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KerryHaters was first to blog on the Christmas-in-Cambodia lie, way back on May 21. Too bad the elite media hadn't cast their net widely enough. They'd have had a scoop long ago.--Hugh Hewitt
Our friends Pat and Kitty at Kerry Haters deserve the blog equivalent of a Pulitzer for their coverage of Kerry's intricate web of lies regarding Vietnam.--Crush Kerry
Mark Steyn Notices the Tepid Endorsements
And goes wild. This is another one of his romps.
Sullivan's big idea is that the best way to force the Democrats to get serious about the war is to put them in charge of it. That's a helluva leap of faith -- and, in John Kerry's case, it's at odds with a 30-year track record of not being serious on the Cold War, Grenada, Central America, the first Gulf War, etc. As Dr. Laura would advise, you should never marry a man in hopes of reforming him.
Yes! Kerry's undeniable flaw at every stage of his career has been his utter unwillingness to consider our enemies for what they were--enemies to be defeated.
It's only a day or so now till the chad-dangling round of Campaign 2004 begins but, when the lawsuits are over and the bloodletting begins, serious Democrats need to confront the intellectual emptiness of their party, which Kerry's campaign embodies all too well. The Dems got a full tank from FDR, a top-up in the Civil Rights era, and they've been running on fumes for 30 years. Their last star, Bill Clinton, has no legacy because, deft as he was, his Democratic Party had no purpose other than as a vehicle for promoting his own indispensability. When he left, the Democrats became a party running on personality with no personalities to run. Hence, the Kerry candidacy. Despite the best efforts of American editorialists, there's no there there.
Yep. As we have commented in the past, the Democrats have no goal in mind, no guiding light or objective since the fall of communism.
Be of Good Cheer
Went to a couple of enjoyable parties this weekend (which is the reason for the lack of late evening blogging, sorry). The first one was dominated by liberals who were glum about Kerry's prospects, and most admitted that the Osama tape was the last nail in Lurch's coffin.
The second was dominated by Republicans who hate Kerry and who are all concerned that we are going to lose. And I told the second group to be concerned, to make sure they vote.
That said, don't worry, be happy. We are going to win this thing. We need to keep doing the things that will bring us victory, we can't slack off, but we can be confident that our efforts will be crowned with success.
Time's Person of the Year Prediction
Is it too obvious to predict that it will be the ankle-biting pundits, the pajamahadeen, the digital brownshirts; in other words, the bloggers?
A "blog" is a website where self-appointed experts can spout off on subjects of their choice, no qualifications required. But sometimes people listen to them. It was the blogs that, in July, noticed the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Campaign that questioned John Kerry's war heroism. The mainstream media noticed and followed up in August.
That's a gross oversimplification. KH noticed the Swiftees when they made their first appearance back in May. Nobody much noticed them in July; they were silent until August 4 when the first commercial hit. The next day came the first chapter (in released order; it was the third chapter overall) of the book and the Christmas in Cambodia story hit. What happened then was the interesting part--watching the media largely try to avoid the story, seeing the same patterns that had been established in the VVAW assassination plot, even to the point of the Times burying the major story in the 75th paragraph.
Bet on Bush
That's what gamblers are doing at Betfair, an internet gambling site.
Betfair's latest figures show 2.3 million pounds ($4.2 million) have been wagered on Bush, while Kerry has attracted only 680,000 pounds ($1.25 million) in bets. Bush is now at 1-5 odds to stay in office, whereas gamblers can still get odds of 2-1 on Kerry to win.
On the other hand, the Iowa Electronic Markets are only showing a modest advantage to the President, with his shares going at about 55 cents versus 45 for shares of Kerry.
In case you’ve been trying to access CrushKerry, like I have all afternoon, they just got back online after a frustrating time offline. They’ve posted their prediction and made their case. Do you agree with them?
What You Will See on Election Day
We were prepared to predict a Bush victory primarily because of the embarrassing effort by John Kerry.
FOX NEWS POLL
I'd like to try my hand at analyzing a poll like our friends at Polipundit. I have not looked at their site...so if they already said what I said, that just means I am learning.
Fox news said Bush went from 50% to 47% while Kerry stayed the same at 45%. But it is the internals that demonstrate that this polling sample is somewhat skewed.
First, this poll gives Bush the edge for independents. While normally this sound good, this is not the case in most polls. Opinion Dynamics has 44% for Bush and 41% for Kerry.
Second, we should look at the gender gap. Opinion Dynamics has women for Kerry at 53% and Bush at 50%. If Bush has this close of a lead among women, why is he only 2% points ahead in the national poll?
Third, it has Bush only garnering 49% among men. This cannot be the case.
Fourth, [and I am paraphrasing from the television report] show that 12% of Bush supporters are swayable to Kerry but only 6% of Kerry supporters are swayable to Bush. This is the antithesis of every other poll out there.
My conclusion: this is simply a bad sample. I hope Lorie Byrd reads this and comments on my analysis.
DASCHLE'S PINK SLIP
The South Dakota Republican Party has mailed to a national list of contributors a "pink slip" soliciting eleventh hour funds against Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle's re-election.
Labeled "Notice of Dismissal," the card lists possible contributions from $25
to $1,000 supporting former Republican Rep. John Thune against Daschle. "Here's your last chance to hand him the PINK SLIP he deserves," says the card.
We love the ever handsome and infinitely more competent John Thune.
Thanks, Robert Novak.
VIET CONG: RUN FOR OFFICE
More from the documents discovered from our brave, patriotic Swift Vets published on WND:
The document, noting that the U.S. anti-war movements have received "assistance and guidance" from Vietnamese communist delegations, outlines the strategy of the radical U.S. group People's Coalition for Peace and Justice, or PCPJ. That organization was tied to Kerry through Al Hubbard, a coordinating PCPJ member who also served as executive director of Vietnam Veterans Against the War while the future senator was its national spokesman and an executive committee member. The PCPJ also shared office space and conducted joint activities with the VVAW.
"Through its activities," the document says, "we can see that the PCPJ has made progress in its newly-adopted policy lines with the following strategic alteration:"
The first point in the strategy reads:
"To gain success in struggles, it is necessary to strengthen internal unity, contact other associations, other social classes, and influential personalities and take part in ((U.S. congressional)) elections (instead of boycotting them), to eliminate reactionary candidates and plant progressive people in the Senate and House of Representatives."
Weekly Standard Predictions
Not quite the same as Slate, where the employees were revealing whom they were voting for, these are predictions of the outcome:
Bush, Kerry, Bush, Kerry, Bush, Kerry, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush, Bush.
They all give their predictions on percentages, too. Here's mine. Bush wins 53%-45%, with Ralph Nader and the others getting roughly 2%. Kerry wins New England except NH, New York, Illinois, California and Washington. I think Hawaii will go red, maybe because they'll know when the polls are still open that the President has won.
Thune wins, Coors wins. Obama of course wins, that's a pickup for the Dems. On balance, I think the Republicans come out of the election with 53 Senators.
Is There No End to the Evil Machinations of Karl Rove?
The most trusted man in America:
CRONKITE: What we just heard. So now the question is basically right now, how will this affect the election? And I have a feeling that it could tilt the election a bit. In fact, I'm a little inclined to think that Karl Rove, the political manager at the White House, who is a very clever man, he probably set up bin Laden to this thing.
Walter also makes a rather rash and bizarre prediction:
CRONKITE: Well, I think it's one of the biggest messes we've had in a long time. I believe that we're undoubtedly not going to know the results of this election. I don't want to knock you off the air on Monday night or anything, or Tuesday night. But I suspect that we're not going to know who the next president is, whether it is Bush or the new man, until very probably sometime in the early spring. There's so much controversy that they're planting, deliberately planting at the polls, that there's almost certainly to be a suit going back to the Supreme Court eventually, going through the other courts slowly first.
Walter, Walter, Walter. We'll know who the next president is before going to bed on November 2. And his middle initial is W.
Hat Tip: Polipundit
The Nuisance Returns
Well, the Osama bin Laden we saw last night was not a problem that needs to be mitigated. He was not the leader of a movement that can be reduced to a nuisance.
One of the crucial issues of this election is, Which candidate fundamentally gets the evil represented by this man? Which of these two guys understands it deep in his gut - not just in his brain or in his policy statements, but who feels it so deep in his soul that it consumes him?
You already know the answer to that one. Broken glass, people!
THE WOLF RETURNS
Video image from a campaign ad for President Bush released Friday, Oct. 22, 2004. President Bush's campaign, using powerful imagery of prowling wolves, suggests the country under John Kerry would be vulnerable to terrorists in the new television ad that says 'weakness attracts those who are waiting to do America harm.' (AP Photo/Bush-Cheney 2004)
I didn’t see the OBL tape, but looking at the stills, it doesn’t appear as though he’s healthy … or even living. Is it just my overactive imagination, or could the tape be a WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S stunt?
Impact Of October Surprise Uncertain
The Washington Post, by Dana Milbank
Kerry aides appeared visibly alarmed aboard the candidate's plane as they planned a response to the tape's airing. One prominent Democrat speculated that for swing voters who have not followed the election closely, bin Laden's reappearance may well boost Bush.
On the other hand, the bin Laden appearance may reinforce some of Kerry's arguments. Bin Laden practically quoted Kerry when he said "Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you," and he seemed to be familiar with the liberal filmmaker Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" and its mockery of Bush for reading "My Pet Goat" with children while the World Trade Center towers burned. "It never occurred to us that the commander in chief of the American forces would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone . . . because he thought listening to a child discussing her goat and its ramming was more important," bin Laden said.
Marshall Wittmann, with the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, observed that the first commercial on one network after the bin Laden tape was Bush's campaign ad about wolves gathering for an attack. The tape "was a reminder that the head of the wolf pack was still on the loose," he said.
Kerry adviser Mike McCurry appeared unusually somber as he told reporters that the candidate would proceed with the campaign as if the tape had not appeared. "It's very important for us to move forward. We're in the closing days of the campaign. We're going ahead and doing our events as we would." Pressed for more, he responded with uncharacteristic brevity: "We gave the reaction right now to you that he wanted to give."
Belmont Club weighs in:
Osama Bin Laden's Surrender Proposal
It is important to notice what he has stopped saying in this speech. He has stopped talking about the restoration of the Global Caliphate. There is no more mention of the return of Andalusia. There is no more anticipation that Islam will sweep the world. He is no longer boasting that Americans run at the slightest wounds; that they are more cowardly than the Russians. He is not talking about future operations to swathe the world in fire but dwelling on past glories. He is basically saying if you leave us alone we will leave you alone. Though it is couched in his customary orbicular phraseology he is basically asking for time out.
And Gerry Daly:
I look at it as very good news for America.
Al Qaeda wanted to influence the Spanish elections, and did so by bombing and mass murder
Now they want to influence our elections. They did so by releasing a tape.
They would have hit us if they could.
KERRY’S VIETNAM KARMA
Photograph of John Kerry meeting with Comrade Do Muoi, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, in Vietnam, July 15-18, 1993. Photo taken in the War Remnants Museum (formerly the "War Crimes Museum") in Saigon in May 2004.
Kerry's October surprise
How's this for an October surprise?
While John Kerry is running around claiming President George Bush and our troops overseas failed the American people by not guarding an explosives dump without explosives in it, documents have been uncovered at Texas Tech University that show Kerry was following Vietnam War protest guidelines from North Vietnamese communists in the early 1970s.
The documents -- which actually LOOK like they came from the 1970s and not from a Microsoft Word program -- were found at the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and reproduced from captured communist records. These documents have been PROVEN 100 percent authentic BEFORE their release, unlike those 60 Minutes National Guard documents that CBS refuses to investigate. They show that Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the Viet Cong provisional governor of South Vietnam at the Paris Peace Talks, delivered a plan from Le Duc Tho -- Ho Chi Minh's second in command -- for American anti-war activities that anti-war protesters followed to the letter.
Madame Binh subsequently became the Minister of Information for the People's Republic of Vietnam after Saigon fell. You know what "Minister of Information" means in communist countries, right?
Of these organizations, the Vietnam Veterans Against the War and the communist organizations Peoples Committee for Peace and Justice and National Peace Action Committee were represented at the talks. Some representatives of these groups had their airfare covered by the United States Communist Party.
Shortly after Kerry returned from the talks he delivered Madame Binh's peace proposal through a press conference on July 22, 1971. He did so with veterans' families around him, a tactic that was suggested by the communists. However, he said he only attended the peace talks because he was on his honeymoon in Paris.
There are two problems, Hanoi John met twice, and possibly thrice, with communist officials in Paris. Also, his honeymoon was spent at the Jamaica home of the Pershing family with then (other) heiress wife, Julia Thorne, in 1970. I suppose Paris was a second honeymoon.
Kerry had also met illegally with Binh in 1970 while he was still a Naval officer on inactive reserve status, and in fact, all his meetings were under the six-year window of the term of his enlistment. This precludes him from even running for elective office, much less president, but nobody is mentioning it for some reason. Amendment 14, Section 3 states: "No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-president, having previously taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, [who has] engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."
The Communist Puppet Story Lives On
Gaylon Parker picks up the scent.
While John Kerry is running around claiming President George Bush and our troops overseas failed the American people by not guarding an explosives dump without explosives in it, documents have been uncovered at Texas Tech University that show Kerry was following Vietnam War protest guidelines from North Vietnamese communists in the early 1970s.
Text of Bin Laden's Statement--Updates at End!
DUBAI (Reuters) - Following are excerpts from a speech by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden addressing the American people in a video tape, parts of which were aired by Al Jazeera television on Saturday, as translated by Reuters.
"O American people, I am speaking to tell you about the ideal way to avoid another Manhattan, about war and its causes and results.
"Security is an important foundation of human life and free people do not squander their security, contrary to Bush's claims that we hate freedom. Let him tell us why we did not attack Sweden for example.
"It is known that those who hate freedom do not possess proud souls like those of the 19, may God rest their souls. We fought you because we are free and because we want freedom for our nation. When you squander our security we squander yours.
"I am surprised by you. Despite entering the fourth year after Sept. 11, Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you and therefore the reasons are still there to repeat what happened.
"God knows it did not cross our minds to attack the towers but after the situation became unbearable and we witnessed the injustice and tyranny of the American-Israeli alliance against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, I thought about it. And the events that affected me directly were that of 1982 and the events that followed -- when America allowed the Israelis to invade Lebanon, helped by the U.S. Sixth Fleet.
"In those difficult moments many emotions came over me which are hard to describe, but which produced an overwhelming feeling to reject injustice and a strong determination to punish the unjust.
"As I watched the destroyed towers in Lebanon, it occurred to me punish the unjust the same way (and) to destroy towers in America so it could taste some of what we are tasting and to stop killing our children and women.
"We had no difficulty in dealing with Bush and his administration because they resemble the regimes in our countries, half of which are ruled by the military and the other half by the sons of kings ... They have a lot of pride, arrogance, greed and thievery.
"He (Bush) adopted despotism and the crushing of freedoms from Arab rulers and called it the Patriot Act under the guise of combating terrorism.....
"We had agreed with the (the Sept. 11) overall commander Mohammed Atta, may God rest his soul, to carry out all operations in 20 minutes before Bush and his administration take notice.
"It never occurred to us that the commander in chief of the American forces (Bush) would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone at a time when they most needed him because he thought listening to a child discussing her goat and its ramming was more important than the planes and their ramming of the skyscrapers. This had given us three times the time needed to carry out the operations, thanks be to God...
"Your security is not in the hands of (Democratic presidential candidate John) Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands and each state which does not harm our security will remain safe."
(Pat speaking again). Patti Murray was right, Osama's a liberal. Look at the list of things that he says:
1. Bush is lying.
2. The Patriot Act crushes freedom.
3. Bush read (not listened to) a story about a goat instead of reacting immediately to the attacks.
4. We're helping the Israelis too much against the Palestinians.
My god, take out the parts praising Mohammed Atta, and it's Michael Moore!
Update: Right & Wrong has a similar take.
Update II: Wild Bill takes a closer look at Osama.
Aaron posted below about Kerry's interview with Tom Brokaw. I was taken with this part:
It's absolutely impossible and irresponsible to suggest that if I were president, he wouldn't necessarily be gone. He might be gone. Because if he hadn't complied, we might have had to go to war. And we might have gone to war.
Aaron and Jim Geraghty highlighted the first two sentences, but I'm boggled by the last two sentences. If Saddam hadn't complied we might have had to go to war, and we might have gone to war.
Get it? It's a two step switch. We might have had to go to war, and if that happened, then we might have gone to war.
Reminds me of the kid threatening the bully "If you don't cut it out, I might have to beat you up. Ow! I said I might have to beat you up, not that I would."
Bin Laden's Appearance Hurts Kerry
I'm sure the spin from the Kerry camp will be that Bin Laden's appearance in the videotape backs up their argument that Iraq was a distraction from the war on terror. But really, this tape, along with the tape of the American Al Qaeda released yesterday, focuses the American public on the topic of terrorism again, and that's not a winning issue for John Kerry.
Update: Gerry Daly has a brilliant take. Hat tip: Kerry Spot
GOD BLESS NBC
Look, most MSM is totally corrupt. But I was arguing with other Republicans in the District that there have been some saving graces in the MSM. The first is the Washington Post. The Post used to be a beacon for liberalism like the New York Times. But since the death of its owner, I have seen--between the lines--the journalistic restrain to remove emotions and opinions from it's pages.
But now I want to discuss NBC. Not only did NBC within 24 hours debunk the October Surprise (not) from the New York Times and CBS, but now we have Tom Brokaw actually asking questions! From the National Review we have:
Kerry: But that's what you have inspectors for. And that's why I voted for the threat of force. Because he only does things when you have a legitimate threat of force. It's absolutely impossible and irresponsible to suggest that if I were president, he wouldn't necessarily be gone. He might be gone. Because if he hadn't complied, we might have had to go to war. And we might have gone to war. But if we did, I'll tell you this, Tom. We'd have gone to war with allies in a way that the American people weren't carrying the burden. And the entire world would have understood why we were doing it.I repeat, Pat, "because my record is not public."
Wait, there's more:
Brokaw: Let me ask you about social and domestic issues. Your colleague from Massachusetts, Senator Ted Kennedy, says that he's proud to be a liberal. Are you proud to be a liberal?
Kerry: That depends on what the issue is, Tom. I've always hated labels. And I don't abide by labels... On certain issues, I'm a liberal, Tom. On certain issues I'm a conservative.
Wait, there's more!
Brokaw: Someone has analyzed the President's military aptitude tests and yours, and concluded that he has a higher IQ than you do.
Kerry: That's great. More power. I don't know how they've done it, because my record is not public. So I don't know where you're getting that from.
Sign the 180! This should be a law for being president!
Kerry-Lee Harvey Oswald Link
I doubt this really means anything, but it's interesting just the same.
....a cousin of Kerry's, Michael Paine, was a close friend of Oswald who frequently had the assassin as a house guest. Paine even stored the rifle Oswald used to shoot Kennedy at his house. Paine's mother, Ruth Forbes, and Kerry's mother, Rosemary Forbes, were cousins. It has never been fully explained how Oswald came to have such socially prominent pals, says A.J. Weberman, author of the JFK assassination book "Coup D'Etat in America," who notes that according to documents released under the JFK Documents Act, Paine's sister-in-law and father-in-law were both closely connected with the CIA.
Well, the CIA connection is quite a stretch. The Left hates hearing about this, but Lee Harvey Oswald was a Leftist, even living for three years in that worker's paradise, the Soviet Union. It seems quite a bit easier to posit that Kerry's cousin was a Leftist. Heck, another Kerry cousin ran for President of France as a left-wing environmentalist back in the 1980s.
HE'S BACK: I SAY NUKE PAKISTAN
MSNBC (yuk) reports:
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in a videotape broadcast Friday on Al-Jazeera television, claimed full responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States and warns Americans that “your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands.”
U.S. officials, who said the government had obtained the tape independently, told NBC News that the message authentic. They said, however, that there was no plan to raise the terrorist threat level, currently at yellow, or “elevated,” because bin Laden makes no specific threat.
Neither the Qatar-based channel nor U.S. officials would say how it had received the tape.
In the tape, bin Laden — wearing traditional white robes, a turban and a tan cloak — reads from papers at a lectern against a plain brown background. Speaking quietly in an even voice, he tells the American people that “Bush cannot protect you.”
Bin Laden says “we decided to destroy towers in America” because “we are a free people” who wanted to “regain the freedom” of their nation. He accuses President Bush of “misleading” the American people for the three years since the Sept. 11 attacks. Most of bin Laden’s message is in regard to Bush, who faces Democrat John Kerry in next week’s presidential election.
He ridicules Bush for reacting slowly to the Sept. 11 attacks, saying: “I never thought that the supreme leader would leave 50,000 of his people in the two towers to face the terrifying events alone at the time they were in need for him.”
The last authenticated contemporaneous video message from bin Laden appeared in December 2001, when he discussed a U.S. attack on a mosque. U.S. officials said all subsequent videos of bin Laden were believed to have been recorded earlier and broadcast much later.
The last audio message from bin Laden was on April 15, when he offered a truce to European nations if they removed their troops from the Middle East within 90 days. On Oct. 1, bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, issued an audiotape calling on young Muslims to strike the United States and its allies.
By MSNBC.com’s Alex Johnson with NBC’s Robert Windrem and Adam Ciralsky. Reuters contributed to this report.
How to Get a Pro-Choice, Feminist Democrat to Vote for Bush
Get her to read this column.
The simple answer? It means you’re a confident liberal, a thoughtful person who realizes that game of party loyalty takes a back seat to the safety of your family and this nation. It also means you take the slogans of “choice” and “radical individualism”seriously. Isn’t it ironic that there’s nothing more radically individual these days than a liberal who doesn’t conform?
For me, Authentic Feminism is rooted in making it possible for people to make the choices that best suit them. If you have recognized the weakness of John Kerry, and know in your heart a vote for the president is the right thing to do, join me and do it! It can be done with a clear conscience as you embrace the radical individual inside you that attracted you to liberal causes in the first place.
Because some things simply transcend party lines, when in front of that Early Voting touch screen, I stood there as an American first, and voted for George W. Bush. This nation, our lives, and the lives our children require nothing less.
I explain to detractors and supporters alike that President Bush is the man who will keep this nation safest. The president and I hold dramatically divergent views on a number of social issues of importance to me, and yet for the 3,000 people who died on September 11th, abortion rights and same-sex civil unions mean absolutely nothing to them now. These issues, while important to me and ones on which I will continue to speak out about, are luxuries in the face of a world war where the enemy is a stateless savage who hunts children and cuts off people’s heads.
I've got a hunch that the security moms are going to deliver this election.
Kerry's North Vietnamese Masters
We've covered this story already, but there are a couple more interesting items coming out about it.
First, here's an article by Joseph Farah.
Documents prepared by the Communist North Vietnamese government in 1971, and later captured by U.S. forces, show unmistakably that Kerry was operating under the direction of the enemy. He was being steered by Hanoi. He was being coached by the Viet Cong. And he was taking this direction, this steering and this coaching willingly.
In case you missed it, you can find all the gory details in a report in WorldNetDaily earlier this week. It's fascinating reading. But it is more than that 72 hours before Americans decide who is going to be the next president.
Linda Chavez is also on the beat.
Not only did John Kerry and his group Vietnam Veterans Against the War follow this game plan, but Kerry went to Paris to meet with the communist official designated as the point of contact for guiding these activities. In June 1970, Kerry met with Madame Binh, foreign minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government (Viet Cong) of South Vietnam and a delegate to the Paris Peace Talks. The documents discovered this weekend -- one titled "Circular on Antiwar Movements in the U.S." was disseminated in Vietnam in the spring of 1971, and the other titled "Directive" was captured by the U.S. in April 1971 -- are available for viewing at www.wintersoldier.com. They reveal a detailed plan to use antiwar activists in the U.S. as propagandists for the communist cause in Vietnam.
Here's a link to an article where Bud Day, America's most highly decorated living soldier, calls Kerry a Benedict Arnold.
Here's a link to a series of blog posts by In the Bullpen. Chad's doing a great job of analysis of the evidence.
If you'd like to read the original document, it's here.
Hat Tip to an anonymous source for the Farah article and to KH reader Deb for the other links.
The first African-American Senators and Representatives to serve in Congress -- all Republicans: (Left to right) Senator Hiram Revels of Mississippi, Representatives Benjamin Turner of Alabama, Robert DeLarge of South Carolina, Josiah Walls of Florida, Jefferson Long of Georgia, Joseph Rainey and Robert Elliott of South Carolina.
I did a post a while back about the white-wash (no pun intended) of blacks into thinking Republicans are evil. I encourage everyone on this site to read it immediately and share it with any black friends they may have.
Also, share with them the columns I posted here.
GOOD NEWS FROM THE INSIDER
Kerry Spot's insider gives us some good news:
Among early and absentee votes cast already, Bush has huge lead in FL, bigger than his advantage in Florida in 2000.
There’s a great contrast in the respective get-out-the-vote operations for Bush and Kerry. Around 25 percent of registered voters report being contacted by a Bush-Cheney volunteer, most often members of their church or community organization or neighbor. About 19 percent of registered voters have been contacted on behalf of the Kerry-Edwards campaign, but the vast majority of these contacts are by paid temps of the campaign, the DNC, or a related 527. Will the personal touch have an effect?
In Hawaii, the Bush campaign has quietly had its eye on this state for a while, and been building a surprisingly strong statewide organization with more than 2,000 volunteers. Kerry put up ad about how bad the economy was, while Hawaii has one of the lowest unemployment rates in country.
In New Mexico, Bush is only few thousand behind in early/absentee ballots in Bernalillo county, a heavy Democrat county.
In Florida, the campaign expects Bush to end up with an estimated 100,000 vote advantage among early and absentee voters.
In Nevada, there is little expectation that this state will be all that competitive. Bush is competitive in Clark County (which includes Las Vegas). Right now Kerry leads 44 percent Bush 41 percent. Kerry needed over 50 percent out of Clark county to win NV. But Bush within a few thousands votes of heavy Dem county.
Finally, a big point of enthusiasm for the GOP is their deep bench of Bush surrogates who can garner big crowds and lots of media attention. The President is in New Hampshire and Ohio today, vith Ah-nuld. Cheney is going to Hawaii. Tommy Franks is in Florida, as is John McCain and former President Bush. Rudy Giuliani is in Iowa, Mitt Romney is in Michigan, and former President Bush will also be in Pennsylvania later.
Fox News reported that Al Jazeera will be airing a videotape from Bin Laden. More as it develops...
Here's a Nice Little Cause
Go visit Small Town Vet and leave a note in his comments that you'll send a birthday card to the little girl in question. It's for the daughter of one of the more beloved bloggers out there.
How Many Deaths in Iraq?
Our frequent commenter A. Hermit linked to an article yesterday; today the NY Times runs with it.
An estimated 100,000 civilians have died in Iraq as a direct or indirect consequence of the March 2003 United States-led invasion, according to a new study by a research team at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Superhawk took a look at the story the way I would--he compared it to other sources not known to have a conservative bias, and found out that it overstates the number of deaths by a factor of at least 6 times.
This is all just part of the last minute push by the media to get Kerry over the top. Expect lots more of the same over the next couple of days. Just remember that if we all vote on Tuesday, the media will be eating crow Tuesday night.
We are getting a lot of requests to keep the heat up on two stories in particular. First up is the possibility that Kerry received a dishonorable discharge. This seems quite likely to me, as it has never been explained to my satisfaction why Kerry's discharge date is in 1978. Kerry signed up in 1966 for six years; there is zero chance he would have re-upped in 1972, and even if he had wanted to, it is outside the realm of possibility that the Navy would have accepted him given his notorious anti-war activities.
Here's a link to New Conservative Voice which has a post about a letter to Sean Hannity requesting that he help break this story.
The second story, which I will cover a little later is the story about Kerry's doing the bidding of his North Vietnamese masters, which got some fresh attention today. Tip to people asking me to keep on these stories: Provide me with links to fresh articles/blog posts. If it's older stuff chances are we've covered it.
Hat Tip: KH Reader Ellen (who provided the link to New Conservative Voice).
If Your Liberal Friends Try to Change Your Mind
Just got this in an email from Chris at Kerry Waffles, and it's tremendous:
Wanted to share something else that my Dad said that hit home with me. Lots of my family is Hispanic and will vote Kerry. They invited my Dad to a family meeting to convince him to go with Kerry, which I know is a snowball's chance in hell. My Dad is a 35 year Army vet that retired as an officer, but started as an enlisted door gunner on a Huey in Nam. He made a comment that silenced the entire room of 30 people.
He said, "This is a free Country. How you vote doesn't bother me a bit. I fought for your right to vote any way you want. Just remember, when I vote for Bush that vote is for my Country that I love. When you vote for Kerry, that vote is for yourselves and your petty wants and needs. Your vote is a selfish one."
Now, that's a smackdown!
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The NY Sun takes a detailed look at Kerry's professed love for the Red Sox.
Mr. Kerry may be from Massachusetts, but it's Mr. Bush who is the real baseball fan. Voters don't need to be convinced that the president knows the stats and the players. He's owned a baseball team, and he sponsors tee ball on the White House lawn. The Kerry campaign may think a Boston win in the World Series helps their candidate. But what it's really disclosed is that Mr. Bush shares America's pastime while Mr. Kerry condescends to it.
From CrushKerry: Bret Baier, Fox's Pentagon Correspondent says the Pentagon will have press conference w/ a soldier in the hour so show they destroyed about 200 tons of the explosives at Al Kaka - or however it's spelled. That's all for now.
If true, then "Nail - Meet Coffin"
Religious Blacks Breaking for Bush
This is bad news for Kerry.
"I don't agree with the war in Iraq and I think Bush lied to us about that," said Cynthia Brown, 42, a financial adviser who identified herself as a registered Democrat. "But we'll survive Iraq. Those babies being aborted won't survive, they'll be dead."
Audra Booker, 35, whose husband is in the Navy, said she and other blacks had voted Democrat in the past, but the moral issues surrounding gay marriage and abortion had changed that.
"You can't vote one way and believe another way," she said. "Bush supports more of our values."
If the President pulls a few percentage points more among blacks than he did in 2000, Kerry's job gets very difficult. If he pulls 5% more, it becomes virtually impossible for Nuancy Boy to win. If he pulls 9-10% more, as some polls have indicated, then the rout is on.
Hugh Hewitt is overflowing with good news.
It is looking very good indeed.
The Battleground Poll --along with Gallup, the best over many election cycles-- has Bush up by 5, with his approval rating at 53%.
A soldier's question.
"Sir, eight out of ten soldiers support the president. Why is it so hard for the civilians to get it?"
A call to the program yesterday from the proud mom of a member of the 3rd I.D. was a voice of outrage and anger directed at Kerry. "He [Kerry] has no idea how he sounds," she fumed. "My son is a brave and competent hero." Kerry thinks he's a bumbler. But how surprising is that. He also thinks the men and women he served with in Vietnam were war criminals.
The Beltway turns on Kerry
Matthew Dowd, senior strategist for the Bush-Cheney campaign, is "cautiously optimistic." He should be. Here is one of those small signs of Beltway conviction that Kerry is a loser. Anthony Cordesman is no friend of the Administration, but the senior analyst at the Center for International Security is one of the "go-to" experts admired by the press. The Washington Post puts him on the front page this morning:
The Missing Explosives Story
I haven't been keeping up with this one because there's so much news about Nuancy Boy, but here are some links if you want the facts:
Jim Geraghty tackles the issue of what was in the boxes and drums.
Captain's Quarters puts the amounts reportedly missing in perspective.
JOHN KERRY, FOOT IN MOUTH
By JOHN PODHORETZ
HERE'S a question for which only Tuesday will provide an answer: Did John Kerry make a colossal blunder by deciding to spend the last week of the campaign highlighting the fact that Saddam Hussein's Iraq was one giant ammunition dump?
Kerry has just bollixed up his own storyline about the war in Iraq. He is concluding his campaign by drawing an explicit association between Saddam Hussein, dangerous weaponry and international terrorists.
That's Bush's argument. Not Kerry's.
Kerry's account of the past 18 months is that Saddam's weaponry wasn't sufficient grounds for invasion and overthrow. After all, he said in the first presidential debate, "35 to 40 countries in the world had a greater capability of making weapons [of mass destruction] at the moment the president invaded than Saddam."
But in thundering about the vast danger posed by 380 tons of high explosive, Kerry is sure making it sound like Saddam possessed uniquely dangerous weapons
Kerry has inadvertently added fuel to Bush's fire. He has advanced Bush's case without meaning to. In his eagerness to jump on any piece of anti-Bush news and turn it to his advantage, Kerry failed to examine just how his new argument makes a hash of his old argument — and how it might actually do the president a little bit of good.
This is more proof of the Bush campaign's secret weapon — Kerry's poor political instincts
Okay to Root For the Packers
Best of the Web Today checked out the Washington Redskins factor (when the Redskins win the last game before a Presidential election, the party in power wins, when they lose, the party in power loses). Turns out that this particular curse was broken in 1996, when the Redskins lost and Clinton won reelection.
L'AMI CHIRAC DE JACQUES KERR-EE
JOHN KERRY'S FANTASY FRIEND
By AMIR TAHERI
THE main criticism that John Kerry has leveled against President Bush's foreign policy is that it has alienated U.S. allies. Kerry proposes to "bring back the allies" with a multilateralist approach.
There is, of course, no factual basis for Kerry's claim. The United States is heading a coalition of 67 nations in Afghanistan and 34 nations in Iraq. All NATO allies are actively present in Afghanistan. And in Iraq, the only NATO allies dragging their feet are France, Belgium and Greece. All of America's Arab allies also provided valuable help in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Britain's Tony Blair is under attack from his own Labor Party friends for allegedly favoring Bush. Italy's Silvio Berlusconi has made no secret of his preference for the incumbent at the White House. Even Germany's Gerhard Schroeder has gone out of his way in recent months to patch things up with Washington and, by siding with the U.S. in NATO against France over Iraq, is clearly endorsing Bush.
Australians have just re-elected the unambiguously pro-Bush Prime Minister John Howard with an increased majority. Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi makes no secret of his admiration for Bush, whom he calls "Gary Cooper." And Russia's Vladimir Putin has just offered his own roundabout endorsement of Bush.
So who are "the allies" that Kerry wants to bring back on board? The only possible answer is French President Jacques Chirac. But Kerry would quickly find out that he has more in common with George W than with frere Jacques.
Suppose that Chirac does abandon his Gaullist ideology, and a lifetime of opposing various U.S. presidents of both parties, to please John Kerry. There is precious little that France can do in practical terms to help the United States rebuild Iraq in a way that reflects the interests both of the United States and the Iraqi people. Chirac has no troops to send to Iraq and, even if he did, he might not find it easy to do, since he has been heating up French opinion against any intervention in Iraq on the side of he Americans.
Reduced to its bare bones, Kerry's foreign policy amounts to little more than wishful thinking, especially as far as enlisting Chirac's support for American ambitions is concerned. Don't be surprised if Kerry, if elected president, quickly reverts to the Bush Doctrine . . . after renaming it after himself.
Masked revelers prefer Bush
Forget about the guesswork from the political pundits and ignore all those election polls.
The real key to predicting the outcome of the presidential election is this year's face-off of the Halloween masks.
It's as unscientific as it gets, but the theory, according to some people in the costume business, is that the winner in every election since 1980 has been the candidate whose masks were most popular on Halloween.
BuyCostumes.com says Halloween sales figures from manufacturers, national store chains and its own efforts have accurately picked the last six presidential elections.
So does this mean W. gets a second term in office?
"It hasn't failed us yet," Daniel Haight, chief operating officer at Buyseasons, said in an interview. "The masks are a great way for people to express their political leanings at a Halloween party or at a political gathering."
HELP OUR SWIFTIES!
WND reports they have already bought airtime in the following places:
Denver: KPXC (PAX), Saturday at 1 p.m.
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale: WPXM (PAX), Sunday at 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
West Palm Beach: WPXP (PAX), Sunday at 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Orlando: WOPX (PAX), Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.
Tampa: WXPX (PAX), Sunday at 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Jacksonville: WPXC (PAX), Sunday at 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Minneapolis-St.Paul: KPXM (PAX), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Cleveland: WVPX (PAX), Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Milwaukee: WXPE (PAX), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Des Moines: KFPX (PAX), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Cedar Rapids: KPXR (PAX), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Scranton: (PAX), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Charleston: WLPX (PAX), Sunday at 1 p.m.
But they can get THREE more stations if they can raise $15,000 by noon today! Please donate here.
I have to admit when Lorie Byrd first suggested that President Bush pay a surprise visit to Hawaii about a week ago, I laughed it off, with memories of the disastrous attempt to pick off California in 2000, diverting precious resources that could have been used to secure Florida beyond a recount.
But Mark Steyn highlighted the Hula State in his column today, and suddenly comes the announcement that VP Cheney is going to be saying Aloha.
We are not worthy!
Lorie also has her own blog over here.
Is the Rout On?
Andrew McClure has some speculation that I endorse. There are lots of signs that Kerry is going to get his butt kicked on Tuesday. The gender gap has disappeared with women moving strongly for the President and no reported similar move to Kerry among men. Blacks are reportedly twice as strong for Bush this time around. That might be optimistic, but there are a lot of great black bloggers for Bush. There is some report that Bush could do a bit better among Jews. Evangelicals have rallied to his side over the gay marriage issue. Veterans for the most part hate Kerry with a passion, so some guys (like John O'Neill), who might otherwise support the Democratic candidate are actively campaigning against him.
And I'm thinking, where is the President doing worse? I could buy that he's doing worse among seniors, who've been scared. But most of them were Democrats anyway. He's not doing worse among young people; that is for certain.
I say it's a complete rout, that the reason the pollsters are not recording that is because they are adjusting things to a perceived normal distribution that applied on September 10, 2001.
Latest Hostage Crisis In NYC
The Commissar has been taken hostage.
In the video broadcast on Wednesday, a confused-looking, bearded Commissar, wearing a plaid shirt, was shown in a dimly-lit room. He claimed that his circular saw was "right there in the basement, provided I can find it amidst all the junk."
Close to tears, he spoke directly into the camera to repeat his message of a video issued last week, asking American President George Bush to keep US forces in Iraq.
Secretary of State?
According to the London Times the job has been offered.
Remember, Joe Biden is the guy who wanted our troops to go "mano-a-mano" against the Taliban, apparently thinking it unfair that we should use our technogical advantages on the battlefield.
“I'm not a military man. I think the American public and the Islamic world is fully prepared for us to take as long as we need to take if it is action that is mano or mano, if it is us on the ground going against forces on the ground.
The part that I think … plays into every stereotypical criticism of us is we're this high tech bully that thinks from the air we can do whatever we want do and it builds the case for those who want to build the case against us, that all we're doing is indiscriminately bombing innocents, which is not the truth.
There is no way you can go after and root out Al Qaeda and Bin Laden without folks on the ground, in caves, risking and losing their lives. I believe the tolerance for that in the Islamic world is significantly, exponentially higher than it is for us bombing.”
Got it? If we have guys on the ground, in caves, risking and losing their lives, it's okay. But if we're bombing and not losing lives, that's not okay?
Marty Peretz: Another Liberal Who Gets It
Wow, this is kind of a surprise, given that his magazine endorsed John Kerry:
John Kerry speaks, not unfairly, of George W. Bush's habits of denial. But Kerry himself is in denial. He is in denial about the United Nations. He is in denial about the Australian election that returned to office for an unprecedented fourth term its prime minister who has been, with his country, a pillar of the Iraq coalition. He is in denial about Japan, whose government, unlike Germany's and France's, does not carp at the United States. He is in denial about Afghanistan, where, for the first time in history, men and women, riding on donkeys and walking barefoot across great distances, have exercised the right to choose those who govern them. He is in denial about Iraq itself. The Jordanian daily Al Ra'i recently called Moqtada Al Sadr's apparent retreat from armed struggle "a farewell to arms" that is as politically significant as the establishment of the provisional authority. Has Kerry come close to recognizing this? Has he acknowledged that the Bush administration has negotiated with nato a plan to send, starting in November, up to 3,000 soldiers to train Iraqi troops? These soldiers will be under the command of General David Petraeus, who is mustering the military might and political will to retake much of the Sunni triangle. Many Iraqis now have second thoughts about opposing the coalition. Even the BBC has said as much. But Kerry hasn't.
Peretz was a huge Gore supporter in 2000. I see many, many influential Gore fans who have come over to the Bush side post-9-11. I see very few who have gone the other way.
Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back to the Voting Booth
Shaking Spears with an amusing cultural reference tied into current events.
Bud Day's Letter on John Kerry
Okay, first you gotta know who Bud Day is.
Okay, did you click the link and read? A pretty impressive individual, wouldn't you say? Here's what he thinks of John Kerry (all quotes from Bud Day's letter from here on but I'll spare you the italics since it's so long):
The major issue in the Swiftboat stories is, and always has been, what John Kerry did in 1971 after he returned from Vietnam. Kerry cast a long dark shadow over all Vietnam Veterans with his outright perjury before the Senate concerning atrocities in Vietnam. His stories to the Senate committee were absolute lies, fabrications, perjury, fantasies, with NO substance. That dark shadow has defamed the entire Vietnam War veteran population, and gave "Aid and Comfort" to our enemies, the Vietnamese Communists. Kerry's stories were outright fabrications, and were intended for political gain with the radical left, McGovern, Teddy and Bobby Kennedy followers, Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and the radical left who fantasized that George McGovern was going to be elected in 1972. Little wonder that returning soldiers from Vietnam were spit upon and castigated as "baby killers".
A returned war hero said so. Kerry cut a dashing figure as a war hero, lots of medals, and returned home because of multiple war wounds..even a silver star. His Senate testimony confirmed what every hippie had been chanting on the streets.."Hey hey LBJ..How many kids did you kill today"????? He obviously was running for political office in 1971.
Until Lt. John O' Neil, himself a Swifboat commander, spoke out before the 1972 elections against Kerry's outright deceptions, there was no one from the Swiftboat scene that could contradict Kerry's self serving lies.
I was a POW of the Vietnamese in Hanoi in 1971, and I am aware that the testimony of John Kerry, the actions of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden, and the radical left; all caused the commies to conclude that if they hung on, they would win North Vietnamese General Bui Tin commented that every day the Communist leadership listened to world news over the radio to follow the growth of the anti-war movement. Visits to Hanoi by Jane Fonda and Ramsey Clark gave them confidence to hold in the face of battlefield reverses. The guts of it was that propaganda from the anti-war group was part of their combat strategy.
While the Commies were hanging on, innumerable U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Air Force members were being killed in combat. Every battle wound to Americans after Kerry's misdirected testimony is related to Kerry's untruthfulness. John Kerry contributed to every one of these deaths with his lies about U.S. atrocities in Vietnam. He likewise defamed the U.S. with our allies and supporters. His conduct also extended the imprisonment of the Vietnam Prisoners of War, of which I was one. I am certain of at least one POW death after his testimony, which might have been prevented with an earlier release of the POWs.
My friend and room mate Senator John S. McCain denounced the Swiftboat video by John O'Neil. I have a different take on the Swiftboat tape and disagree with my good friend John.
John Kerry opened up his character as a war hero reporting for duty to the country with a hand salute...and his band of brothers..of which he was the chief hero. Most of his convention speech was about John Kerry..Vietnam hero, and his band of brothers. John Kerry's character is not only fair game, it is the primary issue. He wants to use Bill Clinton's "is", as an answer to his lack of character.
The issue is trust. Can anyone trust John Kerry?? "Never lie, cheat or steal" is the West Point motto. When a witness perjures himself at trial, the judge notes that his testimony lacks credibility. Should we elect a known proven liar to lead us in wartime??
I draw a direct comparison of General Benedict Arnold of the Revolutionary War, to Lieutenant John Kerry. Both went off to war, fought, and then turned against their country. General Arnold crossed over to the British for money and position. John Kerry crossed over to the Vietnamese with his assistance to the anti-war movement, and his direct liaison with the Vietnamese diplomats in Paris. His reward. Political gain. Senator..United States. His record as a Senator for twenty years has been pitiful. Conjure up, if you will, one major bill that he has sponsored.
John Kerry for President? Ridiculous. Unthinkable. Unbelievable. Outrageous.
Col. Geo. "Bud" Day, Medal of Honor, Vietnam POW 1967- 1973, USMC- USA- USAF- Attorney 1949-2004
Curt Schilling Redux
Heard on the Hugh Hewitt show he's going to be campaigning for the President in New Hampshire. Check out this picture, and you'll know why they didn't think he would be able to play after his Game 2 masterpiece.
Now, that is what I call a broken glass Republican!
Great Anti-Kerry Ad
Thanks to KH Reader Arb for locating this wonderful ad, easily the best ad ever produced by the Kerry Campaign.
"Something peculiar, something familiar, something for everyone, a comedy delight!"
Thanks also to regular KH contributor Dan for sending me the MP3 via email!
The Terrorists Warn: Elect Kerry Or Else
Those appalling endorsements continue to pile up on Kerry's doorstep.
Win One for the Gipper
Crush Kerry does their usual marvelous work with a video that should get you motivated to vote.
Broken glass, people!
In Search Of....
I heard a tremendous commercial today on the Dennis Prager show. The theme was that Kerry was the man for all Americans; that if you thought the Iraq War was a mistake, John Kerry agrees with you, and if you thought the war was just, John Kerry agrees with you, too. Just wonderful stuff; it went on for at least three minutes. Anybody know where I can find it?
It reminded me of the opening song in the movie "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", "Something for Everyone!"
Our buddy Bill, AKA Small-Town Vet, publishes another one of Russ Vaugh's marvelous poems.
PA in PLAY
Readers of the Kerry Spot know they have a secret political operative dubbed Obi-wan Kenobi that has been giving predictions for the last two weeks. So far he's been correct. He said last week that the tracking polls will go from Bush up three to Kerry up one (that happened this week), but then said on Thursday (today) will show a breakout for Bush and it will give him a five point lead.
This seems to be happening just like he said. If you read Real Clear Politics, you'll notice that they did something they predicted wouldn't happen: PA is now a toss-up state.
Also, he said to look for one state that is ALWAYS Democrat to suddenly be in play over the next two days. My prediction: Maryland. We just elected the first republican governor in like half a century and the state has a huge military and military contractor population AND all counties but three (Baltimore, Prince Georges and Ann Arundel--which is actually becoming more Republican) are Republican. His prediction of an additional state becoming in play excluded NJ and HI which he said were already in play.
Kerry's Map Shrinking
Hugh Hewitt just pointed this out on the radio. Where are the Johns campaigning?
Kerry: 10/29: Orlando, W. Palm Beach, Miami, FL; 10/30: Appleton, WI; 10/31: TBD 11/1: TBD
Edwards: 10/29: LaCrosse,WI; Muskegon, MI; Raleigh, NC; 10/30: Marietta,OH; 10/31: TBD 11/1: TBD
Jim Geraghty was scratching his head about Edwards in North Carolina. My take is that it's just getting him out of the way. Kerry must realize by now what a disastrous pick the Breck Girl was.
The Aberdeen News reports that Daschle has reneged on his promise not to allow third-party ads in his campaign.
A third-party group started running advertisements on behalf of Tom Daschle Wednesday.
The move by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee comes despite the fact that Daschle, the Senate minority leader, has for months said he wouldn't accept help from outsiders.
The better news is that you have helped John Thune raise more money than Disappointed Boy.
South Dakota Republican Senate candidate John Thune raised more than $1.117 million during the first two weeks of October while Senator Tom Daschle raised only $720,785.
Thune also significantly outraised Daschle during July 1 through September 30 when Thune raised $6.747 million to Daschle’s $4.774 million.
According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) report filed this past Wednesday, the Thune campaign raised $1,117,783 during October 1 through 13 and had $3,687,083 cash on hand. Daschle raised $720,785 and had $2,664,328 cash on hand.
President Bush is going to win this election, and next year he's going to have John Thune helping him out in the Senate, instead of Daschle obstructing him. This is the last time I'll ask you to help out by clicking here. The next time we have a picture of John Thune it will be of him celebrating his victory over the Senate Minority Leader.
There Goes the Neanderthal Vote
The Ketchup Queen gets out of the attic again.
"The perpetration of certain myths that diplomacy and alliances are a sign of weakness is Neanderthal," Heinz Kerry said. "I never heard of teaching a child to make enemies so they can get along in the playground."
And I never heard of teaching a child to scorn his current friends in favor of future "friends".
Kerry The Me-Too Guy
Muckdog over at the Learning Curve says there's a John Kerry in every office.
Blogging the 72-Hour Effort
Carl at No Oil for Pacifists is working for the campaign in Florida. He reassures us that he's not suppressing the vote. He also meets the Chairman of the RNC, Ed Gillespie.
Kerry Voted Against Death Penalty For Terrorists Who Kill Americans
Robert Moran covers this in the National Review.
He [Kerry] is opposed to the death penalty in general, though said after September 11 he supported the death penalty for terrorist acts. In 1989, he voted against the death penalty for terrorists who kill Americans abroad.
Hmmmm, against the death penalty for terrorists who kill Americans abroad. Like in Lockerbie?
How about Leon Klinghoffer?
Like the USS Cole?
Like the embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar-Es-Salaam?
Remember, this is the man who wants us to believe that he's going to hunt down the terrorists and kill them.
Swift Boat Vets Mini-Documentaries
You can watch them here. I'll let you guess which one's my favorite. (Hint: Visions of sugar plums really do dance in your head).
Don't forget, you can now watch Stolen Honor for free!
The Next Senator from South Dakota
Make it happen!
Steyn Bets His Column
In one of those brilliant articles for which he has become justly famous, Mark Steyn says he'll resign his column if Bush fails to win.
As is typical with Steyn, I started out by clipping one paragraph, then saw another one that was just perfect, and a third that was better still. Go read it all, and be sure to note that there are three pages to this one--mucho Steyn fantastico! Here's his prediction:
My sense is that the 2002 model is still operative, and that the Democrats and the media, talking to each other in their mutually self-deluding cocoon, have overplayed the Bush-bashing. Next Tuesday the President will win the states he won last time, plus Iowa, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Maine’s Second Congressional District to put him up to 301 electoral votes. Minnesota? Why not? Nudge him up to 311 electoral votes. Oh, and what the hell, give him Hawaii: that’s 315. The Republicans will make a net gain of two seats in the Senate, one of which will bring with it the scalp of the Democrats’ leader, Tom Daschle. Despite distancing himself from Kerry and running ads showing him and Bush embracing, Daschle’s floundering in South Dakota, and his lugubrious mien will be even more lugubriouser within the week. Look for a handful of Republican House gains, too. And Democrats tearing their hair out — or John Kerry’s and John Edwards’s hair, if they can penetrate the styling gel.
Let's hope Steyn's writing these columns for many years to come!
Kerry Down in Florida, Pennsylvania
Quinnipiac says President Bush is leading by 3 in the Sunshine State by 2 in Penn's Woods.
We Did It!
Here's the text of an email I received from the Swiftees this morning:
We did it! Thanks to wonderful citizens such as you, we have raised enough money to get our message into Pennsylvania. Our ads started playing this morning.
The importance of this cannot be understated. We have obtained an email from the Kerry campaign which proves his campaign has been actively blocking the ability of the POWs to have their video Stolen Honor played. Three different venues have been booked in the Philadelphia area, and in each instance, the facility cancelled after various threats. It just seems so unfair to us that a man like Michael Moore can readily have his video viewed, but men who were imprisoned for several years by the Vietnamese, such as Congressional Medal of Honor winner Bud Day, would be blocked from the same activity.
You can now view this video by going to www.StolenHonor.com.
We will keep you posted. And, thank you again for your help.
Thank you, Swiftees! We are completely humbled by the thought that we have played a tiny part in helping your efforts this year!
Chris at Kerry Waffles has done it again! (Choose Open). This is one of his funniest films yet. If you've been hanging out at KH for awhile, you'll recognize some of the photos, and a lot of the anecdotes. Remember Kerry claiming that he learned his first swear words by riding on a tractor? Or how he had to learn to swear in Italian in order to get food?
Great job, Chris!
Deaniacs Trying to Prop Up Deanosaur Daschle
You can smell the desperation and fear in this email:
Last month Governor Dean asked all of the Democracy for America community to focus on South Dakota and help Tom Daschle combat the vicious campaign being waged against him. They rallied.
Now is the time for you, in South Dakota, to help us finish the job.
The coming days will be essential to our success. You are on the ground - you have the opportunity to talk to voters and get them to the polls on Tuesday. Please help do that:
Hundreds of thousands of Dean supporters across the country care about this race. Not only because Tom Daschle is a good man and a good senator, but because the kind of campaign that his opponent has run should not be rewarded.
Their strategy has been clear from the beginning: brutal attacks and huge distortions designed to keep people from voting. And it has only gotten worse as they have grown more desperate. John Thune and right-wing groups have spent more than $7 million on TV commercials slamming Tom Daschle - that's over $20 for every voter in the last election.
The only way to counter this barrage is to get out the vote:
The only way to counter this kind of negative campaign is with volunteers on the ground. Tom is ahead right now thanks to the help of the largest field organization that has ever been assembled in South Dakota. Dedicated staff and volunteers are making personal, direct contact with voters to make sure they know the facts.
The rest of us are relying on you to make an impact on this race. Talk to your friends and neighbors to make sure they know what's at stake. Volunteer at one of Tom's field offices. We cannot afford to rest because turnout will decide this election - our victory will depend on your efforts to get people to the polls.
Campaign Manager, Sen. Tom Daschle
Executive Director, Democracy for America
Those brutal attacks and vicious distortions mostly consist of using Tom Daschle's liberal record against him in a very conservative state.
Let's make sure that Tom Daschle says "I'm very disappointed" next Tuesday night!
Crush Kerry Says Thanks
We're holding back on our big thank you post, but Crush Kerry's posted theirs.
Crush Kerry has been one of our biggest supporters, and we really appreciate the work Patrick Hynes and the Mystery Partner have done to expose Le Fraude and promote our little blog. They're the first site I check in the morning, because I know that their posts are of excellent quality, by writers who know politics.
As an example of the latter, consider this post, about how Kerry's campaign, which has been built on lies, is finally going down with the big NYTrogate falsehood. And remember, Crush Kerry is not going away after Nuancy Boy gets the steamroller treatment on Tuesday; they will become the Ankle-Biting Pundits.
Here's a superb post on that issue at a fairly new blog called Let's Try Freedom.
He also is on record as saying that faith without works is dead. So obviously he has to do something to implement that faith-based opposition to abortion, right? If I am really, strongly opposed to something bad, but I think people have a right to do it anyway, what will my actions be? It seems to me that I will take action to mitigate the bad thing, as much as possible.
That is a very smart post. Of course, Kerry's stated opposition to abortion is like the goose-hunting outfit he wore last week: Camouflage. Robert's points as to what Kerry would be doing if he really had a moral center prove it.
Thursdays 'R' for Thune
Last chance, folks. I've got an email from the Deaniacs that I'll post a little later; short version is that they know Kerry's going down and they want to prevent him from dragging Tom Daschle with him. If you want to disappoint Tom, click here to contribute to John Thune.
Vote for Bush to Annoy His Enemies
This is a pretty good article.
But above all, in this oppositional sort of age, when it is often easier to be defined by what one is against rather than what one is for, I have to say it is his enemies who most justify Mr Bush’s re-election.
The list of those whose world could be truly rocked on Tuesday is just too long and too rich to be ignored. If you think for a moment about those who would really be upset by a second Bush term, it becomes a lot easier to stomach.
The hordes of the bien-pensant Left in the universities and the media, the sort of liberals who tolerate everything except those who disagree with them. Secularist elites who disdain religiosity except when it comes from Muslim fanatics. Europhile Brits who drip contempt for everything their country has ever done and long for its disappearance into a Greater Europe.Absurd, isolationist conservatives in America and Britain who think the struggles for freedom are always someone else’s fight. Hollywood sybarites and narcissists, self-appointed arbiters of a nation’s morals.
Soft-headed Europeans who think engagement and dialogue with mass murderers is the way to achieve lasting peace. French intellectuals for whom nothing has gone right in the world since 1789.
The United Nations, which, if it had its multilateral way, would still be faithfully minding a world in which half the population lived under or in fear of Soviet aggression. Most of Belgium.
Above all, of course, Middle Eastern militants. If your bitterest enemies are the sort of people who hack the heads off unarmed, innocent civilians, then I would say you are probably doing something right.
This may sound petty. It is not. This constellation of individuals, parties and institutions has very little in common other than the fact that it has contrived to be wrong on just about every important issue of my adult lifetime.
And so, perhaps for the wrong reasons, perhaps less because he has been right and more because those who hate him so much have been so wrong, I want this President re-elected.
Go on America. Make Their Day.
POISON PEN PALS UPDATE
DINKINS AIDE LOSES OHIO
October 27, 2004 -- IT turns out that a former New Yorker, one-time David Dinkins press rep Albert Scardino, is behind the stunts that have embarrassed Britain's looney-left newspaper, The Guardian. Scardino is executive editor of the paper, which launched an ill-advised letter-writing campaign to convince Ohioans to vote for John Kerry. The Guardian abandoned the effort last week when it became clear Americans don't like being told how to vote by foreigners and that the campaign was helping rev up the GOP base for Bush. Republican National Committee's Christine Iverson told The Post: "Now if only we could get the French to organize a letter-writing campaign for Kerry." This week, the paper had to apologize when a George Bush-bashing columnist wrote: "John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr., where are you now that we need you?" Scardino, 55, had a tempestuous 14-month stint in City Hall, which started badly in 1990 when he told the press corps never to address the mayor as "Dave" but always "Mr. Dinkins." He was later quoted in Vanity Fair gloating that City Hall was no longer run by "tired old Jewish men." Scardino, a former New York Times reporter, denied making the remark.
Curt Schilling, Two-Time World Series Hero: Vote for Bush!
From Good Morning America today:
GIBSON: "Well, well said, Curt and Shonda. You both have certainly lifelong membership now in the Red Sox nation. It was a great thing to watch, and I think everybody – whether they were great Red Sox fans or not — had to admire what this team did. It was extraordinary, and one of the great stories of sport. And sport always produces such great stories. Curt, Shonda, great to have you with us. Congratulations."
SCHILLING: "And make sure you tell everybody to vote, and vote Bush next week."
One of my favorite ballplayers, because of his dedication. His support for the President is just icing on the cake.
Hat Tip: Kerry Spot