The worm is turning in regards to this nonsense at Al QaQaa. Two new stories via Drudge:

1.) Russians May Have Moved Explosives:

Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein’s weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned.

John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, “almost certainly” removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.

“The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units,” Mr. Shaw said. “Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units.”

2.) Iraqis May Be Over-estimating Missing Material:

Iraqi officials may be overstating the amount of explosives reported to have disappeared from a weapons depot, documents obtained by ABC News show.

The Iraqi interim government has told the United States and international weapons inspectors that 377 tons of conventional explosives are missing from the Al-Qaqaa installation, which was supposed to be under U.S. military control.

But International Atomic Energy Agency documents obtained by ABC News and first reported on “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” indicate the amount of missing explosives may be substantially less than the Iraqis reported.

The information on which the Iraqi Science Ministry based an Oct. 10 memo in which it reported that 377 tons of RDX explosives were missing presumably stolen due to a lack of security was based on “declaration” from July 15, 2002. At that time, the Iraqis said there were 141 tons of RDX explosives at the facility.

But the confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency’s inspectors recorded that just over 3 tons of RDX was stored at the facility a considerable discrepancy from what the Iraqis reported.

I initially thought this story was legit- and I was furios. Fortunately, there are those who remembered the track record of the NY Times, and their bullshit detectors went off. Once I looked twice, I started to get the smell.

I am not sure what is more outrageous about this whole mess:

1.) The fact that the NY Times and CBS were colluding to put this on at the last minute, and had 60 Minutes had their way, this bullshit would have been released on Sunday night, and there would have been no chance for what we now know to come out. In other words, the press championed McCain-Feingold to shut us up and to preserve their hegemony, and then in the first trial run of the legislation, made a blatant attemt to fix an election. Un-fucking-believable.

2.) The fact that the head of an international organization, in this case Al Baradei, made a blatant attempt to collude with American media to influence an election. I guess we finally have found out who Kerrry was talking about when he said internatinal leaders favored him. What he meant was the corrupt international establishment favors him. And liberals mock conservatives for not trusting the UN and other interational organizations.

3.) The speed with which the Democrats pounced on this as an electoral issue, while knowing nothing. This is a perfect portrait of everything they have been doing for four years, and one of the main reasons I want them to lose this election. They hate Bush so much that they have done nothing but peddle rumors, push scandals, and leap upon anything they can find to destroy this man and this administration. Let’s flashback to Zell Miller’s ‘shrill’ speech at the RNC:

In 1940 Wendell Wilkie was the Republican nominee.

And there is no better example of someone repealing their “private plans” than this good man.

He gave Roosevelt the critical support he needed for a peacetime draft, an unpopular idea at the time.

And he made it clear that he would rather lose the election than make national security a partisan campaign issue.

Shortly before Wilkie died he told a friend, that if he could write his own epitaph and had to choose between “here lies a president” or “here lies one who contributed to saving freedom”, he would prefer the latter.

Where are such statesmen today?

Where is the bi-partisanship in this country when we need it most?

Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat’s manic obsession to bring down our Commander-in- Chief.

Yeah- the speech was ‘scary’ and ‘shrill.’ It was scary and shrill because it was so spot on accurate. Name another time in our modern history where the party out of power prayed for casualties, job losses, and dipping consumer confidence solely because they wanted to take back the Presidency.

4.) The rhetoric employed by Kerry in response to this non-scandal. I have heard some irresponsible proclamations made in the past, but Kerry this week takes the cake.My gut instincts about this man are correct- he will say or do anything and believes in nothing. Sheer opportunistic slime who would have been a nameless back bencher in the party of Moynihan, but know isthe standard-bearer. Disgusting.

Iam sure others have more to say about this whole issue- I will link to those accounts that are relevant.

Sorry, Guys- You are Willing Accomplices

The following individuals might want to get in touch with John Kerry, the DNC, CBS, and the NY Times and tell them ‘thanks.’

Joe Manchin, III– (D.) candidate for governor of WV
Barbara Evans Fleishcauer– (D) candidate for the WV House of Delegates
Robert “Bob” Beach– (D) candidate for the WV House of Delegates

Why would you want to get in touch with the Kerry campaign? Because I had planned to vote for you in the general election, but because of Kerry’s behavior the past two days, I decided to tell all Democrats to go to hell. When I heard Kerry saying ‘soldiers are being fired upon by the weapons left unguarded,’ trying to pimp a bullshit story for political advantage, I almost had a minor stroke.

How do you fire these explosives? Do they have a trigger? How do you aim them? LYING SACK OF SHIT.

It was at that point, I couldn’t take it anymore. I went downtown to the Sneior Center and voted early. I have to get on with my life.

At any rate, I normally vote 40-50% Republican, 25% libertarian, 25% Democratic. Not this year. Every Democrat is guilty as far as I am concerened. YOu chose this man, you live with him. I refuse to reward the behavior I have seen over the past four years.

I did, however, vote for John Perdue (D), for State Treasurer. He is just too fundamentally decent a man to punish, and would have been governor (wiith my suppoert) three times over had the monied fratboys that run our state Democratic party not blocked his candidacy every year.

The rest of the Democrats- to hell with them. Guilt by association works for me.

Red Sox Fans, You Owe Me

I hate the Yankees, which makes me automatically root for the Red Sox every year (my Pirates are eliminated from the playoffs every year a week after pitchers and catchers report). At any rate, you Red Sox fans owe me.

After they were blown out by the Yankees in game three of the ALCS, I told my mom:

“I am done with them. They are a bunch of overpaid losers. I wash my hands of them, and I refuse to root for them any more. I already root for enough losers, I don’t need the Red Sox on my resume as well.”

They are 6-0 since.

The Investigation Begins

Tom Maguire notes our intrepid reporters are beginning to pull back from the initial scary assertions that has made Kerry a bombastic liar for the past two days.

Maguire concludes:

We have a hint as to the timing of the ongoing investigation – evidence that the explosives were not at the site will only become available to the Times after Nov. 3.

I have never seen the media this in bed with anyone before. Ever. And I remember the Reagan hating. I remember the made up stories regarding Bush 1 being out of touch. This is just shameful.

Just Read

I am simply stunned by the behavior of the Democrats- the charges Kerry is making on the campaign, and the utter complicity of the media, who I have never seen be so in the tank for a candidate in my entire life. This always makes me feel better:

They said that saving Grenada from terror and totalitarianism was the wrong thing to do – they didn’t blame Cuba or the communists for threatening American students and murdering Grenadians – they blamed the United States instead.

But then, somehow, they always blame America first.

When our Marines, sent to Lebanon on a multinational peacekeeping mission with the consent of the United States Congress, were murdered in their sleep, the “blame America first crowd” didn’t blame the terrorists who murdered the Marines, they blamed the United States.

But then, they always blame America first.

When the Soviet Union walked out of arms control negotiations, and refused even to discuss the issues, the San Francisco Democrats didn’t blame Soviet intransigence. They blamed the United States.

But then, they always blame America first.

When Marxist dictators shoot their way to power in Central America, the San Francisco Democrats don’t blame the guerrillas and their Soviet allies, they blame United States policies of 100 years ago.

But then, they always blame America first.

The American people know better.

They know that Ronald Reagan and the United States didn’t cause Marxist dictatorship in Nicaragua, or the repression in Poland, or the brutal new offensives in Afghanistan, or the destruction of the Korean airliner, or the new attacks on religious and ethnic groups in the Soviet Union, or the jamming of western broadcasts, or the denial of Jewish emigration, or the brutal imprisonment of Anatoly Shcharansky and Ida Nudel, or the obscene treatment of Andrei Sakharov and Yelena Bonner, or the re-Stalinization of the Soviet Union.

The American people know that it’s dangerous to blame ourselves for terrible problems that we did not cause.

They understand just as the distinguished French writer, Jean Francois Revel, understands the dangers of endless self- criticism and self-denigration.

He wrote: “Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.”

With the election of Ronald Reagan, the American people declared to the world that we have the necessary energy and conviction to defend ourselves, and that we have as well a deep commitment to peace.

And now, the American people, proud of our country, proud of our freedom, proud of ourselves, will reject the San Francisco Democrats and send Ronald Reagan back to the White House.

Thank you very much.

Pre-emptive troll remarks: Yeah, I am a fascist. Blow me, stooge.

And just because I can:

Ultra-liberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order.

In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.

I am starting to feel better already.

How To Steal an Election, Part One

I guess the grand strategy of the Democrats is to create so much hostility and suspicion regarding this election that any outcome that does not lead to a Kerry victory will be unsatisfactory. Step one is the pre-emptive lawsuit. How does this work?

Simple- just file a lawsuit challenging every single law regarding the conduct of elections, and for extra flavor, claim racism as your basis on each one:

Democrats in Florida already are pursuing nine election-related lawsuits, accusing state election officials of conspiring to disenfranchise minority voters.

Led by the Florida Democratic Party, the People for the American Way, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the AFL-CIO, the lawsuits target, among others, Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood, who was appointed by Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, President Bush’s brother.

The suits say Republican officials refused to count provisional ballots, improperly disqualified incomplete voter registrations, established overly restrictive rules to disproportionately hurt minority voters and actively sought to disenfranchise blacks.

Matt Miller, a spokesman for the Kerry campaign, said Republicans are “trying to scare people away from the polls.”

But Mrs. Hood’s spokesman, Alia Faraj, described the lawsuits as politically motivated, saying they were eroding public confidence in the election process by challenging “every single law we are following.”

One suit challenges a ruling by Mrs. Hood to throw out forms on which new voters had failed to check a box indicating whether they were U.S. citizens, and another argued that although only 17 percent of the voters in Broward County and 20 percent in Miami-Dade County were black, more than a third of the voter-registration forms that were determined to be incomplete and invalid in both counties involved black voters.

Assholes. The clear intent is to subvert the election process- and no matter how fair the election is, to claim it invalid. The last few days have made me change my mind. I am starting to almost hope Kerry wins so I can be an irresponsible flamethrowing asshole like the Democrats have been. It has to be liberating. You can say anything, charge your opponent with anything, and never have to be burdened with providing evidence, nor do they seem to have problems with their collective consciences.

No Kidding

Gee- almost the entire staff of Slate is voting for Kerry. Who would have guessed?

Now, if I could just figure out who the staff writers for the Village Voice, the Nation, the American Prospect, the Media Matters Staff, George Soros, and Theresa Heinz-Kerry intend to vote for, and I might be able to make up my mind.

I mean really- how ever am I supposed to figure out who David Brock, Atrios, and Oliver Willis are going to vote for?