Sunday, October 31, 2004

50 Reasons ... 

Over at the American Digest, a Democrat voting Republican for the first time posts a photo-essay listing 50 reason to vote for Bush.

Go check out this very moving piece ...

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Caught in the Act ... 

I received by e-mail a photo of the elusive "undecided" voter.

This voter was actually photographed in the act of voting !

Early Voter

The "Paper of Record" ... 


(Courtesy of Neal Boortz)

Kerry, Not Bush, Would Reinstate the Draft ... 

A reader of No Left Turns writes that Kerry would be much more likely to need to reinstate the draft than would Bush ...
Hasn’t anyone considered that Kerry would need a draft a lot more than Bush? Bush is very popular among current military personnel (he stands to get 75% to 80% of the military vote), and the various branches are currently meeting recruitment goals. In contrast, Kerry is reviled by about 95% of those who served directly with him because he pissed all over them with false accusations of atrocities merely to promote his own political ambitions. Who the hell would volunteer to serve under such a commander in chief?
In fact, this is very much in line with what I learned today from talking with a student who has friends in the armed forces. It is no secret that the men and women of the military find Kerry despicable, and apparently there are many who say that if he is elected they will not reenlist. Assuming he would be unable to make up for these losses with French and German soldiers, it is at least as reasonable to suppose that Kerry would reinstate the draft as it is to suggest that the president might.

Curious Specimen ... 

Curious Specimen

(Courtesy of Cox and Forkum)

Still Undecided ... 

Victor Davis Hanson reminds us of the historical perspective on the current electoral race ...
Had Lincoln lost the 1864 vote, a victorious General McClellan would have settled for an American continent divided, with slavery intact. Without Woodrow Wilson's reelection in 1916 — opposed by the isolationists — Western Europe would have lost millions only to be trampled by Prussian militarism. Franklin Roosevelt's interventionism saved liberal democracy. And without the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan and his unpopular agenda for remaking the military, the Soviet Union might still be subsidizing global murder.

This election marks a similar crossroads in our history. We are presented with two radically different candidates with profound disagreements about how to conduct a historic worldwide war. We should remember that all our victorious past presidents were, at the moments of their crises, deeply unpopular precisely because they chose the difficult, long-term sacrifice for victory over the expedient and convenient pleas for accommodation (if not outright capitulation). We are faced with just such an option today: a choice between a president whose call for patience and sacrifice promises victory, and a pessimist stirring the people with the assurances that we should not have fought, and now cannot win, the present war in Iraq.
(Emphasis added)

Are you still undecided ... ??

(Hat Tip to Bunker Mulligan)

Monday, October 25, 2004

Dear "Uncle John" ... 

Jay Tea, over at the Wizbang blog, posts a letter to his old family friend, "Uncle John" ...
John Kerry is actually an old family friend of mine. In fact, growing up, I knew him as my beloved "Uncle John."

I have a scrapbook I keep of my Uncle John. It has many treasured memories.

One of the oldest items I have is a Christmas card from Uncle John. It's from 1969, when I was barely two years old. I even saved the envelope it came in - I was fascinated by the Cambodian stamp and postmark on it, even at that age.

A few pages later in the book is a postcard from the early 70's. It features the Eiffel Tower on it, and it is signed by "Cmdr. John F. Kerry USNR)." He also sent me the autographs of several North Vietnamese officials Uncle John was good enough to collect for me.
Don't drink any fluids while you read the whole thing!

Woman of the People ? 

Ally Eskin, over at Who Moved My Truth, takes Teresa Heinz-Kerry to task over her latest moronic comments ...
Last time I checked, women can say anything they damn well please in the United States of America. I know that isn't the case everywhere in the world, but here in our country, you can say what you want and be heard. Just look at the internet and blogosphere, public TV, radio talk shows, etc.
Go read the whole thing!

The Face of the "New" Democrat Party ... 

On a recent edition of Scarborough Country, John O'Neill of the Swift Boat Vets and POWs faced off against partisan Democrat hack Lawrence O'Donnell.

The result was a screamfest, with O'Donnell repeatedly screaming out that O'Neill was a "liar", at the top of his lungs.

The full transcript is here if you can stand it.

This is the "new" face of the Democrat party ... if you can't refute the facts, just scream as loud as you can ...

Michelle Malkin comments ...
It doesn't do justice at all to the screamfest that took place, but you'll get the idea if you imagine O'Donnell chopping at the air with a rhetorical hatchet a la Jack Nicholson in The Shining ...

Bob Hayes: Why I am Pro-Life ... 

Bob Hayes, over at the Let's Try Freedom blog, posts a touching photo-essay, "Why I am Pro-Life".

Nothing more needs to be said, except ... go check it out.

Florida in the Bag for Bush ? 

Jay Cost, over at The Horserace Blog, has performed another outstanding analysis, and is predicting a Bush win in Florida.

If you are a political junkie, and are not reading Jay's daily analyses, then you are definitely not as "informed" as you should be !

UPDATE: The Gallup poll released tonight has Bush up with a big lead over Kerry in Florida, 51-43.

Ten Reasons ... 

... that Jim Treacher is not voting for Bush.

(Hat Tip to Vodkapundit)

Storytelling ... 

Tora bore

(Courtesy of Cox and Forkum)

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Kerry Lied About Meeting With UN Security Council ... 

Turns out that Kerry lied about meeting with the UN Security Council before the 2002 congressional vote to authorize the use of force.

In an article posted in tomorrow's Washington Times, Joel Mobray's investigation exposes the lies ...
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.
Remember that Kerry told America that his mother reminded him on her deathbed, "Integrity, integrity, integrity", when he informed her of his decision to run for president ?

This shouldn't surprise anyone but, evidently he wasn't listening, and certainly shows no evidence of exhibiting any integrity ...

Go read the whole thing !

What I am ... 

George Essef, Sr. spent over $100,000 of his own money to take out an ad in the Washington Post ...
You’re a Republican???

In today’s America, ask a growing number of high school and college students; their teachers and professors; the self-anointed media elite and/or hard working men and women of all ethnicities, the question, “What is a Republican?”, and you’ll be told “… a rich, greedy, egotistical individual, motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, at the expense of the environment … the working poor ….and all whom they exploit…”

I am a Republican … I am none of those things… and I don’t know any Republicans who are.


WHAT I AM … is a man who feels the need to spend, $104, 655.60,(tax paid) of his own money, to purchase this advertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this money would have been better spent feeding the world’s poor. At the risk of sounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the last six decades of my life, I have done exactly that… and more. Following the examples of my parents and grand parents, I have used my earnings to feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderly and medical care for the sick….. and continue to do so… and I’m not alone in that work.

WHAT I AM … is someone who is paying for this announcement, at my sole expense, in hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elements of our great nation, who, through either ignorance, or malicious intent, repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political party that holds true to the belief, “… the rights of the governed, exceed the power of the government”. For those interested, I am speaking only as a tax-paying individual who is in no way associated with The Republican National Committee, nor with any of its directors, or delegates.
Go read the whole thing !

(Hat Tip to Polipundit)

Friday, October 22, 2004

Liberal Political Discourse ...  

As if you didn't already know, many (not all) liberals contribute nothing to the political discourse except hate.

A returned Iraqi war veteran, running for political office, was spit on by a liberal activist during a public debate.

Evidently this liberal grad student hasn't learned much in school ...

(Hat Tip to Smash)

Kerry Foreign Policy ... 

From Charles Krauthammer ...

The centerpiece of John Kerry's foreign policy is to rebuild our alliances so the world will come to our aid, especially in Iraq. He repeats this endlessly because it is the only foreign policy idea he has to offer. The problem for Kerry is that he cannot explain just how he proposes to do this. . . .

He really does want to end America's isolation. And he has an idea how to do it. For understandable reasons, however, he will not explain how on the eve of an election.

Think about it: What do the Europeans and the Arab states endlessly rail about in the Middle East? What (outside of Iraq) is the area of most friction with U.S. policy? What single issue most isolates America from the overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations?

The answer is obvious: Israel.

In what currency, therefore, would we pay the rest of the world in exchange for their support in places such as Iraq? The answer is obvious: giving in to them on Israel.

No Democrat will say that openly. But anyone familiar with the code words of Middle East diplomacy can read between the lines.
Based on everything Kerry's said and done to date, I cannot help but agree.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

On a Related Note ... 

This jaw-dropper from Citizen Smash ...

Senator John Forbes Kerry and President George Walker Bush are distant cousins !.

The Kerry Doctrine ... 

Would John Kerry really do all that is required to protect Americans ?

You be the judge ...
Kerry's belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, "If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no."
(Emphasis added)

Kerry's position has consistently been on the wrong side of every conflict that America has been involved in since Vietnam.

Do you really think he would make the necessary choices to project American power when needed ?

Kerry too Weird ?? ... 

Direct from the Polipundit site ...
Is John Kerry just too weird to be president?
John Kerry is the ’60s peace activist who brags about his combat experience in Vietnam.

John Kerry is the anti-war candidate who voted to go to war in Iraq. He’s the “internationalist” who believes we should only use force after passing a global test, but who voted against the first Gulf War and its international coalition.

John Kerry is the Catholic who believes life begins at conception, but who supports partial birth abortion. He’s the ACLU liberal who fears the influence of the Christian Right, but spends his Sundays campaigning from the pulpits of black churches.

John Kerry is the life-long advocate of gun control who never misses a chance to wave a shotgun over his head, even when it’s a style of shotgun he’s voted to ban.

John Kerry is the guy who says the wealthy don’t pay enough in taxes, but who paid just 12.5 percent in federal income taxes last year. The average working American family paid around 20 percent.

And that’s just the political John Kerry — the John Kerry who speaks French while campaigning in Florida. The personal John Kerry is even more bizarre.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Horserace ... 

Jay Cost, over at The Horserace Blog, has one of the best sites around to explain the "nuances" of polling.

Go check him out !

Monday, October 18, 2004

Election Prediction ... 

Here's my prediction of the final electoral vote tally ...
•Bush/Cheney — 296

•Kerry/Edwards — 242
Note that I am NOT predicting when the tally will be completed !

If you are interested, you can play around with different scenarios here and generate your own predictions!

In Hot Water ? ... 

Hot Water

(Courtesy of Cox and Forkum)

Contrast Kerry's 9-10 with Bush's 9-12 Policies ... 

From the latest Kerry ad ...

Narrator: “In Iraq, American troops are attacked 87 times a day. At home, the Bush administration has acquired just 530 doses of licensed anthrax vaccine for America’s civilian population. In Afghanistan, the Bush Administration relied on Afghan warlords to go after Osama bin Laden. He got away. Bush said.... ‘I don’t spend that much time on him...I truly am not that concerned about him.’ It’s time for a new direction.”

John Kerry: I’m John Kerry and I approve this message.
Then hear what President Bush had to say today in New Jersey ...
My opponent has a fundamental misunderstanding on the war on terror. A reporter recently asked Senator Kerry how September the 11th changed him. He replied, "It didn't change me much at all."


His unchanged world view is obvious from the policies he still advocates. He has said this war is "primarily an intelligence and law enforcement operation." He has declared, we should not respond to threats until they are — quote — "imminent." He has complained that my administration — quote — "relies unwisely on the threat of military preemption against terrorist organizations." Let me repeat that. He says that preemptive action is "unwise," not only against regimes, but even against terrorist organizations.


This kind of September the 10th attitude is no way to protect our country. (Applause.) The war on terror is a real war, with deadly enemies, not simply a police operation. In an era of weapons of mass destruction, waiting for threats to arrive at our doorsteps is to invite disaster. Tyrants and terrorists will not give us polite notice before they attack our country. As long as I'm the Commander-in-Chief, I will confront dangers abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause)


The dream of freedom is moving forward in Iraq. The terrorists know it, and they hate it, and they fight it. And we can expect more violence as Iraq moves toward free elections. Yet, every day in Iraq, our coalition is defeating the enemy's strategic objectives. The enemy seeks to disrupt the march toward democracy. But an Iraqi independent electoral commission is up and running, political parties are planning campaigns, voter registration will begin next month — and free and fair Iraqi elections will be held on schedule this coming January. (Applause.)

The enemy seeks to establish sanctuaries in Iraq from which to commit acts of terror. But Iraqi and coalition forces are on the offensive in Fallujah and North Babil, and have restored government control in Samarra, Tall Afar, and Najaf. The enemy wants to make Iraqis afraid to join security forces. But every week, more and more Iraqis answer the call to arms. More than 100,000 soldiers, police and border guards are already trained, equipped and bravely serving their country. And well over 200,000 will be in place by the end of 2005. (Applause.) The enemy seeks to break the will of the Iraqi people. But as Prime Minister Allawi told the Congress, Iraqis are hopeful, optimistic and determined to prevail in their struggle for liberty. (Applause.)

After the enemy has failed in so many goals, what can these killers do now? They can fill up our TV screens with horrible images of suicide bombings and beheadings. These scenes are chaotic and horrific, but they're not a complete picture of what's happening in Iraq. A recent poll found that more than 75 percent of Iraqis want to vote, and they have confidence in the electoral progress. And more than 75 percent are hopeful about the future of their country. The violent acts of a few will not divert Iraqis and our coalition from the mission we have accepted. Iraq will be free, Iraqis will be secure and the terrorists will fail.

My opponent has a different outlook. While America does the hard work of fighting terror and spreading freedom, he has chosen the easy path of protest and defeatism. He refuses to acknowledge progress, or praise the growing democratic spirit in Iraq. He has not made democracy a priority of his foreign policy. But what is his strategy, his vision, his answer? Is he content to watch and wait, as anger and resentment grow for more decades in the Middle East, feeding more terrorism until radicals without conscience gain the weapons to kill without limit? Giving up the fight might seem easier in the short run, but we learned on September the 11th that if violence and fanaticism are not opposed at their source, they will find us where we live. America is safer today because Afghanistan and Iraq are fighting terrorists instead of harboring them. (Applause.) And I believe future generations of Americans will be spared violence and fear as democracy and hope and governments that oppose terror multiply across the Middle East. (Applause.)
(Emphasis added)

This is the vision that will keep generations of Americans safer from terrorist threats, not the vision that recommends hiding behind the UN's figurative skirts, and hoping that the terrorists will pass you by.

(Hat tip to The Kerry Spot on NRO)

Early Voting ... 

I went to exercise my right to help re-elect President Bush today.

Keep in mind that I live in Texas, a very strong Bush state ...

I arrived at the polling place and the wait to cast an early vote was over 45 minutes !

The turnout on this, the first day of early voting, was simply astounding, as related by the poll workers.

Remember, this is likely the most important election of our lifetime!

The choice will be made between September 10th and September 12th policies.


Sunday, October 17, 2004

Utter Disgust ... 

As you have probably discovered, blogging was non-existent last week. As usual, I was on the road once again.

But now I'm back ! Thanks for continuing to visit !

As I opened the Sunday Fort Worth Star-Telegram this morning, and began to scan, my mood became more and more angry. It seemed like every headline was so full of bias that it appeared the main stream media had dropped all pretense of objectivity.

On the front page ...

Knight Ridder- "Why Iraq went awry after the fall of Saddam"

Page 10A ...

New York Times- "Troops, familes see problems in plans"

Page 21A ...

Associated Press- "Scowcroft decries Iraq policy"

From the "Second Front" section, front page ...

Knight Ridder- "Some were surprised by absence of planning"

Knight Ridder- "Blunders compounded U.S. problems in Iraq"

And the "kicker", from the Opinion section ...

The Bride of Michael Moore, Molly Ivins- "Fascism any day now?"

I was so full of disgust that I literally could not finish reading the paper ... I had to put the paper aside and go mow the lawn !

Friday, October 08, 2004

Global Test ... 


Thursday, October 07, 2004

Saddams's Pride ... 

Here's a photo that you will never see printed in a main stream paper, and likely won't ever see on TV.

Saddam may not have had any direct connection to 9/11, but no one can say he wasn't extremely happy to see our horror and misery ...

Saddam 9/11

(Photo courtesy of 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America via Steve Rugg over at JusTalkin)

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

VP Debate Results ... 

Hulk SMASH metrosexual trial lawyer !!!

(Courtesy of Junkyard Blog)

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Armed Iranians Arrested in Samarra ... 

Iran Focus News reports that Iran continues to funnel fighters and support to the insurgency ...
Baghdad, Oct. 4 - The Interim Iraqi Interior Minister stated that armed Iranian agents have been arrested among rebels fighting in the city of Samarra. The Al-Hurriya TV aired footage of Falah Naqib who accused Iran of backing insurgents in this presently volatile region of Iraq.

Fighting in Samarra has left over 150 rebels and one U.S. soldier dead. On Sunday, residents said they heard random explosions as U.S. and Iraqi forces hunted for insurgent holdouts.

Iraqi police have been patrolling the city, while U.S. troops and Iraqi Forces search houses for rebels and weapons caches. Military sources also confirmed that following extensive clashes between U.S. troops and the rebel militia, a large number of armed agents working for Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) were arrested.

Naqib’s comments came after U.S. forces separately confirmed the arrests of 80 Iranian fighters who had posed as regular Iraqis.
This is outrageous !

The US needs to send a message to Iran to keep their "noses" out of Iraq's business!

Edited for Content ... 

Be sure to check out the new movie, FarenHYPE 9/11, that debunks Michael Moore-on's Farenheit 9/11 !

Edited for Content

(Courtesy of Cox and Forkum)

Monday, October 04, 2004

Lowell Sun Endorses Bush ... 

Much ado was made by the main-stream media when the local paper in the Crawford Texas area, considered the President's "home town paper", endorsed Kerry for president.

Now in a spate of "turn-about", Kerry's home town paper, the Lowell Sun has endorsed President Bush for reelection ...
When it comes to the war on terror, President Bush means to keep our military strong and our country secure.

John Kerry, on the other hand, has all the attributes of the shape of water when it comes to telling us what he believes and what he'd do for America. Like incoming and outgoing tides, Kerry is content to go with the flow. In a dangerous world infested with sharks, Kerry would be chum at America's expense.

We in Massachusetts know John Kerry. He got his first taste of politics 32 years ago in the cities and towns of Greater Lowell.

In his 20 years in the U.S. Senate, Kerry, a Navy war hero, hasn't risen above the rank of seaman for his uninspiring legislative record. He's been inconsistent on major issues. First he's for the 1991 Persian Gulf War, then he opposes it. First he's for the war in Iraq, then he's against it. First he's for a strong U.S. defense, then he votes against military weapons programs. First he's for the U.S. Patriot Act, then he opposes it.

Kerry's solution to stop terrorism? He'd go to the U.N. and build a consensus. How naive. France's Jacques Chirac, Germany's Gerhard Schroeder, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and other Iraq oil-for-food scam artists don't want America to succeed. They want us brought down to their level. And more and more, Kerry sounds just like them. In a recent campaign speech, Kerry said America was in the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

No doubt John Kerry sincerely wants to serve his country, but we believe he's the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
(Hat Tip to The Corner on NRO)

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Armed and Disingenuous ... 

Armed and Disingenuous

(Courtesy of Cox and Forkum)

"Summit" Meetings and Negotiation ... 

During Thursday's debate, Kerry said the following ...
If the president had shown the patience to go through another round of [United Nations] resolution [sic], to sit down with those leaders, say, "What do you need, what do you need now, how much more will it take to get you to join us?" we'd be in a stronger place today.

(emphasis added)
Bill Dyer is a lawyer, and a blogger. His blog, Beldar Blog is always a source of good information, and insightful posts.

With regard to Kerry's comments above, Bill states ...
Oh, how I love to hear those exact words coming from my adversary across the bargaining table!

When I hear "How much more will it take?" and "What do you need?" coming from the mouth of my opponent, I know the case will settle on terms favorable to my client. My opponent might as well have placed a large, blinking neon sign behind him that reads: "I'm afraid to go to trial, and I'll do whatever it takes to avoid that risk." He's just handed me his client's purse, invited me and my client to take what we want from it, and return it to him containing however little my client and I see fit.

Once my adversary has said those words — once he's revealed that he dares not fight, that he will, ultimately, compromise no matter how high the price — then they can't be unsaid. No amount of previous or subsequent bluster will persuade me that my opponent and/or his client have the heart and the guts to risk seeing the case through to a verdict.

It matters little whether the person across the table is an implacable adversary (as, say, the North Koreans or the Iranians) or a sometimes-ally who nonetheless has potentially adverse interests and in any event will follow what it perceives to be its own self-interest (say, the French). The answer to the question "How much more will it take?" is always — "Everything you've got to give, and more. And more."

Friday, October 01, 2004

Kerry's Debate Skills ... 

We've all heard so much about Kerry's debate skills in the ramp-up to last night's debate.

And he very definitely demonstrated those skills in the debate.

Therefore, this convincing performance allows us to bestow upon him the title of ....

Wait for it .... wait ....

The Master-debater !

Missing Debate Topic .... 

Michelle Malkin brings up an issue that was, curiously, missing from last night's debate ...
One last thought: Is it just me or is it amazing that we had a historic 90-minute presidential debate on foreign policy and national security in wartime without a single specific question about border control and the nexis between illegal immigration and homeland defense?!
This is one issue that I think Bush has the wrong ideas to remedy ... giving illegal aliens a "hall pass" for entry to the US.

More on the Debate ... 

In my opinion, I agree with many pundits that have considered Kerry the winner on "style", and Bush the winner on "substance".

I don't believe that the results of this debate will radically change the dynamics of the race, and Kerry did slip up and let his true character show through a couple of times.

Kerry's position regarding Iran is ludicrous ... Give the Mullahs nuclear fuel, then expect them to keep promises not to build nukes?

Who's he kidding ....

Kerry's position(s) regarding North Korea represent an interesting dichotomy.

"Multilateral" is good in Iraq, but bad for North Korea ?

In any case, I don't believe that this debate will sway many undecided voters one way or another, and it looks like the Gallup post-debate poll supports this conclusion.

Regarding the First Debate ... 

Kerry let his true colors show through, as best depicted below ...

Global Test?

(Courtesy of Cox and Forkum)