"Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller

Tuesday, December 30, 2003
 
On Switch Hitters:

I do not know P. Amy MacKinnon. I would not be able to pick her out of a lineup. That being said, she's got a piece in the Christian Science Monitor that gives hope there may be some democrats unwilling to follow Howie off the cliff he's headed for.

Well done, Ms. MacKinnon. Well said.

Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, December 22, 2003
 
On Howie’s Latest Lunacy:

Howie spouted off in the Washington Post yesterday with a litany of lunacy that makes even me shake my head. Keep talking, Howie. You’re making this too easy.

Howie’s biggest complaint with W, at least in this latest breath, has to do with the fact that the United States has failed to gain world support for the ongoing war on terrorism. Howie’s rant continues to state that

“From its derisive treatment of allies to its rejection of important global agreements, this administration has favored a go-it-alone approach and a determination to use force as its weapon of first resort. Its approach has alienated friends and bolstered foes. Its agenda isolates the United States, placing responsibility for all the world's problems in our hands, and runs counter to America's traditions as a republic.”

Howie obviously doesn’t read this blog. Then again, I don’t put forth drivel accusing W of having prior knowledge of the events of September 11th. Never the less, I’ll offer some advice to the Dean campaign as it continues to hang itself with a rope of its own weaving.

Consensus, according to Lady Margaret Thatcher, is the absence of leadership. Wars cannot be fought, let alone won, by consensus. If you had been someplace other than skiing drunk in Aspen during the Vietnam War, you would know that, Howie. You’re running for President, so let me impart some wisdom to you regarding the duties of the office you so rabidly seek.

Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." – United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 8.

That’s the oath you take before you sit in the chair, Howie. You’ll note that the oath does not mention “consult with France, Germany, Russia, or Senegal.” It does not require an imminent threat to exist prior to the use of force against a known enemy with hostile intentions. It requires the President, to the best of his ability, to protect and defend the United States. Period. No negotiation, equivocation, or appeasement.

We have a global war on terrorism, Howie. Its made up of nations who aren’t willing to wait until the other shoe drops. Its made up of people that have had enough of terrorists running free. The only nations who see this as a war on Islam are those nations and people supporting and harboring extremists bent on mass murder. Are Syria, Iran, North Korea, The Sudan, and Lebanon afraid they’re next on the list? If so, their fear is well placed.

This war is about global leadership, Howie. While you’re busy ranting about the need to fight terrorism, protect the homeland, and rebuild the national economy, guys like W are out there getting it done.

People accuse you of being out of the mainstream. If I were you, I'd listen to them.

Here endeth the lesson.


Tuesday, December 16, 2003
 
On Orson Scott Card:

I know little about Mr. Card. I know he writes science fiction books - Ender's Game comes to mind, even though I have not read it. Perhaps now I will. Mr. Card somehow managed to get himself published in the Wall Street Journal editorial page - no small accomplishment if you ask me - and it turns out he has a pretty good head welded on his shoulders.

Check out the article here.

It would seem to me that intelligent democrats are yelling, screaming, and doing anything else they can to somehow get the leadership of their party to listen.

Cliff? What cliff? I don't see any cliff!

Mr. Card has it right. There is no reasonable alternative to W in the current crop of nine naysayers. I would even have to exclude the congressional and senatorial leadership from that group as well. There is a sensible democrat in the senate, but Zell Miller is retiring.

The Democratic Party would do well to listen to Mr. Card. Will they? Don't hold your breath.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
On Wimps and Barbarians:

Very interesting commentary on 'the sons of Murhpy Brown'. The Claremont Institute's Terrance Moore has some good and bad things to say on the state of the modern man. To me it points out the importance of fatherhood and the raising of sons to be manly men.

Check it out here.
Monday, December 15, 2003
 
On the correct translation of Ambassador Bremer’s comments on Saddam’s capture:

There was a lot of translation going on during the news conference on the capture of Saddam yesterday. I fear Ambassador Bremer’s opening comments may not have been correctly translated for the masses.

I feel it my solemn duty and obligation to render the correct translation here – for the record.

Ambassador Bremer – “Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him!”

Correct Translation: - “Ladies and Gentlemen, we got the son of a bitch!”
(emphasis added)

And, by the way – Howie, how does cold crow taste this morning?

Here endeth the lesson.


Friday, December 12, 2003
 
On Peace on Earth:

As I was driving to work this morning, a stalled car caused me to spend a little longer on a street than I otherwise would have. That extra time gave me a chance to see a house that I would’ve missed on a normal day. The house’s holiday display was simple, but struck me as very profound. There was a lit sign on the front porch with a one word message on it.

PEACE.

The wish for Peace has been part of Christmas since Christmas became Christmas. It began, as is stated in the second chapter of Luke, with shepherds watching their flocks by night. The birth of Christ was announced by an angel who was then joined by a heavenly chorus who is quoted as singing:

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” – Luke 2:14

Christmas carols such as “Far, Far, Away on Judea’s Plains”, and “Angels We Have Heard on High” are replete with the repetition of the phrase “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.” There is one carol, however, that isn’t sung very often unless your church service happens to fall on a Christmas Sunday.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the words to the poem that would become the hymn “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. Longfellow penned these words on December 25, 1864 during the final winter of the Civil War – six months from the surrender of Lee to Grant at Appomattox Court House. His words come from tragedy, as his wife Fanny was killed and son Charles crippled during that conflict. I quote from Longfellow:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


The following two stanzas are omitted from the current version of the carol, but I find in them similarities to the world of today:

Then from each black accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


The war of which Longfellow spoke was fought in the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Antietem, Shiloh, Gettysburg, and many more. Indeed the Civil War was the last time a war was waged on the soil of the continental United States. The last that is, until a quiet Tuesday morning in September of 2001.

That morning, the battlefield began in Manhattan, proceeded to Arlington, and ended in a field not too far from Gettysburg. From those beginnings, it has moved to Khandahar, Kabul, Tikrit, Mosul, and Baghdad.

Far away places with strange sounding names.

There are those who would hear the next stanza of Longfellow’s poem and declare it to be the current state of the world.

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"


As I have stated in previous blogs, these people spend most of their life sucking on pickles. Longfellow continues:

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"


Peace is a very powerful force, however it does not naturally occur in the world. Certain conditions must exist for peace to prevail – principle among them being the defeat of evil foes. Some may think peace is the absence of conflict, but in truth , peace is brought about by the appropriate use of overwhelming force against an enemy. Never forget those whose job it is to create peace.

I believe it was for this purpose the Son of Man, whose birth was heralded by a chorus of innumerable angels, included the following passage in what would become some of his most memorable teachings:

“Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” – Matthew 5:9

May God watch over His Peacemakers. May He, through them, create peace where there is war and calm where there are storms. May He protect them from those who would do them harm. And, when their duties are completed, may He bring them home with fair winds on calm seas.

Here endeth the lesson.

Thursday, December 11, 2003
 
On Kucinich’s real reason for his Presidential bid:

The truth comes out! I knew there had to be a reason behind this guy putting himself in the public square only to be ridiculed by guys like, well, me.

Dennis Kucinich wanted a date. Its just that simple. Don’t believe me? Check here. 80 some odd women signed up for a date with the twice divorced congressman. The winner met him for lunch at a Holiday Inn.

The winner, who shall remain nameless, evidently lives with her alleged boyfriend in New Jersey. Not a good sign for the boyfriend when his lady is chasing a 57 year old vegan from Ohio.

Memo to Kucinich:

Denny, there are easier ways to get a date.

Here endeth the lesson.

 
On being linked:

You know, I write this blog more for me than for anyone else’s benefit. Never the less, I have been linked by Hugh Hewitt Inspired Blogs. Very cool.

For those of you who don’t know Hugh, he runs a radio talk show emanating from the windswept shores of Southern California. He’s got great insights, and an irreverent sense of humor. His show runs from 3-6 pm pacific, or 6-9 pm eastern and can be listened to online at KRLA 870.

Do let me know if you find me through the Hewitt link.



Wednesday, December 10, 2003
 
Let the whining begin:

Well, well, well. Seems that the French, the Germans, the Canadians, and a whole list of other opponents of Operation Iraqi Freedom are about to get their collective nose whacked out of joint….again.

You see, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz issued a directive yesterday stating that companies from the above listed countries, and I’m sure there are more, are barred from bidding on contracts related to the reconstruction of Iraq. They seem to think there is no consequence for opposing the war, and working to subvert the successful military victory there.

Sorry guys. I’ll let you in on a secret – widely known to everyone except you. Victors set the rules of reconstruction. You, or your government, oppose the action, you get no spoils in the form of high dollar value reconstruction contracts. The US fought the war, the US won the war. That means the US gets to pick and choose who gets a chunk of reconstruction monies.

If you French, Canadian, and German countries have a problem with that, you might want to take it up with your respective governments, or sorry excuses there of.

Here endeth the lesson.



Monday, December 08, 2003
 
On Howard "Howie" Dean:

I love George Will. He minces no words and his writing style is one I try to emulate. Rather than disecting Howie's performance on Fox News Sunday, I'll let George do what he does best. Here is the link.

There endeth the lesson.
Friday, December 05, 2003
 
On Loony People:

Check out Charles Krauthammer's piece in the Miami Herald.


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