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Monday, February 28, 2005
A Good Ol' Fashioned Rall Ass Whuppin'
I apologize for the profane language. Sort of anyway.

Over at Right Wing News is documented a classic case of Ted Rall opening his mouth and inserting his leg quite possibly to his hip joint if not further. Seems he challenged the right winged blogosphere to provide examples of left winged blog hate speech. Rall thought there was none. Rall was obviously wrong.

Like that's a first.

Go. Read the whole thing. Chuckle. Feel free to break out in hysterical fits of laughter at his expense.

That kind of thinking is what results from a BA in History from Columbia. Go figure.
Friday, February 25, 2005
Calling the Bluff
Hugh Hewitt poses an interesting question as the subject for his Vox Blogoli 2.2. Does the GOP controlled Senate call Dusty Harry's bluff regarding the confirmation of Judicial Nominees?

I've been watching this issue for awhile. Now while the possibility exists that I may be wrong, I've never seen Dusty Harry, or Tiny Tommy before him, actually engage in a filibuster. I mean a real filibuster. I'm talking Strom Thurmond on a 24 hour rant kind of filibuster. To the best of my knowledge, the Senate Dems simply threaten to filibuster the vote, the Republicans quiver in fear, and the nomination dies.

I for one, and I'm not alone, have had quite enough of this school yard taunting.

The face of the Democratic Senate is not exactly the most telegenic crowd. Dusty Harry, Ted "Dude, Where's My Scotch" Kennedy, Hillary "We Are The President" Clinton, Babs Boxer and the rest of the Motley Crew need to be called to account for their behavior. They need to be shown for what they are - bigoted obstructionists. If obstruction is what they want, let them really try. Let the nation see the true nature of their extra-constitutional activities.

And, in the end, if the "Nuclear" Option needs to be exercised, make it so. On the issue of Presidential Nominees, the Constitution is very clear on the requirement of a "Simple Majority". For those mathematically challenged readers, that would be 51% of the senators present at the time. Constitutional language means something. Senate "rules" no matter how old or traditional they may be, are trumped by the Constitution. There's a reason its called the Highest Law of the Land.

So, to quote a worn out phrase, Bring It On. I'm reminded of a scene from Rocky III in which Clubber Lane (played by Mr. T) taunts Rocky with the phrase "Gonna bust you up!" to which Rocky replies "Go for it."

Dusty Harry is no Clubber Lane.

Here endeth the lesson.
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Poking fun at Rall

Hat-Tip to Captain Ed. Way to get under Rall's thin skin, Skipper.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Ted Rall Howling at the Whirlwind
If you're in need of comic relief today, go check out the ranting of Ted Rall. It seems he's got his undies in a tightly wound bunch because some Bloggers take issue with his work.

Thin skinned, linguini spined, America hating, frenchified "journalists" need to get used to taking fire from the Blogosphere. We're just getting warmed up.

Some highlights from Rall's whining rant:
Death threats against liberal pundits are commonplace among, and essentially unique to, the right-wing blogs. And the GOP thinks that's OK. Nowhere can one find a responsible mainstream Republican to speak out against this hate speech.
Interesting there, Ted. Did you think about that before you penned your hate filled cheap shot at Pat Tillman? Oh, I forget, hate speech cannot emanate from leftist oracles such as yourself.

Bloggers are ordinary people, many of them uneducated and with nothing
interesting to say. They're sitting in their rec rooms, regurgitating and
spinning what real journalists have dug up through hard work. They don't have
sources, they don't report, and no one holds them accountable when they make
mistakes or flat out lie. Yeah, there's a new sheriff in town. Unfortunately
he's drunk, he's mean, and he works for the bad guys.
Yes, Ted, we are ordinary people. But before you go off calling us uneducated with nothing to say, you better get your facts straight. Here at the SOTR we hold five college degrees among the three of us (two of them are graduate degrees). From your obvious lack of ability to string two sentences together with factual claims anywhere therein, I can safely say that our cognitive ability far outshines your own. You draw cartoons for a living. We actually have jobs.

We are accountable, sir, to our peers and to our readers. If they don't like what we have to offer, they stop reading. The Blogosphere is driven by market forces - forces with which you are obviously unfamiliar.

You and your fellow "journalists" have operated in a vacuum for far too long. Eason Jordan learned that the hard way. Your parroting of his outrageous claims of American Forces purposefully targeting journalists in a war zone may perhaps bind you to his fate. Let me educate you on this subject:

Iraq was, and in certain places still is, a war zone. In wars people die - sometimes just by being where they are. Bullets and mortars cannot tell the difference between friend and foe, much less soldier and journalist. In war zones people die. Its as simple as that. To suggest otherwise is simply wrong. Learn the Eason Jordan lesson, Teddy boy - or suffer his same fate.

And finally, Teddy, stop the whining. If you can't run with the big dogs, get off the porch. Your incessant complaining is a waste of bandwidth. I shall link to your crap no longer.

Here endeth the lesson.
Rathergate Conspiracy Exposed
Tim Blair has stumbled upon a transcript of the conspiracy leading up to the downfall of Dan "Stark Raving Naked" Rather.

Present at the meeting were Karl Rove, Clarence Thomas, Rupert Murdoch, Ann Coulter and others. Read the whole thing for the full effect.

Hat tip to Hugh - who is no doubt still experiencing heart palpitations directly resulting from having his name mentioned within one paragraph of Ann Coulter.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Rummy Rocks!
In yet another collassal failure of the MSM, another great Rumsfeld moment was missed. Thankfully, The Stanford Review caught it and documented it for posterity. Go take a look and read how Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez took a proverbial boot to the head from a man who knows what he's talking about.

Congresswoman, facts are stubborn things. Before you go up against Rummy, you'd better make sure you have yours straight.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Perception vs. The Fine Print
I don't often read hard copies of newspapers anymore. I simply don't have the time. I get most of my news from online sources. That said, a copy of the USAToday found its way to a spot outside my hotel room this morning, so I took it to read over my breakfast at Burger King.

On the last page of the first section, I found an article penned by one DeWayne Wickham in which he does a 66% job in debunking myths of black history. Why do I say only 66%? Well, he got two out of three points right. His first, and most glaring point claimed that Abraham Lincoln - the President whose determination to keep this union united is the reason we stand together as one nation - did not in fact end slavery.

While I cannot argue with the legalese fine print of what would become the Emancipation Proclamation, Wickham fails to understand a very important detail about the effects of this great document. Lincoln ordered the end of slavery in what he knew to be the United States. He did not accept the Confederacy as a legitimate government, therefore he did not care what their policies toward slavery were at that point in time.

Another detail missed by Wickham: As the slaves - both above and below the Mason-Dixon line - learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, they believed it applied to them. They weren't worried about the legal minutiae of the text or where it applied on the map. They knew it was for them.

Mr. Wickham would do well to read the accounts of many former slaves as they expressed their deeply felt love for the 16th President of the United States. Many of these accounts are contained in the book Lincoln in American Memory. Lincoln put it all on the line for this nation, and the slaves he worked to free knew it. I take their word over that of Mr. Wickham.

While the constitutional issue of slavery was officially settled on December 18, 1865, one should never forget that on January 1, 1863 Abe Lincoln freed the slaves. He saved this nation, and nothing Wickham or anyone else can ever say or do can detract from his accomplishments.

Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, February 14, 2005
I am Harry, hear me whine!
I have a philosophy about whining. For those of you already familiar with the story I’m about to relate (as I have previously told it, but cannot find the reference while flying to Florida) I apologize. You may skip the next few paragraphs should you feel so inclined.

Early one football season during my high school years, I played across the line from an offensive tackle that spent the better half of the first quarter moaning, groaning, and complaining to the referee about the treatment given him by my defensive colleagues. After each play had ended, he would complain loudly:

Hey, Ref! He’s holding me!
C’mon Ref! He cheap shot me!

And so on, and so forth.

For the record, I and my defensive line brethren steadfastly deny anything resembling a cheap shot. All our shots on him were legal, well placed, and highly effective. I digress.

At the end of the quarter, after having to endure much whining and moaning, the referee pulled the lineman aside and very forcefully said the following:

Son, they’re not cheap shotting you. They’re kicking your ass!

This offensive lineman reminds me of “Dusty” Harry Reid (D-NV) – Senate Minority Leader. Dusty Harry took to the Senate floor yesterday to whine. You see, after all his years in public service and having reached the pinnacle of his career, Dusty Harry doesn’t like it when people take shots at him. Evidently the RNC has compiled a list of Dusty Harry’s meandering political positions. Some detailed research has gone into this, and every word is Harry’s.

Dusty Harry even went so far as to decry the defeat of his predecessor, Tiny Tommy Daschle – blaming it on viscous personal attacks. Sorry, Harry. Tiny Tommy was tossed out by his own voters. Remember, your situation is very similar to his.

There are effective ways to deal with criticism. You can attempt to refute it. You can ignore it. Or you can follow Dusty Harry’s example and whine. Its pretty early in the game to start whining, Harry. We haven’t even gotten warmed up yet.

And finally, on a thought completely unrelated to Dusty Harry and his meandering band of Half Wits…

In my rush to get to the airport today, I pulled up next to a VW Jetta with a very interesting bumpersticker. It read “Half of My Heart is in Afghanistan”. This woman is the wife of a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine. She bears the true weight of this conflict. She pulled off before I could get her attention – her thoughts obviously elsewhere and justifiably so. Valentine’s Day is a hard time to be separated by so big a distance. I sincerely hope some flowers made it her way.

Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Freedom of Speech does not mean Freedom from Consequences
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. - Amendment 1 to the US Constitution

Much has been made regarding Freedom of Speech and the even more nebulous term Academic Freedom as it relates to "Professor" Ward Churchill of the University of Colorado. You see, "Professor" Churchhill has gotten himself into Heap Big Trouble because of remarks he made regarding the victims of the September 11th attacks. He has gone so far as to state that the Americans murdered in the World Trade Center "had it coming" because they were the modern day equivalent of "Little Eichmanns" (his words not mine). The term Eichmann refers to Hiter's infamous Adolf Eichmann. "Professor" Churchill goes into much more detail which I will not give the dignity of quoting here.

Why? Because "Professor" Churchill has crossed a very bright line in the course of civil discourse. He hates this country and what she stands for so much that he is willing to publicly entertain the notion that the victims of those terrorists acts deserved what they got. He has descended past the lunacy of Michael Moore, thus I will not dignify him with the title WOSABA (Waste Of Skin And Breathable Air). "Professor" Churchill has now earned the title MVM (Miserable Vomitous Mass).

"Professor" Churchill should be fired and then forced to explain his comments to a room full of September 11th widows, New York City's Fire and Police Departments, and Marine Force Recon Commandos.

He is currently trying to hide behind the First Amendment and Academic Freedom. I have quoted the aforementioned amendment. It protects against the state inflicting punishment for self expression. The University of Colorado is a state school, thus seen by the courts as an arm of the state. The First Amendment and Academic Freedom may prevent "Professor" Churchill from being fired for what he said. Fine.

It turns out his words don't have to fire him. One of his colleagues at CU has been kind enough to dig into Churchill's credentials and evidently easily found discrepancies sufficient to toss Churchill's carcass off the CU campus if not completely from the State of Colorado. See Professor Paul Campo's comments here.

"Professor" Churchill has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from what was then an insignificant and obscure Illinois college. For those of you unfamiliar with the world of academia, most if not all Professors are required to have a post-graduate Doctoral degree. Churchill never earned such.

His claim to fame (and evidently an affirmative action diversity tenure track at CU) is that he is either 1/16 or 3/16 Cherokee Indian. Geneological searches have failed to turn up any such evidence. Claiming to be part Native American is one thing. Using a teaspoon full of alleged Cherokee blood to bully yourself into academia as a 'diversity candidate' is what we outside the ivory towered academic world call "fraud". To quote the Enterprise's Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, "if my sister had wheels, she'd be a wagon."

Professor Campos gives a very damning litany of Churchill's abuses of the academic system. If the University of Colorado (an institution I once actually attended) cannot find a way to fire this MVM for what he said about the September 11th Victims, then perhaps they should just fire his sorry carcass for being a complete and utter fraud.

Even academics should see the wisdom in this.

Here endeth the lesson.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005
1st Sergeant Brad Kasal, USMC
Today's commentary is provided by BlackFive. Read the whole thing, but pay special attention to the last paragraph which reads:

Despite everything that has happened to him, Kasal still believes America’s mission is Iraq is both important and terribly misconstrued. He harbors special venom for the so-called “mainstream” media reporters who portray the war as a failure and American policy as a gross mistake. He says he has heard reporters say their job is to make President George W. Bush and his policies seem a failure. “The insurgents are oppressing normal people,” Kasal said. “The press never reports the good things. When we open a school or fix a sewer, the things that make normal Iraqis happy, they never report it. There are plenty of Iraqis, thousands of them, who want to live normal lives. If we can help them it will be all right. The people just want peace and freedom.”
Well done, Sergeant Kasal. Hooaah!

Monday, February 07, 2005
Weekend Thoughts
In the hustle and bustle of a pre-Super Bowl Friday, I missed commenting on the latest efforts of "People for Sensitive War Fighting" to bring down a Marine Corps General for saying what he thinks.

The following quote was attributed to Lt. General James Mattis, USMC currently commanding the Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, Virginia. Up until recently, General Mattis was leading Marines tasked with capturing or killing murderous terrorists thugs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Actually it's quite fun to fight 'em, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling...You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.
Now, I've known quite a few Marines in my time. They are, as a general rule, blunt. They are long on combat training at Quantico, and evidently short on tact. This is as it should be. Marines aren't going to win any battles by being polite and sensitive. Lt. General Mattis, as I have already mentioned, currently commands the Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, Virginia. By all reports he is the epitome of an American Warrior, schooled in the art of warfare and its stated purpose of destroying the enemy. I, for one, am glad General Mattis enjoys his chosen profession.

Sempre Fi, General. That said, you might want to take a quick course in tactful speaking for those in your audience who don't, can't, or won't understand the meaning of combat.

And finally, Super Bowl Commentary. I know you've all been waiting for this.

The Super Bowl is the one game I have special dispensation from the fetching Mrs. Cordeiro to watch relatively uninterrupted. It was a good game, a defensive battle which is what I (as a former defensive player) really like to see.

That said, I can give you the reason why the Philadelphia Eagles are waking up today as the NFC Champions rather than Super Bowl winners. Its very simple. The New England Patriots simply wanted it more. Some of you may argue with this, but to me it was very obvious.

As a general rule, a hurry up offense is a hurry up offense. When you have 96 yards to the other end zone (OK, lets say 75 yards to field goal range for overtime) and only 55 seconds to get there, you don't huddle. If you do huddle, you sprint to the line of scrimmage to save precious seconds. The Eagles did none of this. They sauntered to and from the huddle, they wasted too many ticks of the clock getting started.

55 seconds to score a touchdown or field goal, put in the hands of Joe Montana or John Elway, is an eternity. They were masters of the Two-Minute Drill. That scenario with either of those two quarterbacks has led to many a defensive coordinator slamming himself against the press box window in a vain attempt to commit suicide. Why? Because they knew whatever defense they fielded would be shredded.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Offense's Two Minute Drill were sadly lacking. They just didn't want it bad enough.

Here endeth the lesson.

Friday, February 04, 2005
The Hug Felt Round The World
The MSM has made much of the embrace shared between Safia Taleb al-Souhail and Janet Norwood during the SOTU address on Wednesday. Most of it has been moving, positive, and respectful. But for some reason, the MSM cannot just leave it at that. Not ten minutes after the address had finished, Chris Matthews and his posse over at Hardball - soon to be renamed Hardheaded Whiffleball - started wondering whether or not the embrace was staged for political gain.

Chris and company have a complete lack of ability to understand or relate to Red State America.

You see, Americans can tell the difference between a staged media event and a spontaneous outpouring of emotion between two women bound by tragedy and strengthened by hope for the future. We grew accustomed to staged events during Clinton's sorry excuse for an Administration.

Mrs. Norwood would never allow herself to be used in such a manner. Why? Because she is a mother. More importantly, she is the mother of a United States Marine. Using her son to get fifteen minutes of fame would dishonor his sacrifice and tarnish the honor of his memory. Mrs. Norwood knows that as does her husband. They are the epitome of the heartland of this great nation.

The MSM would do well to steer clear of taking potshots at a Marine's Mother. Offending the USMC as a group is not something I highly recommend.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
State of the Union
I took the time to actually sit and watch the W's fifth State of the Union address last night. It was good as political speeches go. W laid out a very ambitious task list for his second term. It is bold and reaching - I believe those are admirable traits. W is obviously not someone who wants to spend the next four years solidifying the legacy of the first four.

The main crux of his speech was, as advertised, Social Security. Democrats have pledged to lay themselves across the tracks in order to fight needed reform. Well, folks, W campaigned on this pledge. It will move forward because people my age are tired of throwing money down the Social Security Rathole with little hope of ever seeing a decent return on the principal investment.

So, Nancy "San Francisco Treat" Pelosi and "Dusty" Harry Reid, go ahead and stand in front of this train. Lay yourselves across the tracks (politically speaking). Take it from an old railroader. You won't want to see what's left after the train runs you over.

There is one singular event that will set this State of the Union apart from any other. In the gallery, set next to "Classy" Laura Bush, was Safia Taleb al-Souhail - an Iraqi woman still wearing the election ink on her index finger. Her father was executed by Saddam's intelligence service some years ago. W introduced her and she got a round of applause from the gallery.

Toward the end of his speech, W introduced a couple seated behind the First Lady. They are the parents of Marine Sergeant Byron Norwood of Pflugerville, Texas. Sergeant Norwood was killed in action during the assault to retake Fallujah from the terrorist thugs sworn to Al Sadr. W saluted them as they represented the families of those who have given the last full measure of devotion in defense of liberty and the liberation of Iraq. As expected, Mr. and Mrs. Norwood received a thunderous round of applause from the gallery.

Then a remarkable thing happened. Ms. al-Souhail turned to Mrs. Norwood, who then took Ms. al-Souhail in her arms and embraced her for what seemed like an eternity. Had they not separated and Mrs. Norwood returned to her seat, the applause would still be thundering inside the House of Representatives.

Both these women have cause to mourn. One lost her father to Saddam's tyranny. The other lost her son to those who would just as soon return Saddam to power. I have read and heard many Iraqis thank their American liberators, but this is the first time I've ever seen it happen. Mrs. Norwood's son willingly gave his life for the freedom of Ms. al-Souhail. Watching their embrace reminded me of a line from Saving Private Ryan - the last words of Captain John Miller to Private Ryan:

Earn This!

Somewhere, a Marine assigned to Heaven's Detail is smiling.

Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Lurch's Search For Relevance
Meet the Press really needs to fire its guest booking agent. On the day of the very first democratic election in the history of Iraq, a day which could possibly stand as the beginning of a new era in the Middle East, who pray tell was the main guest on the show?

John F. "Lurch" Kerry, Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Full Disclosure mandates that I tell you Brian Williams did give a live report from Baghdad, but Lurch the Loser took the lion's share of the hour.

For the record, I believe Lurch the Loser was hoping and praying for disaster on Iraq's election day. He really, really, really wanted to do the political equivalent of the Dance of Joy over the failure of Iraqi elections and the carnage that was supposed to come with it.

The only problem with his wish is that it didn't come true, therefore he had to field questions about reality - a state with which he is wholly unfamiliar.

Reality is, Lurch ended up on the losing side of the presidential election. He tried to make it look like he only lost Ohio and if 50,000 people would've changed their minds he would be sitting in the big chair today.

Lurch the Loser's grasp of reality is only slightly better that is Babs Boxer's.

Somebody needs to show Lurch a map. It wasn't 50,000 votes. It was 3,000,165. He can complain all he wants about election results, but in the end the only result that matters is in the win/loss column. The American people weighed him in the balance, and he was found wanting.

A man said to the universe: "Sir I exist!"
"However," replied the universe, "The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."
I predict this past Meet the Press will be one of the last major appearances of Lurch the Loser before the MSM. You see, even the MSM is driven by the almighty capitalistic engine of ratings. Americans gravitate toward winners, and that is one title to which Lurch will never be entitled.

Here endeth the lesson.

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