Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The murder of Theo van Gogh

When I first heard that Theo van Gogh, great-great-grandson of the brother of my favorite artist, Vincent van Gogh, was murdered, I was as sad as I would be in hearing about any murder. As more details have drifted across the proverbial pond, I have become more and more outraged at the deafening silence in our media over this hate crime. For those who have not yet heard, van Gogh was murdered because he created a short film titled "Submission", which was about the mistreatment of Muslim women.

Here's what the BBC news website says about van Gogh's film:

Submission may have only been a 10-minute English-language short, but it caused uproar in his home country when it was broadcast at the end of August.

The outcry centered on the stories of four Muslim women who were beaten, raped and forced into marriage, and were asking for Allah's help.

It becomes apparent that their chadors and gowns are transparent and their half-naked bodies are visible through their dress.

On their bodies are written Koranic verses describing the permitted physical punishments for women who "misbehave".
The film definitely pushes some buttons. For the full article, click here

You can watch the film here. I'm curious to hear what you think.

According to the BBC, Theo had been described as the Dutch Michael Moore. I suppose that could be a compliment or an insult depending on which side of the fence you sit on. The man was no saint. He was an equal opportunity offender to be sure. From Human events

Van Gogh was a well-known gadfly; he had attacked Jewish and Christians with enough vehemence to elicit formal complaints. But after Submission came death threats. Van Gogh, in the eyes of many Dutch Muslims, had blasphemed Islam -- an offense that brought the death penalty.

Drudge has an article posted today that discusses Hollywood's silence on van Gogh's death. It was written by Pat Sajak (yes, THAT Pat Sajak), and is well worth the read. Here's a snippet, with the link to the full story following...

A Hush Over Hollywood
by Pat SajakPosted Nov 30, 2004
Picture this: Somewhere in the world, a filmmaker creates a short documentary that chronicles what he perceives as the excesses of anti-abortion activists. An anti-abortion zealot reacts to the film by killing the filmmaker in broad daylight and stabbing anti-abortion tracts onto his body. How does the Hollywood community react to this atrocity? Would there be angry protests? Candlelight vigils? Outraged letters and columns and articles? Awards named in honor of their fallen comrade? Demands for justice? Calls for protection of artistic freedom? It's a pretty safe bet that there would be all of the above and much more. And all of the anger would be absolutely justified.

So I'm trying to understand the nearly universal lack of outrage coming from Hollywood over the brutal murder of Dutch director, Theo van Gogh, who was shot on the morning of November 2, while bicycling through the streets of Amsterdam. The killer then stabbed his chest with one knife and slit his throat with another.

The presumed murderer, a Dutch-born dual Moroccan-Dutch citizen, attached a 5-page note to van Gogh's body with a knife. In it, he threatened jihad against the West in general, and specifically against five prominent Dutch political figures. Van Gogh's crime? He created a short film highly critical of the treatment of women in Islamic societies. So, again I ask, where is the outrage from Hollywood's creative community? I mean, talk about a violation of the right of free speech!
for the entire Sajak article, go here

I'm with Pat, but I'd take it further. Where is the outrage, not just from Hollywood, but across the board. Where are the protests and the wailing and crying and beating of the breasticals? Are we silent because the man offended pretty much everyone? If this had been our Michael Moore and not the Dutch Michael Moore, would the reaction be different?

Soldier quote of the day

"I've been mortared, ambushed, car bombed and rocketed. I don't take it personally. All it takes is one Iraqi adult to thank me and my men and it makes our day. Luckily this happens a lot."
-An American soldier blogging on the BBC's Iraq Log
(nod to lucianne.com)

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Why Halo-scan?

I've noticed most of the blogs I read are switching to haloscan comments. Does anyone know why? What makes them better?


Favorite Idiot Celebrity Quote of the Week

From Mariah Carey: "Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that but not with all those flies and death and stuff."

The democrats are just going to have to stop promoting these people as being smart enough to tell the rest of us how to vote.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

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Herman's Will

Herman Oberweiss had a reputation of being independant and more than a little tight with a dollar. Well, OK, he was downright stingy.

He was born to German immigrant parents and raised on a farm in Anderson County, Texas. He never strayed far from the family farm....not even to the local one room school. His parents had done fine without any formal education and since they'd done fine without it he figured he didn't need it either. Besides, they never learned to speak english at all and he could not only speak and understand it but he could write it too. As a bi-lingual farmer, he always thought of himself as being a bit more educated and a whole lot smarter than most of the locals.

In June, 1934, his last Will and Testament was offered for probate in the County Court of Anderson County , Texas. It was entirely in his own handwriting and contained grammatical errors, spelling errors and a mixture of german and english. His brother-in-law, Oscar was contesting the validity of the will. Below is the entire text of Herman's Will, exactly the way he wrote it.

"i am riting of my will mineself that dam layir want he should have to much money he ask to many questions about the family . first thing i don't want my brother in law oscar get a dam thing i got - he is a mucher he done me out of forty dollars forteen years since.

i want it that hilda my sister she gets the north sixtie akers where i am homing it now if she done get that loafer husband to brake twentie akers next plowing the ganoph won't work she can't have it if she lets oscar live on it i want i should have it back if she does.

tell moma that six hundred dollars she been looking for for ten years is berried from the backhouse behind about ten feet down she better let little frederick do the degging and cout it when he comes up.pastor lucknitz can have three hundred dollars if he kisses the book he won't preach no more dumbed talks about politiks he should a roof put on the metinghouse with it and the elders should the bill look at.

i want it that mine brother adolph be my execter and i want it that the judge should please make adolph plenty bond put up and watch him like hell adolph is a good bisness man but only a dumkoph would trust him with a busted phenning.

i want dam sure that scheimiel oscar don't get nothing tell adolph he can a hundred dollars have if he prove to judge oscar don't get nothing that dam sure fix oscar".

(signed) Herman Oberweiss

Herman's will was admitted to probate and his property dispersed in accordance with his wishes. Oscar didn't get a damn thing.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

news and stuff

A few things.......

First -- an apology
Sorry about the slacker blogging (slogging) lately. I've been on vacation for a while, and since I normally work on a computer all day I have avoided the one at home like the plague. I'll get my act together soon. :)

Second -- site news
BigandMean, aka Dad, is finally going to start blogging!!!! *grin* He doesn't want a regular site to maintain, so we decided to add him as a contributor here on my site. He's already working on his first post. I'm going to give him the "keys to the car", so to speak, this weekend.

Now I wish I had picked a more masculine web address. Oh well. Be sure and tell him you think he's purty.

Last but not least --
Today before my family sat down to a beautiful dinner, we went around the room and each said what we were thankful for. I am so blessed with my family and my friends. Usually I just say something generic about family and friends because I have trouble putting in to words how I feel about them to their faces without bawling...(I'm such a stereotypical mushy cancer!)...but today.....I was not my usual generic self. My dearest friend Charlotte (occasional blog commenter scarlotta62) went home from the hospital last night!!! I am so thankful, grateful, thrilled, relieved....... I'm struggling to find the right words. I love her so much.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you are all feeling as blessed, happy, and bloated (mmmmMMMMMmmmmmmmmm) as I am.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Take on the Kevin Sites story/terrorist shooting scandal by LCPL Schmidt USMC

From an email I received today..........

Good Morning Everybody.The following is an email from my son regarding the NBC report (with embedded reporter Kevin Sites), concerning the Marine who is being investigated for "murdering" the insurgent in Fallaja. I will be sending his mail to every news program's email I can find. I find it sickening that this Kevin Sites is even allowed to be embedded with our Marines, as this isn't the first report I've heard from him that took on a decidely unfriendly tone. My son also gave me permission to release it to anyone that wants topass it on, as long as it remains unedited.

-- DarlenePMM LCPL GusTS DET

This is one story of many that people normally don't hear, and one that everyone does.

This is just one most don't hear: A young Marine and his cover man cautiously enter a room just recently filled with insurgents armed with Ak-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, another wailing in pain. The insurgent can be heard saying, "Mister, mister! Diktoor, diktoor(doctor)!" He is badly wounded, lying in a pool of his own blood.

The Marine and his cover man slowly walk toward the injured man, scanning to make sure no enemies come from behind. In a split second, the pressure in the room greatly exceeds that of the outside, and the concussion seems to be felt before the blast is heard.

Marines outside rush to the room, and look in horror as the dust gradually settles. The result is a room filled with the barely recognizable remains of the deceased, caused by an insurgent setting off several pounds of explosives.

The Marines' remains are gathered by teary eyedcomrades, brothers in arms, and shipped home in a box. The families can only mourn over a casket and a picture of their loved one, a life cut short by someone who hid behind a white flag.

But no one hears these stories, except those who have lived to carry remains of a friend, and the families who loved the dead. No one hears this, so no one cares.

This is the story everyone hears: A young Marine and his fire team cautiously enter a room just recently filled with insurgents armed with AK-47's and RPG's. There are three dead, another wailing in pain. The insugent can be heard saying, "Mister,mister! Diktoor, diktoor(doctor)!" He is badly wounded.Suddenly, he pulls from under his bloody clothes a grenade, without the pin. The explosion rocks the room, killing one Marine, wounding the others. The young Marine catches shrapnel in the face.

The next day, same Marine, same type of situation, a different story. The young Marine and his cover man enter a room with two wounded insurgents. One lies on the floor in puddle of blood, another against the wall. A reporter and his camera survey the wreckage inside, and in the background can be heard the voice of a Marine, "He's moving, he's moving!"The pop of a rifle is heard, and the insurgent against the wall is now dead.

Minutes, hours later, the scene is aired on national television, and the Marine is being held for commiting a war crime. Unlawful killing.

And now, another Marine has the possibility of being burned at the stake for protecting the life of hisbrethren. His family now wrings their hands in grief, tears streaming down their face. Brother, should I have been in your boots, i too would have done the same.

For those of you who don't know, we Marines, Band of Brothers, Jarheads, Leathernecks, etc., do not fight because we think it is right, or think it is wrong.

We are here for the man to our left, and the man to our right. We choose to give our lives so that the man or woman next to us can go home and see their husbands, wives, children, friends and families.

For those of you who sit on your couches in front of your television, and choose to condemn this man's actions, I have but one thing to say to you.

Get out of you recliner, lace up my boots, pick up a rifle, leave your family behind and join me. See what I've seen, walk where I have walked.

To those of you who support us, my sincerest gratitude. You keep us alive.

I am a Marine currently doing his second tour in Iraq. These are my opinions and mine alone. They do not represent those of the Marine Corps or of the US military, or any other.

Sincerely, LCPL Schmidt USMC

Monday, November 15, 2004

GOP's Affirmative Action Stance...

From Instapundit -- Reynolds quotes a reader named Brian Crouch:

The media is overlooking something. Not only is Rice the first female black Secretary of State, she’s the first black person to replace another black cabinet official of any gender. And do I need to mention this is the first administration to have two black Secretaries of State? Thank God for the GOP’s affirmative action stance. Namely, “may the best person win.“

article -- Why Democrats are tagged as the party without values

I agree with most of this........except I love Eminem......and cross-dressers are fine by me (Eddie Izzard rules). ~Jen~

Why Democrats are tagged as the party without values
by Dennis Prager
November 9, 2004

According to The New York Times, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, reflecting on her party's recent losses in the presidential, Senate and House elections, asked: "How did a party that is filled with people with values -- and I am a person with values -- get tagged as the party without values?"

As one who was raised a Democrat and became a Republican only 10 years ago, I would like to answer Gov. Napolitano's question as honestly as she posed it.
Gov. Napolitano, your party does indeed have very many people with values in it. But the Democratic Party is no more representative of the average Democrat's values than the National Council of Churches is of the average Protestant's values. Both are far to the left of their membership.

Here is the Democratic Party as most Americans, including this John F. Kennedy liberal -- a New York City born and raised, Jewish, Ivy League-educated intellectual who lives in Los Angeles -- see it.

To most Americans, Michael Moore is a Marxist who has utter contempt for most of his fellow Americans, who goes abroad and tells huge audiences how stupid and venal his country is, and in his dishonest propaganda film, portrays the American military as callous buffoons. Yet, this radical was given the most honored seat at the Democratic Party convention in Boston, next to former President Jimmy Carter.

To most Americans, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are race-baiting demagogues. Yet they are heroes to the Democratic Party. Most Americans do not see their country as the bigoted and racist nation regularly depicted by both black and white Democratic leaders.

To most Americans, a man who wears women's clothing to work is a pathetic person in need of psychotherapy. To the Democratic Party, he is a man whose cross-dressing is merely another expression of multiculturalism. The California legislature, which is entirely controlled by Democrats, passed a law prohibiting any employer from firing a man who shows up to work wearing women's clothing.

To most Americans, Eminem is a vulgar nihilist who poisons young Americans' minds. To John Kerry he was a man whose anti-Bush hate video was worthy of endorsement.

To most Americans, obscenity-filled evenings should be restricted to R-rated films or a Las Vegas comedy act, not a major party's fund raiser attended by its candidates for president of the United States. To Democrats, those who object to such evenings are regarded as judgmental, hypocritical and narrow minded.

To most Americans, Hollywood stars are regarded as terrific to watch in films but also as narcissistic ingrates when, between private jet trips to Cuba and Cannes, they express their contempt for traditional America. That the Democrats have a veritable monopoly on support from folks like Sean Penn and Robert "Castro-is-a-great-leader" Redford may give Democrats a heady feeling, but for tens of millions of Americans it merely reinforces their belief that the Democratic Party shares Hollywood's values. Even The New York Times, in a post-election analysis, wrote of "the possibility that activist entertainers' fervent endorsements might have cost Mr. Kerry the election."

To most Americans, the American military is not only heroic; it is regarded as more important to safeguarding freedom than any other human institution, including the ACLU, the United Nations or the university, to cite three major Democratic Party affiliates. To virtually the entire Left, which includes the Democratic Party, the military is, at best, a necessary evil. Otherwise, the overriding doctrine is "Make love, not war." That is why Harvard still refuses to allow ROTC training -- and it is unlikely that either of the Massachusetts senators even finds that wrong, let alone as reprehensible as most Americans do.

To most Americans, gays are fellow Americans who happen to be homosexual and who should be accorded the same respect any fellow American is accorded. But most Americans also believe that America should retain the millennia-old definition of marriage as man-woman. They regard liberal judges who take it upon themselves to redefine marriage with contempt. And these judges are identified with the Democrats.

Whatever their views on abortion and abortion rights, the vast majority of Americans view the abortion of a viable fetus/baby (partial-birth abortion) as immoral. The Democratic candidate and his fellow Democrats repeatedly voted against a ban on this practice.

Gov. Napolitano, I hope that this short list answers your question about how it is that your party has gotten tagged as "the party without values." Indeed, the real question, as this observer sees it, is how has this party retained so many people who have traditional American values?

Friday, November 12, 2004

Scott Peterson verdict




News flash

With a wink and a nod to SNL's Garrett Morris...

Murdering bastard Yasser Arafat is STILL DEAD.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Sore losers

I took a little tour of several the-sky-is-falling-liberal blogs today. The insults, the name calling, the venom and the vitriol was stunning.

GROW UP people.

GROW UP!!!!!!

Veteran's Day poem

Written by Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC

It was the Veteran, not the reporter,
who has given us the freedom of the press.

It was the Veteran, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It was the Veteran, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to fair trial.

It was the Veteran, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Veteran, who salutes the flag,
who served under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

Written by Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC

I love random trivia

I received this in an email today. I love this stuff. ~Jen~

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only -- Ladies Forbidden"...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this...)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Only two people signed the Declaration ofIndependenceon July 4th, John Hancock andCharles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace
Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?

A. Obsession
Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go
until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

A. All invented by women.
Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?

A. Honey
Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year?

A. Father's Day
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month .. which we know today as the honeymoon.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."
It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

open letter to "Joel", a liberal wiener.

(Had to add "a liberal wiener" to the title. BigandMean rules.)

I had written a longer post that concluded with the note to Joel below. After thinking more on the subject, I decided to trim the post down. Wouldn't want to taint the other fine gentlemen I had written about by including all three of them together.



Dear Joel,

I realize you had your feelings hurt when your candidate got spanked in the election. I can be sympathetic, to a point. However. I find myself...well...sorry about the poor choice of words, but further hardened against your point of view after opening the email you sent me. Sending me a photo of your….uhm…in the immortal words of David Niven…”shortcomings”….and suggesting that I should “bite it” probably did not have the impact on me that you were going for. Though I appreciate the laugh, please keep your not-nearly-private-enough parts to yourself and out of my email.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

"BigandMean's" (aka my Dad) thoughts on the election...

From the comments section on Ala71's blog --

Bigandmean said...
I agree with your sentiments about conciliation. It's not easy though because we conservatives have been vilified for four years, have been accused of stealing the 2000 election, compared to Hitler and Goering then told that we must be stupid for not agreeing with the more enlightened liberal position.

We've endured the histrionic claims of the corpulent Michael Moore, a shreiking popinjay like Bill Maher and the caterwauling of emotional incontinents like P Diddy, Bruce Springsteen and the effervesant Al Gore.

We've dealt with the hoary Walter Cronkite and Jimmy Carter's outlandish claims of conspiracies by Republicans to produce Osama Bin Laden's pre-election appearance to boast Bush's chances. We've seen false documents pushed by CBS and Dan Rather in a blatant attempt to unfairly influence the outcome of the election.

We've put up with the New York Times presenting a false last minute claim of 370 tons of missing explosives being Bush's fault.We've battled through several October surprises such as false claims that Bush would re-introduce a draft. A

nd then, when it was almost over, we had to overcome the false, seemingly vatic revelation that exit polls in battlegroud states favored Kerry.

After all of this, and in the spirit of unity and conciliation, I would like to offer this fecund observation to Michael Moore, George Soros, Bill Maher, Dan Rather and Terry McAuliffe:
2:15 PM


My Daddy rules.

Thoughts on The Day After

Just heard Kerry called the President to concede. Thank God. No lawyers.

Trying so hard not to gloat today, but the four years of defending my side against brutal attacks wears on one’s soul.

Interesting stories of the day --

  • Exit polls -- total malarky
  • 3.6 million plus on the popular vote -- a larger margin than Reagan. That's awe-inspiring.
  • Edwards a bust as a VP candidate -- did he bring anything other than nice hair to the table?
  • Most polls say "moral values" was the biggest deciding issue
  • Senate and House majorities increased
  • Zogby -- predicted 320 EV and a popular vote win for Kerry -- will anyone ever give a hoot about what he says again?
  • Dan Blather, Peter Jennings, CNN anchors, etc squirming and whining (Larry King said "I just don't know what we have to do to win" on the air)And while I'm on the subject of Dan Blather, he said, right before he announced some new numbers, "Let's drop these biscuits in a little bit more gravy" and later in the evening shouted, "But looka here, whoo, boy!". He also said "George Bush is sweeping through the South like a big wheel through a cotton field." "Knock knock knock. Do you hear that knocking?". Has this man finally officially lost his mind?
  • Don Imus this morning saying "Ok, ok, Bush is my Daddy.". (frikkin hilarious)
  • Washington Redskin Myth debunked
  • Justices Scalia and Thomas: Help is on the way.
  • Glenn Beck says watching the returns last night was like Republican porn. LOL!
Kerry could be a real hero now. In his concession speech, he should say that it is time to come together as a nation, acknowledge the legitimacy of Bush’s second term, and gracefully take a bow. I'm not going to hold my breath though.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Kerry blames his lower IQ score on "drinking"

NBC newsman Tom Brokaw to radio host Don Imus.

"I asked the question of John Kerry because the New York Times had reported that a man by the name of David Sailer had analyzed their military aptitude tests and then had, had IQ experts do an analysis as well - or the Times did," the NBC anchorman explained. "And they concluded that George W. Bush might be a point or two higher than John Kerry in IQ."

"And John Kerry was caught a little off guard, he said. 'Well, more power to him. I thought that, that was not public.' And when the interview was over he said, 'I must have been drinking the night before I took that military aptitude test.'


On my mind today...

I'm still kind of giggling over the contrast between Kerry and Bush in Ohio....Bush traveled with Rudy Guiliani and General "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkoff....Kerry traveled with Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. Ha.
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Appaling tid bit from "Page Six" --

November 2, 2004 -- THE mudslinging got ugly yesterday on Steve Malzberg's first day on WWRL 1600, after a 23-year stint at WABC Radio. Republican talk show host Armstrong Williams was debating the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Ben John son. "We were talking about the black vote and why some might vote for George Bush on the moral issues of abortion and gay marriage," Malzberg later recalled. "No one has a monopoly on morality in this country," Johnson said. "And if you want to talk about morality . . . I mean . . . look at George Bush's daughters. If George Bush is such a heck of a fa there, why didn't he keep those girls straight. They were out there drinking . . ." Malzberg quickly shouted Johnson down, saying, "That's a low blow. I thought that was beneath you."

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People are so in to betting on today that you'd think it was the Superbowl instead of an election.

I have a bottle of champagne chilling, which I plan to pop regardless of how today turns out. Though I'd rather toast to Bush's victory, I will raise my glass in thanks to him regardless of whether he wins tonight.

I hope there is a decisive conclusion, no matter what happens. If Kerry wins, I will try my hardest to give him a fair shake. My expectations of him are so low that surely he can come up with something I can get behind. Go after my money or screw with the military though and, as the kids say, "IT'S ON".

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And on a historical note, 229 years ago the great Patrick Henry said:

"They tell us we are weak -- unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed? .

. . Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our back, hugging the delusive phantom of hope until our enemies have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power . . . armed in the holy cause of liberty and in such a country as that which we possess, we are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us . . .

We shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.

Besides, we have no election . . . it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat, but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged. Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston. The war is inevitable . . .

Gentlemen may cry peace, peace -- but there is no peace . . . our brethren are already in the field . . .

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

Our forefathers fought for and died for the right to vote. Get off your butts and get to the voting booths!

Monday, November 01, 2004

A few tasty quotes for this rainy Monday...

Lucianne.com’s Nomination for Quote of the Campaign
‘That’s a lie, John O’Neill! Keep lying, it’s all you do!... Lies!... That’s a lie! It’s another lie! That’s a lie! Absolute lie!... You’re just lying...It’s a pack of lies!... He just lied to you! He spews out this filth!... You liar!... You just spew lies!... I just hate the lies of John O’Neill. I hate lies...O’Neill’s a liar, he’s been a liar for 35 years...They lied!... Lies! Just tell me the initials, you liar! Creepy liar!...’
-Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s ‘Senior Political Analyst’ to John O’Neill, spokesman for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth - 'Scarborough Country'

I’m still kind of stuck on “Voted for it before I voted against it” and “People like Chris Reeve will walk again” nonsense. Can ya feel me rolling my eyes???
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I love this snip of an article on Barbara Bush.

Her husband is still an insatiable consumer of news, both print and broadcast, she said. He throws things at the television when he hears something he doesn't like. But she doesn't bother with newspapers or television.

"I don't need to hear all that stuff," she said.
Bush said that for her, watching television news and talk shows is a little like watching "Fear Factor," the program in which contestants compete by eating bugs and reptiles or performing other repugnant feats.
Click here for the full article.
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Tom Wolfe, author of “The Right Stuff”, “Bonfire of the Vanities”, and a bunch of other good books, on Kerry -
"He is a man no one should worry about, because he has no beliefs at all. He is not going to introduce some manic radical plan, because he is poll-driven, and it is therefore impossible to know where or for what he stands."
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Cheney talking about the Osama tape and John Kerry’s reaction to it:
"The thing I find most amazing about it is John Kerry's first response was to go conduct a poll," Cheney told GOP volunteers in Iowa. "It's as though he didn't know what he believed until he took a poll."
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"Combined with recent statements by Putin and from officials in the Arafat compound the terrorist’s intervention in our election should make one point quite clear: The terrorists are afraid of Bush and would much rather see him out of office." Dick Morris
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"I am voting for President Bush because he understands that if we don't fight the enemy at their source with soldiers and tanks we will end up fighting them in our cities with cops and firefighters." Bernard Kerik, in a NY Post opinion piece here.
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"Tomorrow, we'll be Republicans or Democrats. On Wednesday, let's get back to being Americans." Ralph Peters, in a NY Post opinion piece here.