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Archive for February, 2006

Ready to Die for This?

Posted by Ryan on February 18, 2006

The above cartoon is amongst two others that are causing massive riots and violence towards non-Muslims across the world. You can view the others through this link. Some of them are in bad taste, but hardly enough to CONTINUE to be enciting violence and destruction across the world, now spreading weeks later into Central Africa.

I’m sorry, I kind of think this is not just a bit funny, but it also makes a distinct number of political points about the lunacy of suicide bombers and the blatant misinterpretation of the Koran. You know what that means about this cartoon??? It’s effective political satire.

I fear the kulturekampf taking place in parts of the Middle East at the behest of their governments is going to bubble over even further. I have a feeling that our European friends will feel the ultimate brunt of this irrational anger toward not just cartoonists, but the culture which supports political cartoon proliferation (read: Western Civilization and a pluralistic free press).

Like Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard, I believe people should see what the deaths and injuries to dozens have resulted from. Also I agree with Annie C in that the idea that we in the West need to cow-tow to the violent protesters and irrational governments promoting this violence is ridiculous.

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Hackett Gets Hacked!

Posted by Ryan on February 18, 2006

So, on occasion high profile Dems do like soldiers… as long as they are Democrats running against weakened incumbent Republicans.

But, wait just one minute!

Apparently, Iraq vet and Democrat lackey Paul Hackett is no longer Harry Reid’s biz-nitch. Someone got a hold of some pictures that show Hackett, who WAS running against Mike DeWine in Ohio, committing “atrocities” in Iraq (which sometimes include wearing our uniform and showing up for duty in the minds of many “progressives” littering our political scene). Hackett states that the picts are of some other soldier, but nonetheless Reid and Chucky-Schmucky Schumer dropped him like common courtesy at a high profile Democrat’s funeral observance!

Hackett had to bow out against a kool-aid drinker from the House.

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Iran?

Posted by Mike on February 17, 2006

Senator Chafee would play nice with our enemies. I prefer the Laffey approach.

“In this increasingly dangerous world, we are forced to make choices sooner rather than later. Of course, there will always be those who see the best in our worst enemies. There will always be a divide between those who recognize the necessity of being strong and those who favor the indulgence of being weak.”

-Mayor Steven Laffey ( Editorial, February 17, 2006)

Well said Mayor!

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Senator Chafee Fails to Learn From Chamberlain

Posted by Mike on February 17, 2006

How do you solve a problem like Iran? Reason with them of course. Why can’t we just get them not to hate us? No these are not the solutions offered by a four year old child or a Hallmark card but by a member of the United States Senate, Lincoln Chafee.

With military force and economic pressure off the table, how exactly would Chafee get the Islamofascists to stop hating us? The last few weeks have shown us that mere cartoons can cause Islamofascists to turn into arsonists and murderers. The only way Iranian leaders would stop hating us is if we adopted an Islamic state in America, complete with floggings, execution of dissidents and hostage taking. Get real Linc. Or at least get out of the Senate. That’s where you can help us Rhode Island.

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Canadian Tories Support the Right to Bear Arms

Posted by Mike on February 17, 2006

Stephen Harper’s Conservative government in Canada is planning to abolish the national gun registry, which was established in 1995. The Tories call this registry ineffective in fighting crime and an overall waste of money. This move shows Harper is concerned about taxpayers and protecting the right to bear arms. Not bad for a foreign conservative.

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Tennis Timesuck

Posted by Mike on February 17, 2006

Thank you Jonah Goldberg for linking to this aweome timesuck.

Link via the Corner

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Intro to Appeasement

Posted by Mike on February 17, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson of Jewish World Review explains how tyrants have historically exploited both appeasers and the sense of war weariness to wreak havoc and then applies this historical lesson to the Islamofascism of today. Sounding a lot like President Bush during his recent State of the Union address, Hanson argues that doing what is easy rather than what is right will only make matters worse down the road.

Hanson is right. Unfortunately, this is a point the peacenik left is unable to grasp.

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George Allen Leading in Virginia

Posted by Mike on February 17, 2006

Senator George Allen (R-VA) needs to win re-election in Virginia before he can run for President. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, Allen leads his two potential Democrat rivals by 12 and 13 points respectively. However, Allen’s numbers have fallen below the magic 50 percent mark. No need to worry though.

The Axis of Right will normally trash polls because most of them oversample Democrats and non-likely voters or unregistered voters. Not so for Rasmussen and Mason-Dixon. Rasmussen polls are generally good indicators of where voters are.

Allen is still in decent shape despite his dip under 50 percent. First, he is the incumbent with a double digit lead in a red state and favorability ratings over 60 percent. More importantly, the Democrats appear to be headed for a primary which will only hurt them while Allen can continue to raise money and run a positive campaign. The situation in Virginia is much different than Florida where Bill Nelson is under 50 percent and both parties have a nominee.


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Gumbel Injects Liberal Bias Into Sports Coverage

Posted by Mike on February 16, 2006

Bryant Gumbel recently claimed that the Olympics looked like a Republican convention because of a lack of black athletes. Yes apparently Gumbel is still on the air. You can find the video on Expose the Left.

Maybe I’m missing something but should sporting events mirror the demographic composition of the population at large? If so, which population? America’s? The population of cold weather nations in general? All nations? Once we agree on a population, should the same logic apply to the NBA? Here’s a novel theory, let’s just allow the best athletes in a given sport to compete, regardless of race.

As for his disgraceful political comment, I guess Gumbel didn’t catch Mike Steele’s speech at the 2004 Republican convention. You can’t blame Gumbel though, most Democrats would like to forget Steele’s remarks. The people who routinely inject race into discussions are those who tend to support the party which supported slavery, segregation, Jim Crow and affirmative action. Conservatives simply see people for who they are, not for what color their skin happens to be.

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Oh Good God

Posted by Mike on February 16, 2006

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum has erected a wax figure of She Who Must Not Be Named. What I find most appalling about the hoopla surrounding this eyesore is the museum’s decision to place the figure in the same gallery as our Presidents. Fat chance! Attending this museum the day after she loses should be fun.

By the way dumbass in the background, that’s not really her.

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It’s Not Dick with the Heart Problem

Posted by Ryan on February 16, 2006


The MSM clenches their chest, lose their breath, a sharp pain sears their left arms.


The sheriff down in Texas is NOT going to press any charges against Dick Cheney. After interviewing Whittington himself, the sheriff saw no reason to pursue pressing charges over the ordeal. The MSM, including CNN, David Gregory, and other irrelevant members of the press are rather upset and frustrated still, possibly leading to a complication in their already bleeding hearts.

Picture: “World of Mr. Agreeable

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Sour grapes from CNN

Posted by Sal on February 16, 2006

CNN is acting like a spoiled child over the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney granted an interview to Brit Hume over at Fox News to discuss his “Hunting Incident”. After watching the interview, I felt Hume’s questions were thorough and fair. There are two reasons why Cheney would probably prefer Fox than CNN:

  • Hume will ask tough questions, but be respectful and fair. He won’t ask such stupid questions as “Are you going to tender your resignation?”
  • Fox has a higher audience share (by far) than MSNBC, CNN, and the big three.

Apparently Cheney can do nothing right. First, he’s wrong for an accident. Then, he’s wrong because he didn’t go to the press right away. Now, he’s wrong for going to Fox over CNN. Can you say sore losers?

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Katrina Vanden Heuvel in NYC

Posted by Mike on February 15, 2006

The Strand Bookstore (or as I call it “the Communist bookstore”) is scheduled to host a lecture, Q & A and book signing by the Nation Magazine’s Katrina Vanden Shovel. It’s times like this when I wish I owned a digital camera so I could share the lunacy of NYC with all of you.

This article provides a brief review of the Nation Magazine’s history of supporting appeasement. For those of you unfamiliar with Vanden Shovel, she is the epitome of a moonbat. In the worldview of Vanden Heuvel and her magazine, evil should not be confronted, ever. In fact, with the possible exceptions of Bush, Cheney and Halliburton, evil probably doesn’t even exist.

I may attend this session just for a laugh. At least she’s cheaper than a second run movie.

(For the record, despite their tendency to prominently display their liberal books, the Communist bookstore actually has an excellent collection. The store truly has something for everyone.)

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Up Yours Yahoo

Posted by Mike on February 15, 2006

I would like to thank Yahoo for repeatedly ruining the Olympics by posting results without a spoiler warning. To borrow David Gregory’s language, you people are a bunch of jerks!

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Repeal Hate Crimes Legislation

Posted by Mike on February 15, 2006

Jeff Jacoby has a great article in today’s Boston Globe Retractor concerning the recent church burnings in Alabama. Jacoby posits that if these burnings had victimized non-Christians, hate crimes investigations and outrage would have followed. Since the victims were Christians, cricket chirping can be heard on the left. Of course, Jacoby is right.

I oppose hate crimes legislation because I believe all crime is hate crime and no victim is more valuable than another. Perhaps the realization that the lives of all victims are equally valuable can be the good to come out of these atrocities.

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Is this the best the Dems have?

Posted by Sal on February 15, 2006

Drudge has a campaign memo from the DNC which basically has a compelling argument on why not to vote for prospective GOP candidates for office: They’re fat! The democrats should look in the mirror though, if they expect to push this strategy if she-who-must-not-be-named takes a run for the President.

If this is all the Democrats have, I’m feeling very confident.

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The MSM losing its collective mind

Posted by Sal on February 15, 2006

The press is looking more and more foolish by the day. The man Vice President Cheney accidentally shot in a hunting accident had a minor complication of a minor, silent heart attack from a piece of birdshot that ended up near his heart. While this is no laughing matter, the man is 78 years old! The Doctors are keeping him in the hospital for observation, and will probably release him in a week.

How does the Press treat this? Well, the AP story headline states “Man shot by Cheney suffers heart attack!” While technically true, the tone of the headline makes it out to be more than it is. The worst offender, however, is the NY Slimes, which bases a whole article on the fact that if the man whom Cheney shot dies, there could be a grand jury investigation! And the Vice President could be charged with negligence or recklessness! Couple that with the press questions on Monday such as “Is this a criminal offense?” “Did Cheney take a gun-safety course?” “Will the Vice President Resign?”

So it’s OK for a sitting U.S. Senator to murder a young woman in a drunk driving accident, and it’s OK for a U.S. President to commit perjury and obstruction of justice, but Cheney is the devil for a hunting accident. Now that makes a lot of sense.

UPDATE: To further illustrate my point, see this transcript that Drudge has posted up of NBC White House correspondent David Gregory losing it with Scott McClellan.

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Missouri Looking Better

Posted by Mike on February 14, 2006

Senator Jim Talent (R) has recaptured the lead in Missouri according to the latest Rasmussen poll. Talent leads Democrat Claire McCaskill 46%-41%. This 5 point lead for Talent is an improvement from the previous Rasmussen poll where he trailed McCaskill by 46%-43%.

The general rule, inapplicable to Presidential elections but valid in Senate and Congressional races, is that incumbents under 50% are in trouble so Talent still has some work to do but the trend looks good. I previously had this race as a tossup slightly leaning to the Democrats. I will now handicap this race as slightly leaning Republican. This one could be very close.

CURRENT PROJECTION: Leaning Republican (hold)

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Happy Valentine’s Day Massachusetts

Posted by Mike on February 14, 2006

Whore pill update from the People’s Republic. The Massachusetts Politburo of Pharmacy has mandated that Wal-Mart stock whore pills for the masses. Thanks to Mrs. Sal for the link.

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Posted by Sal on February 14, 2006

Yet another Democrat commits an act of treason against the United States by giving “Aid and Comfort to the enemy”. As the Arab street is up in arms over cartoons, Al Gore goes over to Saudi Arabia and says that the U.S. is guilty of terrible abuses against Arabs. It’s one thing to disagree and debate while in the confines of the U.S., but when in an area of the world that is currently rising up in violence against the Western World, what Al Gore said is irresponsible at best, and treasonous at worst.

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Posted by Mike on February 14, 2006

The Axis of Right loves National Review Online’s The Corner. It was our first link and remains one of the few on our site. We’ll get cracking on fixing that but I digress. One thing I both love and despise about the Corner is their inclination to post “timewasters.” In honor of my friend from law school, the Axis of Right will refer to these diversions as “timesucks” because they do just that, suck time. The Corner linked to this timesuck this morning. The title of the post is my best time. Post yours in the comments.

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What Fodder Against Bill Nelson?

Posted by Mike on February 14, 2006

This photo must appear in Harris’ campaign advertising. Democrats can win in Florida but liberal Democrats cannot. Senator Nelson now has a six year liberal record he must explain to the people of Florida. Nelson has opposed lower taxes, a ban on partial birth abortion, parental notification and tort reform to name a few of his liberal positions. Good luck explaining those positions Senator. Let the campaign begin!

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Florida Senate Race Tightens

Posted by Mike on February 14, 2006

The latest Rasmussen poll in Florida shows a tightening race between Senator Bill Nelson (D) and Katherine Harris (R). According to the latest poll, Nelson leads Harris 49%-40%. Nelson’s 9 point lead is significantly lower then the 23 point lead he enjoyed a month ago. Also significant is the fact that the liberal incumbent is now under 50 percent.

I have handicapped this race as a likely Democrat hold for a long time but I am now upgrading the race to merely leaning Democrat. The pundits are right when they label Harris as a polarizing figure as a result of her decision to follow the law in 2000, but it must be remembered that at the time, everyone knew Bush won Florida and everyone knew Harris was simply doing her job. (By “everyone” I mean reasonable people). Harris’ actions in 2000 will help her more than it hurts her.

The albatross hanging around Harris’ neck throughout this race had nothing to with 2000. Republican woes in Florida can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Republican party establishment who attempted to undermine her candidacy. This is no longer the case. With the GOP squarely in her corner, Harris now has the ability to make this a race. She is a strong campaigner and has lots of fodder to use against Nelson.

This race leans Democrat but look for the race to tighten into a tossup before too long.

CURRENT PROJECTION: Leaning Democrat. (hold)

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You Think That’s Dangerous?

Posted by Mike on February 14, 2006

Credit to via Expose the Left

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They’re Going to Go Nuts

Posted by Ryan on February 13, 2006

So, I suppose you’ve all heard that Vice President Cheney has shot someone by accident on Saturday. My first reaction was to laugh and ask, “is this real?”

Well, it is. After finding out that the victim is doing fine I started chuckling again because for some reason I believe that the Left is going to think this just goes to show you: not only is Bush the source of all evil in the universe, creating hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and ruining the Constitution, but VP Cheney actually shoots people. I think this will help to reinforce the kook fringe’s next great conspiracy theory and make for many laughs in the future!

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It’s Working!

Posted by Ryan on February 11, 2006

Steve Laffey (left) has to be feeling good about this one, being that it’s only February. Check out the headline from Scott Rasmussen in regards to Chafee.

Ha! It’s working! Chafee is considered “vulnerable” because he in an incumbent and is now polling below 50% in Rhode Island, according to Rasmussen. I know it’s below 50 % against Democrats, but it still shows vulnerability. Laffey did get an honorable mention!

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Muhammad’s Image

Posted by Ryan on February 11, 2006

Laughing out loud is common when reading a new column from Annie C, but this one was rather precious. Libs have lost their sense of humor, which in fact makes them funnier to watch in my opinion! However, Annie C was criticizing the assertion that Islam is the “religion of peace” in her own, classic Coulter way. Please read it, for a quick synopsis will not do it justice, especially on some key points relating to liberals and “car-burning” cults.

I also was listening to Monica Crowley this morning. She had a few people on to discuss this idea that the image of Muhammad cannot be shown, drawn or depicted in any way. Her Muslim experts contradicted that concept, which happens to be a pretty recent addition to Islamic thought.

The picture above is within the walls of the Supreme Court. It has been there for a long time. But, for some strange reason, the Supreme Court is not in flames and the only protesters in front lately deal with antiquated Boomers trying to feel important by supporting lost causes (ie-NARAL, the NAGs, and the like during the Alito hearings). In fact, many images of Muhammad from Islam’s past still exist and were once viewed as important. Remember, Muhammad is NOT Allah. Remember that to Muslims, Christians went wrong worshipping Jesus rather than God so they had to come along and fix that (Koran, 4:171)*. Also remember that they believe Jesus will return and tell all the “People of the Book” to convert to Islam (Koran, 4:158)*.

I suppose the point is that negative depictions of Muhammad equal riots and burnings, but positive ones are OK, just not anymore. Make sense? The Danish press had dozens of cartoons that depicted Islam’s prophet in neutral or even positive lights, but three did not. That’s why I believe the whole issue has nothing to do with cartoons, but unfortuately the clashing of two cultures that increasingly seem to be incompatible in their current forms.

* see: The Koran, translated by N.J. Dawood, Penguin Books, 1997: pages 77-78.

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Media Finds Religion?

Posted by Mike on February 10, 2006

Not really. It’s just that the media is shocked to learn altruistic love causes happier marriages. Of course the Catholic Church has been saying that for a lot longer than any of us have been around. It’s amazing how little one can learn about Catholicism by relying on Diane Sawyer and the DaVinci Code for your information.

Comments from our married readers and/or married member would be appreciated as I am now wading outside my areas of expertise and familiarity. In my own defense though, you taught me well Providence College.

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Laura Ingraham in Iraq

Posted by Mike on February 10, 2006

Check out Laura Ingraham’s website for some cool pics of trip to Iraq. I especially enjoyed the pictures of Ingraham with some Iraqis. I thought Iraqis hated Americans?

Ingraham’s pictures confirm what Ryan’s brother (who is currently serving in Iraq) described as the typical Iraqi reaction to American troops. The mainstream media is going to have some explaining to do when our brave troops return home. The reality on the ground does not match the propaganda on the tube.

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Follow the Money

Posted by Sal on February 10, 2006

There seems to be more and more coming out almost weekly on Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid and his ties to Jack Abramoff. Reid keeps denying it, claiming it’s a Republican “scandal”, but when even the liberal Washington Post, ABC News, CNN, and LA Times, are highlighting the issue, it doesn’t look good for the Minority Leader.

If Reid, or any other high-profile Democrats are shown to be involved in the Abramoff scandal, it will effectively neutralize the scandal as a Campaign issue in 2006. Yes, the Republicans involved are crooked and should resign and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The problem, however, isn’t with the Republican party, but rather with the general culture in Washington D.C. prominent Democratic involvement in the scandal will place the blame on Congress in general, and away from the Republicans. Since the Democrats have no other platform other than the “Culture of Corruption”, this should give the Republicans, if they push for reform this year, in a good position going into the mid-term elections.

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