Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

French Antisemitism Watch


Graves desecrated by vandals with Nazi swastikas and anti-semitic slogans in the Jewish cemetery of Brumath, close to Strasbourg, October 31, 2004. It is the third time in the last six months that Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated in the Alsace region. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
And people say we should be more like them.

Taking into mind relatively recent events in Europe, along with the correlation between rising antisemitism and immigration from Middle Eastern countries, Europe has a serious problem on its hands - again.

(Via LGF.)

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Slate: It's Not Like You'll Get Caught

There's this Slate piece that urges people to vote multiple times. Not only that, but it essentially says that nobody is going to get caught anyway, so there's no problem with it. I find this to be disturbing, especially when you factor in the Guardian's call for assassinating the President, which was a 'joke'. As Spoons points out, most are voting for Kerry. It seems that the partisanship is completely overriding these people's sense of objectivity. That, of course, ties in perfectly with the missing explosives story, which seems to have fallen apart but has been pushed for the last few days anyway.

(Via Spoons.)

Translation


(Cartoon courtesy of Cox and Forkum.)

FOXNews: Bin Laden Claims Responsibility for 9/11. (Take that, loons.)

Drudge has a transcript of Osama's tirade.

Robust Economic Growth Continues Unhindered

Despite the media spin, Wall Street estimates, and Kerry acting as if people are living on the streets, the economy continues to fire off on all cylinders. Don't forget, either, that for the last few months all revisions to reported numbers have shown substantial improvement in economic performance.

The GDP today is 3.7%. What was Clinton's at the same point in '96? 3.4%. So... We've got a higher GDP growth today than we did under Clinton, which was great, right? They can try to downplay this all they want, but the reality is that a 3.7% GDP growth with low interest rates and low inflation is simply outstanding. Thus, I have to wonder what the hell Kerry is talking about when he mentions that economy which is worse than the Great Depression. That is ridiculous. I suppose he believes that if he repeats the same lie over and over again, somebody is bound to believe him - but to everyone else he just looks like an idiot.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The economy grew at a 3.7 percent annual rate in the third quarter -- a pace slightly better than in the spring but not as strong as many analysts expected. Friday's government report was the last broad snapshot of economic activity before Election Day and provided political ammunition for both sides.

The July-to-September reading on gross domestic product -- the broadest barometer of the economy's health -- followed a 3.3 percent growth rate in the prior quarter, the Commerce Department reported.

Analysts were predicting that the economy, which Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan had said hit a "soft patch" in the late spring, would gain traction and expand at a more brisk 4.3 percent rate in the third quarter.

GDP measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States.

"The economy right now is running in the middle lane. We're not in the fast lane but we're not on the shoulder or in the break down lane," said Richard Yamarone, economist with Argus Research Corp.

Although the third quarter's performance fell short of analysts' expectations, it still marked the best growth seen since the first three months of this year.
You can read the rest of the article here.

Don't Miss This Endorsement

The best Bush endorsement ever.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Bin Laden & Moore

In the latest video Osama released just a week before the election, he actually quotes Moore on his 'My Pet Goat' line. And if you've listened to him talk about the Patriot Act you might have trouble distinguishing between his babbling and the DNC spin.

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I think I can leave the rest to you.

Ousting Saddam

Would Saddam be in power if Kerry had his way? Kerry's answer: Maybe?
Brokaw: "If you had been President, Saddam Hussein would be in power."

Kerry: "Not necessarily."

Brokaw: "You said you wouldn't go to war against him."

Kerry: "That's not true. Because under the inspection process, Saddam Hussein was required to destroy those kinds of materials and weapons."

Brokaw: "But he wasn't destroying them."

Kerry: "That's what you have inspectors for. That's why I voted for the threat of force, because he only does things when you have a legitimate threat of force. It's irresponsible to suggest that if I were President, he wouldn't be gone. He might be gone, because if he hadn't complied, we might have had to go to war, but if we did, we would have gone with allies, so the American people weren't carrying the entire burden. And the entire world would understand why we did it."
I almost felt sorry watching Brokaw sit there and try to extract from Kerry an answer that would hold any consistency or make any sense whatsoever. Almost.

Swift Vets

Intriguing post at SwiftVets.com:
Okay, folks.

We got it finally. We have the Former Secretary of the Navy who stated, “Yes, Kerry did receive an Other Than Honorable Discharge".

Stay tuned for more…
Now I'm not quite sure if anything will come of this, but I'm pretty sure they've been trying to document this since July - and they've hardly been slow walking it. If they had it, I believe, they'd release it immediately. We'll have to wait and see. (Hat tip: Polipundit.)

Explosives Video Story Explodes

Since the 380 tons story came under scrutiny and was found to be bunk, a video was released that supposedly proved it true. But not so fast. From the National Review:
THIS IS MOVING, MOVING [KJL]

1) Reader: "Instapundit has a post which says that the tag number on an IAEA seal shown in the Minneapolis TV station's report is not listed in the IAEA documentation as being used at Al Qaqaa. The NYT article on the story also says that a GPS location of the new crew's camp shows it was 3 miles south east of Al Qaqaa. It's becoming increasingly likely that the pictures of explosives in that report are not from Al Qaqaa! Please alert your readers to this and investigate."

2) Pentagon is about to do a presser with a 3ID soldier who apparently removed explosives from al Qaqaa in April.

UPDATE: Apparently the photos shown were just 'file footage'. I'll have to wait and see how the story develops... (Via Spoons.)

The story remains open.

UPDATE: DRUDGE:
FLASH 10.29.04 11:36:56 ET /// Soldier to brief reporters at Pentagon within the hour that he was tasked with removing explosives from al QaQaa and he and his unit removed 200+ tons... Officer was ordered to join the 101st airborne on April 13 -- to destroy conventional explosives at the al QaQaa complex... Developing...

MAJOR: WE REMOVED 200+ TONS OF EXPLOSIVES FROM FACILITY
Some more information comes to light. We'll have to wait and see if this is air tight.

UPDATE: U.S. Team Took 250 Tons of Iraqi Munitions:
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Army officer came forward Friday to say a team from his 3rd Infantry Division took about 250 tons of munitions and other material from the Al-Qaqaa (search) arms-storage facility soon after Saddam Hussein's regime fell in April 2003.

Kerry Shoots Himself in the Foot

Like a starving man desperate for food, Kerry jumped all over the 380 tons that supposedly went missing. That, of course, is patently false, leaving him looking silly standing up there and let a little thing like the truth stop him from continuing his tirade. When I saw him on television throwing a fit over how dangerous Iraq was, my first thought was that this was going to haunt him. Kerry has advanced Bush's case.
Kerry has just bollixed up his own storyline about the war in Iraq. He is concluding his campaign by drawing an explicit association between Saddam Hussein, dangerous weaponry and international terrorists.

That's Bush's argument. Not Kerry's.

Kerry's account of the past 18 months is that Saddam's weaponry wasn't sufficient grounds for invasion and overthrow. After all, he said in the first presidential debate, "35 to 40 countries in the world had a greater capability of making weapons [of mass destruction] at the moment the president invaded than Saddam."

But in thundering about the vast danger posed by 380 tons of high explosive, Kerry is sure making it sound like Saddam possessed uniquely dangerous weapons.

Yet what the American people know about Kerry from the debates is that he believes this was "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time," and a "diversion" from the War on Terror. What they know about the president is that he believes Saddam was a "threat," and the world is safer with him in a prison cell.

Kerry has inadvertently added fuel to Bush's fire. He has advanced Bush's case without meaning to. In his eagerness to jump on any piece of anti-Bush news and turn it to his advantage, Kerry failed to examine just how his new argument makes a hash of his old argument — and how it might actually do the president a little bit of good.

This is more proof of the Bush campaign's secret weapon — Kerry's poor political instincts. Somebody with a better feel for the political game would never have said that he voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it.
Of course, it doesn't end there. He had the temerity to compare the stellar performance our military is carrying out in Iraq to the Bay of Pigs.
And somebody who is battling for votes both in Florida and New Jersey — states with substantial Cuban-American populations — would never have offered up the headshaking statement Kerry delivered yesterday, equating the failed effort to oust Fidel Castro in 1961 with the successful effort to oust Saddam in 2003.

"When the Bay of Pigs went sour, John Kennedy had the courage to look America in the eye and say, 'I take responsibility, it's my fault," said Kerry. "John Kennedy knew how to take responsibility for the mistakes he made and Mr. President, it's long since time for you to start taking responsibility for the mistakes you made."

Liberals like Kerry, in fact, have tended to believe the Bay of Pigs was a mistake from the get-go because we had no business trying to save Cuba from the Stalinist nightmare in which it has been mired for 45 years. That is the implication of Kerry's remark, and it reveals just how tone-deaf he is when it comes to dealing with totalitarian evil — ranging from Castro's tyranny 90 miles off our shore to Saddam Hussein's Mesopotamian charnel house.
The more he talks, the further he goes down in the polls.

Count Every Vote! (Except the Military)

It should come as no surprise that the "count every vote!" Democrats don't support counting military votes - they didn't in 2000 and they aren't now. Apparently it's vital to count the votes of illegal aliens and convicted felons who've lost their right to vote, but not our military that is doing the fighting overseas. Pennsylvania soldiers sue to have their vote counted.
HARRISBURG (Philadelphia Inquirer) - Two soldiers from Pennsylvania serving abroad filed a motion in federal court yesterday to force the state to accept overseas absentee ballots received after Tuesday's election.

Without an extension, U.S. Army Specs. Matthew J. Schramm of Schwenksville, Montgomery County, and Steven J. Reitz of Venango County, probably won't have their votes counted, according to the court petition filed by lawyers with the Republican State Committee.

"With the war in Iraq a major issue in this election, it is especially imperative that the members of the military actually waging that war have their votes counted," according to the motion, which asks the court to extend the absentee ballot deadline until Nov. 17

According to the court motion yesterday, Schramm and Reitz still have not received their absentee ballots. Without an extension, they fear that they won't get them in time to return them to their home counties by Election Day.
PA Governor Ed Rendell just so happens to oppose extending the deadlines for some reason, but this is odd when he supported it earlier back in the primaries.

The Candidate for All Americans...

One of the best anti Kerry ads I've seen thus far. Whichever side you're on...

Shed a Tear


(Cartoon courtesy of Cox and Forkum.)

This is What Happens...

When Kerry doesn't listen to his campaign advisors and plays sports in public.

Drop for Drop

Fox News has the al-Qaeda video on their website.

Bush: Changing Tactics, not Conservatism

John Hawkins writes a great article on the state of conservatism and the critics which rail against it.

Ex Dem for Bush

I'm beginning to see this more and more.

The Choice

We have a choice, and we must choose wisely!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Quote of the Day

John Kerry, during the second presidential debate:
The president, I don’t think, is living in a world of reality with respect to the environment.

Now, if you’re a Red Sox fan, that’s OK. But if you’re a president, it’s not.
How stupid does he feel now?

380 Tons Becomes 3 Tons

The truth continues to come out on the false New York Times story, and it seems that the original suspicions of the IAEA attempting to influence the election are correct. The IAEA deliberately planted false information, as it would appear, and the Times and Kerry campaign seized it. Discrepancy Found in Explosives Amounts.
Oct. 27, 2004 —Iraqi officials may be overstating the amount of explosives reported to have disappeared from a weapons depot, documents obtained by ABC News show.

The Iraqi interim government has told the United States and international weapons inspectors that 377 tons of conventional explosives are missing from the Al-Qaqaa installation, which was supposed to be under U.S. military control.

But International Atomic Energy Agency documents obtained by ABC News and first reported on “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” indicate the amount of missing explosives may be substantially less than the Iraqis reported.

The information on which the Iraqi Science Ministry based an Oct. 10 memo in which it reported that 377 tons of RDX explosives were missing — presumably stolen due to a lack of security — was based on “declaration” from July 15, 2002. At that time, the Iraqis said there were 141 tons of RDX explosives at the facility.

But the confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency’s inspectors recorded that just over three tons of RDX were stored at the facility — a considerable discrepancy from what the Iraqis reported.

The IAEA documents could mean that 138 tons of explosives were removed from the facility long before the United States launched “Operation Iraqi Freedom” in March 2003.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Kerry Opposes Funding the Troops - Again!

The time has come once again, and Bush is requesting additional funding, a total in the form of $70 billion in supplemental appropriations, mostly for the Army.
The Army is expected to request at least an additional $30 billion for combat activity in Iraq, with $6 billion more needed to begin refurbishing equipment that has been worn down or destroyed by unexpectedly intense combat, another Appropriations Committee aide said. The deferral of needed repairs over the past year has added to maintenance costs, which can no longer be delayed, a senior Pentagon official said.
It's not the "unexpectedly intense" combat; it's the mileage, but that's just "nuance" compared to John Kerry coming out strongly against funding the troops, as reported by his own website, Al-Jazeera.
Kerry also criticized Bush for a report that the administration will demand 70 billion dollars in new funding for Iraq and Afghanistan next year.

"We have learned that the president wants an additional 70 billion dollars of your money by early next year for Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing the total cost to 225 billion dollars.

"Mr. President, what else are you being silent about? What else are you keeping from the American people? How much more will the American people have to pay?" Kerry said.
His shameless pandering and spinelessness is simply breathtaking; he just asked:
"How much more will the American people have to pay?"
This is the same invertebrate panderweasel that had a completely different position back in the days before Howard Dean unleashed the rabid anti-American wing of the Democratic Party.
TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that we should reduce funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?"
SEN. JOHN KERRY: "No. I think we should increase it."
RUSSERT: "Increase funding?"
KERRY: "Yes."
RUSSERT: "By how much?"
KERRY: "By whatever number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim."
-- NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03
Or so he said until he eyed a $70 billion he could cut - along with the $87 billion he voted against for a total of $157 billion he'd shortchange our soldiers. Like a good lot of Kerry's actions, this weakens his attempt to portray himself as some war hero who will be able to fight the war, unless his idea of fighting the war is fighting it with an army that is unarmored, unarmed, and starving. If he can't handle the political pressures exerted upon him during the campaign, of which would be magnified a thousand fold upon entering the White House, how is he supposed to fight al-Qaeda?

Terrorists Want Bush to Lose

Insurgent Abu Jalal: "We've got to work to change the election, and we've done so. With our strikes, we've dragged Bush into the mud."

Ralph Peter also has something interesting to add this morning, describing a friend who is serving in Iraq:
Now he's working to help Iraq become a democratic model for the Middle East. And he's worried. Not about terrorists or insurgents. He's afraid John Kerry will be elected president.

"Kerry's rhetoric is giving the bad guys a thread to hang on," he wrote. "They're hoping we lose our nerve. They're more concerned with the U.S. elections than with the Iraqi ones."


My pal has been involved in every phase of our Iraq operations — dating back to Desert Storm. And he's convinced that the terrorists have risked everything to create as much carnage as they can before Nov. 2. Our troops are killing them left and right. The terrorists are desperate. They can't sustain this tempo of attacks much longer.


But Sen. Kerry insists that we're losing — giving our enemies hope that we'll pull out. No matter what else John Kerry may say, the terrorists only hear his criticisms of our president and our war.
He reviews the progress being made in Iraq, which is mostly lost on us over here as we are in the chaos of an election campaign. The terrorists are hoping that we can lose perspective, pack up and leave Iraq, even though they're being decimated on the battlefield. They're losing, they know it, and everything they are doing is designed to influence the elections back home.
The terrorists are pulling out all the stops to shed blood in Iraq this week. While the media makes every mortar round sound like the end of the world, the encouraging news is that the terrorists haven't been able to do more. They can harass convoys and murder civilians — but they haven't budged our troops or the new Iraqi government.

Of course, the terrorists aren't suddenly going to quit if President Bush wins at the polls — but his re-election would be a terrible psychological blow to them. They know how high the stakes are in Iraq.

The struggle isn't just about the fate of one country, but about the future of the entire Middle East. If freedom and the rule of law get even a 51 percent victory in Iraq, it's the beginning of the end for the terrorists and the vicious regimes that bred them.

Al Qaeda and its affiliates are rapidly using up the human capital they've accumulated over decades. The casualties in Iraq are overwhelmingly on the terrorist side. Extremist leaders have paid a particularly heavy price. But they won't stop fighting because they can't. The terrorists have to win in Iraq. They have to defeat America.

The astonishing thing is that so many of our fellow Americans don't get it. The terrorists aren't committing their shrinking reserves because the outcome's a trivial matter. They recognize the magnitude of what we're helping the Iraqi people achieve.

This is the big one. The fate of a civilization hangs in the balance. And all we hear from one presidential contender is that it's the "wrong war, at the wrong time."
If anything is like Vietnam, it's this. Americans are winning the war on the battlefield but losing it back home. And once again, the man leading the charge to demoralize our support is John Kerry.

KaDud


(Cartoon courtesy of Cox and Forkum Editorial Cartoons.)

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

That Missing RDX

An excellent point made on That Missing RDX by wretchard.
The withdrawal of enemy resources into safe havens was the subject of Belmont Club’s War Plan Orange. In this context, the loss of 380 tons of RDX is similar to worrying about a toothache after being diagnosed with AIDS and Ebola. Some 600,000 tons of explosive are said to have been dispersed throughout Iraq prior to the conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The loss of the RDX is serious, but in the overall scheme of things, one of the least worries. But it provides indirect confirmation of the preemptive dispersal of war materiel by the Saddam regime while the US was trying to negotiate UN permission to topple him for six months, compounded by Turkey’s refusal to allow the 4ID to attack south into the Sunni Triangle.

The account above shows that the RDX explosive was already gone by the time US forces arrived. Although one may retrospectively find some fault with OIF order of battle, most of the damage had already been inflicted by the dilatory tactics of America’s allies which allowed Saddam the time and space — nearly half a year and undisturbed access to Syria — necessary to prepare his resistance, transfer money abroad and disperse explosives (as confirmed first hand by reporters). Although it is both desirable and necessary to criticize the mistakes attendant to OIF, much of the really “criminal” neglect may be laid on the diplomatic failure which gave the wily enemy this invaluable opportunity. The price of passing the “Global Test” was very high; and having been gypped once, there are some who are still eager to be taken to the cleaners again.

(Via LGF)

Iraq Missing Explosives, Kerry Missing Brains

By now, you've no doubt heard about the story Kerry's been using to bludgeon Bush over the head - that because of Bush the 380 tons of explosives in Iraq have recently gone missing. Now, you may ask why this is important. The main charge is that the terrorists now have another 380 tons of explosives to use against us in Iraq because of this lack of security.

There's only one problem with this story.

The explosives in question went missing before American soldiers ever set foot in Iraq, back in 2003, meaning Kerry can no longer point fingers at Bush, and the media can't claim that the weapons went missing because of Bush let that site go unsecured. This should demolish any notion that the media isn't pulling for Kerry. "News of missing explosives in Iraq -- first reported in April 2003 -- was being resurrected for a 60 MINUTES election eve broadcast designed to knock the Bush administration into a crises mode..." This story is over a year old, and it's getting repackaged for some reason. Now why would a story that's over a year old be brought up one week before the election with no mention of the date at which the explosives went missing, and without any of the perspective which comes with it? Hmmmm...

That brings us back to Kerry whining like a two year old over the 380 tons of conventional explosives missing in Iraq.

Calling ol' John back to earth, the Iraq Survey Group said:
In searching for retained stocks of chemical munitions, ISG has had to contend with the almost unbelievable scale of Iraq's conventional weapons armory, which dwarfs by orders of magnitude the physical size of any conceivable stock of chemical weapons. For example, there are approximately 130 known Iraqi Ammunition Storage Points (ASP), many of which exceed 50 square miles in size and hold an estimated 600,000 tons of artillery shells, rockets, aviation bombs and other ordinance.
The amount Kerry and the rest of the media is screaming about is a whopping 0.063% of the total, less than 1% of the round-off error in the estimates, a number eerily similar to the odds of his getting three Purple Hearts in four months without a scar to show for it.

Saddam's stockpile of conventional explosives exceeded that of all other countries except the US, and he had the stuff all over the place. But instead of debating about it, let's just act like Kerry and his cohorts and claim they never existed, shall we?

CBS Still Digging Holes

CBS News was planning to use the missing explosives story as an election eve surprise attack on George Bush.
News of missing explosives in Iraq — first reported in April 2003 — was being resurrected for a 60 MINUTES election eve broadcast designed to knock the Bush administration into a crisis mode.

Jeff Fager, executive producer of the Sunday edition of 60 MINUTES, said in a statement that “our plan was to run the story on October 31.”

Elizabeth Jensen at the LOS ANGELES TIMES details on Tuesday how CBS NEWS and 60 MINUTES lost the story [which repackaged previously reported information on a large cache of explosives missing in Iraq, first published and broadcast in 2003].

The story instead debuted in the NYT. The paper slugged the story about missing explosives from April 2003 as “exclusive.”

An NBCNEWS crew embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq. According to NBCNEWS, the explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived.

It is not clear who exactly shopped an election eve repackaging of the missing explosives story.

The LA TIMES claims: The source on the story first went to 60 MINUTES but also expressed interest in working with the NY TIMES... “The tip was received last Wednesday.”

CBSNEWS’ plan to unleash the story just 24 hours before election day had one senior Bush official outraged.

“Darn, I wanted to see the forged documents to show how this was somehow covered up,” the Bush source, who asked not to be named, mocked, recalling last months CBS airing of fraudulent Bush national guard letters.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Ducking for Cover

Bob Woodwards, the man who wrote the book 'Plan of Attack' amongst dozens of other highly detailed investigative materials says that while Bush has been giving him detailed answers on Iraq and demonstrating a grasp on the situation, Senator Kerry has been ducking them:
At the end of last year, during 3 1/2 hours of interviews over two days, I asked President Bush hundreds of detailed questions about his actions and decisions during the 16-month run-up to the war in Iraq. His answers were published in my book “Plan of Attack.” Beginning on June 16, I had discussions and meetings with Sen. John Kerry’s senior foreign policy, communications and political advisers about interviewing the senator to find out how he might have acted on Iraq – to ask him what he would have done at certain key points. Senior Kerry advisers initially seemed positive about such an interview. One aide told me, “The short answer is yes, it’s going to happen.”

In August, I was talking with Kerry’s scheduler about possible dates. On Sept. 1, Kerry began his intense criticism of Bush’s decisions in the Iraq war, saying “I would’ve done almost everything differently.” A few days later, I provided the Kerry campaign with a list of 22 possible questions based entirely on Bush’s actions leading up to the war and how Kerry might have responded in the same situations. The senator and his campaign have since decided not to do the interview, though his advisers say Kerry would have strong and compelling answers.

(Hat tip: Polipundit)

Kerry Has Lower IQ Than Bush?

That's the conclusion of Steve Sailer, who investigates their standard test scores which were required upon military service.
So, if you take the average of Bush's percentile scores on the three composites most similar to the test Kerry took, Bush scored at the 67th percentile, a little better than Kerry's 50th percentile.

The New York Times (registration required) picked up on this as well, though it must've pained them to report it:
To Bush-bashers, it may be the most infuriating revelation yet from the military records of the two presidential candidates: the young George W. Bush probably had a higher I.Q. than did the young John Kerry.

Clinton for UN Gen Sec

I energetically back this idea. If there's any other better way to immediately delegitimize the UN in the eyes of so many Americans, I want to be sent the memo.

On the other hand, nightmare scenario: Kerry in the White House, Clinton at the head of the UN.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Slap Happy

Have fun slapping the candidate of your choice. Go for a 10.

A Call to Arms

Stolen Honor, the documentary Kerry doesn't want you to see, is now available online for free. Despite the muzzling of Sinclair's broadcast, the internet defeats censorship! Watch it, and spread it far and wide to make sure the Botox guy never sees the inside of the White House.

Matt Stone on Fighting Terrorism

Found an interview from Matt Stone, creator of South Park and Team America: World Police. Fans can check it out here. He gives an interesting perspective behind what went into the movie.

Guardian: Bush 'Needs' to be Murdered

Britain's ever leftist Guardian, with their effort to influence our election undone, demonstrates the peace-talk of the global left by calling for the assassination of the President: Dumb show.
On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod’s law dictates he’ll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?
If there is ever a reason to vote for Bush, it's to make these people miserable for four more years. Keep in mind these are the same people that would condemn the assassination of a Hamas leader.

UPDATE: There is some talk that the article may have been pulled, although the entire site has been down during various parts of the day.

Special Excerpt from Presidential Debate

This clip from the second presidential debate which was made available is amusing. Not as funny as the anti Bush ad, but funny nonetheless.

Haliburton Exposed

Frank J. over at IMAO has made a hilarious anti Bush ad. Check it out. I couldn't help but start laughing towards the end of it. Good stuff.

Campaign Humor

Wizbang has links to this John Kerry Interpretive Campaign site, which is funny. I thought the Bush Interpretive Campaign about as amusing, though I liked Kerry's better.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Bush Sells Out to Corporations

Kerry and Edwards along with the left has made it a habit to whine about the outsourcing of jobs which supposedly is wrecking the job sector at home for Americans. Suddenly turning into Pat Buchanan, Kerry often mentions how we need 'American jobs for American families' and so on. Here in Pennsylvania, businesses have been picking up and leaving, with unemployed Pennsylvanians in their wake. Why is this? It's because of the heavy burden that is placed on businesses by the 'soak the rich' mentality. The reason our businesses leave is because the conditions we create for them at home is inhospitable, or unpreferable compared to the areas where they could conceivably go. We can't make businesses stay. The only way to bring jobs back is to lessen the punishments levied upon them.

So what happens when Bush actually acts on this and passes a tax cut which is going to bring businesses back home and accomplish exactly what Kerry and the media have been bawling about? Without Fanfare, Bush OKs Corporate Tax Cuts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Without fanfare, President Bush signed into law on Friday a nearly $140 billion corporate tax cut bill derided by both Democratic presidential rival John Kerry and Republican Sen. John McCain as a giveaway to special interests.

Bush signed the measure into law aboard Air Force One en route to a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, forgoing a public signing ceremony that would have attracted attention to the tax cuts less than two weeks before Election Day.

The White House had marked the signing of Bush's other major tax bills with lavish public ceremonies. This one was marked with a one-paragraph statement by the press secretary.

Asked why there was no signing ceremony for the corporate tax bill, White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan said: "There are a variety of ways the president signs legislation."

The corporate tax bill aims to end a trade fight with the European Union by repealing U.S. export tax subsidies that violate global trade rules.

But the $140 billion in new business tax breaks included many special interest provisions sharply criticized by public interest groups and fiscal conservatives, which congressional aides said explained Bush's decision to sign it in private.

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who is campaigning for Bush, had called the measure "the worst example of the influence of special interests that I have ever seen."

Kerry campaign spokesman Phil Singer said: "George Bush filled the bill up with corporate giveaways and tax breaks for multinational companies that send jobs overseas." (Isn't that, you know, the point? - mAc)

Singer said the Massachusetts senator's first budget, if elected, would call for the repeal of "all the unwarranted international tax breaks that George Bush included in this bill."

But the White House's Buchan defended the measure: "The president believes it will help American workers and help improve the competitiveness of American manufacturers and other job creators."
As usual, the media spins it in the most negative light possible while Sir Kerry derides the President for doing exactly what would solve the problem he harps about in the first place.

New Bush Ad: Wolves

The Bush Cheney campaign just released this great ad that uses powerful imagery to communicate the terror threat. I think it's great; it has a striking similarity to the 'Bear in the Wilderness' ad of Reagan in '84.

A Flop in the Night

Kerry has been a harsh critic of the Patriot Act in the past (despite supporting it), saying that it gave Ashcroft too much power. (Despite the fact that there is not one case of abuse.) Well, polls reveal that the American public disagrees with the esteemed Senator, as a majority of the public supports the Patriot Act, and thinks it doesn't go far enough. Guess what his new position is?
As John Kerry (news - web sites) barnstorms swing states in the election's final days, he has harsh words for President Bush (news - web sites) on the Patriot Act: It doesn't go far enough.

Kerry and other Democrats who once called the law, which gives the federal government sweeping powers to fight terrorism in the U.S., a threat to the Constitution are now praising it....

A recent campaign release even had Kerry taking credit for writing the act's money laundering provisions.

That's a dramatic shift for a candidate who last year warned, "We are a nation of laws and liberties, not of a knock in the night."

Why Doesn't Castro Hurry Up & Die?


Those should leave some marx.

Kerry Flip Flops on Faith

Kerry during second debate:
"...I can't take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn't share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever. I can't do that."
Aside from what is wrong with this by itself...

Flipper at Ohio, trying to woo social conservatives:
"I will bring my faith with me to the White House and it will guide me,"
What else is new?

PC School District Bans Halloween

Puyallup School District (near Seattle, Washington) is banning Halloween parties because children dressed up as witches might be offensive to real witches.

What's going to be next? Easter, Christmas?

Bah, they've probably already banned them too...

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Get Away, Children!


Iraqi children follow a British Army soldier on foot patrol in the southern city of Basra, October 19, 2004.

Look at all the hate they have for us!

The Drama Begins!


Great news: Gore to stump for Kerry in Florida.
Oct. 21, 2004 — As if the Florida recount of 2000 didn't loom large enough in the minds of voters and politicians, ABC News has learned that former Vice President Al Gore will campaign for Sen. John Kerry this weekend in Florida.

Kerry made the request of Gore, the 2000 Democratic presidential nominee, over the weekend in a telephone conversation, Democratic sources told ABC News.
There are two reasons why this is great. First, Al Gore is insane, and he'll be turning off voters left and right in Florida. Just remember what happened to Howard Dean's campaign right after Gore endorsed him.

Second, Gore has absolutely, positively, zero appeal to moderates and conservatives. The fact that he's out there means Kerry is worried about his base, and that is a troubling thought for Kerry supporters.

Dissension In the Ranks

Soros, of all people, rips Moore for his propaganda driven tactics.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 /U.S. Newswire/ -- George Soros denounced filmmaker Michael Moore for using unethical and misleading tactics following a speaking engagement in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on October 19. But the billionaire liberal still defended a controversial TV ad by MoveOn.org, a liberal advocacy group heavily subsidized by Soros.

Soros was speaking at Harrisburg's Tuesday Club as part of his nationwide tour calling for the defeat of President Bush (news - web sites). Members of the Soros Truth Squad, sponsored by the National Legal and Policy Center, attended the event and confronted Soros.

In response to a question from Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter Peter DeCoursey about fellow Bush-critic Moore, Soros criticized the filmmaker for resorting to inaccuracies "to mislead the American people." Soros emphatically stated, "I am not a fan of Michael Moore."
Now that came out of left field. Pot calling the kettle black?

Outfoxing 'Outfoxed'

Outfoxed, following in the dastardly steps of F9/11, plays at whipping up the conspiracy theories that endlessly circulate on the internet and political gossip. According to Outfoxed and its ilk, Fox News is some sort of fascist mouthpiece of the Republican Agenda, crushing dissent behind the scenes while brainwashing the hapless viewers with propaganda. This article points out some of the problems in the 'documentary', which uses Moore-like tactics in dishonest editing to create a portrayal that fits the message being sold but not reality. Let's get to the meat of the article. 'Outfoxed' not an accurate portrayal.
All jests aside, Outfoxed has some seriously misleading material. Conveniently absent from many cut-and-paste scenes is the benefit of attributions and context. Consider the scene where FOX News' chief political correspondent, Carl Cameron, says to the camera, "If you want to destroy jobs in this country, you raise taxes." That's quite a bomb to hurl. However, Cameron -- who was praised by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for his objectivity in reporting -- was quoting Secretary of Commerce Don Evans.

How about the part where one of the anchors refers to former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke's book as "an appalling act of profiteering." Actually, that was Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). You wouldn't have known that just from watching the movie -- but Greenwald knew all along.

Greenwald, who rejects the notion of liberally biased media, also employs a handful of morning editorials from John Moody, FOX News' senior vice president of news editorial. I read those editorial memos every day for three months, during which time some big stories broke -- the death of former President Ronald Reagan, American hostage Paul Johnson Jr.'s beheading, Saddam Hussein on trial, the Democratic National Convention and a fiery political race. And all FOX News shows prepared their rundowns as they saw fit. Editorials were blueprints, not marching orders.

Citing one memo, Greenwald showed Moody writing about war coverage: "It won't be long before some people start to decry the use of "excessive force.' We won't be among that group." The point was to advise journalists not to become shrill and jump to conclusions without proper justification. It isn't the media's job to make quantum leaps, but rather a bad habit.

The criticism won't stop, and Outfoxed is just a drop in the bucket. Yet maybe, in the put-up or shut-up game of broadcasting, CNN and MSNBC will be forced to explain why they keep shedding viewers and money, while FOX News continues to expand. Sounds like a perfect opportunity for a "We report, you decide."
I'll be putting up some other articles discussing the movie later, as well. Another of the disingenious manipulations that went into the movie is the exceedingly liberal use of Fox News footage - the problem is, aside from the possible copyright infringements, is that a good lot of these never aired on television, which somewhat invalidates their point.

It should also be noted that Outfoxed brazenly throws intellectual honesty and caution to the wind as it boldly incorporates fraudulent conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory into its production. For instance, Outfoxed uses Joe Wilson's niger/Africa claims to prove that Bush lied - and yet it was Joe Wilson who was exposed as a fraud and a dirty liar. The fact that this was kept, knowingly or not, brings into question the veracity and credibility of the rest of the work.

Bush Derangement Syndrome


A banner headline in the Village Voice.

The Most Amazing Kerry Quote

The Global Test lives again! Rush Limbaugh, using the vast network of resources at his command, has found the following nugget in the Washington Post that is an absolutely devestating bombshell. It's the most damning exposure of Kerry, and by his own words.
Kerry's belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, "If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no."
This is like the stake in the heart of the Kerry campaign. If the Bush campaign is smart at all they'll be pounding this endlessly for the next thirteen days. Rush has the audio of the exchange, as well. About the only consistenty Kerry has showed is his endless love affair with the UN and his quest to subordinate America's national security to it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Sinclair Drops 'Stolen Honor'

Free speech is apparently only free when it is the left exercising it. The documentary that Kerry supporters desperately have tried to keep us from seeing won't be shown in its entirety after all. But I can guarantee that if anybody on the right even lifted a finger to stop some of the absurd abuses of McCain-Feingold or to impact something like F9/11, we'd be hearing cries of "FASCIST!" all night long.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Sinclair Broadcast Group has pulled back on its plans to air a program critical of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's anti-Vietnam war activities.

A young Kerry testifies before Congress in a scene from the movie.

Facing a growing political firestorm , the Hunt Valley, Md.-based broadcaster said Tuesday that it would not air the documentary "Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal" in its entirety.

Sinclair said 40 of its 62 stations would air a one-hour program on Friday entitled "A POW Story: Politics, Pressure and the Media" that will still raise allegations about Kerry's anti-war activities in the early 1970s. It will also focus in part on the use of documentaries and the role of the media in swaying voters, the company said.
The left and opponents of airing the Kerry documentary assure us that their main objection to Sinclair airing the documentary was a supposed abuse of the public airwaves. Since they've made the case that cable and PPV were different than Sinclair's broadcast stations, these same people should be just overflowing with support for one of the hundreds of cable channels (C-SPAN, for example) showing all 45 minutes of the documentary, no?

Kerry: No Apologies

Kerry continues digging his hole deeper, by refusing to issue any apologies. This will ensure that the issue will remain on the front page for days to come. No Kerry apology for Cheney remark.
Sen. John Kerry's campaign said yesterday that the presidential candidate will not apologize for bringing Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter into the last debate, insisting that he meant it as a compliment and denying that it has hurt the Democrat's ability to gain ground in post-debate polls.
What an ass. Not only did he violate another family's privacy and use a daughter to hurt her parents, but he's so full of himself that he can't even see that he did anything wrong. Insisting that he was right, and that somehow, the majority of Americans who found it appalling are homophobes, isn't going to win him any votes. Nice job, Senator.

When even Hillary agrees with the other side, you know you did something wrong:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, broke with most in her party and publicly stated that Mr. Kerry might have made a mistake.

"I think he was trying to strike, actually, a sensitive note, [but] it might not have worked," she told Albany's WROW radio Monday, adding that she could "understand why some people might have been bothered" by Mr. Kerry's comment.
You'd think with all of this gay baiting the Democratic leaning gay advocacy groups would be in hysterics shouting for recognizing their rightful position in society and speaking against discrimination or what have you. Instead they are out there defending Kerry's words and making a fuss over anyone who brings up that it should have stayed hidden. But they're also saying that it was Dick Cheney who — in what they would have to admit was a poor job of hiding — first brought up the fact that his daughter is gay.

Voter Fraud

If You Can't Win, Cheat

So there's this story of, uh, fraud, in Ohio.
Thousands of cards mailed by county election boards to newly registered voters in Hamilton County and throughout the state are being returned because the people can't be found.

John Williams, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, said the situation indicates that there might not be as many new voters as some expect in a state deemed crucial in the presidential election.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett on Tuesday said it's a result of statewide registration fraud conducted by independent groups that support Democratic candidates.
Sure, the dead appear on ballots, but why should they vote?

Coming of the Storm

Kerry has a new strategy for winning the election. Kerry Recount Strategy Different From Gore’s.
WASHINGTON —Sen. John Kerry has a simple strategy if the presidential race is in doubt on Nov. 3, the day after the election: Do not repeat Al Gore’s mistakes.

Unlike the former vice president, who lost a recount fight and the 2000 election, Kerry will be quick to declare victory on election night and begin defending it. He also will be prepared to name a national security team before knowing whether he’s secured the presidency.
So even before he wins, or if he doesn't, he's still going to go on national television and declare himself the winner, electoral process be damned, and he's got an army of lawyers that'll make good on it, too. What kind of effect will this have the perceptions and legitimacy of our elections? Isn't one of the core tenets of our democratic elections that the opposing side will respectfully submit himself to the outcome, whether or not he wins or loses?

The Republicans are gathering an army of lawyers to counteract this buildup.

Women Win Rights Through Koran

It all comes down to people. An excerpt from the Washington Post:
Women's rights advocates have won sweeping reforms of marriage and divorce laws in Morocco and Egypt by basing their arguments on an unlikely source — the Koran.

The latest reforms were in Morocco, where the parliament in February approved landmark changes to a 46-year-old family law by granting women property rights in marriage and the right to divorce.

Supporters of the changes — including King Mohammed VI — relied on verses from the Koran to support the reform.

We showed in Morocco that there is no such thing as a contradiction between Islam and modernity, and there is no contradiction between Islam and equality between men and women," said Aziz Mekouar, Moroccan ambassador to the United States.
A victory for moderate muslims everywhere. This is how we will win the war against radical Islam. We must help Islam purge it's own inner demons.

Ashley's Story

A moving pro Bush ad: Ashley's Story.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Preempt the Vote


(Cartoon courtesy of Cox and Forkum.)

From the New York Post: Democrat Primer: Play Phony Race Card By Charging Vote 'Intimidation'.
Republicans ripped into John Kerry yesterday over a stunning new internal manual that advises Democrats to launch "pre-emptive" strikes charging the GOP with voter intimidation -- even if none exists.

The "Election Day Manual" -- written for Kerry's Colorado campaign workers -- includes a menu of options Democrats can follow next month to claim Republican intimidation, ranging from issuing press releases to organizing minority leaders to denounce the practice.

It was unclear last night whether the manual had been penned by the Kerry campaign or the Democratic National Committee, although questions about it were fielded by the DNC.

Democratic leaders dismissed the charge, insisting the manual was aimed at providing guidance for "preventing and combating" voter intimidation from happening in the first place.

Bad News for Bush

Democratic groups in Philadelphia have now registered more voters in Philadelphia than voting age people in Philadelphia. (registration required)
Philadelphia officials said that a majority of the new registrations in the city were collected by several independent groups that have been working for months to defeat President Bush.

These include America Coming Together (ACT), which said yesterday that its paid workers and volunteers signed up 130,000 people statewide to vote.

Carter: Revolutionary War "Unnecessary"

'Hardball with Chris Matthews' for Oct. 18
MATTHEWS: Let me ask you the question about—this is going to cause some trouble with people—but as an historian now and studying the Revolutionary War as it was fought out in the South in those last years of the War, insurgency against a powerful British force, do you see any parallels between the fighting that we did on our side and the fighting that is going on in Iraq today?

CARTER: Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we’ve fought. I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war.

Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonial’s really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely, and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a nonviolent way.
... My brain hurts.

(Via LGF)

Retired Gen. Tommy Franks Rips Kerry on Tora Bora Lie

Retired General Tommy Franks has written an op-ed appearing on the New York Times, still taking the fighting to the enemy and pointing out Kerry's lies about Afghanistan. Franks: War of Words.
On more than one occasion, Senator Kerry has referred to the fight at Tora Bora in Afghanistan during late 2001 as a missed opportunity for America. He claims that our forces had Osama bin Laden cornered and allowed him to escape. How did it happen? According to Mr. Kerry, we “outsourced” the job to Afghan warlords. As commander of the allied forces in the Middle East, I was responsible for the operation at Tora Bora, and I can tell you that the senator’s understanding of events doesn’t square with reality.

First, take Mr. Kerry’s contention that we “had an opportunity to capture or kill Osama bin Laden” and that “we had him surrounded.” We don’t know to this day whether Mr. bin Laden was at Tora Bora in December 2001. Some intelligence sources said he was; others indicated he was in Pakistan at the time; still others suggested he was in Kashmir. Tora Bora was teeming with Taliban and Qaeda operatives, many of whom were killed or captured, but Mr. bin Laden was never within our grasp.

Second, we did not “outsource” military action. We did rely heavily on Afghans because they knew Tora Bora, a mountainous, geographically difficult region on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is where Afghan mujahedeen holed up for years, keeping alive their resistance to the Soviet Union. Killing and capturing Taliban and Qaeda fighters was best done by the Afghan fighters who already knew the caves and tunnels.

Third, the Afghans weren’t left to do the job alone. Special forces from the United States and several other countries were there, providing tactical leadership and calling in air strikes. Pakistani troops also provided significant help - as many as 100,000 sealed the border and rounded up hundreds of Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

Contrary to Senator Kerry, President Bush never “took his eye off the ball” when it came to Osama bin Laden. The war on terrorism has a global focus. It cannot be divided into separate and unrelated wars, one in Afghanistan and another in Iraq. Both are part of the same effort to capture and kill terrorists before they are able to strike America again, potentially with weapons of mass destruction. Terrorist cells are operating in some 60 countries, and the United States, in coordination with dozens of allies, is waging this war on many fronts.
I also wrote some on this issue here.

Bush Support Doubles Amongst Blacks

How will this affect the election? We'll have to wait and see.
President Bush has doubled his support among blacks in four years and Sen. John Kerry's backing among the key Democratic voting bloc is down slightly from the support Al Gore won in 2000, according to a poll released Tuesday.
This is significant, considering that blacks have traditionally broken for Democrats in humongous numbers. While that is not different this year, the fact that Bush has gained amongst them in spite of all the race baiting and draftmongering is.

Hail Mary


(Cartoon courtesy of Cox and Forkum.)

With Kerry's comments having backfired, some are saying that it is the result of his having to resort to a 'hail mary' approach. Nevertheless, his tactics have drawn scrutiny. "Kerry's gratuitous violation of a simple rule of campaign etiquette reveals an unacceptable lust for power."
The motive [for the drafting of Mary Cheney into the Kerry campaign] seems to be the vaguely cynical hope that Kerry could pit Cheney's own daughter against her father's ticket, that the controversy over the coming days would be: what does Mary Cheney think about her father's campaign? How has he treated her? And so on. A group of leftist "gay rights" activists have been trying to do this for a long time, demanding that Mary Cheney state her own views publicly -- demanding, in effect, that she denounce her father in public. Last Wednesday's comment seems to be Kerry's attempt to pick up on that somewhat disreputable far-left campaign.(This is not the first time that Kerry has picked up a loony-left rallying cry and given it a respectable, mainstream spokesman -- from the Winter Soldier smear in 1971, to the Howard Dean anti-American foreign policy, to the more recent claim that Bush secretly wants to bring back the draft.)
Would anyone want to be used to hurt their own family? Would you feel comfortable being used against your father against your will?

The Ongoing Saga


Why?!

A Useful Purpose?

In the ongoing debate over stem cell research, the focus is often on embyronic stem cells, which ignores that adult stem cells can also be cultivated. Unlike what Edwards attempts to assert when he manipulates Reeves' death for political gain, embryonic stem cells have little chance to heal the maladies that somebody of Reeves' condition suffered. Similarly, despite the effeminate Ron Reagan's blustering, they have little consequence for Alzheimer's, as well.

However, adult stem cells actually provide some more promise than embyronic stem cells. And there is the possibility of stem cells originating from an unlikely source. Body fat may hold bonanza: Stem cells
Every year, Americans have 150,000 gallons of fat liposuctioned out of their bodies, no doubt unaware that each pint could yield up to 200 million stem cells.

But the scientists behind that calculation are acutely aware. They enjoy pointing out that the most dispensable, detested human flesh turns out to be loaded with the elusive cells that are key to the dream of regenerating and repairing body parts.

That dream is fast taking shape, judging from a meeting here earlier this month of IFATS, the fledgling International Fat Applied Technology Society.

It was only three years ago that a team from UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh isolated stem cells from fat, technically called adipose tissue. Since that breakthrough, a flurry of experiments, mostly in animals, have revealed these cells to be surprisingly adaptable. Given the proper cues, the cells can act like - if not actually become - bone, cartilage, nerve, heart, or blood-vessel cells.

Already, fat stem cells are showing promise in reconnecting severed nerves, strengthening damaged hearts, healing inflamed intestinal holes, and cosmetically enhancing breasts.
Think about that next time somebody gripes about embryonic stem cell research. Could it be that Michael Moore might serve a useful purpose to society after all?

UNSCAM Update: Prosecutions

UNSCAM Update:
American prosecutors are preparing charges against Benon Sevan, the former head of the United Nations oil for food programme, who has been accused of accepting millions of dollars in kickbacks from Saddam Hussein's regime.
We'll see if the papers will cover this.

Crazy Al


"It is beyond incompetence — it is recklessness that risks the safety and security of the American people,".

He's back!

Kerry the Clueless

For once, the LA Times writes a good article on Kerry's recycling of old policies that have proven disastrous (his repeat of Clinton's NoKo policy comes to mind) and his deferrence to the ineffective and corrupt United Nations. Kerry the Clueless.
By now, to be sure, Kerry thinks that Arafat’s “support” for terrorism has already rendered him unfit as a partner for peace. And his votes in the Senate (like all but a handful of senators) have been routinely friendly to Israel.

So why am I still exercised about John Kerry?

It’s the ramifications of his foreign policy in general, especially his fixation on the United Nations as the arbiter of international legitimacy, proctor of that “global test.”

Save for the U.S. veto in the Security Council, Israel loses every struggle at the U.N. against lopsided majorities. In the General Assembly and the Human Rights Commission, Muslim states trade their votes to protect aggressors and tyrannies from censure in exchange for libels against the Jewish state. The body’s bloated and dishonest bureaucracies are no better, as evidenced most recently by the head of the U.N. Palestine refugee organization, who defended having Hamas militants on his staff.

I’ve searched to find one time when Kerry — even candidate Kerry — criticized a U.N. action or statement against Israel. I’ve come up empty. Nor has he defended Israel against the European Union’s continuous hectoring. Another thing that bothers me about Kerry is the deus ex machina he has up his sleeve: the appointment of a presidential envoy. It’s hard to count how many special emissaries have been dispatched from Washington to the Middle East to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict. What’s easy to see is that none of them has gotten to “yes.”

Monday, October 18, 2004

Buchanan Endorsement

Pat Buchanan is endorsing President Bush.
If Bush loses, his conversion to neoconservatism, the Arian heresy of the American Right, will have killed his presidency. Yet, in the contest between Bush and Kerry, I am compelled to endorse the president of the United States. Why? Because, while Bush and Kerry are both wrong on Iraq, Sharon, NAFTA, the WTO, open borders, affirmative action, amnesty, free trade, foreign aid, and Big Government, Bush is right on taxes, judges, sovereignty, and values. Kerry is right on nothing.

Revulsion over Kerry Meanness

Despite John Kerry's attempts to cling to his comments while his spinners try and salvage the situation, it has backfired. Kerry comment about Cheney daughter may have backfired. (Naaah, can't be.)
WASHINGTON (AFP) - John Kerry has come under renewed criticism for raising the case of Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, during a presidential debate.

Five days after making the comment, Kerry remained at the centre of a media controversy for highlighting Cheney’s sexual orientation.

Political talk shows, newspaper commentators and an opinion poll have all kept the gay comment in the public. Democrats have bravely called it a storm in a political teacup and Kerry’s campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill has said Cheney’s daughter is “fair game”.

According to a Washington Post poll, 64 percent of electors believe Kerry made a mistake. An ABC New poll gave a similar result.
What the hell did Cheney's daughter do to become "fair game"?

Foreign Leaders 4 Kerry

We already know that Bush has the backing of the Russians, Japanese and the Israelis, so here is a Kerry backer:
The Palestinian Authority made its first open statement Monday expressing support for US democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Says So Much


Eerily symbolic, don't you think?

Kerry's campaign is in the red zone. How do I know he's scraping so much just to survive?

Kerry Warns Draft Possible if Bush Wins

Pure desperation. There's no other way to explain him beating this dead horse again. 'Specially when it's his Democrats who sponsored the legislation that would've reinstituted the draft if it had passed. And listening to the news today, along with Kerry's draftmongering, he's out there trying to terrorize the black vote with charges of racism and criminal voter suppression (which didn't happen in 2000 - it's one of those things that become true if you say it enough) and whip up the seniors into a frenzied hysteria by attributing to Bush false talk about doing away with social security completely.

And we just have to look at where Kerry and Edwards are headed this week. Wisconsin, Iowa, New Jersey, Minnesota, Oregon, and New Hampshire. These are all blue states that they've been forced to defend from Bush. Meanwhile, Bush is attacking Kerry showing up in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and even New Jersey, and doesn't have to defend the states from Kerry where he is already strong. Kerry's action is broadcasting that he's finished.

UPDATE: Bush faults Kerry for 'shameless scare tactics'...
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) - President Bush on Monday accused Democratic rival Sen. John Kerry of "shameless scare tactics" by suggesting that the president would jeopardize Social Security for older Americans and bring back the military draft for young people.

Bush, in an Associated Press interview, said of Kerry, "He's trying to scare our seniors. It is wrong to try to scare people going into the polls."

The Republican incumbent said Kerry's charges were just "old-style politics."

Kerry said Sunday that Bush was planning a "January surprise" attempt to privatize Social Security if re-elected. As for reviving the draft to replenish U.S. forces in Iraq, the Democrat told The Des Moines Register last week that, "With George Bush, the plan for Iraq is more of the same and the great potential of a draft."

"One of the things that we obviously are being confronted with are shameless scare tactics," Bush told the AP. "My opponent has said to youngsters that if George W. is elected there will be a draft."

The president pointed out that he said during the debate that he will not revive the military draft.

Bush said it was inappropriate for Kerry to mention in the final debate that Mary Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, is a lesbian in response to a question on whether homosexuality is a choice.

"I thought it was over the line," the president said.

Club for Growth Ad

This Club for Growth ad is hilarious.

Republicans Have Better Sex Lives?

Uh... ABCNews: 'Primetime live' Poll: More Republicans Satisfied with Sex Lives than Democrats.
The poll analysis includes a breakdown by many subgroups, including region, age and even political party affiliation, which is the topic of results released today:

Of those involved in a committed relationship, who is very satisfied with their relationship?
Republicans — 87 percent; Democrats — 76 percent

Who is very satisfied with their sex life?
Republicans — 56 percent; Democrats — 47 percent

The poll analysis also reveals who has worn something sexy to enhance their sex life:
Republicans — 72 percent; Democrats — 62 percent

When asked whether they had ever faked an orgasm, more Democrats (33 percent) than Republicans (26 percent) said they had.

Among the factors that impact the survey results is that more men identify themselves as Republicans and men are more likely to say they are sexually satisfied and enjoy sex "a great deal." Also, Democrats are more likely to be women; and the poll results show that women are more likely to fake orgasms.
So... There you have it...

Quote of the Day

Vladimir Putin: “I consider the activities of terrorists in Iraq are not as much aimed at coalition forces but more personally against President Bush. International terrorism has as its goal to prevent the election of President Bush to a second term. If they achieve that goal, then that will give international terrorism a new impulse and extra power.”

Kofi Returns


(Cartoon via Cox and Forkum.)

FoxNews reports: Annan: Iraq War Hasn't Made World Safer.
The U.S.-led war in Iraq hasn't made the world any safer, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a British TV interview aired Sunday.

"I cannot say the world is safer when you consider the violence around us, when you look around you and see the terrorist attacks around the world and you see what is going on in Iraq," Annan told the ITV network. "We have a lot of work to do as an international community to try and make the world safer," he said.

Annan has previously described the U.S.-led war that toppled Saddam Hussein as "illegal."

FoxNews also reports: Oil-for-Food Probe Includes Annan's Son.
The Justice Department criminal probe into the U.N. Oil-for-Food program is focusing on several individuals, among them U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's son, FOX News has learned.

Kojo Annan, the secretary-general's son, was employed by a U.N. contractor that monitored food and medicine shipments that were flowing into Iraq as part of the multibillion-dollar program created in late 1996.

The Oil-for-Food program is now being probed by the Justice Department and Congress as a boondoggle that enriched Saddam Hussein and others. A report delivered last week by Charles Duelfer found that Saddam was able to "subvert" the $60 billion U.N. Oil-for-Food program to generate an estimated $1.7 billion in revenue outside U.N. control from 1997-2003. [...]

FOX News was unable to locate Kojo Annan for comment but his father told reporters at the United Nations earlier this year that there was no connection.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

FEC Looking to Regulate Web Activity

Free speech? What free speech?

Play Soccer!


Captions, anyone?

Evian, Mr. Kerry?

Kerry is an odd fellow. He seems to be quite wary of reporters and their ilk, carefully measuring every phrase and answer to create the appropriate image. What makes Kerry tick.
Bai admits that Kerry treats reporters as the enemy: "he acts as if you've been sent to destroy him, and he can't quite figure out why in the world he should be sitting across from you," writes Bai.

There was also a somewhat amusing part. It's almost as if he's paranoid. He has to manufacture an image, perhaps. But most politicians tend to do that.
...Bai describes Kerry's wariness over a simple choice of what kind of water to drink:

"A row of Evian water bottles had been thoughtfully place on a nearby table. Kerry frowned.

"'Can we get any of my water?'" Kerry asks, sending his communications director out to fetch a different brand.

"'What kind of water do you drink?'" Bai inquires of Kerry, trying to make conversation.

"'Plain old American water,'" (Kerry) said.

"'You mean tap water?'" asks Bai.

"'No,' Kerry replied deliberately. He seemed now to sense some kind of trap. I was left to imagine what was going through his head. If I admit that I drink bottled water, then he might say I'm out of touch with ordinary voters. But doesn't demanding my own brand of water seem even more aristocratic? Then again, Evian is French -- important to stay away from anything even remotely French, " Bai fantasizes the candidate running through his options.

"'There are all kinds of waters,' (Kerry) said finally. Pause. 'Saratoga Spring.' This seemed to have exhausted his list. 'Sometimes I drink tap water,' he added."
An awkward conversation - he seems dodgy over the kind of water. 'Plain old American water', as if he has to convince us. It's an interesting view into his psyche, at any rate.

Terrifying Face of Forgiveness

Presenting the terrifying face of forgiveness by Tim Blair. The fist of power! I had to put down my drink for that one.

UPDATE: More goodness, here.

UPDATE II: Another good one.

CNN/GALLUP POLL: Bush 52%, Kerry 44%

Even though according to the conventional wisdom, Bush lost the debate, Kerry apparently lost in the polls. Some victories, eh? Bush is ahead with an eight point lead.
CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP POLL
October 14-16
Choice for President

Likely Registered
Voters Voters

Bush 52% 49%
Kerry 44 46
Nader 1 1

CNN/USA TODAY/GALLUP POLL

FOR RELEASE: Sunday, October 17 at noon

Interviews with 1,013 adult Americans, including 788 likely voters and 942 registered voters, conducted by telephone on October 14-16, 2004

Although Americans think John Kerry did the best job in the debates, that has not translated into an increase in his popularity, which in turn means that he appears to have lost a little ground to Bush. Among registered voters, a 48%-48% tie is now a 49%-46% edge for Bush -- not much of a difference and, with the sampling error, not a significant change. The Gallup likely voter model, which identified those respondents who are most likely to cast a ballot, is magnifying those shifts, with a 49%-48% advantage for Kerry turning into a 52%-44% lead for Bush. What's going on?

For one thing, the charge that Kerry is too liberal, which Bush emphasized mostly in the third and last debate on Wednesday night, seems to be sticking. Nearly half say Kerry's political views are too liberal. (Four in ten say Bush is too conservative.) But didn't Kerry win the debate? Yes, as with the first two debates, the public thinks Kerry did the better job on Wednesday night. But as Al Gore learned in 2000, winning a debate on points does not necessarily translate into votes or make a candidate more popular. As in 2000, Bush's favorable ratings -- Americans view of him as a person -- went up after a debate that he lost. Kerry's favorable rating has remained flat. Republicans seem more enthusiastic about the election, and thus more likely to vote, as reflected in the Gallup likely voter model.

Bush may have energized his base in the final debate at the expense of not appealing to a wider audience -- but he managed to do so in a way that made him more popular than Kerry.
Winning the presidential debates does not necessarily translate to an increase in the polls. This was not surprising, though it is vindicating, as I saw in the earlier polls that while Kerry had won, Bush gained in the subcurrents on the polls. The issues that will be important in this election, such as trust, such as strength on national security and ability to wage the war on terror - Bush gained in all of these, even in the first debate, while Kerry was flat.

I wouldn't give this too much stock, though, since we don't know what the internals are. And most polls are screwed up in some way or another, enough that this should be treated as suspect until later, as well.

The Nader Factor


New York Times:
With less than three weeks before the election, Ralph Nader is emerging as just the threat that Democrats feared, with a potential to tip the balance in up to nine states where President Bush and Senator John Kerry are running neck and neck. ...

Polls show that he could influence the outcomes in nine by drawing support from Mr. Kerry. They are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Wisconsin.
Somebody should send old Ralph a gift basket.

(Cartoon courtesy of Cox and Forkum.)

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Foreign Leaders

It's been months and we're all still waiting to learn who those mysterious foreign leaders were that Kerry said supported him. However, excluding these imaginary ones, there are leaders who support Bush. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has come out in support of Bush for reelection.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Thursday he wants George W. Bush to retain the U.S. presidency in the country's upcoming election.

''I don't want to interfere with another country's election but since I'm well-acquainted with President Bush, I want him to carry on,'' Koizumi told reporters at his office when asked about Democratic rival Sen. John Kerry's lead in the latest poll.

Koizumi has developed a personal relationship with the Republican incumbent since both took office in 2001. Koizumi plans to stay on for nearly two more years through September 2006 to become one of the longest-serving premiers in Japan.

BBC: Terrorism is a Myth

The BBC is going to air a three part documentary that declares that al-Qaeda and terrorism are all a myth perpetuated to serve as the 'wool over our eyes'. As if the BBC didn't have enough issues... The making of a terror myth.
During the three years in which the “war on terror” has been waged, high-profile challenges to its assumptions have been rare. The sheer number of incidents and warnings connected or attributed to the war has left little room, it seems, for heretical thoughts. In this context, the central theme of The Power of Nightmares is riskily counter-intuitive and provocative. Much of the currently perceived threat from international terrorism, the series argues, “is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media.” The series’ explanation for this is even bolder: “In an age when all the grand ideas have lost credibility, fear of a phantom enemy is all the politicians have left to maintain their power.”


Adam Curtis, who wrote and produced the series, acknowledges the difficulty of saying such things now. “If a bomb goes off, the fear I have is that everyone will say, ‘You’re completely wrong,’ even if the incident doesn’t touch my argument. This shows the way we have all become trapped, the way even I have become trapped by a fear that is completely irrational.”
That's right. Terrorism is not a threat.

Military Families Prefer Bush 3-1

Poll: GIs, Families Trust Bush Over Kerry. (Via LGF)
WASHINGTON - When asked who they would trust as commander in chief, people in military service and their families chose President Bush over Sen. John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, by almost a 3-to-1 margin.

Bush, who served in the Texas Air National Guard, was more trusted by 69 percent while 24 percent said they trusted Kerry more, according to the National Annenberg Election Survey released Friday.
Would they vote for a quagmire?

Friday, October 15, 2004

UN Uses Oil for Food Money to Investigate Oil for Food

There is a great article over at the NRO on how the UN is investigating the Oil for Food scandal using the money they got from that scandal itself. How's that for a conflict of interest?
In other words, Volcker's investigation, with its $30-million projected budget, will now be funded out of one of the same Oil-for-Food accounts Volcker is supposed to be investigating.

That's bad enough. The other problem with Annan's plan is that all Oil-for-Food money flowed from the oil wells of Iraq and was meant to bring aid to the Iraqi people. Any leftover funds belong by rights to the Iraqis, to serve their needs — not those of the U.N. So why should Annan use the Iraqi people's money to pay for an inquiry into an Iraq-relief program that under U.N. management became the biggest bungle in the history of humanitarian relief?
Don't expect much to come from this supposedly 'independent' investigation. Really, who's going to expect the people to investigate themselves?

Cowboy Boots & Flip Flops

Ann Coulter wrote another sizzling column today, and it is filled with bodyblows to Kerry. Fall Fashion Preview: Cowboy Boots In, Flip-Flops Out.
Imagine President John Kerry at the Berlin Wall. "Mr. Gorbachev ... I challenge you to get to an emotional place where you can imagine a different kind of non-wall reality, that fully respects the 'wallness' of your current reality, yet takes us on a spiritual journey in which ..."

Republicans are more simple-minded, but for some things you want to be a little less contemplative, a little less nuanced. In a war against rabid savages trying to nuke Manhattan, you want a policy more along the lines of: Kill 'em! Republicans will shoot burn and bury the terrorists. Kerry will give them a speech.
I can say that I am becoming more and more a fan of Ann Coulter. Her latest book, from what I have read of the first few chapters, is funny, poignant, and insightful. And she lacks what is often missing from political discourse these days: wit.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Fiscal Restraint



From Cox and Forkum Editorial Cartoons.

UNSCAM UPDATE IV: Syria


Apparently while the French and Russians take the cake for corrupt deals with Saddam, it appears that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Syria participated in arming Saddam with weapons and munitions that are right now contributing to the fight going on in Iraq, while they talked about peace. Saddam, Syria, Colluded Under UN Watch.
So flagrant was Syria’s cooperation with Saddam that in October, 2002, while the U.S. was trying to reason with the U.N. Security Council, Syria, according to the Duelfer report, was helping Saddam import from a Ukrainian military manufacturer an entire massive pontoon bridge set.

All this was made much easier by a setup in which, despite the reassuring label of sanctions on Iraq, the United Nations in practice did nothing to police the Iraqi-Syrian border. Under the 1996-2003 Oil-for-Food program, which was supposed to restrict Saddam’s trade exclusively to humanitarian goods (expanded early on to include oil industry equipment), the U.N. Secretariat collected $1.4 billion in commissions on Saddam’s oil sales, to monitor and ensure the integrity of the U.N. program.

But, as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) ran the program, the U.N.-hired inspectors were tasked only to check whether shipments into Iraq qualified for payment from U.N.-held escrow accounts for Iraq — not to stop contraband. Under the U.N. setup, it turns out, there was nothing to prevent trucks filled with forbidden munitions rolling from Syria into Iraq. And that, it seems, is what happened.

The Duelfer report, in hundreds more pages, lays out details of more than a dozen countries involved in Saddam’s illicit arms deals, including other nations in which the government played a direct role: "Belarus, North Korea, former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Yemen and possibly Russia."

All this was part of a deliberate strategy by Saddam to corrupt the United Nations debates, erode sanctions, and re-arm his regime. The multi-billion-dollar bonanza of sanctions-busting business Saddam lavished on Syria was just one slice of such stuff, but it’s enough to give a pretty good idea of the realities behind the U.N. debates over peace and political will in dealing with Saddam.

Supreme Court Hands Defeat to RIAA

Defeat for the RIAA:
The Supreme Court handed Internet services providers and privacy advocates a crucial victory yesterday when it decided to pass on an important Internet piracy case. . . .

"The recording industry may not agree, but the U.S. Supreme Court thinks personal privacy is far more important that music piracy," Red Herring reported. "On Tuesday, the high court refused to entertain an appeal of a unanimous 2003 decision by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals that held that copyright holders cannot force Internet providers to identify file sharers using a mere subpoena. Industry watchers see this as yet another blow that the recording industry has taken in its fight against online file sharing -- a fight it is slowly losing. The lawsuits in question were between New York's Verizon Internet Services and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), headquartered in Washington, D.C."
Good. Wired News has more on this case.

(Via Instapundit)

DEM MANUAL: Charge Voter Intimidation Even if None Exists!

DRUDGE:
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX THU OCT 14, 2004 10:58:04 ET XXXXX

DNC ELECTION MANUAL: CHARGE VOTER INTIMIDATION, EVEN IF NONE EXISTS

**World Exclusive**

The Kerry/Edwards campaign and the Democratic National Committee are advising election operatives to declare voter intimidation -- even if none exists, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

A 66-page mobilization plan to be issued by the Kerry/Edwards campaign and the Democratic National Committee states: "If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a 'pre-emptive strike.'"

[HIGHLIGHT OF ELECTION DAY MANUAL, NOVEMBER 2004. CLICK FOR IMAGE .JPG FILE]

The provocative Dem battle plan is to be distributed in dozens of states, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

One top DNC official confirmed the manual's authenticity, but claimed the notion of crying wolf on any voter intimidation is "absurd."

"We all know the Republicans are going to try to steal the election by scaring people and confusing people," the top DNC source explained.

Developing...
How the hell do these people get away with this stuff? First all the hysteria over 'black voter fraud' which contains not one scrap of truth to it, and now this. Of course, even with this outed you can bet there's going to be some stooges who get worked up over it anyway.

O'Reilly Hit With Sex Harass Suit

He's been hit by a sexual harassment lawsuit - and it looks devestating. Can it be true? Be warned, it is filled with lewd and graphic language. It's a fascinating page turner, as described, and even on first glance, it is discouraging enough. It has O'Reilly describing sexual fantasies ranging from some extramarital affairs to committing sexual harassment over the phone while engaging in sexual practices with himself, to the shock and disgust of the person on the other hand.

But note, that these are ALLEGATIONS. While they may be true, and that would be a terrible, terrible let down if it was, these could just as easily be made up, at this point, out of thin air. And since he was saying that this party had attempted to extort $60 million out of him, there's a good chance this is their revenge, a smear.

And so it is very possible that it is a case of extortion, and I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt to O'Reilly, because he has been an upstanding guy. I wouldn't want this to be true; but who knows what happens behind closed doors?

O'REILLY: "This is the single most evil thing I've experienced..."

UPDATE 10/13/04 12:44 PM: But something here smells. According to this countersuit, he was lewd and shockingly rude to her over the phone, yet according to the events from other sources the two went out to dinner afterward. The timing here is very odd...

And even after supposedly being harassed for years, and then leaving for CNN, she accepted the job and returned later?

But then again, O'Reilly could be a raging horny Clintonian beast for all I know.

UPDATED #2 10/14/04 1:15 AM: She filed the charged after he filed his lawsuit regarding their extortion. Well. Typically when one is sexually harassed one doesn't wait to file charges... Not after being charged with extortion.

UPDATE #3 10/14/04 1:30 AM: She worked at Fox, then left, then worked at CNN, and got fired, then came back to Fox. (Why someone would come back to work under the same person who supposedly sexually harassed them is beyond me.) But apparently she was fired at CNN by her boss there because SHE was involved in sexual harassment. Then she comes back to Fox and calls O'Reilly on harassment?

UPDATE #4 10/14/04 1:44 AM: This is starting to look like a dream come true for all those bush hater conspiracy theorists. And that makes it look even less substansive. On the second and third pages, there's this tidbit:
"Defendants FOX, WESTWOOD ONE and BILL O'REILLY utilize this forum to preach the principles of so-called 'compassionate conservatism' espoused by George W. Bush and the Republican Party."
What does this even have to do with the alleged charge? This somehow is slipped in there, along with other similar jabs. Anybody smell anything rotten? Or maybe she set him up and went along with his little fantasies to knock him down. This is suspicious.