Saturday, October 30, 2004

HAS OSAMA BIN LADEN BECOME A DEMOCRAT?

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A poster on Roger L Simon's blog made a very interesting observation... Although, he was not suggesting collusion or a conspiracy... his comparison between Osama Bin Laden's words and the typical talking points of the Democrats is rather eerie (as he puts it.)

DNC Talking Point #1: Bush Lied!

OBL Talking Point #1: "Bush is still practicing distortion and misleading on you, and obscuring the main reasons and therefore the reasons are still existing to repeat what happened before."

DNC Talking Point # 2: Connection between the Bush family and Saudi Royals.

OBL Talking Point #2: "Both parties are arrogant and stubborn and the greediness and taking money without right and that similarity appeared during the visits of Bush to the region while people from our side were impressed by the US and hoped that these visits would influence our countries. Here he is being influenced by these regimes, Royal and military."

DNC Talking Point #3: Patriot Law violates our freedoms

OBL Talking Point #3: "So he transferred the oppression of freedom and tyranny to his son and they call it the Patriot Law to fight terrorism."

DNC Talking Point #4: Bush stole the 2000 election.

OBL Talking Point #4: "He was bright in putting his sons as governors in states and he didn't forget to transfer his experience from the rulers of our region to Florida to falsify elections to benefit from it in critical times."

DNC Talking Point #5: My pet goat story on 9/11

OBL Talking Point #5: "Before Bush and his administration would pay attention and we never thought that the high commander of the US armies would leave 50 thousand of his citizens in both towers to face the horrors by themselves when they most needed him because it seemed to distract his attention from listening to the girl telling him about her goat butting was more important than paying attention to airplanes butting the towers which gave us three times the time to execute the operation thank god."

Definitely eerie... in fact it is positively CREEPY!

PS: Roger L Simon has a MOST excellent blog where even the commentators are "smarter than the average bear" (No offense intended Truth Laid Bear!)

THE WOLVES ARE OUT THERE

Bush, who ordered U.S. forces to capture bin Laden dead or alive after the Sept. 11 attacks, vowed that "Americans will not be intimidated or influenced by an enemy of our country" and said "we will prevail" in the war on terror. Whether Bin Laden is DEAD or ALIVE Bush will not relent in the fight against terrorists. He will keep them fighting off our shores.

"Let me make this very clear," Bush said in Toledo, Ohio. "Americans will not be intimidated or influenced by an enemy of our country. I'm sure Senator Kerry agrees with this."

Kerry, in Florida, agreed saying, "we are absolutely united in our determination to hunt down and destroy Osama bin Laden and the terrorists." He went on: "They are barbarians, and I will stop at absolutely nothing to hunt down, capture or kill the terrorists wherever they are, whatever it takes, period."

But then he started criticising the US forces running the operation in the Tora Bora mountains of Afghanistan in late 2001 and blamed Bush again for the decision to let Afghan forces lead that chase. "He didn't choose to use American forces to hunt down Osama bin Laden," Kerry told WISN in Milwaukee. "He outsourced the job."

Bush responded, "It's the worst kind of Monday-morning quarterbacking," and quoted his Afghan war commander, the now-retired Gen. Tommy Franks, as saying intelligence reports at the time were unclear about bin Laden's whereabouts. Kerry's account "does not square with reality," Bush said.

Can we risk a President Kerry who will wait until they attack us, hold summits, and then take a global test until he finds a some excuse to not take action?

VIDEO LINK TO BUSH AD: DAILY RECYCLER

WHOEVER HAS THEIR FOOT ON SHILLING'S NECK - PLEASE STOP IT!

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"Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling spontaneously endorsed President Bush on Good Morning America, Thursday; then he excitedly agreed to campaign with the president in New Hampshire; but by Friday, Schilling backed out, saying he should not have offered up his "unsolicited political opinions."

Oh, and coincidentally, Red Sox executives are Democratic donors

VIDEO LINK to Shilling For Bush!

Friday, October 29, 2004

"I have nothing to hide.
I want you to ask me questions."
--John Kerry


Posted by Hello
These men have a few questions for you Mr. Kerry.

SwiftVets and POWs for Truth


NOTE: Also be sure to see Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal FREE online!

SOK - Same Old Kerry

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Kerry is at it again with this so-called missing explosives story. Back in 1971 he spoke about and even testified that our soldiers were committing atrocities on a regular basis. He tried to say and his supporters say he was blaming the leaders. But that didn't fly then and it doesn't fly now when he tries to say that his blaming President Bush for the incompetence of the troops doesn't reflect on or insult the troops. Just another load of Kerry Horse Malarky.

There has been much detailed information posted out on the blogs about this story and I cannot really add any pertinent details, expertise or analysis on the explosives or military operations. But I cannot let Kerry's self-serving rhetoric at the expense of our soldiers pass without comment. The best place to start may be a video contrasting Kerry's rhetoric with the truth.

VIDEO LINK and sarcasm brought to you by DAILY RECYCLER:

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"The right-wing media is out to screw the Kerry campaign! First CBS News tricked Kerry and the Democrats into running "Bush was AWOL" ads by broadcasting what they knew to be forged memos. Now Kerry has been duped into co-opting a phony issue into his stump speeches by the New York Times! We understand that it's an important election -- but it just isn't fair for the New York Times and CBS News to sabotage the Kerry/Edwards ticket in the last week of the campaign!"
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Simply put, this 'story' was began as a deliberate (Oct Surprise) hatchet job on the president was immediately picked up by Kerry (tell-tale hints indicate that he had prior knowledge as with the forged document story since KE HQ had an ad ready to release that day plus the reference Kerry made about missing explosives during the debates.)

Without waiting to find out the facts, without any concern about the truth or how his words might affect soldiers in the field Kerry immediately went on the attack.

[QUOTE]
"President George W. Bush who talks tough -- talks tough -- and brags about making America safer, has once again failed to deliver," Kerry said at a campaign stop in Dover, NH.

"After being warned about the danger of major stockpiles of explosives in Iraq, this president failed to guard those stockpiles where nearly 380 tons of highly explosive weapons were kept. (The NY Times) said the explosives "could end up or have already ended up in the hands of a terrorist group; the explosives might be used against our troops on the ground; and the explosives could be used to carry out a deadly attack against America or our allies."

Sen. Kerry, continued saying, "terrorists could use this material to kill our troops, our people, blow up airplanes and level buildings."

He (said) that the International Atomic Energy Agency "warned that terrorists may be helping themselves to quote, 'the greatest explosives bonanza' in history. And now we know that our country and our troops are less safe because this president failed to do the basics."

"This is one of the great blunders of Iraq; one of the great blunders of this administration," Kerry continued. "And the incredible incompetence of this president and this administration has put our troops at risk and put this country at greater risk than we ought to be.

"Let me say this as directly as I can - that the unbelievable blindness, stubbornness, arrogance of this administration to do the basics has now allowed this president to once again fail the test of being the commander in chief."

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How is it Kerry can scream about 300 tons of missing explosives that could bring down a building or airplane and in almost the same breath say we should never have gone into Iraq.

President Bush responded to Kerry's accusations thusly: "Now the Senator is making wild charges about missing explosives, when his top foreign-policy adviser admits, quote, 'We do not know the facts.' Think about that: The senator is denigrating the actions of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts...."

Before the day was out, after the front-page, above the fold, hatchet job by the DNC's whore, The Shady Lady (aka The Gray Lady, The NY Times.) the story began to fall apart and sinister overtones of collusion began to crop up. The first (who woulda thunk) interesting tidbit was that CBS had originally planned to release this TimeBomb Oct. 31 on 60 Minutes. With the hope (obviously) that there would not be time to debunk it before the election.

However, the lid was about to come off the story (OR they needed to diffuse the newest Kerry's a Big Fat Liar story) and they knew from experience that it would be ripped to shreds within hours by the blogshpere. They were determined to get it into the public arena quickly in order to get the maximum impact possible BEFORE it was discredited. Hence the front page story by the willing patsy NYTimes.

The story didn't pass the smell test with many bloggers from the get-go. It was just too patently partisan not to be a put-up job. Defense officials say the disclosure of the 380 tons of missing high explosives from Iraq was the work of International Atomic Energy Agency director Mohammed ElBaradei, who is said to be opposed to the United States and has everything to gain and nothing to lose by helping oust Bush (who opposes his re-appointment.)

Fox News also got it's hands on an IAEA report that indicated the seals were virtually worthless since ordinance could be removed through ventilation shafts without breaking the seals. That along with earlier reports indicated there were only 3 tons still at the Al Qaqaa site. But anyway you look at it, even 300 tons only amounts to 0.06% of the ordinance that the military has thus far destroyed in Iraq.

Then during the evening news NBC came out with the zinger that their embedded reporters were with the 101st Airborne that stopped at the munitions bunker and did not find the so-called missing explosives. It was then revealed that the 3rd Infantry had gotten there even prior to that. And even had the explosives remained undiscovered in the massive facility in the days before Baghdad fell, the roads and skies were under Coalition control and no large convoy could have spirited the explosives away.

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"The infantry commander whose troops first captured the Iraqi weapons depot where 377 tons of explosives disappeared said Wednesday "it is very highly improbable" that someone could have trucked out so much material once U.S. forces arrived in the area."

"Two major roads that pass near the Al-Qaqaa installation were filled with U.S. military traffic in the weeks after April 3, 2003, when U.S. troops first reached the area," said Col. David Perkins. He commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, the division that led the charge into Baghdad."
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However, later an ABC affiliate with embedded reports released a video they had taken and immediately Kedwards and the media wing of the DNC, NYTimes and CBS yelled, in unison, "AH HAH, we told you they were there!" But that story is falling apart as well with the released US military reconnaissance images and other information indicating that the Russians helped remove ordinances to Syria and perhaps Lebanon. They deny it, but go figure. This is not a plucked-out-of thin-air, back in October of 2002, the Federalist Patriot was revealing information that indicated a large movement of weaponry...

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"As The Patriot previously noted in October, 2002, our well-placed sources in the region, and intelligence sources with the NSA and NRO, estimated that the UN Security Council's foot-dragging provided a large window for Saddam to export some or all of his deadliest WMD materials and components. At that time, we reported Allied Forces would be unlikely to discover Iraq's WMD stores, noting, "Our sources estimate that Iraq has shipped some or all of its biological stockpiles and nuclear WMD components through Syria to southern Lebanon's heavily fortified Bekaa Valley." In December of 2002, our senior-level intelligence sources re-confirmed estimates that some of Iraq's biological and nuclear WMD material and components had, in fact, been moved into Syria and Iran. That movement continued until President Bush finally pulled the plug on the UN's ruse. " -- Federalist Patriot
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Now with all that, one might think Kerry would back off... but OH, NO! Kerry isn't done yet. He thinks this is too good of a talking point to worry about something as trivial as the truth...

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Kerry said yesterday, "The bottom line about these weapons that have disappeared. Here's the bottom line. They're are not where they are supposed to be. You were warned to guard them. You didn't guard them. They're not secure. And guess what, according to George Bush's own words, he shouldn't be our Commander-in-Chief, and I couldn't agree more."
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Now the commander of a unit that removed tons of munitions and ordinance from Al Qaqaa has spoken to the media.

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'WASHINGTON - A US Army officer came forward Friday to say a team from his 3rd Infantry Division took about 250 tons of munitions and other material from the Al-Qaqaa arms-storage facility soon after Saddam Hussein's regime fell in April 2003.

Explosives were part of the load taken by the team, but Major Austin Pearson was unable to say what percentage they accounted for. The material was then destroyed, he said.
The Pentagon believes the disclosure helps explain what happened to 377 tons of high explosives that the International Atomic Energy Agency said disappeared after the U.S.-led invasion.


Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita acknowledged the Defense Department did not have all the answers and could not yet account for all of the missing explosives, but stressed that the major's disclosure was a significant development in unraveling the mystery.'

The Washington Times on Thursday quoted John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, who said he believed Russian special-forces personnel, working with Iraqi intelligence, "almost certainly" removed the high-explosive material from Al-Qaqaa." -- FOX NEWS
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Now that surely would be enough to shut John Kerry up, don't you think? Think again.

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"Brokaw: This week you've been very critical of the president because of the missing explosives in Iraq. The fact is, senator, we still don't know what happened to those explosives. How many for sure that were there. Who might have gotten away with them? Is it unfair to the president, just as you believe he's been unfair to you, to blame him for that?

Kerry: No. It's not unfair. Because what we do know, from the commanders on the ground, is that they went there, as they marched to Baghdad. We even read stories today that they broke locks off of the doors, took photographs of materials in there. There were materials. And they left.

Brokaw: The flip side of that is that if you had been president, Saddam Hussein would still be in power. Because you...

Kerry: Not necessarily at all.

Brokaw: But you have said you wouldn't go to war against him...

Kerry: That's not true. Because under the inspection process, Saddam Hussein was required to destroy those kinds of materials and weapons.

Brokaw: But he wasn't destroying them...

Kerry: But that's what you have inspectors for. And that's why I voted for the threat of force. Because he only does things when you have a legitimate threat of force. It's absolutely impossible and irresponsible to suggest that if I were president, he wouldn't necessarily be gone. He might be gone. Because if he hadn't complied, we might have had to go to war. And we might have gone to war. But if we did, I'll tell you this, Tom. We'd have gone to war with allies in a way that the American people weren't carrying the burden. And the entire world would have understood why we were doing it.
." -- MSNBC
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So how many more years would Senator Kerry have waited? How many countries would have had to "understand" before we disarmed Saddam... how many more tons of ammunition and explosives would have found its way out of the country and into the hands of terrorists?

HUGH HEWITT @ WEEKLY STANDARD: "Kerry now closes his presidential campaign exactly as he opened his political life: Attacking the United States military. Thirty-three years ago, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he indicted the soldiers of Vietnam as war criminals, the heirs of Genghis Khan. This week he embraced an already discredited account of missing munitions to attack the reputation of the 3rd Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne. Make no mistake, that is exactly what Kerry is doing when he asserts that deadly weapons went unsecured and unreported as these two divisions rushed to liberate Baghdad."

KERRY ADVISOR JOE LOCKHART: "Early this morning, we learned the Bush campaign's latest strategy for dealing with the missing explosives in Iraq. Today, the Bush campaign booked its number one surrogate and convention keynoter, Rudy Guiliani, on America's top-rated morning show and his message was clear, simple and incredible. He said: 'The actual responsibility for it really would be for the troops that were there. Did they search carefully enough? Didn't they search carefully enough?'

WordWizard: Guiliani is simply stating the obvious; Kerry is being disingenuous by trying to claim he is not criticizing the president rather than the troops and officers in charge of the ground operations.

MARY MATLIN: "His biggest blunder is, he's still failed, with five days to go, to provide a reason to vote for him. ... He has yet to be positive. ... when people get up Tuesday morning to make that final choice -- they want to vote for something, not against."

She said the idea what someone could have up and gone with 380 tons of ammunition after U.S. troops entered the country isn't even feasible. "It's not like you're sticking it your pants or your socks," she said. "It's like running around [with the ammunition on] the LA freeway with our trucks and our tanks all over."

REP. BOB LIVINGSTON: "There's a strong feeling among the American military that he virtually hates them," Livingston told FOX News, bringing up Kerry's post-Vietnam congressional testimony and his anti-war rhetoric. "He's been attacking the military and this arms deal in Iraq just shows exactly that. He went off half-cocked on a deal with the New York Times and with CBS news on a story that simply wasn't true ... I think that just shows that he's just not responsible enough to be in charge of the armed forces."

PRESIDENT BUSH: "A president cannot blow in the wind. ... Senator Kerry has taken a lot of different positions, but he's rarely taken a stand. ... Consistency is not the senator's strong suit. ... Senator Kerry will say anything to get elected. ... The senator's willingness to trade principle for political convenience makes it clear that John Kerry is the wrong man for the wrong job at the wrong time."

"You can't put a price tag on a person's life. ... "If the commander in chief withdraws before the mission is completed, it's too great a price. ... (It is ) essential that we succeed in Iraq...because if we do not succeed in Iraq ...the terrorists will rejoice."

"After repeatedly calling Iraq the wrong war, and a diversion, Senator Kerry this week seemed shocked to learn that Iraq is a dangerous place, full of dangerous weapons..."

"If Senator Kerry had his way...Saddam Hussein would still be in power. He would control those all of those weapons and explosives and could share them with his terrorist friends. Now the senator is making wild charges about missing explosives, when his top foreign policy adviser admits, quote, 'We do not know the facts.' Think about that: The senator is denigrating the actions of our troops and commanders in the field without knowing the facts..."

"Our military is now investigating a number of possible scenarios, including that the explosives may have been moved before our troops even arrived at the site. This investigation is important and it's ongoing. And a political candidate who jumps to conclusions without knowing the facts is not a person you want as your commander in chief."

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXPLOSIVE STORY:
WaPo
Captain's Quarters
Belmont Club
Instapundit
POWER LINE
TRUTH LAID BEAR

UPDATE: John Gibson's WORD on An Explosive Story:

What else does this controversy mean? I think it means the Kerry campaign is desperately worried about Bush's standing with the American people on the issue of terror and national security. If people think Bush would do the better job, then Kerry had to undermine it.

So here came the obliging New York Times, ready to put the worst possible spin on a more or less ordinary story of missing Iraqi explosives. Kerry ripped the headlines from the front page and ran with it:

It's the president's fault soldiers moved on to Baghdad.

It's the president's fault that Iraqis evidently stole some explosives.

It's the president's fault those explosives might have been used against American soldiers.

All in all, it's the president's fault.

But, is that what you think? Do overlooked weapons mean the president has not done a good job, or do they mean the challenger is flailing in the last days... willing to try anything?

I vote for the latter.

That's My Word.

MORE PROOF THE COALITION OF THE WILD-EYED IS LOSING IT!

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Barry Seltzer, a registered Democrat, of Sarasota, Florida was arrested Wednesday on an aggravated assault charge, being accused of trying to run down US Rep. Katherine Harris and a group of supporters with his car. (Remember Katherine Harris -- Florida Secretary of State when Algore attempted to steal the 2000 election. Wonder why the guy was after her?)

He drove his Cadillac toward the group at an intersection Tuesday evening but played chicken and swerved at the last second, then fled the scene. "I intimidated them with my car," Seltzer told police. "I was exercising my political expression."

Just like the guys were just exercising their right to political expression when they broke the Republican staffers arm, blocked doors to Republican HQs, vandalized Republican property and intimidated Bush volunteers and supporters in a myriad of occurrences across the country?

QUESTION FOR MR. HEINZ-KERRY & MR. BROKEJAW

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This dialogue between John Kerry and NBC's Tom Brokaw last night is interesting in light of The Patriot's assertions about Kerry's missing military records (see Kerry's Dishonorable Discharge" at -- http://FederalistPatriot.US/alexander/).

Brokaw said to Kerry: "Someone has analyzed the President's military aptitude tests and yours and concluded that he has a higher IQ than you do." Kerry replied, "That's great. More power. I don't know how they've done it, because my record is not public. So I don't know where you're getting that from." -- from the Federalist Patriot Digest

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And just why haven't you made your records public Mr. Heinz-Kerry?

Mr. Brokejaw... WHY didn't you ask Mr. Kerry this question even after he left you a mile-wide opening???????

Thursday, October 28, 2004

THESE COLORS WILL NOT RUN... UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH


Will history show that once again America ran?
With Kerry leading this time instead of aiding and abetting? Posted by Hello

ELECTION 2004 - A MOMENTOUS MOMENT IN HISTORY

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NEVER FORGET why we are fighting and who has brought us through with strength, determination and steadfastness.

Whatever It Takes!

So are we going to prove the terrorists right? That we are a nation of wussies that will turn tail and run when the going gets tough? And what will be accomplished if this country fires George W because they are weary of war and because it isn't heroic and glorious in the trenches or during the clean up. Kerry is now determined to convince America that this was the wrong war, wrong time and wrong place... but he has a PLAN and could do it better.

Kerry on the War

Worried about the WMDs? Are you worried about them never existing or that they are missing? Even if you believe (sic) like Kerry, who is now screaming about them not existing and calling the president a liar even though Kerry himself and every other responsible person and country believed that they did exist... I think there should be more concern about where they went to... a scenario I am sure that President Bush is at least not ignoring.

But whatever the truth we do know that Saddam WAS a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

What will we accomplish by voting Kerry for president? We would convince the terrorists that we really didn't mean business because we fired the one committed to taking care of business. We would convince our allies that have stuck with us and choose to stand with the US instead of the bribes and kickbacks and anti-American alliances offered by Saddam and our enemies... those mysterious alliances that Kerry considers real while calling our steadfast, reliable, capable friends the "trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought, and the extorted."

"Last November, suicide bombers killed 19 Italians stationed at a military police barracks in Nasiriyah, southern Iraq. It was the largest single-incident loss of life for the Italian military since the Second World War, and the shock and pain that reverberated through the country was palpable. Hundreds of thousands of mourners paid tribute at a memorial service in Rome. President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi cut short a visit to the United States to return home.

Inevitably, the tragedy led some Italian politicians to call for the withdrawal of the country's forces from Iraq. The war was never popular with Italians, and such a setback might have resulted in an early exit. But the defiant mood of the country was better captured by Cardinal Camillo Ruini at the massive and moving memorial service.

He said terrorists would not defeat Italy's spirit: "We will not flee from them. Rather we will confront them with all the courage, energy, and determination that we are capable of." Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government stood firm. Acknowledging the gravity of the loss and articulating the nation's pain, Berlusconi also gave a ringing defense of Italy's commitment to the struggle in Iraq.

"We feel pride for the courage and humanity with which our troops . . . have worked, and still work, to make the situation tolerable for children, women, the elderly, and the weak who live in that martyred region," he said.

John Kerry doesn't share the Italians' pride in the gallantry of their soldiers
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"With the same energy . . . I put into going after the Viet Cong and trying to win for our country, I pledge to you I will hunt down and capture or kill the terrorists before they harm us," Kerry said. "And we will wage a war on terror that makes America proud and brings the world to our side."

Think about that statement. John Kerry went to Vietnam after not being able to get the deferment he sought. Fought the Viet Cong for only one-third of his commitment, bailing out by using a little-used regulation that allowed a reassignment after three in-theater Purple Hearts, which he collected for uncommonly minor wounds (at least one may have been questionable, even dishonestly acquired.)

Edwards said talk to the men that served with Kerry to find out how he will lead the country... OK, let's do that... but talk to others besides the very few Kerry has selected for you to talk to. Kerry's Gunner

Back in the states, he attacked the US and its soldiers who were still fighting in Vietnam (or in POW camps) publicly siding with the Viet Cong and denouncing our efforts, branding his 'band of brothers' as murderers, rapists, a modern day army of Genghis Khan.

Kerry Sells Out

Not only did he turn against the war against the Viet Cong, he organized massive demonstrations against it, publicly repudiated his own service by tossing (or pretending to toss) his (or someone else's) medals over the White House fence and secretly met for negotiations with the communists against the best interests of his own country.

Kerry Threw Away His Country with His Medals!

Or Did He?

Kerry has already started to keep this campaign promise. After supporting the war on terrorism and the removal of Saddam as a necessary battle in that war, he has backpedaled for a year. He voted to cut off funding to the troops (after he voted for it,) and has since called the war in Iraq the "wrong war at the wrong time in the wrong place," a "grand diversion" and a mistake. But, nonetheless he will get other countries to commit troops and finances to ease the burden on the US.

What do you think the Soldiers TODAY think about Kerry disparaging the work they are doing?

Anti-War and Anti-America is the one stand that Kerry always flips back to, at least when he isn't trying to fool the American people into voting for him. He has undermined public support for the war, fought to cut off funding and has given aid and comfort to the enemy. Now he is once again dishonoring and disrespecting our military just like he did back then.

The Soldiers and families from Vietnam will never forget.

These Men Served. They Know and they know how theses soldiers fighting this war on terrorism today are going to feel if we vote for a president who has, with his wrong war stance, called them fools on a fools mission.

These VETs and POWs want to know WHY Kerry should be trusted to send our sons and daughters into combat when he was the one that condemned their fathers and grandfathers.

Kerry says he will wage a war on terror that will make America proud and bring the world to our side? Is he PLANNING to do that with the global test he has talked about in spite of his claims that he will run the war like Reagan?

The Stakes are too HIGH for us to trust Kerry's obsession with the UN.

These Terrorists are DETERMINED to KILL us!

What about this record of President Bush that Kerry trashes so much? Kerry wants to take us back to the days of the 90s where everything was wonder and terrorism was a nuisance? Terrorism was never a nuisance, it was IGNORED!

How will a President Kerry run this country? Or will he revert to his 'most liberal Senator' mode? Does he really have a plan or will he continue to make his policy according to the front page of the New York Times the same place he gets his talking points?

Kerry can RUN, but even in camo, he CANNOT HIDE from the record.

There are some issues Kerry has never flip-flopped on. He has always adored the UN and played nice with every tolertarian communist leader he has come across. Kerry may have flip-flopped on whether abortion was murder (acknowledging that life starts at conception) but he still remained in favor of it (to the degree that he will appoint only Judges that favor abortion) and since he voted against the ban we know he supports partial-birth abortion which entails birthing the babys head then punching a hole in it and sucking out the brains. Yes Kerry voted FOR that.

What about the other choice in this election? In our opinion, George W is the ONLY choice if you want to salvage the heart, soul and survival of America.

The Write Wing Warrior Creed... We believe this election to be the most important in our history ... American lives depend on electing a president to aggressively wage war on terrorism without seeking UN approval ... We believe America is not defined by Hollywood or the media, but by hardworking patriots in the heartland ...

Write Wing Warriors are fighting for the heart and soul and survival of America ... We believe George W Bush is not only the best choice for president, but the ONLY CHOICE!

Freedom is not Free and Peace is not Pretty but loyalty and steadfastness and strength of character does deserve our vote.

We all must choose...

Do you want a caring compassionate President who embodies all the best qualities of the Cowboy teamed up with THE VP, who has no political ambitions of his own but has all the abilities and experience necessary if needed?

Or do you want the Metrosexual Male Gigolo and the Pretty Boy?

It's your CHOICE!

Choose well!


We must not forget why we fight...
DESERVE VICTORY! Posted by Hello

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY... HA-HA... HO-HO... HEE-HEE

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Just what are you trying to say here, O'Donnell?

"To me the most interesting lie, John O'Neill, that I would submit to you that you should answer, is, you make a lying claim that John Kerry's antiwar activity prolonged the amount of time that prisoners of war were held in Vietnam. ... That's a lie, John O'Neill! ... Lies! ... That's a lie! It's another lie! That's a lie! Absolute lie! You lie in that book endlessly! ... Disgusting, lying book! ... It's a pack of lies! You are unfit to publish! ... He just lied to you! He spews out this filth! Point to his name on the report, you liar! ... You just spew lies! ... I just hate the lies of John O'Neill. I hate lies. It's not an argument; they're proven lies. ... O'Neill's a liar, he's been a liar for 35 years about this, and he's found other liars ... They lied! ... They're lying somewhere! ... Lies! Just tell me the initials, you liar! Creepy liar! ... You are a liar who makes things up! ... You want the lies! That's how you make your living, on lies!"

--MSNBC Political Analyst Lawrence O'Donnell, with a few professional journalistic observations about the Swift Boat Vets' book co-author John O'Neil.

UPDATE: LINK TO VIDEO CLIP of O'Donnell meltdown.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

A CALL TO ARMS - LOCK N LOAD THOSE KEYBOARDS

It has become increasingly obvious to all bloggers and possibly even the MSMers that Campaign-Election dirty tricks and tactics against Bush-Cheney supporters are wide-spread and not just from Kedwards. All across the country there have been threats and intimidation against supporters, reports of vandalism, attacks and break-ins of Republican HQs, peoples homes and cars. I received a memo from Bush-Cheney Campaign Manager Ken Mehlman giving a toll-free hotline to call if you suffer or witness any intimidation or harrassment.
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I am appalled.

In Missouri, a flyer shows a photograph of a young black man under a fire hose in the 1950s. The flyer tells African-Americans this is an example of how Republicans have kept voters from the polls. In Colorado, Republican voters got calls telling them their family members in Iraq had died. The callers claimed that call would be real unless Kerry was elected.

In these final days, we can only expect more of this filth.

I urge you to turn on your answering machine. If you get a call from an unknown number, let the machine pick it up. It may be the latest campaign of smear, fear and lies from our opponents.

If you get one of these disgusting calls, or an outrageous flyer or mailing, save the message, call our hotline and let us know.

Just a few weeks ago we saw a Kerry campaign manual that told their staff to allege intimidation even if no evidence existed. Now their allies have begun an incredibly dishonest and disgusting campaign of shadowy calls and misleading flyers.

We need to know immediately if you get one of these calls. We need to know the lies, threats, and distortions those allied against us are spreading. With very few days left, we need you to be our eyes and ears on the ground.

Call the hotline at 1-888-610-8170 if you see to report any of this type of activity.

Sincerely, Ken Mehlman

P.S. The shadowy groups allied against us have begun a campaign of filth and lies. Turn on your answering machine. If you get a message filled with lies, call our hotline at 1-888-610-8170 and let us know.

THE OCTOBER SURPRISE IS A TIMEBOMB

The New York Times taking the stand, "That's my story and I'm sticking to it," disregarding that the evidence has been discredited. Kerry and campaign are following their lead as usual (more proof that Kerry gets his daily talking points from the NY Times, which leads me down the bunny trail of why the lefties would want a president that bases his analyses and decisions on the MSM.)

That this was intended as the October Surprise is becoming evident as the story unfolds in that CBS had originally planned to release the story on election eve. The reason given for not doing so was "it wouldn't hold up." They did not clarify why it wouldn't hold up. My thinking is that they couldn't sit on this story because they needed to deflect the attention from the Washington Times story about Kerry's lying concerning his meeting with the UN Security Council. That leads me to think that Kerry's lies about meeting with the UN were more threatening and damaging than the Ho-Humming Bloggers had realized.

There is further information slowly seeping out that (as with the forged documents) Kerry may have had prior knowledge of the story. First, is the audio clip from one of the debates played on Rush's show today that had Kerry listing "missing explosives" as part of his claims that the war had been bungled. Second, is how quickly the Kerry campaign had an ad ready exploiting the story of missing explosives. I will be updating this throughout the afternoon and evening and adding links to all the extensive and excellent information being posted by Pajama Patriots.

UPDATE I

KERRY SPOT has had some posts from military servicemen (whose identity they confirm) concerning the 'missing explosives.'

A Kerry Spot reader with a ".mil" e-mail address:

"You are correct in your bottom line conclusion. Here is a second follow up. I was serving as a [identifying information removed by the Kerry Spot] staff member during the time in question. The Commander on the site had complete real time intelligence on what to expect and possibly find at the Al-QaQaa depot. The ordinance in question was not found when teams were sent in to inspect and secure the area. When this information was relayed, Operational plans were adjusted and the unit moved forward. Had the ordinance in question been discovered, a security team would have been left in place."

Another with a ".mil" e-mail address, stating he was among the soldiers who secured Al QaQaa on April 10th with the 101st:

"I can tell you what happened at my squad level. When we arrived there, humvees with Mark-19's and other mounted weapons immediately secured the parameter with appropriate manpower backup. On the foot level we broke up into squads and went building to building and cleared them; mind you, we couldn't do them all. But we found what had been typical finds, caches of AK-47's, artillery rounds and bullets. There was absolutely no talk of a big find, and what I could sense no worries of anything that should have been there. Of course, we were still worried about the possibilities of chemical weapons but they never panned out.
I am a little perturbed at the gross mischaracterization of what went on there. From what I remember of the NBC crew, they did not go out with us, and they may have in fact been asked to not to go on the search with us, due to the dangers that may have possibily come up. Now this part is my opinion, but don't you think that if they had gone out with us they would have video?"


Two more posts with e-mails from a ".mil" address writes to Kerry Spot:

"I was there at Al QaQaa on April 10th with the 101st, I can rest assure you that [NBC producer interviewed on MSNBC earlier today] Lai Ling Jew is lying about it, she seems to be expressing a convenient contrary opinion of the time. The very first thing we do when we move into an area is clear it of any enemy combatants, including going inside warehouses full of ordinance, which we did immediately when we reached there."

"Operational plans in modern warfare are continually rolling and are available to combat commanders in a real time network environment. The original pre-invasion Operation Plans listed the Al-QaQaa weapons depot as a priority security site. After the 101st Airborne Division inspected the site, the security priority was downgraded and the Operational Plan was modified."

HUGH HEWITT thinks that Kerry's rush to capitalize on the "already collapsed story of the missing RMX" indicates that the Kerry camp has nothing else. As Hugh expresses, there are desperate attempts being made to resuscitate this story. But the story has no legs, no teeth and is quickly running out of hot air. What it is accomplishing, as I said earlier, is the diverting of attention from Kerry's lies about meeting with the UN Security Council.

A HUGH HEWITT Bottom Line: "UN bigs are trying to help John Kerry into the White House, and MSM is helping them help Kerry. That's not going to play well anywhere."

CAPTAIN'S QUARTERS has a good analysis on the logistics of removing the missing explosives: Insurgents Hauling 380 Tons Of Explosives Not Exactly A Covert Act.

UPDATE II

How is it that there were no WMDs or any reason to worry about Saddam and now suddenly Kerry is freaking out because these MASSIVE amounts of explosives are in the hands of terrorists and yet Mr. Kerry has been advocating throughout this campaign to leave all those terrible explosives in the hands of Saddam to sell or give to any terrorist he pleased? The Shady Lady, not caring that she has been exposed as a whore, is screeching about the president being too concerned with weapons that didn't exist instead of those that did.

Question: Why are you perfectly willing to believe that 380 tons of explosives could be spirited away, but not hidden caches of WMDs, that everyone, including the UN inspectors believed existed?

HUGH HEWITT interviews Former NYC Police Commission Bernard Kerik who spent four months in Iraq after the fall of Baghdad: John Kerry trusts the UN bureaucrats at the IAEA more than the 101st Airborne's Screaming Eagles.

ROGER L SIMON discusses the scary implications if the suspicions that a high UN official was actually the source of information the media used in it's attempted hit job on the president.

THE TRUTH LAID BEAR has an update that explores the question: If the explosives were looted, why haven't they been used?

MICHELLE MALKIN'S BOTTOM LINE: Bottom line: Yet another anti-Bush bomb has exploded and the shrapnel is firmly embedded in the foreheads of the CBS producers and New York Times editors who have recklessly lobbed their weapons of journalistic destruction on John Kerry's behalf.

BELMONT CLUB HAS INTERESTING ANALYSIS ON MISSING EXPLOSIVES

Belmont Club has an interesting analysis for you vet/military types on the meaning of the missing cache of weapons and explosives beyond proof positive that the Paper of Record Spinning is now the NY behind-the-Times.

"The withdrawal of enemy resources into safe havens was the subject of Belmont Club's War Plan Orange. In this context, the loss of 380 tons of RDX is similar to worrying about a toothache after being diagnosed with AIDS and Ebola. Some 600,000 tons of explosive are said to have been dispersed throughout Iraq prior to the conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The loss of the RDX is serious, but in the overall scheme of things, one of the least worries. But it provides indirect confirmation of the preemptive dispersal of war materiel by the Saddam regime while the US was trying to negotiate UN permission to topple him for six months, compounded by Turkey's refusal to allow the 4ID to attack south into the Sunni Triangle.

The account above shows that the RDX explosive was already gone by the time US forces arrived. Although one may retrospectively find some fault with OIF order of battle, most of the damage had already been inflicted by the dilatory tactics of America's allies which allowed Saddam the time and space -- nearly half a year and undisturbed access to Syria -- necessary to prepare his resistance, transfer money abroad and disperse explosives (as confirmed first hand by reporters). Although it is both desirable and necessary to criticize the mistakes attendant to OIF, much of the really "criminal" neglect may be laid on the diplomatic failure which gave the wily enemy this invaluable opportunity. The price of passing the "Global Test" was very high; and having been gypped once, there are some who are still eager to be taken to the cleaners again.
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Monday, October 25, 2004

THE BIG LOSER OF THIS ELECTION WILL BE THE MSM

Even though Kerry's lifelong dream of being president will end in tatters and all the ABBers will require therapy or even hospitalization... the biggest loser of the 2004 Presidential Elections may well be the MSM. One would think that the NY Times would have done a bit of checking before printing this front page top-of-the-fold story. But then that would have totally blown our image of the NY Times would it not?

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NBCNEWS: HUGE CACHE OF EXPLOSIVES VANISHED FROM SITE IN IRAQ -- AT LEAST 18 MONTHS AGO -- BEFORE TROOPS ARRIVED

The NYTIMES urgently reported on Monday how the Iraqi interim government has warned the United States and international nuclear inspectors that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives are now missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations.

Jumping on the TIMES exclusive, Dem presidential candidate John Kerry blasted the Bush administration for its failure to "guard those stockpiles.""This is one of the great blunders of Iraq, one of the great blunders of this administration," Kerry said.

In an election week rush:
**ABCNEWS Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 4 Times
**CBSNEWS Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 7 Times
**MSNBC Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 37 Times
**CNN Mentioned The Iraq Explosives Depot At Least 50 TimesBut tonight,

NBCNEWS reported, once: 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! An NBCNEWS crew embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq.

According to NBCNEWS, the HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived. It is not clear why the NYTIMES failed to report the cache had been missing for 18 months -- and was reportedly missing before troops even arrived.

"The U.S. Army was at the sight one day after the liberation and the weapons were already gone," a top Republican blasted from Washington late Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors last saw the explosives in January 2003 when they took an inventory and placed fresh seals on the bunkers.

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http://www.drudgereport.com for updates
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FROM THE KERRY SPOT:

Jim Miklaszewski of NBC News pretty much dismantled the New York Times attack on behalf of Kerry today.
NBC News: Miklaszewski: “April 10, 2003, only three weeks into the war, NBC News was embedded with troops from the Army's 101st Airborne as they temporarily take over the Al Qakaa weapons installation south of Baghdad. But these troops never found the nearly 380 tons of some of the most powerful conventional explosives, called HMX and RDX, which is now missing. The U.S. troops did find large stockpiles of more conventional weapons, but no HMX or RDX, so powerful less than a pound brought down Pan Am 103 in 1988, and can be used to trigger a nuclear weapon. In a letter this month, the Iraqi interim government told the International Atomic Energy Agency the high explosives were lost to theft and looting due to lack of security. Critics claim there were simply not enough U.S. troops to guard hundreds of weapons stockpiles, weapons now being used by insurgents and terrorists to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq.” (NBC’s “Nightly News,” 10/25/04)
If Jill Abramson, managing editor of the New York Times, had a shred of concern over her paper's reputation for getting the facts right never mind objectivity or fairness, she would be running the correction - or at least this blatantly contradictory information - in the giant headline font and above-the-fold location that today's story got. But I guess the interest in echoing the sentiments of Maureen Dowd is more important than getting it right at the Old Gray Lady.

DON'T HO-HUM THIS ONE BECAUSE CHARACTER REALLY DOES MATTER

The big breaking story in the Washington Times turned out to be that Kerry has repeatedly lied about his BIG meeting with the members of the UN Security Council the week before voting to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

If you are not already up to speed on the story you need to read article, obviously, but also look at the more detailed information at RedState.org and why it is important to pay attention to this story at a number of blogs such as Michelle Malkin's, Captain's Quarters, Truth Laid Bear, INDC Journal, and Roger L Simon.

DailyRecycler has the clip of Kerry repeating the lie during the second debate. There is a clip of the lie at Unity Conference. C-SPAN also has the video of Kerry repeating the lie at the Unity Conference. It is located about 49 minutes into the video, select "Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Remarks at UNITY Conference" under VIDEO/AUDIO "Recent Programs" in the middle of the page.

The points these bloggers make are important and should inspire all of us to let the MSM bury this story because CHARACTER DOES MATTER. And in this case it matters even more because the cornerstone of everything Kerry is claiming about he being the superior choice for president is his integrity, Integrity, INTEGRITY! It has become pretty obvious why his mother felt the need to stress that to him with her last words.

When the WaTimes asked the Kerry campaign last week about the claims they took the "That's my story and I'm sticking to it" stance. Then when told about the results of the investigation they said it was a secret meeting. Much like the trip into Cambodia and the clandestine NY diner endorsements by foreign leaders; one must assume. Since nothing else has yet worked, Kerry has made "Integrity, Integrity, Integrity" the centerpiece of his final days of campaigning and has made repeated, unsubstantiated attacks upon the honesty of President Bush.

But the main reason bloggers must once again lead the charge in not letting this sink into the morass of election rhetoric boredom amidst all Kerry's many exaggerations and lies is in the last line of the WaTimes article:
In an interview published in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Mr. Kerry was asked what he would want people to remember about his presidency. He responded, "That it always told the truth to the American people."
He did not, has not and will not tell the American people the truth, and neither will the MSM. Clinton presented us with proof positive that CHARACTER REALLY DOES MATTER. Let us not fail to learn from our past mistakes, because the dangers in doing so post 9/11 are much more severe than just repeating history.

VIDEO LINK @ DAILY RECYCLER

Sunday, October 24, 2004

GUARDIAN'S "TASTELESS JOKE"

As soon as the Guardian began receiving emails objecting to the article by Charlie Brooker whose concluding sentence encouraged the assassination of President Bush, remembering the onslaught of objections to their attempts to interfere with the presidential election, they pulled the article and replaced it with this "We didn't mean to offend, you just didn't understand the tasteless joke" comment:

The final sentence of a column in The Guide on Saturday caused offence to some readers. The Guardian associates itself with the following statement from the writer.

"Charlie Brooker apologises for any offence caused by his comments relating to President Bush in his TV column, Screen Burn. The views expressed in this column are not those of the Guardian. Although flippant and tasteless, his closing comments were intended as an ironic joke, not as a call to action - an intention he believed regular readers of his humorous column would understand. He deplores violence of any kind."


ASTROS RECOUNT???

Been in a funk all weekend :( after the Astros' loss to that team-whose-name-shall-not-be-mentioned; but then I run across a post over at DaisyCutter, DaisyCutter claims to have filed suit in a Missouri court to stop the celebration and demanded a recount based on the obvious fact that the team-whose-name-shall-not-be-mentioned had been disenfranchising the Astros' bats.

Alas, I am not holding my breath, but still and all.. hope springs eternal within my human breast... that our Houston Mudville Nine may give us yet another exciting season next ye
ar.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

GUARDIAN ADVOCATES ASSASSINATION OF BUSH

There is, as is being told all around the blogsphere, another outrage from the Limey Guardian.

A columnist
Charlie Brooker wrote a screed for the Guardian, spewing all the typical loony liberal garbage about President Bush... only he didn't stop with calling the president a bunch of names...

"Throughout the debate, John Kerry, for his part, looks and sounds a bit like a haunted tree. But at least he's not a lying, sniggering, drink-driving, selfish, reckless, ignorant, dangerous, backward, drooling, twitching, blinking, mouse-faced little cheat. And besides, in a fight between a tree and a bush, I know who I'd favour."

"On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod's law dictates he'll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?"

Yes, this is the SAME Guardian* that tried to interfere in our election by sending political letters to the citizens of Clark County, Ohio encouraging them to vote for Kerry. They were shocked at the displeasure of US citizens and amount of mail and email they got expressing outrage**. Predictably they focused on the few positive letters from the lunatic left, but they did call the letter writing campaign off.

I wonder what kind of shock and awe they will feel when they find out how we feel about one of their columnists calling for the assassination of our president? They asked their readers to be polite when they wrote the citizens of Clark County, Ohio, USA. I don't feel quite so benign... I say let loose the dogs of war or as
Watcher Of Weasels puts it... unleash HELL!

FEEDBACK-CONTACT WEBSITES
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Emails are listed below. The top three or four are the most pertinent. But go ahead and send a few or send a bunch, but make sure you tell the Guardian what we think about Brits who advocate murdering our president.

mailto:charlie.brooker@zeppotron.com
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Generic addresses:
letters@guardian.co.uk
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Simon Waldman
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Anna Sinfield 020 7239 9818 anna.sinfield@guardian.co.uk
Isabel Milner020 7239 9602 isabel.milner@guardian.co.uk
Diane Heath020 7239 9936 diane.heath@guardian.co.uk

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My Letter
First you try to interfere in the US elections and now you print a column promoting the murder of our president? HOW DARE YOU! No matter how maniacally you hate President Bush or his policies there is absolutely NO justification whatsoever for you to advocate the assassination of OUR president! OR allow anyone printed in your newspaper to do so. This is the most inept journalism I have ever witnessed and I have seen the ultimate in asinine yellow journalism in my time.

FYI
Charlie Brooker profile
Co-Founder and Creative Director - Zeppotron
Charlie Brooker has worked as a writer, journalist, cartoonist, TV and radio presenter.
He created TV Go Home, a hugely successful comedy website that was turned into a book and a TV series. His TV writing credits include the 11 O'Clock Show, Brasseye Special, TV Go Home, Unnovations, and The Art Show. He has a weekly TV column in the Guardian and is currently writing a new Channel 4 series with Chris Morris.


*What we WERE thinking
Hundreds of readers have expressed varying degrees of fury, incomprehension and tentative support for G2's Clark County campaign, and you'll no doubt be eager to read the features editor's own explanation of why Operation Clark County was launched - and why "somewhere along the line, the good-humoured spirit of the enterprise got lost in translation".

"Blimey," writes Ian Katz. "We set out to get people talking and thinking about the impact of the US election on citizens of other countries, and that is what we have done. For the Guardian to have experienced such a backlash to an editorial project is extraordinary, but the number of complaints [is] thoroughly outdone by the number of people who engaged positively with the project." Do read the article - and do continue to blog: despite the abuse, we're still reading.

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/news/archives/feedback/2004/10/what_we_were_thinking.html

Special report US elections 2004
Related articles Clark County: the best lettersIan Katz on Operation Clark County
Have your say13.10.2004: How you can have a say in the US election13.10.2004:
A brief guide to Clark County 13.10.2004:
Dear Clark County voter: three prominent Britons reach out 13.10.2004:
How to contact the US media

** "For more than a week the Guardian has been under an unprecedented email bombardment from the United States. The stimulus was an exercise mounted by G2, the tabloid second section of the paper, to put individual voters of undeclared party allegiance in the presidential election in Clark County, Ohio - narrowly balanced between Republicans and Democrats - in touch with individual Guardian readers. ...

... By my calculations well over 5,000 emails, predominantly condemnatory of the exercise, had been poured into various Guardian queues by the middle of this week. Emails received by individual journalists accounted for about 3,000 of those. ...

The majority of emails received up to Thursday, whether from supporters of George Bush or John Kerry, were critical (only about 1 in 10 voiced support). It was clear that a "spamming" campaign was involved. One Guardian journalist, with dual American and British nationality - a strong supporter of the exercise - believed the reaction illustrated the intimidatory tactics of the angry right. The response of Democrats, fearing that their cause would be harmed, showed that the intimidation worked. The intention was to smother free speech. The G2 exercise sought to open up debate.

Having read through many of the emails, and while acknowledging the letters of thanks and support among them, my own view is that the paper in carrying out the exercise through the intrusive use of the voters' list, has prejudiced some of the goodwill it has built up in America and unnecessarily excited its enemies. It has sought to intervene in the US election, with unpredictable consequences.

In a poll I conducted among Guardian staff who had been following the story, of 71 respondents, 13 thought it a legitimate and worthwhile exercise, 14 were undecided and 44 were against it. Among the reasons given by the latter, reflecting complaints coming from the US, were that intervention in the democratic processes of another country was not "legitimate newspaper behaviour"; and that it was arrogant and self-aggrandising.

Several were dismayed that the internet effect had apparently not been anticipated, one saying that the speed with which links to the Guardian story spread showed that "this perceived insult has legs". Another commented: "It seems a shame that, in this interactive age, with email and weblogs all around, we rejected any attempt to have a real conversation with US voters." Several mentioned that the buoyant and jaunty nature of G2 journalism, marking a cultural distinction from the broadsheet, was not apparent on the website.

The editor of the Guardian, defending the exercise, said it was a crucially important election in the face of which many felt a sense of impotence. "What we did was simply to invite personal acts of communication from one individual to another. Most of the letters sent by Guardian readers, those I have seen, have been responsible and heartfelt."

·Readers may contact the office of the readers' editor by telephoning 0845 451 9589 (UK only, calls charged at local rate) or +44 (0)20 7713 4736 between 11am and 5pm UK time Monday to Friday excluding UK bank holidays. Mail to Readers' editor, The Guardian, 119 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3ER, UK. Fax +44 (0)20 7239 9997. reader@guardian.co.uk "

Friday, October 22, 2004

WILD GOOSE CHASE

Kerry Tries to 'Goose Up the Vote' with a photo op in eastern Ohio that even came complete with a yellow dog (a yellow lab named Woody.) There has been plenty of speculation and commentary about Kerry's Great White Hunter stunt. Dick Cheney called it Kerry's "October Disguise" and wondered about him stopping at a mom and pop store to pick up a camo jacket and hunting license ("Can I get me a huntin' license here?")

Hugh Hewitt nailed Kerry on the Goose photo op by declaring ...
"We are asking Americans to think about that because how do you ask a goose to be the last goose to die ... How do you ask a goose to be the last goose to die for a mistake?"


A
Freeper posted: "I actually did shoot that goose, before I gave it to that SOB secret service agent to carry, because I'm too lazy and tired and giddy from watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees last night. Did you know that Mary Cheney is a lesbian? I was in Vietnam you know." Another one added: "I was an altar boy and I have a plan. I also won three purple hearts."

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms had already given Kerry a "Goose Egg" back in Sept. "Kerry's not fooling us. His 100 percent ratings from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Handgun Control Inc.), the anti-gun American Bar Association's Special Committee on Gun Violence, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (known at one time as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns) just add up to a big goose egg from CCRKBA."

Just who he was trying to impress? Was it a response to the NRA officially endorsing Bush? The NRA shot back (I'm just so punny today) with a full page ad in the Youngstown, Ohio Vindicator. The ad featured a large picture of Kerry with his finger on a shotgun trigger while looking in another direction. It said "If John Kerry thinks the Second Amendment is about photo ops, he's daffy." The ad ends with "If John Kerry wins, hunters lose." The last time Kerry went hunting was October, 2003 when he was trailing in the Democratic primary.

Kerry is attempting to defuse his liberal image with the hunting, watching baseball and talking about his faith and how he took his rosary into battle (he was in Vietnam, you know.) Kerry adviser Mike McCurry said it's important in the final days of the campaign that voters "get a better sense of John Kerry, the guy. The fact that Senator Kerry is a person of faith is something that might help voters who are undecided." I guess he is going for the gullible vote.

He's been talking a lot about the Red Sox. Which isn't such a good thing since on a couple of different occasions he said his favorite players were a guy who never played for the Red Sox and then someone that didn't even exist. (You can get the low-down on his sports gaffes at: Football Fans for Truth.) I wonder how many die-hard Yankee fans are going to vote for Bush just because they can't stand him gushing about the Sox? Wanna bet whether he flip-flops on rooting for them?

Articles about the 'Hunt for Red October.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A50527-2004Oct21.html

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20041021/D85RTDU04.html

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/10/21/kerry.guns.ap/

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/president/2004-10-21-goose-cheney_x.htm


Could this become DUCKGATE? A poster at Duck Hunters Refuge says it is against the law to not maintain field possession of your game.

I think I figured out what all the 'goose-stepping' was all about. It wasn't directed at the hunters... it was suppose to impress the Security Moms. He wanted them to see him with a gun (minus the kill in his hand cause that would be too yucky) and then the next day... the he went with the I'm De Man who can take care of you and your children speech:


Kerry: I Would Have Killed Bin Laden

RENO, Nev. — Democratic Sen. John Kerry said Friday that Usama bin Laden would be in captivity or dead if Kerry had been president during the war against Afghanistan.

Kerry accused President Bush of allowing bin Laden to escape by relying on Afghan warlords to try to hunt the Al Qaeda chief down in the caves of Tora Bora in December 2001.

"Can you imagine trusting them when you have your 10th Mountain Division, the United States Marine Corps, when you had all the power and ability of the best-trained military in the world?" Kerry told a rally at the University of Nevada-Reno. "I would have used our military and we would have gone after and captured or killed Usama bin Laden. That's tough."

"You want to talk about the War on Terror, Mr. President? Let's talk about it," Kerry yelled while his supporters cheered him on. "Let's talk about what happened when you let Usama bin Laden escape in Afghanistan."

Thursday, October 21, 2004

REASON #9,978,517 FOR THE ERADICATION OF LIBERALISM

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FORCING SCHOOL CHILDREN TO CITE ISLAMIC PRAYER

No, not in Iraq or Afghanistan... but in Virginia, California and Michigan...

ARE THEY INSANE!!!

"Coming soon to an elementary school near you: mandatory indoctrination in Islamic customs and practices. According to The Kansas City Star, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in Herndon, Virginia, are to be given lessons in the three Rs: Reading, ‘Riting, and Ramadan. During this instruction, public school children will play act being Muslims, and, perhaps unwittingly, convert to Islam.

Pupils from a nearby Muslim school will visit classes in the town’s public schools to educate their counterparts in Islam. They will be accompanied by something called “a multicultural trainer” named Afeefa Syeed.

In Herndon, during this month of Ramadan (which began Friday), there will be explanations of the fasting month and “role-playing” that requires students to recite Muslim sacred words and imitate their prayer practices. However, whether the speaker understands what he is saying or not, one is considered to have converted to Islam if he confesses a belief in Allah – and this conversion is considered irrevocable. The penalty for apostasy (and much else, from adultery, to homosexuality, to having pre-marital sexual activity with anyone aside from the intended partner of arranged marriages, often made between first cousins) is death, whether imposed by the government or through private “honor killings.”

Multicultural trainer Syeed explains, “For teachers and administrators, as well as fellow students, explaining Ramadan helps the school accommodate the religious requirements of the holiday.” Why American children should be strong-armed into imposing “the religious requirements of the holiday” for proselytizing Muslims isn’t addressed. Neither do authorities explain why Islamic prayers have suddenly become part of the curriculum for children attending American public (e.g., non-sectarian) schools, while discussions of Christianity are ruled off limits. ...

...The Herndon school district is not an isolated pocket of Islamic indoctrination. The Assist News Service reports that 7th graders in Byron, California, were given special assignments in Islam that included faith-related role-playing. (Try to make it a two-way street by having Muslim kids role-playing Christian Crusaders, and the ACLU would have you drawn and quartered.)

Billed as a “Social Studies” class, it required seventh graders to memorize verses of the Koran and to pray, “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful,” and to chant, “Praise to Allah, Lord of Creation.”

According to Rev. Miles of the Religious News Service, students will be required to memorize 25 Islamic terms and six Islamic phrases. They will also learn 20 Islamic proverbs, the Five Pillars of Islam and to be familiar with 10 key Islamic prophets and disciples. Students were presented with true/false questions that required them to affirm tenets of the Islamic faith as objective fact. The handouts used in the course, according to ANS, are reported to include a history of Islam and the life of its founder, Mohammed (doubtlessly bowdlerized for shockable young minds). But last year, although a federal judge ruled that the Byron Union School District could continue its three-week curriculum that required 7th graders recite Muslim prayers, the school abandoned the project because it created an outcry. ...

As Front Page Magazine Managing Editor Ben Johnson documents in his just published book 57 Radical Causes: Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Charitable Giving, Teresa Heinz Kerry has funded a similar curriculum – complete with confessions of belief in Islam – for use in the Pittsburgh public schools.

The camel is making progress in its effort to get inside the tent and take over. It got its nose under the edge when, a few months ago, the close-knit Polish Catholic town of Hamtramck, in Michigan, was forced by their dhimmi town council to endure Muslim calls to prayer in Arabic broadcast over loudspeakers six times a day. The Muslims said their calls to worship their god in an alien language were roughly equivalent to Christian church bells. A few months later, a hospital in Maine kowtowed to demands of Somali refugees that hospital gowns be modified to bring them in line with standards of modesty decreed by Islam. New johnnies were designed on the double, not only with an extra flap but also an interior sarong. ...

The dhimmis rewriting American history, tradition, and public school curricula are known to us. What is more interesting is, who is powering this agenda with financing? Certainly, where there are megabucks being handed around with lavish abandon, the Saudi Royal Family can’t be far away. The Council on Islamic Education, which contributes to “Washington File,” includes members of the Wahhabi lobby...

Certainly, there is nothing wrong with a study of comparative religions, but many parents believe it is inappropriate for children in third – or even seventh – grade to have the certainties of their religion degraded into just one “belief system” among many; this denigrates their parents’ home religious instruction. Comparative religion is a subject for those who have developed a sophisticated ability to think outside themselves, usually around 17 or 18. And it is of interest mainly to those of a philosophical turn of mind. It is not for everyone and it should not be imposed. And certainly, children of any age should not be forced to choose a Muslim name over the Christian (or Jewish!) name their parents gave them. This is an invasion of the child’s identity. For the public schools to unwittingly convert children to any religion is rightly forbidden by the U.S. Constitution. ...

And assaulting children with false history to enhance the self-esteem of a minority population is a betrayal of children, of learning, and of the historic mission of Western education.
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http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=15593

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

TALK TO THE HAND, KETCHUP QUEEN!


You think being a billionaire's widow is tough...
Try teaching 30 hyperactive school children all day! Posted by Hello


UPDATE: What a CLASSY lady Laura Bush is... her comments on the Ketchup Queen's remarks:

NEW LONDON, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Laura Bush on Thursday dismissed as unimportant a comment by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that Mrs. Bush was someone who had not held a “real job.”

She played down a controversy that blew up over the remark and expressed sympathy for Teresa Heinz Kerry for having to handle the pressures of being on the campaign trail and answer reporters’ questions.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Mrs. Bush told reporters as she campaigned in the swing state of New Hampshire. “It was perfectly alright. She apologized and she didn’t even really need to apologize,” Mrs. Bush said.

“I know how tough it is. Actually, I know those trick questions, too,” she said.

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