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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

Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Writing Under The Influence
by Cordeiro
As I pointed out last week, Scotch Kennedy penned an editorial in the Boston Globe lamenting the perceived over reach of the W Administration. Scotch went on for some thirteen paragraphs slamming everything from tax cuts to wire taps.

SOTR sources cannot confirm whether the editorial was written in a booth or right at the bar of Kennedy's preferred local tavern.

Front and center in Scotch Kennedy's sorry excuse a drunken tirade was the claim

...that a college student in Massachusetts had two government agents show up at his house because he had gone to the library and asked for the official Chinese version of Mao Tse-tung's Communist Manifesto. Following his professor's instructions to use original source material, this young man discovered that he, too, was on the government's watch list.
There's only one problem with this claim. It's a lie. Bold faced, made up, baseless, fact-less, fictional account.

So, dear reader, does the Senior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts stand up and admit his error, or at least send a sober crony out to clear the Kennedy name?

Short answer - No. But since the short answer is not good blog fodder, here's the long answer provided by Scotch Kennedy spokesbabe Laura Capps:

The senator cited "public reports" in his opinion piece. Even if the assertion was a hoax,it did not detract from Kennedy's broader point that the Bush administration has gone too far in engaging in surveillance.
The embarrassingly un-distinguished Senator has been proven to be guilty of driving under the influence, voting under the influence, and now its clear he has been writing under the influence. To quote his own words

Something is amiss here. Something doesn't make sense.
Must've been one hell of a bender, Teddy. You haven't made sense in decades.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Tuesday Highlights
by Cordeiro

Does anybody actually eat this stuff?

Old Gray Lady Tries Her Hand At Math

Captain Ed attempts to make sense of an NYT editorial complaining about the fact the Census counts people where they are residing instead of where they would reside if they weren't in prison.

Tsunami - One Year Later

Michelle Malkin provides good links to information on how to help those in the affected areas, and those still missing.

Democratic Attitude Check

Powerline's Hindrocket examines a year end poll. Check the numbers for yourself, but I must - will all due respect of course - disagree with Hindrocket's final sentence:

There are lots of Democrats, apparently, who need to take a deep breath, get over the last election, and cheer up.
Get over the last election? They're still complaining about 2000!
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Christmas Eve 2005
by Cordeiro

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
a lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light.
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam,'
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?"

It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

HT Blackfive

Blessed be the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God. - Gospel of Matthew Chapter 5, Verse 9.

Thanks to Freedom Folks for the Arlington picture.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Friday Highlights
by Cordeiro
NORAD tracks Santa Claus

No word on NSA intercepts of SIGINT as of yet.

HT Mudville

Kos - Deflated

Kos will most likely proclaim this post to be torture reminiscent of Genghis Khan.

Clueless Jackass Caucus

Two excellent posts by Captain Ed.

First, Senator Wyden (D-Or) objects to the passage of a resolution denouncing the Anti-Semitic statements made by the Islamofasict Loony Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Why, pray tell, did the not quite distinguished Senator object? He's not quite sure. Yep, these guys really think independently of the hive.

Second, Tiny Tommy Daschle (you remember him, he used to have Dusty Harry's job as Senate Minority Leader before he was unceremoniously bounced out by the enlightened voters of South Dakota) attempts to re-write history. In this Washington Post Op-ed, like in so many aspects of his personal and professional life, Tiny Tommy fails - miserably.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Thursday Highlights
by Cordeiro
I apologize for the lack of actual commentary - I've had a sudden onset of side effects related to employment.

Dusty Harry's Enlightenment

From the irrepressibly irreverent Chris Muir from Day by Day:

It must be painful for Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry (D-Luxor Casino) to learn a lesson most of us figured out in grade school.

The Ramblings of an Incoherent Mumbling Drunk

Known to SOTR as Ted "Dude Where's My Scotch" Kennedy. It takes him thirteen paragraphs to state something we already know:

Something is amiss here. Something doesn't make sense.
Yes, Teddy, that something would be you.

Kilt Controversy

Its not the fact the kid wants to wear a kilt to a high school dance. Its what the Scots traditionally decline to wear beneath that concerns me. Here's the song for comic relief.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Wednesday Quick Hits
by Cordeiro
US designated Spy-Free Calling Zone
Scott Ott illustrates absurdity by being absurd - sorta.

W is Hitler, just ask Kos
Somehow, the Kos Kids just can't go more than a few minutes without making the Hitler reference. (Author's note: I won't link to Kos, but LGF will)

Dusty Harry Praises PATRIOT Act Demise
What a difference a few years makes.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Manning the Watchtower
by Cordeiro
Dusty Harry, Scotch Kennedy, Bella Pelosi, Carl Levin and most of the rest of the Jackass Caucus in decrying the domestic intelligence gathering activities of the NSA, FBI, and a host of other acronymed government agencies. Some have even gone so far as to declare, without any reasonable justification, that W has broken the law and should be impeached for his actions.

Such declarations have little if any basis in anything resembling fact - but the mouths behind the words are liberal leftists therefore they are entitled to make baseless accusations. So be it.

Ladies and gentlemen, America is at war. We have been involved in this conflict in one form or fashion since 1979, and probably longer than that if you study history.

War is something the Founding Fathers understood all to well. Most, if not all of them, had been exposed to the horrors unique to the fog of war. They understood in war that victory belongs to those willing to exercise bold leadership. It is for this purpose that ability and responsibility to wage war, not the declaration thereof, was vested in the Chief Executive, commonly known as the President of the United States - an office currently held by a man affectionately referred to here as W.

War changes everything - even the way laws are enforced and/or interpreted. The Leftists claim W violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. However, as the Wall Street Journal so excellently points out (you see, they actually consult sources before making statements, unlike Russ Fiengold and Lindsey Graham):

But no Administration then or since has ever conceded that that Act trumped a President's power to make exceptions to FISA if national security required it. FISA established a process by which certain wiretaps in the context of the Cold War could be approved, not a limit on what wiretaps could ever be allowed.

The courts have been explicit on this point, most recently in In Re: Sealed Case, the 2002 opinion by the special panel of appellate judges established to hear FISA appeals. In its per curiam opinion, the court noted that in a previous FISA case (U.S. v. Truong), a federal "court, as did all the other courts to have decided the issue [our emphasis], held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information." And further that "we take for granted that the President does have that authority and, assuming that is so, FISA could not encroach on the President's constitutional power." [Bold and italic emphasis mine]
Every four years for the past 229 years, the American people have gone into the voting booth to choose the nation's Chief Executive. Within this office is contained the powers allowed the Commander in Chief. He swears an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" to the best of his ability, so help him God.

Sometimes the people have chosen poorly, but on the whole most of the men who have passed through the Oval Office have done a decent job of defending this nation. Their opponents, for whatever reason, were weighed in the balance and found wanting.

Alexander Hamilton neatly summed up the reasons for vesting this power with the President.

Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks. The direction of war most peculiarly demands those qualities which distinguish the exercise of power by a single hand.
War requires leadership. While the leftists may be clamoring about the lack of consensus demonstrated by W's wiretapping authorizations, they would do well to listen to the echoes of Lady Margaret Thatcher. "Consensus," she said, "is the absence of leadership."

The Global War on Terror (GWOT) is different from any other conflict faced by this nation. Our enemies seek to undermine our nation from within using the freedoms we enjoy to move among us without fear of discovery. The most effective weapon possessed by either side is information. Those who seek to limit the ability of the United States to use that weapon against the enemy in our midst simply cannot handle the truth.

The Constitution of the United States is not a suicide pact. We must use every weapon at our disposal to discover and defeat the enemy, whether that enemy be assembling VBIEDs in Bagdad or plotting to blow up bridges in the Bronx.

The man whose job it is to man the Watchtower and whose responsibility it is to defend this nation from all enemies foreign and domestic has seen fit to use the power vested in him by the people to fulfill the oath he has taken twice. Most of the people criticizing him want his job, but their criticism and feigned outrage fueled by ignorance show why he sits in the Oval, and they do not.

Here endeth the lesson.
FBI Searches For Criminals and Terrorists in US
by Cordeiro
I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you. Well, so is the New York Times.

The Old Gray Lady, in yet another attempt to incite outrage by reporting the obvious, today reports that the FBI is hunting for criminals and terrorists by using innovative law enforcement techniques such as
The reaction from the ACLU's associate legal director Ann Beeson:
It's clear that this administration has engaged every possible agency, from the Pentagon to N.S.A. to the F.B.I., to engage in spying on Americans.
Yep, that makes sense to me. Organizations with ties to domestic terrorist groups responsible for some $200 million in damage puts up a publicly accessible website and expects the Feds to turn a blind eye to it. I don't know where she got her law degree from, but she needs to get a refund.

There is no right to criminal or terrorist activity protected by the US Constitution. If these organizations are stupid enough to publish their plans for criminal and terrorist activities in a public forum, they shouldn't be surprised when heavily armed Feds in body armor show up and turn their doors into firewood.

Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Virginia Blog Carnival, December 19, 2005
by Bonjo
Come one, come all! Here are the entries for the December 19 Virginia Blog Carnival. Thanks to all those who participated (in loose alphabetical order):

Al's Rantings
Al of Pembroke, VA offers Crossing the Street in Blacksburg, VA.
(warning noted, thanks Al!)

Below The Beltway
Doug submitted The Price of Regulation.

Black and White
Emory of Charlottesville, VA shares memories of a Christmas gone by with Sandy Claws.

Blog From On High
Jerry submits And While We're Focusing on Hypocrisy.

I share an amazing tale of breakfast mathematics: Ripley's Amazing Fruit Loop Probability.

Duchess of Dorks
Kelly of Northern VA shares a Couple of Things, from Legend of Zelda music videos to children's book artists.

Early Riser
Early Riser discusses Unitarianism in this response to a prior post.

Ross sets a donation goal for the Virginia Literacy Fundraiser.

I'm Not Emeril
I'm not Emeril, of Collinsville, VA (emphasis duly noted) also encourages readers to Contribute to the Virginia Literacy Foundation.

New Dominion
J. Sarge delves into Richmond politics and shares his views in Rule Rewrite.

The Richmond Democrat
J.C. of Richmond offers "A Damning Article About Virgil Goode's 'Good' Buddy Randy Cunningham".

Say No to RINOs
nickfinity of Goochland, VA discusses his Favorite Day of the Year.

Adam tells the blogosphere to Get Some Standards.

Spank That Donkey
Chris of Staunton, VA shares evidence that Santa Delivers on the War on Terrorism.

Spark It Up
Kilo of Wise, VA endorses the Imagination Library project.

This carnival has shown me there are lots of good ideas flowing on Virginia blogs, and I'm looking forward to reading many of these blogs in the future. The VBC is taking a break next week, and will be back in January 2006!
Feigned Outrage
by Cordeiro
Last Friday, the Old Gray Lady trumpeted the headline Bush Lets U.S. Spy on Callers Without Courts - a "revealing" article detailing the efforts by America's shadowy NSA (oft referred to as "No Such Agency") to listen in on the conversations and communications of people - yes even some American citizens - suspected of terrorist activities.

The Gray Lady's revelatory article came out on the day the USA PATRIOT Act was up for debate in the US Senate and on just prior to the release of James Risen's book State of War - The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. The New York Times failed to mention this obvious conflict of interest. PR means cash flow, and the NYT is still subject to market forces.

Reaction from both sides of the political spectrum has been swift. Texas Senator John Cornyn stated:

I think it's a crying shame ... that we find that America's safety is endangered by the potential expiration of the Patriot Act in part because a newspaper has seen fit to release on the night before the vote on the floor on the reauthorization of the Patriot Act as part of a marketing campaign for selling a book.
W reacted in much the same way, angrily reminding the Congressional Jackass Caucus their leaders had been briefed on the NSA program some twelve times since its inception. It seems that several Democrats, Dusty Harry and Bella Pelosi included, reluctantly admitted to having been briefed on the program.

I grow weary of the constant groaning coming from the left about the tools used by those whose job it is to defend the liberty and freedom this country enjoys. I grow even wearier of their attempts to bind the hands that defend this nation with needless restrictions that only protect those who seek to do us harm.

No one can say for certain the tenets of the USA PATRIOT Act could or would have prevented the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001. What has been proven, beyond a doubt, is that the policies and bureaucratic structure of the United States did nothing to facilitate the detection of the enemies in our midst. Such mistakes must be corrected - and through the PATRIOT Act, many of said mistakes were rectified and the administrative blockade of information sharing was torn down.

What I will state, here, for the record, is history will be very unforgiving of those who seek a return to the September 10th way of fighting terrorism, and protecting America and her interests. The price for such a return will be paid in blood. Make no mistake about it.

Dennis Miller once, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno (I believe), summed up my feelings on the PATRIOT Act. He said "Attorney General Ashcroft, if you're going to spy on me, go right ahead. Just do it well enough so I don't know about it."

Terrorists should not feel safe or secure in this country. They should fear that everyone they deal with is out to get them. They should be paranoid that every single phone call, email, or instant message they send is being read, and that every knock at their door is a Federal agent prepared to send them to Allah.

The line has been drawn in the sand, and the Senate Jackass Caucus, along with some misguided RINOs are on the wrong side.

Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Friday Quick Hits
by Cordeiro
Bella Pelosi Reveals Core Democrat Value

The Washington Post headline reads "Pelosi Hails Democrats' Diverse War Stances
". Ok, I'll bite. Where is there room for diversity in regards to your stance about a war in which your country is fighting?

Inadvertently, Bella Pelosi revealed something about the Jackass Caucus that explains why they are in the minority:

There is no one Democratic voice . . . and there is no one Democratic position.
Go figure.

Message from a Marine in Iraq

Following Cordeiro's Rule #16:

The leader in the field is always right and rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
Go read the latest from Major Ben Connable, USMC, currently stationed in Iraq.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Virginia Blog Carnival
by Bonjo
Sons of the Republic is proud to host the December 19, 2005 edition of the Virginia Blog Carnival.

Submissions are welcome on any topic, from any viewpoint, from any Virginia-based blogger.

Entry Instructions
1) Pick a recent post on your blog that you want to share with others through the carnival
2) Send an email with your name, blog name, and a link to the above post to: theSOTR@gmail.com
3) Check back on Monday, December 19, 2005 to see your name in lights, and your post in all it's glory and fame, and read the contributions of others while you're at it!

We welcome any and all submissions, even those with which we may not agree. So warm up your keyboard, and submit your post today!
Iraqis Give al-Zarqawi the Finger
by Cordeiro

Freedom, dear reader, is on the march.

Check out Greyhawk, Major K, and Smash - those who can justly claim the title of Liberator - for updates on the Iraqi Election and the aftermath thereof.

Blessed be the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God.
Thursday Quick Hits
by Cordeiro
O Mother, Where Art Thou?

Lying atop her son's grave. I'm not an expert on cemetery etiquette, but I think this pretty much crosses a few dozen lines of decency, respect, and shame. Casey Sheehan is probably spinning so fast in his grave he could be used as a power source for most of Northern California.

Don King - W is a Revolutionary

Drudge has the transcript of Don King and an obviously flabbergasted CNN Wolf Blizter.

Blame America First Welcomes Hardball's Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews came unglued in his Hardball show yesterday while interviewing Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes. An excerpt:

We were hated and they took our hostages and humiliated us for a year. And then of course, bin Laden, rightfully or wrongly, called out, called us for insulting his country by keeping 10,000 troops there for 10 years under the Bush, under the Clinton administration, coming into your administration [George W. Bush], the President’s. Are we sometimes to blame for the hell that we’ve raised? That`s all I`m asking. Is it always the other guys` fault, or do we do things that send signals that we are the enemy of those people?
Evidently Matthews has started moolighting for al-Jazzera.

Video availible from Ian at Political Teen.

Senate Jackass Caucus Announces Drone Fest Against PATRIOT Act Extension

Fresh of the Defeat and Retreat Beat, Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry Reid (D-Circus Circus) - in an effort to curry favor with the ACLU and wannabe Islamofascist murdering thugs - declared a filibuster against Senate passage of legislation extending the USA PATRIOT Act. The gauntlet has been thrown down, and so the game of political chicken has begun.

Memo to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist: Act like the majority. Make Dusty Harry and the rest of the Jackass Caucus actually stand up and filibuster this time. They want to hang themselves. Give them the rope and get out of the way.

From writing a pen to wielding a sword

Tomorrow, Matt Pottinger will complete the transformation from "Matt Pottinger, Wall Street Journal Correspondent in China" to "Second Lieutenant Matt Pottinger, United States Marine Corps".

I'm proud of you, Matt. Damn proud of you. Semper Fi, LT.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Wednesday Highlight Reel
by Cordeiro
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is sane - just ask him

He wants to wipe Israel off the map and relocate it to Alaska. Never mind the whole "Let's deny the Holocaust" issue. Cox & Forkum sum it up nicely.

Iraqi Grandmother says more in thirty seconds than the Jackass Caucus has said in six years.

There's something about little old ladies. They've reached a point in their lives when they don't really care what anybody thinks about what they have to say. They don't censor themselves, or worry about offending somebody. In the case of Betty Dawisha, this is a good thing. See the video clip here.

Helen Thomas, however, is a completely different story.

HT Political Teen

Blackfive forwards a worthy cause

Check Captian Chuck Ziegenfuss' information on a program designed to aid injured soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. All they have to do is register.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Tuesday Quick Hits
by Cordeiro
If Democrats Only Had Some Courage

Sure. Perhaps the opinion piece would be better titled "If Helen Thomas Only Had A Brain". More and more this woman reminds me of the senile grandmother on National Lampoon's Vacation - after she dies and is strapped to the top of the station wagon.

Tookie's Final Trip

Crips Gang co-founder and convicted quadruple murderer Stanley Tookie Williams was executed early this morning at California's San Quentin prison - despite efforts from the Hollywood glitterati and camera face-time seekers like Jesse Jackson.

I support Capital Punishment. There are just somethings people do, choices they make, which I believe disqualify them from continuing to live on this earth. That said, I understand the arguments of those who hold contrarian views.

That said, due process was served, and the requisite laws were fulfilled, and now there is one less thug taking up space on Death Row.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Monday Highlights
by Cordeiro
Tick Tock Tookie

Looks like Governor Ahhhnooollld has rejected Crips Gang co-founder and convicted quadruple murderer Stanley Tookie Williams. Barring any other recourse, Tookie's heart should stop early tomorrow morning.

Personally, I plan on getting a good night's sleep.

Code Pink

Howlin' Mad Howie "I Have A Scream" Dean's favorite T-shirt maker, Code Pink has come up with a new focus - Say No To War Toys!

Evidently these moonbat women are supposed to stake out neighborhood toy stores and taunt shoppers who come out with anything other than anatomically correct, environmentally neutral stuffed animals.

You know, there's never a loaded Supersoaker rifle around when you really need one.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Hears Footsteps
by Cordeiro
I've been told that, just before being "folded in half" by a vindictive and unforgiving defensive lineman, a quarterback often hears "footsteps". While said quarterback hopes will all his might the footsteps he hears are being made by his blocking back, he knows the approaching thuds are being made by someone whose sole mission in life is to separate his helmet, and quite possible his head, from his shoulders.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejab is hearing footsteps. The Blogfather cites all the relevant sources - inexplicably missing my analysis - but the overall conclusion is the same.

It is a matter of time as to when Iran's nuclear program will be dealt with. The only question remaining in the matter is to who the players will be when the time comes.

Mr. Ahmadinejad would do well to recognize who is about to fold him in half - but he's an Islamofascist thug of a nutcase so the possibility of that is very slim.

Here endeth the lesson.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Saturday Hit Parade
by Cordeiro
Richard Pryor 1940-2005

I'll remember him best for Brewster's Millions.

Methinks thou dost protest too much

Senator Daniel Inouye has lobbed the first whine in response to the GOP Retreat and Defeat ad. Truth a little hard to take, eh Senator?

Citizen Smash's Call to Action

Your Representative/Senator needs to hear from you. If I were you, I'd follow Citizen Smash's intstructions or you may have to drop and give him 50. As far as I know the Daily Kos considers that torture.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Friday Quick Hits
by Cordeiro
GOP To Launch "White Flag" Web Ad

According to Drudge, the GOP is planning to launch a Retreat and Defeat ad on its web site. The ad should come out this afternoon, so check out GOP.com to see it. The SOTR may raise the BLAS to red, as this ad is bound to push Howlin' Mad Howie Dean and the rest of the Jackass Caucus into a shrieking frenzy.

UPDATE: The Ad is up here.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Unhinged, Unmedicated, and Uncensored

For those of you unfamiliar with Mahmoud, he's a thug, a leader of a band of Islamofacist terrorists responsible for taking hostages from the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979, and most recently, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He's also a loon.

The reaction from the United Nations on this knucklehead's most recent diatribe? Damn, those are loud crickets. HT - B4B.

Ahhhnooold weigh the fate of Tookie

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will weigh the latest clemency plea from attorneys representing Crip Gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams. Williams is sitting on California's death row for three murders committed some 24 years ago.

Williams is the co-founder of a gang responsible for countless acts of murder, robbery, and overall thuggery on a national and international scale. While his supporters may claim he's a changed man and deserves to live, having lived in Los Angeles and personally seen the effects of the acts of his followers, you'll forgive me if I don't see things their way.

The Chinese Answer to Protest

Just after I graduated from High School, Chinese students took to Tiananmen Square (I know I butchered that spelling) to protest the communist rule they lived under. The response of the Communist Chinese was to liquidate most of them.

You would think a country preparing to host the Olympic Games in 2008 would better mind its behavior. Sadly, the ChiComs have not heeded this assumption.

The New York Times reports at least 20 people have been killed by government security forces in a fishing village near Hong Kong. Others put the death toll in the hundreds.

I don't know about you, but this kind of action is not indicative of a nation ready to host a world class event. Call the IOC.

HT: The Blogfather.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
2005 Weblogs Awards
by Cordeiro

Well, the nominations for the 2005 Weblog Awards are in. The SOTR is proud to announce itself as a finalist in the Best Of The Rest (8501+) category.

Hey, everybody has to start somewhere. Currently the SOTR is faring poorly with 16 votes.

Therefore, after much consideration, we have decided to use our influential endorsement power to influence the results of the voting process.

Side note: Bonjo has been working on hooking up high speed internet connections to cemeteries in and around Chicago.

So, here's the key to pimping the SOTR Blog for an endorsement of your blog in the 2005 Weblog Awards. We want a link - someplace visible on your blog - to us. It's simple, just point to http://www.sotr.us and email us at theSOTR AT gmail DOT com. We'll take care of the rest, and we may even vote for you ourselves.

Vote early. Vote often.

Here endeth the lesson.

by Cordeiro

A day that shall live in infamy.

I was going to leave this post with that thought, but then I was reminded of an article written by Victor Davis Hanson on September 27, 2001. In his piece, Hanson imprints the 2001 mindset on the events of that Sunday morning of December so long ago. Hanson is a master of illustrating absurdity by being absurd. A more detailed reading, however makes me wonder if real life events are not more true to fiction than anyone would like to admit.

Anyway, something to think about on a day of remembrance.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Howlin' Mad Howie Rides Again
by Cordeiro
You'd think Howlin' Mad Howie Dean would have learned a very important lesson from his political meltdown in Iowa - Think before you speak.

Well, if he did learn that lesson, he's long since forgotten it.

This morning in San Antonio Howie's desire to make headlines overwhelmed any sense of reality. He declared

...the idea that we're going to win the war in Iraq is an idea which is just plain wrong.

The audio of the interview can be downloaded here.

Howie also went to great lengths to describe the Democratic strategy for Iraq. He threw around numbers that have no basis in fact anywhere but the bottom of Ted "Dude, Where's My Scotch" Kennedy's shot glass. I maintain everything Howie knows about military strategy and foreign policy can be written on the head of a pin with room left over for the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Will somebody please grow the cajones to ask Howie (in a public forum) to cite the sources for his Bravo Sierra statistics?

Here endeth the lesson.

HT Political Teen
Monday, December 05, 2005
Israel vs. Iran
by Cordeiro
I'm not an intelligence analyst, but for the sake of argument, I'll play one on this blog.

The United States Army War College has published a report declaring Israel "lacks the military capability to locate and destroy Iranian nuclear assets." The linked article goes into some details about the Israeli Air Force assets available for a pre-emptive strike against Iran's impending nuclear capability.

Again, I'm not much of a military asset analyst either. The report simply concludes that

...any Israeli attack on an Iranian nuclear target would be a very complex operation in which a relatively large number of attack aircraft and support aircraft, interceptors, ECM [electronic counter-measures] aircraft, refuelers, and rescue aircraft would participate. The conclusion is that Israel could attack only a few Iranian targets and not as part of a sustainable operation over time, but as a one time surprise operation.
What I am is a student of history. I bring to the reader's recollection June 1981. Eight Israeli Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and six F-15 Strike Eagles effectively destroyed Saddam Hussein's budding nuclear program at Daura. The world, to say the least, was shocked. Such a daring operation was, up to that point, unthinkable. Israel was condemned for its actions by the United Nations, and yes, by the United States.

Why did Israel undertake such a drastic mission with such a low probability of success? The answer is simple. Any nuclear bomb possessed by a hostile Arab state (that would be most of them) has one primary target.

Tel Aviv. Perhaps Jerusalem.

Every Israeli knows this. Every Jew knows this. Thus, a regime such as Saddam's in Baghdad or the Mullahs in Tehran having such a weapon, is an unacceptable threat to the state of Israel.

When faced with the complete obliteration (remember, Israel a very small country) those charged with the defense of a nation are open to many courses of action - even missions normally considered outside the realm of conventional possibilities.

Somehow I think the US Army War College report missed that fact.

Here endeth the lesson.
Lurch Kerry - The Potomac Two-Step
by Cordeiro
Via Captain Ed this morning, I came across a transcript of his latest appearance on the CBS Sunday show Face the Nation.

I didn't see it. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone. As Sunday morning shows go, Face the Nation ranks slightly above Popeye reruns on Boomerang. Political Teen has the video if you want to see Lurch attempt the Potomac Two Step.

First Lurch didn't want to withdraw, but he wanted a timetable to withdraw. At least that's what it sounded like:

Well I'm not asking even for the specific timetable for withdrawal. I'm asking for a specific timetable of transfer of authority, or transfer of responsibility of the shift and the setting of the benchmarks specifically that allow us to bring our troops home.
If you can make sense of that statement, feel free to translate it for me in the comments section.

But on Face the Nation, Lurch sank to a new low, referring to US forces in Iraq as a terrorizing force:

And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not...
Men, I guess, are immune from being terrorized.

Lurch has taken a belated cue from his Jackass CaucuColleagueue Dick Durbin by characterizing the US Military as a force for terrorism in Iraq. This same Lurch who, taking a cue from Algore, evidently created within his virtual memory, soldiers from whom he could quote:

Every troop [sic] I've met in Iraq comes up to me and says, 'Thanks for speaking out on this.'
**Author's note: The [sic] is put there for a reason. No soldier I've ever known has been referred to as a "troop". The correct term is "soldier" or "trooper". This just illustrates Lurch's complete lack of knowledge about any term related to the military.

I don't know about you, but Lurch's Potomac Two-Step is beginning to look like a really bad rhumba. I'm getting dizzy just trying to watch it.

Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Friday Quick Hits
by Cordeiro
MSM Fantasy Draft Rounds 1 and 2

Looks like the SOTR slipped through the first two rounds without getting drafted. We're not worried. First round picks seldom do well in the regular season. We're picky, Hugh. We'll wait.

Army Navy Game

Matt over at Blackfive brought to my attention that a series tie will be broken this Saturday in Philadelphia. The series currently stands at 47-47-7 (win/loss/tie).

Besides the series bragging rights being settled, there is one other thing upon which both sides will agree.

Air Force Sucks.

Go Army! Beat Navy!

The Lengths to Which ABC will go to avoid talking about Christmas

ABC's Jessica Yellin showed the lengths to which ABC will go to get a sound byte critical of W. Newsbusters has the transcript of Wednesday's Good Morning America segment featuring Laura Bush in front of the White House Christmas tree.

ABC had five minutes with the First Lady, the personification of Class. Did Ms. Yellin ask about the tree, the ornaments, or anything remotely related to purpose of the segment? Nope. She pressed, repeatedly, rudely, and vigorously to get the First Lady to state she wanted US troops out of Iraq in 2006.

Memo to Ms. Yellin:

Your attempt to ruffle Laura failed, miserably. Don't expect a Christmas card.

Withdraw from California?

I guess it depends on how you look at the numbers.
The Merry Christmas Project
by Cordeiro
From Kevin McCullough via Captain Ed, here's an holiday gift that will only cost 37 cents. Go find a sappy Christmas card complete with scriptural reference to the real reason for the holiday season. Write out a generic message and send it to the below listed address:

"Wishing You Merry Christmas"
125 Broad Street
18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Be nice, but make sure to make specific reference to Christmas.

The Sons of the Republic Blog takes no responsibility for the possibility of a real life re-enactment of the final scene from the first Indiana Jones movie.

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