Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Raging Grannies, Radical Cheerleaders, and Belly Dancers Protest Against Bush...could Canada be any more pathetic?
Disney Concert Hall to be Sandblasted?
So Cal Drivers having a hard time facing the stunning architectural work.
And for Kaple and the rest of the Yalies out there, a job well done at the Harvard game:
Yale Students Outwit Harvard's
In a rivalry that is 121st old, students at Yale University successfully pulled off the most impressive prank in the history of rival pranks.
The students (in a video you can view here) faked being members of the "Harvard Pep Squad," passing out pieces of paper to the Harvard side of the stadium.These Harvard fans were told that the pieces of paper would join together to spell "GO HARVARD."
Little did they know, when held up at just the right moment, the pieces actually spelled "WE SUCK."
Photos commemorating the prank can be purchased on the website: www.harvardsucks.org/poster.php
Monday, November 29, 2004
It's good to be the King...err President.
French vaccine fuels hope in AIDS treatment: Preliminary study shows promise in suppressing virus
Pursue Happiness, Vote GOP...The real reason Republicans win:
A prescient friend among serious Democrats explained last week what was wrong with his party and how it had contributed to liberalism's defeat on Nov. 2. He believes a growing majority of Americans simply don't trust Democrats because Democrats don't trust Mr. and Mrs. America to make sound decisions for themselves and their families.
Blue-collar Americans believe liberals are anti-Christian and seek to suppress all public expression of religious beliefs, including school prayer. That they are amoral--or, as Irving Kristol once said, a liberal is someone who thinks it is all right for an 18-year-old girl to perform in a porn film so long as she is paid the minimum wage.
Liberals see themselves as self appointed Robin Hoods, but they are seen by red-county Americans as taking from the productive and giving to the indolent. They look down on average Americans as misguided and too dumb to know what is good for them and their families. Since such people are unlikely to make the right decisions, a wise government must do it for them. And of course the bigger the government, the better.
An equally serious friend on the other side of the political spectrum says the acrimony of the past four years may have been intensified by social issues, but it is the economic issues that are determining the outcome of elections. He believes the liberal left may actually be winning on the social issues--that gay rights and stem-cell research, for example, are trending in their direction--but that liberals have suffered a wholesale rout on their economic beliefs. They were wrong about communism (it was an economic failure), wrong about socialism (it didn't work either), wrong about the welfare state, wrong about high taxes and government regulation of economic matters.
And so red-county Americans resent elitists, Hollywood, the establishment media and the Democratic Party telling them they can't participate:
• That taxes must always be higher, never lower, because in the words of one traditional Democrat "I want the government to have the money."
• That Americans should be protected from free trade, because lower-cost foreign goods in the marketplace interfere with higher-priced American ones.
• That you should not be allowed to invest some of your Social Security taxes in a personally owned account that will grow over your lifetime and give you some asset ownership upon your retirement, because it is a bad thing for you to have such assets.
• That allowing parents to choose the best school for each of their children is also a bad thing; you might make the wrong choice, so it is better that government make the choice for you. Or in the words of former teachers union president Keith Geiger, why should some children be allowed to "escape" from bad public schools?
Rather than applauding Hillary Clinton's telling them last summer that their taxes must be raised because "we're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good," they prefer Newt Gingrich's observation that the Declaration of Independence's Pursuit of Happiness includes an active verb: "Not happiness stamps; not a department of happiness; not therapy for happiness. Pursuit."
If the Democratic Party allows itself to be defined by Ted Kennedy, Michael Moore and the editorial page of the New York Times, while Republicans, their president and their strengthened congressional majorities encourage the pursuit of happiness in an opportunity and ownership society, then Mr. and Mrs. America will make sure conservatives are in power for a great many years to come.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Thanksgiving Declaration from 1789
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.
-- G. Washington
Happy Thanksgiving from Jerusalem!
Picasso does the Pistons-Pacers Brawl.
The days of elitist liberals controlling the media,are offically over.
You can view the entirety of Theo Van Gogh's short film, Submission, here at Ifilm.com. The film runs about 11 minutes long and takes a metaphorical look at the harsh realities of the lives of Muslim women.
I find it amusing that Hollywood is totally silent after one of their own is murdered in cold blood for expressing Islam's shortcomings in its systematic repression of women. When will it be politically correct to speak the truth?
Monday, November 22, 2004
Stern Gets it Right
"The NBA has become a league of whiners, babies, gangster wanna-bes, and some very, very good european players. Get rid of the ghetto ballers, of bring the cage back. " At least that's what The Backer had to say about the weekend's festivities, and I couldn't agree more.
I might also add that the whole rap/ghetto basketball culture, upon which American black youth thrive, is basically dedicated to drugs, alcohol, violence and the systematic degradation of black women. And while it might be a bit of an overstatement to say that the NBA-Thug/Rap Life has done more to hurt Black America than anything any plantation owner in the south did 250 years ago, there is a reason that the Black community gets into such an outrage anytime Bill Cosby opens his mouth, it's because he's right. But I'll let Bill speak for him, since I'd just be a racist.
Anyone wonder why all the donors to the Clinton Presidential Library were anonymous? Well here's your answer...Saudis, Arabs Funneled Millions toPresident Clinton's Library.
Look Out! Krauthammer let's us know Why Bush Has No Fear.
DEMOCRATIC DARK HORSES FOR 2008: Reihan Salam has the round-up
AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES
Who Will it be???
"Here's Looking at You, Kid," "Show Me the Money!" "No wire hangers!!!" "I'll be Back" and Hundreds More Vie for the Title of "Movie Quote of The Century"
The American Film Institute (AFI) today announced that AFI's 100 Years . . . 100 Movie Quotes will be the theme for AFI's eighth annual celebration of 100 years of American movies.
AFI'S 100 Years . . . 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases will count down America's 100 greatest lines of dialogue spoken in the movies, as chosen by experts of the motion picture community, in a three-hour television event on the CBS Television Network in June 2005.
Katelyn Burke wins first CIF-SS Championship
Hard to believe that the Burke Family has never won a CIF-SS Championship with all those St. Anthony's alumnists, but now the family has its first when Katelyn and the Griffins of Los Alamitos High School won their third CIF-SS Championship in Volleyball. Congrats Katelyn!
Bosco defeats Fountain Valley, No.1 Poly Awaits
Poly and Loyola high schools have probably kept my Alma Mater, St. John Bosco High School, from winning CIF and League Champhionships more than any other two schools in the Southern Section. This friday under the lights Bosco will have a chance to settle some scores as the Crackheads, I'm sorry Jackrabbits, from Long Beach Polytechnic High School and the Braves of SJB will do battle at Long Beach City College. Should be a dandy if the Bosco defense comes to play.
Friday, November 19, 2004
Is Hezbollah/Iran/Syria/Lebanon testing Israel's defense forces?
Did Arafat Die from Cirrhosis of the liver??? Probably not, but a good bit of satire nonetheless.
Wis. radio host calls Rice 'Aunt Jemima'...I'll wait for outrage from "The Reverend" Al Sharpton, "The Reverend" Jesse Jackson, and the NAACP............this could be a while........on second thought I'll just get a drink.
UN staff ready historic no-confidence vote in Annan...FINALLY! What took so long?
No Shit of the Day #1
Diplomats: Iran Is Readying Nuke Processes...tick, tock tick, tock...your move Europe. More diplomacy right?
No Shit of the Day #2
To Win, Dems Need to Face Reality, Reform Their Message Fox News All-Star and Executive Editor of Roll Call Mort Kondracke nails the pitifully pusillanimous pions from the Democratic Party.
Battle of Fallujah
Troops in Fallujah are the best since World War II.
(British Royal Marines Commandos, for our British readers)
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Hey, everyone, Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Rice likely pick as Powell's successor
What better way to piss of an Arab-Muslim culture that so greatly fears empowering women. She'll also be the first Notre Dame grad to serve as Secretary of State.
All the news that's unfit to print
You won't read anything about the following papers in the main stream media, so, thanks to the internet and new forms of alternative non-liberal elitist media, we bring you two pertanent pieces from the Weekly Standard:
Holland's Deadly Tolerance...After decades of trying to fight social problems with ever more tolerance, the Dutch are at a loss before terrorism. . At this point, the Dutch seem more inclined to move from Live and Let Live to its opposite, and are calling for laws that make the Patriot Act look like Kumbayah.
A Saudi Protest March Demonstrators...march for women's rights in front of the Saudi embassy. It's a start.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Only 2 links today, because they're both must reads and are fairly long, but I know you guys will plow through them in no time:
On the trail of Kerry's failed dream...a long, but great and very satisfying read.
A Round-Up of the last month's encouraging news out of Afghanistan...the stuff you'll never hear from the mainstream media.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Dutch Rage Towards Muslims Continues
Dutch mosque damaged by fire
There have been more than 20 incidents of fires or vandalism at Muslim buildings -- and a handful of retaliatory attacks on Christian churches -- since the Nov. 2 killing of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a suspected Muslim extremist
Friday, November 12, 2004
Yasser Arafat’s burial in Ramallah takes place in short order amid rattle of automatic gunfire and hysterical Palestinian mob scene. Prayer for the dead and last rites hurried through in Arafat's office to avert catastrophe. Ambulances came to collect unknown number of casualties.
Palestinian security forces lost control of thronging mourners and allowed them into burial compound. They surged forward as helicopter bearing coffin landed from Cairo. Security forces fired over crowds to allow unloading of coffin, clear path for truck carrying it and let burial rites go forward before sunset. Terror operatives and security officers climbed atop moving truck with casket and brandished guns.
Mobs chant slogans lead by officers surrounding Arafat's body. This looks more like a terrorist convention than a funeral.
***MAYHEM IN RAMALLAH***
Palestinian security forces are barely able to control mob from the helicopter carrying Arafat's body. Gun fire rings continually. At one point an SUV driven by Palestinian Security officer tries to plow through the crowd to make room to carry Arafat's casket.
Israel, Palestine Brace for Arafat's Funeral
Well, today Arafat will be brought from Cairo to Ramallah for the funeral and interment of Arafat at his Palestinian Authority Headquarters, called "Ha-mu-qatala", the compound.
I have to say, that while I cannot speak for cities other than Jerusalem that are further away from the West Bank (Tel Aviv, Haifa), that I have not seen the security and IDF presence in Jerusalem as strong in man power as it is today. There are boarder police and soldiers at near every intersection in the city, your eyes cannot look any place without observing armed soldiers wearing flack jackets, and their m-16s locked and loaded (patrol units usually never wear vests and rarely, if ever, have their magazines actually loaded in their weapon).
Streets that separate East Jerusalem (Arab Jerusalem) from West Jerusalem (Israeli Jerusalem) have an especially high number of soldiers and in most cases the entrances from the East Side to the West have been closed all together so micro-manage the traffic at only a few points. As a result I noticed a lot more Arabs walking on the West Side instead of in cars or shared taxis.
Drudge reported that Israel is at a technical state of war, as far as their military preparedness goes, and this is for good reason. Funerals have throughout history often been a gathering point for people with a mutual cause to get together and express their frustration or grief in a mob mentality. The democracy protest at Tienneman Square began with the funeral for a popular reformist politician and one need look only last week in the Netherlands, where the funeral of Vincent Van Gogh's great-nephew lead to some instances of anti-Muslim retaliation. Last night in the Arab section of Israel in a neighborhood called Shofat, a crowd of a few hundred youth marched on the city before Israeli police and soldiers broke it up, so I would honestly be very surprised if something did not happen before this is all said and done. As a point of reference Ramallah is about 20-30 minutes from Jerusalem.
Thousands of Palestinians break into Muqata compound without authorization; they do not appear to be armed (Haaretz)
Israeli TV reporting that some of the intruders are armed and Israeli reporters fear for their safety. If I was American I would also fear for my safety. Updating as the situation unfolds, could be an ugly night in Palestine.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
DID ARAFAT DIE OF AIDS???
Sure, it could be that the old man succumb to just plain old age, especially with Israel's extremely effective strategy of isolating the aging leader to his Rammallah compound, but there seems to be a lot of partially in jest, partially serious speculating among the diplomats and foreign workers I know, that perhaps Arafat did die from AIDS related complications. Of course we'll never known considering the guy probably died a week ago. At any rate, one has to wonder, especially when headlines like this are being run.
Now, everyone has been asking me for predictions of what will happen now that Arafat is gone. Well if this isn't the $64,000 question, then I don't know what is. Technically, the Palestinian Authority governing rules demand that elections beheld for Arafat's office 60 days after it is vacated and that the speaker of the house will hold interim power until then. I have heard that because the Palestinian speaker is not "well known" enough, the Palestinians might skip that whole process and just appoint someone.
At any rate, the favorites for new leadership have to be Mahmoud Abbas/Abu Mazen and Ahmed Quirea/Abu Ala. It has been interesting to see Abu Mazen reemerge the last few weeks since his 6 month long exile after resigning from the Prime Minister's post. Of course there is a lot of jockeying behind the scenes going on, and the US would probably love to see either 1. Real elections take place, or (more likely) 2. The appointment of Abbas as the new President of the PA, since he already holds the post of President of the PLO and since he is considered a man who is committed to a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and at least making an effort to curbing the acts of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, etc al. Of course the terrorist groups will have their say before it is all over. My sources tell me that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have committed themselves to trying to carry out as many suicide bombing as possible if either Abbas or Quirea is elected because the terrorists know that these two are more committed to a resolution of the conflict.
One thing is for sure in the whole run up to Arafat's death: The Palestinian leadership has once again proved how utterly impotently inept and clueless they really are. Their leadership can't even organize a fricking funeral and couldn't be honest about the state of Arafat's health all last week, and these same people are suppose to run a country?
Who was Arafat really? LIFE & CRIMES OF A LEADER WHO ROSE ON MYTHS AND LIES should be of some help.
Gonzales to Succeed Ashcroft, Sources Say
Bush nominates yet ANOTHER minority for high office. The Dems talk about it, Republicans do it. And on merit, not as a quota.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
MADONNA CALLS FOR US TROOPS TO LEAVE IRAQ
This broad comes to Israel, agrees to let the Israeli government pay for and provide security for her whole little "Kabbalah" tour group during the Jewish high holydays a month ago, and she has the balls to tell the UNITED STATES to get out of Iraq?????
Esther needs a serious wake up call. I guess the Israeli Defense Force protecting its citizens in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is justified but the US Army defending American citizens and stopping terrorists in Iraq, rather than in Manhattan, is unjustified. I'm sorry, but what a dillusional, elitist, uneducated moron.
Go back to Detroit Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, you're the same untalented wop that is trying so hard to disown everything that made you, your fake British accent isn't fooling anyone. As Guy Pierce's character Det. Lt. Edmund Jennings Exley said in LA Confidential, "A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker".
Monday, November 08, 2004
Islamo-Fascists Come to the Englightened Dutch
Sept. 11, 2001 -- 3,000 Americans Murdered by Islamo-Fascists
No reports of Americans attacking Muslim Schools
No reported attempts of mosques being set on fire
Nov. 2, 2004 -- 1 Dutch Artist Slain by Islamo-Fascists
Elementary school bombed
Red paint Saturday night on a center in Amsterdam that aids immigrants, many of them Muslim
In the town of Huizen, police arrested two men they say were caught preparing to ignite a fire at the An-Nasr mosque Friday night
A mosque in the city of Breda sustained minor fire damage in another reported arson attempt.
A small fire was also set at a mosque in Utrecht, police said, and a pig's head was left in a plastic bag outside a mosque in Amsterdam.
GOD FORBID that 3,000 Dutchmen were killed on Nov. 2, 2004 instead of 3,000, who knows what kind of knee-jerk response that would have triggered from the so-called "englightened" and "multi-cultural" Dutch. Then again , if Van Gogh were only an investment banker it's unlikely the reaction against the murder would have been so repulsively reactionary. How dare Western Europe dare criticize the United States fights the war on terrorism when their own countries see racists attacks on Islamic elementary schools, and mosques, as well as support the gross violation in civil liberties and self-expression in France by mandating that no crosses, kipas, or kafiyahs be worn in public. Deal with your own problems, then you can worry about how America decides to defend itself, at least it's not by suppressing our own loyal, patriotic Muslim population.
And speaking of our old Colonialist Allies, the Cheese-eating surrender monkeys are doing a bang-up job in the Ivory Coast. Let's count the days until they get their assed kicked all over the tiny African nation, shall we?
Sunday, November 07, 2004
This Man Was Going to Lead the Free World?!?
The morning after the Feb. 3 primaries, which vaulted Kerry into a virtual-ly insurmountable lead, the candidate was fuming over his missing hairbrush. He and his aides were riding in a van on the way to a Time magazine cover-photo shoot. Nicholson had left the hairbrush behind. "Sir, I don't have it," he said, after rummaging in the bags. "Marvin, f---!" Kerry said. The press secretary, David Wade, offered his brush. "I'm not using Wade's brush," the long-faced senator pouted. "Marvin, f---, it's my Time photo shoot."
Then on "Good Morning America" in early April, the candidate bridled when the normally genial host Charlie Gibson asked him about an old controversy, recently brought back to life by Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush surrogates, over whether Kerry had thrown away his medals (or just his ribbons) at an antiwar protest in 1971. Kerry was indignant about having his honor questioned, and at the end of the interview, with the camera still rolling, he snapped at Gibson, "Thanks for doing the work of the RNC [the Republican National Committee]."
Offstage, Kerry's handlers cringed. Putting him on first thing in the morning on an issue he cared about viscerally was a mistake, they realized. Kerry cannot deflect a question when he is wrapped up in the sureness of his position. (John Edwards, on the other hand, was able to deftly redirect the question back to Cheney's draft status during the Vietnam War. Questioned about Kerry's medals by talk-show host Don Imus, Edwards shot back with a laugh, "Five deferrals, and you're asking me about John Kerry?")
Daily Dose of Perspicuously Pithy Pundits
Believe it or not, it wasn't just rednecks who voted for Bush, By Mark Steyn:
Forty five per cent of Hispanics voted for the President, as did 25 per cent of Jews, and 23 per cent of gays. And this coalition of common-or-garden rednecks, Hispanic rednecks, sinister Zionist rednecks, and lesbian rednecks who enjoy hitting on their gay-loathin' sisters expanded its share of the vote across the entire country - not just in the Bush states but in the Kerry states, too.
Condescending Dems still don't get it, By Mark Steyn:
...a placard prominently displayed by a fetching young lad at the post-election anti-Bush rally in San Francisco cut to the chase: "F--- MIDDLE AMERICA."
Almost right, man. It would be more accurate to say that "MIDDLE AMERICA" has "F---ed" you, and it will continue to do so every two years as long as Democrats insist that anyone who disagrees with them is, ipso facto, a simpleton -- or "Neanderthal," as Teresa Heinz Kerry described those unimpressed by her husband's foreign policy. In my time, I've known dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts and other members of Britain's House of Lords and none of them had the contempt for the masses one routinely hears from America's coastal elites. And, in fairness to those ermined aristocrats, they could afford Dem-style contempt: A seat in the House of Lords is for life; a Senate seat in South Dakota isn't.
Note to Europe: Bush's Win Was No Fluke , By James K. Glassman:
The best advice I can give Europeans is: Live with it! President Bush is no fluke, and there's no wishing him away. The good news is that Mr. Bush isn't devious or unpredictable. He's entirely open and obvious. A major theme of his campaign was that he does what he says.
Restart the Reagan Revolution, by Michael Reagan:
George Bush has won the election--for the next four years he doesn't have to worry about being re-elected. It's now time to start limiting government. It's time to get back to fiscal responsibility and to do all the things Republicans are supposed to do: work for less government, fewer taxes, and implementing the ownership society. President has four years to streamline this country and make it run like a smooth engine.
American Exceptionalism, The message of Tuesday's verdict, by Victor Davis Hanson:
Two multimillionaire lawyers from the East Coast were not populists in the manner of a Richard Gephardt, and it was the epitome of arrogance to pretend that they were. Now is not the time for the Democrats to harp about "a divided county," but to ensure that next time Hollywood, MoveOn.org, rock stars, and billionaire currency speculators do not headline their campaign, though venom and money they may bring. Perhaps someone in the Democratic party will tally up a Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry and conclude that there is a pattern here that leads to political suicide. And perhaps the world will conclude that America, thank God, still stands firm against the utopian socialism of the U.N., Europe, and its own privileged sophisticates.
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Irish Defense Wakes Up Echoes of 2000, beats Tennessee
I wish they would've saved it for USC, now I just know we'll get killed Thanksgiving Weekend.
The Reagan Revolution Renewed (or The Bush Revolution), by Laura Ingraham
Let this be clear: this election is a reaffirmation of Ronald Reagan--his hopefulness, his vision, and his adherence to the conservative values that rescued the Republican Party from its political exile. After the celebrating, President Bush must get down to the hard work of achieving conservative goals. Doing this will expand the Republican majority not shrink it. As we beat back the terror threat around the globe, President Bush needs to offer further support for the culture of life, advance meaningful tax reform, appoint judges who don't act like super-legislators, and enforce our national borders for cultural and security reasons.
Over the past year, we saw the political left throw everything it had against President Bush--ginned up talk of a military draft, lies about what happened at Tora Bora, phony National Guard documents, even blame for flu shot shortages. The elites in the "old media", academia, Hollywood, the Soros' billionaires club, and the EU were all pushing for John Kerry all the way. With all this, the Democrats still couldn't win. James Carville conceded that "the party needs to reassess where it is....They're going to asking themselves from tough questions."
In Shut Up & Sing, I wrote about the dynamic that we saw play in this election--the elites versus Americans. In the end, the latter will always win out. They find inspiration in Al Franken. We find inspiration in Tommy Franks. They admire Michael Moore. We admire Mel Gibson. We believe in partial privatization of Social Security. They believe in partial birth abortion. They think: "In Kofi we Trust." We think "In God We Trust." They pray for an opening at Spago. We pray for an opening in Heaven.
TIME magazine's "Person of the Year" should be "The Voters." They spoke. Are the elites listening?
Salon's Farhad Manjoo weighs in with some words of cheer:
"Like many liberals I'm betting on the Armageddon theory of politics. Bush and the GOP majorities in the House and Senate will make things so bad in the next four years that the country will never elect a Republican ever again. So here's hoping things get much, much worse!"
It's really amazing that liberals can even question how they just got smacked in the face a week ago after a comment like that, it's amazing that the Democratic Party has set themselves up in a way that they actively cheer bad things to happen to the United States. That's "liberal patriotism" for you.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
French hospital spokesman: Arafat`s medical situation is complex, he is not dead (Sky News)
Israeli TV: Arafat "brain dead"
Luxemburg Prime Minister: "Arafat Dead"
There are conflicting reports coming out of different news organizations that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is clinically dead, which I assume to mean the PA official is in acoma. Sky News reportly confirmed that Arafat had not only be in acoma, but that he was also dead. Newspapers in Israel, Haaretz and Yidoth, are both reporting Arafat to be clinically dead.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Look at all the losers: Bin Laden, George Soros, MoveOn.org, Hollywood, Old Europe, the United Nations, MTV, liberalism, the mainstream media, Dan Rather, Bruce Springsteen, and terrorists everywhere. The winner yesterday: America, the United States of America. There are stories in the media today about how this is a "divided country" because of this election. It is not divided. What's divided is the media and the elites from the rest of the country. The country is not divided.
Did You Know??
The Democrat Party's candidate for president has won a majority of the popular vote only once in the last ten presidential elections.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Election 2004, Who Would Bin Laden Vote For??? Now you know who you should be voting for!!!
FOUR MORE YEARS!!!
The President Within
He walked into history an obscure, flat footed, bantamy little fellow in a light gray suit, the inhabitant of an eloquence-free zone who gave boring speeches in a flat voice. He was not compelling. This was more obvious because he followed a charismatic leader who did big things and filled the screen. He was quickly defined and dismissed by the opinion elite as "a first-rate second-rate man." And maybe at the beginning he feared the appraisal was correct, for when he became president he said very frankly that he felt the moon and the stars had fallen upon him.
Why would he expect people to be impressed by him, to see him as a leader? His background: a failed businessman who wanted to rise in politics but was forced to do it through a corrupt local political machine. He worked and rose within it, doing his best to hold onto his integrity. He achieved local office, and then shocked everyone when the machine picked him to run for the U.S. Senate and he actually won. He served a term with mild distinction and then through an accident of history became president because--well, because history can be antic, unknowable, full of tricks.
His name of course was Harry Truman, and to him fell the hard and hellish job of keeping the world up at a terrible time.
He made tough decisions at the toughest moments--admitting, as his predecessor never did or could, exactly who "Uncle Joe" Stalin was and what he wanted, stopping him in Greece, pushing through the Marshall Plan to save Europe and getting the money for it from a depleted American public, fighting a land war in Korea. All this when his exhausted nation--we had been through two world wars in 25 years--did not want another war, and needed to be rallied.
He stopped or thwarted communism wherever he could, fought like a tiger, faced down the most admired American general of the day and canned him for overstepping his bounds, made the crucial and horrific decision to drop the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and took the responsibility himself to the extent that when the head of the Manhattan Project came to him and said he feared he had blood on his hands, Truman took out his handkerchief and wiped J. Robert Oppenheimer's hands, and said no, I made the decision, the responsibility is mine.
Harry Truman was a great man. And I believe we are seeing the makings of a similar greatness in George W. Bush, the bantamy, plain-spoken, originally uninspiring man who through a good heart and a good head, through gut and character, simple well-meaningness and love of country is, in his own noncompelling way, doing the right tough things at a terrible time.
And he faces stakes as high as Truman faced, if not, as many think, higher. Truman had to stand for freedom and keep the West together while keeping Stalin from getting and then using weapons that he could, in his evil, use to blow up half the world. Mr. Bush has to stand for freedom and keep an alliance together while moving against a dozen madmen who have it within their power to deploy weapons of mass destruction that can blow up half the world.
He has to see to it that this great mission doesn't end with getting or killing Osama and his men. He must lead the civilized world now to root out, get and remove every weapon of mass destruction--every chemical and bio depot and laboratory in every rogue nation--and banish this scourge from the world. It will be hard to keep the allies on board and supportive, hard to keep the American people behind him, because it's going to be a long war.
Mr. Bush also followed a charismatic leader, and I do not mean Mr. Clinton. Mr. Clinton, whose eight years in the presidency could be compressed like an accordion into one inch of meaning, was no FDR. The charismatic figure Mr. Bush follows is the last big American president, the last who had the massive presence of a battleship, Ronald Reagan.
People kept wondering last year during the election if Mr. Bush had it in him to be a Reagan. I thought maybe he did. But now as I watch him I think: Truman.
Harry Truman did it all through gut and instinct and character. He was a good man who loved his country. He loved to read history and could quote Ovid, but he was no intellectual, not a man of strikingly original thought; his mind wasn't so much creative as quick, and solid as a rock. He grew into the job, on a steep learning curve, forced by history to absorb facts and decide quickly. He didn't know about the atom bomb until the first week of his presidency.
Mr. Bush has been on a similar steep curve, forced to absorb and decide quickly, and his decisions too seem to have been issued from a mind that's quick and solid as a rock.
In the early days of the current struggle he immediately understood the situation--"We are at war"--but did not immediately strike back. He seemed, at first, in the day after Sept. 11, to have been as shocked by history as Harry Truman--the moon and the stars had fallen upon him. He was eight months into a new presidency, and now all the facts of the world changed. But he righted himself as Truman did, and he made his plans. There were no showy and meaningless kabooms with our missiles hitting aspirin factories in the desert. Instead Mr. Bush prepared, pushed, waited and struck--and now the Taliban are on the run and Afghanistan is teetering on something that whatever it is will surely be better than what it had been. Al Qaeda is not done, but as Mr. Bush said again yesterday in his news conference with President Vladimir Putin, we will not rest until it is.
It was in that remarkable news conference that Mr. Bush displayed once again in public what is reported of him in private--that he has an instinctive command in his private dealings, a way of appealing to his guests with a well-meaning warmth that is both ingenuous and . . . yet another little weapon in the Bush armory, an armory whose job it is to provide him with what he needs to get what he wants. In this case and for some time now what he wants has been a personal bond with President Putin that both reflects and promotes a new and deep alliance between America and Russia.
"It all starts with the human element," he said yesterday. And of course that personal element was much in evidence, and yielded a news conference between an American president and a Russian leader the likes of which has never been seen in history. "Yesterday we tasted steak and listened to music and did all of this to increase the understanding between peoples," said Mr. Putin. He especially liked the barbecue: "When I asked the president he said, 'Indeed this cannot be done except for in Texas.'"
It would be naive to see this as anything more than a charming routine by two men in a charming mood if it were not also clear that, as Mr. Putin said, serious discussions had been held. And though some issues remained open, Mr. Putin announced, "We will arrive at a conclusion acceptable to Russia, the United States and indeed the entire world."
Mr. Bush was at his best, and I realized there is a way you can tell that he is and knows he is in full command. He signals it by talking the way he talks; that is, he signals it through bad grammar, or if you will highly colloquial usage. When Mr. Bush is uncomfortable or being formal he says, "The tax structure in Russia is exemplary in many ways." When Mr. Bush is in full command he says, as he did yesterday, "And by the way they got a flat tax in Russia." They got one indeed, and it's turnin' that country 'round big-time. (English teachers across the country are going to have to get used to saying, "It is good to listen to this nice man's thoughts but not to adopt his usage.")
You also know when Mr. Bush is in full command when he's not afraid to let his merriness out. His natural verbal style is Texas wise-guy: asked by a student if he had any advice for her life he said, "Yeah, listen to your mother." This got a lot of laughter but then, to show respect for a child who asked an honest question, he turned serious, and what he said was moving. "Follow your dreams. . . . You never know where life's gonna take ya. I never sat and thought, 'Gosh, if I work hard I'll be president of the United States.' It wasn't in my vocabulary. But you never know. You never know. Trust the Lord."
Harry Truman couldn't have said it better himself.
I wrote to one of Mr. Bush's aides the other day, a smart and gifted man, and he sent back a note saying the most moving thing that has happened to him the past two months is "seeing that George Bush is a great man--a truly great man."
He meant it sincerely, and would not have said it to me if he did not think it. And it reminded me of something. I spent a lot of the year 2000 writing about Mr. Bush when he was running for president, and stating in these pages and elsewhere that I felt he had potential greatness in him.
This seemed to some of my friends absurd. He didn't look great or act great; he looked like an aging preppy fortunate son.
But there's an odd thing about presidents. Sometimes you can meet a man on his way up in politics and you can see the president within. There were people who met Ronald Reagan in the 1950s and '60s and who saw--one wrote a notarized letter so he could prove decades hence that he had seen it--that Ronald Reagan would be president one day, and a great one. There were people who met Jack Kennedy and thought: president.
But no one met young Harry Truman and started hearing "Hail to the Chief," and no one even 13 years ago, in 1988, met George Bush Jr., as he was then called, and saw the president within. I certainly didn't.
But life is funny, and what matters is that Mr. Bush has found the president within. I think he knows he's going to be a great one, and that's significant because all the great ones always know it somewhere inside. Even Truman did, eventually.
This article was written a few weeks after 9-11-01 by Wall Street Journal Columnist and former Ronald Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan
Monday, November 01, 2004
What's at Stake in This Election, by Rush Limbaugh
I have avoided throughout the whole year declaring this the most important election in our history. I mean, we've had crucial elections before during the Civil War, during World Wars. We had numerous crucial elections during the Cold War, and we've had a divided electorate before. This isn't the first time that we have settled national arguments or even a single national argument over several election cycles. Well, that having been said, this time there is one high stakes issue that makes domestic concerns pale in comparison, and that is the growth of international terrorism -- and this is the prelude to getting into the bin Laden tape that came out on Friday. International terrorism, which claimed over 800 American lives in what I guess could be called "nuisance" attacks before September 11th, 2001.
The growth of international terrorism is a real clear and present danger. I mean, not just to us, but to all of Western Civilization. Only since September 11th has this threat been met with the full projection of American power, and just as important, American political will. Now, despite the claims of one candidate and his party and his allies around the world, we have friends in this struggle. We have friends that include East European nations who were oppressed under communism for almost 60 years and do not want a return to anything like that. We have friends in support from Pacific Rim nations, from nations in Africa and western powers like the Brits and the Aussies who have been steadfast allies throughout.
But the truth of the matter is, America is the dominant power and economy in the world today. We determine the course of freedom throughout the world, not just here in the United States of America. It is something that has to be fought for on a daily basis. It's something that far too many people take for granted. It is something that far too many people think that can be purchased with appeasement of enemies. You can't purchase peace with appeasement. I heard over the weekend, "You can only rent it for a while," but eventually you're going to have to make the buy. You're going to have to purchase peace. You don't get it because you want it. You don't get it because you bury your head in the sand and ignore it. You don't get peace, you don't continue the lifestyle of freedom and liberty that we in this country too often take for granted simply by wanting it more than the other guy.
You have to back it up and you have to defend it, and to defend it you have to recognize when it's under attack, and recognizing when it's under attack takes courage. Recognizing when we are under attack takes wide open eyes, takes honesty. Because once you admit, once you come to the intellectual decision, not emotional, once you come to the intellectual decision to admit, to understand that our way of life, that our freedom that, our daily existence as we've always known it is under attack, once you come to that conclusion, then there's only one option you have, and that is to defend it. We are under attack. The truth is that we have been under attack for many years by the same type of people who think in the same way fanatic Islamists have been attacking freedom and Americans for over 20 years.
It's only in the last three years that we've decided to do something about it. We now find ourselves at a crossroads. Are we going to continue to do something about it or are we going to rent peace for awhile and allow Osama bin Laden at the end of the day tomorrow to go ahead and claim that he and he alone influenced the outcome of the United States elections? Are we going to have a victory for Osama bin Laden tomorrow and give him bragging rights across the Middle East and in the worlds of the left and in the process create a whole new generation of terrorists? Here is a man who is so incapacitated because we've made the decision to fight and defend our freedom that all he can launch as an October Surprise is a tape that appears to come right out of the text of the movie Fahrenheit 9/11.
Osama bin Laden cannot launch an attack on the United States of America. Osama bin Laden can only deliver a tape, and on that tape, bin Laden appeals to the very appeasers in this country who would allow him to gain strength by agreeing with what he says and voting for the man who is being quoted by bin Laden. John Kerry, as much as Michael Moore, was quoted by Osama bin Laden in that video that we all saw Friday and over the weekend, and I have eight audio sound bites here that I'm going to get to later in the program to prove this to you. You can say it came out of Fahrenheit 9/11, but so did the Kerry campaign. Michael Moore is not on the ballot; John Kerry is. Osama bin Laden parroting John Kerry in his tape on Friday. We have a unique responsibility to lead the world in confronting and defeating this evil threat. It's not just ourselves that we are defending, and this is despite nations who oppose us.
Many of these nations that oppose us do not face the threat that we face. Many of the nations that oppose us are doing so in part to protect their financial ties with terrorist nations. We have never in our history relied on others to defend us. We have never in our history turned over our defense to others, either an institution of nations or a single nation. It is they who come to us. Therefore, it is us who must come to us, or we who must come to us. We must rely on ourselves in this battle. For over three decades, 30 years, terrorist organizations grew wealthy, they grew more deadly. Despite increasingly brazen attacks, American deaths were brushed off, and those years are now being referred to by the Democratic presidential candidate as the nuisance of terrorism that he would like to return to, where for three decades American deaths were brushed off.
Returning to the days of appeasement, trying to meet a "global test" of world opinion, ignoring threats from hostile nations and groups is a deadly mistake we simply can't afford to make. Those are the stakes in this race, but it goes beyond simply ignoring threats from hostile nations and groups. It's gotten to the point now where the Democratic Party is actually echoing the words of a man who happily murdered 3,000 Americans on September 11th. The Democrat Party in this country is eager to point to the things bin Laden said and suggest that he is right -- a man who happily murdered 3,000 Americans and is eager to do so over and over and over again! You say, "Rush, I haven't heard the Democrats say that." Oh, you can find it on their websites. You can find people who are going to vote for John Kerry who have said this. You can find people on various Democrat websites who are excited bin Laden said what he said. They're hoping for an Osama smack down of Bush if I may quote one of the things I saw.
But the point is you haven't heard anybody in the Democratic Party renounce this for three years. For the last nine months, you haven't heard anybody in the Kerry campaign, not one voice, not one reasonable, responsible voice from the Democrat Party reject any of the slanderous, libelous, vicious, totally made-up lies and attacks about George W. Bush, as "the next Hitler," as "worse than Saddam." You know the list of things. They have encouraged this thinking. You might say, "Why?" The acquisition of their power is crucial to them. They care more about that than anything else, and they are in their minds because they have a superior attitude over America. They have an arrogant, condescending attitude to those they live with and live near. They believe that it is their entitlement, that they are born to power. It's their right, and that right has been interrupted since 1994 and it's time for them to get it back. And they, in their minds, are permitted to lie for "the common good," as they define it.
They are allowed to attack and cheat and do whatever because in their minds they are doing it for "the common good" so they are not lying; they're not cheating. They're doing what's for "the common good" as they see it from their position of superiority. It's amazing. We have, in this campaign, we have George W. Bush, who has a record, a four-year record. He had to make decisions about life and death and war and peace, and he made them. He made them and he has stuck to them, and there are demonstrable pieces of evidence all over the world of the profound success of those decisions. His opponent has run on platitudes, promises, mysterious plans that you either have to go to his website to read or, when you go there, you'll find that many of them don't even exist.
We have a man who even today, in an AP interview, said something along the lines of, "Well, I'll tell you again what I'm going to do in January. I can't tell you now." John Kerry, on the eve of the election: a man who doesn't want to be pinned down on anything, a man who doesn't want to have to offer a solid position on anything for fear of what that will do to him in the polls. He is free to Monday morning quarterback; he is free to use hindsight. He's taken every decision that has been made and said, "I would have done it different or better or smarter," but never define how. The fact that this race is as close as it is, is what befuddles me when you get right down to it.
In the America I thought I knew, John Kerry wouldn't be within 30 points, nor would anybody in the Democratic Party, using their campaign, their rhetoric, their mean-spirited bile. There's no candidate in their party using this campaign and using the allies they've used that would be within 30 points of George W. Bush. It may not be the America I know, so we have to fight for that, as well as our liberty at the same time -- and that's what it takes, folks. You have to fight, even for the people who are wrong. The people are too blind or too uninformed or too uneducated or too ignorant or too whatever to see the threat that faces them because they refuse to take a look at it. That's the job that we all have. That's what you do when you fight for your country: You fight for everybody in it.
Schwarzkopf: Bush Is Our Leader
No More Years
Ten reasons I'm not voting for you, Mr. George W. Bush.
BY JIM TREACHER
10. Do you really think it's a good idea to be Hitler, George? Hitler killed millions of people and his approval ratings are in the toilet. Why can't you be somebody people like? Regis, maybe, or the Prophet Mohammed. Anybody but Hitler! Being Hitler = BAD IDEA.
9. Two words: You. Are. Dumb.
8. When Karl Rove used the remote-control device implanted in your upper back to force you to murder Iraqi babies and American soldiers for oil and/or no reason because Saddam was mean to your dad, plus what about the WMDs you lost after you lied about them even being there in the first place, and then Rove tried to make everybody think your Thanksgiving turkey wasn't plastic by planting fake documents about your military service and forcing Dan Rather to say "Sorry, I guess" on national TV, did you really think we wouldn't figure it out?
7. People might make fun of me. Maybe you're used to it by now, but I'm not.
6. I mean, black hoods? Fa-shion dis-a-a-a-ster. Wasn't Abu Ghraib dreary enough already? (More like Abu Drab!) I would have started a riot--a laugh riot. While pointing at you!
5. How dare you taunt a dying Christopher Reeve with a big brown bottle of stem cells? The man was on his deathbed, you sick monster. Why did you have to hold the spoon right in front of his lips? "C'mon, Chrissy, it's right here. You can do it, bwah! Just another coupla inches. Oooh, yer close. Close!" Shame on you, Dubya.
4. I can't really think of anything for item No. 4, and for that I blame you. (Also the Jews.)
3. Where's Osama? C'mon, Shrub, we all know you've got him in some secret Ashcroft prison and he's running around loose in the world, plus also besides which everybody just saw him live on tape giving the dramatic reading of "Fahrenheit 9/11" that the Halliburton PR department wrote for him to swing the election your way. Well???
2. The Internet.
1. I can no longer afford the premiums on my falling-sky insurance. Adios, chimp!
(If this wasn't satire, and if I didn't already vote for W. this might be true...yeah right)
Suicide Bomber Strikes Market in Tel Aviv ...A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded outdoor market in central Tel Aviv on Monday, killing at least four people and wounding 32.