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Archive for November 16th, 2005

The best defense is a good offense

Posted by Sal on November 16, 2005

When President Bush left for his Asian trip yesterday, I figured that his fighting back would go on hiatus until he got back. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Vice President Dick Cheney was on fire in a speech tonight in which he declared the President’s tactics “…the suggestion that’s been made by some U. S. senators that the President of the United States or any member of this Administration purposely misled the American people on pre-war intelligence is one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city…” and “The President and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone – but we’re not going to sit by and let them rewrite history.”

Those are fighting words! But wait, that’s not all!

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld also came out swinging today. He cited the now-famous statements of President Clintion in 1998, and lashed out at the libs. He said, “We’ve got men and women serving in Iraq, risking their lives on the one hand and on the other hand, we have people suggesting that the reason we’re there was because the president decided to go in based on information that was unique to him, and it wasn’t unique to him. The information that he based his decision on was the same information that President Clinton and the previous administration had. It’s the same information members of the House and Senate had.”

The administration has awoken from the slumber that it has been in since Hurricane Katrina. It’s about time, and we’re behind you, Mr. President! Keep up the fight!

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Valerie Plame Case: Enter Woodward?

Posted by Sal on November 16, 2005

Apparently Bob Woodward testified yesterday testified that he heard about Valerie Plame from a senior administration official prior to lobbies first recorded conversation about her. He also relayed that conversation to another person, who does not recall the conversation.

This seems to me to undermine some of the statements outlined in the indictment of Scooter Libby, specifically the idea that he had heard about Plame from reporters. It seems now that this may be plausible. Will this have any affect on the indictment? I’ll leave that to the Legal wing of Axis of Right to make that assessment. At the very least, I would think it provides ammo to the defense.

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Misleading Hyper-journalism

Posted by Ryan on November 16, 2005

By reading this headline, one may get the impression that the evil, insidious American Fascist regime is mounting its own mini-Holocaust-in-training on the poor, struggling heroes of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The truth is that we live in a very dangerous world, the US (maybe GB) is the only country taking this War on Terror really seriously, we have the world’s best military, so… we’re going to have lots of prisoners: 83,000 in four years and from dozens of countries. Only 14,500 now.
If these 14,500 have been vetted as the bad-guys, then great! Misleading hyper-journalism, however, would leave us with a negative impression of this–as if we ought to let some of these truly authentic bad-guys go. “Football stadiums” and other pointless analogies do nothing to help us in this war.

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You Call That a Spending Cut?

Posted by Mike on November 16, 2005

Well it looks like the latest symbol of pork barrel spending might not happen after all. Nevertheless, the funds will still go to Alaska highways.

So let me get this straight. Our Congressmen discover an unnecessary project and then turn around to promptly use the money to spend in other areas rather than reducing the deficit or returning the money to the people who earned it? I think they have forgotten why people like us elect Republicans in the first place.

If our party keeps taking away reasons to vote for them, the results will be fewer Republicans in Congress. It’s one thing when spending increases because liberal Democrats control the White House, Senate, or House. But it is quite another when Republicans hold all of these institutions. Get with it Pubbies.

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Clinton Flip Flop

Posted by Mike on November 16, 2005

Drudge juxtaposed the articles showing Clinton was for war against Iraq before he was against it so I give him the credit for this post. Bill Clinton speaks out of both sides of his mouth on Iraq. That family must never return to the White House.

And neither should anyone in his party. They have been playing a dangerous game with national security for the last few years simply because they cannot get over losing in 2000. Our troops deserve better. Our nation deserves better.

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Sixteenth Minute

Posted by Mike on November 16, 2005

Cindy Sheehan is still making noise. Sad.

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Laughing At Barbara Boxer Not With Her

Posted by Mike on November 16, 2005

For a good dose of unintentional comedy from the worst Senator, check out this piece from John Miller of National Review. Priceless.

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So this is “Standing Up for the Little Guy?”

Posted by Sal on November 16, 2005

During the confirmation hearing of John Roberts, Sen. Durbin asked Roberts if he would “Stand up for the little guy”. Now, as we all know, it is not up to a judge to “stand up for the little guy”, but rather to stand up for and uphold the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

However, to illustrate the hypocrisy of the left, in Oakland, CA, the city council has voted to evict a small mom-and-pop tire shop in favor of luxury condominiums. This is an egregious corruption of the original intent of the takings clause of the fifth amendment to the Constitution, and a direct result of the mockery of constitutional scholarship Kelo vs. City of New London. It is cases like this which should make our resolve to put Originalist justices (like Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito) on the Supreme Court and on all other courts.

So back to the left, apparently ruining the life of a small business owner in favor of luxury condominiums and a Sears Tire Center is “Standing up for the Little Guy”. This is what happens when you govern by feelings and opinions and not by the rule of law and the Constitution. This is what happens when you fall prey to the concept of the Constitution as an “Evolving Document”. Thanks to Laura Ingraham and her show yesterday for pointing this story out. This story should give us all pause. We live in the United States of America, not Communist China.

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Bush does NOT risk alienating GOP over war

Posted by Sal on November 16, 2005

Although according to this headline, Bush is “losing the support of GOP Moderates and women” over the war in Iraq. If Bush shows strong leadership and continues on the offensive, he will gain back support from his party and the American people.

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