soon and very soon

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Hero of the day

"The stewardess, she was standing right next to me and I said I'm a wrestler and if you want I can have him down in about ten seconds, she said OK."

Friday, July 30, 2004

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Shown on Prime Time TV in Cuba

Michael Moore: You know you're doing something right when communist dictators agree with you. Life looks pretty good for the average Cuban family: 4 kids without clothes, a bun in the oven, a tv, crib and an Aiwa stereo, plush. 3 cheers for Communism!

College Football's Three Year Program Graduation Rankings are here.  Last years National Champions, USC and LSU rank 81st and 107th respectively.  Something just ain't right.

Here he is, the big flip-flopper in his own words.  This video will be added as a permanent link to the sidebar until Mister Kerry is defeated.

Oh yeah, in case you were wondering that "recession" and "worst economy since Herbert Hoover" back in 2001 wasn't even a recession...just FYI.

Lurch Wraps-up Nomination

I found it particularly disturbing that while the United States of America is facing the biggest threat to its freedom in the spread of Islamist-Terrorism since the spread of God-less Communism, and all the Democratic Party can offer is "Hope" and "Unity".  What the hell does that mean?  Why not offer protection of American citizens and strengthening the American military and intelligence agencies? 
These two jackasses (Kerry and Edwards, not Lurch, I like him) have yet to tell the American people what they're going to change in America, have yet to tell the American people how they're going to be safer with them in office and who exactly they're trying to appeal to other than rich, white, elites in New York , California , or the People's Republic of Massachusetts.  Oh, Kerry did mention in his acceptance speech last night that if you elect him he'll cure AIDS and Cancer, in addition to his earlier claim that he will create 10 million jobs.  So he's got that going for him, which is nice.

Ever wanted to perform a total knee replacement?  Here's your chance.  Pretty cool.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

 "The only thing we have to fear is four more years of George W. Bush"        -Senator Edward Kennedy

An odd statement from a party determined to prove that it takes the terrorist threat seriously.

Rounding up Al-Qaeda, one by one.  Good work from our allies in Pakistan.  Oh wait, according to John Kerry we don't have any allies.  Fool.

A Real Feminist

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Allah is in the house.

Fearful Jews Fleeing France
Just 10 days after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon enraged French leaders by urging France's Jews to leave for Israel, a group of 200 French Jews arrived to start a new life in the Jewish state, with Sharon at the airport to greet them.

As one émigré told CBS News Correspondent Mark Philips: You wear something to say you are Jewish and you have difficulty. We are afraid. It's simply that we are afraid."

France is widely viewed in Israel as biased in favor of the Palestinians. The French Jewish community — at 600,000 the third-largest in the world — tends to be strongly pro-Israel, creating friction with a Muslim population of almost 5 million. The latest French Interior Ministry figures show 510 anti-Jewish acts or threats in the first six months of 2004 — compared to 593 for all of last year

Frickin Sweet!

Israeli/U.S. anti-missile defense system successfully tested off California Coast

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

HOGZILLA caught in Georgia!!!

Al-Qaida Suspect Arrested in Texas

Kerry reenacted combat scenes for film while in Vietnam!!!

A bombshell new book written by the man who took over John Kerry's Swift Boat charges: Kerry reenacted combat scenes for film while in Vietnam!
Talk about Backfire. This is what happens when you're the anti-War, anti-military party and you try to make your candidate look like Patton.  The guy who voted for the war before he voted against it, yet continuously voted in the Senate to slash military and intelligence budgets.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Tisha Be'av in Jerusalem

Today is the Jewish commemoration of Tisha Be'av and is, aside from Yom Kippur,  the most important fast day of the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE and of the Second Temple in 70 CE. It also commemorates the fall of Betar, the last stronghold of Bar Kokhba in 135 CE. Finally, it happens to be the day on which hundreds of thousands of Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492.

According to Jewish law, it is forbidden to eat or drink on Tisha Be'av. Bathing, sexual relations and the wearing of leather shoes are also forbidden. The book of Eicha (Lamentations) is chanted in a mournful tune while sitting on the ground, and special Kinot or elegies are recited.

Monday, July 26, 2004

I knew this broad would be good for some choice quotes :
"The Democratic machine in this country is putrid.''

"If Ted Kennedy holds on to that marriage (to ex-wife Joan) just for the Catholic vote, as some people say he does, then I think he's a perfect bastard.''

By far, the best protesters yet:

Ground Control to Major Kerry:

"You're costing yourself votes and you look like Michael Dukakis"

Fools. Why are Democrats always trying to be something their not? Why don't they just admit they are elitst, liberal, snobs? They'll still get the LA/NY/Treehugger Vote so I don't know what they're worried about.

Appearing this week at the DNC:

As much as party conventions aren't really about backroom compromises and hammering out a party platform anymore, you've gotta love the American Political Party Convention, if for nothing else other then it officially makes it Presidential election season. I know if I was home I would be watching C-SPAN 24/7 with a big bag of sour cream and cheddar Lays, and a 40 of Coors Light.

The pageantry and sheer ridiculousness of the party faithful, coming from across the country in a showing of support for who they hope will be the next President of the United States.  It really is Democracy at its best.  That said,
let's get it on!

Simply stunning.

"Peace" protestors instigate clash with Pro-Life protestors.  Ahh yes, Liberalism, where only freedom of speech is allowed to cracked out socialist, communist, feminazi, moral relativist,anti-religious, baby-killing, conspiracy theorists that believe the war in Iraq was started by America's dumbest president who happens to be so brilliantly evil he concocted the war in Iraq to keep his oil buddies and family friends in Saudi Arabia in business.  Liberal hypocrisy really is quite stunning, after all, they're the ones who came up with the concept that only people who hate their country are really patriotic.

Tragedy and Apathy in Sudan

 30,000 killed in Darfur, forcing 1 million to flee.
Some 2.2 million are in urgent need of food or medical attention.

What does that sage Kofi Annan have to say?   Well he wasn't ready to describe the situation in Darfur "as genocide or ethnic cleansing" (probably because  by international law that would require the UN to stop condemning Israel and the United States for protecting their citizens for once, get off their asses, and show a little testicular fortitude in the face of injustice, tyranny and terrorism).

And what does the Sudanese Foreign Minister have to say?  "What is happening in Darfur is no genocide," he told Belgian daily De standard in an interview, saying electioneering U.S. politicians were exaggerating the issue.

And what about the thugs actually responsible for the of massive human rights violations, the Janjaweed militia rebels,whose tactics  include the systematic rape of women, have to say?  "We have seen and heard of the American and British interference in Darfur and there is no doubt that this is a crusader war that bears no relation to the citizens of Darfur.  We call upon you to speedily head towards Darfur and dig deep into the ground mass graves prepared for the crusader army".  Well God knows if the US does send some type of peacekeeping force there it would only be for the oil anyway.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Classy...Miss Ketchup

Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic nominee John Kerry, told a reporter to 'shove it'  on Sunday evening -- immediately after giving a speech calling for a more civil tone in politics.

What, me? Worry?

Arafat waiting for Bush, Sharon to fall
I guess these are the kind of foreign leaders Kerry and Edwards had in mind when they say they wanted him elected?  Safe to say we could add Kim Jung-Il, Castro, Assad, bin Laden and the Mullahs in Iran to that list? 

Kerry Touts 'Rolls-Royce'...
Sen. John Kerry spoke about the
plight of the American worker when he traveled to Detroit earlier this week, a safe message for the blue-collar workers who build cars there.    

 So it was a little strange that the campaign picked as its press-pass logo for its Motor City tour the gleaming showcase car of a foreign auto company — Rolls-Royce — that makes cars priced far outside the financial reach of any middle-class voter.

Episode III Revenge of the Sith is the full title of the next Star Wars film, scheduled for release on May 19, 2005.   We can only hope Jar Jar Binks is finally killed.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

France surrenders to Anti-Semitism, tells French Jews to get the hell out, NOW!

I had a potluck dinner tonight with my parish group to thank our spiritual leader Fr. Don Rogers, of Forham University, for his pastoral leadership this year before he leaves back to New York to start the fall semester.  We were sitting in the courtyard of the Fulbright House in East Jerusalem, at a home owned by Tom and Pat Neu, Parish memembers who work in Israel and the Territories, when a familiar face walked in, none other then Israel's most notorious turncoat : Mordechai Vanunu.

In short, Vanunu took photographs of Israel's nuclear reactor in the south and leaked them to the London Times.  He left Israel for Australia where he converted to Christianity and then was in London when he met a Mossad agent he mistook for a genuine romantic interest.  She tricked him into flying to Italy for the weekend where he was drugged and kidnapped against his will by Israeli agents and returned, by boat, to Israeli soil, where he was tried for espionage and treason and convited in a close-door trial (not very democratic).  He was held in solitary confinement for nearly 12 years (cruel and unusual punishment anyone?).   All appeals of his sentence were overturned.

The things this man has been through during the last twenty years are
truely amazing.  He can't walk down the street in West Jerusalem for fear of being killed, his every step is monitored by Israeli Mossad and police agencies, and all he longs for is a flight out of Israel to a country where he can live as a free Christian and start a new life.  I shook his hand twice , and he was very gracious to everyone (about 20 of us).  I truely hope some government has the balls to give him a passport so he can leave the country, the Israeli Supreme Court will have a meeting monday to determine whether or not he should be allowed to leave.  Will keep you posted.

No Shit #1 

"Insurgents are growing bolder, particularly since terrorists scored a stunning victory by getting the Philippines to withdraw its 51-member peacekeeping contingent"

No Shit #2

"The extraordinary secrecy imposed by judges in the cases of Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Martha Stewart has some media experts and scholars warning that America is developing a two-tiered justice system — one for celebrities and one for everyone else."  (Go ahead and throw in Jayson Williams and OJ Simpson as well)

Friday, July 23, 2004


Bush's speech today to the National Urban League was conservatism at its best. Calling out the Democratic party for taking the vote of Black-Americans for granted (to which the crowd responded with hoots and applause) and calling on members of the audience to abandon the party of which they have voted for over the last 50 years:

"I believe this country can and will be a place of opportunity and hope for every single citizen. It's not a given; there's work to be done. But it's a goal, and it's an important goal.

I don't care what party you're in, what city you live in, or what state you're from, the goal has got to be -- America has got to be an hospitable, hopeful place for every single citizen. That's what I believe. That's kind of the heart of what they call compassionate conservatism, that the American experience must be alive and viable for everyone, and that government has a role to help people have the tools so they can help themselves. See, I believe in the human spirit; I believe if people have the opportunity and the ability, they will achieve their God-given talents. That's what I believe. And I think that's a proper role for the federal government, to help people.

And that's why I've come to talk about compassionate conservatism and what I envision for the future. I'm here for another reason. I'm here to ask for your vote. (Applause.)

Does the Democrat party take African American voters for granted? (Applause.) It's a fair question. I know plenty of politicians assume they have your vote. But do they earn it and do they deserve it? (Applause.) Is it a good thing for the African American community to be represented mainly by one political party? That's a legitimate question. (Applause.) How is it possible to gain political leverage if the party is never forced to compete? (Applause.) Have the traditional solutions of the Democrat party truly served the African American community?

That's what I hope people ask when they go to the community centers and places, as we all should do our duty and vote. People need to be asking these very serious questions.

Does blocking the faith-based initiative help neighborhoods where the only social service provider could be a church? Does the status quo in education really, really help the children of this country? (Applause.)

Does class warfare -- has class warfare or higher taxes ever created decent jobs in the inner city? Are you satisfied with the same answers on crime, excuses for drugs and blindness to the problem of the family? (Applause.)

Those are legitimate questions that I hope people ask as this election approaches. I'd like to hear those questions debated on talk radio, I'd like it debated in community centers, in the coffee shops. It's worthy of this country for this debate to go forward and these questions to be asked and answered.

I'm here to say that there is an alternative this year. There is an alternative that has had a record that is easy to see. If you dream of starting a small business and building a nest egg and passing something of value to your children, take a look at my agenda. If you believe schools should meet high standards instead of making excuses, take a look at my agenda. If you believe the institutions of marriage and family are worth defending and need defending today, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you believe in building a culture of life in America, take a look at my agenda. If you believe in a tireless fight against crime and drugs, take a look at this agenda. If you believe that our men and women in uniform should be respected and supported 100 percent of the time, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you're struggling to get into the middle class and you feel like you're paying plenty of taxes, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you're a small business owner who is trying to expand your job base and are worried about excessive lawsuits, increasing taxes and over-regulation, take a look at this agenda. (Applause.)

And finally, if you believe in the power of faith and compassion to defeat violence and despair and hopelessness, I hope you take a look at where I stand. (Applause.)

You see, I believe in my heart that the Republican party, the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, is not complete without the perspective and support and contribution of African Americans. (Applause.)

And I believe in my heart that the policies and actions of this administration, policies that empower individuals and help communities, that lift up free enterprise and respect and honor the family, those policies are good for the nation as a whole. That's what I believe. And I'm here to thank you for giving me a chance to come and express those beliefs.

I'm proud to be with an organization that does so good, so much good for the American people. I'm honored that your Chairman would extend an invitation to me. Thanks for coming, and may God bless you and may God continue to bless the country."

Ahhh, freedom of speech reigns. Even in The People's Republic of Massachusets during the Democratic National Convention.

Happy Friday everyone! A little humor, courtesy of The Onion, to start the weekend off right.

Palestinian teenager killed trying to stop terrorists from using his house as a launching pad for Qassam missiles. 

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Please Lord let this not be in vain
"We are flying low.  We are flying very, very low.  We are flying way too low.  Seconds later she said, "Oh my God we are way too low." The phone call ended.  At 8:46:40, American 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center of New York."

'Jarrah's objective was to crash his airliner into symbols of the American Republic, the Capitol or the White House.  He was defeated by the alerted, unarmed passengers of United 93'

Here is it.  I have to say I honestly believe that another attack, with an even greater loss of life, will fall upon the United States sooner then people think.  It's really amazing to read just the very beginning of this report and to see that even the impotent airport security had identified half of these guys as suspicious, not to mention most of them couldn't even answer the proper security questions (have you been in touch with your bag the whole time you've been here; has anyone given you anything to take on the plane), they were so close to perhaps preventing some of them from carrying this out.  I honeslty wonder how much of a factor not wanting to profile Middle Eastern men was in simply waving these people through.  I don't when will people wake up, and I don't know what it will take for people to really make the kind of sacrifices needed to make to win this war.

The man who scored that oh so familiar sound track to the movie Rudy has passed away.  Jerry Goldsmith was responsible for the unforgettable music from such films and TV shows as : 'Mulan,' 'L.A. Confidential,' 'Hoosiers,' 'Poltergeist,' 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture,' 'Chinatown,' 'Patton' , "Total Recall," and 'Planet of the Apes.

Besides John Williams, this guy was the best in bizz.  Especially if you've ever seen LA Confidential or Chinatown, making great films come alive even more with that foreboding background music that really seemed to fit the film-noir as well as time period.  Movies that I particularly love. 

A classically trained composer and conductor who began musical studies at age 6, Goldsmith's award-dappled Hollywood career — he was nominated for 17 Academy Awards,  won one, and also took home five Emmys — spanned nearly half a century.

This is scary.

Marines Kill 25 Iraqis in Ramadi Clashes

You notice in every single "insurgency" battle since major military operations have ended in Iraq, that barely any US soldiers have been killed in them?  Rather they are killed in ambushes or road-side attacks.  Obviously these jackasses don't stand a chance in hell at fighting the American military since they are outmanned, underfunded, outtrained, outclassed, outfirepowered, etc, etc, etc.

The only thing these cowards can do is blend in to the general public, attacking their fellow Muslims who are trying to build a better future for themselves and for their kids.  This, in addition to their roadside bombs against military targets, as well as kidnapping Westerners also helping to rebuild the country.  Obviously their only hope is to engage in horrendous crimes against humanity (beheadings, terrorists car/suicide bombings) to scare the West into retreat.  It's worked with Spain and the Philippines.  Will the rest of the coalition stick it out?  Time will tell, for if we don't this whole war will be for not.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

For serious reading about "Trouser Gate" check out this article in the Wall Street Journal, it's very interesting and has the more important question of what this means for keeping America safer. 

Not everyone in LA LA Land is a Lib:

"In addition to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tinseltown rebels include Bo Derek, Bruce Willis, Tom Selleck, Dennis Miller, Mel Gibson,  Robert Duvall ,Chuck Norris, Ben Stein, Pat Sajak, Kelsey Grammer, Danny Aiello, Patricia Heaton and James Woods. "I love George Bush right now and I always have," Mr. Woods told Jay Leno in 2001. "I'm the only guy in L.A. who voted for him."

You could say that the Hollywood elite is liberal, but it's interesting to note the makeup of the Hollywood Congress of Republicans: the working class of struggling actors, directors, producers. "We're the guys who have the most difficulty expressing our views," says Mr. Vafiades, because they have the most to lose. But the young organization's meetings attract more members each time. "It's getting closer to the day when it will be acceptable" to be GOP, Mr. Vafiades adds.
Interestingly, for an industry that ranks as one of the largest sectors of the economy, bloviating liberal celebrities who see themselves as beacons of peace and hope don't do any good for the business. A 2002 poll by The Hollywood Reporter found the least-admired political celebrities to be Jane Fonda (11.8%), Charlton Heston (10.8%), Alec Baldwin (10.6%), Barbra Streisand (10.5%) and Rosie O'Donnell (9.2%)--four liberals and just one conservative in the publicity doghouse. The poll found that 44.3% of moviegoers wouldn't fork over the cash to see a film that "starred an outspoken actor they disagreed with." And 76.5% of American adults say "they disapprove of Oscar presenters and winners injecting politics into the show."

Here's a winner for everyone: the drama "Hollywood Politics." Act I was "Commie Blacklisting," Act II is "Revenge of the Liberals" and Act III, yet untitled, is a climax that ends, like most epic struggles (e.g., "Office Space"), with freedom for the oppressed. It's just too bad the movie's dragged on so long.

"Right out of the starting gate, Mr. Berger was an unfortunate choice for a national security position with the government because of his prior role as the chief Washington lobbyist for the Chinese Government's trade office.' Let me repeat that. 'Mr. Berger was an unfortunate choice for a national security position with the government because of his prior role as the chief Washington lobbyist for the Chinese Government's trade office."

-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), House of Representatives, Congressonal Record 3/23/99

Monday, July 19, 2004

I smell a big fat ugly RAT and his name is Sandy Berger.  This is just unbelievable.  Everyone accused the Bush Administration of stalling the 9-11 Commission because they didn't want anything negative coming out in an election year, well now we see the truth, that the only people trying to cover their asses are the cronies from Clinton's gang trying to protect their legacies.  This is borderline treason.

Where are Democrats and the media — now that Bush may have been right? 

As if France wasn't anti-Semitic enough.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Kerry flip-flop of the day.

I forgot to celebrate Bastille Day, so in honor of those cheese eating surrender monkeys on their independence day, a few pithy comments about those people who are so considerate of others, they lined the Champs Elysées with trees so the Germans could march in the shade:
"France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country." - Mark Twain
"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me." - General George S. Patton
"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion." - Norman Schwartzkopf
"As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure" - Jacques Chirac, President of France "  

French foreign workers released safely by Palestinian militants who claimed the reason they kidnapped the aid workers was to draw European attention to problems of the Palestinian Authority, such as calling  for an end to corruption within the PA.
The militants said the abduction of the French nationals was also in protest of the speech delivered Tuesday by U.N. Mideast special representative Terje Roed-Larsen which was highly critical of the PA. 
You figure them out.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Five French citizens kidnapped in Gaza.  French surrender.

And yes, in case you were wondering Hollywood is
out of ideas.  It's probably Bush's fault.  Right Whoopi?

Oh Britney, such a great role-model

Casey is back with his continued analysis of the American oil situation.  A nice piece, which makes the plausible claim that one of the reasons for the continuing high price for a barrel of crude is that each place the US gets oil seems to be unstable, making the market a bit nervous.
At any rate, it's a good piece which makes it implicitly clear that the US needs to do more to search for alternative sources of energy so that the US economy and American consumers aren't held hostage by The Kingdom and OPEC, or by uncontrollable situations in oil producing countries which has a direct effect on the US economy.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Poor White Trash Award of the day goes to: Linda Meredith of Loxahatchee, Florida

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Well it's a sad day I must admit. As much as I did prefer Shaq over Kobe and I really had hoped the Diesel would end his career in Los Angeles, I think the Lakers did the right thing in shipping O'Neal to the Heat. I would be surprised if the Lakers keep all the mediocre talent they received for him.

Let's be honest, Shaq is out of shape and probably 2 or 3 seasons past his prime. Shaq thinks a move to the Eastern Conference will extend his career, but what Shaq doesn't account for is that his body is showing obvious signs that it isn't able to carry around the extra weight he's put on the last few years without some serious leg and foot injuries. Granted the big man probably has maybe 2 or 3 more years of averaging 20 points a game, I think it is highly unlikely that playing in a conference with a lack of big men is going to magicically change his physical situation. I'm not really sure if the Heat think they're going to the NBA Finals next year with Shaq, Eddie Jones and a bunch of no-names, but I think that is pretty implausible. Although we all know how mediocre the Eastern Conference has been since the decline of the Jordan's Chicago Bulls, so anything is possible.

Now the focus for the Lakers becomes to try and keep Kobe. Obviously its a smart move personnel wise to trade a superstar (Shaq) a year or two early than a year or two late, but if Kobe doesn't stay on the gamble really hurts. I love the signing of Rudy T. as the Phil Jackson's replacement, and Tomjanovich has already made it clear the Lakers will be Kobe's show, should he return. With the Clippers making trades to free up cap space for Kobe it will really come down to the Lakers and Clippers I think, hopefully with the Lakers holding some advantage based on maybe a little club loyalty (optimistic I know). I had thought for some time that if Kobe were to go anywhere it would be to the Clippers where he could build a new team and carve out his own niche but still remain in LA, so now we'll see what it will be. I'm sure old George Washington will have some say in it before it's all said and done.

Peeping Tom sparks riot in West Bank between Christians and Muslims

'Inter-religious tension has been brewing for some time in the Bethlehem area, where Christians number only around 20 percent of the population despite making up a majority of the population less than a century ago.

The exodus of more affluent Christians has grown since a Palestinian uprising began in September 2000.

Among grievances cited by Christians are land seizures by Palestinian Muslims, a rise of Islamic radicalism during nearly four years of conflict with Israel, growing numbers of Muslims moving to Bethlehem from elsewhere and Israeli army operations and checkpoints in the Bethlehem area.'

What the government hasn't told us: Report: Al-Qaida Has Nuclear Weapons Inside U.S

I think this is quite plausible, considering there have been radiation dectors at high profile gatherings across the country, like the at Times Square on New Years Eve. Obviously the government thinks there is a reason to be worried. I dont know maybe after another attack bigger then 9-11 the left will pull their heads out of their asses and join the rest of the team. Then again, probably not.

Can you imagine if some white guy said this about a bunch of people at the Apollo?

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Saudis: Bin Laden aide surrenders
Khaled al-Harbi was believed to have been living near the Afghan-Iranian border.


Check out the Palestinian Terrorist Camp for kids.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Missing marine that was kidnapped, beheaded, not beheaded, released, not released, released to family and now in Lebanon, released to family and now in Lebanon but which that time was a hoax and then moved to in Germany says he really was abducted.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Gotta love the Coulter:

What is so amazing about Edwards' father being a millworker?
That's at least an honorable occupation -- as opposed to
being a trial lawyer. True, Edwards made more money than his
father did. I assume strippers make more money than their alcoholic
fathers who abandoned them did, too. This isn't a story of progress;
it's a story of devolution.

In a word...stunning:
Having missed 89 percent of Senate votes this year and having failed to cast a single vote since March 25, Sen. John Kerry suddenly — and with great fanfare — showed up in late June to vote on behalf of veterans' health care. The vote attracting Mr. Kerry to Washington was delayed, although he remained at the Capitol long enough to cast another of his countless votes against missile defense.

I can't believe people are actually falling for this sleezeball's waffles.

"The murderous act this morning is the first that occurred to the credit of the decision of the world court at the Hague," Sharon said. "The decision sends a destructive message to encourage the terror and denounces countries that are defending themselves against it."

He called the ruling a "slap in the face" to Israel's fight against Palestinian militants and said his nation "totally rejects the decision."

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Nevermind, the terrorists haven't realeased the Flip yet because the Filipino government hasn't caved to their demands fast enough.

I hope they learn this is what you get when you negotiate with terroists.
Good try Nevile Chamberlins of the Philippines

This is just laughable

Insurgents in Iraq have freed a Filipino truck driver they kidnapped and threatened to behead, a Philippine official said today. The apparent release of Angelo de la Cruz comes as the Philippines announced that its 50 troops in Iraq would leave as scheduled next month.

Frickin Flips can't even handle 50 troops in Iraq, we should take them over for their oil.

Man-o-man, Thomas Sowell is in campaign mode in this must read piece from Excerpt:

It is an insult to our intelligence to act as if posing with guns is as significant as how the Senator has voted on gun control laws during his 16 years in Congress. It is an insult to our intelligence to claim conservative values when both liberal and non-partisan organizations have rated John Kerry's voting record as the most liberal in the Senate, more liberal even than Ted Kennedy's.

Senator Edwards has already shown the same blithe disregard for facts as a politician that he showed as a lawyer. He has used the old liberal claim of "hunger in America" during this year's primary campaign, even though studies show no such thing -- and in fact show obesity to be more common in the lower income brackets.

"Hunger in America" claims were once big stuff in the media but hard facts have long since shot down this contrived alarm. John Edwards must know that "hunger in America" claims are bunk, but he obviously doesn't care.

The big question this election year is whether the voters will care about facts or will be overwhelmed by phony images and political spin.

Has W. really made the world more peaceful? Read it for your self. It's fair and balanced, equally critial as well as realistic. Excerpt:

With Israel, Bush has turned back the clock and consequently taken a beating, especially from the Europeans, for being unblinkingly pro Ariel Sharon. But Europe, especially Britain and Germany, seem to forget that they created this problem, and they should look more to themselves and less to the United States to sort it out.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Fun for all KERRYOPOLY!!! Then ask yourself which is the party of rich white men!

"Greatest Generation" May Be the Newest
By James K. Glassman
Scripps Howard News Service
July 5, 2004

Extra! Extra! The big news of the past decade in America has been largely overlooked, and you'll find it shocking. Young people have become aggressively normal.

Violence, drug use and teen sex have declined. Kids are becoming more conservative politically and socially. They want to get married and have large families. And, get this, they adore their parents.

The Mood of American Youth Survey found that more than 80 percent of teenagers report no family problems--up from about 40 percent a quarter-century ago. In another poll, two-thirds of daughters said they would "give Mom an 'A.'"

"In the history of polling, we've never seen tweens and teens get along with their parents this well," says William Strauss, referring to kids born since 1982. Strauss is author, with Neil Howe, of Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation.

In an article in the latest issue of City Journal (, published by the Manhattan Institute, Kay S. Hymowitz writes:

"Wave away the smoke of the Jackson family circus, Paris Hilton and the antics of San Francisco, and you can see how Americans have been self-correcting from a decades-long experiment with 'alternative values.' Slowly, almost imperceptibly during the 1990s, the culture began a lumbering, Titanic turn away from the iceberg."

Adults are changing, but kids seem to have changed most--and they may comprise the new "greatest generation," as Tom Brokaw called the World War II cohort. "What is emerging," writes Hymowitz, "is a vital, optimistic, family-centered, entrepreneurial, and, yes, morally thoughtful, citizenry."

That's trouble, I believe, for the Democratic party, at least in its current anchored-to-the-'60s version. It's possible that John Kerry will win in November because of the war in Iraq (though the smart money is on George Bush), but the long-term trend is clear. College freshmen who call themselves liberals outnumbered conservatives by about three to one in 1971; now the figures are roughly even. "Young voters are also more supportive of President Bush than the public at large," writes Hymowitz.

The changes in politics are rooted in changes in values. Last year, the rate of teen pregnancy dropped to a record low. Better birth control is not the sole explanation; the proportion of teens who had intercourse fell from 56 percent in 1991 to 46 percent in 2001.

Kids don't want casual sex; they want families. Harris Interactive reports that 91 percent plan to marry and, on average, they'd like three children.

Already, Generation X (born between 1965 and 1979) is more traditional than its parents. "The number of married-couple families, after declining in the '70s and '80s," writes Hymowitz, "rose 5.7 percent in the '90s." More brides are taking their husbands' names, and in 2000, the number of women in the workforce with infants dropped for the first time in decades. A study by Yankelovich found that 89 percent of Gen Xers think modern parents let kids get away with too much.
Twice as many Gen-X mothers as baby boomer mothers (born 1946-1964) spent more than 12 hours a day "attending to child-rearing and household responsibilities," according to a new survey by Reach Advisors, and roughly half of Gen-X fathers spent three to six hours daily on such tasks, another big increase.

Meanwhile, student marijuana use, which rose sharply in the 1990s, is on the decline, as is binge drinking. The juvenile murder rate fell 70 percent between 1993 and 2001; burglary is down 66 percent. Schools are safer, too.

What's going on here?

Hymowitz offers four explanations: 1) a "rewrite of the boomer years," with young people reacting critically to the world of sexual experimentation and family breakup and "earnestly knitting up their unraveled culture," 2) the trauma of 9/11, which has made kids more patriotic and turned them inward toward the comfort of family, 3) the information economy, which has given young people greater faith in their own chances to succeed, especially through self-reliance and entrepreneurship, and 4) immigration, which has produced what she calls a "fervent work ethic, which can raise the bar for slacker American kids, as any high schooler with more than three Asian students in his algebra class can attest."

Whatever the reasons, the change in young people and their parents is very, very good news--which is precisely why so much of the media is ignoring it.

Vince Vaughn is Republican...shouldn't you be?

Bi-partisan Senate Committee agrees: TENET/CIA, NOT Bush responsible for faulty pre-War intell.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

One word...incredible

You're just too good to be true...can't keep my HANDS off of you

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Zinger of the day, who knew W. was so witty?

AP REPORTER: If I could try another Edwards question. He's being described today as charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist, and even sexy. How does he stack up against Dick Cheney?

THE PRESIDENT: Dick Cheney can be President

Mr. Edwards has shared Mr. Kerry's slipperiness on anti-terror policy. In the wake of 9/11, Mr. Edwards was calling Iraq "the most serious and imminent threat to our country" and declared that "I don't think we should be bound by what the United Nations does." But this year he has assailed Mr. Bush for pursuing precisely this advice. Like Mr. Kerry, he voted for the war on Iraq only to vote later against the money to finish the job. And he too voted for the Patriot Act only to rail against it during the Democratic primaries.


Vote for us, "we have better hair"

Good news for America = Bad news for Democrats

"We swear to Allah that we have started preparing ... to capture [Zarqawi] and his allies or kill them and present them as gift to our people... This is the last warning. If you don't stop, we will do to you what the coalition forces have failed to do."

From the new group in Iraq threatening to kill Zarqawi. Notice what these people must have absorbed to put the battle in that context: that the coalition did indeed liberate Iraqis from tyranny, that they have been unable to prevent terrorists from exploiting the subsequent power vacuum, but that Iraqis themselves will now do the job.

Iranian Intel Officers Captured in Iraq
Why haven't I seen anything about this in the US press, just unbelievable. I guess there is no connection between Iran and international terrorism just like there was no connection between Saddam's Iraq and international terrorism.

Earthquake shakes Israel, no damage reported

An earthquake measuring five on the Richter Scale shook parts of Israel late Wednesday afternoon, the country's seismological institute said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake's epicenter was 25 kilometers north of the Dead Sea.

The tremor was felt in Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be'er Sheva, and the Jordan Valley, media and witnesses said. Buildings shook for several seconds along Israel's coast, Israel TV said.

The last earthquake felt in Israel was centered in the Jordan Valley on March 6. That quake measured 3.2 on the Richter Scale.

On February 11, an earthquake measuring 5.1 and centered in the Dead Sea area was felt across Israel

18:11Earthquake felt throughout the country rates 5 on Richter scale; epicenter is 25 kilometers north of Dead Sea (Haaretz)

17:36 Minor earthquake felt in Tel Aviv and Jordan Valley areas (Haaretz)

Defintely just had my first Jerusalem earthquake, and first one since moving out of California. Shaker not a roller. Not very big, but it could be felt. Keep you updated on possible damage.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

"It pains me that someone who has devoted his entire life to protecting Jews now must be defended from Jews."

Iraqi group threatens al-Zarqawi

Put it in perspective
The US has made incredible progress in the year since major combat operations have ended in Iraq, and while I know we're still battling some alliance or combination of terrorists and foreign fighters simililar to those of Al-Qaeda, former Baathists, as well as Shi'a fundamentalists funded by Iran, it might be useful to compare our progress 16 months into earlier American wars, and how were our forces faring:

16 months into the French and Indian Wars- George Washington had been defeated and forced to surrender at Fort Necessity (he was released after being disarmed), and then disastrously beaten in a fight where his unit of 1,400 men took 900 casualties and ended up running away.

16 months into the American Revolution- The Union army was suffering through a series of traumatic defeats. They'd lost every single battle since the Declaration of Independence, and had depleted 90 percent of their military strength in heavy fighting. Most of the remaining soldiers declared they were going to go home when their enlistments expired, and in many parts of the new nation citizens were pledging fresh oaths of allegiance to the tyrant King George.

16 months into Civil War- A permanent breakaway of the southern states looked like imminent reality. The Union army that marched on Richmond had been beaten with tens of thousands of casualties. Robert E. Lee had launched an invasion of the north, and Washington, D.C. was on the brink of being overrun.

16 months into U.S. involvement in World War II The Japanese had taken control of all of the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Our British allies had suffered the most catastrophic defeat in their history when they lost 130,000 fighting men in Singapore. The Japanese had just as thumpingly ejected the U.S. from the Philippines, and were actually in their tenth month of occupying American soil in Alaska. It would take 1,000 American dead (far more than our total losses in Iraq to date) merely to eject the enemy from this Aleutian Island foothold over the course of a few days in the seventeenth month of the war. At month 16 of the war in Europe, meanwhile, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Yugoslavia, and other countries had all been lost.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Wishful thinking

More Moore refutations:

More Distortions From Michael Moore

Baloney, Moore or Less

Unfairenheit 9/11: The lies of Michael Moore.

Coalition of the Wild-Eyed (link or read below)

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By Mark Goldblatt
Published 7/1/2004 12:04:38 AM

The traditional strength of American politics is that the two-party system encourages moderation by effectively marginalizing lunatics on both ends of the ideological spectrum. Republicans don't need to court twitchy backwoods militia types hankering for a return to legalized segregation, and Democrats don't need to get in bed with fist-pumping café revolutionaries who insist that every black man behind bars in the United States is a political prisoner.

But that tradition is now in jeopardy. For in its desperation to elect John Kerry president this November, the Democratic hierarchy is busy cobbling together what the Bush campaign recently, and accurately, dubbed Kerry's Coalition of the Wild-Eyed. Rather than putting forward a coherent platform of policy objectives, the Democrats have cast a net of free-floating political rage in the hopes of scooping up every amateur conspiracy theorist with a grudge against the status quo.

Their litany of counterfactual charges is by now familiar: the Republicans impeached President Clinton for committing adultery; the Republicans stole the 2000 presidential election; President Bush had sufficient warnings to prevent the attacks of September 11th; Bush's business ties with the Saudi royal family dictated his decision-making after September 11; Bush used the September 11th attacks as an excuse to invade Iraq, which he'd had in mind from day one, in order to line the pockets of his oil industry cronies; Bush sent off predominantly dark-skinned soldiers to die protecting predominantly white men's interests.

Senator Kerry knows each of these beliefs is false, demonstrably false, yet he cannot afford to disown any of them because he's made the paranoid fringe a key constituency. The problem runs deeper than the political reality that he cannot distance himself from mainstream-figures-turned-partisan-flamethrowers like Al Gore, Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean and the entirety of the Congressional Black Caucus; Kerry cannot even dismiss Michael Moore's loopy suggestion in his new film that the war in Afghanistan wasn't about overthrowing the Taliban government, which harbored al Qaeda terrorists, but about allowing the Unocal Corporation to build a natural gas pipeline through the country. Kerry cannot, in short, speak the truth without alienating his reflexively wary base.

These are perilous times -- and not only because loosely-knit fraternities of jihadists are dreaming up new suicidal schemes designed to kill thousands of Americans. For generations, the decision to vote Democratic or Republican has hinged on the relatively benign question of whether you favor bigger government or smaller government. But that choice no longer works for the Democrats -- who just can't win elections anymore by proposing big government solutions. Their fallback strategy now seems to consist of appealing to voters' worst emotions, tapping into their delusions, their fears, their passions and prejudices, accusing their Republican opposition not merely of being wrong on the issues but of thwarting democracy and engaging in genocide for profit.

No tactic could be more cynical. Or more dangerous to the future of political discourse.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who died here that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have hallowed it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Abraham Lincoln
Nov. 19, 1863

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Friday, July 02, 2004

"I am myself and if I have to hit my head against a brick wall to remain true to myself, I will do it."

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Tom Brokaw tries to convince Iraqi Prime Minister that there were no ties between Saddam and Al-Qaeda

The movie is so bad it could help Bush
Richard Cohen

I brought a notebook with me when I went to see Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" and in the dark made notes before I gave up, defeated by the utter stupidity of the movie.
One of my notes says "John Ellis," who is a cousin of President Bush and the fellow who called the election for Fox News that dark and infamous night when the presidency - or so the myth goes - was stolen from Al Gore, delivering the nation to Halliburton, the Carlyle Group and Saudi Arabia and plunging it into war. A better synopsis of the movie, you're not likely to read.

Ellis appears early in the film, which is not only appropriate but inevitable. He is the personification of the Moore method, which combines guilt by association with the stunning revelation of a stunning fact that has already been revealed countless times before.

If, for instance, you did a Lexis-Nexis database search for "John Ellis" and "election," you would be told that "the search has been interrupted because it will return more than 1,000 documents."

The Ellis story is no secret.

I go on about Moore and Ellis because the stunning box office success of "Fahrenheit 9/11" is not, as proclaimed, a sure sign that Bush is on his way out, but instead a warning to the Democrats to keep the loony left at a safe distance.

Speaking just for myself, not only was I dismayed by how prosaic and boring the movie was - nothing new and utterly predictable - but I recoiled from Moore's methodology, if it can be called that.

The case against Bush is too hard and too serious to turn into some sort of joke, as Moore has done. The danger of that is twofold: It can send fence-sitters moving, either out of revulsion or sympathy, the other way, and it leads to an easy and facile dismissal of arguments critical of Bush.

During the Vietnam War, it seemed to me that some people supported Richard Nixon not because they thought he was right but because they loathed the war protesters. Beware history repeating itself.

Moore's depiction of why Bush went to war is so silly and so incomprehensible that it is easily dismissed. As far as I can tell, it is a farrago of conspiracy theories. But nothing is said about multiple UN resolutions violated by Iraq or the depredations of Saddam Hussein.

In fact, prewar Iraq is depicted as some sort of Arab folk festival - lots of happy, smiling, indigenous people. Was there no footage of a Kurdish village that had been gassed? This is obscenity by omission.

The case against Bush need not and should not rest on guilt by association or half-baked conspiracy theories, which collapse at the first double take but reinforce the fervor of those already convinced.

The success of Moore's movie, though, suggests this is happening - a dialogue in which anti-Bush forces talk to themselves and do so in a way that puts off others.

I found that happening to me in the runup to the war, when I spent more time and energy arguing with those who said the war was about oil (no!) or Israel (no!) or something just as silly than I did questioning the stated reasons for invading Iraq - weapons of mass destruction and Saddam's links to Osama Bin Laden. This was stupid of me, but human nature nonetheless.

Some of that old feeling returned while watching Moore's assault on the documentary form. It is so juvenile in its approach, so awful in its journalism, such an inside joke for people who already hate Bush, that I found myself feeling a bit sorry for a President who is depicted mostly as a befuddled dope.

I fear how it will play to the undecided. For them, I recommend "Spider-Man 2."

The Germans and the French didn't want this war in the first place but now that Saddam is on trial they'll gladly lecture the New Iraqi government that they know better then the Iraqi people what should happen to Hussein. These guys are unreal, if Hitler was alive today they wouldn't execute him because it's against international law.

And what does New Europe have to say about it?

Latvian Foreign Ministry spokesman Rets Plesums: "We are hoping that the new Iraqi courts will conduct the trial as fairly as possible, but I don't think our government will offer an opinion about what happens to Saddam Hussein. It's not our business."

Boguslaw Majewski, spokesman for Poland's Foreign Ministry: "Our reaction is obvious. This is a sovereign decision of an independent court and of the Iraqis themselves"

Curious that the people who lived under dictators for over fifty years are more inclined to let the people deal with their former tyrant. Those Eastern Europeans are almost as stupid as Americans.

Getting by with a little help from his friends

"Nothing says 'Intifada' like my oversized novelty Crayola crayon"