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Saturday, July 31, 2004
Feel the love for Kerry from the troops
John Kerry's heavily hyped cross-country bus tour stumbled out of the blocks yesterday, as a group of Marines publicly dissed the Vietnam War hero in the middle of a crowded restaurant.

Kerry was treating running mate Sen. John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, to a Wendy's lunch in Newburgh, N.Y., for their 27th wedding anniversary — an Edwards family tradition — when the candidate approached four Marines and asked them questions.

The Marines — two in uniform and two off-duty — were polite but curt while chatting with Kerry, answering most of his questions with a "yes, sir" or "no, sir."

But they turned downright nasty after the Massachusetts senator thanked them "for their service" and left.

"He imposed on us and I disagree with him coming over here shaking our hands," one Marine said, adding, "I'm 100 percent against [him]."

A sergeant with 10 years of service under his belt said, "I speak for all of us. We think that we are doing the right thing in Iraq," before saying he is to be deployed there in a few weeks and is "eager" to go and serve.

The Marines — all of whom serve at nearby Stewart Air Force Base — wouldn't give their names.

--New York Post

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:46 PM in Politics/Government

Friday, July 30, 2004
One more reason we had to attack Iraq

Because this is the type of do-nothing, please play nice resolution the UN likes to put out.

With China and Pakistan abstaining, and the other 13 members approving the text, the Council agreed to impose an arms embargo against the Janjaweed militias and all other non-governmental forces in Darfur, which has been described as the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The resolution says the Council might take measures against Sudan if it does not show progress on achieving the commitments – most notably the pledges to disarm the Janjaweed and restore security to Darfur – it outlined in a joint communiqué with the UN on 3 July. (emphasis mine)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:44 PM in Politics/Government
"I will defend America every time"

President Bush in Springfield, MO today:

We have more to do to wage and win the war against terror. America's future depends on our willingness to lead in the world. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy.

BUSH: This will not happen on my watch.

The world changed on a terrible September morning. And since that day, we've changed the world.

Before September the 11th, Afghanistan served as the home base for Al Qaida, which trained and deployed thousands of killers to set up terror cells in dozens of countries, including our own. Today, Afghanistan is a rising democracy, an ally in the war on terror, a place where many young girls go to school for the first time. And as a result of our actions, America and the world are safer.

Before September the 11th, Pakistan was a safe transit point for terrorists. Today, Pakistani forces are aggressively helping to round up the terrorists and America and the world are safer.

Before September the 11th, in Saudi Arabia, terrorists were raising money and recruiting and operating with little opposition. Today, the Saudi government has taken the fight to Al Qaida and America and the world are safer.

Before September the 11th, Libya was spending millions to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Today, because America and our allies have sent a strong and clear message, the leader of Libya has abandoned his pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and America and the world are safer.

Before September the 11th, the ruler of Iraq was a sworn enemy of America.

BUSH: He was defying the world. He was firing weapons at American pilots and forcing the world's sanctions. He had pursued and used weapons of mass destruction against his own people. He had harbored terrorists. He invaded his neighbors. He subsidized the families of suicide bombers. He had murdered tens of thousands of his own citizens. He was a source of great instability in the world's most vulnerable region.

I took those threats seriously. After September the 11th, we had to look at the threats in a new light. One of the lessons of September the 11th is we must deal with threats before they fully materialize.

The September the 11th commission concluded that our institutions of government had failed to imagine the horror of that day. After September the 11th, we cannot fail to imagine that a brutal tyrant, who hated America, who had ties to terror, had weapons of mass destruction and might use those weapons or share his deadly capability with terrorists was not a threat.

We looked at the intelligence. We saw a threat. Members of the United States Congress from both political parties, including my opponent, looked at the intelligence and they saw a threat.

We went to the United Nations, which unanimously demanded a full accounting of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs or face serious consequences. After 12 years of defiance, he refused to comply with the demands of the free world.

When he continued to deceive the weapons inspectors, I had a decision to make: to hope for the best and to trust the word of a madman and a tyrant, or remember the lessons of September the 11th and defend our country.

BUSH: Given that choice, I will defend America every time.

When it comes to fighting the threats of our world and making America safer and promoting the peace, we're turning the corner, and we're not turning back.

It's nice to have a President in the post-9/11 world willing to see and deal with threats before they harm us and not one that is willing to wait for the attack followed by a "swift and certain response."

What was missing from Kerry's speech
JOHN KERRY told us more last night about his childhood memories of bike riding in Berlin than he did about his nearly three decades in public office.

"I ask you to judge me by my record," he implored, but then said virtually nothing about it. There was a single throwaway line about his time as a prosecutor. Nothing at all about being elected lieutenant governor. And just three sentences about his 20 years in the US Senate. Twenty years! A third of his life! Yet neither in his speech nor in the video that preceded it did Kerry say anything about what those two decades have meant to him or what lessons they may have taught him or how he thinks they have prepared him for national leadership.

"Judge me by my record," he says. But all night long -- all week long -- there is only one part of Kerry's long record that the Democrats have wanted Americans to notice: the part that ended 35 years ago when he came home from Vietnam. Why are they so reticent about everything he's done since?

--Boston Globe

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:01 PM in Politics/Government

Thursday, July 29, 2004
Kerry's speech

It was a very pretty speech, you'd almost think it was true and that he actually believed it. With all his talk about the people who fought alongside him in Vietnam you'd almost think he hadn't come home and called them war criminals. You'd almost think President Bush had claimed the flag belonged to those who support him. You'd almost think that there was something President Bush could have done to get the people in bed with Saddam Hussein to go along with removing him. You'd almost think Kerry's opinion of the war in Iraq wasn't directly tied to what people want to hear. You'd almost think Kerry's fit to be Commander in Chief.

Almost, but if you did you'd be wrong.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:26 PM in Politics/Government
The Case for George W. Bush

Tom Junod makes a great case for the reelection of President Bush from the perspective of a "Bush is an asshole" Liberal.

As easy as it is to say that we can't abide the president because of the gulf between what he espouses and what he actually does , what haunts me is the possibility that we can't abide him because of us—because of the gulf between his will and our willingness. What haunts me is the possibility that we have become so accustomed to ambiguity and inaction in the face of evil that we find his call for decisive action an insult to our sense of nuance and proportion.

The people who dislike George W. Bush have convinced themselves that opposition to his presidency is the most compelling moral issue of the day. Well, it's not. The most compelling moral issue of the day is exactly what he says it is, when he's not saying it's gay marriage. The reason he will be difficult to unseat in November—no matter what his approval ratings are in the summer—is that his opponents operate out of the moral certainty that he is the bad guy and needs to be replaced, while he operates out of the moral certainty that terrorists are the bad guys and need to be defeated. The first will always sound merely convenient when compared with the second. Worse, the gulf between the two kinds of certainty lends credence to the conservative notion that liberals have settled for the conviction that Bush is distasteful as a substitute for conviction—because it's easier than conviction.
And now that the war has defied the optimism of its advocates, the issue is no longer Bush's moral intention but rather his simple competence. He got us in when he had no idea how to get us out. He allowed himself to be blinded by ideology and blindsided by ideologues. His arrogance led him to offend the very allies whose participation would have enabled us to win not just the war but the peace. His obsession with Saddam Hussein led him to rush into a war that was unnecessary. Sure, Saddam was a bad guy. Sure, the world is a better place without him. But . . .

And there it is: the inevitable but. Trailed by its uncomfortable ellipsis, it sits squirming at the end of the argument against George Bush for very good reason: It can't possibly sit at the beginning. Bush haters have to back into it because there's nothing beyond it. The world is a better place without Saddam Hussein, but . . . but what ? But he wasn't so bad that we had to do anything about him? But he wasn't so bad that he was worth the shedding of American blood? But there are other dictators just as bad whom we leave in place? But he provided Bush the opportunity to establish the doctrine of preemptive war, in which case the cure is worse than the disease? But we should have secured Afghanistan before invading Iraq? But we should have secured the cooperation of allies who were no more inclined to depose Saddam than they—or we, as head of an international coalition of the unwilling—were to stop the genocide in Rwanda ten years before? Sure, genocide is bad, but . . .

We might as well credit the president for his one great accomplishment: replacing but with and as a basis for foreign policy. The world is a better place without Saddam Hussein, and we got rid of him.
Of course, Iraq might be a lost cause. It might be a disaster unmitigated and unprecedented. But if we permit ourselves to look at it the way the Republicans look at it—as a historical cause rather than just a cause assumed to be lost—we might be persuaded to see that it's history's judgment that matters, not ours.
In a nation that loves fairy tales, the president seemed so damned eager to cry wolf that we decided he was just trying to keep us scared and that maybe he was just as big a villain as the wolf he insisted on telling us about. That's the whole point of the story, isn't it? The boy cries wolf for his own ends, and after a while people stop believing in the reality of the threat.

I know how this story ends, because I've told it many times myself. I've told it so many times, in fact, that I'm always surprised when the wolf turns out to be real, and shows up hungry at the door, long after the boy is gone.

--Tom Junod - Esquire

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:56 PM in Politics/Government
Say what you will about the LA Times (and I've said my share of things)...

...but I can appreciate their choices in convention-related blog links.

Ditto for the Washington Post.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:18 AM in Politics/Government

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Are we sure Edwards isn't a prisoner blinking messages in morse code?

In a 34.5 second span during John Edwards' speech I counted 52 blinks.

He complains about the negativity of President Bush's campaign. Oddly enough I don't see him calling off the Liberal 527 attack dogs, telling them to take the high road. The attacks coming from President Bush's campaign, which are really only exposing Kerry's voting record, are nothing compared to the negativity coming from the Left day in and day out. President Bush has been compared to Hitler, and Republicans compared to Nazis and he thinks it's the Republicans who are going negative?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:07 PM in Politics/Government

Who let Al Sharpton onstage? I thought the point of the convention was to hide the negativity, hatred and vitriol that the Democratic Party actually stands for today.


I suggest to you tonight that if George Bush had selected the court in '54, Clarence Thomas would have never got to law school.

--Washington Post

Really? That's odd, here it is '04 and Colin Powell is the Secretary of State, Rod Paige is the Secretary of Education, Alphonso Jackson is the Secretary of Housing & Urban Development and Condoleezza Rice is the National Security Advisor. (And since Sharpton is only interested in the welfare of blacks I won't bring up Chao, Abraham, or Mineta.) Yeah, hypothetical President Bush from 50 years ago clearly would have been against blacks going to law school. /sarcasm

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:34 PM in Politics/Government
The Kerry video

The GOP has a great, almost 12 minute video laying out the multitude of Kerry's unprincipled positions on the Iraq war.

The transcript is here.

KERRY: "I would disagree with John McCain that it’s the actual weapons of mass destruction he may use against us, it’s what he may do in another invasion of Kuwait or in a miscalculation about the Kurds or a miscalculation about Iran or particularly Israel. Those are the things that - that I think present the greatest danger. He may even miscalculate and slide these weapons off to terrorist groups to invite them to be a surrogate to use them against the United States. It’s the miscalculation that poses the greatest threat." (CBS’ "Face The Nation," 9/15/02)
KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Columbia, SC, 5/3/03)
MSNBC’S CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Are you one of the anti-war candidates?" (MSNBC’s "Hardball," 1/6/04)

KERRY: "I am - Yeah." (MSNBC’s "Hardball," 1/6/04)

And we're supposed to believe that a man whose position on a war varies with the polls is fit to be Commander in Chief?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:59 PM in Politics/Government
The myths of stem cell research

John Cole examines them.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:20 PM in Politics/Government
Wow, everything really IS a conspiracy with the Kerrys
Ever since voters began telling Teresa Heinz Kerry that they didn't think much of the pumpkin spice cookie recipe her office had submitted to Family Circle's presidential cookie bake-off, an aide said, Mrs. Heinz Kerry, the wife of the about-to-be Democratic nominee, has been thinking how she could tell America the truth: the recipe isn't hers.

In an interview on National Public Radio that was broadcast yesterday, the cookies came up in conversation and in the direct, unvarnished style that people have come to expect, Mrs. Heinz Kerry said: "Somebody at my office gave that recipe out and, in fact, I think somebody really made it on purpose to give a nasty recipe. I never made pumpkin cookies; I don't like pumpkin spice cookies."
Ms. Romash, who when she is not working in politics runs a baking-catering business, agrees with her boss. "If you tasted those cookies," she said, "you'd think someone was trying to do you harm, too."

Ms. Romash would not say why Mrs. Heinz Kerry would think an aide would want to harm her.

--The New York Times

Now Heinz Kerry's own staff is out to get her.

So we now have Nasa and Heinz Kerry's staff forming dastardly plans to embarrass the Kerry campaign. Who's next? Big Bird?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:51 PM in Politics/Government
Following up again...

The Enquirer has a piece on the Raegan Butler "ho-bag" situation.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:06 PM in Cincinnati
Wictory Wednesday

This is Wictory Wednesday. Please volunteer or donate to help the President win reelection.

President Bush needs your support now more than ever to help counter the lies, untruths, and misleading spin being put out by the Left.

You can also sign up to get e-mail from the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign.

If you are an Ohioan who supports the President please consider joining the Ohioans for Bush-Cheney Yahoo! Group.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:58 PM in Politics/Government

Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Heinz Kerry/Reagan


Oh, sorry, Heinz Kerry put me to sleep there for a minute. I'm amazed they were able to find a blazing red dress that managed to almost perfectly match the color of her face.

Did anybody else get a strong "Jurassic Park tour" vibe from Ron Reagan's speach? In this scenario Ron would play the part of part of Mr. DNA, the happy-go-lucky double-helix strand of recombinant DNA that explains the process of cloning in a way that's just a little too serious about providing edutainment.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:20 PM in Politics/Government
Looks like Nasa is now part of the VRWC

Kerry's campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill is actually accusing Nasa of pulling a political "dirty trick" in releasing the above photos.

Cahill, asked by FOXNEWS whether it was a dirty trick, said: 'Well, what do you think?' No photos were supposed to be taken, she said.

Well it does seem to fit, so much of the opposition to President Bush is already based on conspiracy theories, why not one more?

According to this Washington Times article the Kerry campaign saw the photos and approved their release.

One campaign official told The Washington Times last night: "All I can say is it was not an authorized release."

But the National Aeronautics and Space Administration told Fox News that the Kerry team saw the photos before publication and passed on their release.

A NASA spokesman told the top-rated cable network that the images were given to the Kerry campaign to review before several were posted on the Kennedy Space Center Web site.

In no way were photographs "leaked," the spokesman said.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:53 PM in Politics/Government

It's kind of amusing watching Howard Dean talking about how they're no longer going to shrink from standing up for what they believe in and how they're proud to be Democrats in the middle of a convention that's doing everything it can to distance the Democrats from what Kerry, Dean and their followers actually believe.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:19 PM in Politics/Government

Monday, July 26, 2004

Bill Clinton seems to be under the delusion that when he left office he left "prosperity and peace". To this day he doesn't seem to recognize the threat of terrorism that he left us facing.

The overall theme I'm getting from his speech: "If I were still in office the recession we had would have been a depression because I've got about 1,000 different things I think are more important than the tax cuts that spurred the economy to the greatest growth in 20 years."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:49 PM in Politics/Government
Boortz on why Kerry is dangerous

He makes some very good points.

1. Kerry is soft on sovereignty. As Boston Herald columnist Cosmo Macero says: "Never has the dilution of U.S. Sovereignty been so boldly forecast." This is a man who said that the United States should not deploy troops overseas without the "permission" of the United Nations. He made no exceptions. He stated it as a hard and fast rule. Do we want a president who seeks the permission of the United Nations before he can act in what he believes to be the best interests of the United States? Oh .. to be sure, Kerry wouldn't dare make this statement today. He's running for office! Tell me ... just when do you think a person speaks his true mind? Hint: It's not when he's in the middle of the campaign. Remember ... Kerry has instructed Democrats to hold back on their anti-war statements during the convention. He knows that many of the voters he wants to convince approve of the liberation of Iraq. He also knows that most of the voters don't think the UN should have veto power over US military deployments. Believe him now at your peril.

2. Kerry is an appeaser. Kerry knows that many of the principal members of the European Union want to build the strength of that body on the declining weakness of America. The leaders of these countries are quite upset over George Bush's show of strength in the Middle East. They knew the threat was there, but it was a threat they didn't have the courage to face. The US did. The US is showing strength, Europe is showing weakness. Naturally this is going to breed bitterness toward our country. Kerry wants to address and moderate this bitterness by weakening America through a policy of appeasement.

3. Kerry is a tax-and-spend liberal. Just recently Microsoft announced that it was going to distribute $32 billion ... that's with a "B" ... in Microsoft cash to shareholders via a dividend. Give The Poodle his way and the dividend, which has already been taxed by the Imperial Federal Government, will be taxed again when it reaches the shareholder. How nice. Kerry's spending plans, if enacted, would essentially double the size of the federal government. Virtually every economist out there not working for the government credits Bush's tax cuts with our economic turnaround. Raising taxes is a good way to stop our economy in its tracks.

4. Kerry sends a message of weakness. Islamic terrorists are emboldened when they believe their enemies to be weak. Disagree if you wish, but there's a school of thought out there which believes that the election of John Kerry would send a signal to the wonderful world of Islamic terrorism that America is once again ripe for an attack. I attend that school. How many Americans will die when Kerry brings us the era of appeasement?

5. Kerry sends a message of government dependency. Whatever you need, the government is there to provide it for you. Kerry is pressing the concept of health care as a right. This means that the person in need of health care would have, under a Kerry regime, an enforceable right to a portion of the life of some health care provider somewhere. If health care is a right, what else? The right to a home? The right to a job?

I've said it before, but here we go again for the record. We're in the middle of World War IV. Bin Laden has pledged to kill as many Americans as he can. He has even set a goal of four million. Will you be one of those? How about a member of your family? The Democrats are going to nominate a man who was opposed to removing Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. A man who voted for the Iraq war, and then voted to deny the funding our troops needed to pursue that action. The Democrats are nominating a man who believes that the United Nations should have veto power over American military moves. A man who would weaken the American economy through ratification of the Kyoto Treaty and the imposition of tax increases on the very people who are now powering our economic revival.

--Neal Boortz

Posted by Rob Bernard at 4:46 PM in Politics/Government

In which I Hobble/Fisk a Letter to the Editor from Sunday's Dayton Daily News:

Administration flouts Constitution

This secretive, arrogant administration disregards the Constitution with its Bill of Rights and the checks and balances of our three separate and equal branches of government. It cordons off protesters, manipulates our fears and politicizes religion.

Does this administration understand the possible negative consequences of the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Department, with their ability to invade, silence, censor and destroy people's freedoms, civil liberties and privacies? It must be afraid of the people's right to free speech, press and peaceful assembly, and especially the separation of church and state, since it advances America as only a Christian nation under extreme McCarthyism.

And now for a bit of straight fisking.

Teaching creationism in public schools...

The Bush administration is forcing schools to teach creationism? No? They’ve at least tried and failed to force schools to teach creationism, right? No again? Gee, it’s almost as if the Bush administration has nothing to do with schools deciding whether to teach creationism, but that of course can’t be since President Bush is the source of all evil in the universe.

...and other religious activities such as the House's "safe harbor for churches" act...

Wait, the "House" is now a part of the administration? Just two paragraphs ago weren't you complaining that the Bush administration disregards the idea of our "three separate and equal branches of government"?

...continually violate the First Amendment.

Really? Where in the First Amendment does it talk about what is required for churches to be tax exempt? Where does the First Amendment lay out which theories of creation can be taught in schools? Where does the Constitution even mention schools? In a teacher saying that some people believe a higher being created everything, in which way is Congress making a law respecting an establishment of religion?

This administration is stretching and possibly violating other rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and state and international laws. - Ann C. Bell, Oakwood

--Dayton Daily News - Letters to the Editor

Geez Ann, think you could be a tiny bit more vague on that last bit? It’s easy to scream “Help! Help! I'm being repressed!”, but when you do you should be able to, ya know, actually be able to back it up with examples of how your rights are being violated. (Yes, that was, for some reason, my second Holy Grail quote in 12 hours.)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:48 AM in Politics/Government

Sunday, July 25, 2004
The Poles see F 9/11 as the propaganda it is
Michael Moore's contentious film Fahrenheit 9/11 has opened in Poland, with some film critics likening it to totalitarian propaganda.

Gazeta Wyborcza reviewer Jacek Szczerba called the film a "foul pamphlet".

He said it was too biased to be called a documentary and was similar to work by Nazi propaganda director Leni Riefenstahl.

But politicians opposed to Poland's involvement in the US-led occupation of Iraq have urged people to see the film.

"In criticising Moore, I have to admit that he has certain abilities - Leni Riefenstahl had them too," Mr Szczerba said in his review.

"Michael Moore will not convince Poles with his film," the Rzeczpospolita newspaper said in its review.
"People are very sensitive to aggressive propaganda, especially when it pretends to be an objective documentary or a work of art."


Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:28 PM in Movies
John Kerry: For restoring honesty before he was against it
The Kerry Campaign seems to have figured things out, though -- the Joe Wilson "" website is gone from the Kerry page. And -- as Nick Queen notes -- searches for Wilson on the Kerry site now turn up nothing.

Wilson's been airbrushed, which seems like an admission that those who have been defending him were wasting their time. (For those interested in history, here's a preserved copy. Reportedly, they've even cleared the Google cache on this one! [LATER: Google cache found here.])


In the immortal words of Monty Python and the Holy Grail's King Arthur: "Run away! Run away!"

Posted by Rob Bernard at 4:05 PM in Politics/Government
The Times a liberal paper?

In the words of the Times' "public editor", Daniel Okrent: "Of course it is."

Is The New York Times a Liberal Newspaper?
Of course it is.
I'll get to the politics-and-policy issues this fall... but for now my concern is the flammable stuff that ignites the right. These are the social issues: gay rights, gun control, abortion and environmental regulation, among others. And if you think The Times plays it down the middle on any of them, you've been reading the paper with your eyes closed.

But if you're examining the paper's coverage of these subjects from a perspective that is neither urban nor Northeastern nor culturally seen-it-all; if you are among the groups The Times treats as strange objects to be examined on a laboratory slide (devout Catholics, gun owners, Orthodox Jews, Texans); if your value system wouldn't wear well on a composite New York Times journalist, then a walk through this paper can make you feel you're traveling in a strange and forbidding world.

Start with the editorial page, so thoroughly saturated in liberal theology that when it occasionally strays from that point of view the shocked yelps from the left overwhelm even the ceaseless rumble of disapproval from the right.

Across the gutter, the Op-Ed page editors do an evenhanded job of representing a range of views in the essays from outsiders they publish - but you need an awfully heavy counterweight to balance a page that also bears the work of seven opinionated columnists, only two of whom could be classified as conservative (and, even then, of the conservative subspecies that supports legalization of gay unions and, in the case of William Safire, opposes some central provisions of the Patriot Act).

But opinion pages are opinion pages, and "balanced opinion page" is an oxymoron. So let's move elsewhere. In the Sunday magazine, the culture-wars applause-o-meter chronically points left. On the Arts & Leisure front page every week, columnist Frank Rich slices up President Bush, Mel Gibson, John Ashcroft and other paladins of the right in prose as uncompromising as Paul Krugman's or Maureen Dowd's. The culture pages often feature forms of art, dance or theater that may pass for normal (or at least tolerable) in New York but might be pretty shocking in other places.
Times publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. doesn't think this walk through The Times is a tour of liberalism. He prefers to call the paper's viewpoint "urban." He says that the tumultuous, polyglot metropolitan environment The Times occupies means "We're less easily shocked," and that the paper reflects "a value system that recognizes the power of flexibility."
But it's one thing to make the paper's pages a congenial home for editorial polemicists, conceptual artists, the fashion-forward or other like-minded souls (European papers, aligned with specific political parties, have been doing it for centuries), and quite another to tell only the side of the story your co-religionists wish to hear. I don't think it's intentional when The Times does this. But negligence doesn't have to be intentional.

--The New York Times

He goes on to explain the liberal bias as a result of being in New York; that New Yorkers are liberal and that New York attracts liberals so thus the paper of New York will naturally, without a concerted effort to overcome it, be liberal. And that would be all well and good except that in general the Times likes to pretend that it's not liberal, that it's the personification of fair and balanced, that they are "truly non-partisan, and non-ideological" and "don’t wear the political collar of our owners or the government or any political party".

The Times presents itself as a national paper, the paper of record, THE paper, no matter where you are. If they really want to be that then “we’re liberal because we’re in New York” isn’t an excuse.

(quotes via Ed Driscoll)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:56 PM in Media

Friday, July 23, 2004
President Bush at the National Urban League

The highlights:

The thing I like about the National Urban League is you believe in the future of the African American community. You've got this great faith that the future is going to be better, and I share that. That's what I'm here to talk about. I believe the same thing.

I believe this country can and will be a place of opportunity and hope for every single citizen. It's not a given; there's work to be done. But it's a goal, and it's an important goal.

I don't care what party you're in, what city you live in, or what state you're from, the goal has got to be -- America has got to be an hospitable, hopeful place for every single citizen. That's what I believe. That's kind of the heart of what they call compassionate conservatism, that the American experience must be alive and viable for everyone, and that government has a role to help people have the tools so they can help themselves. See, I believe in the human spirit; I believe if people have the opportunity and the ability, they will achieve their God-given talents. That's what I believe. And I think that's a proper role for the federal government, to help people.

The last three-and-a-half years, we've worked on that. We've worked hard to make opportunity available and prosperity real and justice not a word. And I'm here to tell you, we're making good progress.

Progress for African Americans and all Americans require a healthy, growing economy. It's hard to realize dreams if -- if you're in a recession; it's hard to realize dreams if jobs aren't being created; it's hard to realize dreams if the entrepreneurial spirit is flat, at best, and that's not the case today.
What I'm telling you is, the role of government is to create an environment where people from all walks of life have a chance to realize their dream. And that's precisely what's taking place in America. And the economy is better for it, and more people are finding work, and we must not go backward to the days of high taxes, high spending, more regulation and more lawsuits, if we expect more people to own their own business.
Progress for African Americans, and progress for all Americans, requires good schools. (Applause.) The system tended to shuffle kids through, and you know what I'm talking about. You know, the hard-to-educate were labeled that, and they just moved through, that's what was happening. We can play like it wasn't happening. It was happening. That's what you get when you get low expectations. It's what I call the soft bigotry of low expectations.
We need to make sure a high school diploma means something. When a kid comes out of high school, an employer or community college, the college says, that means something when they hold up a high school diploma.
Plus, I want to make sure the community college system is vibrant. I put money aside and will continue to do so for the community colleges. They're available, affordable, they're accessible, they're good things, they can change their curriculum to meet the needs of a local community. They actually train people for jobs which exist. They're good opportunities for kids coming out of high school. Look, education is the future of the country. And that's why, under my administration, we've increased the number of men and women who will be receiving Pell Grants to nearly one million. (Applause.)

And why, under my budget, funding for historically black colleges is at an all-time high. (Applause.) It's what I said I would do when I was running for President, see. I told people I'd do that, and I've done it. And the country is better off for it, because education is the cornerstone of a hopeful tomorrow.

I was proud to support Mayor Tony Williams... Tony is the Mayor of Washington. He's a very good Mayor, by the way. He's a good man. Maybe you know him. But he and I -- (applause.) I work with Tony. And I signed a bill into law creating taxpayer-sponsored scholarships for students in Washington, D.C. And let me tell you why. I believe this: If school choice is good for the wealthy, it's good enough for disadvantaged children in America. This is a good piece of legislation. (Applause.) It's a good piece of legislation, which is going to help improve education for all children in the nation's capital.
I'm the first President of the United States to ban racial profiling in federal law enforcement. (Applause.)

And to serve the cause of justice on the bench, the federal bench, I have nominated outstanding men and women to the courts, including six superbly qualified African Americans for the courts of appeal and 11 for district courts. (Applause.)
We've got a diverse cabinet, diverse administration, people who serve our nation with dignity. You know, when it comes time to money, Allen Greenspan is a smart guy, so is the Vice Chairman, Roger Ferguson, of the Federal Reserve. (Applause.) Chairman of the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell -- in other words, what I'm telling you is -- (applause) -- I feel I have an obligation to reach out to people from all walks of life. I have met that obligation, and the government is better for it. (Applause.)

And when it comes to national security, thankfully I've had a good team. We've had some big challenges in this country. And I've got a strong foreign policy, because the architects of that policy are people like Condi Rice and Colin Powell. (Applause.) These are good people. I've seen them -- I've seen them under incredible pressure. I know their steadiness and their clear vision.
Ours is a solid record of accomplishment. And that's why I've come to talk about compassionate conservatism and what I envision for the future. I'm here for another reason. I'm here to ask for your vote. (Applause.)

No, I know, I know, I know. The Republican party has got a lot of work to do. I understand that. (Laughter and applause.) You didn't need

to nod your head that hard, Jesse. (Laughter.)

Do you remember a guy named Charlie Gaines? Somebody gave me a quote he said, which I think kind of describes the environment we're in today. I think he's a friend of Jesse's. He said, "Blacks are gagging on the donkey but not yet ready to swallow the elephant." (Laughter and applause.)

Now that was said a while ago. (Laughter.) I believe you've got to earn the vote and seek it. I think you've got to go to people and say, this is my heart, this is what I believe, and I'd like your help. And as I do, I'm going to ask African American voters to consider some questions.

Does the Democrat party take African American voters for granted? (Applause.) It's a fair question. I know plenty of politicians assume they have your vote. But do they earn it and do they deserve it? (Applause.) Is it a good thing for the African American community to be represented mainly by one political party? That's a legitimate question. (Applause.) How is it possible to gain political leverage if the party is never forced to compete? (Applause.) Have the traditional solutions of the Democrat party truly served the African American community?

That's what I hope people ask when they go to the community centers and places, as we all should do our duty and vote. People need to be asking these very serious questions.

Does blocking the faith-based initiative help neighborhoods where the only social service provider could be a church? Does the status quo in education really, really help the children of this country? (Applause.)

Does class warfare -- has class warfare or higher taxes ever created decent jobs in the inner city? Are you satisfied with the same answers on crime, excuses for drugs and blindness to the problem of the family? (Applause.)
I'm here to say that there is an alternative this year. There is an alternative that has had a record that is easy to see. If you dream of starting a small business and building a nest egg and passing something of value to your children, take a look at my agenda. If you believe schools should meet high standards instead of making excuses, take a look at my agenda. If you believe the institutions of marriage and family are worth defending and need defending today, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you believe in building a culture of life in America, take a look at my agenda. If you believe in a tireless fight against crime and drugs, take a look at this agenda. If you believe that our men and women in uniform should be respected and supported 100 percent of the time, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you're struggling to get into the middle class and you feel like you're paying plenty of taxes, take a look at my agenda. (Applause.)

If you're a small business owner who is trying to expand your job base and are worried about excessive lawsuits, increasing taxes and over-regulation, take a look at this agenda. (Applause.)

And finally, if you believe in the power of faith and compassion to defeat violence and despair and hopelessness, I hope you take a look at where I stand. (Applause.)

You see, I believe in my heart that the Republican party, the party of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, is not complete without the perspective and support and contribution of African Americans. (Applause.)

And I believe in my heart that the policies and actions of this administration, policies that empower individuals and help communities, that lift up free enterprise and respect and honor the family, those policies are good for the nation as a whole. That's what I believe. And I'm here to thank you for giving me a chance to come and express those beliefs.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:46 PM in Politics/Government
"They were wrong about World War II, wrong about the Cold War and they're wrong again today"

A very good ad from Move America Forward. They describe themselves as "a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to supporting America’s efforts to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:56 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
Shhhhh! Don't tell the Left

If they knew President Bush were addressing the Urban League today they might have to drop the inflammatory racial rhetoric and that would just leave them sad and bored. We wouldn't want that.

“We’ve got a president that’s prepared to take us back to the days of Jim Crow segregation and dominance,” says NAACP president Kweisi Mfume. Republicans’ “idea of equal rights is the American flag and Confederate swastika flying side by side,” says NAACP chairman Julian Bond. And the leaders of this supposedly nonpartisan organization are surprised President Bush declined to attend their convention last week?

Instead, tomorrow the president will address the National Urban League, a black organization whose mainstream leadership is focused on ideas for improving life in inner cities rather than on politics and racial demagoguery. The president will have a lot to talk about. Issues number one and two on his domestic agenda have been education reform and his faith-based initiative, both specifically targeted to help inner city minority residents, and both implemented by two accomplished African-American cabinet members, education secretary Rod Paige and HUD secretary Alphonso Jackson.

--Charles Upton Sahm - City Journal

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:18 AM in Politics/Government

*Warning* What follows is a short fantasy baseball rant. If this doesn't interest you, and it probably won't, simply move along down the page.


I go up against the #1 team in the league. I beat them 12-7. I go up against the very worst team in the league and they beat me 12-6. Now I'm up against the #2 team in the league and I'm hanging right in there. Is it too much to ask for my players to show a little consistency? How can every single player on my team know that I'm playing another bad team and that it's time for them to start sucking when they don't even know they're on my team?!

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:05 AM in Baseball

Thursday, July 22, 2004
Poll shows President Bush up by 5 in Ohio, outside the margin of error
(CPOD) Jul. 22, 2004 – The Republican ticket of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney could carry the state of Ohio in the 2004 United States presidential election, according to a poll by Strategic Vision. 48 per cent of respondents would vote for the incumbents, while 43 per cent would support Democratic challengers John Kerry and John Edwards.

Independent candidate Ralph Nader and running mate Peter Camejo garner the support of one per cent of respondents, while eight per cent remain undecided. The election is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Bush carried Ohio’s 21 electoral votes in 2000, with 50 per cent of the vote. The state has supported the eventual president in every election since 1964.

Polling Data

If the 2004 presidential election were held today, would you vote for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, the Republicans, John Kerry and John Edwards, the Democrats, or Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo, the independents?

Bush / Cheney (R)


Kerry / Edwards (D)


Nader / Camejo (I)




Source: Strategic Vision
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 801 likely Ohio voters, conducted from Jul. 17 to Jul. 19, 2004. Margin of error is 3 per cent.

--Centre for Public Opinion and Democracy

Being poll data it should of course be taken with the requisite grain of salt, but since late May President Bush has lead in the majority of polls taken in Ohio.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:22 PM in Politics/Government
You want to know why you don't give in to terrorist demands to save one life?

Because shit like this results.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:27 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Rich Lowry has a good piece over at NRO laying out how no matter what President Bush does the Left is going to have a problem with it.

If he stumbles over his words, he is an embarrassing idiot. If he manages to cut taxes or wage a war against Saddam Hussein with bipartisan support, he is a manipulative genius.

If he hasn't been able to capture Osama bin Laden, he is endangering U.S. security. If he catches bin Laden, it is only a ploy to influence the elections.

If he ignores U.N. resolutions, he is a dangerous unilateralist. If he takes U.N. resolutions on Iraq seriously, he is a dangerous unilateralist. If he doesn't get France to agree to his Iraq policy, he is ignoring important international actors. If he supports multiparty talks on North Korea, he is not doing enough to ignore important international actors.

If he bombed Iraq, he should have bombed Saudi Arabia instead, and if he had bombed Saudi Arabia, he should have bombed Iran, and if he had bombed all three, he shouldn't have bombed anyone at all. If he imposes a U.S. occupation on Iraq, he is fomenting Iraqi resistance by making the United States seem an imperial power. If he ends the U.S. occupation, he is cutting and running.

If he warns of a terror attack, he is playing alarmist politics. If he doesn't warn of a terror attack, he is dangerously asleep at the switch. If he says we're safer, he's lying, and if he doesn't say we're safer, he's implicitly admitting that he has failed in his core duty as commander in chief.

If he adopts a doctrine of preemption, he is unacceptably remaking American national-security policy. If the United States suffers a terror attack on his watch, he should have preempted it. If he signs a far-reaching antiterror law, he is abridging civil liberties. If the United States suffers another terror attack on his watch, he should have had a more vigorous anti-terror law.

Bush's economy hasn't created new jobs. If it has created new jobs, they aren't well-paying jobs. If they are well-paying jobs, there is still income inequality in America.

If Bush opposes a prescription-drug benefit for the elderly, he's miserly. If he supports a prescription-drug benefit for the elderly, he's lining the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies.
If he accuses John Kerry of flip-flopping, he is merely highlighting one of the Massachusetts senator's strengths — his nuance and thoughtfulness. If he flip-flops on nation-building or testifying before the 9/11 commission, he proves his own ill-intentions, cluelessness, or both.

If he doesn't admit a mistake, he is bullheaded and detached from reality. If he admits a mistake, he is damning his own governance in shocking fashion.

If he sticks with Dick Cheney, he is saddling himself with an unpopular vice president, giving Democrats who can't wait to run against Cheney a political advantage. If he drops Cheney, he is admitting that the Democratic attacks against his vice president have hit home, thus giving Democrats who have made those charges a political advantage.

If he loses in November, the voice of the American people has spoken a devastating verdict on his presidency. If he wins, he stole the election.

--National Review Online

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:59 PM in Politics/Government
Wictory Wednesday

This is Wictory Wednesday. Please volunteer or donate to help the President win reelection.

President Bush needs your support now more than ever to help counter the lies, untruths, and misleading spin being put out by the Left.

You can also sign up to get e-mail from the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign.

If you are an Ohioan who supports the President please consider joining the Ohioans for Bush-Cheney Yahoo! Group.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:48 PM in Politics/Government
Ooooh, Bush bought an "abortion ad" in Cleveland

Ohio Countdown 2004 has noted that President Bush’s campaign aired a "hit piece on abortion on 60 minutes" in Northeast Ohio. He says that this is a signal that President Bush has "a base problem" and that President Bush's campaign is "in complete panic".

Unless I'm mistaken the ad in question is this ad entitled "Family Priorities". The text of the ad is as follows:

President Bush:
I'm George W. Bush and I approve this message.

Voice Over:
When it comes to issues that affect our families, are John Kerry's priorities the same as yours?

Kerry voted against parental notification for teenage abortions.

Kerry even voted to allow schools to hand out the morning after pill without parents' knowledge.

He voted to take control away from parents by taking away their right to know.

John Kerry has his priorities. The question is, are they yours?

I don't think you can fairly call this a "hit piece on abortion". It doesn't say abortion should be illegal, it doesn't even say that teenage abortion should be illegal. It says that Kerry voted to oppose parents being told about teenage abortions and that he voted in favor of school's being able to hand out the morning after pill without parents' knowledge. These aren't anti-abortion stances; these are pro-parental notification stances. I think these charges are pretty clearly aimed not at President Bush's base who totally oppose abortion but rather at liberal-to-moderate Republicans and moderate-to-conservative Democrats and Independents who support abortion but at the same time think that the parents of the children having abortions should know about it. It's one more effort to paint Kerry as a liberal, not to convince President Bush's base that he's a conservative.

It's worth noting also that this ad isn't running simply in the Democratic bastion of Northeast Ohio during 60 minutes. I've seen it repeated numerous times during a wide range of shows here in the Dayton area which is much more of a swing region. I think it's rather obviously an ad designed to appeal to moderates throughout Ohio who may support Kerry's economic policy but can't stomach his social policy.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:00 PM in Politics/Government
Ho-baggate update responds to yesterday's news story that was a little, shall we say, offensive to the reporter.

A Message from WLWT's General Manager

POSTED: 6:44 pm EDT July 20, 2004
On Monday, July 19, language was added to a news story on that was offensive and hurtful toward one of our staff members and was an egregious violation of the standards of this news organization. As soon as the posting was discovered it was immediately removed from and a company-wide effort was mounted to remove all references to the story from Web search engines.

This posting was the result of one individual's actions and that individual has been terminated.

We regret the trouble this has caused for the individual named and our entire staff and we apologize to viewers of


Richard Dyer
President & General Manager

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:18 PM in Cincinnati , Media
The head of a US man kidnapped and killed in Saudi Arabia has been found in a police raid, Saudi officials say.

The head of Paul Johnson was discovered in a refrigerator during a police raid on an apartment in the Saudi capital Riyadh, the interior ministry said.

Johnson was abducted by an al-Qaeda cell on 12 June. Photographs of his beheading were published on an Islamist website six days later.

His family had appealed for more news about the whereabouts of his body.


Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:44 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
Michigan Democrats outsourcing jobs to India
The state Republican Party on Tuesday said a contractor working for the Michigan Democratic Party is outsourcing work to India as he checks the validity of signatures putting presidential candidate Ralph Nader on the ballot.

The accusation came on the same day that Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry released new ads pledging his economic plan would begin by "putting an end to tax incentives that are encouraging American companies to ship jobs overseas."

In Tuesday's salvo, the state GOP said Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting in East Lansing has sent digital copies of the Nader petitions to a data entry firm in India. Grebner refused to confirm or deny the accusation, or to say where the work is being done on the Nader petitions.

Nonetheless, state GOP executive director Greg McNeilly strongly criticized the move, calling it "hypocrisy."

"Michigan Democrats are so intolerant of minority perspectives at the ballot box that they'll outsource Michigan jobs in order to protect a two-party duopoly," McNeilly said in a statement. "They are paying a firm in India for work that could be done by Michiganders." (Hat tip AlphaPatriot)

Now personally I agree with Grebner who says "This really is work that you can't do in the U.S. because it just doesn't make economic sense... I can't hire people to do some things here." That however doesn't match the rhetoric coming out of the Democratic Party who are playing up outsourcing in all its class warfareish glory. They have shown that they don't care if companies can be competitive and continue providing jobs in the long term just so long as not a single job is given to a person in another country in the short term. Sure Grebner’s 15 person staff would be out of work after a month or so, but for that month several other Michiganders would have jobs, which of course they too would lose when the company went out of business. The Democrats and the Kerry campaign have made it clear that they don’t care about that however so I'd like to see how they rationalize shipping these jobs off overseas.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:24 AM in Politics/Government
"Thank God"

Israeli UN ambassador Dan Gillerman after the UN voted against Israel's defensive wall 150-6: "Mr President, allow me to start with a vote of thanks. Thank God that the fate of Israel and of the Jewish people is not decided in this hall."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:05 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Oh my goodness

This recently apppeared on and went out over the AP wire.

Investigators are not sure if Powell died where her body was found or if she was killed elsewhere, WLWT Eyewitness News 5's most-overrated, obnoxious, annoying, stick-like, ho-bag, sperm-receptacle staff member Raegan Butler reported.

Stay tuned to WLWT and for updates.

The article was quickly removed. now says "The article that you are trying to view is no longer available through this Web site. The content is copyrighted by the Associated Press, which requires to delete its stories two weeks after they are originally posted." You can see it here and here.

Hat tip Michael King.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:05 PM in Cincinnati , Media

Elton John's claims of censorship seem pretty silly compared to actual censorship.

Iran's hardline judiciary sentenced dissident academic Hashem Aghajari to five years in prison on Tuesday for saying Muslims should not blindly follow their clerical leaders like "monkeys," his lawyer said.

--Yahoo! News

But this is good news... he was originally sentenced to death.

Hmmm, the threat of people booing you and not buying your product because they disagree with you versus the government giving you five years in prison for saying people shouldn’t follow the government leaders like monkeys, down from the original sentence of death... which of these do you think is actually censorship?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:55 PM in Miscellaneous
Sandy Berger, former President Clinton's national security adviser, is under criminal investigation by the Justice Department after highly classified terrorism documents disappeared while he was reviewing what should be turned over to the Sept. 11 commission.

Berger's home and office were searched earlier this year by FBI agents armed with warrants after the former Clinton adviser voluntarily returned some sensitive documents to the National Archives and admitted he also removed handwritten notes he had made while reviewing the sensitive documents.

However, some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration are still missing, officials and lawyers told The Associated Press.
Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket and pants, and also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio.

--Yahoo! News

Ya know, when you're knowingly stuffing sensitive information down your pants to hide it, it kind of lowers the credibility of the idea that the sensitive information you carried out in your portfolio was an accident.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:45 PM in Politics/Government

Monday, July 19, 2004
Kerry on vacation

Drudge has an amusing/interesting page up questioning Kerry's claim that "You're not going to have to look for us on vacation. You're going to find us working for America."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:03 PM in Politics/Government
Your political overreaction of the *insert time frame here*

Borrowing a line from Hans and Franz the SNL characters, Governor Schwarzenegger called Democrats in the California statehouse "girlie men", or more accurately he said "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,"

For this he's being called a "misogynist", "sexist", and "homophobic". You want to complain and say that you're not girlie men, that you're in fact manly men with flannel shirts, muscles, and power tools then fine, but calling it misogynistic, sexist and homophobic? COME ON! Men are men. Women are women. “Girlie man” is no more derogatory towards women than “manly woman” would be towards men.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:58 PM in Politics/Government
Wow... there aren't words to describe it...
I found out I was having triplets when I went to my obstetrician. The doctor had just finished telling me I was going to have a low-risk pregnancy. She turned on the sonogram machine. There was a long pause, then she said, ''Are you sure you didn't take fertility drugs?'' I said, ''I'm positive.'' Peter [the boyfriend/father] and I were very shocked when she said there were three. ''You know, this changes everything,'' she said. ''You'll have to see a specialist.''

My immediate response was, I cannot have triplets. I was not married; I lived in a five-story walk-up in the East Village; I worked freelance; and I would have to go on bed rest in March. I lecture at colleges, and my biggest months are March and April. I would have to give up my main income for the rest of the year. There was a part of me that was sure I could work around that. But it was a matter of, Do I want to?

I looked at Peter and asked the doctor: ''Is it possible to get rid of one of them? Or two of them?'' The obstetrician wasn't an expert in selective reduction, but she knew that with a shot of potassium chloride you could eliminate one or more.
On the subway, Peter asked, ''Shouldn't we consider having triplets?'' And I had this adverse reaction: ''This is why they say it's the woman's choice, because you think I could just carry triplets. That's easy for you to say, but I'd have to give up my life.'' Not only would I have to be on bed rest at 20 weeks, I wouldn't be able to fly after 15. I was already at eight weeks. When I found out about the triplets, I felt like: It's not the back of a pickup at 16, but now I'm going to have to move to Staten Island. I'll never leave my house because I'll have to care for these children. I'll have to start shopping only at Costco and buying big jars of mayonnaise. Even in my moments of thinking about having three, I don't think that deep down I was ever considering it.

--The New York Times Magazine (hat tips Michelle Malkin & Misha)

The thought that someone can so callously dispose of two human lives, not because they don't believe they can support the children, but because they don't want it to interrupt their lifestyle is stunning... frightening... inconceivable...

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:46 AM in Miscellaneous

Sunday, July 18, 2004
OSC on Edwards
The only mystery is what Edwards knew about himself that we haven't yet seen. What hidden qualities of leadership and wisdom? What fervently held beliefs that could guide his nation through difficult times?

We've seen none of these things, since he has never actually led anybody anywhere, and his opinions seem to be suspiciously close to what an election strategist might have told him it would be useful for him to believe.
And while there are those who will claim that Kerry simply chose the Democrat who was second-best qualified for the Presidency, we all know that's a joke. Kerry isn't even the second-best-qualified, and Edwards isn't in the top twenty-five.

Kerry is the most liberal Senator -- which means that he stands for something, even though he's spending his campaign pretending that he was just kidding about all those anti-defense and pro-spending votes over the years.
Four years from now, when Hillary is ready to make her move... Edwards will be the only Democrat in a position to deny her what she thinks of as her right -- another eight-year stint in the White House.

Which means that if this election turns out correctly, and we stick with our much-vilified and ridiculed Abraham Lincoln to see us through the rest of this war against terrorism, I will actually find myself in 2008 rooting for John Edwards to win the Democratic nomination -- because the idea of Hillary as President is so hideous that even Republicans have to hope the Democratic Party will choose someone who is probably harmless as their candidate.

Think of John Edwards as the Warren Harding of contemporary politics. He just looks so darn electable, somebody has to nominate him for something.

--World Watch - Orson Scott Card

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:57 PM in Politics/Government
Someone slipped up at the times

Somehow they let a relatively positive story from Iraq get through.

Gradually, ever so imperceptibly, the ground is beginning to shift.

The legions of American soldiers who not so long ago erected checkpoints and roared across the capital, guns pointed out of their Humvees, have diminished.

In their place, Iraqi officers are manning checkpoints and swooping down on suspected criminal gangs. Led by their American counterparts, Iraqi soldiers are combing through palm groves in search of weapons caches. One vanguard unit of the new Iraqi Army, known as the Iraqi Intervention Force, is allowed to patrol the streets without Americans.

More and more, the public face of security here is Iraqi.
The change is part of a calibrated American strategy to win confidence among ordinary Iraqis essentially by not being so visible.

That strategy is also evident in the actions of American civilian leaders here. The American ambassador, John D. Negroponte, has kept a conspicuously low profile. No longer are there near-daily news briefings in English by an American overseer or military officer. Instead there are addresses to the news media, often in a mixture of Arabic and English, by newly appointed Iraqi officials.

--New York Times

In your standard piece in say the Washington Post or the L.A. Times that retreat of US personnel from the spotlight would be portrayed as a failure; as proof that our strategy in Iraq hadn't worked. Never mind that it IS our strategy in Iraq.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:29 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
9/11 commision claims Iran helped al Qaeda
In its report due next week, the September 11 commission will disclose new evidence suggesting Iranian government officials may have helped facilitate the terror attacks by providing Al Qaeda members with safe passage and “clean” passports as they traveled from Osama bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan through Iran, NEWSWEEK has learned.

Citing a recently discovered December 2001 memo buried in the files of the National Security Agency, the commission report states that Iranian border inspectors were instructed not to place stamps in the passports of Al Qaeda fighters from Saudi Arabia who were traveling from bin Laden’s camps through Iran, according to U.S. officials and commission sources familiar with the report.

The commission report does not address which Al Qaeda members specifically benefited from the clean passport policy. It also emphasizes that the panel has found no evidence suggesting that Iranian government officials had advance knowledge of bin Laden’s plans to attack the World Trade Towers and Pentagon on the morning of September 11, 2001.

But, citing the NSA memo, the report discloses for the first time that eight to ten of the so-called “muscle hijackers” on September 11 are believed to have traveled through Iran between October 2000 and February 2001—the same period of time that Iranian border guards were facilitating the movement of extremist jihadis entering and exiting the Afghan training camps.


Predictably I've seen some rehashing the old canard of "why are we only going after Iraq and not Iran and North Korea", indignantly crying "Iran has WMD programs and was helping al Qaeda, not Iraq! Why didn't we attack them?!?!?!?!"

Firstly I find it highly dubious that the Left that opposed removing Saddam after 12 or so years of sanctions and clear evidence that he wasn't living up to his part of the agreement would, if confronted with evidence of an Iranian weapons program and evidence that Iran aided al Qaeda, be all fine and dandy with invading and removing Iran's government. There would have been cries of "let's give sanctions a shot!" Because of course sanctions have worked so well against Saddam, and North Korea, and Cuba. (This is what, year 41 of the sanctions against Cuba working wonders?)

We went to war with Iraq because we had come to the end of the line on options with them. We had imposed sanctions and they were being circumvented by a corrupt oil-for-food program. We imposed no fly zones and our planes were being shot at regularly. We had tried restoring inspections but Saddam simply jerked around with them at every turn. Saddam refused to provide the cooperation that was required. He was bickering about when U2s could fly over and whether rockets that clearly violated the terms of the agreement really did and whether they'd be destroyed. We now know that he had ongoing WMD-related activities that he was not allowed to have. This was not a man being deterred by our efforts.

The Left complains that President Bush is too simplistic and then they turn right around and complain that he doesn't impose the exact same sanctions/punishments/retribution in every circumstance out that even remotely similar. North Korea can still be negotiated with given the help of China. Iran has a large movement of its own that given time could overthrow the government without any help from us at all. Iraq had none of these things. There was nobody to keep Iraq in line. There was no negotiating with Saddam, he had long ago shown himself to be a dishonest negotiating partner. There was no movement within non-Kurdish Iraq that could have overthrown the government that was oppressing them so thoroughly. That is why we attacked Iraq and not Nation X, Y, or Z. They all may be well-deserving of a good ass whoopin' but we don't use that as our first course of action. We tried dealing with Iraq peacefully. If he had come out after the Gulf War and fully disclosed his weapons programs and fully complied with all UN resolutions and given up his imperialistic goals we never would have had to invade Iraq. If he hadn't stymied our efforts to enforce the peace at every turn we would not have had to invade Iraq. In the end we ran out of peaceable options with Iraq and we had to do what we did. We haven't reached that point with the other countries yet. You'd think that a party that prides itself on the "nuance" of its candidate would be able to see the logic of treating different situations differently.

It's easy to call your opponents simplistic warmongers when you oversimplify their rationale for waging war to the ridiculously simplistic.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:01 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Thursday, July 15, 2004
Catching up... On delaying the election

Some are in an uproar because some government officials want to look into procedures for delaying the election.

I should hope somebody's thinking about this. God knows I wouldn't want anything to happen to delay the election, but the worst possible thing that could happen would be a terrorist strike very close to or during the election and nobody having a clue what they can or should do. If a dirty bomb goes of the day before the election, or the day of, I don't want 500 Congressmen and innumerable local and state officials each with their own thoughts and plans and actions about how the election will take place. I don't want one Senator saying the election should be delayed a month and Representative saying it should be next week while the Election supervisor in Podunk Township, USA is saying "eh, just come back tomorrow" while the next county over is saying "vote now or never". That's chaos and we need to know what we're doing to avoid it.

If we're going to have a debate over whether we can, or how we can, or whether we should delay the election I want it held now, not 10 minutes after a terrorist attack. If the worst should happen I want a plan in place. I want people to know whether they're allowed to delay voting. If they are I want people to know under what circumstances it should happen. I want them to know how they can go about doing it.

If we decide that the election should be delayed under no circumstances then we should know that going in. If in the event of a terrorist attack that results in the election being delayed we should know going in whether that means every polling place in America shuts down... whether just those in the states, counties, or cities affected are shut down... whether votes already cast will count... whether they won't count... who has the right to make the call. This is stuff we need to know and a vast scream of "WE SHOULD NEVER EVEN THINK ABOUT THIS!!!!!" doesn't help. We need to at least think about it and if after thinking it's decided that a delay should never happen then so be it, but we can't allow that decision to be made without examining the situation.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:33 AM in Politics/Government
I tell ya...

If you want to find old people try McDonald's at 9:15 AM. They're all over the place.

To McDonald's credit I'll say this, they've made some improvements. Hadn't been inside a McDonald's in quite some time before yesterday and there weren't a ton of major changes, but there were a bunch of smaller ones that just made it a little better. The food still isn't close to the best among fast food but they let you fill and refill your own drinks, they have the cups for ketchup rather than the packets, the menu with the pictures changes for breakfast and the rest of the day and they're now taking credit cards.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:09 AM in Miscellaneous

Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Note to the National Leage

You haven't done it in the past 8 years, but do you think that maybe in the next 8 years you could think about maybe WINNING ONE FREAKING ALL-STAR GAME!!!

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:35 PM in Baseball

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Iran: It's the US & Israel that are beheading people in Iraq
Eschewing terrorism as a "loathsome, horrible phenomenon," Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei accused the United States and Israel on Tuesday of being responsible for kidnappings and beheadings of foreign nationals in Iraq.

"We seriously suspect the agents of the Americans and Israelis in conducting such horrendous terrorist moves and cannot believe that the people who kidnap Philippine's nationals, for instance, or behead U.S nationals are Muslims," Khamenei said - as quoted by Iran's official news service, the Iranian Republic News Agency (IRNA), on Tuesday.



I'd be really curious to know what they think America's rationale would be for kidnapping and beheading citizens of our allies and demanding that they pull their troops out.

Meanwhile an associate of Osama bin Laden turns himself in to the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:11 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
"Why al Qaeda is Fleeing Iraq"
Al Qaeda operations in Iraq have encountered unexpected problems. Iraqis have become increasingly hostile to al Qaeda's suicide bombing campaign. Religious leaders, which al Qaeda expects to get support from, have been openly denouncing these bombings. Iraqis, aware that they are more likely, than American soldiers, to be victims of these attacks, are providing more information on where the al Qaeda members are hiding out. Most of the al Qaeda in Iraq are foreigners, and easy for Iraqis to detect. As a result of this, many of the al Qaeda men have moved back to Fallujah, which has become a terrorist sanctuary. The interim government is trying to convince the tribal and religious leaders of Fallujah to back a military operation in the city to clear out the various al Qaeda, criminal and Baath Party gangs. But the gangs of Fallujah are quick to threaten any local leader that shows signs of supporting the government. While the Fallujah leadership is intimidated, many residents of Fallujah are not, and are providing information to the coalition, which has led to attacks, with smart bombs or coalition and Iraqi troops, on buildings used by al Qaeda, or other gangs, as headquarters.

Al Qaeda has found the atmosphere even more hostile elsewhere in Iraq, and many of the terrorists have returned home. This is especially true of those who came from Saudi Arabia (and other Gulf nations, particularly Yemen) and Syria. Few, if any, al Qaeda came from Iran, which is Shia Moslem. Al Qaeda is dominated by Sunni Moslems who are often violently anti-Shia. While the hundreds of returning al Qaeda veterans are still determined to achieve al Qaeda's goals of world domination, they are also more realistic. Fanaticism was not sufficient to chase the foreigners from Iraq, and the Arab media's sensational, and largely false, reporting of the impact of al Qaeda's attacks contributed to the disillusionment.

--Strategy Page (via Instapundit)

Wait, I thought the Iraqis hated us with the passion of a thousand suns and would do rise up in civil war to overthrow the puppet interim government...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, the key to success in Iraq isn't in killing every terrorist, it isn't in crushing dissent, it isn't in pulling out. It is in ensuring that the Iraqis know that it is their country. It is in ensuring that they realize they have a part to play. It is in giving them the ability to fight back against those who would repress them, those who would kill them. The Iraqis must know that it is THEIR Iraq they are fighting for and it appears they’re getting the message.

President Bush knows this too. The Left complains that President Bush doesn't have a plan to win in Iraq. This IS his plan to win in Iraq.

The June 30th transfer of sovereignty is an essential commitment of our strategy. Iraqis are proud people who resent foreign control of their affairs, just as we would. After decades under the tyrant, they are also reluctant to trust authority. By keeping our promise on June 30th, the coalition will demonstrate that we have no interest in occupation. And full sovereignty will give Iraqis a direct interest in the success of their own government. Iraqis will know that when they build a school or repair a bridge, they're not working for the Coalition Provisional Authority, they are working for themselves. And when they patrol the streets of Baghdad, or engage radical militias, they will be fighting for their own country.
Coalition forces and the Iraqi people have the same enemies -- the terrorists, illegal militia, and Saddam loyalists who stand between the Iraqi people and their future as a free nation. Working as allies, we will defend Iraq and defeat these enemies.

America will provide forces and support necessary for achieving these goals.

--White House

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:41 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Monday, July 12, 2004
Do you live in New York? If so, hard-left groups are trying to ruin your day during the GOP Convention

And worse than that, making it easier for possible terrorists.

Fringe elements are hoping to spark major disruptions at the Republican National Convention with a series of sneaky tricks - including fooling bomb-sniffing dogs on trains bound for Penn Station, the Daily News has learned.

Internet-using anarchists are telling would-be troublemakers to decoy specially trained Labrador retrievers with gunpowder or ammonium nitrate-laced tablets in a bid to halt trains or even spur the evacuation of Madison Square Garden.
"Where is the legitimate protest in trying to endanger the public?" an angry ­Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told The News.
So in addition to guarding against the most vile, organized and destructive of terrorists, Kelly and company have to combat a shadowy, loose-knit band of traveling troublemakers who spread their guides to disruption over the Internet.

The dog decoy ploy is the among most insidious in the fringe groups' bag of tricks - which includes throwing marbles under the hooves of police horses and using slingshots to pelt the animals.

"They're trying to use up our resources with false alarms. ... The sensitive dogs would become burned out with too many alerts," said a police source.

--New York Daily News

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:07 PM in Politics/Government
"40 Reasons To Vote For George Bush Or Against John Kerry"

40 Reasons To Vote For George Bush Or Against John Kerry from Right Wing News.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:58 PM in Politics/Government

Saturday, July 10, 2004
State of the Union

The Ohio Republican Party has a new blog called State of the Union.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:03 PM in Politics/Government
Internet Explorer losing market share

For the first time since at least 1999 Internet Explorer is showing a noticable decline in market share.

A relatively small but noticable number of people are getting fed up with IE and switching to Mozilla/Netscape with IE's market share dropping from 95.73% to 94.73% in a month while Mozilla/Netscape's share rose from 3.21% to 4.05%.

I made the switch a while back and am quite happy with Mozilla's Firefox.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:12 PM in Technology/Internet

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond - June 2, 2004:

"Their [conservatives] idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side," Bond told a cheering audience. "They've written a new constitution for Iraq and ignore the Constitution here at home. They draw their most rabid supporters from the Taliban wing of American politics. Now they want to write bigotry back into the Constitution."


NAACP National Voter Fund ad run in 10 states in October, 2000:

[Background sound: deep, eerie metallic; later fade in low clanking]
Renee Mullins (voice over): I’m Renee Mullins, James Byrd’s daughter.

On June 7, 1998 in Texas my father was killed. He was beaten, chained, and then dragged 3 miles to his death, all because he was black.

So when Governor George W. Bush refused to support hate-crime legislation, it was like my father was killed all over again.

Call Governor George W. Bush and tell him to support hate-crime legislation.

We won’t be dragged away from our future.

--Democracy in Action

Someone want to tell my why the President of the United States should speak in front of this group?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:19 AM in Politics/Government

Friday, July 9, 2004

Hillary to the Houston Chronicle according to Drudge:

"This administration is in danger of being the first in American history to leave our nation worse off than when they found it."


Is she seriously suggesting that we as a nation were better off when Carter left office than when he came in?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:47 PM in Politics/Government
Briefings? We don't need no stinkin' briefings!

Kerry on Larry King Live: (emphasis mine)

King:...Let's get to, first thing's first, news of the day. Tom Ridge warned today about al Qaeda plans of a large-scale attack on the United States, didn't increase the -- do you see any politics in this? What's your reaction?

KERRY: Well, I haven't been briefed yet, Larry. They have offered to brief me; I just haven't had time. But all Americans are united in our efforts to defeat terrorism.

I believe that John Edwards and I can wage a far more effective war on terror than George Bush has.

Really? A "more effective war on terror than George Bush"? Kerry can't even make time for a briefing on "al Qaeda plans of a large-scale attack on the United States". And we're supposed to believe he could run a better War on Terror?

At least President Bush can make time for important stuff like that.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:10 PM in Politics/Government
Pete Rose called upon to manage professional baseball team

Well, Pete Rose Jr. anyway.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:58 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Thursday, July 8, 2004
You know, it's odd...

The administration releases information that terrorists are plotting to attack the United States before the November election. This is based on information resulting from the arrest of terror suspects in Europe. Osama and al-Zawahiri are said to be directing them.

The response from the Left? They're "crying wolf", "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz" and "This is nothing new - they've already been spouting this sort of crap".

Back in August 2001 the President's Daily Briefing pointed out that for quite some time bin Laden had wanted to attack inside the US. This apparently is based on no new information. No action is taken because there's nothing actionable.

The left's reaction to this? "Bush knew!", "Do these people need somebody to tell them to do something?", "The idiot hears that... and then takes a month off? That's criminally irresponsible!", "george, it's called terrorism 'cause you dont know when & where its occurs. bush should be impeached and convicted for gross negligence" and "All Bu$h had to do at his Aug 7th Press Briefing was to tell the American people that we had serious concerns about a possible al Qaeda attack".

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:47 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
Kerry-Edwards has better hair?
Addressing the crowd at RiverScape MetroPark, Kerry ticked off the ways he and his running mate, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, are a better choice than incumbent President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Kerry boasted that he and Edwards have better ideas, a better sense of what America needs.

"And," he said, "we've got better hair."

--Dayton Daily News

Not so according to a survey pitting President Bush against Kerry.

May the best candidate win, but
when it comes to the best presidential hair, George W. Bush has America's
vote, according to Wahl Clipper Corporation's 2004 Grooming Survey and First
Ever "Index" on men's grooming habits.

Despite John Kerry's recent claim that the Kerry-Edwards ticket has the
best hair, Wahl's survey found that the majority of Americans overwhelmingly
voted for Bush's hair over Kerry's (Bush -- 51 percent; Kerry -- 30 percent;
neither -- 10 percent; don't know -- 9 percent.)

--PR Newswire

Poor guy, he can't even claim to have the best hair without being wrong.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:03 PM in Politics/Government
No pressure put on intelligence analysts

The unanimous report by the [bipartisan Senate] panel will say there is no evidence that intelligence officials were subjected to pressure to reach particular conclusions about Iraq. That issue had been an early focus of Democrats, but none of the more than 200 intelligence officials interviewed by the panel made such a claim, and the Democrats have recently focused criticism on the question of whether the intelligence was misused.

--The New York Times

So, how can the Left skew this? Perhaps "Bush should have pressured them to reach the right conclusion" or "Bush's reliance on the CIA is a symbol of his incompetence" or, most likely, "Bush pressured the analysts to lie!!!! (Bush is like Hitler!)"

Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:48 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
Lileks on FH911
Believing in Bush’s perfidy gives some people the same comfort and emotional nourishment others get from believing in Jesus. It validates them, cements their view of the world – venal, conspiratorial, run by capering chimps who are somehow ten times less intelligent than Usenet posters but somehow able to yank strings on a global scale. A commenter on a Fark thread called Bush “The Unelected Murder Monkey,” for heaven’s sake. Not all the opponents are unhinged, of course. Of course. There are many levels of opposition, from the serene and reasonable to the char-broiled nutburgers who haunt the comments sections of my favorite blogs. Or my favorite talk shows. Today I heard a caller describe how “Fahrenheit 9/11” affected him; now he believed that the Bush administration attacked the Taliban and Iraq because the Saudis wanted it. The host pointed out that the Saudis didn’t want it. The caller said “well, that’s your opinion.” Movies are facts, you see. Facts are just opinions.

Ooooh! You’re really spooked by F911, musta struck a nerve, eh? Scared that Chimpy McDeath is gonna go down? I love that: Moore’s on the cover of Entertainment Weekly and Time and who knows what else; he's the big magilla of the month. But respond to his assertions and you’re acting out of frantic panic. Right. I admit, I don’t like Mr. Moore; I don’t share his contempt for the American people, and I think he’s a dishonest polemicist.

--James Lileks - The Bleat

Oh, there's tons more there, go check it out.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:22 PM in Movies
And this is the crux of the matter
When a reporter noted that Edwards was being described as "charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist and even sexy" and then asked "How does he stack up against Dick Cheney?" the president immediately responded, "Dick Cheney can be president. Next?"

--Yahoo! News

In Edwards we have a man that not even Kerry thought was fit to be President. Can anybody really say now that he is?

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:50 AM in Politics/Government
Truth? We don't need no stinkin' truth!

Surprise, surprise. The revelation that Iraq did in fact seek uranium from Niger isn't enough for the Left as Brian Griffin demonstrates.

Bush not "lying" is seen as a victory, but the fact that he had to rely on bullshit evidence that his own people did not know or verify and still have not verified is to all other observers a sign that Bush was incompetent, and was grasping at straws to try and justify his war.

One of three possibilities exist: Bush lied, is and was an idiot, or was incompetent. He could be all three, but I will not go that far. At least not today.

--Cincy Blog

Did he completely miss the part where it said the claims regarding Iraq seeking uranium from Niger were true? President Bush said that the British had learned that Iraq was looking to obtain uranium in Niger. The independent investigation in Britain has determined that the claim is in fact true. Repeating a claim from the British that turns out to be completely true is now an example of being either a liar, incompetent, or an idiot? It was not "bullshit evidence", THE CLAIM WAS TRUE! He took a claim from an ally, a claim that, again, turned out to be factually and in all other ways correct and repeated it. That is not lying. That is not incompetence. That is not idiocy. That is justified trust. There might be a case for incompetence if it weren't for the fact that IT WAS COMPLETELY TRUE!

Nothing will satisfy Brian. President Bush could save a baby from a burning building and he'd just complain that he should have stopped the fire from starting in the first place.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:51 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Wednesday, July 7, 2004
Iraq DID seek uranium from Niger
A UK government inquiry into the intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq is expected to conclude that Britain's spies were correct to say that Saddam Hussein's regime sought to buy uranium from Niger.

The inquiry by Lord Butler, which was delivered to the printers on Wednesday and is expected to be released on July 14, has examined the intelligence that underpinned the UK government's claims about the threat from Iraq.
People with knowledge of the report said Lord Butler has concluded that this claim was reasonable and consistent with the intelligence.

President George W. Bush referred to the Niger claim in his state of the union address last year. But officials were forced into a climbdown when it was revealed that the only primary intelligence material the US possessed were documents later shown to be forgeries.

The Bush administration has since distanced itself from all suggestions that Iraq sought to buy uranium. The UK government has remained adamant that negotiations over sales did take place and that the fake documents were not part of the intelligence material it had gathered to underpin its claim.

The Financial Times revealed last week that a key part of the UK's intelligence on the uranium came from a European intelligence service that undertook a three-year surveillance of an alleged clandestine uranium-smuggling operation of which Iraq was a part.

Intelligence officials have now confirmed that the results of this operation formed an important part of the conclusions of British intelligence. The same information was passed to the US but US officials did not incorporate it in their assessment.

--Financial Times

This of course means that the evidence behind the statement "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." from the President Bush's State of the Union Address is completely true.

I'm sure this will get just as much coverage in the news as the brouhaha over the infamous 16 words got in the first place. Yeah right.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:41 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
Got extra Gmail invites?

You might consider Gmail4Troops. They'll hook you up with a member of our military looking for a Gmail invite and you then send them one. I just sent my first Gmail4Troops invite to an enlisted man with the 120th Engineers.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:18 PM in Technology/Internet

Ramesh Ponnuru brings to light an article in The Amerian Prospect by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. Reich's conclusion: People who believe in God are the greatest danger we face.

Now I disagree with much of what [Robert Reich] has to say, and consider it uncivil to describe advocates of prayer in public schools, a ban on abortions, and other policies Reich dislikes as "religious zealots." (I don't consider myself a religious zealot, although I support several of those policies, and support some of them zealously.) But none of this is especially outrageous or even noteworthy.

But then comes Reich's conclusion:

The great conflict of the 21st century will not be between the West and terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic, not a belief. The true battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernists; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe their allegiance and identity to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is mere preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe in science, reason, and logic and those who believe that truth is revealed through Scripture and religious dogma. Terrorism will disrupt and destroy lives. But terrorism itself is not the greatest danger we face.

This goes well beyond the common denunciation of "fundamentalism" where that term is meant to describe an ideology that seeks the imposition of religious views on non-believers. (That's what Andrew Sullivan means when he uses the term.) It is a denunciation — as a graver threat than terrorists — of people who believe that the world to come is more important than this world, or that all human beings owe their allegiance to God.

--Ramesh Ponnuru on Robert Reich on National Review Online

What can you say to that? It's so unbelievably off base.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:41 PM in Religion
Wictory Wednesday

This is Wictory Wednesday. Please volunteer or donate to help the President win reelection.

President Bush needs your support now more than ever to help counter the lies, untruths, and misleading spin being put out by the Left.

You can also sign up to get e-mail from the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign.

If you are an Ohioan who supports the President please consider joining the Ohioans for Bush-Cheney Yahoo! Group.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:31 PM in Politics/Government
A Bush-hater on Fahrenheit 9/11
The problem with Moore's approach isn't what he presents, or even what he believes. Although, I think his approach of just piling on whatever he thinks smokes like a gun is lazy and disservices any focused attack. My real problem with the approach is what he leaves out. It's obvious even to me--a guy who gets his political news from "Peanuts" reprints (and only the color ones on Sunday)--that he ignores all facts and evidence that might counter the argument he's determined to make. The result is propaganda for people who already agree with him, but won't change the minds of anyone whose mind you'd want to change. The people who disagree will continue to disagree, because Moore does nothing to counter their arguments. The movie would be a shitload more effective if it were focused on disproving conservative myths instead of creating a whole slew of liberal ones via implication.

That's what I'd like to see. A movie that doesn't pander to the NPR totebag crowds shuttling edamame home to their mud-compact homes in V-4 Saabs. One that has an answer every time the SUV-driving, fried-children-eating, baby-seal-beating Republicans say "But what about..." In stead we get a movie meant to make liberals feel good about themselves.

Now if I hear one more jackass say "Everyone should see this movie," I'm gonna kick him (or her) in the nuts. What they mean is, "Everyone should see this because I'm right and you should be forced to agree with me. Oh yeah, and I'm an asshole." Sure, everyone should see this, and everyone should read Bill O'Reilly's books too. You're a pompous ass if you think everyone should see it just because its what you believe. Only people who want to should see it. And they should see it as part of a much larger curriculum. You should know enough to make up your own mind, not let Michael Moore do it for you.

--The Filthy Critic

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:04 PM in Movies
Couple TV thoughts

1) Last Comic Standing -- I couldn't have been more pleased with how the episode ended. Thank God Ant is gone.

2) Yay! The Amazing Race is back! THE best reality show on TV. The race was thrilling as always, they really know how to manage the tension and excitement.

Favorite team so far: Jim/Marsha the military father/daughter team. Tough pretty much sums up Jim; his leg is gashed open - he doesn't care, he'd rather get on the plane than get the stitches he needs. He doesn't complain, he doesn't let it slow him down.

Least favorite team so far: Charla/Mirna the "Cousins" team (Charla's a little person). They seem to have this assumption that everybody should be giving them a hand. They're indignant that nobody is helping them yet they say they won't help anybody else unless the other team helps them first. Charla seems rock steady, but in the meat carrying task Mirna showed herself to be whiney enough for 2 regular sized people.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:51 AM in TV
Iranian intelligence officers caught in Iraq with explosives
American and Iraqi joint patrols, along with U.S. Special Operations (search) teams, captured two men with explosives in Baghdad on Monday who identified themselves as Iranian (search) intelligence officers, FOX News has confirmed. ... The Defense officials also confirmed to FOX News that in recent days there has been significant success in tracking down "known bad guys" based on information from local citizens. While those captured aren't from the list of former regime members or from terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's (search) network, they are "active" bombers and organizers of recent violence.

The arrest of the two Iranians suspected of attempting to carry out a vehicle bombing has focused new attention on how Tehran is trying to protect its interests in the country it fought for eight years in a devastating war.

So far, Iran is believed to have used money, not guns, to influence Iraq — particularly by spreading wealth among Shiite political factions — while avoiding a direct confrontation with its longtime rival the United States.

It's going to be hard for the insurgents to keep what support they have when they've got foreign members of al Qaeda and the Iranian government blowing up Iraqis. The Iraqi people aren't exactly big fans of being killed by Iranians.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:32 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Tuesday, July 6, 2004
First Choice

The new ad from President Bush's campaign featuring Senator John McCain.

Sen. McCain:

It’s a big thing this war.

It’s a fight between right and wrong, good and evil.

And should our enemies acquire for their arsenal the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons they seek, this war will become an even bigger thing.

It will become a fight for our survival.

America is under attack by depraved enemies who oppose our every interest and hate every value we hold dear.

It is the great test of our generation and he has led with great moral clarity and firm resolve. He has not wavered, he has not flinched from the hard choices, he was determined and remains determined to make this world a better, safer, freer place. He deserves not only our support but our admiration. That’s why I am honored to introduce to you the President of the United States, George W. Bush.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:46 AM in Politics/Government
Kerry on Edwards

‘In the Senate four years – and that is the full extent of public life – no international experience, no military experience, you can imagine what the advertising is going to be next year,’ Mr. Kerry said. With a grin, he added: ‘When I came back from Vietnam in 1969 I don’t know if John Edwards was out of diapers then.'

On a related note, the GOP already has linking to their take on Edwards.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:29 AM in Politics/Government
Yep, doesn't get much more "exclusive" than this

Labeled "EXCLUSIVE" at the NY Post's site: "Kerry Picks Gephardt"

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:22 AM in Politics/Government
Looks like it's Edwards


Boy, it's a good thing they were so secretive about it, you wouldn't want the media to announce it before Kerry gets to announce it in a little over an hour.

Now we see how Kerry handles having an underling right out in the spotlight who's infinitely more personable than him.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:40 AM in Politics/Government
Democratic Convention Update

Recieved this in the mail, it has some LOL moments. Neither fair nor balanced, but deal with it.

It's quite long so click to check it out.

Democratic Convention Update News Service

Newsletters 4,5,6,



Due to the fact that the Secret Service has decided to shut down the "Information Superhighway" (AKA internet) because it runs too close to the Fleet Center and is therefore a security risk to John Kerry, we at Democratic Convention Update News Service have decided to combine newsletter numbers 4, 5, and 6. We recognize the fact that some of the people who will receive this newsletter are Liberal Democrats and /or members of the National Education Association and are therefore barely literate. For their benefit, we typed the newsletter slowly to match their reading speed and are using small words wherever possible.


Security Notices and Transportation Notices

The Security Notices section of this newsletter, as well as color coded security levels, are brought to you as always by "Osama Bin Laden and Associates, PC" If you are every randomly stripped searched in public, have your flight delayed, or are maimed on a bus by a homicide bomber because you are an American Infidel living in an unholy country, you can thank us at OBL and Associates.

The Transportation Notices section has been brought to you by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). At OPEC, we remind you that with or without oil, many of our people are nothing more than a bunch of illiterate, homicidal maniacs brainwashed by blind eunuch so-called clerics who are strapping explosives to our children and sending them into your country to kill you as you sleep. Pleasant dreams, infidel, and keep buying those SUV's.

The Coast Guard announced that to protect the DNC, Boston Harbor will be closed. They further announced that part of the security plan calls for a 50 mile radius in and around Boston Harbor to be MINED, with the mines in various sized ranging from ultra-small to super-ultra large. While no timetable for the mining has been announced, the disappearance of a Hingham to Boston commuter boat, and the fact that a customer at Legal Sea Foods had his head explode into little pieces when he bit into a shrimp, has led some to speculate that the mining may already have begun.

Due to the DNC Security requirements, the Queen Mary 2 will be rescheduling its previously planned port visit to Boston. The visit is also contingent upon Ted Kennedy moving his many cars that are parked throughout Nantucket Sound.

The Department of Defense announced today that at the request of John "liveshot" Kerry, troops from the United Nations will be manning security checkpoints in a thousand mile radius around the convention. Troops from France, Morocco, Belgium, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan, Libya, North Korea and Lebanon, along with a group of observers from the Palestinian Authority will be taking part in this effort. The DOD stated that this is a good opportunity to give troops from these countries an opportunity to learn how to use toilets and take showers, and practice such important skills such as kidnapping, extortion, sexual favors in exchange for safe passage through a roadblock, and how to recognize if a BMW is being driven by a gimme girl or driven by a capitalist pig who can afford to pay ransom. The Mexican Army was invited to participate, but they stated that their army was too busy shooting at American Border Patrol Agents 10 miles inside Texas and New Mexico as they escorted drug dealers into America. John Kerry stated that he managed to organize this coalition of countries that are together for a common purpose, and this is proof that his coalition building skills should get him elected president. Kerry, on the advice of his political advisor, Michael Dukakis, has promised reporters a unique photo opportunity when he rides on top of a North Korean tank from his residence to the Fleet Center.

The United National released a statement saying they welcomed the chance to bring their peace loving troops into the United States, and that money raised from kidnapping, extortion, and of course, tolls, will be used to increase the funds available for dictators and tribal leaders to obtain prostitutes, with additional funds set aside for the new chief of UN Weapons Inspections, Scott Ritter, to locate a new harem of young teenage boys.

The Sierra Club, in cooperation with other environmental groups, has announced that they plan to take advantage of Boston's new found freedom from auto traffic to transplant Piping Plovers onto every street in Boston at 50 yard intervals, with special attention to the intersections.

Every road is going to be closed by either roadblocks or Piping Plovers, and all other modes of transportation are going to be closed, so why bother leaving your house. AAA of Massachusetts said that if you feel like a fish out of water by just staying at home because your three jobs are barricaded shut, you can just sit outside in your car with the engine running for two hours at a time looking at the cars parked next to you to simulate a trip on the expressway. If your commute takes you onto the Mass Pike, just toss money into a sewer. Ladies, You can put on your makeup in a parked car, and yes stockbrokers, you can also read the financial section in a parked car. Gas Stations will be open and charging the usual $10.00 per gallon during the summer driving season.


Education Report:

The Education Report of this Newsletter is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) At the NEA, we have been indoctrinating your children with the words and wisdom of Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin, and cleansing them of any belief in God or of the American Dream. We love our union negotiated invulnerability to your efforts to protect America from our ultra-left wing policies, and we are proud to endorse John Kerry in his effort to unite America under the leadership of dictators, tribal leaders and un-elected despots that is the United Nations.

The Practical Exams for UMASS Amherst Course, Rioting 101, and Looting 202 will be held on Causeway Street at Merrimack Street. Be certain to register with your instructor (wearing the blue ski masks), and be certain to dump your student ID into one of the burning trashcans prior to donning your mask. Graduates of these programs can go onto a roster for invitations to other planned spontaneous riots throughout the civilized world. A special award will be given to the student who throws the tear gas canisters the farthest.

The Practical Exams for Northeastern University Course Rioting 101, and Boston University Course Mayhem 101 have been canceled due to the fact that they were held after the Patriots Superbowl victory. Most students failed the practical because they allowed themselves to be videotaped without their masks.


Legal Report

The Legal Report section is brought to you by the ACLU. At the ACLU, the only thing missing from our name is "anti-", as in "anti-american", "anti-religion", etc.

After a first of its kind change in venue from the Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals based in California issued a ruling in the case of ACLU V. MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE, ET AL. This case affects all law enforcement agencies except for Federal Law Enforcement that are working at the convention. In a PER CURIAM ruling, the court ruled that all police working at the convention may not carry guns as this may cause post-traumatic stress disorder in any illegal aliens that may be present. Also, the police working traffic or crowd control may not use hand signals as this is considered to be culturally insensitive to people from some countries. The court ruled that the police must shout "Simon says", and then use the words "red light or green light" in order to get cars to move, or "please kind sirs and madams, cross the street in an orderly and safe fashion while looking in both directions". These orders must be given in Cambodian, Creole, Vietnamese, Russian, Ebonics, Spanish, Mandarin, French and Arabic before the barely understood English is actually used. Court appointed monitors from the Sierra Club will be present to ensure that the shouts from the police do not interfere with the Piping Plovers. Reporters attempted to interview the justices, but they were all in a San Francisco medical marijuana clinic for treatment of their various ailments and were unavailable for comment.

The Bulger family announced that a special fund has been established by the South Boston Winter Hill Gang Business Club for businesses that may be vandalized during the convention but cannot get insurance. This fund is available to all businesses throughout the city except for those that already have "special protection." Rates for the loans are 30% compounded weekly. A special security force has also been expanded, and will visit you on a weekly basis to ensure your continued safety and prosperity. You can get details at almost every business in Southie that has intact windows and non-vandalized cars parked in front.



Excerpts from John "liveshot" Kerry's acceptance speech have been leaked exclusively to us here at DNC Update News Service. Here is part of the speech:

"I am proud to have you nominate me on the last night of the Democratic Convention here in Boston for the Democratic ticket for president. I am extremely proud...... (short pause for dramatic effect and looks at his watch for proper timing) ... OH NO!! Did the electrical power just go out in a spontaneous and completely unplanned manner!?! You know, with no lights and the TV and radio media outlets unable to properly record my acceptance, I guess we should defer this monumental moment for about 5 weeks from now, where I fortunately reserved a large sports arena in the key battleground state of Ohio. There, on a stage with excellent lighting to showcase my perfect hair and surgically enhanced facial features, I can formally announce my acceptance and save federal campaign funds that can be better used to showcase my ultra-liberal screw America policies on TV.

To the people that live within a thousand mile radius of Boston, I apologize for Mayor Menino's lack of planning that has caused this convention to become a circus due to this power failure and which had already greatly inconvenienced you and left you with a city full of Piping Plovers and no hope of auto traffic for the next year.

Well, in the dim light provided by police and firefighters that are preparing to escort you, my faithful delegates, to the safety of your Hotel or various corporate sponsored parties, let me assure you that in five weeks my formal acceptance of this nomination will not be interfered with by a friend and member of the AFL-CIO International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers accidentally closing off a circuit breaker, and our great march to Washington will begin and our federal funds will match that of George Bush."


Media, Politics, and Entertainment Report

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A concert will be held with many of Hollywood's stars making appearances. The highlight will be a sing along featuring “God-Damn the USA”, a new song using the music from Lee Greenwood's song "God-bless the USA” with new lyrics provided by the Dixie Chicks and sung by Barbra Streisand. An alternative “Damn the USA” will be available for Atheists, as well as “Allah Damn the USA” sung by the Saudi Arabian Embassy Glee Club. The sing along guide, available for $20.00 at the door or $18.50 in advance, also includes a full-size pinup of Nancy Pelosi wearing a tear away bikini.

Judges from Anti-American Idol will be present to judge who has the best raving lunatic speech outside of the Fleet Center. After 8 PM, they will be inside to judge who has the best raving lunatic speech.

Bill Clinton has agreed to be a judge for "Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Government Girls Gone Wild’s It’s almost a bikini bikini content” to be held at the State House Hall of Flags. Female State Employees not related to Speaker Tom Finneran are encouraged to attend, regardless of the job that was arranged for you by your relatives in the legislature. All female employees are reminded that the producers of Government Girls Gone Wild will be filming when the police water cannons open up on the protesters, so the photos of you in wet transparent clothes looting, burning cars, or just enjoying the mayhem can earn you extra cash (see newsletter 3 for more details).

The Russian newspaper Pravda, famous for its reporting during the soviet era, and Radio Moscow, are taking advantage of the Democratic convention to hold a reunion the day before the convention begins at the new Massachusetts Convention Center. All former interns and graduate students that worked for Pravda, Radio Moscow, TASS or any of the other soviet bloc media outlets are invited to attend. Because of this reunion, the BBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and NBC will not be broadcasting any news, and the New York Times, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times will not publish any editions, as all of the on-air talent, writers, producers, reporters, and editorial staff will ALL be in attendance. As a matter of fact, all programs on PBS will be canceled that day. Phil Donahue promised to wear a suit and not a skirt when he attends.

An internet poll has revealed that only one out of five NASCAR fans watch races because they expect to see a spectacular crash. However, the same poll shows that nine out of ten NASCAR fans will tune into the Presidential Debates between Bush and Kerry in the expectation of seeing Kerry do a spectacular flip-flop and then crash and burn.

“Gimme Girls Gone Wild”, will be holding a wet t-shirt contest and a contest with prizes in the following categories: best decorated car costing over $30,000, largest high definition TV in a section 8 apartment, most number of illegitimate children, most creative application for welfare and food stamps, largest diamond necklace, most designer clothes, most number of arrests for any offense or series of offenses without a conviction, and best high pitched shrill yell of “give us more welfare money now”. As an extra special treat, winners of the Days of Our Lives and General Hospital trivia contests get 20 gallons of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. After the contest, participants can drive their Lexus, Mercedes, BMW’s and Humvees in a police escorted parade to the Welfare office where special hours have been arranged so they can pick up their checks. Ben and Jerry will be present to give out more ice cream. As always, clothing is optional for those who wish to find potential fathers for more welfare babies.

Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner and the Nation of Islam will be holding a discussion on how to get the liberal stooges in the media to publish pornographic photos with captions that blame America for the world’s troubles. Autographed copies of Turner’s book on how to manipulate the media, and the illiterate pinheads that live in your district, and a bonus guide to pornography will be on sale for $29.95. A special full size centerfold of Miss Iraq 2002 is also included.

The O.J. Simpson book, “How to Behead your wife, a waiter, or an infidel” is being offered by the Boston Chapter of Islamic Jihad. Price is $24.95 for an autographed copy.

The Boston Chapter of Hamas, in cooperation with the Boston Chapter of the Arab Taxi Drivers Association, are offering “The Gullible Idiots Guide to Obtaining 71 Virgins”. For $19.95, the book includes a bonus video on how to cut and sew a vest to properly fit plastic explosives in order to avoid painful chafing, and how to wire a Crown Victoria Taxi with as much dynamite as possible. A special offering of a map of American Nuclear Power Plants, Chemical Factories, Bus and subway routes, and homes of American Leaders will be given out to the first 100 buyers of the book. Available from taxi drivers throughout Boston

Move-On.Org Girl's Gone Wild is sponsoring a Nancy Pelosi look and Sound Alike wet T-shirt contest, during which contestants scream barely coherent anti-American statements and then strip to the tune of the French National Anthem. California grown "medical" marijuana will be given out to contestants by Woody Harrelson of "Cheers" Fame, followed by Harrelson beating the crap out of a bound and gagged photographer.

Danny Glover is teaming up with Sean Penn in an as-yet-unnamed movie about a pair of left wing cops that tenderly care for the disadvantaged illegal aliens in their precinct by beating the crap out of greedy republicans until they donate hot-tubs for every apartment in the local public housing complexes No word yet on the complete plot, but Penn told US Magazine that this movie was inspired by his visit to Iraq where the people all had access to hot-tubs before the US Air Force bombed the helpless civilians in them, and Glover told Entertainment Tonight that after his visit to Cuba, he was convinced that the exploited minorities in the US should live more like Cubans. The film will be shot in Boston during the DNC too take advantage of both the abandoned streets and the fact that the Teamsters will be looting with everybody else and therefore unavailable to interfere with filming.

By popular demand, the Hilary Rodham Clinton look and sound alike contest has been moved to the Boston Police Rifle Range. Word from the knowing is that Hilary herself is going to attend to see if she still can be her annoying self.

In order to show solidarity with the oppressed people from overseas who are coming into Boston by flying in first class on Air France, reminds you not to wear deodorant, brush your teeth, use breath mints, or bathe for a couple of weeks prior to the convention. You are further reminded not to wear designer ski masks or expensive leather gloves from large multi-national stores. In order to prevent allergic reactions, use only non-latex gloves when you are looting department stores or raiding the center of multinational capitalist pig's lives, McDonalds.

Jane Fonda has announced plans to travel from the Fleet Center to Battleship Cove in Fall River to pay tribute to Vietnamese War Veterans as part of her support for John Kerry. After laying a wreath in honor of Ho Chi Minh, Fonda will sit upon one of the Battleships 40MM antiaircraft gun batteries for a photo op, and then lay inside one of the 16 inch gun barrels for a special photo op. A raffle is being held which will benefit the Disabled American Veterans to see who will get to fire the 16 inch guns once Hanoi Jane climbs inside. Tickets are $25.00 and already 60,000 have been sold.

Michael Moore will be in Boston during the convention, and is looking for historical reference materials and veterans to interview for his upcoming new documentary, "How the French Single Handedly Won the Second World War Without Help From the Cowardly, Gun Crazy Americans and the Lazy British". Moore's other documentary, "North Korea, Breadbasket of Asia and a Model of Utopian Living", took first place at the Pyongyang Film Festival last year and is due out on video on July 27th. DVD's with unseen historical footage of farms overloaded with produce and a trial and execution and disembowelment of a dissident are also included.

In a break from his usual anti-firearm ravings, Michael Moore is offering French Army rifles with his autograph clearly on the stock. Saying that these rifles are harmless because they were never fired and only dropped once, Moore says this is the start of numerous business deals with French companies. Moore is lending his name to a designer series of nuclear centrifuges, biological warfare equipment, and a line of tanks with three gears set for reverse and one for forward. Moore's name also appears on a new book, "How to Sell Oil for Weapons Instead of Food with the Full Knowledge and Cooperation of the UN Secretary General". Moore's EBAY store has been doing a brisk business except for the tanks, which haven't sold outside of France.

Michael Moore also wants to show that the French aren't a nation of cowards, but are victims of an American smear campaign. Moore says he obtained documents that show that the German Panzer Divisions bombarded the French troops with jugs of decaffeinated coffee and heavy French pastry. After a lull in which the French troops hungrily ate the food, the German troops all sang "Frere Jacques" in a soft melodious voice that caused the troops to fall asleep and be captured. These documents were kept secret by NATO officials because they feared that the enemies of France and NATO could use these tactics again wherever French troops appeared, like Vietnam, Africa... These documents do not explain away the French's reputation for a being a bunch of rude, smelly, whiney and ungrateful bastards...

Nominations for the Berlitz School of Double Talk "Award for Excellent Doubletalk" are open until the end of June, with the award to be presented by the Chairman of the Berlitz School of Double Talk, John F. Kerry. While no official news has been released, top candidates include Nancy Pelosi, Michael Moore, Al Franken, Mike Wallace, and the combined staffs of the New York Times and the Boston Globe.

The National Association For the Advancement of Insane People is preparing to endorse John Kerry, saying that his policies are so crazy they might actually work despite what the "sane" people say. They also like his constant flip-flops on issues, saying it is a sign of either Manic-Depression or even Multiple Personality Disorder. They plan on presenting Kerry with the endorsement and coupons for Prozac and Electric Shock Therapy before the convention.

The Massachusetts Republican Party (MRP) has announced that they are planning to hold a convention of their own. All members of the MRP are expected to attend the convention to be held at the 99 Restaurant in Charlestown at 1PM on July 28. In order to provide for a more comfortable setting for everyone, a table of 6 has been reserved rather than the usual table for four.

Nation of Islam Girls Gone Wild wet t-shirt contest will be held at the intersection of Causeway and Merrimack Street. Awards for best vail, and hairiest legs will be given out. Winners will be eligible to appear at a Boston City Council meeting with City Councilor Chuck Turner.

Nation of Islam is also sponsoring an event with prizes awarded in the following categories: Name your homicidal clerics, longest time spent illegally in the US on an expired tourist visa, assemble a homicide vest loaded with plastic explosives in the shortest time, a geography contest where you name various chemical and nuclear plants and subway stops from the photos provided, reassemble an AK-47 in the shortest time, loudest shout of "allah ahkbar" and "death to the great Satan", and many other events. You do not need to be a Muslim to enter this contest. You just need to hate the USA. Newly released or escaped convicts from American jails are encouraged to attend.

Al Jazeera will be at the convention. As part of their coverage, they will be showing live, preparations for a 21 mortar salute which will be fired at American army positions in Iraq and simultaneously in Afghanistan, interview Jane Fonda and Ted Kennedy as they discuss why America is the Great Satan, and air live segments of Al Franken as he makes a pilgrimage to the cave where Osama bin Laden planned the attacks on 9-11. Mike Wallace of CBS's "60 Minutes", in a special report, will travel to various bases inside Iraq and interview soldiers at the British, Polish, Ukrainian, South Korean, Japanese and a few other camps as he attempts to explain the lack of international support for the removal of Saddam Hussein. A musical salute to John Kerry will be done by the combined Palestine Liberation Organization Orchestra / Pakistani Army Intelligence Glee Club, as they celebrate what they hope will be John Kerry's rise to power with a mixture of fundamentalist ravings, photos of John Kerry, and musical songs celebrating the 9-11 highjackers. In a not-so-stunning announcement, it was announced that Al-Jazeera is actually co-owned by the New York Times, CNN, and, and that Al Franken is responsible for most of the programming content.

The Leader of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and co-editor of Democratic Convention Update News will be in Boston during the Convention. Pro-American, pro-law enforcement types can contact him directly at, or see his yahoogroup,, where back issues can be requested, comments exchanged, and your input through polls can be left (or right). Left wing, Pro-United Nations, Liberal Democrats can kiss his.... For those wondering, The Leader of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and co-editor of Democratic Convention Update News should be addressed by his official workplace title of "Mighty Great One".



BREAKING NEWS: France has surrendered to a group of German Soldiers! The Germans, led by a 95 year old former colonel and 10 other former soldiers ranging in age from 85-87 years old, became bored at a retirement home, asked themselves what they could do for some excitement on a slow day, and decided to invade France. After strapping on artificial legs and arms, putting in hearing aids and dentures, and taking the multiple medications required by geriatric Rambo's, they were ultimately successful.

After the French surrender, the German Government reluctantly accepted the surrender due to all of the people that they would need to provide welfare for, and arranged for a new French Government. The new government is called Vichy Light after the World War 2 government.

Exiled French President Jacques Chirac, from the mobile home in a British Welfare Trailer Park located in a desolate and windswept section of Scotland that was provided by Prince Charles and normally reserved for the common illegal aliens that sneak into Britain from France, begged the USA to come to his assistance. President Bush's reply was "Been there! Done that! No thanks!!"

The French people have all opened up their emergency survival kits provided by the French government in anticipation of an emergency like this, took out the Berlitz Guide to Instant German, and now the only place speaking french is Quebec.

(Editors Note - Chirac might have gotten some support if he got of his fat ass and went to the Reagan Funeral to show some respect instead of staying in Georgia and watching "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 911" on DVD)


That's it for this edition folks. Stayed tuned and well have more tidbits of info for you in our next edition, including a recipe for stuffed Piping Plover, a report on the other Democratic Candidates who are waiting for John Kerry to fall flat on his surgically altered face, a look at Mayor Menino's traffic management plan (Traffic plan? We don't have no traffic plan. WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN TRAFFIC PLAN!!!), and a report from the student athletes at UMASS Amherst as they prepare for the Tear Gas Olympics that is the Democratic Convention, and Laura Ingram, Jay Severin, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly will offer tips on how to avoid becoming nauseous when you are bombarded with liberal BS. Your comments are welcome - Mighty Great One

Copyright 2004 by the Leader of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

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Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:19 AM in Politics/Government
President's Iraq policy isolating nation

Oh, the "President" here is Jacques Chirac.

Under the headline "Splendid isolation", France's Le Monde says the Iraq issue is confronting President Jacques Chirac with "a highly difficult diplomatic equation".

The president, it says, has to work out a way of "maintaining his opposition to the war without appearing to be shamefully nostalgic for Saddam Hussein".

His dilemma is "how not to oppose the reconstruction of a 'sovereign' Iraq without reneging on his original position".

As a result, at the Nato summit in Istanbul "France found itself isolated in its refusal to accede to America's requests and in its blunt criticism of George W. Bush's public pronouncements."

--BBC NEWS (via Instapundit)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:42 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Monday, July 5, 2004
"Hello, my name is John Kerry and I'm running for President... Kerry... with a K... I'm from Massachusetts... ever tried Heinz ketchup?"

Bush has prospered, in the view of these Democrats, less because of his own efforts than uncontrollable events and Kerry's failures. The prospective Democratic nominee's campaign was eclipsed by Ronald Reagan's death, Bill Clinton's book and the Iraq handover. However, the Democrats complain Kerry's campaign has done a poor job of presenting the candidate to the public.

The Kerry camp has responded to these critics by saying that the Democratic National Convention, beginning in Boston on July 26, will introduce him to voters at large. Clinton, then governor of Arkansas, enjoyed his first big spurt in the polls during the 1992 convention in New York.

--Robert Novak - Chicago Sun-Times

You know, it's kind of sad really. Coming out of the primaries nobody had a clue who Kerry was so the campaign said "don't worry, we'll do it with ads". For months now the Kerry campaign has been spending millions of dollars on the biographical ads meant to "introduce Kerry to the public" and that hasn't worked. Now they're falling back to "don't worry he'll be introduced to people at the convention".

At this rate it'll be sometime in the second quarter of the century before the voters have the slightest clue who Kerry is. Maybe then they can move on to explaining what he stands for.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:07 AM in Politics/Government
I hope Kerry's ok

You wouldn't think the Secret Service would allow that. :)

From Yahoo! News

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:51 AM in Politics/Government

Sunday, July 4, 2004
Happy Fourth of July!

"Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it."

Take a few minutes to think about the founders of this country though. They created a nation dedicated to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness; a nation dedicated to liberty and freedom and destined to be despised by the tyrannical haters of those values.

What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British and brutally tortured as traitors. Nine fought in the War for Independence and died from wounds or from hardships they suffered. Two lost their sons in the Continental Army. Another two had sons captured. At least a dozen of the fifty-six had their homes pillaged and burned.

What kind of men were they? Twenty-five were lawyers or jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers or large plantation owners. One was a teacher, one a musician, and one a printer. These were men of means and education, yet they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.

In the face of the advancing British Army, the Continental Congress fled from Philadelphia to Baltimore on December 12, 1776. It was an especially anxious time for John Hancock, the President, as his wife had just given birth to a baby girl. Due to the complications stemming from the trip to Baltimore, the child lived only a few months.

William Ellery's signing at the risk of his fortune proved only too realistic. In December 1776, during three days of British occupation of Newport, Rhode Island, Ellery's house was burned, and all his property destroyed.

Richard Stockton, a New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice, had rushed back to his estate near Princeton after signing the Declaration of Independence to find that his wife and children were living like refugees with friends. They had been betrayed by a Tory sympathizer who also revealed Stockton's own whereabouts. British troops pulled him from his bed one night, beat him and threw him in jail where he almost starved to death. When he was finally released, he went home to find his estate had been looted, his possessions burned, and his horses stolen. Judge Stockton had been so badly treated in prison that his health was ruined and he died before the war's end. His surviving family had to live the remainder of their lives off charity.

Carter Braxton was a wealthy planter and trader. One by one his ships were captured by the British navy. He loaned a large sum of money to the American cause; it was never paid back. He was forced to sell his plantations and mortgage his other properties to pay his debts.

Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he had to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Continental Congress without pay, and kept his family in hiding.

Vandals or soldiers or both looted the properties of Clymer, Hall, Harrison, Hopkinson and Livingston. Seventeen lost everything they owned.

Thomas Heyward, Jr., Edward Rutledge and Arthur Middleton, all of South Carolina, were captured by the British during the Charleston Campaign in 1780. They were kept in dungeons at the St. Augustine Prison until exchanged a year later.

At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the family home for his headquarters. Nelson urged General George Washington to open fire on his own home. This was done, and the home was destroyed. Nelson later died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis also had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife for two months, and that and other hardships from the war so affected her health that she died only two years later.

"Honest John" Hart, a New Jersey farmer, was driven from his wife's bedside when she was near death. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. Hart's fields and his grist mill were laid waste. For over a year he eluded capture by hiding in nearby forests. He never knew where his bed would be the next night and often slept in caves.

When he finally returned home, he found that his wife had died, his children disappeared, and his farm and stock were completely destroyed. Hart himself died in 1779 without ever seeing any of his family again.

Such were the stories and sacrifices typical of those who risked everything to sign the Declaration of Independence. These men were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:

"For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

Are there any among us who would do likewise?

-- Author Unknown

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:21 PM in Politics/Government

Friday, July 2, 2004
Spinsanity takes on Fahrenheit

Once again Spinsanity blows holes in one of Michael Moore's films.

[I]t appears to be free of the silly and obvious errors that have plagued Moore's past work, such as the claim in Stupid White Men that the Pentagon planned to spend $250 billion on the Joint Strike Fighter in 2001, a sum that represented over 80 percent of the total defense budget request for the year.

However, "Fahrenheit 9/11" is filled with a series of deceptive half-truths and carefully phrased insinuations that Moore does not adequately back up.
During a recent interview on "Late Show with David Letterman," the host identified the problems with the circumstantial argument of the film in a series of probing questions to Moore:

When you look at the film in total, are there things there - if I were smarter, could I refute some of these points? Shall I believe you that everything means exactly what it looks like? I mean, the presentation is overwhelming, but could a smarter man than me come in and say, "Yes, this happened, but it means nothing," "Yes, that happened but it means nothing"? But put together in a puzzle it creates one inarguable, compelling circumstance.

Moore's response to Letterman (after a joking aside) sums up the problem with his work. Despite proclamations that the film is satirical and represents his opinion, Moore still makes strong claims about its veracity:

You can't refute what's said in the film. It's all there, the facts are all there, the footage is all there.

Sadly, as with most of Moore's work, this is simply not true.


Posted by Rob Bernard at 6:37 PM in Movies
More WMD found in Iraq
Terrorists may have been close to obtaining munitions containing the deadly nerve agent cyclosarin that Polish soldiers recovered last month in Iraq, the head of Poland's military intelligence said Friday.

Polish troops had been searching for munitions as part of their regular mission in south-central Iraq when they were told by an informant in May that terrorists had made a bid to buy the chemical weapons, which date back to Saddam Hussein's war with Iran in the 1980s, Gen. Marek Dukaczewski told reporters in Warsaw.

"We were mortified by the information that terrorists were looking for these warheads and offered $5,000 apiece," Dukaczewski said. "An attack with such weapons would be hard to imagine. All of our activity was accelerated at appropriating these warheads."

Dukaczewski refused to give any further details about the terrorists or the sellers of the munitions, saying only that his troops thwarted terrorists by purchasing the 17 rockets for a Soviet-era launcher and two mortar rounds containing the nerve agent for an undisclosed sum June 23.
The warheads all contained cyclosarin, multinational force commander Polish Gen. Mieczyslaw Bieniek said.

"Laboratory tests showed the presence in them of cyclosarin, a very toxic gas, five times stronger than sarin and five times more durable," Bieniek told Poland's TVN24...

"If these warheads, which were still usable, were used on a military base like Camp Babylon, they would have caused unforeseeable damage."

--Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This is worse than simply finding WMD in Iraq. Poland here actually had to buy these WMD on the black market before the terrorists could. Read that again. Poland bought Iraqi WMD off the Iraqi black market before terrorists could.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:59 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
Just one more deception surrounding "Fahrenheit 9/11"

The commercials are currently touting it as the #1 movie in America. That's not true. According to the most recent numbers Moore's movie fell $37,092,604 short of being the #1 movie in America.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:02 PM in Movies
Did Bush lie?

Not according to the Senate Intelligence Committee. They blame the belief in Iraqi WMD on a "Global Intel Failure".

The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that a worldwide intelligence failure led to the belief that Iraq's Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction before the war, the panel's chairman said Thursday.
[Sen. Pat] Roberts said various Iraqi military officials thought other Iraqi officials controlled weapons of mass destruction, and that there was evidence that Iraq was poised to become the "Grand Central Station" of a trade in such weapons.

"These conclusions literally beg for changes within the intelligence community," he said. "What we had was a worldwide intelligence failure."
And Roberts suggested that even Saddam himself believed his regime had weapons of mass destruction.

"People who had the WMD and all of that either kept it, sold it, hid it, so on and so forth," Roberts said. "Saddam, I think, still thinks today that he had it."
Furthermore Roberts said, "When we talk to some of the military generals of the Iraqi Republican Guard, one general will say, 'I thought General So-and-so had it.' You talk to General So-and-so, and he says, 'I thought he had it.' Saddam thought he had it as well."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:14 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
Bill Cosby making more sense
Bill Cosby went off on another tirade against the black community Thursday, telling a room full of activists that black children are running around not knowing how to read or write and "going nowhere."
Cosby made headlines in May when he upbraided some poor blacks for their grammar and accused them of squandering opportunities the civil rights movement gave them. He shot back Thursday, saying his detractors were trying in vain to hide the black community's "dirty laundry."

"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," Cosby said during an appearance at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund's annual conference.

"They think they're hip," the entertainer said. "They can't read; they can't write. They're laughing and giggling, and they're going nowhere."
"For me there is a time ... when we have to turn the mirror around," he said. "Because for me it is almost analgesic to talk about what the white man is doing against us. And it keeps a person frozen in their seat, it keeps you frozen in your hole you're sitting in."

Cosby lamented that the racial slurs once used by those who lynched blacks are now a favorite expression of black children. And he blamed parents.

"When you put on a record and that record is yelling `n----- this and n----- that' and you've got your little 6-year-old, 7-year-old sitting in the back seat of the car, those children hear that," he said.

He also condemned black men who missed out on opportunities and are now angry about their lives.

"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," Cosby said. "You should have thought more of yourself when you were in high school, when you had an opportunity."

--Yahoo! News

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:00 AM in Miscellaneous
Penn & Teller

Just finished the first 5 episodes of Penn & Teller's Showtime series Bullsh!t. They're quite entertaining and straightforward at detecting BS; and just knowing that Penn is interviewed in Michael Moore Hates America has actually got me looking forward to that film more.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:04 AM in Movies , TV
Ya know...

...spending the two or so hours sitting through Fahrenheit 9/11 is sooooooooooo worth it when that liberal you're arguing with oh so arrogantly lays out the old "You obviously have not seen it. You're reading reports on it from blogs and your right-wing sources. See it and state your real opinions, like an ADULT" and you can smack him upside the head with the fact that you have seen it and are stating your own opinions. It's the trump card. They only lay out that line when you've beaten them into submission and the only way they can get out of it is to make you out as some right-wing automaton.

Note that I'm just saying the time spent seeing it is worth it, I never actually said anything about actually sending money Moore's way.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:37 AM in Movies
Fifty-six Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11

Dave Kopel has an excellent piece exposing 56 problems with Moore's film.

The first two:

2000 Election Night
Deceits 1-2

Fahrenheit 911 begins on election night 2000. We are first shown the Al Gore rocking on stage with famous musicians and a high-spirited crowd. The conspicuous sign on stage reads “Florida Victory.” Moore creates the impression that Gore was celebrating his victory in Florida.

Actually, the rally took place in the early hours of election day, before polls had even opened. Gore did campaign in Florida on election day, but went home to Tennessee to await the results. The “Florida Victory” sign reflected Gore’s hopes, not any actual election results. (“Gore Campaigns Into Election Day,” Associated Press, Nov. 7, 2000.)

The film shows CBS and CNN calling Florida for Al Gore. According to the narrator, “Then something called the Fox News Channel called the election in favor of the other guy….All of a sudden the other networks said, ‘Hey, if Fox said it, it must be true.’”

We then see NBC anchor Tom Brokaw stating, “All of us networks made a mistake and projected Florida in the Al Gore column. It was our mistake.”

Moore thus creates the false impression that the networks withdrew their claim about Gore winning Florida when they heard that Fox said that Bush won Florida.

In fact, the networks which called Florida for Gore did so early in the evening—before polls had even closed in the Florida panhandle, which is part of the Central Time Zone. NBC called Florida for Gore at 7:49:40 p.m., Eastern Time. This was 10 minutes before polls closed in the Florida panhandle. Thirty seconds later, CBS called Florida for Gore. And at 7:52 p.m., Fox called Florida for Gore. Moore never lets the audience know that Fox was among the networks which made the error of calling Florida for Gore prematurely. Then at 8:02 p.m., ABC called Florida for Gore. Only ABC had waited until the Florida polls were closed.

The premature calls probably cost Bush thousands of votes from the conservative panhandle, as discouraged last-minute voters heard that their state had already been decided, and many voters who were waiting in line left the polling place. In Florida, as elsewhere, voters who have arrived at the polling place before closing time often end up voting after closing time, because of long lines.

At 10:00 p.m., which network took the lead in retracting the premature Florida result? The first retracting network was CBS, not Fox.

Over four hours later, at 2:16 a.m., Fox projected Bush as the Florida winner, as did all the other networks by 2:20 a.m.

CBS had taken the lead in making the erroneous call for Gore, and had taken the lead in retracting that call. At 3:59 a.m., CBS also took the lead in retracting the Florida call for Bush. All the other networks, including Fox, followed the CBS lead within eight minutes. That the networks arrived at similar conclusions within a short period of time is not surprising, since they were all using the same data from the Voter News Service. (Linda Mason, Kathleen Francovic & Kathleen Hall Jamieson, “CBS News Coverage of Election Night 2000: Investigation, Analysis, Recommendations” (CBS News, Jan. 2001), pp. 12-25.)

Moore’s editing technique of the election night segment is typical of his style: all the video clips are real clips, and nothing he says is, formally speaking, false. But notice how he says, “Then something called the Fox News Channel called the election in favor of the other guy…” The impression created is that the Fox call of Florida for Bush came soon after the CBS/CNN calls of Florida for Gore, and that Fox caused the other networks to change (“All of a sudden the other networks said, ‘Hey, if Fox said it, it must be true.’”)

This is the essence of the Moore technique: cleverly blending half-truths to deceive the viewer.

--Dave Kopel

Thanks to Not Todd for the heads up.

Thursday, July 1, 2004
Kerry's resume has put out a John Kerry resume. I figure it's no less fair than the old Bush resume.



President of the United States, Renter of the Lincoln bedroom, Intern Supervisor, Commander and Chief and Defender of the Working Man, I mean Person


Educated at Swiss Boarding Schools -- because my parents did not like me that much

Attended elite private schools like Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts and St. Paul's in New Hampshire -- just like your kids

Graduated Yale University, 1966 (I am much smarter than that Bush guy -- oh, wait, he also went to Yale.)

Graduated Boston College Law School in 1976 (I am much smarter than that Bush guy -- oh, wait, he got an MBA from Harvard.)


Served as an officer on a swiftboat in the Mekong Delta in VIETNAM for three long months -- tried my best to come home a hero like JFK after his service on PT-109. I was in VIETNAM -- VIETNAM was a place where I was for a while. Did I mention that VIETNAM veterans love me?

I collected three Purple Hearts in my three months (had to get three in order to come home and run for Congress as a hero like JFK) and the last one for that scratch on my finger -- it REALLY did hurt! It was important to have the right connections so I could get home and run for Congress on my hero status like JFK -- he was not in VIETNAM, but I was.

Brought my own motion camera to make sure images of me in VIETNAM becoming a hero made it back home to the states. Got a free trip home after three months on my swiftboat where I suffered severe injuries and collected three Purple Hearts (did I mention that), a Bronze and Silver Star for heroism -- ensuring my destiny as a hero and man of the people like JFK.

Got home and found out they were not bestowing hero status on war heroes like me, so I threw my medals, or was it my ribbons, over the White House fence. Maybe it was someone else's medals.

Co-founder of the VIETNAM Veterans of America and spokesperson for the VIETNAM Veterans Against the War and worked closely with Jane Fonda to make sure everyone knew that all the guys in VIETNAM were war criminals -- I was too, and even testified before the Senate about my own war crimes.

"Represented" my cadre of anti-American misfits in a Paris meeting to discuss how we could better provide "aid and comfort" for the North Vietnamese and to discuss the unconditional surrender of the U.S. In doing so, I knowingly, directly violated UCMJ Article 104 part 904, and U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. 953.

Did I mention that this meeting, and my other anti-American activities, also put me in violation of the Constitution's Article three, Section three, which defines treason as "giving aid and comfort" to the enemy in time of warfare.

Consequently, I stand subject to the Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment, Section 3, which states, "No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President...having previously taken an support the Constitution of the United States, [who has] engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."

But I don't have to resign -- I am understudy to Teddy Kennedy, now the patriarch of JFK's family.

I topped off my coddling of Commies by authoring a book called The New Soldier -- but since military heroes are back in vogue, I now sue anyone who reproduces the cover of that book on any website, especially a website like (The cover picture is a mockery of the Iwo Jima flag raising -- you can see it at until my lawyers get them to take it down.)

NOTE: Please join fellow Patriots and sign the petition demanding John Kerry's resignation. Link to -- http://PatriotPetitions.US/Kerry

Volunteered as a campaign worker for my mentor, Teddy Kennedy in 1962. I just love that big lug!

My first campaign for Congress was in 1972 -- I was a war hero like JFK but nobody noticed so I ran on my anti-American platform. I won the primary with a little help from my campaign manager (brother Cameron) who broke into my opponents campaign headquarters. Unfortunately, because of that Watergate thing, I lost the general election to a Republican even after spending more than any other Congressional campaign in the nation.

In 1982, with the help of Uncle Teddy, I got elected as lieutenant governor for governor Michael Dukakis -- then got elected to the Senate in 1984 -- it has been smooth sailing ever since. I have dedicated the last 20 years, between wives and vacation homes, promoting big government spending (except in defense and intelligence, which I vote against every chance I get), class warfare, the welfare state and general wealth redistribution, any kind of abortion on demand (without parental consent for minors), and obstructionist tactics in the judicial nominee process.

According to Americans for Democratic [sic] Action, a far-left watchdog group, I have a higher lifetime liberal voting record at 93% than Ted Kennedy with 88%

I am the ranking Democrat member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. My current millionaire wife is heiress of the Heinz Ketchup fortune -- a "small" business

Ranking member of the Hispanic Task Force, even though I "borked" Miguel Estrada

Chaired the Senate Democratic Leadership Steering and Coordination Committee

In 1987, teemed up with Teddy to get an override of presidential veto of Boston's Big Dig Boondoggle -- one of the most larded distributions of taxpayer largess in U.S. history.

In 1991 the Senate created the Select Senate Committee on POW/MIA Affairs to investigate the possibility that U.S. prisoners of war and soldiers designated missing in action were still alive in Vietnam. Acting as chairman, I helped persuade the group to vote unanimously that no American servicemen still remained in Vietnam. In doing so, I helped begin the process of normalizing U.S.-Vietnamese relations.

Wealthiest senator ("man of the people"), with an estimated net worth of nearly $200 million (that's $800 million if you combine it with my current wife's assets)



Voted to federally fund abortions

Voted against parental consent for minors

Voted against ban on Partial Birth Abortion (3 times)

Voted against ban on sending money to UN population fund -- the money was sent to pay for China's forced abortion and sterilization policy

Have been warned by Catholic clergy that I will not be served communion due to my stance on this issue

NARAL lifetime rating of 100%; National Right to Life Committee lifetime rating of 0%


Oppose federal and/or state death penalty (except for innocent unborn children -- see above)

Voted against death penalty for terrorists

Voted against death penalty for drug-related murders


I like high taxes and want to raise them

Voted against all three Bush tax cuts & want to repeal them

Voted for 1993 Clinton tax hike (largest in history)

Voted against major tax relief packages at least 10 times

Support re-raising taxes on the wealthy to redistribute money for healthcare and education -- i.e., Socialism

Claim I can stop outsourcing and create 10 million new jobs in four years, despite the fact that there are only about 8 million unemployed people in the U.S.

Want to raise the minimum wage, which will result in outsourcing and the loss of jobs

Voted at least 5 times against balanced budget amendments

Voted at least 5 times to raid the Social Security Trust Fund

Believe Washington manages your money better than you could

Lifetime rating of 26% from Citizens Against Government Waste


We don't need a military, per se

Favor UN control of remaining U.S. Troops

Voted for 7 major reductions in military funding

Voted against Gulf War I (1991)

Voted for Gulf War II -- but then criticized and voted against military appropriation for troops

Voted against MX missile, Trident Submarine, SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative -- Star Wars), and the B-1 and B-2 Stealth Bomber/Fighter

Supported slashing $2.6 billion from intelligence funding while serving as a member of Senate Intelligence Committee



Have earned a lifetime rating of 0% from the National Rifle Association


Against/Don't have any

Voted Against Defense of Marriage Act

Favor civil unions for homosexuals until marriage is popular enough to support

Voted to extend hate crimes protections to homosexuals

Voted against voluntary school prayer

Voted against ban on human cloning and support embryonic stem-cell research


Voted against voucher pilot program

Voted against approving a school-choice pilot program

Support racial profiling and preference for admission to universities, known as "affirmative action"


Against racial profiling and preference when dealing with terrorism

Voted against confirmation William Rehnquist as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Voted against confirmation of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court

Only support activist judges who will support abortion, persecute Christians and rewrite the Constitution

Voted against confirmation John Ashcroft as U.S. Attorney General

Voted against punitive damage limits in products liability cases

As Michael Dukakis' Lt. Governor from 1983-1985, supported granting prison furloughs to hundreds of Massachusetts inmates


Against linking Most Favored Nation status to China's human rights record

Voted for Kyoto Protocol on Environment that exempted major Third World polluters, while creating an unfair burden on American taxpayers

Supported Iraq regime change as late as January 2003, but not anymore

Support unilateral nuclear freeze

Support submitting completely to the UN, as well as the International Criminal Court, taking all sovereignty away from the U.S. and its citizens

Don't know what the Geneva Conventions say, mean or who they apply to


Five multi-million dollar mansions

A large multi-million dollar yacht

Many "American" cars, including several gas-guzzling SUVs, which I am opposed to politically

Personal 757 campaign jet

Access to unlimited condiments -- did I mention my current millionaire wife is heiress to the Heinz fortune

Have dual citizenship in France


General Vo Nguyen Giap -- most celebrated military hero of NORTH VIETNAM, where I served

"Hanoi Jane" Fonda

Teddy Kennedy

John F. Kennedy -- we have the same initials

Howard Dean -- (Albert Gore by proxy)

Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings

"Foreign Leaders" who I am unable to name at this time

--Kerry Resume for President

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:48 PM in Politics/Government
"Michael Moore Hates America"

Mike Wilson's new anti-Michael Moore and kinda anti-documentary documentary is nearing completion and is close to getting a distributor.

Meanwhile David Brooks in the NY Times lays out some of Moore's more damning anti-American quotes.

"[Americans] are possibly the dumbest people on the planet . . . in thrall to conniving, thieving smug [pieces of the human anatomy]," Moore intoned. "We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don't know about anything that's happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing."
"You're stuck with being connected to this country of mine, which is known for bringing sadness and misery to places around the globe."
"We, the United States of America, are culpable in committing so many acts of terror and bloodshed that we had better get a clue about the culture of violence in which we have been active participants."
"The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not `insurgents' or `terrorists' or `The Enemy.' They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win."

--David Brooks - NY Times

All those quotes are from his trips overseas.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:31 PM in Movies
"More Distortions From Michael Moore"

Newsweek has an article on the distortions of Fahrenheit 9/11

[F]or all the reasonable points he makes, on more than a few occasions in the movie Moore twists and bends the available facts and makes glaring omissions in ways that end up clouding the serious political debate he wants to provoke.
The use of innuendo is rife through... critical passages of “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
The innuendo is greatest, of course, in Moore’s dealings with the matter of the departing Saudis flown out of the United States in the days after the September 11 terror attacks. Much has already been written about these flights, especially the film’s implication that figures with possible knowledge of the terrorist attacks were allowed to leave the country without adequate FBI screening—a notion that has been essentially rejected by the 9/11 commission. The 9/11 commission found that the FBI screened the Saudi passengers, ran their names through federal databases, interviewed 30 of them and asked many of them “detailed questions." “Nobody of interest to the FBI with regard to the 9/11 investigation was allowed to leave the country,” the commission stated. New information about a flight from Tampa, Florida late on Sept. 13 seems mostly a red herring: The flight didn’t take any Saudis out of the United States. It was a domestic flight to Lexington, Kentucky that took place after the Tampa airport had already reopened....

It is true that there are still some in the FBI who had questions about the flights-and wish more care had been taken to examine the passengers. But the film’s basic point—that the flights represented perhaps the supreme example of the Saudi government’s influence in the Bush White House-is almost impossible to defend. Why? Because while the film claims—correctly—that the “White House” approved the flights, it fails to note who exactly in the White House did so. It wasn’t the president, or the vice president or anybody else supposedly corrupted by Saudi oil money. It was Richard Clarke, the counter-terrorism czar who was a holdover from the Clinton administration and who has since turned into a fierce Bush critic. Clarke has publicly testified that he gave the greenlight—conditioned on FBI clearance.



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