Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Wictory Wednesday

If you're like me, not only are you suave and down right handsome, you also don't want somebody with a (D) beside their name to be in the White House. And here's how you can help G-Dub win in 2004: Volunteer for the campaign or donate some cash. Folks, his rich Texas oil buddies can't do it all, so please lend a hand. Here's the list of other blogs participating in Wictory Wednesday.

Linky-Love

I present Not Quite Tea and Crumpets by Mississippi blogger Mark S.

Monday, September 29, 2003

Willis

The Sophorist points out a story of Bruce Willis entertaining the troops in Iraq. Good for Mr. Willis, but don't y'all think that his singing would best be used to interrogate Iraqi prisoners instead of "entertaining" American soldiers?

Willis [singing]: Respect yourself...
Iraqi prisoner: Please, stop!
Willis: ...Respect yourself...
Iraqi prisoner: Oooh! The sheer agony of it!
Willis: ...If you don't respect yourself...
Iraqi prisoner: I can't take anymore of this!
Willis: ...Ain't nobody gonna give a good...
Iraqi prisoner: Noooooooo!
Willis: ...Ca-hoot na na na oh oh...
Iraqi prisoner: AAAAAAh! PLEASE! No more! Please, in the name of Allah the Most Merciful, please quit! I'll tell you everything you want to know!
Willis: ...Respect yourself...
Iraqi prisoner: I'll tell where Saddam is! I'll tell you where the WMD's are. But, please, PLEASE, stop that unbearable singing!

Bloggers' Congress Reminder

Vote for me for Caucus Chief! In your heart, you know I'm right.

Odd

On my referral log, I have a hit from Wes Clark's official campaign website, but there's not a link to my blog over there. Weird.

Mississippi Gubernatorial Debate Observations

C-SPAN 2 televised the first debate between Mississippi Democrat Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and Republican challenger Haley Barbour. So, here's my rather scattered impressions in no particular order. Both of them did fairly well with no major gaffes. I think you could boil down Musgrove's comments about and towards Barbour as this: "He loves NAFTA! He's a Washington insider! Did I mention he loves NAFTA!" Barbour attacked Musgrove on the budget, tort reform, education, and jobs, for the most part. And Barbour also he that he would reign in on a lot of state spending, which hopefully means he'll won't be like many other state Republican governors who have pushed for higher taxes and more spending. Both mentioned their support for southern Mississippi; you see, southern Mississippians feel that their concerns aren't being addressed or given priority by the legislature or statewide officials and are, therefore, pretty perturbed about it. Also, there was discussion of tort reform, a very big topic in MS right now. Musgrove gave the standard Dem. line about those evil pharma. companies screwing over the common man, but Barbour blasted him by noting the large number of doctors leaving the state or quitting practice and how many small businesses are a lawsuit away from bankrupcy due to the trial lawyers.

I'll post a link to C-SPAN's video of it as soon as it becomes available.

And I'm sure that Marshall Ramsey will have a cartoon tomorrow morning condemning both candidates for their performance.

Song Lyrics of the Day

I was born in a welfare state
Ruled by bureaucracy
Controlled by civil servants
And people dressed in grey
Got no privacy got no liberty
Cos the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me.

From The Kinks' song, 20th Century Man

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Some Observations

A nationwide blackout occured today in Italy. I'm sure it's the fault of those evil Texas energy companies and the Bush Administration.

According to a new Gallup poll, 63% of probable voters surveyed said that they will vote "yes" on the recall to boot Gray Davis. When asked of whom they would vote for to replace Senor Davis, 40% opted for Schwarzenegger, 25% for Cruz "Radio Announcer Voice" Bustamante, 18% for Tom McClintock, 5% for Peter Camejo, and 2% for Zsa Zsa Gabor Arianna Huffington. Bustamante seems to be hovering around the 25-30% that he has been getting, but Schwarzenegger has pulled out to a substantial lead where in those previous polls, he was tied or behind the Lt. Gov. McClintock is holding steady with his 18%, so it doesn't quite seem that his supporters are migrating to the Austrian Oak. I would guess that moderate Republican Pete Ueberroth's (who dropped out a few weeks ago and who had polled around 7%) supporters have taken up with AS along with some previously undecided independents.

Compu-Net Enterprises, which was/is the ISP that my folks and I have/had for dial-up connections, said that it was discontinuing a spam filtering service it offered, according to the Washington Post website.
Bill Larson, network administrator for Compu-Net, said that his company received 10 times the amount of spam it usually gets over the weekend, slowing its ability to serve its customers. He also said that spammers were sending forged e-mails that appeared to have been issued from the company.

Larson said his company decided it could not risk running the anti-spam list because of the risk of losing its paying customers.
We now use BellSouth DSL for the Internet, but we (as in, my dad) still pay for Compu-Net dial-up. Dad, who has a fledging computer services company, actually knows Mr. Larson and has had lunch with him a time or two. That's all I really wanted to say. But I will say that I can't largely object to Compu-Net's handling of this.

Lew Rockwell, put this in your pipe and smoke it: "The Neoconservative Cabal" by Joshua Muravchik utterly shreds the idea that foreign policy has been hijacked by a band of nefarious neocons who are influenced by both Leo Strauss and Leon Trotsky.

Happy New Year (5764) to my Jewish friends!

Mississippi's Charles Pickering, who's nomination to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was shot down in committee when Democrats controlled the Senate in 2001, was renominated by Pres. Bush back in January. Pickering can now count on the support of 4 Mississippi Democrat statewide officials: Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, AG Mike Moore, Sec. of State Eric Clark, and Ag. Commissioner Lester Spell.

Why I love Mississippi: You can get ribs at a gas station.

Dennis Miller vs. Barbara Boxer? That's what some Republican strategists are hoping for. Now, I'll pay money to see that campaign.

If you've been to the Homestar Runner website, you are truly missing out.

The Hollywood Investigator has an engrossing interview with Ben Stein. It's too good to quote. Read the whole thing, as they say.

Vote For Me, Now! (Please)

The Bloggers' Congress race for Caucus Chief is now on and yours truly is a candidate. So if you are a blogger and a Registered Voter, please cast your ballot for li'l ol' me. The election ends Tuesday night at 8 PM Central Time. To vote, go to the comments of this post. Thank you for your support.

Friday, September 26, 2003

Another Classic by Chris Muir




I know I already posted one this week, but this one was just too good.
Day By Day

Clark wuvs GOP?

As you may know, Drudge has quotes by retired general and current Democrat Pres. candidate Wesley Clark from a speech he gave in May 2001 to a gathering of Pulaski County, AR, Republicans.
"And I'm very glad we've got the great team in office, men like Colin Powell, Don Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice... people I know very well - our president George W. Bush. We need them there."
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"We were really helped when President Ronald Reagan came in. I remember non-commissioned officers who were going to retire and they re-enlisted because they believed in President Reagan."
Clark continued: "That's the kind of President Ronald Reagan was. He helped our country win the Cold War. He put it behind us in a way no one ever believed would be possible. He was truly a great American leader. And those of us in the Armed Forces loved him, respected him, and tremendously admired him for his great leadership."
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"President George Bush had the courage and the vision... and we will always be grateful to President George Bush for that tremendous leadership and statesmanship."
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"Do you ever ask why it is that these people in these other countries can't solve their own problems without the United States sending its troops over there? And do you ever ask why it is the Europeans, the people that make the Mercedes and the BMW's that got so much money can't put some of that money in their own defense programs and they need us to do their defense for them?"
"And I'll tell you what I've learned from Europe is that are a lot of people out in the world who really, really love and admire the United States. Don't you ever believe it when you hear foreign leaders making nasty comments about us. That's them playing to their domestic politics as they misread it. Because when you talk to the people out there, they love us. They love our values. They love what we stand for in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."
Very interesting, indeed. At Thursday's Presidential debate, Gen. Clark has asked by Brian Williams about those very comments, and here's his response along with my comments:
"I think it's been an incredible journey for me and for this country since early 2001. We elected a president we thought was a compassionate conservative. Instead we got neither conservatism or compassion.
"...we got neither conservatism or compassion" He's mad that Bush hasn't been more conservative? Quite an odd position for a Democrat to take these days, especially for one angling for the presidential nomination.
We got a man who recklessly cut taxes.
Bush pushed for those tax cuts in his campaign, he pushed for them after he was sworn in, and Congress was in the midst of passing them during May at the same time Clark was giving his speech praising GWB to the hilt. (BTW, I think both houses had passed their own versions of the tax cut, sending it to conference committee).
We got a man who recklessly took us into war with Iraq.
Reckless? It seemed like Bush took his time: several months carefully amassing troops and many endless months haggling with the UN to get its rear in gear to enforce its own resolutions.
I was never partisan in the military. I served under Democratic presidents, I served under Republican presidents.
Clark appeared to be pretty partial to Reagan back in May 2001.
But as I looked at this country and looked which way we were headed, I knew that I needed to speak out. And when I needed to speak out, there was only one party to come to.
I am pro-choice, I am pro-affirmative action, I'm pro-environment, pro-health.
Finally! Somebody to stand up to the anti-environment and anti-health lobbies!
I believe the United States should engage with allies.
We did. The UK, Australia, Poland, and dozens of others joined with us in battling Hussein. But to a lot of Leftists, these just don't count. And we engaged with the French and German for several months, but they decided not to particpate, to say the least.
We should be a good player in the international community. And we should use force only as a last resort. That's why I'm proud to be a Democrat."
Again, let me remind the general that we spent 14 blanketly-blank blank blank months at the UN before we smacked Hussein last March. My goodness, this is the guy that Democrats are fawning over now? Sheesh...

Vote for Me! Please!

I'm running for Caucus Chief over at Bloggers' Congress and I could use your support. First, you have to be a blogger and then send Justin a note to become a Registered Voter. After your registration is confirmed, just drop a comment at this post endorsing me for Chief. After all, your support is badly needed to battle the dictatorial menace that is Tony Rosen! Of course, he still needs to garner some more endorsements before he can be a candidate...

Yet 'Nother New Blog

I present to y'all Idiotic. And you know what? He took the time to leave a comment on my Bravenet Guest Map, unlike a lot of you people out there. Just look on the link bar on the left and find the section labeled "Counters and Stuff."

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Political Look-alikes

Drew thinks that Tom McClintock and Howard Dean look alike. I'll let you be the judge:

Yet Another Quiz





Which Homestar Runner character are you?

this quiz was made by jurjyfrort

Thanks

To all of y'all who have linked to my Handy-Dandy Guide to Websites Opposing Dem Pres Candidates. Though, Steve, it's Ole Miss Conservative, not Old Miss Conservative. I swear, Yankees seem to have a propensity to spell it the wrong way.

A Reminder

National Review writer Jonah Goldberg will be on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, airing tonight at 10 PM (CST).

You Can Always Count on ScrappleFace

On speculation that Ted Kennedy might run for the Presidency:
Of course, Mr. Kennedy is characteristically tight-lipped about any potential White House bid.

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," he said yesterday. "I'm not going to dive into that question at a time when the federal government is drowning in a sea of red ink, and the president appears intoxicated with power."

And yet the rumors continue to float, driven by the desire of many Democrats to see a Kennedy at the wheel again.

Affirmative Action Bake Sale

A conservative group at Southern Methodist University, located in Texas, had their bake sale shut down by the college administration. The group was selling baked goods and charging customers on the basis of their skin color and gender. White guys had to pay $1, white women 75 cents, Hispanics 50 cents, and blacks 25 cents for cookies. They were making a point about the unfairness of affirmative action programs in college admission.

The adminstration said it shut down the sale after 45 minute because a crowd had gathered and a shouting match had begun. Yet, "David C. Rushing, 23, a law student and chairman of Young Conservatives of Texas at SMU and for the state, said the event didn't get out of hand. At most, a dozen students gathered around the table of cookies and Rice Krispies treats, he said."

And here's the obligatory idiotarian quote:
Matt Houston, a 19-year-old sophomore, called the group's price list offensive.

"My reaction was disgust because of the ignorance of some SMU students," said Houston, who is black. "They were arguing that affirmative action was solely based on race. It's not based on race. It's based on bringing a diverse community to a certain organization."


I think Jawsblog said it best, "Uh...doesn't a 'diverse community' depend on race as a factor in that "diversity"?"

The J-Word

The State of Washington is being sued by the American Center for Law and Justice on behalf of a married couple.
According to the ACLJ, the state launched a fund-raiser to build a playground at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, Wash. Members of the public were encouraged to pay $100 for the privilege of placing an inscribed paver in the playground.

However, the state flatly rejected the Buchanans' proposed message: "Thank you Jesus, Daria & Evan Buchanan."
Later in the article:
In a letter to the Buchanans in August, the ACLJ says, the coordinator of the playground program, Colleen Ponto, said, "Because the Saint Edward State Park Playground is located on public land, our intent and unwritten policy for all of the 511 bricks sold was to engrave only non-religious requests in order to uphold the separation of church and state as dictated by our state constitution."


Um, didn't Ms. Ponto notice that the park was called Saint Edward State Park Playground? As for the separation of church and state nonsense, the ACLJ counsel points out, "If a state permits a wide variety of messages to be posted in a public area, the state cannot reject a message because it contains a religious reference. ..."

Tonight's Debate

A few notes of Wednesday's California gubernatorial debate:

Arianna Huffington came off as pretty rude. She spent a lot of her time haranguing AS, fiercely jabbing at Bustamante one time, attacking Pres. Bush, and usually going off the topic of the questions posed to her. Absolutely puerile.

Schwarzenegger performed decently, nothing absolutely spectacular except when he tangled a few times with Arianna. For example, AS told Arianna after she went on spiel about him, "I just realized that I have a perfect part for you in Terminator 4." Substance-wise, he said the CA gov't needed to reduce spending and end or seriously curb many of its regulations on businesses. Not bad, but I think McClintock outshone him on policy, though.

Tom McClintock is The Man. He went through detailed plans to curb regulation and spending and for cutting taxes, like he always does. That's why I prefer him over Schwarzenegger; McClintock knows what to do already while the Austrian Oak calls up committees to help him figure out what specifically needs fixing in the budget. Plus, McClintock has a quiet intensity about him; a real solid determination. He's definitely the most qualified of the bunch. And it's interesting to note that neither AS nor TM attacked each other.

Cruz Bustamante played it cool as a cucumber. He laid out his plan, dubbing it "Though Love" which called for an increase on cigarette and alcohol taxes and for increasing income taxes on the top 4% of income earners to get CA's budget out of the red. Yeah, that'll work, especially when a lot of those high income earners, like small business owners, are already leaving because of the high taxes slapped on them.

Peter Camejo needs to be smacked a few times upside the head with a Milton Friedman book. The Green Party fellow denied that taxes or regulation are out of control, even calling the notion "a myth." He ladled out the usual far-leftist dreck of how evil the coporations are, how CA needs a socialized healthcare system, how evil corporations are, how the rich need to be screwed over more, and, let's not forget just really how evil those corporations are.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Coolness

I got an e-mail from Chris Muir, the creator of the Day by Day cartoon, expressing his thanks for posting Tuesday's edition of the comic strip. And he had this to say: "[A]nyone who loves banana pudding must be heard." Well, thank you Mr. Muir, you made my day!

And check Wednesday's strip about Wesley Clark.

Tuesday, September 23, 2003

The OMC's Handy-Dandy Guide to Websites Opposing Dem Pres Candidates

John Edwards: Edwards04.com

Howard Dean: Waffle Powered Howard

Howard Dean: DeanFacts.com (made by Gephardt's campaign)

Howard Dean: Gov. Howard Dean: A Satire (you know you're the front runner when you have more negative sites -Ed. )

Dick Gephardt: A Complete Disgrace (hat tip to The Sophorist)

Dennis Kucinich: Kucinich.com "Dennis Kucinich for President? Yeah, right!"

Joe Lieberman: Joseph2004.org (though, this one's from a Lefty perspective -Ed. )

Al Sharpton: Republcans for Sharpton

And there's always the RNC Research HQ

Quotes

Barry Goldwater

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away."

"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny."

Ronald Reagan

"We don't need more politicians insisting we have deficits because you're not taxed enough. Those deficits ballooned from an economy that didn't grow enough and from 50 years of government spending too much."

"I think the best possible social program is a job"

"Are you entitled to the fruits of your labor or does government have some presumptive right to spend and spend and spend?"

"Man is not free unless government is limited.... As government expands, liberty contracts."

"It would seem that not only is religion lacking in the schools -- so is common sense. I wonder what a teacher is supposed to say if a kid asks about those four words on a dime -- 'In God We Trust.' Or maybe that's why they aren't being taught how to read these days."

"We developed at the local school district level probably the best public school system in the world. Or it was until the Federal government added Federal interference to Federal financial aid and eroded educational quality in the process."

Frederic Bastiat

"But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime."

"By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others."

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field (served 1863 to 1897)

"Here I close my opinion. I could not say less in view of questions of such gravity that go down to the very foundations of the government. If the provisions of the Constitution can be set aside by an Act of Congress, where is the course of usurpation to end? The present assault upon capital is but the beginning. It will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich; a war growing in intensity and bitterness."

Friedrich von Hayek

"The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not."
 
"All political theories assume, of course, that most individuals are very ignorant. Those who plead for liberty differ from the rest in that they include among the ignorant themselves as well as the wisest."
 
"To be controlled in our economic pursuits means to be controlled in everything."

Thomas Sowell

"Any politician who starts shouting election-year demagoguery about the rich and the poor should be asked, 'What about the other 90 percent of the people?'"

John Adams

"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have... a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean the characters and conduct of their rulers."
 
"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the law of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."

"We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other."

John Quincy Adams

"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected, in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

My IQ

According to Emode's IQ test, I have an IQ of 131 and that I'm a "facts curator" which means:
This means you are highly intelligent and have picked up an impressive and unique collection of facts and figures over the years. You've got a remarkable vocabulary and exceptional math skills — which puts you in the same class as brainiacs like Bill Gates.
I wouldn't say that I have natural "exceptional math skills"; math was always my worse subject in school. But, I did always work hard at it. The rest of the description, I have to say, is pretty accurate.

Clark Has No Issues

Gen. Wes Clark has his campaign website up. However, if you click on "Issues" on the site map all you will find is the message "this feature is under construction." His webmonkey's are probably waiting for him to make up his mind on where stands on the issues before they type anything out. If they did list his views, they would have to go back and edit that list several times.

Heh




"Day by Day" by Chris Muir

Recall Recall Recalled

The Ninth Circuit, voting 11-0, has reversed an earlier 3 judge panel decision to delay the California recall race. Not even this predominantly liberal court could buy into the ACLU's argument that blacks and other minorities are too stupid to operate a punch-card ballot.

NPR listeners are liberal? Surely, you jest...

The Media Research Center in its CyberAlert feature, points out this snippet from NPR reporter Mara Liasson on FNC's Special Report with Brit Hume:
During the roundtable on the September 22 FNC program, Liasson pointed out positive feedback for Braun from NPR listeners: "We get a lot of responses from listeners at NPR talking about how well she does in debates, 'she has a lovely demeanor, she says sensible things.' She definitely adds to those conversations."

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Seven

In a previous post, I mention the House of Representatives vote on a resolution (passed 400-7) condemning the Ninth Circuit's decision that the Pledge of Allegience is unconstitutional. In the comments of that post, "Jaws" asks who were the seven. Here they are:

Gary Ackerman (NY-5th)
Jim McDermott (WA-7th)
Pete Stark (CA-13th)
Barney Frank (MA-4th)
Jerrold Nadler (NY-8th)
Mike Honda (CA-15th)
Bobby Scott (VA-3rd)

Dean 2004 = Carter 1976?

Mr. Peanut Jimmeh Carter states something interesting concerning Dean:
Jimmy Carter says he sees a little of himself in insurgent Democratic White House candidate Howard Dean.

In an appearance taped to air Friday night on CNN's "Larry King Live," Carter says former Vermont Gov. Dean visited his home in Georgia last year to ask the former president about his campaign 28 years ago.

Like Dean, Carter entered the presidential race as an ex-governor considered a long shot for the nomination. Carter said Dean asked him and his wife what they did to get a victory in New Hampshire, among other things.

"He claims, at least to me, to have had in part of his campaign technique about what worked for me in those ancient days in 1976," Carter said. "The only difference is that I didn't have any money and he's today used the Internet in a wonderful fashion."
If I were Dean, I wouldn't want a former President who had a rather dismal administration going around saying that I remind him a little of himself. The association wouldn't be helpful, to say the least.

What Color Am I?



what color are you?


via Susan

Zing!

I'm not a huge fan of Andrew Sullivan, but he does shoot a great zinger at Wesley Clark:
To my mind, the most important thing about Clark is that he was a Rhodes Scholar. Almost to a man and woman, they are mega-losers, curriculum-vitae fetishists, with huge ambition and no concept of what to do with it.

Risen

The SFSU Conserative is back at a new blog.

Yet Even Another New Blog

Here's Slublog, by a conservative in Maine (yes, there are conservatives in Lobstahland) named Peter. I'm now on his "must read blog list." Thanks, Peter!

Friday, September 19, 2003

Talk About Your Flip-Flops

Gen. Wesley Clark must be dizzy for making this reversal:
Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark backtracked from a day-old statement that he probably would have voted for the congressional resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq, saying Friday he "would never have voted for this war."

From "probably would have" to "never" in less that 24 hours, quite impressive. But it gets better:
"Let's make one thing real clear, I would never have voted for this war," Clark said before a speech at the University of Iowa. "I've gotten a very consistent record on this. There was no imminent threat. This was not a case of pre-emptive war. I would have voted for the right kind of leverage to get a diplomatic solution, an international solution to the challenge of Saddam Hussein."
"Consistent record" my foot. What imminent threat did Serbia pose to the US in 1998? Hmmm Mr. Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (or somethin' like that)? And what the #$@! does "right kind of leverage to a diplomatic solution" mean? Would this leverage have been in the form of increased glowers from US State Dept. officals at Iraqi diplomats? <sarcasm>Man, Clark just fills me with confidence.</sarcasm>

The Perfumed Prince Report

Jeff Quinton has a plethora of quotes and links concerning the 10th Dwarf, Wes Clark.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Yet 'Nother New Blog

I present In My Right Mind by Republican sweetie Susan, who I thank for her link to my blog!

Now, Here's Something that You Don't See Everyday

If you thought that the "Republicans for Dean" website was a weird idea, then meet something even weirder: "Libertarians for Dean." How exactly Dean will slash the size of the federal government (a libertarian goal), they don't seem to say. In fact, judging from this post their dislike for the GOP stems from a) their down-right hostility to the social conservative/Christian Right base of the GOP and b) their oppostion to those dreaded puppy-kicking neo-cons, who have an unquenchable thirst for blood, running foreign policy. Oh well...I wonder if there'll be a group called "Greens for Bush."

Found via Josh Claybourn

The Daddy Party

The ever delightful Jay Nordlinger states in an Wall Street Journal op-ed that "real men vote Republican." He elaborates on Chris Matthews' original hypothesis that the Democrats are the "mommy" party, that is it's concerned mainly about healthcare, education, and the like, while the GOP is the "daddy" party in it's focus on national security "and other manly matters." Nordlinger goes on to say that we're living in an era very much in need of the daddy party. As examples of Republican manliness, he uses Donald Rumsfield, Dick Cheney, Rudolph Giulani, and Dubya himself:
Mr. Bush's personality grates on some. On many. He is accused of machismo, belligerence, cowboyism. For Europeans, in particular--and for European-like Americans--he is the very model of the swaggering, heedless, vulgar right-winger. He said he wanted bin Laden "dead or alive." About Saddam holdouts in Iraq, he declared, "Bring 'em on"--meaning, our boys are ready to confront them. This prompted a hue and cry among Mr. Bush's critics. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank commented, "It's the sort of thing that sounds pretty shocking," although "often this sort of Old West rhetoric appeals to the American people."

Bloggers' Congress

Go check out Bloggers' Congress if you're a blogger. We're in the middle of voting for a Constitution

'Nother New Blog

Check out A Republican's Blog run by the intellegent Mr. Jonathan Ransbottom. He's been kind enough to link my li'l blog.

Waffle House

What do you do when you do a lot of waffling? If you're like Howie Dean, you open a Waffle House.

Saletan

William Saletan over at Salon reads his fellow liberals the Riot Act.
I have a message for my liberal friends, relatives, and colleagues: If you think Republicans play dirty and Democrats don't, open your other eye.
Read the whole thing, as they say.

New Blog to Me

Thanks to Tom at Tom's Nap Room for putting me on his blogroll.

Filthy Lucre

If you see a lefty complaining about all that funding that right-wing groups get from Richard Mellon Scaife, please have them read this.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

The Ninth Circus Slapped By The House

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the Ninth Circuit Court's idiotic decision to delay the California recall election. Now here's the interesting part: it passed 400-7. The Sophorist has a laugh out loud quip concerning the vote margin: "I had no idea there were that many right wing conservative extremists in the House."

UPDATE: Nevermind. The Sophorist now says that he misread the article and that the vote was over condemning the Ninth Circuit's decision on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Don't Forget...

To read Southern Conservatives.

A Joke

Back in the bad ol' days of the Soviet Union, three Russians, named Yuri, Ivan, and Nikita, were thrown into a jail cell in Moscow on the same day. They soon introduced themselves to each other and made small talk. After a short while Yuri asked the other two why they were arrested. Ivan said, "I was late to work, and they said wasn't contributing my fair share of labor and therefore I was a parasite on society." Then Nikita responded, "I was early to work, and they said that proved I was a capitalist spy eager to steal state secrets." Then Ivan spoke again, "Okay, Yuri, we've told you why we two are in here. Now, I think's fair to ask you why you were thrown in jail." Yuri replied, "Yes, it is. Here's my reason: I arrived at work precisely on time; they said that proved I had a Western-made watch."

From the Home Office

Found this over at Jawsblog:

The Top 10 Ways Fox News Intimidated CNN.

I like #3.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Christiane's Lament

CNN infobabe Christiane Amanpour weeps on Tina Brown's new CNBC show:
"I think the press was muzzled, and I think the press self-muzzled. I'm sorry to say, but certainly television and, perhaps, to a certain extent, my station was intimidated by the administration and its foot soldiers at Fox News. And it did, in fact, put a climate of fear and self-censorship, in my view, in terms of the kind of broadcast work we did."
Ms. Brown then asked if there was any story that they couldn't report on. Amanpour responded:
It's not a question of couldn't do it, it's a question of tone," Amanpour said. "It's a question of being rigorous. It's really a question of really asking the questions. All of the entire body politic in my view, whether it's the administration, the intelligence, the journalists, whoever, did not ask enough questions, for instance, about weapons of mass destruction. I mean, it looks like this was disinformation at the highest levels."
Note that she doesn't provide any actual proof for intimidation, say like Dick Cheney calling her in the middle of the night threatening to bust her kneecaps if she reports on Haliburton's post-war contacts, but instead offers just a statement of her feelings. Yes, Christiane, you have competition now with Fox News around so you are just going to have to make your peace with that.

And I have to say I love Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti's response:
Given the choice, it's better to be viewed as a foot soldier for Bush than a spokeswoman for al-Qaeda.


UPDATE: CNN news chief Jim Walton has reportedly had a "private conversation" with Ms. Amanpour.

Riddle: What House Contains These?

Here's a riddle that I've come up with on my own. All of these can be found in one well known location. It's not quite poem, but it pretends to be one.
So think hard and guess what it could be, and please leave your answers in the comments. The only thing you'll win is respect from me and your friends. If you want to know the answer, just e-mail at jpcarver80 -at- hotmail -dot- com. So here it is:

There’s a cooper, a baker, a carter
A whole slew of millers and smiths
And even a tanner and a porter
But only one buyer
Who can find a good deal
And get a decent price

There's a ballance that can be struck
A bass that can be caught
A crane that can lift
A bell that can't be rung
And graves that can't be dug

Two bishops, two kings
No queens, knights, or pawns
Not a rook, but only a castle

On most days there'll be a slaughter
But nobody flees to the hill
Nor to the safely of the camp

There's often a delay
In getting things done
But there is a rush.

One is meek and one is kind
Some others are blunt and frank

On a cold day there is frost
On a hot day there be burns

There's a fellow in that's English
Even all of Israel can be found there

Some people there are brown, some green
Some are young, but only one is goode

One man is quite the flake
Another is really stark

A wolf roams this hallowed place
Not wary of the hunter

Within this great and hallowed house, there be
Whole towns located near angry waters

A cannon sits here
But not in the hall

You can get a berry without pitts
And you may get moore, if you desire

A man there is a definitely a payne
But many are very fond of him

You don't need religion
To talk to the pastor

There is one piece of clay
And it cannot be shaped.

And this place even has a Honda!
(Though, it doesn't drive farr)

Can you tell me where I can find these under one roof?

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Colin Powell...




...rocks out to Van Halen's Greatest Hits on his new set of headphones.

via Yahoo! News

Some Observations

Sometimes it pays to live in a land-locked state.

NASA plans to crash the 14 year-old Galileo space probe (which ceased operation last February) into Jupiter's atomosphere. According to the article, "The choreographed crash is meant to prevent the robotic explorer from contaminating Jupiter's icy moon Europa with earthly bacteria." I guess that's a lot cheaper than launching a giant can of Lysol to that satellite of Jupiter.

"Tehran condemns Israel for decision to remove Arafat" Terrorists of a feather...

China is deploying 150,000 troops along its border with North Korea to, ahem, persuade Kim "Everyday is a bad hair day" Jong-Il that persuing a nuclear weapons program might not be in his best interest.

Keith Burgess-Jackson explains why liberals think conservatives are stupid.

Way to go, Joe. Sen. Lieberman announces that he'll support the DC school voucher plan when it comes to the Senate. It's good to see him moving back toward a more centrist stance, which he adbanoned while he was Algore's Veep pick.


Saturday, September 13, 2003

Join the Cool People

What?!?! You're a blogger and not involved with the Bloggers' Congress?!? Shame on you! Boogie thyself over thither.

"To Kill An American"

The Sophorist posts this excellent letter that his wife pointed out to him.

Wesley Clark Watch

Matthews over at A Fearful Symmetry (a blog that I need read more often) has a very interesting photo of Gen. Wesley Clark

New Fetus Photos

This a pretty neat photo, but remember, fetuses are nothing but blobs of cells.

A message from you good friends at NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

(via Drudge)

Colonel Reb

Chris Lawrence really doesn't care for those who support keeping Colonel Reb, and fisks the heck out of the SaveOleMiss website. I mean he really doesn't like them. His basic argument is that the Colonel Reb foundation and it supporters are a bunch of buck-toothed inbred racially-insensitive slack-jawed yokels (Chris, I'm going over the top in describing your disdain? Please, let me know).

Now, my main reason for opposing the whole change is that Athletic Director Pete Boone took it upon himself to change the mascot without asking the students and alumni whether they wanted a change or not. That just rubs me the wrong way. I'm surprised that it doesn't seem bother Chris at all. He's a self-declared libertarian and has advocated voting systems for elected offices that he believes would better reflect the citizenry's political preferences (read here). I would figure that he would call for a method that sought to gather input from the students, alumni, faculty members, and administration members on a decision about a symbol that represents the entire school. Instead, he seems to back a rather authoritarian move on the administration's part that achieves a result that he approves of. In order words, the ends justify the means.

Chris, understand that I still respect you and I don't intend any of this to be taken personally, but please, at least consider the points that I've made.

UPDATE: Chris gives a well thought out update to his post. And I apologize for the "buck-tooth.." remark. Though, I reserve the right to use that phrase against any Mississippi State fan/student/alumnus/alumna.

Friday, September 12, 2003

Clark

Retired general and former commander of NATO, Wesley Clark, is leaning toward becoming the 10th Dwarf. The only thing that he brings to the table that contrasts with the other nine Democrat nominees is his military command experience.

Cost of War




from Cox and Forkum

"Arabs Hold Summit to Standardize Anti-Jewish Slurs for Future Summits"

This parody isn't too far from reality.

Iraqi Polls

The American Enterprise Institute commissioned Zogby International, a polling companying, to survey Iraqison their thoughts of the current situation of their country. The results, as a whole, are rather encouraging.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Q&A

Check out this very engrossing interview by NRO's Kathryn Jean Lopez of Robert Miniter, author of the book, Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror

Political Geek Alert

Here's a website that contains the party platforms of the major parties since 1856.

Ted Olson

US Solicitor General Theodore Olson, whose wife, Barbara, died when her plane crashed into the Pentagon, has penned a short but powerful speech concerning September 11th.
Remembering and honoring the victims of September 11 is therefore not remotely sufficient. We must engrave their faces and tragically shortened histories on our hearts and in our souls. We must commit ourselves to the only goal that is worthy of their memories: to eradicate the disease that killed them, wherever it is and however long is takes. Their suffering and deaths must fuel our dedication to stamp out this cancer, and, in doing so, save those we love, and those who come after us, from future September elevens and the pain, loneliness and helplessness we experienced on that day two years ago and have lived with every day since then.
Later he quotes Faulkner:
Man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.

New Blog to Me

Thanks to Sounding the Shallows for linking to my blog.

A Poem by A.M. Siriano

I got this in my e-mail:

Regal cloud and somber sky, like gods, remain
Downcast searchers of the space below,
Where two towers, united by freedom’s reign,
Testament to triumph, bane to iniquitous foe,
Once proudly stood. Therein yet cling
Heroic spirits braving hell for the stranger’s cry,
Heartless fate against them; above, on stolen wing
Iblis and his craven demons fly;
Below the fallen reprise their tragic role,
Staged without end for a grief-stricken nation,
Whose liberty, imposing itself upon the soul,
Rejects America’s defeat or abdication.
Thus, this haunted ground reveals a silhouette,
Two towers standing tall lest men forget.

Neocons

Are you apart of the bloodthirsty cabal that seeks global domination by the US? Take this quiz to find out. According to it, I receive my marching orders from Bill Kristol.

Mississippi Elections 2003

Did you know that Mississippi has a Green Party candidate for governor? Now you do.

Idiotarians at Ole Miss

Chris Lawrence points out this:
A vigil, sponsored by the UM Activist Coalition, will also be at 6:15 p.m. on the porch of the Croft Institute for International Studies building. “It will mostly be a silent-type vigil,” Greg Johnson, member of the coalition and blues curator, said.

"It's just in honor of all those who died on Sept. 11 and all those who died in resulting policies that have occurred."

Following the vigil, a panel discussion, co-hosted by UMAC and the Croft Institute, will explore "September 11: Two Years Later. What has Changed – where do we go from here?"
Moderated by executive director of the Croft Institute, Michael Metcalf, the panel discussion will include Nirit Ben-Ari, an Israeli peace activist, Omar Bada, a Palestinian peace activist and UM economics professor Katsuaki Terasawa.


I share Chris' intense sense of furious annoyance at these people. "[A]nd all those who died in resulting policies that have occurred"? Mercy! Would somebody please give these people some money so that they can buy a clue? Those "resulting policies" are going to do more to prevent the lost of life than anything these jokers are serving up. And yes, Chris, what do those Israeli and Palestinean peace activists have anything to with 9/11? As I recall, Mr. Bada's colleagues were dancing in the streets of Ramallah upon hearing the news on the plane crashes.


Miller Time

Dennis Miller shot out a series of zingers at Democrats on last night's Tonight Show. My favorite one:
"Robert Byrd, this guy stands there and lectures Bush in the well of the Senate. He was in the Ku Klux Klan! He's demented. You know this guy's burning the cross at both ends! And you know something, if Robert Byrd were your grandfather and he came to Thanksgiving dinner and went off one of these demented screeds, everybody would sit there smiling at him, and as soon as he left the room, somebody'd say, 'Hey, what the hell are we gonna do about grandpa?'"

LewRockwell.com

You would think these people would have at least a small something on their site lamenting the lost of life that occured two years ago. But, no, they continue on the "The Neocons/Straussians are evil, evil, EVIL!" theme they so cherish.

Dean Getting Flak from House Dems

Howie Dean is taking some heat from Democrats in the House, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for making these remarks at a NM rally:
Dean said an "enormous number" of Israeli settlements must go to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It's not our place to take sides," he said.
Democrat Howard Berman wrote a letter signed by a few dozen other Democrats criticizing Dean:
This is not a time to be sending mixed messages. On the contrary, in these difficult times we must reaffirm our unyielding commitment to Israel's survival and raise our voices against all forms of terrorism and incitement.
Of course, these Democrats are supporters of other Dem candidates. Jerrold "No Fat Jokes, Please" Nadler, who is Jewish and a Dean supporter said that the fomer Vermont govenor had since clarified his remarks to the his satisfaction.

Never Forget





Ahnold vs. McClintock

In reponse to Nathan's post at SoCons, I've posted my thoughts on whether CA conservatives should support Schwarzenegger or McClintock.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Harumph!

Ole Miss students voted to keep Colonel Reb as the mascot, 94% to 6%. Unfortunately, the poll is nonbinding, but hopefully it'll send a message to the administration.

Oxford

Michael Debow links to an op-ed from the Wall Street Journal that quotes William Faulkner, and he gives a plug to Thacker Mountain Radio, based in Oxford, MS.

Some Observations

Peter Ueberroth is dropping out of the CA governor's race. He's not endorsing anybody yet, but I bet most of this supporters will find refuge in fellow RINO Ahnold's campaign.

Alabamans reject Gov. Riley's $1.2 billion tax package by 2 to 1. Bama's tax system may need reform, but raising a heap of taxes doesn't sound like the best way to do it.

A study commissioned by the Republican Jewish Coalition shows that more Jews are moving toward the GOP. Shalom, y'all!

Neophyte Pundit isn't too impressed with Howie Dean's lambast that the GOP is trying to steal the CA governor's office by using the recall.
Someone needs to remind the Dimocrats that the Recall is part of the LAW of California, it's not new. To say that the Republicans are trying to steal an election is Clintonian at best. The Republicans haven't gone to the Courts and activist, leftist judges to have the law rewritten.
Does Howie remember the 2002 NJ Senate race? You know the won where incumbent Dem. Robert Torricelli dropped out because of a campaign finance scandal severely hurting his chances against the Republican candidate? He did so after the deadline to register for a candidate, so the Dems went to court to allow themselves to select a new candidate. Of course, the liberal judges granted the request and in doing so, completely rode roughshod over NJ election laws.

Can somebody please tell me what planet Paul Craig Roberts lives on?

In Tuesday's debate, the Nine Dwarfs were asked to name their favorite songs. John Kerry's was "No Surrender" by Bruce Springsteen. That's a rather odd choice for a French-looking candidate.

And finally, the Cato Institute is having an online symposium on globalization pitting Cato and A World Connected against The Nation and The American Prospect.

Tuesday, September 09, 2003

The Ole Miss Conservative...

...banned in China.

via Kyle

Election 2004

Townhall has a detailed analysis on the 2004 Senate Races. Judging from that, it looks like Republicans can gain a few seats, especially in the South.

Dixie Chicks At It Again

Emily Robison, one of the country music trio, has run her mouth off to a German newspaper what she thought of Arnold Schwarzenegger candidacy:
He is a great film star. But I find his idea to run for governor absolutely insane.
Now, personally I'm a McClintock supporter, but good grief. What really bugs me about this is that the DCs seem to prefer making political statements over in Europe rather than in the US. If they don't like Ahnold, fine; they need to the have the courage to say it here in the US, too.
Also, in the article she says:
America should be governed by people who have a clue. I hope he doesn't win.

People who have a clue, eh? I guess that disqualifies the Dixie Chicks...

Student Gov't Can Be Good For Something

See my post at Southern Conservatives concerning Colonel Reb.

Some Obervations

North Korea is celebrating 55 years of oppression and suffering today, hopefully no "fireworks" will be involved.

President Bush was in Nashville Monday afternoon, delivering a speech at an elementary school touting how the No Child Left Behind Act is benefiting struggling students. I listened to live coverage of the event on talk radio station WLAC and the Pres. offered up a solid speech that pointed out specific examples of children who were helped with the NCLB Act. However, I still don't think that the federal government should be in the education business. I've yet to see just where in the Constitution the feds are authorized to meddle in education. Do anybody remember the 10th Amendment? Apparently not.

Palestinean PM Abu Abbas has resigned and parliament speaker Ahmed Qurei is likely to suceed him. Does anybody else have the feeling that Palestine is going to go through as many prime ministers as middle aged women go through Kleenexes while watching the lastest Lifetime originial movie?

Thangs ain't lookin' none too purty for the Democrats in the 2004 Senatorial races in the South. Popular GA Sen. Zell Miller is retiring (he's about to have a new book out), as well as South Carolina Sen. Foghorn Leghorn Fritz Hollings. Both states have trended very Republican lately, so the GOP can look for some gains there. John Edwards of NC is planning to concentrate on losing the Democratic Presidential nomination than to run for re-election. Erskine Bowles, former Clinton chief of staff and loser to Liddy Dole in the Senate race in 2002, is champing at the bit to try again, but Republican Richard Burr is going quite well at this early stage. Even John Breaux, much beloved centrist from Louisiana, could decide not to run in 2004, though he says he plans to wait until after his state's governor's race is over to make a final decision. Bob Graham of orange infested Florida might pull an Edwards and retire his seat in 2004 to take a shoot at the Pres. nomination. So the GOP could possibly pick up 5 seats at most (though, LA and FL are still up in the air) in the Land of Dixie. That would be nice.

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Don't Forget...

...to check out Southern Conservatives, a group blog that I contribute to.

Git 'em, Ed

Ed Gillespie, the new chairman of the RNC, laid into the Nine Dwarfs on Meet the DePressed this morning for their remarks at the last Democratic Presidential Debate (well, Eight Dwarfs since Sharpton wasn't present).

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Democratic Racists

Robert Alt launches a full nuclear strike on the Senate Democrats on their blocking of Miguel Estrada's nomination of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
...the Democrats treated Estrada differently than non-minority nominees. In the D.C. Circuit, for example, John Roberts, a white applicant, was confirmed without fanfare, while Estrada was filibustered. But aside from ethnicity, there are few substantive differences between the candidates: Both were voted unanimously well-qualified by the American Bar Association; both went to prestigious law schools; both clerked for the Supreme Court; both worked at the Justice Department; and both went on to prestigious law firms where they argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court. And yet John Roberts was asked relatively few questions during his confirmation hearing, while Estrada was pummeled with over 200. Roberts, nominated the same day as Estrada, was confirmed by the Senate on a voice vote, while Estrada was denied the opportunity to even have a vote.

Fair Trade

I'm not a huge fan of the LewRockwell.com crowd at all. I find their views on many things to be, well, nutty. If you were to read their site, you would think that every American soldier in Iraq has been killed three times over and that every single Iraqi wishes nothing but death and destruction to the US. However, they sometimes have brief moments of lucidity, usually when writing about economics. Such is the case with Gene Callahan's short article on "fair trade." Around where he lives, he notices stores advertising, "We proudly sell coffee brewed with Fair Trade coffee beans, acquired at a price that permits sustainable farming and pays growers a living wage." And he quotes a fair trade website which complains, "Many small coffee farmers receive prices for their coffee that are less than the costs of production, forcing them into a cycle of poverty and debt." I love the response he gives:
Well, I have a little tip for those farmers: If your cost of producing a product is higher than the price you receive for it, then… stop producing it! It's ludicrous to ask, "Well, then, what else are they supposed to do?" After all, if they are losing money on every sale, then doing nothing at least stops the losses. Even relaxing in a hammock all day would be a better financial move for them than continuing to grow coffee.

!#@$# Blogspot

Blogspot's been down nearly all day, much to my chagrin. If y'all at Blogger want me to move to Moveable Type, just say so.

Friday, September 05, 2003

Immigrant Song

Beware of the kittens.

Howie Dean Sez...



I want you...to give me your tax cuts.

@#$%@! Blogger

Blogger's been acting naughty all afternoon and evening, hence the lack of posting. Alas, Blogger's free and you get what you pay for.

From the "Gee, Ya Think?" Department

"Democratic Rivals Focus Attacks on Bush"

Politicial Geekery

Have a desire to know what the partisan composition of all 50 state legislatures is? Then click here.

Sorry Andy, But Thanks For Playing

Andrew Sullivan serves up this:
BIG GOVERNMENT BUSH: More evidence of the runaway federal government under Bush. The sheer profligacy of this administration continues to astound. If you're a fiscal conservative, Howard Dean is beginning to look attractive.


I believe Mr. Sullivan is forgetting Dean's whole promise to rescind the Bush tax cuts and his lack of a promise to reduce federal spending on social programs. That's a pretty queer [pun intended? I'll let you decide] definition of "fiscal conservatism."

Yet Another Quiz



You're Fiji!

As calm, relaxed, and removed from life as they come, you're just so
chilled out, it hurts people to see you.  Everyone aspires to be where you are, but
most of them just can't put their stress away.  Little do they know that even you
sometimes have inner turmoil and struggles!  For the most part, though, it's sun and
fun for you, and that's the way you like it.  It's just sort of hard to get things
done with all that partying.

Take
the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid



via Regions of Mind

Mississippi's Cool

Scipio gives us a reason why Mississippi rocks.

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Colonel Reb

Nashville talk show host Phil Valentine had Brian Ferguson, head of the newly formed Colonel Reb Foundation, on for about 10 minutes today to discuss the whole Ole Miss brou-ha-ha. Mr. Ferguson, an Ole Miss student, did a good of explaining the issue at hand and didn't sound too nervous on being on the radio. I'm glad this thing's getting some attention in the media, especially up here in TN.

Foul!

Excessive use of quotation marks. Five yard penalty.

A New Show

"Redneck Eye for the Questionably Straight Guy, brought to you by Maw Maw's Fireworks & Gas."

Notes on Wednesday's Recall Debate

I caught most of the debate between 5 of the top CA gubertorial candidates (sans Schwarzenegger) on C-SPAN 2. A few random observations:

If Peter Ueberroth were a flavor of yogurt he would be extra-plain. I just didn't notice any detectable signs of energy or vigor.

Nobody brought up Cruz Bustamante's refusal to condemn his connection to the racist Hispanic student organization La MeChA, which has the motto: "For the race, everything; Outside the race, nothing". Hadn't heard of that story? Howard Owens explains it for you.

Bustamante's line throughout the evening was how those evil Texas power companies were ripping off Californians, and, con la ayuda de Dios, he was going to do something about it.

Tom McClintock was earnest, straight-forward, and answered the questions head on. Though, a piece of advice , Tommy: it wouldn't kill you to crack a smile every now and then.

There was Peter Camejo, the Green Party candidate who also ran in 2002 who made a rather "interesting" statement. When asked a question about illegal immigration (I can't remember the specifics), he made a side comment that Europeans had illegally immigrated to America centuries ago and proceeded to his main point. So, Pete, what to you suggest we white encroachers do? Move back to Europe?

Arianna Huffington was there in all of her glory, if you can call it that. She seemed to have a hard time grasping the concept that when your time alloted to speak runs out, you then stop speaking. Bustamante did get in a good line concerning her. After she was through haranguing him on an issue, the Lt. Gov. quipped, "Next time, tell me what you really think."

I also caught a few snipets of Gray Davis answering questions before the debate. He's basic theme: "It's not my fault the state is in such bad fiscal shape. It's anybody else's fault, but not mine; how dare you peasants question my authority!"

Google-bombing

Conservative blogger, Jeff Quinton, ranks #31 on Yahoo in searches for "conservative." My humble little conservative blog, The Ole Miss Conservative, is only #46. Speaking as a conservative, I would like to believe that there are plenty of conservatives who like to read conservative blogs coming from a conservative point of view, like mine. So I don't need non conservative use of the word "conservative" to increase my ranking.

A New Blog To Me

Here's I Was Thinking... by Christy living in Jackson, Mississppi. Definitely a sweetie.

Here's a Mind Boggler for You Liberals

Pat Robertson supports Arnold Schwarzenegger in the California recall election.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Tears of a Clown

I hate it when politicians get all blubbery on me.

Michael Moore

I got an e-mail from Richard Busnell telling me about his new website on the Leftist buffoonus maximus, Michael Moore. It's definitely worth a gander or two.

A Thought

You know, we haven't heard a lot from Minority Leader Tom Dashcle lately. Not that I'm complaining or anything. I'm sure he's busy being saddened and disappointed about something in the Senate.

UPDATE: My SoCon compadre, Nathan, links to this story explaining what the good Senator has been up to.

Kerry

The French-looking Vietnam veteran John Kerry, officially announced his candidacy for the Presidency in front of an aircraft carrier docked in South Carolina. I know what you're thinking, "I would like a bowl of vanilia ice cream with chocolate-chip cookie dough in it." Yes, we all do, but that's a little off topic now, isn't it? Can we focus on the story for a small bit, please? Thank you. Okay, now I know what else you're thinking, "Hasn't Kerry already been running for the Presidency? You mean, he's now just declared his candidacy?" Yep, you would think he would have done this a long time ago.

Here's a question, are any of the Democrats who criticized Bush's landing on the aircraft a few months ago planning to chew Kerry out of using this aircraft carrier for his politicial purposes? I think we all know the answer to that.

Something Fun

I've posted this at Southern Conservatives, but I'll post it here, too:

Check out the Bloggers' Congress

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Here's a Thought

Charles Lee, the new president of Mississippi State University, has big dreams for his school. He wants it to be a "People's University" with more enrollment. Given the far leftward slant of a lot of university professors and administrators, I think you can call many of them "People's Universities."

Monday, September 01, 2003

My Version of Hell

Parents who bring squalling brats to R-rated movies
Circle I Limbo

Democrats
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Gray Davis
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Bill Clinton
Circle IV Rolling Weights

Militant Vegans
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

PETA Members
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

NAMBLA Members
Circle VII Burning Sands

Qusay Hussein, Uday Hussein
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell



via Courreges