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Archive for December, 2005

Presidential Authority

Posted by Sal on December 30, 2005

To those who feel that President Bush’s use of wiretapping against terrorists is unconstitutional, a review of this article is in order. In it is commentary from Constitutional scholars, including liberal ones, regarding Presidential authority in this matter, and it concludes by and large that the President does indeed have such authority.

It boggles my mind how so many people can misunderstand and misinterpret such a short, concise document.

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Expose and Prosecute the Leakers

Posted by Mike on December 30, 2005

It looks like the DOJ is investigating the source of the NSA leaks. Assuming they follow through, Michelle Malkin offers her predictions of the left’s reactions.

As for me, I predict the left will accuse President Bush of persecuting them for exercising their right to dissent. Don’t be surprised if this rhetoric is peppered with comparisons to fascism. Then when conservatives accuse the left of over the top rhetoric, people like Alan Colmes will claim that its only the liberal fringe comparing the President to Hitler. Then the elected Democrats will dutifully hold strategy sessions and conference calls with the “liberal fringe“. These Democrat antics could be classified as unintentional comedy but for the fact their behavior endangers national security.

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Which Party Supports Voter Fraud?

Posted by Mike on December 29, 2005

Georgia state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (You Guessed It, Democrat) is vowing to repeal the state’s new law requiring voters to show identification at the polls. In fact, her oppostion to this common sense law is so extreme she’s comparing her struggle to the civil rights movement!

Why is it always Democrats who oppose requiring people to prove that they are who they say they are in order to vote? Answer: because it’s more difficult to cheat if you have to prove who you are. Dead people can’t carry identification to the polls. Moreover, falsifying enough fake IDs so you can vote 10 times can be exhausting.

I ask our readers to remember this and every other instance of Democrats’ opposition to ID at the polls when they try to tell you they detest election fraud.

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The Honesty of a Child

Posted by Mike on December 29, 2005

Those of us who are informed know that Valerie Plame was not an outed CIA agent as too many people knew of her identity. We also know that Joe Wilson and his wife Valerie are people who are infatuated with themselves. Uncovering the truth about pre-war intelligence was never their aim. After all, an independent inquiry by the British government told us President Bush’s claims that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Africa was “well founded.”

The sole purpose of Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame’s antics was to fulfill their narcissitic desire for fame and attention. For you liberals who doubt my assertion I have one question: Where would a five year old child get the idea that his daddy’s famous?

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Charlie Weis Rules

Posted by Mike on December 29, 2005

Justin Einhorn reports that when asked if his preparations for the Fiesta Bowl would be different as it was his first bowl game, Charlie Weis responded “This is my first time going to a bowl, huh?” Though I do not like Patriots fans (who were not Patriot fans until Parcells came along and then rejoiced that their long years of “suffering” were over after winning a Super Bowl), I wish to thank the New England Patriots for providing Notre Dame with our football savior.

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Posted by Ryan on December 28, 2005

This latest poll from Rasmussen has 64% of the American people believing that wiretaps of the clandestine, George Bush “let’s beat the terrorists first, then beat the obstructionist FISA judges” nature are fine if used to combat terrorists. Mark Belling, filling in for Rush today, has made this the centerpiece of the show. He posits several questions: What are the Dems to do since they live and die by polls? What about who leaked this information? Couldn’t Fitzgerald expand his leak investigation to who leaked THIS significant and much more dangerous information?

This last point has piqued my interest. Fitz-mas may yet come, but not for the Dems. My long-standing theory on the leaks is that Jay Rockefeller is somehow behind them. This is just black-helicopter stuff, but something was fishy about the memo leaked from his office in 2003 regarding playing politics with the Iraq intelligence. As vice-chair of the intelligence committee, he has already shown on numerous occasions an animus toward Pat Roberts and George Bush. Keep an eye out.

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Good Day for the Moonbats So Far

Posted by Mike on December 28, 2005

The U.N. has given its stamp of approval to the recent round of Iraqi elections. To date, this approval represents the best evidence that something went wrong with the elections. However, evidence suggesting the election was successful substantially outweighs the implication to be drawn by the U.N. stamp of approval.

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Hollywood Horror

Posted by Ryan on December 26, 2005

Surfing this morning I found this little piece that illustrates something I have been thinking for a while now.

I have always thought it to be an intellectually weak position to be “for the troops but against the war.” Our friends in much of Hollywood have reinforced this idea by apparently refusing to entertain the troops in Iraq because, as the article says, it “might been seen as endorsing the war.”

So, this article demonstrates that apparently the mission and the strength of their feelings towards the troops are coming into conflict. However, by their previous logic you COULD support the troops without supporting the war. I thought it was the partiotic right of libs find ways to insult the Commander-in-Chief, cry about the quagmire disproportionately loud, and undermine the overall war effort… while STILL supporting the troops (who happen to be under the command of Bush, and so forth.)

I’ve always had a problem with that position for this very reason. It’s a weak position that reeks of politicism, which should disappear at the water’s edge in times of war. It might be called We-Want-Another-Vietnam-Because-We-Thought-We-Were-Cool-Back-Then Syndrome, which infects college mushskulls, liberal elites, conventional wisdom junkies who try to sound smart and posh to libs they want to impress at “the good” parties, and of course Hollywood actors.

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An Email Message to All on This Christmas

Posted by Ryan on December 25, 2005

The following is a farce that I received from a friend via email today:

For My Democratic Friends:
“Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2006, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.”

For My Republican Friends:
“Here’s wishing all of You a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and a Happy New Year!”

It’s very sad that some people would prefer the first salutation because it is “Christian-neutral.” South Park did a great spoof on taking the religious overtones out of this time of year. I even wished my Jewish friends a Merry Christmas… at least those who openly embrace the movie-going and Chinese-food eating traditions that go along with Christmastime in their Jewish household. I suppose I was just wishing them a very merry time watching King Kong or eating General Zhou’s Chicken, but the true spirit of Christmas can be found in the merriment and spirit of this time of year…

…as found in this simple credo:
Jesus is the reason for the season.”
Merry Christmas to all!!!

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One Solitary Life

Posted by Sal on December 24, 2005

As everyone gathers to celebrate Christmas with their families and friends, I thought it would be appropriate to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas day. Below is an essay entitled “One Solitary Life”.

Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher.

He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself…

While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Twenty long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress.

I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life.

John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1.14 – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.”

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father, but through me.”

Luke 2:7 – “She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him in the manger, because there was no room for them at the inn”.

My best wishes for a Merry and Blessed Christmas to all.

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Democrats Never Approved Constitution After September 11

Posted by Mike on December 24, 2005

The line between satire and reality is blurring, at least as it relates to Democrats.

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War on Terror, Liberal Style

Posted by Mike on December 23, 2005

This is how the war on terror would be conducted if liberals had their way.

Hat tip to Mark Levin Fan.

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Federal Judge Follows Constitution

Posted by Mike on December 23, 2005

Circuit Judge Richard Suhrheinrich of the Sixth Circuit: “The ACLU makes repeated reference to the ’separation of church and state.’ This extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state. Our nation’s history is replete with governmental acknowledgment and in some cases, accommodation of religion.”

This man should be the next nominee to the United States Supreme Court. For the better part of a century, courts have falsely asserted the First Amendment requires a separation of chuch and state. Finally we have a Cicuit Court judge who appears to have read the Constitution. For the record, the First Amendment is printed below in its entirety.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

I can’t find the separation requirement. That’s because it isn’t there.

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Johnny Damon Fitting In

Posted by Mike on December 23, 2005

Are you happy Diana?

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Bush Approval Milestone

Posted by Sal on December 23, 2005

Along with Gauvin’s theme that the tide is turning, Bush’s job approval has reached 50% for the first time since July in the Rasmussen poll. This is most likely in response to:

  • The continued success in Iraq finally being made known to the public through the elections, the Bush Speech, and the Press Conference.
  • The fact that most Americans like the fact that the NSA is spying on evil terrorists and working to prevent another 9/11.
  • People finally figured out that the economy is doing incredibly well
  • The Democrats are looking really soft on Terror, with the NSA story and the Patriot Act.

This is a nice way to end the year in politics and move into the Christmas holiday

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Former Baathists Claim Election Was Rigged, MSM Takes Them Seriously

Posted by Mike on December 23, 2005

The MSM seems to enjoy Iraqi elections about as much as American elections. The media is now parroting the claim of some Sunnis that the elections were rigged to favor the majority Shia. Yes, that’s right. The complaint is that the election was rigged so the majority would win. Sometimes the jokes do write themselves.

I’d also like to point out how the AP “news report” seems to be desperately throwing every piece of bad news against the wall with the hope that something will stick. The tide is turning folks. These libs are so cute when they’re out of power.

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Rhode Island Christmas Tree Passes On

Posted by Mike on December 23, 2005

Rhode Island’s Christmas tree has died because some genius decided to spray a fire retardant chemical all over it. A newly implemented fire code required the tree to be sprayed. For those unfamiliar with Rhode Island, the new fire code was passed in response to the tragic Station nightclub fire.

This is an example of politicians overreacting to tragedy. Liberals believe the appropriate response to every problem is overregulation. Safety requirements were rightly reviewed after the horrific fire. About 100 people were killed. But it must be remembered that the Station nightclub fire was started by a band and club owner who thought it would be cool to use pyrotechnics in a confined space surrounded by walls covered in foam insulation.

Rhode Island leaders responded to this act of stupidity by passing burdensome regulations that go far beyond the cause of the Station fire. The results of this overreaction include small businesses going under as a result of the costs associated with installing unnecessary fire prevention equipment, churches running deficits for the same reason and Christmas trees dying. Something had to be passed after the Station fire, Rhode Island’s leaders just got carried away.

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Union Thugs To Return to “Work”

Posted by Mike on December 22, 2005

I say we fine them anyway.

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Disappointment in Steve Laffey

Posted by Sal on December 22, 2005

Anchor Rising, a Rhode Island conservative blog, has a story regarding the position of Steve Laffey on drilling in ANWR. Unfortunately, Steve Laffey is against the drilling. His stance on drilling and on so-called “Big Oil” is unfortunate, as it plays into the hands of Democrat talking points, and is just flat-out untrue. It is especially disappointing because Rhode Islanders need a better Senator, and Steve Laffey is far superior to Lincoln Chafee, hence the reason that Axis of Right has endorsed Steve Laffey, and continues to do so. Rhode Islanders, please call the Steve Laffey Campaign office and urge him to change his stance on ANWR. It is vital to our national security, and would even better differentiate him from Chafee.

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Nicest Thing Ever Said About Mayor Bloomberg

Posted by Mike on December 21, 2005

Chief Union thug Roger Tooussaint accused Mayor Bloomberg of engaging in “Giuliani-style terror to intimidate transit workers.” I wish. I don’t think Mayor Bloomberg deserves that much praise, at least not until he invokes the Reagan doctrine as applied to illegal strikes.

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I Hope It’s True, but It’s Not

Posted by Ryan on December 21, 2005

Saddam gets beaten up! It would be a good start, but you know he’s just playing to the American media and Democratic sympathizers. I bet he wished he used his gun down in the spider hole back in the day!

I feel SO upset! I guess our guys aren’t hitting hard enough, and I guess they didn’t take notes from Abu Graib. This is sorely disappointing. American MP’s can beat him worse than this! I’m insulted.

Is anyone buying this? If so, please post! Id’ love to hear what you think!

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A start of Fiscal Responsibility

Posted by Sal on December 21, 2005

The Republican Senate took the first step towards fiscal responsibility today when Vice President Dick Cheney cast the tiebreaking vote to cut spending by $39.7 Billion, sending the bill to President Bush for a signature. While this is pretty much pocket change for the Federal government, it is at least a start in the right direction from the constantly-expanding federal budgets of the past.

Later today, a vote on ANWR as part of the Defense appropriations bill, will also be taken. Stay tuned for updates and further Axis of Right commentary.

As part of a new tradition here at Axis of Right, below are the Republican Senators who voted against the Spending Cut.

Sen. Olympia Snowe, Maine, Sen Susan Collins, Maine, Sen. Gordon Smith, Oregon, Sen. Mike DeWine, Ohio, and Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island.

Each time there is a vote of significance, we will post the Republican defectors here (as well as any unexpected Democrat supporters, if any). Prior to election 2006, we will post a tally of each RINO (Republican in Name Only) and their votes against crucial legislation.

Update: The Senate Democrats, with the help of some Republicans, filibustered the Defense Appropriations bill with ANWR oil drilling attached. The RINO’s in this vote were:

Sen Mike DeWine, Ohio, Sen. Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island

Four Democrats also voted against the filibuster, and they deserve recognition as well:

Sen Mary Landreau, Louisiana, Sen Daniel Akaka, Hawaii, Sen Daniel Inouye, Hawaii, and Sen Ben Nelson, Nebraska.

Sen Bill Frist also voted for the filibuster in the 56-44 vote, but only for procedural reasons. So we were three votes away from breaking the filibuster, two of which were RINOs.

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Posted by Mike on December 21, 2005

How do you like this Red Sox nation? The next 86 years should be fun.

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They have it all wrong

Posted by Sal on December 20, 2005

This article speaks about the resentment felt by Mexican citizens regarding the proposed wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. What most Mexicans fail to realize is that we do not object to Mexican citizens coming to the United States, but that, in this age of Terrorism, it must be done in a controlled and orderly manner. Immigration policy is of primary importance, lest we fall into the traps of other great civilizations with open border policies.

America has always been a melting pot and a land of opportunity for immigrants from many countries and many walks of life. This wall does not change that. Instead, it sends a message that you cannot violate our laws and expect to receive all the rights and privileges of those who came here legally, through the application process. Immigrants from Mexico can get here the same way my Great-Grandparents did – by applying to come here, legally.

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Union Thugs in a Bubble

Posted by Mike on December 20, 2005

Kudos to GOP and the City for framing the NYC transit strike like no other media outlet. When you think of it in those terms, we have yet another example liberals failing to understand the world they live in. We see this all the time in their attitude toward Christians and all things southern, but you know the libs are losing it when they’re out of touch in NEW YORK CITY.

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Sixteen Words

Posted by Mike on December 20, 2005

Bob Novak has the latest on the Democrats obsession with President Bush’s “sixteen words” from the 2003 State of the Union. Now I know what you’re thinking and you’re right. The Brits conducted an independent inquiry into these charges and found President Bush’s concern to be “well founded.”

Clause 499 of the Butler Report:

“We conclude that, on the basis of the intelligence assessments at the time, covering both Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the statements on Iraqi attempts to buy uranium from Africa in the Government’s dossier, and by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, were well-founded. By extension, we conclude also that the statement in President Bush’s State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that:The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa was well-founded.”

Facts don’t matter to liberals. They think they can rewrite history by continually repeating false assertions against the President. What they don’t realize is there is a new media out there watching their every move. Couple that with a White House showing a renewed determination to set the record straight and the future doesn’t look bright for the party of Howard Dean.

You liberals are so cute when you’re out of power. Sorry, but your days of rewriting history are over.

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I figured it wouldn’t happen

Posted by Sal on December 19, 2005

And it’s probably for the best, but it would have been fun to see Nomar, Jeter, and A-Rod all play in the same infield.

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These people are twisted…

Posted by Sal on December 19, 2005

If Valerie Plame was so secret and covert, why is she continually posing in magazines? First there was Vanity Fair, now this:

I really don’t know what to say about this one.

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President Bush Press Conference

Posted by Mike on December 19, 2005

The President is on fire for the second day in a row. First, he explained his position that the war on Al Qaeda is not a matter of law enforcement, but a war. Then he took Harriet Reid to task for bragging about how he was going to kill the Patriot Act. Then he discussed the economic growth which resulted from his tax policies. Now he is offering support for Judge Alito. Where have you been Mr. President? This is the man I voted for.

Questions from the old media haven’t started yet but let’s see how irrelevant they are.

UPDATE: Q & A has started and Bush is being Bush. This is when he is at his best. My favorite answer had to deal with this “spying” nonsense we have heard about. President Bush explained that people who leak how information about terrorists is gathered allow terrorists to switch tactics, thereby endangering the lives of Americans. SLAM!

You can tell this presser is going well because CBS asked the old liberal standby question: “What was your biggest mistake?” The President didn’t take the bait. He stood by his decision to go to war with Iraq.

UPDATE 2: To paraphrase the President: The Patriot Act enables us to “connect the dots.” Let the Senators from New York and California go back home and explain to their constituents how killing the Patriot Act will make their cities safer. The President destroyed the media and the Democrats today. I can’t wait for the State of the Union.

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Charlie Brown, Meet Football (Again)

Posted by Mike on December 19, 2005

John McIntyre at RealClearPolitics thinks the Democrats are being Roved again.

I agree with McIntyre. Every time liberals discuss Abu Ghraib and Gitmo they’re forgetting this: “And the bottom line is that average Americans’ sympathies are not with terrorists trying to kill innocents, but rather with our troops and security agents who are trying to combat these jihadists. ” Some people never learn.

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