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Sunday, February 29, 2004

In Colorado, the Democrats appear to be engaging in some dirty tricks. A somewhat covert attempt to put some dummy political parties on the ballot to siphon off right-wing support from the Republican Party with zombie parties named "Pro-Life Party" and "Gun Owners' Rights Party". From the article:
A representative of the petition company that is gathering the names and a signature gatherer both told a Post reporter Saturday that they were hired by a relative of a former top Democratic official in Colorado. The newspaper is not naming that person because the relative could not be reached for comment.

Rather a pathetic attempt at creating plausible deniability, the clearest sign that these are puppet parties is that the founders are not pushing forward for the publicity you would expect such people to desire. The dishonesty is about average for Colorado Democrats. The clumsy execution about normal too.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Citizen Smash has this great piece about John Kerry's astonishingly bad and irresponsible history of anti-defense policy positions.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

This piece from the Village Voice talks about one of my key objections to John Kerry - his active efforts to cut off those Americans who wished to see this country push forward with resolution of the questions regarding our Vietnam POW/MIA people.

My opinion then was that John Kerry was more interested in the normalization of relations with Vietnam than he was the accountability of our Vietnam missing in action and prisoners. It is a valid question about his patriotism to ask why he put the interests of Vietnam over those of the servicemembers he likes to remind that he served with.

This also should put to bed any idea that Kerry's virulent anti-war rhetoric was a fling he had with extremism in the '70' never to return. The article and I are discussing behavior decades later.

Friday, February 20, 2004

In discussing the scope of campaign issues from past military service to current Iraq policy, this Victor Davis Hanson piece is a very good, very thoughtful, discussion of John Kerry and the false Bush / AWOL meme among Democrats.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Crooowblog labels this story with "Wow". Couldn't say it better myself.

Echoing an opinion of mine, that more U.S. troops in Iraq would not improve things and might even be counter-productive ( and U.N. troops would be in fact a disaster as they have been so often before around the world ), is this piece from Belmont Club on the recent attacks by Al Queda and Baathists on Iraqi police.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Evidently, a recent critical update from Microsoft was to remove the swastika and the Star of David from a font. Mere political correctness in the removal of the swastika? Perhaps. Anti-semitism from Microsoft in the removal of the Star of David? Or just pandering to the anti-semitism of others? Note that a MS press release about this mentions only the removal of the swastikas.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

A squadron mate of George Bush's talks about the ugly charges regarding George Bush's service in the Air National Guard.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

One of the more irritating things about the criticism of President Bush's Iraq policy is the overt dishonesty of the critics. KLO at the The Corner posts this:
“Mr. Bush said repeatedly that he went to the United Nations seeking a diplomatic alternative to war. In fact, the United States rejected all diplomatic alternatives at the time, severely damaging relations with some of its most important and loyal allies.”
--New York Times editorial; February 9, 2004
“Yesterday's unanimous vote at the United Nations Security Council sends the strongest possible message to Baghdad...This is a well-deserved triumph for President Bush, a tribute to eight weeks of patient but determined and coercive American diplomacy…Only if the council fails to approve the serious consequences it now invokes -- generally understood to be military measures -- should Washington consider acting alone.”
--New York Times editorial; November 9, 2002

Overt? Stupid might be a better word.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

While Democrats are making ridiculous charges about the Vice President and Halliburton, their leading candidate for the presidential nomination has been sipping pretty heavy on the straw of corporate special interests. John Kerry is going to end up redefining the word "hypocrite".

UPDATE: More from the NY Post.