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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

Tuesday, August 31, 2004
 
Lurch and Breck Girl are 'Economic Girly Men'
by Cordeiro
At least according to Ahhhnnooolld!
 
Dems command Lurch - Straighten those Deck Chairs!
by Cordeiro
Howard Fineman over at Newsweek reports that top Democratic operatives want Lurch to shake up his campaign staff in light of his latest slide in the opinion polls.

This request is not without precedent. Deck hands on the Titanic were straightening chairs just before she split in two and sank like a stone.

ABCNEWS.com's The Note has some great quotes about the Lurch Campaign's sinking implosion. Is it possible to do both at the same time? We shall see.
As for the Kerry campaign -- as one Democratic strategist surveying the the last three weeks said, they have gone from "delusion obliviousness straight to panic. Not even a pause at anywhere constructive."

Yesterday, as the in-transition rapid response team flailed about, Kerry spent time on debate prep. It is unclear if there were any fiddlers present.

Clintonite Re-treads have been added to the floundering SS Lurch. I doubt it will help. Joe Lockhart is still trying to find out what the definition of "is" is.

If you hear a string quartet playing Nearer My God To Thee, call me.

 
2,981
by Cordeiro
Every afternoon this week I take a walk in downtown Manhattan. The "E" Subway line dead ends at the World Trade Center site. I catch that line a few blocks from my hotel in Manhattan's Upper East Side. My professional duties this week require me to work from an office just north of Battery Park, so I walk a few blocks from the WTC.

(Side note for those of your familiar with the New York City subway system. Yes, I know I could catch the 4 or 5 subway and end up at the Bowling Green station. Bear with me.)

I take this walk every day that I am here because it reminds me of the primary reason this election is so important. It reminds me that in the early morning hours of September 11, 2001, 19 Muslim nutcases attacked my country and killed 2,981 of my country men. Yesterday, America's Mayor for Life, the Honorable Rudy Guilanni and Arizona's Senior Senator John McCain went to great lengths to remind the American people of the events of that day. That is as it should be.

We need to remember.

On Monday, as I made my way past the WTC site, I was snagged by a reporter from the Boston area's PBS station. He asked me about my feelings when I look at the WTC site. My answer to him was simple:

I am still angry.

Evidently this was not the type of response he'd been getting during his stay at Ground Zero. The rest of the "interview" was pretty much status quo. I'm sure the 6 people who watch PBS in Boston will find it amusing.

There are those (including one guy at the WTC today who looked more lost than anything else) who believe any mention of the events of September 11th are inappropriate - especially on the political stage. What else, if I may be so bold, are we to base our votes on?

There is one man who has stood unwaveringly against those who have, and if left unchecked would, cause harm to America and her people. There is another man who has taken every possible position regarding the ongoing war on terrorism. The choice to me is clear.

I want somebody sitting in that chair prepared to make the tough (and not always popular) decisions regarding the security of my country. I don't want him to worry about what other nations will think, say, or do in response. I don't want him to take a poll. I want him to make a decision, and stick to it. Lurch is incapable of such decisive action.

I mean, seriously folks, who can take seriously a man who windsurfs in flowery spandex?

Here endeth the lesson.
 
America's Mayor Speaks to RNC
by Bonjo
While watching the RNC, one of my first thoughts was, "Glad McCain's back on board, but is he wearing a life vest under that suit?" How long until he jumps ship again? Or, will he behave himself for the next 4 years in an attempt to win my support and yours?

I missed much of Rudy's address. Given that I shook hands with the man a few months ago, I pulled his speech up online and quote parts of it below. After comparing President Bush to great leaders such as Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, Giuliani spoke of President Bush's resolve and determined leadership:

"Some call it stubbornness. I call it principled leadership. President Bush has the courage of his convictions.

"In choosing a President ... [w]e choose a leader. And in times of danger, as we are now in, Americans should put leadership at the core of their decision.

"There are many qualities that make a great leader but having strong beliefs, being able to stick with them through popular and unpopular times, is the most important characteristic of a great leader."
I can't tell you how many Kerry surrogates I've heard on television stating that an intelligent person can change his/her mind. An intelligent person can see the value of both sides of an argument. An intelligent person can give a better answer than "yes" or "no". They say this as an explanation of why John Kerry voted for the war in Iraq in 2002 (public opinion supported such an action), and why he voted against funding the war in 2003 (public opinion had in large measure shifted).

Giuliani later goes on to explain that sticking with your principles is not necessarily stubborness, as the Kerry Campaign has portrayed President Bush. Giuliani states that occasionally, a leader must recognize that circumstances have changed, or an error was committed. He clearly adds, however, that such changes are the exception, not the rule.

"Winston Churchill saw the dangers of Hitler while his opponents characterized him as a war-mongering gadfly.

"Ronald Reagan saw and described the Soviet Union as "the evil empire" while world opinion accepted it as inevitable and belittled Ronald Reagan's intelligence.

"President Bush sees world terrorism for the evil that it is."
And what do we hear about our President? Al Gore claims Bush "played on our fears"; others criticized him for a pre-emptive strike in Iraq, while criticizing him for not taking care of Afghanistan prior to 9/11.

"John Kerry has no such clear, precise and consistent vision... [I]t is important to see the contrast in approach between the two men;

"President Bush, a leader who is willing to stick with difficult decisions even as public opinion shifts, and John Kerry, whose record in elected office suggests a man who changes his position often even on important issues."
I feel confident knowing that President Bush is in command of our armed forces, the war on terror, and ultimately, the security of my family, nation and way of life.

Good show, Rudy.
 
Imagine, if you will... CA wearing Red
by Bonjo
In the perfect world, Democrats would not have the liberal strongholds that they currently have. I refer to such places as New York state, California, Massachusetts, Chicago, Philadelphia, LA, etc.

Recently Cordeiro and I were musing over the following: Imagine if, on November 2nd, 2004, California went "red". That is, imagine if election officials called California for President Bush. John Kerry would have to pack up and head back to the Senate, since he wouldn't have a prayer of winning the election without California.

My guess is that the headlines the next day would not be about the election victory, but about media coverage of the event, as that would be far more newsworthy:

"CNN displays 'technical difficulty' message for three hours"
"Tom Brokaw utters explitive on national TV; FCC to levy fine"
"Dan Rather suffers stroke during newscast"
"Peter Jennings to denounce US Citizenship, return to Canada"
"Chris Matthews goes insane" (Oh, wait, we knew that already)
"Fox News shares trading 20% higher"

As nice as it would be, don't hold your breath. Neither candidate has spent any considerable time in the state. That means they know it would be a waste of their time, as it will live up to its reputation as "The Left Coast."

Do you have a "imagine if CA went red" headline? Post it here!
 
WOSABA finds his RNC credentials
by Cordeiro
Seems that Michael "Waste of Skin and Breathable Air" Moore misplaced his RNC credentials last night. The US Secret Service wouldn't let him on the convention floor without them. So, I guess he went back to the subway tunnel where he's staying and found the right ones.



Monday, August 30, 2004
 
McCain Translation
by Cordeiro
Sometimes, in the course of political discourse, there is a need to translate what is actually said in a speech in order that its true meaning is understood by the audience. As a trained professional linguist, I will use my extensive linguistic talents in order to translate a portion of the remarks made by Arizona's Senior Senator, John McCain, this evening at the Republican National Convention.

Remarks as given:
As we've been a good friend to other countries in moments of shared perils, so we have good reason to expect their solidarity with us in this struggle.

Proper translation:
France, Germany, and other countries (you know who you are) - we have bailed your sorry rear ends, in the case of France, your pansified rear ends, twice in the past century. We have paid for your liberty with the blood of far too many of our best. We have done so out of a duty to the higher cause of liberty and freedom for all men. All we have asked for in return is land under which our dead soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines may rest.

It is incumbent upon you, as benefactors of our efforts, to support freedom and liberty for all men - not just those you feel deserving thereof. It is also your duty, as civilized human beings, to support our efforts against those who would destroy the civilization and freedom you enjoy. All in all, its a pretty simple concept. You cannot sleep under a blanket of freedom provided by the United States, and then criticize the way she provides it and undermine her efforts to defend it, and you. Get with the program.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Dispatches from the front...
by Cordeiro
The television coverage of the RNC party is vaguely familiar to me. I haven't seen network anchors this discouraged since CNN's Frank Sesno covered the 1994 mid-term election returns. Back then, CNN was the only game in town when it came to 24 hour news coverage, and for whatever reason, he drew the late night shift.

He had an incredulous tone in his voice as he made the announcement:

The Republicans have taken the house.

Then a few hours later:

The Republicans have taken the Senate.

Frank had a blank look on his face. I was doing the dance of joy in my college apartment at two o'clock in the morning.

You can see the same blank looks on the faces of Judy Woodruff, Peter Jennings, Chris Matthews, and Dan Rather. This usually happens as they are forced to report that their own left leaning, over democratic sampling poll data reports W is up in nearly ever category when compared to Lurch. Given the very real possibility they may have to report Lurch's defeat come November 2nd, you may get the opportunity to see some of these left leaning reporters as their heads explode.

Talk Radio, Fox News, and the Blogosphere (the next generation of Grassroots Politics) have effectively put an end to the network stranglehold on the political information process. This is the first election where a forum exists whereby ordinary people like myself and my fellow Sons of the Republic can express our views in an unfiltered environment. Anybody can come here and read our commentary. Nobody has to stay, or return. It is the ultimate use of free market forces.

So, Chris, Judy, Dan, Peter, and Frank, we don't really need you. We definitely don't give a rat's hindquarters what you think or the spin you attempt to put on information. Despite your beliefs to the contrary, we can, and often do, think for ourselves. We realize this may come as a shock to you. We're sure you'll get over it.

This is our convention. Despite your presence, and that of other sniveling, unkempt wanna be journalists such as Al "Cheapshot" Franken and Michael "Waste Of Skin And Breathable Air" Moore, we're gonna have a great time.
 
Who is this guy, and what has he done to Tom Daschle?
by Cordeiro
Tom "Napoleon Syndrome" Daschle is in deep, deep trouble. To put it bluntly, he's a red state democrat senator running in a deep blue republican state. He is in very real danger of becoming the first Senate Minority Leader (we must continue to remind him of his minority because in his delusional mind he still thinks he runs the Senate)in recent memory to lose a re-election bid.

So, despite his obstructionist tendencies about nearly any effort by W to move any agenda forward, Little Tommy has wrapped himself in the W's mantra and attempted to time warp back to the days just following September 11, 2001. Drudge has posted a transcript of the latest Little Tommy campaign ad.
Pay no attention to the man obstructing the President's Agenda. I am the great and powerful Daschle!


I guess he's taking a page from the Lurch Campaign Playbook. He's only trying to get the people of South Dakota to forget about nearly 3 years of obstruction. Lurch is trying to make the American people forget about a 20 year Senate record that reveals, well, not very much. That which is revealed in his Senate record is not very impressive.

Good luck, Little Tommy. If I were you, I'd freshen up my resume.
 
What if you threw a protest, and only half the people showed up?
by Cordeiro
The final numbers are out for the "massive" protest yesterday put on by United for Peace and Justice. Predictions for the march ranged anywhere from 250,000 to 400,000. It was billed as a massive show of anti-W ism by "The People".

Well, here's the final talley: 100,000.

Not bad, but if that's the best you can do in New York, your support level is pretty week. At any given time there are 100,000 people wandering the streets of Manhattan in search of something to march in protest about.

Nice try guys.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
 
So much for Peaceful Demonstrations
by Cordeiro
Lurch supporters set fire to a few floats in Manhattan today. But those criminal acts pale in comparison to what a Lurch man did to a W supporter in Washington state the other day. Check this out - play the video.

This is just the beginning.
 
Long Haired, Dope Smoking, Maggot Infested
by Cordeiro
Yes, I'm talking about the 200,000+ people getting ready to march on Manhattan. I passed a bunch of them on my way back from a church service this morning near Union Square. They have their cardboard coffins draped in (very) cheap american flags. I'll be pretty surprised if the flags survive the sunlight.

This group is made up of any and every anti-W person that could be trucked, bussed, or subwayed to Manhattan. They are not pro-Lurch. They're anti-government, anti-W, anti-Cheney, and any other anti you can come up with. They will make a lot of noise, scream a lot of profanities, and several of them will end up spending the night (and possibly a few days) in the New York City Jail system.

Hopefully they'll use that opportunity to take a shower.

In the mean time, the rest of America will watch them and realize these are the real people behind the Lurch Campaign. These are the people who want him in the Oval Office, and there's is the agenda he will implement if elected.

They will see this, and they will understand American cannot afford a Lurch presidency.

Stay tuned.
Saturday, August 28, 2004
 
Sniveling Protestors
by Cordeiro
Well, some 250 bicycle protestors managed to get themselves arrested last night as they snarled traffic in Manhattan. They should be happy the NYPD took them away. I'm sure the Cab Drivers stuck in traffic would not have been so kind. I guess they got the answer to the question they shouted up and down the streets

Who's streets? Our streets!

Sorry, guys. The NYPD and most of Manhattan disagree with you. Of course the press chose to air the somewhat dumbstruck arrestees. They seemed very surprised that they were arrested for stopping traffic. Well, this is the post Giuliani era. When you break the law, you get busted. Get used to it.

Planned Parenthood (another oxymoron title if ever I saw one) marched their group of sniveling whiners across the Brooklyn Bridge. No real altercations to speak of. Just a bunch of unattractive women walking across a bridge.

Tomorrow is the big protest day - at least that's what's been published.

Stay tuned.

(And yes, Cindy, I'll go pick up a disposable camera to document the events as they unfold.)
Friday, August 27, 2004
 
New York State of Mind
by Cordeiro
Where can you find a few hundred bicyclists attempting to snarl traffic, truly great pizza, and four stark naked protestors in the middle of town?

Just another day in New York City.

(Memo to the naked protestors - next time you want to use your body to move your cause forward, you might want to consider whether or not anyone actually wants to see your physical assets. Making people sick does not garner followers.)

Yes, dear reader, its time for the Republican National Convention - right smack dab in the middle of the Big Apple. As I'm in New York for the week, I'll be making periodic posts with my take on the events of the week.

So far, I can tell you that whatever protestors show up for the convention, they will be met by the welcoming arms of New York's Finest. I've never seen so many cops in all my life. They are ready for anything, and I take comfort in that.

In other news, the Lurch Campaign is in a slow tail spin. W is up in the latest polls, especially those key battleground states of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Missouri. This pre convention bounce is in stark contrast to the post convention thud experience by Lurch in the aftermath of the DNC.

From a personal perspective, the leftist democrats are really grasping at straws - even in New York. As I wandered around the City yesterday, I was accosted by a DNC operative telling me "You need a new President." She then went on to bash W and his entire administration. Despite all this, she did not give me one reason to vote for Lurch.

There in lies the problem for Lurch and Company. They give the people nothing to vote for.

This will be an interesting week. Stay tuned.
 
Thom's Pic of the Day - Kerry's Long-Awaited Defense for the Failings of His Vietnam and Senatorial Service Records
by Thom the Blog Culler


What can I say more?
 
Bring it on, John
by Thom the Blog Culler


Gosh I enjoy good open letters. Oliver North has written one to Kerry, and it cuts to the heart of why so many Vietnam Veterans HATE Kerry.

Apparently its not because he received medals he didn't deserve, or got to go home early because of them. It isn't because his "seared" memories of spending Christmas in Cambodia are bogus or that he mistaken about Nixon being President that year. No, appearently Vietnam vets are still pissed at Kerry because of what he did after he came home from Vietnam:

When you got home, you co-founded Vietnam Veterans Against the War and wrote "The New Soldier," which denounced those of us who served -- and were still serving -- on the battlefields of a thankless war. Worst of all, John, you then accused me -- and all of us who served in Vietnam -- of committing terrible crimes and atrocities.

Some of the impact Colonel North cites includes:
Capt. James Warner had already spent four years in Vietnamese custody when he was handed a copy of your testimony by his captors. Warner says that for his
captors, your statements "were proof I deserved to be punished." He wasn't released until March 14, 1973.

Maj. Kenneth Cordier, an Air Force pilot who was in Vietnamese custody for 2,284 days, says his captors "repeated incessantly" your one-liner about being "the last man to die" for a lost cause. Cordier was released March 4, 1973.

Navy Lt. Paul Galanti says your accusations "were as demoralizing as solitary (confinement) ... and a prime reason the war dragged on." He remained in North Vietnamese hands until February 12, 1973.

And to wrap up, Oliver makes the a painful comparison between Kerry and Hanoi Jane when he says:
Even Jane Fonda apologized.

Will you, John?

What can I say more?

Wednesday, August 25, 2004
 
Najaf Shrine: Holy? Shmoly!
by Bonjo
I’ve had it. I’ve just had it. For days now the media have been carrying on about the “Holy” shrine in Najaf where Al Sadr and his thugs are holed up. First, if they’re smart, they’re saying a prayer or two, since they’re going to need all the help they can get.

Next, the media has been going on about the damage to this shrine, indicating that much of the damage is the result of bombing and other military activities being carried out by the armed forces of the United States. So let me get this straight—this guy goes in there, hides with his thugs, and it’s OUR fault the building gets damaged? That’s just like it being OUR fault that innocent civilians died because Saddam intentionally put military equipment in residential areas.

What’s this business about calling the shrine “holy”? Perhaps at some point it was a sacred edifice, used by the faithful of that culture to worship according to their beliefs. I fully respect the religious beliefs of others. I respect that there are places, including mosques, temples, synagogues, churches, chapels, what have you, considered sacred to members and followers of various religions.

Buildings, of themselves, are not sacred. Bricks, wood and mortar are common in our world. What is sacred is the attitude of the person who enters the building, the activities performed within, and the effect that the attitude and activities have on that person. What is sacred is the worship, the communion with God, and the conversion of the soul. Inasmuch as these activities take place, I can consider a building “holy.”

I do not consider a building “holy” once it has been seized by lawless thugs and converted for use as a military fortress. At such a time, it becomes a tactical facility, and as such is subject to being destroyed along with its occupants.

If any religious building of my faith were seized or occupied by a group of terrorist miscreants or their likes, I would be first in line to tell the military commanders: “Level the place.” In the immortal words of Jay Leno, “Crunch all you want, we’ll make more.” The same goes for a place of worship. Granted, the sacred buildings constructed by my religion look a bit more sturdy than some of these shrines.

If it’s being used as a military fortress, use whatever force necessary to subdue the enemy. Then find some more bricks, wood and mortar, and build another one. The world will be far better off without the historic building, as long as those that desecrated the place are gone as well. Let them hide behind their religion. Then, let them face whatever consequences await them for their acts of heresy.
 
Thom's Pic of the Day - Watch where you step!
by Thom the Blog Culler

Gosh dang it! The Dave Matthews Band must have been by here!
 
Dave Matthews Band Takes a Dump on Liberal Principles
by Thom the Blog Culler


So, despite pimping his band as being environmentally responsible, Dave Matthew and his bandmates are in hot water for dumping a huge amount of poop into a public waterway, and also onto, well, members of the public too. From Foxnews.com:

The state of Illinois sued the Dave Matthews Band on Tuesday for allegedly dumping up to 800 pounds of liquid human waste from a bus into the Chicago River, dousing a tour boat filled with passengers.

Can you imagine being one of those poor tourists, enjoying a nice ride along the river, when suddendly crap literally starts raining down on you? Yuck!

Don't blame the bus driver. The Illinois Attorney General is going after the band itself. That may mean they have reason to believe Dave knew what was going on.

Actions really do speak louder than words folks. If you really want to bring America together because you care about the "little people" you don't poop on them. If you really care about clean air and water, you don't dump 800 pounds of bio-hazard waste into public waterways. They are called "septic" tanks for a reason, no?

Surely this couldn't be evidence of liberal hypocrisy, could it? Gosh no. Kerry and Streisand own SUV's and private jets because they really need them, right? I'm sure Dave has a perfectly environmentally acceptable reason for dumping its septic tanks where it did, right?

What can I say more?

 
Words Mean Things
by Cordeiro
Somedays I am literally dumbstruck by the lack of reading comprehension ability that exists in today's media establishment. By reading the reports of Dick 'Big Time' Cheney's comments yesterday on the subject of Gay Marriage, one could easily draw the conclusion that Big Time was well on his way to being the Grand Master of San Francisco's Gay Pride Parade.

Leftists are crowing. Conservatives are shocked. Neither group, however, seems to have actually read the transcript of what Big Time actually said.

Let's get down to the basics before several sets of underwear become knotted in a bunch.

A woman in Davenport, Iowa asked the following question:

What do you think about homosexual marriage?
Big Time answered with the following statements (my commentary is interjected where I see fit).


Lynne and I have a gay daughter, so it's an issue our family is very familiar with. With the respect to the question of relationships, my general view is freedom means freedom for everyone... People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want to.
I may be mistaken, but I believe there is not a state in the union in which men and women are not free to enter into any relationship, hetero or homo sexual. Despite the illusions to the contrary, most of which are made by leftists and their willing accomplices in the press, the main stream Republican party is not trying to outlaw homosexual relationships.

Back to Big Time:


The question that comes up with the issue of marriage is what kind of official sanction or approval is going to be granted by government? Historically, that's been a relationship that has been handled by the states. The states have made that fundamental decision of what constitutes a marriage.
Nothing which Big Time has said thus far should be a revelation to anyone. The states have been left to themselves to define what is, and what is not, a state sanctioned and recognized marriage.

As to the push by W and like minded people nationwide for a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, Big Time said the following:


I think his perception was that the courts, in effect, were beginning to change, without allowing the people to be involved. The courts were making the judgment for the entire country.
In the states where the issue of 'Gay Marriage' has come before a vote of the people, it has gone down to defeat every single time. Most recently, the Missouri vote garnered some 60% of the people saying marriage is to be recognized as the union of one man, and one woman. In 2000, California passed a similar iniative, with much the same margin. When it is put to the people, the people decide to stick with tradition.

Where is the problem? In San Francisco and some non descript county in New Mexico where local left leaning officials take matters into their own hands in order to right a perceived social injustice. Its in Massachusetts, where nine black robed thugs (otherwise known as the State Supreme Court) proclaim to the state legislature that laws must be passed to enable 'Gay Marriage' despite the fact the judiciary branch has no authority to issue direction to the legislative branch. I'm not a lawyer, but I did pay attention in High School civics class.

Big Time has his opinion. He is entitled to that opinion. He did not come out in favor of 'Gay Marriage'. Try as you might, you can't find that in his commentary. Where does he stand as to W's efforts to pass the Marriage Amendment?


...at this point, save my own preference, as I have stated, but the president makes policy for the administration. He's made it clear that he does, in fact, support a constitutional amendment on this issue.
W makes the policy. Big Time executes that policy - despite whatever personal feelings he may hold. That dear readers, is the epitome of an Executive Officer. When the decision or policy is made, his toes are right on the line with his Boss. In an 'Adult Organization', that's the way its done. If you were hoping for the Clitonesqe intra-administration debate on CNN and the front pages of the New York Times and Washington Post, you came to the wrong show.

Here endeth the lesson.


Tuesday, August 24, 2004
 
Look! A ScareKerry!
by Cordeiro


 
Damage Control
by Cordeiro
A Captain whose ship is taking on water will do just about anything to plug the hole. Lurch is trying to do this with the huge holes shot into his campaign ship. He's filed suit with the Federal Elections Commission, begged the book publisher to pull Unfit for Command from distribution, and taken every conceivable cheap shot at the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Now he has resorted to truly desperate measures. Drudge has posted a conversation reported to him by Robert "Friar Tuck" Brant Cdr., USN (RET), a Swift Boat Veteran. This conversation is between Lurch and the aforementioned Swift Boat Veteran.

KERRY: "Why are all these swift boat guys opposed to me?"

BRANT: "You should know what you said when you came back, the impact it had on the young sailors and how it was disrespectful of our guys that were killed over there."

[Brant had two men killed in battle.]

KERRY: "When we dedicated swift boat one in '92, I said to all the swift guys that I wasn't talking about the swifties, I was talking about all the rest of the veterans."

Kerry then asked if he could meet Brant ["You were one of the best"] -- man to man -- face to face.

Brant declined the invite, explaining that Kerry was obviously not prepared to correct the record on exactly what happened during Vietnam and what happened when Kerry came back.


Lurch, the wind is coming.
 
Throwing Grenades - A Pain in the Butt
by Thom the Blog Culler

Kerry's girl-like throwing may explain his self-inflicted wounds in Vietnam

Call me idiosyncratic, but to me the most troubling accusation that John O'Neill of the Swift Vets has made is, well, to quote his interview on the Lehrer News Hour:

JOHN O'NEILL: No. What we've said is his first and third Purple Hearts, which he used to leave Vietnam very early after about four months, we've said that there is almost conclusive evidence that those were fraudulent, that is that they resulted from self-inflicted wounds.
JIM LEHRER: Self-inflicted? He intentionally wounded himself?
JOHN O'NEILL: Oh, no, he didn't intentionally wound himself. He threw grenades, in one case fired and in another case threw a grenade. They were very close to him and he wounded himself with his own grenade. He didn't mean to.
JIM LEHRER: All right. Let's stop here --

From earlier in the interview, we learn that said grenade accident caused Kerry to be wounded in his rear end. Now, this is my point. In politics, love and life, there is such a thing as good sense, and there is such a thing as luck. It is a cruel fact, but there are people who throw grenades not far enough, and get shrapnel in their butts, and those who don't.

I am not trying to be funny here. I avoid grenades partly for this very reason. I look at them, and just intuitively think, "I don't throw well, and there's something that could harm my bottom if I don't throw it far enough." Hence, I don't even own a grenade. My expeditious use of good sense allows me to avoid testing whether or not I have good luck.

Now, to be a good President, you really need to be the sort of person who has both really good sense, and is also mysteriously blessed with really good luck. You know, one of those people whom God loves for peculiar reasons of His own. Perhaps marrying a billionaireness might count in Kerry's favor on his score, but any gains there are likely cancelled out by having to live with her.

But back to those offending fragments. They are evidence, damning evidence in my view, that Kerry doesn't have the good sense not to rely on his girlie-arm to throw grenades, and that his karma is way out of whack. Pictures I have posted clearly indicate his, shall we say, less that fully masculine throwing abilities. And if half the stories of his cutting to the front of the line, abusing subordinates, calling Secret Service agents names and such are true, this guy is a karma black hole, with shrapnel wounds in his butt to prove it.

The importance of this karma principle was made clear when Carter was attacked by that crazed rabbit. Can you imagine Reagan being attacked by a rabbit? I daresay you cannot.

Personally, I don't care about Kerry's seared memories of Cambodia. What I do want to know is, did Kerry blow up his butt with his own grenade? If the answer is yes, then, I'm sorry, but he cannot be our Commander-in-Chief.

Perhaps this picture indicates he is reay to provide us with direct evidence, but I doubt it.


What can I say more?

Monday, August 23, 2004
 
For Behold, Zell Speaks. . .
by Thom the Blog Culler


. . .and there shall be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

Republicans rejoice, and Democrats mourn.

So, in the true spirit of bi-partisan cooperation, Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) will reprise his role as keynote speaker at a National Convention, but this time it will be for us Republicans. It appears that Zell is something of a go-to guy when you want to reach out to voters in the middle of the road, and the Dems are tryng to laugh it off like its no big deal that he's campaigning for our guy instead of theirs. According to the Washington Times:
The ex-Marine from the foothills of Appalachia thus will become on Sept. 1 the first speaker ever to deliver keynote addresses to both major party conventions — and will do so in New York's Madison Square Garden, the same venue where he spoke on Mr. Clinton's behalf in 1992.
Although Zell has tended to vote with the Republicans in the Senate on all major issues for the last several years, the GOP has thus far been unable to convince him to switch teams and improve the slim Republican majority in the Senate. His appeal as an upstanding, moderate Democrat effectively illustrates the extent to which the frenzied and frantic wing of the Democratic party have taken over the so-called "big-tent."

What can I say more?

 
Thom's Pic of the Day - Kerry's Obvious Respect for Those in Uniform
by Thom the Blog Culler


I briefly considered making this photo a caption contest entry, but the I think the implications of this picture are too serious to make light of.

Let me just say this - I do not like this man.

What can I say more?

Friday, August 20, 2004
 
An Open Letter to Kerry Supporters
by Thom the Blog Culler


Today over at Townhall.com, attorney and talk show host Neal Boortz has posted a letter to Kerry supporters. This, my friends, is truly good stuff.

Some choice bits:

The very milk of human kindness and the spirit of love compel me to write this note to you. I know that things have been a bit rough for you during the past few weeks. I thought it might be a nice gesture if I tried to say a few things to cheer you up, or at the very least let you know that I empathize with you. . .

So, it is from our shared goals and dreams that I ask you to accept my sincere expression of condolences for the way this campaign is turning out for you.

We’ve connected now, so you can speak openly. I can see the pain in your eyes. I understand. You so-wanted to beat Bush in this election. Beating Bush was more important than almost anything else in your life. You don’t like his arrogance, you don’t like the way he talks, you don’t like the way he walks, and you constantly feel like he’s smirking at you. What’s not to hate? And on top of all this, he stole that
election in Florida, right?

Yeah, sure he did. . .

Now you’re beginning to learn the truth about this candidate you’ve bought. In short, you’ve discovered that you bought a lemon. I understand. You were so very anxious to get the primary circus over and done with, chose a champion, and ride off to battle against the forces of darkness. You were so anxious, so eager that you drove the wrong car off the showroom floor. You would like to return it now, but you’re too many miles down the campaign road, and there’s no lemon law in politics.


What can I say more

 
Swift Boats Strike Again
by Cordeiro
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has produced yet another advertisement that shoots a very accurate broadside at Lurch's campaign. Go see it at Human Events Online - listen very carefully to the statements of the men who have come forward to call Lurch on the carpet for his actions on April 22, 1971. Hat tip to Hugh for the link.

These men were POWs in Vietnam. They were forced to listen to the bold face lies told by one of their brothers in arms as he accused them and their fellow warriors of heinous war crimes.

He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. - Proverbs 11:29


Lurch, the wind is coming.
 
Not Just Lying About Vietnam Anymore
by Thom the Blog Culler


Would you be surpirsed if I told you that the Boston Strangler lied about something at the DNC convention last month? No? Would it surprise you that the lie was not about his military service in Vietnam and Cambodia? Okay, so maybe it's not terribly suprising, but it is worth noting.

The Manchester Union Leader is running a provocative and telling editorial regarding Hudson resident Mary Ann Knowles, whomthe Strangler has repeatedly held up as an example of President Bush’s failure to ensure adequate health care for all Americans (as if a President can do such a thing). From his acceptance speech at the convention:
What does it mean when Mary Ann Knowles, a woman with breast cancer I met in New Hampshire, had to keep working day after day right through her chemotherapy, no matter how sick she felt, because she was terrified of losing her family’s
health insurance? America can do better. And help is on the way.
Thing is, Mary Ann Knowles did not have to work through her chemotherapy to keep her health insurance. In fact, she has great health insurance and benefits, which includes 26 weeks of paid disability leave.

So, basically, the Strangler accused the President of failing to accomplish an economic impossibility completely outside of his constitutional purview, and then demonstrates the alleged failure with fake evidence that in reality proves the opposite of the allegation.

The fact that Kerry's dissembling has migrated from tales of his military service to the domestic arena is no shocking surprise, but the sheer stupidity of his fabrications is eye opening.

What can I say more?

 
Thom's Pic of the Day - Did you know Kerry was in Vietnam?
by Thom the Blog Culler


What can I say more?
Thursday, August 19, 2004
 
Somebody call the Waaaaabumlance!
by Cordeiro
Lurch has really out done himself today. His Glassjawness took aim (not very accurately) at the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and also at the W campaign even though the two groups are wholly unrelated.

Lurch's whining took the following form:

This group isn't interested in the truth -- and they're not telling the truth. They didn't even exist until I won the nomination for president. They're funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Republican contributor out of Texas. They're a front for the Bush campaign. And the fact that the president won't denounce what they're up to tells you everything you need to know -- he wants them to do his dirty work.


You'll note that at no time has Lurch ever taken the Swifties on about the substance of their argument or the crux of their accusations. He hems, haws, flips and flops about the circumstances surrounding his medals and his patently false claims of Cambodian infiltration.

Now he calls on W to denounce a group with which he has no relationship, and somehow prevail on them to pull an ad from the air which was paid for with their money - not W's. Lurch is very comfortable telling people what to do with their own money. W is not, and he shows no intention of taking Lurch's advice.

Well Senator Lurch, if you want W to prevail upon the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to pull their ad, perhaps you should prevail upon Moveon.org, George Soros, and every other independent left slanted 527 organization to pull their inflammatory ads as well.

When that happens, we'll talk. Until then, in the immortal words of your spouse,

Shove It!!

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Like a Fish Out of Water
by Bonjo
Have you ever gone fishing?

When you reel in a fish, you see the fish wiggling, squirming and desperately trying to get back into the water. If you've ever dropped a live fish before getting it into the bucket, you've noted how the fish flips and flops all over until you finally manage to grab it. The problem is compounded if the fish happens to fall on a slippery fiberglass boat deck.

Keep that image in mind.

John Kerry, Perspiring Presidential Candidate, August 1, 2004:

"I think we can significantly change the deployment of troops, not just there but elsewhere in the world. In the Korean Peninsula perhaps, in Europe perhaps. There are great possibilities open to us."*
Sounds like The Walking Corpse supported some troop realignments, perhaps as part of his "more compassionate" war on terror.

Now, let's fast forward about two weeks in time. John Kerry, Floundering Presidential Candidate, discussing President Bush's proposal to realign troops, August 18, 2004:

"Finally, I want to say something about the plan that the President announced on Monday to withdraw 70,000 troops from Asia and Europe. Nobody wants to bring troops home more than those of us who have fought in foreign wars. But it needs to be done at the right time and in a sensible way. This is not that time or that way."*
I fear for America should this man actually weasel his way into the Oval Office. Remember the image of the fish flopping around on the deck of a boat? John Kerry has, yet again, demonstrated that when it comes to Presidential leadership and decisiveness, he is indeed a fish out of water. With any luck, on November 2nd American voters will send him back to the murky pond known as "Politics of the Junior Senator from Massachusetts."

* Thanks to the official Bush/Cheney 2004 Blog for these quotes.
 
Uncle Orson Gets it
by Thom the Blog Culler
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Orson Scott Card's most recent article over at The Ornery American lays out some very strong arguments as to why we have no choice but to utterly defeat our Islamofascist enemies.

We cannot appease them.

We cannot convince them to leave us alone.

We must destroy them.

What can I say more?


 
Politicians, Media, and Military Service
by Thom the Blog Culler


E.J. Perkins of the Arizona Republic (who served as a tank platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1976-80) has compiled a helpful chart. Check it out.


 
Strings vs. Brass
by Cordeiro
I must first admit that I have not watched much of the wall to wall, round the clock, six station NBC coverage of the Athens Games. Frankly, I don't have the time, and watching Badmitton is a sure fire cure for insomnia if ever there was one.

That said, I did catch a medals ceremony yesterday. I'm not sure who won, but she is an American, and thus the Star Spangled Banner was played for the crowd - much to the chagrin of French competitors everywhere.

Now, I'm not much of a music officionado, but of one thing I'm certain. Whatever arrangement they are playing in Athens is the most sissified version of the Star Spangled Banner I've ever heard. We are a proud musical nation forged in the tradition of John Philip Souza. The Star Spangled Banner is not meant to be played by a string orchestra in soft, soothing tones. It is meant to be performed by brass bands - the more horns the better - accompanied by booming bass drums and crashing cymbals. It brings old men to their feet and brings tears to the eyes of men and women from sea to shining sea.

The arrangement played in Greece these days can barely keep people awake.

Somebody find this musical arranger and cram the string section into an appropriate spot.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
 
What Eating in Heaven Might Look Like
by Thom the Blog Culler


You have to see this to believe it!

I hope you're hungry. Enjoy!
 
Thom's Pic of the Day - What do you do with a drunken sailor?
by Thom the Blog Culler


"Aye thir! Lieutenant Kerry reporting for duty, thir."

What can I say more?
 
Adventures in Capitalism
by Bonjo
Back from a great weekend at the Jersey shore. Tropical storm warning? Bah humbug, the water and weather were great. And the food. I made it out of the state unscathed with my election bumper sticker.

I have not posted this week due to what I call adventures in capitalism, mainly: work. However, in an effort to keep you, dear reader, entertained, I have a couple of interesting reads referenced below for your enjoyment.

KETCHUP QUEEN: "I'm an immigrant, too."
Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry (deep gasp for breath) has been out on the campaign stump dubbing herself as an "immigrant," in an attempt to court votes from the Hispanic population. Ruben Navarrette of the Dallas Morning News, a Hispanic-American, thinks this is just plain wrong. He responds to Mrs. Kerry's self-described "immigrant" status in this article:
"Yeah, and I'm Pancho Villa."

DEMS DESPAIR OVER WALKING CORPSE CANDIDATE
In other news you won't hear elsewhere, Martin Schram offers an explanation of why Kerry is "blowing the election":

"Privately, but no longer quietly, Democrats are beginning to despair. They cannot fathom why their man, John Kerry, cannot seem to fathom how easy it should be to put President Bush away, seize the high ground and take command of the issues of the war on Iraq and the war on terror.

...

"Democrats say privately they don't know what is wrong with Kerry. Here is what's wrong: The Democratic presidential nominee has no clearly defined conceptual framework that is the basis of what he thinks about the war on terror and the war in Iraq."
How about: "Kerry has no clearly defined conceptual framework that is the basis of what he thinks about ANYTHING." Unless, of course, you consider polls to be a conceptual framework.

 
Memo to Muqtada al-Sadr
by Cordeiro
Now that you've rebuffed offers from your countrymen to discuss a peace plan for Najaf and surrounding regions, you have to ask yourself one question.

Do I feel lucky?

Well, do ya? Punk?

You must be feeling pretty lucky, considering you walked away from the last skirmish with only a shrapnel wound in your arm. So, yeah, you're lucky. That said, all good things must come to an end.

Right now, you're staring at the business end of the most powerful, best trained, most heavily armed and lethal fighting force ever assembled on the face of God's green, or in your case sandy, earth. You've bled this force a little. In doing so, you've done something very dangerous.

You've made them angry.

You shouldn't have done that. You won't like them when they're angry.

Now that you've rejected the olive branch from your countrymen, you've made yourself a target. Its only a matter of time before one of your greedy lieutenants gives you up. Any you can rest assured this time it will be more than a piece of shrapnel, and it will find its way to something more vital than your arm.

In short, to quote another great American military leader:

Behold, we will end the conflict.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
 
An Open Letter To Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
by Cordeiro
Dear Senator:

Today you took a pretty cheap shot at the Vice President of the United States. Here at Sons of the Republic, we like to call him 'Big Time'.

Vice-President Cheney rightly criticized your presidential candidate, also known here as 'Lurch', for his promise to wage a 'More Sensitive War' - whatever the hell that means. You, in turn, today referred to 'Big Time' as a Coward because he didn't serve in Vietnam. If you'll recall, Senator, you often referred to yourself as a Vietnam Veteran, only to be forced to amend that title to Vietnam-era Veteran when it was discovered the closest you came to combat was flying damaged aircraft from Japan to the Philippines for repair.

Lurch served four months in a combat zone. As of this writing, much of his alleged heroism is under scrutiny, and indeed in dispute. I, myself, am less concerned with actions three decades past and am much more concerned with the present.

I am curious, Senator, why it is that your candidate chooses to focus on a four month period three decades ago and not on the twenty years he has served in the US Senate. Could it be that there is no there there?

'Big Time' has served his country honorably in several different capacities in every branch of government save the Judical Branch. Given time, he may even serve there. He has been intricately involved in three wars in which his expertise and courage led to victory.

In the attacks of September 11th, he was the one in the bunker carrying out the orders of the President. Key decision were made. The nation was in crisis and he was calm. He did his duty in ways you cannot, in your small world view, understand.

Where were you in those early morning hours, Senator? Hiding under a desk? Mentally paralyzed as was your candidate?

One might ask if the botulism toxin he injects into his forehead has paralyzed what ever muscle exists between his ears. But I digress.

Bottom line, Senator - you have no standing with which to call, or refer to, Big Time as a coward. A man who lives in such a shoddily constructed glass house would do well not to throw large rocks. You do yourself a disservice and you dishonor the office which you hold, and the people you represent.

Here endeth the lesson.

 
BOLO for Bonjo
by Cordeiro
Its Tuesday, and still no post from Bonjo. Did someone in Jersey make him an offer he couldn't refuse?

Monday, August 16, 2004
 
Thom's Pic of the Day - The Power of Botox
by Thom the Blog Culler


What can I say more?
 
Thom's Caption Contest!
by Thom the Blog Culler
Okay, by now you know the drill. Give it a go.



(Your witty caption here!)

What can I say more?
Friday, August 13, 2004
 
Thom's Second Caption Contest Winner
by Thom the Blog Culler
Well folks, we have ourselves another winner!

We had multiple good entries into the contest today, and so I'm thrilled with the response from our dedicated readership. Since there was so much participation, I must give an honorable mention to our unexepected commenter Chainik Hocker multiple entries including:
"Hey, Chirac, go long!"

And:
"I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. And you, sir, are no Jack Kennedy... and no amount of throwing a football around, having a mentally unstable wife, or making bad foreign policy decisions will distract the voters from that fact"

Keep up the good work!

And so, without further ado, in keeping with the over-riding theme of today's posts, the winner of Thom's Second Caption Contest is once again our very own Bonjo with:



"Governor McGreevey, catch!!"

As the host of the contest, I didn't enter my own caption which would have been something like:

"Well, Hellooo Thailor!"

But that caption requires you to not notice the hurtling football in the photo. Bonjo's entry captured the spirit of my own caption while being more topically appropriate to today's headline news.

Well done friends!

What can I say more?


 
Sex, Lies, and New Jersey Politics
by Cordeiro
As my fellow bloggers Thom and Bonjo have been so eloquent on this subject, I shall refrain from wasting more bandwidth and keystrokes on the pathetic Governor of The Garden State. Gray "Lights Out" Davis has been out done.

The pundit and blogosphere are replete with this guy's utter failing and outright brazen corruption as a governor. Errol Louis of the NY Daily News brands McCreepy as "Just another Jersey Pol". Must be something in the Jersey water - if you can call that bubbling purple ooze water.

Soxblog has an interesting commentary on McCreepy's positioning himself "as a victim who had to go on a painful voyage of self discovery." Spare me. This guy is as dirty as the come. I would feel sorry for his wife, but she's busy trying to out-Hillary Hillary with her Stand By Your Man act.

Honey, what ever he's offering you in the way of a settlement isn't near enough.

And, in a last ditch effort to go down in history as the most corrupt governor in America, you'll note that his resignation is effective November 15, 2004 - this despite the fact that the New Jersey constitution allows for a governor's election process to begin 60 days prior to election day. This brought to you by the same people who illegally substituted Frank "Somebody Check My Pulse!" Lautenberg for the floundering and corrupt Bob "The Senate Don" Torrecelli.

Corruption? In New Jersey? Why I believe I'm going to have a heart attack and die from Not Suprise!

 
Governor McCreepey - "Nevermind that I'm a corrpupt politician, I'm resigning because I'm a Gay Adulterous American"
by Thom the Blog Culler


As Bonjo has informed us in his recent post, New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey has announced his plans to resign, citing his dimished capcaity to govern because of his closeted gayness and adultery.

Of course, he did not explain that his adulterous gayness sheds considerable light onto the multiple scandals that have dogged his administration. Oh, and of course he won't be stepping down until the choice for his replacement can be safely taken out of the hands of New Jersey voters who might just vote for a Republican.

According to Fox News:
Scandal marred McGreevey's tenure following questions over a series of questionable appointments, including the naming of Golan Cipel to the newly created post of homeland security adviser without any background check or official announcement.

Reporters soon questioned what Cipel did to earn his $110,000 salary and in March 2002, he was reassigned to a "special counsel" job. A few months later, Cipel left his state government position.

It turns out this Cipel guy is an Israeli poet and the object of McCreepey's adulterous affections. Cipel couldn't get a US security clearance because he is not a US citizen, and so had no business being in the New Jersey Homeland Security job in the first place. Apparently Cipel recently threatened to out the Governor and sue him for sexual harrassment unless he was paid off with "millions of dollars."

As for McCreepey's other scandals:
McGreevey also came under fire in 2002 for hiring a state police superintendent who had a criminal record. Last year, two former aides were targeted in a federal probe investigating whether they used their political ties to secure business for their billboard company. This year, a Democratic fund-raiser and former high school classmate of McGreevey's was indicted and charged with trying to extort campaign donations from a farmer in exchange for help in selling his land. Last month, the governor's commerce secretary quit amid reports he funneled money to businesses he owned with family members, and McGreevey's top campaign donor was charged with conspiracy, obstructing a federal investigation and promoting prostitution.

Apparently, by holding off his resignation until November 15th, McCreepey can avoid having a special election called and ensure that New Jersey Senate President Richard J. Codey, a Democrat, will become acting governor and serve out the remainder of McCreepey's term which expires in 2006. What else could a scandal-ridden, corrupt politician...er...I mean, gay adulterous American be expected to do for his party...uh, I mean, for the citizens of his great state?

What can I say more?

Hat tip to Scott Ott at Scrappleface for the philosophical underpinnings of my title.

 
Big Time Live
by Cordeiro
Check out Hugh Hewitt's interview with Dick "Big Time" Cheney. Straight forward, blunt, and nuance free. Be afraid, Breck Girl. Be very afraid.

 
Multiple Choice Made Easy
by Bonjo


Since I'll be out of the blogosphere on Friday, your assignment is to study these two pictures, pick the real leader, and then have a great weekend.
Thursday, August 12, 2004
 
Thom's Caption Contest!
by Thom the Blog Culler
Okie dokie folks! Here's today's Caption Contest photo! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and I anxiously await your caption entries.



(Your witty caption here!)

What can I say more?
 
Thom's Pic of the Day - Let's Hear it for Zell!
by Thom the Blog Culler
Today's Pic of the Day comes to us from our good friend Zell Miller, Democratic Senator and former governor of the great State of Georgia.



To the best of my knowledge, this really was written and signed by Zell Miller. When a fellow Democratic Senator is willing to put his name out there against his own party's nominee, I think it says alot.

What can I say more?

 
Thom's First Caption Contest Winner!
by Thom the Blog Culler
I am happy to announce that the winner of the first ever Caption Contest is none other than Sons of the Republic's very own Bonjo!

Here's the winning caption:



"John Kerry walks the fine line between lunacy and idiocy."

Congratuations and nicely done! While I am still tying to think up a good prize for our witty winner, I encourage all of our good readers to enjoy and engage in the next caption contest, which I think is an even doofier picture of our beloved Strangler. Thanks!

What can I say more?

P.S. To Bonjo - The new look of the blog is great! I assume you did it. You Rock!
 
Big Time's Broadside at Lurch's "More Sensitive War"
by Cordeiro
Remember Lurch's promise to wage a More Sensitive War? Well, Dick "Big Time" Cheney had the following to say about that concept:

"Senator Kerry has also said that if he were in charge he would fight a 'more sensitive' war on terror. America has been in too many wars for any of our wishes, but not a one of them was won by being sensitive. President Lincoln and General Grant didn't wage sensitive wars. Nor did President Roosevelt or Generals Eisenhower MacArthur. A 'sensitive war' will not destroy the evil men who killed 3,000 Americans and who seek chemical, nuclear and biological weapons to kill hundreds or thousands more. The men who beheaded Daniel Pearl and Paul Johnson will not be impressed by our sensitivity."

Translation: No, Lurch, we can't all just get along.
 
Lurch's Used Truck
by Cordeiro



And yes, the phone number is legit.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
 
Thom's Caption Contest!
by Thom the Blog Culler
Okay, so, I'm basically rolling in photos of the Boston Strangler looking like a nimrod. So many, in fact, that I feel completely incapable of restraining myself to one photo pic of the day. Also, I crave a little feedback on the quality of my posts. Therefore, I'm briging one of my favorite office traditions from my place of work to our beloved blog.

Here it is! A caption contest! It goes a little sump'n like this. I post an interesting photo, and you, dear reader suggest an appropriate caption in a comment! Interactive media! Get it? It's fun. Give it a try. I'm thinking up a prize for the best suggested caption for each photo.

So for today's entry, here you go:



(Imagine your witty caption here!)

Go ahead! Give it a try! Do your best! It's fun!

What can I say more?
 
Thom's Pic of the Day - Kerry the Colorful
by Thom the Blog Culler
Have you ever seen the Boston Strangler look this alive?



Wow! His skintone looks so life-like! His face appears so animated! The blushing cheeks! The rosy lips!

Oh, I get it. Its all the colorful pancake makeup he wore for his convention speech.

Nevermind.

What can I say more?

 
Mullahs for Kerry
by Thom the Blog Culler
Kerry finds supporter in Akora Khattak



Pakistani Senator and religious leader Maulana Samiul Haq, said on Sunday that it is "the religious obligation of all American Muslims to vote against President George W Bush in the upcoming elections in the Unites States."

I am not making this up. You can go and read the whole thing here.

What can I say more?
 
Free Speech - For Leftists Only?
by Cordeiro
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

For those products of the public education system who managed to graduate without either the ability to read, or the capacity to comprehend that which is read, allow me to here conduct a quick primer on Constitutionally Guaranteed Freedoms.

The above highlighted text is taken from the First amendment to the constitution of the United States. You'll note that said amendment prohibits the state, or any affiliated agency or representative, from infringing upon the right of the people to engage in the practice of speech in all of its related forms.

This amendment is widely cited by those who believe there should be no limits placed by the state on the freedom to express one's self in any way seen fit by an individual. It is used by everyone from bible bashing preachers to smut hussling pornographers.

Freedom of Speech is crucial to the political process. Lurch and his Democratic leaning surrogates would have you believe that any attack on his character (truthful though it may be) is illegal and must be censored by the government.

Yesterday, groups by the name of Democracy 21, Campaign Legal Center and Center for Responsive Politics made known their claim, no doubt soon to be followed by legal pleadings, that the advertisement produced by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is illegal and violates the McCain Feingold law banning the use of unregulated soft money in the election process.

No word on whether the above listed groups will file the same complaint against Moveon.org.

I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one in Cyberspace. I have, however, actually read the legislation in question and find that Democracy 21, Campaign Legal Center and Center for Responsive Politics have an argument with a gaping hole in it. Swift Boat Veterans for Truth makes no statement as to whom a person should vote for, or against. They simply call into question statements made by Lurch regarding his service in Vietnam and the medals he "won" during said service. It is not a political ad, nor does it claim to be so.

What the ad represents is a group of people getting together and exercising their right to Free Speech in the Public Square. They are no different than the Sons of the Republic in that sense.

I do not agree with what Lurch, Breck Girl, or any of their surrogates have to say. Most days I wish they would find their way to an uncharted island and stay there. Never the less, they, like me, are citizens of this great country. They enjoy the rights of said citizenship, as do the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

And while I do not agree with the statements of Lurch and Company, I will - to quote Voltaire - "defend to my death their right to say it". One would hope Lurch would afford his fellow veterans the same courtesy.

Don't hold your breath.

PS. Memo to Jim Rassmann:

Nuance is not lost on me, as it seems it was on the editors of the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Page. Your piece in the August 10th edition is flawed from the title. You see, there is no group by the name of Swift Boat Veterans for Bush, thus your wish of shame on them is unaddressable. For the record, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has no association with W or his campaign. You might want to be a little more subtle next time, sir.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004
 
Thom's Pic of the Day - More Evidence of "Lurchiness"
by Thom the Blog Culler


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Time to Put Up or Shut Up
by Thom the Blog Culler


Today, over at David Horowitz's site Frontpagemag.com, there are a couple of really good articles detailing the Kerry Campaign's efforts to obfuscate the truth and threaten the free speech rights of our good friends, the Swift Veterans for Truth.

You see, as Cordeiro so elloquently told us here, the Swift Vets have been buying airtime for an ad that challenges the Boston Strangler's presumed status as a war hero. Rather than refute merits of the ad with evidence, the Kerry team lawyers have used some thinly-veiled threats to discourage broadcasters from carrying the ad.

Well, our good friends, Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer have done a bang up job shredding the Stranlger's attempt at legal terrorism argument by argument, which is a service to the public indeed. Professor Holzer teaches at Brooklyn Law School and specializes in federal appeals, while Erika is a lawyer and novelist, so even non-lawyers can easily follow their elegant refutation. But more importantly, the article indicates that the Swift Vets themselves had the insight to skillfully pre-empt the Strangler's shenanigans:

John O’Neill, partner in a Houston law firm and a founding member of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, anticipating the controversy the TV spot would generate and the need for documentation, sent a letter to station managers on August 2 (three days before the team of Elias and Sandler shifted into gear). The letter itself, eight pages long, is buttressed with 27 exhibits—roughly 100 pages of what O’Neill correctly labeled “factual support for the advertisement.” What O’Neill explains about how the Swift boats actually operated should put to rest, for all but those who have a political ax to grind, any doubt about eyewitness reliability being tainted by non-crewmates.

So the Swift Vets appear to have factual support for their claims. What does Team Strangler offer? Only threats and spin. Presumably they cannot muster factual support for their claims that Kerry really is a war hero.

I also recommend Robert Novak's defense of the Swift Vet's new best-selling book, Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. Despite the liberal spin machine's assertions that the book is nothing but a work of fiction, Novak says:

I have read the book and found it is neither the political propaganda nor the urban legend that its detractors claim. It is a passionate but meticulously researched account of how Kerry went to war, what he did in the war and how he conducted himself after the war. The very serious charges by former comrades deserve answers but so far have produced only ad hominem counterattacks.
To Team Strangler's charge that the Swift Vets are nothing more that the puppets of the Vast Right-Wing Consiracy, Novak further indicates:

John E. O'Neill, co-author of Unfit for Command, replaced Kerry as commander of Swift Boat PCF 94 in 1969 and has been confronting him since 1971. O'Neill told me he is no George W. Bush partisan and probably would have supported John Edwards had he been nominated for president, but is committed to keeping Kerry out of the Oval Office. Thus, reversing the usual formulation, the assault on Kerry is personal but not political.
So, the book painstakingly makes the case that Lieutenant John-John's real Vietnam record is one of lies and shameful self-promotion. It seems he has kept that approach to leadership for all these years. Again I ask, what can Team Strangler offer to bolster their claim that Kerry's war-fighting experience qualifies him to lead our country in the war on terror? Precious little besides more lies and self-promoting spin. In summary, Novak says:
Unfit for Command sends a devastating message, unless effectively refuted. Perhaps most disturbing are allegations that Kerry's combat decorations are unjustified. His first Purple Heart, the book alleges, was accidentally self-inflicted. His commander, Grant Hibbard, is quoted as saying: "I didn't recommend him for a Purple Heart. Kerry probably wrote up the paperwork and recommended himself." Full release of documents demanded by his critics could settle this claim quickly if it is unwarranted.
All of this reminds me of the fact that, amid controversy in the press, George W. Bush released ALL his military service records from his time with the Texas National Guard. The Strangler on the other hand continues to stonewall releasing his complete service records. He has released some heavily scrubbed and edited records, but not his complete file.

And while I'm on the subject of Kerry stonewalling, where are Mother Teresa's tax returns? We've seen Bush's returns. We've seen Cheney's. We even saw Geraldine Ferraro's husband's returns. When do we get to see Teresa's? Probably right after the Strangler admits he uses Botox.

I think it is high time that Kerry put up or shut up.

What can I say more?

 
Corruption of Virtual Memory
by Cordeiro

Hat tip to the Crazy Fools at Free Republic.

Monday, August 09, 2004
 
Biden Demonstrates Liberal Incompetence on Homeland Security
by Bonjo
Senator Biden, Liberal Democrat-DE, was on the Today show today, interviewed by Matt "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" Lauer. Biden offered a frightening insight into how liberals perceive the role of homeland security. He was discussing the recent elevation of the terror alert in key cities around the nation, claiming it was unnecessary and lacked concrete evidence:

"I have not seen any hard evidence that there was an active moment that was contemplated in the very near term. If there was a smoking gun that said we know for certain that was going to occur, I didn't see it."
If there is ever a "smoking gun that said we know for certain" of any terrorist attack, it is the attack itself. That is the premise of terrorism! They want us to be afraid, to cower, to always be looking over our shoulder. Maybe they will attack. Maybe they won't. Maybe they will bomb. Maybe they will hijack. They will use fear in an attempt to demand, manipulate and control (see also: Spanish Sissies, Philippine Pansies).

By the time we "know for certain", as you said, it's too late. Far too late (see also: 9/11). The best policy for state-side homeland defense is to implement strategic security measures as intelligence gathering indicates. To do otherwise would be foolishly short-sighted (see also: John Kerry, Inept Foreign Policy Proposals, Homeland Insecurity).

As I have previously stated, the best defense overall for homeland security is to take the fight to the terrorists themselves (see also: President Bush, War on Terror, Afghanistan, Iraq).

Take, for instance, this headline that I just saw on the Voice of America website:

"Radical Iraqi Cleric Vows Fight to the Death with US Forces"

To quote the 9/11 rescue workers at ground zero who shouted to President Bush upon his visit: "Whatever it takes!"

 
Thom's Pic of the Day - Lurch 2004
by Thom the Blog Culler
While I tend to favor silly pictures of the wannabe first couple that aren't photoshopped, this one was just too good to pass up.



What can I say more?
 
Donald Rumsfeld put it plainly in a speech he gave last Friday. In his remarks to The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, he had this to say about winning the war on terror:

"So the only way to win the struggle -- the war, the insurgency; call it what you wish -- is to be on the offense. It's to put pressure on the terrorists where they are, before they strike. We can either change the way they live, or they're going to change the way we live. And they strike at that thing that we are, namely free people."
Freedom is not without cost.

 
A More Sensitive War
by Cordeiro
Military Intelligence. Jumbo Shrimp. Slightly Pregnant.

Add Sensitive War to the latest list of Oxymorons. Somehow Lurch managed to put these two words together. No, I am not making this up.

“I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror that reaches out to other nations and brings them to our side and lives up to American values in history.”

I have a great example of the type of sensitive war I'd like to wage. Take a look here.

War is about killing people, busting stuff up, and winning. War is not about making friends and being liked by everyone. Lurch will live to regret these words.

Here endeth the lesson.


 
Lurch's Virtual Memory
by Cordeiro
Clinton had virtual memories of African-American Churches burning by the dozen during the 60's. Algore had virtual memories of touring Texas after a hurricane, all while inventing the internet.

Lurch tops them all. Seems he happily relates spending Christmas 1968 in Cambodia taking fire from Vietnamese and Cambodian Khmer Rouge forces.

Problem is, nobody else shares those memories. Drudge has the details. Check it out.

Friday, August 06, 2004
 
Jobs Data the Left Doesn't Want You to Hear
by Bonjo
It was announced today that the economy "only" added 32,000 jobs in the month of July.

The naysayers out there (i.e., The Walking Corpse and his Band of Brothers) are quick to point out that analysts had expected over 200,000 jobs. Why wouldn't they, after 10 straight quarters of economic growth? Analysts can expect anything, can't they? Keep in mind that, in the same month, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5%, the lowest it has been since just after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Kerry Admits to Improving Economy
The Walking Corpse released a statement today saying the economy has made a "U-Turn":

"Today's job numbers further demonstrate that our economy may be taking a U-turn. America will not turn the corner to better days until we have a new president who can see our problems and take action to fix them."

Wwwwwait a second, Senator Kerry. Not so fast. You have spent the last few months trooping around America telling everyone about the poor state of our economy. All during that time, virtually every bit of economic data released pointed to a recovering economy.

Now you say the economy has made a "U-Turn". That must mean that you recognized the improving economy all along, no? Since an economy making a "U-Turn" would then heading in the opposite direction.

Regardless of what Kerry does or does not think about the economy (I'm not sure, since he's really not sure), Charles Gabriel, a Prudential Securities Inc. political analyst had this to say:

"The number of economists who think we're doing a U-turn you could fit in a phone booth."
A Tongue-in-cheek Explanation of Slower-Than-Expected Jobs Growth
Last month at the DNQ (Democratic National Quagmire), Corpse and Co. said they were going to raise taxes, and specifically, that they were going to tax the "wealthiest Americans". Who creates jobs? You guessed it: the wealthiest Americans. Perhaps they are trying to cut their losses, out of fear that The Walking Corpse might actually swindle his way into the White House?

Jobs Data to Consider
I am sure that to each of the 32,000 people who took jobs in the month of July the recent jobs number is not insignificant. There have been months where that number has been negative. As President Bush said today:
"We've got more to do. I'm not going to be satisfied until everybody who wants work can find a job and I'm running because I understand how to take a strong economy and make it stronger."
Our friends over at Blogs for Bush have some great jobs data to put this into perspective:

In January 2001, the month that George W. Bush took office, 135,999,000 Americans had jobs.

By October of that year, the number of Americans with jobs had slumped to 134,562,000 - as the sudden negative economic impact of the 9/11 attacks combined with the economic slowdown that began almost a year before Bush took office (with the stock market collapse in April 2000) to cause unemployment to surge.

Today, 139,660,000 Americans have jobs, more than at any time in our nation's history.

You won't hear John Kerry say that.

 
Send in the Lawyers!!
by Cordeiro
Don't deny the charge. Don't produce evidence to contradict the claims made in the advertisement. Don't stand up like a real man and defend your status as a war hero.

Send in two blood sucking shiester lawyers to level baseless charges at men who are truly, bona fide American heros - and they still have the medals and ribbons to prove it.

Lurch has directed Mark Elias, General Counsel to the Lurch-Breck Girl 2004 and Joseph Sandler, General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee, to put Station Managers across the country on notice that they have no obligation to air the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisement. Said bloodsucking shiester lawyers sent a letter to Station Managers - said letter can be seen at Human Events Online. Gotta love those guys. HEO does a good job of refuting the content of the letter.

The letter proves that money can't buy you good legal representation. Either that, or the premise upon which their argument lies is too flimsy to support their claims. Probably both. Both General Counsels fail to understand that politics is a contact sport. One needs only look at the campaign literature of the late 1800's to see that today's discourse is parochial by comparison.

Never mind the fact there exists in this country a guaranteed Freedom of Speech and Expression. Despite the best efforts of people like Messrs. Ellias and Sandler, these freedoms do not apply only to those occupying the far left half of the political spectrum. The organization Swift Boat Veterans For Truth (emphasis added because the aforementioned bloodsucking shiester lawyers omitted the last two words from the title in their letter) have as much right to state their opinions as Lurch has to deny them. They have paid for this right with their blood and that of their comrades. This country is built upon the freedom to say what you want about whomever you want.

I believe Lurch is playing into the hands of those who would see him finish out his career in public service as the Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the immortal words of the Bard:

Me thinks thou does protest too much.

Thursday, August 05, 2004
 
Liberal Entertainer Blames Bush for Poor Boxoffice Results
by Bonjo
This is simply dumbfounding.

Sharon Stone, star of the recent blockbuster failure "Catwoman", has blamed the poor performance of her movie on... you guessed it! President Bush!

Stone wanted to kiss her female co-star, Halle Berry, but the "puritanical streak" running through our country didn't permit it:
"Halle's so beautiful and I wanted to kiss her. I said, 'How can you have us in the movie and not have us kiss? That's such a waste,'" said Stone. "That's what you get for having George Bush as president."

Given that Stone has appeared in one monumental boxoffice flop after another, I hardly think her career problems are the fault of President Bush. Stone is demonstrating for us what we already know: Hollywood liberals practice what they teach and fail to accept the consequences of their own actions, and instead feel that government is responsible for all of their (the liberals') problems.

Frankly, Ms. Stone, I don't think President Bush could care less about who you kiss or don't kiss. He has weightier matters on his mind, such as protecting you and your elitist Hollywood friends from being wiped off the map by terrorists.

And regarding Catwoman... As a local movie critic in the Washington, DC area put it, "It is unfortunate that the script of Catwoman didn't find its way onto Sandy Berger's desk."


 
National Defense and Homeland Security
by Bonjo
"When you connect all these streams of intelligence, it paints an alarming picture." - White House Spokesman Scott McClellan, quoted today aboard Air Force One.
Indeed it does. Earlier this week the Department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert level to orange in key cities around the nation, in light of specific and detailed threat intelligence they had received.

Many people from the left and in the media are crying that the Bush Administration did this purely for politics. They have tried explaining away the intelligence as "years" old. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge knows better:

"'Old information isn't irrelevant information — particularly with this kind of enemy,' Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday in Nashville ... I categorically state that the none of the terror threats are politically motivated.'"
President Bush has taken quite a bit of heat for not "acting upon intelligence" leading up to 9/11. I'm not really sure what these critics expected him to do--Ground all air traffic on August 1, 2001, due to some vague, seemingly disparate, and extremely unclear intelligence?

Now, fast forward to today. There is specific information suggesting a potential attack on various financial centers of our nation. DHS has taken steps to mobilize and increase security around these facilities. Yet, local authorities are complaining about the traffic, radio stations are interviewing displaced cab drivers, and those in the media and on the left are suggesting the intelligence was outdated and the increased security is all about politics.

Is this not a double standard? Either he acted too late in 2001, or the increased security of today is premature. Which is it?

THE TRUTH ABOUT INTELLIGENCE
First of all, members of the media do not, have not, and will not have access to all of the intelligence data that our nation's leaders see on a day-to-day basis. Our leaders will not, and CANNOT, disclose this intelligence. If you hear about an elevated terror alert on the news, you can assure yourself there is a just cause for
the action.

Porter Goss, of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, recently spoke at a public event where some members of my family were in attendance. To paraphrase, he said that there have been countless success stories in our battle against the terrorists. He added that you won't see it on TV, you won't read about it in the newspaper, but know that we have thwarted attacks and are disrupting the enemy and the enemy's efforts.

Some people ask, "Why won't we hear about this?"

The answer is simple. If you disclose the intelligence you receive, you compromise your methods for receiving it. If the enemy discovers what you know, and how you came to know that information, the enemy will adapt.

THE LIMITS OF HOMELAND SECURITY
In today's environment, the Department of Homeland Security is an effective tool in aiding the defense of our great nation. We cannot, however, win the War on Terror by playing defense. If we strengthen our airport security, the terrorists will adapt and find another target.

If we strengthen the security surrounding our financial institutions, the terrorists will find another target. Schools. Convention centers. Grocery stores. Shopping malls. Bridges. Tunnels. Communication networks. They'll use trucks. Airplanes. Cars. Pedestrians. Chemical and biological weapons. Dirty bombs. Nuclear weapons.

We are fighting a faceless but meticulous enemy that is determined to strike us. Ours is a free and open society, something the terrorists despise, and something they use against us. If we put our guard up on one front, they'll find another weakpoint. We cannot have armed guards in every hallway, in every alley, in every building, on every train, in every city. Americans need to be alert, and need to know that, in the eyes of a terrorist, there is a target painted on every one of us: man or woman, black or white, adult or child.

THE BUSH DOCTRINE OF PREEMPTIVE DEFENSE
Homeland Security is an effective tool for coordinating the prevention of terrorist attacks. But as I claim above, we won't win the war by hunkering down and waiting for the terrorists to identify a new target and hit us first.

We will only win when we go on the offense, when we hunt down this human waste in their places of origin. We will win when we topple the governments that harbor terrorists, and eliminate their safe havens. We will win when we disrupt their networks and kill or capture their leaders.

We will win this war when they realize that we will strike them first, we will strike them fast, and we will strike them hard. If we prevent their likes from plotting against our nation, or even entering our great country, then ours will be a far safer nation.

ON ROADBLOCKS AND WAR
I don't know how effective the roadblocks are in preventing an attack. It may secure the facility behind the roadblock, but a terrorist determined to strike will strike something else instead.

However, if our leaders say that intelligence indicates terrorist scumbags are targeting specific sites, then those sites should be secured. Without question. Without explanation (which undermines our intelligence efforts). Without political finger pointing. Without whining from those who are inconvenienced. Human lives--OUR lives--are at stake.

Freedom has its price. For some, the price is risking (or losing) their life fighting for this country. For others, the price is enduring security precautions so that our nation and freedoms may be preserved. Regardless, we are at war. On 9/11, they brought the fight to us, and we must fight back--not only here, but on their turf as well.
 
Unfit for Command
by Cordeiro
Drudge has some excerpts of Unfit for Command. If you thought the Swift Boat commercial was a direct hit, this stuff is a broadside.

 
Band of Brothers
by Cordeiro
Lurch will not be happy about this. His actual shipmates from Vietnam aren't too happy about the way he has wrapped himself in the medals he received in Vietnam. They're really unhappy about his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April of 1971. They're mad as hell, and they will not be silenced.

They have put forth a commercial sure to raise questions about Lurch's military record. Its available at Human Events Online. I watched it once, and saw testimony by men with at least five bronze stars and a many other commendations among them. The statements they make are truly damning - especially considering they come from those who served alongside the man who would be the next president.

Also available today is the book Unfit For Command.

Drip, drip, drip. The hits just keep on coming. Considering Lurch's glass jaw for this kind of stuff, a Deanesque meltdown cannot be far off.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004
 
Find the Candidate that Resembles the "Average American"
by Bonjo

Dubya and The Walking Corpse had their showdown in Davenport, Iowa today. These two pictures were taken of the candidates during their midwest campaign stops.

Based on these pictures, which candidate do you think the "Average American" relates to? The guy waving corn out of a bus window (could he eat corn not prepared by a gourmet chef and not served on a silver platter by his butler?), or the man enjoying the corn right off of the cob, still in the husk?

 
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The Goons of the Republic hereby acknowledge and disclose said "goon" status.

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First Lady Laura Bush: Taking the High Road
by Bonjo
First Lady Laura Bush appeared on CBS' "The Early Show" this morning. She was asked about The Ketchup Queen's recent "Shove it!" comment, as well as Heinz-Kerry's comment about referring to "four more years of hell" [for liberals] if President Bush were to be re-elected.

Imagine what Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry (deep gasp for breath) would say, given the chance to comment publicly about something Laura Bush had said. Given her recent media exposure, I can only assume that The Ketchup Queen would have fired off a stinging remark of some type.

Maybe Teresa would, but not our First Lady! The AP (Associated Propagandists) relays a portion of the television interview:

"When asked if Heinz Kerry's 'shove it' comment was appropriate, Bush said: 'It's hard when your husband's running for president. It's hard to be scrutinized and to hear the criticisms, and I think that's really what the fact of the matter is in what she said.'"
That, my friends, is a person who understands the importance of the First Lady's role. I believe, however, we can translate Mrs. Bush's comments to mean, "Teresa, zip it while you still have a chance."
 
And the winner for the best quote of the day is....
by Cordeiro
Bridget Johnson for her column in today's Wall Street Journal Opinion page entitled Diadatic Dirt. Go ahead and read the whole thing, but my favorite part of the whole piece is in the last section.

John Kerry wants to present himself as a distinguished gentleman from Massachusetts--someone who can relate to the everyday, common man who married a ketchup fortune--and he executed a well-scripted convention production. He got down and dirty in the primaries with the man he eventually picked as his running mate, painting John Edwards as a political infant, slamming him on taxes, trade, health care, you name it. As politics makes strange bedfellows, now they're like two honeymooners--tossing a football, giving and getting liberal amounts of hugs. Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards swear they've swallowed their personal differences and now focus that energy on George W. Bush.

Mr. Kerry's allies include 12-year-old Ilana Wexler, the Kids for Kerry founder, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention and has proposed a "no-name-calling day" for candidates. Never mind that in recent months we've heard the most virulent bashing and demonization of our commander in chief coming from this girl's party of choice.

Not that Mr. Bush needs any pity. This Texan could hogtie Mr. Kerry and pop an O'Doul's over his squirming body. But who needs to when you've got Dick Cheney keeping it real--and interesting? After invoking the F-word in a private, overheard response to Sen. Patrick Leahy, he commented that it felt good, but also wouldn't be indicative of the language he normally uses. Honestly, I wouldn't care if Mr. Cheney invented the F-word. Even with a bad ticker, you know he could take it to any of those politicos like an Iron Chef to a flopping fish.

And why is this important? Because I don't want a leader who will invite Osama bin Laden to sit down for group therapy and talk about why he wants to destroy the United States; I want a leader who will take the fight to al Qaeda and its cronies regardless of what France thinks. I want a candidate who is less concerned about whether the world wants to come out and play than about dirty bombs dropping on our doorstep. Tough times take a tough hombre who can roll with the punches and fight back when necessary, and isn't afraid of violating some unwritten code by informing us of his opponent's flaws.


The WSJ identifies Ms. Johnson as a journalist and screenwriter in Southern California. I guess there is intelligent life in Hollywood after all.



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