Wednesday, June 30, 2004

U.S. Strikes Terrorist Hideout in Fallujah

The United States struck a terrorist safe house in Fallujah thought to be connected to Zarqawi. The bounty on the head of Zarqawi has now been raised to $25 million.


Read it here.

U.S. Military Lowering Profile In Iraq

With the hand over complete, the U.S. military is trying to make its presence in Iraq less conspicuous. This may help the Iraqi people realize they control the country and help reduce the exposure of our soldiers to harm.


Read it here.

Today's Good News

The hiring boom has continued through June with the addition of at least 250,000 more jobs. The continued economic growth prompted the Fed to raise interest rates .25 points today, the first raise in four years.


Ali Celebrates the Handover of Iraq

Ali at Iraq the Model describes the impromptu celebration he and his coworkers had upon hearing the news that the handover had taken place:

I was deeply moved by this great man’s words but I couldn’t prevent myself from watching the effect of his words on my friends who some of them were anti-Americans and some were skeptic, although some of them have always shared my optimism. I found that they were touched even more deeply than I was. I turned to one friend who was a committed She’at and who distrusted America all the way. He looked as if he was bewitched, and I asked him, “So, what do you think of this man? Do you still consider him an invader?” My friend smiled, still touched and said, “Absolutely not! He brought tears to my eyes. God bless him.”

Another friend approached me. This one was not religious but he was one of the conspiracy theory believers. He put his hands on my shoulders and said smiling, “I must admit that I’m beginning to believe in what you’ve been telling us for months and I’m beginning to have faith in America. I never thought that they will hand us sovereignty in time. These people have shown that they keep their promises.”


It is a moving account that even includes a couple of pictures.

Iraqis Get Saddam

... and eleven of his deputies. The butcher is now in the hands of his victims.

Saddam to Face Charges

More Hatred From the Left

This link has made it way around the blogosphere. Sadly this is typical of the level of debate from the Left in this country:

Sad

Claudia Rosett: All In The Family

Claudia Rosett has not made any friends at the United Nations in the past year. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein she has uncovered the largest organized scam in the history of the world, The UN Oil For Food program, from which Saddam, with the help of many high ranking UN members, was able to skim anywhere from $10 Billion to $40 Billion, while starving his people and blaming the United States.
In today's OpinionJournal she describes the family that is the United Nations:

First, let's head for the hearth, where, ensconced at the cozy core of this grand estate, we'll find the five elders, the veto-wielding members of the Security Council. There, of course, you'll run into the wayward U.S. and United Kingdom, who so disturbed the U.N. last year by chasing Saddam Hussein right out of his well-worn seat and down a spider-hole in the cellar. Nearby, counting his cash, is Russia's president Vladimir Putin, who strove so hard to preserve Iraq, uninterrupted, as a family business--Saddam's family, that is, and Russia's enormous Oil for Food business. Then there's Frère Jacques Chirac, who toiled so passionately last year in the U.N. kitchens, trying to stop America from cooking up any freedom fries in all that Iraqi oil. And, lest we forget, there's also China's Hu Jintao, who amid his many daily chores of jailing democratic dissidents and threatening Chinese democracy on Taiwan, found time last year to oppose the liberation of Iraq.





The Iraq Handover

Kathleen Parker has a fantastic article in Townhall regarding the reactios to the handover of sovereignty in Iraq.

Bush overthrew a brutal dictatorship; arrested and detained Saddam Hussein, soon to be handed over to Iraqi courts; killed the tyrant's murderous sons; restored or invented infrastructure while safeguarding Iraq's oil wells; and created and installed a new provisional government in just over a year following 13 chaotic months of insurgent attacks, with little international support and daily assaults by the media and the far left, while apparently preventing new terror attacks on American soil.

But he's got to go. Why? Well, because he's a Republican.

Even as I type, a CNN Insta-poll says a majority of Americans have little faith in Iraq's future. Yet another recent poll of 2,200 Iraqi households by an Iraqi firm offers a different perspective: Half of Iraqis interviewed believe Iraq is headed in the right direction; 65 percent think Iraq will be better off a year from now; 73 percent "believe the handover of authority to the Interim government will improve the current situation."

Such optimism following decades of tyranny, war and terror may be explained several ways, including the fact that Iraqis lived the war rather than had it interpreted for them by the American media. And possibly, they've caught wind of their reborn nation's new administrative law, which establishes inter alia that the people of Iraq are sovereign and free with rights of free expression, justice, thought and conscience.


Thanks to the media, we now live in a time when Iraqis, who live with the threat that the media is so eager to tell Americans about, are more optimistic about their future than Americans who get their news from Katie Couric, Dan rather or the New York Times.

Please read the whole thing.

UPDATE:

As a follow up to Kathleen parkers article, please read Robert Pollack's article in Opinion Journal on the reasons to be optimistic about Iraq.




Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Saddam to Face Iraqi Judge

Saddam Hussein will be indicted by an Iraqi judge Thursday in his first court appearance, and he will face a myriad of charges.

The First Step Is Admitting You Have A Problem

At a campaign rally for Barbara Boxer in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton stated:

Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

Emphasis added. Unbelievable. This perfectly exemplifies the fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives. If you see nothing wrong with the statements the Senator made there is a problem. Hillary Clinton does not see the United States government as being as, by, and for the people. She does not see herself as a servant of the people. To her the government is the great body that doles out rights, money and freedoms to the people. “We are going to take things away from you…” A clear distinction between the people and the government, and the philosophy of the modern Democratic Party: We and they, and the government owns your money.

Read it here.




Today's Good News

The fact that the economy is booming seems to finally be getting through to the public. Consumer confidence has hit a two year high...

Read it here.

Update:

Gas prices have fallen to $35.66, a two month low, on Iraq optimism. More great news.

Christmas in July

The line up of speakers for the Democratic Convention in July started to leak yesterday after the Republicans announced several of their speakers (including John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Gov. Schwarzenegger and Democratic Senator Zell Miller). So far the line up looks like good news for Republicans. The Democrats will open with Bill Clinton again. The strategy is for the presence of Clinton to remind voters of the prosperity of the 1990's. It is amazing that the Democrats keep returning to this man, considering his presence in campaigns in 2000 and 2002 proved to be detrimental to candidates. It will also broadcast to the country what John Kerry's campaign says everyday, that the Democrats have no plan for the future, but are instead looking backwards. But as hard as it may be to believe, Clinton will most likely be the highlight of the parade of speakers. The next night is devoted to TED KENNEDY. His speech will coincide with the 35th anniversary of his little mishap on a bridge. More recently however, Ted Kennedy disgusted most Americans by stating that the torture chambers of Abu Ghraib had simply reopened under new management - US management. Making a direct comparison between the actions of a few US soldiers to the barbaric systematic torture of the former Iraqi regime. Before that he stated that the War in Iraq was cooked up long ago in Texas for strictly political gain. He is a hard core leftist throw back from a bygone era, and the Democrats are planning to make him the centerpiece of their convention. The next night Kerry's running mate (most likely Edwards or Gephardt) will speak and then the closing night Kerry will accept the nomination. No matter who Kerry picks as running mate, his own speech will be upstaged by his running mates.

However, the really good news is that the Democrats are planning to let Al Gore speak. Al Gore who recently spoke of Brownshirts and gulags has been asked to speak because the Democrats apparently think his rages are a sign of a "honed" speaking style:

Donna Brazile, Mr. Gore's campaign manager in 2000, said Mr. Gore should be given a prominent role at the convention precisely because of the fiery oratorical style he had honed in the last couple of years.

"He has not only found his voice,'' Ms. Brazile said, "but he has really gone after the Bush administration in ways I don't think the Kerry campaign can go after Bush administration. They should give Al Gore a key position, a prime time speech, and let him roll."

Michael Feldman, a former aide to Mr. Gore and now a Democratic strategist, said the former vice president's presence at the convention could prove crucial in inspiring Democrats to go to the polls in November.

"Look, he's the embodiment and a reminder of what's at stake in this election, that every vote counts," Mr. Feldman said.

Three officials said Mr. Kerry had a high level of comfort with Mr. Gore. Campaign and party officials said the fact that Mr. Gore would be featured significantly at all was a break from past conventions, which have not normally given much attention to losing candidates of the past. And a senior adviser to Mr. Kerry said the convention planners would show Mr. Gore due respect as the former vice president and the winner of the popular vote in 2000, adding emphatically, "He will speak and he will not get dissed."


Please let him speak in primetime, please.

The lineup is also going to include Teresa Heinz Kerry. The comparison of Mrs. Heinz Kerry to Mrs. Bush will not be kind to Mrs. Heinz Kerry. Mrs. Heinz Kerry seems to straddle the fence on important subjects (like her husband), financially support radical left wing groups, brag about how sexy she thinks she is, and commonly sports a campaign button with a picture of the President, VP, Attorney General and Sec. of Def that says "Asses of Evil". Not behavior most American expect from the First lady.

The line up will undoubtedly include other favorites of the left like Howard Dean and maybe even Al Sharpton. When voters compare the mine up of speakers at the conventions they will be able to see a distinct difference between the two parties, a difference that will favor the Republicans, and is shaping up to be a gift from the Democrats.




Iraqis Celebrate sovereignty on Talk Radio

Talk radio comes to Iraq:

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi voices filled the airwaves of the nation's first independent talk radio station Monday, applauding a surprise move by the U.S.-led coalition to return sovereignty to Iraq (news - web sites) two days early.

The callers clogged Radio Dijla's telephone lines to congratulate interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, urging him to be strong, while warning insurgents against continued violence.


Fantastic. A mere 15 months ago Iraqis had no voice in their country at all. The types of opinions expressed daily on the radio would never have been spoken for fear of imprisonment or worse. Media was entirely controlled by the state, now common Iraqis can broadcast their voice across the country by picking up the phone. It is heartening to see and hear that Iraqis support their new government so strongly.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Prepare For the Spin

A new CBS/New York Times Poll was released today. The headlines are predictably trying to make it sound as though the poll spells doom for the President. It is not until you get into the details of the poll that you realize it is actually bad news for John Kerry.

First, this poll is of 1,053 registered voters, as opposed to likely voters. President Bush has usually fared better in polls of likely voters than polls of registered voters voters. The reasons for that can be debated, but it has generally proven true. The CBS website provided no breakdown by party. The CBS/NY Times Poll has in the past shown a large advantage for Kerry when other polls taken in the same time period have shown the race either tied or Bush with a small lead, which suggests that the poll has been skewed toward Kerry in the past. The Presidents surge in this poll coincides with gains in other polls (the Harris Poll for example) that have proven to be more accurate and have shown the President ahead. It is also important to point out that the results do not include Ralph Nader, whose presence on the ballot would have a marginally detrimental effect on John Kerry.

The headlines tomorrow will surely focus on the fact that this poll has the President's job approval rating at an all time low of 42%, with a favorable rating of only 39%, which is a three percent increase from the last CBS poll. The bad news for Kerry is that despite spending over $50 million in advertising the last three months, and despite the relentless media onslaught of bad news and spin regarding the progress in Iraq and the economy, he has a favorability rating of only 29%, a three point drop from the last poll. There is more bad news for John Kerry. Even though the mainstream media has all but ignored the fantastic economic news of the last nine months, the truth is finally starting to make it through the spin. This month's CBS/NY Times poll found that 30% of those polled said the economy was getting better as opposed to 25% last month, a trend that will no doubt continue based on the fantastic economic news out today. Of all the murky news for John Kerry in this poll, this may be the worst:

As has been the case throughout the campaign, Bush's backers are best described by their fervor for the President, while Kerry's supporters are driven more by their dislike of the opposition than by Kerry himself. 56% of Bush's supporters say they strongly favor Bush, while 32% back him with reservations. Kerry, meanwhile, inspires the strong support of less than one-third of his voters, while 37% are with the Democrat mainly because they dislike George W. Bush.


In other words, President Bush's support is solid, while John Kerry's is not. President Bush has secured his base over the last month with 90% of Republicans planning on voting for the President. As the economy continues to improve and the handover of sovereignty in Iraq complete, look for the number of voters that are currently favoring Kerry only because they dislike the President to dwindle. It is important to note that this poll was taken from June 23-27, before the positive development of the early hand over of sovereignty of Iraq.

The two themes of this election will be the economy and the war on terror, with the focus of that being Iraq. The economy is booming, and all indicators point to that trend continuing. The situation in Iraq is stabilizing and the hand over of sovereignty (the effect of which would not be reflected in this poll) should help ease the anxiety of many Americans. This election will likely to remain tight, and unexpected events (another terrorist attack, the capture of Osama Bin Laden or Zarqawi) between now and election day could change the landscape at the drop of a hat, but if the situation in Iraq even remains the same, and the economy continues to improve, the Presidents prospects in November will be very good.

Remember these numbers when the morning shows and the political pundits try to spin this poll to convince the American people that the President is finished. Most of the time the most important numbers are the ones the press won't tell us.

UPDATE:

It turns out that the CBS New York Times poll was of course weighted to favor Kerry. For this and more analysis of the poll go to RealClearPolitics.

BOOM!

U.S. Companies are set to post 25% higher profits for the April to June quarter compared to the same quarter last year:

Companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> are expected to post a 20.2 percent increase in second-quarter profit over last year's second quarter, according to forecasts by Wall Street analysts, as compiled by Reuters Estimates.

But if overall estimates include the strong "surprise factor" of companies likely to beat Wall Street estimates, based on past performance, profit will show "at least 25 percent" growth, according to Ashwani Kaul, an analyst at Reuters Estimates


This news along with this information reported earlier today is great news for the economy and American workers.

More Comments from Iraq

Alaa at The Mesopotamian expresses his feelings regarding the transfer of sovereignty:

One man of the people is asked by an MBC (An Arab network) reporter what he thinks about the new government. He answers very simply in that spontaneous genuine manner of simple folk: “aren’t these men better than the riffraff who used to govern us?” Truer words have never been said.

This day, this modest ceremony, no elaborate celebrations, no fanfare; yet surely this is a “Mother of Days” for Iraq, and history will remember this day.


He continues:

Hail our true friends, the Great People of the United States of America; The Freedom giving Republic, the nation of Liberators. Never has the world known such a nation, willing to spill the blood of her children and spend the treasure of her land even for the sake of the freedom and well being of erstwhile enemies. The tree of friendship is going to grow and grow and bear fruit as sure as day follows night. And the people deep down at the bottom of their hearts, they appreciate. Make no mistake about that. The people have voted today, the pulse of the street is clear, without any hesitation I would give 90% of all Iraqis are hopeful and supportive of the new government, and this is a tacit indirect yes to the U.S. which has been the prime mover of all these events. This is what the foolish fail to understand. Why is this a different situation from that for example of a Vietnam? The answer is very simple: Because, the U.S. has achieved something very popular around here; which is the removal of the Saddam regime. Those who are really against the U.S. from amongst the Iraqis have been and remain a small minority; all other forms of resentment are simply disappointment and disgruntlement resulting from the discomfiture of the present situation and will simply disappear with progress and gradual improvement.


Be sure to read the whole thing and send Alaa your congratulations.




Indeed




Note passed from National Security Advisor Rice to President Bush upon the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq.

Comments on the Transfer of Sovereignty at Iraq the Model

Mohammed at Iraq the Model has two great posts regarding the sudden transfer of sovereignty in Iraq. Here is an excerpt:

It’s a great day for all the freedom lovers. No doubt is left now that we’re winning while the forces of darkness and evil are losing a key round in this war.
With great delight we received th news. this is the right and important step to build the free Iraq and
It’s a painful strike for terrorism and its allies.
They really missed this surprising and brilliant timing. And I guess they’re deeply shocked right now.
their luck couldn’t help them to scar this glorious day with a crime of theirs

Read the whole thing. Also don’t miss his post ”Warning!! Good news. Hazardous for pessimists, trolls and anti-war!” for more good news you won’t here from the American media.




Media Bias At A New Level

The ruling by the Supreme Court today stated that the United States Government has the right to hold an American citizen but the detainee has a right to argue the merits of his detention in court. The media have attempted to spin this story a couple of different ways. One of the more amazing headlines regarding this story is from Reuters:

U.S. Citizen Can't Be Held in Bush's War on Terror

Bush’s War on Terror? This may be the most blatantly biased headline regarding the war on terror to date. Reuters repeats the line in the first paragraph of the story:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court (news - web sites) ruled on Monday that an American captured overseas in President Bush (news - web sites)'s war on terrorism cannot be held indefinitely in a U.S. military jail without a chance to contest the detention.


That’s right, the war on terror is not a war that was thrust on the American people when 3,000 citizens were killed, it is a creation of President Bush. He created this “war” so that he could use American troops to control Iraqi oil fields, build a pipeline in Afghanistan and gain domestic political support. If you do not believe Reuters then ask Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy, Terry McAuliffe and John Kerry, Al Gore or George Soros.
Reuters has now made clear what many already knew based on their earlier reporting, that they view this war as illegitimate, as “Bush’s War”. The problem is not that the press is so incredibly biased, the problem is that they refuse to admit it.

Bob Dole Brings Reason to Our Progress in Iraq

Bob Dole has written a fantastic article that looks at U.S. progress in Iraq through a lens of reason and sanity:

Meanwhile, in only 15 months in Iraq, the coalition has facilitated the production of more than 150 newspapers, the operation of an effective police force, the reopening of schools with propaganda-free textbooks, the rebuilding of more than 400 villages razed by Hussein, the re-creation and appreciation of a national currency, and the return from Iran and Turkey of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi refugees.

Legions of dedicated American and other soldiers, public servants, businessmen, and nongovernmental workers in Iraq have struggled to complete these tasks and will continue to fulfill their mission in the face of unimaginably difficult obstacles. Terrorists are trying to drive them out by capturing and gruesomely murdering innocent civilians. At the same time, a group of U.S. troops has damaged their collective credibility by beating and ritually humiliating Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. Here at home, critics carp and, intentionally or not, too often suggest that Americans are serving and dying in Iraq in vain. Some suggest that if we had it to do over again, we would not and should not.

Some Democrats even claim that the coalition's failure to discover weapons of mass destruction in Iraq invalidates their earlier explicit support for our intervention. In fact, their own statements at the time show that they supported the war not only because it would eradicate the weapons threat but also because it would end human rights abuses and regime-sponsored terrorism, as well as create conditions for democracy. This isn't just "selective amnesia" in an election year. It's irresponsible hindsight.

Backbiters and back-stabbers are as entitled as anyone to ask questions, but they, like the rest of us, must remain realistic and credible. Today Iraq is poised for increased prosperity and a better political future. Many, if not most, of its people are imbued with hope. Thousands of brave Americans, with the support of most of us here, are slowly but surely turning that hope into reality.


Read it here.

May Sees Largest Consumer Spending Increase in Two Years

From Fox News:

Consumers — the lifeblood of the economy — boosted their spending in May by the largest amount in more than two years, an encouraging sign for the recovery's strength.

The Commerce Department (search) reported Monday that consumer spending rose by a sizable 1 percent, a considerable pickup from the 0.2 percent increase registered in April. The increase in May was the largest since October 2001, when spending rebounded with gusto after being depressed by the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Americans' incomes, meanwhile, went up by a strong 0.6 percent in May for the second straight month. The growth in incomes in the last two months was especially heartening because that powers spending in the future. The income and spending figures are not adjusted for price changes.


Great news for the economy and and American workers. The economy coninues to boom, and the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq has lifted some uncertainty from the markets, and consumer confidence is up.


Read it here.

Financial Times: Evidence Exists that Iraq Did Try to Purchase Yellowcake

The guys at Powerline have posted this story. According to the Financial Times, Iraq did try to buy yellowcake from Niger, and the intelligence for that has existed for years and was corroborated by multiple source. The guys at Powerline think that this story is irrelevant because the administration already apologized for including it in the State of the Union address. However, a pattern has emerged in regards to evidence pertaining to the Iraq War. Many of the claims that were made and initially discounted, (ties to Al-Queda & WMD) are slowly being proven true, and although this information will do little or nothing to justify the war for the throngs of Bush haters, it is just another piece of the puzzle that will shore up the credibility of the Bush administration and the U.S. intelligence services in open minded individuals. The impact will be small, but it will have an impact nonetheless.

Read it here.


NATO Agrees To Train Iraqi Security Forces

President Bush secured Nato's agreement to train Iraqi Security forces. A good news for Iraq and the United States, however NATO still has much to do to prove that the alliance that has held for many years is relevant as it was. William Safire
in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal Editorial staff have some harsh words for our weak willed "allies" in France and Germany, who have under funded their military's to the point that they incapable of sending actual troops to Iraq to help train the security forces.

Despite that, the agreement is a victory for Iraq and a political victory for the United States and Great Britain.



Iraq Becomes Sovereign! - Saddam to Be Indicted Next Week

Today's Good News! An historic day. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, asked that the transfer of power take place two days early to "demonstrate to insurgents and the Iraqi people that the government was capable and ready to assume control of the country".

Read it here.

More Great News. Saddam Hussein will be indicted next week by an Iraqi judge, but will remain in physical control of US forces.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore's latest propaganda film hit the theatre's this weekend and has pulled in an estimated $21 million. The Drudge Report has comments by both Harvey Weinstein and Michael Moore acting astonished that a film that has gotten media attention on the scale of The Passion of the Christ has made money in it's opening weekend. As posted earlier on A Time For Choosing, Terry McCauliffe, the chairman of the Democratic National committee stated that he believed the film after screening it. Other prominent Democrats, like Tom Daschle attended the same screening.

Will the media ask John Kerry if he also believes the premise of the film, that the United States went to war in Afghanistan not to eliminate Al-Queda, but to build non-existent gas pipeline?

At some point the media will ask either President Bush or his press secretary about the movie. The administration should encourage people to see the movie to expose the level at which the Democratic party and their supporters have sunk in an attempt to retake power. The administration should point out the fact that the chairman of the DNC believes the film, that the film is actively supported by Moveon.org, the group directly responsible for millions of dollars of campaign advertising for John Kerry and whose members are handing out flyers at movie theaters (and apparently assaulting people who disagree). If John Kerry does not disavow the movie, then this should be pointed out by the administration as well.

Despite what Michael Moore and the conspiracy crowd (which now apparently includes many in the Democratic Party) may think, the threats to this country are real (more here) and while the Democratic party wallows in the fever swamps of conspiracies and Hitler/Bush comparisons our enemies are plotting more attacks. The administration should use the film to draw a clear distinction between the two parties, one of which can lead this nation through this extremely dangerous time, and the other that cannot even identify the true enemy.





If Everyone Had Only Listened to Me...

As the June 30th hand over of sovereignty in Iraq approaches "experts" are coming out of the wood work to judge the post war operations. An obvious example of this is an article in the LA Times by Francis Fukuyama, a professor at John Hopkins University. Towards the end of the article, Professor Fukuyama makes an obligatory statement that has become a common theme of those who opposed the war in the beginning and are now looking to continue to cast doubt on its outcome:

It's not clear whether we will be able to recover from these mistakes in Iraq. But it is clear that we can do a lot better the next time we need to reconstruct a country.


From the article it seems that the only thing Professor Fukuyama thinks could have guaranteed the United States victory (his definiton of victory anyway) is if the administration had listened to him.




Jack Kelly: Refreshing Voice in the Media Wilderness

Jack Kelly, national security writer for the Post-Gazette and The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, and whose articles are often featured on A Time For Choosing, has written another excellent article that highlights the bias in the reporting on Iraq, and tells the story of a true American hero in Iraq. There is too much to excerpt, read the entire article.









Governor Schwarzenegger to Speak at GOP Convention

Governor Schwarzenegger is slotted to speak during prime time at the GOP convention. John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Democratic Senator Zell Miller and other will also speak.

Read it here.

Please note the tone of the story. Not that anyone should expect anything more of Time magazine, the interesting part is that they no longer try to hide their bias. The article includes a reference to Dick Cheney's "outburst" at Pat Leahy last week. Conveniently Time does not mention the charges of war profiteering made by Leahy that led to the exchange.

John Kerry: Billionaire of the People

The LA Times has a story today that might help explain why Teresa Heinz Kerry is refusing to release all of her tax records. Earlier estimates placed the Kerry's wealth at $500 million dollars. But revised estimates make that look like chump change. It is estimated that the value of their holdings is between $900,000,000 and $3.2 billion dollars, that is billion with a capital B. The estimate is based on public records. If Kerry were to win the election, he would be the wealthiest President to ever serve, far wealthier than even the Kennedys:

The couple would rank as the wealthiest to occupy the White House, far surpassing such storied presidential fortunes as the Kennedys’. Their assets are so vast and far-reaching that they mirror the U.S. economy, and will likely raise questions about conflicts of interest

Read the story here.

United States Puts Pressure on Iran

Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons. The entire world knows this. The mullahs of Iran are attempting to make the world believe that their nuclear program is for civilian use only. Great Britain, France and Germany submitted a resolution to the United Nations that criticized Iran for not cooperating with the IAEA. Today members of the President's cabinet expressed their concern over the situation.

A resolution from the Security Council condemning Iran for not cooperating does not eliminate the threat posed by Iranian nuclear weapons. Iran was included in the axis of evil because of their support for international terror and their attempts to acquire WMD. The world cannot afford to take little or no action against Iran while the United nations deliberates for months trying to decide what to do. If Iran is allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, they will undoubtedly be used as quickly as possible. The threat is too grave and the consequences of inaction too devastating. Time is not on the side of the free world.

Read the administrations statements here.

Fox News has provided a brief timeline of recent events in regards to Irans weapons programs.

Meanwhile in North Korea...

North Korea's state run news agency is demanding that the United States "make a bold decision":

Pyongyang, June 25 (KCNA) -- The United States should drop its unreasonable hostile policy toward the DPRK and withdraw its forces from south Korea at an early date, responding to the just demand of the international community, if it does not want to repeat the miserable defeat it suffered in the 1950s, says Minju Joson in a singed commentary Friday. Recalling that the U.S. 54 years ago hurled one-third of its army, one-fifth of its Air Force and the bulk of its Pacific Fleet into the Korean war and ran the whole gamut of inhuman brutalities such as atrocious massacre and use of germ and chemical weapons against the Korean People, wantonly violating the international law and conventions only to drink a bitter cup of defeat, the commentary goes on:
More than half a century has passed since the gunfire ceased and the Armistice Agreement was signed in Korea. But a durable peace has not been settled on the Korean peninsula and dark clouds of war keep the people in the grip of constant unrest and fear.
The Korean peninsula is left without any legal mechanism to avert the outbreak of another war owing to the hostile policy toward the DPRK and moves to provoke a new war on the part of the U.S. imperialists who systematically scrapped most of the provisions of the Armistice Agreement.
Still more grave is that the U.S. makes no bones about provoking a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula and is pushing ahead with it in a planned manner to seize supremacy over the Asia-Pacific region.
The Bush administration in the first days of its office listed the DPRK as part of the "axis of evil" and designated it as a target of preemptive nuclear attack and has displayed feverish activities to speed up its preparations.
It is entirely thanks to the great Songun politics of the Workers' Party of Korea that peace is preserved on the Korean peninsula under such crucial situation.
It is high time the U.S. made a responsible bold decision.


True propaganda meant to be absorbed by the masses as a means of control.


Joe Lieberman Gets It

Senator Joe Lieberman is one of only a few voices left in the Democratic party that is publicly putting the interests of the United States ahead of the interests of his party. It is becoming more and more difficult to understand how a person that understands this:

What we are fighting for in Iraq and around the world is freedom. What we are fighting against is an Islamic terrorist totalitarian movement that represents as dire a threat to individual liberty as the fascist and communist totalitarian threats we faced and defeated in the last century.


can remain in a party whose chairman says he believes the Michael Moore film that states that we went to war not because of what Senator Lieberman stated, but because the president wanted to profit from oil and gas pipelines. This article is extracted from an excellent speech Senator Lieberman gave a couple of weeks ago.

The War on Terror will remain the most important issue for many years to come. As the rhetoric from the Democrats becomes more shrill, immature and irresponsible, Senator Lieberman may find that his world view is more welcome on the other side of the aisle as a moderate Republican.


Read the article here.

One You May Have Missed

Yesterday the Pittsburgh tribune Review ran an interview with Yossef Bodansky. Mr. Bodansky is a former consultant for both the Defense and State departments and the current director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He was interviewed ahead of the release of his new book, "The Secret History of the Iraq War". In the interview he states the United States and other countries became aware that Saddam Hussein had begun training Al-Queda operatives in the fall of 2002:

Q: In your book you said you felt the U.S. should have gone to war with Iraq and Syria and Iran in 2002, specifically because of Iraq supplying "operational weapons of mass destruction to bin Laden's terrorists." Can you elaborate on that?

A: The Iraqis started to train bin Laden's people with weapons of mass destruction in the fall of 2002, specifically Unit 999 of Iraqi military intelligence, who were doing it in Salman Pak (a military base near Baghdad).

We learned about this first because Israel arrested three Palestinians who were also in Salman Pak and they talked about the training that bin Laden's people were provided with. Then subsequently the Turks captured somebody from that group ... and the French and other Europeans captured some of the trainees. So there's a full circle.

There's a lot of talking, living bodies who confirmed each other's stories, so that provided a casus belli, to my mind. ... Saddam Hussein had crossed the unthinkable threshold -- the one of handing over operational weapons to somebody like bin Laden -- and this is a development the civilized world could not tolerate.


Note that he states that the French also captured someone with the same information. This is the first time this revelation has been made publicly. He also had something to say about Iraq's WMD:

Q: What happened to the weapons?

A: The ones terrorists were given? We don't know. Saddam's weapons? Some were stored in Iraq in bunkers that we don't know where they are, along with a large portion of Saddam's own arsenal. We cannot find tanks and artillery and artillery shells and rocket launchers and rockets and a whole host of other items that we know existed. ... In the case of tanks and others, more than a division of Iraq's Republican Guards moved to Syria during the final phases of the war, just as Baghdad was falling.

Between this and that, we are still missing a lot of weapons. There are weapons of mass destruction buried in Iraq, and there are weapons that have been transferred to Syria. The book describes in great detail the units and facilities in Syria that are holding these weapons today. ...


There's not much to can be added. Mr. Bodansky also describes the Iraq War as "Mission Impossible", blaming much of the difficulty on poor intelligence, although he was for the war. It is interesting to note that although he says "victory" in Iraq is impossible, he thinks we should have gone to war with Iraq, Iran and Syria at the same time. If he believes victory in Iraq is impossible, how could he advocate going to war with all three at the same time. It has to be assumed that his book clarifies his position.

Read the interview here.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Today's Good News

President Bush has secured European Union support to help support the new government in Iraq. Only hours after the announcement from the European Union, Nato announced initial agreement to help train Iraq's armed forces. President Bush will secure the NATO support when he travels to Turkey for the NATO summit.

Read it here.

Let's take a tally. George Bush has now assertained the support of the G8 nations, the entire European Union, NATO and the United Nations in Iraq, including the recent unanimously passed resolution 1546, which supports free elections and reauthorizes the multinational force to help provide security in Iraq. That makes John Kerry's repeated claims that George Bush chose to "go it alone" in Iraq seem more ridiculous than when he was only ignoring the 30 odd countries that were participating in the War. The hand over of sovreignty is four days away, every major international body is participating in the reconstruction of Iraq and the US economy is booming and creating jobs hand over fist. John Kerry's speech writers are no doubt having many sleepless nights.

Aerial Drones to Patrol Border

Unmanned, unarmed aerial drones will patrol a 350 mile stretch of Arizona border in an attempt to control illegal border crossings from Mexico. This is good news and a good first step to shoring up the countries borders.

Read it here.

Hypocrisy That Knows No Bounds

Several months ago the 527 group Moveon.org posted an internet ad on their website that showed an image of President Bush morphing into Adolf Hitler. The ad stayed on the website until the outpouring of disgust forced them to remove it. Moveon.org stated that the posting of the ad on the internet was due to an oversight, and that it should not have been made public. Later, a second ad appeared that again invoked images of Hitler and Bush, again on the moveon.org website. After the two ads made appearances on their website, the group stated that they disavowed them and their message. Since that time the Democratic Party has gone deeper and deeper into the fever swamps of conspiracy and shameful rhetoric. In his last speech Al Gore spoke of "Brownshirts" and in a speech in May referred to "Gulags", a not so veiled comparison of the administration to the Hitler regime. Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee stated that he believed the Michael Moore movie Fahrenheit 9/11 after watching the film. John Kerry, Senator Pat Leahy and Terry McAuliffe have repeatedly implied and stated that we went to war for Halliburton, and that Vice President Cheney is profiting from re-building contracts in Iraq, insinuating that the President and Vice President took the nation to war not because Saddam Hussein was a threat, but to make a profit. George Soros, billionaire donor to the Democratic Party made a direct comparison between President Bush and the Nazis when he said:

"When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans. It conjures up memories of Nazi slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit ('The enemy is listening')."


Michael Moore, whose movie the chairman of the DNC said he believes, added to the Nazi/Bush comparison last fall when he stated:

"The Patriot Act is the first step. 'Mein Kampf' - 'Mein Kampf' was written long before Hitler came to power."


Recently, federal judge and John Kerry supporter Guido Calabresi was forced to apologize after making a direct comparison between George Bush and Adolf Hitler. This has become the standard of debate for the Democratic Party.

As a response to these attacks, the Bush campaign released a new internet ad on georgewbush.com called "Coalition of the Wild-eyed" that compiles footage of leading Democrats in full rage. The ad includes segments of the two moveon.org ads showing Bush morphing into Hitler. Upon its release, Mary Beth Cahill, John Kerry's campaign manager, sent this email to Kerry supporters:


Dear [Name Withheld],

Yesterday, the Bush-Cheney campaign, losing any last sense of decency, placed a disgusting ad called "The Faces of John Kerry's Democratic Party" as the main feature on its website. Bizarrely, and without explanation, the ad places Adolf Hitler among those faces.

The Bush-Cheney campaign must pull this ad off of its website. The use of Adolf Hitler by any campaign, politician or party is simply wrong.

We sent you a fundraising plea earlier this morning. But when this came up, we decided it was important to show you just what we're up against: a presidential campaign that is willing to do or say absolutely anything to win. You're our only line of defense against these underhanded tactics. Please contribute today:

https://contribute.johnkerry.com

If he were a real leader, George Bush would be talking about his first-term accomplishments -- and his second-term vision for America. But he has cast aside that opportunity because he has nothing to offer except a string of broken promises and a steady stream of fear and deception.

John Kerry is talking to this country about his optimistic vision for a stronger America. By contributing, you're giving him the resources to get that vision to millions more Americans every week. Help keep up the incredible momentum of this campaign by making a donation today:

https://contribute.johnkerry.com

Thank you,

Mary Beth Cahill
Campaign Manager

P.S. It's hard to believe that the Bush campaign would use images of Adolf Hitler. See it for yourself: http://www.georgewbush.com.


It is hard to imagine how this email could be more misleading or hypocritical.. Note she states that the images of Adolf Hitler appear "without explanation", never acknowledging that those images earned their place in the ad because were used in attack ads against the President. It is not possible to separate the Kerry campaign from Moveon.org. Moveon.org is responsible for running tens of millions of dollars worth of advertising for John Kerry and in fact John Kerry hired Zack Exley - the man responsible for encouraging the production of these ads as part of a MoveOn contest - to run the Kerry campaign's internet operation. The hypocrisy and dishonesty of the Kerry campaigns position on the new Bush campaign ad is mind blowing. The AP has picked up this story with a deceptive headline of their own, "Hitler Image Used in Bush Campaign Web Ad", and the author of the piece, Jennifer C. Kerr, does her best to soften the impact of the fact that the Hitler images were taken from a moveon.org ad campaign:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Adolf Hitler's image has surfaced again in the White House race. President Bush's campaign is featuring online video of the Nazi dictator, taken down months ago from a liberal group's Web site and disavowed, in a spot that intersperses clips of speeches by Democrats John Kerry, Al Gore and Howard Dean.


Of course a casual reader browsing headlines would be given the impression that it was the Bush administration that had compared a Democrat to Hitler, not the other way around. Members of the Democratic Party and the largest donors to John Kerry's campaign have either made, or supported the people who have made, direct comparisons between President Bush and Adolf Hitler/Nazis. The Kerry campaign is now complaining that the Bush campaign is focusing attention on the fact that the Democratic Party is now run by what used to be the radical fringe of the party. Mary Beth Cahill called the ad "disgusting", and the Bush campaign agrees.

It is disgusting. The fact that the Democratic Party, including the former Vice President so casually compare an American administration to the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler is a stain on the politics of our country, and it proves that the Democrats are incapable of seeing or understanding the nature of evil.

Friday, June 25, 2004

A Note To Readers

Many of you emailed to tell me that links for many posts were broken. There was a code problem that has now been fixed. Thank you for the alert.

Democratic Senator to Speak at GOP Convention

Senator Zell Miller will speak at the GOP convention.






On the Nuclear Front

There have been many conflicting stories released in the media regarding the six party talks in North Korea. The stories range from North Korea threatening to test a nuclear weapon, to North Korea offering to freeze their nuclear program. The North Korea Daily has multiple statements on the meeting. The official news agency of North Korea has released this cryptic and (bizarre) statement:

Foreign Ministry Spokesman on U.S. "Arms Reduction"

Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Thursday as regards the U.S. recent decision to scale down the U.S. forces in south Korea: The U.S. made public its plan to cut down part of its troops stationed in south Korea but is massively shipping latest weapons and war means into south Korea under the "arms buildup plan" that calls for spending 11 billion dollars.
U.S. Heavyweights are now claiming that this measure will have no impact on the U.S. capability to cope with the emergency on the Korean peninsula, saying that means capability is more important than the numerical strength.
As a matter of fact, the U.S. plans to transfer and deploy modern war means it had tested in the Afghan and Iraqi wars in and around south Korea in the near future in the wake of its deployment of latest type PAC missiles and reconnaissance planes in south Korea for an actual war.
This clearly proves that the "arms reduction measure" does not mean any switchover in the U.S. Korea policy but is aimed at retaining a "qualitative edge" to stifle the DPRK by force.
Now that there is no change in the U.S. policy to stifle the DPRK by force, the latter is left with no option but to strengthen the measures to cope with the U.S. "qualitative edge."
The world public is taking note of the fact that the measure was taken according to the U.S. unilateral decision with neither prior discussion nor notification to the UN.
The U.S. has claimed for the past more than 50 years that the U.S. forces in south Korea are the "UN forces." The recent measure unilaterally taken by the U.S. in utter disregard of the UN is little short of admitting themselves that the U.S. forces are occupation forces, not the "UN forces."
Now that practical measures are taken by the military authorities between the north and the south to remove the root cause of mistrust and confrontation, the U.S. is left with no justification to keep its forces in south Korea any longer. If the U.S. truly hopes peace and detente on the Korean peninsula, it should completely withdraw its troops from south Korea, far from deceiving the world public opinion with talk about so-called "arms reduction."


Russia has apparently reaffirmed its position of “neutral negotiator” by stating that North Korea has a right to a civilian nuclear program.

North Korea has an active nuclear program and is willing to sell the components to the highest bidder. Whether or not it threatened to test a nuclear weapon, it is a serious situation. And again, while this is happening the Democrats are wallowing in conspiracy theories.

At the same time, Iran, who has been less than cooperative with the IAEA is threatening to continue building components necessary to construct a nuclear weapon. The threat from Iran will have to be dealt with very soon, as the prospect of the Mullah’s being armed with nuclear weapons is unacceptable. It will require a joint effort with other countries and the support of the American people to neutralize this threat. That support would be much easier to garner if one of the two major parties in this country wasn’t actively supporting conspiracy theories that have the potential of undermining the war on terror.

There are major battles still to come in the war on terror, and the American people have to have the will to fight and win them.

Today's Must Read

Victor Davis hanson provides a summary of the first three years of the War on Terror. Read it and pass it on.

Today’s Good News

Fantastic news actually. A film festival aimed at countering the ridiculous assertions of Michael Moore is in the works. Support this however you can.

Clinton Administration the First to Link Al-Queda and Iraq

If anyone out there still believes that the Bush Administration made up a link between Al-Queda and Iraq as an excuse to go to war so that Dick Cheney could profit from re-building contracts, they need to explain how this fits into their grand conspiracy theory. After they explain that, they need to explain this.

Al Gore explains it all away by calling Republicans Nazi’s and Brownshirts. The chairman of the Democratic Party and leading Democrats explains it away by saying the United States went to war to build a pipeline. John Kerry explains it away by saying we went to war for Halliburton. Senator Leahy explains it away by saying that Vice President Cheney is profiting from contracts in Iraq. And the New York Times explains it all away by saying that the information doesn’t matter because it is old.

Meanwhile, the terrorists explain the cooperation between fundamentalists terror groups and a secular government by stating they want to take over the world. While the Democrats wallow in conspiracy, the terrorists plot to kill us, and the Bush Administration fights on.



Read This Article

The Best Anti-terror Force, from the Washinton Post, and as a follow up, read this article written by Brad Todd days after September 11th.

Thanks to Instapundit for bringing this article to the attention of the public again.

Iraqi Survey Group: Terrorist Seek Iraqi WMD Scientists

In an interview with Fox News Charles Duelfer, current head of the ISG disclosed findings from Iraq regarding WMD:

In an exclusive interview with FOX News’ Brit Hume, Charles Duelfer — whose ISG is leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction — said terrorists in Iraq are “trying to tap into the Iraqi WMD intellectual capital.”

“When we have investigated certain labs and contacted certain former experts in the WMD program, we have found that they are being recruited by anti-coalition groups,” Duelfer told FOX News. “They are being paid by anti-coalition groups. We’re seeing interest in developing chemical munitions.”

The same process seems to be happening in Afghanistan, he said.

He also told Fox News that about 10 or 12 sarin and mustard gas shells have been found in various locations in Iraq.


No one in the media has picked up on this except the New York Post

The Bush Administration is fighting this battle, while their opponents are fighting the Bush administration (See previous Post).

Question: How many shells filled with deadly Sarin gas will have to be found before 1) the press reports it 2)Democrats will stop calling George Bush a liar?

Terry McAuliffe, Chairman of The DNC, Believes Michael Moore Film

Does the average American realize how dangerous this is?. The chairman of the Democratic national Committee, as reported by Byron York in National Review:

McAuliffe and a number of other prominent Democrats attended a screening of Moore's new documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, at the Uptown Theatre in Washington Wednesday night. McAuliffe called the film "very powerful, much more powerful than I thought it would be." When asked by National Review Online if he believed moor's account of the war in Afghanistan, McAuliffe said, " I believe it after seeing that." The DNC chairman added that he had not heard of the idea before seeing the movie, but said he would "check it out myself and look at it, but there are a lot of interesting facts that he [Moore] brought out today that none of us knew about."

A short time later, McAuliffe was asked by CNN, "Do you think the movie was essentially fair and factually based?" "I do," McAuliffe said. "I think anyone who goes to see this movie will come out en masse and vote for John Kerry. Clearly the movie makes it clear that George Bush is not fit to be president of this country."


The irresponsibility of the movie goes without saying, and the fact that prominent members of the Democratic party attended this movie is inexcusable. The fact that head of the Democratic National Committee is willing to say that he believes what he saw is dangerous. The Democratic party is now actively engaged in trying to undermine the war by destroying support for the war at home. It is obvious that Terry McAuliffe is making his statements in order to bring down the President. He most likely does not consider what he said to be undermining the war, but is this what the Democratic party has come to? Supporting a film hatched in the fever swamps of conspiracy on the far left wing fringe of the most rabid anti-war, anti-US, anti-capitalist factions in this country? Where are the responsible Democrats!? How can any responsible Democrat stay silent while their party spirals publicly into black helicopter theories about non-existent pipelines? This country is at war with people who want to do us mass harm. They killed 3,000 people on September 11th, if they could have killed every American they would have. Does Terry McAuliffe believe that was part of a conspiracy to allow us to go into Afghanistan? Does John Kerry believe that? This comes on a day when the head of the Iraqi Survey Group, the team in Iraq searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction, reports that al least a dozen Sarin shells have been found and that the terrorists are actively seeking to use the chemical weapons material in Iraq and the intellectual property of Iraqi scientists to build more weapons. Is this revelation part of some grand conspiracy? The Democratic party has now gone off the edge. They are willing to bet the credibility of the entire party on a propaganda attack film. The Democratic Party of our fathers and grandfathers no longer exists. It has been replaced by a fringe group from the far left. This party is bankrolled by groups like moveon.org and people like George Soros. It no longer participates in politics, but uses a film like Fahrenheit 9/11 to sway peoples opinion by feeding on their emotions. This is what is at stake in this election. One party is intent on fighting the war that was declared on the United States many years ago, and came to a head on September 11th. The other party is investing its capital and resources in supporting a film that says none of that is true and the real enemy is in the white house. The film will have one of two effects. Either it will do as Terry McAulife says and drive naive voters to John Kerry, or it will galvanize the nation behind George Bush, as voters come to realize that the Democratic party is not capable of leading the country through the current war. This is a war for the survival of civilization as we know it. Our enemies are actively seeking, and are close to getting nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. We can be sure that as soon as they do they will use them to kill as many Americans as possible, and they will not distinguish between those who have seen the Michael Moore film and those who have not.


Thursday, June 24, 2004

The Real Michael Moore

With the opening of the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 tomorrow, John Hawkins at Right Wing News has compiled a list of Michael moore quotes from his interviews, speeches and books. Here are a few of the highlights:

"There is no terrorist threat in this country. This is a lie. This is the biggest lie we've been told." -- Michael Moore, October 2003

"The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win."

"(Americans) are possibly the dumbest people on the planet ... in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pr*cks. We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.”

"DO YOU FEEL like you live in a nation of idiots? I used to console myself about the state of stupidity in this country by repeating this to myself: Even if there are two hundred million stone-cold idiots in this country, that leaves at least eighty million who will get what I'm saying..." -- P. 85 of "Stupid White Men"

"You know in my town the small businesses that everyone wanted to protect? They were the people that supported all the right-wing groups. They were the Republicans in the town, they were in the Kiwanas, the Chamber of Commerce - people that kept the town all white. The small hardware salesman, the small clothing store salespersons, Jesse the Barber who signed his name three different times on three different petitions to recall me from the school board. F*ck all these small businesses - f*ck 'em all! Bring in the chains. The small businesspeople are the rednecks that run the town and suppress the people. F*ck 'em all. That's how I feel."

"I think (Bin Laden is under the protective watch of) the United States, I think our government knows where he is and I don't think we're going to be capturing him or killing him any time soon." -- Michael Moore in an interview with Bob Costas


This is the man that is the toast of Hollywood and the Democratic party (those in attendance included Richard Ben Veniste, 911 commissioner; Terry McAuliffe, Tom Daschle, Barbara Boxer, Henry Waxman, Charles Rangel, Tom Harkin and Jim McDermott representing the Democratic Party; and from media Judy Woodruff, Bill Schneider, Al Hunt, Paul Begala all of CNN.

Michael Moore truly is a mainstream Democrat.


A John Kerry National Defense Refresher

A quick look back at the weapons John Kerry voted against:

Sen. Kerry Voted Against B-1 Bomber. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against B-2 Stealth Bomber. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against F-14. (H. R. 5803, CQ Vote #319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against F-15. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against F-16. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against AV-8B Harrier Vertical Takeoff And Landing Jet Fighters. (H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34, 11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against AH-64 Apache Helicopters. (H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34, 11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against Patriot Missiles. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against Aegis Air Defense Cruiser. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against Trident Missile System For U.S. Submarines. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against M-1 Abrams Tanks. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against Bradley Fighting Vehicle. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

 Sen. Kerry Voted Against Tomahawk Cruise Missile. (S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed 79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay)

Lest we forget...

Source: GOP.com

Al Gore Gets Scarier

Al Gore gave another speech today, and he seemed to creep closer to the edge of insanity. In his past few speeches Al Gore has screamed most of the speech. Today he took a different tact. Instead of screaming he used voice and tone very reminiscent of the Norman Bates character from Psycho. This is not the first time Mr. Gore has publicly changed personalities. In the presidential debates of 2000 a different Al Gore appeared every time. There was the tough guy, the soft talker and the normal stiff as a board Al Gore.

The tone of the speech today really is the news, as the content of the speech is the same “Bush Lied” mantra that Democrats have been spewing about Iraq since the day they stopped publicly making the case for war based on Saddam’s weapons and ties to terrorism. As a matter of fact the Republican National Committee responded to the speech by distributing a quote from Al Gore regarding Iraq from 1992:

"Al Gore's history of denial of the threat of terrorism is no less dangerous today in his role as John Kerry's surrogate than it was in the 1990s in his role as Vice President, a time when Osama Bin Laden was declaring war on the United States five different times," said RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke.

Other Gore statements on Iraq and terrorism from the RNC:

IN 1992, AL GORE ATTACKED PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH FOR IGNORING IRAQ'S TIES TO TERRORISM. SEN. AL GORE: “[W]hen George Bush took office, he should have reevaluated what our relationship was with Iraq ...” CNN’S LARRY KING: “Well ...” GORE: “Let me finish, just briefly. Instead, he stepped up the foreign aid to Iraq, and he looked the other way when there were repeated incidents of terrorism in which Iraq had a part, terrorists operating openly in Baghdad, and repeated warnings from our national security people telling the Bush administration that Saddam was on a crash program to develop nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, and other weapons of mass destruction. And he overruled a lot of his advisers and extended another billion dollars of foreign aid, and the U.S. taxpayers are right now having to bail out Saddam Hussein for almost $2 billion. Just like the savings and loan bailout, now it’s the Saddam Hussein bailout, and it shouldn’t have taken place.” (CNN’s “Larry King Live,” 10/5/92)
IN 1992, GORE SAID BUSH ADMINISTRATION WAS “CODDLING” SADDAM AND IGNORING HIS PURSUIT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. “Democratic vice presidential nominee Al Gore Tuesday attacked what the Bush campaign views as its strongest asset, as he charged the president caused the gulf war by ‘coddling’ Saddam Hussein. … He said recent evidence - including published reports and documents from congressional hearings - contradicts Bush’s assertions he did nothing to enhance Saddam’s development of weapons of mass destruction before Saddam invaded Kuwait. Gore said both the Reagan and Bush administrations received regular intelligence ‘warnings’ that Saddam was aiding terrorists and was bent on building such weapons.” (Sam Vincent Meddis, “Gore Assails Bush On Iraq Policy,” USA Today, 9/30/92)
Refer to Powerline for their commentary.

Read the text of Gores speech here.

Principal Defends President Bush

The principal of the school in Sarasota, Florida where President Bush was visiting when the events of September 11th attacks unfolded, has come out to publicly defend the Presidents action at the school that day against the ridiculous assertions made by Michael Moore:

Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" criticizes President Bush for listening to Sarasota second-graders read a story for nearly seven minutes after learning the nation was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
But Gwendolyn Tose'-Rigell, the principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, says Bush handled himself properly.
"I don't think anyone could have handled it better," Tose'-Rigell told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in a story published Wednesday. "What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"


The fact that the President’s reaction at the time is a topic among the left points to their desperation. The article continues:

"The president bit his lip and clenched his jaw," she said. "I didn't know what happened, whether it was something with his wife or children or something with the nation. I remember praying that God would watch over our school and protect our children."
She said the video doesn't convey all that was going on in the classroom, but Bush's presence had a calming effect and "helped us get through a very difficult day."
Tose'-Rigell said she plans to publish her account of the morning of Sept. 11 from pages she wrote in her journal following the attack. The principal said she didn't vote for Bush. "But that day I would have voted for him."


The fact there could have been no reaction by the president that would satisfied the left. Why does the left focus on those few minutes? Why, of all the events that happened that day and have happened since do people like Michael Moore concentrate on that moment? Because in the video from that school they believe they can find the proof that their black helicopter view of the world is correct. They are sure that somewhere on George Bush’s face they can find the proof of their theories. The fact that Michael Moore produced such a film is not worrisome. The fact that Democrats and the left in this country are willing to endorse the film and bring it into the mainstream of their party is worrisome.


Today’s Good News

Iraq now has 20 functioning universities, along with scores of technical schools and colleges. The curriculum is no longer set by the central government, but by the school itself.


Read it here.

Hugh Hewitt Explores the Fever Swamp of the Left and John Kerry’s Slow Crawl Into It

Fever Swamps

New Home Sales Hit Record High

John Kerry has tried to say that he is not a pessimist, he is an optimist because he knows America can do better. Well actually, in at least one measure the economy has never done better. New home sales surged to a record high for the month of May with a jump of 14.8%, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.369 million units. This is despite gradually rising interest rates.

New Home Sales

The Misery Tour Continues

John Kerry's attitude gets more miserable every day. He left Washington in a tizzy, because the rest of the Senate did not rearrange it’s schedule around him. He flew to Washington to make a rare appearance in the Senate to vote on veteran’s benefits, but left before the vote to resume campaigning. In typical Kerry fashion, he blamed the rest of the Senate for his failure to vote:

''These people are so petty, so sad, so political, all they could do was spend the whole day finding a way not to let John Kerry vote," the presumptive Democratic nominee told the annual convention of the Service Employees International Union

Kerry apparently thought that debate on the subject would be set around his campaign schedule. How much can he really care about veteran’s benefits if he is not willing to leave his campaign for more than a few hours to cast a vote?

Kerry went on to attack Ronald Reagan:

''I was part of that effort in the 1990s that had the courage to do what Ronald Reagan, for all his rhetoric -- and God rest his soul, we loved him for his strength in many things -- but I don't recall vetoes of major appropriations bills. I recall a lot of talk about deficits; I don't recall balancing the budget. I recall deficits getting larger."


Kerry had tried after the death of the former President to paint himself as the “heir” to the Reagan legacy. That was an impossible task given his career in the senate. Seeing that tactic had no hope of working, he has now resorted back to the liberal mainstay of attacking his legacy.

Note how the article tries to portray Americans as increasingly dissatisfied with the way the country is headed. They never cite an actual poll, just references to unspecified polling data.

As the economy continues to boom and sovereignty is handed over in Iraq, Kerry and his surrogates in the media will use more desperate measures and rhetoric to try to convince voters they are miserable. It is more than appropriate for the Bush Administration to label the Kerry campaign the “Misery Tour”.

Read the article here.

Meanwhile in North Korea...

North Korea Accuses James Baker of "mean malarkey":

U.S. Diplomat's Mean Malarkey under Fire
Pyongyang, June 23 (KCNA) -- U.S. Ambassador to Japan Baker at a recent meeting in Tokyo talked rubbish about the "nuclear ambition" of the DPRK. He asserted that the time has come for north Korea to show reaction, etc. Rodong Sinmun Wednesday in a signed commentary dismisses this as a mean malarkey that can be made only by a man bereft of an elementary qualification and ability as a diplomat.
Referring to the fact that the U.S. has persistently urged the DPRK, a victim, to scrap its nuclear program first, the commentary goes on:
The U.S. has escalated its moves to stifle the DPRK as evidenced by its increased diplomatic and military pressure and economic sanctions and blockade behind the deceptive scene of "dialogue". This eloquently proves that the "negotiated peaceful solution to the nuclear issue" much touted by the U.S. is nothing but a trick to fool the DPRK and gain time and that the U.S. seeks only a sinister aim to totally disarm the DPRK and swallow it up with ease.
As far as patience and the issue of reaction are concerned, it is the DPRK that wants to hear from the U.S. about those things. Given the present situation, it is high time that the U.S. showed a positive response.
No positive results can be expected from the third round of the six-party talks if the U.S. again raises its old brigandish demand at the talks that will start today.
Even if the U.S. wastes time, insisting on its assertion that the DPRK must scrap its nuclear program first, it will do the DPRK nothing bad. That will only offer it more time to increase its physical deterrent force.
Explicitly speaking, the DPRK will steadily strengthen its retaliatory measures unless the U.S. immediately stops demanding the DPRK accept CVID.
That is not bad for the DPRK.


Actually it may be very bad for the DPRK. It is interesting that North Korea acknowledges that the talks are allowing it more time to increase it's "physical deterrent force"

At the same time, North Korea is opening the wee of Iran/Korea friendship:

Week of Iran-Korea Friendship Opens
Pyongyang, June 23 (KCNA) -- An opening ceremony of a week of Iran-Korea friendship was held at the Azadi Cultural Centre on June 14 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il's start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, the 4th anniversary of the publication of the north-south joint declaration and the 15th anniversary of Korean visit by Seyed Ali Khamenei, leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Hanging on the background of the hall of the opening ceremony was a photograph of President Kim Il Sung and Seyed Ali Khamenei responding to the cheers of the crowd, raising tightly grasped hands.
Vice-Chairman of the Organization of Culture and Islamic Relations of Iran in his speech said he was recollecting in the friendship week the active support rendered by President Kim Il Sung to the righteous cause of the Iranian people. He expressed the belief that the functions of the week would prove successful and the cultural relations between the two countries would expand in scope.
Then a Korean film on Seyed Ali Khamenei's visit to the DPRK was screened.
The participants in the opening ceremony went round the Korean books and photos exhibition hall.

These countries truly belong together in the "Axis of Evil".

Rex Reed: Kool Aid Drinker

Lileks has a few comments on Rex Reed's bile filled review of Faraheit 9/11.


Coordinated Attacks in Iraq

Terrorists launched coordinated attacks in Thursday, detonating several car bombs and attacking several Iraqi Police stations. 70 people were killed in the attacks and threee US soldiers were killed in fighting.

Read it here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Blogging Gives Voice To Iranians

An excellent article about Iranian bloggers, sure to be an endangered species...

Iranian Bloggers

John Kerry Declares Health Insurance a "Right"

In a new television ad entitled Country, airing in several swing states, John Kerry declares health insurance a "right". This is not surprising given his plan for socializing health care in this country. Here are the highlights of KerryCare:

Saving workers up to $1,000 with premium relief. John Kerry’s plan will provide relief for employers who do the right thing by offering their employees quality health care coverage with choices. His plan will help make health care more affordable for all employers and employees by helping out with certain high cost health cases – providing approximately 10 percent in annual savings.
Allowing Americans to buy into the same health plan available to members of Congress. John Kerry’s plan will allow Americans to access the same range of affordable health care plans that members of Congress get today. This plan will give Americans more choices for high-quality affordable health care – providing better coverage at lower prices than is generally available for people who do not have access to high-quality employer-sponsored insurance today.
Providing tax credits to make health insurance more affordable. John Kerry’s plan will provide tax credits to make health insurance more affordable for people and small businesses buying into the new Congressional Health Plan. These tax credits total $177 billion over ten years – more than twice as generous as the health care tax credits proposed by Bush. Kerry’s tax credits include:
A 25 percent tax credit for people ages 55 to 64 whose salaries fall below 300 percent of poverty.
A 75 percent tax credit for people between jobs and below 300 percent of poverty.
A tax credit of up to 50 percent for small businesses that cover low and moderate-income workers.
A tax credit for workers not eligible for other provisions of the Kerry plan, which would limit premiums to less than 6 percent of income for workers below poverty and then phase out to 12 percent of income for workers at 300 percent of poverty.
Expanding state-based programs to insure all children and millions of adults. The Kerry plan will pick up the full cost of more than 20 million children enrolled in Medicaid. In exchange, states would have to expand eligibility for children’s coverage to 300 percent of poverty, as well as expand coverage for families up to 200 percent of poverty and for adults up to 100 percent of poverty.
Cutting waste and costs. In addition, John Kerry’s plan will improve the health care system by making prescription drugs more affordable through reimportation and other measures; cutting administrative costs and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse; enhancing disease management efforts; and making malpractice insurance more affordable. All of these measures will improve health outcomes while reducing health care costs.


His plan amounts to the government controlling the entire health care system. He also never states how he plans to pay for this system. When he emerges from the hole in which he hopes to hide until election day, and is asked about paying for all his proposals, he states he will raise taxes on the wealthy. Tax and spend. At least he hasn't flip flopped on that.


Door to Door Felons

Groups vital to the Kerry campaigns efforts in swing states such as Missouri have hired convicted felons to conduct door to door voter registration drives. Some of the felons are convicted sex offenders, some were picked up in half way houses:

America Coming Together, contending that convicted criminals deserve a second chance in society, employs felons as voter canvassers in major metropolitan areas in Missouri, Florida, Ohio and perhaps in other states among the 17 it is targeting in its drive. Some lived in halfway houses, and at least four returned to prison.

ACT canvassers ask residents which issues are important to them and, if they are not registered, sign them up as voters. They gather telephone numbers and other personal information, such as driver's license numbers or partial Social Security numbers, depending on what a state requires for voter registration.


This is only the first disturbing fact that emerges from this story. It appears that the democratic party is also using this group to skirt the campaign finance laws passed last year:

Although it works against the re-election of President Bush, ACT is an independent group not affiliated with Kerry's campaign - federal law forbids such coordination. Yet ACT is stocked with veteran Democratic political operatives, many with past ties to Kerry and his advisers.

Allison Dobson, a spokeswoman with the Kerry campaign, said there is no coordination with ACT, and of the policy: "We're unaware of it and have nothing to do with it."


The Kerry campaign denies coordination with an "independent" group stocked with senior Democratic operatives many of whom have past ties with Kerry himself? What a joke. The fact of the matter is that there is no length to which the Democrats won't go to get Bush out of office. They are willing to support a movie that accuses the President of knowing of the attacks on September 11th in advance, accuse the Vice President of profiting from Halliburton contracts in Iraq (plus the countless other ridiculous accusations in that speech)and accuse the Bush Administration of going to war in Iraq not because there was a threat, but simply because they wanted to.

So felons hired to go door to door to collect personal information from unsuspecting people in order to get Kerry elected, why should anyone be surprised. The Democratic Party has derailed. The scary part is that outlandish claims and black helicopter theories have become such an integral part of the party that few people notice how over the top they have become. The United states needs two strong parties, both of which put the interests of the country before the interests of the party. The Democratic party used to be such a party, now though, the pathological hatred of President Bush has driven them far out of the mainstream. The only question is whether they will be able to convince enough Americans to go along for the ride to get John Kerry elected.








Iraqi Prime Minister Dismisses Threat From Zarqawi

The current Iraqi Prime Minister says the threats are expected and vowed to hunt down Zarqawi...


Read it here.

More Hatred From The Left

Rex Reed has reviewed Michael Moore's film Faranheit 9/11 for the New York Observer and the review has to be read to be believed.

Please note how he manages to squeeze in an insult of Americans who do not live in Manhattan (Punkin Crick).



Top Dems to Screen Anti-Bush Screed

Disgusting. The fact that Democrats are willing to acknowledge this conspiracy filled movie is a statement on the current state of the party.

Read it here.

USA Today to Kerry: Enough Already

The USA Today has had enough of the distortions and gloominess John Kerry is preaching regarding the economy. As he continues his gloom and doom tour, he consistently ignores the fantastic news about the economy in an effort to try to convince voters they are miserable. One would expect that a person who has based his entire presidential campaign on bad mouthing the current administrations economic policies would be touting fantastic new ideas. Not true, as the USA today points out:
What's more, Kerry has not offered answers for all of the problems he cites. While he would steer more federal money into health care and college education by eliminating part of the tax cut Bush pushed through two years ago, he has no realistic plan for tamping down gas prices, boosting wages or preventing companies from laying off workers. In fact, presidents have little control over short-term economic trends.
Of course with the economy booming, there is little Kerry can say. If he acknowledges that the economy is good, why would anyone choose to vote out President Bush? The USA Today continues:
By talking down the economy, Kerry may hope to pick up votes in economically struggling states where the November election may be decided. But in doing so, he risks sounding out of touch with millions of Americans who see signs of an improving economy — and want a president with a sunnier outlook. The recent death of former president Ronald Reagan recalls just how powerful an optimistic message can be.
Exaggerating the nation's economic misery is not wise policy or politics. The nation is looking for an upbeat problem-solver, not a gloomy naysayer.

This is exactly what President Bush and VP Cheney mean when they say pessimism never created a job.

Read the article here.

Zarqawi Vows To Assassinate the New Iraqi PM

As June 30th approaches, Zarqawi and associates are growing more and more desperate. Zarqawi has not threatened to assassinate the new Prime Minister of Iraq. The Prime Minister of Iraq represents the hope of freedom for thee Iraqi people and that is what terrorists and terror regimes fear. If the only goal of the terrorists was to defeat the United States and drive us Arabic soil, why would they want to assassinate the Prime Minister of Iraq? They realize that the seed of freedom in Iraq is their true enemy, the major obstacle between them and their goal of enforcing Islamic law across the entire Middle East and eventually the world. This seed could not and would not have been planted without the War in Iraq. Thank God we have an administration determined to do what is right despite the international condemnation they received, and despite the relentless attacks from the “opposition party” in the United States. We should be thankful as well for the brave Iraqi’s that have stood up to lead their country towards freedom in the face of threats such as that issued by Zarqawi.

Assassination Threat