Saturday, March 08, 2003

I was pointed to this from Virginia Postrel - It seems that some people had a similar reaction to mine in terms of the somber mood of the president's press conference; Lileks has a wonderful expose on that topic:


My favorite question came from Terry Moran - and whoever named him bought the wrong vowel.

“Thank you, sir. May I follow up on Jim Angle's question. In the past several weeks your policy on Iraq has generated opposition from the governments of France, Russia, China, Germany, Turkey, the Arab League and many other countries, NATO and the U.N., and drawn millions of ordinary citizens around the world into the streets in anti-war protests. May I ask, what went wrong that so many governments and peoples around the world now not only disagree with you very strongly but see the U.S. under your leadership as an arrogant power? “

Ideal response:

“Oh, many things went wrong, Terry. We failed to understand the extent to which the French are economically entwined with Iraq, and how this war would make their knees vibrate like orgasmic hummingbirds. While we realized the power of Anti-Americanism as a cudgel with which to beat the rest of Europe into accepting a Franco-German hegemony, we didn’t think they’d screw us this hard for short-term political gain. We misunderestimated Turkish protestations of support - although, as you no doubt noted from my earlier comments supporting their EU membership and lauding their role in NATO, we’re certainly not going to kick them in the nads in public like some of our allies have done to us. And while I agree that ordinary citizens have protested our government in foreign capitals, I’d ask you why American security should be determined by 26 year old Belgian college students, and I’d also note that these rallies have been organized by people who’d dance in the street if someone set off a tactical nuclear device in the lobby of the Monsanto corporate office. But more to the point, Terry, I’d ask: What went wrong in your education that you believe that the disapproval of China constitutes failure?”

Stirring rhetoric would have been nice, but stirring rhetoric frightens the Europeans, much as the sound of a newfangled motorcar makes the horses nervous.


What went wrong in your education, indeed.

A Wonderful Article Debunking the Cowboy Smear


Andrew Bernstein says that Cowboys aren't so bad:


But to most Americans, the cowboy is not a villain but a hero. What we honor about the cowboy of the Old West is his willingness to stand up to evil and to do it alone, if necessary. The cowboy is a symbol of the crucial virtues of courage and independence.

The original cowboys were hard-working ranchers and settlers who tamed a vast wilderness. In the process, they had to contend with violent outlaws as well as warlike Indian tribes. The honest men on the frontier did not wring their hands in fear, uncertainty and moral paralysis; they stood up to evil men and defeated them.

...It is this vision of the cowboy, not the European slander, that Americans find inspiring. That's why, when President Bush said of Osama bin Laden, "Wanted: Dead or Alive," most Americans cheered.


And here is the gem:


The only valid criticism of President Bush, in this context, is that he is not true enough to the heritage of the Lone Star State. When the Texas Rangers went after a bank robber or rustler, they didn't wait to ask the permission of his fellow gang members. Yet Bush is asking permission from a U.N. Security Council that includes Syria, one of the world's most active sponsors of terrorism.

...Texas Ranger captain Bill McDonald reputedly stated: "No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that is in the right and keeps on a-comin'." If America fully embraces this cowboy wisdom and courage, then the Islamic terrorists and the regimes that support them had better run for cover. They stand no chance in the resulting showdown.

Beautiful.

Accolades to the French and the Germans


They have inspired Saddam - He appreciates all of their support:


"We demand that the Security Council and the world decide on ... the lifting of sanctions on Iraq in a comprehensive and complete way," said a spokesman for a meeting Saturday of Saddam and top-level officials, quoted by official Iraqi news media.

The spokesman claimed the weapons inspectors had verified Iraq has rid itself of weapons of mass destruction - something the inspectors said would take months to do - and appealed for a ban on such weapons to be extended beyond Iraq: to Israel, and eventually to the United States.

The spokesman, reporting on the meeting, said Iraq called on the Security Council "to rid the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction since Iraq has become free of them."

"At the front of those that must be rid of these weapons is the Zionist entity," he said in a reference to Israel, adding that the order should "move on after this region to America."


This is sick, maybe a bit more sick than the Weasels are.

Are the Dims Right for You?


John Hawkins has posted 25 questions on his website, "Should You Become A Democrat?" If you answer yes to many of these, the Daschle/Pelosi party is the one for you.

The highlight for me points to the post I just did on the Loneliest Job on Earth:


...speaking out against every security measure that President Bush proposes because you claim it will turn America into a "police state" while simultaneously planning to criticize Bush for not doing enough to protect us when we're inevitably hit with another terrorist attack?


And this is good, too:


...think that UN approval was irrelevant when Bill Clinton wanted to go into Kosovo, but that our invasion of Iraq will be "illegitimate" if the UN doesn't approve?

...tend to trust things said by blood thirsty & unbalanced dictators more than you do things said by your own President -- provided that he's a Republican?

...think that nations like Iran, Iraq, and North Korea are only minor annoyances and that the United States is actually the greatest threat to world peace?


And how right are these questions:


...think Ann Coulter is mean spirited, vicious, & shrill, but Maureen Dowd, Ted Rall, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, John Pilger, Margo Kingston, Tom Daschle, Noam Chomsky, Arianna Huffington, Molly Irvins, Eric Alterman & James Carville (among many others) are nice, sweet-natured, and reasonable?

...tend to be minimally concerned about the victims and potential victims of terrorists, but very concerned about how the terrorists are treated after they're caught?


Please read the whole thing - I should have just pasted it here. John is a good person, and he is also very supportive of us newbies.

Loneliest Job on Earth


Elizabeth Bumiller from the NYT has a very good article (registration required). (I know, good article and NYT in the same sentence is an oxymoron, unless it's opinion from Safire.) It portrays a man who is much more careful than anyone gives him credit for, and it portrays a man who is in an incredibly tough position.


Whether war is a last resort that has been thrust upon him, as he sometimes says, or whether it is his choice to wage it, no one can fill the space that he alone occupies — not his closest aides, not the great array of expert advisers, not his wife or even his father, who made a similar decision when he was president.

...The president's appearance of calm in the face of enormous international opposition to war in Iraq, aides say, is driven by two forces: Mr. Bush's unequivocal belief that Mr. Hussein is a grave threat to the United States, and his constant worry that there will be another Sept. 11 on his watch.

"He's worried about another attack every morning that he walks into the Oval Office," Mr. Card said. Mr. Bush's concern is in large part fueled by the first thing he reads every day, the "threat assessment," a compilation of what United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies pick up about potential terrorist activity. Some of it is reliable, much of it is not, but aides call it frightening. For the president it is a powerful motivating force.

"My job is to protect America, and that's exactly what I'm going to do," Mr. Bush said repeatedly at his news conference on Thursday. "People can ascribe all kinds of intentions. I swore to protect and defend the Constitution. That's what I swore to do. I put my hand on the Bible and took that oath."


I do think this may well be one of the toughest periods for any president other than Lincoln. And I am thankful that Bush is there for it. I trust that man to do the right thing. How can liberals equate him with Hitler when people who are close to him in an objective fashion describe him like this. It's the NYT and Elizabeth is able to write this.


Two weekends ago at Camp David, the president watched "Antwone Fisher," about an African-American orphan trying to put his life right after growing up in an abusive foster home. Mr. Bush, who frequently gets too restless to sit through an entire movie, watched the entire film.

People who have met with Mr. Bush have been struck by his tranquillity. "You would never have known that he was sitting on a powder keg," said Don Hewitt, the executive producer of "60 Minutes," who recently spent 15 minutes with Mr. Bush in the Oval Office. "He was amazingly calm and wanted to talk about Harry Truman and not Saddam Hussein."


And I thought this was pretty intense the other night:

In the United States, he said, "there are thousands of people who pray for me that I'll never see and be able to thank," and he added, "But it's a humbling experience to think that people I will never have met have lifted me and my family up in prayer."


He's a good man.


Bush and Blair Working on The Anti-Weasel Strategy


He looks worn out, perhaps exasperated, but he will persevere. I wonder if he might get a haircut this weekend.

I Found It


Nothing can upset me today...I found my long lost blink-182 CD, Enema of the State. Now I need to find my Audioslave CD. Maybe a little Shostakovich later...

UPDATE: Listened to the blink 2 times today. Good stuff. It strikes me as sing-songy, but it has an anthem-like edge to it and the rich vocal harmonies are good. The rhythm brings out a minimalist quality to it:

bum-bum

bum-bum

bum-bum

bum-bum
bum-bum

bum-bum
bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum
bum-bum


A wonderful article on anti anti-Americanism.

Read the whole thing, but the last paragraph is priceless:


Here's a very American thought for our critics. A few weeks ago, the great country-and-western singer Johnny Paycheck died. Johnny Paycheck's most famous song was "Take This Job and Shove It." After sacrificing more men and women to rid the world of Saddam Hussein's biological, chemical and nuclear weapons industry, the people of the United States may well decide that constantly bailing out an ungrateful world is a job they too can shove. If that ever happens, the world that results may not be so pretty. Tony Blair and José María Aznar aren't the only serious people in Europe who know this. There are others, and in the interest of multilateralism, they should let America see that they know it too.


Kind of wishing the French would "shove it."


Powell, the Good Sport

Friday, March 07, 2003

Ignoring Estrada - Here is Your Liberal Media


MRC has an article on the media coverage on the embarassing antics from the Dims - That's right, no coverage.

Lacking in Nuance and Subtlety


Mr. Ott says that there was mixed reaction at the UN to Mr. Bush's press conference last night:


"We at the U.N. are not accustomed to hearing people say what they mean," said Mr. Annan. "This will take us some time to digest and interpret. Perhaps a committee-of-the-whole could examine the transcript for several months."

Bully Bush?


Slate's Fred Kaplan rips on the Bush administration's handling of Iraq, and some of it may be reasonable, but some of it grinds my nerves:


But the war that Bush II is pushing is a different sort of war, a war in which we launch an invasion, not in response to aggression and not even "pre-emptively" (to strike the first blow before the other country does) but "preventively" (to keep the other country from doing something that might let it pose an imminent threat someday). There may be a case for preventive war, but if the aim of the war is protecting the international order, then that case should be acceptable to the agency that represents the international order. Specifically, if the war is supposed to enforce a U.N. resolution, then the case for war should be acceptable to the United Nations. (Bush implicitly accepted this premise last fall when he took his argument to the United Nations in the first place.)


First, this is more of a "restart" of the 91 war because of Saddam's failure to adhere to the terms of the truce with that war. Second, why is it a criticism of Bush that you have people on the Security Council who are failing to enforce their resolutions for these 11 years?


If the administration lacks the acumen or persuasive power to deal with such familiar institutions as the U.N. Security Council or the established governments of France, Germany, Turkey, Russia, China—even Canada—then how is it going to handle Iraq's feuding opposition groups, Kurdish separatists, and myriad ethno-religious factions, to say nothing of the turbulence throughout the region?


My impression is that the leaders from this list of countries simply do not have the courage to work on the difficult task of deterring future acts of terrorism as best as we can. We need to lead and I believe they will follow. They have to intellectual sense that the mission is right, they simply don't have the spiritual integrity to join us at this time. The post war turbulence may be preferrable to sitting around waiting for the next terrorist strike. I don't connect Saddam with 9/11, but he is certainly as dangerous as those who were responsible and he is certainly sponsoring other types of terrorism.

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Estrada update: 55-44.


"The decision today by 44 Senators to continue to filibuster and block a vote on this nomination is a disgrace," Bush said. "I will stand by Miguel Estrada's side until he is sworn in as a judge."


44 Dims are destroying an important part of our judicial system. It's sad that when they are back in the White House, it will play the other way. Dims are wrecking the founders' governmental structure.
Mr. Ott has retrieved Chirac's no card defense.

Snow Day


Common sense, trying to cut through the clutter:

MRC put this one out there for us:


-- ABC's Good Morning America. Sawyer, MRC analyst Jessica Anderson noted, argued: "As you know, these are MASSIVE tax cuts being talked about at a time that there's also a cost of a war, the President is talking about prescription drug aid, and indeed this morning, the news is out that the deficit is rising even faster than predicted, that it could be up now in $400 billion of deficit. Aren't Americans going to pay a price for that?"
Snow: "Well, one reason the deficit is rising or has risen is the fact that governmental revenues are coming in at a slower pace....The best way to deal with the deficit is to have rising governmental revenues from growth in the economy."
Sawyer: "I want to read a quote to you, though: 1995, 'The budget deficit puts a hole in the pocket of every American every day of their lives,' and you know who said that."
Snow: "Well, that's me. You're quoting from me back in 1995 when I joined with a group of other business people and political leaders to say we had to move toward budget balance. The President's budget will move toward budget balance, but we're addressing three very critical priorities right now: putting people back to work, the war on terror and homeland security."


Diane does not want the average American to have some of those Snow bills in his pocket.

Oxymoron



Blix Disputes Iraq Claims, Encourages Inspections


Read the article and you find all kinds of reason why the inspections could not possibly work.


"Based on this information, UNMOVIC estimates that about 21,000 liters of biological warfare agent was stored in bulk at locations remote from Al Hakam. About half of this, about 10,000 liters was anthrax," Blix wrote in the report.

"It therefore seems highly probable that the destruction of the bulk agent, including anthrax, stated by Iraq to be at Al Hakam in July-August 1991 did not occur," the report said.

"For Iraq to convince UNMOVIC hat it has not engaged in proscribed activities, it would need to provide more information in the chemical and biological field."


When? Maybe last November?

The president did well. If he was too somber, that's OK. I'm not a cowboy, but why do people on the east coast think that cowboys can't be somber or serious. Isn't that odd? Bush is not a cowboy either.

I can't comment on the press conference right now. I saw Juan Williams, the genuinely left man on FoxNews after the conference, and he brought tears to my eyes describing how much he liked Bush's effort. Juan will recover to bitterness like a good liberal, but tonight, he showed an honest affection for the solid and principled leadership of the president.

Who was doing business with these guys???



OFAC's latest list of bad guys was interesting. Do you think any of these groups have an account at Citibank?


The following entities have been added to OFAC's SDN list as
Specially Designated Global Terrorists (without the "a.k.a."s
listed as separate entries in this Bulletin):

THE RIYADUS-SALIKHIN RECONNAISSANCE AND SABOTAGE BATTALION OF
CHECHEN MARTYRS (a.k.a. RIYADH-AS-SALIHEEN; a.k.a. RIYADUS-SALIKHIN
RECONNAISSANCE AND SABOTAGE BATTALION OF SHAHIDS (MARTYRS); a.k.a.
RIYADUS-SALIKHIN RECONNAISSANCE AND SABOTAGE BATTALION; a.k.a. THE
SABOTAGE AND MILITARY SURVEILLANCE GROUP OF THE RIYADH AL-SALIHIN
MARTYRS) [SDGT]

THE SPECIAL PURPOSE ISLAMIC REGIMENT (a.k.a. ISLAMIC REGIMENT OF
SPECIAL MEANING; a.k.a. THE AL-JIHAD-FISI-SABILILAH SPECIAL ISLAMIC
REGIMENT; a.k.a. THE ISLAMIC SPECIAL PURPOSE REGIMENT) [SDGT]

THE ISLAMIC INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE (a.k.a. INTERNATIONAL BATTALION;
a.k.a. ISLAMIC PEACEKEEPING INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE; a.k.a.
PEACEKEEPING BATTALION; a.k.a. THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE; a.k.a.
THE ISLAMIC PEACEKEEPING ARMY; a.k.a. THE ISLAMIC PEACEKEEPING
BRIGADE) [SDGT]


"The Islamic Peacekeeping Brigade?"

Stick to the Stocks, Andy



Andy Serwer of Fortune is very nicely in the middle of the road, but really, he's only appealing to the anti-American contingent. If you are not interested in destroying terrorists, and believe me, Saddam is one and he's funding, supplying and comforting them, you are not interested in American safety.


WAR RANT: No one is pro Saddam (with lunatic fringe exceptions) and no one is pro war (with lunatic fringe exceptions) and yet we can put the needle in the middle of the record. Can't we be against Saddam and against war? And what is so bad about constantly keeping the pressure on the sucker? Flooding the country with U.N. inspectors? (Make that the fastest growing job category in the world!) Tell him we are going to be all over him forever. (Maybe even try to get sneaky and "destabilize him" via Langley!) Serwer doctrine is too expensive and time-consuming you say? Yeah, well, more expensive than what? War? And what does time-consuming mean? What's time versus war, retaliation, more terrorism, etc.? Is this war really going to make our world safer? Or will it make it scarier? I'm not sure... Shirley you jest!


Saddam has killed 2 million people in his quest, and he would love to kill 2 million more. Inspectors won't help stop that, and even with a thousand inspectors, Saddam won't let them near the WMDs. Stick to stocks, Andy, and quit blaming the bear market on the quest to destroy terrorists.

Constitutional Guarantee to 'Equal Education'



This one tears me up because it's in my neighborhood.

I am fully in favor of the state providing a fully competent education to all children in the state, regardless of the community they live in, but I continue to be mystified by the fact that people in my county cannot decide to raise our own taxes to improve the education system in our neighborhood above that of the basic state level.


Until Aug. 6, the Walkers felt Jessica received the same basic classroom opportunities as students in Johnson County. Kansas law, the Walkers thought, required an equal education for every student in the state.

That all changed, they said, when Johnson County voters approved a three-year, quarter-cent sales tax to fund the distribution of grant money to the county's six school districts.

Tuesday, the Walkers, eight other Kansas City, Kan., parents and four school districts -- Bonner Springs, Piper, Turner and Kansas City, Kan. -- filed a lawsuit in Johnson County District Court to stop the sales tax.

The tax violates the education and equal protection provisions of the state constitution, the plaintiffs say.


It's absolute nonsense, especially considering that Johnson County is probably the most expensive in terms of cost of living in Kansas - Costs are higher, but we're stuck with Hutchinson education dollars?? (Nothing against Hutchinson, it's a fine town.) If the state constitution does not allow me to spend funds on public works in my neighborhood such as our schools, the state's constitution is itself unconstitutional on the federal level. I hope they take this to the Supremes - Would it go 7-2 in favor of my position?

If nothing else, this screams out for vouchers. If my government will not allow me to increase the taxes I pay in order to better educate children in my community in my government's public schools, then my government had better give me the money it considers satisfactory and allow me to go spend it on a school where I might have better control on quality and better control on increasing spending on good causes. How can a state outlaw a community from improving its own schools beyond what the state considers satisfactory for everyone in the state?

I am not a strong voucher supporter, but this is ridiculous.

Here's the scenario: If the community in which I live, which is expensive, chooses to make it more expensive by improving spending on public schools, and a person in a poorer community does not like it that we have better schools, the person in the poorer community had better figure out how to improve his own schools possibly by increasing taxes, pull up his britches and figure out how to afford a move to our community, or shut up and face the music.

Not to extend the analogy too far, but if everyone deserves to go to Harvard, we have one heck of a ton of work to do on one heck of a ton of colleges in this country, including a massive communal form of redistribution of people's hard-earned money. But the way the Kansas politicians and judiciary are looking at it is, "We need to deprive Harvard of its greatness and take tuition funds away from Harvard because Harvard must be equal in spending to Kansas State," when after all it is the Harvard people who work to spend the money to attend Harvard and the Kansas State people who work to attend Kansas State.

Pure Crap. John Adams would be supporting a Tea Party in Kansas - Buffalo patty party. Pure Crap.

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Daschle - Killing the Judicial Branch



This Estrada thing is really driving me crazy. Advice and consent, not blockage.

CNSNews.com has me fired up again:


Their liberal agenda apparently does not make room for any of President Bush's judicial nominees. Some critics see this as a political test of wills over President Bush's conservatism - a warm-up for the real battle that will ensue when and if President Bush has the opportunity to name a new Supreme Court justice.


I will need to hide from any coverage of a Supreme Court nomination - Too painful. There is a hope that a Bush re-election would help. Could the Dims obstruct for a full 5+ years?

Scalia is admittably conservative, but I like his analysis:


The process of confirming judicial nominees has become too political, says conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia said the problem is that conservatives and liberals see the Constitution as a "living document" that can be interpreted by judicial activists to support a particular political agenda. "It didn't used to be like that," Scalia said in a speech to the American Medical Association. "I hate to think what the next Supreme Court nomination hearings are going to be like because what both sides are looking for are judges who agree with them as to what the new Constitution that they create ought to be." Scalia added, "I've been predicting this for 20 years, that ultimately this theory of the living Constitution will destroy us, it will destroy the federal courts... Once the people figure out what the game is, they will say, 'We will select our judges on the basis of who will create the Constitution that we desire.'"


It's happening now and it is tough to watch. One solution, if it is so political, let's just elect federal judges, but no kidding, the electorate is not attentive enough for that duty. I have enough troubles doing that properly in my home town.

This kind of Snow in your pocket would not be bad:




Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin today provided their signatures to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) for use on Series 2003 U.S. paper currency.

"Having my signature on the currency of this nation is a great honor," said Secretary Snow. "The swift enactment of the President's Jobs and Growth plan will ensure that more of these notes stay in the pockets of the American family."

Looking for That Liberal Radio Show



Courtesy of MRC, courtesy of Brit Hume:


Brit Hume ended his FNC show on Tuesday night with this clip from a recent monologue from Leno on NBC's Tonight Show:

“According to the New York Times, a group of liberal venture capitalists are in the process of developing their own liberal radio network to counter conservative shows like Rush Limbaugh. They feel the liberal viewpoint is not being heard -- except on TV, in the movies, in music, by comedians, magazines and newspapers. Other than that, it’s not getting out!”

The fact that Leno knew such sarcasm would draw laughter from a general audience shows it is not just conservatives who realize liberals dominate virtually every medium.


Too bad the Dims don't have NPR.
The left think Rumsfeld is Quayle, the right knows exactly what he is trying to work with:


Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, clarifying U.S. policy on the war on terror at a Pentagon briefing:

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."


Onward.
Missive from Tom:


Last night I came home and on the TV is 'Fear Factor' with a big boobed blonde babe getting needles shoved through her arm while she cries uncontrollably. I flipped around to find something else better and ran into at least one more reality TV show. (We don't have cable so it doesn't take me long to flip through our 5 or maybe 6 channels.) I see Americans overeating and overspending and shallow and empty. We already consume by far a disproportional percentage of our world's rescources. Our nation's culture has been rapidly moving toward the lowest common denominator - RE: Stone Cold Austin story from yesterday....


First of all, if you won't buy cable, and you are still watching TV, I can see why you hate America.


Our 'leader' is intent on starting an unprovoked war of agression against a country half way round the world. Jr. says nothing can stop war except Saddam's exile. War is apparently Jr.s dream and nothing can get in the way. (Ask the hawks if they feel strongly enough to enlist, pick up a gun and go over there and kill or be killed. Or are they just ready to send someone else...?) We hear everywhere it will be a short war - probably will be. But that is what people expected at the start of our civil war, the start of WWI. They went out to view the spectacle with picnic baskets. What great entertainment!


I believe even hawks are leery, but the difference is that hawks are not at all willing to wait around until they get their asses kicked. We're not drafting anyone - The volunteers are willing to defend their country, even if they have to travel half way around the world to do so. Hawks are ready to make sure that life and liberty survive for a little while. No need to put quotes around leader, he is a grand leader, and not as dumb as you think. Read Woodward's book. It will not be a picnic at all, but it will be better than having a picnic and getting leveled.


Our culture is at a low point. We have more of everything than we need.
I'm taking a sheet off my bed and making a turban and moving to Mecca.


Even if you were not wearing your turbine, being one of Saddam's Sub-Human Shields will get you killed. You will be a speed bump for the Marines.

Onward.

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

McCarthyism???


This is ridiculous.


"We deplore the idea that those in the public eye should suffer professionally for having the courage to give voice to their views. Even a hint of the blacklist must never again be tolerated in this nation," SAG, the nation's largest actors' union, said in a statement.

Are there government hearings? I missed that. Are people being accused of being spies? I missed that, too. Yes, these people are being accused of being anti-American, but I have not heard one person say that they do not have the right to be peacefully anti-American in expressing their views. Most people disagree with their views. I find some of their views so uninformed, they are disgusting. These people are using their fame and wealth to rip on the country, rip on Bush in particular, still trying to win the 2000 election. The fame does not qualify them as foreign policy experts. They are free to speak, but we are free to avoid contributing to their fame and fortune, the fortune which is then spent ripping on our government and its right to protect its citizens.


"I will not go to the movies. I will not support their television shows, I will not buy their music. My family and I shall boycott supporting anyone in Hollywood until they decide their job is for entertainment value only," said one writer to the "Citizens Against Celebrity Pundits" online petition.

G.I.Jargon.com, a Web site representing U.S. military, police and firefighters, dubbed the celebrities "Taliban" and called for a boycott of "anti-American entertainers."


Here's another site, celiberal.com. Some people are pretty heated up, but it is capitalism, not McCarthyism.

If people like myself choose to make sure we do not buy their crap, that's capitalism, not McCarthyism. I am flabbergasted.

If they are going to put their anti-American speech out there, they are making the decision that their political speech is more important than their career. They know that there are people who simply will be so put off that they will not buy the crap.

Here's a nice quote from the petition:


We support President Bush in his efforts to defend our homeland, to defend democracy, and to take any measures to end the threat of terrorism. We do not claim to know more than anyone, especially President Bush. We elect a President who we can trust to make proper decisions based on facts available to him and not available to the rest of us. This is one reason trustworthiness and character is important in the people we elect into office. War is not easy, there are many before us who sacrificed their lives for freedom and if supporting citizens in other countries who cry out for democracy and freedom aids in the war against terrorism we support it.


Summary: Last time I checked, you do not have the constitutional right to have people buy tickets to your movies or watch your leftist propaganda on the boob tube.

By all means, keep spending your money on the filthy ads and keep letting us know how you feel. As a matter of fact, why don't you put some muscle behind it and go over and serve as a part Saddam's Sub-Human Shield Group. Feel free. We will never deprive you of those freedoms...
Coops and Hanaway can join the thousands of others over here. Meanwhile, I'll write my president and thank him for doing his best in a crazy world. He makes a few mistakes, but he is a leader of the right magnitude for our times. I imagine Gore during these times and choke on my coffee...

Here is Your Liberal Media


Check out this take from MRC. This Terry Moran is supposed to be a reporter for one of the big 3 and he is about as liberal (pro-Saddam in this case) as you could find:


The exchange took place during the noontime EST, March 3 press briefing carried live by the cable news networks:

Moran: “Ari, the destruction of these Al-Samoud missiles now represents about ten percent, a little more, of their entire medium-range missile capability. That’s a piece of real, substantive disarmament under international supervision. But it’s not total disarmament. But you aren’t denying that that’s real disarmament?”
Fleischer: “It’s not real disarmament. There is only one standard of disarmament. Full, complete, and immediate. The United Nations resolutions did not call for a little piece of disarmament. It did not say ten percent disarmament four months after we call on you to do it immediately. None of that was in [UN Security Council Resolution] 1441. And the only reason this is even happening today in the small degree that it has indeed happened is because he is under great pressure from President Bush, the United States, and the coalition of the willing.”
Moran argued: “But it is substantive, it is not just process, this is substance, this is real destruction of weapons.”
Fleischer: “It is not sufficient, it is not complete, it is not total.”
Moran: “So, it’s the administration’s view that making war in Iraq now is preferable to any further piecemeal, substantive disarmament?”
Fleischer: “Well, the President has not made a decision about whether or not this ultimately will be done through the use of force. If he makes that decision, I think you can infer from that action, and the President would agree with your premise in that case. But until he does, of course, and if he does, the process remains under way. And it’s a process by which Iraq is defying the United Nations. They are pretending to comply in small and limited ways, but nothing less than full, complete, and immediate is called for because that what the United Nations has sought.”
A few minutes later, Los Angeles Times reporter Ed Chen contended: “While we’re on the disarmament process, Iraq clearly starting to destroy some of its weapons, perhaps not as quickly as the administration would like. Clearly it can’t all be done in one instant in some big bang theory. So doesn’t this speak to the President’s well-known impatience? That his patience is running out, he’s not willing to give this process more time?”
Fleischer: “You know, I think the question is, 'why didn’t Iraq destroy these missiles in November when they were told to?’ Doesn’t it surprise anybody that the only reason they’re doing them now is because they are under mass pressure as troops gather on their border? And doesn’t that suggest that their motives have nothing to do with disarmament?...”


Fleischer nails it with logic - There really is no logic to supporting Saddam. It is clearly a delay and denial routine, like Ali's rope-a-dope, but if you're the dope in this case, you are flat dead. I am astounded that Moran can represent a major media organization in that fashion.

Terry sent me his "Rules of Engagement:"




I thought I'd set some ground rules for our debates regarding spelling and
terminology.

Virtually all news agencies spell Enemy No. 1's name as Osama bin Laden.
The government spells it, Usama bin Laden. Let's go with Osama. It looks
better.

MSNBC and Fox, and, I think, CNN spell the nasty terrorist group Al Qaeda.
The Associate Press spells it al-Qaida. Let's go with al-Qaida. It looks
like we know what we're doing. This will be particularly nice when
outsiders see our messages.

The entire universe, except the White House and the bottom-kissing Fox
network, calls terrorists who blow themselves up to kill other people
suicide bombers. The White House and the bottom-kissing Fox network calls
them homicide bombers. I think the right-wingers among us should go ahead,
since they're fair and balanced, and use homicide bombers. The left-wingers
among us, and anyone else with an IQ of over 47, should use suicide
bombers.

But just remember what Shakespeare said about roses.

And in the words of that great American Alexander Haig, I'm in charge here.
(I don't have anything else to do but be in charge.)


I can settle the "suicide/homicide bomber" deal: We'll call them Evil Radicals. And I like the AP al-Qaida, but I do not like the dash - No Dash. Where did that dash come from?
I won't apologize, I like Peggy Noonan, but this essay is incredible. Peggy offers advice to the Dims:


I see the modern Democratic Party as the party of snobs. I wonder why your much-proclaimed compassion is distributed on such a limited basis--to this pressure group, that minority group, this special interest group.

Yes, all parties do this to some degree, but again, the Republicans the past quarter century seemed to be building coalitions that embraced the same general principles--freedom in the world, security at home, smaller and less mighty government wherever possible, more money left in the pockets of the people, a respect for the things that were tried and true. They recognize the fact of evil in the world, and they're unwilling to excuse crime and criminals.

The Democrats seemed motivated not by general principles and beliefs but only the need to win, which left you protecting your market share by bribing groups you'd once been able to champion. You've become confused as to your purpose, your reason for being. Yes, Republicans have pressure groups too, and the party pays great attention to them. But the GOP's pressure groups are in line with the sympathies of the party as a whole. When the National Rifle Association agitates for its issues, it's agitating within a party that supports the right to keep and bear arms.


And this is poignant:

This is the Democratic paradox: You want so much to run America and yet you seem not so fond of Americans.

And I don't want to plunge into the abortion debate, but this seems on the mark:

And there's this. Deep down, in some still vital area of human knowledge within you, the place where you just know things, you have got to know that no political party primarily funded, supported and led by fierce pro-abortionists, by people whose great interest in life is seeing to it that the right to kill infants is retained, can long endure. Nothing can long stand on a foundation like that. Nothing.

And this is incredible:


Stop being the party of snobs. Show love for your country and its people--all its people. Stop looking down on those who resist your teachings.

Did we hit a roadblock? Rantburg discusses the topic in a wonderful fashion. Thanks to InstaPundit for the tip.
An insane website I happened upon thanks to Whackingday is out of this world. Here is what the front page says:


The death and destruction that will be inflicted on the people of Iraq by a US-led, Australian-backed, invasion will not be any less if it has UN Security Council approval. All UN approval will do is give the Bush gang a thin veneer of international "legality" for an war or aggression aimed at brutally subjugating the Iraqi people to the greed of the US oil corporations. Around the world, an increasing number of trade unionists and students are taking action to stop the war. Green Left Weekly urges all its readers to join them in their efforts.


First of all, trade unionists and students are the experts on dealing with incredibly complex foreign policy issues? I don't think there will be Security Council Support, but if there is, that is the most amazing imprimatur one can imagine? No France veto.

And what about the idea that these protestors are concerned with innocent victims but have they lifted one finger for Saddam's victims? How on Earth could the US subjugate the Iraqi people any further than they have been subjugated? WOW!

Monday, March 03, 2003

This story on Bush and religion is fascinating to me. I'd like to hear what people think. I am not a huge fan of some ideas out of organized religion, but I do have a lot of beliefs. Normally, this type of presumed myopia might bother me, but for some reason, the ideas in this article comfort me. The author wants to scare you, but I feel fairly good after reading it.

AHHHHHHH, The Media is not Liberal


I do not like this kind of whining about the media being labeled liberal.

Liberals own the three networks, which own majority of viewer ship, even amongst conservatives who should know better. Just because MSNBC dumps a liberal who is actually an insult to liberals does not counter the idea of the complete bias in the media. MSNBC just did not want to get shut down and they figured out that most of America thinks Donahue is an extreme idiot.

MRC outlines the bias daily and almost all of it is astonishing, sometimes MRC picks on fringe issues. We'll admit that MRC is conservative, but that does not diminish the facts that they present day after day. I wonder if they are getting bored.

After saying that, I must say that I enjoyed the later shows of the run, when Donahue challenged himself and brought in someone who is able to think and debunk what Donahue was spouting. It was wonderful seeing Donahue getting roasted night after night, but maybe the MSNBC brass were embarrassed...

Support for Our Troops



Free Iraq

GIVE EM HELL


Indeed.

Combatting Terrorism with a Focus on Financial Methods:


Sometimes there are some signs of very strong leadership in this administration. Making the government work more effectively is what is behind this move, and I think it is a strong move. It will take a while to get accustomed to the acronym, EOTF/FC

Terry's dumb as a Fence Post Blast from the Left


Terry sent this missive. He really cannot trust Bush, and he tries the tired argument of "Why is Saddam first?" We love getting Terry's rants. We told Terry that Bush has been good and straight on this issue since 99. Sometimes your public language has to be like Charmin to avoid scaring off the French. (We scared off the French anyway, so let's rock.)


This seems to me like something out of a Woody Allen movie or something.
The question is, how stupid are the Iraqi officials?

They've dismantled some of their UN illegal missiles. If they keep
dismantling missiles, it will make it a lot easier for us to invade them.
Isn't this kind of funny?

And speaking of Bush, I take back my previous comments about how he should
become Major League Baseball's commissioner. You don't want to negotiate
anything with this guy; he makes stuff up as he goes along, not to mention
his lying and cheating. After all these months of hand wringing and
gnashing of teeth, now he says the U.S. will invade Iraq unless they
dismantle AND Saddam leaves. When did this get put on the table? Why didn't
he mention this in his U.N. speech? Why didn't he mention this in the first
place? Why can't the man be honest for once? This is just another example
of his blatant dishonesty and his stupidity. When did George W. "Dumb as a
Fence Post" Bush become God?

Again, who is next? North Korea? Is China still murdering their girl
babies? If you want to talk about evil governments, you need to start with
China. Let's overthrow Red China. Oh wait, the Republican businessmen can
make money trading with Red China, so let China continue murdering girl
babies. Monies is monies after all.

And Terry, give up on the "dumber than" arguments. Try something new, try something that is smarter than that.

Feel free to pile on with comments.
Having one of these heading your way would be absolutely terrifying.
Mark sent us this gem.
Funny, a little sad, and a little scary.
State Farm decided that it might be best
if they did not cover destruction of your car
by nuclear bomb.
the No-Fly Zone has been heating up. Here is an article.


"There's been a sporadic war occurring in the air over Iraq for a dozen years now. This merely ratchets up the intensity," Thompson added.


Rush to war takes 12 years.
And does this headline confuse you a bit?


Bush Rejects Iraqi Missile Destruction


Might it be, "Bush insists on Iraqi Missile Destruction?"

How about, "Delay, Denial Continue."
How about this photo fun from LGF?
I can't figure this one out:
"Men Love Their Bottoms More Than Women"



Less than 10 percent of those British 16 to 65 year-olds asked, cared or thought about their bums, the survey released Thursday by toilet tissue producer Velvet found.



But among those who do care, men felt more strongly. Some 60 percent of those who "love their bum" were male.



"It doesn't matter what shape or size your bum is, we believe you should love it," Lavery said.


Terrorism Punditry


Nice piece from PunditWatch:

How Big Was It?

Most shows began with a recap of the Khalid Sheik Mohammed capture and guests were asked for their reaction:

Howard Dean, on FTN: “A real coup.”

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan, on Fox: “He’s the big fish, the king fish, he’s the Operations Manager.”

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del, on Fox: “This is a phenomenal development. A significant breakthrough.”

Winner of the hyperbole award, however, is Rep. Porter Goss, R-FL, on This Week: “This is a very huge event, the equivalent of the liberation of Paris in the Second World War.”

We need to go liberate Paris again.

UPDATE: Scott Ott has Daschle pitching in.

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Racing Part II



Steve Park wrecked the #88 after DJ had climbed from 29th to 8th. I was hacked - It was inexcusable. I often wonder if Park belongs in Winston Cup...My other predictions were wrong. Matt Kenseth is a good guy and he won fairly easily. Junior finally had a good race.

Torture - The Ugly Terrorist


This guy is not pretty and he doesn't look like he could plan anything. Even if U.S. authorities are torturing him, which I doubt excepting a little sleep deprivation, I think they'll only get disinformation.

A discussion on techniques from this article:

U.S. officials insist they eschew physical, violent torture, although it is unclear if all of America's allies live by a similar code.

Also less clear are to what extent interrogators use certain methods that human rights groups also regard as torture: sleep deprivation, threats of torture and other techniques intended to confuse, frighten or wear down a captive.

"We don't sanction torture but there are psychological and other ways that we can get most of what we need," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Whatever the method, the goal is to get inside a prisoner's head and get him talking, experts say. An interrogator may try to appeal to Mohammed's vanity, his fears, or whatever lever seems to offer the best avenue to getting information that will stop terrorist attacks.

Unfortunately, I don't think we'll get much, but just getting them off the street, one by one, is a good thing.

Racing Part I



I'm thinking rubberhead in the 97 has a good chance today, in fact I'll go out on a limb and say it will be the 97. I'll also be looking at the 48, and unfortunately, the 24.


It would be great to see Jeff Burton do well. It has been too long for him, and he is a good guy.


By the way, with a bit of extravagence, we got the InDemand product InCar this season and it is a cool add-on. With InCar, you get to hear driver/spotter/pit communications, you get various technical stats and you get the drivers view of the race. It's great during the bazillion commercials on the network coverage, but it's easy to miss something if that something happens away from your driver. Really you need 2 TVs, and then if you're an IRL fan, you need three, but I'm not that crazy. I do think I'll tape the IRL race while watching the NASCAR today.