Saturday, November 06, 2004
"No question now that Kerry's rapidly reaching the point where he's got his back to the wall, his shirttails on fire, and the bill collector's at the door."
Dan Rather, Election Night 2004
BBC Chokes Back Tears for Arafat
As if you had any doubt the MSM continues to fall down on the job. The BBC is showing a clear emotional bias in their reporting of Yassir Arafat.
Many listeners to the BBC were rightly outraged last week by the broadcast from its Middle East correspondent, Barbara Plett, in which she cloyingly described how she wept as Yasser Arafat was airlifted from Ramallah for medical treatment.She said: "When the helicopter carrying the frail old man rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry . . . without warning." Almost as a footnote, she later admitted that an "ambivalence towards violence" was one of his failings.
Just what does it take to damage one's soul as to develop an "ambilalence towards violence"?Against civilians, I might add.
This outpouring for the father of hijackings, terrorist assasinations, and the suicide bomb.
Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose
The depression, a pessimistic sense of inadequacy, and an overbearing despondency continues in certain circles. Yet a glimmer of (better late than never) optimisim remains....
Democrats search the dark clouds for signs of light.
Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution, said he's seen the Republican party all but written off in the past when Democrats simultaneously ruled the White House and Congress - only to come roaring back.
"Eventually, the party in power is going to screw up," Hess said.
House Democratic leader Pelosi put it another way. "Quite frankly, I think the table is set for us in the next election," she said. "We have lost just about everything that we can lose."
Good enough for me & Bobby McGee....
the latest from Michele Malkin. she's a pistol.
Despite apocalyptic claims of systemic voter suppression, upwards of 120 million Americans were able to navigate traffic, traverse bad weather, find their polling places, stand in line without fainting, elbow their way past United Nations nosybodies and MoveOn.org mobsters, press their trembling fingers onto computer screens without getting shocked, and -- gasp -- competently cast their votes without tearfully begging for do-overs.
The projected turnout is up 15 million from the record set four years ago. With more than half the popular vote, President Bush has topped Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan's popular vote tallies. He will earn the distinction of being the presidential candidate who has earned more votes than any other in the nation's entire history.
"W." stands for "Wow!"
Know what? It could also stand for "Watershed"
Friday, November 05, 2004
IT'S A RELIGION OF PEACE
Call me crazy, but I'm not very convinced that I'll be seeing this story on the nightly news any time soon. This is directly from CENTCOM, and goes to show the depravity of those who continue to fight the Forces of Good in Iraq. These muslim fanatics were apparently willing to kill innocent children, and then blame it on the Coalition.
November 5, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: INSURGENTS TARGET CHILDREN OF RAMADICAMP
RAMADI, Iraq – An Army unit assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force, discovered and defused an explosive-laden youth center in Ramadi Nov. 4, which was rigged by insurgents to detonate and potentially kill dozens of Iraqi children. They also discovered more than two tons of explosives hidden in a mosque.The discoveries were made during a sweep of the city looking for improvised explosive devices.
After a thorough investigation of the youth center, the Soldiers discovered that the explosives were rigged to detonate three ways: through a light switch, a remote control and by wiring that ran from the youth center to the nearby Al-Haq Mosque, where the unit discovered the firing mechanism.At another mosque, a search yielded the discovery of more than two tons of ammunition, explosives, mortar systems and RPGs. Artillery rounds; assault rifles and various IED-making materials were found, as well. Fifty suspected insurgents were also detained during the sweep.Mosques are granted protective status due to their religious and cultural significance. However, when insurgents violate the sanctity of the mosque by using the structure for military purposes, the site loses its protective status.
Great care is taken by the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines of I Marine Expeditionary Force, who are committed to assisting Iraqi Interim Government in providing security to Iraqi people.
4 Wasted Years of Negativity
Columnist John Podhoretz has a nice summary of why the good guys won:
And the reality is this: Democrats voted for Bush in large numbers because they like him. They admire him. They want him to be president. They don’t think he’s an idiot, a fascist, a warmonger, a religious fanatic, a kook, a liar, a cheat, a monster, a bad guy. They think he’s done a good job. The Democratic Party has spent four years demonizing George W. Bush, and in part because of their stupid, useless, senseless negativism, Terry McAuliffe & Co. lost 4 million voters. Some strategists will surely argue that because the Democrats were so pointed in their attacks on Bush, they brought the 2.8 million people who voted for Ralph Nader back in the fold. There’s some merit in that argument. But that still leaves the party with a net loss overall from 2000. And that, my friends, is the story of this election. George W. Bush won the election triumphantly because he made new voters. And John Kerry and the Democrats lost the election ignominiously in part because of the self-destructive hate and venom they spat at the president, which caused Democratic voters to flee in droves.
Folks, We Dodged A Bullet
The more I hear about Kerry & co. the more I'm convinced that we narrowly avoided a disaster.
Newsweek (not exactly a bastion of conservative reporting) has a very insightful report on the behind-the-scenes thinking that went on in the Kerry campaign. Among the most distressing is the fact that he had a meeting with John McCain, urging him to be the vice presidential nominee. To sweeten the deal, Kerry promised McCain not only the Veep, but also the post of Secretary of Defense! In effect, McCain would be "co-president" along with Kerry.
"To show just how sincere he was, he made an outlandish offer," Newsweek's Thomas reports. "If McCain said yes he would expand the role of vice president to include secretary of Defense and the overall control of foreign policy. McCain exclaimed, 'You're out of your mind. I don't even know if it's constitutional, and it certainly wouldn't sell.'" Kerry was thwarted and furious. "Why the f--- didn't he take it? After what the Bush people did to him...'"
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Suffering the Illusion of Victory
Damn! Don't you hate it when the you go from being a Man of Destiny to a mere Victim of Fate?! Snatched from the clutches of victory.....
And hey Bob Shrum. Hey! HOW DO YOU STAY EMPLOYED?
Then the polls started closing and everything began to fall apart.
"I got a sinking feeling when the returns started to come in and the states got redder and redder," Shrum said. "The exit polls were completely wrong."
This election was as close as a landslide as you're ever going to see in this new century.
And the best part? The European press is just gonna have TO DEAL with it.
Notes from the Underground
I often check out the DU website just to see how they interpret political developments and events. This caught my eye this morning. There is, understandably, a lot of self-reflection going on over there, and this is a very rare glimpse into the mind of a member of the Democratic party undergoing self-analysis. It comes down to this: although the Dems often profess to be looking out for the "Regular Joes" out there, in the 'middle class' in an economic sense, it turns out that many of the party elites and party spokespeople have very little interaction with those "Joes". And they tend to look down on them with a snooty condescending attidute. Yet, they wonder why gratidude does not follow in the wake of such an attidude toward people that are looking for straight talk and workable solutions.
I'd like some thoughts on this, because I think there is a major disconnect between the way most Dems see themselves, and the way they are viewed by others. And this is one of the major problems when it comes time to set forth an agenda, nominate candidates and try in vain to get their leaders elected by populace that seems to be getting mixed signals.
from the DU website today:
For as long as I have been a Democrat, we have taken for granted the obvious truth that we are better at protecting the economic interests of the vast majority of Americans. But I think the gradual erosion of support among Center-left populists suggests that they do not have the same opinion of the Democratic Party. Democrats need to figure out how to position ourselves once again as the staunch defender of the economic interests of the middle class. Here's another problem: I believe that party elites are disproportionately drawn from the first two groups: Left-liberals and center-left libertarians. I know lots of Democrats here in Washington, DC, and they are almost all relatively affluent professional types from the Northeast or West Coast who don't have any life experience at all interacting with regular people from middle America. In fact, their opinion of them could almost be described as contemptuous. At a minimum, I think it could be called condescending. We think that we are doing "those people" a favor by supporting policies which will help them, and quite frankly we feel a little offended that they aren't thanking us for looking out for them.
How to skip the airline security line....
Ever stood in line at the airport with mounting frustration?
We all have.
Ever tried to buy an airline ticket with a credit card RECEIPT?
And have you ever considering stripping off all your clothes, running naked from the airline terminal, climb an 8 foot barbed wire fence on the tarmac, and charge the plane as a form of protest?
I haven't either but, you have to give full points for intiative and determination.
Airport authorities will look into improving the fence, said Paul Haney, a spokesman for the agency that operates the airport.
Details are here, it'll cheer you up next time you're standing in line at ticketing.
(hat-tip to World Mag Online)
all this and haiku too
I was lucky enough to have lived in Japan for a stretch. While there I learned to appreciate the brevity and directness of Japanese poetry, known as haiku. I even started to write a few of my own, first in English and gradually in Japanese. It's been a while, but after reading the haiku below, courtesy of James Taranto, I got a sudden wisp of nostalgia for that enchanting land.
Served in Vietnam
A grateful nation thanks him
And says, "That's enough."
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
GEORGE W. BUSH - 4 MORE YEARS.
THIS IS PROOF that:
EXIT POLLS SUCK.
ROVE IS A GENIUS.
MICHAEL IS A MORON.
MATTHEWS IS A HACK.
THE TERRORISTS WILL BE DEFEATED.
AMERICANS LOVE SOMEONE WHO CAN THROW A FOOTBALL.
HAIRSPRAY DOESN'T GAIN YOU ANY RESPECT.
VOTE OR DIE - NOT GONNA FLY.
THE U.N. IS CORRUPT AND WE KNOW IT.
FRANCE IS ABSOLUTELY IRRELEVANT.
SOMETIMES LOGIC CONQUERS EMOTION.
THE DEMOCRATS HAVE GOT TO BRING A BETTER GAME
TO THE PARTY IN 2008.
Prez enjoying some family time
Just caught a glimpse of Bush in the White House with the pool reporters. Seems pretty relaxed.
Not sure what to make of it. I'm on my 3rd screwdriver and the most important states are still "too close to call" (phrase of the day). We'll see, they've got the real estate.
FOX is clearly seeing some significant discrepencies between exit polling data and real returns in FL, with Bush looking much better in the real returns.
If this trend continues in other states, this will turn into a very different night than is being portrayed at the moment.
I've heard some rumors about the electronic machines in PA, but nothing solid yet.
It's Cocktail Time !
It's going to be a long night, so we might as well just take a deep breath, relax, and
try something new.
I'm going for my Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide, always a steady
reliable source of discovery and serendiptiy.
It's getting HOT in here.....
it's just about happy hour in New Jersey.
Election day roundup in real time
I love the straight-from-the-hip logic of historian Paul Johnson. He's truly a wizard of the typewriter and shines a light on the clarion call of liberty while trouncing tyranny in any form. He also seems to think the best way to judge what John Kerry stands for, is to look at who stands with him. Sometimes it really IS that simple....
All the elements of anarchy and unrest in the Middle East and Muslim Asia and Africa are clamoring and praying for a Kerry victory. The mullahs and the imams, the gunmen and their arms suppliers and paymasters, all those who stand to profit—politically, financially, and emotionally—from the total breakdown of order, the eclipse of democracy, and the defeat of the rule of law, want to see Bush replaced. His defeat on November 2 will be greeted, in Arab capitals, by shouts of triumph from fundamentalist mobs of exactly the kind that greeted the news that the Twin Towers had collapsed and their occupants been exterminated.
Monday, November 01, 2004
It's a MAD MAD MAD MAD MAD MAD World
Bin Laden is mad 'cause he's still in a cave.
Castro's mad 'cause he didn't see that step.
Edwards is mad 'cause Cheney got to spend the weekend in Hawaii
Our Islamic enemies are mad 'cause tomorrow the Prez will be re-elected.
and TOMMY FRANKS is mad,
because the Democratic nominee still doesn't get it.
(Franks being frank.....)
President Bush understands that destroying terrorism requires a consistent, committed effort on a global scale. And he knows we need the help of other nations committed to freedom. Since Sept. 11, 2001, he has built the largest coalition in history. And the mission determined the coalition; the coalition did not determine the mission. With the help of these allies, we have made remarkable progress in the last three years: 50 million people are free, two regimes that sponsored terror are gone, and America is safer. But much remains to be done. As voters consider their choice, they must think about how America will continue to confront challenges to our freedom. Winning the war against terrorism demands responsible, unwavering leadership. George W. Bush is a leader.
Yeah, But They Have Peaceful Intentions....
TERHAN, Iran, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- "Death to America!" chanted Iranian lawmakers after a unanimous vote Sunday to allow their government to resume uranium enrichment activities.
Sunday, October 31, 2004
One question before you folks head out to the polls:
"How many attacks have there been on our shores since Sept. 11, 2001?"
Answer: None, Zip, Nada.
Note to self: remind every day at happy hour this fact - nobody felt, in their most optimistic moment it would be possible to say this on Halloween night.... October 31st... 2004.
here we are. And it didn't happen by chance, my friends.
This country needs the continued vision, steadfast leadership, unrelenting pursuit of suicidal Islamic fanatics whoose goal is to wipe from the face of the Earth the rule of law, justice, common decency and the pursuit of happiness within the most rewarding economic system ever invented.
And remember this: no matter what your annual income, you will pay less federal tax under George W. Bush. So if you like freedom and the ability to buy more cool stuff in the greatest nation on the planet, and most importantly avoid armageddon at the hands of Muslim fanatics..... um, the choice is clear.
If not, just, for a fraction of a moment, imagine what it will be like looking at Mrs. Heinz for the next four years.
..... the h-o-r-r-o-r
If Iraqis could vote on Tuesday
Well, it's official.
If those newly liberated citizens FIGHTING FOR THEIR FREEDOM in Iraq were allowed to vote in the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, Kerry would win Sadr City!
"Not surprisingly, surveys by the Iraqi Center for Research and Strategic Studies find that, whereas Mr. Bush garners the most support in the Kurdish north and from Iraq's well-educated urban elites, Mr. Kerry draws his strongest support from what the Center's Sadoun al-Dulame calls Iraq's "hottest places"--hotbeds of resistance to the U.S. A poll taken earlier this month in Baghdad, for example, finds that while President Bush would win a higher tally in New Baghdad's Christian precincts, Sen. Kerry carries Sadr City hands down."