September 2004 Archives

September 30, 2004

Portrait of a Futile Election

As the debates ensue, I'm overcome with a stark sense of futility. I've already written about the "rigid and unreflective Bush administration and its uninspired opposition", but that was before a real turning point was reached in the expert assessment of Iraq.

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The Draft Myth

Another day, another political chain letter. The Draft. They’re coming for us. They’re coming for our children!!! They’ll need more people for the “illegal” war in Iraq and for the war in Afghanistan! Quick, everyone Rock the Vote and support Kerry!

Too bad its all hogwash. But you wouldn’t know it from the media.

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Posted by Damon Dimmick at 11:38 AM

We Must Not Support Torture

I generally support the 9/11 Commission Bill (which is more formally known as H.R. 10). However, Sections 3032 and 3033 are very disturbing. They make it very easy for the US to move terrorist suspects into the custody of other countries in order to allow such suspects to be tortured in that country.

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September 29, 2004

"Ambiguous" Iran

Iran is emulating North Korea:

TEHRAN, Sept 27 (AFP) - Iran said Monday it was being deliberately ambiguous over its missile capability, currently a topic of intense speculation following fresh tests and the introduction of a "strategic" device.

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"GUN SAFETY" or gun control: GOP Congress right to overturn the DC ban.

Gene Healy is right to remind us that the DC gun ban should be overturned, as the GOP-led Congress is rightly doing, and of the pervasive abuse of language in certain media by gun-controller-influenced reporters/commentators, where gun control regulation is misnamed "gun safety" regulation.

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 7:52 AM

The Real Quagmire

Haitian death toll: 2,400. "Haiti Street Gangsters Attack Aid Envoys."

GONAIVES, Haiti (AP) - They mob aid convoys, break into homes to steal food and shoot anyone who gets in their way. Street gangsters have put aid workers squarely in their sights and are subjecting weary storm survivors to life-threatening delays in getting food and water. myway.com
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:36 AM

September 26, 2004

What Plan?

Is this a plan for victory? I want to know why John Kerry thinks that US troops have failed. So much so, that they need to be replaced by European troops in order for there to be 'victory' in Iraq.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 10:44 PM

September 25, 2004

The New Nam

In the weekly radio address to the nation, Sen. Pelosi says that we need to face reality when it comes to Iraq. She also claimed that Republicans were using a "politics of fear" to convince voters that they are the right choice.

For once I agree with Sen. Pelosi!

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Posted by Lance T. Haun at 4:18 PM

September 24, 2004

"My Way or No Way"

President Bush has been attacked for saying this. Not exactly, but , "You are with us or against us." has been turned into that.

Tell me.

Did he get that from us? or Did we get that from him?

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Posted by Dawn at 12:58 PM

Kerry insults Allawi in bid for Presidency

Kerry invokes the 'power of his diplomacy' with foreign leaders as his ace in the sleeve against Bush. But what kind of diplomacy is it to insult the Prime Minister of Iraq right after he gives a speech to congress? Does Kerry expect to just tell Allawi what his 'reality' is supposed to be once he's the President?

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:41 AM

September 23, 2004

Colorado proposal for proportional electors: A tie-breaker?

I have no strong partisan opinions on this, but is this proposal on the ballot in Colorado to alter the traditional winner-take-all system of electoral votes a potential tie-breaker as Radley Balko seems to think? Thoughts? (Non-messenger attacking) Rants? Strategies? Is it a good idea in general?

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 11:39 AM

September 22, 2004

Baby Killers and Warmongers

The anger, the rage... the imbalance has been evident for months, ...but now it's getting violent.

A local soldier back from the war in Iraq said he was beaten at an area concert because ...he was wearing an Iraqi freedom T-shirt.
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:29 PM

Soccer Moms OR Security Moms

Give me a break !

It's been proven. Women CAN use both sides of their brains at the same time.

We can take care of our families and try to keep our children's lives as normal as possible while thinking about National Security.

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Posted by Dawn at 11:19 AM

Social Security and Budgets

There have been recent discussions about Bush's proposed budget (see here or here for instance.)

There seems to be some major freaking out about the transition cost of Bush's Social Security Plan. But as Arnold Kling points out, the transition cost is not a new government liability. It is simply moving an off-book debt onto the audit books where it belongs:

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September 21, 2004

Why did CBS coordinate with the Kerry Campaign?

We can finally stop asking “Did they do it?” They did. According to USA Today, CBS arranged for Bill Burkett (the source of the now legendary, hotly disputed documents concerning Bush’s service in the National Guard) to speak with a high ranking aide to John Kerry. The Aide: Joe Lockhart, former press secretary to President Clinton.

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Posted by Damon Dimmick at 12:15 PM

September 20, 2004

Kerry and his Loopholes

Kerry plans to close the loopholes that give BIG tax breaks to the companies that move their workforce overseas. ( Maybe a few little ones here and there won't hurt.)
Promises. Promises.

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Posted by Dawn at 2:55 PM

V-Day

V-Day. 'The choice between radicalism and moderation.' Kerry is apparently the choice of V-Day activists such as Jane Fonda.

What is V-Day you ask? Well...

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:50 PM

Trail Of Connections

A trail of connections suggests that the Kerry campaign is involved with Dan Rather's forged documents.

Republican National Committee Communications Director Jim Dyke issued a statement summarizing the trail of connections:

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Posted by Dan Spencer at 4:10 AM

September 17, 2004

Kofi: "Iraq an Illegal War"

“I’m an internationalist,” Kerry told The Crimson in 1970. “I’d like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations.” thecrimson.net

Kerry follows an old script. Go to war, then oppose the war. I'd also guess from recent statements that Kerry has Kofi Annan's vote.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:02 PM

'The meek shall inherit the earth.'

All that time wasted worrying about the Chinese people being those that would take over the world.
It's not the Chinese.

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Posted by Dawn at 12:00 PM

September 16, 2004

Both Parties Are Winning

The Republicans and Democrats are both doing the same thing. They are trying to strengthen their base while at the same time going after the undecided.
Americans are arguing over which party is better.
Is either party better?
We are destroying ourselves from within.

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Posted by Dawn at 10:03 AM

September 15, 2004

Voter Suppression

Americans are not going to stand by and allow these acts of voter suppression! Acts which we're hearing about again in this election. Democrats are already planning to try and invalidate, throw out, and suppress the military vote just like they did in Florida in 2000. The DNC and the Kerry campaign are already setting up teams of lawyers to do just that throughout the United States in an effort to cheat in this election as they tried to do in 2000.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 3:48 PM

September 14, 2004

Does the DNC want Kerry?

I find it hard to believe that the DNC actually wants Kerry to win the White House. They do not want to talk about why Kerry is the better candidate. Why he would make a better President.

Could it be that they really don't want him to win?

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Posted by Dawn at 10:24 PM

Fortunate Son, It just Doesn’t Matter

Today the Democratic Party released its "Fortunate Son" video. The video implies that President Bush lied about his service in the National Guard and repeats the unsupported allegations that Bush did not meet his obligations to the National Guard.

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Posted by Dan Spencer at 9:19 PM

September 13, 2004

"Hypothetical Questions are Not Real"

As a follow up to Kerry's dangerous policy position regarding Iran's nuclear weapons, Madeleine Albright illustrates the abject liberal failure in dealing with rogue regimes, and why we need George W Bush in the White House for 4 more years.

MR. RUSSERT: You heard the secretary of state say that when the Bush administration took over in 2001, they were told by your administration, the Clinton administration, in terms of North Korea, "There was nothing to worry about."
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:05 PM

September 12, 2004

Assault on Truth

In 2 days, these banned guns -- including Uzis, AK-47s, and Tec-9s -- will be coming back to our neighborhoods, courtesy of President Bush, unless the Assault Weapons Ban is renewed. stopthenra.com

I'm really looking forward to buying my fully automatic AK-47 and Uzi on Monday, aren't you?

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:45 AM

September 10, 2004

Media Responsibility

I'll leave further analysis of the factual issues to others. There however is an interesting media responsibility issue which should be discussed. If it turned out the CBS relied extensively on forged documents it is obvious that they should issue a very public correction. But what of the source that provides forged documents? Shouldn't the news agency expose that source?

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"Opponents are idiots"

This ABC news poll puts the President at 52%, Kerry at 43%. When John Kerry is getting pounded on national security he tries to change the subject by saying that the war on terror is draining needed funds for healthcare. Can this kind of nuance help the Kerry campaign recover?

It should be noted, moreover, that nearly six in 10 Americans believe the Iraq war is part of the war on terrorism. Add them to the "terrorism" tally and it surpasses the economy as the top issue in the election.
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:58 AM

September 8, 2004

Kerry says: Give Iran Nuke fuel

...that we together call the bluff of the Iranian government, which claims that its only need is energy. And we say to them: "Fine, we will provide you the fuel that you need if Russia fails to provide it." Participating in such a diplomatic initiative makes it more likely to succeed. msnbc.msn.com
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:19 AM

September 6, 2004

"I know the power of my own diplomacy..."

Besides repeating, "I was in Vietnam," in every speech, another one of Kerry's constant refrains is that Iraq is a failed Bush policy. A quagmire. A failure, because of a 'phony coalition' that utilizes too many US troops. How exactly does Kerry arrive at the conclusion that any war would become more winnable if only there were less US troops in it?

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 11:53 PM

September 5, 2004

The Core and the Gap

I ran across a fascinating Kerry voter yesterday, thanks to c-span. Thomas Barnett is a Professor at the U.S. Naval War College who has some interesting food for thought on the nature of our post cold war global political system, 9/11, the war on terror, and the 'new rule sets' we should now be dealing with, and he blogs!

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 3:16 PM

September 3, 2004

Serving the cause of Liberty

Bush's acceptance speech had to be the best speech I have ever heard him give. He laid out his agenda clearly, his accomplishments with authority, and issued some new goals for a new term. He defined himself and he defined his opponent-- what more can you expect from a political speech? What it was not, was hateful or personally attacking Kerry. And yet Kerry came on right after and called Bush a draft dodger for going into the National Guard rather than to Vietnam. Go figure.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 3:56 PM

September 2, 2004

On the Ropes

Like a heavyweight boxer, John Kerry is on the ropes. The first sign of trouble was the substantial jab to the candidate's credibility by the Swift Vets that has left his camp dazed and confused. Next came the tremendous body blow last evening by fellow Democratic Senator Zell Miller that has shaken the legs and quite possible could leave his campaign gasping for breath. The question will be whether President Bush can deliver the knockout punch tonight while accepting his party's nomination.

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Posted by Timothy Perry at 11:19 AM

The Republican Conservative Doubters

Is Ken Layne the voice of disaffected conservative Republican dissent whose concerns need to be addressed by Bush tonight and in a second term? I confess I relate a bit -- come on, please Mr. President, make me want again to wear down my shoe leather again going door to door for you as I did in 2000. Layne: "I simply believe it is reasonable to demand a government that practices restraint in all matters. You know, like staying the hell out of our private lives, not taxing us to death, not spending money it doesn't have, and not sending our troops off on ridiculous & doomed adventures dreamed up by a bunch of dingbats in some back room...."

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 10:32 AM

Day 3: I predict a landslide.

First I caught the Ronald Reagan video tribute. I can't describe the depth of feeling he evokes. Truly for Republicans he is 'Ronaldus Maximus', deified after death like a roman emperor. Then former marine Zell Miller took the stage.

Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator.

And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.


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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:04 AM

September 1, 2004

Two home runs for day two!

There is another way you can tell you're a Republican. You have faith in free enterprise, faith in the resourcefulness of the American people ... and faith in the U.S. economy. To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: "Don't be economic girlie men!"

Laura Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger made an incredible team for day two of the Republican convention. So many topics were covered by each speech, it's hard to expound upon all of them. The 'Governator' gave a positive and optimistic speech about the dynamic nature of America, both as an ideal, and as a nation of opportunity for everyone willing to work hard and perservere. It really was Reaganesque.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 12:42 PM