Saturday, September 04, 2004

Young Republicans - America's future

Here is something we didn't hear a whole lot about during the RNC - last Wednesday morning’s RNC Youth Convention.

"They are, of course, scrubbed and clean-cut kids, lugging homemade signs (CHENEY ROCKS!) and suits dry-cleaned especially for the occasion."

A definite contrast to the protesters in NYC during the convention.

Q: Was the American antiwar movement important to Hanoi's victory?

A: “Bui Tin, a former colonel in the North Vietnamese army said, It was essential to our strategy. Support of the war from our rear was completely secure while the American rear was vulnerable. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda, and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us.”

I don’t know if this subject has been addressed before within our closely related blog ‘hood. But in the wake of protests at the Republican National Convention its important to remember that while exploiting First Amendment rights may be legally protected by the constitution (protestors even celebrate it as noble and dutiful), it can also have catastrophic effects to the great benefit of our enemies. Former anti-war activist David Horowitz, said, “The blood of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese, and tens of thousands of Americans, is on the hands of the antiwar activists who prolonged the struggle and gave victory to the Communists.”

Why is it so difficult for some to see the relevance of history?

Friday, September 03, 2004

Those sensitive, caring liberals are saying nice things again about our President...

Its funny how the Democrats and the "non-partisan" media are ranting about all the "hate" being espoused during the RNC, yet they don't seem to have a problem with U.S. Rep. Major Owens, a New York Democrat, telling a crowd that the Bush administration is taking America "into a snake pit of fascism."

Here is the story.

"Owens also said the Bush administration "spits on democracy" and is leading the country down a path reminiscent of "Nazi Germany."

This was at the same NOW rally, where Poet Poet Molly Birnbaum said:

"Imagine a way to erase that night four years ago when you (President Bush) savagely raped every pandemic woman over and over with each vote you got, a thrust with each state you stole," Birnbaum said from the podium.

It's Bush's race to lose

With a successful convention behind him, this is President Bush's race to lose. The latest economic numbers released by the labor department this morning reported that the nation's unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent and the economy created 144,000 jobs in August. A growing economy combined with President Bush's advantages over John Kerry on national security issues is likely to result in a decisive, though not overwhelming, victory for the incumbent this November.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Didn't we learn anything from the "deal" with North Korea?

This story, 'Kerry and EU would offer Iran a nuclear deal', leads me to believe that the Democrats have fogotten all about the failure of the deal brokered with North Korea.

"If we are engaging with Iranians in an effort to reach this great bargain and if in fact this is a bluff that they are trying to develop nuclear weapons capability, then we know that our European friends will stand with us," Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards said.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Zell pours it on; Cheney makes his case

Zell Miller's speech packed the heaviest punch of the convention. pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons systems that won the Cold War and that is now winning the War on Terror. Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts.
Vice President Cheney's speech was competent and effective.
The fanatics who killed some 3,000 of our fellow Americans may have thought they could attack us with impunity — because terrorists had done so previously. But if the killers of September 11th thought we had lost the will to defend our freedom, they did not know America ... and they did not know George W. Bush.

Interesting FBI files

Kerry has been linked to "Chinagate" - read about it here.

Finally, some alternatives to Michael Moron's movie

Here is some welcome news about movies due out in October.

"Forget about pricey summer blockbusters. Forget the films vying for Oscar that are all crunched into December releases. This year, it's all about pre-election films. Not the incendiary "Fahrenheit 9/11," not the remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" that mysteriously erased Red China as the villain, replacing it with an American corporation, but a film that promises to strike even more anger into the hearts of angry liberals everywhere."

A National Guard soldier responds to anti-war protesters.

Capt. Ron Hayes in Iraq sent NewsMax his response to protesters at the GOP convention who want to "Bring our Boys Home!"

Franks supports Bush

Tommy Franks gave Bush his endorsement yesterday.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

J Kerry in one short paragraph

I think this one paragraph from a column by Jim Geraghty (NRO) manages to show the types of decisions that Kerry has made throughout his career:

"As a young man urging America to change its policy in Vietnam, he estimated that perhaps 3,000 South Vietnamese would need asylum if the North Vietnamese took over. (More than 100,000 were executed without trial.) He based his first primary campaign for the Senate on being the strongest advocate for the nuclear-freeze movement. His instinct throughout the '80s was to cut military spending. He later justified one of his few marginally conservative votes, the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act, as an effort to reduce military spending. He declared the Reagan years to be "an era of darkness." After the Cold War, he opposed driving Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. Throughout the Clinton years, he served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence without any distinctions or accomplishments whatsoever. He suggested in a late-'90s book that the serious threats of the future were the Japanese yakuza, narcotics cartels, and kidney smuggling in China."

Jonah Goldberg talks about the differences between the parties

Jonah explains it all inhis latest column.

I thought for a moment that Kerry — Naval vet that he is — knew the location of the Lost City of Atlantis and would, as commander-in-chief, call his good friend Prince Namor to do battle with our enemies for us. But, alas, that is not the Democrats' plan. Their plan is to simply be Democrats, and that alone will make the world like it was before 9/11 and, even better, before George W. Bush was "elected" (the scare quotes are theirs). You see, the French didn't refuse to send troops to Iraq because they are French: They refused because George Bush is George Bush.

"I'm an internationalist...

...I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations." -- John Kerry, 1970

Rush's Interview with President George W. Bush

Transcript of the interview.

"The kind of war we're in requires, you know, steadfast resolve, and I will continue to be resolved to bring them to justice, but as well as to spread liberty. And this is one of the interesting points of the debate, Rush, is that, you know, I believe societies can be transformed because of liberty, and I believe that Iraq and Afghanistan will be free nations, and I believe that those free nations right there in the heart of the Middle East will begin to transform that region into a more hopeful place, which in itself will be a detriment to the ability to these terrorists to recruit -- and that's what I was saying. I probably needed to be a little more articulate."

Bush Democrats

I bet there are more people like Ed Koch than most pundits realize.
"I know what you're thinking," Koch said with a smile. "What's Ed Koch doing at the Republican convention? Me! A Democratic district leader in Greenwich Village, Democratic city council member, a Democratic member of Congress, a Democratic mayor. Why am I here? I'm here to convert you. But that's for the next election. This year, I'm voting for the reelection of President George W. Bush!" The crowd roared with applause.
"I've never voted for a Republican president before," Koch told CNN shortly after his introductory remarks. "But I am voting to re-elect George W. Bush because I believe that the Democratic party, regrettably, doesn't have the stomach to take on international terrorism. And George Bush has demonstrated he does."

Monday, August 30, 2004

Opening night in New York City

Good speeches by John McCain and Rudy Giuliani, in my opinion. I especially liked Rudy Giuliani's interpretation of John Edwards's "Two Americas" slogan. And McCain took Michael Moore to task for making Saddam's Iraq appear like Mayberry in his F911 movie.

More hostages threatened with death if their country doesn't.......

.... remove their troops from Iraq? No. NO? Oh, it appears these are French citizens and since France is not part of the Coalition, there are no French troops in Iraq. "Two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq have pleaded for Paris to meet their captors' demands and reverse a ban on Muslim headscarves for girls in public schools".

"Al-Jazeera reported the men were captives of the same group that claimed to have kidnapped an Italian journalist and killed him after Italy refused to withdraw its troops from Iraq."

Now, I'm really confused.

I suppose that they will be released soon, after hearing this statement by Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin:

"France is the country of the French revolution, of human rights," de Villepin said.

Here is the full story from CNN (its also on Reuters).

An Open Letter To John McCain

I happen to think John McCain is an honorable man of great merit. But I have to agree with this vet who thinks McCain should side-step the Swift Boat Veterans’ issue and allow the full wrath of truth to unfold.
However, to McCain’s credit he does believe Kerry’s actions after his tour is open for debate.

What? No net coverage of the convention tonight? Guess I'll have to watch Fox News Channel.

Most of the major media outlets won't even air any convention coverage tonight. They are getting rather blatant about thier obvious bias.

"Let's remember that American citizens own the public airwaves, not TV executives. We give broadcasters the right to use these airwaves for free in exchange for their agreement to broadcast in the public interest. They earn huge profits using this public resource. During this campaign season broadcasters will receive nearly $1.5 billion from political advertising."

Most of them aired some coverage of the Dem convention for at least an hour each night. They made sure to air their favorite Dems' speeches.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Kerry's peculiar taste for literature

Allan H. Ryskind thinks that one can gain insight into the mind of John Kerry by learning about the books and movies he enjoys.
Kerry has shown a penchant for quoting radical folk heroes to prove a point, and not just during this campaign. On January 11, 1991, Kerry leaned on another literary icon of the far left--once a full-fledged Communist party member--in opposing the congressional resolution giving George H.W. Bush the authority to remove Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

At the end of his Senate speech, Kerry said he "would like to share with my colleagues something that Dalton Trumbo wrote in a book called Johnny Got His Gun," a 1939 novel graphically depicting the horrors of war through the protagonist, a completely paralyzed World War I victim.

For reasons only Kerry can explain, the senator deliberately chose the writings of a well-known Hollywood Red to make the case against the Gulf War. A prominent screenwriter, Trumbo was one of the famous Hollywood Ten, those writers, directors, and producers who appeared in 1947 before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and refused to say whether they were, or had ever been, members of the Communist party.

Former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000 offers four critical tips to the Kerry-Edwards campaign

Donna Brazile has some advice for the Kerry campaign:

"Don't approach these crucial presidential debates like they are a Harvard-Yale Society debate. This will serve as Kerry’s chance to show voters who he is as a person. They will want to be comfortable with him. Kerry must come across like a next-door neighbor who is respected on the block. Smile. Lots of smiles and absolutely no narrowing of the eyes, sighs or glancing at his watch."

Good luck with that. I don't think I've ever had a neighbor quite like John Kerry.

Bush --'I'm the guy making history'

From Time mag's exclusive interview with the President at his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Texas with TIME’s John F. Dickerson and Nancy Gibbs:

At a press conference last April, Dickerson asked Bush what he thought was his biggest mistake and the President didn’t have an answer then. Bush responds to the same question in this TIME interview, “When you asked that question, I was convinced you were trying to force me to say it was a mistake to go into Iraq, which I wasn’t going to do. As sure as I’m sitting here, the right decision was to remove Saddam Hussein from power. The tactics going into Iraq were based upon a certain set of assumptions, like refugee flows, hunger, oil destruction. Had we had to do it over again, we would look at the consequences of catastrophic success—being so successful so fast that an enemy that should have surrendered or been done in escaped and lived to fight another day. I couldn’t have sat down and said to you, By the way, we’re going to be so victorious so quickly that we’ll end up having to fight another third of the Baathists over the next year in order to bring liberty to the country. There’s an idea that you can chew on. “

Presidential poker

Mark Steyn writes that Bush is better at presidential poker than John Kerry.
......the President sat back, as John Kerry's consultants, the Iowa caucus voters, the Democratic Party at large, and the media convinced themselves that the one card that trumps Bush's leadership in the war on terror was Kerry's four months in Vietnam, and bet everything on it. They have just lost that hand.