Archive for August, 2007

We must honor honor itself

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Everything in this world flows from doing what is right. It is not about being right. It is about doing right. When we are in the twilight of our lives, approaching our deathbeds, the only thing that will matter when we take that last look in the mirror is if we did what was right.

I know that there is much that I do not know. I know that there are many people who have deep convictions that are diametrically opposed to mine. I only pray that those people that disagree with me do so with noble intentions.

As I look at the America I love, I see a country torn asunder by the Iraq War. Yes, there have been fierce political disagreements since the First Continental Congress, but the “You-tube” generation allows hatred to be magnified. LBJ and Everett Dirksen would castigate each other on the floor and in front of the cameras, but then laugh about it in the Oval Office over scotch, joking about who would get in the best zingers the next day. I wonder if that comity still exists.

The thing that bothers me about the antiwar supporters is that they have nothing to lose. There are no consequences to being wrong.

From a purely hypothetical standpoint, let’s say that the antiwar crowd turns out to be completely and utterly wrong in the long run. I think they are already wrong on most levels, but history has not rendered the final verdict yet.

Hypothetically, if Iraq turns into a peaceful haven with hearts, flowers, sunshine, lollipops, rainbows, and everything that’s wonderful, the antiwar crowd will have been wrong. What are the consequences of this? Nothing. The left can shrug their shoulders and say, “ok, we were wrong.” That’s it. There are no negative consequences to being wrong. Therefore, their position is riskless.

The left has done this before. The Bush tax cuts were going to destroy the economy. They didn’t. The left was wrong. Yet the economy is good, so no harm, no foul. When the worst case scenario is expected on anything, and the best case scenario occurs, there is no harm with taking a worst case scenario position. Being wrong is irrelevant.

This is tolerable on economic issues, but can be lethal when dealing with a war. It allows a cavalier attitude to prevail.

Now think about the supproters of the war, myself included. I have said many times that I will go to my grave believing the Iraq War was the right thing to do, and that we must stay there until the job is done. What happens if I was wrong from the beginning?

Picture the worst case scenario. What if President Bush did deliberately lied to get us into a war specifically for oil and to avenge the attepmt on his father’s life? What if the whole war was based on a lie, that the White House knew there were no WMD? The left believes those statements are true, and I reject them out of hand. However, hypothetically, what if I turned out to be wrong?

I will tell you what the result is. Everything in I believe in will have been blown to kingdom come. My view of the world will have been shattered. I will look in the mirror and fight the urge to hate my own skin. I will pray to God to forgive me that I believed what I was doing was right. It will not matter. I will have blood all over my hands for innocent deaths.

If I am wrong…I am done. If the supporters of the war are wrong, they are finished.

Therefore, the argument over the war consists of one side with nothing to lose and no reason to care and another side with everything they believe in at stake. You can be d@mn sure that I am sticking to my principles until I am proven that those principles were wrong.

It looks now that the supporters of the war are being proven right. Yet it is not about being right. It is not about winning an argument and gaining debating points. It is about doing right, which means liberating millions of people from dictatorship and giving them a chance at freedom and liberty. I will believe forever that this is the right thing to do.

When I look at the serious candidates running for President, I want to see their integrity on this vital issue to me.

Hillary Clinton keeps changing her position. Triangulation is fine for domestic policy, but not when dealing with a war. Hillary wants power. She wants to be right. She gets angry when told she is wrong. Yet by not taking so many different positions in such a short time span on such a critical issue shows that her views are based on naked political calculations. That is simply not honoroable.

John Edwards supported the war when it was popular, but then turned against it when it became unpopular. Unlike Hillary, he has not turned back in favor, but Dick Cheney rightly pointed out in the 2004 Vice Presidential Debate that he “could not stand up to Al Queda if he could not stand up to the Howard Dean Voters.” 

Barack Obama claims to have been against the war from the beginning, but that is easy to say when there is no vote to be cast. He was not in the Senate at the time, and therefore did not have to make a tough decision. At least Hillary and Edwards were faced with a tough choice, and they were right to support the war even as they back away from it now.

Dennis Kucinich is not a serious candidate, which makes it easeir for him to take a clear position. Nevertheless, he voted against the war from the very beginning and never wavered. He is wrong, but honorably so.

Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson have been accused of supporting positions that many people, including many republicans, have objections with. Nevertheless they have never wavered on the Iraq War or the War on Terror. Romney wants to double Guantanamo, and McCain wanted a full scale escalation. Giuliani would be further to the right of the Bush Doctrine than Bush himself.

Changing a view does not mean one is insincere. It just has to be a sincere change. Brian Baird, a liberal congressman in liberal Washington State, came to the conclusion that he was wrong. He was against the war from the beginning, and now sees signs of progress as possible. he is also not running for President, which gives extra credence to his conversion as being a sincere one.

One can even have been for the war and then switched sides against it in an honorable manner. However, this honor has to be based on conviction, and that conviction must come from facts.

If the men with their lives on the line every day are supporting the war (George W. Bush had 75% of the military vote in 2004 to 25% for his opponent), and believe things are getting better, I believe we have to take their opinions seriously. Some would say their words are not absolute, because we live in a civilian society. Yet there is a middle ground. We trust, but verify. People going to Iraq are verifying that things are getting better.

When the history books are written, I plan to tell my grandchildren that I grew up in a world where America, while not pefect, strived very hard to do the right thing. We were not always right, but we tried to do it right.

We have to honor the concept of honor itself. We have to be moral, ethical, decent human beings. We have to strive to make the world a better place. Our beliefs must be based on integrity and decency.

Everything I believe in is on the line. I pray to God I am helping support those who are doing what is right. We must win the War on Terror, no matter what it takes.

eric 

   

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Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Is Bill Clinton a Convicted Felon?

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

An incident took place in 1996 as the votes in the presidential election were coming in. Bill Clinton was on his way to defeating Bob Dole. Respected commentator David Brinkley made an unflattering remark about Clinton, not knowing his microphone was still on. He staed that with Clinton reelected, “Now we (America) will be subjected to another four years of God d@mn nonsense.”

While I personally agreed with those sentiments, and while I would argue the Seinfeld (Clinton) Presidency really was a nonsensical era of nothingness, the remarks themselves were beneath the normally dignified Mr. Brinkley. Unwilling to make a phony, namby-pamby non-apology apology (quite Clintonian actually), he was contrite and sincere. He stated that we as people, “Don’t always have to be right…but we do have to be fair.”

Mr. Brinkley apologized to Mr. Clinton, and to his credit, Mr. Clinton was gracious enough to do an interview with him after the election.

I think of that quote often because I value my integrity. Now that I have a blog, I zealously guard my brand. I never want to be the Jayson Blair Times, accused of shoddy work, low standards, and a lack of ethics. The only thing I have in this world is my name, and it matters to me. 

Therefore, my obligations to my readers are…1) To admit my biases. I am a conservative republican. I am absolutely biased. 2) To try and be right as often as possible. 3) To be fair to people, and admit when I am wrong. Mistakes will happen, but they must be acknowledged, and not with a page 37 retraction in fine print.

So now I have a question for the world. Is Bill Clinton a convicted felon. I have stated that he is. It is my understanding that as part of his plea agreement, he was fined $90,000 by Judge Susan Webber Wright, and surrendered his law license. It was my understanding that this was a felony plea. I am aware that most people associate felonies with violent crimes, and while he was accused of rape at one point, he has never pleaded guilty to a violent crime. However, there are non-violent felonies, and my understanding was that his plea was a felony plea.

I need to know the truth. There are millions of reasons to hammer Bill and Hill, but I do not wish to be part of the conspiracy crowd. I have seen it directed at George W. Bush, and it sickens me.

If I am wrong, I will loudly retract my statement calling him a convicted felon, and never use that as a talking point again.

I need the help of everybody out there. Show me the evidence.

You must cite your sources, and let me view the link. Also, do not send me opinion columns. I want cold hard facts from respected legal analysts. Also, I do not want to receive anything from the Jayson Blair Times. I will not read it out of principle because they have no credibility. Other liberal or conservative sources are fine.

Again, it is vital that this question be answered. With my Jewish Holy Day of Yom Kippur Approaching, I do not want to have possibly spoken Loshon Hara (gossip) about an innocent man. If I am right, I will obviously beat my chest loudly and let the world know how incredibly close to prefect I am, which I may or may not apologize for on Yom Kippur.

The bottom line is I have stated that Bill Clinton is a convicted felon. Others disagree with me. The blogosphere should do its job and get me the cold hard facts.

I have often accused the Clintons of revisionist history. I do not wish to be guilty of the same transgression.

My column is not a courtroom. He is guilty until proven innocent. Again, I am biased, and I believe I am right.

Well, legal beagles of America? What say ye?

eric 

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Larry Craig, Owen Wilson, Kurt Cobain and Richard Jewell

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

The feeding frenzy has begun. A man who has dedicated his life to public service is now watching his career be ruined.

Larry Craig allegedly solicited homosexual sex from an undercover cop posing as a male prostitute. He then tried to use his power as a senator to escape punishment.

Larry Craig did not lie under oath and subvert the constitution. That was Bill Clinton.

Larry Craig did not use his power to appoint a completely unqualified lover to a cushy government job. That was Jim McGreevey, a homosexual American, and John Corzine, his successor, and a heterosexual American. So gay or straight, it was about corruption.

Bill Clinton is a convicted felon. I know that sounds like a slur, but it is a legal fact. As part of his plea agreement, he agreed to surrender his law license, and was fined $90,000. He pled guilty to a felony. Most convicted felons lose their right to vote. I do not know if Bill Clinton is legally allowed to vote. If so, he is getting special treatment.

What Larry Craig did was disgusting. It was also a misdemeanor. Personally, I think people take misdemeanors too lightly. They are crimes. Nevertheless, Larry Craig is being pilloried.

Many are going after Larry Craig for hypocrisy because he ran his career as a family values candidate. He wants a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. He is a hardliner on gay issues. So isn’t he a hypocrite for taking severe stands against gays if he is gay?

No, he is not. First of all, let’s assume he is gay. A liberal reader of my column, JMJ, who I fiercely disagree with, made the hilarious point that if he is not gay, then he should not start his press conference by, “thanking everybody for coming out today.”

Jokes aside, a man can be gay and be anti-gay. It is called self-loathing, and it is as destructive as it is ethically acceptable. Larry Craig can hate homosexuals while being one. He can advance legislation condemning those who live that lifestyle because he himself lives that lifestyle, and despises himself for it. This is not hypocritical, but it is tragic.

Some gay activists “out” conservative politicians who are gay. This is vicious. Tolerating a person’s right to proudly embrace their gay lifestyle is not the same as forcing them to embrace it. For some reason, some people are ashamed of who they are. A tolerant community gives a gay person the right to keep quiet about if they choose to do so. No gay person should be forced to keep their sexuality hidden, but neither should they be forced to disclose it. It is like saying because a woman is pro-choice, she has the right to force another woman to have one when she wants to keep the child.

I worry about Larry Craig today not because I like what he did, but because he is a human being and a creature of God. He is about to be destroyed by people who do not know him and have never met him. 

Bob Beckel was ranting and raving about republican sexual misdeeds. Bob Beckel was caught with prostitutes a few years ago, and he is the last person on Earth besides perhaps myself to be lecturing anybody on morality. I wish Hannity would turn to him and say, “Well Bob, you are the hooker expert. Describe your expertise.”

Bob Beckel may enjoy driving Larry Craig into the ground, but what if, God forbid, Larry Craig were to take his own life? Do people have to commit suicide before we realize we should have eased up a bit?

Suicide brings out the best in people, when it should have been brought out before hand. Kurt Cobain is a prime example. For the sake of full disclosure, I never liked his music. I detested the whole grunge era, and with every fiber in my being reject the label “Generation X,” that he personified. He did not speak for me, and he did not speak for a whole generation. He was insignificant as an artist.

However, as a human being, he was very significant, as are we all. He was a husband and a father. The Reverend Billy Graham accurately pointed out that Kobain’s last song was called, “I hate myself and I want to die.” Four million people bought that record, and not one of those four million realized it was a cry for help. Now his fans lionize him. All it could have taken was one person to intervene.

The television show “Scrubs,” had a brilliant episode where patients died with a song in the background called, “How to save a life.” The singer keeps asking, “Where did I go wrong, I lost a friend.” He laments that he, “Wish he knew how to save a life.”

The way to save a life is to care, and to make sure you know what you are talking about when you go after somebody with accusations, even if they are true. Richard Jewell died a decade after he was falsely accused of the 1996 bombing at the Atlanta Olympics.  While he was exonerated, many people still to this day do not know that. For some people, wherever he went the last decade of his life, this hard working family man was seen as a serial bomber. How does one correct that? I don’t know.

We have to get to people before it is too late. Hollywood comedy actor Owen Wilson apparently recently tried to take his own life. Many people see him as funny, successful, wealthy, handsome, and having it all. Contrary to what some fail to understand, but rich people do feel pain. They hurt when they get divorced or lose at love. They have spectacular successes, which means that their failures are even more spectacular, especially when magnified through the media.

I don’t know what was going on Owen Wilson’s head, and I do not know how or why a successful man like that would consider any aspect of his life a failure. All I can say is thank you to God that he failed at suicide. Yes, he may have many adoring female fans, but if the one he loved broke his heart, his power and money mean nothing. What he needs is understanding and compassion. We have the power to save a life, and preserve a life. We must do so.

We spend so much time arguing over life and detah issues involving abortion, euthanasia, and stem cell research. I am not trying to minimize those issues. Yet the best form of preserving life is helping those that are on the edge of losing life.

One mistake we as a society make is that we are so willing to talk about physical illnesses, but not mental illnesses. If somebody has cancer, they go to the doctor and get physical treatments. Yet if somebody has a mental breakdown, there is a stigma with getting counseling. People will go to the Betty Ford Center, but not see a mental health care professional for fear of being seen as “nuts.”

I cannot fix my car or my computer. I have professionals for that. My Rabbi is my spiritual counselor. I hope Owen Wilson sees a psychologist or psychiatrist, or somebody that can help him repair his broken life.

The thing is, Owen Wilson has been pushed to the brink already. He broke down. We cannot keep pushing people until they break down. This brings us back to Larry Craig.

Yes, he will be a victim of jokes by David Letterman for weeks to come. We will laugh at those jokes. Yet of he were to kill himself, the jokes would not seem as funny. Bill Cosby has a hilarious routine about killing his son for not cleaning his room. It is one of the funniest comedy bits of all time. However, it is tough to watch that video knowing that his son was tragically murdered two decades after that routine.

Larry Craig is on the edge right now. He deserves to be criticized for what he did. Whether or not he should lose his job is up to the voters of Idaho. Again, it was a misdemeanor, and Larry Craig is no Ted Kennedy.

What we should not do as a society is demand our pound of flesh from Larry Craig for engaging in what is an essentially victimless crime. As for his hypocrisy, try living in the skin of a man that might very well hate his own guts for being something he despises. That is the second worst thing of all.

The worst thing would be if he truly is innocent, and we accused him falsely, of being homosexual, and of being a criminal.

His pleading guilty does not help his cause, even though he has recanted that plea. However, I hope those that want a pound of flesh from him realize that we are all one pound of flesh away from being no more.

I am disgusted by what he did, and pray for his health and recovery.

eric 

Liberals and women never resign or surrender

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

When a politician is caught engaging in bad behavior, they must resign…provided they are republican, male, or both.

The latest republican under fire is Larry Craig. Discussing the scandal is pointless. By the time Michelle Malkin is done skewering him, he will be shish kabob.

http://www.michellemalkin.com/2007/08/28/the-larry-craig-mess/

Of course, the demands of immediate resignation are coming forward. While I want to make it clear that I am not defending these actions, or a Senator I know very little about, there is one aspect of this that makes me boil over.

Why is it only republicans and men that have to resign?

Republican Richard Nixon faced impeachment for covering up a crime that his subordinates committed. He did the honorable thing, which was to spare the country an ordeal. I am not saying he was an honorable man while he was in the White House, but he exited with class.

Democrat Bill Clinton promised to hang onto the job tooth and nail with every last breath. The fact that government was paralyzed, as Nixon had predicted, was irrelevant to the First Fornicator in Chief. It was all about him. He would never consider resigning.

Republican Newt Gingrich was asked to resign the day he became speaker. Yet somehow, after the 1998 election, Bill Clinton got impeached, yet Newt Gingrich lost his job. Some will say it was hypocritical of him to be having an affair while criticizing Clinton, but that is actually false. He kept his mouth shut, and did not go near the subject. Also, Gingrich committed an indecent and immoral act. He committed adultery. Bill Clinton committed an illegal act. Perjury, even lying about sex under oath, is a crime.

Bill Clinton, a convicted felon (look it up, he actually plead guilty to a felony, was fined, and lost his law license), stayed on the job. Yet not only did Gingrich resign, but so did Republican Bob Livingston. Bob Livingston in a sense got his just desserts because he tried to force out Gingrich. Yet Bob Livingston did not commit any crimes, nor was he accused of anything illegal. He was blackmailed by Larry Flynt into resigning, and yet somehow that is legal.

Republican Tom Delay was indicted for violating the rule of “thou shalt not be a conservative, and be effective at it.” Is it any wonder that nobody on the left wanted republican Denny Hastert to resign? He was a “nice guy,” meaning that he rolled over in an attempt to be fair.

In fact, one example of such rolling over is his kid glove treatment of democrat William “Weezie” Jefferson (not to be confused with the other William Jefferson that committed crimes). The FBI raided Mr. Jefferson’s home, found cash in his freezer, and Denny Hastert joined with democrats in condemning the FBI for refusing to place members of congress above the law.

Of course Mr. Jefferson is proclaiming his innocence in the face of laughably sufficient evidence. He will not resign. Liberals don’t do that. Atfer all, his constituents in New Orleans are worried that without him, life might get bad there.

Of course, it is not about sex. Sex is a beautiful act, and a rather enjoyable one…when it is between two consenting adults.

Republican Mark Foley tried to solicit sex from underage pages. They were male, but had they been female, it would have been just as disgusting. He immediately resigned. Yet democrat Mel Reynolds, accused of virtually the same thing, had everybody from the Congressional Black Caucus to the San Francisco wingnuts defending him up to the very end. Only when he was told that there was enough evidence to send him to jail did he finally throw in the towel. No, it is not racism to want a black man who solicits sex from underage girls to resign. The young girl was black, and protecting her is a bigger civil right.

Republican Bob Packwood had a lengthy career of sexually harassing women. He resigned. So do democrats Ted Kennedy and Christopher Dodd, with Teddy leading to one of the women dying. They remain in congress, and take turns running for President.

Republican David Vitter of Louisiana confesses to soliciting prostitutes, and pressure builds on him to immediately resign, despite his wife standing by him. Democrat Chuck Robb, Former Senator from Virginia, had nude massages from Miss Virginia. He was married, and refused to resign.

Republican Alberto Gonzales handles a press conference about legal firings of subordinates in an inept manner, and his resignation is demanded. Democrat Gary Condit stonewalls an investigation of an intern’s death to cover up an affair, and he hangs on until the bitter end when polling data tell him his constituents disapprove of such behavior.

Republican political consultant Ed Rollins makes some incredibly stupid and insensitive remarks about suppressing the black vote (which were untrue), and he disappears for the most part from television. Democratic political consultant Bob Beckel gets caught soliciting prostitutes, disappears for a few weeks, and is back on television screaming at what horrible and immoral people republicans are.

This is not just a political double standard. It is a sexual one, or more specifically, a sexist one. Democrats are considered the mommy party and republicans are the daddy party. To be more blount, democrats are women and republicans are men. They may need each other, but they have different values.

Democrats and women are obsessed with warm fuzzy things like animals, trees, and playing nice. Republicans and men are interested in finding the bad guys and blowing them to kingdom come. We don’t just want it. We enjoy it.

When two men argue, they can throw punches, and an hour later, share drinks and laugh about the entire incident while holding icepacks to their faces. When two women argue, it can go for generations. My old gym teacher in junior high school told me, “Never try to break up a fight between two girls. You’ll get your eyes scratched out.” That sounds like watching democrats to me.

Republicans are men. We allow dissent and disagreement. Democrats are women. Anybody deviating from orthodoxy gets gossiped about, trashed, and discarded, whether it be Joe Lieberman, or very liberal Brian Baird.

Republicans lose to democrats for the same reason men lose to women. Men do not have the stomach for arguments. At some point a man looks at a woman and thinks, “I will say or do anything you want, just let me watch the d@mn ball game in peace.” Even when waving the white flag, women will take that as a sign of aggression. Only women could see refusing to fight as being argumentative, in the form of ignoring them.

Yes, there are men who are democrats and women who vote republicans, but an analogy does not have to be perfect to be a reasonable parallel. Republicans simply do not have the stomach to fight the democrats. Democrats will fight to the bitter end.

The reasons for this are simple. Liberals believe conservatives are evil, and that good cannot just defeat evil. It has to destroy it. Therefore, any democrat resigning is giving in to the forces of republican evil. Any republican resigning is a victory for goodness.

The bottom line is there is a lack of honor among many individual people, and for those who never wish to confront their own moral failings, the democratic party is a safe haven for them. Both sides screw up, sometimes colossally, but republicans condemn those who screw up. Democrats blame republicans for the mistakes that both sides make.

When I think of truly honorable men, one name that comes to me is former republican Senator Mark Hatfield. Several years back, republican Bob Dole and democrat Robert Byrd were locked in a titanic struggle over the balanced budget amendment. Regardless of what may think of those men, they were both acting out of sincere principles. Dole felt it was necessary to slow spending, and Byrd felt it violated the Constitution.

Dole needed 67 votes. The day before the vote, the vote in favor of the bill was 66-34. One republican, Mark Hatfield, citing his principles, was against the bill. He met privately with Dole, offering to resign from the Senate, allowing a 66-33 vote and a passed bill. His honorable action was met with equal honor from Dole, who refused the resignation. The bill failed.

That should be held in deep contrast with how democrats treated Joe Lieberman for supporting the Iraq War, a principled stand.

Another honorable man who was unfairly asked to resign the day he was appointed was former republican Attorney General John Ashcroft. As an evangelical, people were worried he would want a Christian theocracy. When asked what he would do if his religious faith conflicted with his ability to uphold and enforce American law, he responded, “I would resign.”

This is what honorable men do.

The reasons why republicans have it tougher is because we are the party of family values. When we screw up, we are hypocrites, often rightfully so. However, does this mean democrats have an advantage because they are valueless, with no moral compass? How else does one explain that people shrug at their bad behavior? Is so little expected of them? Is it worth being held in such low esteem for a perceived political advantage?

I would rather fall short and let people down, like some republicans do, then lower the bar to the ground to baby crawl over it, like the democratic babies do.

Bad behavior should not be swept under the carpet. Corruption should be rooted out. However, the law should apply to everybody equally. When an entire political party arbitrarily decides that only one side should unilaterally be armed (the only time liberals favor unilateral anything), the other side should not roll over and play dead.

Whether it be crooked land deals (democrat and Majority Loser Harry Reid) or disgraceful visits to Damascus (Nancy Pelosi), they could be at negative 5% in the polls, and still cling to the jobs. Yet any republican short of winning 49 states like Reagan has no mandate.

So to all the Schroeders, Feinsteins, Boxers and Hillarys of the world inside the democratic party, get off our male republican backs. We are busy trying to get things done, and are tired of our carping. We will deal with our own in the appropriate way, but until you do the same, you are nothing but a bunch of hypocritical nags.

I am a republican male, and I will not surrender. When I am wrong I will admit it, but I would rather not let the woman win the argument jsut to shut her up. It is sexist. If I am right, I need to stick to my guns, regardless of her wrath…unless the ball game is on and peace and quiet trumps justice.

As for liberals, scorched Earth is the only solution. Not only does it temporarily defeat them, but anything damaging the Earth makes them more insane, which is an added bonus.

When they are on their intern pleasing knees, metaphorically bleeding from the face, I would be happy to negotiate their surrender and resignation.

eric

Harry Reid–The Majority Loser of the Demagoguic Party

Monday, August 27th, 2007

The jackals of the democratic party have officially become cannibals. Alberto Gonzales has been chewed up, and not one morsel was spit out. He has been devoured. Yet far from satiating the beats of the left, they are now hungier than ever. The smell of republican blood is in the air, and their only reason for living continues.

Spending time on Alberto Gonzales can be done by others. All I know is another decent human being was destroyed because republicans want to feed their friends to the alligator, to quote the Gipper.

Perhaps Mr. Reid can drive a stake through Mr. Gonzales’s heart and then spit on his grave. He already does that with American soldiers, so why not with a republican enemy?

First it was Scooter Libby, and now Alberto Gonzales. Now that he has resigned, here is quote from Harry Reid, the Majority Loser of the Demogoguic Party.

http://tygrrrrexpress.com/2007/06/vengeance-for-libby-may-republicans-bring-liberals-scorched-earth/

“‘Alberto Gonzales was never the right man for this job,’ said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday. ‘He lacked independence, he lacked judgment and he lacked the spine to say no to Karl Rove.’ Rove, another longtime Bush official and his top political adviser, also resigned this month. ‘This resignation is not the end of the story,’ Reid warned. ‘Congress must get to the bottom of this mess and follow the facts where they lead, into the White House.'”

Follow the facts where they lead, into the White House? How does the Majority Loser know this? Did President Bush confess to him? What facts?

The story is that President Bush has become Jean Valjean, and Harry Reid is the most miserable of all “Les Miserables,” that being Inspector Javert. Unlike Inspector Clouseau, who bungled his way to the top, Javert, after realizing his entire life was a failure, committed suicide.  

To see Harry Reid is to see a man whose life is a complete lie. Here are two things many people do not know about the Senator from Nevada.

First of all, he is pro-life on abortion. While I am personally unaffected by this, why does he not talk about it? Why does nobody know about it? Rudy Giuliani can be a pro-choice republican, but is the democratic party that intolerant of dissent that Harry Reid, the senate leader, is forced to muzzle his own views? Absolutely.

Harry Reid is also a devout Mormon. So what? So is Mitt Romney. Why does he never talk about it? Is he possibly scared that a political party that despises religious people will see him as a zealot? I do not know anything about Mormonism, but Mitt Romney seems comfortable in his own skin talking about who he is.

There are other issues of course, but piling on is unnecessary. Harry Reid is a human tragedy. He is a man unable to sa who he is, what he believes, and why he believes it. Like many empty shells, he is a dour man. Does anybody ever remember him smiling? Look at his face. He always has that unhappy, hang dog look. It is not about his facial features. It is about a man that is forced to deny who he is.

Let me make it easy for you Mr. Reid. I will tell you about myself. I am a young, single male in the stockbrokerage industry. I like football, red meat, the Oakland Raiders, and jacuzzi romps with scantily clad republican Jewish brunettes.

I favor supply side economics, bombing Syria into a 50,000 hole golf course, and then blowing it up again because I detest golf. My favorite comic actor is Bill Murray, with the “Frat Pack” close behind. I support Israel, and believe we must privatize social security. The stock market works.

Enough about me. I know and like me, as do others.

What about you sir? How do you wake up every day knowing that you have beliefs, and are forbidden from articulating them? What is it like knowing that your entire existence is based on hurting others? I am sure Joseph Smith did not support slander, libel and character assassination.

Mr. Reid, On January 20th, 2009, President Bush will not be in office. You will be out of excuses, and possibly, your rationale to live. Maybe you can go the Javert route, but there is a solution that is less “messy,” to use one of your favorite words.

Mr. Reid, develop some humanity. Understand that when people are talking about the politics of personal destruction, they are talking about you. The President may have low poll numbers, but yours are much worse. It is difficult to have people like you when all you offer towards others is hatred and bitterness.

Lastly Mr. Reid, boomerangs do come back. Glass houses, stone throwing, and other analogies fit well. You have some shady real estate deals and some crooked boxing issues involving tickets. You may say that these allegations are untrue, and a witch hunt, but that is the standard which you apply to others. Allegation is fact, and whispers equals unequivocal guilt.

Joseph McCarthy eventually was defeated Mr. Reid. I would spend less time feasting on the dead carcass of Alberto Gonzales, and more time trying to wash the blood off of your own hands.

Congratulations. You destroyed a human being sir. You humiliated him and grinded him into dust, and vowed to do the same to others. Way to set an example for our children.

I am not a perfect man Mr. Reid, but I am a better human being than you will ever be, if today is any indication. I suspect it is a precise indication.

Somebody get this cannibal some napkins. He is drooling blood on the floor.

eric  

Hill and Bill–Narcissistic Spoiled Brats

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Enough with the Bill and Hill Show. It has gone on almost as much as “Gunsmoke,” and the story lines are getting old. It has surpassed “Law and Order,” despite the fact that it respects neither.

There is no other way to describe these two crybabies any more. They are simply narcissistic spoiled brats. While it is no secret that most of the ’60s kids were contemptible human beings, many of whom are embarrassed at how they used to be, it takes talent to be the worst of this miserable, self absorbed lot.

Hillary Clinton’s newest detraction from what is decent and right in this world comes in the form of a speech she recently made.

“‘It’s a horrible prospect to ask yourself, ‘What if? What if?’ But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world,’ Clinton told supporters in Concord. ‘So I think I’m the best of the Democrats to deal with that,’ she added.”

http://www.nypost.com/seven/08252007/postopinion/editorials/___and_her_foul_fear.htm  

http://tygrrrrexpress.com/2007/08/hillaryplease-god-no/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTHK1Uxz_fE  Is Jackie Mason’s perspective.

Time Magazine and CNN, normally in bed with the Clintonistas (resisting the urge to link it to Bill), echo the New York Post sentiments.

This woman is concerned that a terrorist attack will help republicans at the polls. She does not express concern for possible dead human beings. She expresses concern for her chances of achieving power. She brings up her husband’s strengths. This weakness of being unable to care for those outside of themselves is shared by Bill in abundance.

Bill Clinton went into a rage when historians ranked him as an average president. He was ranked # 5 on the economy, but second to last (above Nixon) in terms of morality. The top two presidents swap between Lincoln and Washington. FDR and Thomas Jefferson are either third or fourth, with JFK and Ronald Reagan alternating 5th and 6th. President George Herbert Walker Bush is also ranked as an average president, smack dab in the middle, one spot above Bill Clinton. Yet President Bush Senior does not seem outwardly bothered by this. He is a man at peace.

When George W. Bush is asked about his place in history, he responds, “I don’t care. We’ll all be dead by then.” What is it about Bill and Hill that they have to repeatedly announce to the world how fabulous they are? I am not a psychologist, and have no interest in analyzing them. I just want them to be quiet, and take the Clintonistas with them. I want them to stop taking credit for good things that had nothing to do with them, and for once in their lives take responsibility for the mistakes they made.

Particularly galling is Bill Clinton telling people that if only he did not have the misfortune of being president during peace time, people would realize how great he was. It was unfair to him that The Cold War ended before he was elected and 9/11 happened after he had left office.

Does anybody think that Abraham Lincoln wanted the Civil War to boost his popularity? Ronald Reagan did not ask for the Cold War. He simply won it. He did his job. Bill Clinton liked being President. Being and doing are not the same. It was not that there were a lack of things to do. It was that he lacked the will, courage and character to actually do them.

George W. Bush has low poll ratings. He doesn’t care. He is busy making history. He does not have time while on the job to reflect on what other people could do to like him more. Many people are angry with him. So what? He is not hear to be my buddy. I am not friends with my bosses, teachers, or parents. They have a job to do, and I want results, not hugs.

If only 9/11 had happened on the Clinton watch, he could have shown us his mettle.

Does anybody who does not need to be institutionalized thing President Bush wanted 9/11 to happen? Does anybody with any sense of sanity think that Bush supporters wanted 9/11?

This is what separates the left from the right. The left will say anything, do anything, and hurt anybody to get power for the sake of power. They will burn villages to then create them. Ask Bush supporters a hypothetical question. If God came to them, and promised to reverse 9/11, and bring those people back to life, would they be willing to have Al Gore and John Kerry as President in exchange? Absolutely!

Yes, I would be willing to pay higher taxes, be more regulated, and think my President was wrong about everything in exchange for 3000 less dead Americans. I value human life. I voted for President Bush twice with zero regrets. I believe he is the best man to continue the War on Terror. The democrats running in 2008 are more outraged at him than they are at Al Queda. How do we know this? They tell us.

Bill and Hill are the king and queen of government by polling. Winning an election is a popularity contest. It is a way to scream “People like me,” and validate them. When Bill was Governor, and then President, he was no longer the fat kid who could not get a date. He was powerful and important. Hillary is no longer the geek with the coke bottle glasses. She is now important, and everyone must know that.

This is not about left vs right, or even republican vs democrat. Many democrats have conducted themselves with dignity, even in defeat. Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale and George McGovern were seen as wrong, but they were seen as decent men of integrity that were beaten by superior opponents at that time.

Today there are plenty of democrats that are able to communicate ideas without seeming phony and self absorbed. From Harold Ford to Joe Biden (although he could be an alternative fuel given how wind powered he is), there are those in the democratic party that actually offer solutions with a touch of realism.

Bill and Hill either fail to understand, or deliberately ignore, that most people do not see 9/11 in terms of how it affects elections. We see 9/11 as a horror of burning buildings, dead plane passengers, holes in the ground in New York, Pennsylvania and DC, and brave firefighters, police officers and EMTs.

It is ironic that despite fiercely criticizing the Bush Doctrine, Hillary Clinton is the queen of preemptive first strikes when it comes to politics. By accusing the republicans of politicizing the War on Terror by merely mentioning it, she can shift the ground to health care and other topics.

Sorry Hillary. You do not get to decide what Americans care about. Yes, the War on Terror is a winning issue of republicans. Yes, another attack could help republicans at the polls. We don’t care. We would never want another 9/11, and we are working to try and stop it while you play games.

The real issue is that instead of democrats, and Hillary in particular, complaining that they are seen as soft on terror, instead of complaining about fictional republican tactics, perhaps they should just actually be better on the issue.

Stereotypes are not born out of thin air. Reputations do not exist in a vacuum. Bill and Hill are the excesses of the ’60s personified. They have virtue, the republicans are their enemy, and are only vice. The vast right wing conspiracy will do anything to win elections, including deliberately causing another 9/11, or at least hoping for one.

Or perhaps Hillary prays for another 9/11 as soon as possible so she has something else to blame President Bush for. Farfetched? It is no worse a train of thought that her vile musings.

Bill and Hill need to grow up, and somehow find a way to stop being the narcissistic spoiled brats that they have always been. Or better yet, rather than go away mad, they can just go away. Somebody give them their bottles. The adults have work to do preventing the next 9/11, rather than worrying about how it affects their place in history.

Hillary Clinton wrote “Living History,” but she is not living it. She and her husband are doing what they always do…talking about it. Reagan created some significant history, and George W. Bush has done so as well. That is what doers, by definition, actually do.

Bill and Hill do not do. They be. Now if only they would leave America and its many productive citizens be so that we can get back to doing.

eric

Raiders Recap–Preseason Week 3

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

The Raiders played the Rams in the third preseason game. Given that the teams were going to be leaving their starters in through some of the third quarter, this would be a better gauge of where the Raiders are.

Below is a pure vanilla recap of the game.

The Rams won the toss, and Seabass boomed a kickoff for a touchback. He needs to do that. On the first play from scrimmage, Marc Bulger completed a 40 yard bomb to Isaac Bruce. Not a good start. To the credit of the Raider defense, they stiffened and did not allow anything else on that drive.

The Raiders first play was a 30+ yard gain, but it was on a pass interference call. That is not the same thing as actually completing the pass. Culpepper had a very nice scramble when it appeared he was going to be sacked, so seeing him run healthy is a big positive. On a 3rd down and 4, one of those lovely West Coast passes I despise so much (Throw it past the marker!) failed to pick up a first down.

Sebastian Janikowski was the early star of the game. He kicked a 51 yard field goal off the dirt, not an easy thing to do. He then boomed another touchback, which was called back due to the Raiders being offsides on the kickoff. The Raiders,a s always, make dumb penalties. Neverthless, Seabass boomed another touchback anyway.

The Rams failed to move the ball on their next possession. The Raider defense is solid, and looking good. Culpepper through a 20+ yard pass to Jerry Porter that was well thrown, but incomplete. However, the defense was called for illegal use of hands. Nevertheless, Culpepper went back to Porter for another 20 yard pass, that was well thrown and well caught.

Culpepper had difficulty with a couple snaps again, but these bobbles were not fumbles. He hung onto them after a brief moment of nervousness. An end around led to another long gain by Johnny Lee Higgins. A Lamont Jordan run set up a 3rd down and 1 from the Ram 6 yard line. Culpepper was short on the quarterback sneak. This is not acceptable in the regular season. Those have to be converted. However, on 4th and 1, Lamont Jordan barreled through for the first down.

The Raiders then proved why they are coming off a 2-14 season. An 8 minute drive led to 3rd and goal at the 1 yard line. Lamont Jordan fumbled, and the Rams recovered for a touchback. There are no moral victories. Four years of pathetic football were summed up on that one play.

The Rams went nowhere, as the Raiders defense remained stout. The first quarter was dominated by the Raiders, yet they led only 3-0. This is why the defense would wear down in the fourth quarter last year, and games would be lost. However, the Raider offense was not totally inept. They did move the ball well, allowing the defense to rest. The offensive line did their jobs. They just have to finish those drives with touchdowns.

On 3rd down and 1 at midfield, Culpepper threw a gorgeous bomb to Jerry Porter. It hit Porter in the hands, and he dropped it. Porter was double covered, but it should have been caught. On 4th down and 2 from midfield, the Raiders went for it. They would not do that in the regular season, but in all fairness they would not have thrown that bomb on 3rd and 1 in the regular season either. Lamont Jordan redeemed himself at picked up the first down. Another bomb to Johnny Le Higgins was caught on the sidelines. He was ruled out of bounds, but he was interfered with, so it was another first down. I was pleased that Culpepper was being allowed to air it out on several occasions.

Culpepper then beat an all out blitz, dumped it off to Ronald Curry, who made one move, and raced to the end zone for a touchdown. JaMarcus Russell may be the future if he ever signs, but Culpepper made a veteran throw against a blitz for a 10-0 lead.

Marc Bulger threw a pass straight to a Raider defender, but it was dropped. Oh well, it is preseason. Unfortunately, those drops give offenses second chances, and Bulger then took the Rams on their first sustained drive of the game.

I rarely ever get excited in preseason, but when the Rams had 2nd and goal at the 7, Kirk Morrison leveled the running back with a hit I have not seen since Greg Biekert. The defense held the Rams to a field goal, making it 10-3.

Culpepper was done with 6 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. I was expecting him to play in the 3rd quarter, but he did play well enough to justify sitting him down. Josh McCown then came in. The starting offensive line stayed in.

In a surprising role reversal, the Raiders were quite disciplined penalty wise, while the Rams were called for their 4th defensive penalty, and their 3rd pass interference. Josh McCown then rolled out and threw a gorgeous pass on the run to wide receiver Madsen, looking quite Culpepperlike. McCown then threw another gorgeous pass to Madsen, setting up 1st and goal at the 10. McCown looked awful the first 2 games, but these 2 passes were very solid.

The Raiders then again reverted back to their 2-14 bumbling mode. 3 more plays, negative 7 yards, and a missed 33 yard field goal. The Raiders were dominating the game, and led only 10-3. Again, I will keep beating into the ground that the Raiders lost many games that they were winning in the 4th quarter. They should have been up 20-3, but should have means nothing.

The defense bailed out the offense, as they did all last year until wearing down late in games. The Rams 2 minute drill went nowhere as the Raiders stuffed a run of the middle on 3rd and 1. As heartbreaking as the offense is, the defense is almost as thrilling.

With 1:10 on the clock and the Raiders on their own 35, McCown completed a screen pass to Lamont Jordan, who took it 51 yards. The blocking was perfect, and Jordan smartly got out of bounds at the end of the play. McCown through for the end zone, and the Rmas had their 5th defensive penalty, and their 4th pass interference.

I am not sure if the Rams defense really is that bad, but all 5 of the defensive penalties were blatant, so it is hard to gauge if these passes would have been complete. Jerry Porter is a speedster, and perhaps he does deserve credit for drawing the penalties. On 1st and goal at the 1, Jordan was stuffed. This is worrisome because every additional play increases the chance for a mistake. However, not this time. On the next play Jordan went wide and easily scored, making it 17-3 at the half. The Raiders led in time of possession 18 minutes to 12. This can only help them when the season begins.

At the start of the 2nd half, the Raiders received the kickoff, and in a bizarre circumstance, on 1st down and 10, the Rams defense called time out. I have never seen that before. It is refreshing to see the other team be the disorganized mess. However, the drive stalled when on 4th and 2 from the Ram 37, a perfectly thrown pass by McCown was dropped.

With 12 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, Gus Frerotte entered the game, replacing Marc Bulger. It was officially garbage time. While there is much improvement needed, there has also been much improvement as well. The Raiders starters defeated the Rams starters 17-3, and that is a positive.

Gus Frerotte, still playing well in his 14th season, got to the Raider 40, but the Rams turned it over on downs. In what bordered on ridiculous, McCown threw a 40 yard bomb that was incomplete, but again the Rams were called for their 6th defensive penalty, and 5th pass interference. Again, it was blatant. Either the Raider receivers are that fast, or the Rams secondary is that slow. It felt bizarre listening to commentators talking about penalties, and not be talking about the Raiders.

The Raiders suffered another dropped pass on 3rd down, and again it was a well thrown ball. Seabass made a 42 yard field goal after his inexplicable earlier miss, to make it 20-3.

Frerotte drove the Rams to first and goal at the Raider three, but came up with no points. A false startand a couple plays later, the Rams inexplicably went for it on 4th and goal at the 3. In preseason, that would most likely be a field goal attempt. Nevertheless, the defense held.

From 1st down at their own 3, McCown rolled out and threw a perfect sideline strike to Taylor for 22 yards. Hey, it was not Plunkett to Branch for 99 yards, but I liked the aggressiveness. In the regular season, that beats runs up the middle that go nowhere, set up 3rd down and long, forced punts, and good field position for the opponents. Also, those passes set up running plays that are more effective.

McCown got leveled and fumbled at his own 30, with the Rams recovering. Normally I would jump on the Raiders and McCown, but he got nailed, and it was more a great defensive blitz rather than an offensive screwup. The Raiders led 20-3 after 3 quarters, and the Rams started the 4th quarter with 3rd down and goal at the Raider 6 yard line. Frerotte threw a touchdown pass on the next play. The Raiders wisely challenged it, but the touchdown was upheld to make it 20-10.

Chris Carr returned the next kickoff 80 yards to the Ram 16. Andrew Walter entered the game with phenomenal field position, and was promptly sacked for 10 yards. I do not care that it was garbage time in the 4th quarter of a preseason game, but there is no reason to bring in the 3rd string quarterback at that moment unless you plan to run the ball. On 4th down and 10 from the 16, the Raiders avoided the field goal and decided to go for it, for no other reason than to give Walter some practice. In the regular season it would be the field goal unit. A typical west coast pass several yards short of the marker was dropped.

The defense teed off on Frerotte, and Johnny Lee Higgins had a punt return for 55 yards and a touchdown, but it was called back by a penalty. Normally this would be a disaster, but 2 returns back to back is sill impressive, and the hold was totally unrelated to the return, while the punt was still in the air. The Raiders instead started at their own 40.

The Raiders went nowhere, and Shane Lechler came into punt. I was as shocked as anyone when it was announced that with 10:30 left in the 4th quarter, the Raiders were punting for the first time. Even the most cynical Raider fans have to be pleased about that. The score was only 20-10, but the Raiders simply played well overall for most of the game. The Rams 3rd string quarterback Patrick came in the game.

One of the more exciting plays in the game happened with 8:30 left. From the Raider 35, Quarterback Patrick scrambled, eluded virtually everybody, and practically ran it the 35 yards for the touchdown. It would have been a pthetic defensive effort, but then Raider defender Johnson came from behind, and perfectly punched it out of Patrick’s hands. It went through the endzone for a touchback. I am not sure if it evened out the Jordan fumble, because things rarely even out in football, but it was a nice effort not to give up on the play.

Rather than run the ball and run out the clock, it was obvious the Raider coaching staff wanted to see what Andrew Walter could do. Even against Ram backups, the answer was not much. However, hard running by Echimandu, including a 4th and 1 at midfield, took the clock down to one minute. Then on a very strange play, on 4th and long from the Ram 25, the Raiders brought in 4th string quarterback Otis, who ran a draw play up the middle to Echimandu to pick up the first down. The Raiders ran out the last 9 minutes on the clock, and dominated the overall time of possession.

The bottom line is that this Raider team is starting to gel. Winning 20-10 is secondary. What matters is the defense continued to play well, Culpepper seems to have settle din as the starting quarterback, the offensive line is holding up, and the penalties are coming down. We shall see, but so far, so good.

eric

President Bush simply gets it

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I have said it before, and I will say it again. I love “The Dub.”

I am an unabashed, unashamed supporter of the President.

I love the guy. I voted for him in 2000. I grieved with him On September 11th, 2001. On September 14th, I cheered when he grabbed that bullhorn and hugged that fireman and let the people who murdered my fellow New Yorkers know that they, “soon would be hearing from all of us.” On September 20th, as he and I both fought back tears during one of the greatest speeches in World history, I looked in his eyes, and saw potential greatness.

Ladies and gentlemen, he has met that potential. Forget today. Forget the next 20 months. It is about the next 20 years. In a world full of confusion, this man simply “gets it.” He gets it.

Very few people in life get it. Colonel Ralph Peters in the New York Post gets it. The Wall Street Journal gets it. Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson all get it. Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Ariel Sharon certainly got it. John Howard and Nicolas Sarkozy get it. Columnists John Podhoretz and Charles Krauthammer get it. Dick Cheney definitely gets it, more than most people ever realize. Sean Hannity gets it. Colonel David Hunt gets it.

“It” is the defining issue of human existence. It is about making the world a better place. It is about forcefully, aggressively and proactively making the world a peaceful place by rooting out evil wherever it exists. Not just proactively, but preemptively. That is the Bush Doctrine, and it should be mandatory American foreign policy forever.

Make no mistake about it. This is not a morally relative world. There is good and evil. Good does not win just because we pray to God. God helps those who help themselves. Blood sweat and tears are shed, so that good people everywhere can enjoy peace, and liberty. Without liberty, there is no life.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/08/lessons_from_history.html

President Bush’s entire remarks should be mandatory reading, but I will try to do this great man a modicum of justice by offering a moderately effective summation.

“I want to open today’s speech with a story that begins on a sunny morning, when thousands of Americans were murdered in a surprise attack — and our nation was propelled into a conflict that would take us to every corner of the globe.

The enemy who attacked us despises freedom, and harbors resentment at the slights he believes America and Western nations have inflicted on his people. He fights to establish his rule over an entire region. And over time, he turns to a strategy of suicide attacks destined to create so much carnage that the American people will tire of the violence and give up the fight.

If this story sounds familiar, it is — except for one thing. The enemy I have just described is not al Qaeda, and the attack is not 9/11, and the empire is not the radical caliphate envisioned by Osama bin Laden. Instead, what I’ve described is the war machine of Imperial Japan in the 1940s, its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, and its attempt to impose its empire throughout East Asia.”

I have absolutely nothing to add to that. I was genuinely surprised by the intro.

“The lesson from Asia’s development is that the heart’s desire for liberty will not be denied. Once people even get a small taste of liberty, they’re not going to rest until they’re free. Today’s dynamic and hopeful Asia — a region that brings us countless benefits — would not have been possible without America’s presence and perseverance.”

Everybody wants to be free. Freedom is not American. It is human. Kunta Kinte refused to call himself Toby. Why should Arab women be beaten if they choose to take off their burkas and demand equality to their husbands? Why should children be taught that suicide vests are the way to glory? Human beings should never be forced into such pain.

“The militarists of Japan and the communists in Korea and Vietnam were driven by a merciless vision for the proper ordering of humanity. They killed Americans because we stood in the way of their attempt to force their ideology on others. Today, the names and places have changed, but the fundamental character of the struggle has not changed. Like our enemies in the past, the terrorists who wage war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other places seek to spread a political vision of their own — a harsh plan for life that crushes freedom, tolerance, and dissent. Like our enemies in the past, they kill Americans because we stand in their way of imposing this ideology across a vital region of the world. This enemy is dangerous; this enemy is determined; and this enemy will be defeated.”

There is nothing “hokey” about wearing a t-shirt of an American flag that says, “These colors don’t run.” This country was founded on noble ideals, and I will be d@mned if those ideals will be crushed in my lifetime because I did not do everything I could to support them.

“Some said Japanese culture was inherently incompatible with democracy. A lot of Americans believed that — and so did the Japanese — a lot of Japanese believed the same thing: democracy simply wouldn’t work.”

Are people saying Arabs are not human beings? That they can’t do it? Nonsense. They can, they should, and with God’s help, and America’s, one day they will. Otherwise, barbarism has won and civilization has lost. That is not an acceptable outcome. God gave us this world, and man will not destroy it.

“Whatever your position is on that debate, one unmistakable legacy of Vietnam is that the price of America’s withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens whose agonies would add to our vocabulary new terms like ‘boat people,’ ‘re-education camps,’ and ‘killing fields.'”

Being right is subjective. Doing right is imperative. To quote Bob Dole, who knows more than a little about protecting freedoms, “Everything in this world flows from doing what is right.”

“There was another price to our withdrawal from Vietnam, and we can hear it in the words of the enemy we face in today’s struggle — those who came to our soil and killed thousands of citizens on September the 11th, 2001…after the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden declared that ‘the American people had risen against their government’s war in Vietnam. And they must do the same today.'”

The entire world is watching. Will we embolden our enemies? Will we betray our friends? Or will we keep our word? Treasury bills are the safest investment worldwide because the USA has never defaulted on an economic obligation. The entire world trusts the United States Treasury. Shouldn’t our political covenants be just as, if not more, sacred?

“In Iraq, our moral obligations and our strategic interests are one. So we pursue the extremists wherever we find them and we stand with the Iraqis at this difficult hour — because the shadow of terror will never be lifted from our world and the American people will never be safe until the people of the Middle East know the freedom that our Creator meant for all.”

Amen! Somebody buy this man a soda now!

“Across the Middle East, millions of ordinary citizens are tired of war, they’re tired of dictatorship and corruption, they’re tired of despair. They want societies where they’re treated with dignity and respect, where their children have the hope for a better life. They want nations where their faiths are honored and they can worship in freedom. And that is why millions of Iraqis and Afghans turned out to the polls — millions turned out to the polls. And that’s why their leaders have stepped forward at the risk of assassination. And that’s why tens of thousands are joining the security forces of their nations. These men and women are taking great risks to build a free and peaceful Middle East — and for the sake of our own security, we must not abandon them.”

If they can lift their purple stained fingers with bullets flying around them, we can lift a finger to show our thanks. These people want to live freely! They have hope! They have a taste of what we have, and they demand the Iraqi version of the American Dream!

“The greatest weapon in the arsenal of democracy is the desire for liberty written into the human heart by our Creator. So long as we remain true to our ideals, we will defeat the extremists in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will help those countries’ peoples stand up functioning democracies in the heart of the broader Middle East. And when that hard work is done and the critics of today recede from memory, the cause of freedom will be stronger, a vital region will be brighter, and the American people will be safer.

Thank you, and God bless.”

God Bless President Bush. He will be the first man to tell you that he is far from perfect. He is a simple, plainspoken, sincere man. I used to think he was a good man. I was wrong. He is a great man.

The world will be a better place if we do our part. I don’t care if I am the last man standing next to the President. He is right, and the history books will be very kind to him. I know this, because to paraphrase the great Winston Churchhill, “I will help write it.”

I get what you are trying to do Mr. President.

I get it sir. I thank God that you get it as well.

May God Bless America, our soldiers, their missions, and freedom loving human beings worldwide.

Luv ya Dubya!

eric

Hurricane Howard Dean, Haiku, and Fraggle Rock Revisited

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I am not willing to imply that there is truly nothing going on in the world. There is a War on Terror. However, judging by the way half the nation acts, all is peaceful everywhere on Lollipop Lane in Candyland.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer, besides being misnamed (Seattle and intelligence do not belong in the same sentence, unless your IQ is a higher number than the cost of your coffee), has managed to turn a serious issue involving criminals being sought by the FBI into a Haiku contest. This smug, liberal paper (it is Seattle after all) admitted this was boneheaded after everyone else in America outside of Seattle pointed this out.

http://michellemalkin.com/2007/08/22/seattle-p-i-no-we-wont-help-the-fbiwell-hold-a-haiku-contest-instead/#comments

My first attempt at this 5-7-5 idiotic excuse for poetry was as follows.

Never liked Haikus

I find them very pointless

So is Seattle

Realizing that nothing else was relevant to the Seattle liberals of the world, and that it is easier to lower the level of intelligence than raise it, I decided to revisit an issue that affected children throughout the 1980s…Fraggle Rock.

In the past, while debating with the lads whether or not C3PO is gay, we also debated the political philosophies of the Fraggles.

http://tygrrrrexpress.com/2007/07/c3po-fraggle-rock-and-the-log-cabin-republicans/

I then realized the sheer of brilliance of why these issues converged. The theme to Fraggle Rock is in that wonderfully beautiful non-pointless Haiku format.

Dance your cares away

Worries for another day

Let the music play

Yes, Haiku folks…Down in Fraggle Rock.

Some may say that one should focus on serious matters, but given that there is an entire political party that speaks even more gibberish then anything in this column, why bother? They cannot raise the level of intelligence and discourse because they are led by a screaming megalomaniac. While watching the weather report, it seems that Hurricane Howard Dean is all the…rage.

The Chirac News Network had its version of Hurricane Howard Dean, but since I do not speak French, I have translated the CNN article into English.

“Once a monster Category 5 hurricane, Dean was downgraded to a tropical depression Wednesday evening as it rapidly lost strength after battering Mexico’s eastern coast.”

Once a monster who raised 40 million dollars from the dregs of society, Dean rapidly burned through all the money, and was downgraded to 4th place in Iowa.

“But the storm continued to be dangerous as it diminished.”

Howard Dean will not shut up and go away quietly.

“Authorities worried the influx of water, possibly coupled with rains over the mountains to the west, could lead to flooding.”

Authorities in the democratic party worried that Dean would lead them over the cliff, unable to relate to anybody in the South or Mountain West, triggering a republican tidal wave.

“It has been steadily weakening since. At 11 p.m. ET, Dean’s winds had dropped to 35 mph, the center said in its last public advisory on the system. The storm was moving west at near 21 mph.”

The democratic party disavows its own national committee chairman. He still rants as he disintegrates, but nobody listens. He is banned to rural areas far away from television cameras.

“All tropical storm and hurricane warnings have been canceled.”

Democrats try to scramble television stations when he is about to speak.

“After losing some intensity crossing the peninsula, Dean regained some strength Wednesday over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.”

Dean’s socialist rhetoric plays well in Vermont and Mexico, and nowhere in between.

“In preparation, Mexican government officials on Tuesday traveled from beach to beach warning people to prepare for the weakened hurricane.”

Unlike Dean, many Mexicans like America and want to come here. They come to America for a dream, and do not understand why this white doctor is so angry.

“‘Fortunately, based on initial information, the damage is not as bad as we had expected it would be, thank God,’ (Mexican President) Calderon said. He credited preventive measures taken by federal and state workers.”

By ignoring and marginalizing Dean, Rahm Emanuel was able to give strict orders to Nancy Pelosi to prevent any democrat running for congress to discuss any policy or, program, or offer any idea whatsoever. Liberals at the state and federal level were ordered to call themselves progressives.

“Power was knocked out, but most of the city’s 130,000 residents appeared to have heeded government warnings to seek shelter or evacuate.”

The democrats lost their grip on power several days after they stumbled into a victory in the 2006 election, when moderate democrats that did not despise all republicans or think the President was the artist formerly known as Adolphus Schickelgruber ran for the hills every time Dean spoke or Pelosi embraced Syrian terrorist Assad.

“Dean is being blamed for at least nine deaths in its march across the Caribbean, including two in Jamaica, two in Haiti, two in Martinique, two in Dominica and one in St. Lucia.”

Dean’s support now consists of his wife in Vermont, a charming married gay couple in Massachusetts, a Rhode Island drifter, and five San Francisco teenagers that burn President Bush in effigy in the town square to raise money to buy marijuana.

“Ahead of the storm, the Mexican government deployed 4,000 troops to the area, and a state of emergency was declared in the state of Campeche.”

Howard Dean is still the head of the DNC. Panicked democrats insist that his referring to republicans as white Christians that never worked an honest day in their lives was taken out of context, and that hating everything these Christians stand for is only bad if one knows what hate actually is.

To put it in Haiku form, the issue is simple.

Quiet Mr. Dean

Hurricane Howard is done

Libs sit down, you’re wrong

For those who find Haiku to be more elitist and complex than a Jayson Blair Times crossword puzzle, I shall dumb it down one final time so that even Patricia Schroeder liberals do not cry due to a failure to understand it.

Reid, Pelosi, Drunken Kennedy, and Hurricane Howard Dean call the president everything from a liar to a loser.

The President laughs at them like the fun loving guy he is. They are beneath him on every level. In the world of Fraggle Rock, each one of them is a hopeless, failed, ignored, Doozer.

eric