Saturday, June 05, 2004

God Bless You, Mr. Reagan

Later tonight, when I gather my bearings, I'm going to compile a montage of my favorite Ronald Reagan moments but I just wanted to say for now that my thoughts and prayers are with his family and I know that he is resting comfortably with the Lord.

Horrible

Well, my night has officially been ruined. From Drudge:

Hollywood sources tell LA Weekly columnist Nikki Finke that former President Ronald Reagan's medical condition has suddenly worsened. "He really took a downslide today," the insider told Finke Friday evening. "Doctors are at the house. Things aren't good." At the start of the day, several news organizations chased down a rumor that the ex-president had died, but it wasn't true... Family members gathered at the Reagan's Bel Air home late Friday... Developing...


I will be up late saying a rosary for my hero. I LOVE YOU, RONNIE!

Friday, June 04, 2004

Hannity & Colmes TONIGHT!!!

If any of you late night bloggers are on, you MUST watch the rerun of Hannity & Colmes. Not only was Ann Coulter on, but our favorite liberal, Susan Estrich (most annoying voice EVER!), was pinch hitting for Alan. I turned it on at 9:30, just before Ann's appearance, and no joke, my mother and I think Susan came to the studio straight from the bar. Just watch and you will see what I mean. She definitely looked drunk. Rerun is on at 2 am EDT, I am setting my VCR, that's how hard I laughed the first time I watched it. And sorry, David, I really feel bad but this just shows that Bethlehem really beats Colorado (we also don't have crazies bulldozing the town). Does the FNC website have streaming video of H&C? You simply MUST watch this!

"Poisoned Alliances"

I was listening to Rush read from an AP article talking about the world that John Kerry sees. It's an overwhelmingly negative one, of course, and featured prominently in it are what are described as "poisoned alliances."

This is another thing I'm absolutely sick of hearing about. It convinces me that John Kerry has absolutely no idea what he's doing in the realm of foreign affairs. Kerry, and others who whine about the "loss of allies," show a fundamental misunderstanding of what alliances are. Alliances are agreements between two states that are meant to be mutually beneficial. Certainly, there were historical "alliances" that were not such things, such as how the Romans made allies with neighboring territories, though the alliance amounted to doing what Rome said, or else. I don't believe that was the kind of alliance we had with France and other nations that have stymied our efforts since 9/11, but even if it was, it's doesn't change the purpose of alliances. They are designed to allow states with convergent or at leats parallel goals to cooperate. But when those nations' interests diverge in important ways, and they find themselves at odds in the area the alliance was based around (in this case defense), the alliance ceases to be useful. The French are NOT our allies in this war. Bush didn't make them that way. Their contrary position made them that way. They don't share the same goals or views, and often have completely opposite goals. Therefore, their opinion is of little interest to us. This is like checking with Tito as to the appropriateness of our actions during the Cuban missile crisis. He didn't like the Soviets, but he sure as hell didn't have goals congruent with the United States.

It's disingenuous to say that Bush has "poisened alliances" when those alliances fell apart because they were no longer useful. More importantly, though, all the talk about alliances shows another misunderstanding of international relations. I've said this many times before and I'll say it again. Alliances are not ends. They are a means to an end. Being friends with other nations is great and useful in many ways, but just being friends for the sake of getting along is nonsense, especially when that state is fundamentally opposed to important goals we have. Alliances are tools, not goals. Many liberals simply do not understand this, and John Kerry seems to understand least of all.

Moonbats come out in Rome

Bush is currently in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of that city's liberation from the Nazis today and of course the moonbat protesters are out in force. And of course, that's what CBS' radio update leads with, the idiots chanting about Bush, not the occasion of Bush's visit.

I'm just so sick of these morons that have to gather to shout their idiotic slogans, scuffle with police, support terrorists and communists and show off their Bushitler signs everywhere Bush goes. I wonder if any other president has had to deal with such nonsense? I think Reagan took a lot of flack from the Eurotrash for installing missiles to protect them. But I don't think even Nixon was greeted with so much nonsensical hatred wherever he went. I'm not sure it's even about Bush anymore. It's sort of an excuse for every leftist fringe group, from anarchists, to terrorist supporters, to Marxists, to every other hippie pet cause to get together and break stuff or just pretend it's the 60s again. I'm sick of seeing them and hearing about them. If it were up to me, I'd have them all shipped off to North Korea to live for a year and see if that changed their minds about the causes they advocate. Of course, that would just probably make them hate America even more, since it's the evil Americans who are starving the North Koreans and Bush's intransigence that is preventing some sort of deal.

These people are just so blind to any sort of reality, they remind me of the Marxist book peddlers who engaged me in discussion after "St." Rachel Corrie's parents visited Lehigh. They were trying to tell me what a paradise Castro's Cuba is and that any problems there are solely the fault of American economic sanctions. Never mind the thousands of people who will climb on litte dinghys or makeshift boats in the hope that they make it to Florida just to escape. The same apologists are the ones out in the streets making the lives of ordinary Romans harder because they have to vent their childish bile.

Fortunately, Italy's Prime Minister Berlusconi is one of the few people in Europe who truely understands what's going on in the world today, and took the occasion of Bush's visit to remind the Italian people of what Italy's relationship with the United States is all about while chiding the moronic protesters:

...a part of our political sphere are using this visit as an excuse to express their hostility towards the United States... I am worried by the conviction of some youngsters that burning a flag or breaking a shop window can make one stronger. But that is totally wrong. Yet what I really fear is that an extremist demonstration may lead the Italians to forget the real, profound, historical meaning of the event we're celebrating... They must know that their fathers, their grandfathers, who took up arms against the Nazis, considered the allies as saviours. They must know the price the Americans paid to free our continent. Half a million killed in world war II. More than 7000 killed on D-Day alone, in Normandy; 25,000 killed to liberate Italy. Some of them rest in peace in our country, buried in Anzio. I suggest you visit that cemetery, and see the names of people unkown to you: John, Charlie, Robert, Ted, Howard... Men aged 20, 22, who gave up their life for our freedom.

Bush's Speech

If you haven't read or watched President Bush's commencement speech at the Air Force Academy's from Wednesday, you should. See the sidebar for more details.

Link-o-rama

Here's another round-up of essential reading:

First is respected historian John Keegan's take on the idiocy coming from the media and others about Iraq these days. Insanely awesome Jonah Goldberg, noted Corner denizen, provided this link.

Then we have a fantastic satire that Den Beste pointed me to the other day: What if today's media reported on the sinking of the Bismarck?

Finally, the master himself, Den Beste, has a terrific summary of energy issues, including links to his previous articles that explain why the war is not about oil as well a series of article about alternative energy sources, and why none of them work for the forseeable future. If you have the time, I highly recommend reading all of them.

I'm well aware that I've been "linking more than thinking" recently, and paradoxically, it seems I have less opportunity to write than I did at school. I mean with no classes and no Fox News, what else do I have to do? Well, I'm still unpacking and things remain crazy here. There's a big welcome home the troops parade on Saturday that I'll be attending. I'd like to make a report on that, depending on how tired I am and how much I remember between then and whenever I get a chance to actually write. And if you think I've been neglecting this site, I don't think I've gotten more than 5 pages into my planned summer reading...

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Sheer Lunacy

Don't even talk to me about this ruling that the partial birth abortion ban is unconstitutional. I am so mad right now that I could spit. If Rick Santorum wants to redeem himself in my eyes, now is the time to do it. I am so sick and tired of ridiculous and outrageous judicial rulings, most of them coming from, gasp, CALIFORNIA, that are so out of step with mainstream America and what the people want. I just cannot bring myself to believe that the framers of the Constitution intended the judicial branch of government to have all of us in a collective chokehold.

War lovin libs

"If it ends up Fitzwallace has to call this kids parents, I swear to God I'm invading Baghdad!" - The President of Liberal America Jed Bartlett on the West Wing...

I wonder whether Aaron Sorkin has been protesting against the war, because I know Martin Sheen has been. "But, but, this is a war for oil, no war for oil, wah wah!"

Reading for today

Hmm, several posts late at night, I must be avoiding something unpleasant. And of course I am, but nevermind that, it's time for me to recommend things that I've read today.

Glenn Reynolds notes that "It's an article of faith among many war critics that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda," and points to this roundup of inconvenient evidence to the contrary. I might replace "many" with "practically all" if I were him, but there are indeed many whose objections had nothing to do with that.

He also points to The Captain's Quarters, where Howell Raines gets a proper dressing-down. What? You remember Howell Raines, the agenda-driven former NY Times Editor who made Howard Dean look conservative. The man who single handedly encouraged Jayson Blair and tried to bring down Augusta National at the same time. Oh, that Howell Raines.

We also have Joseph Perkins' recent column, which is a revealing look at how liberals are misrepresenting the "epidemic" of uninsured people in this country. Liberals being disingenuous about something in order to advance a socialistic agenda? Why, I've never heard or such a thing.

Finally, Stephen Chapman has a great column about the gun control lobby and their nonsensical ideas about "assault weapons." His best line:

The features that flagged these guns as intolerable, such as bayonet mounts and folding stocks, are features that have nothing to do with their killing power. The ban is the moral equivalent of banning red cars because they look too fast.

Okay, I suppose I'd better get to work, since it's insanely late, but what else did anyone expect from me?

Livin' in the Springs

As much as I miss things in the East, along with my bygone T3 line and the ability to watch Fox News, there's some nice things about being back in Colorado Springs.

For instance, as I was listening to Sean Hannity interview Condolezza Rice, I was able to step out on my deck and watch the US Air Force Thunderbirds fly all over my neighborhood as they practiced for graduation at the Academy tomorrow. I see them every year, so I often take it for granted, but I realized how cool it is again today. I'm going to make sure to watch them after Bush's speach tomorrow.

Then there's my local paper, the Gazette. How many of you in California or Pennsylvania can open the editorial page of your paper and see a column by the editorial board taking Amnesty International to task for its anti-Americanism? Or can boast someone like Chuck Asay as your local cartoonist? Then there was the little report about the planned protests against Bush tomorrow, noting that pervious ones in the community have failed to attract more than a hundred people. I said a loud "HA!" to that. I'm certain the rally in support of Bush will be rather popular.

Another nice feature is being able to actually get news about my chosen sports teams. I actually overheard people talking about the Broncos today, instead of lamentations over the Giants and Donovan McOverrated. (Did I say that? I kid; he's a good QB) Te sports section the other day had a huge front page story on "Life After Shannon Sharpe." Most importantly, I can get good news and opinion on my beleaguered Avs. The state's in kind of a "early playoff exit" hangover, but it's nice to see that Stanley Cup coverage still warrants the front page of the sports section, unlike in the East (unless the Flyers are winning or the Rangers are ending another dismal season).

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

"Nothing'll stop the US Air Force"

Watching the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday put me on a patriotic music kick and since the 4th of July is coming up, I thought I'd share what I found with everybody because it's always nice to have this stuff around Independence Day.

Turns out the USAF Heritage of America Band has a quite a bit of patriotic and ceremonial music available to download (for free). This is a great band and it's fantastic that they've chosen to share their renditions of great American tunes. Check out the listing here. They have all the service songs and a great medley of them similar to what I heard watching the concert. It's particularly appropriate for Memorial Day. They also have "Hail to the Chief," a catchy tune I've always loved. It drove me nuts during the Clinton years that he was associated with that song, but now I'm happy that it's for good ol' W.

Of course, don't forget to get a copy of the "Air Force Song," the best of the service songs. It was in my head all day today as I watched the Thunderbirds practice for tomorrow's performance at the Air Force Academy graduation, where President Bush is going to speak.

Lazy French

While studying the French economy I came across an interesting side note. The socialist government there has instituted a 35 hour work week for all workers in the country. This is to ensure greater productivity while having the workers get more time off. This is simply backwards thinking as that extra hour cannot have that much of a marginal utility that would work against it. Of course with French Labor productivity is so low anyway it would probably not be noticed. Needless to say I am not surprised by this measure taken by their government and I am sure they are waiting for the day when they can try Sweden's failed socialist experiment.

Lehigh Students

Well I have to be shocked again by the blatant ignorance of Lehigh Students in political matters. The professor today talked about the Lehigh Professors putting forth their protest of the patriot act. This sad fact of course enraged me but two other people in the class thought they should have condemed it instead of issuinga warning. The other three were not aware and did not care what the Lehigh facualty did. Sadly there is nothing left to say other than shame on them.

Americans Abroad

Brian, I'm sad to say that you'll find such statements typical of Americans outside the United States. I've said before I think many of them were more anti-American than the non-Americans. To have all those people ashamed of being Americans is insulting, but at least most of them won't be coming back.

Speaking of offensive, I can't adequately explain how insulting it is that the History Channel has chosen Alec Baldwin as its host for D-Day week. Probably because he portrayed Jimmy Doolittle in that horrible new Pearl Harbor movie, also insulting. Then CNN had George McGovern on its WWII memorial panel.

I crave Fox News.

Oh, I'll try to write something about Vonnegut this week.

Monday, May 31, 2004

Liberal Iran?

Well I have now heard one of the dumbest arguments I have ever heard. The following statement was used and I quote "Iran is a more liberal government than most in the Middle East especially compared to Saudi Arabia." this statement uttered in absolute insanity shows just how misguided liberals are. Iran is not anywhere near liberal and is now as this person says not following the Mullahs as closely. They are not following the Mullahs as closely because they see two democracies forming on their borders. However I would say that they Iranians are far from out of the control of the Mullahs and still very much possessed by a fanatic society. Saudi Arabia if not more liberal is at least more pragmatic and realizes that it wants US dollars enough to trade and pretend to be civil with us. Of course if you liberals would let us drill in ANWAR we would not be so dependent. Regardless I still cannot believe what I heard from an AMERICAN while I am in Europe.

The Hunting of the President

I noticed in a previous post Kevin that you mentioned the new Clinton documentary based of the book the Hunting of the President: How the Right tried to destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton. I had the unfortunate duty of reading this book for my research paper and it was nothing but left wing trash. These people are absolutely nuts. They basically assert that Paula Jones did not give sexual favors and that the job she was offered was offered because she was a friend of Bill Clinton. Of course it comes border line to saying that Monica Lewinsky was a figment of our imaginations and that the case was blown way out of proportion with a desperate girl seeking fame and Bill not doing anything wrong. Well these idiots claim this absolute stupidity as fact I would like to point out that it still paints both Bill and Hillary as handing out jobs to their friends and engaging in a blatant spoils system that had not been seen since about Grant.

Europe

Well as I a have been traveling around Europe I have noticed several things. One that when you are American you have random 20 krown charges added to your bill that they cannot explain. Of course none of us can read the bill so we end up paying it anyway. The train station screws you over because you don't understand the cheaper routes and they charge you an extra 1200 krowns to travel. Thank god their currency is so shitty that one dollar buys 26 krowns. Other interesting side notes
Denmark's army is unionized.
The French despite being rude and smelling the worst also try to steal your backpack off the train.
Munich is the coolest city in Europe and is where I need to move to when I get out of Lehigh.
Well as I have not been following news I will only add that the searches for Kerry and Liberals do not represent the views of anyone on this blog.

Other Memorial Day Reflections

Make sure you see Cox & Forkum's tribute to our soldiers. Also make sure you read the Mark Steyn column they link to, about "the loss of proportion."

"The Last Full Measure of Devotion"

Everyone seems to be busy with family and friends this weekend, but I thought it was important to take some time to say a little about Memorial Day. Over the last decade, Memorial Day was often overlooked with the barbecues and summer festivities, but since this new war began it is more important than ever that we take a break and stop to remember those who gave their lives so we could live free.

I was pleased to watch the dedication of the national World War II Memorial on Saturday. I remember the first time I went to Washington and wondered why there was no memorial for the Second World War. That war made the world and the United States what they are today and the victory in that war was one of the greatest triumphs of the American people, and I'm happy to see a memorial dedicated to the men who sacrificed everything that we might be the country we are today. I was especially impressed with President Bush's remarks and how he subtly but crucially reminded us of the important parallels with our current struggle.

On this Memorial Day, as President Bush said, "we acknowledge a debt of long-standing to an entire generation of Americans: those who died; those who fought and worked and grieved and went on. They saved our country, and thereby saved the liberty of mankind."

Of course, Memorial Day is for all those who died in service of our country. From Washington's soldiers freezing in Valley Forge, to the men in Fort McHenry who inspired Francis Scott Key, to the men who fought to make Texas pert of the United States, to the soldiers at Antietem, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Vicksburg, to the men who made Teddy Roosevelt's victory at San Juan Hill possible, to the boys who went "over there" to fight "In Flanders Fields," to the heroes of Pearl Harbor, the stubborn defenders of Bataan, the dedicated men who won the Battle of Midway, stormed ashore in North Africa, sacrificed at Tarawa, held on at Anzio, and kept Britain alive in the North Atlantic, the men who braved the hell of D-Day, who opened the Burma Road, who flew with courage over Frankfurt, Rabaul, and Tokyo, who saved the Philippines, liberated France and Italy, and braved the horrors of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, to the men in the Pusan pocket, those who endured the North Korean winter and the South Vietnamese summer, to the unsung sacrifices of every deployment from Beirut to Kosovo and finally, to the men and women who have given their live sin Iraq and Afghanistan that we may continue to be free. They are the successors to a great history of bravery and service, and we owe them our thanks and our prayers.

Try as I might, though, I can never say about our soldiers what needs to be said as well as Abraham Lincoln did on a November day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Enduring and ever-appropriate, that speech remains one of the greatest speeches ever written: powerful, poignant, yet succinct. It is, in my mind, the perfect speech, and I turn to it often, as I will here:

...in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate we cannot consecrate we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from this earth.