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Friday, July 23, 2004 - Comedians chide blacks to change: "These comedians have zeroed in on the disappointment and disdain that decent, law-abiding blacks feel for the morally impaired among them. This frustration is causing a fair number to separate themselves. A Newsweek poll found that 66% of blacks prefer school vouchers, which often place black students in majority-white schools. A quarter of blacks see themselves as political independents, and the number of black Republicans has more than doubled since 2000."
Go, Bill Cosby. Not because you are black, but because you speak the truth.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

The Gap: "Sandy Berger's pilfering of papers from the archive should be big trouble for the Democrats. Why is the press AWOL?
by Hugh Hewitt "
Good question, but you know the answer.
Mike S. Adams: How to collect guns and irritate PETA: "One of my recent articles, entitled 'Timmy and Me,' stirred up even Moore controversy than I expected. But, fortunately, most of the email about the article was positive. In fact, several readers wrote to say that they had decided to make their first gun purchase after reading the article. A few even asked if I had any recommendations. Since I have several, I decided to write this article."
This will cheer you up after reading the post immediately below.
Mike S. Adams: Queers under siege: "I'm sorry to hear about your recent experience in criminal justice class. I don't know why so many criminal justice classes include chapters on 'queer theory' these days. I was especially sorry to hear that one of your gay classmates got up in front of the class and read the following:"
I warn you, this article is shocking and at least "R" rated, but if you want to know what your tax money is supporting, read it. Mike Adams is my favorite college professor.
Ross Mackenzie: Cosby, McCain, Hillary, Martha, fences, Abu Ghraib, etc.: "Liberal syndicated columnist Richard Cohen, on the Kerry campaign's decision to invite Ron Reagan, son of the late president, to address the Democratic National Convention next week: 'Ron Reagan is going to speak [there] because his name is Ron Reagan. He is not a famous Democrat and he is not a well-known ethicist or medical researcher. He will be there just to stick it to the GOP and Bush and to suggest, as do the selfish when they would rather golf than attend a funeral, that they have the permission of the deceased. There's a term for this sort of thing: grave robbery.'"
Check out the heartwarming blog at Very Good Figs.  Use link at right.
Kerry Anti-Terror Plan Removed From Campaign Web Site After Berger Revelation -- GOPUSA: "But former FBI agent G. Gordon Liddy disagrees, calling it a grave transgression against national security. Liddy wonders why the Justice Department has not arrested Berger for having admitted to committing five felonies."
How America has changed, completely Clintonized. The younger generation should look up Watergate and learn about the scandals that brought down the Nixon administration. All those burglars did was raid the Democratic headquarters; this crowd has raided the national archives.

Besides. What right did Berger have to decide what documents the Senate committe had a right to see? What was he doing there anyway?
TNR Online Turning Tale (print): "The tale spun by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson that Iraq did not ever try to buy uranium yellowcake from Niger is now in the process of unraveling. And, of course, the phalanx of anti-war journalists is desperately trying to stop the bust-up. But it can't be done. The flying apart began with two stories in the Financial Times (London), one on June 28, the other on July 4. Relying on information ultimately sourced to three European intelligence services--none of them British and one of them that had monitored clandestine uranium smuggling to Iraq over three years--Mark Huband reported that the network also serviced or was to service Libya, Iran, China, and North Korea. A tell-tale element of the story is that the mines in Niger from which several thousand tons of uranium had been extracted and sold were owned by French companies.
" I myself had wondered why the CIA had been so dumb--such dumbness is something to which we should have long ago become accustomed!--as to send a low-level diplomat to check on yellowcake sales from Niger to Iraq when it should have dispatched a real spook. Well, it turns out that a "real spook" had recommended him to her boss, that spook being Valerie Plame, who happens also to be Wilson's wife. He has long denied that she had anything to do with his going to Niger and that, alas, was a lie. It appears, in fact, that this is the sole reason he was sent."
Truth is the daughter of time.   So who is the liar.  Guest it isn't Bush.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The New York Times > Opinion > Desperadoes: "This behavior assumes that Ms. Ronstadt had no right to express a political opinion from the stage. It implies - for some members of the audience at least - that there is a philosophical contract that says an artist must entertain an audience only in the ways that audience sees fit. It argues, in fact, that an artist like Ms. Ronstadt does not have the same rights as everyone else."
They have gone insane. I mean the New York Times. Freedom means that a person has a right to express their opinion, and I have a right to boo, to walk out, to demand my money back. Audiences are not sheep that must sit and listen to whatever the elite Hollywood and New York snobs dish out.

And yes, the man who runs the hotel can fire the "artist." That's freedom. A kind of freedom that the snobs who run the New York Times hate. They want freedom for the elite, the ones who know what's best for the rest of us. No one says or implies that Comrade Ronstadt has no right to express her opinion; but so do the members of the audience. Afterall, they are not getting paid, they are paying. Someday, maybe, the New York Times will realize that those who pay the bill call the shots.

It is too bad that Kerry and his bunch did walk out on Whoopi the other night.  Would have set a fine example.
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "Given Mr. Berger's role (until he resigned yesterday) as a Kerry adviser, surely this is something worth debating. And if the missing memos say what Mr. Ashcroft has hinted they do, we can well understand why Mr. Berger would want to keep them in his trousers during a crucial election year. "
Mr. Berger must go to jail. And, if there was a conspiracy involving ex-president Bill Clinton to obscure the record of the Clinton administration, then Bill Clinton ought to go to jail also. Let him laugh all the way to jail. This may very well involve treason against the United States during a time of war. It is no small matter to compromise the security of the United States.

This is far worse than what our service men and women did at the prison in Iraq, and it should be getting the chicken abuse off the front page.

New motto:  Free Martha Stewart; to jail with Sandy Berger.
Kerry Deluged With Invitations to Speak to Conservatives -- GOPUSA: " Several groups have invited Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to speak to their members as the result of a statement made at the recent NAACP convention. But Kerry may have opened a Pandora's Box when he declared that as president of the United States, 'you need to talk to all of the people.'"
I will be waiting anxiously for the news report of Sen. Kerry speaking to Bob Jones University and Focus on the Family.   Maybe he could take linda Ronstadt.
My Way News: "A militant group said Wednesday it had taken two Kenyans, three Indians and an Egyptian hostage and would behead them if their countries did not announce their readiness to withdraw their troops from Iraq immediately.
None of those countries are part of the 160,000-member U.S.-led coalition force in the country."
Thank you, Spain. Thank you, Philippines.
Nuclear arms reportedly found in Iraq - (United Press International): "Baghdad, Iraq, Jul. 21 (UPI) -- Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. "
A..HA. Ben Cohen, formerly of Ben and Jerry's,  will have to take a fire extinguisher to their pants. [See the Seattle article on Ben and Jerry in yesterday's post].

Dennis Prager: Presbyterian church defames Christianity: "It takes a particularly virulent strain of moral idiocy and meanness to single out Israel, not Arafat's Palestinian Authority, or terror-supporting, death-fatwa-issuing Iran, or women-subjugating Saudi Arabia, for condemnation and economic ruin. One of the most decent societies, one of the most liberal democracies in the world, is fighting for its life against Islamic fascists who praise the Holocaust and publicly call for the annihilation of Israel -- and the Presbyterian Church calls for strangling Israel!"
FYI. The very last thing we need in America is the revival of ugly anti-semitism, and the joining the side of the Islamists. This writer does not believe that there is salvation in Judaism any more than there is in Islam, because Christ is the only savior of mankind.

But isn't it interesting that the Presbyterian [USA], who long ago rejected their heritage of biblical calvinism, would not be able to discern between Israel and Islamists. If the church does not like to retain God in their knowledge, they will some become like the heathen, not able to discern anything. If all religions are the same, then none of them can commit crimes. Let's all join hands and hum.

If people can write love letters to the babies they are about to abort and feel good about their feelings of sentimentality, then why not turn all evil into good and abandon all attempts to understand what the image of God is.
I Am Thankful for the Electoral College

This election and the last one show the wisdom of our nations fathers and founders, especially in the invention of the electoral college.   There is more polarization between the large populations states and the small states than there has been in recent memory.  Kerry's lead in states like New York and California is huge, while Bush seems secure in such states as Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Tennessee.

Why not just count the votes and award the election to the one who gets the most votes?  Because this gives an overwhelming advantage to the large populations states.  Suppose 10 million people vote in New York, and Kerry wins by, say, 6 million to 4 million.  He wins by 2 million votes.  In Colorado Bush wins by 350,000 to 200,000, a margin of 150,000.  Likewise Bush wins by 15,000 in Wyoming, 180,000 in Nebraska, and 250,000 in Tennesee.  The 2,000,000 Kerry margin in New York overwhelms the Bush margin of 595,000 in the four other states.

I saw four Kerry ads on TV last night in a space of about 20 minutes.  Do you think that Colorado would ever see ads for the candidates, let alone see the candidates themselves, if the election would be decided simply by the popular vote?  No way.

Kerry would be ahead 1, 405,000 votes in these five states, but only lead in electoral votes 31-28.  There is no question that the power of the Democratic Party is in the populous states of the Industrial midwest and the East and West coasts.   If the presidential election were to be decided by popular votes, it would only pay to campaign in about 10-15 of the largest states, and ignore the rest of the country.  There would be a huge shift of power to the Democratic party.

The electoral college was designed to safeguard federalism, rather than the rule of the mob.  The college was greatly weakened when the election of senators was removed from the state legislators and placed in popular votes statewide, but it still admirably fulfills its designed function: that every state, large and small, be represented in some way in the presidency.  Every state gets to be heard.  It is a good thing.


Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Wilson's Lies Exposed!! But will the Media retract the slander of President Bush?

OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "Mr. Wilson's defense, in essence, is that the 'Republican-written' Senate Intelligence Committee report is a partisan hatchet job. We could forgive people for being taken in by this, considering the way the Committee's ranking Democrat, Jay Rockefeller, has been spinning it over the past week. But the fact is that the three most damning conclusions are contained not in Chairman Pat Roberts's 'Additional Views,' but in the main body of the report approved by Mr. Rockefeller and seven other Democrats.

Number one: The winner of last year's Award for Truth Telling from the Nation magazine foundation, didn't tell the truth when he wrote that his wife, CIA officer Valerie Plame, 'had nothing to do with' his selection for the Niger mission. Mr. Wilson is now pretending there is some kind of important distinction between whether she 'recommended' or 'proposed' him for the trip.
Mr. Wilson had been denying any involvement at all on Ms. Plame's part, in order to suggest that her identity was disclosed by a still-unknown Administration official out of pure malice. If instead an Administration official cited nepotism truthfully in order to explain the oddity of Mr. Wilson's selection for the Niger mission, then there was no underlying crime. Motive is crucial under the controlling statute.
The 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act was written in the wake of the Philip Agee scandal to protect the CIA from deliberate subversion, not to protect the identities of agents and their spouses who choose to enter into a national political debate. In short, the entire leak probe now looks like a familiar Beltway case of criminalizing political differences. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald should fold up his tent.

Number two: Joe Wilson didn't tell the truth about how he supposedly came to realize that it was "highly doubtful" there was anything to the story he'd been sent to Niger to investigate. He told everyone that he'd recognized as obvious forgeries the documents purporting to show an Iraq-Niger uranium deal. But the forged documents to which he referred didn't reach U.S. intelligence until eight months after his trip. Mr. Wilson has said that he "misspoke"--multiple times, apparently--on this issue.

Number three: Joe Wilson was also not telling the truth when he said that his final report to the CIA had "debunked" the Niger story. The Senate Intelligence report--again, the bipartisan portion of it--says Mr. Wilson's debrief was interpreted as providing "some confirmation of foreign government service reporting" that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger. That's because Niger's former Prime Minister had told Mr. Wilson he interpreted a 1999 visit from an Iraqi trade delegation as showing an interest in uranium.

This is a remarkable record of falsehood. We'll let our readers judge if they think Mr. Wilson was deliberately wrong, and therefore can be said to have "lied." We certainly know what critics would say if President Bush had been caught saying such things. But in any event, we'd think that the news outlets that broadcast Mr. Wilson's story over the past year would want to retrace their own missteps.

Mr. Wilson made three separate appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press," according to the Weekly Standard. New York Times columnist Nick Kristof first brought the still anonymous Niger envoy to public attention in May 2003, so he too must feel burned by his source. Alone among major sellers of the Wilson story, the Washington Post has done an admirable job so far of correcting the record.

Go to the Wheat and Chaff blog [link on the right] and read the post about mothers saying goodby to the babies they are killing.  Very post modern, you know.  If you weep and feel sentimental, you can do any kind of horrid thing.  Just bite the lip and squeeze out the tear, and assure yourself that you are a Good Person--capitalization is necessary to show the importance of this concept.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Ben & Jerry's co-founder inflamed by Bush: "'I believe that it's disrespectful of the president to essentially lead the country based on lies,' he said. 'If that happens, then I believe it's actually our patriotic duty to make people aware of it.'"
He should go back to ice cream. We all know know that the President is being vindicated one statement after another.   But liberals are losing it one after another.
DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2004�: "Former president Bill Clinton defends his embattled national security advisor as a man who 'always got things right,' even if his desk was a mess.

'We were all laughing about it,' Clinton said about the investigation into Sandy Berger for taking classified terrorism documents from the National Archives. 'People who don't know him might find it hard to believe. But ... all of us who've been in his office have always found him buried beneath papers.'"
Ha, Ha. Yes, we all know how serious this bunch takes the law.
The real deal The San Diego Union-Tribune: "'This is an election year, and I think we're in desperate trouble and it's time for people to speak up and not pipe down. It's a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I'd rather not know.' "
Maybe it is a good time for Republicans and fundamental Christians to say away from Linda's concerts and not support her liberal bigotry, which, by the way, is the most virulent bigotry in America today, except for transplanted Muslim anti-semitism, which is approved by her liberal buddies.
Iraq intelligence probes prove Bush, Blair weren't fibbing: "But maybe we have to qualify the belief that Saddam's WMD stockpiles never existed as well. As a result of two official investigations and recent U.N. discoveries, we have reason to believe that if Saddam did not possess WMD at the moment of the invasion, he had possessed them only months beforehand and was in a position to do so a second (or third) time if he had succeeded in bluffing himself out of trouble."
This shows the folly of continually going to the UN, which stalled and stalled by the machinations of the European clients of Saddam, which gave him time to dispose of the weapons. / News / Boston Globe / Opinion / Op-ed / Moore's anti-US populism: "Moore, the 50-year-old filmmaker and author of several books, has made a career of traveling round the world talking about how stupid, brainwashed, selfish, greedy, and otherwise rotten Americans are. He regales British audiences with tales of a National Geographic survey which found that many young Americans cannot find Iraq or England on the map -- neglecting to mention that the survey results for British youth were quite woeful as well. Inviting an audience at Cambridge University to share some packs of Doritos, he comments, according to an account in The New Yorker, 'It's still your way, right, to share? You don't want to turn into us -- a society where the ethic is me me me me me me me, [expletive] you.'"
Dennis Prager: Presbyterian church defames Christianity: "They have drawn a line. It is now time for good people, Presbyterians specifically, Christians generally, to distance themselves vigorously and publicly from this morally sick church. And it is time, once again, for Jews to realize that the enemies of the Jews in our day are to be found on the Christian Left while their friends are far more often on the Christian Right.
Many serious Christians ask, 'What Would Jesus Do?' If Jesus were here, he would probably be at Israeli hospitals comforting fellow Jews who were deliberately blinded, paralyzed and brain-damaged by Jew- and Christian-hating Palestinian terrorists. He would surely not be with the Jews' enemies, among whom are now the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, USA. "
A great article from my favorite Jew.
How a serial liar suckered Dems and the media: "Well, the week went pretty much as I predicted seven days ago:
But it turns out JOE WILSON LIED! PEOPLE DIED. Of embarrassment mostly. At least I'm assuming that's why the New York Times, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, PBS drone Bill Moyers and all the other media bigwigs Joseph C. Wilson IV suckered have fallen silent on the subject of the white knight of integrity they've previously given the hold-the-front-page treatment, too."
The truth is out. Democrats don't know the truth. They think whatever evil is said about Republicans is the truth.
Byron York on Sen. Max Cleland and George W. Bush on National Review Online: "Cleland also said the president's famous '16 word' contention that Iraq sought uranium in Africa 'is a lie.' When asked if he believes former ambassador Joseph Wilson, the Bush critic whose story was substantially undermined in the new Senate report on pre-war intelligence, Cleland said, 'I do believe that Joe Wilson is telling the truth. I believe he has tremendous credibility, and I've met with him personally for hours.'"
But what credibility have people who believed [or said they did] the fantastic and brazen lies of Bill and Hilary? "None are so blind as those who will not see."
My Way News: "I deeply regret the sloppiness involved, but I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission, and to the contrary, to my knowledge, every document requested by the commission from the Clinton administration was produced,' Berger said in a statement to the AP."
It looks like this crowd all drink from the same fountain. Bill and Hilary were experts and snowing investigations and losing documents. I suppose Berger's documents are wherever the Hilary's billing records were.
Chicago Tribune | Chirac: Sharon unwelcome until he explains remark: "President Jacques Chirac said Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would not be welcome in France until he satisfactorily explains his statement that Jews should move to Israel to escape anti-Semitism in France."
Sure, Chirac. Shoot the messenger. Why don't you explain the anti-semitism in France? Could it be because of the large number of Islamists in France that you and your effete colleagues have not had the intestinal fortitude to confront?

Monday, July 19, 2004

Michael Barone: The 'Bush Lied' folks can't be taken seriously: "Official reports issued the last two weeks have conclusively refuted those who have been arguing that 'BUSH LIED' about the dangers from Iraq and its weapons of mass destruction programs. The first report was that of the Senate Intelligence Committee. That committee has been rent by partisan divisions over the last year, but the report was unanimous. "
So there!  That goes for Michael Moore and all the rest who lied and continue to lie about Bush lying.    The real liars have been exposed.  

Sunday, July 18, 2004 - U.S. & World - Shocking Success or Abuse of Power?: "'Unlike guns, unlike batons, there are very few if any traces left after the use of these weapons and so officers and those who are using them can get away with using them inappropriately without it being easily detected,' said William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International."
How much insanity are these people capable of? The tasers leave no mark, do not permanent damage, so this puts Amnesty International out of business. That's the real reason for their protest. If Law Enforcement becomes too efficient and too human, then Amnesty International goes down the drain.

Next, we will have preachers lobbying for more sin, they will have more to do. - Opinion: Al-Qaeda wins one in the war on terror: "They won. The privacy extremists, weak-kneed airline executives and queasy members of Congress forced the Homeland Security Department to drop a plan to electronically profile all air travelers. And make no mistake about it, this is a huge victory for terrorists, too. "
In spite of New Age "thought" and wishful thinking and Hollywood dreamcatchers, the world is not what I or your dream it to be. It is what it is, and dreams won't change it.

People are not all the same. Religions are not all the same. Men are not the same as women, and there is evil in the world. Evil is not the same as good. It is ok to identify those peoples and religions who are idolatrous and intent on murder. It is folly not to.

The Brotherhood of man died on September 11. How bloodied will the U.S. have to be, before we have the funeral?


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