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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Daschle channels Steve Martin (updated)

Update: Breaking News, Tom Daschle withdraws his name from HHS consideration. Developing
more here, and here,
word is, Daschle won’t be the health care czar either.


Writing at NRO, Byron York poses the key unanswered question regarding the Daschle HHS nomination,

“… why it suddenly occurred to Daschle, in June 2008, that the car and driver he had been provided by a wealthy Democratic donor in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 might count as income and thus be subject to taxes — taxes which Daschle had not paid.”

Daschle’s answer? “I forgot!” [cue Steve Martin tape].

You can be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes!!
You say.. “Steve.. how can I be a millionaire.. and never pay taxes?” First.. get a million dollars. Now.. you say, “Steve.. what do I say to the tax man when he comes to my door and says, ‘You.. have never paid taxes’?” Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: “I forgot!” How many times do we let ourselves get into terrible situations because we don’t say “I forgot”?

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Democrats and taxes

Ever wonder why Obama and Democrats are intent on raising your taxes?

Sen Jim DeMint of South Carolina explains,

“I can see why liberals don’t mind if the tax rate goes up because they’re not going to pay it anyway.”

*rimshot*

(It would be funny if it weren’t true.)

h/t freddoso

Yon interview NRO

Michael Yon is interviewed by Kathryn Lopez.

Good read.

WTF Open Thread

2008. The year of WTF.

People behaving out of character. A realignment on the political Right. The attempt to marginalize Christians. Weird, strange, unpredictable stuff. I can’t think of a better way to describe it than “WTF.”

First up, articles from NRO, Times Online, and JihadWatch.

Writing at NRO, Mark Steyn takes issue with those who would try to use the “nazi” label against the anti-jihad alliance. Roger Boyles continues the theme at the Times, And, writing at JihadWatch, Spencer takes on WSJ.

Mark Steyn says, “Silence = Acceptance”

We are told that the “vast majority” of the 1.6-1.8 billion Muslims (in Deepak Chopra’s estimate) are “moderate.” Maybe so, but they’re also quiet. And, as the AIDs activists used to say, “Silence=Acceptance.” It equals acceptance of the things done in the name of their faith. Rabbi Holtzberg was not murdered because of a territorial dispute over Kashmir or because of Bush’s foreign policy. He was murdered in the name of Islam — “Allahu Akbar.”

Roger Boyles reports from Berlin, “Mosques are a land grab, not a place of worship.”

So says Ralph Giordano, 85, Holocaust survivor. His protests against the grand mosque in Cologne brought a flood of supportive mail.

“…Mr. Giordano, we are afraid as you are of this creeping Islamification but we can’t say anything in public because we will end up being branded as neo-Nazis.”

The novelist and essayist pauses for effect. “Well, that’s something that cannot be pinned on me!”

Mr Giordano finds himself in the company of far-right activists. “Of course, you have to distance yourself clearly from these people – obviously their racist, neo-Nazis arguments are quite different from mine – but I am not going to be muzzled just because people are fighting on the same issue with false arguments and a false ideology.”

Also counterpunching against the PC “right” at JihadWatch,

Over the weekend, Robert Spencer called out Wall St. Journal drone James Taranto on his cynicism about the intentions of the man who is most adamant about preserving Western civilization, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders.

Specifically, as Spencer points out, Taranto finds Wilders’ views on Islam “problematic” and isn’t sure whether or not Geert Wilders is simply an “anti-Islamic provocateur.” To which Spencer replies, “It is a pity that Taranto would characterize speaking accurately about how Muslims use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and Islamic supremacism as being an ‘anti-Islamic provocateur.’”

More WTF on the domestic front, as the Mother of all Bailouts continues….

The Ohio Agriculture Department conducts a SWAT Team raid on a food co-op known as the Mana Storehouse. The charge? Running a retail establishment without a license. No kidding. Selling unlicensed food is now an offense worthy of a SWAT Team raid. Read more here.

At Euromoney, Helen Avery reports that the settlement system for the US Government bond market has broken down.

And,at the Market Oracle, Martin Weiss says, “America’s Second Great Depression has started.”

Right now, our country’s finances have deteriorated too far to balance the federal budget anytime soon. But it’s not too late to avoid some major financial blunders that could seriously weaken our country for the rest of the century. Even in the worst-case scenario, it is certainly not too late for you to protect your savings, boost your income and grow your wealth.

How long could the depression last? How much further can home prices fall? How far down will the stock market go? Will it be as bad as the 1930s? At this juncture, you can count on your fingers the number of serious analysts who believe that’s even a remote possibility. And yet, stranger things have already happened, including the largest bank and insurance company collapses of all time.

And, on a lighter note, Sparty claims that Chris Petersen will be named head coach at Mississippi State, right after today’s SEC Championship game, even though Petersen and everyone else denies it. I hope Sparty’s right.

Also, South Panola’s 89 game win streak is snapped by Meridian in the 5A Championship game. Yes Virgina, Meridian’s All-State QB Tyler Russell is headed to Mississippi State! C’mon Chris Petersen.

Finally, GN Magazine has “Surprising Truths” you may not know about the Nativity story.

Happy October … surprise!

Kudos to Stanley Kurtz for “connecting the dots between Ayers, Wright, and Obama’s early radicalism.”
Since Obama has already thrown J. Wright under the bus, I can envision a weekend fishing trip for Bill Ayers. ((Click to enlarge))

And congrats to The Corner for the great job they have done the past couple of months. I’ve almost forgiven Rich Lowry for being such a drama queen during the Primaries. Almost.

cartoon credit goes to some liberal blogger whose website I forgot to bookmark. Sorry about ‘dat.
Update: Found it.

Busted: hypocrisy, elitism on full display

Three front page articles critical of Sarah Palin were run by the NYT yesterday. But, thanks to some research by George Marlin, they have now been properly and completely fisked by none other than……..wait for it …………..The NYT.

This is from a 1984 editorial, written in support of Geraldine Ferarro (source)

Where is it written that only senators are qualified to become President?…Or where is it written that mere representatives aren’t qualified, like Geraldine Ferraro of Queens?…Where is it written that governors and mayors, like Dianne Feinstein of San Francisco, are too local, too provincial?…Presidential candidates have always chosen their running mates for reasons of practical demography, not idealized democracy…. What a splendid system, we say to ourselves, that takes little-known men, tests them in high office and permits them to grow into statesmen. . . . Why shouldn’t a little-known woman have the same opportunity to grow?. . . .the indispensable credential for a Woman Who is the same as for a Man Who – one who helps the ticket.

h/t NRO

Bush cowboys up

Right after I go on a rant about the President not going on the offense and taking it to the democrats, he cowboys up big time… Heh.

Speaking in Israel to the Knesset, President Bush made the following comment…

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along . . . We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

How do you know when Bush says the right thing? The democrats express “outrage”

Admitted plagiarist Joe Biden called it “bullshit”, as every prominent democrat raced to the microphones to denounce the President’s words.

Atta boy Mr. President! More, please.

Read more from Kathryn Lopez at NRO,

From AP, Obama takes it personally, Link

And, the full text of address from Netanyahu, Olmert, and Bush.

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The bitterness gaffe

Obama’s bitterness gaffe, released by a still unknown attendee at a San Francisco fundraiser, revealed as much in that short, static-filled recording as any expose written by the finest of “outside” writers. It was the candidate’s own words that convicted him. As much as a photo expose’ by ZombieTime News, the Obama recording gave us confirmation that these people think they are somehow better than the rest of the world, snug in their own cocoon of superiority, oblivious to anything that doesn’t fit their preconceived notions of “truth,” and ignoring the true source of bitterness that our country has endured since Florida 2000.

Peter Wehner presents the duality this way:

He presents himself as post-racial — which is harder to accept than it once was, given his intimate, longtime relationship with a pastor and church that harbor deep and obvious racial anger toward whites. Obama presents himself as post-partisan — even though in his time in the Senate he has done nothing to bridge the partisan divide, which explains why he has been endorsed by the rabidly partisan MoveOn.org. Obama presents himself as post-ideological — even though he was named the Senate’s most liberal member in 2007 by the respected National Journal. Obama is a public critic of free trade — yet his chief economic adviser is quoted by a Canadian official as saying that Obama’s position on NAFTA is politically motivated and insincere. Obama speaks about the importance of religious faith in his life and the life of the nation — yet when speaking to a group of rich liberals, he implicitly denigrates people of faith, pairing them with people who have “antipathy to people who aren’t like them” and who harbor “anti-immigrant sentiment[s].” He paints religious believers as folks clinging to crutches to better deal with their desperate lives — only to insist last night that his words were actually a tribute to people of religious faith. NRO

You have to go back to former Atlanta Braves loudmouth John Rocker to offend as many categories of people as Obama smeared in his ugly pronouncement. source

UPDATE: It’s no longer a mystery.  The Huffpo reporter who broke this story, recorded Obama’s comments herself.  There were also video cameras at the event.  Hopefully, it will turn up on youtube.

Inside 9/11

National Geographic’s powerful “Inside 9/11” presented for your viewing and bookmarking pleasure……

Although it originally aired almost three years ago, it remains one of the better documentaries on the expansionist mufsidin war on western civilization.

See also, the late Catherine Seipp’s review in NRO

Episode 1: War on America (1 hr 44 min)

Episode 2: Zero Hour (1 hr 45 min)

Epilogue (43 min)

Identity Politics in Nevada

From the Associated Press:

On the Republican side, Mormons comprised a quarter of those attending Nevada’s GOP caucuses, and more than nine in 10 were voting for Romney. Romney is a Mormon, and his religion has been cited as a problem by some Republican voters.

About half of Romney’s overall vote in Nevada came from Mormons.

This would seem to be a clear-cut case of “identity politics.” Fine with me. I don’t give a hoot why a voter chooses to vote for a particular candidate. It isn’t any of my business. It isn’t anybody else’s business either.

Mike Huckabee has been criticized and reviled by a large number of conservative pundits and molders of conservative opinion for “identity politics.”

NRO’s Kathryn Lopez’s , in a post-Iowa Caucus piece captures the truly dramatic rhetoric from Michigan congressman Pete Hoekstra, who says he is “scared.” According to the Congressman, the identity politics of the Huckabee campaign, and the implied bigotry of Christians who will not support a Mormon candidate causes divisiveness, is a threat to world peace, apple pie, and the Rule of Law.

Republicans “need to stick up for our principles,” Hoekstra told National Review Online on Monday afternoon. We’re about “freedom and opportunity” — we don’t exclude people based on such things as race or gender, class or religion. But Hoekstra sees the Huckabee campaign as a divisive vessel of religious and class warfare.

No doubt Hoekstra, Lopez, Lowry, et al, have a perfectly reasonable explanation for the fact that 9 out of 10 Mormon voters in Nevada supported the Mormon candidate. And, we can be absolutely sure that it has “nothing at all to do with religion.”

After hearing CAIR deliver that same line for the last 6+ years, hearing NRO use jihadist rhetoric will be strange, to say the least.

But with NRO’s implicit support of Congressman Hoekstra for using Al Sharpton’s rhetoric, then I guess we really shouldn’t be too surprised.

Update: (1/21)
Chas Johnson calls Huck a Leftist.

This time last year, there was a lot of buzz over at his blog as to whether or not the social conservatives would support Rudy if he won the nomination. I thought so, at that time. Seeing this come from the self-proclaimed leader of the counter-jihad, I am now not so sure.

You don’t win support by trying to marginalize potential allies. But, since Rudy has been invisible in the Republican race up to this point, I suppose Johnson is just releasing some pent-up energy, and the same can probably be said of Tammy Bruce’s statement that she would vote for the donk candidate rather than vote for Huck.

So, Johnson and Bruce join the NRO-WSJ chorus, accusing Huck of being unable to expand his base. The unspoken irony is that none of the leading candidates have been able to do so.

Fisking Rich Lowry

Jkn is such a cool tool.

Good ol’ Rich Lowry wrote his weekly Huck hit-piece at Townhall, and I used jkn to add my comments.

Check it out
Update: JKN is retooling, and the database is kaput.
I saved a photoshop version, but WP won’t allow it.

You’re going to have to trust me on this–the article was real good. Heh.

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