Saturday, December 20, 2003

We don’t have popular “popular culture” any more but those old-time seasonal songs crossed all boundaries. The Mariah Carey, Placido Domingo, Reba McEntire, Motown, Bruce Springsteen, and Jessye Norman Christmas CDs all draw from the same limited repertoire - from “Winter Wonderland” to “Silver Bells”. In a time when radio stations are ever more narrowly programmed, these are the last songs we all share, and so they naturally run afoul of the hyphen-crazed segregationalists who insist that the only thing we have in common is our lack of anything in common. Even the PC schoolmarms understand that’s insufficient - hence the need to elevate “Imagine” to anthemic status in the communal songbook. I don’t want to live in John Lennon’s world without countries and religions - neither did he, in his more honest moments. But a wartime Christmas especially is a time to think about what binds us: If you feel “offended” by songs about snowmen and sleighs and donning one’s gay apparel, then maybe you’re the one with the problem. Imagine that.
Greatest Hits Request Of The Week

"We're going to take down Big Pharma." -- Wesley Clark

Have a slice of reality, Wes: The High Price of Cheap Drugs
Gone Shooting!

I'm going to be at the range with Analog Kid and others today, so no posting from me. Unless I get some kick ass shot-grouping, in which case I'll scan it and post it so I can brag.

Analog Kid says the same thing I do, but he has cool pictures.

Am I the only one who gets the urge to jump up and scream "HELL YEAH!" when you see a battleship firing a broadside? Just askin'.

Friday, December 19, 2003

The Council Has Spoken

This weeks winning entries are: THE STOOGES' BIG BUTS by The Smarter Cop, and An Open Letter to Hawthorne Police Chief Stephen Port by Michael Williams. You can see all the results here.
I'm on a Seafood kick

So I'm going to give out a reciepe that I have kept to myself for years. It's the ultimate in comfort food for me.

Chioppino. (Pronounced cho-PEE-no)

It's an Italian seafood stew that was made popular is San Francisco. Don't let that turn you off, it happened before San Fran went nuts. The key is to let it simmer all day. I only make it when I have a day off and can let it cook for hours. Just keep the stove on low and let this simmer, otherwise the flavors don't blend and it doesn't taste right. For those who don't cook much, here's a little advice, given to me by a woman who made lots of money with her cooking skills: A recipe is only a starting guideline. By no means do you have to follow it to the letter. You can change it depending on your tastes and preferences. I know that I love the Italian herbs, and I use a shitload of them. You can use less if you want, or more. Got it? Good. I'm writing this down from memory, so please be advised: I have never used measuring devices for this reciepe. I've always done "A handfull of this" and "A pinch of that". So feel free to fiddle around with the measurments if you want. Anyways:


One can tomato sauce.
One small can tomato paste.
About one pint of water.
Two tablespoons Basil (a big handfull)
One tablespoon Oregano (a regular handfull)
One tablespoon Thyme (a regular handfull)
One tablespoon Fennel Seed. (a small pile)
Two to four cloves of Garlic.

Mince up the garlic as fine as you can, and then toss everything into a pot. Bring to a boil, and as soon as it boils, turn the heat down to low and cover the pot. Let it simmer for at least four hours to blend the flavors. These are the essential ingredients. Everything else can be fiddled with, depending on what you like or don't like. The amount of water can also vary, depending on how thick you want the stew. For a thin stew, add more water. For a thicker stew, add less. Some other things I add are:

Seasoned salt
Pepper and/or paprika
Mushrooms (I use absolute shitloads of mushrooms)
Onions (I use lots)
Green onions
Celery, depending on how I feel that day.

You can use all of those, or none. It's up to you. Once again I stress: LET IT SIMMER FOR HOURS. You want all those flavors to blend.

Now, for the seafood. No matter what seafood you use, you need to have at least fish, shrimp, and scallops. The type of fish doesn't matter, and I normally just grab any fish scraps that they have at the local seafood shop. I end up with salmon, halibut, cod, snapper, ect. You can use one kind of fish, or ten kinds, it doesn't matter. Debone the fish, and then cook it really quick. For the fish, shrimp, and scallops, alll you need to do is saute them quickly so the outside of the meat is seared, then dump it in the pot and let the stew cook it the rest of the way. Do this about ten minutes before the stew is served. I normally add other seafood as well.

Clams (live, in the shell)
Mussles (same as clams)
Crab meat, if it's not too expensive.

Add the clams and mussles about twenty minutes before you serve it up. The other seafood only takes ten minutes to cook. That will cook all of the seafood without turning it into rubber. Serve it up with a loaf of bread, and let everyone chow down. This amount will feed about 4-6 people, with a little left over for lunch tomorow. This is a great reciepe if you're having guests over.

I know it looks complicated, but it's actually a very simple reciepe. Just let that pot simmer for at least four hours, and add the seafood ten to twenty minutes before you're going to serve it. I know it's ready when all the clams and mussles have opened up.

If anyone tries this, let me know how it goes!

Twas a few of nights before Christmas, when all through Iraq,
Not a creature was stirring, except a rat in a shack.
The Mars bars were laid by the bed with care,
or was it the contents of a post-coalition scare?

Saddam was nestled, all snug in his bed,
While bedbugs and spiders danced in his head.
Osama in his 'kerchief, sometimes in a cap,
Had just settled in his cave, for a long winters nap.

When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter,
Saddam sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.
Up from his bed, he flew in a flash,
Threw up his arms, armed only with cash.

The moon on the breast of his newly-grown beard,
Gave him a ZZ-Top look that was ever so weird.
When, what, to my wandering eyes should appear,
Two AK-47s, not used due to fear.

A pathetic old geezer, once lively and quick,
Now like a candle, without its wick.
More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called himself by name.

Great Leader! Marshall of glorious armies! Annointed One!
Great Uncle! Doctor of Laws! Hero of Bagdad! I am Undone!
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Up the chimney, the Great One came with a bound.

He was dressed shabbily, from head to foot,
His clothes were tarnished, with ashes and soot.
His eyes, how they drooped, his face how it sagged,
I knew then, the Butcher was bagged.

Led into the Humvee, as meek as a mouse,
We knew then, no better than his roommate, a louse.
To despots and dictators, both near and far,
When you support terrorists, you raise the bar.

If its war you keep wishing, you may just get your fight,
A lesson to all, and to all a good night!


Young America's Foundation has the Year in Review for America's greatest Left Wing Loony Bins.

2003 Top 10 Campus Follies

The complete stranglehold that the Left has on academia is simply frightening. The list doesn't even mention all of the campuses that are shutting down the Affirmative Action bake sales. With people like this indoctrinating the next generation, is there hope for America?

"The beginning of deep Democratic panic".


That people abroad formulate their image of America after absorbing the tripe of Michael Moore is chilling to me, but here you have it.

That comes from Tim Blair.

Thursday, December 18, 2003 had this thing a week or so ago where people across the country invited likeminded moonbats to their houses to watch a documentary about how Bushcheney, Uncle Tom Powell, and Rummy conspired to enrich Halliburton and other multinational-- well, you get the idea. There's a map of all the scheduled "parties" on their web site, and if you let the mouse pointer drift up toward the north of the Great State of Idaho, sure enough, there was a single party in Coeur D'Alene.

Which got me to thinking about how ironic it would be if Raging Dave migrated 350 miles east to escape the drifting stench that emanates from the lunatic asylum also known as King County, Washington, only to find himself situated on the same dirt road as an Asshat commune.

Here's the map.

Acidman has a post up about cooking seafood. One of the reasons I first moved to Seattle is that I love the ocean. I love seafood, plain and simple, and the Pacific Northwest has it in spades. Dungeoness Crab, clams, mussles, shrimp, salmon, halibut, it's all there. Fresh and sometimes you can get it live. There's a store nearby that has live dungeoness crab for $2.69 a pound. Hot damn!

Whenever I go visit relatives on the East Coast, I always get either fresh lobster or Chesepeak Bay blue crab. I just love seafood.

So, since A-Man has his cooking tips up, I'm going to give you my reciepe for steaming clams.

You need the right clams. Littlenecks don't quite do it, you need actuall steamers. Manila clams are probably the best, but any small clams will do.

Chop up about 2 cloves of garlic for every pound of clams. Toss the garlic in a pan with half a stick of butter. Once the butter melts, and the garlic is sizzling, toss the clams in whole. Then pour a bottle of good strong beer on top of it all. A good ESB works best, but any good beer will do. Bring everything to a boil. When all the clams are open, they're done. I normally remove the clams as they open, and put them in a bowl. Any clams that don't open are bad, just toss 'em. All the clams should open in about 5-10 minutes, depending on how much beer you're cooking them in. Once they're all done, pour some of the broth over the clams and serve 'em up.

You get messy, but you don't care. I normally use the shell of a clam to dig the meat out of another shell. They work just like tweezers. Serve a loaf of sourdough bread with the clams and you'll have yourself a damn good meal.

Did I mention that I love seafood? Mmmmmmmmmm, seafood........

Kim du Toit had Lasik surgery, the lucky bastard. That's something that I've been planning for the future. I'm tired of glasses, or sticking contact lenses in my eyes every day.

Heal up quick, Kim. We need ya bloggin!

And for the quote of the day, we have Tom Delay, responding to Jim McDermott's moonbattery.

"The Democrats' hateful, moronic comments are beyond the pale, and the Democrats know it, but they don't care because they have nothing to offer the public debate but rage, resentment and quackery. Until other Democrats stand up against this hysteria, they're admitting to the country their party has no claim to national leadership." -- Tom DeLay

FINALLY, someone just comes out and says what we feel! Enough of this "Oh, I'm sure McDermott didn't mean it" bullshit. Of COURSE he meant it! He's a fucking loon! Kudos to the Washington State Democrats for actually saying something about McDermott (see my post on him), but on the national front, I've heard silence. Nothing. That's because on the national front, the Donks have stepped off the deep end. Howie Dean, Jim McDermott, "Bags" Albright, they're spouting off drug-inspired conspiracy theories that should be relegated to the trashbin, and yet here are national, prominent politicians going about saying them! If the Donks want to have any credibility left, they need to get rid of their dead weight, not embrace it.

But then, the national Donks care about being in power, and nothing else.

The employment picture in America continues to brighten, albeit slowly.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

I love the Blogosphere. One can find more information (and yes, opinion, and yes, disinformation as well) in an hour's surf than one could find in ten hours watching CNN or the like.]

Peep this from HobbsOnline. It's beautiful.

Since she's making the media rounds, I think maybe an Albright Refresher is warranted.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our friends Drumwaster and Steve are hosting......

The 65th Carnival of the Vanities.

Don't forget Tim, our turn is coming up around February.

A while back, Raging Dave specifically named Renee Zellwegger are having, uhhh, curves. And so I submit this to second the notion and state that she, errrr, does indeed.
Still.... Can't..... Stop...... Laughing.....


(gasp, snort, wheeze)


(more gasping, struggling for breath, ect.)

Laughing..... Too...... Hard......

Must.... Catch..... Breath....

From a comment thread over at the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, George Turner comes up with this parody that had me rolling on the floor laughing until I hurt. It was too damn good, so I'm going to re-post it in it's entirety.

[To the tune of The Major General's Song]

I am the very model of a modern left wing democrat.
I preach both Dean and Chomsky in forums on the internet.
I can’t hold long a single thought. I need to take my Ritalin.
Now what was that you asked of me? Did I just take my vitamin?
I cannot lose an argument, so why don’t you get used to it.
I won’t concede a single point, even if there’s no truth in it.
No matter what you say to me, I’ll post back an ad-homenim.
Regardless of the things you do, you’re all BushHitler’s supermen
They call me Howard Dean's true joy, and I fling Marx like it was poo.
On all the countless websites that my drivel is cross-posted to.

We call him Howard Dean's true joy, and he flings Marx like it was poo.
On all the countless weblogs that his drivel is cross-posted to.
On all the countless weblogs that his drivel is cross-posted to.

Your weblog I will litter with my often posted snivelling
And you all have to pay the bill, supporting all my drivelling.
My posts run on for sixty lines of mindless dreck and scribbling,
Big blocks of Marx and Morford too, plump out my posts with twiddling.
Impossible to penetrate much less on which to cogitate
I don’t see how you can relate, to my simplistic mental state.
I will flame you with invective till you yield to my perspective.
Of socialist utopia when we join the big collective.
My whole outlook is progressive my belief is so obsessive
All your taxes are regressive cause with stuff we are possessive.

His whole outlook is progressive his belief is so obsessive
All our taxes are regressive cause with stuff they are possessive.
All our taxes are regressive cause with stuff they are possessive.

I’m ignorant of simple facts, both social and historical.
So don’t confuse me with your lies, just argue metaphorical.
No matter what you say to me, I’ll argue opposite you see.
If provably you show I’m wrong I’ll change the question joyfully.
My facts are bad, conclusions too, my arguments erroneous,
You’ll be crying oh boo hoo, cause I’m so sanctimonious.
My learning is extensive but is nothing more than Chomskyia,
Designed to fan my hatred of the Empire called Amerika,
Your ruler soon is coming down, we'll crush him like a big ass clown
In future Dean will wear the crown, so I don't care if you all drown.
I am the very model of a left wing personality.
I intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.

He is the very model of a left wing personality.
He’ll intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.
He’ll intersperse mendacity with vacuous opacity.

I found some old stuff at the original 4RWWs that might intrigue the Dear Reader.

For instance:

Cannot find Weapons of Mass Destruction

When Saddam gassed the Kurds.

An "anti-war" protestor chained himself to the wrong building.

A British Commander's addresses his troops on the eve of battle.

The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam. He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done. As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity.

We are his nemesis - a commander's briefing

This was a good'un too.

"There are things about us that the rest of the world doesn't understand, and there are things about them that we don't understand. Please note that mutual incomprehension does not imply moral equivalence. The fact that you and I can't see each other's point of view does not rule out the possibility that one of us is right and the other wrong. The rightness or wrongness depends on external facts, which have been very thoroughly debated on this site and elsewhere. Here I am just going to look at the misunderstandings between America and the rest of the world.
How do we misunderstand each other? Let me number the ways.

Good stuff, all.

Has the King of Clubs surrendered?

The Australian: Iraqi insurgency leader surrenders [December 17, 2003]

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

This is pretty cool.

It's the greatest and most spectacular battle in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

But filmmakers faced one surprising challenge - how to keep the computer-generated soldiers from fleeing the battlefield.
I am sure there's a punchline in there for Noam Chomsky or Jimmy Carter in there somehwere, something about "if only humans were this smart".

The problem is that not all human beings run the same code. There are whole regions of the world who forgot to buy the Maintenance Plan. They're stuck on HomoSapiens Version 1.0, the poor dumb bastards. Luckily, since they run old code, the also can stick with their old hardware.

The poor dumb bastards.

For the rest of us, who upgraded to Version 2, then Version 3, then Version 4, then Version 5, well we needed to upgrade our hardware as well, and that's a good thing since (while we'd rather not), if we have to go peer-to-peer, we can run them into the ground.

As for the wisdom of flight from battle, those of us on build 5.00.2003 would be stupid to flee; if you flee long enough, soon there's nowhere to flee to.

Montreal Gazette - Story - network

Can you tell I was up late watching Eagles v. Dolphins last night?

Four foot four inch Scott English of Whittlesey, Cambs is suing a market where he worked for making him work work without a ladder.

As expected, there have been protests at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Enola Gay exhibit.

James A. Baker III is one hell of a diplomat.

Yahoo! News - France, Germany to Help Relieve Iraq Debt

Hoshyar Zebari is piling on the Coalition of the Pissy. Throw the flag. We'll take the fifteen yards.

"One year ago, the Security Council was divided between those who wanted to appease Saddam Hussein and those who wanted to hold him accountable," Zebari told the 15-nation council, which was sharply divided over the war.

"The UN as an organisation failed to help rescue the Iraqi people from a murderous tyranny of 35 years," he said. "The UN must not fail the Iraqi people again."
Yahoo! News - Iraqi minister tells UN to stop sniping, start helping

Up yours, Axis of Neville!

Any gamers out there (RPG, ect.) as well as sci-fi and fantasy fans, should know that dwarves are supposed to be rather stoic. Thoughtful, if you will. Taking great lenths of time to ponder a question or situation, but ultimately making the right choice.

What are the chances that actors who play dwarves are the same way?

Pointing a finger at the media, Rhys-Davies (who plays Gimli the Dwarf if LOTR. RD) went on, “What is unconscionable is that too many of your fellow journalists do not understand how precarious Western civilization is, and what a jewel it is… The abolition of slavery comes from Western democracy. True democracy comes from our Greco-Judeo-Christian Western experience. If we lose these things, then this is a catastrophe for the world.”


Looking at the lone female journalist at the table, Rhys-Davies said pointedly, “You should not be in this room [according to Muslim custom]. Because your husband or your father or your husband is not here to guide you. You could only be here in this room with these strange men for immoral purposes.”


“There is a change happening in the very complexion of Western civilization in Europe that we should think about at least and argue about. If it just means the replacement of one genetic stock with another genetic stock, that doesn’t matter too much. But if it involves the replacement of Western civilization with a different civilization with different cultural values, then it is something we really ought to discuss — because, [hang it all], I am for dead-white-male culture!”

Oh yeah. He just made up for Viggio Mortensen in spades.

Found via many links, including DANEgerus.

"Baghdad" Jim McDermott, the man who supposedly "represents" me in the US House of Representatives, popped off at the mouth again.

Not content with having thrown his support fully behind a brutal mass-murdering dictator, Baghdad Jim now says that the US only caught Saddam in order to make Bush look good at this particular time.

Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., told a Seattle radio station Monday the U.S. military could have found Saddam "a long time ago if they wanted." Asked if he thought the weekend capture was timed to help Bush, McDermott chuckled and said: "Yeah. Oh, yeah."

The Democratic congressman went on to say, "There's too much by happenstance for it to be just a coincidental thing."

What a pathetic excuse for a human being. This guy got re-elected by a 71% vote in Seattle, folks. AFTER his little whoring trip to Saddam's palace.

When interviewer Dave Ross asked again if he meant to imply the Bush administration timed the capture for political reasons, McDermott said: "I don't know that it was definitely planned on this weekend, but I know they've been in contact with people all along who knew basically where he was. It was just a matter of time till they'd find him.

"It's funny," McDermott added, "when they're having all this trouble, suddenly they have to roll out something."

Another hero to the BUSHITLER loons in Seattle. They love this guy. Can you see why I think Seattle should be nuked? Hell, even other DEMOCRATS are pissed!

"With all due respect to my colleague, that is a fantasy," Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., said of McDermott's comments. "That just is not right. ... It's one thing to criticize this administration for having done this war. I mean, that's a fair question. But to criticize them on the capture of Saddam, when it's such a big thing to our troops, is just ridiculous."

Of course, I shouldn't be suprised. I shouldn't have been surprised when Baghdad Jim went to Iraq and performed fellatio on Saddam, I shouldn't have been suprised when I found out that the communist son-of-a-bitch was a proud member of the Democratic Socialists of America (the farthest left org that he could join and still get elected), and I shouldn't have been suprised by this.

Jim McDermott, you're nothing but an anti-American, anti-capitalism, anti-reason piece of shit, and I look forward to the day when I take a gigantic shit on your area of representation, right before I leave it behind forever. I look forward to your funeral, you worthless excuse of an American.

Thanks to Analog Kid for finding the link. I was searching for them all last night and this morning, only to find that AK already had them.
A Democrat writes about unpatriotic Democrats

Orson Scott Card is better known for his science fiction, but he has a very good political OpEd piece today in OpinionJournal....

The Campaign of Hate and Fear
Some of my fellow Democrats are unpatriotic.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003 12:01 a.m. EST

In one of Patrick O'Brian's novels about the British navy during the Napoleonic wars, he dismisses a particularly foolish politician by saying that his political platform was "death to the Whigs." Watching the primary campaigns among this year's pathetic crop of Democratic candidates, I can't help but think that their campaigns would be vastly improved if they would only rise to the level of "Death to the Republicans."

Instead, their platforms range from Howard Dean's "Bush is the devil" to everybody else's "I'll make you rich, and Bush is quite similar to the devil." Since President Bush is quite plainly not the devil, one wonders why anyone in the Democratic Party thinks this ploy will play with the general public.

There are Democrats, like me, who think it will not play, and should not play, and who are waiting in the wings until after the coming electoral debacle in order to try to remake the party into something more resembling America...

As usual, den Beste requires your attention.

Monday, December 15, 2003

Showing Their Bias

Bush Takes a Poke at Howard Dean By Steve Holland (seething liberal) WASHINGTON (Reuters)

“President Bush broke his own rule against being drawn into early political exchanges on Monday when he took his first direct poke at anti-war Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean. “

"Direct"?!?!? Is responding to a regurgitated accusation from a reporter "a direct poke"? What did he say:

"It's an absurd insinuation," said Bush, his eyes narrowing.

When St. Dean is about to pop a fuckin’ blood vessel does Steve here comment “…said Dean, the vein in his neck bulging.”? So what was Bush replying to with this “poke at Dean”?

Question (NOT INCLUDED IN STEVE"S ACCOUNT) - “Howard Dean recently seemed to muse aloud whether you had advance knowledge of 9/11. Do you agree or disagree with the RNC that this kind of rhetoric borders on political hate speech? “

Continuing with Steve's rant:

“Dean has riled Republicans in recent weeks by tossing out a theory that Bush had advance warning from Saudi Arabia of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, suggesting Bush knew what was going to happen and did nothing to stop it. “

Would you like to see what this fuckin’ asshole, Steve Holland, is talking about in the above quote?


"The most interesting theory that I have heard so far . . . ," Dean responded, "is that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis."

Days pass......

“I don't believe that," the candidate said, then added: "But we don't know, and it'd be a nice thing to know." He concluded: "Because the president won't give information to the Kean Commission, we really don't know what the explanation is."

"Where did Dean pick it up? A Dean spokesman told this column it was "out there." A rival Democratic candidate's campaign suspected it came from "some blog." The Russian newspaper Pravda published reports that Jordan's and Morocco's intelligence -- not Saudi Arabia's -- gave the CIA advance knowledge. The World Socialists circulated a story that the Saudi royal family knew of the attack in advance. Somehow, the urban legend penetrated Dean's mind."

Back to Steve again:

“When asked about the theory, Bush at first stuck to his formulation that "there's time for politics" later and that he has a job to do first. But then he could not resist rejecting the theory."

"he could not resist"? What? Is he sneaking a fuckin' cookie?! Having one more potato chip?

"It's an absurd insinuation," said Bush, his eyes narrowing."

“A presidential news conference, hastily arranged to celebrate the capture of Saddam Hussein allowed Bush to use the White House bully pulpit to send Americans the message that he is in charge and wanting to keep his job next year. “

”hastily”? Was it "hastily arranged"? I honestly don't know, and I'm not taking Steve's word for it!

“He focused on the positive -- Saddam's capture –“

Perhaps he was just focusing on the news of the fuckin’ day you prick!

“ and glossed over the negative,”

Another accusation from Seething Liberal Steve.

“ saying he doubted Saddam would shed any light on the missing weapons of mass destruction “

This is what Steve considers “glossing over”. It is “glossing over” to state that Saddam might not incriminate himself.

“and that the hunt was still on for the still-elusive Osama bin Laden. “

Another example of “glossing over”? Stating the obvious fact that we are still looking for Osama?!

“Bush broke his own gag rule on campaign 2004 issues only briefly at the news conference, “

Why not say something like “He mentioned only….” Rather than creating a fucking HEADLINE to accentuate this statement?

“which was held less than two hours before Dean attacked Bush's Iraq policy in a national security speech in California. “

You’ve got to read that bunch of bullshit:

“When asked about the theory, Bush at first stuck to his formulation that "there's time for politics" later and that he has a job to do first. But then he could not resist rejecting the theory. “

Do you get the idea that liberal media idiots can’t wait to accuse Bush of playing politics? I expect to see them highlight every retort Bush makes to their favorite Donk’s idiocy this way.

“There is a growing belief among Bush's political advisers that Dean will emerge as the Democratic nominee and that the campaign should be ready for him when that happens. “

Giving your readers the impression that Bush is worried about Dean is fine! GO WITH THAT! Keep us on our toes. If they are preparing for anything, it is that the media will be in full spin for their Donk candidate.

“But publicly Bush and his aides like to say he has not focused on his re-election campaign.”

Notice how he questions whether they actually mean what they say with that statement by making the distinction "publicly".

“The president jousted with reporters who asked him about politics. “

No shit!!! [/sarcasm]


As you read, ask yourself what this idiot heard that made him assume the above.

"I know you all want to jump the gun, it makes exciting news, it makes the stories more interesting and more vital from your perspective," he said.

Was it that? I can’t see the evident joy expressed by the President for his job in that statement. Mind you I'm not saying that he doesn't like his job. I also don’t assume he does.

“But asked to describe whether he would have wanted the presidency if he had known what he was going to confront during his time in office thus far, Bush was adamant that he likes his job -- and wants to keep it.

Rule of thumb – read what President Bush says for yourself.

QUESTION: Mr. President, when you asked the American people for their support three years ago, there was no way anyone could have imagined the nature of the job you would have before you. If you had known then what you know now, sir, would you have wanted the job? Would you have had any hesitation about asking the American people for it?

BUSH: “Absolutely would have wanted the job. I have come to realize this job is a magnificent job, because you have a chance to use the position of the United States of America to achieve peace and freedom. And that is a rare opportunity for any person.
I've put together a fantastic administration to help me with this task. I feel very comfortable in the job, because I've got great advice and advisers to whom — I get good advice from great advisers to whom I listen.
I am comfortable delegating the awesome responsibilities of, in this administration's case, war two times to incredibly capable and brave people.
At home, this job affords the opportunity to capture what I call the American spirit and to call people to serve in their communities and their neighborhoods and to help people who hurt. Fantastic opportunity to try to lift up this country so everybody can realize its full potential.
“I absolutely would seek the office again. And I intend to do so in '04, by the way.”

My guess - He probably likes some parts and dislikes others.

“Bush received a modest boost in approval ratings following Saddam's capture. An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted on Sunday said 57 percent of those polled approved of the job Bush was doing, up from 53 percent a week ago. “

A 4 percent increase is “modest” ..... remember that.

“But the number of Americans who agreed "the situation in Iraq was worth going to war over" remained largely unchanged from previous polls. Sixty-two percent in the CNN/Gallup/USA Today survey said the war was worth it, up from 59 percent last week. “

A 3 percent increase is “largely unchanged” ……….Asshole. A lot can change in a percent, huh? So are the two terms synonymous to this idiot, or was “modest” the most positive adjective he allowed himself to give the President’s hard earned increase in approval ratings?

There isn’t much if anything in the rest of the article that jumped out at me. There is enough above to prove Steve wasn’t just reporting the news. Just look at that headline in relation to it’s source.

Even more reason to hate the Left. And pardon me for being scattered, but I'm pissed as well.

Steve over at Little Tiny Lies is pissed. For those of you who don't know, Steve lives in Miami. Where there also lives a large Cuban refugee population. One by the name of Val Prieto writes of a Cuba journalist, Manuel Portal, who was recently thrown in jail by Castro for critizing Castro. From the CPJ website:

On March 19, 2003, police searched the home of journalist Manuel Vázquez Portal and arrested him. In early April, Vázquez Portal was summarily tried and given an 18-year prison sentence. Twenty-seven other journalists were also convicted and sentenced to between 14 and 27 years in prison during the government's massive crackdown on dissidents that started on March 18.

I think Steve says it damn well:

I live in a country where Janeane Garofalo can put her fat, spoiled face on Fox News and say George Bush is about as bad as Saddam Hussein. A country where Boondocks cartoonist Aaron McGruder can sit at a dais in a public forum and call Condoleezza Rice "a murderer." No repercussions, unless you count amply justified ridicule. It doesn't matter that these statements were clearly lies. You say what you want about the government, and then you go home to your family. You might get audited if you criticize the Clintons, as Bill O'Reilly well knows, but that kind of treatment is exceptional.

Try that in Cuba. Portal tried it, and he got 18 years. For writing. For writing the truth.

Castro regularly kills, jails, and tortures dissidents without thinking twice about it. How much outcry do you hear from the Left about it? None. Zip. Zero. Nada. What do we get?

We get Jimmah Carter calling Castro "A great man".
Harry Belefonte and Danny Glover, as well as many other Hollywood celebrities practically grovel at Castro's feet.
Barbara Walters gives Castro an interview on TV.

90 miles off of our shore one of the worlds most brutal dictators commits henious crimes on a daily basis and the Left continues to fawn and adore him. Just as they fawn and adore other brutal dictators, dead and alive. As The Valient Elephant says below, the Left didn't want Saddam removed. They wanted him in power. They love Castro. They believe that the reason communism hasn't worked is because, despite the 100,000,000 dead and murdered, "the right people haven't tried it yet". Is it any wonder why I call them anti-American? Is it any wonder that I call them the enemy? I cannot comprehend someone who idolizes the monster that is Castro.

When you hear a moonbat screeching about all the make-believe things that Bush has done, ask them about Cuba. If they don't automaticly say that Cuba is worse, write them off as a fool and a moron. But write them in as an enemy.

Go read Steve and Val. They say it much better than I can. I'm a little too pissed.

There's a whole new section for Doctor Dean in our Resources.

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Spinning In Their Graves!

Remind them!! Every time one of the liberals you debate mentions "it's great that Saddam is gone" and then continues spewing their blithering idiocy, REMIND THEM!


Remind them EVERY TIME they bring it up! This is not a poltical victory for them as well. President George W. Bush wanted to get rid of Saddam, and at every turn they obstructed his effort to accomplish this goal by accusing anyone who supported this effort of waging (to say the least) an unjust war. They used every set back we experienced to their political advantage. They did their best to diminish every success (for fear that Bush would rightly benefit politically from them). They tout an imagined failure of diplomacy by our President as being responsible for the attitude and actions of some of our allies.

THEY DO NOT BENEFIT FROM THIS SUCCESS. It belongs to the men and women that fought and died to make it happen, and to those that supported them in their mission.

Remind them of that every time you hear, "it's good that we got him, but".

As our friend Kevin said in response to just this sort of stupidity:

Their "words truly ring hollow".

Let's hit the links! These are the ones that I thought were too good to leave alone.

Saddam and Me by Citizen Smash.
A Marine Lance Corporal relates his experience in Iraq.
And last but not least, Glenn Reynolds says that the Media Monopoly have really screwed themselves.

Maybe more later.

UPDATE: It's later, and it's Lileks.

Saddam’s failure isn’t his alone. The entire political construct he represents is a miserable man too tired to resist when it’s finally pushed against a wall. One hopes the point is made: when the US Army turns your way, your barber and your tailor are no help at all. When you’re a ragged hairy thug dragged from a bolt-hole who’s having his back teeth interrogated by a grim buff Murcan soljur who would really prefer to be home for Christmas, there’s a chance Paris and Berlin won't take your calls.

Speaking of Paris and Berlin, I'm interested to know what we're learning about Saddam's deals with those two countries.

From the LA Times:

Although adversaries castigated him as the 'Butcher of Baghdad,' Hussein, a secular Muslim, cast himself as a latter-day Arab hero. In recent years, he tried to gain favor throughout the Middle East by giving tens of millions of dollars to Palestinian families who lost relatives in the fight against Israel.
Uhhhh, I think Saddam's Frequent Dier program gave money to the families of suicide bombers. So a more truthful sentence would have read: " giving tens of millions of dollars to Palestinian families whose relatives boarded buses or entered restaurants in Israel with explosives strapped to their chests."

An Odyssey of Power and Ruin

Calling all Seattle Area Readers

If you enjoy shooting, or you want to learn how to shoot, mark down Saturday, December 20th, on your calender. It's the Merry Christmas Shootathon! (a.k.a the Santa Security Squad). Analog Kid is getting the range location set up, and we'll all go out and plink away. AK is bringing his arsenal, I'll bring one or two guns, so if you've never shot before you can learn on our guns, with our ammo. The range will most likely be renting out guns as well.

All you need to bring is:

Ear protection (or buy cheap earplugs at the range)
Eye protection (or rent them at the range) Prescription Glasses that cover the entire eye will work.
Depending on what range we go to, $9-$13 for the range fee.

Sound like fun?

Indymedia has no mention of Saddam's capture.

Andrew Sullivan chronicles the reactions of the Left.

Austin Bay, on point.

Details are still a bit sketchy, but American forces in Iraq say a lot of the credit for tracking down Iraq's elusive dictator has to go to Private Jessica Lynch.

"If she hadn't decided to interrupt her book tour to come over here and give us a hand," said L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator of Iraq, "Saddam Hussein would probably still be out there somewhere and who knows when we would have found him."
This quote is part of an article in the Toronto Star entitled When Saddam saw it was Lynch, he gave up.

Funny stuff, eh?

At the foot of the piece is this:

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I humbly suggest to the Dear Reader that he do so.

Today may be the day when the Internet crumbles - what with everyone in the world linking to everyone else.

I'm a good Citizen of the World. Lemme do my part:

Drumwaster links to a picture you need to see.

The Command Post has a political cartoon roundup.

Steve from Norway has links to angry Liberals. Steve's not very nice in the way he describes them, either.

Donald Sensing lays out what is known about Atta and Nidal in Baghdad.

DANEgerus waxes ineloquent about what is being emitted from the hindquarters of Democrat Presidential Candidates following Saddam's capture.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

This can't be real, can it?

Iraq's coalition government claims that it has uncovered documentary proof that Mohammed Atta, the al-Qaeda mastermind of the September 11 attacks against the US, was trained in Baghdad by Abu Nidal, the notorious Palestinian terrorist.

Details of Atta's visit to the Iraqi capital in the summer of 2001, just weeks before he launched the most devastating terrorist attack in US history, are contained in a top secret memo written to Saddam Hussein, the then Iraqi president, by Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, the former head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service.
Telegraph | News | Terrorist behind September 11 strike was trained by Saddam

Seen on Instapundit

A collection of TIME Magazine covers featuring Saddam Hussein.

On a day like this, you just have to see the three hundred thousand dots.

Got idiots? Blog for America does.

Hahahahahahahaaa! Freep
Dear Santa, I've been really good

Any fabulously weathly people who might want to make one Raging Dave very very very happy, look here.


Read all about the 4th Infantry Division.

Reaction from the Messopotamian:

Before this, I prayed the traditional prayers of thanksgiving. That I, and the Iraqi people should see this day! This, surely, is the mother of all days for us. The heroes of our valiant Pesh Mergas, and the heroes of the U.S. Fourth division have done it. Now is the time to unleash the Iraqi Counter Terror; now is the time to go for the kill. Let us go after them. Don’t lose this moment. They want to recant and live in equality with the people? they have a chance - otherwise they will have to go. I am too overwhelmed with emotion to write coherently; please excuse me. The foul mouths of the enemies of our people everywhere and the neighboring vultures and hyenas be stuffed with dirt; we will come after you; your time will come.

Long live the great alliance of Mesopotamia and the United States of America and her allies. Now is the time, now is the time; Do not delay; unleash the Counter Terror.

God Bless Iraq; God Bless America; God bless the Allies.

Now is the time at Four Right Wing Wackos when we dance!

Oh, I can't wait to see the barking moonbat brigades wail and cry and gnash their teeth. Dr. DementoHoward Dean was schedualed to give a speech sometime tomorrow, wasn't he? He's got to have a headache right about now. I hope his handlersSpeechwriters are working overtime. The negative spin from DU, NaziMedia, and other moonbat hangouts is almost hysterical. Tim Blair has a wrapup on some of the Loony Left reaction, as well as Jeff Jarvis, BlogsforBush, and Winds of Change

New phrase for Davey to use to describe our enemies: Coalition of the Pissy. I don't know who coined it, but it fits much better. Heh.
We got him!

Saddam Hussein has been captured!

Uh Huh! Oh Yeah! Uh Huh!