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Junk Science Blog and debunking discussion forum.
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Volokh Conspiracy
Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit
Prof Bainbridge Blog
Clayton Cramer
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Vodka Pundit
Tiki Lounge
Jim Dunnigan's site
Cold Fury
Karl's blog

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Thursday, August 26, 2004

In an oped piece, Dr. Martin Fackler weighs in with respect to some of the controversy about John Kerry's wounds and Purple Heart awards. This is impressive. To those of you not familiar with the rather obscure field of wound forensics and ballistics, the short bio at the end of the article while correct doesn't even begin to correctly describe the full Martin. Fackler. Dr. Fackler is the man in this subject. I would no more argue against Neil Armstrong about what visiting the Moon was like than argue with Dr. Fackler on wound ballistics.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Michelle Malkin publishes a letter from a Vietnam veteran who served in the Mobile Riverine Force at about the same time as John Kerry and found things in the Kerry bio by Brinkley that disturbed him. Its looking more and more like Douglas Brinkley's reputation as a historian will never be the same.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

A piece form FrontPage that discusses some odd discrepancies and other oddities in John Kerry's Silver Star. Separate from the question of the verity of Kerry's tale, why was Kerry repeatedly getting the citation reissued?

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Monday, August 23, 2004

Irrefutable. The second SwiftBoats Vets for Truth ad script: Sellout
John Kerry: “They had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads. . .”
Joe Ponder: “The accusations that John Kerry made against the veterans who served in Vietnam was just devastating.”
John Kerry: “. . . randomly shot at civilians. . .”
Joe Ponder: “It hurt me more than any physical wounds I had.”
John Kerry: “. . . cut off limbs, blown up bodies. . .”
Ken Cordier: “That was part of the torture, was, uh, to sign a statement that you had committed war crimes.”
John Kerry: “. . . razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan. . .”
Paul Gallanti: “John Kerry gave the enemy for free what I, and many of my, uh, comrades in North Vietnam, in the prison camps, uh, took torture to avoid saying. It demoralized us.”
John Kerry: “. . . crimes committed on a day to day basis. . . ”
Ken Cordier: “He betrayed us in the past, how could we be loyal to him now?”
John Kerry: “. . . ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam.”
Paul Gallanti: “He dishonored his country, and, uh, more, more importantly the people he served with. He just sold them out.”
Announcer : “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth is responsible for the content of this advertisement.”

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

The Captain's Quarters have just been the place to go for coverage of John Kerry's "service" and the Swift Boats Vets for Truth. Just keep scrolling down for posting after posting that will have you frothing at the outrage that the Democrats even nominated this slimebag for President.

But I will highlight one recent posting, where the Captain points us to an outrageous editorial cartoon from a disgusting cartoonist who dares slander virtually every veteran in one swoop - and shows the contempt that the Left holds for vets today.

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I've long thought that Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews were partisan hacks. Matthews' fatuously named show "Hardball" ( where its clear that the last thing Matthews is capable of is actually dealing with issues ) has been in the bottom of the ratings for some time. But to date, while I have little respect for Matthews, I didn't dislike him as much as I did O'Reilly ( I'll stick a link back to an old posting about why I despise O'Reilly here ).

So what happens when Chris Matthews has to deal with an attractive and intelligent woman? He demonstrates what a pig looks like when it self-imolates. Olbermann's comments about Malkin are too despicable for me even to link to for refutation. Suffice it to say that Olbermann makes himself look like the fool ( unlike his puffed-up ego believes ) by not understanding what Ms. Malkin was even saying.

What's the most hilarious bit of all? Matthews and Olbermann were attacking Malkin without having even bothered to read the book that was the subject they had asked her to comment on. Twits.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Dave Kopel uses his column in the Rocky Mountain News today to discuss the rather shocking lack of coverage of John Kerry's bizarre lies about his Vietnam service.

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Monday, August 09, 2004

I have to write a note about a book even though I've not finished it yet. I'm in the middle now of what is the finest history book published this year, John Barry's The Great Influenza.

John Barry has written a book that melds several good and fascinating stories ( the modernization of medicine in the United States, the authoritarian Wilson administration during WWI, how viruses and epidemics work ) into a fascinating and simply great history of the influenza pandemic of 1918 - a pandemic that may have killed more people than any other pandemic in the world's history.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Here's an event I am still not sure I understand. Locals in Fallujah organize a rescue of Jordanians taken hostage by elements in Fallujah. I am wondering if this illustrates the purpose of the strategy we took in Fallujah but I'm not sure the article tells me enough to understand.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

A couple of days old, but there is this great piece by Joe Tartakovsky located on Victor Davis Hanson's website which does another great job ( Lileks' being the most classic ) of shredding Michael Moore's dishonest film.

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Monday, August 02, 2004

Frankly, John Kerry has in my opinion repeatedly demonstrated that he is completely unfit for the office of President. His recent acceptance speech at the DNC was a good example, wherein he articulated some of the most ridiculous and incoherent foreign policy positions ever heard from a Presidential nominee in this century. Which continues in this Glenn Reynolds post and I don't even have handy that stupid comment about giving nuclear fuel to Iran. If that freaking idiotic comment sounds familiar, its because it was Jimmy Carter's "solution" to North Korea's nuclear weapons program. A failed solution that has gotten us closer to a terror nuclear weapon.

Equally amusing was his claim today that the Bush administration is dishonest, given that Kerry has had to disown in recent weeks proven liar Joe Wilson and document thief Sandy Berger from his so-called foriegn policy advisors. How could it be worse? This piece tells us how, as John Kerry adds to his advisors one of the worse Middle East "experts" imaginable - Martin Indyk. This is more evidence that John Kerry is dangerously naive about terrorism at best, and on the other side at worst, with his adoption of the worst failures of Democratic foriegn policy.

I wish that the friends of Israel in this country who are still Democrats really paid attention to the idiocy that the John Kerry campaign represents.

The bottom line is that John Kerry is a real, large, kilo-death disaster waiting to happen.

UPDATE: Belmont Club spends some time on a part of Kerry's DNC speech and ends up wondering what it means. For someone who is supposed to be about nuance, I can't help continually to find Kerry's speeches shallow as a puddle.

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