Monday, August 30, 2004

Covering the convention - the quest for good quotes, strange moments, and shiny things

First, I must give a shout out to Tivo. Tivo is my new best friend. The pause and rewind/replay features rule.

I am on the hunt -- the hunt for good quotes, strange moments, and shiny things.

I popped on c-span. Yes, I watched the roll call. I couldn’t help myself. I am a convention junkie. Did anyone else see the groovy digital elephant behind Ed Gillespie? I enjoyed the scrolling stars too. Preeeeetty.

Ooooo! Jenna and Barbara look cute. Love the up-do’s. Why am I so focused on hair.

Giggled during roll call when the guy from Boston Mass. Mentioned Scary Kerry has only “reported for duty” to senate 13% of the time.

Nevada though. OMG. Did anyone see Nevada??? The woman kept yelling WOO and yiyiyiiiiii! WOOOOOO!!!! I was embarrassed for her.

I want to hug Dennis Hastert and see if he is squishy.

Does anyone else find it hysterical that there is a liberal congressman from NY whose last name is Weiner?!?!?!?! (that one is for Mason and Justice)

Why are there women screaming interviews as if they were backstage at the Miss America contest?!?!?!!? What the heck is that about?!?!?!?!?!

All of a sudden, I gasp.

The Veep has entered the room, and I am mesmerized. How did I not realize that Cheney has a shiny noggin!!!! Oh happy day!!!!!! Perhaps I can be free of the Breck girl!!!!! Is this the answer to a prayer????

*Sigh*

Alas, the feeling ends. He’s cuddly, but I am still searching. Searching.

Close up on the twins. What does the shirt “Carrie doesn’t speak for me” mean on the chick next to them??? Is that some sort of anti-Sex-and-the-city thing? I miss that show. “Entourage” just doesn’t do it for me.

I hate the “You are all I need to get by” song. All they say are those eight words over…and over…and over….and over….

Republicans should not dance in public unless the rest of the room (or in this case, the audience watching from home) is too drunk to be offended. Eeegads.

Dexter Freebish, a band from Austin, floats out of the floor. I have always wanted to make an entrance like that…in to a staff meeting...from the floor. I could rise up through the conference table and strike a dramatic pose...allowing the minions I deem worthy to properly worship my fire-engine-red-painted-toe-nails... Pedicures rule, don't they? (Ala71 - do you still have that card? hehehehehe j/k)

Love the “Gilley’s” shirt on the lead singer. Mr and Mrs BigandMean used to hang out there back in the day. A bunch of their pals were in the “Urban Cowboy” piece of s...eeerrrrr...movie.

Does anyone else think that no one other than the band Van Halen should ever attempt to play a Van Halen song?

Bush Senior looks fantastic. Barbara is wearing her pearls, so all is right with the world.

Except that the Republicans are dancing again. MAKE IT STOP! MAKE IT STOP!!!!

Findahappyplace-Findahappyplace-Findahappyplace

And I’m back.

Ron Silver has a Master’s in Chinese History? Who knew? I like his hair, but it is not particularly shiny. His taupe suit and gold tie are spectacular though.

My favorite Silver Quote – “Even though I am a well recognized liberal on many issues confronting our society today, I find it ironic that many human rights advocates and outspoken members of my own entertainment community are often on the front line to protest repression, for which I applaud them, but they are usually the first ones to oppose any use of force to take care of these horrors that they catalogue repeatedly”.

Nice, run-on sentence way of callin’ ‘em hypocrites. Frikkin cool. If I were drinking, I would raise my glass. But I am not drinking. Yet.

USS Intrepid tribute. Rip Torn, Man-in-Black cries, Larry Gatlin sings, Bush Senior talks. I love that man. I want to hug him too. I bet he’s not squishy like Hastert though.

The choir kicks ass. LOVED hearing the hymns from the different branches of the service. I always cry.

Tivo pause for a cat fight. Why is it that you can buy cats a thousand dollars worth of fancy cat toys, but the only thing they fight over is possession of a plastic bag.

Have I mentioned Tivo rules?

Bernard “K is for Kickass” Kerik is introduced. He looks like he could kick Mike Tyson’s ass to me. Not the wussy-pretending-to-be-homeless Mike Tyson, but the rip-the-ear-of-my-opponent Mike Tyson.

Though I am appreciative of the glare off his head, I have yet to find “The One”.

What is wrong with the screeching woman from Milwaukee?!?!? EEEEK!!! It’s another one of those crazy pageant interviewers!!!!! SHUT UP LADY.

Tivo pause. Grab a beer. YES, a beer. It’s a low-carb beer. It doesn’t taste great, it is too filling, but I need help if I am gonna make it through the screeching. Tivo play.

Firefighters from Milwaukee endorse Dubya. Cool. Greg Gacz, the president of local #215, says they’d be willing to walk in to a burning building for Dubya. Damn. Now that’s an endorsement.

Back to screeching lady, whom I am now able to fast forward through thanks to the beer break. Aaaaaaaaaah. Now I am reaaaaaally happy.

The President of the New York Police Sergeant’s union endorses Bush. I swear they never said his last name. Just “Ed”. So, thanks to Ed.

Who the heck is Rob Kuzami??? He has very VERY shiny hair, but it could use some style and some product. I’m starting to feel pretty discouraged.

Executive director of the Islamic Congress, Zainab Al-Swaij, former citizen of Iraq speaks. “Yes, there is still bloodshed and uncertainty, but America under the strong compassionate leadership of President Bush has given Iraqis the most precious gift any nation has ever given to another – the gift of democracy, and the freedom to determine it’s own future.”.

Why does the camera keep closing in on African Americans as if it is surprised to see them?

Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon!!!! NOW THOSE ARE SOME SHINY PEOPLE!!!! BOTH of them. Holy crap. They are so gorgeous, that I zone out and completely miss everything they said. Thank goodness for Tivo and the rewind button. These beautiful people paid beautiful tributes to two congressional medals of honor winners.

I think I have found him. I have decided to fall in love with Jason Sehorn.

Ahhhhh. That’s better.

Darryl Worley (sp?) rises out of the floor. Dangit! I want that toy! BAD!!!!
I don’t get country music, but for a country song it seems alright.

NO!!! PLEASE NO!!!! They are DANCING AGAIN!!! MAKE IT STOP! MAKE IT STOP!!!!!! How does the camera always find the one person in the middle of the group that cannot clap on the beat?!?!?!?!?

More screaming women interview people. Argh.

No wait, make that a mighty Dean YAAAAARRRRRGGGHHH!!!!!

I haven’t done one of those in a while.

McCain enters to “Raiders of the lost arc” music......whaaaaaaa???????? I mean seriously.....huh??????

Favorite McCain moment – the obvious one of course – the Michael Moore slam. YAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! Now I’m in the mood!!!! Honey, grab me another BEEER!!!! The hair is coming down!!!!!! (mine, I mean, since McCain has none...well, he has a little....but not much for it to come “down”, so to speak).

“...Iraq...was a place of indescribable cruelty, torture chambers, mass graves, and prisons that destroyed the lives of the small children within their walls...”.

Damn skippy.

Bawled my eyes out when Deena Burnett, Debra Burlingame and Tara Stacpole (sp?)
spoke. They were fantastic speakers. Not a dry eye in the house.

Amazing Grace by Daniel Rodriguez was astounding.

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!!!!!!!!

“I’ve never seen so many Republicans in New York City! I finally feel at home!!!!”.

“I don’t believe that we’re right about everything and democrats are wrong…they’re wrong about most things...but...”.

“I grabbed the arm of then Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and I said to him thank God George Bush is our President”.

“No matter what happens in this election, President George W. Bush has already earned a place in history as a great American President”.

“We need George Bush now more than ever”.

Quotes John Kerry – “I actually did vote for the 87 billion before I voted against it.” Rudy – “Maybe this explains John Edwards need for two Americas – one when John Kerry can vote for something and another one when he can vote against exactly the same thing!”.

So, to sum up...I didn’t get drunk, though I did turn to the bottle due to the Miss American Screeching Interview Chicks. I have broken free of the Breck Girl’s shiny evil clutches and replaced him with Jason Sehorn...pardon me while I take a moment....ahhhhh........ok, finished reflecting. McCain kicked Michael Moore’s ass, and Rudy is my hero...

And I am going to bedfordshire.

Revival of a Shiny Post

Since I am back in convention mode, I feel the need to replay my tribute to John "The Shine-ster" Edwards before I get rolling on the week, to catch all two of my new readers up on things. This chronicles my experiences the night Edwards spoke at the Dem convention...

I like shiny things
I believe that in order to join in on a political debate, you must do your research. I cleared my evening and tore myself away from the “Blog that ate my brain” in order to watch and report on the “boneless, skinless, boiled chicken convention”. Am I calling the Dems poultry? Nay, my happy little flowers. I am calling the convention bland. Homogenized. Fat free. Flavor free. Like boiled chicken. I want someone to run up to the podium with a mighty Dean “YAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHH!!!!!”. Alas, other than the all too brief interlude with Reverend Sharpton, I have been disappointed thus far.

So, for those of my dear, fellow Republicans who opted out of watching, allow me to relay my experiences. I poured myself a fabulous glass of wine, grabbed pen and paper in case something struck me for the blog, put on my fuzzy bunny slippers, and settled in to a comfy chair to watch this one-term senator make his case that he’s a bad-ass.

Cute family. Daughter intros. Edwards walks out, hair nice and shiny.
Internal dialogue – ooooo!!!! Shiiiiiiny. I like shiny things. I write down the word “Shiny”.

Thunderous applause. Dems go crazy. I take a sip of wine.

"Where I come from, you don't judge someone's values based on how they use that word in a political ad. You judge their values based upon what they've spent their life doing,"
Internal dialogue – uhmm…Ewwwww. Trial lawyer. Ewwww. I raise my glass and toast the poor souls who get screwed with their medical bills because of Trial Lawyers pushing up costs of medicine through their frivolous lawsuits (and before you ninnies start screeching, I know some of them are valid, but I’m anti-ambulance chaser!)

blah blah blah

Internal dialogue – Southern accents are fun. I take a sip of wine, mesmerized by the Carolina lilt. I write down accent and draw some hearts.

blah blah blah “Two Americas” blah blah.
Internal dialogue – I thought there were three – North, South and Central. I drink a toast to all three. Steve Martin pops in to my head saying “I was born a poor black child” from the movie “The Jerk”. Hmm. I need to watch that again. I giggle, and take another sip. I write down “Three Americas”.

blah blah blah
I write down his parents are cute. I drink a toast to them. I can’t imagine how cool of a moment it must be for them. I drink a second toast to Mom and Dad Edwards.

"So when a man volunteers to serve his country, a man volunteers and puts his life on the line for others, that's a man who represents real American values."
Internal dialogue – Huh? Did Edwards go to war? Hmm. Confused. I write down soldier and some question marks. I start to take a sip of wine. Hmmm, Empty. Where’s that bottle.

blah blah blah
“Hope is on the way”
Internal dialogue – Why are they chanting? Hope? Who is Hope. Is she the next speaker? I find the bottle, lose the glass, write down “Who the hell is Hope”.

"You cannot run. You cannot hide. We will destroy you."
Internal dialogue - Terrorism! Yes!!!! Kick all their asses!!!!!!!! YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I take a swig from the bottle. Dubya, is that you? I write down I heart Dubya. Three times.

“Between now and November, you, the American people, you can reject the tired, old, hateful, negative politics of the past."
Internal dialogue – Woo-hoo!!!!!! They’re finally putting Ted Kennedy out to pasture???? Rock on Shiny Hair! Rock on!!!!! I take another hit off the bottle, and lose my pen.

Me - Honnneeeeeeeey?!?!?!?!?!
him - WHAT!
Me - I need a pen!
him – WHY!!!!
me – For the greater good!
him – HUH?
Me – I like shiny hair!!!!
Him – HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?????
Me – The BLAHHHHG! For the BLAHHHHHG!
him – mutters…efffing blog…WELL GET ONE FROM THE DESK!!!!
Me - I can’t.
Him - WHY!
Me - Because I have no legs.
Him - ARE YOU DRUNK?!?!?!?!??!?!??!

Shark Bait

On a tour of Texas, the Pope took a couple of days off to visit the coastal area for some sightseeing. He was cruising along the sea wall on Galveston Isle in his Pope mobile when suddenly he notices a frantic commotion just off shore. There was John Kerry struggling frantically to free himself from the jaws of a 25-foot shark.

As the Pope watched, horrified, a speedboat came racing up with two men aboard. One of the men, President George W. Bush quickly fired a harpoon into the shark's side while Dick Cheney reached out and pulled the bleeding, semi-conscious John Kerry from the water. Then using (autographed Round Rock Express) baseball bats, the two heroes beat the shark to death and hauled it into the boat.

Immediately the Pope shouted and summoned them to the beach. "I give you my blessings for your brave actions," he told them. "I heard that there was some bitter hatred between President Bush and John Kerry, but now I have seen with my own eyes that this is not true."

As the Pope drove off, President Bush asked Dick "Who was that?"

"It was the Pope," Dick replied. "He is in direct contact with God and has all of God's wisdom."

"Well," President Bush said, "he may have access to God's wisdom, but he doesn't know squat about shark fishing........how's the bait holding up?"

This one really made me laugh

Dollycakes emailed this to me today. I had to post it too!!!!! ~Jen
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Dear Senator Kerry:

I am Designated Letter Writer for the guys down to Daryl's Bait Shop here in Lagniappe, Louisiana. We have been shaking our heads over your stumbling campaign. It ain't so much we like you or your Party, but you are a fellow American, born in the U S of A, so we don't want you to disgrace yourself.

Here are 10 helpful hints we have worked up for you. (More, if you want them. Let us know.)

1. QUIT TELLING US THAT YOU SERVED IN NAM.
You'd do yourself a favor if you didn't keep mentioning it every time someone pokes a microphone in your face. Geez, it was 35 years ago you did that for what was it, just four months? Some of us Daryl's Bait Shop guys spent more time than that in chow lines in Nam.

2. GET YOUR STORIES STRAIGHT.
Admit you threw your or someone's medals and/or ribbons over the Capitol fence in '71, and you went touring around with Jane Fonda, and you testified falsely to atrocities by US troops. You ought to say that was all a youthful mistake. We've made a few. We understand.

3. TALK FRENCH TO FRENCH REPORTERS , IF YOU WANT TO.
It's OK, we don't mind. Smilin' Jack Boudreaux can speak French too, and we elected him Chief of the Lagniappe Volunteer Fire Company. We're not bigots. We call 'em as we see 'em, and make up our own minds.

4. BRAG ABOUT YOUR GOOD LUCK IN SNAGGIN' NOT ONE, BUT TWO RICH WIVES.
Here at Daryl's we often wonder what it would be like to have a really rich wife. We speculate just how big a bass boat we could buy, along with one of those new Dodge Hemi trucks to pull it to the Bayou Blue boat landing. Smilin' Jack always points out how it's his cousins, Ti Boy and Dickweed, who appear in those Dodge Hemi commercials, but still they can't afford one of their own. We chuckle at how we could be fishin' all day without a worry about where the money is coming from, just like you. You don't have to cook all of that ketchup, do you? Come on, tell the world how lucky you are. We here in South Louisiana respect achievement and don't begrudge someone's good fortune, even if he's a politician.

5. GO TO THE WRASSLIN' MATCHES AND HUSTLE VOTES.
We've seen videotape of you on the ski slopes. Man, you got some good moves, yeah! It looks like you already know how to take a fall. All of us here (except GooGoo Gondron and Tib Thibodeaux) are great fans of wrasslin'. Not that we'd vote for you just because you was one. Choupique Chastant is a wrasslin maniac, but none of us would vote for him even if he was running for dogcatcher. So you got to tread easy on showing you're Joe Sixpack who just happened to go to Swiss prep school and St. Paul's School and Yale College Skull & Bones. We'd see through that pose in about a minute and a half and mark you for a hypocritical windbag and general liar. Don't go to the trouble of hanging a black velvet Elvis oil painting in any of your many living rooms. Weren't none of us that recently fell off a turnip truck.

6. TELL US SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE FOR.
We already know what you're against.

7. QUIT BOWING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE U.N. AND PROMISING TO GO THERE FIRST THING, IF YOU ARE ELECTED PRESIDENT.
We ain't all that impressed with the UN and we don't know why you are. Is there anything the UN has ever done right? Didn't they make a royal mess of that Iraq oil-for-food program, like BILLIONS OF DOLLARS that was skimmed off that just happened to land in their personal bank accounts? Seems to us they spend around 98 percent of their time passing resolutions that don't add up to a hill of beans.

8. QUIT FLIP-FLOPPING.
If you're for lower gasoline prices in the morning, don't be proposing a 50 cents a gallon tax increase on gasoline in the afternoon. Saying one thing in Shreveport and the opposite in Baton Rouge don't inspire us with confidence in you as President. Maybe you should stay in the Senate where you got 99 other guys to share the responsibility with, especially since you've missed 89% of the roll call votes this year.

9. QUIT TELLING US HOW POOR AND UNEMPLOYED WE ARE.
We got indoor toilets, color TV, cell phones, and computers. Give us Cajuns some credit for brains and understanding. We know economic conditions are good and getting better. Your telling us we're miserable, deluded fools just won't fly. And it gives us the distinct feeling that you're hoping for a relapse into recession to help your electoral chances.

10. GET IN TOUCH WITH THE REAL AMERICA.
You have beaten all your Democratic opponents in the primaries. You still seem out of touch with your party and with America. Maybe you've been a pol too long, been campaigning too long and you need a break after the Convention. We all think the best thing you can do is haul out your Harley, put TeRAYza on the pillion and take off for the Sturgis South Dakota Bike Rally. Meet the folks. A few of us from Daryl's will be there. Y'all don't have to get tattooed. We promise.

Sincerely, Cooter

A Kerry rant, by special guest "dollycakes"...

Dolly is a dear friend of mine in r/l. She wrote this on a message forum to a former soldier who is pro-Kerry. She emailed it to me, and graciously gave me permission to post it here. You can visit her brand-spankin'-new blog at http://dollsblog.blogspot.com/ ~Jen~

"My Kerry Rant", by "dollycakes"

I have never served in the military nor in combat. I am the daughter of a Korean and Vietnam War veteran (two tours of duty in both places). A 21-year career soldier. Infantry. I can only understand how my father feels about what John Kerry did to him and thousands of other veterans after he returned from Vietnam. My father and his friends have a word for soldiers like Kerry. And I dare not repeat it here.

I might point out that NONE of this would be occurring right now had Kerry not chosen to make his Vietnam record the mainstay of his campaign. Had he not chosen to criticize Bush for his military service and not going to Vietnam. Kerry is the one who first bellowed "BRING IT ON" and has continued to bring on his military/combat record as the only thing on which he feels qualifies him to serve as president of the United States. Personally, I don't.

Kerry was in Vietnam, sure. And saw combat. However, 4 months does not qualify him to be the Commander in Chief of our military. And while Bush did not serve in combat, he has served this country for the past three years in combat with a very real enemy: terrorism. This is what he's done recently. Not 35 years ago, not 20 years ago. Recently. Kerry dare not run on his Senate record because it is pitiful at best. Who hires somebody based on their work experience of 35 years ago? And a dubious experience, at that.

I thank you for your sacrifice to this country. I thank you for serving in the most difficult circumstances I have never known and I am grateful that because of men like yourself, I am live in a free country, a country with opportunities, a country where people are free to express their thoughts and feelings. That being said, understand that there are MANY soldiers who came away from the wars they served in with feelings and thoughts that differ from others. Some are very bitter. Some have put it behind them and moved on. Others continue to live with it and have tried to drown the memories in alcohol, drugs, whatever. My heart goes out to those men (and women) because I have nothing in my own life to compare it to.

However, my father does. As a young man (18) in Korea the first time, to his second tour in Korea to his two tours in Vietnam as a foot soldier and sergeant in charge of his men, I know my father's feelings and thoughts. And what John Kerry did AFTER he returned from Vietnam is, to my father, an unforgivable offense. While many of his friends and men he led were STILL serving in Vietnam, John Kerry joined the ranks of Jane Fonda and aided and abetted the enemy. John Kerry demeaned and put down his fellow soldiers and, indeed, ALL soldiers who served in Vietnam and were still serving. To my father and his fellow veterans, that is a non-prosecutable crime. Yes, when you're in combat you work together and fight together and support each other and look out for each other. And it does NOT end when you come back and leave your fellow soldiers behind. John Kerry left his fellow soldiers behind and abandoned his support of them. Abandoned his duties as a soldier to stand behind them, through thick and thin, until they came home. And even after they came home, because of his words, they were further demeaned and belittled and hated. Because of his actions they were not given the support and respect they deserved. Vietnam was a war nobody wanted to be involved in, and shouldn't have been involved in at all. But our men and women were sent there and did the best they could. Some did more than others; some embellished what they did to get home early. I believe John Kerry was one of those. What other decorated war hero received three Purple Hearts within 4 months? Either the man was a bumbling fool and more of a danger to himself and his men, or he was very, very unlucky (again, a danger), or he outright lied about wounds he claimed to have received and the conditions under which they occurred. Either case, for him to get his ticket home and turn around and trash his fellow soldiers is inexcusable and he has left many, many harsh feelings against him. For him to pass those feelings off as un-important shows how shallow and out of touch he is with people in general. If he believes the Swift Boat Vets are lying, then he should show the same courage he had when he went to Vietnam and confront them. He should confront their allegations and accusations head-on and not send his sycophants and minions out to speak for him. What do they know except what he tells them?

It is important to understand that there are many who have NOT forgotten, and who do not want John Kerry as the president of this country because he is not fit to lead. As an admitted war criminal himself, he is guilty of violating the rules of the Geneva Convention and until he can reconcile himself to the Vietnam Veterans he maligned and hurt, until he can be completely honest with himself and with the people he is asking to vote for him, he is not fit. Not fit to be a Senator, not fit to be president, not fit for the position and office of Commander-in-Chief of our military.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Make me feel better...tell me something silly.

I lost my voice today. Anybody seen it? *cough*cough*

Someone just asked me “So how did you lost your voice?”. I must be pretty good at conveying my thoughts via my facial expressions because he immediately apologized for being a ding dong and made a hasty retreat. *evil grin*

As I come out of the fog that has been the last two weeks, it occurred to me that in addition to becoming sick every time I am over-worked, I start doing goofy things. I basically become a walking talking (thought not today) blonde joke.

I’ll start with a couple personal hygiene hiccups –

I washed my hair with shaving cream. Luckily I recognized the “wild berry” smell or it would have been a sticky mess.

I put hair gel on my toothpaste. What a cliché, eh? In my defense, the tubes are the same shape. Well, sorta. If your eyes are at half-mast, which mine were at the time.

For the record, it tasted quite bad. I had to throw the toothbrush away.

Fun with caffeine –

After a super duper late night, I got the bright idea that I needed to buy a four pack of Starbucks double-espresso shots, and slam all of them in about 30 minutes. I came down enough to sleep approximately 2.5 days later. Not exactly one of my better ideas.

Safety hazard –

A not-so-funny one... My husband was following me home from work at about 1am, and I almost ran someone off the road. That one was not so funny.

Professional fun -

Friday I received an email from our CFO saying that our office would be closing early. I wrote our CFO, who is a good friend, and just said “I love you”. She knows I’m a zombie right now. I thought it might make her laugh. The next email I received was from our president’s executive assistant saying “Awwww...You’re welcome but I had nothing to do with it!”. I then realized that I had hit “reply to all” instead of just “reply”. Our entire staff received my love note. Everyone sure is being nice to me now that I have professed my love. Hopefully no one will sue me for sexual harassment.

Make me feel better. Tell me something embarrassing you’ve done.

Men are easy...

Even if this is one of those "urban legends", it sounds like it COULD be true...-Jen

The following ad in the Atlanta Journal is reported to have received the most calls ever on a singles ad:

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good looking girl who loves to play. I love long walks in >the woods, riding in your pickup truck, swimming naked in the pond, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. Rub me the rightway and watch me respond -- I'll be at the front door when you get home from work wearing only what nature gave me. Kiss me and I'm yours. Call (404) 875-6420 and ask for Daisy.

More than 15,000 men found themselves talking to the Atlanta Humane Society about an 8-week old black Labrador retriever.

Men are so.....easy.

Friday, August 27, 2004


Our 85 pound baby Lars... Posted by Hello


An officially approved picture of Mr. and Mrs. BigandMean... Posted by Hello


BigandMean takes on the Supreme Court... Posted by Hello

Thursday, August 26, 2004

CBFTW shut his blog down.

It was bound to happen. I was kinda waiting for it to happen. And POOF. It's gone.
All of it. Every post deleted.

I know it was a necessity. The comment posting grew crazy. Too many site pests. Pressure from the higher ups...and then his name revealed....

I'm amazed it lasted as long as it did, but I am so sad about it ending. Just bloody sad that it had to come to this.

Thank you Sir. It sure was a hell of a ride.

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Addendum - I posted this part in my comments section today:

I was at work last night late, and I think he ended it
because he was hacked.

Yesterday he took the NPR story off his site. Well, last night, all of a sudden it reappeared some how. He posted a message that I copied, because I email his comments to some of my friends. He wrote that if he takes something off that there must be a good reason why, so don't repost it (he was referring to the NPR post).

Then a few minutes later, he changed the title of the post, added a please or a thank you or something, but kept the message the same. I had a feeling this was the end, so I kept checking every few minutes.I think it was an hour or so later when the whole thing just disappeared.

It looked like he had been hacked, because that original post he had deleted was completely back, with comments and everything. It was weird.

I'm Glad We Got This Straight

I am John Kerry.

I was against the first Iraq war. I am against the second Iraq war, but I voted for it. Now I'm against it but I was for it. I support the UN.

I'm against terrorism and against the Iraq war; but I voted for the Iraq war. So, I voted against the first war and supported the second war, wait.....

I'm against gay marriage but for gay unions. I support gays but think the San Francisco mayor is wrong. I support gay marriages. No, wait, gay unions.

I'm Catholic. Wait, I'm Jewish. My dad was Jewish. But I was raised Catholic. What am I? I don't want to confuse people.

I am for abortions, but wait, I'm Catholic, and Catholics are pro-life. But I might consider putting pro-life judges in office, but I'm not sure. I do know I voted for a pro-life judge, but I stated that it was a mistake.

I went to Vietnam. But I was against Vietnam. I testified against fellow U.S. Troops in Vietnam, threw my medals away and led others to do the same. But I am a war hero. Against the war.

I stated I threw my medals away then I threw my ribbons away. I then revealed that I threw my ribbons away but not my medals, then lately I stated that I threw someone else's medals away and never threw anything of mine away. I believe ribbons and medals aren't the same thing. Medals come with ribbons, so now I believe that ribbons and medals are the same thing besides the fact that ribbons are cloth and medals are medal.

I wrote a book that pictured the U.S. Flag upside-down on its cover. But now I fly and campaign in a plane with a large flag right-side up on it. But sometimes, we fly upside-down for fun.

Yasser Arafat is a hero and a statesman. The Israelis shouldn't kill Palestinian terrorists, but they should stop terrorism. Yasser Arafat is a terrorist supporter. I support Mideast peace.

I am for the common man, unlike Bush. I am against the rich. But my family is worth $500 million dollars, has a jet and many SUV's. I am the common man.

I am against sending jobs overseas. My wife is a Heinz heir, which Heinz has most factories offshore. I am against rewarding companies for exporting jobs as long as it is not Heinz.

I own $1 million in Wal-Mart stock. I believe Wal-Mart is evil by driving small business owners out of town. I am a capitalist and I own part of Wal-Mart but I am a good guy for small corporate America.

I own SUV's when I talk to my followers in Detroit, Michigan, Teresa owns SUV's, I don't, when I talk to tree hugging followers. I have a campaign jet that gets 1/3 mpg, which is great fuel efficiency.

I am against making military service an issue in presidential elections.

I defended a draft dodger Clinton and stated that all serve in their own capacity whether they draft dodge or not. Did I mention, I served in Vietnam and am a hero? Are you questioning my patriotism? I served in Vietnam. My opponent didn't. I have three purple hearts! I am a hero.

I am qualified to run this country since I served.


I am John Kerry


Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Letter to John Kerry

Letter to John Kerry

August 25, 2004

Senator John Kerry
304 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Kerry,

We are pleased to welcome your campaign representatives to Texas today. We honor all our veterans, all whom have worn the uniform and served our country. We also honor the military and National Guard troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan today. We are very proud of all of them and believe they deserve our full support.

That’s why so many veterans are troubled by your vote AGAINST funding for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, after you voted FOR sending them into battle. And that’s why we are so concerned about the comments you made AFTER you came home from Vietnam. You accused your fellow veterans of terrible atrocities – and, to this day, you have never apologized. Even last night, you claimed to be proud of your post-war condemnation of our actions.

We’re proud of our service in Vietnam. We served honorably in Vietnam and we were deeply hurt and offended by your comments when you came home.

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t build your convention and much of your campaign around your service in Vietnam, and then try to say that only those veterans who agree with you have a right to speak up. There is no double standard for our right to free speech. We all earned it.

You said in 1992 “we do not need to divide America over who served and how.” Yet you and your surrogates continue to criticize President Bush for his service as a fighter pilot in the National Guard.

We are veterans too – and proud to support President Bush. He’s been a strong leader, with a record of outstanding support for our veterans and for our troops in combat. He’s made sure that our troops in combat have the equipment and support they need to accomplish their mission.

He has increased the VA health care budget more than 40% since 2001 – in fact, during his four years in office, President Bush has increased veterans funding twice as much as the previous administration did in eight years ($22 billion over 4 years compared to $10 billion over 8.) And he’s praised the service of all who served our country, including your service in Vietnam.

We urge you to condemn the double standard that you and your campaign have enforced regarding a veteran’s right to openly express their feelings about your activities on return from Vietnam.

Sincerely,

Texas State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
Rep. Duke Cunningham
Rep. Duncan Hunter
Rep. Sam Johnson
Lt. General David Palmer
Robert O'Malley, Medal of Honor Recipient
James Fleming, Medal of Honor Recipient
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Castle (Ret.)

Denzel part II

Thank you to venom8514. Turns out this email version was pretty different from the actual transcript. Phrases are similar, some words are similar, but there's no mention of political affiliations. Lame lame lame. That would certainly explain why it is not circulating in the media...it's NOT TRUE!!!! Sorry about that folks!

I'll paste part of the transcript below...



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Meryl Streep and Denzel were on the today show "live" with Katie Couric to talk about the movie "Manchurian Candidate."

At one point Katie asked Denzel, "have you seen Fahrenheit 9/11?" To which Denzel replied, "No, and I have no intentions on seeing it." Katie and Meryl were "so noticeably" taken aback!

Then, a discourse (or more preferably, a fight!) began between all three of them with Denzel being barraged with all kinds of anti-Bush, anti-republican comments, but "the man stood his ground" and soon enraged the women so much that they
couldn't get a word in edgewise.

Meryl Streep turned blood red and she sat with her legs crossed and her one leg shaking up and down, fuming! Then Katie uttered the words that put the final nail in her coffin, she said to Denzel "you see, that's the problem I have with "you people."

She of course did not get to finish her sentence because Denzel pounced on her verbally by responding "YOU PEOPLE! YOU PEOPLE! Just what do you mean you people! Do you mean "You People" as in me as a Christian, or do you mean "You People" as in me as a REPUBLICAN? She then tap danced her way through the next minute of the show.
But Denzel went out fighting and declaring that Fahrenheit 9/11 is nothing but propaganda and lies distorted to support a cynical democratic film director's views.
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Actual transcript:

Couric: "Denzel, are you — do you feel — you know some people say Hollywood folks should stick to acting."

Washington: "I don't know what Hollywood folks are, first of all. Hollywood is a town that has some stars on the sidewalk. I don't know anybody from there. So, I don't — that's like saying — calling you a type of folks. I'm not a Hollywood folk. I don't know who they are."

Couric: "Okay, all right, well, let me rephrase the question. Are you one of those people that —"

Washington: "Ah, there you go. Am I one of those people? Hmmm, isn't that interesting?"

Couric: "Oh, stop, stop, stop."

Washington: "No, don't stop. I heard what you just said. 'Am I one of those people?' No, I'm not."

Couric: "No, are you an actor who would rather not —"

Washington: "No, I'm not that either. I'm a human being. My job is acting."

Couric: "Okay, are you somebody who would rather not express his political views publicly? I mean how do you feel about that? Some people are more outspoken than others. And what I meant, are you one of the people who would rather keep it private? Don't make my questions loaded when they're not."

Washington: "Would I rather keep it private? No, I'm not one of those people. I think I speak what's on my mind."

Streep: "Oh, I was there" [at a fund-raiser for Senator John Kerry].

Couric: "I know you were there. And in fact, I read your quote. You said — you talked about President Bush and his invocation of religion and you said —"

Streep: "No, of Jesus."

Couric: "Of Jesus, sorry. 'Through the shock and awe, I wondered which of the megaton bombs Jesus, our president's personal savior, would have personally dropped on the sleeping families in Baghdad.'"

Streep: "It was a question about when you put Jesus on the campaign bus to stump for you, you have to really listen to what he says, because he says, 'If a man smite thee on the cheek, let you turn the other that he may smite it also.' And he says, 'He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.' And he says, 'Love thine enemy.' Jesus could have raised an army against the people that persecuted him. He didn't. So that's what I was pointing out in my speech, and I couldn't really imagine Jesus, like I couldn't imagine how Jesus would vote. Jesus was the Prince of Peace. Would the Prince of Peace vote for a war President?"

Washington: "And it's open to interpretation. Jesus also went into the temple and kicked everybody out."

Streep: "That's kicking the money-changers out of the temple."

Washington: "Well, you're right. So —"

Streep: "The money-changers should get out of Congress, I agree. And I agree, but he didn't —"

Washington: "He didn't. He didn't only say turn the other cheek though. You’ve got to read the whole book. That's not what all he said."

Streep: "Oh, I do read the whole book."

Washington: "I do too. And that's not all he said."

Streep: "What does he say that said 'pick up a stick and kill somebody?'"

Washington: "Like I said, he did go into the temple and cleared the place well —"

Streep: "Of money, yeah."

Washington: "Okay, well, we're all —"

Streep: "Money's bad."

Washington: "We all make money. So does that make us bad? Maybe he's talking about us?"

Streep: "Well, yeah, maybe."

Couric: "And how do you feel about the current political situation?"

Washington: "You know, I haven't seen 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' because I live in America. I grew up here. I'm an ex-slave. I'm a result of what this country can do. So it's nothing new to me. I'm not surprised at all. It's just business as usual. What I want to talk about is, what are we doing right now, today, for these young kids that are coming home? Are we embracing them? I don't hear about them being lifted up. I mean, I'm not just talking about a parade but —"

Couric: "Are they getting the support they need."

Washington: "Are they getting the support and love they need from us? And maybe that story's being told, but I sure haven't seen it that much in the news. Yeah, they're pointing fingers about who was right and whose wrong and who started what and where the weapons of mass destruction. But these kids are coming home."

Streep: "Uh-huh."

Washington: "You know, I have a son, 19, 19-year-olds are coming home completely different."

Tuesday, August 24, 2004


Another one for Mason and Justice...The one in the background on the right was such a giant that BigandMean is having it mounted for Scott. Another dead thing to find a spot for...in a corner......so that it won't scare me...  Posted by Hello


BigandMean, Great Uncle Marvin (he fought in Pearl Harbor!) and my brother. :) Posted by Hello


This one is for Justice and Mason!!! Scott, BigandMean and my brother caught these last spring. Posted by Hello

Brit Hume Exposes Media's Hypocrisy on Kerry and Bush

Monday, Aug. 23, 2004
Brit Hume Exposes Media's Hypocrisy on Kerry and Bush

Fox News Channel's excellent Brit Hume isn't afraid to point out the media establishment's extreme hypocrisy on reporting the military records of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry.

Hume and others at FNC have reported from the start about Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which the New York Times, Washington Post and other pro-Democrat members of Big Media ignored until they launched counterattacks for Kerry.

Hume says in the latest issue of Broadcasting & Cable: "There was a firestorm and feeding frenzy in the press corps about Bush's National Guard service, charging that he was AWOL — that was Terry McAuliffe — or a deserter — that was Michael Moore. They served as a profound motivator to swing the tough-minded folks of the Washington press corps into action.

"Kerry is running on ideas, but the centerpiece of the convention and much of his campaign has been his Vietnam War service. It's as if he was born, grew up, went to Vietnam, came back and ran for president. There's 'John Kerry, The Missing Years,' which are his years in the Senate. The fact that he has made Vietnam so central a feature of his campaign [makes] a closer look at what he did there relevant.

"It seemed evident the Swift boat veterans would be worth looking into, since these veterans critical of Kerry put their names on this stuff. But in addition to being a good political story, it's a good media contrast story."

B&C: "Why?"

Hume: "This is one of the clearest cut cases of media bias imaginable. People say these veterans have political motivations. Fine. If you want to use that as a standard, why would you ever pick up on anything Michael Moore and Terry McAuliffe say?

"Why is this not on the front page of The Washington Post and The New York Times? At this point, there's no possible explanation, given their behavior toward Bush's National Guard service."

My, how will Democrat attack dog and former Jimmy Carter spinmeister Chris Matthews respond to that?

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/8/23/112201.shtml

N.Y. Daily News Unearths 'Stunning' Democrat Vote Fraud

Monday, Aug. 23, 2004
N.Y. Daily News Unearths 'Stunning' Democrat Vote Fraud

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - About 46,000 people, most of them Democrats, are illegally registered to vote in New York City and in Florida, the liberal New York Daily News reported today.

"The finding is even more stunning given the pivotal role Florida played in the 2000 presidential election, when a margin there of 537 votes tipped a victory to George W. Bush."
And the investigation doesn't include other states or even the suburbs of New York.

The pro-Kerry paper said that efforts to prevent such fraud "rely mostly on the honor system." That's a serious flaw when people who have no honor are involved.

Sixty-eight percent of those registered to vote in both states are Democrats. Sixteen percent did not list a party, and only 12 percent are Republicans.

The paper determined that 400 to 1,000 New Yorkers had voted twice in at least one election, "a federal offense punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine."

A possible solution: a national voter registration system with federally assigned ID numbers. Allan Lichtman, a history professor at American University in Washington, told the paper: "I don't think the country is ready for that. It may well be that a few hundred people spilling over and voting twice may be an inevitable friction within the system."

Even if it results in a repeat of the stolen presidential election of 1960?

A reader from Plymouth Meeting, Pa., who sent us this tip wrote: "The Democrats are obviously the party of vote fraud, by a more than 5 to 1 margin. Why aren't these people being punished? The Justice Department SHOULD investigate and PROSECUTE (senior citizens or not, they belong in JAIL)!"

Still Too Stupid to Vote

Meanwhile, notorious Palm Beach County, where thousands of hard-core Democrats, including many snowbirds from or former residents of New York, claimed to be too stupid to use a Democrat-designed ballot in 2000, is at again.

And what's the problem this time? Some users of the absentee ballot are now claiming to be too inept to draw a simple line connecting two parts of an arrow.

Bring on the lawyers ...

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/8/23/163727.shtml

Kerry Personally, Repeatedly Questioned Bush's Guard Service

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004 9:50 a.m. EDT
Kerry Personally, Repeatedly Questioned Bush's Guard Service

President Bush has never questioned John Kerry's Vietnam War service - saying instead on multiple occasions that it was noble and something the Democratic nominee should be proud of.

Sen. Kerry, on the other hand, has repeatedly - in person, during on-the-record interviews - charged that Bush conducted himself dishonorably during the Vietnam War.

The distinction is an important one, since Kerry - now in full damage control mode over charges he fabricated parts of his war record - continues to maintain that the White House is behind the criticism and is demanding that Bush personally call off the dogs.
But if any apologies are in order they should start with Kerry, who has tried to smear Bush in a way that neither Bush, nor anyone else associated with the Bush Cheney campaign, has dared to even try.

Here's Kerry during an April 26, 2004 appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" complaining about a report questioning which medals he threw away during a 1971 anti-war demonstration:

"This comes from a president and a Republican party that can't even answer whether or not he showed up for duty in the National Guard. I'm not going to stand for it," the top Democrat told GMA's Charlie Gibson.

In case anybody missed his Bush smear, Kerry repeated it two more times during the same interview:

"The Republicans are running $10 million this week to attack my credentials on defense. This comes from a president who can't even show or prove that he showed up for duty in the National Guard. . . ."

Here's Kerry's third attempt to slime Bush's Guard service in less than ten minutes:

"George Bush has yet to explain to America whether or not, and tell the truth, about whether he showed up for duty. I'm not going to get attacked on something that I did, that is a matter of record, that the press saw, that I did in front of the entire nation, and everyone then understood."

And it's not as if Kerry was having a bad day and simply flew off the handle without thinking. Instead, Kerry's April 26 attack on Bush's Guard service echoed similar smears by the candidate only weeks earlier.

Here's Kerry on Feb. 8, arguing that the fact that Bush received an honorable discharge doesn't get him off the hook on suspicions he was a no-show during his time with the Guard:

"The issue here, as I have heard it raised, is was he present and active on duty in Alabama at the times he was supposed to be," Kerry declared. "Just because you get an honorable discharge does not in fact answer that question."

Five days earlier during an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes," Kerry compared Bush's Guard service to those who fled to Canada during the Vietnam War.

"There is a question that's been raised about whether -- about what [Bush's] service was. And I don't know the answers to those questions," he told Sean Hannity.

"I've never made any judgments about any choice somebody made about avoiding the draft, about going to Canada, going to jail, being a conscientious objector [or] going into the National Guard. Those are choices people make."

How about it, Sen. Kerry? Care to apologize to President Bush for opening this particular Pandora's Box?

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/8/24/95940.shtml

Saturday, August 21, 2004

The cult of Kerry

The Cult of Kerry
by Doug Giles
August 21, 2004
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/douggiles/printdg20040821.shtml


Listening to the Democrats speak about John Kerry must be what it was like hearing Saint Peter describe Christ to his fishing buddies. Kerry can do no wrong. No matter what is written or said about the Senator, the Dems find no fault in the man. He’s perfect.

Just look at his website, JohnKerry.com. Why, he’s squeaky clean; he’s a truth telling war hero and good guy, with an impeccable public record who should replace that terrible rascal George W. Bush. Kerry, according to the Dems, is the savior of these United States.

End of discussion. Crown him with many crowns! Yeah, right.

According to the liberal-left, Kerry has never – no, NEVER - lied, prevaricated, exaggerated, or obfuscated. He has never flipped flopped. If he has done a 180 on an issue it is because he is evolving … transforming like a little butterfly. And we all know development is a complicated process, don’t we? Therefore, one must be understanding with Kerry during his miraculous presidential metamorphosis. He’s flowering. Be gentle.

Given the vast secularization of the left it’s touching to see such faith. Yes, the Democrats’ willingness to completely, implicitly trust, back, defend, go out on a limb for and stake their careers on this man is simply -- religious.

My question is: what kind of goofy grape Jim Jones juice do the Democrats and the Liberal media’s Axis of Drivel, drink to make them utterly and completely believe everything this guy says and never seriously question him, his war claims or his vacillating voting records?

Kerry has worked some serious voodoo on his backers, and he’s now trying to do it on us voters.

We are told, you see, that Saint John Kerry is immaculate, that we should believe what he and a smattering of others say about him during his Nam days, and that we should blow off his 20 year voting history. Just drink the [poisonous] grape juice and let him run the country.

Kum Ba Ya, My Senator, Kum ba ya.

The liberals want the masses to believe Kerry, make a Hegelian leap of faith, blow off all the massive accusations and empirical evidence … and embrace him. We can do this!


First, by just moving on from all that Swift Boat stuff. Geez, guys, Kerry said he’s telling the truth. Let it be. The carefully scripted, evasive half-answers and the New York Times’ tilted take is good enough for the Democrats. So, what’s the problem? I mean, who cares if 60 eyewitnesses, and a total of 254 combat mates, think Kerry is a grade “A” bulls**t artist? No need to check the facts: they’ve gotta be wrong, and Kerry’s obviously right. Drink the juice.

Now, repeat after me: it makes no difference that John-boy claimed until just last week that he spent Christmas Eve 1968 in Cambodia. It’s really just a bit of poor navigation that he was 55 miles away, deep in Vietnam, although he insisted on it every chance he got including on the Senate floor.

And it really, really doesn’t matter that he claimed Richard Nixon was the lying president at the time, although he still was waiting to be inaugurated. We all know that worse things have been said about Nixon, so you can’t blame the ever-so-honest, self-righteous John Forbes Kerry.

Anyway, those suspicious Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads were floated by rich Republicans – from Texas! friends of the Bush family!! - and we know how disreputable and discrediting that kind of activity is when a partisan guy with $200 thousand gives it to a 527 organization for smear ads. [Hey! Don’t anybody mention George Soros giving $10 million to MoveOn.org!] You know this grape juice is really pretty tasty.

Secondly, we all could move on and embrace Kerry if Ann Coulter would just chill on making a big deal out of Kerry bringing a movie camera with him to re-enact his purportedly heroic acts. Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson often have people around them filming their actions, so … what’s weird about Kerry doing it? You and I both know that if Sony digi-cams were around in Christ’s day, he’d have Bartholomew rolling on him while he was doing His gallant deeds. And they’d do several different takes until Bart got it right. More funky juice, please.

Thirdly, we could move on and embrace Kerry if we would all back off the major television outlets for not carrying detailed coverage of the Swifties’ best-selling book, Unfit for Command, which is #1 on Amazon, in it’s fifth printing with Regnery, and yet very difficult to find at major bookstores in liberal cities. Look, Tailgunner Joe … TV news shows are busy with other things. The Olympics are being played. Hello! And in addition to the games we really must see the documentary about how the male Olympian overcame chronic jock itch, an overbearing mother with a mustache and a penchant for prancing around in stiletto heels, to become the great athlete he is. Yes, we need more of this stuff. Hours of it. Uh… excuse me… my goofy grape Nehi is running a little low.

Fourthly, we could all move on and climb into Kerry’s boat by believing John, who from now on, is going to go medieval against those terrorists. Kerry has promised us that he can be a mean guy to bad people and that he will do whatever it takes to secure us at home and abroad. We need to believe him and not let little things bother us. Things like this wanna be JFK skipping out on 78% of 49 hearings while he served on the Senate intelligence committee.

We shouldn’t flinch over Kerry’s proposal just after the first [1993] attack on the World Trade Center to slash $7.5 billion from our intelligence budget. And who can fault Kerry for voting 12 times between 1990 and 2003 against higher pay for America's hardworking volunteer military?

Can it really be a sticking point with people if our two Johns, Kerry and Edwards, are two of only four US Senators who voted for the use of force resolution against Iraq and against the $87 billion funding bill for our troops there and in Afghanistan? What harm is there in voting against extra money for body armor for soldiers and against increased combat pay for troops? You can still be tough on terrorists, right?

We must not judge Kerry based on what he has done ... only on what he says he will do. Kerry, like Francis Dolarhyde, is becoming and it’s not fair to equate him with what he was. Come on, people. Do what the Dems do. Throw your hands up in the air and say, “Oh well … whatever”. Give me more goofy grape because I like-a da juice.

Fifthly, we can really embrace Kerry very easily: simply believe that he means it when he says he’ll cut the middle classes’ taxes. All we have to do is forget he’s voted 98 times for tax increases totaling more than $2.3 trillion and voted at least 126 times against tax cuts totaling more than $5.3 trillion. Just believe Kerry even though he’s voted 73 times to reduce the size of a tax cut, 67 times for smaller tax cuts and 11 times against repealing tax hikes … and even when he voted for Bill Clinton’s largest tax increase in U.S. history! If Kerry says he’s not going to tax us, just be cool …close your eyes ... and keep the grape juice flowing.

And lastly, we can all join the Kerry cult, by buying into his take on abortion: life begins at conception but the woman has the right to snuff that life out. Maybe it’s not so nice, but it’s no big deal continuing the greatest holocaust to ever hit our planet -- murdering unborn children. On that one, altar boy, make wacky Welch's a double.

My ClashPoint is this: Kerry’s crowd is so blinded by anti-Bush frothing fervor they have completely lost their objectivity and have halo-ed this cat. No, no, no, John Kerry’s not a liar. His voting record doesn’t contradict his newfound convictions … and the king is not naked. It’s OK, cuz … O.J. is innocent, and Scott Peterson didn’t kill Laci and their baby. Oh, and Britney Spears can sing, and Andy Dick is a thespian.

Kerry’s cult may see a glow around their do-no-wrong golden boy’s head but I don’t think it’s a halo. It’s probably methane gas from the fetid fecal fumes that are steaming off his body.

No Jim Jones juice for me, thank you.

©2004 Doug Giles
townhall.com

Friday, August 20, 2004

Dear Kerry Supporters

by Neal Boortz
http://www.townhall.com/columnists/nealboortz/nb20040820.shtml#
August 20, 2004
Dear Kerry supporter:

The very milk of human kindness and the spirit of love compel me to write this note to you. I know that things have been a bit rough for you during the past few weeks. I thought it might be a nice gesture if I tried to say a few things to cheer you up, or at the very least let you know that I empathize with you.

Perhaps it would help if I started out here by telling you that I did not vote for George W. Bush in 2000. Feel better? Well, now that we find ourselves standing on some common ground, can we talk?

Is it safe to say that we’re all in this thing together? We do want the same things, don’t we? We want to be safe in our homes and protected from the actions of Islamic terrorists. We want to be free to pursue our life’s work and to use the results of our hard work for ourselves, our families and our future; and this we want to do with a minimum of government interference … right?

So, it is from our shared goals and dreams that I ask you to accept my sincere expression of condolences for the way this campaign is turning out for you.

We’ve connected now, so you can speak openly. I can see the pain in your eyes. I understand. You so-wanted to beat Bush in this election. Beating Bush was more important than almost anything else in your life. You don’t like his arrogance, you don’t like the way he talks, you don’t like the way he walks, and you constantly feel like he’s smirking at you. What’s not to hate? And on top of all this, he stole that election in Florida, right?

Yeah, sure he did.

I must tell you that I rather admire the way you’ve managed to ignore the fact that every single recount in Florida, even a recount handled by a media consortium unfriendly to Bush, showed Al Gore lost. This is all the more infuriating when you consider that Gore would have won if he had just managed to carry his home state! But then there’s that conveniently ignored fact that the networks’ call of Florida for Bush an hour before the polls closed in the heavily conservative Florida panhandle might have cost Bush as much as 12,0000 votes.

Now you’re beginning to learn the truth about this candidate you’ve bought. In short, you’ve discovered that you bought a lemon. I understand. You were so very anxious to get the primary circus over and done with, chose a champion, and ride off to battle against the forces of darkness. You were so anxious, so eager that you drove the wrong car off the showroom floor. You would like to return it now, but you’re too many miles down the campaign road, and there’s no lemon law in politics.

Look, I just have to ask: How is it that you selected this candidate without knowing that he had absolutely nothing to run on, and I do mean nothing, except four months in Vietnam? Didn’t it occur to you that you might want a candidate with at least some record of accomplishment over a twenty-year period of service in the Senate?

Back to this car analogy: Please tell me that you would at least take a look under the hood before you buy a car. Tell me that you would at least turn the key and start the engine to see how it sounds. Does it purr or cough its way to life? This car won’t cruise, my friend. It has an old motor that evidently couldn’t even pull its own weight 35 years ago! Just since you’re convention they’ve issued so many revisions to the operating manual that you are having trouble keeping up. All this, and the evil Bush yet to be officially nominated!

Now you’re finding out that the service records for your 2004 Kerry may have been altered! Questions are being asked about that four-month period of heavy-duty operation decades ago. Maybe your Kerry didn’t perform as well as you’ve been told!

We’re friends, right? So let’s cut to the chase. You know you really didn’t want a 2004 Kerry in the first place. You wanted a Hillary! Just think about those sleek, curvy lines, that flashy grille, the soft upholstery. What’s not to love? Come on and admit it. That’s your real goal. Hillary Clinton in the White House, a liberal nirvana. You panicked, though, and bought the first shiny thing you saw on the showroom floor.

Well, this isn’t the way to go about it, my friend. If your dream version of America is Hillary in the White House, then beating Bush in 2004 is not going to move you closer to your goal. It’s time for you to put the overpowering emotion of hatred aside and try to think a few years ahead. If this 2004 Kerry of yours takes this race you’re probably going to be stuck with him for eight years. During those eight years they’re going to be polishing up a 2012 Edwards to take his place. All the while your Hillary is going to be collecting rust in the Senate.

I’m going to suggest the unthinkable. Look ahead! Plan! Set aside your desire for instant gratification to pursue your true dream! Go ahead and let Bush have these next four years. Spend that time getting your Hillary into racing form. Who are the Republicans going to run in 2008, Cheney? You’ll have the pole locked up!

Hold on! Was that a wink? Am I missing something here?


Neal Boortz is a lawyer and nationally syndicated radio talk show host.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Email from a Vietnam Vet

I have got to start checking my hotmail account more often!! I found this gem today. Names have been edited with astericks...
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Jen,

Several comments:

First, I can't believe you live in SPRING, TEXAS! Ten years ago, I didn't even know there was such a place, then my brother moved there... He lives off K********* road, over around C****** C****. I can't tell you exactly, I just know how to get there...

Secondly, I'm a Vietnam veteran. I wasn't there the same time sKerry was, I'm a retired Air Force NCO, and our wars were totally different. I haven't read "Unfit for Command", and probably won't, unless my local library gets a copy. I do know more about the Vietnam War than the average grunt, because my military specialty was imagery intelligence, and my unit worked directly for Headquarters 7th Air Force and MACV. I worked in the Briefing section of the 12th Recon Intel Tech Squadron, the unit that supplied most of the tactical targeting information, strategic bombing assessments, and basic intelligence studies of the Ho Chi Minh trail, North Vietnam, and the rest of Southeast Asia. I had access to every bit of intelligence, regardless of source, in all of Southeast Asia. A lot of the stuff I and the six people I worked with did each night was presented to President Nixon in his daily intelligence briefing the next day. In addition to all that, I personally got to work as part of the evaluation team for several "new" or "experimental" processes, including false-color infrared (write to me if you don't understand that), thermal infrared, radar imaging, and reconnaissance drone imaging systems. I worked with some great people, including a half-dozen Aussies that were absolutely fabulous to work with, both professionally and as just plain "guys".

I hate John Kerry for his anti-war behavior. I lost more than a dozen personal friends in that war, and a few Vietnamese and Laotian friends when the South collapsed afterwards. My hate is personal, and aimed at John Kerry as a person. I don't see that kind of hatred among the Swift Boat vets. What I see is the total disgust a professional soldier has for someone who lies about and embellishes his or her record for personal gain. I personally think John Kerry received medals he didn't deserve - not because he didn't do the things he said he did, but because the circumstances were different than what he said they were, and therefore don't merit the medals he asked for. And I'm fairly certain he got them because he ASKED for them.

There are lots of people who served in Vietnam, and got medals for what they did. I have met many who did far more heroic things than John Kerry claims to have done, and got lesser medals, or nothing at all. I spent a semester in Omaha, going to school with one of them - Mike R******** (IIRC - it's been 20 years). Mike was a Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine regiment. I remember him telling me he won HIS silver star rescuing six Marines during a fire-fight in A Shau. I dug out the citation from the Marine Corps archives - he was hit four times, dragging wounded Marines back through over 100 yards of bare earth under fire. He had already lost his right foot when he went after the sixth one, but didn't pass out until they were both safely aboard the air evac chopper. Mike C***, another acquaintance of mine, served three tours in Vietnam. He has three bronze stars, a silver star, and ELEVEN purple hearts. I know several people who were "Grey Ghosts" - US intelligence folks that worked on the ground in Laos, keeping track of the NVA on the Ho Chi Minh trail. These people are heros. John Kerry is a jerk.

I just found your blog today. I like it. I'll bookmark it, and come back often. Keep your spirits up, and keep posting!

Mike W*********
Colorado Springs, CO

An Old Patriot

If you can, lead. If you cannot, or will not lead
be careful whom you follow, for you will be judged
by their words and deeds.

People belong to political parties to make sure their
scoundrel gets elected, instead of the other party's
scoundrel.
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Addendum...
Paul wrote this in the comments section. I think it needs to be "up front"
with Mike's email.

At 3:55 PM, Paul said...
It is a small world, Mike and I can swear to it *smile*.

Mike's and my relationship can be used to illuminate a lot of the smoke and Confusion that has happened lately concerning recollections concerning the military service of both Bush and Kerry.

I remember Mike as clear as if it were yesterday, Mike does not remember me at all. This is very much like the Bush reporting for duty and the Kerry swiftboat recollections.

Time is a friend, a thief and a trickster.

Mike and I attended some of the same unit functions, probably worked on some of the same projects and missions and both of us would describe all of it very differently.
Not because either of us were wrong headed, but because we were different heads. Different backgrounds, different history's, different perspectives, different people.
I was 7 wears old when he was in Colorado Springs in the Air Force, so we have an Age difference.

In many ways Mike is still fighting the Communists seeing Red behind every corner. In many ways, I'm still fighting Nixon seeing government corruption at every turn.
Perspectives.

One thing you will find we have in common is that we loved our unit and believed in what we did. At the end of my enlistment I left Omaha, never questioning my decision. Mike continued on in his military career.

Today we're both veteran civilians concerned about the future of the country we worked to defend without being able to fully share what we did.
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Paul's right. It really is fascinating how two people can go through the same or similar experience but go in such different directions. I wish I had more time to delve in to that, but I am pretending to work right now. *grin* Special thanks to both gentlemen for sharing your perspectives, and for serving our great country. ~Jen~

Sunday, August 15, 2004

A rock star named PFC Kenneth

I don't know if I can write about this experience and do it justice, but I have to try. I hope I remember all the details. I’m sure I will leave something out.

A few weeks ago I received a phone call at work from a lady whose son in law was a soldier in Afghanistan. She had some questions about how the place I work at handles people with special needs, disabilities, etc. Her son-in-law had been hurt pretty bad, so I gave her a lesson in ADA (Americans with disabilities act)101. We had a wonderful conversation. She asked if her daughter could call me for ADA school too.

Her sweetheart of a daughter, who is all of 21, called me and we discussed ADA laws and such. She explained to me what happened to her 22 year old husband. The story, and the spirit of this amazing young couple floored me. I have to share their story with my blog friends.

Katy's husband, PFC Kenneth (that’s his first name, not his last name), was stationed in Afghanistan. He was some sort of scout (I wish I had written it down). It was a very dangerous job. He was there for 8 months, with barely a scratch. One night, while he was sleeping, one of the other soldiers in his platoon was cleaning his rifle. The gun fired, and shot PFC Kenneth in the head. Katy received notification that her husband would not survive. She heard from others in his unit that after the gun went off, PFC Kenneth stood up and grabbed his gun on reflex, and then crumpled. His heart stopped. A nearby medic ran an I.V., and performed CPR. They got his heart going again, and the medics put him on a helicopter to Kuwait. He crashed several times on the helicopter.

While in Kuwait, a team of Kuwaiti doctors worked to save him. He was not doing well. He lost both eyes, part of the frontal lobe of his brain, had a cracked skull, major concussion......truly devastating injuries. A visiting American doctor heard there was an injured American soldier, and asked to review the case. The visiting doctor discovered that PFC Kenneth was on the wrong meds. He most likely would have died if the American doctor had not stepped in.

After PFC Kenneth was stabilized, he was sent back to the US (I think she said Bethesda?).

Katy said that before he was able to comprehend the extent of his injuries, he kept talking about how he had to get back to his unit. Isn’t it awe-inspiring how we keep hearing stories of injured soldiers with that same thought - "I must get back to my men".

PFC Kenneth has had multiple surgeries, all brain or eye related, and all very dangerous. He has come through all of them with flying colors. He is tough as nails.

It has been about three months now. PFC Kenneth was sent from the hospital to a rehab center that specializes in sight disabilities. His wife called it "blind school". They teach people who have lost their site how to take care of themselves. They also teach their principal care-giver the dos and don'ts. He has been staying there Monday through Friday. Every Friday, Katy drives three hours to Waco to pick him up, and drives three hours home. On Sundays she makes the six hour trip again.

So fast forward to the present.

PFC Kenneth has made remarkable progress. His graduation from his sight impairment school was Friday. His wife wanted to take him on their first big outing to see a Toby Keith concert (Toby is one of Kenneth's heros) as a surprise, and this is how I became involved and got to know her. We had such a great connection, and she asked if I could meet them when they got here. Good grief. I told her it would be MY honor to meet her and her husband.

I began telling any person who would listen about this young man's story. I called in favors, worked every angle I could think of, and gosh did this turn out well.

On the day of the concert, our fabulous police officers held the very best parking space for Katy and PFC Kenneth. I can't stress how big of a perk this was. Parking can be a nightmare out here. I conspired with the police officers, our VP, backstage security, the promoter, the production people, the marketing team, and the band security person to roll out the red carpet. When they arrived, they gave their names and were shown to their special parking spot. Our fabulous police officers escorted Katy and PFC Kenneth to the back stage gate, and called me so I could meet them and take them around. By the time I walked out there, they were surrounded by police officers and security guards all wanting to meet them. I wish I had been able to take a picture of this scene. All of the gigantic officers and security people were clamoring for an introduction and wanting to shake their hands. These officers deal with famous people all the time, and I have NEVER seen them excited like this before. Everyone was so emotional.

I walked up and introduced myself (I am tearing up trying to write this). The first thing that popped in to my head was "Gosh they look young". I knew they were 21 and 22, but they looked like high school kids. They both had giant grins on their faces and looked so excited. PFC Kenneth was wearing what I think is a formal military uniform hat, but I am not sure. It was dark blue, and shaped like a cowboy hat with military insignia on it. He had on dark sunglasses. He has not had cosmetic surgery yet, and his scars have not fully healed and were visible. Man oh man. That kid has been through hell. Lovely Katy was decked out in a military shirt and military wife cap. Despite all they have been through, I thought they both glowed. You can just feel the love between them.

So I walked up, and Katy told him I was there. He asked to shake MY hand and said he was thrilled to meet me. ME?!?!?! Good grief. I was trying not to cry, and boy was that a losing battle. So Katy told him I was right in front of him and he raised his hand (she will say things like “he or she is right in front of you” or “he’s to your right”, she is always giving him cues. It’s amazing to watch.) So we were shaking hands...and shaking hands...and shaking hands...and shaking hands…and finally Katy started laughing and reached out and touched him and said “that’s enough silly”, and he started laughing. LAUGHING. He told me it was “nice to see me”, paused, and started cracking up again.

PFC Kenneth is a first class jokester and a total smart ass. I of course fell instantly, madly in love. I have a feeling this happens to every person who comes in contact with him.

While we were standing there talking, he paused and said “Katy, where are we?”, and Katy said “We’re back stage at a concert”. He kinda cocked his head and said “Why are we here?” and she said “To see Toby Keith”. He said “Who is Toby Keith?”, and then Katy paused and busted out laughing. He was messing with her, and pretending to be confused. He started laughing again and said “She falls for it every single time”.

After a while, one of my favorite police officers walked the three of us through the backstage maze to get to the VIP club area. All of the performers and roadies were playing a rowdy game of basketball. John, the police officer, pointed out Toby. PFC Kenneth said that he wanted to go play and started laughing. Unfortunately we couldn’t do that, but Katy was excited about getting to watch for a second. As we walked towards the club Kenneth said “Oh well. I’d probably be a lousy shot anyway” and started laughing again. Did I mention this guy is, as we say here in Texas, a "cut-up"?

When we got to the club, John had to leave us and go back to work. As he was leaving, he shook PFC Kenneth’s hand...and shook his hand...and shook his hand...it is so funny the way he does that. John thanked him for serving our country and had tears in his eyes.(By the way, John is about 6’4” and one of the toughest guys you ever saw, and it was overwhelming to see him emotional.)

The three of us sat on the patio for a while before I had to go back to my office. I got Katy’s cell # from her, and told her I was working on a surprise. She handed me a gift bag before I walked away.

When I got back to my office, I opened the bag. There was a beautiful silver cross paperweight and a beautiful card. I lost it. Completely lost it. She had told me that their faith in God and in each other is what keeps them going. Then I read the card. Oh my gosh the card. It was really lovely, with a nice note from Katy. The thing that sent me completely off the cliff was PFC Kenneth had signed his name, in a shaky crooked hand. The significance of that...my god I just can’t put it in to words how overwhelming this was.

So like I said before, I had been conspiring with a lot of people to show this beautiful young couple a good time. After calling in every favor I could, I found out at about 6pm that Toby wanted to meet PFC Kenneth!!! This is a huge deal these days, because security is super tight and passes have become a rare thing. The production guy called me and I met him and the tour security guard outside. We found PFC Kenneth and Katy in their seats. The tour guy shook Kenneth’s hand...and shook his hand...and shook his hand...and gave them their special passes to go back stage.

By this time, the word had spread about who Kenneth was throughout the staff, and everyone was going up to them and saying hello. Katy and PFC Kenneth were positively BEAMING. It was the most humbling, awe-inspiring, life-changing, rewarding experience I have ever had.

For all of us who were involved in this special moment, PFC Kenneth is our rock star, not the artists who perform on our stage.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

How to maintain a healthy level of insanity...

I've seen this list before, but it still makes me laugh. Anybody have one to add?
-Jen

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"How to maintain a healthy level of insanity"
At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.

Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.

Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.

Put your garbage can on your desk and label it “In”.

Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.

In the memo field of all your checks, write “For sexual favors”

Finish all your sentences with “in accordance with The Prophecy.”

Don’t use any punctuation

As often as possible, skip rather than walk.

Ask people what sex they are. Laugh hysterically after they answer.

Specify that your drive-through order is “To Go.”

Sing along at the opera

Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don’t rhyme.

Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day.

Five days in advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their party because you’re not in the mood

Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name “Rock Hard”.

When the money comes out of the ATM, scream “I won! I won!”

When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling “Run for your lives! They’re loose!!”

Tell your children over dinner, “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.”

Friday, August 13, 2004

Happy Birthday BigandMean

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

Have a safe trip!!!!!

Love you...

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Prayer request for an injured soldier

My cousin emailed this to me. He works with this soldier's step-father.
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Dave will be moved to Bethesda sometime today for surgery on his eyes. It’s a 10+ hour flight, so surgery may not be until tomorrow or the next day. Dave still has shrapnel in his face, near his brain, and near his retina. We were concerned about possible damage to the brain either by movement before the surgery or during the removal process. The doctor assured us that is not likely. He has 20/200 vision in one eye and no vision in the other. They did an ultra sound on the eyes and the good news is the retinas are not detached. The outcome of his vision is undetermined. They started him on a clear liquid diet, trying to get him used to foods again and have started walking him a little, getting him out of bed. He may also receive skin graphs on his thigh that has a hole about the size of a 50-cent piece, about an inch deep. One of his eardrums is burst, but that either will repair itself or can be repaired. The doctor said he believes the other shrapnel wounds will be fine. The doctor feels positive about his recovery.

I have a little more detail about what happened. Dave’s platoon was called out in response to the helicopter being shot down early Thursday morning. They had been actively engaged in a firefight at the cemetery for about 10 hours. Now for the real miracle: We told Dave he is on the prayer list of so many churches and people all over the country are praying for him. He said, “Mom, I want to make this real clear. When people pray for me, I want it to be prayers of thanks that I’m still alive. I should be dead now.” Then he told us the RPG hit his helmet. He said if it was not a direct hit, it was a partial hit. He saw it coming and felt the impact. Please remember that in your prayers and give thanks. Dave said he will never be so vain as to complain about some blurred vision knowing how close he came to death. He said he can’t even pray for his eyesight because he feels God has already done so much for him. Dave is in good spirits and has a positive attitude.

He said, “Mom, I want to be real firm about this and you have to understand. Once I recover from all this, I’m going right back. I have to be with my Marines.”



Read the book

I wonder if we will see something akin to Bill Clinton's impeachment where the ''fair-minded'' Democrats and their liberal supporters refused to even look at the evidence? The press will bury it in their back pages, then drop it forever and go back to scrutinizing President Bush's National Guard records...

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Unfit for command?

By Tony Blankley

I stayed up late last night and read from cover to cover the book "Unfit for Command — Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry." An impartial reader (if there is still such a beast in this election season) would have to conclude that either the book is a pack of lies or John Kerry is in fact a reckless, lying man who misrepresented the facts in order to receive medals he didn't deserve, and is indeed unfit to command even a tug boat, let alone the United States military as president.

The book appears to be meticulously researched and reported. It is replete with copious footnotes, a detailed index and two appendices. First-hand witnesses are named and quoted verbatim to support each specific, shocking charge. Each charge of false heroics is logically presented. Theauthors quote the official Navy citation and then present the purported eyewitnesstestimony that refutes the official finding. The witnesses who are summoned forth are officers and men who served simultaneously with Mr. Kerry in Coastal Division 11 and purport to be eyewitnesses to the events in question.

And yet, there is another group of men, the sailors who served directly under John Kerry on the same boat with him — his band of brothers. They have traveled around the country with Mr. Kerry and have vouched for his description of his heroic, able and selfless service to our country.

One of these groups of men are lying through their teeth. This is not a case of failed memories. In a few instances, it could be a case of honest differences of perception of events. But considering all the testimony and evidence, John Kerry is either Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. As of this moment there is about a 50-50 chance that we will elect, in the person of John Kerry, either a very fine man or a truly despicable man president of the United States.

Either group of men, if we knew nothing else, would seem to be credible, reliable witnesses. Both groups of men served honorably in Vietnam, gained many medals and have apparently lived respectable lives since then. Few if any of them have been politically active in the last 30 years.

The men making the charges are almost all of his fellow officers and the higher chain of command in Kerry's coastal Division 11. The book points out that on John Kerry's Web site he has a photo of himself and 19 fellow swift boat officers, taken while they were simultaneously serving in that unit. Of those 19 fellow officers, 11 have asked him to stop using their image with him. Of the remaining eight, two are deceased, four don't wish to be involved and one is not a supporter of Kerry but didn't have the opportunity to sign the letter calling for the photo to be taken off the Web site. Only one of the 19, Skip Barker, supports Mr. Kerry.

There has been some confusion about whether the witnesses against Kerry had an adequate view of his conduct, compared with the view of his supporters who were on his boat. The book explains that the swift boats usually moved in a pack of three or four on the same mission. They operated within yards of each other. Moreover, they all docked, bunked, ate and lived in the same camp.

If one compared their relations to an army company of men, the fellow junior officers who captained the tiny swift boats were the functional equivalent of squad leaders, each with their own handful of men under them. Squad leaders, operating on the same mission together, are in excellent positions to assess the performance of their fellow squad leaders. They are covering each other's flanks. The book is filled with testimony of these men, describing what they claim they clearly saw John Kerry doing and not doing.

Of course, almost every presidential campaign has an outcropping of scandal charges. Usually it is by one or two people — a woman who claimed she met the candidate in a bar, some political opponent from a long forgotten campaign reprieving his shopworn, uncorroborated calumny. If a book is involved in such charges, the opposing party usually finds a hack ghost-writer.

But this scandal charge is by more than 200 respectable former naval officers and men. The primary author, John O'Neill, first started publicly challenging Mr. Kerry more than 30 years ago on the Dick Cavett Show. The co-author, Jerome Corsi, is not a political hack, but a college friend of Mr. O'Neill, with a Ph.D. from Harvard and a distinguished writing career.

The book has the ring of sincerity to it, and the mark of careful research and writing. If they are not telling the truth, all these men have exposed themselves to financially ruinous libel actions by Mr. Kerry — who has the private resources to prosecute such actions. Even as a public figure, he might well win such an action, if this book is the pack of lies the Kerry camp says it is.

If it is not a pack of lies, the nation needs to know that, too. I would encourage some of the major voices of the non-conservative mainline media — Tim Russert, Dan Rather, Leonard Downie Jr. of The Washington Post — to do as I did. Spend an evening reading the book. If they are not struck by the damning picture it paints of John Kerry and the credibility of the presentation, forget about it. But if they judge it as I did, then let their consciences be their guide.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/op-ed/20040810-100236-4377r.htm

An Apology

Found this in my email today.....-Jen

(Author unknown)
For good and ill, the Iraqi prisoner abuse mess will remain an issue. On the one hand, right thinking Americans will abhor the stupidity of the actions while on the other hand, political glee will take control and fashion this minor event into some modern day My Lai massacre.

I heard some Arabs and Muslims are asking for an apology. I humbly offer mine here:

I am sorry that the last seven times we Americans took up arms and sacrificed the blood of our youth, it was in the defense of Muslims (Bosnia, Kosovo, Gulf War 1, Kuwait, etc.).

I am sorry that no such call for an apology upon the extremists came after 9/11. I am sorry that all of the murderers on 9/11 were Islamic Arabs.

I am sorry that most Arabs and Muslims have to live in squalor under savage dictatorships. I am sorry that their leaders squander their wealth. I am sorry that their governments breed hate for the US in their religious schools, mosques, and government-controlled media.

I am sorry that Yasir Arafat was kicked out of every Arab country and highjacked the Palestinian "cause". I am sorry that no other Arab country will take in or offer more than a token amount of financial help to those same Palestinians.

I am sorry that the USA has to step in and be the biggest financial supporter of poverty stricken Arabs while the insanely wealthy Arabs blame the USA for all their problems.

I am sorry that our own left wing elite, our media, and our own brainwashed (from elements of our society like radical professors, CNN and the NY TIMES) masses do not understand any of this. I am sorry the United Nations scammed the poor people of Iraq out of the "food for oil" money so they could get rich while the common folk suffered.

I am sorry that some Arab governments pay the families of homicide bombers upon their death. I am sorry that those same bombers are brainwashed thinking they will receive 72 virgins in "paradise."

I am sorry that the homicide bombers think pregnant women, babies, children, the elderly and other noncombatant civilians are a legitimate targets.

I am sorry that our troops die to free more Arabs from the gang rape rooms and the filling of mass graves of dissidents of their own making.

I am sorry that Muslim extremists have killed more Arabs than any other group.

I am sorry that foreign trained terrorists are trying to seize control of Iraq and return it to a terrorist state. I am sorry we don't drop a few dozen Daisy cutters on Fallujah.

I am sorry every time terrorists hide they find a convenient "Holy Site". I am sorry they didn't apologize for driving a jet into the World Trade Center that collapsed and severely damaged Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church - one of our Holy Sites.

I am sorry they didn't apologize for flight 93 and 175, the USS Cole, the embassy bombings, the murders and beheadings of Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, etc....etc!

I am sorry Michael Moore is American; he could feed a medium sized village in Africa.

America will get past this latest absurdity. We will punish those responsible because that is what we do. We hang out our dirty laundry for all the world to see. We move on. That's one of the reasons we are hated so much. We don't hide this stuff like all those Arab countries that are now demanding an apology.

Deep down inside, when most Americans saw this reported in the news, we were like - so what? We lost hundreds and made fun of a few prisoners.

Sure, it was wrong, sure, it dramatically hurts our cause, but until captured we were trying to kill these same prisoners. Now we're supposed to wring our hands because a few were humiliated? Our compassion is tempered with the vivid memories of our own people killed, mutilated and burnt amongst a joyous crowd of celebrating Fallujans.

If you want an apology from this American, you're going to have a long wait. You have a better chance of finding those 72 virgins.

Monday, August 09, 2004


I only have eyes for Shiny. Somebody! Quick! I must have wine!!! Is it just me, or does it look like he is disco dancing...or maybe striking half of an Evita pose? Why don't we have a "who can write the best caption" contest!....update...These were all fantastic! I think I have to go with young Justice as the winner, with special props going to BigandMean for sheer volume! Posted by Hello