Wednesday, September 29, 2004

When I Want To Know What A "Real" Cowboy Is...

When I want to know what a "real" cowboy is, I read the Village Voice. There isnt a more credible authority on all things "Wild West" and "cowboy-related". Didnt Louis L'Amour get his start as the entertainment writer for the Voice?
Anyhow, according to The Village Voice, this is what a "real" cowboy looks like. They also recognize these as "real" Indians, construction workers, soldiers and cops.

I Was Weeks Ahead of This Story

For my response to this pearl of wisdom, click here. Or here.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Im Right. Everyone Else Is Wrong.

How many plummeting Kerry poll numbers do we have to see before we realize that relentlessly attacking Bush is NOT the way to go? Kerry has been lambasting his counterpart non-stop on every issue from Iraq to social security to jobs to the deficit and it has only led to worse internal numbers. Yet some people (Howard Fineman, MoDo and Helen Thomas) keep insisting that Kerry keep up the assaults.

Theyre wrong. Dead wrong, and so is everyone else that holds the same view.

If there is any lesson to learn from Bill Clinton is that the candidate should steer clear of making personal attacks. Thats what subordinates are for. Kerry should laud Bush for his post 9/11 leadership. He should thank him for his service to his country during the war on terror. Then he should say that despite Bush's victories, someone new needs to finish the job. Some one new must rebuild the bridges burned during Bush's tenure. Someone new needs to renew the international relationships damaged during the leadup to Iraq. And John Kerry is the person to do that (yeah, yeah, we know that statement is bogus, but it doesnt matter).

It would appear statesman-like. It would appear conciliatory. And most importantly, it would appear presidential.

47 Billion to One

Those are the odds that Bush will commute John Walker Lindh's conviction....in an election year.....with 5 weeks to go......in the middle of a war.

Little Johnny would have been better served to shut his mouth and wait it out another couple of months.
He has zero chance now.

Guess The Quote - Dan Rather Vs Kent Brockman

Guess the originator of the following quotes. Is it the mellifluous yet folksy Dan Rather or the stern yet playful Kent Brockman?


"He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park."
* Rather
* Brockman

"Scott, things aren't as happy as they used to be down here at the unemployment office. Joblessness is no longer just for Philosophy majors - useful people are starting to feel the pinch."
* Rather
* Brockman

"Now, over the years, a newsman learns a number of things that for one reason or another, he just cannot report. It doesn't seem to matter now, so...the following people are gay..."
* Rather
* Brockman

"This race is tight like a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach."
* Rather
* Brockman

"Frankly we don't know whether to wind the watch or to bark at the moon."
* Rather
* Brockman

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again: democracy just doesn't work."
* Rather
* Brockman

"Ladies and gentlemen, I've been to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them put together."
* Rather
* Brockman



The winner gets a half-eaten box of Fiddle Faddle and my old TV remote control complete with the duct-taped battery cover!



Is It Too Early To Focus On The Down-Ticket Races?

The headline of today's USA Today poll isnt good for Kerry (Bush up 8), but the internals are just brutal.

Right Direction -
Bush +10

Iraq -
Bush +14

Terrorism -
Bush +27

Foreign Relations -
Bush +8

The Economy -
Bush +6

Bush's approval is at a solid 54 and support for Kerry is softening.

The question remains - Is it time for the DNC to pull back from the presidential campaign and re-focus on on the Senate and Congressional races (especially out West)? If Kerry continues to tank, then Bush's coattails become a huge factor. As it is now, the Republicans look to pick up 1-2 seats. The Dems cant afford to let that bump up to 4-5.

Volokh's Blog Challenge Update

Volokh has posted a preliminary list of responses to his Iraq Blog Challenge. A lot of good reading.

Any Baby Showers On The Horizon?

The perfect gift.

From the people who brought you;

"I Love Elmers Glue" horse blankets

AND

"I Love Chinese Food" cat pillows



Can CBS Be Happy With This Poll?

55% of Americans think they can trust CBS to report the news accurately.
Isnt that akin to an airline bragging that 55% of their passengers trust their pilot not to fly the plane into the side of a mountain? If barely half the respondants trust you to do your job (in a field where your credibility is the only currency), then you have a serious problem.
I dont think CBS understands that.

In Other Words.....

"Please stop letting everyone know about my inconsistent voting and intelligence committee attendance records so my people can re-focus on calling you a lying drunken traitor".

"PS - Your wife's a drug dealer, too".

Monday, September 27, 2004

Undecided?

Percentage of Americans undecided about the 2004 Presidential race - 5%

Percentage of Americans that have been kicked in the head by rabid mules - 5%

Coincidence? I think not.


I only know one admitted undecided voter, so my frame of reference is pretty small. But how in the world can someone be undecided in this election? The differences are real and the contrasts stark. Have they kept themselves so isolated for the past year that theyve managed to successfully avoid any coverage of the candidates? Do they somehow expect to gain some last iota of insight during the debates (which are ALWAYS chock full of substance and controversial statement)?

I just dont get it. If you havent decided who to vote for yet, then stay home on November 2. Re-arrange your sock drawer. Figure out what happens when you jam a paper clip in an electrical outlet. Weigh your belly button lint.
Do anything, but make sure you dont vote!

New Feature! Hate Mail/Death Threat Of The Week!

Due to a recent influx of "constructively critical" emails, I thought it a complete waste to keep these all to myself. Although I dont want to summarily dismiss the many thoughtful critiques I receive, the burning seething scorn contained in a select group of hate emails deserves an honor all its own.

So I present to you the Hate Mail/Death Threat of the Week (with appropriate fisking)!

"What the f**k do you know, chickenhawk b**ch?"

(For the record, proud veteran of the USN 1990-1996)

"Don't the lifes (sic) of 1000+ soldiers mean anything to you or is it ok as long as you make money on your oil stocks?"

(Actually, real estate is my preferred investment)

"Bush and idiots like you are the real terrorists. How many innocent iraqis have to be blown to bits before your bloodlust is satisfied. How many innocent iraqis have to die to make you, Wolfowitz and all the other jew apologists happy?"

(My membership to the Elders of Zion has expired. So technically Im a lapsed jew apologist)

"If you think that invading Iraq is so important, why dont you have the balls to enlist yourself?"

(I did. See above)

"I hope you find out what its like to have your life destroyed by erant (sic) bombs and stray bullets. Burn in Hell!"

(Grandma, is that you?)

Name and email deleted to protect the innocent



There you have it. Quite a way to start out the week. The bar is set pretty high. But I have a feeling that people of his...ahem...intellectual stature are not in short supply.


Volokh Blog Challenge

For the readers directed here from The Volokh Conspiracy, one of the links listed on my blog actually goes to a website filled with erotic photos of Kitty Dukakis. Start clicking.


Orin Kerr over at The Volokh Conspiracy has issued a challenge to the pro-Iraq War bloggers.

Question 1.
First, assuming that you were in favor of the invasion of Iraq at the time of the invasion, do you believe today that the invasion of Iraq was a good idea? Why/why not?

Answer.
My support for military intervention in Iraq predates 2003 and as a matter of fact predates Bush 43.
I dont see how anyone gets around the fact that a Hussein-led Iraq was a threat to the United States. The supporting facts are compelling;
  1. Iraq provided material support for suicide bombers who, in turn, targeted and murdered American citizens. It is impossible to separate Hussein from the war on terror. As long as he was in power, an endless flow of money (helpfully supplied via the UNs oil-for-food program) would have been routed to global terrorists.
  2. His anti-aircraft batteries were firing on American & British patrol aircraft on a daily basis. It was only Iraqi incompetence and the expertise of our pilots that prevented the deaths of fighters patrolling the no-fly zones.
  3. Hussein blatantly and serially violated numerous UN resolutions. Although we now know that he was only biding his time until the restrictions were lifted so he could re-start his weapons programs, his non-compliance had to be met with repercussions.
  4. Its the height of naivete to conclude that the presence of Abu Abbas & Abdul Rahman Yasin (among others) in Iraq was a coincidence. Iraq was a central clearinghouse for terrorist planning, training and funding.

Question 2.

Second, what reaction do you have to the not-very-upbeat news coming of Iraq these days, such as the stories I link to above?

Answer 2.

I was initially very apprehensive about our occupation post-overthrow. I much preferred a rapid withdrawl to eliminate the appearance of the new government as an American puppet regime. However, time has demonstrated that method to be overly optimistic. A faster withdrawal would have left the reformers in a very dangerous and precarious situation. Though bloody and tenous, our extended involvement has been necessary to the stabilization of a previously murderous regime. We can always nitpick the military's decisions vis a vis Fallujah and Najaf, but their are no easy answers and being more aggressive could just as easily led to more insurgency.

Question 3.

Third, what specific criteria do you recommend that we should use over the coming months and years to measure whether the Iraq invasion has been a success?

Answer 3.

Based on the above terms, the invasion of Iraq is already a success. The Iraqi government is no longer giving millions to Palestinian suicide bombers. The terrorists in Iraq are being hunted and killed. Hussein is no longer plotting a revitalization of his weapons programs. The rape rooms have been taken out of service. Iraqi children are being fed and immunized.

Certainly we have a way to go. But the January elections will deal a serious if not mortal blow to the foreign and domestic terror elements in-country. The installation of any tyoe of democracy in the Middle East can only have positive impacts throughout the rest of the region. Its already had an impact in Libya. And although the rhetoric out of Iran has been on the increase, the mullahs have internal problems of their own.

We were faced with a choice;

Either respond to increasingly deadly terror attacks as we had for 20 years (with strategic Tomahawk strikes & indictments)

OR

Proactively eliminate terrorists, their funding and the nation-states that support them.

We made the right choice.



No, This Is Not From The Onion. Seriously

Not satisfied with propping up terrorist regimes (see Arafat, Yasser and Korea, North), Jimmy Carter sees an even graver threat on the horizon........

"Voting arrangements in Florida do not meet "basic international requirements" and could undermine the US election, former US President Jimmy Carter says. "


Its All Well & Good, But......

The affiliates pressure on their CBS mothership has become a story. However, it wont change a thing. CBS will ride the "internal investigation" schtick until all the furor dies down (and it will, most likely after the election).
The only thing that will force necessary changes on a compressed timeframe is pressure from the advertisers. Once Madison Avenue pulls their support, CBS will take notice.
Clearly they care little of their reputation, but I guarantee you they care a lot about their wallet.

Now That Kerry Has Pissed Off Every Other Country In The World....

Now he cant even rely on France and Germany. This is after Kerry needlessly rips into PM Allawi last week (Allawi being the guy who is placing his life on the line for Iraqi democracy after being imprisoned and having his wife murdered by Hussein).

The question remains if Kerry will continue to spout his "internationalist" creds the rest of the way.

So Let Me Get This Straight...

...its un-American for Cheney to claim that the terrorists would prefer a Kerry presidency, but its hunky-dory to say that a Bush re-election would lead to a "nuclear 9/11"?

Yup, that makes sense.

Friday, September 24, 2004

As Usual............

Krauthammer says it better that I did.

It Just Keeps Getting Worse & Worse

Just as Grady Seasons belittled Tom Cruise's Vincent in The Color Of Money with the disparaging line of "It just keeps getting worse and worse", things definitely could be going better for John Kerry.
Now Rep Peter King (R) pulls out a 1997 Crossfire tape with the following money quote from Mr. Kerry himself -

"We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians," said Mr. Kerry. "We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest."
Ouch!
I was never as enomored with the RNC's 11 minute rundown on Kerry's Iraq flip-flops. Too much deviation from context and when the quotes are listened too as a whole, they arent nearly as devastating.
But this is bad. It directly contradicts everything he's said for the past year. And expect to hear the quote about 4 million times in the next 38 days.

Let Me Get This Straight.....

John Kerry wants to have a more "sensitive" relationship with foreign countries, yet he seldom misses the opportunity to berate their leaders?
Kerry essentially stood up in that fire station in Columbus and called Allawi a liar. Kerry's sister was just down in Australia claiming PM Howard's backing of the US caused the Indonesian night club bombing. He says Britain, Pakistan and Spain are part of a fraudulent coalition?
Rather than developing more respectful relationships, Kerry is rapidly alienating nearly every democratic leader on the planet. Somebody tell him to shut the hell up!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Why Kerry Will Lose - Badly

There is a reason why the role of campaign attack dog is traditionally held by the Veep candidate. It allows the campaign to roll around in the mud while keeping the top of the ticket clean, above the fray and, most importantly (see below), presidential.
So then why is Kerry serving as his own attack dog? Its patently unprofessional and brings him down a peg.
So either John Edwards is unable to fill the role (just too cute to launch an effective attack?) or, more likely, refuses to do so. If he knows that Kerry's campaign is on the fast track to Dukakis-ville, why should he tarnish his image by throwing mud now?

Kerry's own running mate doesnt believe in him. Why should we?

This Is Wrong (Even Though It Feels So Right)

Col. Nathan Jessup as played by Karl Rove -

"YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT I DID IT!"

For What Its Worth

Ive been hesitant to weigh in on the Memogate situation since everything I could say has been said better at other more established blogs. However Rathergate has set up a one-click link that allows you to get your message out to all the CBS affiliates.

Click away.

The "MSM Story I Couldnt Care Less About" Of The Week

The words "Britney" "Celebrity Wedding" and "Exclusive Pre-Nup Details" have hereby been removed from my vocabulary.

Who Didnt See This Coming?

I have never understood Kerry's insistence on continually being photographed snowboarding, windsurfing or kite-surfing. It makes him look like a weenie. Worse still, he looks like an un-presidential weenie. And to compound that real problem, it adds to the growing lifestyle disconnect between Kerry and middle America. Farmers dont snowboard. Steelworkers dont windsurf. And factory workers sure as hell dont kite-surf.
There's a reason the Republicans show Bush clearing brush after driving a pickup truck in rolled up sleeves.

The inevitable result of this silliness is encapsulated here.

And The Prize For "Biggest Balls" Goes To...

Kofi Annan for this remark;

"I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter from our point of view, from the charter point of view, it (the Iraq War) was illegal."

First of all, someone needs to tell this lowlife that his voice is not the voice of the Member States. He is in no way the absolute and final arbiter of what is and is not illegal. His remarks are especially rich in light of his stonewalling of the investigation into the corrupt Oil-For-Food program.

And secondly, if obeying the law means standing by as mass graves are filled & wives/daughters of diddidents raped/murdered, then I want no part of it. What honor lies is watching idly by as the basic tenets of human rights are violated.

Hey Baby Baby Its A Wild World

The story isnt that Cat Stevens is a whacked out Islamic extremist. The real story is how a suspect on our terror watch list was allowed to get on a trans-atlantic flight to WASHINGTON FREAKIN' DC. Is it the normal process to vet passengers after the plane has left?
And do these journalists see the irony in blindly labeling him a "peace activist"?

The Tempe Debate

Whether or not Bob Schieffer ends up moderating the Tempe Presidential debate, an extra burden will be placed on the emcee to avoid ANY and ALL appearance of bias. Will this result in an anti-Kerry shift in the questions????

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Donde esta el postos, por favor?

Sorry. Long weekend.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Reading Hillary's Mind....

"Please, please, please just let him die before 2008."

I Know Im A Couple Of Days Late, But......

I told you so.

Reading Karl Rove's Mind

"Please, please, please dont let him die until after the election."

Kerry Revamped His Staff For This?

This is Kerry's response? He cant possibly be serious. Hopefully there is a reasonable explanation. Im actually kind of hoping he was drunk. At least it would be an excuse.
Did his staff bother to explain to him that there is nothing to gain from disparaging Cheney's deferments? Did he plan on sinking his approval numbers even lower. And more amusing still, did he staffers bother to remind him that HIS OWN FREAKIN' RUNNING MATE DIDNT SERVE EITHER?

Listen to me know and hear me later. Your opponents are defining your record and your message for you. You need a better response than branding them racists, tools of the Saudis, and arrogant. Thats not substantive.
Theyre questioning your judgment and your voting record. Either defend them or shut up.

Not to get Too Nitpicky, But......

Bush's proposals for a revamped federal job training program and augmented Pell grants shouldnt have made it through the first draft.
Job training programs dont work and the money is better spent elsewhere. And how many times do we have to remind our leaders that subsidizing something doest make it more affordable. It makes it more expensive.

Im pretty sure it has something to do with that pesky "supply/demand" thingy.

What We're Fighting For

Imagine this was in Orlando, Salt Lake City or Youngstown.
Who do you trust to fight to ensure it doest happen here?

This is what Ron Silver, Guiliani and Zell Miller were talking about. The necessity to ensure the safety of all Americans and the resounding defeat of global terrorism trumps all other issues.

Bush seems to realize that. Kerry doesnt seem to have a clue.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Just Who Is Running His Campaign???

Little things like this make a difference. Havent they learned the old saw "Dress for the job you want rather than the job you have"?
Someone needs to give Kerry a good hard slap and tell him to stop putting himself in situations where he looks patently unpresidential.
Honestly, just who in the hell thought it was a good idea to put him in a cardigan, button-down oxford and CAMO SHORTS???

John Kerry is in for the race of his entire career and he's not taking it seriously. The Democratic party is not well served by his unthinking childishness.

Why Do Vets Hate John Kerry?

Maybe this might have something to do with it.

Or this.

Or this.

This most certainly will be an issue in October and John Kerry needs to pull a Clinton by getting it out in the public FIRST, thereby controlling the message and its impact.
Changing the subject will not serve him well and only strengthen the inevitable blow.

Does He Think These Questions Will Just Go Away?

Kerry's latest ad buy is a tremendously stupid gamble. Half his war chest will be blown with two months to go before the election on issues that may have little or nothing to do with the mindsets of the people coming to the polls in November.
The GOP is doing a pretty good job about making National Security the only issue in this campaign. And theyre effectively defining him as lacking resolve and moral clarity, to which he responds with "well, uhhhh, we can do better on jobs".

Thats not going to cut it. He has to show how he will make the country safer than Bush. And simply saying that he would do things different will not do the trick.

He has to show why its important to bring in the international community. And he has to show that doing as much doesnt mean outsourcing our national security to Paris.
He has to show that Bush has gone after Iraq while ignoring the threats in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen. And he has to do that while convincing the anti-war types that he can address those countries with diplomacy and sanctions rather than tanks and bombs.

How To Lose An Election - By John Kerry

This is a bad approach to take.

He will not win by denying the gains made by the Bush administration. Cries of failure in Iraq and Afghanistan are easily refuted by pointing out the new era of freedom in those countries. Worse still, it paints Kerry as a pessimistic defeatist. Everyone already knows that there have been bumps and detours on our road to win the war on terror. We dont need to hear is reflexively contrarian position on everything Bush does.
Saying he "would have done almost everything differently" reaks of Monday Morning Quarterbacking and 20/20 hindsight.

He wins this election by acknowledging the victories Bush has made and the importance of the leadership he showed following 9/11. He wins by convincing people that he's the man to finish what Bush started. He's the man to renew broken relationships. He's the man to rebuild bridges burned during Bush's tenure.
He loses this election by trying to be manlier than Bush. He loses this election by try to out-cowboy Bush. He loses this election by wasting time windsurfing and snowboarding. He loses this election by continuing down this path he has chosen.

A Belated Apology

I owe a heartfelt apology to Ron Silver for prematurely mocking the significance of his speech. The Ron Silvers of middle America may very well turn the election. Im sure he is not the only social liberal to learn the importance of strong, unrelenting resolve in the War on Terror. Partisan nastiness has to be set aside during times of national peril and Mr. Silver made that case in an eloquent and poignant fashion.

Call Them What They Are

They are not militants. They are not rebels. They are not separatists.

They are radical Islamic terrorists part and parcel with Al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah. Just because they are not Arab, does not make them any less reprehensible or less deserving of swift and unmerciful justice.

When you start blowing up apartment buildings, airplanes and schoolhouses, you cease being freedom fighters and start being vermin crying out to be exterminated.

Just So No One Forgets.....

Barbra Streisand is an pretentious, self-important, clueless idiot.


That is all.

A Subtle But Significant Shift

The winds of change are starting to blow in the political press corps and it doesnt bode well for John F Kerry.
After glossing over his obvious and inescapeable flaws for nearly eight months, we get a sense that the cold hard truth is finally seeping into the overwhelmingly liberal print and network press. Their annointed (post-Dean self-immolation) candidate is continually and unabashedly shrinking the box in which he has been placed. His coldly received speech at the American Legion only served to further solidify the Right's "Indecisive" and "Unsure" labels.
By failing to define his 20-year Senate career, he has let the Republicans do it for him. By failing to rectify his "evolving" perspectives on Iraq, He has let the Republicans make it a campaign issue. And even his most ardent defenders in the press are beginning to see that he is a lost cause. Joe Klein and William Raspberry, among others, have begun the slow but steady march to skepticism of Kerry's worthiness to ascend to the post of Commander in Chief. And Kerry cannot win without the MSM marching lockstep with his campaign and touting his all too flimsy record.

The Speech That No Republican Could Have Made

Blistering. Scathing. Brutal yet with a distinct ringing of truth.
Thats how Zell's speech came out and it was a barnburner of historical proportions. What it did best was to turn the criticisms of Bush ("divider", not a "uniter") back onto the Democratic party. And while much (but not enough) has been made of the fact that a Dem gave the Republican keynote, the subtle message throughout the convention has been that fair-minded Democrats (Silver, Koch, Miller, etc) realize this election is too important to fall back on politics. A real leader is needed to see us through these dangerous times.

And they dont think Kerry is up to the task.

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