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

Wednesday, May 26, 2004
 
On Algore:

I have never liked Algore. Not as a Senator, not as Der Schleikmeister's Veep, and certainly not as a presidential candidate. I don't understand why Democrats continue to see this guy as relevant. He took their best hopes for a continued Clinton presidency and single handedly drove it into the ground.

He lost, people. Tell him to return to the blessed obscurity from whence he came forth. His fifteen minutes are up.

Never the less, Algore gave a speech today. In it was contained three and a half years of pent up frustration. Why is Algore frustrated? Because he knows in his heart he should be the one flying around in Air Force One. He knows that were it not for some mentally challenged voters in Florida, he would be doing just that. Want to know another reason why he's frustrated?

America doesn't care.

So Algore rants and raves, each time becoming more and more unintelligeable. I could go through his speech point by point and refute it line by line, but I won't. I have better things to do. And so does the rest of America.

America is very grateful that Algore isn't in the Oval Office. They know he cannot be trusted to make the hard and politically incorrect decisions required of a Chief Executive in time of War. America knows that if Algore sat behind that desk, we would be less safe and more likely to suffer another attack than we are today.

Those, my friends, are facts. Facts are stubborn things.

So, Al, feel free to rant and rave. Vent all you want. It is, after all, your Constitutionally protected right to do so.

Just realize when most of America thinks of you, one term overrides all other thoughts:

Irrelevance.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
 

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On Boldness:

There is a need in today's world for bold leaders. It is they who must stand calmly before the whirlwind and remain steadfast despite the best efforts of their advesarys. Their foundation must be sure, and their will must be strong.

I saw a little of that in W last night. His whirlwind is made up of left bent politicians, pundits, and detractors whose main goal in life is his demise.

The hell with my country, they think. This guy has got to go.

You know what really pisses them off? W doesn't care what they think. To me, that is refreshing. W doesn't wake up every morning and take a poll as to what to have for breakfast. Laura says he doesn't read his own news coverage. Why? He already knows what he thinks, that's why.

Enemies both foreign and domestic are taking their best shots at him, yet he is unbowed by their criticism. He believes what he believes is right - and he will not let the nattering naysayers of negativism change his course.

Contrast this with the junior senator from the Bay State, affectionately known as Lurch. This guy can't even decide if he actually owns an SUV. He can't make up his mind if he wants to show off his Vietnam medals (by the way, did you know he served in Vietnam?) or if he wants to boast how he threw them over the White House fence in 1971. He's been on so many sides of so many issues, sometimes he forgets which side he's currently on.

Which man do you want to stand before the whirlwind?
Monday, May 24, 2004
 
Lurch posts for the day:

Wouldn't it be nice to change the rules of a game you aren't winning? Lurch thinks so. His latest scheme to even the money race between him and W is to delay accepting the Dem nomination for president for a month or so after the Boston convention in late July. He wants to do this because he'll be able to spend the money he raised during the primary season because he's limited in what he can spend after he accepts the nomination. The democratic convention is roughly one month before the W party in NYC.

First off, its doubtful this would be legal, but any ruling on legality from the FEC would come post election and carry with it a minor fine. Democrats have a habit of changing election rules/laws whenever it furthers their overall pursuits of power - just remember the 2000 Florida election fiasco where the Florida Supreme Court kept rewriting election laws to further the Algore recount.

Second - W took a tumble off a mountain bike at the end of a 17 mile ride near his ranch in Crawford, TX. He's got the scrapes and bruises to show for it. Lurch took a shot at him today by asking if the training wheels fell off his bike.

I will remind the reader that Lurch himself has taken several tumbles in the past few months, most notably snowboarding in Idaho, but also from his "Sissy" bike pictured here below:




Again, I ask you, can you picture this guy as Commander in Chief?


Friday, May 21, 2004
 
The Emperor has no clothes, and Nancy "San Francisco Treat" Pelosi has no brain.

Somedays I am loathed to admit I'm a native Californian. Today is one of those days. Representative Nancy "San Francisco Treat" Pelosi yesterday laid into W and company with the following diatribe:

I believe that the president's leadership and the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence in terms of knowledge, judgment and experience. This president should have known ... when you decide to go to war you have to know what the consequences of your action are and how you can accomplish the mission. There was plenty of intelligence to say there would be chaos in Iraq following the fall of Baghdad.

Pelosi's comments, widely denounced by anyone with any sense of the obvious, show a lack of intelligence, critical thinking, and general common sense. War, by its very definition, is inherently unpredictable. Nobody has a crystal ball to predict the outcome of a war. If Pelosi's grey matter wasn't so infected by the visceral liberalism native to the bay area, she would know that. My guess is she does, and is just using the war's events as a platform from which to launch salvos at W.

By doing so, she also takes cheap shots at the men and women in harms way - thus giving ammunition to our enemies. The American people understand this, and that's why she will remain the minority leader of the House for the foreseeable future.

If you libs are listening, people like Pelosi are the reason why you're in the minority. I'd rather be buck naked than incurably stupid.
Thursday, May 20, 2004
 
Bill Cosby rocks!

Actually, out of respect I should refer to him as William Cosby, Ph.D. He does hold a post graduate degree in Physical Education. The Washington Post has a quick take on his remarks given at Constitution Hall at a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision. Cosby showed little concern for political correctness - especially considering that NAACP President Kwiesi Mfume and NAACP Legal Defense Fund head Theodore Shaw were in attendance. Here are some exerpts from Cosby's remarks - this way you won't have to read about Michael Moore's piece of kimchi that doubles as documentary.

Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids -- $500 sneakers for what? And won't spend $200 for 'Hooked on Phonics.'

They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English I can't even talk the way these people talk: 'Why you ain't,' 'Where you is' . . . And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk. . . . Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. . . . You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth!

On the incarcerated: These are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake and then we run out and we are outraged, [saying] 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?'

Well said, Dr. Cosby. I wish I could've seen the look on Kweisi's face.
 
On the Nattering Negative Naysayers:

Today I believe you should dump the left leaning, pickle sucking, Lurch loving tounge waggers of the mainstream media. Read the comments of Major Ben Connable, USMC. He has been deployed to Iraq three times over the past twelve years. I'll take his word over any other commentator if for no other reason than Marines have a nice habit of telling it like it is.

Thank you for your insight, Major. Semper Fi.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
 
On the Twisted Beak.

Damn I love politically incorrect satire.
 
On a "Proportionate" Response:

The EU President, Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen, made a complete ass of himself today. He decried the Israeli attack on Palestinian demonstrators, a conflict that claimed 10 lives and wounded 50, as a "reckless disregard for human life." He went on to say the following:

"It is clear that today's action was completely disproportionate to any threat faced by the Israeli military and that Israeli forces showed a reckless disregard for human life."

I am not familiar with the circumstances that led up to the street battle, therefore I (unlike Mr. Cowen) will not comment on them.

What I do know is there is one side of this conflict that has a complete disregard for human life. They send their sons and daughters into pizza parlors strapped with high explosive vests. Then they detonate said sons and daughters with the express purpose of killing as many people as possible. They also pack vehicles full of explosives and blow them up next to tour buses. Eternal glory for them is found in the taking of truly innocent, non combatant lives.

Mr. Cowen is concerned the Israeli response is disproportionate to the threat faced by Israel from the Palestinians. Being that the stated goal of the Palestinian Authority (and the rest of the Arab street for that matter) is to push Israel and her people into the sea.

What, pray tell, is a proportionate response to those kind of people? They have already proven time and time again they cannot be negotiated with. Arafat appears (wrongly so) powerless to stop the violence. It might help if he stopped compensating the families of the homicide bombers. The only thing they seem to understand is the aggressive use of lethal military force.

I wonder what Mr. Cowen's proportionate response would be to someone setting off a bomb in a pizza parlor frequented by his children? Would he show restraint? Would he try and negotiate a peace with the murderers?

Somehow I doubt that.

Final thought - the EU has a rotating presidency, which I guess means no one is really in charge.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Who you are is sometimes defined by who you're with:

Usually this proverb is given to teenagers when parent's don't like the people their kids are dating.

As I won't face that situation for many years, I'll relate the proverb to Lurch. He's been out lately with prominent left leaning politicians. This is a normal course of events on the campaign trail, but Lurch is hanging out with some pretty extreme leftists lately.

Today he's cooling his heels with Ralph "Its not easy being green" Nader. This guy's claim to fame used to be his book Unsafe at any speed. The book, meant to wipe the Chevy Corvair off the automobile landscape, did the exact opposite. The Corvair is one of Chevy's most notable classics.

But I digress.

Nader's claim to fame is his help in electing W. I'm not going to dispute that his Green candidacy siphoned votes from Algore. I'm personally exhorting all of my lefty friends to vote Nader. More power to the guy.

Lurch is meeting with Nader. The obvious but unstated purpose of this meeting can be summed up in the following thought which is foremost in Lurch's otherwise vacant skull cavity:

If you (Nader) don't drop out of this race, its gonna cost me the oval.

Nader shows no sign of quitting. Again, more power to him.

Previous to the Green show, Lurch campaigned with another heavy left hitter. Dr. Howie "I have a scream" Dean. Damn, I miss that guy. He was a bigger target than Lurch. Howie made nice, having nicely recovered from the after effects of the ass whooping he got in Iowa. But remember, that scream is never far from the surface with Howie.

My point? Neither of these guys make Lurch look any better. They won't push his numbers higher. One, Nader, could torpedo his campaign all together.

People in the Lurch campaign complain he hasn't had a chance to define himself - that he still (after more than a year on the campaign trail) needs to introduce himself to the American people.

In addition to overcoming the likeability, trustability, and overall perception of lifelessness, Lurch will also have to free himself from the dead weight of those people standing next to him on the platform.

I believe it would be easier to sustain flight with a dead rhino on his back.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
 
On Supply and Demand:

If John F. “Lurch” Kerry were to suddenly disappear, I don’t know that I’d have any material left. Well, any easy material anyway.

Today, Lurch called for W to release an unspecified amount of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) in order to ease the gas price spike that currently has the average cost of a gallon of gas over the $2 mark across the country.

For the record, my family cars are a Ford Mustang (V6) and a Dodge Durango (V8). I could stand for gas prices to be brought down by, oh say 75 cents or so. The truth of the matter is, a release from the SPR isn’t going to make a damn bit of difference in the pump price. If you have any doubt, just ask Bill “der Schliekmeister” Clinton.

Despite the best efforts of left leaning politicians and economists, the laws of supply and demand are very tough to change. Supply and demand meet at an intersection called price. When you have a product (gasoline) for which demand is static (subtitle for Lurch – unchanging, or kind of like your forehead) and supply fluctuates, price will rise as supply is limited.

What influences supply? Many things. The most obvious right now is the fact that most of the worlds petroleum reserves sit under countries that are less than stable. Were it not for oil, the nations that make up OPEC would be little more than backwards nations stuck in the 12th century.

Outside of the glaring instability of the supplying nations, oil doesn’t come out of the ground in unleaded, premium, and super grades. Nor can you find 10w30, 10w40, or 20w50 weights coming from wells in Saudi Arabia. Oil comes from the ground looking like black sludge, otherwise known as crude oil. Crude oil must then be refined into its various products.

In order to refine crude oil into the above listed products, you need refineries. Now, ask yourself two questions:

1. Has the demand for gasoline and other petroleum based products increased over the past 30 years or so? Unless you are brain dead, the obvious answer is – YES!
2. Has the refining capacity within the United States increased at or near the same level as demand for the products produced by refineries?

You may need help with the answer to that one. The answer, by the way, is no. Actually, the last oil refinery built in the United States was opened in 1976. Refineries are abhorred by the militant environmentalist wacko movement, the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) crowd, and the BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone/thing) nutcases. Refineries are expensive to build, they belch out smoke and other fumes, and are generally an eyesore to the surrounding communities.

One more thing: They are a necessary part of the American Way of Life. As much as Lurch and Company may try, they cannot repeal the laws of demand. People will continue to drive gas powered cars until some other cheaper form of individual transportation takes its place.

Oil supply needs to be increased. That being said, so does refining capacity. Remember how I told you Clinton released a few million barrels of oil from the SPR the last time there was a gas price spike? Well, a little reported detail of that ill fated decision was the fact that, upon release of the oil, it had to be shipped to another country to be refined. That wasted time, and by the time said oil made it to market, it did have an effect on the already dropping gas prices – it brought them down another 2 cents or so.

Which of the two presidential candidates has a plan to deal with the reality of the energy situation in the US? Well, as you may or may not be aware, we do have some oil reserves of our own. They reside under the frozen tundra of Alaska. It would make sense to go after them, but the militant environmentalist whack jobs fear the damage it would do to some Caribou.

Lurch complains of our dependence of foreign sources of oil, but when given the opportunity he does nothing to reduce it. Supply and Demand are fickle masters.

Friday, May 14, 2004
 
On Comments:

One thing that is very evident about me. I'm cheap. Blogger is free, therefore I use it. I found a comment feature that is also free, so I plugged it in. Now I guess I'll find out if anyone actually reads this stuff.

Oh, and by the way Lurch, no use in hiding behind pseudonyms.
Thursday, May 13, 2004
 
On Nick Berg:

Much has been made of the events that led up to Nick Berg’s being in Iraq. Maybe he shouldn’t of been there in the first place. Maybe he should’ve taken the State Department’s offer of a free flight home. Shoulda. Coulda. Oughtta.

Let’s cut to the chase. Nick Berg was a human being. After listening to Rush yesterday, and Laura Ingram this morning, I took it upon myself to find the video of Berg’s murder and watch it for myself. Not because I’m an overly ghoulish person. But I had to see what passes for moral equivalence in today’s discourse.

You see, the whining from the left insinuates Berg’s murder is retaliation for the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners. They whine that if we’ll just withdraw from Iraq and let it fall back into chaos, the terrorists will leave us alone and no one else will suffer the fate of Nick Berg.

Berg’s murder is typically referred to as a beheading. Beheading brings up images of an executioner with a sharp axe, or Madam Guillotine of the French revolution. Swift, clean, quick deaths. I guess that’s one thing the French knew how to do right.

Nick Berg was not beheaded.

Nick Berg’s head was separated from his shoulders by some pathetic excuse for a human being using what looked to be a very dull saw. He was alive for the whole grisly process. You can view for yourself here, however I do not recommend it for those of weak of heart or stomach.

I am very angry. I wanted to reach through the computer screen and separate the heads of the murderers from their own bodies with my bare hands. Nick Berg never did anything to hurt those wastes of skin and breathable air. He was there to help rebuild their disaster of a country. And for that his life was taken in a way I will not begin to describe.

If you see the video, and even if you don’t, I want you to remember one thing. This is what those sick bastards want to do to you. They want to do it to you, your spouse, and your family. Why? I could list their reasons, but I won’t. They want to kill you because of who you are, where you live, and the fact that you’re different than them.

In a previous entry, I referred to these sick bastards as just slightly above the level separating humans from animals. For the record, I hereby retract that statement. These sick bastards are truly a lower life form incapable of rational thought.

How do we deal with them? To borrow a line from the West Wing’s Josh Lyman:

First you kill the people who did it. Then you kill the people who planned it. Then you kill all the people who laughed while watching it.

Do I hear any reasonable arguments to the contrary? Remember, I said reasonable.

Here endeth the lesson.


Wednesday, May 12, 2004
 
On the Never Ending Fight:

Kudos to my friends at Freedom’s Exercise. This is an editorial written by Phil Lucas, the Executive Editor of the News Herald in Panama City, Florida. Its dated April 4, 2004. I believe it fully answers the call of left leaning people to jump ship and give up in the War on Terror. Read carefully.

Up Against Fanaticism

If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and gender diversity but not diversity of thought, or if you think there is an acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages, and take the children, too. This piece is not for you.

We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from an Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims. Some readers didn't like it. Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with Muslim physicians thought it might offend or endanger them.

Well, we sure don't want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do we? That's just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might get hurt.

We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims. They can't get along with their neighbors on much of the planet: France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia, Somalia, etc., etc., etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in which Muslims are not involved? Today, where there is war, there are fanatical Muslims.

We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer number of them. One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are in now when they slaughtered more that 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in New York City.

Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and feckless appeaser who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resent the Crusades. Well, Madam Albright, if Westerners were not such a forgiving people, we might resent them too.

Let's recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe, and when they reached sufficient numbers, they imposed their intolerant religion upon Westerners by force. Christian monarchs drove them back and took the battle to their homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and we bottled them up for 1,000 years.

Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again. Ask France. Ask England. Ask Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years ago fanatical Muslims laid siege to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our president announced it would be a very long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland. Sound Familiar?

Let's consider the concept of a "long war." Last time it was 200 years, give or take. Anybody catch Lord of the Rings? You know, the good part, the part that wasn't fiction, the part that drew us to the books and movies because it was the truest part: the titanic struggle between good and evil, between freedom and enslavement, between the individual and the state, between the celebration of life and the worshipping of death.

That's the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has peaks and valleys.

There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims - some live here - but that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Center, the million gassed and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands slain in Eastern Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West Bank and Spain, or the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage over the Euphrates as a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful dance of death.

Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on "diversity," we are so nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that our brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe we're so addled on Ritalin we wouldn't know which end of a gun to hold. Maybe we need a new drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us grow a backbone.

It doesn't take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest, the fastest, the strongest, and the most committed always win. No exceptions!

Look at your spouse and children. Look at yourself in the mirror. Then look at the pictures from the paper last Thursday. You better look at them. Those are the people out to kill you.

Who do you think will win? You? Or them? Think you can take your ball and go home and they will leave you alone? Read a little history. Start with last week, last month, last year, and every other year back for half a century. Then go back a thousand years. Nobody hides from this fight.

Like it or not, that's the way it was and that's the way it is. But many Americans don't get it. That's why we published those pictures.

If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared your children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless editors, then I say, it's a start.

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Here endeth the lesson.



 
Thoughts to start the day:

My blog buddy Bonjo told me the following thought was deemed to racy for his blog. I usually try and keep mine at a PG rating (evidenced by my censoring Captain Aso’s quote a few days ago). Never the less, due to the hilarious nature of the comment, I will slouch ever so slightly to the PG-13 rating.

The media repeatedly shows a photo of a man, naked, handcuffed to a bed with women's underwear over his head as evidence of the so-called "abuse" inflicted on Iraqi prisoners by American troops. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can think of a democratic former U.S. President that might have called that "a good day at the office."

Kinda gives the whole thing a better context now doesn’t it?

Lurch leaves the unemployed penniless!

That should be today’s headline, but you won’t see it anywhere. Yesterday, the Senate defeated a measure that would have extended unemployment benefits – again. This was the right thing to do. Some 1.1 million jobs have been created over the past six months or so. People need to stop collecting unemployment and go find jobs. Anyway, the measure was defeated by just one vote. Now, ask yourselves, where was Lurch? How did he vote on the measure? Well, my fellow taxpaying Americans, the truth is, Lurch didn’t vote. He was the only senator missing from the chamber yesterday afternoon. Where was he? In Kentucky – a republican stronghold – talking about jobs.

You know, you can’t make up stuff better than this.

One final comment on the Iraq abuse scandal:

Never make a phone call when you’re angry. If you do, don’t leave a message. This lesson would be well served on Representative Pete Stark (D-Ca). He received a fax from a constituent, Daniel Dow, criticizing him for voting against a House resolution condemning the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Dow expected to get a form letter from Stark, but Stark called and left the following message on Dow’s answering machine:

"Dan, this is Congressman Pete Stark, and I just got your fax. And you don't know what you're talking about. So if you care about enlisted people, you wouldn't have voted for that thing either. But probably somebody put you up to this, and I'm not sure who it was, but I doubt if you could spell half the words in the letter, and somebody wrote it for you. So I don't pay much attention to it. But I'll call you back later and let you tell me more about why you think you're such a great goddamn hero and why you think that [these] generals and the Defense Department, who forced these poor enlisted guys to do what they did, shouldn't be held to account. That's the issue. So if you want to stick it to a bunch of enlisted guys, have it your way. But if you want to get to the bottom of people who forced this awful program in Iraq, then you should understand more about it than you obviously do. Thanks."

By the way, Dan Dow is a Staff Sergeant in the California National Guard.

I could get into Stark’s lunacy in insinuating the complicity of the DoD and flag officers in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. To do so would lend stature to his unsubstantiated claims.



 
Thoughts to start the day:

My blog buddy Bonjo told me the following thought was deemed to racy for his blog. I usually try and keep mine at a PG rating (evidenced by my censoring Captain Aso’s quote a few days ago). Never the less, due to the hilarious nature of the comment, I will slouch ever so slightly to the PG-13 rating.

The media repeatedly shows a photo of a man, naked, handcuffed to a bed with women's underwear over his head as evidence of the so-called "abuse" inflicted on Iraqi prisoners by American troops. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can think of a democratic former U.S. President that might have called that "a good day at the office."

Kinda gives the whole thing a better context now doesn’t it?

Lurch leaves the unemployed penniless!

That should be today’s headline, but you won’t see it anywhere. Yesterday, the Senate defeated a measure that would have extended unemployment benefits – again. This was the right thing to do. Some 1.1 million jobs have been created over the past six months or so. People need to stop collecting unemployment and go find jobs. Anyway, the measure was defeated by just one vote. Now, ask yourselves, where was Lurch? How did he vote on the measure? Well, my fellow taxpaying Americans, the truth is, Lurch didn’t vote. He was the only senator missing from the chamber yesterday afternoon. Where was he? In Kentucky – a republican stronghold – talking about jobs.

You know, you can’t make up stuff better than this.

One final comment on the Iraq abuse scandal:

Never make a phone call when you’re angry. If you do, don’t leave a message. This lesson would be well served on Representative Pete Stark (D-Ca). He received a fax from a constituent, Daniel Dow, criticizing him for voting against a House resolution condemning the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. Dow expected to get a form letter from Stark, but Stark called and left the following message on Dow’s answering machine:

"Dan, this is Congressman Pete Stark, and I just got your fax. And you don't know what you're talking about. So if you care about enlisted people, you wouldn't have voted for that thing either. But probably somebody put you up to this, and I'm not sure who it was, but I doubt if you could spell half the words in the letter, and somebody wrote it for you. So I don't pay much attention to it. But I'll call you back later and let you tell me more about why you think you're such a great goddamn hero and why you think that [these] generals and the Defense Department, who forced these poor enlisted guys to do what they did, shouldn't be held to account. That's the issue. So if you want to stick it to a bunch of enlisted guys, have it your way. But if you want to get to the bottom of people who forced this awful program in Iraq, then you should understand more about it than you obviously do. Thanks."

By the way, Dan Dow is a Staff Sergeant in the California National Guard.

I could get into Stark’s lunacy in insinuating the complicity of the DoD and flag officers in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners. To do so would lend stature to his unsubstantiated claims.



Tuesday, May 11, 2004
 
Kudos to Jim Inhofe!

It’s about damn time somebody stated the obvious.

During the Major General Antonio Taguba’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) made the following statement:

They're not there for traffic violations … these prisoners - they're murderers, they're insurgents, a lot of them probably have American blood on their hands. I would guess that these prisoners wake up every morning thanking Allah that Saddam Hussein was not in charge of these prisoners.

For every picture of abuse or alleged abuse of prisoners, we have pictures of mass graves, pictures of children being executed, pictures of four American contractors who were killed, bodies burned, dragged through the streets of Fallujah and hung from a bridge.


Good for you, Senator. Thank you for having the courage to state the obvious facts which seem not to bother your left leaning colleagues. As I said before,

It’s about damn time!

All one has to do is read the account of Nick Berg’s beheading to know the people our military is dealing with have a level of humanity just above that of animals. At this point, the difference is nearly indistinguishable.

In my humble opinion, one thing will result from the left’s attacks on the military and the execution of Nick Berg (a non-combatant by the way).

There will be far fewer prisoners taken into custody – not because there will be a lack of people to fill the jails, but said people will find their way to an early grave, and justifiably so.

Here endeth the lesson.


 
On Captain Brian R. Chontosh, USMC:

Hat Tip to BlackFive.

With all the kimchi coming out of Iraq over the past two weeks, I think its time to report some of the good stuff happening in that part of the world. With this in mind, I would like you to read the story of Captain Brian R. Chontosh, USMC.

He was awarded the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor in its recognition of heroism in battle, for actions taken on 25 March 2003. I believe its best told by the Marines, so you can find the entire account here.

I would also like to echo the questions floating around the military blogoshpere. Why is it the media only sees fit to report that which reflects badly on the military? I’m sure Captain Chontosh’s story, heroic though it is, is not entirely unique.

The men and women of the United States Armed Forces are, by and large, decent, honorable, and courageous. They are doing heroic work in an unforgiving environment. I for one am sick and damn tired of the constant carping that Iraq is an un-winnable situation and the best thing to do now is withdraw, appease the UN, the Sudan, and the French – in short – surrender.

Somehow I don’t think Captain Chontosh saw it that way.

Thank you, Captain. Semper Fi.

Monday, May 10, 2004
 
All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey:

I found some interesting survey data today. Survey USA conducted a poll of likely voters in California over the weekend. Remember that Lurch and company are counting on California this November. If they lose the Golden State, it won’t much matter what they win. 55 Electoral College votes speak very loud.

Also remember that Lurch and Company are pretty much taking California for granted. They aren’t spending much money there, nor are they campaigning very hard. This may become a bad thing for them.

Arnold runs the state. He’s been very successful in portraying a positive republican image in the state. He’s a friend of W. The conventional wisdom of a Democratic lock on the State of California may be premature.

Anyway, the long and the short of the survey is Lurch 46% W 45%.

Memo to Lurch – The wind is coming.


Saturday, May 08, 2004
 
On Rummy and Captain Aso:

My father told me this story, and I verified it with someone who knows about this kind of thing. Truth or Fiction, it does prove a point.

Many years ago, a Japan Airlines 707 landed close to San Francisco International Airport. Actually, it landed two miles short of the runway. The only way the people on board knew they weren’t at the airport is by seeing the sailboats out in the Frisco Bay.

It was a clear day, no weather problems, and visibility was in the neighborhood of 10 miles. An investigation was called. It was to be televised live and much fervor existed as to how the Americans would treat the Japanese Captain, a man by the name of Aso.

So the appointed day came, and the hearing was begun. Cameras were still being set up and focused when Captain Aso and his crew arrived at the witness table. Only three of the five investigators had actually taken their seats when the questioning began.

The first question, as the story goes, was made to Captain Aso.

Investigator: Captain Aso, can you please explain how your 707 came to land two miles short of the runway on a clear day with 10 miles visibility and no weather interferance?

Captain Aso rose and straightened his impeccable uniform, leaned into the microphone and stated:

As you Americans say, Aso f*** up.

The hearing ended shortly thereafter.

Now, you may be wondering how I’m gonna tie this into the Rummy show of yesterday.

I have never been more proud of Rummy than I was yesterday. He took the Senate bull by the horns and came out a clear winner. He took responsibility, as is his duty, for the actions of those under his command. So did each one of the men at the witness table. Where mistakes were made, they were admitted to, and a plan of rectification was clearly stated.

I greatly admire the way he didn’t back down before the likes of Hillary “We are the President” Clinton, Ted “Dude, where’s my scotch” Kennedy, and Robert “KKK” Byrd. The statements of those three stooges, in addition to others on the panel, were ludicrous. More than once, Rummy was quick to cut them down to size with variations of the following phrase:

Senator, those aren’t quite the facts.

I believe this inquisition will blow up in the faces of the hard core congressional liberals. The American people like their military. So much so that during the Afghanistan War, Rummy’s daily press briefings beat out the soap operas for ratings on a daily basis. If the libs keep up their attack on Rummy and his boys, the people are going to see it as an attack on the military by congress. Not a good plan.

Now the final question: Why was this hearing scheduled at 11:45 eastern time? Perhaps to allow for west coast viewers to tune in. Maybe. My guess, however, is it was the earliest time anyone could put Ted “Dude, where’s my scotch” Kennedy on the air and have him appear remotely sober.

Sorry guys, it was far too early for that.

Here endeth the lesson.

Friday, May 07, 2004
 
Good News for America = Bad News for the Lurch Campaign.

The employment numbers came out this morning. According to the US Department of Labor, the economy (worst since Herbert Hoover, according to Lurch) added 288,000 new jobs during the month of April. February and March numbers were also revised upwards, coming up with a grand total of 1.1 million jobs created since August 2003. Manufacturing also added 21,000 jobs. All indicators are up.

Somebody better put a suicide watch on Lurch. Oh, wait. A corpse can’t off himself.

What does this prove? Tax cuts work. Putting money in the hands of the American consumer, business owner, and average Joe can do far more for the economic health of this nation than can “government investment”.

Another thing it proves – Despite the best efforts of the left wing loonies to paint this economy as something out of the 1903’s, things are looking pretty good. Poor libs. They’ve taken their best shot with their best issue for November and it keeps hitting them right square on their glass jaw.



 
On Al "Cheap Shot" Franken and Market Forces:

Drudge is reporting today that Air America, otherwise known as Left Wing Talk Radio, has failed to make its most recent payroll.

Market Forces are fickle things. Bills have to be paid which means ratings must be earned. Al "Cheap Shot" Franken and his minions have much to say, and they have a constitutional right to say it.

They don't, however, have any right what so ever to be heard.

Hope you like working pro-bono, Al.


Thursday, May 06, 2004
 
Dammit!

This apology crap is getting out of hand. W today told the King of Jordan he was “sorry for the humiliation suffered” by Iraqis at the hands of US troops. This is a mistake. If an apology is warranted, it should be given by the perpetrators of the actions in question, not by their Commander in Chief.

If this is going to be the way things work now, I hereby request and demand an apology from the following individuals:

Ted “Dude, where’s my Scotch” Kennedy: For excessive idiocy in the pursuit of liberal lunacy.

Hillary “We are the President” Clinton: For eight years of cheapening the White House, failing to stand up for herself as a woman against a husband who treated the intern staff as his own personal sex buffet, and finally for a completely fictional accounting of said eight years in a ghost written book.

Tom “Napoleon Complex” Daschle: For being a general pain in the hindquarters and pretending to be relevant.

Bill “der Schliekmeister” Clinton: The list of things he should apologize for is so long I can’t begin to write it. The last few years of his sorry excuse for an administration was peppered with apologies – however none of those had anything to do with his actions.

Saudi Arabia: For being the homeland of 19 of the 21 hijackers, and for being the monetary source for terrorism on a scale we cannot yet fully understand.

Kim Choung “Mentally” Il: For being just plain clinically insane.

Usama “Binny” Laden: For the first attack on the WTC, Somalia, the USS Cole, the East Africa bombings, and, lest we forget, September 11th.

John “Lurch” Kerry (by the way, did you know he served in Vietnam?): For failing to support America during time of war. For consistently being on both sides of every issue. For being a free loading rich guy pretending to be a “man of the people”. And, just generally being a walking corpse.

I could think of more, and probably will, but I must move on to Rummy.

Here is the most up to date list I can find of people or organizations calling for Rummy to resign or be fired from his post as Secretary of Defense:

The Economist
The St. Louis Post Dispatch
Representative Nancy “My face is stretched so tight I can’t stop smiling” Pelosi – House Minority Leader
Thomas Friedman – New York Times columnist
Senator Tom “I want to get left of Ted, but I can’t bend that far” Harkin (D-Iowa)
Representative Charles “Stop me when I start making sense” Rangel (D-New York)

Quite a cast of characters if you ask me. Well, Rummy gave an interview to ABC’s John McQuethey (no I can’t spell) a few months ago. When asked about his opinions of those who were then calling for his head on a pike, Rummy gave the following answer:

Those people wouldn’t have appointed me anyway.

My humble opinion is Rummy stays – if for no other reason than to poke a finger in the eyes of the aforementioned motley crew of characters. Never mind the fact he’s a damn fine SECDEF.

Tomorrow Rummy goes before the Senate Armed Services Committee – called there by some lawmakers who currently have their thongs wound up too tight and have their sights set on opening a can of Whoopass on Rummy. If I were them, I’d watch the film of Rummy’s press conferences. Rummy is not one to let himself be walked upon. More than one Pentagon correspondent has been verbally eviscerated in classic Rummy style.

Should be a good show. Go get ‘em Rummy!

Here endeth the lesson.


Wednesday, May 05, 2004
 
On Prisoners, Torture, and Apologies:

My dear friend Cinnabari summed up the whole situation with a very eloquent description:

The whole thing blows goats.

I could leave it at that, but what fun would that be?

First off we need to clarify the definitions of some words that have been thrown around by a very high strung and misguided press corps:

Prisoner
These people are in prison. They are there because they were most likely apprehended attempting to do harm to US military or other coalition people, personnel, vehicles, or other important parts of the forces attempting to bring order to Iraq. They are not innocent bystanders caught up in the crossfire. It would do well for the left bent press to report this very important detail.

Torture
These people have not been tortured. I do not in any way, shape, manner, or form condone the acts of seven US servicemen and women. The visual records of their acts speak for themselves. Never the less, the pictures are evidence of, at best, mistreatment of prisoners – not, I repeat, not of torture. If you are naïve enough to require a definition of torture, check out the History Channel for documentary evidence of torture under Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo, and last but not least, Saddam.

To put it bluntly, if these prisoners are made to be uncomfortable, so be it. Interrogation is not what it is made out to be on Law & Order. These prisoners have information, and it is the job of their captors to get it out of them. Such interrogation tactics as sleep depravation, blaring of hard rock music, and intense questioning have been branded as inhumane and illegal. Again, I say, so be it. I am not concerned with their comfort level.

Apologies
From “Perky” Katie Couric’s attempted whacking of Rummy this morning on the Today Show (she actually did ask him if he had considered resigning in the wake of the prisoner story) to Hillary “We are the President” Clinton’s allegation that the scandal “goes all the way up the chain of command”, it is clear what the left bent people want. They want an apology. They were not satisfied with W’s appearance on Arab TV (a mistake if you ask me) where he denounced the prisoner abuse. They want an apology. What for? Pick an issue. Iraq, Afghanistan, Tax Cuts, you name it. Mostly, they want W and his crew to apologize for their very existence.

What Hillary and company need to realize is that you can only apologize for that which you have personally done wrong. Proxy apologies aren’t worth the airspace they take up because they are largely ceremonial. Reasonable people understand this. Nobody ever accused Hillary and company of being reasonable.

Left bent politicians and their willing accomplices in the press have been tireless in their attempts to wring an apology out of W and his crew. They took at least six shots at this issue in the press conference, now they’re continuing the process. Thankfully W knows better than to take advice from rabidly left leaning politicians and their press corps.

The bottom line, dear readers, is that Hillary, Lurch and company are very aware of the fact they have very little to do with much that matters in America today. That is what drives them nuts – and what makes them so damn entertaining.

Here endeth the lesson.

 
Drip, drip, drip.

And the hits just keep on coming.

Byron York has a piece in todays National Review Online detailing a statement made by the attending physician for one of Lurch's three purple hearts received in combat during the Vietnam War. (By the way, did you know Lurch served in Vietnam?)

You can read the article, but I just thought I'd exerpt a few phrases here.

What I saw was a small piece of metal sticking very superficially in the skin of Kerry's arm. The metal fragment measured about 1 cm. in length and was about 2 or 3 mm in diameter. It certainly did not look like a round from a rifle.

I simply removed the piece of metal by lifting it out of the skin with forceps. I doubt that it penetrated more than 3 or 4 mm. It did not require probing to find it, did not require any anesthesia to remove it, and did not require any sutures to close the wound.

The wound was covered with a bandaid.


Now, I've never been in combat and don't plan to be, but I believe I was more seriously wounded doing yardwork over the weekend.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004
 
On Ted Rall:

A wise man once said that the first thing to do when you find yourself in a hole with a shovel is to stop digging.

Ted Rall evidently never learned this lesson. He seems to be a student of the Al “Cheap Shot” Franken school of public discourse. Shortly after the idiot grad student from UMass wrote his hit piece on Pat Tillman, Rall proceeded to pen a cartoon lampooning Tillman’s service as an evil act in an evil war started by an evil Commander in Chief. He also scoffs at labeling anyone killed in either Afghanistan or Iraq as a “hero”.

In my humble opinion, Ted Rall can take a flying leap off the highest cliff. His cartoons are a waste of paper, ink, and bandwidth. I don’t care what his credentials are. This one act by far torpedoes any and all personal and professional accomplishments he may have attained to date.

For the record, Ted, Tillman died in Afghanistan as a result of wounds received during a firefight with AQ fighters. Despite your fantasy world view, these are in fact the people who flew three planes into buildings and one into a field in September 2001. As much as I hate to point out the obvious:

They attacked us first!

Now, you may not agree with W and his stance against terrorism. You may wish Algore was in the White House. Fortunately, your wishful thinking is not reality. We live in a world ruled by the aggressive use of overwhelming lethal military force. Good men are called upon to use that force in defense of this nation. Pat Tillman knew that.

Pat Tillman is a hero, despite your vain proclamations to the contrary. He answered his country’s call and stood upon a wall with a rifle – ready, willing, and able to fight his nation’s battles. He gave the last full measure of devotion to his country – something you are unable and unwilling to understand, let alone respect. While you may not hold the same feelings Tillman had, common human decency requires you to respect those who put themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of their nation. But then again, I guess you lack even that decency.

Ted, you have shamed yourself and your profession. Any editor who keeps your foolish cartoons in his/her newspaper is more misguided than you are. In death, Pat Tillman is more than you are or ever will be in life.

Stick that in your cartoon.

Here endeth the lesson.



Monday, May 03, 2004
 
Per Hugh's request. Semper Fi, Lieutenant.

"Hello Everyone,

I am taking time to ask you all for your help.

First off, I'd like to say that this is not a political message. I'm not concerned about domestic politics right now. We have much bigger things to deal with, and we need your help.

It seems that despite the tremendous and heroic efforts of the men and women serving here in Iraq to bring much needed peace and stability to this region, we are losing the war of perception with the media and American people. Our enemy has learned that the key to defeating the mighty American military is by swaying public opinion at home and abroad. We are a people that cherish the democratic system of government and therefore hold the will of the people in the highest regard. We love to criticize ourselves almost to an endless degree, because we care what others think. Our enemies see this as a weakness and are trying to exploit it.

When we ask ourselves questions like, "Why do they hate us?" or "What did we do wrong?" we are playing into our enemies' hands. Our natural tendency to question ourselves is being used against us to undermine our effort to do good in the world. How far would we have gotten if after the surprise attacks on December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, we would have asked, "Why do the Japanese hate us so much?" or "How can we change ourselves so that they won't do that again?" Here in Iraq the enemy is trying very hard to portray our efforts as failing and fruitless. They kill innocents and desecrate their bodies in hopes that the people back home will lose the will to fight for liberty. They are betting on our perceived weakness as a thoughtful, considerate people. Unfortunately our media only serves to further their cause.

In an industry that feeds on ratings and bad news, a failure in Iraq would be a goldmine. When our so-called "trusted" American media takes a quote from an Iraqi doctor as the gospel truth over that of the men and women that are daily fighting to protect the right to freedom of press, you know something is wrong. That doctor claimed that out of 600 Iraqis, that were casualties of the fighting, the vast majority of them were women, children and the elderly. This is totally absurd. In the history of man, no one has spent more time and effort, often to the detriment of our own mission, to be more discriminate in our targeting of the enemy than the American military. The Marines and Soldiers serving in Iraq have gone through extensive training in order to limit the amount of innocent casualties and collateral damage.

Yet, despite all of this, our media consistently sides with those who openly lie and directly challenge the honor of our brave heroes fighting for liberty and peace. What we have to remember is that peace is not defined as an absence of war. It is the presence of liberty, stability, and prosperity. In the face of the horrendous tyranny of the former Iraqi regime, the only way true peace was able to come to this region was through force. That is what the American Revolution was all about. Have we forgotten? Freedom is not free and "peace" without principle is not peace. The peace that so-called "peace advocates" support can only be brought to Iraq through the military. And we are doing it, if only the world will let us! If the American people believe we are failing, even if we are not, then we will ultimately fail.


That is why I am asking for your support. Become a voice of truth in your community. Wherever you are fight the lies of the enemy. Don't buy into the pessimism and apathy that says, "It's hopeless," "They hate us too much," "That part of the world is just too messed up," "It's our fault anyway," "We're to blame," and so forth. Whether you're in middle school, working at a 9-5 job, retired, or a stay-at-home mom you can make a huge difference! There is nothing more powerful than the truth. So, when you watch the news and see doomsday predictions and spiteful opinions on our efforts over here, you can refute them by knowing that we are doing a tremendous amount of good. Spread the word. No one is poised to make such an amazing contribution to the everyday lives of Iraqis and the rest of the Arab world than the American Armed Forces. By making this a place where liberty can finally grow, we are making the whole world safer. Your efforts at home are directly tied to our success. You are the soldiers at home fighting the war of perception. So I'm asking you as a fellow fighting man: Do your duty. Stop the attempts of the enemy wherever you are. You are a mighty force for good, because truth is on your side. Together we will win this fight and ensure a better world for the future.

God Bless and Semper Fidelis,
1st Lt. Robert L. Nofsinger USMC
Ramadi, Iraq "


 
Why does this guy keep giving me so much ammunition?



This just has to make you stop and ask yourself a question.

Can you see this guy as Commander in Chief?

Be honest in your answer, even if you are a flaming liberal.

As to his fitness for duty, I refer only to this article, in which the overwhelming majority of those who served with Lurch (by the way, did you know he served in Vietnam?) in Vietnam declare him to be unfit for duty as Commander in Chief. Read it for yourself, as it is a very damning statement coming from those who know what it takes to command.

Here endeth the lesson.


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