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Friday, October 31, 2003
STEPHANOPOULOS ON BUSH
AND WHILE I'M THERE
The rationalizing going on in DU's fastest growth since '84 thread is quite amusing.
IT'S LATE AND I SHOULD BE GETTING TO BED BUT...
The DU thread on Zell Miller's endorsing Bush is just too entertaining.
Thursday, October 30, 2003
Damon Lynch -- minister, Cincinnati city council candidate, and one of the leaders of the idiotic boycott of Cincinnati -- is upset. Posters have started popping up in Over-the-Rhine showing a "dramatization" of Lynch shaking hands with rich white man, Reds owner, and banana barron Carl Lindner and claiming that Lindner endorses Lynch. Lynch is livid over this, calling it political dirty tricks and slander. The fact that he thinks being endorsed by Carl Lindner is slander either says something disturbing about his racial politics or it says something about just how much people don't want to be associated with the Reds.
--UPDATE: Cincinnati Blog has a picture.
SF CHRONICLE ON MOORE
"IT'S NO VIETNAM"
Thomas Friedman has a must read piece in the NY Times on how Iraq is not Vietnam.
STRONGEST ECONOMIC GROWTH SINCE 1984
Boy, if this is Bush's failed economic policy who needs a policy that works?
CLARK'S ANTI-WAR STANCE... OR LACK THEREOF... OR LACK OF LACK THEREOF... OR... EH, YOU GET THE POINT
SULLIVAN ON MORE ANTI-WAR REVISIONIST HISTORY
He goes on to give quotes to illustrate it.
On the "Mission Accomplished" banner, personally I don't see what the big honkin' deal is. The crew wanted a banner saying their mission was accomplished. The White House provided the banner. So what? There mission was accomplished. They were on their way home. So now we need to attack Bush because he said the crew put it up when the truth is simply that the crew wanted it put up? There are plenty of things you can criticize Bush about, but about not being sure of the origins of one particular banner at one particular photo-op? I mean, come on...
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
ZELL MILLER ENDORSES BUSH
HOWARD DEAN: METROSEXUAL
CLARK IN MAXIM
An interview with Gen. Wesley Clark appears in the November issue of Maxim Magazine. A couple of his answers caught my attention.
Is he aware that "not inhaling" was in fact one of the skeletons in Clinton's closet? I was pretty young then but even I remember the uproar when Clinton weasled out of the drug question by saying he didn't inhale. I doubt he's actually saying that he tried pot but didn't inhale, he's probably just trying to be cute, but it's a kinda boneheaded way to be cute.
Let me repeat one of those sentences for you... "Today there is no substantial challenge to American ideals." Ok, one more time just so we're all on the same page: "Today there is no substantial challenge to American ideals."
No substantial challenge to American ideals? Is he serious?! 2 years ago 3,000+ people died because religious fanatics didn't like our ideals. Terrorists blew up more than 30 people in a single day this week because they don't like our ideals. Countries are trying to develop weapons of mass destruction because the don't like our ideals. Call me crazy but I call that a pretty bleepin' substantial challenge to our American ideals.
People are trying to kill Americans and those who share our ideals every single day. Every day is a battle in the war between our ideals theirs. They would destroy everything that opposes their brand of Islam and because we hold ideals that say you can live free and believe whatever you want to believe they challenge us. The same freedom that allows groups of wackos to protest on the Mall in Washington is why they challenge us.
Our ideals are challenged every minute of every day one of the top candidates for the Democrat nomination for President says "Today there is no substantial challenge to American ideals." Like hell there isn't. And just think, this is the guy the Dems are hoping will bring them credibility on national security.
Belligerent Bunny has some good pics and commentary on the recent protests in Washington.
Tuesday, October 28, 2003
AND NOW FROM THE LAND OF THE TOTALLY ANECDOTAL...
In the past 8 days I've received 4 times as many responses to my resume as I'd received in the 5 months before. Could bode well for job growth. Could be total coincidence.
The US is being equated with the Nazis now. Well, that's Ted Rall for ya.
QUICK THOUGHTS ON NAPSTER
Downloaded the new Napster 2.0 and I have to say I much prefer the interface of iTunes. Napster's new interface just seems unnecessarily complicated and muddled and just overall confusing.
Monday, October 27, 2003
IT'S GOOD TO KNOW THE DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION TAKE TERRORISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY SO SERIOUSLY
Arresting people doing illegal things is now terrorism according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Or maybe it shows the need to crack down on the ability of people to cross our borders at will.
GOLDBERG ON FRANCE... AGAIN
LIKE YOU NEEDED REMINDING OF JUST HOW EVIL THESE PEOPLE ARE
They're attacking the Red Cross now.
WASHINGTON POST ON ONLINE MUSIC SERVICES
FISKING THE DEBATE
I spent the debate pretty much doing the MST3K thing so I figured I might as well do a proper fisking.
The transcript’s from the Washington Post. And for the record, yes there’s a lot of stuff skipped over but I think all the juicy tidbits are covered. And it's not at all Fair and Balanced.
fraud n. (frôd)
1. A deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain.
So good news, Kerry has proof that every intelligence service in the world was deliberately deceiving us since they're all in Dubya's control.
He did. He may not have put our safety second to pleasing France but he did go to the UN and he did give them a chance to act.
*DING* Ok, who had 88 words in the “How long until Kerry reminds us he’s a vet” pool?
Which he has…
Yeah, let’s shift real authority to the people who pulled almost all of their people out of Iraq after a single attack against them. I’m sure the UN would stick it out no matter what.
The only way? That’s odd, seems to me we’ve already got 30+ countries being part of this.
Share? The top 10% of Americans are already paying more than 60% of the taxes That isn’t sharing? Damn wealthy people and their job creating ways!
WHAT?!?! You’re telling me that John Kerry, Democrat candidate for president isn’t going to vote for the other parties guy? I’m SHOCKED, just shocked!
Ahhh, the old “Two wrongs don’t make a right” theory of national security. Sure it won’t make it right in his eyes, it’ll just cause a terrorist state to spring up leading to the possible future murder of hundreds, thousands, or millions of Americans. Yep, that’s the kind of thought I want in the leader of the nation.
His grammer isn’t totally clear but I’ll just assume here he’s saying that Saddam didn’t have WMD, not that the President should have armed our troops with them.
Instead he went after Saddam? “Instead”? First off I seem to recall a little war in Afghanistan aimed at bin Laden. Secondly I find it hard to believe that he honestly thinks we totally stopped looking for bin Laden when we went after Iraq.
Yeah, and I’m sure had he been in office he would have been caught.
Sure, he was against it in the winter, the spring, and now. The question is was he against it this summer and fall when he flipped his opinion a half dozen or so times.
President Bush would agree on the imminent threat point.
I do have the feeling though that he’d take issue with the “unnecessary” part.
Right, because putting more troops in the country where bin Laden more than likely isn’t would just totally clear up the problem.
Heaven forbid we should use our troops so that we have enough to fight multiple threats.
Skipping down a tiny bit…
Please, would somebody please let me know where all these people are who are calling people unpatriotic? From all the talk of dissent being called unpatriotic you’d think there were daily press releases from the White House with a list of unpatriotic opponents. This isn’t happening, and to the best of my knowledge no major political figure has called any of these Democrats unpatriotic. If it really has happened I really wish somebody would step up with some specifics.
Hmmm, $87 Billion for Iraq, 20-some billion dollars for rebuilding Iraq, a Constitution in 6 months to a year, elections in about a year. How big a plan does he need?
Wait, the Polish and British are American now? Are those two countries that are taking a major part in the occupation aware that John Edwards has annexed their countries? Whoohoo! Somebody dig up Betsy Ross, we need to sew a couple more stars on the flag!
True, except for the trust me part and the asking for more money part… oh wait, that’s pretty much all the parts isn’t it?
These democrats have a funny idea of a blank check. The dollar amount of the check was filled in. It’s that little 8 and 7 followed by nine zeros that they’re all carping about. The pay to the order part’s filled out too:
So it seems to me the only part left blank on this check is the line where John Edwards signs it.
Well geez, why don’t we just bring them home where it’s safe and sound then? Oh yeah, because if they’re not over there fighting the good fight it won’t be very safe over here either.
Well yeah, but only because enough people voted differently than you.
Yeah he started a war… after going to the UN…
Lieberman’s always sounded the most presidential to me, at least until he gets around to the Bush is a failure part.
And he hasn’t.
No he hasn’t.
Really, I’m telling you, he hasn’t. The reviled “we can look at your library records” part of the act has never, I repeat, NEVER been used.
And this from Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein:
Yeah, that evil Ashcroft is just trampling our rights everywhere, isn’t he?
First off, I think she forgot an “up” there, but quibbling aside, it’s not because we blew it up that we need to fix it up. We didn’t blow up most of the things that we’re paying to fix. What we’re fixing over there is the infrastructure that was destroyed by decades of Saddam’s rule. We didn’t blow up their oil infrastructure, remember, we were the one’s evilly looking to confiscate all their oil for our own. We’re giving them $2+ Billion to fix it, but it isn’t because we destroyed it. Heck, if you look today, it’s the Iraqis who are doing most of the blowing up over there.
See previous part about the UN being pansies. :)
Well this is great news. They blame Bush for getting his news filtered through aides. They say the White House has been lying to him. They eviscerate Bush for making up his mind beforehand. Now what do we find out? One of the Democrats’ candidates isn’t getting any of the news and he made up his mind beforehand about whether to go to war. Well that’s it; this guy and his Department of Peace definitely need to be in the White House. We don’t need our President getting briefed on secret intelligence or anything do we?
Well, Heaven help me, I went there and for the life of me I couldn’t find anything more solid than “It is time to bring the troops home! It is time to get the UN in and the US out of Iraq....”
True, but it isn’t the fact that she’s an African-American that makes it not inappropriate. It’s the fact that she’s an American citizen. Everybody has the right to visit Africa, not just those whose ancestors were born there.
Geez, I wonder if walking away from the agreement with North Korea had anything to do with North Korea shredding that agreement and then lighting those shreds on fire and then building their nuclear weapon program on the agreement’s ashes. (Figuratively of course.) The agreement Clinton worked out paid them for not developing nukes. North Korea now has nukes. And Bush is somehow to blame for the fact that North Korea is led by a brutal, insane man with freakish hair???
Well isn’t that just fine and dandy. Where to start… where to start… Ok first off the purpose of the Department of Defense is not to “provide military force” it is to provide for the defense of America. That means that when some idiot decides to pick a fight with us we’ll be able to defend ourselves.
Secondly, I’m struck by just how naïve his “why can’t we all just get along” theory of national security is. There will always be evil people who hate what is good. It’s the kind of thinking that led to “peace in our time” and the Kellog-Briand pact. And it’s that thinking that led to WW II.
And finally can we all just agree on how stupid an idea the Department of Peace is?
Yeah, if by “alienated” you mean defending them by putting our soldiers between them and the mortal enemy that is only 30 miles from their capital city.
Yeah, Heaven forbid the Justice Department be allowed to target people. It’s obviously the cows and monkeys of this country that should be targeted, they’re the real troublemakers!
See above regarding no reported misuses of the Patriot act and nobody being called unpatriotic, and let me throw in a “nobody has been jailed or threatened by the government for showing dissent in an orderly, non-riot-type way”.
One that engages in acts or an act of terrorism.
The act of attacking civilians or civilian property in an attempt to create fear and coerce the populace.
Actually if I understood the arguments of the anti-America crowd it’s actually today’s friend that is tomorrow’s terrorist but we just got off Daylight Savings Time so I’ll give him a break on the time issue.
Oh look, that’s exactly what I was just talking about.
Huh, after castigating the US for supporting the other bad guys he goes and tells us he met with a terrorist too... ok…
Oh look Kerry’s showing his funny side…
Yeah, and if the new jobs were because of Clinton or the loss of jobs were Bush’s fault he might have a point.
Oooh! Oooh! He's written it down. Isn't that special...
Actually I believe we have hundreds of public school systems in America, totally dependent on where they’re physically located.
Imagine that, tax cuts for the people paying taxes. What a radical idea.
More correctly, they haven’t brought us jobs so far. (I should know, not having a job and all.) That doesn’t however mean that they’ve failed. The economy is currently on the upswing and the jobs will follow.
What?! A Democrat wanting to raise taxes in order to implement more entitlements? Again, I’m just shocked!
Well that’s good, his plan for having a good economy is to have a good economy.
Well yeah, if by “growth in the economy” you mean “the incredible bureaucracy that comes with socialized healthcare”.
Let’s revisit the “who pays taxes” issue. In 2001 the bottom 75% of Americans, those earning less than $56,085 paid 17.1% of America’s taxes. I tell you, there are some funny definitions of “fair” out there.
And again, those evil one-percenters pay a full 1/3 of the national taxes.
Yep, and that’s why they’re going to reelect Bush.
Well geez, I live in the same county as Senator DeWine, does that mean I can be a Senator?
Now if Bush had screwed up like that he’d be called an idiot and it would wind up on calendars and such. But since it’s a Dem it’s just a small mistake. It’s not like he said it was 10x worse than it was, just 8.5x worse.
Edwards seems to be going to great efforts to convince us that he’s actually written down his plan. Is he under the impression that we don’t think he can write?
Well this is good news for Republicans. Nothing would help get Republicans elected better than the Dems moving to the left and alienating the necessary moderate voters.
I find this really disturbing. Do we really need to hear about Hannibal Lecter elephants and sadomasochistic donkeys? Ewww…
Sure he stood up to a dictator and war criminal, but then again he also stopped and swapped hats and posed for pictures with indicted war criminal Gen. Ratko Mladic.
Ok, I’ve got nothing here; just needed something to show you it’s the end of the debate. Ok, it’s done. Now if you don’t mind I need some sleep. :)
Sunday, October 26, 2003
EXCUSE ME WHILE I GET ALL GEEKY FOR A MOMENT...
I don't think it would be possible for Sun to make it any more confusing when trying to download the Java SDK. You only need to wade through about a half dozen levels of pages only to get to a page that gives you about 50 different files you can download. It's like they're trying to weed out the people who aren't smart enough to be doing programming in the first place.