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Believe It Or Not, It’s Still Early

Posted by Mike on November 30, 2007

With the Iowa Caucuses scheduled for January 3, 2008, we are now less than five weeks away from the first votes being cast for the next President of the United States, whoever he may be. With that in mind, it might be useful to take a look at some polls. Polls from 2004 that is.

The following are some polls that were taken approximately six weeks before the 2004 Iowa Democrat Caucus. As you’ll see, Kerry was just starting to get on people’s radar and Polly Prissy Pants was even further behind.

Pew Poll: (December 3, 2003)

Howard Dean: 29%
Dick Gephardt: 21%
John Kerry: 18%
John “Polly Prissy Pants” Edwards: 5%

Zogby Poll (December 2, 2003)

Howard Dean 42%
Dick Gephardt 22%
John Kerry 9%
John “Polly Prissy Pants” Edwards 5%

Actual Results (January 19, 2004 Iowa caucus)

John Kerry 38%
John “Polly Prissy Pants” Edwards 32%
Howard Dean 18%
Dick Gephardt 11%

As we now know, John Kerry edged out the Silkster in Iowa while Dean screamed his way into infamy. Now, let’s take a look at New Hampshire.

American Research Group (December 17, 2003)

Howard Dean 45%
John Kerry 20%
Wesley Clark 8%
Joe Lieberman 6%
Dick Gephardt 3%
John “Polly Prissy Pants” Edwards 2%

WBZ-TV Boston Globe-Democrat Poll (December 14, 2003)

Howard Dean 42%
John Kerry 19%
John “Polly Prissy Pants” Edwards 7%
Joe Lieberman 5%

Actual Results (January 27, 2004 New Hampshire primary)

John Kerry 39%
Howard Dean 26%
Wesley Clark 13%
John “Polly Prissy Pants” Edwards 12%

Even with only five weeks until the first votes are cast, it is still way too early to predict this thing. That is of course, on the Republican side. The Democrat primary is more like a coronation for She Who Must Not Be Named.

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Dirty Bomb Sale Foiled in Slovakia

Posted by Ryan on November 29, 2007

A very scary development out of Slovakia today:  Slovak authorities indicated that two Hungarians and a Ukrainian were intercepted trying to sell their weapons-grade uranium powder to undercover investigators.  Early indications are that the uranium was probably from Russia or some former Soviet state.  It wasn’t enough material for a full-fledged nuke (this was only about a pound– you need 55 pounds for a small nuke).  Yet, it is perfect for a highly effective “dirty bomb.”  If you don’t know, a “dirty” bomb is a conventional explosive device that has radiological components which spread throughout the atmosphere upon explosion.  It’ll only immediately destroy the truck or block, but the cloud will be deadly and disperse with the wind, spreading uncontrollably throughout the city or site.  It is a weapon of mass destruction.

What really bothers me is whether or not this is the only instance of bomb-grade material left on the black market.  It most definitely not.   And, since there’s more of this stuff out there, where is it?  Our port security can detect radioactive material, but what if they loaded it onto a truck in Mexico, or had some coyote smuggle it over the border?  We know that this was not the first instance where uranium dealers were trying to smuggle their material out of the former Soviet Republics.  The article outlines many instances over the last decade that should worry most people concerned about Homeland Security.  This incident also demonstrates that despite the Dems best efforts to deflect the seriousness of the War on Terror or the Bush Administration’s failure to secure the borders or enforce nuclear protection treaties with Russia, the threat of dirty bombs and other WMDs is a clear and present danger to the United States.

AP photo.

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More CNN Debate Shenanigans

Posted by Mike on November 28, 2007

She Who Must Not Be Named continues to pull the strings over at CNN. Earlier tonight, the liberal network offered up liberal question after liberal question during a Republican debate. That alone is bad enough. What’s worse is when Anderson Cooper allowed retired gay general Keith Kerr to waste debate time to deliver a speech outlining his own left-wing views. Worse still is the fact that Kerr is a member of the She Who Must Not Be Named campaign.

Let’s see CNN try to keep this one in the closet!

Hat tip: The Corner

UPDATE:  It turns out that the questioners at last night’s Republican debate included declared Obama and Edwards supporters.  CNN has always had a liberal bias, but they don’t even seem to be pretending otherwise anymore.

Reuters photo

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Playing Games with their War Stance

Posted by Ryan on November 28, 2007

Wanna play a guessing game? 

Ready:  Who said this back in 2004?

That’s why I supported the Iraq thing. There was a lot of stuff unaccounted for. So I thought the President had an absolute responsibility to go to the U.N. and say, ‘Look, guys, after 9/11, you have got to demand that Saddam Hussein lets us finish the inspection process.’ You couldn’t responsibly ignore [the possibility that] a tyrant had these stocks.”

Dunno?  It was the same person who said this very recently:

Even though I approved of Afghanistan and opposed Iraq from the beginning, I still resent that I was not asked or given the opportunity to support those soldiers.”

Still don’t know?  Ha!  As we all know it was the husband of She Who Must Not Be Named.  The second statement was muttered while stumping for the She-Witch in Iowa.  Barry O’Bama actually called BJ out on this one!  It’s good to see someone other than SWMNBN campaigning for the Democrats.   Also, Independent Joe Lieberman said this about the apparent flip-flop: “Clinton and Gore basically believed in a principled foreign policy, pro-freedom, sounds familiar, just like George W. Bush, and the willingness to use military force to back it up as they did in Bosnia and Kosovo.” 

That was before the current campaign, when Bill will use every ” ‘is’m ” to parse words and change history to get himself back in the Oval Office.

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Israel, Palestine and the Legacy Trap

Posted by Ryan on November 27, 2007

Bill Clinton tried it in 2000 and now Bush is giving it a go late in his presidency:  Mideast peace among Israelis and Palestinians.  The time is always right for a lame duck President who wants to build a legacy to try to get the irreconcilable to reconcile.  If it works, you’re awesome!  If it doesn’t… ah well, no one’s been able to fix this problem so the expectations are low.  I’m really trying not be be cynical here, but while Olmert and Abbas shake hands and harrumph speeches, Hamas still represents over a million Palestinians in Gaza and still wants Israel blown off the map.

After Zippergate, BJ Clinton (his middle initial is “J” for Jefferson) needed to have something to show for eight years of drift and scandal:  Mideast peace!  All it led to was the Second Intifada, as Yasser Arafat was (as usual) in no mood to concede anything.  So, the violence and subsequent negotiations eventually led to a split in the Palestinians after Arafat’s death in 2004 which also has a geographic dimension:  Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank.

There is a big difference this time:  Arafat’s not in the room.  Clinton’s attempt to have Israel give away the farm yielded no results and showed Bush that Arafat is not a man to work with.  Since then, Abbas has been reasonable and Olmert is willing to listen.  The problem is Gaza.  Isolate them from the West Bank Palestinians and maybe they’ll get their stuff together, or maybe they’ll lash out harder.  It’s tough to say.  Lately it’s looking less like the traditional Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and more like Israel taking sides in a Palestinian civil war. 

Bush’s overture reminds me of Clinton’s in 2000.  Maybe it won’t spark a rebellion, but it’s hard to see Hamas in Gaza not flipping out no matter what happens, especially with Iran egging them on.  It looks like legacy-building for an embattled president seeing his tenure diminish as time moves on.  I agree with Bush, though, that at least it’s worth a try.  Just forgive me for the hint of cynicism.

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Sean Taylor, Dead at 24

Posted by Ryan on November 27, 2007

The Washington Redskins’ Pro-Bowl Safety, Sean Taylor, died of a gunshot wound this morning at Jackson Memorial Hospital.  The circumstances of the death are unfortunate.  He was shot by an intruder, about a week after someone tried to break into his home.  The intruder fired twice, hitting him in the leg.  The shot tore a major artery and Taylor nearly bled to death.  Ultimately, he succumbed to his wound.  Thus far, there are no suspects. 

Taylor was a great talent, being the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft.  He made it the Pro-Bowl in 2006 for his reputation as a hard-hitter.  In fact, since entering the league he has been a boat load of trouble:  $25,000 in fines for missing mandatory meetings, seven fines for late hits, spitting in the face of an opponent during the playoffs (another $17,000 fine).  His personal life wasn’t cool either, since he once plead no-contest to brandishing a gun at a man during a scuffle. 

However, after his daughter was born last year, those close to him indicated that he really began to clean things up and noticed a changed attitude.  His attitude on the field became more respectful and serious.  I believe that people can change and that in America, we can pick ourselves up and turn over a new leaf, not forgetting the past, but using our mistakes as a source of strength and purpose to avoid them again.  He could have been part of a great story, but his story turns out to be a tragedy mired in intrigue.

Pic from Sports Resource Zone.

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The Emerging Iraq

Posted by Ryan on November 26, 2007

Iraqi leaders from different parties have met and discussed the future.  After deliberations Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki gave a speech today outlining the short-term future of their country.  It includes the end of UN mandates, a strategic partnership with the US economically and with a post World War II-style base structure that leaves 50,000 US troops in-country for the foreseeable future for coup security and as a bulwark against external interference (read: Iran).  The timetable for these implementations will be July 2008, when the Surge divisions come back to the US as scheduled.  With America getting special economic incentives and the military playing a remote supporting role, the emerging Iraq is on its way to recovery with America finally reaping some of the benefits (for a change).

A few points are evident in these plans:  the Surge is working but is not complete, stability is encouraging the political process, Iraqis are tired of its seventeen-years of lost or incomplete sovereignty, and America will still be essential to Iraq’s post-war success.  While many here want to give up on America’s role in the region, people in Iraq who have seen the American presence closer than any other nation in the region (barring Israel), still want our presence there.  So, look for the Dems to change the subject to social issues next year as things improve in Iraq.

I like the transitional tone of these proposals.  I like that in the final analysis, if this proposal works and a new relationship is formed, success will have been evident.  If a victory in a post-Cold War world looks like anything, it would look like this: though troops remain in a limited fashion (like Cuba, Korea, Germany, and Japan) in a nation that appreciates our efforts, democracy and capital will eventually flourish as stability and hope return.  

Also, the establishment of an American ally in this part of the world demonstrates to Mideast that there is hope and a way out of their hate and resentment-mongering squalor… if the proposal works, of course, which still needs to be seen.  It’s probably the best proposal that they could come up with and it seems pretty good.

Pic from my brother’s camera during his deployment in Iraq 2005-2006. The “Freedom then Walmart” message is actually appropriate– once security allows political forces to move, the money comes in, the Iraqi people prosper… and buy our stuff!

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Cellphone Eavesdropping Increases

Posted by Ryan on November 25, 2007

The Washington Compost has a piece today saying that the Feds have routinely asked for cellphone tracking with a very low standard for warrants.  The by-line is misleading when it states that “Secret Warrants Granted Without Probable Cause.”  The piece even says that there is probable cause, just a lower and delayed standard.  The government has been using this surveillance technique to follow drug traffickers, suspects, fugitives, and possibly potential terrorists.  A judge, Brian L. Owsley, threw out a Texas case that dealt with the government trying to use a 911-locator option to find a narcotics dealer because of the nature of the evidence– not that there wasn’t evidence, just not enough for the judge’s satisfaction.  The cellphone companies often volunteer information like this, which is legal, but if the Feds ask for it we have a major civil liberties case.  This whole issue needs to be clarified in law quickly.

Some civil libertarians are up in arms over this new infringement on our privacy.  I agree with some officials that Americans are going to have redefine privacy with “anonymity” absent from that definition.  It’s just the nature of today’s world.  National ID cards, Social Security numbers, illegal aliens, Homeland Security sweeps, all indicate that our desire to be completely unknown is an outdated one at this point in our history.  The Constitution only implies a right to privacy that the Supreme Court only dug up and specified after World War II.  Our civil liberties survived pretty well as a nation before then.  Regardless, the government’s first job is protection and if the Feds need to use cellphones as a tool to find enemies of the state, then so be it. 

Plus, I’d love to see the government (who has been ruining social security, doing a bang-up job at the DMV, and can’t control our own borders) to listen to every cellphone call made in the USA in one day.  That’s billions of minutes that need listening to.  In other words, it’s impossible.  If the Feds have suspects, they should follow through with their leads; the threat could be a big joke on the phone between two friends, or it could be ecstasy or cocaine ending up in your kid’s school.  In the very least it’s worth a look.

Pic from CBS.com.

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Rudd Defeats Howard

Posted by Mike on November 24, 2007

Kevin Rudd will become the new Prime Minister of Australia after his Labor Party defeated John Howard’s Liberals in today’s Australian Federal Election. After running a campaign in which he described himself as an economic conservative, Australian swing voters will be in for a huge surprise in the very near future, kind of like swing voters in New Jersey and Virginia.

Prime Minister Howard was a great friend to the United States. We appreciated Australia’s assistance in ridding the world of a terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iraq. Prime Minister Howard, who was in the United States on September 11, 2001, knows the threat of evil in the world and the consequences of faling to confront it. His leadership was steadfast. He will be missed.

On a lighter note, the American media’s coverage of the election is quite amusing. They already going out of their way to characterize Rudd’s victory as a defeat for President Bush. According to their conventional wisdom, the election is a defeat for our President because Australia will withdraw their troops from Iraq and sign the Kyoto protocol. It’s true that a withdrawal of Australian troops does not help our cause, and the MSM would have a point if their coverage ended there.

Rudd’s decision to sign the Kyoto Protocol however, is not a defeat for Bush. The U.S. President could care less if Australia signs the protocol. His concern has always been that the U.S. does not adopt a treaty that would harm the U.S. economy. Australia is free to damage their economy in any way they see fit. They made that perfectly clear earlier today.

AFP photo

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The Democrat Wealth Deception

Posted by Ryan on November 23, 2007

A thorough and detailed Heritage Foundation study of IRS data and political affiliation have found that the Democrats are the true “party of the rich” in this country at this time.  While rich people do not bother me (in fact, I’d like to be one of them some day!), this Washington Times story demonstrates that the blue areas of the country also tend to have lots of wealthy people in them.  The study also found that a good number of unabashed conservatives in the House come from middle-income, average districts as well. 

The Democrats have not been the “party of the people” for a long time.  When they look at people as statistics and demographic targets to be used in political campaigns, while at the same time professing to feel their pain or rallying the class-warfare mantra election after election, they aren’t showing respect for the people, just the ability to use them as agents of their power grab.

Also, I see a potentially insidious angle in this Heritage Foundation study:  if the Dems have rich people in their district, then their socialist agenda can only go so far without angering their constituents.  Sounds alright, but I can’t help wondering if this is just a way to make moderates more comfortable with Dems by saying that they won’t soak the rich either.  Fat chance that’ll happen!  The Dems need wealthy people to make demons out of them and to tax/regulate the productivity out of their spirits and occupations. 

So, beyond the deception, the Dems end up as the party of upper-crust liberal snobbery who have enough money to absorb a tax increase to fund inefficient social programs at the expense of the common American, for whom they no longer speak (and haven’t for decades).

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It Depends on the Method to the Madness

Posted by Mike on November 22, 2007

This abortion story from Texas is merely a narrower example of the faulty logic underlying our nation’s laws against murder. In most states, murder is illegal except when the victim is located in his or her mother’s womb. In Texas, the exception to murder laws no longer depends merely on location (the womb), but on location coupled with method. Murdering an unborn child in Texas is now a crime, except when the mother chooses to visit a doctor and employ one of several brutal method to end her child’s life. Then its just another lifestyle choice and Constitutional right written in invisible ink.

It’s a shame this argument is taking longer than it should, but it is becoming increasingly clear that abortion is simply the brutal taking of another human life.

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McClellan’s Confessions

Posted by Ryan on November 22, 2007

Proof that the Iraq War is going well doesn’t come from the good news on the ground, or the accounts of the troops and Iraqi Government, it comes from the fact that the MSM has decided to resurrect the long-dead Plame issue, this time with former Press Secretary Scott McClellan levying the charges.  So, now too, McClellan believed that he was misled by the Bush Administration, who allegedly pushed McClellan into a false sense of reassurance through “five administration officials,” who surprisingly don’t include Bush or Cheney this time.

Misled, Scott?  If your conscience was so miffed by all of this, you should have raised questions at the time or sometime within the next year-and-a-half you were still Press Secretary– that would add more leverage to your claims and would have really put pressure on the Administration at a critical time.  But, no, after Libby’s been convicted and commuted (not for leaking anything, but having a normal memory), after it is now common knowledge that Wilson was the one misleading everybody, and after Richard Armitage was fingered as Novak’s leaky source, the issue is once again resurrected in a fashion that does not reveal anything new, but rather puts the issue in the news once again.  Rush used to say that for Libs it’s not about the nature of the evidence, but rather the seriousness of the charge.  That sentiment completely summarizes the Plame story from the start and McClellan’s new fuel on an old fire.

AP photo.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Posted by Ryan on November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us here at AOR!  It’s a time to give thanks for what and who we have in our lives.  Millions of Americans are on the road today going to visit family and friends.  All but a few of us will be having turkey today, then dozing off in front of some football games this afternoon (at least that’s my plan!). 

Some miserable people who don’t understand history want to ruin the holiday and make us feel bad for keeping a nearly 400 year old tradition alive.  The Seattle school district wants to make today a “day of mourning.”  Why?  Thanksgiving was a time when cooperation was fostered between the Puritans and the Wampanoag Indians– they taught the Puritans how to farm corn properly, we promised them added protection against the pushy Narragansett Indians.  Give-give.  In fact, New England relations with Amerindians were generally pretty good with only a few bumps along the road early on.  The final break was King Philip’s War in 1675-6 when the Metacom, a leader of one of the Wampanoag tribes, decided to attack white settlers because too many Amerindians were converting to Christianity.  Metacom’s society was being threatened, so he lashed out.

Of course it’s not that simple and the Puritans weren’t completely innocent with all the smallpox and land grabbing, but King Philip’s War did not start on Thanksgiving and had little to do with that day.  Today we celebrate the spirit of cooperation, family and plenty, not bloody misfortunes– leave the whining for Columbus Day.  I for one and happy to celebrate this holiday with family and friends.  The only guilt I’m going to feel today is for which dish I snub for seconds.

Cartoon from Ray Richmond’s “Past Deadline“.

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The Court’s Literacy Test

Posted by Mike on November 20, 2007

The Second Amendment is a topic the Supreme Court usually doesn’t touch, but that is about to change. Due to the D.C. Circuit’s decision to overturn our capital city’s ineffective ban on handguns, the Supremes have decided to give themselves a literacy test. The text of the Second Amendment is as follows: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  It seems simple enough.  The first part of the sentence is the reason for enacting the operative portion contained in the second part of the sentence.

However, these are Supreme Court Justices we’re talking about.  Reading comprehension was never their strong suit.  Like Hot Air, I’m pessimistic about this case.  Four Justices have shown that they are hellbent on ignoring the text of the Constitution.  Couple that lot with Justice Kennedy, who tends to read the Constitution and New York Times editorial page together as the law of land, and there is a potential that the Second Amendment may no longer mean what it says.

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Saudi Defends Injustice

Posted by Ryan on November 20, 2007

In case you missed this, a 19-year-old woman was kidnapped and gang-raped by seven men last year in Saudi Arabia.  After the trial and re-trial, the rapists got 2-9 years.  The victim got 200 lashes for being alone with an unrelated man before the incident!  That’s up from the customary 90 lashes because she went to the media with the story.  You talk, you get more lashes!   Crazy, 12th Century kind of stuff.  Punishing and blaming gang-rape victims just isn’t cool, especially in a culture that will treat her as used goods and a broken, undesirable woman for being raped in the first place. 

Pretty sick stuff, but today the Saudi’s defended their action!  Is it any wonder why al Qaeda finds Saudi Arabia to be a haven?  It’s a sick commentary on the treatment of women in some Muslim countries.  The Saudi courts don’t recognize precedent, since the believe that all the laws that ever needed to be given to us have been already revealed to Mohammad and his followers that developed sharia law centuries ago.  Many radical Muslims, especially in Saudi Arabia, believe that Islam is in such a funk because Muslims have turned away from sharia law.  It’s embarrassing episodes like this that give exposure to this backwards, dangerous and grotesque kind of world the Saudi Royal Family maintains in their oil-rich nation.  The State Department should not back down on their criticism.

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Lamar! Defends Speaking English at Work

Posted by Ryan on November 19, 2007

Tennessee Senator Lamar! Alexander (R) is right to be upset at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for its recent lawsuit against a Salvation Army thrift store in Framingham, MA, which required its employees to take a year to learn English, and then to speak English to the customers on the floor.  The rule was clearly posted and non-English-speaking employees were given a year to figure out a few common phrases.  Two Hispanic employees didn’t do that, they were fired, the EEOC heard, and promptly sued.  Lamar! wanted to protect companies from federal lawsuits for choosing to require English as the language spoken at their business: “I cannot imagine that the framers of the 1964 Civil Rights Act intended to say that it’s discrimination for a shoe shop owner to say to his or her employee, ‘I want you to be able to speak America’s common language on the job.'”  True true.

Lamar! may be right on principle, but Hispanic Democrats like Charles Gonzalez of Texas seems to think that “it’s subterfuge to discriminate against people based on national origin,” and has come out against Lamar!’s amendment, threatening to stonewall spending bills.  Wouldn’t this be great if the Dems decide to make this a larger issue than it currently is in next year’s campaign!  They can be the party of illegal alien licences and legal Spanish-speaking hegemony.  All Lamar! (or someone) needs to do is push for a simple bill that requires English be the official language of the government.  Put our politicians on record before next year’s election.  Alas, this Congress has very few Republicans that would stand up for 85% of the population that agree English should be the government’s language at the expense of alienating 15%.  Maybe that’s one reason why Republicans look weak and unprincipled to many voters.

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Huckabee Is Too Funny

Posted by Mike on November 18, 2007

The following ad is just the latest example of how Mike Huckabee is the funniest Presidential candidate. Those who have heard the jokes before will appreciate the ad. Those who haven’t may be confused.

Huckabee could impress the nation if he connects with enough niches because his sense of humor is unmatched among his competitors.

Hat tip:  Ace of Spades.

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Democrat Ambition in Politics, according to O’Bama

Posted by Ryan on November 18, 2007

This story from the Baltimore Sun’sblog, “The Swamp,” illustrates a few important things about the Democrat primary.  It deals with Barry O’Bama taking a shot at She Who Must Not Be Named, saying that her run for the presidency is the fulfillment of her and her husband’s political ambition from 20 years ago.  Some Clinton biographers even called it “a secret pact of ambition.”  O’Bama said that, “I’m not in this race to fulfill some long-held plan or because it was owed to me.” 

Good one, Barry! 

First, it’s good to see O’Bama justify to those who have given his campaign money that he’s actually going to at least try to compete against SWMNBN.  I love seeing Democrats fight with each other, seeing who can spend other people’s money faster, who can cut-and-run faster, and who can feel most of the people’s pain.

Secondly, his allegation is ostensibly true: after Zippergate it’s hard to see any other scenarios other than that SWMNBN is either a typical emotionally battered woman, a closet lesbian still married to a powerful man for show purposes, and/or ambitious enough to stay in a sham marriage in order to use her spouse’s power, influence and name to shrewdly obtain her goals.  Under any of those scenarios, I’d think she’d do better in a mid-sized law firm in Arkansas getting healthy doses of therapy rather than trying to obtain the presidency during a time of war. 

Thirdly, her campaign responded to O’Bama’s allegation by saying: “This is an odd statement, considering that the number of people who say Senator O’Bama talked about running for president as a youngster seems to grow daily.”  This seems to be her campaign’s modus operandi:  notice how her spokesperson didn’t really address the charge, but immediately attacked the person making the allegation.  While it’s a tactic used by many campaigns, this deflection style was standard operating procedure during the 1990s and was a center-piece of the “politics of personal destruction,” which they accused their opponents of doing, shielding them for when they practiced it themselves.  How I’d loathe having to go back to those days! 

Hat tip to Drudge.  AP photo.

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Romney Attacks Both Bigots and McCain-Feingold

Posted by Ryan on November 17, 2007

After a series of anti-Mormon phone calls made there way through some important battleground states lately, Mitt Romney called this action “un-American” and blamed McCain-Feingold for the emergence of 527s and 510c4’s that establish shadow groups that openly and insidiously can do the dirty-work of an opponent’s campaign while feigning independence. 

While “un-American” is a strong word, he has a point about not tolerating discrimination based on religion.  While both religion and speech (in that order) are protected under the First Amendment, attacking someone solely on the basis of their faith is like saying O’Bama’s too black to be President and She Who Must Not Be Named too female to be President.  No, Barack is a socialist wimp and SWMNBN is wrong, two-faced, shady, a socialist too, and mean; that’s why they should not be President.  Pick on Romney’s flip-flops, his stand on the positions. 

Keep it about the issues.  I’m not Mormon and it doesn’t bother me that Romney is.  It doesn’t bother me that Lieberman is Jewish either.  For me, it’s how they govern and how they stand on the issues that should matter.

For that matter, McCain-Feingold is an issue.  It’s a bad law that Bush signed in 2002 thinking that he could placate the reformists while ensuring that the Supreme Court would throw it out since any objective observer can see that it obviously restricts free speech.  Well, Rehnquist’s Court upheld it and now we’ve had a mess on our hands ever since.  McCain’s dying campaign responded to Romney’s attack, but they did so feebly.

AP photo.

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CNN In Her Enormous Hip Pocket

Posted by Mike on November 16, 2007

As a Senator, she avoided any program that would ask her difficult questions.  As a Presidential candidate, she planted questions to which she could offer canned responses.  Now CNN protects She Who Must Not Be Named by preventing an audience member from asking the witch a difficult question.  Even her campaign praised Wolf Blitzer for essentially doing as he was told.  For  a woman who constantly shrieks about wanting to discuss issues, she sure goes out of her way to avoid doing so.

There will be a number of debates scheduled for the general election.  The Republican candidate better insist on debates with limited input from a moderator.  Maybe a Sarkozy-Royal style debate would work.  Then again, SWMNBN does have a talent for hiding.  (which, judging by the looks of her, is quite an amazing feat.)

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Egads! A Theory of Everything?

Posted by Ryan on November 16, 2007

I was a little tired of CNN’s lovefest coverage of She Who Must Not Be Named’s pre-coronation gala (aka last night’s “debate”), so I looked for some other topic to distract me from the She-Witch, Barry O’Bama’s terrible performance, Edwards faking it as usual, and the always fun wimpy cast of second tier “also-rans” (all they need is face-paint, honking horns and a few tricycles).

So, file this one under anything else!

This is “E8” (not the thing inside the Indian flag, that’s Gandhi’s spinning wheel): 

It’s a math problem that was invented in 1887 and finally solved in March of 2007.  It has a 248-dimensional answer.  I have no idea what that means, but it seems to be causing some excitement in the field.  Aside from a huge High-Five given to all the mathematicians involved with this huge project, someone else got a hold of it.  A. Garrett Lisi, a physics PhD who apparently surfs and snowboards, saw the formula and played around with it.  He unexpectedly bumped into a potential candidate for the “Grand Unified Theory” of the universe!  Sounds strange. 

The problem with the Universe is that currently we can’t figure out why forces in the same Universe seem to act differently with really small objects as opposed to really big ones.  If a force is a force, then it should make sense on both levels.  But it doesn’t… yet.  Dr. Lisi’s discovery could be an explanation that meshes all the forces together! 

What does this mean to us who live outside of MIT?  Not too much now, but the potential is exciting.  The better we understand the Universe, the more likely we will be able to manipulate it for our collective benefit.  Also, I always find that the deeper we get into understanding the Universe, the more orderly and simple it becomes as more of it is revealed to us through periodic mathematical and scientific discoveries.  It’s almost as if there was a design that we are uncovering bit-by-bit.  Hmm…

AP photo.

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Barry Bonds Indicted

Posted by Ryan on November 15, 2007

San Francisco Giants slugger and current homerun king(*), Barry Bonds, was indicted by a federal grand jury today for perjury and obstruction of justice.  This stems from his December 2003 testimony where he was given immunity by federal prosecutors in exchange for spilling the beans on his alleged steroids use and the use of other high-profile athletes. 

Apparently, Bonds was given steroids by his trainer, Greg Anderson (who was jailed by the way), back in the day but Bonds said that Bonds truly believed that the substances were something else (way to throw your friend and trainer under the bus, Barry!).  They weren’t benign substances and federal prosecutors cornered Bonds. 

The deal Bonds was given stipulated that immunity would only stick if Bonds was being honest.  Some believe that this immunity was granted in order to take down BALCO founder, Victor Conte, who served three months in the slammer for distributing steroids.  Through this testimony, the federal prosecutors were fishing for potential steroid incidents across professional sports, hoping to make more connections and get more names. 

There it sat, as far as Bonds was concerned.

Nearly four years later, it has become clear to prosecutors that Bonds was lying under oath in 2003 and they have decided now to move forward.  Sounds pretty ridiculous if true: Bonds was given immunity to tell the truth… and he blew it?!  He is now facing up to 30 years in prison!  Bad move, Barry, bad move.  If you’re going to commit perjury in front of a federal grand jury, it has to be about sex, not drugs, otherwise our legal system will take you down!  Maybe he didn’t get the memo.

Pic from ABC News blog.

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Illegal Licences Go Down in New York

Posted by Ryan on November 14, 2007

Why’d he do it?  New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is a liberal who up until today didn’t care about the will of the people on illegal driver’s licences, only interest groups and gullible voting blocs.  The polls on New Yorker’s impression of his illegal driver’s licence scheme were well known for a long time. 

That is until his position inadvertently hurt She Who Must Not Be Named!  Suddenly, because of popular opposition, Spitzer has sidelined his plan to give driver’s licences to illegal aliens in New York.  What about principles?  What about a compromise solution?  Right.  In typical liberal fashion (and in this case accurately), he blamed Bush and the federal government for making this such a problem.  Yet, his high profile debacle hurt SWMNBN, so Spitzer was probably approached by some party apparatchiks to shelve the issue for the time being.  Not only were Dems smacking her down, but Mitt Romney was effectively involved with demonizing SWMNBN and Spitzer. 

I believe that this is also potential cover for Wolf Blitzer to avoid the issue altogether when the Dems get together to debate on CNN tomorrow.  If I were Blitzer, I’d trade the partisan head-bobbing in this case for awesome ratings as SWMNBN could continue to crash and burn by having to answer unscripted questions!  But I doubt he’ll do that, and I doubt that Spitzer really wanted to truly dump this issue in this fashion.  I’m just happy the right side won the latest round of this long fight.

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Kaine Able to Discover Fiscal Restraint

Posted by Mike on November 13, 2007

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, one of those Democrats who ran as a moderate only to reveal his true left-wing colors after being elected, finally found a government program to cut.  His target is abstinence-only sex education.

Although Kaine should be encouraged to continue in his newly-acquired desire to reign in government, he probably should have started with something else.  Abstinence is undeniably the most effective means of birth control available.  It only failed once in the history of mankind.  Kaine would have stood on more solid ground if he simply cut funding for all sex education programs based on fiscal concerns and/or the notion that parents are better teachers than government schools on topics such as these.

Unfortunately, that isn’t where Kaine is going.  Liberals see government as the solution to everything, and in Kaine’s worldview, that means sex education as well.  The problem is that he is going to spend taxpayer dollars on the sex education curriculum as designed by Planned Parenthood.  You know, the one where the class motto is “The word of the day is legs.  Everyone go home and spread the word.”

Link via Lucianne

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Ballin’ With the Leprachaun Feels Like Bowling For Soup

Posted by Mike on November 13, 2007

The referee scandal is finally exposed after all these years, and all of the sudden the Celtics are the only undefeated team in the NBA. Hmmm.

Seriously though, the Celtics being good again makes it feel like the 1980s all over again. That can’t be a bad thing.

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Clear the Second Tier

Posted by Mike on November 13, 2007

The second tier debate in the Republican primary has been over for a while now, and the winner is Mike Huckabee. According to SeeBS, the former Arkansas Governor is surging in Iowa and may be in a position to challenge Mitt Romney on caucus night. (Huckabee’s surge has been reported by legitimate polling firms so the SeeBS poll is newsworthy in this instance.)

There are several factors that explain Huckabee’s recent success, and all of them stem from his solid debate performances during the past few months. He repeatedly stood out on crowded stages because of his strong faith in God, good-natured humor and willingness to criticize liberals and media personalities alike. Not many people knew about Huckabee before the debates, but thanks to the substantive and informative debates, Huckabee was able to break through despite his early low profile.

At the time, many people were criticial of the decision to invite second tier candidates to the debates, but thanks to Huckabee’s surge, it is now clear that these invitations were a good idea. I’m not sure the same can be said of the lower tier candidates in the Democrat debates, but then again I think it’s much more difficult for a lower-tier candidate to break through when every other sentence by every candidate is a criticism of a man who isn’t running next year, and the most informative questions came from talking snowmen reading Al Gore’s snake oil pitch, but I digress. On the Republican side, the serious nature of the debates allowed a second-tier candidate to articulate why he should be considered and now he is under serious consideration.

The Republicans’ second-tier debate is over, and Huckabee won. With five legitimate candidates remaining, I think it is now time for Ron Paul, Duncan Hunter, and Tom Tancredo to drop out and clear the stage so we can make our decision.

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Plants in the Garden of Evil

Posted by Ryan on November 13, 2007

OK, that title might be a bit much.  She Who Must Not Be Named is not truly evil, just completely misguided and wrong… until/unless she gets power, then her potential evil qualities will have to be reevaluated at that time. 

Still, the 19-year-old college plant at the SWMNBN campaign rally earlier this month, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, thought that the voters had a right to know that she was probably not the only plant in the audience that day as she tells her story to CNN.  Though she seems to be somewhat under the Imperius Curse, Muriel nonetheless goes into great detail about the staffer who came up to her with a list of possible questions, one even having the words “college student” written in brackets above it! 

SWMNBN’s campaign said that this was not standard practice, of course.  What a joke!  I don’t care if other campaigns do this kind of thing or not, her campaign got caught!  At least this keeps SWMNBN’s weaknesses and gaffes in the news for a few more days. 

CNN photo from the above link.

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Watch Out for Those Flags!

Posted by Ryan on November 12, 2007

She Who Must Not Be Named was nearly beamed by some falling flags at a campaign stop in Waterloo, Iowa, yesterday, which happened to be Veterans Day.  As you can see from this video, the symbolism is priceless:  the woman who plays more politics with the troops and her position on Iraq than any serious politician being flanked by falling American flags on a day set aside to commemorate the sacrifices made by those in uniform. 

To be fair, one can see someone in the background slightly brushing up against the first flag that falls, but she doesn’t seem to make enough contact to initiate an immediate fall until you look more closely.  She seems to hit the top with the blue background, knocking the flag over.  Either way, it’s just another priceless campaign moment from SWMNBN!

Happy Veterans Day Observed!

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“Why Don’t You Shut Up!”

Posted by Ryan on November 11, 2007

Says Juan Carlos, King of Spain, to Commissar Hugo Chavez of Venezuela after Chavez accused the last Spanish leader with a pair, Jose Aznar, of being a fascist while also trying to speak over current socialist Prime Minister Zapatero.  That may be divisive rhetorical nonsense in the Americas, but in Spain that’s a real insult to most middle age and older people who remember Francisco Franco’s fascist regime which survived until the mid-1970s.  Chavez obviously has disdain for the democratic process.  Does he even know who he was talking to?  Remember it was Spain after the 3/11 attacks that gave al Qaeda their first major moral victory after 9/11 by cut-and-running from Iraq back in 2004!  As a sworn enemy of America, shouldn’t Hugo appreciate that in the very least?  What a rube!

It’s great someone finally put Chavez in his place in person.

AP photo.

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Lions For Lambs… but I Like Steak!

Posted by Ryan on November 10, 2007

The new Robert Redford/Tom Cruise/Meryl Streep movie, Lions for Lambs, has generated some controversy.  I have no idea why.  It seems like the typical anti-war movie wrapped in a pseudo-intellectualism that tends to bring up more questions than it answers which I guess is supposed to get us to “think” like the writers do.  Some have even called it “an op-ed piece masquerading as a motion picture” (see the pic link below for more). How is that controversial in today’s Hollywood? 

It also somehow gets lauded by critics, but panned by viewers (but that’s a typical phenomenon in my opinion, not limited to these kinds of movies).  According to some reviews of this film, it’s too talky and really boring for most of the film.  I am boycotting the film because I don’t want to encourage more films like this being made that, according to the reviews, puts our troops and our place in the world in a bad light.  I hear that everyday from Liberals at work and on the MSM that for some reason I still watch from time to time.  Why spend $10 to hear what I’ve been saturated with daily for free?

But, go ahead, watch this film, tell me what you think and try to answer this question for me:  Why should I see it? “I” referencing a pro-soldier, pro-mission, intelligent, conservative Reagan Republican like myself who’s inundated daily with anti-war, anti-troop propaganda from an irresponsible media and politically motivated Democrats.  Why should “I” see this movie… and maybe I will.

Pic from Worst Previews.com.

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