Thursday, September 30, 2004

Thoughts on Debate

I saw very little of it. I know who I'm voting for, so why should I watch?

Secondly, the little I saw I think Kerry was doing better, but not by so much to do much of anything.

But one thing I saw did get my attention. Kerry kept blaming Bush for the situation in North Korea. This is case number one Geoff Robinson's theory about Democrats. I firmly believe they rely on short-term memory. They are counting that we forget that North Korea went nuclear because the Clinton administration stupidly believed them in 1994, which I believe Carter won a Nobel Peace Prize for.

Oil for Corruption?

"The cover-up is always worse than the crime, they say. But that doesn't necessarily hold true when you're dealing with the crime of the century -- make that two centuries. And the United Nations Oil-for-Food program is among the largest criminal enterprises in history."

Philadelphia Is a Great Belgian Beer Town

More Cantillon, an authentic Belgian lambic, is sold in downtown Philadelphia than in Brussels. That's quite an accomplishment.

Good News From the Doctor

My nephralogist confirmed that alcohol, in moderation, is alright for those with PKD, like me.


I'm sorry. I couldn't resist.

NY Times Getting Kerry's Visits in Paris Wrong

They keep saying he visited both sides, implying the V.C. and U.S.A. The two sides he met with were the V.C. and North Vietnam.

Joe Buck Writes Down Why People Aren't More Excited About Barry Bonds New Home Run Plateau

1) He perceived as a loner/jerk.
2) The steroid/performance-enhancing cloud hanging over him.
3) He plays on the West Coast, so highlights are already old by the time you watch them.

I agree with 1 and 2, not 3.

Supreme Court Has a Chance to Correct/Overturn Indian Gambling Laws

A "reservation" is coming to San Francisco just to get a casino near a major urban area. That's a sad use for the law.

Walter Weber Critiques Terry Schaivo Ruling

I'm not by the Florida Supreme Court's separation of powers argument.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

NY Times Article Takes the Panic Out of Outsourcing

Does anyone complain about insourcing?

Michael Moore's Film Considered Racist By Arab Scholar; Iranians Don't Like It

This is why there is hope for Iran.

Iraqis Lining Up to Join Security Forces

Good quotes in article:

Khaffajy dismissed the threats he and his Iraqi co-workers receive. “We don't care,” said Khaffajy. “We do what we think is right.”

Some Iraqis say money is only part of the reason they are willing to put their lives on the line. “The coalition forces gave me a favor when they got rid of Saddam,” said Dhafir Khaffajy, 35, who mans a checkpoint at a U.S. and Iraqi compound in Baghdad. “The second reason is I need the money.”

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Flying Fish Gets Mention on ESPN

During the rating of Citizen's Bank Ballpark. A pretty accurate review of the ballpark.

Must Read: Letter From Iraq

[Editor's note: The letter which follows has reached me via a number of American military officers. They tell me that it has privately circulated widely in military circles, and is generally regarded as credible by knowledgeable people. The version which appears below has had many corroborating details removed, to avoid compromising possibly sensitive military information.

The author must remain anonymous. Thus, no guarantee of its provenance can be made. Nevertheless, the argument made by The Major is compelling enough that American Thinker readers deserve to see it. Caveat lector.]

I'm a Major in the United States Military, in Iraq. The analysts and pundits, who don't see what I see on a daily basis, have no factual basis to talk about the situation - especially if they have yet to set foot in Iraq. The media filters out most events, through a sieve of their latent prejudices - personal, political, and professional.*

The US media recently buzzed with the news of an intelligence report that is very negative about the prospects for Iraq's future. CNN's website said, "[The]National Intelligence Estimate was sent to the White House in July with a classified warning predicting the best case for Iraq was 'tenuous stability' and the worst case was civil war."

That report, along with the car bombings and kidnappings in Baghdad in the past couple days, were portrayed in the media as more proof of absolute chaos and the intransigence of the insurgency. From where I sit, at the Operational Headquarters in Baghdad, that just isn’t the case. The public is being misled about what is happening.

The media types who think this "National Intelligence Estimate" is the last word on the situation either don’t know, or don’t want to know the realities of the process behind it. It was delivered to the White House in July. That means that the information that was used to derive the intelligence in the immediate aftermath of the April battle for Fallujah, and other events was gathered in the Spring.

The report doesn't cover what has happened in July or August, let alone September. The naysayers will point to the recent battles in Najaf and draw parallels between that and what happened in Fallujah in April. They aren't even close.

The bad guys did us a HUGE favor by gathering together in one place and trying to make a stand. It allowed us to focus on them and defeat them. Make no mistake, Al Sadr's troops were thoroughly smashed. The estimated enemy killed in action is huge. Before the battles, the residents of the city were afraid to walk the streets. Al Sadr's enforcers would seize people and bring them to his Islamic court where sentence was passed for religious or other violations. Long before the battles, people were looking for their lost loved ones who had been taken to "court" and never seen again.

Now Najafians can and do walk their streets in safety. Commerce has returned and the city is being rebuilt. Iraqi security forces and US troops are welcomed and smiled upon. That city was liberated again. It was not like Fallujah - the bad guys lost and are in hiding or dead.

You may not have even heard about the city of Samarra. Two weeks ago, that Sunni Triangle city was a "No-go" area for US troops. But guess what? The locals got sick of living in fear from the insurgents and foreign fighters that were there and let them know they weren't welcome. They stopped hosting them in their houses and the mayor of the town brokered a deal with the US commander to return Iraqi government sovereignty to the city without a fight. The people saw what was on the horizon and decided they didn't want their city looking like Fallujah in April or Najaf in August.

Boom, boom, just like that two major "hot spots" cool down in rapid succession. Does that mean that those towns are completely pacified? No. What it does mean is that we are learning how to do this the right way. The US commander in Samarra saw an opportunity and took it - probably the biggest victory of his military career and nary a shot was fired in anger.

Stuff will still happen those cities, and you can be sure that the bad guys really want to take them back. Those achievements, more than anything else in my opinion, account for the surge in violence in recent days - especially the violence directed at Iraqis by the insurgents. Both in Najaf and Samarra ordinary people stepped out and took sides with the Iraqi government against the insurgents, and the bad guys are hopping mad.

They are trying to instill fear once again. The worst thing we could do now is pull back and let that scum back into people’s homes and lives.

So, you may hear analysts and prognosticators on CNN, ABC and the like in the next few days, talking about how bleak the situation is here in Iraq. But from where I sit, it's looking significantly better now than when I got here. The momentum is moving in our favor, and all Americans need to know that.

But the continuing defeatism is causing real harm.

-It is very demoralizing for us here in uniform to read & hear such negativity in our press.

-It is fodder for our enemies to use against us and against the vast majority of Iraqis who want their new government to succeed.

-It causes the American public to start thinking about the acceptability of "cutting our losses" and pulling out, which would be devastating for Iraq for generations to come.

-Muslim militants would claim a huge victory, causing us to have to continue to fight them elsewhere (remember, in war "Away" games are always preferable to "Home" games).

-Reports like that also cause Iraqis begin to fear that we will pull out before we finish the job, and thus they are less willing to openly support their interim government and US/Coalition activities.

We are realizing significant progress here - not propaganda progress, but real strides are being made. It's terrible to see our national morale, and support for what we're doing here, jeopardized by sensationalized stories hyped by media giants whose #1priority is advertising income ,followed closely by their political agenda. Getting the story straight falls much further down on their priority scale, as Dan Rather and CBS News have so aptly demonstrated in the last week.

* If you haven't seen, or don't remember, the John Wayne movie, The Green Berets, you should watch it this weekend. Pay special attention to the character of the reporter, Mr. Beckwith. His experience is directly related to the situation here. You'll have a different perspective on Iraq after the movie is over.

The Major

The 1997 Speech That "Damns" John Kerry

Monday, September 27, 2004

Is France Joking?

France wants Syria, Iran, "insurgents" and the U.S. to be involved in a conference to discuss Iraq's future. Makes you happy France didn't join the coalition.

No Political Message

I just love the look on their faces.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Please choose your own caption.

Mine: I gotta go real bad.

Does the Star Wars DVD Release Show the Erosion of Rights in America?

Basicly, a general feeling that George Lucas doesn't own his own creation shows a disrespect of property rights. At least that's what's argued. But I think that is just a small percentage of fans.

Bush Volunteered to Go to Vietnam

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Analysis of Kerry's Most Shameful Week

Again, Lord help us all if he becomes President. Read Joe Lockhart's quote. They don't mind encouraging the terrorists if it will help them carry Florida.

I don't say the following as a conservative. He is not even remotely fit to be President, based on his campaigning. I do think it is entirely appropriate to question the war in Iraq and how the war was executed. But Kerry's campaign has gone beyond this.

If I may quote FDR's 1940 opponent. If I could have "President of the United States" or "This Man Helped Protect Freedom" on my tombstone, I would rather have "This Man Helped Protect Freedom."

Are Jews Humanity's Canary in the Coalmine?

Intriguing article about how if people were more concerned about attacks on Jews the world would have been safer.

He also gives more information supporting my theory on Islamic terrorism. Never show weakness. While the failures of the Clinton administration (Somalia, the Cold bombing, the first WTC bombinb) in showing weakness are pretty well known, he details the weakness shown by the Reagan administration.

Look Reagan won the Cold War (the Soviet general who headed the Afghanistan war and overthrew Gorbechev agrees; that's good enough for me), but the error in judgement he showed is costing us. Each show of weakness has a multiplier effect.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Person Who Swore Bush Into Guard Speaks Out

John Kerry in 1997

"We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians. We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest."

John Kerry's The Art of Losing Friends

I call his shameful comments about our allies "aiding and abetting the enemy." And that is not an exaggeration.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Guess what? Jimmy Swaggart Is Still a Minister

Jimmy Swaggart makes an unchristian joke in a worship service about killing gays. Way to go Jerry! Then apologizes.

What the heck was he doing being a minister in the first place after his fall from grace? Second, how did the media notice or care about his comments in the first place? Is he still on TV or something?

Kerry Shamefully Attacks Iraqi Prime Minister

Kerry keeps talking about making allies. But he keeps attacking allies who are supportive of our current policies. Naked politics and he should be ashamed.

If, Lord help us all, he actually wins, what the heck does he expect to handle our allies who actually help us? I don't mean our "allies" who had economic ties to Saddam and were against the war. I'm talking about the countries he constantly insults.

Isn't it interesting that those who actively opposed the war had economic ties to Iraq? You don't really hear the anti-war people mention that too often.

Iraq Is a Diversion From the War on Terror

But it is not a diversion on the War on Militant Islam. This article is a must-read.

Defense the New Thing for Moneyball People

Oakland will have to keep looking for inefficiencies in the system. Once they run out of inefficiencies to find, they're toast.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Democrats Trying to Scare Up Votes

Well of course we want to bring back Jim Crow, steal grandmom's Social Security check, make grandmom eat dog food, burn crosses on your lawn, reinstitute the draft, rape, pillage, supress the black vote, etc., etc.

I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel, For It Is the Power of God to Salvation. First for the Jew and then for the Greek.

NPR ran a 12 minute piece on the Messianic Jewish movement. It was well done and involved Avodat Yisrael prominantly.

While it was directly in the piece, I emailed the reporter separately. Guess what?

Andrew Sparks told her the same things he told me. He would not affirm the need for Jews to believe in Jesus to get into heaven.

Way to stand by the gospel Andrew!

Do I feel vindicated? Yes. Now it isn't just my word against his for those who may have doubted my word.

Monday, September 20, 2004

U.K. Telegraph: All the Good News in Iraq You Never Hear About

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Oliver North Reports That Iraq Isn't Going as Bad as the Press Reports

Ok here is my problem with the mainstream media (henceforth for all time, MSM). No reports on anything good going on in Iraq. Given they're antimosity towards the war, I don't trust them. This is bad, because I want to know if things aren't going well so they can be corrected, etc.

It's not like the good old days when you trusted Kronkite when he falsely told you that we lost the Tet Offensive.

William Lane Craig's Free Will Defense

I recently heard William Lane Craig on the Bible Answer Man broadcast. He is a very good apologist, with many keen insights. However, he falls back on free will too much for a solid defense. When he uses it inappropriately, I understand the frustration of those atheists who are asking good questions which deserve solid answers.

Here is one of those questions: why did God create people if he knew the majority of them would end up in eternal punishment?

Good question.

Craig falls back on "God gave everyone free will to make they're own decisions" defense. I don't like this answer for one simple reason. It's man-centered. It assumes the clay is more important than the potter. The potter has to be more concerned with the free will of his clay than anything else?

My answer, for the record, would be the following: God has designed a universe where all of his attributes are on display for his glory. Both justice and mercy.

Romans 9:22-24: What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath--prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory-- even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles?

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Did Anyone Greet Bonds at the Plate?

According to a local sports talk-show host, Bonds was met at the plate for his 700th home run by only the next batter. The host said it was like he hit a normal third-inning home run.

Violence in Iraq to Get Worse In Run Up to Election

Probably trying to cause a reaction similar to Spain after the Madrid bombing.

Friday, September 17, 2004

General Who Is Mentioned in CBS Report, Surprise, Debunks CBS Report

Was he interviewed by CBS? Seriously, was he? If not, why not?

News Organizations Keep Complaining About Their Footage Being Used in Political Ads

I think this is stupid. Let's assume a candidate says on Meet the Press "I'm the Anti-Christ. I will start a nuclear war." Ok, that's a little over the top but you get the point. The footage may be very necessary to make a point. Let both sides use the footage.

New Movie About Kerry's Attacks on Vietnam Vets

When I read this I ask myself "why didn't the Dems air this out before he got nominated? Why did Edwards not seriously try to get the nomination?"

Let's nominate someone Vietnam vets loathe, regardless of politics. Sounds like a good idea to me.

Report: War on Terrorism Going Very Well

They also have a good critique of the Iraq War. They mention how beauracracy has been getting in the way of the troops. Unacceptible. I would also say political correctness about shrines and the like is a little too high as well.

Did Kerry Break the Law When He Met With the VC and the North Vietnamese in Paris?

I smell a new advertisement from the Swifties. Maybe Kerry will simply say they are lying.

Kerry Campaign Wants to Pretend They've Been Consistent on Iraq

I was watching one of those debate shows last night. Kerry's rep was trying to portray Kerry as consistent on the Iraq War.

Again, what the heck is Kerry thinking? Dig that hole deeper! Deeper!

There is enough footage on Kerry about this issue which has yet to be unleashed on him. Keep walking into that trap!

The Spies Who Aren't

"Unnamed sources" at the State Department are causing a lot of damage. Especially by spreading lies. Remember that Israeli spy at the Pentagon? Not true. But it helps entrench anti-Semitic thoughts, especially in the wacky, paranoid portion of the Muslim world.

Vietnam Today

Chuck Colson details some religious persecution in Vietnam.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

So There Is a Bleak Intelligence Report About Iraq's Prospects

The story mentions that it was based on January 2003 estimates. That is, pre-war. So why is this news?

I have a report that the Vietnam War will go well, and it's from 1964. Interested? How 'bout the Russian Afghanistan estimate from 1978? Hitler's assessment of attacking the Soviets from 1940?

National Guard Stories May Be Good for Bush

Why? He looks handsome and cute in his uniform. Kerry, like Kiefer Sutherland, is more of a late bloomer. He looks a little awkward in his Vietnam days.

Does the Slaughter in the Sudan Expose the United Nations as a Charade?


Does the CBS Reaction Remind You of Anything?

CBS, ignoring the refutation of their main witness by his own daughter and the comments of Killian's son and widow, are latching onto Killian's secretary, who says that the memos have accurate info even if they are frauds.

In my sociology class I had to read I, Rigoberta Mechu, which was thoroughly debunked. When, after graduating, I brought this to the attention of my former leftist professor when I was him in a liquor store, he wasn't too concerned. You see, the things contained in the book were true and that's the main point.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

CBS Admits They May Be Frauds, But the Content Is True!

Getting better, but they need to let the story go. There's plenty of deconstruction all over the blogosphere. Start with powerline and little green footballs.

Barry Bonds Watch

He's still putting up unreal numbers.

Fined Broncos Safety Makes Good Point

The hit he just got fined for will probably make a "Greatest Hits" tape.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Sometimes a Newspaper Headline Is Worth a Million Words

And it can be more effective than the NRA.

German Paper Set to Report That Syria Tested Chemical Weapons on Civilians in the Sudan

Hmmm. I know there were reports that Iraq put their WMDs in Syria... but Bush was lying. So how can this be?

Kerry Wants to Take Us Back to Detente With Iran and North Korea

If I could point to one reason why not to vote for Kerry, it would be this. His proposed way of dealing with Iran and North Korea avoids the lessons of recent history.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Kerry Doesn't Like a Multinational Approach with North Korea

Kerry is criticizing Bush for letting the nuclear situation in North Korea get out of hand. The New York Times asked Kerry what he would do. He can't answer it, because it is a hypothetical (all questions for what he would do as President are hypothetical). But it would involve taking it to the U.N. Security Council (see previous post).

But how did North Korea get out of hand? As Albright mentioned this past Sunday, when we gave them a nuclear power program, they lied to us and used it to build nuclear weapons (shocker!). I believe this plan won Carter the Nobel Peace Prize. As mentioned previously on my blog, this was the plan Edwards has for Iran.

Revisiting the Runup To the Iraq War

I've wanted to write this entry for a long while.

Many have criticized the rush to war with Iraq. You know, the twelve years of failed diplomacy and sanctions with the United Nations. The extra resolutions in the months leading up to the war. The stonewalling by Saddam. Ahh yes, the "rush" to war. I remember it well.

And then the complaints that we couldn't build up a coalition. We did, but it wasn't big enough apparently. Kerry is currently calling this coalition "the coalition of the bribed and the coerced." To which, former U.N. ambassador Holbrooke was asked was Britian coerced or bribed? How 'bout Italy? Poland?

This denegration of our allies is coming from a man who is going to restore relations with the rest of the world, but I digress from this.

Now comes a new book from well-respected Bill Gertz which details how many allies (France, Germany, Russia) and foes (China) are selling arms to Al Qaeda, Iraq, and other rogue states.

And let's not forget the U.N. oil-for-food program. Saddam funnelling money to all parts of the globe. Geez. I wonder why Bush couldn't get more international support? I wouldn't hold your breathe trying to get to the bottom of that one.

So when looking at anti-war complaints about how the run up was handled, we are smacked upside the head by reality. Their complaints about lack of diplomacy are devoid of the context which shows them to be false.

You Can No Longer Trust CBS. Can You Trust Other News Organizations?

Democrats Lacking Shame or Good Sense

People filled with rage start doing stupid things. Like trying to piggyback on frauds.

William Safire Succinctly Shows How CBS Messed Up

Friday, September 10, 2004

The Day the Old Media Died

9-10-2004. Remember this date.

Today is the day that New Media, talk shows and blogs, have surpassed more traditional forms of media. (Before I go on, let me say this post isn't really about politics, but about the media.)

CBS ran a story about Bush's National Guard Service, raising questions about his service. Some of the evidence they relied on were documents from Bush's superior officer (who died in 1984).

In a remarkable string of events, blogs began to raise serious doubts that these documents were forged. So much so, many Democrats now think they were planted by Karl Rove.

To the credit of other traditional organizations, they have noted that these alleged forged documents contradict earlier released documents.

Even more amazingly, Sean Hannity had two interviews. The first was the alleged document writer's son, who thinks the documents are forged. He mentioned that his father was fond of George W. Bush and that people closest to his father were mentioned to CBS and never interviewed.

Now, the main portion of the CBS piece centered around former Lt. Gov. Barnes. He said he got Bush into the National Guard. Here's the shocking interview. His daughter was interviewed and basicly said her dad was lying. She heard the rumors before and asked her dad about them in 2000. Barnes told her that he didn't do it.

CBS is currently standing by the authenticity of the documents, and their comments are being picked apart as we speak. Best summation of CBS's defense: "In other words, Bush sucked and Killian didn't, so Killian must have written that Bush sucked."

What's the main point here? Bush could have gotten into the National Guard with help and I and others would have cared less. But the point of this matter is that a difused group of people are able to get to inconsistencies in a story which CBS could not. Traditional media is following instead of leading.

I experienced this in a small way with my work on Avodat Yisrael. A portion of the story (Andrew Sparks' unorthodox views on salvation) saw the light of day because I could type something in and hit 'upload.'

This is a wonderful thing for everyone.

Here is a list of CBS' Problems.

Government Financing of Stadiums Go One Step Further

Looks like New York is going to put people out of their homes to build a stadium for the Nets.

Government help is one thing. Goverment financial backing is not appropriate. Taking people's homes to build a freaking stadium sounds just silly. Within the government's rights with public domain, but this is going too far.

More Evidence Jimmy Carter Got Conned in Venezuela

Between this and the North Korea fiasco he gets my vote for worst ex-president ever.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Links to Articles Debunking Michael Moore

Al Queda, WMDs, Saudi's all here.

Must Read: The Terms 'Conservative' and 'Liberal' Have Radically Changed Over Time

This is well worth the read for both liberals and conservatives. A good dose of history in here.

Don't Forget About Adult Stem Cells

NJ Breweries In the News

Flying Fish, Ramstein, and Heavyweight mentioned. All good breweries.

Some of the 60 Minutes Documents May Have Been Forged

Another take on it here.

O'Neill vs. Kerry

The debate from the Dick Cavett Show, circa 1971, is here. Both the transcript and a video link. Very interesting. At the very least it shows this is not partisan. They haven't liked this guy since he started spouting off about war crimes.

On a related note, there will be a documentary about Kerry's anti-war activities.

Before You Take In the Spin on Bush's National Guard Service Here Are the Facts

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Is the PC(USA) Lawless?

When push comes to shove, Presbyterians can ignore the General Assembly.

Kerry Partisan Will Attempt Smear of Bush

Co-chair of Kerry's campaign will attempt to say that he got Bush into the National Guard. Los Angeles Times already investigated and found no evidence for this.

I expect the media to give this play a heck of a lot quicker than they gave the Swift Vets.

So How Is Vietnam Now That the Communists Won

Surprise! It has a bad human rights record.

Cheney's Comment

Cheney said that electing Kerry would, and I don't have the exact phrasing in front of me, make the liklihood of a terrorist attack on America more likely.

This was a wrong and stupid thing to say. Now, in context, it was less stupid, but still the wrong thing to say.

Given Edwards' support for letting Iran have nuclear reactors, I do agree we would be less safe with Kerry. And the Kerry people honestly believe we would be less safe with Bush. So, on a certain level, comments like these make sense. But saying if you vote for X we will be attacked isn't the right thing to say. You don't know that.

But, as I just hear the audio, it is not really what Cheney said. At least I don't think so. Nothing worse than saying Bush is a gift to Al Queda, which I've hear before, and doesn't bother me.

Kerry vs. Kerry

When Howard Dean said the same thing Kerry just said who rebuked him? Kerry.

I love this guy.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Why Does the Media Have Such a Hard Time Using the Word Muslim?

This article details the different words used for the terrorists in Russia. Very few media sources will actually mention that they are Muslim.

I find it very interesting that a kook fringe which kills abortions providers that is constantly denounced by Christians (yes, constantly denounced) is always hung on the necks of Christians, while the radical elements of Islam (which isn't fringe btw) gets a pass in the press.

We know most Muslims don't engage in terrorism. But why can't we call a spade a spade? What the heck is the problem? We may jump to conclusions about Islam?

My unscientific impressions are those in the media who are loathe to tar Islam have read little of the primary texts of Islam, be that the Koran or the Hadith.

John Kerry Is Making This Too Easy

In many spots over the weekend, the person introducing Kerry disparaged Bush and Cheney's Vietnam era service or lack therof. I guess his not saying anything was a tacit endorcement. Given the fact that Kerry's picture hangs in a Saigon museum commorating the anti-war protestors which enabled the North to defeat the South, I would again caution Kerry to lay off of this. But if he wants to go down this road, he is more than welcome. I wonder who Vietnam vets are going to dislike more? Someone who was in the National Guard to avoid service or someone who accussed the military of widespread war crimes?

But it gets better folks. Look at the gun Kerry accepted at a campaign stop.

What's the best part about this? Kerry has a long track record of not having a lot of legislative accomplishments. But what was one of the bills he backed? A bill which would have banned the gun he accepted. It gets even better. The same bill would have banned receiving the gun as a gift as well.

Monday, September 06, 2004

The End of Summer Is Inherently Depressing

I don't go to school anymore, but it is still hardwired into my brain that school is starting...and I don't like it. Vegetables get less fresh. Tomatoes (hey I'm from New Jersey) become plastic. Less daylight.

When I was returning to college, I looked forward to seeing friends again. But that was an aberration.

Now that I'm not in college anymore and I'm working (grad school didn't count because it is inherently not fun) it still stinks for the reasons listed above. You're even reminded that you have to work.

Now for my friends who are teachers it must still really stink. I go on a two week vacation and the first couple of days back I'm constantly thinking "how can I quit and do nothing for the rest of my life?" If I had two and a half months off I may freak.

Surprisingly, I'm always amazed by how I get used to the lack of daylight in the winter. When the sun is going down at 8:30 you think 4:30 will be unbearable. But, for some reason, it isn't.

Kerry's New Position on Iraq

He says he can get more international involvement and foreign troops in Iraq. This is Kerry's ontological argument. The power of his being is sufficient to change the minds of foreign countries.

Co-Author of Kerry's Vietnam Service Book Distancing Himself From Kerry's War Record

Not a good sign for Kerry.

As John Kerry Falls New York Times Go Crazy

Why should undecideds vote for Bush? To watch the heads of leftists explode from rage.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Editorial Focusing on Midnight Speech

Get registration here from bugmenot.

Confirming a lot of my comments and going further in one area. Worth the read.

Verizon Why Dost Thou Mock Me

I need Verizon to fix something that is probably outside of my house. I call Wednesday night. Tuesday is the next openning. Not great, but ok. The window is, no lie, 8AM to 8PM.

Well, gee, thanks. A 12 hour window.

Thoughts On John Kerry's Speech Part II

I remembered something else to mention. John Kerry, hellbent on courting trouble, said that Bush misled us going into Iraq. Maybe he's trying to court the anti-war people.

If you haven't already, please go to and watch him flip and flop on the issue. It's entertaining stuff.

Kerry, who had access to enough intelligence over the years to make his vote, voted for the war. I can only assume, knowing everything I know in the media, that Kerry is being a demogogue here. To reiterate, Kerry, Clinton, Putin, Blair, Bush, the Egyptian president, and other Mideast leaders were all misleading us. Well if you believe that, I can only pray for you.

Funniest Part of Bush's Speech

I offer the following:

America has done this kind of work before -- and there have always been doubters. In 1946, 18 months after the fall of Berlin to allied forces, a journalist wrote in the New York Times, "Germany is ... a land in an acute stage of economic, political and moral crisis. European capitals are frightened. In every military headquarters, one meets alarmed officials doing their utmost to deal with the consequences of the occupation policy that they admit has failed." End quote. Maybe that same person's still around, writing editorials.

Friday, September 03, 2004

Utterly Dangerous

Edwards has a suggestion for dealing with Iran. Try the completely failed policy that Jimmy Carter negotiated with North Korea in 1994. You can have nuclear reactors if you be nice.


But maybe he can get a Nobel Peace Prize out of it like Carter.

An Incredibly Balanced Article on Jews for Jesus From a Jewish Paper

Really amazing. I've thought many of the things that he wrote.

The only nit I would have is that the author assumes knowing about Judaism would be an antidote for believing in Jesus. I guess, Irving and Bob, my friends ( one was raised Orthodox and one participated in Orthodoxy prior to believing in Jesus) would have different things to say on the matter.

Media Bias Example 2083

The AP ran a story that a Bush crowd booed when Bush gave Clinton get well wishes from the podium. Then they retracted that portion of the article.

Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery for Bill Clinton

I Love John Kerry

I thought I wanted Howard Dean to be the Democratic candidate, but John Kerry is doing pretty well...for W.

His midnight after the Republican convention rally smacks of complete desperation. People can smell that. And people like to back a winner. It's only natural. It feels good when your team wins. His whining and complaining about being picked on is just wonderful. So very Presidential. If, Lord help my blood pressure, he does get win, this insecurity doesn't have the makings of a great presidency, but people aren't going to vote on that basis. So on to the next point...

He keeps bringing up Vietnam! Does he have a political death wish? Leave it in the past man. Here's what he said:

The Vice President called me unfit for office last night. Well, I'll leave it up to the voters to decide whether five deferments makes someone more qualified to defend this nation than two tours of duty.

Here's some friendly advice. You headed an anti-war group. You met with the Vietcong in Paris. You accussed Vietnam veterans of widespread war crimes, even though you had no first-hand knowledge of that yourself. If memory serves, North Vietnam's head general said that wihtout anti-war groups like your group (and I think he named your group), they wouldn't have been able to have won the war. Leave it alone! You are just courting trouble.

He then went on to say:

Letting the Saudi Royal Family control our energy costs makes you unfit. Handing out billions of government contracts to Halliburton while you're still on their payroll makes you unfit.

Well, first, that Halliburton comment is untrue. He resigned Halliburton before he even took office. Of course the Saudi Royal Family is going to have a lot to do with energy costs. They produce a huge percent of the world's oil supply. There was a Philadelphia Inquirer article explaining that increased demand had a lot to do with increased demand from India and China.

But this is besides the point. He is going into kooky territory and I like it. Hold tons of rallies. Show yourself to the world.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Sad, Sad Democrats

A very big Kerry backer will be saying that he helped Bush get into the National Guard.

Some points:

1) It doesn't seem W. himself asked for his help. 2) Unlike Kerry, he never made his service an issue. 3) Unlike Kerry, he didn't impugn the actions of people in Vietnam, rightly or wrongly. 4) Unlike Kerry, he didn't meet with the VC in Paris. 5) There doesn't seem to be any way of verifying this.

I would also note that this guy is a major Kerry backer. It's one thing for him to fund something like this to get the message out. It is quite another to say this himself. His motives are very questionable.

But lastly, this is very silly. Kerry is taking a Swift Boat beating so this seems like tit for tat. Not very impressive.

Andrew Sparks, of Avodat Yisrael, Isn't Going to Do Evangelism

I've been getting tons of feedback about my work on Avodat Yisrael privately through email. Public confirmations like these aren't going to make people suspicious of my work.

George Will Argues for the Electoral College

He argues that it creates ruling majorities which tend towards moderation. It also helps ensure that the President has a broad base of support throughout the country.

I would also argue that it helps smaller states interests.

the Democrat Party, the Party of the Rich

An exteremly interesting article in today's Wall Street Journal. The rich heavily favor Democrats, as well as the poor. The middle class are the ones who support the Republicans.

What are the reasons for this? I have conjectures, but I think other factors which coincide with being rich may be in play here. Being less religious for example.

What I am willing to say is that this proves that Republicans, on the whole, support flat taxes for reasons other than currying favor with the rich. We believe it is the right thing to do, both economically and morally.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Moderates on Display?

Shwarzenegger compared Hubert Humphrey to socialists. The moderates at the Republican convention are giving a very conservative message. I don't think Republicans are afraid of saying who we are. Despite what you hear on MSNBC, we don't want to kill poor people. In fact, we feel we have solutions which will help people.

The media saw that a lot of moderates were talking, ignored what they were saying, and told us that the Republicans were trying to display a soft image. Instead of saying we want to kill little old ladies on Social Security. I don't think the public is buying this any more.

Former Bush Lawyer Who Did Work for Swift Vets Tears Into Media

Details double-standards.

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