Thursday, September 28, 2006

The forecast: Bravo Sierra rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

I am shocked ... shocked ... shocked!!! ... that the N.Y. Times is pronouncing how well that Demos are doing and now it looks like they will probably take the Senate, too. Never mind the fact that the winds have shifted; that never stops the leftist propaganda merchants from doing their thing.

I am still confident and upbeat. For one thing, it looks as though the focus of the midterm elections is going to stay on national security all the way to the buzzer. This is good for the Republicans, but more fundamentally it's good for the country. National security remains the issue.

On the political landscape, there are a number of dicey spots and races, for sure. But Mehlman is a genius and is ginning up the Republican Attack Machine as we speak. Those guys are so bad that I don't even qualify. Well, actually I do. But I just do this without even reading the talking points. See, I actually believe a lot of them so I don't need no script.

And I put this stuff out here before Rush and the other talkers hit the air so that they will have something to talk about. See?

Hey, speaking of some fun races to watch. I see that the Demos have indeed found a way to lose a solid blue seat, as Lieberman is up 10 in CT. You go, Joe. And Thomas Kean in NJ looks poised to knock of Menendez. That would be spectacular.

So, Forty days is an eternity in the 24/7-New Media news cycle. Jed Babbin is predicting we'll get 40 days and nights of bravo sierra rained down from the Demo/MSM alliance. I think he's right.

But, we'll see what happens. Alls I know is that with the blogosphere, conservatives now have shenanigan defense (of which we'll need plenty as we get closer to Nov. 7).

Monday, September 25, 2006

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!

Wow. If you haven't seen the Donk-in-Chief's interview/blown gasket with Chris Wallace of Fox News, check it out.

Wallace asked for Pres. Clinton's reaction to the claim that his administration had not done enough to capture or kill Bin Laden pre-9/11. Clinton then launched into a tirade, accusing Wallace of airing a right-wing "hit piece".

In watching the fiasco, I actually felt sorry for Clinton. He is a sad case, and he provides more proof that not even being president is enough to fill an empty soul.

Clinton embodies all the worst of our enemies caricatures of us -- he is supremely selfish, cowardly, childish, weak, irresponsible, and temporally-minded. Ironically, though, Clinton is disrespected by such a large portion of Americans precisely because he does not represent the nation.

As history makes clearer and clearer by the day, he was way too small a man for the office he occupied.

Clinton told Wallace with a straight face that he was "obsessed" with Bin Laden. Come on. I was alive and paying attention in the 1990s. I remember Clinton being obsessed with Monica Lewinsky and chasing her around the Oval Office.

The funny thing is that Clinton could largely diffuse the controversy over his administation's pre-9/11 inaction by stating the obvious: While he was president, no one thought Bin Laden and his ideological soulmates possessed the combination of evil and lunacy necessary to pull off the 9/11 attacks. People would understand.

But with his angry denials and multiple lies in the Wallace interview, Clinton simply highlighted what we all know and remember -- he was too busy protecting his legacy and reputation to make any bold moves at all, much less take on the terrorists, while he was president. Instead, he passed this problem on to Pres. Bush.

Clinton deferred while he could, and his conscience appears to be reminding him of that fact. Pres. Bush doesn't now have the luxury of deferring the tough decisions for another day.

All of this reminds of the narcissistic vapidity of the Clinton years ... and why it is so important that Clinton's Demo soulmates do not regain power in these serious times.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

How Harry Reid Can Become Senate Majority Leader

If Greenjeans really wants to be Senate Majority Leader instead of whiner-in-chief, he should find the nearest mike (yesterday) and say the following:
"I would like to take this opportunity to condemn in the strongest terms the comments of Hugo Chavez at the United Nations this week. As you know, we Democrats have had strong disagreements with the President on foreign policy, in particular the War in Iraq and in pursuing a more effective war on terror. I personally believe that the President's policies in these vital areas have been misguided and have not made America or the world safer. But he remains the President of these United States; Pres. Bush is the leader of the country I love. I will not tolerate a foreign leader coming to our nation and calling our President a "devil" and openly wishing for American defeat. This crosses the line of all appropriate debate, and it is clear that Mr. Chavez has placed himself on the other side in America's war with Islamic extremists. As such, Mr. Chavez should know that he has an enemy in the Democratic Party. For we are Americans first and always."
But don't worry. It won't happen.

If G-Jeans got loose made such a statement of support for the President or ... the United States of America ... he would find himself getting the Lieberman treatment and the Kos-Stituents would be sending him California bagged-spinach salad.

The problem is that the Demo base believes (although they won't say) the following:
"See? We're right, after all. Wasn't that classic? First, Iran's president lays into Bush, and then Chavez is up there holding up copies of Chomsky's book, which we've all got on our nightstands, by the way. I mean, we don't believe in the Devil, but if we did, he would certainly be just like Pres. Bush. So we take issue only slightly with Pres. Chavez. We concur, if you will. Bottom line: It was way cool to see other foreign leaders carry our water and say the things about Bush and America that we would love to say ... but the voters won't let us. So, we just comment on Daily Kos. Gosh, it's nice for us to be validated for once. JUST ONCE!! Do you hear ME?!!!! Breathe. Deep. Yes ... that it. America just doesn't get it. We are tired of America telling us we're wrong. We're right!!!! And we win every election, regardless of what the vote tally is. We hate Bush and the people that voted for him. #$@%! morons!!! ... that majority of America!! Yeah, that's right, morons. We are right, dammit!! Pres. Chavez said we were, so we are!! We hate most of America. We'll show them once we're in charge. Halliburton!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! They stole Florida!!! Ohio, too!!!!! Pay, they will!!! Ah!!!!! @#$#%!! #@$%$^&!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!, etc." (tirade continues)
Photo of Hugo Chavez -- (D) Venezuela courtesy of AP.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

What did we do before blogs?

All manner of scandal was ignored. Fake documents were routinely foisted on an unsuspecting public. Previous careless words were of no concern.

We were against the blogs before we were for them.

But now, bored bloggers, often clad in nothing more than boxer shorts, peruse the backgrounds and old photos of political candidates to discover all manner of horribles.

And due to their efforts we have even discovered that some senatorial candidates once sported a full, flowering unibrow. Yes, a unibrow.

Who does Casey think he is, a vain, spoiled brat of a candidate for public office? Never mind.

But seriously, on balance it's a very good thing to have so many sets of eyes on politicians and politician-wannabes. It makes for more hiccups and gaffes during each election season, but it also allows for recovery.

Plus, the conservative "eyes" have it ... not the brow, if you know what I mean.

More information ... and more freedom ... is good.

Sometimes it's just good for a laugh. And sometimes even the laughs can be informative and remind us of just what kind of person seeks office. Remember this?

Monday, September 18, 2006

So the Pope is fallable after all?

Well, the furor over Pope Benedict's remarks about Islam this past week do at least raise the question. If the Pope's remarks didn't raise the question, his being "deeply sorry" for his remarks surely does.

At least within Christendom, we can raise such probing theological/philosophical questions without inviting violence. And in the West, we have (at least for a few centuries) been able to do so without heads being lopped off or churches burned. Redstate had an nice post on the subject last week.

For those that don't know, the Pope raised Muslim hackles by quoting 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II:

"The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war," the pope said. "He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."'
I think the Pope's apology was especially unfortunate. This Protestant respects the Pope but I do not believe him to be infallible. Nonetheless, he has now apologized unnecessarily while doing nothing to diminish the furor. You can't appease Militant Islam, not even if you're the Pope.

If I understand the Pope's remarks correctly, he was revisiting an old debate and asking: What "new" things has Islam brought the world, other than Mohammed's call to spread the faith by Holy War. Remember that Islam was predated by both Judaism and Christianity.

In a civilized, free society, such questions are debated. It doesn't mean the debate can't or won't grow heated.

But that's not the way it works with the Islamic censors. Oh, but don't we wish they only desired to censor? Indeed, in the wake of the Pope's remarks, Muslims burned churches in Gaza, killed a nun in Somalia, and well, behaved violently.

It would seem that Militant Muslims would counter the challenge by proving it wrong. Instead, they fan the flames of the Jihad that they so clearly want to have.

Jihadis are as jihadis do.

So, regardless of what the D.C. set, U.N. diplomats, or MSM make-up magnets say ... the Militant Islamic emperor's clothes are speaking (again) for themselves.

Friday, September 15, 2006

The mornings are actually cooler around here now ...

so I guess I can really start to think about the election. A part of me doesn't want to look at the horror and incessant preening of all the candidates, but look I must.

For the stakes are high.

As I said on Labor Day, I think the predictions of the the demise of the Republican Party are somewhat premature. What we are seeing now is that people pay more attention in fall and the bluster and gushing of summer is fading. Don Surber notes the shifting autumn winds.

Meanwhile, I got a kick out of the post over a Wizbang Politics about the sequel of Darth Swift Boat returning to terrorize unsuspecting Demo congressional candidates by telling the truth about them.

The game is on.

But the struggle with Militant Islam isn't a game. That's what's at stake in this election.

Jim Addison at Wiz. Politics has a succinct battle cry for the '06 election: "The Democrats are liberal idiots who will attempt appeasement with Iran and terrorists, to raise taxes, and to impeach the President."

Monday, September 11, 2006

You might not remember this intersection ... but I do.

I am talking about this one. It's got a traffic light, and it's in a nice part of suburban Houston.

It's a pretty place, nestled in the towering pines and oaks. It's right around the corner from where I used to live.

I'll never forget it. I was sitting here at the light, waiting to turn right when I clicked on the radio to see what was happening five years ago ... today.

ABC was still trying to piece it together. A plane had hit the World Trade Center. It looked as if it could be terrorism, but who knew at this point.

I recall one reporter remarking how this would be a "test" of the new President. Politics, always a political angle with these people, I thought.

Over the course of the day, politics faded, though. And other things started to come into view.

The events of five years ago changed many things. For me, it took some time for the full impact of what had happened to make a new landing zone in my conscience.

But I was changed. This was not insignifcant, for my view of the world had been well-settled for many years. So, what happened? This social and economic conservative became a national security-first conservative. This is not to say that my prior views were changed, but circumstances dictated a change of emphasis.

I made new friends ... people like Ed Koch, Phil Hendrie, Zell Miller, and Joe Lieberman. They made new friends, too.

Ultimately, the events of 9/11 stoked a fire in me that became this blog. With my days in the military behind me, I now do my little part here to defend America and her friends ... protecting national security, preserving culture, promoting liberty.

Today, I hope we remember how the tragedy and sadness of 9/11 led to the unity and resolve that we saw at the service in the National Cathedral ... Pres. Bush with the bullhorn ... Congress spontanteously singing God Bless America ... and the lightning-quick response in Afghanistan.

Once again, for a time, politics ended at the water's edge. It was wonderful to behold. And our enemies quaked as the sleeping giant awakened.

But will we forget? Rather, have we forgotten? Have we forgotten the Americans falling to their deaths from the WTC rather than being burned alive? Have we forgotten the maniacal jihadis who would kill us all in the name of Allah? Have we forgotten that our chief offense in the eyes of this enemy is our insistence upon living in freedom?

Some may have forgotten.

But as I remember where I was when I heard the news, I will never forget.

Indeed, I will remember. And I'm teaching my sons and daughters to remember, too. And I'll tell every one who stops by here to remember ... to love this country and those who defend it ... to do their part, however small ... to never forget ... and to never, never, never give in.

We look back today. And we look forward to victory tomorrow.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ohio St. 24, Texas 7

Well, it was a disappointing ball game for the home team, but the Buckeyes were impressive indeed. Texas made mistakes, but Ohio State capitalized. It was the reverse of last season. And Troy Smith is the real deal, for sure. He played a fantastic, flawless game. Ohio State is a well-coached, fantastic team. They are worthy of the number one ranking, for sure.

So, we Longhorns dust ourselves off and move on. A few things break right and ... maybe a rematch in the title game on January 7? Let's make it best two out of three.

And about those Ohio State fans. Things went very well. There was a little of this and that, but for the most part it was all in good fun. I mean, those red dealie-mabobs on the Ohio St. band hats are just begging for commentary. Are they roses or what? We've won two Rose Bowls in a row, not them. I think we get some say in that regard. And a Buckeye is a nut, I learned. The horrah.

A couple of Ohioans who were somewhat obnoxious discovered they were in the wrong seats about midway through the second quarter, prompting some commentary regarding their involvement in the Ohio voting "confusion" of '04 as they looked for their correct seats.

All in all, I think that the market had its say and the expense of a trip to Austin weeded out those responsible for last season's treatment of Texas fans in Columbus.

I was proud of my alma mater and our fans, though. They were boisterous but good-natured. Texas fans showed both the passion and the friendliness that is Texas.

I just wish the football team hadn't been so giving and gracious.

Below are some photos of a great day in Austin with my sons ...

The long-anticipated matchup of #1 and #2 draws near, and fans mill about the West Mall and Guadalupe ("the Drag") on campus.

You might recognize Gen. Washington from last year's pictures when we went to the Tech game. I love this statue and this part of the campus. Here, George Washington seemingly stands watch over one of America's most beautiful campuses.

Overlooking the South Mall, George Washington looks toward the State Capitol.

This is a familiar shot of the Littlefield Fountain, with the tower in the back.

We had some time, so we went over to the beautiful Capitol building to take a look. I took this picture from the center of the building, looking straight up.

Close-up of the the top of the inside of the capitol.

And there's the floor of the Capitol, with a baby carriage near the Mexican seal. The seals on the floor represent the sovereigns that have ruled Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, the United States ... and of course, the Republic of Texas (in the center).

That Brutus is a nut. Texans watched in horror and thanked God again for the good fortune of being born here.

Ohio State tailgaters were well-represented, including this hard-core guy. Note the Longhorn joining in. Lots of orange and red mingling before game time.

I was just following these guys.

Tailgater central ...

Fans stream toward DKR. The largest crowd to see a football game in Texas history -- 89,422 -- was in attendance.

Bevo works the huge crowd making its way to the game.

To my right was a sea of red. There weren't quite as many Buckeyes as feared, but I would say 10-12 thousand.

Note the red dealie-mabobs (roses?) on the Ohio State band members.

Longhorns take the field.

A sea of burnt orange, at night. What a sight.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

With #1 on the line, I'll be sitting close enough to see the whites of their eyes.

The "eyes" I'll be staring down are not those of the Ohio State Buckeye football team, but rather their fans. I'll be there Saturday. Our seats at DKR-Memorial Stadium in Austin are precious feet from the visitor section, so I will be there to lead, er prevent, any fracas from breaking out.

I understand that Austin will be inundated with Buckeyes (what is one of those, any way? Is it a sweater vest?) and there may be as many as 20,000 enemy fans in the stadium on Saturday night. So, they may be behind our lines and all over. It should be interesting. Why?

Well, the #1 Buckeyes are playing my beloved #2 Longhorns. Yes, the Longhorns are defending national champs, but they are still ranked behind the Bucks. That's because we have gents like Buckeye Head Coach Jim Tressel voting for his team as #1 and then telling the media that he voted for the Longhorns to be #1. Seems Coach Tressel got caught (I always suspected that Mr. Rogers get-up of his was a cover), but it doesn't matter.

It will be settled on the field. Should be an outstanding game.

But will there be action be in the stands, as well? I hope not. To my alma mater's credit, there have been numerous communications designed to keep emotions in check and urge the burnt orange horde to refrain from retailiating against Buckeye fans for their disgraceful behavior in Columbus last year.

Here's how one writer described the Buckeye fans in the wake of last year's debacle: "Ohio State's fans are the most classless, obnoxious and embarrassing idiots I've ever experienced." Apparently in Columbus, even women wearing opposition colors are fair game for pushing and shoving. Nice.

Friends of mine who went to the game said nothing they had ever experienced (A&M, Oklahoma, drunk Texas Tech fans at night) even came close. It particularly got ugly when the outcome was sealed.

So, we'll see how it goes. If a battle breaks out, I will be the overweight guy in the burnt orange shirt volunteering to get delivered overhead -- by hand -- by the Longhorn faithful into the Ohio State section/mosh pit. But seriously ...

I hope that we kill them with kindness (sort of) in the stands, and then that the Longhorns take care of business on the field, just like last year.

In the end, I predict a fun time in Austin, with the good guys winning ... by 11.

Yes, I am going to make this prediction in spite of the fact that the Longhorns are going without their best coverage DB, Tarell Brown. It seems that Tarell was sleeping in a car at 3 a.m. with marijuana in the car and a loaded gun on his lap ... allegedly. Good call by Mack Brown to suspend him. The team will be fine.

And I am going to predict that we'll win the battle of the fans, as well. That is, we won't pick on their women and behave like hoodlums. The Bucks have got a couple of women in the secondary, I hear. So, we'll chat with them instead.

I will report back next week on whether the Buckeye goons behaved, and if not, what happened as a result.

So, yes, the "Eyes of Texas are indeed upon them, and they can not get away."

Monday, September 04, 2006

Returning for the '06 Stretch Run ... Predictions, Any One?

Greetings. I return from a self-imposed exile/blog vacation just in time for Labor Day.

Labor Day means, of course, that football season is upon us. The Longhorns are playing again, and the Buckeyes will be in Austin next week. Maybe Mark will reappear, but I predict he will only do so if the Bucks can win in Austin. So here's my first prediction of the election season: Mark won't appear, because the Buckeyes won't appear (or at least will wilt) in the Austin heat.

More to the point ... I see that the MSM drumbeat to assist the Demo takeover of Congress has reached a fever pitch. It is now considered all but a done deal that the Demos will take over at least the House, if not the Senate, as well.

My thoughts? Well, the environment in many ways does stack up nicely for the Demos. Some vulnerable Republicans are up, Pres. Bush's numbers are down, there's the six-year itch, the public is frustrated over Iraq, and Republicans have failed on Republican issues (i.e., spending and immigration).

But we are still in a war. I think the political calculus changed on 9/11/01. Some haven't figured it out, yet. But I am convinced it has.

So, I am going to go out on a limb and say I think the Republicans will hold on in both the Senate and the House. But should they?

I think the answer is a definite "yes". Many have talked of their disapppointment with Repulican, particularly in the Senate ("I am going to take my toys and go home"), but in these times, I think this attitude is, well, childish.

And behaving childishly in serious times is a serious matter.

The Republicans have a slogan this year that I really like. Let's face it. A lot of political slogans are designed to appeal to those who don't realize there is an election during a particular year until after Labor Day. But this one is good -- This election is a choice, not a referendum.

It communicates a simple truth: Whatever one feels about a particular candidate, that opponent has an opponent. In virtually every race on the ballot this year, there are two candidates who can win. Voting for one is voting against another, and vice versa. Failing to vote for one is to give a vote to the other candidate.

So, viewing the election as a choice, let's examine what I see as the key issues in the coming election:

1) National Security: On the issue of fighting Militant Islam, does any one really believe that the Demos would be better than the Republicans? We all know they wouldn't, and there is no, I mean no evidence to suggest otherwise. Not even the Demos believe they can compete on this issue. That's why they change the subject when this issue comes up, and they also try to detach Iraq from the greater struggle against Militant Islam.

But the record is clear: They voted against the Patriot Act, they support legal rights for jihadis, and they seek to undermine America's fight against Militant Islam at every turn, equating our troops with terrorists and Hitler.

In Iraq, the Monday morning Demo QBs of today (who have all seen the light from their politically motivated pro-war votes of 2002) offer nothing constructive. They see not one positive thing coming out of America's efforts in Iraq, and their efforts are assisting our enemies. A Democrat victory would result in a swift withdrawal from Iraq as an end, not merely a means. And our enemies would notice.

On this national issue alone, the Demos are unqualified to assume power. A vote for them is irresponsible.

2) Federal Judiciary: Here we go again. The appointments of C.J. Roberts and J. Alito have been master strokes by Pres. Bush. Seeing that they have been had, Demos will make the next appointment to the Supreme Court a war. A loss of Republican strength in the Senate means that this war will be harder to win and the inevitable pressure to nominate either a stealth Miers-like nominee or an outright Souter will be great.

3) Immigration: Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate derailed an ill-advised Senate Immigration bill supported by Pres. Bush. Although it's true that too many Republicans supported the measure (and Demos were wildly cheering for it), again, conservative Republicans shot it down. Now, we are in the election stretch run, and the bill has no chance.

But if Demos win this fall, it has a great chance. In fact, I think we'll get something even worse.

The Perfect Churchers often fail to note that the only people in Washington fighting to stem the illegal immigration tide are conservative Republicans. Elect enough of them and then bad legislation can not only be defeated, but we can also secure the border.

4) Demos Gone Wild: If Demos assume power, expect them to naturally overreach and start investigations of the Bush Admistration on all fronts. They are keeping quiet now, but expect some major effort to investigate and/or impeach Pres. Bush. There is a deep, brooding resentment on the Demo Animal Farm as a result of Florida 2000, Ohio 2004, and the Bush Administration's aggressive pursuit and detention of jihadis. A Demo takeover would present the opportunity to "even the score" ... to Win One for the Zipper (Clinton), if you will.

I will let this happen over my dead body.

5) Culture Preservation: One party favors gay "marriage", and the other doesn't. One party is overwhelmingly pro-abortion (and tolerates no dissent), while the other party is overwhelmingly pro-life. Case closed. See also "Federal Judiciary" above.

6) Spending/Scope of Government: Traditional economic conservatives are upset with the Republicans, and as one them I understand ... to a point. A couple of points need to be made here, though: First, in these times, this issue is much lower on the priority scale. If we are dead, it doesn't matter what our tax rates are; and 2) Again, Demos would be far worse. Far worse. Think about Charlie Rangel as head of the House Appropriations Committee. Let your mind feel the terror, the horrah.

Finally, Republicans have lowered taxes. Personally, I like the temporary nature, too, for it keeps returning the debate to the public's mind periodically. More fundamentally, Pres. Bush proposed real changes in the Social Security system. This needs to happen, and with more conservatives in Congress, it will.

So, in the end, it's a choice. Choices have consequences. Conservatives know this, and in the end, I believe they will make the right choices in November.