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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

Thursday, November 30, 2006
 
Tangled Webb
by Cordeiro
Some people just don’t know when to turn off the campaign switch.

There is a tradition in American politics. After the election dust is settled those chosen by the people to do the people’s business get together in the middle of the field, shake hands, and go to work. People in Washington have been doing this for over 200 years now.

A part of this tradition is a White House reception for incoming lawmakers. I don’t know about you, but being on a White House guest list for any occasion, even for a sit down Barbeque on the veranda, would be an honor to attend.

Note to W and Laura: I’ll gladly clear an evening of your choice.

Enter Jim Webb, narrow victor in Virginia’s senate race. He has made no secret of his disdain for W as a President and as a man. His campaign was more against W than it was against his opponent George Allen. Webb did not win his senate seat as much as Allen lost it.

Webb has a son, a Marine Lance Corporal, who is currently on active duty in Iraq along with 125,000 of his countrymen. The Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces went out of his way to ask the incoming senator the question “How’s your boy?”

Most people would have politely responded and thanked the President for his inquiry. Not Webb. He replied:

I'd like to get them [sic] out of Iraq.
You’ll note the [sic] because W inquired as to a specific marine, Lance Corporal Webb, not the entire deployed force. W “rephrased” the question:

That's not what I asked you. How's your boy?
To which Senator-elect Webb retorted:

That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President.
For nearly six years now, the press and the Washington establishment have decried W’s lack of tact and class. Looks like W has been upstaged in that department.

Memo to Jim Webb: You now represent me in the United States Senate. You represent all Virginians when you enter the White House door. Let me put it to you in simple language you might understand. I expect better. I would expound further on my disgust in regards to your behavior, however I’ll leave that to the brilliant pen of George Will:

Webb certainly has conveyed what he is: a boor. Never mind the patent disrespect for the presidency. Webb's more gross offense was calculated rudeness toward another human being -- one who, disregarding many hard things Webb had said about him during the campaign, asked a civil and caring question, as one parent to another. When -- if ever -- Webb grows weary of admiring his new grandeur as a "leader" who carefully calibrates the "symbolic things" he does to convey messages, he might consider this: In a republic, people decline to be led by leaders who are insufferably full of themselves.( Emphasis added)
Getting on George Will’s bad side before even taking the oath of office is not a good sign, Jim. He took all of two paragraphs to eviscerate your Wall Street Journal victory lap editorial. He used stubborn facts. You used vague hyperbole. You lost.

I expect better, Jim.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
 
Courtland Milloy’s Excellent Adventure
by Cordeiro
I like to consider myself a person of a fairly diverse geographic and cultural background. I’ve lived a lot of places and seen many more. I understand what it’s like to be a stranger in a strange land.

Let me begin by saying I applaud the Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy for actually getting on a plane, departing the beltway and visiting a place most political pundits refer to as “fly-over country”. Mr. Milloy’s dateline for his latest column gives his location as none other than the Crossroads of the West – Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the interest of full disclosure, though I do not presently call Salt Lake City my home, my ancestral roots in Utah date back to Brother Brigham’s decent through Emigration Canyon. I spent a good chunk of my formative years there and finished my undergraduate education at Brigham Young University.

Mr. Milloy’s headline “Liberty, Justice and Representation for All” draws a parallel between the never ending quest of the District of Columbia for voting representation in Congress and Utah’s quest for a fourth seat in the US House of Representatives. DC has made this a perennial issue – to the point most DC license plates are emblazoned with the complaint TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

Utah, on the other hand, should have been awarded an additional congressional seat in the last census. Had the Census Bureau actually counted all the people in Utah the way it was supposed to, Mr. Milloy would have to find something else to complain about. You see, at any given time, 10,000-20,000 Utahns are serving missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in foreign countries. While the Census allows for the counting of citizens living abroad for reasons such as the Peace Corps and Military service, religious service is not recognized. In the 2000 Census, the non-counting of foreign serving missionaries made the difference in congressional representation. So much for counting everybody.

So Mr. Milloy left the beltway cocoon and ventured to Utah. He spent a good chunk of his time talking to a BYU political science professor after having vainly searched for a “black barbershop” in Provo. He fills his column inches with wide generalizations and cooks statistics to paint Utah in a bad light while highlighting what ever good side of DC he can find.

C’mon, Courtland. You honestly expect anyone to believe DC rates #2 among places people want to live in? Who paid off Places Rated Almanac anyway?

Utah is a very red state. It is run by Republicans who think if a fourth seat is awarded, the other three districts would have to be rearranged in order to accommodate the fourth congressional district. This troubles Democrats, because they fear Jim Matheson – Utah’s lone Democrat in Congress – would be redistricted out of a job. Matheson’s district is drawn in such a way that nearly all Utah democrats have a chance to vote for him. So, redistricting and a fourth seat in congress would give a +2 advantage to Republicans whilst only giving a +1 to Pelosi and Company. There is a serious possibility that Nancy and her fellow Congressional Jackasses will give DC the middle finger and deep six the potential DC congress seat to avoid giving any advantage to the GOP.

Mr. Milloy’s solution? Utah should defer to DC and abstain from rocking the congressional boat. By so suggesting (and in a way demanding), Mr. Milloy shows his utter lack of understanding any point of view other than his own. Congressional districts are drawn by the states. DC’s desire for congressional representation can have no bearing on the way Utah congressional districts are drawn, nor which party ends up winning the new seat. This leaves aside the fact the US Constitution limits congressional representation to states. No other territory, district, or other US holding has a voting member in Congress. If DC really wants voting members in Congress, it should try to acquire statehood like all the other states did.

Milloy also shows his lack of historical understanding. Utah exists as a state today because of the lack of attention paid to US citizens who attempted to petition their government for a redress of grievances back in the early 1800s. Utahn’s don’t take kindly to an eastern-mentality pundit telling them how they should run their state. What he calls “petty political calculations” are actually pretty important to them.

And, personally, I found Milloy’s comparison of the grandeur of Utah’s mountains to the National Mall in DC to be rather hollow. How can anyone compare the spectacular Wasatch mountain range – put in place by the hand of God - soaring miles into the air and stretching for thousands of miles to an area of 309.17 acres built by the hands of men to honor men’s achievements in God’s Country? I guess Milloy suffers from the same affliction which causes men to look upon their creations and call them “majestic” while God creates a mountain and simply calls it “good.”

Memo to Courtland Milloy: Your column shows you need to get out more. Feel free to return to the state of Utah – I’m sure it would do you good. Remember, if DC loses out on a congressional seat, it will have little to do with the scheming Utah Republicans. DC’s congressperson will be denied by Congressional Jackasses more interested in clinging to power than actually representing the people. Chew on that for awhile. And, while I can’t find you a “black barbershop” in Provo, next time you pass through town, look up Gary Dayton. He’ll take good care of you.

Here endeth the lesson.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
 
Happy Turkey Day!!
by Cordeiro
Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

October 3, 1863



The year that is drawing towards 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 cannot 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 unequalled 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 theatre of military conflict; while that theatre 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 defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the 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 battle-field; 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 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 at sea and those who are sojourning 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 interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity 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 third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

A. Lincoln
Thursday, November 16, 2006
 
Hillary Dressed Down By General Abizaid
by Cordeiro
Yesterday General John Abizaid, commander of the US Central Command, was in Washington DC to testify before the Senate Armed Services committee. He was grilled by senators from both parties about the situation on the ground in Iraq. Personally, I think it’s a waste of time for a general to be recalled from the field to field questions from a bunch of pompous windbags, but that’s the way our system works.

One of the pompous windbags taking aim at General Abizaid was none other than the current democratic presidential frontrunner, the Junior (in name only) Senator from the State of New York, the (less than) honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton.

I did not see Hillary in action, but thanks to Blogfather Hugh and his podcasting wizard Generalissimo Duane, I did get to hear her take her best shot at Abizaid. Some things you should know about Hillary’s questioning style. She may come across as very powerful when her words are read from a transcript. Her live performance is the complete opposite. Everything she says is read in measured monotones to the point that her questions often put witnesses to sleep before she gets to her point.

Fortunately, General Abizaid was well rested for this exchange which began with Hillary pontificating after this fashion:

Hope is not a strategy. Hortatory talk about what the Iraqi government must do is getting old. ... The brutal fact is it is not happening.
Am I the only one who had to look up “Hortatory”? Hillary always wants to appear to be the smartest person in the room. Much to her surprise, the smartest person in that room was wearing Army green.

If you read the CNN article, you’d think that was where the exchange ended. Same thing with the AP report published by Yahoo. To the best of my knowledge, no MSM source quotes Genreal Abizaid’s reply.

As much as I don’t like to continually point out the obvious bias in the MSM, I have to tell you that’s not where the exchange ended. General Abizaid, to his credit, did not let Hillary’s claim go un-refuted. He had the last word with this statement:
Senator, I agree with you. And I would also say that despair is not a method. And when I come to Washington, I feel despair. When I’m in iraq with my commanders, when I talk to our soldiers, when I talk to the Iraqi leadership, they are not despairing. They believe that they can move their country towards stability with our help, and I believe this.
It is my opinion that the MSM writers and editors purposely excluded General Abizaid’s verbal dress down of Hillary because it made her look bad – very bad actually. Well, as the MSM is so fond of reminding us bloggers, I have no editor, so I’m not going to edit his reply out.

Memo to Hillary: There was a time when your condescending exchange with a decorated general would have been swept under the rug by your willing accomplices in the MSM and nobody would have ever known you got your hindquarters handed to you in open session. That time has passed. Welcome to the brave new world.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
 
Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt, United States Air Force
by Cordeiro
Every now and then I find a story that reminds me of the high caliber people that make up the United States Armed Forces. Sadly, such stories are woefully under reported by a media whose goal seems to be undermining the troops and their mission at each and every opportunity.

Let me point you to this story about Chief Master Sergeant John Gebhardt. (HT Newsbusters) He’s the superintendent of the Air Force’s 22nd Wing Medical Group and was up until recently deployed to the Balad Air Base in the Land of Sand. This picture recently made the rounds of the internet and brought some well deserved praise to the Chief.


The family of the child held by the Chief was executed by Islamofacist Murdering Thugs. She was shot in the head, but somehow survived. She would often cry while being treated for her injuries at the US base. For whatever reason, the Chief was the only person who could comfort her. The pair evidently spent many nights sleeping in a chair.

I’ve spent many nights sleeping in a chair attempting to comfort either of my two children. It’s not the most comfortable thing to do. The kid gets more sleep than the adult. But I digress.

So, the next time you read some sensationalized MSM account about travesties committed by US troops in Iraq, first I want you to consider the source. Then I want you to remember guys like John Gebhardt. Then ask yourself why guys like John aren’t front page news.

You’ve got a lot to think about.

Thank you for your service, Chief. Thanks for reminding us that, even in the darkest corners of a war torn world, a light shines forth that darkness cannot extinguish.

Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” – Luke 18:16

Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, November 13, 2006
 
Dems Break Out The Old Playbook
by Cordeiro
Back when I played High School football on the air-less fields of Southern Colorado, my first coach was really old school. So old school was he that his offense was modeled after what was the current college craze of the Wishbone Triple Option. Much has been said about the ‘Bone, I won’t elaborate on it here. Simply put, when the ‘Bone works, it’s a beautiful thing. When it fails, it fails in a spectacular fashion.

Our team’s offense was a spectacular failure.

The defense was another problem entirely. 20 years prior to my donning the helmet and pads, the coach had taken his team to the state championships with a Split-6 defense. It may have worked wonders in the 1960’s, but by the end of the 1980’s offensive coordinators had figured it out.

Coach loved those offensive and defensive schemes so much he insisted on using them despite the fact the scoreboard demanded he try something new. He figured his way was better than whatever conventional wisdom demanded. Needless to say, his tenure as Coach was cut short by angry parents and players.

Well, Bella Pelosi and Dusty Harry are poised to put Capitol Hill under new management. They’ve proclaimed their mandate to take American “in a new direction.” The problem is, their new direction comes from a worn out playbook that hasn’t been updated since the New York Jets won the Super Bowl.

Case and point: Bella Pelosi today endorsed Jack “Re-deploy to Okinawa” Murtha for the position of House Majority Leader. While not a real surprise, her choice takes the wind out the sails propelling those who would prefer to see a more telegenic leader. Murtha speaks loud and long, but seldom makes sense.

Pelosi is also busy shredding the careers of those guilty of having worked with the W Administration in any way shape or form. California’s Jane Harman will not take the chairman’s gavel of the House Intelligence Committee. Who is on Bella’s short list for Intel Committee Chairman? None other than Florida’s own Alcee Hastings. What’s Alcee’s singular claim to fame?

I’m glad you asked.

Once upon a time, Alcee Hastings was a federal judge. I highlight the term “was” because his term on the bench came to a rather abrupt end in 1989 when the US House of Representatives impeached, and the US Senate convicted and removed him from the bench after finding him guilty of taking a bribe of 150 Large in 1981.

Culture of Corruption anyone?

Seems to me the Congressional Jackasses are taking plays from a very old a worn out playbook. And it’s not just limited to Bella Pelosi and the House Jackasses.

Senators Dusty Harry (D-Circus Circus) and Carl Levin (D-Moveon.org) were quick to take to the Sunday talk shows demanding a phased re-deployment (code for surrender) of US troops in Iraq.

Hillary seems intent on resurrecting the Hillarycare program from its padlock tomb where the people sealed it up in 1994. Said Hillary:

Health care is coming back. It may be a bad dream for some.
No, Hillary. It was a nightmare – mostly for you and your party. Feel free to give it another shot.

While it may appear the Republicans are in disarray after their electoral thumping last week, I hope they can hold it together enough to stay out of the way of Nancy, Dusty Harry, and Hillary! long enough for them to hang themselves with their own words.

UPDATE: Clinton (Sorry Excuse For) Administration Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin has beaten his former collegues to the punch on the issue of raising taxes. While I'll defer to the WSJ Editorial Board for their quick slice and dice of Rubin's tax demand, I'll simply state that the Democrats only understand one level of taxation: more.

Here endeth the lesson.

PS. C'mon over, Joe. The water's fine!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
 
Rummy Exits Stage Right
by Cordeiro
With the US Senate due to change hands in January, I can understand why SecDef Donald “Rummy” Rumsfeld has decided to call it career.


Not everyone in DC liked Rummy. Not everyone in the Pentagon liked Rummy. Personally, I liked Rummy because with him you always knew what he thought and where you stood with him. He pulled no punches and worked harder and longer than most beltway types. He was rough around the edges, but he knew what he wanted to accomplish and did his level best to do what his boss wanted him to do.

It was simply his time to go – under his own terms. The other option would be to occupy a permanent post in the witness chair of Carl Levin’s grilling committee. Why anyone would want to endure cheap political potshots by empty suits such as Levin and Lurch is beyond me.

Yes, it would have been entertaining. Yes, Rummy would so deftly and expertly slice and dice his opponents that they would bleed to death before realizing they’d been wounded. However, in time of war, SecDef has more important things to do. Rummy understands that. That, dear reader, is why he will fade away stage right in order that W might soldier on.

That’s the kind of man Rummy is.

Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Fare thee well.

Here endeth the lesson.

Update: Check out Blackfive's Rummy Gallery
 
Time To Survey The Wreckage
by Cordeiro
Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser. – Vince Lombardi

Well, it looks like that limb I shared with Blogfather Hugh and Soxblogger Dean wasn’t as sturdy as I thought it would be. Dean started pounding the panic button with a sledgehammer around 10pm eastern last night. I’m sure there isn’t much left of that button by now.

I’d like to apologize to Dean for the incompetent election officials of the Virginia county which I call home. For some unexplained reason, of all the counties in Virginia to report election results, mine was the very, very last one to do so. George Allen’s re-election is, at best, seriously in doubt at this point. There are some absentee ballots still remaining to be tallied, but I don’t see him gaining the 8,000+ votes necessary to overtake Jim Webb.

The House of Representatives will now become a rogue’s gallery of hard-leftists bent on taking the United States in a “new direction”. This new direction will be led by the likes of Nancy “Bella” Pelosi, Charlie “Count Taxula” Rangel, and Jack “Redeploy to Okinawa” Murtha.

It has been 12 years since the Congressional Jackasses last had the power of the gavel. I do not believe Bella Pelosi and the rest of her leadership caucus have the wherewithal to conduct disciplined House operations. The Congressional Jackasses have been seething for so long – you see they believe it is their divine right to rule – that it won’t take long for their decade of pent up rage to seethe out from behind the bo-toxed veneer Nancy & Company will put on the democratic façade.
Therefore, I have but one piece of advice for Congressional Republicans as they lick their wounds from last night’s defeat:

Get out of the way.

I don’t mean they should roll over and let Nancy & Company push through their hard-left agenda of appease, retreat, and surrender. Just get out of the space between Pelosi, Rangel, Murtha, et. al. and the banks of cameras and microphones they so desperately desire. In short, give them all the rope they need to hang themselves.

Here’s the short lesson learned from last night’s debacle: The American people did not vote for Democrats. They voted against Republicans. Democrats believe they have a mandate to push their hard left agenda. They don’t. That won’t stop them from making a valiant attempt, something Republicans should encourage.

Republicans got their backsides handed to them because they didn’t govern like the conservatives the American people thought they were electing. Republicans need to learn this lesson rather quickly. Here’s a big hint: McCain is not cut from the Reagan cloth.

Get mad. Get over it. Move on.

Most important, learn. Fast.

Here endeth the lesson.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
 
Out On The Limb With Hugh And Dean
by Cordeiro
I’m usually not one to make predictions. I did not buy Yahoo! stock at $20. I don’t read tea leaves. Hell, I don’t even drink tea. That said, I’m going to join Blogfather Hugh and Soxblogger Dean Barnett on the limb of political prognostication despite the fact Hugh knows much too little about football and Dean knows far too much about random baseball history.

I’ve read most of the polls. Almost to a pollster doom and gloom for Republican candidates across the country is predicted. Crates of iced champagne and cases of cigars sit ready for celebrations in democratic headquarters across the country. In my humble opinion, said alcohol will be used to drown leftist sorrows starting at about 7pm eastern tonight.

Over the past 10+ days the momentum has shifted dramatically in favor of Republican candidates. It started even before Lurch’s troop gaffe, however Lurch did much to increase the speed of the shift. I think the GOP will hold the line in Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri. There’s a good chance of picking up a senate seat in Maryland, Michigan and possibly Washington. I still hold out high hopes for Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania.

The House is a far more difficult animal to predict. Never the less, I believe the GOP will hold it, albeit by a slimmer margin than they currently do.

I am not alone in my disbelief of the MSM in their naked cheerleading efforts for democratic candidates. In today’s New York Times, you will find an article in which Adam Nagorney begins to hedge his paper’s bets on the election outcome. He quotes Washington insider Charlie Cook as to what would happen if the Democrats failed to “take back” the House even by one seat. Says Mr. Cook:

I think you’d see a Jim Jones situation — it would be a mass suicide.
The sun may come up tomorrow on a Capitol where Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker-elect of the US House of Representatives. That would prove the MSM punditry correct in their predictions. In all seriousness, The MSM prognosticators don’t exactly have a stellar track record when it comes to predicting the mindset of the American people.

It is just as possible that the sun rises tomorrow to find the Democrats on the losing end of yet another electoral ballot season, in which case you might want to check that purple kool-aid dispenser. It just might be spiked.

So, here I find myself out on this limb with Hugh, Dean, and Company. I’m a rather large guy – make room, gentlemen.

Here endeth the lesson.
Monday, November 06, 2006
 
A Letter To Virginia Senate Candidate Jim Webb
by Cordeiro
Dear Mr. Webb:

Over the past three days I have received several mailings and at least two recorded phone messages from your senate campaign office. Add to that the wall-to-wall radio and TV blitz and I can’t even watch an episode of Without A Trace without being informed that George Allen hates the economically disadvantage and you’re ready to ride across the Potomac on an amphibious assault vehicle and save us from Karl Rove’s Death Star.

So, before you staff starts spending more of your Moveon.org financed war chest on confetti for the victory party, you should tell them to drop by my house. I haven’t thrown away your campaign mailers. I shredded them.

In short, Mr. Webb, you don’t get my vote.

Don’t get me wrong, I respect and admire the service you have rendered to this nation as a Marine and Reagan Administration official. I understand you have fought many battles and wars for this nation, and for that I am grateful. I don’t believe, however, you learned an important lesson from your tours of duty in Vietnam.

The Vietnam War was not lost in the rice paddies. It was not lost because the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines of the United States Armed Forces lacked the capability, training, and equipment necessary to militarily defeat the enemy. The Vietnam War was lost because politicians and left leaning media and pop-culture nuts found ways to hobble the military until it could no longer accomplish the mission its country sent it there to fulfill.

Battles were fought, territory was captured, and the enemy was killed – only to have that same territory abandoned thus requiring the same battle to be fought over the same hill top over and over. Wars exact a high price for victory. Defeat exacts a far higher toll. Self-inflicted defeat is the worst way to lose any conflict. That, Mr. Webb, is the lesson most people learned from Vietnam.

To me there is no greater issue in this election than that of defeating terror on the global scale. Your campaign literature touts you as someone who desires a “change” course in the prosecution of the Global War on Terror. I see those in the party you’ve just recently joined ready to start the engines of “Phased Re-deployment”, “Withdrawal Timetable” and other catch phrases. Let’s get one thing straight here, Jim. Your guys want to implement a Vietnam style retreat.

Tell me something, Jim. We know victory in World War II cost untold billions from the US Treasury and the lives of some 400,000 American service men and women. How many lives were lost as a result of the US retreat from Vietnam? Is there any reason to believe a retreat from Iraq and thus the War on Terror would cost any less?

Colin Powell once something similar to this: “The leader in the field is always right and rear echelon is wrong, unless and until proven otherwise.” Well, perhaps you should listen to the guys in the field and what they think about the tinny, out of tune, one-note samba currently being played by your party.

Take us out of that vacuum -- and it's on the edge now -- and boom, it would become a free-for-all. It would be a raw contention for power. That would be the bloodiest piece of this war. – Lt. Colonel Mark Suich, currently commanding the 89th Cavalry Regiment operating in the southern part of Baghdad.

Pulling out now would be as bad or worse than going forward with no changes. Sectarian violence would be rampant, democracy would cease to exist, and the rule of law would be decimated. It's not 'stay the course,' and it's not 'cut and run' or other political catchphrases. There are people's lives here. There are so many different dynamics that go on here that a simple solution just isn't possible. - Captain Jim Modlin, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment – FOB Sykes outside Tall Afar.

We'll pull their feet out from under them if we leave. It's still fragile enough now that if the coalition were to leave, it would embolden the insurgents. A lot of people have put their trust and faith in us to see it to the end. It would be an extreme betrayal for us to leave. - Captain Mike Lingenfelter, Comanche Troop of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment
You can’t get much more rear echelon than Washington DC, Jim. The people on the ground want to stay and finish the job. They’ve learned history’s lessons. You might want to listen to them.

You don’t get my vote, Jim. This election is about winning the war. This war was declared on us, and it’s up to serious people to do the serious job of defeating the enemy. I’m sorry to say it, but you’re just not serious enough for the times we live in.

Here endeth the lesson.
 
Got Rope?
by Cordeiro
"The court has decided to sentence Saddam Hussein al-Majid to be hanged until he is dead for crimes against humanity." - Chief Judge Raouf Abdul Rahman.

Not to be gruesome, but I hope he hangs for a good while before he's dead.
Friday, November 03, 2006
 
Lone Wingnuts Unleashed
by Cordeiro
Mike Stark really wants to be noticed. Evidently the rigors and class load of the University of Virginia's Law School (1st Year) don't take up enough of Mike's time (it remains to be seen whether or not he'll make it to Year 2) thus he has made a hobby of attempting to inject himself into Virginia's hotly contested Senate race.

From what I've gathered during a quick perusal of his Calling All Wingnuts blog, he's offered his services to the Webb campaign and UVa's democratic student organization and has been met with lukewarm responses.

So, in his never ending attempt to gain his 15 minutes of political fame, Mike Stark has decided to crash political events to garner more face time. Yesterday he made an abbreviated effort to get up close and personal with Senator George Allen during a rally in Charlottesville.

Stark yelled an leftist agenda driven question at Allen:

Why did you spit at your first wife, George?
A claim which Anne Waddell (Allen's first wife) declared to be "a baseless, cheap shot."

Memo to Mike Stark: That's what people in the business call a "lie".

Stark was removed from the hotel by Allen's volunteer staff. Hotair's Allah Pundit has the video and various links. Stark, shockingly, is offended and is threatening to press charges. Personally, I think he's lucky he was able to leave the event under his own power. We here in Virginia believe in the use of good manners in the public square. This was Charlottesville, not Queens.

After seeing the video last night, I was reminded of Al "Cheap Shot" Franken's body slamming of a political demonstrator in the 2004 Campaign. Ace had the same thought and provides the details. Franken was cheered by doing something many lefties wanted to do. Allen's staff is being branded as a bunch of thugs. Dare I raise the subject of a double standard?

Congratulations, Mike. You've now reached your 15 minute limit. You will forever be remembered as the guy who got himself thrown out of a political rally by middle aged volunteers. Let us know how that enhances your life.

Here endeth the lesson.

UPDATE AND BUMP: Two Anonymous commenters derided the George Allen staff for manhandling Stark. Well, as is true in football, the first shove never gets noticed. CNN's cameras only caught the last half of the altercation. The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star has a slideshow of Stark's attempt to get close to Allen. Pictures 1-8 show him shoving his way past an Allen staffer. Most likely this staffer's job is to keep un-cleared people away from the senator. If you think getting in the face of some senator you don't like is a constitutional right, try getting in Hillary's face and see how well you do.

It seems to me, by photographic evidence, that Mr. Stark committed the first assault and should be charged accordingly. I wonder how an assault charge would affect his standing at UVa.

Oh, and to the two Anonymous commenters - I'm waiting for your retractions and apologies. Don't worry. I won't hold my breath.
 
SOTR Issues Amber Alert For Nancy Pelosi
by Cordeiro

We're concerned, Nancy. Really, we are. We're not the only ones. Please find your way to the nearest MSM TV studio to reaffirm your hard left plans for the Congress.

The political world just isn't the same without you.

This has been a public service announcement from the SOTR blog. We now return you to your regularly scheduled browsing.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
 
Troops Answer Lurch
by Cordeiro

Each of these soldiers deserve a medal, or at the very least a cold beverage of their choice.

Lurch must've seen this picture by now. He "apologized". Now he's literally gone into hiding. Sorry, Lurch. Much too little. Far too late.

UPDATE: From the Air Force v. Army football game (via Black Five)


Well said.


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