Saturday, July 10, 2004

Another Reason to Keep Cheney

I'm reading through Dinesh D'Souza's Ronald Reagan: How an Ordianry Man Became an Extraordinary Leader and I came across an interesting note about Dick Cheney. Apparently, when Reagan's head of the Office of Management and Budget, David Stockman (who later became a press darling by harshly criticizing Reagan's budget policies), was going around trying to cut spending and pork, he was met with a great deal of resistance from Republicans and Democrats alike, except for a certain Congressman from Wyoming. D'Souza writes, "Stockman observed that Congressman Richard Cheney... was one of the few who didn't demand spending favors in his district in return for his vote to cut federal programs."

He sounds like a leader with moral courage, which is just what he's been and should continue to be for four more years. Enough with this VP hand-wringing from the Republicans.

What You Won't Hear About the Senate Intelligence Committee Report

Glenn Reynolds notes that the "infamous" 16 words are backed up by... the French! Yes, apparently French intelligence ALSO reported that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Niger.

Well, well, well. Isn't that insteresting? I thought Bush made it up to launch us into a phony war for oil and Halliburton? Gosh, could Michael Moore AND Joseph Wilson be liars?

Since the lefties trust the French on everything, one might be tempted to think that will shut them up about the "yellowcake controversy." I guarantee you they will not accept this. Despite that, I'm relishing the next time I get to throw this in some Bush-hater's face.

A Visit to the Battleground State

Not only did my uncle get to attend a Bush speech in person, but he got to sit RIGHT BEHIND THE PRESIDENT and be on national television (I saw him on the CBS news this evening), he got to shake his hand, he swiped the napkin with the presidential seal that was under Bush's water cup (I would've taken the plastic water cup, too!), plus he saw Jenna Bush, took pictures, and my aunt got her ticket signed.

I've never heard him sound so excited in all my life. Both he and my aunt aren't really Bush fans and I don't think they're registered Republicans either. But my uncle had only good things to say about the speech. He talked about tax breaks for small businesses, because small businesses create so many jobs, and my uncle's employer is a great example of a successful small business. And no, there was no teleprompter.

My uncle was so impressed with how Bush treated the employees, especially with the special attention he gave to one of the deaf workers. Apparently, a secret service agent was standing between the man and his translator, so he had no idea what Bush was saying and then had no idea what was going on when the speech ended and everyone started clapping. When Bush came over to shake his hand, he didn't really understand what was going on. One of the other workers nearby told the president that this man was deaf, so Bush made sure to stand close to him and said slowly, "Read my lips" (no new taxes), then said a few words to the guy and gave him a hug. Yeah, I don't agree with him on everything (cough cough I love you Pat Toomey!) but honestly, I think Bush is such a fantastic guy. I wish I could have been there, but I think it's great that my uncle got to experience that. It's caused him to take a closer look at Bush's platform and to consider him for the election in November. Next on the list of people to convert to conservative principles: my wacko liberal grandfather, though I fear he may be past the point of no return.

Friday, July 09, 2004

No bias, eh

Welp, then I was "surprised" to go to CNN's "All Politics" page where I found a large, 4 inch by 4 inch ad for, gasp, John Kerry! But I thought Foxnews was the bias network! So, I went to Foxnews.com's equivalent to the above CNN site, "You Decide 2004." I looked and I looked, and I refreshed and I refeshed, and NO POLITICAL ADS! Sounds fair and balanced to me, even though all we ever hear is that Fox is in the GOP's pocket.

Here's Ray Bradbury angry that Moore stole his book title for Moore's crummy movie.

Michael Moore is an Eagle Scout?

James Lileks eviscerates his recent op-ed for the LA Times, where he makes that claim. Since Moore is an accomplished liar, I'm really hoping this isn't true. But if it is, he is a disgrace to the badge, to the Brotherhood of Eagles and to the Scout Oath and Law. He really, truely disgusts me and the thought that he purports to represent the rank of Eagle Scout is infuriating.

Go back to Cannes, Michael. And please, don't ever come back.

Oh, here's a couple of the money quotes from the superb Mr. Lileks.

Moore writes:

Are you proud that nearly 3 billion people on this planet do not have access to clean drinking water when we have the resources and technology to remedy this immediately?


Lileks:
Immediately! Right now! The entire purpose of the American economy must be turned to the task of building sanitary water systems in rural Peru, old Soviet industrial sites in the Urals, and the Chinese hinterlands! Immediately! We are not only obligated to step in and help poor Robert Mugabe upgrade the pipes of urban Zimbabwe, we must issue bonds to ensure that these systems work until the sun sputters out. Because that is the first obligation of the government, as set forth in the Constitution: ensure that someone in the Sudan can drink tap water without getting the squirts.

I support helping struggling countries that aren’t run by kleptocrats upgrade their utilities; really, I do. It’s a good thing to do. But look how Moore sets the bar: if we don’t help 3 billion people, we can’t be proud.


Lileks concludes:
There you have it. He wants the flag to stand for clean water. This from a man who waddles up to the deep well of American freedom, fumbles with his zipper, and pisses in it.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

The West=Florida?

There was an interesting report on Fox News yesterday (which I was only able to catch because I was in a building that has FNC) about how a few states in the West are going to be key battle states in the coming election. Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and good old Colorado are being looked at by both parties as possible swing states. Together they add up to more electoral votes than Florida has.

Arizona, Nevada and Colorado all went for Bush in 2000 while New Mexico narrowly went for Gore. This is a traditionally conservative area, but the Kerry camp thinks it can pick up electoral votes here. Further, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado all gained House seats and so will gain electoral votes. Arizona is certainly being targeted for its large population of "seasoned citizens" (as Rush would say). New Mexico elected Clintonite Bill Richardson governor in 2000 and so seems an obvious target. I'm not quite sure what the appeal is in Nevada. Perhaps the hedonists in Las Vegas would favor Kerry over Bush.

Unsurprisingly, I think Colorado is the most interesting case. Colorado went solidly for Bush in 2000, by about 8 points. That wound up being around 145,000 votes. Now, Colorado is a generally Republican state, which also happens to feature my count, El Paso, as one of the most conservative counties in the nation. The problem is that Denver, the largest city in the state by far, is overwhelmingly liberal, and we also have the socialist hive of Boulder. Together, they can swing a lot of lefty weight around. I think what's making the Democrats more interested here is the big Senate race. They really think they have a shot to win it, and I don't think they're wrong. I recall that Governor Owens' first race was very close and Senator Allard's first race was a nasty fight. I imagine the Dems are thinking that if they can pick up this Senate seat, that would boost Kerry in the same election.

The Senate race is not well defined at the moment as the primary races are being hotly contested. On the Democrat side, there's the fairly popular attorney general, Ken Salazar facing the very liberal Miles, whose first name escapes me at the moment. For the GOP, there's Pete Coors and Bob Schaeffer. Coors and Scaeffer are almost identical on the issues, so the difference comes down to other factors. Coors is an extremely personable guy, a successful businessman, and has a great organziation. Schaeffer is good at stump speeches and has quite a bit of experience in government. Once the primary on August 10th is passed, I think we'll ahve a better picture of the situation here in Colorado. However, despite the Dems confidence, I can't really see the state swinging that far left. We shall see, though.

Too Moderate at the GOP Convention?

Kate O'Beirne at NRO thinks so. I'm inclined to agree. I heard about this first from Rush during his "boring" show yeasterday. There's definitely something wrong when, as she says, "[t]he only announced speaker who actually agrees with President Bush on major issues is Democratic Senator Zell Miller of Georigia."

Where are the conservatives? Is the RNC really this chicken? Is it not interested in putting the conservative message out anymore? That's not very Reaganesque. I mean, look at the confirmed speakers list. Arnold and Bloomberg? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad to have the Governator in Sacremento, but I'd take Tom McClintock any day of the week. And Bloomberg is just a liberal who put an "R" after his name to ride Giuliani's coattails. Giuliani should definitely be speaking, as he's a great guy and a wonderful leader. But let's not kid ourselves; he's closer to John McCain than Dennis Hastert. The speaker list is full of media darlings. They love McCain and Giuliani. They love to talk about Arnold. And they love to hate Zell Miller. Okay, nobody likes Bloomberg, but where are the good conservatives? Where are Rick Santorum and Wayne Allard? What about Pat Toomey, Bill Owens, JC Watts, Frank Keating, Newt Gingrich, and others?

The Democrats may be in the process of being hijacked by the Looney Liberal Left, but they're not pulling this nonsense. They'll have Howard Dean out front with Hillary Clinton and Algore not far behind. Ted Kennedy with introduce Kerry and Nancy Pelosi will serve the Rice-a-Roni. They won't SAY they're ultra-liberals and leftists. they'll trot out that centrist/moderate garbage, but it's clear that they're liberals and that is what the Democrats represent now. And who do the Republicans put out? John McCain. Who's their big conservative to energize the base? It'sZell Miller. Come on, GOPers, grow a pair.

There's quite a bit of discussion on this in the Corner. Here's Jonah Goldberg's initial response. John J. Miller has speaker suggestions. Kate updates with reader responses. Ramesh Ponnuru weighs in. Jonah has more here and here. Make sure you read Ramesh's post and the last two by Jonah. They make excellent points.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

No Fair!

I just got off the phone with my uncle. Apparently, Bush is stopping at his workplace this Friday during his tour of Pennsylvania and my uncle and aunt both get to go hear his speech! Only about 200 people are allowed into this little event and I am very jealous of course but how cool is that??? (He was nice enough to ask if there's any way to get a ticket for me, but it doesn't look likely at this point.) My uber-liberal grandfather apparently made some rather inappropriate statements when he heard the news but my reaction was, "I HATE YOU!!! THAT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL!!!!!" My uncle is not a Bush fan by any stretch of the imagination, but it was great to hear him sound so excited on the phone at the chance to meet the President of the United States. If he gets some good pictures, I'll be sure to pass them along!

I had to cheat...

to get this latest Simpsons question, so without further delay...

Kent: But first, we all stink!
Man: "We all"...hey!
Kent: That's according to a national survey ranking Springfield as
the least popular city in America.
[cut to Skinner tied to a stake on top of a pyre]
In science, dead last.
Skinner: I'm telling you people, the earth revolves around the sun!
Abe: Burn him! [lights the pyre]
Shutton: What a story! [takes a photo]
Abe: [chasing him] You've stolen my soul!
[cut to Krusty playing FDR in a play]
Kent: [voiceover] In culture, dead last.
Krusty: Eleanor, we've got to do something about this depression.
[starts walking toward her] So I propose -- oh, that's right!
I'm crippled, heh.

as far as my favorite quote from this episode, there are too many good ones, which I will list below...

Marge: Now, I know you haven't liked some of my past suggestions,
like switching to the metric system --
Abe: [stammers a little] The metric system is the tool of the
devil! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the
way I likes it.
Quimby: The old person's remarks will be stricken from the record.


Burns: I don't know what's happening. It seems our profits have
dropped 37%.
Smithers: I'm afraid we have a bad image, Sir. Market research shows
people see you as something of an ogre.
Burns: I ought to club them and eat their bones!


Burns: Listen, Spielbergo, Schindler and I are like peas in a pod:
we're both factory owners, we both made shells for the
Nazis, but mine worked, dammit! Now go out there and win me
that festival!

Audience: Boo! Boo!
Burns: Smithers...are they booing me?
Smithers: Uh, no, they're saying "Boo-urns! Boo-urns!"
Burns: Are you saying "boo" or "Boo-urns"?
Audience: Boo! Boo!
Hans: I was saying "Boo-urns"...

Jay: How can you vote for Burns' movie?
Krusty: Let's just say it moved me...to a bigger house! Oops, I said
the quiet part loud and the loud part quiet.


Quimby: Congratulations, Barney, and enjoy your grand prize: a lifetime
supply of Duff beer.
Barney: Huh? [pulls up sleeve] Just hook it to my veins!

Rush on a Roll

Rush had a terrific show yesterday and I just wanted to mention a couple things that really stood out. The highlight was, of course, Rush's suggestion of a John Kerry-Donovan McNabb ticket, syaing "Neither one can carry Philadelphia." Now THAT'S humor, hahaha. Make sure you check out his EIB montage picture of McNabb with a can of 'Heinz' soup. Priceless.

The other notable thing was his mention of another story out of San Francisco, which cements its place among the 3 worst cities in the country, the other 2 being Berkeley and (The People's Republic of) Boulder, Colorado. Apparently, the city's Vice Mayor thought it was just a fantastic idea to include the flags of 25 other nations in the July 4th parade. This is just so typical of liberal "multiculturalism" and diversity nonsense and indicative their unease with American patriotism. The person quoted in the article who says that it's America's birthday and not the other countries' is entirely right. This is OUR day for OUR flag. Unless the people carrying those flags were going to be reading letters of congratulations from those countries, they really don't have any business there. Yes, America is about many cultures and peoples coming together, but the key is that they come together as AMERICANS. The Fourth of July is America's Day and marching the flags of foreign countries in a Fourth of July parade just seems intrinsically wrong.

*Yawn* - Kerry and Edwards

So John Kerry shocked the nation yesterday - by doing exactly what everyone expected him to do. After all the talk and specualtion and the excited, hushed whispers of "Hillary" among Democrats and the media, Kerry chose Edwards, which, I suppose was the most Kerry-like thing for him to do.

Not that this can't help him. Edwards is extrmely charismatic, in stark contrast to Kerry. This may in fact be part of the Kerry campaign's strategy of "Don't let the public see our guy." Since Kerry's poll numbers go down every time he shows his face, they may have figured, show Edwards instead, because at least people like him. And darn it, he's hard not to like. I mean, look at the guy. He's always got a big smile on his face, he has a down-home Southern twang, and he knows how to excite people. The key is to just remember that he is King of the Trial Lawyers, and that will stop you from liking him pretty quickly.

Edwards made his fortune off of suing everything in sight and is supported by a great number of trial lawyers, perhaps one of the most despicable groups on the planet, behind the French, of course. It's Edwards' way of doing things that brought us the tobacco lawsuits, the gun lawsuits, and now the fast food lawsuits. We also have his ilk to thank for skyrocketing malpractice insurance, driving doctors out of places like Pennsylvania and to places like Wyoming, where I'm sure they're sorely needed...

Hannity mentioned yesterday that the same magazine that ranked Kerry as the #1 liberal in the Senate (National Journal, I believe; anyone know anything about it?) also ranks Edwards as the #4 liberal. And that's still further left than Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. Americans for Democratic Action, a liberal rating group, gives Kerry a 92 lifetime rating (out of 100) and Edwards an 81. For comparison, Chuck Schumer gets a 98 and Ted Kennedy gets a 90. Wayne Allard (R-CO) gets a nice, fat, 1. I'm proud of him. So, even ADA ranks Kerry to the left of Ted Kennedy. Now that's scary. VOTE! Get your friends to vote for Bush.

Foreign Policy

The current line from the John Kerry/Edwards ticket on foreign policy is becoming of growing concern to me. Both say they want an army that is number one in the world which we have. They also want a revival of our alliances in order to protect us. I would argue that alliances may not keep us safe. An alliance has to be formed on mutual value. I want to know what John Kerry is going to give the French, the Germans, the Russians and the rest who disagree with our policies. If these alliances can be rebuilt naturally and these countries realize that a war on terror is in the worlds interest then we should accept them. I do not believe that buying off countries is an effective way to conduct national security policy. Even worse giving in to other countries demands through appeasement to fulfill the liberal notion of making everyone “feel good” is not the answer either. I hope this duo can get a real foreign policy and demonstrate that they intend to rebuild the alliances through real diplomacy and not simple payoffs. Until then I will only become more terrified of this ticket.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

John Edwards Bio

The following is from CNN.com and provides a little more info on John Edwards

Name: John Edwards
Birth date: June 10, 1953
Education: Bachelor's degree, North Carolina State University, 1974; law degree, University of North Carolina, 1977
Career: Trial lawyer, 1977-1998
Elected office: U.S. senator, elected 1998
Family: Wife, Elizabeth; four children, one of whom died in a 1996 car accident
Quote: "I want to be a champion for the people I have fought for all my life -- regular people."

Book Review: Gotham at War

“Gotham at War” by Edward K. Spann is a book that looks at New York City from 1860-1865 and the effect that the war had on the metropolis. The book is very easy to read and not overly detailed but still shows the social history of the time. It is a recommended read for anyone looking for an overview of the political, military, social, and business aspects of what happened to New York during the Civil War. The evidence put forth is well supported and flows in a logical argument that made this a very quick read. I would probably give this a four out of five stars only because I enjoy a little more depth in what I read however considering I knew very little of New York during the civil war it was a good introduction.

PS. David the Simpons quote is from Kent Brockman but I cannot remember the episode.

Some Election Notables

Dick Morris on the Fox News Channel made some good points about the fact that Kerry will probably go ahead by as much as 15 points until the Republican convention but more importantly he made the following idea. When Kerry talks he loses percentage points and when Bush talks Kerry gains points. The only way Kerry wins is by the hatred of George W. Bush and this election will not be about what Kerry (and now Edwards) can bring but what George Bush can do. If people think Bush is harmful they will vote Kerry. If they think Bush is good they will vote for Bush but no one (sane that is) will be voting for John Kerry.

Campaign Finance reform is a highly debated issue but we are seeing it harder for special interests to give their quick checks to the party that they want to buy. The special interests are holding their own parties and raising money that way but no longer can the candidate hold parties where those big checks are given. It forces special interests to expand more money and effort which in the end is a good thing. The conventions will look very different this year as these checks cannot be handed out then so other options will have to be brought in.

John Edwards

With John Edwards as the new Vice Presidential running mate to John Kerry we will be seeing a very interesting race in upcoming months. I wanted to discuss a few things about John Edwards that have been coming out today and over the past couple months.

Edwards has been pushing for a National Intelligence Agency to “bring about better coordination” which is absurd. We have seen with the department of Homeland Security that creating the giant bureaucracy is not the way to go. Strengthening sharing and individual departments in the intelligence community will be a far better way to improve intelligence here in the United States.

When the most liberal senators were ranked Kerry was of course number 1 but what I did not know until today is that Edwards was number 4. We have a very ideological ticket forming here and one that is the opposite of Bill Clinton. This is a realignment of the values of the old democratic party it seems with the LIBERAL coming right back into power. Al Gore (who thinks he is still VP) has been doing a lot of Bush bashing on behalf of Kerry and is also representing just how far these wackos have gone. John Kerry today said he hopes this ticket will “reach across party lines” which once again is absurd. This ticket is incredibly liberal and if there was not such a hatred of Bush this ticket would go down in flames. Unfortunately there is a great deal of hatred against our current president who has defended this nation when it was attacked.

Some of Edwards beliefs that I have been able to find
• Opposes Privatization of Social Security
• Supports Death Penalty (for the record Kerry does not support the death penalty)
• Both he and Kerry want to take back the tax cuts
• Believes states should decide the gay marriage issue

Finally Edwards is a trial lawyer which Wall Street and Big Business hates. He can try to paint himself as the common man but in the end this scum bag believes that big business is wrong and he is the antithesis of Dick Cheney. If Cheney is kept on the ticket this will prove to be very interesting when these two debate. This afternoon Edwards will join the campaign trail and we will see what his stump will be.

Monday Notables

A few links from my nightly browsing. They're shaping up to be all from The Corner and Instapundit again. Is it just me or is it really sad that I managed to read more blogs on a typical school day than on a summer day, where all I did was mow the lawn and eat dinner? Likely because I don't have as much to procrastinate about, but I'm going to blame going from a T3 to 28.8 dial-up. On the other hand, I don't have Fox News, so who knows? Anyway, on with the links.

Over at The Corner, Mark Krikorian does a pretty good job of summing up why the Boy Scouts are such a great organization. Most of the reasons he gives - it encourages patriotism, faith, and other traditional values - are precisely why the liberals hate the organization so much. Fortunately, they've been twarted in most of their effort to hurt it. I'm always sad to say I can't say the same for the Girl Scouts. That organization surrendered to the PCers and the feminazis long ago, in addition to becoming a pyramid scheme for pushing cookies. They just don't teach the kind of values, let alone life skills, that the Boy Scouts teach. I find myself wishing more and more that the BSA would begin a competing program for girls based on Lord Baden-Powell's ideas and the current BSA program under their own auspices. I'm certain it would blow the Girl Scouts out of the water and become a positive influence for girls, who could really use such an opportunity.

Meanwhile, Jonah Goldberg notes that the BBC is having touble keeping a lid on its glaring credibility problem.

Kerry asks, and Bush delivers! But wait, we need MORE allies and MORE multilateralism and MORE talks! It's not enough until Jaques Chirac is sitting in on cabinet meetings. He'll be Secretary of Weaseling. (Via Instapundit)

Instapundit also notes NASA standing up for itself in the face of an uninterested and uninformed press.

John Kerry's House of Waffles is having structural problems: the ground beneath it keeps shifting. Though I'm glad to see people against the Dairy Compact, I have zero faith that Kerry's declaration will amount to anything.

Oh, kudos to Kevin on the Simpsons reference. I think the town was called Little Pequamsett-something-port... Next Simpsons quiz. Finish this quote: "In culture- dead last..." Also give your own favorite quote from the episode.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Slots

Its going to take 18 months for the slots to be in working order, and thats just at the four race tracks in PA. We will all be long gone from Lehigh by the time there are slots near Bethlehem.

Congratulations PA

I wanted to congratulate our permanent PA residents on the passing of the gambling act and the approval of 61,000 slot machines. Hopefully we can put those all to good use when we turn 21.

Minnesota Twins

I want to congratulate the Minnesota Twins on their promotional giveaway item tonight. They will be giving away a GI Joe action figure to the first 5000 kids in attendance at tonight’s game. This is to honor our soldiers abroad. Before the game they will also be welcoming a local unit home with a special ceremony and free tickets to the game. Local war protestors are of course in a fit over this. The stadium got approval from the military to distribute the GI Joe and have the ceremony. If successful their head of marketing wants to do this again next year. Of course the local protestors will have none of that. I wish these insufferable fools would go back about their own business and let these troops be honored at this ceremony. These men have been overseas defending people who are trying to bring democracy to a fleeing nation and these protestors insist on harassing them. I hope that nothing happens at the game to detract from the honor these soldiers are being given and that they are allowed to relax after a 12 month deployment.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Simpsons reference

the Simpsons reference in the title of your post is from the episode where they go to Flanders' beach house in Little Wamalkjadsfjhnbvg (long weird name) and Homer goes to the local Kwik-e-Mart, where he asks for some fireworks - as discretely as a Homer can - and the local Apu says something to the effect of "celebrate the indepencence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it" about the choice firework he selects for Homer, who, when he brings it back to the house, can't find any matches so he uses the stove for a light, and ends up having to throw the firework in the dishwasher.

Celebrate the Independence of Your Nation by Blowing Off the Heads of Terrorists

Now this is one of the coolest things I've ever heard of:

The bin Laden Noggin, a cone-shaped pyrotechnic device with a cartoon of bin Laden's face, has been a hot seller at some fireworks stores around the country. When lit, the bin Laden cone erupts in blood-red flames and screeches for 60 seconds. Two shots blow his head off.

It is part of an Exploding Terrorists Heads four-pack that also includes Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat and Moammar Gadhafi.


That is absolutely hilarious. I really want one, but fireworks are prohibited in Colorado Springs...

Also via Instapundit (he's got some good stuff up today)

(20 Brownie points to whoever gets the Simpsons reference.)

What Liberal Media?

The Marines are intimately familiar with the Washington Post's biased reporting, which has been just like all the other Iraq coverage: unceasingly pessimistic and narrow. Check out what one of the few and the proud has to say about it in the New York Post. To modify it for your least favorite news organization, just replace the haed reporter's name with your own object of scorn and Washington Post with the publication/network of scorn. For example, try Christiane Amanpour and CNN or Ted Koppel and ABC News.

Then there's a column in the Rocky Mountain News discussing a new study from Yale of all places showing just how far left the media really leans. Definitely worth a read.

Both via Instapundit