lawn. You would think the son of a former President would hire someone to do that." Right then I was impressed with that simple thing that all of us do. Mow our lawn. I am sure Bush could have afforded it, but that is the kind of guy he is.
Second, she points out the Inauguration speech P.J. O'Rourke wrote for the President. Too bad he won't be using it. Again, some highlights:
MY FELLOW AMERICANS, I had intended to reach out to all of you and bring a divided nation together. But I changed my mind. America isn't divided by political ethos or ethnic origin. America isn't divided by region or religion. America is divided by jerks. Who wants to bring a bunch of jerks together with the rest of us? Let them stew in Berkeley, Boston, and Ann Arbor.
We are all sinners. But jerks revel in their sins. You can tell by their reaction to the Ten Commandments. Post those Ten Commandments in a courthouse or a statehouse, in a public school or a public park, and the jerks go crazy. Why is that? Christians believe in the Ten Commandments. So do Muslims. Jews, too, obviously. Show the Ten Commandments to Hindus, Buddhists, Confucians, or to people with just good will and common sense and nobody says, "Whoa! That's all wrong!"
But jerks take issue with every one of the Ten Commandments. Jerks are particularly offended by the first two Commandments. Of course people of faith, decent people, differ on interpretations of the first two Commandments.
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." How many times, over the last few months, have we heard, "Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, I can't believe George Bush won"?
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy." Let's be fair about this. We did see a lot of white, non-Hispanic Democrats in churches in 2004. But they were all running for president. And the churches were inner-city black churches. I happen to know that there are churches in the white, non-Hispanic suburbs where these Democrats live. Apparently jerks can't find them.
By the standard applied on NBC's The West Wing, President George W. Bush won in a "landslide." In a 2002 episode following the re-election of "President Josiah Bartlet," one of his top aides, "Communications Director Toby Ziegler" stated that he won by "three-and-a-half million" votes and later proclaimed that "we won in a landslide." Bush won by about 3.3 million votes, pretty close to "three-and-a-half million."
During the November 20, 2002 episode, Toby Ziegler, played by Richard Schiff, tells a Congresswoman who lost a close re-election that "Bartlet" won by "three and a half million" votes. "Ziegler" wanted to nominate her for Director of the National Park Service, but "Chief-of-Staff Leo McGarry" shoots down the idea, pointing out that the Republican-controlled Senate will not approve her. That prompts "Ziegler" to urge a fight for nominees opposed by the Republican Senate: "Start getting used to the fact that we won in a landslide. We can show some fight on this."
The liberal White House on The West Wing represents Hollywood's dream of a presidency they'd like to see. Little did they know they'd end up endorsing the idea that a right of center President earned a mandate by achieving the same vote margin as their fictional President.
On the day of President George W. Bush's inauguration to his second term, let us take a look at this look at the last two term President and his legacy.
Here are some highlights:
The Democrats are at a crossroads. As close as they came to success in 2000 and 2004, the party reached its max in turning out its base and, organizationally, isn't prepared to expand.
Part of the problem is the Clinton brand. It's a brand that only sells well in about 10 states and only to certain segments in those states. It's not Clinton's ideas that are unpopular, but the Clinton name itself. It isn't taken seriously by rank-and-file, former Democratic voters (married white women), because these folks are still troubled by the former president's personal transgressions. And, more importantly, they are troubled by how he handled being caught.
In short, the term "Clinton," when used by a Republican running against a Democrat -- particularly in the South -- sends the message that, just like Clinton, this Democrat is "morally ambivalent."
Clinton's biggest defenders can't come to grips with the fact that the former president became what his critics said he was. For his first four years in office, these fringe GOP-leaning critics regularly denounced Clinton as a "slick," lying philanderer. Well, what did Clinton do while in office? He lied about cheating on his wife. This, in turn, gave these fringe GOP megaphones on the right credibility. And it's this credibility that has allowed this not-so-conspiratorial right wing to become an even bigger force in American politics today.
Crockumentary maker Michael Moore's bodyguard (insert the fat joke of your choice) was arrested at JFK airport for carrying a firearm without a valid licence.
Captain Ed sounds off on this oh so common hypocrisy from the extremist left.
So while Moore wants to deny the right of ordinary Americans to defend themselves with firearms, he has his entourage packing heat? Not only does Moore expose himself as a hypocrite, but he's not a particularly smart one, either. Most gun owners know not to carry their weapons into an airport, licensed or not. It's part of the responsibility of gun ownership that NRA members, for instance, take seriously.
I'm sure that we will hear endless rationalizations about how Moore receives security threats all the time and needs protection. Does that mean the Second Amendment only applies to Hollywood stars? Does Moore deserve more protection than a lower-income family living in a gang-infested neighborhood? I have no problem with Moore having firearms for his protection. I just wish that Moore and others of his ilk would quit carping about others who want the same right without being accused of being bloodthirsty, Dirty Harry wannabes.
Let us remember the Difference Between Grandstanding and Lying.
Please note that this was the first time Senator Kerry (far left liberal democrat) bothered to attend a Foreign Relations Committee hearing since September 2003.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
At least they aren't using dogs and firehoses to keep people from voting anymore...
Boots & Sabers has an update on the prominent liberal democrats who were caught slashing the tires of GOP vans on election day in an effort to suppress the GOP vote in Milwaukee
Captain Ed has a good summary.
This includes pointing out that Boxer, a far left extremist, flat out lied (no surprise there):
So not only does Boxer deliberately misinterpret the word "wonderful" as a qualifier to "tsunami" instead of "opportunity" unlike any rational interpretation of that phrase, she admits that she took the quote out of context. In fact, Rice never said "wonderful opportunity" at all. Here's what she said about tsunami relief:We're spending billions to fight AIDS and tuberculosis and malaria and other diseases, to alleviate suffering for millions and help end public health crises. America has always been generous in helping countries recover from natural disasters and today we are providing money and personnel to ease the suffering of the millions afflicted by the tsunami and to help rebuild those nations' infrastructure.
I've searched the entire transcript for the words tsunami, wonderful, and opportunity, and Rice simply never made the statement Boxer alleges. She lied.
The Captain also nailed it with this wonderful quote:
There's nothing like a rich white woman giving her approval of a black woman's reference to Dr. King to define the term "limousine liberal."
There is more on the Mother-in-Law of one of HRC's brothers...
Via Laura Ingraham:
There's no rich peoples' children in Iraq, claimed Reverend Jesse Jackson on CNN.
Jesse Jackson demonstrates his ignorance about the diversity of our armed services once again. Justice Antonin Scalia's son, Matthew, served in Iraq. Rep. Duncan Hunter's son served in Iraq. Is his definition of "rich" limited to billionaires like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet? All the military academies graduate students from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, and graduates of all the academies have served in one capacity or another in Iraq.
According to the Washington Times, far left wing extremist billionaire George Soros, who provided most of the funding for left wing 527s, is being targeted for illegal campaign funding practices:
Left-wing billionaire George Soros violated numerous provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act during his failed effort to defeat President Bush, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) charged yesterday in a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission.
In October, Mr. Soros undertook a media and speaking tour to swing states during which he called for the defeat of Mr. Bush. Mr. Soros' appearances coincided with two-page newspaper ads and mass mailings to voters with the same theme.
Also named in the complaint was Fenton Communications, which assisted with the campaign, and two nonprofit organizations that hosted Soros speeches: the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Metropolitan Club of Columbus, Ohio.
NLPC says Mr. Soros failed to report and disclose the following expenditures, among others, connected to his anti-Bush campaign, as required:
- Travel and administrative costs associated with a multicity political tour, including costs of transportation and lodging for the billionaire and his entourage, telephones, photocopying, commercial press-release services, subsidies for groups hosting Mr. Soros, and press luncheons.
- Costs to purchase or rent the mailing lists required for the 2 million-piece mailing of a brochure titled "Why We Must Not Re-elect President Bush."
- Costs associated with Fenton Communications handling press relations for what one company release called "an intensive one-month campaign."
NLPC Chairman Ken Boehm commented, "Soros has bankrolled the groups that have lobbied for limits on political giving and for disclosure. But he apparently believes that the law should only apply to other people, and not to himself."
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
The New England Republican points out that Senator Boxer's (far left extremist liberal democrat - Southern California) attack on Dr. Rice today doesn't fit with what she publically said before:
"The president had no choice but to act today," she said in a statement issued by her office. "Anyone who questions the timing of his decision ignores the fact that we committed a month ago to act if [chief U.N. weapons inspector] Richard Butler reported that Saddam was not cooperating."
That's right, Boxer, who's daughter is married to one of HRC's brothers, supported President Clinton's decision to attack Iraq during the impeachment saga in 1998.
The complaints center on Cuyahoga County, of course, where Cleveland voters complained of standing in line for hours due to the lack of voting machines, a side effect of the higher turnout from 2000. However, what Kerry doesn't mention -- again -- is that Cuyahoga County election officials are Democrats, not Republicans. The county goes heavily Democratic in elections at all levels. If anyone screwed Cuyahoga County voters, it's the Democrats who have always promised their minority-bloc voters the moon and delivered below subsistence.
What's more, John Kerry doesn't bother to mention the 113% turnout in Milwaukee that effectively disenfranchised an entire state. Do you suppose there may be a reason for that?
From the Washington Times:
"On 'Fox News Sunday,' Brit Hume marveled at how the first 'Face the Nation' after the CBS panel's report documented the network's hostility to President Bush devoted the entire show to Sen. Ted Kennedy, who made a speech earlier in the week railing against Bush policies," the Media Research Center reports at www.mediaresearch.org.
"Hume noted that the White House offered Communications Director Dan Bartlett and CBS said, 'thank you, no' — peculiar behavior for people who were only recently saying they wanted to make a, quote, 'fresh start' with the White House."
"[Bob] Schieffer and co-panelist Dan Balz, a Washington Post reporter, tossed a series of softballs to Kennedy, prompting him for his 'reaction' to Bush's claims. Balz echoed Senate Democrats: 'Given the legal advice that Alberto Gonzales provided that led to some of these [prisoner abuse] scandals, are you going to vote to confirm him or will you oppose him to be the next attorney general?' "
Monday, January 17, 2005
Apparently my site has been hacked — all posts and archives removed, etc. Not sure yet if anything can be recovered.
Worse, I’m currently unable to post (password details have been corrupted) so would appreciate if any or all of you could alert readers.
All in favor of making censorship a capital offense please raise your hand...
(Les' hand is raised)
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Saturday, January 15, 2005
"What's the big problem at CBS News? Well, for one thing, it has no credibility. And no audience, no morale, no long-term emblematic anchorperson and no cohesive management structure. Outside of those annoyances, it shouldn't be that hard to fix." - Van Gordon Sauter, former president of CBS News (who goes on to say that the "unremitting liberal orientation" of his former organization has driven him to 'NBC News and Fox and MSNBC")
HT to Mr. Harris.
Here is President Hamid Karzai, the country's first democratically elected leader:
"Whatever we have achieved in Afghanistan--the peace, the election, the reconstruction, the life that the Afghans are living today in peace, the children going to school, the businesses, the fact that Afghanistan is again a respected member of the international community--is from the help that the United States of America gave us. Without that help Afghanistan would be in the hands of terrorists--destroyed, poverty-stricken, and without its children going to school or getting an education. We are very, very grateful, to put it in the simple words that we know, to the people of the United States of America for bringing us this day."
This is from a Unicef spokesman remarking on the changes he has witnessed in the 3 years he has been in Afghanistan:
" I still can't think of that day in 2002 - when my Afghan colleagues and I watched the first girls walk back into their schools - without my heart jumping."I have interviewed former child soldiers now learning to be carpenters; I have walked through the foothills of the Hindu Kush to monitor distribution of school supplies; I have visited projects where widows and other women have been able to earn an income in their own right for the first time in a decade; and I have drafted statements applauding Government commitments to key child rights legislation and international conventions, which in some cases set examples for other countries.
"So much progress, so many steps forward have been taken. As another year comes to an end, it seemed an appropriate moment to reflect on how rapidly life has changed for the better for so many Afghan children. Given the history of Afghanistan, a history steeped in conflict and chaos, those changes take on even greater significance."
She's linking to piece by Chernoff, but adds these key comments:
Liberals don't like to talk about Afghanistan because even they know it was a wonderful victory for Bush. But more importantly it was a wonderful victory for the world. The above statements give us a picture of how history will view this. Generations from now will read about the turning point of democracy in the middle east. It will begin with Afghanistan and God willing, it will continue through Iraq and others.
As our brave warriors continue to fight those in which freedom enrages, we should keep in our hearts the words above. May they soon be true for Iraq as well.
For every bad soldier shown on TV from the prison scandal to the AWOL thing, there are thousands and thousands soldiers like Matteson. Good strong brave men and women who not only fight for freedom, but build a better world.
So I say this to the American Soldier:
We offer are hearts full of gratitude to you who risk so much, who stand so strong, who fight so hard. When children of future generations do read about the cost of freedom in the middle east it will be you that wrote those words. It will be you that turned it all around. It will be you that history will remember as changing tyranny to democracy, fear to freedom, and war to peace.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Howard Dean's presidential campaign hired two Internet political "bloggers" as consultants so that they would say positive things about the former governor's campaign in their online journals, according to a former high-profile Dean aide.
Zephyr Teachout, the former head of Internet outreach for Mr. Dean's campaign, made the disclosure earlier this week in her own Web log, Zonkette. She said "to be very clear, they never committed to supporting Dean for the payment -- but it was very clearly, internally, our goal." The hiring of the consultants was noted in several publications at the time.
The partisan Democratic political bloggers who were hired by the Dean campaign were Jerome Armstrong, who publishes the blog MyDD, and Markos Zuniga, who publishes DailyKos. DailyKos is the ninth most linked blog on the Internet, according to Technorati, a measurement service, and in October, at the height of the presidential campaign, it received as many as one million daily visits.
HT to The Big Trunk
So says Hug Hewitt and he's bloody well right!
Here is the money quote, but read the whole thing:
The friends of CBS, like the friends of Law in the early years of the sexual abuse scandals, are chiding critics of the network as extremists or fanatics. These apologists are citing the Thornburgh-Boccardi report as "detailed," "exhaustive," and "comprehensive." It is, of course, nothing of the sort. It is, in fact, a whitewash that can be summed up this way: "Blah, blah, blah, blah. We cannot conclude there is a political agenda at CBS and we cannot conclude that the documents are forgeries. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah."
Ask yourself what you know this week that you didn't know seven days ago? That Mary Mapes has been fired as opposed to would be fired? That she was an obsessed and fanatical Bush-hater? That the story was rushed to air?
We knew all of these things, and we know nothing new of significance post-report. We don't know who Lucy Ramirez is. We don't know the extent of the Kerry campaign coordination with Mapes and her team. We don't know who cooked up the scheme to use forgeries in an attempt to influence a presidential election. We don't know how many more Mary Mapeses are embedded within CBS.
A report by the Maryland State Police that recommends repeal of a law requiring collection of ballistic imaging information “shatters one of the favorite myths of gun control extremists,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.
In its progress report on the Integrated Ballistics Identification System (IBIS), the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division recommends that “this program be suspended, a repeal of the collection of cartridge cases from current law be enacted and the Laboratory Technicians associated with the program be transferred to the DNA database unit.” So far, Maryland has spent $2.5 million over the past four years, with nothing to show for it. The report admitted, “Guns found to be used in the commission of crime…are not the ones being entered into” the system.
HT to Mr Reynolds for the link.
I ranted on this subject over two years ago:
Its still amazing how proud liberals are about their ignorance. For example, I had one liberal twit start spouting nonsense about "ballistic fingerprinting" and "High Powered Assault Rifles". Here is Clue One, firearm ballistics are not like fingerprints.
Fingerprints don’t change, firearm ballistic markings do.
They change just from normal use. They are also frightfully easy to change. The idiot came up with what he thought was the brilliant argument of "Well, I could go to a plastic surgeon and have my fingerprint changed. Does that mean we shouldn’t collect fingerprints?" It is hard to believe this idiot has enough brainpower to change his socks without help. He can’t figure out the difference between getting a trained and licensed surgeon to perform an illegal operation and a process that anybody with more than two neurons to rub together can do in 10 minutes with less than $10 worth of equipment from a hardware store.
Clue Two, by defination, an assault rifle does not fire "high power" rounds.
What was even scarier was this idiot’s absolute persistence in ignoring any kind of factual data. When presented with an actual fact, like you can change the ballistics markings of a firearm in under 10 minutes, he goes back to quoting the same stupid incorrect mantras that branded him an clueless idiot when he first opened his mouth.
If there is one line in the 224-page report on CBS News that has set critics aflame, it is that there is no "basis" for concluding that Dan Rather and his colleagues had a "political bias" in pursuing their badly botched story about President Bush's National Guard service.
What, they say? No evidence?
"In any fair-minded assessment of how CBS performed and why they so badly butchered their own standards, that has to be part of the explanation," said former New York Times reporter Steve Roberts, now a professor at George Washington University. "It's not just that they wanted to be first, they wanted to be first with a story that was critical of the president."
Still more...Austin Bay deals with a damn good quesiton:
"If it was common knowledge that Mr.Burkett was something of a Bush-hating crank, why would someone of Ms. Mapes/Mr. Rather [ed: ilk? position?] accept information passed to him?"
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
The former Clinton White National Security Advisor who brings to mind the question, "Are you happy to see me or that bunch of top secret documents pointing out how your former boss dropped the ball on terrorism stuffed down your pants?"
Here are some updates:
Former Clinton White House Mr. Fix-It Bruce Lindsey emerged tight-lipped yesterday after testifying before a federal grand jury probing whether top-secret documents were illegally removed from the National Archives. The grand jury probe, reported exclusively in The Post Tuesday, is digging into why another former Bill Clinton aide, Sandy Berger, sneaked the national security documents out of the Archives - possibly in his socks.
Lindsey denied any inside knowledge about Berger's sticky fingers.
The Confederate Yankee sounds off on the subject.
HT to Mr. Reynolds
James Taranto points out that the ACLU can't, or won't, quote the Constitution correctly:
It is probably no accident that freedom of speech is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,or of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The Constitution’s framers believed that freedom of inquiry and liberty of expression were the hallmarks of a democratic society.
From the United States National Archives and Records Administration, which maintains custody over the physical copy of the Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
HT to Tony.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Verifrank chimes in.
Read the whole thing, but here are some highlights:
Let me get this straight, a major media outlet goes out of its way to sink the Presidents re-election campaign with a clear vendetta, gets caught and exposed in the execution of the story and then tries to slink away into the night rather than admit it publically. And yet, you are surprised, somehow expecting what exactly?
Frankly, there are still legions at CBS News who lament not the story and its basis, but the "getting caught", and that is a damn shame for everyone.
Mary Mapes did not get fired, She got a promotion. This is not the end of her career but the start of her ‘sainted victimhood’, where she will publish endless piles of books on the subject of the right wing cabal and appear breathless at fundraisers, while appearing thrice daily on Air America and NPR to opine on the latest great offence from the 'scabknucked bohunks' that inhabit the White House in the Bush Administration.
The current leftist fetish of “Talking truth to power” marks the end of the modern profession of journalism. If journalism were correctly practiced, this concept would never have seen the light of day in any class with even a basic sense of ethics.
Monday, January 10, 2005
This isn't an investigative report - it is a damage control report. Mapes and the execs at 60 Minutes were sacrificed to save CBS News president Heyward and Dan Rather. Rather got saved because he announced his retirement. Don't know how Heyward saved his skin.
Here is good roundup of reponses to the coverup.
Don't forget the connection between Mary Mapes and the Kerry Campaign.
Of course, Mr. Reynolds has something to say on the subject.
Captain Ed chimes in also.
Here's his money quote:
Because as long as Heyward still runs CBS News, it appears to me that the same thing could easily happen again, through incompetence if nothing else.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Some of my book pick pages:
Politics, Military Fiction, Time Travel & Alternate History Science Fiction, Epic Science Fiction & Libertarian Science Fiction
Siq quote listings also:
Page 2 of RPG sigs, page 10 of Political sigs, page 2 of Military sigs, page 7 of sigs left over...
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's former finance director has been indicted on charges of filing fictitious reports that misstated contributions for a Hollywood fund-raising gala for the senator, the Justice Department said Friday.
HT to Drudge.
Friday, January 07, 2005
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Rightwing Sparkle points out that this is the MO of democrats:
Bush won an Ohio recount by more than 118,000 votes, and won nationally by more than 3 million. But that won't stop them, because this really isn't about who won. They know who won. Fair and Square. This is about having the notion put out there that there was some kind of fraud going on by the Republicans. Democrats want the vast uniformed to just hear that they are "fighting for each and every vote to count." So that they can sound like they are the ones who care about the "disenfranchised." They want it put in the American people's mind that the national election was somehow rigged.
Once again, it's pointed out that Freedom of Speech doesn't exist for those who don't spout far-left propaganda.
Those who won't are to be punished and will be punished further for pointing out the extremist left-wing views of the facility.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
As Mr. Harris points out, UN Sec. General Kofi Annan continued to his Wyoming ski vacation for three days after the tsunami struck.
President Bush on the other hand, sent in the Navy and Marines and started acting.
An interesting contrast...
The misnammed Airborne Express, the merger with DHL didn't help one bit.
Whatever discounts they give to major corporate customers isn't worth the loss of customer satisfaction.
The democrats are proving that they don't have what it takes to be a viable minority party.
They had control of the Congress for thirty years and having lost control (Thanks Bill Clinton!), they have turned into a bunch of whiny crybabies.
A prime example would be former Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy, who quit once he found out that being in the minority wasn't as much fun (smaller office, less staff, no committee chairmanships, fewer junkets on the taxpayer dime).
There is a major whinefest in today's Boston Globe.
Here are some highlights:
Massachusetts democrats state their agenda up front:
[Massachusett's] 10 House members have to content themselves with modest pork-barrel spending for their districts and devising a strategy to oppose the GOP agenda.
Representative Edward J. Markey of Malden, the dean of the House delegation: "Bush's Texas-view of America is a complete anathema to Massachusetts, so Massachusetts voters will expect our delegation to stop or blunt the bulk of the Bush administration's attempt to roll back the last 50 years of progressive politics."
Translation from lib-speak to English, "We want to keep raising taxes and spending it on things that will buy us votes."
It seems that our junior Senator is actually planning on showing up to work, for a change...
While Kerry and his staff emphasize that he is recommitted to Massachusetts after spending much of the past two years traveling the country in pursuit of the presidency, Kennedy is expected to continue to lead the state's efforts to secure funding for local projects. Kerry, leaving open the option of running again for president in 2008, has established a committee that could serve as a precursor to a second campaign.
Then again, maybe not...He's not up for re-election until 2008 and he's already making noise about taking another two years of paid time off...
Everyone is always saying "America cannot be the world's Policeman". Ok, at some level I can agree with that.
However, no one ever asks "who is the world's Fire/EMT/Ambulance Department?".
If Europe wants to step up to the bar and act as a "counter balance to American Hegemony", they might consider taking on that task....
The suppression of anything that doesn't toe the liberal line in American colleges is hardly news, but this one is pretty harsh.
From today's Washington Times:
"I am the founder and editor of the Lynchburg [Va.] Current and I appreciate your mention of our travails with Lynchburg College in your column a few weeks ago. When I read about it at the Collegiate Network conference it was a pleasant surprise," writes Rich Danker to Inside the Beltway.
"Last April, in the first issue of the paper, I put an item about the car of an international relations professor having a bumper sticker that said 'Anybody but Bush.' This professor attempted to get me kicked out of school for 'endangerment' and the administration decided to discipline me with a 'Human Rights Violation,' because I had 'caused harm physically or mentally to a member of the college community.'
"It was quite ludicrous and another example of a [college] administration off its rocker."
Monday, January 03, 2005
From Mr. Hawkins list of The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2004
"...his administration in my opinion puts Americans ahead of people in other countries." -- MCA from the Beastie Boys on President Bush
Yo! Here is a clue for you! That is a pretty good description of his job function!
Democrat presidents have a history of rolling over a spreading for foreign governments, but that isn't how it's supposed to work.
Sudden Wave of Souls
Ever seen a military cemetery, like the one in Luxembourg where General Patton is buried? They're just rows upon rows of simple white crosses. And when you look at them, you can't help but realize that six feet below each cross lies a box containing what was once a brave soldier. Each box contains the remains of a person just like yourself, with loved ones and dreams and memories and experiences. A person interrupted and extinguished, like a racehorse that falls abruptly in mid-stride, leaving the rest to finish without him.
Each cross, a box. Each box, a human life.
Moxie gives us simple crosses to mark the loss of life in the recent Tsumani.
Sunday, January 02, 2005
Today, on Meet the Press, Evan Thomas, an assistant managing editor at Newsweek, said that both Presidents Nixon and Clinton were impeached in their second term. Nice Try Mr. Thomas, but that's not true. Bill Clinton was impeached, not Nixon. President Nixon resigned when impeachment hearings were recommended, in order to save the nation from the turmoil such hearings would cause. Clinton, on the other hand, was more worried about his ego than the nation.
From Yahoo News:
ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN - Desperate, homeless villagers on the tsunami-ravaged island of Sumatra mobbed American helicopters carrying aid Saturday as the U.S. military launched its largest operation in the region since the Vietnam War, ferrying food and other emergency relief to survivors across the disaster zone.
More than a dozen other ships were en route to southern Asian waters, with the USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault vessel carrying Marines, headed for Sri Lanka, which along with Indonesia was the worst-hit area. The mission involves thousands of sailors and Marines, along with some 1,000 land-based troops.
Mr. Reynolds has more:
According to the LA Times: Americans are donating so much money — so fast — that relief agencies say the totals are rising dramatically hour to hour.
He goes on to point out that United Nations seems to be better at taking credit than taking action. No surprise there.