Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Monday, August 30, 2004
Asked "Can we win?" Bush said, "I don't think you can win it. But I think you can create conditions so that the those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world."Pretty straight-forward really. There will always be terrorists. No rational person can deny this. In fact, isn't this exactly the sort of "nuanced" understanding Bush isn't supposed to be capable of? Democrats, of course, promptly agreed and praised him.... not.
After months of listening to the Republicans base their campaign on their singular ability to win the war on terror, the president now says we can't win the war on terrorism," said Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards. "This is no time to declare defeat."Idiots. Isn't it supposed to be Bush that only sees things in black and white? This, like their reaction to the troop drawdown in Europe and Korea, shows why these people just can't be taken seriously. They don't think, they just react.
"The war on terrorism is absolutely winnable," Edwards said later on ABC's "Nightline."
Powerline points out how badly out of context the media presentation has been. Like I've said before, liars and idiots.
Friday, August 27, 2004
I had sent congratulations to the President on his sixtieth birthday. "It is fun," he cabled, "to be in the same decade with you."Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War, abridged, p534
Stalin seemed suddenly embarrassed, and said in a more cordial tone than he had yet used with me, "You are leaving at daybreak. Why should we not go to my house and have some drinks?" I said that I was in principle always in favour of such a policy.-Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War, abridged, p 631
Sunday, August 22, 2004
"To me, that's treason. I call it treason against rock 'n' roll because rock is the antithesis of politics. Rock should never be in bed with politics," says the 56-year-old Cooper, who begins a 15-city Canadian tour on Aug. 20 in Thunder Bay, Ont.-From the Edmonton Sun
"When I was a kid and my parents started talking about politics, I'd run to my room and put on the Rolling Stones as loud as I could. So when I see all these rock stars up there talking politics, it makes me sick.
"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are. Why are we rock stars? Because we're morons. We sleep all day, we play music at night and very rarely do we sit around reading the Washington Journal."
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Thursday, August 19, 2004
So, for those of you keeping score at home, here's the Kerry plan in a nutshell: the Senator is for bringing troops home from an actual, ongoing war, but he is against bringing troops home from bases where they are no longer needed. Which, I suppose, is in keeping with his plan to "vigorously prosecute the war on terror" but stopping "the scourge of corporate outsourcing."-Jeff Goldstein
...And yet roughly half the voters in the United States continue to take this foppish, professionally-coiffed gloryhound seriously. Me, I'd just as soon vote for a roll of duct tape and some pre-cut heavy plastic sheeting. At least neither of those items is married to Teresa.
Yeah, pretty much. Frankly, this has astounded even me. Can John Kerry and team Democrat really be this fundamentally unserious? These people have no ideas, no principles, no thoughts. All they can do is declare their opposition to whatever George Bush is doing. One commentator described them as "naive reactionaries", which seems right. You know, it's good to have a real patriotic opposition party. To bad we don't have one.
This is hilarious.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
I don’t trust any major politician who knows too much about pop culture. I prefer that they note simply that their job requirements are rather demanding these days. Things being what they are.-Lileks
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Barnett "Sandy" Kress, a lawyer and former Democratic member of the Dallas school board, told me how, when he was only thinking about running for governor, Bush became interested in why so many kids couldn't read and what could be done about it. Bush asked Kress dozens of questions: What are the best ways to teach reading? What are other states doing? Taking notes on a legal pad, Bush wanted to know who had studied the issue. Kress mentioned six experts in the field.USA Today refused to run it because... well, I guess because it contradicted the conventional wisdom.
"People think he shoots from the hip or that he's not smart," Kress said. "It baffles me.... He was an incredible student of these issues. He had a voracious appetite for information. He looked into the problem and researched it.... I gave him six names. He called them all. They were as stunned as I was."
Saturday, August 14, 2004
*The ancient Chinese regarded the number 13 as lucky. Until the lot of them were devoured by locusts and pandas. The newer, more prudent Chinese, I’m told, routinely cane the thirteenth person entering a room to within an inch of his or her life.-Protein Wisdom
Thursday, August 12, 2004
The mainstream critique of the left by reasonable people on the right is that their programs are well-intentioned but counter-productive. Affirmative action attempts to give equal opportunity but ends up lowering the bar for minorities who need higher standards and leads to higher drop out rates of minorities at universities. Welfare helps the poor but then traps some of them in a state of continual dependence on the government. Minimum wage increases raise the living standard of those at the low end of the pay scale, but lead to higher unemployment and thus more dependency on government handouts by those who lose their job.
The mainstream critique of the right by reasonable people on the left is that their focus on the long-run leaves people in the dust in the short term. The above programs may be imperfect, but without them suffering would increase in the short run and that is unacceptable in a rich society such as America.
I continue to hear the conservative critique of liberal programs... but the liberal critique has changed. The President (and by association all Republicans) are greedy, racist, and terrorism is a political ruse to scare the nation. President Bush probably knew about 9/11 ahead of time, he wants to repeal the Civil Rights Act, and he wants to enrich all of his rich buddies while screwing anyone who works for a living. This rhetoric isn't new. But the acceptance of this rhetoric by the mainstream democrats is. And the warm embrace of Michael Moore by Tom Daschle and capital hill Democrats was the symbolic moment when conspiracy theories entered the mainstream.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Sunday, August 08, 2004
My expectations of "artists" are low. If they entertain me even a little, they're above average. I couldn't possibly care less what their political views are, if any. I wouldn't dream of boycotting a musician for being a leftist, as long as he keeps it to himself. But any "artist" who tries to tell me how to vote is, by definition, soliciting a response from me. And if the "artist" is a liberal, my response is: screw you. I'm not paying for your mansion, your limousine or your cocaine. As far as I'm concerned, you're on your own.-Powerline
Friday, August 06, 2004
Yet another reminder that he isn't stupid. In fact, he's a skilled politician. That alone isn't a reason to vote for him, of course, but critics should stick to the substance instead of the absurd extremes.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
And now.... We have the AP playing press secretary for the DNC(They push absurd conspiracy theories so the Democratic frontrunner doesn't have to!)
A senior U.S. intelligence official said there is no doubt that the United States is in constant danger, but he was concerned enough about the timing of the announcement to ask colleagues in a weekend meeting, "Why? Why now? Why are we raising alarms about this now?"Ah. How convenient. Anonymous officials, who are concerned. So what position do they hold, precisely? We don't know. What's there security clearance? We don't know. Do they have access to all the information? We don't know. Do they even exist? Quite frankly, we don't know.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retribution from the White House.
And the kicker is here
Retired Gen. Merrill A. McPeak, a Kerry supporter who was Air Force chief of staff during the first Persian Gulf War, said he did not think the administration raised the terrorism alert for political reasons.Yes Merrill, it is. So does that mean the you and the rest of the Kerry campaign will be harshly rebuking the good Dr. Dean? Or did you not mean it that way?
"However," he said, "isn't it a sad fact that the question even arises?"
If someone makes a false accusation, does that reflect badly on the person who made the accusation, or the target of the accusation? Take your time Merrill.
I just came from conferences with thousand attendees to one with fifty people at most, and it still was a big enough event for the Omaha mayor to visit since apparently nothing else more interesting was going on here. He made sure to mention their zoo now has gorillas (scientific name gorilla gorilla). Good for Omaha.-Frank J
Gorillas? Gosh, things sure are exciting in the big city.
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
This service was felt by us all to be a deeply moving expression of the unity of faith of our two peoples, and none who took part in it will forget the spectacle presented that sunlit morning on the crowded quarterdeck -- the symbolism of the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes draped side by side on the pulpit; the American and Bristish chaplains sharing in the reading of the prayers; the highest naval, military, and air officers of Britain and the United States grouped in one body behind the President and me; the close-packed ranks of British and American sailors, completely intermingled, sharing the same books and joining fervently together in the prayers and hymns familiar to both.Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War, abridged, p490-491, describing the meeting of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt off the coast of Newfoundland, August 10, 1940.
I chose the hymns myself-- "For Those in Peril on the Sea" and "Onward, Christian Soldiers." We ended with "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." Every word seemed to stir the heart. It was a great hour to live. Nearly half those who sang were soon to die.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
In the survey, taken Friday and Saturday, the Democratic ticket of Kerry and John Edwards trailed the Republican ticket of Bush and Dick Cheney 50% to 46% among likely voters, with independent candidate Ralph Nader at 2%.
Before the convention, the two were essentially tied, with Kerry at 47%, Bush at 46%.