July 30, 2004
Democratic critics will likely complain about the timing of the announcement noting that the administration withheld the numbers until after the conclusion of Democratic Convention to prevent the deficit from being used as an issue in convention speeches.
It is expected that Democratic Party spokespeople will greet the news with outrage at the timing of this effort, coming as it does on the heals of the Democratic Convention.
Some of it was so pompous and self-congratulatory I almost gagged.And he goes on to say about the president:
One thought sprang into my mind immediately: what an arrogant jerk.
This was also, it seems to me, a very liberal speech. Domestically, there was no problem the government couldn't help solve.
... and no firm commitment to seeing the war through in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is obviously what worried me the most. His goal in Iraq is to bring the troops home. Three words: not good enough.
This is a man who clearly wants the U.S. out of the region where our future is at stake, and who believes that simply by taking office, other powers can somehow pick up the slack. Memo to Kerry: no other powers can pick up the slack. They don't have the troops or the technology or the will. His strategy is pure defense. This sentence is his strongest threat: "Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response." So let's wait, shall we?
I'm glad that Kerry has decided to use the FMA against Bush, as he should.Somehow, despite being very critical of everything Kerry said on the single most important issue of this election, Sullivan concludes:
The damage that president Bush has done to the delicate but vital boundary between religion and politics is one reason I cannot support him for another term.
They have found the right stance in general, but they may not have found the right general for the stance. Bush, in other words, may remain the luckiest man alive. (emphasis mine)Me, I think I'll go back to not reading Andrew Sullivan any more.
I did catch some of Kerry's speech last night, but realized quickly that there was almost nothing coming out of his mouth that I had not heard before. I think the secret to really enjoying a national political convention is to completely tune out anything to do with the campaigns for the entire primary and pre convention season. That way, when the convention starts its all fresh new and exciting.
The one thing I can't help but wonder is how Kerry's statement that his service in Vietnam was defending his country is going to play out for the rest of the campaign. I happen to believe it to be the truth, but Kerry's record of having fought harder against the war than he did in the war makes me doubt that he does. And how will that statement sit with the rest of the anti-war anti-establishment crowd that is now the establishment of the Democratic Party?
The master of the flip, has now flopped on one of the Party's defining issues.
July 29, 2004
Corection: I re-read the the post at Hewitt's site and I mistakenly identified the source of the text. It was not as I originally assumed a post from the Democratic underground, but a transcript of a speech by Michael Moore.
July 27, 2004
I was doing some research for a work related project, and looking for a specific piece of vintage protest art. I had a rather clever idea to use it as part of a crass commercial marketing campaign. One of the first sites on my Google search was for The Sixties Project. They had a page called
Decade of ProtestHere I found an earlier example of the current Bushilter campaign of the left. As you can see, only the name has changed. The sprit remains the same.
Political Posters from the United States, Cuba and Viet Nam
Sure, he can lift a two ton space ship with his mind, but Yoda never sat his little green butt down on the couch, tuned in the Democratic Convention and faced a lineup of speakers including, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton. All on the same night. It was more than I could take.
Actually Carter was more than I could take. So I played the time delay game. Scrolling through all the coverage to see how many times you can hear the same sentence. I think at one point I heard a sentence from Carter's speech on Sponge Bob. Or was it that I heard a line from Sponge Bob in Carter's speech.
July 25, 2004
By Walter Pincus, Washington Post | July 24, 2004It would seem to me that if you were having some success in infiltrating Al Qaeda, the last thing you would want to do is publicize the fact in in the media.
WASHINGTON -- The CIA has intelligence agents inside Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network -- as it did before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- but they are not within the terrorist leader's inner circle where key information about any future attack would be discussed, a senior intelligence official said yesterday.
The story says:
They made the revelations as part of a response to the stern criticism of the agency this week by the Sept. 11 commission.I don't buy that, any more than I buy the absent minded idiot stories being peddled about Sandy Berger. You just don't announce to an organization that is an enemy in a global war that you have spies in their ranks without a reason. I can think of only three possible explanations.
The first is cover. Either we are providing cover to a network of lower level operatives or we do have someone in the "inner circle." Of course it is possible that we are providing cover for precisely the people the story "outs." Its a case of we assume that they will assume the story is an attempt at misdirection. It seems like a risky strategy in any case, but the truth is that every success we have against them probably puts people working for us in increased risk. If we can throw bin Laden and his
band of merry homicidal nutjobs inner circle off the scent just a little, that would be a good thing.
The second is just plain old head games. Simply put, we've got nothing. Maybe there's a few guys cleaning toilets at a training camp somewhere in the mountains of Pakistan but beyond that and the occasional communications intercept we're nowhere. But we've had some success against against them, so why not make them think that we've got a network of people feeding us their secrets. Ratchet up the level of distrust and suspicion within the organization and you could hamper their effectiveness by restricting the flow of information. If you're lucky, they might actually take out a few of their own for us.
The third is the least pleasant scenario. There are some "Senior Intelligence Officials" who would like to limit our effectiveness in dealing with al Qaeda.
The 9/11 Commission report says that we are safer but not safe. A lot of recent news does not inspire a great deal of confidence in that conclusion.
A former National Security Advisor walks out of a security facility with national security secrets stuffed in his pants - on more than one occasion. If you believe the spin that this was inadvertent, as was the subsequent destruction of some of those documents, then it really wouldn't take much improvement to make the commission's conclusion technically accurate. But our being safer would not be a matter of any measures we have taken but merely due to the fact that Berger is no longer responsible for it. If, as is more likely, Berger took the documents, and destroyed some of them with intent, it does not say a lot for the state of our security.
A band of 14 Syrians with expired visas get on board a cross country flight and behave very suspiciously. A passenger who is alarmed enough by this to raise concerns publicly is ridiculed as being hysterical and over-reacting. The 14 were interviewed when the plane landed and allowed to take their expired visas and go on their merry way. I'm not sure how this story supports the contention that we are safer. Even if the 14 were just a harmless troupe of musicians and their weird behavior can just be attributed to them being weird, the expired visa part of the story is troubling in the least.
Now we have unnamed intelligence officials briefing reporters on the progress of intelligence efforts against al Qaeda. If they are doing this as part of strategy designed to advance our efforts, great. If they are doing it for their stated reason of countering criticism of the Agency by the 9/11 Commission, this would be bad. This would be compromising our security to play politics and cover their asses. This would be a level of childishness that should have been left behind on the third grade playground. This does nothing to make me think we are in any way safer.
Do I agree with the commissions assessment that we are safer but not safe? Yes I do. But I also read a lot of news and analysis. I do not think we are safer enough.
July 23, 2004
Cut Your PremiumsHow he's going to somehow reduce medical insurance premiums for the children. There is no indication how he intends to do that. Realistically, even his wife's money wouldn't cover it.
John Kerry and John Edwards will cut family premiums by up to $1,000. That's $1,000 in real savings people can use to buy groceries, pay the bills, and save for their children's future.
Here's another unexplained plan to change some aspect of the medical/insurance industry. But it's O.K. this one is for the children too
Cover All Americans With Quality Care
The Kerry-Edwards plan Kerry-Edwards will give every American access to the range of high-quality, affordable plans available to members of Congress and extend coverage to 95 percent of Americans, including every American child
The "Kerry-Edwards Plan" whatever it may be will also reduce prescription drug prices. They do provide a little detail here. They plan to "end artificial barriers to generic drug competition". My guess is that means getting rid of patents.
There is really only one way for the government to institute this volume of change over an industry as large as health care in the Unites States. And that would be by taking it over completely. The Kerry-Edwards Plan is a blueprint for Socialized Medicine. It is Hillary Care in a new package, with a new name.
The march toward socialized medicine (and actually it has been rather more of slow shuffle) has been constant. Even the current administration helped the cause with the passage if its Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. One of the largest
vote buying schemes entitlements enacted since the War on Poverty.
This shuffle needs to be stopped, and we need to start running in the other direction. Socialized medicine is a precursor to socialized everything. And don't let the politicians on either side of the aisle fool you. None of this is new. it has been tried time and again. Each time, the Plan is defeated, but not without making some small inroads on our freedom.
What is needed to not only stop this latest attack but to reverse some of the losses of the past, is for the people of America who value their freedom to take action. What we need is a modern day equivalent of Operation Coffee Cup. Operation Coffee cup was a grass roots effort organized to fight the advance of socialized medicine. The centerpiece of the campaign was an album of a speech by Ronald Reagan.
JohnL of TexasBestGrok has a remarkably preserved copy of the album that he has converted to MP3 format. Some of things Reagan was speaking against are now, sadly,the law of the land. But that can be changed. And any chance to hear The Great Communicator speak so plainly on one of his favorite topics, freedom, is always welcome.
What do you call a bus load of journalists teetering perilously on the edge of a cliff just before falling over the edge? more...
The only notable change form the previous update are that the shell is complete and wrapped (which means no more rain in the living room Yay!). They have also begun framing the little decorative roof (referred to as a cricket in builder lingo) that will go all the way around the addition.
They also spent a couple of building days removing the hedges that in addition to being in the way, were ugly and overgrown. The other ugly latice will be going way soon as will the even more hideous aluminum awnings over the door and the window. We will probably wind up siding the whole house so the eagle adorning the bay window will be flying away soon too.
We are closing in on the momentous day when they break through the wall of the existing house. The new room will encompass about 3 feet of the existing bedroom. this is about how far we had to go back to get a standard height door. Since there are currently people sleeping in that room, this means I am in for some busy days of organizing and moving furniture in the very near future.
For comparison I have put the before picture in the extended entry. more...
July 22, 2004
There are lots of bloggers who do put up their pictures though, and I'm O.K. with that. But there is the whole reciprocity aspect of blogging that I feel I have to honor. This is a close as I'll get.
This is called Hold the Mayo. But it has nothing what so ever to do with this web site or its author.
This is a photo of Steve Macklin. This is not me. This is a guy who does bicycle races in England.
I suspect that next up will be TRIBES -- basically, a look at the two sides of this increasingly nasty Cultural War, in which I seem to live in both trenches -- one by day, and the other by night. And yes, I have a preference. One Tribe flies into space with all the drama and majesty of someone grabbing a Cessna 172 and hopping into the pattern to do a few touch and goes. The other Tribe throws things and screams hysterically when the promised Evian turns out to be Perrier. That should be interesting.
July 21, 2004
Having blocked out all the interference being beamed into your head via satellites and black helicopters, your mind will be free to work. This brings us to the second thing you need, the mental filter. An effective conspiracy theory starts with the desired outcome of the conspiracy and filters every relevant event of reality through that prism. My particular favorite is the Hillary in '08 filter.
Through this filter everything is viewed in the context of how it helps Hillary's 2008 presidential campaign. With the use of really good tin foil hat and the Hillary '08 filter I recently made the following prediction regarding the progress of the current presidential campaign.
At a crucial moment in the campaign a scandal either directly involving Kerry or Edwards or linked to the campaign would be leaked to media. The scandal would be enough to cost Kerry the election but not enough to do serious harm to the Party. Also the leak - coming from the Clintons or one of their lackeys in the DNC - would be made look like it was done by the Republicans. Democrat partisans would dutifully complain about the timing of the story and blame it on Republican dirty tricks while the scandal itself gained surprising mainstream media focus and slowly eroded Kerry's poll numbbers. With no Democrat incumbant in the way, Hillary is virtually guaranteed the nomination in '08. And to top it off, she has a ready made issue of Republican dirty tricks to hammer away at in hope of keeping the worst of her skeletons in their closets.But who's to say. Even a good tin foil hat has been known to be wrong from time to time.
Steven Den Beste comments on the government of the Philippines. He is not very nice to them.
The Philippines government demonstrated its strength of will and steadfastness by dropping to their knees, begging for mercy and giving the kidnappers everything they wanted.Charles at LGF Comments on the U.N. vote in the Israeli Security barrier. He is not very nice to them.
The technical term for their behavior is "groveling".
The dictators, cronies, bagmen, and sycophantic toadies of the United Nations General Assembly have voted 150-6 that Israel is violating the human rights of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.Michele at A Small Victory tries valiantly to give a clue to the clueless. She's not very nice to them.
And Israel must immediately cease oppressing the Islamic killers, by tearing down the defensive barrier that has been preventing them from carrying out their sacred mission—slaughtering children on schoolbuses: UN Assembly Tells Israel to Tear Down Barrier.
Words cannot convey my deep, boundless disgust.
To you, a grave crime against humanity occurs when Whoopi Goldberg loses her Slimfast ads because the owners of the company decided that she no longer was a good representative of their product. She spoke out against the president, against his administration, made jokes about him and she lost an ad contract. She didn't lose her life. She isn't in jail. Her family hasn't been wiped out. Try some perspective.Hugh Hewitt guestions how deep the Berger story goes into the Democratic Party. He's not very nice to them.
The Dixie Chicks dissented and made the cover of Entertainment Weekly the next month.
That's America for you. Fascist land of dictatorship, oppression, stifling of dissent and a police state.
There's much much more to this, as Berger's slap-dash --at best-- treatment of the nation's secrets in a time of war again underscores the Dems' fundamental unseriousness about national security.Captain Ed at Captain's Quarter's posted about the latest Democratic judicial filibuster. He's not very nice to them.
This time, the issues were nakedly partisan and strictly political. Such a display of naked politicization of the judicial nomination process should shame the Democrats, who have turned this session into the most radical Senatorial opposition to any American executive in the history of our nation, excluding the Civil War.Paul at Wizbang has a list of questions about the Berger situation the media seem to avoiding asking. He was not very nice to them.
Obviously, I could come up with another 30 quickly. And the follow-up questions once I got the answers would multiply. The media is seriously behind on this story. The NYT and CBS have obviously tried to shut the story down in one news cycle. SOMEBODY should be asking these questions. If I can come up with 30 questions in 5 minutes, it ain't that hard.Frank J. at IMAO thinks the best thing to do with the left is to laugh at them. And along the way he was not very nice to them.
It’s true that Fahrenheit 9/11 has made around a hundred million in the box office, but the people lauding it are those who are already completely lost into madness and hatred. It hasn't moved the polls, and, personally, all it’s done is help me learn to spell "Fahrenheit" correctly.Michele Malkin explains the political demographic of "Security Moms." She is very nice to them. Which is as it should be since they since they are moms, and they are right.
I am what this year's election pollsters call a "security mom." I'm married with two young children. I own a gun. And I vote.Rachel Lucas discusses Michael Moore's comments on Linda Rondstadt. Just how do you suppose she dealt with them? She wasn't very nice to them.
Nothing matters more to me right now than the safety of my home and the survival of my homeland. I believe in the right to defend myself, and in America's right to defend itself against its enemies. I am a citizen of the United States, not the United Nations.
What I really have a problem with is, once again, Michael Moore's apparent inability to say things that are true. "But neither they nor you have the right to remove her from your building when all she did was exercise her AMERICAN right to speak her mind." Really? Sorry, dude. You're wrong. They - the management - do have the right to remove her stupid ass from the building because the building is private property. Get. It. Through. Your. Thick. Head.Read and enjoy. And if you can't be nice, be mean with talent.
July 20, 2004
Once upon a time there was a former national security advisor who went into a secure reading room to review classified some documents. Forgetting where he was and all of the rules regarding the handling of highly classified documents, he took his notes and a few of the documents and absent mindedly stuffed them into his jacket and his pants and left. But the carelessness and lack of attention did not stop there. Our absent minded bureaucrat then accidentally lost a few of them before the FBI came to search. And they all lived happily ever after.The most amazing part of the bullshit the Dems are spouting is that it really doesn't make them look good.
On the one hand former Clinton National Security Advisor and Kerry campaign foreign policy advisor stole classified documents from a secure reading room. On the other hand, if you choose to accept the Democrat's spin, Clinton's National Security Advisor and Kerry's foreign policy advisor is a complete bumbling idiot. A veritable Inspector Clouseau of foreign policy.
I will be aware of what's going on in front and in back of the planes I ride. I will pay attention to detail. I will remember faces and gestures and odd objects. I will write things down. I will pester the flight attendants, discreetly, if I witness anything of concern. I won't hesitate to contact authorities if my gut tells me that danger is imminent. And I will be prepared to fight for my life.If only the people responsible for airline safety thought this way.
Bottom line: I will not be lulled by the fashionable apathy of the blind. And I will not be cowed by the politically correct protestations of the dumb.
To those who shrug that "nothing happened" and that this is "not news," I say: Wake the *%&^#@ up and stop acting like 9/10 sheeple. Better a false alarm than a flaming plane. (emphasis mine)
July 18, 2004
July 17, 2004
When I finally got my hands on a copy of Flash, it didn't come with a manual. The "help" that came with it would probably have provided a good review for someone with some idea of what they were doing in the first place. I found a couple of good sites that provided much better information. I am amazed at what a good idea it would have been to bookmark them. I built a few things the hard way and then rebuilt them when I found out how to make the tweening thing work. I also constructed the entire thing wrong, I think. I built each scene in it's own Flash Scene. The problem came when I wanted to put some music behind the whole thing. The only thing I could figure out to do was to copy each scene into a layer folder in one scene, then ad the music to that. I'm sure there is an easier way.
And about the music, I ordered a copy of Apple's Garage Band music composing software but I don't have it yet. And even when I get it, I'll have no idea what I'm doing. So I went through my list of MP3s and found something that seem potentially campaigny. The edit is a little rough.
On the whole its very rough. Very crude. And I am delighted with every frame of it for the mere fact of existence.
Special thanks go to fellow Munivian Nick Queen of Patriot Paradox who helped me to get it online when it turned out to be too large for MT to upload.
July 16, 2004
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