Babs Boxer Was Right, Once
Babs Boxer once got so worked up about the use of the Filibuster she voted to abolish the thing. Guess she just couldn't stand it anymore.
Yes, dear reader, one of the most ardent supporters of the unconstitutional blockage of judicial nominees via the filibuster once wanted to do away with it.
The year was 1993. The Democrats controlled everything in Washington. Life was good. Fortunately for America, the Democratic orgy on the Capitol Steps lasted about 18 months.
Babs has since seen the light at the end of the tunnel (no word on whether it might be an oncoming train) and describes her filibuster killing votes in the following words:
Well, even a clock that thinks its wrong is right once in awhile. Babs now has this to say about Majority Leader Frist's proposal to end the filibuster of judicial nominees:
...a misguided effort by a young lawmaker to get things done in a hurry.
I thought I knew everything, I didn't get it. I was totally wrong.
I think what Bill Frist offered us is really nothing, it's just 'You can talk a long time and then it goes back to 51 votes.Well, duh, Babs. I don't know what kind of math you learned, but conventional math dictates that 51 out of 100 is a majority. Next time you go visit an elementary school, you might want to stick around for the lesson on fractions.
Here endeth the lesson.
On Immigration and Hedgehogs
The Hedgehog has an excellent post on the immigration debate today. It's detailed and thought through. It's given me some things to consider in this issue that has significant consequences for our nation.
I, like many others, thought the billboard was surely a PhotoShop job. But as Hedgehog informs us, it's real.
Orrin Hatch on the Judicial Nominee Process
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) took to the Senate floor yesterday to do battle with the Chicken Little Senate Democrats, led by Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry (D-NV).
Senator Hatch took the arguments of people like Patrick "Leaky" Leahy, "Tricky" Dick Durbin, and various left wing talk show pundits and shredded them like cheddar cheese over a burrito.
How did he manage this feat? He used facts - historical facts - that prove the lifeless liberal arguments supporting their supposed "right" to filibuster judicial nominees are without merit or fact.
I commend to you Senator Hatch's remarks from the Senate floor.
Now, if you wish to comment on this, go right ahead, but if you choose to use baseless emotional whinings as a rebuttal to Senator Hatch's facts, find someone else to whine to.
The Spine Stiffens
My goal is to have fair up and down votes. Are we going to shift from that principle? The answer to that is no. - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
As part of any resolution, the nuclear option must be off the table - Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry
No deals, Harry.
Democrats drew criticism when they threatened to slow the Senate's business if Republicans eliminate judicial filibusters. Democratic leaders began stressing an alternative approach Monday, attempting to force debate on their own agenda rather than the president's.So tell me, who looks like they're blinking?
Schizophrenic Democrats attack!
Senator "Dusty Harry" Reid's own words speak as a voice from the dust.
In 1983, Reid introduced legislation that would have prevented Federal employees, like himself, from paying into Social Security. He preferred the old Federal retirement program over what the rest of the country is forced into. The same Social Security that you and I are paying into, despite the fact we will receive only a fraction of current promised benefits.
You may say, "Well, Dusty Harry said that 20 years ago!"
I agree, it was 20 years ago. Of course, that hasn't stopped Democrats from taking quotes from then Congressional-hopeful George W. Bush from almost 30 years ago, has it?
Even more recently, as this article points out, Reid has contradicted himself again on Social Security:
... contrasting Reid’s claim that "there is no more positive agenda than saving Social Security" to one made two days later, when he said, "The so-called Social Security crisis exists in only one place: the minds of Republicans."It needs saving, but there is no crisis? Which is it, Dusty?
I think Reid got his script pages from Howard Dean mixed up again. I now return to my capitalist endeavors.
Memo to Senator Bill Frist, MD (R-TN)
I would like to bring to your attention, no doubt you are aware of it by now anyway, the MSM reports of a possible deal on Judicial Nominees between you and Senator Dusty Harry Reid (D-NV).
Highlights from these reports include the following:
- Two "controversial" nominees will be confirmed, but only as part of a broader compromise requiring you to drop the Constitutional Option that does away with Dusty Harry's ability to filibuster judicial nominees.
- Two nominees to the 6th Circuit would be approved, pending the nomination of a third justice that meets with the approval of Michigan's two democratic senators.
- Four nominees Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, William G. Myers III and William H. Pryor Jr. would still be blocked by Dusty Harry and Company.
Dusty Harry is playing a high stakes poker game with you, Senator Frist. In classic Las Vegas style, he's bluffing. He holds a pair of deuces, while you hold a royal flush. If you look closely at his press conferences, you can see him sweat.
Why is Dusty Harry sweating? Because he knows the courts are the last line of defense left to liberal leftists. They've lost just about everything else because their politics are so far out of the American mainstream the electorate has seen fit to strip them of any real political power. This is why Dusty Harry and Company go to the Capitol Steps, the Supreme Court Steps, and just about any other steps they can find to whine about the Separation of Powers. They whine about Basic Fairness. They whine about the Rights of the Minority. They whine because without the courts that will be all they are able to do.
Dusty Harry is scared, Senator. He's painted himself into a corner with his threat to shut down the Senate. He knows if he does that, he'll be hit with a popular backlash unlike any in recent memory. Forget the cooked up polls published by the Washington Post and USAToday. If you haven't figured out the slant of those media outlets, I can't help you.
Its time that you and the other Senate Republicans starting acting like a majority party. Your taped broadcast was a good step in that direction. Dusty Harry and Company think 44 Senators a majority makes. Your actions in the coming weeks will decided whether or not that is true.
Don't blink. Don't deal. Get the job done.
Here endeth the lesson.
PFC Samantha Huff, United States Army
PFC Samantha Huff was a member of the Military Police Platoon attached to Major K's Batallion. She was killed when her vehicle hit an IED sometime last week.
She was, by all accounts, a good soldier, and a good woman. Her comrades in arms spoke very highly of her, as does her batallion commander. She was 19 years old.
Never Bring a Knife to a Gunfight
*Hat Tip to Chris Muir at Day by Day
Who Takes Advice from Chris Dodd?
Senator Christopher "Half A Waitress Sandwich" Dodd (D-CT)* made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows yesterday to give his sound and sage advice to John Bolton, and by proxy, W regarding Bolton's nomination to be the US Ambassador to the UN.
When asked whether Bolton should withdraw his nomination in the face of the half baked allegations against him the wise Dodd replied:
I would hope he would. I think he's going to embarrass the president. I think he's going to ... have a very difficult job serving if he's confirmed narrowly by the Senate. He should withdraw or the president ought to withdraw this nomination. There are plenty of other good people who embrace his ideological views who can go up and achieve the major changes that Bush is pressing for at the United Nations. John Bolton is not that individual.Most of the member states at the UN have no idea what the Senate is, nor could they care less by how many votes the US Ambassador to the UN was confirmed. Can anyone tell me what the vote count was on John Danforth? Madeline Albright? Didn't think so.
John Bolton, like every single other W nominee, deserves and is constitutionally entitled to a vote on the Senate floor. If Dodd wants to oppose his nomination he can do so, and he can try and convince the rest of his Motely Crew of Senate Democrats to derail the nomination by a majority vote. Oh wait. I forgot. Dodd and Company are in the Minority.
What "Half a Waitress Sandwich" Dodd fails to understand is that he is on the short list of the last people to whom W needs to listen. Why would anyone take advice from an adversary bent on their their destruction?
Here endeth the lesson.
*For those of you wondering where I came up with the moniker "Half a Waitress Sandwich" for Senator Dodd, the story is this. Back in 1985, Dodd and a fellow Senator were out (with dates) for a night on the town at The Monocle. Much liquor was consumed, and the two Senators made their way to the Used Liquor Department (the restroom). Somewhere between the restroom and their table, both Senators made a "Waitress Sandwich" out of some poor, unsuspecting waitress.
You know one half of the Waitress Sandwich, which today would be termed "Sexual Assault". Want to know the other half?
Ted "Dude, Where's My Scotch" Kennedy.
PBS Execs Fear "Right Wing Agenda"
Today's Washington Post has an article about the "troubling" movement at PBS to bring that black hole of tax dollars into a more--to borrow a term--fair and balanced journalistic sphere.
Many people are complaining about the Republicans which have taken over. These right-wing zealots are demanding investigations, handing shows to like-minded conservatives, and have even expressed outrage over a "children's travelogue program in which a rabbit character named Buster paid a visit to two families headed by lesbians" (imagine that).
The news, in my opinion, is not found in the empty claims that fascism has taken over at PBS. The news, to me, is the reason behind the big fuss: liberals have essentially admitted to their decades-long hold on a tax-funded, liberal-dominated broadcast service.
That's the news. "Liberals admit to holding PBS hostage, experience loss of control under W administration."
Somehow I've missed all the Post articles over the years expressing outrage regarding PBS spending tax money to slant the news to the left. One thinks the Post would have preferred the government not compete at the Post's own game.
With that I return to my capitalist endeavors.
Happy Earth Day from the Sons Of The Republic
*Hat Tip to the hilarious duo over at Cox And Forkum
John Kerry: Shaking his fist at the heavens
Kevin McCullough has a great piece on former presidential hopeful John Kerry. An excerpt:
For John Kerry I am convinced the only way he can sleep at night is with heavy medication. How else can he read his own words and believe in any serious fashion that he is the one on the side of truth. He seems "truth challenged" ...Reading the entire article, of course, puts this conclusion into perspective. McCullough's right, Kerry must be having a bad week, especially considering his own colleagues are giving up on him.
When the Boston Herald ran the story on Thursday using Kerry's quotes [tirading against religion], it was obvious that Kerry was expressing anger at people who exercise, believe in and propagate morality.
I thought the Boston Herald headline said it all: "KERRY: Don't Tell Me What God Wants!"
See the man shake his fist ... such a very sad, sad, sad sight to behold.
(I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin at CPAC in February, he's a nice guy as well as being right on the money)
Alright, I've had enough. I'm tired of Dusty Harry and Company, along with their very willing and stupified accomplices in the MSM trying to derail the nomination of a very qualified man to be the US ambassador to the UN.
The Foreign Relations Committee Democrats (and the MSM) are busy dredging up anything and anyone John Bolton may or may not have offended during his entire life. Three spineless so called Republicans are doing their best to act "concerned", "surprised", and "uncomfortable".
In fairness, I went to an MSM source (Newsweek's Michael Isakoff & Mark Hosenball) to learn of the horrors and atrocities committed by Mr. Bolton. Here are my findings:
The aforementioned journalists managed to dig up a former ambassador to South Korea (Thomas Hubbard) who related Bolton's reaction to him not arranging a meeting between Bolton and the President-elect of South Korea in 2003.
Bolton erupted in anger and slammed down the phone when he learned that the ambassador hadn't arranged a meeting for him with the president-elect of South Korea..."He was very angry, Hubbard told NEWSWEEK today in an interview. "He berated me for failing to get him the meeting."I don't know about you, but I'm shocked. Somebody berating another for failing to do his job. Hubbard also accused Bolton of "undiplomatic behavior".
Other highlights of Hubbard's accusations include him attempting to persuade Bolton to tone down his description of North Korea as a "hellish nightmare" and Dear Leader Kim Jong "Mentally" Il as a "tyrannical dictator".
Apparently Mr. Hubbard has a problem when North Korea and its leadership are described using appropriate terms and metaphors.
One of the most outspoken accusers is Melody Townsel, who claims Mr. Bolton threw things at her and chased her around a Moscow hotel while she was working for the US Agency for International Development and Mr. Bolton was a private lawyer. Her supervisor says she reported no such claims. Perhaps she suffers from the same virtual memory syndrome that afflicts so many liberals. Oh, did I mention she's a self described "very liberal democrat" and her most recent claim to fame is her involvement in the MOB (Mothers Opposing Bush). Conflict of interest anyone?
John Bolton may be abrasive. He may be politically incorrect. What he is not is a spineless weenie who will let the UN run roughshod over him and the interests of the United States. It seems to me that the National Enfeeblement Movement passed this guy right by - and I'm OK with that. Bolton evidently stays true to the first and most important of Cordeiro's Rules which is:
Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
Memo to Senators Hagle, Chafee, and Voinavich - grow a spine (even if it has to be a temporary transplant), get with the program, and get the hell out of the way.
Here endeth the lesson.
George Will on National Enfeeblement
For those of you unaware of my taste in authors, George Will is among the premiere columnists in America today. He's the only man I know of who can discuss at length any constitutional aspects of most anything and in the next breath discourse on the detailed history of baseball.
In today's Washington Post, he pens a column entitled "Have A Good Day, Or Else". He takes aim (and scores several direct hits) at the "warm and fuzzy", sensitivity focused movement in American society today. I recommend it for your reading.
You tell me which will get you further in the real world - therapism and the enfeeblement associated therewith, or "stoicism, self-reliance and courage?"
Volcker Inquiry Investigators Denounce Kofi Investigation as a Sham
Paul Volcker, the man tapped to investigate the ongoing corruption at the highest levels of the United Nations in the Oil for Food Scandal (also known as the Kofi Annan Retirement Fund) lost two of his primary investigators yesterday.
Seems that they didn't agree with Volcker's kid glove approach to Kofi.
(For the record, Paul Volcker is a former head of the US Federal Reserve, and the only person I'm aware of to have a recession named in his honor.)
This scandal stinks to high heaven. Anyone with half a brain cell can see that Kofi is in it up to his eyebrows. Volcker gives him a pass. That's what happens when you investigate the man who signs your paycheck.
And some people wonder why I think the UN is a waste of valuable Manhattan real estate.
Here endeth the lesson
*HT to Captain Ed.
Today's post comes directly from the Milblogger Blackfive. Windy Two Five was the named designation for a flight of two US Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters that took off from Kabul, Afghanistan on April 6, 2005. The two twin-rotored choppers were headed for Bagram Air Base.
Only one bird returned.
Blackfive summarizes the names and details of the fallen here. Please visit that site and read the whole thing.
I will not copy the names of the fallen here, for Blackfive has already done that. I will but make mention of the one entry that hit me the hardest. Major Edward J. Murphy, United States Army.
His last words to Captain Rob Heath were, "Don't tell your wife you saw me here." The spouses of both men are friends. Wives tend to worry. Its what they do. Major Murphy was supposed to be behind a desk as a signal officer for the Southern Europe Task Force.
Wars tend to change job descriptions.Yes, Mrs. Murphy, he was. And for that we honor his memory, and you.
Commanders needed a man with Murphy’s training as an Army Ranger and jump master to help with the 173rd’s missions, Army officials told Barclay Murphy.
And Murphy volunteered to fill that need, she said.
For five weeks, he went to forward bases. He sent an e-mail telling his wife’s parents that his job had changed and alluding to new dangers, Barclay Murphy said. But he never let on to his wife or their two children at home, Barclay Murphy said.
“He was protecting us,” she said.
Major Murphy leaves behind a wife and two young children.
Godspeed to Major Murphy and the crew and passengers of Windy Two-Five. Rest in peace.
On Popes and Truth
Yet another reason why I (a former Catholic) already like Pope Benedict XVI:
German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican theologian who was elected Pope Benedict XVI, intervened in the 2004 US election campaign ordering bishops to deny communion to abortion rights supporters including presidential candidate John Kerry.As Cordeiro said, the lefties are out trying to make Pope Benedict XVI look like Al Capone. This is a man who knows his church's doctrine, and will not compromise. Such steadfastness is exactly what the church needs in this day and age of shifting moral and societal values.
There is doctrine, and there is tradition. Those are two very different things. Tradition, for example, is that priests do not marry, and that congregants stand and kneel during different parts of the Catholic mass. Such things can be altered without affecting the doctrine of the religion.
However, there are some things on which the church leaders should never bend. Those are matters of doctrine, such as abortion. People say Benedict XVI is a "polarizing figure" because he will not bend on such issues. The doctrinal deficients who say such things are the true polarizing figures.
I now return to my capitalist endeavors.
Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI
German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the strict defender of Catholic orthodoxy for the past 23 years, was elected Pope on Tuesday despite a widespread assumption he was too old and divisive to win election.The leader of my church was once asked about being "too old" to lead the church. He said:
"Isn't it wonderful? To have a man of maturity at the head, a man of judgment, who isn't blown about by every wind of doctrine?" - President Gordon B. Hinckley, interview with Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes April 7, 1996It seems to me the Catholics have a winner.
Market Forces Assault Air America
In this great country, everyone has a right to speak his or her mind. They may do it on the street corner, in a blog, or on the airwaves. It is their right - bought and paid for by the men and women of this country for nearly 230 years.
The only catch is, nobody has to listen to you. The liberal, left wing talk radio "network" Air America is proving this fact each day.
Brian Anderson writes a revealing piece on Air America's troubles. Their on air talent (led by Al "Cheap Shot" Franken) has much to say, but nobody is listening. Even in New York, the bluest of blue states, Air America's ratings have plunged below that of the All-Caribbean format it replaced.
As much as I hate to brag, if I were to state that the SOTR website has more readers than Air America has listeners, I don't think I would be too far off.
Now some liberals long for the days the Fairness Doctrine - the days when radio stations were required to air liberal tripe despite the fact nobody was listening.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., here's your sign.
This, dear reader, is the way liberals like to compete. They desire to change the rules of any contest they are currently losing.
Market Forces are wonderful things.
Here endeth the lesson.
Dean vs Dusty Harry: Pick Your DNC Position
If someone could ask Howard Dean to stop screaming for just a moment, I'll hurry and finish what I plan to say.
Dean was down in Florida attacking Republicans over their efforts to save Terri Shiavo from death by starvation:
"This is a great tragedy for the American people and I think the behavior of the governor (Jeb Bush) and the president and [Senator Mel Martinez, R-FL] is something that will long be remembered."Would someone on Howard Dean's staff please direct him to the website of Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry Reid?
This is a press release issued by Dusty Harry's office after the Senate passed legislation allowing Shiavo's parents to return to Federal Court:
"I am pleased Senator Frist and I were able to pass the bill that protects the life of Terri Schiavo by allowing her parents to go to federal court.Perhaps the Democrats should all get on the same page. On one hand, you have the DNC chair tirading against any Republican who thought that perhaps, just maybe, Terri Shiavo shouldn't be starved to death. On the other hand, you have an elected Democrat in one of the highest and most visible positions nationwide saying he is "pleased" to pass a "bipartisan bill" that "protects the life of Terri Shiavo..."
"If the House Republicans refuse to pass our bipartisan bill, they bear responsibility for the consequences."
Reid then heaps responsibility on House Republicans for potentially not passing the bill--while Dean is out there attacking any Republican who did!
Yes, it would seem that the DNC script writers need to spend a weekend together to hash out the details--and I suggest they leave Ted Kennedy's scotch at home.
I now return to my capitalist endeavors.
Thom's Sweet Babboo Graces The Cover of Time Magazine
No word on Mrs. Blog Culler's reaction to the mysterious disapperance of all neighborhood news stand copies of the latest issue of Time.
Howard Dean - The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Sometimes I feel guilty for making fun of Howard Dean. After all, it must be hard for someone to go from presidential front runner to heading a rudderless, quasi-national political party. And to think, it all started with a scream that is still reverberating somewhere over the Iowa prairie.
But I digress.
Howie made his way to a place where he can be surrounded by people who have nothing better to do than show up for breakfast and listen to him monologue. West Hollywood. The event is not strange in and of itself. Some of the remarks bear broader scrutiny.
Howie is a politician first and foremost. His job is to get headlines and raise money. To do this, he stood atop the memory of Terri Schiavo and made the following statement:
We're going to use Terri Schiavo later on...This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it's going to be an issue in 2008.Apparently, Howie anyone who believes and trusts in a Supreme Being lives in a theocracy. Apparently, Howie believes the highest authority on this earth resides within nine human beings in black robes.
The issue is: Are we going to live in a theocracy where the highest powers tell us what to do? Or are we going to be allowed to consult our own high powers when we make very difficult decisions?
Now before Prisoner6 goes apoplectic, I do not favor a Theocracy. I do not favor State Sponsored/Sanctioned religion in any way, shape, manner, or form. I do take comfort, however, in knowing the leadership I helped elect for this country does understand there is a higher power than themselves.
That's a good thing because if Howie and company represent the highest authority, we're all in very deep kimchi.
Here endeth the lesson.
Justice, Army Style
Major K reports success in the hunt for those responsible for the death of Corporal Glen Watkins. Apparently those reponsible have won an all expense paid vacation at Abu Graib.
Enjoy your stay, gentlemen.
Well done, Major. Get some rest.
Sergeant 1st Class Domingo Ruiz, United States Army
Sergeant 1st Class Domingo Ruiz understands what it takes to win the war on the streets of Mosul.
Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I shall fear no evil, for I am the biggest, baddest, most heavily armed lethal *#%&!@#$!#$ in this valley.
It's important for my soldiers to know that we're not going to hesitate to annihilate the enemy. A bullet coming toward you means that they want to kill you. What are you supposed to do, come back with flowers? But believe it or not, you have people here that want to give them, you know, a little bag of candy.Somebody give this guy a medal.
Godspeed and Good Hunting, Sergeant.
According to the Washington Post, the showdown on Senate Judicial Filibusters could be coming to a head in the next few weeks.
At the very least, this should make for good entertainment. It'll be Bill Frist of Tennessee vs. Dusty Harry from Nevada. Dusty Harry is ready to do battle, at least if you believe the flattering profile Newsweek was so nice to paint of him.
Here's the bottom line people: This is a test of whether or not the Majority actually rules in this country. Dusty Harry and his 43 Senate co-horts are out to prove that 44 Senators can dictate the make up of the Federal Bench. They believe that 44% is enough of a majority to win the day.
In other news, the San Francisco 49ers today filed suit in Federal Court demanding they be declared winners of the Super Bowl - this despite their 2-14 record during the 2004 season. They figure two wins is enough to declare themselves champions.
I'm tired of hearing the left wing whining about the possibility of this "Nuclear Option". I'm tired of hearing spineless wannabe Republicans fearing and trembling over how this might be used against them should the Democrats ever regain the Senate.
The Constitution requires the Senate to provide "advise and consent" on presidential nominees. It does not permit the Senate to impose super majority requirements where the Constitution does not require one. The Democrats have surreptitiously amended the Constitution and its time for their power grab to be slapped back.
Pull the trigger, Senator Frist. Show some back bone you Senate Republicans.
Here endeth the lesson.
Army Spc. John W. Miller
Army Spc. John W. Miller, 21, West Burlington, Iowa, died Tuesday in Camp Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries received from small arms fire in Ramadi, Iraq; assigned to the National Guard's 224th Engineer Battalion, Burlington, Iowa.Rest in peace, soldier. Your country is grateful to you for your service and recognizes your ultimate sacrifice.
Oregon Court to Gay Marriage Supporters: No means no
How's this for a change...
A court upholding the law, rather than legislating.
Dang That's Funny!
by Thom the Blog Culler
I tried to resist, but I could not help but share. This is one of the funniest "Top-Ten" Lists I have read in a long time. Enjoy, and buy the T-Shirt. I'm going to.
Hat Tip to IMAO
What can I say more?
CBS Appeals to Communist
CBS news will air another shocking piece tonight on "60 Minutes Wednesday". You've heard the story. You know the details. A few weeks ago in Iraq, American troops killed an Italian intelligence officer and injured a communist journalist.
But in order to get an accurate and fair story, CBS understands that the military can't be trusted. So tonight we get to hear it right from the lips of the communist journalist, who claims the U.S. open fired on her vehicle without warning.
As she learned during her captivity, war is hell. Our boys understand that as well, and that's why they fired on a car speeding at them, which did not respond to their warning signals. This is their job, and they do it well.
So to the 10 Americans who will actually watch CBS tonight, keep the following in mind: Sgrena was not driving the car. There were three other officers in the vehicle with her. I can only imagine her anxiety and heightened emotional state after her rescue, not to mention confusion surrounding her evacuation. I am, therefore, not surprised she did not see flashing lights from the American checkpoint or recognize the other warning signs given by the American troops.
Our troops did not hesitate to do their job because they know that war is hell, a lesson that Ms. Sgrena should remember.
Corporal Glenn Watkins, United States Army
Most of the reports I read of fallen soldiers are from media reports. This is all fine and good, but they lack the point of view unique to that of a fellow soldier.
It is in that light that I commend for your reading this entry from the MilBlog This Is Your War. CPL Watkins was Killed in Action by a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) on April 5, 2005. Read Red2Alpha's account of CPL Watkins' memorial service. The writing is blunt, and sometimes graphic. Life is that way.
CPL Watkins was married, with four children. And he stayed here, in Iraq, so he could be with his old unit... And paid for it with his life. Think about that next time you have to stay late at the office or some other bulls**t that you think is a burden to do in your safe civilian life.Godspeed, Corporal Watkins. Rest in Peace.
John Bolton's Confirmation Hearings - The Untold Story
In an ongoing effort to bring to our readers the unaired and un-transcribed exchanges between W Administration designees and the Senate confirmation panels, the SOTR brings you the following exchange between UN Ambassador designee John Bolton and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
"My first question is why someone who despises the U.N. so much would even want this job?" Senatorette Barbara Boxer said.
"I don't!" John Bolton answered, pounding the table, "Getting this job will make me violent and angry!" He then rubbed his glasses. "Is that a woman asking me questions? They let women be Senators now? No one told me this!"
"See, this is what we need; someone who doesn't even want the job for his own personal ambitions," Senator Richard Lugar remarked.
"Do you think you will be able to work with Kofi Anan?" Senator Joe Biden asked Bolton.
"If I ever see him in person, I'll bash his head in with a rock!" Bolton vowed.
"Those are the words of a reformer," Senator George Allen stated.
"But what will other countries think?" Senatorette Boxed exclaimed.
Bolton pointed to his face. "Does this look like the mustache of a man who cares what other people think?"
"Is it true you have vowed to make all in the U.N. pay for their alleged incompetency with blood?" asked Biden.
"I'll gut them like pigs!" Bolton shouted, wielding a custom made shiv.
"I think it's good we have someone who is not afraid to take on the U.N.'s corruption," Lugar commented.
"I'll strangle them with their own entrails," Bolton yelled, cutting the air with his shiv.
"Do you even know anything about diplomacy?" Senatorette Boxer inquired.
"Does that mean I kills them alphabetically?" Bolton responded, looking confused.
"We have Carl W. Ford Jr. here to testify that Bolton intimidated other officials," Biden announced.
Ford sat down to testify, and Bolton pointed his shiv at him while staring at Ford with crazy eyes. "You have something to say about me intimidating people?" Bolton demanded.
Ford wet his pants and ran off. "No!"
"And we have reports that you've already started things off on the wrong foot," Biden said, "Having hit Kofi Anan's son with your car and shoved him into a duffel bag."
"That's my business, and I'm not answering questions about it!" Bolton shouted.
"Help me!" said the wriggling duffel bag lying next to Bolton, "I'm Kojo!"
Bolton started stomping the bag. "Duffle bags don't talk!" Bolton looked to the Senators. "So when do I start?"
*HT to IMAO
Some thoughts on Tom DeLay
First off, let me state for the record, I don't know Tom DeLay. I've never had the opportunity to make his acquaintance. He doesn't represent my district so I can't vote for or against him.
Now that full disclosure has been satisfied...
The MSM is going great guns over some alleged, and I mean alleged, wrong doings by Mr. DeLay having to do with some trip he took to Russia a year or so ago that may or may not have been improperly financed by "special interest groups".
By the reports available today in the press, you'd think US Marshalls were waiting outside DeLay's house office ready to frog march him out of the Capitol Building. Mind you, these same people are still camped out outside the White House waiting for the same fate to befall Karl Rove. For them, its been a very, very long winter.
Tom DeLay has been accused of many things. He has been "admonished" by the House Ethics Committee three times over the past few years. I don't know what for - I have better things to research.
What I do know, and with very little effort was able to verify is that US Representatives and Senators take a lot of trips. Different people pay for them to be in different places. If you bother to look, Democrats made about 54% of the privately paid trips over the past few years. Funny how you don't see any MSM outcry over their taking the majority of trips despite them being the minority party.
Why the focus on DeLay? Dems don't like him. After his successful effort to redistrict Texas so that the Texan Congressional Delegation reflected the voting trends of Texas, Dems have nothing short of seething rage when it comes to DeLay.
They are unable to defeat him at the ballot box (despite what left leaning pollsters might want you to think about his re-election bid in 2006) so they are left with up until now vain attempts to remove him from power via the time tested means of character assassination.
So, dear reader, here is the burning question of the day:
Is there anything other than unsubstantiated, politically motivated, baseless accusations regarding Tom DeLay? Is there an indictment (and no, I don't count the stuff coming forth from the hatchet man of a DA in Texas) or any other official charge of misconduct?
Damn, those are loud crickets chirping.
Here endeth the lesson.
UPDATE: Much has also been made about DeLay family members being paid or otherwise renumerated for services relating to DeLay. Well, it turns out such a practice is not uncommon in Washington, especially as it relates to Nevada's Senior Senator, Dusty Harry.
The Crickets are deafening.
UPDATE: Representative Bernie Sanders, a Socialist from Vermont, when faced with evidence he uses much the same practices as does Tom DeLay, took offense at being grouped with such a radioactive partner in "crime". Well, I agree with the Bennington Banner. Methinks the Congressman doth protest far too much.
Props to the Hedgehog
Greetings to those of you visiting us by way of Hedgehog Central! Peruse at your leisure, comment if you feel so inclined. Nice of you to stop by!
Marc Fencil, USMC
Marc Fencil is a senior at The Ohio University. He is majoring in Political Science, Criminology, and Spanish. He won't be graduating this spring because his side job is currently keeping him very busy. Which side job is this?
Marc Fencil is one of the Few & Proud currently serving in Iraq.
Upon learning his fellow students in Athens, Ohio decided to stage a "Die-In" at College Gate, Marc decided to join them in spirit by writing a letter to the editor of the The Post Online.
Most of the Marines I know are very blunt and too the point. Marc gets his point across very effectively - and for that we at the SOTR salute him.
My favorite quote from Marc's work:
...you should sleep well tonight knowing that men wearing black facemasks and carrying AK-47s yelling "Allahu Akbar" over here are proud of you and are forever indebted to you for advancing their cause of terror. While you ponder this, I'll get back to the real "die-in" over here. I don't mind.Well said, Marc.
Good luck, Godspeed, and Good Hunting.
Here endeth the lesson.
*HT to BlackFive.
A Religious Experience with a Cheeseburger?
Normally, I post my personal stuff over at Cordeiro's Musings. Since this post had something to do with an SOTR endorsed product, I thought I'd point you to it.
Patriot Act Renewal
Well, Dear Reader, it looks like its time for the anti government moon bats to come out of the woodwork. Be prepared to hear endless recitations of the impending end of the world - all as a direct result of the USA-PATRIOT Act.
What does the Patriot Act actually do? Well, to put it simply, it lets Uncle Sam take the gloves off just a bit when doing battle against terrorism. It was passed in the aftermath of September 11th when people finally started realizing terrorists were using our freedoms to perpetrate acts of terrorism on our soil, and indeed around the world.
With the passage of the PATRIOT Act, the government was given, among other things, the ability to:
- "Sneak and Peak" - meaning the Feds can conduct a search of an office, residence, or other location and never bother to inform the occupants of said locations the search was conducted. This activity must be conducted under the authority of a search warrant issued by a secret court.
- Roving Wiretaps - allowing the Feds to monitor the conversations of a specific individual rather than a specific telephone. Also requiring the approval of the aforementioned secret court.
- CIA/FBI sharing of information gathered from foreign intelligence sources with federal prosecutors.
- Requiring business to share information and records regarding suspected terrorists and/or foreign agents.
These are just a few of the aspects of the PATRIOT Act, some of which are due to sunset at the end of this year.
Some people, the ACLU in particular, have gotten their collective thongs in a wadded bunch over the powers granted the Feds in the PATRIOT Act. They seem to think its more important to abide by their interpretation of the rules rather than combat an enemy bent on the destruction of our way of life.
I'm sorry if my comments may be taken as extreme. If you have another interpretation of the goals of Binny Laden and Company, I'd love to hear them.
The United States Government is charged specifically with the duties of Providing for the Common Defense, Promoting the General Welfare, and Securing the Blessings of Liberty to its citizens and their posterity. If it does not use every available resource in the fulfillment of the above listed duties, it won't really matter what the ACLU considers proper.
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.
You'll forgive me if I don't really care about the civil rights of terrorists and those that support them.
Here endeth the lesson.
Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan
This is a great piece by Terence Jeffrey on Pope John Paul II's role in dealing a blow to communism, and talks about the similarities between JP2 and Ronald Reagan.
UPDATE: prisoner6 has correctly pointed out that communism has not been defeated, as I had previously stated here, corrected text in italics. My intention was to highlight JP2's efforts in supporting those who resisted communism in Poland, which had a profound effect on the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.
I do not believe that the Soviet Union collapsed solely because of internal difficulties, though those are in large part responsible. Communism, gratefully, has inherent flaws which will never allow it to succeed. But the eventual demise of the USSR was due overwhelmingly to external forces, such as the United States, Great Britain, and yes, even Christianity.
Does this mean I agree with everything the Pope has ever said? Obviously not, as evidenced by my exodus from the Roman Catholic Church some 12 years ago. However, he was a person who did a tremendous amount of good in the world, including standing up to communism. For this I wish to recognize JP2's efforts.
I now return to my capitalist endeavors.
French attempt to "out-do" Americans in Church/State Separation
In an attempt to sink to a new low, left wing Frenchies chastised their government for ordering the tri-color French banner (as opposed to the more traditional white flag of surrender) lowered as a show of respect for the passing of Pope John Paul II.
The Pope is a unique figure in that he is the head of the Catholic Church and also the head of the Vatican state. Those are two reasons why he would merit the lowering of the French (and any other country's) banner.
Evidently the French lefties have trouble showing respect for any thing remotely religious, even in death.
Just one more stop on their road to fourth world-dom.
Origin of the term "Sons of the Republic"
It has often been inquired of the Sons of the Republic regarding the origin of our name. Granted, there are other names that are shorter and more easily entered into a Web browser. However, the term has significance to us for a number of reasons.
First, we are, after all, sons of the Republic of the United States of America. We were born and raised in this blessed land. We owe what we have, what we are, and what we will become in our lifetimes to our forebears, our liberties as protected by our government, and most of all, the God that created us and this "more perfect union."
The term "Son of the Republic," however, has additional and less well known significance. The following is a reprint of an account told by General George Washington while at Valley Forge, PA. In this account, General Washington tells of receiving a heavenly messenger who refers to him as "Son of the Republic."
Read account of General George Washington's experience at Valley Forge...
Karol Józef Wojtyla
Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the rest of thy Lord.
A Change of Heart at the SOTR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alexandria, VA, April 1, 2005. In a stunning acknowledgement of the rising liberal tide across the country, SOTR founders Cordeiro and Bonjo ceded editorial control of the Sons Of The Republic Weblog to the Democratic National Committee.
"We just couldn't see denying the rise of Democratic Party across the American landscape," stated Cordeiro in an Yahoo Instant Messenger interview. "We realize the folly of our ways and hope that Howard Dean can turn this blog into a more level playing field for Liberal bloggers."
Co-founder Bonjo declared his support for Hillary Clinton in 2008. "I just wish I could go to sleep for the rest of the W Administration and wake up in a more tolerant and decidedly liberal America."
The third co-founder of the SOTR, Thom the Blog Culler was unavailable for comment. Emails to his office were refused and it was unclear whether or not the other two founders would initiate a search for him, or whether they would vote to suspend further nourishment and hydration.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, upon hearing the news of SOTR's conversion, immediately broke into a spontaneous rendition of James Brown's hit song I Feel Good.
Senator Ted Kennedy's office also inquired as to when Google would remove SOTR's #1 ranking when the words "Kennedy" and "Scotch" are searched for. "We own that spot," said an incensed staffer.
Things that make you go Hmmmm....
I'm not a tax accountant, nor an economist, but George Will's Essay on Taxation makes sense to my capitalistic mind.
I need to study it further, but it seems to me that Congressman John Linder (R-Ga) is on to something. This legislation warrants watching.