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Archive for December, 2005

Eurotrip NYC

Posted by Mike on December 19, 2005

I’m now on a mailing list for supporters of Manchester City. Huh? “My baby takes the morning train” (Entire post is an inside reference to the Axis).

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NSA monitoring Domestic Communications — BEFORE Bush

Posted by Sal on December 19, 2005

Mark Levin at the Corner (a.k.a. “The Great One”, “F. Lee Levin”, etc.), posted a link to this transcript from 60 Minutes from the February 27, 2000 broadcast (which was before the Bush administration for you liberals). In it, a Clinton-era program called “Project ECHELON” describes an NSA computer system that captured every radio/broadcast/communications signal on earth. This was done well before the Bush administration, and even before 9/11.

This shows the continued media template, that as long as it is under a Democratic administration, there is no outrage. How much did you hear about this story back in 2000? Seemingly less than the non-story that the New York Times ran on Friday.

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The Speech

Posted by Sal on December 19, 2005

President Bush’s address to the nation last night was a brilliant summary to a series of five speeches given by the President over the past month. In the speech, the President fully outlined the cost of defeat, as well as the progress we are making towards victory. Bush framed the message perfectly by framing the choice that is before us, the American People:

Yet now there are only two options before our country — victory or defeat. And the need for victory is larger than any president or political party because the security of our people is in the balance.

The War in Iraq will go down in history as one of the greatest military operations in American History. Yes, mistakes were made, but overall the outcome has been good and continues to be good. President Bush has a lot to be proud of when it comes to the progress made in Iraq, and the Liberals have a lot to fear, because for the Liberals, Victory in Iraq means defeat for Liberals, and victory for liberals means defeat in Iraq.

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Buckley Sends Me Off On a Tangent

Posted by Mike on December 16, 2005

William F. Buckley is brilliant as always in today’s column on the Iraqi elections. What struck me as I read it however had nothing to do with Iraq. It made me think about Democrats and their behavior here at home.

Today Buckley writes: “It is wise to remember that democratic exercises are pointless except as they commit the participants to accepting the consequences of losing. ” That one sentence tells us why Al Gore’s theatrics in 2000 were dangerous. Ditto for the Ohio moonbats in 2004. The scariest part of all with these sore loser scenarios is the fact that some courts are willing to change the rules after the fact to subvert the will of the people.

It’s pretty sad that the character of today’s liberal moonbats falls short of Richard Nixon’s. Nixon probably would have won the 1960 election absent, you guessed it, Democrat election fraud. In fact, Nixon actually won the popular vote. Nevetheless, Nixon conceded to JFK for the good of the country. For the record, I view Kennedy’s win as legitimate.

In the future, it is better to be safe than sorry. Let’s require voters to show identification at the polls. I wonder which party would oppose that?

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Great News for 2006!

Posted by Ryan on December 16, 2005

Typical Pelosi goodness! May she speak from the mountain, loudly and free! Since the Dems really have no position on Iraq (that they can articulate–since retreat and surrender doesn’t play well in the sticks), this just verifies that they are not even going to try. Good luck in ’06 bozo’s!

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Jean Schmidt Does It Again

Posted by Mike on December 16, 2005

I love this woman. She stole our hearts when she reminded us “Cowards cut and run. Marines never do.” (Hat tip to the Political Teen). Now we have this. Ouch Howie! That’ll leave a mark.

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Ann Coulter Wants to Be Indicted

Posted by Mike on December 15, 2005

Ann Coulter bemoans the fact she hasn’t been indicted by an out of control liberal prosecutor. She thinks she deserves it and I agree. Who has irritated liberals more than Ann Coulter? Indicting successful conservatives on phony charges is one of the few tactics remaining in the liberal playbook. That’s what happens when your ideology lacks ideas.

It was difficult selecting the best quote from today’s column but I chose this one because it succinctly describes the state of the left: “Liberals are more optimistic about the charges against Tom DeLay than they are about the charges against Saddam Hussein — and the only living things Tom DeLay ever exterminated were rats and bugs. “

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11 PM EST: The March of History will Continue it’s Beat

Posted by Ryan on December 14, 2005

This was a great speech that the President gave today! He usurped the whole “Bush can’t admit that he’s wrong” BS from the Left. Now, Bush did not admit that the decision to go to war was wrong, rather that the intelligence was flawed and that he takes responsibility for that aspect.

Happily, the Left cannot continue to use this criticism. Even Larry Sabato on The Big Story, with John Gibson, agreed with this assessment. I’m sure they’ll say, “Well, he took too long to admit that he was wrong.” Good. Let ’em run on that or something else in that line of thought. It won’t matter as next spring and summer and fall, some troops will begin to come home in large numbers, just in time to remind people of “Iraq: The Success,” right before the election.

But, tonight, the politics and fallout of the speech will be muted as the Iraqi’s go to vote for the third time in 1 year. May they have a peaceful time–the terrorists understand how important this particular election is to the future of the region and its people.

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Liberals and Supporters of Terrorism

Posted by Sal on December 14, 2005

Both Harvard University and Georgetown accepted $20 Million for an Arab Studies program from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, a known sponsor of terrorism. Contrast that to Rudy Giuliani, who returned money donated to the City of New York following 9/11.

Of course, Harvard probably has some “nuanced” reason on why they took the money.

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Torturing Torture Debate

Posted by Mike on December 14, 2005

This is a media post, not a torture post. This headline should read: “McCain, White House Deadlock on Banning Activity That Technically Isn’t Torture But Since Saint McCain Says It Is, i Guess We’ll Call it Torture Too.”

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War on Christmas

Posted by Sal on December 14, 2005

Is it just me, or has the incessant battle to change “Christmas” into the “Holiday Season” reached a turning point?

Case in point. This year,

  • Retailer Target originally was banning the use of the word Christmas from its advertising. After volumes of complaints, it decided to use both Christmas and Hanukkah.
  • Wal-Mart, in a similar scenario, after complaints changed its “Holiday Page” on its website to a “Christmas Page”.
  • Lowe’s, after protest, stopped selling “Holiday Trees” and began selling “Christmas Trees”.
  • The Senate recently passed a resolution renaming the Capital “Holiday Tree” to a “Christmas Tree” after five years of the former.
  • Retailers are starting to say “Merry Christmas” again as opposed to “Happy Holidays” due to irate consumer protests.

It seems that the people in this country have grown sick of the political correctness surrounding Christmas, and are fighting back.

So, Merry Christmas season to all, and Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends.

On a more absurd note, an Australian environmental group has declared that Christmas is contributing to Global Warming and is negatively affecting the environment. I kid you not!

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Words from an Iraqi Citizen

Posted by Sal on December 14, 2005

A woman Iraqi voter today had a great quote, saying “Anybody who doesn’t appreciate what America has done and President Bush, let them go to hell.”

Enough said.

Thanks to Pardon My English for this great quote.

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Subway Strike

Posted by Mike on December 14, 2005

There is a good possibility of a transit strike in New York City on Friday. This could the beginnning of my walking to work in miles of snow story thanks to union types who seem to believe they can hold a city hostage for a pay increase that would be more than double the rate of increase private sector employees earn.

GOP and the City provides a first hand account of some of the tactics being used by the union bums who operate the subways. I had similar problems on the N train yesterday.

It’s time for New York’s leaders to show us what they’re made of. May I suggest this as the model.

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Intellectual Honesty From the Right

Posted by Mike on December 13, 2005

Rich Lowry explains how Republican control of the spending process in Wahington leaves much to be desired. Let’s be honest. Our Republican party has been a failure when it comes to controlling spending. Obviously the Democrats would be much worse but that is no excuse.

Conservatives are Republicans because the GOP is the best vehicle to implement an agenda which recognizes people are capable of solving their own problems and that government action only exacerbates whatever crisis it is trying to solve.

Lowry warns of someone else cleaning up this process if the Republicans don’t. I wouldn’t go that far, at least not yet. But I will tell you this: Republicans should not take conservatives for granted. Unlike liberals, conservatives are not stupid. We don’t blindly follow those who betray us.

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A Famous Date to Observe

Posted by Ryan on December 13, 2005

Keep in mind that 2 years ago today, Saddam Hussein, in a stout show of post-dictatorial bravery to rival Adolf Hitler and Nicholas Ceausescu, decided to throw in the towel (in his own unique way, taking directions, and bribes, from the French). I do remember him being caught with a gun AND walking away from that spider hole. God Bless the patience of the American soldier!

It was five years and a day ago that America dodged it’s biggest bullet in modern times, when the official defeat of Al Gore was “certified” by a Supreme Court who never should have had to hear that case. Vote Harris!!!

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A real leak scandal

Posted by Sal on December 13, 2005

Forget Valerie Plame, the real leak scandal is the leak of the CIA secret prisons in Europe, which is erupting into a full-scale investigation by the EU. This leak amounts to treason, as the knowledge of this information by our enemies, and even by our allies in a public forum, could cost American lives. Prosecutors should spend less time investigating the “leak” of a CIA employee who did not enjoy covert status, and more time investigating who leaked this crucial information. Once they find out who did, they should prosecute them for treason against the United States.

And yes, I do feel this way whether it is a Democrat or Republican who is ultimately responsible for this leak.

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Good Riddance Mr. Greenspan

Posted by Mike on December 13, 2005

Seriously, I wish he would stop doing this. Thankfully Greenspan only has one more of these meetings to attend.

What’s even more frustrating about the hit in the wallet is the fact that Greenspan’s position, as it exists, is unconstitutional. Article 2 vests the executive power of the U.S. in the President. The fed Chairman performs an executive function and cannot be fired by the President. This is unlike any other executive position except the Vice Presidency, a position technically not filled by the President.

Too much concentrated power for an unelected official. No accountability. Higher interest rates every time the President is a Bush. This position should be abolished. In the meantime, I can’t wait for Bernake.

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Who’s Afraid of Jolly Old St. Nicholas?

Posted by Mike on December 13, 2005

I’m speechless.

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More Katrina

Posted by Mike on December 12, 2005

Political event Katrina is still in the news, sort of. If this story replaced the words “Governor Blanco” with “President Bush”, you would have heard about it before now.

Now take a minute to imagine what the media reaction to this internal email to Governor Blanco would have been if Andy Card had drafted it for President Bush: “You send that many black folks out of state, we will have a perception problem . . .” I bet MSNBC would have pre-empted all of their best programming like . . . . . well, you get the point. The Chris Matthews special would still be running.

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BAM!!!

Posted by Ryan on December 12, 2005

Now they can’t ignore it! 71% of Iraqis believe that there is a future worth creating in their own country. However, ABC tries to tell us that things still suck over there and that the Iraqi people have “mixed” feelings about their current, individual situation and the sectarian violence. Look at the Tookie Williams situation here in LA! Just because they are preparing for riots in a few days, does not prove that America has a “tough road ahead” (even after the “occupiers” leave LA). LA is just being cautious, because even in our flourishing democracy not everyone can be reasonable and passions sometimes drive debates in dangerous directions. That’s the price to pay. I think that we’ll survive Tookie, like Iraq will survive ABC polling.

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Busy Busy

Posted by Mike on December 12, 2005

I’m really busy today but the Axis needs a post so here goes. Don’t vote for liberals. If you do, you’re stuck on stupid. hat tip to Rush

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Election Reform in Ohio: I Thought the Democrats Were For It

Posted by Mike on December 11, 2005

Ohio Republicans are pushing for election reforms which include a requirement to show identification at the polls. Guess which party is opposing this common sense measure? The next time you hear some liberal on election night and beyond complaining about election “irregularites”, ask yourself why it is always the Democrats who fear voters being required to identify themselves, or to live in America, or to not be a felon, or to still be alive. . .

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I Was Just Complaining About This!!!

Posted by Ryan on December 10, 2005

Proof that Annie C and I are humming the same tune! I wasn’t complaining about Ronnie Earle like Annie C does, but I was moaning about Bill Schneider.

Bill Schneider from CNN is so inept, that I seriously watch him for a good laugh. I have collegues (who actually teach children) that think Bill’s analysis is valuable when getting into political discussions with me! Whereas most political commentators tend to at least APPEAR to have taken at least ONE political science course in college, Bill Schneider, or “BS” as I will refer to him hence, is so ridiculous that he once said (with a straight face, I might add) that the pig’s winter temperment in Iowa last year would determine who would win the caucus!!! I guess Kerry got the pig vote…(huh?)

Even Eleanor “Wha, Wha, Wha” Clift sounds as if she knows something! (Be that they are wrong things… it is still SOME thing.) BS is not even a commentator that I watch when trying to divine where the Dems are on any given day. (Sun Tzu: Know thine enemy.) Even the homespun, CBS Sunday Morning malarkey has a hokey quality that can be appreciated at a superficial level, as if you think, “Wow, some old couple in the Midwest are probably enjoying that piece on the Woody Guthrie collectible plates in a Hopi village outside of Alberquerque.”

But, I digress. Annie C, whose birthday was December 8 by the way, has a more substantive and stinging assessment of our friend, CNN’s own B.S. commentator. Read it– it’s good!

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Senator Menendez (D- NJ)

Posted by Mike on December 9, 2005

NJ Governor-elect John Corzine will appoint Rep. Robert Menendez to replace him in the U.S. Senate. Corzine said the selection was not an easy choice. I agree with Corzine. Choosing a Democrat to be a suitable Senator is like walking into a Quik-E-Mart in search of suitable Chirstmas presents for your entire family. Trust me, you won’t find a Santa’s Little Helper in that mess of a party.

But don’t fret Jersey people. The GOP has a shot at defeating Menendez next year. I know New Jersey has been nothing but a tease lately, but there is hope. Kean is the type of “Republican” who can win there. Exciting I know but at least Kean is better than nothing.

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Friar Basketball

Posted by Mike on December 9, 2005

Bill Reynolds of the Providence Journal discusses the declining interest in college basketball in the State of Rhode Island. I think Reynolds oversimplifies the issue, but his observations are nevertheless valid.

Our beloved Friars have a proud basketball tradition thirsting for revival. I am hopeful that PC can make some needed changes, such as better student seating, heightened scrutiny of Coach Welsh’s performance, a more enthusiastic infusion of Friar spirit from orientation until graduation (i.e. eliminating the influence of Sharon Hay and her ongoing 14 year daydream), and thinking long term, an on-campus arena. Now that Providence College has a President who at least knows what a basketball looks like, maybe some of these changes can be forthcoming.

WARNING: Rhode Island’s newspaper of record (hold on… must clean coffee off computer screen…..) requires free registration. Just type in 555-5555 as your phone number. They’re too dumb to notice.

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Brilliant!

Posted by Sal on December 9, 2005

The GOP has put out a brilliant “white flag” ad that points out the surrender mentality of the Democratic party. To coin a phrase from our British friends, “Brilliant, just brilliant.”

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The International Community Speaks, Iran is Shaking

Posted by Mike on December 9, 2005

Hey Iran! The international community is losing its patience. If you don’t stop, we’re going to pass a U.N. resolution. If that doesn’t work, we’ll pass another one. Then if that doesn’t work, then we’ll tell Kofi! It’s better that the international community is saying something rather than nothing but call me skeptical. We’ve seen diplomats follow up tough rhetoric with inaction before.

As Ann Coulter once said: “international law is like Santa Claus. The only difference is that Santa Claus exists only in the imaginations of small children, whereas international law also exists in law school classrooms. In the corporeal world, international law is whatever the United States and Great Britain say it is.”

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Rumor Mill

Posted by Sal on December 8, 2005

Rumor has it that Donald Rumsfeld is going to retire after the elections, and that Lieberman will succeed him as Secretary of Defense. I actually think that this would be an excellent choice. There is nobody tougher on national defense in the United States Senate than Joe Lieberman. It would also add a touch of irony that the secretary of Defense is a Democrat. Sen. Lieberman may be a liberal in many other areas, but he could be just the person needed to help continue the fight in the war on terror and take it to Iran and Syria if necessary.

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A memorable experience

Posted by Sal on December 8, 2005

For the past two days I’ve been absent (yet again) from posting. This is because I’ve been in Virginia, where my company has been doing some work for the CIA (yes, that is the Central Intelligence Agency). Aside from the constant jokes by the staff I was working with (saying “That’s Classified” to everything, or “I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you”, and the unbelievable security measures, the likes of which I’ve never seen before, the most memorable part of the two days was when one of the people I was working with took me on a brief tour of the general part of the building (obviously the non-classified part). The CIA is not open for tourists, so I consider myself lucky to have been able to see it. What struck me the most, was in one of the entrance lobbies, there was a memorial for those who have given their lives in service to the CIA. Each year since the 1950s displayed the names of those who had been killed in action that year, along with a star preceding their name. There were many lines, however, up to almost half, with stars and no names. This was due to the agents who had died whose identities are still classified. The book is reviewed every year, and names are sometimes written in after the fact. But it just struck me that there are these people, known only to a few, who have given their lives in protection of our liberty and our freedom to get information that could save many lives and preserve our freedom.

It is very popular and common (except in the Democratic Party) to praise the military and our troops as the heroes who have risked their lives and shed their blood for our freedom and security. This is as it should be. Our soldiers deserve our support, praise, and admiration for all that they do. But let us also not forget those members of the intelligence community, the CIA and others, who have given their lives for the very same cause, often without any opportunity for recognition or remembrance.

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Mark Levin’s Nickname for Hardball

Posted by Mike on December 8, 2005

Mark Levin just referred to Hardball with Chris Matthews as “Screwball with Screwball.” LOL That may be better than Laura Ingraham’s name for the awful show, “Whiffleball.” I like both though.

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