The Asshole Left

Check out this story:

Bob Novak, the pugnacious conservative pundit, may have to answer an assault charge in Manchester, N.H., stemming from an altercation with an activist on primary night last month. The dust-up ensued after Brad Carr, 54, who calls himself “an independent citizen” who’s against the Bush administration, taunted Novak, 72, a host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” which was broadcasting live from a restaurant.

“I called him a traitor because of his involvement in the outing of Valerie Plame, which I think is unconscionable,” Carr told us yesterday, recounting the Jan. 27 incident, which he reported to police. “He gave me a dirty look and ignored me, so I followed him outside to a CNN bus [where] I called him a traitor, probably for the fifth or sixth time. . . . He turned around and grabbed me by the arm . . . gave me a little shove, cocked his arm back as though he was going to hit me, and then someone from behind dragged him away to the bus.”

Carr, a stocky fellow, slipped on the ice into the arms of self-described progressive activist Mike Stinson, who told us, “I have a back problem — I don’t need to be catching big men.” Details were posted on the Web site takebackthemedia.com, with these headlines next to Novak’s scowling mug: “Why is This Man So Angry? Bob Novak assaults man in New Hampshire!! Contact CNN and tell them you don’t like it!”

The name Mike Stinson should sound familiar, and you should not have to google it. In case you don’t remember, here is who Mike Stinson is:

One of the finalists of the MoveOn.org ad contest is responsible for another heinous web video that compares Bush to Hitler, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

An ad by “Take Back the Media” is one of 15 Finalists in MoveOn.org’s Bush in 30 Seconds Commercial Contest. Produced by Michael Stinson [SYMBOLMAN], The ARMY OF ONE flash animation has been chosen out of over 1000 submission by nearly 3 million votes online.

But currently streaming on the Take Back site with ARMY OF ONE is another shocking advert produced by Michael Stinson [SYMBOLMAN] — alleging Bush/Nazi ties!

http://www.takebackthemedia.com/bushnonazi.html

I wish you had punched them both, Novak.

This is going to be the most vicious, bitter, and bile filled election in history. These lunatics need to be locked up.

*** Update ***

I am not alone on this one…








My Apologies

My apologies to the nation. Until recently, I had been a proud veteran. I realize now that since I have no proof of my service other than my DD-214 and several plaques and ribbons, which clearly does not protect me from charges of desertion.

Until I can find the appropriate paperwork from my ten years of service, I hereby declare myself a deserter and AWOL. Also, I apologize to the Army and the WV National Guard, who must have been accomplices in my deception- how else can I describe their allowing me to leave the services without charging me?

At any rate, I apologize for failing the nation, as I clearly am a deserter.

*** Update ***

Since the new myth is that IRS records will somehow prove where Bush was or wasn’t, here is an exercise for the readers. IN 1997, my W2 from the National Guard that I filed with my 1040 stated I earned roughly $3500.00 gross pay. With that handy, useful, and pertinent information, someone please tell me:

What months I reported for drill in FY 1997.
Which months I missed (I missed 6 and made them up at a later date).
Where I made up those drills.
What I did to make up those drills.
Why did the National Guard, with a clear absence of documentation today, pronounce that I had served a ‘good year.’ (Again, know-nothings, I don’t expect you to know what a ‘good year’ is.)

Until then, I remain your forlorn self-admitted deserter.








Silly Scandal Mongerers

The Democrats have whipped themselves and the press into such a frenzy about this faux scandal about Bush being a deserter that they must have missed this:

Halliburton, the giant US energy group once run by Vice-President Dick Cheney, has agreed to pay back $27.4m (15m) to the Pentagon, US defence officials say. The refund covers possible overcharging on a contract to supply meals to the US military in Iraq and Kuwait.

Halliburton has temporarily stopped charging the US military for meals until they agree on a better method.

UK defence officials said on Tuesday that Halliburton had won a 12m deal to ship military supplies to Iraq.

The potential overcharging had emerged during “routine evaluation of contract costs submitted for payment” by the Halliburton group’s Kellogg Brown and Root subsidiary, according to Pentagon spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Rose-Ann Lynch.

Why am I mentioning this? Because, like the trumped up charges last month regarding war profiteering in the delivery of oil, this is nothing. A routine audit. These happen all the time, particularly in massive contracts run under the difficult circumstances they are currently functioning under.

BTW- this is kinda important, and the left wing whackos must have missed it:

An arm of Halliburton, the controversial group once headed by US vice-president Dick Cheney, yesterday won a contract worth 350m over seven years to coordinate logistics support for British troops on overseas missions.
Kellogg Brown & Root, which operates Devonport naval dockyard in Plymouth and provides support services for the army in Iraq, is to improve provision of items such as food and tents for the armed forces’ joint headquarters at Northwood, north-west London.

The Ministry of Defence, which has also named KBR as preferred bidder for a 4bn contract to upgrade garrisons in Aldershot and on Salisbury Plain, said KBR staff would join military personnel at Northwood.

Acting as a partnering team or “one-stop shop”, the team’s remit is to deploy support services “rapidly and reliably”, after criticism of the lack of equipment and support for troops in last year’s war in Iraq.

Why choose them? Must be Cheney’s influence. Whoops- wrong government. I guess it is because,. as we have stated all along, Halliburton and KBR can get the job done.

It just pisses me off that the Democrats are so partisan and viscerally anti-business that we even have to point out this stuff.








Dean For America Meets the Breakfast Club

Check out this guest entry from Howard Dean’s Blog for America:

Guest Blog from TMB in VT

Hello all,

My name is Tim; you may know me from the blog as TMB in VT. I’ve never been involved in politics, I never cared enough. But today I care, because of Howard Dean. I’m here in the Burlington Headquarters. Man are we busy! It reminds me of a colony of workers ants. We all are going about our individual tasks with a one-minded efficiency. As we pass each other in the halls we smile and nod, then continue on with the knowledge that this is crunch time. Everyone is needed; this is the way a democracy works. Remember the way Dr. Dean ends every Speech:

“The power to change the country is not in my hands, it’s in yours.”

I want you to ask yourselves what are you doing tomorrow. Do you have some time to volunteer? Could you call or talk to someone you may have missed? To people in the primary and caucus states you could call your buddies and make sure they can get down to the polling places and ask them to call their friends too.

It even comes with a photo for you ladies out there. At any rate, all I could think of was this scene from the Breakfast Club:

Bender: Hey, cherry, do you belong to the physics club?

Claire: Thats an academic club.

Bender: So?

Claire: So, academic clubs arent the same as other kinds of clubs.

Bender: But the dorks like him, they are. What do you guys do in your club?

Brian: In physics, well, we talk about physics… properties of physics.

Bender: So its sort of social. Demented and sad, but social, right?

I filed this under “General Stupidity” because I don’t have a “Laughably Pathetic” category.

(Via Matt Stinson)








Seabiscuit

I just watched Seabiscuit. What a fantastic movie- one of the best sports movies of all time. Dreamworks puts out some great stuff.








Like Father, Like Son

Like father:

Presidential candidate Wesley Clark on Friday complained that one of the moderators in Thursday night’s debate was carrying out a Republican agenda by questioning his Democratic credentials.

Brit Hume of Fox News Channel, who worked as both moderator and questioner during the two-hour debate with the seven candidates, pressed Clark about when he had first realized he was a Democrat.

Clark told reporters Friday, “I looked at who was asking the questions, and I think that was part of the Republican agenda in the debate.”

Like son:

Wesley Clark Jr. a 34-year-old screenwriter, in a meeting with reporters while his father called voters from a phone bank, said; “I’d like to see him win today. If he doesn’t win I don’t want to see him stay out there.

“It’s a really disillusioning experience.”

In a rare outburst by a member of the Clark family, Clark Jr. launched into a harangue about the unfairness of the media and dirtiness of politics.

“You go out and see the way politics really works. It is a dirty business filled with a lot of people pretending to be a lot of things that they are not,” he said.

“There was a lot of sneering and whispering going on by columnists and talking heads. … It is all a horse race. No-one is talking about the issues.”

Wesley Clark Jr. was clearly frustrated by the fact that the biggest Wesley Clark media story over the weekend in Oklahoma City was that the drivers of his father’s three-car caravan got speeding tickets during a late-night journey between campaign stops.

“It is a helluva way to pick a president,” he said.

Clark Jr. said the media had not been fair to his father or any of the other candidates and was giving President Bush a free run. “It’s all about access. You know you would be denied access if you all covered this fairly,” he said.

I know of two little piggies who are going waah-waah-waah all the way home.








Primary Poll Numbers

Here are the primary poll numbers as of right now. I guess my only comment is that I find it frightening that 10% of SC Democrats would vote for Sharpton.








The Weird World of Josh Marshall

Fact: The President served during the Vietnam era as a fighter pilot in the National Guard.

Fact: Parts of the same unit were deployed to combat in Vietnam.

Fact: The president was presented with an honorable discharge upoon completion of his service.

Fact: Some of the records regarding his National Guard service are missing or incomplete.

Assertion: The President, because the Democrats do not have all the documentation they want and a week-end by week-ened recitation of his Guard service, is AWOL, a deserter, and in the bizarro world of Terry McAuliffe, “never served our country.”

Enter beltway flack and DNC agitprop meme-meister Josh Marshall:

Finally the Democrats start getting a sense of how this works. After various Democratic candidates and their surrogates have pressed the issue of the president’s blowing off his military service in the early 1970s, The Washington Post puts together a piece reviewing what we know about the president’s time in the Texas Air National Guard…

But the long and the short of it is that all the strong evidence points to the conclusion that the president blew off a lot of his service in the Guard, while there’s enough flimsy and self-serving evidence to believe that he might have actually been there if you really, really, really want to believe he did.

Yes- the Democrats are finally learning. The party of Lehane, Blumenthal, Clinton, Begala, Carville, doesn’t know how to create false innuendo in the media, manipulate smears, and engage in character assassination. Stop giggling.

But really, the most absurd part of the Marshall post is worth repeating- “while there’s enough flimsy and self-serving evidence to believe that he might have actually been there if you really, really, really want to believe he did.” Knaves, take note. This is how you breathlessly and arrogantly advance a lie. A lot can be learned from Mr. Marshall, indeed.

The facts, of course, are just the opposite. Rather than prove the charge, Marshall and his dimwitted and vile cronies would rather us prove the charge false. Of course, Mr. Marshall and his ilk have no such proof, but only the weak memories of one Lt. Col. and a simmering hatred for George Bush.

Although I have no proof, I hereby assert that Joshua Micah Marshall buggers young children. I have no documentation that he has done otherwise, although a lot of people claim he does not, I want to see the paperwork. Until he comes up with paperwork that he does not, in fact, bugger small tykes, the charges stand.

(Clearly I don’t think he does this, but what is good for the goose is good for the gawker.)








Like The Old Joke

How can you tell when a politician is lying? When his lips are moving:

“Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition … to the early use of military force b the US against Iraq. I share your concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to go to war.” –letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]

“Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush’s response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf.” –Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31 [1991]

Kerry Lied. People Died.








Oh, Jeebus

More projection from the Calpundit:

Despite the supposed rightward drift of America since the early 80s, the fact is that most Americans actually have an increasingly liberal view of most issues: they like Social Security and Medicare, they like strong public schools, they prefer working with the UN to taking action unilaterally, and they are socially pretty tolerant. Taxes excepted, this is why Bush mostly has to advance the conservative agenda by stealth: if he spoke honestly about his goals he’d get very little support. And he knows it.

Talk amongst yourself.








Bring It On

I see nothing but an upside for Bush with this story:

In recent days, a one-year gap in President Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service during the height of the Vietnam War has been raised by Democrats.

While none of the presidential candidates has directly criticized Bush’s service, some Democrats, including Democratic National Committee Chairman Terence R. McAuliffe, have accused the president of shirking his military duties in 1972, when Bush transferred to an Alabama unit. McAuliffe on Sunday called Bush “AWOL,” or “absent without leave,” during that period.

Terry Holt, spokesman for the Bush campaign, accused McAuliffe of trying to “perpetuate a completely false and bogus assertion.” Holt said, “The president was never AWOL.”

Nothing but good things can happen when Terry McAuliffe injects himself into the campaign.








This Needs to Be Repeated

The ‘Bush Lied, People Died’ crowd needs to read this over and over again until it sinks through their thick partisan skulls:

After speaking to “innumerable” U.S. intelligence officers, David Kay has concluded that Bush administration officials did not pressure analysts to exaggerate the threats posed by Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. On Capitol Hill, the Senate Intelligence Committee staff has interviewed over 175 analysts and critics and reached the same conclusion.

Leading the C.I.A.’s own internal review, Richard Kerr has apparently also concluded that there is no evidence that political pressures influenced the C.I.A. reports.

It is a shame we have to take some of the Bush haters seriously.








War is Hell…

Take this with a grain of salt:

The first official Army history of the Iraq war reveals that American forces were plagued by a “morass” of supply shortages, radios that could not reach far-flung troops, disappointing psychological operations and virtually no reliable intelligence on how Saddam Hussein would defend Baghdad.

Logistics problems, which senior Army officials played down at the time, were much worse than have previously been reported. While the study serves mainly as a technical examination of how the Army performed and the problems it faced, it could also serve as a political document that could advance the Army’s interests within the Pentagon.

Tank engines sat on warehouse shelves in Kuwait with no truck drivers to take them north. Broken-down trucks were scavenged for usable parts. Artillery units cannibalized parts from captured Iraqi guns to keep their howitzers operating. Army medics foraged medical supplies from combat hospitals.

In most cases, soldiers improvised solutions to keep the offensive rolling. But the study found that the Third Infantry Division, the Army’s lead combat force, was within two weeks of being halted by a lack of spare parts, and Army logisticians had no effective distribution system.

No commander ever has enough resources to make them happy, and I would suggest that two weeks away from an operational pause in an advance is nothing from a historical perspective. Still, I can’t wait to read this.








Doubletake

I am not sure, but I swear Justin Timberlake just ripped off Janet Jackson’s top during the Super Bowl halftime show, revealing a rather floppy, pierced breast.

I haven’t been drinking, either.








Speaking of Fiscal Conservatism

Gee- Who would have ever predicted this:

President Bush’s new budget will project that the just-enacted prescription drug program and Medicare overhaul will cost one-third more than previously estimated and will predict a deficit exceeding $500 billion for this year, congressional aides said Thursday.

Instead of a $400 billion 10-year price tag, Bush’s 2005 budget will estimate the Medicare bill’s cost at about $540 billion, said aides who spoke on condition of anonymity. Bush will submit on Monday a federal budget for the fiscal year 2005, which starts next Oct. 1.

Bush just signed the Medicare measure into law last month. While it was moving through Congress, Bush, White House officials and congressional Republican leaders had assured doubting conservatives that the bill’s costs would stay within the $400 billion estimate.

Some conservatives voted against the legislation anyway, and many of them are already angry that Bush has presided over excessive increases in spending and budget deficits.

“I’m not the least bit surprised,” said conservative Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., who voted against the Medicare bill in November and who said he had heard that the cost estimate would rise. “Historically, our estimates of what these programs will cost have been so far off as to be meaningless.”

Assholes. That really is the only comment I can come up with right now.