Knight Of The Mind

I'll do my best to present a philosophical and generally conservative look at current events and life, the universe and everything. Readers are invited to take all that's posted herein with a grain of salt. or if they prefer, a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a shot of tequila.

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Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Kerry Makes Terrorism Go Away

In response to the first attack on the Twin Towers in 1993, Kerry had the following suggestion for improving America's intelligence gathering.

SEC. 301. RESCISSION OF FUNDS FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES.

Of the funds made available in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1994 (Public Law 103-139), $1,000,000,000 is rescinded, to be derived from programs and activities of the National Foreign Intelligence Program and the Tactical Intelligence and Related Activities.

Kerry's response to terrorist threats seems to be this. If the American people aren't aware of terrorism, maybe the issue will go away....

Oh, and to make sure it stays gone, Kerry offers the following addendum to his rescission.

SEC. 1301. FUTURE APPROPRIATIONS FOR INTELLIGENCE AND INTELLIGENCE-RELATED ACTIVITIES.

The total amount authorized to be appropriated for each of fiscal years 1995 through 1998 for the National Foreign Intelligence Program and for Tactical Intelligence and Related Activities may not exceed the amount (adjusted for monetary inflation after fiscal year 1994) that is made available for fiscal year 1994 for such program and activities (taking into account the rescission in section 301).

So he cuts $1bil from the 1994 Intelligence Budget and then attempts to add a proviso that that $1bil will stay cut every year thereafter. In the evolving world of net-centric warfare, we would be reduced to a warning system of 1 if by LAN and 2 if by C.

PS: I figured all of this would be fun to share with the Lean, Mean, Lycopine Machine over at TAM...

This Just In From The Senate Unintelligence Committee

John Kerry wants the pre-war intelligence on Iraq's WMDs to be a major campaign issue. Bush should definitely take him up on it. Big time. Kerry's first salvo went as follows...

Kerry also employed Paul Revere's famed midnight run and imagery of Bunker Hill to bash President Bush over U.S. intelligence failures.

"These are the places where people dared to stand up and put their lives on the line — to take a risk — for something they believed in very deeply," Kerry said of the Boston neighborhood where he was speaking.

It's a shame one of those places wasn't the US Senate. I seem to remember Kerry was in favor of funding the Iraq War before he voted against it. I just don't envision John Quincy Adams favoring The Declaration of Independence before choosing not to sign it.

"One if by land, two if by sea, and the message was right. Come to think of it, they had better intelligence than we do today about what's going on," Kerry continued, drawing the loudest applause of the event.

Kerry shouldn't be surprised that this is the case. His voting record during the recent session doesn't exactly conjour up images of Paul Revere's Ride. He never seemed to get around to voting unless he saw the whites of some lobbyist's eyes...

John F. Kerry missed 72% of 119 recorded votes held in 2003 on issues President Bush had taken a position on according to Congressional Quarterly - Kudo's To John Kerry Sucks.com

So here is a man who is a member of The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who doesn't even go to work 72% of the time, who complains he's been misled on foreign policy. He'd have to actually show up before President Bush could feed him a line of Bull!

Friday, July 30, 2004

Novak Cries "Fowl"

Bob Novak suggests the Dems are gong to heck in a hand-basket this november...

In 2004, I see six reasons why the Democratic goose is cooked:

1. No one — neither his colleagues nor his wife nor his supporters nor he himself — has anything good to say about John Kerry except that he served bravely in Vietnam. The nearly 30 years since then have generated few boasts on his part, few commendations from others, few successes anyone can seem to remember.

2. The Democratic elite sitting in convention cannot present themselves as they are to the American people, but must stifle their deepest feelings, be silent about their most passionate aims, and hide their turbulent loathing of George Bush Republicans (lest it frighten independents with its ferocity). The Democratic elite is saying as little as possible about same-sex marriage. And guns. And very little about abortion. And not a word about total withdrawal of American troops from Iraq — quite the opposite. Democratic elites do not want the people to know what they really think. On that ground, they fear they will lose.

3. Democrats must hide from the public what they truly think about evangelicals, fundamentalists, and Catholics. They express these thoughts mostly among themselves.

4. John Kerry looks sillier in the pale blue NASA rabbit suit than Michael Dukakis did in a tank.

5. The months of April, May, and June were so heavy with bad news for George Bush — the huge Sorosian expenditures on anti-Bush ads came at him in torrents — and still he held even with Kerry in the polls. It is hard not to believe that there will be at least a slight change in the roaring winds. When it comes (and the change is already underway), it is bound to push Bush's sails steadily ahead as the weeks roll on.

6. The worst lies told by the Democrats about Bush — those of Joe Wilson, Michael Moore, and others, saying that Bush lied about Iraq — have already been proven wrong by the 9/11 Commission (which was supposed to blow Bush out of the water just before the election, but ended up destroying his worst calumniators). These lies were also proven wrong by the British inquiry. Even the Kerry Convention in Boston ended up taking the Bush strategic line in Iraq, except for one thing: Kerry is wistful about the probability of persuading France and Germany to bear some burden on behalf of liberty in Iraq. Good luck! God knows, Bush and Colin Powell tried.

PS - TAM has a offered us all the perfect way to ketchup on the largest Big Red Machine to roll towards a Fall Classic since Joe Morgan played second base....It's vist #21 to Kerry's House O' Ketchup

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Plan 9 From Outer Space

That really goofy John Kerry moment was all a NASA conspiracy. Wow! I never knew the Romulans had infested our mighty space agency. I'm glad we caught those devious villains before their vile plans cost anyone electoral votes!

Here are the sordid details that Matt Drudge has unearthed thus far...

Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill claims 'dirty tricks' by NASA after it released 'surprise' photographs showing the Dem presidential hopeful dressed in a space suit crawling through a rocket hatch...

It's not impossible that this was a little bit contrived at John Kerry's expense. There is a famous email going around where President Bush poses for a photo on the DMZ with a pair of binoculars that makes him look less than well versed in how the binoculars actually work.

This may or may not be the next Dukakis tank photo, but it was a funny addition to Fox and Friends in the morning.

Also, a veritable partisan Attack of The Killer Tomatoes is up for your pleasure as TAM once more serves up Kerry's House of Ketchup!

PS - Captain's Quarters now invites you to caption Senator Kerry in the Condom Suit.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Liberty Caucus Vs. Republicans

I'm thinking I've found a group of people who have figured out how to expand personal freedom w/o straying too far towards anarchy.  The Republican Liberty Caucus has committed itself to fighting for individual rights from within the aparatus of the Republican Party.

POSITION STATEMENT
As adopted by the General Membership of the Republican Liberty Caucus at its Biannual Meeting held December 8, 2000.
WHEREAS libertarian Republicans believe in limited government, individual freedom and personal responsibility;
WHEREAS we believe that government has no money nor power not derived from the consent of the people;
WHEREAS we believe that people have the right to keep the fruits of their labor; and
WHEREAS we believe in upholding the U. S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land;

 
They follow this up with a comprehensive program that extends civil liberties and empowers the states and localities.  Also, the badly written Campaign Finance and Taxation laws go in for a badly needed overhaul.  This platform, I believe, is a measured, intelligent way to extend the rights of the individual without loosing disorder.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

The Libertarian Vs The Libertine

Even the most stalwart supporters of Bush/Cheney 2004 (myself included) would have to admit that George W. Bush has expanded the role and sovereignty of The Federal Government in many ways.    Homeland Security, The Prescription Drug Benefit and Leaving No Child behind have all become significantly greater Federal responsibilities during his tenure as President.  

At times this state of affairs leaves me frustrated and makes me wish there was a loyal opposition to President Bush, as opposed to The Democratic Party.  A variety of political organizations could take up this mantle and give the American electorate a legitimate choice, rather a bunch of overfed trial lawyers in stuffed shirts.
 
Several smaller political parties exist and run for office on a variety of platforms.  The CPUSA, The Peace and Freedom Party and  The Constitution Party all offer strongly ideological alternatives to the current two-party system.  I find these three alternatives too strongly didactic and radical to be palitable. 
 
The Reform Party could have run a powerful campaign in 1992.  However, the odd vagaries of H. Ross Perot seemed to turn this party's efforts into a disorganized mess and led to it's eventual distruction.  The organization's death knell occured when Patrick J. Buchanon hijacked it's aparatus and it's matching Federal in 2000 to punish the GOP for banishing him to Far Right Mau-Mau Land. 
 
This leaves only The Libertarian Party as a viable 3rd Party alternative to Tweedledee and TweedleDem.   Founded on the Jeffersonian maxim that "The Government is best which governs least.", The Libertarians have the potential to put together a compelling and attractive alternative to the increasingly authoritarian Right fighting the increasingly collectivist Left over who gets to pillage and redistribute the wealth I go to work and accumulate.  In order to get this accomplished however, the Libertarians will need to settle a variety of fundamental issues.
 
The Libertarian movement as a whole will need to accept that freedom comes coupled with a responsibilityto those around us and that civil order must be maintained to elevate that freedom above the level of primative, Darwinistic barbarism.   In other words, all of us should be both free to compete and obligated to accept the rulings of an empowered and impartial referee.  
 
Having that referee present, implies a set of rules and regulations by which the referee decides when to throw the flag and what sort of penalty needs to be assessed.  Personally, I'd like to see that rule book get a whole lot smaller.  I think our government has intentionally invented enough legal gibberish so that we can no longer even understand what our rights as Americans truly are, much less effectively prevent their attenuation.
 
At present, the Libertarians advertise their platform as follows:
 
The Libertarian Party is committed to America's heritage of freedom:  
 
-  individual liberty and personal responsibility  
-  a free-market economy of abundance and prosperity  
-  a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace, and free trade.
 
All of these items have strong merit and flow from decent and noble intentions.  The followthrough is where Michael Bednarik seems to be weak and unable to advance the Libertarian Party's enlightened principles.  He seems to cure symptoms, without being able to diagnose the disease.
 
His primary platform bullet, an immediate cessation of all War on Terror policies and activities, would give us a temporary and illusory peace.  Yet it would not protect us from strong-willed and resourceful adversaries determined to measure our people for a funeral shroud.  
 
A more intelligent tact would involve an examination of how we fought those adversaries.  The USA Patriot Act could use significant improvement so that it still protects Americans without threatening their intellectual and political freedom. 
 
His proposed relaxation of legal restrictions on firearm ownership, recreational drug use and immigration across our national borders would probably save our tax payers billions of dollars and prevent a certain amount of tragic bloodshed.  However, it overlooks the fact that all three of these legal barriers to economic freedom were erected to solve problems that plagued our society and caused our people misery.
 
Again, we should be able to fight the imporation of heroin and cocaine and still remain a free society.  In fact, I'd argue we would suffer utter misery and end up fighting our own series of Opium Wars if recreational drug ever became accepted as a hobby rather than a grim transgression. 
 
The correct emphasis, in my opinion, is to reform this effort in a way that enables the destruction caused by narcotics to be assuaged in sinonomy with the continued personal liberty of people who aren't doing any of these drugs.   A good starting point would involve a questioning of the RICO Statute and a hard examination of how this law gets used to suppress politcal speech and dissent.  Three  Strikes  Laws may also represent an egregious and uncalled for threat to personal liberty. 
 
If the Libertarian Party could recognize the essential nature of a just and decent government to an orderly society, it could become what the Democratic and Republican parties should be.  The Libertarians could bust the trust-like monopoly that the two main parties seem to have established.  I forget the last time I lived under a President who actually shrank the size and power of the Federal Government. 
 
However, the current incarnation of Libertarianism goes too far towards unfettered anarchy.  The center may be blase and boring, but unless you happen to be the biggest and baddest hombre in The Valley of The Shadow of death, you'd better pray that center holds.   A Libertarian Party grounded enough in realism to comprehend that, would add a necessary component to our political debate and make The United States of America everything that it ultimately could be.
 
 
 
 
 

Hack Attack!!

I've nearly become innured to the snarky, mean-spirited attack-dog mentality of hard-core liberals in political debates.  I'm not talking about the misguided compassion of someone who thinks the government should spend more of my money on daycare centers or homeless shelters.  I'm talking about the reflexive, offensively stupid viewpoint that anyone who doesn't agree with that sort of liberalism is psuedosapient and beneath contempt.
 
This manifests itself in two ways.
 
a) Liberals of this foul ilk will tend to believe all conservatives who aren't in favor of using tax dollars to help the less fortunate are hard-hearted, hard-headed and cruel.  Homeless Activist Mitch Snyder fit firmly into this category, prior to his unfortunate demise.
 
b) Once a liberal reaches this point, they come to believe that a liberal end always justifies whatever means are needed to accomplish it.   Or to quote Stalin apologist Jimmy Durante, "You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs."
 
This second hallmark of off-The DSM Index political leftism brings us to Peter Beinhart's recent behavior over Hugh Hewitt's questions regarding Sandy Berger. 
 
Beinart snapped that Hugh was getting his “marching orders from the RNC,” which is lunatic nonsense. Even if I didn’t know Hugh, I do know the talk radio business, and people don’t get a daily briefing from Lord Rove, okay? It’s the sort of thing said by people who do – not – understand – talk radio, and think it’s orchestrated by chortling neo-cons smoking cigars with a Star of David on the band. Not to say Beinart believes that, but I’d never heard him put on the waders and head into the fever swamp before, so that was odd. But he followed it with a hissy-fit completely irrelevant to the topic, demanding to know if there were two issues where Hugh thought Kerry was better than Bush. Hugh couldn’t think of any.

“Then you are a hack,” Beinart spat. And he said it again, and again. “You are a hack.”
 
-James Lileks.
 
So first of all, Hewitt was obviously a second-rater and raving wingnut for having the audacity to even question Sandy Berger's right to walk into The National Archives and purloin incriminating documents at will.  Secondly, Bienart was perfectly justified in showing Hewitt no respect or dignity whatsoever when the cause at stake was the wellbeing of liberal political ambitions in the election of 2004. 
 
It's as if Bill Clinton had paged Bienart with the catch phrase "Legacy cleanup on aisle 9!"  Therefore Bienart had no obligation to behave in a civil or respectful manner to Hewitt.  Given the choice between civilization and liberalism, Peter Bienart has offered a hideously obvious answer as to which of the two he would choose.
 

Friday, July 23, 2004

The Alan Parsons Project Blog Stroll -Some of My Favorite Posts

I just blew money I didn't have over at amazon.com and stocked up on Alan Parsons Project CDs.   Like Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers sequal, I really wanted to use Alan Parsons Project as a name for something totally unrelated to pretentious art rock.
 
Like an Ever-Vigilant Eye In The Sky, The Watcher Of Weasels roams The Blogosphere; ferreting out the truth like the Maker of Rules and Dealer With Fools that he is.  You'd be cheated blind if you didn't check out his weekly round-up.
 
The entire Sandy Berger and Joe Wilson twin fiascoes were a Turn Of A Friendly Card indeed to President Bush's relection campaign.  Hog On Ice offers a nice haberdashery suggestion for Sandy Berger's wardrobe.  Leather Penguin vivisects members of the press who are spinning like gyroscopes to protect both of the recruscident scoundrels.
 
D-42 achieved Stereorotomy with his Rush-Themed Bonfire of The Vanities.
 
Perhaps, it only stands to reason that I-Robot has infested movie theatres and offended the good name of Isaac Asimov.  Most of Hollywood does seem to be goose-stepping to the left in lockstep mechanical precision.  Dean Esmay links to a refreshing exception to the trend here.
 
On a more somber note, Freedom's Truth reminds us all what a Vulture Culture these terrorists in Iraq really are.  He differentiates the cowards from the heroes in an examination of how different coalition partners have reacted to violent terrorist attacks.
 
Finally, Let's Talk About Me. First of all, I'm really good at doing that.  Secondly, I've finally read a Stephen King novel that I genuinely did not like
 
That's all for now, folks.
 
 
 


9-11 Commission Not A Total Waste of O2

Sean, over at The American Mind seems to agree with my earlier post that the 9-11 Commission at least partially redeemed itself by putting some intelligent thoughts into its long-awaited grand finale'.
 
It seems that not everyone on the commission was as preoccupied as Bob Kerrey during their work.  I think of this as a case where our governemnt produced something worthwhile almost in spite of itself.

Obesity WIll Now Bloat The Budget

It hurts me to admit this, but I'm one of those people that I'd never want to sit next to aboard a Saab Turboprop.  It's not like I'm Michael Moore fat, but there's enough there there so that I won't be freezing if my bosses send me TDY to Alaska.
 
I can feel better now.  Those bombing runs at Cici's Pizza and Ryan's Steakhouse are not my fault.  I'm no longer a reprobate according to the people administering The Prescription Drug Panderation Act.  I have a medical condition, and it's not an abnormal failure of the vital self-discipline gland.
 
I suffer from obesity.  I was born with a genetic disposition to ruin other passenger's flights for them.  I'm sorry, I just can't help it. 
 
If I survive my immense girth for another 30 or so years, this is no longer just my problem.  When I dotter into some physician's office and get told to turn off the stinkin' blog and go exercise, I'm sending you the bill for the diet pills! 
 
So while I wither away to nothing and develop those octagenarian abs of steel, the poor, besieged taxpayer will be stuck picking up my tab.  There's an evil part of my brain that says "You know what Stevo, those jogging shoes are getting pretty expensive..."  Then that annoying conscience kicks in and reminds me that drinking three beers and eating one serving at dinner saves money compared to slamming down a twelve pack and getting asked to leave Cici's after they run out of plates and cheese sticks.
 
Wasting millions to cure the undisciplined and the lazy of obesity at the expense of the productive, lean and hard-working is such a perfect metaphor for The Tragedy of The Commons.  We could be taking this money and curing childhood Luekemia. 
 
But no, a bunch of lazy, sack-a--ed yuppies woke up one morning and didn't like what they saw in their mirrors.  Someone commissioned a Zogby Poll and found out that a majority of Americans would like to blame something other than sloth and indigence for their sagging Coors' guts and shortness of breath. 
 
Our government read those tea leaves, and Tommy Thompson, bless his pointy, little head, rode bravely to the rescue with sackfulls of other people's money.  Can we really afford crap like this when we whine about spending $87 billion on the liberation of Iraq? 
  
UPDATE:  Former "Cheers" star Kirstie Alley has a new cable comedy loosely based on her life - "Fat Actress." "They don't give a damn how much I eat or how many men I sleep with, as long as it's on camera," says the Emmy-winning Alley

I'm so happy the US Government is here to help people like Kirstie...

Update II:  In light of Linda Ronstadt's recent psychotic break, and her self-serving inabilty to distinguish the First Amendment from a personal service contract, I have decided to publish the fattest, most recent photo of her I can find.

Thank You.  (I think.)  Another needy candidate for Uncle Sam's Fat-burners.

Update III:  Not That There's Anything "Naturel" About This fat Freak

Readers of Hog On Ice Webblog are now officially qualified to tell you the difference between wrong and fun.

 



Thursday, July 22, 2004

Ars Vitae: Dark Tower VI - As Bad As Stephen King Gets

I usually enjoy Stephen King's writing enough to take his political leftism with a grain of salt.  This is because he truly understands how to construct a first-rate story.  He crafts his books exquisitely and builds tension until they are impossible to put down. 
 
It's like listening to Howard Dean passing the baseball bat.  I know full well the man is a whacked-out lefty fruit bat, but he sure puts on one heck of a show.  At least he did until he wrote this one. 
 
Song of Susannah tells the story of a heroic female character, Susannah Dean,  who is impregnated by a demon, is possessed by a woman spirit, is married to a recovering heroin addict and has recently finished fighting a major gun battle while more than 8 months pregnant.  On top of that, her legs are amputated, which totally screws her career as a triathelete.  Other than that, she's having a pretty swell week.
 
Then Susannah discovers planar travel and gets to visit New York with her evil crystal ball, Black 13.   Susannah herself is African American in much the same way that John Kerry is a Vietnem Vet.   It's the only reason King put her in the story.  It's his way to be different from all those other white people.
 
The wheelchair was introduced back in Book II of King's Leninist Song of Roland;  The Drawing Of Three.  It's a sure-fire literary device to prevent a character from ever being a walking cliche.  Now that Howard Dean has melted into obscurity like a glacier from the ice age, Stephen King has stepped to the fore to educate all us Southern Whiteys on the topic of race.
 
He even has poor ol' Susannah end up whelping at The Dixie Pig BBQ Restaurant and Klavern, I mean Tavern.  Imagine giving birth around all those working class Anglo-Saxons.  The place reeks of the undead.  I never quite pictured a joint full of vampires who favored both NASCAR and Beechnut Chewin' Tobacco.
 
Why would the saintly Susannah The Oppressed whelp in The Dixie Pig?  The Devil made her do it; Randall Flagg.  You can nuke him in The Stand, but you'd stand a better chance of killing Freddy Krueger
 
Flagg is Stephen King's archetypical suburban American.  I keep waiting for him show up at a GOP convention to introduce the nominee.  King just hates the guy too much to put him in a dirt coma.
 
Of course while Susannah is being demonically possessed and forced against her noble will to frequent a redneck dive from hell, Roland of Gilead, Jake and Eddie Dean are all doing what any heroic leftist would do as second nature.  Fighting for Susannah's right to abort this multicultural Mordred.  Imagine an evil character named Mordred who is destined to ghost some dude named Roland.  That way he  go down in history as the Multi-culti Mixed Metaphor.   

Suffice it to say, I'd rather go camping in Salem's Lot than read this book ever again.  Once I got past page two, I figured out approximately how the plot would ossify.  The novel stretched interminably towards a predictable end.  I'm quite sure Lancelot, and his by-blow Mordred, could both inseminate Queen Guinevere in less time then it took Stephen King to finish preaching and finish this mediocre novel.
 
 
 
 
 
 




It's What's For Dinner

Michelle Malkin turns Berger into ground turkey.  And even adds an awful pun a condiment.  In-N-Out Berger?  Yeesh!!
 
Blogs of War Cry "Havoc"  and ponder what Gains Berger may have gotten from his pilferage.
 
How about that? How many times have we heard Clinton say that he missed Bin Ladin by just a few hours? Yet the after-action report is missing, so the Commission relied on Sandy Berger’s testimony.
My guess is that someone would have asked about that, and once on the subject of Berger and missing after-action reports, the story of the criminal investigation could hardly be kept quiet. Hence, a pre-emptive leak by someone close to the commission to avoid distraction..


Captain's Quarters demonstrates that Kerry won't be a private eye once he finishes being ground into hamBerger this November.

John Kerry to Tom Brokaw tonight:
Brokaw: "Did you know that [Berger] was under investigation?"
Kerry: "I didn't have a clue, not a clue."
Brokaw: "He didn't share that with you?
Kerry: "I didn't have a clue."

 
The grilling of Berger didn't provide The American Mind quite enough food for thought.  He dug back in for some yellowcake! (Mmmmm....)
 
The Virginian stops in for a helping of that yellowcake as well.
 
And if there aren't enough puns to fill both buns than hire John Deadwards and sue me!


One Hot Minute

Congressman James Trafficant lacks Sandy Berger's friends and connections.  This hurts him because he has all of Sandy Berger's bad habits.  It's nice that the good people at Uncle Sam's Hotel are willing to give Former Congressman Soprano free room and board. 
 
Prior to incarceration, Trafficant was a master of the Special Orders Speech on the floor of The House of Representatives.  Perhaps it was a shame that the old highbinder was always chucking these oratical fireballs late at night; after the children manning The Clinton Whitehouse had snacked on their milk and interns and gone to bed.  Here is a classic stemwinder that could have have saved the 9-11 Commission a few hundred pages of writing. 

DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN ON U.S. BORDERS
 
July 20, 2000

Mr. Speaker, a study finally admits, and I quote, `America's borders are so wide open, terrorists could easily smuggle a nuclear bomb across both our borders.' Think about it, 3 million illegal immigrants, heroin and cocaine by the tons, and now a report that further says it is so bad in some areas orange cones are used like scarecrows with no border patrol presence at all.
Unbelievable. We have soldiers vaccinating dogs in Haiti, while terrorists can bring nukes across our border. Beam me up here. Who master-minded this policy? The Proctologist Association of North America?
Mr. Speaker, I yield back a disaster waiting to happen on the borders of the United States of America with a Congress sleeping at the switch.

 
Perhaps if Trafficant had always wielded the foresight of  Nostradamas, he would have hired OJ's legal team.  Regrettably, his words were ignored like those of Cassandra, who also warned of foreigners who came bearing gifts

What Would Sherlock Holmes Say?

Kevin over at Wizbang has decided Sherlock Holmes should be in for re-runs.  He brings up four particularly viscious  "Dogs That Would Not Bark."  These 9-11 Widows spent their every waking hour accusing President Bush of not providing enough input for the 9-11 Commission Report.
 
He asks "Where are the 9/11 Widows", in relation the StoogeGate bruglary of 9-11-related classified documents from The National Archives.

Without Ketchup, There'd Be No Berger

Listen to the ketchup, become one with it.  It may say "tomato" while you say "tomotto", but it's all good at Kerry's House of Ketchup. 

The Long-Awaited Document

The 9-11 Commission issued it's long-awaited report today with much political fanfare.   They did the only thing they could do given the partisan rancor of the times.  They blamed no one personally and cast wide aspertions on the government as a whole.   The money sentence read...
 
"Rather than finding that there was a failure at the presidential level, what they find though is that there are failings and that there were deep institutional failings within our government," an official said. "And that's what they really examine at some length over a long period of time — that there were a variety of factors spanning many years and many administrations that contributed to a failure to share information amongst agencies for both legal and policy reasons."

9/11 Panel Blames 'Institutional Failings'
By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer

Like most accurate, general statements, this tells us almost nothing we didn't already know and satisfies no one.  Well President Bush and Citizen Clinton will breathe a sigh of relief, but the agency heads at the CIA and the FBI will not. 
 
The officials also gave details about the criticisms of the government's performance before 9/11, saying one passage of the report found that Al Qaeda and the 19 hijackers exploited "deep institutional failings within our government" over a long period. The officials said the report did not directly blame the Bush or Clinton administration for the failures, even as it harshly criticizes several agencies, especially the C.I.A. and F.B.I.
 
The report also lambastes the manner in which Congressional oversight of intelligence operations is conducted. 
 
Although Congressional oversight was not a focus of the commission's public hearings, officials said Congress's management of intelligence will also be a target of criticism in the final report, with the commission's urging lawmakers to scrap the watchdog system now used for intelligence and domestic security.

The s report will propose that both the House and Senate establish permanent committees on domestic security to oversee activities that are the jurisdiction of dozens of competing committees, officials said. The report will also reportedly recommend that the existing House and Senate intelligence committees be given much broader discretion over intelligence policy and spending, or alternatively to establish a joint House-Senate intelligence panel.
 
9/11 Panel Is Said to Sharply Fault Role of Congress
By CARL HULSE and PHILIP SHENON

The report itself appears to have much more value and heartfelt effort involved than the circus-like hearings that were held in Washington, D.C. and New York.  The Commission's analysts and technical writers have put together a number of reccommendations for how the US can be better prepared for the inevitable next attempt. 

The process by which this commission did its work was often both partisan and sickening.  However, the final product has a legitimate value.  It serves both as an historical refernece and as a warning to future leaders never to fall asleep on guard duty. 
 
President Bush accurately gives the Commissioners credit (Bush Praises 9/11 Panel's Report) for setting the petty differences aside.  The executive summary (click post tile for link) gives an excellent description of exactly why the attack succeeded.  This is the sort of thing our country needs to pay close attention to. 

Like the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this event changed the entire way our country looks at itself and the world.  The Final 9-11 Commission Report provides an invaluable wealth of knowledge on how never to have this happen to us again.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004


Flush!


Yes, You Are Evil Mr. Berger

Rectum? They Darn Near Killed Him!

Hollywood has voiced a preference in the campaign for The White House, Edition 2004.  This doesn't surprise anyone and generally doesn't stir up much controversy or bad feeling.  Most people accept that
 
a)celebrities enjoy 1st Amendment Rights just like you and me, and
b) they tend to vote liberal Democrat on a fairly reliable basis. 
 
What has led to the recent controversies has been the manner in which many of these celebrities, often off Hollywood's B-List, have chosen to voice their preference.  Here are some recent examples of tasteless, controversial, or just flat-out dumb events that have occurred involving left-wing celebrities in this year's political season.
 
* At a John Kerry fundraiser July 8, Whoopi Goldberg delivered several crude puns on Bush's name. Complaints led to Goldberg's firing as a Slim-Fast spokeswoman and admonishments from both parties.

* At a concert July 14, rocker Ozzy Osbourne sang War Pigs while projecting an image of Bush with Adolf Hitler. After complaints, it was dropped from shows.

* Hip-hop artist Jadakiss' hit Why blames Bush for 9/11. He sings: ''Why did Bush knock down the towers?'' Some radio stations have edited out the line.
 
President Bush has jumped on the opportunity to attack Kerry for the behavior of his overzealous and often openly puerile celebrity supporters.

''The hate and vitriol that has surrounded Kerry's campaign has existed for months,'' Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt says.

Democrats are distancing themselves from offending celebs.  In fact, they basically wish these people would put a sock in their mouths. 

Kerry spokeswoman Allison Dobson says: ''A lot of these things we don't have anything to do with. These folks don't speak for (us).''
 
In fairness to Senator Kerry, he certainly didn't instruct these idiots to do stupid things that boomerang back against his campaign.  However, his campaign should be diligent enough to research who these idiots are.  In the case of the 8 July Fundraiser, he should have been smart enough to get someone other than Whoopi.  

Her behavior with Ted Danson, and other negatives, should have been a red flag that warned a politician of sound judgement away from her as a spokeswoman.  Like Slim-fast Corporation, his reaction to the incident involved shutting the barndoor after the jackass had brayed in public. 

His choices in matters like this won't affect our country's history one way or another, but they do reflect how he organizes and goes about making choices.  Choices like Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Moore for his buddies should give any rational voter a reason to think twice before pulling his lever this November.

Fingers Crossed.....

This one is tough!!!  A recent report states the Iraqui Security Force has found three nuclear missles hidden in Tikrit, Iraq.  An official in the Iraqui government denied the story in direct and certain terms, calling it "Stupid!"  However, the Iraqui  Government also has requested that the UN send the inpectors back in. 
 
If this would be great news for President Bush and everyone who believed him and supported the war.  Including, ironically John Kerry, if he spun it well.  This would also be terrible news for President Bush, and the rest of us as well....
 
I want the story to be true....
 
I want to see all the doubters eat crow.  There sure would be enough of it out there to even feed this one.  Fahrenheit 9/11 my A__!!!
 
Also, I want to believe we did the right thing in Iraq and that WMDs were one of the right reasons.  I want this guy to look like the utter manure-shoveler that he truly is. 
 
However, I also want it to be false....
 
The proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons throughout the world is a terrible thing.  The Doomsday Clock would be inching steadily towards midnight or High Noon.   I think the WMD threat briefed by Colin Powell and by the British is very real.  I just still hold out hope that it isn't quite this real.

 

More Berger-Grilling (Smell The Grease!!)

A Free-Republic.com poster, Tang-Soo, desribes the procedures used to handle classified information....
 
1) A person who wishes to review classified information at a given facility must have his/her clearance on file with the security office that has legal custody of the information.
 
2) Once they arrive to the facility, they must show their credentials to identify themselves, sign into the facility - maybe issued a badge indicating their clearance and access and escorted to the room where the material will be reviewed.
 
3) Once in the room, the container (probably a safe i.e. a very heavy duty file cabinet with heavy combination locks with different combinations on each drawer) is opened. This process should be logged by security personnel.
 
4) The documents are taken from the container. All classified documents are stamped (each page) with items such as a control number, date of creation, level of clearance (top and bottom), program name indicating what access is required and eventual dispensation (i.e. when the material is designated to destruction if applicable).
 
5) If the documents are classified "top secret", each document has a log on the cover sheet. EACH time a person has access to this information, they must sign and date it.
 
6) The material is not to be removed (ie stuffed in underwear, socks ... etc) without approval of security personnel. If this takes place, the transfer is documented on both ends of the transaction. If the material is top secret or above, it requires at least two cleared people as an escort.
 
7) If you travel overnight, the material is not to be kept in your hotel/motel room but instead must be taken to an approved facility. Arrangements are usually made in advance. Security people do not like suprise visits. They like to make them but not receive them.
 
8) No photocopies are to be made or notes copied without the proper security personnel logging this activity and making appropriate markings (mentioned above) on the documents.
 
9) This material is frequently audited by internal security agents and is subject to "suprise" audits conducted by military, FBI or other external security personnel.
 
10) People given access to this type of information are briefed and attend classes on how to handle this material - ie. no excuses for "honest mistakes".
 
11) As the NSA for the clinton administration, I imagine Berger was personally responsible that this protocol was designed, implemented and enforced by his staff - at least in an appropriately managed administration. This would apply to government employees, officials, military personnel and civilians under contract and extended clearances issued by the DoD, DoE or other intel operations.
 
12) As such, ANYBODY who has worked in this environment and heard Mr. Berger's comments yesterday about being "sloppy" and "an honest mistake" knows beyond any doubt that he was not only lying, but this was a premeditated act.
 
13) I left the aerospace business(as an engineer) in 1993 so these comments are based upon the security world of that time. Only Lord knows how the clinton adm changed things during his 8 years.
 
So much for the 'inadvertent' excuse.....

TOP SECRET!, but no big deal....

.............
 
Gradually, I manage to calm down.  It seems a large number of the powerful and mighty of DC are not too concerned about the absolute mockery that Sandy Berger has made of our government's information classification system.  This system is no joke.  It recently bit a personal friend of mine, who I'll call Frank, right on the kiester.
 
I was fortunate enough to be able to offer Frank a temporary GS-9 job that he would be good at doing.  I had seen Frank's work before and could vouch for the fact that it was worthy of tax-payer dollars.  Also, Frank was at loose ends.  He worked part-time for the Government on a variety of projects.
 
All was cool and Frank was ready to get started, when we found that he had an indescretion on his record dating back to 1995.  It seems that he had gone out partying, burned down a bowl of something other than pipe tobacco and got his Secret Clearance revoked by Sam's Army.
 
As a result of this youthful act of exhuberant stupidity, Frank could not review classified Army paperwork, could not use Government IT systems, could not set foot in the same compound as an experimental military weapon system without a chaparone and got himself fired from a good-paying temporary job 9 years after his last known violation.  Pretty Draconian stuff. 
 
When it happened, I felt like utter garbage.  I shook my head, accepted the injustice of it and chalked it up to having to live in a post 9-11 world.  I figured safe was better than dead from terror and gave Frank his walking papers.
 
Now, fast-forward to 20 July, 2004.  Kerry campaign aide Sandy Berger walks into The National Archives to review highly secretive, Top Secret documents.  He decides these documents don't make him or his patrons look like Dudley Do-Right of The Mounties.  He precedes to start cramming documents into his, jacket, his socks, his pants and his brief-case.  He's like Moe in a demented Three Stooges Episode
 
If Watergate was a 3rd rate burglary, this inept pilferage makes J. Gordon Liddy look like one of Ali-Baba's trained thieves.   This episode only becomes truely disgusting when viewed against the backdrop of what happens to normal human beings who run afoul of the US Government security rules and regulations. 
 
The Secret and Top Secret clearances become a talisman of reliability to people who want to work in technical fields for the military or for other parts of the US Government.  You really are as good as the government perceives your word to be.  I'd end up like poor Frank if I pulled a Sandy Berger over at my installation's technical library. 
 
Sandy Berger should be permanently untouchable.  He should be an outcaste among governemnt professionals.  It makes us all really realize that there are two Americas.  It's time for the Inside The Beltway America of Kerry-Deadwards Wonkocrats to start playing by a few of the rules. 
 

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Berger Gets Fired, Kerry Avoids The Grill

John Kerry demonstrated once more why he will give George W. Bush fits this November and quite possibly win.  He wasted no time in jettisoning Sandy Berger without a chute.  His statement follows below.
 
"Sandy Berger is my friend, and he has tirelessly served this nation with honor and distinction. I respect his decision to step aside as an adviser to the campaign until this matter is resolved objectively and fairly."
 
Kerry's statement was spot-on for 3 reasons.
 
1) He announced bad news in a reasonably positive manner.  He fired Berger without any obvious rancer whatsoever.
 
2) He left the door open for a triumphant return if the NY Times and other media outlets can lie well enough to 'exonerate' Berger.
 
3) He shut up rapidly.  There isn't much here to pin on Kerry. 
 
The man is smooth.  He will run a tough campaign.  Support our President to the hilt.  This will be one heck of a fight....


Kudos To Counterpunch

It's So Easy To Fall In Love

Wow!  The more these musicians, actors and filmmakers speak out, the easier it becomes for me to decide who I will and will not buy from, watch or listen to.  The latest Great American Hatriot is Linda Ronstadt. 
 
I've been aware for some time that her views were basically left of center on political issues.  I was unaware how badly this poor woman needed another stint in detox.  Her recent behavior has been, shall we say, veddy interesting.....
 
The San Diego Union Tribune writes of her recent eviction from a Las Vegas nightclub where she performed.
 
Ronstadt, 58, ....  finds her fans are polarized by her nightly on-stage salute to "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore.

She dedicated the old Eagles song "Desperado" to The Round Mound of Nothing Profound, Michael Moore and had several people boo her and walk out.  The latter I find acceptable and would probably have joined in.  The former has no place in polite society.
 
 
"I've been dedicating a song to him – I think he's a great patriot – and it splits the audience down the middle, and they duke it out," she said.

 
Which probably explains her getting tossed out on to the cold, hard Vegas Strip.  I felt a little sorry for her and perhaps figured the club manager had overreated until I read further and saw that she had this to offer the public.
 
"This is an election year, and I think we're in desperate trouble and it's time for people to speak up and not pipe down. It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know."
 
In conclusion, I'll help Linda avoid these painful conflicts and never spend a dime on one of her records.  I'll make it a point of turning the radio channel so that I don't here the ads that come on after she gets air play either. 
 
It's a real conflict for me when a talented musician turns out to be such a short-sighted, small-minded trolladytic jerk. 

The Obvious Answer

I scratched my head all morning wondering why anyone would talk about this Sandy Berger story.  Liberal Webblogger Josh Marshall has the lowdown.  The whole thing is a non-communist plot.
 
According to Marshall,
 
However, it seems equally clear that the surfacing of this matter is the product of a malicious leak intended to distract attention from the release of the 9/11 commission report.
 
The Horror!  Why would any Waskely-Wepublican do a bad, bad thing like that?
 
The most obvious, and probably the only, explanation of this leak is that it is intended to distract attention from the release of the 9/11 report due later this week. That would be yet another example of this administration's common practice of using the levers of executive power (law enforcement, declassification, etc.) for partisan purposes.
 
That whole explanation of Sandy Berger looking suspicious because he had an entire ream of Top Secret documents jammed down his BVDs just doesn't cut any ice when the perceptive Josh Marshall takes the case....

Time To Sue For The Big Bucks

I hate it when organizations are untrue in how they label themselves.  In response to this odious infamy, I'm suing MoveOn.Org.  Their name is deceptive and could potentially efraud people into giving them money.  I'd just hate to think that poor George Soros got defrauded.
 
MoveOn.Org connotates forward thinking, the following points demonstrate that this organization does no such thing.
 
1) There's the appalling Bush=Hitler obsession.  These guys are way behind the curve.  Saddam, Mugabe, Assad, Idi Amin; there have been a veritable plethora of dictators who murder because they can.  You'd think progressive forward-thinkers like MoveOn would update their agitprop.  They're still stuck in the 40's.  Oh, wait a minute, these guys I mentioned all had connections with the left in one way or the other.  No wonder MoveOn wants to continue using Hitler....
 
 
2) The coming election will be held this year, 2004!  The election of 2000 has been discussed and discussed.  That harbor has been dredged so often that the dredging scow has struck mantle and broken its blade.  Beat that dead horse any harder and PETA will see you turkeys in court.
 
3) The whole anti-war thing.  It's more retro than Joe's Crab Shack and doesn't even sell watered down drinks and popcorn shrimp.  Put the bong back in the closet.  The 9-10 mentality does not make hay in the post-9-11 world.
 
Thus, in the name of fair and accurate product labelling, I have no remaining options but to sue MoveOn.Org.  Perhaps Mr. Soros could make a few currency trades and then call me with an appropriate settlement offer. 
 

Oops! More Errorism From The 7-11 Commission

"You What????!!!!"  A rational mind would ask.   "You lost Top Secret documents!  WTF?!? No, excuse me, WTF'ing F??"
 
Then it dawns on the rational mind.  The man being interogated worked for the Clintons.  Those folks "lose", "misplace", and then "miraculously find" classified information all the time.   They have their own filing system.  It works as follows.
 
Class I documents are labelled "Bad For Polling Numbers."  The disposition of this sensitive material is such that it is for the eyes of Spin Doctors and attorneys only and should not be leaked to press.
 
Class II materials are labelled "Civil/Criminal Liability Possible".  The disposition is the same as Class I, except that people who view these documents are required to sign the "Squeal and Your Rug-Rat Takes The Dirt-Nap" Form.  Reporters and opposing politicians who view this material are to be immediately labeled gay Illinois Nazis with numerous connections to the NRA and Stormfront. 
 
Class III materials are labelled "OMG, Hillary's Gonna Fry My A**."  These sensitive documents don't really need to exist.  What Jack-Leg drew these up in the first place??!!!  I mean, I was trying to run a criminal....er, Presidential Administration here!  What sort of backstabbing bastiche actually writes this stuff down?!!!
 
It worked for eight years.  Like the officiating of Los Angeles Laker NBA Playoff Games, it kept the status quo in place for years.  This whole criminal investigation makes Sandy Burger very inconvenient.  He needs to go away somewhere secluded.  It may be awhile before he ever comes back....
 
Enough with the Clinton filing methodology.  If that horse would only stay dead, I'd stop offending the PETA types and refrain from beating it.  The Rational Mind now moves on to the 7-11 Commission.
 
"What type of investigator lets a subject under investigation in the hearings carry around Top Secret evidence from them in his briefcase?  Does this mean that if the local PD/ Donut Shop Security Force catches me with a suspicious vial of white, crystalline powder, they'll assume it's just salt?  Maybe they'll let me carry this vial into the can while I drop a few kiddies off at the pool..."
 
The Rational Mind also wonders why Sandy Burger gets a wee bit more latitude from the 7-11 Commission than say, Condaleeza Rice.  Perhaps she should have been allowed one or two "memorandum mulligans" as well.  After all, these are friendly hearings.  They are only being held to get to the truth.  No blatant partisan intent hear, just MoveOn.Org, Sheeple. 
 
I don't what else to say about this pathetic farce.  I mean it plum whips my pair of Jacks.  The effrontery, the brazenness, the open and blatent contempt for the truth, YEEEAAARRGGGHHHHHHH!!!  (Oops, that would be plagarism.  Sorry, Governor Dean.) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 19, 2004

So What Makes The Blogsphere Sizzle?

The LA Times unloaded a snark-bomb on the bloggers preparing to cover this year's political conventions.  According to The Font of All Wisdom and Truth by The Pacific, we bloggers are the sizzle, but not the steak.  Generally, steak sizzles because of the melted fat.  I'll admit, I'm not yet the Weight Watcher's Poster Boy, but I'm sure not as bad as Meatwad on the Adult Swim Cartoons.
 
So the question du jour would be why do people blog?  Also relevant, would be why do blogs exist?  I think people blog for several reasons.
 
1) They are bored.  This drives me a lot of the time.  (Never at work.  Oh no, Good Reader, I'd never do that.)  But you get the point.  Given nothing better to do, creative people will find ways to create.  The blogsphere offers that in abundance.  It's a remarkable outlet in which the average person can pour hopes, dreams, frustrations and money. 
 
2)   They don't believe the media and want to set the story straight.   Fellow Blogger, The Virginian, is an excellent sample of someone looking to correct the lies and stop 'inconvenient' truths from being burned in the CBSCNNNBCABC memory hole.   
 
3)  Then there's category three.  People, like me, who think the way they see the world is the way it should be.  I'm an unabashed propagandist.  I do it in part to counteract, in a small way, the unfair and dispicable advantage my political opponents have.  I primarily do it to make my country and the world a better place. 
 
I have black and white view of the world.  Conservatives are mostly good, liberals fundamentally suck.  I don't see any greater complexity to political life than that.
 
The second question, "why do blogs continue to exist?"; elicits a more thoughtful response.
 
1)  Blog sites collect an economic rent.  They either charge the blogger a fee to opine, or they charge advertisers a fee to post ads on the site.  Some websites are even well-read enough to charge subscriptions fees, but most are not that economically powerful yet. 
 
To justify an economic rent, the blogs must be providing something to someone that the LA Times or CNN Live cannot deliver with equal efficiency.  Perhaps the interactive nature appeals.  Or maybe it's the unfettered access to the medium enjoyed by the blogger and the commenter alike. 
 
People may not like what I or some other person has to say, but the market will defend, up to a certain price, our right to say it.  Maybe the economic rent collected over the blogsphere represents the current value we place on our unfettered 1st Amendment Rights.  That, or I need to smoke the milder stuff.  Who knows?
 
2)  Organizations appreciate opportunities to communicate with potential and current members without a filter of someone else's review or opinion.  CPUSA, The NRA, and several other organizations that people tend to hold strongly divergent opinions about, will use the internet to promote their point of view.  Obviously, someone makes good money providing them all with pulpits from which to bully.
 
3) Finally, I think everyone wants to feel like they have some control over the information that is out there.  We live in an age where information has been strongly equated with power.  No one wants to risk having no excess to information that they don't have at least some hand in.  That's about as sociological as I'll ever get without hip-waders handy, but I believe it motivates a lot of people to distrust the more traditional media and get out on the web. 
 
The LA Times may not believe there is any "there" there when it comes to blogging.  However, I think uniformed members of the mass media, who disregard truth the way that column in The Times did, justify, encourage and in fact, strengthen the blogsphere.   They will have to do a little better than Cartman.  Nobody is going to continue just respecting their authorite'.
 
The more misconceptions that get printed above the masthead, the more we will be needed to draw forth the mighty broadsword of truth and hack away at the outright lies and steathily shaded distortions.  When the big boys of media dis the blogsphere, the end up, ultimately, dissing themselves.
 
 
 

Does This Journalist Seem Insecure?

It seems someone at the LA Times has gotten a deep and painful wedgie over the issuance of press credentials to a bunch of bloggers prior to the party conventions. 
  
 
Bloggers Are the Sizzle, Not the Steak Convention seats do not turn Internet gossips into journalists. 

 By Alex S. Jones
The Democrats and the Republicans are inviting a limited number of bloggers — those witty, candid, irreverent, passionate, shrewd and outrageous Internet chroniclers — to their 2004 conventions. It's a gesture of respect for the growing influence of the blogosphere, and if ever there were events ideally suited to bloggers, the heavily scripted and tensionless conventions top the list. But make no mistake, this moment of blogging legitimization — and temporary press credentials — doesn't turn bloggers into journalists.

 
Political conventions have become festivals of faux harmony and candidate image-building, which makes them marvelous targets for blogging's candor, intelligence and righteous wrath. However, bloggers, with few exceptions, don't add reporting to the personal views they post online, and they see journalism as bound by norms and standards that they reject. That encourages these common attributes of the blogosphere: vulgarity, scorching insults, bitter denunciations, one-sided arguments, erroneous assertions and the array of qualities that might be expected from a blustering know-it-all in a bar. 
  
 
__________ snip ___________
 
The author goes on to denigrate the truth checking that occurs on blog entries.  If this were not the LA Times saying this, I could bite.  It would be interesting to here how a professional journalist, as opposed to an employee of the LA Times, goes about attempting to make sure they get a story right. 
 
As for his complaints of bitter denunciations that add nothing of value to the story, the author must have been on vacation when the LA Times was covering Arnold the week before the recall election.  Otherwise, it would be impossible not to see the obvious parallels between the LA Times and the blustering know-it-all at the bar that the author describes in of the article's erroneous assertions. 
 
I think this person feels less secure in his place in the world.  This why he is inundating us with his hysterical winging. 


Saturday, July 17, 2004

40 Reasons To Vote For George Bush Or Against John Kerry

40 Reasons To Vote For George Bush Or Against John Kerry
by John Hawkins

 
(John Hawkins, You're a great American)

1) "John Kerry. In his 20 years in the Senate, he's been a standard-issue Massachusetts liberal, with a lifetime rating from Americans for Democratic Action of 93 on their 0-100 scale. By contrast, the other Senator from the Bay State, Teddy Kennedy, has a lifetime rating of 88. "That makes Kennedy the conservative of the two," chortled Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie as he visited New Hampshire last week on an anti-Democratic strafing run." -- James Pinkerton, 1/26/04

2) "Speaking on a live local broadcast at a campaign stop in Toledo, Ohio in front of 300 people,
Kerry blasted Bush for being an illegitimately elected president in 2000 when he was "selected" by the U.S. Supreme Court. When an elderly Democratic voter in the audience accused Vice President Dick Cheney of murdering women and children in Iraq for the sake of oil profits, Kerry responded by saying, "I know exactly where you're coming from." Kerry added, "I know where that anger comes from, I know where the frustration comes from." -- John Kerry, May 2004

3) John Kerry's official blog
links to the Democratic Underground, a left-wing website with very popular forums that is often quoted from by conservative bloggers and radio hosts because it's such a cesspool of lunacy. If you're looking for people who think Americans are just as bad as Al-Qaeda, the US Gov't had Nick Berg killed, or just a little America trashing, there's no better place on the internet to go than the Democratic Underground. In fact, just to give you a better idea of what it's like, here's the #1 quote from The 10 Worst Quotes From The Democratic Underground For 2003...
"I realize that not every GI Joe was 100peeercent behind Prseeedent Booosh going into this war; but I do know that that is what an overwhelming number of them and their famlies screamed in the face of protesters who were trying to protect these kids. Well, there is more than one way to be "dead" for your country. They are not only not accompishing squat in Iraq, they are doing crap nothing for the safety, defense of the US of A over there directly. But "indirectly" they are doing a lot.
The only way to get rid of this slime bag WASP-Mafia, oil barron ridden cartel of a government, this assault on Americans and anything one could laughingly call "a democracy", relies heavily on what a sh*t hole Iraq turns into. They need to die so that we can be free. Soldiers usually did that directly--i.e., fight those invading and harming a country. This time they need to die in defense of a lie from a lying adminstration to show these ignorant, dumb Americans that Bush is incompetent. They need to die so that Americans get rid of this deadly scum. It is obscene, Barbie Bush, how other sons (of much nobler blood) have to die to save us from your Rosemary's Baby spawn and his ungodly cohorts." -- Starpass
If John Kerry thinks it's appropriate to link a website where those sort of views are expressed, is he fit to be President?


4) Do you want to allow the United Nations to control where American troops are sent? John Kerry said he did...
"I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations." -- John Kerry, 1970


5) Thanks to George Bush, we've backed away from the economy crushing Kyoto Protocol, the ABM Treaty which would have prevented us from building a missile defense, and the International Criminal Court which could have put our military & government officials under threat of frivolous prosecution.


6) George Bush is a strong supporter of a Federal Marriage Amendment which is the only way to stop liberal judges from imposing gay marriage on the states against the wishes of the voters and State Legislatures.


7) If you believe it's important to increase funding for education, "President Bush's overall Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 budget represents a
49% increase for elementary and secondary education since FY 2001".

8) George Bush is a staunch supporter of the pro-life movement and signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban into effect.


9) A rudimentary nuclear missile defense system will for the first time go online later this year thanks to George Bush.


10) George Bush's five-year, $15 billion Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is the most significant strike against the spread of AIDS/HIV in the history of mankind.


11) "...Lynn Faulkner, his daughter, Ashley, and their neighbor, Linda Prince, eagerly waited to shake the president's hand Tuesday at the Golden Lamb Inn. He worked the line at a steady campaign pace, smiling, nodding and signing autographs until Prince spoke:
This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11."
Bush stopped and turned back.
"He changed from being the leader of the free world to being a father, a husband and a man," Faulkner said. "He looked right at her and said, 'How are you doing?' He reached out with his hand and pulled her into his chest."
Faulkner snapped one frame with his camera.
"I could hear her say, 'I'm OK,' " he said. "That's more emotion than she has shown in 2 1/2 years. Then he said, 'I can see you have a father who loves you very much.' "
"And I said, 'I do, Mr. President, but I miss her mother every day.' It was a special moment."
Special for Lynn Faulkner because the Golden Lamb was the place he and his wife, Wendy Faulkner, celebrated their anniversary every year until she died in the south tower of the World Trade Center, where she had traveled for business.
..."The way he was holding me, with my head against his chest, it felt like he was trying to protect me," Ashley said. "I thought, 'Here is the most powerful guy in the world, and he wants to make sure I'm safe.' I definitely had a couple of tears in my eyes, which is pretty unusual for me." -- More stories like this
here

12) John Kerry missed 64% of his votes in the Senate last year and has missed more than 80% of them this year. If John Kerry isn't bothering to do the job he has, wouldn't it be a mistake to give him a promotion?


13) John Kerry claims to believe that life begins at conception. Yet, he voted against bills that would have banned partial birth abortion 6 times and he "also voted three times against bills requiring parental consent or notification for a minor to get an abortion. He also opposed making it a federal crime for anyone other than a parent to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion." Kerry also usually receives a 100-percent rating from pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood while the National Right to Life Committee regularly scores him at 0-percent. (Source:
Peter Kirasow)

14) "Kerry then went on to promise that the 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens in the U.S. would be given a “path to citizenship” in his first 100 days in office." -- Matt Hayes at
FOXNews describes a promise made by John Kerry in a speech at the national conference of the race identity group La Raza (The Race).

15) "The average middle-class family - which he defines as people in the middle-fifth of earners - would have paid an additional $1,933 in taxes this year if Kerry had prevailed on tax votes during the first Bush term. Over the next 10 years, that same family would pay an additional $15,440." -- The (Wheeling, WV) Intelligencer on May 18, 2004


16) John Kerry publicly supported a 50 cent tax increase on gasoline.


17) Kerry did, in fact, vote over 350 times for
higher taxes.

18) When the going got tough, George Bush got going and fought tooth and nail to give tax relief to American families. He worked hard to end the marriage penalty, increased the size of the child tax credit, gave Americans their hard earned tax dollars back in the form of rebates, and saw to it that 92 million Americans got to keep an average of $1,083 more of their own money.
Most importantly, by taking the government's hand out of the American's people's pockets, George. W. Bush gave the American economy the stimulus it needed to grow and create jobs again.


19) We've had 10 straight months of job growth and over a million jobs have been created this year so far thanks to George Bush's tax cut


20) "The
17 percent productivity growth from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2004 stands head and shoulders above the growth rate for any comparable period. In fact, it is better than any eight-year period since 1976. In the first 13 quarters of the Bush Administration, the basic determinant of our standard of living increased by almost as much as during the entire 32 quarters of the Clinton Administration." -- Arnold Kling at Tech Central Station

21) Over the last nine months, the economy has been booming. In the 80s, the average GDP was +2.9%. In the 90s, the average GDP growth was 3.1%. Over the last three quarters, the average GDP growth of the economy has been a sizzling 5.4%.


22) "(M)any analysts are forecasting that the overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, will grow by 4.6 percent or better this year, the fastest in two decades.
There were strong 4.5 percent growth rates in 1997 and 1999, when Bill Clinton was president and the country was in the midst of a record 10-year expansion.
But if this year's growth ends up a bit faster than that, it will be the best since the economy roared ahead at a 7.2 percent rate in 1984, a year when another Republican president - Ronald Reagan - was running for re-election." --
Associated Press, July 6, 2004

23) In Afghanistan, we were told going in that the war would be long, difficult, and perhaps even unwinnable. A lesser man than George Bush might have gotten weak kneed at the prospect of sending our troops into a "mountainous Vietnam" and found some sort of excuse not to go. But, not only did we take the fight to our enemies in Afghanistan, we bombed Al-Qaeda's camps, decimated the Taliban, drove them out of power in less than two months, and sent our enemies running to Pakistan and remote caves on the Afghan border, where they live even today as hunted men. This is even more impressive than it sounds since our defeatist press was crying "quagmire" & "Vietnam" as we bombed our enemies into oblivion.


24) "With respect to getting our troops out, the measure is the stability of Iraq. [Democracy] shouldn't be the measure of when you leave. I have always said from day one that the goal here . . . is a stable Iraq, not whether or not that's a full democracy." -- John Kerry waffles on Democracy in Iraq, April 2004


25) Almost a year after we invaded Iraq, in an interview with
Time, John Kerry still was not able to explain whether he was for the war in Iraq. Can we trust anyone that indecisive to be President?
Time: What would you have done about Iraq had you been the President?
Kerry: If I had been the President, I might have gone to war but not the way the President did. It might have been only because we had exhausted the remedies of inspections, only because we had to—because it was the only way to enforce the disarmament.
Time: But it turns out there was nothing to disarm.
Kerry: Well, if we had kept on inspecting properly and gone through the process appropriately, we might have avoided almost a $200 billion expenditure, the loss of lives and the scorn of the world and the breaking of so many relationships.
Time: Would you say your position on Iraq is a) it was a mistaken war; b) it was a necessary war fought in a bad way; or c) fill in the blank?
Kerry: I think George Bush rushed to war without exhausting the remedies available to him, without exhausting the diplomacy necessary to put the U.S. in the strongest position possible, without pulling together the logistics and the plan to shore up Iraq immediately and effectively.
Time: And you as Commander in Chief would not have made these mistakes but would have gone to war?
Kerry: I didn't say that.
Time: I'm asking.
Kerry: I can't tell you.
Time: Might the war have been avoided?
Kerry: Yes.
Time: Through inspections?
Kerry: It's possible. It's not a certainty, but it's possible. I'm not going to tell you hypothetically when you've reached the point of exhaustion that you have to [use force] and your intelligence is good enough that it tells you you've reached that moment. But I can tell you this: I would have asked a lot of questions they didn't. I would have tried to do a lot of diplomacy they didn't. ...
Time: Obviously it's good that Saddam is out of power. Was bringing him down worth the cost?
Kerry: If there are no weapons of mass destruction— and we may yet find some—then this is a war that was fought on false pretenses, because that was the justification to the American people, to the Congress, to the world, and that was clearly the frame of my vote of consent. I said it as clearly as you can in my speech. I suggested that all the evils of Saddam Hussein alone were not a cause to go to war.
Time: So, if we don't find WMD, the war wasn't worth the costs? That's a yes?
Kerry: No, I think you can still—wait, no. You can't—that's not a fair question, and I'll tell you why. You can wind up successful in transforming Iraq and changing the dynamics, and that may make it worth it, but that doesn't mean [transforming Iraq] was the cause [that provided the] legitimacy to go. You have to have that distinction.


26) As Larry Kudlow pointed out in a
recent column,
"A new poll of Iraqis shows that 68 percent have confidence in the interim government, 73 percent approve of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, and 84 percent approve of President Ghazi Yawar. Nearly 80 percent of Iraqis expect that the new government will “make things better” for Iraq after the handover."
In January, the Iraqis are scheduled to have national elections. Iraq is steadily moving towards freedom and Democracy because of George Bush's planning and steady leadership.


27) So far, artillery shells containing mustard gas, sarin, & cyclosarin have been found in Iraq. Furthermore, former chief weapons inspector
David Kay also pointed out that Iraq was "working to produce a (chemical) weapon using the poison ricin until the American invasion last March". Also, Kay noted in his interim report that the Iraqis planned to produce more weapons,
"Even those senior officials we have interviewed who claim no direct knowledge of any on-going prohibited activities readily acknowledge that Saddam intended to resume these programs whenever the external restrictions were removed.".
Thanks to George Bush, Saddam's WMD's, however many he had of them, aren't going to be a threat in the future.


28) Without question, Iraq was a nation that provided "safe haven" for terrorists with "global reach". Among them were terrormaster Abu Nidal, Abdul Rahman Yasin, one of the conspirators in the 1993 WTC bombing, "
Khala Khadr al-Salahat, the man who reputedly made the bomb for the Libyans that brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over...Scotland,"Abu Abbas, mastermind of the October 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking and murder of Leon Klinghoffer," & "Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, formerly the director of an al Qaeda training base in Afghanistan" who is now believed to be leading Al-Qaeda's forces in Iraq. Quite frankly, any war on terrorism that didn't tackle that nest of vipers would have been a war in name only. Going after them showed George Bush's leadership against the global scourge of terrorism.

29) In Iraq, we removed Saddam Hussein, an anti-American tyrant & sponsor of terrorism who started two wars of aggression in the region while he simultaneously raped, tortured, and butchered his own people with a zeal matched by few figures in modern history. Once the war began, the performance of our military was incomparable. Saddam's forces were defeated, scattered to the four winds in less than a month, even as the press, a week into the war, was again baying the dreaded "V word" loud and often. George Bush made it possible.


30) "There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I conducted harassment and interdiction fire. I used 50 calibre machine guns, which we were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people. I took part in search and destroy missions, in the burning of villages. All of this is contrary to the laws of warfare, all of this is contrary to the Geneva Conventions and all of this is ordered as a matter of written established policy by the government of the United States from the top down." -- John Kerry, April 18, 1971


31) "(Kerry) encouraged our enemies to rebuild and hang on when they were near defeat, as they were after the Tet offensive in 1968. Did you know our POWs had John Kerry's words quoted to them by their interrogators?" -- Retired U.S. Navy SEAL captain with service in Vietnam, John Bailey


32) "John Kerry's recent admissions caused me to realize that I was most likely in Vietnam dodging enemy rockets on the very day he met in Paris with Madame Binh, the representative of the Viet Cong to the Paris Peace Conference. John Kerry returned to the U.S. to become a national spokesperson for the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, a radical fringe of the antiwar movement, an organization set upon propagating the myth of war crimes through demonstrably false assertions. Who was the last American POW to die languishing in a North Vietnamese prison forced to listen to the recorded voice of John Kerry disgracing their service by his dishonest testimony before the Senate?" -- John O'Neil in May, 2004


33) "Hundreds of former commanders and military colleagues of presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry are set to declare in a signed letter that he is "unfit to be commander-in-chief." They will do so at a press conference in Washington on Tuesday.
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"Reciprocals"

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.
Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

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