May 2004 Archives

May 31, 2004

Crying Wolf

Friday evening, the top story on MSNBC.com was headlined "QUESTIONABLE SOURCE: Ashcroft's information on threat may not be credible". And we were treated to a typical pic of the glowering Big Brother John himself. (See my site for a pic.) The June 7 issue of NEWSWEEK has a story on the vague warnings called "Enemies Among Us" and includes this:

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Posted by murdoc at 7:56 PM

Kerry Gets It Wrong

In an interview with the Washington Post, Kerry indicated that as president he would "play down the promotion of democracy as a leading goal in dealing with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, China and Russia, instead focusing on other objectives that he said are more central to the United States' security."


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Posted by Dan Spencer at 3:28 PM

May 30, 2004

eschatology of the left

The instructional movie, "The Day After Tomorrow," heartily endorsed by Al Gore, is meant to be a wake up call for Americans. To quote the film's director: "Unchecked pollution will cause havoc with Earth's natural balance... so ordinary people need to start being more responsible."

Democrats and other world-liberal's seem to view the onset of industrial civilization as a disaster of mammoth proportions which needs to be rectified. Quickly.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 8:27 PM

The R.I.N.O. and the President

In case you missed it, something very interesting in the politics happened last month. President Bush and his firm enemy George Soros joined together on an important issue, along with Alan Dershowitz, Ron Carey, Richard Ben-Veniste, and Planned Parenthood. And they succeeded in accomplishing their goal.

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Posted by Aakash at 1:20 PM

May 26, 2004

Dead warhorse

What do the current polls tell us? It depends on who you ask. Either Bush is faring surprisingly well considering the amount of bad news coming out of Iraq, or Kerry is doing surprisingly well for a challenger going against a sitting president. Or both. Or neither.

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Posted by murdoc at 8:00 PM

Police Your Own

I believe one of the major failings in Western society is a failure to police your own. If KKK members weren't protected by their towns this world would have been a better place. If pro-life groups policed their own we wouldn't have abortion clinic bombings screwing up the debate. If Muslim groups policed their own mosques it would be much harder for terrorists to get support.

On that note: Trent Lott, please take a second to think before you speak. Because things like this are not helping anything.

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May 24, 2004

No practical difference between Bush & Kerry?

Radley Balko, writing at FoxNews, says in this column that it really doesn't matter much who wins the Presidential race as on the issues that divide the two, the Executive has little say (e.g. gay marriage, abortion), while on issues where the President has power (e.g. foreign affairs, trade), they differ little. I think he's got a point, up to a point. The forgotten factor: coattails!

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 12:57 PM

May 22, 2004

No Third Party Threat For President Bush

David Paul Kuhn, Chief Political Writer for CBSNews.com, suggests President Bush may face a Nader like threat from the Libertarian Party:

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Posted by Dan Spencer at 2:20 PM

Kerry lied

To put it simply, John Kerry lied about WMD.

...Saddam Hussein has continued his quest for weapons of mass destruction.
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:10 AM

May 19, 2004

sgt york 2004

One of the rules of war is that you try to decrease the morale of your enemy while increasing your own. Strange then that no major American news media has managed to pick up on this story that doesn't show our soldiers in a demoralizing light.

While leading his platoon north on Highway 1 toward Ad Diwaniyah, Chontosh's platoon moved into a coordinated ambush of mortars, rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons fire. With coalition tanks blocking the road ahead, he realized his platoon was caught in a kill zone.
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 7:52 PM

It's the economy and Iraq stupid

Much was said about Zogby stating that the 2004 presidential election was "Kerry's to loose". Zogby uses mostly historical evidence to arrive at his conclusion. The question of course is whether recent historical trends make much sense this year.

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Posted by Craig Holmes at 6:56 PM

May 14, 2004

Election Law, Air America, & Al Franken

I am not an expert on McCain-Feingold and other election laws which dangerously dance on the toes of the First Amendment, but isn't Air America in violation by putting corporate money directly towards Kerry election efforts. I say this not because they have a liberal line per se, but because comedian Al Franken has specifically said his show has one purpose: to un-elect Bush and put in a Democrat.

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Posted by Matthew Hogan at 8:57 AM

May 13, 2004

Spanish Retreat from the War on Terrorism

I was willing to give the Spanish a little bit of wiggle room on Zapatero's implementation of the Spanish withdrawal from Iraq. I really tried to give Zapatero the benefit of the doubt here and here.

But I think I may have to revise my opinion.

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May 11, 2004

Kerry blames Bush for Iraq abuse

In the latest installment of the "Let's Blame Bush" game, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry all but accused President Bush of leading American troops to demean and degrade Iraqi prisoners held by American forces in Iraq, much as he had in invading Iraq.

Kerry touted the "arrogance" of Bush policy as reason for the actions of American troops.

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McCain verse Edwards?

In the aftermath of 9/11 the western world was united in the belief in the "rightness"of our cause, and the "wrongness" of the Muslim world with it's terrorism that kills. Since that time, with the conduct of the UN, and other western world, along with the U.S., we (meaning the "civilized western world" have raped and humiliated a Muslim country.

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Posted by Craig Holmes at 2:29 PM

May 8, 2004

Win the war, lose the peace

I have come to the conclusion that we cannot win. We just do not have what it takes. We are too divided. Too polarized. Forget Rumsfeld. Perhaps the best thing Bush could do now is to step down himself. Let Kerry have the White House. Good luck!

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 6:02 PM

May 7, 2004

Abu Ghraib, Moral Disaster

Before I comment on Abu Ghaib I want to provide my sources in case anyone is interested in looking into it further:

Amnesty International

Slate's roundup of the story.

Seymour Hersh's New Yorker article.

Phil Carter.

You may also be interested in Sgt Stryker's response. Or you may also be interested in what Lt. Smash has to say.

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May 6, 2004

lessons of abu ghraib

"I want to know, as I think Americans do, is this isolated? Does it go up the chain of command? Who knew what when?" -John Kerry

..."I think that Mr. Rumsfeld should step down," -Rep. Nancy Pilosi

The lesson to be learned from this incident is that there is a difference between accountability and partisanship.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:59 PM

May 2, 2004

Republican libertarians: the past or the future?

With issues like the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, the now (thankfully) overturned steel tariffs, marriage amendments dividing libertarians and conservatives, both within and between the camps, do organized Republican libertarians like the Republican Liberty Caucus -- holding their annual convention this month --represent a constituency that will influence the party, or win/deny it success in this Presidential election year?

Posted by at 6:54 PM

May 1, 2004

Honoring our Women

This entry is a month overdue (I've been very, very busy this past month...), but March was Women's History Month. Last year, for this occasion, I did some blog entries on women and conservatism. One item that I included there was this document, which I had gotten from the RNC forum on AOL some years ago, on the important role that women have played in our party. I have annotated this document, by adding in-text links, and I have uploaded it to the web:

Republican Women: A History of Leadership

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Posted by Aakash at 11:49 PM