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Monday, May 30, 2005

Let the President Finish His Term

Political extremists rarely think clearly. In fact, their blind hatred of a certain ideology or person clouds and distorts their views, causing them to be hypocritical at the very least. I find this to be true among the Bush-haters. Now, I'm not talking about those who dislike Bush and his policies and want someone else in office. Rather, I'm speaking of the lunatics who in their seething hatred of the man would cheer at his assassination - and even will for it to happen. Believe me, they are out there. Yet, if these people took a step back and realized the results of their wishes, they might refrain and redirect their position and let Mr. Bush finish his term. Even then, I doubt that they'd change their minds. Extremists just don't think! However, an article written by a level-headed liberal (yes, they are out there - although hard to find) produced 10 reasons not to kill Bush.

So, click on the link. Read the article. One good point: it is mind-boggling to "understand the logical contortions some people must go through to be anti-death penalty yet pro-assassination." Also, all across college campuses it seems that most students are liberals although they don't know why. Hey, being "liberal" is the cool thing to do; yet, a talk with one of these "cool liberals" often produces a confusion - Does this kid really even know why he's liberal? In most cases the answer is no. Most American students' knowledge of our political system comes from late night television and the Daily Show. Is it any wonder, then, that an ignorant American can call for the assassination of their own leader? I digress...

Friday, May 13, 2005

It's Not All Negative...

Each day the American public hears more bad news about the War in Iraq. It can become easy to get caught up in all the publicity that portrays Iraq as a pool of chaos. However, with all the MSM covering the stories of death and terror, successes are often overlooked and thrown to the wayside.

Iraq is seeing victories daily, so why not put that side-by-side with the setbacks? If the MSM refuses to report it, then it's our responsibility to acknowledge these achievements. Here are just a few of the stories that never found it to the frontpages in just the month of April alone:

April 3rd: Iraq and Kuwait move to end the longstanding border dispute that led to the Persian Gulf war, establishing a joint commission to decide on the best way to administer the Rumaila oil field.

April 10th: Iraqi security forces announce the capture of Ibrahim Sabawi, a nephew of Saddam Hussein, suspected of playing a major part in financing the insurgency.

April 16th: Ministry of Health announces completed construction of two hospitals in the poorest areas of Baghdad.

April 19th: Educational television channel begins broadcasting again for millions of Iraqi students. The channel had been closed down in 1993 after Uday Hussein confiscated its equipment for his private TV channel.

April 23rd: Two major Sunni political parties that had boycotted January's election, the Iraqi Sunni Accord and the Iraqi Islamic Party, announce they will take part in future votes.

April 29th: Education Department announces it has finished renovating 49 schools and building 22 others in Baghdad's Sadr City slum.

This is just a small selection of the daily achievements in April alone that the Iraqi people are seeing in their unprecedented road to democracy. While I do realize that there is a long way to go and that insurgent attacks should not be downplayed, it is necessary to present the good along with the bad. After all, wouldn't you get tired of hearing bad news all the time?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Rose Revolutions and American Appreciation

George W. Bush received a hero's welcome in the country of Georgia. Hundreds of thousands of Georgians waited in line to hear the President speak on freedom and democracy. However, you won't hear about the massive turnout by most MSM now will you? It's hard to bypass the overwhelming support that GW receives throughout much of Eastern Europe, amid reports that the world is against George W. Bush.

Here are just a few lines from GW's speech given to the people of Georgia:

"You gathered here armed with nothing but roses and the power of your
convictions and you claimed your liberty. And because you acted, Georgia is
today both sovereign and free and a beacon of liberty for this region and the
world."

“In recent months, the world has marveled at the hopeful changes taking
place from Baghdad to Beirut to Bishket. But before there was a Purple
Revolution in Iraq or an Orange Revolution in Ukraine or a Cedar Revolution in
Lebanon, there was the Rose Revolution in Georgia.”

'Now across the Caucasus, in central Asia and the broader Middle East we
see the same desire of liberty burning in the hearts of young people. They are
demanding their freedom, and they will have it."

Bush succeeded in rocking the delighted crowd with his speech as well as "gettin' down with his bad self". A must see for some GW dance moves. Once again, Bush continues to promote freedom and democracy around the world!

Monday, May 09, 2005

Ann Coulter Article

THE DEVIL IS OUT OF DETAILS
by Ann Coulter
May 5, 2005

Liberals have been unusually hysterical the past few weeks. But we're not getting much in the way of details — which is odd because the devil is usually found in the details. As we reviewed vis-a-vis the judiciary in last week's column, whenever liberals won't give you details, it's because the details don't help them. We keep hearing Tom DeLay's name uttered in angry, accusatory tones, but I still don't know what law he's supposed to have broken. As far as I can tell, DeLay didn't even cheat at golf during that trip to Scotland. But you know what liberals always say: "Where there's nothing, there's fire." As long as liberals can keep repeating "Tom DeLay" and "ethics violation" in the same sentence and get the media to throw a grade-A hissy fit –- and it's so hard to tease that out of the mainstream media when it comes to a Republican — and they've got themselves a scandal! Close your eyes and even now you can hear Aaron Brown saying: "Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay came under fire again today when it was disclosed that his Permanent Record showed he refused to take a nap once while in kindergarten. We turn now live to Wolf Blitzer with former kindergarten teacher Louise Millicuddy in Livingston, Texas. Wolf, could this bombshell spell the end for the combative Tom DeLay?" How about asking the Democrats — I would recommend asking Rep. Rosa DeLauro this -– to explain precisely which law they believe DeLay broke? People will have already left the building before we get the most basic outline of the allegation. These are the same legal geniuses who looked at dozens of Whitewater-related felony convictions and said, "Crime? What crime?" DeLay's own constituents seem to like him, unless you include Democrats claiming to be Republicans. Liberals never tire of this trick or imagine that it could ever become any less believable. Turn on talk radio right now and you'll hear some liberal caller claiming to be a lifelong Republican scandalized by the Bush tax cuts — or some other policy that has been a mainstay of the Republican Party for at least a century. The callers are always teachers. (No wonder our kids aren't learning — their teachers are always on the phone with talk-radio shows pretending to be Republicans.) A ringleader of the DeLay witch-hunt in Texas is Patricia Baig, who took out a full-page advertisement in a Texas newspaper calling for DeLay's resignation. Baig signed her letter, "A Texas Republican for Ethical Reform." There is no record of Baig ever voting in a Republican primary, belonging to any Republican clubs or contributing to any Republican politicians in Texas or anywhere else. To the contrary! Baig contributed to the Democrat who ran against DeLay in his last election. She used her maiden name for the ad, calling herself "P.A. Perine (Texas Republican)." She is a substitute teacher. All of that was duly noted by a New York Times reporter. (If we are good and decent people, conservatives will put that reporter on a 24-hour watch to make sure he isn't killed in the middle of the night.) But liberals think they can fool normal people with their road-to-Damascus "I used to be a Republican" conversion stories. They can't even fool The New York Times! Baig's entire retort to the absence of any evidence that she is a Republican was to say that lots of Republicans don't vote in Republican primaries or contribute to Republican candidates (which, in her defense, is at least a better excuse than Kevin Phillips'.) So, like their theories on "global warming," a liberal's claim to be a Republican is a non-disprovable assertion involving a lot of hot air. Another conservative getting the Emmanuel Goldstein treatment is John Bolton, Bush's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations. The charge against Bolton consists of the allegation that he is an absolute beast to his co-workers. Have the Democrats heard about Katie Couric? As The New York Times described it last week: "America's girl next door has morphed into the mercurial diva down the hall. At the first sound of her peremptory voice and clickety stiletto heels, people dart behind doors and douse the lights." (Funny, I do the same thing when I'm watching the "Today" show at home by myself.) Things have gotten so bad at "Today," sometimes they show that videotape of Katie's lower bowel exam just to lighten things up. Can't Barbara Boxer do something to protect the staff of NBC's "Today"? They're at least Americans. First they had to live through the horrors of the Bryant Gumbel years, and now this. Also, I can't be completely clear here, because somebody could get killed, but why isn't a certain lamp-throwing junior senator from New York helping them out? Oh wait — I think I know why ... I repeat: Bolton has been nominated to be ambassador to the United Nations. It's not like it's an important job. Get a grip, people! He's not replacing Paula Abdul on "American Idol." The U.N. is an organization with thousands of people from all over the world with one thing in common: They badly need to be yelled at, preferably by a guy who looks like Wilford Brimley. When did collegiality with representatives from North Korea and Syria become a pressing national issue? Why just imagine if Bolton raised his voice in front of Sudan's ambassador, or (gasp!) Burma's! I mean, Myanmar's! (Sorry, military junta that runs Myanmar!) Democrats are enflamed at the idea of Bolton mistreating representatives of slave-traders and dictators, but won't lift a finger to help the staff of "Today." We used to be a country that cared about ratings genocide. The only silver lining to the Democrats' efforts to kill Bolton's nomination is that if they succeed, Bush could nominate Ronald Reagan's ambassador to the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council instead. (Alan Keyes!) Maybe then we could finally get on with the important work of quitting the U.N. and kicking them out of New York. Isn't it somebody else's turn to host those guys yet? COPYRIGHT 2005 ANN COULTER