Howard Dean- Another Smart Person Who Doesn’t Know Jack Shit

Santorum may be a bigot, but Howard Dean is an opportunistic moron- and once again, Democrats prove why they can not be trusted with National Security matters. Apparently, Dean can’t decide if the Iraqi people are better off without Saddam:

BLITZER: But governor, nobody — nobody disagrees there are going to be problems. But aren’t the people of Iraq so much better off now without Saddam Hussein on their back?

DEAN: We don’t know that yet. We don’t know that yet, Wolf. We still have a country whose city is mostly without electricity. We have tumultuous occasions in the south where there is no clear governance. We have a major city without clear governance. We don’t know yet, and until we do…

Note to Democrats- Hussein was a bad man and the Iraqi people are better off. I am sure Carville and Shrum will remember to get that in the next talking points.








Santorum, Pt. 2

By now, unless you live in a cavem you have probably heard that Rick Santorum was intentionally misquoted, and in a manner that is quite appalling (although not perhaps as apalling as Santorum’s views on homosexuality).

Here is the quote as it first appeared:

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

Now here is the actual quote:

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

Despite what some might want to think- that is a big difference, and it was absolutely irresponsible for the AP to report the quote in the first manner. If you think I am exxagerating how awful this addition was, try these sentences I am making up on for size and tell me if you see a difference:

“I don’t like many people.”

Compare that to:

“I don’t like many (black) people.”

or “I don’t like many (gay) people.”

Big difference. Regardless, though, Santorum is not off the hook. He clearly has some Cro Magnon views on sexuality (as discussed by Sullivan and Scalzi) and some frighteningly paternalistic viewpoints regarding the role of government and individual liberty.

Sometimes I think these guys are actively trying to get me to vote for Democrats.

*** UPDATE ***

The Diabloggers have a great entry on the Santorum affair even though they call me stupid for initially not noticing the inserted (gay) in my first post). Oh well- they were right, I was stupid.








Monty Python

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WTF, Rick Santorum

Via Atrios, I see this shocking mind-numbingly offensive statement from Rick Santorum:

In an interview with The Associated Press, Santorum criticized homosexuality while discussing a pending Supreme Court case over a Texas sodomy law.

“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything,” Santorum, R-Pa., said in the interview, published Monday.

Santorum spokeswoman Erica Clayton Wright said the lawmaker’s comments were “were specific to the Supreme Court case.”

I thought Atrios was making this up, it was so outrageous. Unbelievable. Someone please explain to me how this is not one of the most bigoted things uttered by anyone in the last 50 years. Let alone a US Senator. Disgusting. Words are failing me, as you can plainly see.








CalPundit Has Moved

Calpundit has moved to fancy new digs. Adjust your bookmarks accordingly.








Lack of Posting

Sorry for the lack of posting, but I have had little to say and was taking a break. However, you need to make sure you read Krauthammer’s take on the Iraq Sanctions:

But if the State Department sentimentalists who worship at the shrine of the United Nations insist on a pilgrimage to Turtle Bay, we should go to the Security Council and submit a one-line resolution: “Whereas the sanctions were imposed on the regime of Saddam Hussein; whereas that regime is no more; whereas sanctions are now needlessly preventing Iraq’s economic recovery; the sanctions are hereby abolished.”

No “modalities.” No negotiations. No deals. Dare France and Russia to veto.

This is why he gets paid and I beg for donations.








Thank You

A big thanks to the generous contributors who have donated via payal. I very much appreciate your generosity. If you do not have paypal, there is always the amazon wish list, or, playing some of the games at the much recommended 5 Dimes casino.

At any rate, thanks to those of you who have donated.








Republicans Attempt to Lose Majority

Republican misbehavior (plus Chuckie Schumer) in regards to the Patriot Act and other civil liberties issues discussed here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.








‘Symbolic’ Victory?

Unless you live under a rock, you are probably well aware that terrorist Abu Abbas has been captured by American forces in Baghdad, and that it appears he will finally have to face justice for his vile acts some 17 years ago. Already, the defeat at all costs crowd is claiming this is not a real blow against terrorism, but rather it is merely a symbolic victory. For those of you who forget what this cretin did, here is a little primer:
Abu Abbas, as head of the Palestinian Liberation Front, was tried and convicted in absentia in Italy for his role in the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. He allegedly oversaw the operation, which included the killing of an American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer, off the coast of Egypt.

His minions took a 69 year old man in a wheelchair, executed him, and then threw him and his wheelchair overboard. They chose Leon Klinghoffer for two reasons:

1.) He was Jewish.

2.) He was American.

Maybe they did it because he was American first, Jewish second. Who cares? This was the symbolism- the execution of an American Jew to further the agenda of a Palestinian terror organization. There is, however, no symbolic victory in his capture- it is a victory, no matter how you look at it. His capture is merely our government fulfilling a promise made to every America- and a clear message that if you committ terrorist acts against America or Americans, there is no happy ending for you. We will catch you, whether it takes 6 months, 6 years, or 6 decades.

Others also will try to downplay capturing this terrorist as symbolic because he was not a member of Al Qaeda. Who cares? All of these terrorist groups have loose affiliations with each other. Members of Ansr al-Islam know members of Al Qaeda, and are intermingled with the PLF, they are intertwined with Hezbollah and Hamas. Taking any terrorist down is a step in the right direction in the war on terrorism. What is so hard to understand about that?








The ‘Moderate’ Left

So you were against the war. Fine. Do you have to be against reality? Kos comes back from a couple day vacation/business trip/hiatus and unloads with this multiple column-inch sneer:

So Bush “won” the war. At least that’s the spin from the White House and its allied Mighty Wurlitzer.

Actually, Kos- it is quite clear to everyone that the war has been won. Even Dan Rather has come to his senses, albeit belatedly. That does not mean the violence, mayhem, and confusion is over. The rebuilding will take a while, and I am sure that you will be along for the ride, with Mr. Chriac and Mr. Schoreder, doing everything you can to hamper success so that your candidate (is it Dean? Kucinich? Hart? Kerry?) has a better chance in 2004.

The last time a Bush won a war against Iraq, his approval ratings were in the 90s. This time, Bush can barely break the 70s. CBS has him at 73. NBC at 71. Newsweek at 71. Fox at 71. ABC is the most generous to Bush at 77.

So what’s going on? To hear the media talk, this was a crushing, easy, absolute, unconditional, bloodless victory. We’re told, over and over again, that they’re cheering us on the streets of Baghdad. We’re told order is being restored. We’re repeatedly told we found WMDs, quietly retracting all such statements days later.

So, what’s going on? Why aren’t Bush’s numbers higher than common sense might dictate?

Only in the fantasyland that is the core of Democrat support could 75% approval ratings be spun negatively. But, since Kos is curious, I will answer his question- why aren’t Bush’s numbers higher?

Because about 20% of the population would be incapable of saying anything good about Bush if he was able to turn water into wine, if his sweat could be used as a cure for cancer, and if he was able to solve aids, racism, give white people rhythym, provide universal health care and child support, all while balancing the budget solely on the taxes of the rich and corrupt robber barons like Enron. Then and only then, might Kos utter something nice aboutBush- but he still wouldn’t vote for him (Dean’s so much smarter- I mean- Bush just doesn’t speak very well and isn’t very smart).

That is why- 20% of the population is composed of ultra-partisan jerks who simply hate everything about Bush, and there is nothing he can do about it. And guess what, Bush and Rove know that- so I watch with joy as you and your issues get ignored- because you have made yourself IRRELEVANT. When the man does the right thing, you oppose him, shit on him, and try to marginalize his victories. Why the hell would he pay attention to you? And then you get shriller, and less appealing to the general public, and you lose another election. Your solution? Go farther left, and become more obnoxious. It’s really quite beautiful to watch. If the Democrat party was Ben Sanderson (Nick Cage) in Leaving Las Vegas, the only thing they would be pissed about is that they only had two hands and one mouth to get the vodka in. The self-destruction is impressive.

Before you know it, the base of the Democrat party is going to be voting for this guy, with the broad theme of “12 Galaxies Guiltied to A Zegnatronic Rocket Society.” Hell- that makes as much sense as everything else the Donks have been pitching at us.

*** Update ***

Larry Maggiti (who has a new blog you should bookmark and visit) suggests that I wrote this in an attempt to be over the top. IN part, I did. But for the most part, I did not.

Larry states:

You hear this a lot from Bush supporters. Those of us who dont like Bush must just be blindly partisan. I have a problem with this on a number of different levels. Sure, some of the opposition to Bush may just be blind ultra-partisanship. But does it ever occur to Bush supporters that some of us might believe that Bush is a disaster, irrespective of his party affiliation? Lets turn the question around: were all the Clinton haters blindly ultra-partisan? Some surely were; many honestly detested the man. I dont know how Cole felt about Clinton; I suspect he would be a bit easier on the Clinton haters than on the Bush haters.

You don’t have to wade too deep into my archives to get an idea how I felt (feel) about Clinton, the man. However, despite my utter revulsion at the sound of Clinton’s voice, I am willing to give him a good bit of credit for a number of things:

1.) He did not wreck the economy, and he signed the balanced budgets Congress sent him.
2.) NAFTA
3.) Welfare Reform
4.) Neutering the far left
5.) Generally promoting free-trade
6.) The Kosovo issue

The difference between me and Kos, though, is that I am willing to separate the actions from the man. Kos, Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the fringe are incapable of the same thing. How Nancy Pelosi can honestly say the war could have gone better, or we could have toppled Saddam for cheaper, is beyond me. It shows a fundamental disregard for reality. Thus, anyone who, when asked how Bush handled the war, states “poorly” or “disastrously,” clearly is divorced from their senses. As the war is the most important thing going on in the nation right now, handing Bush a negative approval rating right now is simply rank partisanship, regardless how much you think he is a horrible speaker or how much you hate his tax proposals or other budget priorities.








Another One Bites the Dust

What terrorist ties? Oh… Those:

A wanted Palestinian fugitive, Abu Abbas, has been detained by US forces in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

He led the Palestinian Liberation Front, which hijacked a US cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, in 1985.

During the hijack, an elderly American passenger was killed.

Abu Abbas had been mentioned by US President George W Bush as an example of the kind of figure given refuge by the former regime of Saddam Hussein.








Laurence Simon

Laurence Simon’s excellent Amish Tech Support has moved to http://amish.blogmosis.com.

Also, this may be the best headline I have seen in a while:

Iraq has fallen, now Fisk moves to defend Syria

I will write more when I get over this awful bronchitis/strep concoction I have managed to brew up.








Great Week- But Don’t Forget

It has been a great week for results in the war, and I am going to take a day off. Remember, though, that despite all the advances this week, we still have men and women in harms way, and remember to keep our MIA’s and POW’s in your thoughts.

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U.S. Army Spc. Shoshawna Johnson, one of America’s best and brightest.

*** Update ***

Miracles happen.








Iraqi Information Minister

We’ve all thought this, now someone has finally photoshopped it- The Iraqi Information Minister

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(Image via the German Dutch weblog the Black Forest, which I found through Coolio’s)

I have been informed this is a Dutch weblog- The Black Forest kinda convinced me it would be German. Wrong again.








A Fool and Her Microphone

Nancy Pelosi stands by her principled position against the war:

“I have absolutely no regret about my vote on this war,” she told reporters at her weekly briefing yesterday, saying the same questions still remain: “The cost in human lives. The cost to our budget, probably $100 billion. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less. The cost to our economy. But the most important question at this time, now that we’re toward the end of it, is what is the cost to the war on terrorism?”

Whatever. Keep talking, Honorable Minority Leader.

Apparently, the folks at IndyMedia have their own issues with Mrs. Pelosi:

Join us in a picket of warmonger, Democratic Party machine Congressperson Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, as she receives a “peace” award on April 12, 2003 at 5 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, Nob Hill, California and Mason.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Party machine’s favorite fundraiser and Congressional representative of most of San Francisco since 1987, deserves only one thing: Immediate defeat by a peace candidate who is not a Democrat or Republican in the 2004 election. She has voted for everything Bush has asked for including, most recently as last week, $80 billion for war and fascism.

Nancy Pelosi, warmongerer. You heard it here first. Does anyone still question whether or not the IndyMedia loons are divorced from reality?