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Face the Nation gives us reason 18,760,234 to laugh at dimorats --Senator Teddy "I killed Mary Jo Kopeckne" Kennedy! He's in the throes of a meandering, lying, ridiculous ramble about how Iraq is a quagmire, Bush is a liar, Rummy's a fool, blah blah blah. He is defending kerry attacking Allawi by...not answering the question..."further and further into the quagmire" sayeth "Shakes" Kennedy. Shakes says that A) Women aren't fleeing the kerry campaign and anyway B) they will come flocking back when he lays out "the plan." (Any day now, kerry!) How will kerry get international involvement to a greater degree? Well, everyone hates Bush...So kerry is better. Got that?
Now we have Repub Lindsey Graham, who is well spoken on his talking points but a type I find personally creepy. To shiny. I see a bright political future for him, derailed in a scandal involving corn, teenage migrant worker boys and bathtub gin, but I digress. He is getting his points across and rebuking the hosts, and is mildly critical of B/C while deriding kerry, so just wait for the Jennifer Loven AP story "All Republicans Hate Bush and All His Twisty Words and are Voting For kerry Secretly," to later be amended to "kerry is a Moron."
Marc Steyn is pissed:
"What a small, graceless man Kerry is. The nature of adversarial politics in a democratic society makes George W. Bush his opponent. But it was entirely Kerry's choice to expand the field, to put himself on the other side of Allawi and the Iraqi people. Given his frequent boasts that he knows how to reach out to America's allies, it's remarkable how often he feels the need to insult them: Britain, Australia, and now free Iraq. But, because this pampered cipher has floundered for 18 months to find any rationale for his candidacy other than his indestructible belief in his own indispensability, Kerry finds himself a month before the election with no platform to run on other than American defeat. He has decided to co-opt the jihadist death-cult, the Baathist dead-enders, the suicide bombers and other misfits and run as the candidate of American failure. This would be shameful if he weren't so laughably inept at it.
I, for one, am glad to see that he seems as angry as I am. This is not a time for this trivia, this is not a time for the usual parade of anti-Americanism that is the modern democrat party. I think these people are disgraceful, and they actually frighten me--However my "fight or flight" response is solidly set on fight. With allies like Steyn on my side, how wrong can I be?
Who's living in the fantasyland here? Huge forces are at play in a world of rapid change. As the prime minister said, ''We Iraqis will stand by you, America, in a war larger than either of our nations.'' But the gentlemen of the press can barely stifle their ennui. Say what you like about the old left, but at least they were outward-looking and internationalist. This new crowd -- Democrats and media alike -- are stunted and parochial, their horizons shriveling more every day.
Stole this from Glenn and I think it is just perfect:
Cause, see, C-BS using fradulent documents in a coordinated effort with a presidential candidate and the DNC to effect the outcome of an election is really just a big nothing, whereas allegations that Bush received preferential treatment in joining the National Guard is just awful and a total smash-up...
From our favorite Portlandian, John Callahan:
We will now hear from our sisters over at Lesbians For Bush:
Sayeth Beth Elliott: "One obvious explanation, one that runs counter to the assumptions of both left and right, is that many of us place higher importance on issues like the benefits of constitutional government over statism, or America's safety in the world, or restoring honor and dignity to our highest institutions, than our particular parochial issues."
Moreover, Elliott contends that gay and lesbian activists need to be more consistent in the way they approach the state,
"Ultimately, there is also the matter of following through on positions and applying them not just to ourselves but to others as well. Because we have decried government interference in our lives, and the harmful effects of derogatory stereotypes, it behooves us to be sensitive to similar legitimate complaints from religious conservatives."
Jeeze Beth, ya got that great organization name and this is yer yawner release? Oy vey
It's so obvious, so begging to be said, and probably alreay has been...
Black Gay Republicans Break with Log Cabin Republicans, Endorse Bush
DALLAS, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Abe Lincoln Black Republican Caucus (ALBRC), a group of young urban Black gay Republicans, voted today in a special call meeting in Dallas, Texas, to endorse President Bush for re- election.
The ALBRC was co-founded by Don Sneed, a member of the Log Cabin Republicans, to address the political issues and needs of young Black gay Republicans, who he says: "Our voices are never heard, yet we exist and are growing in numbers." The endorsement was fueled by the Log Cabin Republicans' refusal to endorse President Bush. "We think that the 'Republican Tent' is inclusive and there is room for differences, but one does not pick up their marbles and go home if there are a few points of disagreement," stated Anthony Falls, Republican Precinct Chairman -- Dallas and the ALBRC National Spokesperson. "The ALBRC does not support marriage for gays, yet we do support and call for recognition of domestic partnerships," he stated.
Okay, okay...Finally, a group I can really get behind...I know, but I've been up since 430am and I'm tired and and and
Mark O Hatfield, a longtime hardcore dove, RINO and typical Oregon "Republican," actually endorsed Bush recently, a surprise to many of us:
Mark O. Hatfield: For me, choice for president is clear: Bush
Thursday, September 23, 2004
As a young Navy officer in World War II, I was one of the first Americans to see Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. That experience lives with me today, and it helped to shape the view I held during my public service career: a view that war is wrong in nearly every circumstance.
As Oregon's governor, I was the only governor in the nation who refused to sign a statement supporting President Johnson's Vietnam War policy.
As a senator, I joined with Sen. George McGovern in an unsuccessful effort to end that war. I was the only senator who voted against both the Democrat and Republican resolutions authorizing the use of force in the 1991 Gulf War.
In my final years in the Senate, I opposed President Clinton's decision to send American troops to Bosnia.
During my 30 years in the Senate, I never once voted in favor of a military appropriations bill.
I know that this record will cause many to wonder why I am such a strong supporter of President Bush and his policy in Iraq. My support is based on the fact that our world changed on Sept. 11, 2001, a day on which we lost more American lives than we did in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
I know from my service in the Senate that Saddam Hussein was an active supporter of terrorism. He used weapons of mass destruction on innocent people and left no doubt that he would do so again. It was crucial to the cause of world peace that he be removed from power.
Having seen atrocious loss in World War II, I understand the devastation of armed conflict. We have paid dearly with American and Iraqi lives for our commitment, but we cannot afford the alternative. Nor can we afford a president who puts a wet finger in the air and turns over his decisions to pollsters.
President Bush has indeed taken heat for his resolve in pursuing the war on terrorism and efforts in Iraq. His steadfastness and resolve in the face of his critics are deserving of praise.
As terrorists continue to plot against our country and our interests, the American people must choose between action and inaction, between security and insecurity.
I believe the choice is clear. I will proudly cast my vote for President George W. Bush.
Mark O. Hatfield served as a Republican U.S. senator from Oregon from 1967 to 1997.
(Hat tip to reader AW for the heads-up.)
On a related note, shortly after writing this piece Sen. Hatfield took a spill at his daughter's home an suffered a concussion. Word is he is recovering well, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
Ceding to the desires of partisan hack Bill Bradbury and the kerry kampaign krew, Ralph Nader is outta here in Oregon:
The Oregon Supreme Court ended Ralph Nader's presidential bid in the state Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling that directed Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to list Nader as an independent candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot. In a unanimous opinion, the state's highest court ruled that Marion County Circuit Judge Paul J. Lipscomb erred when he concluded that Bradbury had exceeded his authority by disqualifying thousands of otherwise valid voter signatures on Nader petitions because of dating and signing errors by people who had circulated the petitions.
The Supreme Court ordered Lipscomb to withdraw the directive to put Nader's name on the general election ballot.
The decision climaxed a roller coaster ride for Nader, who won 5 percent of the vote in Oregon in 2000 as the Green Party candidate. Within the past month, Nader appeared to have gathered enough voter signatures to qualify for the ballot, then was denied access to the ballot by the state Elections Division and finally was ordered onto the ballot by Lipscomb.
Yes, by allowing a candidate on the ballot Circuit Court Judge Lipscomb was clearly out of control. What a dirty dog...Check his records, he probably donated to some Republican candidate at some time, obviously making him a full fledged VRWC member!
As noted previously on this blog, Bradbury, kerry and the rest of the dimorat power elite power had long ago decided that "making every vote count" was really only valid so long as said votes go to kerry. Really, seriously, how could you belong to this party? At what point does a sense of shame EVER kick in for these folks?
The fake but inaccurate Bush reinstates the draft story has made the .local paper, the Oregonian:
Kerry suggests that Bush might reinstate military draft
The Democratic candidate raises the issue during a two-day campaign swing through
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, citing the war in Iraq and other trouble spots in the world, raised the possibility Wednesday that a military draft could be reinstated if voters re-elect President Bush.
Kerry said he would not bring back the draft and questioned how fairly it was administered in the past.
Answering a question about the draft that had been posed at a forum with voters, Kerry said: "If George Bush were to be re-elected, given the way he has gone about this war and given his avoidance of responsibility in North Korea and Iran and other places, is it possible? I can't tell you."
However, unlike the AP story noted in previous posts on this site, dig into the Oregonian's version and you'll chance upon this nugget of info: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other Pentagon officials have been asked numerous times whether they thought a draft would be necessary to maintain force levels in Iraq. They have said consistently that they think it is neither necessary nor desirable, since today's military is built on volunteer service and professionalism.
Credit where credit is due, this is the first spinning of this yarn that included Rummy nixing it that I have seen. While I would prefer a more opinionated slant to the whole story--Something along the "kerry is a liar" line perhaps-- I do appreciate the actual inclusion of many pertinent facts. The writer still couldn't bring herself to point out that all the draft bills currently in process are dimorat sponsored, but I'll take what I can get.
Ah, the Blogosphere. I was checking out the adored Sondra K at Knowledge is Power and she had a helpful link to The Cool Blue Blog who has been on this BS tale for a while. He also adds Max Clealand, Howie Dean and even one of the BILLS FUCKING SPONSORS Jim McDermott to the list of lying dimorat goat-defilers spreading this filthy lie:
Howard Dean and Max Clealand are propgating the lie. If one were of a mind to be generous, one could allow that perhaps Howard and Max don't know who sponsored these bills.
However, as I blogged here, the same can not be said for Rep Jim McDermott who is both propogating the lie and a sponsor of the House bill.
How is it possible for anyone to trust a party that believes, as obviously the Democratic Party (as an institution) does, that winning by any means possible is justifiable?
The party of JFK and FDR has long ago left the building.
In follow up to the posting of last night, I found several more links to pertinent info about the filthy dimorat lies regarding the draft. Itt seems that no larger a scumbag then old kerry himself floated the fake draft tale just today!
CrushKerry has a nice, link rich blurb: Kerry Spreads Draft Lie John Kerry today hinted that a 2nd Bush term would cause the draft to return. This is of course, nonsense. In fact, Democrats criticized Donald Rumsfeld when he said, in January, 2003, that there would be no draft because draftees would add "no value" and "no advantage" to the military.What's next, Kerry's plan to wipe out the national debt by first sending money to M Sese Seko to invest? (Check the above link for further linkage)
Insta has an amazing, ongoing entry featuring the AP pulling the draft rumor quote from their Kerry coverage: OKAY, NOW I BELIEVE THOSE POLLS about how badly Kerry is doing. Why else would he be making bogus claims about restoring the draft?
Maybe some reporters should ask him why, if this is a secret Bush plan, it's Democrats in Congress who are sponsoring bills to bring back the draft? Or maybe at least note that in the reports?
UPDATE: This take seems about right:
What next, is Kerry going to denounce the U.S. Postal Service's plan to tax e-mail?
This is not the move of a campaign confident about where it is in the polls.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Weirdly, the draft reference is now missing from the AP story linked above. You can still see it here, though, at least for now.
MORE: Hmm. Is this AP's fault, rather than Kerry's? This may have been the result of a reporter hyping the draft issue rather than, as I thought, Kerry trying to raise it in a "nuanced" fashion.
STILL MORE: More thoughts here, including the observation that this seems to be some kind of unified message-of-the-week.
(Check the above link for further linkage)
This is simply amazing stuff...This is deceit and straight out lying on a par of nothing I have ever seen. It can only be hoped --and prayed for-- that the continued self-destruction of the MSM will facilitate the truth getting out on all this rot.
From reader Geoff comes this helpful workplace advice via the Victoria University in New Zealand:
The f-word may be considered one of the English language's most offensive swearwords, but researchers from Victoria University in New Zealand report it may be okay to say it at work--under certain circumstances.
According to these daring researchers, saying the f-word within the confines of your own work team helps to build and reinforce team morale, reports New Zealand's Dominion Post. They came to this startling conclusion after analyzing the conversation patterns of a work team laboring in an unidentified soap factory
A soap factory, hmm? Ironic. This could certainly come in handy were I ever to have the misfortune to work for the kerry kampaign, C-BS, the NY Times...
George W. Bush:
"It's hard to help a country go from tyranny to elections to peace when there are a handful of people who are willing to kill in order to stop the process. And that's what you're seeing on the TV screens. You know, these people cannot beat us militarily"...The terrorist scum sucking bastards "use the only tool at their disposal, which is beheadings and death, to try to shake our will. They understand the nature of America. ... We weep when we think about the families affected by those who have been brutalized by these terrorists."
John Forbes kerry:
Bush was "living in a make-believe world," unwilling to tell the truth or to understand the situation in Iraq. The Democrat said he had laid out (When, where, how?) "steps to win the war, not to change, not to retreat, steps to win. George Bush is trying to fight a phantom here because he won't tell the American people the truth, so he sets up something that's not a real issue and attacks it."
This man kerry is such unmitigated scum, such mindless vermin, such subhuman garbage it is difficult to comprehend. Here we have a President who is brave, strong in the face of opposition, honest and forthright, and his oppostion is just a liar, a vile anti-American pig. How kerry can garner 11 voted in the entire country defies all reason.
Tired of being just another pretty face in Bloggerville, Jeff over at Beautiful Atrocities doffed his PJs and got all investigative on Lucy Ramirez's ass...
So I flew to fricking Houston & met my friend Suki from Splendora, who said I was nuts. "Look, I know the broad's name," I said. "A source told me she's in the poultry business.Vamos!" We began hitting the poultry farms, posing as Church's Fried Chicken scouts with some IDs we'd forged at Kinkos. After 9 or 10 of these pit toilets, my eyes swelled shut & I was coughing feather balls. And I hate chickens; they can smell fear.
We found the little Bush-hating bitch at the Motorhead Poultryworks & Gift Shoppe where they said she ran the gut-sucker or something. We cornered her in the breakroom. She was a Section 8 blonde in a white smock, combing her eyelashes with a toothpick & eating a jumbo box of Hooters Hot Pot BBQ Chicken Wings
Congratulations to Jeff for teh big story, now get right over there and read the whole action-packed, exciting and ultimately life affirming tale.
A classic 1988 Dirty Harry flick. Without cheating (IMDB), you can name who played "Johnny Squares" the rock star who lip-syncs "Welcome to the Jungle" and is the first one offed by the bad guy?
I had a discussion with a woman today about the coming Bush Landslide, er I mean, Election, and she was undecided. We discussed various issues and she still seemed apprehensive, so I asked what her number 1 concern about Bush was (as even she admitted that kerry had no meaningful, coherent stand on anything). "The draft," she stated. When I asked her what she meant, she said she had a 20 year old son, and had heard that Bush was considering a reinstitution of the draft.
Being blogocentric, I knew I had just seen something blogged about the issue, and the fact that the Repubs were standing in the way of a couple of dimorat sponsored bills. I told her to hit this blog this evening and that I would have the info...
I got home and started looking around for the info, which on my 56K dial-up (and by 56k I mean 2 cans with string) and ancient computer (and by computer I mean abacus with pictures) I figured it would be a bit painstaking. I decided to procrastinate a bit and read some favs...First up I went to the ever brilliant Betsy's Page and lo and behold:
bill ... HR 163 was introduced by prominent Democrats like Charlie Rangel, Jim McDermott, John Conyers, and John Lewis. There aren't any Republicans involved in the bill. ...They are also using the bill to drum up opposition to the war. They are in the minority. The bill will never, ever pass. It's just a publicity gimmick and now they're using the bill to go anti-Bush.
If you look at the report from the Selective Service System and you will find that the SSS is setting up a prototype exercise of a lottery. And the reason they're doing that is because Congress passed a law requiring them to do so. That is the Government Performance and Resuults Act which was passed in 1993. I seem to remember that George Bush wasn't president then. And the Republicans didn't control the Congress in 1993.
So, according to a Democratically passed law signed by President Clinton, the Selective Service System is setting up a prototype lottery system for use in a national emergency.
Emphaisis added and abbreviations for context to my post, so go over and read the whole thing. Betsy is discussing a filthy dimorat lie e-mail being sent around college campi to scare students that is utterly despicable, and utterly typical of the liars. And many thanks, Betsy, for making my life easier!
Expanding on, and making vastly more sense of, a piece I picked up on a few days back, the ever brilliant Mark Steyn writes on the current situation in Iraq, Euro/UN ostriches and the Islamoisation of Europe:
That is not to say there are not serious questions about both short-term tactics (Fallujah, Najaf) and long-term goals (a democratic Iraq). But neither the newly parochial post-internationalist Left, unable to get past its "BLAIR LIED!!! PEOPLE DIED!!!!!" nursery rhymes, nor the snob Right - the Max Hastings/Douglas Hurd/Crispin Tickell crowd - has any useful contribution to make to this debate.
Instead, all the discussion is within factions of the American Right - between the "neocons", with their plans to democratise the Middle East, and the more traditional "assertive nationalists", whose hopes for a foetid region are a little less ambitious. That's worth arguing over, but it is not an argument you can enter if you have got no useful proposals of your own.
And, in the end, the reality is this. A few weeks ago, Prof Bernard Lewis, the great historian of the Muslim world, told Die Welt that "Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century". That seems demographically unavoidable.
I am endlessly amazed at Steyn's insight and intelligence. He also has impressive quantity to go with the quality, and his clearing house of a home page is worth a look daily.
Got yer Colts, yer Seahawks and yer Raiders today, so not much blogage. My endless hatred of the Seahawks marches on, so if they prevail expect my attitude to take a nosedive and get even shittier.
First off, I really like Chris Wallace. My original apprehensions are gone. That being said: YUCK! First guest up--McCain. This guy...oy vey. John is now telling us all how we need to be running Iraq. I guess that's better then just calling it a quagmire...Background looks like McCain is in Vegas, so maybe there's hope for him yet. McCain is obsessing about taking out the "sanctuaries," conveniently ignoring the fact that the bad guys keep holding up in Islamo religious sites and suggesting no way to rout them without smashing the sites, Wallace just tossed McCain the C-BS memo scandal! McCain says spill it C-BS, come clean, but he won't go so far as to say the memos are fakes...Don't bite that hand McCain! Thank the Lord baby Jesus in heaven THAT segment is over--McCain is not my cup o' tea at all. Straddler, dammit! He has no core values I see other than his love of the camera. Ick.
Now we go on to discuss the swing states with Bill Richardson, jackass Governor of New Mexico and Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota. Richardson leads by trumpeting keeping Nader off the ballot! I thought ever vote counted? Guess not...But Richardson sees the future in kerry's "growing support" among Hispanics. Hmmm. Richardson looks PISSED, lots of frowning and scowling, even though he too appears to be in Vegas. Pawlenty looks like he's about 14 and not so bright, but he has his banal Repub talking points down rote. Yawn. Richardson at least brings some life to his demo talking points, some actual (fake but accurate) passion. YES! Richardson says bring on NATO, the UN, the international community (France & Germany) to "fix" Iraq. Pawlenty of course doesn't like this strategy and has learned to say "Defeatist" and just compared kerry to a superball bouncing around a room, a fitting analogy given his apperance.
Round table time: kerry bringing in more troops for his failing campaign, first topic. Brit hits it out of the park and really this is all that need be said: The problem is kerry, not his advisors. Who cares what message kerry has, it'll change in 4 minutes. I don't give 2 shits what kerry says, he has nothing but platitudes. Juan suggest making an issue of Halliburton! There's a winner! Ooh! Wallace: Where is John Edwards? No one really bite down on this one: He's supposed to portray himself as the "nice guy" apparently. Bah! He has NO foreign policy experience AT ALL and little domestic experience...Plus he is a liability to the demos on 'Nam as he really did weasel out of serving. Someone needed to say he was picked back when kerry had the mojo and they thought they could sew up the female vote with him because he's (theoretically) cute. Them's the facts, and I think it is illustrative of the horrid lack of depth of the entire kerry campaign. On to the C-BS scandal, and the latest DNC howler that it is all the fault of the White House for not telling C-BS they were fake! Juan, nice demo robot that he is, is actually trying to make the case. Kristol says the source will break this week, altho Burkett has already been outed pretty much, at least in Bloggerville.
They wrapped the show with a nice portrait of the lady who runs the debates, Janet Brown. Per the norm for fair & balanced Fox, they mention she is a demo but don't make a big point of it.
A good outing from Fox, I'd give it a solid B, B+.
OLD Bob Scheifer is permitting that jackass Holbrook (sp) all the room he needs to spew all his demo talking points on Iraq, yawn. Yeah, yeah...We did it all wrong, no plan for peace, over 1000 dead..zz...zzzzz....zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Kerry's "plan" isn't even brought up by old Bob (maybe he too cannot state what it is), so never you mind that. Oh good, now Bob is noting the lack of international cooperation...by International I presume he means France and Germany, but that's so many darn words! Old Bob did get around to mentioning Kerry's claim that we would be calling up troops post-election and let it get batted down right quick but OH MAN, yawn, yawn, yawn.
Old Bob just brought up all Bush's negatives--the "quagmire" in Iraq, the "faltering(???)" economy, etc-- and wondered how HOW he could still be ahead 9 points in the CBS poll...He threw in a tiny problem with kerry not having any stand on anything, but quickly buried that under all the great plans the kerry folk are devising to remedy his man's problems. He also managed to sputter a few choice liberal inanities about how kerry being somehow so tied to Vietnam is problematic as we as a nation "just want to forget." Skillfully, old Bob managed to continue his total blackout on the Swifties, naturally. Ugh. The whole show gets a D.
Man, John Thune is FANTASTIC on Meet the Press this morning...He just straight up said to daschle that his rhetoric "emboldens our enemies." Damn! He's been hammering steady on everything from S.D. road funding to taxation to daschle's record, just hittin' him head on. Daschle just looks pathetic, old and rude -interrupting, muttering, trying all the old demo tricks when his record is questioned (lie, distort, even when faced with direct irrefutable votes he's made, lie, lie, lie). Really a great show and a major showcase of Thune who, barring demo skeleton finding, looks like a good bet for national office. A check of the polls shows Thune even or ahead, thank God. I've not been paying that much attention, mostly because my loathing of daschle is so great I can barely stand looking at him, but it seems worth keeping an eye on now.
Also noteworthy--Tim Russert certainly seems to be watching the C-BS/Rather meltdown in the ratings and taking note. I've always felt he was better at keeping his leftie impulses in check, but they occasionally reared up and protected the status quo demo partyline; This debate with Thune and daschle was phenomenally well balanced with both being called on their ads and records and both being forced to actually respond to the question, not drift into rhetoric. Thune, with less experienceas a politician then daschle, was vastly better at actually answering. Daschle had to be gently chided several times when he would meander into demo talking point nonsense. A special highpoint: Russert showing the daschle ads where he hugs the President and bleats on about how he (daschle) has been such a bipartisan show pony! What a hoot--Both Russert and Thune ripped him a new one, Thune even saying daschle was "dumping his party's loser candidate" to coattail on Bush!
All in all, the best Meet the Press in a long time! A solid A, with some extra credit points thrown in.
As I have long believed, Europe has its' collective head so far up its' collective ass that the possibility that the U.S. will have to bail them out a la WWII--within my lifetime--is entirely realistic. In a column that would scare any rational human not in a coma for the last 15 years, even myopic "intellectual" Bernard Lewis has to face some harsh reality: "Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century." Terror inducing link here.
Macaulay Culkin Drug Bust
Oklahoma cops pop "Home Alone" star for pot, pill possession
SEPTEMBER 17--In a week that has already included news about the arrests of former child stars Tracey Gold and Edward Furlong, comes word from Oklahoma that Macaulay Culkin was popped this afternoon on drug charges. The 24-year-old actor, best known for starring in the "Home Alone" movies, was nabbed for possession of marijuana and a "controlled dangerous substance" for which he did not have a prescription. A bleary-eyed Culkin is pictured below in an Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office mug shot. Arrested following a traffic stop, Culkin was jailed on $4,000 bond.
I guess this pretty much telegraphs the kerry war plan:
Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry said President Bush has a secret plan (Can't have that...the Frenchies may get irked) to call up more National Guard and Reserve troops immediately after the election (Would that be before or after we reinstitute the draft?), an allegation that the Bush campaign called "false and ridiculous."
Kerry issued the charge while campaigning Friday in Albuquerque, N.M., as he criticized the president of glossing over a worsening conflict in Iraq (Yes because if we have seen one thing in this wartime President it is that he doesn't take this war seriously, just ask Mike "I'm a war profiteer" Moore).
"He won't tell us what congressional leaders are now saying, that this administration is planning yet another substantial call-up of reservists and Guard units immediately after the election,"(It's called planning war, kerry. Maybe we don't want the bad guys to know our plans...)Kerry said. "Hide it from people through the election, then make the move."
So I gather that we should...blab our plans for everyone to sign off on? Get the UN opinion? France? Maybe call up our pal al-Sadr and gauge his response? Kerry being Kerry he can't say what he really means, so send out the dimorat minion:
But Rep. John Murtha, D-Penn., ranking member on the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and a former Marine who served in Vietnam, said he had learned through conversations with Pentagon officials that beginning in November, "the Bush administration plans to call up large numbers of the military Guard and Reserves, to include plans that they previously had put off to call up the Individual Ready Reserve."
Thanks Johnny...I am sure the insurgents and terrorists appreciate your spilling the beans on what may or may not be our forward strategy! Way to go, jackass. But just don't question the dimorat Patriotism! They love America! They love the soldiers! They support our military!
The beloved Betsy has a post today about the missing would-be Veep:
Bob Novak notes that John Edwards is turning down invitations to appear on Sunday talk shows. That is odd since he was supposed to be such a plus for the Kerry campaign a couple of months ago. Novak hypothesizes that Kerry doesn't want Edwards overshadowing him. I doubt that is the reason. If he'd really been concerned about that, he wouldn't have picked Edwards in the first place. Could it be that they realize all the questions Edwards would get about things Kerry has said and Kerry's record and the campaign has no answer for those questions? Better have reporters whine about not getting answers than providing such answers on TV to be played over and over again.
While I think her argument has obvious merit, there is also the looming question of Edwards service. What did Edwards do vis a vis service? A quick google search pulled up this from Newsmax:
In April, NBC "Today Show" host Katie Couric asked him where he was during Vietnam. The exchange went like this:
COURIC: Your military service, before we go?
EDWARDS: I - I did not serve in the military.
COURIC: You had a high lottery number, is that right?
EDWARDS: I did, and I came after - after the time that they were actually drafting from the lottery, Katie. I'm 50 years old. And because at the time I came along and graduated from high school and then - and then went to college, I was not drafted. [END OF EXCERPT]
A high lottery number? Not exactly. Pulling number 178 in the February 1972 Selective Service lottery drawing, Edwards' number was lower than more than half of those picked.
And what about the claim that he "came after the time that they were actually drafting from the lottery."
That's not strictly true either. The year Edwards became eligible for the draft, the military drafted 49,514 men, according to Selective Service records - tapping draftees who had lottery numbers as high as 95. The draft was abolished in July 1973.
Since Edwards clearly avoided service, how could he help the "Bush is AWOL" fantasy the dimorats so love?
Mizz Coulter has a new column over at townhall and, as usual, she rocks the shit down:
In Dan Rather's defense, it must be confessed, he is simply a newsreader. Now that Walter Cronkite is retired, Rather is TV's real-life Ted Baxter without Baxter's quiet dignity. No one would ever suggest that he has any role in the content of his broadcast. To blame Dan Rather for what appears on his program would be like blaming Susan Lucci for the plot of "All My Children."
The person to blame is Ted Baxter's producer, Mary Mapes. Mapes apparently decided: We'll run the documents calling Bush a shirker in the National Guard, and if the documents turn out to be fraudulent we'll:
a) Blame Karl Rove;
b) Say the documents don't matter.
Say what you will about Repubs v dimo-rats, we have the funniest on our side. Ann, Mark Steyn, a jillion different bloggers, hillarious all. When did the lefties get so sour and humorless?
Via Powerline comes a link to Deborah Orin's latest NY Post piece,"Kamikaze Kerry Rides Along With Loser Dan." Have to admit I haven't read it yet --Preping for the meta-Garage Sale is an endless nightmare-- but that has got to be my #1 Headline of the whole C-BS saga, and possibly the entire kerry campaign. Brilliant.
According to the latest ratings, old Dan and C-BS are dead, dead last.
In Philadelphia, the nation's #4 market, Rather pulled a 2.6 rating/5 share on Tuesday night against ABC's 13.3 rating/23 share and NBC's 4.0/7.
In Chicago, Rather hit a 2.3/5 to ABC's 9.2/20.
CBS trailed ABC by more than 2 to 1 in Los Angeles.
And in the nation's top market, New York, Rather finished not only behind NBC NIGHTLY NEWS and ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT -- but also pulled less audience than reruns of the SIMPSONS, WILL & GRACE and KING OF QUEENS.
Rather finished dead last in New York during the 6:30 pm timeslot among all broadcast channels tracked by NIELSEN on Tuesday.
So it would appear that the majority oppose deceit, fraud and blatant anti-Bush bias. Not even the curious are tuning it to see what all the ado is, people are just turning off in droves. I wonder how Dan, the DNC and Moveon will spin this as a result of that nasty Karl Rove too...
Dick Cheney is on an "F-Word" Rampage. I have it on good authority that vice president Dick Cheney has finally lost it, and cannot stop with the Fuck, Fuck, Fuck that started with his telling Ass Monkey and ostensible Seantor Pat Leahy to "Fuck off."
"I know the Vice President is an important man but telling me to 'F- - - off' was harsh," says Pinkie Graderson, who waits tables and loads dishwashers at a posh restaurant near the White House.
"All I did was ask him if I could take his plate to make way for his dessert. He looked at me with a big, self-satisfied smile and said, 'F- - - off.'
"But I'm not the only one. He's been saying that to everybody. He thinks it's funny."
Nobody knows that better than blind paraplegic and Vietnam war hero Henry Feltern, who has owned and operated a popular newsstand in Washington since 1979.
"Mr. Cheney sent one of his aides over to pick up a few newspapers but forgot to give her the money to pay for them," says Feltern, 53. "When I told the young woman that she owed me $27.50, she said, 'But these are for the Vice President.'
"I told her she'd have to pay anyway, so she dialed Cheney on her cell phone and handed it to me. I said, "Mr. Vice President, your papers will be $27.50.'
"There was a long silence, and then he said, 'Do the words 'f- - - off' mean anything to you?' "
These people have to be stopped.
I'll be burning in an asphalt parking lot all day, so there'll be little outta me for today. Just remember: "George Bush made the job for terrorists easier and the job for America's police harder and that's just wrong." - J Forbes Kerry
The mighty Instapundit brings a great bit of linkage to Man Without Qualities and his tales of demo defacement and the real "Climate of Fear." Man Without Qs pretty much nails my experiences--Here in damp Portland, Oregon I can certainly attest to his facts. Every political or even socially conservative (pro-Bush 1 & Bush 2, NRA Membership) bumper sticker I've ever had, EVERY ONE, has been scratched, defaced, peeled off. I had one sticker reading "Buy American Beef" with a screaming eagle and flag festooning it, granted bought only to piss off liberal vegan anti-American assholes, shredded. I find it all funny as hell, hence my actually putting stickers on my various trucks and beaters over the years just to annoy. But seriously, folks, when is the last time--no matter how good it would have felt--you keyed a new Volvo with a "BUSHITLER" sticker? Damn, I get annoyed with "Straight But Not Narrow" stickers on Subaru Outbacks, but I keep my mitts off!
As further example of the demonstrable ignorance of demos regarding what is or isn't slime, Juan Williams just got finished sliming the Swifts as an answer to the See-BS/Dan Rather/forgery story. When asked his opinion, Williams said something about how the whole campaign was dirty, and blah blah blah and just look at those Swift Vets who have "been proven as being false..." Poor Brit Hume looked so pissed I thought he was gonna puke, but ol' Billy Kristol did a semi-good job of unspinning Juan, saying essentially: "No, their allegations have not been proven false and further, the Swift Vets organization has proven to be much more transparent then See-BS in these matters--thus enabling you to make these charges, Juanita." Again--Swift Vets, BAD, EVIL, MEAN. See-BS using fraudulent documents--NO, SWIFT VETS LIARS, SWIFT VETS BAD. You cannot know what goes on in a person's noggin, but I think Juan and his fellow demos feel like they've made some point with these tactics, like they've won the debate. Don't answer the question, veer off onto some other topic, spread innuendo and smear it around good to distract from the original point and Voila, Victory! Pathetic.
I was over reading one of my favorites, Betsy, and a post she had about a new Newsweek article titled "Slime Time Live-In your face: Fueled by shadowy cash, the attacks get uglier and uglier. Why the mud's flying so thick and fast." Ostensibly it is a dissection of how ugly and personal the elections, and politics in general, have gotten. Betsy brings up a problem I share:
The whole tone of the article is objectionable. They equate the Swift Boat ads with this entire story as if both are vicious and possibly dishonest. This is the storyline that the MSM is adopting. I heard Margaret Carlson say lastnight on Capital Gang that now there is Red State truth and Blue State truth. Bush supporters believe the SBVT and Bush opponents believe 60 Minutes. It's too much for Newsweek to actually try to determine which is true and which isn't. But there is no accusation about forgery with the Swifties. The most you have are different recollections about events there. Of course, we can't judge because Kerry refuses to release all the documents.
I could not agree more, and have long had a problem with the claim by both the MSM and demos in general that campaigns have become so mean, with both sides pulling rotten, dirty tricks in a casual, par for the course manner. Really?
I do not deny that campaigns have taken an ugly tone: In the past week we have been subjected to a regimen of allegations about Bush, all meant to undermine his character. Ben Barnes, the 60 Minutes fraud documents tall tale, the new Kitty Kelly "book" scheduled for next week and given major star treatment with 3 consecutive appearances slated for the morning talkers. But what is the consistent thread? It's ALL democrat sliming, all the time. Where is the other half, the Repub slime? Thus far I have heard that the Swift Boaters are an example, but how so? 285 or however many Vietnam vets banded together, with seemingly little to gain (certainly less then the PAID kerry staffers who CBS/NYT/Wash Post et al routinely interview and posit as simple talking heads, not partial in the least, no no never...but NO, we shant mention they work for K boy...). The MSM has never vetted their "larger story" or the "importance of the allegations" they make, instead trumpeting the one or two whom has had problems corroborating their stories. Yet the Swifts are classified as examples of partisan meanness, simply as a given for no reason other then their distaste for kerry.
Another recent example of Repub rottenness is the non-story of Cheney saying that he felt the Repub party was better for the national defense. You would have thought he had a Deanesque meltdown and went completely mad, ranting that Al Queda was just waiting, finger on the button, for a kerry victory. It was a nonevent in total--at least I had the ability to understand what he said, and why, set aside that I completely concur. And when he seeks to clarify his message for the IDIOTS in the MSM, it is spun as some sort of admission that he had overstepped some hostility line...Well, no. The schmucks at NYT, See-BS, ABC, NBC, CNN, etc had so overstated his statements that he felt compelled to correct the record. Had I been advising him I would have blown off the whole thing, but that's just me. The best shot they seem to have to date are the Willie Horton ads, but so what? It was TRUE. Dukakis did parole irresponsibly, Horton did go on to rape, kill, maim, injure. Where is the slime in pointing out failed policies of your opponent?
That brings us to the main point: democrats ARE purveyors of slime, personal attacks and the overall lowering of the process. From all the fakery and fraud in their zeal to attack Bush about events 30 years ago, events that elicit a giant SO WHAT from the public, I believe, to the "October surprise" of the Gore campaign releasing drunk driving records of Bush, to Clinton's long and sordid history of smearing his detractors, to Carvile, Begala et al and their overwhelming unctuousness, the list is never ending. Spinning Karl Rove as the evil mastermind behind Idiot Bush, when not spinning Bush as a manipulating liar, to spinning Bush as Cheney's puppet, to spinning Bush/Cheney as oil baron Haliburton minions, on and on, nary a shred of evidence not withstanding. Yet talk to a demo or, my personal favorite, the "independent voter" who cannot site a single Republican vote in their histories, and you find that all the aforementioned slime is a foregone conclusion, and they remain utterly unaware of their own level of slime ingestion.
The battle of the slime will probably never be honestly addressed, let alone won. Modern democrats (and "independents") are watching the demise of their party. Forced to confront the profundity of their own lack of core values, they must frantically cling to hearsay, innuendo, rumors and SLIME to substantiate not their belief in their values but the demonized nature of their opponents. With that backdrop, how can they be expected to address the situation honestly, rationally or objectively?
I feel so fancy and special now! Jeff over at Beautiful Atrocities has seen fit to add me to his Blog Roll! How Exciting! I think this proves that, aside from being painfully attractive, young Jeff shows the kind of intelligence and insight that keeps the Blog world vital...His failure to take me up on my many and myriad proposals of gay marriage are my cross to bear, but I still adore him and thank him!
Why, again, is it we let these idiots vote? War? Terrorism? Domestic Economy? Nah...Let's elect a WindSurfing Dumbass for President!! Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic...
While the fellows at Powerline ,Instapundit, INDC Journal and Little Green Footballs would like you to get distracted over a little flap regarding forgery, fraud, CBS/Dan Rather, computers and typewriters and all this other really crazy stuff, the REAL story is going undetected! Of course these "bloggers" aren't going to turn their steely gaze and Google skills over to this little gem, But I, I, will not join the VRWC, nor be "cowed" by it. MISTER PRESIDENT, WE DEMAND ANSWERS:
Desperate to win a second term in the White House, President Bush has reportedly turned to an unconventional weapon in his political arsenal: Voodoo!
A source on Bush's reelection team says the president has already used the ancient magic to boost both the economy and his performance in election polls. His next plan is to cast a devastating curse on his Democratic challenger, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, to smash Kerry's chances of booting Bush from the White House.
There's more,link here. I am waiting, Mister President...Let's see Karl Rove get you out of this one!
I might even be able to drum up something like respect for the dimmo-rats if they could come up with anyone 1/1,000,000th as brilliant, droll and hysterical as Mark Steyn. Come on guys--Ya'll got all of Hollywood (nearly) in yer pocket, can't you come up with ONE commentator who isn't a shrill ninny? Come to think of it, even forging documents for 60 Minutes is over yer heads, so forget I said anything.
Dan Rather and the elderly gentlemen at ''60 Minutes'' were all atwitter because they'd come into possession of some hitherto undiscovered memos relating to whether George W. Bush failed to show up for his physical in the War of 1812. The media had been flogging this dead horse all spring, but these newly ''discovered'' memos had jump-started the old nag just enough to get him on his knees long enough for the media to flog him all over again.
Unfortunately for CBS, Dan Rather's hairdresser sucks up so much of the budget that there was nothing left for any fact-checking, so the ''60 Minutes'' crew rushed on air with a damning National Guard memo conveniently called ''CYA'' that Bush's commanding officer had written to himself 32 years ago. ''This was too hot not to push,'' one producer told the American Spectator. Hundreds of living Swiftvets who've signed affidavits and are prepared to testify on camera -- that's way too cold to push; we'd want to fact-check that one thoroughly, till, say, midway through John Kerry's second term. But a handful of memos by one dead guy slipped to us by a Kerry campaign operative -- that meets ''basic standards'' and we gotta get it out there right away.
Sorry, I have no love for Islam. I do not buy that they are the Religion of "Peace" because talking heads on the nets and the papers tell me so. Where is the Martin Luther King Jr. of Islam? Where are the Peace Marches by and for fellow Muslims? Where are the Imams who teach and preach Peace, Tolerance, Diversity? No, I will accept Islam as the Religion of Peace when they are, and until then:
Any rational person knows Ben Barnes is a liar, but still, this has gotta hurt:
BARNES: I love my father very much, but he's doing this for purely political reasons. He is a big Kerry fund-raiser and he is writing a book also. And [the Bush story] is what he's leading the book off with. ... He denied this to me in 2000 that he did get Bush out [of Vietnam service]. Now he's saying he did.
CROWLEY: Did he tell you, Amy – and I'm glad I have you on the line with me – did your father tell you that he was prepared to do this on behalf of John Kerry – go after President Bush like this?
BARNES: He told me he was going to do it. In fact, I talked to him a couple of months ago. He told me he was writing the book. He told me that he was going to be talking about this. And he knows that I – we have very diverse political opinions. He knows my opinions and we get into this debate every time I see him. But, you know, he said that he was going to be talking about it.
CROWLEY: Now you're saying, Amy, that he has had two separate stories on President Bush's Guard duty during the Vietnam era?
BARNES: Yes, yes. This came out in 2000 and I asked him then, at the time, if he [helped get Bush into the Guard]. He said: "No, absolutely not. I did not do that." -
CROWLEY: So, I hate to put you in this position, but I will ask you, do you think your father, Ben Barnes who was on "60 Minutes II" with Dan Rather last night – do you believe that he lied on the air to the American people last night about President Bush?
BARNES; Yes, I do. I absolutely do. And I think he's doing he's doing it for purely political, opportunistic reasons – trying to get John Kerry elected and trying to make Bush look like the bad person. ... Like I said, he's going to be trying to promote his book that he's got coming out. Audio link here
When your own family calls you out it may be time to rethink...God, these liars really cannot seem to get away with their usual playbook.
Aside from my Republican glee at (once again) exposing the sordid partisanism of the media, the other wonderous and happy aspect of the dan rather/cbs scandal is the obviation of the utter ineptitude of big media, and the swift and open nature of the Blogosphere...
As Jay Currie points out in his Tech Central column, this is a rather loud death knell for the big boys:
One day. That was all it took for the ranks of citizen journalists to swarm and then thoroughly discredit a story which ran in the New York Times, the Boston Globe and on a network news magazine.
How repellent that the demorat Secretary of State Bill Bradbury "exceeded his authority" when he sought to keep Ralph Nader off the ballot, per this morning's Oregonian. Using hypertechnicalities, Bradbury thought they best way to approach this possible drain on the kerry/edwards ticket was to simply deny Nader's supporters the right to vote. I tend to think that Bush's victory in this race will be a rout, so I see little reason to build a big issue out of Nader, but I'm an eternal optimist.
Of course, demo party Chair Jim Edmunson had nothing to say other then that this was all fine with him, as he personally felt that Nader's drag would be "fairly minimal," and of course there was never any collusion between the Oregon demos and Bradbury on this. And I really believe that.
"What the court is telling us is that the secretary of state created rules out of thin air, and that these rules were then used to disqualify valid signatures solely for the purpose of keeping Nader off the ballot," Nader coordinator Greg Kafoury said. Well, that was good enough for the Florida state supreme court, so why not? Most moron libs are still so peeved at their denial of an illegal victory in the 2000 Presidential race they probably figured "What the hay, give it a whirl!" I tend to think that Bush's victory in this race will be a rout, so I see little reason to build a big issue out of Nader, but I'm an eternal optimist.
Welcome to the demo party, 2004. That everyone isn't disgusted by this astonishing attempt to end run voters. But we'll hear nada from the demo/lib/progressive camp, guaranteed. And forget it Conservos, because if we say a thing it will just be dismissed as our siding with the anti-kerry forces of the universe. How tragic, really, that this is where the demos are...
Yesterday was stellar in bloggersville, as Powerline, LGF and others eviscerated the latest dan rather, 60 minutes, NYT, Wash Post bullshitfest against Bush. The profundity of this exercise is so beautiful--It all started with some freeper noting a problem with the font and spacing on the memos. Stop and think of that for a minute...One guy with some rather obtuse but factual knowledge now has a REAL voice! How many of us can remember a time when the "media" was so responsive? Can't say it's ever happened to me.
It is an uphill battle, however. In interacting with two utterly charming but hopelessly brainwashed lib friends, the degree of denial and avoidance of the unfolding story was amazing. Both immediately chirped that the claims had no basis in fact, in one case going so far as to say "I worked for the DOD in the 80s and that was the type we used." Excuse me, huh?
I kept them posted on events via email and both were eager to make stabs at denying what was happening as it was happening. Both wanted to know why, even in the face of the increasing evidence that the documents from 60 Minutes were fradulent, Bush hadn't answered the charges in them. In one particulary pathetic fit of pique the other fellow, not the DOD font master, sent me a link from some lame lib site regarding the old Joe Wilson allegations! Forget what we were discussing, what about THESE charges?????
Obviously it was easy to toss that red herring overboard, but the sad fact remains that, to these rather typical lib/progressive/independent folks (they change their labels daily, hourly, whenever) THIS is viable debate. Your side losing? Change the topic. Uncomfortable with a certain line of inquiry, charge off in another unrelated direction. Both assume themselves to be liberal because it is so "progressive," and yet each has to maintain the status quo to maintain the integrity of their politics. Utterly missing that what they are standing up for, in reality, is the MSM, they continue on in their smug assurance that they, somewhow, "get it," while missing the Blog train because they don't like some of the truth unearthed. Too sad and a pretty bad indicator for the demo party...
With thanks to one of my favorites, Betsy, this seems to be the be all/end all of the utterly fake and frankly boring media/demorat obsession with sustaining the Bush Was AWOL Myth...I guess they have NO ISSUES to run on with this candidate, so they need something. Now this piece will be roundly ignored by the MSM, but it's another example of the blogsphere taking tha lead in the news:
This is the only place that you will get the full and true story of President Bush’s Air National Guard service. There are no UNANSWERED questions. There are no missing records. He did not miss any meetings. The truth is known. You can find everything in this article, in other publications but none of the others are complete. You have to put them all together to get the full story. It is a shame that our national "objective" media refuse to do their job and put the whole story together.
You can read the whole thing over at Chronwatch.
I, being the token Conservative in Portland, Oregon, am regularly assailed by the weak libs and "indies." I thought I would post a little email example of the ebb and flow of PDX political chatter:
Email from "Geoff" in response to a story link I sent him about the US Navy looking into Kerry's records from theBlogfather:
Sounds very bipartisan. When does the bipartisan look into W's awol status in the reserve start?? Guess it's on, my mistake.
I went over to the link and aside from its' being an AP story...hmmm...it just seemed so, well, lame. It inspired this response from me:
I am 100% AGAINST bipartisanship, just as I think being an "independent" is a sack of shit. I believe in my partisanisms and am more then man enough to take the heat for them. I can debate anyone, anywhere, anytime on damned near anything and they will always know where I am coming from. Look at your politics: You claim to be a nonpartisan independent but I have yet to see, hear or read you take the Bush side of ANYTHING, and I have seen, heard and read the lamest, weakest demo talking point spin from you nonstop. Bush's National Guard service? Are you kidding me? His response to the 9/11 attacks is who he is, there you have it. Not spin, not obfuscated records, not desperate media hype and lies, CERTAINLY not Mike Moore. Honestly I couldn't care less if he spent the entirety of his service drunk with a male lover reading tarot cards and playing Parcheesi, and I somehow think most Americans feel the same.
Why would Bush bother to hide his NG records? The general take on young Bush is Frat boy drunk party guy. So what? He knows it, his people and handlers know it and his swagger and mannerisms would seem to prove out that he doesn't really seek to hide from it. He's who he is, and I think there is scant record of his trying to either hide it or pretend to be something he ain't. But your boy Kerry? Where are the service records, from the period HE is highlighting? Why won't he release his diaries of the period? Why doesn't he run on his record of votes in the Senate, or on legislation he passed? Why doesn't he lay out his "plans" ala Bush at the RNC convention? Shit, I got little love for Bush's expansion of the government for Christ's sake, at least I know what his plans are. What are Kerry's?
The whole canard of being an "independent" is lame. Stand up for what you believe. How can you fix your party, and what good do you do for your party, when you go so far as to deny you belong to it? Is that somehow a "good" wrought from bipartisanship? Tell ya what: When "bipartisan" means that demos will put something on the table, I'm in. When "independent" means you do not swallow anyone's talking points, when logic, reason and truthfulness guide you, I'm there. Until then BE the demo you are and work on fixing yer party!
At this rate I should be being run outta town any day now...
Well, I missed the majority of Fox News Sunday as it was time for the daily trek to The Bins. Fellow Portlandians may know of this little slice of the inferno, others can only dream. The bins, or the Goodwill Outlet Store to those not in the know is unlike anything you have ever seen. It is a huge, filthy, cavernous dead end for all the crap Goodwill sells.
This is where all junk goes for its' last hurrah, its' last moment to shine. But liberally sprinkled in are other goods which for one reason or another either never made it to the real stores or did but got the boot.
The bins are a true multicultural scene, lots of Russkies, Latinos and assorteds. It also has a large number of local dealers in vintage and antique cloths and stuff as you can make amazing finds among the trash. Today was pretty dullsville but I managed to score 2 pairs of Dickies work pants, unworn, a supercool old 50/50 t-shirt in a great green with "Toby's Lawn Service" printed on it, a strange ochre-ish colored cashmere sweater, an old wrought iron candle sconce and a green wire easel, all for $6.50...Ya can't beat it! Everything is sold by weight-$1.59 per pound for under 20 lbs, .99 for 20-50 lbs and .59 for over 50 lbs. I combo with a vintage clothing store owning pal and we always get between 20 to 50 pounds, so cheap cheap cheap is the word. Now I will ponder my new treasures, be back to blogging in a few.
That Mary Beth Cahill is on Deface the Nation and I hate to say it but she seems like a nice lady! I'd not seen her before, so I am surprised. Most of the women folk I associate with the demos are hideous creatures ala Hillary, Susan Estrich, Donna Brazille, etc...But ol' Cahill, aside from the blather, bullshit and baulderdash dripping from her mouth, just seems humanoid...Even when Cahill took the inevitable swipe at Zell (Did I really just hear "mad dog?") she seemed so wonky and nonthreatening.
Ooo...she is spreading some BS about Zell getting disinvited from the Presidential box at the Convo and canned from going on the stump avec Bush! That's a good one! Who DIDN'T love Zell?
I like this Governor Marc Racicot (sp? it's early, gimme a break) fellow, albeit without knowing his bona fidas. He has a nice lulling tone to his voice...Kinda sexy in a weird, troubling way. And he's finally making the point that the Pres cannot stop the Swift ads as it would be coordination against the law, and old grandpa Bob Scheifer (sp) is looking stung. AND he got the $60 million spent against Bush on the table, good man!
Jeff over at Beautiful Atrocities does another laudable job of putting my thoughts into words:
Where are the mass demonstrations in the Muslim world to mourn these children? Or are the children of the kaffir fair game? Islam has descended into a pit of evil unseen since the Nazis, who butchered Jewish children as if they were another species. Winston Churchill rebuked Western pacifists by saying the Nazis were driven by 'currents of hatred so intense as to sear the souls of those who swim upon them.' Can Islam coexist with the modern world?
Give thewhole thing a read...
I doubt I am the first to come up with this, but here's the new drinking game: Every time J Forbes Kerry mentions his VIETNAM service, one shot. Every time he mentions those rotten Repubs impugning his patriotism, slam 2 shots. Cambodia and it's 3 shots...Beware, however, as you may end up lookin' like this:
One of the huge ancillary pleasures of being up in all the polls is watching the Sunday yak shows and glouting...I just woke up to Maitlin/Carville on Meet the Depressed and what a hoot it is! Carville citing some obscure (at least to me) British war critic calling Iraq a failure, regurgitated pieces of Zell played to show the way the evil Repubs picked on J Forbes K, it's all just too glorious! Oh but don't stop, Carville just stated that it was just CRUEL the way the Republicans FORCED Zell to say those things!!! Ye-Haw
As homage to a favorite, the first post is the new Mark Steyn column over at the Chicago Sun Times. A highlight, but do go read and enjoy!
So we have one candidate running on a platform of ambitious reforms for an ''ownership society'' at home and a pledge to hunt down America's enemies abroad. And we have another candidate running on the platform that no one has the right to say anything mean about him.