Friday, June 18, 2004  

We Will Win

posted by Walter | 10:09 PM

Tuesday, June 01, 2004  

You'll Only Fully Appreciate This Post If (a) You Attended Dinner At My House the Other Night and Heard Me Make Fun of the Lefties' "Bake Sales for Bombs" Bumper Stickers; or (b) You Regularly Get Stuck Behind 1982 Volvo Station Wagons at Stoplights (These Are Not Mutually Exclusive Categories When You Live in Our Hippie Infested Town)

From a letter to NRO's Jay Nordlinger:

"Dear Jay: This is what Al Gore said in his [] speech: 'Luckily, there was a high level of competence on the part of our soldiers, even though they were denied the tools and the numbers they needed for their mission. What a disgrace that their families have to hold bake sales to buy discarded Kevlar vests to stuff into the floorboards of the Humvees! Bake sales for body armor!' The funny part is that I thought it was the Left's dream to have the military resort to bake sales to raise funds for their equipment. Remember those bumper stickers? 'It will be a great day when the schools have all the money they need and the Pentagon has to hold a bake sale.'"

posted by Geraldine | 9:16 PM

John Kerry Has Place of Honor in Vietnam Commies' Museum

I shit you not:

A Ho Chi Minh City museum that honors Vietnam war protesters features a photograph of Sen. John Kerry being greeted by the general secretary of the Communist Party, Comrade Do Muoi.

A snapshot of the display in the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum – formerly known as the "War Crimes Museum" – was acquired over the weekend by Jeffrey M. Epstein of Vietnam Vets for the Truth, a group opposing Kerry's campaign for the presidency.

posted by Geraldine | 8:40 PM

John Kerry: Class Act

Democratic senator - and certain presidential nominee - John F. Kerry gave the middle finger to a Vietnam veteran at the Vietnam Memorial Wall on Memorial Day morning, has learned.

Ted Sampley, a former Green Beret who served two full tours in Vietnam, spotted Kerry and his Secret Service detail at about 9:00 a.m. Monday morning at the Wall. Sampley walked up to Kerry, extended his hand and said, "Senator, I am Ted Sampley, the head of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, and I am here to escort you away from the Wall because you do not belong here."

At that point a Secret Service officer told Sampley to back away from Kerry. Sampley moved about 6 feet away and opened his jacket to reveal a HANOI JOHN T-shirt.

Kerry then began talking to a group of schoolchildren. Sampley then showed the T-shirt to the children and said, "Kerry does not belong at the Wall because he betrayed the brave soldiers who fought in Vietnam."

Just then Kerry - in front of the school children, other visitors and Secret Service agents - brazenly 'flashed the bird' at Sampley and then yelled out to everyone, "Sampley is a felon!"

I wonder if Kerry yells something similar every time he sees his good buddies Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy...


posted by Geraldine | 10:58 AM

Sunday, May 30, 2004  

Mark Steyn, as usual, makes me feel better about things

I am already looking for new regimes to topple. And here's where the events of recent weeks may have done some damage. In my corner of northern New England, as in Highgate and Holland Park, it is also stressful being a Bush apologist. Most of the guys I hang out with demand to know why he's being such a wimp, why's he kissing up to King Abdullah about a few stray bananas in some jailhouse, why's he being such a pantywaist about not letting our boys fire on mosques, why hasn't he levelled Fallujah. In other words, don't make the mistake of assuming that Bush's poll numbers on Iraq have fallen because people want him to be more multilateralist and accommodating. On my anecdotal evidence, they want him to be more robust and incendiary.

And evidently John Kerry's internal polling is telling him the same thing. Hence, his speech in Seattle on Friday: "This country is united in its determination to destroy you," he told the terrorists. "As commander in chief, I will bring the full force of our nation's power to bear on finding and crushing your networks. We will use every available resource to destroy you." Winning the Presidency isn't like winning the Palme d'Or, and Kerry, the ne plus ultra of weathervane politicians, seems to have figured there aren't enough votes in sounding like Michael Moore, Howard Dean or even Al Gore. With an eye to her own political viability, Hillary Clinton the other day demanded an expansion of the army.

Does Kerry mean it? Probably not. The tough talk's a cover for what would be a return to the ineffectual reactive national-security policy of the 1990s - "I have here a piece of paper from Kim Jong-Il," etc. If the media manage to drag the Senator, a very weak candidate, over the finishing line, it will be seen as a humiliating verdict on Bush's war. There will be no stomach for further neo-con adventuring. The House of Saud can relax and resume its buying off of al-Qaeda. Pakistan's ISI can get rid of General Musharraf. The IAEA can go back to sleep and let Iran get on with its nuclear programme. And, after months and months of experts telling them that they didn't have enough troops in Iraq, Washington will realise all the extra troops they needed are sitting around twiddling their thumbs in Europe, guarding against enemies who no longer exist on behalf of allies who are no longer allies.

Such a world would be a more dangerous place, but not necessarily for Americans. It is Europe that's closer and more vulnerable to terrorists, dysfunctional states and other enemies. That is why I'm a relatively relaxed hawk. The US may be forced to suffer the perception of defeat, but it is Europe that will live with the consequences. Be careful what you wish for.

posted by Geraldine | 9:28 PM

Tuesday, May 25, 2004  

Who Ever Thought a Vote for Nader Could Save the Country?

Wow, are the Democrats pissed at Nader. And this article shows how much. A few quotes from it (the last one is the best):

"A vote for Ralph Nader is a vote for George Bush."

- Kerry

"So, are you dropping out, Ralph?"
- how Terry McAwful starts every conversation with Nader

"Our first objective is to keep [Nader] off the ballot."
- Arizona Democratic chairman Jim Pederson

"I've had some of my best luck [with petitions] at truck pulls."

- Nader's Virginia campaign coordinator Jim Polk

Oh, and this site is totally juvenile, but if you're in the mood...

posted by Walter | 12:12 PM

Sunday, May 23, 2004  

Great Moments in Part-Time Soldiering, Pt. XXXIX

Although this story is good news for America--a judge and internet enthusiast uses her web-surfing habit to uncover a traitor--check out from whence the traitor came:

A city judge and mother of three from Conrad used the Internet to help authorities nab a National Guardsman [emphasis mine - ed.] accused of trying to aid Al-Qaida.

Judge Shannen Rossmiller, 33, is a key witness in the case against Spc. Ryan G. Anderson, a Fort Lewis-based National Guardsman and Muslim convert.

Anderson, 26, faces five counts of trying to provide the terrorist network with information about U.S. troop strength and tactics as well as methods for killing American soldiers.

Rossmiller told the court Wednesday that she is a member of 7-Seas Global Intelligence, an organization that tracks terrorist activity and forwards leads to authorities. . . .

Last year Rossmiller's work led her to a posting from Anderson, who was using the name "Amir Abdul Rashid." Rossmiller baited "Rashid" by posting a call to jihad against the United States and he replied. "He was curious if a brother fighting on the wrong side could join or defect," Rossmiller told the court. After a series of e-mails with him, she contacted the Homeland Security Department, which put her in touch with the FBI. . . . Shannen Rossmiller remained at the court proceedings Thursday on the base south of Tacoma, Wash. and could not be reached for comment. The "Article 32" hearing is to decide whether Anderson should face a court martial. If tried, he could face the death penalty. . . .

Rossmiller had been corresponding with Anderson since October. He was arrested in February after he allegedly tried to pass information to undercover Army investigators.

Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, those convicted of trying to aid the enemy can face the death penalty. At Wednesday's proceeding, Maj. Chris Jenks and Maj. Timothy MacDonnell showed a nearly hour-long videotape of a meeting between Anderson and two investigators posing as al-Qaida members. On the tape, Anderson told the two about weaknesses in the M1A1 Abrams, the Army's main battle tank, and provided sketches of it.

"While I love my country, I think the leaders have taken this horrible road," Anderson said on the video. "I have no belief in what the American Army has asked me to do. They have sent me to die."

The meeting took place in a vehicle near Seattle's Space Needle Feb. 9; Anderson was to be deployed to Iraq within days.

Initially, Anderson was charged with four counts of trying to communicate with terrorists. The Army added a fifth charge last month, which was not disclosed publicly until Wednesday. It alleges that at one point, Anderson told undercover military personnel: "I wish to desert from the U.S. Army. I wish to defect from the United States. I wish to join al-Qaida, train its members and conduct terrorist attacks."

Anderson has been jailed the past three months at the Regional Corrections Facility at Fort Lewis, where his brigade was based.

He was raised a Lutheran and later converted to Islam. Anderson grew up in Everett, Wash., where classmates at Cascade High School described him as a paramilitary enthusiast who was passionate about guns.

He began studying while attending Washington State University. He graduated from WSU with a history degree in 2002 and joined the National Guard.

He is a tank crewmember with the 81st Brigade, which is deployed in Iraq.

posted by Geraldine | 11:20 AM

NY Times Hates America

Wanted to make sure you saw the cover of the NY Times magazine this week:

And I'm sure that that statement reflects the sentiment of the majority of the people who work for the Times. Because at its core, the Left in America believes that this country is a rotten place. When they see the Abu Ghriab photos they don't see an aberration, but instead the true nature of the brutal American 'occupiers'.

And people like this might be in the White House come November.

posted by Walter | 9:28 AM

Saturday, May 22, 2004  

Great Moments in Part-Time Soldiering, Part XXXVIII

Remember, the National Guard isn't just about getting paid to do jack-shit during peacetime, faking chronic illness after you return from combat, bitching about the fact that you have to actually serve once in a while, or discrediting the entire war effort by criminally mistreating enemy POWs, as the AP reports:

A U.S. soldier who said he left his unit in Iraq to protest an "oil-driven" war was convicted of desertion Friday and sentenced to a year in jail and a bad conduct discharge.

A military jury met for about 20 minutes before giving the maximum sentence to Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, an infantry squad leader with the Florida National Guard. [emphasis mine - ed.]

"I have no regrets. Not one," Mejia said before his sentencing.

In his comments to the jury of four officers and four enlisted soldiers, Mejia said he was not afraid of going to jail. "I will take it because I will go there with my honor, knowing I have done the right thing," he said.

The prosecutor had a witty rejoinder:

He enjoyed all the benefits of the military, just not the duty," Capt. A.J. Balbo, the lead prosecutor, said in his closing argument. "The defense says he accomplished all his missions. Except the most important one - showing up."

They might be left-wing, but don't you dare question their patriotism:

Example #1: Mejia is the son Nicaragua's most prominent leftist singer, who wrote the line "Let's fight the Yankee, enemy of humanity" into the country's former Sandinista anthem.

Example #2: Martiza Castillo, center, mother of Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia, is hugged by University of Illinois law professor Francis Boyle, wearing glasses

Who is this Prof. Boyle (an Irish-American to whom I fervently hope I am not related)? Well, in addition to advocating for the impeachment of President Bush and the trial of Ariel Sharon for the fictional "massacre" in Jenin, he was quoted at length in a UPI article on Saddam Hussein's upcoming trial:

Boyle believes the Iraqi court would be a "show trial" only and would be unable to give Saddam Hussein a fair hearing because of the strong emotions there.

"Basically it's a foregone conclusion they will execute him. Law will have nothing to do with this," Boyle told UPI.

He and many others who opposed the war in Iraq believe the United States government doesn't want Saddam Hussein to be tried in the United Nations' International Criminal Court in the Hague because it would give Saddam Hussein a forum to discuss his close relationship with the United States prior to the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

"Going to the ICC would allow Saddam a forum to implicate the United States for aiding and abetting Iraq in the 1980s when we were helping him fight Iran," Boyle said.

But, no matter how many deserters he defends, dictators he sides with as a means to discredit his country while endorsing show trials for the leaders of allied countries, please, do not question Professor Boyle's patriotism.

After all, would an unpatriotic person write something like this :

There very well could be some itty-bitty "rogue states" lurking out there somewhere in the Third World. But today the United States government has become the sole "rogue elephant" of international law and politics. For the good of all humanity, America must be restrained. Time is of the essence!

Boy, this guy's patriotism fairly jumps off the screen, does it not?

posted by Geraldine | 10:48 AM

Friday, May 21, 2004  

Hollywood Celebrities For Bush: Nudges Past "Few," Bordering on "Several"

Lara Flynn Boyle (my Irish-American cousin, or so I claim) has come out of the closet:

"I'm 100 percent for Bush. I want my president to be like my agent: Not afraid of people, but wants my best interest."

Lara Flynn Boyle may or may not be your cup of tea, but she's only like a thousand percent less annoying than Kerry fans Barbra Streisand and Susan Sarandon.

posted by Geraldine | 11:57 AM

For another blogger's view on Michael Moore's pendulous man breasts, click here. Warning: Very Graphic Depiction of Pendulous Manboobs.

posted by Geraldine | 4:51 AM
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