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Republic. I like the sound of the word. It means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. Some words can give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words. - John Wayne

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
 
Hillary - The Wednesday Afternoon Quarterback
by Cordeiro
It was only a matter of time. And no, I'm not surprised.

Hillary "We Are The President" Clinton has joined the "If We Knew Then What We Know Now" Chorus Line and apologized to the Left Wing Moonbat Caucus for her vote authorizing the use of force against Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

She has done so, not in a nationally televised speech, or in remarks given on the Senate floor, but in an fundraising email sent to supporters on Tuesday. Says the New York Senator:

If Congress had been asked [to authorize the war], based on what we know now, we never would have agreed.
How gutless can one woman be? If I knew then what I know now, I would have bought Yahoo at $15, sold it before the Dot Com collapse, and would now own Catalina Island.

Yes, I am illustrating absurdity by being absurd. The fact remains that by making such an absurd claim, Hillary is showing her inability to lead.

One of the requirements of leadership is the willingness and ability to make decisions and determine courses of action based on incomplete information. Colin Powell stated the following formula for decision making:

Use formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probability of success and the number indicates the percentage of the information acquired. ONCE the percentage of information is in the 40-70 percent range, GO WITH YOUR GUT.
Hillary, and the vast majority of the Jackass Caucus, suffer from a syndrome requiring a 100% success probability before taking any action. This is not a new syndrome. It is the primary reason the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration's entire foreign policy can be summed up in one four letter word.

No, it's not that four letter word. Shame on you.

The four letter word describing the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration's foreign policy is "PUNT". Do as little as necessary in order to push the issue down the road for someone else to deal with. You want examples? The most obvious is Usama bin Laden, but Kim Jong "Mentally" Ill's North Korea is a close second.

Hillary's feignt leftward is an obvious attempt to kowtow to her base and assure them she won't forget her roots. Well, Hill, neither will we.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
 
Sergeant Dominic J. Sacco, United States Army
A Call to Action Against Boneheads in Topeka

by Cordeiro
Via Blackfive, ArmyWifeToddlerMom, and finally LoveMyTanker (sometimes the Blogosphere is a little circuitous)I came across the story of Sergeant Dominic J. Sacco, United States Army. He was killed in the line of duty by a sniper on November 20. He served honorably and was held in high esteem by all who knew him and served by his side.

If your kid ever asks you what a hero is, telling him or her about someone like Sergeant Sacco would be a good idea.

He will be laid to rest with full military honors in Topeka, Kansas this coming Friday (December 2).

By now I'm sure you're asking me "Cordeiro, so what's up with the Call to Action against Boneheads in Topeka?" I'm glad you asked.

You see, Fred Phelps and his band of hateful thugs masquerading as a Baptist Church have chosen Sergeant Sacco's funeral as a place in which to vent their collective spleen on issues which I will not here discuss. They will shield themselves under the constitutionally protected freedoms of speech and assembly, freedoms for which Sergeant Sacco died defending.

Memo to Mr. Phelps:

You, sir, are a scumbag. I searched for an appropriate term to affix to you, but as this is a PG blog, that's the best I could come up with. Sergeant Sacco did nothing in life to offend you. Your using of his memorial service as a platform on which to shout your hate filled bile is shameful.

If I were you, I'd steer clear of any dark alleys in Topeka.

Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, November 25, 2005
 
Johnny Micheal Spann, CIA, USMC (March 1, 1969 - November 25, 2001)
by Cordeiro

Rest in peace, Mike.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
by Cordeiro
Thanksgiving is really the one truly American holiday. It has been celebrated in one form or fashion or another since the very first Pilgrims came to the New World. They gave thanks to God for the bounteous blessings poured out upon them in this place. They gave thanks to their Maker for having preserved them through tribulation and enabling them to find their way through challenging times.

The holiday has changed a lot since its inception. Sometimes it seems to me Thanksgiving gets glossed over during the stampede to Christmas. Personally, I refuse to acknowledge the existence of Christmas until after the leftovers have been sealed in tupperware and the final gun has sounded in the late afternoon football game.

There are many things for which I will give thanks this year. I have a beautiful wife who has loved me through poverty, wealth, thin-ness, and well, not so thin-ness for well over a decade. I have two great kids. I have a good job and a good house (despite the ongoing drama of Cordeiro Manor).

Life, for lack of a better term, is good.

I am mindful of those of my countrymen and women who find themselves far from home, in diverse parts of the world sometimes forgotten in the minds of most people. They put themselves in harm's way to defend that which America will celebrate today. They do this because their country asks them to. Having grown up an Army brat and thus having celebrated Thanksgiving from Seoul to Stuttgart, I understand a little of what these heroes endure - though I will most likely never be exposed to the full hardship of their existence. They are, to me, family, and always will be. I stand in awe of men like Major K. I owe to him and guys like him a debt that cannot be repaid.

So, as we go about celebrating this American holiday, let us remember, for just a moment, the words of Abraham Lincoln's proclamation gave Thanksgiving a date certain:

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 3d day of October, A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.
Here endeth the lesson.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
 
Franken v. Scalia
by Cordeiro
In competitive endeavors, the proverb is often quoted:

If you wanna run with the Big Dogs, you'd better get off the porch.
Well, Al "Cheap Shot" Franken attempted to run with a Big Dog this past Monday - only to be thoroughly run over by said Big Dog.

The Big Dog in this story is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The venue was Conversations on the Circle, a series of one-on-one interviews with outgoing Time Inc. editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine.

When the forum was opened to Q&A from the assembled crowd, "Cheap Shot" Franken clumsily (and I believe the NY Post is being very generous with that term) took a shot at Scalia by questioning his "judicial demeanor" in regards to sitting on a case involving "Big Time" Cheney after having gone duck hunting with him.

"Cheap Shot" Franken was implying Scalia should have recused himself from the case. Instead of cornering and embarrassing Big Time, Scalia delivered a verbal slap that is most likely still stinging the Franken's pride:

Demeanor is the wrong word. You mean ethics. Ethics is governed by tradition. It has never been the case where you recuse because of friendship.
Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons' reaction to Franken v. Scalia summed it up nicely:

Al was not quite ready for prime time.
Al has never been ready for Prime Time. Franken v. Scalia is a classic example of what happens when a .22 caliber mind takes on a .357 intellect.

Here endeth the lesson.

HT Radio Equalizer
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
 
"Lurch" Kerry Develops Electoral Amnesia
by Cordeiro
Somebody needs to inform the Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, John F. "Lurch" Kerry, that the 2004 Presidential Election has come, and gone.

More importantly, he needs to fully understand the fact that he lost - and no, it wasn't even close.

Today, in his never ending effort to emerge from a very undistinguished Senate career in particular, and obscurity in general, Lurch announced he has a plan (yes, another plan) to withdraw some 20,000 troops from Iraq by Christmas.

Lurch is famous for plans. He has a plan to save Social Security. He has an Economic Plan that will employ everyone and provide universal Health Care for everyone. He has a plan to cure insomnia. He has a plan to end terrorism. He may even have a plan to cure male pattern baldness.

The only problem is, not a single one of these plans has ever (or most likely will ever) see the light of day. There are no specifics. There are no facts. Lurch's ability to dream up plans is on par with his ability to fill his past with virtualities like his Christmas trip to Cambodia under the orders of a man who had yet to assume the Oval Office.

So, if nobody else is willing to give him a dose of reality, I will take it upon myself to do so.

Memo to John "Lurch" Kerry:

On November 2, 2004, the American people went to the polls and ended the 2004 election cycle in which you were the Democratic candidate for the Presidency of the United States.

Of the 121,056,394 votes cast, you received 59,028,109 or 48.3% of them. Not a bad showing. If this were 1992 you would have won. Its not 1992. It is (or rather was) 2004.

Your opponent, the President of the United States, George W. Bush (affectionately referred to here as W) received 62,028,285 votes, or 50.7% of the total. His total was greater than yours (even in the Electoral College) and therefore, according to the laws of mathematics, he won.

You lost. You do not fly around in Air Force One. You do not represent the United States. Most importantly, you are not the Commander-In-Chief of the United States Armed Forces. When given the opportunity to choose between your ideas, strategy, and values, the American people overwhelmingly rejected them - and you. Its important for you to understand this, because it means nobody really cares about what plan you have for troop reductions in Iraq.

You called upon W to be the Commander-In-Chief as opposed to the Campaigner-In-Chief. Lead first, Senator, by example. You would do much better to support the CINC and the troops instead of attacking them at every opportunity.

Here endeth the lesson.

UPDATE: Never let it be said that I do not admit when I am wrong. Lurch did, in fact, win an election. This past week he was elected...

Wait for it. I know you're brimming with suspense...

Be patient...

Ok, here you go...

Jury Foreman of a Suffolk Superior Court. Congratulations, Lurch.

I wonder if he presented a Deliberation Plan?
 
Private Frank Bongiovanni: "I'm not scared of dying"
by Bonjo
Marine Private Frank Bongiovanni talks about his decision to join the U.S. Armed Forces.

His reason for joining? He was bored with life, and he respected some family members who had served previously.

And what is the outlook of this 19 year old on the service he'll provide? It's summed up nicely here:
I have friends who say, "I would never (enlist). I don't want to see anyone ever do this." They think that the war in Iraq is bad.

To be honest, I don't pay attention to the war enough to have my own feelings. I should, but I don't. I just haven't had time to watch the news. You don't have a TV at boot camp. I just know that we have a job to do. And that's what I have to do now.

I want to go to Iraq. It's war. It happens. But what better time to join than now, while they need the help? Why wait 'til after the war and kind of do nothing, when everything's at ease?

Monday, November 21, 2005
 
Who can use the term Coward?
by Cordeiro
Much has been made about the one-minute floor speech given by Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) during last Friday's debate on the House floor. The MSM and the Congressional Jackass Caucus would have you believe she called Congressman John Murtha a coward.

Coward is a very strong word. I will not refer to Mr. Murtha as a coward. I have no right to do so. Mr. Murtha is a decorated combat veteran, a retired Marine Colonel. If you read this blog at all, you know of the respect I have for the United States Marine Corps.

That said, Ms. Schmidt did not call Mr. Murtha a coward. If she had, I would have been the first to criticize her right here. What she did was relay a message from Danny Bopp to Mr. Murtha. You can see the speech here, courtesy of Political Teen's non-stop video recorder. Having trouble hearing her speech over the Out Of Order Unhinged Jackass Caucus? Here's the transcript:

He asked me to send Congress a message — stay the course. He also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message — that cowards cut and run, Marines never do.
So, now that we know Ms. Schmidt was delivering a message for someone, just who is Danny Bopp?

When you refer to him, make sure you use his proper title: Colonel Danny Bopp, United States Marine Corps.

That, dear reader, is the only person who can call a USMC Colonel a coward. If Murtha and the other Democrats who are wailing about this issue have a problem with Colonel Bopp, perhaps they should take the issue up with him.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Gettysburg Address Turns 142
by Cordeiro
Many thanks to the Infamous Dean Barnett for bringing this anniversary to my remembrance, and also pointing out that - even back then - The New York Times missed out on the most important words spoken on that day.

Abe was brief, to the point, and said more in a few paragraphs than Edward Everett said in the hours he occupied. He even went as far as to admit the same to Lincoln in a letter written after the event:

Permit me also to express my great admiration of the thoughts expressed by you, with such eloquent simplicity & appropriateness, at the consecration of the cemetery. I should be glad, if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes.
To which Abe replied:

In our respective parts yesterday, you could not have been excused to make a short address, nor I a long one. I am pleased to know that, in your judgment, the little I did say was not entirely a failure.
Not bad for a man who wrote his own stuff.

Here endeth the lesson.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
 
What Numbers Mean
by Cordeiro
Last night in a truly raucous session on the floor of the House of Representatives, the resolution to immediately withdraw US forces from Iraq went down to defeat - 403-3.

Just so you know who the three Democrats who want to immediately cut and run from Iraq, here they are:

Jose Serrano of New York, Robert Wexler of Florida, and Cynthia McKinney of Georgia.

I have to hand it to those three - at least they vote their mind.

No self respecting politician in his or her right mind would want to go on record in favor of unconditional surrender to Binny Laden and al-Zarqawi. That said, I think it's very important to look at the procedural votes that brought this measure to the floor for the actual vote.

Here's the CSPAN graphic just so you know how it played out.


This records who actually wanted to be put on record for, or against, this measure. In my humble opinion, it records the vote of who supports the troops, and their finishing the mission America sent them to do.

Democrats, as usual, are crying foul. "Bella" Pelosi called the vote "a disgrace". Harold Ford, a blue democrat from the very red state of Tennessee, had to be physically restrained as he charged across the center isle screaming that Republicans were making uncalled-for personal attacks. Marty Meehan was seen yelling "You guys are pathetic! Pathetic!"

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is the Democratic party - unmedicated, uncensored, unhinged and unrestrained. This is what happens when they are asked to take a public stance on an issue they know the American people do not share. Yes, last night they were united. Every single House Democrat has now been recorded as being in favor of capitulation.

This will not be forgotten in the coming election cycle. And they know it.

Here endeth the lesson.

Graphic Hat Tip - Political Teen
Friday, November 18, 2005
 
Capitol Hill Gamblers
by Cordeiro
Most people familiar with Capitol Hill don't expect much to happen on a Friday night. The most dangerous place to be on a Friday afternoon is between a federal employee and the door after about four o'clock. On the Hill its much earlier than that. Congress is always one to set an example on that issue - and it's always a bi-partisan rush for the door.

Today will be different, however. Seems the Republican House Leadership has seen fit to call the House Democrats (especially those of the Jackass Caucus) on their never ending rhetoric about whether or not to cut and run, surrender, and just plain get the hell out of Iraq.

People like Bella Pelosi operate under the assertion nobody will ever call their rhetorical bluff for what it is - full of sound and fury signifying absolutely nothing. John Murtha very publicly joined this chorus yesterday. I guarantee you Pelosi and company never thought they would have to lay their cards out on the table with a vote tonight.

So, tonight we get to see where they stand. Do they believe the over hyped public opinion polls ginned up by the MSM? Are they willing to put their political careers on the line and show the American people their true colors? Are they prepared to enter the House of Representatives tonight and unfurl the white flag of surrender?

Will they vote for a very simple resolution which states:

It is the sense of the House of Representatives that the deployment of United States forces in Iraq be terminated immediately.
No amendments. No hedging. Where do you stand, Congressman/woman?

Its about damn time somebody called their bluff.

Kenny Rogers admonished Gamblers to "Never count your money, while you're sitting at the table" and to "know when to walk away, and know when to run."

Democrats have seriously overplayed their hand, and tonight it will show.

If you're looking for drama, you might want to ditch network television and check out CSPAN.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Friday Quick Hits
by Cordeiro
Who the hell is Stansfield Turner?
Turns out he was the CIA director (DCI) from 1977-1981. Let's review the highlights of that era.

- The Jimmy "Sir Robin" Carter Era. Yeah, that was a banner time for the United States.

- The Iran Hostage Crisis. Real effective use of the intelligence community and military there.

I don't how deep ITV had to dig to get this guy on camera, but he's way out of his league and it shows.

Saddam bribed a French UN official. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

Nancy "Bella" Pelosi comes unglued on the House floor.

That play book is getting really worn, Bella. You need some new lines. Video here.

John "Lurch" Kerry has a plan for Iraq.

This plan is no doubt filed in the same cabinet as the Lurch Plan for Social Security, the Lurch Tax Plan, and the Lurch Plan for Appeasement. Lurch always has a plan, he just never produces it for public scrutiny. Afraid of a little laughter, are we Lurch?

HT Political Teen.

Never Dare a Marine Division

From the Gertz/Scarborough Inside the Ring column comes an email from a Marine Major in Iraq detailing something the MSM refuses to publicize. Telling the story of Marine operations in areas the press delcares American forces "dare not go" he says the following:

Well, they should learn to never dare a Marine Division! Both operations were executed almost flawlessly. Most of the enemy fled upon the arrival of the Marines but a good number of them stayed to fight. Those that did quickly found out the 70 virgins they were promised for martyrdom was bravo sierra!
Well said, Marine.
 
Letters from the front
by Cordeiro
From Sgt. Hook via Mudville, a letter from a 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sergeant (1st Platoon) that should be forwarded to Congressman Murtha's office.

I'll give you a few excerpts from the letter, however it is lengthy so I recommend you go to Sgt. Hook and read the whole thing.

My fellow Americans, I have a task for those with the courage and fortitude to take it. I have a message that needs not fall on deaf ears. A vision the blind need to see. I am not a political man nor one with great wisdom. I am just a soldier who finds himself helping rebuild a country that he helped liberate a couple years ago.

I have watched on television how the American public questions why their mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters are fighting and dying in a country 9000 miles away from their own soil. Take the word of a soldier, for that is all I am, that our cause is a noble one. The reason we are here is one worth fighting for. A cause that has been the most costly and sought after cause in our small span of existence on our little planet. Bought in blood and paid for by those brave enough to give the ultimate sacrifice to obtain it. A right that is given to every man, woman, and child I believe by God. I am talking of freedom.
Sergeant, when you get through drinking a few of Hook's cold ones, look me up. The next ones are on me.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
 
Self Inflicted Defeat
by Cordeiro
Sometimes there is very little that separates victory from defeat. On the playing field, a yard or two is all the separates those who wear victory rings from those who wish they did. Often, victory is measured in inches.

On the field of battle, the cost of those inches is measured in lives. Husbands, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters who were sent by their country to fulfill a mission. War is not for the timid, nor the weak.

Of all the lessons that came out of Vietnam, I thought the most agreed upon lesson was the importance of finishing any war you get yourself into. We did not lose the Vietnam war because of a lack of military firepower or a lack of willingness on the part of the US Armed Forces to win the battle. No matter what the apologists of that era may say or write to the contrary, they are wrong.

What led to the US withdraw from Vietnam, and the subsequent fall of South Vietnam to the Communist North was the lack of willingness on the part of the Washington establishment to allow the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to do their job. Vietnam was not lost in the rice paddies and the hilltops of that country. It was lost in the halls of Congress (and the campuses of this nation).

For years we heard lawmakers, military planners, and others swear up and down - "Never again will we repeat the failures of Vietnam." Well, for some on Capitol Hill, the echoes of those promises have faded.

Case and point: Representative John Murtha (D-Pa), a "hawkish" democrat, ex-marine intel officer of the Vietnam era, and a supporter of the Iraq War, has introduced legislation demanding the complete withdrawal of US troops from Iraq - possibly within six months.

Our military is suffering, the future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region.
Yes, Congressman, our military is suffering. Do you honestly believe bringing them home and thus invalidating the reasons behind that suffering will make that burden easier? Yours is a call for surrender, sir, and one I believe most Marines would take issue with.

Side note: Personally, I believe Representative Murtha was coaxed into doing this by his leftist colleagues because their own rants aren't getting as much attention or airplay as was and is expected. Murtha's comments aren't new. He's been spouting them for some time.

This call for retreat is beaten back by none other than Senator John McCain (R-Az). When he's right, I'll be the first in line to applaud him.

A date is not an exit strategy. To suggest that it is only encourages our enemies, by indicating that the end to American intervention is near. It alienates our friends, who fear an insurgent victory, and tempts undecideds to join the anti-government ranks.
The only reason the United States will fail in its mission in Iraq is if people like Representative Murtha are able to convince the American people the war is not worth winning.

The only defeat that can be experienced by the United States in Iraq is one that is self inflicted.

No retreat. No surrender. No appeasement.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Big Time Strikes Back
by Cordeiro
Looks like the gloves are beginning to come off. Vice President Dick "Big Time" Cheney took to the stage and addressed the Frontiers of Freedom Institute. His actual audience, however, was not in the building.

Read his remarks, as prepared for delivery. Pulling punches is not something Big Time is very good at.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
 
Senate Demands Iraq Strategy
by Cordeiro
By now I'm sure you've read or heard of the Senate effort to force the W Administration to clearly define a strategy for Iraq. The Senate Jackass Caucus, led by Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry (D-Circus Circus) was stymied in their efforts to force W to set a date certain by which the United States Armed forces would flee Iraq and let it descend into a chaotic quagmire reminiscent of Saigon in 1975.

Side Note: I'm not a Constitutional Law Professor, so perhaps this issue would be best explained by the Blogfather. My reading of the Constitution leads me to believe Congress has no standing upon which to dictate strategy, policy, or any other part of a war. By Constitutional designation, Congress is endowed with the right to declare war. This they did(although "Lurch" Kerry, Hillary "We Are The President" Clinton, Scotch Kennedy, and Dusty Harry would prefer you believe they were lied into voting as they did) with the resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq. Sorry, Lurch, it was not an authorization to "threaten" the use of force. Try reading the resolution before you vote on it next time.

The President (that would be W) as the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, is Constitutionally endowed with the authority to wage war. This separation of powers is very specific. Before you go citing the 1973 War Powers Act to me, I would remind you that legislation has never been put before the Supreme Court and most lawyers don't think it would past muster if it were put to such judicial scrutiny.

Congress really only has one option to exercise oversight of wartime operations. It has, as designated by the Constitution, the power of the purse. It can, therefore, refuse to fund wartime operations if it feels so inclined. Go ahead, Dusty Harry. Try that one. I dare you.

End of Digression.

What Dusty Harry and the rest of the Senate Jackass Caucus, inexplicably joined by people like John Warner, fail to see is the very straight forward strategy already put forth by the W Administration and boiled down into bullet points by Scrappleface's Scott Ott:

US Iraq Strategy:

1. Kill Terrorists
2. Train Iraqi forces to Kill Terrorists
3. Help Iraqis build schools and infrastructure
4. Leave behind first democracy in Arab World.
5. Annoy the hell out of Dusty Harry and the Senate Jackass Caucus
Ok, I added that last point.

Here's the bottom line. The US will be finished in Iraq when the US is finished in Iraq. Wars are over when one side is victorious and the other side either surrenders or is destroyed. Past generations of Americans understood this concept. I doubt any reading of history would find Senate Republicans demanding an "Exit Strategy" from FDR or Truman.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
 
SOTR Announces Defamation Suit Agains Jacques Chirac
by Cordeiro
The Sons of the Republic Blog announced today its intent to file a Defamation lawsuit against French President Jacques Chirac for unauthorized use of the SOTR moniker. As evidence to this transgression, the SOTR submit the following quote:

I wish to tell the children from these difficult neighbourhoods, whatever their origins, that they are all sons and daughters of the republic.
For the record, the SOTR resent Chirac's description of the terrorist thugs as "sons and daughters of the republic". These thugs are criminals and will continue to behave as such until such time as their behavior is modified - either forcibly or voluntarily - most likely the former.

Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, November 14, 2005
 
Howlin' Mad Howie Dean, Unhinged and Unmedicated
by Cordeiro
Sunday was not a good day for Howlin' Mad Howie "I Have A Scream" Dean. His first order of business was to appear on NBC's Meet the Press. Tim Russert and company have been trying to book Howie side by side with the RNC Chairman since Howie ascended to the DNC Chairmanship. They have been thus far unsuccessful, and now we know why.

Video of the two segments is here.

While Howie may talk a good game, he is - for lack of a better term (and I'm glad there isn't one) - a coward.

I don't use that term lightly, I know its weight and meaning.

Howie is unwilling (and intellectually unable in my opinion) to engage in a live debate with his counterpart. In short, the show (or at least the segment) has to be about Howie or he'll take his ball and go home.

Perhaps he's afraid Ken Mehlman might have fallen out of his chair in hysterical fits of uncontrollable laughter when, asked for comment regarding the Democratic party's treatment of GOP senate candidate Steele of Maryland, Howie declared:

I didn't hear Ken condemning the chairman of the Maryland party when he called me an anti-Semite.
The only problem is, the GOP Chairman in Maryland never made such a statement.

Howie's office is, of course, unavailable for comment. Most likely they're trying to figure out why they're so far behind the fundraising curve.

Ain't market forces wonderful?

Here endeth the lesson.
Friday, November 11, 2005
 
Veteran's Day 2005
by Cordeiro

Liberty isn't free.


If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read it in English, thank a Vet.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
 
United States Marine Corps Turns 230
by Cordeiro
On 10 November 1775 the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing the raising of two battalions of Continental Marines.

Since that day, from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, the United States Marines have been (with few exceptions) the first to enter the battles of this great nation - and the last to leave those battlefields.

On 1 November 1921 the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John A. Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921 directing every command to read the summary of the history, mission, and tradition of the Marine Corps in commemoration of the Corps birthday.

The Marines, always ones to follow orders and never missing an excuse to throw a good party, have dutifully complied with this instruction since its issuance in 1921.

Happy Birthday, Marines. Semper Fi.
 
More Potshots at the French
by Cordeiro

The French Government announced Tuesday their pleasure at the decrease in the number of cars being torched by the rioting thugs. For some unknown reason, the rioting thugs only managed to torch 426 cars as opposed to the 741 they torched the previous night.

Maybe its just me, but has anyone considered the possibility France may be running low on torchable cars?

I know, I need to get help. Maybe I'll enter a 12 step program.

Before I do that, however, I will relate a story told to me by a former Marine.

The story involves a old Marine Corp Sergeant who somehow got invited to an Embassy function at a consulate somewhere in France. Most Marines I know would feel more comfortable with a Pizza and a few six packs than at a stuffy embassy function. How the Sergeant wound up there was not clear. Perhaps he lost a bet.

The Sergeant ended up sitting at a table with a French diplomat. They made small talk (again, not a forte of most Marine Sergeants) and eventually the following exchange took place:

Sergeant: Tell me, sir, how many Frenchmen does it take to hold Paris?

French Diplomat: I do not know. It is a joke? Tell me how many Frenchmen does it take to hold Paris?

Sergeant: I don't know. Nobody does. Ain't never been done before!
Diplomacy, Marine style.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
 
Wednesday Quick Hits
by Cordeiro
2005 Election Post Mortem:

No doubt today you will read the MSM trumpeting the success of Democrats in an off year, low turnout election. Yes, Dems did manage to hold on to the Governor's Mansions in Virginia and New Jersey. This actually comes as quite a surprise to Democrats in that, for the first time in several election cycles, they didn't lose. I'm no expert on the down and dirty politics in New Jersey, however I do have some light to shed on the Virginia race.

Tim Kaine did beat Jerry Kilgore by a very unimpressive margin. He ran two different races - one for the conservative outside the beltway Virginia, and another for the beltway Northern Virginia. What remains to be seen is whether or not he can govern out of both sides of his mouth the same way he ran his campaign. Kilgore ran a colossally unimpressive campaign and frankly deserved to lose. That said, Kaine had no coat-tails and was unable to help his fellow Dems capture the Lieutenant Governor or Attorney General seats. The legislature in Richmond is heavily Republican. Good luck, Tim. Don't expect a honeymoon.

Dusty Harry loses his mind.

Via the Blogfather I came across this snippet from Senator Minority Leader Dusty Harry (D-Circus Circus): (Audio available from Radioblogger)

The manipulation of intelligence, to sell the war in Iraq, Vice President Cheney is involved in that. The White House energy policy, that puts Big Oil ahead of the American consumer, Vice President Cheney is behind that. Leaking classified information to discredit White House critics, the Vice President is behind that. Halliburton, contracting abuse, the list goes on and it goes on. Certainly America can do better than that.
What did "Big Time" Cheney ever do to Dusty Harry? Was there a scuffle in the Senate Cloakroom? Perhaps Big Time took the last low-fat muffin in the cafeteria.

Whatever the case may be, it is clear Dusty Harry's undergarments are in a very tight wad these days. He is clearly trying to undermine Big Time with allegations that have little foundation in fact. In doing this, Dusty Harry does little more than make himself look like a very poor caricature of a Court Jester.

Yes, Harry, America can do better - better than you.

Just Who Was Lying About Iraqi WMD?

I finally managed to find a writer who has thoroughly researched just exactly who said what when about Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction. I submit for your review Norman Podhoretz's latest article in Commentary Magazine.

He cites sources, he cites dates, times, and places. So before you give into the MSM indoctrination that the WMD in Iraq was a issue dreamed up in Crawford as an excuse to take this nation to war, go read Podhoretz. Come back and call me on it when you have refuted every single one of his documented claims with documentation of your own. I figure that should take you a while, so you'll forgive me if I don't hang around and wait for you.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
 
E.J. Dionne, Jr Gets It Right...Almost
by Cordeiro
Most of the time I'm very unimpressed with the verbiage spewed forth by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr. He's very far off the left end of the political spectrum, and usually he makes no illusions to his political slant.

But even a stopped clock is right twice a day. That may be a little too much for E.J. so I'll limit it to being almost right once.

His latest piece, posted over at RealClearPolitics.com trumpets the need for "Democratic Vision" similar to what Newt Gingrich laid out for the GOP in the 1994 election cycle.

My personal opinion is there is no such vision in the Democratic Party. They have a very thin bench for the upcoming mid-term and presidential election cycle. As far as I can tell, they're going to stick with the tried and failed dogma that has led them to landslide defeats for the past three election cycles.

You're familiar with the worn out one liners:

Bush lied us into War.

Bring the Troops home.

Republicans steal from the poor.

Karl Rove is the Devil Incarnate.
That last one is fictional as far as I can tell, but I'm fairly sure its been proclaimed in the MSM someplace already.

The one nugget of sanity in Dionne's column is his plea for the Democrats not to squander the 2006 opportunity.

It would be a shame if the Democrats' quest for something to say produced only focus-group driven sloganeering and mush.
Memo to Mr. Dionne: That's all the Democratic party has produced over the past 20 some years! Focus-group driven sloganeering defined the Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration. Hell, the guy even took polls on where to vacation. No matter how much lipstick and perfume you put on that Donkey, its still going to be an Ass.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Torture
by Cordeiro
Here we go again.

Senator John "Squish" McCain, seeking to eclipse "Up" Chuck Schumer for face time in front of the MSM, has again injected himself into an issue with which he has some experience. He has introduced a bill in the Senate, which passed by a vote of 90-9, to ban "torture" of terrorist detainees.

While this looks good on paper and even better as a photo-op, the logic behind the Legislative branch dictating to the Commander In Chief of the Military terms under which prisoners may be interrogated is ludicrous at best. Today's politically correct frenchified pop culture defines torture as anything that might make the terrorist uncomfortable.

Under this definition, denying the terrorist lattes, culturally appropriate clothing and meals, or sleep could fall under the definition of torture.

Let's get a few things straight here. The people "detained" down at Club Gitmo and any other formerly secret detention facilities operated by the United States in other locations around the world are terrorists. They were captured either on the battlefield or in connection with terrorist activities elsewhere. They may or may not have information regarding future attacks on America or her interests and citizens abroad.

I am not concerned about their comfort. As a matter of fact, I hope they live in fear that the next person coming through their cell doorway will snap their neck and put them out of their misery. I don't want them knowing they are protected by some pseudo-intellectual so called enlightened group of Senators who want to make nice with the bleeding heart leftist movement.

It would do this group of people well to remember where United Flight 93 was headed. It would also do them well to know the small band of patriots weren't concerned about the feelings of the murdering thugs hijackers when they took the plane down.

W made a very bold statement yesterday on this issue. He said the following:

There's an enemy that lurks and plots and plans and wants to hurt America again. So you bet we will aggressively pursue them but we will do so under the law.
He also stated:

We do not torture.
Unlike Prisoner I don't see a discrepancy in these two declarations. I believe you can aggressively pursue an enemy - detain, interrogate, and extract needed information from him without resorting to the type of torture McCain is so familiar with. Then again, Prisoner and I have very different definitions of torture.

Terrorists do not need to know the lengths to which we will go to extract information from them. One does not show his cards to an opponent and hope that knowledge won't be used against him.

Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, November 07, 2005
 
Paris Is Glowing This Evening
by Cordeiro
That’s because it’s on fire and has been for the better part of the past two weeks.

The MSM, in its never ending quest to provide a politically correct view of world events, refers to the rioters as “young people” or “youths” protesting the electrocution of two other youths who were fried in a power substation whilst avoiding a police pursuit that didn’t even involve them.

I’m still trying to make sense of how two people frying themselves while hiding from police who weren’t even looking for them can turn into justification for torching large sections of the outskirts of Paris. Perhaps it’s a conspiracy hatched by French automakers in order to boost new car sales.

I digress.

First off, let’s get some things really clear. The thugs behind this two-week terror streak hail from North Africa and several different Arab countries. They are predominately Muslim. France itself can count 10% of its population makeup from this demographic. On the whole they live in areas that can be best described as ghettoes – areas plagued by high crime, high unemployment, and generally poor living conditions. This is not a new phenomenon in France – these ghettoes have been there for decades. People come to these areas from their homelands. They do not assimilate into the French culture (whatever that is) and have little hope of escaping the poverty and culturally imposed lifestyle inherent in their surroundings.

So, what is the French reaction to this terror streak? Jacque Chirac promises swift justice and punishment for the offenders, yet the violence continues. Police officials are not optimistic about the prospects of law and order being restored anytime soon. Personally, I’m not at all convinced France has the ability to repel this act of aggression by the “youths” under Islamofascist influence.

France is being invaded for the first time this century. Yes, I know it’s from within, but the question remains – Will France do any better against this invasion than they did with the two invasions of the past century?

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Project Valour-IT
by Cordeiro

A worthy cause if ever there was one. Soldier's Angels has started a campaign to provide voice activated laptop computers for those of our brave servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For what these men and women have given to their country, I can think of few more meaningful gifts to give them than the ability to communicate with their loved ones.

On a side note, in case you're wondering why I joined the Army side of this effort, its because I was about 12 years old before I realized there were other branches of the military.









Friday, November 04, 2005
 
Memo To Senator Arlen Specter (r-PA)
by Cordeiro
Dear Senator:

It has come to my attention that the Senate Judiciary Committee intend to hold hearings on W's SCOTUS nominee, Judge Samuel Alito. While I am pleased you intend to fulfill your constitutional obligation in doing this, I must protest the fact you intend to hold said hearings in January 2006.

I understand you and your fellow Senators are busy people. You have fundraisers to attend and long, dry, and incredibly boring speeches to give on the Senate floor. In addition to this you obviously have to spend a lot of time working on those Sense of the Senate resolutions extolling the virtues of those who collect aluminum cans for recycling. These responsibilities must be incredibly time consuming.

Never the less, taking two months to hold a simple hearing is outrageous.

I understand the wheels of Washington DC sometimes move slowly. I am not asking you and your fellow senators to do anything above and beyond the call of duty. I am simply asking you to do your job - to do that which the people of Pennsylvania and the United States sent you there to do.

In short, get out of your overstuffed chair, off your self important kiester, and get to work. Now would be a good time.

Here endeth the lesson.

For those of you wanting to deliver a more personalized message to Mssr. Specter, here is his contact information, courtesy of Blogs for Bush.

Phone: (202) 224-4254
E-mail: Contact Form
Thursday, November 03, 2005
 
Racial Politics
by Cordeiro
Let's talk a bit about racial politics today. The issue of race and racism - both real and implied - have manifested themselves in undeniable fashion over the past few days in different venues, but the overall message is the same.

Democrats are the party of "The Minority" (read Black or African American).
Republicans are little more than White Sheeted Racists looking for an excuse to lynch black people.

It is taboo in today's society to make racially disparaging or otherwise insensitive remarks about black people. This is as it should be.

If I may digress for a minute to answer the obvious question: Cordeiro, why don't you use the term "African American"? Well, sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. For the purpose of this post, I will defer to the late SCOTUS Justice Thurgood Marshall who said "Don't refer to me as an African American. I am a Black Man." If my terminology offends you, I'm sorry. End of digression.

Personally, I abhor racist language. I do not use it nor do I permit its use in my presence. The hardest, most vicious hit I ever delivered on the football field was directed at an opponent who used a racial epithet in reference to one of my team mates.

The Leftist Black Establishment (for lack of a better term) evidently doesn't share my views. The best example of this is the current Lieutenant Governor of Maryland Michael Steele. Steele is currently seeking the US Senate seat from his state. To date he has been pelted with Oreo cookies and called everything from an "Uncle Tom" to "Simple Sambo" - complete with a doctored photo showing him as a Blackfaced Minstrel.

Michael Steele has committed an unforgivable crime, you see. He's black. In addition to that, he's a conservative Republican.

Where are these attacks coming from? People like State Senator Verna Jones, Baltimore Democrat and vice chairman of the General Assembly's black caucus. She says the aforementioned acts are simply "pointing out the obvious".

Evidently any black politician who strays from the Democratic Party's Reservation is subject to friendly fire from their own race. These remarks, though obviously patently racist, are allowed to spew forth without consequence. After all, a Black Conservative Republican has sold out to "The Man".

Michael Steele is not alone in this situation. I cite the examples of J.C Watts - the Oklahoma Congressman denied entry into the Congressional Black Caucus, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, and Rod Paige. All Republicans, all Black, and most universally regarded as sell outs by the Leftist Black Establishment.

Racism is not a one way street. Racists should be called what they are, no matter which side of the isle or race they may be on.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
 
Dusty Harry Throws A Tantrum
by Cordeiro
Somedays its hard being an adult, especially when you have to deal with other people's bratty kids. Bratty kids have a nasty habit of throwing tantrums. Sometimes they just sit there and scream. Though annoying, this is pretty easy to ignore, and eventually said bratty kid realizes nobody is paying attention to him.

Then the Bratty Kid takes it to the next tantrum level. This consists of him stomping his feet and holding his breath. Again, fairly easy to ignore because breathing is an involuntary reflex. The Bratty Kid may pass out, but he'll start breathing again shortly.

On occasion, the adult finds himself in a public forum with a Bratty Kid. This gives the Bratty Kid an opportunity to embarrass the Adult in a location where the Bratty Kid cannot be effectively disciplined. Usually this entails the Bratty Kid falling to the floor, and entertaining the public with a fit of kicking and screaming. The Adult is then forced to remove the Bratty Kid from the public forum.

The aforementioned paragraphs explain roughly what happened on the floor of the US Senate today. The Senate Jackass Caucus, effectively represented by Senate Minority Leader Dusty Harry (D-Circus Circus) and his sidekick Dick Durbin (D-Ill). Having been severely disappointed by the non-indictment of Karl "Sith Lord" Rove and thereby being deprived of yet another opportunity to skewer-by-proxy W, Dusty Harry and Dick Durbin proceeded to throw a tantrum on the Senate floor. They invoked a little used (as in not in the past 30 years or so) rule - Rule XXI - that enables them to take the Senate into closed session - thereby ceasing the little that actually happens on the floor.

Their cover story is a worn out demand to investigate the possible alleged manipulation of intelligence in order to justify the invasion of Iraq. They're outraged they can't get anyone to pay attention to their crackpot conspiracy theories.

Why doesn't anyone pay attention to their crackpot conspiracy theories? Because of the crackpot conspiracy theories.

Somedays I feel like Dennis Miller.

What Dusty Harry and Dick Durbin managed to do was make themselves look like a bunch of whining four-year-olds who've been kicked out of the sandbox.

Memo to Dusty Harry: If you want to investigate your crackpot conspiracy theories, you need do but one thing - Win an election. It might help if you stopped whining.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
SCOTUS, Take Two
by Cordeiro
A little late in getting to this subject, but I've been busy.

W worked quickly to replace the Harriet Miers nomination with Samuel Alito. At first glance, Alito's conservative credentials are impressive - a fact not lost on the unhinged leftists.

The stage has now been set and the die cast for an actual ideological debate/battle over SCOTUS. In my humble opinion, its about damn time.

David Corn, a left leaning writer, lays out a decent strategy that could be effective in derailing Alito's nomination. The only problem is, the Senate Jackass Caucus led by Dusty Harry, Scotch Kennedy, and Babs Boxer (just to name a few) shows no sign of being civil. They show no interest in debate. They're only interested in one verb here - that being to Bork.

Bear in mind, dear reader, Alito has already been confirmed by the United States Senate - by unanimous vote - twice. I hope somebody asks Scotch Kennedy how he justifies his opposition to someone he voted to confirm - twice. Perhaps he'll plead guilty to Voting Under the Influence.

Let the games begin.

Here endeth the lesson.


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