June 2004 Archives

June 30, 2004

The Right Challenges

In a past entry in this column, Dan Spencer noted how there was apparently no significant third-party threat for President Bush (as some believe there may be with respect to the Democrats and Nader). He noted that the Libertarian Party's nominee, whoever that would end up being, would not provide a significant challenge to President Bush, and that those conservatives and libertarians in the President's base would vote for him in this year's election.

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Posted by Aakash at 11:19 PM

Chirac and Afghanistan

Yesterday there was much talk across the blogosphere about Chirac and Bush's public exchange of words regarding Turkey and the EU. But Chirac did something far more damaging than that. He has blocked the deployment of NATO troops to safeguard the elections in Afghanistan. (Rueters cite):

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June 27, 2004

Pax Americana

The Atlantic interviews Niall Ferguson, the British historian who is the latest and loudest advocate of American empire and the healthful effects of its expansion. Like journalist and scholar Max Boot, Ferguson takes the opposite tack of Leftist ideologues who see American imperium as a rotting golem, ready to undo the world. Taking care to distinquish between empire and exploitation -- "Americans, he says, would rather build shopping malls than nations" -- Ferguson explains why the reconstruction of Iraq is the most vital enterprise of our age.

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Iraq and the F Word

War for oil.
War for global hegemony.
War for American Empire.
War of occupation.
War for Halliburton.
Bush junta's war.
Imperialist war.
Colonial war.
Unilateral war.
Illegal war.

Given that the left seems ramped up about their new spokesmodel, Michael Moore, I'd like to ask the question: Is Bush Hitler? Are Republicans Nazis? Is this really a war for oil?

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 4:32 AM

June 25, 2004

Gored

Al Gore gave another speech yesterday that leaves me wondering what universe he calls home. How someone of his caliber could come so close to becoming president is frankly very scary. Let's take a look at what he had to say and put it into some context.

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Posted by Timothy Perry at 6:21 PM

Reno on Iraq: "There's a threat, and it's real,"

News the media won't bother to revisit.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has offered asylum to bin Laden, who openly supports Iraq against the Western powers. -cnn.com, 1999
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 5:05 PM

June 24, 2004

Told Ya! Campaign Finance Reform Follies And Michael Moore

In an earlier entry, I was only speculating that Al Franken's partisanship could make Air America run afoul of campaign finance reform restriction madness. Well, it looks like the efforts to "take money out of politics" or deprive the "rich Republicans" of a fund-raising advantage are coming 'round...to hit Michael Moore! That's right, the link reveals that a legal brief in the FEC seems to say that Moore has to be gagged for the sake of electoral fairness.

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Posted by Matthew Hogan at 10:36 AM

A Lie By Any Other Medium

Fahrenheit 9/11 is out. Woo hoo! I can't wait to see this movie... in the bargain bin at Walmart.

You can't pay for this kind of opposition. If all goes well the left will manage to make Michael Moore the face of anti-bush liberalism. I must admit I have no affinity for Michael Moore, but he does make my 'right-wing' and 'quasi-libertarian' rantings look lucid and sane in comparison.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:13 AM

June 22, 2004

Derelicte

(Pronounced: [der`a-leekt])

The man who would be our first citizen actually stops campaigning to do the job he was elected to do.

So far in 2004, Kerry has missed 119 roll call votes out of 135 cast. But Monday night in Denver, the presumptive Democratic nominee decided to rip up his campaign schedule and fly back to Washington, skipping events in Albuquerque the next day to make a point. -philly.com
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 10:14 PM

June 21, 2004

Iraq to Support Terrorist Attacks Against US

"Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said Friday that his intelligence services had received several reports before the war last year that Iraq was planning terrorist attacks against U.S. targets." LA TIMES cite.

When I read that I wondered how it would be dealt with by those who think that Iraq wouldn't engage in anti-US terrorism. (Those who don't think that Iraq would engage in terrorism at all are completely irrational.) If Kevin Drum and Matthew Yglesias are any indication, they don't feel the need to deal with it all.

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June 18, 2004

Saddam's terror

Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that his intelligence service had warned the Bush administration before the U.S. invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein's regime was planning attacks against U.S. targets both inside and outside the country. -washingtonpost.com

One thing the left has been consistantly harping since the war began is that there is no connection between Iraq and 9/11.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 9:15 PM

June 12, 2004

Remembering Reagan

This has been a somber and hectic week for many of us, in light of what happened one week ago, on Saturday afternoon. There has been so much said since then about President Ronald Reagan, and about the incredible things that he accomplished during his life, for those around him, for our communities, for our country, and for the betterment of the entire world. I hope that even after this week is over, many of us will continue to keep President Reagan, and his family, in our thoughts and prayers, and that we never forget the great impact that his leadership and policies had on our nation, our people, and on millions of people across the globe.

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Posted by Aakash at 11:59 PM

nuclear iran

Iran's top diplomat said Saturday the country won't accept any new internationally imposed obligations regarding its nuclear program and that the world must recognize Iran as a nuclear-capable nation. -jpost.com

Just accept it. Nuclear Iran.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 11:01 PM

June 11, 2004

On Reagan, the GOP, and Loving America

I was a Republican, before, during, and after Reagan. And I went straight from moderate centrist by heritage (but pro-life) to acute fiery libertarian Republican without any Reagan phase. Still, he was the first President I was able to vote for, and did. But a certain phrase I saw written about Reagan, a claim by mourning admirers, reminded me of why he was so likeable to so many. And in that phrase is something which explains much Republican electoral success.

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Posted by Matthew Hogan at 11:04 PM

New polls have Kerry leading big, tied with Bush

A new Los Angeles Times poll has President Bush trailing Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by seven points, 44-51. That was yesterday. And from the LA Times. We should know better.

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Taking Advice

The Democrats keep running around telling the American people that if we had their leadership in command, the war in Iraq would not have happened. If we had only listened to them, billions of dollars and precious lives could have been saved. While hindsight is always perfect, is their charge accurate?

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Posted by Timothy Perry at 8:13 AM

June 9, 2004

Thinking Big Picture

A very revealing interview can be read over at MEMRI. We must start taking note of the situation over in Iran. With the rhetoric notched up as high as it is, it is only a matter of time before something will have to be done. While it is crucial that we stay the course in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Iran is becoming more of a threat each and every day. Currently, I see no way for President Bush to have any chance of swaying the public that attention needs to be addressed with Iran. However, that does not mean that the threat is not there. » Continue reading "Thinking Big Picture"

Posted by Timothy Perry at 10:04 AM

republican extermination

Trent Lott, eat your heart out.

Republicans don't believe in the imagination, partly because so few of them have one, but mostly because it gets in the way of their chosen work, which is to destroy the human race and the planet. Human beings, who have imaginations, can see a recipe for disaster in the making; Republicans, whose goal in life is to profit from disaster and who don't give a hoot about human beings, either can't or won't. Which is why I personally think they should be exterminated before they cause any more harm. -villagevoice.com
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:13 AM

June 5, 2004

"We will always remember."
Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004

Today we mourn the passing of President Ronald Reagan. I never met him, yet I feel as though I knew him. Such is the quality of Ronald Reagan's spirit, his humor, and his leadership that I feel as though he were my own grandfather, or perhaps 'political' grandfather. He was called the great communicator. He won two landslide elections. His legacy and leadership puts him on a level of sainthood for many conservatives. He is one of my greatest heroes and I feel his loss deeply today.

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Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004"


Posted by Eric Simonson at 6:30 PM

June 4, 2004

Poll shows Americans don't know Kerry

Although it shouldn't surprise anyone, the latest poll about Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry shows that more and more Americans don't know what to think about that ol' Massachusetts liberal.

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Posted by Deleted Author at 10:02 PM

June 2, 2004

99 to 1 - Kerry's The One

Kerry, the only Senator not to vote for the Project BioShield Act, spent today telling anyone who would listen (i.e. the mainstream media) that the U.S. is not adequately prepared for Bioterrorism.
The Associated Press quotes Kerry:

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Posted by Dan Spencer at 11:42 PM