Saturday, December 23, 2006

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas

Note: This post is dedicated to my father and mother. They are with the One whose birthday we celebrate on Monday. My parents both loved this time of year, my dad especially. My parents loved the music of Christmas, as well.

Recently, I was struck by the richness of a certain Christmas carol that we were singing in church. I paused to reflect on the words and let them soak in as the sounds rolled past.

I stand amazed at how great Christmas music stands the test of time. Much of it is in stark contrast to more modern music, both for its outstanding sound, and also for its skillful utilization of the English language -- which I think is the most beautiful instrument in the world -- as a key piece of the holiday orchestra.

So, I thought I'd highlight some great Christmas music this year, with a look at the lyrics of some of my parents' favorites, and mine, as well.

One of my all-time favorites is "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". This carol is as English as English gets. Only the Brits could implore us to "Let nothing you dismay." I mean, they did invent the language. And the carol brings us tidings ... yes, tidings ... even waves of "comfort and joy":
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy ...
I think my favorite carol is The Ukranian Bell Carol. The song goes by "Carol of the Bells" these days, but when we played it in school, it was "The Ukranian Bell Carol". Indeed, the song is an adaptation of a Ukranian folk song and was apparently popularized in the U.S. by a Ukranian choir director named Oleksander Koshyts.

The Eastern European sound of this carol is unmistakable. There have been many beautiful instrumental versions through the years. But my favorite versions are those that perfectly mix the Ukranian music with the English lyrics to form this American classic:
Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells,
all seem to say,
throw cares away

Christmas is here,
bringing good cheer,
to young and old,
meek and the bold,
ding dong ding
that is their song
with joyful ring
all caroling

one seems to hear
words of good cheer
from everywhere
filling the air

Oh how they pound,
raising the sound,
o'er hill and dale,
telling their tale,

Gaily they ring
while people sing
songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here,

Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas,
On on they send,
on without end,
their joyful tone to every home
Dong Ding dong ding, dong Bong
This next carol was one of my dad's favorites. The part that really got him, and gets me, is the command to "fall on your knees". Here is "O Holy Night", by J.S. Dwight and A.C. Adam:

O holy night,
the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of
our dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world
in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared
and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope,
the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks
a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees,
O hear the angel voices!
O night divine,
O night when Christ was born!
O night divine, O night,
O night divine!
On virtually every one's short list of great Christmas songs is "The Christmas Song" (it was destined for greatness with a title like that), with lyrics by Mel Torme. The best version is, of course, the one that my dad made me love, as did the rest of his generation, the version sung by the incomparable Nat King Cole-- arguably the greatest American singer ever. This song captures the magic of Christmas, reminding all of us kids that we used to believe that reindeer really knew how to fly:
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some
Mistletoe help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies
On his sleigh
And ev'ry mother's
Child is gonna spy to see if
Reindeer really know how to fly

And so, I'm offering this
Simple phrase to kids from
One to ninety-two
Altho' it's been said many times
Many ways; "Merry Christmas to you"
This next song reminds us that Christmas, like Christ's life, began like with a whisper of the night wind. Although quietly delivered in the most understated fashion possible, the message of Christmas would ultimately trumpet thoughout the earth. One of my favorite versions is the one by Mannheim Steamroller, even though as an instrumental it omits the following stirring lyrics:

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
do you see what I see
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
do you see what I see
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
do you hear what I hear
A song, a song, high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
do you know what I know
In your palace warm, mighty king,
do you know what I know
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold
Let us bring Him silver and gold

Said the king to the people everywhere,
listen to what I say
Pray for peace, people everywhere!
listen to what I say
The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light
To me, the deep, smooth bass voice of Bing Crosby almost represents the very heart of America. And Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" represents the heart of an American Christmas. I love this song for those reasons, and also because I've never seen a White Christmas. Ah, but hope springs eternal at Christmastime. And I also love the movie, too. Yes, it's corny, but there's some good old-fashioned American truth in there, like men don't forget their comrades. Here is "White Christmas":

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white
The following song isn't really a Christmas song, but it became one in some quarters. In any event, I never particularly cared for it; however, it was one of my mother's favorites. I've come to appreciate it because it reminds me of her and the reason she liked the song. Here is "My Favorite Things" by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;
Brown paper packages tied up with strings;
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels;
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles;
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings;
These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes;
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes;
Silver-white winters that melt into springs;
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
The next song has become a favorite of mine, even though you may not have heard of it. It's part of virtually every Christmas Eve service at our church. It's beautiful music by Michael W. Smith blends with lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick to tell the powerful story of Christmas -- that Emmanuel ("God With Us") in the manger grew up to save the world. Here is "All is Well":

All is well all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love's light
Sing A-le
Sing Alleluia
All is well all is well
Let there be peace on earth
Christ is come go and tell
That He is in the manger
Sing A-le
Sing Alleluia

All is well all is well
Lift up your voice and sing
Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

All is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well
Alleluia or Hallelujah means "Praise the Lord!". In the classic "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah, we see the power of repetition working in concert with truth. This musical piece, based upon the Book of Revelation, was my mother's favorite:

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world is become
the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever

King of Kings,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
and Lord of Lords,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

King of Kings,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
and Lord of Lords,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

King of Kings,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
and Lord of Lords,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever

King of Kings
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

and He shall reign for ever and ever,
for ever and ever,
King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords,
King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords,
and He shall reign for ever and ever,

King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Handel's great work reminds us that some day the Babe of Bethlehem will be revealed as the Lion of Judah. With all the undeniable magic and wonder of the season, for Christians, Christmas is only the beginning.

I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who lend me your time and comments. Your contributions make this space what it is, and I deeply appreciate your thoughts, ideas, and love for this nation and our way of life.

God bless you all, and Merry Christmas.

See you on the other side ... on Jan. 3. We'll have a little presser preview/tease on Jan. 2, so check in then for an update.

Friday, December 22, 2006

In the holiday spirit, so here's a gift especially for our Ohio St. fans/readers

That would be you, Mark.

Man, this thing makes me giggle uncontrollably. Gotta love Woody Hayes. I know people are all upset about the Miami-Fla. International melee, as they should be.

But Woody reminds us of the good ol' days when the coaches started the fights and landed the best blows. Classic.

The only thing better was watching it live, which I did, and then hearing the announcers replay it and say, "Can't tell anything from that angle" and then stare blankly into space.

By the way, this video was posted on a Michigan fan web site, and plays on with the Ohio State fight song as the only background sound. That kind of goose is almost enough to make me a Wolverine fan. Great stuff.

Hey, I will get this out of the way now, so I can be first: Florida is going to beat Ohio State.

Unless the ghost of Woody suits up, that is.

Okay ... Christmas post up by morning.

Look, if you're ever down on your luck and can't do anything else ...

There's always TV. Check out this gem by Desmond Howard, the former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner. Dez is apparently not aware that the maroon and white team from Texas, you know, the Aggies are different from say, the burnt orage team (the good guys), my alma mater. Nor does Desmond have any idea who is playing Cal in the Holiday Bowl.

But at least he had the good sense to let us all know that. I mean, it's only a college football show.

I include this this link for those who see blank, white walls when clicking the arrow.

The day after his demonstration of the perils of live TV, Desmond did a mea sorta on ESPN by saying he "misspoke" when referring to Texas, instead of A&M. Problem is, Desmond completely broke down the Texas-Cal matchup. He was way off in those weeds. Yeah, he misspoke like Clinton "never, not one time" did anything wrong with Monica.

I love the guys on the set just silently and dumbfoundingly pressing on, too. To defend them somewhat, I mean, sometimes you see such inexplicable incompetence that it does leave you speechless. Plus, what were they supposed to do? Out Desmond and reveal that he is unaware that there is more than one university in Texas? I wonder if Desmond has ever watched football on Thankgiving Weekend.

To provide some Texas insight here, too, you have to know that there is really nothing worse for an Aggie to be called than a Longhorn. The Longhorns are more than an arch-rival to the Aggies; the Aggies hate the Horns. In fact, they would be less upset if Dez had said that OBL had a football team that was playing Cal. But's even worse than that, Ags. Desmond doesn't even know you exist. He wiped you off the map.

In any event, I emailed ESPN and told them to send my best wishes to Dez's Wolverines as they prepare to play Florida for the National Championship. It's too bad that Desmond's Buckeyes got jobbed by the BCS.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Blogs for McCain?

If you search "Blogs for McCain", this very site comes up #1. Priceless. Did you hear that, Phantom?

It's even ranked ahead of "Blogs for McCain". Oh, but it even gets better. If you take even a quick look there, you'll find that Blogs for McCain is not a pro-McCain site, either. I was tipped off by a subtle post entitled "John McCain is Evil". Maybe they meant blogs "for" McCain as in "after" him. Who knows.

And by the way, check out this: A War on Blogs? And lauched by McCain? This will be funny, because McCain is now trying to make a hard turn to the right as the presidential campaign begins next year. But those pesky bloggers will be firing from the right ... b/c he is shootin' at us from the left (thank God he was only in the Navy, though. And by the way, did you know he served in Vie ... never mind) and then we'll just have to see how it all shakes out. He's got a Demo congress now, so he can probably ram-rod even more egregious speech limitations through than before.

But will Pres. Bush and Mitch McConnell stop him? Or will we have to do it alone?

If McCain doesn't outlaw our sites by '08, maybe we and "Blogs for McCain" can merge. Alls I bring to the table is access and links to 50 or so firebreathing conservative bloggers who wake up in the middle of the night and pound out passionate posts. And we haven't even started working yet.

With Goomba News back in business (at least for the next week or so), we might even have our own media network. Heck, we are pretty well on our way to being a nation-state. I'll check with John Bolton to see if he can be our Ambassador to the UN. We demand bilateral talks with McCain.

Fun with Search Engines and Other Merry Topics as Christmas Nears

As we head down the home stretch to the Christmas post, my final one of the year, I thought I might share a little search engine levity.

Here is the bad news for lefties. This little microblog is everywhere on the search engines. Many of my visitors come via the search engine route. Don't know how this works, but the 'lectrical box economy of the world has spoken and we must obey.

Now, some specifics ...

First, imagine the horror of some poor culinary-minded soul out there who was simply looking for French Fry Cutter Web Sites and found this blog ... at #7 on their list of sites. Yikes. I mean, there's a connection there somewhere. We're both hot and cutting, I guess.

And, of course, all those hard-core Houston baseball fans who look for Mark Lemongello, the greatest pitcher's name ever, will, of course, find this blog ranked at #6. Makes sense. This is the site for conservative Astros fans.

Those who take the direct route, with a Google search of "daisy cutter" with find about 854,000 sites, with this site listed #3. Imagine some poor, liberal college student wanting to do a peaceful presentation on the BLU-82 bomb and finding instead, well, me. It's a violent thought, for sure.

So what does all of this mean? It means: 1) Keep your kids off the internet; and 2) We are well on our way to conquering the world.

For a little more meat, substance, and good old-fashioned DC suspicion, see the post on the Litvinenko episode below.

More search engine fun later ...

P.S. Hey, it looks like the Goomba News Network is back, giving us all an early Christmas present. Go by and say hello to the talented Goomba mob. I will get the links fixed/cleaned up over the holidays to get GNN up on the Daily Briefing, so fret not.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Litvinenko and the Too-Perfect Story

A quick word on the apparently fading furor regarding the poisoned former-KGB spy Litvinenko. I haven't researched it enough to possess any superior knowledge on the episode, for sure. But if you are interested, search Google News or even do a blog search on the topic. The discussion out there is pretty interesting, and the Russians seemed to have taken the lead in framing the debate.

My slightly-educated opinion (based upon how events unfolded) and what we have learned since, is that Litvinenko was poisoned by the Russian government or agents working for it. This was the first-blush viewpoint that the MSM seemed to be coalescing around, and then something happened. All the press coverage stopped and/or started to go in other directions.

But my view remains that Putin and Co. wanted to take out a jihadi sympathizer and do it in a way that sent a message to the jihadis' allies and Russia's.

Recall that we learned that Litvinenko converted to Islam on his deathbed, and then things started to take a different turn in the investigation. Russian media outlets began circulating the theory that Litvinenko was accidentally poisoned by the very polonium he was smuggling. Some postulated that the incident was a terrorist hit on an ally gone bad (Litvinenko is regarded as a hero in Chechnya). Others said that terrorists were doing a "dirty bomb" dry run.

But none of the new theories make sense to me. Why? Well, some things are obvious. It is extremely difficult, nearly impossible, to "accidentally" ingest polonium. Second, no one else close to Litvinenko was harmed by the supposed accident. True, we have evidence of low-level contamination, but only one man has died.

We know that the polonium came from Russia. And to be able to smuggle polonium from Russia to London would require incredible manpower/resources. It would take a government, or people acting with the sanction of a government.

I ran across this interesting story by the Russian News and Information Agency today. This is officially-sanctioned stuff, the Russian party line, if you will. Take a look, and you'll note that the Russian media put forth four theories for how Litvinenko was killed. Notably, the 400-lb. gorilla in the room theory (the Russian government did it) is omitted. I'm shocked, I tell you. Shocked.

So, I naturally suspect that I was right even more.

Note, too, that the Russian News Agency discusses Litvinenko's interaction with the Italian "security consultant" Scaramella, who was apparently with Litvinenko at the restaurant where he was poisoned. Look at this paragraph by RNA:

Scaramella said his friend Litvinenko made a bit on the side by smuggling toxic isotopes. The future victim of polonium poisoning lived on Berezovsky's hand-me-downs and badly needed more money.
This statement, standing alone, convinces me that Litvinenko was deliberately killed. Why? What are the odds that a mysterious Italian would tell Russian media that Litvinenko admitted just prior to his death that he was smuggling polonium and in need of money? It's possible, but that's not the way that stories, or true ones, typically unfold. True stories are told by imperfect people, and thus the story too good to be true usually is.

Scaramella was contaminated, but apparently will live. And there are/were traces of the polonium at places in and around London where Litvinenko travelled shortly before his death. So, based on these facts, some have argued that Litvinenko couldn't have been poisoned at the restaurant deliberately.

But clearly people who could get polonium into a London restaurant and then get Litvinenko to ingest it are also up to the task of dusting other dummy locations with the isotope. And they are also quite competent enough to slightly contaminate other "victims", so as to disguise their laser-beam focus on the real target. Again, no one but Litvinenko has died.

So what do we have, a laser-guided nuclear accident? I guess it's possible, but it's not likely the case.

The best scenario for American security is that I am right. That is, we had better hope that the Russians took out Litvinenko for his ties to jihadis. For all their faults, we know that the Russians face the threat from Militant Islam, as we do.

If the Russian government did not kill Litvinenko, we are left to ask: Are the super-competent Litivenko killers, who possess the components of a nuclear weapon, on America's side in any respect? This should cause us great concern.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Zucker for President

I do hope you enjoy this marvelous film (via Drudge) by David Zucker, who has paddled the Iraq Study Group and James Baker so hard that it will take some time for the mark to wear off. Hey, you old timers, just click on the arrow below (and I wouldn't advise drinking coffee whilst you watch):

Wow, that Baker drives a hard bargain, doesn't he?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

You know we have no press, don't you?

I mean, we don't. The conformist pack that travels around masquerading as "the press", the "defenders of the public good" and all that jazz, well, we know they are jokes. They clearly are. Really, they are bad jokes. Not funny at all.

Yes, our "protectors of the public interest" routinely fail to ask the key questions necessary to fulfill their self-stated mission. Why? Well, they often are rooting for one side (like the MSM who failed to uncover until after the election that Demos were holding and then shopping the Foley story), or just ignorant (say, don't know Shiite from Shinola ... full disclosure: Line stolen from Sweetness & Light), or just maybe lazy (no press conference scheduled today) ... or perhaps they are afraid of what they may find (their real world experiences collide with the leftist indoctrination received at their so-called journalism schools like the one I attended).

Like most members of large, bumbling bureaucratic organizations, the bulk of traditional media outlets are at the tail of every big movement. Realizing that an abundance of creativity and original thought will result in their unemployment, they instead opt for the tried and true, that familiar old cobblestone road: "Hey, I see a press conference going on. Let's check it out and see what the other reporters are asking and writing about."

How do I know? I used to be one of them.

Today, the real media are the New Media. I wish I had more time to devote to this endeavor. I am but a small voice in the wilderness. But the collective thoughts, ideas, and actions of the millions who do pay attention and care about the survival of America and the West, these make it happen.

And speaking of all of the foregoing, whatever happened to the breathless coverage of the mysterious death of Alexander Litvinenko? You recall that he was the former KGB spy who was apparently served a polonium sandwich by some one in a London restaurant. Last week, the MSM was heating up ... press conferences were even called. We had a big story, and the MSM knew it was big because they were all showing up at the same places.

But then something happened.

The coverage seems to have waned after we learned that Litvinenko converted to Islam on his deathbed. Hmmm. Other reports indicate that he wanted to show solidarity with the Chechnyan rebels, many of whom are Islamic extremists.

Do you recall those "rebels" who murdered the Russian school children? These may have been the friends of the departed Litvinenko. He was clearly no saint. But where is the press? Extra, extra ... read all about nothing.

So, what happened? Did Putin gather world leaders around who explained some things "off the record" to the Defenders of the Public Interest? But I mean ... these are/were the the same MSM who were crying murder a week ago.

But query: Would it be murder if the CIA killed an Al Qaeda-linked jihadi in a restaurant in Paris? What if that jihadi was getting ready to blackmail the U.S. government and bring it to its knees? What if he was getting ready to explode a suitcase nuke in Manhattan? Would it have been murder to serve a polonium sandwich to Mohammed Atta and Co. on 9/10/01?

Would it have been murder for the U.S. Navy to sail out into the Pacific on Dec. 6, 1941 and sink as many Japanese carriers as it could?

Don't get me wrong. I think we have plenty of reasons to keep a very sharp eye out for the workings of Putin, not the least of which is Russia's relationship to Iran. I am not saying that we trust him implicitly, or even at all. First and foremost, he is about preserving his power. But he does face the same Radical Islamic threat that we do. The world is a complicated and rapidly-changing place.

So where is the MSM and the analysis on all the foregoing? Are they only lathered up because some one wanted to show the world that they were capable of making their enemies radioactive?

Here's my take: I have no problem with the CIA taking out a jihadi who is trying to kill Americans and/or cripple our government, and frankly, if Litvinenko was trying to aid Radical Muslims, bon appetit.

But unfortunately, I have a feeling the "press" won't get the word out on what Litvinenko was really doing, or why he was killed. We know the Russians won't tell the story, but what about our own fearless defenders of the First Amendment?

Yes, that was a rhetorical question.

The "press" is gone, but the media are here.

P.S. Incidentally, I give my absolute highest endorsement to the talented soul(s) who run Sweetness & Light. This is a must read, and I would encourage you to keep tabs on a regular, if not daily basis. I do.

Programming Note: After the New Year, I will resume my regular posting schedule. In the meantime, we press on. The Christmas post will be up on December 22, and then I'll be off until January 3, when I return with a vengeance with a presser from the pick-up. But where will the pick-up be? We'll see.

Special Thanks: I appreciate the link and the readers coming over from The Anchoress. Wow, I knew something was up, because I didn't think some Aussie right-wing hard rocker could have stirred the pot that much. But seriously, I appreciate your dropping by. Also, thanks to my old chums at Hang Right Politics. Go take a look at these great blogs, and if you're a regular reader here (yes, all four of you) behave yourselves.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Quick Hitter

Yes, I am still alive. The same maladies keep my posts to a minimum these days: real life and the lack of a laptop. But hey ...

I note that the world continues to turn, though. And we see age-old trends continuing in these times of tumult. Thus, we take comfort in knowing that the world is still in good hands. On this note, my spirits are buoyed by the re-election of Mr. Freeze.

I always thought Mr. Freeze was one of the toughest villians on Batman.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

7 December: Remember how it started ... and ultimately ended

Days like these remind me of my old man. He never bought a Japanese car, and he chided me relentlessly when I bought even a used Toyota van years ago.

It's hard for many my age and younger to understand the shock and rage that was December 7, 1941.

But I was taught to remember. And so I always will.

Today is the 65th anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Survivors, who have gotten together every five years since the attack, are dwindling. In fact, this year may be their final reunion.

Time and history march on. Indeed, the survivors of the "day that will live in infamy" are leaving us.

But we must not leave them.

The attack came on a Sunday morning, when the Japanese correctly assumed that our navy would be unprepared. But Japan could never have gotten a large enough head start on America to prevail in WWII. It still makes me shake my head, for totalitarians always mistake the outward manifestations of America's might for its soul.

Today, Japan is an ally and friend of the United States. That is a wonderful thing, and it is, in my view, a testimony both to the existence of God and to the greatness of the United States.

Anti-war protesters mark the anniversaries of the the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but December 7 gets less press every year, it seems.

But I will always remember.

Indeed, we Americans need to remember how the nation got plunged into World War II. The nation was plunged into the war by a knife driven into its back.

And America's enemies would do well to remember how the war ended. I know some doubt that America can and will find the resolve to finish what tyrants have started. I think they are wrong.
America's totalitarian enemies continue to bet against history.

So, without criticizing those who like my dad who could not or cannot forgive, let me say that I have.

I still won't buy a Japanese car, though.

Monday, December 04, 2006

You know, I am a team player ...

Still, there's a time to huddle up and address what ails one's team. I have often spoken out against the "perfect church" crowd for trying to solve intra-party and intra-movement squabbles in general elections. Such tactics never fail to benefit the opposition.

So, how did you conservatives like 8 years of Clinton?

The time and place to get things right is among friends (or at least not while mutual enemies are encouraging the scrape). This is what off-years and primaries are for.

Now, you all know that when '08 rolls around that I won't be supporting any Democrats. I didn't fall off a turnip truck. The odds are that I will be there hanging on that G.O.P. lever like I always do. Now, if John McCain manages to bamboozle enough primary voters to get the Republican nod, we'll just have to see, won't we?

But now's the time to get back on track and back to basics, or we could say it's time to get back to the conservative base that made the Republican Party a majority. I am hopeful that we will see such a movement as we go forward. I will remain cautiously optimistic.

In the foregoing spirit, I share with you a phone conversation I had today with a pleasant young man who called me from D.C. on behalf of the G.O.P.. He encountered me in somewhat of a bad state of mind, for sitting in a federal courtroom for most of a morning will do that to you. But still, I wouldn't take any of it back.

So, here's a summary of how it went:
G.O.P.-Man: Good morning, may I speak to Mr. Daisy Cutter?

DC: Yes, this is he.

G.O.P. Mr. Daisy Cutter, I am calling on behalf of Chairman Ken Mehlman to thank you for your generous support of Pres. Bush and the Republican Party. Also, I wanted to find out if you would be so kind to renew your membership for 2007.

DC: Well, I'm kinda tapped out. Plus, I just gave you guys a bunch of money and renewed in the late part of last year.

G.O.P.: Yes, sir, but that went for our election efforts. Also, your RNC membership runs from December to December.

DC: I see.

G.O.P.: So, can we count on you, as one of Pres. Bush's strongest supporters, to renew your membership at this time?

DC: Well, honestly, I'd rather wait for a bit. Frankly, we just got our heads handed to us because Republicans are afraid to act like Republicans. I want to see how they are going to stand up to the Demos, take for instance on immigration. Also, we need to have the courage to call our enemy by name. I want to see how things go, and then I will decide on what I will do next.

G.O.P.: Sir, I thank you for your candor.

DC: You're welcome.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

From Russia, with Love

In the spirit of posting quickly since I can't do so on my own computer ... here is a note that I located and thought you might find informative, given the furor over the alleged poisoning of various Russian officials who have gotten crosswise with Putin's government:

To Whom It Concerns,

Let me be first to respond to allegation that Russian government, even run by KGB, would poison dissident or opposition political leaders. This is spurious charge, likely started by agitators and Neo-Cons. America's own commentator and former President Pat Buchanan said this charge likely is from the Jews.

So, I would say that we should step back and realize that every one gets a little radiation trace at time to time. Now, between us, if we were talking taking ill with a cold or such, say maybe after catching winter chill in the forests, then may be different story.


Yuri Andropov

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Brother, can you spare a laptop?

Sorry for the missing blogger, although I note that the world continues to turn. Perhaps I shall post soon, but I am in the midst of a perfect storm of life, work, and lack of laptop.

But we press on ...

Feel free to discuss here, and I will chime in when I can. I had a great experience speaking to an 8th-grade history class today, so perhaps if I get the opportunity I will comment on it.

In the meantime, feel free to comment here freely. Not that you don't any way, but just sayin' ...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving: A Message to an American Upon Waking

As we celebrate this authentically American and Christian holiday, I am reminded of some reasons for us Americans to be thankful and to Whom we owe thanks. In that spirit, I offer the following encouragement and wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving:

Message to an American Upon Waking

If your eyelids opened this morning, thank God.

If you can see, taste, hear, or feel, thank God.

If your eyelids opened this morning and you found yourself in America, thank God.

If you awoke this morning in a foreign land but America is your home, thank God.

If you can go to worship services when and where you choose, thank God.

If you can worship freely and in the quietness of your own soul, thank God.

If you have known some one whose faith made a difference in their life, thank God.

If you have known some one whose faith made a difference in your life, thank God.

If you have ever seen beauty that cannot be adequately described, thank God.

If you have ever experienced a wonder that cannot be fully explained, thank God.

If you can dream, thank God.

If you want to dream again, thank God.

If you can enjoy a good meal today, thank God.

If you have enough money to do at least one thing that brings you joy, thank God.

If you have a job to do, thank God.

If you don't have a job to do but want one, thank God.

If you have a family, thank God.

If you have children, thank God.

If you have a friend, thank God.

If you have some one to spend time with today, thank God.

If your children have driven you mad but you're still not over the edge, thank God.

If you have seen at least one child begin to "get" it, thank God.

If you see your children becoming better than you were and are, thank God.

If you have known some one who caused you to reach for excellence, thank God.

If you have your health, thank God.

If you are sick but long to be well, thank God.

If you have gone through a trial and found yourself stronger on the other side, thank God.

If you have thorns in the flesh but are still pressing on, thank God.

If you have blown it and not gotten what you deserved, thank God.

If you have blown it and gotten what you deserved, thank God.

If you've lived your life such that it's not filled with regret, thank God.

If you've ever needed the chance to start over and got it, thank God.

If you can keep the faith when all around seem to be giving in, thank God.

If you've ever lost faith in yourself but found that some one else still believed in you, thank God.

If you have found joy in living outside yourself, thank God.

If you have been brought joy by others living outside themselves, thank God.

If you are angry and despair over the evil in the world, thank God.

If you have seen sorrow and despair but can still believe and hope, thank God.

If you have found the courage to do what is right when the heat was on, thank God.

If you want to be courageous the next time the heat is on, thank God.

If you can vote, thank God.

If you want to be able to cast a vote, thank God.

If you can comprehend the blessings of liberty such that your life is changed, thank God.

If you have lived in freedom for one day, thank God.

If you have the opportunity to serve America, thank God.

If your way of life has been defended by strangers who volunteered for the privilege of doing so, thank God.

And if you can't think of something for which to thank God, think again.

If you can pray, thank God.

See you next week.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

If you think things can't get worse ...

Just stick around.

I've always been amused by those who advocate change because things are just so horrible, so unspeakably bad, that we can not do any worse.

Aw, come on. Live a while. Things can always get worse in this life. Conservatives should know this.

Have you noticed? What do you make of the spike in violence in Iraq? It was bad before the election, but the pace appears to be picking up. Does the enemy smell blood in the water? Or see a white flag in the air?

Ahmadinejad announced that Iran will have the bomb in a few months, after reminding us that Israel's days are "numbered". Swell.

And I see that the Demos are recognizing the power of the "Blue Dogs" and the great "center", nominating in great Senate moderates like Reid, Durbin, Schumer, and Patty Murray. And that champion of justice and moderation, Patrick Leahy, is now in charge of the Judiciary Committee. That'll teach those evil Republicans a lesson. Don't worry, because in a generation we might have a chance to nominate another conservative to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the High Nine on the Potomac will be run by Anthony Kennedy and a bloc of four liberals. And the remedy to this morass? Maybe another Harriet Miers, if we're lucky.

Just where do they put these holier-than-thou oligarchs when they retire, any way? Oh yeah, on the Iraq Study Group. Are you kidding me?! Sandra Day O'Connor? Maybe the report will come out on one of her conservative days. I don't know. I guess we can at least be happy that John Paul Stevens is not on the thing.

Hey, but all is not lost. I mean, Hillary claims that her health care "reform" proposals are back. This might stir the nation's free-market and liberty-loving soul. We'll see.

And I see that Nancy Pelosi is backing a nice slate of "Blue Dogs" in the House for leadership. Looks like Alcee "Impeach This" Hastings is going to lead the House "Intelligence" Committee. Henry "Canyons for Nostrils" Waxman claims he doesn't know where to start first in investigating various government abuses. And John "ABSCAM" Murtha (who says his opponents are "Swift Boating" him, aka effectively telling the truth about his past) is going to fight that wascally ol' Wepublican culture of corruption as the new Majority Leader.

If these professional crooks are the answer, what is the question?

I bet they end up overreaching and behave as the lefties that they are. If so, they'll eventually get spanked. Last time the Demos got drunk with power, Bill and Hill led the lemmings over the ledge in '94. We can hope.

Yes, things can always get worse ...

And I'm not planning on sitting back and taking it. This conservative doesn't care much for the victim role.

This reminds me: There are important Republican leadership races in the House on Friday. I emailed my representative, Kevin Brady, to urge him to support some new conservative blood -- Pence for Minority Leader and Shadegg for Minority Whip.

Programming Note: I will return in one week as we prepare to give thanks.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Veterans' Day Redux

Was a busy (typical) weekend around here. I got the USMC colors up on Friday for the Marine Corps' birthday, and we had the "normal" chaotic evening. I forgot what happened ... oh, yeah ... we got kids home, pizzas arrived, a storm blew through. Did we watch TV? I fell asleep ...

But what about the colors?

It bothers me when people do not show respect to the flag. I am always heartened to see the flag flown. But one thing we see a lot is people leaving it out at all hours. The American flag is to be lit, if it is flown at night. Same thing for the USMC colors. They are supposed to come down at night. I have driven in the car with my kids on a few occasions and spent a lengthy amount of time on the soap box about failure to treat the flag properly.

But on this Friday night, it got away from me. And I had become "one of those", you see.

Well, there we were heading out the next day for a busy Saturday ... baseball tryouts, driving lessons, back to get stuff done at home, scramble, etc. As I headed out, I saw the USMC colors flapping in the breeze on a beautful, crisp Veterans' Day. And it bothered me that I hadn't put up the American flag. Veteran's Day is a day for the Stars and Stripes. As my boys and I left for the day, I griped out loud at myself for leaving the USMC flag up overnight.

Then another blurry day sped past. The sun went down and Saturday was coming to a close. Man, where do the days go? I was out in the garage milling around and picking up various remnants and possessions. I straightened the javelina head.

It was dark now.

And then I saw my 16-year-old son walking up the driveway toward the garage.

He was bringing in the USMC colors.

And my negligent frazzle had led me back to hope ... again.

Friday, November 10, 2006

10 November 2006: Here's to the "Old Corps"

Another year, another Marine Corps Birthday. As the years roll by, I am more grateful for having worn the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.

Looking back, it was a crazy leap for me to sign up. What was I thinking? I had a cushy law job lined up at a big firm in Houston. But something was missing. I have talked before (last USMC Birthday, in fact) about the influence of my uncle. There was my dad, too, the squid who taught me to revere the Marines. I don't know. I just had to make the leap.

It's still the best professional decision I ever made. I can't even think of what is #2. It doesn't matter.

I will remind you again that I am no war hero. There are lots of new ones these days, in the USMC and our sister services. There are old ones who are still around, too. And I love every minute I get to interact with them. Heck, it's the best part of this blog gig for me. They all have my heartfelt thanks and deepest respect.

But I was just a Marine. That fact remains good enough for me.

The Corps stands on three pillars -- dedication, brotherhood, and tradition.

I learned early and often that the Corps is about dedication to God, Country, and Corps. Marines are not ashamed of these things. They talk openly of their affection for their God, their nation, and the USMC that serves it. They are throwbacks.

And although they may get into fraternal scrapes, Marines love each other unashamedly. The greatest fear that every Marine lives with is that he may let down his brother Marines.

I remember when we lived on base at Camp Pendleton. The sense of community at 216 Dolphin Drive is something that I cherish to this day. It was an amazing place where race, color, status, even faith didn't divide us. We were all just green any way. We were Marines and Marine family members. We Marines went and did our jobs on the base. Some deployed. And when we were home, we watched each others' homes, each others' kids, and we supported each other as the Gulf War came and went.

One of my neighbors, a Cobra pilot, crashed and was killed near Kuwait after Desert Storm ended. He was one of the finest men I have known. He left behind a young wife and child. I was haunted by wondering how such great men could die so young. The Marines have seen a lot of this, though. A few months later, another neighbor who was a Huey pilot, was also killed. Our court on Dolphin Drive mourned together. Still we understood: Marines took leaps then.

They continue to take them now.

That's part of the tradition, the history. Once one is imbued with the rich history of the USMC, a near-magical force propels the new Marine to defend and guard that tradition, and to uphold it at all costs, and even build upon it.

I used to joke that the "Old Corps" began on the day before you signed up. But we all knew we rode on the shoulders of those who went before. They paved the way. They made the history. They earned the grudging respect of the Germans and the moniker "Devil Dog" in WWI. They landed on Guadalcanal when WWII was in doubt. They raised the flag on Iwo and died a few days later. They slogged away in Viet Nam when much of the nation had forgotten what honor and duty were.

And tonight they will be patrolling and standing watch in Iraq ... when many in the nation again ponder things that Marines never question.

So, here's to the new generation of Marines, who are riding on the shoulders of those in the "Old Corps" who went before. You are doing the nation proud.

But I'd like to dedicate this post to the "Old Corps", to those who went before ... to those who answered the call when history was not yet made and when the country didn't appreciate your sacrifice. I will never forget.

Men like faithful reader and commenter-extraordinaire Mark showed the way. Thanks for the view and the perspective.

And I'd also like to thank those who love the Marine Corps and share the Marines' unrelenting commitment to the nation. Yes, this is the Marine Corps birthday, but the USMC belongs to America.

As I've said before, lots of nations have marines, but there is only one U.S. Marine Corps.

Semper Fidelis.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Libertarians are odious and to be scorned, and other lessons from Election '06

After letting the election digest for another day, I have a few thoughts. First, it still doesn't taste good. I never thought that the losing leads to winning theory had much merit. I still don't. Funny, I can't many successful people who believe that losing necessarily leads to winning, either.

But things will get better. The sun came up again today, making it two days in a row since Tuesday. Still, the opportunity for mischief in D.C. has now increased dramatically. It's already underway, with Nancy Pelosi correcting Brit Hume by stating that "victory" in Iraq is not the objective, but rather, "solving a problem". Wow, I feel encouraged already that she is in charge and those evil Republicans are gone. Remind me: Who gets punished when Demos are in charge?

I enjoyed very much Don Surber's comment that people had "fired the amateur crooks and replaced them with the pros." No kidding. Don's sentiment underlies a lot of my thoughts, that is, that the nation opted for curing a nagging ailment by replacing it with a deadly disease.

So, without further delay and in no particular order, here are my random thoughts as we thankfully and finally put the '06 debacle to bed:

Perfect Storm -- A lot of people are trying to crystallize what happened around a single theme, such as Iraq ... or corruption ... or the Demo strategy of nationalizing the elections in this political environment ... or the Republicans losing their way. In my view, it was a perfect storm of all of the above and then some.

Indeed, the level of corruption on the part of Republican officeholders was high. For sure, some, such as the Delay indictment fiasco, was cooked up. But there was some "there" there across the board. Plus, there were a number of open seats in the House, and Iraq, and an Admistration unable to coherently explain its position on Iraq, and the Republicans' seeming contentment to govern as moderates after campaigning as conservatives. Plus, there was the natural six-year itch. It was all of this. Still, I think conservatism (or rather the lack thereof by the Republicans) was the biggest factor.

But Conservatism is Alive and Well -- I know some of you don't agree, but conservatism is alive and doing fine. Ask Harold "My Lord and Savior, the Gun is in the Pickup and We'll Meet You at the Redneck Bar" Ford in TN. Harold kept trying to outflank Corker on the right until Corker woke up and started telling the truth to voters. Demos won in the House with a wide array of conservative Demos whose platforms would be called fascist by the Kos-Stitutents, had these Blue Dogs not paved the way for Pelosi and Co.. Demos looked up and found Republicans afraid to behave like a majority and explain their views, and the Demos accordingly moved to outflank them on the right. Conservatives need to be able to explain their views and aggressively defend their position. Absent the conservative case being made by Republicanss, Demos moved to fill the vacuum, particularly in the Midwest and South. This was smart politicking, but it will be interesting to see how it works out for them in the majority. By the way, the "non-generic ballot" was actually 51-46.5 in favor of the Demos.

Consider, too, that in PA, pro-life Bob Casey kept his mouth shut and won. In VA, Webb the novelist ran to the right of Allen, who was content to make it a personality contest. A number of Republicans turned out alright, and they voted for Webb. In 7 of 8 states, gay nups were nixed. AZ made English the official language and outlawed giving punitive damages to illegals. J.D. Heyworth's opponent campaigned as tough on immigration and took advantage of J.D.'s Republican colleagues failure to do anything on immigration. Affirmative action was shot down ... in Michigan. On the Demos' side, a few minimum wage initiatives passed. Say, I wonder ... what does all the foregoing say to the pocketbook first-and-only conservatives?

The Candidates Matter -- People look at elections and tend to discount the human element, but it counts for a lot. In VA, George Allen essentially gave up his seat via a horrendous campaign that didn't campaign enough on conservatism. Instead, he seemed content to go personal and made news only by breaking out Webb's disturbing novels (didn't he know that porn rallies the Demo base?). But seriously, Republicans who get outflanked by Demos on the right lose. Demos who get outflanked by Republicans on the left win. What does that say about the location of the almighty "political center"?

And speaking of candidates, let me say a word about the only remaining Republican (really RINO) congressman, Christopher Shays of CT. You know, Shays is a mess. But he knows how to campaign. One blogger (I forgot who) said that he likes a guy who knows how to swim with a knife in his teeth. When all of the Foley garbage (and it was garbage) was flying, Shays responded to calls for Hastert's head by pointing out that "no one had died" as a result of what Hastert had done. Shays fought back, rather than trying to make nice with those who were engaging in demagoguery. He won. He may be a RINO, but any politician who has risen up and stuck a harpoon in that tub of goo named Kennedy (particularly in New England) is alright with me.

To win, Republicans need to understand the opposition and fight to win.

Link Chafee Lost -- That's a good thing. The only reason, and I do mean only, for him to have won would have been to preserve a Republican majority. RINO's generally end up hurting the party's conservative majority and depressing the base turnout. And Mike DeWine lost, too. I was pulling for him, but ... at least he went down being most known for preserving the Democrats' right to filibuster Republican judicial nominees. McCain and his cohorts in the Senate, as much as any Republicans, are responsible for the new Demo congressional majority.

But ... Santorum, Talent, Steele, Allen, and Burns also lost -- People who rejoice at housecleaning for housecleaning's sake are morons. A lot of of good people got washed away in the Demo flood. This is what happens when Republicans are elected by a conservative base and certain senators from AZ and their ilk appease the opposition rather than their own voters.

A Majority for a Majority's Sake is Worthless -- This is what the Republicans have learned now, and the Demos will be faced with this problem soon. Like I said a few days ago, if a disasterous immigration bill comes out of a Demo congress, it will be Demos who are responsible ... not Republicans. Remember every one that Pres. Bush wanted "comprehensive immigration reform" this year, but a House Republican majority stopped him. People who thought they might punish Republicans for inaction on immigration are probably going to see some action from this Congress.

This reminds me: Things can always get worse -- The quest for perfection in this life is futile. The admission of imperfection in oneself and others is the road to real progress. Yes, the Republicans spent too much. Yes, they did not stand up and defend conservative principles loud enough and long enough. A Republican Senate, though, confirmed two conservative Supreme Court justices, cut taxes, supported the war with Militant Islam and passed the Patriot Act. And when it tried to go too far and pass McCain's disasterous immigration bill, Republicans in the House stopped it. For those conservatives that didn't like the Republican Congress, get back to me in a couple of years.

Libertarians and Other Perfect-Church Third Party Types Should be Allowed to Attend Meetings But Should Not be Allowed to Vote -- In Montana, reliably conservative Conrad Burns was defeated by the leftist Tester by 3,000 votes. I looked at the vote total and learned that 10,000 blazing idiots provided the margin of victory by voting for the Libertarian candidate. Why? Well, it seems they wanted to be heard. I think I did hear the faint cries from Big Sky on Election Night: "We're idiots!!! Look at us!! Do you hear?! We're making a stand for stupidity!!" It appears that the Conservatives on Drugs were upset about the Patriot Act and its potential limits on their freedom. What?!! It seems that these lads didn't realize that Tester can't and won't do anything about the Patriot Act. But he can hold them upside down and shake every last coin out of their pockets. Maybe some porn and/or pot will fall out, too. But to Tester and the libertarians, that's okay. It's the hypothetical freedom, baby. So, now we get Harry Reid and Co. setting the Senate agenda. Surely, that's better for liberty.

Here's what you need to know about libertarians and their third-party kinfolk and so-called "independent" types of all stripes ... you know, those too high and mighty to ever associate with a political party: They believe they are either too virtuous or too smart to work with or for a political party. Truth is, they are neither virtuous nor smart. In fact, they lack common sense and should sit out elections until they get some. In wartime, these perfect-churchers can get Americans killed if they are able to affect elections. Sound harsh? Well, a Demo Senate awaits and we will have no more conservative SC justices for the foreseeable future. You can thank the libertarians in MT for that. Elections are won by gaining majorities and forging coalitions. Finding a half-dozen disgruntled likeminded rejects does not qualify as a coalition.

Finally, my political political strategy remains the same -- Redstate put it well in a post this a.m.: "We remain committed to being conservative first and Republican second. We also remain committed to being a part of the Republican coalition, which is still the best vehicle to advance the conservative agenda." Amen and amen.

Random Thought -- Please promise never to come back to the site again if I ever write, "Heh" (other than this one occasion and/or to deride those who utilize said phrase).

Now, back to business. I see the sun is predicted to rise again tomorrow. I'll be.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Newt Gingrich for President

What do you think? One thing is clear to me: We need a leader in D.C. who can articulate the conservative vision as Newt did in '94 . We haven't had one like him since. That giant sucking sound in you hear in Washington is the vacuum created by the absence of conservative leadership. The No-Con (there's a moniker for you ... the no-cons) Vac sucked up a whole bunch of nasty stuff last night and laid a huge pile of ghost terds right in halls of Congress.

I hope to have final statement ... maybe I should do a press conference? ... tomorrow on the election debacle. I saw that flat-topped leftist, taxaholic Tester in MT laughing in a brown shirt and red tie today and I just about blew a gasket.

Pelosi, Reid, and Schumer all hugging and smiling? This can't be good.

Tough night, to say the least. Silver linings can be found on another day but it's time to admit ... it was a wave. Republicans got their butt beat.

The hardest losses for me are Santorum and Steele. They were great candidates who can hold their heads high. Losing Jim Talent, too, is a big loss. In another year, these three would have almost certainly won. I also hate to lose George Allen, even though he ran a a very poor campaign that focused on personal issues rather than the issues.

So, it's back to being the minority in both the House and Senate ... absent a miracle comeback in Montana.

It will be interesting, to say the least, to see what voters ultimately think of the change they requested (and got). Hard to see immigration getting better now, for instance, absent some one in the Senate growing a spine. Interestingly, if a disasterous immigration bill is passed now ... it won't be just the Republicans' fault.

And what about our troops in the field?

And what about our enemies? You have got to know that they are happy. I am sorry, Demos, but that's the way I see it.

In the end, my main concern is still national security. We are about to find out how important it is to have Pres. Bush in the White House.

There are silver linings, but we can talk about those another day.

But as I said yesterday ... it's morning now. The sun comes up and we move on.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Nov. 7: Morning in America

This particular morning, I'll be seeing the sunrise at a Texas polling place. Oh, but it won't be mine. If you've been reading, you know that I have already voted. But I do miss the electricity of going to the polls on an important Election Day. So, I'm going.

In fact, I'm going to the polls in the TX-22 congressional race. I will be there at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas when the polls open at 7 a..m. I won't get to vote (alas, only Demos vote where they are lot legally able to do so), but I am going to help with passing out literature. Yes, it's true. It's been many years since I did this. So, why am I doing it this year?

Well, I took a little stock today to see just what I have done this election season and why. I've given money to specific candidates, such as Diana Irey who is gamely running for Jack Murtha's seat in PA, and Rick Santorum, one of the very best senators around (maybe this explains why he is in trouble), and to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

I also gave money to Shelley Sekula Gibbs, who is running as a write-in candidate in TX-22. Shelley is running for Tom Delay's old seat, and would be running away with this race had she been allowed to be on the ballot. But Demos, doing what they do best (obfuscation and specifically, election by lawsuit) sued to make sure that she wouldn't be on the ballot after Delay withdrew. It's the only chance they have here.

I also gave money to the RNC and to the Republican Senatorial Committee. This is an important election. Still, it wasn't enough.

I also made some GOTV calls from the cell phone yesterday. Even though it's not my cup of tea, I called voters in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, and ... in TX-22.

Why am I telling you this? Well, in part I want you to know that I am walking the walk. Also, I provide you with the foregoing to explain why I still wanted to do a bit more.

I just had to get out there to mix with the voters and be on the scene for what I think may be one of this election season's big surprises. I wanted to help pass out literature to help voters navigate the maze created by Demos to get a Republican elected in this conservative district.

Why? Well, I like Shelley. She is a true-blue conservative. Plus, every seat counts in this election year. Also, I saw this district as a symbol of the MSM's arrogance and presumptuousness about this whole election. Texans are stubborn, and generally don't appreciate people telling them about their decisions being foregone conclusions. Plus, there is a feeling (grounded in fact) that Demos unfairly created the advantage in TX-22 they now claim to be insurmountable.

You see, the main reason I am heading out to TX-22 today is: I want to be be on the ground helping Sekula Gibbs' team pull off one of the year's big upsets.

So, think of little ol' me tonight when you see the libs furrowed brows on TV trying to figure it all out. I have never believed the Demos would steal TX-22 just because a write-in candidacy was required. Sure, it's a long shot. But hey, Demos are the dummies. Republicans will largely figure it out. I have always believed this, in spite of the fact that TX-22 remains on every "expert's" list as a "Demo Takeover".

In the bigger picture, whatever happens today (and get ready for shenanigans, false reports, leaked bogus exit polls and the like, and just ignore them and forge ahead and do your duty), the world will continue to turn.

We conservatives know that government is not the end-all, be-all. But we also know that it is important. We also know that as people are imperfect, there are no perfect solutions. So ultimately, we come together for the good of the country.

And in the end, this is what it's about -- We love the country too much to stand by and let it be run by people we don't trust to defend it.

Because we're conservatives, we also know that whatever happens tomorrow, it will still be morning in America on Nov. 8.

I'll talk to you then.

Monday, November 06, 2006

It's Monday. Do you know where your generic ballot is?

Maybe these guys trampled that generic ballot. Were they on it, any way?

Wishing I had more time to pontificate in this interesting time. It appears that Demos are a little less confortable both prognosticating and pontificating these days.

There are a couple of areas where the Demos remain in apparently control, most notably the PA and OH senate seats. But the elephant herd appears to be on the move everywhere else. It's interesting and fun to watch.

If the Republicans hold the House and Senate, I hereby declare a blog party lasting the remainder of the week. To some, such a result has seemed stranger than science-fiction in this 6-year-itch of an election year. I don't know, but alls I do know is this ... If we keep the Demos from taking the House and Senate this year, the Demos will likely implode and cannibalize each other for the foreseeable future.

Oh, the fun we can have.

More thoughts later. In the meantime, I would encourage you all to do what you can in your sphere of influence to ensure that the Demos do not take control of either the House or Senate.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

So I guess we won't be seeing any more photos like this between now and Nov. 7?

That's too bad, because the wonderful picture of Sen. John Kerry snuggling up to his pal Jim Webb, the Demo candidate running against George Allen in Virginia, communicates a lot of information. Thanks to Dan Riehl for pointing the way to the photograph.

To me, Kerry's comment that our troops in Iraq are "stuck" because they didn't work hard in school is far more than a slap at their intelligence and education levels (about which he is factually wrong).

What Kerry was saying is that what the military does now, and has always done (at least as far back as Viet Nam), is really meaningless work. That's right. An appropriate interpretation of Kerry's remarks would be: "Why don't you lesser-educated types go be a trash man or something? Or a convenience store clerk. At least then you can contribute something of value to the country."

This is the real slander and outrage. To make such a statement in a time of war is, well, something we've come to expect from the Democrats by now. It's unfortunate, to say the least, but the Democrat base is on the other side.

For some time, I've argued hard that Republicans should circle the wagons in this election year and leave intra-family squabbles for another day. Why? Because the stakes are simply too high in these times to let Pelosi, Kerry, Kennedy, et al. have power. Yesterday, Kerry made my point ... and added an exclamation point.

He has been campaigning hard for Democrats. He has been working for Jim Webb in VA, and he was heading to PA to campaign for Bob Casey, Jr. He has been campaigning for a Demo House candidates. No more. Kerry has gone ghost the day after Halloween.

But where are his friends?

I would like to say a word about one of them -- Jim Webb in particular -- as well as other assorted former-military imposters like John Murtha who run as Demos and attack the President and the war with supposed impunity because of their prior service.

No Marine would give Kerry's comments a "thumbs-up". No Marine would seek higher office by stepping on the backs of his comrades and of America's finest.

No Marine would let a candidate or party paint political billboards with the blood of America's warriors.

I could care less if Webb won the Medal of Honor in Viet Nam. Webb has forfeited the title "Marine".

He is a scumbag worse than Kerry for not standing up immediately and denouncing Kerry's remarks. Webb should have run to a microphone and blasted Kerry far worse than Republicans have. But he didn't. Why not? I guess the problem for Webb and his ilk is that (as the picture shows) he is really in a warm embrace with the Demo base. It really is more about Demo power, not the nation. It's sick like Webb's books.

Let's be honest, people: Demos do not like the military. But meanwhile, they vote against the Patriot Act. They vote against listening to jihadi phone calls. They vote against trying jihadis in military courts. They call our troops the equivalent of Hitler. They equate Abu Ghraib to the Soviet gulag. They consistently run down our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their actions help the enemy.

Who do you think the jihadis want to win the election next Tuesday?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Hey, I got a question ...

Some one help me out here. I mean, I thought that we just wanted to get information to the people ... I know, some things get overlooked by the MSM, like the disturbing passages in Jim Webb's books and the continued violence and rioting by French "youths" ... but, okay, I will be serious now.

Really, one wonders what the MSM is doing in skewing polls. What good does it really do? Check out what a "16-point" Casey lead in the Pennsylvania Senate race really looks like. Be serious. Casey may very well win in PA, but never by 16.

And in Maryland, the Washington Post does a "hit poll" on Michael Steele. What gives? Again, Steele may not pull it off, but this margin is ridiculous.

I guess the idea is that such one-sided poll results are supposed to fire up the side of the leader and vice versa. There is probably something to that, but in a mid-term year where turnout is lower and more of the hard-core partisans turn out, I think such efforts have little of the desired effect.

Furthermore, conservatives and Republicans are so suspicious of polls at this point, especially after the '04 exit poll debacle, that I think biased polling actually tends to encourage Republican turnout and focus conservatives' natural sense of duty to prevent a liberal runaway.

In thinking about it, though, my view is that a good portion of the bias in the polls we see is basically just good old-fashioned bias without an ulterior motive. That is, liberals in the MSM polling affiliates see a world that is (or should be) populated by higher percentages of Democrats. In their view, this is especially so six years in to the dreaded, evil, and clearly-incompetent Bush Adminstration.

To me, the interesting thing about the foregoing is: The MSM bias that informs their polling efforts ultimately helps the opposition, and thereby perpetuates the MSM puzzlement with the country's electorate.

Friday, October 27, 2006

15 Minutes of Friday Fame: T-Minus 10 Days

Took off during this beautiful fall afternoon to vote early. I found my polling place (the conservative epicenter of the universe) bustling, busy, and with a line. The line was not as long as the one I remember from '04, but it was substantial.

In Texas, our governor is up for reelection. But he is apparently coasting to victory. There are two independent candidates (one buffoon named Kinky ... no, that's not Jim Webb) and a hapless Democrat who is trying to crack 20% in the polls. Our Republican congressman doesn't have an opponent. There are very few reasons to vote. But still, there was a line today. And at the end of the lunch hour, the people were still coming.

My interpretation of the lines I saw in '04 led me to be upbeat about Pres. Bush's chances. And what I saw today likewise gave me confidence in the Republicans' chances in '06.

This was a good week for Republicans. It started with the Demos' ill-fated attempt to use Michael J. Fox (was he over- or under-medicated?) to demagogue on the issue of stem cell research. This effort is apparently not only falling flat; it is also backfiring. Jim Talent is pulling ahead in Missouri. Michael Steele, who is perhaps running the best candidacy in the country, is unloading on Ben Cardin with a terrific ad featuring Steele's sister, a doctor who has MS.

Rush did an excellent job this week in exposing the demagoguery of the Michael J. Fox ads. He performed a great service, and in the process took a number of MSM arrows. But like the charging elephant that he is, he stampeded on.

As Rush noted, all Fox did was lie about Talent and Steele. Does this matter? And there is evidence that Fox did so while not taking his medication. By the end of the week, Fox was backpedaling and the ads had disappeared. Hmmm.

The episode reminded me of the importance of calling the emperor naked. It seems the emperor's press corps don't appreciate it, but others are watching and listening.

Embryonic stem cell research is a tough issue for a number of people. But there is no evidence whatsoever that embryonic stem cell research has any promise at all.

And the foregoing reminds us that the Demos can't tell what they really believe, show who they really are, say what they will really do ... and win.

And because of that, they likely won't.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Motivation: A Quick Mid-Week Thought

Work/life intervenes, so I decided to post this little snippet on this gray, fall Wednesday.

Fast forward two weeks ... it's the day after the midterms, the historic "tidal wave" election that was to sweep Demos to power once again so that they could begin their investigations in earnest and their impeachment proceedings (Pelosi's recent backtracking notwithstanding ... and just why is Madame Pelosi backtracking on such a needed service to republic, and with such an unpopular president and war? But I digress ...)

So, it's Nov. 8. We turn on CNN. Some of us only watch when bad things happen to Demos/Lefties/Same Things, for we find pure, unadulterated enjoyment at watching these wise arbiters of events split at the seams with rage ... a fury directed at the hapless and hopeless American voting public. And on this day we see a very dour, serious Wolf Blitzer interviewing the supremely erudite Bill Schneider. Here is an excerpt:

Wolf: Well, Bill ... How did this happen? The Republicans were supposed to lose, to be doomed. What led the public astray? Will there finally be the much needed investigation of Diebold?

Bill: (opens mouth, but nothing ... silence)

Wolf: Bill, you had the Demos taking the Senate and with a 15-vote majority in the House. (voice rising, perhaps for the first time since not being picked last for his Red Rover team in grade school) For the love of God and the sake of all things decent, man, how could this happen?!! How could you let this happen!!!

Bill: (staring in silence)

Wolf: Bill, do you think Hillary Clinton can change things in '08? What can we hold on ... What can Democrats hold onto as something, a silver lining?

Bill: (finally rising, with a wry smile ... he begins ever-so-slightly swaying, is he? yes, he's softly ... singing?) When the dog bites ... when the bee stings ... when I'm feeling sad ... I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't ... feel .... so ... (trailing off)

Wolf: (stares in silence)

Bill: (stares in silence)

Now, that's news. And that's motivation.

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Reason for Optimism that Iraq Violence May Go Down?

Well, at least temporarily, any way. Ramadan is over. Make that the "Holy Month" of Ramadan, as the MSM refers to it.

It puts the our holiday "hassles" in perspective, for sure.

It seems that some one forgot to tell the French "youth", however, for Paris seems to be perpetually in the grips of rioting Muslims these days. The MSM is not saying much about this. I wonder why.

Yes, yes, they're waiting for the next update on Mark Foley. Important stuff to cover, you know.

Friday, October 20, 2006

15 Minutes of Friday Fame: Part II

Okay, here I am on the clock. It's Saturday, but hey ... It's time for fifteen minutes of insightful commentary ... well, fifteen minutes to get this post done. How about that?

First the important stuff: Congratulations to the Cardinals and the Tigers. I'm an Astros fan, and am happy to see our fellow National Central rivals in the Series. And you have to pull for Jim Leyland, who has done a fabulous job as the skipper of the Tigers.

Most of all you have to love both teams for sparing us another Subway Series. Ah, but the media, pundits, and "pollsters", if you will decreed that an all-New York World Series was a foregone conclusion. Of course, a lot of these media types live in the New York area and are Yankee and Met fans.

So, the media were fans and they created huge expectations for their teams: Win or your season is a failure. This charge is a bit more unfair for the Mets, whose pitching staff was decimated. But the Yanks clearly collapsed under the crushing weight of expectations.

It was so sure, and now it won't happen.

Speaking of which, I guess the MSM has now convinced itself and its friends that a Demo takeover is a foregone conclusion.

But is it? I am sensing Demo insecurity and momentum shifting back to the Republicans.

I am hearing the whistling in the graveyard by the MSM/Demo alliance about conservatives staying at home. But are they? The comments I have read from conservatives indicate to me that most understand the stakes in '06 well.

I think the supposed mass of disaffected conservatives who will sit out the election is largely overstated.

Rather, I think that we are seeing, and will see, Demos begin to break down and falter under the weight of the extraordinary expectations they have set for themselves: Sweep into power in the House with a significant majority, or else. Take the Senate, too. Republicans can't win. Blah, blah, blah.

Republicans are better organized, better funded, just better. They'll show up. Some will stay home, but the same will happen with some Demos, too.

So, it looks like the debate is coming back to national security and Iraq. That's fine with me.

I mean, around the country, it's obvious, obvious, that all pro-Iraq War candidates are doomed. Speaking of which ...

Lieberman, who was dumped by the Demos basically because of his position on Iraq, has opened a 17-point lead in Connecticut. Over at Daily Kos, the Demo Kos-Stituents treat this race like the crazy old uncle. They just don't talk about it any more. Hey, you anti-American lefties, you ought to try talking out your problems. This way you can get better. Never mind.

See you next week.

15 Minutes of Friday Fame ... coming later

In the meantime, we lay to rest a great thread below. And we open this thread for your comments.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Another 10 Inches of Rain ... People Boating to Work ...

So what else is new around here? There would be no people at all in this part of the world, but for the invention of the air conditioner. It's a gray day. If you're wondering where all of the water in the world went, it's all falling on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Days like this are reminders about perspective, which I talked about in my 15-, er 20-minute blast on Friday.

In Iraq, Muslims continue to prove that the biggest threat to Muslims are other Muslims. Here, an important election approaches that will affect how America's war with Militant Islam fares over the next two years. A lot is at stake.

Over the weekend, another October surprise started to leak out regarding a potential investigation into Rep. Kurt Weldon of Pennsylvania. Weldon is at times at odds with the White House, but still the Demos know who their real adversaries are.

In Florida, Democrats are suing to prevent voters from being informed that under Florida election law, Mark Foley's votes will go to Joe Negron. What is the problem with voters being informed of election law? Did I miss something?

But ... What do you expect from a party who prides itself in disqualifying as many miltary absentee ballots every election cycle as they can?

What do you expect of a party who keeps its William Jefferson (the cashcicle maker) of Louisiana on the ballot?

What do you expect of a party whose chief Foley inquisitor and Speaker-to-Be shows up in a parade with a member of NAMBLA?

What do you expect of a party that is so stridently leftist that it expels a reliable liberal and former VP candidate Joe Lieberman?

Indeed, what do you expect of a party who has to lie to the American public about what it really believes and conceal its cavernous emptiness with bogus Republican scandals that pale in comparison to its own misdeeds?

As I have mentioned here before, I really like a theme that the Republicans are hitting hard this election season: It's a choice, not a referendum. Most political themes don't work, if for no other reason than the fact they're written to be captured in soundbites and marketed to the masses. But this one rings true because it is. Whatever one thinks about Republicans, things could have gone far worse the past two years and they will likely go far worse the next two years if Demos gain control. These times are too serious to take such a chance.

Rush made a good point on Friday: The people that really get punished or "sent a message" if the Demos win are us. I don't know about you, but I don't deserve Demo rule. Maybe San Francisco and N.Y. City do, but I don't. And our troops sure don't deserve it.

I am heartened because it appears that conservatives are figuring it out, too. My ol' pal Dan Riehl has been hard on the Republicans, and I have shared a lot of Dan's concerns, too. But Dan has been hitting it hard for Republicans as we head down the stretch.

And I like the Big Lizard's spirit, too.

I think the rain is slacking.

Friday, October 13, 2006

I can see a herd of elephants sneaking across the border, but with a mariachi band?

Yes, it's true, and I think at least two of the pachyderms have turned up at a day labor center. Check it out. Seriously, I can't stop laughing. Read Don's post and check out a young guy running for Congress who deserves the support of Eastern Pennsylvanians. Man.

$2.00/gal. ... and Other Assorted Thoughts on Being Positive

Henceforth, I am going to experiment with a 15-minute time limit for composing the weekending post, so here is the first installment in that effort:

On my way into town this a.m., I filled up and paid $2/gallon, on the nose. This brought a smile to my face. I recall the very dire and oh-so-correct predictions of those who said we would surely see $5/gallon gas before we saw $2/gallon gas. I chucked then and wondered ... Have these people ever heard of the law of supply and demand? Do they have any idea what is shaking in China?

Haven't they heard of Halliburton and the Rovian Hack-o-Tron and assorted Republican Dirty Tactics?

But really, did they ever hear of reality? Does pessimism remove reality? Or change it?

Then I look and I see that Buffalo is snowed in, and Michigan has the earliest snowstorm in its history. What gives? I thought we were all going to melt. No wait, we were going to be blown away by the hurricanes caused by global warming that is obviously, I mean obviously, caused by humans. No wait, it's obviously caused by Americans.

Me? I figured that temperatures, like gas prices, would probably fluctuate, too. Has any member of the Chicken Little caucus heard of recorded history? Just asking.

People probably aren't nearly as "in control" of the weather, or many other things, as they would have us believe.

I mean, maybe Air America is in control. After all, "fairness" dictated that the market was unfair and we needed a leftist talk network. Remember that? Oh, wait. Breaking ... Air America is bankrupt, officially so. Human nature, however, and reality are still around.

Oh, we limited and woeful beings don't realize that we must, must have a liberal talk network to bolster ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Reuters, A to Z media, AP, etc. Don't you see?

Pity that we are fallible and limited creatures.

Yes, we humans have tremendous potential but we are still limited. We are not omniscient. And let's be honest. We don't often have a clue as to what's going to happen next.

So what do our fallibility and limitations have to do with being positive? Plenty, I think.

I think a genuine positive outlook starts with a good grasp of reality. Pie-in-the-sky happy talk makes a person delusionally happy (maybe) until right before that light at the end of the tunnel turns out to, in fact, be a locomotive.

Here's what I know. My life has defied the odds. Of all the people born in history, I was born here ... in these United States ... and in this time. We know freedom and opportunity like few others know, both now and in history. And we amazingly keep producing those who have the mettle to fight to maintain our freedom and way of life. History and experience tell me that we've got a great country and way of life that are worth preserving.

I tell my boys that every morning they have a number of reasons to stay positive. For one thing, their eyes opened. For another, they opened in the United States of America. And for another, God has given them another day to make something happen that will last.

Yes, human nature remains unrepealed, and not even a Democrat Congress can do that.

By the way, I still believe my side is going to win on Nov. 7. Why? Because human nature and reality have not been repealed.

So, I am pressing on with a smile ... and I'm done in 15, well, 20 minutes.

See you next week.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

How to Treat a Democrat

With an ad that's too hot for even the Republicans to handle, that's how.

Make sure you scroll down Drudge's post and take a look at that thing. Holy Smokes! The Albright look-alike is frightening. When her skirt split while changing a tire for the jihadis, I just about lost it. Cumbayah?!!? Get out of town!

This ad is great stuff. (Demos find it objectionable and over the top, so please be advised that it exposes them for the national security jokes that they are.) Note, too, that it's from David Zucker, the creator of Scary Movie 4. Zucker is a post-9/11 Demo who voted for Pres. Bush in 2004 because of the issue of our time.

And the issue is not Mark Foley.

Monday, October 09, 2006

One more time ... All you need to know:

N. Korea claims a successful nuclear test over the weekend, our troops are engaging militias in and around Baghdad, 50,000 rally against Chavez in Caracas ...

And the Demos want to push the Foley petal to the metal.

The Democrats will get us all killed if they gain power in these times. The truth needs to be told, the base needs to be rallied, and we need to fight like an army of Lee Atwaters to make the Left pay for their irresponsibility and insanity.

We don't need to play dirty like they do, i.e., by knocking candidates off the ballot after it's too late to give people a real choice. We just need a hard, fast blitz ... of the truth. It's better than garlic, crucifixes, and daytime for sending the Demos into a panic.

Even Mr. Peepers finally seems to be getting the message. Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio (not one of my faves, for sure) looks really good these days, esp. compared to Sherrod Brown. And I am shocked, but happy to see that Ohio Republicans are laying the wood to Sherrod Brown.

You want to see an ad, people? This is an ad. (h/t to Redstate).

Also, I must share this fumble from Tennessee (no, I am not talking the Volunteers or Vince, either) ... Harold Ford apparently slipped and claimed that he is a lawyer when he's not.

This is a minor fumble, certainly, but still his Republican opponent needs an attack dog, say some one like me, who is a lawyer but could recount a story of when he was in law school (true story) ...

I remember when I was a second-year law student and a friend of mine had just passed the bar. I was a wise guy and I went up to my buddy and asked him how it felt to be the scum of the earth.

He just laughed and said, "You know there's only one thing worse than being the scum of the earth ... and that's to aspire to be the scum of the earth."

Friday, October 06, 2006

What's bright and sweet, and read all over?

Sweetness & Light is, as usual, way out front on the news. It appears that the light and heat are starting to be focused on the Demos in the Foley fallout. Yes, this is sweet indeed. Sweetness has apparently id'ed the Democrat that outed Foley, and it's Mark Rogers, unless, Rogers is, in fact, a distant relative of Nostradamus.

As discussed here before, with the New Media conservatives are more than up to the task of fighting off 40 days and nights of B.S. rain in an election season. But we will still need all the "sweetness" and light that we can muster to fight off the desparate leftist Demo base.

"This is the captain speaking. We anticipate a little turbulence, so we've turned on the 'Fasten Seat Belt' sign ..."

See you Monday.

P.S. I call for Sweetness and Light to resign.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

DC Editorial: Time for a House Cleaning of Biblical Proportions

It is time for heads to roll. Accordingly, I have some in mind who need to resign immediately:

As all good Republicans should, I, too, call for the resignation of Speaker Dennis Hastert.

And I call for the resignation of the entire Republican leadership team in the House. They are all responsible.

I call for the resignation of Pres. Bush, for he is the leader of the Republican Party, and the fish rots from the head down.

I call for the resignation of all Republicans who have lusted in their hearts and/or have behaved judgmentally toward their Demo brethren for like conduct.

I call for the resignation of VP Cheney, for he will take over when Pres. Bush resigns and he used to work at Halliburton.

I call for the resignation of Laura Bush, for her inadequacy in mothering and in keeping George attentive to the business of Congress.

I call for the resignation of all Republicans who agree with me on almost all issues.

I call for the resignation of Karl Rove, as Democrats were right to nip this problem in the bud far earlier.

I call for the resignation of the St. Petersburg Times staff.

I call for the resignation of the Miami Herald Staff.

I call for the resignation of the Fox News staff, except for those who need to remain behind to cover my next presser.

I call for the resignation of those not learned enough to appreciate the value of the medicine that would be a Congress run by Pelosi, Murtha, Frank, Rangel, Conyers, et al.

I call for the resignation of those who fail to understand the importance of Republicans being 100% virtuous so that they can be a perfect foil to the 100% scuzbag concentration in the Democrat Party.

I call for the resignation of Tom Delay from his current job, because his last resignation was not good enough.

I call for the resignation of all gay Republicans who have not been outed.

I call for the resignation of all straight Republicans who do not realize yet they really are only straight because they hate gay people and are acting out of prejudice.

I call for the resignation of all Republican elected officeholders, and I further call upon them to concede their respective elections to their Democrat opponents, so that we can clean house and start over.

I call for the resignation of all Republicans who do not agree with me on every single issue.

I call for the resignation of Republicans who do not agree that endless cowardly groveling over the Mark Foley affair and/or the latest Demo talking point of the day is more important than fighting Militant Islam.

I call for the resignation of all Republicans who are not grave and apologetic for the immoral behavior of others.

I call for the resignation of every conservative media outlet but the Washington Times.

I call for the resignation of all Republicans who have read the Bible, except for those who have disclaimed any belief in said book.

I call for the resignation of all bloggers not profound enough too take themselves too seriously.

I call for the resignation of every Republican not wise enough to shoot a big honking hole in their stinking foot to prove how virtuous they are.

Yea, I call for the resignation of every Republican who doesn't stoop on command and place a big kiss on the vertical smile of the Democrats in order to be liked and accepted.

I call for the resignation of all those meanie conservative Republicans in the Senate for reminding the RINOs to act like Republicans.

I call for the resignation of all conservative pundits who have not groveled at the feet of their idoeological opponents to lap up approval and strokes upon their odious heads.

Lo, I call for the resignation of all Republicans. Get them out of here, so that we can clean out Washington.

Verily, I call for the resignation of all Republicans with the cajones to fight real evil and not let Democrats define what is right, wrong, and important.

Behold, I call for the resignation of every one who is not a Democrat, for we need to start over fresh.

That should about do it. Oh, wait ...

I call for the resignation of Mark Foley. Oh, yeah. He's already gone. In that case, never mind my venting.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Mark Foley thoughts ...

As I discussed and warned, it appears that the Bravo Sierra/obfuscation plants are in full bloom.

Mark Foley? He's gone. Good. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent. Clearly.

One wonders if Foley were a Demo instead of a RINO if he would be treated the same way by Demos ... or would there be cries of "Let's not rush to judgment" and "homophobia"? Methinks one is prudent to be skeptical of Demo moral outrages, but you be the judge.

Meanwhile, Republicans are moving fast now, but Demos are claiming that Republicans have been sitting on this bad news ... trying to slip past the election.

Let's be clear: It would indeed be horrible to sit on news of a potential child predator in the U.S. House for political gain.

And all people of good faith can agree that this is the case.

Well, it just so happens that the Demos and their MSM allies may very well have been sitting on this story for some time, potentially endangering young people along the way, and all with an eye toward springing an October surprise.

Too hard to believe? You be the judge, and check out Clarice Feldman's fact-packed and hair-raising post.