Monday, September 30, 2002

A few capitalist pigs have some fun at the protest in Washington over the weekend.
[via the Blogfather]
"Arafat to Name New Cabinet"-- Headline from AP wire story.

So, he's naming pieces of furniture? He really has jumped off the deep end. Wait a minute... Must.......resist..........puns...........
The Associated Press reports that the material interdicted by Turkish officials a few days ago is not uranium, but harmless zinc, iron, zirconium and manganese. Perhaps the smugglers were trying to dupe their intended buyer into paying a steep price for relatively worthless metals (useless for bomb making purposes anyway.)
Kashmir, a region disputed by India and Pakistan and rife with Islamic militant separtists, holds a third round of voting in state elections tomorrow. Hopefully, it will go more smoothly than elections held in certain south Florida counties.
The Liberal government of Canada announced all sorts of new spending on health care, instrastructure, education, etc. Waiting lists for medical procedures continue their trend of expanding, thank you socialized medicine. The problem of how to pay for all that, and well, they have not quite given much thought towards it.
The ethically-challenged Senator from New Jersey, Robert Torricelli, may be dropping out of the Senate race.

Sunday, September 29, 2002

Arab News and CAIR are rather perturbed at FOX News, claiming that it has an anti-Islamic bias.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki, secretary-general of the [Muslim World League], said Islamic communities around the world strongly condemned the Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” program on Sept. 18 in which televangelist Pat Robertson was given a free hand to abuse Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

About the Prophet, Robertson said: “This man was an absolute wild-eyed fanatic. He was a robber and a brigand. And to say that these terrorists distort Islam, they’re carrying out Islam.”

Instead of challenging those hate-filled remarks, program host Sean Hannity said: “Reverend, how widespread do you think that fanatical interpretation is? Do you think it’s mainstream? Or do you think it’s the majority of Muslims?”

After Robertson replied by calling Islam “a monumental scam,” Hannity said: “So Islam is a threat bigger than what most people are willing to say publicly?... Do you think it’s inevitable, then, that the world is going to be in conflict, perhaps even at war, with Islam for many decades to come?”

A news outlet, located in Saudi Arabia, a country that forbids citizens to be a member of any religion except Islam and imprisons those that aren't Muslim, is outraged about an American network. Excuse me while I shed a tear....

[via WorldNetDaily]
Patsy Mink (D-HI), who helped co-author Title IX, died yesterday at the age of 74.

Saturday, September 28, 2002

A Deep Thought (with apologies to Jack Handy)

I should change my name to "Fear" and become despot of a small country. Why? Because the newspaper headlines will say "Fear rules the nation."

Friday, September 27, 2002

Unsure about a U.S. pre-emptive strike against Iraq?

Then read this by Eugene Volokh at NRO.
The Left and Judges

Thomas Jipping in a column for WorldNetDaily has this to say about the Democrats trying to find a way to oppose Miguel Estrada, a Bush nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

The far-left can't afford judges who (gasp) let "we the people" run the country and define the culture, because we reject most of its agenda. Since they are about power, not liberty, they seek activist judges who will ignore the law the people make in favor of whatever will deliver the right (or left) political goods. Mr. Bush's nominees are so well qualified that the far-left has to change the subject and create new ways to defeat them.
Babs sticks her surgically-altered nose into Iraq debate

Drudge Report tells that Babra Streisand sent a memo (written and faxed by Babra Streisand Foundation president Magery Tabankin) to House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt to urge him and his fellow Democratic stooges colleagues to oppose the Bush Administration's call for a pre-emptive strike against Iraq.

Naturally, Barbra's not surprised to see the Bush administration evoke strong rhetoric about Democrats caring more about their own 'special interests' than protecting the security of the country. Of course, the Republicans will say anything they need to in order to accomplish their own political agenda. Barbra feels that the Democratic Leadership must not continue to take this lying down.

As we all know, the Democrats act solely (giggle, giggle. oh, excuse me) and completely (snort, chuckle. sorry) in the best interests (giggle, snort, giggle. again I apologize) of the country (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!). Ted Kennedy never said of Reagan Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, "Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is--and is often the only--protector of the individual rights that are at the heart of our democracy." Or the NAACP, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party, never ran ads that basically accused then-Governor Bush of approving of the gruesome killing of James Byrd, a black man, because he didn't support a "hate-crimes" law.

While the Republicans are shouting about the Democrats' special interests, why are the Democrats not saying the same about the Republicans? How can we ignore the obvious influence on the Bush Administration of such special interests as the oil industry, the chemical companies, the logging industry, the defense contractors, the mining industry, and the automobile industry, just to name a few? Many of these industries, run by big Republican donors and insiders, clearly have much to gain if we go to war against Iraq. Barbra urges the Democrats to publicly convey this message to the American people.

So, Mrs. Brolin suggests that Democrats should accuse Bush of being in bed with the certifiably evil oil, defense, and car companies. Whoa, original thinking, indeed. By the way, how are LOGGING COMPANIES going to benefit from an attack on a DESERT COUNTRY like Iraq? Wait a minute, I can hear a snarky idiotarian now, "They'll get rich from all the wood they will sell to the funeral casket making industry. You see they will experience a boom with all the bodies of dead soldiers coming back to America to be buried."
[Seriously, to be fair, she writes "many of these industries," not "all of these industries" thereby excluding logging firms.]

One thing last thing, Drudge points out is that Tabankin has misspelled a choice few words, like "Gebhardt" and "Sadam."

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Fun with Referral Logs

Google search: Toricelli principles

He has some?
Many thanks to Kyle Still and James O'Neill for linking to my McDonald's commentary.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

"Arafat Says He'll Tackle Challenges" according to the AP headline. One of the most important ones being designing a longer burning American flag. "You know, most flags simply burn up completely in one minute, if that long," opined Muhammed Mohamid bin Aziz-Muhemid, leader of the Islamic Front for Islamic Jihad Against the Infidels who Allow Their Women to Have Driver's Licenses. Mr. bin Aziz-Muhemid further complained, "A minute is simply not enough burn-time to work up a crowd into a mouth-foaming anti-American frenzy."
"Lebanon Protesters Back Arafat, Saddam, Blast Bush"

--headline from a Reuters story

And scientists discover that air is necessary for human life.

Sunday, September 22, 2002

A Question

Richard and Maurice McDonald were the two brothers who started the first McDonald's restaurant (with milkshake mixer salesman Ray Kroc coming along to make it into the mega-franchise of today). If there were two brothers, shouldn't it be McDonalds' (plural possession) instead of McDonald's (singular possession)?
For the Record

I eat at Burger King. Why not McDonald's? Because I don't like Scottish food. hahahahahahaha! Aren't I a clever one?
Fat Teens Sue McDonald's

"When we're suing on behalf of children, it's hard to argue that a 6, or 8 or 10-year-old child has to take full responsibility for their decisions when they're lured into McDonald's by the toys and the playground and happy meals and the birthday parties," said attorney John Banzhaf.

Mr. Banzhaf, where were these children's, umm, what's the word? parrots? no. parentheses? no, that's not it....Ah, yes, I remember now.... PARENTS!!!!!! Most likely, these children had to be driven to McDonald's and who did the driving? Give me a "P", give me an "A", given me a "R", etc.,etc.

But, oh, right, the Evil Fast Food Corporation used its McHypno-ray® along with the toys, playgrounds, parties to force these girls to chow down on burgers and fries several times a week.

Critics say this class-action lawsuit reminds them of the lawsuit against Big Tobacco, in which lawyers blamed wealthy corporations for the personal choices of others.

And the anti-Tobacco lawyers had a rather handsome pay day (including many states' treasuries, as well). I'm sure that Mr. Banzhaf and his colleagues are working pro bono to help these defenseless young girls. I'm also sure that the lawyers have never given a single moment's thought to the potential payoff they could recieve from this multi-billion dollar company.

Saturday, September 21, 2002

Shin Bet foils plan to poison Jerusalem hospital's water

An 18 year-old Gazan and member of Islamic Jihad is charged with the attempt. If he had accomplished this dastardly plan, the Islamic Jihad (who have apparently not gotten the memo that Islam is a religion of peace) would have paid him 300 New Israeli Shekels, which would be US $62.37. If a Euro-weenie, an unwashed idiotarian, or a paleoconservative complains of America's staunch support of Israel, please kindly remind them of this incident.

Friday, September 20, 2002

A Parody of

Murray Rothbard Should Replace Jesus in the Trinity
If you don't agree, you're a Trotskyite, or worse, a neoconservative

And Ludwig von Mises should be the Holy Spirit
by Lew Rockwell

An Article Bashing President Bush
So good, you'll think you're reading The Nation, instead of a "conservative" website

What I do While not Addressing Holocaust-Dening Groups
by Joe Sobran

We Need to Return to Isolationism
If we ignore the world, it can't hurt us

Gore Vidal is Brillant on Everything
Some neocons have the audacity to call him a "Leftist"

I Have a Hang-Nail
And it's the State's fault

How to Cure Nose-Bleeds
Especially ones caused by self-righteously holding your head so high for opposing war

Johnny Walker Lindh is a Hero
by Paul Craig Roberts*

*ed. note--Roberts did actually write a brief article lamenting how the American Taliban is a political prisoner.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

A bit belated (on my part), but a good editorial cartoon from the Clarion-Ledger comparing the certain voters in Florida with the rest of the US

Monday, September 16, 2002

Coke Addiction a problem in "Dundeeland"

Diet Coke, that is. Boy, I love bad puns.

(via El Rushbo)
"Iraq Argees to Weapons Inspectators"

Seems like Hussein has intiated "Operation Save My Sorry Posterior." Waaaaaaay at the bottom of the Yahoo! report is this:

[O]n Thursday, Bush told the U.N. General Assembly, at the opening of its annual debate, that the world body could no longer tolerate Iraq's defiance of council resolutions.
"We cannot stand by and do nothing while dangers gather. We must stand up for our security and for the permanent rights and hopes of mankind."

Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations ( news - web sites), Mohamed al-Douri, had sharply criticized Bush's remarks, saying the speech lacked credibility and was motivated by revenge and political ambition.

But Annan credited Bush late Monday. "I believe the president's speech galvanized the international community," Annan said.

The secretary-general also said the Arab League had played a key role in bringing about the Iraqi response and he thanked the league's chief, Amr Moussa of Egypt, "for his strenuous efforts in helping to convince Iraq to allow the return of the inspectors."

The Iraq regime says it'll "allow the unconditional return of U.N. weapons inspectors." We will just have to wait and see if Hussein pulls a Clintonesque "It depends on what the defintion of 'unconditional' is."

Advantage: Bush!
Great Allan Innman cartoon in today's Daily Mississippian . Last year many of his cartoon's were non sequiturs, but he seems to have improved a great deal in the last few weeks.
Sometimes Even Liberals Can Make Sense

From WarLiberal: : Sweden Urges U.S. on Guantanamo

Here's how you can tell the United States is not really a fascist imperialist nation, despite what the Indymediots and their ilk say:
If we were, Sweden would be collaborating with us.

Sunday, September 15, 2002

It's also interesting to note that the Infoplease list o' thugs contains mostly Communists.
Another reason to eliminate the House of Saud

Infoplease has an interesting list of the "Top Villians of the Millennium." On the list is Idi Amin, the former bloody tyrant of Uganda. I was surprised to learn that the "Conquerer of the British Empire," (seriously, that's what he proclaimed himself) is currently living the high life in Saudi Arabia since he was friends with old good King Faisal. This ending paragraph from a Human Rights Watch explains further:

Saudi Arabia continued to provide refuge and financial support to Idi Amin, the exiled Ugandan leader whose regime was responsible for a reign of terror that left an estimated 300,00 dead in the 1970s. After fleeing Uganda in 1979, Amin arrived in the kingdom at the invitation of the late King Faisal and reportedly has since been protected by government-paid Saudi guards. A journalist with Uganda's New Vision newspaper interviewed Amin in Jeddah in 1999 and reported that he had moved from his home in the city center "to a more exclusive area...mainly occupied by powerful oil sheikhs."

Our good friends indeed.

Friday, September 13, 2002

David Asman of FOX News has a lively exchange with former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Drudge highlights this CNN story about Nick Nolte

A "drooling, droopy-eyed" Nick Nolte was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol Wednesday after a police officer saw the actor's car swerving across a Malibu highway.

A "drooling, droopy-eyed" Nick Nolte... Okay, you know what? This one's a little too easy.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Terence F. McAuliffe, chairbrat chairman of the Democratic National Committee, blasts VP Dick Cheney for being interviewed today on Rush Limbaugh's radio program. Quoth Terry Mac:

Tomorrow, Americans will stand together as we observe the first anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on our country. It should be a day of unity in honor of the memory of the thousands of Americans we lost just a year ago. It should be a day free from partisanship and divisiveness.

Unfortunately, Vice President Cheney has chosen to do an interview on September 11th with one of the most partisan and divisive figures in American politics, Rush Limbaugh.

September 11th isn't a day for politics, it belongs to all Americans. Vice President Cheney cheapens the day when he appears with an irresponsible and divisive figure like Rush Limbaugh. All Americans have the right to expect more from Vice President Cheney on this sacred day. I urge him to reconsider this misguided interview.
Dr. Mark Byron ably dissects the American Prospect's piece on the Left Behind series.
Transcription of President Bush's address to Congress, 19th September 2001

Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans, in the normal course of events, presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the union. Tonight, no such report is needed; it has already been delivered by the American people. We have seen it in the courage of passengers who rushed terrorists to save others on the ground. Passengers like an exceptional man named Todd Beamer. And would you please help me welcome his wife Lisa Beamer here tonight?


We have seen the state of our union in the endurance of rescuers working past exhaustion. We've seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic. We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own. My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of union, and it is strong.


Tonight, we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.


I thank the Congress for its leadership at such an important time. All of America was touched on the evening of the tragedy to see Republicans and Democrats joined together on the steps of this Capitol singing ``God Bless America.'' And you did more than sing. You acted, by delivering $40 billion to rebuild our communities and meet the needs of our military. Speaker Hastert, Minority Leader Gephardt, Majority Leader Daschle and Senator Lott, I thank you for your friendship, for your leadership and for your service to our country.


And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of support. America will never forget the sounds of our national anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of Paris and at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. We will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in Cairo. We will not forget moments of silence and days of mourning in Australia and Africa and Latin America. Nor will we forget the citizens of 80 other nations who died with our own. Dozens of Pakistanis, more than 130 Israelis, more than 250 citizens of India, men and women from El Salvador, Iran, Mexico and Japan, and hundreds of British citizens. America has no truer friend than Great Britain.


Once again, we are joined together in a great cause. I'm so honored the British prime minister had crossed an ocean to show his unity with America. Thank you for coming, friend.


On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars, but for the past 136 years they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks, but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack. Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking, ``Who attacked our country?'' The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. They are some of the murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and responsible for bombing the USS Cole. Al Qaeda is to terror what the Mafia is to crime.

But its goal is not making money, its goal is remaking the world and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere. The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics; a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam. The terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans and make no distinctions among military and civilians, including women and children. This group and its leader, a person named Osama bin Laden, are linked to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries. They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan where they are trained in the tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction.

The leadership of Al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan we see Al Qaeda's vision for the world. Afghanistan's people have been brutalized, many are starving and many have fled. Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for owning a television. Religion can be practiced only as their leaders dictate. A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his beard is not long enough. The United States respects the people of Afghanistan--after all, we are currently its largest source of humanitarian aid--but we condemn the Taliban regime.


It is not only repressing its own people, it is threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists. By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder. And tonight the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban. Deliver to United States authorities all of the leaders of Al Quaeda who hide in your land.


Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. And hand over every terrorist and every person and their support structure to appropriate authorities.


Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer operating. These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion.


The Taliban must act and act immediately. They will hand over the terrorists or they will share in their fate. I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah.


The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends. It is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.


Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.


Americans are asking ``Why do they hate us?'' They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other. They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa. These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us because we stand in their way. We're not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.


Americans are asking, "How will we fight and win this war?'' We will direct every resource at our command--every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war--to the destruction and to the defeat of the global terror network. Now, this war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat. Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.


From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime. Our nation has been put on notice, we're not immune from attack. We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect Americans. Today, dozens of federal departments and agencies, as well as state and local governments, have responsibilities affecting homeland security. These efforts must be coordinated at the highest level. So tonight, I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me, the Office of Homeland Security. And tonight, I also announce a distinguished American to lead this effort, to strengthen American security: a military veteran, an effective governor, a true patriot, a trusted friend, Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge.


He will lead, oversee and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard our country against terrorism and respond to any attacks that may come. These measures are essential. The only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it and destroy it where it grows.


Many will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents, to intelligence operatives, to the reservists we have called to active duty. All deserve our thanks, and all have our prayers. And tonight a few miles from the damaged Pentagon, I have a message for our military: Be ready. I have called the armed forces to alert, and there is a reason. The hour is coming when America will act, and you will make us proud. This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom. We ask every nation to join us. We will ask and we will need the help of police forces, intelligence service and banking systems around the world. The United States is grateful that many nations and many international organizations have already responded with sympathy and with support--nations from Latin America to Asia to Africa to Europe to the Islamic world. Perhaps the NATO charter reflects best the attitude of the world: An attack on one is an attack on all. The civilized world is rallying to America's side. They understand that if this terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own citizens may be next. Terror unanswered can not only bring down buildings, it can threaten the stability of legitimate governments. And you know what? We're not going to allow it.


Americans are asking, ``What is expected of us?'' I ask you to live your lives and hug your children. I know many citizens have fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat. I ask you to uphold the values of America and remember why so many have come here. We're in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.


I ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central source of information,, to find the names of groups providing direct help in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it. I ask for your patience with the delays and inconveniences that may accompany tighter security and for your patience in what will be a long struggle.

I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity; they did not touch its source. America is successful because of the hard work and creativity and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11, and they are our strengths today. And finally, please continue praying for the victims of terror and their families, for those in uniform and for our great country. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow and will help strengthen us for the journey ahead.

Tonight I thank my fellow Americans for what you have already done and for what you will do. And ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I thank you, their representatives, for what you have already done and for what we will do together. Tonight we face new and sudden national challenges. We will come together to improve air safety, to dramatically expand the number of air marshals on domestic flights and take new measures to prevent hijacking. We will come together to promote stability and keep our airlines flying with direct assistance during this emergency.


We will come together to give law enforcement the additional tools it needs to track down terror here at home.


We will come together to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to know the plans of terrorists before they act and to find them before they strike.


We will come together to take active steps that strengthen America's economy and put our people back to work. Tonight, we welcome two leaders who embody the extraordinary spirit of all New Yorkers, Governor George Pataki and Mayor Rudolf Giuliani.


As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration will work with Congress and these two leaders to show the world that we will rebuild New York City.


After all that has just passed, all the lives taken and all the possibilities and hopes that died with them, it is natural to wonder if America's future is one of fear. Some speak of an age of terror. I know there are struggles ahead and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be defined by them. As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror. This will be an age of liberty here and across the world.


Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom, the great achievement of our time and the great hope of every time, now depends on us. Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.


It is my hope that in the months and years ahead life will return almost to normal. We'll go back to our lives and routines and that is good. Even grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire or story or rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever. And I will carry this. It is the police shield of a man named George Howard who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. It was given to me by his mom, Arlene (ph), as a proud memorial to her son. It is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that does not end.


I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people.
The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.


Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may he watch over the United States of America. Thank you.


Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Liberal Paranoia

What's the greatest threat to America today? Al-Qaeda? Saddam Hussein? Snakehead fish? According to this article in The American Prospect it's the Left Behind series.
Nobody Panic, But...

The nation is currently at "Orange Alert." Of course, the State of Tennessee is always under Orange Alert.
Republic of Florida?

Okay that's it, it's time to kick these people out of the Union. At least Miami-Dade and Broward Counties should get the boot.
Two State Primary Round-up

New Hampshire -- Rep. John Sununu beats incumbent Bob Smith in the Republican Senate primary (53% to 45%). Jeanne Shaheen, current NH governor and the Democratic candidate for Senate declared, "On issue after issue, John Sununu and Bob Smith have identical voting records. They put the powerful special interests first. As your senator, I'll put you, the people, of New Hampshire, first." Well, after the labor unions, trial lawyers, liberal advocacy groups, feminazis, enviromentalist whackos, then maybe she can pencil y'all in.

North Carolina -- Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff for Der Schlickmeister, crushed his opponents state legislator Dan Blue and NC Sec. of State Elaine Marshall in the Democratic Senate primary race (45% - 29% - 15%, respectively). Meanwhile, Mrs. Liddy glides onto the winner's circle in the GOP race.
Switzerland officially joins the UN today.
Neal Boortz opines on why liberals generally fail at talk radio:

So, just what is so different about talk radio? Simple. Radio talk-show hosts can't hit and run. They can throw their opinions out there, just like writers and commentators do, but they then have to sit right there and deal with the feedback. There's a blinking row of lights there, and every one of those lights is another caller just waiting to nail the talk-show host to the wall for any factual or logical error.
There has to be something in the water down there.

All sorts of election problems in Florida today for the primary races, especially in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

(via Drudge)
Golly, What a U-Day

In NRO's The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez points out this editorial by Saddam's boy, Uday, advocating suicide squads to attack the US amongst other things:

"...The United States practices international terrorism against the whole world. By doing so, it turns peoples and governments into hostages, thereby causing the suspension of international activities and generating fears and instability in the international domain. This conduct has similarities with Hitler and Nazism which led the world to a world war."

Sadly, there's probably a good many paleocon knuckleheads that mostly agree with this excerpt., I'm looking in your direction.

Friday, September 06, 2002

New Buildings in Iraq

"U.N. inspectors say satellite photos of Iraq show unexplained construction at sites they were banned from "

The head of a U.N. inspection team banned by Baghdad said on Friday that satellite photos of Iraq show unexplained construction at sites the team used to visit in its search for any evidence that Saddam Hussein was trying to develop nuclear arms.

<sarcasm>Oh, I'm sure those photos are just fakes created by the war-mongering neoconservatives who wish the streets of Baghdad to be awash in the blood of innocent Iraqi citizens.</sarcasm>
Random Thought

Britney Spears needs to realize that she can look beautiful without having to look like a hooker.
Battle of the Sexes

EMILY's List, an organization that raises money for pro-abortion Democratic women running for office, is making a few liberal Democrats hot under the collar. Some Democrats, including Maxine Waters of all people, criticize EMILY's List for running very negative ads and out right smears against Democratic (and pro-abortion) men.

[EMILY's List president Ellen] Malcolm makes no apologies for targeting men running against the group's endorsees, even if the men are pro-choice, as is the case with [Rep. John] Dingell and [former Michigan governor James] Blanchard. She also doesn't plan to change tactics, even though candidates backed by her group lost in six of 10 congressional races so far this year.

"The boys are taking care of the boys and their pals, and EMILY's List will take care of the gals," she said.

So if there were two Democratic candidates, one male and other female, and both were equally staunch abortion proponents; EMILY's List would support the woman just because she's a woman? Would someone please tell me how that isn't practicing the sexism that it decries?

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Proof that Ole Miss definitely isn't Berkeley

I and all Ole Miss students just received this e-mail on how the university will remember 9/11 this Wednesday:

On September 11, 2002, the Peddle Bell Tower chimes will play four specific times in memory of those who died in each plane. Local churches are also playing chimes at these times throughout Oxford. At noon, Warren Steel will conduct an organ concert from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m. Herb Jones will also sing during that hour. There is also an event at noon on the Square sponsored by the American Legion.

At 5:05 p.m., the chimes will play patriotic music and call our community to a 5:15 p.m. observance to be held at the Quadrangle. The observance will be hosted by Drew Snyder, ASB President. The ROTC will present colors: Blue Ten will sing the National Anthem; the Chancellor will speak briefly; the Gospel Choir will sing; the 23rd Psalm will be read; candles will be lit to memorialize the events of September 11, and the Concert Singers will close the observance with a medley of patriotic songs. All faculty, staff, students, and friends are invited.

I guess we aren't as sensitive as some centers of higher learning.
Nonsense at Berkeley

UC-Berkeley (who else?) decides that God, the Star-Spangled Banner, and patriotism in general are "too divisive" for its September 11th Remembrance Day ceremonies.

"We thought that may be just too political, too patriotic," said Hazel Wong, chief organizer for the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC). "We didn't want anything too centered on nationalism-anything that is 'Go U.S.A.'"

Your blood not boiling yet? Then read on:

Jessica Quindel, president of the Graduate Assembly, a key player in the planning, said the day's events are about more than just grieving. She said the day is, in fact, about politics. And it's not just about Sept. 11, but also the aftermath, including President Bush's response to the terrorist attacks.

"We are trying to stay away from supporting Bush," Quindel said. "We don't want to isolate people on this campus who disagree with the reaction to Sept. 11."

Quindel, a self avowed hater of the American Flag, the federal government, and the "Star Spangled Banner," said she is still patriotic. "It depends on your definition of patriotism. Everyone has a different definition," she said.

What's scary is that she is President of the Graduate Assembly; meaning that a majority or at least a plurality of grad students voted for her and agree with this tripe.

(via California Patriot)
From a CNN onscreen graphic:

"Experts Agree: Al Qaeda Leader is Dead or Alive"

Yep, those would be the options. CNN also reports that the stock market could go up, down or stay the same tomorrow.

(via Media Research Center)

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

UK celebrities are skeered (that's "scared" for y'all uneducated Yankees) of the crime in Albion. Wait a second, how can there be crime in the UK if they have banned all handguns over .22 caliber and strict regulations on all other guns? Perhaps gun control doesn't work...

(via Drudge Report)

Robert Kuttner of the American Prospect is pining for the days of long distance monopolies.

What revolution are You?
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Dang straight!

Thanks to Hokiepundit
Kyle Still has given his site a makeover. It's now in UNC colors which would make sense since he's a UNC student. He's been keeping track of the whole Koran (or Qu'ran, or whatever the politically correct transliteration of it is now) brou-ha-ha at that esteemed center of higher education.