"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours." -Sir Charles Napier
BigEarth of New Mexico sez, The warmest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great national moment, reserve their neutrality.
Bill Whittle's mom sez, If you can’t say anything of deep and meaningful scientific or political import that is not supported by fact, reason, historical precedent and in-depth step-by-step logical analysis then don’t say anything at all!
I saw the interview. At least Bush admits his service and Kerry's cannot be directly compared.
It also looks like their is some link to them being behind the swift boat BS.
Business as Usual.
The President's remarks are exactly what we should expect. I think they were the right thing for any sitting President to say.
It's not surprising that SBVT's would get involved in the Bush Campaign - who else would they support?
It is not surprising that those involved with the $60mm+ in advertising by MoveOn.org would get involved in the Kerry campaign - who else would they support?
And yes, that is business as usual.
What's alarming here are the Kerry Campaign's efforts to silence the vets' speech. The Kerry campaign has made it clear: If you are among the 20 or so who were there and support him, please speak up. If you are among the 250+ who were there and are against him, we will threaten to sue the TV stations that air your ads while denouncing your book as false before it is even released.
If you protest at the DNC, please have a spot in this cage.
If you protest at the RNC, we respect your need to express yourself, feel free to shove Republican-looking women on their way to the theater and throw urine-filled balloons at the police.
It is business as usual, but not the way some think. So please think.
Many bloggers are thinking about the same thing, the golden rule of heroism: heros do not tout their heroism. I was thinking, by comparison, we learn this as boys: they who brag about gettin' it the most are gettin' it the least. With Kerry, maybe it's a northeastern liberal thing that I don't understand, or maybe it's perfectly clear that he, like Harkin and Cleland, has absolutely no class.
I can't remember where it's posted, but my eyebrows went up yesterday over a Bush-Kerry comparison in which the point was made that Kerry signed up with the Navy and was surprised to actually see the combat zone, but by contrast Bush became a pilot and actually requested to be with a unit that would see combat. Obviously these two were subject to the decisions of their superiors.
This is very, very believable - why would Bush become an F-102 fighter pilot, in wartime, if he didn't want to be like his fighter pilot father?
To the frustration of Bush supporters, we do not hear about this from George W. Bush, but that illustrates the rule. We wouldn’t hear about it from someone who is a would-be (vs. wanna-be) Vietnam hero and someone who has class.
A similar chart, but not a complete rip-off, appeared at the Kerry Campaign site.
Still, I thought:
"We need a regime change"
"Bring it on!"
"Help is on the way."
The Kerry campaign, like Kerry, continues to borrow others' ideas, remarks and slogans, an early clue to how not-smart they are: They should be smart enough to drop this argument.
Kerry's chart tells what? - that SBVT's are also Bush supporters? - and the Kerry campaign calls that shocking.
What concerns me is all this argument about history and who-was-where is taking attention away from the two main things: Kerry's betrayal in his 1971 Senate testimony, and his meeting with the Vietnamese communists in Paris.
Half of this country has forgotten the seriousness of having an enemy and meaning of the word enemy, which means half the country does not realize the seriousness of Kerry aiding the enemy.
Comment Poster KJC offers this encouragement:
I agree with you 100%. The Swift Vets are building up to this part in their campaign to make sure Kerry never becomes President. What Kerry did AFTER Vietnam is far, far worse than any lies and exaggerations about his actual service. No one who reads "Unfit for Command" can still vote for Kerry and claim they care about the United States. It's one or the other.
I read that and the first thing I thought of Paris giving honorary citizenship to Mumia, and now he endorses John Francois Kerry!
Mumia's endorsement doesn't so much matter to me. In a two-party system, the worst people on each side are going to be a source of embarassment to their endors-ees.
But there is still that "base" difference. The Democrats need their extremist base and do very much pander to them. Mumia's like-minded are in that base - hence Kerry's closed-fisted Black Power salute and Ter-ay-sa's vulgar demeanor.
To be clear: If a communist cop killer endorses one and a fascist grand dragon the other, neither side has a point.
If a Stalinist nation like North Korea is open about its preference, or if it is clear that terrorist-sponsoring nations and terrorist organizations prefer a candidate, well, then the other side has a big damn point!
Do you remember when the Democrats wheeled Christopher Reeve and James Brady out on to the convention stage eight years ago?
"Kerry is sending to Crawford former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia, a frequent companion of Kerry's on the campaign trail and a fellow Vietnam War veteran who lost three limbs during the war. Cleland . . . will try to deliver a letter protesting the [Swift Boat Veterans for Truth] ads to [President] Bush at his heavily guarded ranch, Kerry aides said."
How damn tacky. The war cripple at the locked, guarded gate of the millionaire. Puh-leeez
How do we admire a religion in which contact with pork keeps one out of paradise and contact with stink renders prayer silent, but exploding in a crowd lets one knock on the door of heaven with the skull of a Jew?
So Louis Freeh offered protection for free, but the Gov chose to pay the poet $110,000 instead. Perhaps the Governor erred in comparing it to the free protection offered in the night clubs, it just seems better to pay for protection. If you dance the dance… you gotta pay the piper!
I woke up to NPR announcing that New Jersey Governor James McGreevey admitted he is gay and announced his resignation effective November 15. They gave a fairly balanced story, except for how they opened it up -
- even on radio, America gets its news from the headlines more than the body of the story.
But yesterday I read better coverage of the apology from the Governor himself: that he had not only broken his vows but had made the office of the Governor vulnerable to blackmail.
There is great news here - an elected Democrat leader understands that breaking those vows is serious business, but there more! Recall Linda Tripp and her infamous recording... what if that tape ended up in the hands of, say, the Chinese and blackmailed a President whose administration already thought it was a good idea to allow China to have a beefier nuclear arsenal. They might have Taiwan by now (and Tripp might be long dead and underreported).
The suspicions of corruption and Governor McGreevey are reported, but the much-missed point is the vulnerability of the office.
Off-point, but interesting: isn't this a case of someone being bisexual? Again, where is the dictionary?
and that the agreement to allow our elections to be monitored was brokered TEN YEARS AGO. That was 1994. Who was President? Who controlled both houses of the Congress? They would have done better agreeing to a connect-the-dots Head Start for the voters of South Florida, ya think?
This one had better not be simply deported. Bring on the pliers and blowtorches...
A Pakistani citizen who allegedly took videotapes of skyscrapers in six
U.S. cities, a Texas dam, and various public transportation systems has been
charged with a immigration violations and jailed in North Carolina. Kamran
Akhtar ... was nabbed last month by Charlotte cops after he we was spotted
filming office buildings there. Akhtar, a 35-year-old New York City resident
also known as Kamran Shaikh, allegedly made "materially false statements" when
questioned by state and federal investigators following his July 20 detention
(details of the bust were detailed today by prosecutors, who released the below
affidavit sworn by Homeland Security agent John Scott Sherrill). According to
cops, Akhtar behaved suspiciously when an officer asked about his videotaping
and gave conflicting accounts as to why he was filming the skyscrapers.
Feel free to scream "racism" in the comment section. It will be really interesting to see if the films were primarily of the bases of the structures.
NPR reported that Akhtar's filming included the Governor's Mansion in Austin. Well! - it seems that the Americans aren't the only ones dealing with four year-old information these days.
Memo to Akhtar: Bush don't live there no more, and while the Texas Capitol looks a lot like the US Capitol...
This may be a reference to his remaining in the classroom in Sarasota. Anyone who understands the Presidency would know that his security told him to sit still until they determined what to do while under attack.
( The magazine cover image of Bush standing with the NYC fire chief on the WTC rubble is an image most Americans will associate with the immediate aftermath of the 9-11 events. )
Indymedia types called Bush a chicken for not going straight to DC. (These are the guys who called Pat Tillman a "dumb jock" after he was killed in action, and posted an article blaming the Bali bombing on the Jews.) DC was under attack. You don't send heads of state to attack zones.
It's obvious why there was no rush out of the Sarasota classroom, and why the book title Unfit for Command takes on even more meaning.
He'll need Limbaugh's pain drugs when he views this one:
The White House gave the same answer it did to Enron : no. - HA!
He just said something about re-opening old wounds - how many times did this guy remind us of his six years in the Hanoi Hilton? The rebuttal: six years as a prisoner of war does not automatically qualify one for the Presidency.
What do you bet these are the same guys who sued to keep military absentee-ballots from getting counted in Florida in 2000?
The letter claims the ad is "false" and "libelous" and suggests, in
not-so-subtle terms, that TV stations should use their "legal authority" to
refuse any requests for advertising airtime, stating that "because your station
has this freedom [to refuse the ad], and because it is not a 'use' of your
facilities by a clearly identified candidate, your station is responsible for
the false and libelous charges made by this sponsor".
That's a great idea - tell the media what they cannot air. That should only want to make the public stay tuned for the commercials.
"Yassim Muhhidin Aref, 34, Imam of the Majid Al Salam mosque; and Mohammed
Mosharref Hoosain, 49, founder of the mosque , stepped aside today as advisers
to Albany's Muslim community. CBS News National Security Correspondent David
Martin reports this was triggered by a carefully orchestrated leak about the
men, and the timing of it appears to be no coincidence."
Little Green Footballs yesterday exposed what the Muslim discussion forum called SoundVision would have done if the two mosqued-men had actually aquired their shoulder-launch missile kit. They have Dear-Johns for each Muslim congregation to send to their local media.