Zarqawi - I'm Not Dead!
Looks like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (Binny Laden's Man In Iraq) wants everyone to know he's still alive, or more importantly that he's not dead.
To accomplish this, he's posted an audio message on a website frequently used by Islamofascist Terrorist Thugs. Well, seems like everyone has a blog these days. Welcome to the 'Sphere, Abu.
Zarqawi goes on to claim, despite having lost at least 125 Thugs and being himself wounded during a battle near the Syrian border, that he and his forces were victorious against the US Marines.
Victory is so broadly defined by Zarqawi and Company.
Zarquawi's best line:
We would like to assure you that we are continuing on the path of jihad, we are committed to our pledge. We will either win or die trying.Well, Abu, I'm sure the US Marines will be more than happy to oblige in helping you to die trying.
How's that chest wound?
To the Pain!
Terrorist Thugs Trained To Lie
Well, there's a surprise. I think I'm gonna have a heart attack and die from not surprise.
Why is it that the MSM puts so much confidence and credibility in the statements and claims made by terrorist thugs? No, I'm not going to call them "detainees". I'm not going to call them "insurgents". Words mean things, and I prefer to use definitions that are more, well, definitive.
I could use other terms, but this is a PG blog.
Every single time a terrorist thug says he was "mistreated", "abused", "tortured", or "broke a nail", the MSM trumpets the charges (verified or not, credible or not, and most importantly, true or not) from the rooftops.
Every single time, the MSM takes the position that America is the offending party and we, the news consumers, should be more sensitive to the feelings of the terrorist thugs.
Well, dear reader, here's a news flash for you. al Qaeda knows this.
In a raid on an al Qaeda cell in Manchester, British authorities seized al Qaeda's most extensive manual for how to wage war. The manual contains several directives instructing terrorist thugs what to do if captured. Here are some highlights.
If captured, the manual states, "At the beginning of the trial ... the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security before the judge. Complain of mistreatment while in prison."The point is, dear reader, these terrorist thugs are trained in how to use the MSM. They know what gets headlines. al Qaeda learned the same lesson the Viet Cong learned over three decades ago.
One of the mission detailed in the manual is the "spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy."
My point? Consider the source of the allegations - unless you're a Newsweek editor in which case said consideration might cause uncomfortable enlightenment. A terrorist thug is a terrorist thug. His duty is to create confusion and panic. The terrorist thugs at Gitmo and elsewhere no longer have actual weapons to fulfill their mission. They have no planes to use as improvised cruise missiles.
What now is their weapon of choice? A willing and undisciplined MSM hell bent on quick ratings and cheap headlines rather than actually doing its collective job.
Here endeth the lesson.
This weekend, across the fruited plain and on both coasts, summer will officially start. Back yard BBQ's (even the one at Cordeiro Manor - if I can get it to work) will be fired up. Much carousing and festivities will take place.
It is all together fitting, proper, and American that this should happen.
Never the less, dear reader, in the midst of steak grilling, yardwork, and bargain hunting, take some time this Memorial Day to remember why it is we as a nation set aside this day from all others.
It is to remember those men and women who, in the prime of their lives, went forth to the shores of a nation and people they knew not and gave the last full measure of devotion for their country - in the service of their fellow man.
I often say I spent the first 20 years of my life in the US Army. Growing up I lived mostly on bases, both in the US and abroad. When my family finally got around to buying a house, I felt strange when my address didn't include "Presidio", "Fort", "APO" or some other military designation.
Most people I know can claim to have a hometown - someplace they grew up, went to school, and can always go back to. I don't really have that. I can claim hometowns in California, Arizona, Washington, Georgia, Utah, Colorado, and Missouri. Some years ago when I was an under-grad student, I finally found my answer to the ever posed question "Where are you from?"
My answer? "I'm from the US Army."
That, dear reader, is why the men and women of the Armed Forces are, and always shall be - to me anyway - family.
They died hard, those savage men-like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them. - General Douglas MacArthur
Koran Desecration Summary
In an ongoing effort to provide accurate commentary on current events, the SOTR hereby offers a summary of the ongoing Koran Desecration Controversy. Here's what we know, or think we know, or in the case of the MSM - wish were possible.
A detainee at the US Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay claims to have overheard guards, cooks, and tourists raving, dancing and otherwise celebrating the desecration of the holy Koran. The detainee could not confirm the actual flushing of the Koran, however the Pentagon has issued an order recalling any and all industrial strength Improvised Implosive Device rigged toilets - in an effort to avoid further desecration.
Further claims of Koran desecration include a guard looking at the Koran subsequent to consuming a ham sandwich and placing a Koran on top of a television during a Jerry Falwell 700 Club broadcast.
Phone call and Email requests to Al Jazzera asking for a list of ways in which the Koran can not be desecrated have not been returned.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled commentary.
Main Entry: ex·tra·or·di·nary
Pronunciation: ek-'stor-d&-"ner-E, "ek-str&-'or-
1 a : going beyond what is usual, regular, or customary; specifically : of, relating to, or having the nature of a proceeding or action not normally required by law or not prescribed for the regular administration of law
—compare ORDINARY b : of or relating to a financial transaction that is not expected to be repeated
2 : employed for or sent on a special function or service
--Source Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law
Extraordinary Circumstances is the vague term upon which Dusty Harry's Jackass Company will build their foundation from which they will attempt to deny votes to W's nominees.
To most of us Extraordinary is something exceptional - something to be sought after - something to be envious of. Very few circumstances, or people for that matter, fit the definiton of Extraordinary. Not for Dusty Harry.
Extraordinary, in Dusty Harry's opinion - and that held by his Jackass Company, is something that will define anyone remotely conservative put forth by W. Dusty Harry doesn't like anything or anyone extraordinary.
As I've already stated here, I don't think this fragile "deal" brokered by McCain will last. Its already showing cracks in the jello mold foundation. After much weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth and despite the best efforts of the liberal moonbats, John "The Moustache" Bolton made it out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committed only to be sat on by Babs Boxer.
I can think of few worse fates.
Now the Jackass Company has delayed a vote on The Moustache's nomination as the US Ambassador to the UN. This is a classic leftists tactic. Delay, delay, delay. Its not going to work. Bolton will only oblige Babs Boxer for so long.
Personally, I'm tired of the 'get along' faction. The Dems idea of getting along with the Republicans is getting the Republicans to roll over and capitulate to liberal ideals. Its high time those wayward GOP senators realized there can be little if no getting along with the liberal moonbat dems. They need to be defeated, not reasoned with.
Until they figure this out, I'm endorsing the CQ Not One Dime Campaign.
Here endeth the lesson.
To The Pain!
Today's Washington Post carries a story claiming that Abu Musab Zarqawi, Binny Laden's man in Iraq, is wounded. Evidently he took at least one round to the chest which could possibly now reside in his lung.
After much consideration and deliberation, we of the SOTR have decided that there is, in fact, a proper card to send Mssr. Zarqawi in order to convey our wishes for him at this time.
We wish Mssr. Zarqawi a long, slow, and pain filled ordeal.
To the Pain!
*HT to Mudville.
McCain, the Media Darling
Our good friend The Hedgehog said it right, summarizing McCain's motives for undermining the power of the majority:
This gambit was the commencement of his campaign for president. Poor man -- he still thinks voters will rally to a squishy centrist.McCain is the quintessential class clown. He loves attention, he loves being media fodder, and he knows he has to act up if he's going to get any attention--be it scolds or accolades.
I respect Senator McCain for the sacrifices he made for this country during his military service. Beyond that, I cannot say that I respect Senator McCain for his political service. His whining during the 2000 primaries, his continued, spineless, shifting and bending in the Senate, his condemning of those critical of John Kerry's military service--while remaining silent about Bush's critics. Whenever McCain is on board the GOP ship, he has his lifevest securely fastened.
If the Democrats feel they can brag about reaching across the aisle to embrace McCain to avert a "Constitutional crisis," they should no doubt realize they haven't reached very far.
I summarize with a message to "Squish" McCain, and my very own, disappointing, homestate senator, John Warner (R-VA): Don't count on my vote, gentlemen, since I obviously can't count on yours.
Icing the Kicker
In the continuing saga of the Filibuster, a deal has been made by 14 "Centrist" Senators to avert a showdown on the use of the Filibuster against W's Judicial Picks.
Anyone who thinks this is over needs to have their water tested for high levels of lead.
What has happened here is very similar to a strategery used by football teams in close games. If the game can be decided by a field goal and the opposing team is in range, the defending team waits for the field goal unit to get lined up and then, just before the snap of the ball, calls a time out. The strategery is called "Icing the Kicker". Its meant to break his concentration and cause him to miss the mark.
Sometimes it works. Most times it doesn't.
I'm not happy about this deal - mostly because it robs me of the entertainment value that would be provided by a Dusty Harry and the Jackass Company Filibuster Show. Scotch Kennedy is incoherent at noon, I'm curious to see what he looks and sounds like at a 2 am quorum call.
"Republicans" behind this "deal" are as follows:
Mike DeWine (Ohio), Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), McCain, John Warner (Va.), and Olympia Snowe (Maine).
Senator Warner, I am so not impressed.
Democrats on the deal are as follows:
Sens. Bill Nelson (Fl), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Robert Byrd (W.Va.), Joe Lieberman (Conn.), Mary Landrieu (La.), and Ken Salazar (Colo.).
Anyone who believes Sheets Byrd and Bubblehead Landrieu have any intention of actually abiding by the agreement need to have their water checked, again. Good luck with the re-elect, Sheets. Have fun with your one term, Ken.
Again, this is far from over.
Hat tip to the folks over at www.registeredmedia.com.
Those lacking a sense of humor need not comment.
The Twin Towers
In America, we are very good at building things. We build bigger buildings, stronger structures, and faster machines than anyone else on the earth. Some people call this arrogance. Most of that feeling is bred from pure jealousy- but that is a rant for another time.
In 1973 the final touches were put on the World Trade Center in New York City. The Twin Towers stood as monuments to American Capitalism and the success of the American way of life. Some people liked them. Some people hated them. Either way, the Twin Towers became an anchor on the Manhattan skyline - one of the most recognized sights in all the world.
In the early morning hours of September 11, 2001, crazed Islamofascist terrorist murdering thugs turned two passenger airliners into cruise missiles and tore a hole in downtown Manhattan - and in turn a hole in the heart of America.
That hole, both figuratively and literally, remains to this day.
Many ideas have been bantered about as to what to do with the land on which the Towers stood. The most recent, and approved, plan is to build what has been called The Freedom Tower on the WTC site. Said tower would stand 1776 feet above Manhattan. It would be the tallest building in the world, at least until somebody decided to build something a few inches taller.
Myself, I don't like the idea of replacing the Twin Towers with one. Personally I think any change wrought upon the Manhattan skyline resulting from the events of September 11th will stand as a testament to the effectiveness of terror. Since that fateful day in the fall of 2001 I have made several trips to New York. I am not alone in my opinion.
This week "The Donald" Trump came out and said what a lot of people are thinking. He's good at that. He called the proposed Freedom Tower a "disgusting pile of junk" and added "I'd rather have nothing than what they're building."
And its not just a Donald thing. Father Jim Chern, a Roman Catholic priest, of the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J. puts it in much gentler manner:
In our lifetime, it will probably never feel "normal" to visit those grounds. In a post-Sept. 11 world, as we live with terror threats, warnings and fears, and with the memories of the horrors of that day, it's hard to imagine that, even decades from now, any of us who witnessed the attacks would not be filled with emotion in that place.I believe Father Chern has made a point worth listening to.
What would, however, bring a sense of normalcy back to Ground Zero would be to see the towers restored. Our elected officials need to marshal the same strength and resources that moved people to clear the site to motivate them to rebuild.
Build them taller. Build them stronger. Whatever you do there, put back what the terrorists tried to take away.
Here endeth the lesson.
Lance Corporal Taylor Prazynski, USMC
In the midst of all the political rancor that seems to dominate the airwaves and bandwidth around us, I thought it important to take time to remember those of our countrymen who have given the last full measure of devotion to this great nation.
Lance Corporal Taylor Prazynski, USMC, was killed in action while fighting terrorist thugs on the Iraq/Syria border. I commend to you Blackfive's account of this man's funeral procession. Pay close attention to the pictures of the Fairfield Central Elementary School. Let it never be said children don't understand what goes on around them.
Blackfive also shared part of an email sent to him by a Colonel of the 2nd Marine Division. I can think of no greater tribute to Lance Corporal Prazynski than this:
...I can attest that he died doing what we all hope to be doing as Marines, they were advancing, leading, and setting the example -- they were being MARINES! We don't make policy, we don't decide on the fight, but we do fight and win. And when we win, it is because every one of these Marines fight with us in spirit -- and we will not, we cannot let them down.Well said, Colonel.
Godspeed, Taylor. Semper Fi.
60 Minutes II: The Titanic Analogy
Earlier today we discussed how 60 Minutes II is being cancelled because of poor ratings, not because of the biased, slanderous content.
Les Moonves could have just as well informed us that the Titanic sank not because it hit an iceberg, but simply because there was too much water filling the lower decks of the ship.
Islamofascist Thugs Discover Gangsta Rap
In their continued effort to find new weapons against the Western Infidel, the Islamofascist Thugs have discovered Gangsta Rap. Seizing upon the riots caused by the Newsweak "Flush" story, the aforementioned Thugs used their new form of expression to vent their outrage.
More details are available at The Nose On Your Face, to whom we humbly tip our collective hat.
60 Minutes II canned; fake Guard report to blame and not to blame
CBS said Wednesday it is cancelling the Wednesday edition of "60 Minutes," insisting the decision was made because of poor ratings and not last fall's ill-fated story about President Bush's military service.The fact that they have to tell us it's NOT about the content says something.
"This was a ratings call, not a content call," [CBS Chairman Leslie] Moonves said Wednesday.
"No, it has nothing to do with the fradulent story we ran in an attempt to derail a presidential re-election. Nor does this have anything to do with the forged documents we used to smear the man who was overwhelmingly re-elected by the American people only weeks later!"
You would think after his years at the helm of CBS, Moonves would understand one simple fact about success in television:
CONTENT = RATINGS.
With that I return to my adventures in capitalism.
Dean: Prejudge Republicans, not Terrorists!
Howard "I have a scream" Dean, on due process:
"I've resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found. I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with ... people who [are] very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials." - Howard Dean, 2004 Presidential CampaignApparently Howie doesn't feel that this type of logic applies to Rep. Tom DeLay, R-TX, since Dean has been more than willing to play the prosecutor, judge and jury in this matter:
"I think DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence down there courtesy of the Texas taxpayers." - Howard Dean, May 14, 2005, Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Lowell, MANow let's take another look at Howie's 2004 quote, this time without any omissions from yours truly:
"I've resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found," Dean said during the 2004 Democratic primary campaign. "I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials." - Howard Dean, 2004 Presidential CampaignIn case the Democrats are wondering why they lose election after election, they might want to consider the message they are sending to the American people: Republican congressional leaders are guilty whenever the mainstream media mentions their name, but the terrorist responsible for killing 3,000+ Americans deserves a fair trial before we pronounce judgment.
Yes, Howie, I'm sure that resonates with the Average American.
I now return to my adventures in capitalism.
Dr. Thomas Sowell on Dusty Harry
Let me first state for the record that I admire Thomas Sowell. I consider him to be one of the finest political minds in the world of today's commentary.
That said, Dr. Sowell's commentary on Dusty Harry yesterday contained a giant, colossal, and unforgivable error. He misrepresented the Senate Minority Leader, the less than honorable Dusty Harry Reid of Nevada.
Dr. Sowell referred to Reid as "The Senate's Dirty Harry."
Dirty Harry brings to mind Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan looking down the barrel of a .44 Magnum and asking a punk if he felt lucky that day. That persona strikes fear into even the bravest of men.
Harry Reid is no Dirty Harry. Harry Reid wouldn't even know what to do with a .44 Magnum. The biggest weapon in the arsenal of Senator Reid is his ability to whine without ceasing.
That is why we here at the SOTR did not feel fit to bestow the Dirty Harry moniker upon the Senator from Nevada. There is however, a lot of dusty in Nevada. Hence the nickname Dusty Harry.
That's our story, and we're sticking to it.
Here endeth the lesson.
Big Chief Runnin' Scared Rides Again!
Just when you think he'd already ridden off into the sunset dragging his ill gotten CU-Boulder settlement with him, "Professor" Ward "Big Chief Runnin' Scared" Churchill finds another rock to slide from.
It looks like responding to the various charges leveled at him by several sources taxed even the skilled fiction writing skills of Big Chief Runnin' Scared. (For those of you unfamiliar with the saga of Big Chief Runnin' Scared, please check the SOTR archives.) In classic fashion, "Professor" Churchill delivered a 50 page, single spaced "rebuttal" to the subcommittee investigating his actions. His lawyer, David Lane, described the content of Big Chief Runnin' Scared's tome in the following manner:
Permeating the entire response is 'Look, this is motivated by my First Amendment rights being trampled on. For me to even have to answer this is a denial of my First Amendment rights, but since you asked, here is my answer.'Evidently the Big Chief has forgotten that plagiarism and perjury aren't covered by the first amendment.
In addition to the 50 page diatribe, whose orgininality could not be confirmed, the Big Chief also submitted his tribal membership card as proof of his associate membership status in the Keetoowah Cherokee band.
Evidently, the authenticity of the membership card can't be confirmed either. Back in February, Georgia Mauldin, the tribal clerk of the United Keetoowah Band Cherokee stated - for the record - that "Professor" Churchill is not a member of the aforementioned band of Indians. Said Mauldin,
He's not in the database at all and is not a member of the Keetoowah.Big Chief Runnin' Scared says he's in the Tribe. The Tribe says he's not.
Well, in the immortal words of the Enterprise's Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott:
And if my sister had wheels, she'd be a wagon.Here endeth the lesson.
How Newsweek missed the real story...
Newsweek has admitted to publishing an incorrect story regarding U.S. military personnel flushing a copy of the Qur'an down a toilet.
I, for one, never believed this story for a moment. Look at the evidence. Show me a toilet that can flush more than two squares of toilet paper at once without clogging, much less an entire book of scripture, and maybe you have yourself a news story.
This was obviously a fabrication from the beginning!
I now return to my capitalist endeavors.
When "Sorry" Just Isn't Enough
Last week, Newsweek put forth a story detailing the "desecration" of a copy of the Qur'an at the detention center at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay. How was this sacred text allegedly desecrated? It was supposedly flushed down the toilet in order to make a terrorist spill his guts.
The story was flamboyant. It was front page news. It was explosive.
The story is false.
From the Newsweek Editor's Desk:
Last Friday, a top Pentagon spokesman told us that a review of the probe cited in our story showed that it was never meant to look into charges of Qur'an desecration. The spokesman also said the Pentagon had investigated other desecration charges by detainees and found them "not credible." Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Qur'an incident in the report we cited, and said it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts. Top administration officials have promised to continue looking into the charges, and so will we. But we regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst.What were the results of Newsweek's sorry excuse for journalism? Let's review:
Fifteen dead, many more injured - several relief buildings burned to the foundations. Years of coalition building with Muslims - creating a credible force against worldwide terrorism - set back who knows how far.
That's right, dear reader. Newsweek's May 8th Periscope column written by Michael Isikoff and John Barry touched off riots and violence that cost the lives of 15 people and put American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in harm's way. It was based on one anonymous source and uncorroborated by anyone or anything else.
I could go on and further vilify Newsweek, but Colonel David Hunt, US Army (Retired) sums up my thoughts rather nicely:
This is a lie. This is [a] criminal act as far as I'm concerned. People died. A lot worse things should happen to Newsweek than ... making this half-assed apology. It's treasonous at worst. How about not hurting the war? How about causing no harm? I think Newsweek should lose every reader it ever had.Well said Colonel.
Here endeth the lesson.
Dusty Harry Steps In It...Again
When you're riding drag behind a herd of Democrat Jackasses, you're gonna step in some not-so-pleasant "leavings" every now and then.
Dusty Harry has been doing a lot of that lately.
Yesterday, Dusty Harry made the leap from unintelligible and misleading to unethical and quite possibly illegal.
National Review's Byron York details Dusty Harry's gaffe on the Senate Floor. He was decrying a W judicial nominee, namely Henry Saad - currently slated for a seat on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Said Dusty Harry:
The emphasis is there for a reason. Dusty Harry just referenced a raw FBI file which is, by all accounts, full of hearsay, innuendo, and anecdotal evidence. There's a reason those reports are confidential, Harry. And just in case you're wondering, even descriptions of the contents of the FBI reports are confidential. For those of you unfamiliar with the meaning of confidential - it means you don't talk about it, not even on the Senate Floor. As long as you're busy airing another man's laundry on the Senate Floor, Harry, do you mind giving me the chance to sift through your confidential FBI file? I wonder what I'd find out.
Henry Saad would have been filibustered anyway. He's one of those nominees. All you need to do is have a member go upstairs and look at his confidential report from the FBI, and I think we would all agree there is a problem there.
Dusty Harry has crossed a very bright line here. He should be censured, rebuked, and relieved of his leadership position. Republicans have been run out of Washington on a rail for less. What will the Senate Democrats do in response to this egregious breech of confidentiality?
Damn, those are loud crickets.
For the reader's reference:
Standing Rule of the Senate 29, Section 5: "Any Senator, officer, or employee of the Senate who shall disclose the secret or confidential business or proceedings of the Senate, including the business and proceedings of the committees, subcommittees, and offices of the Senate, shall be liable, if a Senator, to suffer expulsion from the body; and if an officer or employee, to dismissal from the service of the Senate, and to punishment for contempt."
Frist to Dusty Harry - No Deal
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist sent a very clear answer to a proposed "deal" on judicial nominees put forth by Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry:
No Deals. All or nothing.
To which Dusty Harry replied:
Do you want to confirm judges or do you want to pick a fight?Well, Harry, looks like we're going to do both.
Neil Cavuto on Congressional Whining
For those of you who may have been on Mars yesterday, there was a "Plane Scare" in Washington, DC yesterday. A small plane strayed into restricted airspace and several federal buildings (including the White House and the Capitol) were evacuated.
It turned out the pilots were lost, and the "all clear" was given in short order.
Then the whining started. Fox News' Neil Cavuto, host of Your World With Neil Cavuto, took issue with the Congressional Whiners (predominately Dems). I'd paraphrase his remarks for you, but thanks to Jackson's Junction, I don't have to.
See Neil's commentary here.
Well said, Neil.
Dusty Harry And The First Rule Of Holes
Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry has evidently forgotten The First Rule Of Holes. Well, he's from Nevada and they do a lot of mining out there. Maybe he never learned it.
For those of you unfamiliar with The First Rule Of Holes, here's a quick refresher:
Upon finding yourself in a hole, the first thing you need to do is stop digging.Well, folks, Dusty Harry did stop digging, for a few hours anyway. After calling W a "Loser" he immediately called Karl Rove to offer a half-baked apology.
Then he called in the steam shovel to dig faster.
From today's Las Vegas Review Journal:
I tell people how I feel about things. I don't try to hide how I feel. Maybe my choice of words was improper, and I have indicated that maybe they were, but I want everyone here, I repeat, to know I'm going to continue to call things the way that I see them, and I think this administration has done a very, very bad job for this nation and the world.And from a Dusty Harry Press Release:
I suspect that the White House wants to force the nuclear option on the Senate because it wants to clear the way for a Supreme Court nominee who only needs 51 votes instead of one who needs 60 votes.Newsflash, Dusty Harry. Any judicial nominee only requires 51 votes.
We know the difference between opposing nominees and blocking nominees. We will oppose bad nominees, but we will only block unacceptable nominees.Harry, its not up to you and your 44 cohorts to decide who is and who is not "unacceptable". That is the job of the Entire Senate. If 51 Senators decide a nominee is acceptable, your branding him or her as unacceptable can be entered into the Senate record as part of your ramblings. Beyond that your opinion mattereth not.
Your job, Senator, is to lead your group of Senate Jackasses. As far as I can tell, you're doing little more than obstructing the will of the Majority of the US Senate and the American People.
I do, however, agree with one thing Dusty Harry stated in his press release:
The American people deserve better.Yes, Senator, they do. Get out of the way and let the work of the people go forward.
Here endeth the lesson.
PS. Harry, ending your press release with the punchline:
If Senator Frist continues on Democrats will do the nation’s business and work to reduce gas prices, make health care more affordable, create new and better jobs, and give the veterans the support they need and deserve.is something right out of the Ted "Scotch" Kennedy Canned Speech Barrel. Not only does the sentence make absolutely no sense whatsoever, it has nothing to do with anything contained in the press release. Surely a high powered DC insider such as yourself can hire someone who can write better copy than this.
Chuckie Schumer Fails History, Civics, And Math
All in the same speech. Pretty impressive there, Chuckie.
The "Junior" Senator from New York, Chuckie Schumer, took aim at a man I admire yesterday. He took some cheap shots at Senator Orrin Hatch, and in a not so round about way the State of Utah. Having some roots there, I take offense to that, so I'm going to respond to Chuckie's diatribe here. Transcript highlights are available for your perusal at the Blogfather's (Hugh Hewitt) site with more detailed stuff at Radioblogger.
Actually I have roots in Virginia, Iowa, California, Montana, Arizona, Colorado, and the State of Washington. What can I say? I am an Army Brat. But I digress.
Here is an excerpt from Senator Chuckie's diatribe:
The Senate is not a majoritarian body. My good friend from Utah got up and spoke. I think he represents about 2 million people in Utah. I represent 19 million in New York State. We have the same vote. You could have 51 votes for a judge on this floor that represents 21% of the American people. So the bottom line is very simple. This has not always been a 50.1 to 49.9 body. It has been a body that has had to work, by its rules, and by the Founding Fathers' intent, that even when you are in the majority, you have to reach out and meet, not all, not most, but some of the concerns of the minority.If Chuckie Schumer has read the Constitution, he does not understand it. Perhaps he slept through his High School Civics class, or maybe he took French as an alternative track.
When the Founding Fathers sat in the sweltering Philadelphia summer of 1789, there were many compromises hammered out in order to satisfy the large, less populous states and the smaller more populous states. Principle among these compromises is what came to be known as The Great Compromise.
This Compromise created the House of Representatives, a body whose make up is determined by population. This means that in places like New York State, you can't throw a football without hitting a Member of Congress. In Wyoming you'd spend your life looking for the one lone Representative from the Tumbleweed State.
The other part of the Great Compromise was the Senate. The Senate's makeup is based solely on Statehood. You have a State, you get two Senators whether you need them or not. Rhode Island has two Senators, and the roadside population sign marks their departure each time. The Senate is the great equalizer. Utah has the same number of votes as does New York. The fact there are 2 million people in Utah and 19 million people in New York means absolutely nothing in the Senate. That, Senator Chuckie, was the intent of the Founding Fathers.
Now, about this issue of "Majority". Majorities are very simple things to figure out. It doesn't take an MBA to figure out a Majority, even a slim one. The Constitution defines the types of majorities needed to enact certain types of legislation. Some require 60 votes, others require 67 votes. Most, including confirmation of presidential nominees, require a Simple Majority. For those of you mathematically challenged people like Chuckie, that is 51 votes out of a 100 member Senate. If you want to change that Constitutional Requirement, you might try the novel concept of Amending the Constitution. Short of that, you might try Winning an Election.
As a Senator, Chuckie should be - at the very least - familiar with the foundations of the legislative body he is a part of. Maybe after he figures that out he can enroll in a remedial math class focusing on fractions.
Here endeth the lesson.
Putin's Perception Problem
I was going to title this post "Pooty Call" but I thought better of it after a moment of reflection.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is having a rough few months of it. First he makes headlines when, during an address to the Russian Parliament, he stated:
First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. As for the Russian people, it became a genuine tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found themselves beyond the fringes of Russian territory.Yeah, Vlad, in the west we call those tens of million of people "free". Most of the world sees the collapse of the USSR as one of the greatest events in the history of human freedom. I know the transition has been and will continue to be rough, but pining for the past won't help you much.
Then, on 60 Minutes Sunday, Putin bemoaned W's efforts to spread freedom and democracy around the world.
America's democracy isn't so great. Russian voters elect the president, but in America you elect electors, the Electoral College, and you had to have a court decide the outcome in 2000.I think I've nailed down Vlad's problem. He believes everything he reads in the MSM. This is not surprising. For years KGB agents in the US did little more than rewrite stories from the MSM and transmit them back to Moscow as Intelligence Briefs. For those of you unfamiliar with Putin's past employer, he was a Colonel in the KGB>
But I digress.
Putin sees America through the left slanted perspective of the MSM. He, like many members of the MSM and liberal leftists, has a longing for the glory days of communism. Evidently all these people past the ash heap of history and failed to notice communism on the top heap.
Hopefully W took the time to look into Putin's soul and re-evaluate what he saw there. Then maybe he can explain how the President of the United States doesn't have the power to fire any news anchor, no matter how deserving of the curb Dan Rather was.
Here endeth the lesson.
And the Blogosphere Yawned
Former California Gubernatorial Candidate Arianna Huffington, a woman who makes Arnold sound like an Oxford English Professor, has launched herself into the blogosphere with The Huffington Post. Evidently there she gathers the left wing luminaries (Joe Scarborough - what the hell were you thinking?) and gives them a space where they can pontificate to the collective contentedness of their bleeding hearts.
Well, early reviews are in, and if LA Weekly's Nikki Finke, Arianna should keep her day job of preening before whatever camera she can put herself in front of. Highlights from Finke's review:
What Arianna Huffington's bizarre guru-cult association, 180-degree conservative-to-liberal conversion, and failed run in the California gubernatorial-recall race couldn't accomplish, her blog has now done: She is finally played out publicly. This Web-site venture is the sort of failure that is simply unsurvivable, because of all the advance publicity touting its success as inevitable. Her blog is such a bomb that it's the box-office equivalent of Gigli, Ishtar and Heaven's Gate rolled into one.Ouch.
Well, if Arianna is having that much of a problem with the Hollywierd crowd, wait till the dreaded Market Forces get a chance to work on her.
Some Good News You Might Have Missed
The April Jobs Eeport. 274,000 jobs created last month. Not bad. Not bad at all. Of course if you ask Dusty Harry, Scotch Kennedy, and Bella Pelosi its the worst economy in the history of this nation.
Construction Spending Hits Record. This is the report of how the building industry is faring. No official word as to whether or not the remolding of Cordeiro Manor had anything to do with the record setting numbers.
At last report, the three aforementioned politicans - upon hearing of the impressive economic news and realizing it meant only bad news for their party - were seen entering Scotch Kennedy's favority pub. As of this writing, none of the three has emerged.
Dusty Harry's Vocabulary
Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry again showed the depth of his vocabulary, especially as it relates to descriptive terms. When asked what he thought of W by a group of 60 high school juniors, Dusty Harry said the following:
The man's father is a wonderful human being. I think this guy is a loser.I know I beat this point to death here, but evidently Dusty Harry hasn't gotten around to digesting the election results of six months ago.
W won re-election, Dusty. He did so despite the best efforts of your (sorry excuse for a) political party.
This statment comes from a man, and a party, bereft of problem solving ability, common sense, and anything resembling political decency.
One should note that his description of W was met with a "handful of chuckles." Dusty Harry should also note that his home state of Nevada was bright red in the last election. Tiny Tommy Daschle tried to do the exact same dance that Dusty Harry is performing now. Didn't work out so well for Tiny Tommy. Last reports have him tending bar at the National Press Club.
Happy Mother's Day!!
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." -- George Washington (1732-1799)
"And now I say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had I seen so great courage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites.
For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.
Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.--Book of Mormon, Alma 56: 45-48
A picture to ponder
A US Soldier comforts a little girl attacked by insurgents in Mosul.
Will this picture get anywhere near the coverage as did Abu Graib?
Take a look, and read the background article. If nothing else, this picture shows the difference between American Soldiers and Iraqi Thugs. Please stop referring to them as insurgents. Anyone who drives a VBIED into an area filled with children has found a way to slide past Miserable Vomitous Mass on the scale of humanity.
IMAO has a great biography of Dusty Harry. Well worth the read, but might cause pain in your sides from laughing. Read at your own risk.
Moonbat Academics Cloak Anti-Semitism with Conservative Bashing
There are some who wonder why newspaper circulation is in a steep decline. One need but read the LA Times Editorial Page for a glaring reason for a lack of readership.
In today's edition Saree Makdisi, a professor of English literature at UCLA decries the movement by some conservatives to undermine the absolute power of Ivory Towered Academics. I do not know Professor Makdisi nor am I familiar with his academic work.
What I do know is that this man is a vicious Anti-Semite. He does not like Israel. He cares for the Jewish people even less. While his chosen profession may be English Literature, I wonder how Jews are treated in his classroom and other professional endeavors.
He bewails the Neo-Conservative assault on the Ivory Towers of Academia. Any attempt by the state (who sponsors his employer - UCLA) to reign in the absolute liberalism rampant on America's Collegiate Landscape is declared to be an assault on humanity. Says Professor Makdisi:
Again, the state represents the people. The people subsidize the education system. The left represents the minority of the American people, yet constitutes the majority of college faculties nationwide. The people have a right to demand educational entities represent the views of the people.
To protect students from what one might (mistakenly) suppose to be an
epidemic of indoctrination, the bill mandates that students be graded on the
basis of their "reasoned answers" rather than their political beliefs. Reading
lists should "respect the uncertainty and unsettled character of all human
knowledge." Speakers brought to campus should "promote intellectual pluralism,"
and faculty should eschew political, religious or "anti-religious" bias.
Notwithstanding its contorted syntax, the bill may sound reasonable. But, in
fact, it has nothing to do with balance and everything to do with promoting a
I could continue to argue against Professor Makdisi, but his article is far more sinister than the first eight paragraphs might indicate. Yes, dear reader, Professor Makdisi waited until Paragraph NINE to spew the following:
The campaign for academic "rights" actually originated with organizations and individuals committed to defending Israel from criticism, and whose interest in curtailing academic freedom dovetails with those of conservatives.I have no doubt that if he were not at UCLA, Professor Makdisi would be hard at work trying to push Israel into the sea. Instead of coming out in the open and stating his views and opinions in a context where he can be seen for what he truly is, Professor Makdisi chooses to couch his Anti-Semitism in Conservative Bashing - an activity which, in the Ivory Towered world of UCLA, is still evidently sanctioned.
At the federal level, for example, a confluence of conservative and pro-Israeli forces helped push HR 3077 through the House of Representatives in 2003. That bill, which foundered in a Senate committee (but has been resurrected in the current Congress), called for government monitoring of international studies programs that receive federal funding. The bill was drafted in response to the claim that the federal government was funding programs that criticize American foreign policy. If passed, it would have created a board (including two members from "federal agencies that have national security responsibilities") to ensure that academic programs "better reflect the national needs related to homeland security." Its supporters included the American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, and the American Israel Political Action Committee, the bulwark of Israel's Washington lobby.
The bill was also backed by pro-Israel agitators Daniel Pipes and Martin Kramer, who, via allies such as neoconservative firebrand David Horowitz, are among the proponents of the "bill of rights" legislation at the state level. All the proposed bills before state legislatures are variants of a text written by Horowitz and backed by Students for Academic Freedom, which maintains a website where students can complain about their instructors' supposed bias.
The LA Times sees fit to parrot the trip put forth by this UCLA professor, which to me is a big indicator as to why people simply don't read the paper in LA anymore.
Here endeth the lesson.
SOTR Maintains Endorsement of Thickburger
Some have expressed concern that, with the advent of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub's Beer Barrel Belly Buster Burger, the SOTR would abandon the Carl's Junior/Hardee's Thickburger and declare the Beer Barrel Belly Buster Burger to be the Official Hamburger of the SOTR.
We of the SOTR, on a super-majority vote, have decided to maintain the status-quo. As is becoming his custom, Thom the Blog Culler was unavailible for comment.
When asked about his decision to uphold the SOTR Burger Endorsement, Bonjo stated, "Hey, the Belly Buster Burger weighs 15 pounds and could feed my family for a week. You gotta draw the line somewhere."
Corderio, in a Yahoo Instant Messenger interview, stated that he voted to keep the SOTR Burger Endorsement because "Denny's Beer Barrel Pub hasn't offered us a free sample, much less an endorsement fee."
Liberalism: Can it survive?
About two months ago, a coworker dropped an article on my desk, where it has resided until today. The article, titled Liberalism: Can it Survive? is by John Leo and appeared in the March 7, 2005 issue of U.S. News and World Report.
If Liberalism isn't dead, then why are autopsies performed so regularly?It's worth the time to read it, even if it takes you a month or two to find the time.
[Liberalism's] fundamental value is that society should have no fundamental values, except for a pervasive relativism that sees all values as equal.
We are seeing the bitterness of elites who wish to lead, confronted by multitudes who do not wish to follow.
Liberals might one day conclude that while most Americans value autonomy, they do not want a procedural republic in which patriotism, religion, socialization, and traditional values are politically declared out of bounds. Many Americans notice that liberalism nowadays lacks a vocabulary of right and wrong, declines to discuss virtue except in snickering terms, and seems increasingly hostile to prevailing moral sentiments.
With that I return to my capitalist endeavors.
Million Man Sickout?
Calypso Louis Farakkan is back. I was beginning to miss the Distinguished Barking Moonbat. Looks like he wants to commemorate the tenth anniversary "Million" Man March.
You remember the "Million" Man March, don't you? October 1995. A lot of African American Men (not a million) gathered on the National Mall for a day of Atonement and a call to action. That's what they came for. What they got was a rambling discourse by Calypso Louis on the historical aspects of the number 19. I saw the speech. I am not making this up.
Even the aftermath of the "Million" Man March was comical. The organizers of the march "felt" the number of attendees was between 1.5 and 2 million people. The US Park Service pegged the number at about 400,000. The organizers, outraged their "feelings" weren't supported by fact, demanded a recount. Even their own guy pegged the number at 837,214 plus (but more likely) or minus 20%. Either way, its not quite a million.
So Calypso Louis wants to commemorate the 10th Anniversary. Here is one of the lines he used to rally his troops:
If anybody deserves to strap a bomb on themselves and give pain for the pain we have suffered, it is we. But none of us would kill.What, pray tell, do you do with a bomb other than kill and cause pain, Reverend?
He also made some rambling references to the Asian Tsunami and how it related to the economic struggle of African Americans. No, I don't understand how that works either, but much of what Calypso Louis says is unintelligible. I refer you again to his lengthy discourse on the subject of the number 19.
In addition to the "Million" Man March commemoration, organizers have called for a Day of Absence from school and work on October 14, followed by a march on Washington the day after.
So, Calypso Louis, you're going to take people from their places of learning and chosen profession - something that should and ought to be encouraged - for what purpose? Help me out here...
No word as to whether Calypso Louis has requested the NCAA cancel all football games scheduled to be played and broadcast on October 15. That's where my TV will be tuned - unless I need a refresher lecture on the number 19.
Here endeth the lesson.
E.J. Dionne, Jr.
I once met the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne on a train from New York City to Washington DC. He sat across the aisle from me and tried to make small talk with the woman seated next to him. He introduced himself as a "Newspaper Columnist" to which the woman replied, "Oh", and promptly went back to reading her book.
He smiled at me. I smiled at him. And then I took a three hour nap.
Mr. Dionne attempts to make use of The Gambler song (by Kenny Rogers) in today's column. He states that it is time for Democrats to "Leave the Table" in regards to negotiations with W on Social Security.
Sigh. Like they were ever really at the table anyway.
Mr. Dionne is having trouble living in reality. This syndrome affects many liberals, especially those inside the beltway - even more so for those who can still remember what it was like when liberals ran Washington DC. Case and point from his column:
That the president is fixing the Social Security reform game should be obvious. The most basic corruption of the process is the way the Republican congressional leadership has transformed the bargaining that once took place between the House and the Senate.Yes, Mr. Dionne. It is a stacked deck. That's what happens when the party you're in hasn't controlled either side of congress in 10 years. Its what happens when you continually lose elections. When you don't run the show you don't dictate the process.
In the old days, when each house produced different versions of the same bill, a "conference" committee typically including members of both parties from both houses would thrash out the details and reach a compromise. Now the Republicans will concede whatever is necessary to get a bill out of the Senate, even as the lockstep-Republican House produces a right-wing version of the same proposal. In conferences, Republicans routinely freeze out all but the most pliable Democrats. The supposed "compromise" that emerges is not a compromise at all. Democrats who go along become enablers of a game being played with a stacked deck.
Mr. Dionne goes back to the tried, tested, and failed liberal playbook and concludes that simply repealing the W tax cuts and keeping part of the estate tax would plug the gaping hole in the Social Security program. Dyed in the wool liberals like Dusty Harry, "Scotch" Kennedy, and "Bella" Pelosi have already laid claim to that money, Mr. Dionne. According to them, simply repealing W's tax cuts will fix the federal budget, wipe out the trade deficit, and cure male pattern baldness.
Social Security is in trouble. W and some like minded Republicans are the only people who seem to want to actually deal with it. They've opened up the floor for debate. All the liberal leftist Dems can do is say NO! So Mr. Dionne's advice is for them to take their ball and go home.
Typical liberal. He wants to quit simply because his side is not winning, and all indicators point to that same side going down to defeat...again.
In the interest of fairness, there was one sentence in Mr. Dionne's column with which I completely agree:
This is nonsense.Well said, Mr. Dionne. You may now return to burying your head in the sand.
Here endeth the lesson.
PFC Bryan J. Nagel, USMC
Somebody give this guy a medal...or two.
PFC Bryan J. Nagel, USMC makes me proud. His position came under fire from Iraqi Thugs (formerly and incorrectly known as insurgents). He correctly returned fire after which the first SVBIED (suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) hit, breaching the observation post's main entrance.
PFC Nagel relates the rest of the story in his own words:
There was smoke everywhere. I was reloading when, through a patch of the smoke, I saw the second vehicle coming our way. I knew what I had to do.PFC Nagel made short work of the vehicle, and driver, of the second SVBIED.
Well done, Marine.
*HT to Mudville Gazette
I don't want it ever to be said that I take shots solely at liberal leftists on this blog. I simply take shots at targets of opportunity - an overwhelming majority of which seem to be liberal leftist moonbats.
Today I'm taking a shot at
There is but one word that can be used to describe The First Lady of the United States - FLOTUS to the Secret Service and Laura to us here at the SOTR. That word is Classy. She has personified Class since the day she strode into the White House - and everybody including W understands this.
She also personifies devotion to Faith, Family, and her Husband. This has been documented on occasions far too numerous to mention in this writing.
So over the weekend at the White House Correspondents Association's Annual Dinner, Laura gave a speech. I did not witness this speech - somehow my invitation to the event must have gotten lost in the mail. Phone calls to W's private line have gone unanswered.
The Correspondent's dinner is a very light hearted affair. Its one of the hottest tickets in DC because the inside the beltway types "let their hair down" and try to have a good time in a town where such a thing usually results in Congressional investigations.
Laura took the opportunity to poke some fun at her husband. She received raucous applause and generally the surprised the crowd with her quick witted humor - most of it at W's expense.
Today, the Swift Report details the "shock" felt by Conservative Christians in regards to Laura's remarks. Pastor Roy DeLog, President of the "Coalition for Traditional Values" stated that
One of the Proverbs says that 'a virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but she that maketh him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. I bet President Bush is feeling pretty rotten today.Memo to Pastor DeLong: Get a friggin' life.
You're the kind of person who makes the rest of us mainstream believers cringe. You can't take a joke. You look down upon anyone who looks like they may be having a fun or enjoying life to any degree. My guess is, sir, W and Laura are probably feeling pretty good about themselves today.
Perhaps, Pastor, you should familiarize yourself with another passage of scripture:
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:Of course, I know what you'll say. "Did Jesus make fun of himself or someone else?"
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance-Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
The answer is, yes.
But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,So, Pastor, lighten up - just a little bit. Go pour yourself a good stiff Coke and stop criticizing Laura when she has a little fun at W's expense.
And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.
The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children. - Matthew 11:16-19
Here endeth the lesson.
Libs Lack Sense of Humor
As if the comments we get on this blog aren't enough evidence, the liberals in the media have proven once again that liberals have no sense of humor.
Mrs. Bonjo and I were channel surfing Saturday night when we came across the White House Correspondent's dinner. Usually Mrs. Bonjo prohibits me from watching any news when she's around. However, on screen were President and Laura Bush, and Laura Bush took the podium and started roasting the President.
It was hilarious. Anyone who saw this knew she was reading a script, but it was a good one, and she did a great job. It was very entertaining. Especially when she said things that were so outrageous you knew they weren't true.
One of my favorite lines, "I was the librarian who spent 12 hours a day in a library, and yet somehow I met George." That was classic, self-deprecating humor.
Of course, the liberals have to find something to whine about.
"Some in the press ... began to criticize her monologue as immodest at best and downright bawdy at worst."At least one woman from the AP had the guts to tell the truth:
A female Associated Press reporter said [Mrs. Bush] "had women giggling in the bathroom."This woman has obviously never met Ted Turner. Which reminds me, there is no word yet as to whether or not CNN founder Ted Turner was shocked by Mrs. Bush's remarks.
"Laura Bush cracks risque jokes at the White House Correspondents' dinner," sniffed Agence France-Presse. [THIS SHOULD BE THE HEADLINE: MRS BUSH OFFENDS FRENCH--APPLAUDED BY SOTR]
CNN reporter Elaine Quijano, who attended the dinner, also apparently had her sensibilities scarred by some of the first lady's quips. "In some respects, I think for some folks it was a little shocking because she kind of crossed the line a little bit in some people's minds," she said.
To all these whiners, I simply remind them of an event honoring President Clinton where Robin Williams was given the podium. He launched into a tirade of four letter words that were simply insulting to the office of the President of the United States. And for some odd reason, I don't recall hearing the media express their "shock" at the "downright bawdy" comments.
Mrs. Bush's remarks were first and foremost, a chance to poke fun at herself and President Bush, and second, a commentary on today's society--good or bad.
I now return to my capitalist endeavors.