Bloggahland - Oh Yea!

As a minuscule contributor to Bloggahland, I only discovered this map yesterday...


Advice from an American ex-patriot in Canada: "If you're thinking about coming to Canada, let me give you some advice: Don't."

Nora Jacobson wrote Sunday in the Washington Post the following:

But after nearly four years as an American in the Great White North, I've learned it's not all beer and doughnuts. If you're thinking about coming to Canada, let me give you some advice: Don't.

Nora is obviously speaking from her heart to the American people, as evidenced in her closing paragraph:

Right after the election, many asked me if I would now apply for Canadian citizenship.

I don't intend to do that, because experiencing the anti-Americanism I've described has been instructive: Living here and coping with it has forced me to confront my own feelings about America. And it's helped me discover what I do value about it: its contradictions, its eccentricities, its expansive spirit, all the intensity and opportunity of a deeply flawed, widely inconsistent, but always interesting country. Perhaps I am a typical American, after all.

my grandmother always said...you can take a pig out of the country...but you can't take the country outta the pig!

...or... something like that....


Netherlands Is Euthanizing Newborns

Ten thousands protestors demonstrate outside Dutch government buildings as the Upper House of Parliament debates the legalization of euthanasia at The Hague, Netherlands, in an April 10, 2001 file photo. Groningen Academic Hospital in the Netherlands _ the first nation to permit euthanasia _ recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives. (AP Photo/Serge Ligtenberg, File)

so, I ask you...what's to stop anyone from euthanizing an 'unwanted' newborn? Who is deciphering the criteria?


thanks to Drudge


The Sleeping World Is Awakening to the Dangers of Islam

Rightsided Newsletter has a column by Barbara J. Stock...it is a must read.

Here is but an exerpt:

If Bin Laden has done one good thing in his wretched life, it was to poke a stick in the eye of the world by bringing his radical beliefs forward and urging his followers to commit violent acts. It has taken some time for people to begin taking a look at Muslims in their own areas, but it is happening. The French and the English are beginning to ask themselves, ''When did this happen? When did 6 million Muslims get here and what are they planning to do?''

There have been many trying to sound the alarm, but until recently no one took their warnings seriously. I am not going to re-print the entire article, it is easy enough for you to go the the link and read it for yourself.


Report Links 9/11 Attacks, Madrid Bombings

The Washington Times is reporting:

An unidentified Muslim militant suspected of helping plan the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States also ordered this year's Madrid train bombings, a Spanish newspaper said Sunday, asserting the closest link yet between the two terrorist attacks.


THESE are Great Americans...

...we hear a lot of people say "you are a great American" - and they usually are, for a variety of reasons...
...but, when you think about it, that phrase really is most applicable to our military, still fighting to preserve our freedoms.....


Waiting for the Company to Arrive...

...and I was listening to a replay of a Sean Hannity radio show when he had Janeane Garofolo on...what a dope-head she is! Literally!

Ms. Garofolo bragged about being on Adderall - which is amphetamines - legalized speed.

So THAT'S how she lost all that weight....heh

Her blathering has taken on new meaning for me. What a joke...


Give Thanks...

just couldn't resis this one....

and who could forget that momentous
trip last year at this time?...

Happy Thanksgiving!


"These Christians could at least have the good grace to accept that they lost the argument."

So commented an EU official when discussing the fact that over 1 million christians have signed a petition calling for changes to the constitution recognising Europe's Christian heritage.

The article reports that:

Refusing to accept a secular "fait accompli" from Brussels, a Christian coalition is demanding that each EU state publish its version of the constitution's preamble, with references to God if desired.

Already armed with 1,149,000 signatures and with thousands more pouring in from Holland since the murder of the film-maker Theo van Gogh, the group claims that most states want some reference to Christianity but were blocked by France.

thanks to Drudge



Petition Update - NO, I don't want this to fall through the cracks! Forward to all your friends and tell them to SIGN IT

Today - right now, the number of petition signatures is over 215,000 and fast closing on 216,000!

I know that you support the Marines - and ALL military - fighting to protect our freedoms.....I am thinking of them right now...as we are all comfortable...getting our turkeys ready for tomorrow...they sleep on the sand...eat MREs...never knowing when the next shot is going to go off...or if that shot will hit them...or a buddy...

Sign it...




Poll: 55% approve of Bush's leadership

The latest CNN USA Today/Gallup poll is out with astounding news:

President Bush's job approval rating climbed to 55 percent since winning re-election Nov. 2, the highest since the start of the year, according to a Gallup Organization poll for CNN and USA Today.

The poll conducted Friday through Sunday also found that 65 percent of Americans say the country is "greatly divided" on major issues, and 63 percent said the president should pursue an agenda that has support from both parties.

One of the issues on which Americans are split is Iraq, according to the poll by Washington-based Gallup. Forty-eight percent said they favored going to war and 46 percent said they opposed the conflict. Fifty-one percent said the U.S. didn't make a mistake by leading an invasion of Iraq and 47 percent said it was a mistake. That's about the same as it was before the election.

Bush's approval rating was the highest since a Jan. 9-11 poll found 59 percent of adults approved of the job he was doing. In an Oct. 29-30 poll, 48 percent approved of Bush's performance.

Gallup interviewed 1,015 adults for the survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

We all knew it...but somehow I still think they (the Left) should've seen it coming


Score - Bloggers: 1; CBS/Dan Rather: -0-

Dan Rather "resigns"

....but we all know the rest of this story...


Bush a Cowboy? What of It?

The Washington Times reports that Chileans are calling President Bush "a cowboy" for intercepting the melee that ocurred Saturday night when Chilean thugs jumped in front of a Secret Service agent trying to prevent him from going with President and Mrs. Bush.

If that is what they are calling a cowboy...Bush is definitely my kinda guy.

Here in Arizona - as I am sure it is in Texas - Cowboys are definitely NOT girlie-men...



Italy: Euro Strangling Economy

We are seeing trouble in Europe...and it is not pretty.

Take this headline, for instance:
Italy's Berlusconi says euro strangling economy

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has launched a savage attack on the European Union's budget rules, saying the Stability and Growth Pact had to be reformed if the eurozone wanted to see strong growth.

I can correlate this to similar problems on this continent.

Price caps DON'T WORK! Exhibit A:

There were warnings early on about the energy price caps in California that eventually led to, first brown-outs, then rolling black-outs.

Using California as a model, proponents for price caps were eventually shown the error of their calculations:

Analysts from all perspectives have shown how retail price caps disconnected consumer behavior from the realities of electricity costs and changes in wholesale prices—leading to increased, rather than decreased, consumption in a time of acute scarcity. Increased consumption at prices below cost led to daily financial losses for the state’s electric utilities which in turn drove up wholesale prices even further. Even the state’s Democratic leaders, who long sought to avoid price increases, have come forth and argued that the state’s electricity crisis cannot be solved without price increases.

Which brings us back to the current 'crisis' in Europe:

Working on two fronts simultaneously, the Italian prime minister is determined to relax EU restraints on state spending and also introduce his long-promised tax cuts.

Berlusconi's supporters believe the twin move will kick-start the economy and win back voters disillusioned by three years of sluggish growth....."If taxes are reduced in a consistent and visible fashion, then our journey continues. If not, then the Italians should be called on again so that they can decide their own destiny," he said, making clear he would call elections if necessary.

Lesson learned in California: Price caps DON'T WORK!

Europe, beginning with Italy, needs to pay attention to the historical data that is readily available - it looks like Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is on the right track...hopefully he won't get de-railed....


Brits intercept Al Qaeda attack

Britain's security services, according to this report, thwarted a September 11-style attack on targets including Canary Wharf and Heathrow Airport, according to reports.

The plot is said to have involved pilots being trained to fly into target buildings including London's famous financial centre and the world's busiest airport.

Credit Drudge Report



Now Try to Convince Me There Weren't Any Ties Between OBL and Iraq...

The Washington Times reports

Osama bin Laden or other senior al Qaeda leaders are trying to communicate with Abu Musab Zarqawi, who is operating what the United States concedes is a "very effective" terrorist ring in Iraq, a senior general said yesterday.

....the disclosure is further evidence that the Jordanian-born Zarqawi, who has maintained links with al Qaeda, now is apparently a full-fledged member. It means that American troops are trying to kill or capture one of al Qaeda's most effective and deadly terrorists, and perhaps the second-most-revered among Islamic militants, after bin Laden himself.

"We do have indications that we believe they are trying to communicate," Gen. Smith said. "Whether it is to congratulate him on having announced that he wants to be part of al Qaeda, or whether it's to communicate and give him instructions or what it is, we don't know. But we do believe that through the process they are trying to communicate."

...the U.S. command in Baghdad previously had disclosed intercepting a letter written by Zarqawi to bin Laden. In it, Zarqawi expressed frustrations that the killing of Americans had not resulted in President Bush's pulling troops out of Iraq.

Zarqawi, who fought U.S. troops in Afghanistan before going to Baghdad for medical treatment, leads cells of foreign and Iraqi terrorists of undetermined numbers. The cells are believed responsible for a series of suicide car bombings and beheadings that have killed hundreds of U.S. personnel and allied Iraqis.

Zarqawi himself has beheaded hostages, then released the gruesome videos.

The evidence is getting stronger...but do we hear any of this on the MSM?




Bill Clinton Threatens Peter Jennings???

Read it for yourself! The full exchange went like this:

JENNINGS (Discussing rankings by presidential historians]: They gave you a forty-first in terms of moral authority - after Nixon.

CLINTON: They're wrong about that. You know why they're wrong about it? They're wrong about it.

JENNINGS: Why, sir?

CLINTON: Because we had $100 million spent against us in all these inspections. ... In spite of it all, you don't have any example where I ever lied to the American people about my job, where I have let the American people down. And I had more support from the world when I quit than when I started. And I will go to my grave being at peace about it. And I don't really care about what they think.

JENNINGS: Oh, yes you do.

CLINTON: They have no idea ...

JENNINGS: Excuse me, Mr. President. I can feel it across the room. You care very deeply.

CLINTON: No, no. I care. I care. You don't want to go here, Peter. You don't want to go here. Not after what your people did. And the way you - your network - what you did with Kenneth Starr. The way your people repeated every little sleazy thing he did. No one has any idea of what that's like.

well, well, well.....let's put this all together now.....

the 'unveiling' that took place at the Clinton Library yesterday revealed that - typical Clinton-esque - Bill Clinton is trying to re-write history when it comes to the subject of his impeachment.....

...oddly enough! (or is it?)....the Monica tapes are MIA at the Clinton Library......

Fast forward to Clinton's 'outburst' with Peter Jennings....

What does all this mean?????

Bill Clinton, dispite all his objections to the contrary, really IS concerned about the impact that Monica-gate will have on his 'legacy'.

okay, Bill, let's get down to the facts...just the facts...

define for the American people, once and for all.....what the meaning of......."IS"....is



Petition Update

at this writing, the number of petition signatures is approaching 60,000

It was just below 40,000 at 7am this morning...that is 20,000 signers in about 7.5 hours

at this rate, signatures should be well above 120,000 twenty-four hours from now....

If you support the Marines - and ALL military - fighting to protect our freedoms......

Sign it...HERE


"Kofi Annan is surrounded by corruption, a gang of criminals responsible for some of the worst things that happened to mankind in the 20th century"

So states one angry UN staffer, referring to the Rwanda massacres.

According to the article:

UN staff are expected to make an unprecedented vote of no confidence in Secretary-General Kofi Annan, union sources say, after a series of scandals tainted his term in charge of the world body.

The UN staff union, in what officials said was the first vote of its kind in the almost 60-year history of the United Nations, was set to approve a resolution withdrawing support for Annan and senior UN management.

Annan's empire, it appears, is finally starting to crumble.....


Sign the Petition

This is important - sign it!

The number of signers was in the 2,000 range 2 days ago...now it is fast approaching 40,000

Sign it!



The Fog is Beginning to Lift....

...have to admit it...after going what seemed to be 24/7....I just felt like I needed a little rest...

had to go to Vegas last weekend for biz stuff...have been recuperating after arriving back home...and I admit it, okay! I am acting like a slug lately....

but, with today's unveiling of the Clinton Library...well, the creative juices are beginning to flow again...a little slower, agreed...but there is still life....

okay, think about it...why is Bill Clinton trying to re-write history with the info contained in his impeachment section of the library?

I admit it, haven't seen or read it yet, but from what I am hearing it sounds like he is picking up Hillary's "Right Wing Conspiracy" screed when he could've just laid out 'his version' of the story and let the readers arrive at their own conclusion....

at this point, I dunno...but, rest assured, I am going to follow up on it ..........



Where To Begin...?

A commenter asked for clarification on my statement that Jaques Chirac is a "viscous mobster" in my earlier post.

How about this story:

The incumbent mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, filed the civil complaint after auditors he ordered found huge claims for private receptions.
The audit revealed - among other things - that cash payments to the mayor's cooks amounted to 1.4 million euros (£1m).
The report said some bills appeared to have been paid several times, and others seemed to be for fictitious items.
French magistrates have also investigated large cash payments Mr Chirac made for private trips abroad in the 1990s.

OR this headline:

"France's Chirac hails Arafat as man of courage" - you remember Arafat, father of terrorist human bombs?

Or this article:

It is common knowledge that French President Chirac and Saddam had a “deep and tight” relationship. We know "Russia, France and China accounted for 82% of all weapons sales to Saddam Hussein's regime between 1973 and 2002." With so much easy money to be made selling weapons to Saddam and getting cheap oil, just why would the French support the Iraq war? – forget the minor moral details. Saddam's rule meant torture chambers, dropping poison gas on civilians, starting an 8-year war with Iran which claimed a million lives, etc. An estimated 300,000 dead Iraqis lay in some 260 mass graves, 40 of which have been confirmed to date. And the left says that America is motivated only by corporate greed? Poor French. Poor Saddam.

In April of 2003 William Safire wrote this about Chirac:

After a decade of opposing any pressure on Saddam to obey U.N. resolutions, France reversed itself after its favorite dictator was brought down. Chirac and his new ally, Vladimir Putin, let it be known they would refuse to lift U.N. sanctions on the sale of Iraqi oil.
Last week's Chirac-Putin ultimatum: If we don't get French-Russian contracts to rebuild Iraq, we won't let Iraq sell its oil. You suffer the casualties; we get the contracts

There are many more articles written about Chirac's involvement with Saddam Hussein in cheating the Oil for Food Program while keeping millions for themselves:

U K Telegraph

Babson Free Press

And don't forget Kofi Annan, evil man that he is, covering up for France's participation along with the U.N.'s

The blood of British, American, Australian, Polish, Japanese, soldiers are on all of their hands.

U.N. deserted leads in oil-for-food investigation.

The truth is out there, Gary...it's just a matter of whether or not you want to recognize it.



$21.3 BILLION!!

Reports are beginning to come in that Saddam Hussein raked in, according to the Gulf Daily News, The Voice of Bahrain, more than 21.3 Billion in kickbacks, ie 'illegal revenue', by subverting the UN oil-for-food programme - more than double previous estimates, according to US congressional investigators.

I touched on this last month and on several other occasions, but for the most part the MSM are trying to ignore the fact that Saddam Hussein, while starving his people, was building an empire and playing a shell game with willing partners/members of the U.N.

Unbelievable is too mild a word to utter over this scandal.

Kofi Annan, hiding behind 'U.N. disclosure' policies, will eventually be discovered to have been a major player in this disgraceful, inhumane, ultimate greed-grab.

And don't forget France. Jaques Chirac, who at this moment is trying to discredit Tony Blair for supporting President Bush, is nothing more than a viscous mobster posing as a champion of the unindustrious.

Chirac, despite his efforts to thwart an investigation, will be exposed. His grand plans for personal power expansion, to the detriment of everyone/anyone else, will ultimately lead to his demise.

A very interesting unfolding of a story that we have been watching for a very long time.....

(PS - it is SO GOOD to be home!)


Miller Zings Dowd

Good 'ole Zel Miller.

He tore into Maureen Dowd yesterday, stating "The more Maureen Loud [sic] gets on 'Meet the Press' and writes those col umns, the redder these states get. I mean, they don't want some high brow hussy from New York City explaining to them that they're id iots and telling them that they're stupid." Miller also suggested "that red-headed woman at the New York Times" should not mock anyone's religion: "You can see horns just sprouting up through that Technicolor hair."

I noted Maureen's hate rant the other day, but none can match Zel Miller when he gets started.



Arizona Voters Take Care of Business

The WashingtonTimes is reporting today Arizona initiative inspires others, speaking about Proposition 200 that passed last week.

Prop 200, The Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, better known to us AZ voters as the "Protect Arizona Now" initiative, was an Arizona immigration initiative requiring verifiable identification to vote or receive public benefits.

More specifically, the citizens' initiative:

Requires proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Requires proof of identity when voting.

Requires proof of eligibility for non-federally mandated public benefits.

We heard many arguments against this proposition before heading to the polls on November 2nd, and most of those arguments contained scare tactics in the hopes of defeating it. The one we heard most often was that illegals would be denied emergency services, which was not true.

One of the biggest problems when living in a border state has been the huge influx of illegal immigrants who are getting bolder by the day.

I personally see nothing wrong with requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote and proof of identity when asking for the ballot.

AND, I see nothing wrong with requiring proof of eligibility for public benefits.

Hey, who pays for those benefits anyway?

Well, you and me - Mr. and Mrs. America. The TAXPAYERS.

You see, what happens is this - a person that is here illegally has to give a Social Security number if they are going to work. If they are here illegally - well, they have to buy a FAKE SS card to give to that employer.

Now, I have been here for a long time and I have personally witnessed these folks claiming 8, 9, or even 10 dependents on their paycheck so that no federal income tax or state income tax is taken out. The Social Security cannot be avoided.

So what happens is - they never file a tax return. Never pay taxes. Never contribute to the system that is providing them food stamps, housing, medical care, schooling for their children, etc.

Get the picture?

This scenario is IF they are working for someone that hires them as an employee.

A lot of times they are simply given money to work - SOMETIMES given a 1099, in which case no Social Security is taken out, no taxes.

Phony SS number, no tax return filed.

These people have figured out the system so that we are taking care of them, educating their children - many times at the detriment of our own children because their children don't speak English so the teachers are left helping them more and ignoring the taxpayers' children.

In Tucson, one hospital has already had to close because of the millions of dollars of unpaid medical services for people that cross the border and go in for medical attention.

It's a mess.

The Mexican government said yesterday that the initiative "will lead to discrimination based on racial profiling while limiting access to basic health and educational services."

Uh, no. Start taking care of your own people, Vicente Fox! You live like a king. Stop encouraging your people to come here illegally and work with us through immigration channels.

I am not inhumane. If someone needs emergency medical services, of course we are going to render it, but this has gotten completely out of hand and the people that are supposed to be taking care of the citizens of this state have turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the problem.

Hence, Prop 200.

Governor Napolitano said she will sign the bill once it is certified, bowing to the will of the people.

Actually, Guv, you have no choice in the matter.

The people have spoken.



Healing Update

oh ya....

the Left is working on healing this nation....NOT!

Vanity Fair's James Wolcott writes: blogging will be light until the weekend, when the statue of Jesus will be installed on the White House lawn.

There is a movement afoot - A Petition for California's Secession from the Federal Government
(my comment: don't let the door hit you is the arse!)

They're STILL trying to keep the Red State Feed at Federal Trough, Blue States Supply the Feed theory alive, with Ken Layne stating Most red states are unrepentant welfare queens. - HA! To quote one blogger response to this ridiculous thought process: Where do you people think your food is grown? Your military is based? Your power is generated? Your equipment is manufactured and assembled? Red states subsidize blue state lifestlye.

And - talk about fear-mongering...folks, this is over the line:

Reconstructionism seeks to replace democracy with a theocratic elite that would govern by imposing their interpretation of "Biblical Law." Reconstructionism would eliminate not only democracy but many of its manifestations, such as labor unions, civil rights laws, and public schools. Women would be generally relegated to hearth and home. Insufficiently Christian men would be denied citizenship, perhaps executed. So severe is this theocracy that it would extend capital punishment beyond such crimes as kidnapping, rape, and murder to include, among other things, blasphemy, heresy, adultery, and homosexuality.

yep - that is what the Left is saying about the Bush win last Tuesday.

and here - this is their version in pictoral format:

aaahhhh yes....the Healing of America.....what John Kerry told his supporters on Wednesday "we talked about the danger of division in our country and the need – the desperate need – for unity, for finding the common ground, coming together. Today, I hope that we can begin the healing."

yes - THAT healing......yup - in full throttle....uh-huh....



The Witch Queen Speaks....

we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles

Barbra, Barbra, Barbra...how many times do I have to tell you, hon?

When they sing "Ding, Dong, The Witch Is Dead".....

that is your cue to........




a note from Babs

written a couple of years ago, but still relevant today....


Dedicated to Our Soldiers in Iraq

Today I am dedicating this site to the fighting men and women in our military.

Matt Drudge reports our soldiers praying as they get ready for battle. My prayers go with them and their families until they are finished with this war.

We go about our days as if nothing else matters. The daily inconviences we 'suffer' are nothing compared to what our military is going through to protect us and preserve our way of life.

As you move through your day, keep them in your thoughts...and remember them in your prayers...


al Qaeda Training Assassins

an exerpt from an al Qaeda training manual discovered in England:

"Islamic governments have never and will never be established through peaceful solutions and cooperative councils. They are established as they [always] have been

by pen and gun

by word and bullet

by tongue and teeth"

".....pledge to make them desire death...." ".......pledge to slaughter them like lambs and let the Nile, al-Asi, and Euphrates rivers flow with their blood...."

Al Qaeda video shows suicide attack on British soldiers

The video, entitled "First martyr operation against British forces in Baghdad", shows a sport utility vehicle driven by the alleged bomber identified as Abu Sulaiman as religious chanting is heard in the background.


500 Anti-War; Anti-Bush Protesters March

In Seattle, about 500 protesters marched through downtown Seattle Saturday, venting their frustration over President Bush's re-election and calling for United States troops to be pulled out of Iraq....

....must've been these guys...

(credit Sean Gleeson for the photos)


McAuliffe is....



Red-state Nation

San Diego Union-Tribune
By Robert J. Caldwell
November 7, 2004

The capsule summary of President Bush's re-election win Tuesday – 51 percent to 48 percent for Democrat John Kerry in the popular vote, 286 Electoral College votes to 252 – understates the magnitude of the Republicans' historic 2004 victory. The red-state, blue-state map, the even more revealing map of counties won by Bush and Kerry, Republican congressional gains and the GOP's vote totals in state after state reveal a political shift bordering on the Republican Party's long-sought goal of national realignment.

This is not to say that the headline measures of Bush's win are less than impressive. They are, in fact, very impressive.

In 2000, Bush lost the nationwide popular vote to Democrat Al Gore by about 500,000 votes. Bush won the presidency that year in the Electoral College on the strength of his 537-vote edge over Gore in Florida, and only after a month of recounts and a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Compare the 2000 squeaker to what happened in 2004.

This year, Bush beat Democrat John Kerry nationwide by 3.5 million votes in the largest voter turnout percentage since 1968. Bush carried hotly contested Florida by nearly 400,000 votes. No recounts this time. Of the 31 states Bush carried (to Kerry's 19), Republicans increased their vote totals over 2000 in every state but three. Ralph Nader, the spoiler for Democrats in 2000, was an electoral cipher this year. In no state won by Bush did the Nader vote make a difference.
Bush's 59.1 million votes was the highest total for a presidential candidate in American history. Bush's 51 percent of the national vote this year marked the first majority vote for president since Bush's father swamped Michael Dukakis in 1988. Bush's 59 million votes were 4 million more than Ronald Reagan won in the Gipper's landslide re-election victory of 1984. Bush became the first president since Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 to win re-election while adding to his party's majorities in the House and Senate.

Now look beyond these already impressive indices for the full measure of what Republicans won Tuesday.

From California's border to the Atlantic coast and from Canada to Mexico, the political map of the United States is awash in Republican red. A once dominant Democratic Party is now largely confined to three enclaves: the Northeast, a thin fringe along the Pacific coast and the upper Midwest (where shrinking majorities put the Democrats' hold there increasingly at risk). Almost everything else is Republican.

Excepting still-competitive Florida, the entire South is now solidly Republican. Every border state along the old North-South divide went heavily for Bush in 2004. Beyond the Mississippi, Bush and the GOP swept every farm, prairie and mountain state plus Texas, Arizona and New Mexico in the Southwest.

The congressional election returns reflected the Bush-led Republican tide. In Senate races, Republicans exceeded expectations by gaining a net four new seats, giving them a commanding 55-44 (one independent) Senate majority. Among the Republicans' Senate wins, Rep. John Thune beat Senate Minority Leader (and Bush nemesis) Tom Daschle in South Dakota. Daschle is the first Senate leader to be voted out of office since 1952.

Just a decade ago, nearly half of the 11 southern states' U.S. senators were Democrats. Tuesday's election means Republicans will now hold 18 of the 22 southern Senate seats plus all four from Kentucky and Oklahoma.

In the House of Representatives, Republicans added at least four seats to their current majority. That will give Republicans a 233-200 (with one independent and one race yet to be decided) majority in the new House. Republicans now begin their second decade as the majority party in the House. With the demographic center of the American population shifting steadily to the Sun Belt red states of the South and West, House Republicans now stand a good chance of maintaining their majority for a generation.

These are tectonic shifts in American politics.

That they were confirmed and extended this year in particular makes them all the more impressive.

George W. Bush waged his battle for re-election amid staggering adversity: A controversial war, slow recovery from an inherited economic recession, a distinctly hostile press and an unprecedented barrage of venom and vilification from a howling chorus featuring the likes of propagandist Michael Moore, billionaire George Soros, Bush-bashing 527 groups, Hollywood celebs and the liberal-left of the Democratic Party.

That Bush won anyway, and by a decisive margin, sends a sobering message to the national Democratic Party.

In the face of this sea of political troubles, Bush garnered 8.3 million more votes than he received in 2000. Karl Rove's assiduous work in the trenches expanded the Republican Party's electoral base by an election-winning 15 percent. The huge voter turnout everyone assumed would help Kerry win instead boosted Bush to victory.

A glance at the political demographics of that vote should alarm Democrats.
The sleeper issue in this election, all but ignored by the liberal mainstream press, was moral values. Nearly a quarter of those voting Tuesday told exit pollers that their paramount issue was moral values. Of those, 85 percent voted for Bush.

Bush won 55 percent of the Catholic vote, 45 percent of Hispanics, 65 percent of regular churchgoers, 61 percent of Protestants, 40 percent of union members, 54 percent of families with veterans and 54 percent of those with a high school education. The female gender gap that once helped Democrats is disappearing. Bush won 57 percent of married women and nearly half of all female voters, even as he beat Kerry among male voters, 53 percent to 46.

Registered voters are split about evenly as Republicans and Democrats but self-described conservatives outnumber liberals 2-1.

Honest Democrats admit that their party and the Massachusetts liberal they ran for president this year are out of step with mainstream America on fundamental issues of values and culture. Add Bush's clear advantages as a strong, credible commander in chief and the reasons for his re-election are apparent.

Democrats can draw the appropriate lessons or watch as the dominant Republican red across America's political map keeps spreading.

Caldwell, editor of Insight, can be reached via e-mail at robert.caldwell@ uniontrib.com


This poll at Democratic Underground (click on the link to see the graphic) says it all.

The Question: What is more depressing . . 9/11/01 or 11/3/04?

What happened on 9/11 or what happened the day after Election Day, 2004?

The results as of this posting - a whopping 73% believe that 11/3/04 is MORE DEPRESSING than 9/11/01......Unbelievable!

Poll result (244 votes)

(66 votes, 27%)

(178 votes, 73%)


Maureen Dowd: Queen of Fear Mongering

Well, she did it again.

Maureen Dowd proclaiming Their new health care plan will probably be a return to leeches.

Yep, Maureen, that's us - backwards fundamentalists.

The hate-spewing-fear-mongering Left - which I had hoped would ratchet down after Tuesday - apparently is only getting started.

Dowd, berating Karl Rove for not being "one of the cool guys in high school", states: Like the president, vice president and defense secretary, General Karl wanted to wipe out the gray, if-it-feels-good-do-it, blame-America-first, doused-in-Vietnam-guilt 60's and turn the clock back to the black-and-white Manichaean values of the 50's.

Hey Maureen - we aren't going backwards...we're trying to get back to center!

The "Coastal Elites" have had their way for so many years, they don't understand when the American people finally lined up at the voting polls to declare "Enough!"

Political correctness - the nice name for the Left's "accept-what-I-do-and-don't-dare-try-to-defend-yourself-or-I-will-first-shame-you-into-silence-and-then-sue-your-ass" attitude - has finally run it's course.

I am sick of being politically correct. All I want to do is live and let live.

If lesbians and gays want to live together - do it! But don't expect me to sanction it with changing the rules or definition of marriage. Civil unions weren't enough. They had to go and shove it in our faces by judges that are legislating from the bench.

That is not what our constitution is all about. Just because you DO IT, doesn't mean it is right.

The PC demands that WE adjust our lives to accomodate THEM finally caught up with the Left.

Sorry, Maureen...you are wrong. You state "The new evangelicals challenge science because they've been stirred up to object to social engineering on behalf of society's most vulnerable: the poor, the sick, the sexually different."

It is not about that at all.

It is about tolerance and compromise - from BOTH SIDES of the aisle - and for you to try to paint it any different is more proof positive that you, along with all of the others, just don't get it.


Dems Still Don't Get It

Aaaaahhh...the days after an election are always a time for reflection, aren't they?

What did we do right?

And, conversely, what did we do wrong?

The Democrats are certainly reflecting...on how stupid the American voters are.

MSNBC's Eric Alterman was mirroring the Mirror's sentiments: "Slightly more than half of the citizens of this country simply do not care about what those of us in the 'reality-based community' say or believe about anything."

Just in case you missed it, Alterman was referring to the London's Daily Mirror front page: "How Can 59,054,087 People Be So DUMB?"

I mentioned it earlier: over at Slate, Jane Smiley's analysis was headlined, "The Unteachable Ignorance Of The Red States"

If you don't want to bother plowing your way through Alterman and Smiley, a placard prominently displayed by a fetching young lad at the post-election anti-Bush rally in San Francisco cut to the chase: "F--- MIDDLE AMERICA."

I am quoting Mark Steyn's piece in the Chicago Sun Times.

Steyn goes on: Almost right, man. It would be more accurate to say that "MIDDLE AMERICA" has "F---ed" you, and it will continue to do so every two years as long as Democrats insist that anyone who disagrees with them is, ipso facto, a simpleton -- or "Neanderthal," as Teresa Heinz Kerry described those unimpressed by her husband's foreign policy. In my time, I've known dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts and other members of Britain's House of Lords and none of them had the contempt for the masses one routinely hears from America's coastal elites. And, in fairness to those ermined aristocrats, they could afford Dem-style contempt: A seat in the House of Lords is for life; a Senate seat in South Dakota isn't.

Coastal Elites.

I like that term because it speaks directly to the discussion about whether or not to do away with the Electoral College.

I think America GOT IT.

In spite of four years of hate. In spite of the millions poured into a campaign AGAINST someone rather than FOR SOMETHING.

Hate is not an agenda. And, until the Democrats wake up and realize that tiny truth, they are going to continue to cry and ask themselves 'what went wrong?' every two years.


Desert Rat Sunday Funnies...

Democratic Party new seal



Al-Qa'ida Women's Magazine: Women Must Participate in Jihad

The blood of our husbands and the body parts of our children are the sacrifice by means of which we draw closer to Allah, so that through us, Allah will cause the Shahada (martyrdom) for His sake to succeed.

With that statement, the new online magazine Al-Khansaa, published by Al Qa'ida's Arabian Peninsula Women's Information Bureau, calls women to Jihad.

The first issue features articles calling on women to participate in Jihad, along with an article criticizing women in Saudi television.

Some excerpts:

"The female Jihad warrior must be familiar with various types of weapons and ammunition, and with how to disassemble, clean, reassemble, use, and shoot a weapon. With Allah's help, we will assist her in this matter in upcoming issues [of our magazine].

"Weak belief and connection to this world: We see the Muslim woman crying in sadness over her sisters in Iraq, over women prisoners in Palestine, over bereaved mothers in Chechnya, and over orphans in Afghanistan, and in the rest of the Islamic lands. We hear her threaten the enemies and plan to help [Muslim women]. Then, in time of emergency, she turns back; she clings to her work and her status, and it is difficult for her to leave them...

"It is true that originally the commandment of Jihad was incumbent upon men and not women. The woman's Jihad is pilgrimage to Mecca, and pilgrimage to Mecca not during the Hajj. But when Jihad becomes a personal obligation, then the woman is summoned like a man, and need ask permission neither from her husband nor from her guardian, because she is obligated and none need to ask permission in order to carry out a commandment that everyone must carry out..."

Al-Khansaa, August 2004. Al-Khansaa bint Omar, a poetess of the pre-Islamic period who converted to Islam during the time of the Prophet Muhammad, is considered the "mother of the Shahids (martyrs)." When her four sons died in the battle of Al-Qadissiyya, she did not mourn but thanked Allah for honoring her with their death.

Another article, "The Feminine View," criticized women as television presenters and correspondents: "The striptease campaign still continues, and the so-called Saudi regime's Channel Two is still presenting women, [as it has] since it was founded. We have seen no vehement stand by our clerics...

"The women of the Arabian Peninsula appear on the television screens on the news programs [as broadcasters]. Moreover, even the correspondents are sometimes female. Women on news [programs] has today become a requirement, while in the past there was no need for it whatsoever."

Still thinking there is no terrorist threat? The maniacal goal is to either convert or kill anyone that doesn't subscribe to their beliefs.

If this doesn't make your blood run cold, nothing will.


It’s About Protecting the Little Guy...a Concept as American as Apple Pie...

Steve Farrell, associate professor of political economy at George Wythe College, wrote a timely piece about The Wisdom Of The Electoral College.

Farrell believes the electoral college needs to stand, and I agree with him.

To understand why, we must remember that the Founders gave us a republic not a democracy, and with that, a system of mixed representation with mixed electoral methods, which rejected the one person, one vote, ‘majority is the voice of God,’ like it or not, mindset.

There were reasons. Madison noted that the idea was to multiply and complicate the numbers of parties and interests that compete for power, and to multiply and complicate HOW they compete for power, in order to place a substantial check on centralization, that enemy of all freedom.

Some of us forget that old motto ‘absolute power corrupts absolutely’ had a sister motto, “the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

That is, there were 3 extremes that tended to tyranny: monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy. —That’s right, democracy was on the list, and was considered by most of the Founders the worst form of all.

Madison noted in Federalist 10, “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention, have ever been found personal security or the rights of property; and have ever been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

While Hamilton noted at the Constitutional Convention that “the fate of Republican government” hinges upon “due stability.” Democracies were not stable. “If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy.”

He recommended a “moderate government.” That is, a mixed republic, something which incorporates the democratic/representative principle, yet is far more ingenious then mere mob rule.

Listen, you can’t have one group, or a few large states with a few large cities calling all the shots. And when you think about it, I really don’t believe any of us think places like New York City and L.A. ought to be empowered to tell all the rest of us how we must live.

But maybe THEY, or some of their grasping politicians do.

This is an old discussion. You’ll remember from history that during the time of the Constitutional Convention the large states thought it only fair and democratic that Congressmen be chosen according to population.

Sure they did.

The small states thought that idea wasn’t fair at all. They weren’t fools. They knew it would just be a matter of time till the big states, the big cities, the big manufacturers, bossed the small states, the small towns, the small farmers around.

The answer was the Great Compromise. It brought us proportional representation in the House (the number of representatives chosen as per population), and equal representation in the Senate (two votes per state, regardless of population). Further, Senators were chosen by the state legislatures (another check in favor of state rights).

Part 2 of the answer was the electoral college in Presidential Elections, which mirrored the same compromise, giving each state the same combined number of electoral votes as Senators and House members, while providing, similarly, indirect representation via state appointed electors casting the final vote.

In practical terms, this helps give smaller states and ‘smaller’ interests a slight advantage disproportionate to their population, placing a check upon the larger states and ‘larger’ interests.

It’s about protecting the little guy. A concept as American as apple pie.

Netherlands braces for 'jihad'

According to this article in the Washington Times, attached to the body of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was titled "An Open Letter to [Aayan] Hirsi Ali," referring to a Somali-born member of parliament. She had scripted Mr. van Gogh's latest film, "Submission," which criticized the treatment of women under Islam.

The letter's author went into pretty specific detail on what his vision of the future world will look like:

"Death, Ms. Hirsi Ali, is the common theme of all that exists. You and the rest of the cosmos cannot escape this truth," the letter said.

"There will come a day when one soul cannot help another soul. A day that goes paired with terrible tortures, ... when the unjust will press horrible screams from their lungs.

"Screams, Ms. Hirsi Ali, that will cause chills to run down a person's back, and make the hairs on their heads stand straight up. People will be drunk with fear, while they are not drunken. Fear will fill the air on the Great Day," the letter said.

"I know definitely that you, Oh America, will go down. I know definitely that you, Oh Europe, will go down. I know definitely that you, Oh Netherlands, will go down. I know definitely that you, Oh Hirsi Ali, will go down," it said.

oh ya, this is the religion of peace.

thanks to Kitchen Network for the tip


Healing Update


Vandals damage GOP Headquarters in North Carolina

Rocks thrown through windows at a military recruiting center and at Erie County GOP Headquarters in Buffalo, NY

On election night:

GOP headquarters building in Madison, WI was spray-painted with the words "Illegitmate Democracy" twice.

On Tuesday, election day:

Vandals slash tires of 20 GOP vehicles in Milwaukee, WI


Can There Be A Healing?

When giving his concession speech on Wednesday, John Kerry called on everyone to stop the hate rhetoric and to begin working on healing this country:

"There is a desperate need for unity, for finding a common ground, and for coming together. Today I hope we can begin the healing," Kerry said. "I wish things would have turned out differently ... but the next morning we all wake up as Americans. We are required now to work together for the good of our country. We must find a common cause. America is in need of unity and longing for a larger measure of compassion."

I have yet to find any indication of it.

Michael Moore is telling our youth your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them.

Jane Smiley at Slate Magazine is talking about Why Americans Hate Democrats

Hunter S. Thompson who is considered the godfather of gonzo, once - when speaking about people who voted for George W. Bush - said this: They are the racists and hate mongers among us -- they are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis. Thompson on election night deemed the election "another failure of the youth vote" saying "Yeah, we rocked the vote all right. Those little bastards betrayed us again."

Driving to the office yesterday I caught a little of a talk show host on Air America telling her listeners that this election was 'stolen'.

I'm still trying to digest all of this.

Feeling let-down after losing an election is normal. But I am not so sure this is stuff we can classify under the 'normal' category.

The Democratic Party has a lot of soul searching to do. The picture of Michael Moore sharing the presidential booth at the Democratic Convention is still seared.....SEARED in my mind.....and if that extremism doesn't change soon, I am afraid the Democratic Party will be a party of the past.


Terrorist's Worst Nightmare




Final count



Celebrity testimonials may help [sell] erectile-dysfunction products, but in politics, they're mainly eye candy for the media

Not my statement - but a quote from Marty Kaplan, communications professor at the University of South Carolina.

Asked whether Mr. Affleck, who wasn't available for comment, would suffer any repercussions, Mr. Dowling laughed and alluded to the actor's latest box-office flop "Surviving Christmas."

"Ben Affleck," Robert Dowling, editor in chief of the Hollywood Reporter said, "has more career problems at the moment than his political beliefs."

Now, I don't know about you, but I do still subscribe to the "vote with your feet" theory...or, better yet, "vote with your wallet" theory.

I have sorta been keeping a mental list of all of the Hollywood types that have made outrageous denouncements of President Bush or just outright lied when speaking about him. I also have noted the ones that have slandered GW (along with the rest of us 'fly-over' folks) or gone out and actively worked to oust him:

One can only imagine the despair of the Hollywood stars over the specter of glittery state dinners and policy lunches that could have been had Kerry been elected: Barbra and Moby, Uma Thurman and Viggo Mortensen, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, Bette Midler and George Clooney. Directed, perhaps, by Rob Reiner and Steven Spielberg.

Who knew "moral values" voters could triumph over production values?

Asked whether outspoken stars might regret their more vitriolic sentiments about the president, Mr. Snyder said he doesn't think there is a risk of backlash.

***My note***: Hold on, Mr. Snyder! that depends on your definition of 'backlash'.....if you are talking about whether or not I will be spending my hard earned dollars to support the lifestyle of those 'outspoken stars' - well, you and they might have a surprise coming.

"My prediction is the political tenor will come down for a little while," the Variety scribe said. "I don't think anyone will say anything wild. Next week, of course, might be different."

Among the most shrill in past months: Jennifer Aniston, the "Friends" actress who called Mr. Bush "a [expletive] idiot." Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who stumped for Mr. Kerry in Oregon and Florida and appeared in an ad for the Democrat on the Internet. Singer John Mellencamp, who described Mr. Bush as "a cheap thug."

Cher also threw her wig in the ring, calling Mr. Bush "stupid and lazy" during a sparsely attended rally at a Miami Beach disco in Florida.

Al Franken is also a loser today; Dennis Miller a winner. Sean Penn, Whoopi Goldberg and Meg Ryan: losers. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ron Silver and Angie Harmon: winners.

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi lost their full-throated bids to play at an inaugural ball. Larry Gatlin and Brooks & Dunn, call your agents.

Seems to me like these folks jumped on a bandwagon they thought was 'cool' and tried to outdo each other in expressing their hatred for President Bush.

Only trouble is, they didn't consider how those ad hominem attacks would affect us. Add to the list Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte, Ed Asner, Sean Penn, Madonna...well I will be here all day if I list every one of them. This is a good site and there are more.

There are plenty of hollywood types that I am sure didn't vote for Bush, but I didn't see them rushing to grab the microphone so that we could watch them slime the president.

I realize that my paltry amount that I set aside for 'entertainment' will not make a dent, hell won't make even a ding, in the money these 'stars' rake in - but I will get the satisfaction of knowing that I am not contributing to what I consider a violation of the trust we put in entertainers.

Trust, you say?

Yes - trust. When I buy a ticket to watch an entertainer perform, that is what I expect that I am going to see - a performance. If I wanted to sit through a political debate, that is what I would look for in the local 'Get Out' weekend edition - in the 'political debates playing this weekend' section.

I trust that when an entertainer bills him or herself as that, they are going to make me laugh at their jokes; sing along with the familiar ballads; you get the picture.

In other words, I am going to read the credits more carefully when deciding whether or not to plunk down my cash.

And PLEASE - don't call it reverse blacklisting.

Call it what it is.

It is the 'You Reap What You Sow' factor.

Plain and simple.


Then.......and NOW

Presidential election results by county



uh-oh....Guess the Democratic Underground Didn't Want Us to See the Gnashing of Teeth?

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Four More Years!

President Bush stated today in his acceptance speech "Our military has brought honor to America", "There is no limit to the greatness America" and "A new term is a new opportunity to reach out."

we did it! four more years...


and finally - Elizabeth Edwards

shame on you!

shame...shame...shame....ON YOU!


Oh, and Chris Heinz

go console yourself......snort some coke or something


Deer in Headlights Candidate Concedes to President Bush

John Kerry, the deer-in-the-headlight Democratic presidential candidate conceded the election to President Bush today.

Kerry never was able to convince a majority of voters that his 'plan' - whatever it was (we never found out) - would make him a better choice for the office of President of the United States of America.

Perhaps that was really pre-ordained by the Democratic Machine.

Perhaps Kerry was simply thrust into the ring with the knowledge that he would be KO'd by the third round.

And perhaps underestimated was the influx of noise and cash that came from the main stream media, Michael Moore and George Soros - giving Kerry more 'staying power' than he could ever have mustered on his own.

Whatever the case, Kerry obviously has overstayed his welcome and we will more than likely see over the next couple of days a disavowment of him by the libs as they begin to get ready to run Hillary in 2008.

THAT was the pre-ordained outcome by the Democratic Machine...and I think that John Kerry almost screwed it up.


Weekly Reader Poll Was Right

While Zogby is forced to admit "I thought we captured a trend, but apparently that result didn’t materialize", I am reminded of the Weekly Reader Presidential Poll that I mentioned last week.

While the 60% may not have been entirely accurate, the majority win was.

Weekly Reader, correctly predicting presidents since 1956.


Dems are Warning Us About Our Behavior...?

Listening to the Dem mouthpieces telling the Republicans that they should "not gloat" is really, really funny to me.

Didn't we hear that the champaign corks were already being popped yesterday in K/E headquarters when a large part of the country was still in the voting booth?

Wasn't it Michael Moore that wrote his gleeful, gloating message - already at the 'victory party -the other day?

Hasn't it been the MSM talking heads speaking - ad naseum - about the pending Kerry victory?

Okay, I know we will rise above it...but a little celebrating right now is certainly warranted after lifting ourselves out of the sludge and slime they have been piling on for four years...

I will be gracious...



I Hate To Burst Anyone's Bubble....

...and I certainly don't want to appear ungracious...

...but Kerry is saying he doesn't want to drag this election out and is trying to position himself as if he is being the gracious one....


President Bush won this election with the biggest majority of ANY president since 1988. That includes Clinton.

There is nothing to argue, Kerry and Edwards.

Plain and simple...

President Bush has a mandate from the electorate.

And there is another issue....

John Kerry now has to go back to the Senate - to the seat he refused to vacate physically while running for office, although he vacated it mentally a long time ago....

Kerry has to 'make nice' now because he burned a lot of bridges....some which may or may not be able to be repaired.....

***Update note*** just heard at Drudge that President Bush broke the all-time popular vote total, surpassing President Reagan...and FrontPage is calling it more than any other electoral candidate in history

Hey McAuliffe and Devine

go sneer in the mirror

no one else is paying attention to your drivel

McAuliffe, you are toast


Kerry Concedes

Congratulations President Bush and Vice President Cheney!

Just heard that John Kerry is calling President Bush to concede the election.


Hey Swift Boat Veterans

Thank you for, once again, taking fire for the American people.

You stood tall for the truth, and for that I will be eternally grateful.


Hey George Soros

Your filthy millions are meaningless when up against someone that speaks from the heart.

Go back under the rock you crawled out from.


Hey Teresa

....shove it!


Hey Tom Daschle

you did it to yourself, Tom

your counter-productive obstructionism was not in the best interest of the country



Hey Michael Moore!



What's at Stake in This Election

by Rush Limbaugh
November 1, 2004

Ladies and gentlemen, I have avoided throughout the whole year declaring this the most important election in our history. I mean, we've had crucial elections before during the Civil War, during World Wars. We had numerous crucial elections during the Cold War, and we've had a divided electorate before. This isn't the first time that we have settled national arguments or even a single national argument over several election cycles. Well, that having been said, this time there is one high stakes issue that makes domestic concerns pale in comparison, and that is the growth of international terrorism -- and this is the prelude to getting into the bin Laden tape that came out on Friday.

International terrorism, which claimed over 800 American lives in what I guess could be called "nuisance" attacks before September 11th, 2001. The growth of international terrorism is a real clear and present danger.
I mean, not just to us, but to all of Western Civilization.
Only since September 11th has this threat been met with the full projection of American power, and just as important, American political will. Now, despite the claims of one candidate and his party and his allies around the world, we have friends in this struggle. We have friends that include East European nations who were oppressed under communism for almost 60 years and do not want a return to anything like that. We have friends in support from Pacific Rim nations, from nations in Africa and western powers like the Brits and the Aussies who have been steadfast allies throughout.

But the truth of the matter is, America is the dominant power and economy in the world today. We determine the course of freedom throughout the world, not just here in the United States of America. It is something that has to be fought for on a daily basis. It's something that far too many people take for granted. It is something that far too many people think that can be purchased with appeasement of enemies. You can't purchase peace with appeasement. I heard over the weekend, "You can only rent it for a while," but eventually you're going to have to make the buy. You're going to have to purchase peace. You don't get it because you want it. You don't get it because you bury your head in the sand and ignore it. You don't get peace, you don't continue the lifestyle of freedom and liberty that we in this country too often take for granted simply by wanting it more than the other guy.

You have to back it up and you have to defend it, and to defend it you have to recognize when it's under attack, and recognizing when it's under attack takes courage. Recognizing when we are under attack takes wide open eyes, takes honesty. Because once you admit, once you come to the intellectual decision, not emotional, once you come to the intellectual decision to admit, to understand that our way of life, that our freedom that, our daily existence as we've always known it is under attack, once you come to that conclusion, then there's only one option you have, and that is to defend it. We are under attack. The truth is that we have been under attack for many years by the same type of people who think in the same way fanatic Islamists have been attacking freedom and Americans for over 20 years.
It's only in the last three years that we've decided to do something about it. We now find ourselves at a crossroads. Are we going to continue to do something about it or are we going to rent peace for awhile and allow Osama bin Laden at the end of the day tomorrow to go ahead and claim that he and he alone influenced the outcome of the United States elections? Are we going to have a victory for Osama bin Laden tomorrow and give him bragging rights across the Middle East and in the worlds of the left and in the process create a whole new generation of terrorists? Here is a man who is so incapacitated because we've made the decision to fight and defend our freedom that all he can launch as an October Surprise is a tape that appears to come right out of the text of the movie Fahrenheit 9/11.

Osama bin Laden cannot launch an attack on the United States of America. Osama bin Laden can only deliver a tape, and on that tape, bin Laden appeals to the very appeasers in this country who would allow him to gain strength by agreeing with what he says and voting for the man who is being quoted by bin Laden. John Kerry, as much as Michael Moore, was quoted by Osama bin Laden in that video that we all saw Friday and over the weekend, and I have eight audio sound bites here that I'm going to get to later in the program to prove this to you. You can say it came out of Fahrenheit 9/11, but so did the Kerry campaign. Michael Moore is not on the ballot; John Kerry is. Osama bin Laden parroting John Kerry in his tape on Friday. We have a unique responsibility to lead the world in confronting and defeating this evil threat. It's not just ourselves that we are defending, and this is despite nations who oppose us.

Many of these nations that oppose us do not face the threat that we face. Many of the nations that oppose us are doing so in part to protect their financial ties with terrorist nations. We have never in our history relied on others to defend us. We have never in our history turned over our defense to others, either an institution of nations or a single nation. It is they who come to us.
Therefore, it is us who must come to us, or we who must come to us. We must rely on ourselves in this battle. For over three decades, 30 years, terrorist organizations grew wealthy, they grew more deadly. Despite increasingly brazen attacks, American deaths were brushed off, and those years are now being referred to by the Democratic presidential candidate as the nuisance of terrorism that he would like to return to, where for three decades American deaths were brushed off.

Returning to the days of appeasement, trying to meet a "global test" of world opinion, ignoring threats from hostile nations and groups is a deadly mistake we simply can't afford to make. Those are the stakes in this race, but it goes beyond simply ignoring threats from hostile nations and groups. It's gotten to the point now where the Democratic Party is actually echoing the words of a man who happily murdered 3,000 Americans on September 11th. The Democrat Party in this country is eager to point to the things bin Laden said and suggest that he is right -- a man who happily murdered 3,000 Americans and is eager to do so over and over and over again! You say, "Rush, I haven't heard the Democrats say that." Oh, you can find it on their websites. You can find people who are going to vote for John Kerry who have said this. You can find people on various Democrat websites who are excited bin Laden said what he said. They're hoping for an Osama smack down of Bush if I may quote one of the things I saw.

But the point is you haven't heard anybody in the Democratic Party renounce this for three years. For the last nine months, you haven't heard anybody in the Kerry campaign, not one voice, not one reasonable, responsible voice from the Democrat Party reject any of the slanderous, libelous, vicious, totally made-up lies and attacks about George W. Bush, as "the next Hitler," as "worse than Saddam." You know the list of things. They have encouraged this thinking. You might say, "Why?" The acquisition of their power is crucial to them. They care more about that than anything else, and they are in their minds because they have a superior attitude over America. They have an arrogant, condescending attitude to those they live with and live near. They believe that it is their entitlement, that they are born to power. It's their right, and that right has been interrupted since 1994 and it's time for them to get it back. And they, in their minds, are permitted to lie for "the common good," as they define it.

They are allowed to attack and cheat and do whatever because in their minds they are doing it for "the common good" so they are not lying; they're not cheating. They're doing what's for "the common good" as they see it from their position of superiority. It's amazing. We have, in this campaign, we have George W. Bush, who has a record, a four-year record. He had to make decisions about life and death and war and peace, and he made them. He made them and he has stuck to them, and there are demonstrable pieces of evidence all over the world of the profound success of those decisions. His opponent has run on platitudes, promises, mysterious plans that you either have to go to his website to read or, when you go there, you'll find that many of them don't even exist.

We have a man who even today, in an AP interview, said something along the lines of, "Well, I'll tell you again what I'm going to do in January. I can't tell you now." John Kerry, on the eve of the election: a man who doesn't want to be pinned down on anything, a man who doesn't want to have to offer a solid position on anything for fear of what that will do to him in the polls. He is free to Monday morning quarterback; he is free to use hindsight. He's taken every decision that has been made and said, "I would have done it different or better or smarter," but never define how. The fact that this race is as close as it is, is what befuddles me when you get right down to it.

In the America I thought I knew, John Kerry wouldn't be within 30 points, nor would anybody in the Democratic Party, using their campaign, their rhetoric, their mean-spirited bile. There's no candidate in their party using this campaign and using the allies they've used that would be within 30 points of George W. Bush. It may not be the America I know, so we have to fight for that, as well as our liberty at the same time -- and that's what it takes, folks. You have to fight, even for the people who are wrong. The people are too blind or too uninformed or too uneducated or too ignorant or too whatever to see the threat that faces them because they refuse to take a look at it. That's the job that we all have. That's what you do when you fight for your country: You fight for everybody in it.


The Questions Continue...John Kerry...Just Sign the Damned Form 180!!!

The case is building...the echo-gram is working within the blogging community...but is there enough time to make a difference?

Along with Thomas Lipscomb, I have been trying to focus you all on the murky subject of John Kerry's discharge from military service and now we have another person finding it in the crosshairs:

Kerry's Discharge Is Questioned by an Ex-Jag Officer

A former officer in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps Reserve has built a case that Senator Kerry was other than honorably discharged from the Navy by 1975, The New York Sun has learned.

The "honorable discharge" on the Kerry Web site appears to be a Carter administration substitute for an original action expunged from Mr. Kerry's record, according to Mark Sullivan, who retired as a captain in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps Reserve in 2003 after 33 years of service as a judge advocate. Mr. Sullivan served in the office of the Secretary of the Navy between 1975 and 1977.
On behalf of the Kerry campaign, Michael Meehan and others have repeatedly insisted that all of Mr. Kerry's military records are on his Web site atjohnkerry.com, except for his medical records.

"If that is the case," Mr. Sullivan said, "the true story isn't what was on the Web site. It's what's missing. There should have been an honorable discharge certificate issued to Kerry in 1975,if not earlier, three years after his transfer to the Standby Reserve-Inactive."

Is ANYBODY listening>?


A Message From Michael Moore

Michael Moore has written words of encouragement to everyone he thinks will help get out the vote tomorrow for Kerry:

To his friends on the left:
Okay, Kerry isn’t everything you wished he would be. You’re right....

...There’s a reason Bush calls Kerry the Number One Liberal in the Senate – THAT’S BECAUSE HE IS THE NUMBER ONE LIBERAL IN THE SENATE! What more do you want? My friends, this is about as good as it gets when voting for the Democrat. We don’t have the #29 Liberal running or the #14 Liberal or even the #2 Liberal – we got #1! When has that ever happened?

Those of us who may be to the left of the #1 liberal Democrat should remember that this year conservative Democrats have had to make a far greater shift in their position to back Kerry than we have. We’re the ones always being asked to make the huge compromises and to always vote holding our noses. No nose holding this time. This #1 liberal is not the tweedledee to Bush’s tweedledum.

To Ralph Nader supporters:
The choice here is clear: do we join with our friends, or do we piss on them?

After the debacle of 2000, the Democrats got smart and abandoned the conservative wing of their party. (My note: is this a message to Bill Clinton?)
That’s why 8 of the 9 Democrats in the primaries this year were from the liberal wing.

To Non-swing states:
We must not only defeat Bush, we must put a stake in the heart of the right-wing, neo-con movement.

To African Americans:
Thousands of volunteer lawyers are flying to Florida to act as poll watchers and intervene should there be any attempts to deny anyone their right to vote. They will NOT be messing around.

For my part, I have organized an army of 1,200 professional and amateur filmmakers who will be armed with video cameras throughout the states of Florida and Ohio. At the first sign of criminality, we will dispatch a camera crew to where the vote fraud is taking place and record what is going on. We will put a big public spotlight on any wrongdoing by Republican officials in those two states. They will not get away with this as they did in 2000.

In Ohio, the Republicans are sending almost 2,000 paid “poll challengers” into the black precincts of Cleveland in an attempt to stop African Americans from voting. This action is beyond despicable. Do not let this stop you from voting. I, and thousand of others, will be there to fight for you and protect you.

(My note:If I was African American, I would be pissed. Michael Moore is using them as a sideshow...oh, and, fuq, Michael Moore )

To George W:
There he was, OBL, all tan and rested and on videotape (hey, did you get the feeling that he had a bootleg of my movie? Are there DVD players in those caves in Afghanistan?)
Funny things happen at the movies. Hope you get to see a few at the multiplex in Waco. It’s a great way to relax.
(My note: fuq, Michael Moore)

To John Kerry:
Thank you.
And don’t worry – none of us are going away after you are inaugurated. We’ll be there to hold your hand and keep you honest. Don’t let us down. We’re betting you won’t. So is the rest of the world.
That’s it. See you at the polls – and at the victory party tomorrow night.

So there you have it, folks....
Michael Moore is already chilling the...whatever slop he wallows in when celebrating....

....if all of this bravado is an insight to some of the underhanded, shady, illegal methods that Moore and his goons think led them to Nirvana.......think again, Moore....

....it ain't over til the fat lady sings....and so far I have only heard her clear her throat....