Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Fear not, loyal readers! I will return shortly after the election. Don't delete me from your daily rounds just yet. I may also check in via an Internet Cafe, if I can find one.Comments
To assuage your need for your daily dose of Cat snark, rants, and musings, please check out the fine folks on my left sidebar, particularly those in my "Daily Territory".
Meanwhile, whatever happens, you can always:
Slap John Kerry
and donate to the Bush-Cheney election defense effort here: GeorgeWBush.com
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DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2004Comments
Oh Waahh, beeyatch! Your father's political views would place him firmly in the conservative camp, were he alive today. Suck it up.
Here should be Bush's response:
One Finger Victory Salute
UPDATE: On an unrelated note, the comparison between the hair prep in that clip of Bush, versus John Edwards HERE is rather, um...striking, no?
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High-explosives moved to Syria?Comments
While the candidates sparred over the issue, a senior Pentagon official alleged that "Russian units" might have transported the explosives and other weapons out of Iraq into Syria.
Veddy veddy interestink...
First time I have heard anyone in an official capacity asserting that was the destination for missing weapons out of Iraq.
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Monday, October 25, 2004
Today was, for me anyway. I filled out my early ballot and am dropping it in tomorrow's mail.Comments
It's been kind of depressing reading about all the fraud that the Democrats are busily engaged in lately, and what they have planned for November 2 and beyond. I will be out of the country that day, but my country will not be out of my mind.
If any of you have faith in God, whatever your background, and also have an earnest desire to not see this country thrown into planned chaos by the forces of deception, fraud and evil, then I ask you to join me in prayer this coming couple of weeks.
Not just prayer, but warfare. Pray that the schemes of the cheats are thrown into disarray. Pray that the fraud and deceptions are exposed and halted. Pray that angels be stationed at every polling place and at every vote tallying location to throw confusion and disarray into the plans and schemes to steal votes. Pray against the ranks of lawyers set to contest the races and sue under false pretenses to overturn the results. Pray confusion, disarray and ineffectiveness into their ranks. Pray for the favor of the judges who will hear the election cases, that they decide on the side of truth and justice. Pray for strength and stamina for those who will be laboring hard to ensure that the results are tabulated fairly and in accordance with the law.
And pray for the soul of this country. We are being torn apart by forces of darkness, and we must stand in the gap against them.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this present darkness, and against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12
Something else to consider is that the Bush team will need resources to deal with all the legal challenges that the Kerry team plans to mount around the country. At the Bush campaign site: GeorgeWBush.com, there is a link to an online donation form that will enable you to donate to the Bush-Cheney '04 Compliance Committee, which will pay the expenses necessary to ensure that federal election law is followed, and to address any legal challenges to the results. Click the link above and look for a link to "Donate to Bush-Cheney '04 GELAC, or follow this direct link to the donation form: Bush-Cheney '04 Compliance Committee. I made a donation today. Won't you consider giving what you can to the effort?
And finally, on a lighter note, whatever happens over the next couple of weeks, you can always take out your frustration by:
Slapping the silly snot out of John Kerry
UPDATE: There's a new surprise when you get a "10". It's quite hilarious!
If the World Series was like the election...
UPDATE: One more thing I forgot to mention. Remember that due to expected heavy turnout, Election Day has been split up into two days,(not counting early voting in some states). One day is for Republicans and the other day is for Democrats. Election Day for Republicans is a week early on Tuesday, November 2. Election Day for Democrats is at the usual time on Tuesday, November 9, NOT Wednesday November 3 as some have been falsely reporting.
That is nothing more than a cheap attempt at voter disfranchisement! Do not fall for that trick. Election Day ALWAYS falls on a Tuesday, never a Wednesday. Due to the problems in Florida in 2000, the extra week gives Democrats more time for voter registration and "get out the vote" drives.
Despite our disagreements on the issues, I support the right to vote for ALL patriotic American citizens.
Not paid for by any candidate or party. All rights reserved. Your results may vary. The above is satire and must be considered in that context.
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DRUDGE REPORT 2004: "But tonight, NBCNEWS reported: The 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives were already missing back in April 10, 2003 -- when U.S. troops arrived at the installation south of Baghdad! "Comments
One day after the liberation of Iraq.
So what's Kerry saying? We should have invaded sooner? Nothing so foul smelling as suspiciously-timed trumpeting of old news--EIGHTEEN-MONTH OLD news, no less!
Oh also, yaay for NBC for calling bullshit! Cowbell!
UPDATE: Another aspect to this story is how this relates to the missing WMD's. IF high power explosives could disappear from an ammo dump between January 2003 and April 2003, THEN it is entirely plausible that the weapons of mass destruction could ALSO have been shuffled off to some other location, perhaps in a neighboring country.
Does the New York Times realize just how much credence they have lent to the President's assertion regarding WMD's with this story? Oh yes! If high explosives can disappear days or weeks before we arrived, then WMD's can most certainly disappear in that SAME TIME FRAME!
Man! I'm going to rue being incommunicado for the next week and a half!
So Democrats, this was your "October Surprise" huh? Blown out of the water like a PBR hitting a submerged mine. Cap'n John Kerry, you goin' down with your ship? It sure looks that way.
Watch the Kerry Kamp continue to run with this "story" as if the truth had never been learned. At this point, it is a lie. A LIE, Senator Kerry!
Fellow Pajamahaddeen, don't let me down!
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As I expected would happen without my usual flu shot, I was hit with the first round of flu for the season. It knocked out my planned attendance at Ann Coulter's appearance here in Tucson last week.Comments
But thanks to my "cure for the common cold" I was able to beat it back by the end of this weekend.
Here is the cure: 10 ppm Silver Hydrosol from "Sovereign Silver"
Sublingually, via nasal spray and nasal/sinus lavage, and nebulizer, I dose myself every couple of hours until I've gotten past the acute stage. Often I never even seem to get into the acute stage at all. But I think what usually happens is that the silver hydrosol aggressively prevents the opportunistic bacterial secondary infections (which cause a majority of the discomfort) from gaining a foothold. Certainly I have no significant lingering symptoms today. I don't know if it is effective against the virus itself, but sometimes it seems to me that it is. I've been using it for several years now, and it has been consistently effective in preventing the 1-2 weeks of misery that I normally associate with a bout of the flu or a cold.
And as long as you use a low PPM silver hydrosol created with a HVAC system, it is safe at the recommended dosages, according to EPA guidelines.
Note: I have no connection with the above linked company. This is a genuine testimonial. You can also buy silver hydrosol at this site: CS Pro Systems. Note that silver hydrosol is also referred to as colloidal silver, although the term "colloidal silver" includes a broader range of products, some of which are of dubious value.
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Sunday, October 24, 2004
I don't know how he does it, but the "Funniest Man In The Blogosphere" blows away his previous record with the latest audio clip he has recorded, linked at this post:Comments
IMAO: As a Service to the Public
This is the second presidential debate as it should have been...
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Friday, October 22, 2004
Current Electoral Vote Predictor 2004Comments
Another one for future reference.
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La Professora has here some of the details of how Kerry plans to attempt a coup after the election.Comments
SWAT teams, staplers, swarms of lawyers. False claims of victory, and spin machines working overtime. It's maddening, shameful and disgusting!
Knowledge Is Power: SondraK.com: Kerry tragic victim of Reflexive Compulsive Pandering Disorder [RCPD]
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Ok, I'm a bad blogger. Or at least I'm not much of a "reporter". I had tickets to this event, but yesterday afternoon I decided against attending. With an incipient case of the flu and nasty weather rolling into town, I just wasn't in the mood to deal with crowds of protesters and shrieking moonbats. Plus they had overbooked tickets for the event (3500 distributed for only 2500 seats). I figured the chances of getting Ann Coulter to myself to have a picture taken together, with me wearing my "Nuke The Moon" T-shirt was pretty close to zero.Comments
But there was at least one interesting incident during the event:
2 men throw pies at columnist during speech
As Coulter was fielding questions from an overwhelmingly supportive audience, a pair of young men ran onto the stage toward her, threw a pie at her face and kept running. College Republicans, who helped organize the event, gave chase.
Ha! As do most attacks by liberals against conservatives.
A UA police officer at the scene said the pie thrower and his accomplice did not get far before being apprehended. It couldn't be determined early this morning what became of the pie flinger.
Shipped to Guantanamo Bay of course, where they will be subjected to abuse and torture, and forced to participate in naked pyramid building.
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Thursday, October 21, 2004
I beg your pardon Momma, what did you say?
My mind was drifting off on Martinique Bay...
One week from today, I will be somewhere south of the Tropic of Cancer, sipping a drink and watching the sun go down.
Yes indeed! I am fleeing the country just ahead of the Election Day havoc. And if it's too chaotic here, I might just have to extend my stay.
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I blogged this little-noticed event back when the story originally circulated. Back then I thought it was moving, and had great potential to illustrate the President's true character. I'm quite pleased that this group has created this ad.
Sorry...had to wipe a few tears away.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Thousands of new-voter cards in Ohio undeliverable: "COLUMBUS - Thousands of cards mailed by county election boards to newly registered voters in Hamilton County and throughout the state are being returned because the people can't be found.Comments
John Williams, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, said the situation indicates that there might not be as many new voters as some expect in a state deemed crucial in the presidential election.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett on Tuesday said it's a result of statewide registration fraud conducted by independent groups that support Democratic candidates.
Bennett cited instances in 10 counties where potentially fraudulent voter registration forms were submitted.
He said many were submitted by groups he terms "auxiliaries of the Democratic Party": the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and America Coming Together.
The groups paid people to register voters. Some registrations were filled out for dead people, some contained fake addresses, and others named fiction characters such as Dick Tracy and Mary Poppins."
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This will be of interest only to Arizona readers:Comments
I have been undecided on this issue up until recently. In fact two weekends ago I spoke with some "No on Prop 200" campaign workers who were going door-to-door and I told them I was leaning against the proposition.
But some recent campaign advertising by the No on Prop 200 people has pushed me back into the Yes on Prop 200 camp. The advertising has been alleging that police, fire and emergency personnel will be required to check for citizenship status before administering emergency aid. This is nothing more than a scare tactic, and a patently absurd one. In short, this tactic ticks me off! Federal law already requires that the state provide public benefits for the protection of life and safety. This amendment makes no attempt to alter that requirement for basic emergency services.
The second major objection is the potential cost. However this argument seems to assume that large numbers of people who are ineligible for benefits will still attempt to obtain them. I believe that the intended effect will result instead--under the threat of being turned over to immigration officials, illegal aliens will stay away from the public welfare system. And is it really so expensive to ask for someone's driver's license or state ID? I mean you need to show ID to rent a movie at Blockbuster or buy beer. Why would showing ID to obtain welfare benefits create such a tremendous hardship for either the welfare applicant or the caseworker? I can't see enforcement of this Proposition to be that expensive.
The third big push against Prop 200 is the argument that it does virtually nothing to stop illegal immigration. But it's not really designed to. It's main purpose is to reduce voter fraud by requiring proof of citizenship before voting or registering to vote. Wow. How draconian!
Citizenship means something. The rights of citizenship are not open to everyone who happens to be in this country. My grandmother came to this country from Germany after the war. Though she learned to speak English, and held down a job for nearly forty years, she never went through the process of becoming a citizen. That was her choice. My mother on the other hand, went through the citizenship process and proudly became a citizen, giving her all the rights and responsibilities that entails.
I can understand and even empathize with the people who cross our southern border looking for work. If you've ever been to Mexico and spent any time at all away from the tourist areas, it is not hard to understand. I supported and still support the President's guest worker concept--legal status for those who want to come here temporarily to fill jobs that would remain vacant without them.
However what galls me is that some people, most especially those on the left, would like to cheapen that most sacred right of citizenship, the right to vote, and extend it to all comers regardless of status--for nothing more than their OWN TAWDRY POLITICAL BENEFIT!
Toward curing that evil, Proposition 200 is a modest proposal that deserves your vote.
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IMAO: I've Sold Out; So What Else Is New?Comments
FrankJ has an absolutely MUST LISTEN radio spot for anti-Bush organizations HERE.
Put down your soda, swallow your coffee and clicka-clicka!
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Christ-mas is com-ingComments
The geese are get-ting fat.
Won't you please put a pen-ny
In the old man's hat?
Too early you say?
Probably. But what is this that I feel then?
Maybe it's just the changing of the guard in Faerie...
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Add PLO terrorist Yasser Arafat to the list.Comments
Arafat Backs Kerry, Israelis Favor Bush -- 10/19/2004
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the Truth about IraqComments
Clicka clicka! They could use some help getting their message out ahead of the election. Be sure to look at their commercial.
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Monday, October 18, 2004
Slap the Candidate!Comments
More gratuitous violence for fun. :D
Click the link, click on Kerry, then have fun slapping him silly (or KO'ing 'im)!
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Take THAT Senator "Coalition Builder"...Comments
Top Story - Putin: Bush Must Win or Terrorists Will Triumph - The St. Petersburg Times. General news from St.Petersburg and Russia:
"MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin on Monday made his strongest endorsement yet for his friend U.S. President George W. Bush, saying 'international terrorism' will claim victory over the international antiterrorism coalition if Bush loses.
Even Putin, who opposed our invasion of Iraq, thinks Bush should be re-elected.
Why? Well for one, Russia has a ringside seat to the problem of Islamic terrorism in that region...even being dragged into the ring itself again recently. I think Kerry's flim flam and mixed messages frankly scares the hell out of Russia. If Kerry pulls out as he has signalled, then the whole region goes to hell, right on their southern doorstep.
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Undoubtedly some of my fellow bloggers on the right also got an e-mail directing them to this site.Comments
Here is the text of said e-mail:
RatherGate proved that bloggers are the best fact checkers. That is
For those of you who did not immediately surmise it, this is NOT a Bush support site, but a piece of unfunny excrement laid by a group of lefties with too much time on their hands.
These fools would be far better off if they spent half this time fact-checking their own candidate. They reveal themselves though, in their conviction that right-leaning bloggers will not immediately see through this deception. It blows their bigoted stereotype out of the water to discover that we are, by and large, a highly intelligent lot. Undoubtedly they hope to post and mock what few e-mails they do get.
I'd be tempted to recommend you all e-mail them with your scorn, except that you'd probably end up on numerous unwanted spam lists. So don't, unless you've got a disposable e-mail account.
UPDATE: It looks like THIS GUY beat me to the punch, and has a rather thorough fisk of these morons at his site. I know I should have paid attention in class.
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The Defiance County Sheriff's Office arrested Chad Staton, age 22, of Stratton Ave., Defiance, on a charge of False Registration, in Violation of Section 3599.11 of the Ohio Revised Code, a felony of the fifth degree.
Click here for the rest: DRUDGE REPORT FLASH 2004
Bottom line: An official from the Ohio NAACP is behind this scandal.
Democrats--shame! Hang your heads in shame for the depths to which your once great party has fallen!
Do any of you still have a conscience? Do any of you still have a sense of right and wrong and justice, that hasn't been corrupted by the "win at ANY cost" mindset?
Has your hatred of Bush so completely overwhelmed you that a wholesale trashing of orderly voting procedures, law and order and civilized society become justifiable?
What are you becoming? What are YOU going to do to take back your party?
UPDATE: For those who want to cast aspersions on Drudge, HERE is a link to the story in a local Ohio paper.
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"As early voting begins Monday in the sunburn state of Florida controversy has already developed around a Democratic National Committee/Kerry-Edwards election manual.
They want to drive through Democrat neighborhoods and "collect" early ballots.
You mean those pre-filled out ballots requested by the dead and the non-existent?
I thought so.
More thoughts from Vodkapundit
Democracy is the free market of political systems. And like any free market, it can't function without some basic level of trust. That trust comes, slowly, from hammering out rules even competitors can live with. That trust comes, with difficulty, by honoring those rules, even when your candidate doesn't win. That trust exists in relatively few places around the world.
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Sunday, October 17, 2004
Davids Medienkritik: Battle of the Blogs: Medienkritik vs. George SorosComments
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By RICHARD SPERTZEL
URL for this article:
Wall Street Journal (requires registration)
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cadethappy.com: "Chicago Tribune endorses Bush!"Comments
A President Kerry certainly would punish those who want us dead. As he pledged, with cautiously calibrated words, in accepting his party's nomination: "Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response." Bush, by contrast, insists on taking the fight to terrorists, depriving them of oxygen by encouraging free and democratic governments in tough neighborhoods. As he stated in his National Security Strategy in 2002: "The United States can no longer solely rely on a reactive posture as we have in the past. ... We cannot let our enemies strike first." Bush's sense of a president's duty to defend America is wider in scope than Kerry's, more ambitious in its tactics, more prone, frankly, to yield both casualties and lasting results. This is the stark difference on which American voters should choose a president. There is much the current president could have done differently over the last four years. There are lessons he needs to have learned. And there are reasons--apart from the global perils likely to dominate the next presidency--to recommend either of these two good candidates. But for his resoluteness on the defining challenge of our age--a resoluteness John Kerry has not been able to demonstrate--the Chicago Tribune urges the re-election of George W. Bush as president of the United States.
I wonder how THAT changes the dynamic in Illinois over the next couple of weeks...
The original article requires registration (see link to link above).
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FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Oil-for-Food Probe Includes Annan's Son: "The Justice Department criminal probe into the U.N. Oil-for-Food program is focusing on several individuals, among them U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's son."Comments
Yessiree, this is the man and the organization John Kerry wants to trust with US security, bought and paid for by none other than sworn enemy Saddam Hussein.
Is there any real question why there was so much resistance at the UN (and in France, Germany and Russia) to the US led invasion?
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And for a handy link when it happens:Comments
DRUDGE REPORT 2004: "DNC ELECTION MANUAL: CHARGE VOTER INTIMIDATION, EVEN IF NONE EXISTS"
Yes, I'm expecting some serious chaos after November 2...
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HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: America's Most Highly Decorated Living Veteran Calls Kerry 'a Man of Benedict Arnold Qualities' by David Freddoso: "Former POW 'Astonished' By Kerry's False Testimony Charging War CrimesComments
America's Most Highly Decorated Living Veteran Calls Kerry 'a Man of Benedict Arnold Qualities'"
Col. George E. "Bud" Day is America's most highly decorated living veteran officer. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, receiving more than 50 combat awards and the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Go read the rest of the interview with Col. Day.
Just a reminder Democrats, the reason Kerry's Vietnam service is much of an issue in this campaign at all, is that he himself has made it central to his image and identity.
Men like Col. Bud Day and the Swift Boat Veterans have earned the right to question Kerry's service especially in light of his treasonous activities following his early discharge from active duty.
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Froggy Ruminations: Usama bin Laden is DeadComments
Dead as a doornail. But like I surmised in my review of Bill Whittle's piece last week, it just can't be officially announced for strategic reasons.
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Saturday, October 16, 2004
Show THIS to the next whining lefty who carries on about a "backdoor draft" or the return of a real draft.Comments
George Perez lost his leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq more than a year ago, but despite the phantom pains that haunt him, he says he is determined to prove to the Army that he is no less of a man and no less of a soldier.
This is just one sliver of the truth of why there will be no need for a draft in the foreseeable future. I for one, am humbled by his commitment to service to his country. Thank you sir!
Link to the wire service story.
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Nor completed his Reserve duties?Comments
We may never know until he signs the forms that release his military records.
I have seen this elsewhere, and I came across this in an email (from Dadcat) that I had overlooked last week. So some of the dates and notes are out of date:
You may recall that one of the first things that President Carter did was to issue a blanket amnesty for all draft dodgers and war protesters? Kerry was covered by that one. Later it appears that political pressure was brought to bear to reinstate his medals, shortly after he was first elected to the Senate. If they were reinstated, they had to have been revoked?
It would appear that all this smoke and noise about Bush's Guard record has been little more than a smokescreen to distract from Kerry's dishonor.
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Friday, October 15, 2004
Via The Command Post:Comments
The Command Post - Op-Ed - A Jewish liberal New Yorker on why she is voting for Bush
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I know this safety placard isn't supposed to be funny, but I couldn't help but LOL.Comments
baldilocks: Safety First
The translation of the Arabic text is something like "Don't forget to wear work clothes at all times"
Someone else at Baldilocks' site suggested the placard could be subtitled, "I don't care if your keffiyeh is stuck... look at me, I'm running with scissors and my right shoe is on fire!"
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I heard parts of Ted Koppel's interview with Swift Boat Vet John O'Neill on Rush's show today. E-Claire has nicely fisked the interview here: Knowledge Is Power: SondraK.com: Sides AchingComments
It's about time someone put these balloonheads in their place. Go read!
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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Watching the debate via the FoxNews video archive.Comments
Kerry says X million Arizona residents don't have health insurance. Bullcrap! I say. In Arizona we have something called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or "access" for short. This is a system that affords health care access to low income families in Arizona. I would be willing to bet that an examination of the facts reveals that many if not most of the people Kerry claims are not covered by health insurance in Arizona are covered or could be covered by ACCHS if needed.
Kerry says family incomes have gone down during Bush's tenure in office. I say Bullcrap! In my family, both my income and Daisycat's income have increased SUBSTANTIALLY in the last four years. I can't speak for the rest of the country, but I know what my own family has seen. And it is not a result of changing jobs or the addition of outside income.
I took a commenter's advice and took a shot every time I heard Kerry talk about some plan he had. I am wasted already, and the debate is not half over...
Again on the "right to life" issue, Kerry says "I respect that view" but "that view is bullshit."
Ugh...had enuf...go worshop at pocelain throne...watsch rest of debait tomorrow...
UPDATE: I still have not gone back to view the rest of the debate, and from what I have read, I probably won't either. I don't think I'd miss much.
And as for that shot game, Never Again! (Ow!) Bad BAD idea...
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What do you mean, you wish you could find it?Comments
It is all around you. And it is nowhere.
How do you capture and hold a butterfly without harming it or denying its freedom? The answer holds the clue.
We can't get there from here, and yet "The Kingdom is in your midst..."
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men..." Eccl 3:11a
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Wretchard at Belmont Club has a good analysis of Matt Bai's article in NYT Magazine. To summarize, Kerry is like many in his party in that he fails to grasp the lasting significance of September 11, and instead believes he can lead the nation back to the "good old days" of September 10.Comments
Baldilocks has the best take on this that I have seen. As she puts it, the days of September 10 and before, were days of drunkeness and delusion:
Or a minor deity, as I noted below.
The strangest phenomenon--to me, at any rate--is that the guy who seems to have done the most to keep that next mass death from happening seems to bring out violent, wigged-out opposition in roughly half of the constituent population that he's attempting to protect. Call this bottle "September 10, 2001."
Senator Kerry apparently never quite sobered up. And now he and his supporters are peddling his elixir of delusions, hoping September 12 will go away if we just "bottoms up" this concoction.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Illinois Conservative Politics: "Yesterday John Edwards said, 'When John Kerry is the president people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk again!' "Comments
How utterly classless, not to mention absurd.
Just like a trial lawyer...
More Here: It is hard to point to a more cynical and demagogic use of an important medical issue during a political campaign.
What is even more troubling is the extent to which Democrats like Sen. Kerry have gone to raise expectations and hopes that, if but for the Bush Administration "ban," stem-cell researchers were on the verge of curing a host of conditions and diseases.
This is simply not so and it is cruel and cynical to inflate the hopes of thousands of sufferers in order to win a political campaign.
Columnist Charles Krauthammer recently quoted Ronald McKay, a stem-cell researcher with the National Institutes of Health, when it comes to these terrible conditions: "People need a fairy tale."
Well, Charles Krauthammer doesn't. He's been confined to a wheelchair for the last 32 years due to a spinal-cord injury he suffered as a 22-year-old medical student.
"I have not walked in 32 years," he wrote not too long ago. "I would be delighted to do so again. But not at any price. I think it is more important to bequeath to my son a world that retains a moral compass ..(a world that) recognizes that lines must be drawn and fences erected."
But what the Democrats and John Kerry are doing with this issue is beyond distasteful. It is cruel. And unworthy of a political party that claims compassion as one of its core values.
Who does Edwards think Kerry is?
"I don't know what to expect when I get to Washington, but I-I-I have a PLAN.
UPDATE: RightWingDuck, posting at IMAO has picked up the riff and run with it. Go see.
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Sunday, October 10, 2004Comments
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Saturday, October 09, 2004
"Need some wood?"Comments
This was hilarious: The Daily Recycler: Timber!
'Sam Hill' is that fool saying now?!"
Nominated best "WTF" look 2004 by Desert Cat's Paradise
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JibJab.com (of This Land fame) has a new funny video up. Maybe not quite as funny as This Land, but worth a view nonetheless.Comments
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Another memogate, this time at ABC? Seems like the ABC minions were ordered to help Kerry tonight:Comments
Power Line: ABC Bombshell: Media Bias Unleashed
That last question for the President especially sounded suspiciously like something that certainly would not come from an undecided. More or less: "What three mistakes have you made, Mr. President?"
I thought he handled the question masterfully though.
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Friday, October 08, 2004
Ok, I watched tonight's debate, albeit on delay, via Foxnews' video clips.Comments
I think the President did very well. And Kerry also did well. I can't see this debate strongly influencing the truly undecided. But I can see it firming up the confidence of Bush's base as well as the independent voters who have been leaning toward Bush.
Bush connects well with a crowd when he is in a situation that permits him to. Kerry does not. While Kerry is polished and well-informed, he always seems to come off as just a little bit condescending. His answers to the abortion and stem-cell questions were downright patronizing and offensive. "I respect your feelings about the issue", (but I think your full of crap...).
On the other hand I was not comfortable with the President's vague dodge of the Patriot Act question. "I sure hope you don't really feel that way." That happens to be an issue I disagree with the President on though.
They each reinforced the physical images that have been cast for them: Kerry looked like one of the Undead (or Herman Munster on Botox), Bush has body language reminiscent of a chimp. (What is WITH that neck thrust?? Way distracting.)
There were many more areas where I could have nitpicked the President's performance as well as Kerry's, but I didn't take the notes I would have needed for that kind of critique. Overall though, I think it was close, but Bush came out looking just a little bit better, both because he exceeded his previous performance and because he was much better at connecting with the audience.
Oh, one last thing: I am so, so sick of hearing: "I-I-I have a PLAN!"
Please Senator. We really truly know that you served in Vietnam. We also really do know that you say you have a "PLAN".
But do you really think you can convince us that President Bush does not have a plan? Claiming that you have a "PLAN", and laying out and defending said plan are two completely different things. You have not done the latter.
Do you expect us to just trust you on that one? Or are you just trying to evoke the rhetorical image of Martin Luther King?
King: "I have a DREAM!"
Kerry: "I have a "PLAN"!"
King was able to elucidate his dream within the space of a single speech, which is far more than can be said of Kerry's supposed plan...
"It's a WORD! It's a PLAN! It's...LETTERMAN!!"
UPDATE: On a lighter note, I just realized a couple of things. Bush was critiqued for scowling too much in the previous debate. Tonight he did his darnedest to keep a milktoast expression on his face during Kerry's BS sessions. When the BS got too deep and the temptation to shoot death rays out from the furrows of his brow got too great, he quickly turned and scribbled something on his notepad. I noticed a couple of times that he vigorously underlined something or other. Once he got the death ray back under control, he was able to look back at Kerry with the milktoast expression again.
Hilarious in hindsight! I might have to go back to the video links just to watch those parts again.
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Jonah Goldberg on Kedwards and Iraq on National Review OnlineComments
I'm not saying there are no good arguments against the war. I am saying that many of you don't care about the war. If Bill Clinton or Al Gore had conducted this war, you would be weeping joyously about Iraqi children going to school and women registering to vote. If this war had been successful rather than hard, John Kerry would be boasting today about how he supported it -- much as he did every time it looked like the polls were moving in that direction. You may have forgotten Kerry's anti-Dean gloating when Saddam was captured, but many of us haven't. He would be saying the lack of WMDs are irrelevant and that Bush's lies were mistakes. And that's the point. I don't care if you hate George W. Bush; it's not like I love the guy. And I don't care if you opposed the war from day one. What disgusts me are those people who say toppling Saddam and fighting the terror war on their turf rather than ours is a mistake, not because these are bad ideas, but merely because your vanity cannot tolerate the notion that George W. Bush is right or that George W. Bush's rightness might cost John Kerry the election.
UPDATE: Just a reminder--keep the comments on this weblog reasonably civil and reasonably free of crudity and excessive vulgarity. I reserve the right to edit any and all comments as I see fit. (Alfie, are you listening?)
Thanks for your cooperation.
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Thursday, October 07, 2004
The Commissar just echoed perfectly what I have been unable to express in any cogent manner. Why do I not blog the Republican talking points I receive? Why did I not join "Blogs for Bush" even though I am a strong supporter of the President?Comments
Required reading comrade: The Politburo Diktat: Do Not Piss in the Millenium Falcon
Independent to a fault am I. And the Commissar just made that okay.
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Bill Whittle--former liberal, now grown up and conservative--examines what we are facing in Islamic terrorism, and what it will actually take to deter future acts of terrorism against America and the rest of the civilized world.Comments
Liberals, discard your tinfoil hat, strap on your thinking cap, set aside a block of time, and go read:
Deterrence, Part I
Deterrence, Part II
People who are fully ready to die in order to kill you and your family, who are undeterred by death, are likely not to be terribly concerned by the thought of being isolated in a more sensitive approach to John Kerry's sworn mission to hunt down, and isolate, chastise and severely reprimand terrorists.
More brilliance: Bill points out something that had never occurred to me. First of all, Osama Bin Laden has not been seen for three years or so now. Ok that's a known fact. But why not? As Bill points out:
The freaking invasion of a Muslim country by the Great Satan, and this new Caliph, the Leader of the Oppressed, cannot bring himself to shoot a crummy VHS in front of a white wall condemning this outrage? This glory-seeking egomaniac, the New Saladin riding the White Horse across the desert, who practically put out a 10 DVD commemorative set every time the US so much as hiccupped, is now suddenly silent, and has been for three years?
Dead. So why hasn't the administration trumpeted this likely fact? Three years ago, Bush said this in a speech: "Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success."
Bill Whittle continues:
Does President Bush know what became of him? I would say, very likely. We know what did not become of him: he didn't become a Martyr. He did not become the symbol of Glorious Death resisting the Great Satan. He did not become a Symbol or a Cause or an Example to Them All.
Brilliant indeed! By perpetuating the myth that Bin Laden might still be alive somewhere, the symbolic power of Bin Laden as a martyr has been denied the Islamists. Even at the political expense of the President. Bush did the right thing for the war on terror by NOT capitalizing on this success, instead of exploiting this success for his re-election effort.
Finally, and most tellingly, Senator Kerry says that Iraq is "a long, long way from the fight on terror."
Footnote: I've thought about adding (Eject!)^3 to the blogroll. But then I realized that Bill Whittle publishes rather infrequently, and when he does, it is inevitably met with such enthusiasm on this side of the 'sphere that I can't help but notice. Lesser and greater voices alike, jump for joy and shout "Hallelujah!! For Bill Whittle hast published again! And his words are Most Excellent!"
So I get sufficient notice that it is time to mosey over to (Eject!)^3 and see what brilliance has sprung forth from his pen. In the mean time I am spared the agony of clicking on his link every few days to check for new material.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic MonumentComments
For future reference, in case she blows.
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The Kerry Spot on National Review Online: "SPINNING THE DNC SPIN EFFORTS"Comments
That is to say, spin in the same direction to achieve spin overload.
Please go read! This is too funny complete for me to chop it up with an excerpt.
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Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Again I did not watch the debate this evening. I was busy with other high-priority tasks.Comments
However I just finished reading the transcript at Fox News. Without reading a single piece of commentary, it appears to me that Cheney dominated this debate in a big way. His answers were concise, and in some cases, devastating. It appears to me that Edwards' answers were all to often mealy-mouthed and pandering.
My only concern is that Cheney passed on a couple of 30-second response opportunities. If nothing else, he could have commented on a related topic, or hammered another nail in Edwards coffin on an earlier exchange.
Now I go off in search of commentary!
UPDATE: Allah has a wide ranging roundup of links to commentary on the debate. With a few exceptions, it appears that most people are in agreement. Cheney cleaned Edward's clock.
UPDATE 2: The website Cheney meant to reference is factcheck.org not factcheck.com as he stated. That site has been redirected to George Soros' anti-Bush site.
UPDATE 3: Cheney met Edwards once before at a prayer breakfast. And? That certainly does not obviate the point that Cheney was making that he had never, in his four years as President of the Senate, met John Edwards in the Senate chambers. This is despite the fact that Cheney presides every Tuesday that the Senate is in session. Edwards just doesn't show up for the job.
Also the spin machine is in high gear. See-BS has a poll of some sort saying Edwards won it. But I like the way Cameron of Way Off Bass puts it: "You just can't watch a tiny poodle get mauled by a great dane and still think the poodle won unless you are really, really committed to the idea that the poodle needs to win..."
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Monday, October 04, 2004Comments
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The survey of likely voters showed 51 percent would vote for Bush and 46 percent for Kerry. A similar poll released on Sept. 26 showed Bush with 51 percent and Kerry with 45 percent.
Politics News Article | Reuters.com
Not that I like the phrase, but it fits.
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Earth to Rather? Here are some more memos to chew over. Do your job. Do your investigative reporting. Report what was found in these documents:Comments
Exclusive: Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties -- 10/04/2004
Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by CNSNews.com, show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. And the papers show that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders.
Attention John Kerry! Attention lefty moonbats! Phase One of Operation "October Surprise" is now underway! Secure your tinfoil hats for liftoff!
Via SondraK and Rush.
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I just love Cheney! Now there's a face that could butt heads with terrorists and Soviet-era apparatchiks alike!Comments
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Sunday, October 03, 2004
It sure looks that way! This video clearly shows Kerry removing what looks like note cards from his pocket as he approaches the podium. This was prohibited according to the terms of the debate that both candidates agreed to ahead of time.Comments
The Daily Recycler: Winners Never Cheat
Damn if it isn't just like a lefty to think the rules don't apply to him!
UPDATE: One of my commenters claims to be unable to see anything, another notes that some say it was a pen. Here is a link to a still shot courtesy of Bill at INDC, of the frame where it is most visible: STILL SHOT
It's white, has square edges, and is about the size of a note card or folded sheet of paper. Very interesting "pen", if that's what it is...
It may be a "distraction" or it may be an indication of the character of the man that wants to be our president. "Memo-gate" was an attempt by CBS to gin up continuing interest in another "distraction" of the same nature. It's a two-way street. Look both ways before crossing...
UPDATE 2: The Daily Recycler has another still shot HERE that appears to answer the question of what the item was. It certainly looks like a pen in this still.
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No, not another hurricane. Though it could look like one after Nov. 2.Comments
This is from an email that Vox Day received. Though he himself takes it in his usual cynical stride, I wanted to mark it for future reference and further research.
Excerpt below, click here for the rest: Vox Popoli
The [Florida] Secretary of State, Glenda Hood has noted that thousands of voter registrations are being turned in which are blatantly incomplete and those folks are not going to be permitted to vote. Secretary Hood is apparently really worried about what is going on. She notes that the number of such registrations in unprecedented in Florida history and is in sufficient numbers to make a difference in the election. The majority are in Maimi-Dowd and Broward counties.
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Three tards in a tub.Comments
Yahoo! News - Brokaw, Jennings Show Support for Rather
Brokaw blasted what he called an attempt to "demonize" CBS and Rather on the Internet, where complaints about the report first surfaced. He said the criticism "goes well beyond any factual information."
Problem is, it's not one event. Rather has been a partisan journalist for decades. This time he was caught red-handed. And will be again. The paradigm has shifted boys. Wake up and smell the coffee.
Yes it's jihad, if you want to call it that. Jihad against the LIE that the mainstream media is only interested in the truth, with no bias or agenda. Jihad against supposedly "objective" investigative journalism that turns out to be a front for blatant partisan activity. A major national journalist entangled in a web of fraud, and exposed as a shill for a political candidate in a time of war? That deserves more than a "tut-tut" then back to business as usual. Some heads need to roll, and Rather's head needs to be among them.
You have lost your credibility. Not just with media observers and political junkies, but with much of the great unwashed. And the pajamahaddeen will be waiting for you and watching. We are now the watchers who watch the watchers.
Don't expect to get away with this sort of thing again.
UPDATE: Rush pointed out one more very revealing quote from Brokaw: "... and when we get caught, we apologize." (my emphasis). Not "when we get the story wrong", not "when we make a mistake", but "when we get caught".
Right. That speaks volumes, doesn't it? Count on the pajamahaddeen to do more "catching" then, and we'll see.
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Video of Kerry licking himself during the debate:Comments
The Daily Recycler
What's with this anyway?
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baldilocks: Wake Me When It's Over
Oh that is rich! That is good! I literally LOL'ed.
I had an odd dream snippet last night. Probably not near as rich in meaning as Baldilocks'.
I was in some third-world place and I was doing some reconstruction work on what appeared to be a crudely built fountain or "water feature" with trickling water providing a soothing respite in the midst of the squalor. I took down part of a brick fascia only to find that some of the bricks behind it were translucent, and a pale warm light was glowing through them from some unseen source. I thought that was cool, so I fitted some of the loose translucent bricks where there were gaps in the wall, then went in search of a suitable mortar for setting them. I immediately came upon someone in a business suit who was selling crystal bricks and other crystal items. He had a standard size brick that was polished smooth, transparent and clear as glass, which had 1/16" wide beveled edges top and bottom. He also had a 4-sided, pyramidal shaped crystal that was giving off a faint glow. I was most interested in the brick and picked it up to examine it. I noted that it appeared to be marked 79 cents. I asked him about it and commented that it was a very affordable building material at that price.
He said, "Oh yes, and let me tell you something else about it..."
And then the dream ended or shifted to something else.
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Here are the results of that Gallup Poll noted in the previous post.Comments
As usual, the most interesting data is buried deep in the poll results. Debate viewers were asked questions designed to measure their impressions of the candidates.
The only items Kerry won on was "Expressed himself more clearly". "Had a good understanding of the issues" was a tie, and the following went to Bush: "Agreed with you more on the issues you care about", "Was more believable", "Was more likable". And here's the clincher: By seventeen points, Bush wins on "Demonstrated he is tough enough for the job".
Kerry = Limp-wristed french salad tosser.
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Saturday, October 02, 2004
The Commissar has the results of a Gallup Poll here, and the results are sweet if not unexpected.Comments
Seems Kerry "won the debate", but doesn't look likely to make any headway toward winning the election as a result.
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In a discussion about politics and God, Vox makes the following observation in response to a reader comment (comment first, Vox's response next).Comments
" As a matter of fact He was against even having men ruling men polticially as He refused to give Israel a king until He finally relented and gave them good old Saul.
Yes! This is EXACTLY the biblical source I drew upon to come to the same conclusion! Furthermore, it is the central argument in the rebuttal to Watchman Nee's "Spiritual Authority" that I have been mulling in my head for some months now.
It is not to any human authority, but to His Authority that He truly wants for us to submit. Authority vested in humanity (whether spiritual or temporal) is at best a bitter compromise, a temporary "solution" if you will. Authority vested in humanity is necessarily corrupted by our corrupt nature.
On that day when "every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess" and we are transformed, made perfect, then and only then will His perfect will be expressed through those whom He has chosen to rule and reign with Him.
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Friday, October 01, 2004
In all the "nuance", flip-flop, and BS that spews forth from John F'ing Kerry on a daily basis, let's not forget the basic fact that when he mentions "our allies" he means specifically--and primarily--France.Comments
Remember that next time he denigrates the coalition fighting in Iraq.
You want this country to be beholden to the French? Then vote for Kerry.
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Things that make ya go "hmm..."Comments
Can you imagine our current political climate shifted to the election year of 1944...we have landed in Normandy and are pushing through Europe towards Berlin, yet the question by Kerry and others of his party would be:
Via Tim Dinkel
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In video for your...er, viewing "pleasure". Courtesy of the RNC.Comments
Debate Flip Flops
Via Tim Dinkel
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