Who Needs A Mask?
Statler, Waldorf, and Helen Thomas. These three deserve each other.
HT Political Teen
Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., told Fox News that the nomination had been a bad idea. "Let's move on," he said. "In a month, who will remember the name Harriet Miers."Who's going to remember? I'll give you a hint, Senator Lott. He's widely known by his middle initial, and he lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Don't think he'll forget this anytime soon.
Staff Sergeant George T. Alexander
Yesterday I noted the death of the 2000th American serviceman in Iraq. I thought it proper to put a name to this number and today - thanks to Matt over at Blackfive - I am able to do so.
Staff Sergeant George T. Alexander, of Kileen, Texas was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. On October 17th of this year his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device. Yesterday he died at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas from the wounds suffered in that attack.
This man is more than a number. I've cruised the MSM accounts of this story - most just refer to SSG Alexander as a number - a milestone by which to measure the cost of the war. Do we read about his family, his wife, his children? No. To the MSM, the morally bankrupt anti-war movement, and al-Qaeda he is just another bodybag.
So, with due respect to Matt, I'm reposting the picture he used - it is of SSG Alexander's son - a boy with a hero for a father.
SSG Alexander is just one of the 2000 we have lost in this war. Remember him, his sacrifice, and those he leaves behind.
Godspeed, Staff Sergeant Alexander.
Here endeth the lesson.
The Grim MSM Countdown
Via Cox & Forkum, a picture can - and here does - say a thousand words. The MSM has been steadily counting the coffins coming home from Iraq, hoping and - dare I say - praying for this day to arrive. Today, the 2000th American serviceman gave his (or her) life in the service of their country.
I have no doubt that the anti-war and anti-W left will take pride and relish in this day. For the life of me I cannot understand why. Why is it they watch so intently and mark each milestone with silver caskets at Dover Air Force Base?
They mark the number, but cannot fathom the sacrifice made by those who give the last full measure of devotion to the cause of freedom.
Here endeth the lesson.
Franken's "Cheap Shot" Tutorial
In his never ending quest to win friend, influence people, and sell books, Al "Cheap Shot" Franken has produced a video tutorial on how to deal with people who don't share his warped world view. The video is about 9MB, but well worth the bandwidth.
While the video was made after a comical fashion, life has a strange way of imitating art. "Cheap Shot" Franken has a long history of a bad temper and violent acts toward others. Michelle Malkin provides a detailed list along with screen shots of Franken losing his cool. My personal favorite is here. Newsbuster's David Pierre asks the obvious question - Would anyone on the right be able to produce such a video without incurring a howl of protest from the likes of Al?
If Franken doesn't like what you have to say, he's very likely to come from behind and take you out at the knees. Hence the nickname "Cheap Shot".
Rosa Parks, 1913-2005
Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1913. A very unassuming woman, she made history on December 1, 1955 by refusing a public bus driver's orders to move to the back of the bus so as to make more room for whites up front.
Why did she do this? She was tired of being treated like a second class citizen.
Her actions that day resulted in her being arrested, tried, and convicted for "disorderly conduct". She won't be remembered for that - she will be remembered for sparking what would turn into the modern Civil Rights movement.
Never let it be said the actions of one person cannot have ramifications beyond themselves.
Godspeed Rosa. Welcome home.
Howlin' Mad Howard Dean
Every time I start to actually believe the MSM tripe about the impending GOP implosion, Howlin' Mad Howard "I Have A Scream" Dean reminds me that no matter how bad the outlook may be for Republicans, the Democrat machine is much further down the road to oblivion.
In years past, a speech by the Democratic National Committee Chairman given before some 400 loyalists at an out of the way Armory in Maine would not have garnered a post script in any paper. I'm pretty sure the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram don't get much distribution south of Vermont. But now, thanks to Drudge and the internet, you can now read about Howie's latest diatribe. I quote verbatim, but rest assured, I couldn't make up half the stuff that seems to be at the forefront of Howie's frontal lobes.
The Bush White House is the most corrupt administration in U.S. history since President Warren G. Harding.Oh come on Howie. You can do better than this. Well, maybe you can't. Perhaps you have deliberately blocked out the presidency covering the years 1993-2001. Let me help you remember - he was the one far too busy meeting with Monica to chase Usama.
The first thing we're going to do is we're going to have ethics come back to Washington again.Sure, lets return to the days of Dan Rostenkowski, Tip O'Neill, and Abscam. Pop quiz Howie: Which party has a rule in place stating anyone indicted (by an Inspector Cluseau like District Attorney or not) must step down from House leadership. Hint: It's not your party.
We have to stand up and say who we are and why we believe what we believe.By all means, Howie, please do. Raising Taxes, Socialized Medicine, Political Correctness at the expense of National Security. Stand up and be heard.
I'm tired of the ayatollahs of the right wing. We're fighting for freedom in Iraq. We're going to fight for freedom in America.Tired of the ayatollahs? Probably just as much as I'm tired of the leftist appeasement movement that dominates your end of the political spectrum. Next time somebody from our side slanders you in a like fashion, Howie, you've just given up your right to complain.
As long as this guy is the front man for the Democrats, concerned as I may be about Republicans, I'm not worried. Memo to the MSM: Give this guy more air time.
Here endeth the lesson.
Al "Cheap Shot" Franken Bombs Again
In his never ending quest to enter the realm of relevance, Al "Cheap Shot" Franken was a guest on David Letterman last night. Franken was there to plug his book, which I will not name nor link to here. Doing so might cause someone to accidentally buy it.
Letterman's New York audience was no doubt shocked to find out Franken is a radio talk show host. No mention was made of Air America Radio's plunging ratings and questionable financials.
Unable to find anything else to talk about "Cheap Shot" Franken declared that "Big Time" Cheney's Chief of Staff "Scooter" Libby and Karl "Sith Lord" Rove were soon to be executed for their role in the alleged leaking of an alleged covert CIA officer. I'm not making this up. I'm not taking it out of context. If I were to make a joking reference to Franken's impending execution, I'm sure his lawyers would be on me before the post was finished.
Newsbusters has the transcript. Political Teen has the video.
"Cheap Shot" Franken has no facts upon which to base his allegations regarding the guilt of Rove or Libby. He, like most of the MSM, is busy praying to whatever Gods they can to bring about something with which to hang Rove and Libby - and by proxy W.
Franken just does an exceptionally bad job at it - which is par for the course where he is concerned.
Al, we're not laughing with you. We're laughing at you - and even that laughter is polite.
Here endeth the lesson.
Tom DelAy found an excellent way to thwart the opposition. Brilliant. Personally, I think the police photo is better than any of the photos on his website!
Airman First Class Elizabeth N. Jacobsen, United States Air Force
Via Blackfive, as most of these posts are, I commend for your reading the farewell to Airman First Class Elizabeth N. Jacobsen, killed while providing security to a convoy on the Kuwaiti/Iraq border on 28 September 2005. She was the first Air Force Security member to be killed in action since the end of the Vietnam War.
The account written by CMSGT Rich Baliko, 17th Security Forces Squadron Superintendent, is particularly detailed and well worth the read. People, especially women like Airman First Class Jacobsen are especially rare. I do not know if we shall see her kind again.
The one thing that struck me especially hard in this glowing tribute were the words of her father:
Do not let the cowards win. Do not let her die in vain.Well said, Mr. Jacobsen.
Here endeth the lesson.
Denial Is Not Just A River In Toledo
Over this past weekend, representatives of the National Socialist Movement (AKA Nazis) exercised their right to peaceably assemble and march through a section of Toledo, Ohio. This march was permitted by the City of Toledo and would have been a footnote to the weekend without the actions of some gang banger thugs masquerading as protestors.
For the record, I wish these boneheaded Wanna Be Nazis would go march someplace else - like Death Valley in July. I don't support their agenda and find them collectively and individually sick and repulsive. That said, they got their permits and have the right to march where they will. That's the way the system works.
The MSM would have you believe the riots associated with this march were the fault of the Wanna Be Nazis. If you don't believe me, check this search out.
The facts, which are always stubborn things, are much the contrary of MSM reports. Turns out several hundred gang banging thugs used the march as an excuse to turn part of Toledo into something resembling Los Angeles during Rodney King's 15 minutes of fame. They burned buildings. They looted businesses. You'd think you were watching New Orleans during Katrina.
The Mayor of Toledo, Jack Ford, was quick to emphasize the claim Toledo has no gang problem.
I don't know about you, but perhaps someone can come up with a more politically correct term defining four hours of mayhem, 114 arrests, and twelve injured cops.
Me, I'll stick with gang problem.
Here endeth the lesson.
Captiol Hill Blog Row
Political Teen, Michelle Malkin, and Blogs for Bush have received invitations to the first ever Blog Row on Capitol Hill. From what I can glean, the House Republican Conference will meet with the aforementioned bloggers who will then live-blog the experience to their readers.
My invitation must have gotten lost in cyber space.
Excuse me while I go drown my sorrows in a Diet Coke.
You'd Better Dance With The One That Brung Ya
In the continuing saga of the spreading P I Dubya Syndrome I find myself in continued amazement at the lengths to which some conservative pundits will go to take shots at Harriet Miers.
Bear in mind, this woman has yet to have a hearing.
The most comical effort was put forth by MSNBC's Tucker Carlson. He locked horns with Hugh Hewitt (The Blogfather) on his show "The Situation". He attempted, and may I emphasize the word attempted, to pull random quotes from Miers and use them to allege her to be an inarticulate buffoon. Hugh made short work of Carlson. Normally I would commend Hugh's work, but it was too easy and only seven people saw the show. You can see the smackdown by downloading it from Political Teen's site.
Laura Ingraham also continues her daily meltdown.
Via Hedgehog I found a piece by Matthew Scully - someone who has actually worked with Harriet Miers. Surprisingly, he has a very different take on her intellect and abilities.
I do not know Mr. Scully, but I will take his word over that of Laura Ingraham or Tucker Carlson. To my knowledge, neither of them have had personal contact or a relationship with Harriet Miers. All they know or can report is hearsay and third hand rumors. That (Laura) makes for bad radio and even worse (Tucker) television.
(Full Disclosure: I don't know Ms. Ingraham or Mr. Carlson, although I did nearly level Carlson once in Times Square. Memo to Mr. Carlson: Pay attention where you're going while yakking on your cell phone.)
I getting really tired of this "friendly fire". When its all said and done, W is the one who gets to nominate people for SCOTUS. While Ingraham, Carlson, Will, Krauthammer, Buchannan, et al may not like W's choice, he did bring them (quite willingly) to the big dance. They can choose to "dance with the one that brung 'em" or they can sit this one out. Either way, I don't really care.
If Miers crashes and burns at her confirmation hearings, I'll be the first to stand here and tell W to yank her nomination. I will not however do so until such time as she has had her day in court. To do otherwise - simply because she didn't belong to the right clubs in High School and graduate Harvard Law violates the principles upon which this nation was founded.
Grow up people.
Here endeth the lesson
"Calypso" Louis Farrakhan, Alien Abductee
As I was channel surfing yesterday afternoon, I came across the Fox News Channel's broadcast of The Big Story with John Gibson. I don't normally watch news in the afternoon, but I had nothing better to do, so I caught David Asman (sitting in for Gibson) as he interviewed Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan.
Farrakhan is always good for a few laughs, but this interview is one for the record books. I won't go into Calypso Louis' diatribe simply because 90% of what he says is ludicrous. He's trying to promote his Millions More March in Washington DC. Rumor has it he wants to commemorate the 1995 (Not Quite A) Million Man March.
I had to wait till Fox uploaded the video of the interview, and then I checked the transcript for accuracy. Having done that, I can now state for the record that Louis Farrakhan is a victim of Alien Abduction. He admitted to this fact in the interview. Here is the excerpt:
ASMAN: Right. Well, let me just ask you, I was reading a transcript of a speech you gave at the National Press Club, where you say the idea for this came about from a vision, in which you said the desire of President Reagan concerning the planning of a war involving young black men here on the soil of America, this is what inspired me to tour the country and this is what eventually led to the Million Man March on October 16, 1995. What was that vision all about?I have not doctored the transcript in anyway, save for the emphasis. Can someone please tell me why anyone takes this guy seriously?
FARRAKHAN: Well, I was in a tiny village in Teposland (ph), in Mexico on the 17th of September, 1985. And I had a vision-like experience climbing a mountain there, on the top of which is a temple to the Mexo- American Christ figure, Ketso Quato (ph).
And one of these little UFOs came over that mountain and I was signaled from a group of persons to come. And I was beamed up into that small vehicle and carried to a larger vehicle, where heard of voice of my leader and teacher, the Honorable Elijah Mohammed, saying these words to me, in early September, the president met with his joint chiefs of staff to plan a war.
He didn't tell me who the war was against or what not. But later in the next -- or early in the next year, it came to me while I was in Ghana that this war was against Libya and Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi. So I went there and warned him of what was about to take place. And it did take place.
Here endeth the lesson.
Thomas and Miers
The Hedgehog has an excellent piece comparing Harriet Miers with pre-SCOTUS Clarence Thomas. It's an eye-opening perspective that many conservatives should consider.
Take Note: I agree with a Senate Democrat
At least one Democrat, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, said the nominee had become a victim of sexism. "They're saying a woman who was one of the first to head up a major law firm with over 400 lawyers doesn't have intellectual heft," Ms. Mikulski said.
I don't agree that Miers is a victim of sexism, but I do agree with my neighboring senator's point that Miers is a capable person, and that much of the venom directed at her isn't credible.
Senator Arlen Specter should take a hit off of smelling salts:
"[Miers] needs a crash course in constitutional law."
My comment to Senator Specter: those who live in glass houses...
Legacy Remodel, Interrupted
Via Political Teen and Atlas Shrugs, go watch Louis Freeh's 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace. Suprisingly candid, Freeh lays out a blistering account of his attempts to wage Law and Order during the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration.
I commend it for your viewing pleasure.
W's SCOTUS Pick Causes PIW Syndrome
For the past few days I have been reviewing the various conservative columnists to get their take on W's nomination of Harriet Miers to take the latest vacancy on the SCOTUS.
Let me state here for the record that I admire most of these columnists. I respect their opinions and the way they go about making their points. I understand that millions more people read them than read this blog - I'm fine with that. Having said that, any interested syndicators should contact me at Cordeiro AT Gmail DOT com to discuss my career as a columnist.
I have read George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Pat Buchannan (just to get a look at the far right reaction - I haven't been able to read Pat's column in years and this one is no different) just to name a few. Over at Hedgehog you'll find a more detailed list as to who has said what. My analysis, such as it is, boils down to this:
These columnists, and many more that I have not mentioned, spend a lot of time dissecting what happens in Washington. Millions of people read what they write. I believe sometimes they get the idea what they write has more influence than it actually does. Herein lies the danger of believing one's own press.
So, when a President goes against the conventional wisdom, it irks them. They get their Panties In A Wad, thereby suffering from the PIW Syndrome which - by all accounts - can be very painful.
When the Founders put the Constitution together and defined the process by which Federal Justices would be selected and confirmed, two entities were included. Those entities are the President (who does the selecting) and the Senate (who does the advise and consent or rejects the nominee). One should also note that the Press, although given Constitutional protections afforded no other entity, is not a part of the process. Indeed their role was not even mentioned until the Ammendments were added later.
So - if I may be so bold as to offer these esteemed columnists and pundits a little advice - Grow up. Stop Whining. Hell, the woman hasn't even gotten a hearing yet. As a citizen of the United States she deserves a respectful and dignified hearing. If she crashes and burns in that hearing, then go ahead and slam her. Pre-emptive strikes on your own team do little but embolden opponents who are doing a fantastic job of self-destruction.
Here endeth the lesson.
Who Harriet Miers Isn't
Pardon the poor grammar in the title of this post.
I'm growing tired of the infighting among the GOP over President Bush's latest SCOTUS nominee. The long and the short of it is as follows:
In determining Supreme Court nominees, we already made our decision. When, you say? November 2, 2004. On that day, millions of Americans pulled levers, punched chads, and touched computer screens to say, "We want President George W. Bush."
Now you might dismiss this as a simplistic view of the SCOTUS nominee process. I've already stated here that I was disappointed in Miers' nomination. However, in reflecting over the past year, one thing became fixed in my mind:
Last October 9, we didn't know who would be in the White House today. We knew that Justice Rehnquist's health was ailing. And we knew that presidential hopeful John Kerry used the SCOTUS as a scare tactic in his campaigning. For example:
CBS News, April 25, 2004: John Kerry has told supporters during campaign events that openings on the Supreme Court in coming years could jeopardize the right to abortion.The GOP can continue to have a collective hissy fit over Miers' nomination for as long as they want, but they should recognize that Americans made our decision last November. And for that, the GOP should count their lucky stars. Before they scuttle Miers, they should consider what we could have faced if America chose Bush's opponent 11 months ago.
"If you need any motivation [to vote for me], let me give you three little words: the Supreme Court," he has said.
Mulligans, Texas Style
I know I'm chiming in a little late here, and my comments will no doubt draw the ire of the Blue State Commenter, never the less, I just can't pass this one up.
The continuing saga of Ronnie Earle v. Tom Delay gets more pathetic by the day. Let me first say I'm not a huge fan of Tom Delay. He's not my congressman, so I don't vote for him. I know he's had his share of negative news. While Blue State may be colored unimpressed by the whole thing, I find the whole process something short of comical.
You see, Ronnie Earle's first attempt at a Delay indictment fell several legal yards short of the target. It indicted Delay for a crime committed in 2002 - however Earle relied on a statute passed by the Texas state legislature in 2003. I'm not a lawyer, but even I can figure out one of the guarantees written into the US Constitution prevents people from being prosecuted under laws passed after the "offense" was committed.
Obviously disturbed after finding out something he should've already known, Earle then went to Grand Jury #2. This Grand Jury refused to indict Delay based on the "evidence" provided by Earle. Earle then went to Grand Jury #3, empaneled for less than an hour and having barely made it through orientation, and managed to secure an indictment on charges of Money Laundering.
You might not like Tom Delay. Hell, you might not even like Republicans in general. Even with that state of mind, the obvious abuse and manipulation of the criminal justice system in pursuit of settling a political score should show you what kind of mediocre legal mind is behind this Texas sized tempest in a Washington teapot.
Here endeth the lesson.
HT Captain Ed
Lance Corporal Erin Liberty, USMC
Via Blackfive today, I submit for your reading the account of Lance Corporal Erin Liberty, a Marine wounded in Iraq on June 23.
Her account is a truly sobering look at the dangers confronted by her fellow Marines on a daily basis.
Welcome home, Erin. May your recovery - physical, mental, and spiritual - be swift.
Disappointed, Not Despondent
I will admit that I have reservations about President Bush's latest SCOTUS pick. It sort of reminds me of the time when Jeff Bezos unveiled the Segue Human Transport. For days and weeks there had been all sorts of talk and speculation about the secret device that was going to revolutionize society as we knew it.
And it turned out to be a scooter.
I don't know about you, but my life hasn't exactly been revolutionized. I saw a police officer riding a Segue in Atlanta's Hartsfield airport once. Other than that, my life has been relatively unaffected by the two wheeled societal revolution. I digress.
In a worse case scenario, I suppose that is what I can expect from Ms. Miers. There's a good chance she could end up just like Justice "Sandy Baby" O'Connor. If that's the case, then my life and our society will continue on as always. There's always a chance she won't follow in the footsteps of Justice O'Connor, in fact, she could even be what conservatives would consider a decent justice.
Therefore, we at the SOTR join with our friend The Hedgehog in pronouncing that we are officially "chillin'":
I simply hope that Ms. Miers, if confirmed, will uphold the Constitution of the United States as it was written by our forefathers. And, while we're on the topic of appointing friends to judicial vacancies, if I were ever to get the votes necessary to be sitting in President Bush's chair, The Hedgehog would be wise to prepare opening remarks for his confirmation hearing!
Long Haired, Dope Smoking, Maggot Infested Protesters
Okay, so the CDC says the bacteria they brought with them to their anti-war (read anti-W) protest on the National Mall can be picked up from an infected tick, deerfly or other insect - but you get my point.
Memo to the unwashed protesters: Take a shower!!
Here endeth the lesson.
The First Report Is Always Wrong
Major K has a post today that is dead on regarding the MSM. For those of you unfamiliar with Major K, he is a soldier currently stationed in Iraq. His writing is excellent and his analysis is second to none.
Straightly put, I would take Major K's analysis of the situation in Iraq over any of the talking heads babbling incessantly on the airwaves today. The post to which I link, however, is about the MSM's coverage of the first days and weeks after Katrina. His opening quote is one I cite simply because I want to use it again sometime:
I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast. ~General William Tecumseh ShermanGo read the whole thing and thank a true hero for his service.
Our Blogger Can Beat Up Their Bloggers
In the never ending attempt to literally scare up some ratings, Air America's Mike Malloy has advocated the use of violence as a reaction to Blogs for Bush's Mark Noonan. Seems that he took offense to some of Mark's musings and, instead of attempting to take him on in the realm of debate and ideas, Malloy advocated the following:
...but when they do make these sweeping uh... umm... statements about Democrats better watch out, I think they should be responded to, the way Hunter responded to Peggy Noonan's little boy here... uh just beat the crap out of them. If you can do it with the pen, fine. If you need to do it with the sword, that's ok, too... uhhh... you know it's said that the pen is mightier than the sword. alright, alright, that's fine.Blogs for Bush has the transcript, and the audio. After listening to Malloy's twenty minute diatribe against people like Hannity, Rush, et al, I came to a conclusion.
Mike Malloy is jealous. He's so full of unmitigated rage he can hardly put two sentences together without several pauses punctuated by incomprehensible ummmmmmmms. He refers to Hannity, Rush, the right wing blogosphere, and anyone to the right of him as people who made up the "Loser Clique" in High School. We're the people who couldn't get dates, who didn't get invited to the "cool" parties, and of course weren't part of the popular crowd.
So, ladies and gentlement, let me present to you the man who thinks so highly of us on the right. The reigning, self-proclaimed Lord of Cool and Hip, a legend in his own mind, and on his own airwaves, the one, the only, Mike Malloy:
I for one, remain unafraid of Mr. Malloy coming to inflict physical harm upon my person. Actually, he urged "someone" to inflict personal injury upon Mark Noonan. Evidently Malloy lacks the courage, stamina, or in other words manhood to do so himself.
Memo to Mike Malloy: There is a definition of someone who urges others to go do his own dirty work. Those people are called cowards.
Here endeth the lesson.