His lips keep moving, but all I hear is Blah, Blah, Blah.
That sentence could very well sum up my take on Lurch's keynote address last night - but what fun would that be?
John "Lurch" Kerry served in Vietnam. Ok, we knew that. He surrounded himself with fellow veterans from that war - his "Band of Brothers". I respect the service those men rendered to their country. That said, I have little respect for Lurch.
By all accounts, Lurch served a little over six months in Vietnam, getting an early quit due to the three Purple Heart medals he received. His Band of Brothers remained. I am curious as to what their thoughts are regarding their hero's commentary shortly after arriving home to the country that sent them to war.
The main thrust of my commentary regarding his speech is this:
The Vietnam war ended nearly 30 years ago. What has Lurch done since then? This question went largely unanswered last night. I may have missed it, but the filmography mentioned his stint as a Boston prosecutor, but failed entirely to mention the fact that Lurch has spent 19 years in the US Senate as the Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Where is the litany of his accomplishments in that office? What are the names of the major bills he has sponsored or co-sponsored.
The answer to that question is a very deafening silence.
In his hurried and sweating delivery of his speech, he promised to make America "Stronger at Home, Respected in the World." He also asked to be judged according to his record, or lack thereof.
Fine. Here's his record:
He has voted against the creation of nearly every major weapons system used by our Armed Forces today. He proposed a bill, after the embassy bombings, to strip several billion dollars from the intelligence budget. He voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, then voted against the funding necessary to fight the war he authorized.
Now he wants to report for duty as the Commander in Chief.
For the record, I do not care if this nation is respected or liked in the world. If what it takes for the USA to be secure in the world is to have other nations fear the consequences of aggression against the USA, then so be it. As Machiavelli was so famous for saying, "It is better to be feared than loved."
I will not here waste the space or bandwidth to shoot holes in Lurch's domestic diatribe. His tax proposals are so ludicrous even a kindergarten math student can say with authority that the Kerry/Edwards budget makes no sense.
The Lurch ticket is not ready for Prime-Time. If this is the best they have to offer, it will indeed be a long trip to November.
Bring it on!
Drudge has posted some very interesting things about Lurch's service in Vietnam. Seems that he re-enacted some of his combat scenes for his 8mm camera. Evidently, some of this footage will be used at LurchFest 2004 prior to his acceptance speech.
I belive Lurch has accomplished something I thought for him was impossible. He has redefined Pathetic.
This is a picture of a Pizza Parlor across the street from Boston's Fleet Center. This venue will soon be home to LurchFest 2004, otherwise known as the Democratic National Convention. All I know is the next time I'm in Boston, I'm eating at this Pizza joint.
Well, isn't this just special.
The Washington Times reports today that three missiles were discovered in Tikrit, Iraq today.
"The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said.
Said missiles were hidden in trenches and under six meters of concrete, in a way designed to thwart detection devices.
Now, help me out here. I may be mistaken, but I believe a missile designed to carry (and indeed loaded with) a nuclear weapon qualifies as a Weapon of Mass Destruction.
Lurch, call your Spin Doctor.
Joe Wilson obviously didn't get my memo. Either that, or he can't read. Both are possibilities.
Joe whines in today's LA Times, attempting to pull a Hillary by claiming to be the target of a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Smear Machine. I'm amazed at his ability to look reality in the face and declare it to be a farce.
Ok, Joe, maybe I need to explain it to you one more time. The only reason you've received so much criticism over the past week is because you've made yourself such a big, inviting, and easily hit target. The bottom line is, you accused W of lying to the American people. Fine, you can say what you want. Just don't be surprised when, after several sources confirmed the validity of W's comments regarding Iraq's desire to purchase Yellowcake, you are hit with broadsides from those you took shots at. Its called payback. Washington DC is famous for it.
Whine all you want, but facts are facts. Here are some of them:
Your wife, Valerie Plame, did in fact recommend you for that mission to Niger. Get over it, we know. Don't believe me. Fine. Believe the New York Times - no friend of the Right Wing by any stretch of the imagination.
Saddam did, in fact, attempt to buy uranium from Niger. Don't believe W? Fine. Ask the Brits.
Intelligence, as your wife is no doubt well aware, is a very inexact science no matter how confident the spooks may be. Decisions must be made, and action must be taken based very often on incomplete information. If terrorists, dictators, and rogue nations published their plans and intentions on the front page of the Washington Post, life would be different. They don't. The only time we're 100% sure what they're going to do is when they've already done it.
A President is responsible for taking the best course of action based on the available information. Colin Powell once stated the following:
Use the formula P=40 to 70 where P stands for the Probability of Success and the number indicates the percentage of information acquired. Once the percentage of information is in the 40-70 range, GO WITH YOUR GUT!
W made a decision based on the information he had. Most of that information has since turned out to be well founded. Some of it was not. That is the world in which we live.
All of us, it seems, except Joe Wilson.
Joe Wilson is at best a backup monday morning quarterback lacking an offensive line. Every shred of his argument has been destroyed, yet he still insists on shouting into the whirlwind.
Joe, I again repeat my memo. Go find yourself some Ivory Towered, People's Republic College someplace where you can revisit your adventures and tell your tales. Your credibility is in shreds. Your 15 minutes are UP!!
Here endeth the lesson.
Random Thoughts on Headlines:
Sandy, Sandy, Sandy.
Stuffing highly classified documents in your socks and shorts - all in full view of surveillance cameras and security personnel - is not exactly a smart move. Some would even call it a felony. At least we can rest assured said classified documents will not end up suddenly discovered in the White House Map Room.
I remember one other person who attempted to smuggle classified material in her unmentionables. At least people were interested in seeing Fawn Hall's underthings. Sadly, I feel sorry for anyone having to inspect Sandy Berger's drawers.
Lance Armstrong has taken the lead in the Tour de France. This, no doubt, enrages the French to no end, which, in turn makes me smile. Lance is poised to win an unprecedented sixth Tour de France title. I personally hope he takes a victory lap around France while draped in the American Flag and singing I'm Proud to be an American.
And finally, a suprising article. Hat tip to Thom the Blog Culler for the link. Andrew and Judith Kleinfield wrote an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal titled "Go Ahead, Call Us Cowboys". It highlights the difference between two towns along the Alaska/Canada border and in doing so points out some of the traits somewhat unique to America. Take the time to read the whole thing. The read the italicized paragraph at the bottom. You'll find that Mr. Kleinfeld is a judge on the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (affectionately called the 9th Circus). Perhaps there is some intelligence on that court after all.
Comic Relief prior to the daily grind.
This cartoon is tongue and cheek, but I do very much like the way Lurch's answer to every jab is to declare that he won 3 Purple Hearts. Enjoy!
It has to happen sooner or later. For all I know, it happens on a daily basis in Sacramento.
Seems like the far left nutcases in the California Assembly have gotten their collective undies in a bunch. Arnold "The Governator" Schwarzenegger called them a horrible name. So horrible and in fact unspeakable they have now called on him for a public apology.
You see, he called them
The horror. The absolute horror. Here is the quote, for future reference:
"If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers ... if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men,' Schwarzenegger said to the cheering crowd at a mall food court in Ontario.
I guess he could have called them panty waisted, frenchified cowards - but they might have taken that as a compliment.
Knowing Arnold, he won't apologize and will steamroll the Assembly Girlie Men into submission by or before "Judgment Day" in November.
Pump them up, Arnold!
Martha, Martha, Martha.
Look lady, stop acting like you're a victim. You tried to weasel your way around the trading laws the rest of us have to live with. You got caught because you were stupid. You sacrificed a billion dollar company to make a relatively small amount of money before the stock went south.
So don't give me any of this "Five months is a harsh sentence" crap. You caught a lucky break. I would've had you in there for the maximum sentence allowed by law, and then some. Go do your time. Maybe you can help the prison with its interior decorating and dessert menu.
Here endeth the lesson.
Perspective. Its something that is largely lost in today's media - mostly due to a very short public memory. Its hard to get people to look at life through a historical perspective - most people don't care to remember last week, let a lone the last century.
Victor Davis Hanson has a fantastic piece in today's National Review Online. Go, and read the whole thing. Perhaps it will give you a bit more perspective on the way wars are waged, fought, and won.
Hat tip to Hugh for the pointer.
Seems that Hillary "We Are the President" has been tapped to speak the the DNC. Did anyone honestly think the snub would last more than a week? I wonder if she can keep from dengenerating into a shrill, screeching, angry politician. I won't hold my breath.
Happy weekend to all.
Two links of interest today.
First: When Bill Gertz speaks, people should listen. His latest piece in the Washington Times delves into the British government report on Pre-War intelligence related to Iraq. I won't bother to summarize it, just go and read the whole thing. It details the links between Saddam and <gasp> Al Qaeda. Gertz is, as usual, unrefutable. Facts are stubborn things.
Second: Hugh Hewitt's latest Weekly Standard column. Yes, he does shamelessly plug his latest book. I don't have a problem with that - God Bless Capitalism - but he does a great job of detailing the collapse of Joe Wilson's house of cards.
Memo to Joe: Your 15 minutes are up!
Here endeth the lesson.
Conflict Resolution - the very old fashioned way:
According to the most recent wire reports, 11 people, all Iraqis, were killed today by a homicide car bomb that exploded just outside the Green Zone in Baghdad, somewhere close to the British embassy. Add that to the Bulgarian truck driver who was executed either yesterday or today and you come up with a security situation that is simply intolerable.
Between Al Sadr's revocation of the truce agreement in Fallujah, and Zarkawi's continued kidnapping and execution of foreign nationals, I'm getting really tired of these Islamic nutcases being treated like human beings, let alone leaders of whatever they profess to believe in.
Some people, mostly left wing politicians and their mainstream media bedfellows, spend their days wringing their hands about the situation. They declare the situation hopeless and decry those who brought us here. They have no solutions, only whining complaints.
I believe I have found a solution - one of them anyway. I found it, of all places, in the Book of Mormon. For those of you who haven't read it yet, it really is a great book of military strategy, in addition to being Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
I digress. Bear with me.
In the 44th chapter of the Book of Alma the story of told of the conflict between Capitan Moroni, commander of the Nephite army, and Zerahemnah (don't worry, I can't pronounce it either), commander of the Lamanite army. Moroni's forces, though outnumbered, were better trained, equipped, and commanded than were their Lamanite opponents. A "cease fire" had been called between the armies, and the two commanders met on the field of battle.
Zerahemnah's forces had been beaten. He knew this. Moroni demanded Zerahemnah surrender his arms and enter into a non aggression covenant. Zerahemnah gave his weapons to Moroni, but delcared he would not enter into a covenant he knew he, and his people, would break.
Well, at least Zerahemnah is more truthful than Al Sadr.
After listening to Zerahemnah declare his intentions, Moroni returned to him his sword with a single phrase:
Behold, we will end the conflict.
Now, you may wonder if Moroni then proceeded to attempt further negotiations with his opponent. Perhaps he attempted to appease them in some manner. Maybe he called in some mental health practicioners to ascertain what made his enemies hate him so much.
I hate to disappoint you, but none of the above listed avenues fit Moroni's idea of conflict resolution.
Moroni's forces proceeded with what was called "the work of death" upon the people of Zerahemnah. They spilled their enemies' blood until such time as they surrendered their weapons and entered into a covenant of peace.
That is conflict resolution, the old fashioned way.
In Iraq, the US is in much the same position. Our forces are outnumbered, never the less they are better trained, equipped, and commanded than are their opponents. Truces between the two sides have been set up, and broken, more times than I care to count.
As crass as it may sound, I submit to you the only way to end this conflict is to inflict the work of death upon the murdering thug terrorists until such time as they enter into a covenant of peace, or they die. Yes, we may have to be like General Maximus of Gladiator fame, and unleash hell upon the terrorists until such time as they know they have been beaten.
People like Zarkawi and Al Sadr do not value life and indeed see glory and honor in death. Perhaps it is time for us to aid them in their quest for glory.
Hugh Hewitt has published yet another book. I love the title "If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat."
The subtitle is Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends Upon It.
I haven't read it yet, but I'll plug it anyway. Kudos to Hugh for exhibiting the traits I most admire in commentators - Confidence, and Boldness.
Memo to Hugh: Send me a free copy and I'll be happy to publish another raving review. :)
In the truly immortal words of the estimable Homer Simpson:
Seems that Breck Girl can't even help the Lurch ticket in his home state of North Carolina. Down by 15 points actually. Thanks for the help there, John.
I really shouldn't link to this site. I really shouldn't.
Common decency would dictate that I not expose my readers to such visually shocking photos.
Oh well, I never claimed to be perfect, and people like Lurch and Breck Girl cry out to be made fun of.
Beware, its PG13. Turn up your sound.
Lurch and Breck Girl Get It On!
US Troops - by the numbers.
David Horowitz has a fantastic post on his blog today. Go there. Read the whole thing, look hard at the pictures. That, dear reader, is what the sorry excuse for a maninstream press should be reporting. Hat tip to Thom the Blog Culler.
We have "better hair"!
Well, I guess hair is a matter of opinion. No, I'm not kidding. That was one of the traits listed by Lurch as a reason why a Lurch-Breck Girl ticket would defeat a W-Big Time ticket.
It appears as though the guild is off the lily liberal ticket. It must've pained the Washington Post to write this story about the poll taken after Lurch picked his VP. The poll shows W up by 4%, leading Lurch 49-45. It also shows W picking up support with suburban women.
This is gonna be fun.
On "Big Time" vs. "The Breck Girl"
Much will be made in the coming weeks and months about the elevation of John "Breck Girl" Edwards to Lurch's VP candidate. Thus far, the liberal mainstream media is quoting Lurch as saying he can't wait to see Edwards go "toe to toe" with Dick "Big Time" Cheney.
W had a one sentence reason as to why Big Time is a better VP than is Breck Girl:
Dick Cheney could be President.
I couldn't have said it better myself, but allow me to expound upon the W's argument.
Comparing Big Time and Breck Girl is actually quite easy. Just ask yourself the simple question - What have these two men accomplished in their lives?
Cheney is, by far, the most qualified man ever to serve in the office of Vice-President. He was the youngest White House Chief of Staff in the history of this nation. After serving there, he was elected five times as a Congressman (at large) from Wyoming. He served as Bush 41's Secretary of Defense and directed the victorious campaign that was Desert Storm.
Upon leaving that office, he took a job as the CEO of Halliburton. Despite what you read in the press, Halliburton is not an evil corporate entity. It is a multi-national oil company that is extremely good at what it does. Halliburton's success under Cheney was spectacular. Anyone with a ounce of financial understanding can see that.
One very important thing - Cheney ran a company. Cheney created jobs.
Edwards can never say that. You see, Edwards is a trial lawyer. That's a very nice term for someone who shows up at hospital emergency rooms looking for a huge payday. Trial Lawyers destroy companies, are responsible for the rising prices of everything from automobiles to health care, and are generally people not worth the price of their suits.
Edwards has spent five years in the Senate. His one saving grace may be that he accomplished more (right or wrong) than Lurch has in 19 years.
For those of you who think Breck Girl's courtroom charm can shake the confidence of a man whose metal has been tempered by many years in government service and business building, you might want to reconsider your bets.
Orson Scott Card truly rocks!
Kudos to my buddy Thom for sending me the latest Orson article. As it is copyrighted material, I will just link you to it here. Read the whole thing. Mr. Card is very blunt - sometimes that is exactly what is called for. Again, read the whole thing.
There endeth the lesson for today.
Lurch and The Breck Girl
Quick thoughts on Lurch's VP selection. Here we have a ticket with two US Senators. One has a very unremarkable and lackluster 19 year career, the other is a first term millionaire trial lawyer. I hate to become over confident, but these two Johns don't come off as being able to connect to the average American.
Let the games begin!
Conceived in Liberty
This Sunday will mark the 228th anniversary of a remarkable event in human history. It was on July 4th, 1776 that the work of 56 men, much of it done in the heat of a blistering Philadelphia summer, changed the course of a fledgling nation, and indeed the world.
They brought forth, as Lincoln would later say, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. They risked everything, and pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
We will celebrate our nation's birthday. It is right that we should do so. We will celebrate with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Bands will play, speeches will be given, and salutes will echo across the landscape of America. I look forward to this day every year.
I am also reminded that we are a nation at war, as we have been for nearly three years. To borrow again from Lincoln, we are engaged in a war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.
So, when you're watching the fireworks, the parade, or simply the chicken, ribs, burgers and hotdogs on the grill, remember those of your country men and women who find themselves in harm's way defending the principles of this great nation. They find themselves in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East - in tents on the sandy dunes of Iraq and on ships on every ocean of the earth.
They do what they do of their own free will and choice, and the do it for you.
Most people don't know this, but the National Anthem, penned by Francis Scott Key as he watched the British shell Ft. McHenry, actually poses a question at the end of the first verse:
O say doth that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?
Every 4th of July that passes while Old Glory waves from sea to shining sea answers that question in the affirmative, and also proves Lincoln's assertion that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Here endeth the lesson.
Cos tells it like it is...again.
Jesse Jackson must have been squirming in his seat as if he had hemorrhoids. Bill Cosby again went on a tirade again what he sees as a wrong headed culture in the black community. At Jackson's Monochrome (Rainbow) PUSH Coalition meeting, Cosby minced no words in his diatribe. Read some of his comments here.
My personal favorites:
Let me tell you something, your dirty laundry gets out of school at 2:30 every day, it's cursing and calling each other n------ as they're walking up and down the street. They think they're hip. They can't read; they can't write. They're laughing and giggling, and they're going nowhere.
You've got to stop beating up your women because you can't find a job, because you didn't want to get an education and now you're (earning) minimum wage. You should have thought more of yourself when you were in high school, when you had an opportunity.
Jackson's answer to Cosby's broadside?
Bill is saying let's fight the right fight, let's level the playing field. Drunk people can't do that. Illiterate people can't do that.
Ummm. Jesse, you either don't understand what Cos said, or you don't want to understand what he said. My guess is the latter rather than the former. This has nothing to do with a level playing field. No playing field, marketplace, or any other type of competitive climate is ever equal or level. In life there are winners, and there are losers. What Cosby is saying is popular black culture is robbing blacks of the tools, skills, and abilities needed to fight and win life's battles.
Seems pretty obvious to William Cosby, Ph.D. Seems pretty obvious to me. Why, pray tell, is it not obvious to you, Jesse?