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Saturday, October 30, 2004
My cat Ichabod.
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And a fabulous (x-rated) “moon” !
ACE IS THE PLACE
ACE has a couple of interesting pieces today. He seemed to be posting even while I lingered there, so check out the rest of his site as well.
8 The Bay of Iraq
I guess it's not enough that American has to relive the Vietnam War (JFK was the first president to send "advisors" there, as I recall) because it's Kerry's justification for being qualified to be President. We must now relive a sad day in the history of American support for democracy. What's next? A reference to the failed Iran hostage rescue under Carter (also with no backup plan)? This man is DEPRESSING!
I wonder if he'll be able to admit defeat to the American people early Wednesday.
8 Nature's ghillie suit
See if you can spot the guy. ACE had to tell me, yet I still have to look hard.
NOT JUST FOR HUNTERS
Now, if only that Saturday night date would take the hint. I've spent quite a bit of time trying to hunt down Bretl's website but couldn't find it. So, I linked Gum-o-Flage to an online store.
Having deer hunting troubles? It could be your breath
What goes in your mouth, tastes like pine trees and helps mask human-smelling breath?
The answer: Gum-o-Flage.
Hunters already can use special soap, shampoo and clothing detergent to eliminate human smell. Some even pay $300 for scent-control coveralls or rub themselves with horse manure.
Now, for $4.99, hunters can get 12 olive green, Chiclet-style tablets in a blister pack.
But Bretl said he has sold about 25,000 packs since August, and he got a boost when Deer & Deer Hunting put Gum-o-Flage on the cover of a special equipment issue as one of its "top picks for 2004."
He said Gum-o-Flage is in at least 250 independent hunting stores across the country and about 25 Gander Mountain outlets. He also sends the gum directly to customers from his Web site.
AN INSIDER’S PERSPECTIVE
The Missing Munitions
Commentary by Rick Leventhal for FOX
I don't know who is to blame for the materials not being safeguarded or destroyed at that location, or if they were actually still there when U.S. troops arrived on scene last April, but I do know this: a trip across that country revealed one huge weapons depot after another. There were more missiles, mortars, guns, grenades, and ammo in Iraq than you could ever possibly imagine. The stuff was everywhere: in schools, hospitals, mosques, bunkers, abandoned buildings, holes in the ground, and homes under construction. Locating, disabling, and destroying the stuff was a priority for the Marines we were with, but the task was ridiculously challenging.
Mostly, it was the sheer volume of munitions that created a constant challenge, forcing difficult choices to be made on a daily basis. There were so many of these weapons caches in so many places that it appeared nearly impossible to handle them all. If there was no other duty except to locate, secure, disable, or destroy the stuff, then perhaps the Marines and other forces could've done it. But new piles were being reported and located constantly, even as authorities were trying to figure out what to do with the stuff they'd already collected. Much of it was stored by Saddam's forces in heavily populated areas, which created even greater problems. For example, the Marines took us to several elementary schools in east Baghdad where classrooms had been emptied of desks and chairs and filled with hundreds of cases of grenades, large caliber machine gun rounds, mortars, and RPGs, literally stacked floor to ceiling, filling room after room. Behind the school in the parking lot there were several large truck trailers also packed to the brim with cases of the deadly cargo.
The Marines explained to us the dilemma they faced. They couldn't detonate the stockpile at the school because A) it would destroy the school and B) it was in a heavily populated neighborhood and many people would be killed and many homes and businesses damaged or wiped out. They couldn't simply drive the stuff out, either, without great risk. What if they hooked up one of the trailers to a rig and drove it out and down the street and they came under attack? If enemy fighters knew they were moving the stuff and fired on the convoy, the resulting explosion could kill dozens or even hundreds of innocent bystanders on the road or on the sidewalk or in nearby buildings. And the Marines were also worried about posting military guards at the school, for a similar reason. What if someone fired on the school, knowing the Marines were there, in an attempt to kill them? The result would be devastating for the community. There was also the issue of having enough trucks and manpower and time available to load up all of the thousands of cases and safely move them somewhere else. Remember, this was just one school. There were hundreds and hundreds of other sites just like it in and around Baghdad.
AOL has posted this charming article, by Stephanie Dempsey, about Halloween costumes, which is linked on their friggin’ “welcome” screen (which I always close). Unless you’re an AOL user, the link is useless. I honestly don’t know what AOL’s political leanings are, or even if they have any, but I believe it would behoove them to carefully read/edit what they post. This reference to our president, especially in time of war, is disrespectful, to say the least. Now, notice how Ms. Dempsey refers to Michael Moore.
A person's Sun Sign often reflects their inner hopes and dreams. Halloween affords an exciting opportunity to bring these fantasy lives to the surface. If you're stuck for costume ideas, check out the list below. It could provide you with the perfect outfit to express your inner demons!
Cancer – Cancer embodies the sign of patriotism, so historical costumes like the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, or a Native American might have plenty of appeal. Alternately, a Moon Child may decide to go as their favorite lunatic, like fellow Crabs Courtney Love or George W. Bush.
Aquarius – This visionary sign loves to explore, so an astronaut costume may be just the thing. Alternately, dressing as a space alien could appeal to this sign's far-out sensibilities. Rebel costumes like Michael Moore or Avril Lavigne might also be winners for an Aquarian.
Friday, October 29, 2004
KITTY LITTER CAKE
I began KittyLitter eleven months ago. I hadn’t the bloggiest of what I was doing; I simply followed the easy directions, and they were easy, and began typing whatever popped into my mind. I kept logging onto KL … logon, logoff, logon, logoff … and then I googled “Kitty Litter” to see if my blog would crop up. I naïvely assumed that Kitty Litter was a unique name for a blog. So my first surprise was realizing that there were lots of blogs with that name. However, imagine my shock when I learned that there is an actual Kitty Litter CAKE! I kid you not; it’s an edible chocolate cake that is made to look, as you can see above, like a dirty litter pan.
Today, Gayle sent me the recipe and picture. Actually, it’s not a bad cake to whip up for a kids’ Halloween party. Check out the recipe here and let me know if anyone actually bakes it.
And, thank you, Gayle!
BIG BAD BILL
Beldar reads between the lines of the O'Reilly/Mackris settlement and opines, as lawyers are wont to do, but this time for free!
Mackris/O'Reilly et al. litigation settles with a whisper, not a bang
I'll hazard some guesses, reading between the lines as a trial lawyer who's handled both sides of sexual harassment cases.
Lawyers for Mr. O'Reilly and Fox et al. had initiated pretrial discovery proceedings to require Ms. Mackris' lawyers to turn over any and all tape recordings. My strong hunch from the beginning of this case was that such tapes must exist, based on the specificity of the alleged quotes contained in Ms. Mackris' complaint. My further strong hunch is that Ms. Mackris' lawyers indeed did turn over copies of the tapes, and that's what led the parties to begin serious settlement discussions.
It strikes me as quite likely that Fox et al. not only insisted that Mr. O'Reilly write the settlement check out of his own ample bank account, but that they insisted that he settle now, before the tapes (if they exist) hit the court files or were otherwise leaked.
As for the amount: In my opinion, $600 million or $60 million were ridiculous figures, absent proof of physical contact. If Kurtz' source is right and the settlement price was in the $2 million to $3 million range, however, that wouldn't surprise me.
Imagine, after so deliciously deconstructing BO’R’s settlement, Beldar then professes his infatuation with Nicole (rhinoplasty, brow lift, cheek implants, lip collagen, and lots of botox) Kidman. At least lust after a woman who can push the mercury up near the 98.6* zone!
BUG GHOST DANSING:
VOTE FOR BUSH!
WHY BUSH WILL WIN
By Dick Morris
HERE'S a two-part test to determine who will win on Tuesday:
a) Ask yourself: What is the issue we are talking about these days? Are we focused on terrorism and Iraq, or on health care and jobs? The answer is obvious: terrorism and Iraq.
b) Now look at the polls. Not the page that shows who they're voting for. That changes every hour. Look at the page that asks, "Which candidate do you think would do the best job of handling the war in Iraq?"
The answer is always President Bush, usually by 10 points. And right below that, on "Which candidate do you think would do the best job of handling the War on Terror?" Bush leads again, usually by 20 points.
At this writing, the possibility that the alleged al Qaeda tape virtually endorsing Kerry will hit the airwaves makes one even more confident of a Bush victory. A threat to let blood run in the streets of America if Bush wins won't intimidate voters, but rather remind them of the importance of sending a warrior to fight the terrorists — and seal Bush's victory.
NO, THANK YOU!
For being relatively new, CrushKerry has consistantly provided intelligent insights spiced with humor. I think I disagreed with them just once, and it was a niggling point at that. As a lowly blogger, I can honestly say that CrushKerry has given far more to me than I've given them. I look forward to a long friendship with them. So, CK, thank YOU!
CrushKerry says Thank You!
And now here we are, nearing the eve of the 2004 election, not at all sure if our little blog will help “crush Kerry” and help President Bush win a second term. If we have failed, then rest assured, we will continue on as crushkerry.com and hold the new president’s feet to the fire daily. We will work harder than ever before to recruit and organize new members. If we succeed and our dear president comes back for a second term, we will change directions slightly. We’ll change our name to AnkleBitingPundits. And we’ll keep a sharp eye on the political scene as it evolves toward 2008.
The bottom line is this: we have only just begun.
8 Good news from KerrySpot:
FROM A SOURCE CLOSE TO THE CAMPAIGN
Just heard from a source close to the campaign, tuned in to the conversations at the highest levels.
According to the Bushies, the last few days have seen a huge burst of momentum in their numbers.
They think Bush is ahead by a few points nationally. They expect the next round of tracking polls to show a bit of a bump.
Finally, the ammo dump story appears to have left the Kerry campaign deep in al-Qaqaa.
Tommy Franks is going to enter this story and rip Kerry and the New York Times a new one.
8 Old News, New Smear
By 4:30 p.m yesterday the Associated Press was reporting that the FBI had opened an investigation into the no-bid process used to contract Halliburton for Iraq's oil industry. One problem, similar to the Iraqi explosives story, is that the Halliburton investigation has been ongoing for more than 6 months and has been extensively reported in the media.
"This is another example of dirty politics and desperation, plain and simple," says a Bush campaign adviser. "They are taking old stories, repackaging them, and letting their mainstream minions do their bidding."
8 Hat tip JC in Texas!
Would a President You-know-who (spit spit spit) govern as strenuously as he has campaigned? No one doubts that Kerry badly wants to win next Tuesday, but will he work once in office? Look no further than his anemic record for the last twenty years in the Senate. It has been said that Kerry was notorious for voting for whichever side got him home early on weekends, regardless of the issue. Look at his attendance record in the Senate since he began his campaigning in earnest. His record tells me that he is the most important factor in life, more so than our country and the war on terror. Kerry has proven he will always opt for the path of least political resistance, while Bush has proven he is willing to sacrifice his political future for the good of the country.
They Can’t Be Serious
By David Hogberg
Among the more dangerous ideas floating around this election is that sending John Kerry to the White House will force Kerry and the Democratic Party to take seriously the war in Iraq and, by extension, the broader War on Terror.
Thus, it is absurd to the point of lunacy to assume that electing Kerry will force him to take terrorism seriously. If we were to assume that, what is the point of voting for a president? For that matter, what is the point of having an election at all? We can just put 50 people in a circle, spin a bottle, and put in charge whomever the bottle points to. After all, current events would compel him or her to approach the War on Terror with grave concern.
THE QUESTION THAT MUST be addressed is, will Kerry and the Democrats take it seriously? Kerry has shown a completely unserious attitude, voting for the Iraq war when it was convenient, and then voting against the $87 billion for our troops when he faced the upstart Howard Dean. He tells us in August that he still would have voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, and then in September tells us that it is "the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time." He is a man who tells the New York Times that 9/11 didn't change him at all. He is so lacking in seriousness, that his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention did not even use the word "terrorism"
Thursday, October 28, 2004
I don’t promote KerryHaters nearly as much as I should, partly because everyone knows I blog there and partly because most of Litter readers make KH a stop on their daily Net surfing anyway. But here are two must reads from yesterday I hope you didn’t miss.
How the Dems are driving blacks away:
40 Excuses and a Mule
The Hollywood braintrust on parade (think “Twit Race”). Do they really believe this bilge?
THEM DEMS: HOW THEY THINK
Yesterday’s preeminent Page Six in the NY POST (outdated link) had this touching piece of family activism:
CHRISTIE Brinkley and her hunky architect hubby, Peter Cook, have apparently brainwashed their son, Jack Paris Brinkley Cook, 9. The boy wrote a letter to the editor of the Southampton Press titled "How I Feel," which states: "George Bush lies a lot and John Kerry will not lead us into war . . . George Bush said there were weapons of mass destruction, so he sent in all the troops. And did they find [any]? No, no, no, no, no, no, no!" He continues, "I think John Kerry will not lie to us and he will lead us to peace . . . [Bush] wants to go to war with Iraq, to get oil and finish his daddy's war, and if we let him get any further there will not be a world."
It’s in her kiss. Never forget the infamous kiss Her Royal C gave Suha Arafat as it reveals her true allegiance. CrushKerry weighs in on Suha's soon-to-be widowhood: Rot in Hell Yasser.There are reports that Yasser Arafat is near death. Our reaction? Good. We just hope he hangs around to suffer longer, as he deserves. He's a murdering terrorist who caused death, destruction and misery for the people he claimed to lead, while he himself benefited. Our only hope is that Castro gets whatever Arafat has.
CrushKerry gives us a fascinating insider’s view of Her Royal C’s campaign, her “marriage,” and her motives.
Hillary Silently Waits to Strike
According to another source, this one actually inside the Kerry campaign but close with the Hillary operation, the junior Senator from New York is also keeping a watchful eye on which Democrat operatives have expressed a little too much enthusiasm for John Kerry.
But if the election is as close as the polls seem to indicate, wouldn’t that give Kerry a pretty strong claim on the nomination in ’08? “You don’t understand the power Senator Clinton has over the Democrat Party. She is easily our single biggest fundraiser. And you don’t understand the power she has on this town [Washington, DC]. These people could give a rat’s a** about John Kerry,” our source inside the DNC added.
“Every Democrat in America secretly wants Kerry to lose. But with the race so close, we have to do our duty to re-defeat Bush,” our source inside the DNC told us. “I suspect that when the curtain is closed and Democrats are in the voting booth all by themselves, many will leave their ballots blank for president to open the door for Senator Clinton.”
I took this with my Olympus C-4000 zoom digital camera. If I had been thinking, I would have had some high speed 35mm film on hand. But I seem to use the digital almost exclusively these days. The software package, which came with the camera, allowed me to really zero in on the beginning of the eclipse tonight. I stood outside and shivered waiting for the full bloom of the eclipse, looking like a Halloween pumpkin in the heavens. That's when I wished I had had some 35mm film on hand. As it is, this is the only shot I got.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN
Demo-nization Of Bush Recalls 1984 Election
By Jennifer Nelson
The constant whining about how divided the country is and how divisive the political campaigns are this year is getting tiresome.
To listen to the Democrats, you would think that George W. Bush is the first Republican candidate they've ever disliked and that this is the first time this nation has faced a close election.
Does anyone remember 1984? Do you recall how much the Democrats hated Ronald Reagan?
If you buy their version of the Reagan presidency, he invented homelessness, eliminated birth control for the poor and personally killed thousands in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras. He created AIDS and apartheid and single-handedly broke the back of organized labor. You think the liberals dislike Don Rumsfeld? Just ask them about James Watt!
They still hate him. John Steppling, a playwright and screenwriter living abroad, remembered Reagan at the time of his death by writing that the former president led "illegal wars in Central America that cost hundreds of thousands of lives . . . maybe more, who is to know really (well, maybe ask [former Reagan administration official John] Negroponte), and waged a relentless assault on the poor for his entire public career."
The playwright is so consumed by his hatred that he wrote, "Reagan died about 92 1/2 years too late by my reckoning, and the world would have been a better place had he been bucketed at birth, like a deformed kitten." Wow, it sounds like he needs a little anger-management help!
8 The Man has posted his final priceless segment (I hate to see these end):
You are so Liberal if... Part 7
If you believe that John Kerry: spent Christmas in Cambodia, has a magic hat, saw a 16-point buck on Cape Cod, crawls on his belly to hunt with a shotgun, released all his medical records, went to the 1986 World Series, had a flying dog, voted for the $87 billion before he voted against it, likes Buckeye football, will cure all diseases, met with foreign leaders, will have the lame walk, does not own an SUV, has a plan, wrote a book about the war on terror, met with the entire security council, has only one position on Iraq, flew an Israeli fighter jet nearly into Egyptian airspace then did a loop, ran the Boston Marathon, was in Vietnam when Martin Luther King was shot, and is truthful to the American people...you might be a liberal.
While you’re there, scroll down a ways to the heading Castro Takes a Tumble. The Man has a “motion picture” (few frames of streaming gif) of Castro taking a tumble. Take note of the hilarious caption :))
8 GOPandCollege has an excellent piece on
Why Do We Have The Electoral College?
One good reference is to look at Canada. Over the past decades Canada's leaders have become more and more liberal thanks to the fact that they have a simple popular vote election. This makes it very easy for the people living in high population areas to overwhelm the lesser people who live in rural areas.
8 Bill Clinton w/ brain damage after operation? (Hey! I'm only the messenger!)
Bill Clinton has brain damage says a source close to the Clintons per the National Enquirer (Oct. 24th). This article is available in the grocery stores now but not online.
According to a source close to the family, after the operation the President did not even recognize a secret service guard that has guarded him since 2001.
The article cites the New England Journal of Medicine and a heart physician as saying that a large percentage of bypass patients suffer permanent brain damage caused by blood pumps pushing debris or air bubbles into the brain. Doctors informally call this condition "Pump Head."
This study had three major findings
= Cognitive impairment does indeed occur after bypass surgery. This study should move the existence of this phenomenon from the realm of locker room speculation to the realm of fact.
= The incidence of cognitive impairment was greater than most doctors would have predicted. In this study, 42% of patients had at least a 20% drop in test scores after surgery.
The impairment was not temporary, as many doctors have claimed (or at least hoped).
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
MYTHS OF THE UNDECIDED
By John Podhoretz
Under these conditions, using Gallup as the barometer, Bush will probably win. Why? Because his lead is outside the margin of error and more than a million Bush voters would have to switch over to Kerry to give the Massachusetts senator the victory.
The perverse result of exceptionally high turnout is that the resulting problems will also keep hundreds of thousands of people from showing up.
But there won't be a million new voters in Ohio. There will be a few hundred thousand at most. And again, they'll go both to Republicans and Democrats.
Democrats who are assuming that undecided and new voters are going to carry the day for them are doing what craps players call "betting on the come." They are hoping for a result that the odds don't favor at this moment.
Iraq's separate peace
BY ANNIE SWEENEY
On a Saturday afternoon in Iraq, between Baghdad and Camp Anaconda, the countryside looks a little like Wisconsin. There are farmers tilling fields and women walking on roads. Freight trains and major highways.
This wasn't exactly what I expected when I left for the war-ravaged country the first week of September. And initially, it made me feel lousy.
Here in Chicago I tend to cover breaking crime stories where the action is intense--grieving victims, burned-out buildings, angry neighbors.
I expected this type of human drama in Iraq, and apparently others did, too. When I came back after three weeks, all everybody wanted to know was how scared I was.
Iraq was hot and smelly. It was dirty and dusty. Mortars sometimes boomed in the distance.
But I can't describe it as scary. I didn't see the hard-core stuff, and a lot of soldiers who live and work there don't, either.
That's not to say the kidnappings, bombings and airstrikes from U.S. planes aren't wreaking havoc on both Iraqis and American troops.
It's just there's another side -- a side where the ebb and flow of the day-to-day is so normal, it's almost jarring.
THANK YOU, ALGORE
Hat tip Luis!
Luis, at JoeAndJaneSixpack, has a great post on
The Privatization of Social Security
[I]n 1980 under the Reagan administration all municipalities were allowed to participate in a new program. It worked something like this: If any municipality wanted to have their own retirement investment program they were allowed to as long as the deductions and employer contributions remained the same as social security regulations. Only one city had the “cajones” to take them up on it. The City of Galveston, Texas. They got out of Social Security and put their contributions to work. Wanna hear the best part of the deal?
NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY
Missing … as in ALREADY GONE.
That Missing RDX
The withdrawal of enemy resources into safe havens was the subject of Belmont Club's War Plan Orange. In this context, the loss of 380 tons of RDX is similar to worrying about a toothache after being diagnosed with AIDS and Ebola. Some 600,000 tons of explosive are said to have been dispersed throughout Iraq prior to the conclusion of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The loss of the RDX is serious, but in the overall scheme of things, one of the least worries. But it provides indirect confirmation of the preemptive dispersal of war materiel by the Saddam regime while the US was trying to negotiate UN permission to topple him for six months, compounded by Turkey's refusal to allow the 4ID to attack south into the Sunni Triangle.
The account … shows that the RDX explosive was already gone by the time US forces arrived.
Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry
Recovered Vietnam documents 'smoking gun' researchers claim
By Art Moore
The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry's antiwar group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily.
One freshly unearthed document, captured by the U.S. from Vietnamese communists in 1971 and later translated, indicates the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese delegations to the Paris peace talks that year were used as the communications link to direct the activities of Kerry and other antiwar activists who attended.
Kerry insists he attended the talks only because he happened to be in France on his honeymoon and maintains he met with both sides. But previously revealed records indicate the future senator made two, and possibly three, trips to Paris to meet with Viet Cong leader Madame Nguyen Thi Binh then promote her plan's demand for U.S. surrender.
"This document enables us to connect the dots," he emphasized. "We now have evidence Madame Binh was directing the antiwar movement ... and the person who implemented her strategy was John Kerry."
The second document, captured by U.S. military forces in South Vietnam May 12, 1972, urges Vietnamese officials to promote the antiwar activities in the United States.
Significantly, the fifth paragraph makes it clear the Vietnamese communists were using, for propaganda purposes, a protest described as taking place April 19-22, 1971.
This coincides with the well-known "Dewey Canyon III" protest in Washington, D.C., highlighted by Kerry's Senate Foreign Relations testimony charging American soldiers with war crimes.
The document's description of the protest includes the "return the medals" event in which Kerry and other VVAW members threw their war decorations toward the steps of the Capitol.
In her meeting with Kerry in Paris, Madame Binh instructed him on how he and the VVAW could "serve as Hanoi's surrogates in the United States," Corsi and Swett say. This included advancement of her seven-point peace plan forcing President Nixon to set a date to end the war and withdraw troops.
Hanoi cleverly constructed the plan so that the only barrier to release of American POWs was Nixon's unwillingness to set a withdrawal date.
But as Corsi and Swett emphasize, the plan amounted to a virtual surrender that included payment of reparations and an admission the U.S. was the aggressor in an immoral war against the communists.
An FBI field surveillance report stamped Nov. 11, 1971, showed Kerry and Hubbard were planning to travel to Paris later that month to engage in talks with Vietnamese communist delegations. Other FBI reports clearly show the Communist Party of the USA was paying for Hubbard's trips to Paris, Corsi notes.
Another FBI report, dated Nov. 24, 1971, gives details of Hubbard's presentation to a VVAW meeting of the Executive and Steering committees in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 12-15, 1971.
At that meeting, the VVAW considered and then rejected a plan to assassinate several pro-war U.S. Senators. Kerry is listed as present.
Monday, October 25, 2004
LIES, DAMN LIES AND FICTION
Last night Powerline had a tip “...that a major newspaper will break a front-page story Monday morning that could create a serious problem for the Kerry campaign. We don't yet have any details, but it relates to a foreign policy issue, and it will call into question--amazingly enough--John Kerry's truthfulness.”
The Net was electrified with speculation. Many had thought the story would be about Kerry’s discharge from the Navy, because many suspect there is a damaging revelation or two to be learned. As it turned out, the big story was another one of Kerry’s glut of lies.
Security Council members deny meeting Kerry
By Joel Mowbray
At the second presidential debate earlier this month, Mr. Kerry said he was more attuned to international concerns on Iraq than President Bush, citing his meeting with the entire Security Council.
Speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in December 2003, Mr. Kerry explained that he understood the "real readiness" of the United Nations to "take this seriously" because he met "with the entire Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking about what they saw as the path to a united front in order to be able to deal with Saddam Hussein."
An official at the U.S. mission to the United Nations remarked: "We were as surprised as anyone when Kerry started talking about a meeting with the Security Council."
For many, this was a letdown. Kerry lies; like this is NEWS? Remember his CHRISTMAS IN CAMBODIA lie (Pat at KerryHaters broke that story)? That one was significant because it was the first big lie to be debunked. Douglas Brinkley, taking Kerry at his word, glorified the story in his bio on Kerry, “Tour of Duty.” Since then, there have been numerous lies related to Kerry’s Excellent Vietnam Adventures, which, in truth, were terribly ordinary as opposed to excellent. In fact, Kerry’s litany of lies are already legendary. So when Powerline’s tip turned out to be “just another lie” … ho-hum … ennui is to be expected. Mowbray, however, does point out that it is significant because:
The revelation that Mr. Kerry never met with the entire U.N. Security Council could be problematic for the Massachusetts senator, as it clashes with one of his central foreign-policy campaign themes — honesty.
The Democrat has also made his own veracity a centerpiece of his campaign, calling truthfulness "the fundamental test of leadership."
Mr. Kerry closed the final debate by recounting what his mother told him from her hospital bed, "Remember: integrity, integrity, integrity."
In an interview published in the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Mr. Kerry was asked what he would want people to remember about his presidency. He responded, "That it always told the truth to the American people."
HughHewitt believes that the story “clearly injures Kerry.” Lucianne posted it at the top of her Must Reads (be certain to read L.dotters’ comments). And Pat began a list of lies on KerryHaters, and is asking for any that he has missed.
As it just so happened, I had watched the movie “Shattered Glass” on Cinemax last night.
Plot Outline: The true story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was found he had fabricated over half of his articles.
I missed the first half hour, so I’m watching it at least once more. This was a very good movie, and its timing couldn’t have been better. It’s a true story about Stephen Glass, whose fabrication of lies at The New Republic, in 1998, was first discovered by Adam Penenberg at Forbes.com:
Lies, damn lies and fiction
Adam L. Penenberg, 05.11.98, 12:00 AM ET
"Hack Heaven" detailed the exploits of Ian Restil, a 15-year-old computer hacker who broke through the online security system of a "big-time software firm" called Jukt Micronics. Once inside, the cheeky youth posted every employee's salary on the company's web site alongside a bunch of nudie pictures, each bearing the caption "THE BIG BAD BIONIC BOY HAS BEEN HERE BABY."
But instead of calling in the Feds, Jukt executives, according to The New Republic, decided to hire the teenage hacker, who had obtained the services of an agent, Joe Hiert, described as a "super-agent to super-nerds." The magazine also claimed that such deals have thwarted efforts to prosecute hackers and that law enforcement officials in Nevada got so desperate that they ran radio advertisements: "Would you hire a shoplifter to watch the cash register? Please don't deal with hackers."
A frightening story. But not true.
The article was a complete and utter hoax perpetrated by one of the magazine's own associate editors, 25-year-old Stephen Glass.
Stephen Glass was a terribly young 25-years old, as were all of his colleagues at The New Republic magazine. And, as is the case with intensely idealistic 25-year-olds, they were ruled far more by their feelings than by their heads. The New Republic had just changed editors. The late Michael Kelly, greatly beloved by his TNR colleagues, had been fired and replaced by another TNR employee, “Chuck” Lane. It was right after this changing of the guards at TNR that Glass’s hoax began to painfully unravel.
What struck me were the unbelievable lengths Glass went to in order to keep his editor from discovering the truth. He was well liked by his colleagues because he was entertaining, funny and apparently credible; they resisted even considering he could have lied. Glass shamelessly used their admiration of him to run interference with the editor. Lane, on the other hand, was in charge of the magazine’s reputation, which rested on its veracity, and was disgusted by the idea that a journalist would willingly distort and/or lie. He adamantly pursued the leads and eventually forced Glass to recant. He then fired Lane.
I watched Glass and thought of Kerry. Two liberals who lie so willingly and easily. I’m not talking about fudging facts or stretching realities; I’m talking people who fabricatewhole stories and boast about them as truths, people will stop at nothing to pursue their goals.
Oh, yeah, and one more comparison: both Glass and Kerry are lawyers.
Sunday, October 24, 2004
DIGITAL BROWNSHIRTS NEWS
All the Dems' bile has become their own curse, while Bush remains positive.
Pt. 1) Will Bill at PassionateAmerica with October surprise predictions.
Pt. 3) Aaron at SomethingToCryAbout claims there are only two naughty words in his post :)
Pt. 4) Pat at KerryHaters: What are Kerry's core beliefs?
NORMA DESMOND, IS THAT YOU?
DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SAT OCT 23, 2004 13:02:38 ET
CHER ISSUES BUSH WARNING AT DISCO
Only a couple hundred came out to see Cher Friday night at Miami Beach's CROBAR disco, but that did not stop the legendary diva from issuing an election warning against Republican control.
"There were supposed to be thousands of people here tonight. I'm not sure why that didn't happen, obviously the people putting on this thing were just not very good at it," an embarrassed Cher explained to the crowd.
"Alright, but you guys are here, that's right. When I was coming down the steps I though 'Oh s**t, well I'll just go out there and give it my best.'"
The MIAMI HERALD had reported thousands were expected to rally at the discotheque.
Cher warned moveon.org clubgoers to fight Bush, before "it's too late":
"All the gay guys, all my friends, all my gay friends, you guys you have got to vote, alright? Because it would only be a matter of time before you guys would be so screwed, I cannot tell you. Because, you know, the people, like, in the very right wing of this party, of these Republicans, the very very right wing, the Jerry Falwell element, if they get any more power, you guys are going to be living in some state by yourselves. So, I hate scare tactics, but I really believe that that's true."
"I think that as Bush will, if Bush gets elected, he will put in new Superior Court judges, and these guys are not going to want to see gay pride week."
Cher declared that Abraham Lincoln "looks like Kerry on a crappy day."
Political activist Rosie O'Donnell is set to witness on Saturday night in Ft Lauderdale. O'Donnell will speak on Bush and his policies in Iraq at hotspot CLUB OVATION.
BROKEN GLASS REPUBLICANS
The term means that we’d crawl over broken glass to vote for our guy. We Republicans are voting FOR Bush, and he’s drawing in stadium-sized crowds.
Bush rallies rise to stadium-size
By James G. Lakely
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — President Bush hopscotched through Florida yesterday in a campaign swing that rallied nearly 100,000 partisans as he accused Sen. John Kerry of "election amnesia" regarding the Iraq war.
Mr. Bush kicked off his day at a minor league baseball stadium in Fort Myers, where he arrived aboard Marine One and landed in left field to the thrill of the 12,000 supporters in attendance. He emerged from the helicopter to cheers, while music from the Navy pilot movie "Top Gun" blared from the loudspeakers.
After stops in Lakeland in front of 13,000 people and Melbourne for 18,000, Mr. Bush ended his day at Alltel Stadium, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, before 53,000 supporters, many of whom waited more than three hours to hear his 50-minute speech.
Reply 3 - Posted by: saryden, 10/24/2004 4:15:02 AM
We love him more than the Left can hate him!
KERRY'S FLU-SHOT FOUL
Actually, as Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson noted, this crisis has been way overblown: Some 24 million doses are still in stock and waiting to be shipped (plus 3 million doses of nasal spray vaccine), and are being reallocated to regions that have a shortage.
Moreover, there's no shortage of antiviral medication to effectively treat those who actually get the flu.
Back in the 1960s, 26 companies made vaccines in the United States; today, only four do — and none makes flu vaccines. The two sources for flu shots are firms in Britain and France.
As The Weekly Standard reported last week, it was a new legal concept called "liability without fault" that began emerging four decades ago. This held companies liable for huge damages even in cases where no negligence had been proven.
Moreover, vaccines became a low-profit business after the federal government began purchasing the doses and distributing them to doctors — instead of the companies selling the vaccines directly to physicians.
Congress tried to address fears of a potential shortage with President Bush's Health Act, which would have reduced liability for flu-vaccine manufacturers. It passed the House, but not the Senate. John Edwards voted no — John Kerry didn't even bother showing up for the vote.