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
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Power Line reports that Kerry's got problems coming his way
Kerry's Continuing Lies
Joshua Muravchik has a must-read piece
in the Weekly Standard.
JOHN KERRY SAYS HE IS "PROUD" of his activities in opposition to the Vietnam War. Why, then, have he and his spokesmen consistently misrepresented them? Indeed the Kerry camp has been so effective in obscuring this history that both the New York Times and the Washington Post were forced to run corrections on the subject recently because their reporters relied on misinformation that the Kerry camp had succeeded in putting into wide circulation.
When the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth unveiled the fourth in their series of television ads--this one accusing Kerry of having "secretly met with the enemy" in Paris--both papers went into full debunking mode. The Post ran 600 words under the headline: "Ad Says Kerry 'Secretly' Met With Enemy; But He Told Congress of It." The story explained that the Swifties were "referring to a meeting Kerry had in early 1971 with leaders of the communist delegation that was negotiating with U.S. representatives at the Paris peace talks. The meeting, however, was not a secret. Kerry . . . mentioned it in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in April of that year."
The next morning the Post ran a correction. The previous day's story, it noted, "incorrectly said that John F. Kerry met with a Vietnamese communist delegation in Paris in 1971. The meeting was in 1970." The correction did not acknowledge, however, that this apparently minor error invalidated the entire point of the Post's impeachment of the Swifties' ad. Kerry's visit to Paris took place in
or around May 1970, eleven months before his Foreign Relations Committee testimony. In other words, his meeting with the Communists (while he was still a reserve officer in the U.S. Navy) appears to have been kept secret for nearly a year.
Muravchik notes that in fact, Kerry met with the Communists at least twice, and that when Kerry claimed to have met with "both sides" at the Paris peace talks, what he means is that he met with both Communist sides (the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong).
Great article, worth reading to the end.
Kerry on Crime
Tevita's Greatest Hits
From "Shove it!" to "Idiots", they're all here
Zarqawi Wins With Kerry
That's the conclusion
of Charles Moore.
But he [President Bush] has got the big idea. There is a global problem with Islamism. There is a problem of alliances between bad states and terror organisations that reach beyond state boundaries. There is an almost universal rottenness in the politics of the Arab world. There is an atrocious weakness or, as the UN oil-for-food scandal shows, worse than weakness, in many of the Western nations and international organisations that are supposed to help guarantee our security. And it is the duty of the most powerful nation on earth to do something about it.
The only big free country that has retained the untrammelled capacity to decide for itself has been decisive. The greatest terrorist hope about America - that it was not serious - has gone. And a huge, partly covert programme has begun to catch our foes and make us safer. It tempts fate to say it, but it is not mere chance that neither Britain nor America has suffered terrorist attack since 2001.
50 Reasons for George W. Bush
Grab your hankie and go here
James Webb, author of, "Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America," argues that the Scots-Irish are the GOP's secret weapon
The Scots-Irish are derived from a mass migration from Northern Ireland in the 1700s, when the Calvinist "Ulster Scots" decided they'd had enough of fighting Anglican England's battles against Irish Catholics. One group settled initially in New Hampshire, spilling over into modern-day Vermont and Maine. The overwhelming majority--95%--migrated to the Appalachians in a series of frontier communities that stretched from Pennsylvania to northern Alabama and Georgia. They eventually became the dominant culture of the South and much of the Midwest.
True American-style democracy had its origins in this culture. Its values emanated from the Scottish Kirk, which had thrown out the top-down hierarchy of the Catholic Church and replaced it with governing councils made up of ordinary citizens. This mix of fundamentalist religion and social populism grew from a people who for 16 centuries had been tested through constant rebellions against centralized authority. The Scots who headed into the feuds of 17th-century Ulster, and then into the backlands of the American frontier, hardened further into a radicalism that proclaimed that no man had a duty to obey a government if its edicts violated his moral conscience.
Matched with this rebelliousness was a network of extended family "clans," still evident among the Scots-Irish, built on an egalitarianism that measured a person by their own code of honor, courage, loyalty and audacious leadership. Noted Scottish professor T.C. Smout said it best when he observed that these relationships were "compounded both of egalitarian and patriarchal features, full of respect for birth while being free from humility." They demanded strong leaders, but would never tolerate one who considered himself above his fellows. Andrew Jackson, the first president of Scots-Irish descent, forever changed the style of American politics, creating a movement that even today is characterized as Jacksonian democracy.
The Scots-Irish comprised a large percentage of Reagan Democrats, and contributed heavily to the "red state" votes that gave Mr. Bush the presidency in 2000. The areas with the highest Scots-Irish populations include New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, northern Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, northern Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, southern Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and parts of California, particularly Bakersfield. The "factory belt," especially around Detroit, also has a strong Scots-Irish mix.
I am not Scottish; I am only half Irish and half black (I guess I am on of the Black Irish) so I don't know if this is particularly true--but I like the regions he's quoting because a lot of them will decide this election. He also states that this is a culture that will vote their morals and not their pocketbook (i.e., they cannot be bought).
The New Tet Offensive
Peter Brown from the Orlando Sentinal writes:
Be clear about this: Al-Qaeda & Co. are campaigning for votes, just as Bush and Kerry are.Read why.
MORE MSM MELTDOWN
points us to the Daily Recyler
with another Chrissy Matthews style meltdown on MSNBC. It is UNREAL:
Quick Wit and Quick Feet
Watch as Ann fakes out the pie throwers with moves better than most NFL halfbacks.
THE COMPANY THEY KEEP
The Axis of Evil Endorsement
By Ben Johnson
“You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.” – Joseph Conrad in the novel Lord Jim.
Months after John Kerry boasted of having received secret endorsements from anonymous foreign leaders around the world, many of the gaps have been filled in. The leaders of the world have weighed in on the 2004 presidential election . Let’s run down the list of nations supporting each candidate:
In all, it appears those nations most opposed to the War on Terrorism – including the remaining two members of the Axis of Evil – endorse the foreign policies of the Left, which they see embodied in the person of John Kerry. On the other hand, those nations historically friendly to the United States back President George W. Bush. It is significant that those nations under the greatest terrorist threat – Russia, the Philippines, Israel and (if one counts nuclear threats from North Korea) Japan – all favor the aggressive policy of taking the war to the terrorists pursued by the Bush administration. If we do not wish to share their peril, we would do well to heed their advice to reject the discredited, defeatist foreign policies of the Left.
It may be 2004 instead of 1775, and the weapons of choice may be computers and pens instead of muskets and bayonets, but the leftwing British newspaper, The Guardian, has come close to igniting another revolution with their letter writing campaign in hopes of swinging our election to their purpose. Check out the 2nd article; is it legal for “electoral officials” to sell those names and addresses?
BRIT BUSH-BASH BID BACKFIRES
LEFT-leaning British newspaper the Guardian has abandoned its disastrous letter-writing campaign to persuade voters in the crucial swing state of Ohio to vote for John Kerry after the stunt backfired, driving angry voters into the arms of President Bush instead.
Some 14,000 Guardian readers, including best-selling novelist John Le Carre, fired off letters and e-mails to voters in Clark County, Ohio, asking them to vote for Kerry. But recipients were outraged and deluged the paper's Web site with complaints, hacked into their computer system, and signed up to volunteer for Bush.
The e-mails received by the Guardian, which are posted on the newspaper's Web site, include some choice anglophobic insults, including these highlights:
* "Have you not noticed that Americans don't give two [bleeps] what Europeans think of us? Brush your goddamned teeth, you filthy animals."
* "Keep your Limey hands off our election. Remember the Revolutionary War of 1776? We didn't want you or your politics here — that's why we kicked your [bleeps] out."
* "Real Americans aren't interested in your pansy-[bleep], tea-sipping opinions. If you want to save the world, begin with your own worthless corner of it."
* "Hey, England, Scotland and Wales, mind your own business. We don't need weenie-spined Limeys meddling in our presidential election. If it wasn't for America, you'd all be speaking German. Butt out!!!"
* "You radical left-wingers are worse than the Taliban. I suggest you stand back and take a good hard look at yourselves. When do you propose to add Michael Moore to your staff of lunatics? Perhaps there is something wrong with you. Perhaps it is your teeth."
* "As a U.S. citizen, I want to advise you that you and anyone that participates in subverting the U.S. presidential election can be criminally charged and perhaps even charged as spies."
Jason Mauk, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party, told PAGE SIX'S Tom Sykes: "The British are our loyal allies, but voters in Clark County are outraged at this tacky publicity stunt conducted by an anti-Bush publication to manipulate the vote in Ohio. It has backfired miserably and fired up our base. The Guardian did us a big favor."
8 Was selling that list legal?
World writes to undecided voters
The Guardian's campaign to target undecided voters in a key swing state in the US presidential elections has attracted more than 10,000 responses, as well earning the ire of the conservative media.
By 6pm yesterday, 11,658 people had contacted the newspaper from around the world, after it encouraged readers in Britain to write with their thoughts on the election to voters in Clark county, Ohio. In the 2000 election, George Bush lost the county by 1% - equivalent to 324 votes.
The Guardian promised to give emailers the names and addresses of unaffiliated voters, from a list purchased from electoral officials. In its launch article on Thursday, it urged: "Remember that it's unusual to receive a lobbying letter from someone in another country."
The paper will match voters with only one reader. No voter should get more than one letter.
Most of the requests for addresses came from Britain, but some arrived from elsewhere, including France, China, Brazil, Eritrea and the US.
8 Redundant, maybe, but I just LOVE the title!
Dear Limey assholes
Last week G2 launched Operation Clark County to help readers have a say in the American election by writing to undecided voters in the crucial state of Ohio. In the first three days, more than 11,000 people requested addresses. Here is some of the reaction to the project that we received from the US.
If I Were the King of the World, Tell You What I'd Do
Kerry reaches pathetic
Kerry: I Would Have Killed Bin Laden
No, John. You and the CIA man would have sailed up the Mekong into Cambodia, then you would have transferred to an Israeli fighter jet to do a few aerial maneuvers, then you would have run the Boston Marathon through the hills of Pakistan, had a very moving encounter with an 18-point goat, put on your magic hat and been catapulted through the air like VC the flying dog, and then
you would have killed Bin Laden! But you would have done it with a .50 caliber machine gun, and been hauled up before the World Court, convicted and given a lifelong sentence to negotiate peace treaties between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Even His Daughter Senses The End
Time: Bush by Five
Bush’s approval rating has risen to 53%, with 44% saying they disapprove of how he is handling his job. That is a four-point improvement over just last week, when Bush’s negatives were even with his positives. In last week’s TIME poll, the President’s approval rating was at 49% approving and 49% disapproving of the way he was handling his job.
We gotta convert the poll numbers to actual votes, but once that's done we're going to win. Our buddy Paul's Bush Haters blog will live on; this blog will wither and die. :)
Through the Past, Darkly
KH is now almost 7 months old. And since it's never going to get to be 8 months old, we've got to do the retrospective now.
The first post to Kerry Haters was on February 28, 2004
In those first links were Mickey Kaus
, a link to story in the Village Voice attacking Kerry on POW/MIA issues
, the first inklings of Kerry's weirdness with being stuck in the past. Tevita was caught with $1 million of Wal-Mart stock, and we asked if Kerry was the Manchurian candidate.
In our second week we raged
about Kerry's amazing interview with the New York Times
On Colin Powell:
I don't know what they let Powell do or not do.
I hear they make him sit in the back of Air Force One and raise his hand in cabinet meetings if he has to go to the bathroom. That sort of thinking goes over big with the idiot left, but Kerry seems to have the idiot left in his back pocket. He needs to appeal to the sensible center and the moderate right, and stupid comments like that show how whores think everybody else is a whore.
I think Powell, I'm not sure they didn't lock the keys to the airplane up sometimes.
Some statements require no rebuttal, just airing.
Overall, I found the comments on Powell to be borderline racist. Why in the world would he think that Colin Powell would put up with anything less than the full power and respect due his office? Colin Powell doesn't need the job. He could have 50 times the money and almost as much power in the private sector.
(Pat speaking again in October: This interview really got me angry at Kerry. I have enormous respect for Colin Powell and Kerry obviously sees him as a flunky.)
And in a link to a classic column by Mark Steyn
, Kerry Haters adopts the nickname
Nuancy Boy for Senator Kerry. Although we have used many, many nicknames for Kerry, this has been the most durable.
More Kerry Haters Greatest Hits coming up!
Friday, October 22, 2004
For Women Only
I want to hear what you think of this jacket.
The Campaign Figures Out What to Do With Tevita
It's in the caption to this picture:
Teresa Heinz Kerry, right, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is greeted by campaign worker Jan Bryson as she makes a surprise visit to the Georgia Democratic Party headquarters Friday, Oct. 22, 2004 in Atlanta.
"I've got an idear, honey. Why don't you go to all the states that we have no chance of winning."
Kerry Haters: Over 200,000 Served
Just noticed that on the site meter. Thanks to our visitors, our commenters, and those who've provided us with links to great articles. Thanks to those who link to us. Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for plugging us on his show back in August for breaking the Christmas in Cambodia story; that really sent the traffic meter spinning and resulted in a couple of articles which mentioned Kerry Haters, including one in the Weekly Standard.
Thanks especially to Aaron and Kitty for their wonderful posts.
It is exciting to sit down to write and know that thousands of people are going to read my words, and that some of you are going to respond personally in the comments. Blogging proves what I've always suspected, that there are plenty of writers who could draw an audience if the usual filter (newspaper and magazine editors) were removed.
Some have expressed dismay that KH will close its doors on November 3. First of all, we'll leave the blog as it is; I'm quite proud of what we've done here and see no need to bury it. Second, we will not stop blogging, we'll just stop blogging on Jean Fraude Kerry as he is going to go back to being the junior, more liberal, poorer swimming, Senator from Massachusetts. And we'll go back to being Aaron
, ordinary citizen bloggers in this great nation of ours. Both Aaron and Kitty have thriving blogs. Mine was put aside largely since the summer although I have begun posting there again. It will be more political than it is now after the election, but far less political than this blog. However, we'll probably all still be posting Digital Brownshirts News along with Wild Bill and others. None of us is going away, it's just that Kerry is going away as an interesting topic, much like the Athens Olympics.
The Un-American President
Forget Iraq. Forget taxes. Forget flu shots and flip flops and Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter (that is, if the Kerry campaign will let you).
You want to know why America isn’t going to elect John Kerry our next president? Because the guy’s just too weird.
Now, before all you Kerry supporters toss this aside and go back to your transcripts of NPR’s All Things Considered — please, hear me out. I’m not saying there is anything necessarily wrong with John Kerry as a person. I’m really not even trying to insult him … not at the moment, anyway. He’s just, well, odd. Different. Leaving all references to patriotism aside, he’s not very American.
I don’t know when it first occurred to me that John Kerry is too weird to be our president, but it may have been when I read in the New York Times that one of his homes is a 15th-century English farmhouse. Like, from England. It was moved to an Idaho ski resort brick by brick.
Kerry travels there from his 23-room townhouse in Georgetown (or his 18th-century Boston manor, his palatial estate in Pittsburgh) by flying on a private jet
with gold-plated fixtures in its two
John Kerry: Friend Of The Workin’ Man!
And how many multi-millionaires do you know who have never had an actual job? Wait — how many millionaires do you know
That’s my point. John Kerry doesn’t represent any wing, sect, or base of the greater American
John Kerry is the ’60s peace activist who brags about his combat experience
John Kerry is the anti-war candidate who voted to go to war in Iraq. He’s the “internationalist” who believes we should only use force after passing a global test, but who voted against the first Gulf War and its international coalition.
John Kerry is the Catholic who believes life begins at conception, but who supports partial birth abortion. He’s the ACLU liberal who fears the influence of the Christian Right, but spends his Sundays campaigning from the pulpits of black churches.
John Kerry is the life-long advocate of gun control who never misses a chance to wave a shotgun over his head, even when it’s a style of shotgun he’s voted to ban.
John Kerry is the guy who says the wealthy don’t pay enough in taxes, but who paid just 12.5 percent in federal income taxes last year. The average working American family paid around 20 percent.
And that’s just the political John Kerry — the John Kerry who speaks French while campaigning in Florida. The personal John Kerry is even more bizarre.
He’s a guy who hunts, but hunts pheasant. He’s a guy who’s an athlete, but he windsurfs and thinks the Green Bay Packers play at “Lambert Field.” He constantly talks about how it’s the president’s duty to create jobs, but he’s never created one. And he’s a guy who constantly attacks President Bush for being a wealthy elitist, while he and Teresa are snacking on paté and foie gras.
And speaking of Teresa …
Are we really prepared to have the Heinz-Kerrys appearing on our TV sets night after night? Would you ever want them as
For example, in the last debate, Kerry gets asked a question about the strong women in his life, meaning his wife and daughters, but instead talks about his mom. His mom? Then again, if you were married to one of the lost Gabor sisters, you wouldn’t want to talk about it, either.
Even stranger, however, was Kerry’s claim that, when he told his dying mother that he planned to run for president, her words to him from her deathbed were “Integrity, integrity, integrity.” Not “I love you” or “Your father would have been so proud.” Just “integrity.” Setting aside speculation about why she felt her son needed that specific encouragement, what kind of mom is that? What kind of family is it?
Look, everybody has their little quirks and oddities. My irrational affectations could keep the psych program at USC’s medical school busy for an entire semester. But at every turn, in every arena, John Kerry is the man who doesn’t fit.
Forget Democrat vs. Republican:
Why would anyone want this guy to be
Well, the French would. And the Germans. And Yasser Arafat. And the anti-Semitic former president of Malaysia. And, according to one poll, the citizens of every surveyed country except Russia and Israel.
All of which lends credence to the idea that John Kerry might make an excellent president … of the United Nations.
But of America? No way.
Blacks for Bush--Growing Segment
Our longtime-no-see commenter Gary and the Samoyeds asked a very intelligent question in my post below
about blacks supposedly polling twice as strong for President Bush:
How are the polls on the black vote doing versus the POLLS (not results) of 2000? I have read that Bush was making similar poll numbers in 2000, yet did very poorly on the actual election.
As it happens, Clarence Page makes an observation
about that which I just caught this evening although the article is a couple days old:
Also on Tuesday, a poll with a much larger sample of black voters was released by the Washington-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a leading think tank on black-oriented issues. It showed a very similar African-American boost for the Bush-Cheney ticket: 18 percent versus 69 for Kerry and 2 percent for Nader.
Since the center's poll proved remarkably prescient in the 2000 presidential election, showing 9 percent black support for Bush (only 1 point short of what the ticket actually received), I wondered if a virtual black blowout for Bush was on the way.
Now I should mention one small problem with the notion that we know how blacks voted in 2000. How do we know? By exit polling. But of course, exit polling also told the media that Al Gore won Florida by a wide enough margin to call it early, a result that was not borne out in the actual tabulation. And who would be likely to underreport voting for George Bush? Black people, right? Of course, if you carry that a step further, it could indicate that that the current polls are underestimating Bush's support. At any rate, there does seem to be strong evidence that Bush is doing significantly better among blacks than in 2000 in polls. And good to hear from you again, Gary, say hi to the samoyeds for us!
This Just In... George McGovern Announces He Actually Won in 1972, Begins Setting Up Transition Team
How else can you interpret this nonsense
Unlike the former vice-president, who lost a recount fight and the 2000 election, Kerry will be quick to declare victory on election night and begin defending it. He also will be prepared to name a national security team before knowing whether he's secured the presidency.
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.
Republican Like Me
Back in the 1950s there was a book and movie called "Black Like Me", about a white writer who wore makeup in order to appear black, so he could experience discrimination firsthand. Great idea, very influential book.
Well, Richard Rushfield decided to try that experiment, but updated for the new millenium. First, he dressed up in Kerry duds (shirt, button and tote bag) and ventured into Newport Beach and Bakersfield, two very Republican areas. Virtually no reaction. Then he dons Bush/Cheney wear
, and heads into liberal lalaland.
You've got to read it. :)
Feingold vs. Michels
Watch the debate live on C-Span 2 tonight at 8pm.
Watch Stolen Honor Tonight
Ricky has the link to download the film and watch it
9-11 Panelist Says bin Laden Located
But Lehman notes sending troops would provoke 'another Vietnam'...read more here.
I say, nuke the area and ask questions later...
Grassroots Voter Registration
From the people who brought you crack for registration
comes the next big thing, courtesy of Cadet Happy.
Windows broken at Bush Campaign HQ in Portland
Mekong Delta Blues
Captain Ed has a very funny song parody here
Watch Stolen Honor for Free!
, Carlton Sherwood is going to allow you to watch Stolen Honor
for free, now that Sinclair has caved on televising the complete movie tonight.
Let me strongly urge anybody who's still on the fence to watch this film. You won't be casting your vote for Kerry if you watch this movie with an open mind. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. It's only 40 minutes and if you're like me, you'll watch it twice.
BTW, any volunteers to watch the show Sinclair is putting on? I'd love to have a report on the program but they don't own any stations in Arizona.
Brothers In Arms?
Photoshop creation by KH reader Mr EMT
Kerry's IQ Lower than President Bush's?
That's the conclusion of Steve Sailer
, who takes a very detailed look at the question.
So, if you take the average of Bush's percentile scores on the three composites most similar to the test Kerry took, Bush scored at the 67th percentile, a little better than Kerry's 50th percentile.
Hat Tip: Michael Pollard
Flipper Flips on Patriot Act
Well, his anti-Patriot Act stance didn't seem to be winning him any votes, so now The New-Wonk of Nuance is saying
it doesn't go far enough.
Kerry and other Democrats who once called the law, which gives the federal government sweeping powers to fight terrorism in the U.S., a threat to the Constitution are now praising it.
And why not? All the kooks who hate the Patriot Act are already voting for Kerry. One almost expects Kerry to say that if elected, he'll keep John Ashcroft as Attorney General.
Your Money at Work
This should bring a smile
to everybody's lips.
The group, a 527 organization representing more than 250 Swift Boat veterans who served in Vietnam with Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry along with a number of the American POW's held captive by the North Vietnamese, said it had purchased $3.2 million in TV time in Florida and $1.5 million in Ohio for ads that will run beginning Friday.
Thanks to the Swiftees
for all they've done, both back in Vietnam, and in this election season. I'd like to believe that President Bush would have won without their help, but I don't think there's any doubt they have helped enormously. They certainly had much more of an impact than the cows over at Moo-On. And thanks to all of you who (like me) were able to contribute financially to their efforts.
As I was preparing this post, an email came in from the Swiftees, which I reproduce here:
Right now, we are only able to afford to air ads in two states. We need to at least get into Pennsylvania. If all of our email contributors simply repeat 75% of their first contribution, we can do it. And if you have thought about giving but have yet to do so, this is it. We need your help now. Most of us survived on Navy pay, so we know how difficult this might be. But, we also know how important it is. Help us get into Pennsylvania. Without your help, we will have to abandon any advertising in this state.
To give, simply click on the link below
We can also receive checks through the postal service at:
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth
C/O Weymouth Symmes, Treasurer
P.O. Box 26184
Alexandria, VA 22313
Swift Vets and POWs for Truth is an independent group under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate for public office. Contributions to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal tax law requires us to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of each individual whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Therefore, please be sure to provide us with this information so that we can satisfy our reporting requirements.
Thank you again for your support of the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth.
Roy Hoffman, Admiral, USN, (retired)
As always when I ask you for money, I clicked on the link and donated myself ($25). Please let me know in the comments if you donate; you cannot imagine how good it makes us feel to know that folks donated to these fine men thanks to our efforts. We don't do this blog for money ourselves, we do it to help our country make the right choice. Ditto with the Swiftees, who have taken tremendous abuse at the hands of the media. Let's get these ads on the air in PA!
Paying the Debt
Our buddy Bill over at Small Town Veteran has a simple request
Let's give the Vietnam Veterans the respect they earned! Welcome home, Bill; I hope we can say it in another way Tuesday after next.
Just the Money, Honey
THE FINAL LAP
What We Will See in the Final Days of 2004 Election
The trend was all Bush. But in a few national polls like Reuters and AP, Kerry has shown some movement. This is disconcerting to some people "on the outside" whose moods depend on the latest poll numbers. So we spoke to a veteran GOP consultant who has been around the block a few times to see if this is something we should be worried about.
So what’s the bottom line?
“In the next couple of days you will see a trend that shows Kerry taking a small but consistent lead against President Bush. I’m talking one or two points. And then …”
Don’t forget CrushKerry’s Observations on the News!
That's what the NRA says Kerry
Consider the real meaning of Kerry's latest gun control votes, which came in March when he broke his perfect record of Senate absenteeism to make his first votes of 2004— specifically to kill NRA-backed legislation that would have ended the ongoing plague of purely punitive, malicious lawsuits designed to bankrupt the law-abiding firearms trade in America. Those suits, virtually all of which have been thrown out of court, have cost consumers—hunters—literally hundreds of millions of dollars.
Don't forget, this is just camouflage. As Vice President Cheney said yesterday, an "October disguise".
Senator Kerry, You're No Ronald Reagan
I had the impression I linked this last week, but this commercial
is worth linking twice.
Hat Tip: Longtime KH contributor Brent
Integrity, Integrity, Integrity
His mom should have said, "Keep your shoes off the table!"
Note as well, the position of honor where Kerry has his Red Sox cap.
Victor Davis Hanson On Terroresa!
His article at NRO is an outstanding summary of Kerry's March of Folly
. He tackles everything from Terroreza to Michael Moore. Here's his take on Bucketmouth:
"Drink up! I look better at closing time..." [credit erisaone]
Teresa Heinz Kerry started off as something of a novelty. Then she was praised as being refreshingly candid. But now? I wager that even handlers are more likely to grimace when she lectures, since she has the apparent ability to lose the election in a single moment. She tosses around slurs such as "shove it" and "scumbag" promiscuously, makes accusations of "un-Americanism," and yet, unlike the spouses of Edwards, Bush, or Cheney, finds it difficult to exude even forced public affection for her second husband.
Again, fairly or unfairly, her appearances almost reaffirm, rather than cast aside, the public's doubt that if Kerry was not a U.S. Senator and she not a billionaire, neither would have married each other — all a world away from the preferable American Gothic tandem of George and Laura. So despite her elegance, intelligence, wealth, and verve, Teresa Heinz Kerry throughout the campaign has proven to be a walking time bomb.
Mimicking Marie Antoinette, Ms. Heinz Kerry advises the hurricane refugees to go naked, asks who cares about Arizona, tosses out conspiracy theories about wars for oil and October surprises, and assures us that she counsels her husband on "everything" well outside women's issues — precisely what most of us suspected and thus feared. Add in her advice to "vote often," her praise in wartime for dissidents as the true patriots, and her earlier promises to tap her fortune if the campaign got rough and we are left with the image not of a kindhearted philanthropist (which she probably really is), but a headstrong, do-it-my-way heiress, using a deceased Republican's fortune to subsidize trendy Democratic causes while retaining the lifestyle of the true corporate capitalist.
No wonder she will not release her full tax records. And when she sneered that Laura Bush's past librarianship was not really a job, she had not a clue that most Americans would consider toiling in the public schools a far more difficult — and more rewarding — task than being a hostess to a billionaire, with plenty of time to brush-up on boutique causes and gripes. All that might sound harsh and terribly one-sided, but it is the image that she, not the media, created with the American voters, and it too contributes to the public's uneasiness with Kerry.
Charles Krauthammer Takes Kerry At His Word
And friends of Israel
should be quite upset.
In what currency, therefore, would we pay the rest of the world in exchange for their support in places such as Iraq? The answer is obvious: giving in to them on Israel.
Here's Sandy Burglar, explaining Kerry's foreign policy before he got caught with memos in his pants:
"As part of a new bargain with our allies, the United States must re-engage in . . . ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. . . . As we re-engage in the peace process and rebuild frayed ties with our allies, what should a Democratic president ask of our allies in return? First and foremost, we should ask for a real commitment of troops and money to Afghanistan and Iraq."
Get it? Back to the Clinton era, when Arafat was the most frequent visitor to the White House among foreign "leaders". Back to this:
And Down the Stretch They Come!
John Podhoretz seems to get a little carried away
with enjoyment of the horse race today.
Has there ever, ever, ever been an election as exciting as this one?
I really don't want excitement. I want to turn on the TV on the evening of November 2 knowing that our horse is crossing the finish line, while the other horse is stuck in the starting gate. Podhoretz does offer some encouragement on that score, via Gerry Daly and the Horserace Blog.
Gerry Daly of dalythoughts.com crunched some Harris Poll numbers to see what it would take for John Kerry to overtake President Bush due entirely to increased turnout. He found that Kerry will need 9.6 million new voters. And he doesn't mean new voters between the ages of 18-21 who've never been able to vote for president before. He means "nearly 10 million people, aged 22 and over, who did not vote in 2000 but are going to this year."
The Horserace Blog, meanwhile, uses a poll by the Center for Policy and Economic studies to look at the black vote: "According to this poll, Kerry is underperforming among blacks by roughly 14 percent of the vote, a statistically significant difference. What would that mean if these numbers hold for the next month?"
The answer: "If there were a perfect replay of Florida, Kerry's total would shrink by 122,312 votes. If there were a perfect replay of Ohio, Kerry's total would shrink by 62,207 votes (making Nader's absence on the ballot this year wholly irrelevant). If there were a perfect replay of Michigan, Kerry's total would shrink by 56,542 votes. If there were a perfect replay of the national vote, Kerry's total would shrink by 1,459,966. In other words, Bush would win the popular vote by about 1 million votes! John Kerry simply cannot win this election if he performs among blacks 14 percent worse than Gore did."
Hugh Hewitt's been pointing this out for awhile on his program. If Bush is doing significantly better in 2004 among African Americans (and there is polling suggesting he may double his black vote), and significantly better among women (he's close to dead even), then how in the world can this race be close? There aren't a whole bunch of white men switching to Kerry, right?
JOHN VICHY KERRY
FLUNKING THE FDR TEST
BY ERIC FETTMANN
"It's a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you're trying to lead and find there's no one there," Roosevelt lamented to one of his top advisers, Samuel Rosenman, back in 1937, back when war raged in Spain and Japan had invaded China.
But though he recognized that he was moving ahead even of U.S. public opinion, Roosevelt's response was not to pull back and simply hope and pray that the rest of the world would wake up and follow.
And no one ever accused FDR of not being a genuine leader.
Roosevelt's speech was meant not only to spur U.S. public opinion but also to bolster the resolve of Western European leaders — including the French — who believed that craven appeasement was the only way to deal with a brazen dictator like Adolf Hitler, who threatened regional and world security.
Not many in Europe were prepared to listen to Roosevelt: A year later, Britain and France brokered the Munich agreement, which dismembered Czechoslovakia and emboldened Hitler into believing that the West was not prepared to resist his advances.
In Iraq, John Kerry — who used to say that Saddam Hussein posed a genuine threat to America because he surely possessed weapons of mass destruction — would have imposed a "global test" before committing forces to protect U.S. security. In other words, he would not be prepared to act until nations like France and Germany gave the go-ahead.
Indeed, he stresses the infinite value of conversation — calling for "a summit of all our allies," much as he once begged the first President Bush to send someone to Baghdad in the firm belief that Saddam Hussein could be talked out of Kuwait.
"No," said [FDR], "conferences are out of the window. You never get anywhere with a conference."
Just as George W. Bush said to John Kerry: "I've never seen a meeting that would depose a tyrant or bring a terrorist to justice."
Kerry's approach mirrors that of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who declared this week that France, Germany and Russia are "serious and important governments" that would never allow themselves to be bought off by Iraqi oil money.
Yet, that is precisely what happened — as the Duelfer Report made so devastatingly clear. Saddam's scheme to purchase European support for ending international sanctions was well on its way to success. Once that was achieved, he had every intention of resuming his dormant WMD programs.
KERRY: FOR AMERICA? “UNEQUIVOCALLY NO”
Kerry: U.S. deaths justified if on U.N. mission
In 1994, senator said troops die in vain if it's part of unilateral effort
Ten years ago, Sen. John Kerry said the deaths of U.S. military personnel are justified if they are engaged in a United Nations effort, but not if they die while fighting in a unilateral operation.
The comment was made while discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, the Washington Post reported:
"If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no."
Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, has been critical of President Bush invading Iraq without the assistance and buy-in of certain European countries, even though the U.S.-led coalition includes over 30 nations.
Bush has criticized his opponent for his insistence that any U.S. military operation pass a "global test" before being conducted.
Kerry detractors have criticized what they characterize as his need to get U.N. permission to use military force.
"What it means, practically, is that you always go to the lowest common denominator," Tom Donnelly, a defense expert at the American Enterprise Institute, told the Post. "So whatever the least willing member of the coalition is willing to do, that defines the policy."
Hat tip Aaron!
"IN the Face of Evil: Reagan's War in Word and Deed" might stop John Kerry from dropping Ronald Reagan's name and trying to ride the Great Communicator's coattails. The documentary, which debuts in New York and D.C. on Oct. 29, focuses on how Kerry consistently voted in the U.S. Senate against almost everything Reagan was accomplishing. Reagan Cabinet members Cap Weinberger, Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Ed Meese have endorsed the film. It was Meese who was so outspokenly opposed to the dopey CBS miniseries, "The Reagans," which starred James Brolin as the 40th president.
THE VIOLENCE DEMS DO
Just another example of Dems’ utter frustration with their candidate. They know their goose is cooked.
Two Arrested for Hurling Pies at Columnist
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Two men ran onstage and threw custard pies at conservative columnist Ann Coulter as she was giving a speech at the University of Arizona, hitting her in the shoulder, police said.
University police arrested the men but did not release their identities.
In her half-hour speech Thursday night, Coulter trashed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and derided liberals and Democrats while saluting conservative students who attended her speech.
Coulter writes a column for Universal Press Syndicate. Her appearance was sponsored by the UA College Republicans.
To track the violence that Dems do, TrueBlueGal has a running list:
Terrorists Among Us
If you know of any other incidences, contact TrueBlue at firstname.lastname@example.org .
To keep track of voter fraud:
This topical archive was created to catalog news and blog coverage of election fraud and suspected election fraud from around the country and around the blogosphere during campaign 2004. If you wish to submit a news article or blog item, please send a link, date, source and summary to email@example.com .
Hat tip to L.dotter baja-ha
YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE
By George Neumayr
Since mainstream America finds the symbols of liberalism buffoonish, Democrats have to rely on the symbols of conservatism, even ones they normally disdain. To impress middle America, Kerry is donning all sorts of conservative camouflage, from hunting garb to retrieved war medals to his credentials as a former "prosecutor" and "altar boy."
It's as if Kerry, lacking substance of his own, needs the substance of conservatism to form any kind of identity.
Were liberalism presented to the American people in all of its irrationality and recklessness, the people would never vote for it.
(Kerry, always getting the wrong end of the stick, interprets the Second Amendment as a recreational perk. He doesn't want Reagan Democrats to use guns to kill criminals, but he will let them use guns to kill ducks.)
A gaffe for Kerry occurs not when he misstates his liberalism but when he states it. "Global test" is one of the few honest phrases to come out of Kerry's mouth in this campaign. His wife's "real job" gaffe is another rare moment of liberal candor in the race. She revealed what the Democrats had hoped to conceal -- the party's basic contempt for mothers who don't farm their children out to nannies and take advantage of Clinton's no-feminist-left-behind bills.
Which brings up the most outrageous Kerry camouflage of them all -- his sudden respect for God in government.
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH HIS INNER GIDDY
His excuse for being a lazy elitist:
'I'm still giddy over the Red Sox'
Kerry, campaigning near Boardman, Ohio, returned after a two-hour hunting trip wearing a camouflage jacket and carrying a 12-gauge shotgun, but someone else carried his bird.
"I'm too lazy," Kerry joked. "I'm still giddy over the Red Sox. It was hard to focus."
L.dotter Cisco put it to music (Bernstein would have been so proud):
Reply 5 - Posted by: Cisco, 10/22/2004 7:12:48 AM
I feel giddy,
Oh, so giddy,
I feel giddy and macho and bright!
And I pity
Any girly-man who isn't me tonight.
I feel charming,
Oh, so charming
It's alarming how charming I feel!
And so giddy
That I hardly can believe I'm real.
I feel stunning
Feel like running and dancing for joy,
For I'm running
With a pretty wonderful boy!
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Kerry Hears He's Down Six In Iowa
The Natives Call Him Bwana Badshot
Radioblogger has the scoop on Gandergate
Reuters: Kerry Down Five
They can't even rig the polls
enough any longer.
The telephone survey of likely voters from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20 showed 51 percent would vote for Bush and 46 percent for Kerry. Similar polls released on Tuesday and Wednesday also showed Bush with 51 percent and Kerry with 46 percent.
WHO WE SUPPORT
This site is dedicated to Hating Kerry; and from what we've seen on the left, hate comes easily. But we also support a very good man and I want to do a post to him.
I hate to admit it--but I have a passion and love for George W. Bush. I feel as though he sits next to me at my dinner table while I blog. There is NOTHING fake about this man. He is the only politician that has ever brought me to tears during a speech:
I have tried to comfort Americans who lost the most on Sept. 11th -- people who showed me a picture or told me a story, so I would know how much was taken from them. I have learned first-hand that ordering Americans into battle is the hardest decision, even when it is right. I have returned the salute of wounded soldiers, some with a very tough road ahead, who say they were just doing their job.
Words like that haven't left a Democrat's lips since John F. Kennedy.
I've held the children of the fallen, who are told their dad or mom is a hero, but would rather just have their dad or mom. And I have met with parents and wives and husbands who have received a folded flag, and said a final goodbye to a soldier they loved.
I am awed that so many have used those meetings to say that I am in their prayers -- to offer encouragement to me. Where does strength like that come from? How can people so burdened with sorrow also feel such pride? It is because they know their loved one was last seen doing good. Because they know that liberty was precious to the one they lost.
And in those military families, I have seen the character of a great nation: decent, and idealistic, and strong.
You know this man has exceptional character and a kind soul because God blessed him with a woman like Laura Bush.
And God has blessed us with George W. Bush in this time of turmoil; we should pray to thank Him and ask for Him to continue to bless us with four more years.
Bad News for Florida, Good News For USA
Al Gore's going to stump for Kerry
in Sunshine State. Sorry Floridians, just remember to vote Bush!
Kerry: Deploy Troops Only Under UN Banner
Is this really
that much of a surprise
Kerry's belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, "If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no."
Hat Tip: Kitty
Log Cabin "Republican" Political Director Worked For Edwards Campaign!
The Gay Patriot has a real scoop
here! Looks like the Log Cabin group has been infiltrated by Democrats.
Log Cabin's recent "non-endorsement" of President Bush based on "principle" is now also called into question. Is it possible that coordination between LCR and the Kerry-Edwards campaign intentionally engineered the "non-endorsement" as a way to suppress the votes this year of the supposed one million gay voters for Bush in 2000?
Finally, the news that Log Cabin's political director may in fact be a Democrat-in-disguise raises serious questions about the true agenda and judgment of the new national Log Cabin management team. Just this week, news broke that LCR National cancelled the charter of a local chapter because that chapter endorsed a Republican! How hypocritical since that decision was defended by none other than former John Edwards operative, Christopher Barron.
Hat Tip: Regular KH contributor Chuck (aka Phillies Fan)
Kerry Flu Faux
Lots of anger about this one as Kerry denounces
Vice President Cheney, who has had heart surgery in the past, even though former President Clinton got the shot as well.
Look, this is really simple. We hire people as Secret Service agents to protect the lives of our leaders. Why would we not protect them as much as possible from death via the flu? As far as I know, President Bush hasn't gotten the shot. He's a healthy man in excellent physical condition. But even if he had gotten the shot, so what? Is he supposed to pretend to be macho, like Kerry pretends with his ridiculous sports and hunting photo ops?
Kerry's an idiot. All he's doing with this stuff is angering the Republican base so they'll be motivated to go out and vote November 2 (those who haven't already voted).
(which also finished in John Hawkins' 40 favorite blogs)'s Patrick Hynes has a solid rebuttal
to an article at Independent Bias (?) listing three reasons to vote against President Bush.
Fausta has an excellent, links-rich post
on Kerry's problematic endorsements by thugs and dictators around the world.
Cadet Happy always has some amusing
photoshop efforts. I also like his captioning on this photo
Kids for Kerry, part II
Kids deserve more credit for their perception of things WND reports:
Former NBC newscaster Linda Ellerbee hosted a Nick News program last night announcing Kerry as this year's winner.
"Kids aren't dumb, they're just younger and shorter," she said, according to the Associated Press. "In fact, last election, a boy came up to me and said, 'We picked George Bush to win, and he didn't really win. Al Gore won the popular vote, so we were kinda wrong.' Quite an observation."
In addition to the national polls, local schools across America have been holding their own mini-elections, with students evoking strong stances for both candidates.
Fourth-graders in Kosciusko and Attala County, Miss., classrooms were recently asked their opinions.
Abortion was the key factor for Bush supporter Autumn Lewis, who told the Star-Herald, "I don't want a president who would kill children. That would end the world."
Dylan Pope told the paper he picked Kerry because "he'll make peace and let us do anything we want."
Here's An Amusing Endorsement of Kerry
From the Republicans for Kerry 04 website (which I believe is the one that turned out to be run by Democrats pretending
to be Republicans) comes this reassurance
to the Christian Right that they have nothing to fear from a Kerry Presidency:
Those who call themselves evangelical Christians should remember that Christianity thrived during one of the most brutal and immoral regimes in all of history: the Roman Empire. It was not until the conversion of the emperor Constantine in 312 AD that the persecutions stopped and that Christianity became the "official" religion of the empire.
So a Kerry administration would be brutal and immoral, but Christianity will thrive, so it's okay?
Teh-RAY-za Forgets the First Rule of Holes
Once you're in one, stop digging
Heinz Kerry later said she had forgotten Mrs. Bush's work as a librarian and teacher. In a statement, Heinz Kerry said she was "sincerely sorry" for forgetting that "important work in the past."
Many others have pointed out that this apparently demeans Mrs Bush's work raising her children. But I'm annoyed at the "in the past" bit. Mrs Bush is the First Lady, and anybody who doesn't think that's a job in and of itself, is nuts. How many public appearances does she have to make in the course of a year? I'd suspect it numbers in the hundreds. How many events does she hold in the White House? Probably dozens. Teh-RAY-za should be relieved that her husband is losing his bid, because from her actions and comments on the campaign trail, I don't think she has the temperament or resolve to be First Lady.
Thank You, John Hawkins!
John at Right Wing News put up his list of his current favorite 40 blogs
, and guess who checked in at #21? :)
We're thrilled at the selection, and as I wrote in his comments, let's all hope that Kerry Haters, Crush Kerry and The Kerry Spot don't appear on his top 40 after the election!
The Guardian Letters Start Arriving
The farce continues. We talked the other day
about how a major left-wing newspaper in England decided to get their readers to start a letter-writing campaign to the residents of Clark County, Ohio, urging them to vote for Kerry instead of Bush.
The letters have started to arrive
, and the residents of Clark County are not amused.
Across town, Beverly Coale and her elderly mother, Thelma Arnold, received a letter from Neil Evans from Kent. Heeding the Guardian's pleas to "be courteous", he began gently: "Please act now to preserve your once-great name internationally. We know the majority of you didn't vote for Bush the first time around."
Less happily, Mr Evans concluded that another Bush victory would so anger the world that Americans would have to "put on a Canadian accent when travelling abroad". His tone so alarmed Ms Coale, a Kerry voter, that she feared the letter came from terrorists. "With so much going on today, you wonder about some of these groups," she said.
Particular gloom has been spread by letters to Clark County from chosen Left-wing celebrities, published on the Guardian website and widely read in Ohio.
Ken Loach, the film director, began his letter: "Friends, you have the chance to do the world a favour. Today, your country is reviled across continents as never before. You are seen as the greatest bully on earth."
Antonia Fraser, the historian, suggested: "If you back Kerry, you will be voting against a savage, militaristic foreign policy of pre-emptive killing, which has stained the great name of the US so hideously in recent times."
Thank you, Guardian readers! No doubt Terry McAuliffe is already faxing around a press release claiming that the plot was hatched by Karl Rove. (Joke stolen from L-Dotter
Thursday's 'R' For Thune!
(Note: This post will be promoted to the top throughout Thursday; scroll down for newer content).
I skipped this last week, but now we're in the closing days of Tom Daschle's career. It's time to put the final nail in his political coffin.
Daschle's so rattled, he's even lying about his support for gay marriage and abortion
So Kerry is nervous, and so, apparently, is Democratic minority leader Sen. Tom Daschle, who in a razor-tight race in South Dakota has just started (according to one local observer) running ads suggesting he is against gay marriage, as well as anti-abortion. (Seventy-three percent of South Dakotans in a recent poll strongly disapproved of same-sex marriage.) Daschle received a 100 percent approval rating from the lead gay rights group advocating same-sex marriage, the Human Rights Campaign, and led the charge to stop a federal marriage amendment.
In response, a new 527, "You're Fired Inc.," has started to run ads attacking Daschle on this issue. (To view the ads, go to www.heartlandvalues.com.) Like most of the political advertising I have seen on this issue, they aren't anti-gay at all. They are pro-democracy and pro-marriage....
This highlights a major theme of this elections season: That Democrats have to lie to win. They cannot win on their core beliefs, so they seek camouflage (much like Kerry and his much-publicized hunting trip).
The latest polls in South Dakota show the election a toss-up. That's bad news for our side, because pollsters only contact living people, while the dead can and do rise from their graves every six years to vote for Tom Daschle. The good news is we've got a great candidate, who crushed Daschle in the final debate.
This is it folks. It's fourth and goal at the 1. Let's not be looking at ourselves the way we were in 2002 and saying, "If only we'd pushed a little harder, John Thune would be a Senator today."
Please, donate to John Thune for U.S. Senate today
. If you'd rather send a check, this is your last chance to mail it to:
John Thune for U.S. Senate
P.O. Box 3308
Sioux Falls, SD, 57101
Congratulations to Kitty!
For the fourth time in a year, KH co-blogger Kitty's regular blog, Kitty Litter
, has been chosen as the Blogtruth of the Day by Lucianne Goldberg
. Lucianne linked to Kitty's excellent post on real men
, which we highlighted yesterday. Congratulations, Kitty, and thanks for all the traffic!
Ann Coulter says:
While the people of Afghanistan are celebrating their first democratic election and the Iraqis are taking their first steps to democracy, the great thinkers in the Democratic Party are still polishing up their conspiracy theories about the war to liberate Iraq.
There's no consensus position, but the Democrats are pretty sure the real reason we went to Iraq was one of the following:
*Bush family's connections to the Saudis,
*the Carlyle Group,
*something about the Texas Rangers needing more left-handed pitching,
This may be the first time in American history that the decisional calculus for many voters will be: Do I really want to throw my hat in with these crazy people?...
...With the election a few weeks away, the two main reasons Kerry has settled on for why you should vote for him are: (1) Dick Cheney has a lesbian daughter, and (2) Halliburton!...
...[W]here are the feminists on war with Iraq? Cameron Diaz' statement about Bush's policies – "if you think rape should be legal, then don't vote" – would have been perfectly true had she been speaking to an audience in Iraq. These people think it is constructive rape to have sex with your husband. America has just gone to war against a regime for which rape – not date rape, or pseudo-rape, or virtual rape, but real rape – was part of the official policy, and they're against regime-change.
Among his other pointless carping about the war in Iraq, Kerry keeps claiming the military is overextended. His supporters claim Bush has a secret plan to bring back the draft. Whatever happened to all those gays who wanted to join the military? We haven't heard a peep out of them lately. How about rounding up a "Coalition of the Fabulous," Sen. Kerry? And what does his good pal Mary Cheney tell him about that?...
Aw, Heck, I Busted an F'ing Nail! Call the Manicurist!
The downside of "real man" photo opportunities.
I see all this hatred among the left, billionaires spending treasure to affect our election, foreigners meddling and the UN observing. This does not brew well for our nation and our sovereignty.
The left believes we are blinded by our admiration of Bush and only see things in 9/11 black and white terms. But everyone here knows that we have seen evidence and make a sound judgement. We agree Iraq is a mess, but Bush is not a soothsayer (he cannot see into the future). We agree the economy went into a recession, but Bush fixed it.
However, it is the left that is frothing with rage against every conservative principle that we are seeing voter fraud all around us; fleets of lawyers are trying to overturn laws like "you need to show ID" or "you need to be a citizen" to vote. Even if Kerry is down by 10 points, he will declare himself the victor.
The UN will invalidate our election if Bush wins; the NAACP will pay more people in crack cocaine to go scream "disenfranchisement;" and the lawyers will sue in every precint possible (only in states Kerry loses).
So what do we do on November 3, 2004? I want constructive suggestions. Do we march? Where do we march? Do we picket MSM if they try to drag this out? I mean we really need to have a plan for what happens. Obviously, the left will just go around and mob innocent civilians, destroy property and burn American flags...but what will we do?
Hunting the Wild Bore
Kerry apparently intends
on burnishing his "real man" credentials today.
Kerry adviser Mike McCurry said it's important in the final days of the campaign that voters "get a better sense of John Kerry, the guy."
That means the Democratic senator plans to spend some of the dwindling time before Election Day shooting at geese, watching baseball and talking about his faith.
THEY YEARN TO BE FREE
For all you lefties, read ‘em and weep.
Progress in Iraq
Kerry's wrong. There's good news in Fallujah.
With polls showing a tight Presidential race, it's possible John Kerry could be our commander-in-chief soon. So it would be nice to think he's paying enough attention to what's going on in Iraq to know that conditions there aren't, as he said a few days ago, "getting worse each week."
The kidnappings, mortar attacks and roadside bombs continue--and will until the insurgency is defeated. But recent weeks have actually seen progress by American and Iraqi forces toward reasserting control over Saddam's old stronghold in the Sunni Triangle. That, in turn, means credible nationwide elections in January are more likely than ever.
At the moment, the Marines have established a cordon around the city and the Iraqi government is negotiating with local tribal leaders to give up the couple thousand foreign fighters--including arch-terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi--thought to be in the city. Meanwhile, some locals are providing intelligence that has allowed us to kill a lot of those foreign fighters via airstrikes. Presumably the White House and Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi won't make the same mistake twice, and once they begin a Fallujah assault they won't stop short of unconditional surrender.
One reason for this progress is that we're finally being helped by a substantial number of Iraqi troops. The force that took Samarra included 3,000 Americans and 2,000 Iraqis, with the latter providing local knowledge and helping secure sensitive sites like mosques.
Which brings us to another point that deserves more attention: the courage of the Iraqis. Young men continue to line up by the thousands outside the police and National Guard recruiting stations that have so often been targets of terrorist attack. On Tuesday a mortar struck the ING headquarters in Mushahidah, killing four. But recruit Qusay Hassan was quoted saying, "If I don't join the army, who is going to defend the country from the terrorists?"
A look at Iraq's bloggers.
Meet one of those [Iraqi] bloggers, Ali Fadhil, a key author of IraqtheModel, perhaps the best known of the blogs, with 7,000 individual visitors a day. Thirty-four years old, a Sunni, Fadhil is a cheerful Baghdad doctor who contributes news and commentary.
Medical students in Iraq use English in their classrooms, so doctors are overrepresented among English-language bloggers, as they are among translators. All of the main contributors to Iraq the Model are young physicians who see a cross-section of Iraqi patients daily and have witnessed, Ali says, a steep improvement in medical services since Saddam was overthrown.
The state no longer is siphoning Oil for Food revenue into presidential palaces and Baath Party coffers. Still resentful toward the United Nations, Ali impugns all attempts to turn Iraqa's election or anything else over to the international body that John Kerry, among others, would like to elevate.
“Personally I also feel safer because I am free.”
He is also better off, making about $200 a month instead of the $3 a month doctors earned under the Baathists.
“[The terrorists] want to terrorize us before the [Iraqi January] elections, so things are going to get worse before then. But when terrorists see that the people demand democracy, they will feel they have lost. Many will leave.”
Ali is more worried about the Americans, given John Kerry’s talk of setting an announced timetable for the removal of U.S. troops, and he is dismayed by U.S. commentators and career bureaucrats who say that democracy in Iraq is impossible. “What they really are saying is that we are barbarians. There is some racism in that. They despise Islam and think it cannot reform itself or lead to reform. They think we are so ignorant we need a dictator.”
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Kerry Coming Up With Phony Ads?
Remember the Kerry ad that attacked the President's campaign for running a "juvenile and tasteless attack ad" (the famous "Windsurfer" ad)?
Turns out that the Kerry campaign never ran it
. They showed it to the media and got a lot of free publicity, then never bothered to spend the money to put it on TV.
"We're certainly not trying to be disingenuous," Tad Devine, a senior Kerry adviser, said yesterday. "We've announced that we've created these and are prepared to use them at a time and place of our choosing." He said the Kerry team had to be able to show Bush's campaign "that the gun is loaded on this side, too."
Mark McKinnon, Bush's media adviser, said the president's campaign has never announced an ad that has not run.
Gaming the Iowa Electronic Markets?
There was some excitement the other day
about the possibility that someone (George Soros being the most frequently mentioned suspect) was gaming the TradeSports betting on the election.
I thought I'd take a look at the Iowa Electronic Markets, because there has previously been some suspicion about late night trading to change the midnight closing prices graph.
I looked at the history of prices for October. IEM records the high price, low price and average price for each contract. The contracts are DemG52 (Democrat wins with greater than 52% of the vote) DemL52 (Democrat wins with less than 52% of the vote), RepG52 (Republican wins with greater than 52% of the vote) and RepL52(Republican wins with less than 52% of the vote). Pretty straightforward.
On the theory that somebody gaming the system would show up as a higher than expected high for the day, I looked at the High Price divided by the Average Price for each contract.
Conclusion? Somebody certainly seems to be gaming the IEM. The six largest percentage differences between the high and average contracts for any one day all took place in the DemG52 contract (which would be the obvious one to game). On October 2, the high price was 18.5 cents, while the average for the day was 14.3 cents, making it 29% higher than the average, the highest percentage difference for any one day. If you look at all the days, the average difference between the high and average prices for the DemL52, RepG52 and RepL52 contracts is 6%; for the DemG52 contract the average difference is 11%.
Kerry: No Apology
Lucianne highlighted this
as a must-read on her front page today
, noting that it guaranteed the story would continue.
Sen. John Kerry's campaign said yesterday that the presidential candidate will not apologize for bringing Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter into the last debate, insisting that he meant it as a compliment and denying that it has hurt the Democrat's ability to gain ground in post-debate polls.
Even Hillary gets it, at least to a certain degree:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat, broke with most in her party and publicly stated that Mr. Kerry might have made a mistake.
"I think he was trying to strike, actually, a sensitive note, [but] it might not have worked," she told Albany's WROW radio Monday, adding that she could "understand why some people might have been bothered" by Mr. Kerry's comment.
Ruben Navarette wonders why
the gay lobby has given Kerry a pass.
I had hoped that Democratic-leaning gay advocacy groups would say as much. Instead, they're defending Kerry and attacking his critics. They claim that anyone who raises a fuss over Kerry's comments must think that homosexuality should be hidden. But they're also saying that it was Dick Cheney who — in what they would have to admit was a poor job of hiding — first brought up the fact that his daughter is gay.
The Company You Keep
Please allow me to post something from my site (Somthing To Cry About) that I think speaks to the fearmongering and the youth who will vote for the first time in this country.
Not so long ago (I am only 27), my parents told me that people judge you by the company you keep. Someone should point this out to people getting ready to vote.
What I cannot understand is how droves of PhD’d professors (who are supposed to be the smartest people on earth) share their political candidates with Hollywood celebrities and the children they teach. How do you explain what you’ve done with your life if, after all this time, your ability to make decisions and judge character is identical to that of children, drop-outs, drug addicts and sexual miscreants? So instead of spending all that time reading, I should have joined a band and got high my entire life…
To use words I learned in college: American liberalism is an egalitarian construct that’s sole purpose is to offer an alternative to wisdom. The very second you step on campus the educrats demand you “unlearn” everything your parents, family and faith taught you. Four years later you leave with more questions than answers; and unless your parents taught you something that survived all that “learning” your life is doomed to confusion.
Do I need to reinvent the wheel to know how to drive a car? How many more millions need to die before people understand communism is evil and will never work? Does someone need to know the process of combustion to know that he/she should run from fire? We've watched Madonna—I mean Esther—"learning" her entire life in front of our eyes and, to date, she is still an idiot.
I say things work because they work. Democracy works, capitalism works, morals work, God works. I guess if education was actually about not having to relearn the past, but accepting its outcome as a lesson, then a lot of professors would be out of work. So when you go to vote for a Democrat, please wonder why your voting for someone who’s supported by people who will live their lives without ever knowing one fact or one true thing.
They are still debating the definition of the word is.
"For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear" (2 Timothy 4:3).
Kerry's Chicago-Style Campaign
The Blogspirator has a look at what
Kerry hopes his supporters will be doing on November 2nd.