Monday, February 28, 2005

Class: Please discuss ...

What does it mean to "support the troops"? We hear this phrase bantered about quite a bit, but ... just what does this mean?

When I get a break from work/life here soon, I will provide some thoughts ... perhaps from a not-yet-considered angle.

In the meantime, any thoughts on what this oft-used phrase means?

Friday, February 25, 2005

Vote for Jeremy ... again ... because I am a shill for warmongers

Okay, I have been accused of loving war. This is funny. No ... but I do love the American Warmonger. I have campaigned hard for Jeremy in the past in the Wizbang Awards. Well ... here I am again. Why? I'm busy. Big weekend. Real life. But you know why I'm back?

Because Jeremy is a great blog friend. He helps other bloggers, including myself. There are a litany of blogs who have been helped in one way or another by Jeremy. Technical advice, encouragement, insightful and funny comments that bring more readers. Guy does classes on his blog and sets up templates for other bloggers. And he posts some pretty interesting and thoughtful things, too. We usually agree, but not always. That doesn't matter. He's still a great American. In short, he's the bomb ... ooh, a little warlike lingo there kinda gave me the shivers.

Seriously, if you haven't read much of Jeremy, take a look. His blog will inform you, and encourage you to do more with your own blog. And be better. That's what he's done for me.

To put it plainly, for a squid he's not bad. Okay, just joshing, Jeremy. You're the man. DC still has your back.

Sorry it took me so long to get into the fray and help push you over the top, but now ... people, it's up to you.

Go here and vote for Jeremy now. Just link to the King of Blogs post there and send a trackback. It's simple, and the KOB post tells you how.

I want my blog peeps to succeed, and Jeremy is a great blogger and a great blog friend.

"I think it's right here in the J's." Isn't it? ... And many, many thanks to ...

Mrs. Greyhawk for the link to my Iwo Jima post below. And welcome to those from Mudville who have dropped by. Getting high marks from Mudville and a simultaneous sliming from the anti-military crowd simply means that I bracketed the target effectively before firing for effect and destroying the target.

Those who may be new and wondering what the heck is going on here ... please check out "Understanding DC", linked to the right.

Okay, so where were we? First of all, interesting developments in the Terri Schiavo case. Check it out. The blogs are moving again. Send an email if you feel inclined, or put up a post.

Read on down ... It's the later-in-the-week post. Time for the stuff you've been clamoring for or whatever.
Hey, quick question for the new DNC Chairman, the erudite one: Is Job still his favorite book in the New Testament?

Based upon Dr. Dean's biblical scholarship (he also "doesn't like the way Job ends", even though things finally get better for Job at the end of the book, but ...), I must ask, Is Howard Dean:

a) a complete raging moron?;

b) a fanatical, Yugo-driving secularist?;

c) an RNC-planted android controlled via the joystick on the Karl Rove Vote Hack-o-Tron?; or

d) all of the above?.

Bonus question ... If Pres. Bush ever said such a thing, what would be the MSM reaction?
I can just remember the punch line ... "I just saw the monkey trying to put the cork back in." Does any one remember the joke?

Hey, that reminds me. There was this kid who was really smart. He went to kindergarten, and made straight As. His dad asked him what he would like for a present/treat for getting straight As in kindergarten. The boy said, "A ping pong ball." Dad said, "That's nice, son. You got it."

To be continued ... ??
Okay, so my oldest (and I do mean oldest) and dearest (and I do mean ... well, just go with it) blog friend Nickie Goomba says he's hanging it up ... man. Just too much to take. I start going over the time that I helped him pick up the pieces after moonbats shredded his blog. I think about how he has continually scooped the news services with pressers that not even the tabloids are aware of. I think about ... how I will miss those posts that are alternately pant-wettin' funny and incisive to the core. I think about all the humorless lefties who commented: "Dude, this is not true. You are making this crap up, dude." I think about ... how full of garbanzo beans that Goomba truly is.

He ain't going anywhere. Not till we are both rich ... and famous. I would say rich, old, fat, and ugly. But Goomba is batting .750 on that deal and he might get cocky and quit.

Memo to Nickie G: Don't go scarin' me like that again.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Okay ... so, I will post something probably tonight. In the meantime ... check out the commentary in the Iwo Jima thread below, some of which is very good. I think some of the later comments are disrespectful of the Marines who took Iwo, and to Marines in general. It ticks me off more than a little bit.

Also, please consider visiting Blogs for Terri to follow the developments in Terri Schiavo's case and to see how you can make a difference.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Who raises the flag of freedom when tyranny threatens?

John Bradley: Appleton, Wisconsin ...

Franklin Sousley: Hilltop, Kentucky ...

Harlon Block: Weslaco, Texas ...

Ira Hayes: Gila Indian Reservation, Arizona ...

Rene Gagnon: Manchester, New Hampshire ...

Mike Strank: Franklin Borough, Pennsylvania.

Most Americans don't know these names, but they know the picture of these six young men taken on February 23, 1945. On that date, Joe Rosenthal photographed these men raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. This photo became the signature image of the U.S. Marines in the nation's most heroic battle -- Iwo Jima.

Admiral Chester Nimitz aptly described the "uncommon valor" on Iwo that became a "common virtue". More Medals of Honor (27) were awarded in this battle than any other. More than 6,800 Americans died on Iwo Jima; most of them were Marines. Another 20,000 were wounded. Of the 22,000 Japanese defenders on Iwo, less than 1,000 survived. The battle lasted 35 days, more than a month after the famous photo. Indeed, most of the fighting and the casualties occurred after the the triumphant flag-raising. Half of the six flag-raisers would not leave the island alive.

Nearly five years ago, I read James Bradley's Flags of our Fathers, the story of the six Iwo Jima flag-raisers. This is a powerful book that I think every American should read. The stories of the six flag-raisers are a microcosm of the entire battle, the war in the Pacific, and indeed the great WWII generation that hoisted America on its back and led the nation to superpower status.

Flags of our Fathers makes it clear that we were fighting an enemy with a different view of human life than our own. The Japanese defenders of Iwo were ruthless and fanatical, and determined to fight to the death. Indeed, Bradley's book left me in awe of the sheer enormity of the dangers and horrors that the Marines encountered. Yet, the courage, fortitude, and astonishing character of the heroes of Iwo Jima is even more awe-inspiring than the daunting obstacles they faced.

Incidentally, the most decorated of the Iwo flag-raisers was not a Marine. He was a Navy corpsman, John "Doc" Bradley. He won the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal of Honor, for his actions on Iwo. Of the three flag-raisers who survived, Bradley was the only one to live a somewhat normal life after the war. (Ira Hayes' life was destroyed by alcohol. Rene Gagnon never adjusted to the fame that followed the three surviving flag-raisers.)

Still, Bradley was tormented by horrifying nightmares that left him crying in his sleep for years. Bradley was a private, quiet man, and his family did not know of his Navy Cross until after his death. This amazing, humble man symbolizes the great WWII generation.

Today's Marines are also facing a fanatical enemy who shows little regard for human life. Like their forebears, Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan are performing heroically. But today's Marines, like all of us, stand on the shoulders of the heroes of Iwo Jima. They showed the way.

It's important to recall, too, that when the Marines were hitting the beaches of Iwo Jima, the outcome of the war and America's place in the post-war world were not yet established. Now, though, because of their sacrifices and successes in securing beachheads in the cause of freedom, we look down and back and see how far they have carried us.

Semper Fidelis.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Gov. Bush Should Act to Save Terri Schiavo

From all indications, Gov. Jeb Bush can and should intervene to prevent the cruel starvation death of Terri Schiavo. I have sent the governor an e-mail. To review Gov. Bush's authority to act in this case and to to get his contact information, check out this link.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Blogs are destroying the Demos but ... if you read on down, you'll see some one as excited about spring training as me.

Yes, it appears to be true. You will have to pardon me if I don't share a tear with some of you. I hear people talk about how we need an opposition party, as if the country has become "We the Political Party".

Let's be honest: The internet is killing the Democrats. And they went too long before trying to tax it. The freedom genie is out of the bottle. It's too late.

What painful irony for the Democrats to invent the internet, only to be destroyed by it.

What in the world am I talking about, you ask? Please take a moment to read Michael Barone's latest column. Although he's a conservative, it's hard to dismiss Barone as a fire-breathing partisan. Regardless of his politics, Barone understands American politics.

Here is what he said that leads me to the conclusion described in the headline above:

1) "The Democratic Internet constituency was and is motivated by one thing more than anything else: hatred of George W. Bush. " I recently wrote about this hatred. Some are honest enough to admit it, but some Democrats are still in denial. Like me and many on the center-right, Barone is convinced that hatred is the chief motivator for the Hard Left blogosphere. And to what end? Barone sums it up with this fabulous line: "The left blogosphere has driven the Democrats into an electoral cul de sac."

2) "Now the big [Democrat] money comes from the left blogosphere and Bush-hating billionaires like George Soros." Don't believe it? Just check out a few of the prominent (and not so prominent) leftist blogs and see.

And then, after describing how the right blogosphere has successfully taken on the MSM (Old Media, as Barone calls them), Barone ends with this punch line:

3) "The left blogosphere has driven the Democrats off to the left, and the right blogosphere has undermined the credibility of the Republicans' adversaries in Old Media. Both changes help Bush and the Republicans."

And one other thing that Barone is too polite to mention, but I'm not. The Left blogs will force the Demos to talk Left, including talking about what they think and what they actually would do. Whenever the Left talks about what it actually believes or would do ... it loses ... and big. I mean, it's hard to sell "Could you please slow down so I can slap a big ol' tax on you?" or "Let's just paint those military helmets UN sky blue and get along, 'kay." There's a reason why the Left hides what it believes during national elections.

So, there you have it. The Sage has spoken. Plus, Barone agrees with him.

I am pleased to announce that school is in session, again. Teach is just right on. Smart. Armed with facts. He is a trained hypocrisy-spotter, and he nails the Left for now appearing to be upset that some one with homosexual proclivities may have gotten favorable treatment from the Bush Administration. From whence cometh the moral outrage? Ah, but in the Land of Everything-Can-Matter-if-You-Remember-Everything-is-Political, the beat goes on.

It's just that no one outside the Hard Left is listening.

Teach also raises the question about why the Lefty blogs appear to now be fundraising arms of the DNC. Interesting. If Barone and Teach are on the same wavelength ... head to the bank.

It's official. The Left is devolving.

In the photo above, PW is completely stumped and bamboozled by the complete refutation of his hypothesis that Pres. Bush is a fascist.

You see, rather than taking the "Oh, my gosh. You're crazy." approach that I did, the ever-thoughtful W.B. Rodgers just absolutely laid waste to PW's bilge. I have loved reading the exchanges between W.B. and PW, et al. over at PW's place. W.B. just pours on a bucket of reason and facts, and PW backs up and says, "Yeah, well, you're a smart dude, okay? But ... please be quiet," or words to that effect. A great show indeed.

Yes, that smoking, little, snapped Wanker on the forest floor is ... our very own PW. But sit tight. I am sure the conclusive refutation to W.B. and me is being furiously, and I do mean furiously, typed at this very moment.

Photo of PW courtesy of JR the Texican.
I recently heard from an old USMC pal who says he is not a fan of the blogosphere because so much of it is "tedious and narcissistic". Interesting.

So, please tell me if you think you see any tendencies toward tediousness and narcissism.

And, also, please tell me that you like this blog. Please. I'll put a nice comment on your site if you do. Pretty please.

"Touchdown, Red Socks!!!!!"

Okay, so maybe there is one other person looking forward to spring training more than me ...

Hey, how many times do you reckon that a "Red Sock" hat shall cover the dome of the junior senator from Mass. this year?

Monday, February 14, 2005

Marines in Fallujah Living up to their Storied Tradition ... to the Dismay of a New Generation of Bad Guys

Leatherneck Magazine typically runs stories detailing the Marine Corps' storied history as the world's premier fighting force. There's a lot of such history to cover, from the Boxer Rebellion (not the Senator), Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima, the Chosin Reservoir, Viet Nam, etc. Now, a new chapter of history is being written -- in Iraq.

The February 2005 Leatherneck contains some excellent reports from the epicenter of the Marines' efforts in Iraq -- Fallujah. Associated Press Radio corresponent Ross W. Simspon provides a recap from the initial April 2004 assault on the city. Then, a number of Marine combat correspondents provide a series of insightful reports from the final November 2004 battle.

Please remember that the violent descriptions that follow are just that -- descriptions. However, the young Marines depicted herein have seen them first-hand, and they continue to do so.

Leading from the Front

Ross Simpson reports of the exploits of 1st Lt. Chris Ayres, Platoon Commander, 2nd Plt., Co. B, 1/5, who on April 7 went face-to-face with an enemy sniper in a Fallujah alley. Both emptied a magazine of rounds, but both survived -- for a while, at least. The sniper retreated to another building and apparently shot and killed 3rd Plt. Commander, 1st Lt. Joshua Palmer. Like Ayres, Lt. Palmer had sought out the sniper in order to protect his men.

Lt. Ayres survived the April 2004 assault on Fallujah, but he did not do so unscathed. Less than a week after the sniper shootout, Lt. Ayres' platoon again came under fire. As he pressed ahead in an amtrak to try to locate his 3rd squad, Ayres' vehicle was ambushed. Simpson reports that an RPG hit "right below the commander's hatch, hitting him [Ayres] in the leg and exploding in the engine compartment, setting the trac on fire." Simpson describes Ayres' injuries as follows:

"When I looked down at my leg, I could see my [utilities] were blackened, but I couldn't feel my leg. It was numb instantly, and it's been numb ever since," said Ayres.

"The round blew off my hamstring," said Ayres, who now wears a special cast on his right leg that looks like a giant shoehorn.

Shooting their Way out of an Ambush

After Lt. Ayres was hit, the Marines in the amtrak then found themselves under attack by at least 200 enemy fighters. However, it turns out that the Marines had the enemy right where they wanted them. Check out Ross Simpson's report of how the ambush turned out:

The streets in Fallujah were so narrow that the driver, Private First Class Mathew D. Puckett, couldn't turn around. He did the only thing he could do -- attack west to Phase Line Yellow, which was 800 meters west of friendly lines.

Puckett finally was able to hang a couple of lefts and turn his 25-ton trac back toward friendly lines, but it was burning furiously. The leathernecks in the back were having trouble breathing because of the heavy, black smoke filling the troop compartment.

Sometime between Ayres getting hit and the trac coming to a halt dead in the street, Cpl. Kolm was hit in the chest by a rocket-propelled grenade and killed instantly. LCpl McCarver, sitting directly behind the gun turret, was blown into the belly of the trac by the explosion. ...

When he regained consciousness, McCarver could feel the left side of his face burning. The blast also partially deafened him, and he couldn't hear out of his left ear for days.

From where McCarver was lying, he could look into the turret above him. McCarver climbed back onto the bench in the open troop compartment in the rear half of the trac and fired four 200-round durms of the 5.56 mm ammo into alleys full of insurgents.

The Marines in the troop compartment felt like ducks in a shooting gallery, but they didn't give up. McCarver remembers walking his rounds into a mass of humanity.

"I couldn't miss," said McCarver, who squeezed the trigger when he approached an intersection and kept the hammer down until the trac passed the kill zone.

The battle-scarred trac gave up the ghost about 150 meters from a house that offered two necessary ingredients for survival: "cover and concealment."

For the next six hours, they fought like demons against overwhelming odds and lived to tell their story.

Thus, a couple of 20-year-olds kept their wits under intense fire and helped saved their fellow Marines' lives. This is what Marines are doing in Iraq. This is what they have always done.

Marine Corporal Wounded Four Times told to Head Home

Marine combat correspondents bring news from the November 2004 battle that reminds us of why we love our Marines. First, SSgt Nathaniel T. Garcia reports that Cpl. Robert Mitchell, a squad leader with K/3/1, was sent home after being wounded four times in five months. The last wound came in the final November 2004 battle for Fallujah. Cpl. Mitchell was told by his battalion, "You've done enough". He didn't want to go home, though. Here's what he told SSgt Garcia, about being sent home to Omaha, Nebraska:

"Being told by my [commanding officer], sergeant major, platoon commander and all my buddies that I have done enough -- that helps to ease my thoughts," said Mitchell. "It is supportive, but at the same time, I came out here to lead a squad and finish the job."

Enemy Mortarmen Beware ... Snipers in the Neighborhood

Also during the fight for Fallujah, Sgt. Memo M. Sandoval, a Marine sniper, was sent by his commanding officer to stop an enemy mortar team responsible for two previous attacks. After waiting for several hours in the prone position for a shot, here is how LCpl Miguel A. Carrasco, Jr. describes what Sgt. Sandoval did as the mortar team prepared to make one attack too many:

Sandoval saw that one of the men was about to drop a mortar down the tube. He knew he had to make a well-aimed shot before the insurgent gunner launced the round. Sandoval cleared his thoughts, slowed his breathing and gently squeezed the trigger of his M40A3 sniper rifle. The 7.62 mm round covered the 950 yards in a flash, slamming into the chest of the first insurgent.

"The battalion [executive officer] ordered me to 'make the mortars stop,'" said Sandoval. "I took it personally and went out specifically to stop the insurgents."

Sandoval composed himself for the next shot at the assistant gunner. The last two shots took out the driver of the vehicle that carried the weapon.

Finding Bad Guys Marine Corps-Style

Finally, in the following, gripping account of a Fallujah firefight by LCpl Miguel Carrasco, we see not only a firefight but also a microcosm of the Marine Corps:

They are members of 2d Squad, 3d Platoon, Company K, 3d Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment. They are entering a house in Fallujah, intent on clearing it of insurgents during Operation Al Fajr, Nov. 14, 2004.

As the Marines reached the top of the second floor, the point man noticed two rooms on the left and two directly in front. The point man rolled past the first door in order to provide security from the remaining three doors.

The second Marine kicked in the door with no idea of what was on the other side waiting for him.

"All of a sudden I heard 5.56 rounds coming in and out of the room," said Lance Corporal Kip P. Yeager, a team leader. "Then, I saw [Lance Corporal George J.] Payton on the ground in pain."

The insurgents inside the room tried to throw a grenade out, but LCpl Payton, another team leader, blocked it with his body. The blast severed his leg.

"While Payton was on the ground, he was still firing back at the insurgents," said Sergeant Martin T. Gonzalez, squad leader.

"After the first explosion, you couldn't hear anything. I couldn't even hear my own weapon ...," said Corporal Mason H. Fisher, a team leader. ...

The Marines were inside a house in the middle of a firefight and unaware of what was still inside the room.

"I made eye contact with [Fisher] and noticed that we both had grenades ready to throw inside the room," said Yeager. "I yelled 'Frag out!' and threw the grenade inside the room along with [Fisher]."

A grenade has only a four- to five-second response time until it blows up. Just as both grenades went inside the room, the unthinkable happened.

"I saw the grenade bounce back out of the room ...," said Fisher, who picked up the grenade and threw it back inside.

"It seemed like forever before the grenades went off. In fact, the whole firefight lasted about 15 to 20 seconds," said Yeager. "It was the longest 15 seconds of my life."

Before the smoke could settle from the two grenade blasts, Gonzalez entered the room and found himself looking at the business end of an M16 pointed by an insurgent.

"There was no round in the chamber. He pulled the trigger and nothing happened, and then he was shot and killed by me and Yeager," said Gonzalez.

Like many of the insurgents who have been caught or killed, the ones inside the room were high on drugs. Gonzalez didn't hesitate to shoot another insurgent in the room, probably high on methampetamines, who held a loaded rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

"He didn't go down after the first few shots, so Yeager took him out," said Gonzalez. ...

"My main concern was Payton. I knew right away that I needed to apply a tourniquet to his left leg." said Hospitalman Apprentice Jae Y. Kwon. "As soon as the firing stopped, I ran past the doorway and started to assess Payton." ...

The "doc" and the platoon leader were working on Payton.

"I held him in my arms trying to reassure him everything would be OK, said [Second Lieutenant Colin M.] Browning. ...

George J. Payton, 21, a native of Culver City, California, died the following day.

"He will always be remembered," said Yeager, Payton's best friend, "by his family and friends back in his hometown [and] also here in this battalion."

Semper Fidelis

Friday, February 11, 2005

Release the tape!

Check out Larry Kudlow's take on Easongate. (h/t to The Coalition Provisional Authority. A couple of observations: 1) the MSM's anti-military bias is clear to all but the Edsel-Left; 2) the blogosphere has added a new dimension to the accountability that talk radio and Fox News first brought to the MSM; 3) because of 1) and 2), this story is likely to not go the way of the Edsel.

Exciting times we live in.

See you Monday a.m. with more gripping, insightful, and absolutely-correct opinions and observations.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Big Week for the Left and the MSM ...

Not. Okay, we have ample evidence that things are not going well for the Left and their friends in the MSM this week. We'll get to that in a minute. But first, we have a promotion to announce. Announcing, the promotion of Teach from an Allied Base (people kind enough to link DC) to Intelligence Officer. Teach distinguished himself in written combat this past week, and ... I am tearing up ... hang on ... he may have saved my blogging life.

Let me explain. Well, I was engaging the Left. I was surrounded. Thus, I had 'em right where I wanted 'em. I was talking smack on subjects ranging from spending cuts, fascism, you name it. I was doing fine with the Sarcasm/Weak Humor gun, and then, it jammed. The Left closed in. But ... then we heard it. The sound of a large jet, flying in from New Jersey. Sound of freedom, baby! Yes, it was him. They ran scurrying for cover. Teach then laid down the law, man. He carpet-bombed 'em with facts. It was freakin' beautiful. Then total silence as the Lefties reached for their Ad-Homiguns. In the ensuing confusion, I was able to withdraw to my forward operating base. By the time the Lefties realized it was only facts they had been hit with (these have limited utility with lefties), it was too late. I had their coordinates, and I then called in fire with the Morality Mortars and wiped them all out. But ... it would have never been possible without Teach. And if that dude doesn't have an appropriate name ... man.
Easongate rolls on. Some bloggers prefer Easonquiddick. Whatever. The scandal continues to rightfully percolate, with no help from the MSM. I did hear some noises being made by some liberal blogs on the subject here, though.
And the incomparable Ward "Red" Churchill took the principled stand yesterday of refusing to apologize for his essay wherein he compared the victims of 9/11 to "little Eichmanns". See the story. The Leftist professor also spoke in his essay "Some People Push Back", of the "gallant sacrifices" of the "combat teams" ... not of the troops who took out the Taliban, but of those "that struck America".

Cheered on by an audience of 1,000 (that's the scary part), Prof. Churchill "moderated" his tone when he said this week that the essay was not referring to children, firefighters, janitors or people passing by the World Trade Center who were killed during the attacks.

Very big of him.
Question: If a Pusillanimous Wanker snaps in the woods and no one hears it ... has he still snapped? You read the post and decide. Earlier this week, I asked why much of the Left hates the President. This, of course, assumes that they do in fact hate him. I think that many do. Was PW trying to prove me wrong, or what?
And now, from the general whom the MSM would make a villian, Gen. James Mattis's remarks to his Marines before the initial assuault into Iraq in March 2003:
For decades, Saddam Hussein has tortured, imprisoned, raped and murdered the Iraqi people; invaded neighboring countries without provocation; and threatened the world with weapons of mass destruction. The time has come to end his reign of terror. On your young shoulders rest the hopes of mankind.

When I give you the word, together we will cross the Line of Departure, close with those forces that choose to fight, and destroy them. Our fight is not with the Iraqi people, nor is it with members of the Iraqi army who choose to surrender. While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam’s oppression. Chemical attacks, treachery, and the use of the innocent as human shields can be expected, as can unethical tactics. Take it all in stride. Be the hunter, not the hunted: never allow your unit to be caught with its guard down. Use good judgment and act in the best interest of our Nation. “You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of the Line of Departure. Keep faith with your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.

For the mission’s sake, our country’s sake, and the sake of the men who carried the Division’s colors in past battles - who fought for life and never lost their nerve - carry out you mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world that there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.

J.N. Mattis

Major General, US Marines

h/t to my brother, Michael.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Okay, we know they hate him. But the real question is: Why?

I came back to this question over the weekend. It appears I missed something big in the State of the Union last Wednesday. I mean, it happens. Actually, I have an excuse, though. I was putting my daughters to bed during the last part of the speech. On Saturday, though, Fred Barnes of Fox News' "The Beltway Boys" reset two powerful images from Wednesday night that caused me to wonder all over again about what is really driving the Left.

First, there was the incredible encounter of the mother of the fallen Texas Marine and the Iraqi mother who had lost a son at the hands of Saddam Hussein. This scene of the two women embracing was remarkable enough, but then the camera panned to the President, who was struggling to hold back tears. This image encapsulated seemingly everything about the President and the Iraq War in one moment.

But there was more. As the President was leaving the House Chamber, he was approached by Sen. Joe Lieberman. As he went to shake the President's hand, Pres. Bush pulled Sen. Lieberman, a man who could very well have been starting his second term as VP, close around the neck and hugged him. What must have gone through the minds of the two men at that moment? One a Republican, the other a Democrat, both of whom have steadfastly defended the action in Iraq from the outset. Both, in spite of their political differences, respect each other and are squarely allied in the battle against Islamic terror. It was a great and hopeful image.

In viewing these images, though, one has to wonder how the Left (and I obviously don't include Sen. Lieberman in this description. He is not too popular with the hard Left that dominates the Democratic Party, either) can hate Pres. Bush so much. I mean, what is it? Surely you don't doubt that they do in fact hate the President. But why do they feel this way?

The juxtaposition of the President's decency with the venom and lunacy that has come to dominate the Left is startling. And the commencement of the second Bush term has unleashed a torrent of insanity by the Left that draws into question what they are really about. A couple of recent incidents are illustrative of this point.

First, witness the bilge spewing from the towers of academia, namely "Some People Push Back", by Colorado Professor Ward Churchill, wherein 9/11 victims are called "little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers". Take a few moments to read the entire, despicable essay by Prof. Churchill and see poisonous, anti-American Leftist thought in full flower. It is no secret that Churchill has numerous colleagues in academia that may not use the same harsh language, but they appear to harbor the very same hatred for Pres. Bush and, I believe, for the nation that has twice elected him.

The Leftists in the MSM continue to grow ever more shrill, too, with their power increasingly threatened by Fox News, talk radio, and the blogosphere. The true colors are flying. That is, before raising the white flag, they are first trying the Jolly Roger.

For instance, CNN's Eason Jordan, at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, charged that the U.S. military had killed a dozen reporters in Iraq, and that they had been deliberately targeted. Of course, the assembled Leftists and media throng made nary a peep at this outrageous, slanderous charge.

However, Jordan was eventually challenged on the charge. Not surprisingly, he could provide no supporting evidence. Then, it was learned that he had also falsely charged the Israeli military of targeting journalists, as well. And in case you have forgotten, this is same Eason Jordan who failed to report atrocities by the Saddam Hussein regime in the early 90's. Somehow, though, the MSM hasn't been able to bring themselves to investigate Jordan's slander and his alarming propensity to apparently promote the efforts of America's enemies and denigrate the efforts of this nation's allies.

Yet, the Leftist allies of Jordan in the MSM breathlessly covered the remarks of Marine Gen. James Mattis, who last week called fighting and killing the woman-hating jihadis "a hell of a hoot". Uh, memo to the MSM: Most Americans said, "Right on, General!" to this remark. And ... every Marine said, "Ooh-rah!!"

So, it's clear that the Ward Churchills and Eason Jordans of the world don't care for Pres. Bush. No, they hate him. Let's be honest. But the real question remains: Why? Why can't they simply have a dialogue with the President over political differences? Is this possible? Why not simply debate and discuss, without impugning the opposition's motives and character? This is what we do in a free society.

But alas, you see, when one side believes that the other is evil, then dialogue is not possible. Rather, conflict of some type is inevitable. That is, you can not discuss policy differences with evil. You must fight it. Good can not dwell with evil.

I have said on many occasions, and I say again, that there are many liberals of goodwill who disagree with me on a whole host of issues. But the goodwill of the vitrolic Left, by definition, is missing in action.

To the Left, Pres. Bush and all that he stands for is apparently Evil. Where these moral relativists acquire the righteous indignation that they seem to possess is beyond me. But, Pres. Bush appears to the real deal in their eyes, in spite of the above-described images from the State of the Union.

The Left's hatred makes me wonder: Do they hate Pres. Bush because is a good man? Do they hate him because he takes his Christian faith seriously? As I recall, they seemed to have no problems with Pres. Clinton's brand of Christianity. Do the Eason Jordans of the world want America to fail in its war with Islamic terror? Why do they seem to relish news that casts our military in a bad light? Do they think America is a force for evil in the world?

I can't say what's in the hearts of the Left, or any person, for that matter. All I can say, though, is that I see hatred in their actions and it makes me wonder why. I also see contempt for the President, the country, and the military that I love, as well. So, they shouldn't be surprised, as Prof. Churchill ironically put it, when "some people push back" and ask who they really are.

Addendum: I should note that one of the people in attendance in Davos, Switzerland who challenged Eason Jordan on his slander against the U.S. Military was ... yes ... it's true ... Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts. Every one please make a note of this for your archives: DC says, "Way to go Barney Frank."

Friday, February 04, 2005

State of the Cutter: Good and on Target ... all the way to a Ping Pong Ball Epilogue

Hey, did Pres. Bush say that he wanted to hold discretionary spending under the level of inflation? Man, that's war. Last time the Republicans tried this, the Demos said they wanted Grandma and Grandpa to be eatin' Alpo. I mean, unless you've tried it, I don't think you should criticize.

Looks like the President is pretty much the same guy as he was before the election, except he was talking spending discipline and saying the right things on immigration. He means business. He rightfully mystifies and terrifies many Democrats.

But the loyal opposition readies the attack. "Mr. Greenjeans" (h/t Nickie G.) was downright electric in the rebuttal, though, wasn't he?

Okay ... read on down. Got a little smorgasdeal. And ... a contest at the end for an alternative ending to the greatest joke of all time.
Apparently some Marine general got loose and spoke a little glibly about assisting jihadis in their continuing quest to test the 72-virgins theory. Here's the story. And the punchline:

"Actually it's quite fun to fight them, you know. It's a hell of a hoot," Mattis said, prompting laughter from some military members in the audience. "It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up there with you. I like brawling.

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil," Mattis said. "You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.

About the only thing better would be puttin' a pair of panties on the heads of a few reporters."

Okay, so he didn't say the last sentence. But the rest is an actual quote. My reaction to this? America should be glad that its warriors like what they do and perhaps sometimes don't use the most artful language in expressing themselves.

One wonders how the MSM would report this story if the women-hating extremists being discussed were Christians. Of course, most Christians don't slap women around for failure to wear their veils or to submit to genital mutilation. I know, you're probably aware of thousands, but in these parts at least, they keep it under wraps.

Is it just me, or do the MSM only care about jihadi human rights violations when we don't have a conservative Christian as President?
I picked up a "Leftist Action Ribbon" this week for valorous duty in verbal combat with odious ones in a comment thread at Jess's place. Silly me. I defended the Swift Boat Vets, and I took exception to one citizen's referring to the President as a "giggling murderer" and describing our troops being "child killers in an unjust war". As a result, in the span of a couple of hours, I was called hateful, a kook, a bastard, and a liar.

I was pretty upset about it, but then ... I realized, with these qualifications, these guys may be preparing to back me for the Demo presidential nod in '08.

Note: I would show you the "bastard" medal I received from Ralph, but this self-described "non-Senate Democrat" deleted his and my comments from his site.

Dan ... what hath you wrought? Oh, my. Reader beware. Crude. Very, very funny.

Ye Olde Ping Pong Ball Joke: Epilogue

Well, are you having withdrawals? You know you miss it ... that you were secretly hoping for even more post-graduate work, and millions more ping pong balls. But alas, all good things must end.

Speaking of which ... some one suggested that we might have a contest for best alternative ending to the all-time best ending (the lad dies just before revealing the mystery of the pp balls). So, I say let's do it. And ... an extra 10 points in the Comment-o'-the-Year Contest for the winner. David, the Ohio Voter, has already chipped in with ... 10, count 'em, 10 different punchlines. Some are too esoteric for this whoopin' twit to understand, but ...

So, how bout some alternate endings to the ping pong ball tale?

Mine ... Well, it's hard to top the real deal, but ... I was thinkin' .... Son says, "Dad, the bad news is ... I've got no good reason for getting all these pp balls. But ... the good news is, I saved a lot of money on my car insurance with Geico." See? No comparison.

Maybe you can do better?

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Greetings, all. It is I. Life/work/etc. is unrelenting ... but I pledge some (small mid-week stuff) posts this evening. If not assassinated, I will ... never mind. Probably some add'l thoughts on the State of the Union, too, although most will be said by then. Plus, Rush just tells me what to say any way. You know that, right? But this ... "The Force of Freedom" ... was a beautiful line in an excellent speech. There's your second-term theme. And I loved how the President talked in emphatic tones and in a sustained manner on Social Security reform domestically and smoking out the enemies of America and freedom globally.

I did miss a little of it, because in addition to putting the kids to bed I had to go out and spike the football in our backyard end zone a couple of times. The end zone dance in the dark kinda loses a little effect but ... it's still fun.

Is it just me, or did the President look taller? Don't worry, Lefties. It's only four years. I mean ... what could this hapless boob possibly accomplish in four years, especially with the quality of opposition he has?

Have a super day ...