3474 Days Ago Today

On Meet the Press, 1/30/05, Senator John F. Kerry (who served in Viet Nam) promised to sign his Standard Form 180. It was my understanding that he also promised to make those records public. I still haven’t seen them, have you? Although Kerry claims to have signed his Form 180, and given his permission for the records to be released, the whereabouts and the contents remain an enigma.

In the ensuing three thousand four hundred seventy four days, Senator Kerry has managed to keep a smile on the faces of many conservatives, most any time he opens his mouth. NRO’s Eliana Johnson shared this photo, proving that Kerry doesn’t even have to speak in order to be a laugh-riot!
kerry on a bike

 

Good ol’ John Freaking Kerry.  Always good for a laugh.

Quote of the day

Today’s QOTD appears in an article in NRO by Mr. John Fund, on the differences between right and left in so-called polite circles.

“Conservatives think liberals have bad ideas and liberals think conservatives are bad people.”

There’s a lot of truth in that statement.  But it makes you wonder why so many of we conservatives continue to tolerate intolerable behavior from the left.

Although I don’t spend a lot of time in those particular polite circles, for me it’s fairly simple.  I neither want nor require their approval.  Nor do I give their policy ideas much value, other than the broad nature of political thought on representative democratic governance to which we, as citizens surely subscribe:

  1. The rule of law
  2. The peaceful transfer of power through elections
  3. Judeo-Christian ethics and morals
  4. Personal liberty, and personal responsibility.

When behavior falls outside of these commonly accepted parameters, our options can be described as falling within one of three boxes four boxes:  the soap box; the ballot box; the jury box; and the cartridge box.

And, that’s a fact.

eta:  jury box

Riddle me this

Friday.

I originally began this blog post with a riddle, written in binary code.  Then posted the code-key.  Thought it was cute and all.  Unfortunately,  WordPress wouldn’t go for it, so, I deleted it.

Oh well.

In other news, NRO now has a reader’s comments section. Registration required. I just noticed yesterday, and signed up as “el nuko.” Can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to comment on one of their articles, and I’m sure registration will fill up fast once the word gets out across the blogosphere. Now, if they will just begin accepting track-backs. Don’t be bummed out K-Lo. Pretty soon, y’all are going to have to spend way too much time moderating those comments.

Deja vu land deals? I saw this story over at FR, and couldn’t help thinking that it all sounds very familiar. A quick search for related posts, and voila.  I knew we discussed this here and over at FR. Good stuff from Fedora.

Have a great weekend y’all. Me and the Missus are going down to try our luck at the Beau Rivage. Well, she will. I’ll be parked up in the sports bar watching college football. Ah, life is good.

Thank you, Andrew C. McCarthy

Andrew C. McCarthy has penned a piece that says exactly what I would say if I had the words. Here is an excerpt, and here is a link so that you can read the whole thing.

For the better part of two decades, Americans have been murdered by Islamists and then lectured that they are to blame for what has befallen them. We have been instructed in the need for special sensitivity to the unceasing demands of Islamic culture and falsely accused of intolerance by the people who wrote the book on intolerance. Americans have sacrificed blood and bottomless treasure for Islamic peoples who despise Americans — and despise us even more as our sacrifices and gestures of self-loathing intensify. Americans have watched as apologists for terrorists and sharia were made the face of an American Muslim community that we were simultaneously assured was the very picture of pro-American moderation. […] We look around us and we see our country unrivaled by anything in the history of human tolerance. We see thousands of thriving mosques, permitted to operate freely even though we know for a fact that mosques have been used against us, repeatedly, to urge terrorism, recruit terrorists, raise money for terrorists, store and transfer firearms, and inflame Muslims against America and the West. As Islamists rage against us, we see Islam celebrated in official Washington. As we reach out for the umpty-umpth time, we find Muslim leaders taking what we offer, but always with complaint and never with reciprocation. We’re weary, and we don’t really care if that means that Time magazine, Michael Bloomberg, Katie Couric, Fareed Zakaria, and the rest think we’re bad people — they think we’re bad people, anyway.

Marco Rubio: The Republican wing of the Republican Party

NRO’s David Freddoso interviews Florida’s Marco Rubio, who is set to challenge Charlie Crist for the US Senate.  Here is an excerpt:

FREDDOSO: Give me an example of that, showing a contrast between yourself and Governor Crist.

RUBIO: Quite frankly, you could say it’s a contrast between myself and the direction of the national Republican movement at this moment in our history, by and large, especially here in Washington, D.C. One example is term limits — we should be the party of term limits. We should be the party that says it’s not natural for any human being to serve more than half his adult life in the U.S. Congress.

We should be the party of the balanced-budget amendment — of the notion that we should not spend money we do not have. We should admit once and for all that Republicans are just as guilty as Democrats . . . in spending money we don’t have.

We should be the party of tax reform. We’re constantly talking about tax cuts and their importance, but tax reform is even better. Change our system of taxation, whether it’s a Fair Tax or a Flat Tax. Boldly propose changes to our tax system so that once again we have a country where we’re not encouraging companies to shift jobs overseas — where the tax implications of creating jobs in America are not negative, the tax implications of building things in America aren’t negative.

Rubio is a fine example of the depth of the conservative bench at the state level.  He combines fiscal conservatism with traditional conservative values in a way that makes him a very compelling candidate.  To borrow a phrase that was said back in 2004, Rubio represents the Republican wing of the Republican Party.

Even though the establishment Republicans are backing a popular governor in Charlie Crist, or maybe even because of their endorsement, my gut tells me that this will be a much closer race than the establishment folks are counting on.

Freddoso’s interview is excellent.  Read it all!

John Kerry on taxes

This video made me chuckle. In fact, I think the democrats should put John Kerry out more often.

h/t nro

Fear and Loathing in the Obamalith

National Review posts the top 50 outrages in the Obama porkulus plan.

Since Rush is on vacation this week, and we conservatives have no one from whom to take our marching orders, the question arises: Should we expect President Obama to target NRO next?

Speaking at the Department of Energy this morning, the President decided to ramp up the rhetoric and blame the public’s lack of enthusiasm for the Porkulus plan on “failed” Republican policies of the past 30 years. Claiming that the “time for talk is over,” President Obama seemed clearly annoyed by the recent talk that he has somehow “lost the message” regarding his economic stimulus plan.

I’m wondering if his legendary rhetorical skills are losing some of their magic. Time will tell. The fact is, President Obama’s party has the majority, and as far as I know, Republicans have not threatened a filibuster. The Senate Democrats are welcome to follow Speaker Pelosi’s “non-partisan” example and ram the bill through with zero Republican support. To do so, however, would mean that President Obama would own the bill outright, giving new meaning to his campaign statement that “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”

Here is the NRO top 50. Decide for yourself

VARIOUS LEFT-WINGERY:

1. $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts

2. $380 million in the Senate bill for the Women, Infants and Children program

3. $300 million for grants to combat violence against women

4. $2 billion for federal child care block grants

5. $6 billion for university building projects

6. $15 billion for boosting Pell Grant college scholarships

7. $4 billion for job-training programs, including $1.2 billion to provide “youth” summer jobs for people up to the age of 24

8. $1 billion for community development block grants

9. $4.2 billion for “neighborhood stabilization activities”

10. $650 million for digital TV coupons, including $90 million to educate “vulnerable populations”

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