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Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words. - John Wayne

Friday, July 30, 2004
A Line I'd Love to Hear in the Presidential Debates
by Thom the Blog Culler

"If you define cowardice as running away at the first sign of danger, screaming and tripping and begging for mercy, then yes, Mr. Brave man, I guess I'm a coward."
-- John Forbes Kerry, when accused of advocating a cowardly, accomodationist approach to foreign policy and national security by President Bush.

What can I say more?
His lips keep moving, but all I hear is Blah, Blah, Blah.
by Cordeiro
That sentence could very well sum up my take on Lurch's keynote address last night - but what fun would that be?

John "Lurch" Kerry served in Vietnam.  Ok, we knew that.  He surrounded himself with fellow veterans from that war - his "Band of Brothers".  I respect the service those men rendered to their country.  That said, I have little respect for Lurch.

By all accounts, Lurch served a little over six months in Vietnam, getting an early quit due to the three Purple Heart medals he received.  His Band of Brothers remained.  I am curious as to what their thoughts are regarding their hero's commentary shortly after arriving home to the country that sent them to war.

The main thrust of my commentary regarding his speech is this:

The Vietnam war ended nearly 30 years ago.  What has Lurch done since then?  This question went largely unanswered last night.  I may have missed it, but the filmography mentioned his stint as a Boston prosecutor, but failed entirely to mention the fact that Lurch has spent 19 years in the US Senate as the Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Where is the litany of his accomplishments in that office?  What are the names of the major bills he has sponsored or co-sponsored.

The answer to that question is a very deafening silence.

In his hurried and sweating delivery of his speech, he promised to make America "Stronger at Home, Respected in the World."  He also asked to be judged according to his record, or lack thereof.

Fine.  Here's his record:

He has voted against the creation of nearly every major weapons system used by our Armed Forces today.  He proposed a bill, after the embassy bombings, to strip several billion dollars from the intelligence budget.  He voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, then voted against the funding necessary to fight the war he authorized.

Now he wants to report for duty as the Commander in Chief.

For the record, I do not care if this nation is respected or liked in the world.  If what it takes for the USA to be secure in the world is to have other nations fear the consequences of aggression against the USA, then so be it.  As Machiavelli was so famous for saying,  "It is better to be feared than loved."

I will not here waste the space or bandwidth to shoot holes in Lurch's domestic diatribe.  His tax proposals are so ludicrous even a kindergarten math student can say with authority that the Kerry/Edwards budget makes no sense.

The Lurch ticket is not ready for Prime-Time.  If this is the best they have to offer, it will indeed be a long trip to November.

Bring it on!

Thom's Pic of the Day - Patriot vs Patrician - You Decide
by Thom the Blog Culler
I just caught a few minutes of President Bush speaking to supporters at a campaign stop in Missouri, where he artfully illustrated the contrasting choices between another four years of him or the Boston Strangler. The Strangler wants to raise your taxes, but Bush won't. Cheney may not be the prettiest man in the race, but that he has solid judgement and national security credentials. But the implicit contrast I liked most was (paraphrasing):
"The best reason to vote for me is to have Laura as First Lady for another four years."

Given the unspoken alternative, I can't help but agree.

What can I say more?
The Wonders of Image Manipulation
by Cordeiro

Thursday, July 29, 2004
Thom's Pic of the Day - Edwards Displays How Much He Knows About How the World Actually Works
by Thom the Blog Culler

I suppose this may be an overly charitable title for this photo. I'll leave to your imagination other possible captions.

What can I say more?
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
It doesn't have to be this way
by Cordeiro
Sitting in a hotel room in Chicago.  John "Breck Girl" Edwards is doing his best to avoid crashing and burning in prime time at LurchFest 2004.  The theme of his speech seems to be "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way".

You know something, John?  You're right.  It doesn't have to be this way.  We don't have to live with the fact that a blood sucking, job destroying, silver tongued trail lawyer as a Vice President.

So far you've promised to raise the minimum wage (a time tested job killer), provide universal health care (did you learn nothing from Hillary?), and government funded higher education for everyone.  All paid for by soaking, yet again, the rich by rolling back the W tax cuts.  I'm no economist, and certainly not an accountant, but even a fool can see through your worn out, tired, and foolish argument.

So, Breck Girl, you're right.  It doesn't have to be this way.  It definitely doesn't have to be your way.

I've seen many a convention speech in my short time upon this earth watching the political stage.  My advice to you is simple.  Steer clear of fire extinguishers.  Some do-gooder might want to put out those flames.

And, by the way, the fact that you wrap yourself in the heroism of those who fight to defend this nation, and liberty in general, despite the fact that you voted against the very funding they depend on sickens me.  I dare to say I am not alone in this feeling.  You can't have it both ways, Breck Girl.

Bring it on.

Thom's Pic of the Day - What US Unilateralism Actually Means
by Thom the Blog Culler

What can I say more?
DNC Convention Day Two - Teresa, Both Fruity and Nutty
by Thom the Blog Culler

So, our good friends over at the American Thinker have come through for us again.  Today, Thomas Lifson provides us with a particularly insightful readout of Mother Teresa's "A Powerful Moment for Me" speech at the convention last night, and he makes some very important points about this lady and her relationship to her husband(s).  Go and read the whole thing.  It's great!  Here's what was interesting to me:

The Fruit Sauce Imagery

My favorite parts begin again with the colorful and fruity imagery invoked by Mother Teresa's grand entrance:
She was dressed in a near-ketchup red suit. The crowd waved ketchup red placards with “We love TERESA!” printed in big white letters. What is the message in this choice of colors? That her fortune is based on a tomato-derived sauce? That she is hoping to relate better to red state voters? That she is nostalgic for communism?

Tomatoes are technically a fruit, right? Colorful and fruity!  The sheer brilliance and market savvy of promoting both the candidate and the family business at the same time!  How can you beat that?

Turn to the East, Turn to the West.  Refer to the Husband You Like Best

Well, here's how.  She immediately goes from fruity to nutty.  Or perhaps "waffley?"  That would seem to fit into the Heinz/Kerry tradition.  Its hard to get a sense of where Mother Teresa's loyalties really lie.  Here's what Mr. Lifson has to say:

Blowing kisses to the applauding audience, she embraced her son Christopher, stepson to the presumptive Presidential nominee, who had declared his love for her in his introduction of her. . .

[Her first words are:]  “Thank-you Christopher. Your father would be proud of you and your brothers.”

Now this is getting downright creepy. Long before any mention of her current husband, she invokes the memory of her dead Republican first husband, Senator John Heinz, whose family fortune she now spends on behalf of a Democrat, and in support of extreme left wing causes through the Tides Foundation. Would Senator Heinz be proud that his son spoke before a Democratic convention, solely because his stepfather was the presumptive nominee?

A Powerful Moment For Me 

Creepy though her husband loyalty issues may be, the truly worrisome behavior is what came next:
She finally did thank the crowd, and promised to tell us about her husband, the living one, But then, out of the blue, hands pressed together in front of her, she declared, “This is such a powerful moment for me.”

A slight audible brief buzz rose from the crowd. It was, after all, a stunning statement. Even this friendly crowd seemed shocked at the self-centeredness of the remark. She revealed to the world in that moment that the Presidential campaign, as far as she is concerned, is her toy, a fashion accessory, something for a woman who already has five houses, a Gulfstream V jet, and obsequious servants, business managers, and a Senator-husband dependent on her checkbook for the lifestyle he enjoys so much.

Mother, May I?

And what about that financially dependant Senator-husband?  Mr. Lifson goes on to imply the the Boston Strangler is bought and paid for, if not by the typcial list of special interests and lobbyists,  then at the very least by his pushy, opinionated, fabulously wealthy wife:
This is clearly a woman who thinks and feels that she is the one paying the bills, so she gets to call the shots. I can imagine that Sen. Kerry has had to put up with a lot of this, but has made his peace with it, considering the financial benefits.

None of the details of her marriage would be of the slightest interest to me or anyone else, if it weren’t for the fact that her husband could well be the next President. A man bought and paid for, with a willful, short-tempered, somewhat angry and defensive, egotistical spouse, one who is used to getting her own way whenever she demands it.
Wow, what a show.  Who would have thought we could learn so much about what a potential Kerry Presidency would look like, by just hearing Her Imperial Majesty address the loyal masses?

What Can I Say More?  
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Coincidence? Perhaps.
by Cordeiro

 Oompa Loompa - Circa 1971

Oompa Loompa - Circa 2004
Personally, I think Lurch is making the Oompa Loompas look bad.

DNC Convention Day One - Fruits and Nuts
by Thom the Blog Culler

I thought about trying to watch some of the opening night of the DNC convention last night.  After all, while growing up my liberal union dues paying father often admonished me to "know thy enemy."  Sage counsel, no doubt.

However, when I came home from a long day of making America a safer place while simultaneously providing food, shelter, and education for my my growing family--no small feat, I assure you--I was forced to make a choice.  I could spend the evening listening to Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton drone on about how Wascally Wepublicans destroyed their meager presidential legacies, or I could spend some time praying, singing songs, reading scriptures and otherwise having meaningful, creative fun with my wife and kiddos.  Let me just say, the choice was not tough. 

Fortunately for me,  it seems that I didn't miss much.  Our good friend Matthew May over at the American Thinker has kindly provided us with a "nutshell" review of the DNC's first night of convention speeches.  As the following quote indicates, there's nothing new for us to learn about them:
The Republican Party, Gore thundered, favors tax breaks for their wealthy cronies, isn’t interested in socialized health care, and doesn’t give a hoot about Social Security. Flipping over to C-SPAN2, viewers could watch Harry S. Truman at the 1948 Democrat Convention rail against the Republican Party in Congress that apparently proposed “a rich man’s tax bill” that favors a tax cut “for those who need it least” and penalizes “those who need it most.” Truman also added that Republicans in Congress failed to act on his plan to spend $300 million “to meet the education crisis.” Not only is the Democratic playbook oddly familiar, it’s ancient.

I especially like this next quote, not only for the nutty conclusions drawn by the particiapating Dems, but also for the colorful, fruity visual images it fosters.
Soon after Glenn Close reminded everyone that women would not be ignored, and the nine female Democratic U.S. Senators strolled by in the Parade of Pantsuits, convention chairman Bill Richardson took the podium to introduce former President Jimmy Carter. According to Richardson, if any of the delegates flew into Boston on a cheap flight, it was because of Carter’s genius energy policies and his creation of another bureaucracy called the Department of Energy. Richardson claimed that Carter gave the nation “a government as good as its people.” One wonders what in the hell we did to deserve that.

What indeed?

What can I say more?

Thom's Pic of the Day - A Prophetic Photo from the Primaries
by Thom the Blog Culler
I'd like to start a new daily feature for this blog, and as you can see from the title of this post, I'm going to call it "Thom's Pic of the Day."  For me, limiting myself to one good photo per days really represents an exercise in restraint.  In my hard-earned capacity as "Official Blog Culler," I come across lots of photos worth sharing here.  However, to avoid diminishing the delightful impact value of each photo,  I will force myself to judiciously share only the very best I come across.  I hope that you, dear reader, will enjoy the my pic selections as much as I do.

Today's Pic comes to us from way back in Primary season, when the Boston Strangler was giving little talks to little groups of people at little universities, trying to drum up support for his little campaign from students with little sense, little cash, but lots of spare time on their hands. 

An humorous wardrobe selection, combined with a clever choice of camera angle, provided us way back when with prophetic insight into the charismatic nature of the Strangler's campaign.      

In case you have difficulty reading it, his shirt says:

 "Your mouth keeps moving but al I hear is BLAH, BLAH, BLAH." 

Not a bad line for W to employ in a future debate with the Strangler.  Gosh I love election season.

What Can I Say More?

Monday, July 26, 2004
The Looming Boo Birds
by Cordeiro
Lurch attempted to be a pitcher. He really tried. I saw the video, and I'm pretty sure my 15 month old daughter can get the ball closer to the plate than can Lurch (AKA John F. Kerry for those of you just tuning in).

Jonathan Last has a pretty good summation of Lurch's failed attempt at professional sports.

This week is gonna be fun.

Jimmy Carter just gave a speech highlighting his foreign policy triumphs. Does he really think the entire country was still stoned through the 70s?
One More Reason to vote Kerry-Edwards!
by Thom the Blog Culler
For my first-ever blog post, may I remind us of another important reason to vote Kerry-Edwards this fall:


Thanks be to Allah at allahpundit.com for the image.

What can I say more?

Shove It!
by Bonjo
The Ketchup Queen (Mrs. Kerry, for those of you just tuning in) gave an "impassioned" address to the Pennsylvania delegation to the DNC yesterday.  The address denounced "hate-politics", according to Matt Drudge.  Following are two lines direct from The Ketchup Queen's address:

"We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics.

"My prayers for you, for me, for the country, for the world, are that we keep this at a high level, with dignity, with respect and with a great idealism and courage that took our forefathers to build this great nation."
That all sounds nice.  It's good advice for Democrats, too, who are eager to smear, spin and point fingers.  Thus, it was fitting that The Ketchup Queen would deliver this address at the DNC.  Here's the best part of all, though.  After speaking, she plowed through the Secret Service personnel, walked up to a reporter, confirmed who he was, and said:

"Of course, understandable. You said something I didnt say.  Now Shove it!"
Wonderful decorum, Mrs. Kerry.  Remember people, this is the same lady who said:

"I can't believe my family left Africa and came to this country.  I can't believe I ever even married an American." - New York Post, 4/15/2004, as quoted on Newsmax.com, April 16, 2004
"This country," Mrs. Kerry, relies upon its First Lady to be an ambassador of liberty, its ideals, and its prosperity. If you want to study a good example of a First Lady, follow Mrs. Laura Bush around for a day or two.
Friday, July 23, 2004
Lurch's Favorite Pizza Joint
by Cordeiro
Ok.  Perhaps I exaggerate a tad.

This is a picture of a Pizza Parlor across the street from Boston's Fleet Center. This venue will soon be home to LurchFest 2004, otherwise known as the Democratic National Convention. All I know is the next time I'm in Boston, I'm eating at this Pizza joint.

Drudge is reporting the owner of this establishment is under fire from the City of Boston.  Never the less, he has vowed to keep his sign up despite any unjust fines he will incur for doing so.

Thursday, July 22, 2004
An Introduction - Of Sorts
by Cordeiro
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