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Sunday, October 31, 2004
bin Laden: If your state votes for Kerry we won't consider you an enemy

From the good folks at MEMRI:

The tape of Osama bin Laden that was aired on Al-Jazeera(1) on Friday, October 29th included a specific threat to "each U.S. state," designed to influence the outcome of the upcoming election against George W. Bush. The U.S. media in general mistranslated the words "ay wilaya" (which means "each U.S. state")(2) to mean a "country" or "nation" other than the U.S., while in fact the threat was directed specifically at each individual U.S. state. This suggests some knowledge by bin Laden of the U.S. electoral college system. In a section of his speech in which he harshly criticized George W. Bush, bin Laden stated: "Any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security."

The Islamist website Al-Qal'a explained what this sentence meant: "This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. When he [Osama Bin Laden] said, 'Every state will be determining its own security, and will be responsible for its choice,' it means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy. By this characterization, Sheikh Osama wants to drive a wedge in the American body, to weaken it, and he wants to divide the American people itself between enemies of Islam and the Muslims, and those who fight for us, so that he doesn't treat all American people as if they're the same. This letter will have great implications inside the American society, part of which are connected to the American elections, and part of which are connected to what will come after the elections."


Someone care to explain how that can be interpreted as Osama fearing that Kerry will be tougher on al Qaeda?

Happy 2nd Bloggiversary to me

Yep, came into existence at 3:03PM on October 31, 2002 with no idea what I was going to do with it. It started as the answer to “what the heck do I put up at this domain that I got for my e-mail?” and I think it’s gone fairly well. Heck, it got me quoted at the Washington Post so I can’t complain.

Thanks go out to the readers that have provided the occasional feedback that helps keep me going and to the people I disagree with for continuing to give me stuff with which to disagree.

Here's to the next two.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:03 PM in Miscellaneous
Let me get this straight

In Florida in 2000 simply seeing a police officer on the way to the polling place was considered voter intimidation. This year Michael Moore sees no problem with sticking 1,200 cameras in front of polling places in 2 states.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:52 PM in Politics/Government
Liberal voter fraud uncovered in PA
We have every reason to believe that there has been gross abuse of the absentee ballot process in the prison system," said U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, R-7, of Thornbury.

While waiting to begin a press conference outside Philadelphia’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility Friday afternoon, Weldon said he watched the crime he was prepared to speak about unfold before his eyes.

"Four girls walked out from the prison who had clearly been doing some kind of election work," he said. "When (state Rep.) Steve Barrar and I went up and asked them what they were doing, they said ‘We can’t tell you.’

"We told them who we were and asked if they had collected any absentee ballots while they were in the prison. Sure enough, one of them pulled out a ballot and showed it to us. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen -- just the type of illegal, third-party handling of ballots that we had been tipped off about. And there were TV crews there filming the whole thing."

Weldon said former U.S. Attorney Robert E.J. Curran would be filing a suit in federal court challenging the legitimacy of all absentee ballots that originated from Pennsylvania prisons.
State law prohibits incarcerated, convicted felons from submitting an absentee ballot. Pretrial detainees and misdemeanants are eligible to vote by absentee ballot.

--The Daily Times

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:27 PM in Politics/Government
Attacked by the Left (Part 8)
Fort Lewis College student Mark O'Donnell experienced an unwanted lesson in hardball politics when he was kicked for wearing a cheeky FLC College Republicans sweatshirt.

The GOP shirt, emblazoned across the back with: "Join us now … or work for us later," drew the ire of a woman who saw O' Donnell clad in it at Gazpacho New Mexican Restaurant.

O'Donnell later learned that the kicker was María Spero, a part-time instructor at the college, who issued an apology to O'Donnell on Friday.
On Oct. 21, O'Donnell met friends at Gazpacho to celebrate a friend's 21st birthday. O'Donnell, a member of the FLC College Republicans, was wearing the sweatshirt with the club's logo on the front and the phrase on the back.

While talking with friends, a girl at his table asked to see the sweatshirt, O'Donnell said. After showing his table the back of the shirt and the phrase, people at a neighboring table asked to see it. O'Donnell said he knew someone sitting at the other table. While modeling for the other table, he said, a woman, later identified as Spero, approached from behind and kicked him in the calf.

O'Donnell did not know Spero, and the kick caught him by surprise. Not one to mind a good political argument, O'Donnell nevertheless said, "To physically take that out on someone because you disagree with them, that is completely wrong."

After the blow, O'Donnell said, "She said she should have kicked me harder and higher."

--Durango Herald (via Blogs for Bush and AlarmingNews)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:11 AM in Politics/Government
Stats on Ohio's Bush-Cheney '04 grassroots campaign
Grassroots Statistic of the Day- Number of phone calls made to Ohio voters by Bush-Cheney ’04 Ohio Volunteers on October 29, 2004: 266,876

OHIO BUSH-CHENEY ’04 GRASSROOTS UPDATE: As of October 30, 2004, the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign reports the following grassroots statistics in Ohio:

· 85,612 Recruited Bush Volunteers
· 2,406,788 Volunteer Phone Calls to Ohioans in support of President Bush
· 349,032 Doors have been knocked on to support President Bush
· 3,254 Total Parties for the President have been hosted
· 2,755,820 TOTAL Volunteer contacts to date

· 9 Bush-Cheney ’04 Ohio Regional Chairs
· 114 Bush-Cheney ’04 Ohio County Chairs
· 12,132 Bush-Cheney ’04 Ohio Precincts Chaired

--The Corner

There are a LOT of GOTV calls being made every night here in Ohio and the effort for the final 72 hours is very well organized.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:58 AM in Ohio , Politics/Government
From tonight's SNL

Osama bin Laden:

For a time I feared that I would not be eligible to vote in this election. But recently, praise Allah, I was tracked down by two volunteers from the Kerry campaign. They signed me up, and apparently, I am now registered in Cincinnati.

This is of course ridiculous. Our al Qaeda terrorists are illegally registered to vote in Franklin County.
Among supposedly eligible voters in Franklin County are suspected terrorists arrested for alleged plots to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge and a local shopping mall.

--The Columbus Dispatch

Perhaps it was simply a mistake on SNL-Osama’s part and he really meant Columbus, he is a foreigner and may not know the difference.

And remember, if you want to question whether people like that should be registered to vote and ensure that only people legally allowed to vote do vote then you're guilty of voter intimidation and trying to steal the election.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:29 AM in Politics/Government
Happy Halloween

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:00 AM in Miscellaneous

Saturday, October 30, 2004
Good stuff from Orson Scott Card
The falsehoods are thick on the ground, and contrary to the impression some might try to give you, they are not conducted equally by both sides.

When they trumpet examples of Republican "lies," they usually turn out to be in the following categories:

1. Statements that turn out to be wrong, though they were believed to be right at the time they were spoken. (In the rational world, we call these "mistakes.")

2. Statements that interpret legitimate data in ways that support the Republican view. (In the rational world, we call these "differences of opinion.")

3. Statements that point out obvious contradictions between what the Democratic candidates say and what they have said and done in the past. These are called "negative campaigning" and "mudslinging" and "distortions" and, of course, "lies," but these countercharges are offered instead of coherent explanations.

Meanwhile, the Democrats engage in wholesale, flat-out lying, ranging from Kerry's false charges against America's soldiers in Vietnam, his phony claims about Christmas in Cambodia and what it was he threw over the fence when he said they were his medals, to present charges that Bush has blocked stem-cell research and that if Kerry were president, paralytics would rise up and walk.

If a Republican had said these things, the media would throw him into the flames, never letting us forget these ridiculous and contemptible lies for a second. Instead, we get the ABC News memo that makes it clear that Republican distortions are to be trumpeted, while Democratic ones are "not central" and therefore can be ignored.

--The Ornery American - Orson Scott Card

In another column:
From the second debate between Bush and Kerry, when Kerry was asked about abortion:

"KERRY: I cannot tell you how deeply I respect the belief about life and when it begins. I'm a Catholic, raised a Catholic. I was an altar boy. Religion has been a huge part of my life. It helped lead me through a war, leads me today.

"But I can't take what is an article of faith for me and legislate it for someone who doesn't share that article of faith, whether they be agnostic, atheist, Jew, Protestant, whatever. I can't do that."

Let's see. Religion leads John Kerry today. Who knew?

But apparently his religion doesn't cause him to support laws that would stop people from killing even perfectly viable, full-term babies in the midst of being born. Because murder isn't murder if the victim's beating heart has not yet pumped blood charged with oxygen drawn through the victim's own lungs.

What I want to know is how you can possibly legislate anything at all that does not involve taking your personal belief about what is right and wrong and punishing those who don't go along.

Did John Kerry not vote for the notorious "hate speech" laws? Didn't he decide that certain words and ideas were so evil and loathsome that people who say them while committed a crime should receive extra punishment?

Didn't John Kerry support the ban on peaceful demonstrations anywhere near abortion clinics? Didn't he impose his beliefs on those who hope to save innocent lives by kneeling and silently praying in front of abortion clinics, when he voted for the law that allows them to be arrested for that?

Perhaps he abstained from forcing his beliefs on others because those laws are in direct violation of the actual written words of the Constitution, as opposed to the fantasy clause that protects "abortion rights." I'd have to check the record on that.

When Kerry really believes something is wrong, he does not hesitate to call for laws to ban it. What he's really saying is that it's illegitimate to ban something you believe is wrong if -- and only if -- your belief in its wrongness comes from your religion.

So in his worldview, only religious people are forbidden to impose their beliefs about right and wrong on others. As long as you have no religion behind you, you can force your beliefs about right and wrong on anybody you want.

--The Ornery American - Orson Scott Card

Though here I think Kerry's position is less clear than Card thinks. In that debate he also said that his legislation in other areas like the environment were based his religious beliefs. I think Kerry's actual position is actually more along the lines of "I won't legislate articles of faith unless I can get people to vote for me by doing so."

In another column Card deals with Iraq quite well:

Of course, the stupid answer to what I just said is, "Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Therefore footage of 9/11 has nothing to do with this war."

But this war is not about punishing Al-Qaeda -- that's what the anti-war people claim.

This war -- including the large campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq and the dozens of smaller campaigns that we don't hear about -- is about preventing international terrorist attacks against anyone, anywhere.

Since the war is not yet over, of course our enemies are still mounting terror attacks wherever they can.

Again, the stupid response to this is, "See? The war is provoking more terrorism, not preventing it!"

But we endured repeated attacks against soldiers and civilians until 9/11 finally made us say when. Is there anyone who seriously proposes that if we had not launched our war on terrorism, the 9/11 attacks would have been the last terrorist attacks anywhere in the world?

Terrorism was happening anyway. But now, instead of freely going where they want to kill whomever they want, the terrorists are now desperate to show the Muslim world that they're still effective. In fact, however, they are severely limited in what they can do outside the Muslim world.

That's why they're reduced to murdering Iraqi soldiers now -- fellow Muslims whose only "sin" was to volunteer to defend their country against Syrian and Iranian murderers and homegrown revolutionaries.

Dead Iraqi soldiers. That's going to play so well in the streets of Iraq.

But they're not trying to win Iraqi hearts and minds anymore. Now they're trying to terrify Iraqis into not supporting the interim government. That's a very different project, and it is a clear sign that the terrorists know that the Iraqi people have turned against them.

Instead of "defenders" of Iraq against "American aggressors," they are now revealed as the would-be oppressors of Iraq, showing the Iraqi people how brutally they intend to rule over them if they get the chance.
What a strange world Kerry lives in. He has a plan for everything, but can never tell us what it is -- probably because it's so complicated that we stupid people simply couldn't understand the subtleties of his unfathomable wisdom. We just have to take it on faith that his plan will be wonderful and makes us all happy and thin. (But not rich -- or not for long, anyway.)

And since Kerry has so many secret plans, he is convinced that Bush must have secret plans, too. Plans for a draft. Plans to wreck Social Security. Evil, terrible plans that will destroy the world. He has no evidence for this -- but then, we have no evidence for Kerry's plans, either, yet he believes in them.

Here's the gist of Kerry's secret plans: Whatever Bush did, Kerry would have done differently.

But what I don't get is: If Bush is out of office and Kerry is in, how will Kerry know what Bush would have done so that he can do the opposite?

--The Ornery American - Orson Scott Card

All three columns are worth a read. The third in particular has a good section on how the Left assumes their voters are too stupid or lazy to be able to vote in the correct fashion.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:24 PM in Politics/Government
Stolen Honor

If you're interested, Stolen Honor, the doc Sinclair ended up not showing, is available for free viewing here.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:44 PM in Politics/Government
Fahrenhype 9/11

Finally saw Fahrenhype 9/11 tonight. It's an excellent rebuttal to Fahrenheit 9/11. A better documentary than Fahrenheit, but that isn't hard, it has the advantage of actually, you know, documenting facts. You subtract from Fahrenheit what FahrenHYPE rebuts and you're pretty much just left with the credits. It exposes the lies and deceptions. It shows the people Moore hurt with his film. It's the movie that everyone who was hoodwinked bye Fahrenheit must see and the movie that those who weren't should see.

See if your video store has it, I know the local Family Video does.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:30 AM in Movies , Politics/Government

Friday, October 29, 2004
Good news from Iraq
Iraq’s principal Shiite leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani has informed the interim Iraqi government of his “full support” for elections scheduled for January.

“The grand ayatollah’s message is that elections should be held as scheduled and that he will advise the faithful to take active part,” Sistani’s spokesman Ahmad Safi told Arab News yesterday.
Sistani’s support comes as a major boost to plans for the election that is designed to choose a constituent assembly to finalize a draft constitution that will then be submitted to the people in a referendum.

--Arab News

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:51 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
Cheney going to Hawaii
Vice President Dick Cheney will campaign in Hawaii on Sunday, making a rare stop on historically Democratic turf where the presidential race is unexpectedly close, a spokeswoman announced Thursday.

"We are competitive in the state; this is a very close race," Anne Womack said.
Cheney will fly to Hawaii for a rally Sunday night.

Hawaii, which has four electoral votes, backed Democrat Al Gore by nearly 20 percentage points in 2000 and only votes GOP in re-election landslides for Ronald Reagan in 1984 and Richard Nixon in 1972. But polls show Bush within striking distance, which has forced the Democratic National Committee and Sen. John Kerry to spend money to advertise there.

--ABC News

It's worth noting that this is something that would never, ever happen if the Electoral College were abandoned for a straight popular vote system.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:39 AM in Politics/Government

Thursday, October 28, 2004
The state of the election in Ohio

Jay Cost has a pretty thorough analysis of how things stand, specifically in GOTV efforts.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:39 PM in Politics/Government
The Media Fund's horrible Bush and Saudis ad

The Media Fund is running an outrageous ad here in Ohio (and probably elsewhere) that plays on peoples fears and is just a vicious, untrue smear. fact checks it to death.

This anti-Bush radio ad is among the worst distortions we've seen in what has become a very ugly campaign. It states as fact some of the most sensational falsehoods that Michael Moore merely insinuated in his anti-Bush movie Farenheit 9/11 .

The ad was released Oct. 25 by The Media Fund, an independent Democratic group run by former Clinton deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes. It falsely claims that members of the bin Laden family were allowed to fly out of the US "when most other air traffic was grounded," though in fact commercial air traffic had resumed a week earlier.

The ad also falsely claims that the bin Laden family members were not "detained," when in fact 22 of them were questioned by the FBI before being allowed to leave -- and their plane was searched as well.

And by the way, the man who gave approval for the flight wasn't Bush or even any of his close aides, it was former White House anti-terrorism chief Richard Clarke, now one of Bush's strongest critics.

Read it.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:20 PM in Ohio , Politics/Government

Grassroots PA has an astounding look at some Philadelphia polling places. One of the polling places is actually the offices of Philadelphia Democrat Senator Vince Fumo, who is up for reelection.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:13 PM in Politics/Government
The 380 tons

Boy, as time goes on the missing 380 tons of explosives story looks less and less like the story Kerry wants it to be.

First we have news that there wasn't actually 380 tons there.

The Iraqi interim government has told the United States and international weapons inspectors that 377 tons of conventional explosives are missing from the Al-Qaqaa installation, which was supposed to be under U.S. military control.

But International Atomic Energy Agency documents obtained by ABC News and first reported on "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" indicate the amount of missing explosives may be substantially less than the Iraqis reported.

The information on which the Iraqi Science Ministry based an Oct. 10 memo in which it reported that 377 tons of RDX explosives were missing — presumably stolen due to a lack of security — was based on "declaration" from July 15, 2002. At that time, the Iraqis said there were 141 tons of RDX explosives at the facility.

But the confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency's inspectors recorded that just over three tons of RDX were stored at the facility — a considerable discrepancy from what the Iraqis reported.

The IAEA documents could mean that 138 tons of explosives were removed from the facility long before the United States launched "Operation Iraqi Freedom" in March 2003.


And to top off that story we find that the seals the IAEA put on the bunkers probably weren't even effective.
The documents show IAEA inspectors looked at nine bunkers containing more than 194 tons of HMX at the facility. Although these bunkers were still under IAEA seal, the inspectors said the seals may be potentially ineffective because they had ventilation slats on the sides. These slats could be easily removed to remove the materials inside the bunkers without breaking the seals, the inspectors noted.


And then the Bill Gertz of the Washington Times reports that the Russians may have helped move the explosives to Syria.
Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.

John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.

"The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units," Mr. Shaw said. "Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units."

Mr. Shaw, who was in charge of cataloging the tons of conventional arms provided to Iraq by foreign suppliers, said he recently obtained reliable information on the arms-dispersal program from two European intelligence services that have detailed knowledge of the Russian-Iraqi weapons collaboration.

--Washington Times

And please note that if 60 minutes had held this story until Sunday like they'd been planning to then none of this stuff would have had time to come out before the election.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:20 AM in Politics/Government
These days, it is rare to hear advisers to John F. Kerry praise President Bush over any foreign policy issue, especially in a hotly contested battleground just days before the election. But the subject of Israel brought out the bipartisan side of Kerry adviser Richard Holbrooke here on Sunday -- to the delight of his mostly Jewish audience.

"I'm not here to criticize President Bush," Holbrooke, a former United Nations ambassador, told hundreds of members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, a major pro-Israel lobbying group, gathered for their annual summit. ''His support for Israel is, in my mind, unquestionable."

The crowd -- to Holbrooke's chagrin -- offered rousing applause. ''That was not," he said wryly, ''supposed to be an applause line."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:29 AM in Politics/Government

Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Attacked by the Left (Part 7)
A man accused of attempting to run over U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris with his Cadillac was arrested today.

Harris and a group of supporters were campaigning on the northwest corner of the intersection on Fruitville Road and North Washington Boulevard. Tuesday at about 6 p.m. when they spotted a car heading toward them quickly. The Cadillac drove up the sidewalk directly at Harris and others before swerving and driving away.

Harris said she was afraid for her life and could not move as the car drove toward her, according to the police report.

Witnesses gave the tag number to police, who located the car parked outside the home of Barry M. Seltzer. Police said Seltzer, 46, came in for questioning early this morning and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Seltzer, a landlord for several rental properties, is in the Sarasota County jail.

"I was exercising my political expression," Seltzer told officers, according to the arrest report. "I did not run them down, I scared them a little."

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:00 PM in Politics/Government
Wictory Wednesday
This is Wictory Wednesday. Please volunteer to help the President win reelection.

You can help the all-important get-out-the-vote efforts by volunteering for the 72 hour task force. Devoting as little as one morning, afternoon or evening to the cause in the final 4 days before the election could make all the difference.

Most importantly get out and vote next Tuesday and bring along friends and family that also support President Bush.

President Bush needs your support now more than ever to help counter the attacks and spin emanating from 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.

If you'd like to help out monetarily you can give to the RNC.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:00 AM in Politics/Government

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
A good anti-Kerry ad

This ad from Americans for Peace Through Strength uses Ronald Reagan's words against Kerry.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:57 AM in Politics/Government

Monday, October 25, 2004
While I'm at it...

Football Fans for Truth lays out another Kerry lie. For years he's been saying he was only 90 feet from Bill Buckner when the ball rolled through his feet in the 1986 World Series. They find that Senator Kerry was attending a banquet in Boston that night while the game was being played at Shea in New York.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:42 PM in Politics/Government
2004's Butterfly Ballot?

You thought the Butterfly Ballot made it hard to vote for Gore? Just try voting for Bush or Badnarik there.

The county board of elections should never have even tried to have line things.

(via Boortz)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:38 PM in Ohio , Politics/Government
Another Kerry untruth
On September 20th Kerry was at New York University where he delivered this comment:
"In the dark days of the Cuban missile crises, President Kennedy sent former Secretary of State Dean Acheson to Europe to build support. Acheson explained the situation to French President de Gaulle. Then he offered to show him highly classified satellite photos as proof. De Gaulle waved him away saying, "The word of the President of the United States is good enough for me." How many world leaders have that same trust in America's president today?"
Sherman Kent was the CIA official who actually carried the photos into de Gaulle's office. De Gaulle did not wave them off. To the contrary, he examined them closely.

Secondly: The purpose of Acheson's trip was not to "build support." It was to inform. De Gaulle's biographer says that the very first thing de Gaulle said to Acheson was "I understand that you have not come to consult me, but to inform me." Acheson replied "that's correct." So much for Kerry's rendition of the meeting. The meeting simply didn't happen as Kerry said. Hopefully you're not surprised.

Here's the kicker from the Weekly Standard story. De Gaulle expressed concerns that Kennedy might actually be trying too hard to cultivate European and world support for what he had to do with Fidel and the missiles. Let's see what Kerry would say about that one!

--Neal Boortz

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:34 PM in Politics/Government
So it looks like Kerry lied
U.N. ambassadors from several nations are disputing assertions by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that he met for hours with all members of the U.N. Security Council just a week before voting in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

An investigation by The Washington Times reveals that while the candidate did talk for an unspecified period to at least a few members of the panel, no such meeting, as described by Mr. Kerry on a number of occasions over the past year, ever occurred.

At the second presidential debate earlier this month, Mr. Kerry said he was more attuned to international concerns on Iraq than President Bush, citing his meeting with the entire Security Council.

"This president hasn't listened. I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them, to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable," Mr. Kerry said of the Iraqi dictator.

Speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in December 2003, Mr. Kerry explained that he understood the "real readiness" of the United Nations to "take this seriously" because he met "with the entire Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking about what they saw as the path to a united front in order to be able to deal with Saddam Hussein."

But of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries' U.N. missions had met with Mr. Kerry either.

The former ambassadors who said on the record they had never met Mr. Kerry included the representatives of Mexico, Colombia and Bulgaria. The ambassador of a fourth country gave a similar account on the condition that his country not be identified.

--Washington Times

Redstate has a good roundup of how often he's lied about it.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:24 PM in Politics/Government

Sunday, October 24, 2004
October surprise?

The scuttlebutt says a story quite damaging to Kerry will be on the front page of the Washington Times tomorrow.

We'll see.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:12 PM in Politics/Government
Gotta say this

Last nights second Ashlee Simpson "performance" on SNL is the type of thing that's one of the only reasons left to watch SNL. They seem to focus now on pulling stuff from the headlines and doing impersonations more than they focus on being funny, leaving you pretty much with just the hope that live TV will give you a royal screwup like last night's performance.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:16 PM in TV
The sorry state of Ohio's voter rolls
Ohio’s voter-registration rolls are dirty, containing more than 122,000 apparent duplicates as well as the names of people who moved out of state in the 1990s, a local murder victim and even a pair of accused terrorists.

Among supposedly eligible voters in Franklin County are suspected terrorists arrested for alleged plots to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge and a local shopping mall. As an imprisoned felon, one is ineligible to vote. The other, from Somalia, is not a U.S. citizen and thus broke state and federal laws when he registered in 1999, officials said.

Also on the voter rolls is an Upper Arlington man who moved to Washington state in the late 1990s, registered there, later moved to New York and now is registered there.

And the list includes a Columbus man’s adult children who moved out of state in 1997 and 1993 — despite the father’s attempt to get them removed.
A Dispatch computer analysis of current voter-registration rolls for all 88 counties identified at least 60 Ohio voters whose names have been registered three or more times.

--The Columbus Dispatch

Now remember, if you think stuff like this should be scrutinized you're not taken prudent action to ensure a fair election, your intimidating voters.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:54 PM in Ohio

Saturday, October 23, 2004
Holy bleeping bleep!
On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod's law dictates he'll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?

--The Guardian

That's right, the Guardian just published an article that wishes somebody would assassinate the President of the United States.

So far past the line that the Guardian's going to need a bloody map and a plane ticket to find it again.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:34 PM in Politics/Government

Friday, October 22, 2004
New campaign commercial

From IMAO: Learn the facts about Halliburton.


Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:35 PM in Politics/Government
Guardian throws in the towel
The Guardian yesterday ran up the white flag and called a halt to "Operation Clark County", the newspaper's ambitious scheme to recruit thousands of readers to persuade American voters in a swing state to kick out President George W Bush in next month's election. The cancellation of the project came 24 hours after the first of some 14,000 letters from Guardian readers began arriving in Clark County. The missives led to widespread complaints about foreign interference in a US election.

It also prompted a surge of indignant local voters calling the county's Republican party offering to volunteer for Mr Bush.

Now this next bit is quite an entertaining bit of doublespeak.

Albert Scardino, the paper's executive editor for news, simultaneously denied and conceded that an early halt had been called to the project. "It is roaringly, successfully completed. It has been an overwhelming triumph," he said.

He then acknowledged that no more addresses were being distributed, blaming attacks on The Guardian website by Right-wing hackers.

"If we had not had the technical problem of the assault we would have completed the distribution of names in orderly fashion," he said. "We were able to give fewer addresses [of voters in Clark County] than we hoped. There were 14,000 names and addresses sent out. We would like to have made it possible to reach another 42,000 people."

It was completed successfully; we just had to end it early without having sent out as many addresses as we wanted to. That's good. :)

Now just to top it all off:

Yet there is one last Guardian letter [Linda Rosicka, director of the Clark County board of elections] would still like to see - one containing a cheque for $25 (about £13), which the newspaper still owes her for its purchase of the county's electoral roll.

"I was nice and made the file available, because their reporter said he was right on deadline," she said. "They said the cheque is in the mail. As of this morning, it still hasn't arrived, and it's been more than a week."

--The Telegraph

All this and the Guardian still hasn't even paid for the list.

(Thanks to Jake Allen for the recent links to the Telegraph articles.)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:02 PM in Politics/Government

Thursday, October 21, 2004
Guardian's attempts to influence the election in Clark County backfiring?

People don't seem to be taking too kindly to the Guardian's plan to influence the election.

Dan Harkins, a political activist in the vital swing state of Ohio, was excited when he first heard that the Guardian newspaper was recruiting readers to write to voters in his state in the hopes of giving foreigners a voice in the American election.
The first letters to be made public all urged Clark County voters to reject Mr Bush. As he watched the reaction of friends and neighbours, Mr Harkins was delighted.

He is the chairman of the Clark County Republican Party, and his neighbours' reaction was outrage. "It's hysterical," laughed Mr Harkins, showing off sheaves of incensed e-mails and notes from local voters.

The Republicans' delight compares with the gloom among local Democrats, who fear that "foreign interference" is hurting Mr Kerry.

Terry Brown had received a letter from a Scottish Guardian reader. The navy veteran and retired lorry builder was "offended" as he read the polite note, from Nicola Smith of West Lothian, with its denunciation of the Iraq war as a "farce", and closing plea to remove from power "the parties responsible for this war".
"I feel very strongly that this was an invasion of my privacy," he said. "The right of my wife and myself to decide whom to vote for should not be affected by any other country. That was a freedom we fought for many years ago. It was 1776."

Ms Smith's letter was addressed to Mr Brown's son, Sean. Mr Brown opens the mail because his son is in the army in Missouri, pending a possible posting to Iraq.

"My son will have choice words to say about this that you can't print," said Mr Brown.
Many local Democrats expressed sympathy with the desire of British voters to have a say. That does not mean they are happy the letters are coming.

Particular gloom has been spread by letters to Clark County from chosen Left-wing celebrities, published on the Guardian website and widely read in Ohio.

Ken Loach, the film director, began his letter: "Friends, you have the chance to do the world a favour. Today, your country is reviled across continents as never before. You are seen as the greatest bully on earth."

Antonia Fraser, the historian, suggested: "If you back Kerry, you will be voting against a savage, militaristic foreign policy of pre-emptive killing, which has stained the great name of the US so hideously in recent times."
Across America, the Guardian project has sparked disdain from the Right, and dismay from Kerry campaigners. Coverage in the US media has stressed the risks of offending voters. Furious e-mails have reached the Guardian, such as this one from Texas, stating: "Real Americans aren't interested in your pansy-ass, tea-sipping opinions."

--The Telegraph

Posted by Rob Bernard at 3:34 PM in Politics/Government
Liberal voter registration group accused of breaking election laws
An activist group was sued in Miami-Dade circuit court this week by a former employee, who has accused top officials of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now of violating a slew of election laws.

Mac Stuart, of Opa-locka, has accused the organization, known as ACORN, of illegally copying voter registration applications and selling them to labor union groups, allowing people to sign petitions who were not registered voters and suppressing Republican voter registration applications.
Stuart, who was assistant director of voter registration for the group, was fired in early August after being accused of trying to cash a paycheck that wasn't his. In the lawsuit, he claims he was fired only days after voicing his concerns about ACORN practices at a group meeting in late July.

An attorney for ACORN, Faith Guy, said Stuart's former employers didn't engage in any wrongdoing and that it was Stuart engaging in election law violations.

"I think this is absolutely outrageous," Guy said. "My sense is that these are things that he was doing."


Wait, so the best defense ACORN can come up with is that ACORN actually did those things, but that they were the fault of somebody they fired? The guy was assistant director of voter registration, if he was doing those things than the organization was doing those things. If Ken Lay had come out and complained about the business practices at Enron it wouldn't have absolved Enron of blame just because Lay was himself engaging in the bad business practices.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:40 AM in Politics/Government
Adam Dunn supporting President Bush

Received the following letter from Olympians and Professional Athletes for Bush today. It's signed by Cincinnati athletes Anthony Munoz (whose open support for President Bush was already pretty well known) and Adam Dunn (for whom I don't know of any previous efforts to openly support President Bush in the campaign).

To our fellow Americans:

We have given much thought to the values and characteristics that make a great athlete. Our lives have been spent trying to run farther, push further, and jump higher than the person beside us, or across the field of our chosen sport. With years of training and exhaustive competition beneath our belts, we have identified the values necessary to compete and win--values like personal strength, determination, a sense of fair play and faith.

The same qualities that make a great athlete make a great President--the determination to do what is right, regardless of the latest polls, the personal strength to bear the weight of the nation on your shoulders, and the faith that a higher power will direct the actions of good people.

We see in President Bush these same qualities.

In 2001, our nation was attacked without cause or provocation. The President's values saw us through those dark days after the terrorist attack. The economy was rocked by the dual blows of the terrorists' cowardly action and the reckless disregard of the rules by a few rogue executives. But President Bush's decisive, principled leadership has moved America forward, and today our nation is safer and our economy is strong and getting stronger.

The fight against terrorism takes decisiveness. It takes continued support for our troops and first responders. But most importantly, it takes courage and inspirational leadership in the White House. In these critical times, our President has had the courage to stand up and do what's right.

For that and for his unwavering character, we choose George W. Bush as our President for the next four years. He is a leader we can depend on to make the tough decisions and the right decisions. Please join us in supporting a candidate of courage, President Bush--a leader who backs our troops defending our nation and shares our values.


Ernie Banks
MLB Hall of Famer

Daniel Beery
Olympic Gold Medalist, Rowing

Carlos Beltran
MLB Baseball All-Star Centerfielder

Craig Biggio
MLB All-Star Catcher & Second Baseman

Josh Davis
Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming

Adam Dunn
MLB All-Star Left Fielder

John Elway
NFL Hall of Famer

Bob Feller
MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher

Natalie Golda
Olympic Bronze Medalist, Water Polo

Matt Hasselbeck
NFL Quarterback

Bernie Kosar
NFL Quarterback, Ret.

Steve Largent
NFL Hall of Famer

Karl Malone
NBA All-Star & MVP Winner

Anthony Munoz
NFL Hall of Famer

Jack Nicklaus
PGA Tour Most Major Championship Titles

Mary Lou Retton
Olympic Gold Medalist, Gymnastics

Dot Richardson
Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Softball

Nolan Ryan
MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher

Janet Lynn Salomon
Olympic Bronze Medalist, Figure Skating

Chris Spielman
NFL Linebacker, Ret.

Roger Staubach
NFL Hall of Famer

Kerri Strug
Olympic Gold Medalist, Gymnastics

Lynn Swann
NFL Hall of Famer

Todd Walker
MLB Second Baseman

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:20 AM in Politics/Government

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
To illustrate just how bad my baseball playoff ennui is...

Tonight is game 7 of the ALCS. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Red Sox have come back from being down 3-0. It's just about the best setup for a game you could ever expect to have. And yet I can barely get up the interest to watch it tonight.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:36 AM in Baseball
Following up again...

... on Friday's post about foreigners trying to influence the election by writing to Clark County residents, the letters have started arriving.

The letter came addressed to her mother, but Beverly Coale wasn't expecting anything from England. She began to fear the writer had an underhanded motive.

"You think, 'Is this really a letter from a guy in England, or is it from a terrorist?' " Coale said.

Coale threw the correspondence away until she read a Springfield News-Sun article about a letter-writing campaign sponsored by the Guardian, a 400,000-circulation paper based in London.

The Guardian has asked its readers to contact 36,000 undeclared Clark County voters in an attempt to influence the Nov. 2 presidential election.

Coale's mother, Thelma Arnold, has not voted in recent years because of various illnesses, but she is registered.

The Guardian is considered left-leaning and has been critical of U.S. foreign policy and President Bush's administration. The paper said 46 percent of its readers support Democratic Sen. John Kerry, 16 percent are pro-Bush.

"You may be wondering, I know I would, why someone from the United Kingdom would care so much about the outcome of the forthcoming election in America. The answer is that the result is perhaps further reaching than you may imagine," Neil Evans of Kent, England, typed.

Coale, who already has cast her vote for Kerry, called the letter propaganda and said she was shocked her mother received it.

"Please act now to preserve your once-great name internationally. We know the majority of you didn't vote for Bush the first time around, but voting him in for a second term will mean putting on a Canadian accent when traveling abroad," Evans wrote.

Coale called the letter courteous, but said she thinks the campaign will not work because the American people are too smart to be influenced by people outside the country.

--Dayton Daily News

I don't know, saying that Americans had better speak with a Canadian accent while abroad if President Bush is reelected doesn't strike me as all that courteous.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:28 AM in Politics/Government
Wictory Wednesday
This is Wictory Wednesday. Please volunteer to help the President win reelection.

President Bush needs your support now more than ever to help counter the attacks and spin emanating from the Left.

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Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:25 AM in Politics/Government

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
New political ad features local family

Ashley Faulkner lost her mother on 9/11. Back in May when President Bush was in Lebanon he took a moment to hug and comfort her. The story of the hug was run in the Enquirer and spread on the web. Now the Faulkners are being featured in a new ad from the group Progress for America.

The most expensive TV ad buy of the presidential campaign shows President Bush consoling a teenage girl whose mother died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

The ad, created by the conservative Progress for America Voter Fund, will run until the election on cable stations and in nine key states at a cost of $14.2 million, said the group's president, Brian McCabe. (Related link: Ad analysis)

The ad was inspired by a photo of Bush hugging Ashley Faulkner, who is now 16, while campaigning in Lebanon, Ohio, on May 4. The photo, taken by the girl's father, Lynn Faulkner, was widely circulated on the Internet. As Bush shook hands in the crowd, the Faulkners' neighbor told him that Ashley had lost her mom on 9/11. Bush enfolded Ashley in his arms and offered her comfort.

"In the midst of all those people and all that noise, it was an intimate and personal moment," Lynn Faulkner, a marketing consultant and a Republican, said in an interview. His wife, Wendy Faulkner, an information-systems executive, was in the South Tower on Sept. 11.

The ad features the photo and Ashley and her father talking about Bush. "All he wants to do is make sure I'm safe," Ashley says in the ad. Lynn says in the ad that he saw in Bush "what I want to see in the heart and soul" of a president.

--Progress for America

The ad is titled "Ashley's Story" and can be viewed here. It's a pretty moving ad.

A transcript of the ad:

My wife Wendy was murdered by terrorists on September 11th.

The Faulkner's daughter Ashley closed up emotionally, but when President George W. Bush came to Lebanon, Ohio she went to see him as she had with her mother 4 years before.

He walked toward me and I said "Mr. President, this young lady lost her mother in the World Trade Center."

And he turned around and he came back and he said "I know that's hard, are you all right?"

Our president took Ashley in his arms and just embraced her. And it was at that moment that we saw Ashley's eyes fill up with tears.

He's the most powerful man in the world and all he wants to do is make sure I'm safe, that I'm ok.

What I saw is what I want to see in the heart and in the soul in the man who sits in the highest elected office in our country.

Progress for America Voter Fund is responsible for the content of this message.

The ad has its own domain,

Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:53 PM in Politics/Government
A proposal

Proposed: The proportion of Mr. Goodbars and Krackels to Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate in Hershey's Minis should be vastly increased. I mean, come on, the Krackel and Mr. Goodbar are obviously the superior mini chocolate bars.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:07 PM in Miscellaneous
Well so much for Kerry's claim to never cross picket lines
Last summer, John F. Kerry refused to cross a police picket line and address the US Conference of Mayors meeting in Boston. Last night he rode in a motorcade that crossed two Florida police picket lines en route to a get-out-the-vote rally in vote-rich Orlando.

Aides said the demonstration, staged by members of the Orlando Police Department represented by Fraternal Order of Police Local 25, was sprung on the campaign without prior notice in an effort to embarrass the city's Democratic mayor, Buddy Dyer. Local media describe the union as Republican-leaning, the same label aides to Mayor Thomas M. Menino attached to the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association in the midst of its dispute before the Democratic National Convention in July.

"It was a surprise demonstration by an organization that supports President Bush," said David Wade, a spokesman for Kerry.

The officers' contract expired Oct. 1. The city has offered the membership a 2 percent raise, as it did all city labor unions. The union is seeking 4 percent.

One of the pickets, Officer Paul Bruning, said the union notified Democratic officials in Miami last week of its plans to picket Kerry both at Orlando International Airport and at the Barnett Park Recreation Center.

--Boston Globe

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:51 AM in Politics/Government
Geez, maybe this is why Republicans have a harder time registering voters...

...not enough crack cocaine to hand out.

Mary Poppins. Jeffrey Dahmer. Janet Jackson. Chad Staton.
Defiance County elections officials were confident the first three hadn't moved to their small community. But the fourth one lived there, and - in exchange for crack cocaine - tried to falsely submit the first three names and more than 100 others onto the county's voter registration rolls, police said.

Now Mr. Staton, 22, of Defiance, faces a felony charge of false registration in a case that has quickly gained national attention as part of a hotly contested presidential battle that's attracted a flurry of new voter registrations across the country - and a flurry of complaints of voter registration fraud.

Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick said that Mr. Staton was working on behalf of a Toledo woman, Georgianne Pitts, to register new voters. She, in turn, was working on behalf of the NAACP National Voter Fund, which was formed by the NAACP in 2000 to register new voters.

Sheriff Westrick said that Pitts, 41, of Toledo, admitted she gave Mr. Staton crack cocaine in lieu of cash for supplying her with completed voter registration forms. The sheriff declined to say how much crack cocaine Pitts supplied Mr. Staton, or to say whether Pitts knew that the forms Mr. Staton gave her were falsified.
Of the 130 forms submitted, county elections board director Wayne Olsson said that only six turned out to be legitimate.

Noting that the potentially new voters had listed addresses in Defiance County, Cuyahoga County elections officials sent the forms to Defiance County, where they arrived the afternoon of Oct. 8.

The package came with a small note inside from Cuyahoga County officials: Check the signatures on the cards for fraud.

Within an hour, Defiance County elections workers had deduced that the batch of 130 was mostly faked forms, said Laura Howell, the county elections board's deputy director.

"We could tell by the handwriting that many of them were written by the same person," she said. "And of course we know the streets. Defiance being a small town, many of [the forms] had streets not even in Defiance."

And so elections workers immediately began sending out letters, addressed to the people listed at those addresses, as a precaution to ensure that a Mary Poppins, a Jeffrey Dahmer, or a Janet Jackson didn't, in fact, live in Defiance County, she said.

Letters also went out to George Foreman, Brett Favre, Michael Jordan, and Dick Tracy, among others in the bundle to see if the post office would return them as undeliverable.

Letters even went out to a handful of people registered on forms with different personal identifiers but the same name: Chad Staton.

None of the Chad Statons made the cut.

In the meantime, elections officials contacted the office of Sheriff Westrick, a Republican, who began an investigation that included the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Mr. Staton as he walked along a Defiance street about 8 a.m. yesterday, and issued a press release by noon that soon spread across the Internet.
it's not the first complaint of fraud against the NAACP Voter Fund, which insists it is nonpartisan.

Elections officials in Lake County, just east of Cleveland, last month began investigating the group and an anti-Bush group called Americans Coming Together, or ACT Ohio, for hundreds of suspicious registration forms and absentee ballot requests.

Among them was one, submitted by the NAACP Voter Fund, for a man who'd been dead for more than two decades.

--Toledo Blade

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:42 AM in Ohio , Politics/Government

Monday, October 18, 2004
Following up...

... on Friday's post about foreigners trying to influence the election by writing to Clark County residents, the Guardian has posted some responses they've received.

A few highlights:

Dear wonderful, loving friends from abroad,
We Ohioans are an ornery sort and don't take meddling well, even if it comes from people we admire and with their sincere goodwill. We are a fairly closed community overall. In my town of Springfield, I feel that there are some that consider people from the nearby cities of Columbus or Dayton, as "foreigners"- let alone someone from outside our country.
Springfield, Ohio
I just read a hilarious proposal to involve your readership in the upcoming US presidential election. At least, I'm hoping that it is genius satire. Nothing will do more to undermine the Democratic cause in Ohio than having patronising Brits wander around Clark County telling people how to vote. Just, for a second, imagine if the Washington Post sent folks from Ohio to do the same in Oxfordshire. I'm saying this as a Democrat, and as someone who has spent the last few years in the UK. That is, with all due respect. Please, please, be rational, and move slowly away from the self-defeating hubris.
United States
My dear, beloved Brits,
I understand the Guardian is sponsoring a service where British citizens write to Americans to advise them on how to vote. Thank heavens! I was adrift in a sea of confusion and you are my beacon of hope!

Feel free to respond to this email with your advice. Please keep in mind that I am something of an anglophile, so this is not confrontational. Please remember, too, that I am merely an American. That means I am not very bright. It means I have no culture or sense of history. It also means that I am barely literate, so please don't use big, fancy words.

Set me straight, folks!
Dayton, Ohio

--Guardian Unlimited

And there are many there that are quite a bit more strongly worded.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 9:33 PM in Politics/Government
Celebrity Poker Showdown

I like Celebrity Poker Showdown, but egads, 2 hours at a time is just too much. It was so much easier to get through back when it was just 1 hour.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:28 AM in TV

Friday, October 15, 2004
Foreigners trying to influence the election right here in Ohio
Readers of a British newspaper have been invited to write Clark County voters with the aim of persuading the undecided to vote for either George W. Bush or John Kerry.

The 400,000-circulation Guardian, a London-based newspaper, published an article explaining to its international readers that although they have no vote in the U.S. presidential election, they can make a difference.

“ ... We’ve zeroed in on one of the places where this year’s election truly will be decided: Clark County, Ohio, which is balanced on a razor’s edge between Republicans and Democrats,” the article reads. It can be found on the Internet at, under the heading “My fellow non-Americans...” by Oliver Burkeman, who is based in the newspaper’s New York City bureau.

The newspaper is encouraging its readers from “Basildon to Botswana” to write Clark County residents who do not have a declared party, “which somewhat increases the chances of their being persuadable.”

Features editor Ian Katz said the unique idea stemmed from many foreigners’ feelings of helplessness while they watched the unfolding of the U.S. election — an election they feel will have a strong impact on the entire world.
--Springfield News-Sun

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:33 PM in Politics/Government
Attacked by the Left (Part 6)
Cleanup will soon be under way at the Bush-Cheney Victory Center in York County for the fifth time this election season.

Vandals spray painted anti-Bush messages and "Vote Kerry" on the building and on the rented sign out front Wednesday night.

They also stole the letters from the sign out front which had been advertising a veterans event for this weekend.

"I just don't understand the mentality we're dealing with here. I mean, what are they proving? Because it's really, it's degrading to the other party to have this kind of vandalism going on," said Darwin Doll, headquarters coordinator.

The vandals hit other businesses and a barn along Route 74 just outside of Dallastown Wednesday night.

Doll said the Victory Center will now be equipped with security cameras.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 2:20 AM in Politics/Government

Thursday, October 14, 2004

"We need to straighten up because your Grandparents are coming over to help clean tomorrow."

There's just something deeply and fundamentally wrong with that statement...

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:59 PM in Miscellaneous

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Way to make alliances there Senator Kerry
All Italy is abuzzing today about a Kerry gaffe aired last night on HBO in Italy. As reported in today's Corriere della Sera in Italy, Defense Minister Antonio Martino criticized John Kerry for an incredible remark that the conditions of the Iraqi Army were so bad that even the Italian Army could kick their a**es.

Martino remarked that Kerry, "instead of saying what he thinks, should think about what he says."

But that would be too much for the great statesman from Massachusetts, wouldn't it?

--The Corner on National Review Online

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:40 PM in Politics/Government
Now this is just sad
Democrats in a race for a state House seat in District 82, are circulating a flyer that shows a child with disabilities with President Bush’s face running in a track race. The headline says: “Voting for Bush Is Like Running In The Special Olympics: Even If You Win, You’re Still Retarded.”

The flyer is being distributed by Democrat Craig Fitzhugh. His opponent, Dave Dahl has issued a call to Fitzhugh to stop distributing the flyer.

According to Dahl, “Hard-ball politics is one thing and everyone expects tough battles, but using those who are born with mental disabilities for political fodder is disgusting.”

Dahl says the flyers have been distributed for at least two weeks from Fitzhugh’s campaign office in Ripley, Tennessee. It also serves as the Kerry-Edwards headquarters. “At first, I really did not believe that Fitzhugh and the Democrats would stoop to such gutter politics, but then people started bringing the flyer to me at the end of last week. I was shocked and disgusted.”

Bill Hobbs has the response from the Special Olympics people:

We at Special Olympics are astounded and appalled by a political flyer being distributed in Tennessee, showing the head of President Bush superimposed on the body of a Special Olympics athlete, saying, "Even if you win, you're still retarded."

We see this communication as an egregious, gratuitous insult to our almost 2 million athletes in over 150 countries around the world and a stunning affront to the more than 200 million people in the world who have intellectual disabilities.

We cringe at the thought that any one of these capable and courageous athletes would ever have to endure the agony, embarrassment, pain and suffering that this flyer would certainly cause.

We hope that the person or persons responsible for this outrageous political advertisement would come forward, identify themselves, and explain to the people of Tennessee and everywhere else why they would choose to denigrate the spirit, courage, and accomplishments of the Special Olympics athletes.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:37 PM in Politics/Government

Two hard drives crapped out on my web host's server so the site was down for about 7 hours. The worst part is they had to go to a backup and I think some of the e-mail I hadn't downloaded yet got lost.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:22 PM in Miscellaneous

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Stolen Honor

Sinclair Broadcasting Group, owners and/or operators of Fox 45 and ABC 22 in Dayton and WB 64 in Cincinnati are preempting prime time programming on their stations to run Stolen Honor, a documentary about John Kerry's conduct upon returning from Vietnam.

Off the bat, I think the judgements about Sinclair's presentation of the documentary are premature. As yet we don't have a clue as to how it will be presented, it might just end up being presented in an evenhanded manner. Or of course it could be completely biased, the point is we don't know yet.

Personally I don't see how this is worse than what CBS and Michael Moore have done. Raise a stink about it if you want, boycott Sinclair stations, try to convince them not to run it, rebut it, tell people where it's wrong. That's fine. That's your right. I don't have a problem with that.

I do however have a problem when people start whining to the FEC, when people move from "I don't like what that guy's saying, let's try and get him to stop" to "I don't like what that guy's saying, let's use the power of the government to get him to stop." The very purpose of the free speech clause of the First Amendment was to protect political speech. Airing this documentary is political speech. Sinclair has just as much right to air that documentary as the Left has the right to protest it.

Were the FEC to do the unthinkable and rule that Sinclair can't broadcast it, that decision would be a travesty.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:09 PM in Politics/Government

The chance of finding a Sharpie within 20 feet of you is inversely proportional to the chance that you're holding in your hand a cd-r that needs labeled.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 5:42 PM in Miscellaneous

Saturday, October 9, 2004
Well, last night's debate secured at least one vote
Robin Dahle, who asked President Bush the first question yesterday, was just on NPR's Weekend America...

Dahle said that, before the debate, there was a 40 percent chance he'd vote for President Bush. He's now 80-90 percent sure of his vote, although not 100 percent.

The reason he gave was that Bush was more "personable." He also said that Kerry blundered when he said that only 3 people in the room made $200,000/year. He said that Kerry had made that assumption based on the appearance of the audience and the location of the debate. Dahle found that condescending.

--Blogs for Bush

Posted by Rob Bernard at 8:14 PM in Politics/Government
The Australian election Part 2

Congrats to John Howard who won a fourth term yesterday.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:15 AM in Politics/Government
Just a reminder

There are in fact a couple of Internets. Now I can't speak as to whether draft rumors are flying around on Internet 2, but with all the college-types on there it's not out of the question.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:17 AM in Politics/Government
The Australian election

Australians are currently voting for Prime Minister. If Prime Minister Howard doesn't win can we work up an amendment to let him run here? :)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:07 AM in

Friday, October 8, 2004

Jonah Goldberg has a good column up on the myriad reasons the Iraq war was justified.

The notion that the invasion of Iraq was justified - and justifiable - solely on the WMD threat is a canard. It's true, the administration did emphasize the WMD issue. But it's also true that the press consistently demanded "one reason" - in Tim Russert's words - to go to war. The WMD case was simply the most compelling one to make. Every allied intelligence agency - including France's and Germany's - was convinced Saddam had WMDs. As were all of the various competing agencies in our own defense-intelligence complex.
But that doesn't mean that Bush didn't offer numerous other rationales before and after the war. In major speeches he touted the importance of democratizing the Middle East. Administration officials pointed out that Saddam was the only world leader to applaud 9/11, and that he was a major source of funding for suicide bombers in Israel. They argued that removing Saddam would have a positive impact on the peace process. President Bush made a masterful case to the United Nations that, in the post-9/11 world, the world body could not afford to let a dictator - one who had gassed his own people and invaded a neighbor - flout its countless resolutions with impunity.
We don't buy cars for a single reason. (Oh, it's blue! I'll take it!) Why should we launch a preemptive war for a single reason?

Of course Bush has emphasized other rationales now that we know there were no WMDs. What else is he going to do? Should he say, "Oops," and leave Iraq to disintegrate into civil war, which will plunge the region into chaos? Or should he emphasize the other - completely legitimate and consistent - rationales for this war? If we had found WMDs, Bush would still be fighting to democratize Iraq. That we haven't found them makes that task all the more important.

The fact is that all wars have complex and changing justifications. The bloodiest war in our nation's history was begun as an effort to preserve the American union. The motives behind the Civil War are endlessly debated, but this much is beyond dispute: As the war dragged on - and as a chorus of naysayers bitterly denounced Lincoln's determination - the president resolved to make freedom and individual rights central struggles of the conflict.

Those who scold President Bush for breaking "the rules" - for changing the way he makes his case for a just war - must also explain how Lincoln was wrong. They must explain how the Cold War, begun as an exercise in Realpolitik, did a disservice to those whom it eventually freed from tyranny. I, for one, will be delighted if one day we can see the Iraq war in this grand American tradition of "changing rationales" after the fighting began.

--Jonah Goldberg

There were many reasons a war to remove Saddam was justified. Discovering there were no WMD does not make the war retroactively unjustified. EVERYONE thought Iraq had WMD going in and there was no way that notion could ever be sufficiently disproved while Saddam was in power.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:03 PM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
The Playoffs

The braves tied the series up at... eh, who am I kidding? At this point I don't care the least bit about the playoffs. I'd like to care, but I just don't. I haven't been presented with a compelling reason to root for any team in the National league. And in the American league I'm left with a mild desire to see the Sox win and a slightly stronger desire to see the Yankees lose. Maybe those storylines will get my attention eventually but till then the playoffs are just something happening in the background for me.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:48 PM in Miscellaneous

Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Wictory Wednesday
This is Wictory Wednesday. Please volunteer to help the President win reelection.

President Bush needs your support now more than ever to help counter the attacks and spin emanating from 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.

If you'd like to help out monetarily you can give to the RNC.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:21 PM in Politics/Government
A good line from Jim Geraghty at NRO's Kerry Spot

His conclusion at the end of the debate:

If I ever need to sue somebody, I'll call John Edwards.

If I ever need somebody killed - like, you know, terrorists trying to kill me or my family - I'll call Dick Cheney.

--The Kerry Spot on National Review Online

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:41 AM in Politics/Government
The undoubtedly preeminent zinger of tonight's Vice Presidential debate
Your hometown newspaper has taken to calling you "Senator Gone." You've got one of the worst attendance records in the United States Senate.

Now, in my capacity as vice president, I am the president of Senate, the presiding officer. I'm up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they're in session.

The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight.

--Washington Post

Thought Cheney did very well tonight. He clearly knew his stuff, and I'd call it a draw in style. In the end, as with last week's debate, I think more people will agree with and believe what Vice President Cheney said. And also as with last week's debate, very few people's votes will have been changed.

And the runner up:

And with respect to [the Iraq War], we've seen a situation in which, first, they voted to commit the troops, to send them to war, John Edwards and John Kerry, then they came back and when the question was whether or not you provide them with the resources they needed -- body armor, spare parts, ammunition -- they voted against it.

I couldn't figure out why that happened initially. And then I looked and figured out that what was happening was Howard Dean was making major progress in the Democratic primaries, running away with the primaries based on an anti-war record. So they, in effect, decided they would cast an anti-war vote and they voted against the troops.

Now if they couldn't stand up to the pressures that Howard Dean represented, how can we expect them to stand up to al Qaeda?

--Washington Post

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:33 AM in Politics/Government
Attacked by the Left (Part 5)
A group of protestors stormed and then ransacked a Bush-Cheney headquarters building in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, according to Local 6 News. ... Local 6 News reported that several people from the group of 100 Orlando protestors face possible assault charges after the group forced their way inside the Republican headquarters office.

While in the building, some of the protestors drew horns and a mustache on a poster of President George W. Bush and poured piles of letters in the office, according to the report.

"We told them to leave, they broke the law," Republican headquarters volunteer Mike Broom said.

Two protestors received minor injuries when the crowd stormed the building, including a Republican volunteer.

--WKMG (Orlando, FL)

Hat tip Instapundit (He also has pics from the Knoxville attack mentioned below.)

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:18 AM in Politics/Government

Tuesday, October 5, 2004
Attacked by the Left (Part 4)
An unknown suspect fired multiple shots into the Bearden office of the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign Tuesday morning. ... According to Knoxville Police Department (KPD) officers on the scene Tuesday, it is believed that the two separate shots were fired from a car sometime between 6:30 am and 7:15 am.

One shot shattered the glass in the front door and the other cracked the glass in another of the front doors.

Bush-Cheney volunteer campaign coordinator Suzanne Dewar says she originally planned to be in the office early Tuesday morning.

"If I had gotten here a couple hours earlier, I'd have been inside," Dewar explains. "And we don't turn the lights on until we open, so they wouldn't have [known] someone was inside."
Volunteers and staffers at the campaign office say they have no clues as to who might have committed the crime. However, they add that the shooting makes them even more enthusiastic about working for their candidates.

"If anything, they've energized us," Dewar says. "Thank you. Not thank you for shooting at us, but, nothing's gonna slow us down."

Dewar says she can't imagine why someone would fire shots into an office where people could have been injured or killed.

"I don't even know what to say to the person that did this," Dewar says. "...Get a life. This is ridiculous."

--WBIR (Knoxville, TN)

Keep this quiet though, people are supposed to think that only the "brownshirts" on the right would stoop to stuff like this.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:54 PM in Politics/Government
Something to keep an eye on

Scott Wheeler of reports that:

Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by, show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. And the papers show that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders.
They detail the Iraqi regime's purchase of five kilograms of mustard gas on Aug. 21, 2000 and three vials of malignant pustule, another term for anthrax, on Sept. 6, 2000. The purchase order for the mustard gas includes gas masks, filters and rubber gloves. The order for the anthrax includes sterilization and decontamination equipment. (See Saddam's Possession of Mustard Gas)

The documents show that Iraqi intelligence received the mustard gas and anthrax from "Saddam's company," which Tefft said was probably a reference to Saddam General Establishment, "a complex of factories involved with, amongst other things, precision optics, missile, and artillery fabrication."
The senior government official and source of the Iraqi intelligence memos, explained that the reason the documents have not been made public before now is that the government has "thousands and thousands of documents waiting to be translated.

"It is unlikely they even know this exists," the source added.

The government official also explained that the motivation for leaking the documents, "is strictly national security and helping with the war on terrorism by focusing this country's attention on facts and away from political posturing.

"This is too important to let it get caught up in the political process," the source told

Prove 'em wrong if you can.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:25 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East
You'll hear Kerry boast about an individual soldier who supports him once in a while...

...but this is something to keep in mind: Troops in survey back Bush 4-to-1 over Kerry.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:18 AM in War/Terrorism/Middle East

Monday, October 4, 2004
Word up

You know, I don't think I've ever heard Korn's "Word up" on the radio, I've only ever heard it in TV shows and promos for TV shows and I'm already bleeping sick and tired of it, it's all over the place. Get another song already people!

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:01 PM in TV
X Prize won

Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne wins it. Unfortunately it seems to have gotten lost in all the Mount St. Helens hype.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 10:20 PM in Technology/Internet

Sunday, October 3, 2004
Damn cold

I think I've got some weird kind of 8 hour cold. Every night this week it shows up about a half hour before I go to sleep and goes away about a half hour after I wake up. It's really quite annoying. I'd much rather it just stuck around and got it over with than drag it out and keep interrupting my sleep.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 1:04 AM in Miscellaneous
Note to John Kerry...

Football may not be the best sport for you to take up on the campaign trail.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 12:50 AM in Politics/Government

Saturday, October 2, 2004
Good news

The Global Test you need to take before doing anything outside our own borders is now available online.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 7:54 PM in Politics/Government

Friday, October 1, 2004
Gallup Poll

The Gallup Poll on the debate is out. It shows that 53% of people believe Kerry won the debate and 37% think President Bush did. Interestingly the only aspect of the debate Kerry led in was "Expressed himself more clearly".

Viewers saw Kerry as more articulate in the debate than Bush (60% to 32%), though they divided equally as to which candidate had a better understanding of the issues (41% each).

Thinking about the following characteristics and qualities, please say whether you think each one better described John Kerry or George W. Bush during tonight's debate. How about -- [Random Order]?

2004 Sep 30
(sorted by advantage for Kerry)







pct. pts.

Expressed himself more clearly




Had a good understanding of the issues




Agreed with you more on the issues you care about




Was more believable




Was more likable




Demonstrated he is tough enough for the job






Advantage indicates Kerry lead


Advantage indicates Bush lead


Kerry may have been a more effective speaker, but I don't know that that's going to equate to people changing their minds on whether he's the right person to lead the war on terror.

Posted by Rob Bernard at 11:22 AM in Politics/Government


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