Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Democrats and Mullahs

It appears that the Mullahs of Iran are pissed at the President. At the NATO summit in Turkey, President Bush described Iran as a "threat to world peace." Well, such a statement cannot go unchallenged by Iran. Right in lockstep with their democrat counterparts in the US, the Mullahs pulled out this statement:

“Mr. Bush should not forget that he became president because of a court decision and since then, especially in recent months, he is always being rebuked for his unilateral and autocratic policies,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said.

So even those chumps are still pissed about Florida 2000. But that's not enough, the Mullahs are aware that academnics are speaking out:
The U.S. President’s immoral policies have reached such heights that even U.S. university scholars and some academic circles have begun speaking out about the consequences of his undemocratic behavior, the statement released by the foreign ministry quoted the spokesman as saying.

Oh boy, Bush is in trouble now. Academics and scholars "have begun speaking out". Since when did academics and scholars stop speaking out. All I ever hear is their incessant whining and caterwauling. And now the Mullahs are among them. Sheesh.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Senator Hillary Marx

During their whirlwind lovefest (booktour) of liberal bastions, this time SanFran, Hillary gave us some insight into how she plans to redistribute wealth:

Headlining an appearance with other Democratic women senators on behalf of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for re-election this year, Hillary Clinton told several hundred supporters -- some of whom had ponied up as much as $10,000 to attend -- to expect to lose some of the tax cuts passed by President Bush if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress.

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

For the common good. Yup, watch your wallet. These lefties are nuts. They will not stop at anything short of socialism.
Ed Koch Gets It

If all democrats thought like Ed Koch, the Republicans would be doomed as a party. Instead, however, the democrats think like Michael Moore, and hope for the failure of the US internationally and domestically. Koch gets it because he's a New Yorker and was disgusted by what happened on 9/11 and is ashamed of his fellow democrats. Here are some of his views.

A year after 9/11, I was part of a panel discussion on BBC-TV’s “Question Time” show which aired live in the United Kingdom. A portion of my commentary at that time follows:

“One of the panelists was Michael Moore, writer and director of the award-winning documentary “Roger & Me.” During the warm-up before the studio audience, Moore said something along the lines of “I don’t know why we are making so much of an act of terror. It is three times more likely that you will be struck by lightening than die from an act of terror.” I was aghast and responded, “I think what you have said is outrageous, particularly when we are today commemorating the deaths of 3,000 people resulting from an act of terror.” I mention this exchange because it was not televised, occurring as it did before the show went live. It shows where he was coming from long before he produced “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

Many in the audience assembled by the BBC included Americans and people from other nations. Their positive responses to Moore on this and other comments he made during the program convinced me that the producers had found a lair of dingbats when looking to fill the studio with an audience. Moore later called President Bush a “dummy,” denigrating him for having threatened Iraq with consequences including war if it did not comply with the United Nations resolutions to which it agreed when it was defeated in the 1991 Gulf War. Again, I couldn’t contain myself and said, “That’s what you radicals on the left always do. You don’t debate issues, you denigrate your opponents. You did it with President Reagan, saying he was dumb. After he left office, 600 speeches, many hand-written by him, demonstrated his high intelligence.”

In World Wars I and II, the U.S., suffering great casualties to its military personnel, saved the world, particularly in WWII, from occupation by the German Nazi Reich and Japanese empire. We currently are fighting the battle against a minority of fundamentalist Islamists whose objective is to destroy Western civilization. They are willing to use every act of terrorism from suicide bombers to hacking off heads to destroy and terrorize us into surrender. And Michael Moore weakens us before that enemy. How should we respond? With scorn, catcalls, the Bronx cheer and the truth. Of course, we should recognize the outrages and criminal acts committed by Americans in military service and civilians at the Iraqi prison Abu Ghraib. We should continue as we have done and take action to punish those involved. But we ought not in the media show again and again the pictures of the atrocities to simply flagellate ourselves and give aid and comfort to our enemies. A good rule of thumb might be to show the pictures of Abu Ghraib as many times as we show the beheadings of Danny Pearl, Nicholas Berg and Paul Johnson.

Koch has said in the past that he will vote for Bush because of his stance on dealing with terrorism. Like Koch, I just don't understand how the left can find appeasement as a viable solution.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Did We Get Him?

I hope this news of Zarqawi's capture is true. I'll have to wait for confirmation. The military is denying the claim, but who knows, maybe they want to be sure. How long could it take to check out a one-legged terrorist?
Morning News

I typically start the day reading the following sites, and you should too:

Free Republic News (Freepers)

Right-Thinking from the Left Coast (quirky views from the left coast)

QandO (excellent blog)

The Volokh Conspiracy (legal and other stuff)

Instapundit (top notch)

Powerline (great insight)

The Corner at National Review (watch a bunch of columnists yammering)

Memeorandum (fast becoming my favorite)

I watch others, but these are the most inciteful out in cyberspace.
Good Show!!

In a surprise move, the US transferred power early from the Coalition Provisional Authority to the Interim Iraqi government. The democrats are on a suicide watch.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

A Bullet is a Bullet, Right? Maybe Not.

Apparently, our military has been told by Congress not to use Israeli-made bullets in Iraq:

Israeli-made bullets bought by the U.S. Army to plug a shortfall should be used for training only, not to fight Muslim guerrillas in Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites), U.S. lawmakers told Army generals on Thursday.

When I first saw this, I thought it was a joke, but apparently not. So for any of our boys reading this out in the field: when you shoot someone about to fire a RPG at you, make sure the bullet says "Made in USA", any other bullet may not kill so sensitively.

As of this moment, I'm beginning to doubt our resolve to win this war. This is really sad.
Bush is Hitler... Again

It seems that the Kerry-clowns are foaming at the mouth over an internet ad called Pessimism posted on the official George Bush website. Of course, the foaming is disingenuous because the purpose of the ad is to show the faces of the democrats: Al "He Played on Our Fears" Gore, Dick "Less" Gephart, Howard "Scream" Dean, and a little bit of Hitler sprinkled in. Oh no, Hitler didn't join the democrats, it's merely a couple of anti-Bush ads posted by the pro-Kerry that compared Bush's policies to Hitlers and morphed Hitler into Bush. The funny thing is the democrats are complaining... because of the Hitler placement.

Where were they when the ads first appeared? Geeez.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Saddam and al Qaeda Two-step

Apparently, the press is just figuring out what we've all known for some time, that Saddam was linked to al Qaeda. Of course, they do it an article basking Vice President Cheney. In addition, they put in this nugget:

In making the case for war in Iraq (news - web sites), Bush administration officials frequently cited what they said were Saddam's decade-long contacts with al-Qaida operatives. They stopped short of claiming that Iraq was directly involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, but critics say Bush officials left that impression with the American public.

That statement isn't supported by the facts. The Washington Post has been polling on this issue since 2 days after 9/11, and found that the numbers were higher after 9/11 than they were now. In addition, the Administration gave no such statements in the 2 days after the attacks to give the impression that the AP claims but rather has gone out of its way to distance itself from the Saddam-9/11 connection (rightly or wrongly). The only ones that gave the impression that Saddam was involved in 9/11 was the press. Morons.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Requiescat In Pace

My wife's mother died last Wednesday, June 9, 2004. Typically most people fret about their mothers-in-law, but I didn't. She was incredibly nice to me and always treated me like a son (although I'm already the youngest of six). She lived a short 57 years, but died in what was a torturous four months. I've never seen a more horrible death (and I've seen quite a few) than this one. I'm surprised that medical science hasn't figured out a way to deal with this type of cancer, but I'm told that this particular type will never be cured. All I can say is that we had the best in the world working on her, including the guy who wrote the book Principles and Practice of Oncology. If they couldn't figure it out, no one could.

Goodbye Amma, I will miss you dearly.