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Saturday, July 31, 2004God Bless the US Marine Corps.
Way to give it to that girlie man Kerry.
Friday, July 30, 2004I want to be a retrosexual. I think I fare pretty well on this score.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004I'm sure you've heard about the big showdown between Michael Moore and Bill O'Reilly on O'Reilly's show on Fox. It was a pretty lame debate - neither of them are the brightest bulbs. (Although I'm sure I could do no better.) The biggest peeve I had was with Moore's characterization of a "lie." O'Reilly did not do a good job of refuting this point. Moore seems to believe that any statement made that is shown to be untrue is a lie. Therefore, when President Bush said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, it was a lie - regardless of the best information at the time. That. of course, is a foolish definition. A lie is a statement meant to deceive. Enough of that.
The Corner has some posts on the Moore/O'Reilly debate. Here are two examples.
#1: "'Since my son has actually seen significant combat in Fallujah and ar Ramadi, I have had to contemplate the unthinkable: what if he is killed? It is a horrible thought but one that cannot be avoided. This brings me to Moore's stupid question: 'Would you sacrifice your child for Fallujah?' The answer of course is, 'Hell no!' My first thought is to quote Patton, 'The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.' This is, of course, the main point, isn't it? "I'd forgotten that Patton quote. It's a great quote and a perfect rejoinder for people like Moore. Next, is a partial transcript from a show with Ron Reagan and John Podhoretz - talk about David and Goliath! (Only this time, 'David' was not defending God's name and Goliath pummels him.)
Ron Reagan: But we didn't kill them. George W. Bush's war killed these ten thousand people. And if I'm a religious person, now I've just done something that results in the deaths of ten thousand innocent people, I'm going to be real apologetic about that.'Nuff said.
Congratulations, Nick. You should be proud. I hope, though, you didn't spell 'throwing' in your email the same way you spelled it below. If you did, I would guess your days are numbered as a Corner contributor. Sheesh!
I made The Corner again. Mine is the comment about throughing paint with your bare hands.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004Instead of Michael Moore's piece of crap, people should be seeing this film.
Nick, that is hilarious! I need to share that with every hunter I know. Here's the quote - memorize it.
He was in Wisconsin the other day, pretending to be a regular guy, and was asked what kind of hunting he preferred. "I'd have to say deer," said the senator. "I go out with my trusty 12-gauge double-barrel, crawl around on my stomach... That's hunting."Now that I read it again, I can't believe he really said it. Is anyone that boneheaded?
Read the whole article - it's Mark Steyn, after all.
Kerry's never been hunting a day in his life. What a buffoon. Hunting deer by crawling on his belly with a shotgun. Yeah, right.
Someone needs to give that guy a gunny sack and take him on a long snipe hunt.
Since February President Bush has been mountain biking for exercise. Long an avid runner, his knee problems caused too much pain to continue. So he looked for a sport that would get his heart rate up and allow him to enjoy his "favorite piece of property."
"This is like running except I don't feel bad afterward," he said Monday after burning about 1,200 calories over an 18-mile ride that lasted an hour and 20 minutes.No flower-adorned ensembles or yellow-and-orange bikes here, Bush wants to get exercise, not noticed. He has fallen before, "scraping his chin, upper lip, nose, right hand and both knees." But he didn't get the worst of it, a day later one of his Secret Service agents broke his collar bone and 3 ribs in a fall.
Monday, July 26, 2004Earth To Kerry -- come in Kerry!
Now that is a funny picture. How they every let him get photographed in that ridiculous get up looking so, so, well, goofy, is beyond me.
Who would wear this thing?
How freaking barbaric do you have to be to actually wear this shirt?
And in the spirit of the "counter-sticker", how about a "counter-shirt" that says "I let a doctor crush my baby's skull and suck her out of my womb with a vacuum cleaner".
Or how about "My mother loved me and gave me life."
Great new feature, Nick. I'll be on the lookout.
Also, excellent suggestion for a new bumper sticker -
Whom Would Jesus Abort?
I love it. The problem is, the lefties don't seem to care that they don't live up to Jesus' standards. Somehow they get away with holding us up to a higher standard, flaying us for our shortcomings, and pronouncing themselves more virtuous. How do they do that?
Regardless, it's a great bumper sticker.
I've decided to implement a new feature here at Banterings -- Bumper Sticker of the Week.
I frequently see interesting bumper stickers out there on the roads of our lovely state, and many of them are howlingly funny in their liberal banality. As I see them, I'll be noting them here and commenting on them. The feature is called "Bumper Sticker of the Week", but it will appear with greater or lesser frequency, depending on the propensity of lefties to put silly stickers on their cars.
The inaugural bumber sticker for this feature is this:
Who [sic] Would Jesus Bomb?
Well, that's easy -- one only need open up the Old Testament and start reading to see whom Jesus would bomb. The common feature of such folks appear to be an overriding disdain for the Word of the Lord and and strong tendency to blaspheme. One need only read about Sodom and Gomorrah to see the type of place that Jesus would bomb.
One of the features of "Bumper Sticker of the Week" that I'll be doing is proposing the "counter-sticker". For example, the counter-sticker to the above would be:
Whom would Jesus Abort?
Enjoy our new feature.
Friday, July 23, 2004Michael Reagan blasts his little brother, Ron:
He hasn't accomplished anything politically ... to speak at that convention. They are going to use him on this whole 'stem cell' thing he knows nothing about. I'm the only Reagan that sits on a board of directors of an Alzheimer's unit that deals with all this stuff on a regular basis. I did all the research -- he has no idea what he is talking about. And it is always the politics of feelings. But he is there because he has a great name. His name is Reagan.
This is a great story. It's always nice to see the bad guys get caught. Phyllis Kahn is a notorious wacko from Minneapolis, and was dropping literature (actually, exchanging literature) on behalf of another DFL (Democrat-Farmer-Labor) candidate. The police apprehended her and issued a citation. Later, they decided "the charges on the citation were inappropriate for the alleged actions" and they were dropped. They referred the case to the Hennepin County Attorney (and former high school classmate of mine) Amy Klobuchar, "a prominent DFL leader." Amy referred the case to Anoka County to avoid any conflict of interest.
The just-released 9/11 Commission Report is, among other things, further evidence of "big media's" longing for a Bush re-election defeat. Byron York nails the New York Times and Washington Post for their ludicrous headlines when the draft report came out a few weeks ago, (respectively) "Panel Finds No Qaeda-Iraq Tie" and "Al Qaeda-Hussein Link is Dismissed." The 9/11 Report details the contact between the two - that we're aware of - and the potential for future contact. In fact, Hussein had offered Bin Laden safe haven in Iraq. York goes on,
With that background in mind, the reasoning employed by American policymakers in early 2002 as they planned the next step in the war on terrorism, comes into clearer focus. The U.S. had toppled the Taliban but had not caught bin Laden and some of his top aides. Without a friendly regime in Afghanistan to protect al Qaeda, where might bin Laden and his band of terrorists go next? One possibility — a quite reasonable possibility — would be a place that had offered them haven in the past: Iraq.Will there be apologies or corrections from the Post or the Times? You can guess.
My pal Rich Lowry has a comment in his review of the Report from one of the Commission members:
Republican commission member John Lehman blames Clarke's partisan testimony before the commission for the poisonous atmosphere of much of its public work. "We were mugged by Viacom," Lehman says of the company that owns the publisher of Clarke's book and CBS News, which gave Clarke's tome a huge send-off. "They edited his book to make it into an anti-Bush jihad."As an aside, I happened to hear these words out of Dan Rather's mouth on Tuesday's evening news, "Republican Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan ..." Good grief.
There's no doubt in my mind that the print and television media giants have a horse in this race. I just wonder what impact they'll have when the candidates' advertising is silenced by campaign finance reform and the only voice we'll hear in the month before the election is the voice of big media.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004Kate O'Beirne in The Corner explains why the leak of the Sandy Burglar investigation is more likely a Dem maneuver than a Republican one. The cherry on top is this memo from Terry McAuliffe requesting all documents, communications, etc. between the White House and the Justice Department regarding the investigation of Sandy "the Pants" Berger. These people amaze me sometimes.
Hindrocket at Power Line posts his assessment (at this early stage) of what Sandy Bereger was doing with those purloined papers. First of all, it's clear he knew exactly what he was doing. He knew how to handle classified documents and he knew he shouldn't remove them from the National Archives (hence, the new style of baggy pants and big socks). He pilfered the papers for a reason, and he took a great risk doing so.
The only motive I can imagine that would lead Berger to take the immense risk of stealing classified documents out of the National Archives is that they contain information that is extremely damaging to him and to the Clinton administration. While the timing is not entirely clear from press accounts, it appears that Berger purloined the documents last year. I haven't been able to pin down the exact timing of the Sept. 11 Commission's investigation, but it seems reasonable to conclude that Berger wanted to get the documents in question out of the Archives before the Commission discovered them. This would make sense only if they were extremely damaging not only to the Clinton administration, but to Berger personally. Of course, given Berger's role as National Security Advisor, any serious default in the Clinton administration's response to terrorist threats would have reflected badly on him. The millenium bomber is an obvious example, but the documents may have related to Clinton's decision not to capture Osama bin Laden, or many other matters.Some ancillary theories come to my mind. Did President Clinton have any part in Berger retrieving the documents? "Hey, Sandy, old buddy, there's some stuff in there that would be knida embarrassing for me - and for you, too, of course. I wonder if there's anything we can do 'bout that?" The former President certainly doesn't seem too concerned about the loss of classified materials, information that might be critical to our future national security. Which brings me to my second thought, Democrats, in general, seem to have a low view of national security. On the list of priorities I'd say it falls below re-election (everything is below re-election on the priority list), a woman's right to choose, campaign cash, the "environment", and trashing traditional values.
I'll leave you with Hindrocket's prediction (which is right on):
This matter will drop, as the mainstream press will prefer not to pursue it. Berger's effort to frustrate the historical record will, I suspect, be successful. But he will pay a price: he will never be Secretary of State.
Laughing about it? Laughing about it?
Bill Clinton thinks its funny that Sandy Berger is stuffing classified documents in his socks?
I'm sorry, but this is a serious matter. Whether Berger was merely being absent minded (which is seriously doubtful) or (more likely) had some nefarious intent, the casual handling of classified material is no "laughing" matter. Such material is classified for a reason, and in this case, one of the reasons is that disclosing it can get people killed.
Every day I grow more amazed that we actually elected this unserious megalomaniac to the presidency. Twice.
Tuesday, July 20, 2004I didn't know many of the particulars of the story of Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne. It sounds like a politically powerful man got drunk, had an accident, caused the death of another human being, and was able to successfully escape blame by his own silence and the silence of his friends. This year's Democratic convention in Boston will honor Ted Kennedy for his many years of service. There will be no tours from the convention to the bridge in Chappaquiddick.
Nick - I, too, was repulsed by the NYT article you noted. "Me, me, me, it's all about me!" To the doctor she says,
''Is it possible to get rid of one of them? Or two of them?''And to her boyfriend (who at least suggests keeping them all, but long ago had turned in his spine for a girlie man transfusion, so he just went to the corner and began sucking his thumb - (I wonder how she got pregnant?)) she says,
"This is why they say it's the woman's choice, because you think I could just carry triplets. That's easy for you to say, but I'd have to give up my life." ... [If I keep them] I'm going to have to move to Staten Island. I'll never leave my house because I'll have to care for these children. I'll have to start shopping only at Costco and buying big jars of mayonnaise. Even in my moments of thinking about having three, I don't think that deep down I was ever considering it.Two days after the "procedure" life is good again (- for her; for two babies, life was an option never offered) :
smells no longer set me off and I no longer wanted to eat nothing but sour-apple gum. I went on to have a pretty seamless pregnancy. But I had a recurring feeling that this was going to come back and haunt me. Was I going to have a stillbirth or miscarry late in my pregnancy?God help us. Lady, do us all a favor and use some contraception.
I'm sure you've heard that Ms. Ronstadt was tossed out of the Aladdin by its owner because of her political comments on stage. In this interview she expresses her feelings about Republicans and Christians:
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.That's not very nice.
(Hat tip: Drudge)
Gary, here's a two-fer for you. That quote you asked about from Churchill is in this Mark Steyn article. A great Churchill quote and Mark Steyn, all wrapped up in one nice link!
Monday, July 19, 2004No, the adviser wasn't a woman and the former President was not doing the probing. But it turns out Sandy Berger is being investigated for removing "highly classified terrorism documents from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings." Berger says he was "sloppy," he "inadvertently" took some documents, and "accidentally" discarded some. Apparently he inadvertently stuffed papers into his PANTS!
Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed handwritten notes he had taken from classified anti-terror documents he reviewed at the National Archives by sticking them in his jacket and pants. He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio, they said.Good grief! I just have to shake my head. ... I'd like to comment, but all I can do is shake my head.
Friday, July 16, 2004
This is an absolutely stunning account of a Northwest flight on which fourteen Arab men acted in a really, really strange and disturbing way. In reading it, it was clear that they either were practicing the assembly of a bomb on a plane or actually doing it and failing. It's a disturbing, scary thing to read.
But here's the kicker. It is still illegal to detain more than two Arab men at the same time! Apparently this is "discriminatory", and we can't have any of that, now can we! Unbelievable! Clearly the terrorists know this and are acting accordingly. Gather up fourteen of them, and twelve are sure to get through. Put a bomb in an orthopedic shoe, and we'll never touch the guy.
Good Lord, Mineta has to GO!
Update: There is some skepticism about this story, but Michell Malkin is on the case.
More: Here's Instapundit on the case.
Some folks are questioning why it takes fourteen terrorists to assemble a bomb. My take is that it doesn't, but that it does take 14 terrorist to assemble a bomb and fight off passengers trying to stop them. They know that passengers won't idly sit by (or maybe they don't, given what happened on this flight), and so a small army of guys will make a successful hijacking more likely.
Thursday, July 15, 2004"I'm not a politician and I'm not a political partisan."
Bad start, Joe, to a website named Restore Honesty, because as we all now know, you are full of crap.
Link via Instapundit.
Peggy Noonan has given a little free advice to the President about "war talk" and the fears of the American public. It would be a good idea to listen. As much as President bush gets hammered on going to war, and as much as he has to defend it day in and day out, it would be easy for the public to get the sense that he wants to be at war. That, "as long as George Bush is president, we're going to be fighting wars." That probably doesn't sit well with some people. Noonan:
What I wrote about a few weeks ago was my fear that the American people have grown or are growing tired of the heightened drama of the times.She's not saying we should leave Iraq and crawl into a shell, but that Bush should try to ease their fears.
When you are president and you are doing hard things in history like making war, and you are doing it in the jingle-jangle of the modern media environment, you have a kind of moral responsibility to make it clear that you hate war, really hate it, and love peace.Nobody 'feels' better than Peggy Noonan, so she's probably right. I hope the President's people listen.
Now that the vulgar, repulsive Whoopi Goldberg has been dumped by Slimfast, this ad takes on a whole new meaning, doesn't it?
I may go out and buy some Slimfast today just to support a company smart enough to dump her as a spokesperson. But then again, they were dumb enough to hire her in the first place, so I don't know what to do.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004Kobe doesn't appear to be very popular in Florida.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004Of course, one can't mention Thomas Sowell without pointing to his most recent Random Thoughts column.
Thomas Sowell comments today on the Bill Cosby rant and reactions to it. As you know, Tom Sowell is one of the wisest men in America and it is evident again here. Common sense says that if you give a person (especially a young person) an excuse to fail, the chances of failure increase dramatically. Those who make excuses for black kids are helping no one but themselves. Here's the final paragraph:
So what if the social pathologies in the black community grew far worse after liberal doctrines became government policies in the 1960s? The vision is what matters to the left -- and the opportunities it presents for them to be clever with words.
Not just wimps, mushy wimps. The headline reads, Philippines Vows to Pullout From Iraq, but it's unclear whether they are accelerating their pullout to meet the terrorists demands, or they were already on their way out. Either way they look weak and scared, and they've given the terrorists a victory. Nice going.
Monday, July 12, 2004"Micheal Moore has it at the top of the key. He drops it inside to Kerry. Kerry looking, looking, and back out to Moore. Moore drives that lane, and OH MY! Lileks blocks his shot into the second row! Did he really do that? Did I just see that? How did that happen? You just saw something special there, folks. Lileks just came out of nowhere on the weak side to completely crush that shot by Moore. Moore's looking for the foul, but he's not going to get it. That was a complete, utter snuff, folks. You don't see them like that very often."
Friday, July 09, 2004The Derb has posted a transcript from a Bill O'Reilly "Talking Points" segment (a nightly feature of his show). Derb says he's not a huge fan of Mr. O'Reilly's, but this bit had him on his feet pumping his fists. The impetus for these comments was a report that 40% of Canadian teens view the USA as evil. Evil! That, in itself is unbelievable to me, but I guess I'm just a jingoistic, ugly American. Here's O'Reilly's defense of our country:
.The foreign and defense policies of Ronald Reagan (search) resulted in the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the freeing of approximately 122 million people in Eastern Europe.Amen.
A friend of mine sent me this link about an Army Reservist that is getting recalled to active duty after resigning from the Reserves. He's caught in one of those little known rules about joining up -- the Inactive Ready Reserve.
When I joined, I accepted a four year active duty commitment followed by a four year commitment to the Inactive Ready Reserve. The IRR is designed to maintain a cadre of folks with recent military experience who can be recalled if the existing active duty and reserve folks need augmenting. In other words, if war breaks out, they get the active duty folks busy, then they call up the active reserves, and then, when that runs out, they activate folks -- like this dude in North Carolina -- that are in the inactive ready reserve, figuring that they are easier to get up to speed because of their recent military experience.
This guy is claiming "They never told me!", but of course that isn't an excuse. I dont' know how the Army does it, but when I resigned my commission, the standard letter one writes had a paragraph in there where you have to either accept or refuse a commission in the Inactive Ready Reserve. Having served 12 years, I could turn down the commissionn in the IRR, but you are given a commission in the IRR when you get out if you don't actively refuse it as I did. (When I got out, my Commanding Officer said "You know, if you refuse the IRR commission, you could get drafted as an Army Private". I responded, "Sir, if they want to draft a forty year old guy, I'll gladly go defend Kansas against the invaders."
In any event, poor ol' Todd Parrish is out of luck. The Army is totally in the right here, and he's going back.
Thursday, July 08, 2004This article puts that feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach.
Michelle goes off on the horrid Ted Rall. Among the many bad things you can truthfully say about this guy, you can't escape the fact that he's a crappy artist.
World Magazine's blog links to this article by Star Parker. (Wow, there were 4 links in that first sentence!) She is the founder and president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education (CURE). I know virtually nothing about her or her organization but this paragraph from the organization's website sounds great:
With the firm belief that faith and free market principles are key to curing poverty, Star Parker founded the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education (CURE) in 1995 to jump start national dialogue on issues of race and poverty.Anyway, back to the article. She rejects the gay "marriage" claim to the civil rights mantle because the civil rights movement of the 60's is powered by their belief in absolute truth. The objective morality of their cause, based on a biblical worldview, sustained (then and now) the movement through the darkest days. That same worldview is absent in the gay "marriage" movement, and that's why "polls show that African-Americans are among the groups most opposed to legalization of gay marriage." She goes on to point out,
Blacks know instinctively that the debate on gay marriage is the symptom and not the problem. The root problem is the implicit delegitimization and marginalization of traditional standards of right and wrong.She's right. Our country, our culture does not value marriage and parenthood as it should. So, gay "marriage" is just one of many symptoms - illegitimacy, divorce, abortion, suicide, etc.
Here's her final paragraph:
Blacks are indeed outraged and legitimately so. Expect to read more about press conferences by black clergy around the nation and in Washington. Our lives and communities are at stake here. We won't sit this one out.I'm just wondering how this righteous anger translates politically. I don't doubt that it's there, but it would seem that the closest ally the black community has on these moral issues, party-wise, is the Republican party. And yet it's common knowledge how few votes Republicans get among blacks. I don't know what to make of that.
Wednesday, July 07, 2004I like to listen to Live365, an online radio service. They have tons of music, and it's free if you are willing to occasionally listen to some mildly original advertising, and look at banner ads in the little player window.
Well, I found a pretty good Christian Alternative Rock station, and guess what kind of banner ads start popping up? "Become a [sic] ordained minister instantly".
Yeah, right. No doubt folks listening to Christian music are looking for a phony ordination certificate.
Monday, July 05, 2004I really didn't think that those beheading barbarians were so stupid as to cut the head off of a US Marine. If they had done that, all hell would have broken loose. The Marines are very protective of their own, and even if it turns out this guy is a deserter, there is no way in the world that the United States Marine Corps would have put up long with the beheading on the Internet of one of their own. When they "claimed" to have beheaded the guy, but didn't have the pictures or video to prove it, I didn't believe that they had done it. Now it looks like they haven't decapitated the guy,and he seems to be in some strange situation where he sort of "defected" or something. I hope he ends up back in our hands soon.
If they had cut his head off, I suspect that there would be an ever increasing number of cases "MissingHeaditis" amongst folks who otherwise would have ended up as prisoners. There's be no real clear explanation for the epidemic, but the corpses missing their heads would no doubt show symptoms similar to what happens when you slice something with a K-Bar I suspect that even the terrorists weren't too interested in an out-break of 'MissingHeaditis". It is fatal, after all.
But what the heck do I know.
Why is it that every Democratic presidential candidate feels the need to remake his image and fake being, well, the kind of guy who shoots a shotgun and hanging around bars he normally wouldn't get caught dead in?
Kerry is a rich, snobbish blue-blood to his very core, and realizing that, he knows that image turns off many people. So, like Al Gore, he dons khakis and flannel shirst and rolls up his sleeves and walks around on someone else's farm trying to look like a man of the people with his erudite, botox-ladened face with his fake smile that screams out how much he can't wait to get back to his luxury bus.
The scary thing is that people eat this stuff up.
One of the things I like about Bush is that he's so comfortable in his own skin. He's a runner, so he doesn't look like a total phony when he runs. He doesn't need to don a costume when he goes to his ranch. (I assume Kerry doesn't need to "don" a Brooks Brothers when he shows up at one of his wife's mansions....)
Friday, July 02, 2004Nick, I wish you a happy weekend celebrating the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed ...The late Sen. Patrick Moynihan,
Am I embarrassed to speak for a less than perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don't. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do.God Bless America. Happy Independence Day.
Thursday, July 01, 2004I think the look on the "Reverend" Jackson's face says it all, don't you?
Anyone interested in liberty, limited government (particularly the limitation of the power of the courts), and the war on terror needs to read Andrew C. McCarthy' summary of the recent Supreme Court decisions concerning the detention of enemy combatants.
The real scary decision is the Rasul v. Bush decision -- one I view as not only utterly flawed, but potentially catastrophic. Apparently, the US Supreme Court believes that its jurisdiction extends to all persons at any location on the face of the planet. And apparently, there is really no such thing as a POW anymore, just litigants whose rights the court feel they need to protect. Good grief.
Here are some of my predictions that will follow:
The specter of masses of POW's all being given court appointed lawyers and filing petitions for their release is ludicrous.
Something needs to be done to reel in the over-weaning pride of the US Supreme Court.
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