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Saturday, November 26, 2005
 
Bruce Willis to Make Blog-Based Film

Based of course on the writings of Michael Yon.

ANGERED by negative portrayals of the conflict in Iraq, Bruce Willis, the Hollywood star, is to make a pro-war film in which American soldiers will be depicted as brave fighters for freedom and democracy.

It will be based on the exploits of the heavily decorated members of Deuce Four, the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry, which has spent the past year battling insurgents in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul.

Willis attended Deuce Four’s homecoming ball this month in Seattle, Washington, where the soldiers are on leave, along with Stephen Eads, the producer of Armageddon and The Sixth Sense.

The 50-year-old actor said that he was in talks about a film of “these guys who do what they are asked to for very little money to defend and fight for what they consider to be freedom”.


I've always liked Bruce Willis, ever since the days of Moonlighting. To this day, whenever I'm late, my excuse is always "The lights were against me!"
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America's First Attempt at Socialism Failed

Our buddy Songbird has the information.
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Time to 'Fess Up

I suppose I should admit now that my claim to have been drafted by the New York Jets in the first round of the 1965 AFL draft is a bit of an exaggeration. In fact, I felt a draft from a passing jet one time.
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In Solidarity With the Suicide Bombers, You Mean

The loons at Camp Casey had Iraqi food for Thanksgiving:

“The idea is that it's an Iraqi-style meal to eat in solidarity with the Iraqi people who are dying there,” said Linda Foley, a protester from Azle. “We're not having the traditional indulgent American dinner.”
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The Wonderful Woman's Future

I was rereading Wonder Woman #7 (Winter 1943) last night. It's one of those cheerfully goofy tales of the future that comic book writers generally couldn't resist back in the 1940s and 1950s. In this story, Wonder Woman's mother shows her the future using the Magic Sphere. This device records everything that has happened and thus can predict everything that will happen (a concept used by Isaac Asimov in the Foundation novels as psychohistory).

In writer William Marsten's future women rule the planet, which is now known as the United States of Earth. Marsten was a radical feminist, but like everybody else, he was a creature of his time. Thus, even though women rule the world, they are mostly still secretaries in the workforce (click on pictures to view larger):



Diana is still alive as are the rest of the 1940s Wonder Woman cast. It turns out that Etta Candy, Wonder Woman's chubby sidekick, invented a fountain of youth drink that prevents people from getting old and dying. Steve Trevor is still around, although somewhat emasculated as this senator from the Man's World Party notes:



The senator visits the female president and demands the release of Grafton Patronage, a former corrupt political boss. She refuses to sign. Meanwhile the prison warden, named Dorothy Dear, has asked Patronage to her office for some psychoanalysis. The prisons of the future are run by politically correct jailers:



But Patronage quickly takes over the prison. Warden Dear is quite distressed:



Wonder Woman foils the prison escape, and an assassination plot against the president.

In the second part of the story, we get a look at the presidential race of 3004. Steve Trevor decides to throw his hat in the ring:



Diana Prince runs against him. Of course Steve, who comes across like Jethro Bodine in this story, is being duped by the leader of the purple shirts. Diana seems on her way to victory, but politics has not changed much in 1000 years:



My god, it's just like Ohio 2004! ;)

Eventually things are righted and Diana becomes the new president, which makes Wonder Woman ambivalent:

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NOLA: From Girls Gone Wild to Girls Gone

Gee this wouldn't have anything to do with all the rape stories the media told us a couple of months ago, would it?

The male-to-female ratio is most obvious in the French Quarter, where workers come to blow off steam in the evenings, but it crosses into other areas. Professional men — their wives and children settled elsewhere until the end of the school semester — gather in threes and fours at local restaurants. On Friday afternoons, they leave by bus or car or airplane, staying outside the city just long enough to get a taste of family life.
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Friday, November 25, 2005
 
Busy for Now

Why don't you go check out the intelligent posts by the Chief Brief and Educated Shoprat?
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Master Criminal of the Day

William Swanberg:

When no one was looking, Swanberg switched the bar codes on Lego boxes, replacing an expensive one with a cheaper label, said Detective Troy Dolyniuk, a member of the Washington County fraud and identity theft enforcement team.

Target officials contacted police after noticing the same pattern at their stores in the five western states. A Target security guard stopped Swanberg at a Portland-area store on Nov. 17, after he bought 10 boxes of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon set.

In his parked car, detectives found 56 of the Star Wars set, valued at $99 each, as well as 27 other Lego sets. In a laptop found inside Swanberg's car, investigators also found the addresses of numerous Target stores in the Portland area, their locations carefully plotted on a mapping software.

Records of the Lego collector's Web site, Bricklink.Com, show that Swanberg has sold nearly $600,000 worth of Legos since 2002, said Dolyniuk.
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Sticking Up for Chairman Mao

It's a dirty, disgusting little job, but somebody's gotta do it:

"It's just outrageous," said Gary Miller, a volunteer at Berkeley's Revolution Books, as he leafleted the authors' event on campus. "A lot of people look with a great deal of affection at the Mao years because China's been turned into one giant sweatshop."

In October, the city of Berkeley celebrated Bob Avakian Day in honor of one of the city's most stalwart revolutionary sons. A few weeks later, Raymond Lotta, a Chicago-based Maoist political economist and author, spoke to students at UCLA and UC Berkeley in what he called a bid to set the record straight.

"What sets this apart from other historical studies is that this person Mao, who led an historic revolution and changed the landscape of China and was an inspiration throughout the world -- they're saying this was a scheming, bloodthirsty opportunist who was evil from the day he was born to the day he died and who hijacked a revolution," Lotta said. "I think it's part of a continuing attempt to discredit communism and Maoism and any alternative to the current world order."

Tom Gold, associate dean of international and area studies at UC Berkeley, said he visited China on a guided tour in 1975 and was impressed. "You can't just say it was one evil person," he said in a phone interview. "What Mao did was tap into some sort of psychology. You cannot get away from saying that Mao tapped into something."

Connie Wu, who graduated from UC Berkeley in 2004 with a degree in international political economy, traveled throughout China as a Haas Scholar. She talked to Chinese who grew up under Mao and are adjusting to life in a capitalist economy.

"A lot of their response would be, 'Materialistically it's great. We can get whatever we want. We don't have to wait in long lines.' But they also said that morally it's really going down because now it's a money society," she said.


What Mao tapped into was greed, pure and simple. The difference between capitalism and communism is that the former uses the greed of the wealthy to make more money, while communism uses the greed of the poor to redistribute the wealth.
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Thursday, November 24, 2005
 
Some Things To Be Thankful For

From Ann Coulter:

In the Iraq war so far, the U.S. military has deposed a dictator who had already used weapons of mass destruction and would have used them again. As we now know, Saddam Hussein was working with al-Qaeda and was trying to acquire long-range missiles from North Korea and enriched uranium from Niger.

Saddam is on trial. His psychopath sons are dead. We've captured or killed scores of foreign terrorists in Baghdad. Rape rooms and torture chambers are back in R. Kelly's Miami Beach mansion where they belong.

The Iraqi people have voted in two free, democratic elections this year. In a rash and unconsidered move, they even gave women the right to vote.

Iraqis have ratified a constitution and will vote for a National Assembly next month. The long-suffering Kurds are free and no longer require 24x7 protection by U.S. fighter jets.

Libya's Moammar Gadhafi has voluntarily dismantled his Weapons of Mass Destruction, Syria has withdrawn from Lebanon, and the Palestinians are holding elections.

(Last but certainly not least, the Marsh Arabs' wetlands ecosystem in central Iraq that Saddam drained is being restored, so even the Democrats' war goals in Iraq are being met.)


As for the liberals, what do they have to be thankful for?

Poll numbers. That's about it. Oh, they can also prepare their big celebration for the 2500th US casualty in Iraq.
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Convict Freed By DNA Testing, Murders Woman

Predictably, the response from innocence advocates has been, we don't want to talk about him.

Let us not talk about Steven Avery, another man now sitting in a county jail charged with killing a young woman. Not tonight. Not again.

"This event is not about that," the moderator, Lawrence C. Marshall, a law professor who has spent years trying to free wrongfully convicted prisoners, urged. "Tonight we are here to talk about the much bigger issue."


A reminder that sometimes the cons who are innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted are not always innocent of criminality.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
 
As Usual, I Was Right

And Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were wrong.

Microsoft's Bill Gates said with fulminating certainty in Davos last January that it was time to "short" the greenback. "The ol' dollar is going down. It is a bit scary. We're in uncharted territory when the world's reserve currency has so much outstanding debt," he said.

His friend Warren Buffet kept pace, switching $22billion (£13billion) of Berkshire Hathaway funds into foreign currencies. He said it pained him as an American, and broke the habits of a life-time. But a country living so far beyond its means with a zero savings rate and a current account deficit nearing 6pc of GDP was about to pay the inevitable price.


Gee, you know what? Old Brainster wrote about the "falling dollar" early in 2005:

Look, this is pretty simple. The dollar rises and falls with interest rates. When interest rates are low, (especially relative to inflation), the dollar will decline. When interest rates are high, the dollar will rise. This is not all that surprising when you think about it. Foreigners are looking for two things when they invest their money. Safety (and US Treasuries are the safest investments in the world) and return.


Short term interest rates rose during the year, and money flocked to America to take advantage of the higher returns. The ol' greenback did fine as a result, and you no longer see idiots writing "the incredible shrinking dollar" stories.
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A Modest Proposal

I suggest that whenever a murderer is executed in the United States, that his or her offspring (whether juvenile or adult) be put to death as well.

Some may think this is a drastic proposal, but it is certainly in keeping with mainstream liberal thought. Robert Jensen writes today:

One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.

Why does Professor Jenkins feel this way?

But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin -- the genocide of indigenous people -- is of special importance today. It's now routine -- even among conservative commentators -- to describe the United States as an empire, so long as everyone understands we are an inherently benevolent one. Because all our history contradicts that claim, history must be twisted and tortured to serve the purposes of the powerful.

One vehicle for taming history is various patriotic holidays, with Thanksgiving at the heart of U.S. myth-building. From an early age, we Americans hear a story about the hearty Pilgrims, whose search for freedom took them from England to Massachusetts. There, aided by the friendly Wampanoag Indians, they survived in a new and harsh environment, leading to a harvest feast in 1621 following the Pilgrims first winter.

Some aspects of the conventional story are true enough. But it's also true that by 1637 Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop was proclaiming a thanksgiving for the successful massacre of hundreds of Pequot Indian men, women and children, part of the long and bloody process of opening up additional land to the English invaders. The pattern would repeat itself across the continent until between 95 and 99 percent of American Indians had been exterminated and the rest were left to assimilate into white society or die off on reservations, out of the view of polite society.


Clearly Professor Jenkins believes in the concept of guilt for the sins of our ancestors, if he thinks that we should all atone for them. Never mind that my ancestors didn't do anything to the Indians, as they were all still in Europe until the 1890s at the earliest. None of my grandparents were born in the United States, they were all immigrants.

But leaving that problem out of it, this misconception about guilt handed down from generation to generation underlies a lot of the foolishness among the Left--from reparations for slavery to the Aztlan nonsense to support for the Palestinians to Affirmative Action. But if liberals want to take this concept to its logical extreme, then they should support capital punishment for the children of murderers. Or, at least, life imprisonment.
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Hillary Will Be the Nominee

I generally agree with John Hawkins, but I have to take issue with him on this post.

Hillary is widely assumed to be the Democrats "chosen one" for 2008, a candidate who will easily take the nomination and will be a tough opponent Republicans will be lucky to beat. But, as the days have worn on, I have become convinced that she is a significantly weaker candidate than most think. In fact, not only would I go so far as to say that she probably won't beat a moderate to strong GOP candidate in 2008, but I'm becoming less and less sure she will even be the nominee for the Democrats.

Hillary will be a solid candidate. A lot will depend on where the economy is, and whether the Iraq situation has settled down. But anybody thinking that she will be a weak candidate has not been paying attention to her for the last six years. When she was first elected, we all marveled at what a tin ear she had for politics, with gaffes like the Suha Arafat kiss.



But she's a quick learner. I defy anybody to come up with a real bone-headed move she's made in the last couple of years. She's taking great care not to come off as too liberal, and while that would normally be problematic for the Democrat primaries, she's the only candidate who can afford to run to the middle before wrapping up the nomination.

I'd add to this that even though Hillary does well among Democrats, which bodes well for her chances in the primaries, the Michael Moore/Kos crowd is very lukewarm to Hillary. Although that's a loopy group of libs, they're also highly motivated, highly influential, and are likely to make up a disproportionate percentage of volunteers and financial contributors.

Yes, but who among those respected luminaries has shown any ability to get their candidate elected? IIRC, Kos and Moore were a supporter of Wesley Clark. I can't think of a major blogger among the left who started out as a Kerry fan; most of them were in favor of Howard Dean.

When you consider that Hillary isn't doing well with independents, isn't likely to carry any Southern states, isn't particularly charismatic, isn't doing well with independents, and according to this poll, is losing men by 22 points, you've got to wonder if we might see a Howard Dean like flame-out when Democratic voters have to actually decide if they want Hill as their candidate. Granted, Hillary and Dean are stylistically two very different types of politicians, but when Democratic voters concluded Dean was too much of a big mouth to win, they abandoned him. In Hillary's case, if they conclude she just has too much baggage to win, the same thing could happen.

The Howard Dean like flame-out will come from somebody the Moore/Kos crowd adopts; Russ Feingold seems to be angling for that honor. Dean's problem was that his base of support in the party was never really that big to begin with. Although the far Left is strongly represented in the blogs and the Democrats' activist base, it still represents only a fragment of the Democratic primary voters.

Put another way, most Democrats are not idiots. They did not turn away from Howard Dean, they just weren't paying close attention when he was on top of the world. When they did stop and focus for a moment, his bubble burst, because Dean was not a candidate that could stand close examination. Hillary's been in the spotlight for 13 years now. She's not going to make the stupid mistakes that Howard Dean made, like embracing LIHOP on the Diane Rehm Show.

As for Hillary's baggage, I hate to be the one to break this news to my fellow Republicans, but we know all the skeletons in her closet. Anybody who thinks they can score points against her by digging something up from the past is kidding themselves. Every square inch of her life has been covered. Whitewater? Nobody's going to want to hear about it. Commodity futures? We know.

Hillary can be beaten. But it's not going to be easy, and it's not going to happen in the Democratic primaries.
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Professor Daly Hits the Bricks

We covered the story of this nitwit a couple days ago; he got his fifteen minutes of fame by responding to a student's invitation to a speech by a veteran of the Iraq war with an angry email about how she was a fascist. He's now resigned from his (untenured) position at Warren County Community College. Soon to pop up at Evergreen State (Rachel Corrie U) probably. But get the headline:

Provoked professor leaves WCCC post
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Hooray for Joe!

There are plenty of Democrats weighing the political implications of supporting the war in Iraq. And then there's Joe Lieberman:

"We cannot let extremists and terrorists, a small number, here in Iraq deprive the 27 million Iraqis of what they want which is a better freer life, safer life for themselves and their children" Lieberman said after his meeting with Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari.

The Connecticut Democrat, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the cost of success in Iraq would be high "but the cost for America of failure in Iraq would be catastrophic -- for America, for the Iraqi people and I believe for the world."


The best choice Al Gore made in the 2000 campaign. I'm sure there will come a time when Joe will annoy me again. But he's a great American.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
 
The Amazing Race Update

The early part of the episode continues with the Arizona theme. The teams travel first to Monument Valley, in the northeastern corner of the state. Actually most of the part they show is in Utah, but only accessible from the Arizona side. It's one of the most beautiful areas on earth, but it's a long way from where I live. The only time I saw it was in 1989 or so with my parents when we met up in Albuquerque and went from there.

No drama here, so the next stop is Moab Valley, which is well known among mountain bike enthusiasts like me as a terrific ride. Some possible foreshadowing with the Weavers bored with the scenery that everybody else marvels about.

Unfortunately, I could tell right away that a six-mile ride versus a rappelle down a beautiful arch was an easy choice as to which would be faster. I've done both and there's no way the rappelling could be slower than riding a mountain bike. Although they did go pretty slow. The Linzs are determined to win this week. They choose the rappelle, while the Weavers, arriving shortly after, take the bikes. But it doesn't seem to make a big difference as the teams leave that stage though in pretty much the same order: Linz, Weaver, Branson, Godlewski. At some point in here we hear that the Godlewskis fell behind because of a dead battery.

Next is a campground for the night, with timed departure differences of 15 minutes. The next morning the teams have to drive to a town in Utah and find "Bart". Bart turns out to be a trained grizzly bear. The families have to walk down close to him, although the trainer stands between them and the bear the entire time and actually takes the clue from the bear's mouth. Yucchh!

At any rate, I certainly wouldn't be doing what all the families do, which is exclaim how beautiful and nice the bear was as they strode briskly down the hill. Of course, if that's the "human" training, I would, but otherwise I would approach that bear as slowly as possible. Which is to say, I'd try coming around from the other side of the world.

But this is not like that wonderful incident earlier this year in Kansas where a high school class decided to be photographed with a tiger, who promptly killed a girl. (Hell of a photo, though, I'm sure). Nobody is eviscerated by Yogi.

Next up is a yield and a roadblock! The Weavers know this means almost certain doom for them. The teams have a choice of an apparent shortcut or a longer way by interstate. Of course, those of us who live in the southwest are aware that shortcuts don't always turn out that way and interstates are the way to go when you can. As a result the Weavers are the last to arrive at the roadblock and predictably they have been yielded by the Linz family.

But a funny thing happens. They take it in good humor, and sit down to enjoy a fast food lunch. And much of the bad karma that they had been giving off the whole episode seemed to disappear. Suddenly they weren't the evil team anymore, they were the family that had survived much and deserved another chance.

The roadblock is to ski down a waterjump into a pool. It looks challenging from above but when you see the people doing it, it looks like nothing. I can ski and waterski. And in the end we see only the thrill of victory, no agony of defeat from the jump.

So there is zero drama tonight except whether it will be an elimination leg. But when everybody starts hoping it will to eliminate the Weavers, I'm guessing strongly it won't. Sure enough Phil just takes the possessions from the Weavers and leaves them in the game.

Comments: A little too obvious with the emphasis on the apparent boorishness of the Weavers (exclaiming that Mormons live in Utah, for example) versus the Linz family, who marvel at the scenery. At one point we are served up the contrast of the Linzes seeing a spectacular waterfall, with the Weavers talking about a boring hillside, followed by one of the other families spotting a terrific rock formation. Okay, we're not supposed to like the Weavers, check.

Still I like their chances. These reality shows are reverse-engineered. That is to say, once they've found out who wins, they highlight the things that show why that team deserved to win. And the Weavers have done a lot to show that they earned it. And I can't see anybody else that they're setting up as deserving. Who's overcome the obstacles they have?
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What's The Quote and Who Really Said It?

The quote starts, "When fascism comes to America it will ..."

This is one example where the internet doesn't help things, it actually muddies the water. For example, here's one site where the quote is put on a bumper sticker as follows:

"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross"--Sinclair Lewis.

That certainly sounds like something Sinclair Lewis would have said, but when I tried to find out where, the usual citation was the book It Can't Happen Here. Which again makes some sense, since Lewis' novel was about the rise of fascism in America. One problem, though, the phrase "when fascism comes to America" appears nowhere in the book as you can see if you check this online edition. Just for fun I checked just the word "fascism" and the word "cross", and nothing like the bumper sticker phrase came up.

Dave Weintraub says the actual quote is "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the American flag." Certainly a rather oddball quote for a firebreathing populist like Huey Long, to whom the quote is credited. Here's a Wikipedia version of that same quote. Unfortunately when you click on Huey Long, there, it takes you to some of his quotes, which includes this one:

"If Fascism comes to America it would be on a program of Americanism."

Pat Buchanan also credits the quote to Huey Long, but this time the quote is substantially different (and better IMHO):

When fascism comes to America... it will come in the guise of anti-fascism.

Anybody know the real source and the real quote?
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Israeli Sniper a Hero

This is pretty good:

IDF paratrooper Corporal David Markovitch foiled a would-be attack when he killed four Hizbullah operatives carrying an anti-tank missile in the village of Ghajar near South Lebanon on Monday.

Markovitch, a trained sniper, aimed at the rocket, which exploded, killing three of the terrorists. He then shot the fourth, whose body was taken back across the lines by other Hizbullah members. The IDF was holding the other three bodies.


He told reporters that "It happened that [they] were in the middle of things, but really, it was a miracle. Them not seeing us - it was a miracle." Despite being trained combat soldiers, Markovitch admitted, they were afraid. "We didn't know what was going to happen," he said. "We were panicked, but we did our job."

That's a good working definition of heroism. Afraid, but you do your job anyway.
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Murtha Gets An Embarrassing Supporter

I'm sure he hates it when this happens:

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has urged the visiting Iraqi president to push for a speedy pullout of foreign troops from his country.

The ayatollah also told Jalal Talabani that the US was mainly responsible for widespread violence in Iraq.


More on the Democrats' good friends the Iranians over at Rick Moran's.
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Back to the Pajamas

Looks like OSM/Open Source Media got TKOed by the Pajamahudeen.
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But They Support the Troops

This is truly disgusting. A female soldier in Iraq (in the 101st Airborne!) has been posting tributes to her fellow soldiers. Unfortunately, some Leftist hacker couldn't stand the truth:

Just to explain, as it seems to be a big question. When I add a new soldier to the tributes script/program it prints to the website "you have been hacked....Bush lied..." no matter what I type. So while it does not seem to have affected what I previously did, I cannot add anymore soldiers to my tribute. I can delete, but not add. But there have been many offers to fix or rebuild the website, which I hope to accept their offers and never have this happen again.

Thanks to our buddy Mr Right for pointing this story out. Something to keep in mind the next time you hear the "We Support the Troops" mantra from the Left.
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O'Neill: Don't Kerry Our Soldiers

One of the signal heroes from 2004 checks in with an editorial in the NY Sun, that is, unfortunately, subscriber only after the first two paragraphs:

Senator Kerry, supposedly defending Rep. John Murtha, said, "I won't stand for the Swift-Boating of Jack Murtha!" As one of the 254 members of Mr. Kerry's unit in Vietnam who belonged to Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, I found Mr. Kerry's comments most ironic.

To us, Mr. Kerry's comments meant that no one should do to Mr. Murtha that which Mr. Kerry did to all of us and our fellow Vietnam veterans, living and dead. Mr. Kerry's disgraceful comments on many occasions in 1971 (while we were locked in combat), claiming falsely that we were "murdering" hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and committing rape and mayhem on a daily basis, are a part of the public record for which he has never apologized. This might be called "Kerrying" our soldiers.


Our long-ago buddy ACE (aka Airborne Combat Engineer) was the first person I know of (page formatting problems, scroll way down) to use the word "Kerry" as a verb.

*kerry is a new word, meaning:

1. to hestitate on difficult decisions, then flip-flop later
2. to use "nuance" (spin) to wiggle out of embarassing positions caused by flip-flopping as in 1. above


As you can see from this snippet (gleaned from Michelle Malkin), O'Neill essentially agrees with this definition:

Are the politicians like Mr. Kerry who led the campaign to send our kids to war (when it was popular) now to withdraw support while they are locked in combat and apparently succeeding because the task is difficult or unpopular? Will Mainstream Media "Kerry" our troops by portraying Abu Ghraib or isolated cases of prisoner mistreatment as the rule to demoralize our troops and nation, while ignoring the beheadings and butchery of those peacefully praying in Mosques or shopping in a Bazaar?

Update: Confessions of a Pilgrim links to this post which contains the entire editorial by Mr O'Neill.

Good comments by The Sword of Enlightenment as well.
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Democrats Muttering About New Hampshire

It's not often I agree with Tom Oliphant.

The latest looming mess regarding the next nominating season is the appointment of a commission to recommend ways of increasing geographic and ethnic diversity in the early voting events that since 1976 have been built around the precinct caucuses in Iowa and the primary in New Hampshire.

There are a couple of factors coming into play. One is the Democrats' obsession with "fairness" (is it really fair that New Hampshire has the first primary every presidential election year?) and the second is "diversity" which holds that the Granite State is far too white and non-Hispanic. The third, of course, is that Democrats think that New Hampshire must be the reason why they keep losing presidential elections.

One would think that the fact that John Kerry won almost every primary he entered in 2004 would convince them of the foolishness of this notion, but never underestimate the Democrats' ability to deceive themselves.
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Monday, November 21, 2005
 
But Of Course

Negative on guns, positive on fast cars:

You scored as Batman, the Dark Knight. As the Dark Knight of Gotham, Batman is a vigilante who deals out his own brand of justice to the criminals and corrupt of the city. He follows his own code and is often misunderstood. He has few friends or allies, but finds comfort in his cause.

Batman, the Dark Knight

75%

James Bond, Agent 007

50%

Indiana Jones

50%

The Terminator

46%

Maximus

46%

The Amazing Spider-Man

42%

Neo, the "One"

42%

Captain Jack Sparrow

38%

Lara Croft

33%

William Wallace

33%

El Zorro

29%

Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
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Hat Tip: Vox
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Mannequin Panickin'

The Man at GOP & the City has a tale of forbidden romance.
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The Toughest Job In the World

About 13 years ago, a very close friend of mine died of a massive heart attack at age 37. His wife came home from work to find him sitting on the couch; he had passed away about four hours earlier.

The ambulance came and whisked him away, and she didn't know how to drive, so she called me and I drove her to the hospital where they told us that he'd died.

We went back to their house and she started making the telephone calls. But of course the moment anybody got on the line she'd start sobbing and hand the phone to me, so I had to tell his parents and his brothers and various other friends and relatives that he'd died.

It was, by a large margin, the worst day of my life.

Major Steve Beck has gone through that five times.

Each door is different. But once they're open, Beck said, some of the scenes inside are inevitably the same.

"The curtains pull away. They come to the door. And they know. They always know," he said.

"You can almost see the blood run out of their body and their heart hit the floor. It's not the blood as much as their soul. Something sinks. I've never seen that except when someone dies. And I've seen a lot of death.

"They're falling - either literally or figuratively - and you have to catch them.

"In this business, I can't save his life. All I can do is catch the family while they're falling."


This is not a fun little story. But it's extremely moving and well-written. Thanks to our buddy Chris from Lucky Dawg for pointing this one out.
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Not Antiwar, Just on the Other Side

Our buddy Teflon over at Molten Thought says that now that he thinks about it, he does question their patriotism. After reading it, so will you.
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Kerry's Foreign Policy Team At State Department?

That's what this editorial in the NY Sun says:

Mr. Burns has impeccable credentials for a Kerry administration official. He studied in France, earning the Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise from the Sorbonne, and speaks French, Arabic, and Greek. He did a stint as spokesman for President Clinton's first-term secretary of state, Warren Christopher, where his service included criticizing Mayor Giuliani for kicking Yasser Arafat out of a concert at Lincoln Center, saying that Mr. Arafat deserved to be treated with "respect, dignity, and hospitality." Mr. Holbrooke's praises of Mr. Burns as being among a group of diplomats who are "centrists" and "non-ideological" are no doubt spot on. He's just not what the American people voted for, and when Mr. Bush returns from his gallivanting overseas the best thing he can do to redeem his commitment to voters is to do something about it.
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Sunday, November 20, 2005
 
It's Not the Children...

It's the parents.
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Zarqawi Dead?

Let's hope this is true.

In Washington, a U.S. official said the identities of the terror suspects killed in the Saturday raid was unknown. Asked if they could include al-Zarqawi, the official replied: "There are efforts under way to determine if he was killed."

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

On Saturday, police Brig. Gen. Said Ahmed al-Jubouri said the raid was launched after a tip that top al-Qaida operatives, possibly including al-Zarqawi, were in the house in the northeastern part of the city.

During the intense gunbattle that followed, three insurgents detonated explosives and killed themselves to avoid capture, Iraqi officials said. Eleven Americans were wounded, the U.S. military said. Such intense resistance often suggests an attempt to defend a high-value target.


I'm sure Michael Moore will be crying tonight over the death of Iraq's George Washington.

Update: White House is playing down the reports. Could be they have better information, could be an attempt to underpromise and overdeliver.
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One of the Drawbacks of a College Education

Is that your kid will have to deal with the likes of Warren Community College professor John Daly:

Miss Beach said she was "very shocked" at the message she received from Mr. Daly. He told her he would ask students and others to boycott the event. He also charged that signs her group had posted about Col. Rutter's appearance "looked like fascist propaganda."

Mr. Daly also charged that "capitalism has killed many more people" than communism and that the "poor and working-class people" are recruited to "fight and die for Exxon and other corporations."

"I will continue to expose your right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like yours won't dare show their face on college campuses," Mr. Daly wrote.

He added: "Real freedom will come when [U.S.] soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors."


Later:

According to the newspaper, Mr. Daly said: "A lot of people are really upset about this main comment, my belief, and the belief of others, and the historical evidence that the war will end when soldiers turn around and fight for social justice here at home."

As usual, when a Leftist uses the term "social justice" he means communism. Also note that he hides behind the first amendment, but his goal is to make sure that "groups like yours won't dare show their face on college campuses." The fascist urge among the Left is strong.
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Steyn on the Cut and Run Senate

He uses the sharp knife on the world's greatest deliberative body:

Good to see that even in the viciously partisan atmosphere of today's politics, Republicans and Democrats can still work together to carry out the people's business. In the same spirit, I wonder whether the Senate chamber itself should not be renamed the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi United States Senate. With increasingly rare exceptions, just about everything that emerges from the chamber tends to support the Zarqawi view of Iraq -- that this is a psychological war in which the Great Satan is an effete wimp who can be worn down and chased back to his La-Z-Boy recliner in Florida.

One expects nothing from the Democrats. Their leaders are men like Jay Rockefeller, Democrat of West Virginia, who in 2002 voted for the war and denounced Saddam Hussein as an "imminent threat" and claimed that Iraq could have nuclear weapons by 2007 if not earlier. Now he says it's Bush who "lied" his way into war with a lot of scary mumbo-jumbo about WMD.

What does Rockefeller believe, really? I know what Bush believes: He thought Saddam should go in 2002 and today he's glad he's gone, as am I. I know what, say, Michael Moore believes: He wanted to leave Saddam in power in 2002, and today he thinks the "insurgents" are the Iraqi version of America's Minutemen. But what do Rockefeller and Reid and Kerry believe deep down? That voting for the war seemed the politically expedient thing to do in 2002 but that they've since done the math and figured that pandering to the moveon.org crowd is where the big bucks are?


For more on this, see Another Rovian Conspiracy, which is a great blog name.
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