Friday, May 28, 2004

"You are so fired..."

"The accident occurred since a tail jack had not been placed under the tail of the aircraft before unloading operations began."

Thursday, May 27, 2004

"Economy Picks Up Growth in First Quarter"

Boy, that must be terrible news for Bush, as we all know Kerry will be good for the economy. The economy growing stronger than expected must mean the market feels a Kerry presidency is even MORE likely now. (See the 2/6 entry).

Wow, you'd almost think in a normal world, a good economy would be good for Bush and would mean Kerry would have to be making Iraq look worse than it is to even have a shot at winning. He would be trying to over empahsize the bad and ignore the good. But, that would require the help of the unbiased media in that purely-political-plan-even-at-the-cost-of-American-lives . Luckily, that would never happen...

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Air Farce One?

This is amazing. Not John Kerry FOR President. Simply "John Kerry PRESIDENT" In all caps no less. AP can't even read correctly. They claim the plane DOES read John Kerry for President. Not unless "for" is in Invisible Times New Roman font, written in white paint. "The powers of suggestion are strong, Luke. Use the Farce."

From heavy metal follower to terrorist suspect?

Interesting if the Adam Yahiye Gadahn on this newly-released FBI poster is the same one that wrote this story about his conversion to Islam.

He looks like your typical rocker in the right-most picture on the FBI poster. Could also be the last computer guy who fixed my laptop.

I have no idea if this really is the same person, but, if it is, ironic he would write:

"Having been around Muslims in my formative years, I knew well that they were not the bloodthirsty, barbaric terrorists that the news media and the televangelists paint them to be."

Sort of a Kerry-like thing to say. "I became something I am not, before I became one."

Saturday, May 22, 2004

Can't believe I live a mere 20 miles from this armpit

So sad I never went to Cal so I could take classes like:

The Politics and Poetics of Palestinian Resistance. Would have made me so happy to spend $100 on a required textbook called The New Intifada: Resisting Israel's Apartheid.

Wouldn't this have attracted you to sign up for the class? Gotta love the sprit of openmindedness...

"the brutal Israeli military occupation of Palestine, an occupation that has been ongoing since 1948, has systematically displaced, killed, and maimed millions of Palestinian people. ... This class will examine the history of the Palestinian resistance and the way that it is narrated by Palestinians in order to produce an understanding of the intifada. ... Conservative thinkers are encouraged to seek other sections."

While eventually the course description was changed, the story blew over. Can you imagine if a class called that said "Liberal thinkers are encouraged to see other sections" was ever offered in a school? The media would still be talking about it. I can see the headlines. "New evidence emerges about discrimination at University". This could be 4 years later. Or "New photos released about Conservative hate class professor". Or even "Copy of syllabus printed in Time New Roman found". "University faces futher pressure to explain 'mismanagement' of class descriptions". "Bush dodges questions on why US didn't prevent the printing of the catalog" "Voters sour on Rumsfeld apology for discrimination class scandal" "Hearts and minds of students not won by recent class offering" The stream of 'outrage' would never end. But, in this case, the story died soon after it was addressed. This kind of 'moving on' only applies to things that make the Left look bad.

You think I am joking? My satire is closer to the truth than you think.

Friday, May 21, 2004

More proof that the Democrats and our soldiers are on opposite sides

Here you go:

"Iraq makes Democrats more bullish on election"

How's that for a campaign theme? The Democrats now have decided it is in the best interest for Iraq to be 'mismanaged'. Mismanagement causes American miltary deaths. Glad the Democrats have that to root for to improve their chances in November.

Not making excuses....but, this does provide context

While it appears quite clear several guards at Abu Ghraib went over the line, both in terms of stuff that should never happen, and that which I actually don't morally have a problem with, but, wouldn't have had done, due to the bad PR associated with it. Certainly not in the days of cameras and the Internet. They should have been aware of the speed at which stuff like that gets around and adjusted their actions accordingly.

Anyway, read the linked story and see if that changes your feelings about the firestorm going on in the media about the prisoner abuse. It is so obvious the media wants this abuse fiasco to keep going, to hurt Bush. Even if every bad photo that existed was in the media's hands, they wouldn't release them now, as it would eventually blow over. They want little bits of it to come out every few days or weeks to give them impression that it is 'rampant' behavior and is a pattern of abuse. To have it possibly have been actually a reasonabily isolated time frame in response to a particularly violent enemy uprising wouldn't get the same traction. The media wants legs on stories that hurt Bush (prisoner abuse) and wants those that would hurt the enemy (Nick Berg) to be one day wonders.

Don't expect much to be made of this possible revelation of November 8th being an outlier.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Remind me to not piss off a Highlander

These guys are some badasses.

"Despite being outnumbered five to one, they suffered only three minor wounds in the hand-to-hand fighting near the city of Amara."

Won't be long now until we hear it wasn't a level playing field as the rebel/terrorists/insurgents didn't have proper hand-to-hand combat training.

The difference between us and them

Here we have three terrorist groups fighting over the right to claim responsibility for killing people.

"That's precisely why Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah are now vying to take credit for the Zeitun attack. Each wants to be remembered as the one that was responsible for blowing up the APC and sparking a debate in Israel over the future of the Gaza Strip."

The are actually setting up a freaking COMMISSION to determine who gets the glory. Amazing. I suppose these cretins are surprised the US Military isn't fighting over which branch gets to take credit for the Abu Ghraib fisco. They wonder why the Air Force isn't trying to say THEY were in charge of the prison.

Good greif.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Sorry just doesn't cut it...

You can't pull this kind of crap and then say you are sorry.

"The DJs, named only by their on-air personas "Marconi" and "Tiny," and their producer were fired from their morning show on Thursday after the pair laughed and played background music while repeatedly airing Berg's screams as militant Islamists decapitated him."

I wish I could keep track of these names and make sure I never listen to any station ever that hires these people. A doctor or a lawyer can do something so bad they can no longer work again and be forced to find another career. In my opinion, this is the the equivalent. Even if not legally barred from being a DJ again, I would like the spotlight kept on them so that the free market took care of it and achieved the same result.

Friday, May 14, 2004

From the "Way too much time on their hands department"....

Via Instapundit.

Could this be the next Star Wars kid?

Thursday, May 13, 2004

Beware: The "Cicadian Rythym" is back!

This sounds like quite a party:

"Starting this week, across much of the eastern United States, from Georgia north to southern New York and as far west as Illinois, the cicadas will emerge from their 17 years of sucking on tree roots underground to engage in a two-week orgy of calling, mating, laying eggs and then dying."

Almost seems like what some of the 9/11 hijackers did prior to meeting their 72 virgins.

Monday, May 10, 2004

You have entered the "Spin Zone"...

Have to love the headline here from USA Today. "President's rating hits low" Sure sounds like terrible news for George W. But, not exactly surprising considering the terrible fiasco coming out of Iraq and 'Prison-Gate'.

Ok, this isn't news to pop bubbly over..

"Forty-six percent of Americans approve of Bush's job performance in the USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll released Monday. That's 3 percentage points lower than his 49% in late January, early March and last week."

But, considering that it is only 3% lower than than late January and it has been almost all bad news out of Iraq in that time frame, it should be a lot worse, if the American public really blamed Bush.

However, the truly amazing news out of the poll, which of course is NOT in the headline, is that Bush is GAINING on Kerry in the states that were close in the 2000 election. Those are the only ones that matter. New York and California aren't going to Bush and Texas and Wyoming, Idaho and Utah aren't going to Kerry.

The story says Kerry has actually DROPPED 2% points in a match up against Bush in the past week. It also says:

"In the 16 states that were close in 2000, the new poll shows Bush with a 5-point edge over Kerry, 51%-46%, among likely voters. In mid-April, Bush and Kerry were tied at 49%"

That has got to be disappointing to Kerry supporters. Far be it from us to expect the headline to to convey the main message of the poll, though.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

This is why George W. Bush will win in November...

Or at least it is why I think he will win. I just think that overall, people prefer to have someone they think actually cares or is real. Maybe that is me projecting what I want, but, my hunch is that it will prove to be true for the Nation as a whole in 6 months. The people who hate Bush are going to vote against him no doubt. But, the candidate the Democrats have chosen is so incredibly un-inspiring, he can't win over those swing voters. Bush has had a terrible week with the Prison-gate fiasco, and, yet Kerry can't really get any traction that is going to help him get votes and win states he needs to. 6 months ago I thought Bush was unbeatable, and now I still think he will win, but, only due to the terrible candidate that is running against him. Kerry is just not likable, and Bush is. This may have turned into a photo op, but, it wasn't done as a photo op. End of story.