Friday, September 17, 2004

Kerry Accuses Bush of Hiding Troops Plan


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Democratic Sen. John Kerry on Friday accused the Bush administration of hiding a plan to mobilize more National Guard and reserve troops after the election while glossing over a worsening conflict in Iraq.

"He won't tell us what
congressional leaders are now saying, that this administration is planning yet another substantial call-up of reservists and guard units immediately after the election," Kerry said. "Hide it from people through the election, then make the move." [More . . . ]


Let me guess - these are Congressional leaders who have recently met with Foreign Leaders who support his election campaign.

If you scroll down further you'll find digs at Cheney and Halliburton. When Bush goes for his base, he gets Christians and millionaires. When Kerry goes for his base he gets Raelians, the tinfoil hat crowd and billionaires.
You don't often see this kind of systematic meltdown outside of a major nuclear catastrophe

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Victory Fruit ™


Dude, why aren't you home with your wife and son? And if you are, why are you posting? MXC's on Spike. Jon Stewart's on at 11, and then it's Futurama, Sealab 2021, Inuyasha, and Case Closed (hate Lupin the Third — can't explain why). After that, more coding and then say "hi" to dad when he wakes up.

Until then, it's me and Mr. Tanqueray. Oh, yes it is. Thank you for introducting us, Brian.

A brief interlude


I was hoping this would never happen. But here are the awful numbers:
Florida: 5 years
Arkansas: 4 years
South Carolina: 4 years
Oklahoma: 4 years
Total: 17 years

Overseas: 5 years
Wisconsin: 5 years
New York: 4 years
Total: 14 years

I'm nearly dead even on how much time I've spent in the South with how much time I've spent out. In many ways, I am the Worf of the South. On the other hand, I've been to Vicksburg and some battlefields in Pennsylvania. Never been to Stone Mountain, though.

It wasn't a math mistake. It was a lapse, and I only point it out because it was un-freakin'-characteristic of you, a man who values facts and history. I respect your body of knowledge, even when we disgree on where this country is going.

Like that time that Clinton launched Tomahawk missles for no apparent reason. Conservatives were going on an on about "No War for Monica", talking about how unqualified he was to be doing this, involving us time and again in humanitarian efforts, especially Somalia, when he had no service.

To be clear, the number of U.S. dead in Somalia is dwarfed by the dead in Iraq. Both cases could be construed to be humanitarian efforts. Clinton should have stayed in Somalia (in my opinion) and should have done something about Rwanda (which he didn't because of the Somalia backlash). Bush should have done more about Sudan, and may yet have opportunities. Something needs to be done about North Korea, and I suspect that might come to haunt us.

The tomahawks were fired at Osama bin Laden. If Clinton hadn't been bothered with a civil suit, perhaps he wouldn't have launched the attack (or at least when he did). Or perhaps he would have been able to see it through all the way. Instead, he had to defend himself in court over a case that was eventually determined to be without merit.

Try "Dems like sex. Repubs like aristocracy. If you want to live like a Repub, vote Dem." Not a platform, but it beats, "If you vote Dem, you are consigning us to more terrorist attacks," which, by the way, is the most reprehensible political speech I have ever encountered. Who's calling whom dumb in that claim? The Repubs sound like they're calling both the electorate and the Dems, but that might just be me.

Ike spent a lot of time on the golf courses and when in the White House was building up a military-industrial complex that even he could no longer support in the end. Ford fell down the stairs a few times, sure. But I asked my dad to choose, if he absolutely had to, between Bush and Nixon, and the choice was clear: a vice-president was dismissed for financial misdoings and the President stepped down after his misdoings were brought to light. Why can't Bush restore the honor and dignity of the Nixon era?

Afghanistan? Yes. Iraq? No. Iraq didn't do crap. We invaded Iraq with a force ten times greater than we ever put into Afghanistan, where a known enemy of the United States hid, a man who struck out against America and killed its civilians on its shores twice.

Kerry won't pull us out because it would destabilize the area. You break it, you own it. However, he will ask for help from around the world with the clean up. You know, like Costa Rica who recently pulled out of Iraq operations. Maybe they'll rejoin and send troops this time.

If, on December 8th, FDR had invaded Argentina, the world would have been right to shake their heads and wonder what the heck was the matter with these people. True, it wasn't the Germans themselves who attacked the U.S., but we really aren't going to go down that road, are we?

I'm going point-by-point. I had to get off the computer so my dad could get on. Yes, I know how pathetic that is.

Bounce is about to end. The pools are about to reflect that. Plus, the bounce had the added benefit of scaring the hell out of the Dems and got them working (after they got done being depressed).

I'll post the platform next.

You should totally post that Major with the shoulder board issue. Plenty of ex-military read this and would enjoy it. OK, my sister would.

OMG


And I'll be that they won't be covered by Medicaid, medicare, private insurance, or anything else.

I'll be it's all part of Karl's sneaky plan to kill off all the elderly voters - you're onto something here!

We had this discussion at a Bar meeting the other night. John, an attorney from across the street was telling us vets how we had to sign up for all these freebies before BUSH TAKES THEM AWAY. John served did radio intercept and German translation at the Fulda Gap during the late 1950s. He wasn't exactly sucking Agent Orange Slushies for breakfast each day. He needs pills for his decidedly un-Army related heart condition (I think, just think, that alcohol and stress may be a factor there).

His law partner flew right hand seat in A-6's at the beginning of Vietnam. He doesn't think that the VA owes him any freebies anymore. They helped with his house, they helped with his education. He figures they're square.

The real difference? John is a Democrat who expects a handout. His partner is a Republican who doesn't.

Dude, you've got one dead link, one link from last January, two links from 2002 and a jim-dandy link from the oppo. And the best one you've got [Here] blames the present budget crunch on a 1996 liberalization of VA benefits. Try harder, not smarter.
I still win! Fruits of victory fall spoiled from your mouth!

Veterans



WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled that the U.S. government does not owe free lifetime medical care to World War II and Korean War veterans who agreed to serve 20 years in exchange, despite promises made to them when they were in the armed forces.

The ruling represents a victory for the federal government, which had argued the veterans were not entitled to the benefits. The ruling will potentially save the government billions of dollars in health care costs.

The 9-4 ruling by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., overturns a ruling by a three-judge appeals panel in February, 2001, which ruled that the veterans were entitled to the lifetime health care based on the military's promises…
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The top official of the American Legion, which represents nearly 3 million wartime veterans, said Wednesday that President Bush let down all men and women who served in the Armed Forces when he canceled funds for their medical care.

Bush announced Wednesday that he would not release a $5.1 billion bundle in emergency spending because Congress, attaching an all-or-nothing condition, lumped in millions of dollars in programs that Bush did not request and that were unrelated to the bill's homeland security mission.

Included in the package that Bush rejected was $275 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce backlogs at the nation's VA medical centers.

More than 300,000 veterans new to the VA system are on waiting lists — some more than one year long — for the initial medical exams they need in order to qualify for prescription drug benefits, said Richard Santos, national commander of the American Legion…
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of veterans are being turned away from Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics because of shortages in money and staff, a congressional panel was told Tuesday.

"People are literally waiting until someone else dies before they can be taken care of," said Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., chairman of the House Government subcommittee on national security, veterans affairs and international relations.

In Connecticut, beds in the VA's acute care psychiatric unit were slashed from over 200 to 30, forcing patients to wait for days for emergency treatment, said Edmund J. Burke, coordinator of veterans' services for the state's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. A VA day program for the mentally ill has a 51 percent staff shortage, Burke said.

In Florida, more than 42,000 veterans are on waiting lists to see a primary care doctor, said Republican Rep. Dave Weldon…
[More]


Pentagon rejects raising retiree drug costs, for now.

Defense Department officials have defeated a White House budget initiative that would have raised prescription fees for military retirees, their spouses and survivors next October. The plan included imposing first-ever co-payments on retiree prescriptions filled at base pharmacies.
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And the last salvo, from a reliable source:

Bush Failed to Fully Fund Veterans Health Care. Bush's 2005 budget falls more than $2.6 billion short of the amount needed to fully fund quality veterans' health care, according to The Independent Budget, an annual collective assessment by four veterans’ service organizations of the funding levels and policy changes needed at VA. [AMVETS Release, 2/3/04; VFW Release, 2/2/04]

Bush Administration Calls For Total Closure of Three Veterans Hospitals, Partial Closure of Eight Others. In May 2004, the Administration decided to push for the closure of hospitals in Brecksville, OH; Gulfport, MS; and, Highland Drive, PA. Eight VA hospitals will be partially closed. In most cases, inpatient care will move to larger hospitals, leaving behind an outpatient clinic or long-term-care beds. The Administration is planning partial closures in Knoxville, IA; Canandaigua, NY; Livermore, CA; Montrose, NY; Kerrville, TX; Saginaw, MI; Ft. Wayne, IN; and Butler, PA. In 2003, the Bush Administration proposed the closure of seven hospitals in its efforts to “restructure” the Department of Veterans Affairs. [USA Today, 5/7/04; AP, 8/4/03, 10/28/03, 12/16/03]

Spending on Prescription Drugs Has More than Doubled Over Five Years. The amount spent on prescription drugs has more than doubled over the past five years, from $87 billion in 1998 to $184 billion in 2003. Americans are spending more on prescription drugs today than ever before. [Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Health Expenditure Projections, Feb. 2004]

Bush Cut Waiting List By Eliminating Veterans. The Bush Administration boasts of cutting waitlists for VA health care, but they have done so by excluding nearly 500,000 veterans (Priority 7 and 8) from enrolling in VA health care. [Federal Register, Part 4 – CFR Part 17, 1/17/03]

Bush Tried to Impose New Costs on Middle-Income Vets. Bush’s 2005 budget will institute a new annual $250 enrollment fee and an increase in prescription drug co-pays from $7 to $15 for middle-income veterans. In 2003, The Bush Administration publicly opposed Senate efforts to block increases in health care costs for veterans, including a new $250 annual enrollment fee for VA medical care, a proposed increase in pharmaceutical co-pays, and the Senate's addition of $1.3 billion in emergency funding for medical benefits. And in December 2001, Bush more than tripled the prescription co-payments for nonservice-connected veterans from $2 to $7. [CQ, 2/2/04; Statement of Administrative Policy, 11/12/03; The Times Leader, 10/9/03]

Bush Refused to Help Out Veterans with Rising Health Care Costs. The Bush Administration publicly opposed Senate efforts to block increases in health care costs for veterans, including a new $250 annual enrollment fee for VA medical care, a proposed increase in pharmaceutical co-pays, and the Senate's addition of $1.3 billion in emergency funding for medical benefits. The letter is dated Nov. 12, less than 24 hours after Bush laid a wreath in Arlington. [Statement of Administrative Policy, 11/12/03]

Future Vets Cuts Planned: Recently a leaked OMB memo showed that the Bush Administration plans to cut veterans funding after the election. The secret memo showed that the VA should expect $900 million in cuts in FY2006.


I have to get in a lot of blogging since I'll be in NYC for a few weeks.

I was Off by One?


And I thought that as a true son of the south you were going to remind me that it was actually the First Battle Of Bull Run where the North got their asses handed to them in their first engagement with the Confederacy.

So after all that, you came up with a mistake in math as what was wrong with the post? I was doing better then I thought.

If the election were between Bush and his passing familiarity with the military and Bill Clinton who outright rejected the military, where would the Dems platform be?

Once you get rid of all this 35 year old crap about Viet Nam, we're still left with "Dems Smart. Republicans Dumb. Vote Dem." Christ is that a platform?

The only Republican President who wasn't dismissed as evil or stupid in recent memory would be Bush 41. Ike was a well known moron, just ask the supporters of Adlai Stevenson and Ford was a stumblebum (who really *was* selected, not elected).

We took the war to the Islamists front door. This was what had to happen. And even Kerry can't get around it. All he can do is whine that it wasn't done with enough European flair. Well, neither was the Pacific Front, and we got that accomplished.

Unless you can give me something other then W being the biggest doo doo head dummy poo poo head baby pee pee mouth ever to hold national office, I will be forced to declare victory.

There. You can't. I win.

Oh, and it's Red 311, Blue 223 today. But that'll change.
Christ, this gets easier everyday.

Brian: Wrong on American History, Wrong on American Politics


Proof of a mini-stroke or such: Manassas occurred during the sixteenth Presidency. Lincoln. The White House says so.

It'll take more time than I have right now to fisk you, but I would like to point out that you're smarter than Bush. You got into law school. Not that this means that Bush is an idiot, nor is it proof that he never used family connections.

As for Sun Tzu:

So saying, he ordered the leaders of the two companies to be beheaded. Now the king of Wu was watching the scene from the top of a raised pavilion; and when he saw that his favorite concubines were about to be executed, he was greatly alarmed and hurriedly sent down the following message: "We are now quite satisfied as to our general's ability to handle troops. If We are bereft of these two concubines, our meat and drink will lose their savor. It is our wish that they shall not be beheaded."

Sun Tzu replied: "Having once received His Majesty's commission to be the general of his forces, there are certain commands of His Majesty which, acting in that capacity, I am unable to accept."

Accordingly, he had the two leaders beheaded, and straightway installed the pair next in order as leaders in their place. When this had been done, the drum was sounded for the drill once more; and the girls went through all the evolutions, turning to the right or to the left, marching ahead or wheeling back, kneeling or standing, with perfect accuracy and precision, not venturing to utter a sound. Then Sun Tzu sent a messenger to the King saying: "Your soldiers, Sire, are now properly drilled and disciplined, and ready for your majesty's inspection. They can be put to any use that their sovereign may desire; bid them go through fire and water, and they will not disobey."

But the King replied: "Let our general cease drilling and return to camp. As for us, We have no wish to come down and inspect the troops."

Thereupon Sun Tzu said: "The King is only fond of words, and cannot translate them into deeds."


I could do this all day.
Remind you of anyone?

A Fisking


In blog parlance, a fisking is a point by point rebuttal of your opponents posting. It is named for Saddam's chief cheerleader, Robert Fisk of one of the seedier English tabloids.

This, is a fisking:
I'm not one to pass up opportunities to reference Sun Tzu, so I won't let this one pass.

You should, he's more difficult to quote then Churchill or Orwell. But I'll let you.
Bush is meddling in things he doesn't know about. Dude never served. He never led anything other than a conga line at college. He drove business after business into the ground. Much like he is doing with America.

The oil business is a boom-bust business. He busted and he boomed. So be it. But he never served? PLEASE! Is this horse ever going to be done getting flogged? The last guy went to Oxford - and then Moscow while on deferments! And then he sent our boys on more missions then Reagan! And you're concerned that W never served? No. You can not argue this point while touting the successes of the previous administration. Won't let it happen.
I have every right to protest his misleading and mishandling. Not that he ever thinks he makes any mistakes. Should I start capitalizing His pronouns? From what I understand of His religious beliefs, only one was without blame or mistake.

This is simply absurd. I'm waiting for you to turn down a Christmas present. Furthermore, you have no rights anymore. According to the echochamber of a media we have these days, everybody who disagrees with this administration has been hauled off to jail.

I'm going with the Jonah Goldberg definition of tyranny here - if you're still calling your government a tyrannical dictatorship in public, it's a good bet that you don't live in one.
But He and His entire administration is marked by their uncommon arrogance. Their arrogance leads time and again to people dying.

The people are dying in a war that we didn't start and Kerry has said he would be fighting if he were president (this week, subject to change without notice.) You think this war is mishandled? Marine Corps mothers in WWII petitioned Congress for an investigation into Iwo Jima because it was such a "failure". I'm thinking that had John Kerry been our fifteenth president, he would have backed off after Manassas.
THK was showing up to help draw attention to the plight of people who cannot vote in this election, but should fall under any protection offered by the Monroe Doctrine. She was helping out, and I would be surprised if you couldn't re-read that article and look at it as a request to contributors to stop sending clothes and start sending water.

Dude, you just cited the Monroe Doctrine. The last guy to do that was Senator Scoop Jackson (maybe Al Haig). Anyways, isn't she really telling children that it's okay to die of skin cancer from sunburn as children? Isn't that it?
Bush says that he supports the military. Yet I cannot think of anyone who has done more to hurt current and former members of the military. He shirked His duties, ignored the leaders, broke the law, failed to properly supply the troops, cut their pay, removed their benefits, and did everything he could to leave their asses hanging in the wind.

the funny thing is that I'm only hearing this from the Left. I still have plenty of friends left in the military and none of them have indicated to me that their pay has been cut, that their benefits have been cut or that they are poorly supplied. Stop listening to the MSM echochamber and ask around.
Why? Because He's an arrogant idiot. He's too stupid to understand how stupid He is, to arrogant to see how arrogant He is. He's out bass fishing while 20 year olds are dying for His arrogance.

This arrogant idiot scored A's and B's on his flying proficiency written exams and then went on to graduate from HBS. If his family got him through those programs because of their connections, how can we be so certain that Kerry's very well connected parents didn't do the same to get him through law school?

He's out bass fishing? And who hasn't showed up for his paying job except maybe two or three times in the last year for a handful of pointless votes carefully crafted to support his election? You want AWOL? Check out Kerry's voting record for the last two years. And then ask yourself why he still draws a paycheck.

This is the same old shit we've been hearing for over a hundred years now. Republicans are dumb, Democrats are smart. Republicans are knuckle draggers, Democrats are sophisticates who can deal with the nuances of reality. It's just not all that interesting any more.

What's sad is that you are going to be *so* embarassed to have supported this man's campaign in two years. You heard it here first.

That was a fisking. A short, erudite, off the hip dissemenation of your opponents arguments. The tricky part is that your opponent will not read it. His mind closed up somewhere around December 2000 and hasn't seen the daylight since. It will not open up until the world is *exacly* as he wants it. Which will be the twelth Never.

Where exactly was Mr. Sun Tzu quoted?
Mine is longer.

Rebuttal


I'm not one to pass up opportunities to reference Sun Tzu, so I won't let this one pass.

Bush is meddling in things he doesn't know about. Dude never served. He never led anything other than a conga line at college. He drove business after business into the ground. Much like he is doing with America.

I have every right to protest his misleading and mishandling. Not that he ever thinks he makes any mistakes. Should I start capitalizing His pronouns? From what I understand of His religious beliefs, only one was without blame or mistake.

But He and His entire administration is marked by their uncommon arrogance. Their arrogance leads time and again to people dying.

THK was showing up to help draw attention to the plight of people who cannot vote in this election, but should fall under any protection offered by the Monroe Doctrine. She was helping out, and I would be surprised if you couldn't re-read that article and look at it as a request to contributors to stop sending clothes and start sending water.

Bush says that he supports the military. Yet I cannot think of anyone who has done more to hurt current and former members of the military. He shirked His duties, ignored the leaders, broke the law, failed to properly supply the troops, cut their pay, removed their benefits, and did everything He could to leave their asses hanging in the wind.

Why? Because He's an arrogant idiot. He's too stupid to understand how stupid He is, to arrogant to see how arrogant He is. He's out bass fishing while 20 year olds are dying for His arrogance.
Wow. Good long rant.

Differences


There is a marked difference between being the head of the Executive Branch of a government - you know, the one that's in charge of the military, and ordering them to do something that they are unwilling to do

*and*

being the wife of a candidate who tells a bunch of volunteers during a campaign stop what to do.

One is called leadership, the other is called meddling. This president leads this country - whether you like it or not. THK meddles in the affairs of volunteers during a campaign stop. That's the difference.
Did snookums wake up all grumpy on the wrong side of the hurricaine this afternoon?

More on Telling the Specialists How to Do Their Jobs


Do you really want me posting all of the stories about how the civilian administration overrode the military on our latest outings? Do you really want me posting stories of Rummy saying how we can do it on the cheap?

Or would I just look too "wild-eyed" for responding to such drivel?
The only second term I want Bush to serve would be in a facility in The Hague.

Yes, Let's Discuss What People Do



As cars lined up at a relief center in Fort Pierce, the president pitched in personally.

"What can we help you with? Ice? Ice and water? A little food?" he asked one driver.

"You doing OK?" Bush asked another car full of people. "The water's on? Good."

As Bush peered into each car's passenger window, a Secret Service agent leaned into the driver's side, keeping a close eye. White House aides hovered nearby, ensuring that a mob of journalists captured the scene of the president as empathizer in chief.

"Oh, you lost your trailer?" Bush said to one passenger.

"Hang in there," he urged another.
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Dude! Stop handing out ice and get back to work! And I don't mean clearing brush out at Crawford! You should be working your a$$ off every day, I mean 6am to midnight. You screwed up and the country's falling apart. We're not more safe, the borders act as a sieve, and Floridians continue to die at an alarming rate in Iraq.

In fact, the latest documents out of your branch show that Iraq could use a little more attention. Why don't you give it your personal touch.

But let's focus on statements, since that's what your're attacking (ad hominem, I might add):

"We've got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."
George W. Bush, September 6, 2004

"We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories ... for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them."
George W. Bush, May 29, 2003

Now I'm just starting to get angry about the doofus.

Let Them Drink Water!


Theresa Heinz Kerry stopped being earthy and glamorous a long time ago, and has now crossed into just being strange.

I'm not going to debate whether what she says has a shred of truth to it or not - this son of a registered sanitarian happens to believe that there is some merit to what she is saying - but the sheer condescension, the gall to think that she knows better than those collecting the relief supplies is the real show stopper.

When this election is over, and blame is being assigned all over the Left, THK will shoulder some of the blame. And Kerry will dump her. Oh, it may be a few months down the road, he may even wait until after the 2006 SOU speech. But he will assign her some blame and dump her earthy "african-american" butt. After this race he can have his pick of H'wood hotties for the rest of his life.
"'Paris Hilton' - my two favorite things - France and five star hotels!"

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Coming Soon to a Youth Soccer Match Near You


The Navistar CXT, International (Harvester)'s entry into the Sport Ute Community. This is for the folks who find the Hummer H2 isn't enough truck to haul around their carb-starved skinny asses.

As you visit the site, remember to sing along with Waylon Jennings from The Last Temptation of Krusty:
Can you name the car with four-wheel-drive?
Smells like a steak and seats thirty-five!
Canyonero! Canyonero!

Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down.
It's a country-fried truck endorsed by a clown.
Canyonero! Canyonero!

Twelve yards long and two lanes wide,
sixty-five tons of American pride!
Canyonero! Canyonero!

Top of the line in utility sports!
Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts.
Canyonero! Canyonero!

She blinds everybody with her super-high beam.
She a squirrel-squishin', deer-smackin' drivin' machine!
Canyonero! Canyonero!

What reliance on foreign oil? CAFE standards?

Quickie


I gotta leave for Antigo in five minutes and ten minutes ago I got back from Florence, but since you asked for it, here it is, Mr. I-really-enjoyed-shooting-your-Chinese-AK-47-in-1997:
Sedition. Communication or agreement which has as its objective the stirring up of treason or certain lesser commotions, or the defamation of the government. Sedition is advocating, or with knowledge of its contents, knowingly publishing, selling or distributing any document which advocates, or with knowledge of its purpose, knowingly becoming a member of any organization which advocates the overthrow or reformation of the existing form of government if this state by violence or unlawful means. An insurrectionary movement tending towards treason, but wanting an overt act; attempts made by meetings or speeches, or by publications, to disturb the tranquility of the state. See 18 U.S.C.A. Sec. 2383 et seq.

Gotta run.
If only I could find the pictures of you peacefully eating your way through a 30 round clip of 7.62x39mm

What about Al?


I love the photo of Al because it shows him getting back to his roots. As a Fire and Brimstone Southern Democrat. He's still a creature from the Left Wing Lagoon but you gotta love the new Al.
Mozilla Spacemonkey

Allow me to correct the record


The Comfy Chair - A Jarring Chord: "He included everybody. He didn't make exceptions for men serving in small airbases 300 klicks south of the DMZ or grapes refueling -6's on the Sara 60 miles out on Red Crown."

Brian has not had the benefit of reading Unfit For Command so I'll help him out here. He told the Swift Boat Veterans in 2003 that he wasn't talking about them in his post war testimony.

Just being fair and balanced

Speaking of the weapons ban...


I asked my dad how he would feel if we doubled or tripled the police force and gave all of them assault weapons.

Now's a good time for you to ponder the same thing right.

Visions of jack-booted thugs dancing in your head? Can you see little Elian trembling? Good.

Do you feel safer knowing that when a state trooper pulls you over for doing 80 in a 65 that he has an AK-47 slung over his shoulder?

If not, then how do you feel about everyone having access to assault weapons, without the oversight or training of our police? Scares the hell out of me, and I (now) live in vaguely-rural NE Florida, and only leave the house rarely at that.

I believe that an armed society is a polite society (Jefferson?) and that we all have the right to bear arms in order to maintain well-regulated militias (Constitution?), but I'm not sure about how the assault weapons fit into everything. I didn't feel particularly oppressed by not being able to buy said weapons for the last decade. I don't think it would have prevented September 11th. I don't think that it will make America any safer.

I do think it's one of the many cases of Bush flip-flopping. He said he wanted to extend the ban, but didn't do squat about it.

I don't know if that gun Kery got in WV qualified under the ban. It looked like the pistol grip only became an issue if you sawed off the rest of the stock. However, I'm not a lawyer.

Sedition?



Main Entry: se·di·tion
Pronunciation: si-'di-sh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin sedition-, seditio, literally, separation, from se- apart + ition-, itio act of going, from ire to go -- more at SECEDE, ISSUE
: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority


Damn, you're right, dude! I never realized that when Kerry was testifying to Congress, he was giving out all kinds of code-words to the American insurgency. How dare he? At last, did he have no shame?


"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." — well-known seditionist Theodore Roosevelt


Hmm. Sounds like a genuine questioning of government is not something to be scared of, derisive of, or condemning of. It sounds like informing government and the American people of atrocities committed in their name is not a right, but a duty. Sounds like John Kerry put his ass on the line in the early 70s, potentially ending any career he might have in the future.

What the hell was Bush doing around this time? No one knows. Disregarding the new memos (memoes?) "discovered", real or not, Bush did everything he could to avoid ending up in Vietnam (as did Clinton and Cheney, although Republicans love to crucify Clinton for his avoidance).

As Jon Stewart said tonight (a shout-out to the Comcast guy who swapped the box and returned late-night television unto me following Frances), "Do we really want a President who couldn't avoid going to Vietnam?"

I want a safer, more prosperous, better respected America. That's why I'm voting for John Kerry. That's why I badger my family and friends until they tell me they'll vote for Kerry so I'll leave them alone.

Good talking to you tonight, Brian. I forgot to ask you about the assault weapson ban — planning any big purchases?

Monday, September 13, 2004

Picture Day? Cool!


Here's my entry:

Did someone not show him how that's supposed to work?
Are you trying to point out that Al Gore's put on weight or that he now has a spine or that he's no longer wooden? Your message is unclear.

Dude, Where's My Clue?


I'll verify right off the bat that my title is a spin on an Ashton Kutcher movie, and nothing more.

Y'all just ain't getting it. You're collective asses are being handed to you (again) by Karl Rove and Shrub. You are facing at best a razor thin victory that will rest in the hands of the Federal Courts, and at worst, a 40 state landslide.

So after the attack on W's service in the TANG went south, where do we find ourselves this week?
"Flyers distributed to Texas voters during Bush's failed Congressional race say 'he served in the U.S. Air Force and the Texas Air National Guard.' But according to Air Force officials, Air National Guardsmen are not counted as members of the active-duty Air Force."

That race was, like, twenty years ago. And you're resting your attack on the a definition of "service" that only seems to matter to pensioners and bean counters? This, alas is why they will lose. The attacks on Kerry's testimony do not go to the definition of "service", they go to the definition of "sedition"

And yet he still doesn't get it. People aren't angry about whether he was sprinkled with shrapnel or if he overnighted in Cambodia, they are angry because when he came back he called his fellow soldiers, airmen and airmen baby killers who raped and pillaged in a way reminiscent of Ghenghis Kahn.

He included everybody. He didn't make exceptions for men serving in small airbases 300 klicks south of the DMZ or grapes refueling -6's on the Sara 60 miles out on Red Crown.

He will lose because he lacks the spirit of the warrior. I, also, lack the spirit of a warrior - I can document many occasions where I decided that absence was the better part of valor. But my participation in a war fourteen years ago doesn't make me qualified to lead a country in a war. That, alas, is a matter of character. And a man who came home to call his fellow soldiers murderers and baby killers lacks that character.
Another guilty movie pleasure was revealed when I saw the picture below - The Fat and the Furious

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